Back on WSPR

I'm back on WSPR now from Sydney.

I'm unable to engage in any other radio related activity due to other commitments. I wanted to still be involved so WSPR is it for now.

I've varied the output from my IC-703+ from 0.5 watt to 10 watts. As I am utilising the internal ATU I can only go by the power output reading on the radio. Output from the radio may in fact be less than 1 watt.

Does anyone know how accurate the "Po" (RF power output) reading on the IC703+ is?

Given the nature of my less than ideal non resonant wire I would imagine that radiated power would be minimal. Also, I've only had limited success with receiving signals from overseas (other than NZ/ZL). I've picked up 4 or 5 from the US, and the same number from Europe including the UK.

When I increased my radio output to 10 watts I was received by a couple of stations in the US. Other than that it's only been the east coast of Australia and a couple of spots by NZ/ZL stations. I'm being spotted by some NZ/ZL stations tonight with the radio set to .5 watt max output. This is fun!

I'm unable to put up a proper dipole again after the last one (40m inverted-V) was pulled down by a falling tree. I am considering bringing my wire to resonance on 30m.

I have a dedicated WinXP machine running WSPR. I am considering running the machine as a QRSS grabber given that I don't operate often.