The Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network is a group of amateur radio operators using K1JT's MEPT_JT digital mode to probe radio frequency propagation conditions using very low power (QRP/QRPp) transmissions. The software is open source, and the data collected are available to the public through this site.

Most QRPp'ers will know of my method of timing in my PC-less WSPR Keyers. (look at that I am being PC and saying PC-less).
I had query the other day regarding the XORgan 'have I considered adding GPS timing as a facility on my system'.
Well it has the facility, however my concept back in March 2008 was to abolish such things. Here were my thoughts:-
I smile at the huge power used by PC generated WSPR and a Transceiver to produce the few mW needed to span the globe. Why in a PC-less system then, add GPS timing to put the current consumption back up? Not to mention the complexity, QRPp'ers like to KISS.
Just because a Windows computer is a lousy time keeper why should we consider it impossible to keep time as accurate as the needs of WSPR. Heavens I had a fully mechanical wrist watch 40 odd years ago which kept perfectly adequate time for the purpose. Does the Quartz watch on your wrist deviate more than a second in a Month? We QRPp'ers have got to be able to do better than resorting to GPS, MSF etc.

My KISS approach:-

Hi everybody,

I just made a companion program of WSPR.

It is called wspr-map and it is available on

http://www.qsl.net/zp4kfx/Linux/WSPR-MAP

It reads from ALL_WSPR.TXT the infos about the received stations and plot them
on xplanet map centred on the QTH.

It also computes the distance and the bearing.

It supposes that wspr is installed in ~/WSPR as done by the .deb distributed
file.

WSPR 2.0 was downloaded 1157 times over the past 3.5 days. The most recent full day summarized in the WSPRnet database shows 567 distinct callsigns reported.

This level of interest is great, but...

Recently, especially on the 30m band, I've noticed many cases of failures to decode caused by two or more WSPR signals QRMing one another. Lest WSPR's increasing popularity contribute to its own downfall, let me suggest that users should consider moving some of their WSPRing time to less-occupied bands. Sunspots are (finally!) starting to pick up, so we should be probing potential propagation paths on some of the higher bands. Similarly, it's always fun to see what can be done at night, or perhaps along the "gray line", on the low bands.

Let's spread out more, over our available bands!

A second, unrelated item:

Interesting data from the WSPRnet "Stats" page:

The number of WSPR spots per day has roughly doubled since a week ago. The number of reporting stations and the number of unique calls reported have both increased by 60%.

I believe that yesterday (21-Nov-2009) was the first time we've seen more than 100,000 spots in a 24-hour period.

-- Joe, K1JT

Yesterday I started to use the MEPT-beacon, the one Gernot, OE1IFM has build.
Purpose is to provide Gernot input to his wonderful beacon project.
We have long conversations to make it even better.
So far it is TX-ing on 80,40,30,20,17,15,12 and 10 meters with 1 Watt in a horizontal wire of 7 meters.
The antenna is far from ideal and has a bad VSWR.
The results of the first 24 hours: more than 550 spots, no spots on 12m, mostly Europeën stations, some stations from America and later even from Australia.

' 73 from Rotterdam
Peter, PE1DCD

Too bad that a scheduled power outage in the Princeton University Physics Department came the day after WSPR 2.0 was released. But c'mon, guys, the inconvenience lasted only a little over 12 hours.

Everything back to normal now.

-- Joe, K1JT

Hi all, some days ago, and now, here in Spain all Om's are receiving brutal interference between 10.136 to 10.160 Mhz. 30 m Band.
We need your help to determinate who is making this interference.
Please, check it, and report us if you receive this.
Many thanks for your colaboration. All reports are welcome!
Antonio from Madrid, Spain.
EA1CDV
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Muy buenas a todos, estoy recibiendo desde Madrid una interferencia que barre desde 10.136 a 10.160 Mhz... Es una brutalidad, ya que barre la banda de 30 m.

I am not an ARRL official, but in my opinion there is no question about it: WSPR spots, even if they occur both ways between two stations, do not constitute a QSO that is valid for DXCC or other awards.

A minimal QSO involves the exchange of information between operators, with appropriate acknowledgments. These things do not happen with automated WSPR transmissions and receptions.

What are the latest rules regarding WSPR exchanges and DXCC qualifying "QSOs"? I hear a rumour that ARRL will accept confirmed WSPR exchanged reports (he hears you and posts a report and you hear him and post a report to the database/by QSL card?) as a valid DXCC exchange. I.e. this is a mutual exchange of reports using, for example, WSPR2 and not necessarily the QSO mode in WSJT.

Is this correct?

Certainly an exchange of details via WSPR contains far more information than a DX contest exchange on HF which IS valid for DXCC.

Don't forget like I did, make sure you give WSPR2 Admin. Rights.

Or it will load up with 30M and not the band you thought it was last on.

I love Vista, it protects my computer, but you always have to set Rights for all programs

you want to run.

Sorry for all the wrong spots today. ( a handful)

A brief addendum to my email of yesterday, announcing that WSPR 2.0 is available at the WSJT web site.

WSPR 2.0 provides easy access to a new online User's Guide, http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/WSPR_2.0_User.pdf . The User's Guide will be a "living" document -- in other words, it may be updated whenever I have something useful to add.

Just been showed this whisper mode by a fellow ham and i must say i have got the bug now,
I think it's a great mode for plotting your antenna (my weakspot has to be into the USA (don't know why as i have a rotable dipole but makes not a lot of difference when i point it over that direction)

Any how the long and the short of it is i can try out different angles with my wire dipoles and see which one is working the best
73 Keith M1VHT

Installed WSPR 2 yesterday. So while I was at it I decided to read the instructions! What perplexes me is the Rx noise indicator. The instructions tell me to try to reduce that to as close to zero as possible using the RF gain and AF input volume to the computer. Neither adjustment makes a blind bit of difference to the Rx noise. It's always -30 Db. Never changes, apart from when in Tx mode of course.

Have I read the instructions wrongly?

WSPR 2.0 is now available for download from the WSJT Home Page, http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/K1JT/
Click on WSPR in the left margin, then on the appropriate WSPR 2.0 link for your operating system. Installable binary packages are provided for Windows and for recent Debian-based 32-bit Linux systems. A recommended Linux distribution is Ubuntu 9.04.

Version 2.0 of WSPR introduces a number of new program features, including the following:

A few more significant changes to the site today:

1) The chat page now uses user information set in fields from the user profile under "My Account" -> Edit -> WSPRnet. The old "User Info" link, which fetched and stored data from a different place, is no longer used. If you haven't done so, please fill out the WSPRnet info fields.

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