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.

The following may give ideas to the WSPR'ers interested by 80m.

I built a RX loop - quick dirty job with plumber / electrical PVC - let say 2 hours work.
- The main loop is a single turn, made from 5mm diameter coax (only the shield is used). It is "diamond shape" 1m by side. It is tuned by a 358pF silver mica capacitor + a 5-60pF ceramic trimmer.
- The coupling loop is also "diamond shape" ; 25 cm by side inside the main loop.
- The SWR at resonnance, measured with the MFJ249B is 1.1

The WSPR 80m distance record which was held by W1CDO and ZL1ANY with 14529 kms on March5 fell 3 times today...

- The first one today was N2JR with VK7KRD with 16311 kms at 0612z
- Then followed by myself at 1612, also with Bob VK7KRD at 1612 with 16929 kms
- Finally G3SUY is the current record holder (once again with Bob) with 17326 kms at 19:10...

A special mention for Rich N2JR, who has the only 2xways and with 1 W !!!
Now we are looking for 80m long path !!!

73's Pat

See attached recorded on F5RRS 17m signal... (F5RRS is 35kms away, but behind the mountains)
Anybody has an idea on what could cause such a doppler? plane, meteor trail, or something else (ESS, UFO ? ;-)
Anybody is able to calculate the speed of the object ?

PS Sorry, have exceeded my 1Mb limit. The file is here

Great activity thanks to all participants;
However this was a bad day for me, at least on RX side, due to non-stop heavy rainfalls. For those who may be interested to compair actual reports to predictions, attached is a noise map, done on 20m with rain. I have 2 clear noise sources which correspond to the power lines towers at 270 and 130 degrees. Of course the noise level is a bit lower on 17m (about 3dB according to the CCIR model).
With rain, my quieter direction is 30 degrees, and the SNR degradation is some

See the attached showing W1CDO signal as received here in EU.
The path from NM to SE France, passes near the "aurora oval" and the effects of the frequency spreading (aurora effect) are clearly visible, although it is not strong enough to affect decoding, as it was the case on K7EK 40m signal.
This explains why it is so hard for EU -stations to get WSPR spots from US west-coast stations.
By the way this screen shot was taken today with quiet geomagnetic conditions (k=1 A=1). I guess that W1CDO signal will become unreadable, with perturbed conditions.

Once upon a time (long ago) I registered with my callsign HA6NN and was promised to get a password in email but I have never got it!

Then I asked for lost password several times...

Would you be so kind to erase my first registration or send me a password for it as were promised.

I check my mailbox regularly so no letter goes into waste...

gl de ha6nn

We have been managing to sustain a good amount of activity on 17m the last few days. I would like to propose establishing a permanent "settlement" of stations on that band.

You may have noticed that I'm finally starting to devote a little time to fixing and enhancing some things on the web site. I overhauled the map page to use google maps and a day/night overlay, which adds insight as we look at propagation paths.

I also added a simple page called "Activity", accessible from the primary link menu across the top, which summarizes how many stations are active on each band in the last hour. That's just a shortcut to finding out where current activity is clustered.

... and probably what gets people hooked on QRPp ?

For the first time since I discovered this mode of operation I found myself at home in the morning with a mind to switch on the radio and play. A Saturday morning with the whole weekend stretching away into the distance, and all this after a particularly hectic week at work.

Unlike last Thursday when I forgot about the "20m Activity Day" until it was really too late, I remembered good old WSPR and fired the system up on 30m and left it going.

On behalf of a group of several dedicated WSPRers (F6IRF, G4ILO, and G0KTN), I would like to propose that we make Wednesdays "Special Activity Days" to do some experimentation with coordinated WSPR activity beyond the usual operation on 30m.

We would like to start this process by having this Wednesday, 22 October (0Z-24Z), be a 20m activity day. We will rotate to different bands each week, and we may come up with some other activities/experiments as well. We think we'll learn a lot about propagation and about our own stations by having a larger critical mass on alternate bands.

In response to popular request I have made my compiled binary version of WSPR for Linux available. The program has been compiled on Xandros Linux similar to that used by Asus on the Eee PC. The user interface has been optimized so that it fits the 800 x 480 display of the original Eee PC, which I own. Some of the fonts have also been changed so that they are easier to read.

I've been asked twice in the last 24 hours, if 7038.6 was the official WSPR frequency
here is my answer:
Although it is far from being ideal (mainly due to Pactor BSS's) we choose this frequency after several tests with 7L4IOU, mainly because, the JA's are not allowed to transmit digi above 7043. It became "de facto" the center of activity, thanks to the participation of several stations from the region 3 (ie VK/ZL)


After about one week of trying, it was last night when I finally saw my call in the spots list in the 40 mb. I started in the 30 mb but my homebrewed equipment failed to produce a clean signal in thet band, so I had to switch into 7 MHz. Not too many stations there and I spent some nights without any spots. What I finally did yesterday evening, was that I selected my tx frequency at the bottom of the band and it seemed to improve the situation. I had already triple checked just about everything, even the antennas being used.

I am adding the plot of this morning 40m test, involving VK7KRW (RX), DG0OPK and myself... (TX).
We were both using 5W; DG0OPK uses a G5RV at 4m AGL and I am using a ground mounted 17.5m vertical (tuned with an AT130 auto-tuner).

Please see forum topic "WSPR-DB data vs VOACAP model" for more details, comments and plots.

For those who are interested to compair antenna performances (TX/RX) over a long period using WSPR, and who own an ICOM transceiver, my friend F5LEN wrote a little software, which allows to switch TRX antenna 1/2 according to a predefined timing... (of course you need a TRX with 2 ants ports; ie IC756, 7800, etc)