24 Hours of 20m WSPR

It really makes you wonder doesn’t it, when you look at this map of WSPR spots for a 24 hour period whether the developing world lacks the means to be able to setup WSPR beacons and ham stations in general or if they just lack propagation. The former obviously for many reasons.

I have been thinking for sometime that it would be nice to develop a WSPR transmitter that is that cheap that we in the west could make 100’s and ship them off to schools across the middle east, Africa and south America along with STEM tools for teachers to use radio in their science classes. Something in the $20 to $30 region, easy to assemble and not worth stealing because no one would really want it.

The benefits would be great for students as far as stem education goes and for us in the developed world, with lots of free time and disposable income to put into hobbies we would have a ready made beacon network to all corners of the world.

Ashar Farhan has done great work in philanthropic radio using the Bitx to support a collective of women in work. Perhaps this same approach could be put to use to bring the wonders of amateur radio to schools in the developed world.

24 hour wspr map from VK4HAT station.

Some food for thought.


DMR The Journey Continues

So after much addoo, yelling, swearing and all round losing my crap, I have DMR working, well kind of. I still do not really understand what I am doing here, but i did have it connected to TG 3100 somehow amd was hearing people talking, so I know I am on the right path here, but I still do not know how to change talk groups yet. Anyway, setting up the hotspot was not bad, configuring a radio to talk to it and the world, what a bloody nightmare LOL.


20m FT8 Tonight

While i think FT8 and other digital modes are like watching paint dry, they do achieve one big thing, they allow for tiny stations like mine to work some DX. I am running about 25w into a dipole that is 8m AGL. For all intents and purposes I am nothing more than a portable station, the antenna is the sotabeams linked dipole i use portable and its hanging off the same squid pole I use. But I am working DX and its keeping things fun while I layout a schematic for a future project.



So in the interests of Fagging It Up as my friend Simon refers to DMR, i have setup a hotspot. LMAO. I still have no idea what i am doing, or how to configure the radio, but we are making progress. This is so non intuitive that its a nightmare. So from what i understand, i need to install a buttplug in the radio so that it has channels and zones and such to access the hotspot. If anyone wants to know how to do this, don’t ask me. I got no idea.


15m FT8

Well they say 15m is dead. And it probably is in other modes, but in FT8 its firing quite nicely. I am receiving plenty of stations and being heard by some of them. I even popped my cherry and had my first FT8 contact. So with that out of the way, i proceeded to work a bunch of other stations also. Its been a while since i worked any dx of any kind, so to get a few in the log on 15m is nice.


The map below is my receive map. Asia, the middle east and Europe all being received.

The transmit map is not as great, but that is to be expected, I am running low power into a dipole, so cannot expect to be heard like a big gun, but I am getting out and making a few contacts. I am still a bit iffy when it comes to FT8 procedure, i need to read the manual and make sure i am doing it right. But hey, if i can start working some all new ones, or getting confirms on places i have had contacts with already, I might end up with that DXCC on 15m that i only need about 20 confirms for HAHAHAHA. Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedin

20m WSPR

Well doing 20m with a 40m dipole was never going to be very successful, but I went and did it anyway until the stormed rolled on through last night as i shut it all down. The plan ATM is to buy a tri band rotatable dipole from TETemtron, and put up a 10m mast in the backyard to mount it and a light duty rotator on. But that is going to have to wait a few weeks as I just bought a new car and am broke. LOL.

20m TX map with 5w ish.

20m receive map.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedin

Overnight on 40m WSPR

Transmit Map

Receive Map

I am hearing more than I am being heard. Which is usually the opposite of what normally happens for me, where I am heard but hear bugger all because of local noise. When i get a 20m antenna up next week i will give 20m the 24hour treatment and see what I can produce.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedin