Friday, October 30, 2009

More on WSPR ... Rainbows in the dark.

I'm continuing to enjoy
WSPR -- Last night in a series of propagation studies I have been undertaking from ki4SGU studios, I explored the world of 80m internationally. A thought normally unheard of in these sunspot starved days.

I could not believe that Germany and Italy could be so easy worked
on a low band. Studying the SNR data closely, I further believe that working these locations with traditional digital modes (PSK31, RTTY) would be easy, as would also CW but few try, hence few succeed.

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Please pause and notice in this image that the Canadian HAM [ve6OG] is engaged in a WSPR QSO with a trans-Pacific station also on 80m.

Here are a few of the QSL cards that were sent electronically to me from Italians HAMs.

... a copy of my electronic log from the WSPR site;

Timestamp Call MHz SNR Drft Grid Report RGrid Km Az
2009-10-30 04:34 KI4SGU 3.594104 -10 1 EM73 NN6RF CM87uw 377 289
2009-10-30 04:16 KI4SGU 3.594090 -4 0 EM73 WA7KGX CN85 3484 304
2009-10-30 03:54 KI4SGU 3.594109 -23 0 EM73 IQ3AZ JN65qq 8003 47
2009-10-30 03:36 KI4SGU 3.594095 -16 0 EM73 KE0CO CN87tl 3476 308
2009-10-30 03:36 KI4SGU 3.594097 -27 0 EM73 G0DJA IO93if 6699 43
2009-10-30 02:34 KI4SGU 3.594093 -21 0 EM73 DL2NI JN48ul 7612 45
2009-10-30 01:54 KI4SGU 3.594099 +6 0 EM73 WB2LMV FN21ts 1314 42
2009-10-30 01:14 KI4SGU 3.594097 -12 0 EM73 VE6OG DO33fn 3164 324
2009-10-30 01:14 KI4SGU 3.594098 -20 0 EM73 AB3DI FM19ma 951 47
2009-10-30 01:14 KI4SGU 3.594095 -13 0 EM73 KC2RXS FN32bj 1391 41

Thereby proving that 80m is a TRUE world band, and that patience, persistence and curiosity are a healthy substitute for sunspots, as well as a welcome respite from the endless regional "ache & pains rag-chews" so common with US hams on the lower bands.

Then finally is an image from later this morning as the propagation faded, imaged captured remotely from work (a nice use of multi-tasking during those rather boring corporate conference calls -- And here you should wonder, How really boring these must be for a guy that likes to "listen to static" mind to wonder off into the ether. Numbingly Boring! - But I digress).

Have HAMs just grown lazy? ... Please quit waiting for the good propagation next year, HAM radio is about doing, action, and making waves.
Please get on the air, on any mode tonight - And make your own Rainbows in the Dark.

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