run your radio as WSPR beacon when not in the shack!
Maybe I am not telling you any news but this WSPR system is a real genius system.
Easy to set up. It needs a PC + internet for time synchronization and logging in the WSPR database.
If a Transceiver already is used for data RTTY / PSK it is practical ready to be a WSPR beacon.
It uses the same audio CAT connections. WSPR is a full automatic multi band beacon TX and RX system that uses very low power and very small frequency resources. More information at: http://wsprnet.org/drupal/
I have always been active in CW and other non PC related communication.
But this WSPR is just to good and simple not to be used when your radio station is idle.
1W power would be enough in a simple GP f.i. to run a WSPR beacon that will be reported over the Globe!
I am running my station as WSPR beacon when away QRL or doing something else.
I simply do not understand why a lot of DX-rs do not make use of this GREAT! beacon system.
I get reports from VK ZL on the low bands with 1 or 5W and report a lot of DX
But WSPR outside EU USA VK is rare . (i am mainly talking 10,15 80 160 bands)
2 South America 1 PY 1 CX 2 TX only 1W beacons in South Africa and FR5GZ 1 or 2 ZS6 that's all from 2 continents ! Asia just a few Oceania 2 or 3
It is a bit of a shame!... and a waste of good radio locations.
Not a single WSPR beacon in the Caribbeans.
WSPR in my opinion is just about designed for 6M. Hoping that ZD8SIX will be a WSPR / CW ID beacon this season.
The "Magic band" means 99% digging into noise. Most openings are not noticed due to inactivity.
But WSPR never gets tired listening to noise.
And WSPR is not interfering much with its low power and 200Hz tiny band-slot. All beacons of 6M would fit in 200Hz.
Every DX interested HAM will know that the major factor of success is being at the right time at the right frequency. WSPR meets those two conditions at low costs in energy and time.
I am an old school HAM i started with hand-key first some years.
I should be very conservative....
But it puzzles me why most of the ?DX-interested HAM's? Keep stick-ed to the old QRM! steam-age beacon systems.
Why not make (much) more use of some of the most fantastic radio locations?
I am on air 24*7* ( months already) when not in he shack.
WSPR 10 15 80 day time 80 160 600m rx nighttime the frequency hopping option gives more bands.
A WSPR PC can if necessary be remote controlled easy by Team viewer or other common used remote desktop systems.
Even by mobile phone HTC with Teamviewer it is possible to control the beacon remote if that would be needed.
I hope someone in the WSPR blank area's will try WSPR i am sure it will be a success and addictive too.