14 Sep 2009

Even lower power success on 500kHz

This afternoon I fired up my 700mW 500kHz WSPR beacon and wet string antenna (ERP microwatts) and got 3 reports from G3XVL at 61kms. So, I tried putting a 6dB then a 10dB attenuator between the PA and the ATU. Even with a power from the PA of just 70mW (never mind what that would be as ERP from the antenna!) he still gave me a -25dB S/N report! These were the three reports in reverse order:

2009-09-14 14:42 G3XBM 0.503829 -25 1 JO02dg 0.001 G3XVL JO02nb 61 112
2009-09-14 14:40 G3XBM 0.503827 -23 1 JO02dg 0.001 G3XVL JO02nb 61 112
2009-09-14 14:36 G3XBM 0.503823 -18 1 JO02dg 0.001 G3XVL JO02nb 61 112


This suggests that just 35mW from the PA would have been enough to span this distance, even with my tiny antenna and poor ground.

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