18 Dec 2014

6m overnight - nothing at all!

Despite being spot on frequency and time last night, I spotted no-one and no-one spotted me on 6m WSPR, which was disappointing.

I have now QSYed to 472kHz where despite just 5mW ERP and using earth-electrodes as my "antenna" I am spotting others and being spotted myself.

I really should give up on 6m WSPR at this time of the year, as it is a dead loss.


Dave said...

Just out of interest, in case I get the urge to follow you, what antenna are you using?


Roger G3XBM said...

On 472kHz, I use an earth-electrode pair : 1m earth rod in the flower bed, 12m away the other end (shack) is connected to my mains ground, all fed via a T90(42mm diameter) toroid transformer to step up from 50 ohms on my transverter, although on RX it uses the FT817 directly on 472kHz. No loading coils needed. Best DX spot with this set-up is over 700km. ERP is 5mW or less.