Sunday, January 31, 2016

QSL card for 100mW contact 16,194 km hand delivered

Yesterday I was emailed by Marek Petko, OK1BIL, of the Czeck Republic, who is visiting Australia for work. He noted that I had received his club's 100mW U3 WSPR beacon on 20m. Today at the ARNSW trash and treasure meeting, we met up and he handed me a QSL card.

Here's the report in the WSPRnet database:

The club is running a multi-band vertical antenna at their end and on my side it's a half size G5RV. The transceiver is an FT-817 and WSJT-X is running on MacOS.

Marek alerted me to the WSPR Challenge site which ranks wspr reporters on their relative 'receiving power'. I note that I'm the winner of the total of the distance to transmitting stations that I receive, presumably being in Australia and very far from everyone else helps us VKs:

I'm happy with my overall world ranking on 20m, the highest I've seen is 8.

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