|Subject:||Re: LF: WSPR, QRSS, CW...|
|From:||Roger Lapthorn <[email protected]>|
|Date:||Sun, 10 Jan 2010 22:42:41 +0000|
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You are, in the end, correct and I am sure that Mal G3KEV will already be writing his response in support of you email, HI.
However, my own experience has been that WSPR has made possible propagation experiments and equipment designs which, were I using CW, would not have been possible. Six months ago I believed you needed 50-100W, capacitors rated at hundreds of volts, antennas that resembled a military tracking station and a ground system with miles of radials to get anywhere. Then, with WSPR, I found out that very little was needed: a simple transverter made with a handful of parts, an ATU made with a small ferrite rod and thin copper wire, an antenna that is only 5m long and a ground that is, essentially, the copper pipes in my home. With this modest station I have learned a lot about MF propagation and had a great deal of real FUN.
So, whilst I agree that a "real" CW or phone two-way QSO is a great and pleasurable part of ham radio, I do sincerely believe that WSPR, and indeed many other modern digital modes like JT65, JT4 etc have their place on the ham bands of today.
73s and a happy New Year to you.
2010/1/10 Stefan Schäfer <[email protected]>
G3XBM GQRP 1678 ISWL G11088
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