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WSPR 24/7

Feb 23rd 2013, 12:35


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If you look at a digital waterfall around 7.040 (use to be a QRP calling frequency) every day it gets whiter and whiter, with what looks like noise, many can't even get on the right (published) frequency so it is much broader mode than it should be. If you look at WSPR receive logs you find tens of thousands of stations operating 24 hours per day seven days per week.

In my opinion, WSPR'ing for 24/7 a day makes them 1) a beacon or 2) one way transmission, and not permitted on these frequencies (read the regs).

Even on the WSPR.NET forums, many chastise anyone using the word "Beacon" as they quote "we don't what the FCC to look at it that way" If someone mentions "one way transmission" this almost creates hate mail on those forums.

Not just QRP but the ham radio community has lost a freq to in my opinion illegal activity. It is also my opinion that the FCC need to resolve this. Just using the received station logs they could issue 100,000 citations per day. Some of these stations have been in continuously on 24/7 for months. Some are running 500+ watts to just show they are a big gun DX stations to others.

This could easily be an OO slip haven if that program worked. Another program broken for the last 15 years, as many of today's hams proudly display OO notices on their walls.

Unless I totally misread the reqs, I don't know how the ARRL could possible endorse this type of activity. Not printing any articles, regarding the proper operation of WSPR, or chastising this type of operation is a silent endorsement.

I love digital, no love for violators..

Fred / WD8KNI
Mar 14th 2013, 19:48


Joined: Aug 28th 2009, 08:43
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I don't understand most of that post, perhaps you could explain it for radio neophytes such as myself. I tried going to and it doesn't look like a functioning website.
Mar 14th 2013, 22:55


Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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It's WSPR operations are normally QRP, and many are very low power < 1 W. It's all you need. If anyone is running 500 W, they don't know what they're doing, but it's hard to say that it's illegal. WSPR is by definition transmit for a while, and listen for a long while. It is two-way, not broadcast - not really like a beacon. The bandwidth is close to zero. It's a fascinating mode.

If all ham activity was like WSPR, we'd have a better world, QRM-wise! My humble opinion..

73 Martin AA6E

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