Tuesday, August 11, 2020

WSPRing Waves

The KQ6RS buoy just after deployment. Its WSPR
beacon has been heard around the world.
(From KA9Q website)
WSPR, the Weak Signal Propagation Reporter, is another very useful mode for spotting band openings and finding out where your signals are being heard. Now, a new WSPR beacon may be able to help hams plot paths across the Pacific Ocean. The ARRL Letter reports that Phil Karn, KA9Q; Randy Standke, KQ6RS, and members of San Diego's Mount Carmel High School Amateur Radio Club have built and deployed a WSPR beacon on board a marine buoy in the Pacific. The buoy is about 435 miles off the California coast and is transmitting WSPR packets on 14.0956 MHz, using Standke's call sign. It's been heard as far away as Australia and South Africa. Karn says the group is already planning a second buoy, which might also include sensors, satellite tracking capability and two-way links.