60m WSPR using 500mW QRP

I have been beaconing WSPR using 500mW all day today. The KAT3 didn’t want to repeat its trick of matching my multi-band dipole so the best SWR I could manage was about 1.8:1. I don’t know how much of the 500mW ended up warming up the ATU or the coaxial feeder.

This is a shot of the WSPR propagation map taken just before 1800z today. As you can see, the 500mW is getting out pretty well. I think I have been received by all the G stations that have been monitoring at some time during the day, and a few others. And it was nice to see fellow bloggers Paul PC4T and Bas PE4BAS monitoring even though they can’t transmit on 60m, and better still spotting me!

Just after I posted this, my 500mW was also spotted by LA3JJ!

Julian Moss, G4ILO, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Cumbria, England. Contact him at [email protected].

One Response to “60m WSPR using 500mW QRP”

  • art,, al2o:

    Sounds good. must be fun tinkering with all that ! i am limited here, but enjoy the posts.AK is a much different place. I call it a good day when I can get on the bus, go over to wallmart & buy a few goodies. And today was nice, sunny & calm. My 6 meter 1/2 wave went south, so i put up a diploe & it takes 20 watts easy. I hope to buy another radio that does SSB & CW on 6. used to work that years ago. on 2 also & with a beam worked out hundreds of miles. (like to Ohio from NY-DX for me ). 73, art

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