First play with WSPR-X on 50MHz (DirectX strikes again!)

Inspired by Roger, G3XBM’s 50MHz WSPR experiments, I decided that a wet bank holiday was just the time to see what I could do. Es has been quiet today, so I thought some WSPR would be fun to see if any weak signals would make it through.

A few days ago, I noticed a post mentioning a new version of WSPR, WSPR-X which can be downloaded at K1JT’s site Realistically, as the main improvement seems to be the addition of WSPR-15, mainly for VLF, I wasn’t sure whether there would be any major changes.

As it turns out, the user interface is a bit more modern, folllowing the WSJT-X design.

I downloaded it and installed it and could see noise being received. I set it up to transmit and was surprised when G8JNJ and G8JNJ/A, 80km away or so did not copy my transmission. I tried again, still no. Then I remembered that when I first played with WSJT-X, I couldn’t get anyone to copy me, until I switched the output audio device driver to Direct X. I did that and immediately, I was spotted! Not really sure why – but pleased that it works ok.

So far, nothing decoded – although actually, I am seeing G3XBM and G0LRD’s transmissions. The screenshot shows one of Roger’s transmissions, with a huge amount of Doppler from a passing aircraft.


Tim Kirby, G4VXE, is a regular contributor to and writes from Oxfordshire, England. Contact him at [email protected].

Leave a Comment

Subscribe FREE to's
Amateur Radio Newsletter
News, Opinion, Giveaways & More!

Join over 7,000 subscribers!
We never share your e-mail address.

Also available via RSS feed, Twitter, and Facebook.

Subscribe FREE to's
Amateur Radio Newsletter

We never share your e-mail address.

Do you like to write?
Interesting project to share?
Helpful tips and ideas for other hams?

Submit an article and we will review it for publication on!

Have a ham radio product or service?
Consider advertising on our site.

Are you a reporter covering ham radio?
Find ham radio experts for your story.

How to Set Up a Ham Radio Blog
Get started in less than 15 minutes!

  • Matt W1MST, Managing Editor

Sign up for our free
Amateur Radio Newsletter

Enter your e-mail address: