So, we have an short antenna, easy to build and install. It was working in WSPR mode more than 3 days. It’s time to find the performances… and to see if our expectations are to big, or what can we improve.
First analyse is a simple one. Just go to VK7JJ site (http://wsprd.vk7jj.com/) and follow the instructions. You can see when you see a lot of useful informations about your antenna, the antenna location and propagation.
It looks fine… it’s only an example of useful info. But is not enough. The chart say you can work from YO stations from VK, JA, North and South America. Yes, using WSPR mode.
What about other modes ?
Let’s go to KP4MD site (https://www.qsl.net/kp4md/wsprmodes.htm#application) and download the mode-comparison excel file.
Using your WSPR data you can find if you can work a specific station in another mode (CW, RTTY, SSB, etc.).
Let start with the bad news…
After you shall download and process the data, you shall find that the probability to work VK7JJ in RTTY or SSB mode is very low to very, very low. Red colour is not good….
Let’s check other DX stations
Sorry, no K1ABK, no JA5NVN.
OK, dont panique, let see what can we work.
TF4X 3927 km
MM7BWK 2544 km
OH3FR 1867 km
So, if you want more, try to find if you can use a higher position or re-locate the position, or improve soil parameters, etc.
For example, my location is very unfriendly regarding the obstructions around me. As you can see in the graphs (from 1st part, VK7JJ site), the existing freeway to 310 degrees azimuth is confirmed by number of spots and the obstruction from 230 degrees (a new big house, etc.) is also confirmed by no data/spots on that direction.