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Michael G0POT reviews WSPRlite with DXplorer
Wondering how well your antenna works? WSPRlite with DXplorer will tell you...
The WSPRlite is a special test transmitter that sends a signal to a Worldwide network of receiving stations. When used with our web-based DXplorer system, it's a powerful new way to evaluate antenna performance. Going way beyond antenna modelling or antenna analyzers, this unique system allows you to see how your antenna is performing in its actual location and in real-time! This type of analysis has never been possible before.
...all in a way that has never been possible before!
Powerful simultaneous antenna comparisons with DXplorer Premium
Using a simple computer interface, you program the WSPRlite with your callsign, QTH locator. Once set up, the WSPRlite does not need the computer to operate. Just connect it to a USB power supply (e.g. mobile phone charger), press the "sync" button at the start of any even minute, and off it goes! WSPRlite will make regular transmissions that are automatically received by stations around the world. These stations send their reports to a central website where you can see where your signals are reaching within seconds. Even more fun is to leave your beacon running and monitors its performance using DXplorer on your smartphone or tablet. This is a great way to see how your station is doing when you are at work - or even on holiday!* Take a WSPRlite on your next business trip or cruise and see where it it being heard while you sit at the bar.
What makes our product unique is the ability to compare antennas and location. We use the WSPR data to generate a special metric, DX10. We recalculate your DX10 range (km) every 2 minutes. DX10 is a great system performance indicator! The best HF system will give the longest DX10 ranges. Because you can compare the DX10 ranges for two station in real-time, you can see which one is the best - and by how much. Along with real-time DX10 graphs we calculate a mean and maximum DX10 score for each station - very handy if you make changes to your antennas to see what the changes actually do!
For beam users we generate on-the-fly Great Circle maps that have colour-coded spot locations showing signal to noise ratios. If you are doing a comparison, you can easily see who got the furthest spots and who was strongest!
WSPRlite is a self-contained propagation beacon transmitter. Once configured using a special Windows app, WSPRlite only needs a USB power supply to operate (no need to tie up your computer). WSPRlite operates on 160-80-40-30-20m. The unit contains filters for 30 m and 20 m operation. Operation on other bands requires a band-specific lowpass filter, we can supply a suitable kit. WSPRlite has accurate digital power control over a 16 dB range to facilitate precise measurements of antenna performance differences. WSPRlite is a low power device at only 200 mW but because of the clever encoding of the WSPR signal it has the DX capability of a 1 KW SSB transmitter (80 W CW).
The DXplorer website is designed to operate with WSPRlite. DXplorer provides you with antenna performance information and propagation information in a new easy-to-use format. DXplorer has been optimised for use on mobile devices. Each WSPRlite comes with a free 1 year subscription to DXplorer Premium worth £19.95 - allowing access to additional facilities including detailed antenna comparisons.
Testing a beam? Let DXplorer show you how it's working
Connect your WSPRlite
to your antenna with
a handy adapter.
SMA-SO239 (UHF socket)
Connect your WSPRlite
to your antenna with
a handy adapter.SMA-BNC socket
SMA leads - various options
BNC, PL259 etc.
Micro USB lead - has data support
unlike many. Guaranteed to work
WSPRlite is not supplied
with a USB lead as most people
have these already.
|New to WSPRlite and DXplorer? Why not join the WSPRlite Facebook Community to see what people are doing with theirs? It's a good place to get user-community support, share tips and experience. Note that SOTABEAMS does not monitor this group; always contact us direct for support.|
40 x 50 x 10 mm
Beacon power: 200 mW (software configurable: 5 mW - 200 mW)
VSWR: better than 2:1 recommended. Absolute max: 3:1
Frequency range 160m - 20m (external low-pass filter recommended below 10 MHz; 60m not currently supported)
USB current: 150 mA maximum (5 Volts).
Antenna connector: SMA socket
Power connector: mini USB socket (lead not supplied)
The WSPR propagation reporter system was conceived and devised by Professor Joe Taylor K1JT
We also thank the hundreds of people who operate WSPR receivers around the World - you make it all possible!
*Check local regulations regarding unattended beacons.
DXplorer, WSPRlite and DX10 are Trademarks of ECS Ltd t/a SOTABEAMS. (C) ECS Ltd 2016. All rights reserved.
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Posted by Jan de PA7O on 18th Jan 2017
Very easy setup, great quality as expected from Sotabeams. It works right away. I ordered the extra lowpass filter for 40 and 80 meters.
Thanks Richard for the afford.
Posted by John VK6JB on 18th Jan 2017
Great bit of gear, very very easy to set up and use.
Great quality from a great company, well done Richard and the SOTA Beams team.
Posted by Mark J on 10th Jan 2017
I'm using this to test various antennas. After a test period of 3 days (default setting), I store a CSV file offline and begin testing another antenna. I then run a scatter plot, in a spreadsheet, of snr vs. distance overlaying each antenna run for comparison. Very helpful!!
Posted by chris_debian (M6BSN) on 8th Jan 2017
I was pleased to receive the 20m WSPRLite, just before Christmas. Being a Linux user, I wasn't going to be able to use a Windoze box to do the initial WSPRLite configuration, and Richard from SOTABEAMS said that he would enter the information free of charge, before despatching.
I'd read different views of the best type of antenna to use, as I didn't have anything. Whilst looking on eBay, I came across a chap from Scotland, who builds good quality antennas. I contacted him, and told him what I needed. Robert 'Rab' Mcdonald <firstname.lastname@example.org> quickly came back to me, and being a GQRP enthusiast, he quickly understood my requirement, and made me a high quality antenna, at a surprisingly good price. I realised I needed to get an SMA adapter, because I didn't tell Rab the gender.. my fault.
Having set up the WSPRLite, I immediately got a 'spot' on eastern Sweden, and eastern Austria, which I was very pleased with.
Thanks to Richard for a great product, and Rab, who I would recommend wholeheartedly, for the great indoor antenna.
Posted by Unknown on 6th Jan 2017
I bought one of the first batch units but due antenna problems only recently I had time to use it. I also had a hard time to find a suitable power supply. All the mobile phone chargers I tried (about a dozen) were noisy, so I end up using an Alinco power supply with a lighter to USB socket. I know it's overkill, but does the job.
The configuration is a 5 minute job. Once the antenna is connected and the time synchronized, all you need to do is wait for reports.
Well, after 10 hours working, the result is not exceptional (nor is the antenna, a simple 10m end fed), but it's very good and I am pleased with the >1500 km report (I am running 200mW). Great little gadget in did.
By the way, this was my very first experience using WSPR.
73 FCosta, M0HOJ/CT1EAT
PS Wish list: time to be synchronized via GPS :o)
Posted by Emyr Morris on 5th Jan 2017
My first foray into WSPR.
I love to homebrew antennae and had constructed a magloop which I hadn't tested.
This little device is perfect for real world testing of a new antenna to see if the math and the construction have added up to a product that actually 'works'.
DXplorer is the icing on the cake allowing you to quickly compare your antenna with those nearby in real time.
Thank you de 2W0MWM
Posted by Alan Dimmick on 30th Dec 2016
This is my first venture into wspr - the little box really really does what it says - software is super ... tells you what you need to know...only took a few minutes to set up...works off a phone charger no problem. Being heard in USA and Canada each day using 200mW and an old Cobwebb antenna...will order the low pass filters very soon and try the lower bands.
Posted by Ian W6TCP on 29th Dec 2016
WSPRlite is such a great product! It took a bit of patience to get an order placed as they sell like hot cakes but I managed to be around at the right time and then purchased 2 of them plus the LPF kits.
Shipping to the USA was very quick even with the Christmas holiday. I was upset not to get the included sweets that the UK folk get :)
WSPRlite set up was a breeze, and I was amazed at where my signal was being heard! This is a fantastic product and can't wait to test other antennas. Like all Sotabeams products, it's well constructed with clear instructions and won't disappoint! Thanks Sotabeams!
73 de Ian W6TCP (G4YUZ)
Posted by Nick Perrott on 28th Dec 2016
It only took a few minutes to set up and then I was on 20m WSPR. I ran it for a few days then swapped to 30m. It was interesting to see the difference between the two bands using the same broad band dipole. The best is over 3,000km (VK2 to VK6) on 200mW. I can't wait to see what happens on the other bands once my low pass filter arrives.
Posted by email@example.com on 27th Dec 2016
That is a really usefull item. Easy to setup and work with. I used it to compare antennas and locations and also the varying conditions during the day. So many different applications for that product. And you do not only get a nice item, you also get great support from Sotabeams.
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