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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 (third party LINUX and Mac support available at WSPRlite Facebook Group), WSPRlite only needs a USB power supply to operate (no need to tie up your computer). WSPRlite operates on 630-160-80-40-30-20m. The unit contains filters for 30 m and 20 m operation. Operation on other bands requires band-specific lowpass filters. We can supply a kit with filters for 160-80-40m . 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 3:1 recommended
Frequency range 630-160-80-40-30-20m (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: micro 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 Tony on 20th Mar 2017
very good amazing results
Posted by John Elliott on 9th Mar 2017
With advancing age , I seem to be pressing the Reset button on amateur transceivers when I muck up one of the 100 settings they all seem to have these days. The radio works and the software is clearly laid out and not overcomplicated.
Posted by Roger N Dixon G3SNT on 8th Mar 2017
A well designed and made unit that will withstand all sorts of experimental environments. It was up and running within 30 minutes of delivery and having been familiar with WSPR, I could'nt wait to see the spots from 200mW of power into my 20m Ground Plane. There was real excitement anticipating the results, reminiscent of my early forays into Ham radio over 50 years ago. I continue to be amazed at the DX propagation achieved with such low power when overall HF conditions are currently so poor.
The software package is well structured and extremely useful for all manner of antenna and propagation experimentation and so useful to have access to real time data on my mobile whenever I choose.
The configuration software is very easy to use and the whole set up should hold no fears for any potential user.
I have now built and employed the SOTAbeams Low Pass Filter, another excellent product to enable maximum use of the WSPRlite device. In short, one of the best purchases for the Shack in many years!
Posted by Unknown on 6th Mar 2017
I had this installed and running on my antenna within 15 minuties and started seeing reports at the url provided as part of the purchase. Love this product!
Posted by Sergey Kuzmin on 4th Mar 2017
Fantastic job with WSPRlite + DXPLORER >>> just everything PERFECTLY
Drift =0! in 1 hours 40m got 200 spots
Posted by George K2WO on 4th Mar 2017
I received my WSPRLite from across the pond in record time. Within 10 Minutes of opening the package I had it up and running. It works great and I am having great fun checking all of my antennas that I use for portable operation. This is a truly innovative device and makes getting on WSPR easy. Thanks!!
Posted by Ken Ginn on 24th Feb 2017
You get bombarded with review request from suppliers, and I wonder why I should make silly reviews on components such as cable glands and connectors from Amazon. But.... I have been compelled to write a review on this device.
This device ordered a few weeks ago, and from my experience is a great little device that I have to speak very highly of. There are several features I like, these being the fact that I no longer have to run a PC with a radio and associated power requirements. It runs from my Samsung mobile phone battery charger perfectly. I have run antenna tests on WSPR for a number of years, nominally 5 watts on 30m with an IC7410 and a fast PC. But having the chance of running 200mW into the verticals in the garden I nearly fell off my chair when I had spots of over 17,000km with the transmitter.
It really goes to show how far a 200mW signal will go on 30m.
Great little device, simple to set up and use.
Posted by N7DH/1 on 24th Feb 2017
This little unit has reminded me how much fun low power, even very low power, can be with either luck or great engineering. Whether it's a 15-minute Q5 CW QSO from W4 to ZL with no s-meters even wiggling or now reception reports from the WSPRlite, communication on the edge can be a thrill. Highly recommended.
Posted by Ken GM4JMU on 22nd Feb 2017
This is an ingenious and thoughtfully designed device. Its flexibility in being able to work on several bands and the well designed user interface make it both useful and a joy to use. I had mine working within minutes (using Windows 7) and have already learnt a lot about my antennas and propagation that would take months of normal operating to accumulate. SOTABeam can feel justifiable pride in an excellent product. I would also congratulate the team on a very informative promo video- well done.
Posted by Alan VK6CQ on 21st Feb 2017
This is a great little package for anyone wanting to get started in WSPR. Very easy to set up and use.
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