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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 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 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 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.
Posted by Norman on 20th Feb 2017
Now I can see how my various antenna designs perform. It's amazing how far 200mW will go. It was very easy to set up with Win 10 and ready to go within minutes.
Posted by Serge on 19th Feb 2017
Probably the most useful tool in my shack, WSPRlite tells me all there is to know about my antennas.
It also gives me a live image of propagation.
I now have a very sharp and precise representation of the angles of radiation of my antennas, and they are very different from the preconceived ideas from the manuals !
Because there are so many factors that influence the radiation of a signal from an aerial, that make the WSPRlite an indispensable tool.
It tells you where your the signal actually is heard, where it gets to, rather that what comes out of the antenna...!
Posted by Richard Youell on 15th Feb 2017
I had the WSPRlite setup and configured within a few minutes. The PDF instructions were easy to follow. I connected it to my garden long wire via an ATU and set the TX to 200mW on 30m. I had a couple of dozen 'spots' after just two 2 minute WSPR cycles, including 2 'across the pond', 4000km+ spots. Fantastic. I'm going to have a lot of fun experimenting with antennas, locations and propagation effects with this little beauty. I've been QRT for the last 25 years and this WSPR thing (together with a recently acquired SDR receiver) has rekindled my interest in amateur radio.
73s de G4VME
Posted by henry on 14th Feb 2017
easy to use and fast to set up with in days I know I needed a better antenna put the new one up and could see it was 5x better so I would say buy one if youwant to see how you are getting out
Posted by Duncan, G3WZD on 14th Feb 2017
This has been my first real foray into Low power digi-modes and I am amazed at the results which can be achieved. WSPRlite is extremely easy to use and is a great tool for checking propagation & testing various antennas. WSPRlite is clearly one of the best additions to my shack for quite some time!
Posted by Norman on 13th Feb 2017
What a fun antenna testing device, spots starting appearing very shortly after hooking up to my home made vertical leaving no doubt the vertical is working...
Also gives me a view of how the band is looking from my part of the
No problems at all setting up , a great
antenna testing device for checking in real time.
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