QRSS on 40m. It’s got to be better than 30m.

I’ve mentioned QRSS a few times and have put together a good page all about it on the Martello Tower Group website which you can read by clicking here.  I’ve tried running it on 30m from this QTH either through my long wire or a cobbled together dipole in the loft but neither method has been successful.  A couple of weeks ago I did some testing using my long wire aerial and I ran a WSPR transmitter on 30m for quite a few hours with the result that I didn’t hear a single station and nobody heard me.  I think I’ve proven that my aerial is useless on 30m.

I built myself a 40m QRSS kit soon after building the 30m one and have just got around to boxing it all up and trying it out.

40m QRP Labs QRSS Transmitter

40m QRP Labs QRSS Transmitter

In order to see what 40m is doing, I ran WSPR for two transmit cycles and a quick check over at the Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network showed the following:

Weak signal propagation on 40m

Weak signal propagation on 40m

Clearly my 5 watts on 40m WSPR was performing quite well so I disconnected my aerial from the radio and connected the QRSS transmitter as shown above.

I’ll leave it running overnight and hopefully there will be some signal reports tomorrow but then again, QRSS is all about being patient so there may not be.

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