24 Aug 2010

62km with QRPp and earth electrodes on 137.675kHz

Today I ran an earth electrode transmission test with Mike G3XDV in Welwyn Garden City 62km away. I put my QRSS3 8-10uW ERP beacon on and Mike took regular screen shots through the day until mid afternoon. Although unable to copy the message in QRSS3, when using QRSS30 speed for reception the start and end of the message sequences (9 mins 7 seconds apart) could clearly be seen. He was able to precisely detect when the beacon was turned off. Mike estimates another 6-10dB should allow him to read the message properly. Signals were weaker later, possibly because of rain here altering the effective loop size within the ground.

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