Look at wsprnet.org - there you can see what all the wspr listeners are hearing. That gives you a decent idea where the propagation is. Doesn't actually give a callsign to try - most of the wspr stations are unmanned, but add in pskreporter and you have a fairly good idea where's on
For me, I discovered that W1JT needed to be >-16dB here for it to be worthwhile calling the East coast on PSK31 - but I am only running 1W from a Softrock. You will quickly get an idea what wspr strength is enough - just remember to add in their TX dB level.
All my contacts beyond 4500 miles have needed a better mode than PSK31 - contestia or domino are good, mfsk16 isn't bad. 30m will yield decent DX if you are patient (or have a very good antenna). Contestia will work signals you can no longer see or hear - can be slightly spookey!
On Mon, 25 Jul 2011 00:20:56 -0000
> Hello All.,
> I was wondering if we could use the WSPR mode as a contact to set up a contact?
> I mean some of use wspr as a prop report, antenna analyzer, or just to see how far we can go. Think about it if we are all running wspr and spot someone we could try to work them and we would not have to watch a DX cluster. After we see the WSPR report we then switch over to RTTY, PSK, HELLSCribe, or our favorite digital mode to try to make contact.
> I know WSPR is not consider a "real" contact but since us 30m guys are die hard operators and band dedicated we can make it a real mode between our band. After all isn't that how the other modes became a real contact. Started with a few and became accepted world wide.
> Just thoughts from a 30m guy.
> We can make it a contest among ourselves.