I read today that a station was using 400 watts on WSPR. Why?
Jay - VE3SWS wrote on wsprnet.org:
Hahahaha - that's funny - maybe more pathetic. I get 14,000+ km reports on 20 meter WSPR with 100 mW! On the other hand, I do use 2757 watts ERP occasionally on 2 meter WSPR, but that's a whole different animal. I have actually found that if you use too much power on HF, the signal is over-driven and not able to be decoded anyway. Never mind the fact that usually the over driven signal is splattering the hell out of everything within 2.5 Kcs and ruining the experience for other hams.
Same thing on JT65HF though. Some macho guys using 80 watts or more and desensitise the whole JT65 band. And, for what ever reason, they still don't realize their distorted signal cannot be decoded. Still too much "10-4 Good Buddy" mentality out there - More power is not always more distance. Sometimes more power is NO distance because their data is not decode-able. These guys should just put some echo and a roger beep on their WSPR And JT65HF signals - it would perform just about as well.
I thought: maybe 1 watt tonight and the audio almost down, and see where I am reported tonight. Well, I was very surprised to see this results.