I was trying to focus on 40 meters for the eclipse due to the fact that the D layer was going to be most affected by this event. It’s usually pretty tough for me to pickup 40 meter spots on WSPR during the day except for the operators in the surrounding states usually.
Check this out….
My WSPR spots almost follow the path of the eclipse! Could be just coincidence – look how the number of WSPR users peaked yesterday!
After checking out the S/N reports from stations along the path, they really varied across the board. I was expecting to see possibly stronger signal reports from those stations, but still surprised I received 40m stations as far away as Washington.
I plan on using WSPR more in my antenna comparisons henceforth. Having some type of tangible data is always useful when experimenting. I’ve since purchased a second WSPRlite device so I can simultaneously test antennas in the same environment with the same propagation condx. There weren’t many stations on digi modes yesterday surprisingly – so I hopped over to WSPR and let the station run while I ran outside to checkout the sun. Luckily my neighbor hopped over with some solar eclipse glasses & let me borrow! How amazing. Just to think – in 2024 this will happen again once more in our lifetime – and Austin will be completely in the path of totality! That’s a ways away though… Hope everyone had an enjoyable eclipse experience.