|Visualising propagation to mid-latitudes from a shipboard WSPR transmitter on a passage from 27˚N to 70˚S using the WsprDaemon database, and how to access the data
|Year of Conference
|Griffiths, G, Robinett, R
|HamSCI Workshop 2021
|Scranton, PA (Virtual)
WSPR transmitters and or receivers on polar research ships provide opportunities for several interesting propagation studies. Such studies include propagation across the Boreal and Austral Auroral Ovals with the ship working in the Polar Regions, or, as in this case, on mid-latitude propagation with the ship on transit. For RV Polarstern's voyage from Gran Canaria (27.5˚N) to Neumayer III station, Antarctica (70.5˚S) from 27 December 2020 – 18 January 2021 a WSPR transmitter (DP0POL) operated on all bands 160–10 meters. Heatmaps of the number of spots received in Europe and North America each hour, each day, and on each band have been generated from the WSPR data held on the WsprDaemon server. These spot-count heatmaps, proxies for circuit reliability, clearly delineate the diurnal variation in band opening times and how those diurnal variations vary systematically over a 100˚ span of latitude on the voyage south. However, quantitative assessment of the spot numbers needs care; the number of reporters receiving spots changes with time and distance. Furthermore, there were far fewer distinct reporters for the MF and upper HF bands (11 for 160 m and 14 for 10 m compared with 447 for 40 m and 473 for 20 m). The heatmaps of SNR show several intriguing features, including steps from no decodes to SNRs some 10 dB above the WSPR decoding threshold as bands open and close. A Grafana dashboard is available for all to explore at http://logs1.wsprdaemon.org:3000/d/QGlNSz-Gk_2 Other ways to obtain WSPR data from the WsprDaemon database are outlined, including using Octave, KNIME, R, Python, PySpark and Clickhouse. A worked example shows how to use Octave to generate a time sequence of great circle maps, as a movie, of where WSPR spots from DP0POL were received on the voyage from 27.5˚N to 70.5˚S.