DP0GVN: WSPR beacon in Antarctica
A few days ago, the ARRL site announced that DARC, in cooperation with two German universities, would install a WSPR receiver and beacon in Antarctica. The receiver is based on the Red Pitaya development board, which can function as an SDR transmitter and receiver. The callsign would be DP0GVN.
According to the entry in QRZ.COM, DPØGVN is a club station located at the German Antarctic Research Station "Neumayer III" in Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica. The call sign is regularly being activated by station personnel as well as visitors.
This morning I transmitted on 40 m (7 MHz) WSPR with 5W and I was glad to see on WSPRnet that DP0GVN received my signal and reported it to the server.
Timestamp Call MHz SNR Drift Grid Pwr Reporter RGrid km az
2018-01-22 02:34 SV1XV 7.040074 -20 -1 KM18ua 5 DP0GVN IB59uh 12356 191
2018-01-22 02:12 SV1XV 7.040072 -18 0 KM18ua 5 DP0GVN IB59uh 12356 191
2018-01-21 18:20 SV1XV 7.040074 -26 -4 KM18ua 5 DP0GVN IB59uh 12356 191
Now I hope to receive their WSPR signal, they transmit with 5W on a vertical antenna, usually on 10 and 14 MHz, but the noise level at my location is much higher.