American_Infidel wrote:I don't think it is meant to be a means of communicating.....to be used more for seeing when the bands"open"
That's right. Its main use is as a tool for checking propagation conditions. It's only useful if other people are running it.
It runs on a single fixed frequency, listens for other stations then transmits its own call and position.
I can see advantages of stations using it during an extended emergency though. As an example, you don't need to check the website to see the contacts. It is displayed on the screen so you could see when you have the best chance of contacting a remote station.
Maybe I could write a small batch file that would open the program and set the frequency (program and radio as the program can do this via CAT) according to a list at a set time. Like:
10:00 - 1.8366
10:10 - 3.5941
10:20 - 7.0386
10:30 - 10.1367
10:40 - 14.0956
10:50 - 28.1246
That way, every station running the same list gets a view of band conditions and signal strengths of other stations. WSPR can also pass a small amount of information that is supposed to be used to send a locator. It could be programmed to send the best frequency that the remote station is being received on. It only requires a few watts of output (recommended is 5W) so in a long term situation where radio is the only form of contact between remote camps, a small, low powered pc running WSPR and a small, low powered HF transceiver could provide a easy way to ensure the best freq is used for comms.
I believe that something like this is already in use with the armed forces?