I believe WSPR is a great tool to evaluate station/antenna performance.
I used the WSPRnet’s data base and downloaded the 10m WSPR data for all stations decoded by myself and a fellow amateur, Kevin ZS6KMD located some 20 km north of me yesterday.
I was using a simple dipole beaming E/W at 8m agl, I think Kevin also uses a dipole, but I am not sure of the orientation and height agl.
IMHO this is a sure fire way of comparing apples with apples.
Info gleamed from this test:
The band opened and closed at about the same time (Duh...)
I decoded a few more stations than he did, 569 vs. 468.
The strongest signal decoded by me was +2 dB vs. -5 dB by Kevin.
Weakest signal decoded was -32 dB !!
It appears as if my antenna was performing slightly better (between 2 and 13 dB)
I should stop playing and build my Ultimate 3S WSPR beacon.....
|WSPR ZS6A vs ZS6KMD 10m decodes|