WSPR signals heard from E51EME

August 12, 2009 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I still check my WSPR station logs each morning when I wake up. This morning I spotted the callsign E51EME, coming from grid square BG08. I’ve come to realize that many of these spots which include only a four element grid designator are spurious bad decodes, and I didn’t recognize the prefix (I’m not much of a DX-er). But still, it decoded multiple times:

Timestamp Call MHz SNR Drift Grid Pwr Reporter RGrid km az
 2009-08-12 12:16   E51EME   10.140137   -22   0   BG08   5   K6HX   CM87ux   7649   30 
 2009-08-12 11:44   E51EME   10.140136   -20   -1   BG08   5   K6HX   CM87ux   7649   30 
 2009-08-12 11:32   E51EME   10.140137   -18   0   BG08   5   K6HX   CM87ux   7649   30 
 2009-08-12 11:24   E51EME   10.140136   -17   0   BG08   5   K6HX   CM87ux   7649   30 
 2009-08-12 11:14   E51EME   10.140137   -15   0   BG08   5   K6HX   CM87ux   7649   30 
 2009-08-12 11:06   E51EME   10.140135   -12   0   BG08   5   K6HX   CM87ux   7649   30 
 2009-08-12 10:56   E51EME   10.140137   -12   0   BG08   5   K6HX   CM87ux   7649   30 
 2009-08-12 10:44   E51EME   10.140135   -10   0   BG08   5   K6HX   CM87ux   7649   30 
 2009-08-12 10:32   E51EME   10.140137   -11   0   BG08   5   K6HX   CM87ux   7649   30 
 2009-08-12 10:12   E51EME   10.140137   -11   0   BG08   5   K6HX   CM87ux   7649   30 
 2009-08-12 10:04   E51EME   10.140136   -14   0   BG08   5   K6HX   CM87ux   7649   30 
 2009-08-12 09:56   E51EME   10.140137   -17   0   BG08   5   K6HX   CM87ux   7649   30 
 2009-08-12 09:44   E51EME   10.140136   -18   -1   BG08   5   K6HX   CM87ux   7649   30 
 2009-08-12 09:34   E51EME   10.140137   -18   0   BG08   5   K6HX   CM87ux   7649   30 
 2009-08-12 09:24   E51EME   10.140136   -20   -1   BG08   5   K6HX   CM87ux   7649   30 
 2009-08-12 09:16   E51EME   10.140137   -19   0   BG08   5   K6HX   CM87ux   7649   30 
 2009-08-12 09:04   E51EME   10.140136   -19   -1   BG08   5   K6HX   CM87ux   7649   30 
 2009-08-12 08:52   E51EME   10.140136   -19   0   BG08   5   K6HX   CM87ux   7649   30 

A quick trip to QRZ.com verified that this was indeed a real call, Bob Sutton from Raratonga, in the Cook Islands. Very cool.

E51EME in Raratonga, the Cook Islands

E51EME in Raratonga, the Cook Islands

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Comment from Bill I0/N2CQR
Time 8/14/2009 at 9:25 pm

Mark: That “EME” suffix is interesting. Makes me think that Bob is into earth-moon-earth work also. Another area in which WSPR or similar software would be very useful. 73 Bill

Comment from Bob ZL1RS / E51EME
Time 10/14/2009 at 3:57 am

Yep, that was me while visiting with Victor E51CG. We had just installed his new antenna system and I left the WSPR mode running to see how propagation was on the 30M sloper. 73, Bob.

BTW, I did an EME operation from Rarotonga earlier in 2009 and worked 145 stations “off the moon” using K1JT’s other software masterpiece WSJT in JT65b mode.

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