Beacon News28 July 2016

The 'new look' GB3MCB now operational

Posted by Trev, G3ZYY

Most will be familiar with the GB3MCB beacon in IO70. It has been upgraded and is currently running a 1 minute cycle comprising carrier, Call-Sign in FSK and data in PI4 format. Still on its original frequency of 50.043 MHz, it is the first beacon on 50MHz in the UK that will eventually form part of the synchronised beacon chain. The upgrade has been funded by UKSMG.
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DX News17 March 2015

Dominica, J7

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Goran, SM5AWU is actually active from Dominica as J79AWU on 20-6m RTTY and Digital modes. QSL J79AWU via SM5AWU, bureau or direct.
 
 
 
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DX News08 March 2015

9H on 70MHz

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I would like to announce that as from 13th February 2015 we were assigned the allocation of 70 - 70.5 MHz as as secondary allocation for amateur use.

73s Ivan 9H1PI. M.A.R.L. Secretary.

Tnx OZ6OM
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Beacon News19 February 2015

WG2XPN 70 MHz Beacon update

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Brian WA1ZMS, licensee of the 3 kW ERP 70.005 MHz WG2XPN beacon, reports the license has been renewed until May 1, 2017 

The Experimental License for WG2XPN with one-way only beacon operations on 70.005 MHz with 3 kW ERPd from here in the US (QTH: FM07fm) has been renewed until May 1, 2017.

As such, it gives the only 4m North American beacon a chance to be heard via TA in the Europe for another 2 years. That's a good thing in my mind. Thanks again goes to the FCC & the Society of Broadcast Engineers here in the US for their continued support; after all this portion of spectrum is still reserved for TV service only and no US 4m ham band appears possible in the future. 

I am always hoping for a repeat of the 7000+km Eskip DX reports that took place in 2013. To all EU stations on 4m: Remember to point your beams West during Eskip season and give a long listen on 70.005MHz. You might just hear something!

Thanks UK Beacons Yahoo Group https://groups.yahoo.com/group/UK_Beacons
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Silent Keys26 January 2015

Cedric Rourke, CT3FT (GI3IVJ), - Silent Key

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CT3FT (GI3IVJ), Cedric J. Rourke, has died. GI4OCK, Stewart, says he was "A lovely man, well into his 80s, but was still seeking out the two or three remaining entities he needed. He maintained regular skeds with his friends back home in GI." Cedric began SWLing as a schoolboy in 1949 in Be fast, Ireland. He studied for the ham test and passed in 1952. His father got the GI3JIM call at about the same time and they set up a station together. Cedric became a high school physics teacher in 1955. With several QTH moves, he ended up with a rural hilltop QTH in County Down, with an 80-foot tower and 5-band quad. Then working DX became easy. With early retirement, he moved to Madeira and started DXing all over again with his CT3FT call and CS3T during contests. He liked CW in the mornings on 160, 80, 40 and 30, especially at dawn, then SSB later in the day on higher HF bands.
 
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Propagation13 November 2014

A new Propagationtool for us.

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Beacon News01 November 2014

HG1BTV on 50.480MHz

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One year ago we announced HG5BTV beacon from a TV broadcast station that was in operation for half year only because its antenna was removed in March 2014. HA1YA could find a new location inside another TV broadcast station and installed with a new call sign HG1BTV on October 30
The exceptional antenna together with a QRP transmit power generate over 500W ERP in every direction with very flat radiation pattern. We expect the new Hungarian beacon will help to discover intercontinental openings. We optimized its identification CW message to be easily and quickly recognized by CW Skimmers. Because of its vertically polarized antenna system we do not expect long distance tropo observations. We do not expect meteor scatter reflection indication either because of its extremely narrow radiation pattern. Our Budapest WebSDR provides still solid observation from almost 200km distance. 
Submitted by Tamas, HA5PT
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DX News26 October 2014

IK1EGC/MM and IZ1BPN/MM Pacific Ocean Grid Squares

Posted by Chris, W3CMP

Hi Guys, I'm sorry to announce that our planned Maritime Mobile activity in the Pacific Ocean wet squares has been postponed. We will let you know new date soon as possible. Please be so kind to update your bullettins. Best regards Dan, IK1EGC
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