9/1/16 - Spare beacon, 50062 is now on the air with two watts. The high-powered beacon, "chirpy," should be back in the US within a week or two and will be repaired. It will revert to the 50040 frequency. In the meantime, I'm also trying to figure out how to get the spare on 50040. I have had no reports since the spare was put into service which isn't surprising. Thanks again for your support and patience.
The antenna is a Ringo Ranger. The beacon was upgraded from one watt to approximately 25 watts several years ago. Thanks to N3DB and W8IF for their assistance.
John Walker, WZ8D, provided the first beacon for FL16, located at Treasure Cay, Abaco. Subsequently, the beacon was relocated to the QTH of Bill Wiseman, C6AGN, which was about five miles away, over water. When Bill passed, it was hard to keep the beacon on the air due to power fluctuations and lack of someone trained in its operation.
The beacon is now located in the settlement of New Plymouth with folks around who know the difference between off and on and red and black. Cross your fingers!
Signal reports appreciated.
QSL via N4JQQ.
There is also the C6AFP repeater on 145.210 MHz. It is an MCC GE Master Exec II. The antenna is a 3dB Hustler Spirit commercial antenna at 160' on a Rohn self-supporting cellular tower in Treasure Cay. It is fed with Andrew 1 5/8" Heliax. Duplexers are WACOM.
It is one of only two 2 meter repeaters in the country.
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