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Past calls: HL9FF (Korea), DA1MB (Germany), 7J7ACQ (Japan)

10m CW beacon on 28.2615 MHz

Activated: 9 April, 2006

XMTR: Radio Shack HTX-100, running 5W.

Controller: Expanded Spectrum Systems "Freakin' Beacon II". Operates continuously, 10 WPM.

Antenna: Attic dipole running E-W; approx 15 feet above ground; Inverted V configuration.

Recently (Nov 2012) added a 6m beacon on 50.073 MHz.

- 6m beacon xmtr is a Yaesu FT-857 (non "D" model) running 5 watts with its internal keyer; CW mode.

- 6m antenna is a speaker wire dipole in the bonus room over the garage with the wire running N-S and thumbtacked to the ceiling. 

- Since I had originally planned to run the 6m beacon only temporarily, I used the K4AVU "Boo Wig" center conductor for the antenna since it's great for temp/portable set ups. It works great, so left it up. For more info see "www.k4avu.webs.com". Interesting gadgets there. 

- So far the 6m beacon has been heard in Canada, Michigan and Illinois, New Hampshire and a few others. 

- See DX Summit for the latest reports, 6m is amazing when it opens.

- 6m beacon was originally constructed to help a buddy in the next town over check his 6m receiver.

- It received so many reports from afar I just decided to leave it running permanently (see the DX Summit reports on the 6m beacon) .

-Grid: EM93tw

QTH: Sumter, South Carolina, USA

N 33 deg 55.7 min - W 80 deg 23.8 min

As of 23 September 2011, the 10m beacon has been heard (one or more times) in:

- South Carolina

- New Hampshire

- Wisconsin

- Texas

- Michigan

- New York/Connecticut border (from AE5X mobile with a Hamstick)

- Indiana

- Rhode Island

- Puerto Rico

- Washington State

- Ohio

- Pennsilvania

- Florida

- New Jersey

- Tennessee

- Connecticut

- New York

- Oklahoma

- Massachusetts

- Arizona

- North Dakota

- Georgia

- Alabama (added Nov 2009)

- Kentucky (added Jan 2010)

- California (added March, 2011)

- Maui, Hawaii (added September, 2011)

And the following countries:

- Panama

- Canada

- Argentina

- Brazil

- Russia

- Spain (added March, 2011)

- Greece (added August, 2011)

- New Zealand (added September, 2011)

- Great Britan (added October, 2011)

-- Please note that most of these 10 meter reception reports are from a 5W CW signal to an attic dipole at the BOTTOM of the sunspot cycle! Yes, you CAN be heard with low power and a minimal antenna setup - go for it!

For more 10m beacon info, see:

http://www.weaksignals.com/

http://www.ac6v.com/beacons.htm

http://www.explore.force9.co.uk/beacons/idealbeacon.htm

http://www.qsl.net/wj5o/

http://userpages.troycable.net/~wj5o/  (Bill, WJ5O, is the IARU Region 2 10m Beacon Coordinator)

ALASKA now has a 10m beacon on 28.2392 MHz!

See: http://www.al7fs.us/Beacon.html

http://www.al7fs.us/

As of October 2007 South Carolina now has a 2m beacon on the air. Look for:

W4CRZ/B on 144.277 MHz

5W CW to a KB6KQ Loop at 20'

Operates 24/7.

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