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) .
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
- New York/Connecticut border (from AE5X mobile with a Hamstick)
- Rhode Island
- Puerto Rico
- Washington State
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Dakota
- Alabama (added Nov 2009)
- Kentucky (added Jan 2010)
- California (added March, 2011)
- Maui, Hawaii (added September, 2011)
And the following countries:
- 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://userpages.troycable.net/~wj5o/ (Bill, WJ5O, is the IARU Region 2 10m Beacon Coordinator)
ALASKA now has a 10m beacon on 28.2392 MHz!
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'
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