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NP2X US Virgin Islands flag US Virgin Islands

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QSL: K5WW

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Please QSL NP2X

VIA K 5 W W
PO Box 1074
Brackettville, TX 78832
 
Please call when you hear us in any contests. Look forward to working you!!

NP2X works thousands of QSOs in contests.  Many of those contacted want QSL cards.  Unfortunately if sufficient return postage is not included (either SASE or green stamps) we are unable to return your QSL directly.  Cards received via the bureau (or with insufficient postage) will be answered via the bureau.  

Similarly, NP2X does not participate in any on-line QSO confirmation methods (e-Ham, QRZ, etc.) other than LoTW.  Station operating time (= working QSOs!!) is maximized by not using these services.  ________________________________________________

2 July 15 - The D4C/b 2 meter beacon was copied by NP2X at 19:36z on 144.436 MHz.  Signals were 419 with heavy QSB.  

1 July 15 - At 23:50z, the NP2X 2 meter beacon (FK77pr) was copied and recorded by D44TS (DL3GCS) on 144.291 MHz.  This is a distance of 4,200+ km (2600+ miles).  The RST was 319 with QSB, however the beacon callsign and grid square are clearly audible on the recording.  D44TS is in grid square HK77ke running an Icom IC7000 (50w) and a 10 element yagi.  The NP2X beacon runs the equipment pictured below.  With conditions building in the next days, we are optimistic for a 2-way QSO!  EA8 and CT stations have been alerted!  

NP2X/b Beacon Information

Particulars about the beacon are:

  • Location: St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
  • Grid: FK77pr
  • Frequency: 144.291 MHz
  • Elevation: 380 feet AMSL (115 meters AMSL)
  • Xcvr: Kenwood TR-751A
  • Amplifier: RF Concepts 160 watt, reduced to 100 watts for beacon operation
  • Antenna: 15 element yagi @ beam heading of 55 degrees (Portgual)
  • Beacon Reports: Please spot the beacon on the cluster if you hear it!!
  • QSLs: Please QSL via my manager: K5WW.

Rack mounted beacon assembly

More Information

The NP2X/b beaconwas graciously supplied, and is owned by, Dave Pedersen, N7BHC /PJ4VHF and Paul, AA4ZZ.  The beacon is deployed during tropo season from my neighbor's house.  It does not operate 100% of the time, but rather on-demand when conditions are favorable for trans-oceanic propagation.  This is due to the fact that electrical power is very expensive here - ~US$0.50/kWh.  

The purpose of the beacon is to act as an indicator for enhanced trans-oceanic ducting conditions. For an in-depth discussion of this phenomenon, please see

http://sites.google.com/site/n7bhcvhf/files

Dave has kindly constructed these beacons at his own expense and through various beacon “hosts”, such as myself, hopes to strategically place beacons like this around the Atlantic basin. (5T, CU, D4, EA8, St. Barts, V5,VP9 ZD7, ZD8 and ZD9) More information about Dave’s passion, please see his home page at:

http://sites.google.com/site/n7bhcvhf/Home

The beacon antenna is pointed at Eruope (direction = Portugal) as an indicator of favorable conditions to permit North America to Europe VHF QSOs. It is hoped that ultimately this beacon will be an indicator of conditions favorable for the first North America to Europe QSO (non-satellite or EME), which will qualify for the Brendon Trophy. For an interesting discussion on this, please see

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Technology/tis/info/pdf/0208036.pdf

17°45'22.96"N, 64°44'22.60"W

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