In march 2016 I had a spare HF transciever in my shack and was thinking what to do with it. Also I had a Butternutt HF9V who I only use in the winter time when I like to compair other HF antennes to see how the performance is. When I was looking at some websites on the internet I saw Mark PA5MW his page where he was monitoring the IBP project. This stands for International Beacon project. This beacon project started in 1979 on several freqeuncys from 20 up to 10 meter. There are 18 beacons around the world, each beacon transmits once on each band once every 3 minutes 24 hours a day seven days a week. A transmission consist of the callsign of the beacon sent at 22 wpm followed by four one-second dashes. The callsign and the first dash are sent at 100 watts, the remaining dashes are sent at 11 watts, 1 watt and 100 mW. At the end of each 10 second transmission the beacon steps to the next higher band and the next beacon in the sequence begins transmitting. If you like to read more about the history from this project look here:
If you now put the radio and antenne together and start to listen on the frequencys where the beacons are transmitting you can monitor for yourself the beacons and learn to understand how propagation is working on the higher HF bands. But why not share this information with other Hams in your neighbourhood or maybe around the world? Is it difficult to do? No it is not! I will explain it to you how to do this.
The Faros program from VE3NEA automates the monitoring of the beacons and saves the daily result as gif files which can be uploaded to a web site. Ofcourse you can create your own website and upload the data. At the website from VE3SUN is a demonstration page in html, if you download this one and you follow the instruction at his site then your website is ready in one hour! Upload it make some advertising to friends and everywhere and now other Hams can look at how the propagation is at your location.
My website you can found at: www.pe9dx.com
For more information look at the next websites:
The transciever I use for monitoring the beacons is a Kenwood TS-440:
The antenne I use for monitoring the beacons is a Butternutt HF9V:
PE9DX - Drieborg - JO33OE - Netherlands.
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