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The beacon on 432.430 MHz is located at the BT radio station at Fairseat in Kent, 10 kms South of Gravesend and 2 kms North East of Wrotham village. The site is 205 metres ASL on the North Downs.

GB3UHF was brought into service in June 2016 as part of a national 70cms beacon plan, and provides a facility to directly compare signals at VHF using GB3VHF and GB3UHF simultaneously. The GB3UHF 70cms beacon has a very similar keying pattern to the GB3VHF 2M beacon and also uses the same type and directions of antennas, and a similar E.R.P. Thus the beacon will provide a very useful propagation indicator at three times the GB3VHF frequency.

The beacon antennas are two 3 element yagis beaming 288 & 348 degrees which provide coverage of all of Britain and Ireland. The keying format uses exactly the same timing as used on GB3VHF thus the user will know at any time what both beacons are doing and this will make comparisons easier. The beacon sends CW using FSK on the odd minute and JT65B on the even minute. Both the beacon frequency and ID timings are GPS controlled.

More details on the website www.gb3vhf.co.uk

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