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Hi all, name is Jeff and QTH is Ponce, Puerto Rico. I moved here from NY with my wife and daughter so we could help out a pastor in church and ministry at the Iglesia Pentecostal Unida de Ponce (Hechos 2:38!)

Lately my interest has been in weak-signal modes, and also HF packet.  HF APRS is found on 10.14760 MHz LSB, and conventional packet on 14.1050 MHz USB.  Very easy to get into HF APRS using two simple soundcard-based programs: CCMessenger APRS and UZ7HO SoundModem.  What is the most interesting about CCW Messenger APRS is that it uses other digi-modes besides conventional AX.25 300-baud AFSK for more reliable communication.  More info on setup here and here.  For normal HF packet, you can use UZ7HO EasyTerm.  These Windows programs all work fine using WINE on my Linux Mint machine.

My 10-meter CW beacon is a modified HyGain CB running at 4 watts on 28.222 MHz into a vertical.

My 6 meter CW beacon (temporarily off the air), is a Motorola Maxar on 50.064 MHz, at 10 watts into an OA-50 horizontal omni antenna.

Beacons are very useful as propagation indicators to specific areas, and also for further study of propagation phenomena. It is easy and inexpensive to set one up. Many CW beacons are old CB's modified for 10 meters and run 2, 3, or 4 watts. If you are interested in setting up a CW beacon, please contact Bill Hays at wj5o@troycable.net . He is the IARU Region 2 coordinator for HF beacons, and operates his own beacon on 28.289 MHz.  Check out his excellent 10 Meter Information website here.

73 Jeff KP3FT

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