This will be the last post for tonight.
I’ve gotten email about 3 new beacons. Let me summarize…
1) On 144.295, K8MM has a beacon from EN83fa, near Flint, MI. Beacon is up at 90′, with 10w going to the antenna, which is a horizontally polarized omnidirectional loop. The cw message is “V V V de K8MM/B EN83FA FLINT MI”, repeating about every 10 seconds.
K8MM has plans in the future to put up beacons for 50, 222 and 432 MHz. If I hear of anything concrete, I will post it here.
2) I’ve been hearing that there’s a new beacon around 144.290. This is the W9MUP beacon. In fact, when I look at W9MUP’s page at www.qrz.com, I see he has posted the following: “Have beacons @ 28.295.8 50.075.5,144.290, 432.315.5 , 1296.072.5 , 2304.041.5″ (I assume they are located at his EN52eo QTH, which is on basically on the WI/ILL border, SW of Madison, WI.)
3) A new 222 MHz beacon is on the air. Here’s the complete info, via a post to the Badger Contesters group by W9JJ:
Listen up for a new 222 Beacon…
Frequency – 222.058 MHz CW
Call sign – N9HF
Message – 30 second carrier followed by “de N9HF/BCN EN 52 Clinton, Wis”
Location – EN52nn – just North of I-43 in Clinton WI
Height – Antenna is at 120′ AGL (about 1000′ AMSL)
Rig – converted Midland 13-509
Power – 3.5 watts (at transmitter) into 120′ of 7/8ths Heliax
Antenna – Single horizontally-polarized Halo antenna on the mast at
the top the tower, on the South side of the mast.
Reception reports invited to “firstname.lastname@example.org”
Beacon went on the air at sundown today – 0001 GMT 8/23/14…
73 Bart W9JJ”
4) A nice listing of Midwest VHF/UHF beacons is here: http://www.nlrs.org/home/beacons
To that listing, I would also add that a beacon is on 432.300 – the W8GVK/B from EN63vb, Grand Haven, in western MI.
Two good listings of beacons are here: http://www.newsvhf.com/beacons2.html covers 144 MHz and higher
and… http://www.keele.ac.uk/depts/por/50.htm covers exclusively 50 MHz (6 meters)
Save those to your VHF/UHF favorites folder. Don’t rely on kc9bqa.com for your only source of beacon info. Also, don’t be surprised if a listed beacon is no longer on the air or if you hear a beacon that isn’t listed.