[amsat-bb] Re: 2401 MHZ Beacon usage request

Stan, W1LE stanw1le at verizon.net
Fri Feb 4 17:52:37 PST 2011

I am in favor of any beacon in a ham band. The more beacons the merrier.

You are establishing a "presence" in a infrequently used ham band.

My estimate is that less than 10% of the users of a beacon ever report 
their use of a /B.

If I had my way, I would have a /B on every hamband 900 MHz and above, 
thru 240 GHz.

Just be sure to keep out of the passband of a satellite downlink or uplink.

Beacons are valuable and best considered a "labor of love".

We appreciate your /B.

Stan, W1LE     Cape Cod

On 2/4/2011 6:55 PM, Charlie -K3VDB- wrote:
>                   Hello AMSAT-BB;......I am trying to determine if the
> W3HMS beacon on 2401MHZ is being use by the Satellite community
> located in South/Central PA. We have
> not received any reports for some time and will not continue to
> support it if not needed.
>           It Is located in FM19qv (S/E of York PA.) It has been heard
> in MD and NJ.
>           For those who are not familiar with it, it has been on 24/7
> for>3 years and located at 1000ft on a 130ft tower. Its output is 1W
> to a RHCP Lindenblad Ant. Its CW Message
> contains 4 Telemetering channels and about 15 sec of solid carrier
> (then it repeat).
> A spread sheet decoder is available on request. The beacon is useful
> for Receive system testing and propagation analyzing etc.
> The 2401MHZ beacon is co-located with a 1296MHZ beacon and a 5760MHZ beacon.
> The ID message and telemetering is common to all 3 beacons.
>           More info is available from k3vdb at amsat.org
>           Please Let me know if any of these beacons are useful to you!!!
>           TNX
>           Charlie K3VDB
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