Date : 18 / 07 / 2017
Author : Anthony Benbow – VK6AXB
Part of the International Beacon Project of the Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) and International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is VK6RBP that has been upgraded by the West Australian Repeater Group (WARG).
The NCDXF is rolling out its Beacon Version 2.0 controller and radio, and WARG are pleased to report that both have been installed. There are 18 NCDXF/IARU beacons around the globe, each transmitting in separate 10-second blocks across five bands, synchronised to repeat every three minutes. The network is a very useful propagation tool, but was becoming increasingly unreliable, mainly due to the aging equipment. These problems also affected VK6RBP, with extended time off air in the last year or two.
Credit for the installation and testing of the new VK6RBP goes mainly to Bob VK6ZGN, Trevor VK6MS, Graham VK6RO, and especially Walt N6XG and all at the NCDXF. Signal reports of VK6RBP are welcome.
All network beacons transmit CW on 14.100, 18.110, 21,150, 24.930, and 28.200. The CW ident and the first ‘dash’ are sent at 100W, with three dashes following at 10W, 1W and 100 mW respectively. More information about them is at NCDXF.ORG
VK6RBP has its licence paid by the Wireless Institute of Australia through its IARU international activities.