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Reverse beacon network


I coincidentally came across the reverse beacon network: http://www.reversebeacon.net

which is a network of - mostly, methinks - SDR and skimmer software. I was quite surprised to find the following spots which have been recorded recently while I was on OE/TI-188:

DX de VE2WU-#: 14057.9 OE/DL4CW/P 07 dB 25 WPM CQ 1039Z FN35 2011-09-15 10:39:44
RBN DX de OH6BG-#: 14058.0 OE/DL4CW/P 24 dB 25 WPM CQ 1032Z 2011-09-15 10:32:29
RBN DX de LA5EKA-#: 14058.0 OE/DL4CW/P 13 dB 25 WPM CQ 1032Z JO59 2011-09-15 10:32:27
RBN DX de GW8IZR-#: 14058.0 OE/DL4CW/P 29 dB 25 WPM CQ 1032Z 2011-09-15 10:32:22

which means the VE2WU skimmer was able to hear my 5 wtts at 7dB SNR (which should be sufficient to establish a cw qso). While these skimmer spots normally do annoy me when I am operating from home they could be very helpful for the activator (and chaser of course) in all terms of SOTA DX… always provided they act upon the dictum “less will be more”

73 Bernhard DL4CW


In reply to DL4CW:

Hi Bernhard.

When I’m in a summit, use this tool to see if the propagation is short or longe, or if the band is open, and work very well …

Also the W3LPL skimmer have good" ears. Many times wen copy me with 5w, I work N4EX in Many cases… He have also very good ears…

73 de Jose.


In reply to EA2EA:

Hi Jose,

many thanks for your reply! Unfortunately I am without internet access on the summits (yet), I don’t even have a mobile network available from time to time. But I agree with you, using this feature to check propagation for DX would be quite comfortable and really nice to have. Maybe I could convince Santa to drop a smartphone into my chimney when he passes next :wink:

73 Bernhard DL4CW