Transatlantic Beacon 144.400 - GN37js
The beacon is recently out
of order due to interference problems.
The Marconi Radio Club of Newfoundland
and the Baccalieu Amateur Radio Club of Carbonear have been
successful in placing a VHF Transatlantic beacon on
the air. The beacon is transmitting on 144.400MHz. The transmitter
250 W PA is the same one previously used by VE1SMU beacon.
The VHF exciter board and the CW ID board have been built
by Joe Craig VO1NA. The 11 element Cushcraft yagi, 1/2 inch
hardline feeder and 35 amp power supply to run the beacon
have been donated by Frank VO1HP. The yagi and feeder were
installed by Boyd VO1CBS, Roy VO1XP and Joe VO1NA on August
30, 2003. The repeater site is in the middle of a large field
at a turkey farm!!....and it has a clear view of the North
Atlantic ocean through the mouth of Conception Bay on the
South East coast of VO1 land. It is in the town of Carbonear
at co-ordinates N47 45'24" W53 12'59" [GN37js]
with the antenna is at about 300' (90m) ASL.
Transatlantic VHF beacon VO1ZA was placed on the air October
19, 2003 at 1330UTC on 144.400Mhz by Frank VO1HP and Boyd
VO1CBS. The beacon is sponsored by the Marconi Radio Club
of Newfoundland and the Baccaleiu Amateur Radio Klub. All
beacon co-ordinates and information previously released to
the public are still valid. Any amateur station who claims
to have heard this beacon are asked to send reports via e-mail
to either firstname.lastname@example.org or
email@example.com. Please describe
what you have heard and if possible the complete information
being transmitted by the beacon."
Nov. 3. 2001: Strong Tropo opening in Europe
and a tropo link across the Atlantic Ocean to Stateside?
Transatlantische Funkverbindungen auf 144 MHz by DF5AI, [more]
(German language *.pdf document)
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