NCDXF/IARU International Beacon Project

Reverse Beacon Network


What Beacons are Being Heard?

There are three ways to determine which beacons are being heard in various parts of the world. You can check for reception reports (spots) made manually by amateurs who have heard the beacons and have posted a spot on a local DX Cluster or directly to DX Summit. Or, you can check with web pages showing automated reception reports of the beacons by Faros software or the Reverse Beacon Network.

IBP-RBN Challenge!

Can you hear all the beacons from your location?

Can you hear them all in one day?

On August 20, 2017 at 1941 UTC, the CS3B beacon from Madeira began transmitting with the new version 2 beacon hardware. For the first time ever, all 18 beacons in the International Beacon Project are operating at the same time on all 5 bands.

The opportunity to hear all 18 beacons in one day has never occurred before. Now is your chance. Before lightning strikes a beacon station, or a hurricane knocks down an antenna, or a component fails, or the rig is stolen, as has happened before every time we were close to 100%. Many of the beacons are in remote locations on mountain tops or subject to the corrosion of salt air by the sea shore. We try to keep them all on the air, but you can never tell when one will go down for some time.

On August 27, OH6BG's skimmer picked up VK6RBP and JA2IGY making him the first RBN-op to report all 18 beacons. Over the 3 day period from August 25 to 27 he heard them all. Congratulations!

Jari tells me that they run a QS1R, a 10dB preamp and a TH7DXX at 40m ASL (by the sea) plus a multiband vertical in an extremely quiet QTH on an island south of Vaasa. They turned the antenna on Sunday to pick up the missing beacons. Jari's propagation tools probably helped.

On November 7, 2017, with few hours of daylight in Finland and despite an active G2 level geomagnetic storm spreading a broad aurora, OH6BG managed to hear all 18 beacons in one UTC day. Solar flux was 68, the estimated A-index was 36 and K was 6. These were not the conditions in which we would expect this to happen.

On April 26, 2018, WZ7I unblocked spots of 4U1UN, and became the second spotter to have reported all 18 beacons. Locals had requested he not spot 4U1UN.

On April 27, 2018, DJ9IE joined the elite club of spotters to report all 18 beacons.

2018-06-20
RBN-OpReportsBeacons
DJ9IE32612
ON5KQ19311
WZ7I16810
OH6BG-11959
VU3KAZ1708
WA7LNW2157
CT1BOH1527
W7HR1426
VE7CC3056
KO7SS1376
HB9DCO796
JH7CSU-195
W3OA584
N6TV1684
KM3T554
9M2CNC814
VE6WZ423
KM3T-2233
HB9DQM103
G0LUJ63
3B8CW273
WQ5O342
VK2GEL202
NC7J162
9V1RM102
WI5V51
W3UA61
W2AXR131
K1TTT31
HA6PX61
DO4DXA51
DL9GTB21
2017-08-20 to 2018-06-20
RBN-OpBeacons
WZ7I18
OH6BG18
OH6BG-118
GW8IZR18
DJ9IE18
ZL4YL17
ON5KQ17
JF2IWL17
G0LUJ17
CT1BOH17
W7HR16
VU2PTT16
SK3W16
KM3T16
HA6PX16
DL9GTB16
WE9V15
VU3KAZ15
VE7CC15
KU7T15
KM3T-215
HB9DCO15
KO7SS14
ES5PC14
DL3KR14
WA7LNW13
W4KCN13
W3OA13
VE6WZ13
VE2WU13
SK3W-113
K1TTT13
F5KEQ13
N6TV12
JF2IWL/212
9M2CNC12
W4KKN11
K2PO11
AA4VV11
WZ7I/310
SE0X10
NC7J10
JS1JRZ/210
9V1RM10
3B8CW10
VK2GEL9
DO4DXA9
DL8LAS9
CX6VM9
VE7CC-78
UA6SWL8
N7TR8
N4ZR/38
K3PA8
G4ZFE8
DK0KK8
CX7ACH8
W2AXR7
VU2CPL7
VK3FFB7
NH6HI7
N6WIN7
JH7CSU-17
HB9JCB7
DQ8Z7
DL0WX7
W3UA6
SK3GW6
OE6TZE6
HB9DQM6
HA5PP6
G0ORH6
9M2ZAK6
S50ARX5
K9IMM5
WI5V4
VE2AED4
SE5E4
PJ2A4
ON5KQ-14
K5TR4
G0LUJ/54
4S6RYD4
PA3AIN3
OH6RE3
NQ6N-93
N5RZ3
LA6TPA3
G4MKP3
BD7LLL3
BA7NQ3
AE4PM3
WQ5O2
W7AH2
K2DB2
EA8/DF4UE2
EA5WU2
ZL3LSD1
W3LPL1
VE7CC-01
N2GZ1
M0BPQ1
K7FYI1
K2NNY1
HA5PP-21
F5MYK/P1
F5HPY1
DK9IP1

The Reverse Beacon Network involves hundreds of volunteer monitoring stations using CW Skimmer to monitor for CW callsigns and report them via the RBN web site. If you operate a skimmer, please adjust the settings and add the beacons to Watch.lst to optimize reception of IBP Beacons.

The Reverse Beacon Network can be used to show reception reports of the beacons by users who have added the beacon callsigns to their watch list. N4ZR explains how to do that in his NCDXF Beacon Spotting Redux blog post. If you have not changed the KH6 beacon to KH6RS in your Watch.lst file, and downloaded the latest version of Aggregator, please do so now.

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