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International Beacon Project

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can I support the beacon project?

A: The ongoing operation of the NCDXF/IARU Beacon Project is funded mainly through donations from individuals. Tax deductible donations can be made online with a credit card using the NCDXF secure server. Please specify that the donation is to be used for the Beacon Fund. We would like to thank the many individuals and corporations who have supported this project over the past twenty years.

Q: Reception of beacons in our area is bothered by interference from other amateur stations, or from non-amateur stations operating illegally in the amateur bands. How do I report this interference?

A: The IARU HF Band Plan reserves the beacon frequencies for the International Beacon Project. Almost all member societies of the IARU have incorporated this recommendation in the band plans in their countries. In some countries it is mandatory by law, and in other countries it is recommended operating practice. Interference from amateurs should be reported to the appropriate member society of the country where the interference originates.

The IARU maintains monitoring stations in each of the three regions responsible for reporting non-amateur operation in the amateur bands to the appropriate authorities.

IARU Monitoring Service Contact Information:

Q: We would like to install a new beacon as part of the NCDXF/IARU International Beacon Project network. How do we go about it?

A: At the present time we are not soliciting new beacons for the network. Adding additional beacons would require reprogramming of all the existing beacons and would affect all of the software and hardware tools that have been created to track the beacons.

We encourage you to create an automated beacon monitoring station to post reception reports on the web as a real time indicator of propagation.

Q: Are members of the beacon project team available to speak to our club?

A: From time to time we have given presentations on the beacons so it is worth asking if one of us might be available. There is also a PowerPoint presentation available which can be shown at your club by anyone with a little knowledge of the project.