Support for the NCDXF/IARU Beacons
Bob Ferrero, W6RJ, of Ham Radio Outlet and Paul Middleton of Kenwood arranged for the donation of the original sixteen TS-50S transceivers by Kenwood. We are deeply grateful to Kenwood for their generous endorsement of the beacon project. This magnificent gift was presented by Kenwood in memory of Jim Rafferty, N6RJ, the former Vice President of Ham Radio Outlet.
Several companies provided merchandise needed by the beacon project at significantly reduced prices and we appreciate this very much: Trimble Navigation for the Acutime™ GPS receivers, Cushcraft for the R-5 antennas and Al Lasher's Electronics for various electronic components.
Some years ago, The J. C. Downing Foundation made a generous donation to the general fund of NCDXF. Part of that donation was used to fund the prototype of the present beacon unit. More recently, the Downing Foundation provided funds to finance six more beacons. We are most grateful for this support from the Downing Foundation.
The Northern California DX Foundation and the International Amateur Radio Union have provided guidance, encouragement and money to the International Beacon Project over many years. The International Beacon Project could not have been successful without the support of these organizations, their officers and their members.
Some beacons have been adopted by individuals with a close connection to a particular country. Jim Henderson, KF7E, (ex 5X1XX, 7Q7JH, ZM7AH) spent two years at the US Embassy in Kenya, working in 18 countries; upon his return, he adopted the 5Z4B beacon and has paid for replacement hardware when the beacon has failed in the difficult environment of rural Kenya. If you or your organization would like to adopt a beacon, please contact us. There would be no obligation, but if a problem occurs, we will contact you to see if you would like to help defray the costs of getting the beacon back on the air.
Doug Faunt, N6TQS, donated a brand-new TS-50 transceiver and a SO-2 temperature-controlled crystal oscillator to the NCDXF beacon project.
Last but not least, we want to thank the various clubs and individuals around the world who operate the beacons on a day-to-day basis. Some have had responsibility for their beacon since 1982!