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.

On June 10, 2018, GW8IZR joined the elite club of spotters to report all 18 beacons.

On May 9, 2019, ON5KQ reported hearing KH6RS to reach the 18 beacon total.

On May 13, 2019, CT1BOH reported hearing KH6RS to reach the 18 beacon total.

On May 18, 2020, DL9GTB reported hearing KH6RS to reach the 18 beacon total.

On September 7, 2020, CX6VM reported hearing VK6RBP to reach the 18 beacon total.

On September 12, 2020, EA8/DF4UE heard 10 beacons and reached the 18 beacon total.

2020-09-20
RBN-OpReportsBeacons
CX6VM35912
EA8/DF4UE26410
OH6BG1159
OE9GHV1168
KM3T1828
WZ7I1547
W1NT-61347
VU3KAZ1567
KM3T-21167
DL3DTH847
W3RGA366
LZ4UX555
KU7T295
G0LUJ445
DO4DXA235
VE6JY174
KO7SS154
KO7SS-7144
G4ZFE574
DL9GTB274
9V1RM334
ZL4YL123
W3OA43
VE7CC373
K2PO/7113
W1NT-2112
SM7IUN72
N6TV1142
K1TTT42
DD5XX62
WC2L11
SE5E11
NC7J61
K9LC11
2017-08-20 to 2020-09-20
RBN-OpBeacons
WZ7I18
ON5KQ18
OH6BG-118
OH6BG18
GW8IZR18
EA8/DF4UE18
DL9GTB18
DJ9IE18
CX6VM18
CT1BOH18
ZL4YL17
W1NT-617
JF2IWL17
HB9DCO17
HA6PX17
G0LUJ17
ES5PC17
EA8BFK17
WZ7I-116
W7HR16
W3OA16
W1NT-216
VU2PTT16
VE2WU16
SK3W16
KO7SS16
KM3T16
DL8LAS16
DL3DTH16
WE9V15
VU3KAZ15
VE7CC15
VE6JY15
TF4M15
KU7T15
KO7SS-215
KM3T-215
DR4W15
DL3KR15
WA7LNW14
W3UA14
OE9GHV14
G3WW14
DJ9IE-114
DF4UE14
9M2CNC14
WZ7I-213
W4KCN13
VE6WZ13
SK3W-113
SE5E13
N7TR13
LZ5DB13
K1TTT13
G4ZFE13
F5KEQ13
N6TV12
KU7T-212
K2PO12
JF2IWL/212
DO4DXA12
AA4VV12
9V1RM12
W4KKN11
W3RGA11
KO7SS-711
DD5XX11
WZ7I/310
SM7IUN10
SE0X10
NC7J10
K2PO/710
JS1JRZ/210
3B8CW10
WZ7I-49
VK2GEL9
LZ4UX9
LZ4AE9
JH7CSU-19
JF2IWL19
DQ8Z9
DK9IP9
DF4UE/P9
CX7ACH9
W2AXR8
VU3KAZ/48
VE7CC-78
UA6SWL8
OE6TZE8
N4ZR/38
K3PA8
JH7CSU18
HB9BXE8
DK0KK8
DE0QPG8
VU3KAZ/57
VU2CPL7
VK3FFB7
NH6HI7
N6WIN7
K4FX7
K1RA7
HB9JCB7
DR5X7
DL1AXX7
DL0WX7
DF7KF7
VU3KAZ/36
SK3GW6
PJ2A6
N5RZ6
K7FYI6
K2DB6
JI1HFJ6
IT9GSF6
HB9DQM6
HA5PP6
G0ORH6
G0KTN6
DJ1AN6
9M2ZAK6
W4EO5
W3RGA-35
S50ARX5
K9IMM5
K2PO-75
JF2IWL25
IK7JWY5
EA5WU5
DP5G5
DD5XX-25
AE4PM5
WI5V4
WC2L4
W1NT-34
VU3KAZ/74
VE2AED4
PA3GRM4
PA3AIN4
ON5KQ-14
K5TR4
JF2IWL34
GI4DOH4
G0LUJ/54
DD5XX-34
CT7AHV4
AA4NP4
4S6RYD4
SV2/DD5XX3
SM6FMB3
OM8AW3
OH6RE3
NQ6N-93
LA6TPA3
K9LC3
HB9BIN3
G4MKP3
DD5XX/P3
BD7LLL3
BA7NQ3
XQ3OP2
WQ5O2
W7AH2
N6WIN-72
N0OI2
K7EG2
K1UO2
JO1YYP2
G0TMX2
F8DGY2
DJ3AK2
DE1LON2
3V/KF5EYY2
ZL3LSD1
W3LPL1
VE7CC-01
UA4M1
RN0C1
RK3TD1
R2AJA1
PY3OL1
NA0B1
N2GZ1
M0BPQ1
K2NNY1
K1DBO1
HA5PP-21
GSWL11
G4IRN1
G4DPF1
F5MYK/P1
F5HPY1
DL3DTH-21

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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