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.

Who will be the first RBN station to report all the beacons in one day? The leader board appears below. It will be updated daily with the previous day’s reception reports.

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.

ON5KQ and SK3W still have a chance to be the first to report all the beacons on the same day. So do you!

2017-09-23
RBN-OpReportsBeacons
OH6BG26612
DJ9IE28211
ZL4YL10310
W7HR1188
WE9V1047
VE7CC1747
HA6PX987
VU3KAZ956
KO7SS706
JF2IWL1356
KM3T1005
K1TTT395
WA7LNW1494
VE6WZ244
GW8IZR254
CX6VM134
9V1RM284
W2AXR93
VK2GEL213
NC7J343
N6TV453
HB9JCB43
HB9DCO153
DQ8Z53
W4KKN22
SE0X52
KM3T-2462
BD7LLL72
PJ2A11
ES5PC81
3B8CW11
2017-08-20 to 2017-09-23
RBN-OpBeacons
OH6BG18
DJ9IE17
SK3W15
ON5KQ15
KU7T15
ZL4YL14
VU2PTT14
JF2IWL13
KO7SS12
K1TTT12
DL9GTB12
WE9V11
W7HR11
VE7CC11
KM3T-211
WA7LNW10
VE2WU10
KM3T10
JS1JRZ/210
W4KKN9
VU3KAZ9
VE6WZ8
N4ZR/38
HA6PX8
G0LUJ8
CX6VM8
VU2CPL7
NC7J7
N6TV7
GW8IZR7
DQ8Z7
3B8CW7
W2AXR6
SK3GW6
K2PO6
JF2IWL/26
HB9DCO6
DL8LAS6
9V1RM6
VK3FFB5
VK2GEL5
SE0X5
HB9JCB5
DL3KR5
CX7ACH5
AA4VV5
W3OA4
VE2AED4
ON5KQ-14
K3PA4
S50ARX3
NQ6N-93
N7TR3
BD7LLL3
BA7NQ3
WI5V2
ES5PC2
EA8/DF4UE2
ZL3LSD1
W3UA1
VE7CC-01
PJ2A1
NH6HI1
N2GZ1
LA6TPA1
DO4DXA1

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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