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.

On November 12, 2020, KM3T heard 10 beacons and reached the 18 beacon total.

On November 28, 2020, ES5PC included LU4AA in his 120 reports to reach 18 beacons.

On March 16, 2021, DL3DTH spotted VE8AT, finishing the 18 beacon challenge.

On May 5, 2021, VE2WU finally heard JA2IGY, completing the 18 beacon challenge.

On May 19, 2021, DL8LAS heard JA2IGY, completing the 18 beacon challenge.

On May 24, 2021, HA6PX heard W6WX transmitting on the new DBD antenna, completing his 18 beacon challenge.

On September 7, 2021, W1NT heard VK6RBP on 20 meters, the last one he needed.

2021-10-20
RBN-OpReportsBeacons
OH6BG21610
W1NT-62209
KM3T3199
ZL4YL908
KM3T-21998
W6YX2367
W1NT-21367
KP2RUM2417
KD7YZ1787
WZ7I416
OE9GHV1846
N4ZR826
KO7SS776
HS/F8UKP806
DL3DTH1586
DD5XX416
IK4VET505
HA6PX1015
W7HR894
SE5E174
KO7SS-71154
K1TTT274
HA1AG954
G4ZFE824
ES5PC424
DF7GB684
CX6VM2064
3D2AG244
VU2PTT673
VE6WZ313
VE6JY393
TF3Y123
NC7J603
N6TV2563
LZ4UX733
KH6LC143
K9LC273
HB9DCO263
WC2L32
VE7CC712
K5TR392
DF4XX62
BH4RRG492
BH4RRG162
AA4VV22
9M2CNC1552
RN4WA11
NH6HI21
JI1HFJ21
DK9IP21
2017-08-20 to 2021-10-20
RBN-OpBeacons
WZ7I18
W1NT-218
VE2WU18
ON5KQ18
OH6BG-118
OH6BG18
KM3T18
HA6PX18
GW8IZR18
ES5PC18
EA8/DF4UE18
DL9GTB18
DL8LAS18
DL3DTH18
DJ9IE-118
DJ9IE18
CX6VM18
CT1BOH18
ZL4YL17
W1NT-617
VU2PTT17
OE9GHV17
KO7SS17
KM3T-217
JF2IWL17
HB9DCO17
G0LUJ17
EA8BFK17
WZ7I-116
W7HR16
W3UA16
W3OA16
SK3W16
G4ZFE16
WE9V15
WA7LNW15
W6YX15
VU3KAZ15
VE7CC15
VE6JY15
TF4M15
SE5E15
OH8X15
KU7T15
KP2RUM15
KO7SS-215
DR4W15
DL3KR15
DD5XX15
9V1RM15
N6TV14
N4ZR14
KO7SS-714
K2PO/714
G3WW14
DF4UE14
9M2CNC14
WZ7I-213
W4KCN13
VE6WZ13
SK3W-113
NC7J13
N7TR13
LZ5DB13
KD7YZ13
K1TTT13
IK4VET13
F5KEQ13
DO4DXA13
3D2AG13
W3RGA12
W2AXR12
LZ4UX12
KU7T-212
KH6LC-112
K2PO12
JF2IWL/212
AA4VV12
W4KKN11
OE9GHV/911
KH6LC11
F8DGY11
DL1AXX11
WZ7I/310
SM7IUN10
SE0X10
RN4WA10
JS1JRZ/210
JI1HFJ10
HA1AG10
3B8CW10
WZ7I-49
VK2GEL9
TF3Y9
LZ4AE9
K9LC9
K1RA9
JH7CSU-19
JF2IWL19
HS/F8UKP9
DQ8Z9
DK9IP9
DF7GB9
DF4UE/P9
CX7ACH9
WC2L8
VU3KAZ/48
VE7CC-78
UA6SWL8
OE6TZE8
N4ZR/38
K3PA8
JH7CSU18
HB9BXE8
DK0KK8
DF7KF8
DE0QPG8
W3OA-27
VU3KAZ/57
VU2CPL7
VK3FFB7
NH6HI7
N6WIN7
N5RZ7
K5TR7
K4FX7
K2DB7
IK4VET-17
HB9JCB7
DR5X7
DL0WX7
VU3KAZ/36
SK3GW6
PJ2A6
K7FYI6
IT9GSF6
HB9DQM6
HA5PP6
G0ORH6
G0KTN6
DJ1AN6
9M2ZAK6
W4EO5
W3RGA-35
S50ARX5
PA3AIN5
K9IMM5
K2PO-75
JO1YYP5
JF2IWL25
IK7JWY5
GI4DOH5
EA5WU5
DP5G5
DE1LON5
DD5XX-25
AE4PM5
WI5V4
W1NT-34
VU3KAZ/74
VE2AED4
SM0FPR4
PA3GRM4
ON5KQ-14
N6WIN-74
JQ1BVI4
JF2IWL34
IK2LFF4
G0LUJ/54
DD5XX-34
CT7AHV4
BD7LLL4
AA4NP4
8Q7RS4
4S6RYD4
SV2/DD5XX3
SM6FMB3
RN0C3
OM8AW3
OH6RE3
NQ6N-93
N0OI3
LA6TPA3
K4PP3
K3PA-13
K1UO3
JR1BFZ/23
HB9BIN3
G4MKP3
DK0VH3
DF4XX3
DD5XX/P3
BH4RRG43
BH4RRG23
BH4RRG13
BH4RRG03
BH4RRG-03
BH4RRG3
BA7NQ3
ZS6BNE2
XQ3OP2
WQ5O2
W7AH2
W6BB2
VE7CC-22
N7TUG2
LZ3CB2
K7EG2
GSWL12
G0TMX2
DK0VH-82
DJ3AK2
BH4RRG812
BH4RRG-12
BG6SNJ2
5W1SA2
3V/KF5EYY2
ZL3LSD1
W3LPL1
VE7CC-01
UA4M1
RK3TD1
RA0SMS1
R2AJA1
PY3OL1
OH0K/61
NH6V1
NA0B1
N4SBJ1
N2GZ1
M0BPQ1
LZ5DB-21
K3LR1
K2NNY1
K1DBO1
HA8TKS1
HA5PP-21
G4IRN1
G4DPF1
F5MYK/P1
F5HPY1
DU3TW1
DM6EE1
DM4M1
DL3DTH-21
DK0VH-71
BH4RRG81
BH4RRG2-11

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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