[CQ-Contest] African Skimmer stations needed for the Reverse Beacon Network

Pete Smith n4zr at contesting.com
Tue Apr 19 14:44:01 PDT 2011

We need RBN stations in Africa to help fill out the worldwide coverage 
of the Reverse Beacon Network.  In order to encourage participation, I'm 
offering an assembled Softrock 6.2 Lite 20M receiver free of charge to 
the first volunteer who commits to put it on the air and on the RBN.  
All this receiver needs is a computer (something in the last 5-8 years 
will be plenty) with a 96-KHz sound card.  You attach an antenna and 12 
VDC, and feed the audio output to the two channels of your sound-card.  
Download the free aggregator software, follow the instructions on the 
RBN web site - <http://reversebeacon.net>, and your Reverse Beacon will 
be on the air.

This isn't totally cost-free - the CW Skimmer software is required and 
costs US$75 from VE3NEA, after a 30-day full-featured free trial.  But 
it's a pretty cheap way to experiment with a Software Defined Receiver 
(SDR) and at the same time help out your fellow contesters and DXers.

So who'll be first?

73, Pete N4ZR

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