Topband: N2XE Beacon Tribune - W4ZV Sets World Record!!
John C Ceccherelli
cecchere at us.ibm.com
Mon Jan 3 09:49:34 EST 2005
...at least as far as I can tell. I'm not sure if anyone actually keeps
track of such things but as far as I can tell, nobody has received a weaker
signal over a greater distance on 80 meters so...
Bill Tippett, W4ZV, of New London, NC correctly copied code word OMAHA from
the N2XE beacon transmitting with a peak carrier power of .0000406 watts.
Bill confirmed reception of the beacon at 2328Z, January 2, 2005. The
precise distance between the two stations using lat/long instead of grid
squares is 546.8 miles.
The beacon peak carrier output was measured using an Agilent 8563EC
Spectrum Analyzer (good to fempto-watt range) at 40.6 uW. This establishes
Bill's record reception distance at 13,467,980 miles per watt.
Aside from the exceptional signal processor between Bill's ears, a Ten Tec
Orion Transceiver with a 1000 foot Beverage antenna was used.
W4ZV was the ONLY station to report hearing the diminutive signal. A
remarkable acheivement--congratulations Bill!
In other news...
N2XE was running some unannounced sea trials on160 meters, 1825 KHz.
Although this was only a shake-down cruise of 160 meter equipment and only
on-the-air for 35 minutes at 1/2 watt, three stations correctly received
If you copied ORION... you're right!
K3JJG, ED PA FM29 156mi 589 R4C/SLINKY BEV
N1BUG, PAUL, ME FN55 350mi 599+
W1TO, TOM MA FN32 79mi 579 1000MP/INV L
Good work gentlemen!
Tonight's beacon will be running on 160 meters at or about 100mW for the
maiden voyage on the top band. An announcement will follow.
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