[VHFcontesting] FN31 Beacon Test Complete

Steve Tripp (K1IIG) stephen.tripp at snet.net
Mon Nov 19 17:50:25 EST 2012

I have concluded my comparison testing of 2 beacons in FN31. One located  in FN31NL on 432.360 at 480' hmsl and the new one in FN31LM on 432.320 at 950' hmsl both running approximately 4w ERP. Fn31nl (360) has better coverage from FN30 NYLI up the CT Valley to Southern MA. They become equal in FN42 Southern NH and Boston area and are equal in NW and NE Connecticut. Fn31LM (320) is better SW towards NY/NJ in FM29mt southern NJ just south of Philly PA. Furthest southern reporting station was WB2RVX 158mi hearing both with FN31LM better while in the  north W1ZC (105mi) in Southern NH hearing both equal with opposite fading and a similar report from W1OUN in Fn42hk near Boston at 101 mi.  No reports due West from NY or due East towards Cape Cod. First responder award goes to NY2NY in FN30 and distance award goes to WB2RVX in FM29...TNX  I also want to thank the one dozen stations who took time to send me the valuable assessment reports and wish ALL a Happy Thanksgiving at which time FN31Nl (360) will become QRT and FN31LM will remain on the air freq stabilized via an OCXO to +/-  10hz. Any and all future reports are appreciated.
73's Steve K1IIG

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