[VHFcontesting] [VHF] Two Meter Beacon - C6

Les Rayburn les at highnoonfilm.com
Sun Dec 31 01:40:07 EST 2017

FM DX from the Bahamas is fairly common on the East Coast and into the Southeastern United States. I’ve logged high band FM stations from the islands, and have no doubt that propagation on 2 Meters happens often enough to make reception possible. Tropo into Florida and meteor scatter are also possibilities. 

I’d love to see a CW and WSJT beacon placed on the islands full time. Certainly, I’d leave a receiver tuned to the frequency a lot of days and nights to try for it. 


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> On Dec 30, 2017, at 9:09 PM, Jim Worsham via VHF <vhf at w6yx.stanford.edu> wrote:
> Folks, this is a self fulfilling prophecy.  No one operates on 2M from the Bahamas because no one knows if there is any propagation and no one knows if there is any propagation because no one operates on 2M from the Bahamas.  A beacon would allow folks to determine when and how often the band is open.  I operated from the Bahamas in June 2015 with AA7A, K2KW and others.  We operated on 6M and 2M EME.  Made a lot of Qs on both bands and had a lot of fun.  May do it again someday.  We had a lengthy discussion around bringing another 2M antenna for terrestrial.  In the end we decided not to do it.  Additional weight for an uncertain outcome.  If we had known that there is a reasonable chance of some propagation we might have come to a different decision.  Plus we have WSJT modes now that we didn’t have in 2015.  My vote is for a beacon and if it runs some of the WSJT modes so we can see how well those perform that is even better.
> 73
> Jim, W4KXY
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>> On Dec 30, 2017, at 9:53 PM, Buddy Morgan via VHFcontesting <vhfcontesting at contesting.com> wrote:
>> According to QRZ.com, C6AFP is 300  miles, from me. It would be fun to listen for a 2M beacon, in the Bahamas. To the best of my knowledge, there is no activity, from the Bahamas, right now. So, knowing that the band is open down that way, would not really do anyone a whole lot of good. 
>> Buddy WB4OMG
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>> Subject: [VHFcontesting] Two Meter Beacon - C6
>> Curious as to thoughts on two-meter beacon at my QTH in C6, FL16?  I have the C6AFP beacon on there now on six.  I'm wondering if it would be worth it?  No two meter ops down there that I'm aware of anywhere in the country.  Any thoughts would be appreciated.Steve, N4JQQ/C6AFP_______________________________________________VHFcontesting mailing listVHFcontesting at contesting.comhttp://lists.contesting.com/mailman/listinfo/vhfcontesting
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