VK5RBV to come back at Full steam

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VK5RBV to come back at Full steam

Postby VK5PJ » Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:17 am

Hello,
I am happy to report that today I have received and paid the invoice from the ACMA for the updates to the VK5RBV beacon allocations on 50 MHz and approval for the addition of 144, 432 and 1296.

At present the 144.456 MHz beacon is on at a 10 watt power level to a single 'PAR omni angle' antenna (Horizontal Omni) at the 12 Metre level on the club tower modulation is CW and JT65B on alternate minutes, reports are welcomed.

50.456 is running as only the exciter (100 mW) into a single HALO at the 6 Metre level on the tower, Modulation is CW and JT65A on alternate minutes. I hope to have it up to the expected 10 Watt level in the coming weeks.

432.456 as yet does not have an antenna installed at the site but I have some omni horizontal antennas at home that can be pressed into service.

1296.456 is ready to go but the antenna is still a mystery as to what to use.. it might end up with a number of small yagis in Key directions (will need to source a splitter).

All of these beacons are part of a ZL2BKC beacon controller and can run a number of modulation schemes
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Re: VK5RBV to come back at Full steam

Postby VK7HH » Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:12 am

Excellent work Peter!

I will definitely make use of the beacons this summer. Thanks for the hard work.

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Re: VK5RBV to come back at Full steam

Postby VK2AAE » Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:10 pm

5RBV was the first VK 6m beacon I heard. Very pleased it's back and THANK YOU very much
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Re: VK5RBV to come back at Full steam

Postby VK4CZ » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:34 am

Thanks Peter - great news. Will keep an ear out when next near shack. :thumbup:
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Re: VK5RBV to come back at Full steam

Postby VK5PJ » Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:49 am

Hello, as of today at 23:00Z all of the VK5RBV beacons are off, I am working on integrating the 50 MHz PA and hope to have it back on air in the next few days.
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Re: VK5RBV to come back at Full steam

Postby VK5PJ » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:06 am

Feb 2019 update.

50 MHz beacon is on-air doing heat soak tests from my home QTH (5 KM from beacon site). getting the 50 MHz section going has taken a lot of my time and energy but hope to have it at the propper site over the weekend of 9 - 10 of Feb. This will see 50.456 and 144.456 on air with 15 watts 24/7
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 50.456 MHz, 1 min of CW ID and 1 min of JT65-a
144.456 MHz, 1 min of CW ID and 1 min of JT65-b
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Re: VK5RBV to come back at Full steam

Postby VK7HH » Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:45 am

Thanks Peter.
Is the 2m beacon on air yet, or still under test?
I've been listening but haven't heard it during openings.

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Re: VK5RBV to come back at Full steam

Postby VK5PJ » Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:11 pm

Feb 10th update

50.456 MHz (15W) and 144.456 MHz (12W) were turned on at the Mt Kitchener site today. The 144 beacon was on previously in 2018 but had been off since Nov 2018 to allow me to add the P.A for 50.456.

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Re: VK5RBV to come back at Full steam

Postby VK5PJ » Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:27 pm

Hmmph, looks like the P.A on 50.456 has failed, signal is back to exciter levels here at home... 144.456 is going all okay so unsure what has happened.
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