There are several states and countries in IARU Region 2 that could use a 10 meter beacon (or beacons) for propagation indicators. Currently Arkansas, Wyoming, New Mexico, South Dakota, Mississippi, Delaware, and Vermont have no beacons (as far as we know). Are there any hams interested in setting up a simple 10 meter beacon, or know someone who would? Many people in the USA and worldwide operate 10 meter beacons and also listen for them, and many send in daily reports. It is very interesting and helpful to see where propagation is open by listening for these beacons. People are hearing beacons every day even at this bottom of the solar cycle. Most beacons only run from 1 watt to 10 watts and many are simply old 23-channel CB radios that have been converted to 10 meters, with an inexpensive keyer connected. The keyers can be found for around $15. There are many places in Region 2 which do not have a beacon, and it would be good to see these areas with a 10 meter propagation indicator. Again, if you would like to operate one, or know someone who would, please contact Bill Hays WJ5O at wj5o "at" troycable.net . Mr. Hays is the IARU Region 2 HF Beacon Coordinator.
For a map of USA and World 10-meter beacons, please see the following site:http://userpages.troycable.net/~wj5o/YourBCN.htm
Here's a link to general information about 10 meters and simple 10 meter beacon projects:http://userpages.troycable.net/~wj5o/
The following is a good article called "Exploring the World of Ten Meter Beacons" that recently appeared in The Monitoring Times:http://monitoringtimes.com/MT-10meters.pdf
These are links to lists of the known 10 meter beacons worldwide:http://www.mydarc.de/dl8wx/baken_kw.htmhttp://userpages.troycable.net/~wj5o/bcn.htm
This is a link to a 10 meter beacon-spotter website and other information:http://10mbeacons.com/beaconspot/spot90.php
There is also a beacon spotter email reflector with daily logs here:http://www.explore.force9.co.uk/beacons/hfbeacons.htm
It would be very good to see some beacons in blank areas. There are many places in Central America, the Caribbean, and South America that need beacons: Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Repuclic, Haiti, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Columbia, Uruguay, Suriname, Falkland Islands, and the Galapagos Islands. We have received responses from a few of these countries already.
Thanks and 73!
Jeff KP3FT (KP3FT/B 28.222.5 Mhz)
Ponce, Puerto Rico