MARCONI RADIO CLUB OF NEWFOUNDLAND INC.
Eastern Newfoundland (GN37) is the closest point of the North American
continent to Europe. It is therefore a strategic location for transatlantic radio propagation beacons.
The 6 metre beacon (VO1ZA) operates on the campus of
Memorial University and was
designed and installed by members, notably Brian VO1FF and Joe VO1NA, of the MUN ARC in June of 1990.
It operates on a frequency of 50.0400 MHz (space) 50.0395 MHz (mark) FSK CW
with 1.5 watts output to a 0.27 wave gamma fed vertical (omni).
The beacon is now operated by the Marconi Radio Club of Newfoundland.
(Note: the crystal has drifted down 1 kHz or so over the past quarter century.)
Keying is accomplished by scanning an EPROM.
21 May 2013: Low signal levels & high SWR. Temporary dipole installed.
25 Aug 2015: Beacon off. Removed dipole. Groundplane was repaired and
returned to tower. Beacon on air at 2:25 pm NL time 14 Apr 2016. Announced
on NL CJ Net 3740 kHz with a CMC CH-150 XCVR. First reception reports from
VO1VCE and VO1HP 17 April.
A 2 metre CW transatlantic beacon is operating on 144.400 MHz,+-0.5 kHz.
Anyone wishing to report a transatlantic reception for authentication should
report the exact time, frequency and full text of the transmission to MRCN.
The beacon was off the air temporarily, but resumed operation on 2251 UTC
27 July 2004 transmitting with an ERP of 2.5 kW and beaming
60 degrees. The beacon was shut down for site maintenance and issues with
interference to other users of the site. Future operation is expected soon.
For further information, please contact Frank VO1HP. This beacon is
currently off the air.
The frequency of 144.400 MHz was chosen in consultation with the
RSGB VHF committee.
This beacon is a joint project of MRCN and the Baccalieu Amateur Radio Klub.
It is located at GN37JS and is beaming about 2.5 kW ERP at 60 degrees.
Thanks to VE1IF VE1WPL VO1HP VO1XP VO1CBS and others.
CURRENT STATUS: 8 January 2005 OFF
4-7 Jan 2005 ON
19 Oct 2003 Start of operation
MRCN operates a VHF repeater on 147.00 MHz which services the North-East
Avalon area. This project is ongoing. Planning for other features such as UHF linking are underway.
A 2 metre FM beacon transmitts audio Morse on 146.31 MHz. This beacon has
been on the air since 14 September 1986 and has been used to study seasonal
variability in local VHF propagation. It also serves as a bench mark for
repeater antenna receiving performance in the region.
A long wave beacons is in operation on 137.7770 kHz. Please
see the LF Experiment web page for more information. Other beacons
have operated on 5269 and 477.7 kHz.