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New beacon on air: 5X7JD Print E-mail
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Today, April 2nd 2010, my second permanent WSPR beacon went online. It's located in Masak, Uganda. Jack Dunigan, 5X7JD, a US
citizen who is permanently located in Masaka agreed on hosting it. Jack is working for Aidchild an organization with homes, clinics and
academies for orphans that are abandoned and living with AIDS. Check the website www.aidchild.org and maybe you want to
donate to Aidchild. 

The beacon is set up in his shack running into a Hygain AV 18VS multiband vertical antenna with 1W. I cycles through 80, 40, 30,
20, 17, 15, 12 and 10m, so the signal returns every 16min to each band. There is a battery back up to the very unreliable mains
supply, so we expect the beacon to be up continuosely.

For the beacon I used the same hard- and software as for V53ARC, which went online in October 09.
Details on the system can be found here.

Since than I did a complete redesign of the system. It was moved to a CPU with an Ethernet interface for remote management,
the software was improved with a bunch of new features and there are power management features in the hardware for extended
battery operation. I expect the new version called BeaconTNG to be ready early summer and it will be available as a kit.
You can follow the development process online here.

Here are the first pictures I received from Jack!

Stay tuned to the WSPR beacon project!

73
Gernot, OE1IFM