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5MHz BEACON and PROPAGATION STUDY 1 week 2 days ago #1922

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Beacon Frequency Change
The SARL has requested ICASA to change the beacon frequency of 5250 to 5290 kHz to line up with the same allocation in Europe and other countries.
This will greatly enhance the coverage of beacons. ICASA has agreed upon and this week exchanged the 5250 kHz frequency for 5290 kHz.
To received WSPR beacons set your radio to SSB and tune 1, 5 kHz lower to 5288, 5 kHz.
To learn more about the WSPR software, down a tutorial by Stewart Moss, ZS6SGM from the SARL web.
Click on Propagation Research on the left hand side of the home page and follow the link.
WSPR stations currently operating on 5250 kHz are requested to move frequency on 4 October to 5290 kHz.

More detail at www.amateurradio.org.za/propresearch.htm
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5MHz BEACON and PROPAGATION STUDY 1 week 6 days ago #1921

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5MHZ ACTIVITY WEEKEND

20 and 21 September 2014

SARL members are invited to take part in a 5MHz activity weekend dedicated to propagation research. The activity is focussed from 13:00 – 20:00 on each day and comprises various activities during designated time slots. The activity is open to all SARL members and to all radio amateurs living permanently outside the borders of South Africa.

The activity is devised into two segments, a serious segment for the first 30 minutes of the hour which comprises of listening to and logging the beacon signals on 5250 kHz using WSPR, and during the second half hour a fun component making as many contacts as possible on 5260 kHz.

Participants who send in logs take part in a lucky draw.

See more detail at www.amateurradio.org.za/propresearch.htm

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5MHz BEACON and PROPAGATION STUDY 3 weeks 5 days ago #1912

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Latest 5MHz newsletter...... B)
See page 2 regarding some local news.
Enjoy
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Latest news from the SARL...
The next 5 MHz activity weekend will be held on 20 and 21 September 2014. South African Radio League members are invited to take part in a 5 MHz activity weekend dedicated to propagation research.
The activity is focussed from 13:00 - 20:00 on each day and comprises various activities during designated time slots.
The activity is open to all South African Radio League members and to all radio amateurs living permanently outside the borders of South Africa.
More details on the South African Radio League web.
www.amateurradio.org.za/propresearch.htm
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5MHz BEACON and PROPAGATION STUDY 1 month 3 days ago #1905

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Following the RTA in Johannesburg, more interest was generated for 60m activity.
Below an indication of the current activity on this band between Europe and SA.
Stewart ZS6SGM updated his tutorial on how to use wspr and is attached below.
Many thanks Stewart for your dedicated effort in updating the tutorial in order to make things as easy as possible for the guys to use, much appreciated.
73
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5MHz BEACON and PROPAGATION STUDY 3 months 5 days ago #1890

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Hi All,

After the RTA in Durban and Hans' presentation on WSPR, we have seen a huge increase in ZS region 5 activity!

It has been great to play around with the chaps in KZN and to get Johan ZS1AGF to decode ZS6KTS, ZS6KN and ZS5JC at the same time :) :) Keep it up chaps :)

Here is a map of the last 24 hours which shows the signal paths.

Callsigns involved:
TX: ZS6KTS, ZS6KN, ZS5JC
RX: ZS6KTS, ZS6KN, ZS5JC, ZR5S, ZR5SEM, ZS5JT
DX RX: DF6MK, G4ZFQ, F59706, NL8992, G4CAO

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Also Geoff (U.K.) G4CAO sent me the following email this morning with comments on the dx decoding last night. Thanks for your comments Geoff.

G4CAO:
GM Stewart, here is a link to a screenshot I copied last night remote of 60m. Shows that all can be well even down to -30dB. My sunset last evening was 2022 Z , The screenshot missed the traces but it gives a view for you,

73 Geoff G4CAO
SNR of -30dB represents an extremely weak signal. Its not called Weak Signal Propagation reporter for nothing.

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