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5MHz BEACON and PROPAGATION STUDY 2 weeks 2 days ago #1926

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The switchover was very successful yesterday, with a few stations still needing a little guidance in the QSY.

For stations still struggling, please follow these steps.
1. Turn your radio to USB - upper side band
2. Tune to 5.2872 Mhz. If you cant quite make 5.2872 MHz (eg your rig can only do 5.287 Mhz) then let me know.
3. In the WSPR software select 60m from the band menu
3. Confirm the Dial Freq box says 5.2872 MHz
4. Confirm the TX frequency is 5.2887 Mhz
5. Verify PC time

Results are impressive, even though propagation was poor to EU last night.

The only DX 60m decode was ZS6AF Johan. He decoded G4CAO.

We also had a surprise decode from a multi-band station in Australia.

Here is the map.

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5MHz BEACON and PROPAGATION STUDY 2 weeks 4 days ago #1925

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I will be at NARC in Radiokop tomorrow morning to switch over ZS6SRL to 5290 MHz and then I will go to the clubhouse and do the ZS6KTS beacon.

There might be a technical issue on the ZS6KTS beacon which might make me take it offline for a bit. Our TX signals are not very strong from ZS6KTS and I suspect a major issue on radio or antenna.

So will do the full check, including SWR and power.

Exciting times!
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5MHz BEACON and PROPAGATION STUDY 4 weeks 1 day 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 month 3 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 1 month 2 weeks ago #1912

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Latest 5MHz newsletter...... B)
See page 2 regarding some local news.
Enjoy
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5MHz BEACON and PROPAGATION STUDY 1 month 2 weeks ago #1909

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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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