Anyone listening for the KH6HME VHF/UHF/SHF beacons?
Post your reports here if you hear any of them.
KH6HME beacon frequencies: 50.061 MHz, 144.277 Mhz, 432.310 MHz, and 1296.250 MHz
When there is a opening, ops will turn off the beacons and be QRV on
50.110 MHz, 144.170 MHz, 222.100 MHz, 432.078 MHz and 1296.250 MHz
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I will be listening for the 144.296 California beacon from now on.
K6WKX/B has a beacon on 144.296 in Santa Cruz, California that is running 25 watts into a 7 dB horizontal polarized yagi and directed toward Hawaii. Operating 27/7. More information on K6WKX beacons can be found at WWW.K6WKX.COM .
The High Pressure system in in the right location between Hawaii and California. Overcast in Hilo town at sea level. Hilo tower reports clouds a 5,000 feet and scattered. Beacons at about 8,000 feet. Even though I'm below cloud level, I will try calling on 144.200.
09/24/13 UTC Time 04:13:28
Hear KH6HME... Hear very faint from Sacramento CM98. M2 5WL 60 feet. Had a friend check with 4 antennas. He confirmed
Fred tells me they had a successful work party up at the Beacon site a weekend ago . Bent masts repaired , positive checks on all antenna operations , and a NEW beam looking WEST for DX reports from ? ? ? who knows !
( Paul once told me he got a report and a QSL from RUSSIA , that heard the beacon for a day ! )
More good news - Fred indicates they may soon be able to REMOTE the operation up on the hill , for near instant-on , during an opening !
Fred , where can we all offer support to this operation ? Any other news for the troops out here ? gordo
The maps are just a guesstimate, it depends on where you are along the coast, inland stations have made it but the path must be very good for that to happen.
The 144 beacon is usually the strongest, I give it a listen every day no matter what the map shows.
When there is a tropical storm coming up along Baja, it is time to start listening also.
This is the prime part of the year for this to happen, very rare in winter.
I am new to this. Is the Tropo map for Sunday looking good? -Tim
74 degrees at Hilo. Clouds 3,000 feet scattered and ceiling 4,000 feet and broken. Weather still changing due to sun rise. No noticeable temperature change indicating ducting.
144 faded out last night here, DM-12, nothing today, Sunday.
Setup here is a Yahoo 736 Rx and M squared 18XXX 36 foot boom at 40 feet.
Location is on top of Point Loma, 300 feet above sea level, clear shot in all directions.
Temperature at Hilo, 71 degrees. Clouds 2,500 scattered and 4,000 overcast. Sunrise occurring now with changes in cloud cover dissipating as sun rises. Listening 144.200 USB. Unable to monitor any California beacons as KH6 beacon is pointing at me and covering most of the beacon part of the 2 meter band.
SUNDAY MORNING ~ 9AM
FOG has just lifted "NO" beacons to report.
Think this event is over with
64F 85% RH at 2000ft.
BOB K6QXY CM88QL
Sunday am , clearing fog , so maybe we will hear the beacon today . So far , nothing yet . gordo
Just to reinforce Gordo's comments, the reports are essential, and we are watching them out here. Unfortunately, today the timing has been such that by the time we might have gotten to the site, things were fading away.
Jerry , great tropo reports today , Saturday . The beacon never made it up to the LA area - at least , not along the coast .
Jerry , can you tell this group what you have for antennas please ? Keep those reports coming , as San Diego traditionally hears the beacon first along the West Coast .
With the storm down South coming in tomorrow PM , Sunday will be interesting in the early morning atmosphere stratification .
el gordo DM13BP Pair long boomers , up 60' , just inland from the Coast line at 64 measily feet of elevation . Clear shot to the sea .
In and out weak all day, S-1 at present just before six PM.
144 getting stronger now, up to S-3 at three thirty in the afternoon, still no 432.
All signals gone at one thirty this afternoon.
OK, all is not lost as yet. 144 signal back to S-3 in DM-12 at 11:45, no 432 as yet.
Will keep checking and reporting.
Signal was S-3 at eight AM this morning but now gone at ten thirty, will keep listening today.
San Diego KH6 beacon reports are needed this weekend . From what Bob reports , the tropo path has gone from North to South , and perhaps SanDeigo will be first to hear it this Saturday am . Please advise , so we can advise the KH6 team to prepare for a trip up the hill . El Gordo
All beacons gone from up here ~ 12noon yesterday nothing this morning
BOB K6QXY CM88QL
Fred and his team will be prepared to go up the volcano IF we begin to get steady reception this am . Yes , the beacon stayed steady last night , well into the evening , with a big peak at 10 pm local , and then gradually going into the noise as coasal FOG came ahore here in So . Cal . So , feed those reports this am . gordo
579 inland to Arcadia CA DM04 and getting stronger at 10:30pm local
144.277 479 RST
432.310 359 RST
144.277 359 RST
Fred hopes to be at the site about 0100.
KH6HME/B is S1 here in northern California cm96
The KH6HME 2m beacon is 5/4 is Southern California , nice and steady . As predicted , wx here is hot , with marine layer lying just off the coast , with tropical disturbance to the South . We should have good conditions UNTIL the tropical storm moves more North , and shuts down the path . But for now , 2m and a TRACE of 432 coming in 1000 local , Friday morning . gordo
144 in DM-12 weak last night and this morning, will see what the weekend brings with tropical storm off Cabo coming up.
as of 8:00 am the 2M beacon is 539 the 432 beacon is 519 Will check 1296 later
Heavy MARINE layer up to 2000ft.
BOB K6QXY CM88QL
It,s ~ 4:16 local time KH6HME/B 432.310 is Q5 ~ S1 just detect the 2M beacon Very heavy MARINE layer earlier up to 2000ft. Burned off now 73F @ 51%RH
BOB K6QXY CM88QL
No KH6 beacons yet.....but the path looks good next week if Southern California / West Coast continues to stay warm , with the low clouds blanket just hanging at our shoreline - like it is today , Saturday , 10 GHz weekend .
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Two meter beacon back in service as of 2300 utc on Wed.
No RX of beacons heard from KH6 today , Friday , Southern California .
On YOUR becon reports , please add RX after the word " no " , as those of us on the West Coast refer to Bay Area beacons as NO CAL , and if we see a post of " No Cal beacons heard .... " we think Northern Calif may be in to Hawaii ! Hi Hi . So just add No RX , and we fully understand ! THANKS ALL !
Feeling cool air at my station in Hilo near sea level. Cloud ceiling at 5, 500 feet. No California beacons heard.
Listening to 50.110 & 50.125
Pointed from Southern California to Hawaii
Forecast map looks good for tonight. I'll be on 2 and 6 meters.
Well, the problem disappeared after a while say 30 minutes or so and then cropped up again once in a while. It would get as strong as S9+10db and modulated by the cw id. So after a little quick research here possibly the conditions were right between here and there in the early afternoon and I could hear all the junk along with possibly a less than super clean signal, or, maybe some intermod mix with repeaters or other RF that may be at or very near the same sight.
I remember tracking down intermod problems when I lived back in ILL and worked for Motorola years ago and with lots of RF in one place, anything is possible, especially with wet conditions and less than perfect metal to metal connections!
Yes, as I posted on July 27, K6ER is on 432.305, about 6 kHz below KH6HME/B. And, of course, the radar in NE CA puts out pulses, burps, etc. over the whole band.
WX, 60F, RH 85%. 6 knot wind out of the SW today. Better condx later in week.
All the sudden I've been getting these weird swift moving buzzing noises on 432.310 and turns out is a cw sig at 432.305 that seems to have an am/fm component to the sig that is drifting-splattering up to 432.310 and beyond. CW Sig says K6ER CM87SV I've never heard this before.
Core of Storm moved towards Maui island but the southern part has the most storm cells. These cells are just about to make land fall on Hawaii island. Local propagation on 2 meters showing fast changes as storm nears. No ducting at all but wednesday looks really good from here to southern California.
The 2 meter beacon isn't on at this time. Fred didn't have the chance to turn it on. The tropical storm will hit us today so I would think when Fred has time after the storm he will make the trip up the mountain. The 1.2, 440 and 6 meter beacons are working. I will monitor conditions on 2 meters and if it seems like the band is opening up, I will call out on the beacon frequency and post something on this reflector.
Should I monitor on 432.310 or is the 2mtr beacon back on and I should monitor that this week?
I'm located in old Hilo town, a half mile from the shoreline. My location is the worst for ham radio. Station can be seen on QRZ satellite photo. I'm retired and spend a lot of time looking for that magic antenna that will get my signal out. Once worked with great radios from satellite, 6 meters and all of HF. Now working with old recycled radios and exploring all types of propagation and radical new antenna designs. Ducting from my location is rare, but by listening I can tell what is happening in the atmosphere with radio waves. I change antenna designs at least twice a month. On a fixed budget so exploration takes time. Worked ducting in the 80's via mobile and even listened to emergency service calls from California as it came over our work frequencies when I worked as a police officer. Still having fun and hope to find that magic antenna design soon.
Any contacts via email welcomed: wh6xm@mac,com
Aloha Bob , and for us out here on the West Coast , where are you located on the Island ?
Elevation , antennas , do you hear West Coast beacons in the past , and which ones do you hear ? Do you tropo duct West Coast FM broadcast stations ?
Where is " Dr. Quack " on the Island - in years past , he would occasioanlly come up on the West Coast 147.090 ( + , no tone ) Catalina Island repeater , FM .
We want to know more about YOU , and your monitoring schedule ! gordo and the West Coast gang
2:40 PM HST.....No enhanced propagation noise on the band. Hearing slight increase in background noise from storm, no lightning crashes yet. Nice clear blue sky today and wind increasing. Satellite photo shows storm close. Trying to get my 30 year old radio to work right. No California beacons heard today. Will put out an alert as soon as I hear something.
Bob and Fred , thanks for listening to the East ! No KH6 beacons heard over here along the West Coast , looking West , and it looks like rain time for KH6 team tomorrow . Glad the .277 freq is also the comm frequency , and Bob ,if you hear West Coast beacons , make noise yourself on 144.277 ,'cuase that is where we are parked ! gordo Costa Mesa , DM 13 bp
10:15 PM HST...2 meter band showing strong atmospheric enhancement. No California beacons heard. Still listening.
Weather in Hilo is clear blue skies and hot. No indication of 2 meter band opening. No California 2 meter beacons heard. Tropical storm to arrive monday. Appears tropical storm will disrupt ducting near that time. Today looks good for ducting so I will be on 2 meters and will report any changes.
1640Z NIL so far on 432 and 1296. T=55F, RH=99%
Wisps of fog floating by @ 2 knots from SW. The sun is shining at 1740'. I think the atmosphere (over the ocean) is more mixed in the vicinity of the passages through which the fog enters the bay and delta; i.e., elevated sites further NW and SE have an advantage.
KEN the 1296 beacon moves around +- 1KHZ depending on the TEMP in the building up there I just have to go looking for it. It,s complicated by my DEM being off greq also
Bob - is it exactly 1296.250?
I've been a ham for year on hilltops and in valleys and once again hills win out! Being up in Santa Rosa at 1500 ft is a lot better than being in SF at around 200ft with a clear shot to the Pacific. We are still socked in with fog and cool this morning. Won't be around this afternoon but I'll monitor freq's and chat as I can today when I am around.
1296.250 just came up out of the noise Q4 to Q5
~ 9AM FOG layer still ~ 1500ft.
It,s just 8AM local here 432.310 is Q5 ~ 519 VERY HEAVY marine layer up to ~ 1500ft.
I am out ove the fog it,s 70F @ 50% RH.
The beacons were in till bed time last night ~ 11PM 1296 up to 529
Local hams reporting hearing enhanced propagation from police frequencies on the Big Island. I'll be working 144.200 USB to see what I can get. Band propagation noticeable at 8 PM in Hilo.
432.310 & 1296.250 in all day today .
FRED forgott to turn the 2M beacon back on
It,s 1030PM 432 beacon is 559
0515Z (27 July) KH6HME 432.310+ beacon 349 CM87tl
T=68F, RH=51% Breeze is (and has been) from SW, 1 to 2 knots.
NO 144.277, Fred, did you guys not reconnect something (antenna, key line?)
ALOHA! KH6HME/B 432 579 IN CM87tl AT 1740'
NO 144.177 OR 1296
T=65F, RH=59, SEA BREEZE 2 KNOTS FROM NW.
No beacon reception today , in Costa Mesa , DM13 . This saturday is the local SBMS 10 GHz and above TUNE OUT , in Fairview Park , Costa Mesa , 0800 . All locals invited . We'll discuss 10 GHz DX options , but Chip , N6CA , will likely be the first to make it across the Pacific . 73 to all ! gordo
Well finally 1296.250 in weak S0 to 519 432.310 continues. "NO" 2 M beacon
Getting warm up here FOG has burned off 80F @ 50% RH at 2000ft. ASL. I am ~ 25miles from PACIFIC negative horizon . in CM88QL above SANTA ROSA CAL.
Fred - Thanks for the contact yesterday - was not sure my 100w and small antenna would be enough.
Hi Dale, There is a number of repeater on Mauna Loa one is next to our beacons on 146.82 and is linked to the "win system" non stop chit chat... Also 147.040 is up the hill about 200 feet The 76 repeater that Bob is talking about is much lower and not close to the beacon site.
So you best shot is 146.82 (if) you do not have a local machine on that freq.
The two meter beacon is running about 60 watts to a pair of 7 elements at 100 feet above the shack. The Eirp of the two meter beacon is much more than any other signal on Mauna Loa . You would do better by watching 144.277.3
Interesting. I don't have beam on 2mtr fm but a super gain omni so I guess I should program that repeater into my FM rig. Any pl codes?
No beacon at sea level in Hilo. I just do a lot of SSB monitoring for openings. Historically the repeater 146.760 is near the same elevation as KH6HME's Beacons and it has become useable to California when ducting is very good. This repeater covers the east side of the island of Hawaii.
Cold, overcast and foggy in SF again today. No baacon signals heard and a very high noise level on 2mtrs toward Hawaii for whatever reason. I hope it's not someones new wireless router, TV, or whatever in the neighborhood.
Did I read there is now also a ground level beacon in Hilo? That would be interesting to monitor for as well when the KH6HME beacon comes in.
Atmospheric noise shows band is slowly opening. NOAA satellite water vapor image matches ducting forecast map. Chance of ducting good today. Tropical storm might cut off ducting later in the week. No California beacons heard. Even though I'm at sea level in Hilo, I will continue to monitor and call out on 2 and 6 meters today.
Friday , overcast in Orange County Coast , and no beacon . Perhaps later , but the weather is not very hot - not hot , no beacon .
Let's keep reports coming in , and if possible , indicate your geographic area with each post .
Gordo DM 13
Costa Mesa , 1 mile from the water
432.310 is 519 at 9:30AM Nothing on 2M ?????
Heavy marine layer up to ~ 1000ft.
75F @ 47%RH
Also heavy RADAR sweeps
24 hrs later at 9:30pm PST and no sigs in SF. Judging from the sigs I heard today compared to yesterday, Wed was the SF day, ha, ha! It's been pretty overcast-foggy all day here and we are buried in fog right now and it's cold!
Thanks for taking time to drive up that mountain. I've done so about 3/4 the way up and it's a long drive!
Thanks to all that were up on the hill today.I was able to work KH7Y,KH6P,and KH6RZ with 40w and 4dBd
ant on 2m from a hill west of Temecula. Thanks to WB6NOA for posting info.For me it only stayed open about 40 mins around 12:30PM.Good to hear Paul's call used.
Great work , all who worked KH6HME on 2 meters . Here in Orange County , signals were fair , but nothing like past openings years ago . I understand Fred and his team may go up this Saturday , if we post here that we are hearing the beacon .
Be sure and include your location , so we can see where the duct is going ! It was like a wild garden hose , with lots of ups and downs , and a fade out around 1:00 PM local .
Good first time under new management ! Fred's team seems super pro ! gordo
Worked FRED on both CW & SSB ~ 2014Z
432.310 beacon in now but massive QSB can just detect 1296.250
84F @ 39%RH @ 2000ft. ASL
Worked him on phone then on cw around 20:26, from CN73 Central Oregon Coast, currently he's calling CQ 144.277 about 5x2
Just starting to get bits and pieces of CW here in CN75xa, Lincoln City, OR. Dial freq of 144277.360 (CW) results in 800 Hz trace on spectran.
Using a 7x7 crossed yagi, SSB preamp. Sigs same on LH or RH polarization. Elevation 90 feet MSL.
Just worked Fred on SSB on 144.277, good sigs both ways.
Just starting to hear some sigs here in SF on 144.27675. I find my amp isn't working (I haven't been on the air in so long it's sad) so I'll be limited to 100 watts if conditions improve this afternoon.
130 7/25/13 144.277 CW contact with KH6HME 44n
Cm95 to BK29
Still quiet here in SF. I guess yesterday was the SF tropo day! Still a bit overcast here. But, I'll be listening about 3 more hours.
Finally up to Q5 FRED worked @ 2014Z 559
First I've heard this morning, 1945Z, Fred clg CQ on 144.277 CW 459 on my IC202 in CM87tl at 1740' T=69, RH=65%, 3 knot sea breeze from NW.
Stations in Hawaii might consider listening for the following northern CA beacons,
KJ6KO CM88ws 144.2835
K6ER CM87su 432.305
Hilo sounding for 12Z suggested a duct height around 6140'
KH6HME site is around 8400'
swapping between CW and SSB 144.276.5 or so.
now going to 223.5 and then onto 432...
599 here on CW and 59 on SSB 2m.
73 de Craig N6ED
Copy FRED on CW but very weak I seem to have lost the PATH up here
Fred , KH7Y , ON THE AIR , 5/5 . San Deigo hearing him best , but others in LA Basin working him on 2m . He will stay on the hill for about 2 hours - 3 hours . 144.276 QSO frequency . on now . gordo
Rain cloud moved in and I lost opening at sea level. Listening to KH6HME now on 2 meters making contacts.
Gone from CN73 unless he took it off in preparation for SSB QSOs
I guess the duct has moved northward as it's pretty much been quiet in SF since about 9:00am PST. Time to p/u my car from the shop and grab a quick bite!
Hearing 5 by 7 in CN73wx in Florence on the Central Oregon Coast 144.277
I'm working 144.200 and 50.110 SSB from my location in Hilo town near sea level. Atmospheric noise sounds good at my location. I will be working the two bands all day.
All hands , Fred , KH7Y , is leaving out for the beacon site this morning , 1600 Z. He plans to drop the beacon about 1800 zulu , 11 am local West Coast , and will STAY on 144.276 , the beacon frequency .
He has no cell coverege up at the site , but may have spotty E mail .
This will be his first time on 2 ssb mainland DX from the this Volcano site , so spread out our calls ,and let him come up to speed . Judging by all your signal reports , the opening should stay in for most of the day , afternoon , and evening ! Have fun , help the weak stations near you make contacts , and a prayer for Paul Lieb , KH6HME .
Well at 7:00a PST I could still hear the 2mtr beacon albeit weak at about 529. The 432 beacon was about 519 but with a lower noise floor noise level.
Now it's 9:00am and nothing on either band. Still foggy here this morning.
Good Morning, K6WKX/B has been operating a beacon on 144.2980 since last fall. I recently received a complaint from local amateurs that my beacon was covering a KH6 beacon on 144.2780. I promptly took my transmitter off the air to evaluate the situation. When I do return it to the air this fall, it will be QRP with the signal directed to the KH6 area. I would like to coordinate with the KH6 group to avoid any interference and I can change my beacon frequency if that is advised. Please advise. Thank you, Gary Bramer, K6WKX.COM
at 8:45AM the 2M beacon is ~ 539 Heavy marine layer up to ~ 1000ft.
The 2 meter beacon is building nicely , here in Costa Mesa , a mile inland from the ocean .
We still have overcast June Gloom , yet the beacon is 5/5 on 2 meters , so things are looking swell along the 2500 miles path !
144 is 549 this morning, no 432 at present.
0700 local , 2m beacon IN . Low clouds along coast ( June gloom ) usually kills reception , but this am , WITH low clouds , we still hear it 5/2 in Costa Mesa , 1 mile inland from the Coast . When clouds burn off by 1100 local , we should hear it strong !
0615Z 144.277 down a bit, maybe 569. NIL on 432 except for local beacon in CM87. NIL on 1296
T=65F, RH up to 45%, and 1 knot breeze from W.
OK almost 9:30PM 144=599 432=559 1296 = 519 with QSB peaks up to 539
Will recheck early tomorrow
76F @ 46% RH @ 2000ft ASL
OK Dale, sure hope we can wk you Thursday morning. Look for the Hilo guys on 144.200 tonight.
This must be quite a tropo duct as here it is 9:30pm at night and both the 2mtr and 432 beacons remain steady good copy since my last posting about 5:00pm. Signals range between 529 - 559 at this time of night with 2mtrs and 432 appearing to be hitting peaks and valleys opposite each other. However, still no signals heard on 1296 at this shack yet.
I will be on this page once we are QRV at the beacon site.
OK Dave, we will be on 2, 223.5, 432 and 1296. plus we will fire up the 10Ghz. keep your fingers crossed the maps look good for Thursday, I am packed and ready to make the trip.
0340Z 579-589 on IC202
T=69 RH=20% at 1740' in CM87tl NO WIND, fog is way down.
NIL on 432.310 w/10' dish
Just put up a vertically polarized beam for 223.5 pointed your way and am awaiting the morrow.
I Will Be At CN87am Portable Thurs Dusk 24hrs Till Friday Dusk. Looking For Qs On 223mhz 432mhz And 1296mhz.Distance Will Be New Records On All Three Bands 4,203km,if Completed. Weather Looks Good From Washington State For Ducting.73 Dave.
144=599 432= 559 1296= 539
5:00p PST - 2mtr beacon solid 559 (was about 589 earlier) and the 432 beacon is a solid 539. Nothing heard on 1296
First heard 2147Z peaking 459 in and out
At 2340Z 144.277 was 569 on a handheld IC202 with its whip antenna almost as good as with a beam (that I'd better check out)
Location CM87tl @ 1740 ft, T=80F, RH 39%.
The maps look even better for Thursday. I am packed up and will make a few calls and ck my email first thing in the morning. If there are good conditions I will be QRV about 1800UTC. We will start on 144.277 and work our way up the bands. I understand there are many that need 220 and I will have abt 300 watts on 223.5.
The beacon has been in from S3 to S6 over the past four hours on 144277.6.
73 de Chip K7JA
Still hearing the opened DX atmosphere noise. Saw report of two other California stations hearing KH6HME beacon. KB6EGA and myself are working 144.200 and 144.250.
Got your report. Both myself and KB6EGA on the east side of the Big Island will be trying on 144.200.
144 continues ~ 559 432 is now 539 1296 is 519 at 11:15AM
Make that 1040 hours WEDNESDAY . gordo
1040 am Tuesday , KH6HME beacon on 2 meters building well out of the noise 5/7 . Low clouds/fog hugging the coast , characteristic of
good conditions . Nothing yet on 432 .
as of 10:30AM KH6HME 2M beacon is 559 432.310 is ~ Q5 S0 very weak so far will check 1296 in a few
KH6HME beacon , on 2m , weak in to Southern California .
Same here, at midnight it was 529, this morning 319. Will keep an ear on it today.
KH6HME/B 144.277 is in this morning but very weak . At about 11PM last night it was 559 but almost "NO" 432 very weak
The weather is changing it,s 74F @ 54% RH at 8AM local
Kh6HME 144.277 in very weakly
72F @ 53% RH
Monday and Tues , Jul5 15 and 16 ,the 2m beacon from KH6HME was in , for most of the day , but not as strong as last week . Today , Wednesday , 17th , not a peep . gordo Costa Mesa
Yes Art, KH6HME is now at 8400 feet on Mauna Loa and NH6P/B will be at sea level. This is an experment to see if KH6HME/B is received on the west coast via tropo along with the other beacons at the site. That being said NH6P is on 60.5 not 61. your cw filter will sort the signals out. I doubt that both will be received at the same time by DX. Time will tell, it is a nice experment.
At the moment KH6HME/B and NH6P/B are on the same freq, on top of each other. Would be hard for dx to copy.
Hearing atmospheric noise as band opens and closes. Band not stable and noise up a little due to storm. Still calling on 144.200.
144.277 459 RST QSB
Sorry, make that :
14.277 MHz 339 RST
144.170 MHz 339 RST
144.277 MHz 459 RST
144.277 MHz 339 RST
144 beacon 5 X 1 into San Diego, no 432.
I will be looking for emails from K6QXY and Gordo in the morning. If there is prop, I will leave and be operational by 2100 UTC on Wed.
Hi, Yes 6,2, meter beacons on 24/7 432 and 1296 are on a timer on at 7AM HST and off at 7PM HST to keep the power bill down.
I was at the site on Saturday and every beacon was running as they should.
144.277 MHz 569 RST
Are the 432 and 1296 MHz beacons operating?
Sorry for not being there. Burned out from two days on the radio. Forecast map shows good chance of ducting on wednesday. I'll be on 2 and 6 meters.
Beacon solid 559 in DM03. Anybody in KH6 QRV?
144.277 MHz 569 RST
144.277 MHz 339 RST
Thanks for the reports. Please post as early Tuesday morning as you can as I will be on the road to the site at 5AM HST or 1500 UTC and will ve QRV all day Tuesday (if) there are posts. I will have 2, 223.5, 432 and 1296 with me. I will turn off the 2 meter beacon and will call CQ on the beacon frequency. When two is worked out we will go to 223.5 FM then the other bands.
2m signal 559 into cm96 at 3P pst. 73 Dave
Atmospheric noise heard at the time the 2 meter beacon was first heard is gone now. Still calling out on 2 and 6 meters.
Cold cloud layer from the northeast arriving at my location in Hilo. Even though I am below the cloud layer, I will still be calling on 2 and 6 meters. Fred (KH7Y), should be at the beacon site within one hour.
Trying 144.200. So far no signals heard at sea level in Hilo town.
Will be QRV at 2130 UTC on 2, 223.5 and 432. Sri we smoked the 1296 at fieldday.
144 beacon is 5X7 into San Diego, no 432 as yet.
We will have the new beacon QRV on Saturday it's new frequency is 144.277. Please spot here or on DX Summit. Also a small crew will be at the site on Saturday for FieldDay and will be QRV on all bands through 1296. We also will be on 20 and 15 CW and SSB using the KH6HME call.
Aloha, Fred and Crew
Thank you for you hard work on the 2 meter beacon.
Shipped this morning,new KH6HME/b 2m beacon. Made from converting my original transverter.Unit runs 1.2 dB more output power so we don't over drive the Power amp.Frequency = 144.277.3 MHz. I suspect it will drift over time as the xtal ages.Picturs and in for will be up on http://n6ca.com shortly
TROPO KH6HME/B 432.310 in but weak 519
Chip and I are both measuring 144.2773 MHz for CW zero beat. That appears to be where the xtal wants to naturally operate. It's likely to shift a bit with aging and as time progresses but it should settle around that frequency.
Gary - WA6MEM
Sorry Gary... getting late out here
Doug I hope the freq is 144.276.......
Good news we will be watching our mail box...
Aloha, Fred KH7T
N6CA has the KH6HME 144.277 MHz beacon operating into a vertical from DM03ut. It still has that great sounding chirp!
KH7Y still at the beacon site working the frequencies. Worked him on 1.2 GHz, 70cm, 2 meters and 6 meters.
Still no signals heard from west coast.
We will be QRV all bands starting around 1800 UTC Saturday and will stay through the weekend (if) the bands open. If not we will leave 0300 UTC Sunday.
432 & 1296 beacons back in nothing on 50.061
50.110 MHz Beaming Hawaii from DM03
1296.250 beacon in now ~ s1
432.310 back in at 1540Z weak so far
61F @ 71% RH at 2000ft.
Please listen 144.200, 223.5 432 and 1296 we will be at the site about 1930 hours and will stay for 4 or 5 hours.
For the VHF contest I will be operating Saturday and will be calling CQ on 144.170 and 144.200 if there is propagation I will move up the bands 223.5 etc.
Aloha Fred KH7Y
TROPO KH6HME/B still in 432.310 & 1296.250
Got your posted reports. Calling and listening on 2 and 6 meters. No signals yet in Hawaii. My station is at sea level in Hilo town.
1296 beacon is Q5 S5 1296.250 good signal
KH6HME/B in on TROPO 432.310 ~ S5 55degF @ 95% HUMiDITY fogged in solid at 2000FT.
Hi Gary, thanks for the report you are number one this year and the first to spot the new beacon frequency .310 Is it close to frequency? I let it run a week and rejusted as needed. Should be close.
As for 2 meters we should have it on in the next few weeks. Chip is close to shipping it after he lets it run a bit before shipping.
6 meters beacon will be QRV this week, looks like I will make a trip up on Thursday. It is about a 5 hour drive round trip for me.
I will post progress here. Also KH7Y will be on for the June contest at the site, will be calling cq on 50.110 and 144.200 if there is tropo will stay till it dies or if no tropo will QRT Saturday night. KH6HME will be active for fieldday from the site and will also be on CW on the HF bands. That is the news for now. keep the posting comming, we feel like the Maytag repairman at this point..
432.310 MHZ 229 RST
First time this season. No 1296.250 MHz yet.
Is the 50.061 MHZ beacon on too, Fred?
Ops, been sitting to long in the chair (WPX contest) That is 432.310 the correct frequency.
431.310 beacon installed yesterday Sunday May 26. So the 1296 and 423 beacons are QRV now. We will keep U posted about 2 meters once it is received from Chip, N6CA.
In order to make checking this page faster, I have archived all 2011 and earlier tropo reports. They can be accessed via the archive link at the top of the page.
73 de Doug, N6RT
I'm monitoring the 1296.250 frequency and will let you know if anything starts coming in.
Gary - WA6MEM - DM03ts
Hi Gary and thanks Bob for answering the question. We are waiting for a crystal for the 432 beacon and Chip N6CA is rebuilding the 2 meter beacon. It should be shipped before the end of May. The only active beacon at this point is 1296.
Once there is a opening and we man the site, we will be QRV on 144.170, 222.100, 432.078 and 1296.25. We will not be transmitting on the new 2 meter or 432 beacon frequencies.
We are also going to move the KH6HME 6 meter beacon on 50.061 to the site and move NH6P 6meter beacon to the sea level site in Pahoa.
I was informed that the proposed frequencies would be 144.276 and 432.310. Fred estimates the beacons will be on sometime the middle of this month. Fred will inform all when beacons are active.
Historically, a 2 meter repeater (146.760) on the same mountain slope has opened to California during ducting. I would encourage all to try this repeater. It is linked to the whole island and parts of Oahu and Maui. This repeater is open, no tones needed.
I also try to monitor the call frequencies of 144.200 and 432.100 from my house in Hilo town at sea level.
73's to all,
The HamRadioNow video "podcast" got the VIP tour of the beacon from Fred KH7Y. See it at www.HamRadioNow.tv. Thanks, Fred! 73, Gary KN4AQ
Any information about the new frequencies, Fred? When do you expect to have the beacons operational?
Gary - WA6MEM, DM03ts
MESSAGE from Fred, KH7Y. The 2 meter and 70cm beacons are off for maintenance and frequency change. Estimated to be turned on sometime the middle of next month.
The 1.2 GHz beacon is still on.
Forecast maps show improvement for ducting from Baja California to Southern California on Sunday. I will be monitoring 144.200 and calling out on that frequency.
Hi Victor, Not much going on out here including 6 meters. Next few months may be interesting, I hope.
The KH6HME call is just about to be assigned to the "california-Pacific ARC. The beacons live on.
email is email@example.com
Sorry I wasn't monitoring this reflector much. Nothing heard of KH6HME/B on 144.17 in Kihei or Kahului--didn't have the opportunity to go up to Haleakala. Am back home. Winter isn't very productive for KH6 to North America tropo, but Bernardo, XE2HWB managed some 2m contacts then in past years. Please send me your e-mail address.
Hi Victor, how long are you in Maui for? Do you plan on a visit to the big island. If so I will be glad to pick you up and show you around.
WH6XM, what is your e-mail address?
Also, what is the 2m SSB activity frequency in the islands?
Only signals heard on my IC-202 are carriers, probably from computers.
Victor Frank, firstname.lastname@example.org
All beacons are using yagis pointing northeast. 2 meter, 70cm and 1.2 GHz beacons are working fine. I am also calling out on 2 meters from Hilo in the northeast direction. So far no signals heard. Conditions are still poor. 73's
in Kihei with an IC202 but haven't heard the 144.17 beacon yet. Lots of noise.
Starting to feel like the Maytag repairman. Getting tired of playing cards ready to Wk U guys.
Visit to the site on Wed. this week and all is working the 223 beacon is out of service. Still waiting for a opening...
I have been looking at the weather maps here this week from Oregon. It looks like the duct could form in the next few days. If so i am thinking about driving up to my portable site in Washington State At CN87AM. The same location i was at last sept 2011 (see my post). If i hear anything i will log on. 73 Dave
Many thanks Bob, thanks for the help!! We need to get back up soon and make more repairs. I have some new antennas to install as (back-ups) for 6,2,222 and 432. So a work party soon.
Thanks to Fred (KH7Y), for making the long trip to the beacon site and changing the power supply. The beacon is back to it's normal power level and loud and clear from my QTH. West coast stations and beyond should be able to hear it now.
Two meter antennas are fine, 432 and 222 2 inch mast bent by heavy winds antennas looking up 30 degs. Will be at the site Tuesday at 2200 or so to make repairs.
We have keys for the site and can make the trip to the site now and work U guys. I check here every few days but can be reached at my email address listed on QRZ.COM.
Aloha, Fred KH7Y
432.078 MHz 357 RST
no 144.170 MHz beacon being heard.
2 meter beacon keying is fine. I received a report from KH6LC that it is up and running. We will look into the antenna issue once the family makes the decision around Sept first. I will keep everyone posted.
When we were at the site June 30th, the 2 meter beams were pointed up at about a 10-20 degree angle. That could explain the weaker than normal signal. The mast and guy wires had been blown around and needed some mechanical work.
Made several signal checks of the beacon from my location and it appears the beacon is not putting out its full power. Will wait till KH7Y has time to locate the problem.
I am hearing the 70 CM beacon in Los Osos, CM95
about S1 good copy some QSB.
432.078 & 1296.250 continue Q5 up to S1----S5 at times
"NO" 144.170 beacon not even a carrier.
84F @ 2000ft. 29%RH
I am still hearing KH6HME's 2 meter beacon from downtown Hilo. Sounds like the beacon is operating okay. Signal level is lower then normal which may be due to propagation. Will continue monitoring.
Sorry, two meter tx keyer bad, txing carrier now without keying.
Sounds like the keyer has quit working. Two meter tx running 100 percent of the time without a carrier.
I have no access but will know more on Thursday.
Aloha, Fred KH7Y
1296 .250 is now 519 to CM88QL
STILL no 144MHZ beacon
KH6HME beacon 432.078 in Q5 S5 this morning ( only 432)
81F @ 29% RH at 2000ft. DUCT appears very unstable so far
All responsible site parties are in contact and plans are formulating for the future of the site. KH7Y Fred is heading that up. Info will be out in the next few weeks.
All of Paul's beacons on Mauna Loa Mountain are still on. He also has a 6 meter beacon near the shoreline on the big island of Hawaii that is still on. We are waiting for the family and or attorney to inform us of Paul's wishes concerning all the beacons.
Sorry to hear about Paul. Are the KH6HME beacons still on the air? Plans for future?
It was a real shock hearing of Paul's passing. We would meet for lunch when ever we were on the Big Island and had just visited with him June 30th. My wife, Mary Ann, Wb6YSS and I were privileged to scribe our calls on the beacon site door with the sacred nail - the last ones to do so I was told by his good buddy in Hilo, Corky, W6ORS. Paul said that he had been looking for someone to take over the beacon/tropo DX operation but no one has come forth yet. I shot some video of Paul and the site and Gordon West might use some of it to put on Leo LaPorte's twit.tv webcast. We shall miss this great guy.
KH6HME was an outstanding vhf dxer. I had hoped to visit him in Hawaii. I plan the next wa50 lead to honor him. Watching for the duct in Maui.
I too will miss Paul, I was one of the hams who was
lucky to have had lunch with Paul in the 80s.
He has always been a inspiration for me in VHF/UHF.
73 Paul, We will all miss you.
Loosing a friend is always difficult but loosing Paul Lieb, KH6HME, will have a profound affect on the hobby we all enjoy so much. His enthusiasm, dedication, and commitment will be difficult to replicate. Each year I would look forward to hearing those unique sounding beacons announcing ďAlohaĒ. It was always a special day when those signals would find the way to the mainland coast.
Many of us enjoyed the thrill of working KH6 land on VHF and UHF because Paul would take the long, slow, trip up the volcano. I will miss Paulís excited voice call CQ from the Big Island of Hawaii. Thank you, Paul. You will be missed.
Paul is with the Lord now. He lived his life by His word as we all saw many times. Hopefully we will all see Paul again.
73 my friend
Talked to Paul many times over the years, he was always ready to "head up the hill" when the band was open.
This is a big loss to the VHF community.
RIP, Paul, we will miss you.
I was very fortunate to have known Paul. I am very sad to hear of his passing. He was the best human being the ham world could every have.
Paul and i had a nice phone conversation a couple of days before he left for the mainland. We all have lost a dear friend. We will miss you Paul. Dave NY7C
Sad news, we will miss you Paul.
73's wherever you are.
Everytime I would go over to the Big Island, Paul, my Wife and myself would go the in my
4x4 Jeep, go all over the Big Island and a lot
of times go up to the Beacon Site.
My wish One Day was to move to the Big Island
help Paul when the Bands would open.
Will miss him greatly, a great friend indeed
73's my friend but never forgotten.
Mike Aust - WB6DJI
sad news from WB6NOA via SBMS email list states that Paul became sk yesterday.....we have lost a legend.
I will be in Maui July 17 - 21. If the duct opens, I may drive up Haleakala to couple in it. There are road "turn outs" with clear shots to W6/W7 between 5,000 - 8,000 feet. QRV 2M & 70 cm SSB/CW.
144.170 MHz 229 RST
Hi Everyone, Paul is off the island till the end of July.
Aloha, Fred KH7Y
KH6HME/B 432.078 ~ 519
48F @ 91%RH heavy marine layer @ 2000ft.
as of 1400Z this morning KH6HME/B 144.170 in ~ 519 nothing else so far
KH6HME /B just in 144.170 ~ 519
Heavy marine layer in Los Angeles today, keep an ear out here. Would love to add you to the log!
Calling CQ on 144.200 USB, so far no signals heard
At 1600Z KH6HME is 569 on a handheld IC-202 on 144.17. Temp 51.6, RH 100% @1740' in CM87tl, just about the top of the cloud layer here.
As of 1520Z KH6HME/B 432.078 is 519
KH6HME /B 144.170 very strong this morning
Heavy marine layer at 2000ft. 52F @ 94% RH
144.170 Is very weak in this moment into DL44uc, 432 not hear beacon
TROPO to KH6
KH6HME beacon 144.170 in ~ 559
Beacon 144.170 is RST 519 with QSB into DL44uc
Bcon. 144 is RST 549 into Dl44uc. No hear 432
Bcon. 144 is RST 439 into DL44uc
This morning the 144 MHz beacon signal was heard with of 559 with QSB
144.170 MHz 589 RST
432.078 MHz 459 RST
1296.250 MHz 369 RST
144 MHz beacon is heard with very weak signals, all day has been heard with QSB
144.170 MHz 359 RST
In and out 144 MHz beacon
This morning listening to the 144 MHz beacon signal with a 528 with QSB.
Still can not get heard on 432 MHz.
Now 144 Beacon is RST 539
Start listening again 144 MHz beacon, with very weak signals
I begin to hear 144 MHz beacon with QSB, with maximum signal 539.
still hear the 144 MHz beacon with QSB
144.170 Beacon 517 into DL44uc