Are you 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, KH6HME ops will turn off the beacons and be QRV on only
50.061 MHz, 144.277 MHz, 222.100/223.5 MHz, 432.310 MHz and 1296.250 MHz
Stations other than KH6HME are asked to use the national calling frequencies of
50.125 MHz, 144.200 MHz, 432.100 Mhz, 902.100 MHz, and 1296.100 MHz
View 2011 and earlier archived tropo reports
I've been troubled for several days by the previous posting about a possible 442 MHz opening to Germany. It was reported at a time when the Hepburn forecast for propagation across the Atlantic was truly grim. Also, 442 MHz is not part of the amateur band in Europe. If any European station was heard on that frequency, it would not be a law-abiding radio amateur. The amateur band in most of IARU Region I is 430-440 MHz.
Heard amateurs speaking German on my repeater's output today analog 442.300 FM...did not catch call signs.
Heard amateurs speaking German on my repeater's output today analog 442.300 FM...did not catch call signs.
I will be on the big island for most of August. Will be at the site and see what gives with the 1296 beacon and will check the rest while I am there.
Aloha, Fred ex KH7Y
Greg indicates that his beacons are still in the same place in CM88ws so I guess I was getting a bounce or obstacle in the direct path. Also his 432 beacon is on, altho at lower power than before.
The KJ6KO beacons have been on for many years, although some or all of them may have been undergoing maintenance this year. I have counted on those beacons to reassure me that my equipment and antennas are working on many occasions. At my Tehachapi beacon site (DM05sb) I've always heard
KJ6KO/b well on 144, 222, 432, 903 and 1296. I don't think Greg has moved his beacons to a different site.
06/30/2015 0520Z While listening for the 2m KH6HME beacon on my handheld IC202 I was surprised to hear KJ6KO/b near that frequency (it's hard to determine frequency with an IC202, but I gather it's ~3-6 KHz higher than KH6HME/b.) The stated frequency on KJ6KO's web site is 144.2824. This is the first time this year I've heard the 2m KJ6KO/b. The stated grid square is CM88ws and the elevation 1750'. I (in CM87tl) obtained a null from NW, like over SF, not a bit E of N for CM88ws. I get the correct bearing null on KH6HME/B. KJ6KO's web site lists beacon frequencies on all amateur bands 144 through 1296. Has he moved?
Forecast shows a perfect day for ducting. Working the bands now and throughout the day.
Looks like Hawaii has good opening today into S. California and Baja.
Bcon. 144 is 529 with QSB. No listen 432.
Beacon 144 is 519. No heard 432.
I'm calling now on 144.200 and 432.100
At my QTH both beacons faded out late last night. Nothing heard today until now. The 432 beacon is in and out with peaks to 519 in DM13bp.
Beacon 144.277 is 539 with QSB.
Hi Kevin, You got plenty of good equipment. Look for smog layer or fog layer and target that elevation. Study the clouds and look for cloud layers. Afternoons Hawaii time is good right now. So far I haven't heard any changes in the bands. Right now it's 78 degrees and forecast to go down to 69 tonight. Sunset time will tell if conditions are possible.
Nothing heard from the 2M beacon at 2145-2215 UTC.
I put out a few SSB and CW calls on 144.200, but got no responses.
I'm still hoping to hear my first tropo ducted sigs from Hawaii. This time I set up a lot lower: about 1900' on the shoulder of Loma Prieta mountain (CM97ad, Santa Cruz county) 9 miles from my home QTH. Haven't seen any reports today, so don't know if the duct is not working, or my setup is lacking (7 element yagi and an Icom 706mkIIG).
Outstanding effort Wayne. Yes we are also noticing the different elevations of the duct and how it changes fast with the weather. Could there also be more then one duct that forms. Congratulations on the records set, what an exciting few days. Forecast show even better days to come.
I'm on the air at sea level searching for the duct.
I'd like to post something about my trip to Hawaii for the current tropo duct. This trip has really turned out well so far.
Last week the Hepburn forecast suggested that a duct might form in a few days. So I bought an airline ticket and packed a station for
all bands from 144 MHz through 10 GHz in two large suitcases plus a roll-aboard and a backpack (total weight: 150 pounds). When I got here, I rented a small SUV and built a station in/on it. I made several trips to Home Depot for parts to build a rotating roof platform.
When the duct began on Tuesday, I drove all over Mauna Loa while listening to my own 222.030 MHz beacon in Orange County, Calif. It was a thrill just to hear it 2,500 miles away. By Thursday, the duct seemed to be at its best. Greg, W6IT, activated my hilltop station near Orange, CA and we worked Thursday night on six bands, including 2304 and 3456 MHz, both for new world DX records. I heard Greg well on two more bands, 902 and 5.7 GHz, but so far local QRN in Orange County has prevented him from hearing me on those
two additional bands. Let's hope the duct continues for a little longer so we can try again and also work more stations on the west coast.
I intend to write at least a conference paper and create a PowerPoint show about what I've seen and heard in Hawaii. I've noticed that the KH6HME beacon site, as good as it is, sometimes seems to be above the cloud layer that forms the top of the duct. Thursday night it was about 2,000 feet above the cloud tops. Seeing that, I drove down to 5,200' elevation to work Greg on all those bands. (The beacon site is about 8,200 feet above sea level.) My 222 beacon was definitely louder at lower elevations than at the beacon
site at that time. Friday night I operated at 7,300', which was near the cloud tops and where my beacon seemed loudest then. The size and elevation of the duct seems to vary a lot, perhaps explaining the way the KH6HME beacons vary in relative signal strength, with 432 being a louder at certain times while the 144 beacon is louder at other times. There are some very interesting natural phenomena at work here.
If anyone would like to watch a video of the record-setting 2304 QSO with W6IT, it's online on my website:
www.n6nb.com/2304rcrd.mp4 Thanks to Greg, W6IT, for his able operating on the other end of these QSOs.
73, Wayne, N6NB/KH6
Beacon 144.277 is 579
Beacon 144.277 is 529 with QSB
On 144.200 working So Cal stations.
California signal too weak for sea level. Switching back to 144.210.
Currently on 432.100 SSB has peaked up to S6 in DM13 with QSB
I have the 2m beacon in solid into dm03 with my 24 elements and 200w. Listening/cqing 144.200
I'm hearing station on Mauna Loa on the back side of my beam. I barely hear the DX station. Unable to make out any call. Unknown if there will be further traffic on this frequency. I will move to 144.210 can call out.
144.277 459 RST
432.310 569 RST
6/20/2015 0000Z KH6HME/B 144.277 449 on handheld IC202 at 1740' in CM97tl.
0030Z NIL T=69.3, RH=37%, Wind 6-7 knots
0130Z NIL T=66.4, RH=40%, Wind 5 knots SW
Although the OAK 00Z radiosonde indicates I am in the inversion (~955 mb), I see ocean with no fog.
TV wx says to expect fog later, so I'll check back in later. TV wx also said Saturday would be hotter than today and Sunday cooler.
The Hilo 00Z sounding shows a very sharp humidity drop (cloud tops)@ 795 mb.
6/19/2015 2200Z, 144.277 449. On 432, no KH6HME/b, but local beacon K6ER/B and (probable shipboard radar S8 peak, I'd guess 500-600 pps, 10 sec antenna rotation.) T=70F, RH=40%, 4-6 knot wind from SW to W.
Being higher is not always the best. Consider setting up at lower levels as you come back down the mountain. My QTH is at 1200 feet ASL. There have been times when 800 feet signals were much stronger than 1200 feet.
Nothing heard here on 144.277 this morning 1700-1730 UTC.
I'm new to the mode, and monitoring the reports here. I drove up to Loma Prieta mountain here in Santa Cruz County where I set up at 3000' with a 7-element yagi. Too high? Or maybe the duct had already closed?
These are the repeaters that can be accessed during ducting.
146.820, open no tones, linked to other states, in the same building as beacons. 442.150, open, no tones, about same elevation as beacons. 146.760, open, no tones, island wide link.
Thanks for the reports. My radios are warmed up and ready to go. I will be calling out on 144.200, 432.100 and 50.125.
144.277 459 RST
432.310 569 RST
6/19 1525Z and 1625Z No sign of 144.277 beacon in CM87tl @ 1740'. T=64F, RH 39% @1525, 47% @1625
Wind S to SW 1-3 knots.
144.277 running ten over at 11:45 tonight but nothing heard on 144.200.
AT 22:47 LOCAL HEARING THE 2M BEACON
INTO DM14CP HIGH DESERT
AT 22:47 LOCAL HEARING THE 3M BEACON
INTO DM14CP HIGH DESET
Beacons heard on 70cm and 2m at 06/19/15 0500 UTC. 70cm faded out but 2m still going at 0522 UTC. CQing 144.200CW
06/19/2015 0430Z Thought the 144.277 beacon was out, but only a fade, came up to 559 only with IC202 at the edge,looking down @ Half Moon Bay.
NIL with the R7100 on either 144, 432, or 1296.
T=59.5F, RH=34%, Wind W at 5-7 knots. Good view tonight, Moon, Venus, & Jupiter, in the twilight.
Beacon 144 is very weack, now is listen in 144.2787.
No listen Beacon 432.
Thanks Tom, good point I will try that repeater and monitor too.
432.310 beacon 579 in Arcadia CA, signal strength was never enough to get it before this far inland. Tried 2 meter repeater 146.76 and 147.040 which are co-located with beacon but nothing coming back. Hawaii stations might try Catalina Island repeater on 147.09. Tom
Thank you for the reports Victor. My location at sea level not very good. I heard the atmosphere open up to DX on 2 meters several times today but it did not hold. 70cm I had no results. 6 meters had a brief opening at mid day. Because conditions are fluid, I will continue to call out on 144.200, 432.100 and 50.125 throughout the early evening. I will continue to be on the three bands everyday.
599 inland over 1000' hills in the Los Angeles area DM04 - Arcadia
06/18/2015 0220Z KH6HME/B 144.277 589 into CM87tl @ 1740'. T=61.7F, RH=42%, Wind SW 4-6 knots. NIL 432. Took the IC202 over to the 10' dish, same 589 though lower while transporting it. Using a R7100 connected to the dish feed ~569 (the LPA feed is for 220-1296 & not very good at 2 mtrs)
6/18/2015 1710Z KH6HME/B 432.310 569 on a R7100 with a 10' dish (fixed pointed at KH6) in CM87tl @ 1740'. T=60.3 RH=56%. NIL on 1296, but I've only heard it a couple times in past years.
6/18/2015 1645Z KH6HME/B 144.277 (mistyped last report) now 599 in CM87tl (also mistyped) at 1740' (530mtrs). T=59.9, RH=57%, Wind var < 2 knots SW.
Received on handheld IC202 on brow of hill (all downhill to ocean). One estimate of strength is that the 144.277 beacon is still readable cross-polarized and also is with builtin antenna nulled in azimuth, and also inside house about 50' back from brow, where it isn't usually readable.
Now going to connect 432.
BOTH 144 & 432 beacons in now solid ~ 559
MARINE layer down to ~ 500ft. now.
NO 1296 beacon ( broke) ???? I normaly hear it just fine when 432 is this strong. 4X 22el LOOP yagis & preamp
at 8AM 432.310 beacon in under very heavy RADAR NO 2M beacon at present
68F @ 40% RH Heavy marine layer up to ~ 1500FT.
06/18/2015 1450Z KH6HME/B 144.177 is 579 in CM87rl @ 1740'. T=59.4F, RH=37%, Winds calm, reads 1.4 knots SE (but direction not reliable at such slow wind speeds).
Oakland CA 12Z sounding indicates sharp temperature inversion.
Pressure(mb) Ht (m) T(C) DP(C) RH(%)
960 458 11.6 7.9 79
956 493 13.2 7.2 67
951 537 20.0 5.0 37
948 564 22.2 3.2 29
943 610 22.6 1.7 25
925 778 24.0 -4.0 15
The frequencies we are working here in Hawaii are at or near 144.200, 432.100 and 50.125. I'll be working at sea level and others at different elevations.
6/18 0410Z KH6HME/B 144.277 579, T=64.1, RH=25%, Wind 3 knots from SW.
0708Z KH6HME/B 144.277 now 589 in CM87tl at 1740'. T=65.5F, RH 24%. Wind 3 knots & less from SE
KH6HME 144.277 beacon is 4x3 in to DM12jt
Beacon 144.277 is signal 559 into DL44uc, 432.310 is very weak
The header say to use 423.1 that is a typo right?
Took a break from WSPR 432 is S9 ATM 144 S2. Put out calls on 432.1 and 144.1 all I got was other locals looking for HI. Hopefully this holds up for the weekend.
Light rain broken overcast at sea level. Still calling 2 meters, 70cm and 6 meters SSB from QTH. Hearing N6NB on the island calling on 2 meters. No indication at sea level that the ducting has formed. Will continue calling on all frequencies.
6/18/2015 0115Z 144.277 in 579, CM87tl @ 1740'. T=72.3F, RH=26%, wind 5 knots SW. I e-mailed N6RT re the time stamp being 1 hr off GMT & he said he'd fix it. Time now around 0144Z.
I am portable at 7,135' on Mauna Loa. My own beacon on 222.030 in Orange County is pounding in, as it has since yesterday. But I can't raise anybody on 144.200. ANYONE WANT TO WORK HAWAII???
KH6IMB decoding me almost every sequence in BK29 on 144 WSPR from DM13
Current cloud forecast, 2,400 scattered, ceiling 4,900.
We have heavy overcast skies at sea level. Looks like a break in the clouds coming. Forecast is for rain satellite photo shows broken clouds upstream. I will be on the air all day today and into the night. I'm operating SSB on 2 meters, 70cm and 6 meters.
Beacon is S-2 into DM12.
THE 432.310 beacon is in weakly nothing on 144.277
81F @ 39% RH at 2000ft.
HEPBURN TROPO maps look GOOD for FRI, SAT & SUN.
6/17/1548Z Well, this is a surprise! Despite drop in winds to (0-1.4 knots from SE) and flat fog bank visible below us (at 1740') and rise in temperature over night to 72 deg F and drop in rel humidity to 25%, NIL heard on 144.277. Is anybody at lower elevation (or better equipment) hearing the KH6HME 144 beacon this morning?
Was decoded by Wil KH6IMB on 2 meter WSPR. According to the forecast Friday and Saturday will be stronger. Pretty sure all the 144 WSPRers are pointed that way right now. 144 Beacon is louder than 432 ATM.
Timestamp Call MHz SNR Drift Grid Pwr Reporter RGrid km az
2015-06-17 09:48 N3IZN 144.490551 -20 0 DM13ji 50 KH6IMB BK29jk 4061 257
Can hear the 144 and 432 beacons in DM13. Nothing heard on 1296. 6 meter in use so I can't listen.
Yes the 220 radio and antenna is ready to go. Need someone with access to the site to turn it on. I don't know anyone else other then Jim that has access.
Weather here shows promise of ducting improving. I will continue to be on 144.200, 432.100 and 50.125.
VICTOR 222 has to be turned on at the beacon site
ONLY 144,432 & 1296 QRV,
6/17/2015 0335Z KH6HME/B 144.277 is still in 579 on a handheld IC202 at my QTH in CM87tl @ 1740'. A little marine air is blowing 5 knots from SW to W. T=56.7F. RH=59%.
I don't have antenna up for 144, just 223.5. I wonder if 220 gear is still up there at the beacon site.
1.2 GHz beacon sounds weaker then usual. Beacon signals pass right over my QTH heading for California.
Unable to say if it is propagation or hardware problems.
Can anyone in KH6 confirm if 1296/B is on the air??
432.310 is 559 no 1295??
Copy your report. I just received info from a local ham that our Police Dept. repeater is being heard in California. I will continue to call out from my QTH at sea level. 144.200, 432.100 and 50.125.
6/17/2015 0145Z KH6HME/B 144.277 579 on a handheld IC202, in CM87tl at 1740' T=67.5F, RH=37%. Wind 6 knots from the West.
I'm hearing the atmosphere noise open up to DX. Looks like in the next few hours will be good. I will continue to call from my QTH at sea level. I don't hear any hams at higher elevations on the air.
432.310/b in now checking for 1296.
I'll be calling on these or nearby frequencies....50.125, 144.200, 432.100.
Got your report. I'm starting to call out on 144.200.
KH6HME/B in 144.277
76F @ 46% RH at 2000ft. ASL
Hi Kevin, there are no email alerts that I know of. We here in Hawaii depend on a few California hams to alert us on this reflector as the beacons are located here. I have noticed short 10 to 20 mile ducting by monitoring certain local transmissions. If you want more info you can email me a (email@example.com).
I'm new to the mode, located in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Is there a way to get an email alert when ducting opens?
Frequency for my 6 meter beacon is 50.070.
I'm not sure what he plans to do. I have not met with him.
I will be on 2 meters and 70cm as soon as we get alerted by this site. Periodically I will also turn on a 6 meter beacon from my QTH.
Thanks Robert, does Jim plan to travel up the hill to operate?
Hi Craig. K6MIO/KH6 is now in charge of the beacons. Fred moved to California. 2 meter, 70cm, 1.2 GHz beacons are active. 6 meter beacon is not on.
The 2 meter beacon site is active on 144.277. I don't know about the other beacons or the control ops. I'm too new to the mode.
As we approach the season, wondering if HME is remoted by Fred or if there is a new trustee planning to activate it, or? Curious Californians want to know ;-)
I will be calling out during the early part of tonight as it seems the duct will hold.
19 APR 2015 2340Z 144.27 or thereabouts in peaking 579 on my IC202 as I walked my property.
However, 20 APR 0020Z was out. Now T=49F, RH=94%. Wind 5 knots blowing the fog. 0230Z pine trees are dripping, KH6HME/B still undetectable.
I'm trying to get other stations at higher elevation to get on the air.
My location is at sea level and is usually the last to open up. Still calling on 144.200......
2M beacon into So Calif. 579 in DM13bp 64F @ 0130 GMT
Okay Victor. Good news on 2 meter beacon. I'm also interested in 6 meters and will listen for your beacon. I will also report hearing it on this site.
2105Z 19 APR 2015. Went out to listen (for the first time this year) with my hand-held IC202 and the 2m KH6HME/B was 579 here in CM87tl at 1740'. We had the top of the fog at 48F this AM, it's now 57F and 66% RH. I don't have anything working (except my 6m K6FV/B) to work anybody.
Looks like this weekend might have a potential of some ducting. I'll be listening on 144.200 USB and 432.100 USB. for any California stations.
Monday March 30 , no beacons in until mid afternoon . First , 2m , and then the 432 MHz signal , both not as strong as the day before . Also , band noise to Hawaii not near as strong as the day before . Thanks to all for these valuable reports ! gordo
I will be leaving my radios on all night, 144.200 and 432.100.
The 70 cm beacon is in to So Cal , too ! Called CQ on .200 , for an hour , but no one on , yet 2m beacon S-8 !
CQ Hawaii in the am !
From what I understand, Jim K6MIO will be in charge of the beacons. I have not made personal contact with Jim yet.
The 2m KH6HME beacon in S-5 to Orange County , Ca. Both Chip , K7JA , and I hear it well . No reception yet on 70cm . But , who will go up to the beacon site when it opens again in July ? Who is our new contact to take the 3 hour trip to the beacon ? I can supply gas money !!!
Thanks Robert for your report. I'm also listening for N7SCQ 2 meter and KJ6KO 432 beacons. I have not heard anything yet.
KH6HME/B 432.310 is in but weak @ 9:25 AM
71F @ 35%RH
AS of 3:19PM KH6HME/B in 144.278 & 432.310 both ~ 529
78F @ 29& RH at 2000ft.
Forecast map shows good conditions on west coast. Oregon station reports on 6 meters of fog in his area. Hawaii area not the best for ducting but I am calling out on 144.200.
KH6HI/B has faded back into OR @ 2050z
Possible ducting opening into Oregon and Northern California.
Looks like ducting will be open from Hawaii to the west coast from now through wednesday. All day I've been monitoring 144.200 and noticed the atmosphere noise indicating open to DX. 10 PM Hawaii time and noise still going strong. I will try calling out tomorrow on 2 meters.
Hearing atmosphere noise open up to ducting on 2 meters. Not holding open steady. Nothing heard on 6 meters.
Beacon still in solidly on 144277...432 beacon in noise right now. Um, it's coming back.
Hilo weather broken overcast, sun rising Looks like the two tropical storms will cut off the small area of ducting in the next few hours. I will continue to monitor 2 meters to see if the sun's heating will help the ducting.
I'm hearing the KH6HME beacons on both 144 and 432 MHz right now in DM13cs. They aren't as loud as they were last month, but they're both 2-3 S-units out of my noise level on their peaks. They fade into the noise level every 5-10 minutes, then come back.
Looks like a possibility of an opening into southern California. I don't hear any changes in atmospheric noise on 2 meters at this time.
Forecast map show after the second hurricane passes Hawaii, ducting into California and Mexico will be very good. I will be on 2 meters calling out.
The KH6HME 2M beacon just in nothing any higher yet.
I'm preparing for the approaching hurricane. Note ducting forecast map and weather satellite photos to see the influence of the storm on ducting. Two approaching storms show very poor conditions for ducting.
144.277 MHz 559 RST
432.310 MHz 459 RST
I'm starting to get light indication of the band opening up. Not strong or steady. Calling on 144.200.
144.277 359 RST
The 2M beacon is ~ 559 the 432 beacon ~ 519 nothing on 1296 yet
Got your report. Conditions here improved when tropical storm to the south moved further west. I will be calling out on 144.200 periodically.
The KH6HME/B 144.277 just in now Q5 ~ s5
86F @ 33% RH at 2000ft ASL heavy marine layer up to ~ 1000ft.
I can't tell you if the beacons are making it to the west coast because I'm in Austin, TX for the Central States VHF Conference. What I can say is that interest in the KH6 duct is very high here. I gave a talk called "Working Hawaii on VHF, 1957-2014: An Eyewitness Account." That prompted a weekend of nonstop questions. KH6/K6MIO is also here and gave two excellent presentations, one on solar cycle 24 and another on the equatorial effect on propagation.
73, Wayne, N6NB
Anyone in southern California or San Francisco area can report if they are hearing KH6HME beacons.
10:30 PM Hawaii time....Having sporadic indications of 2 meter band opening up to DX. Unknown exact type of propagation.
10:30 PM Hawaii time......Having
I'm getting cold temperature moving in at sea level with light rain.
I haven't heard anything from the KH6HME beacons in 24 hours, not even a chirp. I guess this particular duct has moved on from Orange County.
No improvement at my elevation. I will continue to monitor and soon as I hear an opening I will start calling out.
Beacons still loud at 0500z on 10 July. Calling on 144200.
About half an hour more before dark. Started hearing atmospheric noise related to DX opening. Not strong yet but it is there.
Ralph K6TSK announced on my 2 meter Bozo net tonight the 144.277 beacon is comming in here in Southern Calif.
He's rightr.....loud and clear.
TNX for rpt Wayne. I ckd 144.277 earlier and just now (0130Z). NIL. T=55F RH=85% Fog blowing over the hill, (1740') 8 knots from the SW. Will ck later when wind has died down.
I'm only 2 meter capable at this time. Will continue to monitor.
0056 UTC....Briefly heard voice calling CQ CQ, the nothing. Noise on band. Overcast skies with light rain.
KH6HME/B is 589 now on 432. Louder on 2.
Condx not as good as last weekend, but band is open to KH6 again. Anybody hear me on 144200?
I am hearing KH6HME/B on 144 (579) and 432 (569) at 0005z 10 July. QSB on 432. This is the first time I've checked today at the hilltop QTH (DM13cs). This seems to go on and on.
Propagation map indicates intense conditions forming just east of Hawaii. A duct may also be forming towards San Francisco area and up along the northwest coast. I will be monitoring for Half Moon Bay repeater and 144.200 for openings.
It's 1005z on 8 July, after 3 a.m. PDST, and the beacons are gone--from here at least. The 144 and 432 beacons were loud and clear for five days (last Wednesday evening until sometime Monday night). Let's hope they come back soon.
This is not a reception report, however the Pacific Northwest VHF Society (PNVHFS)is aware of what's going on with the beacon's. Pete, N6ZE forwarded to the PNVHFS list serve the KH6HME beacon as heard at N6NB video clip dated July 5 of the 144 and 432 beacons. That post included an email from Wayne dated July 7. Subject was VHF opening to Hawaii. I'm not aware of anyone hearing the beacons in either Oregon or Washington State, but if they were a member of the PNWVHFS group I think they would have posted it to the list. I was fortunate to be one of few from CN87 in Washington State that worked Paul back on 7-1-1995 on SSB on 144.170. I also have his QSL card confirming the QSO. Here's to the duct moving it's way north. John N7MWV
144.277 MHz 559 RST
432.310 MHz 369 RST
I hear the 432 beacon good, but not the 2 meter one now.
The beacons are still loud and clear on 144 and 432 at Panorama Heights, DM13cs at 0235z 8 July. Slow QSB.
I tuned 147.285 FM on a 6m antenna & hrd one auto-ID sounded like WR6 something, maybe WR6HMB?
BTW one of the local stns I hrd on 223.5 yesterday was in HMB. I didn't expect that!
KH6HME/B 144.277 not audible @ 0130Z (and for past few hours) and NIL 432 & 1296. T=75F, RH=44% Breeze up to 5 knots. 00Z OAK RAOB indicates inversion starting @ 531'. On the other hand, from here it looks like Half Moon Bay is enveloped in fog.
A note to Jon, N0JK... Welcome to California!
I'm wondering if the cw you were hearing on 144280 on an FM HT could have been the KJ6KO beacon on 144282. Even during a KH6 tropo opening, the KJ6KO beacon (which is on a mountaintop and line of sight to many places in the Bay Area) would probably be louder on 144280 than KH6HME/B on 144277.
73, Wayne, N6NB
I was at the port of Oakland ~ 1500z today. The squelch was breaking on 144.280 sounded like cw on a kenwood HT & whip. I had a clear view across the bay. No 2 m ssb rig. Fog temp 60 f.
I will be roving on the big island with 6 and 144 digital modes this Sunday 7/13. During the week I'll be on the wrong side of the island for stateside, but ZL VK JA? It depends on how work goes. Email for details. Sorry if this violates posting policy.
My deaf 432 is getting the 432 beacon at S7 on peaks. A lot stronger than the 144.
Victor (K6FV), is the repeater 147.285 at Half Moon Bay still active? I'd like to try and listen for it's signal. Thanks, Bob.
I'm also still hearing both the 144 and 432 beacons, only now the 432 beacon is the loudest. That's a new thing. But there's also more QSB than there was yesterday or the day before. This duct has persisted for four full days now.
I wonder how long this will last and if it will move north, giving stations in Oregon and Washington an opening. For that matter, do we know for sure that Oregon and Washington stations aren't already hearing the beacons? Could anyone in the Pacific Northwest comment on that?
73, Wayne, N6NB
I'm hearing the 2 meter beacon good in DM13 now. Heard the 432 beacon up until a bit ago.
73 de WB6BFG
Many thanks for you help and support Gordo.
Have a great time at the ARRL 100th
The 2 meter and 432 beacons have returned again at noon today , Monday .
We will present , at the ARRL 100th convention , the West Coast to Hawaii report , at a seminar , on Saturday . ALL of your observations will be mentioned , plus those great observations based on humidity and temp inversions , seeing the tropo , so keep 'em coming ! By the way , the Beacons have been heard during the first week of July for almost 2 decades , like clock work !
This is one of longest sessions we have had , ever !
1840Z 7 July 2014 Correct grid
After being out sometime between my last report and this: 144.277 459 on hand-held IC202 in CM87tl @ 1740' overlooking Half Moon Bay and the ocean. T=67F (down), RH=60% (up), 4 knot breeze from W. Partly cloudy.
1840Z 7 July 2014
After being out sometime between my last report and this: 144.277 459 on hand-held IC202 in CN87tl @ 1740' overlooking Half Moon Bay and the ocean. T=67F (down), RH=60% (up), 4 knot breeze from W. Partly cloudy.
1610Z KH6HME/B 144.277 569 in CM87tl at 1740' where T=71F, RH=37%, 3 knot breeze from SW
OAKland Inversion (16 deg C) starting 975 mb 1060'
HILO Humidity drop starting 770 mb higher than yesterday 7776'
LIHUE Humidity drop starting 810 mb 6424'
San Diego starting 975 mb 1079'
Vandenberg Inversion (18 deg C) starting 962mb 1463'
From sea level, Hilo, I'm on 144.200 calling out.
AT 7:00AM PDST both the 144 & 432 beacons are in ~ 519
83F @ 26% RH at 2000ft. ASL
The 144 and 432 beacons were both still readable in Panorama Heights (DM13cs) just before midnight Pacific Time, but weaker that they were most of the afternoon. This duct has been there for 3 1/2 days now.
Heard you 55 @ 0354.
Couldn't raise you back,
599 tonight....very solid
0240Z 7 July 14
After being out for a while, the 144.277 KH6HME/B was 599 here. NIL 432 & 1296. T=75F RH has dropped to 14%. Sea breeze < 4 knots fm SW. I note KJ6KO/B in CM88 is ~5-6 kHz higher.
KH6SX is calling CQ on 144200. SOMEBODY ELSE WORK HIM!
KH6HME/B back to S9 on 144. I think every ham around Hilo should put up a 5,000' tower! These ducts always seem to be best at 5,000' to 8,000' on the Hawaiian end but best at low elevations on the mainland end.
2330Z 6 July
KH6HME/B 144.277 back in 599 in CM87tl @1740' with a handheld IC202, even audible in the yard, away from the best spot, just where the property slopes down sharply and continues all the way to Half Moon Bay and the ocean. The coastal stratus layer is very flat, sea breeze is under 4 knots (from SW). NIL on 432 or 1296.
Sorry you guys in KH6, I'm not set up on 144. Antenna is on the ground. QRO < 10W.
The KH6HME beacons have been readable here for three full days now. Nice, long tropo duct.
Thanks, Jim. QRZ? Listening 144200.
Not as loud as yesterday, but we did it. Thanks to KH6/K6MIO. Beacons S8 (144) and S7 (432).
Glad we made it again.
It appears to be building up over the last thirty minutes.
I'll be listening until about 0000, then have to QRT.
Jim, I didn't hear you. Still listening. Beacons now S6 (144) and S3 (432).
Was hearing you 53 moments ago. Called you, no response.
Victor, where I'm hearing loud signals from KH6HME/b is at my house in Panorama Heights (DM13cs), 632' asl. At my permanent home three miles away (elevation 165' asl), the beacon signals are much, much weaker even with long Yagis pointed at KH6 on a 75' tower.
I've been going up to Panorama Heights to work Hawaii on VHF ever since 1973. KH6 signals have always been far louder there than in the flatlands of Orange County. But one by one the vacant lots where you could park on the hilltop have vanished. Last year a house on top came up for sale and in a moment of radio-induced insanity I bought it.
Today, the sharply defined line on the horizon that marks a tropo duct is clearly visible as you look out to sea. You can almost tell that the KH6 beacon will be in before you turn on a radio. This entire phenomenon is fascinating to watch.
I'll go back up the hill by 2230 and look for the
Hawaiian stations on 144200.
2053Z 6 July 14
KH6HME/B 144.277 in the noise now, ID only by its characteristic chirp on a handheld IC202 in CM87tc @ 1740'. NIL on 432. T=78F RH=44% Winds were calm this AM from SW, now 3 knots. Fog is visible below us, from the coast out to the horizon. I wonder, how far north (of LA area) are the beacons being heard this afternoon?
Wayne, your reports are amazing. What elevation is your station?
I will be on 144.200 from QTH (elevation 750 ft) starting about 2130Z.
Atmospheric noise starting to show signs of an opening. Weak and sporadic at my location. Looks like about the same time as yesterday. On 144.200 and calling.
KH6HME/b on 2m is so loud right now that I'm hearing key clicks up and down the band. It's receiver overload caused by a 2m signal 2,500 miles away.
The KH6HME 432 beacon is back up to S9 here. It's S9 on 2m also. I just made another video to show what it sounds like three days into this tropo opening.
I've been calling on 144200 but hearing nothing there. This is just amazing to see, but frustrating. I'm going to work some of this into my talk at the Central States VHF conference in a couple of weeks. I wish I had a video of K6MIO/KH6. He's also speaking there and he was as loud as S9 at times yesterday across the Pacific pond.
Oooops. KH6HME is fading on 432 as I write this. Down to S5 now and headed toward the noise level... Oh, wait, it's building up again. Now
S7. Oh, S9 again. That chirp, although quaint, is getting to be annoying when the beacon is loud.
Nobody should try to do a play-by-play account of a beacon's comings and goings in real time.
73, Wayne, N6NB
This is amazing. Three days after Gordo's first posting about the KH6HME beacon being loud in Orange County, it's still S9 on 2 meters at my house on a hill in DM13cs. It's only about S5 on 432, but it may get louder. It's been fading up and down the whole time on 432.
I'll call a few times on 144.200 before I have to leave.
73, Wayne, N6NB
I have been monitoring 144.200 for the last hour. I have some interference that seems to be tapering off. No atmospheric noise indicating ducting yet. But I'm the last guy to hear it at sea level. I will notify everyone when conditions improve at my location.
144.277 MHz 579 RST
no 432 or 1296
Morning report Sunday, July 6, 2014
1735Z KH6HME/B 144.177 599 on handheld IC202 (on its side for horizontal pol. NIL 432 or 1296. T=76 F, RH=20% @ 1740' in CM87tl
OAKland both Temp inversion (14 deg C) and humidity drop starting 980 mb
Hilo Humidity drop @ 820 mb, Temp Inversion (4 deg C) starting 770 mb
Lihue Humidity drop @ 795 mb, Gradual Temp Inversion only 2 deg C.
San Diego Humidity drop starting 985 mb, Gradual Temp inversion only 4 deg C.
In most cases, it is the humidity drop at the top of the marine layer that is responsible for the sudden drop in refractive index with height that is responsible for the ducting.
Here's the link to a video of part of a QSO between KH6HME (KH7Y) and N6NB on 223.5 MHz FM:
It's really late here now. If the tropo is still good Sunday, let's try for more trans-Pacific QSOs then.
73, Wayne, N6NB
I want to say THANKS as emphatically as I can to everyone who has made this California-to-Hawaii tropo opening such fun.
THANKS to Fred for making the five-hour round trip to Mauna Loa to send such a loud signal to the mainland on 144, 222 and 432 MHz. I'm going to post a video on YouTube of KH6HME on 223.5 MHz FM. It's pretty impressive. I'll post the link here once that video is online.
THANKS to KH6SX, K6MIO/KH6 and WH6XM for working us mainlanders. It was a thrill to hear you all so well. The path to Mauna Loa is far more consistent that the path to places closer to sea level, but all of you had excellent signals in California when the propagation gods were smiling.
THANKS also to everyone who got on to work Hawaii from the California end of the duct. You all made this more fun by being there. I heard some outstanding operating, like the QSO between KH6HME and W8GZA. With signals barely above the vapor level, those two guys persisted and persisted on cw until the final R R R.
The 144 and 432 beacons were still hitting S9 an hour ago at my house in the hills east of Tustin, 2,505 miles away. I may go back up there later tonight, like after 0700Z. If the beacons are still loud, I'll post here, then call on 144200.
73, Wayne, N6NB
0515Z (10:15 PM PDT) Saturday night the 144.277 beacon is still coming in very well at 559-579 into DM03.
Thanks for nice cw/ssb contacts Fred, AD6IW
I'm not sure if Fred is still at the beacon site. 2 meter and 70cm beacons are on. I will continue to call out on 144.200. I have 3 hours of daylight more which might still be good for contacts. I will also monitor same frequency after sundown.
579 @ 0130Z 144.277 still in, NIL but locals hd on 223.5 Gave half a dozen calls on that frequency. NIL on 432. How long will Fred be at the beacon site?
Thanks for all the contacts today, Fred!
432.310 569 RST
About a 52-53 here in SF with my simple setup. I started to make a SSB contact but signal faded and wife called so I'll call it a no-go. My amp seems to not be keying anymore either so I'm stuck with barefoot operation. Ah, something else to fix, ha, ha! I"ll keep listening on/off when ever I happen to stroll into the shack on this nice day!
144.285.....CQ CQ CQ
Thanks for our first QSO on 2!
easy and quick Fred!!
wb6noa into bk29 5x2
copy 5x2 .200
Fred 559-579 on 144277.6 CW and SSB.
I am also on 144.200. Fred (KH7Y) should be on site soon. I'm also hearing DX atmospheric noise. Not as strong as yesterday. Still early.
144.7 Mhz kh6hme is 59 into cm96 at 11:00 am this morning......calling cq on 144.200 from time to time............regards Dave
QRV about 2130 UTC.
look forward to working everyone we can hear.
KH6HME 144.277 at 1530Z 459 on handheld IC202 in CM87tl at 1740',where T=72F, RH=12%
At 1200Z RAOB soundings indicate very dry air above marine layer for Oakland, Hilo, and Lihue. Not dry at Vandenberg and San Diego (possibly influenced by tropical storm).
Heights in feet:
Oakland 1411, Vandenberg 1030, San Diego 1581, Hilo 6079, Lihue 5118.
Here's a link to a short video of the KH6HME beacons as heard at N6NB near Tustin, CA (DM13cs) just after midnight on July 5, 2014.
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There may well be propagation to Hawaii on 1296 as well, but I'm hearing only very loud radar, not KH6HME. I believe the radar is coming from Hawaii because: 1) it peaks up in that direction; 2) it fades up and down in signal strength at the same rate as the 432 beacon;
and 3) there's not normally any radar signal coming from that direction.
Fred, I'm hoping to work you on 2, 222, 432 and maybe higher bands if the tropo path is still good on Saturday.
73, Wayne, N6NB
I am looking at the weather maps and the Hepburn site. It looks like the duct could move up to Washington State wed. If so I may make a run to my site at CN87am with 144 223 432 and 1296 portable. If I do I will log on here with an ETA. Dave
0120Z 144.277 just discernible in noise in CM87tl. Re:223.5 have both horizontal & vertical yagis. TNX for alert you'll be using horiz. 50 MHz&Up club picnic 18Z-21Z so hope the opening holds up til afternoon.
We're above the fog now at 1740', 65 deg, 42%RH
For K6FV, I Victor, yes I have a 223.5 radio at the site. Will have on and the antenna is HZ. So will look forward to working U Saturday.
Will be QRV at the beacon site Saturday, will start out on 144.277 and work up the bands on SSB and CW. When the 2 mtr beacon is turned off we will be QRV.
Copying 432 and 144 beacons very strong in to Fallbrook. DM13ji
Okay Dave. I'm working 144.200. Noticing some atmospheric noise indicating the band opening to DX. Still at sea level waiting for the ducting to reach my elevation. I don't hear any ducting effects on the local repeaters.
2m beacon 59 into cm96 today at 1pm pst. calling cq on .200 from time to time......Dave
2M BEACON GOOD COPY IN GILROY
KH6HME/B 144.277 in 589 or so on a handheld IC202 in CM87tl, 1740' T=57F RH 59-84% (2 colocated wx stns).
432.311 only about 569 peak amongst loud, frequent radar clicks. Antenna is a 10' TVRO dish fixed pointed at KH6.
The only band I'm really set up on is 223.5 FM, so if you go up to the hill Fred, I'd like to work you there.
144 is 599, 432is 539 NO 1296 yet but I think it,s on a timer to conserve power??
144.277 MHz 589
432.310 MHz 569
still no 1296.250 MHz
2M beacon is 559 432 is 539 1296 beacon is 519
83F @ 40% RH CM88QL
144.277 MHz 479 RST
432.310 MHz 359 RST
no 1296.250 MHZ
2m & 432 beacons just in 144.277 432.310 Q5 but weak at present.
72F @ 53% RH at 2000ft ASL CM88QL
Looks like tropical storm "E" is starting to enhance ducting in the southern Baja area as it moves north. Still listening and calling out on 2 and 6 meters.
I begin to hear very weak beacon 144.
432 beacon still nothing
I'm monitoring for XE2HWB and K6FRC 6 meter beacons and have not heard them yet.
Forecast map looks good for ducting into Baja California. I will be on or near the frequency of 144.200 USB calling out. I still don't hear California or Mexican repeaters and beacons. Might be good for field day.
1296 beacon in but very weak
76F @ 36% RH CM88QL
144.277 & 432.310 in fair.
76F @ 32%RH at 2000ft. ASL CM88QL
Beacon is about 559 on 144.277.8 CW.
The beacon 144 in and out with very weak signal, the beacon 432 can be heard.
Low pressure system just to the northeast of Hawaii seems to be weakening the ducting system.
Currently returns 144 MHz beacon very weak.
at 9AM local time the 432 beacon just showed up but fairly weak No 2M beacon yet
As of 7AM this morning all kh6 beacons are gone !!!!!! heavy marine layer up to 2000ft ASL 50F @ 94%RH Will see if they re apear when fog burns off.
This morning the Beacon 144 is 529, Bcon 432 no signal
KH6HME beacons continue to pound in all beacons 519 to 599 heavy marine layer up here foged in solid 52F @ 92% RH at 2000ft ASL
Bcon 144 is 519, no Bcon 432
Copy message from Gilroy, CA.. Besides calling out on 144.200, I am also trying 50.110. Because I'm at sea level might not be as good as the beacon site.
5-1-7 IN CM97
Copy both messages Robert. I'm am now calling out on 144.200 USB from my house in Hilo, near sea level.
1296.250 beacon is now Q5 ~ 519 solid
74F @ 53% RH
The KH6HME/B are just into N, CALIF 144.277 , 432.310 & traces of 1296.250 in
80deg F and 45% RH at 2000ft. ASL
Beacon 144 return with very weak signals from about half an hour ago, the 432 beacon still not heard
Not hear beacon beacon 144 and 432 not hear
Beacon 144 is signal 528 with QSB and QRM local.
Hi Bernardo, when the 432 beacon gets to be solid copy call me. I will run up to the site.
Beacon 432 is signal 428, with QSB
Beacon 144,The signal comes and goes is not constant, and so far only gained to 539.
Bescon 144 is very weak in this moment
looking at HEPBURN TROPO MAPS looks like possible JUNE 12th
Hi Bernardo, we are watching here also. Check you email. Also a better repeater which is co-located with the beacons is on 146.820 with 100hz pl and is very busy as it is linked to the WIN system. 146.760 is miles away and much lower in elevation. Also not very active.
This weekend is looking up, we will be watching.
Thanks for the message. I was expecting conditions to improve in the next week. I heard no signal from the Ensenada repeater. I will continue to monitor that repeater and call out on 144.200 USB.
Beacon 144 is 559 into DL44uc
146.760 MHz is an open repeater at about the same elevation as the beacons. This is also the location of the police repeater that had ducting transmissions on saturday. This repeater has also opened up to California in the past ducting history. Also located close to the beacons is open repeater 147.040, which links the state of Hawaii. I will be monitoring these repeaters.
This morning I receive only 144,277 with very weak beacon signal
Beacon 144.277 is 539 no beacon 70 cms.
Beacon 144.277 is Signal 528 into DL44uc
0558 UTC....Transmissions continue on 154.695 MHz. Street names given are not streets in the state of Hawaii. Ducting signals are still clear but broken.
0526 UTC..Ducting continues on Police frequency 154.695 MHz. Ducting signals and local police calls being heard at the same time. Ducting signals are very clear. No location given in transmissions yet.
Almost dark in Hilo at sea level. Temperature 77 degrees. No ducting heard now. Local police traffic active. I believe police repeater is at the 4,000 foot elevation. Will continue to monitor.
Hearing possible ducting on local police frequency in the 154 MHz area. It isn't local communications. Possible source another island or state side. Still trying to identify source of communications.
I've started to monitor all the beacon frequenices during the evenings and weekends from DN03ts, Palos Verdes. Let's hope we have a good "beacon season"!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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