On behalf of the West Australian Repeater Group (WARG) Anthony VK6AXB provides an update on the international HF beacon, VK6RBP.
You may know that VK6RBP is part of the International Beacon project, run by the Northern California DX Foundation. There are 18 beacons located around the globe, each transmitting in separate 10-second blocks across five bands, synchronised to repeat every three minutes.
The beacon network was first established in 1995, and is a very useful propagation tool, but it was becoming increasingly unreliable, mainly due to the aging equipment. These problems also affected VK6RBP, with extended time off air in the last year or two.
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