On the 21st & 22nd of January 2023, Phil EI9KP carried out some propagation tests on the 34 MHz band – Results HERE
Now one month later, EI9KP will be carrying out test transmissions on the 34 MHz band (9m) band on Saturday the 25th & Sunday the 26th of February 2023. The beacon will operate from sunrise (07:34 UTC) to sunset (18:04 UTC) on both days. The purpose of these tests is to investigate F2 layer propagation.
EI9KP will be transmitting on 34.013 MHz. The sequence of the beacon will be 2 x FT8, 2 x CW ID & Locator, short carrier. The 2 x CW part is to help SWL’s who do not use digital modes and also help during QSB cycles.
The beacon will be GPS disciplined with an output power of 1-watt. The antenna last time was a horizontal dipole with capacity hat loading. This time, he will be using vertical polarisation with the antenna on an insulated mast and should have a clean omni-directional pattern.
To listen for this beacon, try 34.013 MHz CW or 34.0122 MHz USB.
Predicted Coverage Areas…
The map above shows the predicted coverage area at 12:00 UTC for a 1-watt FT8 transmitter operating at 30 MHz. It’s not quite 34 MHz but it’s close.
It clearly shows the first F2 hop going from Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece… to the far south of Italy and perhaps the far south of Spain and Portugal. The path to the Canary Islands looks particularly good.
It’s possible the second F2 payer hop might reach parts of the Caribbean and the SE of the USA.
The image above shows the likely coverage area at 17:00 UTC. It seems good in the SE of the USA and during the January tests, the signal was heard in Florida and Texas.
Reports to EI9KP on QRZ or you can leave a comment here.
Note that it may be possible for stations in western Europe to hear the signal via backscatter. Leave your radio on 34.0122 MHz USB and see if you can get a decode of the FT8 signal.