18 Jul 2010

Simple 136kHz beacon TX

Francis F6HSI very kindly sent me a "divide by 26" module based on a small micro-controller. With this I've built a small beacon transmitter for 136kHz (QRSS3 or 10wpm CW) by dividing down from 3560kHz, the QRP calling frequency on 80m. At the moment it only puts out 250mW and, with the earth electrode "antenna" used, the ERP probably considerably below 1uW.

Using my 20m spaced earth electrode "antenna" on TX and with a PA0RDT designed active antenna with a 19 inch whip antenna feeding into the (deaf) FT817 I could copy the 10wpm CW at 0.4km across the fields.

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