These beacons help both amateur and commercial high-frequency radio users assess the current condition of the ionosphere. The entire system is designed, built and operated by volunteers at no cost except for the actual price of hardware components, shipping costs, and so on. The first beacon began transmissions from Northern California in and was so successful that the IARU proposed a world wide network of beacons operating 24 hours a day. Over the next few years the network was expanded slowly. The current system of 18 beacons began operation in and has been in continuous operation ever since. Read More These articles have a lot of interesting details about the background and history of the beacons.
The ham radio frequencies. This is where exciting things happen for most of us. It's our main playing field But, that's off topic. I have other pages on this site that cover the many other playgrounds of ham radio!
The Coordinator takes due account of decisions and recommendations arrived at by a General Conference and the Executive Committee. The Coordinator works with Region 1 Member Societies and in conjunction with the Beacon Coordinators in Regions 2 and 3, to achieve the most effective geographical distribution of beacons and the most efficient use of spectrum. He encourages innovation, the adoption of high technical standards and the use of the beacons in propagation research projects. He promotes the widest possible awareness of the beacon service, ensuring that Member Societies and the amateur radio community generally are at all times fully informed about developments. List of beacons from across the world.
A radio propagation beacon is a radio beacon , which is mainly used for investigating the propagation of radio signals. Currently most radio propagation beacons use amateur radio frequencies. Microwave beacons are also used as signal sources to test and calibrate antennas and receivers.