NF8M/B Six Meter Beacon

spectrum_tnCurrent status:  up  as of 1905z 24 Mar 2017.  Last downtime was 24 Mar 2017 1810z-1905z.

Note: The beacon is still running at somewhat reduced power (3 watts TPO) due to an ongoing issue with the exciter. This shouldn’t affect receivability of the beacon during band openings too much. I’ll post an update when appropriate. – 28 Oct 2016

The NF8M/B six meter beacon (grid EN82il) operates on 50.0763 MHz running 5 watts into a groundplane vertical at 40 feet AGL. (737 feet AMSL). Because it’s not located at my home QTH, it doesn’t need to be shut down when I want to operate on 6. Note: Although the beacon is on the air more or less continuously, it could go off the air for maintenance at any time, so please do not consider its absence as an indicator of lack of propagation. I will post a notice of planned downtime if possible.

TNX: The NF8M/B beacon was mentioned by Jon Jones, N0JK in Tad Cook’s December 18 , 2015 ARRL K7RA Solar Update. TNX for the FB 599 report and glad to be of service to the 6 meter community. Reports are always appreciated.

As of 24 March 2017, the beacon has been received and spotted in the following grid squares: (grids in bold are new reports since the last update on 12 July 2016)

  • CM97
  • CN87
  • DM04 DM09 DM58 DM59 DM67 DM79
  • DN70 DN74 DN86
  • DO61
  • EL09 EL29 EL85 EL86 EL87 EL88 EL89 EL96 EL97 EL98 EL99
  • EM10 EM12 EM13 EM14 EM15 EM16 EM17 EM20 EM22 EM26 EM28 EM40 EM41 EM47 EM50 EM54 EM55 EM58 EM60 EM66 EM70 EM73 EM74 EM91 EM92 EM94
  • EN07 EN10 EN11 EN19 EN27 EN32 EN35 EN72 EN73 EN82 EN83
  • FM04 FM06 FM07 FM16 FM18
  • FN20 FN25 FN30 FN42 FN43 FN58 FN77 FN85

Spots courtesy of DX Heat.

If you hear the beacon, please post a spot to your favorite DX cluster or website. In the comment field, please indicate grid squares and propagation type as follows:

YOURGRID<PROPTYPE>OTHERGRID

For example, if you are in FN20 and copy the beacon via sporadic-E, you’d enter FN20<ES>EN82 in the comment field. (If you use dxmaps.com to post spots, it will format this automatically.)

There are a couple photos of the beacon transmitter and antenna in the gallery.