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.
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In the next few days I must continue my search to find out which beacons will be good propagation indicators. I am surprised how well some long way away beacons can be copied nearly all of the time. Access to the shack will be more limited these next few days as I have to walk through the guest bedroom to get there and we have visitors staying. By ow I would have expected the odd MS ping, at least.
Beacons are specially constructed amateur radio stations whole sole purpose is to transmit a predefined signal at a specific time on a specific frequency. A special type of beacon called a time beacon broadcasts the time. The purpose of the beacons is two-fold; to provide reliable, frequency stable reference points, and to assist commercial and amateur operators in assessing propagation conditions.
About Beacons. A beacon is a station that transmits continuous signals for use in the study of various propagation modes over different paths, and to provide early warning of band openings. Beacons also provide stable signals of reasonably accurate frequency and constant signal strength which can be used as a reference signal source for receiver alignment. The IBP network consists of 18 beacons around the world which take turns to transmit on a series of frequencies.