"Reverse Beacon" Experiment using CW Skimmer
- I have an 20M enhanced Softrock Lite listening on ~14000-14090 KHz
with a beta CW Skimmer program by VE3NEA that has Telnet capability.
From 1200-1400Z, beginning today, Monday, 3/3, if you wish to see if
you are being received at my QTH near Washington, DC, connect to
188.8.131.52:7300 with your DX cluster client (any logging program
should work), transmit your callsign at least twice somewhere in that
frequency range, preferably along with a CQ or QRL?, and watch to see
if you are spotted by the Skimmer. It looks for those "keywords" and
for a callsign repeated at least twice, and fading can prevent copy,
so if it doesn't work the first time please try again. My stack of
tribanders will be pointed toward Europe at that time, but I should
be able to hear most US stations as well.
This is an informal test of the reverse beacon idea. It is likely,
based on CPU loading considerations, that a real reverse beacon
capability worldwide will depend on development of a web server
capable of handling multiple simultaneous user requests, but this is
a first proof of concept.
73, Pete N4ZR