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thanks for the report on hearing GB3MHK. That is a great relief as I'm having problems hearing it here! The present arrangement is temporary, as previously stated. The signal should be a bit stronger once the beacon outdoor unit goes outdoors on the balcony rail. That won't be for a while as the top section of the tower is due to be re-painted sometime this summer.
Also, the beacon outdoor unit needs to have some attention as I now believe that the very old DB6NT MKU LO 12 unit may be the source of the mode jumping of about 1kHz. This is not the usual jitter problem as the 125.254MHz source was settling down nicely here, whilst on test. The use of a new and longer cable possibly provoked the problem.
I will probably obtain a new MKU LO 12 from Michael later this month.
The beacon output is currently 250mW to a 10dBi gain antenna. This is screened back into the tower, but you are pretty much on the main lobe out of the tower window. So, EIRP ~2.5W
Unfortunately (!) the beacon will be re-aligned back to .830MHz at some stage. Probably when the MKU is changed.
All of this is subject to G3XDY's assistance, as the official beacon keeper. John has the last word!
G3XDY and G4FSG will no longer be able to claim the beacon as 'Simon and Sam's private 24GHz beacon'!
Noted on hearing the beacon when the 10G signals were not S9+.
Thanks for the report.
73 de Sam