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Spots per uW band today:
UK spotter or spotted only.

Solar data:
SFI
3
A-Index
1
K-Index
132
Exp.K
eru
Sunspots
qui
Activity
no
GMF
Aurora?
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ArrayDate:12/04/22 Time:12:40
Temp:8.5C
Wind Speed:0mph
Wind Dir:337deg
Pressure:1005.26mB
Humidity:85%
Dew Point:5.5C
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I've been working on a beacon which I can deploy at various locations away from my home to do path tests with.
It uses IR so not to catch the attention of any passers by !!

First tests look encouraging as I can detect the beacon over a 10km path which is obstructed by only trees on the horizon.
The Rx is a 25cm square fresnel lens and 4x BPW34 Photdiode Rx at the focal point - info here: http://m0dts.co.uk/index.php?tag=OpticalDx&item=199

Signals vary a lot and light rain or mist seems to help.
Cloudless clear days do tend to give worse results.

The Beacon consists of:
Arduino Nano
NEO-6M GPS Module + antenna
IR LED - I'm using an SFH4715 on a 'star' heatsink
A handful of easy to get components.
Some code!

Here's the schematic
IR_Beacon.pdf

Here's the Arduino Project:
LEDBeaconGPS_v2.zip

Here's a image of the beacon in first use, I plan to make a pcb next to make it a little less of a 'bodge'.

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A plot of the signal one evening while there was light rain on the path:

Signal Plot in 1mHz bandwidth















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