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FWIW I now have an Ofcom Innovation and Research Licence for 40MHz and may take the opportunity to use this non-amateur licence to exchange reports with stations heard on that band.

As this seems to be the way of things these days a further, more detailed, I+R licence application has been submitted to OFCOM by me for BEACONS at 40.050MHz and 60.050MHz to complement those at 28, 50, 70, 144, 432MHz and 10GHz at the Mid Cornwall Beacon and Repeater Group GB3MCB site in Cornwall. [The traditional application route via RSGB has stalled:-(]
Emails / letters of support for these new beacons to me / RSGB / MCBARG would really be appreciated as would financial support for this Cycle 25 Project. peter@g8bcg.org.uk

I’ve just heard from OFCOM that my I&T Application for 24/7 RADIOBEACONS on 40MHz and 60MHz has been approved with only 1 minor amendment:
• The frequencies assigned are 40.05 and 60.3 MHz.
This licence is for 1 year but hopefully is a “foot in the door” for a more permanent arrangement.
As many of you will know, the 28MHz NoV has been issued and the 28MHz antenna is already on the mast (thanks Nick).
All 3 beacons (28/40/60MHz) are built and tested. I have decided to incorporate them into a single 4U case together with the controls, AC supply and optional 12v DC input so that we have options later with battery / solar. Just got to finish the final work on the case wiring / front panel etc. I’ll also look at constructing the 40 / 60MHz crossed dipoles as specified in the Licence.

On Sunday 25th September the Mid Cornwall Beacon and Repeater Group brought into service 3 new CW/FT8 Beacons at 28.215MHz, 40.050MHz and 60.300MHz, each using the callsign GB3MCB.

Located at IO70oj in mid-Cornwall on a 100ft tower at 1000ft above sea level, these beacons, constructed by Peter G8BCG, are ideally situated for trans-Atlantic Es/F2 and particularly for Trans Equatorial Propagation. The new beacons are co-located with existing beacons on 50MHz (as part of the Synchronous Beacon Project), 70MHz, 144MHz, 432MHz, 1296MHz and 10GHz.

GB3MCB is now, de-facto, the UKs premier beacon cluster.

The new low VHF cluster at 28/40/50/60/70Mhz will enable invaluable propagation monitoring and analysis as the MUF rises.


The new GB3MCB Beacon unit on 28.215MHz / 40.050MHz / 60.300MHz installed below the 50Mhz Beacon.

ACTIVITY from G8BCG July 27th 2022- My first QSO on 40MHz

QSOs to date: 13 DXCC

Not bad for a dipole AND 5w erp.


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