Listening to 10GHz beacons with nothing more than a browser

I was excited to hear, the other day, via John G4BAO that there is now a online SDR for 10GHz. Located on Mow Cop, in the UK on the Staffordshire/Cheshire border, it enables you to tune across the 10GHz beacon band.

If, like me, you are intrigued by microwave propagation, but for whatever reason, don’t have gear of your own, this provides the opportunity to listen to the band from a good location in different conditions and see what you can hear.

I am particularly looking forward to seeing what possibilities are afforded by rainscatter. So far, when I have been listening, I have heard the ‘local’ GB3XGH beacon at good strength and fading up and down. I also saw traces of GB3KBQ on the Mendips. Judging by the short duration, I wondered about aircraft scatter.

Anyway – have a look for yourself! The 10GHz SDR receiver is online here (make sure you have Java and Javascript enabled).

Thanks to G7CKX, G4HJW and G6GXK for a very interesting facility!

Tim Kirby, G4VXE, is a regular contributor to and writes from Oxfordshire, England. Contact him at [email protected].

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