Bill Meara has a cool [SolderSmoke blog post][SS] about the [Reverse Beacon Network][RBN]. Unlike regular (“forward”?) beacons where a station automatically transmits specially formatted messages, the Reverse Beacon Network listens for real operators calling CQ (“Does anybody wanna chat with me?”).

I have a little bit of a problem with forward beacons because it doesn’t involve 2-way communication between people, just a couple of pieces of hardware. I think this reverse beacon idea is superior because it’s taking advantage of existing communications. Also I’m guessing there are a lot more people calling CQ than there are beacon transmitters.

I think this would be a fantastic use for my [30m SoftRock][] kit once I finish it!

[30m SoftRock]:

About Jim Vanderveen

I'm a bit of a Renaissance man, with far too many hobbies for my free time! But more important than any hobby is my family. My proudest accomplishment has been raising some great kids! And somehow convincing my wife to put up with me since 1988. ;)
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