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LF: Experimental MF Beacon test

To: "LF Group" <[email protected]>
Subject: LF: Experimental MF Beacon test
From: "Andy Talbot" <[email protected]>
Date: Mon, 29 May 2006 16:36:35 +0100
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I am currently testing a low power experimental beacon on 1960.000kHz +/-
It uses a transmission format similar to that of the 5MHz beacons,
and ORK, execpt that the sounder sequence is replaced by a PSK31 message.

The sequence transmitted is :
T+0s             CW     Callsign
T+7 - T+15s  Nine power steps with the output reduced by 6dB each time
                      for a total of -48dB
T+16 - T+24  A repeat of the power steps.
T+25 - T+30  Full power (level measurement reference period)
T+30 - T+47  PSK31 data
T+47 - T+59  Full power

The reference time T starts at one minute past the hour and repeats every 15
minutes, so transmissions occur at 01, 16, 31 and 46 minutes past the hour.

If the 'GB3RAL' monitoring software is used for logging this signal, the
transmission will be shown and recorded as if it were that from GB3WES.

The transmissions will continue overnight, and will hopefully be switched on
subsequent evening & overnight  runs.   Power output is 3Watts to my 7m high
Tee antenna - esimated gain -9dBd

The beacon hardware consists of an identical DDS and PIC controller to that
used on GB3VHF, although without the GPS locking; frequency is derived from
a TCXO alone.  A Motorola Oncore GPS module controls timing.  Completely new
PIC software uses the 12 bits of amplitude control possible within the
AD9852 DDS chip to generate the power steps directly rather than having to
use a separate programmable attenuator as was done for the 5MHz beacons.
The PSK31 envelope is directly generaed at RF by looking up 250
amplitude values for each 31.25 baud symbol at a sampling rate of 7812.5Hz.

Full details of both the 5MHz beacon designs and the driver for GB3VHF can
found on the website below

Andy  G4JNT

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