Monday, March 29, 2010

70MHz from Hong Kong; VR2FOUR and some history...

A press release on the Hong Kong Amateur Radio Society Site says the following:

HARTS is now operating a 4 metre beacon with temporary permit from the local telecommunication authority.
Callsign: VR2FOUR
Frequency: 71.575MHz (CW)
Power: 3W
Location: Yuen Long, New Territories, Hong Kong (OL42AL)
Operating Hour: 1500 - 0300 UTC
Message in CW: VR2FOUR QTH OL42AL
Expiry of the temporary permit: 31.8.2010
Thank you very much for your kind attention.

Interesting stuff and I wonder where the beacon will be heard. Could it be heard in the UK? Maybe! Probably not for a while, but, you never know....

Some years ago, I was talking to Mick, G3LIK, who as many of you will know was in the Royal Navy. Mick told me a story that many years ago, he was in the Far East listening on one of the VHF channels close to 70MHz which was at that time, used for port operations. Mick did a double take when he heard Portsmouth booming through - indeed I think he told me that he called into them.

So, once in every so often, these paths will open up. You just have to be there...

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