– a beacon designed for the 21st Century
Welcome to www.gb3vhf.co.uk, the website of the 144.430MHz amateur radio
beacon located at BT Fairseat on the North Downs in Kent (JO01EH). Providing a
service to amateur radio operators on two metres for over fifty years.
The beacon is continuing to provide a service to amateur radio and
professionals alike, for the study of long distance VHF propagation, equipment
and antenna system performance evaluation and checking, and scientific studies,
for those located both in the UK and internationally.
The Fairseat site at a height of 205m ASL is located approximately 10 kms
south of Gravesend or 2 kms north east of Wrotham village, and has a clear take
off in all directions.
If you use GB3VHF from time to time please send a report using the Send a GB3VHF reception report facility
on this website and also to www.beaconspot.eu.
This beacon is now independently run “for VHF DX-ers, by VHF
DX-ers” and receives no financial support from any organisation. Please
also consider donating towards ongoing costs by going to the Donate to the beacon fund page. All donations will
be greatly appreciated and will be acknowledged.
Please have a look around the website and read about the beacon’s
advanced technical features and facilities, and the story of GB3VHF which is
one of the longest serving amateur radio beacons in the world. This is only the
beginning of a new era for the beacon as a new beacon for a 70cms (GB3UHF) is
now licenced, and once a site sharing agreement has been finalised and the
hardware constructed it will be co-located at the same site (see information on
the separate GB3UHF page).
I have been the beacon keeper for some ten years now, and previous to that
I was involved to a high degree with the maintenance of the beacon for several
years. During that time I have endeavoured to make sure that the service to
radio amateurs continues as it has successfully done for the past fifty five
Thanks very much for your support
Good DX and regards
Chris Whitmarsh G0FDZ
Beacon Keeper GB3VHF