GB3VHF – 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.

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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 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 it will be co-loctaed 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 years.

Thanks very much for your support

Good DX and regards

Chris Whitmarsh G0FDZ

Beacon Keeper GB3VHF

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