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SM6KNL Faros NCDXF Radio Beacon Monitoring Site

FAQ (by SM5AJV)

  • What is FAROS?
    Faros is a program used to monitor the NCDXF Radio beacon system. It is an
    execellent way to monitor your current radio conditions on 14, 18, 21, 24 and 28 MHz.
    The program is shareware and can be downloaded from VE3NEA website.
     
  • How is the measurements up-loaded to Internet?
    When my monitoring stations is up and running the measurements are updated
    every third minute to the webserver. I am using FTP or SCP to upload the GIF-
    files from Faros.
     
  • What does NO OBSERVATIONS sign mean?
    The sign NO OBSERVATIONS AVAILABLE means that no measurements was made
    during the selected date. The reason is often that the monitoring station has been used
    for other purposes during that time.
     
  • What does the diagrams really show...?
    The left diagram shows detected SNR - Signal-to-Noise-Ratio for each beacon.
    There are 4 measurements each hour, and 3 hours between each vertical tic mark.
    The right diagram shows Short/Long Path detected by Faros.
    Look at the legend  see what the colors in each diagram means.
     
  • Why doesn't the diagrams update?
    First you may need to push your Reload -button on your browser in order to update.
    Normal update-rate is every third minute. But sometimes, there can be problems with
    the measurement equipment or the Internet uploading fails. Sometimes I use the rig for
    normal QSO's . So be patient this is just an experimental web-site.
     
  • Are there any other NCDXF monitoring sites on the Internet?
    Yes, check the http://www.ncdxf.org/Beacon/monitors.html  page for more active sites.
     

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Updated: 2006-05-16 22:25