I encourage fellow ham radio operators and shortwave listeners to monitor beacons to see if there is a band opening.

Amateur radio operator, WI5V is the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Beacon Coordinator. The Official Beacon List can be seen on his website: WI5V.net

My 10-meter beacon WC5W/B transmitter is running 5 watts on 28298.3 kHz. The antenna is a homebrew ground-mounted vertical.

If you have heard my station, I would appreciate a reception report. You may email me your report. Please include normal signal report, date/time, conditions, and the beacon message text. If you send an SASE it would be appreciated. I will return a special QSL card for all reports.

The QSL cards are sequentially numbered. Tell your friends about the beacon.

The RST Values:


  1. Unreadable
  2. Barely readable, occasional words distinguishable.
  3. Readable with considerable difficulty.
  4. Readable with practically no difficulty.
  5. Perfectly readable.

Signal Strength

  1. Faint signals, barely perceptible.
  2. Very weak signals.
  3. Weak signals.
  4. Fair signals.
  5. Fairly good signals.
  6. Good signals.
  7. Moderately strong signals.
  8. Strong signals.
  9. Extremely strong signals.


  1. Sixty cycle a.c or less, very rough and broad.
  2. Very rough a.c., very harsh and broad.
  3. Rough a.c. tone, rectified but not filtered.
  4. Rough note, some trace of filtering.
  5. Filtered rectified a.c. but strongly ripple-modulated.
  6. Filtered tone, definite trace of ripple modulation.
  7. Near pure tone, trace of ripple modulation.
  8. Near perfect tone, slight trace of modulation.
  9. Perfect tone, no trace of ripple or modulation of any kind.