FAROS 1.4 beacon monitoring


Faros, Monitor panel

Automatic NCDXF beacon monitor for Radio Amateurs, SWL’ers and HF communication engineers



  • continuously monitors 18 NCDXF beacons on five bands;
  • automatically detects the presence of the beacon signals, even in QRM and noise;
  • measures the signal-to-noise ratio, the QSB index, and the propagation delay of the signal;
  • automatically identifies long path openings based on the signal delay;
  • has a real-time display of band conditions;
  • maintains a long-term history of beacon observations;
  • generates signal charts at regular intervals in a form suitable for Web publishing;
  • generates observation logs optimized for automatic analysis.

  System Requirements:

  • Operating system: Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP or Windows 7;
  • CPU speed: 1 GHz or higher is recommended;
  • Ports: one COM port for radio control (optional);
  • Connection to the Internet: direct (no proxies), 1 MBit/s or faster is recommended. Satellite connections cannot be used because of the propagation delay;
  • Receiver: any CW or SSB receiver that covers at least one of the beacon bands (14, 18, 21, 24, 28 MHz), preferably a model that is supported by the OmniRig engine;
  • Antenna: an omni-directional antenna is recommended;
  • Sound card: the on-board one is OK;
  • Cables: two cables are required for connecting the radio to the PC, a standard stereo cable for the audio signal and a CAT cable/adapter for radio control.

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