I'd like to report what should be the very first trans-Atlantic reception report of the North American 4m beacon, WE9XFT.
Stephan, EA8/DL3GCS while on a trip to El Hierro Island was able to have solid copy of WE9XFT on 70.005MHz for several minutes on 10 June, 2010 from 2240z until 2254z, report was 419. A second reception was made on 14 June, 2010 from 2156z to 2203z, report 579 with estimated SNR as high as 20+dB.
Stephen also sent along a nice .wav file during the peak of the signal.
My congratulations to Stephan for his time and effort to monitor for WE9XFT. A QSL card will be sent to him.
I'd also like to report that several stations here in the US have heard the beacon: New Hamshire to Florida and to Texas, all on more than one occasion. (So it has good domestic coverage!)
I am hopeful that more TA reports of the beacon will be forthcoming as we now enter the peak of Es season. Please be sure to listen for the beacon and send any and all reports to me via e-mail. Feel free to e-mail me even if it's to say that you have been listening but have heard nothing. If enough data can be compiled, it might be justification for future re-licensing of the beacon since the existing authorization is set to expire 1 Sept 2010.
-Brian, WA1ZMS & WE9XFT e-mail: wa1zms (at) att (dot) net