GB3UHF - beacons designed for the 21st Century
Welcome to www.gb3vhf.co.uk, the website of the 144.430 MHz and 432.430 MHz
amateur radio beacons located at BT Fairseat on the North Downs in Kent
(JO01EH). Providing a service to amateur radio operators on two metres for over
fifty seven years and now for the first time on 70 cms.
The beacons continue to provide a service to amateur radio and
professionals alike, for the study of long distance VHF and UHF 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.
The beacons are independently run “for VHF/UHF DX-ers, by VHF/UHF
DX-ers” and receive 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 and also details
of the new GB3UHF beacon on 432.430 MHz. News: The
existing driver unit on GB3UHF is to be replaced - see GB3UHF page for
The support given to the Fairseat beacons project by BT Radio engineering
staff and BT Wholesale staff is much very much appreciated and acknowledged -
I have been the GB3VHF beacon keeper for some fourteen years now, and
previous to that I was involved to a high degree with the maintenance of the
GB3VHF 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 seven years. I hope that you will enjoy and make good use of
the new GB3UHF beacon which completes the dual beacon pair propagation
Thanks very much for your continued support
Good DX and regards
Chris Whitmarsh G0FDZ
Beacon Keeper GB3VHF and GB3UHF