Hello and welcome. My name is John Loftus. I enjoy conducting research into radio wave propagation and operate a radio station with callsign VK4CT
The radio station is licensed by the Australian Communications Media Authority (ACMA) to operate non-commercial radio communication apparatus. The location is 23Km inland from the East coast of Queensland Australia, Grid locator QG62JV. Sitting on top of a ridge 420m above sea level, the line of site views over Moreton Bay towards North America are magnificent. Station operation is shared with Bernd VK2IA.
Queensland is well suited to radio wave propagation – particularly toward North America, Asia and Europe on both short and long great-circle paths. During the lows of the 11 year sunspot cycle, Queensland has an advantage with weak signal reception – compared with southern states of Australia. This advantage is evident in data collected by the Reverse Beacon Network (RBN). As sunspots increase through the 11 year cycle, the Queensland advantage falls away.
Researching radio wave propagation
My focus is scientific research into wave propagation and innovative communication systems – put to the test in international contests.
My research interests contribute to:
- Reverse Beacon Network (RBN). John’s RBN page;
- Weak Signal Propagation Reporter (WSPR);
- Single operator using five radios simultaneously;
- Remote control of the station via the Internet of things;
- Antenna design and construction; and
- Adrenalin driven by the thrills of international contests – especially using Morse Code.
Data collected by the RBN is freely available to the public and organisations for study and analysis at reversebeacon.net/raw_data/. With this experience, I find more than one way to use the RBN to boost contest scores. “How to boost contest scores using the RBN” (subject for a later paper).
In the heat of a contest, SO5R uses two ears, two eyes and a plan of attack. “How to use SO5R” (subject for a later paper). Please let me know if there is an aspect that you would like to read in that paper. Please send to: