ibp - show which of the International Beacon Project beacons is
IBP shows which of the beacons of the International Beacon Project is
The following arguments can be used:
a band expressed either in MHz (14, 18, 21, 24 or 28) or in meters (20,
17, 15, 12 or 10); if no band is specified, the program starts in
a Maidenhead locator (like JO32KF or JO32), to be used for the
calculation of distance and azimuth (both short and long path) to each
don’t use colour, even on a colour terminal.
display callsign of active beacon in morse code (not in multi-
don’t open the X11 window (showing a world map with the beacon
locations, and short and long paths) even if the DISPLAY
environment variable is set. This option is only available if
X11 support has been compiled in.
Note: since each beacon transmission lasts only 10 seconds, your
computer’s clock should be set reasonably accurately for the results to
Note: no net connection is required to use ibp.
THE INTERNATIONAL BEACON PROJECT
The International Beacon Project is a set of 18 amateur (ham) radio
transmitters around the world, each of which transmit every 3 minutes
on a set of 5 short-wave frequencies. This allows short-wave radio
users to quickly assess the current worldwide propagation conditions.
Much more information can be found on http://www.ncdxf.org/beacons.html
Pieter-Tjerk de Boer <firstname.lastname@example.org>; via amateur packet-radio:
PA3FWM @ PI8DAZ.#TWE.NLD.EU.
The X11 display code is heavily based on the ’sunclock’ program by John