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IBP(1)			    General Commands Manual			IBP(1)

NAME
       ibp  - show which of the	International Beacon Project beacons is	trans-
       mitting

SYNOPSIS
       ibp [arguments]

DESCRIPTION
       IBP shows which of the beacons of the International Beacon  Project  is
       transmitting now.

       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
       multi-band mode.

       a  Maidenhead  locator (like JO32KF), to	be used	for the	calculation of
       distance	and azimuth (both short	and long path) to each beacon.

       -c, --nocolour
	      don't use	colour,	even on	a colour terminal.

       -m, --morse
	      display callsign of active beacon	in morse code (not  in	multi-
	      band mode).

       -x, --nograph
	      don't  open  the X11 window (showing a world map with the	beacon
	      locations, and short and long paths) even	if the	DISPLAY	 envi-
	      ronment  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  com-
       puter's clock should be set reasonably accurately for the results to be
       valid.

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

AUTHOR
       Pieter-Tjerk de	Boer  <pa3fwm@amsat.org>;  via	amateur	 packet-radio:
       PA3FWM @	PI8DAZ.#TWE.NLD.EU.

       The X11 display code is heavily based on	the 'sunclock' program by John
       Mackin <john@cs.su.oz.AU>.

									IBP(1)

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | THE INTERNATIONAL BEACON PROJECT | AUTHOR

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