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Title: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
Post by: secretlab on November 29, 2021, 0310 UTC
An old favorite has returned, first noted in central Arizona, good signal with slow, deep fades over the holiday weekend. 0220 UTC 11-29-2021.

Title: Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
Post by: Heathkit on November 29, 2021, 0428 UTC
An exciting night! ;D

Hearing it at the home QTH with the loop since 0415Z, VE7GL Chilliwack has a very nice signal on it and even VE7AV in Prince George has it whispering in.

73's
Title: Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
Post by: Teotwaki on November 29, 2021, 0636 UTC
An old favorite has returned, first noted in central Arizona, good signal with slow, deep fades over the holiday weekend. 0220 UTC 11-29-2021.

Thanks for posting this! It's awesome that the A beacon is back
Title: Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
Post by: ChrisSmolinski on November 29, 2021, 1125 UTC
"A" heard here at 1125 UTC 29 Nov 2021, good to hear it again!
Title: Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
Post by: DYGradio on November 30, 2021, 0007 UTC
Solid and strong S9 at my QTH SE of metro Phoenix. Great to hear it back, has been one of my favorite regulars for many years. 00:05 UTC 30NOV2021
Title: Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
Post by: Heathkit on November 30, 2021, 1621 UTC
Last night at about 0430Z, it was the only beacon on any band coming in. In five minutes "A" would go from a peep-in-the-dark to peaking 20+over, local SDR or home QTH loop.

Well done, builder!

73's
Title: Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
Post by: Dave Richards on December 04, 2021, 1731 UTC
This is fantastic news! I'm planning a long campervan trip to the deserts of the SW in March/April of next year, and hope it will still be on the air then. Hoping to take in So Cal, Southern NV, AZ, and maybe other states, depending on time and inclination. The A beacon could be a solid friend during these travels.
Title: Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
Post by: zeak on December 05, 2021, 0050 UTC
 "A" is very strong at this location at 0050, 589 no QSB.

Receiver KiwiSDR
Ant(s): 80m dipole at 15m and 1m Loop
Location:  DM12
Title: Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
Post by: Teotwaki on January 06, 2022, 1754 UTC
I've not hear "A" at home in a while but I did hear it just now on an Arizona kiwi
http://no1dsdr.ddns.net:8073/
Title: Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
Post by: zeak on January 07, 2022, 0527 UTC
Even with my sloppy HPF for BCI, "A " is always 579-589 at this location. Heck, maybe its ground wave to me?

Always a nice signal.....Wish I had enough space for a half wave dipole at 160m, maybe I could rule the ether?

Zeak,

Receiver KiwiSDR
Ant(s): 80m dipole at 15m and 1m Loop
Location:  DM12
Title: Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
Post by: secretlab on January 10, 2022, 0709 UTC
Even with my sloppy HPF for BCI, "A " is always 579-589 at this location. Heck, maybe its ground wave to me?

Always a nice signal.....Wish I had enough space for a half wave dipole at 160m, maybe I could rule the ether?

Zeak,

Receiver KiwiSDR
Ant(s): 80m dipole at 15m and 1m Loop
Location:  DM12

There have been several occasions when "A" was audible around mid-day here in DM34, but none yet in its current iteration. It's now generally fair to good in what the FCC used to refer to as "critical hours" in BCB engineering lingo...the 2 hours after sunrise and before sunset. Plus the expected times for MW.
Title: Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
Post by: Teotwaki on January 10, 2022, 1530 UTC
Generally sunrise and sunset listening hours are trashed here by local solar grid tie inverters firing up, wandering the 2 MHz spectrum with +40 dB peaks of noise. Thank goodness for SDRs!

2097.31 KHz  "A" Approx s5 on http://kj7cat.com:8073/

Title: Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
Post by: Teotwaki on January 23, 2022, 1640 UTC
No local signal but am hearing it on this kiwi sdr
http://kj7cat.com:8073/
Title: Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
Post by: Teotwaki on January 23, 2022, 2322 UTC
hearing A quite well on the Utah omni SDR  http://kiwisdr1.sdrutah.org:8073/
Title: Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
Post by: Teotwaki on February 16, 2022, 0408 UTC
The "A" beacon is making it over some local noise with a good signal here on the KX3
Title: Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
Post by: Teotwaki on February 22, 2022, 1552 UTC
Am hearing it on the Utah omni SDR but not at home
Title: Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
Post by: zeak on February 23, 2022, 0455 UTC
Interesting Teotwaki? Same at this location.

Over the few years I've monitored "A", I always thought it might be groundwave to me, but after this winter "A" defiantly has a sky-wave component to it, fading out after 0300Z.

Although "A" can just barely seen on the Kiwi, even with the QSB, its gone from sight and sound after 0400Z. Keeping that in mind "A" is very good copy at TOKEN's Kiwi site (579) as well as Utah, Las Vegas and Winnemucca Kiwi sites (579 respectively).


Title: Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
Post by: MDK2 on February 23, 2022, 0509 UTC
Copying at 0509 UTC with a strong signal. I'm not well versed in giving CW signal reports but I'd say 499 in spite of that, with some fades.
Title: Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
Post by: Teotwaki on February 23, 2022, 0519 UTC
Despite a lousy local noise floor I am hearing the A beacon here at home right now
Title: Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
Post by: Dave Richards on May 11, 2022, 0237 UTC
A beacon heard with the 29" set-top whip on my Belka-DX in the bunk of my camper van. 5/09/2022 at 0718z. S1-S2 in Chaco Canyon, NM.
Title: Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
Post by: zeak on May 15, 2022, 0551 UTC
559 at this location at 551Z.