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22 Meter Band Beacons / ODX Heard in NC
« on: July 26, 2020, 2215 UTC »
I haven't done any listening in a while, so this afternoon I shut down WAS for a short while and made a few passes across the band. Nothing heard but ODX. He was at about a RST 439 on peaks between 2132Z & 2138Z, 7/26/20. Agn about the same from 2151Z 'till around 2155Z. A good amount of QSB was noted during those times.

WAS is now plugged back in, but with its extremely slow restart (if at all) when powered back up, may be tomorrow before I get time to take it down from the wall, open it up and give it a massage.

73 de Bill K4JYS in NC

22 Meter Band Beacons / Re: 22m Beacons 15 Apr 2020
« on: April 15, 2020, 1612 UTC »
Tnx for the info Scott....nice setup.
Hey, how abt that....a pile up of <5mw stations...hi.
73 de Bill K4JYS

22 Meter Band Beacons / Re: 22m Beacons 15 Apr 2020
« on: April 15, 2020, 1235 UTC »
Tnx Scott for the 'WAS' report. You gave the details that make it a meaningful report. Interesting that you heard me since I am just east of Raleigh. I think you have heard WAS before. What is your receiving antenna?
73 de Bill K4JYS (WAS)

GE Hifers,
I just fired WAS back up (yesterday) after replacing the defective osc/amp IC. I have adjusted the output to about 1.4v p-p on the scope. Think that translates to a bit over 4.7mw to the 22m dipole. The new IC moved the freq. up to around 13.566 mhz. I would appreciate any reports...should it be heard?...esp if I am interfering with another beacon or if the new freq. has QRM from ISM xmsns. I will let it run a while on the bench and will probably be doing some tweaking freq. wise. I have packaged the xmtr with a 12vdc p/s and it will be up on the wall. The xmtr is still slow to re-start after loosing power so will need to address that problem since it will not be easy to get to.
Tnx...73 de Bill K4JYS/WAS

22 Meter Band Beacons / Re: MTI 13555.4 1642 UTC 27 Jun 2019
« on: June 28, 2019, 1410 UTC »
Chris, I believe I read that he IDs once per minute in slow CW. Good catch...Bill

22 Meter Band Beacons / Hearing WV Into NC
« on: June 11, 2019, 1332 UTC »
I am hearing WV... probably the strongest & most consistent Hifer sig I have heard...now (1327Z...6/11/19) around 13554.851khz. Started hearing it at 1309z and still strong, about 4-5 S-units above the noise floor. Some QSB but staying copy-able. The dits, dahs and ID surely standout.
Congrats to the op....73 de Bill K4JYS

22 Meter Band Beacons / Hearing ODX in NC
« on: June 10, 2019, 1647 UTC »
Am hearing ODX at 1630, 1632 & 1636Z 6/10/19 around 13566.308khz. Sigs similar to KAH at RST 339 down on QSB into the noise. Occasional peaks at 439 and copying several IDs in a string. Same rcving setup as with KAH.
73 de Bill K4JYS

22 Meter Band Beacons / Hearing KAH In NC
« on: June 10, 2019, 1509 UTC »
With WAS down for a while, I will be doing some listening. At 1426, 1448 & 1501Z 6/10/19 have heard a few IDs from KAH, so far peaking RST 339 with deep QSB into the noise floor for several minutes. Sometimes can copy up to 5-6 IDs in a string. Receiving freq around 13567.65 khz. Receiving with the Ten Tec RX340 and the xmit antenna, a 22m dipole at about 40 feet and broad side NW/SE.
73 de Bill K4JYS

22 Meter Band Beacons / Re: WAS 13564.85 1703 UTC 29 Jan 2019
« on: March 03, 2019, 2112 UTC »
Tnx Kirk for the video/audio report. Always neat to hear that pea-nut whistle.
73 de Bill K4JYS/WAS

22 Meter Band Beacons / K6FRC Into NC Again
« on: February 27, 2019, 1743 UTC »
Paul's beacon is making it's regular morning appearance. Between 1540-1555Z 2-27-19 K6FRC was running RST 229-339, and 439 on fade-ups. Fades took it down into the noise and than popped back up. I also heard a couple of CODAR bursts and a ditter a bit above the watering hole. No other beacons heard.

By the way, the receiving setup is a Ten Tec RX340 and a PA0RDT mini-whip active antenna.

73 de Bill K4JYS

22 Meter Band Beacons / K6FRC Into NC Again
« on: February 22, 2019, 1518 UTC »
Am hearing K6FRC again this AM, 1450-1510Z 2/22/2019. Sig mostly RST 229 to 339 but around 1508-1510 was maxing out at 439 on fade ups. Also hearing a few fairly strong CODAR bursts. As time permits, will try a few more listening periods later today.

73 de Bill K4JYS/WAS

22 Meter Band Beacons / Re: WAS 13564.85 1703 UTC 29 Jan 2019
« on: February 18, 2019, 1525 UTC »
Tnx Kirk for the report. Glad to see you are hearing WAS a bit better than last time. Can send a QSL for this new report if ya want. Has it warmed up enuf to work on your beacon project?
73 de Bill K4JYS

22 Meter Band Beacons / K6FRC Into NC Again
« on: February 16, 2019, 1626 UTC »
I am barely hearing K6FRC, 1611-1618Z, 2/16/19. Sigs are nil up to about RST 339 with the usual QSB. No others heard as of yet. WAS is down for a short listening period.
73 de Bill K4JYS

Longwave Loggings / SDR Receivers Useful For MW/LW
« on: February 12, 2019, 1711 UTC »
Here is a list of SDR's that may be useful to some for receiving on LW/MW frequencies. The list was compiled by Dave AB5S and was posted on the Boatanchor List. An explanation of his selection process also follows...73 de Bill K4JYS:

"List of SDRs in North America which are usable to monitor the 630 Meter (472-479 KC) MW Ham Band. Those which didn't "make the cut" were nearly all overwhelmed by Common Mode noise from using long wires or other such antennas unsuitable for Medium Wave. Others were mis-configured or incapable of reception below 500 KC. The receivers on this list were checked early Feburary 2019. Of course, their configurations, antennas or operation
can change without notice at any time.
73 Dave AB5S
P.S. What's up with Alberta?
They have an active Longwave club?"

Alberta, CA


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New York

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22 Meter Band Beacons / Re: WAS 13564.85 1703 UTC 29 Jan 2019
« on: January 29, 2019, 2213 UTC »
A Black Cat and dipole. See my QRZ.com for a few more details....Bill

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