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The HF Beacon forum is for "Loggings of the various unlicensed shortwave beacon stations"

This "D" Channel Marker topic has been moved to the Utility forum


HF Beacons / The new "L" Beacon
« on: May 13, 2020, 1407 UTC »
4096.130 KHz  "L" Beacon!  Weak but readable..Popped out of the noise then sank away.

Credit goes to mark-n-nut (Mark-In-North-Utah?) for this discovery yesterday. I hope the beacon stays on the air a long time.

Its there!  It comes up out of the noise this morning but only for a few seconds.  Have heard a W and dits is all so far.  Prop is just terrible for me here.  Has the band gone long...  or short...  I think long.  Will have to go and wander threw some SDR's and see.  While listening and watching for windy I have been seeing a signal on about 4096.1 sending the letter "L" have you heard it?

73, Mark

HF Beacons / MOVED: XSG Shanghai Maritime radio beacon
« on: March 29, 2020, 1630 UTC »
This topic has been moved to the Utility forum because it is a licensed HF transmitter



The HF Beacon area is for "Loggings of the various unlicensed shortwave beacon stations"

Utility / AF-1 testing on HF
« on: January 31, 2020, 0004 UTC »
11,175 KHz USB AF-1 calling Mainsail for a radio check. Fair Signal. Successfully contacted (unheard) station and concluded the test. 00:08Z 31Jan2020

Orange County, CA

HF Beacons / MOVED: QH4P 6913.2 CW 2255 UTC 24 October 2019
« on: October 26, 2019, 1450 UTC »
This reception report of QH4P has been moved to Spy Numbers.


The signal is a great catch but is not an HF beacon.

See similar threads on the callsign QH4P here


HF Beacons / "A" on 2MHz beacon off the air?
« on: September 28, 2019, 0416 UTC »
I'm not sure exactly when I stopped hearing it since band conditions have been fickle but, I made a point of listening early today and heard nothing. Tonight I'm not hearing it and also checked some web SDRs and other sites but without any luck. This beacon has been super consistent over the years so I am surprised I am not catching it all.

Hopefully someone has heard it today! Let me know!

Utility / 11,175 KHz USB loggings
« on: July 19, 2019, 2252 UTC »
22:51Z  19July2019
Hearing Fisherman and CornMill discussing a net, mentioning authentication ANT with Quebec and FYS with Alpha

Shortwave Broadcast / 9395 KHz WRMI
« on: July 17, 2019, 0349 UTC »
pretty good signal here with some slight fading

03:50Z 17July2019

Utility / 11,175 KHz data stream
« on: July 15, 2019, 0128 UTC »
01:29Z 15July2019

Possibly someone threw the wrong switch?

I heard a few normal USAF voice messages and next thing this odd data signal pops up. Within the USB channel there are three main peaks appearing on my waterfall display

Equipment / Commercial RDF Equipment from Japan
« on: June 03, 2019, 1343 UTC »
This topic is related to the loggings of fishing Drift Net Beacons being monitored in these threads:

I ran across this web page about the Japanese RDF set  TAIYO TD-L1706


The TD-L1706 is a mobile radio direction finder (RDF), developed in the late-1980s by Taiyo Musen in Japan. The TAIYO TD-L1706 was developed primarily for use aboard ships, for finding the direction to a beacon and for locating fish. It was soon discovered however, that the device was also suitable for locating (clandestine) transmitters on land, not least because of its very compact antenna.

In the Netherlands, the Radio Monitoring Service then known as RCD first started using the TD-L1706 in the late 1980s, in combination with their custom-built PAN-1000 intercept receivers.

Block diagram from the very nice web site Crypto Museum

Display unit pix from the very nice web site Crypto Museum

HF Beacons / MOVED: frequency hopping set of repeating pulses
« on: May 08, 2019, 1313 UTC »
This topic has been moved to HF Mystery Signals as it does not appear to be a transmit mode that is useful as a beacon. It does post an interesting puzzle to solve!


A very interesting catch but it is not a HF Beacon. This topic has been moved to [Shortwave Pirate].  https://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/board,3.0.html


Utility / USCG 5696 KHz USB
« on: February 26, 2019, 2247 UTC »
approx 22:40Z 26 Feb

tail end of a radio conversation between COM-COM and another station who gave location as
 35 42 N and 120 38 W which could be over Paso Robles, California so maybe it is a USCG aircraft asset.

Shortwave Broadcast / WTWW 5085
« on: February 07, 2019, 0516 UTC »
05:14z  07 FEB

Big signal, about 20 dB over the noise.  Didn't recognize the song that just played. DJ was just teasing the local hams in ARES then encouraged others to join their local ARES

Playing "Ain't nothing like the real thing"  Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrel

Equipment / CW Keyers for Beacon Transmitters
« on: January 30, 2019, 1935 UTC »
I have been researching what is currently available and will list them in this thread.

If you add any suggestions keep in mind they should be

 - Easily programmed for the Morse characters used to ID the tranmitter (not restricted to a custom read-only-memory that must be mail-ordered)
 - Low power consumption
 - Must start up in the beacon mode upon power up. (Many Iambic Beacon/CW keyers will not do this)
 - Not too expensive. $20 or less?


There are some interesting Arduino style keyer programs on GitHub that could probably be modified to allow beacon mode upon power-up

Example  https://github.com/k3ng/k3ng_cw_keyer

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