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22 Meter Band Beacons / Beacon PVC running QRSS3
« on: April 08, 2020, 0341 UTC »
As the thread title says, I have adjusted beacon PVC to QRSS3 mode, sending the ident PVC. Frequency is unchanged at 13,555.55~

Cheers

Ed

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22 Meter Band Beacons / Beacon PVC temporarily off
« on: December 13, 2019, 0054 UTC »
Hi Folks,

Beacon PVC, 13,555.55~ is temporarily off air until storm damage to the antenna can be repaired. I'll update accordingly.

Cheers

Ed

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22 Meter Band Beacons / PVC reaches Kansas!
« on: April 09, 2019, 1641 UTC »
Hi folks,

I received word that my beacon, PVC (13,555.5~~) was picked up by a LWCA member on 2nd and again on 3rd April, late in the afternoon in Kansas. That is a record distance of approximately 1400 miles for this station :)

Apparently there has been an indistinct trace visible several times at the same frequency, but this was the first occasion on which a positive ID could be made. You can read more at the LWCA website  https://www.lwca.net/mb/index.html, and if you are a member, there is a screenshot from Argo and a recording available.

I was just about to abandon the sloping dipole in favour of constructing a new 1/4 wave vertical antenna, but think I'll leave things as they are for a while longer.


Cheers

Ed

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22 Meter Band Beacons / AZ heard Sunday 8:20 am (PST)
« on: February 04, 2019, 2156 UTC »
I had an unexpected early session at the listening desk yesterday(Sunday Feb 3rd). AZ (13,554.0~~ kHz) was making it to California quite audibly during the half hour after 8 am (PST). Inaudible, but detected via spectrogram, were NC and E H, operating in slow FSK mode as usual. One other feint trace may have been USC, but could not be read clearly.

Beacon PVC was temporarily disabled by a couple of power outages, but is currently in operation.

/Ed

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22 Meter Band Beacons / PVC off temporarily
« on: November 29, 2018, 2121 UTC »
Hi Folks,

Had to remove connections to PVC's antenna today when thunder and lightning jolted me awake!

I'll restore operation ASAP.

The storms also dragged my long-wire aerial down again. That is the second time this week...

Cheers

Ed

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22 Meter Band Beacons / Your best clear spots in the 22 m ISM Band?
« on: September 05, 2018, 1940 UTC »
Hi Folks,
It occurred to me that it would be a good idea to share the quietest listening spots in the 13553-13567 ISM allocation we know and love as the HiFER band.

My reasoning for this is more or less obvious - Where is a good spot to put one's beacon, if trying to reach a particular area?

For my QTH in the SF bay area, the only spot with consistent interference is 13560 - 13562 (as tuned in USB with a typical 2.2 kHz filter). Ergo, I can easily listen from the lower portion of the band, up to about 13,559 before whistles and bleeps interfere with hearing, or the AGC kicks into action. Using a Spectrum Lab, this can be pushed a little further. On the high side, 13,562 kHz up is all quiet.

I would be interested to hear from other beaconeers on their local conditions.

Cheers

Ed

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22 Meter Band Beacons / Signals to Correlate with 22m beacons.
« on: August 27, 2018, 1816 UTC »
Hi Folks,

One thing I have been attempting to pursue is finding a predictor/barometer for propagation at 22 m. Helpfully, there is a broadcast band nearby, and SW.info indicates that there are some potentially helpful signals:

13,840 - Radio New Zealand International
13,845 - WWCR University Network, based in Nashville USA

Ideally, schedules should line up with beacon listening, so that reception of beacons and broadcast can be compared. Has anyone else tried this approach?

Regards,

Ed


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22 Meter Band Beacons / 2nd June HiFER report
« on: June 08, 2018, 1842 UTC »
I found time to switch on and listen for a while on 2nd June (Around 030 UTC) and was rewarded with quite good conditions. Observations were aided by the use of Spectrum Lab.

In the higher portion of the band, EPA provided a strong trace, along with a hint of BUH (or perhaps BUZ) Both are new to the log here. A trace corresponded to RF, another to KC7MMI, and GNK appeared for a while.

Lower down, I Caught PBJ, TON and a hint of trace from a possible PLM.

Below this, EH was plainly audible, and an easy trace to read. Neighbor SIW was visible below, and USC above.

Quite the best conditions we have had here for some time.

Ed

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22 Meter Band Beacons / PVC Antenna change
« on: April 09, 2018, 2201 UTC »
Hi Folks,

Just for a change, I tuned up PVC on the garden longwire: approx 80ft span between trees at ~20ft above ground. There is a balun and a ground rod at the feed-point. I think the usual dipole might benefit from a little attention in the mean time.

No opportunity for listening of late, so just antenna experiments for now. Longer term, I also want to test a small tuned loop on 22m operation.

Cheers

Ed

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22 Meter Band Beacons / Loud Data station Sunday 18 March
« on: March 21, 2018, 1427 UTC »
Hi Folks,

Wonder if anyone else heard this around 4 to 5 PM on Sunday (circa 1100UTC)? Classic RTTY type data signal, strength around S7 on the random dipole here in the CA Bay Area. It ceased as I was monitoring.

No beacons recorded during or after.

Ed

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22 Meter Band Beacons / 3rd & 4th Feb listening
« on: February 05, 2018, 1737 UTC »
Just a quick report

Saturday's listening, at around 15:15 PST/23:15UTC. At the 13,555 kHz spot, I noted a trace of NC and SIW using Spectrum Lab, but no other signals were detectable. Further up the band there was a big lift for PCO, and it was plain copy by ear - a lovely clean signal, with some slow fading minute to minute. No sign of any of the other beacons in that region.

Sunday listening around 16:00 PST, often a fair time, revealed a quiet band - even the constant drones around 13,560 were subdued.

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22 Meter Band Beacons / Beacons Sunday 28 Jan
« on: February 01, 2018, 1744 UTC »
Finally had some time to listen, early on Sunday Morning (~0300 UTC)

Alas things were rather flat. By ear, I heard traces of RF, and with software, a few of the cluster around 13,555+ including EH, SIW and USC. The latter were very weak traces, and conditions only degraded during the remainder of the day.

It is great, however, to see new beacons coming on air, and this section of the forum growing. I shall be watching and listening with interest :)

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22 Meter Band Beacons / PCO loud and clear 13563.55 Khz
« on: December 10, 2017, 0400 UTC »
There seemed to be good conditions today for reception here in Calif. PCO faded up to easy readibility a few times around 1520 PST.. GNK was in the mix, and a few signals around the 13.555 zone including USC and WM

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22 Meter Band Beacons / RQ, RF, GNK heard Sunday 3rd
« on: December 04, 2017, 1827 UTC »
Monitoring yesterday, I heard solid copy from RQ, RF and GNK, around 2100 UTC (Afternoon Pacific Time). No need for Spectrum Lab :)

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22 Meter Band Beacons / Poor conditions, interference
« on: August 07, 2017, 2140 UTC »
Hi Folks,

Monitoring this past 5th 6th August, showed very weak conditions. A feint spectrogram trace of signals in the 13,555.xxx mini band, not readable.

Often I am getting a rapid repeating swept signal. It passes through the 22m band perhaps 2x per sec, and has a swept range of at least 100 kHz. Signal strength is up to S7 at times, but has characteristics suggesting it is reaching me as a skywave. Any ideas? This emission precludes any weak signal work, as one might imagine. It isnt CODAR as we get that too sometimes.

Cheers,

Ed

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