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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

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 / 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 / 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 / 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?"

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22 Meter Band Beacons / GNK Into NC
« on: December 30, 2018, 1636 UTC »
I gave WAS a short rest and tuned the band a bit.
Only heard GNK at 1601-1608Z ranging from an
RST 569 down into the noise. Also a bit of CODAR
73 de Bill K4JYS

22 Meter Band Beacons / GNK Being Heard---Barely In NC
« on: August 21, 2018, 1941 UTC »
GNK heard from 1902Z until 1909Z.
Ranging from in the noise up to about a RST 439 then
gradually fading back into the noise floor.
From 1903 to 1905 ranged from a 229 to a max of 439.
WAS down for a short listening session.
Nothing else heard as yet.
Bill K4JYS

PS: WAS back up 1940Z

22 Meter Band Beacons / Sunday Listening Summary
« on: August 05, 2018, 2301 UTC »
It was a good day here for 22 meter activity. The following stns were heard 8/5/2018:

GNK:  Heard GNK from about 1540 to about 1640Z...part of the time listening from     the dinner table. Sig generally maxing out at about RST 339 and down to barely preceptable or into the noise. Fade ups generally 3-4 ID heard and down for about  15sec or so then back up to the 339 for a few IDs. Interesting to hear the QSB cycle.

PLM:  Could just barely hear PLM from 1737-1755Z. Sigs were mostly at the noise threshold, but with a few IDs just above the noise floor to positively identify....mostly RST 229 or less up to 339 a few times. Long dash after ID.

WV:  Copied WV from 1725-1732Z. Sigs generally ranging from RST 229 to maybe pushing a 449, but with occasional fade-ups to 559 or about an S6 (ambient noise floor at about an S2). First time I have heard WV. His dit/dah marker good for attracting attention plus making S-meter readings.

To cap off the day, I received a email report of WAS from VA3SC, Steve, in Ont.

Excellent radio day...73 de Bill K4JYS/WAS

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