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22 Meter Band Beacons / Re: 2nd June HiFER report
« on: July 22, 2018, 0739 UTC »
This is interesting considering I took down my KC7MMI beacon at least 2 years ago.

HiFER Beacon on 13563 kHz moved and back on the air.  No one has reported hearing it yet.  Would love to see if I could get some reports this evening!  TNX & 73!


Sorry for the time it's taken to reply.  Between my last reply and now we have welcomed a new member of our family.

As for the beacon, it is a home brew beacon based off the programmable Epson oscillator.  The antenna situation is questionable and probably the reason no-one has heard it.  I'll see about upping the power...

It's a 20M MFJ HF Stick.

Sadly, no logs.  I'll have to see what I can do about the ERP. :)

Thanks for the info.  I have a feeling it's not going to do too well to the east but we'll see...

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: WWV 25MHz 13 MAY 2014 at 1430UTC
« on: May 14, 2014, 1722 UTC »
It's difficult.  Most days I can barely copy even the 20MHz station.  I try to listen for all the WWV stations in the morning on the way to work and in the evening on the way home.  5, 10, 15MHz are usually slam dunks.  I don't know if I've ever heard 2.5MHz...

Tonight I put up a HiFER Beacon (legal under Part 15 rules) centered on 13563 kHz.  First three audio recordings emailed to (beaconID)@gmail.com will get special QSL cards.  The only hint I'll give is that the beacon repeats a 6 character call sign at 9wpm.  Let the fun begin!



Shortwave Broadcast / WWV 25MHz 13 MAY 2014 at 1430UTC
« on: May 13, 2014, 1545 UTC »
Picked up WWV 25MHz from Arizona this morning for the first time ever using my FT-817ND and MFJ 20-meter HF Stick.  Not the best antenna for the job but it worked.  Reception was pretty poor but it was still my first time picking up the station.  Anyone else pick it up for the first time??

K6FRC was coming in pretty loud 13MAY@1440UTC (this morning) to Arizona.  Also picked up WWV on 25MHz for the first time ever.  Sounds like it's going to be a good day for propagation!

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: Who is under WWV 15000?
« on: May 07, 2014, 0322 UTC »
Possibly RWM, the time station in Moscow.  It sends its ID in morse a couple times an hour.  Picked it up under WWV (10MHz) and WWVH (15MHz) this evening.

HF Beacons / Re: battle of the beeps 13560.09 khz 1817utc 16-02-14
« on: April 24, 2014, 0017 UTC »
I DF'd a similar "dasher" to a house just a few miles from where I live.  I'm still trying to figure out if it's intentional or not.  Maybe one day I'll be brave enough to knock on the door...

Longwave Loggings / FFZ NDB SK
« on: April 23, 2014, 1854 UTC »
In case anyone cares, the FFZ (Falcon Field) NDB went QRT (off the air) on May 5, 2011.  I got confirmation today from Bradley Hagen, Airport Projects and Operations Supervisor.  I figured I'd post it since a number of navaid sites show it is still active.



The RF Workbench / Re: Where do you go for schematics?
« on: April 23, 2014, 1724 UTC »
Google schematics for HiFER beacons using the Epson programmable oscillator.  Very simple circuit and, apparently, very effective.

Here's an example (scroll down a bit):

The RF Workbench / Part 15 beacon call signs
« on: April 23, 2014, 1707 UTC »
I'm about to begin construction on a Part 15 HiFER beacon.  I was wondering what the guidelines are for picking a callsign.  I would like one of these two:
MMI - Problem is this is an NDB in Tennessee, or somewhere around there
FFZ - This WAS an NDB at Falcon Field (FFZ) but has since been removed from the airport (online directories are still showing it in service)

Would it be taboo for me to steal an NDB callsign? I would hate for someone to confuse my beacon with the FFZ NDB and put their plane down on the US60. ;D  But really, I'm struggling coming up with a good one...  Bear in mind, I'm looking for something that sounds good in morse code so not "any" combination of letters will work for me.  



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