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22 Meter Band HiFER Beacons / 22M Beacos RF and RVA Received Today
« on: March 19, 2023, 2355 UTC »
Just a quick note to report:

RF on 13.56495 mhz RST 337 at 23:35 UTC 03/19/2023

RVA on 13.56652 mhz RST 337 at 23:40 UTC 03/19/2023

All on my IC-7300 using a G5RV antenna up about 30 feet.   Grid DN61 near Winfield, IN in NW Indiana (Chicagoland).

Good work folks!

As info,  I QIW is currently on the air for a few hours to take advantage of the good 22m propagation.  I'm hearing 3-4 22m CW beacons right now as well.

22 Meter Band HiFER Beacons / Re: Strong RTTY or similar on 22m
« on: March 18, 2023, 2229 UTC »
I am picking that same digital signal very well 5-7+ here in NW Indiana (Chicagoland).   I also heard a 2-3 hifer CW beacons on the air before I put QIW on the air a few minutes ago until local dark or I use the IC-7300 for ham work.

Utility / 3.370 mhz usb net?
« on: January 29, 2023, 0303 UTC »
I am receiving an unknown net on 3.370 mhz usb with call signs 6HW, 6KB, 6KL, and a few others in voice and a digital mode "sending traffic".   Voice discussion cocerns failure of some call signs/stations to receive and decode the digital communications.  Any idea what this net is?

22 Meter Band HiFER Beacons / Re: QIW Up and Running This Afternoon
« on: January 21, 2023, 1912 UTC »
Sorry for the delayed response.   The frequency is approx 13.56275 mhz.    I have the beacon up most Saturday and Sunday's UTC-1700-2100 when not operating on the ham bands. Grid is DN61.   

22 Meter Band HiFER Beacons / QIW Up and Running This Afternoon
« on: January 08, 2023, 2050 UTC »
I have QIW up and running for a bit (until local dark), trying to capitalize on good propigation of "RF" a few minutes ago.   

22 Meter Band HiFER Beacons / Re: RF
« on: January 08, 2023, 2042 UTC »
Beacon "RF" doing quite well (S5-S7) into NW Indiana (Chicagoland -grid DN61) here a few minutes ago.  Good work.  Antenna is a G5RV up ~30 ft using an ICOM-7300 with CW filters, etc.

S3 to S5 copy here in NW Indiana outside of Chicagoland at 0225 UTC with some fast beat techno / dance beat.    Radio is IC-7300 with a G5RV antenna up about ~20 feet .  Into a new song at 0227 UTC with just as fast a beat.  I feel like I am back in college.

22 Meter Band HiFER Beacons / QIW On Air from DN61
« on: August 21, 2022, 2153 UTC »
Just a brief note 22 meter beacon QIW will remain on air using my 20 meter dipole when not in use for amateur radio activities.   The location is near Crown Point, Indiana.   Happy hunting! Frequency is approx 13.56275 mhz using 5 WPM CW.

22 Meter Band HiFER Beacons / "DAD" On Air ~13.56305 MHZ
« on: April 17, 2022, 1835 UTC »
Temporary beacon until it gets shipped to my father in Utah.    "DAD"  located in Northwest Indiana (Grid EN61).   Beacon TX is running into a G5RV antenna up about 40 feet.   Let me know if you copy this one.    Once "DAD" gets shipped,  "QIW" will go back on the air.

Happy hunting!

22 Meter Band HiFER Beacons / "DAD" On Air ~13.56305 MHZ
« on: April 17, 2022, 1758 UTC »
"DAD"  is on the air at approximately ~13.56305 MHZ from Grid EN61 (Northwest Indiana Near Chicago)  Antenna is a G5RV up about 40 feet.     Please let me know if you hear it!  Thanks!  Alex.  This is a temporary TX until the transmitter is shipped to UT to my father. 

Ballsmacker Radio doing S-7 with some fading here in Crown Point, Indiana (Chicagoland) on 6960 AM at 02:06 UTC.  Radio is a IC-7300 on a G5RV up 40-50 feet.   Great selection of songs.  Sinata, AC/DC/ party songs...

Utility / Re: 8992 anomaly
« on: March 06, 2022, 0233 UTC »
I am hearing it as I type this on 8992 USB.   

The RF Workbench / Re: Need help: coax feed to a wire antenna
« on: February 14, 2022, 0329 UTC »
If you want to go on the "cheap", make the connection in a plastic box of some sort,   sealing the holes where you ran the wire and coax into the box with a good sealant.   For the actual wire connection between the wire and the coax what is now safe,  use Gardner-Bender's liquid tape.   A few coats would natually be better than one.   Other options exist like using shrink tubing with diaelctric grease underneath as well. You may have better luck using a good coax to wire connector instead of directly wiring the connections...but...that is up to you. 

HF Beacons / Re: The 'Coast Slider' 4109.5
« on: February 14, 2022, 0302 UTC »
Nothing here in NW Indiana right now.    I lived in the Fresno area for 6 years so I feel for the beacon's owner comments about water / hiking...even this time a year there it gets HOT.   I'd love to see a schematic of the beacon, with particular interest in the solar portion.

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