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My guess is that "spy beacon" is akin to "channel marker" or some sort of propagation beacon used to indicate that 11 meters/27MHz is open.  

Token is right - some of these drift net beacons stay on the air for very long periods of time.  They're using relatively ineffecient antennas (for the 1600-2200 kHz range anyway) but as far as 26-30 MHz goes, they're likely running a base loaded 1/4 wave whip with the entire ocean as a ground plane.   ;D

I posted a lengthy thread about this in the "Dark Arts" section but felt I should mention it here as well.  In operation is a continuous tone beacon transmitting in FM mode but easily heard in AM or SSB.  Built from a re-purposed R/C transmitter with a crystal socket for frequency agility.  Chosen frequency is currently set at CB channel 23 - 27.255 MHz or 27255 kHz. Seems to depend on the mode you're using for receive.  Transmit power is 1 watt into a dipole facing roughly ENE/WSW.  Located on the East Coast of the USA.  Operating 24/7 unless otherwise specified.  

Here is the long post about the beacon in the Dark Arts subforum --> http://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php?topic=25624.0

This beacon is part of an on-going project for 11 meter beacons.  Mark I was a 80mW beacon on 27500.  It is currently off the air - Mark II has taken its antenna for now.  Mark III will feature a CW ID and (hopefully) a bit more power.  

Please post here if you hear this beacon!  ;D

These could be fishing net buoy beacons - used by fishermen to find drift nets.  They tend to operate in the 1600-2000 kHz (1.6-2.0 MHz) and 26-30 MHz range and usually transmit a CW identifier at low power.  The CW identifier is usually somehow related to the associated ship's radio callsign or name.

Here's a well-compiled list of 26/27 MHz fishing drift net buoy beacons and their IDs:


There are several "real" 27MHz 11 meter beacons as well, most of them in the 27500 - 27600 region, although there are others, mainly operating within the "legal 40" CB band (26965-27405) on 27125, 27140 and others.  27500 is the "official" 11 meter beacon frequency, apparently.  CW activity has been heard on this frequency as well as PSK31.

The frequencies you list - 27878 and 27003, aren't on any 11m / 27 MHz beacon lists I've found.  

Here's a list I've compiled from a couple different sites:

27125 kHz - 16mW power - California - 2QRP and AOH - "AOH" in CW
27140 kHz +/- 3 kHz - 500mW power - France, IDs in CW - 14RS000 followed by a long tone burst.  
27175 kHz - unknown power - Thailand - 153SD101
27405 kHz - 1W power - Germany - 1 pip a minute
27499.6 kHz - 2W power - Moscow, Russia - 50KS00 in CW
27500 kHz - unknown power - Mexico City - pips in CW
27500 kHz - unknown power - Greenland - Voice ID in USB "38 voice beacon"
27501 kHz - 25W power - Kansas - 2KP
27504.4 kHz - 1W power - France, IDs in CW/PSK31 - 14RS000 (may have moved to 27140 kHz)
27540 kHz +/- 5 kHz - 1W power - East Coast USA - FM signal modulated with tone, no ID.  10 kHz wide FM signal.
27550 kHz / 27610 kHz - 25W power - Costa Rica - IDs in CW as "69BY".  Apparently moves around in frequency.  Originally on 27500 kHz.  Also on 6775 kHz, 13555 kHz, and 40680 kHz.

Other station(s) QRT or faded away.  Station discussing radio jamming is now all I'm hearing on 6925

I'm hearing what sounds like three or four different stations on 6925 right now (with the one discussing Radio Free Europe the clear winner)

Appears to be off the air at 1613 UTC

MLK documentary on 6930 USB, talking about demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama

I'm hearing all sorts of echo and sound effects on 6925 AM.  No actual voice?  

Seems like there's several stations at once.  At 1622 UTC, discussion of Soviet jamming technology, jamming against Radio Free Europe.  Discussion of using music over noise for jamming.  There's other voice traffic underneath this signal though. 

10/11 meters / 27430 FM [141.3 Hz CTCSS/PL tone] 01/17/2016
« on: January 17, 2016, 1951 UTC »
The band is open a bit right now, not as much as it has been - however I have heard a CW ID on this frequency several times today (and on the previous couple days) in FM mode.  IDs are transmitted with a PL tone (141.3 Hz).  Maybe somebody is running a (legal) repeater on this frequency and I'm hearing the ID.  Most of the time when I hear a repeater ID it does it without whichever tone the system is using (so as not to annoy the users with a CWID).  

Usually I hear SSB traffic on this frequency and those around it so hearing FM here is a first for me.  Most FM I hear is UK "27/81" FM 27601.25-27991.25 and without PL tones.  27430 is a legal business frequency (as are 27450, 27470 and 27490) as per FCC rules Part 90.  

Another CWID heard at 2004 UTC

I just heard a KE2xxx (ham callsign) as part of the audio on 6925.  Somebody is retransmitting all kinds of stuff.  

More police scanner audio at 1926 UTC

Barely there down in the noise at tune-in at 1708 UTC. 

Station went QRT or faded away before I turned my radios back on at 2020 UTC. 

ad for Hindenburg condoms 1933 UTC

North American Shortwave Pirate / UNID 6925.4 AM 1915 UTC 01/16/2016
« on: January 16, 2016, 1919 UTC »
Carrier come on right after Amphetamine Radio signed off.  6925.39 kHz or so.  Hearing OM talking down in the noise.  

S7 signal, OM talking about making a new will.  Noisy condx here but signal is readable.  This does remind me a lot of OTR.  I tuned down to 6770 kHz AM and they're playing a different radio drama (so at least we know they're not using the same stream at the same time!)

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