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North American Shortwave Pirate / Iron Man Radio, 6925 U, 0000
« on: October 03, 2009, 0014 UTC »
Iron Man Radio on 6925 USB, 0000 to sign off at 0013.  The Halloween 2009 Show, but doing only cigar box guitar stuff, nothing Halloween.

Said he did not have any ghost sounds or scary noises...lol

Gave the Belfast drop.

North American Shortwave Pirate / Cupid Radio, 15070.3 AM
« on: September 26, 2009, 1501 UTC »
Cupid Radio up 15070.3 AM

ID as from the Netherlands

"More than a Feeling"
Unknown song, 80's, "Going to the Run"?
ID, with country announcement
Unknown song
conditions faded

HF Beacons / New ditter in Death Valley
« on: September 22, 2009, 1532 UTC »
Howdy all,

I got an email this morning claiming there is a new ditter beacon in Death Valley.  Supposed to be up for a couple of days as a test.

Frequency is 5712 kHz and 60 dits / min.  Specifics of antenna and power were not given.  Specifics of power supply was not given, but it was supposed to be 24/7 during the test.

I have not yet heard it from my location a short distance from Death Valley, but maybe I am in just the wrong location.  Latter this evening or tonight I think I might take a short drive and see what I can hear, I will be looking down into DV from that location.

Note the frequency, I think that may be why I got the email, I post to a lot of places about V24/M94 transmissions, and one of the freqs used is 5715 kHz.

Mohave Desert, California USA

Hello all,

A new frequency has been noted for V24, 6730 kHz.  This new freq appears to be quite active, but none of the old freqs appear to be noticeably less active.

The conclusion that might be drawn is that 6730 kHz has been in use all along, and this would also explain some of the "slack" time on the other freqs.  Of course, there are still a lot of "holes" in the schedule, and that might very possibly mean there are more frequencies out there to be found for the V24 / M94 pair.

The Wiki on this site for V24 has been updated.  A page for M94 has been added.

Mohave Desert, California, USA

HF Beacons / CO with a message
« on: September 11, 2009, 1756 UTC »
Howdy all,

Right now (1750 z Sep 11, 2009) I am hearing CO on 11003.1 kHz with a message, it is sending:

"de CO 911 INSIDE JOB"

Mohave Desert, CA

HF Beacons / MO, Hexie2, and CO beacons, June 4, 2009
« on: June 04, 2009, 0406 UTC »
Howdy all,

Some more beacons, and again screen shots of them.

4077.35   06/04/2009  0327 z   "MO" beacon
6700.48   06/04/2009  0340 z   Hexie2 dasher beacon
11002.57  06/04/2009  0316 z   "CO" beacon

MO screen shot link here:  http://www.pbase.com/token/image/113350156/original.jpg
Hexie2 screen shot link here:  http://www.pbase.com/token/image/113350157/original.jpg
CO screen shot link here:  http://www.pbase.com/token/image/113350158/original.jpg

And again, all of the beacon screen shots I have put online so far can be found here:  http://www.pbase.com/token/pirate_beacons


HF Beacons / Last 24 hour beacon logs, May 31 2009
« on: May 31, 2009, 2015 UTC »
Howdy all,

Have been paying a bit of attention to beacons in the last 24 hours, and have picked up a few.

2997.31   05/31/2009  0424 z   "A" beacon
4079.63   05/31/2009  0435 z   "TMP" beacon, and 79 degrees
4088.83   05/31/2009  0442 z   Dasher beacon
4095.87   05/31/2009  0138 z   Coxie dasher
4096.27   05/31/2009  0138 z   Hexie dasher
4096.62   05/31/2009  0138 z   Kelsie dasher
4097.26   05/31/2009  0138 z   Inyo-Whooper dasher
4102.33   05/31/2009  0454 z   "W" wind beacon
4103.80   05/31/2009  0458 z   "O" beacon
5205.34   05/31/2009  1827 z   Sally dasher
6626.39 and 6626.59   05/31/2009  1838 z   Rainy beacon
6626.51   05/31/2009  0120 z   Hexie 2 dasher
7997.94   05/31/2009  0613 z   "UFO" beacon
8000.56   05/31/2009  1803 z   "S" beacon
8000.82   05/31/2009  0612 z   Dasher beacon, about 96 dash / minute
8004.29   05/31/2009  2210 z   Pike 78/min dasher
8211.82   05/31/2009  0640 z   "OR" beacon

Several things of note in this batch:

The "O" beacon on 4103.80, I have never seen this before and it was very weak.

The "Rainy" beacon first showed up on 6626.59 and had _huge_ intrapulse drift.  20 minutes later it was on the more regular freq of 6626.39 and showed less drift during the pulse.

This was the first time I have grabbed the "UFO" beacon.

Screen shots of most of these can be found here:

HF Beacons / UFO Beacon 7997.94
« on: May 31, 2009, 0743 UTC »
Heard the UFO beacon for the first time tonight.  It ran from very good at S3 or S4 to deep in the noise.

Mohave Desert, California USA

HF Beacons / "O" beacon 4103.8?
« on: May 31, 2009, 0537 UTC »
I ran across this tonight.  Not sure if it is a pirate beacon or not.  It has just enough drift down on the dash that I think iti probably is.

It is at 4103.800 and sending what sounds like the letter "O", three dashes over and over.  It is so far down in my noise I can not tell if there is anything else to it or not.  I left an RX on it for over an hour, but it never really came up any higher than in this picture.

In the headphones the three dashes were easier to hear than they seem in this picture.

HF Beacons / 4096 area beacons, 30 May 2009
« on: May 30, 2009, 2003 UTC »
Here is a shot of the beacons currently seen (daytime) around the 4096 area from my QTH.

Radio FIrst Termer 6925 USB from before 0400 to sign-off at 0445.  S9 or better in California, although faded to S5 near end.

Followed by Dead Cat Radio at about 0450.  Again S9 or a little better.

Mohave Desert, California USA

HF Beacons / Last nights beacons, April 26 2009
« on: April 26, 2009, 1231 UTC »
Howdy all, a few beacons logged last night, including a new one, at least for me.

3449.82  1120z  "OK"  Just above the noise floor but clear.
4060.94  0335z  "C"  This is the new one, more about it at the bottom
4079.65  0340z  TMP  Sent three dif temps, 64, 59, and 123, no def seq to them
4089.21  0356z  Dasher  Reported as 80/min but this is 89 / min, dash 125 msec, pause 550 msec, 675 msec total cycle time
4095.87  0405z  Coxie  Long dahser, dash 4.97 sec, pause 5.13
4096.27  0416z  Hexie Dasher, dash just under 1.1 sec, pause just over 1.1 sec
4096.62  0426z  Kelsie Dasher, dash is 2 sec long, pause is 2.4 sec
4097.43  1140z  "KX"  Deep in the noise floor, had to work at this one
4102.33  0431z  Wind  Sent "W" but no dits after, then again no wind here in the desert tonight
8211.94  0440z  "OR"

The new'ish beacon.  Around 4060 I have been hearing a new beacon, I first logged it about three weeks ago.  The frequency has ranged from 4052 to 4063 so far, and appears loosely tied to temp.  The cooler the day/night the lower the freq.  If that is true expect it to go above 4063 as the south west temp goes up.

Here at the house in the Mohave Desert of CA it can be heard nearly all the time, although it is affected by propogatoin, so it seems it is a 24/7 beacon and not quite as local as the 4096 group.

I am not sure what this new beacon is actually sending, I think it is supposed to be a "C", but the first sound is longer than a dit and shorter than a dah.  It could actually be "C", "ER", or "TR".  First sound (could be a long dit or a short dah) is 200 msec long, then there is a 200msec space.  The next sound is 100 msec long followed by a 100 msec space.  The next sound is 300 msec long followed by a 100 msec space.  The last sound is a 100 msec sound.  There is a 400 msec space before the sequence restarts.

Mohave Desert, California USA

(PS) After the Sun came up (and after my initial post) I grabbed a couple of the daytime only desert beacons:
4097.3   1549z   Inyo-whooper, dasher, 56 dash / min, freq sag at beginning of dash about 60 Hz
5205.3   1532z   Sally, dasher, reported as 100 dash / min but timed at 119 dash / min.  Freq sag on dash of about 100 Hz.  Very heavy QRM from CODAR.

I hear tell there is a new beacon around 6636, but I have yet to hear it myself.

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