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HF Beacons / All 3 of the 4102/4104 beacons, Feb 17, 2010
« on: February 17, 2010, 0307 UTC »
Howdy all,

A few minutes ago all three of the 4102/4104 beaocns could be heard at one time, I think that is a first for me personally.  At least all three that I am aware of.  The 4102.3 W wind beacon, the unknown desert dasher on 4102.8, and the night time only O beacon on 4104.2.

HF Beacons / 40 minutes of pre-noon beacon browsing, 02/16/2010
« on: February 16, 2010, 1857 UTC »
A little before lunch today I decided to spin the dial and do some beacon browsing, while my wife got lunch ready.  SOme of the beacons were extremely strong, both S and Sally were stronger than I have ever seen before.

I did not camp on any freq too long, or I might have added a couple more to the list.

1804 UTC   8004.18 kHz  Pike
1805 UTC   8000.51 kHz  S  (well over S9)
1807 UTC   6700.49 kHz  Hexy2
1815 UTC   11002.67 kHz  CO
1817 UTC   6626.64 kHz   Rainy
1819 UTC   14399.76 kHz   Peanut
1822 UTC   8193.73 kHz   Unknown, 1 dit/sec
1825 UTC   8211.91 kHz   OR
1835 UTC   5205.41 kHz   Sally dasher  (peaking S8)
1836 UTC   4102.81 kHz   Unknown 30 dash/min
1837 UTC   4102.40 kHz   W wind beacon
1838 UTC   4097.29 kHz   Inyo Whooper
1839 UTC   4096.64 kHz   Kelsie dasher
1840 UTC   4096.28 kHz   Hexie dasher
1842 UTC   4089.20 kHz   dasher
1843 UTC   4079.66 kHz   TMP
1844 UTC   4060.61 kHz   TR beacon

HF Beacons / Re: The infamous TR beacon will be poping up
« on: February 14, 2010, 0643 UTC »
TR is loud and clear here at 0620 UTC.

HF Beacons / Re: WW contest continues into DX contest also
« on: February 11, 2010, 1936 UTC »
DOH!  And here I am on travel, will not be able to try for the distance portion of the contest until the morning of the last day of the contest.  I probably am not going to do much in this part.

HF Beacons / Re: UFO - Lord Almighty! (CO and Calif desert Dasher)
« on: February 11, 2010, 0036 UTC »
Feeling frisky why I punched up the next memory to the 12889 Calif Desert dasher beacon, and there it was/is!


If the 12889 California Desert dasher you are talking about is the one that was on 12888.8 kHz at the same general time as the D/V test beacon was up then this can not be what you heard.

The person who put the 12888.8 kHz beacon up has tried it on several different frequencies, including 5111.8 and something around 8 mHz.  It is currently on 4102.8 kHz and has been for more than a month.  I reported the 4102.8 signal a while back, but last week I reported it again, and the owner emailed me after reading the report on this forum, telling me it was the same beacon.

HF Beacons / Re: WW contest
« on: February 06, 2010, 0141 UTC »
Since WW 4078.25 is the weakest of the 4 MC

Is it really the weakest or is the nightime only "O" beacon on 4103.8 even more seldom reported?

HF Beacons / Unknown 4102.8 dasher still hanging in there
« on: February 06, 2010, 0138 UTC »
The 4102.8 kHz 1 second, 30 dash/min, that I reported a week ago still seems to be hanging in there.

It is very weak here, only seen in the early evening consistantly but I have seen it in the daytime and the night so I believe it is 24 hours.

I have not yet caught all three of the 4102/4103 beacons at the same time, but I will, sooner or later.

HF Beacons / Re: WW contest
« on: February 05, 2010, 1945 UTC »
OK, I know you said WAV, but I did this before I saw your post ;)  Today is the first time in a few days I have checked the forum.

As you can see from this picture WW was stronger than MO, and almost as strong as TMP.  The audio was plenty strong, I pretty much had it on all my radios, from the Hallicrafters SX-28A to the Perseus.

I will check tonight and grab a WAV if it is in there.

EDIT:  OK, added an audio file that I recorded tonight, not last night when the above image was taken.  URL is here http://home.mchsi.com/~token_radio/WW_beacon_4078_02062010_0155z.mp3

HF Beacons / Re: Unknown dasher, 4102.8
« on: January 31, 2010, 1641 UTC »
I have it again at 1635 UTC on Jan 31, 2010.  Very weak but clear.  Sounds very stable, no sag, no clicks, pure tone.  Frequency still 4102.8 kHz.

So it looks like there is a group now at 4102 kHz.  The W wind beacon at 4102.35, this dahser at 4102.8, and the night time only O beacon at 4103.8.


HF Beacons / Unknown dasher, 4102.8
« on: January 29, 2010, 0149 UTC »
Hiya all,

While surfing the beacons this evening at around 0120 UTC I saw something I have not noticed before...I think.  Just above the W wind beacon I see a dasher.  30 dashes per minute and dashes are one second long, so dead time is also one seond long.  Center freq looked pretty stable and at 4102.8 kHz, about 450 Hz above the W wind beacon.

At first signal was pretty weak, but did come up a bit before fading again, I grabbed the attached images at about the peak.  Right now I can just tell it is in there for some of the dashes, not hearing all of them.

Anyone else hearing this?


HF Beacons / Saline up, 5205.31, Jan 26 2010, 1650 UTC
« on: January 26, 2010, 1657 UTC »
Jan 26, 2010, 1650 UTC

The Saline Valley dasher is coming in nicely on 5205.31 kHz center freq.  Quite the sag during the dash.  This is a daytime only dasher if I remember right?  I am pretty sure I have never caught it after sundown.


HF Beacons / Re: TS 8189.5khz
« on: January 25, 2010, 1936 UTC »
Two days ago it was up and fine on 8189.59 kHz.  I will give it a shot this evening and see if I still hear it.


HF Beacons / Jan 23 2010 beacopns from Southern Cal
« on: January 24, 2010, 0014 UTC »
Howdy all,

A few beacons this evening.  As the night goes on I might add to the list.

2097.31 kHz   A   2223z
4079.66 kHz   TMP   2200z   Temp reported was 64
4089.18 kHz   Dasher   2205z
4096.28 kHz   Dasher Hexy    2214z
4096.62 kHz   Dasher Kelsie   2214z
4102.37 kHz   W wind    2219z    W was followed by many dots, might be windy
5484.11 kHz   SD    2241z
6626.82 kHz   Rainy ditter   2254z
6700.40 kHz   Hexy 2 dasher   2251z
8000.34 kHz   S   2258z
8004.10 kHz   Pike78 dahser, I think   2302z
8189.59 kHz   TS   2311z
8211.91 kHz   OR   2315z
11002.58 kHz  CO   2322z

That's it for now.  Pics of the intercepts can be seen at http://www.pbase.com/token/jan23_2010


Shortwave Pirate / Barnyard Radio, 6930 USB, 2245z Jan 9 2010
« on: January 09, 2010, 2251 UTC »
Barnyard is making it into SoCal right now, 2244 z, on 6930 USB.  Elvis Birthday Bash show.

So far all Elvis, including the Ed Sullivan Show introduction of Elvis doing Heartbreak Hotel.

Edit:  At 2325 z Barnyard is S8 with my noise floor at S2, so a really good and clear signal.  "Walk a Mile in My Shoes" playing, Elvis sounding pretty stoney at times.


General Radio Discussion / Re: Numbers-where to start
« on: January 06, 2010, 1709 UTC »
The stations that might be recommended would vary a bit depending on your QTH.  For example, no need suggesting a Chinese 6 MHz station if you are on the East Coast of the US, at that time UTC the probability of propagation would be low.

Also, keep that in mind if you use the Spynumbers DB to see what will be on next hour.  If there is a night time path between you and the source you might not want to put too much effort into a 20 MHz prediction.  So being somewhat familiar with the probable sources of each of the numbers stations suggested might improve your odds in the selection process.


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