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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 / Re: CO with a message
« on: September 11, 2009, 1811 UTC »
LOL, now CO back to just sending "CO".

Mohave Desert, California

HF Beacons / Re: beacon like signal on 7999khz
« on: September 11, 2009, 1809 UTC »
While looking in the 8 MHz area for beacons I notice this sig last night and set a recorder on it for several hours.

It would start on the hour and half hour with a 1 kHz tone.  After a few seconds (varied length) it would go into a pulsed mode.  The pulses would be differing lengths each cycle.  The longest pulse duration I noted was over 1 second long, with equal off time.  The shortest I saw was about 149 msec on and off times (298 msec total cycle time).

And no, this is not an OTHR.  With a pulse length this long and no swept RF (chirp) the minimum range resolution for the fastest pulse would be about 45000 km.

Mohave Desert, CA

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 / Re: 4096 area beacons, 30 May 2009
« on: May 31, 2009, 1844 UTC »
The Rainy ditter at 6626.4 I have never gotten.

I can't say that anymore, just got Rainy fairly strong.  Around 6626.55, but quite an interpulse drift on that signal.

HF Beacons / Re: "O" beacon 4103.8?
« on: May 31, 2009, 1605 UTC »
I have modified the original image to point out the three dashes.

HF Beacons / Re: 4096 area beacons, 30 May 2009
« on: May 31, 2009, 1535 UTC »
The program used is SpectraVue, the new Beta 3.0 version, in this case build 23.  I trimmed off all of the settings that are normally along the bottom 25% of a screen.

The span was 25 kHz (as can be seen across the top).

HF Beacons / Re: UFO Beacon 7997.94
« on: May 31, 2009, 1530 UTC »
I can't see the letters UFO

Hiya beaconman,

I blew the area of letters up 4 times so that you can see the letters a little better.  Keep in mind the waterfall runs from top to bottom, so that the bottom contains the oldest information.  In other words, you read the CW from bottom to top.

however it looks like
you caught the Pike dasher up around 8000Khz...

The Pike Dasher has  a unique keying signature...it is easy
for the ear to pick out...

The Pike dasher does a very weird thing....it will send every
third or fourth dash down near 8000Khz while the other dashes
will remain around 8003.6kHz...this happens late at night thus
there are some listeners that think there is a slow dasher around
8000kHz when it is really the Pike dasher...

Note the time scale of the waterfall along the left side, and the frequency of the RF along the top.

With those two indicators you can see that the dasher along the right side is at 8000.82 kHz and that there are 24 dashes between 0613:08 and 0613:26 (14 seconds), so the dash rate is about 100 per minute.  I don't think this particular dasher, at 100 per minute, would be mistaken for a slow dasher.  Also, the only dashes not clearly shown are ones covered by static crashes a a two dash fade, in the original image, before JPG compression, the two faded dashes are easily seen.

Additionally I have another shot taken with this dasher centered, and the 8003.6 kHz Pike dasher freq can be seen on the right.  No signal is present in the Pike frequency range, so it seems I had no conditons to Pike at that time.  In this shot the UFO beacon can be seen to the left of the dasher.

I have never yet heard Pike by the way, but I keep trying ;)

Mohave Desert, California USA

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 / Re: 4096 area beacons, 30 May 2009
« on: May 31, 2009, 0005 UTC »
Rocky (6626.2 high speed dasher) I think I get every once in a while, have never really gotten it strong and I can not see it right this minute.  Hexie 2 (6700.4 dasher) I get regularly, right now I have it at 6700.51 and S4 or so.  The Rainy ditter at 6626.4 I have never gotten.

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.

Shortwave Pirate / Radio First Termer and Dead Cat Radio
« on: May 23, 2009, 0507 UTC »
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

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