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Messages - Dave Richards

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HF Beacons / Re: Another New Dasher? 4095.92, 2212Z, KPH SDR
« on: August 29, 2022, 1646 UTC »
I heard it this morning, on 4095.2 on the KFS SDR, at 0915 PDT (1615z). 3 seconds on and 3 seconds off. Good signal, but gone the next time I checked, 20 minutes later. No key clicks.

22 Meter Band HiFER Beacons / 22M Beacons Log 8-19-2022
« on: August 20, 2022, 0006 UTC »
The following heard on the KFS SDR in Half Moon Bay, CA -

TSN (Tucson, AZ) 13555.96 0154z S5 on a band with S3 noise. However, although the signal was easily discerniable, the spacing between the letters made copying the callsign a bit challenging. There is virtually no delay before the callsign repeats, and the spacing between the letters is such that it sounds like SNT. If it weren't for the listing on LWCA, I wouldn't have realized I was listening to TSN. Increasing the delay before the callsign repeats, by a second or two, would solve this issue.

PCO (Pine, CO) 13563.48 0206z S3-S4 (just copyable above noise)

EDIT - I heard TSN again this morning (8-20-2022), and the delay has been increased. It is easy to copy now.

22 Meter Band HiFER Beacons / Re: NDB2
« on: August 18, 2022, 0723 UTC »
NDB2 just copyable above the noise on 13554 at 0721z on 8-18-2022 on the KFS SDR in Half Moon Bay, CA.

PCO coming into the KFS SDR in Half Moon Bay, CA on 8-18-2022 at 0224z (7:24pm PDT). Noise is S3-S4. PCO is about an S unit above the noise, but perfectly copyable. According to the KFS SDR, it is on 13563.48. I'm not sure how accurately these Kiwi SDR's are calibrated, but it seems to be within a few 10's of Hz. My second HiFER copy (TON was the first). Encouraging!

Also being received on the KPH SDR with about the same report.

22 Meter Band HiFER Beacons / Re: 'TON' 13358.5 KHz
« on: August 17, 2022, 0829 UTC »
TON is the first ever HiFER beacon I have copied. Just heard it, at 0822z on 8-17-2022 on the KFS SDR. Had been listening on the frequency for a while. I could tell there was a signal there but couldn't get a copy. Then, for a magical 30 seconds or so, propagation lifted the signal out of the noise, and I got a solid copy. As I write this, it is back under the noise. Thank goodness for waterfall displays, and online SDR's!

Now I'm hooked. Who needs those high power 100 and 200mW beacons, when a few milliwatts will do the job?

HF Beacons / Re: Mojave Beaconeer's Rants, Opinions and Demands
« on: August 13, 2022, 0739 UTC »

So that's why the Marin ditter can also be heard on it's second harmonic. Not a whole lot of low pass filtering there.............  ;D
The quarter wave antenna would help a bit though.
Thanks for this piece of MB history Jim.

HF Beacons / Re: Gendarme
« on: August 10, 2022, 1627 UTC »
Gendarme coming through at about an S3 on the KFS SDR, at 1625z on 8/10/2022.

HF Beacons / Re: Coastal Slider Back On 4109.5
« on: August 06, 2022, 2133 UTC »
I've never heard CS, and a decent listening antenna is not going to happen at home anytime soon, so I resorted to the online SDR's. It's a very clear S3-S4 on the KPH SDR, and about S1 on KFS. Nice to hear it for the first time.

HF Beacons / Re: Cry Baby Beacon
« on: July 12, 2022, 0032 UTC »
Although I'm not copying it from my current QTH in SW Utah, I hope to be heading a bit further north next week. Will take a listen for it then.

HF Beacons / Re: HIKER
« on: July 09, 2022, 2301 UTC »
From my current QTH in Panguitch, in SW Utah, I am copying what I am told is Hiker, on about 7998.17KHz. About 90 beeps every 60 seconds.

I first heard it on 7/07/2022 at 0930 MDT (1530z) at about a 539, and again on 7/09/2022 at 1700 MDT (2300z) at about a 419.

Receiver is the Belka DX with 28" whip.

HF Beacons / Re: New whooper beacon on 4095.65
« on: June 20, 2022, 0540 UTC »
That sounds like a very plausible explanation for the glitchy reception of DW Jim. DW is quite strong in Southern Utah and, as you observed, sounds fine. At about 1130pm MDT on 6/19/2922 (0530z on 6/20/2022) DW was 13.0V, otmp 76, itmp 86, pv = 1.

Receiver for the above was my plucky little Belka-DX with the telescopic whip.

HF Beacons / Re: 4095.6 - the Desert Whooper Returns
« on: June 20, 2022, 0526 UTC »
syfr - yes, the Belka-DX is a very handy little radio. There are quite a few birdies throughout the spectrum but other than that, the performance for such a small receiver is excellent. As for the telescopic whip flopping around, there are 2 solutions that I know of. The first is to gently bend the lugs in the BNC jack, as shown in this video -


The second is to fabricate a support bracket, details of which can be seen by joining the FB group called, "Belka DX Users" and performing a search for "antenna".

Other than listening for specific beacons, I haven't done any general SWL'ing while here in Utah yet. I need to rectify that!

HF Beacons / Re: 4095.6 - the Desert Whooper Returns
« on: June 17, 2022, 0604 UTC »
Again, that's a pretty iconic image in my head of a guy laying in the bunk with a small radio to listen to HF!

I've been to that area a number of times and usually camp closer to Silverton but where you are there are some nice places to pull out along with public campgrounds and small lakes. Hope you are having great weather!

When I'm lying in the bunk of the campervan in a remote location, there's definitely something magical associated with receiving the signals from these distant (and probably also remote) beacons. I know I don't need to explain that kind of magic to you!

I was planning to head up to Silverton. A fellow camper was sending videos and pictures of the free camping locations there, and it looked beautiful. He sent me a video of a moose that was just 20 or 30 feet from their campsite. I had a fuel pump issue though and, by the time it was fixed, decided to head east into Utah instead. I do intend to make it to Silverton one day though.

HF Beacons / Re: Gendarme
« on: June 17, 2022, 0550 UTC »

I was so far out in the sticks there was no electrical noise to be heard as static that late in the fall. I was sure the receiver had got bounced around and broke when I first heard all that dead air.

Yep. It's almost unnerving, those first few times in low-noise environments. I really wanted my receiver AF gain to go to 11, until the sweet sound of a loud CW signal popped straight out of the speaker.

I don't know what to say about MB's weird rant, other than to express my opinion that it is antithetical to the spirit of these forums. DW, I hope you'll continue to check in here from time to time. The strong signal of your whooper makes it a dependable and friendly sound on the bands - much like the sound of the foghorns on ships in the San Francisco Bay, when I used to live a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean, or the distant sound of an Amtrak horn at night.

Jim - your consistent reporting here forms the backbone of this forum. It's much appreciated.

HF Beacons / Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
« on: June 08, 2022, 0809 UTC »
It was a strong signal (S5 - S6) on my little Belka-DX with the set top whip, at just before 0700z (1am local) on June 7th 2022, in the Valley of the Gods, near Monument Valley in southern Utah.

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