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HF Beacons / Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
« on: May 21, 2022, 1029 UTC »
From the bunk of my campervan (can't sleep) about 14 miles north of Durango, CO. At 1002z (0402 MDT), the A beacon  was an S2-S3 on my Belka-DX with set-top whip.

I don't have a way to precisely zero-beat the signal, which is why I don't quote the frequency, but it is close to 2097.3 KHz.

HF Beacons / Re: 4095.6 - the Desert Whooper Returns
« on: May 21, 2022, 1023 UTC »
From the bunk of my campervan with my Belka-DX and set-top whip. About 14 miles north of Durango, CO at 7800 feet. DW was about an S2.

1005z (0405 MDT) 12.9V, itmp 63, itmp 72, pv 1

HF Beacons / Re: 4095.6 - the Desert Whooper Returns
« on: May 14, 2022, 0442 UTC »
Well, DW is so easy to hear out west, it's almost like shooting fish in a barrel, but here goes. I'm still in my campervan, but am now 6 miles west of Bayfield, CO at a height of 6900 feet.

With my little Belka-DX and the 28" set-top whip, DW was varying between a 419 and a 549, at 0434z on 5/14/2022. Telemetry was 13.0, 80, 85, 1.

HF Beacons / Re: Gendarme
« on: May 11, 2022, 0246 UTC »
A very nice catch, Dave! This beacon, and Rainy, have been on my to-catch list for years.

p.s. I've been following your trip via your FB posts, nice to see you're mixing some radio in with your other adventures!

Thanks Chris! It is so easy nowadays to take SW receive capability along with me on my trips, that there is no good reason not to.  Although I don't listen anywhere near as much as I could, I pull the receiver out when I feel so inclined, and figure that every single data point helps, even if it is only one or two.

One pleasant surprise has been how low the band noise often is, when I'm away from all the RFI in the large metro area that I call home. At first, I even thought there was something wrong with the receiver!

HF Beacons / Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
« on: May 11, 2022, 0237 UTC »
A beacon heard with the 29" set-top whip on my Belka-DX in the bunk of my camper van. 5/09/2022 at 0718z. S1-S2 in Chaco Canyon, NM.

HF Beacons / Re: 4095.6 - the Desert Whooper Returns
« on: May 11, 2022, 0217 UTC »
That's a great logo Jim, and very appropriate!

I heard DW on the 28" set-top whip on my Belka-DX, in the bunk of my campervan at Chaco Canyon, NM. 5/09/2022 at 0703z. S1-S2. bat = 13.0, otmp = 56, itmp = 65, pv = 1

HF Beacons / Gendarme
« on: April 21, 2022, 0154 UTC »
I don't see a thread dedicated to Gendarme, though I do see fairly frequent loggings of it by Teotwaki in his log threads. That's why I'm posting this in it's own thread.

I'm currently slumming it in style with my cat Sprout in my campervan. A week or so ago, we were in Prescott National Forest, AZ, from where I logged the following on my Belka-DX receiver with set-top whip -

Gendarme on ~6627 at 2115z on 4/10/2022. Very weak, but copyable, due to low band noise.

HF Beacons / Re: The Desert Whooper
« on: April 21, 2022, 0132 UTC »
I'm on an extended campervan trip, to wherever my fancy takes me. I've been doing very little SW listening, but did catch Gendarme (which I will report elsewhere) and DW, on my little Belka-DX portable receiver, with the set top whip.

I'm in Coconino National Forest, a few miles north of Flagstaff, AZ, from where I logged DW, at 0010z on 4/21/2022. Weak sigs, but no QSB and perfectly copyable.

If I recall correctly, from another post in this forum, DW was intended more as a method of supplying reliable weather telemetry, than as a propagation beacon. If that is the case, it would seem to be a resounding success in that regard.

I miss the golden age of shortwave broadcasting, of which I was lucky enough to catch the tail end in the 70's and 80's. However, things change, time marches on, and the old fun is replaced with new types of fun. Besides, if everything stayed the same, life would be as dull as dishwater.

HF Beacons / Re: D is back
« on: December 04, 2021, 1804 UTC »
Coming in very weakly, yet clearly, on the KPH SDR at 1800z. It's good to hear such a beacon up in the 8MHz region.

HF Beacons / Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
« on: December 04, 2021, 1731 UTC »
This is fantastic news! I'm planning a long campervan trip to the deserts of the SW in March/April of next year, and hope it will still be on the air then. Hoping to take in So Cal, Southern NV, AZ, and maybe other states, depending on time and inclination. The A beacon could be a solid friend during these travels.

HF Beacons / Re: Some Loggings From The Eastern Sierras
« on: November 13, 2021, 2141 UTC »
I used to live in San Rafael, BTW...


I knew you used to live in Marin, but can't remember if I knew it was San Rafael. I pass through there fairly regularly, on my way to San Anselmo when visiting family. In fact, I'm heading there this coming week. Will take a small receiver to listen for the Marin Ditter (on both fundamental and second harmonic). Will be sure to report it here if I do.

73 for now

HF Beacons / Re: Some Loggings From The Eastern Sierras
« on: November 07, 2021, 0732 UTC »
Thanks for providing the detailed logs! It sounds like a really successful adventure.

I think DW was not built to be a low power Ditter or Dasher pirate beacon but instead was required to provide solid telemetry from whatever area it is hidden at.

It was great fun Jim. Based on comments made by Desert Whooper, that would certainly seem to be the case (the solid telemetry).

I certainly never thought way back in 1988 what this would become, but I find it as fascinating as hamming but without the edicts and chit-chit.  Same kind of social situation here as on the ham bands, though... ;-0.

I have come around on many things, and I should say I appreciate all of Jim's input here - this is what keeps the torch running... 73MB

It is rare for me to find a conversation on the amateur bands which I find engaging. Beaconing allows one to experience the interesting aspects of radio propagation in it's purest form, without having to suffer the tedium of the average ham QSO. That's my take on it anyway ;D  I have gradually changed from being a teenager who could barely stop talking on 2M FM and 80M DSB, to a late middle-aged feller who rarely, if ever, gets on the air, much preferring to listen.

And yes +100 to your comments about Jim. The regular participation and contributions from folks like Jim and Chris in these forums, act to keep interest alive in this idiosyncratic and somewhat engaging facet of the radio hobby.

HF Beacons / Re: Some Loggings From The Eastern Sierras
« on: November 03, 2021, 1809 UTC »
Thanks for the info MB. That helps a lot!

HF Beacons / Re: Some Loggings From The Eastern Sierras
« on: November 03, 2021, 1603 UTC »
I wonder if a small loop antenna would be useful on DXing trips like this?

That's very possible. There was one time, in Independence, when I could really have used a good bandpass filter too. The Belka-DX has a BPF when in CW mode. Apparently, it has a 300Hz B/W, though I haven't measured it. I could use a tighter B/W for these types of listening sessions. The Desert Whooper was coming in much more strongly than the weak beacon I was trying to listen to on a nearby frequency, and effectively knocking it out. On a few of my listening sessions, DW was almost like the Woodpecker. Just when you find a signal you want to listen to, DW arrives and covers it up! Better bandpass filtering at my end would have helped a lot. A directional loop could help too.

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