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Author Topic: UNID ditter beacon: 7998.2  (Read 1162 times)

Offline stendec

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UNID ditter beacon: 7998.2
« on: September 09, 2022, 1654 UTC »
At 1615Z I am hearing a slow ditter on 7998.2 using the KPH SDR. Signal is S2-S3 and ~65 dits per minute. Also copied on the KFS Omni SDR but not as strong.





« Last Edit: September 09, 2022, 1713 UTC by stendec »
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Re: UNID ditter beacon: 7998.2
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2022, 1709 UTC »
What you heard was the Hiker Beacon...7998.2 Khz.

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Re: UNID ditter beacon: 7998.2
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2022, 1719 UTC »
Hmmm....I check the "Currently Active Beacons" before posting, and noted that nothing is listed for 7998.2.

On the list, HIKER is listed at 8005. Has this beacon changed frequency?
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Re: UNID ditter beacon: 7998.2
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2022, 2120 UTC »
The beacon list is not correct at this point in time ,the correct freq. is 7998.2 Khz. 
Months ago I copied a cw message on the beacons freq. it referred to the beacon as the hiker beacon.
What you and I  heard was the slow dasher or ditter if you prefer. It has a ditter at a bit faster rate. It even has a very slow long  1.5 sec dash with a space of about 2 sec.
It has been a few months since the operator has sent cw.  I don't think many of the HFU listeners ever caught the morse messages.
The speed is pretty slow 10-13 words per minute sent  by a military leg key from the Vietnam period of time.  The operator was a high speed intercept operator. 
I forgot, the cw messages seem to follow the Long dash mode. The beacon is in a jeep with a tuner and a whip antenna. I think this info. is probably on this web site.
This summer the op. was fishing a lot of small streams and therefore the location of the beacon was in a state of flux.



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Re: UNID ditter beacon: 7998.2
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2022, 0345 UTC »
HQ,

 Thanks for the info and details on the HIKER beacon. I'd sure like to catch one of those hand-sent messages.





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