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Author Topic: Return of LORAN-C ?  (Read 8178 times)

Offline ChrisSmolinski

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Return of LORAN-C ?
« on: August 28, 2013, 1521 UTC »
I'm hearing LORAN-C on 100 kHz, first noticed around 1400z, still going as of 1512z.   It seems to be the Great Lakes chain 8970, with at least two stations noted.
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Re: Return of LORAN-C ?
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2013, 1628 UTC »
I'm hearing it also
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Re: Return of LORAN-C ?
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2013, 1641 UTC »
It looks like the UK and South Korea are going to switch eLORAN on: http://www.sail-world.com/USA/eLoran---the-alternative-to-GPS---inches-towards-reality/112612

FWIW My Mac app MultiMode OSX lets you see LORAN-C chains: http://www.blackcatsystems.com/software/cw-rtty-sstv-fax-psk31-packet-decoding-software.html

Here is what I am picking up right now:

« Last Edit: August 28, 2013, 1643 UTC by ChrisSmolinski »
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Re: Return of LORAN-C ?
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2013, 2333 UTC »
Nothing at all here at 2325Z. According to the USCG, LORAN-C was terminated on Feb 2, 2010 with no further updates.

When 8290/8970 were active, never had a problem hearing the Baudette, MN transmitter. However, never went in depth to see which other stations I could hear.


Since they fired up, perhaps its not as dead as they want us to believe. Turning it on now & then for testing for return to service? Testing for eLORAN? Other?




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Re: Return of LORAN-C ?
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2013, 2354 UTC »
Still going at 2352z.
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Re: Return of LORAN-C ?
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2013, 0046 UTC »
Hrm. Not here. Plus have an enormous amount of static crashes and other QRN there. Well, Baudette isn't one of the lucky stations...

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Re: Return of LORAN-C ?
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2013, 0515 UTC »
Radios -- Perseus SDR // SDRPlay RSPdx // Icom IC-7300 // Tecsun PL-660 // Panasonic RF-5000A --Antennas-- Pixel Pro 1B loop - 82' fan-dipole at 40' - tuned MW/BCB 40" loop and 100' receive only dipole
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Re: Return of LORAN-C ?
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2013, 1206 UTC »
I have two stations on the Great Lakes chain, at 1205z on 23 Oct 2013.
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Re: Return of LORAN-C ?
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2013, 1912 UTC »
I checked about 15 minutes after you and saw nothing. Loop was N-S so I should've heard Baudette, MN with no problems. I used to hear it well, at least before Feb 8, 2010.



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Re: Return of LORAN-C ?
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2013, 1958 UTC »
I've got it right now, 1958z.

Now, I assume it is Dana and Seneca based on the GRI and relative timing. Since this is a test, I guess it could be two other stations masquerading as them, although that doesn't seem to make too much sense.

I cannot see anything for Baudette. It could be time of day, if these stay on I can try once it gets dark.
« Last Edit: October 23, 2013, 2001 UTC by ChrisSmolinski »
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Re: Return of LORAN-C ?
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2013, 2242 UTC »
Noted again on 5 Nov at 2242z.
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