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beaconman

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High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« on: December 02, 2009, 0003 UTC »
The Societies Beacons

***denotes dasher No Morse ID and the dashers have been given names

SDSR means sun down to sun rise SRSD means sun rise to sun down TOA means temporary off air T means "Testing Only" and times on air will be posted at HF UNDERGROUND.


OK 3449.70 kHz 24/7 Oklahoma

MO 4077.27 kHz 24/7 Oklahoma TOA

WW 4078.25 kHz SDSR/ 7 Colorado

PA 4094.20 kHz 24/7 Arkansas

KX 4097.54 kHz 24/7 Oklahoma

*** BLINKY 5157.3 kHz 24/7 Florida

*** SC dasher 5185 kHz  (T)

SD 5484 kHz 24/7 Arizona

S 8000 kHz SRSD/7 Arizona

***Pike 8003.6kHz 24/7 Colorado 53dash/min (sometimes found at 8000kHz on cold mornings)

TS 8189.6kHz 24/7 Colorado

OR 8212 kHz 24/7 Oregon

F 8261.2 kHz 1200-2000Utc / 7 Western Canada

***NC dasher 8350kHz  60dash/min SDSR   North Carolina (T)

CO 11002.7 kHz 24/7 Colorado

PEANUT 14400.1 kHz  39dash/min SRSD/7  Colorado 


 
The Society thanks Chris for his support of
this sub culture.
« Last Edit: February 09, 2010, 1805 UTC by Beaconman »

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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2009, 1228 UTC »
This is great!
Now having the locations make it even more fun!
Maybe some time also a short antenna description which helps us to understand
why some beacons are easier to log than others.

Thank You!
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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2009, 1308 UTC »
Hi Weaksigs,

"F" is 250mW into a 1/2 wave inverted vee with it's peak ~ 5M above ground. The entire system is based on 75 ohms instead of 52 and there is a 1:1 voltage balun on her antenna feedpoint.

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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2009, 1433 UTC »
WooHoo!  List update!  I've been needing to re-verify my list for a while; there are lots of memory slots that I've never heard anything on, and I wasn't sure if they were active or not.  My list was originally compiled based on the list on the HF Underground Wiki page, with some changes and revisions over time, based on reports here in the forums.

The master list is great, and I have all of them on my listening checklist, but they still only make up part of what I have on paper and in my radio's memory slots.
I still have a few questions about a handful of them, between the list on the wiki page and this master list, above:
  • A - 2097 KHz - Listed on the page, but not in the list.  I heard it very weakly in August - is it still there?
  • FL - 4011.8 KHz - Not on either list - not sure where I got this one, and can't recall having heard it.
  • C - Listed on wiki page as being erratic, and I've never caught it - is it out there?
  • WW - 4078.140 KHz on page, 4078.250 KHz on the master list - slight frequency discrepancy.
  • TMP - 4079 KHz - Temperature beacon.  I haven't heard it myself, but I think others have.  Not on the master list, but assume an active beacon?
  • . - 4089 KHz - Death Valley Ditter on the page, but not the list
  • "4096 Cluster" - 4096 to 4097.2 KHz - Grouping of "six-dots-one-dash", Coxie, Hexie, Kelsie, and the Inyo Whooper - Never heard any of these beacons; are they active?
  • W... - 4102.3 KHz - I've heard recent reports of reception from "Windy", so I assume it's still active, though not on the master list
  • MX - 4194 KHz - European beacon - only active sometimes(?); never heard this one
  • MXC - 4608 KHz - Same as "MX" above?
  • WA - 5499.13 KHz - IDed only as "dasher" on the page - not on master list.  Active?  I might recall having heard this one.  Or not.
  • "Pike Honker" - 5678.4 KHz - on page, but not on list.
  • FL - 6549.3 KHz - listed on page as being in Florida - not on master list
  • S - 8001.5 or 8000 KHz - slight frequency discrepancy
  • "Pike Jr" - 8003 KHz - page lists as 84 dash/min - not on master list
  • W - 8188.7 KHz - page says daylight/7 in Colorado - not on master list
  • FOX - 10236.5 KHz - temporary test?
  • FL - 10236.7 KHz - Florida dasher on page, but not master list
  • "Sputnik" - 10240.5 KHz - Not sure where I got this one; not on either list, but I have a note that it does 50 dash/min operating nights.  Defunct and removed?
  • T - 12889.7 KHz - Also not on either list; don't know where I got this listing
  • D/V - 12888 KHz - Dipole/Vertical antenna test; I think this one was recently discontinued; I just haven't cleared out the memory slot yet.

I've had little to no luck with the Death Valley, Mojave, and many of the beacons west of the rockies - probably a combination of terrain, skip zone, and mountain shadow keeping me from hearing those well, or at all.  I've heard that of the Florida beacons, only Blinky is still going, and that it's operating without maintenance, so I guess it's only a matter of time before that one's gone, too. 

Regarding those that are listed on the page but not the "master list":  are they beacons that people have found but that aren't 'coordinated' through the Society, or are they mostly old listings for now-defunct beacons?

If any of the above are known to be off the air, please let me know, so I can update my own list and not spend so much time hunting around for signals that aren't there.  Besides:  if some of these "known good" frequencies are no longer being used, then they might be good places for people to put up new beacons in order to fill some gaps.  I mean someone might not want to plant one too close to a frequency that was already occupied, but if they knew that a particular spot on the dial wasn't being used........

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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2009, 1615 UTC »
It's difficult to always keep the list in the wiki up to date, but as it is a wiki, anyone (with an account) can edit the page. So if there's a new beacon, feel free to add it. Likewise, if it is known for sure that a beacon is QRT, remove it, or at least make a note that it is temporarily off the air, if that is the case.
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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2009, 1649 UTC »
Thanks for the update on "F" CMRADIO!
That's the kind of information that makes listening even more interesting.
I didn't want to open up a can of worms, however for a  newbe or others it
is frustrating to be looking for a beacon that is currently off the air.

Hopefully others will offer similar information for us all.

 :D  weaksigs
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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2009, 1747 UTC »
Info on the TS beacon - 8189.6 kHz

Located in the mountains of northern co - 200 mW to a dipole oriented north-south, sloping to the south about 10 feet above the rocky terrain...

Gel-cell battery with a solar panel for charging on the sunny days (snowing and cold today)

Reports are always appreciated (we're all that way!). 
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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2009, 1751 UTC »
Seamus - FYI, yes the "A" beacon is still there.

I heard this one easily last night around 6:45pm mountain time (Colo) last night.

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beaconman

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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2009, 1754 UTC »
It will take me sometime to
look at the list you have provided and then
I will post regarding your questions...

In the beginning The High Frequency Beacon Society
experimented with many beacon and freqs. But has settled
down to the ones I posted.

Keep in mind there are many desert beacons that
are not connected with the HFBS movement...they
were the first PHFER beacons....and only with the
exception of S and SD we don't list the desert beacons as HFBS.

The HFBS  brought the beacons out of the closet so to speak
and chose to expand PHFERs though out the United States/ into Canada  and it has been
successful in doing so.

Only the beacons of the HFBS are posted...even though free communication
travels between the powers to be regarding the desert beacons and the HFBS beacons.

I can assure you it is a tight friendship that exist between the two separate groups.

  




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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2009, 2158 UTC »
Hey CWGUY!  :D
Thanks for the equipment run down. I've added it to my
personal beacon list which I've created in Excel.
Hopefully I'll get a few more run downs and I'll even be
happier!

May the snow stay off your solar panel!  ;D

Peace... and by all means stay warm!
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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2009, 2204 UTC »
Hello seamus

 T - 12889.7 KHz - Was a dasher set up on a test
       D/V - 12888 KHz - Dipole/Vertical antenna test- you are correct it has been discontinued.
       It may  return though... ;)
       From how I understand it they were in Florida.

weaksigs  :)
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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #11 on: December 02, 2009, 2229 UTC »
Oh - I almost forgot!!

There are other Colorado beacons you can log - listen on 2.500, 5.000, 10.000, 15.000, and 20.000 mhz.  These beacons have clock tics each second and an automated voice telling the time every minute!

OK, so those in the know will recognize these sigs as WWV in Ft. Collins, CO - but when I was a MARS operator afloat in the Navy I used these "beacons" as a quick and dirty way to check propagation to the states.  No reason others here can't use them for the same (to check propagation to Colorado, for instance).

Just a thought....
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beaconman

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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2009, 0103 UTC »
I would think most SWLs would use WWV signals as a possible
tool for estimating propagation into Colorado.....

I perhaps take a lot for granted...been playing with radio since I was a kid
and that means 47 years...I'm an old fart and proud I made that far...

Fly fishing and radio are still magical to me... 

beaconman

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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2010, 1505 UTC »
UPDATE Jan 05, 2010
PEANUT

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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2010, 1536 UTC »
Maybe the master list could be given a dedicated "sticky" thread at the top of the forum?

 

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