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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2010, 1656 UTC »
what does that mean?

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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2010, 1923 UTC »
Often in forums, there are certain topics that are useful to always have at the top of the listings, so that they don't get "pushed down" the list by more recent topics as they are added.  It is most often seen with things like the rules and posting guidelines, but is also seen with FAQs and other basic information that is useful for people to see when they first visit a forum.  (brief description [here])

Overuse of "sticky" topics can lead to a mess, with a ton of persistent topics that have been deemed "too important" to allow to drop, and the regular rolling topics relegated to a tiny space way down at the bottom of the screen.  Good and moderate use of the "sticky" designator can be very helpful though, as it can keep people from having to ask the same things over and over again, as the relevant topics get pushed out.

In this case, a "sticky" with the master list and/or some basic information might not be a bad idea, since it would always be there at the top whenever someone clicked into the "HF Beacons" forum.  I'm not entirely sure just what would be involved in designating a topic as "sticky", since I've never been in a forum moderator position, but I assume that it's just an option somewhere in the thread controls that the forum moderator can select to turn "stickiness" on and off.

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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2010, 1651 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  :)

Not sure why the test dasher (has been called "T", I am assuming this is the same one I gave a heads up to on the forum at about the same time as the D/V was operating) is listed at 12889.7, the actual center freq was 12888.8 and measured repeatedly on calibrated equipment.  However, several people did report it as 12889.7.  This dasher is no longer active, although it may come back in the future with more than just a dash on it.

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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #18 on: June 21, 2010, 2137 UTC »
BTTT (bump to the top) - I went thru and checked some/most of these today, about 4:30 PM CST from Texas, and band conditions must REALLY be in the dumper! I could not find one beacon ...

BTW, does anybody know the status of MO? It used to be copyable during the day ...
o Icom IC-756ProII, ProIII, Alinco DX-70, Kenwood TS-680s
o WinRadio G303e, Degen/Kaito 1103/DE1103, Stoddart NM-25
o 1/2 wave 80m Dipole used with several tuners
o Tuned loops from 2' thru 16' diam. capable of 160m thru 10m

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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #19 on: June 21, 2010, 2240 UTC »
Since this has been bumped to the top I should point out that the Desert T beacon on 12888.8 is no more.  It moved almost 6 months ago to 4102.8.
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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #20 on: June 22, 2010, 0125 UTC »

  "KX" beacon ( _._  _.._ ) 4097.4x at 8 PM CDT or 01:00 UTC in NC Tejas

Add to the list:

 "OK" beacon (_ _ _    _._ ) 3449.7 at 8:49 PM or 01:49 UTC in NC Tejas

nothing heard in the 4077 to 4078 kHz range (was: "MO")

Note: With a sharp CW filter (250 Hz) it was not possible to hear "OK" by simply dialing in 3450 kHz. In USB "OK" can be heard (thru the static crashes!) but one has to listen a little harder ...

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« Last Edit: June 22, 2010, 0155 UTC by SWJ »
o Icom IC-756ProII, ProIII, Alinco DX-70, Kenwood TS-680s
o WinRadio G303e, Degen/Kaito 1103/DE1103, Stoddart NM-25
o 1/2 wave 80m Dipole used with several tuners
o Tuned loops from 2' thru 16' diam. capable of 160m thru 10m

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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #21 on: June 22, 2010, 1557 UTC »
Obs this morning -

"KX"  07:22 AM 12:22 UTC on 4097.5 kHz copyable w/CW filt
"OK " 07:28 AM 12:28 UTC on 3449.7 kHz copyable w/CW filt

"KX"  10:28 AM 15:28 UTC on 4097.5 kHz - weak and drifting in and out slowly (interesting from a propagation standpoint!)


Not found (probably due to propagation) and heavy QRM from switching PSU noise on freq at 10:54 obs :

 "OK " 10:54 AM 15:54 UTC on 3449.7 kHz


Looked for "MO" 4077.2 and cannot be found

Radio/antenna used: Icom756 series w/CW filter engaged and outside 127' 80 M dipole (laying mostly on roof!)


Update: Added radio/ant used
« Last Edit: June 22, 2010, 1602 UTC by SWJ »
o Icom IC-756ProII, ProIII, Alinco DX-70, Kenwood TS-680s
o WinRadio G303e, Degen/Kaito 1103/DE1103, Stoddart NM-25
o 1/2 wave 80m Dipole used with several tuners
o Tuned loops from 2' thru 16' diam. capable of 160m thru 10m

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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #22 on: June 22, 2010, 1708 UTC »
"KX" copied here in NTX on 4097.4 at 1702UTC on a TS-140 using a 280 foot horizontal loop. 

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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #23 on: June 22, 2010, 1803 UTC »
What the performance of the OK MO W KX beacons looked like on 2009-01-03 at 1316z :

  http://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,783.0.html

Frequencies: 3450, 4077.27, 4078, 4097.4 kHz respectively (at the time in early 2009).



o Icom IC-756ProII, ProIII, Alinco DX-70, Kenwood TS-680s
o WinRadio G303e, Degen/Kaito 1103/DE1103, Stoddart NM-25
o 1/2 wave 80m Dipole used with several tuners
o Tuned loops from 2' thru 16' diam. capable of 160m thru 10m

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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #24 on: June 23, 2010, 1338 UTC »
Nothing heard from "MO" 4077 at my location for a while. 

KX sounding good this morn at 1330utc.

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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #25 on: June 23, 2010, 2328 UTC »
KX is strong this eve at 2320utc. Reporting an outside temp of 88f.  Cooling rain? 

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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #26 on: June 24, 2010, 1021 UTC »

 5:15 AM CDT 10:21z report

OK (3449.80 kHz) and KX (4097.56 kHz)  both very strong this morning ...
o Icom IC-756ProII, ProIII, Alinco DX-70, Kenwood TS-680s
o WinRadio G303e, Degen/Kaito 1103/DE1103, Stoddart NM-25
o 1/2 wave 80m Dipole used with several tuners
o Tuned loops from 2' thru 16' diam. capable of 160m thru 10m

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4102.4 "W" Beacon 5:27 AM CDT.. Re: HF Beacon Society master list
« Reply #27 on: June 24, 2010, 1034 UTC »
Since this has been bumped to the top I should point out that the Desert T beacon on 12888.8 is no more.  It moved almost 6 months ago to 4102.8.

10:27z 5:27 AM CDT -

 I copied something around 4102.4 khz or so ... dit ... dit ... dit  ... dit dah dah ("W") ... dit ... dit ... dit ...

Local (< 100 mi) Thunderstorm w/lightning to my SE limits continuous clean 'copy'.

Update: Been copying now for +20 mins: definitely transmitting "W" between a series of dits on 4102.4 kHz.

PS. This was copied using a narrow, 250 Hz CW filter and it still wasn't 'armchair' copy!

Update2:
11:12z 6:12 AM CDT -

Still copyable in SSB mode even, but those shorts dits don't give one much to grab onto and listen to!

« Last Edit: June 24, 2010, 1112 UTC by SW-J »
o Icom IC-756ProII, ProIII, Alinco DX-70, Kenwood TS-680s
o WinRadio G303e, Degen/Kaito 1103/DE1103, Stoddart NM-25
o 1/2 wave 80m Dipole used with several tuners
o Tuned loops from 2' thru 16' diam. capable of 160m thru 10m

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4102.4 "W" Beacon 5:27 AM CDT.. Re: HF Beacon Society master list
« Reply #28 on: June 24, 2010, 1049 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:

  • 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


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........

This would appear to be 'Windy' / Morse "W" with dits in between I copied this morning on 4102.4 kHz ...

o Icom IC-756ProII, ProIII, Alinco DX-70, Kenwood TS-680s
o WinRadio G303e, Degen/Kaito 1103/DE1103, Stoddart NM-25
o 1/2 wave 80m Dipole used with several tuners
o Tuned loops from 2' thru 16' diam. capable of 160m thru 10m

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Re: High Frequency Beacon Society master list for beacons
« Reply #29 on: June 25, 2010, 0211 UTC »
Hearing a series of dashes at 11.200mhz in North Texas at 0205utc.  Could this be "CO" ?

 

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