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Spring 2017 NDB Logs
« on: April 25, 2017, 1535 UTC »
Logs acquired during a Coordinated Listening Event this past weekend.  Moderate to high storm noise and very sticky props made this an extremely challenging event.  A very poor showing from our friends to the North.

2017-04-23  0641  335.0  AWS  Columbus, GA, USA  1086 Km
2017-04-22  0532  335.0  BK     Brookings, SD, USA  780 Km
2017-04-22  0421  335.0  BV     Batesville, AR, USA  751 Km
2017-04-21  1843  335.0  LUK   Cincinnati, OH, USA  426 Km
2017-04-24  0802  335.0  MK     Marion, VA, USA  797 Km
2017-04-22  0254  335.0  YLD   Chapleau, ON, CAN  763 Km
2017-04-22  0216  335.0  ZKF    Kitchener (Wellington), ON, CAN  663 Km
2017-04-22  0636  336.0  BV     Champlain, QC, CAN  1446 Km
2017-04-24  0753  336.0  LF     La Salle, MB, CAN  1132 Km
2017-04-22  0351  336.0  MA    Cadillac, MI, USA  341 Km
2017-04-22  1010  337.0  FF     Fergus Falls, MN, USA  810 Km
2017-04-24  0616  338.0  CYR   Cairo, GA, USA  1260 Km
2017-04-22  0224  338.0  DE     Detroit, MI, USA  414 Km
2017-04-22  1031  338.0  HR     Harlingen, TX, USA  1932 Km
2017-04-21  1845  338.0  LM     St Louis, MO, USA  388 Km
2017-04-24  0807  338.0  RYN   Tucson, AZ, USA  2306 Km
2017-04-23  0642  338.0  SHL   Sheldon, IA, USA  663 Km
2017-04-23  0617  338.0  TT     Stuttgart, AR, USA  863 Km
2017-04-21  1845  338.0  UMP   Indianapolis, IN, USA  265 Km
2017-04-22  0233  338.0  ZEM   Eastmain, QC, CAN  1367 Km
2017-04-23  0537  339.0  OP     Thomaston, GA, USA  1040 Km
2017-04-22  0223  340.0  GN     Lexington, KY, USA  506 Km
2017-04-24  0923  340.0  JES    Jessup, GA, USA  1262 Km
2017-04-22  0213  340.0  YY     Mont Joli, QC, CAN  1718 Km
2017-04-22  0237  341.0  CCJ    Springfield, OH, USA  417 Km
2017-04-21  1854  341.0  CQN   Chattanooga, TN, USA  780 Km
2017-04-21  1851  341.0  DB     Dubuque, IA, USA  222 Km
2017-04-24  0532  341.0  DNI    Denison, TX, USA  1168 Km
2017-04-23  0741  341.0  FO     Fort Dodge, IA, USA  523 Km
2017-04-23  0611  341.0  OIN   Oberlin, KS, USA  1075 Km
2017-04-24  0516  341.0  OW   Owensboro, KY, USA  466 Km
2017-04-21  1850  341.0  SB    South Bend, IN, USA  153 Km
2017-04-22  0220  341.0  YYU   Kapuskasing, ON, CAN  958 Km
2017-04-24  0532  342.0  PFT   Pinecreek, MN, USA  1012 Km
2017-04-22  0346  344.0  BKU   Baker, MT, USA  1394 Km
2017-04-23  0602  344.0  IWJ   Blakely, GA, USA  1186 Km
2017-04-22  0332  344.0  JA     Jacksonville, FL, USA  1376 Km
2017-04-23  0722  344.0  SKB   Wichita Falls, TX, USA  1276 Km
2017-04-23  0821  344.0  TKH   Vicksburg, LA, USA  1095 Km
2017-04-21  1859  344.0  UNU   Juneau, WI, USA  193 Km
2017-04-23  0631  346.0  VU     Albemarle, NC, USA  986 Km
2017-04-22  0251  346.0  YXL    Sioux Lookout, ON, CAN  974 Km
2017-04-22  0301  347.0  AFK    Nebraska City, NE, USA  669 Km
2017-04-23  0746  347.0  ATA    Atlanta, TX, USA  1107 Km
2017-04-23  0617  347.0  YK     Yankton, SD, USA  771 Km
2017-04-22  0617  348.0  MC     Mason City, IA, USA  455 Km
2017-04-23  0622  349.0  AAF    Apalachicola, FL, USA  1367 Km
2017-04-23  0606  349.0  GW     Greenwood, MS, USA  927 Km

NDBs this report 48  New NDBs 0
« Last Edit: April 25, 2017, 1538 UTC by jFarley »
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Re: Spring 2017 NDB Logs
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2017, 2238 UTC »
Some recent logs from Downers Grove, Illinois

OGM has been reported as being decommissioned, but is proving to be a zombie beacon which refuse to die.
"934" is an UNID, poss in the upper Midwest, poss SD?
NEED is a so-called "Next Generation" portable NDB being tested by the US Army.

2017-05-08  0515  375.0    OGM    Ontonagon, MI, USA  576 Km
2017-050-12  0915  392.0  934      UNID, , USA  sending 9 then 3 then 4 dashes
2017-05-12  0917  505.0    NEED    Ft. Eustis, VA, USA    New
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Re: Spring 2017 NDB Logs
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2017, 0837 UTC »
jFarley: Some nice loggings there, nothing from Alaska or Hawaii? 

I note that your distances don't exceed 3,000kms, is that a seasonal factor?

I find it hard to exceed 4,000kms over here, mainly due to noise more than anything and multi shared frequencies wiping out weaker signals from outside Australia.

The past few nights here I am getting New Zealand very loud on Medium Wave just after and often during Grey Line, however, the high powered NDB's in the Pacific continue to elude me.

Looking for TUT 403KHz in American Samoa published power of 2.0Kw, HAO 370KHz Hao Atoll 1.0Kw and FN 339KHz Fangatafau 500w.

How do you go with Central America, the Caribbean and South America, must be some nice high powered NDB's lurking down south? ;D
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Re: Spring 2017 NDB Logs
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2017, 1613 UTC »
jFarley: Some nice loggings there, nothing from Alaska or Hawaii? 

I note that your distances don't exceed 3,000kms, is that a seasonal factor?

I find it hard to exceed 4,000kms over here, mainly due to noise more than anything and multi shared frequencies wiping out weaker signals from outside Australia.

The past few nights here I am getting New Zealand very loud on Medium Wave just after and often during Grey Line, however, the high powered NDB's in the Pacific continue to elude me.

Looking for TUT 403KHz in American Samoa published power of 2.0Kw, HAO 370KHz Hao Atoll 1.0Kw and FN 339KHz Fangatafau 500w.

How do you go with Central America, the Caribbean and South America, must be some nice high powered NDB's lurking down south? ;D

Looking-Glass: sorry for the delay in reply; been very busy this week.  Lotta good questions there!

I DX from North Central USA.  On one hand, there is an astounding benefit from this DX location; listeners in this area get an excellent look at the entirety of of North America.  On the other hand, there are a couple of downsides.  Because of my location, offsets are generally extremely cluttered; there are a couple of dozen frequencies which have 10-16 possible active NDBs, often with strong locals.  Secondly, for most NDBs, the path will be predominantly over land, and the advantages of propagation over water simply are not realized.  Additionally, the current location of the auroral ring can severely limit DX from northern Canada.

Because of co-channel clutter and propagation predominantly over land, it takes exceptional conditions for very long haul DX.  The peak NDB season here in Chicago mainly lies between the months of October and March.  Logs from Alaska and Hawaii are generally obtained during this season peak, and even so, they may be very difficult to find in a recording.  Outside of the season, I will not waste the time reviewing a recording for NDBs from these areas unless I have seen logs from others which suggests that they may have been in.

From Central and South America, and the Carib, there are a handful of NDBs which are commonly heard on many nights during the peak season.  These are very useful as propagational indicators.  There are many others which are less often heard, most commonly under disturbed conditions.

For the most part, I am not concerned with distance; if long haul DX happens, it happens.  I tend to go after NDBs with the intent of logging all active beacons in a selected set of USA states and Canadian provinces in the current season.  I am blessed with being able to get a good look at many states and provinces which have a high NDB count, and the most important goal is to try to hear all the NDBs in each of these.  Just because a beacon is relatively close, does not mean it is easy, as you know.  The last Texas NDB I need is only 1680 km from me, but has resisted all attempts to find it this season.

Best of luck in your season this year!
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Re: Spring 2017 NDB Logs
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2017, 0834 UTC »
Thanks, all understood, I am a distance chaser this way, out to better myself.  I have a similar experience here with NDB in Forbes, just under 200km from me, FBS on 486KHz, never heard it but many others report it active.

Tuned before/after and during Grey Line, during the daylight and various times during darkness but good old FBS still eludes me, even changed my antenna direction with zero result.

Very poor season so far, even the regulars from new Zealand are either very weak or not audible this season.

Good hunting... :D
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Grid Square:  QF56dj.

Yaesu FT-2000D & Tecsun S-2000 to 310 feet of wire, and a multi band vertical of dubious reliability.