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Re: December 2017 NDB Logs
« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2017, 0046 UTC »
YX 410 is a great log.  You need to look that one up in the RNA!

I see you figgered out PYA 260.  It's keying currently looks more like PTWA. 
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Re: December 2017 NDB Logs
« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2017, 1100 UTC »
YX 410 is a great log.  You need to look that one up in the RNA!

Yeah, I noticed YX was listed as an icebreaker. So I guess it is a mobile NDB?

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I see you figgered out PYA 260.  It's keying currently looks more like PTWA.

There were a few others I did not log because I wasn't completely sure I was correctly interpreting the wonky keying.

It's very interesting how at times two or more NDBs mix on the same frequency, and it's tough to pull out the IDs when they happen to be on exactly the same sideband frequency, I either have to wait for propagation to change, or if the periods are different enough, for one of them to slide to a period of time when other(s) are not transmitting, and the ID is in the clear. Or give up and move on to another frequency  :)

This is giving me some software ideas though...
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Re: December 2017 NDB Logs
« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2017, 1437 UTC »
There doesn't seem to be any sense of urgency in repairing some of these miskeying NDBs.
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Re: December 2017 NDB Logs
« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2017, 1518 UTC »
There doesn't seem to be any sense of urgency in repairing some of these miskeying NDBs.

I wonder how many of these are Zombie Beacons... no one even remembers they exist. But they're still plugged in, and sorta transmitting.
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Re: December 2017 NDB Logs
« Reply #19 on: December 15, 2017, 1651 UTC »

With everything going GPS, these old NDBs are becoming low priority.
Also, a lot of NDBs (and VORs as well) are being decommissioned and in the process the documentation and reality may not always match. 
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Re: December 2017 NDB Logs
« Reply #20 on: December 15, 2017, 1903 UTC »
I'm making some modifications to mySdrPlayback, to  let you zoom in on waterfalls from SDR recordings. Now I can spend lots of time checking my overnight recordings for NDBs!

You guys should visit the Ryver chat, we even have an NDB channel now  ;D
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Re: December 2017 NDB Logs
« Reply #21 on: December 16, 2017, 0124 UTC »
Yeah, I noticed YX was listed as an icebreaker. So I guess it is a mobile NDB?

It would seem so. Then I have to wonder what is the purpose for navigation. I guess it must be so that the helicopters that will land on its deck can find it or to aid with local Coast Guard activity (who have presumably been advised as to its true location). Because if its location is not on an NDB chart, it's not clear to me what is the benefit to general aviation.
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Re: December 2017 NDB Logs
« Reply #22 on: December 16, 2017, 1614 UTC »
Latest loggings. I am starting to use a utility I wrote to display high resolution waterfalls from the overnight SDR recordings. It is not the automated NDB decoding I would eventually like, but it helps.

Date and Time   kHz     Call    City                                    State ITU       km       
1149 12/15/17   218     YUY     Rouyn                                   QC    CAN       954        (New)
1150 12/15/17   219     YMG     Manitouwadge                            ON    CAN       1256       (New)
1150 12/15/17   223     YYW     Armstrong                               ON    CAN       1510     
1151 12/15/17   233     QN      Nakina                                  ON    CAN       1388     
1153 12/15/17   254     CAT     Chatham                                 NJ    USA       237        (New)
1153 12/15/17   253     DD      'Cobbs'  Columbus                       OH    USA       522        (New)
1155 12/15/17   257     YXR     Earlton                                 ON    CAN       919       
1201 12/15/17   338     ZEM     Eastmain                                QC    CAN       1395       (New)
1202 12/15/17   341     CCJ     'Clark Co'  Springfield                 OH    USA       586        (New)
1203 12/15/17   346     YXL     Sioux Lookout                           ON    CAN       1642       (New)
1205 12/15/17   362     SB      Sudbury                                 ON    CAN       835       
1207 12/15/17   359     MS      'Monga'  Monticello                     NY    USA       281        (New)
1209 12/15/17   376     LC      'Pickl'  Columbus                       OH    USA       508        (New)
1211 12/15/17   392     ML      Charlevoix                              QC    CAN       1025     
1211 12/15/17   396     YPH     Inukjuak                                QC    CAN       2082     
1226 12/15/17   323     GTN     Georgetown                              VA    USA       89         (New)
1227 12/15/17   332     QT      Thunder Bay                             ON    CAN       1383       (New)
1233 12/15/17   335     SW      'Neely'  Newburgh                       NY    USA       301        (New)
1433 12/15/17   248     IL      'Hadin'  Wilmington                     DE    USA       113        (New)
0530 12/15/17   257     FWC     'Wayne County'  Fairfield               IL    USA       998        (New)
0531 12/15/17   263     DYQ     'Dulaney'  Greenville                   TN    USA       655        (New)
0531 12/15/17   260     GHJ     'Stonia'  Gastonia                      NC    USA       625        (New)
0531 12/15/17   266     ZHM     Hamilton  (Binbrook)                    ON    CAN       448        (New)
0531 12/15/17   280     QX      Gander                                  NL    CAN       2034       (New)
0531 12/15/17   278     EOE     'Enoree'  Newberry                      SC    USA       731        (New)
0550 12/15/17   258     ZSJ     Sandy Lake                              ON    CAN       1937       (New)
0551 12/15/17   260     MTH     Marathon                                FL    USA       1712       (New)
0608 12/15/17   331     JV      'Catch'  Jeffersonville                 IN    USA       769        (New)
0607 12/15/17   332     HK      'Tawba'  Hickory                        NC    USA       583        (New)
0530 12/15/17   332     FIS     'Fish Hook'  Key West                   FL    USA       1746       (New)
0530 12/15/17   353     VV      'Junne'  Greensboro                     GA    USA       867        (New)
0532 12/15/17   344     YGV     Havre St Pierre                         QC    CAN       1567       (New)
0552 12/15/17   355     YWP     Webequie                                ON    CAN       1673       (New)
0748 12/15/17   353     IN      'Raize'  International Falls            MN    USA       1623       (New)
0751 12/15/17   353     QG      Saint Clair Beach  (Windsor)            ON    CAN       575        (New)
0842 12/15/17   275     RU      'Rovdy'  Salisbury                      NC    USA       541        (New)
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Re: December 2017 NDB Logs
« Reply #23 on: December 16, 2017, 2300 UTC »
Some additional loggings, these were from trawling through the overnight SDR recordings for DGPS, with a wider than usual bandwidth to cover most of the NDB band as well, using a new version of mySDRPlayback, which lets you get high resolution waterfalls for arbitrary parts of an SDR recording. Then using DX ToolBox to quickly search for matching IDs for a given frequency. One of these days I need to make a video showing the workflow.

Date and Time   kHz     Call    City                                    State ITU       km       
1015 12/16/17   218     RL      Red Lake                                ON    CAN       1815       (New)
1015 12/16/17   224     BH      'Mc Den'  Birmingham                    AL    USA       1122       (New)
1015 12/16/17   263     LQL     'Lakeland'  Willoughby                  OH    USA       433        (New)
1015 12/16/17   271     HXO     Huntsboro                               NC    USA       407        (New)
1015 12/16/17   335     ZKF     Kitchener  (Wellington)                 ON    CAN       502        (New)
1021 12/16/17   220     BX      Blanc Sablon / Lourdes de Blanc Sablon  QC    CAN       2002     
1021 12/16/17   221     HM      Hamilton  (Carluke)                     ON    CAN       456        (New)
1021 12/16/17   423     PCW     Port Clinton                            OH    USA       539        (New)
1021 12/16/17   428     POH     Pocahontas                              IA    USA       1514       (New)
1024 12/16/17   413     YHD     Dryden                                  ON    CAN       1682       (New)
1024 12/16/17   366     EOK     Keokuk                                  IA    USA       1237       (New)
1024 12/16/17   300     YOG     Ogoki Post                              ON    CAN       1494       (New)
0318 12/16/17   209     SYS     'Stoystown'  Somerset                   PA    USA       171        (New)
0512 12/16/17   232     GP      Gaspe                                   QC    CAN       1415       (New)
0512 12/16/17   239     HKF     'Hook Field'  Middletown                OH    USA       645        (New)
0512 12/16/17   239     GIW     'Coronaca'  Greenwood                   SC    USA       761        (New)
0552 12/16/17   410     BA      'Clifs'  Columbus                       IN    USA       761        (New)
0552 12/16/17   370     YBV     Berens River                            MB    CAN       2080       (New)
0552 12/16/17   242     MMI     'Mc Minn Co.'  Athens                   TN    USA       825        (New)
1116 12/16/17   272     RU      'Garys'  San Marcos                     TX    USA       2195       (New)
1116 12/16/17   266     YZX     Greenwood                               NS    CAN       1129       (New)
1116 12/16/17   250     UGS     'University'  Athens / Albany           OH    USA       448        (New)
1106 12/16/17   415     CBC     West End  (Cayman Brac)                       CYM       2245     
0950 12/16/17   353     LI      'Lasky'  Little Rock                    AR    USA       1468       (New)
0948 12/16/17   399     ZHD     'Thunder'  Dryden                       ON    CAN       1665       (New)


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Re: December 2017 NDB Logs
« Reply #24 on: December 16, 2017, 2310 UTC »
Look at the heavy black marks in the Sherbrooke<->Niagrara Falls corridor. Also, lots of them in western North Carolina too.
« Last Edit: December 16, 2017, 2314 UTC by KaySeeks »
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Re: December 2017 NDB Logs
« Reply #25 on: December 17, 2017, 1730 UTC »
A few more NDBs extracted from the overnight DGPS SDR recording.

Date and Time   kHz     Call    City                                    State ITU       km       
0220 12/17/17   224     QM      Moncton                                 NB    CAN       1231       (New)
0220 12/17/17   227     TAN     Taunton                                 MA    USA       551        (New)
0220 12/17/17   356     AY      St Anthony                              NL    CAN       2063       (New)
0220 12/17/17   375     DS      Searcy                                  AR    USA       1407       (New)
0206 12/17/17   209     MT      'Chiboo'  Chibougamau  (Chapais)        QC    CAN       1138       (New)
1145 12/17/17   375     SH      'Staut'  Staunton / Waynesboro / HarrisoVA    USA       244        (New)
0801 12/17/17   245     FS      'Rokky'  Sioux Falls                    SD    USA       1699       (New)
0801 12/17/17   233     HEM     'Huchn'  Sparta                         TN    USA       869        (New)
0700 12/17/17   372     UQN     'Onyun'  Vidalia                        GA    USA       962        (New)
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