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Author Topic: Take Off to the Great White North  (Read 9023 times)

Offline R4002

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Re: Take Off to the Great White North
« Reply #60 on: May 17, 2019, 1823 UTC »
Log 'em while you can.
Looks like many Canadian NDBs are scheduled to be decommissioned
beginning in April and continuing in phases over the next seven years.
Log 'em while you can.

Even the more rural parts of Canada?  Are they going to decommission the entire NDB network?  I don't like the idea of relying entirely on GPS for airnav.  Good to have a backup.
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Re: Take Off to the Great White North
« Reply #61 on: May 17, 2019, 2000 UTC »
Log 'em while you can.
Looks like many Canadian NDBs are scheduled to be decommissioned
beginning in April and continuing in phases over the next seven years.
Log 'em while you can.

Even the more rural parts of Canada?  Are they going to decommission the entire NDB network?  I don't like the idea of relying entirely on GPS for airnav.  Good to have a backup.

Agreed, gps systems are vulnerable to attack from natural and man made vectors, so mothballing these stations would be a good idea. The sun could fart and wipe out a number of satellite systems, some bad actor could hack gps and ruin it or attack it directly - gps will be one of the first things to go in a major war. That being said, will aircraft still have mw/vlf rdf abilities in 7 years?
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Re: Take Off to the Great White North
« Reply #62 on: May 17, 2019, 2138 UTC »
The decommissioning... er "modernization"... will take place in phases over the next seven years.
Not all NDBs will be shut down, about 70 will be spared the ax (including a lot of the exotic "North of 60" beacons).

Same thing happening in the U.S.  Fewer and fewer NDB approaches or approaches that even require an ADF.
Not just NDBs... looks like many VORs and marker beacons are also on the way out.
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Re: Take Off to the Great White North
« Reply #63 on: December 30, 2019, 1549 UTC »
Heard early this morning some beacons from the Great White North:

206  QI     Yarmouth      NS
212  SJ     St. John        NB
284  RT     Rankin Inlet  NU
300  YIV    Island Lake   MB
323  KR     Schefferville  QC
329  YEK   Eskimo Point  NU
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Re: Take Off to the Great White North
« Reply #64 on: December 30, 2019, 2044 UTC »
Wow nice DX.  I've been trying Rankin Inlet every night but I can never hear it well enough to copy behind Old Crow  >:(.
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Re: Take Off to the Great White North
« Reply #65 on: December 30, 2019, 2206 UTC »
Wow nice DX.  I've been trying Rankin Inlet every night but I can never hear it well enough to copy behind Old Crow  >:(.

Thought you were referring to the bourbon there for a moment but then realized you meant the NDB YOC in the Yukon.   ;)
Anyway, IIRC, RT is not currently scheduled to be decommissioned and may even have its power increased so hopefully you will yet get to log it.
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Re: Take Off to the Great White North
« Reply #66 on: December 30, 2019, 2354 UTC »
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Thought you were referring to the bourbon there for a moment but then realized you meant the NDB YOC in the Yukon

Lol, I don't normally drink at the radio unless I'm on 80 meters.  ;D

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Anyway, IIRC, RT is not currently scheduled to be decommissioned and may even have its power increased so hopefully you will yet get to log it.

Tonight is my last night in the Yukon for a while. I'll be pulling an all-nighter to try and get as many of these stations as possible.
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Re: Take Off to the Great White North
« Reply #67 on: December 31, 2019, 0135 UTC »
Wow nice DX.  I've been trying Rankin Inlet every night but I can never hear it well enough to copy behind Old Crow  >:(.

I've been checking for YOC every nite but RT is always in the way :)
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Re: Take Off to the Great White North
« Reply #68 on: December 31, 2019, 0405 UTC »
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I've been checking for YOC every nite but RT is always in the way :)

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