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Author Topic: NOAA Weather Radio Tropo Logs August September 2018  (Read 1135 times)

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Re: NOAA Weather Radio Tropo Logs August September 2018
« Reply #30 on: September 13, 2018, 1409 UTC »
Did some VHF scanning this morning (0645-0655 local time) and unfortunately the band wasn't as open as it usually is.  I did tune to 162.550 to hear a mixture of several stations (likely the usual suspects of KHB36 and KHB37) - I then crested a hill and KHB37 came in full scale SIO 555 for several seconds, I heard "in the hurricane warning areas" loud and clear, completely blocking out QRM from other stations on frequency...then the signal strength went back down and the frequency became an unintelligible mess again. 

162.450 had the local-ish station (KZZ28) on it with another, UNID station that was clearly underneath.  During pauses I could hear hurricane-related words on 162.450 but was unable to get an ID due to the strength of KZZ28 dominating the frequency. 
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Re: NOAA Weather Radio Tropo Logs August September 2018
« Reply #31 on: September 20, 2018, 1947 UTC »
WNG586 out of Henderson, NC coming in nearly full scale SIO 444 or so this morning, 0645-0655 local time on 162.500 MHz with positive ID callsign heard.  162.550 MHz was a real mess, as usual during band openings.  Oddly enough, 162.400 and 162.425 were both basically quiet.  Nothing to be made out and those frequencies are usually just as busy.

Also heard KJY86 pop in for a little bit while scanning the band.  Noticed P25 digital traffic on 161.925 MHz, 161.900 MHz and 161.825 MHz as well.  These are marine duplex radiotelephone frequencies that have been re-purposed for land mobile use, in this case as part of the Virginia STARS statewide VHF trunking public safety system. 
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Re: NOAA Weather Radio Tropo Logs August September 2018
« Reply #32 on: October 10, 2018, 1207 UTC »
Left for work early this morning, parked on the top floor of the parking deck (7 stories up) and did some NOAA Weather Radio VHF monitoring:

162.400 MHz - WXM57 Heathsville, VA strong signal with positive ID and Hurricane Michael forecast
162.425 MHz - several stations at once with squelch opened, heard discussion of flash flooding, possible WWH26
162.450 MHz - WWG33 actually coming in over KZZ28 for a few moments, heard mention of Halifax County, NC
162.475 MHz - local station WXK65
162.500 MHz - WNG586 Henderson, NC with clear ID SIO 444 signal at peaks
162.525 MHz - WNG537 Windsor, NC with Hurricane Michael forecast and flash flood watch w/positive ID heard SIO 333
162.550 MHz - heard "tidal Potomac River" (likely KHB36) mixing in with more hurricane stuff (likely KHB37)

Also noted very strong paging signals on 152.630 (distant - dozens of sites on the Blue Ridge and points west), 152.690 (local) and a weaker paging signal on 152.690 (S5 signal strength while the local pager wasn't blasting away).  Distant paging signal from 152.120 also coming in SIO 555.  While there are several local licenses for 152.630 MHz and 152.690 MHz, searching the FCC DB brings back no active licenses on 152.120 in Virginia.  There's four licenses for 152.120 in North Carolina, presuming the paging signal I heard there was coming from points south...

STARS P25 digital from Fork Mountain, VA on 152.7125 was coming in at S7 consistently.  Chesapeake STARS P25 CC signal on 152.1575 also coming in at nearly full scale.  Virginia Beach site (152.5175 MHz) wavering between S5 and S7.

Equipment used:

TYT TH-9000D VHF 136-174 MHz mobile transceiver (Chinese clone of the Alinco DR-135 series)
1/4 wave VHF whip (NMO mount trunklip mount) with Chevrolet sedan ground plane ;)   
« Last Edit: October 10, 2018, 1216 UTC by R4002 »
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