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7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« on: December 04, 2018, 2023 UTC »
A thread about 7 MHz beacons around Western USA.
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Highlight of this report: "HI" CW Morse beacon at 7998 kHz

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2018DEC04 1945UTC

7998.12 kHz CW, Morse beacon, "HI", good readable, 9.64 seconds repetition, dit duration 128 milliseconds, -117 dBm.

2018DEC04 2002UTC
7998.12 kHz CW, Morse beacon, "HI", stopped abruptly.

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Image below of waterfall shows CW beacon HI morse at 7998.12 kHz on 2018DEC04 1945UTC


« Last Edit: January 02, 2019, 0529 UTC by Exo »
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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2018, 2059 UTC »
Highlight of this report: "HI" "Hiker?" CW Morse beacon at 7998 kHz

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2018DEC27 2058UTC

7998.08 kHz CW, Morse beacon, "HI", "Hiker?", weak readable, -122 dBm.
« Last Edit: December 27, 2018, 2208 UTC by Exo »
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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2018, 2331 UTC »
Haven't heard HI in several days. Hearing a short dasher, about every 4-5 sec, ~7998 kc at 2315 UTC.
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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2018, 2354 UTC »
Haven't heard HI in several days. Hearing a short dasher, about every 4-5 sec, ~7998 kc at 2315 UTC.

Here's the big question: "Is the HI beacon the new incarnation of Hiker?"

And yes, that 7998 kHz dasher or ditter is also logged here, weak readable.
But the timing seems somewhat irregular.
Makes one wonder if it is a beacon or not.
It could be one of the other mystery signals, because is very very much like many of the similar slow communication signals logged just like it in western USA, but on various other frequencies.
« Last Edit: December 28, 2018, 0004 UTC by Exo »
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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2018, 0039 UTC »
Ask and ye shall receive. HI with a nice 569 signal at 0035 UTC.
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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2019, 1059 UTC »
I have not had much any luck with these beacons lately. The problem is I don't know when the short window of propagation to my QTH currently is. I'll need to leave the SDR running today and see if I can figure out when they turn up here (if at all).
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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2019, 1750 UTC »
Am hearing HI this morning at 1745 utc.  Good signal.

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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2019, 0422 UTC »
Am hearing HI this morning at 1745 utc.  Good signal.

73, Mark

Is the HI beacon the new incarnation of Hiker?
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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2019, 2319 UTC »
Hearing HI here in Pinal County AZ fairly strong with some fading. 1/26/2019 23:15z 7998.120  KHz

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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2019, 2244 UTC »
HI was not around earlier today but is very strong now with minimal fading. 22:35 UTC 03MAR2019. 7998.07 KHz.
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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2019, 0107 UTC »
HI fading up to 559 around 0015 UTC Mar 04. Lots of QRM from OTHR. Faded out completely around 0030.
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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2019, 2239 UTC »
HI fading up to 559 around 0015 UTC Mar 04. Lots of QRM from OTHR. Faded out completely around 0030.

Good catch!
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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2019, 2240 UTC »
HI was not around earlier today but is very strong now with minimal fading. 22:35 UTC 03MAR2019. 7998.07 KHz.

Great catch!
"HI" beacon sometimes seems to be elusive.
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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2019, 1043 UTC »
"HI" beacon sometimes seems to be elusive.

Extremely! I have yet to catch it here, I need to figure out when the (probably brief) window of propagation is, if there is one. I've tried mornings without success, I need to try evenings next.
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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2019, 1636 UTC »
Hearing HI off and on this morning here in UT.  1630 utc

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