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Offline DYGradio

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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2019, 1958 UTC »
HI has appeared for the first time today here in central AZ. 19:56z 09MAR2019.
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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2019, 2008 UTC »
HI has appeared for the first time today here in central AZ. 19:56z 09MAR2019.

Logged it here also.
Then it distinctively went off the air while monitoring it.
 
It seems to transmit on an irregular basis.
When checked 2 hours ago, negative copy. 

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2019MAR09 2006UTC
7998.09 kHz CW, "HI", Morse beacon, readable, -122 dBm.

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2010MAR09 2010UTC Transmission ceased.
7998.09 kHz CW, "HI", Morse beacon

« Last Edit: March 09, 2019, 2039 UTC by Exo »
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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2019, 2311 UTC »
I agree, I do not think it is on the air continually. I as well have seen it just appear all of a sudden as well as disappear. Does not always seem to coincide with changes in propagation.
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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2019, 2340 UTC »
Just bounced back over to 7998 and HI has now returned.

09MAR2019 23:36z 7998.07 KHz,  fairly strong then fades out for a transmission or two.
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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2019, 2207 UTC »
Just bounced back over to 7998 and HI has now returned.

09MAR2019 23:36z 7998.07 KHz,  fairly strong then fades out for a transmission or two.

Has anyone copied HI recently?
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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #20 on: June 17, 2019, 0958 UTC »
I've tried off and on a few times and not heard any of the 7-8 MHz beacons. Nothing but A and Windy here.
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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #21 on: June 21, 2019, 1257 UTC »
I've tried off and on a few times and not heard any of the 7-8 MHz beacons. Nothing but A and Windy here.

I've yet to catch any of the 6 MHz beacons here in SoCal and am wondering if they are even maintained any more. It takes time and effort to drive/hike to remote locations, diagnose problems and effect repairs in austere conditions.
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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #22 on: June 21, 2019, 1319 UTC »
I've tried off and on a few times and not heard any of the 7-8 MHz beacons. Nothing but A and Windy here.

I've yet to catch any of the 6 MHz beacons here in SoCal and am wondering if they are even maintained any more. It takes time and effort to drive/hike to remote locations, diagnose problems and effect repairs in austere conditions.

I can imagine it does. I did hear some of the circa 8 MHz beacons a few years ago, but nothing recently. I don't think the circa 6600/6700 kHz ones ever made it here.  I expect that solar powered beacons are mostly a southwest desert phenomena where you have lots of sunshine, they probably would not do well in our cloudy/rainy/snowy weather here in the northeast.
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Re: 7 MHz Western USA Beacons
« Reply #23 on: June 22, 2019, 1410 UTC »
I can imagine it does. I did hear some of the circa 8 MHz beacons a few years ago, but nothing recently. I don't think the circa 6600/6700 kHz ones ever made it here.  I expect that solar powered beacons are mostly a southwest desert phenomena where you have lots of sunshine, they probably would not do well in our cloudy/rainy/snowy weather here in the northeast.

From what I have gathered some of the beacons in California started out operation equipped with batteries but once the batteries went bad the system was left in place to operate as daytime only
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