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Author Topic: NOAA Weather Radio VHF DX Logs July - August - Sept 2019  (Read 55222 times)

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Re: NOAA Weather Radio Tropo Ducting VHF DX Propagation July 2019
« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2019, 1512 UTC »
During the 3-4 years I've been paying attention to this, I've never heard WXK65 here.
With the rare exceptions, west of here just doesn't happen


Ok forget that! I started not to post this or remove it, never say never. Weird, very weird indeed!
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pHkJrfMnH2M

Very nice.  I think you're in a better location for ducting than I am, since you have more over-water propagation paths near you.  Here's today's catch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3vvuviiEOc

WNG586 on 162.500 MHz with loud and clear ID...162.450 was very messy, at points it almost sounded like three different stations were on the frequency at the same time.  Given the FM capture effect, this would indicate that the signal strengths were very close to identical.  162.550 was even worse, at least two stations QRMing each other to the point that very little could be made out as far as trying to ID them...my presumption is that it's the usual suspects - KHB36 and KHB37 fighting it out.
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Re: NOAA Weather Radio Tropo Ducting VHF DX Propagation July 2019
« Reply #16 on: July 30, 2019, 2251 UTC »
Here's a Va Pilot comm 156.700 , I didn't catch the vessel name . Also I had on the squelch half the video . I don't have the antenna hooked up .  If he said " call when 1 hr out" the vessel was offshore much more than 15 miles. Probably Greek, or the captains Greek
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=p7i5730NgaY

Also heard WXM80 armchair this evening !   https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7OEIQMXrvwY
Also Atlantic City
« Last Edit: July 31, 2019, 0223 UTC by Davep »
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Re: NOAA Weather Radio Tropo Ducting VHF DX Propagation July 2019
« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2019, 1217 UTC »
More nice catches, especially the VHF marine channel 14 traffic on 156.700 MHz.  I imagine there is some serious marine coast VHF (and MF/HF!) stations in your area.  There are plenty of licensed MC stations on the 156.050 MHz - 157.425 MHz band, but I'm sure there are also plenty of folks with VHF marine radios installed in their homes/businesses/marinas as base stations with high gain antennas.

Here are the videos for this morning's commute:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9oFIOHQU1I

and

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ciy07PSeCGk



This morning yielded the usual mess on 162.450 MHz and 162.550 MHz, but I did get positive IDs for WNG586 out of Henderson, NC on 162.500 MHz and KJY86 on 162.525 MHz out of Halifax, VA as well.  162.450 was really messy, usually KZZ28 wins.  Yesterday evening KZZ28 was having technical difficulties [see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wpea6S3t8M] but this morning they appeared to be back in service. 

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Re: NOAA Weather Radio Tropo Ducting VHF DX Propagation July 2019
« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2019, 1434 UTC »
More of the same this morning, August 1st, 2019 08/01/2019 - 

https://youtu.be/1ks55zS_BLE

VHF DX NOAA Weather Radio 1 August 2019 Part 1 of 2

and

https://youtu.be/PRjN01AoM5s

VHF DX NOAA Weather Radio 1 August 2019 Part 2 of 2
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Maryland Pilot comm 156.700
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4qvOJ5xR8so
No copy on the Dublin Express



Interesting last night around 0000z  started out KIG77 Buxton NC, in the space of about 2 mins went from armchair to white noise, then to Salisbury in Delaware for awhile, that collapsed and went to WXK65 Richmond . Never moved off 162.475  Wish I would have recorded but of course didn't know it was going to happen
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Signals have been scarce to non existent first week of August.  There was a shift in the weather but has returned to normal , hot and muggy.  Ive checked a few times a day and at night and its just been a bunch of white noise
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Only Salisbury this am , nothing on any other freq besides our local 162.550  for the last 8 days or so
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Try DX'ing WX stations around 5, or 6, AM.
I can't decide upon what's worst, young and stupid, or old and chemically dumbed down.

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Indeed.  That seems to be the best time.  Most of the short video clips Iíve uploaded to the official R4002 YouTube channel involving NOAA WX VHF DX were recorded between 6:40am and 7:00am local time (while Iím driving to work).

https://m.youtube.com/user/R4002/videos

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I kept a good watch over the last 10 days or so. Very dead ,  the usual suspects were weak if even tbere at all.
It starts up again in the fall and winter, at least here.
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Yesterday morning there were some hints of activity from the usual suspects.  I noticed WNG586 out of Henderson, NC 162.500 MHz coming in very nicely at points yesterday morning around 0650 local time, WNG686 was SIO 444 - SIO 555 at best points.    New Bern, NC also came in perfectly at the beginning of the listening sessions - KEC84 on 162.400 MHz

Logs:

162.400 MHz - New Bern, NC - KEC84 1000w TX power
162.425 MHz - UNID, possibly WZ2527 or WZ2543 (both 300w low power fill-in coverage transmitters)
162.450 MHz - Covesville, VA (Charlottesville, VA) - KZZ28 1000w TX power, mixing with WWG33
162.475 MHz - Richmond, VA WXK65 1000w TX power (local station can be heard with antenna disconnected)
162.500 MHz - Henderson, NC WNG586 300w TX power
162.525 MHz - possibly KJY99 [Accomack, VA 1000w TX power] or another station - possibly KJY86 South Boston, VA [1000w]
162.550 MHz - KHB36 and KHB37 fighting it out (as usual)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcRoGWo5Udc

At one point 162.400 got completely obliterated by local pager intermod. There are three high power pager transmitters in the downtown Richmond area, on 152.120 MHz, 152.630 MHz and 152.690 MHz - the 152.63 and 152.69 frequencies are very active and are located on top of high-rises with extremely high TX power/ERP - those two signals register as S9+60db on a base station receiver with a simple antenna.   When they transmit, the entire VHF band knows it. 

The NOAA Weather Radio website indicates that KZZ28 (162.450 MHz) is currently out of service.  It's certainly in service, they haven't updated their site.

KZZ28 must be located on top of a mountain - I can hear it consistently regardless of conditions on my VHF mobile radio.  I've used its signal to test antenna and receiver/transceiver combinations.  My handheld radios hear it just fine too, from my Motorola MTS2000 to my Baofeng UV-5Rs (with various antennas, including the stock antenna) to my Puxing PX-973UV and Quansheng TG-2UV dualbanders. 
« Last Edit: August 24, 2019, 1337 UTC by R4002 »
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Very nice on New Bern .
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I heard a few bits and pieces of the Baltimore, MD station KEC83 on 162.400 MHz this morning about 0650 local time (otherwise, the band was meh, especially compared to the catches of the other day).   Of course, I didn't have the camera going this time because the conditions were nothing special...well, until KEC83 came in out of the blue. 

162.550 was the usual fight between KHB36 and KHB37, but neither of them were as strong as they have been in days/weeks past.  162.450 was the usual story as well, with KZZ28 coming in nicely and another station noticeable underneath it. 

On an offhand note, I have my Motorola MTS2000 VHF handheld with me today and put it on 162.450 while sitting at a red light and could copy KZZ28 just fine with the factory Motorola VHF rubber duck inside my car. 
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At 1257 ut aug31 -  strong  regional tropo this morning , all 7 freq are armchair.
Margaretsville 162.450 the 300 watter is clean.

KHB37  162.550 our local is being seriously attenuated by another station , but its garbled. I did hear " beach report"  under KHB37
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WXL59 162.475 Rocky Mount / Tarboro NC   on Sept 1 0300 UT   Southwest.  All frequencies active all day 31 aug some with others underneath but nothing unusual except Rocky Mount

Edit : around 0325z  KIG77 Buxton NC  dominated 162.475 with Rocky Mount under fading away by 0330z
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