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SW Iowa NDB Fall 2019 logs
« on: September 23, 2019, 0334 UTC »
Going to try to NDB listening this season.  Just using the ham rig and HF wire for now, may do an upgrade next month for below 500 kHz.
Took a spin 200-280 this evening.

245   FS   Sioux Falls 289km
257   JYR   York, NE 156km
260   ST   St Joe, MO 161km
263   CVM   Alton, IL 530km
266   PYX   Perryton, TX 678km
269   BYX   Bloomfield, IA 281km
272   YQA Muskoka Falls, ON 1403km
277   OT   Worthington, MN 286km
Iowa
RX:  Kenwood TS-570
Antenna: Dipole at 50'

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Re: SW Iowa NDB Fall 2019 logs
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2019, 2257 UTC »
Going to try to NDB listening this season.  Just using the ham rig and HF wire for now, may do an upgrade next month for below 500 kHz.


Welcome to the RF basement. 
Seems like there are a lot of NDBs in Iowa... should be plenty there for you to log.  :)
If you plan on using a wire antenna, longer is generally better.
What ham rig are you using for RX ?
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Re: SW Iowa NDB Fall 2019 logs
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2019, 2301 UTC »
There's a small airstrip about every 20 miles in Iowa, it seems.
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Re: SW Iowa NDB Fall 2019 logs
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2019, 2338 UTC »
Welcome to the fold!  Looking forward to your logs!

Per the NDB List, there are currently 20 NDBs listed as active in IA.  Of that 20, there may be 7 or 8 that are not actually on the air at this time.
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Re: SW Iowa NDB Fall 2019 logs
« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2019, 1158 UTC »
I'm using a Kenwood TS-570 for RX right now.  Not the best, but it does work, was surprised by the Ontario and Texas hits the other day.

I acquired a Polomar VLF converter and will use that at some point.   Once the mowing is done for the year, I'm thinking of running a few hundred feet of wire along the property line and fence height.  See how that works.
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Re: SW Iowa NDB Fall 2019 logs
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2019, 1824 UTC »
I found the Kw 570, 850, and 870 to be excellent vlf rx boxen. As in I could tune in wwvb at almost any time of day or night with a ocfd as antennae.
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Re: SW Iowa NDB Fall 2019 logs
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2019, 0049 UTC »
I'm using a Kenwood TS-570 for RX right now.  Not the best, but it does work, was surprised by the Ontario and Texas hits the other day.

I acquired a Polomar VLF converter and will use that at some point.   Once the mowing is done for the year, I'm thinking of running a few hundred feet of wire along the property line and fence height.  See how that works.

Didn't know that the 570 could tune below 500kc...  apparently, it can.
Still plenty of NDBs in Ontario to log in spite of the ongoing decommissionings... catch 'em while you can.
"A few hundred feet of wire"...  sounds great, go for it !  (may want to consider some type of matching device).
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Re: SW Iowa NDB Fall 2019 logs
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2019, 0212 UTC »
279-360 this evening.  DX is Fort Rupert at 1739km.

281   DMO Sedalia, MO 337km
293   FBY   Fairbury, NE 158km
321   TY   Tyler, TX 967km
329   PMV   Plattsmouth, NE 40km
332   QT   Thunder Bay 964km
335   YLD   CHAPLEAU 1234km
346   YXL   SIOUX LOOKOUT 1044km
347   AFK   Nebraska City, NE 51km
350   RG   OKC, OK 638km
351    YKQ   Fort Rupert 1739km
356   ODX Ord, NE 280km
359    SDR   Snyder, TX 1033km
Iowa
RX:  Kenwood TS-570
Antenna: Dipole at 50'