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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #105 on: March 26, 2020, 1106 UTC »
Windy heard with a weak signal but sending telemetry circa 1100 UTC 26 Mar 2020.
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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #106 on: March 29, 2020, 0955 UTC »
0954 UTC 29 Mar 2020 Windy heard with a weak signal, but sending telemetry.
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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #107 on: March 29, 2020, 1632 UTC »
0954 UTC 29 Mar 2020 Windy heard with a weak signal, but sending telemetry.

Pretty fair signal here with 86 deg 11.3v and a good breeze
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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #108 on: April 14, 2020, 0725 UTC »
If my report using the KPH SDR is out of order, please advise. A little over S7 into Point Reyes, CA at 0720 utc. Telemetry was 11.8V and 60 degrees.
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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #109 on: April 17, 2020, 1625 UTC »
Noise level at about an S2 - S3 on the KPH SDR in Point Reyes, CA. Windy is about the same signal level and easily readable, except for the occasional fade below the noise. 75 degrees and 11.7V at 1618 utc.

Also, Hexy2K clearly readable with about an S1 signal and occasional fades at 1634 utc on 6700.5. A little bit of frequency drifting, which is OK with me. It gives it character :)  Over the few minutes I listened, the drift didn't sound like more than a few tens of Hz. It would drift off, then come back to where it was before. Quite charming, really!
« Last Edit: April 17, 2020, 1637 UTC by AA7EE »
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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #110 on: April 18, 2020, 0602 UTC »
Listening late at night, and Windy is coming in at about an S6 to the KPH SDR. 61 degrees and 11.6V.
« Last Edit: April 18, 2020, 0604 UTC by AA7EE »
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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #111 on: April 19, 2020, 0557 UTC »
At 0555 utc, Windy is sending 62 degrees and 11.5V. Perfectly Q5 signal at about an S4 into the KPH SDR in Point Reyes, Northern CA.
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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #112 on: April 20, 2020, 1148 UTC »
I heard Windy send an S sometime around 1100 UTC 20 Apr 2020, I forget the exact time.
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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #113 on: April 20, 2020, 2350 UTC »
I heard Windy send an S sometime around 1100 UTC 20 Apr 2020, I forget the exact time.

That's interesting. I'm probably missing something, but can't think of where an S would fit into Windy's telemetry. I just heard it on the KPH SDR, at 2346 utc. I haven't listened at this time of day before, and it was warmer than usual, at 81 degrees and 12.5V.
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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #114 on: April 23, 2020, 1932 UTC »
That's interesting. I'm probably missing something, but can't think of where an S would fit into Windy's telemetry. I just heard it on the KPH SDR, at 2346 utc. I haven't listened at this time of day before, and it was warmer than usual, at 81 degrees and 12.5V.

Were I to guess, (and of course I am), the S and H transmissions indicate a low battery voltage, possibly two different levels.

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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #115 on: April 24, 2020, 1306 UTC »
That's interesting. I'm probably missing something, but can't think of where an S would fit into Windy's telemetry. I just heard it on the KPH SDR, at 2346 utc. I haven't listened at this time of day before, and it was warmer than usual, at 81 degrees and 12.5V.

Were I to guess, (and of course I am), the S and H transmissions indicate a low battery voltage, possibly two different levels.

I agree that the two Morse letters fit the scheme of reporting the beacon's status but minimize battery usage in a more compact and non-numeric form of telemetry. Somewhere below 11.5 volts Windy switches to a less frequent "H" which I jokingly call the "help!" mode. As the battery dips lower it switches to "S" as if it is sending an SOS to its creator that it wants a new battery.
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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #116 on: April 25, 2020, 2340 UTC »
This afternoon at 4:36pm local time (2336 utc), Windy is a little above the S4 - S5 noise level into a KiwiSDR in San Diego, courtesy of KA9Q. 98 degrees and 12.0V.

Also coming into a KiwiSDR in the Pahrump Valley in Southern Nevada at about the same signal level at the same time as the above report.

At roughly the same time (just a few minutes later), coming into a KiwiSDR in the Prescott Valley, AZ a little more weakly than the above 2 reports. Band noise of S3, and the beacon is at or a little below the level of the noise.
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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #117 on: May 03, 2020, 2258 UTC »
Just peeking above the noise at about an S2 into the KFS SDR in Half Moon Bay, CA at 2256 utc (3:56pm PDT).
97 degrees and 12.3V.
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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #118 on: May 12, 2020, 0502 UTC »
I'm not sure I've heard Windy all day. I don't think it was cloudy in that area either.

Anyone else heard it?

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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #119 on: May 12, 2020, 1034 UTC »
Its there!  It comes up out of the noise this morning but only for a few seconds.  Have heard a W and dits is all so far.  Prop is just terrible for me here.  Has the band gone long...  or short...  I think long.  Will have to go and wander threw some SDR's and see.  While listening and watching for windy I have been seeing a signal on about 4096.1 sending the letter "L" have you heard it?

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