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Offline Teotwaki

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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #120 on: May 12, 2020, 1514 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?

73, Mark

Thanks for the quick reply! I have been checking the KFS Kiwi SDR but no luck yet. Nothing here at home yet Windy used to be heard here almost all day long. I've always believed the signal to be more of NVIS than a normal skywave so maybe something in the atmosphere above me "broke" LOL. Hopefuly Windy is not losing TX power.

I will keep an eye out for "L" on 4096.1 as that would be super cool to hear something new.
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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #121 on: May 12, 2020, 2234 UTC »
I haven't been able to hear Windy on either the KFS SDR, or the Kiwi SDR in Pahrump, NV. I can usually hear it in the daytime on both of those. Glad to hear it is still alive and kicking.

Yes, I can hear a single L being sent on about 4096.1 on the KFS SDR at about 2200 utc, buried underneath what sounds like a relatively continuous tone. 4096 is a commonly used crystal frequency, so I suppose it's not surprising to hear a signal there. The L is sent about once every 7 seconds, and at a rough guess, I'd say the speed is about 6 - 7 wpm.
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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #122 on: May 13, 2020, 1128 UTC »
I stand corrected, Windy is not there!  ......  no 3 dits no 4 dits  its gone. 
Bummer!

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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #123 on: May 31, 2020, 0252 UTC »
Alright here I go!  This morning I was on looking for the L beacon on 4096 and haystack or the other long dasher around 4095.  Neither heard here so went online to the Southern NV SDR.  And it was not hearing them either so while drinking some coffee and waiting just in case they might fade up out of the noise I noticed some CW up around Windys old freq.  I started to imagine I could see and hear a W and some telemetry, very weak with QSB.  This was around 1300 utc.  I'm purty sure it was there.  Though I have to remember I was in High School in the late 60's early 70's.  This lasted maybe 15 minutes and then there was a long dash off and and on for a few minutes and then....  it was gone....   da di dah da da    da di dah da da....

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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #124 on: June 05, 2020, 0427 UTC »
I was out in the desert for ten days and never heard a peep from Windy.
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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #125 on: June 09, 2020, 0411 UTC »
Still unheard
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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #126 on: June 12, 2020, 0251 UTC »
Mark,

~4096.35 Haystack was taken off-air in March, along with Viking.  Viking was relocated elsewhere away from too-frequented Viking Mine and to another place - day only and -10dB from Viking ERP.

A big windstorm last week blew 6626.3 *Rocky's* solar-panel 4 ft. away from the beacon site - rabbits has eaten its supply wire to the beacon.. I took it all back home...

Yup -- no reception of "The Wind Beacon" (true name we named it back in - uh, before 2000 Millenium...)

It's
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End
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World
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We
Know
It,
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Feel
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REM 80's tune.  dunno why I just thought of it...

73 - ML




Alright here I go!  This morning I was on looking for the L beacon on 4096 and haystack or the other long dasher around 4095.  Neither heard here so went online to the Southern NV SDR.  And it was not hearing them either so while drinking some coffee and waiting just in case they might fade up out of the noise I noticed some CW up around Windys old freq.  I started to imagine I could see and hear a W and some telemetry, very weak with QSB.  This was around 1300 utc.  I'm purty sure it was there.  Though I have to remember I was in High School in the late 60's early 70's.  This lasted maybe 15 minutes and then there was a long dash off and and on for a few minutes and then....  it was gone....   da di dah da da    da di dah da da....

73, Mark

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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #127 on: September 10, 2020, 2321 UTC »
Wherefore art though oh Windy?   :-\ :'(
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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #128 on: September 16, 2020, 0204 UTC »
Oh for heavens sake!   Can someone check on Windys freq and and let me know what you might be hearing???

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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #129 on: September 16, 2020, 1507 UTC »
Nothing heard at 4102.85 0300Z through 1500Z, 16 September from Southern California.

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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #130 on: September 17, 2020, 0315 UTC »
The Wind Beacon has returned! I have it at 03:11z 17SEP2020. The usual W identifier, variable wind dits, and TMP 95 B 121. Some QSB but a nice strong signal on the upswing.
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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #131 on: September 17, 2020, 0442 UTC »
I think it might have been E_L_V_I_S

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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #132 on: September 18, 2020, 1409 UTC »
My apologies!!

Windy lives!!At 1359Z, 4102.84kHz,  Temp 84, B11.7 no wind recorded

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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #133 on: September 18, 2020, 2302 UTC »
Windy had certainly "left the building" for a time! It is down in the noise right now but readable, indicating TMP 105 and B 120. 23:02z 18SEP2020.
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Re: Windy 4102.85 malfunction?
« Reply #134 on: September 19, 2020, 0155 UTC »
Checking back on Windy. Good signal with TMP 98 B 119 and the wind seems to be gusting to a fair clip. Also in the neighborhood:

"H" beacon on 4100.07, slight chirp
Dasher on 4094.00

01:45z 19SEP2020

Hearing all three on the Airspy HF+ on the vertical and my trusty Hammarlund HQ-180A on the horizontal long wire.
Ron
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