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Offline Teotwaki

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Re: "A" Beacon 2097 Returns
« Reply #45 on: April 14, 2020, 0205 UTC »
Guess who is baaaack!!!  0155 utc "A" booming in here in northern Utah!

Nice!

73, Mark
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Thanks Mark! You made my day. I'm glad the claims about its demise were untrue. I really appreciate the efforts of the beacon owner to bring it back on the air.
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Re: "A" Beacon 2097 Returns
« Reply #46 on: April 14, 2020, 0422 UTC »
Our dystopian world just became a little sunnier.  :D
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Re: "A" Beacon 2097 Returns
« Reply #47 on: April 14, 2020, 0711 UTC »
Not sure how legit the use of an online SDR is for reports, but my home antenna is severely compromised right now. Am hearing the A beacon loud and clear (close to an S7 signal) on the KPH SDR in Point Reyes, CA, at approximately 0700 utc.

It is indeed comforting to hear it's trusty signal winging it's way through the night air.
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Re: "A" Beacon 2097 Returns
« Reply #48 on: April 15, 2020, 1823 UTC »
Got it here in Central AZ mid day. 18:22 UTC 15 APR 2020
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Re: "A" Beacon 2097 Returns
« Reply #49 on: April 19, 2020, 0603 UTC »
Good solid S6 into the KPH SDR in Point Reyes, Northern CA at 0603 utc (1103pm local time).
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Re: "A" Beacon 2097 Returns
« Reply #50 on: April 20, 2020, 0840 UTC »
0840 UTC Weak signal, and a lot of static from storms, but great to hear A again.
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Re: "A" Beacon 2097 Returns
« Reply #51 on: April 20, 2020, 1354 UTC »
Not sure how legit the use of an online SDR is for reports, but my home antenna is severely compromised right now. Am hearing the A beacon loud and clear (close to an S7 signal) on the KPH SDR in Point Reyes, CA, at approximately 0700 utc.

It is indeed comforting to hear it's trusty signal winging it's way through the night air.

As long as you report the location of the receiver, vs your physical location, I see no difference in using a remote or traveling to that location and using your own gear.

Unfortunately, some people do not understand there is a difference, do not mention they are using remotes, and can be misleading.  Other people actually think their location is the only one that matters, and the remote they are accessing is somehow hearing what is at their location.  That is a discussion I have had with a surprising number of new listeners online.

As a general rule if I use a remote or I report a signal heard on a remote, I also try to mention how the signal was received at my actual location.  Something like "heard at S7 on the XYZ remote in Crumville, CA, but not heard on my local receiver here in the Mojave Desert of CA".

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Re: "A" Beacon 2097 Returns
« Reply #52 on: April 21, 2020, 2122 UTC »
That's in line with my general thoughts too, Token. My main HF antenna has been down for a few months, so online SDR's are my only choice. However, even when it was up, I am in a fairly noisy and less than ideal urban location. The KPH SDR is in roughly the same part of the world as me, so represents close to what I could hear if I had a better location and good antenna.

My thinking is that a reception report, whether from a local receiver, or online SDR, is a data point and, as such, is potentially useful. Important, as you say, to note the location of any online SDR being used.
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