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Re: Currently Active Beacons Chat
« Reply #30 on: January 04, 2021, 1110 UTC »
Is it worth moving some of the beacons which have been SK for some time now to the bottom of the list, to reduce clutter? I am thinking of GT, ZF and others, maybe even the beloved A.
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Re: Currently Active Beacons Chat
« Reply #31 on: January 04, 2021, 1618 UTC »
Is it worth moving some of the beacons which have been SK for some time now to the bottom of the list, to reduce clutter? I am thinking of GT, ZF and others, maybe even the beloved A.

I was thinking the same thing. Start 2020 with a clean list
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Re: Currently Active Beacons Chat
« Reply #32 on: January 04, 2021, 1634 UTC »
First pass has been completed. I'll bet there are a lot more that have not been heard in a while such as these

7000.0 "Itchy" Ditter, 0.21 seconds long, sent every 1.39 seconds.

7000.65 "Stumpy" Ditter, about 0.17 seconds long, sent every 22 seconds.

7039.4 "T" beacon  OK0EPB sends a marker each second, a longer one at the minute, and callsign.

7998.3 "Shorty" sends 18 dashes starting every minute.

8009.7 "Hiker", Dit rate is 100 per min.

13562.90 kHz "RR-dash" beacon is located in the northern Mojave Desert of Calif. with approx. 10 mW to an inverted-L antenna.

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Re: Currently Active Beacons Chat
« Reply #33 on: January 04, 2021, 1648 UTC »
First pass has been completed. I'll bet there are a lot more that have not been heard in a while such as these

7000.0 "Itchy" Ditter, 0.21 seconds long, sent every 1.39 seconds.

7000.65 "Stumpy" Ditter, about 0.17 seconds long, sent every 22 seconds.

7039.4 "T" beacon  OK0EPB sends a marker each second, a longer one at the minute, and callsign.

7998.3 "Shorty" sends 18 dashes starting every minute.

8009.7 "Hiker", Dit rate is 100 per min.

13562.90 kHz "RR-dash" beacon is located in the northern Mojave Desert of Calif. with approx. 10 mW to an inverted-L antenna.

Yeah, 7000.0 kHz Itchy appears long gone.  When it was active I could receive it anytime I looked for it, I have not seen it in a couple of years.

I strongly suspect both 2008.4 kHz dasher and 2018.3 kHz dasher are also gone, when they were active I could normally see them any morning, pre local dawn, if I went looking for them.  That was for a couple of years, but it has been a long time since I saw them, and I have been looking.  So I am pretty sure they are gone.

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Re: Currently Active Beacons Chat
« Reply #34 on: January 04, 2021, 1850 UTC »
Thanks Token! I was hoping you'd reply since you have a great listening setup and years of experience. I've made the suggested changes.

Let's keep looking at the list to see what else might be off the air.
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Re: Currently Active Beacons Chat
« Reply #35 on: January 04, 2021, 1903 UTC »
If the list of the off-the-air beacons becomes much bigger I was thinking about splitting it into a separate post to help avoid confusion to newcomers looking for a hit list of currently active beacons.

Let me know what you think.
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Re: Currently Active Beacons Chat
« Reply #36 on: January 04, 2021, 2255 UTC »
If the list of the off-the-air beacons becomes much bigger I was thinking about splitting it into a separate post to help avoid confusion to newcomers looking for a hit list of currently active beacons.

Let me know what you think.

I think this is a good idea. Call them Historical Beacons or something similar?
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Re: Currently Active Beacons Chat
« Reply #37 on: January 05, 2021, 0143 UTC »
I split the two lists. The second message is titled "Currently Inactive Beacons" since some of them have been resurrected for our listening pleasure.   8)
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Re: Currently Active Beacons Chat
« Reply #38 on: February 22, 2021, 2312 UTC »
Master List updated today:

4095 Desert Whooper
4097 Dasher
4097 Ditter
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Re: Currently Active Beacons Chat
« Reply #39 on: March 24, 2021, 2229 UTC »
Desert beaconeering... alledgedly i can neither confirm nor deny:

Madonna Beacon - fast dasher inyo - sun only 1/3 watt - 4097.23 plus/minus drift Sun angle/etc.

Buddha (once Phallaxyy for a rock formation nearby...) is weak - like 30 mW ERP on 4096.20 or so 3 sec dash - alopng with Coxie drifting JTNBP 4096.0-ish... this was Once Viking...

go figure...

just hear-say and thoughts... Hmmm...

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Re: Currently Active Beacons Chat
« Reply #40 on: March 25, 2021, 2250 UTC »
I've made some updates to the the active beacons list. Please take a look and see if there are other beacons that are not active anymore.

Does anyone know if Common and Precious is active? Any related posts about it seem pretty old.
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Re: Currently Active Beacons Chat
« Reply #41 on: March 26, 2021, 1032 UTC »
Does anyone know if Common and Precious is active? Any related posts about it seem pretty old.

The last I heard, one or more of the Common and Precious beacons were off the air due to damage, and this was as you noted quite some time ago.
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Re: Currently Active Beacons Chat
« Reply #42 on: March 26, 2021, 1551 UTC »
Does anyone know if Common and Precious is active? Any related posts about it seem pretty old.

The last I heard, one or more of the Common and Precious beacons were off the air due to damage, and this was as you noted quite some time ago.

Thanks! I will update the beacon lists today
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Re: Currently Active Beacons Chat
« Reply #43 on: May 01, 2021, 0425 UTC »
I updated the active list with the frequency of 4096.12 for the newly stronger signal "L" beacon
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Re: Currently Active Beacons Chat
« Reply #44 on: May 13, 2021, 0038 UTC »
In the news I can neither confirm nor deny, allegedly:

~6627.0 kHz "Gendarme"  - a whooping/'siren' beacon quick-falling in-freq. whooper/chirper beacon - deliberately the result via a 100 uF cap. on the voltage rail from the 2w panel and the freq. falls during cap. discharges on key-on. 50% duty-cycle/0.5 watts. OTA 10th May 2021 - 10.45 PDT.  Somewhere in the southern Great Basin... sun-only/formerly 'Rocky' - named by a cool artist lady whom heard the thing and named it...

Big. S7 sigs on the KiwiSDR (KFS-SE) Half Moon Bay, CA at 14.30 PDT today... stronger than 6700.5 HexY2K.

Tnx. Jim/Chris for this HFU fun and the great bcn. lists... 73 de MB