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Re: New whooper beacon on 4095.6
« Reply #15 on: November 21, 2020, 1122 UTC »
I monitored this signal last night and got a weak, but readable copy of it.

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Re: New whooper beacon on 4095.6
« Reply #16 on: November 23, 2020, 1500 UTC »
I can faintly hear it at 4095.66 Khz coming in and out at best at S5 briefly then back into the noise at 0725 utc in SW Arkansas, not really able to catch much as an station ID.

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What is your setup (antenna & radio) for receiving DW there in Arkansas?  I have been using the KFS KiwiSDR for now as my home antenna farm is still under reconstruction.
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Re: New whooper beacon on 4095.6
« Reply #17 on: November 23, 2020, 1502 UTC »
The Desert Whooper is pushing S5 on the KFS SE KiwiSDR this morning  http://69.27.184.58:8076/
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Re: New whooper beacon on 4095.6
« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2020, 0300 UTC »
Am hearing the DW Whooper on the Sedona Kiwi SDR  http://w7rna.dyndns-server.com/

main page for Sedona is at http://w7rna.ham-radio-op.net/
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Re: New whooper beacon on 4095.6
« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2020, 1346 UTC »
Am hearing the DW Whooper on the following Kiwi SDRs

Northern Utah  weak but readable
KFS SE array  S6 peaks
KFS Omni  S4 peaks
Sedona  weak but readable
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Re: New whooper beacon on 4095.6
« Reply #20 on: November 24, 2020, 1511 UTC »
Whooper Beacon heard here 0457Z, constant S-3 for about 30min +/- log time. Then into the noise at 0516Z



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Re: New whooper beacon on 4095.6
« Reply #21 on: November 24, 2020, 1625 UTC »
I just got this here at the house for the first time, and I have looked pretty often since it was first reported.

1620z, 24 Nov, 2020, peaking up to S3 and fading in and out of the S1 noise floor here, so a bit of QSB.

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Re: New whooper beacon on 4095.6
« Reply #22 on: November 25, 2020, 0441 UTC »
Am hearing the DW Whooper on the following Kiwi SDRs

Northern Utah  very weak, barely readable
KFS SE array  S7 peaks
KFS Omni  S5 peaks
Sedona  weak but readable
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Re: New whooper beacon on 4095.6
« Reply #23 on: November 25, 2020, 0552 UTC »
I have it very faint here, seeing a few cycles of the fish hook pattern as it fades up out of the noise and goes back under. Just caught the "DW" CW ID and am now hearing the whooping weak but there, signal improving over the past few minutes. On the Airspy HF+ and 30 ft vertical antenna, weak but audible on the Icom IC-R8500 and 70 ft long wire as well. A lot of static crashes here tonight across the bands. 05:50 UTC 25 NOV 2020.
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Re: New whooper beacon on 4095.6
« Reply #24 on: November 25, 2020, 1401 UTC »

This morning I am hearing the DW Whooper on the following Kiwi SDRs

Northern Utah  has a fair signal
KFS SE array  S5 peaks
KFS Omni  S5 peaks
Sedona  Very weak but readable
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Re: New whooper beacon on 4095.6
« Reply #25 on: November 27, 2020, 0153 UTC »
Just faded up out of the noise here with a fairly strong signal. Whooping and sending "DW" quite clear. 01:52 UTC 27 NOV 2020
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Re: New whooper beacon on 4095.6
« Reply #26 on: November 27, 2020, 0323 UTC »
Just faded up out of the noise here with a fairly strong signal. Whooping and sending "DW" quite clear. 01:52 UTC 27 NOV 2020

Excellent!

I just checked the SDRs and both of the KFS kiwis were quite good. Utah was a bit weak but clear and Arizona was a pretty fair signal.
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Re: New whooper beacon on 4095.6
« Reply #27 on: November 27, 2020, 1410 UTC »
Northern Utah  has a fair signal, S3
KFS SE array  S5 peaks
KFS Omni  S4 peaks
Sedona  has a fair signal, S3
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Re: New whooper beacon on 4095.6
« Reply #28 on: November 28, 2020, 2314 UTC »
Token has posted a YouTube video of receiving the DW Whooper at his home along with a detailed description of the beacon's characteristics.   https://youtu.be/LEKZDaD7J8g

 "This is a pirate beacon, probably located in the US desert south west.  Some of these beacons have names, either given by the person who built / place the beacon or given by listeners who monitor the beacons, this one, at this time, is being called the "Desert Whooper", for obvious reasons.  The chirps have a distinctive, and one assume intentional, non-linear chirp, or "whoop", and the CW ID is "DW".  This beacon was first reported on the associated forums on HFUnderground in November, 2020.  It is assumed that it started operations about the same time.

The frequency of this beacon is 4095.6 kHz, and it consists of a series of chirpy CW dashes, or short, frequency chirping, duration carriers.  Each dash shifts downwards in frequency by about 600 Hz from start to stop.  A "cycle" for this beacon has a CW ID consisting of the letters "DW", followed by 22 chirping dashes, the first dash after the CW ID is slightly longer than the other dashes.  As far as I know, whoever placed this beacon has not yet released any details of its hardware.

Two other pirate beacons are seen in this video, a new and as yet unnamed beacon on 4097.2 kHz consisting of 2 second long flat chirps, and the long active Windy beacon in a failed mode.

Recorded at my location in the Mojave Desert of California, USA, on 26 November, 2020, 2353 UTC."


He has lots of neat beacons and other signals on videos which are available at his channel  https://www.youtube.com/user/FirstToken/videoshttps://www.youtube.com/user/FirstToken/videos
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Re: New whooper beacon on 4095.6
« Reply #29 on: November 29, 2020, 0431 UTC »
Thanks Token, great information as always and much appreciated! DW is fading in and out here. I am not seeing any of the other usual suspects in this range right now such as Windy, the 4097.2 long dasher, or the 4094 dasher. I can usually see one or two of the others at the same time as DW but that is not the case right now, whatever that might say about propagation from other unknown locations if those beacons are transmitting. 04:28 UTC 29 NOV 2020.
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