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Mid Atlantic Beacon Loggings
« on: March 26, 2021, 1035 UTC »
Rather than scatter my loggings in various threads I decided I'll consolidate them into one. Here is the inaugural post.

26 March 2021:
Both 4095.6 Whooper and Windy coming in this morning circa 1000-1030 UTC with weak signals. Normal telemetry from Windy.
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Re: Mid Atlantic Beacon Loggings
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2021, 1032 UTC »
29 Mar 2021: Good reception from both the 4095.6 Whooper and Windy circa 1030 UTC.
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Re: Mid Atlantic Beacon Loggings
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2021, 1456 UTC »
29 Mar 2021: Good reception from both the 4095.6 Whooper and Windy circa 1030 UTC.

Chris,

Which of your antennas gives you the best signal?

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Re: Mid Atlantic Beacon Loggings
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2021, 1058 UTC »
31 Mar 2021:
A fair signal from the Whooper this morning circa 1045 UTC, Windy is coming in as well, but weaker.

29 Mar 2021: Good reception from both the 4095.6 Whooper and Windy circa 1030 UTC.

Chris,

Which of your antennas gives you the best signal?

Jim

Generally the sky loop. Although the 58 ft T2FD does surprisingly well also (better than the 120 ft T2FD for these beacons) I think because it is mounted nearly vertically.
« Last Edit: April 01, 2021, 1022 UTC by ChrisSmolinski »
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Re: Mid Atlantic Beacon Loggings
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2021, 1021 UTC »
1 Apr 2021:

Good signals this morning from both the Whooper and Windy circa 1015 UTC.
« Last Edit: April 01, 2021, 1048 UTC by ChrisSmolinski »
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Re: Mid Atlantic Beacon Loggings
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2021, 1024 UTC »
6 April 2021:
1024 UTC: Weak signals from the Whooper and Windy.


1342: Finally, I am hearing the new Hiker beacon! I parked the netSDR & 900 ft horizontal sky loop on 8005 all morning, hoping to find the time slot when there is propagation between there and here.

« Last Edit: April 06, 2021, 1647 UTC by ChrisSmolinski »
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Re: Mid Atlantic Beacon Loggings
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2021, 1016 UTC »
8 Apr 2021:
1012 UTC: A good signal from the Whooper, Windy is weaker, sending normal telemetry

1209 UTC: Hiker on 8005, fading in and out.
« Last Edit: April 08, 2021, 1209 UTC by ChrisSmolinski »
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Re: Mid Atlantic Beacon Loggings
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2021, 1014 UTC »
12 April 2021:
1013 DW wil a weak signal. Windy as well, even weaker.
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Re: Mid Atlantic Beacon Loggings
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2021, 1045 UTC »
13 April 2021:
1000 UTC: Good signals from both the DW and Windy (slightly weaker), still going circa 1045 UTC.
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Re: Mid Atlantic Beacon Loggings
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2021, 1028 UTC »
14 April 2021:
1028 UTC: Weak signals from Windy and the DW.
1156 UTC: Hiker 8005 fading in and out.
1230 UTC: Somewhat better signal from Hiker.
« Last Edit: April 14, 2021, 1309 UTC by ChrisSmolinski »
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Re: Mid Atlantic Beacon Loggings
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2021, 1118 UTC »
15 April 2021:
1117 UTC: Somewhat late but still hearing the DW.
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Re: Mid Atlantic Beacon Loggings
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2021, 1018 UTC »
16 April 2021:
1009 UTC: Windy sending "S"
1018 UTC: Weak signal from the DW
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Re: Mid Atlantic Beacon Loggings
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2021, 1022 UTC »
19 April 2021:
1015 UTC: Fair signals from both the DW and Windy.
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Re: Mid Atlantic Beacon Loggings
« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2021, 1010 UTC »
20 April 2021:
0955 Weak signals from both the DW and Windy. foF2 is quite low, only 2 MHz.

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