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Author Topic: A1A 22m Beacon ~13562.35 "RR-dash" is back OTA about 2100z 08 August  (Read 555 times)

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RR-dash (on about 13562.35 kHz A1A ident about 6 sec. cycle-length) is back OTA after a few month's outage due to high QRN and local T-storms.  Also, I just refurbished an old January 1988 built 2012 based memory keyer and have the beacon going most daily now (the plan).  This is the former "VAN" transmitter - a 2N3904 tuned-out Colpitts xtal osc. to a 2N3904 final at low power output and a 1/4 wave end-fed horiz. wire antenna.

It might drift +/- 20 Hz due to ambient temperature changes in the sleeping-loft location above my lab and radio-room.

This is also to celebrate and Solar Flux rising to 101 today! Higher MUFs mean better 22m DX!

73 de MB

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Re: A1A 22m Beacon ~13562.35 "RR-dash" is back OTA about 2100z 08 August
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2021, 2205 UTC »
oh yes - by "VAN" ident I mean the beacon I was running from my 1974 camper van now being fixed up to go Autumn camping and DXing in - it went on in the Ford E300 van in 2014-2015 for a spell, and someone else took over the calls afterward - an imitator, not  mine... 73 MB

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Re: A1A 22m Beacon ~13562.35 "RR-dash" is back OTA about 2100z 08 August
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2021, 2207 UTC »
in DM16 in CA... MB

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Re: A1A 22m Beacon ~13562.35 "RR-dash" is back OTA about 2100z 08 August
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2021, 0302 UTC »
I hope your little beacon will be on the air for the next few weeks, at least. I am planning a campervan trip from South Lake Tahoe, down south on US395. If my cat behaves, we will continue our journey and come shockingly close to DM16 on US395. Will have a listen out for it. Receiving the groundwave should be a cinch.

I have a Part 15 beacon in my campervan, on 13557.89 10 or 20Hz. It sends the letters SPT at about 6WPM, as a tribute to my constant companion, my kitty Sprout. A very few mW to an unmatched 10-12 foot length of wire inside the fiberglass muffin top of the campervan. Not the best radiator, but I'm only doing it for fun.

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« Last Edit: October 07, 2021, 0305 UTC by Dave Richards »
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Re: A1A 22m Beacon ~13562.35 "RR-dash" is back OTA about 2100z 08 August
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2021, 2335 UTC »
Campervan beacon... nice! :)
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Re: A1A 22m Beacon ~13562.35 "RR-dash" is back OTA about 2100z 08 August
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2021, 2329 UTC »
I was in DM16 (Keeler, CA to be precise) on Mon Oct 25th, hoping to catch a whiff of the groundwave from RR-dash. Didn't hear a thing, disappointingly.
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Re: A1A 22m Beacon ~13562.35 "RR-dash" is back OTA about 2100z 08 August
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2021, 1530 UTC »
On Halloween, heard what may have been RR here in eastern Kansas. The ID wasn't clear enough to be certain under the QRM from Codar, but there was a distinctive dash afterward, 9.5 times a minute (19 repetitions per every two minutes).  Can anyone confirm if this is the right repetition rate for RR?

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Re: A1A 22m Beacon ~13562.35 "RR-dash" is back OTA about 2100z 08 August
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2021, 1754 UTC »
Uh oh, RR dash is not on every day due to much listening.  Maybe later today soon... sorry about lack of ground-wave... my friend hears it in NM fine, also.  a simple fundamental stall (for a Halicrafters CB) and NPN p.a. to tuner and half-wave horrid. end-fed wire facing  east and up 4m above the earth.  it runs 2 to 3 days a week, sometimes 24/7.. sometimes I forget to turn it back on.  OK on to it... MB