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Offline l0ngwire

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Long Dasher On 4069.4
« on: March 30, 2022, 0752 UTC »
At 0745z here in Santa Barbara I am hearing a long dasher on 4069.4.  It does not quite have a pure CW note--a pirate beacon or just another utility signal?  It is stronger on the Token SDR and very weak on the KFS omni.

And what happened to the Desert Whooper and Coastal Slider?  No copy either on the usual SDRs.  Perhaps "Uncle Charlie" got tired of the unlicensed fun?

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Re: Long Dasher On 4069.4
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2022, 0828 UTC »
nope, Desert Whooper is still around, i can pick it up here in VA albeit not all the time and when it does come through its pretty faint.

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Re: Long Dasher On 4069.4
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2022, 1710 UTC »
nope, Desert Whooper is still around, i can pick it up here in VA albeit not all the time and when it does come through its pretty faint.

More likely transmitter failure or even vandalism. It would be awfully expensive for the FCC to send people out into the roadless desert
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Re: Long Dasher On 4069.4
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2022, 0713 UTC »
I hope you're right.  I believe both beacons went off the air on the same day central and southern California had a fairly large rainstorm, which might have silenced them.

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Re: Long Dasher On 4069.4
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2022, 0146 UTC »
DW sustained some damage from possibly a close but not direct lightning strike. The micro controller, battery charge controller and solar current sensor were all damaged.
A "zap trapper" is now installed in the coax path.

DW is now back on the air.  ;D

We are hoping to see the Coast Slider back ASAP!

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Re: Long Dasher On 4069.4
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2022, 0411 UTC »
Here in N. Cal, I have been copying this long dasher on 4069.4 for the past 3 nights. It starts coming in late evening and hits S5-6 with a clean tone before fading out at sunrise. ~1 second dash and a ~2 second period.

Did I see in another thread that this is MojaveBeaconeer's "Coxie"?
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Re: Long Dasher On 4069.4
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2022, 0425 UTC »
-snip-

Did I see in another thread that this is MojaveBeaconeer's "Coxie"?

4096.0  "Coxie" Slow dasher, about 4.5 seconds, 700 mW, Joshua Tree NP, daytime only with dead battery
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Re: Long Dasher On 4069.4
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2022, 0434 UTC »
On the KFS omni kiwi the dasher is very strong on 4069.43

There appears to be a small amount of upward frequency shift after keydown. Id vote for it being a Pirate beacon!
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Re: Long Dasher On 4069.4
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2022, 0547 UTC »
579 at this location at 0547

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