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Offline secretlab

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2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
« on: November 29, 2021, 0310 UTC »
An old favorite has returned, first noted in central Arizona, good signal with slow, deep fades over the holiday weekend. 0220 UTC 11-29-2021.

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Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2021, 0428 UTC »
An exciting night! ;D

Hearing it at the home QTH with the loop since 0415Z, VE7GL Chilliwack has a very nice signal on it and even VE7AV in Prince George has it whispering in.

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Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2021, 0636 UTC »
An old favorite has returned, first noted in central Arizona, good signal with slow, deep fades over the holiday weekend. 0220 UTC 11-29-2021.

Thanks for posting this! It's awesome that the A beacon is back
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Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2021, 1125 UTC »
"A" heard here at 1125 UTC 29 Nov 2021, good to hear it again!
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Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2021, 0007 UTC »
Solid and strong S9 at my QTH SE of metro Phoenix. Great to hear it back, has been one of my favorite regulars for many years. 00:05 UTC 30NOV2021
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Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2021, 1621 UTC »
Last night at about 0430Z, it was the only beacon on any band coming in. In five minutes "A" would go from a peep-in-the-dark to peaking 20+over, local SDR or home QTH loop.

Well done, builder!

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Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2021, 1731 UTC »
This is fantastic news! I'm planning a long campervan trip to the deserts of the SW in March/April of next year, and hope it will still be on the air then. Hoping to take in So Cal, Southern NV, AZ, and maybe other states, depending on time and inclination. The A beacon could be a solid friend during these travels.
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Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2021, 0050 UTC »
 "A" is very strong at this location at 0050, 589 no QSB.

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Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2022, 1754 UTC »
I've not hear "A" at home in a while but I did hear it just now on an Arizona kiwi
http://no1dsdr.ddns.net:8073/
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Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2022, 0527 UTC »
Even with my sloppy HPF for BCI, "A " is always 579-589 at this location. Heck, maybe its ground wave to me?

Always a nice signal.....Wish I had enough space for a half wave dipole at 160m, maybe I could rule the ether?

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Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2022, 0709 UTC »
Even with my sloppy HPF for BCI, "A " is always 579-589 at this location. Heck, maybe its ground wave to me?

Always a nice signal.....Wish I had enough space for a half wave dipole at 160m, maybe I could rule the ether?

Zeak,

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There have been several occasions when "A" was audible around mid-day here in DM34, but none yet in its current iteration. It's now generally fair to good in what the FCC used to refer to as "critical hours" in BCB engineering lingo...the 2 hours after sunrise and before sunset. Plus the expected times for MW.
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Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2022, 1530 UTC »
Generally sunrise and sunset listening hours are trashed here by local solar grid tie inverters firing up, wandering the 2 MHz spectrum with +40 dB peaks of noise. Thank goodness for SDRs!

2097.31 KHz  "A" Approx s5 on http://kj7cat.com:8073/

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Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2022, 1640 UTC »
No local signal but am hearing it on this kiwi sdr
http://kj7cat.com:8073/
Jim
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Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2022, 2322 UTC »
hearing A quite well on the Utah omni SDR  http://kiwisdr1.sdrutah.org:8073/
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Re: 2097.3 kHz. "A" Beacon Returns...Again...
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2022, 0408 UTC »
The "A" beacon is making it over some local noise with a good signal here on the KX3
Jim
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