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Re: Coastal Slider Back On 4109.5
« Reply #30 on: September 24, 2022, 2028 UTC »
Typically the Omni is not infested with bots. Itís probably the best choice for CS as an optimum receive antenna
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Re: Coastal Slider Back On 4109.5
« Reply #31 on: December 02, 2022, 1506 UTC »
Last I heard CS was Nov 23rd. Has anyone heard it since then? Might just be band conditions.
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Re: Coastal Slider Back On 4109.5
« Reply #32 on: December 02, 2022, 2357 UTC »
Could not copy it when I was in the central coast a couple months ago.
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Re: Coastal Slider Back On 4109.5
« Reply #33 on: December 08, 2022, 0446 UTC »
I think CS has become intermittent. For a few days (after Jim's post) I looked for the usually reliable CS just after sunrise using my home RX or the SDRs. Nothing but static.

But last Thursday something interesting happened: suddenly, around 0850 local (CA time), it came on. I had left the RX on after checking at 8am. However the 'slides' were weird and oddly formed - erratic and shortened,  in groups of 2 or 3 with long pauses in between. This went on for 10 minutes and then stopped. Checked again several times that day and it was not heard again. I noted the CA weather that day was a mix of rain, clouds and occasional sun.

Today I checked at 7am, and again nothing was heard.  But re-checking at 10am - there it was sliding away merrily, with a strong signal. So CS had started up sometime well after sunrise today. And it's still there at 8pm. North/Central CA weather was sunny all day. Maybe CS is having charging/battery problems?


« Last Edit: December 08, 2022, 0448 UTC by stendec »
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Re: Coastal Slider Back On 4109.5
« Reply #34 on: December 08, 2022, 0459 UTC »
Stendec

That's a great report! I'll try to listen in the morning from sunrise on and see what I hear.
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Re: Coastal Slider Back On 4109.5
« Reply #35 on: December 08, 2022, 1712 UTC »
I did listen with the KFS Omni but no joy. It is cloudy on the NorCal coast



I wonder if CS's solar panel is knocked over and only gets partial daylight which wouldn't keep the battery healthy.
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Re: Coastal Slider Back On 4109.5
« Reply #36 on: December 08, 2022, 1803 UTC »
I just checked the KFS Omni and there is a good signal from CS
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Re: Coastal Slider Back On 4109.5
« Reply #37 on: December 09, 2022, 1843 UTC »
I did not catch the exact time but CS did come back on the air sometime after 9 AM. I guess for now it can be considered a daytime only beacon until Beaconpop can make repairs.

The sweep is from 4109.2 to 4109.6 which might be a little lower in frequency, probably due to the cold weather.
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Re: Coastal Slider Back On 4109.5
« Reply #38 on: December 17, 2022, 1753 UTC »
CS sweeping 4109.2 to 4109.6, about S6 on KPH
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Re: Coastal Slider Back On 4109.5
« Reply #39 on: January 01, 2023, 1755 UTC »
I caught CS turning on at 1752 Z

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Re: Coastal Slider Back On 4109.5
« Reply #40 on: January 19, 2023, 1822 UTC »
CS still seems to be a daytime-only-with-good-sunlight-beacon.
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Re: Coastal Slider Back On 4109.5
« Reply #41 on: January 21, 2023, 0651 UTC »
Agreed, CS now seems to be a daytime-only beacon, and then only in sunny weather. During California's recent 'atmospheric river events' it was was off the air for days.

CS actually keeps going a few hours past sunset. It's now about 10:30PM CA time and it's strong on the KFS SDR. But it'll be dead by morning.

I caught CS in 'wakeup mode' this morning around 9am. Irregular and shortened beeps for maybe 30 minutes, beeps a couple of times, stops for a few seconds, then chirps again, etc.  Seen on the KFS SDR, some of the beeps have an interesting signature and are spread over a couple of kHz (caused by low battery voltage?). See the attached screenshot.


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Re: Coastal Slider Back On 4109.5
« Reply #42 on: January 22, 2023, 0100 UTC »
Sure looking good tonight at 5 PM left coast time!



Good work!
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Re: Coastal Slider Back On 4109.5
« Reply #43 on: January 25, 2023, 1348 UTC »
I guess that CS has been repaired and the battery is well charged. It is 5:45am with dawn a ways off and I can hear CS faintly at home and it's also coming in very good on KFS omni.
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Re: Coastal Slider Back On 4109.5
« Reply #44 on: January 26, 2023, 0303 UTC »
Can hear CS at home, faint but recognizable.
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