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Author Topic: Beacon Buffoon Rips Up 630  (Read 1255 times)
K0OD
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« on: November 24, 2017, 06:48:31 AM »

The infamous Tennessee Beacon Buffoon has made scattered appearances on longwave for a very long time. But last night he let it rip on 630m WSPR, lighting up receivers simultaneously from Hawaii to Germany. Around 0900Z he peaked at +17 at my place in Missouri when all other ham signals were deep in negative numbers. His transmitting power prints as 0.2. Not likely!

You may remember him as NDB LYQ perched on the edge (529 kHz) of the AM broadcast band a few years ago from his private airport. At night LYQ was heard on car radios for hundreds of miles. He was also reportedly behind a bizarre 30-m beacon before that. He's been dabbling on 630m CW in the past few weeks broadcasting slow two-letter Morse combinations.  

Here he boasts about his station: https://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/wa4sze-on-630-meters.582728/   
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AA2UK
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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2017, 08:12:59 AM »

I see his WSPR spots often, I've heard the long carrier down followed by "NA" back to the carrier eventually followed by his call but a different grid locator then his WSPR EM65 locator. The CW beacon at 475kcs is far stronger. Both are never on at the same time.
He was transmitting prior to the FCC announcement or published UTC contact requirements. I read his interpretation of the Official FCC order and I didn't agree with his reasoning. However I'm not nor do I want to play FCC enforcement not in real life or on TV.
He does have a killer MF antenna it seems odd that he's so much stronger then other similarly outfitted stations.
I've never seen or heard him make a single contact on 630?
Bill, AA2UK
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K0OD
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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2017, 09:27:38 AM »

Two wildly different power levels or antennas were used last night as this shows. Below is a copy/paste from my sequential print. He sometimes drifts substantially compared with other WSPR transmitters. The -20 is about what I'd expect from a typical WSPR beacon that far away from me. The +17 report is about what I'd expect from the claimed 100 watts into a 190' vertical.     

"2017-11-24 10:02     [call letters]     0.475711     -20     0     EM65     0.2     K0OD     EM48so     461     320
 2017-11-24 10:02     [call letters]    0.475591     -20     0     EM65     0.2     K0OD     EM48so     461     320
 2017-11-24 10:02     [call letters]     0.475651     +17    0     EM65     0.2     K0OD     EM48so     461     320"

Don't see any point in giving him more publicity than necessary. He knows what he's doing. Has known it for years.
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AE5X
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« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2017, 09:30:14 AM »

I received an email from K5DNL a few days ago. He informed me that he has been transmitting WSPR on 476.700 for the past 5 years and asked that I refrain ("move up or down") from that frequency if I intend to use WSPR since he has been on that freq for so long.

He had not been transmitting when I started but when he wants to operate WSPR, he wants to do it on that freq - and will, regardless of whether anyone is there at the time.

Ken K5DNL, are you reading this? Public comments are welcome...
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AA2UK
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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2017, 10:12:33 AM »

I received an email from K5DNL a few days ago. He informed me that he has been transmitting WSPR on 476.700 for the past 5 years and asked that I refrain ("move up or down") from that frequency if I intend to use WSPR since he has been on that freq for so long.

He had not been transmitting when I started but when he wants to operate WSPR, he wants to do it on that freq - and will, regardless of whether anyone is there at the time.

Ken K5DNL, are you reading this? Public comments are welcome...
I'm confused, Ken passed this along or Ken told you he wanted to operate WSPR outside the WSPR band?
Boll, AA2UK
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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2017, 10:24:52 AM »

He told me not to operate on the freq he's been using for years - because he's been using that particular freq and intends to keep doing - so I (and presumably others) need to stay off of it.
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AA2UK
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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2017, 12:02:48 PM »

He told me not to operate on the freq he's been using for years - because he's been using that particular freq and intends to keep doing - so I (and presumably others) need to stay off of it.
That's so off the wall and uncalled for I'm at a loss for words......
A freq he's used for years? Maybe w/ an experimental license, last I checked the band changed operations Oct 16th. 2017.
Bill, AA2UK
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K0OD
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« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2017, 12:09:47 PM »

"He told me not to operate on the freq he's been using for years "

Who is "he," K5DNL Ken, or the Beacon Buffoon in Tennessee? Someone needs to explain to all us newbies how the 7 kHz of 630m real estate were staked out long ago.

Does active WSPR user W3LPL know about this? Smiley  
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« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2017, 12:40:39 PM »

The guy in question is referenced here:

http://www.lwca.org/mb/msg/7321.htm

They have removed his posts.
He is somewhere near WWRB in Nashville,
actually admitted that the Men From Uncle
paid a visit the other day but no matter.

I heard his 475.5 signal...the strongest ever
heard here.

He has a long history of seemingly doing as
he pleases but this time it may be different.
Way different.
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K0OD
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« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2017, 12:47:28 PM »


W3LPL can be heard nightly on 630m WSPR surely using less than one percent of his capability. Those towers exceed 200'. Judging from his longwave signal, LPL is operating legally, a good neighbor on a secondary allocation.   

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AA2UK
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« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2017, 12:56:56 PM »

He told me not to operate on the freq he's been using for years - because he's been using that particular freq and intends to keep doing - so I (and presumably others) need to stay off of it.


0208  -23   0.1    0.475710    0   K5DNL         EM15     33   1252

I've never seen Ken on another WSPR freq.......
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« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2017, 01:31:58 PM »

"He told me not to operate on the freq he's been using for years "

Who is "he," K5DNL Ken, or the Beacon Buffoon in Tennessee? Someone needs to explain to all us newbies how the 7 kHz of 630m real estate were staked out long ago.

Does active WSPR user W3LPL know about this? Smiley  


"He" is K5DNL. Unbelievable, I know.
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« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2017, 01:34:45 PM »

He told me not to operate on the freq he's been using for years - because he's been using that particular freq and intends to keep doing - so I (and presumably others) need to stay off of it.


0208  -23   0.1    0.475710    0   K5DNL         EM15     33   1252

I've never seen Ken on another WSPR freq.......


And if you operate there you will get an email from you telling you to please move, probably going thru the whole "I've been operating there for 5 years" spiel.

7 kHz and not one, but two buffoons (although I personally use a different word).
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AA2UK
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« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2017, 01:41:07 PM »

He told me not to operate on the freq he's been using for years - because he's been using that particular freq and intends to keep doing - so I (and presumably others) need to stay off of it.


0208  -23   0.1    0.475710    0   K5DNL         EM15     33   1252

I've never seen Ken on another WSPR freq.......


And if you operate there you will get an email from you telling you to please move, probably going thru the whole "I've been operating there for 5 years" spiel.

7 kHz and not one, but two buffoons (although I personally use a different word).
I've noticed somewhat of a clique on the CHAT page. I just ignore them.
There will be plenty of new Op's they won't be able to to play games with.
Bill, AA2UK
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K0OD
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« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2017, 01:50:35 PM »

I'm always on the same frequency too but that's just the WSJT-X default frequency. I haven't gotten past that early stage. So far I've only listened, not transmitted. Often I'll have my receiver filter on my Flex-5000 widened to cover the full 7 kHz 630m band. Allows me to hear any CW or whatever.

What's the bandwidth of WSPR, something like 7 Hz?  I can't believe K5DNL would claim the default WSPR frequency as his own, exclusively. 

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"He" is K5DNL. Unbelievable, I know.

I STILL don't believe it. Smiley

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7 kHz and not one, but two buffoons

I was thinking the exact same thing!
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