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Author Topic: HiFer Beacons  (Read 14673 times)
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« on: June 15, 2012, 09:20:03 AM »

Does anyone else monitor the beacons on 13.555MHz +/-?
Currently hearing WV on 13.55567MHz running 4mW into a vertical:
http://www.wa8ywo.com/HiFerbeacon.html

A couple nights back I copied MTI also running 4mW on13.557.540. I saw MTI earlier on the Elecraft P3, but he has faded now.

Fun stuff.

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K0OD
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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2012, 06:22:43 PM »

Dale, I've had a receiver parked on 13.555 for the past two hours and hear nothing in St. Louis.

Anyone else?
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2012, 08:56:22 AM »

This is what i hear west coast of Canada

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K0OD
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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2012, 06:49:25 PM »

I was getting the same pulsing/swishing sound in Missouri yesterday. Sounds like CODAR, oceanographic wave radar. Covers a wide swath of spectrum around 13.555.

Anybody else?
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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2012, 01:42:21 AM »

I never even heard of these beacons before.  What is the most distant report you have received?

73,

Chris/NU1O
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« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2012, 06:20:51 PM »

Very wide and obnoxious CODAR peaking S-9 here around 13.440 MHz. This is the kind of garbage hams labored to get moved out of the 60 meter ham band about a year ago.

http://www.n4ip.com/N4IP_Labs/CODAR-WERA.html
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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2012, 10:26:49 AM »

Hifer beacon EH has been in here all day (EM85). Running very narrow FSK- maybe 1 or 2Hz shift. You'll need to be running ARGO or have  a waterfall panadapter to be able to visually decode him, but he is loud.
Here's a link to the operation:
http://vk2xv-hifer.blogspot.com/2012/04/third-hifer-beacon-seen-eh.html

He is 702 miles from me and I copy him on 13555.451KHz.

Dale W4OP
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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2012, 03:16:33 PM »

Now seeing beacon RY very strong in QRSS mode on 13555.386KHz. 906 miles away.
Also beginning to see another beacon about 19Hz lower, but I cannot yet make him out.
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« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2012, 06:13:52 PM »

MP in Ontario is now copyable on 13555.390 KHz. 552 Miles.

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« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2012, 06:55:59 PM »

I had copied GNK (Madison, Wi) several times in the 13 MHz region.  At first I thought that I was receiving a spur from a British maritime station of the same call, but as it turned-out, they were long extinct on CW like most of the rest of the shore stations.  :^(   Some web searching turned up the HiFER beacon GNK, a bit less than 4 milliWatts into a short, wire dipole, zig-zagged to make it fit into an attic.  I sent an e-mail and received an e-mail confirmation and more information about the HiFer beacons and the lowfer list.

<4 milliWatts, minus the feeder, minue the compromises in the antenna , the absorption in the attic and roofing...and etc.    simply amazing!


de Ray
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« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2012, 11:14:55 AM »

I have posted an ARGO software (http://www.weaksignals.com/) screen capture I made a couple days ago centered on 13.5554 MHz. From bottom to top:  EH    SIW     RY     MP


http://www.parelectronics.com/images/ARGO00000.jpg

73,

Dale W4OP
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