2015-01-30

NDB logs

In the past I enjoyed hunting for Non-Directional Beacons (NDB), the marine and aero navigational aids in the low and medium frequency bands. Unfortunately I was foreced to abandon this activity due to high levels of electrical noise at my location.

During my recent visit to Cyprus I carried a Sangean ATS-909 portable receiver, so I was able to log two "locals" at Larnaca:

2015-01-29 13:09   343 kHz     DKA   Dhekelia NDB  
2015-01-29 13:11   432 kHz     LCA   Larnaca NDB

2015-01-25

EP6T - a lot of bad luck

I have Iran confirmed only on 21 MHz SSB, so I expected that with the current ambitious DX-pedition I would be able to fill some band slots plus confirming RTTY and CW. I managed to contact them on 7, 18 and 28 MHz SSB. However, everytime I could hear them on 14 and 3.5 MHz CW they were working North America or Japan. 

On January 22 at 1746 UTC I managed to break the pile-up on 10 MHz RTYY - new band, new mode. Unfortunately another SV1 called over my reply and the operator at EP6T did not log me. I tried again this evening, January 25, and I hope that this time I am in the log. 


UPDATE: EP6T just uploaded to Clublog and my second contact on 30m RTTY is in the log. This DX pedition did the right thing by posting frequent updates to Clublog and the Logbook of The World. This practice does reduce multiple QSOs by big gun stations.



2015-01-07

Beacon V on 7091.5 kHz



A SPECTRAN screenshot of beacon V on 7091.5 kHz. This 40 m intruder is a russian military operation and, according to DK2OM of IARU R1, is located in Almaty, Kazakhstan. I failed to locate the spurii at +/- 750 Hz, possibly due to the high level of electrical noise at my location.

2015-01-06

28 MHz beacons today

A few ten-meter beacons received today:

UTC    QRG      CALLSIGN  
-----  -------  ----------
11:06   28215   GB3RAL
11:06   28237.6 LA5TEN
11:07   28267.5 OH9TEN
11:08   28292.5 SK0CT

2015-01-02

F2 on 50 MHz possible today ?


Today the ionospheric sounder (digisonde) of the National Observatory of Athens, Greece, showed a foF2 return up to 11350 kHz, so I expected a F2 opening to the East (Central and East Asia) on 50 MHz.



However the magic band is almost dead.