2015-08-26

DXCC 275 entities


Last April I received the endorsement sticker for 275 DXCC entities (mixed). The next one is for 300 entities, very unlikely to achieve it.


UPDATE: Recently updated to 276 entities, with a paper QSL card from 7O2A, Yemen.

2015-08-24

CQ WPX award update



Yesterday I received e-mail from N8BJQ, the CQ WPX awards manager, that the following endorsements to my WPX awards were approved:
  • WPX Mixed:  1350 prefixes
  • WPX SSB: 750 prefixes
  • WPX Digital: 28 MHz endorsement

All new prefixes were confirmed via the ARRL Logbook of The World (LoTW).


UPDATE: My new WPX endorsements are published in October 2015 issue of CQ Amateur Radio (page 94).







2015-08-21

40m FSK intruder - 7051 kHz



A strong FSK signal appears during night time on 7051 kHz. The signal is strong in my area before daybreak and shows a peculiar pattern of spectrum peaks when idling.  Shift is 200 Hz.

Propagation indicates that the signal comes from the East, as it starts fading out before local daybreak.


2015-08-09

COMMON AND PRECIOUS


A strange HF propagation beacon operates in the last few months on 10237.6 kHz CW. It repeats the message: "JO62SK 5W DIPOLE JO62SK COMMON AND PRECIOUS". The string JO62SK is probably a Maidenhead locator centered at Aldershof, a German town southeast of Berlin.

Listen to a sound recording of the beacon: COMMON AND PRECIOUS








 

20m FSK intruder - 14192 kHz

Spectrum capture showing both data and idling FSK modes
A strong FSK signal appears regularly on 14192 kHz. The signal is strong in my area and it operates in two distinct FSK modes (one for idling and one for actual data transfer). According to the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System, the transmitter is located in or near Kaliningrad, Russia. This system is called T600 in Russia and BEE/36-50 in western sources.

Listeners have also reported to UDXF a station sending military CW traffic using call sign OQ2V on the same frequency in June 2015.