Receiving SV1NJX balloon tracker tests

Today, after an announcement on his blog , SV1NJX activated briefly a balloon tracker on 433.708 kHz using CW and FSK (ASCII 7N1, 50 baud, 450 Hz) at about 08:45 UTC. 

The tracker signals were of good strength but with very poor stability, with pronounced chirp in CW and gradual frequency shift on FSK. I managed to decode a few packets using my Icom IC-7100 with DL-FLDIGI 3.21.5 and with an RTL-SDR receiver with SDR# and FLDIGI 4.1.06. AFC was absolutely necessary in order to keep decoding.




The actual balloon launch will take plane in mid-July 2021.






The German research vessel RV Polarstern was received earlier this evening with weak WSPR signal on 14 MHz.

1648  -22  -0.9   14.097059    0   DP0POL        JP12     37   3067
1728  -21  -1.0   14.097059    0   DP0POL        JP12     37   3067

Polarstern currently operates in the Norwegian Sea.


G3USF's Worldwide List of HF Beacons

In a previous post I reported the demise of the G3USF HF beacons list. Now the list is available once again, by G0KYA on the RSGB website as:


The latest version (PDF format) was published on 18 June 2020.



Με λύπη διάβασα χθές στο blog του SV1BJY την επιβεβαίωση της πληροφορίας του θανάτου του Ντίνου Ψιλογιάννη SV1DB εξ αιτίας της πρόσφατης επιδημίας COVID-19. 

Ο Ντίνος ήταν από τους σημαντικότερους Έλληνες ραδιοερασιτέχνες. Ίδρυσε την Ε.Ε.Ε.Ρ. (1968) και μέσα από αυτήν προσέφερε την δυνατότητα απόκτησης ραδιοερασιτεχνικής άδειας σε πολλούς συναδέλφους, που το κατεστημένο της εποχής κρατούσε στο "ψυγείο".

Επίσης είχε μεγάλη τεχνική εμπειρία στις εγκαταστάσεις κεραιών και κεραιοσυστημάτων για μεγάλες εγκαταστάσεις και αποτελούσε μια ανεξάντλητη πηγή πληροφοριών για το θέμα.

Το blog του Ντίνου παραμένει προς το παρόν προσβάσιμο στην διεύθυνση http://sv1db.wordpress.com/ 

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