Hundred thirty-fourth edition of the N&O column / Spooks newsletter

(Date: November 2008)

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Utility round-up

Pirate beacons

High Frequency Beacons reported since June 2008.

Frequency Ident. Operation Notes
2097 A Arizona (15 watts) - 'A' ident or malfunctions as series of dits - 15 watts max.
3450 OK OK
4011.8 FL Dasher
4078 W 300-400 mW Inverted L night time only. Location: Colorado
4077.27 MO Solar 200 mW 118ft end fed wire. Location: Oklahoma
4079 TMPnnn The TEMPERATURE BEACON - Temperature in deg. F. in SW Arizona - sends 'TMP' then 2 - 3 digit temp. in CW every 10 seconds. 1 watt
4089 Dits About 80 dits/minute, Death Valley N.P., 500 mW to inv. vee. dipole
4094.2 PA Solar power 200 mW Dipole. Location: Arkansas
4094.8 Dasher Sputnick - 60 dash/min, night only Location: West Virginia
4096 6 dots 1 Dash
4095.8 Dasher Long dashes, about 4 seconds each.
4096.1 Dasher 4.5 sec long dashes (about 13 dashes per min.) Joshua Tree N.P.- big signal - north-facing dipole ('Coxie')
4096.25 Dasher 1 sec dash (about 30 per min.) Joshua Tree N.P., 400 mW to inverted vee. ('Hexie')
4096.6 Dasher 2 sec. dash (about 16 per minute) Mojave Nat. Preserve-400 mW to inverted vee. ('Kelsie')
4097.2 Dasher 55 dashes per minute with chirp when sun is low; day-only, Inyo County, Calif. near DVNP at 5300 ft. elevation ('Inyo-whooper'), inv. vee., 0.5w
4097.43 KX Temperature beacon. Location?
  KX KX KX KX (KX repeated 10 times)
TEMP IN F 60 60 60
TEMP OUT F 54 54 54
4102.3 W... The WIND BEACON - sends 'W' ident and series of dits - each dit correlating to a turn of its anenometer, so if it is windy in the SE California desert, it sends lots of dits; and no wind, no dits.
5157.6 Dasher BLINKY 200 mW Dipole. Location: Florida
5454 SD San Diego, CA
5499.13 WA Dasher
5678.4 Dasher PIKE solar/battery 100 mW Dipole. Location: Colorado "Honker"
6549.3 FL 300 mW Dipole. Location: Florida
6626.2 S About 60-200 dashes per min., Inyo COunty, Calif. near DVNP, sun-only, ~200 mW ('Rocky')
6626.4 Dits Fast 'drippy' sounding dits about 100/min., Mojave N.P., sun-only, 1.5 watts ('Rainy')
6700.4 Dasher About 62 dashes per min. Joshua Tree N.P. (Hexy2k)
7997.7 Dasher Solar/battery dipole. Location: Colorado "Pike JR"
8001.5 S S.W. Arizona, sun-only, 1 watt. strong signal daytimes
8188.7 W Solar/battery 100 mW dipole daylight. Location: Colorado
8211.7 OR OR
10236.7 FL Dasher
11002.7 CO Solar battery 300 mW dipole. Location: Colorado

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