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Report #115 09/01/15

INTERNATIONAL BEACON PROJECT
There evidently are a lot of HAMs who are not aware that 14100 kHz is one of the frequencies in use by this project. I have frequently heard folks tune up right on top of that frequency and then engaging in long conversations. For those who may not have seen my previous mention of the project some years ago, here are the frequencies in use: 14100, 18110, 21150, 24930 and 28200 kHz. For callsigns of the beacons, their locations, and a frequency/time chart of operation go to:
http://ncdxf.org/beacon/info.html

CUBAN COMMUNICATIONS
HM01 The voice groups of the previous day have been observed being sent at the start of the 1600 UTC schedule on 11435 kHz. When the error is finally discovered the tape is changed and the current day groups are transmitted. This month this took place on the 13th, 14th, 17th, 20th, 23rd, and 25th of August.

M08a On Thursday 13 and 20 August the YL/SS with 5F groups was sent on 7554 kHz. This should have been Cuban cut numbers in CW. On Wednesday 26 August the two signals were mixed on 8096 kHz.

ULTRA-LIGHT RADIOS
My good friend and neighbor, Gary Donnelly, authored an article on this subject which is in the September Spectrum Monitor on-line publication. Gary gave a presentation on Ultra-Light Radios at the NASWA SWL Festival this past Winter and the talk was very well received. I have more than a passing interest in this phase of the radio hobby. I own a tiny, and I mean tiny, Bell & Howell auto scan radio. Although it just covers the FM band, I do enjoy sitting on my porch in the evening with the radio in hand and it is truly amazing how the device, which measures only 2" x 2 1/2" x 1/2", pulls in distant stations. I plan to start keeping a log of my reception results.

BEACON LOGGINGS
kHz/callsign/location/Time of intercept [DDHHMM]
218 YUY Rouyn QC Canada 090212
245 YZE Gore Bay ON Canada 090215
248 UL Montreal-Dorval Canada 090216
257 YXR Earlton ON Canada 090218
272 YQA Muskoka ONB Canada 090219
332 QT Thunder Bay ON Canada 090225
341 YYU Kasing (Kapuskasing) ON Canada 090226
366 YMW Maniwaki QC Canada 090227
373 2Q Mont Laurier QC Canada 090228
378 RJ FRoberval QC Canada 090230
390 JT Stephenville NL Canada 090231
392 ML Charlevoix QC Canada 090232
407 ZHU Hauts Bois (Montreal-St. Hubert) Canada 090233
516 YWA Petawawa ONB Canada 090239

OTHER LOGGINGS
kHz/comments/time of intercept [DDHHMM]
  8006 Several lOM/SS in USB. Can hear control but only few of the outstations. Very bad QRN 152258
12788 Probably NMG New Orleans, LA with FAX 120/576 USCG meteo 271355

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