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Report #058 02/14/07

SWL WINTER FESTIVAL
This year marks the 20th Annual Shortwave Listener's WinterFest in Kulpsville, PA. And in keeping with this special occasion the Fest is being conducted March 8-10, three days instead of the usual two days. Registration information is available at www.swlfest.com/fest_regform.html
The tentative forum schedule can be seen on http://swlfest.bloglspot.com

OVER THE HORIZON RADAR
For some time several SWLers have been hearing OTH (over the horizon) radar in the vicinity of 4500 kHz. The signal has also been noted sweeping between 4495 and 4572 kHz. Based on the reception at my QTH using various antennas, I suspect it is Southeast of West Virginia, perhaps somewhere along the East Coast.

NON-DIRECTIONAL BEACONS
I spent several hours one afternoon listening to longwave NDBs. Nearby Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania beacons were heard as well as many Canadian beacons. The SYS, Somerset, PA signal on 209 kHz was rather strange. On 209 kHz the ID was clearly SYS but just slightly lower it was transmitted as negative keying resulting in an ID of UIEX. Beacon MSQ on 350 kHz was found to be located at the Culpeper Regional airport in Virginia. VINU on 416 kHz was determined to be negative keying for beacon BKL, Cleveland, OH. Two distant catches were DDP on 391 kHz at Dorado, Puerto Rico and IIY on 435 kHz at Washington, GA.

BERKELEY COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION SYSTEM
A repeater was installed to eliminate radio reception problems that had been encountered in certain parts of the Martinsburg Judicial Center building. See Report #057.

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