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Report #065 06/01/08

BEACONS
At my WV site I heard these longwave navigation beacons. All frequencies are in kHz.
241 VBW Bridgewater, VA
254 BUD York, PA
318 CBE Cumberland, MD
328 BZJ Indiantown Gap, PA
349 MSQ Culpepper, VA
263 RNB Millville, NJ
385 GAI Gaithersburg, MD

On a trip to North Carolina I heard these beacons.
198 DIW Dixon, NC
216 CLB Wilmington, NC
230 AQE Greenville, NC
271 HXO Oxford, NC
350 LE Raleigh/Durham, NC
388 RNW Chocowinity, NC

SOLAR ACTIVITY
The NOAA warning indicated that the new 11 year cycle of increased solar activity has begun and stated there was the potential for a threat to global positioning system signals as well as general communications and the electricity grid. The peak for sunspots and solar storms is predicted for about 2012. I found it interesting that the book, "Fingerprints of the Gods" by Graham Hancock had details regarding calendrical records left by the Mayas. These records included references to sunspot cycles and the end of the period called the "Fifth Sun". The date was predicted to be 23 December 2012.

ANTENNA
On a recent visit, my Son-in-Law asked me if I had been able to reinstall the lead-in which had come down during a ice storm. When I said I had not he said he would climb the tower and bring the antenna down so we could repair it. Up he went, lowered the antenna and cleaned the connection point and soldered the lead-in to the antenna. Back up he went and secured the antenna to the tower. The antenna is now once again providing great reception. Thank you Joe!

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