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Report #078 02/25/11

NEW LONGWAVE ACTION
While searching the long wave frequencies just below the AM broadcast band, I ran across a Morse Code (CW) transmission on 508.5 kHz at 2347 UTC. It was DE WD2XSH/31/31/31/K. There was also another CW signal slightly higher, on 509 kHz, which was sending TEST TEST TEST VVV DE WD2XSH/37/37/37. I am not a HAM so I had no idea of what these apparent HAM callsigns represented. Perry Crabill, VA came to my rescue and informed me that these stations are amateur radio operators using a special authorization in an ongoing American Radio Relay League effort known as the 600 Meter Project or 500 KC Project. Perry directed me to http://www.500kc.com where I found information describing the transmissions plus a frequency chart which listed the HAMS participating in the Project with their respective Operator names, callsigns, state where station located and frequency details. At the time I downloaded the above information, the list showed there were 52 HAMS participating in this Project.

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