TopBand: Hearing 1SZ Bcn ?
Sat, 21 Dec 1996 13:36:12 +0600
To Jack - N6XQ
FM Bob Parkes 4S7RPG
Drift Net Beacons
I believe the signal 1SZ you were hearing is a drift net beacon. Over a
long period of time I have heard them from 1800-1915kHz (or more). Very
unenviromental devices!! Who allocates the codes goodness knows.
I first heard them in 1980 when VS5RP and asked the question in W1BBs
newsletter but cannot remember getting a reply to the question. I raised it
again about three years back and got to know that is what they be! They
come and go through a night of listening as propagation favours different
locations and paths through the night!!
They are nice and slow and your thoughts are raised then dashed as you think
there is someone, somewhere calling and hopefully hearing your CQs!!
In Nov 1993 I logged
1824.2kHz AH27 (twice on 13Nov93 and 26 Nov93)
1830.0kHz 7AO (twice on 13Nov93 and 26 Nov93)
In Jan 1995 I logged
In April 1995 I logged
In June 1995 I logged
In Nov 1995 I logged
Perhaps I will start listening for them again!! At least they help you keep
awake and half alert!!
> I am relatively new to 160 and was hearing a beacon last night signing
>1SZ followed by a long dash on 1831.2. Was this signal a valid 160 signal
>and if so does anyone have a location for it and know it's purpose? ON4UN's
>book reports most 160 beacons are QRT and does not have a listing of any.
>Is there a listing anywhere ? 73 Jack, N6XQ
>91 countries on 50 MHz
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