Topband: Fish Net Beacons
ken.d.brown at verizon.net
Mon Mar 24 20:14:15 EST 2003
Out here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean we hear a lot of beacon
transmitters on 160 meters. I used to hear them in California too,
though not as much. These things have three or four character callsigns
which repeat a couple of times and then they send a really long
dahhhhhhh. I have heard (somewhere, I cannot remember where) that they
are beacons attached to drift nets, used to find the net by DFing. I
wonder if anyone out there has any good information about these things?
Are they legal? Who else hears them? Do people in Europe or on the East
Coast of North America hear them? Are they in the Atlantic too? Has
anyone actually seen one of these devices? How much power do they put
out? What is their power source? What kind of antenna do they use?
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