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Pirate / Experimental / Unknown HF Shortwave Beacons
25 October 2008
4 October 2007
2 October 2007
4077.4 MO 1041z 4094.2 PA 1045z 4111.2 dasher 1151z 4096.270 dasher 1102z (Hexie??) 4096.593 dasher 1105z (Kelsie??) 4095.993 dasher 1108z (really down there in the noise) 4102.32 W 1111z (came up out of the noise clearly a few times)
29 September 2007
28 September 2007
I also have the dasher on 10236.8 kHz, at 1425 UTC.
There's a dasher on 7999.8 kHz as well, at 1505 UTC.
19 March 2007
A Hifer beacon is operating day time only and is solar powered. The freq is 13.690.4 MHz. ID is “CO” Power is just a hand full of milliwatts2 March 2007
Two more pirate beacons:
CO 4078 kHz operated 24/7 solar powered 100-200 millwatts into a short vertical FL 4109.2 kHz 500-800 millwatts15 September 2006
Don in Upland, CA reports:
This is what I am hearing: 4.0796 Temperature beacon TMPnnn 16" cycle 4.0889 Dash .5" on x.5" off cycle 4.096253 Dash 1" on x 1" off cycle 4.0966 Dash 2" on x 2" off cycle 4.1023 W with following dot pattern about 11" cycle 6.62633 Dots about 2 per second 8.00055 Dot echo beacon . Dot with two echoes then dot with one echo17 February 2006
This is supposedly the transmitter used for one of the beacons:23 March 2005
4078 - temp. beacon in the sw AZ desert: A1A CW "TMPnn" 24/7 4088.8 dasher - somewhere in death valley n.p. 24/7 4095-7 - a cluster of 7 CA/AZ beacons, all but one simple dits of dashes, the "W" one is a windspeed indicator in the Colorado Desert of CA - one dit/revolution of the anenometer. 6626 - a pair of sun-only (no battery) beacons "Rainy and Rocky" 120 miles apart in the Mojave desert. One has chirpy deshes, one sounds like a dripping faucet! (Rainy) Both get out well. 6700 southern Mojave desert dasher still QRT and we don't know if still there as no one has gone there in 2 years. 7649.9: a ditter beacon located somewhere near the northern area of Death vly. n.p. - daytime only - presently off-air until the wild Burro smashed solar panel can be replaced. - by beg. of April. This formerly got out well too. 8001 "S" is QRT for unk. reason - failure or theft/vandalism.25 October 2004
From Chris Smolinski:
Several new beacons to report:
VUDU is running one on 13512 khz- CW mode [1second on/1 second off tone] 1 watt. I have heard this one today at around 1840 UTC, very faint, on 13511.76 kHz.
VUDI is also running a beacon on 4092 kHz, same format. Not heard here.
Radio Anarchy is running one on 12128 kmHz also. One watt, one beat per second. Not heard here [yet!]
16 Aug 2004
30 Apr 2004
30 Apr 2004
19 Jan 2004
One of the "4096 cluster" bcns about 30 miles from 6700 seems to have suffered from lack of winter sunlight - it was strong until late Nov after a battery swap and a charge controller addition, then faded down again to very weak levels on 4096.09 kHz with a 4 sec. dash A1A. the 5 others are there as usual.
Best bet for DX east of MS River is "S" 8000.55 (day-only) and "W" 4095.5 (24 h with huge signal in southwest.)
18 Jan 2004
13 Jan 2004
12 Jan 2004
From Tom in Manchester/Tullahoma, TN:
5 Jan 2004
4 Jan 2004
From "scanner_dude" in Cochise County AZ:
3 Jan 2004
2 Jan 2004
Greetings from the US. A group of us here in the US Southwest have been operating pirate beacons for a few years now. They are located at remote sites in the southwestern deserts in Arizona and California. They are all solar powered with a 12V gellcell (lead-acid) battery with the exception of one that operates with a solar panel only and transmits daytime only. The typical power output is about 100 to 200mW using a CMOS crystal oscillator and a 2N2222 or similar output transisitor. Here is a list of the beacons and frequencies: 8000.55 kHz: Sends Morse code letter "S"; daytime only from about 1500 to 0000 UTC. Located in western Arizona. Dipole antenna, 250 mW at mid-day. 4095 to 4096 kHz: A "cluster" of 5 beacons mostly sending either "dits" or long dashes. They operate 24 hours. One periodically sends Morse "W" between series of dits. Located in Arizona and Southern California deserts. About 150 mW each. 5484.5 kHz - repetative "H". 6700 kHz. Sends a series of "dits". Located in California. Operates 24 hours. 6851 kHz. Sends a series of "dits".Updated October 25, 2008