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  • SAQ 17.2KHz - 30th June 2019

    Good signals into the UK this morning from SAQ on 17.2KHz using an historic alternator transmitter


    15dB above the noise floor into Farnham WEB SDR http://farnham-sdr.com/ in SE UK

    12dB above the noise floor into Kernow KiWI WEB SDR http://kernow.hopto.org:8073/ at Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall SW tip of UK (despite a very high noise floor)

    Unfortunately too much switched mode power supply noise on my SWUK KiWi SDR http://southwest.ddns.net:8073/ which masked the SAQ signal.

    Another transmission due later today at 13.30 (11.30 UTC) the alternator starts and at 14.00 (12.00 UTC) will be broadcasting a message

    Martin – G8JNJ (Admin for Farnham / Kernow and SWUKSDR)
  • Aricebo - 5125KHz

    I just realised that I got the project reference incorrect, as I'd worked out the wrong time from the schedule.

    So the final session is now up and running until I estimate 18:00 UTC 14th June 2019

    I can now hear the carrier being swept on the Anasco, Puerto Rico WEB SDR http://kp4ca.ddns.net:8073/ but not on mine yet.

    They are using the dish.

    Simulation and modeling results show that both arrays have
    VSWRs less than 2:1 over a 100 kHz bandwidth no matter what the
    state of the other passive array’s feed is (shorted, open, or terminated).
    The gain at 5.1 MHz was 22.2 dBi. When fed with 600 kW of power,
    this corresponds to an ERP of 99.6 MW. At 8.175 MHz, the gain was
    25.5 dBi corresponding to an ERP of 212.9 MW. If the array is phased
    to achieve circular polarization of either RHC or LHC, the crosspolarization from the opposite mode was above 27 dB for both


    Here's the correct reference and summary of work.

    General Category: Astronomy
    Observation Category: Ionosphere
    Total Time Requested: 24 Hours
    Minimum Useful Time:
    Proposal Title: Natural Analogs Via Ionospheric Experimental Research (NAVIER)
    This proposal is in collaboration with the planned NRL Probing Regions via Ionospheric Modi?cation (PRIM)
    experiment, the goal is to study the physics of plasma irregularities created by the Arecibo HF Heater and their
    impact on HF communications waveforms. MITRE will be providing an advanced HF transmitter and receiver pair
    as well as standard HF radios to study the impact of arti?cial ?eld-aligned irregularities (AFRIs) on the HF signal
    propagation. The locations of transmit and receive sites will be the Dominican Republic and St. Thomas
    respectively. This a?ords a near-to-perpendicular signal propagation path with respect to the geomagnetic ?eld
    lines over Arecibo, as shown in Figure 1. The outcomes of this experiment will include investigation of the physics
    of the disturbed ionosphere, as well as a large-scale data collection and analysis on the impacts of heater AFRIs on
    HFnear vertical incidence skywave (NVIS) propagation.

    Name Institution E-mail Phone Student
    Edlyn V. Levine MITRECorporation evlevine@... 412-7265480 no
    Remote Observing Request
    X Observer will travel to AO
    Remote Observing
    In Absentia (instructions to oper-
    Instrument Setup
    430 Xmit
    Atmospheric Observation Instruments:
    Tilt-Photometer Spectrophotometer Fabry-Perot Ionosonde Lidar
    Description of Observer Equipment: MITRE will provide a Digisonde ionospheric sounder for 1
    deployment near to the Arecibo facility. MITRE will appreciate the AO support to deploy the instrument
    Special Equipment or setup: The ISR will be the primary instrument as well as our own
    diagnostics. The other instruments are a backup.
    RFI Considerations
    Frequency Ranges Planned

    Sweep rate is 100mS occupying 26KHz.

    Scope and Spectrum plots attached but I was only able to sample in a 10KHz BW.


    Martin - G8JNJ
  • RF Pro-1B Issue Developing

    >I think half the worlds supply of silicone was used to seal every seam and screw.

    So the magic smoke is probably still contained within :-)

    At least you can unpick silicone, go on you know you want to do it, and we all want to see what's inside :-)


    Martin - G8JNJ
  • Aricebo - 5125KHz

    Aricebo was operating again last night, putting a very strong carrier (but with weak 120Hz sidebands) into the UK on 5125KHz.

    It was a LOTstronger into KP4CA http://kp4ca.ddns.net:8073/ in Anasco, Puerto Rico ?as you would expect :-)

    No sweeps were observed this time, however it looks like there may be more opportunities over the next week or so.

    It's a pity that there is so little up to date information about this on the web, but I have found an operational schedule.

    Look up reference T1193 running up to and on the 15th of June and again commencing Sat 29th of June


    Note that AST is equal to UTC -4

    LST (Local Sidereal Time) could be anything :-)


    Martin - G8JNJ
  • QRM: Radio China International - From Albania - OV +++

    Hi Giulio,

    Adding a series tuned notch filter across the KiWi RF input will help reduce the problems on 7345KHz.

    These values give the bets compromise between notch depth and attenuation on the adjacent 40m amateur band.

    For this simulation I have used an inductor with a Q of 50. But if you can use a better inductor, it will provide a deeper and narrower notch.

    31 turns wound on a T50-2 iron powder core would be a good starting point, but you would have to add or remove turns in order to tune the notch to the exact frequency.

    It will attenuate signals on 40m to a certain extent, so the signal levels will drop slightly, however as the natural noise floor is usually the limiting factor on the lower frequency bands, I don't think it will harm the Signal to Noise ratio.

    As a test you could run the WSPR decoder with and without the notch in circuit, and compare the average S/N before and after, but always compare reports of the same transmitting stations, don't compare different stations with each other.

    The other interference is something local to you, but sort out the 7MHz overload before investigating the other problems.


    Martin - G8JNJ