June 2009 Newsletter
Listen to the live scanner at:
|Well Since the last newsletter, we've
found a lot of new frequencies...
Here's a sample of what's new....
|The last couple evenings have brought
interesting communications from afar on the lower VHF
frequencies. Skip: A phenomena that occurs when distant
stations (hundreds to thousands) miles away can be heard
clearly as if they are just next door. This most recent
barrage of long distance radio is most likely a result of
troposheric ducting. Tropo for short occurs when weather
patterns produce a reflective layer or duct in the lower
atmosphere. These ducts occur usually as a reult of
temperature inversions; their effects can wreak havoc on
older VHF low radio systems. For the scanner enthusiast
or Ham radio operator these events are deep and moving
and almost always a fun and exciting event.
has been supplying reports of most of the action and has become
a valuable link for finding current propagation information.
On a related note, Sunspots, which are measured to predict solar activity, which results in charging of the ionosphere which then results in world-wide propagation of radio signals on frequencies generally below 30 MHz...(wow what a run-on) are strangely down.
NASA- New sunspot cycle just warming up
So remember, if you hear a weird agency on a programmed
frequency, it may be SKIP!
|This weekend is
Field Day (27-28)
Field Day is an annual amateur radio exercise, widely sponsored by IARU regions and member organizations, encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators. In the United States, it is typically the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with over 30,000 operators participating each year. (from Wikipedia)
Our local area will be hosting several field day events.
Listen in on some of the 2 meter frequencies for more details
or check them out in person!
Wanna Check out the Amateur Radio
Operators in person?
Visit a field day location near you
Note: Frequencies with yellow background are SSB(single sideband), AM, CW (Morse code), or other digital modes predominately. Your basic scanner cannot receive these. Frequencies with the green background can readily be heard with your typical scanner; the other modes mentioned for the lower frequencies are sometimes used for longer distance contacts on these as well. When these modes are used they usually occupy the lower part of each frequency set. SSB will sound like a garbled or scrambled transmission on a regular FM only scanner.10 meters uses FM in the 29-29.7 range, these will usually boom in on even handheld scanners when the conditions are right.
|Kentucky National Guard|
|You'll need a digital scanner to listen
These frequecnies were reportedly being used in the recent months flooding.
Follow along for updates on breaking events! Scanie looks forward to your tweets too!
Mt. Mitchell Amateur Radio Repeaters Update
Chris from Taylors, SC reported on QRZ.com:
Please note there are conflicting reports on this,
lets all continue to reach out and show our support.
|"Ken, WA4BVW announced that the
Mt. Mitchell ham radio repeaters have
been given a one year extension....with the removal date moved up to July 31, 2010.
We should all be grateful for the opportunity to continue using them,
and A debt of gratitude is owed to the repeater owners ,
and to the powers that be who gave us the extension. Chris K2FO Taylors, S.C. "
Download the Radio Phonebook (Updated June 26, 2009)
Stats / Last Months Stats
Frequencies:1186 up from 1135
Unit Numbers:2477 up from 2460
Here's what we're Still working on...
New LTR Trunked Systems
(Still working!! Freqs now confirmed)
VA Hospital (In the works)
Live scanner updates complete.
That's it for now, Happy Scanning!
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