Saturday, September 09, 2006

50 Watt Papuans Travel 11,500 km

Conditions on MF were very good today, and the Australian x-band stations were heard with good signals. While on 1629 in USB mode I heard slow code, and decided to investigate this, since I knew that Papua New Guinea has NDB's in the 1.6 - 1.7 MHz range. OKT in Ok Tedi Mine, Western Province, 1632 kHz did in fact have a good signal. I also heard GA, Goroka in Eastern Highlands, 1725 kHz. Time: Around 1700 UTC. Later, at 1845 I also heard KUT Kutubu 1737 kHz. The initial responses from the expert beacon hunters suggest that Papuan NDB's haven't been heard in Europe before. Heard before or not - these are excellent catches and proof that when solar conditions are right (and they are), you can "hear forever".

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