Monday, 23 November 2015

Hunting For NDBs IN CLE 200

XX - 344 Abbotsford, BC
How time flies ... it's CLE time once again! For you low-frequency buffs, another challenge awaits.

This month's frequency range covers 335.0 - 349.9 kHz.
Conditions have been very good this week ... hopefully this will continue.

A good CLE target this time is 'XX' on 344 kHz near Abbotsford, B.C. It has been heard throughout North America and can be a good prop-indicator for eastern listeners.

From CLE coordinator Brian Keyte (G3SIA), comes the following reminder:

Hi all:

Our 200th Co-ordinated Listening Event is only a few days away.
Just a normal CLE using a busy range of frequencies which usually
attracts a lot of interest.

First-timers' CLE logs will also be very welcome, as always.

Days: Friday 27 November - Monday 30 November
Times: Start and end at midday, your LOCAL time
Range: 335.0 - 349.9 kHz

Please join us wherever you are - just log the NDBs you can identify
having their nominal frequencies in the range (it includes 335 kHz
but not 350 kHz) and any UNIDs that you come across there too.
(A good way for some of us to unwind after Thanksgiving?)

We last concentrated on these frequencies in CLE185 in Aug. 2014.

Please send your CLE log to the List (no attachments and ideally in a
plain text email) with CLE200 at the start of its title. Show on each line:

# The Date (or Day No: 27 to 30)
# The Time in UTC
# kHz - the nominal published frequency, if known.
# The Call Ident.

Please show those main items FIRST. Any other optional details such
as Location and Distance go LATER in the same line.
If you send any interim logs, please also send a 'Final' (complete) one.
And, of course, tell us your own location and brief details of the
equipment that you were using during the Event.

You can find full details about current and past CLEs from the CLE page including access to the CLE200 seeklists
for your part of the World prepared from the loggings on Rxx.

Good listening - enjoy the CLE.
From: Brian Keyte G3SIA: <ndbcle'at'>

Location: Surrey, SE England (CLE co-ordinator)

(If you would like to listen remotely you could use any one remote
receiver such as for your
loggings, stating its location and owner and with their permission
if required. A remote listener may NOT also use another receiver,
local or remote, to make further loggings for the same CLE)"

These listening events serve several purposes. They:
  • determine, worldwide, which beacons are actually in service and on-the-air so the online database can be kept up-to-date
  • determine, worldwide, which beacons are out-of-service or have gone silent since the last CLE covering this range
  • will indicate the state of propagation conditions at the various participant locations
  • will give you an indication of how well your LF/MF receiving system is working
  • give participants a fun yet challenging activity to keep their listening skills honed

Final details can be found at the NDB List website, and worldwide results, for every participant, will be posted there a few days after the event. If you are a member of the ndblist Group, results will also be e-mailed and posted there.

The very active Yahoo ndblist Group is a great place to learn more about the 'Art of NDB DXing' or to meet other listeners in your region. There is a lot of good information available there and new members are always very welcome.

If you are contemplating getting started on 630m, listening for NDBs  is an excellent way to test out your receive capabilities as there are several NDBs located near this part of the spectrum.

You need not be an ndblist member to participate in the CLEs and all reports, no matter how small, are of much value to the organizers. 'First-time' logs are always VERY welcome!

Reports may be sent to the ndblist or e-mailed to either myself or CLE co- ordinator, Brian Keyte (G3SIA), whose address appears above.

Please ... do give the CLE a try ... then let us know what NDB's can be heard from your location! Your report can then be added to the worldwide database to help keep it up-to-date.


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