Thank you very much for all your reports and the time you spent with hunting my signal.
*** 12th Oct 2004 ***
My frequency counter is not so precise therefore I used one of the online grabbers to found my beacon signal as expected on about 10,140.020 MHz. Only a weak trace ... I switched the power off and on ... no doubt it was me.
Two screen shots came from Vic, the first was captured with ARGO ...
the second with SpectrumLab ...
Vic found: "SpectrumLab displays the individual elements clearer than Argo"
Richard, G3CWI (online grabber)
Strong signals on Richard's grabber with Uli, DF5SF on the same screen.
A second screenshot from the late afternoon shows how my signal fades out before Uli's and returns again before Uli's does.
And last but not least one from Erik.
*** 16th Oct 2004 ***
"Sharky" and me !
My signal now displayed together with DL6NL's square wave beacon received with a dipole for 40 meters (East-West direction, about 6 meters high).
" Lovely signals coming my way ! " (quotation: G3GKI)
*** 17th/18th Oct 2004 ***
Bad propagation and sparce reports in the morning this sunday. Thanks for the 4 pics from Staf the two best shown below ...
Steinar's report displays not the beacon's signal but a transmission late in the afternoon with my ICOM trx (reduced power, 1.5 watts, same message). It was only a short test to see if there is something visible in PA1SDB's grabber when using more power because conditions were already down at that time. The ICOM was just switched on which explains the slant trace and was of course not able to perform the DFCW shift.
Pierre wrote: "... the ionosphere was playing with the beacon signals of Peter and Christian. Deep and long QSB makes at times both or only one signal visible ..."
*** 21st/22nd/23rd Oct 2004 ***
Miscellanious snapshots came in from G3GKI, ON5SL, ON5EX, ON6RR and LA5VNA showing special signal patterns (first DFCW, later zig-zag), while I was busy with improvements of the ADC hardware and the DFCW software part. The beacon was now transmitting with reduced power (about 9 mW !)
A very high beacon density on 23rd Oct reflects the big interest in "140-ing". Many signal were visible for a long time due to the excellent propagations and the high MUF, see latest Ionograms of the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium at Dourbes Digisonde.