[coastalradio] 'RW' Beacon on 480 kHz[via LSMTP - see www.lsoft.com]

Jeffrey Herman jeffreyh at HAWAII.EDU
Thu Jun 29 03:37:17 EDT 2000

On Wed, 28 Jun 2000 W0rw at aol.com wrote:
> Please listen for the Low Frequency 'RW' Beacon now on the NEW
> Frequency of 480 kHz.
> The beacon is sending 'RW' in CW at 15 WPM.
> The best DX listening times will be late night (from after sundown to early
> mornings MDT).
> The RW Beacon (480 kHz) is located in Colorado Springs and is on the air 24
> hrs.

Something is terribly wrong here. 480 kHz is a ship working frequency
in the 600m maritime band (405-525 kHz). Even though the U.S. Coast
Guard has ceased operations in that band, it's still in use outside of
U.S. waters. How did someone get a license to operate a beacon there????

Jeff KH6O (U.S. Coastie)

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