Christmas transmission from SAQ on 17.2kHz, 24 December 2021 8:00 UTC
Received at SQ5BPF QTH Warsaw/Poland KO02md.
E-field active antenna, vlfrx-tools and Spectrum Lab receiver.
On the recording one can see a weak carrier between the symbols. This is because the keying circuit leaks a weak carrier. The leakage is about 2kW.
QTH Jacek / SQ5BPF Warsaw KO02md
The message was:
THIS IS GRIMETON RADIO STATION/SAQ IN A TRANSMISSION USING THE ALEXANDERSON 200KW ALTERNATOR ON 17.2KHZ. = WE WISH YOU ALL A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR. = SIGNED WORLD HERITAGE GRIMETON RADIO STATION AND THE ALEXANDER GRIMETON FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION.= FOR QSL INFO PLEASE READ OUR WEBSITE ALEXANDER.N.SE. DE SAQ SAQ SK
In 2019 i’ve written that the SQ5BPF grabbers will be temporarily offline and should return in winter 2019. Unfortunately this “moment” got extended to august 2021.
Now, finally, I’m trying to reactivate them, The VLF antenna has been installed again. For now I’ve activated the ZEVS 82Hz and VLF 8270Hz grabbers. Because of changes in vlfrx-tools noiseblanker from versions 0.6 to 0.9, i will be trying to find the parameters for best reception, so please stay tuned, the grabbers might not be operating at their best right now.
Due to the ongoing (on 20 august 2019) rescue operation in the Wielka Śnieżna Cave in the Tatra mountains we decided to write about cave communications.
Rocks and soil attenuate radio signals well. Despite of this some means of communications in caves and mines are needed.
The attenuation rises with frequency. Normal VHF communications gear can’t be used, sometimes the distance can deteriorate to meters, depending on the geology and shape of tunnels. Of course cell phones are totally out of the question too. Shortwave radio behaves only a bit better.
Much larger distances can be achieved using low frequencies.
This is probably the first VLF signal which has been transmitted from Poland after World War II. We are not aware of any military or other transmissions. Before the war we had the Babice Transatlantic Radiostation (callsigns AXO/AXL/SPO/SPL), which was similar to Grimeton/SAQ.