Perseus Alaskan NDB Watch

Propagation to Alaska was much better than usual this morning. A two-minute Perseus recording at 1300z, about 45 minutes before my local dawn, revealed some excellent signals. Unlike many of the beacons in northern Canada, most of the Alaskan NDBs are not purposed for long-range use and run the standard 25 watts into 'T' or short loaded vertical antennas located right near the runway.

09/09/14 1300 529 SQM Level Island AK CO36
09/09/14 1300 396 CMJ Ketchikan AK CO45
09/09/14 1300 391 EEF Sisters Island AK CO28
09/09/14 1300 372 FPN Fredericks Point AK CO36
09/09/14 1300 266 ICK Annette Island AK CO45
09/09/14 1300 414 IME Mt. Edgecumbe AK CO27
09/09/14 1300 394 RWO Kodiak AK BO37
09/09/14 1300 209 CYT Yakataga AK BP80
09/09/14 1300 390 HBT Sand Point AK AO95
09/09/14 1300 358 SIT Sitka AK CO26
09/09/14 1300 350 VTR McGrath AK BP22
09/09/14 1300 338 CMQ Campbell Lake AK BP41
09/09/14 1300 429 BTS Dillingham AK BO08
09/09/14 1300 233 ALJ Johnstone Point AK BP60
09/09/14 1300 212 CGL Coghlan Island AK CO28
09/09/14 1300 223 AFE Kake AK CO36
09/09/14 1300 229 AKW Klawock AK CO35
09/09/14 1300 283 DUT Dutch Harbor AK AO63
09/09/14 1300 245 HNS Haines AK CO29
09/09/14 1300 347 DJN Delta Junction AK BP74
09/09/14 1300 411 ILI Iliama AK BO29
09/09/14 1300 277 ACE Homer AK BO49
09/09/14 1300 355 AUB King Salmon AK BO18
09/09/14 1300 524 MNL Valdez AK BP61
09/09/14 1300 382 JNR Unalakleet AK AP93
09/09/14 1300 281 CRN Cairn Mountain AK BP21
09/09/14 1300 385 EHM Cape Newenham AK AO88
09/09/14 1300 385 OCC Yakutat AK CO09
09/09/14 1300 263 OAY Norton Bay AK AP84
09/09/14 1300 390 AES Northway AK BP29
09/09/14 1300 404 GCR Cordova AK BP70
09/09/14 1300 525 ICW Nenana AK BP54
09/09/14 1300 251 OSE Bethel AK AP90
09/09/14 1300 341 ELF Cold Bay AK AO85
09/09/14 1300 356 HHM Kotzebue AK AP86
09/09/14 1300 248 GLA Gulkana AK BP72
09/09/14 1300 379 IWW Kenai AK BP40
09/09/14 1300 399 SRI St. George AK AO56
09/09/14 1300 359 ANI Aniak AK BP01
09/09/14 1300 272 UTO Utopia Creek AK BP35
09/09/14 1300 257 CUN Fairbanks AK BP64
09/09/14 1300 227 MHM Minchumina AK BP33
09/09/14 1300 346 OLT Soldotna AK BP40 mod
09/09/14 1300 414 OQK Noatak AK AP87
09/09/14 1300 347 TNC Tin City AK AP65 mod
09/09/14 1300 325 BVK Buckland AK AP95
09/09/14 1300 275 CZF Cape Romanzof AK AP61

Highlighting the morning was my first "new catch" from Alaska in several years - 'SMA' at St. Mary's Lake on 230kHz. It has been on my morning check list for many many years but only today did it decide to reveal itself!

09/09/14 1300 230 SMA St. Mary's AK AP82 USB 231.085 no sign of a LSB

Reported to be running 70 watts, this particular beacon has never been reported to the RNA NDB list nor even heard by those listening in Alaska. I suspect either a very tough path or a system in need of a tune- up. A Google Map view appears to show a single vertical antenna but it may be one end of a 'T' support.


Hopefully conditions will continue to improve as there are still a few up there that have yet to be logged!
Steve McDonald, VE7SL, is a regular contributor to and writes from British Columbia, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “Perseus Alaskan NDB Watch”

  • Hans (BX2ABT):

    Thanks for the link to the RNA NDB list. I checked it with my list and was able to identify at least two Chinese beacons listed with me as UNID. So far I have only had luck with regional NDBs and non so far from Japan. Don’t they have NDBs in Japan?

    My PA0RDT mini-whip needs to be boxed up, after that I’m ready to go for a new season down under. Still lots of thunderstorms, so right now it is not a pleasure to turn on the radio below 7 MHz. Hopefully the summer ends soon.

  • Ve7sl Steve:

    Hans, as far as I know, there are still some ndb’s operating in Japan. The last catch noted in RNA was 2012 but this may be more reflective of the lack of closer DXers or propagation. You can search the RNA Worldwide section for Japan but enter JPN for the country.

    Steve 73

  • Hans (BX2ABT):

    For such a large country only a handful of NDBs. Seems a bit strange. I was thinking they may have switched to VHF navigation more than over here in Taiwan and China. But, Okinawa should be possible to get here, because it is closest by. First challenge for this season. Cheers.

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