[AMRadio] frequency sweeper

john at k5see.com john at k5see.com
Thu Jan 21 10:02:24 EST 2010

 I have experienced the same thing; but have no factual knowledge of the cause.  I have always suspected that some of it may be caused by folks testing their antenna for the low SWR frequency by sweeping the band while transmitting carrier and watching for a minimum reading.  I hope I am wrong.

73, John

-----Original Message-----
From: Bernie Doran <qedconsultants at embarqmail.com>
To: Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Thu, Jan 21, 2010 8:11 am
Subject: [AMRadio] frequency sweeper

I acquired a SDR radio and have been playing with it for about a mo. It 
eems very strange tuning with a mouse, but works great as a panadapter 
icking up the IF. I have noticed for some time that there are signals 
unning up the amateur bands, always assume some fool just changing 
requency, however snooping around, I found that the same signals original 
utside of the amateur bands and sweep those areas also. it/they appear to 
e unmodulated and as a wild guess appear to move about  75 to 100 KC per 
econd.   My first guess is that they are some sort of propagation testing 
canner.  does anyone know what these are and who does it, power?  antennas? 
ocation? etc?
Or perhaps it is the gov't controlers sending some sort of signal to the 
DBs stations with the new information to impress on us!!.   ever wonder why 
he NDB stations are located in high population areas? 

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