G4NSJ – NDB non directional beacons LF DX

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Non directional beacons are low power radio radio transmitters used for propagation and direction finding. They can be found on the 10 metre amateur band, on long wave frequencies between 250kHz and 550kHZ, and many HF frequencies. They continuously transmit identification using Morse code.

Here’s a great resource: Frank’s non-directional beacons List. Scroll down the page for the list.

Below is a list of Non Directional Beacons (NDBs) I’ve heard using a Mini-Whip Active Antenna. I’ll be adding more beacons as and when I hear them.

 

Call sign

Location

Frequency kHz

Notes

ABY Albert Bray France 321
ALD Alderney 383
BIA Bournemouth 339
BLK Blackbushe 328
BRI Bristol 414
BUR Burnham 421
BV Beauvais France 391
BZ Brize Norton 386
CHT Chiltern 277
DR Dinard France 390
DSA Dieppe 351
EPM Epsom 316
HEN Henton 433.5
HOL Vélizy-Villacoublay Airbase France 315
ING Calais 387
JW Jersey 329
LCY London City 322
LHO Le Havre 346
LSH Lashenden 340
LT Paris 358
LT Le Touquet France 358.5
LZD Lydd 397
MAK Mackel Belgium 360.5
MK Calais 418
MP Cherbourg 373
MRV Merville France 404
MVC Merville Calonne Fr 327
NWI Norwich 342.5
OAN Orléans-Bricy    France 385
ONO Oostende 400
ONW Antwerp 354
OO Oostende 375
OX Oxford 367.5
RCH Rochester 369
SHM Shoreham 332
SND Southend 362.5
WCO Westcot 335
WOD Woodley 352

I’m now using a Lower HF150 receiver to listen to the long wave beacons. The radio runs from a 12 Volt power supply or internal rechargeable batteries so I can use it in the radio room or take it out with me. There’s more about the Lowe radio here.

Video showing the aerial in use with my Kenwood TS570D…