G4NSJ – NDB non directional beacons LF DX


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. The list is very new, started on 27/6/19, so I’ll be adding more beacons as and when I hear them.


Call sign


Frequency kHz


ABY Albert Bray France 321
ALD Alderney 383
BIA Bournemouth 339
BLK Blackbushe 328
BUR Burnham 421
BV Beauvais France 391
BZ Braze Norton 386
CHT Chiltern 277
DSA Dieppe 351
EPM Epsom 316
ING Calais 387
LCY London City 322
LHO Le Havre 346
LSH Lashenden 340
LT Launceston ?
LT Le Touquet France 358.5
LZD Lydd 397
MAK Mackel Belgium 360.5
MP Cherbourg 373
MVC Melville Calonne Fr 327
ONW Antwerp 354
SHM Shoreham 332 S9
SND Southend 359.5
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…