Sunday, 14 November 2010

NDBs (Non Directional Beacons) in the UK


If you fancy a bit of LF DXing, these frequencies might be worth a try. They are non-directional beacons and are used by aircraft. I searched high and low until I found this list, so thought I would share it. Some may now be off the air.

I can hear my local NWI (Norwich) beacon but that's it. They send their idents in fairly slow Morse code. Have a listen, especially at night

Download the UK NDB list (PDF)

5 comments:

  1. Hello

    I am hoping to start listening out for NDB's.

    What equipment (ie radio and antenna) do you need for this hobby.

    Also are the beacons on am or fm.

    Yours
    Michael

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  2. Hi,

    You need a receiver capable of receiving AM in the band around 300-400kHz. A good communications receiver will work, or you can start out with something like the Degen DE1103, which are around £40 on Ebay. I have one and can hear the local beacon on it.

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    1. I am located just outside Ipswich. I have a 6-turn wire square loop, 800mm per side, rotatable on a brush handle, fastened to the bottom of the bed. Connected via coax my old Kenwood TS440, I can hear over 90 beacons in the UK and Europe. They are easiest to hear in CW mode, otherwise you can get several beacons all within a few kilohertz of each other, making decoding difficult.

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  3. get a very strong one here in leicester UK permanently between 381Khz and 387Khz peaking at around 385Khz

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    1. Brize Norton is on 386kHz, call BZ

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