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The second transmission today of the Grimeton base VLF transmitter SAQ was done with my normal HF transceiver. With the help of the Datong VLF converter and the home made ZS6BKW antenna the missiob was easy accomplished.
Okay the converter was a bit overloaded with the ZS6BKW antenna, but I managed to receive them good.


Just received the full tranmission of the Swedish VLF transmitter SAQ on 17,2 kHz. The setup this time was my home computer with a soundcard. The antenna was a ZS6BKW connected to the soundcard.
A software receiver was used : Speclab from DL4YHF and the audio was transferred with a Virtual Audio cable to FLdigi.
I think that FLdigi decoded about 20% correct, but never mind, it was the challenge that counts.


On wednesday the 24th of december 2008 the vlf transmitter SAQ will be aired again. Not really in the evening, although it depends where in the world you live.
Transmission is planned at 08.00 UTC and 08.30 UTC.  The frequency is 17.2 kHz CW. Running up an tuning of the transmitter begins about 07.30 UTC.

And for 2009 :
The Alexanderson Day 2009 with transmission is planned to Sunday 28th June.

Sadly I have to work that morning, but nevertheless I find it a nice Christmas gift 🙂

Merry Christmas to all !!

My most ill prepared attempt ever.
I took my laptop and my BBB4 receiver and some wire as antenna. 


Datong VLF to 10m converterEarlier this year I obtained a vlf converter from Datong trough eBay. The total cost including shipping was about 12 euro. A real bargain. I saw the same converter a few weeks later again on eBay, this time it was won by a Frenchman for more than 60 euro. The Datong converter converts the vlf band to 28 MHz, so 28.000 MHz is actually 0.000 MHz.
28.136 MHz is the 136 kHz amateur band. And so on.
You can also convert the medium wave bands too but at reduces sensitivity according to the manual.

I missed the transmission on 8:15 and 9:15 from SAQ. My parents asked us to come over for dinner, so I packed everything with me to receive the station there. I build a small loop a while ago and wanted to see how it is working. The frame of this antenna is about 40 cm diameter and number of turns is unknown to me. It was a leftover that I had lying around, I guess 80 to 100 turns…
VLF-SAQ-grimeton-2005Two alligator clips connects the antenna via a short length of wire to the microphone input of my laptop. I used Spectrumlab to do the actual receiving, saving the audio input to a wave file so I could examin it later at home. I also created a mp3 file of the recorded transmission, you can listen to it or save it (Right Click on the file). MP3 of SAQ on sunday july 3rd, 12:15 UTC (1,1 MB)

On july 4th 2004 there was another historical transmission of SAQ. This vlf station is located at Grimeton in Sweden.
For more information about this station :

My ‘contest’ to receive this station starts at 5:45 local time (3:45 UTC). My wife works in a hospital as a midwife and has the early morning shift. And guess who has to bring her ?