Welcome to "The Northern Beacon"!
This project is an offshoot of "AMazing AM" or AM RADIO DAYS IN NORWAY (AM BROADCASTING STATIONS MONITORED IN NORWAY 1945-1993).
KJELL ARNE OLSEN
DXLC/DX-LISTENERS' CLUB NORWAY(COPYRIGHT)
Edition closed on April 30th, 1998 with a few additional corrections since then.
This was the 1st(even called "beta-version!) and to this date only edition of an enormous collection of Long-and Medium Frequency Beacons monitored in Norway. So far nobody has taken up the challenge of adding to the base. But we would certainly hope that will happen in this exciting sport!
Since the start of serious AM listening in the 60s, a lot of Radio Beacons have been
noted in the LW and MW bands.
It was, however, not until the 80s, that we really sat down and made efforts to identify the hundreds of signals heard. We were fascinated by the low power behind the signals and the large distances they travelled. During the latter part of the 1980’s, Svenn worked much both in the actual dxing and also researching of MW utility signals, especially that of NDBs(Beacons). Quite rewarding results were achieved in both fields, especially regarding the many North Sea beacons on rigs and platforms in the MF band, as well as the first Transatlantic ones. So, in 1986, Kjell Arne produced the first log list, followed by new ones in for the 1987 and 1988 seasons.
He had then already produced a bulletin called "Fyrvokteren", ("The Beaconian") for some time, this was later changed to "The Northern Beacon".
[Fyrvokteren/The Northern Beacon 1-23 plus various lists(Norwegian and English)]
The project of a MF Beacon List from Svenn only reached the pre-publication stages, as the amount of material proved to be too heavy for common editing methods. Regrettably, all computer data was later lost, so we had to scan all the lists that had been made, and try to edit them once again. That is why the original publication of these lists did not happen until 1998.
The data was again lost when the DX-LISTENERS CLUB's dxlc.com website went down.
Having rescued the files again, they now appear here at www.stellamaris.no.
Better late than never, we think.
Another utility publication, The Martinsen Top of the Dial list, was published in 1990, listing utility signals in the band range 1600-1850 kHz.
A revised copy, greatly needed, incorporating the many changes after April 1st, 1991, appeared in 1996.
The basic re-listing of material and finishing work has been done by Svenn, together with a great deal of research.
Special credit must be given to Geir Stokkeland, nowadays an industry worker, local politician and aviation enthusiast, and formerly the MD of Radio VLR Vestnes-Molde, still a radio "sparks", ham and DXer. He was really the teacher of several beacon DXers, during these pioneering years.
[Arctic DX in the 80s(Norwegian and English)]
[Maritime Utility(Norwegian and English)]
The Northern Beacon is freeware, but please note:
The data may be used for historical reference, but might also be used as platform for your own country lists, personal log lists, and lists of several types. Any new lists produced from this product, have to be authorised by the editors of The Northern Beacon before work can start. You are however, without further notice, authorised to make changes in the listings, by correcting them, or adding information to them.
The editors would be glad to be notified of important corrections and additions to Svenn Martinsen.
KJELL ARNE OLSEN
Kjell Arne is 56 years of age, started DXing in 1975, but is no longer active. He is now living in Kjeller outside Oslo.
Kjell Arne works for the Hedmark county public transport authority with ticketing and information systems.
Svenn is 65 years of age, and started DXing in 1964, listening to Radio Luxembourg and the British offshore stations. [Norwegian Radio Days I] [Norwegian Radio Days II] He is now living on Sotra island, to the west of Bergen, and is running the radio stations Radio Northern Star, and The Ferry through Northern Star Media Services AS.
Radio Northern Star
Frequency range in kHz: [205.0 - 277.5] [278.0 - 294.2] [294.2 - 306.5] [307.0 - 319.0] [320.0 - 345.5] [346.0 - 378.0] [379.0 - 414.5] [415.0 - 493.0] [504.0 - 593.0] [597.5 - 740.0] [742.0 - 949.0] [950.0 - 1617.0] [1618.0 - 3011.0] [Unidentified] [Identified]
April 30th, 1998, and November 30th, 2016
KAO Kjell Arne Olsen/SM Svenn Martinsen.