[time-nuts] End of Loran-C in Europe confirmed.

John Seamons jks at jks.com
Sun Dec 27 17:46:09 EST 2015

A very nice reply from Markus, DF6NM, creator of the Loran-C Live Grabber page with a new temporary URL to overcome the outage on the current site.

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Markus Vester <markusvester at aol.com>
> Subject: Re: document shutdown of European Loran-C?
> Date: December 28, 2015 10:42:21 AM GMT+13:00
> To: jks at jks.com
> Hi John,
> thanks a lot for your email - I'm glad (and even somewhat surprised) that someone is watching the Loran "grabber" page.
> The monitor has actually been running continuously, but unfortunately since Christmas eve FTP access to the df6nm.de server has been down, so all uploads have failed since then. I have temporarily relocated the LoranView page to another site
> http://df6nm.darc.de/LoranView/LoranGrabber.htm
> which is updating every 15 minutes, as usual. Unfortunately I cannot even place a note or a link on the normal website so no one knows about the alternate URL - please feel free to post it to anyone who might be interested.
> As you can imagine I was surprised and sad to read that Loran-C France and Norway is going to quit. I guess this time it may be for real. A few years ago (I think it was new year 2005), Sylt had been announced to shut down. I sat up and listened for the last pulses but that just didn't happen then.
> I'd be keen to know whether Sylt will continue because it is used as the sync source for my monitor - if it goes off with the others, I'd loose timing and the rest of the event wouldn't be preserved in an image. I could also switch over to GPS sync before new year which might be safer, but somehow I'd hate to do just that... In any case I can set up an recording of 100 kHz IQ raw data for keeping.
> The Russian GRI 8000 stations have come back after one of their usual temporary outages. If all Europe should become dark, as far as I can see we will be left with the following chains / GRI's:
>  8000, 5990, 5960, 7950 (Russia)
>  8830 (Saudi)
>  6000, 6780, 7430, 8390 (China),
>  9930 (Korea)
>  8970 (USA occasionally)
> All the best,
> Markus (DF6NM)
> -----Ursprüngliche Mitteilung----- 
> Von: John Seamons <jks at jks.com>
> An: markusvester <markusvester at aol.com>
> Verschickt: So, 27 Dez 2015 7:39 pm
> Betreff: document shutdown of European Loran-C?
> Hello Markus, 
> Any chance you could run your Loran-C Live Grabber to document the shutdown on 
> December 31 of European Loran-C? 
> It looks to me that the Live Grabber has not updated in some time. Although 
> interestingly the last display does seem to show a shutdown of the Chayka-8000 
> chain. Any idea when that last display was recorded? 
> Kind Regards, 
> John Seamons, ZL/KF6VO 
> Tauranga, New Zealand 
> jks.com 
> ref: 
> http://www.mail-archive.com/time-nuts@febo.com/msg76146.html (End of Loran-C in 
> Europe confirmed) 
> http://www.mail-archive.com/time-nuts@febo.com/msg76191.html (Anybody who can 
> record last Loran-C transmissions?) 

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