Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Special programming planned for August broadcasts

 



Atlantic 2000 International is scheduled to broadcast again on 13 August 2022, at 0800-0900 UTC on 9670 kHz. German programming will be relayed from Germany's Channel 292. Program details to: atlantic2000international@gmail.com 

SM Radio Dessau will air on 14 August using 100 kW via Media Broadcast in Nauen, Germany. Programming will be at 1500 UTC on 6095 kHz. Send your reception reports to: 
axberger@smradio-dessau.de or by postal mail to: Max Berger, Saalestrasse 44, 06846 Dessau, Germany
(BDXC/ADDX) 

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

How electric vehicles could spell death for the oldest form of radio broadcasting

 

By Alan Cross  Global News
My neighbourhood is lousy with electric vehicles: all flavours of Teslas, scattered Volts and Bolts, a selection of Hyundais and KIAs, a couple of Nissan Leafs (Leaves?) along with some Taycans, at two Polestars that I’ve seen, and at least one Lucid. They’re all loaded with so much fabulous spaceship tech that the mind boggles at what our driving experiences will be in the next 10 years.

However, one piece of tech is missing from many of them: a good old-fashioned AM radio, a feature that goes back almost a hundred years.

Return to the Early Radio Scene in the Canadian Province of Manitoba-Part 2

 

Special thanks to AWR Wavescan for sharing a recent program script

During the year 1922, there were two mediumwave radio broadcasting stations on the air in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and both were vying for the attention of the most listeners over the widest possible areas of Manitoba and neighboring Canadian and American territories.  These stations were CJCG operated by the Free Press, and CJNC operated by the Tribune, and both were losing money. 

Both stations were quietly closed, after just less than a year of on air operation, with the final broadcast from the Tribune CJNC on Friday afternoon March 9, 1923, and the final broadcast from Free Press CJCG the next day, Saturday, March 10, (1923) at noon.  However, their death gave rise to the birth of of one of Canada's most notable callsigns, and also to the highest FM power ever permitted in North America.

Replacing the CJNC and CJCG callsigns was a new mediumwave station with the unusual though now well-known historical callsign, the three-letter CKY, the first usage of this new call.  The station was installed in the Government Telephone Building on Sherbrooke Street, a little south of Portage Avenue, with a flat top antenna on the roof.  Their 500 watt transmitter was manufactured by Northern Electric and their inaugural broadcast was a local staff presentation at 8:30 pm on Tuesday, March 13, 1923, just a few days after the close of the two earlier stations.

Interestingly during the following year 1924, came the appearance of Canada's first phantom radio broadcasting station, an additional callsign superimposed upon an already existing station.  The new additional call was CNRW operated by the Canadian National Railways System and it was noted over the new CKY in Winnipeg.  The income from the phantom broadcasts over the new CNRW-CKY enabled the Winnipeg station to survive financially.  

In 1948, the original CKY was purchased by CRBC-CBC Radio in Canada, and it was rebranded as CBW.  Earlier this year, the original CKY-CBW, with 50 kW on 990 kHz was honored with a special historic display in the City Library, and with a series of programs and interviews over the modern and nowadays widely heard CBW.

The second usage of the famous historic callsign CKY was implemented on December 31, 1949, when Lloyd Moffatt reintroduced the callsign in Winnipeg for an AM station with 5 kW on 580 kHz.

Then in 1963, an FM outlet was appended to the CKY mediumwave station and this new transmitter was on the air with a fantastic one-third of a million watts, 360,000 watts, on 92.1 FM.  That overload of FM power is by far the highest power ever permitted on the FM band in North America,  though FM transmitters with 200 to 400 kW are still quite common in western Europe.  

During the year 2004, CKY-FM moved to 102.3 FM, and the power level was reduced to 70,000 watts, still quite high. Two years ago, the callsign CKY was dropped and the station became KISS-FM.  Their studios are in Osbourne Village South in Winnipeg, and their transmitter is at Duff Roblin Provincial Park.

And that then is the story of one hundred years of historic radio broadcasting in Winnipeg Manitoba, an event that was honored appropriately throughout their city earlier this year. 
(AWR/Wavescan 697)

Return to the Early Radio Scene in the Canadian Province of Manitoba

 

Special thanks to AWR Wavescan for sharing a recent program script


In the second topic in this mini-series here in Wavescan, we return to the early radio scene in the Canadian  Province of Manitoba.  It was in the year 1910, that Dr. Lee de Forest of the United Wireless Telegraph Co., made his first official visit to Winnipeg, Manitoba.

United Wireless rented an imposing suite of offices in the recently constructed Union Bank Building on Main Street in Winnipeg for the purpose of establishing the company's international public headquarters for a growing wireless enterprise.  The six-year-old 10-story high Union Bank Building, with its steel framework and ornamental stone facing, was described as the first skyscraper building in Canada. 

Dr. Lee de Forest arrived in Winnipeg on Wednesday, April 13 (1910), whereupon he was interviewed by news reporters from three different newspapers.  As he explained, United Wireless planned to establish a wireless laboratory and factory in Winnipeg, and they had already leased space for this purpose in the Enderton Building at the corner of Portage Avenue and Hargrave Street.  

They also intended to erect a long-distance wireless station in the Winnipeg area for Morse Code and voice communication via a chain of relay stations between their Chicago master station and the American Pacific coast.  The implementation of voice transmissions was planned with the use of their newly developed Aerophone wireless equipment.

On a Thursday evening (April 14, 1910), de Forest presented the first of three lectures on recent wireless developments to an overflow crowd in the Science Building at the University of Manitoba.  On a Tuesday morning, (April 19, 1910) de Forest presented a practical demonstration of his Aerophone wireless equipment (both transmitter and receiver) on the roof of the Royal Alexandra Hotel and on the roof of Eaton's Department Store.

The portable transmitter was housed in a polished mahogany wooden cabinet, and the receiver in a separate though similar cabinet.  The transmitter in the second pair of similar wireless units was damaged in transit, so only one transmitter was in use for the public demonstration, though with two receivers.

The public demonstration of wireless transmission took place at two major locations in Winnipeg.   The 500-watt portable transmitter was installed on the rooftop of the Royal Alexandra Hotel on Higgins Avenue, and the portable receiver was installed on the rooftop of Eaton's Departmental Store on Portage Avenue, a distance of less than a mile.

Transmissions in Morse Code, speech, and music from a gramophone record, were transmitted and successfully received, and it was stated that the audio quality of the music reproduction was equivalent to the same sound as gramophone records of that era.  The newspapers of the day were profuse with their high commendations for the magnificent success of the experimental radio transmissions.

So, what happened after all that in the extensive de Forest ambitions for radio developments in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  Nothing, just absolutely nothing!

However in February of the following year 1911, the first wireless club in Canada was formed, the Canadian Central Wireless Club, with Alex Polson as the first president, and twelve young men as members.  The annual fee for membership in this now historic wireless club was 50 cents, per year.  

The club members built their own spark wireless equipment, usually based on a Ford Model T ignition coil.  One of their favorite wireless games was Checkers (Draughts), using numbered squares.  The wireless club members usually played against wireless students who were studying with the new Kelvin Technical College on Harrow Street in Winnipeg.

Then during the year 1913, two commercial wireless communication stations were installed in Manitoba in conjunction with the development of a new regional railway line, one at The Pass and the other at Fort Nelson.  Both stations operated on longwave with 10 kW on 1800 m, 66 kHz, and the first operators were capable of receiving and sending in two different systems of Morse Code, American and Continental.

The first test signals were received at The Pass station VBM, on November 22, 1913; and early in the next year, on February 20 (1914), the Port Nelson station VBN was taken into full service.  There was also another similar station at Port Arthur, which operated under the callsign VBA.

However with changing circumstances after the end of World War 1, the railway line was no longer needed, so the two wireless stations, VBN at Port Nelson and VBM at The Pass, were closed, permanently closed.

When we  visit the radio scene in the Canadian province of Manitoba, we will look at the introduction of radio broadcasting, which began one hundred years ago, during the year 1922
(AWR-Wavescan/Adran Peterson)
(photo via wikiwand)

Monday, August 08, 2022

TDF continues DRM test

 


DRM tests via TDF Issoudun, France 

Effective to 30 September 2022

All times UTC
0000-0100 on 5975 French/English
0600-0700 on 6115 French/English
0600-0700 on 9740 French/English
1200-1300 on 13730 French/English
1200-1300 on 15535 French/English
1800-1900 on 7305 French/English
1800-1900 on 11915 ISS French/English
1800-1900 on 15535 ISS French/English 
(DXB 04 Aug 2022) 

Trans World Radio Asia information and schedule updates


 
TAJIKISTAN/UAE    TRANS WORLD RADIO TWR Asia site changes on 9975 & 13740.

Two frequencies originating from KTWR Guam have been moved to other sites Mike Sabin, TWR Asia Broadcast Technical Operations Director confirmed in an email to Zenon Teles that "ENC Encompass" FMO of Al Dhabbaya-UAE is doing 13740 kHz for us because KTWR's TX#7 is down. It is awaiting a part that is no longer manufactured by the original company".
(via Tony Rogers).

The changes affect:

All times UTC

1200-1215  9975 dsb 250 kW 87deg to EaAS Chinese Daily,   ex via TWR Guam
1215-1230  9975 dsb 250 kW 87deg to EaAS Nosu Yi Mon-Sat, ex via TWR Guam
1245-1300 13740 dha 250 kW 85deg to SoAS English Su-We  TWR India, ex Guam
1300-1304 13740 dha 250 kW 85deg to SoAS Hindi   Mo-Fr  TWR India, ex Guam
1304-1306 13740 dha 250 kW 85deg to SoAS English Mo-Fr  TWR India, ex Guam
1315-1330 13740 dha 250 kW 85deg to SoAS Bhatri  Sunday TWR India, ex Guam
(Ivo Ivanov Bulgarian DX Blog 22 July;
via BrDXC-UK "Communication" magazine Aug 6)
(WWDXC-Top News #1513/07 Aug 2022)

Spain eyes their radio future

 


Many Spanish broadcasters in recent years have abandoned amplitude modulation, a 'duplication' of FM that has become increasingly expensive.

Until a few years ago they were local stations, with powers ranging from 1 to 5 kW (as explained in this article from 2015, which took stock of many closures). This year, energy prices skyrocketing due to the effect of the conflict in Ukraine, the ones throwing in the towel are heavyweight broadcasters that had resisted until now thanks to their regional catchment area.

In June, four important Cope stations bade farewell:
Barcelona (783 kHz), Sevilla (837 kHz), Valladolid (882 kHz) and Pamplona
(1135 kHz).

Radio Nacional de Espana chose instead to reduce the power of six broadcasting centres from 300 to 100-150 kW, which becomes 75 at night. These are: Madrid (585 kHz), Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands (621 kHz), A Coruna (639 kHz), Sevilla (684 kHz), Barcelona (738 kHz) and Murcia (855 kHz).

Quite a downsizing for the Spanish airwaves, which represented a conspicuous anomaly in the European radio scene, as it was the only nation with more than two hundred transmitters. Today, however, there are 163 transmitters, and public radio prevails with 104 transmitters from RNE and RNE5 against the 60 commercial ones from Ser and Cope.

The radio group with the largest audience, Cadena Ser, is also reducing power and switching off: in June 2022, the signals of Radio Cordoba and Radio Mallorca disappeared from the airwaves. But the operation is being carried out without much fanfare. Sometimes the stations on the airwaves lack an authorized FM frequency, and the radio groups reuse the channels of other radio stations in the group (Cadena Dial, Los 40, Cadena 100 or Rock FM). This has already been done by Cope Ciudad Real and Cope Puertollano who, after broadcasting for years without a license, have taken over the frequencies of Cadena 100. https://blog.radioreporter.org/
(via Anatoly Klepov-RUS, RUSdx #1196 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 31)
(WWDXC-Top news # 1513/07 Aug 2022)

Radio broadcasting still crucial in Sarawak

 


A wealth of information and entertainment is easily accessible these days whether you are catching up on news by reading the newspaper, watching the television, scrolling through websites on your mobile phones or computers, or listening to the radio.

Radio broadcasting has imprinted a profound impact on society since its conception in the early 20th century and despite the emergence of digital platforms, it remains one of the most powerful communication tools up to this day.

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins

 


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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 01 - 07 August 2022

Solar activity was at very low to low levels. C-class flares were observed on 02-03 Aug, 05 Aug, and 07 Aug. The largest was a C6/1b flare at 03/1708 UTC from Region 3068 (S15, L=210, class/area=Dso/210 on 05 Aug). The region was the most complex of the 12 numbered active regions over the past week. A Type II radio sweep (Est. 163 km/s) was associated with the event but no discernable ejecta was identified in subsequent coronagraph imagery. Two other Type II radio sweeps were observed during the week, one at 05/0657 UTC and another at 07/0226 UTC. Analysis of both events did not suggest Earth-directed ejecta was present. 

Other activity included an approximate 30-degree filament eruption centered near N01E25 that began after 07/1749 UTC. Further coronagraph imagery is needed to determine if there is a CME associated with the event. 

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at normal to moderate levels. 

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to G2 (Moderate) geomagnetic storm levels. Unsettled levels over 01-03 Aug and 05 Aug appear to be associated with influence from negative polarity CH HSSs. G2 conditions were reached at the end of the day on 07 Aug and were associated with the onset of influence from an SSBC followed by a positive polarity CH HSS. Total magnetic field strength reached as high as 14 nT at 07/2230 UTC. The Bz component was mostly oriented southward over 07 Aug, reaching as far south as -13 nT at 07/2227 UTC. Solar wind speeds increased over 07 Aug from ~420 km/s to occasionally over 600 km/s after 07/2230 UTC. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 08 August - 03 September 2022

Solar activity is expected to be low or very low during the outlook period. There are currently no significantly complex regions on the visible disk that suggest the elevated potential of R1 (Minor) or greater radio blackouts. 

No proton events are expected in geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to reach moderate or high levels. High levels are anticipated over 09-16 Aug and 18-14 Aug. Elevated levels are in response to influence from multiple, recurrent CH HSSs. The remainder of the outlook period is expected to reach moderate levels. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to range from quiet to G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels. G1 conditions are likely on 08 Aug and 17 Aug; active conditions are likely on 09 Aug, 18-19 Aug, 27 Aug, and 03 Sep; unsettled conditions are likely on 10-11 Aug, 20 Aug, and 28-30 Aug. Elevated levels of geomagnetic activity are anticipated in response to multiple, recurrent, CH HSSs. The remainder of the outlook period is expected to be at quiet leve

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2022 Aug 08     116          18          5
2022 Aug 09     112          14          4
2022 Aug 10     112          10          3
2022 Aug 11     112           8          3
2022 Aug 12     110           5          2
2022 Aug 13     110           5          2
2022 Aug 14     108           5          2
2022 Aug 15     108           5          2
2022 Aug 16     108           5          2
2022 Aug 17     106          22          5
2022 Aug 18     104          15          4
2022 Aug 19     104          15          4
2022 Aug 20     104           8          3
2022 Aug 21     102           5          2
2022 Aug 22      98           5          2
2022 Aug 23     100           5          2
2022 Aug 24     102           5          2
2022 Aug 25     100           5          2
2022 Aug 26     102           5          2
2022 Aug 27     100          12          4
2022 Aug 28     102           8          3
2022 Aug 29     102           8          3
2022 Aug 30     102           8          3
2022 Aug 31     108           5          2
2022 Sep 01     114           5          2
2022 Sep 02     116           5          2
2022 Sep 03     116          14          4
(NOAA)

Friday, August 05, 2022

Will Spain turn off FM and AM to save electricity ?

 


To cope with a possible energy crisis, Compromís, a political party in the Valencia region, has asked the government to consider among emergency measures whether to change the broadcasting technology for radio stations. Switching to DAB, as Norway did in 2017 and Switzerland planned to do at the end of 2024, could reduce electricity consumption by up to 90 %, according to Carles Mulet, the party’s spokesman in the Senate. But first Mulet proposes rationalizing the medium waves by employing the savings in the implementation of a DAB network and finally turning off FM. He then cites the costs declared by Radio Nacional de España after the parliamentary question submitted by the party in March 2022: between maintenance and expenses at transmitters in 2021 the medium waves absorbed 6,823,026 euros, and 6,287,503 euros were spent for the FM network.

Shutting down a band takes years of planning (while the energy crisis could occur in a few months, with the arrival of winter), and if the transition is not well managed it can cause ratings to plummet. As was the case in Norway, where it was public radio that decided to switch to DAB (also not to renew an outdated and expensive ground network: commercial and community broadcasters are still active) and the loss of audience five years later has still not been fully recovered. Switzerland, on the other hand, is a small country that between public and private radio does not reach 200 stations but has been preparing for the switch-off for years, with advertising campaigns in favor of digital radio so much so that now only 14 out of 100 people listen only to FM. In Spain, on the other hand, there are 163 medium wave transmitters (of which 103 are public and 60 commercial) and approx. 2,500 radio stations with over 6,000 transmitters on FM, of which it is estimated that at least a thousand are unlicensed, and only a few experimental DAB radio stations in Barcelona, Madrid and in a few cities (as well as a few unlicensed private muxes).
(Radio Reporter)

Shortwave Radiogram schedules

 

Hello friends

This weekend Shortwave Radiogram, it will be an all-English show. It includes a story about how climate-resilient tepary beans might be part of our future diet.   
 
Videos of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 265)  are provided by Lolo SDR in Spain and Scott in Ontario (both Friday 1300 UTC), and PDXh0b0 Shack in Washington state (Monday 0800 UTC on 5850 kHz). The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. The analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 266, 4-9 August  2022, in MFSK modes as noted:
 
Here is the lineup for today's program, in MFSK modes as noted:

 1:34  MFSK32: Program preview
 2:42  MFSK32: Seafaring drones ready to track hurricanes*
 8:23  MFSK64: Tepary beans are a climate-resilient legume*
13:34  MFSK64: This week's images*
28:44  MFSK32: Closing announcements

* with image(s)

Please send reception reports to radiogram@verizon.net


Twitter: @SWRadiogram or https://twitter.com/swradiogram (visit during the weekend to see listeners' results)


Shortwave Radiogram Gateway Wiki https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Shortwave_Radiogram_Gateway 

Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule
UTC Day UTC Time Frequency Transmitter
Saturday 0230-0300 9265 kHz WINB Pennsylvania
Sunday 2330-2400 7730 kHz WRMI Florida
Monday 0800-0830 5850 kHz
7780 kHz WRMI Florida
Tuesday 1430-1500 9955 kHz WRMI Florida

The Mighty KBC transmits to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT) on 9925 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK is at about 0130 UTC.  Reports to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com. See also http://www.kbcradio.eu/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc/. 

“This is a Music Show” Most of the show is a music show, but the host transmits some MFSK-64 text and image near the end of the broadcast.  It’s transmitted on WRMI, Thursdays at 0200-0300 UTC on 5850 kHz (Wednesday evening in the Americas). Also look for a waterfall ID at the beginning of the show. thisisamusicshow@gmail.com  www.twitter.com/ThisIsAMusicShow/    @ThisIsAMusicSho  https://thisisamusicshow.com

Pop Shop Radio from British Columbia, Canada, includes "a whole variety of pop music, such as records from the 1960s and 1970s that were played on Top-40 radio stations not only in North America but also on offshore radio and stations like Radio Luxembourg." The programs now include some MFSK text and an image. Website: popshopradio.ca. Twitter: @popshopradio1  Email: radiopopshop@gmail.com.


Thanks for your reception reports!
Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
Shortwave Radiogram
Reporting on international broadcasting at https://twitter.com/kaedotcom 
 

Encore - Classical Music on Radio Tumbril

 




Encore - Classical Music on Radio Tumbril

Dear Listener,
 
Regular Broadcast times of Encore are: 
10:00 - 11:00 UTC Saturday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe - Simulcast on 9670 kHz
 
Repeated:
01:00 - 02:00 UTC Sunday 7730 & 5850 kHz WRMI to Europe US and Canada (Note the change from 7780 to 7730)
16:00 – 17:00 UTC Sunday 9670 kHz Channel 292 to Europe 
21:00 - 22:00 UTC Sunday 3955 kHz Channel 292 to Europe 
02:00 - 03:00 UTC Monday 5950 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada 
13:00 - 14:00 UTC Tuesday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe, the east coast of the US and Iceland. RTTY continues to be heard on 15770 in some areas. Suggest listening using USB or notch filter in LSB if available.
19:00 – 20:00 UTC Friday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe (Note time change.)
 
Some additions to the website:
The Encore website is http://www.tumbril.co.uk where you will find:
 
Informal reception reports as well as those requesting eQSL cards are welcome.
 
This week's Program - First broadcast this coming Saturday on Channel 292 - starts with a brass quintet by Malcolm Arnold, followed by some Palestrina, a couple of traditional Armenian tunes, and the Introduction and Allegro by Ravel.
After that three short piano pieces by US composer Amy Beach, an early string quartet from Beethoven, and a Baroque flute and organ duet composed by Dario Costello. The program finishes with Térabga-Bah by contemporary composer Catrin Finch.
 
Channel 292 can be pulled live off the internet if the reception is poor in your location. Easy to find their site with a google search. A very good site for online SDR receivers all over the world is: http://kiwisdr.com/public/  Click the 'Map' button in the top left of the screen.
 
Thank you for spreading the word about Encore - Classical Music on Shortwave on Radio Tumbril.

Brice Avery - Encore - Radio Tumbril - http://www.tumbril.co.uk
GMØTLY



Radio Pakistan ‘to 'start broadcasting round-the-clock’

 



Radio Pakistan will soon start broadcasting round-the-clock from all its stations in the country, the Director General of Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, Sohail Ali Khan, has said.

Addressing a meeting at Radio Pakistan in Lahore on 29 July, he said the public broadcaster was upgrading its transmitters installed at different stations so that listeners could enjoy quality transmission across the country.

He said Radio Pakistan, as the voice of the nation, was playing an important role in disseminating information and providing entertainment and infotainment.

He said the broadcaster was playing an effective role for the promotion of unity and cohesion across the country.

Mr Sohail Ali Khan (pictured second from left) also lauded the role of Radio Pakistan in promoting and preserving arts, culture, and music since the country’s independence in 1947.

He said a classical music research cell established at Lahore station would be rehabilitated and renovated so it could be used as a reference section.

As noted, there was no reference to station frequencies, whether as mediumwave or FM, and shortwave is inactive. Further information will be posted as it becomes available.
(Teak Publishing)

Thursday, August 04, 2022

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins

 


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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 25 - 31 July 2022

Solar activity was low. The strongest event of the period was a C9 flare at 31/2309 UTC from an area around the NE limb. Region 3068 (S15, L=208, class/area=Eso/110 on 31 Jul) was the most complex on the visible disk by the end of the reporting period. The region continued to increase in area around its leader spot and developed additional intermediate spots through 31 Jul. The remaining active regions were relatively simple and quiet or in decay as they rotated around the W limb. 

Several CME was observed in available coronagraph imagery but none appeared to have an Earth-directed component. 

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at moderate to high levels. High levels were observed on 25-28 Jul and 31 Jul while moderate levels were observed on 29-30 Jul. 

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to active levels. Active levels were observed on 26 Jul after a period of prolonged southward Bz and on 31 Jul due to the onset of coronal hole influence. Unsettled levels were reached 25 Jul, 27-28 Jul, and 30 Jul, mostly due to more periods of sustained southward Bz. The remainder of the reporting period was quiet. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 01 August - 27 August 2022

Solar activity is expected to be very low over the outlook period. Most of the regions that are expected to rotate back onto the visible disk were either in decay or relatively simple and quiet as they rotated around the W limb. 

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to range from moderate to high levels. High levels are likely on 12-16 Aug, and again on 18-24 Aug. The remainder of the outlook period is likely to reach moderate levels. All enhancements in electron flux are anticipated in response to multiple, recurrent CH HSSs. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at quiet to G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels. G1 conditions are likely on 03 Aug and 17 Aug; active conditions are likely on 01 Aug, 04-05 Aug, and 18-19 Aug; unsettled conditions are likely on 06 Aug, 11-12 Aug, and 20 Aug. the remainder of the outlook period is expected to be at mostly quiet levels. All elevated levels of geomagnetic activity are due to multiple, recurrent, CH HSSs. 

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2022 Aug 01      92          15          4
2022 Aug 02      90           5          2
2022 Aug 03      92          18          5
2022 Aug 04      92          12          4
2022 Aug 05      94          12          4
2022 Aug 06      94          10          3
2022 Aug 07      96           5          2
2022 Aug 08      98           5          2
2022 Aug 09      98           5          2
2022 Aug 10      98           5          2
2022 Aug 11      98           8          3
2022 Aug 12      98           8          3
2022 Aug 13      98           5          2
2022 Aug 14      98           5          2
2022 Aug 15     100           5          2
2022 Aug 16     100           5          2
2022 Aug 17      98          22          5
2022 Aug 18      98          15          4
2022 Aug 19      96          15          4
2022 Aug 20      96           8          3
2022 Aug 21      98           5          2
2022 Aug 22      96           5          2
2022 Aug 23      96           5          2
2022 Aug 24      92           5          2
2022 Aug 25      92           5          2
2022 Aug 26      92           5          2
2022 Aug 27      92           5          2
(NOAA)

Archive programming from Radio Andorra set for August and September

 

The next two programs "from the archives of Radio Andorra" are ready to be broadcasted. In August and September on the first Saturday per month, it's time to roll again some 43-year-old cassettes. 

The program on August, 6th the french chansonnier Ricet Barrier will do the programming for one hour. It is a program from the "Carte Blanche"-series which was recorded in the summer of 1979, where stars at that time were invited to select their music on a Sunday afternoon program. The barrier was born in August 1932 and died in 2011, so it would be his 90th birthday this year. Unfortunately, the second hour of his program got lost, only the first cassette survived. 

Times and frequencies:
August, 6th 2022
1700-1800 UTC 6180 kHz LPH 270° towards Europe
2200-2300 UTC 13730 kHz HRS 295° towards Northamerica

On September, 3rd the french singer and actor Mirelle Hartuch is in charge. She was born in September 1906 and was at the time the program was recorded already 73 years old. So we will hear music from the 1930s and 1940s as well as contemporary songs from the 70s. This program survived completely and will be broadcasted:

September, 3rd 2022
1700-1900 UTC 6180 kHz LPH 270° towards Europe
2200-2400 UTC 13730 kHz HRS 295° towards Northamerica

All transmission, as usual, is broadcasted via Moosbrunn, Austria rated at 100kW carrier power.

Since last year I'm trying to restore some of the old cassettes and bring them back to HiFi quality for the enjoyment of radio fans. The whole thing is a matter of the heart, no commercial activity. The national archive supports this ideally, but the whole financial part is done privately by myself. If anyone likes to contribute, here is my GoFundMe-campaign: https://gofund.me/cc66ad4a. All raised funds go straight to the reconstruction of the programs (buying necessary records, software licenses for the DSP Tools, maintenance of the cassette players) as well as the transmission feed on shortwave.

All transmissions being already broadcasted are also available online: https://www.aquiradioandorra.com/archives_sonores_emissions_integrales.html
(Christian Milling/BDXC)

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Texas Radio Shortwave - August and September schedules

 

(programming may be subject to change)

. (* = Repeat)broadcast of previous week’s broadcast).

 Channel 292 (Third Saturday of month at 0900 UTC on 6070 kHz)

20 Aug: Lightnin' Hopkins Music Special 17 Sep: Tanya Tucker Music Special

Channel 292 (Third Saturday of month at 1800 UTC on 3955 kHz)

20 Aug: 2022 Viva Big Bend Music Fest.-Wk1 17 Sep: 2022 Bastrop Music Fest. - Week 1

 

WRMI (Saturdays at 2300 UTC on 5950 kHz)

6+13* Aug: Have Gun Will Travel (3 eps) 20+27* Aug: Tales of Texas Rangers (2 eps)

3+10* Sep: On Stage: Austin City Limits 17+24* Sep: The Lone Ranger (2 episodes)

WRMI (Sundays at 0000 UTC on 5950 kHz)

7 Aug: 2022 Deep Ellum Arts Festival - Wk 1 14 Aug: 2022 Deep Ellum Arts Festival - Wk 2

21 Aug: 2022 Viva Big Bend Music Fest.-Wk1 28 Aug: 2022 Viva Big Bend Music Fest. - Wk 2

4+11* Sep: Vikki Carr Music Special 18 Sep: 2022 Bastrop Music Festival - Wk 1

25 Sep: 2022 Bastrop Music Festival - Wk 2

WRMI (Sundays at 0100 UTC on 5950 kHz)

7+14* Aug: Lightnin' Hopkins Music Special 21+28* Aug:Luke Slaughter of Tombstone(2 ep)

4+11* Sep: Tanya Tucker Music Special 18+25* Sep: Gunsmoke (2 episodes)

 WBCQ (Fourth Sunday of month at 0200 UTC on 6160)

28 Aug: Lightnin’ Hopkins Music Special 25 Sep: Tanya Tucker Music Special

In summary, the transmissions are:

· monthly via Channel 292 (third Saturday of month at 0900 on 6070 and at 1800 on 3955);

· weekly via WRMI (Saturdays at 2300, Sundays at 0000 and 0100 all on 5950);

· monthly via WBCQ (last fourth Sunday of the month at 0200 on 6160)

Meanwhile, TRSW will be testing use of 15770 kHz via WRMI on Wednesdays throughout August. The 3 August broadcast includes 21 versions of The Yellow Rose of Texas, with Martin 1 SSTV images inserted at approximately 18, 32, and 46 minutes into the show. On subsequent Wednesdays, shows will be encores of artist tribute programs: Willie Nelson, Buddy Holly,  Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Roy Orbison. Special eQSLs will be available for correct reception reports of the test transmissions. TRSW would like to see the decoded SSTV images. Reporters should identify which version(s) of the song they heard by using Shazam or a similar program.

The email address is texasradiosw@gmail.com.
(Alan Roe/BDXC/August 2022)

NRC AM Radio Log – 43rd Edition

 

Now accepting preorders for shipment in August 2022

We are happy to announce we have been able, so far, to hold our prices stable with no increase over last year!

The National Radio Club, the World’s Oldest and Largest Broadcast Band DX Club is proud to announce the publication of the 43rd edition of the AM Radio Log. The AM Radio Log is a source for information on AM Radio Stations in the United States and Canada. The Log contains 300+ pages of individual station data and cross-references and an additional 12 pages of instructions in 8-1/2” x 11” size, 3-hole punched U.S. loose leaf format. This publication fits nicely into a 1” three-ring binder. Reference lists include State/Provinces in frequency order, listings of regional groups of stations in the group's section and a comprehensive list of FM translators that are now simulcasting with AM broadcasters.

Order by snail mail by check or money order in US funds, (Colorado Residents Only please add 8% Sales tax (or your local Colorado sales tax rate, if lower) and the all new $0.27 retail delivery fee!) to National Radio Club, P.O. Box 473251, Aurora, CO 80047-3251 or order using your Pay Pal account at http://www.nationalradioclub.org/



MEMBER USA Price $30.95 Priority Mail

NON-MEMBER USA Price $37.95 Priority Mail

MEMBER/NON-MEMBER Canada Price US$44.60 Global Priority Mail

MEMBER/NON-MEMBER outside US/Canada Price US$55.75 Global Priority Mail

(Prices subject to changes if USPS raises the postage!)
(Wayne Heinen/NRC)

Monday, August 01, 2022

Radio Taiwan International announces August testing in French

 


The French service of Radio Taiwan International is pleased to remind you that during the month of August 2022, we are broadcasting directly from the Tamsui transmission centre in northern Taiwan to Europe and South Africa. north.

The program of this radio activity in French will be broadcast on Short Wave every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in August. Here are the broadcast frequencies and times: 

Frequency 11995 kHz, 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., universal time 

Frequency 9545 kHz, 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., universal time

A special QSL card will be sent to you to confirm your listening reports which you can send to us by email to the French service or via the https://fr.rti.org.tw/index/content/id/1 link

Thank you for listening and for your loyalty.

Cordially,
French Service, Radio TaiwanInternational