Tuesday, September 02, 2014

September Specials from DX Stamp Service


Dear Customer,

Below are specials for September.

Discount postage prices have been revamped. Domestic and International units still available.

If you need a current stamp list or supply list, I can email it to you.

A list of the countries we stock that have issued their own international forever stamps is yours for the asking.

Brazil new rate stamps in stock. Wasn't able to get a makeup stamp at this time for stock on hand. If you'd like to exchange your old units for new ones, that's fine with me.


NEW RATES: Estonia increases from 1,10 euro to 1,30 on Sept. 1st

NEW PRICES: France now $1.70 up from $1.50. This includes Corsica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Fr. Guiana, St. Martin, Mayotte and Reunion.

IN STOCK AGAIN: Brazil

STAMPS ON BACK ORDER: Bosnia, Hungary, Morocco.

BACK ORDERS will now be sent with your next stamp order, unless I have several to send you.  Am losing money by sending out one at a time. Sorry.
 
U.S. DISCOUNT POSTAGE DEALS!!

Save Big on your domestic mailings when you plaster
your envelope with colorful stamps.

49c Units
  2 stamps
 in 3 stamps
 in 4 stamps
 in 5 stamps

x 100
 $42.00
 $41.00
 $40.00
 $39.00

x 200
 $81.00
 $80.00
 $78.00
 $76.00

x 400
 $157.00
 $154.00
 $150.00
 $145.00

(3 stamps mean 49c unit is made with 3 stamps: 22c, 22c and 5c for example)

International Rate!!

$1.15 Units
 3 stamps

x 100
 $95.00

x 200
 $180.00

MORE U.S. POSTAGE for SALE!!

Excess of 20c stamps, want some?

$50 in 20c stamps-$43    $100 for $70    $200 for $135

EVEN MORE U.S. POSTAGE for SALE!!

$100 Grab Bags - $65!!

Values from 3c to 29c in envelopes of 100 ea. I'll send a great mix!
   
For US postage deals, payment by  
CREDIT CARD IS OK!!

 No charge for shipping US postage deals to US addresses.
ORDER NOW!
 
SEPTEMBER  2014  DX  STAMP  SPECIALS
    3 Canada-$3.90              3 Japan-$3.90
    2 Spain-$3.20       3 UK-$5.10
   

SEPTEMBER  2014  DX  SUPPLY  SPECIALS
200/200 European Air Mailers and Air Returns -$40.00
200/200 Stateside Mailers and Returns - $19.00
2 Standard QSL Albums - $40.00
 
Priority Mail Shipping Rates: Orders up to $16.00 add $6.50, orders from $16.01 to $40.00 add $9.00, orders from $41.00 to $100.00 add $15.00. orders from $101.00 to $150.00 add $20.00, orders over $150.00 add 15%. When ordering supplies and stamps, the stamps ride free, just use supply total to figure shipping costs. Shipments to Canada and overseas ship at a greater cost. (01/2014)

Stamps Only Orders: Just add $1.00 P&H for posting to USA, add $2.00 for posting to Canada.

73, bill

William Plum
12 Glenn Road
Flemington, NJ 08822
908 788 1020
908 782-2612 FAX
Email: plumdx@msn.com

Radio Free Asia releases 18th Anniversary QSL card


Radio Free Asia Releases 18th Anniversary QSL
september 2014


Radio Free Asia (RFA) announces the release of our 18th Anniversary QSL card. RFA’s first broadcast was in Mandarin on September 29, 1996 at 2100 UTC. RFA is a private, nonprofit corporation broadcasting news and information to listeners in Asian countries where full, accurate, and timely news reports are unavailable. Acting as a substitute for indigenous free media, RFA concentrates coverage on events occurring in and/or affecting Burma, Cambodia, Laos, North Korea, the People’s Republic of China, and Vietnam.  RFA does not express editorial opinions but provides news, analysis, commentary, and cultural programming in the languages of the country of broadcast. This is RFA’s 55th QSL design and will be used to confirm all valid RFA reception reports from September 1-December 31, 2014.

Radio Free Asia 18th Anniversary QSL card
Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin (including the Wu dialect), Vietnamese, Tibetan (Uke, Amdo, and Kham), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in its editorial content. As a ‘surrogate’ broadcaster, RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of its target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of its broadcasts comprise news of specific local interest.  More information about Radio Free Asia, including our current broadcast frequency schedule, is available at www.rfa.org.

RFA encourages listeners to submit reception reports.  Reception reports are valuable to RFA as they help us evaluate the signal strength and quality of our transmissions. RFA confirms all accurate reception reports by mailing a QSL card to the listener.  RFA welcomes all reception report submissions at http://techweb.rfa.org (follow the QSL REPORTS link) not only from DX’ers, but also from its general listening audience. 

Reception reports are also accepted by email at qsl@rfa.org and by mail to:

            Reception Reports
            Radio Free Asia
            2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
            Washington DC 20036
            United States of America. 

(A.J Janitscheck/RFA) 

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2014 Sep 01 0657 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web www.swpc.noaa.gov/weekly.html
#
#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
#
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 25 - 31 August 2014

Solar activity was at low to moderate levels during the period. Moderate levels were observed on 25 August due to a pair of M-flares originating from Region 2146 (N07, L=344, class/area Dki/300 on 26 August). The first was a M2/1b flare at 25/1511 UTC with associated Type II (707 km/s) and Type IV radio sweeps, a Ten cm radio burst (150 sfu), and a coronal mass ejection (CME) primarily off the west
limb in SOHO/LASCO C2 imagery beginning at 25/1548 UTC. The second flare was an M3 at 25/2021 UTC which also had a CME off the west limb in SOHO/LASCO C2 imagery beginning at 25/2048 UTC. Both CMEs were determined to be directed too far west to be geoeffective. The rest of the period was populated with numerous low to mid-level C-class flares, the majority of which were from Regions 2146 and
2149 (N09, L=284, class/area Dkc/280 on 31 August). 

An enhancement of the greater than 10 MeV proton flux at geosynchronous orbit was observed beginning at approximately 25/2125 UTC likely associated with the M-class flares from Region 2146. A peak flux value of 1.4 pfu (below S1-Minor) was observed at 25/2300 UTC and thereafter gradually returned to background levels by 27 August. 

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at normal levels on 27 August, moderate levels on 25-26 August and again from 28-29 August. High levels were reached on 30-31 August with the flux of 1,510 pfu observed at 30/1550 UTC. 

Geomagnetic field activity started at quiet levels on 25-26 August. By early on 27 August, total field increased from 5 nT to a maximum of 15 nT by 27/0848 UTC, solar wind speed slowly increased, and the Bz component went south for the majority of the day reaching a maximum of -14 nT indicative of the arrival of a pair of CMEs that were associated with flare activity from Region 2146 on 22 August. Solar wind continued to slowly increase through 29 August when it became variable between approximately 380 km/s to 480 km/s. Phi angle became mostly positive (away) by late on 27 August and remained so during the rest of the period. This was indicative of a slow transition from CME activity into positive polarity coronal hole high speed streams (CH HSS) by mid to late on 28 August. The geomagnetic field responded with mostly quiet to active conditions from 27 August through 31 August with isolated minor storm periods observed on 28-29 August. Periods of major storm levels were observed at high latitudes on 27-28 August and again on 30-31 August with an isolated severe storm period observed on 29 August. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 01 September - 27 September 2014

Solar activity is expected to be at low levels with a slight chance for M-class (R1-R2, Minor-Moderate) flaring from 01-09 September. Beginning on 10 September and lasting through the end of the forecast period, M-class flare probabilities are expected to increase to a chance as old Regions 2146, 2149, and 2151 (S08,
L=253, class/area Cso/140 on 25 August) return to the visible disk. 

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to reach high levels on 01-03, 07-09, and 27 September due to CH HSS influence. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to reach unsettled to active levels from 01-08, 13, and 25-27 September due to CH HSS activity as well as possible recurrent solar sector boundary crossings. 

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2014 Sep 01 0657 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact www.swpc.noaa.gov/wwire.html
#
#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2014-09-01
#
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2014 Sep 01     130          12          4
2014 Sep 02     130           8          3
2014 Sep 03     125           8          3
2014 Sep 04     120          10          4
2014 Sep 05     115           8          3
2014 Sep 06     110          10          4
2014 Sep 07     105           8          3
2014 Sep 08     105          12          4
2014 Sep 09     105           5          2
2014 Sep 10     110           5          2
2014 Sep 11     115           5          2
2014 Sep 12     115           5          2
2014 Sep 13     115           8          3
2014 Sep 14     110           5          2
2014 Sep 15     110           5          2
2014 Sep 16     120           5          2
2014 Sep 17     130           5          2
2014 Sep 18     130           5          2
2014 Sep 19     130           5          2
2014 Sep 20     135           5          2
2014 Sep 21     135           5          2
2014 Sep 22     130           5          2
2014 Sep 23     125           5          2
2014 Sep 24     120           5          2
2014 Sep 25     115          12          4
2014 Sep 26     115          18          4
2014 Sep 27     125          15          4
(NOAA)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Frequency Update - International Shortwave Broadcast Guide: Summer 2014



This is the sixth update for the 2014 Summer edition of International Shortwave Frequency Guide. The ebook from Teak Publishing, can be purchased at Amazon.com for U.S. $4.99, and is available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/Book6YKNFM 

All time references are UTC, frequencies in kHz (kilohertz) // indicates a parallel frequency. Broadcast are daily unless otherwise indicated.

Country/Station
Language
Hrs/freq/info

Bangladesh, Bangla Betar/Home Svc (new entry)
English (news)
1100-1115  4750do
1250-1255  m  4750do
1530-1545  4750do
English/Bengali
0600-0700  4750do
0700-0800  4750do
0800-0900  4750do
0900-1000  4750do
1000-1100  4750do
1100-1200  4750do
1200-1300  4750do
1300-1400  4750do
1400-1500  4750do
1500-1600  4750do
1600-1700  4750do
1700-1710  4750do

Bangladesh, Bangladesh Betar/Ext Svc (schedule revision)
Arabic
1600-1630  7250me
Bengali
1630-1700  7250me
1700-1730  7250me
1915-2000  13580eu
Hindi
1515-1545  15505as
Nepali
1315-1345  9455as
Urdu
1400-1430  15505as
Bangladesh, Bangladesh Betar/Gen Overseas Svc (new entry)
English
1230-1300  15105as
1745-1800  13580eu
1800-1900  13580eu
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/18 Aug)

China, China Radio International (suspended frequencies from 15 August)

0500-0557 on 17820 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to WeEu German
0600-0657 on 17820 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to WeEu German
0800-0957 on 15665 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to WeEu Russian
0900-0957 on 17570 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to WeEu English, heard R.Riyadh HQ
1200-1257 on 13575 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to EaEu Russian
1300-1357 on 17630 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to WeEu English, 1200-1257 is on air!
1400-1457 on 11665 URU 500 kW / 270 deg to N/ME English
1400-1457 on 17630 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to WeEu English, heard CRI Fr via BKO
1500-1527 on  9570 URU 500 kW / 270 deg to WeAs Persian
1500-1557 on  9720 URU 500 kW / 270 deg to N/ME English
1500-1557 on 11790 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to EaEu Russian
1530-1557 on  9570 URU 500 kW / 270 deg to WeAs Pashto
1600-1657 on  6165 URU 500 kW / 270 deg to N/ME Turkish
1600-1657 on 11875 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to EaEu Russian
1600-1657 on 13580 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to EaEu Russian
1700-1757 on  7265 URU 500 kW / 270 deg to N/ME English
1700-1757 on 11875 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to EaEu Russian
1700-1757 on 13640 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to EaEu Russian, heard AIR Farsi
1730-1827 on  7385 URU 500 kW / 270 deg to NWAf Chinese from Aug.1
1730-1827 on  9685 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to WeEu Chinese from Aug.1
1800-1857 on  7205 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to EuEu Russian from Aug.1
1800-1857 on 11650 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to WeEu German from Aug.1
1830-1857 on  7265 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to SEEu Bulgarian from Aug.1
1830-1927 on  7350 URU 500 kW / 270 deg to WeAf French from Aug.1
1900-1927 on  6090 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to SEEu Romanian
1900-1927 on  7415 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to CeEu Czech from Aug.1
1900-1927 on  9560 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to CeEu Hungarian
1900-1957 on 11650 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to WeEu German from Aug.1
1930-2027 on  7350 URU 500 kW / 270 deg to WeAf French from Aug.1
2000-2027 on  7325 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to SEEu Serbian
2000-2057 on  7305 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to CeEu Polish from Aug.1
2030-2057 on  9720 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to SEEu Bulgarian
2030-2127 on  7265 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to SEEu Italian from Aug.1
2030-2227 on  9430 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to WeEu French from Aug.1
2200-2257 on  7250 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to SoEu Spanish
2200-2257 on  7260 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to SoEu Portuguese
2300-2357 on  7250 URU 500 kW / 308 deg to SoEu Spanish
2200-2257 on  7395 URU 500 kW / 270 deg to N/ME Chinese
(Ivo Ivanov/HCDX 19 Aug)

Egypt, R Cairo (revisions/additions)
Arabic
0000-0045  12000ca  12070sa (ex 11540as)
1015-1100  17830va (ex 1000-1100 15710as) via AOKI 20 Apr)
1100-1200  17830va 17830va (ex 1000-1100 15710as) via AOKI 20 Apr)
1200-1215  17830va 17830va (ex 1000-1100 15710as) via AOKI 20 Apr)
2000-2100  11610pa (ex 11540pa)
2100-2200  11610pa (ex 11540pa)
2330-0000  12000ca  12070sa (ex 2300-0000) 11540as)
Dari
1300-1400  15360as (new entry)
English
1215-1300  17480as
1300-1330  17480as
Pashto
1400-1500  15770as (new entry)
1500-1600  15770as (new entry)
Portuguese
2215-2300  12000sa (new entry)
2300-2330  12000sa (new entry)
Pulaar
1845-1900  17625af (new entry)
1900-2000  17625af (new entry)
Swahili
0400-0500  15610af (new entry)
0500-0600  15610af (new entry)
1600-1700  17840af (new entry)
1700-1800  17840af (new entry)
Urdu
1600-1700  13820as (ex 15735as)
1700-1800  13820as (ex 15735as)
(HCDX 8/20/2014)

India, AIR/Aizawl (new entry)
Bengali/English/Hindi/Vernaculars
0025-0100  5050do
0100-0200  5050do
0200-0300  5050do
0300-0400  5050do
0700-0800  7295do
0800-0900  7295do
0900-1000  7295do
1130-1200  5050do
1200-1300  5050do
1300-1400  5050do
1400-1500  5050do
1500-1600  5050do
1600-1630  5050do
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/17 Aug)

India, AIR/Bhopal (new entry)
Bengali/English/Hindi/Vernaculars
0025-0100  4810do
0100-0200  4810do
0200-0215  4810do
0225-0300  7430do
0300-0400  7430do
0400-0500  7430do
0500-0600  7430do
0600-0700  7430do
0700-0800  7430do
0800-0900  7430do
0900-0932  7430do
1130-1200  4810do
1200-1300  4810do
1300-1400  4810do
1400-1500  4810do
1500-1600  4810do
1600-1700  4810do
1700-1742  4810do
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/18 Aug)

India, AIR/Chennai (new entry)
Bengali/English/Hindi/Vernaculars
0015-0200  4920do
0200-0245  4920do
0300-0400  7380do
0400-0500  7380do
0500-0600  7380do
0600-0700  7380do
0700-0800  7380do
0800-0900  7380do
0900-0930  mtwhfa  7380do
0900-1000  7380do
1000-1100  7380do
1100-1130  Sun  7380do
1200-1300  4920do
1300-1400  4920do
1400-1500  4920do
1500-1600  4920do
1600-1700  4920do
1700-1739  4920do
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/18 Aug)

India, AIR/Gangtok/Sikkim (schedule revision)
Bengali/English/Hindi/Vernaculars
0100-0200  4835do
0200-0300  4835do
0300-0400  4835do
0400-0500  4835do
1030-1100  4835do
1100-1200  4835do
1200-1300  4835do
1300-1400  4835do
1400-1500  4835do
1500-1600  4835do
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/17 Aug)

India, AIR/Gawahati (schedule revision)
Bengali/English/Hindi/Vernaculars
0000-0100  4940do
0025-0100  mtwhfa  4940do
0100-0200  4940do
0200-0300  4940do
0300-0400  4940do
0400-0415  mtwhfa  4950do
0400-0450  Sun  4950do
0530-0600  Sun  7280do
0600-0700  7280do
0700-0800  7280do
0800-0900  7280do
0900-0930  7280do
0945-1000  7280do
1000-1100  7280do
1100-1130  7280do
1135-1200  4940do
1200-1300  4940do
1300-1400  4940do
1400-1500  4940do
1500-1600  4940do
1600-1700  4940do
1700-1741  Sun  4940do
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/17 Aug)

India, AIR/Hyderabad (schedule revision) (ex Hyderabad/Chennai)
Bengali/English/Hindi/Vernaculars
0020-0100  4800do
0100-0200  4800do
0200-0215  4800do
0225-0300  7420do
0300-0400  7420do
0400-0500  7420do
0500-0600  7420do
0600-0700  7420do
0700-0800  7420do
0800-0900  7420do
0900-0930  mtwhfa  7420do
1000-1030  Sun  7420do
1130-1200  4800do
1200-1300  4800do
1300-1400  4800do
1400-1500  4800do
1500-1600  4800do
1600-1700  4800do
1700-1744  4800do
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/18 Aug)

India, AIR/Imphal (schedule revision)
Bengali/English/Hindi/Vernaculars
0000-0100  4775do
0030-0100  mtwhfa  4775do
0100-0200  4775do
0200-0215  Sun  4775do
0225-0300  4775do
0300-0400  7335do
0400-0430  Sun  7335do
0630-0700  7335do
0700-0800  7335do
0800-0900  7335do
0900-1000  7335do
1030-1100  4775do
1100-1200  4775do
1200-1300  4775do
1300-1400  4775do
1400-1500  4775do
1500-1600  4775do
1600-1700  4775do
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/18 Aug)

India, AIR/Itanagar (schedule revision)
Bengali/English/Hindi/Vernaculars
0020-0100  irreg  4990do
0100-0200  irreg  4990do
0200-0300  irreg  4990do
0300-0400  irreg  4990do
0700-0800  6150do
0800-0900  6150do
1000-1100  irreg  4990do
1100-1200  irreg  4990do
1200-1300  irreg  4990do
1300-1400  irreg  4990do
1400-1500  irreg  4990do
1500-1600  irreg  4990do
1600-1630  irreg  4990do
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/18 Aug)

India, AIR/Jeypore (schedule revision)
Bengali/English/Hindi/Vernaculars
0025-0100  5040do
0100-0200  5040do
0200-0300  5040do
0300-0400  5040do
0400-0445  5040do
0446-0500  6040do
0500-0600  6040do
0600-0700  6040do
0700-0800  6040do
0800-0900  6040do
0900-0915  6040do
1130-1400  5040do
1400-1500  5040do
1500-1600  5040do
1600-1700  5040do
1700-1741  5040do
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/18 Aug)

India, AIR/Kohima (schedule revision)
Bengali/English/Hindi/Vernaculars
0000-0100  irreg  4850do
0100-0200  irreg  4850do
0200-0300  irreg  4850do
0300-0400  irreg  4850do
0400-0415  irreg  4850do
0430-0500  irreg  6065do
0500-0510  irreg  6065do
1000-1100  irreg  4850do
1100-1200  irreg  4850do
1200-1300  irreg  4850do
1300-1400  irreg  4850do
1400-1500  irreg  4850do
1500-1600  irreg  4850do
1600-1700  irreg  4850do
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/18 Aug)

India, AIR/Kolkata (schedule revision)
Bengali/English/Hindi/Vernaculars
0025-0100  4820do
0100-0200  4820do
0200-0215  4820do
0230-0300  7210do
0300-0400  7210do
0700-0800  Sun  7210do
0730-0800  mtwhfa  7210do
0800-0900  7210do
0900-1000  7210do
1000-1001  7210do
1130-1200  4820do
1200-1300  4820do
1300-1400  4820do
1400-1500  4820do
1500-1600  4820do
1600-1700  4820do
1700-1745  4820do
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/18 Aug)

India, AIR/Kuresong (schedule revision)
Bengali/English/Hindi/Vernaculars
0055-0100  4895do
0100-0200  4895do
0200-0300  4895do
0300-0400  4895do
0400-0430  4895do
0620-0700  7230do
0700-0800  7230do
0800-0900  7230do
0900-1000  7230do
1000-1030  7230do
1130-1200  4895do
1200-1300  4895do
1300-1400  4895do
1400-1500  4895do
1500-1600  4895do
1600-1700  4895do
1700-1741  Sat/Sun  4895do
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/18 Aug)

India, AIR/Leh/Jammu & Kashmir (new entry)
Bengali/English/Hindi/Vernaculars
0213-0300  mtwhfa  4660do
0200-0300  4660do
0300-0400  4660do
0400-0430  Sun  4660do
0630-0700  Sun  4660do
0700-0800  mtwhfa  4660do
0800-08900  4660do
0900-0930  4660do
1130-1200  4660do
1200-1300  4660do
1300-1400  4660do
1500-1600  4660do
1600-1630  4660do
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/17 Aug)

India, AIR/Mumbai (schedule revision)
Bengali/English/Hindi/Vernaculars
0000-0100  4840do
0100-0200  4840do
0200-0300  4840do
0300-0400  4840do
0430-0500  Sat/Sun  7240do
0500-0530  mtwhf  7240do
0600-0700  7240do
0700-0800  7240do
0800-0900  7240do
0900-0930  7240do
1230-1300  4840do
1300-1400  4840do
1400-1500  4840do
1500-1600  4840do
1600-1700  4840do
1700-1730  4840do
2355-0000  4820do
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/18 Aug)

India, AIR/Port Blair/Andaman & Nicobar Is (schedule revision)
Bengali/English/Hindi/Vernaculars
0000-0100  4760do
0100-0200  4760do
0200-0300  4760do
0315-0400  7390do
0400-0415  Sat  7390do
0400-0500  Sun  7390do
0700-0800  7390do
0800-0900  7390do
0900-0931  mtwhfa 7390do
0900-1000  Sun  7390do
1030-1100  4760do
1100-1200  4760do
1200-1300  4760do
1300-1400  4760do
1400-1500  4760do
1500-1600  4760do
1600-1700  4760do
1700-1730  irreg  4760do
2355-0000  4760do
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/18 Aug)

India, AIR/Shimla (schedule revision)
Bengali/English/Hindi/Vernaculars
0025-0100  4860do
0100-0200  4860do
0215-0300  4860do
0300-0400  4860do
0415-0500  6020do
0500-0600  6020do
0600-0700  6020do
0700-0800  6020do
0800-0900  6020do
0900-0930  Sun 6020do
0900-1000  mtwhfa  6020do
1130-1200  6020do
1200-1230  6020do
1300-1400  6020do
1400-1500  6020do
1500-1600  6020do
1600-1700  6020do
1700-1741  6020do
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/17 Aug)

India, AIR/Shillong (schedule revision)
Bengali/English/Hindi/Vernaculars
0025-0100  4970do
0100-0200  4970do
0200-0300  4970do
0300-0400  4970do
0656-0700  7315do
0700-0800  7315do
0800-0900  7315do
0900-0931  7315do
1056-1100  4970do
1100-1200  4970do
1200-1300  4970do
1300-1400  4970do
1400-1500  4970do
1500-1600  4970do
1600-1630  4970do
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/18 Aug)

India, AIR Srinagar/Jammu & Kashmir (new entry)
Bengali/English/Hindi/Vernaculars
0030-0100  Sun 4950do
0100-0200  Sun  4950do
0200-0215  4950do
0225-0300  6110do
0300-0400  6110do
0400-0500  6110do
0500-0501  6110do
0501-0600  Sun  6110do
0600-0700  6110do
0700-0800  6110do
0800-0900  6110do
0900-1000  6110do
1100-1115  6110do
11290-1200 4950do
1200-1300  4950do
1300-1400  4950do
1400-1500  4950do
1500-1600  4950do
1600-1700  4950do
1700-1743  4950do
2200-2300  4950do (Ramadan broadcast)
2300-2315  4950do (Ramadan broadcast)
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/17 Aug)

India, AIR/Thiruvananthapuram (schedule revision)
Bengali/English/Hindi/Vernaculars
0020-0100  5010do
0100-0200  5010do
0200-0215  5010do
0230-0300  7290do
0300-0400  7290do
0400-0500  7290do
0500-0600  7290do
0600-0700  7290do
0700-0800  7290do
0800-0900  7290do
0900-1000  7290do
1000-1030  Sun 7290do
1130-1200  5010do
1200-1300  5010do
1300-1400  5010do
1400-1500  5010do
1500-1600  5010do
1600-1700  5010do
1700-1740  5010do
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/18 Aug)

Kuwait, R Kuwait
Changes of Radio Kuwait, General Service effective from August 13: 0000-2400 on 15475
addit from July 24 to Aug.12 Arabic, cancelled 0200-0900 on 5960 KBD 500 kW / non-dir to N/ME Arabic,
back on air 1700-2000 on 13650 KBD 500 kW / 350 deg to NoAm Arabic, back on air+videos 2000-2400 on
17550 KBD 500 kW / 350 deg to NoAm Arabic, back on air.
(Ivo Ivanov/HCDX)

Pakistan, R Azad Kashmir/R Trarkhel (schedule revision) (ex Pakistan, R Azad Kashmir)
English (news)
1600-1615  3975do
1700-1710  3975do
Urdu
0045-0100  3975do
0100-0200  3975do
0200-0300  3975do
0300-0400  3975do
0400-0425  3975do
0900-1000  7265do
1000-1100  7265do
1100-1200  7265do
1200-1210  7265do
1330-1400  3975do
1400-1500  3975do
1500-1600  3975do
1600-1700  3975do
1700-1800  3975do
1800-1810  3975do
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/18 Aug)

Pakistan, R Pakistan/Domestic SW Svc (new entry)
Balti
0445-0500  7470do
0500-0530  7470do
Sheena
0530-0600  7470do
0600-0615  7470do

Pakistan, R Pakistan/Ext Svc (schedule revision)
Bengali
0900-1000  11860as  15180as
Chinese
1200-1300  15730as  17810as
Dari
1445-1500  7515as
1500-1600  7515as
1600-1630  7515as
English
1100-1104  15730eu  17700eu
Farsi
1700-1800  7530as  9370as
Gujarati
1145-1200  11860as  13660as
1200-1215  11860as  13660as
Hindi
1045-1100  11860as  13660as
1100-1145  11860as  13660as
Nepali
1000-1030  11860as  15180as
Pashto
1345-1400  7515as
1400-1445  7515as
Sinhala
1230-1300  11595as  15185as
Tamil
1300-1330  11595as  15185as
Urdu
0045-0100  15730as  17830as
0100-0200  15730as  17830as
0200-0215  15730as  17830as
0500-0600  15730va  17810va
0600-0700  15730va  17810va
0830-0900  15730eu  17700eu
0900-1000  15730eu  17700eu
1000-1100  15730eu  17700eu
1100-1105  15730eu  17700eu
1330-1400  15235va  17550va
1400-1500  15235va  17550va
1500-1530  15235as  17550as
1700-1800  11530eu  15265eu
1800-1900  11530eu  15265eu
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/18 Aug)

Sri Lanka, SLBC (schedule revision)
Bengali
0115-0130  11905as
English/Hindi
0130-0200  11905as (including religious programming)
0200-0300  11905as (including religious programming)
0300-0330  11905as (including religious programming)
Hindi
1115-1130  9720AS
1145-1200  9720as
Malayalam
1130-1145  9720as
Sinhala
1630-1700  11750me
1700-1800  11750me
1800-1830  11750me
Tamil
1200-1215  9720as
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/18 Aug)

USA   Frequency change of WRMI Okeechobee from 0000 UTC on August 16:
0000-2300 NF 11580 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair, ex 11730
2300-2400 NF 11580 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu Spanish Family  Radio, ex 11730
(Ivo Ivanov/HCDX 17 Aug)

USA   Cancelled transmissions of Brother Stair via World Harvest Radio
1600-1800 on  9840 HRI 250 kW / 025 deg to ENAm English WHRI Angel 2
1600-1900 on 17610 HRI 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English WHRI Angel 6
2000-2100 on  9840 HRI 250 kW / 025 deg to ENAm English WHRI Angel 2 Mon-Fri
(Ivo Ivanov/HCDX 16 Aug)

********************************
Legend
Days:
m (Monday)
t (Tuesday)
w (Wednesday)
h (Thursday)
f (Friday)
a/Sat (Saturday)
s/Sun (Sunday)
DRM: Digital Radio Mondiale

Target Areas:
af Africa
as  Asia
ca Central America
eu Europe
na North America
pa Pacific
sa South America
va Various target areas
(BCDX/DX Bulgaria/DX Window/WRTH/WWDXC Top Nx/DX Mix Nx/HCDX/playdx)Frequency Update - International Shortwave Broadcast Guide: Summer 2014
HCDX/playdx)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Personal Commentary on the Future of Radio Australia



Australia - The End of the RA English Service - A Personal Commentary.

I received this from a friend at Radio Australia this morning:

"Greetings again from down under...

By week's end the RA English Service, as we know it, will have ceased. All original RA programming will have disappeared to be replaced by yet more domestic programming from a range of ABC networks. This Monday and Tuesday, the English language unit received their official marching orders and will be all out the door by next Wednesday. The Asia Pacific News Center will continue to produce news bulletins for part of the day but for the rest it will be like listening to ABC domestic radio.

Most of them would not have chosen to leave. Fortunately, all receive redundancy packages and for those who were with the organisation for some time those packages will be quite large, in dollar terms. Some compensation I suppose. If they had been working in commercial radio they'd be lucky to get much more than a few weeks pay."

So, there you have it. Yes, I suppose the news could have been worse in that shortwave or the service itself could have been shut down entirely. It's true that the net result between this change and the last of the string of previous changes that came before it can be viewed as being merely incremental. However, it's also true that this last change has an air of finality to it the proverbial "last nail in the coffin" is not an inappropriate take.

For those of us with a longer memory, the wholesale merger of what we appreciated as an independent international service known as "Radio Australia" into some sort of amalgam that no longer recognizes a difference in the needs, wants and characteristics of an international audience vis-a-vis a domestic one is not an insignificant nor "happy" occasion. Having it engineered, not as a well thought out coordinated plan to improve services to such audiences, but as another thoroughly last-minute emergency response to an ideological putsch from a government which let's not put too find a point on it lied about its intentions in this regard makes it that much harder to swallow.

The saddest part is that the powers-that-be no longer appear to view such targeted, tailored, well-considered mass international outreach as necessary to a culture's cross-border communication efforts. International understanding is left to social media (shoot-from-the-hip "tweets"), ubiquitous popular culture and commercial ventures whose principal aim is to exploit an audience for pecuniary gain over objectively informing that audience on matters that arguably transcend the mere commercial needs of media sponsors.

To be sure, many if not most "international services" of government-supported broadcasters often did a lousy job of this as well, attempting to exploit such audiences all the same but for the political and ideological benefit of the sponsoring country. However, this was not true of ALL such broadcasters. And this was never true of Radio Australia.

Testament to this fact is the sense of loss being expressed by listeners in the Pacific region, a largely geopolitically forgotten area that received special consideration from Radio Australia in a way that no other such broadcaster saw or sees fit (other than Radio New Zealand International, now also apparently under some new duress) to provide.

So, make no mistake. While there still will be a 24/7 shortwave presence from Australia, while that space will likely be filled by thoroughly fine programming from the excellent Radio National, something significant even vital has been lost. Probably forever. While some may disagree, I thinkn that's something to lament.
(J Figliozzi/DXplorer Aug 13/WWDXC Top Nx 1173)

Antena Dx offers special Panama Canal QSL

On 15 August, the Panama Canal reached a milestone of 100 years since its inauguration in 1914. To date the Canal Panama remains a trading company profitable and also maintains its performance in key maritime link .
The location strategic Canal Panama and the short distance between the Atlantic and the Pacific, has led for many years to make this a very popular route for navigation.
In Antena Dx can not overlook this important for Panamanians so we have developed a special QSL to commemorate the centenary of the Panama Canal date.
In the nextntena DX will be giving you details about the special QSL commemorating 100 years of the Panama Canal.
You can listen on shortwave

You may also listen http://programasdx.com/antenadx.htm 
(Jose Bueno/HCDX)

"ANTENA DX" is a radio program dedicated to exploring the exciting world of radio, Internet issues, telecommunications and new technologies.
"ANTENA DX" is the first and only program of its kind that occurs in Panama, Central America and is produced and hosted by Victor Gutierrez from the studios of radio SPARK STEREO in Torti, Panama and counts with the collaboration of correspondents specialized for different countries.

The program is able to tune through the following stations:

WRMI Radio Miami International, Miami, USA. 9955 kHz, we can listen 11:00 UTC Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00 UTC http://www.wrmi.net/

Cultural Radio La Cruz, La Cruz, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, 88.3 FM - 1530 AM http://www.culturallacruz.com/

We can also tune in later on the La Chispa Stereo: https://soundcloud.com/user149195886/

We can write to lachispaestereo@hotmail.com quedan all invited to tune in stations and web sites mentioned above.

Victor Gutierrez, Producer and presenter Dx Antenna

Propagation Forecast Bulletins


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2014 Aug 18 0139 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact www.swpc.noaa.gov/weekly.html
#
#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
#
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 11 - 17 August 2014

Solar activity was at very low to low levels. This period saw predominately B-class flare activity with isolated C-class flare activity, especially late in the period. The largest event of the period was a C2/Sf flare at 0930 UTC on 16 Aug from Region 2144 (S17, L=107, class/area=Dsi/220 on 17 Aug). In addition to the C2 flare, Region 2144 produced two additional low-level C-class flares and Region 2139 (N13, L=058, class/area=Eac/140 on 15 Aug)contributed three low-level C-class flares this period. 

A filament eruption estimated at 30 degree in extent was observed leaving the solar disk in SDO/AIA 193 and 304 imagery between 1630-1715 UTC on 15 Aug. A subsequent partial-halo coronal mass ejection (CME) was observed in SOHO/LASCO C2 coronagraph imagery beginning at 15/1800 UTC. Forecaster analysis of this event and WSA-ENLIL model output suggest an anticipated CME arrival at Earth late on 19 Aug. 

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at normal levels on 12 Aug with normal to moderate levels observed on 11, 13-17 Aug. A maximum flux value of 565 pfu was observed at 1605 UTC on 11 Aug. 

Geomagnetic field activity was quiet on 13-16 Aug under nominal solar wind conditions. Quiet to unsettled levels were observed on 11 and 17 Aug and quiet to active levels were observed on 12 Aug, due to coronal hole high speed stream effects. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 18 August - 13 September 2014

Solar activity is expected to be low throughout the period with a slight chance for M-class (R1-R2 (Minor-Moderate)) flare activity for 21 Aug - 06 Sep due to the return of old Regions 2127 (S09, L=249, class/area=Dkc/300 on 30 Jul) and 2130 (S07, L= 230, class/area=Ekc/290 on 01 Aug), which produced one and two M-class flares, respectively. 

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at normal to moderate levels throughout the outlook period. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be quiet on 18, 23-27, and 30 Aug, 03-05 and 09-13 Sep. Quiet to active conditions are expected on 19-20 Aug due to the anticipated arrival of the 15 Aug coronal mass ejection (CME), followed by quiet to unsettled conditions on 21-22 Aug due to coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) effects. Quiet to unsettled conditions are expected on 28-29 Aug due to a solar sector boundary crossing followed by a co-rotation interaction region. Quiet to active conditions are expected on 31 Aug followed by quiet to unsettled levels on 01-02 Sep due to CH HSS effects. Quiet to unsettled levels are expected on 06-08 Sep due to CH HSS effects. 

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2014 Aug 18 0139 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web www.swpc.noaa.gov/wwire.html
#
#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2014-08-18
#
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2014 Aug 18     115           5          2
2014 Aug 19     110          12          4
2014 Aug 20     110          14          4
2014 Aug 21     115           8          3
2014 Aug 22     120           8          3
2014 Aug 23     125           5          2
2014 Aug 24     130           5          2
2014 Aug 25     135           5          2
2014 Aug 26     135           5          2
2014 Aug 27     135           5          2
2014 Aug 28     140           8          3
2014 Aug 29     135           8          3
2014 Aug 30     130           5          2
2014 Aug 31     125          12          4
2014 Sep 01     125          10          3
2014 Sep 02     130           8          3
2014 Sep 03     125           5          2
2014 Sep 04     120           5          2
2014 Sep 05     115           5          2
2014 Sep 06     110           8          3
2014 Sep 07     105           8          3
2014 Sep 08     105          10          3
2014 Sep 09     105           5          2
2014 Sep 10     100           5          2
2014 Sep 11     110           5          2
2014 Sep 12     110           5          2
2014 Sep 13     115           5          2
(NOAA)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Frequency Update - International Shortwave Broadcast Guide: Summer 2014


This is the fifth update for the 2014 Summer edition of International Shortwave Frequency Guide. The ebook from Teak Publishing, can be purchased at Amazon.com for U.S. $4.99, and is available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/Book6YKNFM 

All time references are UTC, frequencies in kHz (kilohertz) // indicates a parallel frequency. Broadcast are daily unless otherwise indicated.

Country/Station
Language
Hrs/freq/info

Australia, Reach Beyond Australia (former HCJB)
Bengali
1245-1300  m 11590as (ex 11595as)
Bhojuri
1315-1330 Sun  11590as (ex 11595as)
Dzongkha
1300-1315 f 11590as (ex 11595as)
English
1330-1345  f  11590as (new entry)
Hindi
1345-1400  11590as (ex 1330-1400)
1245-1300 shf  11590as (ex 11595as)
1330-1345  Sat 11590as (new entry)
Hmar
1315-1330 w 11590as (ex 11595as)
Kuruk
1245-1300 w 11590as (ex 11595as)
Malayalam
1315-1330 h 11590as (11595as)
Marathi
1315-1330 f 11590as (11595as)
Marwari
1245-1300  m 11590as (ex 11595as)
Nepali
1300-1315  mtwh  11590as (ex 11595as Sat)
Oriya
1300-1315 Sat 11590as (ex 11595as mtwhf)
Punjabi
1300-1315 Sun  11590as (ex 11595as
Tamil
1315-1330 mt  11590as (ex 11595as)
Urdu
1315-1330 Sat 11590as (11595as)
1400-1430  11590as (ex 11595as)

Austria, R Joystick
German/Music
1000-1100  1st Sun  7330eu (via Moosburg, Austria) ex 1000-1100 7330eu via France)
(DX NX 865)

Clandestine, R Xoriyo Ogaden
Somali
1600-1630  ta  17630af (ex mtfa)

Ecuador, Reach Beyond (ex HCJB)
Chechen
1600-1630  Sat  13800as (ex 13650eu) (via Moosburg, Austria)
Russian
1530-1600  Sat  13800as (ex 13650eu) (via Moosburg, Austria)

France, VO Gospel/Sawtu Linjilia
Fulfulde
1830-1900  15315af (new entry)
(DX Nx 865)

Germany, Europe 24 (new station/new HFCC registry)
German (?)
0600-0700  6150eu  KIL 015 kW
0700-0800  6150eu  KIL 015 kW
0800-0900  6150eu  KIL 015 kW
0900-1000  6150eu  KIL 015 kW
1000-1100  6150eu  KIL 015 kW
1100-1200  6150eu  KIL 015 kW
1200-1300  6150eu  KIL 015 kW
1300-1400  6150eu  KIL 015 kW
1400-1500  6150eu  KIL 015 kW
1500-1600  6150eu  KIL 015 kW
1600-1700  6150eu  KIL 015 kW
1700-1800  6150eu  KIL 015 kW
1800-1900  6150eu  KIL 015 kW
(SWL Dxing 02 Aug)

Germany, European Music R
English/Music
0800-0900  3rd Sun  6045eu (ex 9485eu)
(DX Nx 865)

Germany, Evangelische Missions-Gemeiden
German
1030-1100  Sat/Sun  6055eu (ex 1130-1200 Sat/Sun 6055eu)

Germany, Mighty KBC Radio
English/German
0000-0100  9925na (to 31 Aug)
0000-0100  7375na (from 07 Sept)
0100-0200  9925na (to 31 Aug)
0100-0200  7375na (from 07 Sept)

Germany, Missionswerk Arche
German
1100-1115  Sun  5945eu (ex 1200-1215 6055eu)

Germany, Missionswerk Friendsstimme
Russian
1100-1130  Sat  13710as (new entry)
1500-1530  Sat  11695eu (new entry)
(DX NX 865)

Germany, Shortwave Rock
English/Music
0900-1000  4th Sun 6045eu (ex 1st Sun)

Germany, TWR Europe
Belarusian
1400-1430  m  7320eu (ex 7215eu)
Russian
1400-1430  twhfa  7320eu (ex 7215eu)

India, All India R/FM Gold
English/Hindi
0130-0200  7270do (new entry)
0200-0300  7270do (new entry)
0300-0400  7270do (new entry)
0400-0430  7270do (new entry)

India, All India Radio/Vivdh Bharti
Hindi
0100-0200  9380do  9870do (new entry)
0200-0300  9380do  9870do (new entry)
0300-0400  9380do  9870do (new entry)
0400-0435  9380do  9870do (new entry)
0900-1000  9380do  9870do (new entry)
1000-1100  9380do  9870do (new entry)
1100-1200  9380do  9870do (new entry)
1245-1300  9870do (new entry)
1300-1400  9870do (new entry)
1400-1500  9870do (new entry)
1500-1600  9870do (new entry)
1600-1700  9870do (new entry)
1700-1740  9870do (new entry)
Hindi/DRM
0900-1000  6100do (new entry)
1000-1100  6100do (new entry)
1100-1200  6100do (new entry)

India, AIR/Uttarakhand Program
Hindi
0200-0230  6030do  (new entry)
1215-1300  6030do  (new entry)
1300-1400  6030do  (new entry)
1400-1430  6030do  (new entry)

India, AIR/Delhi (complete revision)
Bengali/English/Hindi/various Asian
0230-0300  4870do
0300-0330  4870do
1430-1500  4870do
1500-1530  4870do
(A14 update/BCDX/S Asia Guide/14 Aug)

Iran, VOIRI/IRIB
Spanish
0020-0220 12025sa KAM 500 kW (ex 11760 to avoid R Havana Cuba // 9860sa
0220-0300 12025sa KAM 500 kW (ex 11760 to avoid R Havana Cuba // 9860sa
0300-0320 12025sa KAM 500 kW (ex 11760 to avoid R Havana Cuba // 9860sa
(SWL-DXing 04 Aug)

Saudi Arabia, BSKSA/R Riyadh/Holy Qur'an
Arabic
0900-1000 21600me RIY 500 kW (ex 11935) // 17570as, 17615as
1000-1100 21600me RIY 500 kW (ex 11935) // 17570as, 17615as
1100-1200 21600me RIY 500 kW (ex 11935) // 17570as, 17615as
(I Ivanov)

USA, BBG/VO America
Tibetan
0000-0100  h  13685as  UDO 250 kW (ex 9340as hfas)
0000-0100  f  13740as  UDO 250 kW
0000-0100  Sat 13760as UDO 250 kW
0000-0100  Sun 13780 as UDO 250 kW
(SWL DXing 02 Aug)

USA, Pan American BC
English
1400-1415   Sun  15205as (ex 1400-1430)

USA, WHRI Cypress Crk SC/R Netherlands
Spanish
0000-0030  mtwhf  9895ca (delete - broadcast closed from 02 Aug)
playdx/Twitter)

USA   Updated summer A-14 schedule via Okeechobee effective 0000 UT Aug.12:
0000-0100 on  5015 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#03
0000-0100 on  5850 YFR 100 kW / 355 deg to ENAm English TruNews+Music tx#08
0000-0100 on  5950 YFR 100 kW / 181 deg to CARR Various WRMI programs tx#14
0000-0100 on  7455 YFR 100 kW / 285 deg to WNAm English TruNews+Music tx#13
0000-0100 on  7570 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#11
0000-0100 on  7730 YFR 100 kW / 222 deg to MEXI English Brother Stair tx#01
0000-0100 on  9495 YFR 100 kW / 151 deg to NSAm Various WRMI programs tx#09
0000-0100 on  9955 YFR 100 kW / 160 deg to CeAm Various WRMI programs tx#10
0000-0100 on 11730 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#04
0000-0100 on 11825 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#12
0000-0100 on 15770 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#09

0100-0200 on  5015 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#03
0100-0200 on  5850 YFR 100 kW / 355 deg to ENAm English TruNews+Music tx#08
0100-0200 on  5950 YFR 100 kW / 181 deg to CARR Various WRMI programs tx#14
0100-0200 on  7455 YFR 100 kW / 285 deg to WNAm English TruNews+Music tx#13
0100-0200 on  7570 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#11
0100-0200 on  7730 YFR 100 kW / 222 deg to MEXI English Brother Stair tx#01
0100-0200 on  9955 YFR 100 kW / 160 deg to CeAm Various WRMI programs tx#10
0100-0200 on 11730 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#04
0100-0200 on 11825 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#12
0100-0200 on 15770 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#09

0200-0300 on  5015 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#03
0200-0300 on  5850 YFR 100 kW / 355 deg to ENAm English TruNews+Music tx#08
0200-0300 on  7455 YFR 100 kW / 285 deg to WNAm English TruNews+Music tx#13
0200-0300 on  7570 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#11
0200-0300 on  7730 YFR 100 kW / 222 deg to MEXI English Brother Stair tx#01
0200-0300 on  9955 YFR 100 kW / 160 deg to CeAm Various WRMI programs tx#10
0200-0300 on 11730 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#04
0200-0300 on 11825 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#12
0200-0300 on 15770 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#09

0300-0400 on  5015 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#03
0300-0400 on  5850 YFR 100 kW / 355 deg to ENAm English TruNews+Music tx#08
0300-0400 on  7455 YFR 100 kW / 285 deg to WNAm English TruNews+Music tx#13
0300-0400 on  7570 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#11
0300-0400 on  7730 YFR 100 kW / 222 deg to MEXI Spanish R.Taiwan Int. tx#01
0300-0400 on  9955 YFR 100 kW / 160 deg to CeAm Various WRMI programs tx#10
0300-0400 on 11730 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#04
0300-0400 on 11825 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#12
0300-0400 on 15770 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#09

0400-0430 on  5985 YFR 100 kW / 222 deg to MEXI Spanish R.Japan (NHK) tx#02
0430-0500 on  5985 YFR 100 kW / 222 deg to MEXI Various WRMI programs tx#02

0400-0500 on  5850 YFR 100 kW / 355 deg to ENAm English TruNews+Music tx#08
0400-0500 on  7455 YFR 100 kW / 285 deg to WNAm English TruNews+Music tx#13
0400-0500 on  7570 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#11
0400-0500 on  7730 YFR 100 kW / 222 deg to MEXI English Brother Stair tx#01
0400-0500 on  9955 YFR 100 kW / 160 deg to CeAm Various WRMI programs tx#10
0400-0500 on 11730 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#04
0400-0500 on 11825 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#12
0400-0500 on 15190 YFR 100 kW / 087 deg to NCAf English Brother Stair tx#07
0400-0500 on 15770 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#09

0500-0600 on  5850 YFR 100 kW / 355 deg to ENAm English TruNews+Music tx#08
0500-0600 on  7455 YFR 100 kW / 285 deg to WNAm English TruNews+Music tx#13
0500-0600 on  7570 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#11
0500-0600 on  7730 YFR 100 kW / 222 deg to MEXI English Brother Stair tx#01
0500-0600 on  9955 YFR 100 kW / 160 deg to CeAm English Brother Stair tx#10
0500-0600 on 11730 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#04
0500-0600 on 11825 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#12
0500-0600 on 15190 YFR 100 kW / 087 deg to NCAf English Brother Stair tx#07
0500-0600 on 15770 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#09

0600-0800 on  5850 YFR 100 kW / 355 deg to ENAm English TruNews+Music tx#08
0600-0800 on  7455 YFR 100 kW / 285 deg to WNAm English TruNews+Music tx#13
0600-0800 on  7570 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#11
0600-0800 on  9955 YFR 100 kW / 160 deg to CeAm English Brother Stair tx#10
0600-0800 on 11730 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#04
0600-0800 on 11825 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#12
0600-0800 on 15190 YFR 100 kW / 087 deg to NCAf English Brother Stair tx#07
0600-0800 on 15770 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#09

0800-1000 on  5850 YFR 100 kW / 355 deg to ENAm English TruNews+Music tx#08
0800-1000 on  7455 YFR 100 kW / 285 deg to WNAm English TruNews+Music tx#13
0800-1000 on  7570 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#11
0800-1000 on  9955 YFR 100 kW / 160 deg to CeAm English Brother Stair tx#10
0800-1000 on 11730 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#04
0800-1000 on 11825 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#12
0800-1000 on 15770 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#09

1000-1030 on  5850 YFR 100 kW / 355 deg to ENAm Various WRMI programs tx#08

1000-1100 on  7570 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#11
1000-1100 on  9955 YFR 100 kW / 160 deg to CeAm Various WRMI programs tx#10
1000-1100 on 11730 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#04
1000-1100 on 11825 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#12
1000-1100 on 15770 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#09

1100-1400 on  7570 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#11
1100-1400 on  9955 YFR 100 kW / 160 deg to CeAm Various WRMI programs tx#10
1100-1400 on 11730 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#04
1100-1400 on 11825 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#12
1100-1400 on 15770 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#09

1400-2000 on  7570 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#11
1400-2000 on  9955 YFR 100 kW / 160 deg to CeAm English Brother Stair tx#10
1400-2000 on 11730 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#04
1400-2000 on 11825 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#12
1400-2000 on 15770 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#09
1400-2000 on 17790 YFR 100 kW / 087 deg to NCAf English Radio  Africa tx#07

2000-2100 on  7570 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#11
2000-2100 on  9955 YFR 100 kW / 160 deg to CeAm English Brother Stair tx#10
2000-2100 on 11730 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#04
2000-2100 on 11825 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#12
2000-2100 on 15190 YFR 100 kW / 087 deg to NCAf English Radio  Africa tx#07
2000-2100 on 15770 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#09

2100-2200 on  7570 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#11
2100-2200 on  9955 YFR 100 kW / 160 deg to CeAm English Brother Stair tx#10 Mon-Fri
2100-2200 on  9955 YFR 100 kW / 160 deg to CeAm Various WRMI programs tx#10 Sat/Sun
2100-2200 on 11730 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu Various WRMI programs tx#04
2100-2200 on 11825 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#12
2100-2200 on 15190 YFR 100 kW / 087 deg to NCAf English Radio  Africa tx#07
2100-2200 on 15770 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu Various WRMI programs tx#09

2200-2300 on  5850 YFR 100 kW / 355 deg to ENAm English TruNews+Music tx#08
2200-2300 on  7455 YFR 100 kW / 285 deg to WNAm English TruNews+Music tx#13
2200-2300 on  7570 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#11
2200-2300 on  7730 YFR 100 kW / 222 deg to MEXI English Brother Stair tx#01
2200-2300 on  9955 YFR 100 kW / 160 deg to CeAm English Brother Stair tx#10 Mon-Fri
2200-2300 on  9955 YFR 100 kW / 160 deg to CeAm Various WRMI programs tx#10 Sat/Sun
2200-2300 on 11730 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#04
2200-2300 on 11825 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#12
2200-2300 on 15190 YFR 100 kW / 087 deg to NCAf English Radio  Africa tx#07
2200-2300 on 15770 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#09

2300-2400 on  5850 YFR 100 kW / 355 deg to ENAm English TruNews+Music tx#08
2300-2400 on  5950 YFR 100 kW / 181 deg to CARR Spanish Family  Radio tx#14
2300-2400 on  7455 YFR 100 kW / 285 deg to WNAm English TruNews+Music tx#13
2300-2400 on  7570 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#11
2300-2400 on  7730 YFR 100 kW / 222 deg to MEXI English Brother Stair tx#01
2300-2400 on  9955 YFR 100 kW / 160 deg to CeAm Various WRMI programs tx#10
2300-2400 on 11730 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu Spanish Family  Radio tx#04
2300-2400 on 11825 YFR 100 kW / 315 deg to WNAm English Brother Stair tx#12
2300-2400 on 15770 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Brother Stair tx#09
(SWL-DXing 12 Aug)

Revised edition by G Van Horn 13 Aug)
USA, WRMI Okeechobee FL
English/Various - WRMI programming)
0000-0100  5950ca  9495am  9955ca
0100-0200  5950ca  9955ca
0200-0300  9955ca
0300-0400  9955ca
0400-0500  9955ca
0430-0500  5985am
1000-1030  5850na
1000-1100  9955ca
1100-1200  9955ca
1200-1300  9955ca
1300-1400  9955ca
2100-2200  9955ca  11730eu  15770eu
2200-2300  9955ca
2300-0000  9955ca

USA, WRMI FL/Overcomer Ministries
English
0000-0100  5015eu  7570na  7730am  11730eu  11825na  15770eu
0100-0200  5015eu  7570na  7730am  11730eu  11825na  15770eu
0200-0300  5015eu   7570na  7730am 11730eu  11825na  15770eu
0300-0400  5015eu   7570na  11730eu  11825na  15770eu
0400-0500  7570na  7730am  11730eu  11825na  15190af  15770eu
0500-0600  7570na  7730am  9955ca  11730eu  11825na  15190af  15770eu
0600-0700  7570na  9955ca  11730eu  11825na  15190af  15770eu
0700-0800  7570na  9955ca  11730eu  11825na  15190af  15770eu
0800-0900  7570na  9955ca  11730eu  11825na  15770eu
0900-1000  7570na  9955ca  11730eu  11825na  15770eu
1000-1100  7570na  11730eu  11825na  15770eu
1100-1200  7570na  11730eu  11825na  15770eu
1300-1400  7570na  11730eu  11825na  15770eu
1400-1500  7570na  9955ca  11730eu  11825na  15770eu
1500-1600  7570na  9955ca  11730eu  11825na  15770eu
1600-1700  7570na  9955ca  11730eu  11825na  15770eu
1700-1800  7570na  9955ca  11730eu  11825na  15770eu
1800-1900  7570na  9955ca  11730eu  11825na  15770eu
1900-2000  7570na  9955ca  11730eu  11825na  15770eu
2000-2100  7570na  9955ca  11730eu  11825na  15770eu
2100-2200  7570na  9955ca  11730eu  11825na
2200-2300  7570na  7730am  9955ca   11730eu  11825na  15770eu
2300-0000  7570na  7730am  11825na  15770eu

USA, WRMI FL/R Africa Network
English
1400-1500  17790af
1500-1600  17790af
1600-1700  17790af
1700-1800  17790af
1800-1900  17790af
1900-2000  17790af
2000-2100  15190af
2100-2200  15190af
2200-2300  15190af

USA, WRMI FL/Tru News
English
0000-0100  5850na  7455na
0100-0200  5850na  7455na
0200-0300  5850na  7455na
0300-0400  5850na  7455na
0400-0500  5850na  7455na
0500-0600  5850na  7455na
0600-0700  5850na  7455na
0700-0800  5850na  7455na
0800-0900  5850na  7455na
0900-1000  5850na  7455na
2200-2300  5850na  7455na
2300-0000  5850na  7455na

USA, WRMI FL/Family R
Spanish
2300-0000  5950ca  11730eu

Japan, NHK/R Japan (via FL transmitter)
Spanish
0400-0430  5985am

Taiwan, R Taiwan Intl (via FL transmitter)
Spanish
0300-0400  7730am
(GVH/13 Aug 2014)

USA, Overcomer Ministry
English
1400-1500  mtwhf  13810me (via Nauen, Germany)
1500-1500  mtwhf  13810me (via Nauen, Germany)
1400-1500  Sat/Sun  13810me (via Issoudun, France)
1500-1600  Sat/Sun  13810me (via Issoudun, France)
(DX Nx 865)

USA, BBG/VO America
Kurdish
1900-2000  6170as  7220as  9470as (new entry from 11 Aug)

USA, Christian Science Sentinel
Russian
1800-1900  Sat  9585eu  (1900-2000 Sat 5960eu)
(DX Nx 865)
(Gayle Van Horn, W4GVH)

VOA Radiogram Schedule, August 16-17


Hello friends,

VOA Radiogram this weekend will include news about a new trans-Pacific undersea cable, and about the closing of the VOA Greek Service after 72 years on the air. There will be a news item in Greek, so have the UTF-8 character set on Fldigi.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 72, 16-17 August 2014 (MFSK32):

1:32  Program preview
2:37  Trans-Pacific undersea cable
4:51  Van Allen radiation belt, with image
12:36  High resolution imaging satellite, with image
18:14  VOA Greek Service closes
21:19  VOA Greek reports its closure (in Greek)
24:43  VOA Greek logo
26:27  Closing announcements

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com .

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17860 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.


VOA Mandarin tries Olivia 32-2000

The VOA Mandarin digital text tests resume today. Instead of punching through the co-channel interference using the narrow bandwidth of MFSK16, the tones will now be dispersed across the shortwave broadcast channel with Olivia 32-2000 centered on 1500 Hz. Under Op Mode, this will require an Olivia custom setting -- bandwidth: 2000 Hz;  tones: 32    

Daily
2257:50 UTC   6135  9845 kHz
0057:50 UTC   9880 15385 15565 17560 kHz
Each transmission is about 1 minute, 30 seconds.

Please send reception reports for these VOA Mandarin tests to radiogram@voanews.com .

These videos of VOA Mandarin MFSK16 versus the co-channel interference were made by T.W. in Shimane Prefecture, Japan. Most of the voices and music you hear are Chinese domestic radio. VOA is in the background until the MFSK16 starts…





The Mighty KBC will transmit a minute of MFSK64 Saturday at about 1130 UTC on 6095 kHz and Sunday at about 0130 UTC (Saturday 9:30 pm EDT) on 9925 kHz. Both frequencies are via Germany.  Send reports for these transmissions to themightykbc@gmail.com .

Thanks for your reports for last weekend’s VOA Radiogram and for the VOA Mandarin text transmissions over the past few days. I will answer them soon.

Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram

BBG Examines RFE/RL and Shortwave


Ben Rhodes Outlines Role of International Media, Board Examines RFE/RL and Shortwave

WASHINGTON - The Broadcasting Board of Governors met yesterday in Washington, DC, to examine the activities and accomplishments of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and to explore the agency's impact and reach in an increasingly competitive media environment.
In remarks to the Board, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting Ben Rhodes reiterated the President's commitment to U.S. international media.   He commended the historical legacy of the networks while observing that this is a critical juncture for U.S. international media in an increasingly competitive international marketplace.

Rhodes praised the Board for its strategic vision and emphasized the value of international media, saying the BBG and its networks can "significantly strengthen American foreign policy, increase interest in and understanding of priority issues and open access to information where it may be denied or misrepresented."

"We have the right team in place," he added, referring to the Board, "to make a lasting contribution."

Separately, RFE/RL leadership outlined the network's activities and initiatives in reaching audiences in 28 languages. Nenad Pejic and John Giambalvo, Interim Managers of RFE/RL, led the "deep dive" presentation, which emphasized the network's forward thinking approach to providing unbiased news and information on multiple distribution platforms to regions affected by war, conflict and authoritarian regimes.

RFE/RL executives, editors and journalists participating via video from Prague, highlighted the network's achievements in digital and social media, programming, technology, and impact throughout its broadcast regions.

Discussion covered the network's response to the crisis in Ukraine, including the creation of additional programming, increasing reach through new partnerships, and on-the-scene coverage despite the increasingly dangerous reporting environments.

"I want to commend your efforts to expand the Russian language newscasts," said Rick Stengel, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. "Given the information battlefields we are seeing in Russia and Ukraine, this represents a true realization of your mission."

In addition to the in-depth look at RFE/RL, the Board held a business meeting, which began with an update on recent threats to BBG journalists. The list, BBG Chairman Jeff Shell lamented, is unfortunately growing and includes death threats, injuries and detainment of BBG journalists in Iraq, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Crimea, Ukraine, Vietnam and South Sudan. Shell also noted the upcoming second anniversary of the  disappearance of Alhurra reporter Bashar Fahmi.

Chairman Shell recognized the decades of hard work and dedication of Voice of America's Greek Service, which ended broadcasts on August 11 as well as the 60th anniversary of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service.

During the business meeting, Director of the Office of Strategy and Development, Bruce Sherman presented an overview of the agency's 2014 strategic review process which evaluated outcomes and impacts on a country and regional level.

Governor Matt Armstrong, chairman of the Board's Special Committee on the Future of Shortwave Radio Broadcasting, summarized the recently released report, "To Be Where The Audience Is." The report is the result of a comprehensive review of the efficacy of shortwave radio as a distribution platform for U.S. international media.

A recording of the meeting and related documents are available here.
(BBG)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BBG Meets to Consider the Future of Shortwave

BBG  Meeting 2013 (article.wn.com)
This morning, August 13, 2014, the Broadcasting Board of Governors met at the BBG headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Board's agenda included a discussion on FY 2015 regional strategies and establishment of new Board special committees, and an exceptional video report overview from the leadership of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. The video provided the Board with an overview of the network’s operations throughout the trouble spots across the globe. The Board also received a report by its Special Committee on the Future of Shortwave Broadcasting.
(G Van Horn)

Exceprts from the BBG report on shortwave include;

In October 2013, the Board established the Special Committee on the Future of Shortwave Broadcasting to undertake a comprehensive review of the efficacy of shortwave radio as a distribution platform for U.S. international media. Taking an audience-first approach, the Committee found that shortwave use is heavily concentrated in a limited number of countries; that other means of delivery are used and preferred by many of the BBG’s target demographics across most markets; that audiences tend to migrate to other media as they become available; that audiences do not return to shortwave in a crisis; and, use of the medium trends downward as audiences eagerly adopt other platforms as they become available.
The BBG, with our limited resources, must choose from a wide variety of media used by our current and future audiences to fulfill our mission to the maximum extent possible. Radio now comes in many formats beyond shortwave: medium wave (AM), FM, satellite and cable delivery, and Internet streams. These modes often overcome many of the traditional shortcomings of shortwave, such as fading, variability in sound quality, and difficulty of tuning. We must also embrace television, as many of our audiences now turn to TV first for news and information and, of course, entertainment. The explosion of social media provides us with exciting new opportunities to complement information delivery with rich interaction and greater audience
interaction, including content contribution by the audience. For many around the world, the next electronic media they acquire will be a cell phone or similar mobile device. The BBG must choose to have a commanding presence the media where our audiences are today and in the future.
The BBG is committed to maintaining its shortwave broadcasting to regions where a critical need for the platform continues while also being diligent to ensure the BBG networks are reaching audiences on the appropriate media. The BBG gratefully acknowledges the strong historical foundation created by shortwave radio broadcasting as we invest in the necessary capabilities for the evolving media environment. The result of this inquiry, arguably the most indepth and comprehensive to-date, is that the Committee recommends substantial “right-sizing” of the BBG’s shortwave broadcasting to be more focused and effective.
(BBG)

An in-depth 44 page report is available at:
http://www.bbg.gov/wp-content/media/2014/08/SW-Committee-Final-Report.pdf