Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Radio Free Asia release new QSL Card

Radio Free Asia Releases 3rd in Asian Music QSL Series
April 2014


Radio Free Asia's 53rd QSL card release is the third design in the series "Celebrating Musical Instruments of Asia". This card shows a dan tranh which is a traditional, Vietnamese stringed instrument. Dan tranhs are long and narrow having a rounded, or convex, surface. Each string is supported by a wooden, or bone, bridge in an inverted "V" position. Dan tranhs are covered with high-gloss lacquer and, in many cases, ornately designed with mother-of-pearl which was used for our dan tranh below. The history of the dan tranh dates back hundreds of years and it is still a popular instrument in Vietnam today.  This QSL is used to confirm all valid reception reports from April 1 – June 30, 2014.   


RFA is a private, nonprofit corporation that broadcasts news and information to listeners in Asian countries where full, accurate, and timely news reports are unavailable. Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA currently broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin, 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.
(A.J. Janitschek/RFA)

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. 


Monday, April 14, 2014

Domestic Broadcast Survey 16 now available

Calypso steelband in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. Photo by Anker Petersen


 PRESS  RELEASE FROM
THE  DANISH SHORTWAVE  CLUB  INTERNATIONAL (DSWCI)

NEW  SURVEY  AVAILABLE at reduced price:

The DOMESTIC BROADCASTING SURVEY 16  (DBS-16), April 2014
edited by DSWCI Chairman, Anker Petersen.
ISSN 1399-8218

The 57 years old DSWCI which counts experienced DX-ers in 32 countries all over the world as members, has just issued the 16th  Edition of its annual Domestic Broadcasting Survey. This survey is divided into three parts:

Part 1: The 42nd  edition of the Tropical Bands Survey covering all ACTIVE broadcasting stations on 2300 - 5700 kHz, including clandestine stations. 

Part 2: Domestic stations on international shortwave bands above 5700 kHz broadcasting to a domestic audience.

Part 3: Deleted frequencies between 2 and 30 MHz which have not been reported heard during the past five years, but may reappear.

This new Survey is based upon monitoring by our members, many official sources and DX-bulletins. A14 schedules are included when available. But about 70 domestic shortwave stations frequencies have left the bands, so this DBS-16 is thinner. Therefore the DSWCI has decided to reduce the prices. In order to make the DBS reliable, our own monitors around the world have checked throughout the period April 2013 – March 2014, if each of the 570 station frequencies is on the air.  ACTIVE stations are marked with an A (”Regular”), B (”Irregular”) or C (”Sporadic”) in the list.   D means ”Likely inactive”.

A unique feature is the right column called ”Last log”. It shows the last month and year before DBS deadline on March 31, 2014   when the particular station was reported logged by a DX-er somewhere in the world. This is another way of indicating the current audibility of the station. To avoid inactive stations in this DBS, most frequencies which have not been heard during the past year, have been deleted and are moved to Part 3. No other frequency list has this feature!

Other useful features for easy identification (ID) are the parallel frequencies and reference to Station ID slogans.

Three sample extracts from the DBS-16 are shown on the next page. Reviews can be found on www.dswci.org
               
All buyers of DBS-16 will get a username and password to the monthly updates on the tropical bands published as "Tropical Bands Monitor" on our website. The similar, historical data from 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 are available to anybody at  www.dswci.org/tbm .

The 20 pages A-4 size DBS-16 is available by e-mail as pdf-format (about 350 kB). A limited number is also available printed on paper.

It is sold by the treasurer:

DSWCI,
c/o Bent Nielsen, Egekrogen 14, DK 3500 Vaerloese, DENMARK

E-Mail edition:     DKK 30,00 or USD 6.00 or EUR 4,00 or GBP 3,50 or SEK 40,00 or IRC 2.

Printed edition: DKK 60,00 or USD 12.00 or EUR 8,00 or GBP 7,00 or SEK 75,00 or IRC 4.

Payment by cash notes are accepted whereas checks and postal money orders are not accepted.
DSWCI’s Bank is Danske Bank, 2-12 Holmens Kanal, DK-1092 Copenhagen K.
BIC/SWIFT : DABADKKK.      IBAN: DK 44 3000 4001 528459.
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If you have EURO as national currency, you are advised to pay to our representative in Germany, Andreas Schmid.

Andreas Schmid, Lerchenweg 4, D-97717 Euerdorf, Germany. E-mail: schmidandy@aol.com
Account 2912472076 at Targobank BLZ: 30020900.  BIC: CMCIDEDD.  IBAN: DE24300209002912472076 .

If you want to pay via PAYPAL, you have to contact Andreas Schmid, before you send your payment.
Payment via PayPal only in US$ currency and only for persons, living outside the European Union (EU).

Best 73's,   
Anker Petersen and Bent Nielsen

 (a sample page of the Domestic Broadcast Survey 16, may be viewed at:   www.dswci.org                                                                             

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2014 Apr 14 0224 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 07 - 13 April 2014

Solar activity was low. The largest flare of the week was a C9, with no optical counterpart, produced by Region 2035 (S18, L=222, class/area=Eai/210 on 13 Apr) on 11 Apr at 1124 UTC. The same region produced a C5 flare at 11/1501 UTC. A small CME, most likely associated with the C9 event, was visible in LASCO C2 coronagraph imagery at 11/1212 UTC but was directed well south and east of the ecliptic plane. A much larger CME associated with the C5 flare was observed in LASCO C2 imagery at 11/1448 UTC. The CME was also on the east limb and the majority of the ejecta was directed away from Earth. Region 2035 began as a plage area on 09 Apr and by the 11th had grown to a Dao Beta-type group with 2 spots. It developed a beta-gamma magnetic configuration on the 12th. 

In addition to CMEs associated with the week's largest flares, others accompanied filament eruptions. A 9 degree filament eruption was observed near S23E25 at 10/0004 UTC. An associated CME occurred off the southeast limb with an estimated speed of 298 km/s. Around the same time, Region 2031 (N03, L=30, class/area=Dao/50 on 08 April) produced a C1/Sf flare at 10/0013 UTC and a slow, westward-directed coronal mass ejection (CME) with coronal dimming visible in SDO/AIA imagery. Analysis suggested a speed near 330 km/s. A Type II radio sweep (1109 km/s) was also observed between 10/0010-0022 UTC . A 14 degree filament centered near S35W48 disappeared at 10/0622 UTC with no apparent CME in LASCO imagery. Neither these CMEs, nor others occurring throughout the week, were judged to be particularly geoeffective. 

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit, however, the week began with slightly elevated flux levels (<1 pfu) in the wake of an M6 flare the previous week. By 09 April, flux had returned to background levels. 

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was normal to moderate throughout the week. 

Geomagnetic field activity began the week at unsettled to active levels on 07 April attributed to the muted effects of transient features. Activity remained at quiet levels from 08 April through late on 11 April. Late on the 10th, around 1928 UTC, there was a modest increase in solar wind speed from 350-400 km/s. The brief episode of increased winds was followed by a jump in density and  accompanied by fluctuations in Phi angle. Over the next 36 hours, this exhibited a smooth rotation from a positive to a negative orientation. Bz began to plunge southward around 11/0940 UTC, reaching a minimum of about -10 nT by 12/0800 UTC. Bt reached a maximum near 12 nT by 12/1406 UTC. Throughout the 11th and 12th, solar wind speed continued to decline, reaching a minimum of 316 km/s at 12/1331 UTC. The planetary geomagnetic field responded to the nearly 24 hours of southward Bz with minor storm conditions (Kp=5) from 00-09 UTC on 12 April and a major storm period observed at College (Fairbanks), AK. The remainder of the 12th saw quiet to unsettled conditions. Late on the 12th, temperature and wind speed began to rise signaling the end of the transient feature and the beginning of the influence of a weak negative polarity cornal hole high speed stream.Active conditions returned for the first two synoptic periods of the13th followed by quiet to unsettled levels of activity. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 14 April - 10 May 2014

Solar activity is expected to be low with a chance for moderate events throughout the forecast period. There is a chance for high levels of activity on 25 April through 08 May with the return of Old Region 2027. 

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. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at quiet to unsettled levels, in the absence of any transient features, throughout the forecast period. 

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2014 Apr 14 0224 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 2014-04-14
#
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2014 Apr 14     140           8          3
2014 Apr 15     145           8          3
2014 Apr 16     145           5          2
2014 Apr 17     145           5          2
2014 Apr 18     145           5          2
2014 Apr 19     145           5          2
2014 Apr 20     145           5          2
2014 Apr 21     145           5          2
2014 Apr 22     145           5          2
2014 Apr 23     140           5          2
2014 Apr 24     140           5          2
2014 Apr 25     140           5          2
2014 Apr 26     140           5          2
2014 Apr 27     140           5          2
2014 Apr 28     130           5          2
2014 Apr 29     130           5          2
2014 Apr 30     125           5          2
2014 May 01     120           5          2
2014 May 02     120           5          2
2014 May 03     125           5          2
2014 May 04     125           5          2
2014 May 05     125           5          2
2014 May 06     130           5          2
2014 May 07     130           5          2
2014 May 08     130           5          2
2014 May 09     130           5          2
2014 May 10     130           5          2
(NOAA)

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

QSL Report: April 2014


Qatar
Qatar-0A71BX/P, 14 MHz SSB. Full data QSL card, signed by QSL Manager via EA7FTR. Received in
41 days for $2.00US, SASE and a nested Euro envelope. (L Van Horn)

Bulgaria
RTR Radio Europa via Kostinbroad, 12035 kHz. E-QSL from "Christian". Received in 98 days
for report details to christianrtr2@online.de (Christian Ghibaudo, France/playdx)

Clandestine
Voice of Martyrs via Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 7515 kHz. Full data letter verification, without notation of transmitter site, signed by Pastor Tim. Received in four days for report details and two attached
MP3 recordings to: tdillmuth@seoulusa.org (Edward Kusalik, BC Canada)

Voice of the Wilderness via Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, 15180 kHz. Full data Wildlife of Sri Lanka card, signed by Director of Audience Relations. Card arrived in the same envelope as the Sri Lanka SLBC card (see below). Received in 17 months. (Wendel Craighead, KS)

Colombia
La Voz de tu Conciencia, via Puerto Lleras, 6010 kHz. Full data E-QSL from Russell martin Stendal, Director and Rafael Rodriguez, QSL Manager. Received in five days. Report details to rafaelcoldx@yahoo.com (R D'Angelo/NASWA)

FM
France-France Bleu, 107.1/864 kHz. E-QSL from Patricia Mercier patricia.mercier@radiofrance.com
Received in six days. QSL address: France Bleu, Piéce 2657, Radio France 116 Av. Pt Kennedy,
F-75220 Paris Cedex 16, France (Christian Ghibaudo, France/playdx)

Radio Alfa, Créteil, 98.60 kHz. Full data prepared QSL card returned as verified, plus station business card. Received in five days. QSL address: Rue Vasco de Gamma, 94046 Créteil Cedex, France. (Norbert Reiner, Germany/playdx)

Radio Nova, Paris 101.50 kHz. Full data QSL from Benoît Simon, Directeur Technique bs@novapress.fr. QSL included photo of Eiffel Tower top antennas. Received in three days. QSL address: 127 avenue Ledru-Rollin, 75011 Paris, France. (Norbert Reiner, Germany/playdx)

Radio Vivre FM 93.90 kHz. Full data prepared QSL card returned as verified, plus station business card. Received in five days. QSL address: 16 rue de Courcelles, 75008 Paris, France. (Norbert Reiner, Germany/playdx).

Germany-Radio Gold 190.640 kHz (DAB Ch 7 B). Full data prepared QSL card returned as verified.
Received in four days. QSL address: Pfalzburger Strasse 43-44, 10717 Berlin, Germany. (Norbert Reiner, Germany/playdx)

RMN Schlagerhölle 190.640 kHz (DAB Ch 7 B). Prepared QSL card returned as verified. Received in six days. Transmitter in Berlin. QSL address: RMNradio GmbH, Kapellenstrasse 27, 66270 Kleinblittersdorf. (Norbert Reiner, Germany/playdx)

Top FM 106.4 kHz. Prepared QSL returned as verified, signed by Anna Wolf, Sekretariat. QSL address: Schöngeisinger Strasse 11, Fuerstenfeldbruck, Germany. (Norbert Reiner, Germany/playdx)

Latvia-Radio Valmiera 106.8 kHz. Prepared QSL card returned as verified. Received om three weeks. Station address: Rigas iela 13, 4201 Valmiera, Latvia. (Norbert Reiner, Germany/playdx)

Waterstad FM, Sneek 104.40 kHz. Prepared QSL card returned as verified. Received in four weeks after
follow up report. Total time was seven months from original report. QSL address: Postbus 248, 8600 AE
Sneek, Latvia. (Norbert Reiner, Germany/playdx)

Germany
Radio 6150, 6070 kHz. E-QSL. Received in 470 days. Report details sent to qsl@radio6150.de (Christian
Ghibaudo, France/playdx)

Medium Wave
Brazil-Super Radio Cristal, 1350 kHz. Friendly personal email response from Celso Oliveira  Superintendente de Operacoes da Comunicacao da LBV) CelsoO@lvb.org.br. Response from: italiano@boavontade.com. Received in 91 days. Report details sent to: Report sent with one IRC to: Legiao Boa Vontade, Terreiro de Jesus 13, Centro Historico Pelourino - CEP- 40025-010 Salvador do Bahia - Brazil. (Roberto Pavanello/HCDX). http://www.lbv.org/

Netherlands-Vahon Hindustani Radio, 1566 kHz. Full data E-QSL from Koos Wijnants. Received in two weeks for report details to qsl.vahon@ziggo.nl (Artur Fernandez Llorella/HCDX)

Spain-RNE Cáceres Radio 5, 1107 kHz. Full data E-verification letter from Urbano Garcia Alonso, Director. Received in eight weeks from direccion.bam.rtve@rtve.es. An additional full data QSL was received by postal mail from Miguel Ángel Pulido, Adjunto de Medios. (Artur Fernandez Llorella/HCDX)

U.K.-Kismat Radio, 1035 kHz. Full data E-verification letter. Received in three weeks. Report details to
reception@kismatradio.com and studio@kismatradio.com. Reply came from reception@sunriseradiogroup.com

USA-WCIT, 940 kHz. Full data card and letter on heavy stock station letter-head with business
card and handwritten note signed by Mark D. Geihart, Director of Engineering. Received in
27 days for a SASE (not used for reply), audio cassette, and AM report on the station's
DX Test. Station address: Childers Media Group, Engineering & IT, 57 Town Sq., Lima, OH
45801 USA. (Bill Wilkins, MO)

South Korea
KBS/Indian DX Report 9515 kHz. Full data E-QSL. Received in three months. Report details to
indiandxreport@gmail.com

Sri Lanka
PCJ Radio, 11835 kHz. E-QSL from Victor Goonetilleke. Received in two dats for report details to
pcjqsl@pcjmedia.com (Artur Fernandez Llorella/pladx)

SLBC, 11750 kHz. E-QSL from Victor Goonetilleke. Received in two months for report details to
victor.goonetilleke@gmail.com (Artur Fernandez Llorella/pladx)

SLBC-Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corp via Ekala, 11905 kHz. Full data color studio building and tower card, signed by Deputy Director General (Engineering). (Wendel Craighead, KS)

Sudan
Radio Omdurman, 7200 kHz. Full data E-verification letter from Adam Bakhit Bushra, Director of
French Section. Received in three days for report details to bakhit02bb@yahoo.com. This was a
follow up report from 2009. (Artur Fernandez Llorella/pladx)

Sweden
SAQ, Gimeton Radio 17,2 kHz. Full data QSL card. Received in 26 days for the December 24, 2013
broadcast (Alexanderson Day 2013). Station address: Radiostationen Grimeton 22-SE 432 98 Grimeton,
Sweden. (Francesco Cecconi, Spain/playdx) Next broadcast is scheduled for Sunday, June 29, 2014.

United States
Radio Free Asia via Tinian, 11995 kHz. Full date RFA's 2014 Winter Olympic Games card. Received in
12 days. (Wendel Craighead, KS)

WRMI, 7570 kHz. Full data "Greetings from Okeechobee, Florida" card, marked with "First Day of Transmission " and signed by Jeff White. Received in 84 days for an English report, $ 1.00 (used) and address label (not used for reply. Station address: Box 526852, Miami, Fl 33152 (Bill Wilkins, MO)

WWRB, 3185 kHz. Full data E-verification letter from John DiNardo. Received in one days for report
details to radiostationwwrb@gmail.com. (Artur Fernandez Llorella/pladx)

Utility
Ship Traffic
3EW3-Canadian Highway (Cargo), MMSI 352718000, 2187.5 MHz. Full data prepared QSL card returned as verified. Received in 57 days. Ship position was Barcelona, Spain. (Andy, Germany/UDXF)

8PSQ-Wilson Husum (Cargo), MMSI 314208000, 2187.5 MHz. Full data prepared QSL card returned
as verified. Received in 36 days. (Andy, Germnay/UDXF)

LCBN-Siem Garnet (Anchor Handling Vessel), MMSI 212280000, 2187.5 MHz. Full data prepared
QSL card returned as verified. Received in 26 days. (Andy, Germany/UDXF)

P3QU-Wladyslaw Organ (Cargo), MMSI 212280000, 2187.5 MHz. Full data prepared QSL returned
as verified, plus letter. Received in 214 days. (Andy, Germany/UDXF).

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QSL Address/Email and Veri Signer Updates

Australia
Radio Symban, J. Wright

AWR Wavescan, Box 29235, Indianapolis, IN 46229 USA wavescan@AWR.org
AWR Japan Shortwave Club, Kazuhiko Iwasa, QSL Manager jswcqsl@live.jp

Belarus
Radio Belarus bela@vatiradio.va 

Brazil
Radio 9 de Julho, Padre Jose Renato Ferreira, Director, Rua Manoel de Arzao 85, Frequesia d O',São Paulo, Brazil
Voz Missionaria, Pastor Luiz Carlos Machado, Director, Rua Joaquim Nunes 244, Centro Camboriu,
SC CEP-88340-000, Brazil
Radio Nacional Amazonas, Mrs Luciana Couto, Coordenadora Relacoes Internacionales, Caixa Postal
070.747, Brasilia CEP-70359-970 Brazil

Canada
CHU, Raymond Pelletier, Technicial Officer, 1200 Montreal Road, Blvdg M-36, Ottawa, Ontario K1A OR6, Canada

Canary Islands
Horizon FM, Apartado De Correos 150, 38626 Valle San Lorenzo, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Clandestine
Oromo Voice Radio, Fekadu Megersa info@oromovoice.org

Qué Me Radio via Palau 9930 kHz. Full data 25th Anniversary card, including the program name from
World Harvest Radio. Received ib nine weeks. QSL address: WRHI, 61300 S. Ironwood Road, South Bend,  IN 46614 USA. (Wendel Craighead, KS)

Radio Mara, 17540 kHz. Full data QSL including the program name and language. Received MGLOB card in two months. This is a very nice card depicting a map of Madagascar comprised of a color montage of
Madagascar scenes. The ocean to the east is what appears to be a mat made of a very strw-like cut
to the shape of the eastern coastline of the island and then applied to the card. QSL address: MCLOB SA, P.O Box 404, Antananarivo - 101, Madagascar. (Wendel Craighead, KS)

Diego Garcia
AFRTS/Armed Forces Network, Tansy Nguyen, ZCC (SW) USN. 23755 Z Street, Building 2730,
Riverside, CA 92518 USA

Germany
Deutsche Welle, Customer Service, 53110 Bonn, Germany info@dw-world.de
Media Broadcast GmbH, Michael Puetz, Erna-Scheffler-Strasse 1, 51103 Cologne, Germany
www.media-broadcast.com QSL-Shortwave@media-broadcast.com
Vechte Welle info@vechtewelle.de

Guatemala
Radio Verdad, E.A. Madrid

Lithuania
Radio Waves International via Sitkunai rwaves@free.fr

New Zealand
New Zealand, Radio New Zealand International, Adrian Sainsbury, Frequency Manager

Romania
Radio City citymorecars@yahoo.ca 

Russia
RWM Russian Time/Frequency Station, Institute of Meteology for Time and Space (IMPV),
Moscow Region, Mendeleevo, RU-141570, Russia logp@irk.ru 

Solomon Islands
SIBC, Patrick Tibaua, Chief Engineer ptibaua@sibc.com.sb SIBC, P.O. Box 654, Honiara, Solomn Islands

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corp., J. Henanyake

Taiwan
Radio Taiwan International, P.O. Box 123-199, Taipei, Taiwan
Voice of Kuanghua, P.O. Box 1700, Taipei, Taiwan 10099

Thailand
Radio Thailand, manager_thailand@ibb.gov

United States
KVOH The Voice of Hope, Ray Robinson, Operations Manager WINB Hans Johnson

Uzbekistan
TWR India via Tashkent, S.F. Abraham

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Euro Free Radio

B52 Radio b52radio@hotmail.gr
HLR m.kittner@freenet.de
Mustang Radio mustangradio@live.nl
Odynn shortwave@gmail.com
Premiur Radio  premierradio@yahoo.ie
Pink Panther Radio pinkpantheram@hotmail.com
Radio Action Holland radioactionholland@gmail.com
Radio Adelaar derodeadelaar@gmail.com
Radio Alice radioalice@hotmail.com
Radio Bogusman differentradio@yahoo.co.uk
Radio Casanova radiocasanova@hotmail.com
Radio Calipso calypso104@hotmail.com
Radio Countdown radiocountdown@hotmail.com
Radio Flying Dutchman Shortwave rfdshortwave@gmail.com
Radio Groenteboertje aafink@home.nl
Radio Goundenster sunnyradio1@hotmail.com
Radio Monique radiomonique@hotmail.nl
Radio Norton radio.norton@hotmail.com
Radio Pirates for Peace piratesforpeace@hotmail.com
Radio Power Liner radiopl@live.nl
Radio Sluwe Vos rxreport@live.nl
Radio Tango Italia libertango58@libero.it
Radio Thunderbird SRS Germany, Postfach 101145, DE-99801 Eisenbach, Germany
Radio Tidalwave radiotidalwave@hotmail.com
Radio Underground radioundergroundsw@gmail.com
Radio Verona radioverona@hotmail.com
SWCH swch@live.nl
U-Boat uboatradio@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Blog Logs

A sampling from hobbyist shortwave monitoring

All times UTC/ frequency in kHz (kilohertz) // parallel frequency
* Sign-on  / Sign-off *
English unless otherwise indicated

Logs completed prior to summer schedule changes on 30 March, and edited for clarity


Australia
15400, Radio Station HCJB via Kununurra 1046. Multilingual religious program to English scripture verses as additional reverts to translations, then into Chinese. program closes down in Chinese. Good signal for S-7. (N Rumple, NC/Cumbre DX. Station to change it's name to Reach Beyond Australia in April-May 2014.

Austria
6155, Radio Ö International. Blue Danube Waltz interval signal to “Radio Austria International” ID in German, English and Spanish. Sign on at 0600 s/on. Poor signal. (Harold Sellers, BC Canada)

Bolivia
4716.702  Radio Yatun Ayllu Yura, Yura, San Antonio de Quijarro, Potosi. 0105. Signal noted weak tiny on S=4-5 level in Germany. (wb, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews)

4716.65  Radio Yatun Ayllu Yura, Yura 0040 to 0055 with music and announcements in Spanish. Fair signal strength for two consecutive days. Noted 0020 to 0030 - weak signal in Spanish. (WWDXC/Top Nx 1154)

5580.2  Radio San Jose, San Jose de Chiquitos 2350 to 0010 UT in Spanish. Deep signal fades observed. (R Wilkner-FL/ DXplorer/Top Nx 1154)

6134.848, Radio Santa Cruz, 1030-1045. Observed at tune newscast read by female announcer to 1034. Quick station ID, followed by music program. Additional Spanish program comments between tunes and " Radio Santa Cruz"  Signal fair with noted interference. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

Botswana
4930, Voice Of America relay via Selebi-Phikwe 0346. English VOA World News already in progress at tune-in. "Today in History" - events that happened on this date, at 0355. Station ID and contact info at 0359. Weak but fairly clear signal.  S-4/5 . (N Rumple, NC/Cumbre DX)

Brazil
3365, Radio Cultura, Araraquara 2346. Extended chat from announcer in Portuguese, followed by station's Internet address and station ID at 2358. Schedules show this one off at 0000, but it continues on afterward. Fair signal quality. N Rumple, NC/Cumbre DX)

4755.56, Radio Imaculada Conceicao, (tentative) 1025-1035. Noted announcer in Portuguese with comments, followed by music. Signal was weak with deep fades. No ID heard. (Chuck Bolland, FL).

4875, Radio Difusora Roraima, Boa Vista 0914. Tuned in to male/female's telephone conversation, followed by very good Brazillian music. Several commercial advertisements, ID, and frequency info at 0930. Good signal S-9. (N Rumple, NC/Cumbre DX)

970, Radio Itatiaia, Belo Horizonte 2323. Very animated talk from two males in Portuguese, followed by station ID and mentions of Brazil. Musical jingles or ads ?) at 2330. Fair signal noted with interference on same frequency. (N Rumple, NC/Cumbre DX)

9645.4, Radio Bandeirantes, 0639. Portuguese programming including Brazilian music. Poor signal quality. (Harold Sellers, BC Canada)

11895, Radio Aparecida, Aparecida SP, 0158. Tuned in to what sounded like a group of people praying, followed by station ID by male in Portuguese at 0200. Many mentions about Brazil. (N Rumple, NC/Cumbre DX)

Canary Islands
6245, Horizon FM, Very good signal at 0210. Monitored 1980's rock music and canned ID's in English. Best signal I have heard from them. A solid S8 with little fading and only slight interference. Back on 6255 from 6245 khz. (Stephen Wood, MA/NASWA)

China
4940.00, Voice of Strait, (presumed) 1109-1130. Noted announcr's Chinese program comments (possibly news). At 1112 canned program segment for less than a minute, accompanied with music. Return to announcer's comments. Signal retained fair level. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

5924.915, China National Radio 5. 1128-1145. Observed weak signal with partisans' commenting in Chinese. On the half hour a Chinese station ID. Could only recognize the word "national" as part of the ID.  However, on the frequency of 9410 KHz a parallel broadcast was being presented with good signal. Chinese music segments between spoken breaks. Signal poor on 5924.915 KHz. (Chuck Bolland, FL).

12190, CNR 1, 1030. Lady announcer in Chinese amid very strong signal and numerous parallel frequencies listed for Sound of Hope via Taiwan. Bandscan didn't reveal any other unusual CNR stations, however signal weak above 13 MHz. (Rick Barton, AZ/Cumbre DX)

Clandestine
15155, BBN/Berekah Broadcasting Network Radio targeted to Ethiopia. Station observed signing-on in Amharic at 1900. Channel up from 15150 kHz. fair reception. (David Kernick-UK, intervalsignals.net/WWDXC Top Nx 1154)

9940, Radio Miraya FM, via Kishinev-Grigoriopol 0430. Reggae version of American song "I Can't Help Falling In Love With You".  Musical jingle station ID "Miraya" at 0435. Signal strong but noisy. (N Rumple, NC/Cumbre DX)

Colombia
5910, Alcaraván Radio, 0621. Spanish. Station ID and musical ballads. Good. (Harold Sellers, BC Canada)

Djibouti
4780, Radio Djibouti, 0124. Radio Djibouti has been on the air all evening, evening though their schedule doesn't have them signing on until 0300. Arabic recitations for hours. S-8 signal quality. (N Rumple, NC/Cumbre DX)

France
7295 kHz, Radio Algerienne, 0600. French sign-on into newscast. Arabic service at 0605. Good signal quality. (Harold Sellers, BC Canada)

Indonesia
3345 RRI Ternate 1437. Excellent reception with a call-in, Ternate mentioned. Some static crashes, along with mild transmitter hum noted. Exact frequency measured as 3344.869 kHz. Occasional RTTY type interference on low side. Hum is intermittent as well. Nice RRI Ternate ID at end of program 14:59:45
followed by lovely Indonesian (almost Polynesian sounding) stringed music to 15:00:50. Subsequent checks noted no sign of them at 14:35. (Walt Salmaniw-BC-CAN, DXplorer/WWDXC Top Nx 1154)

4750.014, RRI Makassar, 1000-1045. Music tune amid just a hint of audio with announcer's voice-overs. Could not distinguish any program details.  At 1016 the Qu'ran is presented for five minutes, followed by program comments in possible Indonesian. Music program from 1028-1040, followed by male announcer's comments (possibly a newscast). Overall signal was poor. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

Iran
11675, VOIRI/IRIB 1435. Russian service with extended talk from announcer. Guitar and piano music at 1500, followed by announcements. Good signal. (Harold Sellers, BC Canada)

Japan
6055.00 Radio Nikkei 1, 1237-1300. At tune in, male/female discussing items about the Internet in Japanese. This format continues during the listening period and onward. Signal strength and quality changed from a good level to a poor level as the time shifted. Signal poor by 1300. (Chuck Bolland, FL).

Kygyz Republic
4820.607  KGR1 Kyrgyz Radio Bishkek. Noted with proper signal in Germany, in our deep night at 0116. Program contained more Russian talk than Kyrgyz in this KGZ morning hour. (wb, wwdxc BC-DX/WWDXC Top Nx) Bishkek Kyrgyzstan still heard on 4820.53 kHz, ex4795 transmitter unit.

4820.53 Kyrgyz R1, Krasnaya Rechka, Bishkek, 0020-0030. Kyrgyz talk with musical interludes - still here {ex4795 kHz}. Interference from China's Xizang on 4820, (SINPO 22222) // 4010 kHz (SINPO 45343). (Anker Petersen-Denmark/DSWCI/DX WIndow/WWDXC Top Nx 1154)

Kuwait
17550, Radio Kuwait 2340. Interesting mix of Middle Eastern music to announcer duo's text. Off abruptly at 0000. Very good signal. (Rick barton,AZ/Cumbre DX)

Malaysia
5965.00,  RTM, Kajang, 1158-1230. Observed some chatter before the hour. Quick rheme style music at 1200, followed by station ID. Newscast presented from male/female duo covering items on Malaysia. At 1215 the news finished and general programming began with music and announcer's comments. Signal good during the entire period. (Chuck Bolland, FL).

Mexico
6184.983, XEPPM Radio Educacion. S=7-8 signal strength, but very low modulation like just above threshold. Observed cello music at 0507. (wb, WWDXC/Top Nx 1154)

Moldova
7460, Radio Payem e-Doost (Bahai), Kishinev-Grigoriopol 0307. Tuned into Farsi song by make artist, followed by very short talk and station ID at 0314. Sign off at 0315 . Good signal. S-7. (N Rumple, NC/Cumbre DX)

Mongolia
12014.9, Voice of Mongolia 1508. Reasonably good reception if not for the more powerful Voice of Korea on 12015 kHz exactly. Listed in Japanese at this time. Obviously need to use LSB to best hear them. (Walt Salmaniw-BC-CAN, DXplorer/ WWDXC Top Nx 1154)

Nigeria
7255, Voice Of Nigeria, via Ikorodu 2142. African style music with station ID from announcer in Fulfulde at 21:47. Continued Addtional chat from announcer at 2152. Strong signl as S-9. (N Rumple, NC/Cumbre DX)

North Korea
15180, Voice Of Korea, Kujang 0407. Tuned in to the usual opening march style music. Station ID and North Korean news broadcast by male announcer in English at 0410. Signal weak and noisy. best in LSB S-3. (N Rumple, NC/Cumbre DX)

Oman
15140, Radio Sultanate of Oman, 1406. Western pop music program to ID by DJ Frank as “Saturday Matinee.” Station ID at 1418 ID to announcement of call to prayer according to something in Muscat. Return to pop songs. (Harold Sellers, BC Canada)

Peru
4774.951, Radio Tarma, 1014-1030. fair signal with no interences observed during steady music including IDs. Comments between tunes by a male.  ".... Radio Tarma ...".  Immediately back to music. (Chuck Bolland, FL)

4809.995, Radio Logos, 1007-1030. Noted at tune-in steady Spanish music. Best heard using USB mode with the usual interference on the upper side of the signal. Music continues during this period while the signal remains at a fair level with interference.   (Charles Bolland, FL)

4810, Radio Logos, Chazuta 1050. Started out with Andes style music,  followed by full station ID at 1051. Brief pop style music interlude, then another station ID and long talk by announcer in Spanish. Good signal with severe CODAR interference. (N RUmple, NC/Cumbre DX)

Philippines
9900, Voice of America relay station via Tinang. Very good signal which included an English language lesson. (Rick Barton, AZ/Cumbre DX)

15560, Voice Of America relay station via Tinang 0336. Two lady's in Chinese, one on remote possibly a news broadcast. Time pips and station ID at 0400. Signal very weak signal but clear.  (N Rumple, NC/Cumbre DX)

Singapore
15285, BBC via Kranji 1129. Station ID by male announcer in English, followed by news headlines at the 113. Another ID and a preview of the upcoming programs at 1133. Fair signal. S-4/5. (N Rumple, NC/Cumbre DX)

Solomon Islands
9545, SIBC, 0701. English service with male/female duo with announcements and promos. Preclude to news as, “Good evening. S.I.B.C. news…” followed by news headlines and news in depth. Fair signal quality. (Harold Sellers, BC Canada)

Sudan
7205, Sudan Radio via Al Aitahab 0411. Tuned  into announcer's Arabic newscast. Possible ID at 0420 with several mentions of Sudan. Off the air at 0424 UTC.  Good signal S-7 signal. (N Rumple, NC/Cumbre DX)

Taiwan
7445, Radio Taiwan Internatinal 1120. Andrew Ryan and his lady co-host. Best reception of RTI on this skedule in a long time. CNR1 as jammer usually comes on early and blots out the sked and contact info near 1200. Very good signal. (Rick Barton, AZ/Cumbre DX)

Thailand
9535, Radio Thailand via Udon Thani. Newscast in progress with male/female duo in English. Commercial for Bangkok Airways at 2040, followed  by station ID. News continues. (N Rumple, NC/Cumbre DX)

Uzbekistan
11695, NHK/Radio Japan, 1403. English service including newscast. Fair signal quality. Parallel signal on 11925 via Palau barely audible under splatter. (Harold Sellers, BC Canada)

Vatican City State
11625, Vatican Radio 0628. Station interval signal prior to sign-on at 0630 and notation as, "this is the Africa Service of Vatican Radio.” Upcoming program lineup. Very good signal //13765 fair quality. (Harold Sellers, BC Canada)




DX Stamp Service - April Specials


Dear Customer,
Below are specials for April 2014.
Check out the added bonuses on US discounted postage and DX supply special offers.

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



I also have a list of the countries we stock that have issued their own international forever stamps, yours for the asking too.
 
NEW RATES: CORRECTION!
UK rate increases from 88p to 97p on March 31st per latest listing on Royal Mail website. This is their 10g International Mail rate for outside Europe. Rate to Europe will also be 97p but to Europe it covers 20g.
1,28 GBP will cover 20g rate as previously emailed. Glad they are keeping the 10g rate which can easily cover the return of a QSL card.
 
MAKE UPS: UK 9p makeups are 20c each.

NEW PRICES: UK now $1.90 up from $1.70. UK covers England, Wales, Scotland and No. Ireland.
Thailand now $1.20 down from $1.50
Kazakhstan now $3.50 up from $2.50 due to rate almost doubling.
Brazil now $2.00 up from $1.80, stamps in route from new supplier, order processed in 2 days...my 2 previous suppliers...nothing after 2+ months...
 
STAMPS IN STOCK AGAIN: Thailand!! (but they sent all low values! Suggestion, enclose stamps with your QSL rather than trying to affix stamps to return envelope. They must be working with Panama Post)

STAMPS ON BACK ORDER: Argentina, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Morocco, Poland, Switzerland and Uzbekistan.

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!!

APRIL SPECIAL, BUY 200 UNITS DEDUCT $5.00!!!

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

49c Units
  2 stamps
  3 stamps
  4 stamps
  5 stamps

x 100
 $46.00
 $43.00
 $42.00
 $41.00

x 200
 $89.00
 $84.00
 $81.00
 $78.00

x 400
 xxx
 $161.00
 $157.00
 $154.00

(3 stamps means 49c unit made up in 3 stamps such as 22c, 22c and 5c)

MORE U.S. POSTAGE for SALE!!

Excess of 20c stamps, want some?

$50 in 20c stamps-$43    $100 for $80    $200 for $150
   
For US postage deals, payment by   CREDIT CARD NOW ACCEPTED!!

 No charge for shipping US postage deals to US addresses. ORDER NOW!
 
 APRIL  2014  DX  STAMP  SPECIALS
    3 Canada-$3.90          2 Latvia-$2.00         3 Japan-$3.90
3 France-$3.90       3 UK-$5.10
2 Finland 1st Kl.-$3.00     3 Finland 2nd Kl.-$3.00
Finland 1st class is priority rate
 2nd class is economy rate, it goes airmail too and saves you a bit!    
     
APRIL  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

Buy 2 DX Supply Specials...Deduct $5.00!!

 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

Amateur Radio Special Events: April 2014


This is sampling of Special Expeditions and Events on amateur radio. Events are open to amateur radio operators, and shortwave listeners. QSLing may include special event cards, certificates or both. QSLing information or requirements are as indicated in each post.  

All times listed are UTC

April 1-3
7P, Lesotho. Peter, EI7CC, will once again be active as 7P8PB from Maseru. Activity will be limited because he will be on a family holiday and will  operate when circumstances permit. He will be operating from his brother- in-law Gerry's station, 7P8CC (home callsign EI8CC). QSL via EI7CC, by the  Bureau or direct. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW immediately upon his return  to Ireland. If possible, Peter may try to upload them while in Lesotho.

April 1-5
D4, Cape Verde. Lukas, HB9EBT, will be active as D44TEG from Tarrafal, located in the northern part of the island of Santiago (AF-005), in the Sotavento Islands group of Cape Verde, to April 5th. Activity will be on 20-10 meters using CW, PSK and RTTY. QSL via HB9EBT, direct or by the Bureau.

April 1-6
Sun n Fun International Fly-In & Expo. 1422-1420, W4S, Lakeland, FL. Sun n Fun.  28.325 21.250 14.250. QSL. Bob Flynn, 1281 Forrest Hill Dr, Clearwater, FL 33756.  Special Event station for Sun n Fun Fly-In held at Linder Field (KLAL) Lakeland, FL.  Walk up and on air Pilots/HAMS. Many Pilots are HAMS and working a Special Event  Fly-In station which are very few, it is enjoyed by all. wa4oab@gmail.com

April 1-8
FR, Reunion Island (Reminder). Guy, F5MNW, will once again be active as  FR/F5MNW from Saint Leu to April 8th. Activity will be on the HF bands using only CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

April 1 - 10
OzarkCon KON, 0800-0400, Pittsburg, KS. 4StateQRP Group. 7.122 7.030 14.060 3.564. QSL. Willam Lawson, 711 E 31st St, Pittsburg, KS 66762. This is the annual QRP Forum hosted by the 4State qrp Group. We have used the Special Event call of K0N for many years. www.4sqrp.com

April 1-23
9N, Nepal. Andy, UA3AA, is now active as 9N7AA from Nepal until May 23rd. He states, "My present location has some serious RFI issues that affect my ability to hear the calling stations. The noise is 59+, so please be patient with me and forgive me if I don't answer. I do not participate in LoTW or e-QSLing. Direct QSLs only, no Bureau cards. No IRCs. U.S. stations - SASE + 1 USD, all others - SAE + 2 USDs. Donations welcome. NT2X is not my QSL Manager, he only administers the QRZ.com page on my
behalf. My sincere 'thanks' to Satish, 9N1AA, and his assistant Uttam for assistance in obtaining my 9N7AA license." Activity has been on 160/80/30/20/12/10 meters CW.

April 2-3
Preparedness Summit. 1700-2030, N4P, Atlanta, GA. Oklahoma City-County Health Department,
Southwest Utah Public Health Department, Kennehoochee Amateur Radio Club, Cobb County ARES,
and National Association of County and City Health Officials. 28.365 21.365 14.265 7.265. QSL.
Andrew Roszak, NACCHO, 1100 17th St NW, 7thFl, Washington, DC 20036. The five listed organizations have come together to enhance communications capabilities within public health agencies and healthcare  coalitions through a series of webinars, a licensure class, an exam session, conference presentations  and this special event, operating from the exhibit hall at the Preparedness Summit. nacchopreparedness.org/?p=378

April 2-14
5J0, San Andres (Update). Operators Robert/N7QT, Melanie/AB1UH, Hugh/W4VAB and Guy/N7UN will be active as 5J0X from San Andres Island (NA-033) between April 2-14th. Activity will be primarily holiday style (suitcase mini- DXpedition) on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK. Elecraft transceivers
and amplifiers will be used. Portable antennas will be used from the Villa location and from nearby beaches. QSL direct to N7QT. No eQSLs. IRCs are acceptable. ARRL Bureau cards are acceptable. Direct QSLs with 2 USDs will be returned via international postage otherwise via the ARRL Bureau. Logs will be uploaded during the operation to Clublog and to LoTW shortly after the mini-DXpedition.

April 4
Platoon 382 Hall Dedication Ceremony. 1745-2000, N4C, Fredericksburg, VA. Marine Corps
Amateur Radio Club. 3.885. QSL. Richard Corrigan, 12 Maggie Ct, Fredericksburg, VA 22406. This station will be operating a WWII USMC tactical radio utilized by USMC Navajo Code Talkers during the Island Hopping Campaign. Corporal Chester Nez the last surviving member of Platoon 382 (First Platoon of USMC Navajo Code Talkers) is the Guest of Honor. This station will be operating A.M. Voice from 1745 UTC to 2000 UTC. Station will be operating as designed max PEP W n0rmc2651@gmail.com

April 5
819 Steam Locomotive. 1600-2100, K5DAK, White Hall, AR. Pine Bluff Amateur Radio Club. 14.250. Certificate & QSL. Glenn Wolf, N5RN, 210 S Estates Cv, White Hall, AR 71602. Please send a #10 envelope with 2 ounces of postage to N5RN (address good on QRZ) to receive a QSL and information about the Arkansas Railroad Museum and the 819 Steam locomotive. www.pbarc.net

April 5
The Dent County Raiders - Missouri QSO Party. 1800-2359, W0S, Rural Dent County, MO. The Dent County Raiders WA0JCO WA0IYY K7RMJ. 21.380 14.250 7.220 3.825. QSL. WA0JCO, 6954 Winona Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63109. Operating from The Mark  Twain National Forest in Dent County, MO. MO QP Rules: w0ma.org/mo_qso_party.htm.

April 5-6
Mustang Island On The Air. 1400-0200, N5T, Port Aransas, TX. BVARC - Project X Contest Team. 7.285 14.285 21.385 28.450. QSL. Project X Contest Team, 15547 Stoney Fork Dr, Houston, TX 77084. The Project X Contest Team will activate Mustang Island in Texas (NA-092) during the Texas State Parks on the Air Event, from 14:00 UTC on Sat, 05-Apr-14 to 02:00 UTC on Sun, 06-Apr-14.
Visit our web site at www.mustangislandontheair.com and follow us on Twitter @mustangisland1. We will post updates on operations, photos and video. QSL via Direct - US Stations SASE. Non-US 2 Greenstamps or 1 IRC plus SAE. LOTW: Logs will be uploaded to LOTW after the event www.mustangislandontheair.com

April 5-17
CE0Y, Easter Island. Victor, CE1WFN, will be active as CE0Y/CE1WFN from Easter Island. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via his home call sign direct.

April 11-17
Georgia QSO Party 1000-2357, N4G, Atlanta, GA. Southeastern Underground Radio Fellowship. 14.070 7.035 SO-50. QSL. W4TI, PO Box 422261, Atlanta, GA 30342. Work historic DeKalb county, Georgia, EM73, during the GQP either on HF digital (PSK-31) or via Satellites! All stations will receive a special edition QSL card. w4ti.com

April 12
Annual Calico Fort Arts and Craft Festival 1400-2000, W4C, Ft Deposit, AL. The Jim Bell Wireless Association. 146.67 FM; DSTAR Reflector 58B. QSL. George Milligan, AK4GN, 1507 Ramer Grady Rd, Ramer, AL 36069. The purpose of this station is to demonstrate the benefits of Amateur Radio to the public. JBWA will demonstrate communication capabilities and will provide educational materials and briefings in the areas of Emergency Communications, Storm Spotting and general Public Service. For the children, we will have coloring books. With hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees, Calico Fort is one of the oldest, largest and most popular arts and crafts fairs in the South. This outdoor show, on 6 acres, has
adjacent parking and plenty of fun for everyone. So come and enjoy our southern hospitality. The proceeds benefit community projects. For more information, visit http://calicofort.com/index.php. www.k4tns.org

April 12
USS Midway Decommissioning 1992 1600-2300, NI6IW, San Diego, CA. USS Midway (CV-41) Museum. 14.320 7.250; PSK 14.070; D-Star REF001C. QSL. USS Midway Museum Radio Room, 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101.

April 12
Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival 1500-2000, W5BMC, Morgan City, LA. Bayouland Emergency Amateur Radio Service. 14.260 7.260. QSL. Jackie Price, KA5LMZ, 1412 Maple St, Morgan City, LA 70380. Fourth year to operate from the beautiful banks of Bayou Teche in Franklin, Louisiana.

April 12
General Hardee's Retreat 1330-1730, NC4AR, Trinity, NC. Tri-County ARC. 145.29 7.210. Certificate. NC4AR, PO BOX 747, Trinity, NC 27370. Follow instructions to receive certificate. www.nc4ar.org

April 12
74th Anniversary of Bletchley Park (UK) Timely Decrypt of German Enigma Radio Message Apr 12, 0001-2359, N7E, West Point, UT. Enigma World Code Group. 28.450 21.400 14.270 7.250. QSL. Bruce Culp, EWCG, 660 N 2700 W, West Point, UT 84015.

April 12-13
Anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic 1200-0100, W4S, Clinton, TN. KC4RD. 21.335 14.235 7.265 3.985. QSL. Jim Womack, 617 Black Oak Rd, Clinton, TN 37716. kc4rd@arrl.org

April 12-13
102nd Titanic Special Event Station 1400-1400, N0SAP, Nixa, MO. Area Amateurs. 21.265 14.265 7.265 3.865. Certificate. David Beckler, 1137 W Crane Dr, Nixa, MO 65714. n0sap@yahoo.com

April 19
Old Greenville Black Powder Rendezvous Special Event Station 1200-2359, KD0MRV, Greenville, MO. Greenville Amateur Radio Club. 14.269 7.284. QSL. Danny Jaco, 174 Walnut St, Greenville, MO 63944. www.no0n-garc.com

April 19-20
SPARC 45th Anniversary 1700-2100, VE3SPR, Leamington, ON. Sun Parlor Amateur Radio Club. 14.205 7.220. Certificate. Terry Greenwood, 3392 Baby St, Windsor, ON B9C 1L4, CANADA. Main operation will be the weekend of the 19th April but the call is good for the whole month of April 2014 some of the club members may activate the call off and on during the month. For a certificate send QSL card and
$5.00 to VE3TMG call is good on QRZ.com. If you want to save $5.00 I can email the certificate send a valid email with your QSL card. www.thesparc.ca

April 25-26
Jackson, MO Bicentennial Special Event Station 1500-2300, W0QMF, Jackson, MO. Southeast Missouri Amateur Radio Club. 28.450 14.260 7.260 3.950. QSL. SEMO Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 98, Jackson, MO 63755. semoarc.org

April 25-27
Earth Day from Earth, Texas 2200-2359, W5E, Lubbock and Earth, TX. Lubbock Amateur Radio Club. 7.290. QSL. Gary Harrold, WA5TED, 2110 69th St, Lubbock, TX 79412. The Lubbock Amateur Radio Club will once again return to Earth to celebrate Earth Day operating as W5E.

April 26
Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire - Radio Demo 1400-2000, K1PBO, Hyannis, MA. Barnstable Amateur Radio Club. 14.270 SSB. Certificate. No Print QSLs, Please go to:, www.barnstablearc.org for a personalized, downloadable certificate or QSL card.. barnstablearc.org

April 26
Commemorating the Life and Heroic Actions of Railroad Engineer John Luther (Casey) Jones 1300-2100, WF4Q, Jackson, TN. West Tennessee Amateur Radio Society. 14.250 14.240 7.250 7.240. Certificate. WF4Q Special Event, PO Box 3382, Jackson, TN 38303. aa5xo@rocketmail.com. Logs will be uploaded to eQSL and LoTW.. sites.google.com/site/westtnars/home

April 26-27
Boy Scouts of America Lincoln Trail Hike 1400-2000, N9L, Springfield, IL. Sangamon Valley Radio Club. SSB 14.230 7.260; CW 14.030 7.030. QSL. Sangamon Valley Radio Club, C/O American Red Cross, 1045 Outer Park Dr, Springfield, IL 62704.

April 27
Two Modern Popes Now Saints 1600-2000, ND8GA, Gates Mills, OH. Gilmour Academy Amateur Radio. 146.55 21.255 14.255 7.255. Certificate. Ken Kane, KG8DN, Gilmour Academy, 34001 Cedar Rd, Gates Mills, OH 44040. Gilmour Academy celebrates the dual canonization in Rome today of Pope John 23rd and Pope John Paul 2nd. Each worked effectively to serve the church and the world while "opening the doors" to lay people and youth. Mail a hard-copy QSL card to Gilmour with your email address to receive an emailed certificate.  https://sites.google.com/a/gilmour.org/gilmour-amateur-radio-club

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IOTA / Islands on the Air


April 1 - May
AS-101 French operator, David, has been operating as HS0ZLU from Koh Phangan Island, in Thailand. He will be active until May 2014. Activity will be mainly on the 10 and 20 meters bands, but he will also be on 80/40/17/12m, and use SSB and PSK. He uses an Icom IC-706 MKIIG into a long wire of 10 meters in length (Diamond W8010 20-10m) and a long wire of 20 meters in length (for 80-40m). QSL via the address on QRZ.com. NO Bureau QSLs. For more details, see http://hs0zlu.wordpress.com

April 1-11
LY24, Lithuania (Special Event). Jonas, LY5A, will operate as LY24A between to April 11th. Activity is to commemorate the 24th anniversary of Lithuanian independence restoration. QSL via his home callsign, direct
or by the Bureau.

April 11-14
EU-038.  Operators Marc/PD7YY and Jan/PE1GNP will be active as PH38EU from Terschelling Island. Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/12/10/2 meters  using SSB. QSL via PD7YY or PE1GNP, direct or by the Bureau.

April 26-May 3
EU-010.  Camb-Hams will be active as GS3PYE/P from the Isle of Lewis. The Camb-Hams have been activating the Scottish Isles each year since  2008 and will be traveling to the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Outer Hebrides in 2014. Thirteen operators will be active on all bands and many modes from 4m to 80m, 2m and 70cm for Satellites, and 2m and 23cm for EME. The HF bands will be covered by five
simultaneous stations, while the 6m and 4m stations will have a great take-off towards the UK and Europe from the island's northern tip in IO68 square. 2m and 23cm EME will be available with a portable low-ERP Yagi system, mainly focused on JT modes. 2m and 70cm will be available for portable satellite operations.
Contest operations will take place in the RSGB 70MHz UKAC on April 29th. The group will be active on the major social net- works before, during and after the trip. You can check on progress or interact with the operators via their blog at dx.camb-hams.com or through Twitter, Facebook and YouTube [links below]. Previous trips have generated some great audio and video recordings of the GS3PYE/P signal from around the world. Please E-mail skeds-2014@camb-hams.com to arrange schedules on the more challenging bands and modes. VHF and EME schedules will also be made via ON4KST and N0UK's EME Chat. All
links are available via dx.camb-hams.com, twitter.com/g3pye, facebook.com/CambHams and youtube.com/CambHams.

April 27-May 11
JD1, Ogasawara. Harry, JG7PSJ, will once again be active as JD1BMH from Chichijima Island (AS-031). Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW,  SSB and RTTY. QSL via the Bureau to JD1BMH or direct to JG7PSJ. Visit  his web page for more details at: http://sapphire.es.tohoku.ac.jp/jd1bmh
http://jd1bmh.zxq.net

April 5-6
NA-092. Members of the "Project X Contest Team" will be activating Mustang Island (USI TX-011S, Nueces County, Texas) as N5T between April 5-6, and during the "Texas State Parks on the Air". The "Project X Contest Team" does have a Twitter and Web page at: http://www.mustangislandontheair.com
htpp://twitter.com/@mustangisland1 Added Notes: Also look for the "Project X Contest Team" to
be in the CQ WPX SSB Contest from Cullinan Park Sugar Land, Texas, March 28-30th. QSL direct via the address on www.QRZ.com. Logs uploaded to LoTW after the event.
(ARRL/Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin # 1153/1154)

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2014 Mar 31 0422 UTC
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#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 24 - 30 March 2014

An X1/2b flare (R3 radio blackout) on Saturday, at 29/1748 UTC, brought solar activity to high levels for the week. Region 2017 (N10, L=143, class/area=Dsi/160 on 27 Mar) had evolved from a simple beta to a beta-delta spot the day before. By the 29th it had grown to a beta-gamma-delta magnetic configuration. The X-flare it produced was accompanied by several radio emissions including a Castelli-U signature with 110,000 sfu on 245 MHz, a 360 sfu Tenflare at 29/1746 UTC, and a Type II sweep at 28/1753 UTC. An assymetrical halo coronal mass ejection (CME) was associated with the event and visible in LASCO/C2 coronagraph imagery beginning at 29/1812 UTC. Analysis of SOHO and STEREO coronagraph images suggested this CME was moving at 558 km/s with most ejecta directed north of the
ecliptic. 

On Friday, Region 2017 produced an M2/Sn flare at 28/1918 UTC associated with a Type II sweep at 28/1918 UTC (528 km/s). The speed obtained through analysis of coronagraph imagery was consistent with the Type II estimate. Another M2/1n flare was observed from this region at 28/2351 UTC. It was also associated wth a Type II sweep at 28/2350 UTC (857 km/s). Analysis of SOHO and STEREO coronagraph
imagery suggested the CME was moving at approximately 600 km/s. 

Finally, Region 2017 produced an M2/1n flare on Saturday at 30/1155 UTC accompanied by a Type II sweep at 30/1152 UTC (879 km/s). Analysis of SOHO and STEREO coronagraph imagery suggested the CME was moving at approximately 500 km/s. Region 2014 (S15, L=168, class/area=Ehi/290 on 27 Mar) was the largest of the 12 regions on the disk during the week, and was responsible for seven C-class
events. Region 2010 (S13, L=203, class/area=Dac/230) was the second largest region on the disk and responsible for 12 C-class events, second only to Region 2017 in productivity. 

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit. However, the greater than 10 MeV proton flux at geosynchronous orbit was enhanced following the X1/2b flare on 29 March and reached a peak of 3.2 pfu at 29/2230 UTC. The flux was returning to normal levels at the time of this report. 

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at normal levels all week. 

Geomagnetic field activity remained at mostly quiet to unsettled levels during the week. The exception was a couple of active periods early on 26 March. A shock observed in ACE SWEPAM data at 25/1925 UTC announced the arrival of the 23 Mar CME. Solar wind speed increased from approximately 375 km/s to 500 km/s and the total field was enhanced from +2 nT to a maximum value of +13 nT. The Bz component turned southward following the arrival with a maximum southward deflection of -10 nT at 25/1938 UTC, and then became variable in the +9/-8 nT range. Solar wind speed reached a maximum of 554 km/s at 26/0049 UTC before decreasing to end of period values near 410 km/s. A geomagnetic sudden impulse was subsequently observed at the Hartland magnetometer (23 nT) at 25/2009 UTC. Unsettled conditions ensued from 25/1800-2400 UTC while active conditions (Below G1-Minor) occurred during the 26/0000-0300 UTC and 26/0600-0900 UTC periods. Later in the week, a rare geomagnetic crochet was observed - a minor nT deviation (17 nT at Boulder) in the H-traces of the magnetometers which were in the sunlit portion of Earth during the X-flare on 29 March described earlier. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 31 March - 26 April 2014

Solar activity is expected to be low with moderate events likely through the forecast period. 

There is a slight chance the greater than 10 MeV proton flux will exceed 10 pfu during the first week of the forecast period as Region 2017 rotates around the west limb. 

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at normal levels through the forecast period. 

The geomagnetic field is expected to be at unsettled to active levels on 1-3 April, with minor storm periods possible on 2 April in response to the arrival of the several CMEs described above. The remainder of the forecast period should see mostly quiet to unsettled conditions in the absence of any new transient features. 

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2014 Mar 31 0423 UTC
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#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2014-03-31
#
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2014 Mar 31     145           5          2
2014 Apr 01     145          12          4
2014 Apr 02     140          28          5
2014 Apr 03     140          10          4
2014 Apr 04     140           5          2
2014 Apr 05     140           5          2
2014 Apr 06     135           8          3
2014 Apr 07     140           8          3
2014 Apr 08     140           5          2
2014 Apr 09     140           8          3
2014 Apr 10     140           5          2
2014 Apr 11     140           5          2
2014 Apr 12     135           5          2
2014 Apr 13     135           5          2
2014 Apr 14     140           5          2
2014 Apr 15     145           5          2
2014 Apr 16     150           5          2
2014 Apr 17     150           8          3
2014 Apr 18     150           8          3
2014 Apr 19     155           8          3
2014 Apr 20     155           5          2
2014 Apr 21     155           5          2
2014 Apr 22     155           5          2
2014 Apr 23     145           8          3
2014 Apr 24     145           8          3
2014 Apr 25     145           8          3
2014 Apr 26     145           5          2
(NOAA)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Last two broadcast days for Voice of Russia


RUSSIA

Final shortwave schedules of Radio Voice of Russia on Mar.30/31, 2014 

All times UTC

0600-0700 on 13800 MSK 040 kW / 260 deg to WeEu English DRM
0600-0700 on 21800 IRK 250 kW / 152 deg to AUS  English

0700-0800 on 13800 MSK 040 kW / 260 deg to WeEu English DRM
0700-0800 on 21800 IRK 250 kW / 152 deg to AUS  English

0800-0900 on  9850 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu English DRM Ch1
0800-0900 on  9850 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu Russian DRM Ch2
0800-0900 on 13800 MSK 040 kW / 260 deg to WeEu English DRM
0800-0900 on 21800 IRK 250 kW / 152 deg to AUS  English

0900-1000 on  9850 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu German DRM Ch1
0900-1000 on  9850 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu English DRM Ch2

1000-1200 on  9850 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu German DRM Ch1
1000-1200 on  9850 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu English DRM Ch2
1000-1200 on 13805 IRK 250 kW / 180 deg to SEAs English
1000-1200 on 13860 IRK 250 kW / 152 deg to EaAs Chinese

1200-1300 on  7235 IRK 100 kW / 110 deg to EaAs Japanese (5965)
1200-1300 on  9850 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu English DRM Ch1
1200-1300 on  9850 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu Russian DRM Ch2
1200-1300 on 13805 IRK 250 kW / 180 deg to SEAs Vietnamese
1200-1300 on 13860 IRK 250 kW / 152 deg to EaAs Chinese

1300-1400 on  7235 IRK 100 kW / 110 deg to EaAs Japanese (5965)
1300-1400 on  7300 IRK 015 kW / 224 deg to SoAs Hindi DRM
1300-1400 on  9850 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu English DRM Ch1
1300-1400 on  9850 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu Russian DRM Ch2
1300-1400 on 13805 IRK 250 kW / 180 deg to SEAs English
1300-1400 on 13860 IRK 250 kW / 152 deg to EaAs Chinese

1400-1500 on  7300 IRK 015 kW / 224 deg to SoAs Urdu DRM
1400-1500 on  9850 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu English DRM Ch1
1400-1500 on  9850 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu Russian DRM Ch2

1500-1700 on  6035 IRK 250 kW / 180 deg to SEAs English
1500-1700 on 12035 MSK 040 kW / 260 deg to WeEu German DRM

1700-1800 on  9800 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu French DRM
1700-1800 on  9820 IRK 015 kW / 224 deg to SoAs English DRM
1700-1800 on 12035 MSK 040 kW / 260 deg to WeEu German DRM

1800-1900 on  9800 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu French DRM
1800-1900 on 12035 MSK 040 kW / 260 deg to WeEu German DRM

1900-2000 on  9800 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu French DRM
2000-2100 on  6155 MSK 040 kW / 260 deg to SoEu Spanish DRM
2100-2200 on  6155 MSK 040 kW / 260 deg to SoEu English DRM
(DX Mix Nx 845/29 March 2014)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

16 Gwendoline Street returns to shortwave

Just to let you know that 16 Gwendoline Street is back on shortwave, with an hour long special celebrating 50 years of Radio Caroline, over here in Europe. I have been on 1368 medium wave to Central and southern Europe since last year.
 
Anyway, the program can be heard on Friday 28th March at 1900 UTC on 7290 kHz (also on 1368 in central Europe), and Saturday 29th March at 0900 UTC on 9510.

The programs are also streamed at www.nexus.org/mp3
(Stephen Jones)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Message from Malaysia to Amateur Radio Operators

          The Malaysian Amateur Radio Emergency Service Society (MARES/9M4CME) is calling all ham radios particularly in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Seychelles, Thailand to participate in the search and rescue of the missing aircraft, Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER bearing registration 9M-MRO flight MH370.
          The flight has gone missing from ATC radar at 1.21 am local time 8 March 2014.  Search & Rescue SAR was initially done within the vicinity of the South China Sea.  However, new confirmed evidence recently revealed has shifted the SAR activities to the vicinity of Malacca Strait, Andaman Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. This is a huge area to cover roughly 21,000 sq km.  To date, SAR efforts have the combined assets from at least 14 countries involving more than 50 aircraft and 30 vessels making it the single largest SAR mission ever.
          In light of the multinational effort that is undertaken, and also in view of the many rumours of the plane crashing or landing in islands within the SAR area, MARES is calling all ham stations, especially those from the countries within the search area, to participate in a daily reporting session.  The objective is for ham operators to provide any sightings, information or evidence that might help the authorities to find the missing MH370.  Details are as follows:
          Daily Check-in and reporting session will be done at UTC 1300 hrs - 1500 hrs on 14.250 MHz and 21.250 MHz (+- QRM)
          Any urgent message beyond the specified DX session time shall be communicated via email to emergency@mares.org.my
          All information and evidence obtained will be forwarded to the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation and Malaysian National Security Council by MARES.
          On behalf of Malaysia, MARES would like to thank in advance all participating stations for their time and effort in helping us find the missing 9M-MRO / MH370.  Let us all do our part in this moment of crisis.
          Please do spread this effort to stations and clubs you think might be helpful in our effort.
Thank you, and 73s,
9W2FG on behalf of MARES.
Yours sincerely,
Jose Jacob, VU2JOS
National Institute of Amateur Radio 

Hyderabad, India
(AWR?Wavescan 265)

AWR Wavescan Summer Broadcast Schedule


Adventist World Radio - Wavescan

Effective: March 30, 2014 - October 25, 2014

UTC Call   kHz kW Station  Location Country

Sun 0900 AWR  9790 100 Media Broadcast  Nauen (Italian DX Program)
1530 AWR 15670 250 Media Broadcast  Nauen Germany
1600 KSDA 11865 100 Adventist World Radio  Agat Guam
1600 AWR 11995 125 SLBC  Trincomalee Sri Lanka
2200 KSDA 15435 100 Adventist World Radio  Agat Guam
2230 KSDA 15320 100 Adventist World Radio  Agat Guam
2330 KSDA 15320 100 Adventist World Radio  Agat Guam
Mon 0200 KVOH  9975  50 Voice of Hope  Los Angeles California USA
0400 WRMI      9955  100 Radio Miami Int  Okeechobee Florida USA
1200 WRMI      9955 100 Radio Miami Int  Okeechobee Florida USA
1415 WRMI      9955 100 Radio Miami Int  Okeechobee Florida USA
Tue 0430 WRMI      9955 100 Radio Miami Int  Okeechobee Florida USA
Wed 1400 WRMI      9955 100 Radio Miami Int  Okeechobee Florida USA
Thu 0300 WRMI      9955 100 Radio Miami Int  Okeechobee Florida USA
Fri 0415 WRMI      9955 100 Radio Miami Int  Okeechobee Florida USA
Sat 1630 WWCR2 12160  100 Worldwide Christian  Nashville Tennessee USA
(NWS 265/25 March 2014)           Spaceline Bulgaria