Friday, September 25, 2020

Frequency information and updates

 

All times UTC

Antarctica 
On Saturday 26th September, LRA 36 transmission, I received a Whattsapp voice message from the station operator Damian Tranamil:
 
"The rhombic antenna of the station is damaged, Damian managed to repair it provisionally the past Wednesday, when he returned to Base Esperanza from Chilean  Base O’Higgins, where he is doing rescue exercises with Chilean staff of Chilean Base. In this way the regular program "Corazón Antártico" could be issued.
 
Saturday, Damian will try to put on air all the canned "Corazón Antártico" programs that he could not broadcast the previous Wednesdays due to the broken antenna and his stay on Base O'Higgins, these programs are in Spanish. He will also broadcast a half-hour program in German that Adrian Korol, RAE director sent to him. 
 
No program in English is planned.
 Transmission will be if the weather conditions allow it.
 After Saturday, Damian will return to the Chilean base to continue the exercises and in October he will try to repair definitely the damage antenna.

LRA 36, Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel, Base esperanza, 15476 kHz. As reported by Adrian Korol, director of RAE via Twitter, LRA 36 will be on air next Saturday September 26, 1400-1900 UTC on USB mode with program in Spanish and German
(Mendez/HCDX)

Clandestine
Voice of Tibet
Effective from 23 September 2020
1300-1305 9884 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan, ex 9896
1305-1310 9864 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan, ex 9884
1310-1330 9896 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan, ex 9864
1330-1335 9886 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan, ex 9894
1330-1336 9864 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan, ex 9876
1335-1340 9874 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan, ex 9864
1336-1400 9814 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan, ex 9884
1340-1400 9864 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan, ex 9894
(DXB/Ivanov) 

Oman
Frequency changes of BBC World Service relay via ENC-DMS A'Seela, Oman
0000-0100 6155 SLA 250 kW / 063 deg to SoAs English, ex  5970
0100-0200 5945 SLA 250 kW / 063 deg to SoAs English, ex  5970
1200-1300 11995 SLA 250 kW / 063 deg to SoAs English, ex 12065
(DXB/Ivanov)

From the Isle of Music and Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules, September 27-October 3

 


From the Isle of Music, September 27-October 3

This week, a package of musical surprises from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Nearly all of it will be unfamiliar to most listeners outside of Cuba. 
The broadcasts take place: 
For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere (including parts of East Asia and Oceania) with 100kW, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 kHz, from Sofia, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK) 

For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0000-0100 on WBCQ, 7490 kHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EDT in the US). 

For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany. 

Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, September 27 and 29 and October 3

Episode 184 presents some very enjoyable music from the Philippines, from traditional instruments to Pinoy rock. 
The transmissions take place: 

Sunday 2200-2300 (6:00PM -7:00PM EDT) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 kHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe 
Tuesday 2000-2100 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe. 
Saturday 0800-0900 UTC on Channel 292, 9670 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe. 

Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic 

William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer
Tilford Productions, LLC
email: bill@tilfordproductions.com
phone: 773.267.6548



Encore-Radio Tumbril weekly schedule

 

Regular Broadcast times of Encore are: 
10:00 - 11:00 UTC Saturday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe - Simulcast on 9670 kHz
Repeated:
21:00 - 22:00 UTC Saturday 7780 kHz WRMI to US and Europe
01:00 - 02:00 UTC Sunday 5850 kHz, Simulcast on 5010 kHz WRMI to the US, Canada and Central America.
16:00 – 17:00 UTC Sunday 9670 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
21:00 - 22:00 UTC Sunday 3955 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
02:00 – 03:00 UTC Monday 9455 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada
13:00 - 14:00 UTC Tuesday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe, east coast of US and Iceland.
03:00 - 04:00 UTC Thursday 5800 kHz WRMI to South America and Caribbean.
13:00 - 14:00 UTC Thursday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe, east coast of US and Iceland.
20:00 - 21:00 UTC Thursday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe, east coast of US and Iceland.
19:00 – 20:00 UTC Friday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe.
 
Our email is  encoretumbril@gmail.com. Informal reception reports as well as those requesting eQSL welcome.  The website is www.tumbril.co.uk where we show transmission times and frequencies, the playlist for the most recent programme, more information about Radio Tumbril, and the email link.
 
This week's program starts with the Prayer of St. Gregory by Alan Hovhaness, then the Academic Festival Overture by Brahms, followed by a Canzonetta composed by Friedrich Hermann. After that we will have some dances, a little piano music by Debussy and a Purcell quartet. Sarabande by Caroline Shaw sung by Room Full of Teeth comes next and the program finishes with some Gabrieli and part of Bizet's first symphony.
 
Channel 292 can be pulled live off the internet if the reception is poor in your location. Easy to find their site with a google search. A very good site for online SDR receivers all over the world is: http://kiwisdr.com/public/  Click the 'Map' button in the top left of the screen.
 
Thank you for spreading the word about Encore - Classical Music on Shortwave on Radio Tumbril.
 
Brice Avery - Encore - Radio Tumbril - Scotland
 

Shortwave Radiogram weekend schedule

 

Hello friends,

Perhaps because of equinox propagation, reception of Shortwave Radiogram has been difficult lately in some parts of the world. Listeners in the eastern half of North America have been especially affected, with many of our frequencies (15770 for example) "going long." To compensate for any reception difficulties this weekend, we will include some MFSK16 text -- slow but robust -- in addition to our usual MFSK32 and MFSK64.

We will also transmit this black-and-white test pattern in all three modes (MFSK16, 32 and 64) so that you can observe the differences in resolution among the MFSK modes. The transmission time is about the same for all three. 

Videos of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 170) are provided by Scott in Ontario (Friday 1300 UTC), 2010DFS in Japan (Sunday 0800 UTC on 5850 kHz), Ralf in Germany and Frigid RF in Virginia (both Sunday 2330 UTC). The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. Analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany.

This weekend's show is in MFSK16, MFSK32, and MFSK64, with eleven MFSK images.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 171, 24-27 September 2020, in MFSK modes as noted:

 1:41  MFSK32: Program preview
 2:53  MFSK16: Test pattern*
 4:48  Deep-space observation from lunar orbit
 8:47  MFSK32: Lunar orbit (continued)
11:30  Test pattern*
13:00  MFSK64: Test pattern and other images of the week*
28:36  MFSK32: Closing announcements

* with image(s)

Please send reception reports to radiogram@verizon.net
And visit http://swradiogram.net
Twitter: @SWRadiogram or https://twitter.com/swradiogram (visit during the weekend to see listeners' results)
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/567099476753304
Shortwave Radiogram Gateway Wiki https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Shortwave_Radiogram_Gateway 

Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule
UTC Day UTC Time Frequency Transmitter
Saturday 0230-0300 UTC 9265 kHz WINB Pennsylvania
Saturday 1330-1400 UTC 15770 kHz WRMI Florida
Sunday 0800-0830 UTC 5850 kHz 7730 kHz WRMI Florida
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC 7780 kHz WRMI Florida

The Mighty KBC transmits to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 EDT) on 5960 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK is at about 0130 UTC.  Reports to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com . See also http://www.kbcradio.eu/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc/. 

“This is a Music Show” Most of the show is a music show, but the host transmits some MFSK text and image near the end of the broadcast. It’s transmitted on WRMI, Thursdays at 0200-0300 UTC on 5850 kHz (Wednesday evening in the Americas) and a new time also on WRMI, Wednesdays at 2100-2200 UTC on 7780 kHz (aimed towards Europe) . Also look for a waterfall ID at the beginning of the show. thisisamusicshow@gmail.com .  www.twitter.com/ThisIsAMusicSho/ @ThisIsAMusicSho

New York and Pennsylvania NBEMS nets. Most weekends, as KD9XB, I check in to the New York NBEMS (Narrow Band Emergency Messaging Software) net Saturday at 1200 UTC on 3584 kHz USB, and the Pennsylvania NBEMS net Sunday at 1200 UTC on 3583 kHz USB (with out-of-state check-ins now starting at 1130 UTC). Check-ins are usually in Thor 22, and messages are in MFSK32. Messages generally use the Flmsg add-on to Fldigi. If you are a radio amateur in eastern North America, feel free to check in. Outside the region, use an SDR in the eastern USA to tune in and decode. You do not need Flmsg to check in, and most of the messages can be read without Flmsg. If you can decode the net, send me an email to radiogram@verizon.net , or tweet to @SWRadiogram , and I will let them know you are tuned in. USEast NBEMS Net: Please also note the USEast NBEMS Net, Wednesdays 2300 UTC (7 pm EDT) on 3536 kHz USB.
 
Thanks for your reception reports!
Kim

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



Radio Igloo to broadcast Sept 25th

 

Hello friends of Radio Igloo, 

When we were transmitting our last show on June 26th the conditions were bad. Lots of thunder over Europe and a Chinese on 6290 made the reception difficult in many places.

 We have asked our Broadcasting Engineer to rebroadcast the show. He has agreed to do it in the evening on September 25th at 19.0 UTC (21.0 CEST) on 6290 kHz or on a free frequency nearby. The intermission signal will be on a few minutes before program-start.

 An opportunity to hear some of our listeners' voices and their choice of music

 Greetings from a melting igloo

(via Ukrainian DX blog, 21 Sept)


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

What, Exactly, Was First About KDKA?

 

Two of our experts take on the question as we approach the centennial

BY PAUL MCLANE 
PUBLISHED: SEPTEMBER 22, 2020

What, exactly, was “first” about KDKA’s broadcast on Nov. 2, 1920?

As history articles in Radio World demonstrate, there really was no single “first day” of “radio.” Various dates and organizations could lay claim to some or all of the honor depending on how one defines it. 

Radio history fans are well aware of this, but many others are not.

In celebrating the upcoming KDKA anniversary, most people are likely to say something like “Radio started in November 1920.” I wasn’t happy with this simplification, so I turned to two of RW’s favorite radio history writers, John Schneider and James O’Neal.





A Cryptologic Mystery

 


Did a broken random number generator in Cuba help expose a Russian espionage network?

I picked up the new book Compromised last week and was intrigued to discover that it may have shed some light on a small (and rather esoteric) cryptologic and espionage mystery that I've been puzzling over for about 15 years. Compromised is primarily a memoir of former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok's investigation into Russian operations in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election, but this post  is not a review of the book or concerned with that aspect of it.


Texas Radio Shortwave, October-December broadcast schedules

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TEXAS RADIO SHORTWAVE ANNOUNCES PROGRAM LINEUP FOR REST OF 2020

GULF OF MEXICO, September 19, 2020/ - Texas Radio Shortwave, an American free radio station, today announced its program lineup for October through December 2020.

Texas Radio Shortwave offers programs featuring music by Texas artists, except for some rebroadcasts of programs from its early days. The older programs are clearly identified during the broadcasts.

Programs will air on Channel 292 from Rohrbach, Germany with 10 kW of power. Frequencies and air times -- with one exception -- are 0200 UTC on 9670 kHz and 0900 UTC on 6070 kHz. The exception is Christmas Day, with broadcasts at 0200 UTC on 9670 kHz and 1900 UTC on 6070 kHz.

The lineup for the rest of 2020 looks like this: October 17 - Ladies of Texas Music Special:

November 21 - rebroadcast of Texas Radio Shortwave’s first program from 2019; December 19 -  rebroadcast of the Pre-Christmas Music Special from 2019; and December 25 - the Texas Christmas Music Special.

Texas Radio Shortwave sends limited-edition commemorative electronic verifications to the listeners sending correct, detailed reception reports. The email address is texasradiosw@gmail.com.

Reception reports should include times, song titles, the text of announcements, a SINPO/SIO signal rating, information on the listener’s receiver and antenna, and comments on the program content. For the listeners using a remote software-defined radio (SDR) should mention that. Audio clips are also welcomed.

Listeners worldwide may tune to Texas Radio Shortwave broadcasts using an SDR like the one at the University of Twente in The Netherlands. The URL is http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/.

Texas Radio Shortwave sails in international waters off the South Texas Gulf coast. The programs are broadcast regularly in Europe and occasionally in North America.

Texas Radio Shortwave
Sailing into your ears from the Lone Star State

Australia's Best Known MicroNation is no More: The Story of Hutt River Radio

 

Several recent news reports tell us that the half century old Hutt River Principality, a self proclaimed independent nation within Australia, has finally come to an end, and it has since rejoined the Commonwealth of Australia.  The Hutt River Principality was the oldest of Australia’s independent micro-nations, and it has served as an interesting tourist attraction for those who dared to drive out into the semi-desert areas of Western Australia.

It is estimated that currently there are a hundred different small and independent micro-nations around the world, with 35 in Australia alone, the highest concentration anywhere. The Hutt River Principality was the first, the oldest surviving, and probably the best known independent micro-nation downunder.

It all began when Farmer Leonard G. Casley developed a quarrel in 1970 with the government of Western Australia over their imposed restriction in the amount of grain his 18,500 acres of land was permitted to produce.  Because of the lost income due to this huge reduction in productivity, Casley appealed to the state governor, Sir Douglas Kendrew for an increase in the farming quota on his land, which was refused.   

Casley then responded with an application for independence from the State of Western Australia, which understandably was refused by the state parliament, though the matter was discussed also by the federal government in Canberra.  Thus it was on Tuesday April 21, 1970, that Leonard Casley, together with his Fremantle born wife Shirley and their seven children, delivered an ultimatum stating that he was seceding his property from the State of Western Australia, and from the Federation of Australia, and from the British Commonwealth of Nations, though he still honored his allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2.  

Together with the adjoining properties of five other families making up a total of 75 square miles of farm and pasture land some 25 miles inland from Geraldton on the Indian Ocean, the new micro-nation of Hutt River Principality was born, with a total population of 20 citizens.  The main protagonist in all of these maneuvers was himself elected, as His Royal Highness Prince Leonard of Hutt, together with his wife as Princess Shirley.  

Life was not easy for the new and independent nation, and difficulties were encountered with postal mail deliveries, and government taxes that were levied on goods into and out of Hutt River. At one stage, they were routing the delivery of their international mail via Canada.  In fact over all of these matters, Prince Leonard declared war against the state of Western Australia, and this at a time when Hutt River had no standing army. 

However, after this brief and unfulfilled non-event, Hutt River settled down to its main function as a tourist attraction, a geographic anomaly, an eccentric place of unusual interest, just something different in the Australian psyche.  At the height of their prosperity, Hutt River welcomed as many as 40,00 visitors in a single year.  

Hutt River issued its own postage stamps, and coins, and passports, and drivers licenses, and a newspaper. They implemented their own ceremonial events and memorial occasions, and they flew their own flag, and they sang their own National Anthem.  Their official languages were English, French and Esperanto.  They established diplomatic relations with several other countries overseas, and they granted honorary citizenship to many of their supporters.  


On the radio scene, Hutt River applied to the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) in Geneva Switzerland for the amateur prefix H5, and they issued their first amateur license with the callsign 1RC.  In 1981 they inaugurated their own radio broadcasting station with 200 watts on 1050 kHz under the callsign HRBA, the Hutt River Broadcasting Authority. 

Their parallel FM outlet radiated locally on 100 MHz.  These two stations were on the air with occasional programming, until the licensing authority in Australia ordered them off the air.  A small TV station was also planned.

Then too, they announced their intention to introduce an international shortwave service which would broadcast old time programming, replays of old dramas, music from yesteryear, readings from newspapers, and information from humanitarian organizations.  In 1983, Hutt River made an informal approach to Adventist World Radio for assistance and cooperation in establishing their planned shortwave service. 

However earlier this year (2020), the tourist flow began to diminish due to the China Virus, and by this time, both Prince Leonard and Princess Shirley had died. The new ruler was their son Prince Graeme, and with a diminishing income, he closed down the Hutt River Principality on August 3 (2020), thus rejoining this novel territory once again back into the Commonwealth of Australia. Graeme Casley also stated that he needs to sell their large farm property in order to pay the $2.15 million tax debt currently owed to the state government.  

Fifty years of novelty, idiosyncrasy, and false fame!
(AWR-Wavescan/NWS 604)







Monday, September 21, 2020

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins

 


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2020 Sep 21 0147 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact www.swpc.noaa.gov/content/subscription-services
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#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 14 - 20 September 2020

Solar activity was very low throughout the reporting period. No spotted regions were observed on the visible disk. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed in available coronagraph imagery. 

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at normal to moderate levels over the reporting period. The peak flux, as measured by GOES-16, was 289 pfu at 18/1905 UTC. 

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to unsettled. Unsettled conditions were observed on 14-15 Sep in response to weak enhancements from positive polarity CH HSS influence. Another isolated period of unsettled was observed on 18 Sep in response to a possible weak transient. The remainder of the reporting period was quiet under nominal solar wind conditions. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 21 September - 17 October 2020

Solar activity is expected to be at very low levels throughout the outlook period. 

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is  expected to range from normal to high levels. High levels are anticipated from 26 Sep - 10 Oct in response to a influence from positive polarity CH HSSs. The remainder of the outlook period is expected to be at normal to moderate levels. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to range from quiet to G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels. G1 conditions are likely on 27 Sept; active conditions are likely to be on 24-25 Sept and 28 Sept; as unsettled conditions are likely on 23 Sep, 26 Sep, 29 Sep and 11 Oct. All enhancements in geomagnetic activity are due to multiple, positive polarity CH HSSs. The remainder of the outlook period is expected to be at quiet levels. 

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
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#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2020-09-21
#
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2020 Sep 21      70           5          2
2020 Sep 22      70           5          2
2020 Sep 23      70          10          3
2020 Sep 24      70          12          4
2020 Sep 25      70          16          4
2020 Sep 26      70          12          3
2020 Sep 27      70          28          5
2020 Sep 28      70          18          4
2020 Sep 29      70          10          3
2020 Sep 30      70           5          2
2020 Oct 01      70           5          2
2020 Oct 02      70           5          2
2020 Oct 03      70           5          2
2020 Oct 04      70           5          2
2020 Oct 05      70           5          2
2020 Oct 06      70           5          2
2020 Oct 07      70           5          2
2020 Oct 08      70           5          2
2020 Oct 09      70           5          2
2020 Oct 10      70           5          2
2020 Oct 11      70          10          3
2020 Oct 12      70           5          2
2020 Oct 13      70           5          2
2020 Oct 14      70           5          2
2020 Oct 15      70           5          2
2020 Oct 16      70           5          2
2020 Oct 17      70           5          2
(NOAA)

Frequency schedule updates

 

Clandestine radio

All times UTC

MGB Eye Radio 
Effective: 21 September
0359-0457 on  7340 SMG 250 kW / 151 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic* Mon-Fri
0459-0557 on 11650 MDC 250 kW / 335 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic* Mon-Fri#
1559-1657 on 15410 ISS 250 kW / 138 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic* Mon-Fri
1659-1757 on 15410 ISS 250 kW / 138 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic* Mon-Fri#
* including other langs English/Dinka/Nuer/Shilluk/Bari/Zande/Lutoho
# instead previous registered Daily till 0545 & 1745UTC respectively
(DXB/Ivanov)

Voice of Wilderness on a new frequency via RRTM Telecom Tashkent
1400-1500 7625 TAC 100 kW / 076 deg to NEAs Korean Daily, ex 7615
1500-1530 7625 TAC 100 kW / 076 deg to NEAs Korean Sunday ex 7615

Test of World's Last Chance Radio via ENC-DMS Woofferton
Effective: 15 September
1700-1900 on  9620 WOF 300 kW / 140 deg to CEAf English Tue-Fri, very good signal, BUT
1700-1900 on  9620 WOF 300 kW / 140 deg to CEAf Tigrinya Tue-Fri in A20 HFCC Database!

Denmark
Low powered station from Denmark now available on HFCC Database
World Music Radio via Bramming & Randers
0000-2400 on  5840 BRG 0.1 kW / non-dir to WeEu Music/Vary lang Daily &
0700-2000 on 15805 RND 0.2 kW / 180 deg to SEEu Music/Vary lang Sat/Sun
Radio OZ-Viola via Hilleroed was on 5825 but now is registered 5980 kHz
2000-2300 on  5980 HIL 0.1 kW / non-dir to WeEu Dannish/English Wed and
1100-1400 on  5980 HIL 0.1 kW / non-dir to WeEu Dannish/English Sat/Sun
Radio 208 via Hvidovre
0000-2400 on  5805 HVI 0.2 kW / non-dir to WeEu Dannish/English Daily
(DXB/Ivanov)

Saturday, September 19, 2020

From the Isle of Music and Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules, September 20-26

 


From the Isle of Music, September 20-26: 
This week Yasek Manzano helps us present some of his own recent jazz recordings and the new compilation album Grecolandia. 

The broadcasts take place: 

For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere (including parts of East Asia and Oceania) with 100kW, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 kHz, from Sofia, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK) 

For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0000-0100 on WBCQ, 7490 kHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EDT in the US). 

For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany. 

Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic 
Our Patreon page is https://www.patreon.com/tilford 

Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, September 20, 22, 26 
Episode 183 presents some very enjoyable music from the Philippines, from traditional instruments to Pinoy rock. 

The transmissions take place: 

Sunday 2200-2300 (6:00PM -7:00PM EDT) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 kHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe 

Tuesday 2000-2100 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe. 

Saturday 0800-0900 UTC on Channel 292, 9670 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe. 

Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/UncleBillsMeltingPot/ 
Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic 
Our Patreon page is https://www.patreon.com/tilford 
(Bill Tilford/Tilford Productions)

Friday, September 18, 2020

Shortwave Radiogram weekend schedule

 



Hello friends,

I hope that everyone in our family of listeners is OK, given the ongoing natural disasters, such as the fires in the western USA, Hurricane Sally and the flooding in the US Gulf area, and the floods in many other parts of the world. Here in northern Virginia, the weather is relatively boring.

Speaking of the weather, it was the heavy rain in eastern Pennsylvania that caused the missing WINB transmission Thursday, 10 September, at 2330 UTC. WINB was back on the air the next day.  I hope we transmit a full schedule this weekend.

Last weekend's excerpt of Hungarian text from the revived RFE/RL Hungarian Service was received and decoded successfully all over the world, including all the diacritics. Here is an example as transmitted from Florida and received in, appropriately, Hungary.

Videos of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 169) are provided by 2010DFS in Japan (Sunday 0800 UTC on 7730 kHz) and by Ralf in Germany and Scott in Ontario (both Sunday 2330 UTC). Scott usually prepares his video from a transmission on 15770 kHz, but this frequency did not propagate well within North America last weekend. The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. Analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany.

This weekend's show is in the usual MFSK32 and MFSK64, with nine images (1 x MFSK32 and 8 x MFSK64).

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 170, 17-20 September 2020, in MFSK modes as noted:

 1:38  MFSK32: Program preview
 2:42  Possible sign of life in Venus's atmosphere*
 8:43  MFSK64: Sunspot Cycle 25 has begun*
14:40  This week's images*
27:55  MFSK32: Closing announcements

* with image(s)

Please send reception reports to radiogram@verizon.net
And visit http://swradiogram.net
Twitter: @SWRadiogram or https://twitter.com/swradiogram (visit during the weekend to see listeners' results)
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/567099476753304
Shortwave Radiogram Gateway Wiki https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Shortwave_Radiogram_Gateway 

Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule
UTC Day UTC Time Frequency Transmitter
Saturday 0230-0300 UTC 9265 kHz  WINB Pennsylvania
Saturday 1330-1400 UTC 15770 kHz  WRMI Florida
Sunday 0800-0830 UTC 5850 kHz/ 7730 kHz  WRMI Florida
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC 7780 kHz  WRMI Florida

The Mighty KBC transmits to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 EDT) on 5960 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK is at about 0130 UTC.  Reports to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com . See also http://www.kbcradio.eu/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc/. 

“This is a Music Show” Most of the show is a music show, but the host transmits some MFSK text and image near the end of the broadcast. It’s transmitted on WRMI, Thursdays at 0200-0300 UTC on 5850 kHz (Wednesday evening in the Americas) and a new time also on WRMI, Wednesdays at 2100-2200 UTC on 7780 kHz (aimed towards Europe) . Also look for a waterfall ID at the beginning of the show. thisisamusicshow@gmail.com .  www.twitter.com/ThisIsAMusicSho/ @ThisIsAMusicSho

New York and Pennsylvania NBEMS nets. Most weekends, as KD9XB, I check in to the New York NBEMS (Narrow Band Emergency Messaging Software) net Saturday at 1200 UTC on 3584 kHz USB, and the Pennsylvania NBEMS net Sunday at 1200 UTC on 3583 kHz USB (with out-of-state check-ins now starting at 1130 UTC). Check-ins are usually in Thor 22, and messages are in MFSK32. 

Messages generally use the Flmsg add-on to Fldigi. If you are a radio amateur in eastern North America, feel free to check in. Outside the region, use an SDR in the eastern USA to tune in and decode. You do not need Flmsg to check in, and most of the messages can be read without Flmsg. If you can decode the net, send me an email to radiogram@verizon.net , or tweet to @SWRadiogram , and I will let them know you are tuned in. USEast NBEMS Net: Please also note the USEast NBEMS Net, Wednesdays 2300 UTC (7 pm EDT) on 3536 kHz USB.
 
Thanks for your reception reports!

Kim

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


Encore - Radio Tumbril schedules

 

Dear listener,

A new time and frequency of broadcast by WRMI:  0300 - 0400 UTC Thursday 5800 kHz (Az. 160 degrees from Florida).

Regular Broadcast times of Encore are: 
10:00 - 11:00 UTC Saturday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe - Simulcast on 9670 kHz
Repeated:
21:00 - 22:00 UTC Saturday 7780 kHz WRMI to US and Europe
01:00 - 02:00 UTC Sunday 5850 kHz, Simulcast on 5010 kHz WRMI to the US, Canada and Central America.
16:00 – 17:00 UTC Sunday 9670 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
21:00 - 22:00 UTC Sunday 3955 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
02:00 – 03:00 UTC Monday 9455 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada
13:00 - 14:00 UTC Tuesday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe, east coast of US and Iceland.
03:00 - 04:00 UTC Thursday 5800 kHz WRMI to South America and Caribbean.
13:00 - 14:00 UTC Thursday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe, east coast of US and Iceland.
20:00 - 21:00 UTC Thursday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe, east coast of US and Iceland.
19:00 – 20:00 UTC Friday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe.

Our email is  encoretumbril@gmail.com. Informal reception reports as well as those requesting eQSL welcome.

The website is www.tumbril.co.uk where we show transmission times and frequencies, the playlist for the most recent program,, more information about Radio Tumbril, and the email link.

This week's program starts with a horn concerto by telemann. Next some of Mozart's piano concerto No. 17 followed by a few Schubert songs. The program finishes with a ballade from Chopin and part of Beethoven's 3rd symphony.

Channel 292 can be pulled live off the internet if the reception is poor in your location. Easy to find their site with a google search.

A very good site for online SDR receivers all over the world is: http://kiwisdr.com/public/  Click the 'Map' button in the top left of the screen.

Thank you for spreading the word about Encore - Classical Music on Shortwave on Radio Tumbril.

Brice Avery - Encore - Radio Tumbril - Scotland

Radio Northern Star special broadcast schedule

 
This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the Arctic Radio Club. To celebrate this we are broadcasting a special program over Radio Northern Star/Bergen Kringkaster in Norway as follows:

All times UTC
Frequencies: 5895 kHz and 1314 AM kHz
Saturday Sept. 19 1800-2000 
Sunday Sept. 20 2000-2200 
Tuesday Sept. 22 1800-2000 

The program is in Swedish but with ID's in English. Many of the ARC old timers are participating in the program. We also present a wide selection of music.

Reception reports are welcome to:
Arctic Radio Club Anniversary Broadcast
c/o Music & Media Production
Box 114
SE-82423 Hudiksvall
Sweden

If you want a QSL-card please enclose return postage in form of two IRCs or $3.00. As a DX club we are interested in seeing how far the radio waves will go so we are not interested in reports taken over SDR receivers close to the transmitter site.

For further information about Radio Northern Star and Bergen Kringkaster check out:
Welcome to listen in and GOOD DX!
(Ronny B Good/WRTH)

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

BBC World service frequency update

 



In the coming days, BBC World Service, will adjust the following frequencies:

English to Asia frequency changes 

All times UTC
0000-0100 5970 -> 6155 kHz
0100-0200 5970 -> 5945 kHz
0100-0200 11730 -> 12065 kHz
1200-1300 12065 -> 11995 kHz
(Mauno Ritola/WRTH FB)

IRCA-Mexican Log, 23rd edition, now available

 


IRCA Mexican Log, 23rd Edition (Fall 2020)

The IRCA MEXICAN LOG lists all AM stations in Mexico by frequency, including call letters, state, city, day/night power, slogans, schedule in UTC/GMT, formats, networks and notes. 

The call letter index gives call, frequency, city and state. The city index (listed by state, then city) includes frequency, call and day/night power. The transmitter site index (listed by state, then city) tabulates the latitude and longitude of transmitter sites. 

Also, in this edition, there is a spread sheet with links to web sites, live broadcasts and facebook page of many of the Mexican stations. This is an indispensable reference for anyone who hears Mexican radio stations.

The 2020-2021 Mexican Log .pdf is posted on the IRCA website for all to download. The link is: https://www.ircaonline.org/editor_upload/File/2020-21_IRCA_Mexican_Log.pdf
Thanks to Tim Hall for his dedicated work on this.

We welcome your comments, suggestions, additions, and corrections regarding this list. Please write to Mexican Log editor Tim Hall at TimHall1@gmail.com. Thank you
(IRCA DX News/22 Sept, Vol 87, No. 20)

Antarctica's Radio Nacional Arcangel San Gabriel slated for September 19 broadcast



On Saturday September 19th, LRA36 will broadcast Radio Nacional Arcangel San Gabriel from the Antarctic station Esperanza in Spanish, German and English.

The transmission takes place at 15476 kHz in USB mode.

All times UTC
15:00 to 19:00 - Spanish
19:00 to 19:30 - German
19:30 to 20:00 - Spanish
20:00 to 20:30 - German
20:30 to 22:00 - English

Reception reports are confirmed with a special QSL card from LRA 36.

Send your reception details to: tranalra36@radionacional.gov.ar

Two 30-minute programs will be broadcast in German, and moderated by Rayen Braun from RAE - Argentina to world listeners.

If the local weather conditions do not cooperate, programming will be rescheduled.

Good luck!
73 + 55 Rayen Brown
(RAE, via Bernd Seiser-D, wwdxc Sept 8/WWDXC Top Nx 1439/16 Sept 2020)

Monday, September 14, 2020

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


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:Issued: 2020 Sep 14 0144 UTC
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 07 - 13 September 2020

Solar activity was very low throughout the reporting period. No spotted regions were observed on the visible disk and no Earth-directed CMEs were observed in available coronagraph imagery.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was normal to high levels throughout the reporting period. GOES-16 peak flux reached 10,200 pfu at 07/1600 UTC.

Geomagnetic field activity was quiet to unsettled under a mostly nominal solar wind regime.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 14 September - 10 October 2020

Solar activity is expected to be at very low levels for the outlook
period.

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 on 14 - 25 Sep and at high levels, following CH HSS activity, from 26 Sep - 10 Oct.

Geomagnetic field activity is likely to range from quiet to G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels. G1 levels are likely to be on 27 September, and active levels are likely on 25-26 Sep and 28 Sep; unsettled levels are likely on 23-24 Sep and 29 Sep. All elevated levels of geomagnetic activity are in response to anticipated CH HSS influence. The remainder of the outlook period is expected to observe quiet conditions.

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#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2020 Sep 14      70           5          2
2020 Sep 15      70           5          2
2020 Sep 16      70           5          2
2020 Sep 17      70           5          2
2020 Sep 18      70           5          2
2020 Sep 19      70           5          2
2020 Sep 20      70           5          2
2020 Sep 21      70           5          2
2020 Sep 22      70           5          2
2020 Sep 23      70           8          3
2020 Sep 24      70          10          3
2020 Sep 25      70          15          4
2020 Sep 26      70          10          4
2020 Sep 27      70          25          5
2020 Sep 28      70          15          4
2020 Sep 29      70          10          3
2020 Sep 30      70           5          2
2020 Oct 01      70           5          2
2020 Oct 02      70           5          2
2020 Oct 03      70           5          2
2020 Oct 04      70           5          2
2020 Oct 05      70           5          2
2020 Oct 06      70           5          2
2020 Oct 07      70           5          2
2020 Oct 08      70           5          2
2020 Oct 09      70           5          2
2020 Oct 10      70           5          2
(NOAA)