Friday, July 29, 2016

VOA Radiogram Weekend Schedule

Hello friends,
Last weekend's experiment with the transmission of an html-formatted VOA News story resulted in many successful decodes, but also several failures. The failures were mainly due to the base64 compression of the transmitted file, which requires all of the received characters to be received correctly. On shortwave, as we know, perfection is often elusive.
This weekend, we will transmit another html-formatted VOA News story. This time we will use Flwrap, another Fldigi add-on program. See details and instructions here: http://voaradiogram.net/post/148147415237/experimenting-with-web-pages-via-shortwave .
Because Flwrap does not require the html to be compressed, if the checksum fails, you have a Plan B: Copy the text in the Fldigi from through , paste it to a text editor (like Notepad), save it as an .html file, and open it in a browser.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 174, 30-31 July 2016, all in MFSK32 centered on 1500 Hz:

1:31  Program preview
 2:41  Great Red Spot may heat Jupiter's atmosphere*
 8:31  High-speed travel in near-vacuum tube*
12:44  Strange purple orb in Pacific Ocean**
18:43  Three images
26:08  Closing announcements*

* with image

** formatted for Flwrap

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com .


VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17580 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

The Mighty KBC will broadcast to North America this weekend for one hour: Sunday 0000-0100 UTC (Saturday 8-9 pm EDT) on 9925 kHz, via shortwave. A minute of MFSK32 will be at about 0032 UTC. Reports for KBC reception to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com .

DigiDX will provide DX and media news in MFSK32 and possibly other modes (and they have been experimenting with html/svg content) :

Sunday 2130-2200 UTC, 15770 kHz, via WRMI Florida
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC, 11580 kHz, via WRMI Florida

Monday 2000-2130 UTC, 6070 kHz, via Channel 292 Germany

Daily 1830-1900 and 0530-0600 UTC, 6070 kHz, via Channel 292 Germany
Look for any additions or changes to the DigiDX schedule at http://www.digidx.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/digidx/


IBC (Italian Broadcasting Corporation) has a broadcast to Europe on 6070 kHz, Wednesdays, 2000-2200 UTC, with MFSK32 and Olivia 16-500 at 2030-2100 UTC. And IBC has added MFSK32 transmissions via WRMI in Florida: Friday 0125-0200 UTC on 9955 kHz (Thursday 9:25 pm EDT), part of its 0100-0130 broadcast. And Saturday at 0155-0200 UTC (Friday evening 9:55 pm EDT), on 11580 kHz, part of its 0130-0200 broadcast.  See http://ibcradio.webs.com/ for the complete schedule and contact information.

Thanks for the many helpful reception reports from last weekend. I have compiled the gallery for program 172, 16-17 July, and am now responding to reports from that weekend.

I hope you can tune and write in this weekend.
Kim
Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
voaradiogram.net
Twitter: @VOARadiogram

DX Stamp Service August Specials




Dear Customer,
Below are specials for August 2016. Keep kool!
 If you need a current stamp list or supply list, I can mail or email it to you.

 NEWS:  NEW PRICES on Stateside Mailers and Stateside Returns. Request updated supplies price sheet.

MORE NEWS:    Italy on special AND new specials for Stateside envelope sets!

BIGGER NEWS!!!:Check out the NEW updated and LOWER  PRICED! 47c postage deals!! Get mailing!!

IDEA:  Slightly damaged Deluxe QSL Album only $34.00 -or- buy 2 for only $60.!!

NEW RATES: Something's rotten in the state of Denmark. On July 1st rate jumped from 16 Kr. to 25 Kr. for economy rate!

Finland's forever stamp, 1LK, (1KL), covers 50g domestic and did cover 20g Priority International. Now, it only covers 20g International economy. Seems to be working ok tho.

If you hear of or notice any new rates, let me know.

NEW PRICES: Denmark econ. rate now priced at $4.00, up from $3.00 - Denmark priority rate dropped. 

IN STOCK AGAIN:  
STAMPS ON BACK ORDER: Moldova


U.S. DISCOUNT POSTAGE DEALS!!

 

Save Big on your domestic mailings 

 with colorful vintage stamps!

HAPPY  MAILING!!


47c Units
Forever

in  2 stamps

in 5 stamps
x 100
$45.00

$40.00


x 200
$85.00

$65.00


x 500
$207.00

$157.00 


Awaiting a pile of low values...then the 5 stamp unit deal will return...
Let's Try Those Postage Grab Bags Again!!
Made up with mostly 20c and some 33c and up values, singles to sheets.
                                       $200 FV for $140.   -:-   $500 FV for $320.                                       
No Charge for shipping Discount Postage & Grab Bag Offers 

International Rate (Hurry!! Only 2 Left!!)









100 x $1.15 in 3 stamps: $90 ppd.

ORDER NOW!

 AUGUST 2016  DX  STAMP  SPECIALS

2 Germany-$2.60    2 Russia-$2.60    3 Japan-$3.90  

2 Italy-$7.00    2 UK-$3.00    2 France-$3.60    2 Spain-$4.00

 AUGUST 2016  DX  SUPPLY  SPECIALS

200/200 European Air or Plain Mailers and Returns -$40.00

400/400 European Air Mailers and Air Returns - $75.00

600/600 European Air Mailers and Air Returns - $100.00

200/200 Stateside Mailers and Returns - $25.00

500/500 Stateside Mailers and Returns - $45.00

Priority Mail Shipping Rates: Orders up 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. (07/2015 modified)
Stamps Only Orders: Just add $1.00 P&H for posting to USA, add $2.00 for posting to Canada.

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

Dayton Hamvention looks for new location in 2017



Dayton  Hamvention 2017 News Update
The Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) regrets to inform our many vendors, visitors and stakeholders that, unfortunately, HARA has announced the closing of their facility.  We have begun execution of our contingency plan to move Hamvention 2017 to a new home. DARA and Hamvention have enjoyed many successful years working together with HARA Arena and we wish the Wampler family the best. DARA and Hamvention have been working on a contingency plan in the event HARA would become unavailable. We have spent many hours over the last few
years evaluating possible locations and have found one in the area we believe will be a great new home! Due to logistics and timing issues, we will make a formal announcement introducing our new partner. This information will be coming soon. We all believe this new venue will be
a spectacular place to hold our beloved event. Please rest assured we will have the event on the same weekend and, since it will be in the region, the current accommodations and outside events already planned for Hamvention 2017 should not be affected.
We look forward to your continued support as we move to a new future with The Dayton Hamvention.
Ron Cramer
General Chairman
Dayton Hamvention 2017

Radio New Zealand Internatioal updates summer schedule


All times UTC

Frequency changes of Radio New Zealand International from July 29:
0659-1058 7245 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg English to All Pacific AM Daily, ex 9700
1059-1258 7245 RAN 100 kW / 325 deg English to NW  Pacific AM Daily, ex 9700
1651-1858 6170 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg English to All Pacific AM Sat, ex 7330
Videos via SDR New South Wales, Sydney at 1000UT and 1100UT:

Radio New Zealand International
Effective from: 29 Jul 2016
2051-0458 on 15720 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg English to All Pacific AM Daily
0459-0658 on 11725 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg English to All Pacific AM Daily
0659-1058 NF  7245 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg English to All Pacific AM Daily, ex 9700
1059-1258 NF  7245 RAN 100 kW / 325 deg English to NW  Pacific AM Daily, ex 9700
1259-1650 on  6170 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg English to All Pacific AM Daily
1651-1858 NF  6170 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg English to All Pacific AM Sat, ex 7330
1859-1958 on  9700 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg English to All Pacific AM Sat
1959-2058 on 11725 RAN 050 kW / 035 deg English to All Pacific AM Sat
1659-1850 on  5975 RAN 035 kW / 035 deg English to Cook/Tonga/Samoa DRM Sun-Fri
1851-1950 on  9760 RAN 035 kW / 035 deg English to Cook/Tonga/Samoa DRM Sun-Fri
1951-2050 on 11690 RAN 035 kW / 035 deg English to All Pacific DRM Sun-Fri
Expect schedule changes from time to time to take account of propagation to our target audience. NB: Every month on the first and third Wednesday
2230-0600 UTC, it is maintenance day at our transmitter site Rangitaiki.
(DX Bulgaria)

Monitoring Voice of Greece

Voice of Greece QSL (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
Voice of Greece on 9420 and 11645 kHz on July 29:
All times UTC

0500-0600 on  9420 AVL 170 kW / 323 deg to WeEu Greek tx#3
0500-0600 on 11645#AVL 100 kW / 182 deg to NoAf Greek tx#1
0600-0700 on  9420 AVL 170 kW / 323 deg to WeEu Greek*tx#3
0600-0700 on 11645 AVL 100 kW / 182 deg to NoAf Greek*tx#1
0700-0805 on  9420 AVL 170 kW / 323 deg to WeEu Greek tx#3
0700-0805 on 11645 AVL 100 kW / 182 deg to NoAf Greek tx#1
#till 0557UT co-ch Radio Dabanga Arabic via SM di Galeria.
*including in Serbian, Romanian, Polish, Albanian&Italian.
Missing Spanish, Russian, Arabic, on 29 July. Off air at 0805UT
(DX Bulgaria)

AWR Grand Finale DX Contest

AWR Anniversary QSL card (Gayle Van Horn Collection)



Adventist World Radio is issuing a new QSL card at the time of the Wavescan 2016 Grand Finale DX Contest.  The contest for this year invites listeners to tabulate their AWR QSL cards, one for each shortwave site.  Full contest details can be obtained from many sources, including an internet search for Wavescan DX Contest 2016.  Each entry for this year’s contest will receive the special new postage stamp honoring the 200th anniversary of Indiana statehood.

            In addition, if any listeners are needing QSL cards for outstanding AWR reports not yet verified, reports may be submitted to the address below during the two month time period, August & September.

            A special postal address has been opened for the occasion and it will be available only during the months of August and September, 2016.  This temporary postal address is:-

                        Adventist World Radio
                        Grand Finale DX Contest
                        Box 771
                        Bloomington
                        Indiana 47402-0771 USA

Return to the Shortwave Scene on Guam - Trans World Radio KTWR

KTWR QSL (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
The Australian monthly magazine Radio & Hobbies for October 1975 gives us the first notification that Trans World Radio TWR was planning to establish a twin broadcasting facility on the island of Guam.  The highly honored international radio monitor in New Zealand, the late Arthur Cushen, stated in his monthly column, Listening Around the World, that TWR had already received a license for this new station which would operate with 10 kW on 770 kHz mediumwave and with two shortwave transmitters at 100 kW for coverage into Asia. 

            At the time, Trans World Radio was in an era of expansive growth, and Arthur Cushen went on to state that this new Guam station would be their fifth radio broadcasting facility, after Monte Carlo in Europe, Bonaire in the Caribbean, Cyprus in the Mediterranean, and Swaziland in Africa.  At this stage, TWR had already established an office facility in Agana and they planned that their first unit in Guam would be their new mediumwave station.   

            Their new shortwave station was constructed near the town of Merizo right towards the southern end of the island of Guam.  The actual location is just a little inland from Bile Bay on the west coast, a                       Two years later, in June 1977, the new KTWR shortwave station was ready to go on the air with test transmissions, and at this stage the programming consisted entirely of test tones and test announcements.  Trans World Radio issued a special QSL card acknowledging these initial transmitter tests.

            Regular program broadcasting began three months later on September 4 (1977), and by then, two 100 kW Harris transmitters Model SW100 were in use, with two TCI wide band curtain antennas.  Transmitter KTWR1 was hard wired to Antenna 1 at 285˚, and KTWR2 was hard wired to Antenna 2 at 315˚.

            Three years later (1980), Trans World Radio received FCC approval for the installation of two more shortwave transmitters at 100 kW, the same Model Harris SW100.  At the same time, the transmitter building was enlarged to accommodate the two additional units, and three new curtain antennas were also installed.  Test broadcasts from the two new transmitters and antennas took place during the following year (1981).

            In April 1999, a fifth transmitter and a sixth curtain antenna were installed; however, the 100 kW transmitter on this occasion was manufactured by the HCJB facility located at Elkhart in Indiana.   Then give two more years (2001) and the two early curtain antennas were replaced by two similar units with reflectors.

            However at this stage, two of the early 100 kW transmitters were removed and replaced by two higher powered units rated at 250 kW each with digital DRM capability.  During the installation of the new high powered transmitters, there was a rearrangement of transmitter locations within the building, and the earlier KTWR3 was removed for sale.   

            Friday November 11, 2011 was an auspicious day for Trans World Radio KTWR down near the town of Merizo on the island of Guam.  On that date, a special dedication ceremony honored the installation of the ultra-modern new equipment, and a special quarter hour program in the digital DRM mode marked the occasion. 

            This special shortwave broadcast in the digital mode was broadcast at 0900 UTC on 17640 kHz.  The entire dedication ceremony was broadcast live from KTWR, and in addition, this special event programming was relayed throughout the United States via the several hundred FM and mediumwave stations in the nationwide Moody Bible Radio Network.    

            In recent time KTWR has been involved in two interesting and significant radio experiments, in addition to the transmission of shortwave programming in the digital mode.  During the past three years, Trans World Radio has been installing three huge solar arrays for the generation of electricity at the rate of 60 kW hours per day from each array.  When totally completed, this cost saving equipment will save the station around $50,000 for electricity each year.  Then, just last month by special arrangement, one of the 250 kW transmitters at shortwave KTWR beamed an experimental digital internet signal to Thailand that allowed the download of a complete Bible on a smart phone.

            Trans World Radio KTWR on Guam has always been a reliable verifier of listener reception reports from their office in Agana, and more recently directly from the station at its Merizo address.  Over the past nearly forty years, KTWR has issued a host of colorful QSL cards, in English and at times also in Japanese.  These QSL cards often depict delightful island scenes in full color.
(AWR-Wavescan/NWS 387)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Weekly Porpagation Forecast Bulletins


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2016 Jul 25 0218 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 18 - 24 July 2016

Solar activity was low on 18-20 and 22 July with multiple C-class flares from Regions 2565 (N04,L=175, class/area Dho/320 on 16 July) and 2567 (N05, L=166, class/area Dki/380 on 21 July). The largest flare during that period was a C4.6 from Region 2567 at 20/2215 UTC.
Moderate solar levels were observed on 21 and 24 July with four M-class flares observed from Region 2567. The largest flare during that period was an M2.0 observed at 24/0620 UTC. Activity reached high levels on 23 July with three M-class flares from Region 2567.

The first was an M5.0, which peaked at 23/0211 UTC. The second was an M7.6/2b flare with an associated 310 sfu Tenflare. The final was an M5.5/3b, which peaked 15 minutes later at 23/0531 UTC had accompanying Type II (729 km/s shock velocity) and Type IV radio emissions, as well as a 900 sfu Tenflare. Two CMEs were observed in coronagraph imagery lifting off the west limb at 23/0524 UTC and 23/0548 UTC. Both CMEs were determined to not have an Earth-directed component.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit. However, a slight enhancement to near 1 pfu was observed at 23/0725 UTC due to the flare activity from early on 23 July.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at high levels on 18-19 July, normal levels from 20-23 July, and moderate levels on 24 July.

Geomagnetic field activity reached minor storm levels on 19-20 and 24 July due to the shock arrival of two CMEs. The first shock  arrival was likely associated with flare activity on 16 July and was
observed at the ACE spacecraft at 19/2310 UTC with a speed of approximately 450 km/s. The Bt component increased from near 5 nT to 17 nT and Bz reached a maximum southward deviation of -12 nT. Minor storm levels were observed from 19/2355 until 20/0600 UTC. The second shock enhancement was observed near 24/1450 UTC and likely associated with flare activity on 20 July. Wind speeds increased from near 400 km/s to 470 km/s accompanied by a Bt enhancement from
5 nT to 13 nT and southward deflection of Bz to -9 nT for nearly three hours. Minor storm conditions were observed with this event during the 24/1800-2100 UTC synoptic period. Geomagnetic field
activity was quiet on 18, 21-23 July with a nominal solar wind.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 25 July - 20 August 2016

Solar activity is expected to be very low to low for the first half of the period with a chance for M-class flares from 05-19 August due to the return of old Region 2567.

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 for the majority of the period with high levels from 05-15 August due to recurrent CH HSS
events.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to reach active levels on 25-27 July due to lingering CME effects and the arrival of a positive polarity CH HSS. Active to minor storm levels are expected
on 29 July, 03-05, 08, and 10 August due to recurrent CH HSS activity. Mostly quiet to unsettled conditions are expected for the remainder of the period.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2016 Jul 25 0218 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 2016-07-25
#
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2016 Jul 25      75           8          3
2016 Jul 26      75          15          3
2016 Jul 27      70          12          3
2016 Jul 28      70           8          3
2016 Jul 29      70          20          5
2016 Jul 30      70          12          3
2016 Jul 31      70           8          3
2016 Aug 01      70           5          2
2016 Aug 02      70           5          2
2016 Aug 03      70          20          5
2016 Aug 04      70          20          5
2016 Aug 05      80          15          4
2016 Aug 06      95          10          3
2016 Aug 07     105          10          3
2016 Aug 08     105          20          5
2016 Aug 09     105           8          3
2016 Aug 10     105          12          4
2016 Aug 11     105          10          3
2016 Aug 12     105           8          3
2016 Aug 13     105           5          2
2016 Aug 14     105           5          2
2016 Aug 15     105           8          3
2016 Aug 16     105          12          3
2016 Aug 17     100           5          2
2016 Aug 18      90           8          3
2016 Aug 19      85           8          3
2016 Aug 20      80           5          2
(NOAA)

Sunday, July 24, 2016

QSLing the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race

Kyle Bush wins 2015 Brickyard 400 NASCAR race

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club (W9IMS) will conduct the third of its three 2016 special events, commemorating the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race, starting at midnight Indianapolis time (0400 UTC) Monday, July 18, and continuing through the afternoon of Sunday, July 24 (local time).

 Amateur radio operators who work W9IMS qualify for a special QSL card, as do SWLs who submit reception reports. (The club also awards a certificate, but that requires QSOs during or reception reports for all three 2016 W9IMS special events, including the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis 500 in May.)    

 Please include a SASE with all QSL requests, which should be sent to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 30954, Indianapolis, IN 46230. For additional information, including a list of scheduled operators, go to www.w9ims.org

W9IMS usually operates on or near the following frequencies: 7.240, 14.245 and 18.140, and possibly 144.240 SSB and 146.52 simplex FM on the morning of race day, July 24. Check spots on DX Summit – www.dxsummit.fi – to find out whether W9IMS is on the air at any given time. 
(Brian Smith W9IND) 



Saturday, July 23, 2016

From the Isle of Music set for Monday evening broadcast



Our July 26 (July 25 in the Americas on WBCQ) program includes more of María Felicia Pérez, director of Coro Exaudi, winner of the Choral Music category in Cubadisco 2016, and we will feature some Cuban Rock by Miel con Limón, winner of the Rock category in Cubadisco this year along with some new charanga by Orquesta Aragon, nominated in Traditional Popular Music this year. We will also play some Timba from the 1990s by Dan Den.

Two options for listening on shortwave:
WBCQ, 7490 KHz, Tuesdays 0000-0100 UTC
(8pm-9pm EDT Mondays in the Americas)
Channel 292, 6070 KHz, Tuesdays 1900-2000 UTC
(2100-2200 CEST)
See our Facebook page for more information.
(Tilford Productions)

Summer frequency updates

All times UTC

New clandestine station, Eritrea Radio Muhtar/Idhaa-tu Sautiya(or Radio Adal, according to David Kernick via email on Sat July 16):
1500-1600 on 15205 ISS*100 kW / 125 deg to EaAf Arabic/Tigrinya Tue/Wed/Sat * according latest changes of Media Broadcast.

Other changes of Media Broadcast MBR, published on July 19

Bible Voice Broadcasting
0200-0215 on 11945 ERV 100 kW / 125 deg to SoAs English Tue, ex MDC
0200-0230 on 11945 ERV 100 kW / 125 deg to SoAs English Thu/Sat, ex MDC
0200-0300 on 11945 ERV 100 kW / 125 deg to SoAs English Sun, ex MDC
0300-0315 on  7310 MOS 300 kW / 126 deg to N/ME Arabic Dardasha 7, ex NAU
1400-1415 on 17650 NAU 250 kW / 095 deg to SoAs English Sun, cancelled
1400-1430 on 17650 ISS 250 kW / 083 deg to SoAs English 1st Sat, cancelled
1700-1730 on 15160 NAU 100 kW / 145 deg to CeAf Dinka, cancelled

Pan American Broadcasting
1430-1445 on 15205 SCB 100 kW / 090 deg to SoAs English Sun, ex NAU

Voice of Oromo Liberation
Effective from: 22 July
1700-1730 on 15420 NAU 100 kW / 139 deg to EaAf Afar Oromo Wed, unchanged
1730-1800 on 15420 NAU 100 kW / 139 deg to EaAf Amharic Wed, unchanged
1700-1730 on 15420 NAU 100 kW / 139 deg to EaAf Afar Oromo Fri, addtional
1700-1730 on 15420 ISS 100 kW / 130 deg to EaAf Amharic Sun, ex 1700-1800

Shiokaze Sea Breeze
Effective from: 20 July
1300-1330 NF  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 5935 Chinese Mon
1300-1330 NF  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 5935 Japanese Tue
1300-1330 NF  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 5935 Korean Wed
1300-1330 NF  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 5935 English Thu
1300-1330 NF  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 5935 Korean Fri
1300-1330 NF  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 5935 Japanese Sat
1300-1330 NF  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 5935 Korean Sun
1330-1400 NF  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 5935 Korean Mon
1330-1400 NF  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 5935 Japanese Tue
1330-1400 NF  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 5935 Korean Wed
1330-1400 NF  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 5935 English Thu
1330-1400 NF  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 5935 Korean Fri
1330-1400 NF  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 5935 Korean Sat
1330-1400 NF  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 5935 Japanese Sun
1405-1435 NF  7325 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 5935 Japanese Daily
1600-1630 NF  5915 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 6165 Chinese Mon
1600-1630 NF  5915 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 6165 Japanese Tue
1600-1630 NF  5915 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 6165 Korean Wed
1600-1630 NF  5915 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 6165 English Thu
1600-1630 NF  5915 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 6165 Korean Fri
1600-1630 NF  5915 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 6165 Japanese Sat
1600-1630 NF  5915 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 6165 Korean Sun
1630-1700 NF  5915 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 6165 Korean Mon
1630-1700 NF  5915 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 6165 Japanese Tue
1630-1700 NF  5915 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 6165 Korean Wed
1630-1700 NF  5915 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 6165 English Thu
1630-1700 NF  5915 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 6165 Korean Fri
1630-1700 NF  5915 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 6165 Korean Sat
1630-1700 NF  5915 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 6165 Japanese Sun
(DX Bulgaria)

Euro weekend relays


Saturday HLR:
10.00 to 16.00 UTC, on 7265 KHz
RGI on Sunday:
09.00 to 10.00 UTC, on 7310  via shortwaveservice.com
Internet repeats:
15.00 to 17.00 UTC via  Coloradio.org + laut.fm/jukebox
Good reception ! Reports welcome at:  radiogloria@aol.com
RGI Website: http://rgi.fmkompakt.de

Sunday HLR:
09.00 to 12.00 UTC on 9485 kHz
E-mail: redaktion@hamburger-lokalradio.de  Thank you!
HLR FM-DAB+ Program via the Internet :    www.hamburger-lokalradio.net  Daily 24 h
Hobart Radio International:
Full Schedule A16: http://www.hriradio.org/p/current-schedule.html
Please note we have a new transmission on 15770 commencing this Sunday at 2100UTC via WRMI.
Please Email: hriradio@gmail.com   Thank you!
For outside the listening area please try the Twente/Netherlands Web RX at http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/
You can also hear many European free and alternative stations via the Internet at: http://laut.fm/jukebox

Radio Channel 292  Transmission schedules:
http://www.channel292.de/schedule-for-bookings/ 
Radio Mi Amigo Transmission schedules:
www.radiomiamigo.es/shortwave
Good Listening!
73s
Tom Taylor
European Music Radio:
website: www.europeanmusicradio.com
email:    emrshortwave@gmail.com

Weekend VOA Radiogram Schedule

Hello friends,

Italian Broadcasting Corporation, IBC, has new MFSK32 transmissions. See the information below.

I have not been able to do a character-by-character analysis of all the reports on last weekend's Battle of the 55-wpm Modes, but it generally appears to me that MFSKI16 was best, followed by Olivia-8-1000, with BPSK63F most prone to errors. (In defense of BPSK63F, however, it has the narrowest bandwidth, and thus will be the most welcome on the amateur bands.)

Roger in Germany reminded us that BPSK63F, because it involves phase shift keying, may not work as well in AM mode, because, with fading, the two sidebands can be out of phase. The frequency shift keying of MFSK and Olivia suffer less from this phenomenon. I decoded the three modes using SSB on various receivers, but it still seems that BPSK63F had the most errors. Several listeners and I also decoded BPSK63F in AM mode (and a good signal) with 100% success.

Meanwhile, the html VOA Radiogram transmission schedule was received perfectly in many parts of the world, even where the MFSK32 images were fuzzy. (See some examples.)

This weekend, VOA Radiogram will again transmit an html document. This time, instead of using the Flmsg blank form, we will use the Flmsg file transfer form. When the content is all received, the file transfer window will open. You can save the document and open it when convenient.  (The photo in the document will come to your PC via the Internet rather than shortwave.) (See instructions at http://voaradiogram.net/post/147385924137/this-weekend-again-web-pages-via-shortwave )

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 173, 23-24 July 2016, all in MFSK32, all centered on 1500 Hz:

 1:32  Program preview
 2:52  New map of cerebral cortex*
 9:21  X-shaped configuration at center of Milky Way*
14:41  US Navy will visit New Zealand*
19:04  Amateur radio numbers decline in Germany*
22:17  Kepler telescope discovers planets (Flmsg html file transfer)
27:18  Closing announcements  
* with image
** information about using Flmsg is at http://bit.ly/29Yen0J

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17580 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

The Mighty KBC will broadcast to North America Sunday at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday evening 8-10 pm EDT) on 9925 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK32 will be transmitted at about 0130 UTC. It will be another Flmsg blank form, so an html item will pop up as a new window on your browser. (The large photo will come to your PC via the Internet rather than shortwave.) Reports for this KBC reception to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com .

DigiDX will provide DX and media news in MFSK32 and possibly other modes (and they have been experimenting with html/svg content) :

Sunday 2130-2200 UTC, 15770 kHz, via WRMI Florida
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC, 11580 kHz, via WRMI Florida

Monday 2000-2130 UTC, 6070 kHz, via Channel 292 Germany

Daily 1830-1900 and 0530-0600 UTC, 6070 kHz, via Channel 292 Germany
Look for any additions or changes to the DigiDX schedule at http://www.digidx.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/digidx/


IBC (Italian Broadcasting Corporation) has a broadcast to Europe on 6070 kHz, Wednesdays, 2000-2200 UTC, with MFSK32 and Olivia 16-500 at 2030-2100 UTC. And IBC has added MFSK32 transmissions via WRMI in Florida: Friday 0125-0200 UTC on 9955 kHz (Thursday 9:25 pm EDT), part of its 0100-0130 broadcast. And Saturday at 0155-0200 UTC (Friday evening 9:55 pm EDT), on 11580 kHz, part of its 0130-0200 broadcast.  See http://ibcradio.webs.com/ for the complete schedule and contact information.

Thank you for a large number of reports from last weekend. There was obviously much interest in the experimental nature of the program. I will start to compile a gallery of images today and hope to send them out by the end of the weekend.

I hope you can tune in and write in this weekend.
Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
voaradiogram.net
Twitter: @VOARadiogram



Friday, July 22, 2016

BREAKING NEWS - Attack in Munich

The following Deutsche Welle current summer schedule. Follow ongoing events in Munich, Germany.

All times UTC

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/multiple-casualties-in-shooting-rampage-in-munich-shopping-mall-police/ar-BBuFw6E?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp


Deutsche Welle
Amharic
1600-1700  daily  15275 (via Trincomalee, Sri Lanka) 17800 (via Dhabbaya, UAE)

Dari
1330-1400  daily  15215 (via Trincomalee, Sri Lanka) 15430 (via Dhabbaya, UAE) 17720 (via Trincomalee, Sri Lanka)

English
0400-0500  daily  9800 (via Meyerton, South Africa) 11820 (via Talata-Volonondry, Madagacar) 15250 (via Trincomalee, Sri Lanka)
0500-0600  daily  9800 (via Meyerton, SOuth Africa) 11820 (via Talata-Volonondry, Madagacar) 15255 (via Issoudun, France) 17800 (via Trincomalee, Sri Lanka)
0700-0800  daily  15530 (via Issoudun, France) 17800 (via Issoudun, France) 21780 (via Dhabbaya, UAE)

French
1700-1800  daily  15275 (via Issoudun, France) 15235 (via Issoudun, France) 17740 (via Issoudun, France) 17800 (via Ascension Is.)

Hausa
0630-0700  daily  9830 (via São Tomé and Príncipe) 15530 (via Nauen, Germany) 17800 (via Issoudun, France) 21780 (via Dhabbaya, UAE)
1300-1357  daily  9830 (via São Tomé and Príncipe) 17800 (via Ascension Is.) 21780 (via Dhabbaya, UAE)
1800-1900  daily  9830  (via São Tomé and Príncipe) 15275 (via Issoudun, France) 17800 (via Issoudun, France)

Pashto
1400-1430  daily  15215 (via Trincomalee, Sri Lanka) 15430 (via Trincomalee, Sri Lanka) 17720 (via Dhabbaya, UAE)

Swahili
0300-0400  daily  6045 (via Meyerton, S. Africa) 9800 (Nauen, Germany) 15250 (via Trincomalee, Sri Lanka)
1000-1100  daily  17710 (via Meyerton, S. Africa
1100-1200  daily  15275 (via Talata-Volonondry, Madagacar)
1500-1600  daily  15275 (via Trincomalee, Sri Lanka) 17710 (via Dhabbaya, UAE)
(AOKI)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Special Event Station for 160th Anniversary of Nikola Tesla birth



Nikola Tesla, a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system.

Amateur radio operators and shortwave listener's, still have time to verify the Special Event station. The station is currently active and will broadcast to August 21, 2016. Operation from 0000-2359 UTC on August 21. TM160NT, Montigny le Bretonneux, FRANCE. Union des RadioClubs, radioamateurs et écouteurs . 28.460 21.360 14.260 7.160 kHz. Certificate and QSL. U.R.C Union des Radio-Clubs F8URC, 3 Rue Saint Lugle , LILLERS 62190, FRANCE. Contact n5td@arrl.net on related subjects. QSL Via F8URC. www.urc.asso.fr
(ARRL)

Radio Taiwan International scheduled for special broadcast

Radio Taiwan International QSL (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
On July 22, 2016, Radio Taiwan is scheduled to broadcast a special broadcast as follows:

German service via Tanshui, Taiwan
1600-1610 UTC on 11665 TSH 300 kW/325 deg to West Europe in AM Mode
1620-1630 UTC on 11665 TSH 300 kW/325 deg to West Europe in DRM Mode
(SW Bulgaria)

Monday, July 18, 2016

From the Isle of Music ready for Monday night broadcast



The July19 (July 18 in the Americas on WBCQ) edition of From the Isle of Music includes more of María Felicia Pérez, Director of Coro Exaudi, winner of the Choral Music category in Cubadisco 2016, and our very special guest is El Noro, winner of the Popular Dance Music - New Artists category in Cubadisco 2016. We'll be playing some of the album Sin Escala by his group El Noro y Primera Clase and conversing with him about the album and the group. We will also have some Reyes 73 from the 1970s.

Two options on shortwave:
WBCQ, 7490 KHz, Tuesdays 0000 UTC (8pm EDT Mondays)
Channel 292, 6070 KHz, Tuesdays 1900 UTC (2100 CEST)
See the NOTES section of our Facebook page for more information
https://www.facebook.com/fromtheisleofmusic/?fref=ts
(Bill Tillford)