Friday, February 27, 2015

DX Stamp Service March Specials

Sweden
Dear Customer,

Below are specials for March 2015.

If you need a current stamp list or supply list, I can email it to you. Stamp list now shows the countries with their own international forever stamps that I have in stock. Stamp list now highlights a few that offer priority and non-priority international options.

NEWS: France: If you have non-forever French units on hand, let me know. I now have low values to bring them up to 1,20 euro so you can put them to use. Let me know what you have. Spain: Low values now in stock to update any units you may have to their 1,00 euro rate. Mt. Athos: Now in stock and priced at $1.50, tho same rate as Greece and Greek stamps should work, I get reports of the Greek stamp being removed and Mt Athos stamps affixed instead. So this ought to solve that.



NEW $$ DEAL:  Buy a 49c discount postage deal and earn yourself a $5.00 discount on your next DX order of $50 or more. Sounds like a winner!!
 
Croatia priority rate is still 13,00. I mis-read their calculator...not too good reading Croatian!

Added to stamp list: Mt Athos at $1.50....seems when greek stamp is supplied it is removed and Mt Athos stamps affixed. It's same rate and always figured a greek stamp would be good....So if you work Monk Apollo, I got the proper stamp that he won't remove!

NEW RATES:
Argentina was $24 now $29
Croatia international non-priority is only 7,60k. Now available, see below.
Faroe Islands was 16,00kr now 19,00kr as of Jan. 1st 2015.
Hungary was 340f  now 375f for priority
Hungary non-priority now 330f
Israel was 6,20s now 8,30s to US and 9,00s to VE (VE rate same as rate to VK !?). Both cover an amazing 100g!!
Uruguay was $45, now $50
 
NEW PRICES:
Argentina now priced at $3.75
Aruba now priced at $2.00
Croatia now priced at $3.00 for priority rate
Croatia non-priority rate is priced at $2.00
Faroe Islands now priced at $3.50
Hungary priority now priced at $2.75
Hungary non-priority priced at $2.00
  *priority and non-priority units are now highlighted in blue on stamp list
Israel was $2.00 now priced at $2.75
Mt Athos: $1.50

IN STOCK AGAIN:

STAMPS ON BACK ORDER: Morocco.

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

 U.S. DISCOUNT POSTAGE DEALS!!

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


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

x 100
 $42.00
 $41.00
 $40.00
 $39.00

x 200
 $81.00
 $80.00
 $78.00
 $76.00

x 400
 $157.00
 $154.00
 $150.00
 $145.00

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

MORE U.S. POSTAGE for SALE!

100 x 32c - $27     300 x 32c - $73

100 x 33c - $28     300 x 33c - $75


$100 Grab Bag - $75     $300 Grab Bag - $205
Values from 3c to 29c in envelopes of 100 ea. I'll send a good mix.    

     U.S. BOOKLET HOARD!!

Mostly booklets containing 25c stamps

$400 face value for $285 !!

Only 2 remaining!
                                                                                 
For US postage deals, payment by  
CREDIT CARD IS OK!!

 No charge for shipping US postage deals to US addresses.
ORDER NOW!

MARCH  2015  DX  STAMP  SPECIALS
3 Germany-$3.75     2 Russia-$2.60     3 Japan-$3.90
2 Spain-$3.40    2 Switzerland-$4.00       2 France-$3.60
Finland 2nd Class (non-priority) - $1.20
       
MARCH  2015  DX  SUPPLY  SPECIALS
200/200 European Air Mailers and Air Returns -$40.00
200/200 Stateside Mailers and Returns - $19.00

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


March Amateur Radio Special Event Calendar

All time references are UTC
QSL and certificate information as indicated


Himeji Castle
March 1- May 31
Reopening of World Cultural Heritage "Himeji Castle" 0000-2359, 8N3HC/8N3HC/3, Himeji, JAPAN. JARL Himeji Amateur Radio Club. 160 meter to 70 centimeter bands, CW phone digital. QSL. do not send your QSL., QSL will be sent via JARL bureau.JAPAN. 8N3HC will also be active in CQ WPX Contests, SSB/CW, Mar 28-29 and May 30-31, 2015.

March 1 - April 2
Ireland-Olivier, ON4EI, will once again be active from Ireland (EU-115, WLOTA 2484) as EI8GQB and EI1A between 1st March and 2nd April. He plans to operate from his caravan using green energy on 160-10 metres. Olivier will activate the EI1A callsign as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry in the ARRL International DX SSB (March 7-8th), Russian DX (March 21-22nd) and CQWW
WPX SSB (March 28-29th) Contests. QSL via LoTW, or via QSL Manager PA3249, direct or by the Bureau. You can follow his activities and antenna experimentation on: www.qrz.com/db/EI8GQB [OPDX Bulletin]

March 1-2
Vatican City State-Operators Francesco IK0FVC, Roberto IK0PRG, Robert S53R and Dane S53T will be active as HV0A from Vatican City to March 2, 2015. Activity during the CQWW 160M SSB Contest and some CW activity outside contest, focus on the low bands. QSL via IK0FVC (direct only) and LoTW. [NG3K]

March 1-2
Baba Vida Fortress, Georgi, LZ2OQV/1 will be active to March 2, 2015 from Baba Vida Fortress (WCA LZ-00003) and Bdin Fortress (WCA  LZ-00006) also Vidin Kale (WCA LZ-00159). He plans to work as LZ2OQV on 40 and 20 metre CW and SSB. QSL via home call, Bureau or direct. [RN1CW]

March 1-6
Isla Mujeres (Island of Women), Jim, W8ERI will be active from (NA-045, WLOTA 1716), Quintana Roo State, Mexico, Activity will be holiday style QRP SSB with a FT-817 on 20, 17 and 15 metres. QSL via home call, direct only (Jim Widlar, PO Box 107, Hygiene, CO 80533-0107, USA). Website: www.qrz.com/db/XE3/W8ERI [ATDX]

March 1-8
Palau-Look for Kazue, JJ0LUH (T88XG) and Kiyoshi, JA0EKI (T88XH) to be activeto March 8, 2015 from the VIP Guest Hotel Free Radio Room, Koror village (WW Loc. PJ77FI), island of Koror, Republic of Palau (OC-009). Activity will be on all HF bands, plus 6 metres. QSL both calls direct only to JA0EKI (Kiyoshi Nakadaira, 909-7 Kiribayashi, Iida City, Nagano 399-2565, Japan) and LoTW. [DX-World]

March 1-9
Panama-Tim, NL8F will be active from Chiriqui, Panama, as HP3/NL8F until March 9, 2015. QRV on the HF bands, holiday style,
from the location of Jay, HP3AK. QSL via K8NA (QRZ.com). [DX-World]

March 1-9
Sint Maarten-The Uruguay DX Group (Gus CX2AM, Mario CX4CR, Rainer CX8FB and Bert CX3AN) will be active holiday style as PJ7C from the island of Dutch Sint Maarten (NA-105, WLOTA 0711) from March 1-9, 2015. They will operate SSB and CW with two stations. QSL via EB7DX. [425 DX News]

Curacao QSL (Larry Van Horn Collection)
March 1-10
Curacao-Kim, ON4BCV will be QRV as PJ2/ON4BCV from the island of Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA 0942, WW Loc. FK52KG) from 1 March till 10 March. Activity will be on the HF bands, plus 6 metres, working portable and using the PJ2T Signal Point club station. QSL via home call. [DxCoffee]

March 1-10
Bonaire- Klaus, DG1SGW, will be active as PJ4/DG1SGW from the island of Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA 1279, WWFF PAFF-024) between 1-12 March, 2015. Activity will be holiday style on the 160-6 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via home call, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. [OPDX Bulletin]

March 1-15
Aruba-Howard WA2NHA will again be active from the island of Aruba (SA-036, WLOTA 0033) as P4/WA2NHA between 1-15 March, 2015. QRV on the HF bands, CW. QSL via home call. [DX-World]

March 1-31
Vietnam-Toshi, JA8BMK, again plans activity as XV7BM from Nha Trang resort, Vietnam, between 1-31st March, 2015. QRV this time with improved RX antennas. QSL via JA8BMK. [DX-World]

March 2-6
Micronesia-Taka, JA8COE will be active from Ulithi Adventure Resort, Falalop Island, Ulithi Atoll (IOTA OC-078), Micronesia, as V63CO between 2-6 March, 2015. QRV on the HF bands. QSL via JA8COE Club Log OQRS, Direct (2USD or IRCs). Web: www.qrz.com/db/V63CO [DX-World]

March 2-9
St. Croix-John, KK9A will once again activate the USVI Contest Club, Gallows Bay Station, Christiansted, island of St. Croix (USi VI002S, WLOTA 2477), US Virgin Islands (NA-106), from 2-9 March, 2015. Activity will include a Single-Op/All-Band entry in the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (7-8 March). Outside the contest, John will be QRV holiday style on the HF
bands using CW and SSB. QSL goes via WD9DZV and LoTW. [NG3K]

March 3-11
Forhr Island-Volker, DL1WH will be active as DL1WH/p from the island of Foehr (EU-042, DID/GIA N-17, WLOTA 4067) on 3-11 March. He will operate CW and some SSB mainly in his morning and evening hours. QSL via home call, direct or Bureau. [425 DX News]

March 5-11
Pohnpei-Ken, JR1JYR will be active from the island of Pohnpei (IOTA  OC-010), F.S.M., as V63JYR between 5-11th March. QRV on 20-10m, including WARC, mainly CW with some SSB and Digital. QSL via home call, direct (Ken Takemoto, 635-1 Noda Noda-City, Chiba Pref, 278-0037, Japan). Log will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL. [DX-World]

March 5-April 1
Madeira-Once again Rosel, DL3KWR and Hardy, L3KWF will be active as CT9/DL3KWR and CT9/DL3KWF from Madeira (AF-014, DIP MA-001, PIP MD-001, WLOTA 0053) from 5 March to 1 April. They plan to operate mostly in CW with a focus on 12, 17 and 30 metres. QSL via home calls. Email requests for bureau cards can be sent to dl3kwr[@]darc.de or dl3kwf[@]darc.de
respectively. [425 DX News]

March 5- June 5
Suriname-Peter, PA1LP will be active as PZ5LP from Nieuw Nickerie, Nickerie district, Suriname, between 5th March and 5th June, 2015. QRV on 80-10 metre SSB and Digital modes, using FT-857 and 100 Watts with G5RV with LDG Z100 tuner. QSL via home call, direct and eQSL. [DX-World]

March 6-8
Fort Clark Springs Festival 0808-0812, AA5KC, Brackettville, Texas. Las Moras Amateur Radio Club. 28.400 21.300 14.200 7.200. Certificate. Las Moras Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 122, Brackettville, TX 78832. Commemorating Old Fort Clark. A US Army Fort built to protect the stage route from San Antonio to El Paso, TX. The Fort was decommissioned right after WWII. Famous commanders here were Jonathan Wainright and George Patton among many others. Today Fort Clark Springs is a community that occupies the old fort. Many residents have served in the military and the fort continues to honor its past each year with the Fort Clark Fesitval.

March 6-9
Flinders Island-Operators Tim VK4HFO, Chris VK3FY and Christian EA3NT will be active from Flinders Island (OC-195, WWFF VKFF-175, Grid Loc. QE49), Bass Strait, Tasmania State, as VK7FG between 6-9th March, 2015. They will run three stations using yagi beams and amps on 160-6 metres depending on propagation. Flinders Island is good for the Antarctic Challenge Award. QSL
via M0OXO OQRS. [DX-World]

March 6-18
Andaman Island- Charly, VU3CHE (HS0ZCW, K4VUD) and a team are planning to activate VU4 (Andaman Island, AS-001) from 6-18 March, 2015. Simple antennas and 100w can be improved with loaned or donated gear if anyone wishes to help (hs0zcw[AT]gmail.com); ant/gear only, no cash for operators. [HS0ZCW]

March 7-8/ March 14-15 
Kenya-Nick, G3RWF plans activity from Nairobi, Kenya, as 5Z4LS between 5-18th March. QRV on 80-10m, mostly CW. Activity during ARRL DX SSB Contest (7-8 March) and BERU Contest (March 14-15). QSL via home call. Online logsearch will be provided by Club Log. [DX-World]


Cayman Islands (Larry Van Horn Collection)
March 7-8
Grand Caymand Island-The party of Leena OH2BE and Martti OH2BH will continue their study tour to Grand Cayman Island (NA-016, WLOTA 1042), Cayman Islands, where Martti will air ZF2BH in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (7-8 March) along with Joe, ZF2AH (W6VNR). The duo is grateful for the assistance of John ZF1DJ, Andrew ZF1EJ, Joe ZF2AH and John ZF2AM and the entire gang at the
Cayman Amateur Radio Society, ZF1A. QSL ZF2BH via OH2BH and ZF2AH via W6VNR. [OH2BH]

March 7-8
Nicaragua-Jeff, N6GQ will once again be active as YN2AA from the slopes of Nicaragua's Mombacho Volcano, Grenada, Nicaragua (WW Loc. EK71AV). Focus will be on the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (7-8 March) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Tribander-wires entry. Pre-contest will see Jeff QRV on 160 to 6 metres. QSL via NN3W or LoTW ONLY. [NG3K]

March 13-16
100th Anniversary of the Panama Pacific International Exibition, 1915, San Francisco 0000-2359, N6E, Healdsburg, CA. Will Pattullo. 28.450 21.265 14.265 7.265 QSL. Will Pattullo, 161 Presidential Cir, Healdsburg, CA 95448. The Panama Pacific International Exposition was a World's Fair held in San Francisco in 1915 to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal. It was widely seen in the city as an opportunity to showcase its recovery from the 1906 earthquake. Information at www.qrz.com/db/AE6YB or ae6yb.jigsy.com

March 14
Commemoration of the 96th Birthday of The American Legion 1300-2030, K9TAL, Indianapolis, IN. The American Legion Amateur Radio Club. 14.275; IRLP Node 9735; 146.46. Certificate & QSL. The American Legion Amateur Radio Club, The American Legion National HQS, 700 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46204. www.legion.org/hamradio

USS Midway
March 14
Launching of USS Midway (CV-41) Celebration Special Event 1700-2359, NI6IW, San Diego, CA. USS Midway Museum Ship. 14.320 7.250; PSK31 on 14.070; D-STAR REF 1c. QSL. USS Midway Museum Ship Radio Room, 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101.

March 14
Pi Day-1300-1900, N2RE, Princeton, NJ. David Sarnoff Radio Club. 28.314 21.314 24.314. QSL. Bob Uhrik, WA2BSP, 104 Knoll Way, Rocky HIll, NJ 08553. To receive a special event QSL card send a self-addressed stamped business envelope along with your QSO information (call sign, state abbreviation, band, UTC time of contact).

March 14
WE7GV Celebrates 100 Years of QST Magazine 1600-2000, WE7GV, Sahuarita, AZ. Green Valley Amateur Radio Club. 14.246 14.244 14.242. Certificate & QSL. Green Valley Amateur Radio Club, 601 N La Canada Dr (SAV), Green Valley, AZ 85614. WE7GV Helps celebrate 100 years of QST Magazine from the Titan Missile Museum 52 year old Discage antenna. gvarc.us

March 14-15
Commemoration of the 234th Anniversary of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse 1300-1900, N4G, Greensboro, NC. Greensboro Amateur Radio Association. 21.324 14.324 7.234 3.900. QSL. N4G - GARA, PO Box 7054, Greensboro, NC 27417. Frequencies +/- QRM. Watch for spots on DXSUMMIT. www.n4g-gch.org

March 22
Remembering The Battle for the Bulge 0900-1700, OT70BULGE, Houmont Belgian Ardennes, BELGIUM. VERON. 28.00 to 29.70; 14.00 to 14.35; 7.00 to 7.20; 3.50 to 3.80. QSL. Joe Somers, PA0SOM, Prinsenlaan 59, Maasmechelen Belgium 3630, BELGIUM. The station will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle for the Bulge and will work in SSB and CW. All contacts will be confirmed with a special QSL-card. pa0som@veron.nl

March 24
Honoring WII Gunners at Buckingham Airfield 1400-2100, W4LX, Fort Myers, FL. Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club. 28.360 21.360 14.270 147.345. Certificate. W4LX, PO Box 61183, Fort Myers, FL 33906. www.fmarc.net

March 28-29
35th Annual Florida International Airshow 1400-2200, W4P, Punta Gorda, FL. Peace River Radio Asociation. 28.435 21.335 14.235 7.235. QSL. Peace River Radio Association, PO Box 510943, Punta Gorda, FL 33951. www.w4dux.net

March 28
Battle of Horseshoe Bend (Creek Indian War) Anniversary 1400-2100, N4H, Alexander City, Alabama. Lake Martin Amateur Radio Club. 14.325 7.280. Certificate & QSL. John Philips, WI4P, PO Box 938, Alexander City, AL 35011. This Battle, fought March 27, 1814, made Andrew Jackson an American hero, brought a close to the Creek War, opened much of present day Alabama and Georgia for settlement and eventually led Jackson to the White House. QSL with SASE for card or SAS (3 forever stamps) 9X12 envelope for card and certificate. wi4p@arrl.net
(ARRL/Ohio/PA DX)


Radio Revival Sweden Schedules





Thanks to Ronny Forslund for the schedule updates from Radio Revival Sweden broadcast from Sala, Sweden

Transmission schedule

Saturday, February 28 2015 6065 kHz 10 kW A3H, 9865 kHz 5 kW AM
1100-1200 UTC Radio Nord Revival
1200-1300 UTC SDXF Sveriges DX-Förbund reports to qsl (at) sdxf.se
1300-1500 UTC Radio Merkurs reports to RNI (at) apollo.lv 1500-1600 UTC 78-timmen with Ola Rosengren - 78 rpm records only! 1600-1700 UTC Country Box with Kenneth Friberg
1700-1800 UTC The Ronny B Goode Show
1800-1900 UTC Hit! with DJ PeWee

Sunday, March 22 2015
0800-0900 UTC European Music Radio 6035 kHz 5 kW AM, 9865 kHz 10 kW A3H 0900-1000 UTC Atlantic 2000 International 9865 kHz 10 kW A3H 1400-1500 UTC European Music Radio 9865 kHz 10 kW A3H

Saturday, March 28 2015
1200-1300 UTC SDXF Sveriges DX-Förbund
1300-1500 UTC Radio Merkurs
1500-1600 UTC Radio City

Blog Logs

A sampling from hobbyist monitoring shortwave. What are you hearing on the bands ?

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

Logs edited for clarity

Radio Belarus QSL
Belarus
6155 Radio Belarus, 2132-2205. Instrumental music noted at tune-in, followed by announcer's English ID as, "you are listening to Radio Belarus." Several musical selections and long feature on real estate and landlords in Belarus. Into Russian program at 2200. Signal poor to fair. (Rich D'Angelo, PA/DXplorer/BC-DX Top Nx 1197) Website: http://www.radiobelarus.tvr.by/

Bosnia
6100, International Radio of Serbia, Bijeljina, Bosnia *2157-2209. Station interval signal, followed by trumpet fanfare and opening of English service with station ID and announcer's newscast. Fair signal although the German service the previous hour much better as someone seemingly also opened on channel. (Rich D'Angelo, PA/DXplorer/BC-DX # 1197) Website: http://voiceofserbia.org

Brazil
9725, Radio RB2, Curitiba, 0802-0830. Portuguese news and comments about Curitiba and comments about Carnaval, "Hoje Domingo de Carnaval", "Radio RB2, Curitiba", "Carnaval", "6 horas... minutos". SINPO 34433. (Manuel Méndez, Lugo, Spain/HCDX)

11734.978, Rádio Transmundial, Santa María. Music played on morning Atlantic path into southern Germany. Portuguese announcement at 1030 for weak signal and tiny fade-out morning path S=4-5.
(W. Bueschel, Germany/HCDX)

Canada
6160, CKZN, St. John’s, Newfoundland. 0711 with CBC program, The Current Review discussing PTSD. CKZU Vancouver very weak in background //690 Vancouver and my local 106.5 FM outlet. Fair signal (Harold Sellers, BC Canada)

Clandestine
5985, Shiokaze/Sea Breeze via Japan, 1401. Lady announcer spells e-mail address. Station identification over piano music of “This is Shiokaze, Seabreeze, from Tokyo, Japan.” Program feature at 1403 into feature that I think was Today’s Newsflash. Fair signal (Sellers)


15165, Risala International, (via Issoudin, France relay) Presumed Afaan Oromo language. First station broadcast on Friday 20 February. Sign-on with Horn of Africa vocals into station sign-on identification. Additional segments of HoA music interspersed between comments, interview, speech segments and noted English ID. Abruptly off the air after vocals and ID at 1858. Station reported to be Muslim Ogaden clan organization airing against the government of Ethiopia to Ogaden State of Ogaden-Somalis in eastern Ethiopia province. Website: http://risalainternational.org/ (Gayle Van Horn) Same reported times with Oromo mentioned during talks, HoA music (Wendel Craighead, KS)

17870, Radio Xoriyo (via Issoudun France) *1600-1630.* Station sign-on with Horn of Africa instrumental music and announcer's Somali announcements. Newscast and mention of "Ogaden" during presumed ID. Somali language talks continued after newscast. Fair signal but noted jamming, similar to Oromo Voice Radio, reduced reception quality. Station is targeting programming to Ethiopia (Rich D'Angelo-PA/DXplorer/BC DX Top Nx 197)

17850 Oromo Voice Radio. Surprised to hear this in English. Station on in Oromo at 1600 as always, but switched to English at 1615. Lady announcer with station ID and frequency. Program interview in English until transmitter went off at 1630. English may be Monday only. Excellent signal today as is usual.  And as usual, a “roar” jam began at about 1602. (Craighead)

Colombia
6010, La Voz de tu Conciencia, Puerto Lleras 0503-0825. Spanish religious comments and songs. Station identification at 0815 as "tres de la mañana con catorce minutos, La Voz de tu Conciencia". SINPO 22322. (Manuel Méndez, Spain/HCDX)

Guyana
3290, Voice of Guyana 0312-0412. Program of continuous romantic vocals selections to 0400. Station identification and newscast by male announcer, followed by BBC news. Signal fair but channel interference observed. Voice modulation seemed off but music was relatively okay. Nice to hear them again. (Rich D'Angelo, PA/DXplorer/BC-DX 1197) 3290, Voice of Guyana 0626. BBC programming // 9460. Station profile of a Lebanese band. BBC World News at 0700 during fair signal (Sellers)

India
4970.015 AIR Shillong. Random monitoring 1410 to 1515. Thanks to Dave Valko for accurate frequency, had been off the air for three to four days-must have done some major work on the transmitter, as their signal is much stronger now than recently heard and slightly higher in frequency. (Ron Howard, CA/DX India/BC-DX TopNews 1197) Website: http://allindiaradio.gov.in/

Liberia
6050 ELWA Radio, 2152-224. Announcer with a extended English religious text; apparently canned program package. Station ID and time check at 2200, followed by additional canned
religious program. Poor to fair signal, although somewhat better by tune out. (Rich D'Angelo, PA/DXplorer/BC-DX Top Nx 1197) Website: http://www.elwaministries.org

Mongolian Costumes (chinadaily.com.cn)
Mongolia
7260.00, Mongolian Radio, Khonkhor, *2300. Beginning with hymn and talks for fair signal. (Bernardini). Also heard at 1450-1500.* Mongolian folk music and closing announcement to closing Mongolian national anthem. SINPO 35233. No signal on 4830 or 4895. (Anker Petersen/DX Window 524) Website: http://part.gov.om/part/

Oman
15140, Radio Sultanate of Oman, Thumrait, 1420-1515. English service ID's for 90.4 FM channel hosting program of current pop tunes. News at 1430, more pop music tunes. At 1500 the Arabic program began with news. Good signal. (Rich D'Angelo/HCDX/DX Window 524) Website: http://part.gov.om/part/

Papua New Guinea
7324.96, Wantok Radio Light, Port Moresby (presumed), 0700-0900. Weak carrier with audio only when the signal peaks. Very strange interruption in the transmission between 0729 to 0756 when the signal came back on 7325.06 and rapidly drifted down to 7324.96. The signal at it's best at 0800-0830 when it faded away to be gone at 0900. At 1000 CRI starts up exactly on 7325. No signal noted from Feb 9 and onwards. (Nilsson/DX Window 524) Website: http://www.wantokradio.org

Philippines
15470, Vatican Radio relay at 1550. Afternoon Mass service with Bible readings and congregational responses, followed by The Lord’s Prayer. Poor signal (Sellers). Website: http://www.radiovaticana.va/

Russia
6000, Adygeyskoye Radio Armavir, 1842-1900.* Unidentified language with talks and songs for fair signal. (Bernardini). Adyghe language scheduled in Foreign Service. (Anker Peterson, Denmark/DX Window 524)

Saudi Arabia
15205, Broadcasting Service of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, 1736-1758.* Arabic talk and recitations from Quran. Fair signal. (Rich D’Angelo, PA/DX Window 524)

TWR QSL (JSWC)
Swaziland
9585, Trans World Radio 1454. Musical interval signal station identification for 1455 sign-on. French scheduled for Saturdays and Malagasy other days. Poor signal (Sellers). Website: http://www.twrafrica.org/

Thailand
5875, BBC relay, 1309. Program reporting on the ongoing situation in Ukraine. Signal poor // 6195 via BBC Singapore relay (Sellers) Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/

Uzbekistan
7505, TWR India relay 1537 in listed Punjabi. Translations of pastor's English text. TWR India via Armenia heard on 11635 according to schedules. Similar programming of translated preacher, but in listed Urdu (Sat & Sun only). Signal very good (Sellers). Website: http://www.twr.asia

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

AWR Offers Special QSL Stamp for Kigali broadcast


Kigali transmitters (shortwavedxer.blogspot)
At the beginning of this current Transmission Period B14 October 6, 2014, Adventist World Radio began a relay service from the Deutsche Welle shortwave relay station near Kigali in Rwanda Africa.  The AWR relay via DW Kigali is on the air for a total of 2½ transmitter hours daily in three languages, French, Amharic & Fulfulde.  In one particular time block, two transmitters carry the programming in parallel.
            However, Deutsche Welle has subsequently announced that they plan to close their African relay station at the end of this current Transmission Period B14 March 28, 2015 and then dismantle the station.  The last AWR broadcasts from DW Kigali will therefor also end at the same time.
            For those who would like to receive a QSL card for these now short term broadcasts, AWR would welcome all reception reports from listeners in any part of the world.  Each reception report will be verified with a QSL card (not an Email QSL), and the envelope will be affixed with genuine postage stamps, not postal labels.  In addition, while supplies last, a special QSL stamp showing Kigali will be attached to the QSL card.
             It is not necessary to send an off-air recording of your reception.  We just need your honest         reception report on paper.  Where possible, please enclose return postage in the form of currency notes in any             international currency, or mint postage stamps.  Please note that IRC coupons are too expensive for you to buy, and they are no longer valid in the United States. 
Also please enclose your address label.
            The only address for the special Kigali QSL stamp is the Indianapolis address at:-
Adventist World Radio, Box 29235, Indianapolis, Indiana 46229, USA.
            All reception reports, including all that have already been received, will be QSLed in due course.  However, please be patient with us as we already hold uncounted hundreds of reception reports still pending, and it may take us many months to process them all. 
            The current AWR website shows the following scheduling for the daily Kigali transmissions:-
                                    0600 - 0630 UTC        15700 kHz      French
                                    0600 - 0630                 17800              French
                                    1700 - 1730                   9490              Amharic
                                    1930 - 2000                 17800              Fulfulde          
                                    2000 - 2030                 17800              French
                           
                                  Adventist World Radio - Regular QSL Policy

            Adventist World Radio welcomes reception reports from listeners in all countries.  Please note the following items of information:-
* Each reception report should contain the following items of information
  Date
  Time, preferably expressed in International Radio Time, equivalent to UTC
                        Frequency in kHz
                        Sufficient program details to verify that you actually heard the AWR programming
                        Reports using SINPO Code preferred
* Reception reports by postal mail are preferred, though email is also acceptable.
* Where possible, please enclose return postage in the form of currency notes in any                                international currency, or mint postage stamps. 
* Please note that IRC coupons are too expensive for you to buy, and they are no longer valid in the United States. 
* Where possible, please enclose your address label.
* You will receive a full data QSL card, including location, through the postal system in response to your reception report.
* Several different QSL cards are available.
* The envelope will be affixed with regular postage stamps, not a postage label.
* AWR does not send out email QSLs.
* It is not necessary for you to send and resend the same reception report.  All reception reports that we receive are verified with a regular full data QSL card.
* It is not necessary to send an off-air recording of your reception.  We just need your honest                   reception report on paper.
* At times, there may be a delay before you receive your AWR QSL card.  This is due to the                    large inflow of reception reports we receive from listeners in so many different countries.
* The regular postal address for reception reports is:-
                        Adventist World Radio
                        Box 29235
                        Indianapolis

                        Indiana 46229 USA

Special QSL of the Week



First Reception Report From India

Way back nearly forty years ago, Jose Jacob VU2JOS in India tuned his radio to the tropical shortwave frequency 3925 kHz, and he heard a broadcast from NBC, the National Broadcasting Commission in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.  The callsign for this transmitter at the time was P2K3, the power was 10 kW, and the time of reception in India was 6:00 pm on October 25, 1976.

            The QSL card issued by NBC Port Moresby in those days showed a yellow map of Papua New Guinea together with its surrounding islands, and the location of each of the NBC stations is shown on the map.  A typewritten note on the card acknowledges that the reception report they received from Jose Jacob was the very first from India.
(AWR Wavescan/NWS 313) 

Railway Radio in Australia





Part 1 
            The first wireless transmissions from a moving train in Australia took place during the years 1910 and 1911.  A prominent wireless experimenter in that era, George Taylor, conducted several successful experiments on moving trains that were speeding between Sydney in New South Wales and Melbourne in Victoria. 
            On some occasions, he placed a wireless transmitter and a receiver at two different locations on the same train and succeeded with communication between both units while the train was in motion.  On other occasions, he succeeded in making wireless communication between two different trains running at full speed.
            However, during the next decade, all of the radio experiments in association with trains in Australia centered about reception on a moving train, rather than on broadcasting from a moving train.
On April 7, 1924, for example, a passenger train left Melbourne bound for Sydney with a radio receiver aboard, and a musical concert on the air from a mediumwave broadcasting station in Sydney was heard quite clearly.  This was an all time first in Australia.
            Six months later, a similar experiment was conducted in South Australia.  At 2:35 in the afternoon on October 10 (1924), a special train left the Adelaide railway station bound for Belair in the nearby Adelaide Hills, and aboard were fifteen radio receivers.
            Initially, all of the receivers were tuned to the same radio station so that passengers could readily make a comparison between receivers of various makes.  Soon afterwards though, the receivers were tuned to whatever station the listener desired to hear, and they could tune in to the music  programming from any of four different stations, amateur or broadcast: 5AB, 5DN, 5RM or 5RG. 
            This special railroad trip attracted so many people that the railway officials had to connect a second carriage in order to accommodate the three hundred people who desired to participate.  On the return journey, the train stopped inside a tunnel in order to check radio reception there.  However, the listeners discovered that signals from all four radio stations were degraded inside the tunnel.
             A subsequent event on a special train running from Adelaide to suburban outer Hallett Cove on the coastline attracted five hundred people, and nine radio receivers were installed aboard. 
            In June 1926, radio reception tests were made in a VIP carriage known as the Norman Car.  This carriage was attached to a train leaving the Flinders Street station in Melbourne.  It was reported that several radio broadcasting stations were picked up well, and that the receivers did not need an earth connection.
            Similar experiments were conducted on moving trains in country areas also, and in 1925, reception experiments were conducted in a special carriage attached to a train running from Cockburn to Mt. Dutton, in the outback areas towards the center of the continent.  The external receiving antenna was attached above the roof of the carriage and reception from radio broadcasting stations was described as good..
            The first radio broadcasting station aboard a railway train in Australia was station 2XT, a 500 watt AWA transmitter on 1175 kHz.  This radio station was part of an exhibit on board an exhibition train, known as the Great White Train, which started out from Sydney on November 11, 1925.  It is claimed that this was the first radio broadcasting station on a train anywhere in the world. 
            A total of fifteen carriages carried commercial exhibits from thirty well known manufacturing companies, and in its two year tour throughout country areas in the state of New South Wales, the train travelled 45,000 miles and visited more than one hundred towns, attracting more than half a million visitors.  Station 2XT was installed in a carriage that was occupied completely with electronic equipment manufactured by the AWA company.
            The train would arrive at each new location in the morning, the staff would then go out and visit trades people, and in the afternoon and evening the exhibits were open to local visitors.  Usually there was an official Civic Reception in each town with local community leaders.
            The first stop on this long and very successful tour was at Gosford, north of Sydney.  The stay at any particular town was extended up to as many as five days.
            The radio station 2XT was on the air in two sessions each day, from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm and again from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  Live programming featured recorded music, speeches from local civic and commercial personnel, as well as information about the contents in each of the exhibits aboard the train.
            The antenna was a single wire 60 feet long on masts at a height of 40 feet above the AWA carriage, and the rails served as an earthing system.  Reception reports were received from listeners all over Australia and New Zealand, and also up in New Guinea. 
            Sometime during month of December, 1927, mobile radio station 2XT on the Great White Train made its last program broadcast at its last visit to a small country town in the Australian state of New South Wales.  The train returned to Sydney and all of the exhibits were unloaded.  We can only presume that the radio transmitter was also unloaded from the train, and perhaps sold off to a land based radio station for installation at a new location.  But where?  I guess we will never know!   

            There are no known QSL cards or letters verifying reception of station 2XT aboard the Great White Train.  However, Dr. Bruce Cartys splendid large format book, On the Air: Australian Radio History, carries a picture, on one of its early pages, of the advertising leaflet that was distributed in each town that the train visited.  The Carty book shows the leaflet that was imprinted for the visit to the large regional city of Wagga Wagga in New South Wales.
(AWR Wavescan/NWS 313)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins



Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2015 Feb 23 0555 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 16 - 22 February 2015

Solar activity began the period with very low levels on 16-17 February with a few B-class flares observed from Region 2282 (N11, L-187, class/area Eho/250 on 11 Feb). Activity increased to low levels on 18-21 February with weak C-class flares observed from Regions 2282 and 2286 (S18, L=193, class/area Cao/030 on 18 Feb). During this time frame, the largest events were a C3/Sf flare at 18/2207 UTC from Region 2282 and a long duration C2 x-ray event on 20/1522 UTC from departed Region 2286. By 22 February, activity declined to very low levels. During the period, no Earth-directed CMEs were observed. 

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit. However, a greater than 10 MeV proton enhancement was observed beginning midday on 21 February and remained enhanced through period's end. Peak flux reached 1.3 pfu at 21/1925 UTC. The enhancement was due to effects from a large CME whose origin was a large filament eruption located backside in the south central portion of the disk. 

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at moderate levels on 16, 19-21 February and normal levels on 17-18 and 22 February. 

Geomagnetic field activity was generally quiet to unsettled throughout the week with periods of active to isolated minor storm periods on 17-18 February. This activity was due to high speed winds from a negative polarity, trans-equatorial coronal hole. Solar wind speeds were mostly nominal through the period at 325-350 km/s but reached a peak of about 485 km/s early on 18 February. IMF total field averaged about 5 nT with a maximum of 16 nT observed early on 17 February. The Bz component did not vary much beyond +/- 5 nT for a majority of the period. However, during the coronal hole influence, Bz ranged from +14 to -12 nT. Phi was in a predominately negative (towards) orientation throughout the period. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 23 February - 21 March 2015

Solar activity is expected to be at very low to low levels through about 04 March. From 05-18 March, a chance for moderate activity exists due to the return of old Region 2282 (N11, L=191) which was an M-class flare producer on its last transit. Upon old Region 2282's exit, very low to low conditions are expected from 19-21 March. 

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit in the absence of any significant solar activity. 

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at normal to moderate levels throughout a majority of the outlook period. However, moderate to high levels are likely on 01-09 March and again on 15-19 March due to coronal hole high speed
stream activity. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at predominately quiet to unsettled levels throughout the outlook period with active conditions likely on 27-28 February, 01-02 March and 16-17 March due to coronal hole high speed stream activity. 

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2015 Feb 23 0555 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
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#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2015-02-23
#
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2015 Feb 23     120          10          3
2015 Feb 24     120           8          3
2015 Feb 25     130           8          3
2015 Feb 26     130           8          3
2015 Feb 27     130          15          4
2015 Feb 28     130          18          4
2015 Mar 01     130          18          4
2015 Mar 02     125          12          3
2015 Mar 03     125          10          3
2015 Mar 04     125          10          3
2015 Mar 05     125           5          2
2015 Mar 06     130           7          2
2015 Mar 07     135          10          3
2015 Mar 08     135          10          3
2015 Mar 09     135           5          2
2015 Mar 10     130           5          2
2015 Mar 11     125           5          2
2015 Mar 12     125           5          2
2015 Mar 13     120           5          2
2015 Mar 14     120          10          3
2015 Mar 15     120           5          2
2015 Mar 16     120          15          4
2015 Mar 17     120          15          4
2015 Mar 18     115           8          3
2015 Mar 19     115           5          2
2015 Mar 20     115           5          2
2015 Mar 21     115           5          2
(NOAA)

Sudan Radio frequency update

Sudan
 Frequency change of Sudan Radio & TV Corporation-Sudan Radio
0215-0430 7205 ALF 100 kW / 210 deg to CeAf Arabic, ex 7200
1430-1530 7205#ALF 100 kW / 210 deg to CeAf Arabic, ex 7200
1930-2100 7205*ALF 100 kW / 210 deg to CeAf Arabic, ex 7200
# co-ch PBS Xinjiang in Uyghur
* co-ch RFI in French from 2000
(DX Nx 597/23 Feb 2015)

Station address:
P.O. Box 1094
Mulazmin, Omdurman
Sudan


Saturday, February 21, 2015

VOA Radiogram weekend schedule



Hello friends,


Shortwave reception conditions seem to be improving, at least in the northern hemisphere, judging from the many reception reports from last weekend. Even the transmission Sunday at 1930 UTC on 15670 kHz, which was problematic in December, provided these image decodes from Finland (left, by Juha) to California (right, by Eric) ...


This weekend, again, the MFSK32 RSID will be transmitted once, followed by a 30-second tuning signal.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 99, 21-22 February 2015, all in MFSK except for the bonus mode:

 2:05  Program preview (now)
 3:04  US embassies to monitor air quality
 8:11  Philippines looks to geothermal power*
14:14  Clone Twitter accounts target RFE/RL, VOA*
20:36  Broadcasting Board of Governors meeting*
26:45  Closing announcements*
28:27  Olivia 16-500: Bonus mode of the week

* with image

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com .

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5910 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17860 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

The Mighty KBC will transmit a minute of MFSK64 Saturday at about 1230 UTC on 6095 kHz, and Sunday at about 0130 UTC (Saturday 8:30 pm EST) on 7375 kHz. Both frequencies are via Germany. Send reports to Eric at themightykbc@gmail.com .

I will compile the MFSK image gallery today. Then I will try to answer your reports from last weekend before the end of this weekend.

Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
voaradiogram.net


Friday, February 20, 2015

Radio Öömrang annual broadcast



This year, on February 21, 2015, radio hobbyists are gearing up to monitor the annual broadcast from Radio Öömrang ("Radio Amrum") which is a major Frisian holiday.

Programming was originally founded by the radio amateur Arjan Kölzow on the island of Amrum in North Germany. The first program on shortwave was February 21, 2006. Programming is broadcast in Frisian, an Öömrang dialect, as well as broadcasting in Standard German. The annual broadcast is aimed at the descendants of North Frisian immigrants in North America.

English station identifications have been heard as; :this is Radio Öömrang, the free voice of the Frisian people."  Programming is relayed via Media Broadcast facilities.

At this publishing time, final broadcast confirmation has not been received, however as in previous years, the following schedule information is indicated. Any corrected schedule will be posted on this blog.

Annual shortwave broadcast of Radio Öömrang from Amrum Island, German North Frisian Islands

Schedule in 2014 was 1600-1659 UTC on 15215 kHz via Media Broadcast in Frisian dialect, German and English.

A reply in response to this year's planned broadcast: Many thanks for your kind email. As always, reception reports are most welcome, send to:

QSL-Shortwave@ media-broadcast.com

MEDIA BROADCAST GmbH
Erna-Scheffler-Strasse 1
51103 Koeln
Germany
www.media-broadcast.com 





New clandestine station on shortwave today




Beginning February 20, 2015, a new radio station will start broadcasting on shortwave, Risala International.

Risala International will broadcast on Fridays from 1830-1900 UTC on 15165 kHz in the 19 meter band.

For more information, visit Risala International at http://risalainternational.org/

(Ludo Maes/Alokesh Gupta/Cumbre DX)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Frequency updates

SWL DXing reports the following frequency adjustments

All times UTC


Shiokaze QSL (playdx)
Clandestine,  Radio Shiokaze/Sea Breeze
Effective:  16 Feb 2015
1330-1400 5985 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE , ex 6135 Japanese Mon
1330-1400 5985 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE , ex 6135 Chinese Tue
1330-1400 5985 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE , ex 6135 Japanese Wed
1330-1400 5985 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE , ex 6135 English Thu
1330-1400 5985 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE , ex 6135 Korean Fri
1330-1400 5985 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE , ex 6135 Korean Sat
1330-1400 5985 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE , ex 6135 Japanese Sun
1400-1430 5985 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE , ex 6135 Japanese Mon
1400-1430 5985 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE , ex 6135 Korean Tue
1400-1430 5985 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE , ex 6135 Japanese Wed
1400-1430 5985 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE , ex 6135 English Thu
1400-1430 5985 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE , ex 6135 Korean Fri
1400-1430 5985 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE , ex 6135 Japanese Sat
1400-1430 5985 YAM 100 kW / 280 deg to KRE , ex 6135 Korean Sun

USA,  KVOH/Voice of Hope
Effective: 14 Feb. 2015
1400-2000  17775 VOH 050 kW / 100 deg to CeAm Spanish Mon-Fri
0000-0100  9975 VOH 050 kW / 100 deg to CeAm English Tue-Sat TruNews
0100-0200  9975 VOH 050 kW / 100 deg to CeAm English Tue-Sat
0200-0400  9975 VOH 050 kW / 100 deg to CeAm Eng/Spa Tue-Sat
0130-0230  9975 VOH 050 kW / 100 deg to CeAm English Sun
0230-0300  9975 VOH 050 kW / 100 deg to CeAm English Mon Wavescan
0300-0500  9975 VOH 050 kW / 100 deg to CeAm English Sun/Mon
0400-0500  9975 VOH 050 kW / 100 deg to CeAm English Tue-Sat
0500-0600  9975 VOH 050 kW / 100 deg to CeAm English Tue-Sat TruNews

 USA, WINB Red Lion PA
Effective: 15 Feb.
1230-1400  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Sun
1400-1500  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Sun-Fri
1500-1730  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Daily
1730-1830  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Mon-Fri Brother Stair
1730-1830  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Sat/Sun
1830-1845  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm Eng/Spa Mon-Fri
1830-1845  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Sat/Sun
1845-2330  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Daily
2330-2400  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm Spanish Mon
2330-2400  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Tue-Sun
0000-0300  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Daily
0300-0330  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Tue/Fri-Sun
0330-0430  9265 INB 050 kW / 242 deg to CeAm English Tue/Sat
 
USA, WBCQ Monticello ME
Effective: 08 Feb.
1800-2200  15420 BCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English CUSB Daily
2000-2100  7490vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English Tue
2100-2200  7490vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English Mon-Fri
2200-2300  7490vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English Sun
2200-2300  15420 BCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English CUSB Sun
2300-2400  9330 BCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English CUSB Mon-Fri
2300-2400  7490vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English Daily
0000-0200  7490vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English Daily
0000-0400  5110vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English CUSB Sat-Mon
0100-0200  9330 BCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English CUSB Sat
0200-0400 7490vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English Mon
0200-0400  7490vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English Tue-Sun Brother Stair
0400-0500   5110vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English CUSB Fri-Mon
0400-0500   7490vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English Mon-Sat
0400-0500   7490vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English Sun Brother Stair
5110v=5109.8
7490v=7489.9