Saturday, July 20, 2019

From the Isle of Music & Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules, July 21-27



From the Isle of Music, July 21-27
This week, a Cuban dance party with some excellent charangas including Orquesta Estrellas de la Charanga, Enrique Álvarez, and Ritmo Oriental.

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)

If you don't have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to an uplink from a listening radio in the Netherlands during the broadcast at http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/?tune=9400am

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

If you don't have a shortwave or are out of range, you can listen to a live stream from the WBCQ website here (choose 7490) http://www.wbcq.com/?page_id=7

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

If you don't have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to an uplink from a listening radio in the Netherlands during the broadcast at
http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/?tune=6070am

Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, July 21 and 23, 2019
Episode 122 brings you some very intriguing contemporary music from Serbia.

The broadcast take place:

Sundays 2200-2230 UTC (6:00PM -6:30PM Eastern US) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 kHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe

If you don't have a shortwave or are out of range, you can listen to a live stream from the WBCQ website here (choose 7490) http://www.wbcq.com/?page_id=7

Tuesdays 2000-2030 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe.

If you don't have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to an uplink from a listening radio in the Netherlands during the broadcast at http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/?tune=6070am
William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer
Tilford Productions, LLC

Friday, July 19, 2019

JSR Shiokaze schedule update

Clandestine - JSR Shiokaze/Sea Breeze schedule update

Effective: 17 July, 2019

All times UTC

1300-1400 5920 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 5935 and second frequency same time 6040 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 6070 as follows:

1300-1330 Chinese Mon; Japanese Tue/Sat; Korean Wed/Fri/Sun; English Thu
1330-1400 Korean Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat; Japanese Tue/Sun; English Thu
1600-1700 5935 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 5920 and second frequency same time 5980 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 6165 is as follows

1600-1630 Chinese Mon; Japanese Tue/Sat; Korean Wed/Fri/Sun; English Thu
1630-1700 Korean Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat; Japanese Tue/Sun; English Thu

Frequency change of Furusato no Kaze via Shiokaze Sea Breeze 
Effective: 06 June, 2019
1405-1435 6090 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Daily, ex 5980
1405-1435 6165 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Daily, ex 6070
(DXB/Teak Publishing)

Shortwave Radiogram weekend schedules


Hello friends,

I'm late again with this weekly email. After producing Shortwave Radiogram on Thursday, I sometimes don't have the time - or energy - to produce this email until the next day. I will try to get back on schedule next week.

A video of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 108), Friday 1300 UTC, is provided by Scott in Ontario. Ralf in Germany usually also produces a video for us, but reception last Sunday at 2330 UTC was not good at his location. 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.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 109, 18-21 July 2019, in MFSK modes as noted:

 1:42  MFSK32: Program preview
 2:49  Planting trees can buy time to fight climate change*
 9:18  MFSK64: Apollo 11 needed world participation*
15:28  This week's images*
28:17  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 Transmission Schedule

All times UTC days
  Frequency Transmitter

Friday 1300-1330 15770 kHz WRMI Florida
Friday 1500-1530 15120 kHz DRM WINB Pennsylvania
Saturday  0230-0300 - 9265 kHz  WINB Pennsylvania
Sunday 0800-0830 - 5850 kHz
7730 kHz  WRMI Florida
Sunday 2330-2400 - 7780 kHz WRMI Florida

The Mighty KBC transmits to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT) on 9925 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” is the newest addition to digital modes via analog shortwave. 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, 9395 kHz, Thursday 0130-0230 UTC (Wednesday evening in the Americas). Also look for a waterfall ID at the beginning of the show. thisisamusicshow@gmail.com . www.instagram.com/thisisamusicshow/ www.twitter.com/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 (PA NBEMS is experimenting with Thor 50x1 for messages). 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.

Thanks for your reception reports!

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

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

RAE Argentina schedule update


RAE Argentina, relays via WRMI Okeechobee, Florida

Effective: 13 July, 2019

All times UTC
2100-2200 - 9395 YFR 100 kW to ENAm Italian Mon-Fri WRMI-6 new time
2200-2300 - 7780 YFR 100 kW to WeEu German  Mon-Fri WRMI-1 new time

2100-2200 - 7780 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu Ger.Mo-We/Fr/Sa WRMI-1 (deleted)
2200-2300 - 7780 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu Italian Mon-Fri WRMI-1 (deleted)
(DX Bulgaria/Teak Publishing)

Monday, July 15, 2019

From the Isle of Music & Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules







From the Isle of Music, July 16-20: This week, our guest is Harold López-Nussa, who will share his latest Jazz release with us.

 The broadcasts take place:
For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere kHz, from Sofia, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)

 If you don't have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to an uplink from a listening radio in the Netherlands during the broadcast at http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/?tune=9400am

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

 If you don't have a shortwave or are out of range, you can listen to a live stream from the WBCQ website here (choose 7490) http://www.wbcq.com/?page_id=7

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

 If you don't have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to an uplink from a listening radio in the Netherlands during the broadcast at http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/?tune=6070am

 Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, July 16, 2019 
 Episode 121 brings you popular music from Nicaragua. The transmissions take place: If you don't have a shortwave or are out of range, you can listen to a live stream from the WBCQ website here (choose 7490) http://www.wbcq.com/?page_id=7 Tuesdays 2000-2030 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe.

 If you don't have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to an uplink from a listening radio in the Netherlands during the broadcast at http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/?tune=6070am

 In recent weeks, reception of the Tuesday night broadcasts on 6070 kHz, has been very good in Western Russia.
( William "Bill" Tilford,
Owner/Producer Tilford Productions, LLC)

World's Last Chance Radio, schedule update





After several editions of a broadcast schedule for World Last Chance Radio on WBCQ, the following schedule has been reported as active on 9330 kHz.

World's Last Chance Radio via WBCQ-6

On the air probably only 12 hours per day, instead of registered 24 hours as follows:

All times UTC
2000-2357 on 9330 Arabic
0000-0357 on 9330 English
0400-0557 on 9330 English
0600-0757 on 9330 English
(DX Mix-Bulgaria)

VOA adds new service on 29 July


The Voice of America, will add a new language service to their summer schedule. Effective from 29 July 2019, the new broadcast will air Monday-Friday at 1200 - 1230 UTC in the Rohingya language on 7460, 9310 kHz (both from Thailand) and 11565 kHz (Philippines). Rohingya is a language spoken by Rohingya people of Rakhain state of Myanmar.
(WRTH/FB)

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2019 Jul 15 0223 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 08 - 14 July 2019

Solar activity was at very low levels throughout the reporting period. Region 2744 (S27, Lo=209, class/area=Bxo/020 on 07 Jul) decayed to played by 08 Jul. A coronal dimming was observed in the SDO/AIA 193 beginning around 14/0030 UTC from near the vicinity of old Region 2744 (S27W46). A subsequent CME signature associated with the event was observed in SOHO/LASCO C2 imagery beginning at 14//0236 UTC. The slow-moving, narrow and faint signature from the SW limb was modeled and the resulting WSA-Enlil output suggested no Earth-directed component was present.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at normal background levels on 08-09 Jul. An increase to moderate to high levels, in response to activity from a negative polarity CH HSS, was observed on 10 Jul and persisted through 14 Jul.

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels. An abrupt enhancement from a possible transient was observed at 08/1829 UTC. Total field increase from 4 to 10 nT and solar wind speeds increased from 300 km/s to a brief peak of 400 km/s resulting in an isolated period of active conditions. Late on 09 Jul, the onset of a positive polarity CH HSS increased wind speeds to a peak of 663 km/s and total field to 13 nT. G1 storm conditions followed a period of sustained southward Bz with values reaching as far south as -11 nT at 09/1845 UTC. A final period of G1 storm conditions was observed early on 10 Jul as influence from the CH HSS persisted. Quiet to unsettled levels on 11 Jul transitioned to quiet through the end of the reporting period as the solar wind returned to nominal levels.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 15 July - 10 August 2019

Solar activity is expected to be at very low levels over 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 the normal background to high levels. High levels are expected from 15-18 Jul and 06-10 Aug; moderate levels are expected on 19-21 Jul; the remainder of the outlook period is expected to be at the normal background levels. All enhancements in electron flux are expected due to the anticipation of the multiple,recurrent CH HSSs.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to range from quiet to active levels. Active levels are expected on 15-16 Jul and 05-06 Aug; unsettled levels are expected on 17 Jul, 28 Jul, 04 Aug and 07 Aug; the remainder of the outlook period is expected to be at quiet levels. All increases in geomagnetic activity are due to the anticipation of multiple, recurrent CH HSSs.

roduct: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2019 Jul 15 0223 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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#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2019-07-15
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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2019 Jul 15      67          10          4
2019 Jul 16      67          12          4
2019 Jul 17      67           8          3
2019 Jul 18      67           5          2
2019 Jul 19      67           5          2
2019 Jul 20      67           5          2
2019 Jul 21      67           5          2
2019 Jul 22      67           5          2
2019 Jul 23      67           5          2
2019 Jul 24      67           5          2
2019 Jul 25      67           5          2
2019 Jul 26      67           5          2
2019 Jul 27      67           5          2
2019 Jul 28      67           8          3
2019 Jul 29      67           5          2
2019 Jul 30      67           5          2
2019 Jul 31      67           5          2
2019 Aug 01      67           5          2
2019 Aug 02      67           5          2
2019 Aug 03      67           5          2
2019 Aug 04      67           8          3
2019 Aug 05      67          15          4
2019 Aug 06      67          15          4
2019 Aug 07      67           8          3
2019 Aug 08      67           5          2
2019 Aug 09      67           5          2
2019 Aug 10      67           5          2
(NOAA)

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Radio Romania International, announces contest for listeners






Radio Romania International/ Contest / Iasi -
Historical Capital of Romania Iasi - Historical Capital of Romania
 Eugen Cojocariu, Alecu Marciuc

Dadio Romania International, invites you to participate in a new prize winning contest, entitled "Iasi - Historical Capital of Romania", devoted to the city of Iasi and Iasi County in northeastern Romania.

In 2018, the year of the Great Union Centennial, the city of Iasi was declared under Law no. 361/2018 "Historical Capital of Romania".

Also last year Alba Iulia was proclaimed "Capital of the Great Union". Iasi was the capital of the Principality of Moldavia between 1564-1859, one of the two capitals of the United Romanian Principalities (Moldavia and Wallachia) over 1859-1862, as well as the capital of the Kingdom of Romania between 1916-1918, during the Great War, when Bucharest was under German occupation.

Over May 2, 2019 and May 1, 2020 Iasi has been declared the Capital of Youth in Romania, as part of a national programme devoted to young people. On June 1, 2019 Iasi was visited by his Holy   Father Pope Francis, becoming for a few hours the world capital of religion. Iasi is a city of culture and the arts, of high-quality education, history, religion and tourism, but also the birthplace of scores of iconic Romanians.

We invite you to follow RRI's broadcasts, our site  http://www.rri.ro  and our F_B and LinkedIn profiles and provide correct answers, in writing, to the contest questions. The contest ends on August 31, 2019, mailing date (August 31, at midnight, Romania's time, for online participants).

Two Grand Prizes will be offered to two RRI listeners, consisting of an 8-day (7-night) trip, full-board, over October 10-17, 2019, sponsored by Majestic Hotel in Iasi.

As usual, winners will be asked to cover personal transportation to Romania as well as proceedings to obtain a visa for Romania, where necessary. Additional prizes consisting in objects that promote the
culture of Iasi will be up for grabs.

The contest is co-organized by the Iasi City Hall, The Bishopric of Moldavia and Bukovina, the Roman-Catholic Diocese of Iasi, the Iasi National Museum Complex, the Federation of Youth NGOs
from Iasi, Radio Romania Iasi and other partners.

And now the questions:
- In what context was Iasi the capital of Romania?
- What was Iasi declared over 2019-2020?
- Which world leader visited Iasi early this summer?

Please tell us what prompted you to participate in the contest and why you are listening to RRI's broadcasts and following RRI's content online.

Our address is:
Radio Romania International, 60-64 G-ral Berthelot Street, Sector 1,
Bucharest, P.O.Box 111, code 010165, Romania, Europe.

fax 00.40.21.319.05.62,  e-mail: engl@rri.ro

Please send your answers by August 31, 2019, mailing date (August 31 28, 2019, 24:00 hours Romanian time, for online contributions).

The rules and regulations of this contest are available online and on RRI's F_B profile. Good luck!
(Paul Gager-AUT, via BrDXC-UK and direct via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews July 3)
(WWDXC/Top News 13 Jul 2019)

KBS World Radio schedule note


a reminder to our blog readers

KBS World Radio, July 5, 2019

Hello Listeners,
We are delighted to announce that our shortwave transmission from Kimje, South Korea will be normalized after a three week test transmission starting at 0400 UTC on July 8th, 2019.
We thank you for your patience during the past year.

Our English programming on 9785 kHz that was initially moved to 1800-2100 UT due to a transmitter problem will be back on 1400-1700 UT at a stronger output of 250 kW.

Listeners who tune into our programs on 11810 kHz and 15575 kHz can also expect to enjoy better reception since the current 100 kW transmitter will be replaced by a 250 kW transmitter.

Please be sure to tune into KBS World Radio during the test transmission period and send us your reception reports.

Your feedback will help us find ways to improve your listening experience.

Thank you!

http://world.kbs.co.kr/service/about_notice_view.htm?lang=e&no=31617
(via Mike Terry-UK, BrDXC-UK ng July 5/Top News)

AIR Mumbai schedule update

All India Radio - Delhi, India)
Radio hobbyist Jose Jacob, reports that the 100 kW transmitter of All India Radio-Mumbai is noted back on 7340 kHz from July 2, 2019, after being off the air for a few weeks due to antenna issues.
The revised schedule follows as:

All times UTC

7340 kHz 0025-0430 Urdu
7340 kHz 0830-1130 Urdu
7340 kHz 1130-1140 Home Service
7340 kHz 1230-1500 Sindhi
7340 kHz 1500-1600 Baluchi

11935 kHz 1745-1945 in English (east Africa target area)
(Jose Jacob-IND  VU2JOS, www.qsl.net/vu2jos  DXindia July 3)

Reprieve for RTÉ Longwave


A retired RTÉ radio engineer and long-time campaigner to preserve RTÉ radio transmissions to the UK has urged Irish who save 252 LW groups not to “snatch defeat from the jaws of victory”.

The chair of Ireland’s Oireachtas Communications Hildegarde Naughton TD (Galway West and South Mayo) announced last week that a major antenna upgrade will ensure the transmission of RTÉ on long-wave will continue for at least the next two years.

RTÉ has repeatedly tried to axe the service on cost grounds, urging listeners here to continue listening via the internet or satellite tuners.

That has been resisted as impractical, and second best, by many older and elderly Irish, especially in the north-west, for whom RTÉ radio is deemed to combat loneliness and isolation and for whom their portable radios provide companionship.

Plans to provide a version of the RTÉ One radio service on DAB have been turned down by the UK regulator, Ofcom.

Additional story at:
http://www.theirishworld.com/reprieve-for-rte-longwave/

Friday, July 12, 2019

Shortwave Radiogram, weekend schedule

Hello friends,

Sorry that I am late with this weekly email. The first broadcast (Thursday 2330 UTC) has already been transmitted. You can see some results below.

Videos of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 107) are provided by Scott in Ontario (Friday 1300 UTC) and Ralf in Germany (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 the usual MFSK32 and MFSK64, with nine MFSK64 images.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 108, 11-14 July 2019,  in MFSK modes as noted:

 1:43  MFSK32: Program preview
 2:52  Debate about automated emails via amateur radio
 5:26  MFSK64: NASA moves to extend life of Voyager probes*
 9:31  Where German is still spoken in the USA*
14:47  This week's images*
28:38  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 Transmission Schedule
UTC Day UTC Time Frequency Transmitter

Saturday 0230-0300 UTC 9265 kHz WINB Pennsylvania
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 pm EDT) on 9925 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK is at about 0130 UTC.  (This weekend: Another text-image-music combination.) Reports to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com . See also http://www.kbcradio.eu/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc/.

“This is a Music Show” is the newest addition to digital modes via analog shortwave. 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, 9395 kHz, Thursday 0130-0230 UTC (Wednesday evening in the Americas). Also look for a waterfall ID at the beginning of the show. thisisamusicshow@gmail.com . www.instagram.com/thisisamusicshow/ www.twitter.com/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 (PA NBEMS is experimenting with Thor 50x1 for messages). 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.

Thanks for your reception reports!

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



Thursday, July 11, 2019

Studio 52 slated for July 13 broadcast


If you missed the April broadcast, all is not lost. The next broadcast of Studio 52, will be as follows:

13 July 2019 1200-1400 UTC on 5955 kHz with 125 KW for W Europe

Studio 52 is “a network of small hobby-radio stations in the Netherlands and Germany. We send
our program from the Netherlands via our stream and sometimes via a shortwave- transmitter.”
Broadcasts will likely be in Dutch and/or German.
(Studio 52 web site via Alan Roe/BDXC)