Wednesday, July 30, 2014

August Specials from DX Stamp Service

Shortwave listeners and radio amateur operators hail that DX Stamp Service is the # 1 source for buying worldwide mint postage stamps. DXers enclose mint stamps within their postal mail outs - thus increasing their chances of a reply from the receiving party. Mint stamps are used for return postage back to you - so it's a win-win results.

Dear Customer,

Below are specials for August.

Check out the added bonuses on DX supply special offers. AND some nice new ones on U.S. discounted postage....sure
would like to move out more of the U.S. postage...hint! hint! International Rate available AGAIN!!

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

A list of the countries we stock that have issued their own international forever stamps is yours for the asking.

 Latvia is now on the euro, stamps not in euro denomination will be valid until Dec. 31st. If stamp denomination isn't in euro value use by the end of yr.

NEW RATES:
Argentina now $23, up from $19 (make up 50c)
Brazil now R$2,45 up from R$2,30
Ireland increased from 0,90 to 1,00 euro July 21st

Sweden now 14 kr, up from 12 kr.
Spain now 0,92 up from 0,90
New Zealand rate will be NZ$2.50 starting July 1st, up from NZ$2.40, NZ units updated early June.
 Make ups available for these three.

NEW PRICES: Argentina now priced at $3.50 due to recent increase.

IN STOCK AGAIN: Switzerland.

STAMPS ON BACK ORDER: Hungary, 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!!

****JULY/AUGUST  SPECIAL,  BUY 2 U.S. POSTAGE DEALS & DEDUCT $5.00****

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

49c Units
  2 stamps
  3 stamps
  4 stamps
  5 stamps

x 100
 $46.00
 $43.00
 $42.00
 $41.00

x 200
 $89.00
 $84.00
 $81.00
 $78.00

x 400
 xxx
 $161.00
 $157.00
 $154.00

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

International Rate!!

$1.15 Units
 3 stamps

x 100
 $95.00

x 200
 $180.00

MORE U.S. POSTAGE for SALE!!

Excess of 20c stamps, want some?

$50 in 20c stamps-$43    $100 for $75    $200 for $140

EVEN MORE U.S. POSTAGE for SALE!!

$100 Grab Bags - $70!!

Values from 3c to 29c in envelopes of 100 ea. I'll send a great mix!
 
For US postage deals, payment by
CREDIT CARD IS OK!!

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

JULY/AUGUST  2014  DX  STAMP  SPECIALS
    3 Canada-$3.90          2 Latvia-$2.00         3 Japan-$3.90
3 France-$3.90       2 Spain-$3.20       3 UK-$5.10
2 Finland 1st Kl.-$3.00     3 Finland 2nd Kl.-$3.00
Finland 1st class is priority rate
 2nd class is economy rate, it goes airmail too and saves you a bit!  
   
 JULY/AUGUST  2014  DX  SUPPLY  SPECIALS
200/200 European Air Mailers and Air Returns -$40.00
200/200 Stateside Mailers and Returns - $19.00
2 Standard QSL Albums - $40.00

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

Priority Mail Shipping Rates: Orders up to $16.00 add $6.50, orders from $16.01 to $40.00 add $9.00, orders from $41.00 to $100.00 add $15.00. orders from $101.00 to $150.00 add $20.00, orders over $150.00 add 15%. When ordering supplies and stamps, the stamps ride free, just use supply total to figure shipping costs. Shipments to Canada and overseas ship at a greater cost. (01/2014)

Stamps Only Orders: Just add $1.00 P&H for posting to USA, add $2.00 for posting to Canada.

73, bill

William Plum
12 Glenn Road
Flemington, NJ 08822
908 788 1020
908 782-2612 FAX
Email: plumdx@msn.com


VOA Radiogram update on MFSK32

Hello friends,

As a follow-up to my previous email about the MFSK32 on VOA Mandarin, I want to clarify that these transmissions will be daily for the next two weeks, at least.

2258:15 UTC        6135  9845 kHz

0058:10 UTC        9880 15385 15565 17560 kHz

The transmissions are via IBB relay stations in Asia.

The MFSK32 will be Chinese characters. You will need the UTF-8 character set. If using Fldigi: Configure > Colors & Fonts.

If you are unable to hear these frequencies from your location, perhaps you can via the University of Twente SDR receiver: http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/ -- or a web controlled receiver in Asia, if you have access to one.

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com . Audio recordings, including a minute or two before the MFSK32 starts, would be especially helpful – even if you can’t decode the tones. Mp3 files are OK. 

The English VOA Radiogram broadcasts on weekends will continue.

Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

QSLing the Commonwealth Games


Amateur radio operators and shortwave hobbyists have an excellent opportunity to QSL the Commonwealth games, currently in progress to August 3, from Glasgow, Scotland.

GA14, (Special Event). To celebrate the Commonwealth Games this summer, the Stirling & District Amateur Radio Society (GM6NX) are hosting a special event station, GA14CG, at their club premises, approximately 25 miles northeast of the city of Glasgow, to August 3, 2014.

The station will be run by members of the Stirling and DARS along with other clubs in the surrounding area. Visitors are most welcome to the station and visiting amateurs can operate the station, permitted they bring a copy of their license. There will be three HF stations and two VHF stations operational. Activity will be on 160-2 meters using CW, SSB and Data.

For more information about the station, visit: http://www.ga14cg.com You can also follow them on Twitter (@GA14CG) and "like" them on FaceBook.

QSL via LoTW (Logbook of the World) and e-QSL. For direct and Bureau QSLs are via Club Log's OQRS only. They prefer to QSL via LoTW and e-QSL to save money, time and to protect the environment. Uploads to Club Log are instantaneous. Uploads to LoTW and e-QSL are made at the end of each day. If you send your card via the bureau or direct, you WILL NOT receive a reply!
(OPDX)

Radio Havana Cuba: DXers Unlimited


Radio Havana Cuba Dxers Unlimited's  - middle of the week program  for Tuesday 29 July 2014
 By Arnie Coro - radio amateur CO2KK

 Hi amigos radioaficionados all around the world and orbiting our  planet aboard the ISS. Yes, there are radio amateur operators on duty  at the International Space Stations and whenever they can take a break, you can pick up their FM voice mode transmissions on the two  meters amateur band frequency of 145 dot eight hundred megaHertz...

 The spacecraft is in a low Earth orbit, so the signals can be picked up for a short period even when there is an overhead pass.... I am Arnie Coro, radio amateur CO2KK your host here at the middle of the week edition of Dxers Unlimited, and YES, amigos I was one of the pioneers here in Cuba to use amateur radio satellites, a complex technology that has enjoyed ups and downs in the preferences of the  world's ham radio enthusiasts... At one time, several of the so called EASY SATS, made possible for many operators to establish regular two way contacts using standard factory built radios.... and simple antennas.... But those days are now over, and the present generation  of amateur radio satellites are in my opinion much more difficult to access and the time windows available for making contacts are very,very small, and that is yet another drawback. Ideally a geostationary amateur satellite would be the way to go, but many experts say that although it could cover only one third of the Planet

 Earth from its Clarke Belt orbital slot, so many amateurs will try to use it that it would be quite useless due to the interference caused by so many stations trying to communicate, even if the super ham satellite offers many transponders. Then, add to this the extremely high cost to build a the geostationary satellites, and also the need to find a suitable launching vehicle that will also cost a fortune.

So, what we are seeing now are small, low Earth orbit satellites that  have created interest among a few radio amateurs, like Cuba's top satellite operator, Hector CO6CBF, who has broken several records from his Cienfuegos city of central Cuba operating position.

 Hector CO6CBF has built his own special antennas as well as azimuth and elevation rotors to turn them for optimum access to the satellites.... Si amigos, yes my friends , oui mes amis, amateur satellites are flying, but they are flying at low heights making long distance contacts a tremendous challenge for the operators that must rely on minimum height above the horizon passes to assure the longest possible contacts... Stay tuned for more radio hobby related information coming to you from  La Habana, where we are going through a period of extremely high  temperatures and low relative humidity...

 I am your host Arnie Coro,

 my ham radio callsing is CO2KK

 and I will be back in a few seconds after a short break for a station ID
 ..................................

*Yes amigos, this is Radio Havana Cuba, and here are some recent schedule changes that took place on July 25th .... Starting on Friday July 25th UTC day, we are no longer using 9550 kiloHertz from 11 to 13 hours UTC, and also NOT using 15340 kiloHertz from 13 to 15 hours UTC.... Then, here is now another important schedule change.... since Friday July 25th, our 11760 kiloHertz frequency continues to be on the air after 15 hours UTC and until 19 hours UTC broadcasting programs  that we were previously only streaming to the Internet. The first three hours from 15 to 18 UTC are in Spanish, broadcasting our new CUBA ONLINE magazine show that received many nice reports from listeners picking it up via the streaming audio from 1. www.radiohc.cu, and who suggested that we made it available also via short wave, something we have done using a 100 kiloWatts transmitter on 11760 kiloHertz with the 6 dB gain omni directional antenna that provides coverage to parts of North America, all of Central America and the Caribbean, as well as the northern areas of South America. Reports received so far confirm what our engineering department had calculated to be the 80 percent of the time service pattern. So, give it a try, and tune in to 11760 kiloHertz from Radio Havana Cuba from 15 to 18 hours UTC and then from 18 to 19 hours UTC in other Arabic and Portuguese....*

 Now here is item three of the middle of the week program of Dxers Unlimited...

Over the weekend, several Perseid meteor shower advance fireballs were detected by observers, and this can best be described as signals of the beginning of the annual August Perseids meteors display. Normally, the best time to watch would be during the shower's peak: August 11th through 13th. This year, however, the super moon will cast an interfering glare across the nights of maximum activity, reducing visibility from 120 meteors per hour (the typical Perseid peak rate) to less than 30. Instead, late July-early August might be the best time to watch as Earth plunges deeper into the debris stream of comet Swift Tuttle, before the Moon becomes full. For radio amateur operators the yearly Perseids are among the best showers for meteor
scatter propagation Dxing attempts.

Now let me explain in detail ---- PERSEID METEOR SHOWER BEGINS as the Earth is entering a broad stream of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, source of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Although the peak of the shower is not expected until August, meteors are already flitting across the night sky.

By the way, TV Dxers in the days of analog television broadcasts were able to log many low band TV stations within the frequency range of 54 to 88 megaHertz in the Americas using the ionized trails of meteors entering the upper atmosphere. You had to be pretty lucky so that the burn of the meteor will coincide with the time of a station ID... but dedicated TV Dxers proved that this happened more often than expected, as they kept cameras in front of the TV set's screens and also later kept videocassette machines running all the time during the meteor showers ... I began TV Dxing in the middle of the nineteen fifties, and was able to log the audio channel of the then on the air BBC One TV from London, when the super active solar cycle 19 sent the monthly sunspot counts to the above 200 mark, something never before again seen ever since....

 Digital Terrestrial Television broadcasts using any of the several available standards are not DX friendly at all, something that has taken its toll, reducing the number of TV Dxers dramatically in every country where the analog blackout takes place....

Nevertheless there are still many nations around the world where the analog TV signals are still on the air and the analog blackout is not expected to take place until a few years from now.

At the end of the show a short form solar activity and HF propagation update. Sunspot number hovering around 140, the solar flux was near 130, and the effective sunspot number was around 85 Tuesday at 15 Hours UTC, add to this that all the active sunspot regions show no signs of powerful magnetic activity. Best HF propagation conditions on the Northern Hemisphere to happen after local sunset and until one hour past sunrise.... So , here is Arnie Coro's advice for short wave listeners and radio amateurs alike if you want to pick up DX stations, stay awake after midnight and go to sleep one hour after your local sunrise !!!

Yes amigos, your signal reports, comments about this and other Radio Havana Cuba programs and radio hobby related questions are most welcome to the following e'mail address: inforhc@enet.cu

inforhc@enet.cu. or VIA AIR MAIL

Arnie Coro, Radio Havana Cuba, Havana, Cuba
(wb, Germany/HCDX)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Update on station closures in 2013


Stations broadcasting on the tropical band, that have closed down during 2013.

kHz kW Station Country Last log

3315 10 NBC Manus, Lorengau Papua New Guinea JAN13
3350 100 R Exterior Espana, Cariari Costa Rica OCT13
3915 1 R Fly, Kiunga Papua New Guinea FEB13
3915 100 BBC, via Kranji Singapore MAR13
3990 15 Gannan PBS, Tianshui, Gansu China MAR13
3995 100 R Pakistan, Rewat, Islamabad Pakistan MAR13
4050 100 R Rossii, Krasnaya Rechka Kyrgyzstan JUN13
4700 100 Voice of Broad Masses, Asmara Eritrea APR13
4750 50 Qinghai PBS-1, Xining, Qinghai China FEB13
4790 10 RRI Fak-Fak, Propinsi Papua Indonesia MAR13
4815 1 R El Buen Pastor, Saraguro Ecuador MAR13
4828 00 Voice of Zimbabwe, Guineafowl Zimbabwe APR13
4940 50 AIR Guwahati A, Assam India MAR13
4960 100 Voice of Russia via Yangiyul Tajikistan DEC13
4974.8 5 Pacifico R, Lima Peru JAN13
5765 3 AFRTS feeder, Barrigada Guam SEP13
(Danish Shortwave Club Intl/June-July 2014)

Weekly propagation forecast bulletins



Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2014 Jul 28 0505 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 21 - 27 July 2014

Solar activity was at very low levels on 21 - 23 July with several B-class events obsered. Activity increased to low levels on 24 - 27 July with a few weak C-class events recorded. Region 2121 (N07, L=317, class/area Cao/210 on 24 Jul) produced a C2/1f flare at 24/0151 UTC. At 25/0702 UTC, this same region produced a C2/1n flare with an associated Type II radio sweep with an estimated shock
velocity of 1090 km/s. 

26 July saw a C1 x-ray event from Region 2125 (S13, L=266, class/area Cao/040 on 27 Jul) at 0504 UTC. This was followed by a  trio of C1 events from Region 2123 (S14, L=323, class/area Dao/040 on 24 Jul) at 1143 UTC, 1210 UTC and 1320 UTC. The period ended on 27 July with a C2/Sf flare at 0551 UTC from Region 2125 followed by a C1 event from Region 2127 (S08, L=248, class/area Dao/080 on 27
Jul). 

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

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

Geomagnetic field activity was at predominately quiet levels with isolated unsettled periods observed late on 23 July and again early on 25 July. Sustained southward Bz, associated with a solar sector boundary crossing, was responsible for the unsettled periods late on the 23rd while a weak positive polarity coronal hole high speed influenced the magnetic field early on the 25th. 

Solar wind parameters reflected the quiet to isolated unsettled conditions during the summary period. Solar wind speeds ranged from a low of about 270 km/s early in the period, peaking at near 425 km/s midday on 26 July and finishing the period at about 350 km/s. The interplanetary magnetic field Bt ranged from 2 to 8 nT while the Bz component varied between +/- 7 nT. The phi component began the period in a positive (away) orientation, switched to a more negative (towards) sector midday on 21 July and remained so through about 23/1600 UTC when the phi angle became variable through 24/1145 UTC. For the balance of the period, phi settled into a more positive orientation. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 28 July - 23 August 2014

Solar activity is expected to be at predominately low levels through the outlook period with a chance for moderate level activity (R1 radio blackouts) from 28 July - 09 August due to the presence of several complex regions on the disk. 

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be normal to isolated moderate levels. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at mostly quiet levels for the majority of the outlook period in the abserce of transient features. Unsettled to active conditions are possible associated with high speed solar wind streams on 28 - 29 July, 05 - 06 August, 10 August and 22 August. 

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2014 Jul 28 0505 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact www.swpc.noaa.gov/wwire.html
#
#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2014-07-28
#
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2014 Jul 28     130          12          4
2014 Jul 29     135          10          3
2014 Jul 30     135           5          2
2014 Jul 31     140           5          2
2014 Aug 01     140           5          2
2014 Aug 02     140           5          2
2014 Aug 03     135           5          2
2014 Aug 04     135           5          2
2014 Aug 05     130           8          3
2014 Aug 06     125           8          3
2014 Aug 07     120           5          2
2014 Aug 08     115           5          2
2014 Aug 09     110           5          2
2014 Aug 10     105           8          3
2014 Aug 11     100           5          2
2014 Aug 12      95           5          2
2014 Aug 13      90           5          2
2014 Aug 14      90           5          2
2014 Aug 15      90           5          2
2014 Aug 16      95           5          2
2014 Aug 17      95           5          2
2014 Aug 18     100           5          2
2014 Aug 19     105           5          2
2014 Aug 20     105           5          2
2014 Aug 21     105           5          2
2014 Aug 22     100           8          3
2014 Aug 23      95           5          2
(NOAA)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Weekend schedule for VOA Radiogram


Hello friends,

Sorry for the late notice about this weekend’s program. 

It will include two stories about international broadcasting, and one in Russian. For the Cyrillic text to display correctly, use the UTF-8 character set (Fldigi: Configure > Colors & Fonts).

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 69, 26-27 July 2014 (MFSK32):

1:38  Program preview
2:32  Voice of Russia in Washington, with image
6:14  Iranian satellite jamming, with image
10:47  Battery of the future, with image
18:29  VOA Russian on global Internet policy, with image
25:10  Closing announcements

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 17860 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

Thanks for your reports from last weekend. I’ll begin to answer them later today.

Please tune in and write in this weekend.

Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter

PS: The Mighty KBC will transmit a minute of MFSK64 Saturday at about 1130 UTC on 6095 kHz and Sunday at about 0130 UTC (Saturday 9:30 pm EDT) in 9925 kHz. Both frequencies are via Germany. Reports for KBC should go to themightykbc@gmail.com .


HLR And Radio Gloria weekend schedule

HLR & R Gloria this weekend

Saturday
:
05 - 08 UTC, HLR on 7265 KHz
08 - 11 UTC, HLR on 6190 KHz
11 - 15 UTC, HLR on 7265 KHz

RGI this Sunday
07-2014-27-RGI-BH old/mix

06 -0 8 UTC (8-10) 7265 kc
08 - 10 UTC (10-12) 9485 kc
09 - 10 UTC (11-12) 6005 / 7310 kc
Internet:
09 - 10 UTC (11-12) „shortwaveservice.com“-6005
15 - 17 UTC (17-19)„coloradio.org“and „laut.fm/jukebox
Repeat: Sunday 10th  August  (laut.fm/jukebox)

Sunday:
11- 15 UTC, HLR on 9485 KHz

Good listening!
73s
Tom Taylor

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Final edition of Radio New Zealand's Malibox program nears



Sad to say that the RNZI Mailbox program is ending on August 4 after 65 years of service to international radio listeners.

Why?

Funds are being redirected into the core Pacific news and information services that are actually directed at the target audience for which RNZI is funded. This will strengthen RNZI's services to the Pacific.

RNZI Mailbox is broadcast fortnightly, so the penultimate edition is today (Monday) at 1130, 1330 and 1630 UTC; plus tomorrow at 0330 UTC.

The current shortwave schedule of Radio New Zealand may be found here.

Also listen at: www.radionz.co.nz/international/programmes/mailbox
(Bulgarian DX)

Media Broadcast Updates Summer Schedules


Media Broadcast GmbH (formerly T-SYSTEMS - DTK)
A-14 Summer Schedule - 30 March - 25 October 2014

Transmitters via Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany and Madagascar

Updated schedule effective from 16 July 2014

All times UTC

 frq  startstop ciraf zone          loc pow azi day     from   to   broadcaster

 5975 0400-0430 28SE           ISS 100  95 1234567 2004-200414 AWR
 5975 0400-0430 28SE           NAU 100 130 1234567 2104-251014 AWR
 9530 0300-0330 48             NAU 250 142 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
 9610 1930-2000 37,38W         NAU 100 210 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
 9610 2000-2030 37,38W         NAU 100 210 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
 9790 0900-1000 28W            NAU 100 180       1 3003-251014 AWR
 9830 1600-1630 28SE           NAU 100 133 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
11605 1900-2000 38E,39         NAU 250 130 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
11755 2030-2100 46SE,47W       ISS 250 165 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
11830 2000-2030 46E,47W        ISS 250 180 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
11840 1900-2000 37,38W         NAU 100 215 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
11945 1900-1930 46W            NAU 250 212 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15140 0800-0830 37,38W         ISS 100 170 1234567 2004-200414 AWR
15140 0800-0830 37,38W         NAU 100 205 1234567 2104-251014 AWR
15155 1730-1800 48             NAU 250 140 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15170 1730-1800 37,38W         NAU 100 210 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15205 1930-2000 46SE,47W       NAU 250 180 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15225 0500-0600 38E,39         NAU 250 130 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15225 0700-0800 37,38W         NAU 100 210 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15225 0800-0830 37,38W         NAU 250 210 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15225 0830-0900 37,38W         NAU 100 205 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15265 1500-1530 41N            NAU 250  90 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15265 1530-1600 41N            NAU 250  90 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
15670 1530-1600 41N            ISS 250  75      56 3003-251014 AWR
15670 1530-1600 41N            ISS 250  75   12347 3003-251014 AWR
17575 1630-1700 48             NAU 250 145 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
17810 1300-1330 42,43W         NAU 250  70      17 3003-251014 AWR
17810 1300-1330 42,43W         NAU 250  70   23456 3003-251014 AWR
17810 1330-1500 42,43W         NAU 250  70 1234567 3003-251014 AWR
 5930 2000-2015 39N            NAU 250 120 1234567 3003-251014 BVB
 5945 0700-0730 27,28N         NAU 100 270       1 3003-251014 BVB
 5945 0730-0800 27,28N         NAU 100 270       1 0604-060414 BVB
 5945 0700-0745 27,28N         NAU 100 270       7 3003-251014 BVB
 6130 1800-1815 28,29          NAU 100  90      56 3003-251014 BVB
 6130 1830-1845 28,29          NAU 100  90       7 3003-251014 BVB
 6130 1800-1830 28,29          NAU 100  90       3 3003-251014 BVB
 6130 1800-1900 28,29          NAU 100  90       1 3003-251014 BVB
 7310 0300-0315 39S            ISS 250 100 1234567 3003-251014 BVB
 9430 1815-1830 39,4           MOS 300 ND        1 3003-251014 BVB
 9515 2030-2045 46N,47NW,38W,37NAU 250 180 1234567 3003-251014 BVB
 9550 0400-0430 39NE,40        ISS 100  92     127 2004-200414 BVB
 9550 0400-0430 39NE,40        NAU 100 110     127 2104-251014 BVB
 9550 0430-0445 39N            ISS 125  98      17 2004-200414 BVB
 9550 0430-0445 39N            NAU 125 120      17 2104-251014 BVB
 9550 0430-0450 39N            NAU 125 120   23456 3003-251014 BVB
 9635 1830-1915 39             SOF 100 126       1 3003-251014 BVB
 9735 0500-0515 39,4           NAU 250 120       6 3003-251014 BVB
11655 0600-0615 46N,47NW,38W,37NAU 125 180 1234567 3003-251014 BVB
11855 1815-1900 39,4           ISS 150  90       1 2505-250514 BVB
11855 1815-1900 39,4           NAU 100 105       1 2605-251014 BVB
11855 1800-1830 39,4           NAU 100 105       6 3003-251014 BVB
11855 1830-1900 39,4           NAU 100 105       3 3003-251014 BVB
11855 1800-1900 39,4           NAU 100 105       5 3003-251014 BVB
13580 1700-1715 39,4           NAU 250 130    2356 3003-251014 BVB
13580 1700-1730 39,4           NAU 250 130       4 3003-251014 BVB
13580 1715-1730 39,4           NAU 250 130       7 3003-251014 BVB
13810 1700-1715 38E,39,40W     ISS 150 120   23456 2205-251014 BVB
13810 1715-1800 38E,39,40W     ISS 100 120     246 2205-251014 BVB
13810 1715-1745 38E,39,40W     ISS 100 120       3 2205-251014 BVB
13810 1700-1715 38E,39,40W     NAU 125 125      17 1705-251014 BVB
15160 1630-1730 47,48          NAU 100 150 1234567 3003-251014 BVB
15215 1700-1900 39             MOS 100 115      17 3003-251014 BVB
15215 1700-1715 39             MOS 100 115       6 3003-251014 BVB
15215 1700-1730 39             MOS 100 115       5 3003-251014 BVB
15640 1515-1545 40,41          SOF 100  90       7 3003-251014 BVB
15640 1500-1515 40,41          SOF 100  90       7 3003-251014 BVB #
15640 1515-1600 40,41          SOF 100  90       6 3003-251014 BVB
17495 1400-1430 41             ISS 250  83       7 3003-251014 BVB +
17495 1430-1500 41             ISS 250  83       7 3003-251014 BVB
17515 1600-1630 38S,39S,47,48  ISS 100 135       1 3003-251014 BVB
17515 1630-1700 38S,39S,47,48  ISS 250 135       1 3003-251014 BVB
17515 1700-1800 38S,39S,47,48  ISS 100 135       1 3003-251014 BVB
17515 1530-1800 38S,39S,47,48  ISS 100 135       6 0205-251014 BVB
17515 1700-1730 38S,39S,47,48  ISS 100 135       7 3003-251014 BVB
17515 1730-1830 38S,39S,47,48  ISS 250 135       7 3003-251014 BVB
17515 1600-1830 38S,39S,47,48  ISS 100 135       3 0107-251014 BVB
17515 1630-1800 38S,39S,47,48  ISS 100 135       4 0107-251014 BVB
17515 1600-1800 38S,39S,47,48  ISS 100 135       2 0107-251014 BVB
17515 1630-1830 38S,39S,47,48  ISS 100 135       5 3003-251014 BVB
17535 0830-1000 38,39          NAU 125 145       6 3003-251014 BVB
17535 0900-0915 38,39          NAU 125 145       7 3003-251014 BVB
21480 1115-1145 43S,44S        MDC 125  45       1 3003-251014 BVB
21480 1100-1130 43S,44S        MDC 125  45       7 0606-251014 BVB
 9585 1800-1900 28E,29         NAU 100  90       7 3003-251014 CHW
 6055 1030-1100 27,28          NAU 125 222      17 3003-251014 EMG
 7315 1830-1845 27,28W,37N     NAU 125 230      36 2005-251014 EOE
 7315 1830-1845 27,28W,37N     NAU 100 260       1 2505-250514 EOE
 9435 1830-1845 27,28W,37N     NAU 125 230       1 2505-250514 EOE
 9520 0030-0130 40E,41NW       NAU 250 100 1234567 3003-251014 GFA
 9520 2330-0030 41NE,43S,49N   NAU 250  85 1234567 3003-251014 GFA
15350 1230-1500 41             NAU 250  89 1234567 3003-251014 GFA
15390 1330-1530 41NE,43S,49N   NAU 250  85 1234567 3003-251014 GFA
15395 1530-1630 40E,41NW       NAU 250  99 1234567 2505-251014 GFA
13800 1530-1630 29S            MOS 100  95       7 3003-251014 HCJ
 9645 1800-1830 47,48          ISS 250 160 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
 9780 1700-1800 40E,41NW       NAU 250  95 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
11875 0500-0530 46,47          NAU 250 185 1234567 1806-251014 IBB
11995 1630-1700 47,48          NAU 250 150   23456 2404-251014 IBB
12005 1730-1800 48             ISS 250 130   23456 3003-251014 IBB
12005 1800-1900 48             ISS 250 130 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
12040 2030-2100 46,47          NAU 250 190   23456 3003-251014 IBB
12080 1800-1900 48             ISS 250 130 1234567 1306-251014 IBB
12080 1900-1930 48             ISS 250 130   23456 1306-251014 IBB
13870 1630-1700 47,48          ISS 250 140   23456 3003-251014 IBB
13870 1800-1900 48             NAU 250 140 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
13870 1900-1930 48             NAU 250 140   23456 3003-251014 IBB
15255 1400-1500 30S            ISS 250  90 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
15360 0400-0900 40E,41NW       NAU 250  90 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
15460 1500-1600 30S            NAU 250  85 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
15620 1500-1600 29SE           NAU 250  90 1234567 3003-251014 IBB
 7330 1000-1100 27,28          MOS 100 283       1 3003-251014 JOY *
 7330 1000-1100 27,28          MOS 100 283       1 2004-200414 JOY
 6025 0400-0500 27E,28         NAU 125 270       1 2004-200414 KBC per RA
 6045 0800-0900 27E,28         NAU 125 275       1 2004-200414 KBC per RA
 6095 0800-1500 18SW,27,28W,37NNAU 100 240      17 3003-251014 KBC
 7375 0000-0200 2,3,4,6,7,8,9,1NAU 125 300       1 0109-251014 KBC
 9925 0000-0200 2,3,4,6,7,8,9,1NAU 125 300       1 0105-300814 KBC
 9925 0400-0500 4,8,9          NAU 125 300       1 2004-200414 KBC per RA
15315 1830-1900 46S,47SE       ISS 500 180 1234567 3003-251014 LWF
 6045 0900-1000 27E,28         NAU 100 270       1 3003-251014 MSM%per RA
 5945 1100-1115 27,28          NAU 250 222       1 3003-251014 MWA
11695 1500-1530 29,3           ISS 250  60       7 3003-251014 MWF
13710 1100-1130 19,20,21,22,23,NAU 250  45       7 3003-251014 MWF
 5985 0400-0430 11,12          YFR 100 222 1234567 3003-251014 NHK
11680 0300-0500 38,39,40       NAU 250 140 1234567 3003-251014 NHK
15445 1700-1900 38,39,40       NAU 250 140 1234567 3003-251014 NHK
17630 1600-1630 47E,48         ISS 500 130      37 3003-251014 OGM
 9515 1930-2000 37,38          NAU 250 155       1 3003-251014 PAB
15205 1400-1430 41             ISS 100  90       1 3003-251014 PAB
15205 1415-1430 41             ISS 100  90  234567 3003-251014 PAB
15205 1430-1445 41             ISS 250  90       1 3003-251014 PAB
17500 1600-1700 48SW,58NW      ISS 100 144       7 2106-251014 RIY new
13830 1700-1800 38E,39S,48     ISS 100 125      14 3003-251014 SBO
13810 1400-1600 28,29W,38E,39  NAU 100 130   23456 3003-251014 TOM
13810 1400-1600 28,29W,38E,39  ISS 100 120      17 3003-251014 TOM
 6095 0800-1000 18SW,27,28W,37NNAU 100 230     246 3003-251014 TRS
 6105 0700-0720 27             NAU 100 285 1234567 3003-251014 TWR
 7215 0830-0900 28             NAU 100 135 1234567 3003-251014 TWR
 7320 1400-1428 28,29,30       NAU 100  65 1234567 3003-251014 TWR
 9835 2300-2330 12,13,14,15,16 NAU 100 240 1234567 3003-251014 VZM
11920 2300-0045 12,13,14,15,16 NAU 100 240 1234567 3003-251014 VZM
15670 1630-1700 40             ISS 500  91      26 0905-251014 WRN

* = 1st Sunday of the month
+ = 1st Saturday of the month
# = 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month
Day 1  = Sunday ... Day 7 = Saturday
per RA = on request booking.

List of Broadcasters using Media Broadcast technical equipment

AWR  Adventist World Radio
BVB  High Adventure Gospel - Bible Voice Broadcasting
CHW  Christliche Wissenschaft
EMG  Evangelische Missionsgemeinden in Deutschland
EOE  Echo of Europe www.echoofeurope.eu
GFA  Gospel for Asia
HCJ  Voice of the Andes, Sats only, 1530 UT Russian, 1600 UT Chechen
IBB  International Broadcasting Bureau, USA
JOY  MBR internal customer name, - Joystick, * 1st Sun
KBC  Mighty KBC Radio &)
LWF  Lutheran World Federation
MSM  ShortWave Rock 1st Sun, XVRB Radio 3rd Sun and Radio Iceman 4th Sun
     / EMR 3rd and 4th Sun (wb.) %
MWA  Missionswerk Arche
MWF  Missionswerk Friedensstimme, Gummersbach - Germany
NHK  Nippon Hoso Kyokai
OGM  NGO [RHU Radio Huriyo Xoriyo Ogaden]
     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-governmental_organization
     http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organisation_non_gouvernementale
PAB  Pan Am Broadcasting
RIY  Radio Inyabutatu, in Kinyarwanda, ex17870 kHz.
SBO  Sagalee Bilisummaa Oromoo, Voice of Oromo Liberation.
TOM  The Overcomer Ministry
TRS  Transport Radio Mon-Fri; KBC Mighty KBC Radio, Sat/Sun.
TWR  Trans World Radio
VZM  [HCJB transmissions, Spanish, German, Kulina, Portuguese]
WRN  World Radio Network, Radio Mehr Iranian, Mon/Fri only.

KBC Radio. For reception reports please mail to: KBC531@gmail.com
or write to:
The Mighty KBC
Argonstraat 6
6718 WT Ede
The Netherlands, Europe
Website: http://www.kbcradio.eu

XVRB Radio - It's The Music Museum
Website: http://www.xvrb.org
E-mail:  xvrbradio  @gmail.com

Michael Puetz
MEDIA BROADCAST GmbH
Order Management & Backoffice
Erna-Scheffler-Strasse 1
D-51103 Cologne, Germany

Please send your inquiries and reception reports to:
E-Mail:   QSL-Shortwave@ mediabroadcast.com
Internet
http://www.media-broadcast.com/en/startpage/services/radio/short-wave-networks
(WWDXC/wb, Germany/HCDX 22 July)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Best of the Best: DX Programs





Shortwave Central brings blog readers, the Best of the Best DX Programs you can hear on shortwave radio. Why bother with anything less than 'the best ?'

All times UTC
v = variable frequency or time

Monday
0110v R Havana Cuba “DXers Unlimited”: 6000 6165
0210v R Havana Cuba “DXers Unlimited”: 6000 6165
0245 WWCR “Ask WWCR”: 3215
0250 BBCWS “Over to You”: UK DAB 198LW

0300 WRMI “Wavescan”: online 9955
0310v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 6000 6165
0410v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 6000 6165
0510v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 5040 6000 6060 6100 6165
0610v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 6000 6060 6100 6165
0730 R New Zealand Int “Mailbox” (alt wks): 11725
1030 All India R “Faithfully Yours”:  7270 13605 13695 15030 15410 17510 17895drm
1100 WRMI “Wavescan”: online, 9955
1130 R New Zealand Int “Mailbox” (alt wks): 9700
1130 WRMI “Viva Miami”: online, 9955
1145 WWCR "Australian DX Report" (Bob Padula): 15795
1315 WRMI “Wavescan”: online, 9955
1330 R New Zealand Int “Mailbox” (alt wks): 6170
1430 All India R “Faithfully Yours”: 9690 11620 13710
1630 R New Zealand Int “Mailbox” (alt wks):  9700
1630 Amateur Radio Today (South Africa): 3230me 7082usb
1830 All India R “Faithfully Yours”: 7550 9445 11580 11670 11935 13695 17670
2120 All India R “Faithfully Yours”: 7550 9445 9910 11670 11620drm 11740drm
2330 All India R “Faithfully Yours”: 9690 9705 11710 11645drm 13605drm

Tuesday
0330 R New Zealand Int “Mailbox” (alt wks): 15720
0330 WRMI “Wavescan”: online 9955
1330 WRMI “Viva Miami”: online, 9955
1832 BBCWS “Click”: online UK DAB 1323cy 6195om 7375om
1935v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 11760
2335v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 5040 11880

Wednesday
0000 WRMI “Wavescan” online, 9955
0132 BBCWS “Click”: online, UK DAB, SW 12095om 15310th
0145 WRMI “Viva Miami”: online, 9955
0135v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 6000 6165
0235v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 6000 6165
0332 BBCWS “Click”: 1323cy 1413om 12095om 13660ki
0335v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 6000 6165
0435v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 6000 6165
0535v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 5040 6000 6060 6100 6165
0635v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 6000 6060 6100 6165
0832 BBCWS “Click”: online, UK DAB
1130 WRMI “Viva Miami”: online, 9955
1230 WRMI “Wavescan”: online, 9955
1232 BBCWS “Click”: SW E Asia: 5875th 6195th 9740kr 11750th
1530 BBC R4 "The Media Show": 198LW MW FM DAB online
1750 Vatican R “Communications Update”: 11625 13765 15570
1900 WINB “Wavescan”: 13570
1930 WWCR “Ask WWCR”: 15825
2020 Vatican R “Communications Update”: 13765 15570

Thursday
0100 WRMI “Wavescan”: online, 9955
0650 Vatican R “Communications Update”: 13765 15570
1130 WRMI “Viva Miami”: online, 9955

Friday
0315 WRMI “Wavescan”: online, 9955
0345 WRMI “Viva Miami”: online, 9955
1130 WRMI “Viva Miami”: online, 9955
1230 WRMI “Wavescan”: online, 9955
1330 R Australia “Future Tense”: 5940 5995 6150 9475 9580 9965pw 12065 12085
1530 BBC R4 ”Feedback”: 198LW, MW, FM DAB online
2035 R New Zealand Int "Mailbox": 11725

Saturday
0100 WRMI “Media Network Plus”: online, 9955
0200 WRMI “Wavescan”: online, 9955
0510 R Japan "Media Watch": 5975wo 11970fr (3rd or 4th Sat)
0825 KBS World R, Seoul “Listeners Lounge”:  9570
0930 VOA Radiogram (digital tests): 5745gr
1000 WRMI “Viva Miami”: online, 9955
1010 R Japan "Media Watch ": 9625 (3rd or 4th Sat)
1045 WRMI “Viva Miami”: online, 9955
1050 BBCWS “Over to You”: UK DAB online
1100 WRMI “Wavescan”: online, 9955
1210 R Japan "Media Watch": 11740kr (3rd or 4th Sat)
1245 V of Turkey “DX Corner” (alt wks):  15450
1245 WRMI “Viva Miami”: online, 9955
1325 KBS World R, Seoul “Listeners Lounge”: 9570 15575
1410 R Japan "Media Watch": 11705pw 15735ta(3rd or 4th Sat)
1600 VOA “Radiogram” (digital tests): 17860gr
1625 KBS World R, Seoul “Listeners Lounge”: 9515 9640
1630 WWCR Nashville “Wavescan”: 12160
1645 V of Turkey “DX Corner” (alt wks):  15520
1700 WRN NAm & AfAs “Media Network Plus”
1800 WTWW “QSO” with Ted Randall: 9475
1810 R Japan "Media Watch": 9755me (3rd or 4th Sat)
1825 KBS World R, Seoul “Listeners Lounge”: 7275
1845 V of Turkey “DX Corner” (alt wks): 9785
2045 V of Turkey “DX Corner” (alt wks): 7205
2215 V of Turkey “DX Corner” (alt wks): 9830
2225 KBS World R, Seoul “Listeners Lounge”: 11810
2230 WRMI “Wavescan”: online, 9955
2250 BBCWS “Over to You”: UK DAB, online

Sunday
0000 WTWW “QSO” with Ted Randall: 5085 9930alt
0000 WRMI “Wavescan”: 9495
0030 WRMI “Viva Miami”: online, 9955
0145 WRMI “Viva Miami”: online, 9955
0200 WRMI “Wavescan”: 9955
0225 KBS World R, Seoul “Listeners Lounge”: 9580 9690
0230 VOA “Radiogram” (digital tests): 5745gr
0315 V of Turkey “DX Corner” (alt wks): 6165 9515
0450 BBCWS “Click”: 1323cy 12095om 13660om
0505 WWCR Nashville “Into Tomorrow”: 4840
0510 R Japan "Friends Around the World ": 5975wo 11970fr
0605 WWCR Nashville "Into Tomorrow": 4840
0800 Amateur Radio Today (South Africa): 7205me 17660me
0900 PCJ Media “Media Network Plus”: WRN-Eu (incl. Sky channel 0122)
0945 WWCR Nashville "Ask WWCR": 4840
1010 R Japan "Friends Around the World": 9625
1045 WRMI “Viva Miami”: online, 9955
1210 R Japan "Friends Around the World": 11740kr
1230 PCJ Radio Int “Happy Station”: 13720tr
1410 R Japan "Friends Around the World": 11705pw 15735ta
1530 Adventist World R "Wavescan": 15670nn
1600 Adventist World R "Wavescan":  11865gm 11995tr
1730 WRN-NAm AfAs:  PCJ Media “Media Network Plus”
1810 R Japan "Friends Around the World": 9755me
1902 BBC R4 ”Feedback”: 198LW MW FM DAB online
1910v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 11760
1930 VOA “Radiogram” (digital tests): 15670gr
2230 Adventist World R "Wavescan": 15320gm
2310v R Havana “DXers Unlimited”: 5040 11880
2330 Adventist World R "Wavescan": 15320gm

Web sites with streaming audio or on-demand audio, or program scripts.
Ask WWCR (live): www.wwcr.com
Australian DX Report: adxr.podbean.com/
AWR Wavescan: http://www.awr.org/en/listen/program/143/ru
BBC R4 Feedback: www.bbc.co.uk/radio4 (live+archive)
BBC World Service “Click”: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p002w6r2
BBC World Service “Over to You”: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p002vsn8
R Bulgaria Answering Your Letters (Saturdays): bnr.bg/en (click on “Daily Webcast” for audio)
DXers Unlimited: http://dxersunlimited.blogspot.com
Gadget Detective: http://gadgetdetective.com
Happy Station/Media Network Plus:  http://www.pcjmedia.com/medianetworkplus
R Japan: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/radio/program/index.html
KBS World Radio: http://world.kbs.co.kr/english
RNZI Mailbag: http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/listen
VOA Radiogram: http://voaradiogram.net/
WRMI: www.wrmi.net
(Sources: BCDX & Rod Pearson, FL)

New time for Wavescan on KVOH


As you know, Wavescan is broadcast each week on KVOH shortwave in Los Angeles.  Ray Robinson at the station tells us we made some changes to our English schedule on 9975 kHz last weekend.  Those changes impact the airing of Wavescan on Sunday evening (UT Monday).  

Previously, we have run Wavescan from 0200-0230 UTC (10:00-10:30 pm Eastern Time).  Effective immediately, Wavescan will now be heard half an hour earlier, from 0130-0200 UTC (9:30-10:00pm Eastern), still on 9975 kHz.

Ancinet DX Report: 1907 and HMS Andromeda


            During the year 1907, the broadcast of radio programming was noted in the United States and in islands in Europe, as well as from anchored ships and ships at sea.  Even though these broadcasts were certainly still experimental in nature, yet the program content indicated the intent to entertain and to inform; thus the designation radio broadcasting.
            Soon after the beginning of the new year 1907, on February 6, Lt. Quentin Crauford of the Royal Navy in England presented a radio broadcast over the air from the ship HMS Andromeda.  At the time the "Andromeda" was anchored at Chatham, an inlet off the Thames Estuary on the east coast of England.
            This broadcast was organized by Lieutenant Quentin Crauford with the approval of the naval authorities and In recounting the event, Wireless Operator Crauford stated that he adapted the spark wireless transmitter QFP on the "Andromeda" so that it could broadcast music and speech.  His historic inaugural broadcast was a patriotic concert program performed by navy personnel.  This broadcast, with the approval of the naval authorities, began with a rendition of the national anthem, God Save the King.
            This surprise broadcast was heard by wireless operators on board other navy vessels anchored nearby.  However, as a security measure, Lt Crauford was not permitted to publicize the event, neither before nor afterwards, though the event attained historic significance as the first wireless broadcast in England and the first from a ship.  It appears that another radio broadcast was subsequently presented from another British ship nearby.
            American experimenter Lee de Forest also made several radio program broadcasts from ships, both at sea and at anchorage.  On July 18, he transmitted race results from the steam yacht Thelma at the Lake Erie Regatta and these voice reports were received ashore on a nearby island by his assistant Frank Butler.  Subsequently, Forest and Butler constructed additional transmitters and made many experimental transmissions with voice and music content between buildings in Toledo Ohio.
            As a result of the success of these radio ventures, Forest was invited to install two transmitters on the navy vessels Connecticut and Virginia; and this led to the the installation of more than a score of transmitters on other navy vessels. 
            On December 16, Forest made a special entertainment broadcast from the ship Dolphin as it was moored at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York.  Swedish born 34 year old opera singer Eugenia Farrar sang I Love You Truly and other songs during the live broadcast which was reported in a New York newspaper.  This broadcast was the send off for the round the world tour of the Great White Fleet.
            Over along the Pacific coast of the Americas, wireless operator Arthur Isbell made many wireless transmissions aboard the passenger ship President under the callsign V2.  The transmitter was manufactured under the Massie system and it operated on 750 kHz at 3 kW.  Several of these transmissions created new long distance records.
            Subsequently, Arthur Isbell established a wireless station in San Francisco with antenna masts 200 ft tall.  This station adopted the callsign IAA, a reversal of the operators initials.
            Many newspapers covered the story of Lee de Forests radio broadcasts from the Tellharmonic Hall at 38th and Broadway in New York, both before and after the events.  This program, the first in a short series, presented music from the Harmonium, and listeners were invited to make request for special selections of music.  Test broadcasts between the Tellharmonic Hall and the passenger liner Normandie" began a week in advance of the main broadcasts. 
            In Canada, the Canadian Meteorological Service began the broadcast of time signals on a regular basis, the first in the world.  The time signal was generated at the Dominion Observatory at St. John New Brunswick; it was on the air daily around 10:00 am; and it was broadcast by the Marconi coastal station HX at Camperdown near Halifax Nova Scotia. 
            Over in continental Europe, crystal radio receivers were developed by Tissot and Pelin in France; and Robert Goldschmidt in Belgium conducted wireless experiments between the Palace of Justice in Brussels and two cooperating locations, the Namur Citadel and the Liege Observatory.
            The Christchurch Exhibition in New Zealand, at which wireless transmission and reception was demonstrated, ended on April 15; and a huge Marconi wireless station was inaugurated at Cliffden in Ireland for trans-Atlantic service on October 17.

            Right towards the end of the year 1907, the Great White Fleet began its triumphal world tour and more than 20 American naval vessels were equipped with the new Forest wireless equipment.  That story will come on another occasion here in Wavescan.
(AWR/Wavescan-NWS 282)

Tribute to WYFR-WRMI - A Multitude of QSL Cards

We continue in our series of topics on the fascinating backgrounds of the large American shortwave station, WYFR-WRMI, and on this occasion, we present the interesting information regarding the enormous amount of QSL cards issued from this station at its various locations in the state of Massachusetts.  But first though, we examine the QSL cards that were issued from New York and Mattappoisett by the forerunners of the big Boston station.
On May 10, 1924, the noted amateur radio entrepreneur, Irving Vermilya at Mattappoisett some 50 miles south of Boston, broadcast a music program from his mediumwave station WBBG under the experimental callsign 1XAL.  He received many reception reports from listeners in surrounding states, written onto the popular Applause Cards of the day.
In his first radio history book, On the Shortwaves 1923 - 1945, Jerome Berg in suburban Boston refers to the fact that shortwave station 2XAL, with studios in New York and transmitter at Coytesville New Jersey, received a reception report from a listener in Australia in the year 1928, at a time when the station was running at less than 500 watts.  Station W2XAL from New Jersey was transferred to Boston and it took over the experimental callsign from WBBG at Mattappoisett and began broadcasting in Boston under the now abandoned call W1XAL in mid 1931.
The earliest known QSL cards from Walter Lemmon’s experimental shortwave station W1XAL in Boston were issued a few months later, in January 1932.  This first QSL card acknowledged reception reports addressed to the shortwave station, as well as to the experimental TV and Apex high fidelity stations operated by the television pioneer Hollis Baird.
Since that time, this Boston shortwave station under its different owners and locations has issued untallied thousands of QSL cards in a multitude of different card designs and styles during its more than 40 years of on air activity.  Recent research has uncovered at least 50 different QSL card designs and styles, and it is likely that many more, perhaps even four times that number, were issued.  
One particular card showing the callsign WRUL diagonally in large red letters was issued in 1954 and it was numbered 14,424, though it is not known when this particular numbered sequence began.
The design on many of the earlier QSL cards featured a stylized microphone, and this motif was emblazoned on several different QSL cards, both in size and in position.  These cards usually listed the callsigns and frequencies in use at the time.
One of the very rare QSL cards issued for the reception of experimental station W1XAR verified test transmissions on 11730 kHz on March 19, 1939.  According to an analysis of the historical events associated with this specific transmitter, this particular QSL card is the only known verification of transmitter W1XAR at its temporary location at suburban Norwood in Boston.  A picture of this card can be seen in the Canadian DX magazine, DX Ontario dated July 2006, page 13.
There are no known QSL cards verifying the usage of the two regularized callsigns, WSLA & WSLR, which were in temporary use for just 13 days at Hatherley Beach, Scituate from August 25, 1939 until September 6.  Both transmitters at 20 kW each had been removed from the Boston location and re-installed at the recently acquired facility at Hatherly Beach.  The two temporary callsigns were replaced by the now better known calls WRUL & WRUW.
A QSL card printed in the Spanish language and posted in Nicaragua shows the two newly installed transmitters in the renovated transmitter building at Hatherley Beach Scituate, with a diagrammatic representation showing the scheduling for the two transmitters on five different shortwave channels.
There are no known QSL cards verifying the reception of the callsign WRUR which was in use on the air from 1941 - 1947 approximately.  The call WRUR was apparently a subsidiary call for the 20 kW WRUW on 9700 kHz.
On July 1, 1953, all five transmitters at Scituate, WRUA WRUL WRUS WRUW & WRUX, were redesignated as WRUL 1- 5 and the owners of the station, WWBF World Wide Broadcasting Foundation, introduced a new QSL card.  This new card shows the single call letters diagonally in large red print, WRUL.  At least four different versions of this card are known, though all are very similar.
In 1959, a listener in Sweden received one of the new red letter QSL cards, and instead of the small stylized microphone in the top right hand corner, there is a small version of the globe, planet Earth.  This is the only known copy of this particular card, though obviously many more would have been printed.
There is also only one known copy of the QSL card verifying the 5 kW WIOD transmitter from Miami which was re-activated at Scituate under the WWBF callsign WRUS.  This same transmitter was later re-designated as WRUX, and another QSL card was printed for the occasion with the callsign again printed diagonally in large red print.
During the era when the Scituate station was in service with the  Voice of America, United Nations Radio and AFRS the Armed Forces Radio Service, these parent organizations issued their own QSL cards for their relays via the WRUL transmitters.
Metro Media in New York purchased the shortwave station at Hatherley Beach in 1960 and they owned the station for just three years.  Their QSL card showed the code letters QSL in large black print on a plain card.  At least two versions of this card are known, one in off white and the other in dark green.
Then it was in mid 1962 that Bonneville International bought the station and they owned it for a period of eleven years.  Their QSL cards showed the letter W surrounding planet Earth, and most designs were very similar, though printed on different colored card.
On June 1, 1966, Bonneville changed the callsign from WRUL to WYNW and they produced a commemorative QSL card to honor the occasion.  This card shows their production studios at 485 Madison Ave, New York.
Then, early on Sunday morning April 9, 1967, a disastrous fire of suspicious origin completely destroyed the Hatherley Beach shortwave station.  As Jerome Berg tells us in his first radio book, the WNYW programming was carried by the shortwave communication stations at Brentwood and Rocky Point for a period of some four months.  There are no known QSL cards verifying this temporary fill in relay service.  
In 1973, Bonneville sold shortwave station WNYW to Family Radio in Oakland California and they changed the callsign to WYFR and this change brought in a whole new series of new QSL cards.  We plan to present this story here in Wavescan on a coming occasion.
(AWR/Wavescan-NWS 282)