Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas Programming 2016

All times UTC

Grimeton Radio/SAQ Transmission
Christmas Eve - December 24, 2016
We are now planning for the traditional transmission with the Alexanderson 200 kW alternator on VLF 17.2 kHz on the morning of Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24. The message transmission will take place at 08:00 UTC and the transmitter will be tuned up from around 07:30 UTC.
Since the plant is old, there is always the risk that the transmission will be cancelled with short notice. An updated information will be published on our website
There will be activity on Amateur Radio Frequencies with the call SK6SAQ.
Frequencies: - 7,035 CW or 14,035 CW
QSL-reports on the SAQ transmission or SK6SAQ are kindly received via:
- E-mail to:
- or via: SM bureau
- or direct by mail to:
Alexander - Grimeton Veteranradios Vaenner,
Radiostationen Grimeton 72
The radio station will be open to visitors.

Vatican Radio special broadcasts at Christmas
Saturday 24 December 2016
1600-1652 Mass in Chinese 5975 7200 kHz
Portuguese 11625 kHz Angola and Mozambique
French 6080 kHz West Africa
English 7275 kHz Central Africa
Chinese 6185 kHz China

Sunday 25 December 2016
Portuguese 21560 kHz Angola and Mozambique
French 17520 kHz West Africa
English 15570 kHz Central Africa
Live audio from St.Peters without any comment: 9645 kHz 11740 kHz Europe
15595 kHz Near East

All from Santa Maria di Galeria.
(Mauno Ritola, WRTH Facebook page)

Free Radio Service Holland special on Dec.25
0830-1430 on  7700 unknown tx / unknown to WeEu English
0830-1430 on  9300 unknown tx / unknown to WeEu English
1630-2230 on  7700 unknown tx / unknown to WeEu English
1630-2230 on  9300 unknown tx / unknown to WeEu English

VOA Radiogram
Hello friends,
This note provides details about VOA Radiogram for the holiday weekends of 24-25 December and 31 December-1 January.
Listeners in Europe: Try for possible gray line reception for the broadcast Saturdays at 0930-1000 UTC on 5865 kHz.  And if reception on 17580 and 15670 kHz is difficult, you might have your best luck in the middle of the night, Sundays at 0230-0300 UTC on 5745 kHz.
The program for 24-25 December (program 195) is a holiday "spectacular."  It will all be in MFSK32 and will include 11 images of holiday lights from around the United States.
The show on December 31-1 January will return to the normal format, with one news item in Olivia 64-2000, which might be helpful if reception is poor.  Olivia 64-2000 works best if Fldigi's squelch (SQL) is off.
Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 196, 31 December 2016-1 January 2017, all in MFSK32 except where noted:
1:45  Program preview
2:50  Farming without soil*
8:54  Dwarf planet Ceres flush with ice*
14:38  Olivia 64-2000: Planets developing around young star
22:02  MFSK32: Image* and closing announcements*
 with image
Please send reception reports to

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
Sat 0930-1000 5865 kHz (to the Americas, try also in Asia-Pacific and Europe)
Sat 1600-1630 17580 kHz (to Europe, try also in the Americas and Asia-Pacific) 
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz  (to the Americas, try also in Europe)
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz  (to Europe, try also in the Americas and Asia-Pacific)
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.
The Mighty KBC broadcast to North America will be Sunday at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 7-9 pm EST) on 6145 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK32 will be transmitted at about 0130
Reports to Eric: . See also and 
DigiDX transmits DX news in MFSK32 and sometimes other modes:
Sunday 2030-2100 on  11580kHz (Via WRMI Florida, to Europe)
Sunday 2330-2400 on 11580kHz (Via WRMI Florida, to North and South America)
Monday 2000-2030 on 3975 kHz (via IBC)
Wednesday 2100-2130 on 3975 kHz (via IBC)
See and

Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) has digital modes as follows:
EVERY WEDNESDAY ON 3975kHz 20.30-21.00 in MFSK32 and OLIVIA 16-500
EVERY FRIDAY ON 9955 kHz 02.25-02.30 in MFSK32
EVERY SATURDAY ON 1584 kHz 21.25-21.30 in MFSK32
EVERY SUNDAY ON 7730 kHz 00.55-01.00 in MFSK32
EVERY SUNDAY ON 6070 kHz 11.30-12.00 in MFSK32 and OLIVIA 16-500 (VIA RADIO BCLNEWS)
For the complete IBC transmission schedule, including voice broadcasts, visit
Thanks for your reports from last weekend.  I tried a new system in which I prepared a "QSL" card for each transmission, each consisting of four images decoded by listeners, and sent those soon after the broadcast.  They are not as comprehensive as the gallery of all decoded images, but the cards do let me respond to your emails on a more timely basis.
If you can take some time off from your holiday celebrations, I hope you can tune in and write in this weekend.
Best wishes for the holidays and the new year 2017,
Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
Twitter: @VOARadiogram  (especially active just before, during, and after broadcasts)

December 24
NDR Hamburg"Greeting on Board"via MBR relays
1900-2100 on  6125 NAU 125 kW / 250 deg to Northern Atlantic (Germany)
1900-2100 on  6145 ERV 100 kW / 305 deg to West Europe, add. (Armenia)
1900-2100 on  9740 NAU 125 kW / 130 deg to Indian Ocean West (Germany)
1900-2100 on  9790 MOS 100 kW / 115 deg to Indian Ocean East (Austria)
1900-2100 on  9800 ISS 250 kW / 156 deg to Indian Ocean/SoAf (France)
1900-2100 on 11650 ISS 250 kW / 195 deg to Southern Atlantic (France)
2100-2300 on  5930 NAU 125 kW / 250 deg to Northern Atlantic (Germany)
2100-2300 on  6145 ERV 100 kW / 305 deg to West Europe, add. (Armenia)
2100-2300 on  9590 ISS 250 kW / 156 deg to Indian Ocean/SoAf (France)
2100-2300 on  9650 MOS 100 kW / 115 deg to Indian Ocean East (Austria)
2100-2300 on  9765 NAU 125 kW / 130 deg to Indian Ocean West (Germany)
2100-2300 on  9830 ISS 250 kW / 195 deg to Southern Atlantic (France)

16 Gwendoline Street
This year marks 10 years since IRRS began broadcasting at 150 kW on the current frequencies. My Christmas program will be broadcast on the same slot on 9510 kHz, as it was from 2007.
The format is a mixture of DX news, arts news from Wales where the program has been based since 2011, and some eclectic music.
It can be heard on medium wave in central/southern Europe and the Adriatic, and shortwave to as-far-as-possible.
Friday,   December 23 at 2300 on 846, 1368 AM kHz
Saturday, December 24 at 0530 / 2230 on 846, 1368 kHz
Sunday,   December 25 at 12:30 on 9510 kHz, 31 meter band
Friday,   December 30 at 22:30 on 846, 1368 kHz AM
Saturday, December 31 at 22:30 on 846/ 1368 kH AM
Sunday,   January 1 at 12:30 on 9510 kHz, 31 meter band
If it is possible, 7290 kHz may also be used on one of the above days.
Happy holidays to everyone
Stephen Jones/IRRS

Christmas radio stations planned for the UK
Signal Christmas will broadcast across Staffordshire & Cheshire, Pulse Christmas across West Yorkshire and Wave Christmas across South West Wales, all on DAB digital radio multiplexes.
The stations will each launch at midday on Monday 14th November and will run until midnight on 27th December. Owner Wireless Group says they will play a non-stop mix of the biggest and most popular Christmas songs, as well as anecdotes and Christmas memories from big names across the world of music, including Robbie Williams, Little Mix and James Arthur.
Additional news at:

Radio MiAmigo
This Christmas we'll present you with two extra high power Special Event broadcasts that will cover a large part of the globe!
What better occasion than Christmas to celebrate the fact that in 2016 we became the fastest growing mediumwave and shortwave station in Europe.
* Our special two hour broadcast on December 25, will come from the Armenian 100 kW transmitter - aimed at the larger European region, including Eastern Europe and large parts of Russia as well as the Middle East.
* On December 26, a very powerful 125 kW signal from Nauen, Germany will be aimed directly at North America, but with a large overlap in other regions as well.
Our Special Event show will be presented live from Amsterdam in the Netherlands, with contributions from all involved with Radio MiAmigo, directly from studio's in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and Ecuador. We'll introduce ourselves to hopefully many new listeners, celebrate with the current ones, look back at our 2016 highlights, and play some very special music. You'll get updates of our plans for next year and we'll talk DX and shortwave.
Please note the times and frequencies below and calculate UTC times to your timezone.
(For instance: EST -New York- will be on December 25, 7 - 9 pm)
Date: 25-12-2016
Time: 19:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs UTC (20:00 - 22:00 hrs Central European Time)
Frequency: 6145 kHz (49 meter band) - via Armenia (100 kW)
To: the greater European region
Date: 26-12-2016
Time: 00:00 hrs - 02:00 hrs UTC (01:00 hrs - 03:00 hrs Central European Time)
Frequency: 6080 kHz (49 meter band) via Nauen, Germany (125 kW)
To: North America
)* Note that in the U.S. the broadcast date is still December 25! 7 - 9 pm [EST], 6- 8 pm [CST] and 4 - 6 pm [PST]