Monday, November 19, 2018

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins




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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 12 - 18 November 2018

Solar activity was at very low levels. Region 2726 (N05, L=137, class/area Axx/010 on 13 Nov) was inactive and decayed to plage 15 Nov. Region 2727 (N01, L=112, class/area Cao/060 on 18 Nov) showed slight growth, but remained inactive. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit reached high levels on 12-16 Nov and moderate levels on 17-18 Nov.

Geomagnetic field activity was at predominately quiet levels, with a isolated periods of unsettled conditions observed early on 12 Nov. Solar wind speeds were elevated 12-13 Nov due to a negative polarity CH HSS. Peak speeds of 638 km/s occurred on 12 Nov at approximately 1936 UTC, and decreased over the course of the week, reaching a minimum of 298 km/s by 17/2326 UTC. 14-17 Nov were unremarkable under a nominal solar wind regime. The solar wind environment
underwent a slight enhancement on 18 Nov due to CIR arrival ahead of a negative polarity CH. Total field became enhanced to 8 nT and the Bz component saw a maximum southward deflection of -8 nT by the end of the day. Wind speeds increased to around 330 km/s and density increased to a peak of 20 particles per cubic cm.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 19 November - 15 December 2018

Solar activity is expected to be at very low levels throughout the forecast period (19 Nov-15 Dec). Region 2727 (N05, L=137) will exit the solar disk on 21 Nov, and pending decay, is due to return on 04 Dec.

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to remain at moderate levels 19 Nov-1 Dec. Predominately high levels are likely 2 Dec-13 Dec due to a pair of recurrent CH
HSSs. Moderate levels are likely 14-15 Dec as CH HSS influence wanes.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at mostly unsettled levels 19-22 Nov due to a pair of negative polarity CH HSSs. Predominately quiet levels are expected 23-30 Nov under nominal
solar wind conditions. Active conditions are expected on 01 Dec due to a SSBC ahead of a recurrent positive polarity CH. G1 (Minor)Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt

Storms are likely 02 Dec due to the CIR in advance of the HSS of the aforementioned positive polarity CH. Unsettled conditions are expected 03-06 Dec as CH HSS influence wanes. Active conditons are likely 07-08 Dec due to HSS influence from a recurrent, negative polarity CH. Mostly unsettled conditions, with a chance of active intervals, is expected 09 Dec as the negative polarity CH HSS influence wanes. Quiet conditions are expected for the remainder of the period.




Issued: 2018 Nov 19 0314 UTC
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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2018 Nov 19      72           8          3
2018 Nov 20      72           8          3
2018 Nov 21      71          10          3
2018 Nov 22      68           8          3
2018 Nov 23      68           5          2
2018 Nov 24      68           5          2
2018 Nov 25      68           5          2
2018 Nov 26      68           5          2
2018 Nov 27      68           5          2
2018 Nov 28      68           5          2
2018 Nov 29      68           5          2
2018 Nov 30      68           5          2
2018 Dec 01      68          15          4
2018 Dec 02      68          30          5
2018 Dec 03      69          10          3
2018 Dec 04      70          10          3
2018 Dec 05      71           8          3
2018 Dec 06      71           8          3
2018 Dec 07      71          12          4
2018 Dec 08      71          12          4
2018 Dec 09      71           8          3
2018 Dec 10      71           5          2
2018 Dec 11      71           5          2
2018 Dec 12      71           5          2
2018 Dec 13      71           5          2
2018 Dec 14      71           5          2
2018 Dec 15      71           5          2
(NOAA)

Breaking News - Labor to commit $2 million to resurrect ABC shortwave radio





If elected next year, Federal Labor says it will provide the ABC with $2 million in funding to help re-establish shortwave radio services across the Northern Territory.

The ABC controversially switched off its shortwave service in January 2017, and defended the decision by saying it would "only affect a very, very small amount of people" and save taxpayers up to $1.9 million.

The decision was heavily criticized by industry groups such as the NT Cattlemen's Association (NTCA) and the NT Seafood Council.

NTCA president Chris Nott welcomed today's announcement by Labor and said the ABC's decision was short-sighted.

"What people take for granted in the cities is a luxury for those of us in the bush," Mr Nott said.

"We rely on the HF shortwave radio transmitters because we don't have mobile and data coverage for AM and FM radio stations.

"The ABC can expand its modern day platforms all it likes but the truth is we don't all have access to it and the ABC did not care at all about the impact of its decision."

Federal Member for Solomon Luke Gosling, said the axing of shortwave had angered a lot of people and community groups.

"Many thousands will benefit from this [bringing back shortwave]," he told the Country Hour.

"I was lobbied by a really large cross-section of the community that spends time in remote areas and when shortwave was cut there was a lot of angst, so it will be a good thing to bring it back to keep people on the land and waters connected."
Northern Territory Country Hour

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/nt-country-hour/labor-commits-funding-to-restore-abc-shortwave-radio-nt/10511472?fbclid=IwAR2kQ6Ptx64WNPfrjUZoZuSdWp4t1lD09qKiqLtmM_KO1iR9oSMhB_9u26s

Saturday, November 17, 2018

NATE Says It’s “All In” on Drones in the Broadcast Tower Space


Recent FAA Authorization brings welcome changes, says head of tower organization
Susan Ashworth, Nov 8, 2018

Drones are here to stay. And that’s exciting news for the head of the National Association of Tower Erectors, who sees a bright future in terms of new applications and refined safety regulations surrounding the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Radio World spoke with Todd Schlekeway, executive director of NATE, about the organization’s connection to the Commercial Drone Alliance, his takeaway on the provisions in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, and how drones are being put to use as broadcasters deal with tall tower work due to the repack.

Radio World: What is your organization’s take on the usage of drones in the broadcast tower space?

Additional story at: https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/nate-says-its-all-in-on-drones-in-the-broadcast-tower-space

2019 Radio History Calendar Celebrates Historic Remotes

John Schneider has aggregated 13 colorized photos from 1929–1947

RW Staff, 14 Nov. 2018

t’s that time of year again — calendar ordering season! Broadcast history enthusiast and frequent Radio World contributor John Schneider says his 2019 radio history calendar is now on sale.

Schneider reports this year’s theme is “historic radio remote broadcasts.” Schneider has carefully selected 13 high-resolution, colorized photos of significant remotes from 1929–1947.

For additional info, consult: https://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/2019-radio-history-calendar-celebrates-historic-remotes

Friday, November 16, 2018

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




From the Isle of Music, November 18-24
This week, we listen to music from the winners of the Academic Music (concert music) categories of Cubadisco 2018 and some related Special Prize winners.

The transmissions take place
1. 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 Kostinbrod, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)

2. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0100-0200 UTC (New UTC) on WBCQ, 7490 kHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EST in the US).

3 -4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 UTC (New CETs) on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany.

Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, November 18 and 20
Episode 88, South Africa and Sudan, features some new music from South Africa and some vintage music from Sudan.

The transmissions take place:
1. Sunday 2300-2330 UTC (NEW UTC) (6:00PM -6:30PM Eastern US) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 kHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe

2. Tuesday 2000-2030 UTC (NEW CET) on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe.

Also recommended:
Marion’s Attic, a unique program produced and hosted by Marion Webster featuring early 20th Century records, Edison cylinders etc played on the original equipment, comes on immediately before UBMP on Sundays from 2200-2300 UTC on WBCQ 7490 kHz.
William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer
Tilford Productions, LLC

Shortwave Radiogram weekend schedules


Hello friends,
The Mighty KBC's new frequency of 11600 kHz, Saturdays at 1300-1400 UTC from Bulgaria, reached across the Atlantic last weekend. That included the minute of MFSK64 at 1330 UTC (see below). If you are in North America, try it this weekend.

Unfortunately, the Shortwave Radiogram frequency of 9400 kHz at 1400-1430 UTC, also from Bulgaria, was less successful last weekend reaching the United States and Canada. It is, nevertheless, worth a try this weekend.

Videos of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 73) are provided by Scott in Ontario (Friday 2030-2100 UTC) and by Ralf in Germany (Saturday 1400-1430 UTC). The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. Analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany.

As of this weekend, our broadcast at the inconvenient (at least for North Americans) time of 0800-0830 UTC moves to Sunday, from Monday, and thus might be slightly less inconvenient. North Americans who prefer not to wake up in the middle of the night can use Audacity's timer record feature. Or just leave your radio and Fldigi on all night and look at your results in the morning. Europeans should note that winter gray-line (grey-line) propagation may allow reception of the this Sunday 0800-0830 UTC broadcast. Frequencies are 5850 and 7730 kHz from WRMI Florida.

Winter propagation is allowing reception of Shortwave Radiogram broadcasts in areas where they were not heard during the summer, but the signal might not be sufficient for a good decode of our usual MFSK modes. To improve the chances of a successful decode, we will transmit some of this weekend's content in the robust Olivia 64-2000, 32-2000, and 16-2000 modes.

A few notes about Olivia: 1) For best decode, turn squelch (SQL) off.  2) The RSID should direct Fldigi to the correct Olivia modes, but if manual mode selection is necessary, Olivia 32-2000 and 16-2000 will require using the custom menu under the Olivia op mode. 3) Keep in mind that the text will not begin to print until a few seconds after you hear the tones.

Another interesting feature in this weekend's unusual program is a waterfall graphic created by Merkouris, SV2HWM, in Greece. It's a replica of the message sent to outer space in 1974 by the Arecibo radio telescope. This can be seen in the Fldigi waterfall or on an SDR spectrum display (zoom in). To see as much of it as possible in Fldigi:  Configure > UI > Waterfall > FFT Processing > Increase waterfall height > Save, then close and restart Fldigi.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 74, 16-18 November 2018, in modes as noted:

 1:41  MFSK32: Program preview
 3:07  Olivia 64-2000: Earth's dust clouds***
 6:11  Olivia 32-2000: Earth's dust clouds***
 8:42  Olivia 16-2000: Earth's dust clouds***
11:43  MFSK64: Image from previous story*
14:27  Arecibo radio telescope message to space**
20:31  This week's images
27:41  MFSK32: Closing announcements


* with image(s)

** with waterfall graphic and image

*** for best Olivia decode turn off squelch (SQL)

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 DayUTC Time FrequencyTransmitter
Friday2030-2100 UTC7780 kHzWRMI Florida
Saturday1400-1430 UTC9400 kHzSpace Line Bulgaria
Sunday NEW DAY0800-0830 UTC5850 kHz
7730 kHz
WRMI Florida
Sunday2330-2400 UTC7780 kHzWRMI Florida
Slow Scan Radio transmits SSTV images and text modes Saturdays on 6070 kHz (and maybe also 7440 kHz) via Channel 292 in Germany -- according to the latest schedule information I have. The website is http://www.slowscanradio.com. Reception reports to x@xdv.me.

The Mighty KBC transmits to Europe Saturdays at 1300-1400 UTC on 11600 kHz (new time and frequency via Bulgaria), with the minute of MFSK at about 1330 UTC (if you are outside of Europe, listen via websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/ ). And to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 7-9 pm EST) on 5960 kHz, via Germany. The 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/.

Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC)  Five minutes of MFSK32 is at the end of the 30-minute English-language “Shortwave Panorama. For the complete IBC transmission schedule visit  http://ibcradio.webs.com/ 

Broad Spectrum Radio is transmitted by WRMI Florida Mondays at 0700-0800 UTC on 5850 and 7730 kHz. MFSK32 is broadcast during the second half hour of the show. Reports to broadspectrumradio@gmail.com.

Thanks for your reception reports!
Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
Shortwave Radiogram

Reporting on international broadcasting at https://twitter.com/kaedotcom
The MFSK64 segment of The Mighty KBC, Saturday, 10 November 2018, 1330 UTC, 11600 kHz from Bulgaria, received in Virginia.
Images received by IT2024SWL in Italy, 10 November 2018, 1400-1430 UTC, 9400 kHz from Bulgaria.
 
Images and text received by Guy in Texas, 11 November 2018, 2330-2400 UTC, 7780 kHz from WRMI Florida.
Also from the Sunday 2330 UTC broadcast, these MFSK64 images were received by Merkouris in Greece, with artistic effect.
Images received by Zach in Alabama, who was awake for the 0800-0830 UTC broadcast, 12 November 2018, 5850 kHz from WRMI Florida. 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins



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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 05 - 11 November 2018

Solar activity was at very low levels. The solar disk remained spotless. However, spots emerged late on 11 Nov near N05E13, but remained unnumered. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at moderate to high levels on 05-09 Nov, normal to moderate levels on 10 Nov and normal to high levels on 11 Nov.

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to G2 (Moderate) storm levels during the period due to a pair of recurrent CH HSSs. The solar wind enviroment was enhanced on 05 Nov due to a positive
polarity CH HSS. Wind speeds peaked at 610 km/s at 05/0506 UTC and the Bz component saw a maximum deflection of -8 nT at 05/0406 UTC. During this timeframe, unsettled to G2 (Moderate) geomagnetic conditions were observed. 06 Nov began a downward trend to a more nominal solar wind regime as CH HSS influence waned. Wind speeds decreased to a low of 400 km/s at 07/0611 UTC. Quiet to isolated active conditions were observed from 06-08 Nov. Mostly nominal conditions continued until early on 09 Nov with arrival of a SSBC/CIR ahead of a negative polarity CH HSS. Density reached a maximum of 18.17 particles per cubic cm at 09/1530 ahead of the CIR.
Total field reached a maximum of 14 nT at 10/0600 UTC and the Bz component reached a maximum deflection of -8 nT at 10/0821 UTC. The negative polarity CH HSS arrived early on 10 Nov with wind speeds just over 600 km/s, which continued to be geoeffective through 11 Nov. Field conditions were at quiet to isolated active levels from 09-11 Nov.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 12 November - 08 December 2018

Solar activity is expected to be at very low levels through the forecast period (12 Nov-08 Dec).

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at high levels 12 Nov-16 Nov due to CH HSS influence. An extened period of normal levels is expected 18 Nov-01 Dec due to nominal solar wind environment conditions. Mostly high levels are likely 02-08 Dec with the return of a pair of recurrent CH HSSs.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be slightly enhanced 12 Nov-14 Nov, with a chance for isolated active levels possible, due to a geoeffection, negative polarity CH HSS. Quiet to unsettled
conditons are expected 15 Nov-30 Nov under a nominal solar wind regime. Unsettled conditions are likely 01 Dec-08 Dec, with a chance of a few active periods, due to a pair of recurrent CH HSSs.

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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2018 Nov 12      70          12          3
2018 Nov 13      70          10          3
2018 Nov 14      70           8          3
2018 Nov 15      70           5          2
2018 Nov 16      70           5          2
2018 Nov 17      70           5          2
2018 Nov 18      70           5          2
2018 Nov 19      69           5          2
2018 Nov 20      68           5          2
2018 Nov 21      68           5          2
2018 Nov 22      68           5          3
2018 Nov 23      68           5          2
2018 Nov 24      68           5          2
2018 Nov 25      68           5          2
2018 Nov 26      68           5          2
2018 Nov 27      68           5          2
2018 Nov 28      68           5          2
2018 Nov 29      68           5          2
2018 Nov 30      68           5          2
2018 Dec 01      68          15          4
2018 Dec 02      68          30          5
2018 Dec 03      69          10          3
2018 Dec 04      69          10          3
2018 Dec 05      70           8          3
2018 Dec 06      69           8          3
2018 Dec 07      69          12          3
2018 Dec 08      70          12          3
(NOAA)

Radio Communications Dashboard/Space Weather Overview: https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/communities/radio-communications

Friday, November 09, 2018

Shortwave Radiogram Nov. 9-12


Hello friends,

For anyone who was awake for last Monday's 0800 UTC broadcast, sorry that it was missing. There was an automation issue at WRMI, which I hope is resolved by this coming Monday. The 0800 UTC transmission is interesting, because, as we approach winter, it is beginning to be audible in Europe. Reception is usually good in Australia and New Zealand and most of North America.

On 9400 kHz from Bulgaria, our new Saturday broadcast time of 1400-1430 UTC is working well, and was even received in parts of North America. However, The Mighty KBC's new time of 1300-1400 UTC on 9400 kHz experienced interference from FEBC Philippines. Accordingly, KBC will move to 11600 kHz, via Bulgaria, beginning this Saturday at 1300-1400 UTC. It will be interesting to see if this new frequency is heard in Asia-Pacific and the Americas. At 1400 UTC, please don't forget to retune to 9400 kHz for Shortwave Radiogram.

Reception in Europe is also improving Friday at 2030-2100 UTC on 7780 kHz from WRMI. It continues to be good in Europe Sunday at 2330-2400 UTC, also on 7780, although the hour is late.

Videos of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 72) are provided by Ralf in Germany (Saturday 1400-1430 UTC) and Scott in Ontario (Sunday 2330-2400 UTC). The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. Analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany, including the colorization of last week's trail cam image sent by Mike in Washington state.

This weekend's Shortwave Radiogram will be relatively simple, with text and images in MFSK32 and MFSK64 only, including eight MFSK images.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 73, 9-12 November 2018, in MFSK modes as noted:

 1:40  MFSK32: Program preview
 2:50  Listening station near Berlin to become museum*
 9:16  MFSK64: New Caledonia votes to stay with France*
14:02  North Korean officer purged for listening to RFA*
18:19  Images of the week
26:57  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 DayUTC Time FrequencyTransmitter
Friday2030-2100 UTC7780 kHzWRMI Florida
Saturday1400-1430 UTC
NEW TIME
9400 kHzSpace Line Bulgaria
Sunday2330-2400 UTC7780 kHzWRMI Florida
Monday0800-0830 UTC5850 kHz
7730 kHz
WRMI Florida
Slow Scan Radio transmits SSTV images and text modes Wednesdays at 1830-1900 UTC on 6070 kHz via Channel 292 in Germany. The website is http://www.slowscanradio.com. Reception reports to x@xdv.me.
The Mighty KBC transmits to Europe Saturdays at 1300-1400 UTC on 11600 kHz (new time and frequency via Bulgaria), with the minute of MFSK at about 1530 UTC (if you are outside of Europe, listen via websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/ ). And to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 7-9 pm EST) on 5960 kHz, via Germany. The 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/
Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC)  Five minutes of MFSK32 is at the end of the 30-minute English-language “Shortwave Panorama. For the complete IBC transmission schedule visit  http://ibcradio.webs.com/  
Broad Spectrum Radio is transmitted by WRMI Florida Mondays at 0700-0800 UTC on 5850 and 7730 kHz. MFSK32 is broadcast during the second half hour of the show. Reports to broadspectrumradio@gmail.com.

Thanks for your reception reports!
Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
Shortwave Radiogram

Reporting on international broadcasting at https://twitter.com/kaedotcom

Marco in Italy received these images, Friday, 2 November 2018, on 7780 kHz from WRMI Florida.
@Hal-Fi in California received these images direct from Bulgaria, 9400 kHz, Saturday, 3 November 2018, 1400-1500 UTC.
Images received by Mark in the UK, Sunday, 4 November 2018, 2330-2400 UTC, 7780 kHz from WRMI Florida. 

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


From the Isle of Music, November 11-17, 2018:

This week, our special guest is Angel Yos, leader of La Mecánica Loca, whose album Vamo' Hacerlo won the Popular Dance Music - Young Talents category in Cubadisco 2018. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy!

The transmissions take place:
1. 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 Kostinbrod, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)


2. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0100-0200 UTC (New UTC) on WBCQ, 7490 KHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EST in the US). This has been audible in parts of NW, Central and Southern Europe with an excellent skip to Italy recently.


3-4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 UTC (New CETs) on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany.



Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, November 11 and 13, 2018: *
Episode 87, Steiermark, Slovenia & Schwyz, features some of the best Volksmusik in this region from the 1960s and 1970s.

The transmissions take place:
1. Sunday 2300-2330 UTC (NEW UTC) (6:00PM -6:30PM Eastern US) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 kHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe

2. Tuesday 2000-2030 UTC (NEW CET) on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe. If current propagation conditions hold, the broadcast should reach Iceland AND Western Russia due to a long skip.


Also recommended:
Marion’s Attic, a unique program produced and hosted by Marion Webster featuring early 20th Century records, Edison cylinders etc played on the original equipment, comes on immediately before UBMP on Sundays from 2200-2300 UTC on WBCQ 7490 kHz.

* UBMP is staying on 6070 at 2000-2030 UTC. 
William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer
Tilford Productions, LLC


Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins



Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2018 Nov 05 0442 UTC
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 29 October - 04 November 2018

Solar activity was at very low levels. The solar disk remained spotless through the reporting period. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at normal levels with a peak flux of 28 pfu observed at 30/2015 UTC.

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to G1 (Minor) storm levels during the period. The majority of the period was under nominal solar wind conditions with solar wind speeds between 285-365 km/s and total field at or below 6 nT. Total field began to increase at 04/0925 UTC and reached a maximum of 16 nT at 04/2225 UTC. The Bz component reached a maximum southward deflection of -12 nT at 04/2129 UTC. Solar wind speed began to increase at 04/1430 UTC to a maximum of 500 km/s at 04/2336 UTC as a positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) became geoeffective. The geomagnetic field was quiet on 29 Oct - 03 Nov. G1 (Minor) storm levels were
observed late on 04 Nov.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 05 November - 01 December 2018

Solar activity is expected to be at very low levels through the forecast period (05 Nov - 01 Dec).

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to reach high levels on 07-16 Nov due to CH HSS influence.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at unsettled to active levels on 05-07 Nov, 10-11 Nov, and again on 01 Dec with G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels expected on 05 Nov due to recurrent CH HSS effects.

:Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2018 Nov 05 0442 UTC
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2018 Nov 06      68          12          4
2018 Nov 07      68           8          3
2018 Nov 08      68           5          2
2018 Nov 09      68           5          2
2018 Nov 10      68          15          4
2018 Nov 11      68          12          4
2018 Nov 12      70           5          2
2018 Nov 13      70           5          2
2018 Nov 14      70           5          2
2018 Nov 15      70           5          2
2018 Nov 16      70           5          2
2018 Nov 17      70           5          2
2018 Nov 18      69           5          2
2018 Nov 19      69           5          2
2018 Nov 20      68           5          2
2018 Nov 21      68           5          2
2018 Nov 22      68           5          3
2018 Nov 23      68           5          2
2018 Nov 24      68           5          2
2018 Nov 25      68           5          2
2018 Nov 26      68           5          2
2018 Nov 27      68           5          2
2018 Nov 28      68           5          2
2018 Nov 29      68           5          2
2018 Nov 30      68           5          2
2018 Dec 01      68          15          4
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Friday, November 02, 2018

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



From the Isle of Music, November 4-10, 2018:
This week, our special guest is Alberto Lescay, leader of FORMAS, whose excellent Afro NuJazz album Escape won the Opera Prima (Best New Artist) category of Cubadisco 2018 and was also nominated in Jazz Fusion and Recording. This is an episode that you should not miss.
The transmissions take place:
1. 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 Kostinbrod, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)


2. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0100-0200 UTC   (UTC CHANGE) on WBCQ, 7490 KHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EST in the US). This has been audible in parts of NW, Central and Southern Europe with an excellent skip to Italy recently.
3 -4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 UTC (CET CHANGES)  on Channel 292 , 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany.

Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, November 4 and 6, 2018:
Episode 86 will feature some folk music and Fado from Portugal. .
The transmissions take place:
1. Sunday 2300-0000 UTC (UTC CHANGE)  (6:00PM -6:30PM Eastern US) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 KHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe
2. Tuesday 2030-2100 UTC (NEW TIME) on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe. If current propagation conditions hold, the broadcast should reach Iceland AND Western Russia due to a long skip.
Time change on 6070 due to interference from AWR/VOH at 2000-2030.
Also recommended:
Marion’s Attic, a unique program produced and hosted by Marion Webster featuring early 20th Century records, Edison cylinders etc played on the original equipment, comes on immediately before UBMP on Sundays from 2100-2200 UTC on WBCQ 7490 Khz.
William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer
Tilford Productions, LLC

Shortwave Radiogram schedule information


Hello friends,

The big news this weekend is that our Saturday broadcast on 9400 kHz will change its time to 1400-1430 UTC (it was 1600-1630 UTC). This should improve reception in Europe by keeping it in the daylight hours. We will find out how this time change will affect reception in Asia/Pacific and North America. (The Mighty KBC will also change its time on 9400 kHz from 1500-1600 to 1300-1400 UTC, with a minute of MFSK64 at about 1330 UTC.)

As we approach winter, listeners in Europe should encounter better reception Friday at 2030-2100 UTC on 7780 kHz, and possibly some reception Monday at 0800-0830 UTC on 7730 or 5850 kHz.

In most of North America, daylight savings time ends 4 November. Shortwave Radiogram stays at its UTC broadcast times, so this weekend the Sunday transmission will be at 6:30 pm EST and the Monday transmission at the delightful hour of 3:00 am EST.

Last week we transmitted Thor 22. I'm not sure if Thor 22 text (78 wpm) decodes more successfully than MFSK32 (120 wpm) in difficult reception conditions. One advantage is that Thor22 images can be adjusted to eliminate phase and slant issues, just as I have done here by using the arrows ...
When the corrections are made, click the Save button to save the image as a png file in the folder \fldigi.files\images\ -- the same folder where your decoded MFSK images are automatically saved. The original .raw file of your Thor22 image is also stored in that folder: You might want to delete it after the png image has been saved, because the .raw file can be 7 to 8 Mb in size. You can also retrieve stored .raw files for later adjustments by using this procedure.

Videos of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram are provided by Scott in Ontario (Friday 2030 UTC) and by 2010DFS in Japan and Ralf in Germany (both Saturday 1600 UTC). The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. Analysis of last weekend’s Shortwave Radiogram and other programs transmitting text and images is prepared by Roger in Germany.

This weekend on Shortwave Radiogram we will include another Thor22 item, this time with a gray scale (back and white) image. And the usual MFSK32 and 64, with eight MFSK64 images.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 72, 2-5 November 2018, in modes as noted:

 1:40  MFSK32: Program preview
 2:48  Thor 22: Auction of moon rocks from Soviet 1970 mission*
 8:56  MFSK64: NASA retires Kepler space telescope*
13:29  China steps up VPN blocks*
16:36  Images of the week*
27:54  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).
Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule
UTC DayUTC Time FrequencyTransmitter
Friday2030-2100 UTC7780 kHzWRMI Florida
Saturday1400-1430 UTC
NEW TIME
9400 kHzSpace Line Bulgaria
Sunday2330-2400 UTC7780 kHzWRMI Florida
Monday0800-0830 UTC5850 kHz
7730 kHz
WRMI Florida
Slow Scan Radio transmits SSTV images and text modes Wednesdays at 1830-1900 UTC on 6070 kHz via Channel 292 in Germany. The website is http://www.slowscanradio.com. Reception reports to  x@xdv.me.

The Mighty KBC transmits to Europe Saturdays at 1300-1400 UTC (new time) on 9400 kHz (via Bulgaria), with the minute of MFSK at about 1330 UTC (if you are outside of Europe, listen via websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/ ). And to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT) on 5960 kHz, via Germany. The 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/.

Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC)  Five minutes of MFSK32 is at the end of the 30-minute English-language “Shortwave Panorama. For the complete IBC transmission schedule visit  http://ibcradio.webs.com/

Broad Spectrum Radio is transmitted by WRMI Florida Mondays at 0700-0800 UTC on 5850 and 7730 kHz. MFSK32 is broadcast during the second half hour of the show. Reports to broadspectrumradio@gmail.com.

Thanks for your reception reports!

Kim

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

 
Vasiliy in the Samara region of Russia received these MFSK images during the 1600-1700 UTC broadcast last Saturday (27 October) on 9400 kHz from Bulgaria.
Trans-Atlantic, or maybe trans-Pacific, or even trans-Arctic, on 9400 kHz! Bob in Ontario received these images during the 1600-1630 UTC broadcast -- plus KBC at 1530 UTC -- last Saturday on 9400 kHz from Bulgaria.