Friday, February 02, 2018

Shortwave Radiogram weekend schedule

Hello friends,
Last weekend’s experiment with the five 2000-Hz-wide Olivia modes was interesting and fun. It appeared that Olivia 64-2000, 32-2000, and 16-2000 all performed well, even in difficult reception condition. It was not until Olivia 8-2000 and, more so, 4-2000 that errors were seen.

At about 75 words per minute, Olivia 16-2000 might be a good mode for Shortwave Radiogram, except that it is only about 70% as fast as MFSK32 and, unlike MFSK32, it cannot be used to transmit images.

If you have recordings of your Olivia mode reception, especially if your decode was less than 100%, try decoding from your recording after adjusting the integration period upward (Op Mode > Olivia > Custom). Read about the integration period here and here, and note that the default integration period changes as the number of tones changes. Large integration periods can be a problem in amateur radio QSOs, because of the lag time between transmit and receive, but they are less of a problem in a broadcast situation. If you do not have a recording, you can use Scott’s video, with some errors seen from the Olivia 8-2000 and 4-2000 modes.

 This weekend Shortwave Radiogram will be all MFSK32. There are two interesting stories about North Korea, and one about finding a lost

NASA satellite. Each of these has an image, and there is a bonus images of Wednesday’s “super blue blood moon.”

The broadcast Sunday at 2330 UTC coincides with the kickoff of Super Bowl LII. If ratings for the big game are down this year, it will be due to competition from Shortwave Radiogram.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 33, 3-5 February 2018, all in MFSK32 centered on 1500 Hz:

  1:31  Program preview
 2:38  North Korea steps up mobile phone detection*
11:08  White House criticizes NBC reports from North Korea*
17:48  Canadian radio amateur finds lost NASA satellite*
25:59  Super blue blood moon image*
28:06  Closing announcements

* with image

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Shortwave Radiogram Program 33
(3-5 February  2018)

1600-1630 UTC
9400 kHz

Space Line, Bulgaria
2030-2100 UTC
7780 kHz
WRMI Florida
2330-2400 UTC
7780 kHz
WRMI Florida
0800-0830 UTC

7730 kHz
5850 kHz
WRMI Florida

The Mighty KBC transmits to Europe Saturdays at 1500-1600 UTC on 9400 kHz (via Bulgaria), with the minute of MFSK at about 1530 UTC (if you are outside of Europe, listen via ).  And to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 7-9 pm EST) on 6150 kHz, via Germany. The minute of MFSK is at about 0130 UTC.  Reports to Eric: . See also and

Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC)  For the complete IBC transmission schedule visit  Five minutes of MFSK32 is at the end of the 30-minute English-language “Shortwave Panorama,” per the schedule below:

2025-2030 UTC
5845 kHz
Europe, Middle East, Asia
0125-0130 UTC
5950, 11580 kHz
0225-0230 UTC
9955 kHz
0255-0300 UTC
5985 kHz
0155-0200 UTC
5850, 5950, 9395, 9455 kHz
0055-0100 UTC
7730 kHz
1155-1200 UTC
6070 kHz

Thanks for your reception reports! 
Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
Shortwave Radiogram
Reporting on international broadcasting at