Friday, February 16, 2018

Shortwave Radiogram weekend schedules

Hello friends,

After a few years of inactivity, I am again relaying news about international broadcasting through the Twitter feed @kaedotcom . If you don't have a Twitter account, just visit . Most of the Twitter items are eventually also posted to .

Last weekend's experiment with Olivia  modes, all with 8 tones but bandwidths of 2000, 1000, and 500 Hz, generally showed the narrower bandwidths to provide better performance. Unfortunately, the narrower versions also provide slower text printout. I also noticed that MFSK32 usually provided a better decode than all the Olivia modes. Given that MFSK32 is faster and can transmit images, it becomes evident why it is our favorite mode. If we experience continuously poor reception on Shortwave Radiogram, e.g. if someone decides to jam to the program, we might look for a slower but more robust mode.

If you were not able to tune in last weekend and want to try decoding the three Olivia modes, as well as the MFSK32, these YouTube videos produced by Shortwave Radiogram listeners are available:  ;  ;  
This weekend's Shortwave Radiogram will be all MFSK32, including five images. The show includes news about a new Twitter feed that reports on FCC experimental license applications. Then two items from outer space. And finally a nod to the Winter Olympics taking place in a city whose name I can never remember, let alone spell. 

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 35, 17-18 February 2018, all in MFSK32:

 1:32  Program preview
 2:38  New Twitter feed tracks FCC experimental licenses*
 6:55  Search for an ionosphere for signs of planetary life*
16:58  Astronomers image 40-light-year-wide space donut*
23:12  Olympics image*
25:33  Closing announcements*

Please send reception reports to

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Shortwave Radiogram Program 35
(17-18 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