Friday, May 31, 2019

Shortwave Radiogram weekend lineup

Hello friends,

The only mishap last week was the absence of 5850 kHz Sunday at 0800-0830 UTC. During that half hour, the other frequency from WRMI Florida, 7730 kHz, did transmit.

Videos of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 101) are provided by Scott in Ontario (Friday 1300 UTC) and Ralf in Germany (Sunday 2330 UTC - fighting local interference!). The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. Analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany.

This weekend's show is in the usual MFSK32 and MFSK64, with nine images..

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 102, June 1 2 June 2019, in MFSK modes as noted:

 1:42  MFSK32: Program preview
 2:52  Trump administration calls LNG exports "freedom gas"*
 7:36  MFSK64: Permafrost degradation in Canadian High Arctic*
12:08  Electric scooters gain popularity in Taiwan*
17:47  This week's images*
28:29  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 Day UTC Time Frequency Transmitter
Saturday  0230-0300 UTC 9265 kHz WINB Pennsylvania
Sunday 0800-0830 UTC 5850 kHz / 7730 kHz WRMI Florida
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC 7780 kHz WRMI Florida

The Mighty KBC transmits to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT) on 9925 kHz, via Germany. A 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/.

“This is a Music Show” is the newest addition to digital modes via analog shortwave. Most of the show is a music show, but the host transmits some MFSK text and image near the end of the broadcast. It’s transmitted on WRMI, 9395 kHz, Thursday 0130-0230 UTC (Wednesday evening in the Americas). Also look for a waterfall ID at the beginning of the show. thisisamusicshow@gmail.com . www.instagram.com/thisisamusicshow/ www.twitter.com/ThisIsAMusicSho/

New York and Pennsylvania NBEMS nets. Most weekends, as KD9XB, I check in to the New York NBEMS (Narrow Band Emergency Messaging Software) net Saturday at 1200 UTC on 3584 kHz USB, and the Pennsylvania NBEMS net Sunday at 1200 UTC on 3583 kHz USB (with out-of-state check-ins now starting at 1130 UTC). Check-ins are usually in Thor 22, and messages are in MFSK32 (PA NBEMS is experimenting with Thor 50x1 for messages). Messages generally use the Flmsg add-on to Fldigi. If you are a radio amateur in eastern North America, feel free to check in. Outside the region, use an SDR in the eastern USA to tune in and decode. You do not need Flmsg to check in, and most of the messages can be read without Flmsg. If you can decode the net, send me an email to radiogram@verizon.net , or tweet to @SWRadiogram , and I will let them know you are tuned in.

Thanks for your reception reports!
Kim

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



Observations on monitoring Solomon Islands


All times UTC
log edited for clarity

Solomon Islands
Heard on 5020 kHz, SIBC - The Voice of the Nation. Heard on May 27, at 0925. Solomon Islands had an earthquake, so SIBC increased the audio level today and extended their broadcasting
time well past 1200. Noted from 1154 to 1201, with the usual "evening devotional." Closing ID in English and National Anthem, 1201-1316.+ Over an hour of non-stop pop songs in English, without announcements or ID. Assume this was not a Wantok FM relay, which in
the past was noted with frequent IDs between the songs, whenever running past the normal sign off time (1200* UT). All I usually hear is a carrier, with no trace of any audio, so today was a treat for me!
(Ron Howard-CA-USA,  via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 27)
(Top News 1385/31 May 2019)

Report on Strong Quake Hits near Solomon Islands; Tsunami Cancelled
(Reuters) - A powerful magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands on Sunday morning, triggering a tsunami warning that was later cancelled, according to U.S. government agencies, and there were no immediate reports of damage.
Additional story: Scientific American: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strong-quake-hits-near-solomon-islands-tsunami-warning-cancelled/ 

Pakistan eyes their future

PBC Pakistan QSL (Gayle Van Horn QSL Collection)
Pakistan
Pakistan Broadcasting proposed to get major share of next budget's pie. Television and radio will be receiving the major share of the budgetary proposals outlined by the information ministry as the
government seeks to update equipment and infrastructure of the state broadcasters. This was disclosed in a report on the budgetary allocations proposed by the Information and Broadcasting Division for the financial year 2019-2020.

Around Rs3.1bn have been allocated for the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) with three projects worth Rs201.46m also proposed.

PBC's projects include the establishment of a 100-kW medium wave transmitter in Gwadar, rehabilitation of MW services from Muzaffarabad and replacement of MW transmitter at Mirpur, which also doubles as strategic equipment.

The Senate was told that Information Fawad Chaudhry has disclosed the establishment of a mega MW transmitter at Fort Monroe at an estimated cost of Rs2.5bn with the cabinet already granting its approval in principle.

The transmitter will be sufficient for Radio Pakistan's transmission not only in the entire country but also to cover parts of Afghanistan and India.
(xpress Tribune, 9 March)
(via BrDXC_UK "Communication" monthly Magazine May 9)
(Top news 1385/31 May 2019)

Future of RTÉ longwave station

Ireland
Upgrade works will ensure that the transmission of Raidio Teilifis Eireann longwave transmitter on 252 kHz, continues for the Irish diaspora, a Fine Gael TD has said. Chair of the Oireachtas Communications Committee, Hildegarde Naughton, welcomed RTE's decision to undertake the
significant remedial works on transmission equipment which will guaranteethe continuance of the longwave service for a minimum of two years.

Deputy Naughton said: "The maintenance of long wave radio for the Irish diaspora is a significant concern to the Committee. "The UK regulator, Ofcom, will not grant RTE, as a non-UK broadcaster, the necessary licence to broadcast on digital in the UK at this time. "After engagement between
the Committee and RTE, I received a letter from the Director General of the national broadcaster committing to maintain service into the future. "The antenna upgrade requires bespoke manufacturing from a specialist supplier based in Canada and delivery of this element is expected by mid-
September.

"The relevant mast at Summerhill is 248 metres in height and is a high-risk work environment. "I am told that the weather, and more particularly wind speeds, will be the main determining factor on the
commencement and the duration of the works. "Unfortunately, once this remedial work commences, the long wave service will have to be temporarily suspended. "I understand that it will be out of commission for approximately ten weeks, but RTE has said it will endeavor to complete the works as quickly as possible. "I welcome the efforts being made to continue this service, which serves as an invaluable link between the diaspora and home. However I intend to work with the committee to explore other longer term alternative solutions to ensure this service continues," Deputy Naughton concluded.
(The SWLing Post, April 25, via Paul Rawdon DX Dialog. NZDXTimes May 2019)
(Top News 1385/31 May 2019)

Armenia's medium wave summer schedule

Good to see this station, despite it only being active on medium wave, is indeed broadcasting, and reported in the World Radio TV Handbook updates. Just prior to publishing Global Radio Guide-Summer 2019, we received word from one particular hobby newsletter, that the station was inactive on medium wave and shortwave. 

Public Radio of Armenia has once again, been added to the Global Radio Guide database. Sorry for any confusion for our readers.

Armenia, Public Radio of Armenia - Summer Schedule 2019

All times UTC

Azeri
Days/ Area kHz
1715-1745 mtwtf.. Cau,ME 1314erv
1730-1745 .....ss Cau,ME 1314erv

Kurdish
Days / Area kHz
1600-1630 daily   Cau,ME 1314erv
1630-1700 daily   Cau,ME 1314erv* Turkish Days Area kHz
1700-1715 mtwtf.. Cau,ME 1314erv
1700-1730 .....ss Cau,ME 1314erv

Key: * Kurdish (Kurmanji) for the Yezidi ethnic minority in Armenia
content/uploads/WRTH2019IntRadioSuppl2_A19Schedules.pdf>
(WRTH 2019, via RUSdx #1030 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 26)

Armenia
On May 19, a program sounded on medium wave 1350 kHz from 1818 to 1840 UT - one voice reads the expression from the Holy Bible in English, and the other immediately translated into Turkish. Similar programs, but in English and Persian sound on Thursdays and Fridays from 18.05 UT on 1377 kHz.
(Rumen Pankov-BUL; via RUSdx #1030 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 26)

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Shortwave Station in England that Refused to Die: The Woofferton Story, Part 4, 5,6


Woofferton Transmitting Station
This is a continuation of the Woofferton Transmitting Station Wavescan feature. Parts 1,2, and 3 were posted on this blog 22 May 2019

Woofferton Shortwave Station: Fourth Era
Because of the Cold War standoff between Russia and the West, and the accompanying Berlin Blockade with the building of the Berlin Wall, the Woofferton station once again assumed its importance in the shortwave radio world.  Suddenly, on September 13, 1961, the Woofferton Shortwave Station was again on the air full time 24 hours a day with a program relay from both the BBC in London and the Voice of America in Washington DC.

However, the old original 50 kW RCA transmitters were now ailing, their usefulness was ended, and they needed to be replaced.  In addition, much higher power was now needed in order to cover the desired target areas with an adequate shortwave signal.

The Voice of America funded the installation of 6 new Marconi transmitters at 250 kW each, Model No BD272, and they scrapped all of the old RCA transmitters, though two were retained for spare parts, S85 and S86.  The first of the new 250 kW transmitters was taken into service on September 30, 1963, and all 6 were in regular service just 18 months later, with now an antenna field of 35 antenna systems, mostly curtains.  However, by that stage, the BBC had withdrawn its programming from the station, thus leaving once again just the VOA on the air from the Woofferton Shortwave Station.

Interestingly, a 100 kW Marconi transmitter Model B6123 was temporarily installed at Woofferton, in the space previously occupied by the silent 50 kW RCA S85.  This new transmitter, listed as Sender 107, was destined for installation at the BBC Relay Station near Tebrau in Malaysia and it underwent an era of testing at Woofferton beginning on March 29, 1971.  Programming for these unpublicized test transmissions was a relay of the BBC World Service in English. 

Programming from VOA in Washington DC continued on air from Woofferton during this Fourth Era, up until the year 1980, when VOA implemented another modernization plan. That was the conclusion of the Fourth Era at the BBC-VOA shortwave station at Woofferton.

5. Woofferton Shortwave Station: Fifth Era
The Fifth Era at the Woofferton Shortwave station began in the year 1980, with another spate of development and modernization by the Voice of America.  Final remains of the original 50 kW RCA transmitters were removed, leaving just the 6 Marconi made 250 kW units, Model BD272 in place. 

In this 1980 renovation and upgrade, four additional new Senders were installed at Woofferton by VOA, and these were Marconi transmitters rated at 300 kW each, Model B6124.  In addition, the three power generators were also removed.  Full power was applied to all four new transmitters in December 1980, and they were taken into regular broadcast service in September of the following year (1981).

Give nearly 16 more years, and the Woofferton Shortwave station was sold off to a management company, Merlin, in April 1997. That was the conclusion of the Fifth Era at the BBC-VOA shortwave station at Woofferton.

6. BBC Shortwave Transmitting Station Woofferton: Sixth Era
The Sixth and current Era at the Woofferton Shortwave Station began in April 1997 when Merlin took over the station as a private commercial enterprise; the station was no longer owned and operated as a BBC shortwave station nor as a VOA shortwave station.  Two remarkable endeavors were implemented at the Woofferton Shortwave Station under the ownership and management of Merlin (and the subsequent owner organizations) during this past quarter century of privatization. 

These two endeavors were another upgrade of shortwave transmitters, and the surprising number of other broadcasting entities that sought international shortwave coverage from this large station. 
During the years 2006 - 2008, four new high power shortwave transmitters were installed at Woofferton, all made by RIZ in Zagreb Croatia.  These analog transmitters are also DRM compatible and they are rated at 250 kW and 500 kW.
The current deployment of transmitters at the Woofferton Shortwave Station is as follows:-
Marconi 2  250 kW  1963  Marconi 4  300 kW  1980
RIZ DRM also 1  500 kW 2006
RIZ DRM also 3  250 kW 2007-2008

During the past quarter century, more than 25 different radio organizations have been on the air from the Woofferton Shortwave Station, in addition to the BBC itself and also the Voice of America.  Christian religious organizations have included HCJB Quito Ecuador, IBRA Radio, TWR Africa and Family Radio in Oakland California. 

Among the various government operated shortwave stations, the following have provided    the programming for broadcast from the Woofferton Shortwave Station: Radio Australia, Deutsche Welle Germany, Radio Taiwan International, KBS South Korea, Radio Polonia Warsaw Poland, Voice of Vietnam, NHK Tokyo, Radio Canada International and Radio Wales.

Unknown at the time, Radio Netherlands in Holland has on occasions transferred its shortwave programming from its home based shortwave stations to Woofferton during times of maintenance and development; and likewise the United Arab Emirates has also transferred its schedule of international programming to Woofferton in times of outages at its large shortwave station at Al Dhabbaya.

Although the BBC has never regularly issued specific QSL cards for its broadcasts from Woofferton, most of the other stations have done so, including Deutsche Welle, Radio Australia, Radio Canada International, and a host of other stations.   

That has been the two part story of the Woofferton Shortwave station, the Station that Refused to Die. 
(AWR/Wavescan-NWS 535/27 May 2019)
(photo/BDXC 2017)

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Summer frequency updates


Clandestine
Voice of Tibet 
Effective: 26 May 2019
1230-1235 on 11661 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan unchanged
1235-1300 11665 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan, ex 11661

France
Radio France International 
Effective: 02 June, 2019
0400-0500 on  9620 ISS 500 kW / 130 deg to ECAf French till June 1
0400-0500 on 11700 ISS 500 kW / 130 deg to ECAf French June 2-Aug.31
0400-0500 on  9620 ISS 500 kW / 130 deg to ECAf French from Sept.1
1200-1300 on 15300 ISS 500 kW / 201 deg to NWAf French till June 1
1200-1300 on 13740 ISS 500 kW / 201 deg to NWAf French June 2-Aug.31
1200-1300 on 15300 ISS 500 kW / 201 deg to NWAf French from Sept.1
1200-1300 on 15390 ISS 500 kW / 180 deg to WCAf French till June 1
1200-1300 on 13855 ISS 500 kW / 180 deg to NWAf French June 2-Aug.31
1200-1300 on 15390 ISS 500 kW / 180 deg to WCAf French from Sept.1
1600-1700 on 15670 ISS 500 kW / 170 deg to WCAf Hausa till June 1
1600-1700 on 13690 ISS 500 kW / 170 deg to WCAf Hausa June 2-Aug.31
1600-1700 on 15670 ISS 500 kW / 170 deg to WCAf Hausa from Sept.1
1700-1800 on 15300 ISS 500 kW / 200 deg to NWAf French till June 1
1700-1800 on 13770 ISS 500 kW / 200 deg to NWAf French June 2-Aug.31
1700-1800 on 15300 ISS 500 kW / 200 deg to NWAf French from Sept.1

Germany
Shortwaveradio via Winsen, Germany
Effective: 17 May, 2019
1600-2300 on  3975 WIS 001 kW /non-dir to NWEu English Daily, ex 1600-2200
Parallel freq 6160 WIS 001 kW /non-dir to NWEu English Daily, is 1600-2200

United States
WRMI-Okeechobe, Florida
New transmissions for Transmitter 08/Transmitter 09
Effective: 27 May, 2019
1900-2100 on  9455 YFR 100 kW / 355 deg to ENAm English Mon-Fri APS Radio Sce WRMI-8
1200-1300 on 15770 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Mon-Fri APS Radio Sce WRMI-9
2000-2100 on 15770 YFR 100 kW / 044 deg to WeEu English Fri R.for Peace Inter WRMI-9

Zambia
Voice of Hope Africa 
Expanding its weekend schedule
Effective 25 May 2019
1700-1900 on  4965 LUV 100 kW / 000 deg to SoAf English Sat/Sun tx#1, new
1700-1900 on  6065 LUV 100 kW / 315 deg to WeAf English Sat/Sun tx#2, new
1700-1730 on  9680 LUV 100 kW / 000 deg to SoAf English Sun tx#1, deleted
1700-1730 on 13680 LUV 100 kW / 315 deg to WeAf English Sun tx#2, deleted
(Teak Publishing/DXB 27 May 2019)

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins



Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2019 May 27 0149 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact www.swpc.noaa.gov/content/subscription-services
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#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
#
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 20 - 26 May 2019

Solar activity was very low. No sunspots were observed on the solar disk and no Earth-directed CMEs were observed in available coronagraph imagery.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at normal levels on 20-21 May and normal to moderate levels on 22-26 May.

Geomagnetic field activity was at quiet to unsettled on 20 May and 26 May. The remainder of the reporting period was quiet.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 27 May - 22 June 2019

Solar activity is expected to be very low throughout the outlook period.

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to range from normal to high levels. High levels are expected on 29 May - 02 Jun and moderate levels are expected on
03-12 Jun. Enhancements in electron flux are due to the anticipated influence of multiple CH HSSs. The remainder of the outlook period is expected to be at normal background levels.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to range from quiet to active levels. Early on 27 May, unsettled to active levels are possible due to weak enhancements in the solar wind. Negative polarity CH HSS influence is expected to produce unsettled to active conditions from 28-30 May and quiet to unsettled conditions from 31 May-02 Jun. The remainder of the outlook period is expected to be mostly quiet under nominal solar wind conditions.




Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2019 May 27 0149 UTC
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#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2019-05-27
#
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2019 May 27      67           5          2
2019 May 28      67          12          4
2019 May 29      67          18          4
2019 May 30      67          15          4
2019 May 31      68          10          3
2019 Jun 01      70            10          3
2019 Jun 02      72           8          3
2019 Jun 03      72           5          2
2019 Jun 04      72           5          2
2019 Jun 05      72           5          2
2019 Jun 06      72           5          2
2019 Jun 07      72           5          2
2019 Jun 08      72           5          2
2019 Jun 09      72           5          2
2019 Jun 10      72           5          2
2019 Jun 11      72           5          2
2019 Jun 12      72           5          2
2019 Jun 13      72           5          2
2019 Jun 14      70           5          2
2019 Jun 15      68           5          2
2019 Jun 16      67           5          2
2019 Jun 17      67           5          2
2019 Jun 18      67           5          2
2019 Jun 19      67           5          2
2019 Jun 20      67           5          2
2019 Jun 21      67           5          2
2019 Jun 22      67           5          2
(NOAA)

Radio Mi Amigo slated for 45th Anniversary broadcast



The 45th Anniversary of Radio Mi Amigo will be celebrated with four days of live broadcasts from a ship moored in the Belgian seaside resort of Blankenberge.

Dates of the broadcast will be 30 May-2nd June 2019, as part of the harbour festival "Havenfeesten") in the town. The ship is the MV Castor, an identical sister ship to the Bellatrix which used to tender the Ross Revenge.

Further details will be announced on website: https://miamigo40.be/nl/ on the Mi Amigo 40 Facebook page, or follow @MiAmigo40 on Twitter.
http://radiomiamigo.co.uk/
(BDXC-March 2019)

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Global Radio Guide - Summer 2019, now available at Amazon

Press Release:
Teak Publishing Company
P.O. Box 297
Brasstown NC 28902
For Immediate Release 1 May 2019
Global Radio Guide (Summer 2019) Now Available at Amazon

Older ham radio operators and radio listeners might remember a time when shortwave radio stations broadcast a nearly constant drumbeat of political propaganda during the Cold War years. Shortwave radio stations such as Radio Moscow, the Voice of America, and the BBC, to name a few, played an important ideological role during that confrontation between the East and West.

Once again, Global Radio broadcasters have moved to the front lines as the world’s major superpowers have entered a new Cold War. As tensions heat up in the world’s hotspots such as eastern Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia, you can follow international events on the radio, but you need an accurate and comprehensive radio guide to hear the action.

Teak Publishing is pleased to release that important radio guide – the Global Radio Guide (GRG), the 12th edition (Summer 2019) electronic book, by Amazon bestselling author Gayle Van Horn W4GVH. The book was formerly known as the International Shortwave Broadcast Guide.

This Amazon 'electronic' book is your ticket to travel the Global Radio bands. The heart of this publication is a 24-hour station/frequency guide with Summer 2019 schedules for selected medium wave and all known longwave/shortwave radio stations. This unique resource is the only radio publication that list by-hour schedules that includes all language services, frequencies and world target areas for over 500 stations. There are listings of DX radio programs and Internet websites addresses for many of the stations in the book. There are also entries for standard time and frequency stations, and even a few other intriguing shortwave radio stations.

New in this 12th edition of the GRG is a Summer 2019 Propagation Forecast, by international radio propagation expert, Tomas Hood NW7US. Tomas looks at summer radio conditions and the new solar cycle.

Gayle and Larry Van Horn have joined forces again penning a very timely article on monitoring the Venezuelan political crisis including broadcast and military frequencies.

Other authors in this edition include The Spectrum Monitor’s Fred Waterer, with a feature on summer radio programming and Richard Fisher with an easy homebrew antenna support construction article.
Spectrum Monitor e-zine columnist/feature writer Larry Van Horn has a special feature on Who’s Who in the Shortwave Radio Spectrum that will assist the reader in monitoring Global Radio activity outside the broadcast radio spectrum. This article also includes an updated Teak Publishing HF 1000+ non-broadcast frequency list.

The 12th edition of the Global Radio Guide e-Book (electronic book only, no print edition available) is available worldwide from Amazon and their various international websites at
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R81NJHD/.

The price for this latest edition is US$8.49. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order this e-Book from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. Customers in all other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website to purchase this e-Book.
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Friday, May 24, 2019

Radio Rasant slated for upcoming broadcast



Radio Rasant, 'The Student's Radio From Germany' will broadcast in accordance with its website, on Friday May 24, 2019 from 1815 to 1915 UTC on 7290, and Saturday  May 25 from 0800 to 0900 UTC on 9510 kHz, vía IRRS Nexus. (via Radiocom, Romania)


From September 2000, a group of students at the Urban Secondary School Sundern, have produced one hour radio programs. The programs are relayed afterwards locally on FM and via cable and around the world on shortwave and via the Internet. To reach this high quality, we are supported by several German and foreign broadcasting stations, offices and companies. The topics are chosen from social, technical, literal, cultural, musical and economical affairs and as well as school affairs.

https://schedules-radiorasant.blogspot.com/2019/02/our-next-transmission-will-be-done-very.html

https://radiorasant.blogspot.com/ 

https://realschule-sundern.de/unterricht-und-angebote/ags/radio-rasant/

e-mail: rs-sundern.sekretariat@web.de

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Clandestine radio frequency updates


All times UTC

Frequency change of Voice of Wilderness via Tashkent, Uzbekistan May 22 at 1330-1530 7615 TAC 100 kW / 070 deg to NEAs Korean, weak to fair, ex 7625:


Frequency change of North Korea Reform Radio via Tashkent, Uzbekistan May 22
1430-1530 11565 TAC 100 kW / 076 deg to NEAs Korean, ex 11570, fair to good, Interference noted
at same time 11560 BGL 500 kW / 325 deg to WeAs Pashto All India Radio, very strong
(DX Bulgaria 22 May 2019)

Monitoring Malaysia


All times UTC
(logs edited for clarity)

Malaysia
11665 kHz  Wai FM (RTM Kajang) at 1255-1320, on 15, 16, 17, 19 April, and 1357-1405* UT on 16 April. First heard as tentative on 6 April 1357-59*(sign-off)  with Malaysian pop song cut off in mid-verse. Later logs usually poor at tune- in with signal improving towards 1330+.

Wai FM news at 13.00:05, then big production jingle. Malaysian pop, some nice 'indigenous' a-capella group singing (well, some hand chimes/foot drumming in there, too). previous logs had RTM Net News at 140, as well. Nice to hear them once again, even though their "Wai FM-Limbang" program heard last year at 1315-1400 on Monday/Thursday has apparently been discontinued.

11665  Wai-FM (via RTM Kajang). 1240-1320+ , on 30 April. Doing fairly well this morning with usual Malaysian pop. Lively DJ with big production jingles.Apparently not running "Wai FM-Limbang" program (as heard last year) on Mondays 1315-1400. .
(Dan Sheedy via Robert Wilkner-FL-USA, DXplorer via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 10)
(WWDXC-Top News 18 May # 1384)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Island of 500 Shipwrecks: The Radio Scene on Sable Island

Sable Island National park Reserve
The primitive wireless station on isolated and lonely Sable Island played a prominent part in the events associated with the sinking of the majestic passenger liner Titanic, and the rescue of the survivors back more than 100 years ago.  Attention was focused on the major part played by the Cunard liner Carpathia in rescuing the survivors, and Sable Island wireless was one of the readily available stations for the reception of information from the Carpathia, and thus the onward transmission of this same information throughout the North American mainland. 

Sable Island is a narrow crescent shaped Canadian island in the North Atlantic, 100 miles off the coast of Nova Scotia.  The island itself is simply an extended sandbar 26 miles long, though it is no more than just one mile wide at its widest.  The highest hill rises to only 85 feet high, and the total area is only 13 square miles.  The very name, Sable, is a French word meaning sand.

Sable Island is sometimes described, almost humorously, as the world’s fastest moving island, due to the erosion and build up of the sandy areas caused by fast moving ocean streams, together with the nearby eddy currents, and North Atlantic storms.  It is here, the geographers tell us, that the cold Labrador Current meets the warm Gulf Stream, and this weather patterning produces a lot of fogging, as well as sometimes the warmest temperatures anywhere in Canada.

Sable Island has also been described by mariners and ship passengers as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, due to the fact that historians estimate that more than 500 ships have been wrecked against the island since European exploration of the world began more than 500 years ago.  These multitudinous wrecks at Sable Island, they say, have cost the lives of 10,000 North Atlantic travelers.

The Portuguese were the first European explorers to discover Sable Island, in 1520; two hundred years later horses, Shetland Ponies, were introduced from nearby Boston; in 1873 two lighthouses were installed, one at each end of the island; in 1901 the Canadian government planted 80,000 trees, all of which died; and even though settlements have been established at times on the island, these days there are only half a dozen official residents on the island.

During his famous visit to Newfoundland and Canada in 1901, Guglielmo Marconi suggested to the Canadian government that Sable Island would be a logical place to establish a maritime wireless station.  Three years later, the Marconi company in England did install a primitive wireless station on this island, with a spark transmitter and a crystal set receiver. 

The actual location for this new wireless station was close to the West Lighthouse, and on the coast facing Canada.  The original callsign for this station was SD, the first and last initials of the station’s location (Sable Island), as was the case with many of the other land based Marconi wireless stations.  In early 1912, the callsign was amended to MSD, with the letter M indicating a Marconi station; and after World War 1, it was granted a Canadian callsign VCT.

Back during the year 1923, Mr. M. J. Walsh was the wireless operator on Sable Island, and on June 30, his wife was about to give birth.  Operator Walsh received relevant information by wireless in Morse Code from an American Coast Guard cutter that was traversing nearby, and he informed the person who was acting as mIdwife on the island just what to do.  Baby Augustine Walsh was one of only two recorded births on this island.

Just two years later (1925), the wireless station was closed.  However eleven years later again (1936), the Canadian government re-opened a maritime communication station on Sable Island, and this new radio station was given the callsign VGF.  But, soon after the beginning of what became World War 2, VGF was closed (in the early 1940s) as a security measure for the protection of the rather exposed radio staff on the island.

Then on April 23, 1951, Ernest O’Hara, together with his wife and four children, were taken to the island by the Canadian Coastguard ship HMCS Edward Cornwallis where Ernest was the Radio Officer in Charge.  This was the third occasion for the installation of a maritime communication station on Sable Island, and the O’Hara family spent 20 months on this, their lonely and isolated island home. 

Both Ernest and his wife Margaret were also amateur wireless operators with the Canadian callsigns VE1AG and VE1YV.  Many years later, the two oldest daughters, Mary and Sharon who were seven and six years old at the time, wrote a book about their adventures on Sable Island.

In 1998, 75 year old Augustine Walsh made a return visit to the island whereon he was born, and he stated that the original wireless station building where his father was previously employed was almost entirely covered by the shifting sands of sandy Sable Island, with only the chimney poking above.  Then ten more years later again (2008), the now 85 year old Augustine Walsh made a second return visit to the island of his birth, and he stated that there was nothing visible anymore; the entire wireless station building was completely covered by the shifting sands.

These days, radio communication with Sable Island is associated with the weather station on the island, and also with the National Parks personnel living on the island.
(AWR-Wavescan/NWS 532)
(photo/pc.gc.ca)

Charleston Radio International keeping it real for listeners



Looking to add another station to your logbook ? Try Charleston Radio International.The following schedule has been provided by Harry Richman of the station. Look for this one in the winter edition of Global Radio Guide 2019-2020. Sorry we just missed this listing in the current summer edition.

Charleston Radio International

In summer, we broadcast at 1700 - 2200 UTC every evening, from Germany on 5140 kHz, in the 60 meter band.

In winter, we broadcast at 1800-2300 UTC every evening, from Germany on 5140 kHz in the 60 meter band. 

Middle Euro time 1900-0000 

Best regards,
Harry Richman



Monitoring observations of North and South Korea

Monitoring North (KRE) and South Korea (KOR)

All times UTC // parallel frequency

Radio Pyongyang, North Korea QSL (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
620.951 1300-2000 KRE  PYONGYANG BS  Kor Chongjin-Nanam,  13.10 UT
         S=9+10dB in remote Akitakata JPN SDR unit.
656.996 2100-2000 KRE  PYONGYANG BS  Kor Pyongyang  S=9+5 13.12 UT
810.170 2000-1800 KRE  KCBS  Kor Kaesong    S=8   13.15 UT
818.994 2000-1800 KRE  KCBS // 3220  Kor Pyongyang  S=9+10dB 13.17 UT

972even 0350-2400 KOR  KBS Hanminjok Bangsong 1,Dangjin S=9+25dB 13.19 UT
1142.984 0700-0100 KOR  RADIO FREE KOREA Kyonggi-do Koyan S=8-9
         underneath KBS Kyoto JPN, 13.22 UT.
1170even 1300-1400 KOR  KBS WORLD R   Chi Kimjae     S=9+30dB 13.25 UT
1188even 1100-1500 KOR  VOA  Kor HLKX Seoul S=9+15dB 13.27 UT
1566even 1230-1345 KOR  FEBC/RFA/VOA  Kor/Jap/Chi/Rus Jeju S=9+45dB 13.27

2850even 2000-1800 KRE  KCBS PyongyangKor Pyongyang  S=9+35dB 13.33 UT
3219.881 2000-1800 KRE  KCBS PyongyangKor Hamnung    S=9+20dB 13.36 UT
3219.881 1800-2000 KRE  PYONGYANG BS  Kor Hamnung
3319.994 2100-1900 KRE  PYONGYANG BS  Kor Pyongyang  S=9+30dB 13.38 UT

KBS Korea, SOuth Korea QSL (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
3479.987 0458-2302 KOR  VOP   Kor Kyonggi-do S=9+40dB 13.39 UT
3909.965 0458-2302 KOR  VOP   Kor Kyonggi-do S=9+40dB 13.40 UT

3910     0530-2400 KRE  North Korean heavy Jamming   Noi Kujang
3920     2000-1800 KRE  KCBS PyongyangKor Hyesan     NIL not on air
3930     0530-2400 KRE  North Korean heavy Jamming   Noi Kujang

3930.003 0458-2302 KOR  VOP Kor Kyonggi-do S=9+40dB 13.41 UT

3970     0400-2400 KRE  Echo of Unif. Kor Chongjin-Nanam NIL not on air

3985.012 0655-0100 KOR  Echo of H.-VOHKor Hwaseong   S=9+35dB 13.43 UT

3985     0530-2400 KRE  North Korean heavy Jamming   Noi Kujang
4449.927 0455-2300 KRE  North Korean heavy Jamming   Noi Kujang

4450even 0458-2302 KOR  VOP  Kor Kyonggi-do     S=9+35dB 13.45 UT

4557     0455-2300 KRE  North Korean heavy jamming   Noi Kujang S=9+30dB



4885even 0655-0100 KOR  EoHope-VOH Kor Seoul not jammed,  S=9+30dB 13.54UT
5857.508 0000-2400 KOR  HLL2Seoul Meteorological Kor Seoul,H3E mode
5920even 0258-0206 KOR  VoFreedom Kor Hwaseong, NIL only jamming S=9+20dB

5995     0355-0002 KRE  North Korean Jamming  Noi Kujang -31dBm

5995.031 0655-0100 KOR  EoHOPE-VOH Kor Hwaseong S=9+45dB powerhouse14.06UT

6003     0355-0002 KRE  North Korean Jamming    Noi Kujang S=9+45dB14.08UT

6015even 0350-2400 KOR  KBS Hanminjok Bangsong1 Kor Hwaseong S=9+40dB

6015     0355-0002 KRE  North Korean heavy Jamming  Noi Kujang    14.09 UT
6100even 2000-1800 KRE  KCBS Pyongyang Kor Kanggye       S=9+30dB 14.10 UT
6135     0550-0002 KRE  North Korean Jamming Noi Kujang  S=9+35dB 14.12 UT
6249.997 0550-0002 KRE  North Korean Jamming Noi Kujang  S=9+40dB 14.24 UT

6250even 0655-0100 KOR  EoHOPE-VOH Kor Seoul S=9+40dB powerful    14.25 UT

6250even 0400-2400 KRE  Echo of Unification  Kor Pyongyang ??
6350     0550-0002 KRE  North Korean Jamming Noi Kujang

6350.033 0655-0100 KOR  EoHOPE-VOH Kor Hwaseong  S=9+35dB 14.30 UT

6400.005 2100-1800 KRE  PYONGYANG BS Kor Kanggye  S=9+35dB 14.35 UT

6519.971 0458-2302 KOR  VOICE OF THE PEOPLE  Kor Kyonggi-do  S=9+30dB


6520     0455-2300 KRE  North Korean Jamming Noi Kujang  14.37 UT
6529.492 14.39 UT  KRE  North Korean Jamming ?? Bubble-Ditter jamming

6600even 0458-2302 KOR  VOICE OF THE PEOPLE  Kor Kyonggi-do  S=9+30dB

6600     0455-2300 KRE  North Korean Jamming Noi Kujang  14.40 UT

9100even 0655-0100 KOR  EoHOPE-VOH Kor Seoul not jamming S=9+20dB 14.43 UT

9665even 2000-1800 KRE  KCBS Pyongyang Kor Kanggye  S=8-9   14.45 UT
heavy QRM of adjacent 9660 kHz, TWN International and mainland CHN
few CNR1 jammer.
11680even2000-1800 KRE  KCBS Pyongyang Kor Kanggye  S=9  14.52 UT
// 810, 2850, 3220, and 9665 kHz.
[selected SDR options, span 12.5 kHz RBW 15.3 Hertz]
(wb  df5sx, wwdxc BC-DX TopNews May 13)
(WWDXC Top News 18 May #1384)

IRCA Mexican Log


Mexican Radio Log
If you are a hobbyist that monitors radio stations from Mexico - the IRCA (International Radio Club of America) released in 2018, the IRCA Mexican Log. The publication lists all medium wave stations in Mexico by frequency, including call letters, state, city day/night power, slogans, schedule in UTC, formats, networks and notes.


The size is 8 ½ by 11 inches and is 65 pages. Prices to IRCA and NRC members is $7.00 to US, $8.50 to Canada, $12.00 to Mexico and $14.00 rest of the world. Non-IRCA/NRC members add $2.00. Order from the IRCA Goodie Factory, 9705 Mary NW, Seattle, WA 98117-2334 or order to Phil Bytheway through PayPal to phil_tekno@yahoo.com. Please state club affiliation when ordering.

To learn more about this publication and others go to: https://www.ircaonline.org/default.php

Radio Free Asia begins New QSL Series, May-August 2019


                                                   ®

 RADIO FREE ASIA ANNOUNCES RADIO PIONEER QSL #5 MAY 2019

Radio Free Asia (RFA) announces the 5th design in our ‘radio pioneer’ QSL card series Lee de Forest, 1873-1961, was an American inventor with over 180 patents who described himself as the Father of Radio. His is best known for his 1906 invention of the 3-element "Audion" vacuum tube which was a significant contribution to making radio broadcasting possible. He is also well-regarded for his influences on the development of long distance telephone lines and talking motion pictures.  This is RFA’s 70th QSL design and is used to confirm all valid RFA reception reports from May – August 2019.

RFA’s Radio Pioneer QSL #5 – Lee de Forest  



Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin (including the Wu dialect), Vietnamese, Tibetan (Uke, Amdo, and Kham), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in its editorial content. As a ‘surrogate’ broadcaster, RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of its target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of its broadcasts comprise news of specific local interest.  More information about Radio Free Asia, including our current broadcast frequency schedule, is available at www.rfa.org.

RFA encourages listeners to submit reception reports.  Reception reports are valuable to RFA as they help us evaluate the signal strength and quality of our transmissions.  RFA confirms all accurate reception reports by mailing a QSL card to the listener.  RFA welcomes all reception report submissions at http://techweb.rfa.org (follow the QSL REPORTS link) not only from DX’ers, but also from its general listening audience.

Reception reports are also accepted by email at qsl@rfa.org and by mail to:

          Reception Reports
          Radio Free Asia
          2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
          Washington DC 20036
          United States of America