Friday, November 27, 2020

Encore-Classical Music program schedules

 

Dear Listener,

 Regular Broadcast times of Encore are: 

11:00 - 12:00 UTC Saturday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe - Simulcast on 9670 kHz
Repeated:

01:00 - 02:00 UTC Sunday 5850 kHz, Simulcast on 5010 kHz WRMI to the US, Canada, and Central America.
17:00 – 18:00 UTC Sunday 9670 kHz Channel 292 to Europe

22:00 - 23:00 UTC Sunday 3955 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
03:00 – 04:00 UTC Monday 9455 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada

13:00 - 14:00 UTC Tuesday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe, the east coast of the US, and Iceland.

03:00 - 04:00 UTC Thursday 5800 kHz WRMI to South America and Caribbean & US

13:00 - 14:00 UTC Thursday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe, east coast of US and Iceland.

20:00 – 21:00 UTC Friday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe.

 Our email is  encoretumbril@gmail.com. Informal reception reports as well as those requesting eQSL welcome.

The website is www.tumbril.co.uk where we show transmission times and frequencies, the playlist for the most recent program, more information about Radio Tumbril, and the email link.

 This week's program has quite a lot of strings - there is a Bach cello suite, a violin concerto, and a couple of modern quartet pieces.  There are two very beautiful examples of film music in and a performance of Ma Vlast - my Homeland - by Smetana amongst much else.

 Channel 292 can be pulled live off the internet if the reception is poor in your location. Easy to find their site with a google search.

A very good site for online SDR receivers all over the world is: http://kiwisdr.com/public/  Click the 'Map' button in the top left of the screen.

 Thank you for spreading the word about Encore - Classical Music on Shortwave on Radio Tumbril.

 Brice Avery - Encore - Radio Tumbril - Scotland

 www.tumbril.co.uk


Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Special Thanksgiving programming from WBCQ

News from WBCQ and FTIO Music host, William Tilford writes A WBCQ Thanksgiving will broadcast from WBCQ. Even in a year like this one, there is much for which we can be thankful for, and in that spirit, WBCQ The Planet will air special programming, courtesy of time donated by Allan and Angela Weiner, will present A WBCQ Thanksgiving

Programming is scheduled for Thursday, November 26 from 10pm-11pm EST (0300-0400 UTC Friday, November 27) on 6160 and 7490 kHz. 

This very special broadcast will present a variety of content including; Marion's Attic and Uncle Bill's Melting Pot will present music for the occasion, The beHAVior Night Players Tell The Thanksgiving Story will present a scripted short play, and The Lumpy Gravy Radio Show will serve up some helpings from both Area 51 and Area 61, a mix of music and old-time radio content.

The Isle of Music has a couple of time changes from November. The new schedule is Sunday 1500 on 9400 via Spaceline, Bulgaria, Tuesday 0100 on 7490 via WBCQ, and Tuesday 1900 and on Saturday at 1300. Both will broadcast on 6070 kHz via Channel 292.
(Tilford Productions)

Friday, November 20, 2020

From the Isle of Music and Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules, November 22-28

 

From the Isle of Music, November 22-28
This week, we dive into a couple of recordings from our vinyl collection. 

The broadcasts take place: 
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 Sofia, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK) 
For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0100-0200 on WBCQ, 7490 kHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EST in the US). 
For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1300-1400 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany. 

Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/fromtheisleofmusic/ 
Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic 
Our Patreon page is https://www.patreon.com/tilford 

Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, November 22, 24, and 28: 
This week we enjoy some musical comedy. 

The broadcast takes place: 
Sunday 2300-0000 (6:00PM -7:00PM EST) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 kHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe 
Tuesday 2000-2100 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe. 
Saturday 0800-0900 UTC on Channel 292, 9670 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe with an augmented directional beam towards eastern Europe. 

Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/UncleBillsMeltingPot/ 
Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic 
Our Patreon page is https://www.patreon.com/tilford 

William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer
Tilford Productions, LLC
5713 N. St. Louis Av
Chicago IL 60659-4486
email: bill@tilfordproductions.com
website: www.tilfordproductions.com

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Shortwave Radiogram schedules, Friday-Sunday

 

Hello friends,

Is anyone using, or attempting to use, Fldigi with the MacOS Big Sur? John in Texas, who reports every week via email, writes: "just upgraded to Apple's new OS Big Sur 11.0.1 and FLDigi seems to communicate with the radio, but the FLdigi 4.1.15.05 display is blank." He also tried upgrading to Fldigi 4.1.16 and moving back to 4.1.14, with no success. If you have advice, please send it to our usual email radiogram@verizon.net and I'll pass it on.

During our Sunday 0800-0830 UTC transmission, 5850 and 7730 kHz from WRMI Florida, there is now enough darkness over the North Atlantic to enable reception in Europe, at least in some locations. Lately there has been a data signal on 5850 kHz that disrupts reception on that frequency, although our MFSK might be partially decodable on either side of the co-channel signal.

Videos of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 178) are provided by Scott in Ontario (Friday 1300 UTC) and UR1002 SWL in California (the MFSK32 closing of the Friday 1500 UTC DRM transmission as received on a Uniwave Di-Wave 100 DRM radio). The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. The analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany.

This weekend's show is in our tried-and-true MFSK32 and MFSK64, with eleven MFSK64 images. 

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 179,  20-22 November 2020, in MFSK modes as noted:

 1:41  MFSK32: Program preview
 2:44  Quebec mandates electric cars starting 2035
 6:16  MFSK64: UK studies orbital solar power plants*
11:11  This week's images*
27:57  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 Gateway Wiki https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Shortwave_Radiogram_Gateway 

Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule
UTC Day UTC Time Frequency Transmitter
Friday 0030-0100 UTC 9265 kHz WINB Pennsylvania
Friday 1300-1330 UTC 15770 kHz WRMI Florida
Friday 1500-1530 UTC 13655 kHz DRM WINB Pennsylvania
Saturday  0330-0400 UTC 9265 kHz WINB Pennsylvania
Saturday  1330-1400 UTC 15770 kHz WRMI Florida
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 7-9 pm EST) on 5960 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, Thursdays at 0200-0300 UTC on 5850 kHz (Wednesday evening in the Americas) and a new time also on WRMI, Wednesdays at 2100-2200 UTC on 7780 kHz (aimed towards Europe) . Also look for a waterfall ID at the beginning of the show. thisisamusicshow@gmail.com .  www.twitter.com/ThisIsAMusicSho/ @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 1300 UTC on 3584 kHz USB, and the Pennsylvania NBEMS net Sunday at 1230 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. 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. USEast NBEMS Net: Please also note the USEast NBEMS Net, Thursdays 0000 UTC (Wednesdays 7 pm EST) on 3536 kHz USB.
 
Thanks for your reception reports!
Kim

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



Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins

 


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2020 Nov 16 0125 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
#
#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 09 - 15 November 2020

Solar activity was at very low to low levels during the period. Very low levels were observed on 09 Nov and 13-15 Nov, while low levels occurred on 10-12 Nov. Region 2781 (S23, L=255, class/area Eki/475 on 06 Nov) produced a C1/Sf flare observed at 10/1946 UTC. The C-class activity was observed on 11-12 Nov from new Region 2782 (S31, L=155, class/area Cro/030 on 12 Nov), the largest was a C2/Sf flare observed at 11/1912 UTC. No Earth-directed CME activity was observed during the period. 

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit reached high levels on 11 Nov with a maximum flux of 2,250 pfu observed at 11/1655 UTC. Normal to moderate levels were observed on 09-10 Nov and 12-15 Nov. 

Geomagnetic field activity was quiet throughout the period. A nominal solar wind regime dominated the period with a mostly neutral IMF. Solar wind speeds generally ranged between about 295 km/s to 445 km/s under a predominately negative phi orientation. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 16 November - 12 December 2020

Solar activity is expected to be very low from 16-27 Nov and 12 Dec. The return of old Region 2781 (S23, L=255) from 28 Nov - 11 Dec is expected to increase solar activity levels to very low to low. 

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at normal to moderate levels on 16 - 20 Nov and again on 29 Nov - 12 Dec. High levels are expected from 21-28 Nov due to recurrent CH HSS influence. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at quiet to unsettled levels on 21 - 25 Nov and again on 03-04 Dec due to recurrent CH HSS influence. Active intervals are possible on 22, 24 and 25 Nov. Mostly quiet conditions are expected to prevail for 16-20 Nov, 26 Nov - 02 Dec and 05-12 Dec. 

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2020 Nov 16 0125 UTC
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#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2020-11-16
#
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2020 Nov 16      75           5          2
2020 Nov 17      72           5          2
2020 Nov 18      72           5          2
2020 Nov 19      70           5          2
2020 Nov 20      70           5          2
2020 Nov 21      70           8          3
2020 Nov 22      70          12          4
2020 Nov 23      70           8          3
2020 Nov 24      70          10          4
2020 Nov 25      70          12          4
2020 Nov 26      72           5          2
2020 Nov 27      72           5          2
2020 Nov 28      75           5          2
2020 Nov 29      75           5          2
2020 Nov 30      75           5          2
2020 Dec 01      75           5          2
2020 Dec 02      75           5          2
2020 Dec 03      75           8          3
2020 Dec 04      75           8          3
2020 Dec 05      75           5          2
2020 Dec 06      75           5          2
2020 Dec 07      75           5          2
2020 Dec 08      75           5          2
2020 Dec 09      72           5          2
2020 Dec 10      72           5          2
2020 Dec 11      70           5          2
2020 Dec 12      70           5          2
(NOAA)

Friday, November 13, 2020

From the Isle of Music & Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules, Nov. 15-21

 

From the Isle of Music, November 15-21
This week, music from the nominees in the Nueva Trova category of Cubadisco 2019. 

The broadcasts take place: 
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 Sofia, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK) 

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

For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1300-1400 (NEW UTC) on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany. 

Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/fromtheisleofmusic/ 
Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic 
Our Patreon page is https://www.patreon.com/tilford 

Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, November 15, 17 and 21: 
This week we enjoy music from the real Kazakhstan from the Soviet period to the present. 

The broadcast takes place: 
Sunday 2300-0000 (6:00PM -7:00PM EDT) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 kHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe 

Tuesday 2000-2100 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe. 

Saturday 0800-0900 UTC on Channel 292, 9670 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe. 

Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/UncleBillsMeltingPot/ 
Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic 
Our Patreon page is https://www.patreon.com/tilford 

William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer
Tilford Productions, LLC
5713 N. St. Louis Av
Chicago IL 60659-4486
email: bill@tilfordproductions.com
website: www.tilfordproductions.com

Shortwave Radiogram weekend schedules

 


Hello friends,

During the past two weekends, we saw a few examples of the new MFSK wide modes providing an improvement over the conventional MFSK32 and MFSK64. While the tests were mostly inconclusive, we did learn about the performance of the wide modes based on your reports (thank you!). John KL4YFD is using this information to work on different versions of the wide modes. We might be able to try these in future broadcasts. 

Videos of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 177) are provided by Scott in Ontario (Saturday 1330) and Jeff in Oklahoma (Sunday 2330 UTC). The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. The analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany.

No experiments this weekend. We will return to our usual format consisting entirely of MFSK32 and MFSK64 text, with eight MFSK64 images.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 178, 13-15 November 2020, in MFSK modes as noted:

 1:39  MFSK32: Program preview

 2:43  Hurricanes lingering longer after landfall

 5:58  MFSK64: Science's top 10 erroneous results

14:24  This week's images*

28:34  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 Gateway Wiki https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Shortwave_Radiogram_Gateway 

Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule

UTC Day UTC Time-Frequency Transmitter

Saturday 0330-0400 UTC 9265 kHz WINB Pennsylvania

Saturday 1330-1400 UTC 15770 kHz WRMI Florida

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 7-9 pm EST) on 5960 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK is at about 0130 UTC.  And look for various modes in the DX Headlines by Peter John, usually in the last half hour. 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 images near the end of the broadcast. It’s transmitted on WRMI, Thursdays at 0200-0300 UTC on 5850 kHz (Wednesday evening in the Americas) and a new time also on WRMI, Wednesdays at 2100-2200 UTC on 7780 kHz (aimed towards Europe) . Also, look for a waterfall ID at the beginning of the show. thisisamusicshow@gmail.com.  www.twitter.com/ThisIsAMusicSho/ @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 1300 UTC on 3584 kHz USB, and the Pennsylvania NBEMS net Sunday at 1230 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. 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. USEast NBEMS Net: Please also note the USEast NBEMS Net, Thursdays 0000 UTC (Wednesdays 7 pm EST) on 3536 kHz USB.

Thanks for your reception reports!

Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB



Special Radio DARC Anniversary broadcast

 


Sunday, November 15th, Radio DARC broadcasts its 300th program via Channel 292. They always supported Channel 292,

We would be happy if (again) you could send a reception report to: radio@darc.de

Channel 292 of course is especially interested in reports for 3955 and 9670 kHz, because they will come from our own transmitters on Sunday. DARC hopes for good reception of these frequencies is possible..

Radio Channel 292
Eja 2
85276 Pfaffenhofen

Zuteilungsnummer der Rundfunklizenz:
BNA 01 95 8482

Encore-Classical Music from Radio Tumbril

 

Dear Listener,

Regular Broadcast times of Encore are: 
11:00 - 12:00 UTC Saturday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe - Simulcast on 9670 kHz
Repeated:
01:00 - 02:00 UTC Sunday 5850 kHz, Simulcast on 5010 kHz WRMI to the US, Canada and Central America.
17:00 – 18:00 UTC Sunday 9670 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
22:00 - 23:00 UTC Sunday 3955 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
03:00 – 04:00 UTC Monday 9455 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada
13:00 - 14:00 UTC Tuesday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe, east coast of US and Iceland.
03:00 - 04:00 UTC Thursday 5800 kHz WRMI to South America and Caribbean.
13:00 - 14:00 UTC Thursday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe, east coast of US and Iceland.
20:00 – 21:00 UTC Friday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe.

Our email is  encoretumbril@gmail.com. Informal reception reports as well as those requesting eQSL welcome.
The website is www.tumbril.co.uk where we show transmission times and frequencies, the playlist for the most recent programme, more information about Radio Tumbril, and the email link.

This week's programme will start with a Spanish dance by Sarasate and a couple of Bagatelles from Gerald Finzi. Then some songs - one by Puccini and the other by Mahler. A contemporary piece next - To the Pale Green Sea of Evening by Jennifer Barker, and a piano piece by Alkan to follow. The hour finishes with some of a sonata by Beethoven - an older recording of Richter on piano and Rostropovich on cello. The Adagietto from Mahler's 5th will finish us off.

Channel 292 can be pulled live off the internet if the reception is poor in your location. Easy to find their site with a google search.
A very good site for online SDR receivers all over the world is: http://kiwisdr.com/public/  Click the 'Map' button in the top left of the screen.

Thank you for spreading the word about Encore - Classical Music on Shortwave on Radio Tumbril.
Brice Avery - Encore - Radio Tumbril - Scotland
www.tumbril.co.uk
(13 Nov 2020)

Monday, November 09, 2020

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins

 


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2020 Nov 09 0341 UTC
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 02 - 08 November 2020

Solar activity was at very low to low levels during the period. Very low levels were observed on 02 Nov. Activity increased to low levels on 03-08 Nov with the emergence of Region 2781 (S23, L=255,  class/area Eki/475 on 06 Nov). This fairly large, complex beta-gamma region produced numerous C-class events, the largest a C7/1f observed at 05/0022 UTC. Though some intermediate spot decay was evident by 08 Nov, the region continued to produce low-level activity. Region 2780 (N20, L=278, class/area Bxo/010 on 07 Nov) was quiet throughout the highlight period. 

A slow-moving CME was detected off the WNW limb in LASCO C2 imagery, first visible at 08/1936 UTC. Initial model analysis indicated there was no Earth-directed component, but further analysis is ongoing. No other CMEs were detected during the highlight period. 

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit reached high levels on 05 and 06 Nov with a peak flux of 2,950 pfu observed at 05/1540 UTC. Moderate levels were observed on 02-04 Nov and 07-08 Nov. 

Geomagnetic field activity was at mostly quiet levels with a few isolated unsettled intervals observed on 06 and 07 Nov due to weak, negative polarity CH HSS effects. The period began under a nominal solar wind environment with a predominately positive phi angle. By about 05/1400 UTC, a SSBC was observed as phi rotated from a positive to negative orientation. Solar wind parameters responded midday on 05 Nov through 07 Nov with an increase in the total field to 10 nT while the Bz component reached -8 nT. Solar wind speeds increased from about 300 km/s to about 500 km/s. By 08 Nov, wind parameters were at more nominal levels with a neutral IMF and wind speeds near 425 km/s. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 09 November - 05 December 2020

Solar activity is expected to be at low levels, with a slight chance for R1 (Minor) levels, on 09-15 Nov as Rgn 2781 remains on the visible disk. Very low to low levels are possible on 16-27 Nov due to the return of old Rgns 2778 (S22, L=084) and 2779 (S17, L=076). By 28 Nov through 05 Dec, activity levels are expected to increase to low, with a slight chance of R1 (Minor) activity, due to the return old Rgn 2781 (S23, L=255) 

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at normal to moderate levels on 09-20 Nov and 29 Nov - 05 Dec. High levels are expected on 21-28 Nov due to recurrent CH HSS influence. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at quiet to unsettled levels on 12-13 Nov and 03-04 Dec due to recurrent, negative polarity CH HSS. Unsettled to isolated active conditions are expected on 17-25 Nov due to recurrent, positive polarity CH HSS influence. Mostly quiet conditions are expected for 09-11, 14-16 Nov, 26 Nov - 02 Dec, and 05 Dec. 

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2020 Nov 09 0341 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
#
#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2020-11-09
#
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2020 Nov 09      90           5          2
2020 Nov 10      88           5          2
2020 Nov 11      86           5          2
2020 Nov 12      84           8          3
2020 Nov 13      82          10          3
2020 Nov 14      82           5          2
2020 Nov 15      80           5          2
2020 Nov 16      78           5          2
2020 Nov 17      78          10          3
2020 Nov 18      78           5          2
2020 Nov 19      78          10          4
2020 Nov 20      78          15          5
2020 Nov 21      78          12          4
2020 Nov 22      78          15          5
2020 Nov 23      78           8          3
2020 Nov 24      78          10          4
2020 Nov 25      78          12          4
2020 Nov 26      80           5          2
2020 Nov 27      82           5          2
2020 Nov 28      86           5          2
2020 Nov 29      86           5          2
2020 Nov 30      86           5          2
2020 Dec 01      86           5          2
2020 Dec 02      86           5          2
2020 Dec 03      86           8          3
2020 Dec 04      86           8          3
2020 Dec 05      86           5          2
(NOAA)

Sunday, November 08, 2020

Encore - Classical Music program, weekly schedule

 


Dear Listener,

Regular Broadcast times of Encore are: 
11:00 - 12:00 UTC Saturday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe - Simulcast on 9670 kHz
Repeated:
01:00 - 02:00 UTC Sunday 5850 kHz, Simulcast on 5010 kHz WRMI to the US, Canada and Central America.
17:00 – 18:00 UTC Sunday 9670 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
22:00 - 23:00 UTC Sunday 3955 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
03:00 – 04:00 UTC Monday 9455 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada
13:00 - 14:00 UTC Tuesday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe, east coast of US and Iceland.
03:00 - 04:00 UTC Thursday 5800 kHz WRMI to South America and the Caribbean.
13:00 - 14:00 UTC Thursday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe, east coast of US and Iceland.
20:00 – 21:00 UTC Friday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe.

Our email is  encoretumbril@gmail.com. Informal reception reports as well as those requesting eQSL welcome.
The website is www.tumbril.co.uk where we show transmission times and frequencies, the playlist for the most recent programme, more information about Radio Tumbril, and the email link.

This week's programme begins with the soprano Fatma Said singing a song by a contemporary Lebanese composer. Then we have a piano nocturne from Chopin, part of Mozart's Requiem,  a contemporary piece by American composer Caroline Shaw, and another song from Fatma Said. Next - a piece by Benjamin Britten followed by a piece about him. The programme finishes with the first movement of Tchaikovsky's 4th symphony. So just the usual Fabergé egg of aural delights.

Channel 292 can be pulled live off the internet if the reception is poor in your location. Easy to find their site with a google search.
A very good site for online SDR receivers all over the world is: http://kiwisdr.com/public/  Click the 'Map' button in the top left of the screen.

Thank you for spreading the word about Encore - Classical Music on Shortwave on Radio Tumbril.

Brice Avery - Encore - Radio Tumbril - Scotland

Saturday, November 07, 2020

From the Isle of Music & Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules, Nov. 8-14

 


From the Isle of Music, November 8-14: 

This week, a dance party with music by Original de Manzanillo and Ritmo Oriental. 
The broadcasts take place: 

For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere (including parts of East Asia and Oceania) with 10kW, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 kHz, from Sofia, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK) 

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

For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1300-1400 (NEW UTC) on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany. 
Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/fromtheisleofmusic/ 
Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic 
Our Patreon page is https://www.patreon.com/tilford 

Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, November 8, 10 and 14: 
This week we enjoy music from Ghana. 
The transmissions take place: 
1.Sunday 2300-0000 (6:00PM -7:00PM EDT) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 kHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe 
2. Tuesday 2000-2100 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe. 
3. Saturday 0800-0900 UTC on Channel 292, 9670 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe. 
Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/UncleBillsMeltingPot/ 
Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic 
Our Patreon page is https://www.patreon.com/tilford 

William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer
Tilford Productions, LLC
Chicago IL 60659-4486
email: bill@tilfordproductions.com
phone: 773.267.6548

Thursday, November 05, 2020

Shortwave Radiogram schedules, November 6-8

 


Hello friends,

With the wintertime change now fully in effect, please note that broadcasts of Shortwave Radiogram from WRMI Florida stay with their UTC times, so they are one hour earlier by local time in most of North America and Europe. Broadcasts from WINB Pennsylvania on 9265 kHz stay with Eastern Time, so they are one hour later by UTC. However, the WINB DRM transmission stays with UTC. See the schedule below.

Last weekend we experimented with the new modes MFSK32WIDE and MFSK64WIDE. See this page for more information about these new modes. The 2000 Hz bandwidth is designed to increase redundancy and thus the accuracy of the text decode over the conventional MFSK32 and MFSK64 modes. 

One "problem" is that MFSK32 is such a good mode that it is difficult to find signals bad enough to result in errors that can be improved upon by MFSK32WIDE. We did find a few examples of improved decode with MFSK32WIDE. Differences with MFSK64 and MFSK64WIDE were difficult to discern, but testing continues.

A video of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 176) is provided by Scott in Ontario. The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. The analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany.

This weekend we will limit our experiment to MFSK32 versus MFSK32WIDE. Another problem with last week's tests is that, as we are aware, the signal of Shortwave Radiogram can deteriorate or improve during the half-hour. If several minutes elapse between one mode and the next, changing conditions would give the erroneous impression that one mode is better than another. To correct for this, we will tighten up the amount of time between modes. This will consist of six transmissions, each between 1 1/2 and 2 minutes in length, three MFSK32 and three MFSK32WIDE. Please observe if the decode of MFSK32WIDE improves upon that of MFSK32. Of course, challenging reception conditions will make this experiment more interesting.

This weekend's show is in the usual MFSK32 and MFSK64, as well as the new MFSK32WIDE. You will need Fldigi 4.1.15.05 or newer (available here) to decode the MFSK32WIDE. If you do not have this version, or if  you use TIVAR/AndFlmsg, you will miss less than five minutes of the show. You can access the entire article about the New York City bookstore here. 

We'll be so busy comparing modes that we will only have time for seven MFSK64 images.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 177, 6-8 November 2020, in MFSK modes as noted:

 1:44  MFSK32: Program preview
 3:18  MFSK32: Independent bookstore in New York City
 5:13  MFSK32WIDE: Bookstore (continued)**
 6:47  MFSK32: Bookstore (continued)
 8:50  MFSK32WIDE: Bookstore (continued)**
10:26  MFSK32: Bookstore (continued)
12:12  MFSK32WIDE: Bookstore (continued)**
14:01  MFSK64: This week's images
28:07  MFSK32: Closing announcements

** Text will not appear in the receive pane until about 20 seconds
after the sound of the mode begins. 

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 Gateway Wiki https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Shortwave_Radiogram_Gateway 

Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule
UTC Day UTC Time Frequency Transmitter
Friday 0030-0100 UTC 9265 kHz WINB Pennsylvania
Friday 1300-1330 UTC 15770 kHz WRMI Florida
Friday 1500-1530 UTC 13655 kHz DRM WINB Pennsylvania
Saturday 0330-0400 UTC 9265 kHz WINB Pennsylvania
Saturday 1330-1400 UTC 15770 kHz WRMI Florida
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 7-9 pm EST) on 5960 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, Thursdays at 0200-0300 UTC on 5850 kHz (Wednesday evening in the Americas) and a new time also on WRMI, Wednesdays at 2100-2200 UTC on 7780 kHz (aimed towards Europe) . Also, look for a waterfall ID at the beginning of the show. thisisamusicshow@gmail.com.  www.twitter.com/ThisIsAMusicSho/ @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 1300 UTC on 3584 kHz USB, and the Pennsylvania NBEMS net Sunday at 1230 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. 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. USEast NBEMS Net: Please also note the USEast NBEMS Net, Thursdays 0000 UTC (Wednesdays 7 pm EST) on 3536 kHz USB.
 
Thanks for your reception reports!
Kim

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


Saturday, October 31, 2020

From the Isle of Music and Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules, November 1-7

 


From the Isle of Music, November 1-7
Part 2 of 2 parts: Special guest Zenovio Hernández Pavón, a prolific researcher, author, historian and radio producer in Holguín, helps us explore Holguín’s important and distinctive musical culture with several examples. 

The broadcasts take place: 
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 Sofia, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK) 
For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0100-0200 (NEW UTC) on WBCQ, 7490 kHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EDT in the US). 
For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1300-1400 (NEW UTC) on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany. 

If you don’t have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to uplinks from various web SDRs in Europe. 
Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/fromtheisleofmusic/ 
Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic 
Our Patreon page is https://www.patreon.com/tilford 

Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, November 1, 3 and 7 
Party like it’s 1920! In episode 189, we celebrate the first commercially-licensed AM radio broadcast on November 2, 1920, on KDKA. We will play recordings that were popular in 1920, and some special surprise guests will recall their early memories with their radios. 

The transmissions take place: 
Sunday 2300-0000 (6:00PM -7:00PM EDT) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 kHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe 
Tuesday 2000-2100 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe. 
Saturday 0800-0900 UTC on Channel 292, 9670 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe. 
Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/UncleBillsMeltingPot/ 
Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic 
Our Patreon page is https://www.patreon.com/tilford 
(William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer)
Tilford Productions, LLC
Chicago IL 60659-4486
email: bill@tilfordproductions.com
website: www.tilfordproductions.com

Friday, October 30, 2020

Listener’s Day on Radio Romania International

 

Dear friends, on Sunday, November 1, 2020, on the Romanian Radio Day, we will also be celebrating Listener’s Day here on Radio Romania International.

2020 has been a special year for the entire world. Our lives have been turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. The restrictive measures taken by the authorities and the existence of an invisible enemy have fundamentally affected our habits. Physical distancing, wearing protective masks, strict hygiene rules, online courses, work from home are now our daily routine.

Isolated in our homes during the periods of lockdown, unable to see our friends and relatives, to go to a restaurant or show or to travel abroad, we needed and still need real, verified information. 

Unfortunately, during the pandemic, fake news, disinformation, sensational news, unverified information, released deliberately or not, mainly through social media networks, have simply skyrocketed.

In this year’s edition of Listener’s Day on RRI we invite you to share with us what sources of information about the pandemic you use and how you manage to discriminate between real and fake news. Please, also tell us your opinion about the role of the public radio during a pandemic and about the role of international broadcasters in this period of extended social uncertainty.

We are looking forward to receiving your answers, which we will include in our special program ‘Listener’s Day’ to be aired on November 1, 2020. You can send your written or pre-recorded opinions by e-mail at engl.rri@gmail.com. You can also send your pre-recorded opinions via WhatsApp, using the number +40744312650. Thank you very much!
(Radio Romania website)

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins

Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts

:Issued: 2020 Oct 26 0405 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/content/subscription-services
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#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
#
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 19 - 25 October 2020

Solar activity was very low with only B-class flare activity observed primarily from Region 2776 (S14, L=162, class/area Cso/100 on 18 Oct). 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 to moderate levels on 19-24 Oct. High levels were reached on 25 Oct due to coronal hole high-speed stream (CH HSS) influence. The maximum flux was 5,670 pfu observed at 25/1845 UTC. 

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to active levels. Solar wind parameters were at or near nominal levels on 19-22 Oct with solar wind speed ranging from 327-450 km/s and total field from 1-10 nT. The geomagnetic field was at quiet levels on 20 Oct, quiet to unsettled levels on 19 and 22 Oct, and isolated active levels were observed on 21 Oct. By 23 Oct, a positive polarity CH HSS became geoeffective. The solar wind speed increased to a maximum near 595 km/s while the total field initially increased to 15 nT. The geomagnetic
field responded with quiet to active levels on 23-25 Oct. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 26 October - 21 November 2020

Solar activity is expected to be at very low levels with a slight chance for C-class flares on 26 Oct - 01 Nov as new Region 2778 (S19, L=088, class/area Cai/080 on 26 Oct) rotates across the visible disk. Very low levels are expected on 02-21 Nov. 

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at normal to moderate levels on 02-20 Nov. High levels are expected on 26 Oct - 01 Nov and again on 21 Nov due to CH HSS influences. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to reach unsettled to active levels on 26-29 Oct, 01 Nov, and 17-21 Nov with G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels likely on 26 Oct due to recurrent CH HSS effects. 

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
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#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2020-10-26
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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2020 Oct 26      74          20          5
2020 Oct 27      72          15          4
2020 Oct 28      70          10          3
2020 Oct 29      70           8          3
2020 Oct 30      70           5          2
2020 Oct 31      72           5          2
2020 Nov 01      74           8          3
2020 Nov 02      74           5          2
2020 Nov 03      74           5          2
2020 Nov 04      74           5          2
2020 Nov 05      74           5          2
2020 Nov 06      74           5          2
2020 Nov 07      74           5          2
2020 Nov 08      75           5          2
2020 Nov 09      75           5          2
2020 Nov 10      75           5          2
2020 Nov 11      75           5          2
2020 Nov 12      75           5          2
2020 Nov 13      72           5          2
2020 Nov 14      70           5          2
2020 Nov 15      70           5          2
2020 Nov 16      70           5          2
2020 Nov 17      70          10          3
2020 Nov 18      70           8          3
2020 Nov 19      70          12          4
2020 Nov 20      70          18          4
2020 Nov 21      68          15          4
(NOAA) 






Antarctica slated to replay programming from Oct. 20

 

Antarctica

Broadcasting on 15476 USB, as reported on Twitter by Adrian Korol, RAE Director. LRA 36 will be on air next Saturday, October 31, 1500-2000 UTC repeating the 41st Anniversary program from October 20, 2020. 

This is another chance to get the special 41st Anniversary eQSL from the station.

 https://twitter.com/AdrianKorol/status/1321595600337543171

 


Radio Emma Toc World Service, November schedule summary

 

November 2020 



Program Contents - Our second 'Global Request Show'! One hour of songs selected by Radio Emma Toc listeners!
  
Ways to listen...   Radio Emma Toc World Service - Programme No. 7 - November 2020

You can listen online http://www.emmatoc.com  at our World Service page.

Listen to our shortwave or FM broadcasts via our relay partners as follows:
WRMI - Radio Miami International, 9955kHz covering Latin America and beyond 
Tues 18:00 EasternTime, 22:00 UTC and Wed 20:00 Eastern Time / 00:00 (Thurs) UTC  

WRMI - Radio Miami International, 9455kHz covering Eastern North America and far beyond 
Sundays 21:00 EasternTime / 01:00 (Monday) UTC  

World  FM -  88.2MHz / 107.6MHz, covering Tawa, Marahau & Stoke, New Zealand
Sundays 22:00 NZST / 10:00 UTC and Thursdays 16:30 NZST / 04:30 UTC (alternating with other programs) 

Channel 292 - 6070kHz - covering Europe and beyond 
Fri, November 6 at 19:00 UTC and Friday, November 26 at 19:00 UTC 

Scandinavian Weekend Radio - 6170kHz, 11690kHz, 1602kHz, 94.9MHz  covering Finland and Europe on Saturday, November 7 at 0700 UTC  

Happy listening! If you are outside the transmitter coverage areas, why not listen via the broadcasters' online services. Website details for the above stations are listed on our own website at www.emmatoc.org/worldserviceschedule 

If you do not have access to receivers and aerials you can try using an online SDR receiver at ve3sun.com/KiwiSDR. Experience the enjoyment of tuning around shortwave from worldwide locations online.

We are happy to issue e-QSLs for reception reports to emmatoc1922@gmail.com. We will gladly include for online reports. If using an online SDR, please give us the SDR location.

If any stations wish to relay our program, a download link is available on our website. Please advise us of times and dates so we can publicize in our schedule.


Thank you!
Jim Salmon, Radio Emma Toc

Encore-Classical Music from Radio Tumbril

 

Regular Broadcast times of Encore are: 

10:00 - 11:00 UTC Saturday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe - Simulcast on 9670 kHz
Repeated:

01:00 - 02:00 UTC Sunday 5850 kHz, Simulcast on 5010 kHz WRMI to the US, Canada and Central America.
17:00 – 18:00 UTC Sunday 9670 kHz Channel 292 to Europe

22:00 - 23:00 UTC Sunday 3955 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
02:00 – 03:00 UTC Monday 9455 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada

13:00 - 14:00 UTC Tuesday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe, east coast of US and Iceland.

03:00 - 04:00 UTC Thursday 5800 kHz WRMI to South America and Caribbean.

13:00 - 14:00 UTC Thursday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe, east coast of US and Iceland.

20:00 – 21:00 UTC Friday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe (Beginning 30th Oct.)

 Our email is  encoretumbril@gmail.com. Informal reception reports as well as those requesting eQSL welcome.

The website is www.tumbril.co.uk where we show transmission times and frequencies, the playlist for the most recent programme, more information about Radio Tumbril, and the email link.

 This week's programme starts with an operatic overture by Salieri followed by a haunting piece for piano and cello by Fauré. Then we have something for the cello and Guitar by Villa-Lobos, a song from Mozart's The Magic Flute, and the Hungarian Rhapsody by Liszt.

The programme finishes with an aria from Madame Butterfly, the Sanctus from Fauré's Requiem and part of Sheherazade by Rimski-Korsakov.

 Channel 292 can be pulled live off the internet if the reception is poor in your location. Easy to find their site with a google search.

A very good site for online SDR receivers all over the world is: http://kiwisdr.com/public/  Click the 'Map' button in the top left of the screen.

 Thank you for spreading the word about Encore - Classical Music on Shortwave on Radio Tumbril.

 Brice Avery - Encore - Radio Tumbril - Scotland

 www.tumbril.co.uk


Shortwave Radiogram schedules, Thursday-Sunday

 
Hello friends,

On the shortwave broadcast transmissions of Shortwave Radiogram, we have at least 2000 Hz of bandwidth per sideband. For the past few years I have wondered if we could use that extra bandwidth to add redundancy to our usual MFSK32 and MFSK64 modes, thereby increasing performance in challenging reception conditions, especially fades.

John Phelps KK4FYD of the Fldigi team has developed the experimental modes MFSK32WIDE and MFSK64WIDE to test this concept. We will try these modes this weekend (29 October-1 November) on Shortwave Radiogram.

If you want to decode these new modes, you must download and install Fldigi alpha version 4.1.15.05 or later from http://www.w1hkj.com/alpha/fldigi/

(If you have trouble running the Fldigi setup [installation] file, try to add an exclusion in the Windows 10 security settings: Settings > Update & Security > Windows Security > Virus & Threat Protection > Virus & threat protection settings  (manage seetings) > Exclusons > Add or remove an exclusion > Add an exclusion > File)
 
When you decode the MFSK Wide modes, there will be a delay of about 18-20 seconds from the time you hear the mode and the time the text begins printing out in the Fldigi receive pane.

"Studio" audio of this weekend's experiment is here if you want to try it before the broadcasts:
https://swradiogram.net/post/633261475902947329/this-9-minute-25-second-mp3-file-includes-a-news

The MFSK Wide modes are designed primarily to increase redundancy, but they also add some speed ...
MFSK-32WIDE gives ~ 180 WPM  (50% faster than MFSK32)
MFSK-64WIDE gives ~ 300 WPM  (25% faster than MFSK64)

Additional information about the MFSK Wide modes is here:
https://sites.google.com/site/kl4yfd/home/mfskwide

The MFSK Wide modes replace the "long" MFSK32L and MFSK64L modes, which we have not used recently on VOA Radiogram or Shortwave Radiogram.

Our tests of the MFSK Wide modes will be most interesting in challenging reception conditions. The results we experience will help Dave W1HKJ and the Fldigi team determines if these new modes will be permanently added to the Fldigi suite.

Tomorrow (Thursday) I will distribute the usual weekly email with the preview of this weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 176).
Kim


Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule
UTC Day UTC Time Frequency Transmitter
Thursday  2330-2400 UTC 9265 kHz  WINB Pennsylvania
Friday    1300-1330 UTC 15770 kHz  WRMI Florida
Friday 1500-1530 UTC  13690 kHz DRM  WINB Pennsylvania
Saturday 0230-0300 UTC 9265 kHz  WINB Pennsylvania
Saturday 1330-1400 UTC 15770 kHz WRMI Florida
Sunday 0800-0830 UTC 5850 kHz /7730 kHz  WRMI Florida
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC 7780 kHz  WRMI Florida

Largest Whale Stranding in the History of Tasmania: The Local Radio Scene


 The largest stranding of whales in the history of the island of Tasmania, and in fact, the largest in the history of all of Australia, occurred in the middle of the month of September 2020. According to international news reports, a total of 500 whales were beached off the west coast of Tasmania; more than 400 have died, and around one hundred have been pulled, pushed, and cajoled back into deeper waters.

Local authorities and interested citizens have been working nonstop to save as many of those whales as possible. Those that are dead are towed out to sea and abandoned, or in some cases, they are buried in nearby sandy beach areas.

Although the 500 count is the largest mass stranding of whales in Australian waters, it is not a record elsewhere in the world. Back in 1918, a total of 1,000 whales were stranded off the coast of the Chatham Islands in the South Pacific.  Even to this day, science does not understand why Pilot Whales are led to beach themselves in shallow waters.

The whales that are involved in this Tasmanian event are all Pilot Whales, one of the largest whale species. They were named Pilot Whales because each pod, or group of whales, seems to have a leader, or pilot, that leads them through the waters.  They can be as long as 25 feet, they can weigh as much as 1¼ tons, they can live up to 60 years, and they eat squid and other types of fish. 

The location on the west coast of Tasmania where all of these recent whales were stranded was near Macquarie Heads, on the ocean side of the peninsula that separates the Southern Ocean from Macquarie Harbour. The main highway running from the center of the island of Tasmania towards the central west coast runs through a very rugged mountainous country, and some people might even describe this highway as a dangerous highway.

The island called Tasmania is located south of the mainland state of Victoria, and it is shaped in the form almost of an equilateral triangle, 200 miles on each side. Near the central west coast, there are three main towns arranged almost in a triangle, with Queenstown as the largest and most dominant.

The first mediumwave station in Queenstown was 7QT which was inaugurated under test broadcasts on May 29, 1937, with 100 watts on 900 kHz. Two days later on Monday, May 31 (1937), local dignitaries assembled for an official opening ceremony. 

The original transmitter was designed by Engineer S. V. Sydes and constructed with the use of Australian and American components in Launceston northern Tasmania in association with mediumwave station 7LA and the Stromberg Carlson radio company.  This transmitter was tested on air in Launceston at 900 kHz three weeks in advance of the inauguration date in Queenstown.

The original location for the new 7QT in Queenstown was in the then seven-year-old Paragon Theatre at 11 McNamara  Street. Soon afterward, the station was transferred into a temporary building at 89 Conlan Street in South Queenstown, and then into a newly constructed permanent building.   

However, it was soon discovered that the local reception of 7QT on 900 kHz was disturbed by interference from the one thousand miles distant radio station 2LM at Lismore in New South Wales, and so eighteen months after its inauguration the operating channel for 7QT was changed from 900 kHz to 680 kHz.  After a sequential change in a couple of frequencies and power levels, the callsign of 7QT was changed to 7XS on October 1, 1986.  Four years ago (2016), 7XS dropped their usage of mediumwave, and they operate now on FM only in Queenstown, and also in the neighboring towns of Strahan and Roseberry.    

A government-operated mediumwave station 7QN with 2 kW on 1540 kHz was installed in a lonely area a little north of the Queenstown airport on the western side of Zeehan Highway in 1954.  Back a hundred years ago, the three cities, Hobart, Launceston, and Zeehan with its two-mile-long main street, were the thee major cities in Tasmania, though these days Zeehan is little more than a ghost town.  The callsign 7QN was changed to 7RN in 1991, and ABC programming on two FM channels is available these days in all three of the major towns near the west coast; Queenstown, Zeehan, and Strahan.

Let's go back to the story of the commercial station 7QT.  This mediumwave radio broadcasting station is remembered in Australian radio history for its claim to fame in three different areas of interest.  When it was inaugurated in 1937, 7QT was acknowledged throughout Australia in the following three areas:-  

1. Smallest radio broadcasting station in size with just 3 staff, and with the lowest income potential.

2. The most difficult mediumwave station anywhere in Australia to log, due to its location in a mountainous valley, with the bare, mineral-rich surrounding mountains interfering with the radiated signal, together with the low transmitter power.  It was almost impossible to hear this mediumwave radio station even in other areas of Tasmania itself.  

3. The first manager of 7QT was the 38-year-old Miss Irene S. Wedd who was the first female radio station manager anywhere in Australia.

Several issues of the WRTVHB state in the entry for 7QT that reception reports were not wanted.  However, in spite of that announcement, QSL cards were always readily available from 7QT, and the earliest cards were always signed by Irene Wedd herself.

We began this radio article with the story of 500 whales stranded on the west coast of the Australian island of Tasmania. We conclude this radio article with another animal story from the same island of Tasmania.

The small and very vicious animal known as the Tasmanian Devil almost became extinct in the latter colonial period.  The Tasmanian Devil is the size of a small dog, it is a loner, and its powerful jaws can break and chew animal bones, and it can bite through a thick metal fence.  Their raucous scream is just as strong as their jaw.  

Two hundred years ago, the Tasmanian Devil was identified scientifically as Sarcophilus satanic, meaning Satanic Fleshlover.  This animal is described scientifically as a marsupial.

After 21 days, a baby Devil is born with a weight of just .007 of an ounce and it then moves into its mother's pouch in the same way as the baby kangaroo and wombat. There can be up to four young ones in the pouch, though even there they will fight and kill.

The Tasmanian Devil is a tourist attraction in Tasmania, and the government of Tasmania has established a breeding program for the conservation of the species. At the end of September (2020), a small colony of Tasmanian Devils with radio collars attached was released in a protective environment near Sydney on mainland Australia.

(AWR Wavescan-NWS 609) photo via radio heritage



Wednesday, October 21, 2020

SAQ Grimeton to broadcast October 24

 


On the United Nations Day, October 24th, 2020, the SAQ transmitter in Grimeton will again send out a message to the whole world on 17.2 kHz CW.

Program: 
16:30 (14:30 UTC): Startup and tuning of the Alexanderson Alternator SAQ.
17:00 (15:00 UTC): Transmission of a message from SAQ.

Only on our YouTube Channel
17:20 (15:20 UTC): Live music concert from the transmitter hall.
Anna Louise Ekman www.annalouiseekman.se will perform Swedish and Italian songs, accompanied by a pianist.

The entire transmission event and the following concert can be seen live at our YouTube Channel starting at 16:30 (15:30 UTC).

Live Video Stream from World Heritage Grimeton Radio Station.
Scheduled at 16:30 (14:30 UTC) on October 24th, 2020
QSL Reports to SAQ
QSL reports to SAQ are very welcome and appreciated. This time we will only accept reports via our ONLINE FORM (click link to enter your report).
The online form will be open from October 24th until November 6th.We have no possibility to confirm reports received by Email / mail / bureau.Amateur Radio Station SK6SAQ
The Amateur Radio Station with the call “SK6SAQ” will be QRV on the following frequencies:
– 7.035 kHz CW or
– 14.035 kHz CW or
– 3.755 kHz SSB
QSL-reports to SK6SAQ are kindly received via:
– or via: SM bureau
– or direct by postal mail (see address above)

Two stations will be on the air most of the time.

Due to the Corona pandemic, there will be no visitors to the transmission hall at the radio station during the transmission. The association will try to carry out the transmission to the world from the old Alexanderson alternator SAQ with minimal staff in place.

World Heritage Grimeton Radio station and The Alexander Association

For further details, se grimeton.org or alexander.n.se

*The world heritage site Grimeton is a living cultural heritage. All transmissions with the long-wave transmitter SAQ are therefore preliminary and may be cancelled at short notice.

(Mike Terry/BDXC)
(photo/wikipedia)

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Encore-Classical Music on Radio Tumbril

 


Regular Broadcast times of Encore are: 


10:00 - 11:00 UTC Saturday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe - Simulcast on 9670 kHz

Repeated:

01:00 - 02:00 UTC Sunday 5850 kHz, Simulcast on 5010 kHz WRMI to the US, Canada and Central America.
16:00 – 17:00 UTC Sunday 9670 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
21:00 - 22:00 UTC Sunday 3955 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
02:00 – 03:00 UTC Monday 9455 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada
13:00 - 14:00 UTC Tuesday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe, east coast of US and Iceland.
03:00 - 04:00 UTC Thursday 5800 kHz WRMI to South America and Caribbean.
13:00 - 14:00 UTC Thursday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe, east coast of US and Iceland.
19:00 – 20:00 UTC Friday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe.
 
Our email is  encoretumbril@gmail.com
Informal reception reports as well as those requesting eQSL welcome.
The website is www.tumbril.co.uk  where we show transmission times and frequencies, the playlist for the most recent programme, more information about Radio Tumbril, and the email link.
 
This week's programme has  a bit of a new age feel to it. There is some electronica from Ani Williams - her invocation to Hathor, and Jessita Reyes playing native American flute in her composition Early Morning. 

We have some slightly more conventional but very beautiful solo classical guitar from Jim Perkins and a duet for flute and cello by another contemporary composer, Yoel Reza Afhami.

There is also a string quartet by Haydn, a long piece by Dvorák, and two Scriabin piano preludes to balance things out.
 
Channel 292 can be pulled live off the internet if the reception is poor in your location. Easy to find their site with a google search.
A very good site for online SDR receivers all over the world is: http://kiwisdr.com/public/
Click the 'Map' button in the top left of the screen.
 
Brice Avery - Encore - Radio Tumbril - Scotland
www.tumbril.co.uk