Thursday, April 02, 2020

Shortwave Radiogram schedules. April 3-5


Hello friends,

Last weekend's experiment with Olivia 16-1000 produced results that were definitely indefinitive. In the few cases where I could find a signal bad enough to give the mode a real test, the Olivia 16-1000 did not seem any better than the MFSK32, and not much better than the MFSK64. It reminds us why we like the MFSK modes on Shortwave Radiogram. However, there was one example of improbable reception in South Australia of the Sunday 2330-2400 UTC broadcast on 7780 kHz. Despite a nearly inaudible signal, the Olivia 16-1000 decoded well.

Shortwave Radiogram listeners have produced videos of last weekend's reception (program 145), which include examples of Olivia 16-1000 versus the MFSK modes: youngalientype in Ohio (I think) (Friday 1300 UTC Olivia 16-1000 excerpt, Ralf in Germany, Lolo sdr in Spain, and Scott in Ontario (all Saturday 1330 UTC), and, amazingly for this far into spring, reception in Europe, Sunday at 0800 UTC on 7730 kHz, captured by i0kte stafano in Italy (excerpt) and Lolo sdr in Spain. The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. Analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany.

With most of us required to stay at home, this weekend we will try more experiments with modes designed for especially bad reception. So let's hope for at least some bad reception. We will try two approaches: 1) Olivia 64-2000, which spreads the data 2000 Hz wide, using most of the bandwidth we have in a shortwave broadcast channel. 2) MFSK16, which concentrates all the data in a narrow column of data 316 Hz wide. This will be in addition to our usual MFSK32 and MFSK64, with six MFSK64 images this weekend. 

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 146, 2-5 April 2020, in modes as noted:

 1:50  MFSK32: Program preview
 3:07  Olivia 64-2000**: Seismic impact of stay-at-home
 7:41  MFSK16: Seismic impact continued
10:24  MFSK64: Harvesting energy from Wi-Fi
16:14  This week's images*
27:48  MFSK32: Closing announcements

* with images

** Turn off Fldigi squelch (SQL) and choose receiver bandwidth
that will accept the data at 500 to 2500 Hz above and/or below
the carrier frequency (i.e. not too narrow)

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 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

The Mighty KBC transmits to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 EDT) 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 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. 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, Wednesdays 2300 UTC (7 pm EDT) on 3536 kHz USB.

Thanks for your reception reports and stay well!
Kim

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



Scandinavian Weekend Radio slated for weekend broadcast


Finland
Scandinavian Weekend Radio, Edition #235 will broadcast April 3-4 from 2100 UTC Friday to 2100 UTC Saturday. Live broadcasts: 0700-2100 UTC on Saturday.

Finnish and English

2100-0900 on 6170 VIR 0.1 kW
2100-0900 on 11690 VIR 0.1 kW
0900-1300 on 6170 VIR 0.1 kW
0900-1300 on 11720 VIR 0.1 kW
1300-1600 on 5980 VIR 0.1 kW
1300-1600 on 11720 VIR 0.1 kW
1600-2100 on 6170 VIR 0.1 kW
1600-2100 on 11720 VIR 0.1 kW
(DX Bulgaria/01 Apr 2020)

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

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Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins



Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2020 Mar 30 0104 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
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#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 23 - 29 March 2020 

Solar activity was very low throughout the period. No active regions with sunspots were observed and no earth-directed CMEs were detected.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit reached high levels on 23-26 Mar and moderate levels were observed on 27-29 Mar.

Geomagnetic field activity was at quiet or quiet to unsettled levels throughout the period.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 30 March - 25 April 2020

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 reach high levels on 19-22 Apr, and normal to moderate levels are expected to prevail throughout the remainder of the outlook period.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to reach active levels on 30-31 Mar due to CH HSS influence. Generally quiet or quiet to unsettled conditions are expected to prevail throughout the remainder of the outlook period.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
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#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2020-03-30
#
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2020 Mar 30      68          12          4
2020 Mar 31      68          12          4
2020 Apr 01      68           8          3
2020 Apr 02      68           8          3
2020 Apr 03      68           5          2
2020 Apr 04      68           5          2
2020 Apr 05      68           5          2
2020 Apr 06      68           5          2
2020 Apr 07      68           5          2
2020 Apr 08      68           5          2
2020 Apr 09      68           5          2
2020 Apr 10      68           5          2
2020 Apr 11      70           5          2
2020 Apr 12      70           5          2
2020 Apr 13      70           5          2
2020 Apr 14      70           5          2
2020 Apr 15      70          10          3
2020 Apr 16      70           8          3
2020 Apr 17      70           8          3
2020 Apr 18      70           8          3
2020 Apr 19      70           8          3
2020 Apr 20      70           5          2
2020 Apr 21      70           5          2
2020 Apr 22      70           5          2
2020 Apr 23      68           5          2
2020 Apr 24      68           5          2
2020 Apr 25      68           5          2
(NOAA)

Monday, March 30, 2020

WRMI set for Tuesday repeat of Encore broadcast





WRMI will broadcast the most recent edition of Encore on 15770 kHz at 13:00 UTC on Tuesday 31st March.

Propagation conditions are likely to be favourable as both Florida and Europe will be in the light.

The Regular Broadcast times of Encore are:
10:00 - 11:00 UTC Saturday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
Repeated -
01:00 - 02:00 UTC Sunday 5850 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada
08:00 – 09:00 UTC Sunday 7440 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
02:00 – 03:00 UTC Monday 9455 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada
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 there are transmission times and frequencies, the playlist for the most recent program and more information about Radio Tumbril.

This week's program has the suite for Much Ado About Nothing from Erich Korngold, some Thomas Adès, Rameau, Beethoven, and song from the contemporary composer Bonnie Miksch. The playlist is on the website and will be updated soon after Saturday's broadcast of the new show by Channel 292 at 11:00 UTC - but probably not until Sunday evening.

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.
 
In the meantime - thank you for spreading the word about Encore - Classical Music on Shortwave on Radio Tumbril. And thank you to everyone for letting us know how well the signal is received where you live.
 Brice Avery - Encore - Radio Tumbril - Scotland
 www.tumbril.co.uk

Saturday, March 28, 2020

From the Isle of Music and Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules, March 29-April 4


From the Isle of Music, March 29-April 4: 
This week, our special guest is Feliciano Arango, leader of Hermanos Arango, whose album Bendita Guanabacoa was nominated in the Best Instrumental Vocal category in Cubadisco 2019 and named as one of the best Latin Jazz/Salsa albums of 2019 by Yannick le Maintec of Le Monde. This is a repeat by popular demand of a previous episode.

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)

If you don’t have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to an uplink from a listening radio in the Netherlands during the broadcast at
http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/?tune=9400am

For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0000-0100 (New UTC) on WBCQ, 7490 KHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EST in the US).

If you don’t have a shortwave or are out of range, you can listen to a live stream from the WBCQ website here (choose 7490): http://www.wbcq.com/?page_id=7

For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 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 an uplink from a listening radio in Europe.
Visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fromtheisleofmusic

Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, March 29 and 31: 
Episode 158 features some light-hearted music to lift our spirits in these times.

On WBCQ only, there is a second half-hour featuring one of the first episodes of our show in 2017.
The transmissions take place:

Sundays 2200-2300 NEW UTC (6:00PM -7:00PM Eastern US) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 KHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe

If you don’t have a shortwave or are out of range, you can listen to a live stream from the WBCQ website here (choose 7490): http://www.wbcq.com/?page_id=7

Tuesdays 2000-2030 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe.
If you don’t have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to an uplink from different web SDRs in Europe.

Visit our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/UncleBillsMeltingPot

William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer
Tilford Productions, LLC

Friday, March 27, 2020

Shortwave Radiogram, weekend schedule


Hello friends,

In this time of transition from winter to summer (or vice versa in the Southern Hemisphere), reception of Shortwave Radiograms good at some times on some frequencies, and marginal at other times and on other frequencies.  Because many of us are quarantined, this might be a good time to experiment with some modes we don't usually transmit, to see if they can produce a successful text decode in difficult conditions. And, therefore, our first news item will be in the Olivia 16-1000 mode (40 word per minute). The question for us to ponder is whether this slow mode provides better performance than our usual MFSK32 (120 wpm) in challenging reception environments.

Sunday of this weekend brings a change to Summer Time in most of Europe. Note that local times for Shortwave Radiogram may change accordingly. Also on Sunday will be start of the A20 shortwave broadcast frequency season. I am not aware of any changes to Shortwave Radiogram frequencies, except for the Friday 1500-1530 UTC DRM broadcast from WINB Pennsylvania, which will change to 15750 kHz starting 3 April.

Videos of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 144) are provided by Scott in Ontario (Friday 1300 UTC), Scott Haley in Oklahoma (Saturday 0230 UTC), 2010DFS in Japan and Lola sdr in Spain (both Sunday 0800 UTC on 7730 kHz). The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. Analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany.

This weekend's show is in MFSK32, Olivia 16-1000 and MFSK64, with nine MFSK images.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 144, 26-29 March 2020, in modes as noted:

 1:48  MFSK32: Program preview
 2:59  Olivia 16-1000: Hams to help develop low cost ventilator
 9:42  MFSK64: Ford helps produce respiratory equipment*
14:29  This week's images*
28:00  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  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

The Mighty KBC transmits to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 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, 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 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. 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, Wednesdays 2300 UTC (7 pm EDT) 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





Encore- Classical Music on Radio Tumbril, weekend schedules






Regular Broadcast times of Encore are:
11:00 - 12:00 UTC Saturday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe - This will change to 10:00 - 11:00 UTC on 4th April
Repeated
01:00 - 02:00 UTC Sunday 5850 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada
08:00 – 09:00 UTC Sunday 7440 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
02:00 – 03:00 UTC Monday 9455 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada
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 there are transmission times and frequencies, the playlist for the most recent programme and more information about Radio Tumbril.

This week's programme has the suite for Much Ado About Nothing from Erich Korngold, some Thomas Adès, Rameau, Beethoven, and song from the contemporary composer Bonnie Miksch.
The playlist is on the website and will be updated soon after Saturday's broadcast of the new show by Channel 292 at 11:00 UTC - but probably not until Sunday evening.

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.

In the meantime - thank you for spreading the word about Encore - Classical Music on Shortwave on Radio Tumbril. And thank you to everyone for letting us know how well the signal is received where you live.

Brice Avery - Encore - Radio Tumbril - Scotland

www.tumbril.co.uk

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Voice of America, summer schedule 2020


USA, USAGM VOA - A20

Effective: 29 March -24 October 2020

All times/dates UTC

Frequencies are in kiloHertz (kHz). 1 MegaHertz (MHz) is equal to 1000 kHz. Conversion to meter bands: Meters=300000/frequency in kHz. e.g.: 17705 kHz --> 16.9 meters

Abbreviations: All programs/frequencies are on daily unless noted otherwise.
   & - Monday only              a - Tuesday Only
  * - Monday through Friday    b - Wednesday Only
  = - Monday through Saturday  } - Friday Only
  < - Tuesday through Friday   ) - Tu,Th,Sa,Su
  / - Tuesday and Friday only  ; - Mo,We,Fr
  # - Tuesday through Saturday
  % - Tuesday through Sunday
  ~ - Thursday only
  > - Friday and Saturday
  @ - Saturday only
  $ - Saturday and Sunday
  " - Sunday only
  + - Sunday and Monday
  ^ - Sunday through Thursday
  ! - Sunday through Friday


Afan Oromo             
1730-1800 UTC* 11610 12070 15660

Amharic                 
1700-1730 UTC* 11610 15660
1800-1900 UTC  11610 12070 15660

Bambara                 
2130-2200 UTC*  9490 11900 13670 15120

Bangla                 
1130-1200 UTC*  9310 11570 12030
1300-1330 UTC*  1575
1600-1700 UTC   1575

Burmese                 
0000-0030 UTC   1575  5875  7410 12110
0130-0230 UTC   7305 15110 17835
1200-1230 UTC  11965 15565 17680
1430-1500 UTC   1575  5885  9370  9830
1500-1530 UTC   5885  9370  9830
1500-1530 UTC$  1575
1530-1600 UTC   1575  5885  9370
1600-1630 UTC   5885  9370
2330-2400 UTC   5875  7410 12110

Cantonese               
1300-1500 UTC   7480

Chinese                 
0000-0100 UTC   9600 11660 15340 17560
0900-1100 UTC  11785 11825 13755 17485 21695
1100-1200 UTC   7470  9460 11785 11825 15250
1200-1300 UTC   7470 11785 11825 15250
1300-1400 UTC   6110 11785 15130 15165
1400-1500 UTC   6110  9465 11900 15110
2200-2300 UTC   5875  9625

Dari                   
0100-0130 UTC   1296  7495  9480
0200-0230 UTC   1296  7495  9480
1500-1630 UTC   1296  7495 11575 12070

ENGL                   
0000-0330 UTC   1431
1530-2400 UTC   1431

English to Africa
0300-0400 UTC    909  1530  4930  5925  6080
0400-0430 UTC   1530  4960  5925  6080  7375
0400-0500 UTC$   909  4930
0430-0500 UTC   4960  5925  6080  7375
0500-0600 UTC    909  4930  6080 15580
0600-0700 UTC    909  1530  6080 15580
1400-1500 UTC   4930  5930 15580
1500-1600 UTC   4930  5930 15580 17530
1600-1630 UTC    909  1530  4930  5930 15580
1630-1700 UTC    909  1530  4930
1630-1700 UTC$  5930 15580
1700-1730 UTC   5930 13590 17530
1700-1730 UTC$ 15580
1730-1800 UTC   6090 13590 15580 17530
1800-1830 UTC   6080 15580 17530
1800-1900 UTC$   909  4930
1830-1900 UTC   6080 15580
1900-2000 UTC    909  4930  6080 15580
2000-2100 UTC    909  1530  4930  6195 15580
2030-2100 UTC$  4960
2100-2200 UTC   1530  6195 15580

English to Far East Asia, South Asia and Oceania
1130-1200 UTC$  9310 11570 12030
1300-1330 UTC$  1575

French                 
0530-0600 UTC*  1530  4960  6180  9885 13830
0600-0630 UTC*  4960  6180  9885 13830
0830-0900 UTC   9410 13830 17530
1100-1130 UTC@ 13830 15730 17540 17850
1830-1930 UTC   1530  6180  9490
1930-2000 UTC   1530  9490 17530
2000-2030 UTC   5970  6040  9490 11900 17530
2030-2100 UTC"  9490 15730
2030-2100 UTC$ 11900 15185
2100-2130 UTC*  5970  9490  9740 11900

Hausa                   
0500-0530 UTC   1530  4960  6180 12070
0700-0730 UTC   4960 12070 17700
1500-1530 UTC  11750 15460 17700
1530-1600 UTC* 11750 13770 15460 17700
2030-2100 UTC*  4960  9490
2030-2100 UTC@  9490 15730
2030-2100 UTC=  5970  7325 12070

Khmer                   
1330-1430 UTC   1575  9615 11695
2200-2230 UTC   1575  5965  7375  9320

Kinyarwanda/Kirunda     
0330-0430 UTC   6155  7325  9815
0430-0530 UTC*  7325  9815 11995
1400-1500 UTC$ 15460 15660 17530
1600-1630 UTC  13630 15460 17530
1830-1900 UTC* 11870 17530
1930-2000 UTC*  6040  9470 11870

Korean                 
1100-1200 UTC   1188
1200-1300 UTC   1188  9320  9490 12080
1300-1400 UTC   1188  9320 12045 12080
1400-1500 UTC   1188  9410 12045 12080
1700-1800 UTC   1566
1900-2100 UTC   5875  7365  7485

Kurdish                 
1400-1500 UTC  11985 15605
1700-1800 UTC   7435  9820 11760
1900-2000 UTC   6170  7225  9820

Lao                     
1230-1300 UTC   1575

Pashto                 
0030-0100 UTC   1296  7495  9480
0130-0200 UTC   1296  7495  9480
1430-1500 UTC   1296  7495 11575 12070
1630-1730 UTC   1296  7495 11575 12070

PASHTUN                 
0100-0400 UTC    621  9840 12035 13745
1300-1700 UTC    621  9310 12035 13820 15640
1700-1900 UTC    621  5890  7540  9310 12035

Portuguese             
1630-1700 UTC} 13630 17655
1700-1800 UTC   1530 13630 17655
1800-1830 UTC* 13630 17655

Somali                 
0330-0400 UTC   7260 13680 15620
1030-1100 UTC  11760 15620 17775
1300-1400 UTC  15620 17530
1600-1800 UTC  12055 15620

South Sudan - English   
1630-1700 UTC* 11910 13590 15660

Swahili                 
1630-1700 UTC  15260 15460 17530

Tibetan                 
0000-0100 UTC   7250  9855
0000-0100 UTC  13810
0300-0400 UTC  15140 17735
0300-0400 UTC  21650
0400-0500 UTC  15150 17615
0400-0500 UTC  17650
0500-0600 UTC  15140 17660
0500-0600 UTC  21630
1400-1500 UTC  9900 15730 17690
1600-1700 UTC  7565  9760  9965
1600-1700 UTC  11890

Tigrigna               
1900-1930 UTC* 11610 12070 15660

Urdu                   
0000-0200 UTC    972
1400-2400 UTC    972

Vietnamese             
2130-2200 UTC   1575

Zimbabwe       
0400-0500 UTC*   909  4930  7270  9885
1700-1800 UTC    909  4930  6040 15460
1800-1900 UTC*   909  4930  6040 15460
(USAGM) 23 March 2020)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

BBC World Service, English Summer schedule

Bush House QSL (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
UK, BBC World Service A20

Effective: 29 March - 24 October 2020

All times UTC

English
0000-0100 5945as 5970pa
0100-0200 5970as 12095pa
0300-0400 9440me 12095me
0400-0500 9915af 12095me 13580me
0500-0600 6005af 7345af 9410af 9915af 13580af
0600-0700 6005af 7345af 9410af 12015af 13580af 13660af 15400af
0700-0800 7345af 9410af 9915af 13580af 15400af 15490af
0759-0800 DRM 15620as
0800-0900 DRM 15620as
0459-0500 DRM 3955eu
0500-0600 DRM 3955eu
1000-1100 6195as 9410pa 11945as
1100-1200 6195as 9410pa 11945as
1200-1300 12065as 15145as 15310as
1300-1400 11890as 12065as
1500-1600 7485eu 9410af
1600-1700 7445af 7485eu 12095af 17640af 17830af
1700-1800 6195eu 7265af 7445af 7485as 15400af 17780af 17830af
1800-1900 6195eu 7265af 7445af 9410af 11810af 13660af 15400af
1900-2000 6155af 6195af 7265af 7445af 11810af 12095af
2000-2100 11810af 12095af
2100-2200 mtwhf 12095af
2100-2200 mtwhf 11810af
2200-2300 3915as 5890as 5955as 6195as 7205as 7445pa
2300-0000 3915as 5890as 6195as 11825pa
(Encompass/GS)

target areas:
af  Africa
as  Asia
eu  Europe
me  Middle East
pa  Pacific

Monday, March 23, 2020

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins



Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2020 Mar 23 0128 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
#
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 16 - 22 March 2020

Solar activity was very low. The visible disk was spotless. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed during the reporting period.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit reached moderate levels each day of the period with a peak flux of 547 pfu observed at 22/1535 UTC.

Geomagnetic field activity reached active levels on 19 Mar with unsettled levels on 16, 18-22 Mar in response to CH HSS influence. Quiet conditions were observed on 17 Mar.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 23 March - 18 April 2020

Solar activity is expected to continue at very low levels.

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to reach moderate levels throughout the period in response to recurrent CH HSS influence.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to reach active levels on 27 Mar and 15 Apr, with unsettled conditions anticipated for 23, 27-29 Mar and 15-18 Apr due to CH HSS effects. Quiet conditions are expected for the remainder of the outlook period.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2020 Mar 23 0128 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 2020-03-23
#
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2020 Mar 23      70           8          3
2020 Mar 24      70           5          2
2020 Mar 25      70           5          2
2020 Mar 26      70           5          2
2020 Mar 27      70          12         4
2020 Mar 28      70          10         3
2020 Mar 29      70           8          3
2020 Mar 30      70           5          2
2020 Mar 31      70           5          2
2020 Apr 01      70           5          2
2020 Apr 02      70           5          2
2020 Apr 03      70           5          2
2020 Apr 04      70           5          2
2020 Apr 05      70           5          2
2020 Apr 06      70           5          2
2020 Apr 07      70           5          2
2020 Apr 08      70           5          2
2020 Apr 09      70           5          2
2020 Apr 10      70           5          2
2020 Apr 11      70           5          2
2020 Apr 12      71           5          2
2020 Apr 13      71           5          2
2020 Apr 14      71           5          2
2020 Apr 15      71          12         4
2020 Apr 16      71           8          3
2020 Apr 17      71           8          3
2020 Apr 18      70           8          3
(NOAA_

Saturday, March 21, 2020

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


From the Isle of Music, March 22-28
This week, our special guest is Liz Castillo, we also listen to music from Orquesta America, Enrique Lizaga’s Orchestra and Imagen Son.

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) If you don’t have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to an uplink from a listening radio in the Netherlands during the broadcast at http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/?tune=9400am 

For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0000-0100 (New UTC) on WBCQ, 7490 kHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EST in the US). If you don’t have a shortwave or are out of range, you can listen to a live stream from the WBCQ website here (choose 7490): http://www.wbcq.com/?page_id=7 

For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 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 an uplink from a listening radio in Europe.
Visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fromtheisleofmusic 

Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, March 22 and 24 

Episode 157 takes us to Myanmar.
On WBCQ only, there is a second half-hour featuring one of the first episodes of our show in 2017.

The transmissions take place:
Sundays 2200-2300 NEW UTC (6:00PM -7:00PM Eastern US) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 kHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe. If you don’t have a shortwave or are out of range, you can listen to a live stream from the WBCQ website here (choose 7490): http://www.wbcq.com/?page_id=7 

Tuesdays 2000-2030 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe. If you don’t have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to an uplink from different web SDRs in Europe. Visit our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/UncleBillsMeltingPot 

William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer
Tilford Productions, LLC

Friday, March 20, 2020

Radio Nacional Arcángen San Gabriel set to repeat programming

LRA 36 QSL (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
ANTARCTICA

15476, LRA 36, Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel, Base Esperanza. I just received a voice message via whatsapp from the operator of the station, he says yesterday they had a transmitter failure, and they only were on air via internet. The operator participates LRA 36 will be on air next Saturday 21 March, 1000 hours Argentinian time, 1300 UTC, with a special program about Aniversario de la Base Antartica San Martín.

Send reception reports in English or Spanish to: tranalra36@radionacional.gov.ar,
Manuel Méndez, Lugo, Spain/HCDX)

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

“This Is What We Do. We Keep Stations on the Air No Matter What”


We asked consultant Gary Kline how operations are reacting to the coronavirus impact

BY PAUL MCLANE, March 16, 2020

Technical consultant Gary Kline, who also contributes regularly to Radio World, travels a great deal both domestically and abroad; he is in frequent contact with many radio industry organizations. We asked him what he’s been hearing over the past several days about the impact of COVID-19 around the U.S. radio industry.

Additional story at Radio World: https://tinyurl.com/w6otqlk



BBC could scale back output if hit by coronavirus



BBC director general Tony Hall has told MPs there's a chance that part of its services could be "out of action" for a spell if the corporation's newsrooms suffered an outbreak of coronavirus.

Lord Hall said the BBC is "intent on keeping absolutely everything open".

Asked whether there could be a scaling back of services, he replied: "There could be - I hope there won't be."

Executives are "working through how we could cope with" a service being out of action, he added.

He said they are looking at how to ensure "we can keep broadcasting the information that the people need to have", but that the BBC is "gaming out" what would happen if many staff go sick.

"You could imagine a local station or some other part of our news operation being out of action for a period."

Additional story at BBC News: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-51851414

U.S. Radio Operations Adjust to Coronavirus



Windscreens, audio codecs in demand as industry goes remote

BY PAUL MCLANE

Paper towels and fresh bread are not the only things in demand right now. Add microphone windscreens and remote codecs to the list, at least for U.S. radio stations dealing with the new reality of COVID-19 prevention.

Radio groups are setting up teleworking arrangements, canceling events and turning away prizewinners from their lobbies.

Demand has increased for equipment that supports remote audio operation, according to companies that make codecs including Comrex and Tieline. Similarly, equipment distributor SCMS reports, “We have shipped tons of windscreens but also many portable studio kits to major groups using the Rode Rodecaster,” according to President Bob Cauthen. “I think they are all preparing for the worst but hoping for the best!”


Additional story at Radio World: https://tinyurl.com/vc7svqn

Tape Manufacturer Launches Mystik Cassette Player


Taking a cue from the vinyl resurgence, analog tape manufacturer RecordingTheMasters floats Mystik new cassette player on Kickstarter

BY PRO SOUND NEWS

Cassette tapes sales are back in fashion, with sales reportedly at their highest in more than 15 years, with annual growth outpacing even vinyl’s resurgence. To celebrate, tape manufacturer RecordingTheMasters is launching a Kickstarter campaign for a new portable cassette player, Mystik.

As all analog music formats continue to rise in popularity, cassette tapes now outpace all other formats — including vinyl — in consumer-market growth, more than quadrupling since 2011. Artists including Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Eminem, Jack White, Taylor Swift, Jay-Z and others have all released recent albums on cassette. This year’s recent Cassette Store Day saw RecordingTheMasters partner with New York-based Dala Records for a limited-edition mixtape

Additional story at: https://tinyurl.com/v3cxjwt

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

VOIRI/Pars Today Summer Schedule

VOIRI QSL card (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
Iran, VOIRI/Pars Today - A20 

Effective: 29 March - 25 October 2020

Times UTC  /  all entries via 500 kW

Al-Quds TV
Arabic
0230-0300 7285me (ex 7410)
0300-0400 7285me (ex 7410)
0400-0500 7285me (ex 7410)
0500-0530 7285me (ex 7410)
*************************************************

VOIRI-Pars Today
Albanian
1823-1900 5990eu 9ex 5920) 7325eu (ex 7235)
1900-1920 5990eu 9ex 5920) 7325eu (ex 7235)

Arabic
0000-0100 6060af (ex 6155)
0100-0200 6060af (ex 6155)
0130-0200 7285me (ex 7410)
0200-0230 6060af (ex 6155) 7285me (ex 7410)
0530-0600 7285me (ex 7410) 13590af (ex 13730)
0600-0700 11945me (ex 13745)  13590af (ex 13730)
0700-0730 11945me (ex 13745)  13590af (ex 13730)
0730-0800 11945me (ex 13745)
0800-0830 11945me (ex 13745)
0930-1000 11945me (ex 13745)
1000-1100 11945me (ex 13745)
1100-1130 11945me (ex 13745)
1430-1500 6080af (ex 9280)  7525me (ex 7415)
1500-1600 6080af (ex 9280)  7525me (ex 7415)
1600-1700 6080af (ex 9280)  7525me (ex 7415)
1700-1730 6080af (ex 9280)  7525me (ex 7415)
1730-1800 6060af (ex 6015)
1800-1900 6060af (ex 6015)
1900-1930 6060af (ex 6015)
1930-2000 6060af (ex 6155)
2000-2100 6060af (ex 6155)
2100-2200 6060af (ex 6155)
2200-2300 6060af (ex 6155)
2300-0000 6060af (ex 6155)

Armenian
1623-1700 7345as (ex 7230)
1700-1720 7345as (ex 7230)

Bengali
1423-1500 9465as (ex 9895) 9810as (ex 6155)
1500-1520 9465as  (ex 9895) 9810as (ex 6155)

Dari
0553-0600 13630as (ex 13625)
0600-0700 13630as (ex 13625)
0700-0800 13630as (ex 13625)
0800-0820 13630as (ex 13625)
0923-1000 13680as (ex 9495)
1000-1100 13680as (ex 9495)
1100-1200 13680as (ex 9495)
1200-1250 13680as (ex 9495)

English
1523-1600 7410as (ex 9800)
1600-1620 7410as (ex 9800)
1923-2000 9835af (ex 9750)
2000-2020 9835af (ex 9750)

French
0000-0020 7230af (ex 7260)
1923-2000 7235eu (ex 1823-1920)
2000-2020 7235eu (ex 1823-1920)
2323-0000 7230af (ex 7260)

German
1723-1800 7300eu (ex 7330)
1800-1820 7300eu (ex 7330)

Hausa
1823-1900 7235af (ex 9860)
1900-1920 7235af (ex 9860)

Hindi
1423-1500 9325as (ex 15235)
1500-1520 9325as (ex 15235)

Italian
1753-1800 5925eu (ex 1923-1950)
1800-1820 5925eu (ex 1923-1950)

Kurdish Kirmanji
1323-1400 9570as (ex 7345)
1400-1420 9570as (ex 7345)

Pashto
0223-0300 5925as (ex 6165)
0300-0320 5925as (ex 6165)

Russian
0323-0400 11810eu (ex 12180)
0400-0420 11810eu (ex 12180)
1653-1700 13735eu (ex 1323-1420)
1700-1750 13735eu (ex 1323-1420)

Spanish
0000-0100 7325sa (ex 7230) 9620sa (ex 11660)
0100-0120 7325sa (ex 7230)
0100-0200 9620sa (ex 11660)
0200-0250 9620sa (ex 11660)
0723-0800 15445eu (ex 17780)
0800-0820 15445eu (ex 17780)
2023-2100 7375eu (ex 9620) 9665eu (ex 11870)
2100-2120 7325eu (ex 9620) 9665eu(ex 11870)
2353-0000 7325sa (ex 7230) 9620sa (ex 11660)

Swahili
0453-0500 13685af (ex 13635)
0500-0550 13685af (ex 13635)

Turkish
0423-0500 15430me (ex 13785)
0500-0550 15430me (ex 13785)
1553-1600 9640me (ex 9775)
1600-1700 9640me (ex 9775)
1700-1720 9640me (ex 9775)

Urdu
1253-1300 9710as (ex 13745)
1300-1400 9710as (ex 13745)
1400-1420 9710as (ex 13745)
1523-1600 6175as (ex 7300)
1600-1620 6175as (ex 7300)
*************************************

VO Palestine
Arabic
0323-0400 11905af (ex 12160)
0400-0420 11905af (ex 12160)
(GVH transcribed from original DXB-17 Mar 2020)