Friday, February 21, 2020

Atlantic 2000 International to air on February 22



Atlantic 2000 International atlantic2000international@gmail.com

Atlantic 2000 International will be on the air on Saturday, February 22, 2020, with two hours of programming.

09:00 to 10:00 UTC on 6070 and 7440 kHz via Channel 292
10:00 to 11:00 UTC online only

Stream addresses will be available at; http://radioatlantic2000.free.fr

Only detailed reception reports will be confirmed by eQSL to: atlantic2000international@gmail.com

Good listening!
Visit our website: http://radioatlantic2000.free.fr   
Listen to our Podcasts and follow us: https://www.mixcloud.com/atlantic2000

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Radio Öömrang scheduled for 2020 broadcast


a reminder of the annual broadcast, as seen in the Winter 2019-2020 edition of Global Radio Guide.


The winter schedule from Media Broadcast has included a listing for the annual broadcast of Radio Öömrang (Radio Amrum). The annual program is broadcast annually on February 21, a North Frisian holiday. The program was founded by amateur radio operator, Arjan Kolzow on the island of Amrum in North Germany.

The first broadcast was in 2006.Programming is in the North Frisian language (Öömrang dialect), as well as Standard German. Programming is aimed to the descendants of North Frisian immigrants in North America. The 2020 broadcast is scheduled for 1600-1700 UTC on 15215 kHz, relayed via Issoudun, France transmitter facilities. Send your program details to: qsl-shortwave@media-broadcast.com or postal address: c/o Mr Michael Puetz, Media Broadcast GmbH, Order Management & Backoffice, Erna-Scheffler, Strasse 1, 51103 Cologne, Germany. Additional contact: info@media-broadcast.com

Radio Taiwan plans shift to SpaceLine

From the onset of the summer schedule period, commened to be on Sunday, March 29, 2020,

Radio Taiwan International's French service will be aired via SPC-NURTS Spaceline Ltd. Sofia Kostinbrod Bulgaria relay site.

Tests transmissions are planned February 22-23; February 28-29 and March 1

All times UTC

1900-1930  6005 SOF 100 kW 306 deg to WeEUR French plus QRM Adygeyan Radio
from 1900  6000 ARM 100 kW 188 deg to CeAS  Adygeyan Sunday Adygeyan Radio
(DXB/WWDXC Top Nx 1415)

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

AIR Updates DRM Progress, Nears Public Launch


Now that infrastructure is in place, interested parties seeking a framework to bring DRM to the public

RW STAFF, 16 Feb 2020

At a Digital Radio Mondiale stakeholders meeting in New Delhi, India, on Feb. 12, All India Radio (AIR) briefed more than 100 attendees that it has made great progress in its rollout of DRM.

AIR says that today it has 35 DRM transmitters in the AM band, four of which are now working in pure DRM digital mode.

The broadcaster adds that it has extended the pure DRM hours of transmission for the remaining sites, and that DRM transmission has also allowed for the broadcast of more varied content.

Addition story at Radio World: https://tinyurl.com/vlrady7

Monday, February 17, 2020

Corona virus, the mail, and QSLing ?


If you've been wondering where your mail could have absconded to - this might be the answer. E-QSLing remains the better alternative.

Mail exchange between Kazakhstan and China has been suspended.

Director of the Department of Advertising and PR at Kazpost Dilara Zarlykova on her Facebook page said that the postal exchange of auto, air and rail links between China and Kazakhstan on the initiative of the Chinese postal administration has been canceled, writes zakon.kz.

Due to the cancellation of the postal exchange, Kazpost suspended the acceptance of all types of postal items to China, as well as countries to which mail arrives in transit through China (Bangladesh, Brunei, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Laos, North Korea, Thailand,  Sri Lanka, Philippines, Taiwan), she wrote.

Here, the Kazakhstanis received an answer to the question, but what will happen to those parcels that have already been sent?

"Those ordered are on the way. Even if they don't return it, Aliexpress will return the money"?said Dilara Zarlykova.

"Everything will reach. Departments work as usual, parcels sent by China earlier via transit countries are now arriving. As soon as China Post works, all the packages will arrive in KAZ.

Some of the packages are also located at Khorgos, which is closed to prevent the spread of the virus among the people who work there,"?added Saul Mukasheva, an employee of the advertising and PR department at Kazpost, to complement her response.

Recall that the World Health Organization (WHO) said that when receiving parcels and letters from China, it is impossible to become infected with a new coronavirus.

According to recent studies, coronaviruses do not live long outside the body, so there is no risk of infection, the organization explained.

https://tinyurl.com/smfma85
(Anatoly Klepov-RUS, RUSdx #1067 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Febr 9)

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2020 Feb 17 0312 UTC
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 10 - 16 February 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 10-11 Feb and reached moderate levels on 12-16 Feb.

Geomagnetic field activity was generally quiet with isolated periods of unsettled activity.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 17 February - 14 March 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 05-09 Mar with normal to moderate levels expected for the remainder of the period.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to reach G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels on 04 Mar with active levels expected on 26 Feb and 05 Mar due to multiple, recurrent CH HSSs. Generally quiet and quiet to unsettled conditions are expected to prevail for the
remainder of the outlook period.

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#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2020 Feb 17      71          10          3
2020 Feb 18      71           8          3
2020 Feb 19      71          10          3
2020 Feb 20      71           8          3
2020 Feb 21      71           5          2
2020 Feb 22      71          10          3
2020 Feb 23      71           8          3
2020 Feb 24      71           5          2
2020 Feb 25      71           8          3
2020 Feb 26      71          12          4
2020 Feb 27      71          10          3
2020 Feb 28      71           5          2
2020 Feb 29      71           5          2
2020 Mar 01      71           5          2
2020 Mar 02      71           5          2
2020 Mar 03      71           5          2
2020 Mar 04      71          20          5
2020 Mar 05      71          15          4
2020 Mar 06      71           8          3
2020 Mar 07      71           5          2
2020 Mar 08      71           5          2
2020 Mar 09      71           5          2
2020 Mar 10      71           5          2
2020 Mar 11      71           5          2
2020 Mar 12      71           5          2
2020 Mar 13      71           5          2
2020 Mar 14      71           5          2
(NOAA)

Saturday, February 15, 2020

From the Isle of Music and Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules, February 16-22


From the Isle of Music, February 16-22
This week, we listen to some of the music of Ernán López-Nussa, who performed the gala finale at Jazz Plaza 2020 (no interviews)
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 0100-0200 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, February 16 and 18
Episode 152 takes us to Celtic Canada.

On WBCQ only, there is a second half-hour featuring on of the first episodes of our show in 2017.
The transmissions take place:
Sundays 2300-0000 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.
 William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer
Tilford Productions, LLC

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Encore- Classical Music on Radio Tumbril, weekend schedules





EUROPE:
This coming weekend Encore - Classical Music on Radio Tumbril will be broadcast again at the NEW TIME in Europe of 11:00 UTC on SATURDAY on 6070 kHz by Channel 292.
There is much less interference from adjacent channels at this time.
There are two repeats - 19:00 UTC Friday on 6070 kHz and 09:00 UTC on Sunday on 7440 kHz by Channel 292.

NORTH AMERICA:
WWCR Nashville will broadcast the Encore on Saturday at 21:00 UTC as usual on 9350 kHz. The propagation is very good over the US and much of Canada and the signal carries to parts of western Europe too.

WBCQ Maine will send out the show on 7490 kHz at 01:00 UTC Monday to the US. (Early evening Sunday local US - obviously.)

Sadly the US  broadcasts of Encore are going to have to stop at the end of February.
As many folks know - Radio Tumbril is a one-man operation existing without sponsorship.
Even with the generosity of WBCQ and WWCR - in keeping costs to a minimum - it requires hundreds of dollars a month to broadcast Encore to North America and the money to pay for the electricity will run out when Radio Tumbril is one year old.
Unless the situation changes - the last transmission with WBCQ will be 01:00 UTC Monday 2nd March. The last transmission with WWCR will be Saturday 29th February 21:00 UTC.

The European broadcasts are of much lower power - and, naturally, much less costly. Radio Tumbril will continue on Channel 292 for the foreseeable future.

In the meantime - many thanks to everyone in The US, Canada, and beyond (India for instance) who have been listening regularly and enthusiastically to the broadcasts of Encore from WBCQ and WWCR. I'm very sorry they have to come to an end.

But not quite yet...

So do let us know how well you can pick up Encore at your location by emailing to encoretumbril@gmail.com. We try to reply to all emails and will send eQSL cards for full reports - though a brief report is fine.

This week's program will start with a Spanish dance by Sarasate and a couple of Bagatelles by Gerald Finzi. Then a couple of 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 show finishes with some of a sonata by Beethoven - Richter on Piano and Rostropovich on Cello. The Adagietto from Mahler's 5th to finish us off.
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.

Both Channel 292 and WBCQ as well as WWCR can be pulled live off the internet if the reception is poor in your location. Easy to find their sites with a google search.

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

Brice Avery - Encore - Radio Tumbril - www.tumbril.co.uk

Regular Broadcast times are:
11:00 - 12:00 UTC Saturday on 6070 kHz and repeated 19:00 - 20:00 UTC Friday on 6070 kHz Channel 292 (Germany) and 09:00 UTC Sunday on 7440 kHz.
21:00 - 22:00 UTC Saturday on 9350 kHz WWCR (Nashville).

The return of IBC on shortwave




IBC (Italian Broadcasting Corporation) back on shortwave 3975 / 6160 kHz!

(edited and translated from Italian for clarity)

Effective from February 15, 2020, a new Italian program Scorribande, hosted by the three voices of IBC ((Saverio Masetti, Manlio Candelli and Gabriele IZ3GOM), will transmit with 1 kW on Shortwaveradio from Lower Saxony, Germany, on the following schedule. 

All times UTC
Saturday, 2200-2300 on 3975 kHz
Sunday 0900-1000 on 3975 / 6160 kHz
Mondays 1000-1100 on 3975/ 6160 kHz
1600-1700 on 3975 kHz
2100-2200 on 3975 kHz
Wednesdays 1300-1400 on 3975 and 6160 kHz.

The contents remain the same, with news, current affairs and curiosities, plus news on amateur radio. 

Reception reports are welcome and verified with the official QSL of Shortwave Radio
Send your program details to:  scorribande@shortwaveradio.de


Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Shortwaveradio adds programming to schedule



New program, Scorribande will broadcast via Shortwavradio (SWR) from February 15, 2020. Listen to Saverio Masetti, Manlio Candelli and Gabriele who will accompany you once again through news, current affairs and curiosities from the world of radio, BCL and radio amateurs. There will also be replicas of the most interesting transmissions aired on IBC Italy since 1979.

All times UTC

Scorribande
Programming transmitted from Winsen an der Aller, Germany
2200-2300 on  3975 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu Italian Sat
0900-1000 on  3975 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu Italian Sun
0900-1000 on  6160 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu Italian Sun
1000-1100 on  3975 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu Italian Mon
1000-1100 on  6160 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu Italian Mon
1600-1700 on  3975 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu Italian Mon
2100-2200 on  3975 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu Italian Mon
1300-1400 on  3975 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu Italian Wed
1300-1400 on  6160 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu Italian Wed

Updated schedule of Southgate Amateur Radio News via SWR
2100-2200 on  3975 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu English Sat
1000-1100 on  3975 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu English Sun
1000-1100 on  6160 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu English Sun
1500-1600 on  6160 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu English Sun
2100-2200 on  3975 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu English Sun
0900-1000 on  3975 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu English Mon
0900-1000 on  6160 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu English Mon
1700-1800 on  3975 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu English Mon
2300-2400 on  3975 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu English Mon
1400-1500 on  3975 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu English Wed
1400-1500 on  6160 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu English Wed

Broadcasting from August 2017, by group of local shortwave enthusiasts.

e-QSL to: 3975@shortwaveradio.de  6160@shortwaveradio.de
Postal mail: D-29323 Wietze, Germany
(DXB)

Monday, February 10, 2020

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins, February 10



Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2020 Feb 10 0203 UTC
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 03 - 09 February 2020

Solar activity was very low. The visible disk remained spotless and no Earth-directed CMEs were observed in available coronagraph imagery.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was between normal to high levels. High levels were reached on 08-09 Feb in response to a negative polarity CH HSS. Normal to moderate levels were observed for the remainder of the summary period.

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to active levels. Active levels were observed on 06-07 Feb in response to the onset of a negative polarity CH HSS, with wind speeds reaching a max near the 650 km/s on 07 Feb. As wind speeds declined, unsettled conditions were observed on 08-09 Feb. Another isolated period of unsettled was observed on 04 Feb in response to sustained southward Bz. The remainder of the summary period was quiet.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 10 February - 07 March 2020

Solar activity is expected to be at very low levels 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 over the 10-14 Feb and 06-07 Mar in response to multiple CH HSSs. Normal to moderate levels are then  expected for the remainder of the outlook period.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to range from quiet to G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels. G1 (Minor) conditions are likely on 04 Mar in response to influence form a recurrent extension of the southern polar crown coronal hole. Active levels are likely on 11 Feb, 17 Feb, 26 Feb and 05 Mar; unsettled conditions are likely 12 Feb, 14 Feb, 18 Feb, 25 Feb and 27 Feb. These geomagnetic  disturbances are anticipated from multiple, recurrent CH HSSs. The remainder of the outlook period is expected to be at quiet levels.



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#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
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#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2020 Feb 10      71           5          2
2020 Feb 11      71          12          4
2020 Feb 12      71          10          3
2020 Feb 13      71           5          2
2020 Feb 14      71           8          3
2020 Feb 15      71           5          2
2020 Feb 16      71           5          2
2020 Feb 17      71          15          4
2020 Feb 18      71          10          3
2020 Feb 19      71           5          2
2020 Feb 20      71           5          2
2020 Feb 21      71           5          2
2020 Feb 22      71           5          2
2020 Feb 23      71           5          2
2020 Feb 24      71           5          2
2020 Feb 25      71           8          3
2020 Feb 26      71          12          4
2020 Feb 27      71          10          3
2020 Feb 28      71           5          2
2020 Feb 29      71           5          2
2020 Mar 01      71           5          2
2020 Mar 02      71           5          2
2020 Mar 03      71           5          2
2020 Mar 04      71          20          5
2020 Mar 05      71          15          4
2020 Mar 06      71           5          2
2020 Mar 07      71           5          2
(NOAA)

Saturday, February 08, 2020

The 2019 Milcom Files - TSM Edition - Now Available on Amazon


The Teak Publishing Company is pleased to announce the release of its latest eBook in the Milcom Archive series – The Spectrum Monitor Volume 2 (2019) by Larry Van Horn.

Some of the topics covered in this new book during 2019 include:

• Base/Unit Profiles: TAW-5 (NAS Whiting Field FL), 180FW (Toledo OH), 14FTW (Columbus AFB MS), Phantoms in the Desert (Nevada Statewide Milair), and MCAS Cherry Point NC
• Profiles for the Venezuela Military, Pakistan, and Indian Navies
• A North American DoD Aerial Refueling Profile and Frequencies
• Monitoring Government/Military Aircraft in the VHF Aircraft Band
• Monitoring the Air Route Traffic Control Centers: FAA ARTCC Special Use Frequencies, Atlanta ARTCC
• Profiles for the DoD HFHCS HF Radio Network and various USAF HF ALE networks
• Aircraft Spotting in the Digital Age (ADS-B)
• Military Call Sign Lists
• WWV/WWVH Military Broadcasts
• Monitoring the Weather, the Old Fashion Way

The latest Milcom Files - TSM Milcom edition eBook is available now on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Milcom-Files-Spectrum-Monitor-ebook/dp/B084GT5J7C/ for US$4.99.

All his early MT columns have been published in two eBooks. The first two books in the Milcom Files series cover his columns published in Monitoring Times and are available at Amazon.

Book one of The Milcom Files covers the columns published from 1998 to 2006 and sells for US$5.99 at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077NN7RQ5. Book Two in the series covers the period 2007 to 2013 and sells for US$6.99 at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077NQXH3C.

In 2017 Larry joined the Spectrum Monitor writing staff to continue his efforts to chronicle military communications in a new monthly TSM Milcom column.

His first TSM Milcom Archive eBook, the third book of the Milcom Archive series was published at Amazon in May 2019 and is available at https://www.amazon.com/Milcom-Files-Spectrum-Monitor-2017-2018-ebook/dp/B07RN1ZGLJ/ for US$4.99.

This third eBook in the series incorporates the first two years of his TSM Milcom columns written from September 2017 to the end of 2018. These Milcom columns documented HF military frequencies (both foreign and U.S.), and VHF/UHF spectrum military frequencies, mostly for U.S. based monitors. This third book in the series has over 200 pages of frequencies, call signs, monitoring tips, and how-to style articles.


Given recent international events and natural disasters, most radio listeners quickly learn that when the world is in crisis the military will usually be the first organization called upon to intervene. It pays to monitor military frequencies when international events heat up. Monitoring the military can offer some of the most productive and rewarding listening you will ever experience using your radio. The good news is you do not have to live close to a military installation to hear these communications. But you do need to learn where and when to tune in military communications.

Mention the words "Monitor the Military" and most radio hobbyists will immediately think of military air shows, military aircraft flybys or a whole host of other activities that can be heard via radio frequencies. There is a big radio frequency spectrum out there to monitor but if you know where to listen, and some cases when to listen, you can eavesdrop on some of the most fascinating radio communications you will ever hear on a scanner or shortwave radio.

If you are interested in monitoring military communications, own a scanner, shortwave radio, or have an Internet connection for web software-defined radio (SDR) monitoring, the Milcom Archive Files are a must reference on your radio shack shelf.

Larry Van Horn N5FPW, has been a radio hobbyist for more than 55 years listening to world events and monitoring military radio communications. He has spent over 33 years documenting activity in the military radio spectrum in his monthly Satellite, Utility World, and Milcom (Military Communications) columns in the pages of Monitoring TimesSatellite Times, and The Spectrum Monitor magazines. During this time, he has published a treasure trove of military communication monitoring information.


This book is being released internationally. Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Australia can order the eBook from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. All other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website.

You do not need to own a Kindle reader to read Amazon eBook publications. You can read any Kindle book with Amazon’s free reading apps. There are free Kindle reading apps for the Kindle Cloud Reader, Smartphones (iPhone, iTouch, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry); computer platforms (Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 and Mac); Tablets (iPad, Android and Windows 8), and, of course, all the Kindle family of readers including the Kindle Fire series. A Kindle eBook allows you to buy your book once and read it anywhere. You can find additional details on these apps at this link on the Amazon website at www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771.

For additional information on this and other Teak Publishing radio hobby books, monitor the company sponsored Internet blogs – The Military Monitoring Post (http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/), The Btown Monitor Post (http://monitor-post.blogspot.com/) and The Shortwave Central (http://mt-shortwave.blogspot.com/) for availability of additional eBooks that are currently in production. Information on other publications by the author is available on the author’s page at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00G1QMO4C.


From the Isle of Music and Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules, February 9-15


From the Isle of Music, February 9-15: 
This week, a Cuban dance party (no interviews)

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 0100-0200 UTC (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, February 9 and 11: 
Episode 151 features Mongolian Metal with The Hu and Hanggai.
On WBCQ only, there is a second half-hour featuring the very first episode of our show in 2017.
The transmissions take place:

Sundays 2300-0000 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, February 07, 2020

Radio Sultanate of Oman schedule update


Radio Sultanate of Oman

All times UTC / broadcast daily and may be irregular

Arabic
0000-1000 11760 (target Africa)
1500-2200 15140 (target Europe/Middle East)
2200-0000 9740 (target Europe/Middle East)

English
1400-1500 15140 (target Europe/Middle East)
(WRTH 07 Feb 2020)

Clandestine schedule updates







All times UTC

Target Area: Turkey
Denge Welat
Kurdish
0330-0600 7360    (Issoudun, France relay)
0600-0800 11530  (Grigoriopol. Maiac, Moldova relay)
0800-1200 13730  (Grigoriopol. Maiac, Moldova relay)
1200-1500 11530  (Grigoriopol. Maiac, Moldova relay)
1500-1700 11530  (Grigoriopol. Maiac, Moldova relay)
1600-2000 9525   (Issoudun, France relay)
2000-2200 9525   (Issoudun, France relay)

Dimitsi Wegahta (Voice of the Dawn) and Voice of the Eritrean Lowlands (Munkhafadat Radio) are presumed to be inactive.

Target: North Korea
Furusato No Kaze/Ilbon-Ul Baram (Wind From Japan) 
Japanese
1405-1435 6085 (ex 7260)
1405-1435 7260 (ex 7325)

Target North Korea
Voice of Freedom
Korean
0300-0800 5960 (ex 6045)
0900-1400 5920 (ex 6045)
1500-2000 5920 (ex 6045)
2100-0200 5920 (ex 6045)
Frequency  may be adjusted, due to ongoing jamming)
(WRTH-Clandestine & Other Target-07 Feb 2020)

Iran International TV, broadcast schedule


Clandestine - Iran International TV 

All times UTC / daily unless otherwise indicated, programming targeted to Iran

Farsi
0400-1000  11560 (Yerevan, Armenia) transmitter
1000-1200  thas  11560 (Yerevan, Armenia)
1100-0400 801  (Dushanbe, Tajikistan)
1200-0400 6270 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan)
1500-0600 1395 (Yerevan, Armenia)
1745-0300 1395 (Yerevan, Armenia)
(shortwave frequencies variable, due to jamming)

Website http://www.iranintl.com
Email info@iranintl.com

Iran International TV
Bldg 11, 1st Floor
Chiswick Business Park
566 Chiswick High Rd.
London W4 5YA, United Kingdom
(WRTH 07 Feb)

Radio Onda, weekend schedule



Radio Onda, a new station on shortwave, is a Brazilian community station based in Belgium, with a Dutch shortwave licence, transmitting 500 kW in the Netherlands, with future plans for  100 kW.

Reception reports are welcome, send your program details to: info@radioonda.be. Include your postal address for a printed QSL.

All times UTC

0800-0900 Sat/Sun  in English/French/Portuguese on 5940 to western Europe
(WRTH)

Radio Onda is a station managed by the association ASBL Onda, based in Brussels, Belgium. Our activities are focused on spreading Brazilian culture across the old continent. For this, in addition to the Internet radio, we set up a short wave station, on the frequency 5940 kHz.

The transmission site is based in the Netherlands with 1 kW of power [actually 500W], which covers a large part of Europe. The programming is quite varied, as you will hear popular Brazilian Music MPB), National Rock, Samba, Country, among other national styles. In this way, we bring you a great musical variety, with a lot of humor and information, for a public not only Brazilian, but also Belgian and European.

ASBL Onda is a member of HFCC, an international entity responsible for the coordination of shortwave radio frequencies, in addition to the ITU, based in Geneva.
(BDXC/Feb 2020)

Shortwave Radiogram schedules


Hello friends,

The Winter SWL Fest will be February 27-28-29 in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania (suburban Philadelphia). Information at http://swlfest.com. I will be there to demonstrate Shortwave Radiogram, and they have invited me to be the banquet speaker ("International Broadcasting in Interesting Times"). If you can attend, I hope to see you there. Walk-ins are welcome. You need to register in advance for the banquet, but if you don't, you can come to the room after dinner to listen to the speech and participate in the popular Winter SWL Fest lottery.

No major mishaps last weekend except for a typo. Videos of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 137) are provided by 2010DFS in Japan and Scott in Ontario (both Sunday 0800 on 5850 kHz) and Ralf in Germany (Sunday 2330 UTC). The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. Analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany.

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

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 138, UTC 7-9 February 2020, in MFSK modes as noted:

 1:40  MFSK32: Program preview
 2:51  Expedition planned to retrieve Titanic's radio gear*
 8:05  MFSK64: New technology may extend lithium battery life*
13:22  This week's images*
27:11  MFSK32: Closing announcements

* with image(s)

Please send reception reports to radiogram@verizon.net

And visit http://swradiogram.net

Twitter: @SWRadiogram or https://twitter.com/swradiogram (visit during the weekend to see listeners' results)

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/567099476753304

Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule
UTC Day UTC Time Frequency Transmitter

Friday  1500-1530 UTC 13690 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 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 and 0130-0230 UTC on 9395 kHz (Wednesday evening in the Americas). Also look for a waterfall ID at the beginning of the show. thisisamusicshow@gmail.com . www.instagram.com/thisisamusicshow/ www.twitter.com/ThisIsAMusicSho/ @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 1300 UTC on 3583 kHz USB (with out-of-state check-ins now starting at 1230 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



Jungle Radio on Bougainville Island

WSSO Radio (Radio Heritage Foundation)
An additional story on Bougainville Island, from my earlier post, The Early Wireless Scene on the Tropical Pacific Island, Bougainville on 30 January 2020.

It was in March 1942 that the Imperial Japanese Army made its first landings on Bougainville Island as part of their onward progression through the islands in the South Pacific.  At the time, there were some 50,000 local people on this island, though most of the foreigners had already evacuated in advance of the Japanese incursions.

In April 1943, the Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto began a tour of the Japanese occupied islands in the South West Pacific.  Admiral Yamamoto was the key architect in the planning of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor less than two years earlier, the event that brought the United States into the Pacific War.

American surveillance teams at three widely different locations learned via Japanese coded radio transmissions from nearby Rabaul on New Britain Island that Yamamoto was scheduled to fly from Rabaul to Balalae Island, just to the south of Bougainville Island, on the morning of April 18, 1943.  A flight of 16 American fighter planes intercepted the flight of 8 Japanese planes over southern Bougainville and they shot down the Admiral’s plane, killing all on board.

Just six months later on November 1, 1943, American forces landed at Torokina on the central west coast of Bougainville Island and there they established a temporary air force base that was carved out of the surrounding tropical jungle.  Ultimately a total of 60,000 American personnel were staged at the Torokina Air base, and at the same time it is estimated, there were also 65,000 Japanese service personnel on that same island.  There were times of open conflict. 

The American base at Torokina had a frontal area against the ocean 15 miles wide, and it extended 5 miles inland up against a rugged jungle covered mountain range.  One month after the initial American landings, the first American planes landed on the jungle airstrip at Torokina (December 10, 1943). 

A temporary communication radio station was installed in a primitive jungle building on the edge of a very muddy road in a freshly made clearing in the jungle.  They also established a hospital at Torokina, with a holding capacity for 500 patients in a cluster of 70 Quonset Huts.

The first American radio broadcasting station at Torokina was a joint co-operative volunteer effort on the part of American service personnel from the army, navy, marines and seabees.  They assembled whatever radio equipment was available, and they launched a low power radio broadcasting station on 670 kHz on February 16, 1944 under the self-designated callsign WSSO.  The first station manager was Staff Sargent John A. Ettinger 

Radio station WSSO was established by the Special Service Office (hence the callsign WSSO) and it identified on air as the First Entertainment Station in the Solomons.  This new and informal station also identified on air as AES, an American Expeditionary Station, as did many other stations in the Mosquito and Jungle Networks during the latter part of the Pacific War.  There are no known loggings of this informal low power American AES station, not in Australia nor in New Zealand during the one month that it was on the air. 

The second American radio station at Torokina was an official broadcasting station that was set up by a small group of specially trained men who were flown in from California.  In the winter of 1943, AFRS Los Angeles received a request for equipment and personnel to set up three mediumwave entertainment radio stations in the South Pacific; New Caledonia, Guadalcanal and Bougainville.

On January 15, 1944, the three radio teams, together with their equipment, were flown out to the Admiralty Islands, and then from there each team flew onward to its own appointed destination.  The Bougainville team installed their station, both studios and transmitter, in a prefabricated wooden Dallas Hut imported from the United States, and it was inaugurated on April 15, 1944 as AES Bougainville. 

This new station, initially without a formal callsign, radiated 1 kW on 670 kHz, the same channel as the previous informal WSSO.  At this stage, the Torokina station formed part of the loosely federated Mosquito Network. 

This new AFRS station on Bougainville Island was on the air for two months before it was suddenly noted in both Australia and New Zealand.  One of the first radio monitors to hear the new station was the Radio & Hobbies mediumwave columnist Roy Hallett in Sydney.  In mid June (1944), he noted this station with a good signal just before the morning sign on time for mediumwave stations in eastern Australia.  The station sign on announcement stated AFRS Bougainville.

However, a few months later, three major changes took place at AES Torokina.  AFRS management in California had determined that each of the AFRS stations in the Pacific should be granted an American style four letter callsign, and AES Torokina became WVTI.  Station WVTI dropped its Mosquito Network affiliation and it joined the Jungle Network instead, along with half a dozen other stations in the New Guinea area, all with callsigns that began with the two letters WV.  In addition, the operating channel for WVTI was changed from 670 kHz to 680 kHz. 

As time went by, American forces began to move further northward in the progress of the war in the Pacific islands during the year 1944, and thus the American usage of the Torokina Base on Bougainville Island was phased out. and Australian forces began to move in.  The Australian army officially took over the Torokina base on November 22 (1944).

The Torokina AFRS station WVTI was on the air for only nine months; it was closed on January 21 (1945) and it was then transferred to the Philippines for installation in Manila.  However in its place, a temporary low powered Australian mediumwave station superseded the now transferred American station.  It is understood that this new temporary Aussie unit was on the air under the Australian Army callsign 9AC, in anticipation of the arrival of a 200 watt transportable station under the same callsign.
More about 9AC next time.
(AWR-Wavescan/NWS 571)

Frequency updates, Shiokaze (Sea Breeze)

Clandestine - Shiokaze (Sea Breeze)

Effective: 04 February, 2020

All times UTC

1300-1400 6145 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 7310 // freq. at same time on 7245 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 7345 as follows:

1300-1330 Japanese Mon/Tue/Sat/Sun; Korean Wed/Fri; English Thu
1330-1400 Korean Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun; Japanese Mon/Tue; English Thu
1600-1700 5955 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 6085 // freq. at same time 6020 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs, ex 7325 as follows:

1600-1630 Japanese Mon/Tue/Sat/Sun; Korean Wed/Fri; English Thu
1630-1700 Korean Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun; Japanese Mon/Tue; English Thu

Frequency changes of Furusato no Kaze via JSR Shiokaze
1405-1435 6070 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese, ex 6085
1405-1435 7325 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese, ex 7260
(DXB)

Shiokaze (Sea Breeze)  is produced by the private "Investigation Commission on Missing Japanese Probably Related  to North Korea.

Programming is aimed  at reaching Japanese citizens  believed to have been abducted to North Korea from 1977-1983. Frequencies are frequently adjusted, due to ongoing jamming.

Website: http://www.chosa-kai.jp/siokaze
comjansite2003@chosa-kai.jp

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Synchronous AM’s Long and Tortuous History

AM boosters repeatedly have been proven effective, but the FCC consistently has declined to allow their wide use

John Schneider, Jan 27, 2020


With AM improvement on the radars of broadcasters and the FCC, there has been renewed talk in recent years about the subject of AM “boosters,” the carrier frequency synchronization of multiple transmitters. The commission opened a comment period on AM boosters in 2017.

t wasn’t the first time the FCC has explored this topic and failed to act on it. In fact, AM boosters have been proposed and tested dozens of times since the early days of radio.

Additional story at Radio World https://tinyurl.com/uj77b8s

Scandinavian Weekend Radio schedule, February 7-8


Scandinavian Weekend Radio, which broadcast the first weekend of the month, will resume their broadcast on the following schedule

All times UTC

Finland
Scandinavian Weekend Radio Edition #233, February 7-8.
From 2200 Friday to 2200 Saturday. Live broadcast: 0800-2200 Saturday
2200-1000 on 6170 VIR 0.1 kW Finnish/English
2200-1000 on 11690 VIR 0.1 kW Finnish/English
1000-1400 on 6170 VIR 0.1 kW Finnish/English
1000-1400 on 11720 VIR 0.1 kW Finnish/English
1400-1700 on 5980 VIR 0.1 kW Finnish/English
1400-1700 on 11720 VIR 0.1 kW Finnish/English
1700-2200 on 6170 VIR 0.1 kW Finnish/English
1700-2200 on 11720 VIR 0.1 kW Finnish/English
(DXB-04 Feb 2020)

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Wednesday specials from Channel 292

Germany
Wednesday specials on Channel 292

Channel 292 seem to be having a few more of these special Wednesday extended broadcasts in the coming weeks:

6070 kHz - Al times UTC

Wednesday 5th February: 0800 - 2000 UTC Just Right

Wednesday 12th February: 0800 - 2000 UTC Superclan Radio

Wednesday 19th February: 0800 - 2000 UTC Radio Ohne Nahmen

Wednesday 26th February: 0800 - 2000 UTC RNI Goldrausch Diamonds
(Alan Gale/BDXC))

Monday, February 03, 2020

For Radio, It’s Wait and See About 5G



Still plenty of guesswork involved when asking how next-gen wireless will play out

RANDY J. STINE, Jan 21, 2020

The problem facing broadcasters trying to capitalize on 5G-fixed-wireless is they don’t know what it is or isn’t yet.

Prior to this month’s CES show, Gary Shapiro, president/CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, assessed the state of 5G for the Jacobs Media blog: “In 2019, 5G moved from trials to commercialization, with commercial launches in the U.S., Europe and Asia. By 2022, the majority (76%) of smartphones shipping in the U.S. will be 5G enabled,” Shapiro said.

“This year, 5G is capable of significantly greater data capacity for video and telepresence applications, significantly more connections at a time and ultra-low latency. The U.S. is now in a global race for 5G leadership, and connectivity — delivering anytime/anywhere access and information — and it is one of the driving trends of our time.”

More to read at Radio World https://tinyurl.com/t6befmd

Frequency Updates

Radio Tamazuj QSL (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
All times UTC

Clandestine - Radio Tamazuj
Transmitter changes from 03 February, 2020
0329-0427 on  6005 Issoudun, France 250 kW / 138 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic, (ex via Madagascar)
0329-0427 on  7315 Madagascar 250 kW / 335 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic, ex via Issoudun, France)
https://radiotamazuj.org/en

Armenia - Trans World Radio-South Asia (former TWR-India) 
New schedule on 9300 kHz via Yerevan, Armenia
1315-1345 on  9300 ERV 300 kW / 100 deg to SoAs Hindi+Indian languages
1345-1420 on  9300 ERV 300 kW / 100 deg to SoAs Hindi Mon-Fri
1420-1425 on  9300 ERV 300 kW / 100 deg to SoAs English Mon-Fri
1345-1415 on  9300 ERV 300 kW / 100 deg to SoAs Hindi Sat/Sun
1415-1445 on  9300 ERV 300 kW / 100 deg to SoAs English Sat/Sun

Transmissions of TRW India via Yerevan, Armenia relay that are cancelled
1500-1535 on  7550 ERV 300 kW / 100 deg to SoAs Hindi Mon-Fri
1535-1540 on  7550 ERV 300 kW / 100 deg to SoAs English Mon-Fri
1500-1530 on  7550 ERV 300 kW / 100 deg to SoAs Hindi Sat/Sun
1530-1600 on  7550 ERV 300 kW / 100 deg to SoAs English Sat/Sun
http://www. twr.in/
(DXB/03 Feb 2020)

The Tragic Disaster of the German Airship Hindenburg



International news reports last month (November 2019), tell that Werner Gustav Doehner died in his home at Laconia New Hampshire on Friday November 8 at the age of 90.  Werner Doehner was the last survivor from the tragic disaster of the German airship Hindenburg that burned and crashed at Lakehurst New Jersey on May 6, 1937.  This is the story.

The German airship Hindenburg was the longest and the largest, and certainly the most famous of all of the several hundred airships, zeppelins, blimps and dirigibles that were constructed back during that era.  The 1937 Hindenburg disaster brought an end to the usage of airships for regular commercial passenger flight.

Preparatory work on LZ129, as it was designated according to the identification system adopted by the Zeppelin Company in Germany, began in 1931.  Assembly of the LZ129 began next year in March (1932) in a new and very large construction shed at Friedrichshafen, an industrial city on the edge of Lake Constance, quite close to the borders of Switzerland and Austria,

The outer skin of the LZ129 was made of modified cotton cloth coated with chemicals, and the hydrogen gas for this lighter than air ship was generated in 16 cells made of another form of chemically modified cotton cloth.  All passenger accommodations and amenities were provided in two decks in the lower section of the main body of the airship and they were heated by an air flow from the two forward diesel engines.  There was also a smoking room that was slightly pressurized to prevent the inward leakage of highly enflammable hydrogen gas; and there was just one public shower that provided a small trickle of water.

This newly designed zeppelin was powered by four specially modified 16 cylinder Daimler Benz diesel engines, each rated at 1200 hp.  Each engine was connected via a gearing system to its own four blade twenty feet wooden propeller which gave a top speed to the Hindenburg of 84 miles an hour.

The gondola was suspended under the main body of the airship and it contained all controls for the airship, together with flight operations and navigation.  There was also a kitchen in the gondola, though all cooking was performed electrically.

The Radio Room was installed in the hull of the airship, just above the gondola, and it was provided with two receivers and two transmitters, longwave and shortwave, each at 200 watts.  The antenna was a single trailing wire, the length of which was reeled out according to the frequency in use. 

The Hindenburg transmitters were licensed with the international callsign DEKKA, with the DE identifying Deutschland-Germany and the KKA identifying the Hindenburg LZ129.  International radio monitors in the United States reported hearing the Hindenburg on 5280 kHz, as well as on other frequencies in the 10 11 and 12 MHZ bands.

There were occasions when the Hindenburg was noted on relay from the German shortwave station at Zeesen, near Berlin.  For example, programming from the Hindenburg was noted in the United States on frequency callsigns DJC and DJD in July 1936.  Then too, as another example, there were occasions when the American shortwave stations including W2XE (CBS Jamaica Long Island NY) carried a relay of programming from the Hindenburg. 

Routine flight communications and private telephone calls during this same era were conducted via the RCA shortwave station at Rocky Point on Long Island.  On one occasion, test broadcasts from DEKKA were noted with two RCA frequency callsigns in parallel, WQP on 13900 kHz and with WQO on 7725 kHz.

On many occasions while overflying cities in Europe and the Americas, the Hindenburg made broadcasts of speech and music for relay by local stations on the ground as well as for direct reception by listeners with a shortwave radio.

The airship Hindenburg LZ129 was just as large as the sea going vessel Titanic, and just as large as the massive cruise ships of our present era.  While in flight, the Hindenburg made a majestic site as it quietly and gracefully slid through a peaceful sky. 

It took five years to finally complete the construction of the Hindenburg and it made its maiden test flight on March 4, 1936 with 87 passengers and crew aboard.  The LZ129 then made a series of promotional flights over Germany, dropping printed leaflets and making radio broadcasts which were relayed by local radio stations on the ground below.

On the last day of the same month (March 31, 1936), the Hindenburg began its first commercial flight, a roundtrip from Munich in Germany to Rio de Janeiro in Argentina.  The return journey of this flight was plagued with several technical problems, though none were serious. 

During the remainder of that year (1936), the Hindenburg made a total of 17 round trips across the Atlantic, to both Rio and New York.  During this 1936 season the lounge contained a specially built Bluthner baby grand piano that weighed just 356 pounds which is only one third of the weight of a regular grand piano. 

This baby grand piano was made of Duralumin, and it was covered with yellow pigskin.  Those who heard a musical concert from the Hindenburg on the radio stated that the sound from this strange piano was very unusual, and actually very unappealing.

During the 1936-1937 northern winter, the Hindenburg was refurbished, ready to take up passenger traffic across the Atlantic again in the early Spring (1937).  The first round trip for that year was again to Rio, and its second round trip began on May 3 (1937) with the destination as New York.

On this its tragic final flight, the Hindenburg took just three days to cross the Atlantic, and after traveling down the Atlantic Coast of Canada, it flew silently over New York City around 2 00 pm, much to the delight of viewers on the ground.  From there it flew south along coastal New Jersey awaiting a suitable docking time in between weather squalls.  Around 7:00 pm in the early evening, the giant airship was cleared for its final approach to the Mooring Tower at the Naval Air Station at Lakehurst, a dozen miles inland. 

At 7:21 pm, a pair of landing lines were dropped from the nose of the ship and these were grabbed in the usual way by the ground handlers.  Just four minutes later, at 7:25 pm on May 6, 1937, the Hindenburg suddenly burst into flame, and it then dropped to the ground in a little over half a minute.

Traveller Werner Gustav Doehner was just 8 years old when he boarded the Hindenburg at Frankfurt in Germany with his two parents and an older sister and brother.  Their mother dropped the older boy through the open observation window, and by the time she dropped Werner, his face and his hair were already afire. 

The sister Irene seemed to be afraid to jump, and she ran into the inferno in attempt to reach her father.  The mother then also jumped out from the same observation window.  Unfortunately, the father died in the fire, and the sister Irene died in nearby Point Pleasant Hospital that same evening, from massive burns to her whole body.

Werner was uninjured in the fall, but he spent three months in hospital recovering from severe burns to his hands and face.  He subsequently married and had one son.  He was the last of the 62 survivors of the Hindenburg tragedy.  Thirty five other passengers died that night at the disaster scene in Lakehurst.

Awaiting the arrival of the Hindenburg at Lakehurst was News Reporter Herb Morrison from mediumwave radio station WLS in Chicago.  With him was Engineer Charles Neilsen who operated a Presto Direct Disc recorder.  Morrison was describing the mooring of the Hindenburg when suddenly it burst into flame and dropped to the ground. 

Morrison was audibly shocked at the now historic tragedy that was unfolding before him, though he continued with his live commentary.  The vibrations caused by the explosion aboard the Hindenburg, disturbed the recording on the wide 16 inch disc.  Beginning next morning, radio stations in New York and Chicago, and ultimately nationwide, included Morrison’s recording of the events. 

Subsequent investigations have suggested that static electricity conveyed by the wet mooring ropes ignited hydrogen gas that was leaking from a small tear in the skin of the zeppelin.  The Hindenburg carried 17,000 pieces of postal mail, only 176 survived the fire and were rescued and postmarked four days later.  Though charred and damaged, they are still readable and they are these days listed among the worlds most valuable philatelic artifacts.
(AWR-Wavescan/NWS 566)

You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfnQLuZ9v8U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r671hNQtok0
photo/Wikipedia

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


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:Issued: 2020 Feb 03 0217 UTC
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 27 January - 02 February 2020

Solar activity was very low. Region 2757 (N05, L=089, class/area Cso/100 on 27 Jan) decayed to played before rotating around the W. limb. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed in available coronagraph imagery.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at normal to moderate throughout the reporting period.

Geomagnetic field activity range from quiet to active. Isolated active conditions were observed on 30 Jan while unsettled conditions were observed on 28-27 Jan, 31 Jan and 02 Feb. Solar wind measurements suggested all enhancements in geomagnetic activity were in response to intermittent influence from the Southern Crown coronal hole. The remainder of the reporting period was quiet.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 03 February - 29 February 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 range from normal to high levels. High levels are expected on 07-13 Feb, in response to a negative polarity CH HSS. The remainder or the outlook period is expected to be at normal to moderate levels.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to range from quiet to active levels. Active conditions are likely on 06 Feb and 26 Feb; unsettled conditions are likely on 07-09 Feb, 25 Feb and 27 Feb. 2020 Enhancements in geomagnetic activity are in response to influence from multiple, recurrent, coronal hole high speed streams. The remainder of the outlook period is expected to be at quiet levels.

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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2020 Feb 03      70           5          2
2020 Feb 04      70           5          2
2020 Feb 05      70           5          2
2020 Feb 06      70          12          4
2020 Feb 07      70          10          3
2020 Feb 08      70          10          3
2020 Feb 09      70           8          3
2020 Feb 10      70           5          2
2020 Feb 11      70           5          2
2020 Feb 12      70           5          2
2020 Feb 13      70           5          2
2020 Feb 14      70           5          2
2020 Feb 15      70           5          2
2020 Feb 16      71           5          2
2020 Feb 17      72           5          2
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Sunday, February 02, 2020

From the Isle of Music & Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules, February 2-8


From the Isle of Music, February 2-8:
This week our guest is Dayramir González, who led the opening Gala concert at Jazz Plaza in Havana this year. We talk to him before the rehearsal for that concert, and we will listen to some of his wonderful recordings.
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 0100-0200 UTC (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, February 2 and 4: 
Episode 150 features Greek Jazz-Rock and Folk Fusion inspired by a tip from our friend in Greece Kostas Polyzonis.

On WBCQ only, there is a second half-hour featuring the very first episode of our show in 2017.

The transmissions take place:
Sundays 2300-0000 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)L  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