Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Trincomalee transmitter update

Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
   Two of three transmitters at Trincomalee are out of service The transmissions of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation / SLBC and some transmissions of Adventist World Radio / AWR are suspended, as follows:

All times UTC

0030-0100 on 11905 TRM 125 kW / 345 deg to SoAs Bengali SLBC
0200-0230 on 11905 TRM 125 kW / 345 deg to SoAs Hindi SLBC
1115-1158 on  9695 TRM 125 kW / 345 deg to SoAs Telugu/Malayalam SLBC
1200-1230 on 15715 TRM 125 kW / 045 deg to EaAs Min Nan Chinese Sun-Thu AWR
1200-1230 on 15715 TRM 125 kW / 045 deg to EaAs Chinese Fri/Sat AWR
1230-1300 on 15715 TRM 125 kW / 045 deg to EaAs Cantonese Sun-Thu AWR
1230-1300 on 15715 TRM 125 kW / 045 deg to EaAs Chinese Fri/Sat AWR
1300-1330 on 15550 TRM 125 kW / 075 deg to SEAs Khmer AWR
1330-1400 on 15550 TRM 125 kW / 060 deg to SEAs Hmong Thu/Fri AWR
1330-1400 on 15550 TRM 125 kW / 060 deg to SEAs Assamese Sun/Wed AWR
1330-1400 on 15550 TRM 125 kW / 090 deg to SEAs Indonesian Mon/Tue/Sat AWR
1400-1500 on 15705 TRM 125 kW / 045 deg to EaAs Chinese AWR
1500-1530 on 15530 TRM 125 kW / 060 deg to SEAs Manumanaw Karen AWR
1630-1700 on 11805 TRM 125 kW / 345 deg to SoAs Pashto Mon/Wed/Fri AWR
1630-1700 on 11805 TRM 125 kW / 335 deg to SoAs Sindhi Sun/Tue/Thu/Sat AWR
1630-1700 on 11750 TRM 125 kW / 345 deg to N/ME Sinhala City FM SLBC
1702-1800 on 11835 TRM 125 kW / 345 deg to SoAs Tamil Thendral FM SLBC

Check which of the others transmissions of AWR via Trincomalee are on air or not
0000-0030 on  9810 TRM 125 kW / 075 deg to SEAs Thai
0100-0130 on 11925 TRM 125 kW / 060 deg to EaAs Min Nan Chinese Sun-Thu
0100-0130 on 11925 TRM 125 kW / 060 deg to EaAs Chinese Fri/Sat AWR
0100-0130 on 15630 TRM 125 kW / 025 deg to EaAs Min Nan Chinese Sun-Thu
0100-0130 on 15630 TRM 125 kW / 025 deg to EaAs Chinese Fri/Sat
0130-0200 on 11925 TRM 125 kW / 060 deg to EaAs Cantonese Sun-Thu
0130-0200 on 11925 TRM 125 kW / 060 deg to EaAs Chinese Fri/Sat
0130-0200 on 15630 TRM 125 kW / 025 deg to EaAs Cantonese Sun-Thu
0130-0200 on 15630 TRM 125 kW / 025 deg to EaAs Chinese Fri/Sat
0200-0230 on 15410 TRM 125 kW / 355 deg to CeAs Kazakh
0230-0300 on 15410 TRM 125 kW / 355 deg to WeAs Dari
0300-0330 on 15305 TRM 125 kW / 285 deg to EaAf Tigrigna
0300-0330 on 15410 TRM 125 kW / 270 deg to EaAf Oromo


Active transmissions of Adventist World Radio, BBC and SLBC via Trincomalee
0330-0400 on 15410 TRM 125 kW / 345 deg to CeAs Uzbek
0400-0430 on 15410 TRM 125 kW / 345 deg to CeAs Kirgyz
0430-0500 on 15410 TRM 125 kW / 345 deg to WeAs Farsi
0500-0600 on 17790 TRM 250 kW / 300 deg to CEAf Arabic
1130-1200 on 15610 TRM 125 kW / 045 deg to SEAs Shan Shoshoni
1200-1230 on 15610 TRM 125 kW / 060 deg to SoAs Dialect Mon
1230-1300 on 15430 TRM 125 kW / 025 deg to SoAs Meitei Sun/Wed/Fri
1230-1300 on 15430 TRM 125 kW / 025 deg to SoAs Bengali Mon/Tue/Thu/Sat
1300-1330 on 15430 TRM 125 kW / 025 deg to SoAs Bengali
1330-1400 on 15430 TRM 125 kW / 025 deg to SoAs Khasi
1400-1500 on 11870 TRM 125 kW / 005 deg to CeAs Chinese
1500-1530 on  9740 TRM 125 kW / 015 deg to SoAs Nepali
1530-1600 on  9470 TRM 125 kW / 015 deg to SoAs Oriya
1600-1630 on 11755 TRM 125 kW / 345 deg to SoAs Urdu
1630-1700 on  7410 TRM 125 kW / 015 deg to SoAs Bengali BBC (former 9580, now SNG)
1702-1828 on 11750 TRM 125 kW / 345 deg to N/ME Sinhala City FM SLBC, ex 1630-1830
1830-1900 on 11790 TRM 125 kW / 255 deg to CEAf English
(DXB/Ivanov 04 Aug 2020)


Monday, August 03, 2020

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins

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:Issued: 2020 Aug 03 0354 UTC
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 27 July - 02 August 2020

Solar activity was very low throughout the period. Three spotted  regions populated the disk at various times during the summary period. Region 2767 (S21, L=200, class/area Hsx/120 on 26 Jul) was then maintained an H-type configuration through the period and was quiet and stable. Region 2768 (N26, L=111, class/area Hsx/020 on 30 Jul) formed on the disk on 28 Jul and decayed to plage by 02 Aug. It was quiet and stable. Region 2769 (N26, L=059, class/area Axx/010 on 02 Aug) quietly rotated onto the disk. 

An eruptive prominence was observed off the SE limb about midday on 31 Jul. A slow-moving CME was subsequently observed, but was determined to not have an Earth-directed component. No other CMEs or activity of note was observed during the summary period. 

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

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

Geomagnetic field activity was at quiet levels through midday on 02 Aug when unsettled activity was observed due to positive polarity CH HSS influence. Solar wind observations indicated the nominal conditions through about 02/0600 UTC when a CIR, in advance of a positive polalarity CH HSS, which became evident in the data. Wind speeds increased from about 310 km/s to near 530 km/s, total field was increased to 12 nT and the Bz component reached -10 nT. The geomagnetic field reacted with mostly unsettled conditions. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 03 August - 29 August 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 be at normal to moderate levels throughout the outlook period. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at unsettled to active levels through 03 Aug with a chance for G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels due to recurrent CH HSS effects. Quiet to unsettled levels and are expected on 04 Aug as HSS effects persist. Unsettled levels are expected once again on 29 Aug.The Quiet levels are expected to prevail for the remainder of the period, 05-28 August, 2020.

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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2020 Aug 03      73          14          4
2020 Aug 04      71           8          3
2020 Aug 05      71           5          2
2020 Aug 06      71           5          2
2020 Aug 07      71           5          2
2020 Aug 08      71           5          2
2020 Aug 09      71           5          2
2020 Aug 10      71           5          2
2020 Aug 11      71           5          2
2020 Aug 12      69           5          2
2020 Aug 13      69           5          2
2020 Aug 14      69           5          2
2020 Aug 15      69           5          2
2020 Aug 16      69           5          2
2020 Aug 17      69           5          2
2020 Aug 18      71           5          2
2020 Aug 19      71           5          2
2020 Aug 20      71           5          2
2020 Aug 21      71           5          2
2020 Aug 22      71           5          2
2020 Aug 23      71           5          2
2020 Aug 24      71           5          2
2020 Aug 25      71           5          2
2020 Aug 26      73           5          2
2020 Aug 27      73           5          2
2020 Aug 28      73           5          2
2020 Aug 29      73          12          4
(NOAA)

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Radio Free Asia QSL card through August 2020


RADIO FREE ASIA RELEASES USAGM BIBLIS QSL 
  
Only a few weeks left to receive the USAGM Biblis QSL card. Don't forget to add this one to your collection. Check Shortwave Central for information on the new RFA QSL card, scheduled to begin in September 2020. 


Radio Free Asia (RFA) announces our sixth QSL card in the series highlighting USAGM transmitter sites used for RFA radio programming. Our programs also broadcasts from these USAGM sites: Kuwait, Lampertheim, Saipan and Tinian. USAGM Biblis is one function of the USAGM’s Germany Station and is an integral part of USAGM’s global satellite interconnect system (SIS) carrying RFA programming where needed. This is RFA’s 73rd QSL and confirms all valid RFA reception reports to the end of August 2020. 

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

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

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

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

Radio Free Asia - Summer schedule
USA, USAGM - Radio Free Asia

RFA Broadcast Frequency Schedules
Effective to 25 October 2020

All times UTC

Burmese                   
0030-0130   12120 15110 15700
1230-1330    7530  9370 11805
1330-1400    7530 11805 12140
1400-1430    7530 11805

Khmer                     
1230-1330    9700 12140
1430-1500    9355 12140
2230-2330    9890 12140

Korean                    
1000-1100    1566
1500-1700    1188  9850  9990 11985
1700-1900    1188  9990 11985
2100-2200    9540 11945 11985

Lao                       
0000-0100    9940
1100-1200   15195

Mandarin                  
0300-0400   11570 11895 11985 17690
0400-0500   11895 13750 17690 21505
0500-0600   11895 17690 21690
0600-0700   11895 13790 17690 17810
1500-1600    9940 11675 13810
1600-1700    7540 11610 13570 13810
1700-1800    9360  9970
1800-1900    9360  9970 11745
1900-2000    1557  9360  9720
2000-2100    1557  6080  9360  9535
2100-2200    1557  7435  9685
2300-2400    9535  9720 15555

Tibetan                   
0100-0200    9370  9510  9705 11705 13765
0200-0300    9370 11705 11745
1000-1100   13800
1100-1200   13580 15265 15470 17640
1200-1300   11570 13580 15470 17690 17720
1300-1400   11570 13835 15275 15470 17860
2300-2400    5965  9555  9875

Uyghur                    
0100-0200    9350  9780  9800 11640 11790
1600-1700    9355  9480 11675 15700
(RFA)

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Zambia's Voice of Hope Africa, schedule update


Voie of Hope Africa 

All times UTC

Voice of Hope Africa resuming evening broadcasts

Effective: 01 August 2020

1400-1600 on  6065 LUV 100 kW to WeAf English tx#2 in HFCC is 13680
1400-1600 on  9680 LUV 100 kW to SoAf English tx#1 as scheduled HFCC
1600-2130 on  4965 LUV 100 kW  to SoAf English tx#1 in HFCC till 1900
1600-2130 on  6065*LUV 100 kW to WeAf English tx#2 in HFCC till 1900
*1623-1720 on 6065 ZAH 500 kW  to WeAs Pashto PARS TODAY / IRIB co-ch
(DXB 01 Aug)

From the Isle of Music and Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules, August 2-7


From the Isle of Music and Uncle Bill's Melting Pot will be testing 9670 kHz on Channel 292 from Germany on Friday, August 7.  Times are included in the transmission schedules below.  Dxers beyond Europe are encouraged to try the broadcast as its effective  range is uncertain at this writing.

From the Isle of Music, August 2-8: 
This week by popular demand we repeat an episode we did with Kiki Valera several months ago.
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 on WBCQ, 7490 kHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EDT 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 uplinks from various websdrs in Europe.

NEW: For Europe and possibly beyond, Friday 1800-1900 UTC on Channel 292, 9670 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany. If you don't have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to uplinks from various websdrs in Europe.
Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/fromtheisleofmusic/ 
Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic 
Our Patreon page is https://www.patreon.com/tilford 

Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, August 2, 4 and 7: 
Episode 176 features music from in and around Albania.
The transmissions take place:

.Sunday  2200-2300 (6:00PM -7:00PM EDT) 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

Tuesday 2000-2100 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 including a live uplink from a listening radio in the Netherlands at http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/?tune=6070am 

NEW: Friday 1900-2000 UTC on Channel 292, 9670 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe and beyond.
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 including a live uplink from a listening radio in the Netherlands at http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/?tune=9670am 
Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/UncleBillsMeltingPot/ 
Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic 

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