Tuesday, September 01, 2020

SW Radiogram Thursday-Sunday schedules

Hello friends,

I am sending this preview for program 168 (3-6 September 2020) early because of disruptions to my normal schedule this week.

This weekend, The Mighty KBC moves to its winter frequency of 5960 kHz (replacing 9925 kHz), for its transmission from Nauen, Germany to North America, Sunday 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT). A minute of MFSK64 is at 0130 UTC.

This past weekend, the Sunday 2330 UTC Shortwave Radiogram transmission had a surprise: a signal on 15770 kHz as well as the usual 7780 kHz. I have not heard back yet from Jeff White at WRMI as to whether 15770 will continue, or if it was a one-time-only transmission.  Try it this weekend.  It might improve reception in western North America, where 7780 is usually difficult to hear.

Also this  past weekend, our experiment with Thor 100 (352 wpm, 1800 Hz bandwidth) was more successful than I expected. There were 100% decodes of the text across the Atlantic and the Pacific, and in many places in North America. Thor 100 did show some errors in difficult conditions, especially deep fades, situations in which MFSK64 and especially MFSK32 were more successful. You can see the Thor 100 text decoding -- and use the audio to decode it yourself -- from this video provided by youngalientype in (I think) Ohio.

Videos of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 167) are provided by Scott in Ontario (Saturday 1330 UTC) 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 broadcast will be mostly images: sixteen MFSK64 photos, designs, and a painting all featuring the color blue.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 168,  3-6 September 2020: Program preview and closing announcements in MFSK32. All of the images in MFSK64.

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)

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

Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule
UTC Day UTC Time Frequency Transmitter
Thursday 2330-2400 UTC 9265 kHz WINB Pennsylvania
Friday 1300-1330 UTC 15770 kHz WRMI Florida
Friday 1500-1530 UTC 15750 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  15770 kHz? WRMI Florida

The Mighty KBC transmits to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 EDT) on new 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” 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 Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
Shortwave Radiogram
Reporting on international broadcasting at https://twitter.com/kaedotcom