Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins

 

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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 07 - 13 June 2021

Solar activity was at low levels due to multiple C-class flares from an unnumbered region beyond the east limb. The largest C-class flare was a C3.7 at 09/0907 UTC from Region 2831 (N24, L=79, class/area Hrx/10 on 07 June). No Earth-directed CMEs were observed in coronagraph imagery. However, on 11-13 June coronagraph imagery was not available due to site maintenance at NASA. Availability of LASCO coronagraph imagery expected to resume on 15 June. 

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

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

Geomagnetic field activity was at quiet to unsettled levels on 08-11, and 13 June. Unsettled to active levels were reached on 07 June due to influences from the arrival of a recurrent coronal hole high-speed stream (CH HSS). Unsettled to active levels were reached on 13 June due to the combination of the likely arrival of a slow-moving CME from 06 June and CH HSS influences. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 14 June - 10 July 2021

Solar activity is expected to be at very low to low levels with Region 2831 due to return to the visible disk from 21 June-05 July. 

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at moderate to high levels on 20-22 June due to recurrent CH HSS influences. Normal to moderate levels are expected
for the remainder of the outlook period. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to reach G1 (Minor) storm levels on 17 June due to recurrent CH HSS influences. Unsettled to active levels are expected on 15, 16, and 18 June also due to recurrent CH HSS influences. Quiet to unsettled levels are expected for the remainder of the outlook period. 

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2021 Jun 14      77           8          3
2021 Jun 15      77          10          4
2021 Jun 16      77          12          4
2021 Jun 17      76          20          5
2021 Jun 18      76          12          4
2021 Jun 19      76           5          2
2021 Jun 20      78           5          2
2021 Jun 21      80           5          2
2021 Jun 22      80           5          2
2021 Jun 23      80           5          2
2021 Jun 24      78           5          2
2021 Jun 25      77           5          2
2021 Jun 26      77           7          3
2021 Jun 27      77           5          2
2021 Jun 28      77           5          2
2021 Jun 29      78           5          2
2021 Jun 30      78           5          2
2021 Jul 01      78           5          2
2021 Jul 02      78           5          2
2021 Jul 03      78           5          2
2021 Jul 04      78           5          2
2021 Jul 05      78           5          2
2021 Jul 06      78           5          2
2021 Jul 07      78           5          2
2021 Jul 08      79           5          2
2021 Jul 09      79           8          3
2021 Jul 10      79           8          3
(NOAA)

Saturday, June 12, 2021

From the Isle of Music and Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules, June 13-19

 


From the Isle of Music, June 13-19: 
Part 2 of 2 parts: This week, our guest is Alejandro Falcón, a Cubadisco nominee in multiple recordings in several different genres. Also, music from Ecos de Tivoli, a nominee in the Archivo y Versiones category with their tribute to Trio Matamoros. 
The broadcasts takes place: 

For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere (including parts of East Asia and Oceania) with 100kW, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 kHz, from Sofia, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK) 

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

For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany. 

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

Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, June 13-19: 
In episode 221, we feature music from Zimbabwe. 
The broadcast takes 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 

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

Saturday 0800-0900 UTC on Channel 292, 9670 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe with a directional booster aimed eastward. 

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

William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer
Tilford Productions, LLC
email: bill@tilfordproductions.com
website: www.tilfordproductions.com



Thursday, June 10, 2021

Encore-Classical Music program schedules

 



Dear Listener,

Regular Broadcast times of Encore are: 
10:00 - 11:00 UTC Saturday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe - Simulcast on 9670 kHz

Repeated:
22:00 - 23:00 UTC Saturday 5950 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada
01:00 - 02:00 UTC Sunday 7780 & 5850 kHz WRMI to Europe US and Canada
02:00 - 03:00 UTC Monday 5950 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada
16:00 – 17:00 UTC Sunday 9670 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
21:00 - 22:00 UTC Sunday 3955 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
22:00 – 23:00 UTC Thursday 5950 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada
11:00 - 12:00 UTC Friday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe, east coast of US and Iceland.
19:00 – 20:00 UTC Friday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe

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

The website is www.tumbril.co.uk where we show transmission times and frequencies, the playlist for the most recent programme, more information about Radio Tumbril, and the email link.
 
This week's programme (first transmission on Saturday by Channel 292) starts with a piano piece by Scriabin, a choral work from Antoine de Févin, and España by Emanuel Chabrier.  After that - a movement from Schumann's String Quartet No. 2, part of an oboe concerto from Richard Strauss, and the Andante from Prokofiev's Sonata for Two Violins. The programme ends with Depuis le Jour from Charpentier's Louise, and the 2nd Clarinet Concerto composed by Weber.

Channel 292 can be pulled live off the internet if the reception is poor in your location. Easy to find their site with a google search. A very good site for online SDR receivers all over the world is: http://kiwisdr.com/public/  Click the 'Map' button in the top left of the screen.
 
Thank you for spreading the word about Encore - Classical Music on Shortwave on Radio Tumbril.
 
Brice Avery - Encore - Radio Tumbril - Scotland
 
www.tumbril.co.uk

Shortwave radiogram schedules, Friday-Sunday

 


Hello friends,

This week, after months of planning, preparation, and purchases, three new amateur radio antennas were installed on my roof. They are 1) a 10 and 6 meter vertical, 21 feet (6.4 M) tall, 2) a homebrew 10 and 6-meter fan dipole (horizontal), and 3) an omnidirectional horizontal antenna for 2 meters. These join my three existing antennas: 1)  a vertical yagi with three elements each on 2 meters and 70 centimeters, 2) a 40-meter inverted V, and 3) a 160-meter "inverted U" wire antenna that currently tunes on all bands except 160. All six antennas are connected to my one overworked "shack-in-a-box" Yaesu FT897D transceiver.

On 10 meters, my WSPR signals have reached Brazil, French Guiana, Costa Rica, and Hawaii.  Not much has happened yet on 6 and 2 meters, except some local and regional FT8 contacts.

Anyway, moving on to the topic of this email: On this weekend's Shortwave Radiogram, we will continue our demonstrations of MFSK in non-Latin alphabets. This time it will be Russian, consisting of a brief excerpt of a news story from VOA Russian. There will also be English news stories in MFSK32 and MFSK64, including ten MFSK64 images.  

A video of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 207) is provided by Scott in Ontario (Friday 1300 UTC). The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. An analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 208,  10-13 June 2021, in MFSK modes as noted:
 
 1:44  MFSK32: Program preview
 2:52  Excerpt of text from VOA Russian
 5:24  LightCube satellite will respond to ham signals
 8:36  MFSK64: Inflatable sails can help propel cargo ships*
12:14  This week's images*
27:37  MFSK32: Closing announcements

* with an 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
Thursday 2330-2400 UTC 9265 kHz WINB Pennsylvania
Friday 1300-1330 UTC 15770 kHz WRMI Florida
Friday 1500-1530 UTC 15750 DRM WINB Pennsylvania
Saturday 0230-0400 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 8-10 pm 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” Most of the show is a music show, but the host transmits some MFSK-64 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). Also, look for a waterfall ID at the beginning of the show.
thisisamusicshow@gmail.com .    www.twitter.com/ThisIsAMusicSho/ @ThisIsAMusicSho  https://thisisamusicshow.com

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 1130 UTC on 3583 kHz USB. 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 



Monday, June 07, 2021

Taking Radio Back to the Streets: Stations Ready to Return to Normal With Summer Events

 


Without its usual outside-the-studio presence, radio's connection to listeners and the community had been seriously challenged during the pandemic. The good news is with ramped-up vaccinations and the lifting of mask-wearing mandates, listeners seem to be open to the return of live events after more than a year of staying home, and radio is preparing to bring those events back this summer.


“It is extremely important to get back in person,” says Jim Antes, Market President and Chief Revenue Officer for Townsquare Media's Monmouth and Ocean County, New Jersey stations. “[While] our personalities did an incredible job of providing entertainment and companionship during the height of the pandemic, seeing our listeners face to face will provide a great deal of normalcy and happiness.” Jessica Samson, Promotions Director for Saga Communications' Clarksville, TN cluster, stresses the importance of these events to the community. “It means as much to them as it does to us. They need to know we are still, and always, here for them.”

Read more from Inside Radio at: https://tinyurl.com/vsbsajpz

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins

 


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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 31 May - 06 June 2021

Solar activity was at very low levels on 31 May, and 02-06 June while low levels were reached on 01 June. The majority of the flare activity, including the C1.6 flare on 01 June, was caused by Region 2827 (N11, L=78, class/area Dso/110 on 31 May). B-class activity was observed by Regions 2828 (S31, L=69, class/area Axx/10 on 31 May) and 2829 (S18, L=12, class/area Cro/30 on 05 June). 

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

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

Geomagnetic field activity was quiet to unsettled for the highlight period with no significant activity. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 07 June - 03 July 2021

Solar activity is expected to be at very low to low levels.

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at high levels on 11-14 June and 20-22 June due to recurrent coronal hole high-speed stream (CH HSS) influences. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at unsettled to active levels on 08 June and 16 June due to recurrent CH HSS influences. Quiet to unsettled levels are expected for the remainder of the outlook period. 

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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2021 Jun 07      76           5          2
2021 Jun 08      76          15          4
2021 Jun 09      74          10          3
2021 Jun 10      74           8          3
2021 Jun 11      75           5          2
2021 Jun 12      74           5          2
2021 Jun 13      74           5          2
2021 Jun 14      74           5          2
2021 Jun 15      74           5          2
2021 Jun 16      75          15          4
2021 Jun 17      75           8          3
2021 Jun 18      75           5          2
2021 Jun 19      75           5          2
2021 Jun 20      75           5          2
2021 Jun 21      80           5          2
2021 Jun 22      82           5          2
2021 Jun 23      80           5          2
2021 Jun 24      77           5          2
2021 Jun 25      76           5          2
2021 Jun 26      76           7          3
2021 Jun 27      76           5          2
2021 Jun 28      76           5          2
2021 Jun 29      76           5          2
2021 Jun 30      76           5          2
2021 Jul 01      76           5          2
2021 Jul 02      76           5          2
2021 Jul 03      76           5          2
(NOAA)

Saturday, June 05, 2021

From the Isle of Music and Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules, June 6-12

 

From the Isle of Music, June 6-12: 
Part 1 of 2 parts: 

This week, our guest is Alejandro Falcón, a Cubadisco nominee in multiple recordings in several different genres. 

The broadcasts take place: 

For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere (including parts of East Asia and Oceania) with 100kW, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 kHz, from Sofia, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK) 

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

For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany. 




Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, June 6-12: 
In episode 220, we feature music from Iceland. 

The broadcasts takes 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 

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

Saturday 0800-0900 UTC on Channel 292, 9670 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe with a directional booster aimed eastward. 


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

Friday, June 04, 2021

Atlantic 2000 International set for anniversary broadcast

 


Atlantic 2000 International, will be on the air Saturday, June 5, from 09:00 to 10:00 UTC. This will be the 39th Anniversary program. 

Listen on 6070 and 9670 kHz via Channel 292, and live streaming on our website at: http://radioatlantic2000.free.fr

Only detailed reception reports will be confirmed by a special anniversary eQSL. Send your reception report to: atlantic2000international@gmail.com

Good listening! 

Visit our website and listen to Atlantic 2000: http://radioatlantic2000.free.fr   

Radio Malaysia reaches broadcasting milestone

 


Radio Malaysia has been broadcasting for an amazing 75 years. Special thanks to AWR Wavescan for their in-depth feature on this station.

Radio Malaysia celebrated its 75th anniversary on April 1 (2021). It was in 1946 when the world was emerging from the concentrated and tragic events of a world at war into a somewhat unsteady peace that the new Radio Malaya was formed.  At that time, Singapore was the capital city for the Malayan states.

The first licensed radio broadcasting station in British Malaya was ZHI which was owned and operated by the Radio Service Company at 4 Orchard Road in Singapore.  That radio station was installed in the upper floor of the shophouse next door, at 2 Orchard Road. Test transmissions from this new and licensed broadcasting station began on May 3, 1933, and it was first noted in Australia 6 months later in early November (1933).  This station ZHI operated on a 6060 kHz shortwave with a power of 180 watts and it was on the air four days a week, (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) for 2½  hours on each occasion.

However soon afterward, the local government began to set in operation an alternative system for the operation of a radio broadcasting network throughout Malaya, and this was based upon the BBC set up in the home country: That is, not a system of commercially operated independent stations as in the United States, instead of a government-controlled nationwide network of radio broadcasting stations.

Thus on July 21, 1935, the new British Malaya Broadcasting Corporation (BMBC) was formed, and plans were announced for the construction and installation of a combined mediumwave and shortwave radio station at Caldecott Hill.  Back then, that location on Thomson Road was an isolated site out beyond the furthest edge of Singapore City.

In the meantime, a temporary fill-in broadcasting station was installed in the imposing new Empress Place Building in the central area of Singapore city.  That new station, which was inaugurated in June 1936, was licensed under another internationally recognized callsign ZHL, and it operated with 2 kW on 1332 kHz.   

In anticipation of the new BMBC radio stations, the government canceled the license of the commercial station ZHI at the radio shop on Orchard Road, effective at the end of the year 1936. During the overlapping 6 month period running from July to the end of December (1936) when both stations were on the air together (the commercial shortwave ZHI and the government mediumwave ZHL), they both carried the same programming.

The imposing new radio broadcasting station at Caldecott Hill, together with its offices, studios, transmitters, tall tower, and temporary accommodations, was officially opened by His Excellency the Governor Sir Shenton Thomas on Monday, March 1, 1937.  The equipment at Caldecott Hill included 4 new shortwave transmitters at 500 watts each, and these were allocated the collective callsigns ZHP and ZHN.  

Under the callsigns, ZHP1 through ZHP4, each of these four transmitters operated on its own set frequency with program broadcasting.  Under the callsigns, ZHN1 through ZHN4 these transmitters were generally in use for program relays and information transmissions to other areas of Malaya and beyond.  However this scheduled planning was not always consistent, and sometimes a ZHN callsign was noted with programming in parallel with a ZHP callsign.  

The original 100-watt commercial shortwave transmitter ZHI was removed from Orchard Road and re-installed at Caldecott Hill under a new callsign ZHO.  The 2 kW BMBC mediumwave transmitter ZHL on 1332 kHz was removed from the Empress Place Building and it was reinstalled under the same callsign ZHL at Caldecott Hill, together with a new tower standing at 200 ft tall. 

However, because the Caldecott studios were too far out from downtown Singapore and public transport was not readily available, a set of production and on-air studios was installed in the very new Cathay Building at 2 Handy Road in Singapore city.  One of the main announcers for BMBC Singapore in the Cathay Building back then was Captain James Mudie.  He had previously served with the BBC in London, and he was in Singapore with the Royal Corp of Signals.  

With hostilities bristling on the horizon in both Europe and Asia, the British government bought the BMBC station at Caldecott Hill, and they also began the construction of a large new shortwave station at Jurong, still further away from the city than the Caldecott Hill station.  It was intended that the new Jurong station would act as a relay station on behalf of the BBC in London.

Work commenced on the Jurong station in 1939, with the construction of a transmitter building and the installation of the needed antenna systems.  A 100 kW Marconi shortwave transmitter was shipped out from England, but the ship was torpedoed on the way and sunk, and the electronic equipment was lost.

As a replacement, the BBC obtained a 50 kW RCA shortwave transmitter from the United States and this was despatched to Singapore by ship for installation at the new station already under construction at Jurong.  The transmitter equipment was partially installed at Jurong though the power transformers were compatible with the American electrical system, not with the Singapore electrical system. 

 However, before work was completed on the entire facility at Jurong, the transmitter was hurriedly removed due to the outbreak of war in the Pacific.  It was then shipped to Barbados in the Caribbean where it was installed at the C&W Cable and Wireless communication station at Bearded Hall, under the callsign VPO.  

The Japanese began their invasion of Singapore island during Sunday evening February 8, 1942.  A few weeks later, they were on the air from the Singapore radio station under the new slogan, Shonan Radio. 
More about Shonan Radio in the coming weeks, here on Wavescan. 
(AWR Wavescan/NWS 639)

Radio Facility in India Turned into a Jail

 It was on August 5, 2020, that All India Radio in Almora in the northern Indian border state of Uttarakhand announced that local police officials had temporarily taken over some of the staff accommodation at the Akashvani center in Almora.  The police stated that they needed accommodation for new jail inmates in order to minimize the spread of the China Virus. 


All India Radio in Almora is located on Almora Road Khatyari and the campus contains the radio station as well as staff accommodations. The police authorities took over some of the accommodation on this campus in spite of objections raised by the local management of All India Radio (AIR).

The presence of prisoners in the AIR staff quarters at Almora presented problems for AIR staff personnel, they stated, including the women and children who expressed concern for their well-being.  The police authorities indicated that their usage of the AIR accommodations would be temporary only until the virus situation is resolved in the Almora area. 
Almora with its 35,000 population is a small city located against the Himalaya foothills towards the south of the state Uttarakhand, which is nestled against China to the north and Nepal to the southeast.  Because of its mountainous elevation at a little over 5,000 feet, Almora enjoys a mild climate. 

The AIR mediumwave station in Almora was the second mediumwave station in the territory of the state of Uttarakhand and it was inaugurated with 1 kW on 999 kHz in June 1986.  Half a dozen years ago, AIR headquarters in New Delhi announced their intent to increase the power of their Almora station to 5 kW in order to increase its coverage areas in the mountainous regions of the state.  However instead, the number of local FM relay stations was considerably increased.  

The state of Uttarakhand as it is known today was carved out of the larger Uttar Pradesh and formed into a separate state on November 9, 2000, under the name Uttaranchal.  Due to public clamor, the state name was changed to the now more familiar Uttarakhand on January 1, 2007.

The first radio station in this territory, a pioneer endeavor, was inaugurated in Dehra Dun on April 6, 1936, with 250 watts on 225 meters (1333 kHz) under the callsign VUU.  This pioneer radio broadcasting station was established and operated under the authority of the Political Superintendent of the area.  However, due to lack of funding, this station was closed two years later on May 10 (1938).

Nearby to Dehra Dun was a very large prisoner of war camp operated by the British for holding enemy aliens who were resident in India and several nearby countries when hostilities broke out in Europe and Asia in the middle of last century.  One of the famous prisoners in that internment camp was the Austrian mountaineer, Heinrich Harrer.  He escaped from the internment camp, traversed the high snow-covered mountainous areas, and went on into Tibet where he became a tutor and friend to the new young Dalai Lama.

In the Himalayan foothills above Dehra Dun is Mussoorie, a British hill station, with its internationally recognized Christian school Woodstock.  Nearby is Vincent Hill, which was a boarding school for the children of Adventist missionaries throughout India.  This school was closed in 1969 and sold after denominational leadership was gradually transferred over to Indian leadership.  The large Vincent Hill property was sold to a Sikh religious order and they now operate their own FM radio station at this location, Radio Khushi 90.4 MHz.   

The first radio broadcasting station for coverage of what is now Uttarakhand in our modern era was established at Najibabad a little less than half a century ago.  This AIR station began at a power level of 100 kW on  954 kHz, though these days it operates at 200 kW.  Najibabad is located almost on the state border with Uttarakhand, and the radio station provides good coverage to most of the state.  

At the time when Uttarakhand was proclaimed a separate state as Uttaranchal in 2000, a new shortwave service was inaugurated for the new state.  All India Radio Delhi carried a program relay from the mediumwave station at Najibabad with 50 kW on 6030 kHz.
Meanwhile, new mediumwave stations were under construction at four different locations, in addition to the aforementioned Almora on 999 kHz.  Each of these new stations was rated at 1 kW, and each operated on a fixed channel either 1485 kHz or 1602 kHz.  These four new AIR mediumwave stations are located at Chamoli, Pauri, Pithorgarh and Uttarkashi.
(AWR-Wavescan//NWS 637)

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Shortwave Radiogram schedules, Thursday-Sunday

 


Hello friends

One change to our transmission schedule take effect this weekend: The Saturday (Friday in the Americas) broadcast at 0000-0030 UTC on 9955 kHz is no longer available. We hope we can return to 9955 in the future, because this frequency provided coverage from South America to northern Canada.

This week's program is in our usual MFSK32 and MFSK64, with ten MFSK64 images. If there are modes or experiments that you would like us to try to Shortwave Radiogram, let me know.

A video of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 206) is provided by Scott in Ontario (Friday 1300 UTC). The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. The analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 207, 3-6 June 2021, in MFSK modes as noted:
  1:42  MFSK32: Program preview
 2:48  Australia's MAVIS telescope: clearer than Hubble
 6:39  MFSK64: JAXA capsule will return samples from ISS*

13:22  This week's images*

28:40  MFSK32: Closing announcements

* with image(s)
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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 DRM WINB Pennsylvania

Saturday 0230-0400 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 8-10 pm 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” Most of the show is a music show, but the host transmits some MFSK-64 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). Also look for a waterfall ID at the beginning of the show. thisisamusicshow@gmail.com .     www.twitter.com/ThisIsAMusicSho/    @ThisIsAMusicSho     https://thisisamusicshow.com

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 1130 UTC on 3583 kHz USB. 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