Monday, February 06, 2023

Update on Zambia's Voice of Hope


 Voice of Hope-World Radio Network has been off the air for some time on 6065 kHz, (evenings) and 11680 kHz (mornings). Ray Robinson from Voice of Hope says to DX-FOKUS that they are not transmitting on the two frequencies due to problems with a transmitter and that they are waiting for spare parts to arrive from the U.S. 


He expects the two frequencies, which mainly cover West Africa, to be back in a few weeks. Meanwhile, Voice of Hope continues on 4965 kHz (evenings) and on 9680 kHz (mornings and afternoons), and Ray Robinson says that these two frequencies give very good reception in central, eastern, and southern Africa. 
(Stig Hartvig Nielsen in DX-FOKUS #2-2023)
(HCDX)

HOT SPOT DXING BY RADIO-Massive earthquakes in Turkey

 


KAHRAMANMARAS, Turkey/DAMASCUS, Feb 6 (Reuters) - A huge earthquake killed more than 2,600 people across a swathe of Turkey and northwest Syria on Monday, with freezing winter weather adding to the plight of the many thousands left injured or homeless and hampering efforts to find survivors.

The magnitude 7.8 quake brought down whole apartment blocks in Turkish cities and piled more devastation on millions of Syrians displaced by years of war.

The worst tremor to strike Turkey this century, it came before sunrise in harsh weather and was followed in the early afternoon by another large quake of magnitude 7.7.
Additional coverage at 



Voice of Turkey broadcast schedule

Daily broadcast via Emirler, Turkey transmitters
Freq UTC Time Language kW Power 
9595 1700-1730 Afghani Uzbek 250
11955 1000-1056 Arabic 500
5985 1500-1556 Arabic 250
17720 1500-1556 Arabic 500
11710 0800-0856 Azeri 250
7245 1200-1226 Bulgarian        250
13590 1200-1256 Chinese 500
9595 1600-1630 Dari      250
6125 0400-0456 English 500
7285 0400-0456 English 500
12035 1330-1426 English 500
9660 1730-1826 English 500
6050 1930-2026 English 500
9610 2130-2226 English 500
5960 2300-2356 English 500
17715 1100-1156 French 500
9620 1830-1926 French 500
9625 2030-2126 French 500
9840 0900-0926 Georgian        500
15270 1230-1326 German 500
5945 1830-1926 German 250
15235 0600-0654 Hausa 500
11970 1230-1256 Italian 500
9505 1430-1454 Kazakh 500
17530 0500-0555 Malay 500
9595 1630-1700 Pashto 250
11795 0926-1056 Persian 500
6070 1600-1656 Persian 500
9410 1400-1456 Russian 250
7265 0200-0256 Spanish 500
7280 0200-0256 Spanish 500
9495 1730-1826 Spanish 250
15235 0700-0756 Swahili 500
15360 1100-1126 Tatar 500
6000 0100-0256 Turkish 500
9700 0350-0656 Turkish 500
11660 0450-0656 Turkish 250
15350 0700-1400 Turkish 250
11815 1400-1656 Turkish 500
6120 1700-2156 Turkish 500
5980 1700-2200 Turkish 250
17770 0900-0926 Turkmen 250
15390 1300-1356 Urdu 500
7240 0300-0356 Uyghur 500
13655 1130-1156 Uzbek 500
(Revised by Teak Publishing 06 Feb 2023)

RFE/RL Expands Broadcasts to Afghanistan Despite Taliban Ban

 




WASHINGTON, D.C. – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s (RFE/RL) award-winning programming is now available 24 hours a day for millions of Afghan listeners who have come to rely on the broadcaster in the last two decades. Two months after the Taliban removed RFE/RL from AM and FM radio transmitters in Afghanistan, Azadi, as RFE/RL is known locally, is doubling its time on air providing Afghans with independent news in the Dari and Pashto languages. From 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time, Azadi is broadcasts on mediumwave on 1296 kHz, while during the second half of the day, programming is available on shortwave.

This broadcasting milestone comes on Azadi’s 21st anniversary, and further solidifies RFE/RL’s role as a true public broadcaster – the only non-governmental radio broadcaster available 24/7 in Afghanistan. In the last two decades, Azadi has become a staple of everyday life. Afghans frequently referred to Azadi as their “national broadcaster,” and its mix of news and information is commonly heard in public settings in the country, from marketplaces to taxis.

“Our expanded programming for Afghan audiences is indicative of the resilience and creativity of our team and their dedication to continuing to reach our audiences in Afghanistan in the face of extreme Taliban pressure,” said RFE/RL President and CEO Jamie Fly. “Azadi will now be available for Afghans day and night to give them hope for a better future.”

Despite significant pressure from the Taliban, RFE/RL continues to provide bold coverage of stories suppressed by state media. Azadi has given a platform for the most vulnerable -- women and girls, victims of violent extremism, the LGBTQI+ community, and youth -- to share their experiences. At every step, Azadi has responded to the Taliban’s restrictive governance: when the Taliban forbade music, Azadi continued to play music on air; when the Taliban banned women from public life, Azadi gave women space to tell their stories; when the Taliban barred girls from attending school, Azadi and Learn Afghanistan provided a rigorous curriculum over the radio. For 21 years, Azadi has helped the powerless find community and hope.

In contrast to official Taliban claims, Afghans have again and again expressed their appreciation and gratitude to RFE/RL for providing a vital public service. RFE/RL will continue to find new and innovative ways to reach audiences.

Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, and RFE/RL journalists have paid the ultimate price for their commitment to a free press. In 2018, three Radio Azadi journalists -- Maharram Durrani, Abadullah Hananzai, and Sabawoon Kakar -- were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul. In 2020, Mohammad Ilyas Dayee was killed in a targeted bomb attack.

Radio Northern Star active again on mediumwave

 

Norway's Radio Northern Star is back on the AM band, and on its old frequency, so now on LLE-4, 1611 kHz, 400 watts. Ex The Sea. Only evening transmissions at the moment. Will not exclude later extensions of schedule.

5895 kHz LLE-3 came back last Monday still carrying a mix of RNS and The Sea.
Schedule 0659-1931 CET, technically engineering tests. Reports 1000 at northernstar.no.
(Svenn Martinsen to DX-LISTENERS’ CLUB FB group (2023-02-05)

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins

 


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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 30 January - 05 February 2023

Solar activity was low. The largest event of the period was a C6.6 flare at 05/0326 UTC from an unnumbered region from around the east limb. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed throughout the period. 

No proton events were observed in geosynchronous orbit.

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

Geomagnetic field activity was at quiet to active levels. Active conditions were observed on 02 Feb, unsettled levels were observed on 30-31 Jan and 01, 03-04 Feb due to CH HSS influence. Quiet conditions prevailed on 05 Feb. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 06 February - 04 March 2023

Solar activity is expected to be low with a slight chance for M-class flare activity (R1-R2) 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 for the duration of the outlook period. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to range from quiet to active levels. Active conditions are likely on 07-08 Feb. 


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2023 Feb 06     150          10          3
2023 Feb 07     160          15          4
2023 Feb 08     155          15          4
2023 Feb 09     155          12          3
2023 Feb 10     160           8          3
2023 Feb 11     155           5          2
2023 Feb 12     155           5          2
2023 Feb 13     155           5          2
2023 Feb 14     150           5          2
2023 Feb 15     150           5          2
2023 Feb 16     150           5          2
2023 Feb 17     150           5          2
2023 Feb 18     150           8          3
2023 Feb 19     145           8          3
2023 Feb 20     140           5          2
2023 Feb 21     135           5          2
2023 Feb 22     130          10          3
2023 Feb 23     135          10          3
2023 Feb 24     130          10          3
2023 Feb 25     130           5          2
2023 Feb 26     130           5          2
2023 Feb 27     125           8          3
2023 Feb 28     130           5          2
2023 Mar 01     130           5          2
2023 Mar 02     130           8          3
2023 Mar 03     130           5          2
2023 Mar 04     135           5          2
(NOAA 06 Feb 2023)

Radio Azadi back on medium airwaves, RFE and USAGM reports say.

 


Also known as Radio Free Afghanistan, Radio Azadi, just celebrated its 21st birthday, is Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Dari and Pashto-language service.


This section of the USAGM conducts its programs from the RFE premises in Prague, following the Taliban takeover RFE/RL had closed its Kabul office in August 2021.

It was in 2002 that Afghanistan and the United States signed an agreement for the use of a 400 kW 1296 kHz average wave transmitter. The United States committed to restoring Pul-e Charkhi’s Afghanistan Radio TV facility near Kabul, shut down following a bombing by the U.S.

The agreement was amended in 2006. Afghanistan is giving the U.S. the right to build, install and operate a medium-wave radio transmission facility in the vicinity of Tani-Khost and other FM broadcasters.

The 200 kW on 621 kHz medium wave installation in Khost began operational distribution in March 2010 in the Pashtun-language areas of eastern Afghanistan, along the Pakistan border. The purpose of this second broadcaster was mainly to serve Pakistan.

As the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan, negotiations with the Taliban allowed broadcasters to be able to continue broadcasting.

On 1st December 2022, the Taliban-led government of Afghanistan removed all Radio Azadi, FM and AM broadcasts. Abdul Haq Hammad, a head of the Taliban-led government’s Information Ministry, had justified the arrest for “disrespect of journalistic principles and unilateral broadcasting” by the US-funded independent media.

An agreement has been reached with the Taliban, it plans to make Pul-e Charkhi broadcaster available for Radio Azadi. On the other hand, it removes the permission to broadcast on the FM network and excludes VOA broadcasts.

Starting January 18, 2023, the station will once again use the Pol-e Charki medium wave transmitter at 1296 kHz from 6 pm to 6 pm local time.

In addition to this nightly broadcast, the USAGM has upped the volume of its short-wave broadcasts and ensures increased presence on social media and app.

The USAGM was foreseen: The initial agreement allowed the U.S. to install a short-wave emitting center in Kabul. She preferred to use her own infrastructure at Lampertheim Germany, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, reputed for its electricity tariff!.

Radio Magazine FB group (2023-01-31)

Saturday, February 04, 2023

Radio Andorra program to broadcast on February 5

 

Sunday, February 5, Radio Andorra will broadcast from the 1979 program archives airing Carte Blanche to Philippe Chatel. 

Programming will be at 1700-1800 UTC or French time from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The broadcast will be from the Moosbrunn, Austria transmitter on 6180 kHz. 

Thank you to the donors on the Gofundme site, without whom this distribution would not be possible.
Christian Ghibaudo
(edited for clarity by Teak Publishing)

Friday, February 03, 2023

Scandinavian Weekend Radio schedule February 3-4th

 


Finland, Scandinavian Weekend Radio 

Schedule from Friday, Feb 3) 

All times UTC

English/Finnish
MW 1602 kHz - 24 hours
0000-0100 6170 11690
0100-0200 6170 11690
``0200-0300 6170 11690
0300-0400 6170 11690
0400-0500 6170 11690
0500-0600 6170 11690
0600-0700 6170 11690
0700-0800 6170 11690
0800-0900 6170 11690
0900-1000 6170 11690
1000-1100 6170 11720
1100-1200 6170 11720
1200-1300 6170 11720
1300-1400 6170 11690
1400-1500 6170 11690
1500-1600 5980 11690
1600-1700 5980 11720
1700-1800 5980 11720
1800-1900 6170 11720
1900-2000 6170 11720
2000-2100 6170 11720
2100-2200 6170 11720
2200-2300 6170 11690
2300-0000 6170 11690
(SWR 01 Feb 2023)

Upcoming 2023 broadcast
04 March
01 April
03 June
01 July
05 August
07 October
04 November
02 December

Thursday, February 02, 2023

Another test from Antarctica

 

Antarctica

A new test broadcast from LRA 36 Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel, just announced by Adrian Korol, head of RAE. 

Friday, February 3rd, from 2000 to 2100 UTC, on 15476 kHz in USB and via online audio streaming on http://www.rae.com.ar. 

Shortwave Radiogram schedules, Friday-Monday

 

Hello friends

Lately, all of our broadcasts have been without mishaps. The Saturday 2300-2330 UTC is, however, "interesting" because of the noise that has been co-channel the past few weeks. It sounds more like jamming than data, but this does not rule out that it is some sort of data. The signal seems strongest via SDRs in Michigan (see screenshot below), but given the nature of shortwave propagation, it is not necessarily from that area. And the noise does not seem to be daily, although I have not yet determined the exact schedule.

Voice of Korea from North Korea is on 7570 also at 2300 UTC, which usually prevents reception of Shortwave Radiogram in Europe. This noise does not seem to be jamming against that. And it is possible that the noise is jamming from Cuba against, maybe, a former program on WRMI. But the signal is stronger than any Cube jamming I have heard previously.

WRMI is now aware of the noise. If you have any ideas as to what it is, and from where it is transmitted, please let me know.

A video of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 289)  is provided by Scott at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSJopVvIJNg Ontario (Friday 1300 UTC). (See also a video of sidewalk reception in Moscow of The Mighty KBC, 15770 kHz from WRMI.) 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 290, 3-6 February 2023, in MFSK modes as noted:

 1:36  MFSK32: Program preview
 2:43  MFSK32: A test observatory on the far side of the moon
 6:42  MFSK64: Bee bricks provide habitat for solitary bees*
10:19  MFSK64: This week's images*
27:42  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)

Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule
UTC Day UTC Time Frequency Transmitter
Friday 0030-0100 9265 kHz WINB Pennsylvania
Friday 0530-0600 7780 kHz WRMI Florida
Friday 1300-1330 15770 kHz WRMI Florida
Friday 1500-1530 15755 kHz DRM WINB Pennsylvania
Saturday  0330-0400 9265 kHz WINB Pennsylvania
Saturday  2300-2330 7570 kHz WRMI Florida
Monday 0800-0830 5850 kHz WRMI Florida

The Mighty KBC has expanded its transmission schedule. Times are UTC, frequencies are kHz, all from WRMI Florida:
Sunday 0000-0100: Dave Mason 9455
Sunday 0100-0200: Eric van Willegen 9455
Sunday 0200-0300: Eric van Willegen 5850
Sunday 2200-2300: Dave Mason 5950
Sunday 2300-2400: Eric van Willegen 5950
Wednesday 1600-1700: Eric van Willegen 15770
Friday 1100-1200: Eric van Willegen 15770
Saturday 0200-0300: Dave Mason 5850
Saturday 0800-0900: Eric van Willegen 7780
A minute of MFSK64 is at about 30 minutes past the hour on at least some of the Eric van Willigen programs.  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 images 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

Pop Shop Radio from British Columbia, Canada, includes "a whole variety of pop music, such as records from the 1960s and 1970s that were played on Top-40 radio stations not only in North America but also on offshore radio and stations like Radio Luxembourg." The programs now include some MFSK text and an image. Website: popshopradio.ca. Twitter: @popshopradio1  Email: radiopopshop@gmail.com.

Thanks for your reception reports!
Kim

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



Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Extra Japanese special from Radio Northern Europe International

 Radio Northern International 

All times UTC
Japanese
0100-0200 on 5850 WRMI 100 kW via WRMI-12 on February 2
1300-1400 on 7730 WRMI 100 kW via WRMI-02, BUT INACTIVE
1300-1400 on 15770 WRMI 100 kW via WRMI-09 on February 2
1700-1800 on 9670 ROB 010 kW Channel 292 on February 3
1000-1100 on 9865 PAO 100 kW via Taiwan on February 4
0100-0200 on 5010 RMI 100 kW via WRMI-14 on February 5 
(DXB 01 Feb 2023) 




Additional winter frequencies for China National Radio

 


China National Radio via five transmitters in Nanning, China

All times UTC

2025-2400 on  5985 NNN 100 kW / 142 deg to SEAs Chinese CNR-1 Voice of China
0000-1000 on 11850 NNN 100 kW / 142 deg to SEAs Chinese CNR-1 Voice of China
1000-1805 on  5965 NNN 100 kW / 142 deg to SEAs Chinese CNR-1 Voice of China

2155-2400 on  6010 NNN 100 kW / 142 deg to SEAs Amoy China National Radio CNR-6
0000-0500 on 11680 NNN 100 kW / 142 deg to SEAs Amoy China National Radio CNR-6
0500-1100 on 11680 NNN 100 kW / 142 deg to SEAs Hakka China National Radio CNR-6
1100-1200 on 11680 NNN 100 kW / 142 deg to SEAs Chinese China National Radio CNR-6
1200-1605 on  6010 NNN 100 kW / 142 deg to SEAs Chinese China National Radio CNR-6

2155-2400 on  5995 NNN 100 kW / 142 deg to SEAs Chinese CNR-2 China Business Radio
0000-1100 on 11750 NNN 100 kW / 142 deg to SEAs Chinese CNR-2 China Business Radio
1100-1605 on  6030 NNN 100 kW / 142 deg to SEAs Chinese CNR-2 China Business Radio

2055-0030 on  9570 NNN 100 kW / 142 deg to SEAs Chinese CNR-1 Voice of China
0030-1130 on 13630 NNN 100 kW / 142 deg to SEAs Chinese CNR-1 Voice of China
1130-1605 on  9780 NNN 100 kW / 142 deg to SEAs Chinese CNR-1 Voice of China

2155-0200 on 12010 NNN 100 kW / 142 deg to SEAs Chinese CNR-1 Voice of China
0200-1000 on 13670 NNN 100 kW / 142 deg to SEAs Chinese CNR-1 Voice of China
1000-1605 on 11775 NNN 100 kW / 142 deg to SEAs Chinese CNR-1 Voice of China
(DXB 01 Feb 2023)

Monday, January 30, 2023

U.S. Military Call Sign Directory 1st Edition Now Available on Amazon

  



For Immediate Release                                                                                 30 January 2023

U.S. Military Call Sign Directory 1st Edition Now Available on Amazon

Webster’s dictionary defines the term “call sign” as the combination of identifying letters, letters, and numbers, or words assigned to an operator, office, activity, vehicle, or station for use in communication (as in the address of a message sent by radio). If you are a ham radio operator, you are issued a call sign used to identify your station to other hams. The concept is the same for broadcast radio stations (AM/FM/TV/Shortwave), maritime vessels or shore stations, civilian aircraft, and most government radio stations. Legally operated radio stations transmitting anywhere in the radio spectrum will identify at some point using a valid call sign issued to them by their national controlling authority.

However, when you start diving into the dark and murky waters of military call signs or words things are not so clear cut. Finding out who and why a particular call sign is being used can be a challenge. You won't find any official databases or publications for these call signs online. The reason for this is simple. In many instances, a military radio call sign/word is designed to keep that unit, its platform identity, its mission, and in some cases even who is on board that aircraft or vessel hidden.

Ask any radio hobbyist what information they consider important during a radio monitoring session and two items will top their list: frequencies and the call signs heard on them. If you hear activity on a military frequency, unless you can fully identify the participants by their call sign, you can’t fully appreciate or document the traffic you are hearing on your shortwave radio or scanner.

To aid the military radio hobbyists in their listening endeavors Teak Publishing has published a series of call sign books/e-books over the last several years. Now the company is pleased to announce its latest Kindle e-book in the series - the U.S. Military Call Sign Directory, 1st edition by Amazon Bestselling author Larry Van Horn, N5FPW.

In this new edition, the author presents the most comprehensive collection of U.S. military station identifications ever published for the radio listening hobby. It is the result of seven years of research and monitoring in the HF/VHF/UHF radio spectrums, by the author. No classified military sources were used in the production of this book, and due to the size of this publication, a printed version will not be available.

In addition to thousands of static and tactical call signs for the major U.S. military services, other types of identifiers such as Automatic Link Establishment (ALE) addresses and marine MMSI identifiers for U.S. Navy and Coast Guard vessels and aircraft are also included in this edition. There is also a chapter devoted to call signs/words used by the Department of Defense including the Military Auxiliary Radio Services (MARS) and the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) auxiliary services.

A whole new chapter in the book is devoted to the latest craze in military aircraft monitoring - decoding Mode-S ADS-B hex code radio signals. The chapter on these hex code addresses includes introductory material on monitoring these unique identifiers and thousands of hex codes identified by airframes. There is also an additional chapter devoted to known hex hole ranges in the DoD ADS-B spectrum.

The last chapter of this book contains a large list of resource information including Navy ship/squadron classifications; Coast Guard cutter designators; a massive list of abbreviations and acronyms that appear in the book and other Teak Publishing publications; a comprehensive country abbreviation list; and the latest Table of Allocations of International Call signs from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

The Teak Publishing U.S. Military Call Sign Directory is now available for purchase worldwide from Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BT658LVL. The price for this 1091-page e-Book is US$9.99. 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 e-Book 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 e-book 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 and Mac); Tablets (iPad and Android), and, of course, all of the Kindle family of readers including the Kindle Fire series. A Kindle e-book 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 https://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=16571048011.

A complete list of all the author’s military radio hobby books can be found on his Amazon author’s page at https://www.amazon.com/stores/Larry-Van-Horn/author/B00G1QMO4CAdditional information on this and other Teak Publishing radio hobby books is available on the company website at  https://www.teakpublishing.com/.

Other Milcom Internet resources by the author include:
Milcom Monitoring Post blog http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/
Btown Monitoring Post Blog http://monitor-post.blogspot.com/
From the Static YouTube site https://www.youtube.com/c/FromtheStatic-83
From the Static Twitter feed @MilcomMP

 If you monitor the military radio spectrum, outside of the international shortwave broadcast or ham bands, then there is something in this book for you. This e-book is a must in any radio shack reference library.

About the Author

Amazon bestselling author, Larry Van Horn, a native of San Antonio, Texas, started his radio listening hobby in 1963 when he received his first shortwave receiver.

In 1971 Larry joined the U.S. Navy and served on several U.S. naval warships and in the naval aviation community until his retirement in 1993. He retired in New Orleans with the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

He was first licensed as an amateur radio operator in 1973 with the call sign WH6INU. Later, Larry upgraded to General Class and spent his early ham days operating out of the famed KH6SP ham shack in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, with his ham mentor and friend Butch Weber, WA4GIF, chasing DX and contesting.

Now a licensed Extra Class ham, holding the call sign N5FPW, Larry enjoys operating digital modes, contesting, ham satellites, and chasing DX. Other aspects of the radio hobby that he enjoys include monitoring military communications (throughout the radio spectrum), federal government monitoring, chasing HF utility communications (especially marine comms), general satellite monitoring, and AM/FM,/TV broadcast DXing.

After his retirement from the Navy, Larry worked for Grove Enterprises in Brasstown, North Carolina, the publisher of Monitoring Times and Satellite Times magazines. His job on the MT staff was the magazine's assistant / technical editor and staff journalist. He wrote for Monitoring Times magazine as a freelance writer and full-time staffer for over 30 years until that publication closed in 2013. Larry was also the creative force behind the publication of Satellite Times magazine and was the magazine’s managing editor, a position he held for more than five years.

He has written dozens of radio equipment reviews and several monthly columns in the pages of the former Monitoring Times including the Signals from Space, Utility World, Fedcom – Federal Monitoring column, Milcom – a military monitoring column, GlobalNet, First Look – MT Equipment/Book Reviews. Service Search, Ask Larry, and the magazine’s What’s New column.

His current writing assignment is with the radio hobby e-zine – The Spectrum Monitor. He writes a monthly Milcom column and has authored numerous features including the magazine’s annual Air Show Frequency Guide.

Over the years Larry has also written dozens of radio hobby books (some with multiple editions), dozens of magazine features, and numerous technical articles for a wide variety of communications publications and radio hobby club newsletters.

Larry is the founder and president of the Teak Publishing Company based in western North Carolina. His first e-book published under the Teak Publishing banner, the North American Enroute Aviation Guide, was an immediate Amazon #1 Best-Selling Kindle eBook.

Since then, he has authored a series of annual e-Books – The Milcom Archives, which are reprints of his Monitoring Times and Spectrum Monitor Milcom columns.

 

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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 23 - 29 January 2023

Solar activity was moderate. Region 3192 (N16, L=115, class/area,  Fki/420 on 18 Jan) produced all of the M-class flares during the period. The largest was an M4.6/Sf flare at 25/1011 UTC. Additional events from Region 3192 included an M1.3/Sf flare at 25/1701 UTC, an M2.0 flare at 25/2235 UTC, and an M2.8 flare at 26/1306 UTC. Region 3192 rotated around the west limb on 26 January. There was a combined total of four M-class flares during the period, all at the R1 (Minor) level, and all from Region 3192. 

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 reporting period. 

Geomagnetic field activity was at quiet to unsettled levels. Unsettled levels were observed on 23, 25-28 January, with quiet conditions on 24 and 29 January. Slightly enhanced field conditions were influenced by multiple, positive-polarity CH HSSs. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 30 January - 25 February 2023

Solar activity is expected to be low, with a slight chance for M-class flare activity (R1-R2) on 30 Jan - 02 Feb. Solar activity is likely to reach moderate levels with the return of Region 3184 (S13, L=180) on 03 Feb and remain there throughout the rest of the outlook period, due to the flare potential of numerous returning M and X-class producing regions. 

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 30-31 January in response to recent CH HSS influence. The remainder of the outlook period is expected to be at moderate levels. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to range from quiet to active levels. Active conditions are likely on 02-03, 07-10 February. Unsettled levels are likely on 04, 12-13, 18, and 22-24 February. Increased geomagnetic activity is in response to multiple, recurrent CH HSSs. The remainder of the outlook period is expected to be mostly quiet. 

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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2023 Jan 30     140           5          2
2023 Jan 31     140           5          2
2023 Feb 01     135           5          2
2023 Feb 02     135          12          4
2023 Feb 03     135          12          4
2023 Feb 04     135           8          3
2023 Feb 05     135           5          2
2023 Feb 06     140           5          2
2023 Feb 07     145          12          4
2023 Feb 08     150          12          4
2023 Feb 09     150          15          4
2023 Feb 10     155          12          4
2023 Feb 11     155           5          2
2023 Feb 12     155           8          3
2023 Feb 13     155           8          3
2023 Feb 14     150           5          2
2023 Feb 15     150           5          2
2023 Feb 16     145           5          2
2023 Feb 17     145           5          2
2023 Feb 18     140           8          3
2023 Feb 19     140           7          2
2023 Feb 20     135           5          2
2023 Feb 21     130           5          2
2023 Feb 22     130          10          3
2023 Feb 23     130          10          3
2023 Feb 24     125          10          3
2023 Feb 25     125           5          2
(NOAA)

Friday, January 27, 2023

Shortwave Radiogram schedules

 


Hello friends

In the northern hemisphere, nights are still long enough that our "red-eye" transmission Monday 0800-0830 UTC on 5850 kHz often reaches the western parts of Europe. Sometimes a Stanag military data signal is also on 5850, but the Shortwave Radiogram MFSK32 can sometimes be received around the edges of the Stanag signal. Usually, this 0800 UTC broadcast on 5850 kHz is limited to North America and, occasionally, Hawaii. In Europe, try 5850 while you can.

A video of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 288)  is provided by Scott in Ontario (Friday 1300 UTC). Another interesting video, in German, by DD0UL QTC in Germany, compares the reception and decoding of Shortwave Radiogram using standard AM versus synchronous AM. 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 289, 27-30 January 2023, in MFSK modes as noted:
 
 1:31  MFSK32: Program preview
 2:37  MFSK32: Rare earth elements from coal waste*
 8:46  MFSK64: New potential for ancient mint plants*
13:54  MFSK64: This week's images*
28:36  MFSK32: Closing announcements

* with image(s)

Please send reception reports to radiogram@verizon.net
And visit http://swradiogram.net
Twitter: @SWRadiogram or https://twitter.com/swradiogram (visit during the weekend to see listeners' results)
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/567099476753304
Shortwave Radiogram Gateway Wiki https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Shortwave_Radiogram_Gateway 

Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule
UTC Day UTC Time Frequency Transmitter
Friday 1500-1530 15755 kHz DRM WINB Pennsylvania
Saturday 0330-0400 9265 kHz WINB Pennsylvania
Saturday 2300-2330 7570 kHz WRMI Florida
Monday 0800-0830 5850 kHz WRMI Florida

The Mighty KBC has expanded its transmission schedule. Times are UTC, frequencies are kHz, all from WRMI Florida:
Friday 1100-1200: Eric van Willegen 15770
Saturday 0200-0300: Dave Mason 5850
Saturday 0800-0900: Eric van Willegen 7780
Sunday 0000-0100: Dave Mason 9455
Sunday 0100-0200: Eric van Willegen 9455
Sunday 0200-0300: Eric van Willegen 5850
Sunday 2200-2300: Dave Mason 5950
Sunday 2300-2400: Eric van Willegen 5950
Wednesday 1600-1700: Eric van Willegen 15770
A minute of MFSK64 is at about 30 minutes past the hour on at least some of the Eric van Willigen programs.  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 images 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

Pop Shop Radio from British Columbia, Canada, includes "a whole variety of pop music, such as records from the 1960s and 1970s that were played on Top-40 radio stations not only in North America but also on offshore radio and stations like Radio Luxembourg." The programs now include some MFSK text and an image. Website: popshopradio.ca. Twitter: @popshopradio1  Email: radiopopshop@gmail.com.

Thanks for your reception reports!
Kim

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