Sunday, December 31, 2017

Unrest in Iran - VOIRI

VOIRI QSL/Gayle Van Horn Collection

As tensions increase in Iran, Teak Publishing brings you the current schedule from Iran. Follow me on Twitter for additional news briefs @QSLRptMT

Iran warns protestors will 'pay the price' as unrest turns deadly
Tehran (AFP) - Iran warned on Sunday that protesters will "pay the price" after a third night of unrest saw mass demonstrations across the country, two people killed and dozens arrested.
Videos on social media showed thousands marching across the country overnight in the biggest test for the Islamic republic since mass protests in 2009.
They showed demonstrations in Mashhad, Isfahan and many smaller cities but travel restrictions and limited coverage by official media made it difficult to confirm reports.
Iran, Pars Today/VOIRI - updated 31 Dec. 2017

All broadcast daily in UTC
All times UTC

5925   1820-1920 Albanian
7305   1820-1920 Albanian

1224   0000-2400    Arabic
13820   0530-0730  Arabic
13780   0600-0830  Arabic
13820   0830-1430  Arabic
15130   0930-1430  Arabic
7310   1430-1730    Arabic
9655   1430-1730   Arabic
1080   1620-0220   Arabic
6060   1730-0230   Arabic

7370   0130-0600   Arabic "Al-Quds TV"
7380   0230-0530   Arabic "Al-Quds TV"

7425   0320-0420   Arabic "Voice of Palestin"

5945   1620-1720   Armenian
7290   1620-1720   Armenian

936   0000-2400     Azeri

9470   1420-1520  Bengali
9700   1420-1520  Bengali
7375   1620-1650  Bengali

6110   1720-1820  Bosnian

13630   1150-1250 Chinese
13830   1150-1250 Chinese
15310   1150-1250 Chinese
5990   2320-0020   Chinese
6110   2320-0020  Chinese
9490   2320-0020  Chinese

13740   0550-0820 Dari
13740   0920-1150 Dari

9420   1520-1620  English
9585   1520-1620  English
6040   1920-2020  English
11880 1920-2020  English

6135   1820-1920 French

6025   1720-1820  German
7425   1720-1820  German

15360   0550-0650    Hausa
9850     1820-1920    Hausa

9755   0420-0450   Hebrew
11780  0420-0450  Hebrew
15240  1150-1220  Hebrew

5920   1420-1520  Hindi
7375   1420-1520  Hindi
9900   1420-1520  Hindi

15180  1220-1320   Indonesian
15720  1220-1320   Indonesian
17570  1220-1320   Indonesian
17715  1220-1320   Indonesian
5935    2220-2320   Indonesian
6010    2220-2320   Indonesian
7420    2220-2320   Indonesian

6135   1920-1950  Italian
7305   1920-1950  Italian

3830   1050-1150  Japanese
5955   2050-2150  Japanese
6145   2050-2150  Japanese
7425   2050-2150  Japanese

15235   0920-1020  Kazakh
17660   0920-1020  Kazakh

7355   1320-1420   Kurdish

5985   0220-0320   Pashto
6075   0220-0320   Pashto
7230   0220-0320   Pashto
7390   0220-0320   Pashto
13750  1220-1320  Pashto
5935   1620-1720   Pashto

11675   1320-1420  Russian
702   1920-2020      Russian
1449   1920-2020    Russian

6165   0020-0320    Spanish
6180   0020-0320    Spanish
17540   0720-0820  Spanish
17820   0720-0820  Spanish
7360   2020-2120    Spanish

13680   0450-0550  Swahili
15140   0450-0550  Swahili

5950   0050-0220    Tajik
7360   0050-0220    Tajik

11875   0420-0550   Turkish
5925   1550-1720     Turkish

9500   1250-1350    Urdu
5940   1520-1620    Urdu

7445   1450-1550  Uzbek
9810   1450-1550  Uzbek
(AOKI 31 Dec 2017)

Saturday, December 30, 2017

From the Isle of Music & Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules, Dec. 31-Jan. 6

Happy New Year!

From the Isle of Music, December 31–January 6:
Happy New Year! We welcome the new year with a Cuban Dance Party with some of our favorite dance tunes from recent decades.
Four opportunities to listen on shortwave:
1. 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 Kostinbrod, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)
2. 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). This is running on a backup transmitter due to a recent fire.
3 & 4. 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, December 31
Global New Years Party
Episode 43 of Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot will include some new year’s music from several different countries.
Sunday, December 31
2300-2330 UTC (6:00PM -6:30PM Eastern US) on
WBCQ The Planet 7490 KHz shortwave from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe
Reception reports are especially welcome right now due to WBCQ’s recent transmitter fire.

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

Friday, December 29, 2017

Programming schedule from Shortwave Radiogram

Hello friends,
Apologies, especially to North Americans who were awake at an inconvenient hour, for the missing Shortwave Radiogram last Sunday at 0600 UTC on 7730 kHz. The legal difficulties of Brother Stair, a major WRMI client, caused a sudden reduction in the WRMI transmission schedule.

Jeff White at WRMI has kindly offered us Monday at 0800-0830 UTC on 7730 kHz and (for this weekend at least) 5850 kHz. This Monday is a holiday, but when Monday reverts to being a work day, North Americans might want to consider using Audacity’s timer record. Or just leave Fldigi running all night, then read the text and look at the images in the morning.

Please also note that The Mighty KBC is changing frequency this weekend to 6150 kHz for its North America broadcast, UTC Sunday at 0000-0200 UTC. The new frequency replaces 5960 kHz.

 Last weekend’s holiday lights special produced some very nice decoded MFSK32 images from all parts of the world. See the examples above and at the bottom of this email. Additional images have been posted to @SWRadiogram, or . If you missed the broadcast, Scott in Ontario provided this video, suitable for your own decoding.

 This weekend we will transmit images of Happy New Year in the fourteen languages of the Shortwave Radiogram listeners who are currently sending reception reports or reporting decodes to @SWRadiogram. Sorry if I missed anyone’s language. There will be four additional MFSK32 images, for a total of 18!

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 28, 30-31 December 2017, all in MFSK32:

 1:32  Program preview
 2:34  New shortwave broadcast station in Australia*
 7:23  Radio Caroline returns to the airwaves*
12:28  Images of "Happy New Year" in 14 languages*
22:17  Closing announcements*

* with image(s)
Please send reception reports to
And visit
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Shortwave Radiogram Program 28
(30-31 December 2017)

1600-1630 UTC
9400 kHz
Space Line, Bulgaria
2030-2100 UTC
11580 kHz
WRMI Florida
2330-2400 UTC
11580 kHz
WRMI Florida
0800-0830 UTC
7730 kHz
5850 kHz
WRMI Florida

 The Mighty KBC transmits to Europe Saturdays at 1500-1600 UTC on 9400 kHz (via Bulgaria), with the minute of MFSK at about 1530 UTC (if you are outside of Europe, listen via ).  And to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 7-9 pm EST) on new 6150 kHz, via Germany. The minute of MFSK is at about 0130 UTC.  Reports to Eric: . See also and

Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC)  For the complete IBC transmission schedule visit  Five minutes of MFSK32 is at the end of the 30-minute English-language “Shortwave Panorama,” per the schedule below:

To Europe
2025-2030 UTC
1584 kHz (MW)
0325-0330 UTC
1584 kHz
2125-2130 UTC
1584 kHz
1155-1200 UTC
6070 kHz

To the Americas
0125-0130 UTC
11580 kHz

0225-0230 UTC
9955 kHz
0155-0200 UTC
11580 kHz

0055-0100 UTC
7730 kHz

 Thanks for your reception reports! 
Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
Shortwave Radiogram

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Ancient DX Report 1913

Navy NAA spark transmitter Arlington 1913
The greatest tally of wireless development during the year 1913 occurred in the United States, where experimental transmissions and broadcasts took place in several different locations. Successful entrepreneur Charles Herrold in San Jose California continued his daily broadcast of music and speech, and he conducted arc test transmissions between Point Arguello and Mare Island on behalf of the navy; these transmissions were also heard across the continent at the navy wireless station NAA in Virginia.  These transmissions were radiated with 1½ kW on 100 kHz longwave.  He also developed a procedure whereby the frequency emitted by the spark could be adjusted so that it was in tune with the voice and the music.

On February 13, 1913, the navy wireless station NAA  at Arlington Virginia was taken into service, with three transmitters; 2 at 100 kW for international communication, and 1 at 5 kW for local communication. This station became very popular with jewelers across the nation with its daily time signals at noon. It is stated that station NAA was regulating 10,000 clocks across the continental United States. In addition, station 9XB at Beloit College in Wisconsin began the broadcast of daily time signals on February 3; and station 9YR at the St Louis University began the broadcast of daily weather bulletins in Morse Code during this same year.  A phonograph record played in the Metropolitan Wireless Telephone Tower in New York was heard by a wireless listener 225 miles distant.

Large new wireless stations were under construction at Somerset and Belmar in New Jersey, as well as in Bolinas and Marshall in California.  Another huge new wireless station was under construction at Kahuku at the northern tip of the island of Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands. The United States navy is now operating nine wireless stations along the west coast of the United States, plus seven in Alaska, and twenty seven along the east coast and in the Caribbean. 

The first issue of a new wireless a magazine was issued in October (1913).  This new monthly magazine, the Wireless Age, grew out of the old Marconigraph publication. In an experimental demonstration, wireless news in Morse Code was picked up by a railway train traveling at 60 miles an hour.  Wireless towers were erected for this purpose at two locations of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, at Scranton Pennsylvania and Binghamton New York. Youthful amateur radio operators were the first to bring news out of heavily flooded areas of Ohio, in which 1,000 people died and ¼ million were left homeless. At one location, people were crawling along telephone wires in order to escape from their flooded homes.

On the maritime scene, the ship Volturno burned during a storm in mid Atlantic on October 11, and a total of 11 ships responded to the SOS distress signals sent out by Morse wireless.  A total of 521 passengers and crew were safely rescued, though tragically 136 died in their attempts to escape the burning Volturno in lifeboats. Lloyd’s of London stated that their registry showed that 1500 ships were fitted out with Marconi wireless apparatus. The ship Hirondelle was fitted with a strange musical instrument, a wireless piano, that Prince Albert of Monaco demonstrated during a visit to New York. 

Wireless experiments were conducted across the Atlantic between the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the new NAA at Arlington in Virginia.  Sir Ernest Fisk in Sydney Australia founded AWA Amalgamated Wireless of Australia, the equivalent in Australia of RCA in the United States. On April 23, 1913, the International Bureau in Berne Switzerland issued a document outlining the approved initial letters in the English alphabet that may be used to identify wireless stations throughout the world.  Great Britain was allocated the initial letters B G and M, Italy was granted the letter I, and Japan the letter J.

New Zealand closed the wireless station on top of the Post Office in Wellington in favor of a new station above the hills of Wellington, and they installed the used equipment on distant Chatham Island under the call sign VLC.
(AWR-Wavescan/NWS 460)
photo/Wikimedia Commons

Abandoned Radio Stations

Rugby Radio
Thank you to Wavescan, for sharing their show script

In our program today, we present Part 3 in our mini-series on Abandoned Radio Stations, and this time we examine the story about four major shortwave stations; in Wales, Holland, Ukraine and Australia.  Let’s go to Wales first.

Back in the early part of World War 2 in the middle of the last century, hurried plans were developed for the construction of an important communication station as a back up for the larger and more important Rugby Radio.  The huge wireless a station at Rugby was taken into service in 1925, and at the height of its massive capability, it contained more than 30 transmitters, mostly shortwave, though the superpower very low frequency longwave transmitter was capable of communicating with submarines almost anywhere.  There were times also, when Rugby Radio carried a relay of BBC radio programming on shortwave for rebroadcast and for direct listening in overseas countries.

During the stressful years of World War 2, the British authorities determined to build a backup station for Rugby Radio in England and a location in a lonely area near Criggion, across the border in Wales, was chosen.  The Criggion station also contained shortwave and longwave transmitters together with a massive aerial and counterpoise system that was attached to a nearby high hill. 

The three tall towers installed at Criggion were originally slated for erection at the British navy communication station at Trincomalee Sri Lanka, but because of the high priority for Criggion they were diverted to the location in Wales.  As we know, Trincomalee was subsequently taken over by Deutsche Welle for their Asian relay station, and it is now operated by SLBC, the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.  There are times when this program, Wavescan, is on relay from SLBC Trincomalee.   

Criggion Radio began service on shortwave in July 1942, and the station was declared redundant in 2003, due mainly to the availability of satellite communication.  Useful electronic equipment was removed and installed elsewhere, and since then the station has lain vacant and abandoned.  
 Weeds abound everywhere, the interior of the main transmitter building has been trashed and broken, though it still stands strong and solid.  A total of some 10 auxiliary buildings are in the same condition, and the BBC declares that the station has been abandoned and left to rot.

Over the other side of the North Sea in the country of Holland, there is another high profile radio station that has been closed and abandoned.  Radio Netherlands Worldwide RNW began the usage in 1985 of its huge shortwave station at Flevo, on ground that had earlier been reclaimed from the sea. 
 At the height of its usefulness, RNW Flevo contained 1 transmitter at 100 kW and 4 at 500 kW, though the power of the 500 kW transmitters could be stepped down if desired.  There were 17 curtain antennas for overseas coverage and 2 for local coverage in Europe.

Radio Netherlands Flevo was closed in 2007, and the usable electronic equipment, including the 5 shortwave transmitters, was all removed.  These days, the transmitter building and all of the tall self supporting antenna towers remain on site, unused and abandoned.  This massive shortwave station can still be seen on Google Earth, impressively sited in the midst of serenely cultivated farm lands.
 Let’s go over to the Ukraine now, to the site of what was a woodpecker over the horizon radar station.  It all still stands there, quite near to the disastrous and abandoned nuclear generation plant at Chernobyl. 

It will be remembered that there was a catastrophic nuclear accident at Chernobyl in 1986 that destroyed a nuclear reactor from which radio active fallout spread out across Europe.  This disastrous event is by far the worst nuclear accident in the history of the world.

Still standing nearby, though bereft and abandoned, is a massive radio station that defies imagination for its size; it was known as the Woodpecker.  This radio station transmitted super-powered shortwave signals in the form of over the horizon radar transmissions, which caused a havoc of interference in the international shortwave broadcasting bands. 

Duga 3
Known in Russian terminology as Duga 3, the Woodpecker station near Chernobyl was constructed in 1976 and it required a total staff of 1500 personnel.  The gigantic antenna system stands 1,000 feet tall and it is described as a photographic wonder.  The total radio frequency output was estimated at around 10 MW (megawatts).  This station was declared redundant in 1989 and closed, and abandoned.

And for our fourth abandoned radio station in our program today, we visit down under to the continent of Australia.  Lying close to the Pacific coast in North Queensland is the small town of Brandon, and just three miles north of Brandon at the intersection of three roads (Jack, Colevale and Gordon), lies an ABC mediumwave and shortwave broadcasting station. 

The Brandon property in the flat sugar cane country was acquired in 1958 and the 50 kW mediumwave station 4QN (630 kHz) was transferred from Clevedon and rebuilt further south at Brandon.  Then 31 years later (1989), two 10 kW STC transmitters from the closed shortwave station at Lyndhurst in Victoria were installed with 4QN at Brandon. 

The original intention was that subsequently two shortwave transmitters at 100 kW would be co-installed at the Brandon radio station.  However, instead a third 10 kW transmitter from Lyndhurst was installed at Brandon (1999), and a few more years (2006), all three STC transmitters were replaced by two 20 kW DRM RIZ transmitters from Croatia.  However, 9 years later again (2015), the shortwave service from Brandon was abruptly and unceremoniously closed.

The Brandon radio station is owned and operated by Broadcast Australia and it is an unattended relay station that carries the programming from the government operated ABC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  The medium wave station 4QN is still on the air at this location to this day, but the shortwave transmitters lie silent, and the two curtain antennas stand unused.  However, even though the shortwave facility has been abandoned and is no longer in use, yet the outward appearance of the facility seems to indicate that it is all still in good condition
(AWR-Wavescan/NWS 460)

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins

Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2017 Dec 25 0211 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact
#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 18 - 24 December 2017

Solar activity was at very low levels throughout the period. Region 2692 (N18, L=087, class/area=Eai/160 on 24 Dec) was the only active region with sunspots this period and produced multiple low and mid-level B-class flares throughout the week. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed. No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit reached high levels on 18-23 Dec with moderate levels observed on 24 December.

Geomagnetic field activity reached active levels early on 18 Dec in response to the influence of a recurrent, positive polarity CH HSS. Quiet to unsettled conditions were observed on 19 and 23-24 Dec and generally quiet conditions were observed throughout the remainder of the week under a nominal solar wind regime.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 25 December - 20 January 2018

Solar activity is expected to persist at very low levels throughout the 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 26-30 Dec, 02-06 and 14-19 Jan. Normal and normal to moderate greater than 2 MeV electron flux values are expected throughout the remainder of the forecast period.  Geomagnetic field activity is likely to reach G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels on 01 and 13 Jan with active levels expected on 25 Dec and 02, 08, 14 and 20 Jan under the influences of multiple, recurrent CH HSSs. Quiet and quiet to unsettled conditions are expected throughout the remainder of the forecast period.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2017 Dec 25 0211 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact
#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2017-12-25
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2017 Dec 25      75          12          4
2017 Dec 26      75           8          3
2017 Dec 27      75           5          2
2017 Dec 28      75           5          2
2017 Dec 29      75           5          2
2017 Dec 30      74           5          2
2017 Dec 31      72          10          3
2018 Jan 01      72          25          5
2018 Jan 02      72          15          4
2018 Jan 03      72          10          3
2018 Jan 04      72           5          2
2018 Jan 05      72           5          2
2018 Jan 06      72           5          2
2018 Jan 07      72          10          3
2018 Jan 08      72          12          4
2018 Jan 09      72           6          2
2018 Jan 10      72           5          2
2018 Jan 11      72           5          2
2018 Jan 12      72           5          2
2018 Jan 13      74          22          5
2018 Jan 14      75          16          4
2018 Jan 15      75           6          2
2018 Jan 16      75           5          2
2018 Jan 17      75           5          2
2018 Jan 18      75           5          2
2018 Jan 19      75           5          2
2018 Jan 20      75          12          4

Frequency updates

All times UTC

The Mighty KBC Radio
Effective: 31 December 2017
0000-0200 on  5960 NAU 125 kW / 300 deg to ENAm English Sun on Dec.24
0000-0200 on  6150 NAU 125 kW / 300 deg to ENAm English Sun from Dec.31

Radio Liberty via Biblis, Germany
1600-1700 9490 BIB 100 kW / 075 deg to CeAs Uzbek, ex 12055

KTWR Trans World Radio Asia:
1215-1315 12160 TWR 100 kW / 290 deg to SoAs, ex 11695 as follows
1215-1315 Assamese Mon-Fri & Kokborok Mon-Fri; 1230-1300 English Sat
1300-1315 Nepali Sat; 1245-1300 Kokborok Sun; 1300-1315 Manipuri Sun

Radio Marti
Additional frequency listed HFCC
2300-2400 on  7355 GB  250 kW / 184 deg to Cuba Spanish
0000-0700 on  7355 GB  250 kW / 183 deg to Cuba Spanish
1000-1400 on  7355 GB  250 kW / 183 deg to Cuba Spanish

Voice of America via Tinang/Udorn/Sao Tome
1330-1430 9580 PHT 250 kW / 270 deg to SEAs Khmer, additional frequency
1430-1530 15450 PHT 250 kW / 283 deg to SEAs Burmese, ex 17680
1730-1800 11695 UDO 250 kW / 276 deg to EaAf Oromo Mon-Fri, ex 11830
1800-1900 11695 UDO 250 kW / 276 deg to EaAf Amharic, ex 11830
1900-1930 11695 SAO 100 kW / 076 deg to EaAf Tigrigna Mon-Fri, ex 11830
2200-2230  7590 PHT 250 kW / 270 deg to SEAs Khmer, ex 7460
(SWL DXing)