Friday, March 23, 2018

Shortwave Radiogram schedule, March 24-25

@Hal_Fi in California produced this short video of the simultaneous decoding of MFSK32 text and an image.

Hello friends,

Most of Europe shifts to summer time on Sunday. The transmission schedule for Shortwave Radiogram remains at the same UTC times, so the broadcast will be one hour later by local time for most listeners in Europe. I am not aware of any frequency changes. However, The Mighty KBC transmission to North America Sunday 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT) will be on new 5960 kHz starting this weekend. The usual minute of MFSK32 will be at about 0130 UTC. IBC will also have some schedule changes (see below).

Last weekend's experiment transmitting MFSK32 text and an image simultaneously went very well. So well, in fact, we will try it again this weekend. This time, I will not reduce the amplitude as much as last week. This might improve the text decode if you are receiving a poor signal. I hope it does not break a transmitter.

The picture and link at the top of this email illustrate the concept of concurrent text and image transmission. A very useful news consumption app, for PCs or for mobile devices, could be MFSK-only, simultaneously decoding text and images, showing one left and the other right, or one top and the other bottom. The app could be used on shortwave or any other radio band.

Also this weekend, we will transmit one news item in MFSK64. This is a faster mode (240 wpm) than our usual MFSK32. The MFSK64 image should exhibit higher resolution.  Both the MFSK64 text and image might be subject to errors if the signal is less than good. If you are unable to decode the text, the original RFA story is here.
Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 40, 24-25 March 2018, all in MFSK32 except where noted:

 1:35  Program preview
 3:05  MFSK64: New "Voice of China" international media group*
10:53  MFSK32: Turkish Media Group to be sold to Erdogan ally**
15:26  SW transmitters for "secure digital communications"*
21:12  Start of spring brings winter weather to Washington DC*
26:39  Closing announcements

* with image(s)

** Image, centered on 2200 Hz, will be transmitted simultaneously with text. Run two instances of Fldigi, or record the broadcast and decode the image later. Another image will follow the text on 1500 Hz.

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Shortwave Radiogram Program 40
(24-25 March 2018)

1600-1630 UTC
9400 kHz
Space Line, Bulgaria
2030-2100 UTC
7780 kHz
9455 kHz?
WRMI Florida
2330-2400 UTC
7780 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 8-10 pm EDT) on 5960 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:

Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC)
Broadcasts in English with MFSK32 during the last five minutes of each
0100-0230 UTC
5950, 7730 kHz
2000-2030 UTC
5845, 6070 kHz
Europe/Middle East/Asia
0100-0130 UTC
9955 kHz
0230-0300 UTC
5985 kHz
0030-0100 UTC
9395 kHz
0130-0200 UTC
5850, 5950, 7780, 9455 kHz
0030-0100 UTC
7730 kHz
1130-1200 UTC
6070 kHz
Europe (25 March only)

Thanks for your reception reports! 


 Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB

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