During the past two weekends, we saw a few examples of the new MFSK wide modes providing an improvement over the conventional MFSK32 and MFSK64. While the tests were mostly inconclusive, we did learn about the performance of the wide modes based on your reports (thank you!). John KL4YFD is using this information to work on different versions of the wide modes. We might be able to try these in future broadcasts.
Videos of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 177) are provided by Scott in Ontario (Saturday 1330) and Jeff in Oklahoma (Sunday 2330 UTC). The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. The analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany.
No experiments this weekend. We will return to our usual format consisting entirely of MFSK32 and MFSK64 text, with eight MFSK64 images.
Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 178, 13-15 November 2020, in MFSK modes as noted:
1:39 MFSK32: Program preview
2:43 Hurricanes lingering longer after landfall
5:58 MFSK64: Science's top 10 erroneous results
14:24 This week's images*
28:34 MFSK32: Closing announcements
* with image(s)
Please send reception reports to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Saturday 0330-0400 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 7-9 pm EST) on 5960 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK is at about 0130 UTC. And look for various modes in the DX Headlines by Peter John, usually in the last half hour. Reports to Eric: email@example.com. See also http://www.kbcradio.eu/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc/.
“This is a Music Show” is the newest addition to digital modes via analog shortwave. Most of the show is a music show, but the host transmits some MFSK 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) and a new time also on WRMI, Wednesdays at 2100-2200 UTC on 7780 kHz (aimed towards Europe) . Also, look for a waterfall ID at the beginning of the show. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.twitter.com/ThisIsAMusicSho/ @ThisIsAMusicSho
New York and Pennsylvania NBEMS nets. Most weekends, as KD9XB, I check in to the New York NBEMS (Narrow Band Emergency Messaging Software) net Saturday at 1300 UTC on 3584 kHz USB, and the Pennsylvania NBEMS net Sunday at 1230 UTC on 3583 kHz USB (with out-of-state check-ins now starting at 1130 UTC). Check-ins are usually in Thor 22, and messages are in MFSK32. Messages generally use the Flmsg add-on to Fldigi. If you are a radio amateur in eastern North America, feel free to check-in. Outside the region, use an SDR in the eastern USA to tune in and decode. You do not need Flmsg to check-in, and most of the messages can be read without Flmsg. If you can decode the net, send me an email to email@example.com, or tweet to @SWRadiogram, and I will let them know you are tuned in. USEast NBEMS Net: Please also note the USEast NBEMS Net, Thursdays 0000 UTC (Wednesdays 7 pm EST) on 3536 kHz USB.
Thanks for your reception reports!
Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB