This Sunday, 28 March, begins the change of clocks to summertime in most of Europe. Because our transmissions on Sunday remain at the same UTC time, most European listeners will hear them one hour later by local time.
Shortwave broadcast stations will also begin their A21 frequency season on Sunday, 28 March. The only Shortwave Radiogram frequency to change will be the WINB DRM transmission, 26 March at 1500-1530 UTC on 13655 kHz but on new 15750 kHz starting 2 April.
Last week's experiments with Flmsg were generally successful. (See, and expand the size of, Roger's compilation.) The reception of fully formatted web pages across oceans was a dramatic touch. Some listeners think that plain text is a better idea on shortwaves because difficult reception can make formatting codes go bad. Let me know your preferences.
A video of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 196) is provided by Scott in Ontario (Friday 1300 UTC). A segment of reception on Japan (Sunday 0800 UTC on 5850 kHz) was recorded by kurama10goo. The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. Analysis (showing all the Flmsg content) is prepared by Roger in Germany.
This weekend the program will contain one Flmsg item: a plain-text form. If you have not set up Flmsg, see instructions in last week's email or this web page from swradiogram.net. If you do not have Flmsg, you will still be able to see the content as text in the Fldigi receive pane. Most of the programs will be non-Flmsg text.
Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 197, 25-28 March 2021, in MFSK modes as noted:
1:52 MFSK32: Program preview
3:00 Shortwave Radiogram schedule information**
5:38 Atomic clocks bring more precise time measurement
9:05 MFSK64: ESA mission to test sat-nav in lunar orbit*
13:40 This week's images*
27:35 MFSK32: Closing announcements
* with image
** Flmsg plain text form (ignore any checksum error)
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)
Shortwave Radiogram Gateway Wiki https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Shortwave_Radiogram_Gateway
Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule
UTC DayUTC Time FrequencyTransmitter
Friday1300-1330 UTC15770 kHzWRMI Florida
Friday1500-1530 UTC13655 kHz DRMWINB Pennsylvania
Saturday0000-0030 UTC9955 kHzWRMI Florida
Saturday0230-0300 UTC9265 kHzWINB Pennsylvania
Saturday1330-1400 UTC15770 kHzWRMI Florida
Sunday0800-0830 UTC5850 kHz
7730 kHzWRMI Florida
Sunday2330-2400 UTC7780 kHzWRMI Florida
The Mighty KBC transmits to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT) on 5960 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK is at about 0130 UTC. Reports to Eric: email@example.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 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) 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 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 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, Wednesdays 2300 UTC (7 pm EDT) on 3536 kHz USB.
Thanks for your reception reports!
Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
Reporting on international broadcasting at https://twitter.com/kaedotcom