This week, after months of planning, preparation, and purchases, three new amateur radio antennas were installed on my roof. They are 1) a 10 and 6 meter vertical, 21 feet (6.4 M) tall, 2) a homebrew 10 and 6-meter fan dipole (horizontal), and 3) an omnidirectional horizontal antenna for 2 meters. These join my three existing antennas: 1) a vertical yagi with three elements each on 2 meters and 70 centimeters, 2) a 40-meter inverted V, and 3) a 160-meter "inverted U" wire antenna that currently tunes on all bands except 160. All six antennas are connected to my one overworked "shack-in-a-box" Yaesu FT897D transceiver.
On 10 meters, my WSPR signals have reached Brazil, French Guiana, Costa Rica, and Hawaii. Not much has happened yet on 6 and 2 meters, except some local and regional FT8 contacts.
Anyway, moving on to the topic of this email: On this weekend's Shortwave Radiogram, we will continue our demonstrations of MFSK in non-Latin alphabets. This time it will be Russian, consisting of a brief excerpt of a news story from VOA Russian. There will also be English news stories in MFSK32 and MFSK64, including ten MFSK64 images.
A video of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 207) is provided by Scott in Ontario (Friday 1300 UTC). The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. An analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany.
Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 208, 10-13 June 2021, in MFSK modes as noted:
1:44 MFSK32: Program preview
2:52 Excerpt of text from VOA Russian
5:24 LightCube satellite will respond to ham signals
8:36 MFSK64: Inflatable sails can help propel cargo ships*
12:14 This week's images*
27:37 MFSK32: Closing announcements
* with an 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)
Shortwave Radiogram Gateway Wiki https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Shortwave_Radiogram_Gateway
Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule
UTC DayUTC Time FrequencyTransmitter
Thursday2330-2400 UTC9265 kHzWINB Pennsylvania
Friday1300-1330 UTC15770 kHzWRMI Florida
Friday1500-1530 UTC15750 DRMWINB Pennsylvania
Saturday0230-0400 UTC9265 kHzWINB Pennsylvania
Saturday1330-1400 UTC15770 kHz WRMI Florida
Sunday0800-0830 UTC5850 kHz 7730 kHzWRMI Florida
Sunday2330-2400 UTC7780 kHz WRMI Florida
The Mighty KBC transmits to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT) on 9925 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-64 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). Also, look for a waterfall ID at the beginning of the show.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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