Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Announcement for experimental license


According to Experimental News #8, the FCC has granted a license and construction permit to Amberwell LLC to transmit data in 15 frequency segments between 7490 and 14520 kHz with the experimental license WN2XKQ. 

Among the special conditions, WN2XKQ is not to cause interference with any existing service. Power will be 24kW and this experimental license will expire on March 1, 2025. 
Bill Smith, Douglas, MA

Guam's KSDA announces tower maintenance due to typhoon damage


During this A23 season (summer 2023) some towers on KSDA are on maintenance (two antennas are down), through the typhoon, and the other two antennas were damaged.

We could broadcast only with one antenna. We hope next weekend we can be on the air and run our regular schedule as it was before.

The latest monitored KSDA schedule is in

- Jose Jacob, India Official Monitor, AWR
(Mike Terry/BDXC)
(edited by Teak Publishing for clarity)

Update on TalkSport closures


Thanks to David Morris for confirming that the Bournemouth transmitter of TalkSport has now closed. I understand that the 4 transmitters which TalkSport has permission to close (all on 1053 kHz) should be switched off on or around today i.e. Dumfries (10 kW); Hull (1kW); Fern Barrow

(Bournemouth 1kW); Greenside Scalp (Dundee 1kW)

This still leaves 5 TalkSport transmitters on 1053 kHz including high power at Droitwich.
(Dave Kenny/BDXC)

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Last transmission of Radio Angela


WBCQ's  Radio Angela, which began broadcasting a little over a year ago, was a bold experiment in quality programming.  It carried world music (including the last Greek music on shortwave after Greece itself stopped broadcasting on the sw bands), great literature read aloud, new music releases by independent artists, some of the best vintage music on any radio band, science, and comedy. It avoided the political and religious programming about which so many shortwave listeners love to complain but which are also the bread and butter that keeps most private shortwave stations alive. The production standards were frequently nearly public radio quality even when not sourced from public radio. We also brought several new voices from around the world onto the shortwave bands who had never been there before. 
It was known from day one that its long-term success would depend upon attracting an adequate amount of both listener contributions and program buyers outside of regular core hours.
Critically and artistically, Radio Angela was a great success, and many thanks to all who gave us public and/or private support of any kind.  Financially,  however, this has not proven to be viable.  The airtime buyers didn't come, and neither did enough donors.  Consequently, Radio Angela's last transmission as Radio Angela will be May 31 (June 1 0200-0412 UTC). 

Some individual programs are likely to continue in some form on the WBCQ grid, my own individual flagship programs (From the Isle of Music and Uncle Bill's Melting Pot) will be going on hiatus for a least a month, possibly longer,  on both 5130 and 7490, and my other shows will be discontinued altogether.   This is a purely financial matter, and if we could find a nice wealthy philanthropist who loves shortwave, perhaps this wouldn't need to happen. 

This is hardly the first quality venture on radio or tv to end this way - Radio Angela had more weekly broadcasts than the original Outer Limits television series to name but one example and  the roads of radio generally are littered with the corpses of worthy broadcasting concepts and stillborn projects.  My thanks to Angela and Allan Weiner for going out on a limb and backing the project,  to all the content providers for their hard work and excellence, to the technical staff, some of whom are no longer with us, and to those of you who cared that we were on the air. 

Those who lament the religious and political programming that keep private shortwave stations alive are welcome to consider us a case study in what is likely to happen without those dollars.   I obviously lack the right answer, but I have learned a great deal about the right questions. 

William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer
Tilford Productions, LLC
809 S. 20th ST
Lafayette, IN 47905-1551
phone: 773.267.6548

LRA36 upcoming broadcast

LRA36 Antarctica is set to broadcast on Wednesday (May 31) and Saturday (June 2) at 1800 UTC on 15476 kHz.

BBC Radio 4 begins information campaign to transition listeners from Long Wave

Published: 11:30 am, 29 May 2023
Updated: 11:24 am, 28 May 2023
BBC Radio 4 begins an information campaign to transition listeners from Long Wave 

The BBC has begun an information campaign to help transition listeners of Radio 4 Long Wave (LW) to alternative BBC platforms. 

This follows the announcement in May 2022 that the BBC is to stop scheduling separate content for Radio 4 LW in anticipation of the closure of the LW platform, owned and operated by a third party, which is coming to the end of its life as a technology. 

Radio 4 LW is starting to run targeted on-air trails from today, giving listeners plenty of advance notice of the coming changes.   

All programmes on Radio 4 LW -  Shipping Forecast, Daily Service, Yesterday in Parliament and Test Match Special – will continue to be available on other BBC platforms. 

Digital listening has grown significantly over the past decade as the range of alternatives has become easier to switch to, and listeners are increasingly accessing content elsewhere on the BBC. The audiences for Radio 4 LW are small, but we know there are some who still tune in on LW for their favourite programmes. 

The BBC is working with key organisations so that specific audiences will be notified how they can switch to other BBC platforms to hear programmes between now and the end of Radio 4 LW separate scheduling in March 2024. 

The Shipping Forecast will cease to be broadcast four times a day, and will instead be available via the Radio 4 FM simulcast twice a day (weekdays) and three times a day (weekends) as well as on DAB and BBC Sounds. 

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts

:Issued: 2023 May 29 0142 UTC
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 22 - 28 May 2023

Solar activity was at low to moderate level. Region 3311 (N18, L=274, class/area=Eai/470 on 24 May) produced the strongest event of the period, an M3 (R1 - Minor) flare at 23/1213 UTC. Three other, smaller, M-class events were also produced by the region on 22 May and 24 May. Regions 3315 (S17, L=235, class/area=Ekc/800 on 28 May) and 3312 (S23, L=262, class/area=Cri/070 on 22 May) also produced M-class activity. The remaining 8 numbered active regions on the visible disk were either quiet or only produced C-class events during the reporting period. 

Other activity included Type II radio sweeps on 22, 23 and 27 May; however, none of the events were associated with ejecta that was suspected to be Earth-directed. 

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit reached high levels during the entire week due higher levels of geomagnetic activity followed by sustained elevated solar wind speeds. 

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels. G1 levels were observed on 22 May as transient influence transitioned in influence from a negative polarity CH HSS. As the HSS continued, active conditions on 23 May
further decreased to unsettled levels over 24-25 May. As solar wind speeds returned to nominal levels on 26-27 May, the geomagnetic field responded with quiet conditions. A minor increase to unsettled conditions was observed on 28 May following prolonged periods of southward Bz. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 29 May - 24 June 2023

Solar activity is likely to be at low to moderate levels (R1-R2 Minor-Moderate) throughout the outlook period due to several complex regions on the visible disk and the anticipated return of several regions that have produced moderate-level activity returning from the far side of the Sun. 

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to range from moderate to high levels. High levels are likely on 03-05 May, 04-10 Jun, and 19-24 Jun in response to elevated wind speeds from multiple, recurrent CH HSSs. The remainder
of the outlook, period is likely to be at moderate levels. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to range from quiet to (Minor) geomagnetic storm conditions. G1 conditions are likely on 02 Jun and 18 Jun; active conditions are likely on 29 May, 03-04 Jun, and 19-20 Jun; unsettled conditions are likely on 30 May, 05-06 Jun, and 21 Jun. All elevated levels of geomagnetic field activity are a response to multiple, recurrent CH HSSs. Quiet conditions are expected for the remainder of the outlook period. 

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# Product description and SWPC web contact
#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2023-05-29
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2023 May 29     150          12          4
2023 May 30     145          10          3
2023 May 31     140           5          2
2023 Jun 01     135           5          2
2023 Jun 02     130          15          5
2023 Jun 03     130          12          4
2023 Jun 04     130          15          4
2023 Jun 05     130          10          3
2023 Jun 06     130           8          3
2023 Jun 07     130           5          2
2023 Jun 08     130           5          2
2023 Jun 09     130           5          2
2023 Jun 10     130           5          2
2023 Jun 11     130           5          2
2023 Jun 12     135           5          2
2023 Jun 13     140           5          2
2023 Jun 14     143           5          2
2023 Jun 15     145           5          2
2023 Jun 16     150           5          2
2023 Jun 17     155           5          2
2023 Jun 18     155          22          5
2023 Jun 19     155          15          4
2023 Jun 20     155          12          4
2023 Jun 21     150          10          3
2023 Jun 22     150           5          2
2023 Jun 23     150           5          2
2023 Jun 24     150           5          2

Sunday, May 28, 2023

"All five antennas at KTWR Guam receive damage due to typhoon Mawar"


From TWR
"Typhoon Mawar has left Guam. Thankfully, TWR staff and their families stayed safe. However, damage to the facilities of KTWR, our shortwave station on the island, was worse than originally believed. All five antennas sustained damage. Your continued prayers are appreciated."
(photo via KTWR)

Additional information will be posted as it is received at Teak Publishing

Friday, May 26, 2023

Shortwave Radiogram program schedules


Hello friends

Daz Man in Australia has produced YouTube videos about the Shortwave Radiogram experiment with EasyDRF, May 11-16. See Part 1 and Part 2. Thanks to Daz for producing the EasyDRF programs, and the videos about them.

As we approach the summer solstice, reception can be difficult on some of our frequencies that prefer paths of darkness. Examples would include Saturday 2300 UTC on 7570 kHz and Tuesday 1430 UTC on kHz. Try them anyway. They are a good test for our robust MFSK32 text. Or visit SDRs such as  to receive via more favorable locations, including the southeast USA for some of the WRMI frequencies.

A video of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program 305)  is provided by Scott in Ontario (Friday 1300 UTC). The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. The analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 306, 25-30 May 2023, in MFSK modes as noted:
 1:40  MFSK32: Program preview
 2:45  MFSK32: High-speed orbital data using lasers
 6:56  MFSK64: Tonga volcano disrupted satellite communications
11:02  MFSK64: This week's images
28:39  MFSK32: Closing announcements

Please send reception reports to

Twitter: @SWRadiogram or (visit during the weekend to see listeners' results)

Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule
UTC Day UTC Time Frequency Transmitter

Friday 0530-0600 7780 kHz WRMI Florida
Friday 1300-1330 15770 kHz WRMI Florida
Friday 1400-1430 15735 kHz DRM WINB Pennsylvania
Saturday  0230-0300 9265 kHz WINB Pennsylvania
Saturday  2300-2330 7570 kHz WRMI Florida
Monday 0800-0830 5850 kHz WRMI Florida
Tuesday 1430-1500 9955 kHz WRMI Florida

The Mighty KBC has expanded its transmission schedule. Times are UTC, frequencies are kHz, all from WRMI Florida:
Sunday 0000-0100: Dave Mason 9455
Sunday 0100-0200: Eric van Willegen 9455
Sunday 0200-0300: Eric van Willegen 5850
Sunday 2100-2200: Dave Mason 5950
Sunday 2200-2300: Eric van Willegen 5950
Wednesday 1600-1700: Eric van Willegen 15770
Friday 1100-1200: Eric van Willegen 15770
Saturday 0200-0300: Dave Mason 5850
Saturday 0800-0900: Eric van Willegen 7780
A minute of MFSK64 is at about 30 minutes past the hour on at least some of the Eric van Willigen programs.  Reports to Eric: . See also and 

“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.    @ThisIsAMusicSho

Pop Shop Radio from British Columbia, Canada, includes "a whole variety of pop music, such as records from the 1960s and 1970s that were played on Top-40 radio stations not only in North America but also on offshore radio and stations like Radio Luxembourg." The programs now include some MFSK text and an image. Website: Twitter: @popshopradio1  Email:

Thanks for your reception reports!

Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
Shortwave Radiogram
Reporting on international broadcasting at 

Monday, May 22, 2023

WRMI - Summer Schedule Update


Updated grid for summer, 12 May edition including color grid programming information available at:

All times UTC

0000-0100 5010ca 5050ca 5800ca 5850na 5950na 7570na 7730na 9955sa
0100-0200 5050ca 5800ca 5950na 7570na 7730na 7780ca 15770eu
0200-0300       5010ca    5050ca    5800sa    5950na    7570na     7730na     7780ca    9455na    
                        9955sa    15770eu
0300-0400       5010ca    5050ca    5800sa    5850na     5950na     7570na    7730na    9395na    
                        9455na    9955sa    15770eu
0400-0500 5010ca 5850na 7570na 7730na 7780ca 9395na 9455na 9955sa
0500-0600 5010ca 5850na 7570na 7730na 9395na 9455na 9955sa 15770eu
0600-0700 5010ca 5850na 7570na 7730na 7780ca 9395na 9455na 9955sa
0700-0800 5010ca 5850na 7570na 7730na 7780ca 9395na 9455na 9955sa
0800-0900 7570na 7730na 7780ca 9395na 9455na 9955sa 15770eu
0900-1000 5010ca 5850na 7570na 7730na 7780ca 9395na 9455na 9955sa
1000-1100 5010ca 7570na 7730na 7780ca 9395na 9455na 15770eu
1100-1200 5010ca 5850na 7570na 7780ca 9395na 9455na
1200-1300 5010ca 7570na 7730na 7780ca 9395na 9455na 15770eu
1300-1400 5010ca 5850na 7570na 7780ca 9355na 9455na
1400-1500 5010ca 5850na 7570na 7730na 7780ca 9395na 9455na 15770eu
1500-1600 5010ca 5850na 7570na 7730na 7780ca 9395na 9455na 9955sa
1600-1700 7730na 9395na 9455na 17790sa
1700-1800 7730na 9395na 9455na 15770eu 17790sa
1800-1900 7730na 9395na 9455na 15770eu 17790sa
1900-2000 7730na 9395na 9455na 15770eu 17790sa
2000-2100 9395na 9455na 17790eu
2100-2200 5950na 7730na 9455na
2200-2300 5050ca 5800ca 5850na 5950na 7730na 9455na 15770eu
2300-0000 5050ca 5800ca 5850na 7570na 7730na 9455na 15770eu
(WRMI/Teak Publishing/22 May 2023)

Target Areas:
ca Central America
eu Europe
na North America
sa South America

"Ifrikya FM" from Algeria active on shortwave

Ifrikya FM - Algeria


Ifrikya FM
On 03 May 2023, Ifrikya FM was launched and is being broadcast on Radio Algérienne’s shortwave transmitters in Béchar and Ouragla. Programs broadcast in Arabic, Bambara, Hausa, and Targui.

The Arabic schedule for Summer A-23 via HFCC registrations and monitored as:
All times UTC / broadcast daily
Béchar transmitter
0000-0100 13590
0100-0200 13590
0200-0300 13590
0300-0400 9470
0400-0500 9470
0500-0600 9470
0600-0700 15110
0700-0800 15110
0800-0900 15110
0900-1000 17600
1000-1100 17600
1100-1200 21550
1200-1300 21550
1300-1400 21550
1400-1500 21550
1500-1600 21550
1600-1700 21550
1700-1800 21550
1800-1900 17600
1900-2000 17600
2000-2100 17600
2100-2200 13590
2200-2300 13590
2300-0000 13590

Ouargla transmitter
All times UTC / broadcast daily
0000-0100 13790
0100-0200 13790
0200-0300 13790
0300-0400 13790
0400-0500 13790
0500-0600 13790
0600-0700 13790
0700-0800 13790
0800-0900 13790
1800-1900 15160
1900-2000 15160
2000-2100 15160
2100-2200 13790
2200-2300 13790
2300-0000 13790
(It is presumed that the Ouargla transmitter is off the air between 0900-1800 UTC)

Ifrikya FM has its own programs from 1800-2300 UTC when Holy Quran 
Radio is aired within its schedule. This has been confirmed by monitoring their live streams and is available of YouTube
(portions of information via BDXC Africa on Shortwave and edited for clarity by Teak Publishing)

 11 May 2023 posting:

ALGIERS - "Ifrikya FM", a new radio station that will broadcast its programs to all African countries, was launched on Wednesday, further strengthening the Algerian media landscape.

his new radio station was launched on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day at a ceremony attended by members of the government and directors of media establishments.

Speaking on this occasion, the Minister of Communication, Mohamed Bouslimani highlighted the importance of the diversity of the media landscape in Algeria, through "the launch of new thematic television channels which have recently strengthened the media landscape, and the launch today of a new radio station dedicated to African issues".

Concerning "Ifrikya FM", Mr. Bouslimani indicated that this radio station "will share all the questions with the Africans, in particular in the political, sporting and cultural fields".

Logging observations of  Ifrikya FM - 2300-0400 UTC on 13790 and 13590 kHz. Additional logs will be forthcoming. 

Grand Slam DX Challenge !!

Press Release:
DX Central
3433 Highway 190, #133
Mandeville, LA 70471

For Release: Friday, May 5th at 8pm CDT 

DX Central Announces Inaugural Grand Slam DX Challenge

Chances are, if you ask a DXer how they began their love of DX, many will tell you it all began by searching through the static for the unmistakable sounds of baseball.
Radio and baseball have been intrinsically tied together since the early days of both. In fact, radio broadcasts of baseball games, long before the days of television, are what helped to turn it into “America’s National Pastime.”

It is with that history in mind that we are pleased to announce the inaugural Grand Slam DX Challenge.

Originating from an idea between DX Central’s Loyd Van Horn (W4LVH) and Sean Kutzko (KX9X), the Grand Slam DX Challenge (GSDXC) once again honors the link between radio and baseball by challenging hobbyists to log as many radio stations, from as many Major League Baseball teams, as possible during the MLB regular season.

“I knew I wanted to have some sort of challenge,” says Van Horn. “I just wasn’t sure exactly what or how that would work. Then Sean came to me with the idea of doing something around the baseball season and I thought ‘that’s genius!’”

The notion of tying America’s game with DXing came naturally to Kutzko.

“My love for baseball goes back probably on par with the same time that I got interested in AM DXing as a really, really small kid,” says Kutzko. “[The challenge] is a multi-month event focused around the two greatest things that I spend my time with which is radio and baseball.”
To help turn this idea into reality, Kutzko brought his experience building the ARRL’s National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) program in 2016 for the amateur radio community. In addition, Kutzko and Van Horn teamed up with Mike Leary (K7MSO), an experienced web developer and radio hobbyist, who volunteered his time and skills to the project.

The premise is simple: a participant should try to receive as many stations - and from as many different Major League Baseball teams - as possible. The broadcasts must be from the team-sanctioned radio network broadcast (national broadcasts from networks such as ESPN, Westwood One, etc. do not count).

There are nine entry categories that a participant can choose from and include AM only, FM only or both AM and FM submissions.

Submissions for the challenge will be through the challenge Web site: The full rules and scoring system for the challenge are also available on the same site.

It is important to note that this inaugural edition of the challenge is a true beta version. Feedback from the community will be critical for resolving any defects or making any improvements for future iterations of the challenge.

“I just hope that this is something people will really be able to enjoy, perhaps even remind them of why they fell in love with radio in the first place,” says Van Horn. “With the Sporadic Es season coming for FM and the unique propagation opportunities that often occur during summer on AM, there should be plenty here to keep DXers glued to their radios throughout the summer!”

Additional Attachments: Logo and an additional image for use

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2023 May 22 0229 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 15 - 21 May 2023

Solar activity varied from low to high levels. Region 3310 (S20, L=284, class/area=Cko/320 on 19 May) produced the strongest flare of the period, an M9.6 (R2-Moderate) flare at 16/1643 UTC before it fully rotated on to the visible disk from the SE limb. Of the 23 M-class flares (R1-R2 Minor-Moderate) recorded during the period, Region 3311 (N18, L=271, class/area=Ekc/420) was responsible for 21 of them, the largest of which was an M8.9 (R2) flare at 20/1235 UTC. Although the region was the most magnetically complex of the 18 numbered active regions observed on the visible disk during the reporting period, it was in a decaying trend by 21 May. 

Other activity included Type II radio sweeps at 16/1731 UTC and 17/1522 UTC, two Tenflares on 20 May, and a filament eruption alongside a CME-producing C4.3/Sf flare at 17/1530 UTC from Region 3309 (S18, L=052, class/area=Cro/020). The subsequent CME signatures in the coronagraph were analyzed and modeled with anticipated effects at Earth suggested late on 21 May. 

No proton events were observed in geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was mostly at the background to moderate levels over the reporting period. 

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to G2 (Moderate) geomagnetic storm levels. Quiet to unsettled levels were observed on 15-16 May and decreased to only quiet levels until of late on 19 May. Active levels were observed during the last synoptic period of 19 May and increased to G2 (Moderate) geomagnetic storm levels early on 20 May. Total magnetic field strength increased to a peak of 21 nT and Bz reached as far south as -17 nT during what appeared to be a CIR, with possible embedded transient, ahead of a negative polarity CH HSS. Bz was persistently southward during the first half 20 May but rotated northward just before midday. With the northward rotation, geomagnetic activity decreased to unsettled to active conditions. On 21 May, another enhancement in the solar wind from an expected CME that left the Sun on 17 May was observed which again resulted in G2 (Moderate) geomagnetic storm levels through the end of the reporting period. With the second enhancement, solar wind speeds increased to between 500-600 km/s and total magnetic field strength briefly reached 13 nT, while the Bz component was observed as far south as -10 nt. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 22 May - 17 June 2023

Solar activity is expected to be at moderate to high, with a chance for very high, though 30 May, until Region 3311 rotates around the western limb or decays sufficiently to lower its flare potential. Low to moderate solar activity is expected for the remainder of the outlook period. 

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be high levels from 22 May - 02 Jun in response to recently elevated geomagnetic activity followed by enhanced solar wind from coronal hole influence over the next 6 days. Flux levels
are likely to return to moderate levels from 03-17 Jun. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to range from quiet to G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels. G1 conditions are likely on 22 May due to persistent transient influence and 23-24 May in response to negative polarity coronal hole influence. Active conditions are anticipated on 02 Jun and 16 Jun with unsettled conditions likely on 25-26 May, 03-05 Jun, and 17 Jun due to multiple recurrent coronal holes. The remainder of the outlook period is likely to be at mostly quiet levels. 

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# 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 2023-05-22
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2023 May 22     160          22          5
2023 May 23     155          18          5
2023 May 24     150          22          5
2023 May 25     155          15          3
2023 May 26     155          10          3
2023 May 27     160           5          2
2023 May 28     160           5          2
2023 May 29     160           5          2
2023 May 30     155           5          2
2023 May 31     155           5          2
2023 Jun 01     150           5          2
2023 Jun 02     155          16          4
2023 Jun 03     155           8          3
2023 Jun 04     155          10          3
2023 Jun 05     160           8          3
2023 Jun 06     165           5          2
2023 Jun 07     160           5          2
2023 Jun 08     155           5          2
2023 Jun 09     150           5          2
2023 Jun 10     145           5          2
2023 Jun 11     145           5          2
2023 Jun 12     150           5          2
2023 Jun 13     155           5          2
2023 Jun 14     155           5          2
2023 Jun 15     160           5          2
2023 Jun 16     165          12          4
2023 Jun 17     165          10          3

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Encore Classical Music schedules from Radio Tumbril


Regular Broadcast times of Encore are:

02:00 - 03:00 UTC Friday 5850 kHz WRMI to US
10:00 - 11:00 UTC Saturday 6070 AND 9670 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
01:00 - 02:00 UTC Sunday 7730 & 5850 kHz WRMI to Europe US and Canada
16:00 – 17:00 UTC Sunday 9670 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
21:00 - 22:00 UTC Sunday 3955 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
02:00 - 03:00 UTC Monday 5950 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada
13:00 - 14:00 UTC Tuesday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe, the east coast of the US, and Iceland. (Touch of seasonal RTTY on the lower sideband. Suggest notch out or use USB.)
19:00 – 20:00 UTC Friday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
Some Things to see on The Encore Website:
The Encore website is where you will find:
Important information about the funding of Encore - Radio Tumbril.
Up-to-date transmission times and frequencies.
The playlists for the most recent programs.
An email link.
Informal reception reports as well as those requesting eQSL cards are welcome.
Upcoming program playlists are available on the Encore website.
There will be some delay in answering emails and sending eQSL cards for reception reports.
A very good site for online SDR receivers all over the world is:  Click the 'Map' button in the top left of the screen.
Thank you for spreading the word about Encore - Classical Music on Shortwave on Radio Tumbril - and thank you for your support.
Brice Avery - Encore - Radio Tumbril - 

Friday, May 19, 2023

20th Edition of the Global Radio Guide (Summer 2023) Now Available


Press Release:                                                                         

Teak Publishing Company 

P.O. Box 297

Brasstown NC 28902


For Immediate Release                                                                                 Thursday, May 4, 2023


20th Edition of the Global Radio Guide (Summer 2023) Now Available


While the world looks on in awe at dazzling displays of the aurora, reaching ever closer to our planet’s equator, radio hobbyists are equally excited at the impacts our sun’s increased activity has had on the radio spectrum.

From enhanced propagation on the higher HF bands to more frequent auroral activity on mediumwave and even hobbyists tuning in to the ionosphere itself through ‘natural radio’, Solar Cycle 25 is proving to be quite the motivator for radio hobbyists to reach for their radios. 

 If you want to know where and how to tune in, Gayle Van Horn’s (W4GVH) Amazon bestselling Global Radio Guide (now in its 20th edition for the Summer of 2023) as it has all the details to make sure you miss none of the action. 

 Larry Van Horn (N5FPW) helps break down exactly what the increased solar activity means for radio listeners on high-frequency (HF) shortwave bands.  Think there are no shortwave broadcasters left to hear?  Think that military and other utility communications have dried up on HF?  Larry points you to the right spots on the band that prove otherwise.

 As one of the only remaining publications available with international broadcast frequencies and schedules, the Global Radio Guide (GRG) puts everything a radio enthusiast needs to navigate the action right in their hands.

 With the help of the GRG, you can take advantage of enhanced propagation to tune in to shortwave broadcast stations from worldwide hotspots such as China, Cuba, India, Iran, North/South Korea, and many other counties. If you have a shortwave radio receiver, SDR or Internet connection, pair it with this unique radio resource to know when and where to listen to the world.

This newest edition of the GRG carries on the tradition of those before it with an in-depth, 24-hour station/frequency guide with schedules for selected AM bands, longwave, and shortwave radio stations. This unique resource is the only radio publication that lists by-hour schedules that include all language services, frequencies, and world target areas for over 500 stations worldwide.

 The GRG includes listings of DX radio programs and Internet website addresses for many of the stations in the book. There are also entries for time and frequency stations as well as some of the more “intriguing” transmissions one can find on the shortwave radio bands.

In addition to the global hotspots, the GRG brings the world to you from other places on the radio dial.

The action isn’t limited to just HF though.  From the top down, solar cycle 25 has radio signals bouncing all over the ionosphere.

In fact, you can even tune in to the ionosphere itself as solar energy interacts and bends our magnetosphere through the wonders of very low-frequency “natural radio.”  Learn about sferics, tweeks, whistlers, and the magical dawn’s chorus and how you can listen in with your own ears!

 A little further up the band, mediumwave frequencies are alive with signals from the tropics.  With each dip of the auroral field closer to the equator, mediumwave signals from the tropic region become enhanced.  Loyd Van Horn (W4LVH) discusses what to look for and busts propagation myths for the mediumwave and FM broadcast bands.               

 With enhanced propagation on HF, there is an increased diversity of signals to hear from various countries.  To help, Fred Waterer brings a primer on the when and where of languages one can tune into on the shortwave bands.

 Whether you monitor shortwave radio broadcasts, mediumwave, amateur radio operators, or aeronautical, maritime, government, or military communications in the HF radio spectrum, this book has the information you need to help you to hear it all. Teak Publishing’s Global Radio Guide "brings the world to you."

 You can find this edition of the Global Radio Guide, along with all our titles currently available for purchase, on the Teak Publishing Web site at

 The 20th edition of the Global Radio Guide e-Book (electronic book only, no print edition available) is available worldwide from Amazon and their various international websites at

 The price for this latest edition is US$8.99. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order this e-Book from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. Customers in all other countries can use the regular website to purchase this e-Book.


You can read any Kindle e-Book with Amazon’s ‘free’ reading apps on literally any electronic media platform. You do not have to own a Kindle reader from Amazon to read this e-book. There are Kindle apps available for iOS, Android, Mac and PC platforms. You can find additional details on these apps by checking out this link to the Amazon website at

Monday, May 15, 2023

Radio Dechovka to celebrate Czech Broadcasting 100 year anniversary


Michal Hons reported on the MW DX Club Facebook:

On Thursday, May 18th, 2023, it will have been 100 years since the start of regular radio broadcasting from Czechoslovakia. Radio Dechovka will celebrate this anniversary with a symbolic 24-hour broadcast from the Prague Zbraslav transmitter on the frequency of 1233 kHz, as the only radio station. 

Don't forget to tune in on May 18th at 10:00 UTC for the special broadcast on the medium wave frequency of 1233 kHz and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of regular radio broadcasting in the Czech Republic with Radio Dechovka. To commemorate this anniversary, Radio Dechovka will be sending a special QSL card to listeners.

Station website: 
Radio Dechovka YouTube videos

Friday, May 12, 2023

Radio Pamela to broadcast this weekend


We will be on air this weekend... Friday night from 20.00 to 22.00 hours BST (British Summer Time)  AND Sunday from 11.00 hours to 15.00 hours BST on 7675 kHz, Sunday. I will be playing 35-40 minutes of Japanese rock for our Japanese fans.

Special broadcast Erifeler Radiotag


A special broadcast called Eifeler Radiotage will be heard on shortwave: May 12 – May 14, 2023, live from the bunker studio in the former temporary seat of the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia in Kall-Urft in the Eifel region of Germany. 
(With thanks to Christian Milling via Gérard Koopal via

A Google translation from 

(Note that the original announcement is in local time, which has been converted to UTC below).

Friday, May 12, 2023:
  1400-1600: 3985 kHz
  1600-1900: 6005 kHz
  1900-2400: 3985 kHz
Saturday, May 13, 2023:
  0000-1600: 3985 kHz
  0600-1000: 6005 kHz
  1600-1900: 6005 kHz
  1900-2400: 3985 kHz
Sunday, May 14, 2023:
  0000-1600: 3985 kHz
  0600-1000: 6005 kHz

Transmitter location: Kall-Krekel, Germany


News every hour from 0800 to 1600 UTC

Friday, May 12, 2023
1405 | Ah, here we are! 
with Christian Milling
As early as May 2020 we wanted to go "on air" with the Eifeler Radiotage - then Corona came and postponed our broadcasting request year after year. But now it's finally time to say "Oh, here we are!". Our prelude to 50 hours of handmade bunker radio brings pop music, but easy on the ears and nerves!

1605 | Original and fake 
with Dagmar Fulle
"Twist And Shout" is by The Beatles, "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin and "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes? Yes, yes. As well. But they are not originals. We dig up the sometimes completely unknown and unsuccessful original versions of big hits and, looking at it the other way round, we clarify the question of what the Baskerville dog has to do with Ozzy Osbourne.

2000 | Night music 
with Jürgen Kolb and Andreas Knedlik
No small, but big night music. Four hours of music only has an effect when the moon is in the night sky. Love songs, calm sounds, spherical sounds - and a bit of horror at the witching hour.

Saturday, May 13, 2023
0000 | Night Express 
with Markus Fischer
A humorous music program with hits from Europe and around the world. Car radio hits from the 70s and 80s and new music from today. For a trip in the car, on the train or in bed to dream.

0400 | Morgenexpress – A musical train journey 
with Erich Wartusch
A train journey across Europe. Musically, we only head for cities that can be reached by a direct connection. Transfer not allowed!

0600 | Record flea market 
with Alexander Täuschel and Tim Rebhan
Tim & Alexander serve and comment on exquisite, all too rarely heard pearls of pop history from 1975 to 1995.

0805 | Instrumental treasures 
with Hans Neuhaus
intros, film music, classics

1010 | Hits that weren't / O(h)ne hit wonder 
with Christian Milling
The melody is catchy, the song has hit potential. But it never really caught on with the audience or got lost in the lower places of the hit lists. Failed marketing or maybe too ahead of its time? Exactly: Hits that weren't.

1105 | The wonderful world of onomatopoeia 
with Christian Milling
Onomatopoeia, i.e. the “reproduction of natural sounds or similar. through tonally similar linguistic sounds” also found its way into various pieces of music. 55 minutes of wonderful things in the field of tension between "Da Da Da", "Ratatata", "Ugatschakkauguugaugatschakka", "Ding-Dong", "Schla-Ba-Di-Bab-Di-Ba" and "Di-Au-Au-Ohhhhh- Yeaaaah".

1205 | History of electronic music 
with Rudi Kauls
100 years of electronic music - a story with many music examples.

1405 | Professor Pop & Dr. Soul 
with Hans Neuhaus and Jost Alpe
Retro radio show with gems from music history

1605 | The ringing deletion list
with Ulrich Bessler and Martin Schlabs
Between ingenious and creepy: what strange "German original versions" of some well-known hits the listener had to withstand.

1805 | Music is in the air
with Peter Sturm
A selection that suits the cultivated evening hour. Whether it's the often misunderstood easy listening or swing and sweet, modern folk music, crooners, jazz ladies, trio jazz and and and... Let yourself be surprised and take two hours into bygone radio times!

2000 | Grand Prix nostalgia
with Markus Fischer and Erich Wartusch
While this year's “Grand Prix” at the Eurovision Song Contest is being sung about in Liverpool that evening, we take a tongue-in-cheek look at the successes and failures of the past years.

2200 | Night music
with Jürgen Kolb and Andreas Knedlik
No small, but big night music. Two hours of music only has an effect when the moon is in the night sky. Love songs, calm sounds, spherical sounds.

Sunday, May 14, 2023
0000 | Film music to dream
with Rainer Hagedorn
At a late hour, the Eifel Radio Days immerse themselves in the dream world of the cinema. You can hear fantastic music from the films in the James Bond series, the Inspector Clouseau films and the Fantomas trilogy. Unique and distinctive score by Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith and Ennio Morricone. The matching images will appear automatically in your dreams.

0200 | Night express
with Markus Fischer
A moody music program with hits from Europe and around the world. Car radio hits from the 70s and 80s and new music from today. For a trip in the car, on the train or in bed to dream.

0400 | Radio alarm clock
with Hans Neuhaus and Jost Alpe
Information and entertainment on Sunday morning

0600 | Country breakfast
with Erich Wartusch
Sunday gets going with country music. It doesn't matter whether it's classics, bluegrass or songs from unusual country countries. Not only country fans get their money's worth in these two hours.

0805 | Uwe's Rockkiste
with Uwe Pagels
Hand-picked rock pearls and rarities from music history, compiled and commented on by music expert Uwe Pagels.

1105 | German lesson

1205 | Cuddling with Rudi
with Rudi Kauls

1305 | 80s treasure chest
with Alexander Täuschel
“Do you remember him?” With Alexander Täuschel, you will travel through the 80s and rediscover delicate finds from a brilliant musical decade.

1405 | Boogie box music
with Rainer Hagedorn
Whether it's big TV shows like "Dalli-Dalli" and "Wetten Dass", crime series like "The Streets of San Francisco" and "Miami Vice" or even family series like "The Denver Clan" and "The Waltons": you all had extremely distinctive signature music. A few bars of this music are often enough to immediately trigger memories of the program in question. At the Eifeler Radiotage there is a re-listening with the most beautiful recognition tunes from the boob tube. Without the picture, but in full length.

1600 | Closedown
(A Roe/BDXC via Christian Milling via Gérard Koopal via

Thursday, May 11, 2023

RedTech covers Global Radio Guide-Summer 2023


A BIG thank you to RedTech for including the GRG Press release, 'Van Horn releases latest Global Radio Guide' in their latest edition at:

Geomagnetic Disturbance Alert


11 May 2023

British Geological Survey

An increase in geomagnetic activity is expected over the next 24 hours due to another incoming Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) observed on 9th May.

Assuming clear, dark skies, there is a chance of seeing the aurora Thursday UT night. Those in Scotland, northern England, and Northern Ireland have a better chance if the weather is favorable.

For more information go to:

For current geomagnetic activity levels go to:

For more advice on viewing the Northern Lights go to:

Radio Romania International English schedule and program guide

 Radio Romania International (English Service) Schedule

Valid as of March 26, to October 28, 2023

05.30 – 06.00 9,700 ; 11, 960 (DRM)
11.00 – 11.00 15,130; 17,630
17.00 – 18.00 13,750(DRM); 15,180
20.30 – 21.00 9,740; 11,975 (DRM);
22.00 – 23.00 9, 740; 11,800

AFRICA 11.00 – 12.00 UTC 15,320; 17,670

20.30 – 21.00 11,850; 13,650
00.00 – 01.00 9,550; 11,620

03.00 – 04.00 UTC 9,850; 11,620

22.00 – 23.00 UTC 9,790 ; 11,650

05.30 – 06.00 UTC 17,760; 21,550

03.00 – 04.00 UTC
15,330 (DRM);17,790
(Teak Publishing/Global Radio Guide) 

Here is the current RRI English Service program schedule, as far as I can determine.

One Hour Programs  
Sun 1100, 1700, 2200; Mon 0000, 0300
  01: News
  07: Sunday Show
  28: Romanian Without Tears
  31: Music Time or All That Jazz
  42: In the Spotlight
  52: Simply Folk
Mon 1100, 1700, 2200; Tue 0000, 0300
  01: News, Reports & Commentary
  14: Hit of the Day
  17: The History Show
  24: Think Greener
  28: Sport
  31: 1100 only: All That Jazz
        Other times: Your Music
  42: DX Mailbag or Listener's Letterbox
  52: Simply Folk
Tue 1100, 1700, 2200; Wed 0000, 0300
  01: News, Reports & Commentary
  14: Hit of the Day
  17: Inside Romania
  24: Cultural Event
  28: Sport
  31: 1100 only: Your Music
        Other times: Truly Romanian
  42: New Names on the Cover or People & Places
  52: Simply Folk
Wed 1100, 1700, 2200; Thu 0000, 0300
  01: News, Reports & Commentary
  14: Hit of the Day
  17: Society Today
  24: Visit Romania
  28: Sport
  31: Music of Romania
  42: Happening in Romania
  52: Simply Folk
Thu 1100, 1700, 2200; Fri 0000, 0300
  01: News, Reports & Commentary
  14: Hit of the Day
  17: Traveller's Guide
  24: Generation 3.0
  28: Sport
  31: 1100 only: Music of Romania
        Other times: Music Highlights
  42: In the Spotlight
  52: Simply Folk
Fri 1100, 1700, 2200; Sat 0000, 0300
  01: News, Reports & Commentary
  14: Hit of the Day
  17: Future Starts Today or Green Planet
  24: Report of the Day
  27: Sports Weekend
  31: 1100 only: Music Highlights
         Other times: Truly Romanian
  42: Artscape or Through The Looking Glass
  52: Simply Folk
Sat 1100, 1700, 2200; Sun 0000, 0300
  01: News
  07: The Week in Review
  14: Hit of the Day
  18: World of Culture
  24: RRI Encyclopaedia
  31: 1100 only: Truly Romanian
        Other times: All That Jazz
  42: DX Mailbag or Listener's Letterbox
  52: Simply Folk

Half Hour Programs 
Sun 2030; Mon 0530
  31: News
  37: Romanian Without Tears
  40: Hit of the Day
  44: RRI Encyclopaedia
  52: Visit Romania
Mon 2030; Tue 0530
  31: News, Reports & Commentary
  44: The History Show
  52: Think Greener
  Tue 2030; Wed 0530
  31: News, Reports & Commentary
  44: Inside Romania
  51: Cultural Event
Wed 2030; Thu 0530
  31: News, Reports & Commentary
  44: Society Today
  51: Visit Romania
Thu 2030; Fri 0530
  31: News, Reports & Commentary
  44: Traveller’s Guide
  50: Generation 3.0
Fri 2030; Sat 0530
  31: News, Reports & Commentary
  44: Future Starts Today or Green Planet
  50: Report of the Day
Sat 2030; Sun 0530
  31: News
  37: The Week in Review
  44: World of Culture
  51: Visit Romania
(A Roe/BDXC)