Friday, September 22, 2023

Info on upcoming Mini Transat "la Boulangère"


The Mini Transat "la Boulangère" will leave Les Sables d'Olonne on Sunday September 24, heading to Guadeloupe.

Like every year, there will be shortwave communications from TDF Issoudun. Time: 1500-1600 UTC, frequencies to monitor: 5975, 6100, 13735, 15300 kHz.
Christian Ghibaudo (France)

Thursday, September 21, 2023

FCC Pledges To Use Bigger Budget To Bust Pirates


FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel gave her first budget presentation as Chairwoman to the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee this week. In her address, she praised the FSGG for adding the full $410.743 million requested by the FCC in its 2023-2024 Fiscal Year bill.

The new fiscal year budget contains a 5.3% increase, up from $20.5 million over the current $390 million budget, which ends on September 30.

Additional story at: 

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Monitoring observations from Spain

 Log in Reinante and Friol, NW of Spain
Sangean ATS 909X, Tecsun PL-880, cable antenna, 8 meters.

All times UTC

9695, KNLS, Anchor Point, 0834-0846, 16-09, English, religious comments, male. 15421.

11875, KNLS, Anchor Point, 0837-0848, 16-09, Chinese, male, comments. 35433.

ANTARCTICA, 15476usb, LRA 36, Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel, Base Esperanza, 1552-1716*, 15-09, Spanish, comments, male, female, songs, id. “LRA 36, Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel”. Strong fading.  15421.
Also heard 1830-1959, 16-09, comments, male, female, program “Uniendo Voces”, songs in Spanish, id. “Uniendo Voces, por LRA 36, Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel”, “Correo electrónico”, “”LRA 36, onda corta 15476 kHz”. 35433.

4885, Radio Clube do Pará, Belém, 0442-0521, 16-09, Brazilian songs, “Clube na Madrugada”. 25422.

4985, Radio Brasil Central Goiania, 0510-0526, 12-09, Brazilian songs. Teletype QRM. 21421.

6010, Radio Inconfidencia, Belo Horizonte, 0608-0619, 13-09, Brazilian songs. 15421.

6150, Radio Saturno, Belo Horizonte, 0542-0653, 13-09, Brazilian songs, Portuguese, comments, id. “Radio Saturno” program “Faixa Nacional”. 15421.

6180, Radio Nacional da Amazonia, Brasilia, 2033-2058, 12-09, Portuguese, comments, “Nacional”. 35433.

9819.1, Radio 9 de Julho, Sao Paulo, 0843-0905, 13-09, Portuguese, religious songs and comments, id at 0700 “Radio 9 de Julho, 1600 AM, ondas curtas 9820 kHz,”, “Radio 9 de Julho Católica, unha emisora…”. 25432.

11815, Radio Brasil Central, Goiania, 0551-0625, 16-08, Brazilian songs, id. “Radio Brasil Central”, “Madrugada Musical”. Distorted signal. 35433.

15190.1, Radio Inconfidencia, Belo Horizonte, 2008-2027, 15-09, Brazilian songs, comments, program “A Hora do Fazendeiro”. 25432.

COLOMBIA, 5910, Alcaraván Radio, Puerto Lleras, 0435-0555, 16-09, religius comments, Colombian and other songs, Spanish, comments, id. “Alcarván Radio”. 25432.

CONGO, 6115, Radio Congo, Brazzaville, 1807-1846, 14-09, French, news, male, female, id. “Radio Congo”, at 1829 African songs, more comments. 25432.
15-09 out of the air

5930, World Music Radio, Bramming, 2126-2147, 15-09, pop songs, id. in Spanish:  “Transmitiomos las 24 hora del día los l7 días de la semana, esta es WMR, World Music Radio”. 25432. 

5970, Radio 208, Hvidovre, 1921-1946, 15-09, rock songs in English. 25422.

15700, World Music Radio, Randers, 1720-1823, 15-09, pop songs, Latin American songs, id. “WMR, World Music Radio”. 45444.

6030, Radio Oromiya, Addis Ababa, 1820-1837, 14-09, Vernacular, comments. 24322.

7110, Radio Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, 1749-1803, 11-09, East African songs, Vernacular, comments. 24322.

ECUADOR, 6050, HCJB, Pichincha, 0426-0500*, 16-09, program “Ritmos y Canciones de Nuestra Tierra”, comments, flute music, Andean songs, “HCJB presentó Ritmos y Canciones de Nuestra Tierra”, music and close. 35433.

9635, Radio Mali, Bamako, 1744-1759* , 15-09, Vernacular, comments, African songs, interval signal and close. 34433.

MONGOLIA, 12085, Voice of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, *0859-0916, 16-09, interval signal, English, female, comments, Mongolian songs. 15421.

MEXICO, 6185, Radio Educación, Ciudad de México, 0541-0733, 16-09, Mexican songs, other Latin American songs, “boleros”. id. at 0701: “Cultura Mexico, 1060 AM, Radio Educación, la radio cultural de México”, music. 35433.

NETHERLANDS, 5955, Sunlite Radio, Westdorpe, 0434, 0455, 16-09, pop songs in English, oldies, id. “Sunlite, Sunlite”. Dutch, comments. 35433.

NORWAY, 5895, Radio Northern Star, Bergen, 2033-2047, 15-09, country and pop songs in English. 14321.
Also heard 0503-0518, 16-09, pop songs in English, comments. 14421.

PERU, 4775, Radio Tarma, Tarma, 0040-0056, 15-09, Spanish, comments, Peruvian songs. 25422.

VANUATU, 7260, Radio Vanuatu, Port Vila, 0550-0645, 15-09, comments, male, female, Island songs. 15421.
Also heard 0611-0658*, 16-09, female, male, comments, English, Bislama, Island songs. 15421.

VENEZUELA or COLOMBIA, 4940, Estación 4940, 0451-0517, 14-09, Venezuela or Colombian songs, male, religious comments, songs, Llaneras with religious lyrics. 25432.Also heard 0446-0540, 15-09, Spanish, religious comments, male, id. “Estación 4940”, “”. 25432.16-09 checked at the same time, out of the air.On air again 0505-0619, 17-09, on air again, religious comments and songs, id. “”, “A todo el mundo llega nuestra señal en onda corta, somos Estación 4940, banda tropical de 60 metros”. 25422.

ZAMBIA, 4965, Voice of Hope Africa, Lusaka, 1812-1837, 12-09, English, religious comments. 15421. 
(BDXC/Manuel Méndez, Lugo, Spain)

Update on monitoring Vanuatu


I did some checks on Radio Vanuatu yesterday and today (17 & 18 September) using the Brisbane KiwiSDR in Australia and the current schedule appears to be as follows:

1830v-1958v on 3945 kHz
1959v-0658v on 7260 kHz
0659v-1100v on 3945 kHz.

I assume there is no further frequency change between 1959v-0658v, but I am open to correction.
(Tony Rogers/BDXC)

Monitoring from Brazil


All listenings are recorded; below each log, a Soundcloud link that give acess to a piece of this recording (generally duration no more than 1 minute).

All times UTC

5040kHz, Radio. Vanuatu, Port Vila;  14/09/2023, 0641 – 0648 hadn’t used this frequency in a while, and only used it for this day; fair to good, SNR = 18dB (LOB-B).

4940kHz, Estación 4940, Colombia/ Venezuela; 14/09/2023, 0854 –0858 male: “4940”, fair, readable, SNR = 17dB (LOB).

7290kHz, Radio RRI Nabire Pro 1, Indonesia; 17/09/2023, 0853 – 0906 seems Islamic segment, at 0906 abrupt sign off, extremely weak, almost inaudible in recording (LOB-B).

3945kHz, Radio. Vanuatu, Port Vila; 17/09/2023, 0907 – 0911 Vanuatu returned at 13/09 after some days silent; quick signal degradation, poor SNR = 10dB (LOB-B).

Tecsun PL 310EL
Dipole 18m
Embu SP Brasil

Updates from Music Programmes on Shortwave


An updated version of my "Music Programmes on Shortwave" PDF file (Version 6) for the current A-23 broadcast season is now available to download from this permanent link:

(or for short: 

I hope that you find it of interest.
This will be the final major update of this list for the A-23 season, although there may be a minor (incremental) update in late September/early October which will be found at the above links. The first issue of the list for the B-23 broadcast season will be in early/mid-November.
As always, I appreciate any updates or corrections.
Alan Roe, Teddington, UK 

Shiokaze updates broadcast schedule


For anyone who follows the broadcasts from Shiokaze, Hiroshi's blog at mentions a new schedule effective 14 September 2023:

All times UTC 

1300-1400 on 5965 and 6040 kHz                            

1405-1435 on 5935 and 7295 kHz                            

1600-1700 on 5920 and 6070 kHz                            

1705-1805 on 6090 and 7320 kHz


Shiokaze (Sea Breeze) (clandestine station) broadcasts to North Korea and is operated by the independent investigating organization "Investigation Commission on Missing Japanese Probably Related to North Korea", regarding persons believed to have been abducted by North Korea prior to 1983. All broadcasts are from Yamata in Japan (300 kW).

 As listed in "Broadcasts in English" they usually have an English program at 1300-1400 and 1600-1700 on Wednesdays (otherwise they are in Korean and Japanese)          



Daily Program Schedule for India's Akashvani Stations

The daily Minute to Minute Program schedule of Akashvani Stations (known officially as Cue Sheet) and many other details is now available in the official website of Prasar Bharati

Please log in as guest

Please note:
The timing given is in Indian Standard Time {UT +5:30}and the schedule of Akashvani relay stations are not listed in it.

Yours sincerely,
Jose Jacob, VU2JOS

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2023 Sep 18 0138 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 11 - 17 September 2023

Solar activity ranged from low to moderate (R1 - Minor) levels. Low levels were observed on 13 and 17 Sep while moderate levels were observed on 11-12 and 14-16 Sep. Regions 3423 (N16, L=281, class/area Ekc/420 on 11 Sep), 3425 (N23, L=246, class/area Dai/140 on 08 Sep) and 3429 (N11, L=207, class/area Dai/090 on 15 Sep) were responsible for the moderate levels activity. The largest event of the period was an M3.3/1b flare from Region 3429. 

A filament eruption in the vicinity of Region 3423 (N15W72, Eko/beta) produced an M1 flare that began at 14/0640 UTC. The x-ray flare reached a peak of M1.4 at 14/0745 UTC due to a contributing flare from Region 3429 (N10E05, Eai/beta) which obscured the natural x-ray peak of the filament eruption. The filament eruption produced a CME signature, first visible in SOHO/LASCO C2 imagery at 14/0712 UTC. Analysis and model output suggested an Earth arrival early on 17 Sep. 

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at low to moderate levels through the period. 

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to G2 (Moderate) levels. Quiet levels were observed on 11 Sep through midday on 12 Sep. Unsettled to G2 (Moderate) levels were observed from midday on 12 Sep through 13 Sep due to CME and positive polarity CH HSS effects. Unsettled to active levels were observed on 14-15 Sep due to positive polarity CH HSS on 14 Sep and negative polarity CH HSS effects on 15 Sep. Mostly quiet levels were observed on 16 Sep. Unsettled to active levels were observed on 17 Sep due to transient effects from the 14 Sep CME. 

Total field readings, through the period, generally averaged 4-7 nT with a peak to 21 nT midday to late on 12 Sep. The Bz component reached a maximum southward reading of -20 nT late on 12 Sep. Wind speeds ranged from lows near 340 km/s on 11-12 Sep to a high reading of 525 km/s midday to late on 14 Sep. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 18 September - 14 October 2023

Solar activity is expected to be at low to moderate (R1-R2 / Minor to Moderate) levels throughout the period. 

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at low to moderate levels through the period. 

Geomagnetic field activity is likely to be at G1-G2 (Minor to Moderate) levels on 19 Sep and unsettled to active levels on 20 Sep, all due to CME effects. Unsettled to active levels are likely on 21, 23-24 and 28-30 Sep due to CH HSS activity. Mostly quiet levels are expected on 18, 25-27 Sep and 01-14 Oct. 

:Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2023 Sep 18 0139 UTC
# 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 2023-09-18
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2023 Sep 18     145           8          3
2023 Sep 19     140          35          6
2023 Sep 20     140          15          4
2023 Sep 21     140           8          3
2023 Sep 22     140           5          2
2023 Sep 23     140          12          4
2023 Sep 24     140           8          3
2023 Sep 25     145           5          2
2023 Sep 26     140           5          2
2023 Sep 27     140           5          2
2023 Sep 28     135           8          3
2023 Sep 29     135          12          4
2023 Sep 30     135           8          3
2023 Oct 01     140           5          2
2023 Oct 02     145           5          2
2023 Oct 03     150           5          2
2023 Oct 04     155           5          2
2023 Oct 05     155           5          2
2023 Oct 06     155           5          2
2023 Oct 07     160           5          2
2023 Oct 08     160           5          2
2023 Oct 09     155           5          2
2023 Oct 10     150           5          2
2023 Oct 11     150           5          2
2023 Oct 12     145           5          2
2023 Oct 13     145           5          2
2023 Oct 14     145           5          2

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Monitoring from Spain

Log in Reinante, NW of Spain 
Sangean ATS 909X, Tecsun PL-880, cable antenna, 8 meters. 

All times UTC

ALGERIA, 15110, Ifrikya FM, Bechar, 0700-0710, 09-09, time signals, French, id. “Ifrikya FM”, news, “Le bulletin d’information”, news about earthquake in Morocco, other news. 35433. 

ANTARCTICA, 15476usb, LRA 36, Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel, Base Esperanza, 1836-1902, 06-09, Spanish, comments, male, female, Ham radio news, songs. 15421. 
Also heard 1819-2008, 09-09, program “Uniendo Voces” with Juan Benavente and female, id. “LRA 36, Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel”, “Compartimos esto con la audiencia…”, songs in Spanish, “Uniendo Voces por LRA 36”, “Antártida, uniendo continentes”, at 1958 “Noticias de la Universidad Nacional de Quilmes”, “Torneo Primavera de la Base Esperanza”, 2001 announcing program “Jóvenes de la Antártida”, “Uniendo Voces por LRA 36, creando puentes invisibles mediante la radio”, “Concurso de radio y telegrafía”. 25432 to 35433. 

4885, Radio Clube do Pará, Belém, 0548-0612, 07-09, relaying Radio Bandeirantes news, at 0552 id. “Bandeirantes”. 35433. 

4985, Radio Brasil Central, Goiania, 0552-0617, 07-09, Brazilian songs, program “Madrugada Musical”. 15421. 

6150, Radio Saturno, Belo Horizonte, 0545-0558, 08-08, Brazilian songs, Portuguese, comments. 15421. 

6180, Radio Nacional da Amazonia, Brasilia, 2043-2058, 06-09, Portuguese, comments, Brazilian songs. 35433. 

9819.1, Radio 9 de Julho, Sao Paulo, 0615-0633, 09-09, religious songs, Portuguese. 25432. 

11750, Voz Missionaria, Camboriú, 0645-0658, 09-09, religious songs and comments, Portuguese. // 9665.1. 35433. 

11895.1, Radio Boa Vontade, Porto Alegre, 2048-2101, 06-09, religious comments and songs, Portuguese. 24322. 

CANADA, 6070, CFRX, Toronto, 0603-0616, 07-09, English, news, comments, advertisements. 24322. 

COLOMBIA, 6016.7, Organización Radial El Prado, 0449-0501*, 07-09, Spanish, comments, Colombian songs, anthem and close. 15421. 

CONGO, 6115, Radio Congo, Brazzaville, 1818-1836*, 06-09, French, news, mentioned “La Republique, Le Congo”, at 1833 music, id. “Radio Congo”, comments. 25432. 
Also heard 1810-1829*, 09-09, French, news, male, female. Transmission cut off abruptly at 1829. 25322. 

CUBA, 4765, Radio Progreso, Bejucal, 0237-0246, 07-09, Spanish, comments. 25432. 

ECUADOR, 6050, HCJB, Pichincha, 0446-0500*, 09-09, Ecuadoran songs, Spanish, comments, id. “HCJB presentó Ritmos y Canciones de Nuestra Tierra”. 25432. 

ETHIOPIA, 6030, Radio Oromiya, Addis Ababa, 1823-1836, 06-09, Vernacular, comments. 25422. 

MALI, 5995, Radio Mali, Bamako, *0556-0624, 09-09, African songs, at 0600 interval signal, id. “La Radio Nationale du Mali emettant de Bamako…”, Vernacular, comments, songs. 35433. 

MEXICO, 6185, Radio Educación, Ciudad de México, 0602-0636, 10-09, classical music. 25432. 

NETHERLANDS, 6060, Radio Casanova, 1740-1751, 09-09, Dutch songs and music, id. “Radio Casanova”, Dutch, comments. 25432.
(BDXC/anuel Méndez, Lugo, Spain) 

Notice from Smooth Sussex


Thomas TV on Digital Spy reports this afternoon hearing a message on Smooth Sussex 945 saying that they will be coming off AM at the end of this month

Checking their webpage showing AM frequencies which was updated September 4 it's now not listed there nor is 1323 Brighton so that must be closing soon as well.

Update from Shortwave Radiogram


Hello friends,

I am having trouble composing the usual weekly email using Mailchimp, so here is a plain-text preview of Shortwave Radiogram, program 321, 7-11 September 2021:

 1:43  MFSK32: Program preview 
 2:51  MFSK32: France calls for a minimum price on flights
 5:08  MFSK64: Electrifying heavy-duty vehicles in urban areas*
13:52  MFSK64: This week's images*
28:33  MFSK32: Closing announcements  

* with images (10 MFSK64 images this weekend)

For the transmission schedule, see the web entry for last week's broadcast:

More later when the technical difficulties are resolved.


Friday, September 08, 2023

LRA36 Antarctica receives new 10 kW transmitter


Manuel Méndez

Lugo, Spain

LRA A36, 15476usb, at 2001, 02-09, Juan Benavente announces that next Monday September 4, at 1300 Argentine time, an agreement will be signed to donate a 10 kW transmitter for LRA 36 that will come into operation in 2024. This event will be transmitted live on short wave, 15476USB from LRA 36.
Video of my log about the transmitter donation news:!At0tJSKTrzqV6i8sEnCsqcHnS67g?e=OQra7e

Wanted: A Permanent Home for 50,000 QSL cards and Letters!


The time has come!  The QSL collection housed in the Indianapolis Heritage Collection in Indiana needs a new home, a permanent home.  Estimated at 50,000 and possibly higher, this collection of QSL letters and cards from all over the world covers a little over one hundred years of radio history, beginning in the year 1922.  This massive assemblage is made up of QSLs, mainly from mediumwave and shortwave stations, though there are some from amateur, television, communication and FM stations.  As a major historic collection, it is offered free to any location that is willing to house, organize, and care for this valuable historic collection, the world's largest in private hands.

Also available for distribution, some free and some at negotiated prices, are the 
* Radio Cards: Hundreds of miscellaneous radio cards, worldwide
* Complete Set WR(TV)HB: 1947-2023: 77 volumes
* Small Radio Souvenirs: A thousand or more small radio items, including fridge magnets
* Complete set Passport to World Band Radio: 1984-2009
* Radio Station Documents: A dozen filing cabinets containing one million and one paper 
    documents from radio stations in every country
* Complete set Popular Communications Magazine: 1982-2013
* Complete set Monitoring Times Magazine: 1997-2011
* Bound volumes of Radio News: 1938-1959, 26 bound volumes
* Miscellaneous Radio Books: One hundred or more

Dr. Adrian M. Peterson
Adventist World Radio
2768 Morgan Trail
IN 46151 USA

Monday, September 04, 2023

Monitoring from Canada

 Harold Sellers, Vernon, British Columbia, Canada

Listening at my DXing site outside of the city, with a CommRadio CR-1a and a Wellbrook ALA-1530LN loop

11710 KOREA, DPR Voice of Korea at 1308 in English, choir, man with news. - Poor-fair, //9435 good, Sep. 4

11590 UZBEKISTAN Bible Voice Broadcasting at 1312 in English, preacher, prayer, 1313 address for Christ Gospel in Indiana, back to preacher. - Poor, Sept. 4

11560 INDIA Akashvani at 1318, listed with Pashto, Hindi music. - Very poor, Sep. 4

9920 PHILIPPINES FEBC Radio at 1328, Koho language listed, hymn, 1329 man and woman with announcements, IS at 1330 and off. - Good, Sep. 4

9385 THAILAND Radio Thailand at 1330 in English, Thailand news, 1332 story on battery recycling. - Very Good, Sep. 4

7440 NEW ZEALAND RNZ Pacific at 1334 in Pijin with news and sports, 1335 “R-N-Z Pacific” ID, into news from Vanuatu. - Excellent, Sep. 4

7395 USA KNLS, Alaska at 1337 in Korean, man preaching. - Very good, Sep. 4

9840 VIETNAM Voice of Vietnam at 1348 in English, beginning story on one of Vietnam’s ethnic groups. - Fair, //12020 stronger but poor through splatter from ute station, Sep. 4

11665 MALAYSIA Wai FM at 1350 with Islamic singing until just past 1359, then into instrumental music, 1400 man with announcement, fanfare music, more talk, sounding like news bulletin, presumed Malay language, brief music and off abruptly at 1401. - Poor-fair, Sep. 4

15505 TAJIKISTAN Adventist World Radio at 1403 in English, man preaching about foundations of Christian faith. - Poor, Sep. 4

11815 JAPAN Radio Japan NHK World at 1406 in English, man with story about US arms abandoned in Afghanistan now a threat to regional security. - Very good, some co-channel QRM from presumed China, Sep. 4

13840 ARMENIA TWR India at 1420 in English, Christian songs and messages, 1444 closing announcements, IS and off at 1445, back in Urdu (listed). - Poor, Sep. 4

9585 ESWATINI Trans World Radio at 1453 starting repeated IS and English IDs “This is T-W-R, broadcasting from eSwatini”, 1455 music and sign-on in Malagasy, hymn music, male speaker. - Poor, but buried at 1457 by QRM from China signing on in Japanese, Sep. 4

11880 ESWATINI Trans World Radio at 1526 in Somali (listed), man speaking, 1526 into Somali song, 1527 closing announcements with contact info including TWR website, 1530 English ID and IS and off. - Poor, Sep. 4

21550 ALGERIA presumed Ifrikya FM at 1533, Arabic, man speaking, sounding like a speech or commentary. - Poor, Sep. 4

17605 VATICAN Radio Tamazuj at 1535 in Sudanese, woman with possible news, mentions of Sudan, an on location report in English. - Good, Sep. 4

17725 AUSTRIA Adventist World Radio at 1548 in Punjabi with songs to 1556 woman with prayer, 1557 Adventist Radio mention, closing announcements. - Fair, Sep. 4

21630 ASCENSION BBC World Service at 1601 fading in and out, in English with news. - Very poor, Sep. 4

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


:Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2023 Sep 04 0549 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 28 August - 03 September 2023

Solar activity ranged from low to high levels. Low levels were observed on 28-31 Aug. Moderate levels occurred on 01 Sep due to a long duration M1.2 flare (R1/Minor) at 01/0351 UTC with associated Type II (743 km/s) and Type IV radio sweeps as well as a 190 sfu Tenflare. Moderate levels also occurred on 02 Sep due to an M3.3/Sf at 02/0712 UTC. Solar activity increased to high levels on 03 Sep due to an M1.1 at 03/0023 UTC and an M6.0 (R2/Moderate) at 03/0836 UTC. All flares were from Region 3413 (N11, L=100, class/area Dki/400 on 25 Aug). Other activity included a filament eruption centered near N22W14 beginning at 30/2015 UTC. An associated partial-halo CME was observed at 30/2200 UTC in SOHO/LASCO C2 imagery. Modeling of this CME showed a potential arrival late on 02 Sep to early on 03 Sep. Another CME associated with the aforementioned M1.2 flare on 01 Sep was modeled with the potential for a glancing impact on 05 Sep. 

A greater than 10 MeV proton event was observed associated with the M1.2 flare on 01 Sep. The event reached the 10 pfu (S1/Minor)  threshold at 01/0430 UTC, reached a maximum flux of 25.8 pfu at 01/0610 UTC, and ended at 01/2010 UTC. 

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at normal to moderate levels. 

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to G2 (Moderate) levels. Nominal solar wind conditions prevailed through approximately 31/1630 UTC when an increase in total field to 12 nT was observed as well as an increase in speed from 323 to 400 km/s. A further increase in solar wind speed to near 540 km/s happened after 01/1755 UTC, followed by a decrease in solar wind speed beginning after 02/2125 UTC. Total field ranged from 5-10 nT during this time with prolonged periods of southward Bz. This was likely the result of a combination of positive polarity coronal hole high-speed stream (CH HSS) activity and the arrival of the 30 Aug CME. The geomagnetic field responded with quiet conditions on 28-31 Aug, quiet to unsettled conditions on 01 Sep, unsettled to G1 (Minor) storming on 02 Sep, and quiet to G2 (Moderate) storming on 03 Sep. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 04 September - 30 September 2023

Solar activity is expected to be at low levels on 04-14 Sep and again on 29-30 Sep. There is a chance for M-class flaring (R1-R2/Minor-Moderate) on 15-28 Sep with the return of Region 3413 to the visible disk. 

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to reach high levels on 04-10 Sep due to CH HSS influence. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at unsettled to active levels on 04-08 Sep, 14-18 Sep, 23 Sep, and 28-30 Sep due to CH HSS activity. There is a chance for a glancing blow from the 01 Sep CME to impact the geomagnetic field on 05 Sep. 

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2023 Sep 04 0549 UTC
# 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 2023-09-04
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
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Upcoming DRM Consortium in September



At IBC 2023 (Welcome – IBC2023 ) the DRM Consortium ( is planning for a full day of DRM activities on September 16th.

The Saturday will kick off with a “Meet and Greet” event hosted in Hall 8 by Fraunhofer IIS at the RAI exhibition site in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

This will be the preface to the main event, “DRM Showcase”, hosted over lunch by the Consortium in the center of RAI Amsterdam, over lunch, starting at 1330. This will be an opportunity to hear about the latest on DRM, see concrete samples of the DRM activities around the world, and be witness to important announcements that premiered at this special IBC event.

Save the date and do not miss this unique and new DRM offering at IBC RAI!
More info at:

Friday, September 01, 2023

FRS reports on Summer Splash QSLs


Dear FRS Listener,

Following the extra Summer Splash broadcast on Sunday, August 13th, a start could be made to organizing the replying. Lots of e-mails came in, in the meantime a nice package of letters in our P.O.Box 2702 was picked up as well.

Unfortunately, we lost a great number of emails because of a mistake (beyond our control). 
Yesterday most (I guess all) of the 'victims' received a mail in which we explained what happened requesting for resending their e-mail report(s) for July 23rd/30th and August 6th/ 13th. I'm happy that most of the listeners whose mail(s) got lost, already replied and resent their reports. Thanks!

In case you are amongst those who sent us mail/reports in the period July/ August (and you haven't received a reply): please resent your mail!

All of this caused a delay. The eQSLs have still to be finished yet and as a matter of fact I'm on holidays for 2 weeks starting at the end of this week. 

For that reason I'd like to inform that all replies for the 2023 Summer Splash will start by September 11th. Please have a little patience. Good news: A bumper edition of the FRS Summer 2023 Newsletter is waiting for you!

Thanks for your understanding!

Remember: FRS-Holland will be back in late October/ early November. Thursday, August 31st the Free Radio Service Holland will officially turn 43!

Update on Encore classical music from Radio Tumbril


Tumbril is in France for three weeks being fed various bits of lightly grilled dead animal, limp vegetables, and hitherto undreamt of quantities of fine wines.
There will be no bulletins until the end of September and email responses will be delayed.
THE SUNDAY BROADCAST ON 3955 kHz is now at 1900 UTC (Not 2100 UTC).
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
20:00 - 21:00 UTC Friday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe (New)
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
19:00 - 20:00 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, east coast of US and Iceland. (Sometimes 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 funding of Encore - Radio Tumbril.
Up-to-date transmission times and frequencies.
The playlists for the most recent programmes.
An email link.
Informal reception reports as well as those requesting eQSL cards are welcome.
THIS FORTNIGHT"S PROGRAMME - (First broadcast last FRIDAY by WRMI at 0200 UTC on 5850, (and 2000 UTC on 15770) and then Channel 292 on SATURDAY at 10:00 UTC on 6070 and 9670 kHz):
Starts with a military field recording and continues with Summer Evening Waltz by Oskar Merikanto. Then there is a recording of the tenor Richard Tauber from the 1930s. 
A Brandenburg Concerto from J S Bach and a contemporary partita for eight voices follow on. A longish piece next - The Isle of the Dead tone poem by Rachmaninoff, after which Katherine Jenkins will sing us a couple of songs from the operas. 
The programme ends with the Prelude from the ballet Coppélia by Delibes.
ON 8TH SEPTEMBER - The next fortnight's cycle begins - see the playlist on
The programme starts with several movements from a Telemann horn concerto, then some of Mozart's Piano Concerto in G Major, followed by three songs from Schubert's song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin.
The second half of the hour has a Chopin Ballade and part of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3.
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 -