Saturday, October 21, 2017

Isle of Music and Uncle Bill's Melting Pot weekend programs


From the Isle of Music, October 22-28
No interviews this week, rather, we will explore the Electronic & Electronic-Acoustic Music category of Cubadisco 2017 plus listen to some excellent Cuban Jazz from the early 2000s.
Four opportunities to listen on shortwave:
1. For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere (including parts of East Asia and Oceania) with 100Kw, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 KHz, from Kostinbrod, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)
2. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0000-0100 UTC on WBCQ, 7490 KHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EDT in the US)
3 & 4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany.



Soul Masala......
Episode 33 of Uncle Bill's Melting Pot will be mostly some excellent Indian/Soul/Jazz fusion with the usual surprise or two on the side. This will be different.
Sunday, October 22 at 2200-2230 UTC (6:00pm-6:30pm EDT US) on WBCQ 7490 Khz, for the Americas and parts of Europe.

William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer, Tilford Productions, LLC

Friday, October 20, 2017

Shortwave Radiogram weekend schedule


Hello friends,
I received very few reports of last weekend’s Thor 25x4 providing a better decode than our usual MFSK32, despite the 2-second interleave of Thor 25x4. One of those reports was from Zach in Alabama (above).

This weekend Shortwave Radiogram will be all MFSK32, but we will experiment with the ISO-8859-5 character set. In our usual UTF-8 character set, when we transmit Cyrillic text, e.g. Russian, the speed of the printout is reduced by half. With the ISO-8859-5 character set, Cyrillic prints out at the same speed (120 wpm using MFSK32) as English.

So please adjust Fldigi: Configure > UI > Colors & Fonts > change Rx/Tx Character set to ISO-8859-5. In ISO-8859-5 you will see both the English and Russian text. In UTF-8 (Fldigi’s default), only the English.

Unfortunately, in Android, the TIVAR and AndFlmsg apps have only the UTF-8 character set, so the Russian text will not be visible. Less than 3 minutes of the program is devoted to the Russian text.  

And keep in mind that you can record Shortwave Radiogram and decode from the recording, trying different settings.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 18, 21-22 October 2017, all in MFSK32:

 1:31  Program preview
 3:21  US worried about independent media in Hungary*
10:51  Excerpt of Russian text from Deutsche Welle
13:55  New amateur radio station at BBC Broadcasting House*
19:23  QST review of new Icom IC-R8600 receiver*
21:34  DW.com feature on best mountain photos*
24:45  DW.com feature on autumn leaves* 
27:05  Closing announcements
* with image

Please send reception reports to radiogram@verizon.net
And visit http://swradiogram.net
Twitter: @SWRadiogram
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/567099476753304


Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule

Saturday
1600-1630 UTC
9400 kHz
Space Line, Bulgaria
Sunday
0600-0630 UTC
7730 kHz
WRMI Florida
Sunday
2030-2100 UTC
11580 kHz
WRMI Florida
Sunday
2330-2400 UTC
11580 kHz
WRMI Florida

The Mighty KBC transmits to Europe Saturdays at 1500-1600 UTC on 9400 kHz (via Bulgaria), with the minute of MFSK at about 1530 UTC (if you are outside of Europe, listen via websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/ ).  And to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT) on 5960 kHz, via Germany. The minute of MFSK is at about 0130 UTC.  Reports to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com . See also http://www.kbcradio.eu/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc/

 Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC)  For the complete IBC transmission schedule visit  http://ibcradio.webs.com/  Five minutes of MFSK32 is at the end of the 30-minute English-language “Shortwave Panorama,” per the schedule below:

WEDNESDAY  18.55 UTC  6070 KHZ TO EUROPE
                       19.55 UTC  1584 KHZ TO EUROPE
THURSDAY     02.55 UTC  1584 KHZ TO EUROPE
FRIDAY           01.25 UTC  9955 KHZ TO CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA
SATURDAY     01.55 UTC 11580 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA
                       20.25 UTC  1584 KHZ TO SOUTH EUROPE
SUNDAY          00.55 UTC  7730 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA
                       10.55 UTC  6070 KHZ TO EUROPE

 Thanks for your reception reports!  The QSL gallery for program 16 has been sent to everyone who reported.
Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
Shortwave Radiogram


Monday, October 16, 2017

Isle of Music and Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules, October 15-21


From the Isle of Music, Oct 15-21:
This week, our special guest is William Borrego, whose debut solo album Acerca el Oido was awarded a Cubadisco in 2017 in the Conjuntos y Otros Formatos category as well as nominated for another one in the Opera Prima (best new artist) category, AND he sings in Leyendas.com, also nominated in Conjuntos y Otros Formatos. We will listen to a lot of music from that category as well as a couple of surprises.
Four opportunities to listen on shortwave:
1. For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere (including parts of East Asia and Oceania) with 100Kw, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 KHz, from Kostinbrod, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)
2. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0000-0100 UTC on WBCQ, 7490 KHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EDT in the US)
3 & 4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany.


Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, Oct 15
It's Greek Week!
Episode 32 of
Uncle Bill's Melting Pot will be mostly some absolutely sublime Greek music. If you listen to VOG even though you don't speak a word of Greek, this episode's for you. You bring the Ouzo, we'll bring the music.
Sunday, October 15 at 2200-2230 UTC (6:00pm-6:30pm EDT US) on WBCQ 7490 Khz.

(William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer)

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2017 Oct 16 0358 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/weekly.html
#
#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
#
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 09 - 15 October 2017

Solar activity was at very low levels and spotless with the exception of the emergence of new Region 2684 (N11, L=312, class/area Bxo/010 on 15 Oct) late in the period. No Earth-directed
coronal mass ejections were observed.  No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at moderate levels on 09-11 Oct, high levels on 12-14 Oct, and very high levels on 15 Oct. The largest flux of the period was 59,298 pfu observed at 15/1645 UTC.

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to G2 (Moderate) storm levels. The period began with solar wind speeds between 300-400 km/s and total field ranging from 1-5 nT on 09-10 Oct. The geomagnetic field was at quiet levels on 09 Oct and quiet to unsettled levels on 10 Oct. By late on 10 Oct, total field and solar wind speed began to increase as a polar connected, positive polarity, coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) became geoeffective. Total field increased to 12 nT at 11/1115 UTC and solar wind speed gradually increased to a maximum of 737 km/s at 14/0550 UTC. Solar wind speed slowly decreased thereafter to near 550 km/s by the end of the period.

The geomagnetic field responded with unsettled to G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels on 11-12 Oct and 14-15 Oct. Quiet to G2 (Moderate) storm levels were observed on 13 Oct.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 16 October - 11 November 2017

Solar activity is expected to be at very low levels. A chance for C-flares is likely on 19 Oct-03 Nov with the return of old Regions 2682 (S10, L=126) and 2683 (N13, L=111).  No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit. The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is
expected to be at high to very high levels on 16-18 Oct and again on 27 Oct and 11 Nov. High levels are expected on 19-21 Oct, 25-26 Oct, 28 Oct-01 Nov and on 08-10 Nov due to recurrent CH HSS influences.  Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at unsettled to active levels on 16-22 Oct, 24-29 Oct, 01-02 Nov, and 07-11 Nov. G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels are likely on 24-25 Oct and 07-11 Nov and G2 (Moderate) levels are likely on 25 Oct and 10 Nov due to recurrent CH HSS effects.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2017 Oct 16 0358 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wwire.html
#
#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2017-10-16
#
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2017 Oct 16      70          18          4
2017 Oct 17      70          10          3
2017 Oct 18      70          12          4
2017 Oct 19      72          12          4
2017 Oct 20      72           8          3
2017 Oct 21      72           8          3
2017 Oct 22      72           8          3
2017 Oct 23      72           5          2
2017 Oct 24      72          35          5
2017 Oct 25      72          45          6
2017 Oct 26      72          15          4
2017 Oct 27      72          15          4
2017 Oct 28      72          10          3
2017 Oct 29      72           8          3
2017 Oct 30      72           5          2
2017 Oct 31      72           5          2
2017 Nov 01      72           8          3
2017 Nov 02      72          10          3
2017 Nov 03      70           5          2
2017 Nov 04      70           5          2
2017 Nov 05      70           5          2
2017 Nov 06      70           5          2
2017 Nov 07      70          28          5
2017 Nov 08      70          30          5
2017 Nov 09      70          40          5
2017 Nov 10      70          28          6
2017 Nov 11      70          26          5
(NOAA)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Clandestine stations schedule updates


Effective: 15 October 2017
Schedules do not reflect Winter B17 schedules.
All times UTC

Voice of Freedom
0000-0200 on  5920 HWA 010 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean, alt.5940/6020/6135

Republic of Yemen Radio
0000-0300 on 11860 unknown tx / unknown to N/ME Arabic

Radio Republica
0100-0300 on  9490 ISS 150 kW / 285 deg to Cuba Spanish

Radio Payem e-Doost
0230-0315 on  7460 KCH 500 kW / 116 deg to WeAs Farsi

Voice of Kashmir
0230-0330 on  6030 DEL 100 kW / non-dir to SoAs Kashmiri

Denge Kurdistan
0230-0500 on  6155 ERV 100 kW / 192 deg to WeAs Kurdish

Radio Republica
0300-0400 on  9490 ISS 150 kW / 285 deg to Cuba Spanish Sun/Mon

Voice of Freedom
0300-0800 on  5920 HWA 010 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean, alt.5940/6020/6135

Republic of Yemen Radio
0300-0900 on 11860 JED 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Arabic

Radio Tamazuj
0330-0430 on  9600 SMG 250 kW / 146 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic
0330-0430 on 11650 MDC 250 kW / 340 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic

Eye Radio
0400-0500 on 11730 ISS 250 kW / 130 deg to EaAf Arabic/English*
*including other languages Dinka/Nuer/Shilluk/Bari/Zande/Lutoho

Radio Dabanga
0430-0500 on  9600 SMG 250 kW / 146 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic
0430-0500 on 13800 MDC 250 kW / 340 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic

Radio Dandal Kura International
0500-0600 on  5960 ASC 250 kW / 070 deg to WeAf Kanuri

Denge Kurdistan
0500-1800 on  7320 ERV 300 kW / 192 deg to WeAs Kurdish
0500-1800 on  7520 ERV 100 kW / 192 deg to WeAs Kurdish

Echo of Unification
0430-0630 on  3966vCNG 005 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean
0430-0630 on  5905 PYO 100 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean
0430-0630 on  6250 PYO 100 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean

Voice of The People
0530-2330 on  3480 K-S 050 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean
0530-2330 on  3910 K-S 050 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean, alt.3912
0530-2330 on  3930 K-S 050 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean, alt.4557
0530-2330 on  4450 K-S 050 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean
0530-2330 on  6520 K-S 050 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean, alt.6518
0530-2330 on  6600 K-S 050 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean

Radio Dandal Kura International
0600-0700 on  7415 ASC 250 kW / 070 deg to WeAf Kanuri

Echo of Hope
0600-2400 on  3985 HWA 100 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean
0600-2400 on  4885 SEO 100 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean
0600-2400 on  5995 HWA 100 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean, alt.6003
0600-2400 on  6250 SEO 010 kW / 010 deg to NEAs Korean, alt.6248
0600-2400 on  6350 HWA 100 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean
0600-2400 on  9100 SEO 010 kW / 010 deg to NEAs Korean

Radio Dandal Kura International
0700-0800 on 13810 WOF 250 kW / 165 deg to WeAf Kanuri

Voice of Kashmir
0730-0830 on  6100 DEL 250 kW / 134 deg to SoAs Kashmiri

Voice of Freedom
0900-1500 on  5920 HWA 010 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean, alt.5940/6020/6135

Republic of Yemen Radio
0900-1800 on 11860 unknown tx / unknown to N/ME Arabic

Suab Xaa Moo Zoo, Voice of Hope
1130-1200 on 11560 TSH 100 kW / 250 deg to SEAs Hmong

Voice of Khmer M'Chas Srok
1130-1200 on 17860 TAC 100 kW / 122 deg to SEAs Khmer Thu/Sun

Voice of Tibet
1200-1210 on 11513 DB  100 kW / 095 deg to EaAs Chinese
1210-1230 on 11507 DB  100 kW / 095 deg to EaAs Chinese

Radio Que Me
1200-1230 on  9930 HBN 100 kW / 318 deg to EaAs Vietnamese Fri

Radio Free North Korea
1200-1300 on 15630 TAC 100 kW / 076 deg to NEAs Korean

Radio ERGO
1200-1300 on 17845 DHA 250 kW / 225 deg to EaAf Somali

National Unity Radio
1200-1500 on 11550 DB  100 kW / 071 deg to NEAs Korean

Echo of Unification
1230-1430 on  3966vCNG 005 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean
1230-1430 on  5905 PYO 100 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean
1230-1430 on  6250 PYO 100 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean

Voice of Tibet
1230-1235 on 15533 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan
1235-1305 on 15527 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan

Shiokaze Sea Breeze
1300-1330 on  6040 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Chinese Mon
1300-1330 on  6040 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Tue
1300-1330 on  6040 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Wed
1300-1330 on  6040 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs English Thu
1300-1330 on  6040 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Fri
1300-1330 on  6040 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Sat
1300-1330 on  6040 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Sun

Nippon no Kaze
1300-1330 on  9465 TSH 300 kW / 002 deg to NEAs Korean
1300-1330 on  9900 TSH 300 kW / 352 deg to NEAs Korean
1300-1330 on  9940 TSH 100 kW / 002 deg to NEAs Korean

Voice of Tibet
1300-1310 on 11507 DB  100 kW / 095 deg to EaAs Chinese
1305-1315 on 15522 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan
1310-1330 on 11512 DB  100 kW / 095 deg to EaAs Chinese
1315-1335 on 15528 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan

Shiokaze Sea Breeze
1330-1400 on  6040 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Mon
1330-1400 on  6040 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Tue
1330-1400 on  6040 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Wed
1330-1400 on  6040 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs English Thu
1330-1400 on  6040 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Fri
1330-1400 on  6040 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Sat
1330-1400 on  6040 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Sun

Furusato no Kaze
1330-1400 on  9705 TSH 300 kW / 002 deg to NEAs Japanese
1330-1400 on  9900 TSH 300 kW / 352 deg to NEAs Japanese
1330-1400 on  9950 TSH 100 kW / 002 deg to NEAs Japanese

Voice of Wilderness
1330-1530 on  7625 TAC 100 kW / 070 deg to NEAs Korean

Voice of Tibet
1335-1345 on 15522 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan
1345-1400 on 15528 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan

Voice of Tibet
1400-1405 on 15565 MDC 250 kW / 045 deg to CeAs Tibetan
1405-1410 on 15560 MDC 250 kW / 045 deg to CeAs Tibetan
1410-1430 on 15565 MDC 250 kW / 045 deg to CeAs Tibetan

Furusato no Kaze (Shiokaze Sea Breeze)
1405-1435 on  6165 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese

Furusato no Kaze
1430-1500 on  9450 TSH 300 kW / 352 deg to NEAs Japanese
1430-1500 on  9560 TSH 300 kW / 002 deg to NEAs Japanese
1430-1500 on  9960 HBN 100 kW / 345 deg to NEAs Japanese

Voice of Kashmir
1430-1530 on  6030 DEL 100 kW / non-dir to SoAs Kashmiri

North Korea Reform Radio
1430-1530 on 11570 TAC 100 kW / 076 deg to NEAs Korean

Radio Tamazuj
1430-1500 on 15150 ISS 250 kW / 138 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic
1430-1500 on 15550 SMG 250 kW / 150 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic
1500-1530 on 15150 MDC 250 kW / 340 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic
1500-1530 on 15550 SMG 250 kW / 150 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic

Nippon no Kaze
1500-1530 on  7335 TSH 300 kW / 352 deg to NEAs Korean
1500-1530 on  9900 TSH 300 kW / 002 deg to NEAs Korean
1500-1530 on  9975 HBN 100 kW / 345 deg to NEAs Korean

Radio Al-Mukhtar
1500-1558 on 15205 ISS 100 kW / 125 deg to EaAf Arabic Tue

Radio Warra Wangeelaa-ti
1500-1530 on 15515 SCB 050 kW / 195 deg to EaAf Afan Oromo Sat

Living Water Ministry Broadcasting
1500-1600 on  9650 PUG 250 kW / 000 deg to NEAs Korean Tue-Thu

Nippon no Kaze
1530-1600 on  7335 TSH 300 kW / 352 deg to NEAs Korean
1530-1600 on  9685 TSH 300 kW / 002 deg to NEAs Korean
1530-1600 on  9965 HBN 100 kW / 345 deg to NEAs Korean

Radio Dabanga
1530-1600 on 15150 MDC 250 kW / 340 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic
1530-1600 on 15550 SMG 250 kW / 150 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic

Voice of Martyrs
1530-1700 on  7525 TAC 100 kW / 076 deg to NEAs Korean/English

Shiokaze Sea Breeze
1600-1630 on  6090 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Chinese Mon
1600-1630 on  6090 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Tue
1600-1630 on  6090 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Wed
1600-1630 on  6090 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs English Thu
1600-1630 on  6090 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Fri
1600-1630 on  6090 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Sat
1600-1630 on  6090 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Sun

Furusato no Kaze
1600-1630 on  7335 TSH 300 kW / 352 deg to NEAs Japanese
1600-1630 on  9470 TSH 300 kW / 002 deg to NEAs Japanese
1600-1630 on  9960 HBN 100 kW / 345 deg to NEAs Japanese

Radio Ranginkaman/Radio Rainbow
1600-1630 on  7575 KCH 500 kW / 116 deg to WeAs Farsi Mon/Fri

Radio Xoriyo Ogaden
1600-1630 on 17630 ISS 500 kW / 130 deg to EaAf Somali Tue/Sat
1600-1630 on 17870 ISS 500 kW / 130 deg to EaAf Somali Mon/Fri

Radio Voice of Independent Oromiya
1600-1630 on 17850 ISS 250 kW / 130 deg to EaAf Oromo Sun

Radio Voice of Amara
1600-1658 on 15360 ISS 250 kW / 120 deg to EaAf Amharic Sun

Eye Radio
1600-1900 on 17730 ISS 250 kW / 130 deg to EaAf Arabic/English*
*including other languages Dinka/Nuer/Shilluk/Bari/Zande/Lutoho

Voice of Freedom
1600-2000 on  5920 HWA 010 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean, alt.5940/6020/6135

Shiokaze Sea Breeze
1630-1700 on  6090 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Mon
1630-1700 on  6090 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Tue
1630-1700 on  6090 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Wed
1630-1700 on  6090 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs English Thu
1630-1700 on  6090 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Fri
1630-1700 on  6090 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Sat
1630-1700 on  6090 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Sun

Nippon no Kaze
1630-1700 on  7335 TSH 300 kW / 352 deg to NEAs Korean

Radio Sagalee Qeerroo Bilisummaa
1630-1658 on 17840 ISS 250 kW / 130 deg to EaAf Oromo Tue/Thu/Fri

Furusato no Kaze
1700-1730 on  6155 TSH 300 kW / 352 deg to NEAs Japanese

Dimtse Radio Erena
1700-1730 on 11965 SCB 050 kW / 195 deg to EaAf Tigrinya Mon-Fri

Voice of Oromo Liberation
1700-1730 on 15420 NAU 100 kW / 139 deg to EaAf Afan Oromo Wed/Fri/Sun

Radio Voice of Amara
1700-1800 on 15360 ISS 250 kW / 120 deg to EaAf Amharic Mon/Wed/Sat

Dimtse Radio Erena
1730-1800 on 11965 SCB 050 kW / 195 deg to EaAf Arabic Mon-Fri

Voice of Oromo Liberation
1730-1800 on 15420 NAU 100 kW / 139 deg to EaAf Amharic Wed

Dimtse Radio Erena
1700-1800 on 11965 SCB 050 kW / 195 deg to EaAf Tigrinya Sat
1700-1800 on 11965 SCB 050 kW / 195 deg to EaAf Arabic Sun

Denge Kurdistan
1800-2100 on  6155 ERV 100 kW / 192 deg to WeAs Kurdish
1800-2100 on  7320 ERV 300 kW / 192 deg to WeAs Kurdish

Radio Payem e-Doost
1800-1845 on  7480 KCH 500 kW / 116 deg to WeAs Farsi

Radio Itahuka
1800-1900 on 15420 MDC 250 kW / 320 deg to SoAf Kirundi Sat

Radio Dandal Kura International
1800-2100 on 12050 ASC 250 kW / 065 deg to WeAf Kanuri

Republic of Yemen Radio
1800-2300 on 11860 JED 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Arabic

Lutheran World Federation/Voice of Gospel/Sawtu Linjilia
1830-1858 on 15315 ISS 500 kW / 180 deg to WCAf Fulfulde

Voice of the People of Somaliland
1900-1930 on  7325 MDC 250 kW / 355 deg to EaAf Somali

North Korea Reform Radio
2030-2130 on  7500 TAC 100 kW / 076 deg to NEAs Korean

Voice of Freedom
2100-2400 on  5920 HWA 010 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean, alt.5940/6020/6135

Echo of Unification
2230-0030 on  3966vCNG 005 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean
2230-0030 on  5905 PYO 100 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean
2230-0030 on  6250 PYO 100 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean

Suab Xaa Moo Zoo, Voice of Hope
2230-2300 on  7530 TSH 100 kW / 250 deg to SEAs Hmong

Voice of Tibet
2300-2305 on  7492 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan
2305-2335 on  7493 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan
2335-2400 on  7487 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan

Republic of Yemen Radio
2300-2400 on 11860 unknown tx / unknown to N/ME Arabic
(DX Bulgaria/photo via Pinterest)

IBC updates their QSL policy


The Italian Broadcasting Corporation has announced a new QSL policy. The station's websites, notes, "We confirm all correct reception reports with our E-QSL. We are sorry, but due to the high cost of stamps, if you need our paper QSL (sent with an IBC sticker), a donation is required."

Among future plans, there is the possibility to extend their Saturday broadcast via Rohrbach, Germany, on 6070 kHz at the end of October. If so, the new time slot will include: 1300-1500 UTC(currently 1300-1400 UTC).

IBC has decided that their Saturday transmission will begin in the upcoming B17 winter period.
(Italian Broadcasting Corporation/DX Fanzine)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Shortwave Station Bends But Doesn't Break


WRMI in Okeechobee scrambled back to service despite hurricane damage

Friday, October 13, 2017

EMR Relays schedules, and more

All times UTC/frequencies kHz

Scheduled transmissions from Radio City
3rd Saturday at 08.00 to 09.00 - 9510 with repeats on all other Saturdays
4th Saturday at 12.00 to 13.00 - 7265 via Hamburger Lokalradio
Contact address remains: citymorecars@yahoo.ca

Saturday HLR
06.00 to 10.00 - 6190
10.00 to 16.00 - 7265

European Music Radio relays
14 October 2017
08.00 to 09.00 - 6070 to Western Europe via Channel 292
15 October 2017
08.00 to 09.00 - 9485 to Western Europe via MVBR
19.00 to 20.00 - 6070 to Western Europe via Channel 292

Internet Repeats on 15 October 2017
EMR will have this month's transmissions via two streams running at the following Times:15.00, 17.00, 19.00
http://nednl.net:8000/emr.m3u will be on 96 kbps /44 KHz stereo for normal listening
http://nednl.net:8000/emr24.m3u will be 24 kbps / 22 KHz mono will be especially for low bandwidth like mobile phones.

European Music Radio relay
21 October 2017
21.30 to 22.00 - 7490 to Central & North America via WBCQ
Sunday HLR
09.00 to 12.00 - 9485
E-mail: redaktion@hamburger-lokalradio.de 
Thank you!
HLR FM-DAB+ Program via the Internet www.hamburger-lokalradio.net  daily/24 hours

The Mighty KBC program schedule http://www.kbcradio.eu/index.php?dir=shows/6095
Please Email: themightykbc@gmail.com 
Thank you!
 
Hobart Radio International
Full Schedule A17: http://www.hriradio.org/p/current-schedule.html
Please Email: hriradio@gmail.com 
Thank you!

Radio Channel 292  Transmission schedules
http://www.channel292.de/schedule-for-bookings/

Radio Mi Amigo Transmission schedules
www.radiomiamigo.es/shortwave

For outside the listening area please try the Twente/Netherlands Web RX at http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/
You can also hear many European free and alternative stations via the Internet at: http://laut.fm/jukebox

Good Listening!
73s, 
Tom Taylor
European Music Radio:
website www.europeanmusicradio.com
email emrshortwave@gmail.com

Shortwave Radiogram weekend schedule, October 14-15

Comparison of image in two modes by @Hal_Fi in California, 8 October, 0624 UTC, 7730 kHz via WRMI Florida
Hello friends,
Last weekend, it was fun to try the Thor22 mode.  So far, however, I have not seen any examples (reception was too good!) of the 78-wpm Thor22 mode providing a better decode than 120-wpm MFSK32. The Thor22 images had more synchronization problems than the MFSK32 images.


This weekend we will try the Thor 25x4 mode. It’s 1800 Hz wide with a speed of 88 wpm and a 2-second interleave. Thor 25x4 might work well in difficult reception conditions. (I think we tried this mode on VOA Radiogram.)


Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 17, 14-15 October 2017, all in MFSK32 except where noted:
 1:34  Program preview
 2:48  Trump renews threats against US media*
13:04  Russia considers restrictions against RFE/RL*
17:52  Signal Festival light show in Prague*
20:57  California wildfires*
23:09  Thor 25x4: Radio Caroline will get MW license
27:26  MFSK32: Image* and closing announcements


* with image
Please send reception reports to radiogram@verizon.net
And visit http://swradiogram.net
Twitter: @SWRadiogram
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Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule

Saturday
1600-1630 UTC
9400 kHz
Space Line, Bulgaria
Sunday
0600-0630 UTC
7730 kHz
WRMI Florida
Sunday
2030-2100 UTC
11580 kHz
WRMI Florida
Sunday
2330-2400 UTC
11580 kHz
WRMI Florida


 The Mighty KBC transmits to Europe Saturdays at 1500-1600 UTC on 9400 kHz (via Bulgaria), with the minute of MFSK at about 1530 UTC (if you are outside of Europe, listen via websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/ ).  And to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT) on 5960 kHz, via GermanyThe minute of MFSK is at about 0130 UTC.  Reports to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com . See also http://www.kbcradio.eu/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc/


 Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC)  For the complete IBC transmission schedule visit  http://ibcradio.webs.com/  Five minutes of MFSK32 is at the end of the 30-minute English-language “Shortwave Panorama,” per the schedule below:


All times UTC/frequencies kHz

Wednesday  
18.55 6070 to Europe  
19.55 1584 to Europe  

Thursday  
02.55 1584 to Europe

Friday        
01.25 9955 to Central/South America

Saturday   
01.55 11580 to North America
20.25 1584 to South Europe

Sunday     
00.55 7730 to North America
10.55 6070 to Europe

Thanks for your reception reports!
Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
Shortwave Radiogram

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

* Hurricane Damage to a Mediumwave Station in the Caribbean




At the end of our program last week, we announced the topics that would be included in Wavescan today.  However, due to the recent onslaught of several hurricanes in the Caribbean, we present instead the story of what happened to a well known medium wave station on a small island in the middle of a chain of islands in the Caribbean.  Much of this information is found on the internet.  

            People throughout the world have been appalled as they have viewed on their television screens the massive widespread devastation that several recent hurricanes have wrought upon so many of the islands in the Caribbean.  Wind gusts as high as 225 miles an hour, and sustained wind speeds at 185 miles per hour, together with massive rainfalls measured in feet, not inches, have produced a devastation that is hard to believe, even when seen. 

            The news media are stating that the large island of Puerto Rico is totally devastated, with virtually no electricity, no drinking water, very little food, very little gasoline, and almost total island wide damage and destruction to all private housing on the island.  Other smaller islands are equally devastated, and some islands such as Barbuda, have been completely abandoned by their entire population; only temporarily we would hope.

            Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, Lee and Maria have progressively stormed across the Caribbean islands and other nearby territories, wreaking apocalyptic damage during a period of some six weeks.  This devastating row of hurricanes is now gone; they are no more than names now that multitudes of islanders would prefer to forget.  But they have left behind them a scene of devastation that the islanders will never forget.

            So massive has been the destruction throughout much of the Caribbean that most of the local news media, television, radio, newspaper, have been no longer able to operate.  But, some stories are beginning to come through.

            Back a month ago, we presented two stories here in Wavescan about radio stations on the two small islands off to the east of Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra.  In our program today, we present the story of another important radio station in the same area, a station that was a thriving and popular station, though it is now badly damaged and silent.  It is the story of medium wave station WIVV, the West Indies Voice of Victory, with its tall medium wave tower on the island of Vieques. 

            It was back in the year 1952 that Don and Ruth Luttrell arrived on Vieques Island.  Don Luttrell was born at Oakland City, Indiana in 1924 and he became involved in Christian ministry and service in various areas of Latin America. 

            Four years after their arrival on Vieques Island, they launched a new Christian radio station, WIVV with 250 watts on 1370 kHz.  The ultimate coverage areas for the new WIVV included not only Vieques Island itself and eastern Puerto Rico, but also the West Indies, the U. S. and British Virgin Islands and much of the Lesser Antilles.  Their new radio station was one of the very early Christian radio stations in the Caribbean, preceded by just one other, 4VEH in Cap Haitien in Haiti six years earlier in 1950.    

            In 2008, radio station WIVV was rebuilt, with a new studio building, a new transmitter, and a new transmission tower.  The former studio building was converted into a storage garage. 

            Up until the recent massive hurricane, station WIVV was on the air with 5 kW day and 1 kW at night on 1370 kHz.  Radio WIVV is now part of the Rock Radio Network and most of their programming was in Spanish on relay from the network parent station WBMJ in San Juan Puerto Rico.  There were however, local programming inserts from their own new studio on Vieques Island, as well as some programming in the English language mostly for the island audiences east of Puerto Rico.

            Two weeks ago, under the onslaught of Hurricane Maria, station WIVV was badly damaged.  Their medium wave tower was broken in three places, their microwave relay dish and tower were destroyed, and photographs show that there is apparently some damage to their new studio building.

            Station WIVV is now off the air, along with the other two stations in their network on nearby Puerto Rico; WBMJ in San Juan and WCGB in Juana Diaz.  The network is hoping to rebuild their facility in Vieques, and also their two other stations on Puerto Rico, with financial aid from interested parties in the United States. 

            Unfortunately, the WIVV story is not an isolated story; there are so many other radio stations in the Caribbean that could tell a similar story of damage and destruction from the onslaught of the recent slew of hurricanes in that part of the world. 
(AWR-Wavescan)

The Radio Scene on Coconut Island


It is true, there are several islands in various parts of our globe that are identified as Coconut Island.  However, the Coconut island that we are referring to in our program today is located off the south coast of Guam in the western Pacific.

This Coconut Island is just one mile long and less than a quarter mile wide, and yet in spite of its diminutive size, yet it played host to a large and important radio station way back in the middle of the last century.   This island is a hilly tropical island that lies in a north east-south west diagonal direction just one mile off the south coast of Guam.

Coconut Island is a bird watcher’s paradise and it attracts many day tourists from nearby Guam itself.  Apart from tourist personnel, the island is uninhabited.  In earlier years, the island was under Spanish jurisdiction, along with Guam.  However, in1898 Guam was ceded among other territories to the United States, and soon afterwards two thirds of Coconut Island was taken over by the American government for official usages. 

 In the latter part of the year 1944, after American forces had re-taken over from the Japanese on Guam, a site survey was conducted on the island for the installation of a LORAN a long range navigation radio station.  Back then, the Americans were installing numerous LORAN navigation stations at suitable locations in coastal areas in both the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans.
 Each LORAN station operated on a chosen frequency in the marine band just above the standard medium wave broadcast band.  The power level was usually 500 watts or less, and the antenna tower was usually quite tall.  These stations were on the air 24 hours daily, thus requiring several residences for participating staff.

Each LOARN station broadcast a pulse signal that was decrypted by electronic circuitry in specially designed radio receivers.  By tuning two or three different LORAN stations simultaneously, nearby aircraft and shipping could quickly determine their exact location.  In many ways LORAN was a forerunner to our present day satellite based GPS networks.
 A site on the south west end of Coconut Island was chosen for this new LORAN station and work commenced on this facility on November 11, 1944.  Two weeks later, the station was completed, and on December 26, it was taken into full service, along with three other LORAN stations in the Marianas Chain; Saipan, Ulithi and Ratidian Point. 

The callsign for LORAN Coconut Island was NRV1. These LORAN navigation stations were installed and operated by the United States Coast Guard whose main maritime station on Cabras Island Guam was authorized under the callsign NRV.  It is logical therefore that the LORAN station at that time on Coconut Island would simply add a numerical suffix to that main callsign, as NRV1
 Five years later on November 17, 1949, the LORAN navigation radio station NRV1 on Coconut Island was destroyed by Typhoon Allyn; and by March of the following year (1950), the station was completely rebuilt at the same location.  However, less than two months later, the station was again badly damaged by another massive windstorm, Typhoon Doris.  As a safety precaution, the entire staff were evacuated in advance of the May 9 storm.

And if that was not enough, the station was taken off the air for a short period of time in 1954 after another typhoon damaged the antenna system.  Due to the logistical difficulties in meeting staff requirements on a lonely and isolated small island, and also because of significant and costly damage to the station from the only too frequent typhoons, the station was closed in 1963, decommissioned on February 15 of the following year (1964), and rebuilt at a new location on the main island of Guam.   

The new LORAN station on the island of Guam was installed on United States naval property at Orote Point, near the end of a small peninsula on the central west coast of the island.  This new LORAN NRV1 with its several transmitters at its new location was taken into full service later in 1964, though its usefulness was beginning to come to an end. 
 With the introduction of international communications by satellite, LORAN stations were becoming redundant.  Station NRV1 at Orote Point was taken out of service in 1977, and it was noted that the station was no longer operative at the time of the onslaught of Typhoon Pamala during the following year 1978.

The corresponding receiver station for LORAN Guam was located at Ritidian Point, the northernmost point on the island of Guam itself.  This Ritidian Point facility was taken into service at the end of the year 1944, at the same time as the transmitter station on Cocos Island was commissioned.  The Ritidian Point receiver station was decommissioned in 1978, along with the transmitter station at its second major location, Orote Point.
 A search on Google Earth for the original location of LORAN NRV1 on Coconut Island reveals that almost nothing is left at that site, just overgrown verdure.  The station is gone, and the location has been reclaimed by nature.  There are no known QSLs anywhere, verifying LORAN Guam; in fact, there are no known QSLs anywhere verifying any of the LORAN stations anywhere in the world.   
(AWR-Wavescan)