Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2017 Nov 13 0513 UTC
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 06 - 12 November 2017

Solar activity was very low throughout the period under a spotless disk. The only activity was an eruptive filament observed in the NE quadrant beginning at 10/0630 UTC in SDO/AIA 304 imagery. An associated CME was observed off the eastern limb in SOHO/LASCO C2 imagery beginning at 10/0824 UTC, however subsequent analysis showed no Earth-directed component. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit. The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at normal levels on 06-07 Nov and reached high levels on 08-12 Nov. The
largest flux of the period was 25,349 pfu observed at 11/1435 UTC.  Geomagnetic field activity was at quiet to G2 (Moderate) storm levels over the period. The period began with solar wind speeds
between 285-355 km/s and total field around 4 nT. At approximately 07/0300 UTC, phi angle switched from a negative solar sector to positive.

Additionally, an increase in solar wind speed and total field was observed due to the arrival of a co-rotating interaction region preceding a positive polarity, polar connected, coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS). Total field reached a maximum of 23 nT at 07/1545 UTC while the Bz component reached a maximum southward deflection of -15 nT at 07/1508 UTC. Solar wind speed reached double peaks of 699 km/s at 08/0004 UTC and 719 km/s at 10/1257 UTC before slowly receding to end of period values near 430 km/s. The geomagnetic field responded with quiet levels on 06 Nov, reached G1-G2 (Minor-Moderate) levels on 07-08 Nov, reached unsettled to active levels on 09-10 Nov, and calmed to mostly quiet conditions on 11-12 Nov.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 13 November - 09 December 2017

Solar activity is expected to be at very low levels. 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 13-14 Nov, 16-24 Nov, and 05-09 Dec due to recurrent CH HSS influence.
Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at unsettled to active levels on 14-23 Nov, 29-30 Nov, and 04-08 Dec with G1 (Minor) levels likely on 20-22 Nov, 04-07 Dec and G2 (Moderate) levels likely on 04-05 Dec due to recurrent CH HSS effects.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
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#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2017-11-13
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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2017 Nov 13      70           5          2
2017 Nov 14      73          15          4
2017 Nov 15      73          18          4
2017 Nov 16      73          12          4
2017 Nov 17      73          15          4
2017 Nov 18      73          12          4
2017 Nov 19      73           8          3
2017 Nov 20      75          20          5
2017 Nov 21      75          20          5
2017 Nov 22      75          20          5
2017 Nov 23      75           8          3
2017 Nov 24      75           5          2
2017 Nov 25      75           5          2
2017 Nov 26      75           5          2
2017 Nov 27      75           5          2
2017 Nov 28      73           5          2
2017 Nov 29      72           8          3
2017 Nov 30      71          10          3
2017 Dec 01      70           5          2
2017 Dec 02      70           5          2
2017 Dec 03      69           5          2
2017 Dec 04      69          35          6
2017 Dec 05      68          40          6
2017 Dec 06      68          28          5
2017 Dec 07      68          20          5
2017 Dec 08      69          10          3
2017 Dec 09      69           5          2
(NOAA)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

From the Isle of Music & Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules



From the Isle of Music  episodes for November 12-December 2:
1. For the week of November 12-18, our special guests are from Manguare, one of the leading bands in Cuba’s Nueva Trova movement. We will be spending the hour with them with a lot of music.
2. For the week of November 19-25, we will rebroadcast on of our favorite episodes from 2016, which includes award-winning Jazz piano virtuoso Harold López-Nussa and other good things.
3. For the week of November 26-December 2, we will feature some interpretations of part of Schubert’s Trout Quintet lead by Cuban pianist Frank Fernandez along with an part of an intriguing album from the 1980s, Leningrado, featuring moments by several of Cuba’s Jazz elite from the time.
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 0100-0200 UTC on WBCQ, 7490 KHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EST in the US) NOTE THAT UTC CHANGED FOR B17 BUT EASTERN US TIME IS STILL THE SAME.
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 Potepisodes for November 12-November 26
Here is fair warning of the next 3 episodes of Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot:
Episode 36 (November 12): Funky music from Benin
Episode 37 (November 19): German versions of hits from other countries
Episode 38 (November 26) : Bluegrass meets Hard Rock
Sundays 2300-2330 UTC (6:00PM -6:30PM Eastern US) on

WBCQ The Planet 7490 KHz  from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe
(Tilford Productions)

Shortwave Radiogram schedules


Hello friends,
As we approach the winter solstice, interesting opportunities for reception of Shortwave Radiogram emerge. The Sunday 0600-0630 UTC broadcast on 7730 kHz from WRMI in Florida is reaching Europe, New Zealand, and Australia, even though it is directed to western North America. 

This weekend the program will be all in MFSK32, with five images. The show will include some text in Dari, so your Fldigi character set should be UTF-8.

 Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 21, 11-12 November 2017, all in MFSK32:

 1:36  Program preview
 2:43  Dari or Farsi? Afghanistan's language dispute*
 8:31  Sample of text from BBC Dari Facebook page
10:19  Canada's C3 voyage concludes*
17:22  North Korea installs electric power meters*
24:06  Image* and 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


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:

IBC MFSK32

To Europe
Wednesday
2025-2030 UTC
1584 kHz (MW)
Thursday
0325-0330 UTC
1584 kHz
Saturday
2125-2130 UTC
1584 kHz
Sunday
1155-1200 UTC
6070 kHz

To the Americas
Tuesday
0125-0130 UTC
11580 kHz

Friday
0225-0230 UTC
9955 kHz
Saturday
0155-0200 UTC
11580 kHz

Sunday
0055-0100 UTC
7730 kHz


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




Australian Shortwave Callsign VLP

The Australian shortwave callsign VLP was originally applied consecutively to two passenger/cargo ships belonging to the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand.  Back in those days, the two initial letters VL were applied to wireless stations New Zealand, though due to new international regulations in 1927, the first letter in wireless/radio callsigns for New Zealand was changed from V to Z.

            The first New Zealand ship to which the callsign VLP was allocated was the SS Manapouri.  This ship was built by Dumbarton in Scotland in 1882, and it was named in honor of Manapouri, a small town at the southern end of the South Island of New Zealand.

            The SS Manapouri was sold to the Moller Line in Shanghai China in 1925, though the callsign VLP was initially retained during that era in the change of ownership.  This ship went through a subsequent change of names, from Manapouri to Lindsay Moller to Fook Hong to Tai Poo Sek.  The ship was sunk during a United States  bombing air raid in the Mekong Delta towards the end of the Pacific War, in January 1945.

            The second ship belonging to the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand to receive the callsign VLP was the SS Kurow that was launched in England in 1910.  This ship was also named after a small town in the South Island of New Zealand.  The Kurow took over the callsign VLP in 1924 when the previous ship, the Manapouri relinquished the callsign under Chinese ownership.

            The SS Kurow was likewise sold in 1933 to the Moller Line in Shanghai and it was renamed the Mabel Moller.  Two years later, on September 18, 1935, this ship was wrecked off the coast of Sakhalin Island, north of Japan, while traveling under ballast.

            The SS Kurow also relinquished the callsign VLP under Chinese ownership, and it was then applied to an international wireless communication service at the AWA shortwave station located at Pennant Hills on the edge of suburban Sydney in Australia.  The callsign VLP was applied to the shortwave communication service with New Zealand which was licensed for transmission in the 35 or 36 metre bands (8 MHz) in 1931.  This usage of the callsign VLP was not applied to a specific transmitter, but rather it was applied to a specific frequency in the Australian communication service to  New Zealand.

            The next usage of the callsign VLP is a real enigma!  Over a period of seven years, the authoritative American radio publication known as the White Radio Log carried an entry in every issue in which VLP3 in Sydney Australia on 11850 kHz was listed.  The first listing of VLP3 11850 kHz in the White Radio Log is for November 1940, and the last listing is found in the issue for October 1946.

            This regular long term listing of a shortwave broadcasting service from Sydney Australia does not appear to be a misprint, though no other frequency is listed under this callsign.  It should also be noted that no other radio publication anywhere in the world carried a listing for a shortwave program service from Sydney Australia under the callsign VLP; and there are no monitoring comments in radio magazines of that era that draw attention to the callsign VLP3 on 11850 kHz; not as a misprint, nor as a legitimate callsign service.    

            There are two very different possibilities for the seven years of listings for VLP3 in the White Radio Log.  Back then, it was a common habit for some radio publications to borrow listings from another radio publication without giving due credit.  To counter this problem, an accepted authoritative publication would sometimes list a spurious entry so that if bulk entries were pirated without credit by another publication, the inadvertent inclusion of a spurious entry would reveal this dishonest practice.

            The only other possibility for the long term inclusion of VLP3 on 11850 kHz in the White Radio Log was that this was a genuine entry that the editors had obtained from their own legitimate sources.  If the callsign VLP3 was a genuine entry, then there was only one shortwave service in the Sydney area that could carry this programming, and that was of course the aforementioned AWA station in Pennant Hills.

            Many other radio publications during that same era did list VLR9 in Melbourne (Lyndhurst) on 11850 kHz.  At that stage, the original old low powered VK3LR-VLR transmitter was ailing.  It had been reworked two or three times, and its signal was raspy to say the least. 

            However back then, Australia desperately needed all of its few available shortwave transmitters, including the ailing 2 kW VLR.  If VLR should fail, what could take its place?

Perhaps the entry for VLP3 in Sydney on 11850 kHz provides us with a clue.  Maybe the Australian government (which owned a 51% share of AWA) had made a quiet arrangement with AWA to provide a fillin on behalf of the ABC if the unreliable VLR should fail.

            So, what is the real answer?  Was the seven year entry for VLP3 simply a pretense to prevent piracy of information?  Or was it an unannounced backup procedure for AWA to provide a fillin if VLR should fail?  I guess we will never know for sure, but we would suggest that the real hidden purpose for VLP3 was for any available AWA shortwave transmitter to take over from VLR9 should it fail.    

            During the 1990s, the VLP callsign was applied to the transmissions from Radio Australia Darwin out on lonely and isolated Cox Peninsula in the Northern Territory.  The  line callsign VLP, or at times just P, identified a program service from the Radio Australia studios in Melbourne up to a 250 kW transmitter at their Darwin relay station.  Many Form Letter QSLs were issued by Radio Australia verifying the callsign VLP, and likewise many QSL cards were issued verifying the transmitter callsign VLP during the 1990s. 
(AWR Wavescan)

Radio Station KDKA and the Famous 1920 Election Broadcasts

It was on the evening of Tuesday November 2, 1920 that the famous American mediumwave station KDKA made its historic inaugural broadcast; exactly 97 years ago, during this past week.  The content of that first radio broadcast from KDKA was a running commentary on the election figures for the presidential campaign between Governor James Cox, governor of Ohio, and Ohio newspaper owner Warren Harding.

            Right at 6:00 pm on that fateful stormy evening of Tuesday November 2, 1920, the new 100 watt transmitter signed on for its inaugural broadcast on 545 kHz from a temporary location in a wooden hut atop the eight storey Building K at the Westinghouse factory complex in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The official callsign for the occasion was the temporary special assignment 8ZZ, though the regular callsign KDKA had also come into use at the time. The progressive election figures were provided by telephone from the news room at the newspaper office of the Pittsburgh Gazette Times. 

            It is correctly understood that the inaugural broadcast from 8ZZ-KDKA, almost one hundred years ago, was for the broadcast of progressive statistics in association with election voting for the presidency of the United States, which incidentally was a landslide victory for Warren Harding.  However without additional information to the contrary, the generally accepted concept seems to be that the broadcast of presidential voting returns was a new and unique event presented by 8ZZ-KDKA.         However, that is not the case.  In the edition of Wavescan two weeks ago, we presented the story of wireless and radio in the broadcast of the November presidential election results in the years 1912 and 1916.

            Interestingly, the earliest known usage of wireless for the broadcast of election results occurred well over one hundred years ago, in November 1908.  This is what happened.     

            Around the middle of the year 1908, business tycoon and entertainment entrepreneur Frederic Thomson commissioned two playwrights, Paul Armstrong and Winchell Smith, to write a four act play under the title Via Wireless that could be produced and presented in a large entertainment theatre.

            The opening night for Via Wireless in the Liberty Theater was Monday November 2, the night before the voting for the 1908 presidential election between Secretary of War William Taft and lawyer William Bryan.  The plot line for Via Wireless was the story of a shipwreck, and a brave rescue as a result of emergency transmissions from the ship wireless.

             In order to enhance the effectiveness of the four act melodrama Via Wireless, a live wireless station was installed in the foyer of the Liberty Theatre at 42nd St in New York City.  This station received and transmitted electioneering information in Morse Code on Monday evening November 2, and also on November 3, (1908) when statistical results were transmitted.  We might add that William Taft obtained an easy victory.

            At the time, there were just four licensed wireless stations in New York City, as well as many licensed and unlicensed amateur stations, so it is not known which station was corresponding with the Liberty Theatre.  This is the list of officially licensed wireless stations in New York City at that time:-



                        PT       900 m  333 kH z          15 kW  Navy Yard                   Brooklyn

                        BW      450      666                    2        Waldorf Astoria           Manhattan

                        FS       450      666                    2        Hotel Plaza                  Manhattan

                        NY       Various                          2        42nd & Broadway         Manhattan



            Comes the year 1920 and Warren Harding and James Cox are fighting it out with the climactic voting taking place on Tuesday November 2.  In advance, ARRL the American Radio Relay League (of amateur radio stations) arranged with Frank Conrad that his amateur station 8XK should be the key station in the Pittsburgh area for the broadcast of the election results.

            However at the same time, Westinghouse began to plan for the launching of its own new radio broadcasting station in the evening of election day, and so recently married Burton Williams 8ZD at 3220 Orlean St in Pittsburgh agreed to act as the Pittsburgh control for amateur radio coverage of the election results.  This arrangement allowed Frank Conrad to work with the inauguration of the new Westinghouse radio broadcasting station.

            During the last week in October (1920), test transmissions were radiated by the new Westinghouse station at East Pittsburgh, 8ZZ with 100 watts on 550 metres (545 kHz).  These test transmissions were heard clearly in West Virginia and Ohio at a distance of 300 miles.  In anticipation of the inaugural broadcast during the evening of the next day, a final test transmission from 8ZZ was conducted on the evening of Monday November 1, (1920).

            The daily newspaper Cleveland Plain Dealer announced on the Thursday before election day that some 600 amateur radio operators in the greater Cleveland area would be listening to 8ZZ-KDKA for the inaugural election day broadcast.

            As is so well known, the inaugural broadcast from 8ZZ-KDKA at the Westinghouse factory in East Pittsburgh was a splendid success, and the broadcast of election results, music and announcements was heard quite widely.  As a standby in case of failure at 8ZZ-KDKA, Frank Conrad was at the controls of his own amateur station 8XK on the second floor of the family garage at the corner of Penn Avenue and Peebles Street in Wilkinsburg.  However as we know, the new Westinghouse station 8ZZ-KDKA did not fail, and the standby usage of amateur 8XK was not necessary.

            There was another radio broadcasting station that was also inaugurated on election day 1920 and this was station 9ZJ-WLK in Indianapolis Indiana.  Young Francis Hamilton installed amateur radio broadcasting station 9ZJ in the barn behind the family home at 2011 North Alabama Street Indianapolis and the opening broadcast was election day news. 

            Station 9ZJ transmigrated into mediumwave broadcaster WLK which folded in 1923.  The equipment was incorporated into KFGZ-WEMC at Andrews Adventist University in Berrien Springs Michigan, and that station eventually morphed into WKZO in Kalamazoo.

            Another historic mediumwave station that carried the 1920 election results was 8MK in Detroit Michigan.  This station began as 8MK in the Detroit News Building at 615 West Lafayette Boulevard with a series of test transmissions beginning on August 20, 1920, three months in advance of the first broadcasts from the more famous 8ZZ-KDKA. 

            The election day broadcast from 8MK on 200 metres (1500 kHz) was announced in advance in the Detroit News daily newspaper.  This station later became the more familiar WWJ, which is still on the air to this day.

            Another important mediumwave station that presented election news on election day in 1920 was 1XE which was on the air at Tufts College (University) at Medford just north of Boston.  This experimental station was inaugurated in 1917 as the first station in Massachusetts; it changed callsign to WGI one year after the election broadcasts; another callsign WARC was adopted in 1925; and it fell silent in bankruptcy in 1927.

            Interestingly in 1926, the noted Powell Crosley at WLW in Cincinnati Ohio announced that he planned to establish a shortwave transmitter in Cincinnati for the purpose of providing a relay of programming to WARC in suburban Boston.  But, nothing came of this matter.
(AWR WAvescan)

Monday, November 06, 2017

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2017 Nov 06 0429 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
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 30 October - 05 November 2017
Solar activity was at very low levels. There were no observable flares reported and no Earth-directed coronal mass ejections observed during the period.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit. The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit reached high levels on 30 Oct - 01 Nov, moderate levels on 02 Nov, and
normal levels on 03-05 Nov. The largest flux of the period was 3,668 pfu observed at 30/1610 UTC.
Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to active levels.

The period began under nominal solar wind conditions with wind speeds ranging between 260 to 320 km/s and total field measurements between 1 and 4 nT. The geomagnetic field was at quiet levels on 30 Oct - 01 Nov. At approximately 02/0100 UTC, wind speeds began to increase and total field became enhanced due to the arrival of a weak, negative polarity, coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS). Wind speed continued to increase to a period high of 458 km/s at 04/1701 UTC, total field achieved a max of 14 nT at 02/1115 UTC and the Bz  component of the interplanetary magnetic field dropped to a low of -7 nT at 02/1944 UTC as a result of this feature. The geomagnetic field responded with quiet to active conditions on 02-03 Nov.

The remainder of the period was indicative of waning CH HSS influence with decreasing wind speeds and less enhanced total field. Quiet conditions were observed on 04-05 Nov.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 06 November - 02 December 2017
Solar activity is expected to be at very low levels throughout the outlook period (06 Nov - 02 Dec) due to an absence of returning sunspots and a spotless solar disk. No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is likely to be at high levels on 08-15, 17-18, 21-28 Nov with very high levels on 11-14 Nov due to recurrent CH HSS influence.
Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at unsettled to active levels on 06-12, 15-17, 20-22, 29-30 Nov, with G1 (Minor) storm levels likely on 07-11, 20-22 Nov due to recurrent CH HSS effects.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2017 Nov 06 0429 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
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#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2017-11-06
#
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2017 Nov 06      71          10          3
2017 Nov 07      70          27          5
2017 Nov 08      70          30          5
2017 Nov 09      70          30          5
2017 Nov 10      70          28          5
2017 Nov 11      70          25          5
2017 Nov 12      70          10          3
2017 Nov 13      70           5          2
2017 Nov 14      71           5          2
2017 Nov 15      72          10          3
2017 Nov 16      73          10          3
2017 Nov 17      75          10          3
2017 Nov 18      75           5          2
2017 Nov 19      75           5          2
2017 Nov 20      75          20          5
2017 Nov 21      75          20          5
2017 Nov 22      75          20          5
2017 Nov 23      75           5          2
2017 Nov 24      75           5          2
2017 Nov 25      75           5          2
2017 Nov 26      75           5          2
2017 Nov 27      75           5          2
2017 Nov 28      75           5          2
2017 Nov 29      75          10          3
2017 Nov 30      75          10          3
2017 Dec 01      72           5          2
2017 Dec 02      71           5          2
(NOAA)

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Product Announcement - DXtreme Monitor Log 11™

DXtreme Software™ has released a new version of its popular logging program for radio monitoring enthusiasts: DXtreme Monitor Log 11.



Monitor Log 11 lets listeners and DXers log the stations they’ve heard using advanced features that can enhance their monitoring experience.

Finding Broadcast Stations to Monitor

The Schedule Checker™ lets users import schedules from Aoki, EiBi, and FCC AM web sites and display schedule data according to the filter criteria they specify. A list box lets users switch between schedule types, and depending on the schedule type selected, users can filter schedule information by band, frequency, station, country, city, state, time of day, language, antenna direction, and target area.

When the What’s On Now? function is activated, the schedule refreshes automatically at the top of each hour for Aoki and EiBi schedules.

For each schedule item, Schedule Checker queries the Monitor Log 11 database to let users know – through user-defined, foreground and background display colors – whether they need to monitor a station for a brand-new or verified country. Schedule Checker also displays bearing and distance, runs optional Afreet Ham CAP(1) propagation predictions, draws optional Afreet DX Atlas (2) azimuth plots, tunes supported radios to schedule frequencies when users double-click schedule items (3 4 5), and starts log entries for scheduled stations monitored.

Finding Amateur Radio Stations to Monitor

Monitor Log 11 integrates with optional Afreet Band Master (6) to let users see, on its graphical interface, where hams are operating. Monitor Log 11 supplies Band Master with an Entity Needed List based on the user’s Monitor Log database, making it possible for Band Master to indicate the stations whose entities (countries) users need to monitor. When invoking Band Master, users can select an Entity Needed List for all bands or individually for the 160- through 6-Meter bands.

Finding Utility Stations to Monitor
A Links menu provides convenient access to user-specified blogs and web sites that can inform users as to where utility and other stations may be operating.

Logging Stations
Monitor Log 11 lets users log all kinds of stations — radio stations, television stations, broadcast stations, Amateur Radio stations, utility stations, military stations, and more! And it lets them log stations across the radio spectrum — from long wave, to medium wave, to short wave, and beyond.

The Last Log Entries Grid on the Monitor Log window shows up to 5000 of the most recent log entries added. Its records can be sorted, and double-clicking records displays detailed data on the Monitor Log window. Users can resize the grid columns and scroll horizontally to columns that do not appear initially. And because the names of stations and NASWA countries can be quite long, users can also display a larger, resizable Last Log Entries window. A Properties window lets users change the order of columns, the number of log entries to display, and the font and color attributes of grids and other program components, such as the Content Editor for describing the content monitored, the Script Editor for creating and editing scripts, the Direct Tune interface for tuning radios, and the Comments tab for typing ad hoc comments.

Reporting Reception
Users can create customized paper and e-mail reception reports for sending to stations plus club report entries for reporting catches to clubs and magazines.

When users add or display a log entry, Monitor Log 11 prepares a post announcing their DX catch and displays it on the Social Media Post tab. From there, users can drag the post to their favorite social media web sites to share their catch with others.

Using the Script Editor window, users can create and edit scripts that format reception reports, eReports, and social media posts to their liking. The software prompts users to select the script they want to use. Dozens of scripts come with Monitor Log 11.

Users can also print SWL and Address labels on industry-standard label stock, and send eQSL requests to hams automatically through the popular www.eQSL.cc site.

Imaging
Improv Imaging™ lets users associate ad hoc images with log entries using Capture, Scan, and Clipboard functions. Captures of stations received on digital applications, waterfall displays, facsimile and Amateur TV pictures are popular. The Improv Imaging tab and Application let users view images anytime, and an Improv Image Explorer lets them peruse their entire collection and display associated log entries.

QSL Imaging™ functions the same as Improv Imaging, but specializes in associating QSL cards and eQSLs with log entries.

Other Features
Rig Control — Retrieves the frequency and mode from supported radios and permits tuning from the Schedule Checker and Direct Tune interface. Rig control is provided through integration with Afreet Omni-Rig and the SDR applications listed on our web site, currently HDSDR (4) (High Definition Software Defined Radio) and SDR Console (5).

Audio Archiving — An embedded Audio facility lets users maintain an audio archive of stations heard.

Reporting — Produces Performance, Stations, and Log Entry reports that track the performance and progress of the user’s monitoring station. The software lets users FTP those reports to user-provided Web space for remote access. Some reports integrate with Afreet DX Atlas to generate pin maps.

Documentation — Context-sensitive Procedural Help, Field Help, and Microhelp are accessible per window to provide instructions quickly. A web-based Information Center is accessible from the Help menu for late-breaking assistance, and Installation Instructions and a Getting Started Guide are delivered in PDF format with the software.

Operating Systems, Pricing, Contact Information
DXtreme Monitor Log 11 runs in 32- and 64-bit versions of Microsoft® Windows® 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista®, and XP. It retails for $89.99 USD worldwide for electronic distribution. Pricing for CD versions and upgrading users is available on our Web site. All prices include product support by Internet e-mail. For more information, visit www.dxtreme.com or contact Bob Raymond at bobraymond@dxtreme.com.

1 — Licenses for Afreet Ham CAP and Omni-Rig are required to use Ham CAP.
2 — A license for Afreet DX Atlas is required to perform plots and create pin reports.
3 — A license for Afreet Omni-Rig is required to use rig control with radios supported by Omni-Rig.
4 — Can be used for rig control. HDSDR is owned by Mario Taeubel. Refer to http://www.hdsdr.de/index.html for more information.
5 — Can be used for rig control. SDR Console is owned by Simon Brown, G4ELI. Refer to http://www.sdr-radio.com for more information.
6 — A license for Afreet Band Master is required to use Band Master.

From the Isle of Music & Uncle Bll's Melting Pot schedules, Nov. 5-11



From the Isle of Music, November 5-11
If you were with us last week for Ruy López-Nussa, we mentioned the superb Estado de Animo project. This week, we listen to some of that along with some subsequent solo projects by Ruy and former members Elmer Ferrer, Roberto Carcassés and Descemer Bueno.
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 0100-0200 UTC on WBCQ, 7490 KHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EDT in the US) (NOTE THAT UTC CHANGES BUT EASTERN US TIME IS STILL THE SAME


3 & 4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany.

Episode 35 of Uncle BIll’s Melting Pot will feature a nice mix of Mexican and Mexican-American music including some tasty Norteño, Latin Rock and Latin Funk.
Sunday, November 5 at 2300-2330 UTC (NOTE THAT UTC CHANGES BUT EASTERN US TIME IS STILL THE SAME, 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

Monthly Specials from Airmail Postage & DX Supplies



Dear Customer,
Below are DX specials and news for NOVEMBER  2017.

 If you need a current stamp list or supply list, I can email it to you. 

NEWS:  I bought a large Forever Stamps collection. All the stamps are singles and were in stamp mounts on his album pages. These take a little more time to remove from backing paper...not as quickly as those from a roll or full sheet. Offering these at a great deal:  100 Forever stamps for $40.00 ppd.!! Happy Mailing!!

 DISCOUNT POSTAGE!!: I have a supply of Forever stamps in rolls of 100.  Minimum order w/o a shipping charge would be 5 rolls at the listed $208. ppd. price. BUT if you can use 10 rolls, the price will be $400. Email to reserve!

 FLEA MARKET: Saturday, November 4th. I'll have a table at Bridgewater UM Church, in Bridgewater, NJ on Country Club Rd. I'll have fountain pens and mech. pencils for sale. Of course they all work!! HI!  Including a beautiful 1914!! Sheaffer's Ladies' ring top pen. and a good number of silver mech. pencils on pocket chains for your vintage steam punk look!

 NEW RATES: EARLY WARNING NOTICE: January 21, 2018. US 1st class rate increases from 49c to 50c. Postcard rate increases from 34c to 35c. International rate holds at $1.15....Psst! Buy some forever stamps now, why don’t cha!! In January, I hope to offer 5 stamp units again.

NEW PRICES: Suriname now priced at $2.50

IN STOCK AGAIN:  
STAMPS ON BACK ORDER:  Azerbaijan,  Saudi Arabia
STAMP LIST UPDATE:

U.S. DISCOUNT POSTAGE DEALS!!

Save Big on your domestic mailings when you plaster 

 your envelope with colorful vintage stamps!

HAPPY  MAILING!!

49c units
Forever

in  2 stamps
3 stamps  
 4 stamps
x 100
$45.00

xxxx
$41.00
$40.00 
x 200
$85.00

xxxx
$63.00 
$62.00 
x 500
$208.00

xxxx 
$157.00 
$157.00 

Payment by Credit card, check or money order
                                     for forever stamps and 49c units                   

No Charge for posting Discount Postage Offers, sending only to USA addresses. 

 NOVEMBER 2017  DX  STAMP  SPECIALS

2 Germany-$2.60       2 Russia-$2.60       3 Japan-$3.90  

2 Italy-$7.00    2 UK-$3.00    2 France-$3.60    5 Spain-$10.00

 NOVEMBER 2017  DX  SUPPLY  SPECIALS

200/200 European Plain Mailers and Plain Returns - $40.00

200/200 European Air Mailers and Plain Returns - $40.00

200/200 STATESIDE Mailers and Returns - $22.00

European AIR Returns are SOLD OUT!!

Priority Mail Shipping Rates: Orders up to $40.00 add $9.00, orders from $41.00 to $100.00 add $15.00. orders from $101.00 to $150.00 add $20.00, orders over $150.00 add 15%. When ordering supplies and stamps, the stamps ride free, just use supply total to figure shipping costs. Shipments to Canada and overseas ship at a greater cost. (07/2015 modified)

Stamps Only Orders: Just add $1.00 P&H for posting to USA, add $2.00 for posting to Canada.
William Plum
12 Glenn Road
Flemington, NJ 08822
908 788 1020
Email: plumdx@msn.com