Saturday, January 20, 2018

From the Isle of Music and Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules 21-27

From the Isle of Music, January 21-27
January 14-20, our special guest is the award-winning Cuban jazzista Alejandro Falcón, who will talk to us about his new release Mi Monte Espiritual, and we will listen to a few selections from that album

From the Isle of Music - Habana Sax favorites
January 21-27, in honor of Jazz Plaza, we will listen to a potpuorri of excellent Cuban Jazz from the 1970s until today

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). This is running on a backup transmitter due to a recent fire.
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, January 21, 2018
Episode 45 of Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, January 14, will be a bag of surprises, a little of this and that.
Episode 46 of Uncle BIll’s, Melting Pot, January 21, will focus on Albanian folk music. We promise it will be fun.
Sundays,
2300-2330 UTC (6:00PM -6:30PM Eastern US) on
WBCQ The Planet 7490 KHz shortwave from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe
(Bill Tilford/Tilford Productions)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2018 Jan 15 0519 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact www.swpc.noaa.gov/weekly.html
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#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 08 - 14 January 2018
Solar activity was very low throughout the summary period. Regions 2694 (S32, L=244, class/area=Axx/10 on 10 Jan) and 2695 (S08, L=260, class/area=Bxo/10 on 11 Jan) briefly contained sunspots and simple magnetic signatures early this period, but both regions were generally quiet and unproductive. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed.  No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit remained at normal flux levels throughout the summary period. Geomagnetic field activity reached G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm
levels early on 14 Jan with isolated active periods observed on 08, 09 and 14 Jan due to the influences of multiple positive polarity CH HSSs. Generally quiet and quiet to unsettled geomagnetic field activity was observed throughout the remainder of the summary period.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 15 January - 10 February 2018
Solar activity is expected to prevail at very low levels throughout the outlook period.  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 15-19 and 23-25 Jan and moderate levels are expected on 20-22 and 26-28 Jan. Normal flux levels are
expected to prevail through the remainder of the outlook period. Geomagnetic field activity is expected to reach G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels on 19-20 Jan with active levels expected on
21 Jan due to the influence of a recurrent, negative polarity CH HSS. Generally quiet and quiet to unsettled conditions are expected throughout the remainder of the outlook period.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2018 Jan 15 0519 UTC
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#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2018-01-15
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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2018 Jan 15      70          10          3
2018 Jan 16      70           5          2
2018 Jan 17      70           5          2
2018 Jan 18      70           5          2
2018 Jan 19      70          18          5
2018 Jan 20      70          18          5
2018 Jan 21      70          15          4
2018 Jan 22      72          10          3
2018 Jan 23      72           5          2
2018 Jan 24      72           5          2
2018 Jan 25      72           5          2
2018 Jan 26      72           5          2
2018 Jan 27      72           5          2
2018 Jan 28      70          10          3
2018 Jan 29      70           5          2
2018 Jan 30      70           5          2
2018 Jan 31      70           5          2
2018 Feb 01      70           5          2
2018 Feb 02      70           5          2
2018 Feb 03      70           5          2
2018 Feb 04      70           8          3
2018 Feb 05      70           8          3
2018 Feb 06      70           5          2
2018 Feb 07      70           5          2
2018 Feb 08      70           5          2
2018 Feb 09      70           8          3
2018 Feb 10      70          12          3
(NOAA)

TWR Unwraps new transmitter


TWR Bonaire ready for new transmitter
This afternoon eight wooden crates with the 450 kW transmitter got unwrapped by the TWR-staff on Bonaire. The crates arrived at the transmitter site at a symbolic moment, right after our Christmas Lunch!

Bernard Oosterhoff, TWR-Bonaire's station director says, ‘I am overjoyed that everything is progressing so well. We can feel Gods’ blessing on this special project! A year ago, we planned that we would be finished by the end of this year. Now it will be January, but for a big project like this, one month delay is not much and we trust on Gods timing. Yes, it is very special feeling to have the new transmitter under our roof now. An amazing amount of installation work has been done this year, so most of us take some well-deserved time off during Christmas.

Promote 800 AM frequency
In January we plan to hook up the new transmitter and test it. Please pray with us that the signal will reach into the new areas which we hope to cover and even beyond. Then when the signal is going strong, we will need to promote the 800AM frequency in the new regions, so many people will tune in and become regular listeners’
(phone/text TWR Bonaire)

Monday, January 15, 2018

International Shortwave Broadcast Guide, Winter 2017-2018, now available at Amazon

For Immediate Release   27 Nov 2017


Winter 2017-2018 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Now Available at Amazon

 Many long time shortwave radio listeners remember the bevy of shortwave radio stations that broadcasted a constant drumbeat of political propaganda from around the world during the old Cold War years. Shortwave radio frequencies, played a very important role in promoting the then ideological confrontation between the East and the West.

Once again shortwave radio has moved to the forefront of a new Cold War, as tensions heat up around the various world hotspots. To follow the action on shortwave radio, you need an accurate and comprehensive broadcast guide.

Teak Publishing is pleased to announce the release of that important radio reference – Winter 2017-2018 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (ISWBG) electronic book by Amazon bestselling author Gayle Van Horn, W4GVH. This all important semi-annual information resource is your electronic guide to the world of shortwave radio listening.

The release of this book is very timely for international radio monitors given the recent outbreak of tensions in the world hotspots of Eastern Europe, Middle East, East Asia and specifically, the Korean Peninsula.

Shortwave radio listeners are routinely entertained with unique perspectives to events, music, culture, history, and news from other countries that you won’t see or hear on your local or national broadcast channels. Shortwave radio broadcast is not restricted by country borders or oceans, and can propagate thousands of miles, reaching millions of listeners worldwide, in over 300 different languages and dialects. These worldwide transmissions are monitored on internationally assigned radio frequencies between 1700 kHz and 30 MHz.

There are even broadcasts from the dark side, transmitted from broadcasters known as clandestine or clanny stations. Clandestine broadcasters are wrapped in mystery and intrigue, and they usually exist to bring about some sort of political change to the country they are targeting. Programming may largely be half-truths or sometimes even outright lies, but it is essentially propaganda for their cause.

Listeners who live in the United States can easily hear shortwave broadcast stations from China, Cuba, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, North/South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, and many other counties if you have an inexpensive shortwave radio receiver, and you know when and where to listen!

If you want to get in on the action, then this Amazon electronic book is your ticket the travel the world via radio. The ISWBG is our exclusive 24-hour station/frequency guide to “all” of the known longwave, selected medium wave and shortwave radio stations currently broadcasting at time of publication. This unique radio hobby resource is the “only” radio hobby publication that has by-hour station schedules that include all language services, frequencies and world target areas.

New in this ninth edition of the ISWBG is a feature, “Monitoring the Secret State of North Korea” by ISWBG author Gayle Van Horn. This timely article will guide you through the various broadcasts medium from rogue regime in Pyongyang. Other authors in this edition include The Spectrum Monitor’s Fred Waterer, and Hans Johnson. There are also two equipment reviews (Gospell GR-216 and T1VDIO receivers), a review of the NRC AM Radio Log and a review of the DXTreme Monitor 11 software program by the Teak Publishing team.

There is also an expanded special feature on Who’s Who in the shortwave radio spectrum by former Monitoring Times editor and Spectrum Monitor e-zine columnist/feature writer Larry Van Horn N5FPW. This story covers services and frequencies outside the regular broadcast and amateur radio bands, and includes our new, exclusive Hot HF 1000+ non-broadcast frequency list.

Also included in this edition is increased frequency and station coverage of longwave broadcasters, selected medium wave broadcast frequencies used by international broadcasters, all known international standard time and frequency stations transmitting worldwide, and some selected spy numbers broadcasts.

International Shortwave Broadcast Guide 9th edition of this semiannual Teak Publishing publication is available worldwide from Amazon and their various international websites at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077SF99SS/.

 The price for this latest edition is still US$7.99. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order this electronic book (e-Book) from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. All other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website.

 Don’t own a Kindle reader from Amazon? Not a problem. You do not need to own a Kindle to read Amazon e-book publications. You can read any Kindle book with Amazon’s free reading apps on literally any electronic media platform.

A Kindle app is available for most major smartphones, tablets and computers. There is a Kindle app available for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch; Android Phone; Android Tablet; PC; Windows 8; Mac Kindle Cloud Reader; Windows Phone; Samsung; BlackBerry 10; BlackBerry; and WebOS. This means with a free Kindle reading apps, you can buy a Kindle book once, and read it on any device with the Kindle app installed*. You can also read that same Kindle book on a Kindle device if you own one.

You can find additional details on these apps by checking out this link to the Amazon website at www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771.

For additional information on this and other Teak Publishing radio hobby books, monitor the company sponsored Internet blogs – The Military Monitoring Post (http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/), The Btown Monitor Post (http://monitor-post.blogspot.com/) and The Shortwave Central (http://mt-shortwave.blogspot.com/) for availability of additional e-books that are currently in production. You can learn more about the author by going to her author page on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Gayle-Van-Horn/e/B0084MVQCM/.

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide will have wide appeal to amateur radio operators, shortwave radio hobbyists, educators, foreign language students, news agencies, news buffs, or anyone interested in listening to a global view of world news and major events as they happen.

Whether you are an amateur radio operator or shortwave radio enthusiasts, and want to get in on the action outside of the ham bands, then this new electronic book from Teak Publishing is a must in your radio reference library.


Here are some of the public comments from radio hobbyists who purchased previous editions of the International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Amazon e-book.

Old-School Shortwave Folks Need to Buy This by James Tedford
There is still a lot to hear on the over-the-air analog shortwave radio bands. This book, updated semiannually will help you hear it. Good comprehensive frequency listings. A must-have for those of us who refuse to totally succumb to digital media.
An excellent guide for shortwave listeners of all levels everywhere by Bill Tilford
This is the best $7.99 you will ever spend on shortwave. This is excellently done and has some of everything - an excellent hour by hour "who is on", discussions of radios, propagation, antennas and some newsworthy items related to the B16 season. The author, Gayle Van Horn, also does the excellent Shortwave Central blog, and the book also has contributions from Fred Waterer, who writers about shortwave for The Spectrum Monitor. I am not a regular Kindle user and was originally concerned about the e-book format, but the Kindle app turned out to be easy to download and use (and the app, unlike the book, is free).

Broadcasters listed by UTC By E. Kapetanakis
Guide offers a lot of useful information for the novice as well as the seasoned shortwave radio listener. Listing of broadcasters and their respective frequencies has been broken down by the Universal Coordinated Time slot that they broadcast. Very useful to check and see who you are listening to at any time of day in your particular geographical location.

Five Stars by DLR and Heatwave
A great source and informative read and great book, well written.

VERY Useful Guide! By Dave in Ohio
Being rather new to the SW DXing, I needed a guide. Most of them were pretty pricey so I decided to give this one a try. When it arrived, I didn't have a lot of time to review it, just glanced at it and was a little upset. I had expected something with page after page of countries with their frequency listings, much like other guides I'd heard about. This one seemed to have a lot of articles about SWL and only in the back did I find frequency listings. But the next day I had about an hour to sit and review the book on my Kindle and I discovered how clever Ms. Van Horn had been in her formatting. I realized that the last thing I needed was just a list of frequencies. The gem of the book is the section that divides the day into UTC hours and what frequency in which country is likely to be on the air at that time. After all, what good does it do me to know that Radio Slobovia broadcasts on 1305 if I have no idea of when to listen for them? (The book also contains a long listing by frequency for identifying those broadcasts that you stumble upon.) I've looked around the articles towards the beginning of the book and the ones I've read are well written and interesting. I strongly recommend that the new readers of Ms. Van Horn's guide use the table of contents to skip around and become familiar with the format. Very useful book at a good price. Ms. Van Horn has herself a new fan ) 

Essential reference for SWLs By Hundedrek
Gayle knows international SW like few others. She used to write a monthly column and directory in the late, lamented Monitoring Times mag. A big reason why I I subbed to it for years. This guide continues the tradition. The Kindle version is more convenient to use. Now that so many international broadcasters are streaming their programming, Gayle's guide is even more valuable.

Gayle does us a great service by publishing this Shortwave Radio Guide By Tampa

A needed re hash of previous books. Gayle does us a great service by publishing this Shortwave Guide. Many on ships have stopped using short wave as they do not have radio distribution systems for the crews as Satellite takes over. Many ships have wired hanging out of portholes as a result and all kinds of antennas stuck around the ships creating hazards so they can listen to their home countries. CBC has shut down Radio Canada to save money OMG #Stupid. Clandestine Radio is on the Rise and this book lists and explains. That in itself is interesting. Should be of interest to any #SWL or #HamRadio people.

Shortwave LIVES!!!!!! By Walter C. Thurman
The Van Horns are shining stars in the Shortwave Radio and MilComms World.... this read is helpful for us DIE HARD shortwave listener's and Ham Radio folks alike. THANK FOR WHAT YOU GUYS DO!!!!! N0RDC

Great Useful (and highly affordable) Data For SWLs By Randy S.
Gayle's monthly Monitoring Times roundup of shortwave broadcast schedules was always tremendously useful. With the demise of the magazine itself it's nice to see that her massive database (and the years of work on it) aren't going to waste. And at the price (less than the cost of a monthly issue of the magazine) it makes for a fine bargain and is well worth it for shortwave-broadcast listeners with e-reader capability. The twice- yearly updates will keep the project relevant and useful.

Solid for HF listening! By Mr geocacher
Very useful for identifying what you hear on HF. Lot's of good tidbits for listening hints too.

Shortwave Broadcast Guide by Kindle Customer
Since Monitoring Times is no longer in publication, this guide is required for the dedicated shortwave listener. There is information provided that I have found no where else. It will be a welcome addition to any listener's equipment. Gayle Van Horn has been publishing this research for many years and the followers are numerous, from beginners to professionals. The author's work is accurate, concise and thorough. If you have a shortwave radio, you need this publication as much as a set of earphones. There is none better.

 Very Good Source for Shortwave Stations Broadcast Schedules by Kenneth Windyka
I've got to admit up front that I don't have a strong interest in this part of the hobby. HOWEVER, Gayle Van Horn makes it easy to determine what one can hear on the short wave bands during a particular time period (in GMT time sorted format). I also like the internet reference available, so that one can listen to programs via the internet even if its' not possible via the shortwave radio.

NJ Shortwave listener hears International Frequencies with new guide help by Stanley E Rozewski
This e-book is complete and accurate in presenting a low cost SW frequency guide and important must read topics for the new or experienced user. I liked the easy reading format, and understandable frequency guide. I will order the second edition next year.

This is my go-to-first reference by Mary C Larson
When I turn on the shortwave receiver and want to find out what's on and where to look, Van Horn's handy frequency guide is a smart place to begin. The format is not unlike the one Monitoring Times (R.I.P.) used each month. Presumably, updated ISBGs will be published twice per year, but you can check for the updates on her blog, (mt-shortwave.blogspot.com).

Good value by DrP
This is an excellent well-written book that is very affordable when compared to encyclopedic guides, e.g., the WRTH. Much the same information is included. The first part is a nice introduction to SW listening pitched to the beginner. Included is an informative section on purchasing a radio spanning low-end <$100 models up through the most advanced transceivers. The bulk of the book contains a list of world-wide SW broadcasters, organized by frequency band. This makes it ideal for browsing one band at a time, but much less so if you want to search for broadcasts from a particular country.

I like this one by Charles
I have only had a brief chance to scan through this book. From what I have seen of it I will enjoy getting in to it.

 Excellent Shortwave Introduction and Program Guide by Don K3PRN
Excellent, very reasonable guide to shortwave radio. As a longtime shortwave listener, the listing of all shortwave stations by UTC time is very useful to me. I had previously a shortwave website that listed only English broadcasts rather than an all station listing with the language that will be broadcast. I would highly recommend this e book for all new shortwave listeners and those that interested in a very portable listing of all stations by UTC. I only hope that this will be updated twice a year for many more years.

Good Product by Radio Freq
Since Monitoring Times stopped publishing shortwave radio schedules, there has been a dearth of resources for radio-heads. This guide nicely fulfills gap. It is very comprehensive.

It is nice someone is dedicated to SWL by Robert K. Mallory
Very concise and well organized. Not much to choose from these days, it is nice someone is dedicated to Shortwave Radio Listening.




Friday, January 12, 2018

Shortwave Radiogram weekend schedules

Hello friends,
Please note that WRMI Florida has replaced 11580 kHz with 7780 kHz to accommodate winter propagation in the northern hemisphere. So listen for Shortwave Radiogram on 7780 Sunday at 2030 and 2330 UTC.  See the new schedule below.

Due to automation problems, WRMI last weekend broadcast Shortwave Radiogram Monday at 0800 UTC on 5850 kHz but not the advertised 7730 kHz.  Both of those frequencies did not sign on until 0800 UTC, even though they are scheduled to start at 0700 UTC Sundays and Mondays. WRMI has been informed. I hope both 5850 and 7730 kHz carry Shortwave Radiogram this weekend, with the latter frequency more likely to reach Europe.

Last weekend’s Thor Micro was generally successful in weak-signal conditions, although this mode failed when received via a multipath signal.  And there were many examples of successful decoding of the Persian text (see below).

This weekend’s Shortwave Radiogram will mostly be in the usual MFSK32, but there will be one item in Thor 22. Thor 22 (I still don’t know if it should be Thor or THOR) has lately been used by digital HF nets in the northeastern USA. At 78 wpm, Thor 22 is somewhat slower than MFSK32 (120 wpm). As you decode the Thor 22, you will see the Shortwave Radiogram avatar in the upper right, and an image at the end of the news item. Unfortunately, Fldigi saves these images as .raw files, which are not as convenient as the .png files of MFSK32 images. You can find freeware to convert the .raw files to .jpg.

 Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 30, 13-14 January 2018, in MFSK32 except where noted:

  1:33  Program preview
 2:45  Norway strengthens Arctic cooperation with USA*
10:13  Bamboo railway restarts operations in Cambodia*
16:37  ABC TV logos might look interesting with multipath*
18:33  Thor 22: FEMA communications exercise*
23:23  MFSK32: Image* and closing announcements

* with image
** use UTF-8 character set

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 Program 30
(13-14 January 2018)

Saturday
1600-1630 UTC
9400 kHz
MFSK32,
Thor 22
Space Line, Bulgaria
Sunday
2030-2100 UTC
7780 kHz
WRMI Florida
Sunday
2330-2400 UTC
7780 kHz
WRMI Florida
Monday
0800-0830 UTC

7730 kHz
5850 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 7-9 pm EST) on new 6150 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:


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


Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Voice of Korea announces new focus on Letterbox program


North Korea
Voice of Korea

The first issue of the Mailbox program on Voice of Korea in the first year announced that, at the request of the listeners, programming will cover about the history and culture, tourism in the DPRK, and familiarize with the recipes of traditional Korean dishes.

"Last year, our office received a lot of requests from listeners who asked us to tell a lot about the history and culture of the Korean nation, to introduce in detail the traditional Korean dishes and tourism in the DPRK."

In the new year in our programs we will widely cover all this",the presenter said. Today the Voice of Korea hour program consists of a national anthem, patriotic songs, news, short notes or essays, music, announcements of broadcasting frequencies. Sometimes on the air there are small headings
dedicated to the listeners' feedback on programs, songs from friendly countries, etc.
On the website of the radio station at: http://www.vok.rep.kp in the form of audio files, daily news, political commentaries, phrases, for studying the Korean language and much more.

According to the directory Radio Broadcasting in Russian, broadcasting in Russian from Pyongyang began June 15, 1963. This year, the Russian edition of the radio Voice of Korea will turn 55 years old.
https:\\kolkeradio.blogspot.ru/2018/01/blog-post.html#more
(Anatoly Klepov-RUS, RUSdx #958 via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Jan 7)
(Top News #1329/09 Jan 2018)

DAB+ gets a boost in France: CSA announces a clear and detailed plan




Just after Christmas French regulator, the CSA, announced its plan for the acceleration of DAB+ rollouts in France. In this blog, Jean-Marc Dubreuil, Country Manager, France, at WorldDAB, explains the key points from the consultation and the CSA’s proposals.
The new strategy is titled “nodes and arcs.” Metropolitan coverage will be the nodes of the strategy, while highways and main road are the arcs. The plan was shaped throughout 2017, gathering input from the industry, and spoilers were revealed during the WorldDAB General Assembly in November 2017 in Paris.

What can France expect from this ambitious plan? By 2020, the 47 most populated area of France (70%+ of the population) will be covered by a regional DAB+ multiplex and 47% by a local multiplex. If the national call for application is successful, highways and main roads will offer the continuity of radio listening for the drivers from north to south and east to west. By 2021, DAB+ will have brought a significant improvement to the radio industry, giving French radio a chance to compete in the digital age.  

Additional text at: https://worlddabeureka.org/2018/01/08/dab-gets-a-boost-in-france-csa-announces-a-clear-and-detailed-plan/
(BDXC)WorldDAB,

Monday, January 08, 2018

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2018 Jan 08 0137 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 01 - 07 January 2018 Solar activity was very low throughout the reporting period. Region 2693 (N18, L=333, class/area=Cro/20 on 04 Jan) was the only numbered sunspot region on the visible disk but it was inactive and absent of significant flare activity. No Earth-directed coronal mass ejections were observed during the period. No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit reached moderate levels on 01 January with normal levels observed throughout the remainder of the period (02-07 Jan). Geomagnetic field activity reached active levels on 01 January due to the influence of a positive polarity coronal hole high-speed stream. Quiet conditions were observed throughout the rest of the period (02-07 Jan).

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 08 January - 03 February 2018
Solar activity is expected to be at very low levels throughout the outlook period. 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 14-19, 23, and 25 January in response to recurrent coronal hole high-speed stream influence. Normal to moderate levels are expected throughout the remainder of the outlook period.  Geomagnetic field activity is expected to reach active levels on 08, 15, and 20 January due to the anticipated effects of recurrent coronal hole high-speed streams. Quiet to unsettled geomagnetic field activity is expected throughout the remainder of the outlook period.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2018 Jan 08 0137 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 2018-01-08
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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2018 Jan 08      70          12          4
2018 Jan 09      70           8          3
2018 Jan 10      70           5          2
2018 Jan 11      70           8          3
2018 Jan 12      70           5          2
2018 Jan 13      70           5          2
2018 Jan 14      70          10          3
2018 Jan 15      70          15          4
2018 Jan 16      70          10          3
2018 Jan 17      70           5          2
2018 Jan 18      70           5          2
2018 Jan 19      70           5          2
2018 Jan 20      70          12          4
2018 Jan 21      70          10          3
2018 Jan 22      72           8          3
2018 Jan 23      72           6          2
2018 Jan 24      72           5          2
2018 Jan 25      72           5          2
2018 Jan 26      72           5          2
2018 Jan 27      72           5          2
2018 Jan 28      70          10          3
2018 Jan 29      70           5          2
2018 Jan 30      70           5          2
2018 Jan 31      70           5          2
2018 Feb 01      70           5          2
2018 Feb 02      70           5          2
2018 Feb 03      70           5          2
(NOAA)

Sunday, January 07, 2018

World Music Radio back on shortwave


On January 8th 2005 a hurricane force storm knocked down the transmitter aerial of World Music Radio (WMR) at the transmitter site near Karup in western Denmark, and silenced WMR broadcasting on 5815 kHz (7 kW).

 After a short break of 13 years - WMR is now back on short wave. Broadcasting on the new frequency of 5840 kHz commenced today January 7th at 0000. This time using low power only - 100 W only - into an Inverted V aerial at the new transmitter site near Randers, Denmark. Later 927 and 15805 kHz will be added.

 The music format is tropical world music, and WMR can also be heard via online streaming at www.wmr.radio
(WMR Facebook page)