Sunday, December 04, 2016

U.S. Coast Guard Testing DRM Journaline for Maritime Safety Broadcast

Blog Editor Note: This feature and more will be available in the new International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Winter 2016-2017 e-Book that will be released in the next few days on Amazon. Watch this site for an announcement of availability.

Story by Larry Van Horn, N5FPW

Most shortwave radio enthusiasts have heard of digital broadcast mode Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM). DRM is  a set of standards designed by a European consortium, and most commonly used for digital audio broadcasting and it is the only digital HF broadcasting mode authorized by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and Federal Communications  Commission (FCC) here in the United States.

DRM transmissions sporadically appear on the various broadcast bands and offer the listener high quality broadcast audio if the signal is strong enough for reception. There are also text stream, and other data sub-channels that can be imbedded in a DRM transmission streams.

For all the usual reasons, DRM has never caught on in North America. Among other problems, changing market forces had killed off most or all of the DRM-ready transmitting sites capable of a 12 dB signal to noise ratio to DRM capable receivers.

Recently while tuning outside the international shortwave broadcast bands, a Mojave Desert, California, DX’er nicknamed Token, came across some DRM transmissions on 5200 and 8000 kHz. The signals he monitored were using the Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex (OFDM) in a tight waveform fitting the 10-kHz broadcast channel.

When he started decoding the DRM transmission what he found was not an voice audio broadcast, but instead a data sub-channel which identified itself as “USCG Journaline.” Journaline is a trademark of Fraunhofer IIS, in Germany. It’s a hierarchical data mode, using a “Journaline Markup Language” based on XML (eXtensible Markup Language). This is sent in one or more DRM data channels. It also works in DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting). It is currently being used by several broadcasters, including BBC and Deutsche Welle, for “multicast” information such as news stories and weather maps. While not interactive, it does give the user menus of data “objects” available for viewing. It somewhat resembles a very streamlined and compacted one-way version of what web browsers do.

Some quick research, by Token and Hugh Stegman, The Spectrum Monitor e-zine Utility Planet columnist, turned up that indeed, the U.S. Coast Guard was responsible for these DRM Journaline broadcasts.

COMMSTA Kodiak (Courtesy of USCG 17th District Blog)
Subsequent research by the pair found the following U.S. government website entry: “The United States Coast Guard Research and Development Center has a requirement to procure, install and provide technical support for Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) with High Frequency (HF) for testing in New London, CT and Kodiak AK.”

“Later amendments specify that the DRM equipment must work with existing (and nonlinear) HF transmitters by Rockwell Collins. The transmitting antenna must be the existing TCI 530. The receive antenna must be “suitable for installation on a medium-sized vessel (100-250 ft).” Another source, Doug Irwin in Radiomagonline, has the following information: “The USCG is very interested in testing the propagation characteristics of using DRM with High Frequency as a means to broadcast digital data for its ongoing project in the Northwest Passage. If successful, the USCG will investigate using the system to enhance existing means of distributing digital maritime safety information in the far north of the U.S.”

The Arctic region in recent years has become navigable in summer, and for the first time the fabled “Northwest Passage” actually exists as a shipping route. International groups have created new world navigation areas (NAVAREAs) for this region. The USCG has a number of testing programs regarding safety on this new frontier. Among other issues, these latitudes are a bit far north for geostationary satellites stationed in the “Clarke Belt.” That’s one of the reasons why we keep seeing interest in HF. The USCG became interested after a contractor called RFMondial reported the success of a similar system used by the German Navy. This one, according to the same source, “explored how to use encrypted data transmission for maritime broadcasting of information and entertainment to ships at sea.”

Utility DX Forum member Brendan Wahl WA7HL, a former U.S. Coast Guard radioman, dug further into the story by contacting the project office directly and passes along the following information regarding this new DRM service that the US Coast Guard is testing.

“The Next Generation Arctic Navigational Safety Information System (ANSIS) project is an ongoing U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Research and Development Center (RDC) project that is attempting to meet the challenge of disseminating Maritime Safety Information in the Arctic.

“I had a conference call on November 21, 2016, with the good folks at R&D to go over what can be offered by the monitoring community and me to their experiment. They are quite interested in reports that are as detailed as possible. I am running the DReaM software here and using DRMPlot to produce graphs of my logs, and they like those graphs very much!”

Officials associated with the project told Brendan, "For a variety of reasons we ended up with DRM over HF.  It is where the data rate would allow transmission of detailed weather, ice edge, and notice to mariner's information, as well as electronic chart updates. A one year field test is being conducted in Alaska. We completed installation during the week of October 23, 2016. We have been working with RFMondial and Fraunhofer. We are transmitting (at around 800 watts) from Kodiak and our receive equipment is in Cordova (shore side and aboard the buoy tender). We have 10 authorized frequencies to use between 2.45 and 29.9 MHz.  But have reduced them to the six lowest frequencies.

"Initial research indicates that lower frequencies are best, so we came up with a schedule for these transmissions.  The test will go for one year, so we may change this schedule at some point to maximize reception."

Brendan further asked about the antenna system and they confirmed that they are using a TCI 530 antenna (omnidirectional and NVIS).

He also addressed to the Coast Guard the frequencies being used for the test since two of them are in broadcast bands and he relayed his concerns about directly adjacent and on-frequency interference from much higher powered broadcasters.



The project office said that the frequencies may or may not change, as it was apparently difficult to arrange what they did get allocated. Currently they are 2450, 5200, 6850, 8000, 9900, and 12100 kilohertz (kHz) with three more inactive higher frequencies in reserve. The transmission site is located in Kodiak, Alaska, (Coast Guard call sign NOJ) and it is the only transmitter site for this experiment at present. The precise location of the station is at 57.778455N, 152.526588W.

Brendan also received a current schedule of dates/times/frequencies for these broadcasts for the next year and we have included that information below. The broadcasts are on 24 hours a day and last until the next frequency change in the schedule.  Reception reports may be emailed directly to the R&D Center in New London at the following email address: drminfo@uscg.mil.

If anyone has any questions, you can contact Brendan via the UDXF group and feel free to contact him there and he will contact members of the group conducting the test to get answers you may have.

We appreciate The Spectrum MonitorUtility Planet columnist Hugh Stegman, Token in the Mojave, the UDXF newsgroup, and Brendan Wahl, WA7HL, located in Bellingham, Washington, for their assistance in preparing this article.

USCG Journaline Simplified Broadcast Schedule

      Start Time/Date (UTC) Frequency (kHz) 

16:00 12/2/2016 12100   16:00 12/5/2016 2450       
16:00 12/7/2016 6850     16:00 12/9/2016 5200
16:00 12/12/2016 8000   16:00 12/14/2016 2450
16:00 12/16/2016 9900   16:00 12/19/2016 12100
16:00 12/21/2016 2450   16:00 12/23/2016 6850
16:00 12/26/2016 5200   16:00 12/28/2016 8000
16:00 12/30/2016 2450   16:00 1/2/2017 9900
16:00 1/4/2017 5200       16:00 1/6/2017 12100
16:00 1/9/2017 2450       16:00 1/11/2017 6850
16:00 1/13/2017 5200     16:00 1/16/2017 8000
16:00 1/18/2017 2450     16:00 1/20/2017 9900
16:00 1/23/2017 12100   16:00 1/25/2017 2450
16:00 1/27/2017 6850     16:00 1/30/2017 5200
16:00 2/1/2017 8000       16:00 2/3/2017 2450
16:00 2/6/2017 9900       16:00 2/8/2017 5200
16:00 2/10/2017 12100   16:00 2/13/2017 2450
16:00 2/15/2017 6850     16:00 2/17/2017 5200
16:00 2/20/2017 8000     16:00 2/22/2017 2450
16:00 2/24/2017 9900     16:00 2/27/2017 12100
16:00 3/1/2017 2450       16:00 3/3/2017 6850
16:00 3/6/2017 5200       16:00 3/8/2017 8000
16:00 3/10/2017 2450     16:00 3/13/2017 9900
16:00 3/15/2017 5200     16:00 3/17/2017 12100
16:00 3/20/2017 2450     16:00 3/22/2017 6850
16:00 3/24/2017 5200     16:00 3/27/2017 8000
16:00 3/29/2017 2450     16:00 3/31/2017 9900
16:00 4/3/2017 12100     16:00 4/5/2017 2450
16:00 4/7/2017 6850       16:00 4/10/2017 5200
16:00 4/12/2017 8000     16:00 4/14/2017 2450
16:00 4/17/2017 9900     16:00 4/19/2017 5200
16:00 4/21/2017 12100   16:00 4/24/2017 2450
16:00 4/26/2017 6850     16:00 4/28/2017 5200
16:00 5/1/2017 8000       16:00 5/3/2017 2450
16:00 5/5/2017 9900       16:00 5/8/2017 12100
16:00 5/10/2017 2450     16:00 5/12/2017 6850
16:00 5/15/2017 5200     16:00 5/17/2017 8000
16:00 5/19/2017 2450     16:00 5/22/2017 9900
16:00 5/24/2017 5200     16:00 5/26/2017 12100
16:00 5/29/2017 2450     16:00 5/31/2017 6850
16:00 6/2/2017 5200       16:00 6/5/2017 8000
16:00 6/7/2017 2450       16:00 6/9/2017 9900
16:00 6/12/2017 12100   16:00 6/14/2017 2450
16:00 6/16/2017 6850     16:00 6/19/2017 5200
16:00 6/21/2017 8000     16:00 6/23/2017 2450
16:00 6/26/2017 9900     16:00 6/28/2017 5200
16:00 6/30/2017 12100   16:00 7/3/2017 2450
16:00 7/5/2017 6850       16:00 7/7/2017 5200
16:00 7/10/2017 8000     16:00 7/12/2017 2450
16:00 7/14/2017 9900     16:00 7/17/2017 12100
16:00 7/19/2017 2450     16:00 7/21/2017 6850
16:00 7/24/2017 5200     16:00 7/26/2017 8000
16:00 7/28/2017 2450     16:00 7/31/2017 9900
16:00 8/2/2017 5200       16:00 8/4/2017 12100
16:00 8/7/2017 2450       16:00 8/9/2017 6850
16:00 8/11/2017 5200     16:00 8/14/2017 8000
16:00 8/16/2017 2450     16:00 8/18/2017 9900
16:00 8/21/2017 12100   16:00 8/23/2017 2450
16:00 8/25/2017 6850     16:00 8/28/2017 5200
16:00 8/30/2017 8000     16:00 9/1/2017 2450
16:00 9/4/2017 9900       16:00 9/6/2017 5200
16:00 9/8/2017 12100     16:00 9/11/2017 2450
16:00 9/13/2017 6850     16:00 9/15/2017 5200
16:00 9/18/2017 8000     16:00 9/20/2017 2450
16:00 9/22/2017 9900     16:00 9/25/2017 12100
16:00 9/27/2017 2450     16:00 9/29/2017 6850
16:00 10/2/2017 5200     16:00 10/4/2017 8000
16:00 10/6/2017 2450     16:00 10/9/2017 9900
16:00 10/11/2017 5200   16:00 10/13/2017 12100
16:00 10/16/2017 2450   16:00 10/18/2017 6850
16:00 10/20/2017 5200   16:00 10/23/2017 8000
16:00 10/25/2017 2450   16:00 10/27/2017 9900
16:00 10/30/2017 12100
     


Friday, December 02, 2016

Radio Free Asia continues their Anniversary QSL

a reminder to our readers.....this card's last day will be December 31, 2016

Radio Free Asia (RFA) announces its 20th anniversary QSL. Bringing free press to closed societies, RFA’s first broadcast was in Mandarin on September 29, 1996 at 2100 UTC. RFA is a private, nonprofit corporation broadcasting news and information to listeners in Asian countries where full, accurate, and timely news reports are unavailable. Acting as a substitute for indigenous free media, RFA concentrates coverage on events occurring in and/or affecting Burma, Cambodia, Laos, North Korea, the People’s Republic of China, and Vietnam.  RFA does not express editorial opinions but provides news, analysis, commentary, and cultural programming in the languages of the country of broadcast.  This design is RFA’s 62nd QSL and is used to confirm all valid reception reports from September – December 2016.

Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin (including the Wu dialect), Vietnamese, Tibetan (Uke, Amdo, and Kham), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in its editorial content. As a ‘surrogate’ broadcaster, RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of its target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of its broadcasts comprise news of specific local interest.  More information about Radio Free Asia, including our current broadcast frequency schedule, is available at www.rfa.org. 

RFA encourages listeners to submit reception reports.  Reception reports are valuable to RFA as they help us evaluate the signal strength and quality of our transmissions. RFA confirms all accurate reception reports by mailing a QSL card to the listener.  RFA welcomes all reception report submissions at http://techweb.rfa.org (follow the QSL REPORTS link) not only from DX’ers, but also from its general listening audience. 

Reception reports are also accepted by email at qsl@rfa.org and by mail to:

          Reception Reports
          Radio Free Asia
          2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
          Washington DC 20036
          United States of America. 
 (A.J. Janitschek/RFA) 

The following winter schedule is effective to 26 March 2017 

RFA Broadcast Frequency Schedules

All frequencies are kHz, 1 MegaHertz (MHz) is equal to 1000 kHz. Conversion to meter bands: Meters=300000/frequency in kHz. e.g.: 17705 kHz --> 16.9 meters

Burmese                  
0030-0130 UTC  12115 15700 17510
1230-1400 UTC  11795 12105 13735
1400-1430 UTC  11795 12105
Khmer                    
1230-1330 UTC  11750
2230-2330 UTC  11850
Korean                   
1500-1700 UTC   1188  5885  7210  9985
1700-1900 UTC   1188  5885  9985
2100-2200 UTC   7460  9860  9985
Lao                      
0000-0100 UTC  13685
1100-1200 UTC  13685
Mandarin                 
0300-0500 UTC  11980 15340 17660
0500-0700 UTC  11980 15340 17660 21700
1500-1600 UTC   7415  9790  9850
1600-1700 UTC   6120  7415  9455
1700-1900 UTC   7415  9455  9860
1900-2000 UTC   1098  5965  7415  9455  9860
2000-2100 UTC   1098  5965  7415  7445  9455  9590
2100-2200 UTC   1098  7415  9410  9455
2300-2400 UTC   9825  9900 11775
Tibetan                  
0100-0200 UTC   9670 11695 13795 15270 17750
0200-0300 UTC   9455  9670 11695 17525 17750
0600-0700 UTC  17675 17815 21480 21680
1000-1100 UTC   9690 15665 17830
1100-1200 UTC   7470  9940 11550
1200-1300 UTC   7470  9940 11555 12055 15375
1300-1400 UTC   7470  9940 12050 13650 15375
1500-1600 UTC   5875  9940 11660 11805
2200-2300 UTC   7470  7480  9890
2300-2400 UTC   5905  7470  7540  9535
Uyghur                   
0100-0200 UTC   7480  9450  9700  9740 13705
1600-1700 UTC   7545  7565 11720 11800
Vietnamese               
1400-1430 UTC   1503 11850 13735
1430-1500 UTC  11850 13735
(RFA/Janitschek)

Special Upcoming Special Program Schedules

Hi All,
As well as the special program about the Danish Shortwave Club International, which has been made by the Rhein Main Radio Club, and is listed for broadcast on 6145 kHz at 2000 UTC on the 17th of December via the Shortwave Service in Germany, and using the 100kW transmitter in Armenia, in this week's episode of Wavescan, Jeff White also said that there would be a number of broadcasts via WRMI too,  but will be in two parts rather one. I assume this will be the same one hour program, but broken up into two 30 minute segments instead, and broadcast a week apart.

The times and dates given by Jeff were as follows:
December 3rd 2300 5850.0 kHz Part One
December 3rd 2330 11580.0 kHz Part One
December 4th 2300 5850.0 kHz Part One
December 5th 0230 9955.0 kHz Part One
December 10th 2300 5850.0 kHz Part Two
December 10th 2330 11580.0 kHz Part Two
December 11th 2030 11580.0 kHz Part Two
December 11th 2300 5850.0 kHz Part Two
December 12th 0230 9955.0 kHz Part two

More info about this can be found on the EDXC website, including QSL details:
https://edxcnews.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/kw-radiosendung-uber-dswci-shortwave-broadcast/

This page also gives details via Victor Goonetilleke showing two more broadcasts to Asia, and one to Europe via SLBC:

SRI LANKA Victor Goonetilleke, Program Manager
To EUROPE :
Sat., 03. Dec. 2016 (UTC) from 1930-2030 UTC on 9715 KHz
(350 degrees; 125 Kilowatts)
—-
To JAPAN, Asia, Australia :
Sun., 04. Dec. 2016 (UTC) from 1000-1100 UTC on 11835 KHz
or
Sat., 03. Dec. 2016 (UTC) from 1000-1100 UTC on 11835 KHz
73 for now, Alan.
(BDXC)

From The Isle of Music December 5-6 schedule


FROM THE ISLE OF MUSIC NOW WITH THREE LISTENING OPTIONS!

On December 6 (December 5 local date in the Americas), our special guest will be the delightful Cuban violinist Tanmy López Moreno, who in addition to performing with Interactivo has her own project. We will feature music from her two albums. We will also play selections from 4/1, an award-winning album by Cuban concert pianist Fidel Leal. And to add a little something extra, some vintage Cuban Rock from Los Gafas.

Three options for listening on shortwave:
WBCQ, 7490 KHz, Tuesdays 0100-0200 UTC (8pm-9pm EDT Mondays in the Americas)
Channel 292, 6070 KHz, Tuesdays 1900-2000 UTC (2000-2100 CET) and (NEW) Fridays 1100-1200 UTC (1200-1300 CET)
See the NOTES section of our Facebook page for instructions for listening online if you are out of range or don’t have a shortwave radio.

(Bill Tilford/Tilford Productions)

December Specials from DX Stamp & Suppy Service

Dear Customers,

Below are specials for December 2016.
 If you need a current stamp list or supply list, I can mail or email it to you. 

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DECEMBER 2016  DX  SUPPLY  SPECIALS
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VOA Radiogram weekend schedule

Hello friends,
Last week’s transmission Sunday at 1930-2000 UTC on 15670 kHz again did not reach most of Europe -- for at least part of the show.  See the image above.

 The Saturday 0930-1000 broadcast on 5865 kHz also did not reach most of Europe. Please try again this weekend, because we never know when gray-line propagation will be favorable. This transmission should be audible throughout the Americas and might also be heard in the Asia-Pacific region.

This weekend’s VOA Radiogram includes one news item in Olivia 64-2000. This mode might provide a good decode even in conditions which result in an unsuccessful decode of our usual MFSK32 mode. Turn off Fldigi’s squelch (SQL) for best results in Olivia 64-2000.

And to keep the transmitter hum from mixing with the RSID, resulting in an incorrect center audio frequency, do this in Fldigi: Configure > IDs > ID > RsID > unselect (turn off) Searches passband.  Set the audio frequency at 1500 Hz. Any self-adjustment of the audio frequency by Fldigi will be no more than 200 Hz.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 192, 3-4 December 2016, all in the MFSK32 except where noted:

1:48  Program preview
2:59  U.S. Coast Guard looks to increased Asia-Pacific role*
8:47  Thomas Edison National Historical Park*
15:55  Olivia 64-2000: UK radio amateur's ISS project
22:16  MFSK32: Club Diexistas de la Amistad 40th anniversary*
27:07  Closing announcements*
* with image

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com.
VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5865 kHz         (To the Americas, try also in Asia-Pacific and Europe)
Sat 1600-1630 17580 kHz       (To Europe, try also in the Americas and Asia-Pacific) 
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz        (To the Americas, try also in Europe)
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz      (To Europe, try also in the Americas and Asia-Pacific)
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.


The Mighty KBC broadcast to North America will be Sunday at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 7-9 pm EST) on 6145 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK32 will be transmitted at about 0130 UTC. Reports to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com . See also http://www.kbcradio.eu/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc/ .  

DigiDX has a new transmission schedule, both via WRMI Florida:
Sunday 2030-2100 UTC on  11580Khz (Targeted at Europe)
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC on 11580kHz (For North and South America)

See http://www.digidx.uk/ and https://www.facebook.com/digidx/

Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) has digital modes as follows:
EVERY WEDNESDAY ON 3975 KHZ 20.30-21.00 UTC in MFSK32 and OLIVIA 16-500
EVERY FRIDAY ON 9955 KHZ 02.25-02.30 UTC in MFSK32
EVERY SATURDAY ON 1584 KHZ 21.25-21.30 UTC in MFSK32
EVERY SUNDAY ON 7730 KHZ 00.55-01.00 UTC in MFSK32
EVERY SUNDAY ON 6070 KHZ 11.30-12.00 UTC  in MFSK32 and OLIVIA 16-500 (VIA RADIO BCLNEWS)
For the complete IBC transmission schedule, including voice broadcasts, visit  http://ibcradio.webs.com/

Thank you for your reception reports from last weekend.
I am compiling a gallery of Denali images and hope to start sending it out this weekend.
I hope you can tune in and write in this weekend.
Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
voaradiogram.net
Twitter: @VOARadiogram  (especially active just before, during, and after broadcasts)

PS: For information about the transmitters and antennas used for VOA Radiogram, see …
http://voaradiogram.net/post/47627164533/voa-radiogram-some-details-about-the-transmitters

Monday, November 28, 2016

Weekly PropagationForecast Bulletins


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2016 Nov 28 0341 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
#
#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 21 - 27 November 2016

Solar activity was at very low levels. The largest flare of the period was at B6 at 22/0010 UTC from Region 2612 (N09, L=194, class/area Hax/230 on 25 November). 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 moderate levels on 22-24 November while high levels were reached on
21 and 25-27 November. The largest flux of the period was 25,245 pfu at 27/1625 UTC.

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to G2 (Moderate) geomagnetic storm conditions. Enhanced geomagnetic activity was due to recurrent, positive-polarity, coronal hole high speed streams (CH HSS). The period began with solar wind speeds near 330 km/s on 21 November with an increasing total field from approximately 1 nT early in the period to near 12 nT by 22 November and a fluctuating Bz component between +10 nT and -8 nT. Solar wind speed increased, thereafter, to near 510 km/s by 23 November while total field decreased to near 3 nT. Another enhancement in total field was observed late on 23 November to a maximum near 11 nT on 24 November before decreasing to 5 nT by 25 November. Stepped increases in solar wind speed occurred at 24/0514 UTC from 400 km/s to 500 km/s and at 25/0144 UTC from 500 km/s to near 700 km/s. The geomagnetic field responded with quiet to unsettled levels on 21 November, quiet to active levels on 22-23 November, unsettled to G1 (Minor) storm levels on 24 November, unsettled to G2 (Moderate) storm levels on 25 November and quiet to unsettled levels on 26-27 November.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 28 November - 24 December 2016

Solar activity is expected to be at very low levels with a slight chance for C-class flares for the forecast period.  No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit. The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at normal to moderate levels with high levels likely on 28 November-07 December, 10-18 December and again on 22-24 December due to recurrent CH HSS influence.  Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at quiet to unsettled
levels on 28-30 November as the geomagnetic field recovers from positive polarity CH HSS activity. Unsettled to active levels are expected from 07-11 December and 19-24 December with G1 (Minor)
geomagnetic storm levels likely on 10 and 21-22 December due to recurrent CH HSS effects.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2016 Nov 28 0341 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact www.swpc.noaa.gov/wwire.html#
#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2016-11-28
#
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2016 Nov 28      84           8          3
2016 Nov 29      83           8          3
2016 Nov 30      83           8          3
2016 Dec 01      80           5          2
2016 Dec 02      80           5          2
2016 Dec 03      80           5          2
2016 Dec 04      82           5          2
2016 Dec 05      82           5          2
2016 Dec 06      80           5          2
2016 Dec 07      80          15          4
2016 Dec 08      78          12          4
2016 Dec 09      78          18          4
2016 Dec 10      78          20          5
2016 Dec 11      78          10          3
2016 Dec 12      80           5          2
2016 Dec 13      80           5          2
2016 Dec 14      82           5          2
2016 Dec 15      82           5          2
2016 Dec 16      80           5          2
2016 Dec 17      80           5          2
2016 Dec 18      78           8          3
2016 Dec 19      78          12          4
2016 Dec 20      80          16          4
2016 Dec 21      80          22          5
2016 Dec 22      80          30          5
2016 Dec 23      82          12          4
2016 Dec 24      82          10          3
(NOAA)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: Former Cuban Leader Fidel Castro Dies at Age 90

Fidel Castro/photo via Fox News)
Longtime Cuban leader Fidel Castro, the bearded, cigar-smoking Communist revolutionary who infuriated the United States, inspired both loyalty and loathing from his countrymen and maintained an iron grip on Cuban politics for almost 50 years, died Friday at the age of 90.

Castro, who was the only leader most of his countrymen ever knew, outlasted 11 US presidents since he first took power in 1959.

Castro had been in declining health for years – he continued to spew his anti-American tirades almost until the end.
In October, 2014, Castro reprinted a New York Times editorial in state-run media that argued that the U.S. embargo on Cuba should end. The editorial ran almost verbatim, omitting one line about Cuba’s release of political prisoners.

Additional Story at:
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/11/26/former-cuban-leader-fidel-castro-dies-at-age-90.html

Monitoring Radio Havana Cuba on shortwave

B16-Winter Schedule Effective to 26 March 2017

All times UTC
Arabic
1900-1930 15140na
2030-2100 15370eu

Creole
0100-0130 5040sa
1930-2000 15140na
2300-2330 17730na

English
0000-0100 5040va   6165na
0100-0200 6000na   6165na
0200-0300 6000na   6165na
0300-0400 6000na  6165na
0400-0500 6000na   6165na
0500-0600 6000na   6060na   6100na   6165na
0600-0700 5040va   6000na   6060na   6100na   6165na
2000-2100 15140na
2200-2300 11880af
2300-0000 11880af

Esperanto
0700-0730 6100na
1600-1630 11760va
2230-2300 17730sa

French
0130-0200 5040va
1930-2000 15370eu
2100-2130 11880af  15140na
2230-2300 17730sa

Portuguese
2000-2030 15370eu
2130-2200 11880af
2300-0000 15230sa
2330-0000 17730sa

Quechua
0000-0030 17730sa

Spanish
0000-0100 6000na  6060na 6075am 9535ca 11670sa 11760va  11840sa   11950na  13740sa   15230sa
0100-0200 6060na 6075am 9535ca 11670sa 11760va  11840sa   13740sa   15230sa
0200-0300 5040am  6060na 6075am 9535ca 11670sa 11760va  11840sa   13740sa   15230sa
0300-0400 5040am  6060na 6075am 9535ca 11670sa 11840sa  13740sa   15230sa
0400-0500 5040am  6060na 6075am 9535ca 11670sa 11840sa  13740sa 15230sa
0500-0600 5040am  6075am 9535ca  11840sa 15230sa
0600-0700 11840sa 15230sa
1200-1300 9640am 9710na 9820ca   9850na   11760va  11840na   17580sa   17730sa   17750sa
1300-1400 9640am 9710na 9820ca   9850na   11760va  11840na   17580sa   17730sa 17750sa
1400-1500 9550ca 9640am 9710na   9820ca   11760va   15370na  17580sa   17730sa   17750sa
1500-1600 9640am 11760va 15370na   17730sa
1600-1700 11760va
1700-1800 11760va
1800-1900 11760va
2200-2300 5040va  6075am 9535ca 11760va   11840sa  13740sa   15370eu
2300-0000 5040va  6000na  11670sa 11840sa   11950na  15230sa   13740sa  15370eu
(Arnie Coro B16)

Target areas:
af (Africa)
am (America's)
eu (Europe)
na (North America)
sa (South America)
va (various areas)

Radio Progreso from Cuba on shortwave in Spanish, 4765 kHz; 0030-0400. Medium wave in Spanish, 24 hours 660, 720, 730, 820, 880, and 940 kHz.


Radio Rebelde from Cuba on shortwave n Spanish, 5025, 24 hours; Medium wave in Spanish 24 hours; 610, 670, 820, 1180, 1210 and 1620 kHz.

Radio Reloj from Cuba, on medium wave in Spanish 24 hours on 570, 610, 790, 850, 860, 870, and 950 kHz.
(Gayle Van Horn W4GVH/International Shortwave Broadcast Guide-Winter 2016)


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2016 Nov 21 0507 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC contact http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/weekly.html
#
#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
#
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 14 - 20 November 2016
Solar activity was very low through the period with only a few low-level B-class flares observed from Regions 2610 (N16, L=018, class/area Dao/050 on 17 November), and 2611 (N03, L=291, class/area Cao/020 on 18 November). No Earth-directed coronal mass ejections (CME) were observed in available satellite imagery during the reporting period.  No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit. The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at high levels throughout the period (14-20 November). The maximum flux of 19,442 pfu was observed at 15/1530 UTC.
Geomagnetic field activity was at quiet to unsettled levels on 14-15 November in response to waning influence from a negative polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS). Solar wind speed steadily decreased from a peak of 681 km/s to period ending values below 400 km/s. Total field ranged between 1 and 7 nT while the Bz component reached a maximum southward deviation of -6 nT. Quiet conditions were observed on 16-20 November under an ambient solar wind environment.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 21 November - 17 December 2016
Solar activity is expected to be at very low levels with a slight chance for C-class flares over the forecast period.  No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit. The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at normal to moderate levels with high levels likely on 22 November - 07 December, and 10-17 December due to recurrent CH HSS influence.
Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at unsettled to active levels on 21-29 November and 07-11 December, with G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels likely on 22-24 November, due to recurrent CH HSS effects.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2016 Nov 21 0507 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC contact http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/wwire.html#
#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2016-11-21
#
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2016 Nov 21      75           8          3
2016 Nov 22      78          20          5
2016 Nov 23      80          35          5
2016 Nov 24      80          30          5
2016 Nov 25      80          20          4
2016 Nov 26      82          12          4
2016 Nov 27      82          10          3
2016 Nov 28      82           8          3
2016 Nov 29      82           8          3
2016 Nov 30      82           5          2
2016 Dec 01      82           5          2
2016 Dec 02      84           5          2
2016 Dec 03      84           5          2
2016 Dec 04      84           5          2
2016 Dec 05      80           5          2
2016 Dec 06      80           5          2
2016 Dec 07      80          15          4
2016 Dec 08      78          12          4
2016 Dec 09      76          18          4
2016 Dec 10      76          20          4
2016 Dec 11      76          10          3
2016 Dec 12      76           5          2
2016 Dec 13      76           5          2
2016 Dec 14      76           5          2
2016 Dec 15      75           5          2
2016 Dec 16      75           5          2
2016 Dec 17      75           5          2
(NOAA)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

European Music Radio Tonight via the Internet

EMR will repeat this months Transmission via two streams running at the following Times:16.00, 18.00, 20.00 UTC

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.


Good Listening!
73s
Tom

European Music Radio:
website: www.europeanmusicradio.com
email:    emrshortwave@gmail.com

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Shortwave Relay Schedules


Hamburger Lokal Radio via Shortwave Station Göhren, Germany with 1KW to Western Europe:
6190 KHz     Every Saturday      07.00 to 11.00 UTC
7265 KHz     Every Saturday      11.00 to 16.00 UTC    
9485 KHz     Every Sunday        10.00 to 13.00 UTC     
Contact email: redaktion@hamburger-lokalradio.de

European Music Radio via;
WBCQ to Central & North America on 7490 KHz on 19th November between 22.00 to 23.00 UTC
Contact email: emrshortwave@gmail.com
Internet Repeats on 20th November 2016:
EMR will repeat this months Transmissions via two streams running at the following Times:16.00, 18.00, 20.00 UTC
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.

Radio City via:
IRRS to Europe on 9510 KHz (every Saturday) between 09.00 to 10.00 UTC
IRRS to Europe on 7290 KHz (every 3rd Friday) between 19.00 to 20.00 UTC
Challenger Radio to Northern Italy on 1368 KHz every Saturdays from 20.00 UTC onwards
Radio Merkurs on 1485 KHz Every Saturday between 20.00 onwards
Contact email: citymorecars@yahoo.ca

KBC via:
Media Broadcast to America on 6145 KHz Every Sunday between 00.00 to 01.00
Contact email: themightykbc@gmail.com

Hobart Radio via:
Channel 292 to Western Europe on 6070 KHz Sundays between 21.00 to 21.30 UTC
WRMI to Americas, Asia/Pacific on 9955 KHz Sunday between 03.30 to 04.00 UTC
WRMI to Americas, Asia/Pacific on 9955 KHz Tuesday between 22.30 to 23.00 UTC
WBCQ to North America on 5130 KHz Mondays 03.30 to 04.00 UTC
Unique Radio to North Australia Fridays at 08.00 & 14.00 UTC
Unique Radio to North Australia Saturdays at 07.30 & 14.30 UTC
Contact email: hriradio@gmail.com
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
Radio Channel 292  Transmission schedules on 6070 KHz (on the air every day):   http://www.channel292.de/schedule-for-bookings/ 
Radio Mi Amigo Transmission schedules:   www.radiomiamigo.es/shortwave
Good Listening!
73s
Tom Taylor

European Music Radio:
website: www.europeanmusicradio.com
email:    emrshortwave@gmail.com

Sunday programming from VOA Radiogram

Hello friends,
I forgot to mention last week that for listeners in most of North America, VOA Radiogram is now on one hour earlier by local time, now that Daylight time has reverted to Standard time. The UTC times are the same.

 Last week’s broadcast Sunday at 1930-2000 UTC on 15670 kHz was again inaudible in Europe. But, again, it provided good text and images to the western USA.

Possible solutions to the poor 15670 kHz would be a change to a 13 or maybe 11 MHz frequency at the same 1930 UTC time.

Or a change of broadcast time to dawn in Europe, around 0500 or 0600 UTC, probably on a frequency near 6 MHz.

I am also considering a change the Sunday 0230-0300 UTC frequency to dusk in North Carolina, around 2300 UTC, for maximum night-time propagation to the east.

 Please let me know if you have any thoughts about changing VOA Radiogram times and frequencies.

This weekend, we will try an experiment suggested by Roger in Germany.

As you know, the transmitter hum, most pronounced at 360 Hz, has mixed with the RSID, resulting in the Fldigi RxID flipping the audio frequency to ~1140 Hz rather than the correct ~1500 Hz.

 Roger suggested transmitting “nonsense data” at 360 Hz, in addition to the primary data at 1500 Hz, to see if it prevents the intermodulation that causes the incorrect audio frequency. Or maybe it will make it worse. In any case, this should be fun.

Please follow this procedure for this weekend’s VOA Radiogram:

 1.     Configure > IDs > ID > RsID > select Searches passband

2.     At 1:45 into the show, observe if RxID changes center frequency to 1140 Hz rather than the correct 1500 Hz. Change it back to 1500 Hz if necessary

3.     At 2:30, during the program preview, BPSK63F (PSK63F) at 360 Hz, reduced by 15 dB, no RSID, with the VOA Radiogram transmission schedule, will begin.

4.     At 2:56, the mode changes to Olivia 64-2000, with RSID. Observe if the audio frequency stays at the correct 1500 Hz or changes to 1140 Hz.  Change the frequency back to 1500 Hz if necessary.

5.     At 10:03, the mode changes back to MFSK32, with RSID.  Observe if the audio frequency stays at the correct 1500 Hz or changes to 1140 Hz. Change the frequency back to 1500 Hz if necessary.

6.     At 13:02, the BPSK63F at 360 Hz will end.

 Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 190, 19-20 November 2016, all in MFSK32 except where noted:

1:45  Program preview

 2:56  Olivia 64-2000: FUNcube enters amateur service

10:03  MFSK32: China increases Internet control*

17:29  Freedom House global Internet freedom report*

26:34  Closing announcements*
* With image


Please send reception reports to

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

 Radio Pushka (Радио Пушка) will broadcast via Channel 292, Germany, 6070 kHz, Sunday, 20 November, at 2000-2100 UTC. MFSK32 will start at 2052 UTC, followed by one experiment with Feld Hell, then SSTV Scottie 1 mode (2 pictures). See http://radiopushka.blogspot.ru/2016/11/the-hell-digi-schedule-20112016.html .

 The Mighty KBC will broadcast to North America Sunday at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 7-9 pm EST) on 6145 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK32 will be transmitted at about 0130 UTC. Reports to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com . See also http://www.kbcradio.eu/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc/ .  

DigiDX has a new transmission schedule, both via WRMI Florida:

Sunday 2030-2100 UTC on  11580Khz (Targeted at Europe)
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC on 11580kHz (For North and South America)


Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) has digital modes as follows:
EVERY WEDNESDAY ON 3975 KHZ 20.30-21.00 UTC in MFSK32 and OLIVIA 16-500
EVERY FRIDAY ON 9955 KHZ 02.25-02.30 UTC in MFSK32
EVERY SATURDAY ON 1584 KHZ 21.25-21.30 UTC in MFSK32
EVERY SUNDAY ON 7730 KHZ 00.55-01.00 UTC in MFSK32
EVERY SUNDAY ON 6070 KHZ 11.30-12.00 UTC  in MFSK32 and OLIVIA 16-500 (VIA RADIO BCLNEWS)

For the complete IBC transmission schedule, including voice broadcasts, visit http://ibcradio.webs.com/

 Thank you for your reception reports (or reports of attempted reception) from last weekend. 

 I hope you can tune in and write in this weekend.
Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
voaradiogram.net
Twitter: @voaradiogram  (especially active before, during, and after broadcasts)