Sunday, August 20, 2017

Solar Eclipse - Monday 2017

A total eclipse of the sun will be visible in the United States on Monday, August 21.  The path of  the total eclipse will first reach land in Oregon’s Pacific Coast around 10:15 a.m. local time (1315  EDT or 1715 UTC) and will progress southeast through Salem OR, Casper WY, Lincoln NE, Kansas  City KS?MO, Nashville TN, Columbia SC, and Charleston SC, passing into the Atlantic around 2:50  p.m. local time (1450 ELT or 1850 UTC). 

Resources: 
HamSCI project: http://www.hamsci.org/basic?project/2017?total?solar?eclipse  Sky and Telescope article, focusing on AM radio effects:  http://www.skyandtelescope.com/2017?total?solar?eclipse/how?to?hear?the?solar?eclipse/ 
Nuts and Volts article on ham radio and eclipse:  http://www.nutsvolts.com/magazine/article/the?solar?eclipse?and?ham?radio 
Space Magazine: how to view the eclipse safely:  https://www.space.com/33797?total?solar?eclipse?2017?guide.html 
NASA official site: https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/solar.html  

Solar activity is expected to be at very low levels throughout the outlook period.   Solar activity is expected to be low with a chance for M?class flare activity (R1?R2 / MinorModerate) through 19 Jul when Region 2665 exits the visible disk. Very low to low levels are  expected from 20?28 Jul. A chance for R1?R2 activity is possible with the return of old Region 2665  from 29 Jul ? 12 Aug.  
(NRC/DXN-84)

"Observe" August's Eclipse From Your AM Radio
Joe Rao


When the Moon's shadow glides across the U.S. on August 21st, you'll have a chance to hear the eclipse as it happens.

Solar eclipses are more than remarkable visual astronomical phenomena; they’re pretty interesting from a radio viewpoint too. Should overcast skies prevail over your location on eclipse day, you can still make some interesting observations using an AM radio.
Dramatic changes can take place in radio reception when day changes into night and vice versa. Perhaps you’ve had the experience of driving in your car at night, listening to some program on the AM dial, when the announcer will identify the station as WBBM in Chicago. This might seem odd if you are listening from Albany, New York, more than 700 miles (1,100 km) from the Windy City. Yet, cases like this happen every night.

Additional article at:
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/2017-total-solar-eclipse/how-to-hear-the-solar-eclipse/

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Trans World Radio India, schedule update



Effective: 13 Aug 2017
Transmissions via Yerevan Gavar, Armenia
All times UTC
1245-1445 NF9910 ERV 300 kW 100 deg SoAS various langs, ex 12055kHz
ERV  9910 1245 1300 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1   1       SANTHALI
ERV  9910 1245 1300 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1         7 KUI
ERV  9910 1245 1315 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1    23456  MAITHILI
ERV  9910 1300 1315 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1   1       MAITHILI
ERV  9910 1300 1315 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1         7 HO
ERV  9910 1315 1330 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1   123     MARWARI
ERV  9910 1315 1330 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1      4    MEWARI
ERV  9910 1315 1330 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1       56  MAGHAI
ERV  9910 1315 1330 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1         7 BENGALI
ERV  9910 1330 1345 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1   1       BRAJ BHASHA
ERV  9910 1330 1345 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1    2      KHARIA
ERV  9910 1330 1345 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1     3     KASHMIRI
ERV  9910 1330 1345 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1      4    SADRI
ERV  9910 1330 1345 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1       5   BONDO
ERV  9910 1330 1345 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1        6  HARYANVI
ERV  9910 1330 1345 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1         7 BUNDELI
ERV  9910 1345 1400 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1   1   567 KURUKH
ERV  9910 1345 1400 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1    23     MUNDARI
ERV  9910 1345 1400 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1      4    VASAVI
ERV  9910 1400 1415 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1   1       CHODRI
ERV  9910 1400 1415 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1    23     BHILI
ERV  9910 1400 1415 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1      45   VASAVI
ERV  9910 1400 1415 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1        67 MOUCHI
ERV  9910 1415 1430 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1   1       GAMIT
ERV  9910 1415 1445 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1         7 GAMIT
ERV  9910 1430 1445 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1   1       DHODIA
ERV  9910 1415 1445 41 300 100 0  8 / 8 / 1    23456  SINDHI
Reception reports to: info@twr.asia
Or to: http://www.twr.asia/online-qsl-form
(Ivo Ivanov-BUL, hcdx via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Aug 8)
(Top Nx 1310-16 Aug 2017)

Aussie Senate slams ABC cut to shortwave radio




News.com.au
August 17, 2017
The ABC has been slammed by all sides of politics over its "foolish" decision to cut the transmission of shortwave radio to remote Australia and the Pacific Islands.

The Senate debated a private bill on Thursday by crossbench senator Nick Xenophon to force the ABC to restore transmission after it was cut earlier this year.

"It seems a terrible decision that's been made by the ABC board," Senator Xenophon told parliament, accusing the public broadcaster of ignoring the bush and Australia's neighbors.

The ABC insists listeners can still tune in via FM and AM frequencies, the viewer access satellite television (VAST) service and online.

But senators say the ABC fails to understand those alternative methods are not available to everyone in the bush and the information people are missing out on can be life threatening, such as weather warnings.

Senator Xenophon said the ABC had miscalculated how many people relied on the service. "There are some question marks over the methodology used by the ABC in relation to this." The South Australian senator warned Australia was "foolish" to retreat from the Pacific region by cutting shortwave radio just as other countries like China were expanding shortwave services in the region.
"That footprint is a form of soft diplomacy that is very effective, it wins hearts and minds in the region," he said. Truck drivers in the outback, remote indigenous communities and those in the Pacific no longer had access to Radio Australia.

"But they'll be able to get Radio China - that is wrong," Senator Xenophon said.

Nationals senator Bridget McKenzie lashed out at the ABC's "short-sighted" decision, insisting it had not provided credible evidence as to why the decision was made.

"The ABC has effectively abandoned huge areas of the Northern Territory."
Labor senator for the Northern Territory Malarndirri McCarthy pleaded with the ABC to reverse its "mistake", insisting it had left Australians in remote communities completely isolated and suffering.
"It is absolutely dire."

The Greens said the bill would interfere with the ABC's independence and blamed the decision on government funding cuts.
(Mike Terry/BDXC)

VORW International updates schedules



Dear VORW Radio Listeners,
Since the last newsletter, there are several changes and updates to announce for VORW Radio International.

Broadcasts directed to Europe have now fully resumed after multiple requests from listeners in the region. Transmissions to Europe take place every Sunday at 1600 UTC - that's 12 PM Eastern, 5 PM BST. The frequency to listen on is 9400 kHz which is transmitted with 150 kW of power from Bulgaria. This transmission may also be audible in North Africa, the Middle East and portions of Central Asia. Reception reports for broadcasts on 9400 kHz are greatly encouraged!

Here is the Transmission Schedule:
Thursdays:
6 PM Eastern - 11 PM BST - 9955 kHz to South America
8 PM Eastern - 1 AM BST - 7490 kHz to North America
8 PM Eastern - 1 AM BST - 9395 kHz to North America
8 PM Eastern - 1 AM BST - 7730 kHz to Western North America
8 PM Eastern - 1 AM BST - 9455 kHz to Central America

Sundays:
12 PM Eastern - 5 PM BST - 9400 kHz to Europe
4 PM Eastern - 9 PM BST - 9395 kHz to Eastern North America
6 PM Eastern - 11 PM BST - 7490 kHz to Eastern North America
You may also be able to hear VORW Radio International on Tunein Radio at
8 PM every Thursday and 6 PM every Sunday at:


(BST/CET Converter: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/bst-to-cet-converter
 https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/bst-to-cet-converter

(CET Converter to UTC: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/cet-to-utc-converter
https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/cet-to-utc-converter
https://beta.tunein.com/radio/The-Planet-7490-s24829/

If you are interested in obtaining VORW Radio International merchandise (T-shirts, hoodies, stickers or coffee mugs) you may now obtain them from our Teespring store: https://teespring.com/stores/thereportoftheweek

VORW Radio International is a light entertainment program featuring a mixture of commentary and listener-requested music of all genres.
(Manuel Méndez, Lugo, Spain/HCDX)

Artificial Languages on Radio: Esperanto


By far, the most popular artificial language that has ever been created is the language known under the title Esperanto.  The very name, Esperanto, means one who hopes.

It was Dr. Ludwig Zamenhof, a Polish eye doctor, who developed the Esperanto language and he released it to the world in his book, Unua Libro, that was printed in the year 1887.  His intent was that Esperanto should become the world’s major second language, and thus multitudes of people with a myriad of primary languages would be able to intercommunicate with comfort and ease.
 The Esperanto language is said to be very easy to learn, and in fact linguists state that it can be mastered in the shortest amount of time for any language upon the Earth.  Esperanto is totally regular in all of its grammatical forms, and it is very flexible in its build up of terminology.  The entire grammar structure can be learned in one lesson.       

 According to Wikipedia: There are some two million people who have varying degrees of proficiency in the language, including up to two thousand people for whom Esperanto is their mother tongue, having learned it in their childhood home.  Esperantists are found in some 120 countries and its highest volume of usage is found in Europe, Eastern Asia and South America.
 The first international congress of Esperanto speakers was held in Boulogne-sur-Mer in France in 1905, and since then there has been an international Esperanto Congress somewhere every year, except during the years of World War 1 and World War 2.  These major annual events attract many participants from throughout the world, usually around 2,000, though on one occasion the attendance reached as high as 6,000.

 Interestingly, three different micronations have considered the usage of Esperanto as their national language.  The territory of Neutral Moresnet is a slice of territory at 1½ square miles lying between Belgium and Germany.  Due to anomalies in political history, Moresnet retained some form of neutral independence for more a century, running from 1816 to 1920.  As part of its move for continued independence back in the early 1900s, Moresnet considered adopting Esperanto as its national language.  (Much of the territory of Moresnet has subsequently been incorporated into neighboring Belgium.)

Two other micronations, far less real than Moresnet, considered adopting Esperanto as the national language.  These micronations were Rose Island off the east coast of Italy, and Molossia in the American state of Nevada.

Rose Island was a manmade platform in the Adriatic Sea back half a century ago and it supported tourist enterprises, such as a restaurant, a post office and apparently also a radio station. 
Molossia was a small farm of 1½ acres near Dayton in Nevada which together with the farm house, was declared independent as a micronation, also half a century ago.  The supposedly national language for both of these tourist ventures, Rose Island and Molossia, was Esperanto.
 According to statistics recently released by Duolingo, currently a million people are studying

Esperanto on their language instruction website.  The Google translation site has also added Esperanto to their list of translation capabilities.  Another report states that more than 75 universities in more than 25 countries have at some time given instruction in Esperanto.
 Esperanto is currently the language of instruction at the International Academy of Sciences in San Marino, Italy; Vatican Radio uses Esperanto on its website; the United States army published a phrase book for its soldiers in Esperanto in the 1950s; in the summer of 1924, the American Radio Relay League adopted Esperanto as its official international auxiliary language; and over the years, several shortwave stations have inserted Esperanto programming into their scheduling. 
 Back in the early days of radio, a week long series of International Radio Broadcast Tests was conducted with the participation of many prominent stations in North America and Europe.  These international test broadcasts began on November 24, 1924, when ten stations in the United States and Canada presented programming in Esperanto.

 In 1934, the radio station VN at La Doua-Lyons in France with 1½ kW on 644 kHz conducted a listener contest with seven people from different national backgrounds, all speaking in Esperanto in the same radio program.  The 1949 edition of the World Radio Handbook gave a list of some of the radio stations in Europe with programming in Esperanto.

  A quick search on the internet reveals that several international shortwave stations are these days on the air in the Esperanto language.  These stations include: Radio Polonia in Warsaw Poland, China Radio International, Radio Havana Cuba, Vatican Radio, and RAI in Rome Italy.  Radio Polonia, in the country where Esperanto as an international second language was launched (Poland), states that over the years they have broadcast more than 25,000 programs in Esperanto.
 On the radio scene, Muzaiko is a 24 hour internet radio stream in Esperanto, with some English inserts.  Their website is muzaiko.info.


QOTW163 QSL of the Week: QSL Card printed in the Esperanto Language 

  Back a decade or so ago, there was an amateur DXpedition to the North African exclave of Melilla, a small Spanish settlement measuring less than five square miles, at the Mediterranean edge of North Africa.  This territory has been allotted the amateur callsign prefix EA9.  Their QSL card shows a photograph in color of old historic buildings, and the language on the card is the international auxiliary language Esperanto.
(AWR-Wavescan/NWS 442)

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins



Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2017 Aug 14 0316 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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#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
#
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 07 - 13 August 2017

Solar activity was very low. Region 2670 (S05, L=119, class/area  Cso/160 on 02 Aug) continued it transit across the visible disk during the period as a simple Hsx/alpha spot group with no flaring
activity observed. No Earth-directed coronal mass ejections were observed.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit reached high levels from 07-11 Aug with a peak flux of 11,301 pfu observed at 07/1440 UTC. Electron flux values decreased to normal to moderate levels on 12-13 Aug due to the arrival of a negative polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS).

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to unsettled levels during the period. Solar wind speed was in decline at the beginning of the period from a waning positive polarity CH HSS. Solar wind
speeds declined from near 570 km/s early in the period to nominal levels by late on 08 Aug. Total field ranged from 2-6 nT through 10 Aug. On 11 Aug, total field and solar wind began to increase as a negative polarity CH HSS became geo effective. Total field increased to a maximum of 12 nT at 12/0135 UTC while solar wind increased to around 650 km/s by 13/1750 UTC. The geomagnetic field responded with quiet levels from 07-10 Aug and quiet to unsettled levels from 11-12
Aug. Geomagnetic activity decreased to quiet levels again on 13 Aug.



Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 14 August - 09 September 2017
Solar activity is expected to be at very low levels. A chance for C-class flare activity is possible from 14-28 Aug as a new active region rotates across the visible disk.

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to reach high levels from 14-16, 18-30 Aug and again from 01-07 Sep due to CH HSS influence. Normal to moderate levels are
expected on 17, 31 Aug and again on 08-09 Sep. Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be reach unsettled to active levels on 14, 16-22, 30-31 Aug and from 01-02 and 08-09 Sep with G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels are likely on 17-18 and 31Aug due to recurrent CH HSS activity.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2017 Aug 14 0316 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 2017-08-14
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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2017 Aug 14      68           8          3
2017 Aug 15      68           5          2
2017 Aug 16      68          10          3
2017 Aug 17      68          20          5
2017 Aug 18      68          25          5
2017 Aug 19      68          15          4
2017 Aug 20      68          12          4
2017 Aug 21      68          10          3
2017 Aug 22      68           8          3
2017 Aug 23      68           6          2
2017 Aug 24      68           5          2
2017 Aug 25      68           5          2
2017 Aug 26      68           5          2
2017 Aug 27      68           5          2
2017 Aug 28      68           5          2
2017 Aug 29      70           5          2
2017 Aug 30      72          12          4
2017 Aug 31      72          24          5
2017 Sep 01      72          18          4
2017 Sep 02      72          14          4
2017 Sep 03      72           5          2
2017 Sep 04      72           5          2
2017 Sep 05      72           5          2
2017 Sep 06      72           5          2
2017 Sep 07      72           5          2
2017 Sep 08      72          10          3
2017 Sep 09      70           8          3
(NOAA)

Clandestine summer schedule updates

(iarc.org)
Effective: 17 August 2017
All times UTC
Voice of Freedom
0000-0200 on  6135 HWA 010 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean, alt.5920/5940/6020

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

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

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

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

Denge Kurdistan
0230-0500 on  7350 ISS 250 kW / 090 deg to WeAs Kurdish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Denge Kurdistan
0500-1400 on 11600 KCH 300 kW / 130 deg to WeAs Kurdish
Echo of Unification
0430-0630 on  3966vCNG 005 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean
0430-0630 on  5905 PYO 100 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean
0430-0630 on  6250 PYO 100 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean

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

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

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

Radio Dandal Kura International
0700-0800 on 13810 DHA 250 kW / 255 deg to WeAf Kanuri

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

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

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

Suab Xaa Moo Zoo, Voice of Hope
1130-1200 on 11570 TSH 100 kW / 250 deg to SEAs Hmong

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

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

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

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

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

National Unity Radio
1200-1500 on 11550 DB  100 kW / 071 deg to NEAs Korean
Echo of Unification
1230-1430 on  3966vCNG 005 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean
1230-1430 on  5905 PYO 100 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean
1230-1430 on  6250 PYO 100 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean

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

Shiokaze Sea Breeze
1300-1330 on  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Chinese Mon
1300-1330 on  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Tue
1300-1330 on  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Wed
1300-1330 on  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs English Thu
1300-1330 on  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Fri
1300-1330 on  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Sat
1300-1330 on  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Sun

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

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

Shiokaze Sea Breeze
1330-1400 on  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Mon
1330-1400 on  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Tue
1330-1400 on  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Wed
1330-1400 on  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs English Thu
1330-1400 on  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Fri
1330-1400 on  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Sat
1330-1400 on  5965 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Sun

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

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

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

Denge Kurdistan
1400-1600 on 11600 KCH 300 kW / 116 deg to WeAs Kurdish

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

Furusato no Kaze
1405-1435 on  7295 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese
1430-1500 on  9450 TSH 300 kW / 352 deg to NEAs Japanese
1430-1500 on  9560 TSH 300 kW / 002 deg to NEAs Japanese
1430-1500 on  9960 HBN 100 kW / 345 deg to NEAs Japanese

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

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

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

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

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

Radio Voice of Adal, inactive at present
1500-1530 on 15205 ISS 100 kW / 125 deg to EaAf Arabic Wed/Sat

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

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

Radio Voice of Adal, inactive at present
1530-1558 on 15205 ISS 100 kW / 125 deg to EaAf Tigrinya Wed/Sat

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

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

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

Shiokaze Sea Breeze
1600-1630 on  6165 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Chinese Mon
1600-1630 on  6165 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Tue
1600-1630 on  6165 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Wed
1600-1630 on  6165 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs English Thu
1600-1630 on  6165 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Fri
1600-1630 on  6165 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Sat
1600-1630 on  6165 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Sun

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

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

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

Denge Kurdistan
1600-1930 on 11600 ISS 250 kW / 090 deg to WeAs Kurdish

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

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

Shiokaze Sea Breeze
1630-1700 on  6165 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Mon
1630-1700 on  6165 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Tue
1630-1700 on  6165 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Wed
1630-1700 on  6165 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs English Thu
1630-1700 on  6165 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Fri
1630-1700 on  6165 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Sat
1630-1700 on  6165 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Sun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Radio Publique Africaine
1800-1830 on 15480 ISS 250 kW / 145 deg to SoAf Kirundi

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

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

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

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

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

Radio Publique Africaine
1830-1858 on 15480 ISS 250 kW / 145 deg to SoAf French

Denge Kurdistan
1930-2100 on 11600 KCH 300 kW / 116 deg to WeAs Kurdish

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

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

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

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

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

Republic of Yemen Radio
2300-2400 on 11860 unknown tx / unknown to N/ME Arabic
(DX Mix News # 1023)



Monday, August 14, 2017

Voice of Hope Africa, schedule update


Lusaka, Zambia

All frequencies of Voice of Hope Africa were registered in HFCC Database on August 6

All times UTC

0500-0800 on  9680 LUV 100 kW / 000 deg to SoAf English Mon-Fri tx#1, new additional
0500-0800 on 11680#LUV 100 kW / 315 deg to WeAf English Mon-Fri tx#2, new additional
1600-1900 on  4965 LUV 100 kW / 000 deg to SoAf English Mon-Fri tx#1, ex 1630-2200UT
1600-1900 on  6065 LUV 100 kW / 315 deg to WeAf English Mon-Fri tx#2, ex 1630-2200UT
1200-1700 on  9680*LUV 100 kW / 000 deg to SoAf English Sat/Sun tx#1, unchanged time
1200-1700 on 13680^LUV 100 kW / 315 deg to WeAf English Sat/Sun tx#2, unchanged time
1700-1730 on  9680 LUV 100 kW / 000 deg to SoAf English Sunday  tx#1, new additional

^ co-ch same 13680 ISS 500 kW / 090 deg to WeAs Persian R.Japan NHK World  1430-1500
^ co-ch same 13680 KAS 500 kW / 308 deg to WeEu Chinese China Radio Inter  1500-1600
# co-ch same 11680 KNG 050 kW / non-dir to NEAs Korean KCBS Pyongyang, QRM TRT 11675
* co-ch same  9680 PAO 100 kW / 352 deg to EaAs Chinese R.Taiwan Int&CNR-1 1200-1400
* co-ch same  9680 NAU 250 kW / 060 deg to EaEu Russ Sat MW Friedensstimme 1600-1630
(DX Mix News 1022/12 Aug 2017)

Morning Chorus: Pyongyang’s 6 am wake up call


Why does an eerie electronic ballad play across North Korea’s capital every morning?


Greg Noone 
It was early in the morning, but Mark Fahey had been awake for hours. A biomedical engineer turned North Korean propaganda expert, he had spent most of the night tinkering with a radio in his room at the Yanggakdo International Hotel, secretly recording the opening moments of Pyongyang FM Pangsong.
While he listened to the station’s typical offering of classical music and propaganda, another microphone and recorder were set up next to an open window to capture the sounds of the city as it roused itself awake. It was August 2011, and the sun hung low on the horizon. Fahey expected to pick up the sound of the dredging work taking place along the Taedong River.
Instead, he heard music.
(NHK News)

Additional story and video: www.nknews.org/2017/07/morning-chorus-pyongyangs-6-am-wake-up-call/?c=1501301908577&utm_content=buffer69ea3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=bufferstory

Sunday, August 13, 2017

From the Isle of Music and Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules, August 13-19



From the Isle of Music, August 13-19
More dance music this week…
This week, our special guest is Fernando Dewar, leader of Septeto Santiaguero, Cuba’s best working Septeto today and a winner of Cubadisco and Latin GRAMMY awards. He will be talking about their new album Raiz, and we will be listening to some of it. Also, some music from Andy Rubal, a nominee in the Popular Dance Music – Newer Artists category in Cubadisco 2017.
Four opportunities to listen on shortwave:
1. For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in all directions with 100Kw, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 KHz, from Kostinbrod, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)
2. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0000-0100 UTC on WBCQ, 7490 KHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EDT in the US)
3 & 4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany.


Episode 25 of Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, a musical variety program that features a little bit of everything from around the planet, will air on WBCQ the Planet, 7490 KHz, Thursday, August 17 from 2300-2330 UTC (7:00pm-7:30pm EDT in the Americas). This week we spend some quality time roaming the Balkans with a little surf rock gibberish on the side.  This week’s episode includes a contest.
WBCQ’s signal has frequently been reaching the Americas, East to West, down at least as far as Sao Paolo, Brasil, and well into Central Europe of late.

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

Saturday, August 12, 2017

All 60's broadcast slated for August 14

A new broadcast is listed on Channel 292's schedule for Monday, August 14. The broadcast is called 'All 60s', and is shown as operating on 6070 kHz from 1200 to 1500 UTC. I have no idea who is behind the station, and I don't recall seeing it on there previously.

For German listeners there is another of the occasional 'Frequenzfieber' broadcasts with Christian this evening (Saturday 12th) at 1900 to 2000 UTC. It was noticeable last Sunday that the 'Paranoia' podcast from 2000 to 2100 was in the clear for the entire hour now that the Vatican no longer comes on and flattens it at 2040 UTC.

Excellent reception of Hitmix Radio on 5955 kHz with their 100kW signal here in north west England this afternoon from 1200 to 1500 UTC, and a lot of familiar voices were noted in various time slots.
73 for now,
(Alan Dale/BDXC)

Drastic cuts from Vatican Radio reported

QSL via Gayle Van Collection)

Effective 01 August 2017
All times UTC
0040-0100 on 11730 SMG 250 kW / 086 deg to SoAs Hindi
0100-0120 on 11730 SMG 250 kW / 086 deg to SoAs Tamil
0120-0140 on 11730 SMG 250 kW / 086 deg to SoAs Malayalam
0210-0230 on  6185 SMG 100 kW / 086 deg to CeAs Armenian
0210-0230 on  7270 SMG 250 kW / 086 deg to CeAs Armenian
0300-0330 on  7360 SMG 250 kW / 151 deg to CEAf English
0330-0345 on  7360 SMG 250 kW / 151 deg to CEAf Swahili Sun
0330-0400 on  7360 SMG 250 kW / 151 deg to CEAf Swahili Mon-Sat
0345-0400 on  7360 SMG 250 kW / 130 deg to EaAf Somali Sun
0400-0430 on  9645 SMG 250 kW / 114 deg to N/ME Arabic
0400-0430 on 11715 SMG 100 kW / 098 deg to N/ME Arabic
0530-0600 on  9660 SMG 250 kW / 234 deg to WeAf Portuguese
0600-0630 on 11625 SMG 250 kW / 210 deg to WeAf French
0600-0630 on 13765 SMG 250 kW / 184 deg to WCAf French
0630-0700 on 11625 SMG 250 kW / 210 deg to WeAf English
0630-0700 on 13765 SMG 250 kW / 184 deg to WCAf English
0645-0705 on  9645 SMG 250 kW / 228 deg to NEAf Arabic Mon-Sat
0645-0705 on 11740 SMG 100 kW / 130 deg to EaAf Arabic Mon-Sat
0945-1030 on 15570 SMG 250 kW / 210 deg to WeAf Angelus Sun
0945-1030 on 17520 SMG 250 kW / 185 deg to CeAf Angelus Sun
0945-1030 on 17590 SMG 250 kW / 112 deg to N/ME Angelus Sun
1200-1220 on 17520 SMG 250 kW / 185 deg to CeAf Italian
1200-1220 on 17590 SMG 100 kW / 112 deg to N/ME Italian
2040-2100 on  6070 SMG 250 kW / 228 deg to NoAf Arabic
2040-2100 on  7275 SMG 250 kW / 146 deg to EaAf Arabic
2040-2100 on  9700 SMG 250 kW / 114 deg to N/ME Arabic

Revised Vatican Radio summer scheduleAll times UTC
Summer A-17 shortwave schedule of Vatican Radio:
0040-0100 on 15470 PHT 250 kW / 283 deg to SoAs Hindi
0100-0120 on 15470 PHT 250 kW / 283 deg to SoAs Tamil
0120-0140 on 15470 PHT 250 kW / 283 deg to SoAs Malayalam
0200-0220 on 15470 PHT 250 kW / 283 deg to SoAs Hindi
0220-0240 on 15470 PHT 250 kW / 283 deg to SoAs Tamil
0240-0300 on 15470 PHT 250 kW / 283 deg to SoAs Malayalam
0400-0430 on 15470 PHT 250 kW / 349 deg to EaAs Chinese
0200-0230 on  7305 GB  250 kW / 168 deg to CeAm Spanish
0400-0415 on  9660 MDC 250 kW / 340 deg to EaAf Amharic
0415-0430 on  9660 MDC 250 kW / 340 deg to EaAf Tigrinya
0430-0500 on  9660 MDC 250 kW / 300 deg to ECAf French
0500-0530 on  9660 MDC 250 kW / 258 deg to SoAf English
0530-0600 on 11625 MDC 250 kW / 270 deg to SoAf Portuguese
0530-0600 on 15595 SMG 250 kW / 107 deg to N/ME Latin Mass Sun
0600-0615 on 15595 SMG 250 kW / 107 deg to N/ME Italian Mon-Sat
0615-0630 on 15595 SMG 250 kW / 107 deg to N/ME French Mon-Sat
0630-0645 on 15595 SMG 250 kW / 107 deg to N/ME English Mon-Sat
0615-0730 on  7250 SMG 250 kW / 054 deg to EaEu Romanian liturgy Sun
0615-0730 on  9645 SMG 100 kW / 054 deg to EaEu Romanian liturgy Sun
0615-0745 on  9850 SMG 250 kW / 055 deg to EaEu Ukrainian liturgy Sun
0615-0745 on 11740 SMG 250 kW / 058 deg to EaEu Ukrainian liturgy Sun
0700-1030 on 15570 SMG 250 kW / 210 deg to NWAf French (Special events)
0700-1030 on 17520 SMG 250 kW / 185 deg to WCAf French (Special events)
0700-1030 on 17770 SMG 250 kW / 170 deg to SoAf Portuguese (Special events)
0700-1030 on 17785 SMG 250 kW / 155 deg to SoAf English (Special events)
0830-0945 on 15595 SMG 250 kW / 049 deg to N/ME Russian liturgy 2nd Sun
0830-0945 on 15595 SMG 250 kW / 049 deg to N/ME Ukrainian liturgy 4th Sun
0830-0945 on 15595 SMG 250 kW / 089 deg to CeAs Armenian liturgy 3rd Sun
0830-0945 on 15595 SMG 250 kW / 107 deg to EaAf Amharic liturgy 1st Sun
0830-0945 on 15595 SMG 250 kW / 121 deg to EaAf Arabic liturgy 5th Sun
0830-0945 on 17590 SMG 250 kW / 072 deg to CeAs Russian liturgy 2nd Sun
0830-0945 on 17590 SMG 250 kW / 072 deg to CeAs Armenian liturgy 3rd Sun
0830-0945 on 17590 SMG 250 kW / 072 deg to CeAs Ukrainian liturgy 4th Sun
0830-0945 on 17590 SMG 250 kW / 098 deg to N/ME Arabic liturgy 5th Sun
0830-0945 on 17590 SMG 250 kW / 130 deg to EaAf Amharic liturgy 1st Sun
1130-1200 on  9610 GB  250 kW / 168 deg to CeAm Spanish
1130-1200 on 15595 SMG 100 kW / 107 deg to N/ME English Fri
1130-1200 on 17590 SMG 100 kW / 112 deg to N/ME English Fri
1230-1300 on 11875 PHT 250 kW / 332 deg to FERu Russian
1230-1300 on 15370 PHT 250 kW / 332 deg to FERu Russian
1230-1300 on  7485 PHT 250 kW / 332 deg to EaAs Chinese Sun-Fri
1230-1300 on  9560 PHT 250 kW / 349 deg to EaAs Chinese Sun-Fri
1230-1300 on 11945 PUG 250 kW / 315 deg to EaAs Chinese Sun-Fri
1300-1315 on  7485 PHT 250 kW / 332 deg to EaAs Chinese Mass Sat
1300-1315 on  9560 PHT 250 kW / 349 det to EaAs Chinese Mass Sat
1300-1315 on 11945 PUG 250 kW / 345 det to EaAs Chinese Mass Sat
1315-1400 on  9560 PHT 250 kW / 270 deg to SEAs Vietnamese
1315-1400 on 11945 PHT 250 kW / 270 deg to SEAs Vietnamese
1430-1450 on  9800 PHT 250 kW / 283 deg to SoAs Hindi
1430-1450 on 11700 PUG 250 kW / 280 deg to SoAs Hindi
1450-1510 on  9800 PHT 250 kW / 283 deg to SoAs Tamil
1450-1510 on 11700 PUG 250 kW / 280 deg to SoAs Tamil
1510-1530 on  9800 PHT 250 kW / 283 deg to SoAs Malayalam
1510-1530 on 11700 PUG 250 kW / 280 deg to SoAs Malayalam
1530-1600 on  9800 PHT 250 kW / 283 deg to SoAs English Sat
1530-1600 on 11700 PUG 250 kW / 280 deg to SoAs English Sat
1530-1600 on 11935 SMG 100 kW / 130 deg to EaAf Arabic
1530-1600 on 15595 SMG 100 kW / 107 deg to N/ME Arabic
1600-1615 on 15595 SMG 250 kW / 107 deg to N/ME French
1615-1630 on 15595 SMG 250 kW / 107 deg to N/ME English
1550-1610 on 11715 SMG 100 kW / 073 deg to CeAs Armenian
1550-1610 on 15370 SMG 100 kW / 089 deg to CeAs Armenian
1610-1640 on 11715 SMG 250 kW / 055 deg to EaEu Russian
1610-1640 on 15370 SMG 100 kW / 049 deg to EaEu Russian
1640-1700 on 11715 SMG 100 kW / 058 deg to EaEu Ukrainian
1640-1700 on 15370 SMG 100 kW / 049 deg to EaEu Ukrainian
1700-1720 on 11715 SMG 100 kW / 043 deg to EaEu Belarussian
1600-1615 on  9660 MDC 250 kW / 300 deg to CeAf Swahili Sat
1600-1615 on 15570 SMG 250 kW / 150 deg to EaAf Swahili Sat
1600-1630 on  9660 MDC 250 kW / 300 deg to CeAf Swahili Sun-Fri
1600-1630 on 15570 SMG 250 kW / 150 deg to EaAf Swahili Sun-Fri
1615-1630 on  9660 MDC 250 kW / 340 deg to EaAf Somali Sat
1615-1630 on 15570 SMG 250 kW / 135 deg to EaAf Somali Sat
1630-1645 on  9660 MDC 250 kW / 340 deg to EaAf Amharic
1630-1645 on 15570 SMG 250 kW / 130 deg to EaAf Amharic
1645-1700 on  9660 MDC 250 kW / 340 deg to EaAf Tigrinya
1645-1700 on 15570 SMG 250 kW / 130 deg to EaAf Tigrinya
1700-1730 on  9660 MDC 250 kW / 300 deg to ECAf French
1700-1730 on 15570 SMG 250 kW / 168 deg to SoAf French
1730-1800 on  9660 MDC 250 kW / 320 deg to ECAf English
1730-1800 on 15570 SMG 250 kW / 175 deg to SoAf English
1800-1830 on  9660 SMG 250 kW / 165 deg to SoAf Portuguese
1800-1830 on 15570 SMG 100 kW / 238 deg to NWAf Portuguese
1840-1900 on  7360 SMG 250 kW / 184 deg to CeAf Rosary Sun
1840-1900 on  9670 SMG 250 kW / 210 deg to WeAf Rosary Sun
1840-1900 on  9850 SMG 100 kW / 114 deg to N/ME Rosary Sun
1900-1930 on  7360 SMG 100 kW / 180 deg to NWAf Spanish Sat
1900-1930 on  9670 SMG 250 kW / 234 deg to CeAf Spanish Sat
2000-2030 on  7360 SMG 250 kW / 180 deg to WCAf English
2000-2030 on  9670 SMG 250 kW / 210 deg to WeAf English
2030-2115 on  7360 SMG 250 kW / 180 deg to WCAf French
2030-2115 on  9670 SMG 250 kW / 210 deg to WeAf French
2200-2230 on  7410 SMG 250 kW / 068 deg to EaAs Chinese
2200-2230 on  9600 PHT 250 kW / 349 deg to EaAs Chinese
2200-2230 on 11900 TIN 250 kW / 305 deg to EaAs Chinese
2315-2400 on  9600 PHT 250 kW / 270 deg to SEAs Vietnamese
2315-2400 on 11900 PHT 250 kW / 270 deg to SEAs Vietnamese
(SWL DXing/Bulgarian DX/12 August 2017)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Atlantic Oldies schedule information

Hi All,

Rick Ainley of Atlantic Oldies 2NG reports via their newsletter that the station will be back on Shortwave this weekend via Channel 292 and WBCQ,  details below.

Alan.
     
Atlantic Oldies 2NG Newsletter Hi,
First let me thank all of you for the kind words and replies recently after the closure of the 2NG streams. I will reply, there are just a lot!

I wanted to quickly tell you that we will be on ShortWave this weekend. It's a three hour block as follows.


  • Hour 1 - All Sixties with Rick Ainley
  • Hour 2 & 3 - Bill Rollins Teatime Pirate Radio Special.

The shows can be heard as follows.

Saturday 12th August
WBCQ 7490kHz (N. America)
1700-2000 EDT (2100-0000 UTC)
Sunday 13th August
Channel 292 6070kHz (Europe)
1100-1400 UTC (1200-1500 BST)
A common question received if it's available online. 2NG will not be streaming however we believe WBCQ has a stream of the 7490kHz service. Check out www.wbcq.com. There is a web radio in the Netherlands which tends to work well with the Channel 292 service. That can be found at http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/
We planned this weekend on SW before the whole royalty thing blew up. It's remembering the 50th anniversary of the Marine Broadcasting Offence Act in 1967 that silenced the ships. All but one.....

If you get a chance, try and listen.

Best Regards, Richard
(BDXC)



Shortwave Radiogram schedule, August 12-27


Hello friends,
Because of summer activities, this email will include previews for the next three Shortwave Radiogram programs.  These three programs will be all in MFSK32, centered on 1500 Hz.

 These same summer activities will cause even more delay in answering your reception reports and other emails. Nevertheless, please continue to write in!

Shortwave Radiogram program 8, 12-13 August 2017

 1:36  Program preview

 2:42  Return of radio for ship navigation*

10:23  Russian surveillance plane flies over Washington*

16:52  Solar Eclipse QSO Party*

23:15  Ship tunnel in Norway*

25:12  Closing announcements
* with image

Shortwave Radiogram program 9, 19-20 August 2017
This program will feature ten photos by Shortwave Radiogram listener and professional photographer Neil Howard. The photos are of Alderney, in the Channel Islands.

Shortwave Radiogram program 10, 26-27 August 2017
This show will include ten photos of United States airlines that no longer exist, with a brief description of each.

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


Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule

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

 The Mighty KBC transmits to Europe Saturdays at 1500-1600 UTC on 9400 kHz (via Bulgaria), with the minute of MFSK at about 1530 UTC (if you are outside of Europe, listen via websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/ ).  And to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT) on 9925 kHz, via Germany. The minute of MFSK is at about 0130 UTC.  Reports to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com . See also http://www.kbcradio.eu/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc/


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

WEDNESDAY  18.55 UTC  6070 KHZ TO EUROPE

                        19.55 UTC  1584 KHZ TO EUROPE

THURSDAY     02.55 UTC  1584 KHZ TO EUROPE

FRIDAY           01.25 UTC  9955 KHZ TO CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA

SATURDAY     01.55 UTC 11580 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA

                        20.25 UTC  1584 KHZ TO SOUTH EUROPE

SUNDAY          00.55 UTC  7730 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA

                        10.55 UTC  6070 KHZ TO EUROPE

 Thanks for your reports.  I will be reading your emails to the extent possible during August.
Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
Shortwave Radiogram




Wednesday, August 09, 2017

EDXC Radio 2017, to air today !

EDXC Radio 2017 on air today Wednesday 9th August 2017 with few short 15 minute tests on 9290 and/or 9270 kHz starting 16:00 UTC and lasting until 23:00 UTC! Direct transmission will be transmit from Finland.

All correct reception  reports came to e-mail addresses spaceshuttleradio@yahoo.com or to radiospaceshuttle@hotmail.com will be verified via Special Printed QSLs for those who will partisipate meeting in Tampere 18-20th August 2017. (QSLs will be left there to infotable and can be picked from there by anyone reported us! QSL-letter will include also more informative material  of EDXC Radio).

More info of the conference can be found from web  http://sdxl.fi/edxc/index.html Please take part and join with!
 
Others not taking part will get their QSL via e-mail!
Best regards,
EDXC Radio 2017
P.O.Box 2702
NL-6049 ZG Herten
The Netherlands             
(Harald Kuhl/HCDX 09 Aug 2017)

Monday, August 07, 2017

From the Isle of Music and Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, August 7-12


From the Isle of Music, August 6-12:
Charanga, Charanga and Changüi......
This week is dedicated to Charanga and Changüi. Our guest is Abilio Betancourt, Director of Orquesta Sublime, a charanga with a lot of swing that is noticed less than it should be outside of Cuba. You'll hear what we mean with some of their recordings. Also: Orquesta Estrellas Cubanas, another excellent charanga, and some seldom-heard Orquesta Reve from the 1960s. Be prepared to dance.
Four opportunities to listen on shortwave:
1. For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in all directions with 100Kw, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 KHz, from Kostinbrod, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)
2. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0000-0100 UTC on WBCQ, 7490 KHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EDT in the US)
3 & 4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany.


Episode 24 of Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, a musical variety program that features a little bit of everything from around the planet, will air on WBCQ the Planet, 7490 KHz, Thursday, August 10 from 2300-2330 UTC (7:00pm-7:30pm EDT in the Americas). This week includes a wonderful new Tango recording, some progressive Folk music from Poland and what might be China's answer to Lady Gaga (not sure whether that was the question though) among other things.William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer/Tilford Productions, LLC

Australian Shortwave Callsign VLN

SS Manuka at Dunedin Wharf
The three letter callsign VLN was first applied to a cargo/passenger liner that served in the Trans-Pacific service between North America and the South Pacific.  The ship was the SS Manuka that was launched in Scotland in 1903.

            The Manuka was a twin sister to the Moeraki that sailed under the wireless callsign VLM.  Both the Manuka and the Moeraki served with the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand, they both served as troop carriers during World War 1, they both carried passengers and cargo across the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean, and they were both ultimately broken up.

            The Moeraki (VLM) was sold to Japan and broken up for scrap in 1933; though the Manuka (VLN) was wrecked at Long Point on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand just after midnight on December 16, 1929.  During the windy and foggy weather, all 203 crew and scantily clad passengers safely transferred to lifeboats in which they remained overnight.  Next day they all disembarked at the nearby beach.

            The name Manuka refers to the Tea Tree in the Maori language of New Zealand, and the wreck site to this day is a popular tourist dive for those who are willing to brave the cold coastal waters.  The callsign VLN was apparently applied to the Manuka as early as 1912 when communication was achieved with the new wireless station MQI on Australia’s Macquarie Island.

            A new callsign appeared on the shortwave dial soon after midyear 1940.  The callsign was VLN, the frequency was 19300 kHz, and the occasion was test transmissions with Japan in preparation for a new telephone service between Australia and Japan.  (Remember, Australia was not at war with Japan until December 8 of the following year 1941.)

            The new shortwave station VLN was first heard in New Zealand in August and September 1940 and it was in reality a new callsign applied to an old communication transmitter located at the AWA Amalgamated Wireless of Australia, center at Pennant Hills near Sydney in New South Wales.  An additional series of test transmissions from VLN began in January of the new year (1941) and the reciprocating station in Japan was the communication station JUR4.

            A total of at least nine different shortwave channels were allocated to transmitter VLN, and each was numbered as a postfix, such as for example VLN2 on  20250 kHz and VLN8 on 10525 kHz.  AWA at its new office building in York Street Sydney issued a few QSLs to verify these transmissions, usually in the form of a short letter.

            Early in the next year 1942, a new AWA made 10 kW shortwave transmitter was installed at Pennant Hills and this unit took over the previously established VLN service, with communication to several different countries including the United States.  Transmitter VLN was often noted with the transfer of radio programming to the United Sates for local broadcast on the mediumwave networks across North America. 

            By this time, Australia Calling was now on the air from AWA Pennant Hills, with the usage of transmitters VLK & VLM and VK2ME, all under the callsign VLQ.  However during the latter part of the year 1942, Australia Calling needed a higher frequency for shortwave transmissions to the United States than was available from the VLQ transmitters, and so the new 10 kW VLN was taken into service temporarily.  (By this time, the  callsign at Pennant Hills for the program relays from Australia Calling had been changed from VLQ to VLI.)

            Beginning on November 5, 1942, VLN3 on 19300 kHz began to relay the programming from Australia Calling-Radio Australia that was beamed to the United States.  At times, VLN8 on 10525 kHz was also noted in the Australia Calling service to North America.

            This series of higher frequency relays beamed to the United States via transmitter VLN ended around midyear 1943.  A few QSL letters from Australia Calling under the VLN callsign were received by international radio monitors living in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

            In the meantime, OTC the Overseas Telecommunication Commission in Australia, established a new shortwave communication station at Doonside, another suburb of Sydney in Australia.  The transfer of usable equipment from AWA Pennant Hills to OTC Doonside began on October 13, 1955, and on December 3, Pennant Hills was officially closed, though it remained in backup mode until the end of the Olympic Games in Melbourne in early December of the following year (1956).

            A major callsign at Doonside was VLN, and many QSL cards were issued verifying this callsign when it was in use for international shortwave communication.  These OTC QSL cards were initially simpler in design, though as time went by, OTC issued full data QSL cards with at least some of the printed elements in color.  OTC Doonside was closed on January 15, 1998.

            The final usage of the callsign VLN was as a line callsign for a program relay from the Melbourne studios of Radio Australia to the high powered shortwave transmitter base located at Cox Peninsula, across the bay from Darwin in the Northern Territory.  A new program service to Darwin was introduced on September 26, 1993 and the delivery via line and satellite was identified under the line callsign N.  When the Darwin transmitter base was closed at the end of the day on June 30 1997 for the second time, program line N no longer existed.

            During the nearly four year period extending from 1993 - 1997, Radio Australia issued many regular QSL Cards and Form Letters clearly identifying the location as Darwin with 250 kW, and listing the callsign on the QSL as VLN.
(AWR Wavescan/NWS 441)
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