Shortwave Radiogram, 17-18 March 2018

Shortwave Radiogram

Shortwave Radiogram

Hello friends,

For the summer, Shortwave Radiogram remains at the same UTC times. In North America, where daylight time is observed, the broadcasts are one hour ahead by local time, e.g. Sunday 4:30 and 7:30 pm and Monday 4:00 am EDT. (Summer time begins 25 March in Europe.)

Last week’s experiment with MFSK32 images transmitted at half speed, designed by Mark Braunstein WA4KFZ, produced interesting results. There were several examples of the half-speed images, decoded at full speed, providing higher quality images, as predicted. (See, hear, and decode one example.) In some cases, usually when the full speed image was good to begin with, any differences were not detectable.

The results could be biased by the signal improving or deteriorating from the time of the full-speed transmission to that of the half-speed transmission. We can correct for that (and probably will in a future broadcast) by transmitting both at the same time but at different center frequencies.

This weekend we will try something similar: text and an image transmitted concurrently but at different center audio frequencies. The text will be broadcast at the usual 1500 Hz. The image will be transmitted centered on 2200 Hz.

(The text transmission is on your spectrum from about 1250 to 1750 Hz. On the waterfall, sometimes you will see the second harmonic of the text transmission, which is from 2500 to 3500 Hz. The frequency of 2200 Hz is used for the image because its trace from 1950 to 2450 Hz completely escapes any interference from that second harmonic.)

You can decode the text and image simultaneously by running two instances of Fldigi. Or record the broadcast and decode the image later.

There will be no RSID transmitted at the beginning of the image on 2200 Hz. However, there will be a 15-second tuning signal to help you set Fldigi to the correct center frequency. The tuning signal begins at 12 minutes, 44 seconds into the broadcast.

Because transmitting both text and an image increases the amplitude of the audio, I reduce it during the dual transmission to reduce the chance of breaking a transmitter. If your text decode is not as good during the dual transmission, please let me know.

The image will also be transmitted as usual on the usual 1500 Hz center frequency after the text of the news item about (appropriately enough) noise pollution.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 39, 17-18 March 2018, all in MFSK32:

1:32 Program preview
3:26 Urban mining to reuse materials*
12:14 Polluting the world with noise**
20:39 Chinese lunar satellites will include amateur radio*
27:04 Closing announcements

* with image

** with the image at 2200 Hz and again after the text at 1500 Hz

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Shortwave Radiogram Program 39
(17-18 March 2018)

Saturday 1600-1630 UTC 9400 kHz MFSK32 Space Line, Bulgaria
Sunday 2030-2100 UTC 7780 kHz WRMI Florida
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC 7780 kHz WRMI Florida
Monday 0800-0830 UTC 7730 kHz 5850 kHz WRMI Florida

The Mighty KBC transmits to Europe Saturdays at 1500-1600 UTC on 9400 kHz (via Bulgaria), with the minute of MFSK at about 1530 UTC (if you are outside of Europe, listen via ). And to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 7-9 pm EST) on 6150 kHz, via Germany. The minute of MFSK is at about 0130 UTC. Reports to Eric: . See also and

Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) For the complete IBC transmission schedule visit Five minutes of MFSK32 is at the end of the 30-minute English-language “Shortwave Panorama,” per the schedule below:
Wednesday 2025-2030 UTC 5845 kHz Europe, Middle East, Asia
Tuesday 0125-0130 UTC 5950, 11580 kHz Americas
Friday 0225-0230 UTC 9955 kHz Americas
Friday 0255-0300 UTC 5985 kHz Americas
Saturday 0155-0200 UTC 5850, 5950, 9395, 9455 kHz Americas
Sunday 0055-0100 UTC 7730 kHz Americas
Sunday 1155-1200 UTC 6070 kHz Europe

Thanks for your reception reports!


Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
Shortwave Radiogram
Reporting on international broadcasting at


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