Shortwave Radiogram, 24-25 March 2018

Shortwave Radiogram

Shortwave Radiogram

Hello friends,
Most of Europe shifts to summer time on Sunday. The transmission schedule for Shortwave Radiogram remains at the same UTC times, so the broadcast will be one hour later by local time for most listeners in Europe.

I am not aware of any frequency changes. However, The Mighty KBC transmission to North America Sunday 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT) will be on new 5960 kHz starting this weekend. The usual minute of MFSK32 will be at about 0130 UTC. IBC will also have some schedule changes (see below).

Last weekend’s experiment transmitting MFSK32 text and an image simultaneously went very well. So well, in fact, we will try it again this weekend. This time, I will not reduce the amplitude as much as last week. This might improve the text decode if you are receiving a poor signal. I hope it does not break a transmitter.

The picture and link at the top of this email illustrate the concept of concurrent text and image transmission. A very useful news consumption app, for PCs or for mobile devices, could be MFSK-only, simultaneously decoding text and images, showing one left and the other right, or one top and the other bottom. The app could be used on shortwave or any other radio band.

Also this weekend, we will transmit one news item in MFSK64. This is a faster mode (240 wpm) than our usual MFSK32. The MFSK64 image should exhibit higher resolution.  Both the MFSK64 text and image might be subject to errors if the signal is less than good. If you are unable to decode the text, the original RFA story is here.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 40, 24-25 March 2018, all in MFSK32 except where noted:

1:35  Program preview
3:05  MFSK64: New «Voice of China» international media group*
10:53  MFSK32: Turkish Media Group to be sold to Erdogan ally**
15:26  SW transmitters for «secure digital communications»*
21:12  Start of spring brings winter weather to Washington DC*
26:39  Closing announcements

* with image(s)

** Image, centered on 2200 Hz, will be transmitted simultaneously with text Run two instances of Fldigi, or record the broadcast and decode the image later. Another image will follow the text on 1500 Hz.

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Shortwave Radiogram Program 40

(24-25 March 2018)


Saturday 1600-1630 UTC 9400 kHz MFSK32,


Space Line, Bulgaria
Sunday 2030-2100 UTC 7780 kHz

9455 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 8-10 pm EDT) on 5960 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:


Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC)

Broadcasts in English with MFSK32 during the last five minutes of each

Tuesday 0100-0230 UTC 5950, 7730 kHz Americas
Wednesday 2000-2030 UTC 5845, 6070 kHz Europe/Middle East/Asia
Friday 0100-0130 UTC 9955 kHz Americas
Friday 0230-0300 UTC 5985 kHz Americas
Saturday 0030-0100 UTC 9395 kHz Americas
Saturday 0130-0200 UTC 5850, 5950, 7780, 9455 kHz Americas
Sunday 0030-0100 UTC 7730 kHz Americas
Sunday 1130-1200 UTC 6070 kHz Europe (25 March only)


Thanks for your reception reports!



Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB

Producer and Presenter

Shortwave Radiogram

Reporting on international broadcasting at


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