Last weekend was very difficult for Shortwave Radiogram, between the poor propagation and technical mishaps. Saturday at 1600 UTC, the transmitter in Bulgaria went off the air shortly after Shortwave Radiogram began. But it came back on a few minutes later, starting from the top of the show, with the transmitter staying on the air past 1630 UTC to allow the entire program to be broadcast. We are grateful to Space Line for doing this, as illustrated by this tweet from Ralf in Germany.
Then, Sunday at 2330 UTC, we had a repeat of the problem that occurred the previous week: At about 2331, the Shortwave Radiogram audio flipped over to 5010 kHz, another WRMI frequency. At least this time many listeners were aware of the problem and retuned to 5010. That frequency, however, did not propagate very far north of Florida. I heard it in Virginia, with difficulty. Jeff at WRMI tells me the cause of the problem has been found, so we are optimistic that the Sunday 2330 UTC transmission will be nominal this weekend.
Because of the difficult weekend, I arranged for an extra transmission of Shortwave Radiogram on Channel 292 in Germany, 6070 kHz, Wednesday at 1800-1830 UTC, just before Slow Scan Radio. This worked well, even though the propagation at dusk was “interesting.” I have not yet decided if this will be a permanent addition to the Shortwave Radiogram schedule.
This weekend, Shortwave Radiogram will transmit in our usual combination of MFSK32, MFSK128, and MFSK64, including eight MFSK images.
Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 63, 31 August to 3 September 2018, in MFSK modes as noted:
1:31 MFSK32: Program preview (now)
2:51 Studies show aspirin risks outweign benefits*
7:07 MFSK128: Ships abandoned in Nigerian waters*
10:54 MFSK64: Where the Hayabusa2 will land on asteroid*
14:12 Lithium-oxygen batteries are getting an energy boost*
18:14 Tage der offenen Tür im Deutschlandradio-Funkhaus*
21:33 Images of the week*
28:15 MFSK32: Closing announcements
* with image(s)
Please send reception reports to radiogram@verizonnet
And visit http://swradiogram.net
Twitter: @SWRadiogram or https://twitter.com/swradiogram (visit especially during the weekend)
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|Shortwave Radiogram Program 63
(31 August-5 September 2018)
|Friday||2030-2100 UTC||7780 kHz
|Saturday||1600-1630 UTC||9400 kHz||Space Line, Bulgaria|
|Sunday||2330-2400 UTC||7780 kHz||WRMI Florida|
|And maybe …|
|Wednesday||1800-1830 UTC||6070 kHz||Channel 292, Germany|
Slow Scan Radio transmits SSTV images and text modes Wednesdays at 1830-1900 UTC on 6070 kHz via Channel 292 in Germany. The website is http://www.slowscanradio.com. Reception reports to email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org See also http://wwwkbcradio.eu/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc/.
Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) Five minutes of MFSK32 is at the end of the 30-minute English-language “Shortwave Panorama. For the complete IBC transmission schedule visit http://ibcradio.webs.com/
Broad Spectrum Radio is transmitted by WRMI Florida Mondays at 0700-0800 UTC on 5850 and 7730 kHz. MFSK32 is broadcast during the second half hour of the show. Reports to email@example.com.
Thanks for your reception reports!
Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
Reporting on international broadcasting at https://twitter.com/kaedotcom