Shortwave Radiogram, 2-5 November 2018

Shortwave Radiogram

Shortwave Radiogram

Hello frends,

The big news this weekend is that our Saturday broadcast on 9400 kHz will change its time to 1400-1430 UTC (it was 1600-1630 UTC). This should improve reception in Europe by keeping it in the daylight hours. We will find out how this time change will affect reception in Asia/Pacific and North America. (The Mighty KBC will also change its time on 9400 kHz from 1500-1600 to 1300-1400 UTC, with a minute of MFSK64 at about 1330 UTC.)

As we approach winter, listeners in Europe should encounter better reception Friday at 2030-2100 UTC on 7780 kHz, and possibly some reception Monday at 0800-0830 UTC on 7730 or 5850 kHz.

In most of North America, daylight savings time ends 4 November. Shortwave Radiogram stays at its UTC broadcast times, so this weekend the Sunday transmission will be at 6:30 pm EST and the Monday transmission at the delightful hour of 3:00 am EST.

Last week we transmitted Thor 22. I’m not sure if Thor 22 text (78 wpm) decodes more successfully than MFSK32 (120 wpm) in difficult reception conditions. One advantage is that Thor22 images can be adjusted to eliminate phase and slant issues, just as I have done here by using the arrows …

When the corrections are made, click the Save button to save the image as a png file in the folder \fldigi.files\images\ — the same folder where your decoded MFSK images are automatically saved. The original .raw file of your Thor22 image is also stored in that folder: You might want to delete it after the png image has been saved, because the .raw file can be 7 to 8 Mb in size. You can also retrieve stored .raw files for later adjustments by using this procedure.

Videos of last weekend’s Shortwave Radiogram are provided by Scott in Ontario(Friday 2030 UTC) and by 2010DFS in Japan and Ralf in Germany (both Saturday 1600 UTC). The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. Analysis of last weekend’s Shortwave Radiogram and other programs transmitting text and images is prepared by Roger in Germany.

This weekend on Shortwave Radiogram we will include another Thor22 item, this time with a gray scale (back and white) image. And the usual MFSK32 and 64, with eight MFSK64 images.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 72, 2-5 November 2018, in modes as noted:

1:40  MFSK32: Program preview
2:48  Thor 22: Auction of moon rocks from Soviet 1970 mission*
8:56  MFSK64: NASA retires Kepler space telescope*
13:29  China steps up VPN blocks*
16:36  Images of the week*
27:54  MFSK32: Closing announcements

* with image(s)

Please send reception reports to radiogram@verizon.net

And visit http://swradiogram.net

Twitter: @SWRadiogram or https://twitter.com/swradiogram (visit during the weekend to see listeners’ results).

Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule
UTC Day UTC Time Frequency Transmitter
Friday 2030-2100 UTC 7780 kHz WRMI Florida
Saturday 1400-1430 UTC
NEW TIME
9400 kHz Space Line Bulgaria
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC 7780 kHz WRMI Florida
Monday 0800-0830 UTC 5850 kHz
7730 kHz
WRMI Florida
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  x@xdv.me.

The Mighty KBC transmits to Europe Saturdays at 1300-1400 UTC (new time)on 9400 kHz (via Bulgaria), with the minute of MFSK at about 1330 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 5960 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)  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 broadspectrumradio@gmail.com.

Thanks for your reception reports!

Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
Shortwave Radiogram
Reporting on international broadcasting at https://twitter.com/kaedotcom

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