Shortwave Radiogram, 1-3 February 2019

Shortwave Radiogram

There will be a special edition of Shortwave Radiogram today (Friday),
on the WINB (Pennsylvania) DRM transmission only, at 1500-1530 UTC on
13690 kHz. See details below. All the other transmissions (analog) of
Shortwave Radiogram this weekend will be the usual mix of MFSK32 and

On this weekend’s “normal” Shortwave Radiogram, the winner of the Tecsun Radios Australia
decoding competition will be announced. Thanks to all of you who
participated. There were many excellent submissions worthy of the prize,
but there can only be one winner. For those of you who did not win: 1) I
was not involved in the selection. 2) I never win anything, either. 3)
Your participation in the competition generated commercial support for
shortwave broadcasters, which helps keep shortwave alive. (And check out
Gough Lui’s animated compilation of all the competition images as received by several SDRs.)

Videos of last weekend’s Shortwave Radiogram (program 84) are provided by Scott in Ontario (Friday 2030 UTC) and  Ralf in Germany (Saturday 1400 UTC – but the transmission from Bulgaria started late). The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. Analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 85, 1-3 February 2019, in MFSK modes as noted:

1:42  MFSK32: Program preview
3:00  Winter SWL Fest
4:04  End of high seas weather info on WWV and WWVH
7:01  MFSK64: Trump again casts doubt on climate change*
12:12  Australia’s heat wave knocks out power in Sydney*
15:12  Winner of Tecsun Radios Australia decoding competition*
18:57  Images of the week*
27:49  MFSK32: Closing announcements

* with image(s)

Please send reception reports to

And visit

Twitter: @SWRadiogram or (visit during the weekend to see listeners’ results)

Facebook group:

|            Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule           |
| UTC Day  | UTC Time      | Frequency     | Transmitter site    |
| Friday   | 1500-1530 UTC | 13690 kHz DRM | WINB Pennsylvania   |
| Friday   | 2030-2100 UTC | 7780 kHz      | WRMI Florida        |
| Saturday | 0330-0400 UTC | 9265 kHz      | WINB Pennsylvania   |
| Saturday | 1400-1430 UTC | 9400 kHz      | Space Line Bulgaria |
| Saturday | 1830-1900 UTC | 9265 kHz      | WINB Pennsylvania   |
| Sunday   | 0800-0830 UTC | 5850 kHz      | WRMI Florida        |
|          |               | 7730 kHz      |                     |
| Sunday   | 2330-2400 UTC | 7780 kHz      | WRMI Florida        |

Special DRM edition of Shortwave Radiogram

On Friday, 1 February 2019, 1500-1530 UTC, 13690 kHz from WINB
Pennsylvania, Shortwave Radiogram will experiment with some very fast
text modes. The text modes will be contained in the decoded audio of the
WINB DRM signal, i.e. not using the DRM system’s own text facility. The
idea is that DRM is either received perfectly or not at all. If it is
received perfectly, the fast text modes should work. However, due to the
unusual characteristics of the WINB DRM signal, the success of the fast
text modes is far from assured. In any case, they are worth a try.

Chances are that you do not have a DRM receiver. DRM can be received
using the KiwiSDR receivers at in conjunction with the
Dream software. Refer to these documents:

As discussed in the second document, the faad2_drm.dll decoder is
necessary but must be downloaded separately, then placed in the same
folder as the other Dream files.

Here is the lineup for the special broadcast:

1:34  MFSK32: Program preview
3:42  MFSK64: Immigrants kids and STEM
5:57  MFSK128: Saturn’s rings are relatively young
7:42  PSK-1000R: China’s methane regulations
8:49  12xPSK125R: Stellar winds are surprisingly clumpy
9:38  6xPSK250R: Static electricity and battery life
10:32  3xPSK500R: Did collision give Earth stuff of life?
11:30  16xPSK125R: Sponsored news online
12:19  7xPSK250R: Massive black hole births
13:28  MFSK128: Trump casts doubt on climate change*
16:59  Study links climate change to Arab Spring migration*
19:29  World’s worst air is in South African coal community*
22:27  America’s first Muslims were slaves*
26:49  MFSK32: Closing announcements

* with image  



    Slow Scan Radio transmits
SSTV images and text modes Saturdays at 1300-1330 UTC on 6070 kHz and
7440 kHz via Channel 292 in Germany – according to the latest schedule
information I have. The website is Reception reports to

The Mighty KBC transmits to Europe Saturdays at
1300-1400 UTC on 11600 kHz from Bulgaria, with the minute of MFSK at
about 1330 UTC (if you are outside of Europe, listen via ). And to North America Sundays at 0000-0200
UTC (Saturday 7-9 pm EST) on 5960 kHz, via Germany. The minute of MFSK is at about 0130 UTC.  Reports to Eric: . See also and

New York and Pennsylvania NBEMS nets. Most weekends, as
KD9XB, I check in to the New York NBEMS (Narrow Band Emergency
Messaging Software) net Saturday at 1300 UTC on 3584 kHz USB, and the
Pennsylvania NBEMS net Sunday at 1300 UTC on 3583 kHz USB. Check-ins are
in Thor 22, and messages are in MFSK32. Messages usually use the Flmsg
add-on to Fldigi. If you are a radio amateur in eastern North America,
feel free to check in. Outside the region, use an SDR in the eastern USA
to tune in and decode. You do not need Flmsg to check in, and most of
the messages can be read without Flmsg. If you can decode the net, send
me an email to , or tweet to @SWRadiogram , and I
will let them know you are tuned in.

Marco in Italy received these images and text 6 January 2019, 2330-2400 UTC, 7780 kHz from WRMI Florida …


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