Last weekend’s experiment with Belarusian text from RFE/RL was generally
successful. It was also timely, given the interdiction of the internet
in Belarus. This tweet
showing distant reception of the Belarusian text using simple equipment
generated much interest. For now, the text is decoded using software
and apps designed for the amateur radio community. We need simpler
software and apps so that news consumers can use shortwave (and medium
wave and longwave) to receive text when the internet is restricted or
otherwise not available.
Videos of last weekend’s Shortwave Radiogram (program 165) are provided by Scott in Ontario (Friday 1300 UTC) and Frigid RF in Virginia (Saturday 1330 UTC). The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. Analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany.
This weekend, no exotic modes or non-Latin alphabets. We will return to
those experiments in the future and welcome your suggestions. This
weekend’s show is in the usual MFSK32 and MFSK64, with eleven images (1 x
MFSK32 and 10 x MFSK64) .
Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 166, 20-23 August 2020, in MFSK modes as noted:
1:43 MFSK32: Program preview
2:46 Scientists monitor changes in magnetic field*
7:55 MFSK64: Review of new film biopic Tesla*
12:14 This week’s images*
28:32 MFSK32: Closing announcements
* with image(s)
Please send reception reports to email@example.com
And visit http://swradiogram.net
Twitter: @SWRadiogram or https://twitter.com/swradiogram (visit during the weekend to see listeners’ results)
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/567099476753304
Shortwave Radiogram Gateway Wiki https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Shortwave_Radiogram_Gateway
Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule
| UTC Day | UTC Time | Frequency | Transmitter | |----------|---------------|------------------|-------------------| | Thursday | 2330-2400 UTC | 9265 kHz | WINB Pennsylvania | | Friday | 1300-1330 UTC | 15770 kHz | WRMI Florida | | Friday | 1500-1530 UTC | 15750 kHz DRM | WINB Pennsylvania | | Saturday | 0230-0300 UTC | 9265 kHz | WINB Pennsylvania | | Saturday | 1330-1400 UTC | 15770 kHz | WRMI Florida | | Sunday | 0800-0830 UTC | 5850 and 7730 kHz| WRMI Florida | | Sunday | 2330-2400 UTC | 7780 kHz | WRMI Florida
The Mighty KBC transmits to North America Sundays at
0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 EDT) on 9925 kHz, via Germany. A minute of
MFSK is at about 0130 UTC. Reports to Eric: firstname.lastname@example.org . See also http://www.kbcradio.eu/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc/.
“This is a Music Show” Most of the show is a music
show, but the host transmits some MFSK text and image near the end of
the broadcast. It’s transmitted on WRMI, Thursdays at 0200-0300 UTC on
5850 kHz (Wednesday evening in the Americas) and a new time also on
WRMI, Wednesdays at 2100-2200 UTC on 7780 kHz (aimed towards Europe) .
Also look for a waterfall ID at the beginning of the show.
email@example.com . www.twitter.com/ThisIsAMusicSho/
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 1200 UTC on 3584 kHz USB, and the
Pennsylvania NBEMS net Sunday at 1200 UTC on 3583 kHz USB (with
out-of-state check-ins now starting at 1130 UTC). Check-ins are usually
in Thor 22, and messages are in MFSK32. Messages generally 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 firstname.lastname@example.org , or tweet to @SWRadiogram , and I
will let them know you are tuned in. USEast NBEMS Net: Please also note the USEast NBEMS Net, Wednesdays 2300 UTC (7 pm EDT) on 3536 kHz USB.
on Long Island, New York, received text and images “nearly perfectly”
14 August 2020, 1300-1330 UTC, 15770 kHz from WRMI Florida …