Shortwave Radiogram, 25-27 December 2020: Our Holiday Spectacular

As I type this, here in northern Virginia we are experiencing heavy rain and high winds. And they say we might hear some thunder. Nothing like that sort of weather to get a person in the holiday spirit. It also means I might have to receive the first broadcast of the weekend on battery power. 

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This weekend is our annual Holiday Spectacular, which consists of as many colorful seasonal seasonal images that we can fit into the half hour. If shortwave conditions result in fuzzy images, they might look even more festive.  

A video of last weekend’s Shortwave Radiogram (program 183) is  provided by Scott in Ontario. 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 184, 25-27 December 2020, in MFSK modes as noted:

  1:34  MFSK32: Program preview
  2:28  MFSK64: “Holiday Spectacular”* (14 images)
28:06  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)

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       |
|----------|---------------|------------------|-------------------|
| Friday   | 0030-0100 UTC | 9265 kHz         | WINB Pennsylvania |
| Friday   | 1300-1330 UTC | 15770 kHz        | WRMI Florida      |
| Friday   | 1500-1530 UTC | 13655 kHz DRM    | WINB Pennsylvania |
| Saturday | 0330-0400 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 7-9 pm EST) on 5960 kHz, via Germany. A 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/.

“This is a Music Show” is the newest addition to digital modes via analog shortwave. 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. thisisamusicshow@gmail.com .  www.twitter.com/ThisIsAMusicSho/ @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 1300 UTC on 3584 kHz USB, and the Pennsylvania NBEMS net Sunday at 1230 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 radiogram@verizon.net , or tweet to @SWRadiogram, and I will let them know you are tuned in. USEast NBEMS Net: Please also note the USEast NBEMS Net, Thursdays 0000 UTC (Wednesdays 7 pm EST) on 3536 kHz USB.

Thanks for your reception reports!  Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!

Images received by Hernán, EA4HFK, in Madrid, 19 December 2020, 1330-1400 UTC, 15770 kHz from WRMI Florida …

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