Shortwave Radiogram, 1-3 January 2021: Must get used to typing 2021 rather than 2020

What better way to bring in the new year 2021 than decoding the modes on Shortwave Radiogram?

Thank you for your friendship and support, and for tuning in and decoding, during 2020. May the new year bring less virus and more good HF conditions.

Apologies to listeners tuned in last Friday, 25 December, Christmas Day. Instead of Shortwave Radiogram, you heard WRMI’s house music (a pretty nice selection of international tunes, at least). This is because I entered the wrong file name to the WRMI automation system. The error was corrected after I realized my mistake, and the rest of the WRMI transmissions of SWRG were OK.

Videos of last weekend’s Shortwave Radiogram (program 184 – the Holiday Spectacular), both from the Saturday 1330 UTC broadcast, are provided by lu8 Ojt  (uncertain of location) and Scott in Ontario. The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. Analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany.

This weekend’s show is in the usual MFSK32 and MFSK64, with ten MFSK64 images and a return to text news items.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 185, 1-3 January 2021, in MFSK modes as noted:

  1:40  MFSK32: Program preview
  2:41  Hydrogen/natural gas blending trial
  7:11  MFSK64: Is it time to rent, not buy, electronics?
12:11  This week’s images
28:11  MFSK32: Closing announcements

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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: . See also and

“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. . @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 , 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.

 Hal Fi in California used images decoded 25 December 2021, 0030-0100 UTC, 9265 kHz from WINB Pennsylvania, to create this wonderful greeting card …


C M Curtin @KD8TTE in Ohio received these images 27 December 2020, 0800-0830 UTC, 5850 kHz from WRMI Florida …



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