The spring time change is now complete in North America (a few states and provinces do not observe daylight time). WINB on 9265 kHz and WRMI 9955 kHz keep programs at the same Eastern times, so Shortwave Radiogram will be one hour earlier by UTC on these frequencies. WRMI on all its other frequencies, and WINB on their DRM frequency, stay with UTC, so Shortwave Radiogram will be one hour later by local time in most of North America on those frequencies (WRMI: 15770, 5850, 7730 and 7780 kHz). See the updated schedule below.
Last week’s html was mostly successful. See this example. Our experiment with using line breaks <CR><LF>’s at 65 spaces seems to have eliminated the stray code and words with spaces in the middle.
A video of last weekend’s Shortwave Radiogram (program 195) is provided by Scott in Ontario. The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK (who has maintained this audio archive for the past eight years, since the time of VOA Radiogram. Thanks Mark!) Analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany.
Flmsg this weekend. Program 196 will be a complex show, with a plain text schedule table and three Flmsg items. The following instructions will be a dense as a college textbook …
Flmsg is an application that accompanies Fldigi. Flmsg is used by amateur radio for mainly for emergency message handling, but we can also make use of it on Shortwave Radiogram. If you do not have Flmsg, you will see be able to see the content in the receive pane.
1) Download Flmsg from http://w1hkj.com/files/flmsg/
2) To make Fldigi work with Flmsg, in Fldigi:
Under reception of flmsg files:
Unselect Transfer direct to executing flmsg
Select Open with flmsg
Select Open in browser
Specify (with path) where the Flmsg is located on your PC
3) In the Flmsg first setup …
“Select Default User Interface” …
Select Communicator / Expert
Then in Flmsg …
Select only Sync modem to fldigi
4) Audio samples are available for Flmsg practice:
5) Android users can try AndFlmsg …
Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 196, 18-21 March 2021, in MFSK modes as noted:
1:52 MFSK32: Program preview
4:23 Shortwave Radiogram schedule as plain-text table (not Flmsg) (1)
8:29 Shortwave Radiogram schedule as Flmsg CSV file* (2)
10:32 MFSK64: ISS amateur gear repairs, as Flmsg Blank form* (3)
13:22 Radio galaxy detected, as Flmsg Transfer of html file* (4)
17:02 This week’s images (six this week)
28:10 MFSK32: Closing announcements
* Uses Flmsg from http://www.w1hkj.com/files/flmsg/.
If you do not have Flmsg, the content will still be visible in the Fldigi receive pane.
If Fldigi has been configured correctly, Fldigi will open Flmsg to the correct form. In some cases, a new window of your web browser will also open.
After any of the Flmsg transmissions, if you get a checksum error message, click Yes when prompted whether to ignore errors.
(1) For the table to display correctly, use a monospace font (all letters are the same width) such as Courier, Courier New, Consolas, Lucida Console, Source Code Pro, or Terminal. If the table is out of alignment because you have a proportional-spaced font, copy the table to a text editor or word processor with a monospace font selected.
(2) When the Flmsg CSV form appears, click View CSV. You can also export the CSV file to your computer, then open the CSV file using your spreadsheet program. If you do not have Flmsg, paste the CSV text to a text editor and save it as a .csv file.
(3) If Fldigi has been configured correctly, the Flmsg blank form and a new window of your web browser will open. If your default browser is not open, it will be opened. If you do not have Flmsg, the story will appear in your receive pane as plain text.
(4) Upon completion of the transmission, the name of the html file will appear in the Flmsg Tranfer form. Click on the file name, then click Open. If you do not have Flmsg, copy the received html text from, and including, <!DOCTYPE html> to, and including, </html> to a text editor, save it as an .html file, and open the .html file in a web browser.
Thanks to Benn Kobb AK4AV who is helping with the HTML experiments.
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 | |----------|---------------|------------------|-------------------| | 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 | 0100-0130 UTC | 9955 kHz | WRMI Florida | | 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: 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/ @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 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, Thursdays 0000 UTC (Wednesdays 7 pm EST) on 3536 kHz USB.
Thanks for your reception reports!
Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
Reporting on international broadcasting at https://twitter.com/kaedotcom
Orkun in Turkey received these images and web page 12 March 2021, 1300-1330 UTC, 15770 kHz from WRMI Florida. …