Last week (program 211), at the suggestion of Tobias in Germany, we eliminated the short (about 0.6 second) gap between the text introduction and the image itself. This seemed to result in fewer failed image due to missed headers. Why is the gap a problem? It might be due to HF noise causing stray characters that clash with the header. Or it could be a loss of synchronization in Flidigi during the gap.
This weekend, we will try a slightly more scientific study of the gap issue. The program will include seven MFSK64 images. Four will be transmitted using the new method of no gap between the text introduction and the image. Three will still have the gap. …
Locomotive NO GAP
Moths NO GAP
Middle Falls NO GAP
Painting NO GAP
From your reports, we can compare the occurrence of missed headers among the gap and no-gap images.
Videos of last weekend’s Shortwave Radiogram (program 212) are provided by Scott in Ontario (Friday 1300 UTC) and Ralf in Germany (Sunday 2330 UTC). 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 212, 8-11 July 2021, in MFSK modes as noted:
1:41 MFSK32: Program preview
2:46 First X-class major solar flare of Solar Cycle 25
7:54 MFSK64: Test of battery powered railroad locomotives*
17:20 This week’s images*
28:31 MFSK32: Closing announcements
* with image(s)
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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 | 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/.
Also this weekend, Daz Man writes: “I have some Ham-DRM data. Needed: EasyPal or WinDRM plus 7zip (Windows) QSSTV or TRXAMADRM plus p7zip (Linux) Data is Mode E, QAM4, 3 passes – also with 3dB PAPR processing to boost SNR.”
“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