Shortwave is in the news. Russia is blocking or restricting news organizations that depend on internet-based media. In Ukraine, news via the internet is increasingly unavailable due to destruction of infrastructure. Radio is attempting to fill filling the gaps, including new shortwave transmissions (in English) from BBC World Service and (in German) from ORF Austria,
This weekend we will include some Russian text on Shortwave Radiogram. (if you see rectangles instead of Cyrillic letters in the receive pane, copy those rectangles to a word processor, and the correct characters may appear.) Perhaps Western international broadcasters will note that text and images, if unavailable, can be transmitted by radio, on shortwave and other bands. Last weekend our English text was received in Russia.
Videos of last weekend’s Shortwave Radiogram (program 246) are provided by Scott in Ontario (Friday 1300 UTC) and by PDXh0b0 Shack in Pacific northwest USA, I think (Sunday 0800 UTC 5850 kHz). 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 246, 4-6 March 2022, in MFSK modes as noted:
1:38 MFSK32: Program preview
2:43 MFSK32: Russian text from VOA*
9:38 MFSK64: Keeping the ISS in orbit without Russian help
12:06 MFSK64: This week’s images*
28:35 MFSK32: Closing announcements
* with image(s)
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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 | 15750 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 | | Sunday | 1530-1600 UTC | 9955 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
Pop Shop Radio from British Columbia, Canada, includes “a whole variety of pop music, such as records from the 1960s and 1970s that were played on Top-40 radio stations not only in North America but also on offshore radio and stations like Radio Luxembourg.” The programs now include some MFSK32 text and an image. Schedule: Via Channel 292 in Germany: Wednesdays 1600-1630 UTC on 3955 and 6070 kHz. Saturdays 2200-2230 UTC on 3955 and 6070 kHz (except 6070 first Saturday of the month 2300-2330 UTC). Via WRMI Florida: Mondays 0200-0230 UTC (Sunday evening in the Americas) on 5950 kHz. Website: popshopradio.ca. Twitter: @popshopradio1 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com , 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