This weekend, Shortwave Radiogram will again try some Russian text. So far we have not been able to convince any of the international news organizations that provide content in Russian to transmit text via shortwave on a regular basis. A likely reason for this is that, despite the widespread blocking of websites in Russia, YouTube and the Telegram messaging service are still available to external news providers. VPNs and circumvention tools are also much touted as ways for Russians to access information that is blocked.
Nevertheless, the shortwave option should be exercised, at least once a week, so that its is available if there is further interdiction of the internet in Russia. In past weeks, I have noticed that Shortwave Radiogram MFSK32 signals have been successfully decoded from our distant transmitters, even when the signal is not good enough for complete comprehension of conventional voice content.
Our Russian text this weekend will be from Radio Svoboda, the Russian service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. If your Fldigi decode is rectangles rather Russian letters, copy those rectangles from the Fldigi receiver pane to a word processor, and the content might display correctly.
A video of last weekend’s Shortwave Radiogram (program 260) is provided by Scott in Ontario (Friday 1300 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 261, 30 June-5 July 2022, in MFSK modes as noted:
1:36 MFSK32: Program preview
2:43 MFSK32: Russian text from RFE/RL*
9:14 MFSK64: Cygnus cargo ship allows US to control ISS orbit*
13:11 MFSK64: This week’s images*
28:16 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 | 15750 kHz DRM | WINB Pennsylvania | | Saturday | 0230-0300 UTC | 9265 kHz | WINB Pennsylvania | | Sunday | 2330-2400 UTC | 7730 kHz | WRMI Florida | | Monday | 0800-0830 UTC | 5850 7780 kHz | WRMI Florida | | Tuesday | 1430-1500 UTC | 9955 kHz | WRMI Florida |
The Mighty KBC transmits to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT) 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-64 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). Also look for a waterfall ID at the beginning of the show. email@example.com www.twitter.com/ThisIsAMusicSho/ @ThisIsAMusicSho https://thisisamusicshow.com
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. Website: popshopradio.ca. Twitter: @popshopradio1 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your reception reports!
Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter