Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Now is a 'great time' to log Ethiopia

Voice of Ethiopia  (Gayle Van Horn Collection)

From this week's DX Window, comes a great tip for DXers that want to add Ethiopia to their station logbook

Ethiopia gets better and better during autumn/winter season 

All times UTC  - *sign-on  /  sign-off*

(logs edited for clarity)

5950.00, Voice of Tigray Revolution, Addis Ababa, 1615-1725 and 1945-2000*, Oct 01 and 04. Local music, Announcement in  vernacular. SINPO 33333, Interference from IRIB (Iran) Sirjan in Tajik on 5949.99. (Bueschel and Giroletti)

6030.00, Radio Oromiya, Geja Jewe, 1615 and 1945-2000.* Oct 01. Horn of Africa music, wandered up and down. (Bueschel)

6089.98, Radio Amhara, Geja Jewe, *0300-0310, Sept 28. Interval signal to station identification at 
under the interference from Anguilla. (Pankov). Also heard at *1600-1900* Sept 30. Station is back on shortwave in Amharic. Interference from Radio Nigeria Kaduna on 6089.9 and 1700-1800 China Radio Int'l on 6090 in English. (Ivanov). Also heard at 1615, Oct 01. Wandered approximately 10 - 15 hertz up and down continuously. Interference from Nigeria on 6089.86. (Bueschel) 
6110.00, Radio Fana, Addis Ababa, 1945-2100, Oct 01, S=9+15dB. China's CRI started co-channel interference at 1957. (Bueschel)
(DSWCI-DX Window 516)

The Secret Machine Behind Soviet Number Stations

I recently learned of a series of YouTube videos that show a German machine that is alleged to be the voice behind Soviet cold war numbers stations. The videos, uploaded four years ago, show something that looks like a piece of electronic lab equipment that emits a sampled or synthesized voice rattling off a programmed sequence of numbers. According to the accompanying description, the voice comes from swappable program chips, and the machines are owned by a German spy-gadget collector.

Radio Matters: My Passion for Radio and Starting WXDR

Radio Matters is a new feature on Radio Survivor in which guest authors share their thoughts on the relevance of radio. In this post, radio veteran Pete Simon writes about his passion for radio and his role in the development of college radio station WXDR at University of Delaware and reflects on the future of the station (now known as WVUD). – Jennifer Waits, College Radio & Culture Editor, Radio Survivor
I have always carried with me a deep passion for all kinds of music, storytelling, and politics that started when I became hooked on the first radio program I remember, twenty years before WXDR signed-on the air on October 4, 1976. It was the nightly show on WILM with Mitch Thomas, one of the first African-American DJs in the country. “The Big MT” gave me a much-needed education in the world of rhythm and blues, blues, and jazz recordings. It is where I first heard Ray Charles, Dinah Washington, Louis Jordan, The Coasters, Etta James, Jimmy Smith, Clifford Brown, and other musical greats of the genre.

Library of Congress Launches Radio Preservation Task Force

Editor’s Note: A few weeks ago, John Anderson shared with Radio Survivor readers some details about a Library of Congress initiative focused on the preservation of local radio history all over the country. As he mentioned, The Radio Preservation Task Force is now hard at work identifying radio collections in every corner of the United States.
Radio Survivor is excited to announce that we are an official online partner and will be providing regular updates about not only Radio Preservation Task Force activities, but will also be publishing guest posts from Task Force members. It’s long been a goal of mine to increase Radio Survivor’s coverage related to not only radio history, but also radio scholarship, so I’m thrilled about this partnership.
And, finally, I am also happy to announce that I have joined the Radio Preservation Task Force as a Research Associate. Through my participation, I hope to bring more attention to college radio’s rich history. To that end, if you are aware of college radio archives, collections, and artifacts, please get in touch (Jennifer AT Radio Survivor DOT com).

Monday, October 20, 2014

Old radio hunters mark history

Forget vinyl. If you’re looking for unadulterated sounds from old-school technology, listen to a man who goes by the name Didi Radio talk about his collection.

“I think their designs are very artistic. Their sounds are also more natural, because they’re analog receivers and use tubes. Their resonance is far better than transistor and digital radios,” Didi Radio, whose real name is Didi Widianto, said.

He made his comments at the recent Layang Swara (Sound Messenger) exhibition, which displayed 60 vintage radios, some dating to the 1930s, at the Soedjatmoko Cultural Center in Surakarta, Central Java.

The radios came from the private collections of members of the Audio Radio Preservers of Yogyakarta (Padmaditya) in Yogyakarta and Magelang, Central Java. 

Although decades old, the receivers — mostly tube radios made by Philips, Erres, Blaupunkt, Robin and Telefunken — are well maintained and still working.

“We collect the radios for their historic value. In their times, these sets were so important for the dissemination of information. They were also a luxury,” said Didi Sumarsidi, another Padmaditya member. “In the 1960s, we had to crowd the subdistrict office to listen to the radio.” 

Additional story at: The Jakarta Post

IRCA's Mexican Log Now Available

IRCA Mexican Log, 19th Edition (Winter 2014) just released The IRCA Mexican Log lists all AM stations in Mexico by frequency, including call letters, state, city, day/night power, slogans, schedule in UTC/GMT, formats, networks and notes. 

The call letter index gives call, frequency, city and state. The city index (listed by state, then city) includes frequency, call and day/night power. The transmitter site index (listed by state, then city) tabulates the latitude and longitude of transmitter sites. This is an indispensable reference for anyone who hears Mexican radio stations. Size is 8 1/2" x 11". Prices: IRCA/NRC members – $9.50 (US), $11.00 (Canada) $12.50 (México), $14.00 (rest of the world).

Non-IRCA/NRC members – add $2.00. To order from the IRCA Bookstore, send the correct amount to:  IRCA Goodie Factory, 9705 Mary NW, Seattle WA 98117-2334 (PayPal add $1.00) email:

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins

Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2014 Oct 20 1002 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web web contact
#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 13 - 19 October 2014

Solar activity ranged from very low to high during the period. Region 2192 (S13, L=251, class/area=Fkc/1560 on 19 Oct) produced the vast majority of the flare activity throughout the week. These events included several low and mid level C-class flares, a M1 (R1-minor) flare at 14/1837 UTC, a long duration M2 (R1-Minor) flare 14/2121 UTC, a M4 (R1-Minor) flare 16/1303 UTC, a M1/Sf (R1-Minor) flare at 18/0758 UTC, and finally, a long duration X1/Sn flare at 19/0503 UTC. 

The M1 (R1-minor) flare at 14/1837 UTC had an associated Tenflare (1300 sfu), while the long duration M2 (R1-Minor) flare 14/2121 UTC had an associated Tenflare of 180 sfu. However, due to Region 2192's proximity the east limb, none of the associated coronal mass ejections (CMEs) appeared to have an Earthward component and none were expected to have significant impacts at Earth. Neither the impulsive M4 (R1-Minor) flare 16/1303 UTC nor the long duration M1/Sf (R1-Minor) flare at 18/0758 UTC had reportable radio signatures associated with them. Nearly simultaneous with the M1 flare, an 8 degree long filament was observed in SDO/AIA 304 imagery erupting along along a channel, centered near N15W10, between 18/0740-0938 UTC. LASCO C2 imagery observed a narrow CME lifting off the NW limb, first visible at 18/0912 UTC. Subsequent WSA-Enlil model output suggested the CME was well off the Sun-Earth line was is not expected to impact Earth. 

SDO/AIA imagery of the long duration X1/Sn flare at 19/0503 UTC event suggested that the bulk of the ejecta was reabsorbed or directed well south and east of the Sun-Earth line. SOHO/LASCO
coronagraph imagery confirmed what was observed from the SDO/AIA spacecraft as no obvious CME was detected associated with the X-flare. The remaining regions on the visible disk were generally stable and unremarkable. 

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit reached moderate levels on 14, 18, and 19 Oct. 

Geomagnetic field activity was at predominantly quiet to unsettled levels under a nominal solar wind regime. Isolated periods of active geomagnetic field activity were observed on 18 Oct (0000-0300 UTC) as a result of solar sector variability. Minor storm levels were observed on 14 Oct (1800-2100 UTC and 2100-2400 UTC) and 15 Oct (0000-0300 UTC) as the result of the glancing blow passage of the CME observed leaving the sun on 10 Oct, combined with coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) influence. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 20 October - 15 November 2014

Solar activity is expected to be at low to moderate levels (R1-R2, Minor-Moderate) during the forecast period, with a slight chance for X-class flaring (R3-Strong or greater) for 20-29 Oct and 11-15 Nov due to potential significant flare activity from Region 2192 (S13, L=251). 

A slight chance for a greater than 10 MeV proton event (S1-Minor and above) at geosynchronous orbit exists for 20-29 Oct and 11-15 Nov due to potential significant flare activity from Region 2192 (S13, L=251). 

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at normal to moderate levels with high levels possible from 21-25 Oct due to CH HSS influence. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at quiet to unsettled levels from 20-21 Oct and 24 Oct-15 Nov. Unsettled to active levels are expected on 22-23 Oct due to CH HSS activity. 

:Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2014 Oct 20 1002 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact
#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2014-10-20
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2014 Oct 20     175          15          3
2014 Oct 21     180          12          3
2014 Oct 22     180          15          4
2014 Oct 23     180          15          4
2014 Oct 24     180          12          3
2014 Oct 25     175          10          3
2014 Oct 26     175           8          3
2014 Oct 27     170          10          3
2014 Oct 28     170          10          3
2014 Oct 29     165           8          3
2014 Oct 30     150           5          2
2014 Oct 31     140           5          2
2014 Nov 01     130           5          2
2014 Nov 02     130           5          2
2014 Nov 03     130           5          2
2014 Nov 04     125           8          3
2014 Nov 05     120          10          3
2014 Nov 06     120           8          3
2014 Nov 07     115           8          3
2014 Nov 08     110           5          2
2014 Nov 09     115           5          2
2014 Nov 10     120           8          3
2014 Nov 11     125           8          3
2014 Nov 12     135           5          2
2014 Nov 13     140           8          3
2014 Nov 14     145          12          3
2014 Nov 15     150          12          3

Saturday, October 18, 2014

European Music Radio relay for October 19

European Music Radio Relay on 19th October 2014

07.00 to 08.00 UTC  (Gohren) on 7265 KHz  Tom & Mike Taylor
08.00 to 09.00 UTC  (Gohren) on 9485 KHz  Tom & Mike Taylor

Please send all E.M.R. reports to:  Thank you!

EMR Internet repeats on Sunday and Monday:    
Programme repeats are at the following times: 07.00, 12.00, 16.00, 19.00 UTC

Please visit and click on the “EMR internet radio” button
which you will find throughout the website (see the menu on the left).
or and sign in   

If you live outside the listening area please try the Twente/Netherlands Web Receiver at

Every Sunday the programmes of HLR:
11.00 to 15.00 UTC on 9485 kHz
E-mail:  Thank you!

Free Radio Service Holland:
FRSH will be back on air next weekend Oct. 26th 10-16 CET on 7700//9300 KHz.

Good Listening!

VOA Radiogram schedule

Hello friends,

VOA Radiogram this weekend includes an interesting mix of VOA news stories – plus an image via RFE/RL.

There is a surprise mode, but it will be on three different audio frequencies. So, in Fldigi: Configure > IDs > RsID – check the “Searches passband” box (at least for this weekend).

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 81, 18-19 October 2014:

1:37  Program preview
 2:46  WakaWaka solar LED light, with image
8:41  Controlling invasive species by eating them, with image
16:13  Balloons send leaflets to North Korea, with image
24:00  Image: Drone disrupts Serbia-Albania football match
26:59  Closing announcements
28:05  Surprise mode at three audio frequencies

Please send reception reports to .

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17860 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

The text transmissions on Radio Martí will probably conclude before this weekend. Audio samples from my house in northern Virginia, characterized by heavy jamming noise but a low Radio Martí signal level (because I’m too close to the North Carolina transmitter site) can be found at . You can try decoding from these audio samples.

The Mighty KBC will transmit a minute of MFSK64 Saturday at about 1130 UTC on 6095 kHz and Sunday at about 0130 UTC (Saturday 9:30 pm EDT) on 7375 kHz. Both frequencies are via Germany.

Thanks for all your reception reports from last weekend, which I will begin answering on Friday.


Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Radio Scene in Scotland

Hadrian's Wall (wikipedia)

North of the Stone Wall - The Radio Scene in Scotland

In the middle of September, Scotland held a referendum to determine its future, and the two way choice was either to remain with England as an integral part of the United Kingdom, or to become independent as a separate country.  Because of this referendum and its widespread implications, we interrupt the normal flow of topics here in Wavescan, and instead we present a new topic under the title North of the Stone Wall: The Radio Scene in Scotland.  However, as we are now aware, the referendum revealed by a wider margin than expected that Scotland will remain an integral part of the United Kingdom.
            The best known stone wall in the world is the Great Wall of China which astronauts tell us is visible from outer space.  This great wall in Asia was constructed in an attempt to prevent invasions into China proper from tribal territories to the north.
            However a lesser known, though surely an equally important wall as far as the ancient peoples were concerned, is Hadrians Wall which is located in the far north of England.  This wall was constructed in an attempt to prevent incursions from clan peoples living to the north.
            Hadrians Wall is located entirely in England, just south of the border with Scotland and it stretches across England from coast to coast, a distance of 73 miles.  On the west end, the wall is less than a mile from the border with Scotland, though on the east end, it is nearly 70 miles from the border. 
            Hadrians Wall was named in honor of the Roman Emperor Hadrian who visited England at the time of its construction which took six years to complete, in the year 122 AD.  The wall was manned by nearly 10,000 personnel made up of both Roman occupation forces as well as local British peoples.
            The encyclopedia informs us that the territory of Scotland covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain as well as nearly 800 nearby islands.  It shares a common border with England that is just 60 miles across, otherwise Scotland is surrounded by the two pounding bodies of water; the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea.   Their largest city is Glasgow with more than half a million, and their capital is Edinburgh with a little less than half a million.  Their total population of the while country stands at around 5¼ million.
            Scottish history is rich and long and it goes way back to the earliest known human settlements.  Their written history began with the invasions of the Roman legions in England around the year 80 AD.  In those days, Scotland was known as Caledonia.  In subsequent eras, Scotland was ruled by a succession of regional and national monarchs, until unity with England began under the Treaty of Perpetual Peace in 1502.
            Interestingly, Scotland recognizes three languages: English, Scots and Gaelic.  The standard English is equivalent to British English; Scots as a language could be described as a dialectal version of old English; and Gaelic is an earlier Celtic language in the British Isles, linked to similar languages in Ireland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany in France.  
            The English pound is the recognized currency in Scotland, though three different banks in Scotland also issue Scottish currency at the same value.
            The worlds most popular outdoor sport, golf, was developed in Scotland.  It was a variation of a similar game called paganica that was played by Roman soldiers on duty over there two thousand years ago.  In the original paganica, the players used a curved stick to hit a leather ball stuffed with feathers or wool.
            On May 6, 1905, the Argyllshire Herald newspaper carried a report that negotiations were underway for the lease of a field on which a wireless station would be built.  A total of 6 acres at Uisead Point Machrihanish Bay was procured from Captain MacNeal, sufficient land for a wireless station with its associated buildings for transmission equipment, a power generator, personnel accommodation, and of course the tall transmitting tower as well.  This wireless station was located on a narrow peninsula on the west coast of Scotland,some 60 miles southwest of Glasgow.    
            The Machrihanish Wireless Station was constructed for Canadian born Professor Reginald Fessenden of the National Electric Signalling Company and it was intended for mutual communication with a similar station at Brant Rock in coastal Massachusetts in the United States.  The wireless mast reached 450 feet high, it incorporated an internal ladder for full length access, it stood on an insulated base, and guy wires held it in position.
            In December 1905, the Campbelltown Courier newspaper carried a report that work on the station was completed, and in January of the next year, transatlantic communication began in Morse Code between Machrihanish (callsign LK) and Brant Rock (callsign BO).  Spasmodic communication was achieved, sometimes at a surprisingly good level, throughout the following year.  Interestingly, the Chief Operator at the station in Scotland, Mr Armour, reported in a letter to a scientist that he heard voice transmissions from Brant Rock at 4:00 am one morning in November (1906).
            However, on December 5 of that same year 1906, a stormy gale hit the coast and felled the tall wireless mast.  Though no one was hurt, the station was never re-established; instead, the equipment was sold off and the staff dispersed.
            But, that is not the end of the wireless scene in Scotland; instead, it was just the beginning.
During that same year, 1906, the Marconi company was awarded a contract for the installation of two wireless stations in Scotland, one at Tobermory and another at Loch Boisdale.  The Tobermory station
was installed on the island of Mull just off the west coast of the Scottish mainland and it was on the air under the callsign GCA.  The Lochboisdale station was installed on a small island at the very north of Scotland just off the west coast, and it was on the air under the callsign GCB.
            In the era after the end of World War 1, the directory lists show a dozen or more wireless stations on the air on both the mainland and islandic territories of Scotland.  These stations were in communication service with three different organizations; the Royal Navy, the Royal Air force, and the British Post Office.  For example, the navy operated station BYD at Aberdeen, the air force operated station GFK at Donibristle, and the General Post Office operated station GSW at Stonehaven.

            Thats as far as we go in the Scotland story for today, and in our programing in two weeks time, we are planning to complete the story, North of the Stone Wall
(AWR/Wavescan-NWS 294)

Voice of Turkey update


Additional wrong frequency of Voice of Turkey in German and English

All times UTC

1730-1825 on  5960 EMR 500 kW / 150 deg to N/ME German, instead of Turkish
1730-1825 on 11835 EMR 500 kW / 310 deg to WeEu German as scheduled in A14

1830-1916 on  5960 EMR 500 kW / 150 deg to N/ME English, instead of Turkish
1830-1925 on  9785 EMR 500 kW / 310 deg to WeEu English as scheduled in A14

from 1916 on  5960 EMR 500 kW / 150 deg to N/ME Turkish as scheduled in A14
// frequency  9460 EMR 500 kW / 310 deg to WeEu Turkish as scheduled
in A14
(DX Mix Nx 874/10/7/14)

Radio Free Sarawak on new frequencies


All times UTC / NF new frequency

Radio Free Sarawak - observed on Oct.11
1100-1130 NF 15425 PUG 125 kW / 222 deg to SEAs Iban Mon-Sat + jamming
1130-1200 NF 15460 PUG 125 kW / 222 deg to SEAs Iban Mon-Sat + jamming
1200-1230 NF 15430 PUG 125 kW / 222 deg to SEAs Iban Mon-Sat + jamming

Cancelled from Oct.7:
1100-1145 on 15430 PUG 125 kW / 222 deg to SEAs Iban Mon-Sat
1145-1230 on 15420 PUG 125 kW / 222 deg to SEAs Iban Mon-Sat
Using remote receiver in Tai Po, Hong Kong. Frequencies may vary daily
(SWL DXing 10/12)

KBS announces temporary change in schedule

South Korea
Due to unforeseen maintenance at Kimjae Transmission Center KBS World Radio announce a temporary change of the broadcast time for our Chinese service and English service to China. The current broadcast time at 1130-1330 UTC will be temporarily changed to 2200-2400 UTC as follows:

2200-2300 on 6095 KIM 250 kW / 290 deg to China in Chinese, now 1130-1230
2300-2400 on 6095 KIM 250 kW / 290 deg to China in English, now 1230-1330
This inevitable change will be effective from Oct. 19 for about two months. The exact date the broadcast will return to its original time will be announced in the near future.
(SWL DXing 10/13)

Tower Site Calendar 2015

The 2015 Tower Site Calendar will be off the press soon, but you don’t have to wait to order yours!
This year’s edition features the same gorgeous full?color photos you’ve come to expect, with a
great variety of tower arrays. We go coast to coast, from Boston to Portland, from San Diego to
Washington, D.C., with stops in New Mexico,  Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Missouri.

You can get your 2015 calendar for just $19.00 US, plus $3.50 first class mail shipping ($6 for
Priority Mail; more than one calendar is sent via Priority). (If you live in New York state, please add
8.25% sales tax.)

If you plan to order more than three calendars, shipping needs to be calculated by weight.
Order online now at, or mail a check or money order to Fybush Media, 92
Bonnie Brae Avenue, Rochester NY 14618.
(NRC/DX Nx 820-02)
(photo/NRC/DX NX 820-02)

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins

Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2014 Oct 13 0503 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact
#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 06 - 12 October 2014

Solar activity was at low levels for 06-08, 10-12 Oct but reached moderate levels on 09 Oct. Low level solar activity early in the period increased to moderate levels as Region 2182 (S14, L=123,
class/area=Dac/170 on 09 Oct) produced two M-class flares in rapid succession early on 09 Oct, followed by a third M-class flare a few hours later. The first two moderate level flares from Region 2182 were a pair of M1 flares at 0143 UTC and 0158 UTC on 09 Oct, with the first flare having an associated optical component measured at 1f. The third flare from Region 2182 was an M1/1n flare at 0659 UTC on 09 Oct. Region 2182 produced numerous C-class flares before rotating around the western limb on 12 Oct. A coronal mass ejection (CME) associated with the first two M-class flares was observed leaving the west limb in SOHO/LASCO C2 coronagraph imagery beginning at 09/0336 UTC. A second CME associated with the third M-class flare was observed leaving the west limb in C2 imagery beginning at 09/1348 UTC. Subsequent analysis determined that these CMEs were directed well west of the Sun-Earth line. Solar activity returned to low levels on 10 Oct and persisted through the remainder of the period. Region 2187 (S09, L=321, class/area=Cso/120 on 12 Oct) rotated onto the visible disk on 11 Oct and produced low-level C-class flare activity late in the period, the largest of which was a C3 flare at 10/1647 UTC while the region was on the eastern limb. 

A Hyder flare was observed in conjunction with a filament eruption (estimated at 10-15 degrees). The filament was centered near S13W51 and was observed erupting in SDO/AIA 304 imagery between 1538-1809 UTC on 10 Oct. A subsequent CME was observed off the southwest limb in C2 coronagraph imagery beginning at 10/1612 UTC. WSA-ENLIL model output and forecaster analysis indicate that this CME was predominately south and west of the Sun-Earth line but a possible weak glancing blow late 13 Oct/early 14 Oct has not been completely ruled out. An additional filament liftoff (estimated at 8 degrees) centered near N10W15 was observed in SDO/AIA 304 imagery beginning at 11/1854 UTC, but appeared to be reabsorbed. Late in the period, an eruption behind the west limb was observed in SDO/AIA 304 imagery beginning at 12/2340 UTC. Due to missing STEREO satellite imagery, it is unclear whether this eruption is associated with a filament liftoff or flare activity from the vicinity of old Region 2182. A subsequent CME was observed off the west limb in C2 coronagraph imagery beginning at 13/0000 UTC but is not expected to be Earth-directed. 

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at low to moderate levels on 06-09 Oct and decreased to low levels for 10-12 Oct. 

Geomagnetic field activity was at quiet to unsettled levels on 06-08, 10-11 Oct with quiet conditions prevailing on 12 Oct under a nominal solar wind regime. Quiet to unsettled levels with active conditions between 0300-0900 UTC were observed on 09 Oct due to a solar sector boundary crossing (SSBC) followed by an extended period of southward Bz. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 13 October - 08 November 2014

Solar activity is expected to be at low levels for 13-14, 29-31 Oct, and 01-08 Nov. Solar activity is expected to be low with a chance for M-class (R1-R2 (Minor-Moderate)) flare activity for 15-28 Oct as old Regions 2172 (S12, L=241) and 2173 (S17, L=250) return to the visible disk. Regions 2172 and 2173 were very active (five M-class flares between the two regions) and produced significant solar activity last rotation. 

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit, barring any significant flare activity from Regions 2172 or 2173. 

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at normal to moderate levels throughout the period. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at quiet levels on 13, 17-18, 30-31 Oct and 01-03, and 08 Nov under a nominal solar wind regime. Quiet to unsettled levels are expected on 14-16, 19-20, 25-29 Oct and 04-07 Nov due weak coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) effects. Isolated G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm conditions are likely on 21 Oct followed by periods of active geomagnetic field activity on 22-24 Oct due to effects of a strong positive polarity CH HSS. 

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2014 Oct 13 0503 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact
#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2014-10-13
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2014 Oct 13     110           5          2
2014 Oct 14     120           8          3
2014 Oct 15     125           8          3
2014 Oct 16     125           8          3
2014 Oct 17     130           5          2
2014 Oct 18     130           5          2
2014 Oct 19     130           8          3
2014 Oct 20     135          10          3
2014 Oct 21     135          20          5
2014 Oct 22     140          15          4
2014 Oct 23     140          15          4
2014 Oct 24     140          15          4
2014 Oct 25     140          10          3
2014 Oct 26     135          10          3
2014 Oct 27     130          10          3
2014 Oct 28     125          10         3
2014 Oct 29     125           8          3
2014 Oct 30     120           5          2
2014 Oct 31     120           5          2
2014 Nov 01     125           5          2
2014 Nov 02     125           5          2
2014 Nov 03     120           5          2
2014 Nov 04     120           8          3
2014 Nov 05     115          10         3
2014 Nov 06     115           8          3
2014 Nov 07     110           8          3
2014 Nov 08     110           5          2

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Blog Logs

A sampling from recent shortwave monitoring.

All times UTC/ frequency in kHz (kilohertz) // parallel frequency
* Sign-on  / Sign-off *
English unless otherwise indicated

Logs edited for clarity

15450-Reach Beyond (former HCJB Global), 1501-1530. Religious programming at tune-in, covering building your spiritual grace and Bible scriptures quoted. Program ID at 1510 as Hope for the Heart with Jane Hunt. CD and book offers with addresses, email and phone numbers. Additional programming segments to Christian praise music at 1526. "Reach Beyond" identification at 1529, with station information and frequency. Sign-off at 1530. (Gayle Van Horn W4GVH/NC)

11730, nominal from 1400-1600 in Russian. Terrible signal for performance from Minsk-Kalodzicy in Belarussia. Signal noted with distorted audio on two accompanied noise scratching, symmetrically on 11750-11761 and 11698-11712 kHz, around 1450 UTC. (W Bueschel, Germany/wwdxc BC-DX Top Nx)

6034.95      BHUTAN   BBS   Pop music as soon as R. Marti went off 1159.  Instrumental music to 1200. Announcer in apparent Dzongkha for a minute, pleasant instrumental music bridge, then same male announcer with news, all // with station web stream. At 1214 plucked instrumental music bridge, then male announcer, into more stringed instrumental music at 1217 but fading quickly. This continues to improve.  (Dave Valko, PA/HCDX)

6024.98, Red Patria Nueva, 0950. Usual morning news program. Instrumental music at 0952 break. Clear ID at 0953:00, and back to nnews with announcer mentioning Patria Nueva.  Ad/promo block at 0954. Not that bad of a signal and 6030 staying to its own space for the most part.  (Valko)

4845.004, Radio Cultura Onda Tropicais (presumed). Upon reviewing the 60 meter band recordings, found two stations on 4845. This had what sounded like a canned discussion between male/female Portuguese from 2357-2359, then canned announcement until WWCR came on. (Valko)

4774.98, Radio Sora de Congonhas. Check at 0848 with easy-listening Brazilian pop-like music. Live DJ's echo effect, starting with a Radio Sora ID.  Back to music, then 0854 canned announcement. Clear "Radio Congonhas" ID 0855:00. Lively song at 0856, canned talk at 0959 over guitar music. DJ again at 0902 with mentions of informacao. Good strength but noisy. (Valko)

4864.8v, Radio Alvorada. Nice time check and station ID by live studio announcer. Brazilian pop songs at 0850:50. Announcer at  0856 but all I could copy was a time check and "bom dia."  Another mention of Alvorada at 0859:55. Strength wasn't too bad but the modulation was low.  The signal varies quite a bit and there wasn't any exact pinpoint carrier.  Also a buzzing was present, the same as whats on Radio Vision and on 4825.  (Valko)

5939.849, Radio Voz Missionaria. Brazilian pop music at 0841 tune-in. Several announcer's at 0843 and rooster sound effect mixed with siren signal. Time check, men laughing, and two loud time checks at 0847. Very nice signal, and still decent at 0918 with mooing and bird call sound effects during song. The morning DJs took a phone call at 0922 between songs.  Found //9664.81 at 0932 w/the two DJs still going. (Valko)

6134.973, Radio Aparecida, 0844. Close of Brazilian pop music. Male announcer's brief announcement and morning "bom dia" greeting and short canned jingle. Accurate time check, "bom dia", and into phone-in report with mentions of Aparecida at 0845:55. Very nice signal. (Valko)

15150, Radio Tamazuj, 1501-1530. Sudanese service with news about Sudan including phone-in reports to 1515. "Radio Tamazuj" ID and presumed station info and frequency. Current affairs of a "magazine" style reporting about Sudan topics. Arabic music at 1523. Station switch over to sister station Radio Dabanga at 1526. Numerous "Radio Dabanga" spoken and musical ID jingles. Continued "magazine" format continued.

6010, La Voz de tu Conciencia, Puerto Lleras, 0404-0410. Spanish religious comments and songs, Spanish. SINPO 14221. Also listened 0448-0456 with  religious songs, SINPO 14321 (Méndez)

4765, Radio Progreso, La Habana, 0352-0402.* Spanish, news: "Noticiero resumen de Progreso", "Para Radio Progreso", "Seguidamente, el pronóstico del tiempo para este miércoles", "Deportes", "Radio Progreso, Cadena Nacional, finalizada su programación por hoy". Close down. SINPO 34433. (Méndez)

15275, Deutsche Welle, 1902-1930. "You're listening to Deutsche Welle news." Topics on peacekeepers casualties from terrorist attack, migrants from East Africa, Hong Kong riots and China's reactions. Station ID to Africa Link program featuring report on Nigeria's Boko Haram group, and correspondent's report from Lagos. Items on Tanzania, Nigerian migrants to Germany and item on Kenya. Shifted from 15275 at 1927 to 11865 kHz in English. Audible in English at 2000 on 11865 and 9655 kHz with world news. (Rod Pearson, St Augustine, FL)

6050, HCJB at 1042 in Spanish with Andean music, many time checks and man speaking. Good signal. (Harold Sellers, BC Canada)

6050, HCJB, Pichincha, 0445-0500*. Religious program in Spanish with comments and songs, "Gracias por hacernos compañía", anthem, identification "HCJB, escúchenos en FM..., 690 AM y 6050 de la onda corta", time signals and close down. SINPO 24322. (Manuel Méndez, Lugo, Spain/HCDX)

15435.013. AWR Guam transmissions heard at this time slot in 19 meter band. This KSDA AWR channel suffered audio-wise by annoying metallic scratching/whistle audio, a serious transmitter fault here with a loud high-pitched squealing tone accompanying the audio. Pity, as it was a lovely fair signal but listening was difficult through this noise. English sermon by Indian subcontinent accented prayer, sermon at 2222 UT on Sept 28 (Bueschel).

4055, Radio Verdad at 1052 with man reading Bible in English. Same format at 1107, and at 1111 prayer in English. (Sellers)

11740, All India Radio-Panaji. Close of great sitar music, then lady in Hindi with station ID at 2305:50 and talk with mentions of Pakistan. Good signal but interference from weaker signal (China's CNR2) (Valko)  AIR-Panaji also on 9705 at 2300 in English with station ID and newscsript. Not as good as it was the last time I was DXing at the SGLs. (Valko)

4869.92, RRI Wamena. Some sort of live program in a vernacular language at 1033. Audience was audible. At 1038 male host mentioned "ok".  End of program with mention of "RRI" and nice site ID at 1040:25. Very brief canned announcement, then into lively island music. Brief deadair at 1045 then announcement by announcer with what sounded like a mention of "once again". Canned promo/ID with "RRI Wamena" ID over pop music at 1046:05. Another canned spot by announcer over march music, and back to pop music tune. At 1053 into Islam program promo, ID, and more music. Left the frequency at 1056 and found deadair at 1059 to at least 1104, then announcer's news at 1108 recheck ending with "Radio Republik Indonesia" ID at 1111. Peppy "Garuda Pancasila" patriotic song (tnx Ron Howard). At 1124 what sounded like the same lady announcer returned after two pop ballads with rapid talk including ID. Came back at 1133 and found "(Everything I Do) I Do it for You" by Bryan Adams. Signal fading, seemed to peak around 1108.  (Valko)

6185, Radio Educación, extended program. 0445-0610.* Radio Educación has been closing his short wave transmission at 0500 UTC, a pity because conditions to listen this station are better later,  at sunrise here in Spain, but today the program is still in the air at 0600 with good signal, good news if the extended program will be on air all days. At 0445 program: "La Suprema Corte", identification: "Radio Educación, 1060 AM desde la ciudad de México, 100.000 watts de potencia, Radio Educación, la radio cultural de México". At 0500: "Les saludamos cuando comienza un nuevo día, 5 de octubre, escuchen nuestra música en el nuevo día, sigan en la compañía de esta emisora mexicana", music. SINPO 24322 at 0445 but 34333 at 0610. (Méndez)

9730, Myanma Radio, 1108:30. Start of ABC English service program.language lesson program. Same program at the restaurant as heard before. "Would you like to see a menu", "Would you like to order now", "Would you like boiled or cooked rice", "Would you like a single or double brew", "Thanks for the use of the towel", "I apologize for any inconvenience", "Thank you, thank you, I'd like a cup of tea", etc.  And close of program (Valko)

New Zealand
9700, Radio New Zealand International at 1105 reporting on an upcoming election in Samoa. Poor signal (Sellers).

15355, Radio Sultanate Oman. Backlobe signal of Thumrait 315degr outlet, scheduled 22-24 UT S=7 or -84dBm fair signal into Australia remote SDR unit. Phone-in programm in Arabic, talk by two woman (Bueschel).

Papua New Guinea
3385, NBC East New Britain at 1203 beginning news in what sounded like English, but then dead air for several minutes. Checked again at 1211 they were back with what sounded like news in Tok Pisin for poor signal (Sellers).

6100, International Radio Serbia, 1825-1859. Russian folk music and announcement to closing items of Russian service. Interval signal music notes to full melody at 1830, followed by English service to North America identification at 1830. National and Russian news topics to 1833. Station ID to editorial on Russian/Ukrainian crisis, to same on Bosnia Herzegovina. Musical interlude to travelogue on sites in Serbia. Musical Heritage program at 1846. Sign-off routine, "you have been listening to International Radio Serbia." Station frequency quote, web/email addresses into interval signal at 1859. Spanish service commencing at 1900. (NL/SDR) (Van Horn).

21640, Radio Exterior de Espana, 1523-1549. Spanish conversations (// 15385 kHz) about Mexico to station ID at 1526. Piano melody to time tips at 1530. Spanish program about movie industry and festival with interviews to ID at 1156. Time tips and ID routine at 1200 into world newscast. Closing items from French service on 9665 // 11615, 1858-1918. Interval signal melody to sign-on Spanish ID and time tips at 1900. English national news. Feature on film industry in Spain. North by Southwest program monitored to 1930. Station is scheduled to leave shortwave on 15 October 2014. Send reception reports to: Casa de la Radio, Avenida de la Radio en la Television 4, Pozuelo de Alarcon, 28223 Madrid, Spain. (Van Horn)

11605.101  Radio Taiwan International in Japanese, ID at 22.00:40 UT program start, poor S=6 signal in Australia; 11634.848  Radio Taiwan International in Chinese, S=8-9 downunder in Brisbane. Accompanied by CNR mainland jamming on even 11635 kHz, at 2204 UT on Sept 28.

United States
11580, Echo of Europe/RFI relay via WRMI, 2300-2315. Time tips at 2300, into "canned" English ID as "Echo of Europe" with station info, frequency, web and email addresses. French programming began at 2301. "Magazine" style format to musical interlude at 2312. English ID repeated as 2300 sign-on. Off at 2315. (Van Horn). Station broadcast every Wednesday and Thursday nights 2300-2315 via WRMI.

11580, Radio Ukraine International relay via WRMI, 2330-2359. Piano interval signal to "this is Ukranian Radio" ID. Program previews to newcast topics covering-continued shelling in northern part of Kiev, Euro Union Views on free trade, Sec. General's report, trilateral talks in Berlin and summit planned on international investing. "That's allof the news," followed by Ukranian Perspectives program of news reports and commentaries. "Radio Ukraine International" at 2337 break during programming. Golden Lion festival discussed, followed by feature on anniversary of the tragedy of Babi Yar. This was a ravine in Kiev, and site of a series of massacres carried out by German forces and local collaborators during their campaign against the Soviet Union. Closing ID at 2359 with address and email address for reception reports to Programming shifted Bro. Stair at 0000. (Van Horn)

9390, IBRA Radio relay 1506. Program in Bangali with male's prayer. S=9+15dBm strength in southern Germany (Bueschel).

9635.768  Two very extended like National Anthem of Vietnam sounded orchestra performings noted at 2146 to 2148 UT, and second a little shorter at 2148 to 21.50:25 UT, S=8 or -76dBm on remote unit in Queensland down under. At 21.51 UT station and country ID like "lop noi ...
Vietnaaam....". (Bueschel)
(QSLs via Gayle Van Horn)

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

HOT SPOT DXING: Tensions rise in Turkey

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With tensions rising along the borders of Turkey and Syria, shortwave radio listeners may want to follow any possible news updates from Voice of Turkey. Radio Damascus is no longer active on shortwave.

At least 18 killed in Clashes Between Turkish Police, Kurds

VOA News
Last updated on: October 08, 2014 12:22 PM

At least 18 people are dead in Turkey after clashes between police and pro-Kurdish protesters who want the government to help Kurds in neighboring Syria battle Islamic State militants.

At least eight of the deaths Tuesday happened in the main Kurdish town of Diyabakir in southern Turkey, while others died in Mus, Siirt and Batman.

Turkey's parliament authorized the use of force against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria last week, but the military has not crossed the border to intervene in the Syrian city of Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab.

Kurdish fighters in Kobani have spent weeks battling the militants. 

Turkey's president said Tuesday the town may soon fall without ground action.

Corrections or additions appreciated. Schedule should be active to 25 October 2014, when B14 Winter Schedules commence.

Voice of Turkey

All times UTC
0900 1000 Arabic 11750va
1400 1500 Arabic 9540va 17770va
0700 0800 Azerbaijan 11730as
1530 1600 Azerbaijan 9530as
1600 1630 Azerbaijan 9530as
1100 1130 Bulgarian 7210eu
1100 1200 Chinese 15240as
1500 1600 Dari/Pashto 11765as
1600 1630 Dari/Pashto 11765as
0300 0400 English 6165as 9515va
1230 1300 English 15450va
1300 1330 English 15450va
1630 1700 English 15520as
1700 1730 English 15520as
1830 1900 English 9785eu
1900 1930 English 9785eu
2030 2100 English 7205va
2100 2130 English 7205va
2200 2300 English 9830va
0830 0900 Farsi 11795as
0900 1000 Farsi 11795as
1500 1600 Farsi 9765as
1730 1800 French 7360af
1800 1830 French 7360af
1930 2000 French 7360af 9635eu
2000 2030 French 7360af 9635eu
1000 1100 Georgian 9655as
1130 1200 German 13760eu
1200 1230 German 13760as
1730 1800 German 11835eu
1800 1830 German 11835eu
1400 1425 Italian 9610eu
1330 1400 Kazakh 11880as
1300 1400 Russian 11965va
0100 0200 Spanish 9770va 9870va
1630 1700 Spanish 11930va
1700 1730 Spanish 11930va
1000 1030 Tatar 9855as
0000 0100 Turkish 7260as
0100 0200 Turkish 7260as
0400 0500 Turkish 6040as 11980va
0500 0600 Turkish 6040as 11980va
0600 0700 Turkish 11750as 11955va 13635va
0700 0800 Turkish 11750as 11955va 13635va
0800 0900 Turkish 11750as 11955va 13635va
0900 1000 Turkish 11955va 13635va
1000 1100 Turkish 11955va 13635va
1100 1155 Turkish 11955va
1100 1200 Turkish 13635va
1200 1300 Turkish 13635va
1300 1400 Turkish 9840va
1400 1500 Turkish 9840va
1500 1600 Turkish 9840va
1600 1700 Turkish 5960va 9460eu
1700 1800 Turkish 5960va 9460eu
1800 1900 Turkish 5960va 9460eu
1900 2000 Turkish 5960va 9460eu
2000 2100 Turkish 5960va 9460eu
1200 1230 Turkmen 11825as
1200 1300 Urdu         13710as
0200 0300 Uyghur 9465as
1230 1300 Uyghur 11700as
1300 1330 Uyghur 11700as
1030 1100 Uzbek 13650as
(WWDXC Top Nx 1154/21 Mar 2014)