Friday, January 23, 2015

Special transmissions from Sala, Sweden

January 24, 2015

All times UTC

1200-1300 on 6065 SAL 010 kW / non dir to Eu in LSB Swedish DX Federation
1300-1500 on 6065 SAL 010 kW / non dir to Eu in LSB Radio Merkurs
1500-1600 on 6065 SAL 010 kW / non dir to Eu in LSB Radio City
1600-1700 on 6065 SAL 010 kW / non dir to Eu in LSB Radio Revival
parallel freq.3950 SAL 005 kW / non dir to Eu in AM maybe for whole period
(SWL DXing/Bulgaria)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Product Announcement: DXtreme Station Log





Special thanks to Bob Raymond for today's product announcement on his updated version of DXtreme Station Log. I have used Bob's programs and would highly recommend it to shortwave listeners or amateur radio operators. This fine product will save you time (and paperwork) keeping your hobby organized.
Gayle Van Horn W4GVH

DXtreme Station Log — Multimedia Edition, Version 11.0

DXtreme Software™ has released a new version of its popular logging program for Amateur Radio operators: DXtreme Station Log — Multimedia Edition™ Version 11.0.
New Features in Version 11.0

Afreet Ham CAP Integration — DXtreme’s DX Spot Checker integrates with Afreet Ham CAP, an optional HF propagation prediction program available from Afreet Software, Inc. Users activate Ham CAP by requesting short- or long-path propagation predictions on spotted stations.

Direct Tune — Users can now change their rig's frequency and mode from the Station Log window (in addition to within the DX Spot Checker) if they are using Afreet Omni-Rig for rig control.

Social Media Posting — When users add or display a log entry, Station Log prepares an announcement of the contact and displays it on the Social Media Post tab. From there, users can drag (or copy) the post to their favorite social media web site(s) to share their news with others.
Using the Script Editor window, users can create and edit social media scripts that format their social media posts. Four social media scripts come with the software.

Last Log Entries Window — In addition to the Last Log Entries grid on the Station Log window, users can now display a re-sizeable Last Log Entries Window when more room is needed to display contact information. A Properties dialog box lets users change the order of columns, set foreground and background colors of grid headings and data rows, plus more. Double-clicking records displays their detailed data on the Station Log window.

WAS Analytics™ — A window-based tool, WAS Analytics lets users analyze their Worked All States (WAS) data and quickly access the specific log entries upon which they need to take some kind of action, such as submitting or re-submitting a QSL or e-mailing the ham they contacted.
Standard Features  DXtreme Station Log lets hams log their contacts and import ADIF files from other programs. It supports major call sign subscription services, and offers the following multimedia and advanced functions:

DX Spot Checker™ — Receives DX spots from Telnet-based servers, and determines whether QSOs are needed for new or verified DXCC® entities, band-entities, mode-entities, or VUCC grids.

DX Atlas Integration — Performs DX Atlas azimuth plots from the user’s location to that of a spotted or logged station. Also creates maps for a variety of reports. (A software license for Afreet DX Atlas is required to use it.)

Band Master Integration — Afreet Band Master can be invoked with Needed Lists based on the user’s Station Log database. (A software license for Afreet Band Master is required to use it.)

Rig Control — Tunes/retrieves frequencies and modes from supported rigs through integration with Afreet Omni-Rig, available from Afreet Software.

QSL Processing — Creates QSL and address labels for physical QSLs, and supports the ARRL’s TQSL program for uploading .TQ8 files to the LoTW server automatically. Also retrieves LoTW QSL records, and includes a QSL Imaging™ facility for scanning, capturing, and displaying physical and electronic QSLs, including LoTW QSLs.

Audio Facility — Records and plays QSOs.

Reports — Provides a wide range of performance and station reports to let users see how well they’re doing. All reports can be filtered and sorted. Includes a window-based DXCC® Analytics™ tool for analyzing and enhancing DXCC standing.

Operating System and Requirements
DXtreme Station Log runs in 32- and 64-bit versions of Microsoft® Windows® 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista®, and Windows XP.

Trademarks
DXCC® is a registered trademark of the American Radio Relay League, Inc.
Microsoft®, Windows®, and Vista® are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
Band Master, DX Atlas, Ham CAP, and Omni-Rig are owned by Afreet Software, Inc. A purchased software license for Band Master and DX Atlas are required to use them.

Pricing and Support
DXtreme Station Log retails for $89.95 USD worldwide for Internet distribution. Special pricing is available for upgrading users, and CD shipment is available for a nominal surcharge.

All prices include product support by Internet e-mail.
About DXtreme Software

Based in Nashua, NH, DXtreme Software produces powerful and easy-to-use logging applications for all kinds of radio enthusiasts — from short-wave and medium-wave listeners and DXers to Amateur Radio operators.

For more information about DXtreme Station Log — Multimedia Edition V11.0, visit www.dxtreme.com or contact Bob Raymond, NE1I, at bobraymond@dxtreme.com.

Radio Revival Sweden test transmission on Thursday


Test transmissions will be carried out by Radio Revival Sweden from the Sala transmitter site as follows:

Date: Thursday, January 22

All times UTC

Time 1200 - 1500 

The following frequencies will be used:

6035 kHz AM 5 kW 1200 - 1500 

9815 kHz A3H 10 kW 1200 - 1300 

9865 kHz A3H 10 kW 1300 - 1400 

9875 kHz A3H 10 kW 1400 - 1500 

Reception reports are most welcome to radiorevivalsweden@hotmail.com . We have no printed QSL card at the moment but will respond by email.

Regular transmissions will be made on January 24 - 25 and on Saturday, January 31. Time slots are available so please get in touch as soon as possible if you want to book airtime for these dates. Good listening!
(Ronny Forslund/R Revival/Tom Taylor)

Monday, January 19, 2015

International Shortwave Broadcast Guide - Winter Frequency Updates


This is the second frequency update for the 2014-2015 Winter edition of the International Shortwave Broadcast Guide. This e-book from Teak Publishing, can be purchased at Amazon.com for U.S. $4.00, and is available at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QU8LC6M

All time references are UTC, frequencies in kHz (kilohertz) // indicates heard on a parallel frequency. Broadcast are daily unless otherwise indicated.

County/Station
Language
Hrs/freq/info

Australia, R Australia
All HF Relay services utilized by Radio Australia have ceased from 14 January, 2015. The following English hours have been deleted.
0400-0500, 17800 kHz ex HBN, 270 deg, English
1300-1430, 9965 kHz ex HBN, 318 deg, English
1600-1630, 9580 kHz ex SNG, 340 deg, English
2200-2300, 9890 kHz ex DHA, 105 deg, English
(Gary Baxter/R Australia)

additional information
The ABC has announced major cuts to Radio Australia shortwave transmissions
- from Jan. 14 all overseas relays (via Dhabbaya, Kranji and Palau) will cease.
- from Jan. 31 the Brandon shortwave site will close, output from Shepparton
Broadcast will be reduced from six full time transmitters to only three transmitters, all operating 24 hours per day with the following shortwave schedule:
0900-2100 on 6080 6150 9580
2100-0900 on 15240 15415 17840

Review of ABC Radio Australia frequencies via Shepparton, Australia, which are to be cancelled on Jan.31, according to the announced major cuts as:

0500-0630 on 21725 SHP 100 kW / 329 deg to SEAs English
0630-0700 on 21725 SHP 100 kW / 329 deg to SEAs Tok Pisin Mon-Fri
0630-0700 on 21725 SHP 100 kW / 329 deg to SEAs English Sat/Sun
(SW Central blog 19 Sept/SWL Bulgaria)

Clandestine
Voice of Tibet
Tibetan
1330-1400 15568 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs, ex 1345-1400 15562as

France, Radio France International
Cancelled SW transmissions of RFI from Jan.1:
1430-1500 on 13690 ISS 500 kW / 084 deg to WeAs Persian
1430-1500 on 15395 ISS 500 kW / 085 deg to WeAs Persian
1500-1600 on 11850 ISS 500 kW / 065 deg to SEAs Vietnamese
1500-1600 on 15360 MEY 250 kW / 007 deg to EaAf Swahili1600-1700 on 11860 ISS 500 kW / 055 deg to EaEu Russian
1600-1700 on 13730 ISS 500 kW / 080 deg to CeAs Russian
1700-1800 on 11955 ISS 500 kW / 085 deg to WeAs Persian
1900-2000 on 5895 ISS 500 kW / 055 deg to EaEu Russian
1900-2000 on 9840 ISS 500 kW / 080 deg to CeAs Russian
(SWL-DXing)

Taiwan
Relays via Issoudun, France will stop on March 28 due to cancellation of RTI-RFI collaboration.
Currently winter B-14 schedule:
0200-0300 on 9730 ISS 500 kW / 232 deg to SoAm Spanish
1600-1700 on 13810 ISS 500 kW / 085 deg to SEAs English
1700-1800 on 9540 ISS 500 kW / 055 deg to RUS Russian
1700-1800 on 11975 ISS 500 kW / 160 deg to CeAf English
1800-1900 on 3965 ISS 250 kW / 345 deg to U.K. English
1900-2000 on 11875 ISS 500 kW / 190 deg to NoAf French
2000-2100 on 3965 ISS 250 kW / 215 deg to SoEu Spanish
2100-2200 on 3965 ISS 250 kW / 050 deg to WeEu German

UK, BBC World Service
Uzbek
1300-1330  17550as (SLA 250kW) (ex 17780)

USA, Radio Farda
Persian
1800-1900 9465 BIB 100 kW / 105 deg to WeAs (ex 9885as)

Voice of America
Bambara
2130-2200 9490af (ex 9620) from 16 Jan
French
2100-2130  Mon-Fri  9675af (9620af) from 16 Jan
Hausa
1530-1600 on Mon-Fri 9765af SAO 100 kW // 12075af //  17700af (from 12 Jan)
2100-2130 Mon-Fri 9675af WOF 300 kW (9620*( (from 16 Jan)
* to avoid Radio Exterior de Espana, Radio Nacional de Espana in Spanish
(SWL-DXing)

WBCQ/The Planet
From Jan 6, including Overcomer Ministry back on 7490 kHz
English
0100-0200  Sat  9330
0100-0500  Sat-Mon  5110na
0200-0400  Mon  7490na
0200-0400  Tues-Sat  7490na (Overcomer Ministry/Bro Stair)
0400-0500  Mon-Sat  7490na
0400-0500  Sun  7490 (Overcomer Ministry/Bro Stair)
1800-2200  15420na
2000-2200  Mon- Fri 7490na
2200-2300  Sun  7490na // 15420na
2300-0000  Mon-Fri  9330na
2300-0000  7490na
(freqs may vary 5110-5109.8 & 7490-7489.9
(SWL-DXing)

USA, KVOH/VO Hope (from 01 Jan)
English
0000-0100  Tues-Sat  9975ca (additional transmission)
0100-0500  Tues-Sat  9975ca (additional transmission)
(SWL-DXing)

Channel 292 relay schedules

Effective from January 17 - March 15

Germany

Channel 292 relays in coming weekends 
0700-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Jan.17 Radio Mi Amigo Int
1400-1600 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Jan.17 Radio Spaceshuttle
0900-1000 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Jan.18 8 Radio Ireland

0700-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Jan.24 Radio Mi Amigo Int
1100-1200 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Jan.25 8 Radio Ireland

0700-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Jan.31 Radio Mi Amigo Int
1000-1400 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Feb.01 Bluestar Radio

0700-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Feb.07 Radio Mi Amigo Int
1000-1300 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Feb.08 Bluestar Radio
1600-1700 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Feb.08 8 Radio Ireland

0700-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Feb.14 Radio Mi Amigo Int
1000-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Feb.14 KIM FM Nijmweg.
1100-1200 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Feb.14 Power Radio Nijmweg
1400-1600 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Feb.14 Radio Spaceshuttle
1000-1300 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Feb.15 Bluestar Radio

0700-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Feb.21 Radio Mi Amigo Int
1000-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Feb.21 KIM FM Nijmweg.
1100-1200 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Feb.21 Power Radio Nijmweg
1000-1300 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Feb.22 Bluestar Radio

0700-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Feb.28 Radio Mi Amigo Int
1000-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Feb.28 KIM FM Nijmweg.
1100-1200 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Feb.28 Power Radio Nijmweg
0900-1000 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Mar.01 Super Clan Radio
1000-1300 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Mar.01 Bluestar Radio

0700-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Mar.07 Radio Mi Amigo Int
1000-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Mar.07 KIM FM Nijmweg.
1100-1200 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Mar.07 Power Radio Nijmweg
0900-1000 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Mar.08 Super Clan Radio
1000-1200 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Mar.08 Radio Diamond

0700-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Mar.14 Radio Mi Amigo Int
1000-1100 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Mar.14 KIM FM Nijmweg.
1100-1200 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Mar.14 Power Radio Nijmweg
1600-1800 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sat Mar.14 Radio Spaceshuttle
0900-1000 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu Sun Mar.15 Super Clan Radio
Schedule subject to change. 
(SWL DXing/Bulgaria)

Radio Australia adjust their broadcast schedule

Classic Radio Australia QSL (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
All HF Relay services utilized by Radio Australia have ceased from 14 January, 2015. The following Burmese and English hours have been deleted.

All times UTC

0000-0030, 12005 kHz ex SNG, 340 deg, Burmese Mon-Fri, English Sat/Sun
0100-0130, 11780 kHz ex SNG, 340 deg, Burmese Mon-Fri, English Sat/Sun
0400-0500, 17800 kHz ex HBN, 270 deg, English
1100-1300, 6140 kHz ex SNG,  013 deg, English
1300-1430, 9965 kHz ex HBN, 318 deg, English
1600-1630, 9580 kHz ex SNG, 340 deg, English
2200-2300, 9890 kHz ex DHA, 105 deg, English
2200-0000, 9855 kHz ex DHA, 090 deg, English
2300-2330, 5955 kHz ex DHA, 085 deg, Burmese Mon-Fri, English Sat/Sun
(Gary Baxter/R Australia) 

additional information
The ABC has announced major cuts to Radio Australia shortwave transmissions
- from Jan. 14 all overseas relays (via Dhabbaya, Kranji and Palau) will cease. 
- from Jan. 14 all shortwave transmissions to Asia will cease.
-from Jan. 31 the Brandon shortwave site will close, output from Shepparton
Broadcast will be reduced from six full time transmitters to only three transmitters, all operating 24 hours per day with the following shortwave schedule:

0900-2100 on 6080 6150 9580
2100-0900 on 15240 15415 17840

Review of ABC Radio Australia frequencies via Shepparton, Australia, which are to be cancelled on Jan.31, according to the announced major cuts as:

0500-0630 on 21725 SHP 100 kW / 329 deg to SEAs English
0630-0700 on 21725 SHP 100 kW / 329 deg to SEAs Tok Pisin Mon-Fri
0630-0700 on 21725 SHP 100 kW / 329 deg to SEAs English Sat/Sun
(SWL DXing/16 Jan)

German Weather Service to begin weather information

Germany

 German Weather Service (DWD) will begin transmitting weather information for the Baltic Sea and North Sea. Broadcast will be three times a day from their site in Pinneberg, near Hamburg. Broadcast will commence on April 1, 2015 on the following schedule:


0600-0630 UTC 6040 kHz

1200-1230 UTC 6040 kHz

2000-2030 UTC 5905 kHz
(SWL Bulgaria)

Broadcasting in Russian Handbook now available



Voice of Russia QSL (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
The 17th edition of the popular "Broadcasting in Russian" Handbook, edited by the St. Petersburg DX Club, has been released at the end of December 2014. The Handbook features various radio stations that transmit programs in the Russian language on short wave and medium wave, from December 23, 2014.

Station listings include frequency and program schedules, transmitter location and power, target areas, postal addresses, phone/fax numbers, Web sites, social network pages, e-mail addresses as well as QSL policy info. The schedules are generally valid until March 29, 2014 (i.e. during B14 broadcasting season).

The Handbook is only distributed as a hard copy. Volume is 52 pages of A5 size. Please address your purchase requests to : Alexander Beryozkin, P.O.Box 463, St. Petersburg, 190000, Russia
or by e-mail: dxspb@nrec.spb.ru.

The price is 5 EUR or 8 USD. Both cash (by post) and electronic payments via Skrill (in EUR) or PayPal (in USD) to the e-mail alex@nrec.spb.ru are accepted.
Your comments and suggestions regarding the Guide content are always welcome!
(Alexander Beryozkin, President, St. Petersburg DX Club, Russia)

Gala Radio changes it's name to "Radio EU"

Ukraine

The National Council for Radio and Television has renewed the license of "Radio Company" Gala "(call sign "Gala Radio") due to the change in the call sign "Radio EU." It is reported by the correspondent of A '.

In particular, this decision is based is now undergoing a change of owner. The new owner is a European company, which owns a network of radio stations in the EU, in particular in the Netherlands. The name of the new company, the owner is not disclosed. It should be noted that earlier in "Gala Radio" expressed an interest in the Dutch company Ad Venture Radio.

Ukraine increases the broadcasting in Russian and English languages. From January 12 Russian service on 1431 kHz VSRU been running 1600-2000 UTC. A British service VSRU (RUI) has for the second day after the transfer of American radio center WRMI in Okeechobee, Florida in 0030-0100 on 7455 kHz (azimuth 285 degrees). First gear from there in 2330-2400 on 11580 kHz (azimuth 44 degrees).
(Alexander Egorov, Ukraine /www.dxing.ru/Play DX 1634)

Taiwan plans 'test broadcast' in January


Radio Taiwan Int'l QSL (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
Due to a cancellation from March 29 of all Radio Taiwan International relays via Issoudun, France; RTI Russian service announced test broadcasts from Jan.22 till Jan.31 via transmitter site in Tamsui, Taiwan as follows: 

All times UTC

1400-1500 on 11885 and 1700-1800 on 7385

These tests broadcasts will be transmitted in parallel with Issoudun relays:
1400-1500 on 15180 ISS 500 kW / 060 deg to CeAs Russian
1700-1800 on  9540 ISS 500 kW / 055 deg to EaEu Russian
(SWL Bulgaria/playdx)

The World's Shortest ReceptionReport


(via wikipedia.com)
SQOTW24 Special QSL of the Week

It is rather obvious that a good reception report should contain detailed information that is heard from a radio broadcasting station, and it is preferable that this information should extend over a period of at least 20 minutes or more.  However, there are occasions when a shorter reception report may be acceptable.
            Back on July 17, 1986, I was traveling by car for an appointment in a country area in Indiana in the United States.  In a lonely isolated location where electrical interference would not be expected, I stopped the car and turned on the radio receiver.  The desired station was WQTC on 1520 kHz in the town of Bryan, in the neighboring state Ohio.
            Four years earlier, I had visited this mediumwave radio station in Bryan when it was on the air under an earlier callsign, WBNO.  At that time, this station was on the air with the usage of solar energy electricity, the first and only station in the United Sates that was using solar panels for this purpose.  I already had received a QSL from WBNO with ½ kW on 1520kHz.
            However, the station had been sold and under the new management, the callsign was changed to WQTC, still with solar power and still with ½ kW on the same channel 1520 kHz.  However, I did desire a QSL card acknowledging the new callsign WQTC.
            Unfortunately, even though mediumwave station WQTC was on the air in the adjoining state, yet reception on the radio was terrible, with lots of QRN and QRM; local electrical noise and interference from other stations.  However, at the bottom of the hour, I did hear just two identifiable words, Bryan Radio
            And so, I did send a reception report and a prepared QSL card to the station in Bryan Ohio.  In the reception report, I apologized for such a brief report, but I stated that I had heard just two identifiable words, and that these two words indicated an advertisement for a radio shop in Bryan, or it was part of the station identification announcement.
            In due course, the prepared QSL card, rubber stamped onto a Post Office Postal Card, came back to my home address, duly signed and rubber stamped with the old callsign WBNO, though the new callsign WQTC was also shown on the card.

            A verified reception report containing just two words?  You had better do better than that! 

Underwater Radio

The Radio Ship Radio Mi Amigo (rogermathew.com)
It is known that at least five radio broadcasting stations, or major components thereof, are lying at the bottom of the ocean in the ship that was carrying the equipment at the time.  Four of these sunken ships were due to enemy action, and one was the result of a fierce winter storm. 
            Back in the year 1940, soon after the onset of the European Conflict, a 100 kW shortwave transmitter, manufactured at the Marconi company in Chelmsford England, was shipped out to Singapore Island.  It was intended that this transmitter would be installed at a new shortwave station still under construction, adjacent to the early Radio Malaya station at Jurong on the western side of Singapore island.  When activated, this station was to act as a relay for the BBC London, with coverage into Asia and the Pacific.
            However, due to an attack by an enemy submarine, the ship was sunk en route and the entire cargo was lost, including the electronic equipment for the new BBC shortwave relay station.  Instead, a 50 kW RCA shortwave transmitter was subsequently consigned to Singapore, but before it could be activated, it was removed and taken to Barbados in the Caribbean where it was installed for Cable & Wireless at Bearded Hall under the callsign VPO.
            Back in the year 1941, plans were laid for the installation of a megapowered mediumwave station at a secret underground location near Crowborough in England.  This station was intended to  beam surreptitious programming in various languages to continental Europe, and also to act as a BBC relay station for coverage into the same continental areas. 
            At the time, a super powered 500 kW transmitter was nearing  completion at the RCA factory in Camden New Jersey which had been ordered by NBC for mediumwave WJZ at Bound Brook, New Jersey.  However, the FCC had imposed a 50 kW power limit for mediumwave stations in the United States and NBC-WJZ no longer needed this huge transmitter.
            China demonstrated an interest in procuring this megalithic transmitter, but while negotiations were still underway, the British government arranged to purchase it and have it shipped across the Atlantic.  The transmitter was re-engineered for 600 kW, disassembled into smaller units, crated and stowed separately into several different ships.
            One of these cargo ships, carrying the antennas and towers, was sunk in the Atlantic by an enemy submarine and the equipment was lost.  Very hurriedly, new towers and antennas were manufactured in the United States and freighted across the Atlantic where it was all installed above ground for the underground American transmitter, known as Aspidistra, at Crowborough.  
            During the latter half of the European Conflict, PWI Press Wireless International, manufactured and shipped across the Atlantic numerous transmitters, large and small, for use in islandic and continental Europe.  Some of these shipments contained their famous 40 kW shortwave transmitter, and other shipments contained complete mobile radio broadcasting stations.  The mobile stations usually contained a 400 watt transmitter, always capable of high speed Morse Code, and sometimes also capable of voice transmission. 
            Much of this radio equipment was manufactured at their new factory quite near to their large shortwave station at Hicksville on Long Island, New York and then shipped across the Atlantic.  PWI states that at least one of these mobile stations was sunk by an enemy submarine in 1944, and that station still lies to this day on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.    
            Also in the year 1944, Lord Louis Mountbatten expedited the construction of a large shortwave station at Ekala, a dozen miles north of Colombo in Ceylon, as it was known in those days.  A large shipment of radio equipment, including electronic items from the Marconi factory at Chelmsford and redundant antenna systems from the Isle of Wight, were shipped out from England. 
            However, the entire consignment was lost to enemy submarine action in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Sri Lanka.  Ultimately, a new consignment of equipment was sent out from England, and this was installed at the SEAC installation at Ekala, where it was in use for many years for the relay of programming by the BBC London, the Voice of America and Adventist World Radio.  This SEAC station also carried programming on behalf of SLBC, the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.
            Back in 1965, Ronan ORahilly in England ordered a 50 kW mediumwave transmitter from Continental Electronics in Dallas Texas for installation on the ship Mi Amigo, which was on the air at the time as the famous pirate radio station, Radio Caroline.  During that era, Continental was constructing several 50 kW mediumwave transmitters, Model 317C, for various clients.
            However, the BBC suddenly needed two 50 kW mediumwave transmitters for its new Central Africa Relay Station at Francistown in Botswana and entrepreneur ORahilly agreed to allow the BBC to take the No 12 transmitter that he had ordered.  The BBC also took an additional unit, No 13, so ORahilly agreed to accept transmitter No 14 in this series which he installed on board the Mi Amigo.
            Some 15 years later, on March 19, 1980, the ship Mi Amigo encountered a Force 10 storm and she drifted for 10 nautical miles before running aground on the Long Sand Bank.  The ship sank next day where she now lies in 10 feet of water in the Thames Estuary out from London. 

            The 50 kW mediumwave transmitter also went down with the ship, and that is where it lies to this day, at the shallow bottom of the North Sea!    
(AWR Wavescan/NWS 308)

Focus on the South Pacific-French Radio in New Caledonia


(SM5LNE Collection-hamgallery.com)
The introduction of wireless technology into New Caledonia, the French colony in the South Pacific, took place in the year 1920 when a new wireless station was installed at the Semaphore Station in Noumea, the island capital.  The Semaphore Station was a white square tower located on a hill top, a little over 300 feet high.  The callsign for this new maritime wireless station was FQN, indicating a French territorial possession.
            The equipment at the station was changed from electrical spark operation to electronic valve or tube operation in 1924, and a new callsign was adopted, HZG.  Then 8 years later, the transmission equipment was upgraded and modernized at apparently a new location, and again a new callsign was allocated, this time FJP.   Test broadcasts from this new facility were noted in the United States on exactly 6000 kHz, and also 7100 kHz in 1936.
            Two years earlier, in the month of July 1934, photographer and electrician, Charles Graveau in Noumea New Caledonia began to implement procedures in order to obtain government approval to establish his own amateur radio station.  He took to the air during the next year with the use of his home made transmitter rated at just 20 watts input; that is 12 watts output, as listed in a historic document.
            At this time, the Charles Graveau station, licensed with the amateur callsign FK8AA, was simply an amateur operation in use to communicate with any other amateur radio station that could hear his low power signal.  However, as was the custom in those days, there were occasions when FK8AA radiated music from whatever gramophone records were available.
            However, the real objective of Charles Graveau was to establish a radio broadcasting station, and on April 28, 1937 he began a regular program service over his amateur station, FK8AA.  Each Wednesday and Saturday evening his radio broadcasts went on the air, an hour in duration beginning at 5:30 pm.
            This new radio broadcasting service was inaugurated over his amateur radio station in the family home at 44 Rue del Alma, in Noumea, New Caledonia.  He identified the station on air as Radio Noumea", though the official callsign FK8AA was still in vogue.
            The new Radio Noumea FK8AA was first noted internationally in New Zealand in January of the following year 1938, and from that time onwards, the station was sought by many international radio monitors in New Zealand, Australia and the United States.  Even at such a low power, the station was heard occasionally at a great distance.  Even though QSL cards were available, obtaining one was just as difficult as even hearing the station. 
            The hobby and commercial radio magazines in the same three countries, New Zealand, Australia and the United States, frequently reported news about the station, and on occasions even showed successful loggings.  Initially FK8AA was logged on 6120 or 6122 kHz, though in the earlier part of the year 1940, the frequency was adjusted to 6130 kHz.  Perhaps the transmitter was modified at this stage to increase the power a little.
            Around a year later, the station in its sign off routine added two more anthems to its scheduling.  In addition to the French Le Marseillaise, listeners now heard also God Save the King and the Star Spangled Banner, as a tribute to the islands allies.  Soon afterwards, March Lorraine became a signature tune for these still twice weekly program broadcasts.
            However, due to the international attention that was coming to New Caledonia with the massive American presence, the local government began active planning in 1942 for an official government radio broadcasting station.  This new station was inaugurated on air towards the end of that year, or perhaps very early in the next year, 1943.  At that stage, the original FK8AA as a broadcast station was retired, though the amateur operation was revived again after the end of the Pacific War.
            The Australian magazine Radio & Hobbies reported the new government station for the first time in April 1943, when a new channel 6155 kHz was noted, though the previous callsign FK8AA was still shown, perhaps incorrectly.  The final listing with the FK8AA callsign in this same magazine was in July 1946.   
            Programming and scheduling over the new Radio Pacifique Noumea was very similar to the earlier FK8AA, and apparently the concept and perhaps some of the family staff were transferred from the old station to the new.  During the latter part of the war years, the new Radio Noumea increased its hours of on air programming and they also broadcast special programming for troops serving in the Pacific arena.
            That is the story of the amateur become professional radio broadcast station, FK8AA in Noumea, New Caledonia.  Interestingly though, there was another radio broadcasting station on another French island in the South Pacific with a similar amateur background and with a similar callsign.  This other station was on the air under the callsign, not FK8AA but rather FO8AA, and it was not located in New Caledonia but rather in Tahiti.  Thats the story for another occasion here in Wavescan.   

 (AWR Wavescan/NWS 308)

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins



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SPACE WEATHER ADVISORY OUTLOOK #15-3
2015 January 18 at 9:36 p.m. MST (2015 January 19 0436 UTC)

**** SPACE WEATHER OUTLOOK ****

Summary For January 12-18

R1 (Minor) radio blackouts were observed on 13 and 14 January due to flare activity from active Region 2257.

An R2 (Moderate) radio blackout was observed on 13 January, also due to flare activity from active Region 2257. 

Outlook For January 19-25

A chance for R1-R2 (Minor-Moderate) radio blackouts exists from 23-25 January due to potential flare activity from the return of old Region 2253.

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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
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2015 Jan 19     125          12          4
2015 Jan 20     125          10          3
2015 Jan 21     120          10          3
2015 Jan 22     115          10          3
2015 Jan 23     120           8          3
2015 Jan 24     125           8          3
2015 Jan 25     125          15          4
2015 Jan 26     120          10          3
2015 Jan 27     120           8          3
2015 Jan 28     125           5          2
2015 Jan 29     130          10          3
2015 Jan 30     135          12          3
2015 Jan 31     135          15          4
2015 Feb 01     135          15          4
2015 Feb 02     130          12          3
2015 Feb 03     130          15          4
2015 Feb 04     125          12          3
2015 Feb 05     125           5          2
2015 Feb 06     125          10          3
2015 Feb 07     130          10          3
2015 Feb 08     130           8          3
2015 Feb 09     130           8          3
2015 Feb 10     125           5          2
2015 Feb 11     125           5          2
2015 Feb 12     120           5          2
2015 Feb 13     120           5          2
2015 Feb 14     125           5          2
NOAA

Friday, January 16, 2015

European Weekend Relay Schedules


Radio City QSL (Gayle Van Horn Collection)

Radio City & Spaceshuttle International Relays
 
Radio City relays are on:

16th January
via the IRRS on 7290 kHz and Challenger Radio on 1368 kHz between 19 - 20 UTC

17th January
via the IRRS on 9510 kHz between 09 - 10 UTC


4th Saturday of the Month:
via Hamburger Lokalradio on 7265 kHz between 13 - 14 UTC
also via Radio Revival on 6065 kHz at 15 - 16 UTC

Every Saturday: via Radio Merkurs, Riga, Latvia on 1485 KHz between 20 - 21 UTC

Please email: citymorecars@yahoo.ca

 Radio Spaceshuttle Relay on 17th January:

via Channel 292 on 6070 kHz between 14 -16 UTC

Please send your reception reports to:

spaceshuttleradio@yahoo.com or radiospaceshuttle@hotmail.com


QRP website:

Here is some Interesting information for fellow shortwave radio enthusiasts.

Please check out this link:  www.stationqrp.com

EMR is on this Sunday the 18th of January at 08.00 UTC on 7265 & 09.00 on 9485 KHz.

Good Listening!

73s

Tom Taylor

World's Smallest Radio Station

Back around three-foruths of a century ago, two radio men constructed what they called the Worlds Smallest Radio Station.  This total working model was housed in an ornate wooden cabinet about the size of a small refrigerator, and it contained a model studio and a working transmitter with intermittently flashing red lights on the little antenna towers.
            This small radio station was designed and constructed by a man known as the Mystery Announcer who was a popular announcer at the mediumwave station WPEN, on 1500 kHz in Philadelphia Pennsylvania back in 1931.  The technical equipment in the little model was constructed by Radio Engineer John Boyle.  It took this two-man team team of co-operating radio personnel 10 months to construct their miniature radio station.
            The transmitter in this mini radio station emitted 4/100th of a watt and the propagation coverage area was over a radius of just 200 feet.  At least two operating frequencies are shown for station WEE, both 900 kHz and 1300 kHz, and this would seem to indicate that the active on air frequency could be tuned to another channel if there was interference from another station. 
            At one stage, it is stated that the owners were considering installing a mini shortwave transmitter in their little radio station for a wider coverage area.
            This little radio broadcasting station was owned, it is said, by the Tiny Broadcasting Company and it was on display initially in the foyer of the Mastbaum Theatre in Philadelphia.  It was subsequently taken on a tour of regional cities in Pennsylvania, and for example it was on display in Feinbergs Store at the corner of 5th & Egmont Streets in Chester, a few miles along the river, west from Philadelphia. Visitors were invited to speak over this model radio station. This neat little model was also on display during the same year, 1933, at Easton, between Philadelphia and New York City.

            When this radio model was four years old, it was taken over by the giant super power mediumwave station WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio, where it made a remarkable contrast; mini-WEE and mighty WLW.  During the year 1936, it is reported, mini WEE was on display at an Electronics Exhibition in Baltimore Maryland.  And that is the last that we have heard about this fascinating little radio broadcasting station, the worlds smallest.
(AWR/Wavescan-NWS 307)

Special QSL of the Week: Benin, Hard to Hear and Difficult to QSL

ORTB Benin QSL (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
Some time ago, Claes Olsson in Norrkoping Sweden, informed us that he received a QSL card from Radio Benin, which he describes as a station that is hard to hear and difficult to QSL.  He heard ORTB in the African country of Benin on September 20, 1985.  The colorful QSL card shows six mini-pictures on the picture side; a silhouette map of Africa, the station emblem, and African representations.   
However, this highly prized QSL card does not specify just which location nor which shortwave channel was heard by Claes Olsson in Sweden.
            At the time, Radio Benin was on the air on three shortwave channels:-
                        Capital City Cotonou   5025 kHz & 7190 kHz with 20 kW each
                        Regional Parakou       4870 kHz 30 kW     
(AWR/Wavescan  NWS 307)    

The Philippine Radio Story: Press Wireless Returns to the Philippines



In our continuing story about the return of Press Wireless to the Philippines towards the end of the Pacific War in the middle of last century, we begin with the PWI events in Hawaii a decade or two earlier.  Press Wireless was founded in the United States in 1929, and they began to develop their own worldwide network of shortwave stations for the two-way flow of news information and reports. 
            It is stated that PWI was serving 62 countries worldwide in the 1930s; and at the peak of their international development they operated 100 transmitters in their own shortwave stations located in North & South America and in the Philippines.  Some news transmissions were by high speed Boehme in Morse Code, and others were voice reports for rebroadcast on network radio stations in the United States.
            An official government listing for June 30, 1930, shows that a total of 13 shortwave frequencies were registered for a new PWI station located 

near Honolulu in Hawaii.  This new shortwave station was designed for communication with PWI at Belmont, south of San Francisco in California; it was constructed in 1932; and it was allocated the callsign KDG.
            Soon after station KDG was inaugurated, PWI lodged a complaint with government authorities in Washington DC stating that a European station, FYR located at Lyon in France, was causing interference to the reception in California from their Honolulu station.  Station KDG was transmitting on its allocated frequency of 11640 kHz, and the station in France was allocated the neighboring channel 11650 kHz, though it was putting out an unstable signal a little lower in frequency.
            There are no known monitoring reports of the shortwave station in Honolulu KDG, probably due to its apparent low powered operation, and also to the fact that its news transmissions must have all been in high speed Morse Code.  At the end of ten years of on air service, that is early in the year 1941, Press Wireless abandoned its Hawaiian shortwave station, due no doubt to the availability of other stations that were in use for the transmission of news information.
            However some three years later again, on April 14 1944, PWI filed an application with the FCC for a new shortwave station in Hawaii.  The transmitter for this station was planned for installation at Ewa, on the south coast of the capital city island Oahu, on the western edge of Honolulu.  There is no further information regarding this projected shortwave station, and it is presumed that it was never installed, due to wartime shortages of equipment and personnel.  Perhaps also, PWI was aware that difficult financial times were ahead of them.
            Around this same time, another PWI project was on the ascendancy, and this was the wartime venture of a training project in Hicksville in association with their large superstation and the nearby electronics factory.  The massive shortwave station was located on Cantiague Raod Hicksville, and the manufactory was located a quarter mile distant in two large buildings on the other side of the roadway.
            The High Power Transmitter School was conducted by PWI at Hicksville in co-operation with the American Signal Corps at Fort Monmouth in neighboring New Jersey.  Training exercises were conducted on a 40 kW PWI shortwave transmitter.  Among those who underwent training on this transmitter was Terry Sandford who wrote a book on his wartime experience with the American/Australian radio ship Apache; and others also, who served with PWI in Europe and the Pacific.
            In 1944, under the direction of General Douglas MacArthur, a team of PWI personnel was assembled at Hollandia on the north coast of New Guinea, just across the border on the Dutch side of the island.  Two sub-teams were formed: one team with a 400 watt high speed shortwave transmitter PZ established their facility at Tacloban on Leyte Island, and the other team with a 10 kW voice transmitter PY established their station in Manila.
            After MacArthurs forces entered the Philippine national capital city, the PWI personnel established a radio studio in the Soriano Building in downtown Manila, and the transmitter was installed several miles out in the country.  In advance, the American army had selected a building for the PWI transmitter, but it was soon discovered that the retreating Japanese had destroyed it.  Another building two miles further out was chosen, and equipment was unloaded into it.  However, due to Japanese infiltration, PWI decided on a third location and this became the semi-permanent home for their shortwave transmitter.
            Press Wireless International PY in Manila made its inaugural transmission to the United States on February 25, 1945.  Three days later, station PZ in Tacloban was closed, and soon afterwards it was  reinstalled with PY in Manila.  Then, during the following month March, PWI Manila took over the transmission of news back to the United States that was previously sent from the radio ship Apache.
            On many occasions, PWI Manila was heard by international radio monitors in the United States, New Zealand and Australia.  Callsigns were announced on air and they ran in a series from PY1 to PY19, according to whichever frequency was in use.  The Manila station communicated with the somewhat mysterious new PWI shortwave station that had just been built on the edge of Los Angeles in California. 
            As with other PWI stations, Manila sent out transmissions of news in high speed Morse Code as well as voiced messages for retransmission over the American radio networks.  As part of their identification announcement, Press Wireless, PWI was often identified on air as PreWi (PREE-WHY).
            Early in the new year 1946, shortwave PWI in Manila was noted with occasional relays from the Armed Forces Radio Station WXOI.  This mediumwave station WXOI was on the air under an apparently official American AFRS callsign, though little else is known about  this entertainment radio broadcasting station. 
            Due to the fact that no other shortwave communication station was on the air in Manila immediately after the end of the war, the President of the Philippines, Sergio Osmena, issued an Executive Order, granting approval for PWI Manila to transmit all forms of radio information back to the United States, not only just media news information for use on radio and in newspapers, but also business and personal communications.  

            This Executive Order, No 104, expired on June 24 (1946), after which PWI Manila quietly disappeared.
(AWR/Waescan-NWS 307)

VOA Radiogram weekend schedule


Hello friends,

Last week’s news item in Olivia 32-2000 provided successful text decodes in some difficult reception conditions. This weekend, we will try a VOA News item in Olivia 16-2000. It’s faster, about 76 wpm, but with only 16 tones, it might not be as robust. The Olivia 16-2000 mode requires a custom setting in Fldigi.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 94, 17-18 January 2015 -- all in MFSK32 except where noted:

1:42  Program preview
 2:50  WikiHouse simplifies home construction*
7:22  Taiwan protests new Chinese air routes*
13:53  Facebook app provides Internet to Colombia*
20:18  Olivia 16-2000: Proposed cuts in methane emissions
25:07  Closing announcements*
28:09  Thor16: Bonus mode of the week

*with image

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com.

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5910 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 Mighty KBC will transmit a minute of MFSK64 Saturday at about 1230 UTC on 6095 kHz and Sunday at about 0130 UTC (Saturday 8:30 pm EST) on 7375 kHz. Both frequencies are via Germany. Reports to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com .

At voaradiogram.net, check out this very nice homebrew tube (valve) receiver used by Klaus in Germany to receive VOA Radiogram.

Thanks for the reception reports from last weekend, which I will begin answering now.

Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Global 24 Radio - QSL Card Update


To blog readers.....here is a reminder if you are still waiting on that Global 24 QSL. This is the latest information I have, and would welcome any updates, or if you have received a verification.
Gayle Van Horn W4GVH/Teak Publishing

Dear Listener,

Many of you have written to us asking about the status of QSL cards. As of today December 23, 2014 we believe all cards from October and November have been mailed.

We ask that if you do not receive your QSL cards by January 5th to please email QSLS@ global24radio.com and we will troubleshoot your case and make sure we actually had your reception report, etc. or did not make a mistake on our end.

Our team is quite sorry for the delay with all QSL cards – we were unprepared for the over 3,000 reception reports we received for our inaugural two weeks of broadcasting.

Bear with us a little longer – we are planning a great January for our listeners. Thanks for the patience and on behalf of the entire team here: Happy Holidays!

Regards,

Phil Workman Global 24 Gen. Manager

Join the Insider Club here: http://about.global24radio.com/about-us/become-global-24-insider/
http://about.global24radio.com/
 (Anatoly Klepov, Moscow, Russia, via RUS DX 800/playdx 1631 29 Dec)