Monday, February 20, 2017

From the Isle of Music, Week of February 20-25, 2017



This week, special guest Julio Montoro shares the music of Alma Latina; some music from one of Cuba's first JoJazz competition winners, Carlos Sarduy, and the Timba of Pedro Pablo & La Rebambaramba.

WBCQ, 7490 KHz, Tuesdays 0100-0200 UTC (8pm-9pm EST Mondays in the Americas)
Channel 292, 6070 KHz, Fridays 1100-1200 UTC (1200-1300 CET) and Saturdays 1200-1300 UTC (1300-1400 CET)
(Tilford Productions)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Sunday, February 19 relays on shortwave



All times UTC
Please be advised that  Marconi Radio International will be on the air  Sunday, 19 February, from 1315 to 1615 on 7700 kHz USB Mode.

Reception reports with audio clips (mp3-file) are welcome and confirmed by QSL verification. Some lucky listeners will ALSO receive our printed QSL card, so don't forget to include your postal address.
E-mail: marconiradiointernational@gmail.com

We hope to hear from a lot of shortwave listeners about our transmissions.
Best 73's
Marconi Radio International (MRI)

Hamburger Lokal Radio via Göhren, Germany with 1KW to Western Europe:
 9485 KHz 10.00 - 13.00      
Contact email: redaktion@hamburger-lokalradio.de

Shortwave Station Göhren on 9485 KHz 09.00-10.00
Channel 292 on 6070 KHz 16.00 - 17.00
Contact email: emrshortwave@gmail.com

Internet Repeats themightykbc@gmail.com
EMR will repeat this months Transmissions via two streams running at: 16.00, 18.00, 20.00
http://nednl.net:8000/emr.m3u will be on 96 kbps /44 kHz stereo for normal listening http://nednl.net:8000/emr24.m3u will be 24 kbps / 22 kHz mono will be especially for low bandwidth like mobile phones.
 
KBC via:
Media Broadcast to America on 6145 kHz 00.00-01.00
Contact email: themightykbc@gmail.com 

Hobart Radio via:
WRMI to Americas, Asia/Pacific on 9955 04.30-05.00
Contact email: hriradio@gmail.com

For outside the listening area please try the Twente/Netherlands Web RX at http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/

You can also hear many European free and alternative stations via the Internet at http://laut.fm/jukebox 

Radio Channel 292  Transmission schedules on 6070 kHz

Radio Mi Amigo Transmission schedules
www.radiomiamigo.es/shortwave
 Good Listening!
73s
Tom Taylor





Radio Öömrang annual February 21 broadcast


Radio Öömrang (“Radio Amrum”) is tentatively scheduled for their annual February 21st broadcast. Each year, on this special day, broadcast are conducted to celebrate the major North Frisian holiday (Biikebrånen).

The initial programs were founded by radio amateur Arjan Kölzow on the island of Amrum in North Germany. The first shortwave broadcast was on 21 February 2006, and have continued their annual programming aimed at the descendants of North Frisian immigrants in North America. Programming is presented bilingually in Standard German and English, including interviews in the North Frisian language, which is part of the Öömrang dialect.

This year’s broadcast is tentatively scheduled for 1600-1659 UTC on 15215 kHz, relayed via the Nauen, Germany or the Issoudun, France transmitter sites. For a full data QSL, send your reception reports to: Media Broadcast qsl-shortwave@media-broadcast.com

You Tube link from 2016 broadcast  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffbd5oB0SLs

Friday, February 17, 2017

BBC to Expand Audio Content Globally



The broadcaster hopes to use its vast radio archives to attract more listeners
by James Careless

OTTAWA — Nothing less than “a Netflix of the spoken word”: That is what BBC Director-General Lord Tony Hall promised on Nov. 23, 2016, when he announced the BBC’s plans to offer its full archive of audio content to online listeners around the world.

“The BBC makes the best radio in the world ... and we have an extraordinary wealth of audio riches at our disposal,” said Lord Hall during his keynote address to the Voice of the Listener and Viewer Autumn Conference in London. With our world-class content, we could use our current output and the richness of our archive to create a Netflix of the spoken word. It’s one of the things that will help the BBC carry the full weight of Britain’s culture and values, knowledge and know-how to the world in the years ahead — and say something really important about modern Britain.”

Additional article at: http://www.radioworld.com/global/0007/bbc-to-expand-audio-content-globally/339089
(photo/BBC & Radio World)

VOA Radiogram 18-19 February


Hello friends,

Last weekend, we marked World Radio Day with a malfunction of the radio transmitter on 17580 kHz, during the time that the World Radio Day logo should have been broadcast.  Other than that, we had a good weekend of reception and decoding!

For a good example of Olivia 64-2000 performing well despite poor reception, try decoding from this audio that I recorded from an SDR in Australia: http://voaradiogram.net/post/157100458412/voa-radiogram-olivia-64-2000-received-in-nsw

This weekend, we will again transmit an excerpt of text in a non-Latin Alphabet. This time it will be Ukrainian. Use the UTF-8 character set, which, in Fldigi, you can adjust (if necessary) via Configure > Colors & Fonts.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 203, 18-19 February 2017, all in MFSK32 except where noted:

1:50  Program preview
 3:17  Trump Administration sued over bumble bee protection*
9:18  India rocket launches 104 satellites*
16:09  Olivia 64-2000: First white dwarf pulsar discovered
20:44  MFSK32: World Radio Day items from RFE/RL*
23:27  Ukrainian text**
25:59  Closing announcements*

* with image

** use UTF-8 character set

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com.

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule (temporarily expanded):

UTC Day
UTC Time
kHz
Transmitter
Target
Also try in …
Saturday
0930-1000
5865
North Carolina
Americas
Asia-Pacific, Europe
Saturday
1600-1630
17580
North Carolina
Europe
Americas, Asia-Pacific
Sunday
0230-0300
5745
North Carolina
Americas
Europe
Sunday
1930-2000
15670
North Carolina
Europe
Americas, Asia-Pacific
Sunday
2030-2100
11580
WRMI Florida
Europe
Americas
Sunday
2330-2400
11580
WRMI Florida
Americas

Monday
2000-2030
3975
IBC Italy
Europe

Wednesday
2100-2130
3975
IBC Italy
Europe


The Mighty KBC broadcast to North America will be Sunday at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 7-9 pm EST) on 6145 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK32 will be transmitted at about 0130 UTC. Reports to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com . See also http://www.kbcradio.eu/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc/

DigiDX is taking a few weeks off, hence the VOA Radiogram transmissions via WRMI and IBC.  See http://www.digidx.uk/ and https://www.facebook.com/digidx/

Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) has digital modes as follows:
EVERY WEDNESDAY ON 3975 KHZ 20.30-21.00 UTC in MFSK32 and OLIVIA 16-500
EVERY FRIDAY ON 9955 KHZ 02.25-02.30 UTC in MFSK32
EVERY SATURDAY ON 1584 KHZ 21.25-21.30 UTC in MFSK32
EVERY SUNDAY ON 7730 KHZ 00.55-01.00 UTC in MFSK32
EVERY SUNDAY ON 6070 KHZ 11.30-12.00 UTC  in MFSK32 and OLIVIA 16-500 (VIA RADIO BCLNEWS)
For the complete IBC transmission schedule, including voice broadcasts, visit  http://ibcradio.webs.com/

Winter SWL Fest.  I am planning to attend the Winter SWL Fest, March 2-4, 2017, at Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. Hope to see you there. Information at  http://www.swlfest.com .  (Single-day walk-ins are welcome.)

Thanks for your reports from last weekend.  I am now sending out confirmations from program 201, with hopes to send out confirmations from program 202 during this weekend.

I hope you can tune in and write in.

Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
voaradiogram.net
Twitter: @VOARadiogram  (especially active just before, during, and after broadcasts)

PS: A few operating notes:
  • For best Olivia 64-2000 performance, turn Fldigi's squelch (SQL) off.
  • The RSID at 1500 Hz sometimes mixes with the transmitter hum, most noticeable at 360 Hz, to move your receive audio frequency down to 1140 Hz, resulting in no decode. To prevent this, in Fldigi: Configure > IDs  > RsID > unselect Searches passband.  Your center audio frequency will wander no more than +/- 200 Hz.
  • Fldigi automatically saves your decoded MFSK images as png files in the folder \fldigi.files\images\ (in Windows; folder names might be different with other operating systems). You can attach those png files with your reception report.
  • The VOA Radiogram Twitter account @VOARadiogram is especially active before, during, and after the broadcasts. You don't need a Twitter account: just go to https://twitter.com/voaradiogram and refresh it occasionally.




Wednesday, February 15, 2017

RTÉ on longwave will continue to 2019

According to this report in the Irish Post (Feb 10) RTÉ longwave 252 kHz will continue until 2019.
RTÉ had said it intended to close the service in 2017:

RTÉ are set to continue transmitting their longwave 252 service until at least 2019 after positive talks took place at a consultative meeting in London.

The news follows a statement issued by RTÉ back in October in which the state broadcaster announced its "intention to close the service in 2017". 

RTÉ said at the time that they were exploring the possibility of using "alternative technologies" to help maintain links with its audiences in Britain beyond the service's closure. But longwave is now set to continue transmitting through 2017 and 2018 after a week which saw calls for the service's retention heard in the Seanad.

Last week, independent Senator Billy Lawless sought government assurances that the Irish in Britain would not lose access to longwave 252.

Senator Lawless urged Minister of State for the Diaspora Joe McHugh to "implore RTÉ management to reconsider this ageist and discriminatory cut" to its longwave 252 service. Minister McHugh responded saying that he was hopeful that a positive outcome can be achieved on the matter in comments hinting at a better future for the service.

A date was set for a consultative meeting in London between representatives of RTÉ, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Irish community in Britain which has now produced positive results.

Irish community representative Tony Corcoran told The Irish Post: "There are no immediate plans in 2017 or even in 2018 to shut off longwave 252. It won't be shut off within the next two years, I can definitely tell you that. Minister McHugh' s recent comments were the best indication that longwave 252 isn' t going anywhere for the immediate future.

A DFA spokeswoman said: "The Consultative Group met earlier today. I understand that the Group has made progress and I'll update you in the coming weeks with anything further." The sentiment was reiterated in a statement issued by RTÉ, who would not deny that the service is set to continue through 2017 and 2018.
A spokesperson for the broadcaster said: "RTÉ's position remains as it has been. However, positive progress has been made by the Group and it is intended that an announcement will be forthcoming in the coming weeks." 

(BDXC/Alan Pennington) 


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Vatican Radio’s English to Africa will be moving to a digital platform

Vatican Radio (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
Vatican Radio’s English Africa Service would like to inform listeners in Rome, Italy, that the English Africa Service program broadcast five times daily on Rome's FM 103.8 MHz is moving to a digital
platform beginning Wednesday, 15 February 2017. From this date onwards, the English Africa Program can be heard only through the Vatican Radio World Channel on Digital Audio Broadcasting standard known as DAB or its updated version DAB+, which will require the purchase of a digital radio receiver. However, listeners can continue to listen to the podcast of the daily program throughout the day by logging on to our website, click on English and then go to the On-demand and Podcast section on the right hand side of the page; click on English for Africa Programme.

In recent years, Vatican Radio has experimented with digital transmission technologies, including DAB, which is said to be cheaper and has a better sound quality,according to experts. In Africa, the main outlet for our English Africa programmes will continue to be through the re-transmission of the daily program by several Catholic radio stations in Africa. Most of these radio stations are owned by various African Catholic dioceses, parishes, religious congregations and some by the Radio Maria network.

The times and frequencies of shortwave broadcasts to Africa and the rest of the world remain the same:

All ties UTC

0140-0200 on  5940 SMG 250 kW / 086 deg to SoAs English till March 4
0140-0200 on  7410 SMG 250 kW / 090 deg to SoAs English
0140-0200 on  9515 SMG 250 kW / 086 deg to SoAs English from March 5
0300-0320 on 15470 PHT 250 kW / 283 deg to SoAs English
0300-0330 on  7360 MDC 250 kW / 320 deg to CEAf English
0500-0530 on  9660 MDC 250 kW / 250 deg to SoAf English
0630-0700 on  9660 SMG 250 kW / 210 deg to WeAf English
0630-0700 on 11625 SMG 250 kW / 184 deg to WCAf English
0730-0745 on 15595 SMG 100 kW / 107 deg to N/ME English Mon-Sat
0900-1130 on 21550 SMG 250 kW / 145 deg to CeAf English Special events
1130-1200 on 17590 SMG 100 kW / 112 deg to N/ME English Fri
1130-1200 on 21560 SMG 100 kW / 113 deg to N/ME English Fri
1530-1600 on  9510 PUG 250 kW / 285 deg to SoAs English
1530-1600 on 11695 PHT 250 kW / 283 deg to SoAs English
1530-1600 on 11940 SMG 125 kW / 090 deg to SoAs English DRM
1730-1800 on  9660 MDC 250 kW / 258 deg to SoAf English
1730-1800 on 11625 SMG 250 kW / 148 deg to CEAf English
1730-1800 on 13765 SMG 250 kW / 184 deg to NWAf English
2000-2030 on  9660 SMG 250 kW / 210 deg to WeAf English
2000-2030 on 11625 SMG 250 kW / 184 deg to WCAf English
(DX Bulgaria/13 Feb)

Focus on the Middle Americas - Puerto Rico on Shortwave: The Early Years


 In our program today, we pick up again the story of radio broadcasting on the American island of Puerto Rico, and on this occasion, it is the story of early shortwave radio on this Caribbean Island.  It is true, there never has been a regular shortwave radio broadcasting station on Puerto Rico, but nevertheless, shortwave radio has played its part on this island of tropical delights.
  Most of the professional shortwave events on Puerto Rico have centered around the activity of RCA, the Radio Corporation of America, or under its local name, the Puerto Rico Radio Corporation.  They established the first medium wave broadcasting station WKAQ in 1922, and soon afterwards, work began on establishing a shortwave communication station in the capital city area, San Juan.
  The first test transmissions went on the air in the middle of the year 1925, and these were described as “satisfactory”.  These transmitter tests were radiated under the callsign WGT, and they were noted in the United States on 13705 kHz and 13780 kHz.
  The major purpose for this new shortwave station was to communicate with the continental United States, and the mainland station in this procedure was station WNC, located at Hialeah in Florida.  It is apparent that the shortwave transmitters on Puerto Rico were all operating at a lower power rating, probably considerably less than 10 kW.
  During the pre-war years, RCA-RCPR in San Juan was logged on shortwave under a plethora of callsigns, and perhaps not all of the in-use calls were noted in the continental mainland.  Back in those days, it was the confusing practice to issue a callsign for each shortwave transmitter with also  additional callsigns for each shortwave channel is use.
  The first block of callsigns for San Juan was in the WG series, including for example: WGT WGU WGX and WGXX.  A second block of callsigns was utilized soon afterwards, and these were in the WC series, including: WCT WCU and WCV.  A third block of callsigns was noted in the WD series, such as for example WDF.
  There were many notable occasions when one of the RCA-RCPR shortwave transmitters was taken into use for the transfer of radio programming from Puerto Rico to the mainland for rebroadcast  via the mediumwave networks across the United States.  These shortwave program relays containing news, commentaries and island features were produced usually in the studios of the San Juan medium wave station WKAQ.
  There were numerous occasions also, when San Juan’s WKAQ received a relay of mainland programming for rebroadcast in Puerto Rico.  This was during the era of escalating tensions in continental and islandic Europe, immediately prior to the commencement of World War 2.
  The mainland programming was beamed to Puerto Rico from the two CBS 10 kW shortwave stations W2XE (Wayne New Jersey) and W3XAU (Philadelphia Pennsylvania).  After the official regularization of experimental American shortwave callsigns on September 1, 1939, these two stations continued  to provide a relay of programming for Puerto Rico under the new callsigns WCAB and WCBX.
  In addition to the two way shortwave services in Puerto Rico from RCA-RCPR WKAQ, there was also another similar though somewhat smaller shortwave service provided by another mediumwave station in San Juan.  The mediumwave station was the original WNEL, and the shortwave counterpart was allotted the callsign W4XP.
  Mediumwave WNEL was inaugurated in San Juan in 1934, some 14 years after the island’s first station WKAQ.  At the time of the inauguration of the original WNEL, it was announced that a shortwave outlet would soon be added with the callsign W4XP.
  Back then, a comparatively new series of consecutive callsigns was issued by the FCC in Washington DC in the W4X series.  A well known experimental callsign during that pre-war era was W4XB, which was the shortwave counterpart of the historic mediumwave WIOD on the Isle of Dreams in Miami Florida.
  Shortwave W4XP on Puerto Rico was described as a low power remote experimental transmitter which at times relayed the WNEL mediumwave programming in the 49 metre band for the benefit of country listeners on Puerto Rico.
  Mediumwave WNEL in Puerto Rico also received a relay of American radio programming by shortwave, and this was via the two NBC shortwave stations W3XL and W3XAL at Bound Brook, New Jersey.  At the time when the experimental callsigns of American shortwave stations was regularized on September 1, 1939, these two stations became WRCA and WNBI.
  In June 1944, station WNEL-W4XP was heard by the noted Rex Gillett in Adelaide South Australia with news and commentaries on 15130 kHz.  This program transfer to the American mainland had to be via one of the RCA-RCPR transmitters, not the little W4XP, which in any case was no longer in use.
  Another shortwave station of note in the pre-war era was the communication station operated by Pan American Airways.  This station was noted with the callsign WMDU and it was allocated seven shortwave channels for communication with company planes as well as with company land based stations at other locations.
  Now, as was stated above, there never has been a regular shortwave broadcasting station on the island of Puerto Rico.  However, and less well known, is the fact that there were indeed at least four major attempts to establish a shortwave broadcasting station on this strategically located island.  That’s our story on the next occasion when we focus on the radio scene in the Middle Americas.
(AWR-Wavescan/NWS 416)

Unusual QSLs

(via QSL.net)
  During the past century and more, untallied millions of QSL cards have been issued by equally untallied millions of radio stations, large and small, amateur and professional, political and religious, spark and voice, in every country upon planet Earth.  The vast majority of these QSL cards follow a rather regular procedure in which the transmission and reception circumstances are listed, with perhaps a simple straightforward text, or perhaps also with ornate adornings and pictures in black and white or even in color.  
  
Then too, some stations have at times issued QSL cards that are very different in style and in appearance.  In our program today, we take a look at some quite different and unusual QSL cards. 
Back in the early 1970s, BR Bayerische Rundfunk in Germany issued a QSL card that had a rotatable dial attached to the front face.  At the time, Bayerische Rundfunk operated a 10 kW shortwave transmitter at Ismaning near to Munich on the 49 m band channel 6085 kHz.  

  The rotatable disc on this BR QSL card is a thin plastic circular sheet affixed to the card with a thin metal hollow rivet.  Upon the clear plastic dial is imprinted a row of 16 curved lines in blue ink.  Underneath upon the card a similar pattern of 16 curved rows is imprinted in black ink.  As the dial is rotated, varying patterns of interwoven black and blue curved lines are shown. 

  The 1971 QSL card, dated for reception on April 17, was received by an international radio monitor living in Lahore, Pakistan.  The text upon this card is printed in dual languages, German and English.
Back around the same era, the Broadcasting Corporation of Taiwan issued a QSL card that showed four local scenes in color on the picture side.  The shape of the card could be described as crenellated, or maybe you could say that there are flanges on each side that look as though they could be folded.  
  Some international radio monitors have suggested that the card could be folded to look like a small table, and others have suggested that if you take five of these cards, they can be folded and stuck together in the shape of a closed box.  The text side of the card is printed entirely in Chinese, and perhaps if this could be translated, maybe the purpose of the card is explained.
  
  This unusual QSL card verifies the reception of their shortwave transmission on 11745 kHz on October 10, 1970. An unusual QSL card prepared for use by amateur station KB9YOZ in Chicago in the United States presents a very large UPC symbol on the picture side of the card.  It would be presumed that the bar code symbol on this QSL card would yield a printout of the actual callsign KB9YOZ.  
  
  The UPC or Universal Product Code is a bar code symbol that is printed on the side of food packets which are scanned at the checkout in large food shops.  This product symbol was invented in the United States, and the very first item that was ever scanned anywhere was a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum at a Marsh Store in Troy Ohio at 8:01 am on June 26, 1974.  This food item was worth 67 cents, and it is now on display at the Smithsonian National Museum in Washington DC. The UPC bar code QSL card verified an amateur QSO with VP2MHX in Montserrat in the Caribbean on July 25, 2003.
  
  A QSL card from NHK in Tokyo Japan in 1974 shows an artistic representation in color of a Sumo Wrestler in nine parts.  It is suggested that the nine parts shown on the card can be carefully cut out and strung together with thin string to form a dangling picture of the Sumo wrestler.  

  It is known that some international radio monitors have actually cut up their QSL card and they have hung it dangling fashion in their radio room.  However, it is most probable that usually the card is kept in its uncut form in the listener’s QSL collection. Another similar QSL card from NHK Tokyo shows a Samarai Warrior in the same cut out style.
  Our copy of this unusual Sumo Wrestler QSL card is dated for reception on July 9 (1974), on 15410 kHz.
(AWR Wavescan/NWS 415)

The Radio Scene in Madras-Chennai


Three weeks back, we presented Part 1 in a mini-series of topics on the radio scene in Madras-Chennai with particular reference to the inroads of the recent disastrous Cyclone Vardah. This brief topical series was researched and written by Jose Jacob VU2JOS in Hyderabad India and it includes information that was gleaned during a visit he made to the station a few years earlier.  Last time in Part 1 here in Wavescan, we presented the story of the shortwave station at the three part transmitter complex at Avadi where one of the antenna systems was felled by the high winds of the recent cyclone.
            In our program today, we present the story of the two other stations located at this three part transmitter complex in Avadi.  The shortwave station is the first that you will encounter as you enter this large radio complex, and in our program today we move on to Transmitter Building No. Two. 

     Avadi Transmitter Complex: Building  - Mediumwave
            As Jose Jacob reports: A second transmitter building is about half a mile away from the shortwave building.  In this building there are two 10 kW BEL HMB163 medium wave transmitters which were commissioned on October 14, 1994.  These two units operate on 783 kHz with Vividh Bharati programming on a down link satellite relay from Mumbai-Bombay. 
            Next to these two 10 kW transmitters is a 20 kW Harris DX20 medium wave transmitter operating on 1017 kHz with B channel programs from the AIR studios in Madras-Channai.  This third transmitter at this second station at Avadi was commissioned on October 17, 2001.  Back in 2001, a mobile BEL 10 kW transmitter was in use here temporarily while the Harris transmitter was under installation.
            Interestingly the signals from these transmitters that are assigned the two frequencies 783 kHz and 1017 kHz are diplexed into the same self radiating mast antenna at a height of 300 feet.  Up until 2001, an NEC MB124C was in use here on 1395 kHz as the AIR B Channel, and this unit was moved to the A channel building complex to be used as a standby for the main transmitter.  There are also standby generators in this building.

     Avadi Transmitter Complex: Building - Medium Wave
            Less than a quarter mile away from Building Two, is the third building, in which the original transmitter, a 20 kW BBC SM42A3 mediumwave unit, was commissioned on January 11, 1956.   At first it used to operate on 940 kHz but shortly afterwards it was changed to the present channel of 720 kHz. This transmitter was dismantled in the mid 1990's. 
            Currently in this building, there are two medium wave transmitters at 100 kW each, both BEL model HMB140 operating on 720 kHz.  This double set of transmitters replaced the earlier 20 kW BBC medium wave transmitter that was commissioned thirty one years earlier.
            There is also a 10 kW NEC MB124C transmitter here in Building 3 that is in use as a standby unit.  It was previously in use in Building 2 for a period of seven years and it was transferred to its new location in 2001.  There is a standby generator for this 10 kW NEC transmitter, too
     
Avadi Transmitter Complex
            Because the Avadi transmitter site is near the coast of the Bay of Bengal, they use directional antennas to beam their programming within the Indian mainland.  For this reason, the main self radiating tower is 485 feet tall with a nearby reflector tower 400 feet tall.  
            Programming on five channels from the AIR studios in suburban Mylapore is received by a studio to transmitter link on 1440 MHz, though some programs are also received by satellite. The original Mylapore studios were inaugurated on April 13, 1969.
            In the entire three station site, says Jose Jacob, "I could see more than 15 towers. Several cows were grazing under the antennas, maybe to bring down the grass.  The staff uses Motorola walkie talkies throughout the site". 
            At the time of my visit in 2004, the security personnel and others were seen using transistor radios and wired speakers and they were listening to their station keenly while it was giving the results of the Indian General Elections.
(AWR-Wavescan/NWS 415) 


Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2017 Feb 13 0049 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
Product description and SWPC web contact www.swpc.noaa.gov/weekly.html

#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts

Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 06 - 12 February 2017

Solar activity reached low levels on 09 Feb due to C-class flare activity from Region 2635 (N14, L=304, class/area=Dai/110 on 10 Feb). Solar activity was at very low levels throughout the remainder of the period and no Earth-directed coronal mass ejections (CMEs) were observed.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit reached
high levels each day of this period.

Geomagnetic field activity was at quiet to active levels on 06 Feb, quiet to unsettled levels on 07, 10-11 Feb, and quiet throughout the remainder of the period.



Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 13 February - 11 March 2017

Solar activity is expected to be at very low levels with a slight chance for isolated C-class flare activity throughout the period.

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to reach high levels on 13, 16-18, 22-26, 28 Feb, and 01-11 Mar. Normal to moderate flux levels are expected for the remainder of the period.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to reach G2 (Moderate) geomagnetic storm levels on 28 Feb and G1 (Minor) storm levels on 27 Feb, 01-02 Mar due to recurrent coronal hole high speed stream influence. Active geomagnetic field activity is expected on 15, 23 Feb, and 03-04 Mar. Quiet and quiet to unsettled geomagnetic activity is expected for the remainder of the period under a nominal
solar wind regime.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2017 Feb 13 0049 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web www.swpc.noaa.gov/wwire.html#
#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2017-02-13
#
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2017 Feb 13      78           5          2
2017 Feb 14      78           8          3
2017 Feb 15      78          12          4
2017 Feb 16      78          10          3
2017 Feb 17      80           8          3
2017 Feb 18      80           8          3
2017 Feb 19      80           5          2
2017 Feb 20      82           5          2
2017 Feb 21      85           5          2
2017 Feb 22      82          10          3
2017 Feb 23      80          15          4
2017 Feb 24      80          10          3
2017 Feb 25      78          10          3
2017 Feb 26      78           5          2
2017 Feb 27      76          25          5
2017 Feb 28      76          30          6
2017 Mar 01      75          25          5
2017 Mar 02      75          20          5
2017 Mar 03      73          15          4
2017 Mar 04      73          15          4
2017 Mar 05      72          15          3
2017 Mar 06      72           8          3
2017 Mar 07      72           5          2
2017 Mar 08      73           5          2
2017 Mar 09      74           5          2
2017 Mar 10      75           5          2
2017 Mar 11      75           5          2
(NOAA)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

From the Isle of Music, Week of February 13-18, 2017


This week, the conclusion of Una Mecanica Diferente and an excellent mix of multiple other genres of Cuban music.
Three options for listening on shortwave:
WBCQ, 7490 KHz, Tuesdays 0100-0200 UTC (8pm-9pm EST Mondays in the Americas)
Channel 292, 6070 KHz, Fridays 1100-1200 UTC (1200-1300 CET) and Saturdays 1200-1300 UTC (1300-1400 CET)
See the From the Isle of Music Facebook page for more information about the program. 

William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer
Tilford Productions, LLC
website: www.tilfordproductions.com

Saturday, February 11, 2017

95 Years - A Celebration of Radio Station 2MT



Ninety-five years ago on Tuesday February 14, 1922, a small group of young, gifted, charismatic - and perhaps slightly irreverent, Marconi employees turned on a medium wave transmitter in a 'long low hut' in a waterlogged field in Writtle, Chelmsford. This began a year long experiment which is now regarded as the birth of broadcasting in the United Kingdom. Led by the irrepressible Captain Peter Pendleton Eckersley, the 2MT team broadcast regularly every Tuesday evening, and what started as a request for a station for 'calibration purposes' for the fast growing number of amateur radi operators, transformed into an entertainment program like none before.

A small group of us are celebrating the upcoming 95th anniversary of 2MT - 'Two Emma Toc,'  with a combination of amateur radio transmissions and an internet radio service. On February 12, and 14th, members of the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society will be operating a special event amateur station using the callsign GB95 2MT. These transmissions will emanate from the very same 'long low hut' now preserved at Sandford Mill Museum in Chelmsford, United Kingdom.


On the 12th, 13th & 14th February, radio enthusiast Jim Salmon will be running an internet radio service 'Radio Emma Toc' with radio related documentaries, vintage comedies, and five hours of live programming each day including a visit to the long low hut. We are not attempting to re-create 2MT, more a case of having fun, paying tribute and looking ahead to greater celebrations for the centenary in 2022.

We invite amateur radio operators, to join us on the bands and listeners to join us on 'wired wireless' (Peter Eckersley's futuristic 1930's phrase for what we now call the Internet) to remember 2MT and pay tribute by having fun on the radio. Email us at Radio Emma Toc with your radio memories during our live programming and we will say hello to you !


For details of Radio Emma Toc including how to listen, and our three day schedule at www.emmatoc.com
Email: emmatoc1922@gmail.com

For details of Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society go to: www.g0mwt.org.uk
(Jim Salmon  2E0RMI / Chelmsford Calling Network)