Friday, January 12, 2018

Shortwave Radiogram weekend schedules

Hello friends,
Please note that WRMI Florida has replaced 11580 kHz with 7780 kHz to accommodate winter propagation in the northern hemisphere. So listen for Shortwave Radiogram on 7780 Sunday at 2030 and 2330 UTC.  See the new schedule below.

Due to automation problems, WRMI last weekend broadcast Shortwave Radiogram Monday at 0800 UTC on 5850 kHz but not the advertised 7730 kHz.  Both of those frequencies did not sign on until 0800 UTC, even though they are scheduled to start at 0700 UTC Sundays and Mondays. WRMI has been informed. I hope both 5850 and 7730 kHz carry Shortwave Radiogram this weekend, with the latter frequency more likely to reach Europe.

Last weekend’s Thor Micro was generally successful in weak-signal conditions, although this mode failed when received via a multipath signal.  And there were many examples of successful decoding of the Persian text (see below).

This weekend’s Shortwave Radiogram will mostly be in the usual MFSK32, but there will be one item in Thor 22. Thor 22 (I still don’t know if it should be Thor or THOR) has lately been used by digital HF nets in the northeastern USA. At 78 wpm, Thor 22 is somewhat slower than MFSK32 (120 wpm). As you decode the Thor 22, you will see the Shortwave Radiogram avatar in the upper right, and an image at the end of the news item. Unfortunately, Fldigi saves these images as .raw files, which are not as convenient as the .png files of MFSK32 images. You can find freeware to convert the .raw files to .jpg.

 Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 30, 13-14 January 2018, in MFSK32 except where noted:

  1:33  Program preview
 2:45  Norway strengthens Arctic cooperation with USA*
10:13  Bamboo railway restarts operations in Cambodia*
16:37  ABC TV logos might look interesting with multipath*
18:33  Thor 22: FEMA communications exercise*
23:23  MFSK32: Image* and closing announcements

* with image
** use UTF-8 character set

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Shortwave Radiogram Program 30
(13-14 January 2018)

1600-1630 UTC
9400 kHz
Thor 22
Space Line, Bulgaria
2030-2100 UTC
7780 kHz
WRMI Florida
2330-2400 UTC
7780 kHz
WRMI Florida
0800-0830 UTC

7730 kHz
5850 kHz
WRMI Florida

The Mighty KBC transmits to Europe Saturdays at 1500-1600 UTC on 9400 kHz (via Bulgaria), with the minute of MFSK at about 1530 UTC (if you are outside of Europe, listen via ).  And to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 7-9 pm EST) on new 6150 kHz, via Germany. The minute of MFSK is at about 0130 UTC.  Reports to Eric: . See also and

Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC)  For the complete IBC transmission schedule visit  Five minutes of MFSK32 is at the end of the 30-minute English-language “Shortwave Panorama,” per the schedule below:

To Europe
2025-2030 UTC
1584 kHz (MW)
0325-0330 UTC
1584 kHz
2125-2130 UTC
1584 kHz
1155-1200 UTC
6070 kHz

To the Americas
0125-0130 UTC
11580 kHz

0225-0230 UTC
9955 kHz
0155-0200 UTC
11580 kHz

0055-0100 UTC
7730 kHz

Thanks for your reception reports! 
Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
Shortwave Radiogram