venerdì 19 aprile 2019

Shortwave Radiogram, 19-21 April 2019

Too late for last weekend's email, I was informed that the Friday 2030-2100 UTC broadcast of Shortwave Radiogram was replaced in the WRMI by a religious program. WRMI has provided this  replacement time slot: Friday at 1300-1330 UTC on 15770 kHz. This is directed to Europe. See the new transmission schedule below.

I am still exploring opportunities for a transmitter closer to Europe. In the meantime, the Sunday 2330-2400 UTC broadcast on 7780 kHz from WRMI has lately been heard and decoded well in Europe, Unfortunately, the hour is not convenient for most Europeans. Some listeners in Europe try "unattended reception": radio and Fldigi, or radio and recorder, running all night. Audacity's timer record feature can also be helpful.

The Saturday 0230-0300 UTC transmission from WINB is also often received in Europe. Due to the peculiarities of WINB's audio, the RSIDs often do not change Fldigi's mode. One solution would be to use a recorder, then manually change modes when decoding from the recording.  

Videos of last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram (program  95) are provided by 2010DFS in Japan (Sunday 0800 on 7730 kHz, received in Japan and decoded despite co-channel interference), Ralf in Germany and Scott in Ontario (both Sunday 2330 UTC). The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. Analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany.

Because of reception in Japan this spring during the 0800 UTC broadcast, this weekend we will transmit some Japanese text in MFSK32.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 96, 19-21 April 2019, in MFSK modes as noted:

 1:41  MFSK32: Program preview (now)
 2:49  Japanese text*
 6:32  KNL Networks worldwide shortwave mesh network
 9:56  MFSK64: Pocket sized VLF antenna?*
14:19  This week's images*
27:25  MFSK32: Closing announcements

* with image(s)

Please send reception reports to

Twitter: @SWRadiogram or (visit during the weekend to see listeners' results)

Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule
UTC Day UTC Time Frequency Transmitter
Friday 1300-1300 UTC 15770 kHz WRMI Florida
Friday 1500-1530 UTC 15120 kHz DRM WINB Pennsylvania
Saturday 0230-0300 UTC 9265 kHz WINB Pennsylvania
Sunday 0800-0830 UTC 5850 kHz
7730 kHz
WRMI Florida
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC 7780 kHz WRMI Florida
Slow Scan Radio transmits is taking some time off until early May. Then it will transmit SSTV images and text modes Saturdays at 1300-1330 UTC on 6070 kHz and 7440 kHz via Channel 292 in Germany. The website is Reception reports to

The Mighty KBC transmits to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT) on 5960 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK is at about 0130 UTC.  Reports to Eric: . See also and

“This is a Music Show” is the newest addition to digital modes via analog shortwave. Most of the show is a music show, but the host transmits some MFSK text and image near the end of the broadcast. It’s transmitted on WRMI, 5850 kHz, Thursday 0100-0200 UTC (Wednesday evening in the Americas). Also look for a waterfall ID at the beginning of the show.

New York and Pennsylvania NBEMS nets. Most weekends, as KD9XB, I check in to the New York NBEMS (Narrow Band Emergency Messaging Software) net Saturday at 1200 UTC on 3584 kHz USB, and the Pennsylvania NBEMS net Sunday at 1200 UTC on 3583 kHz USB (with out-of-state check-ins now starting at 1130 UTC). Check-ins are usually in Thor 22, and messages are in MFSK32 (PA NBEMS is experimenting with Thor 50x1 for messages). Messages generally use the Flmsg add-on to Fldigi. If you are a radio amateur in eastern North America, feel free to check in. Outside the region, use an SDR in the eastern USA to tune in and decode. You do not need Flmsg to check in, and most of the messages can be read without Flmsg. If you can decode the net, send me an email to , or tweet to @SWRadiogram , and I will let them know you are tuned in.
Thanks for your reception reports! 

Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
Shortwave Radiogram

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