lunedì 19 agosto 2019

Agenda DX 19/08/2019

KBS Korean Broadcasting System (servizio spagnolo), Repubblica di Korea (1962)
KBS Korean Broadcasting System, Repubblica di Korea (1953)
CFOK, Alberta, Canada 1370 Khz (1975)
CHQT, Alberta, Canada 880 Khz (1965)
KVAN, Washington 1550 Khz (1963)

Giornata dell'Indipendenza in Afghanistan

domenica 18 agosto 2019

Encore - Classical Music on Sunday on Shortwave

Encore - Classical Music on Shortwave - Broadcast on Sunday afternoon in Europe and USA
Encore - Classical Music this weekend is being broadcast as usual by Channel 292 (Europe) on 6070 kHz at 15:00 UTC Sunday 18th August. 
And by WBCQ on 7490 kHz at 00:00 - 01:00 UTC Monday 19th August
There is a repeat on 6070 kHz on Friday 23rd August at 19:00 UTC.
This week's show starts with a little something from Wagner's Parsifal, then an overture from Rossini. Then some exquisite flute music from Hindemith and a concerto by Bottesini. Next some Greek chamber music and an extract from Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers. All rounded off with some Schubert and Beethoven.
Hope you can make it - and the propagation is good.
Both Channel 292 and WBCQ do live streams if the reception is poor in your location. Easy to find their sites with a google search.
Thank you for spreading the word about Encore - Classical Music on Shortwave. And thank you to everyone for letting us know how well/badly the signal is received where you live.
Brice Avery - Encore - Radio Tumbril.
Regular Broadcast times are:
15:00 - 16:00 UTC Sunday, and repeated 19:00 - 20:00 UTC Friday on 6070 kHz (Channel 292 Germany).

00:00 - 01:00 UTC Monday on 7490 kHz 9WBCQ - Maine).

Log Roberto Pavanello

4885 16/8 18.20 Voice of Hope - Seoul Coreano talk buono
4965 16/8 18.25 Voice of Hope - Lusaka EE MX suff.
5780 10/8 15.10 R. Harmony - EE MX buono
5805 16/8 18.00 R. Focus It. - EE MX suff.
6070 10/8 15.30 Ferienradio - Tedesco ID e MX ottimo
6250 14/8 16.40 Voice of Hope - Seoul Coreano talk suff.
6261 18/8 08.30 R. Zwarte Panter - EE ID e MX suff.
6285 14/8 16.30 R. KR1 - EE ID e MX buono
6305 10/8 15.15 Merlin R. Int. - EE MX buono
6400 14/8 16.35 Pyongyang BS - Coreano MX suff.
9610 18/8 09.00 AWR - Firenze IT Obiettivo DX by Roberto Scaglione ottimo
10000 14/8 17.00 BPM - Litong Cinese ID e pip pip buono
10000 16/8 18.30 Italcable - Viareggio IT Ora e TS buono

Roberto Pavanello
Vercelli / Italia

Studio DX 842 - 18/08/19

Obiettivo DX 842 - 18/08/19

Glenn Hauser logs August 17-18, 2019

** CHINA. 12190, Aug 17 at 1323, CNR1 jammer, one of its favorite WOOB frequencies against unheard Sound of Hope, S6-S8.

13550, Aug 17 at 1324, CNR1 jammer about the same, S6-S8.

13890, Aug 17 at 1328, CNR1 jammer JBA but enough to // 12190.

13920, Aug 17 at 1328, JBA probably also CNR1 jammer.

10920, Aug 17 at 1334, CNR1 jammer, S4-S7, only WOOB one found below the 12s and 13s. 

11785, Aug 17 at 1351, a rare Firedragon music jammer, not // CNR1 mostly talk jammers like 12190, S7-S9; off at 1415 check, but still a JBA carrier. VOA Philippines in Chinese finishes at 1400, then CRI Chinese via Kashgar, EAST TURKISTAN takes over and does not get jammed (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** CUBA. 9570, Aug 17 at 1313, CRI Plus English relay with drama is S9+10/20 but suptorted modulation. Something`s always wrong at RadioCuba (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 13740, Aug 17 at 1327, this RHC is off, while 13700 remains. Something`s always wrong at RHC.

15140, Aug 17 at 1330, this RHC is off, while a JBA signal remains on
15230. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 11850, Aug 18 at 0027, RHC is suptorted here, which makes the 11840 & 11860 spurs even harder to copy; much better modulation on // 11670, 11700, 11760, and 13740. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** PHILIPPINES [non]. 9700, Aug 18 at 0024, S9-S6 fadey talk with that upward lilt so typical of Burmese --- or rather Kachin, which must be closely related, as this is the legacy RVA service at 0000-0027 transmitted via VATICAN since RVA quit its own shortwave; and displaying SMG`s remarkable [cap]ability to serve audiences in the ~opposite direxion, about the closest we can get --- not very! --- to a VR broadcast to North America direct. Then a suspiciously Christian-sounding hymn before off (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1995 monitoring: Ivo Ivanov, Sofia, Bulgaria, reports: ``GERMANY, World of Radio #1995 via Hamburger Lokalradio on August 17:
0630-0700 6190 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg CeEu English Sat, weak signal``

Alan Gale, Whitworth, ROCHDALE, England, writes at 1451 UT Sat Aug 17: ``Hi Glenn, At last I am hearing World of Radio on 9485 kHz via HLR here at home again today, though it's very weak and getting splattered by the Romanian station. I can confirm that it's definitely you though``

Yes, I have also been hearing me since 1431 via SDR in Finland you recommended:
Audible, but still heavy splash from 9490 Romania, while only the latter can be heard via UTwente SDR.

Also confirmed Sat Aug 17 at 2100 on WRMI 9955, S9-S7, upcut at ``---1995`` after IS & ID loop which just came on a minute earlier, I think.

Also confirmed UT Sun Aug 18 at 0130 on WRMI 5850, VG, after ID and a bit of ``Sandunga`` music fill overlapping. 

Also confirmed UT Sun Aug 18 at 0324 underway on WA0RCR, 1860-AM, MO: I can tell it`s me but too much storm noise S9+20/30 just south of here in OK to tell where I am in the episode. Next:

1030 UT Sunday    HLR 7265-CUSB Germany [? missing last week] to WSW
2130 UT Sunday    WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday    WRMI 9395 to NNW, 7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday    WRMI 7780 to NE
0300vUT Monday    WBCQ 5130v Area 51 6160v? to WSW
0330 UT Monday    WRMI 9955 to SSE
0930 UT Monday    Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [still hiatus?]
1130 UT Monday    Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [still hiatus?]
1816 UT Monday    IRRS 7290 Romania ND
0100 UT Tuesday   WRMI 7780 to NE
0800 UT Tuesday   Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [2 editions; hiatus?]
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955 to SSE
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:

** U S A [and non]. Kai Ludwig, Germany, has this Aug 17 response on the WOR io group to my latest WBCQ AAAWWW report:

Ampegon --- Interesting developments --- First, it would be remarkable if Weiner indeed lost the warranty also for the transmitter, because it is a Continental. So has Ampegon delivered this product from a competitor instead of own equipment?

Then there is this:

Looks as if the scope of this deal can roughly be described as the Turgi core business. This should include the product line of shortwave transmitters, both the manufacturing of new ones (and now a picture emerges what's really behind the babble about delayed transmitter delivery from WMLK owners) and spare parts for all the equipment installed under Ampegon, Thales, Thomcast, Thomson brands in the past. And also for M2W mediumwave transmitters, for those who still have to live with one. (Not to be confused with S7HP, which as a French product is a completely different story.)

A bit mysterious is the mention also of Berlin in this PR, because it is apparent that the Ampegon businesses in Germany are not included, in particular the Ludwigshafen antenna division, formerly part of Mannheim divisions of BBC, ABB, Thomcast. The same goes for what remained of former Telefunken Sendertechnik, last known as Transradio, which went bankrupt just two years ago. So much for the integration that was planned by Ampegon, with the TRAM transmitters being the only product they wanted to continue because they had, after withdrawing the ill-fated M2W, no mediumwave transmitters to offer anymore.

I guess some scratching heads takes place now here and there. Kai Ludwig`` (via Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9955, Aug 17 at 1315, NO signal from this WRMI, which is supposed to run on Saturdays not only until 1400 but beyond. 9395 is still on with TOMBS, 7570 with music.

15770, Aug 17 at 1341, no WRMI signal here either, but possibly it`s propagation as Cuba is barely audible on 15230 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 9395, UT Sun Aug 18 at 0100, WRMI with IDs for WTND-LP Macomb, and ``You`ve got The Edge, WQNA, Springfield``, both in IL, as Mason Vye in Ontario is opening his hour of nothing but rock music, presumably obscure Canadian. 0111 testimonial from an Alabama listener who sounds like he is saying ``Nathan Vay Show``. I see on the doomed WQNA schedule that `The Mason Vye Show`` is correct when only scheduled at 1 am [0600 UT] Monday. And on WTND at 7 pm Tuesday [0000 UT Wednesday]. Mason later adds WRMI IDs and is glad to be on SW. Again this week, 0130-0131 his music rudely interrupted by Radio Tirana IS and a fragment of their opening theme, before cutting back to Vye rock. Apparently the automation keeps believing it should start Albania now like most other nights, then thinx better of it. 

As for WQNA being doomed:

And looking at the WTND schedule
I see something else familiar: remember Tom & Darryl?

``Friday 8 PM-12 AM [UT Sat 01-05] Tom and Darryl Talk Show -Also on RFD - Radio Free Dishnuts (Call in at 309-588-4687) --- Tune in to hear Technology talk, music, discussion and an occasional rant.`` WTND has a listen-live button which may funxion. Repeats Wed at 16-20 UT on WTND. I am wondering if WTND got the callsign originally to honor Tom `N` Darryl? (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 5085, Sat Aug 17 circa 2320, I am first hearing signs of a WTWW-2 signal here; QRX for `Theater Organ in the Ozarx` at 2330 ---- NO, rock music, allegedly on request, keeps playing past 2400, also on the webcast. Maybe Ted got tired of replaying old episodes? And we know where his musical priorities really lie. That`s OK; tho I love theatre organ music especially in stereo, this timing always competed with two or three other things I want to get --- not including pirates Saturday nights this week since my high line noise level of S9+10/20 is back below 9 MHz! (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 0413 UT August 18

Agenda DX 18/08/2019

Radio Casino, Costarica 5955 Khz (1945)
Radio Quito, Ecuador 4920 Khz (1940)

sabato 17 agosto 2019

SWLDXBulgaria News August 16-17

ARMENIA(non)   Reception of Trans World Radio India via GJSC Yerevan, August 17
1530-1600 on  9300 ERV 300 kW / 100 deg to SoAs English Sat/Sun, good signal

FRANCE(non)   Alameda Bible Fellowship via TDF Issoudun in 25mb, August 16
1930-2000 on 11860*ISS 500 kW / 180 deg to WeAf English Mon/Wed/Fri, good:
* co-ch same 11860 GB  250 kW / 183 deg to Cuba Spanish Radio Marti, weak.

GERMANY   Reception of DWD Deutscher Wetterdienst in 49mb, August 16
2000-2030 on  5905 PIN 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu German AM mode, good
2000-2030 on  6180 PIN 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu German AM mode, good

GERMANY   Evangelische Missions Gemeinden EMG via MBR Nauen, August 17
1030-1100 on  6055 NAU 125 kW / 222 deg to CeEu German Sat/Sun, good:

GERMANY(non)   Koode Radio International KRI via MBR Issoudun, August 16
1900-1930 on  9810 ISS 100 kW / 175 deg to WCAf Nigerian Fulfulde, good:

GERMANY(non)   Reception of Radio Sinit Eritrea RSE via MBR Nauen on August 17
0500-0600 on 11660 ISS 250 kW / 123 deg to EaAf Tigrinya/Arabic Sat, very good

GERMANY(non)   Extended px of Radio Waves International via Channel 292, August 17
0600-0900 on  6070 ROB 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu English/French Sat, poor/weak/fair

GERMANY(non)   World of Radio#1995 via Hamburger Lokalradio on August 17
0630-0700 on  6190 GOH 001 kW / 230 deg to CeEu English Sat, weak signal

GERMANY(non)   DW Bundesliga via MBR Issoudun & ENC-DMS Ascension, August 17:
1325-1530 on 15195 ISS 500 kW / 170 deg to WeAf Hausa Sat Football, fair/good
1325-1530 on 17840 ASC 250 kW / 065 deg to WeAf Hausa Sat Football, very weak

GERMANY(non)   Reception of Bible Voice Broadcasting via MBR Nauen, August 17
1430-1458 on 15265 NAU 250 kW / 102 deg to SoAs English Sat, very good signal

GERMANY(non)   Reception of HCJB Voice of The Andes via MBR Nauen on August 17
1529-1629 on 13800 NAU 100 kW / 100 deg to CeAs Russian/Chechen Sat, fair/good

GERMANY(non)   Voice of Eritrean Lowlands via MBR Issoudun on August 17
1700-1730 on 15390 ISS 100 kW / 123 deg to EaAf Arabic Sat, fair signal

GERMANY/TURKEY   Missionswerk Friedensstimme vs Voice of Turkey, August 17:
1200-1230 on 13710 NAU 250 kW / 060 deg to FERu Russian Sat, good, co-ch at
same time on 13710 EMR 500 kW / 095 deg to SoAs Urdu Voice of Turkey, weak.

GREECE   Voice of Greece Proto First Prgr on 9420 kHz, August 17
from 0505 on  9420 AVL 150 kW / 323 deg to WeEu Greek tx#3, fair

NUMBERS STATION   Weak signal of E11 Oblique in 49mb on August 17
0805-0816 on  5737 unknown secret tx site to Eu English USB mode:

ROMANIA(non)   Reception of IRRS Radio City via RADIOCOM Săftica on August 17
0800-0900 on  9510 SAF 100 kW / 300 deg to WeEu German Sat, fair/good signal:

SECRETLAND(non)   UNID, instead of R.Warra Wangeelaati via SPL Secretbrod, August 17:
1500-1530 on 15515 SCB 100 kW / 195 deg to EaAf Mx/English, instead Afar Oromo, good.
Something`s always wrong at SPL Secretbrod transmitting station, again wrong program!

SECRETLAND(non)   Missionswerk Friedensstimme via SPL Secretbrod on August 17
1600-1630 on  9680 SCB 100 kW / 030 deg to EaEu Russian Sat, very good signal

TURKEY   Voice of Turkey in Georgian on wrong frequency 11750 kHz, August 17:
0900-0955 on 11750 EMR 500 kW / 120 deg to N/ME Arabic, as scheduled in A-19
0956-1014 on 11750 EMR 500 kW / 120 deg to N/ME Georgian, instead of 9655 kHz
1016-1055 on  9655 EMR 500 kW / 072 deg to CeAs Georgian, as scheduled A-19
Something`s always wrong at TRT Voice of Turkey Emerler transmitting station!

TURKEY   TRT Voice of Turkey in Tatar on wrong frequency 11795 kHz, August 17
0830-0955 on 11795 EMR 500 kW / 105 deg to WeAs Farsi, as scheduled in A-19
0956-1014 on 11795 EMR 500 kW / 105 deg to WeAs Tatar, instead of 9855 kHz,
1016-1025 on  9855 EMR 500 kW / 032 deg to CeAs Tatar, as scheduled in A-19
Something`s always wrong at TRT Voice of Turkey Emerler transmitting station!

U.K.(non)   Reception of FEBA Radio via ENC-DMS Yerevan, August 16
1730-1800 on  7510 ERV 300 kW / 192 deg to EaAf Silte, fair signal

U.K.(non)   Reception of KBS World Radio via ENC-DMS Woofferton, August 17
till 1800 on  9820 BIB 100 kW / 105 deg to WeAs Kurdish Voice of America &
1800-1900 on  9820 WOF 250 kW / 066 deg to EaEu Russian, very good signal.

UNKNOWN LOCATION   Weak signal of Radio Ranginkaman/Radio Rainbow, August 17
1630-1700 on  7580 unknown kW / unknown to WeAs Persian or Tashkent/Dushanbe

USA   Allan&Angela Weiner Worldwide on 5 freqs on August 17
0000-0100 on  3265 BCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English Sat
0000-0100 on  5130vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English Sat
0000-0100 on  6160 BCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English Sat
0000-0100 on  7490vBCQ 050 kW / 245 deg to ENAm English Sat
0000-0100 on  9330 BCQ 500 kW / 255 deg to MEXI English Sat
Reports and comments to Call in 207-538-9180

USA   Good signal of OCB Radio Marti in 41mb, August 17
from 0559 on  7335 GB  250 kW / 225 deg to Cuba Spanish


73! Ivo Ivanov
More information on the shortwave listening hobby,
please visit to

QTH-1: Patreshko, Bulgaria
Receiver: Afedri SDR
Software: SDR-Console v2.3(using remote connection)
Antennas: various Inverted V and beverage antennas.

QTH-2: Sofia OK2, Bulgaria
Receiver: Sony ICF-2001D
Antenna: 30 m. long wire

Media & Tech - 17/08/2019

Media & Tech L'Approfondimento - 17/08/2019

BBC to pull all radio services from TuneIn UK platform

BBC radio stations will no longer be available from TuneIn in the UK via services such as Amazon Echo, Google Home speakers and smartphone apps from the end of August.

The BBC and TuneIn have suddenly failed to reach a data-sharing agreement after 15 years of working together in the UK.

Listeners are now required to sign in to hear BBC Radio stations online, so the BBC is unhappy that TuneIn grants access without registration, and withholds data on who is listening.

Kieran Clifton, Director, BBC Distribution & Business Development explains more to RadioToday: “Our live radio streams are only coming off TuneIn on platforms where an alternative way of listening is easily available.

“We want our programmes, products and services to be the best they can be. And a major way we ensure that is by using meaningful data. Data is more and more important – as it helps us to make more types of programmes we know people like, and equally importantly, identify gaps in our commissioning to ensure we’re making something for all audiences.

“We also use the data collected about what you watch, listen to or read online to offer personalised programme recommendations – and make our services even more tailored to you.

“When we make our programmes available via third parties, we ask that those platforms either allow you to sign into your BBC account – or provide us with meaningful data directly. Unfortunately, TuneIn doesn’t do either of these, so we couldn’t reach a data sharing agreement with them.”

BBC Radio services via TuneIn on some devices, where it’s neither technically or economically practicable to demand a sign-in window, will continue for now. These include TuneIn on SONOS speakers and some older connected radios.

Users in the UK listening to BBC Radio via smart devices are urged to download the specific BBC app for each device.

Podcasts will remain on TuneIn, as will all live radio services outside the UK.

(RadioToday UK)

Glenn Hauser logs August 16-17, 2019

** CUBA. 15140, Aug 16 at 1557 on caradio, RHC modulation is quite suptorted! = suppressed and distorted. WTP = wiggle that patchcord. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1995 monitoring: missed confirmed on first SW airing, Fri Aug 16 at 2200 on WRMI 9955; anyone hear it?

Confirmed UT Sat August 17 at 0130 on WRMI 7780, poor in noise and I
think a brief upcut, unusual on this frequency. Next:
0629vUT Saturday  HLR 6190-CUSB Germany to WSW
1000 UT Saturday  Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [Aug 17? alt. weeks]
[has been off for repairs since Aug 4 tfn]
1430 UT Saturday  HLR 9485-CUSB Germany ND
1930vUT Saturday  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
2100 UT Saturday  WRMI 9955 to SSE
0130 UT Sunday    WRMI 5850 to NW
0300vUT Sunday    WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0315] ND
1030 UT Sunday    HLR 7265-CUSB Germany [? missing last week] to WSW
2130 UT Sunday    WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday    WRMI 9395 to NNW, 7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday    WRMI 7780 to NE
0300vUT Monday    WBCQ 5130v Area 51 6160v? to WSW
0330 UT Monday    WRMI 9955 to SSE
0930 UT Monday    Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [still hiatus?]
1130 UT Monday    Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [still hiatus?]
1816 UT Monday    IRRS 7290 Romania ND
0100 UT Tuesday   WRMI 7780 to NE
0800 UT Tuesday   Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [2 editions; hiatus?]
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955 to SSE
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:

** U S A. 9330.000, Aug 16 at 2030, S9+10/20 bigsig with C&W music --- the WBCQ Superstation is back! I was rather expecting this since Allan Weiner twitted earlier today that his show tonight would be on 9330 plus the other four frequencies. Must be warming up for that. Two or three tunes without a break, but with considerable selective fading distortion, and some separate modulation/peak distortion. 2037 mentions ``Classic Country`` and adstring for businesses in Woodstock (New Brunswick nearby, not NY!), about powerline construxion along I-95, Fredericton, Houlton, Aroostook Milling Co; 2042 weather in F and C, ``Kixx FM``, back to music. Kixx FM = WBCQ-FM 94.7, Monticello ME, 6/6 kW with classic country.

7490.207v, Aug 16 at 2045 I check another BCQ and to my horror discover my local high line noise is back, but fortunately cutting off and on, not yet near-continuous, but probably will be again unless we get some more rain since August 12. While noise is off I can tell 7490 is on and measure it, JBA with talk not //, presumably `Financial Survival`. Nothing audible on 6160v or 5130v this early before dark.

9330, another country music block ends ends at 2050, more adstring mentioning Houlton, Highway 2 exit 191, Woodstock. Makes us thankful that except when test-simulcasting the local FM, WBCQ SW frequencies are not full of commercials useless to us. Recheck at 2102, now it`s joined 7490.2 for `Behaviour Night` music, audiblizing this program for once, altho unfortunately I do not have time to keep listening to it. 2332 recheck, again with ``Kixx FM`` country music.

9330, at 2359 Aug 16, program switching briefly with what sounds like ```` but must have been the scheduled on 7490 ``Radio FKB Sermon Time``! Then 0000 UT Sat Aug 17, cut to ``William Tell Overture``. Yes, now I can tell it`s // JBA on 7490v, 6160v and 5130v. He soon confirms 9330 is on with the full 500 kW. This week I won`t have to strain to hear it on 7490. ``Tom is kinda like the CE of the Super-station``. Kinda? 

Anyhow, they`ve got the SS back on air after a month, despite all the problems with it he was complaining about last week, and more this week: It runs on Winders 10. Needed to sit down when the first electric bills arrived, in 5 or 6 figures (meaning: $100K, more or less, a month?). Is replying to usual caller. Confirms 9330 is now on the same 245 degree azimuth as all the others. During the earlier test this afternoon, AW was checking various SDRs and found it was getting in well to Iceland, Europe, South Africa, Vancouver BC, etc. 

The rotatable antenna manufacturer, Ampegon, went bankrupt and was bought by Cesstron (sounds like?). No, it`s Cestron. found it:
Communication Engineering Services and Electronics
[now what would that be in German and acronymed?]

News Release, Berlin, 14 August 2019
CESTRON announces acquisition of strategic assets from Ampegon and AM Broadcast. . .

AW says Cestron has $300K worth of spare parts for WBCQ which he hopes to be able to get. Another problem is that WBCQ has NO documentation about the antenna. Cestron is rehiring most of the old Ampegon engineers, and hopes they will come to WBCQ by end of August and get to work [earlier info was that WBCQ would have to pay for their airfare and lodging.] 

The antenna will cover all bands 5.9 to 28 [sic] MHz, but each frequency must be pre-programmed into it with proper antenna tuning unit settings, etc. Need documentation on exactly how to do that correctly.

It`s all servo-controlled. More AC on the transmitter has been installed. AW would still prefer plate modulation. Tom replaced power supply modules. Something about ground-strapping required for lightning protexion. All this brand-new equipment should have been under warranty, but that went away with the bankruptcy, which he hears was not a ``nice`` transition. 

Question, what is the reflected power of the 500 kW? No more than 2 kW, and it has to be that low. Is it safe to be near the antenna? Yes, no problem since you are under the beam which is going out at an upward tilt of 10-15-20 degrees. 

He starts to talk about Woodstock (NY, not NB), at 0021, but of course interrupted by another caller, gets into political discussion which he often says he is trying to avoid.

0024, I recheck the other frequencies while the HLNL abates, and find
that they are not synchronized, why not? approx.:
7490+ is 28 seconds ahead of 9330
6160v is 29 seconds ahead of 9330 --- well, maybe in margin of error
5130v is 2 seconds ahead of 9330
3265v is still a JBA carrier, can`t tell

0054, answering another question about music licensing and royalties like on domestic stations? NO, does not apply to US SW stations which  technically are broadcasting to a foreign audience, like Mexico whereWBCQs are aimed. 0100 canned auto legal ID by self interrupts, but the live AW is not finished, as just now he starts going thru e-mail. Larry Will advises of the hum on phone line worst on 9330, and AW says that is due to processing and superior low-frequency response.

0107 finally to benedixion, and concludes saying that World`s Last Chance will be on air shortly, 100% programming 9330, while plenty of time is for sale, cheap on the other ``classic`` frequencies. 0111 canned s/off announcement and 9330 turned off* immediately.

But 6160v and 7490v stay on with music, seemingly //, while 5130v stays on with something else, talk. By 0130 recheck, 6160v & 7490v are now BSing, and 5130v something-elseing. 

If that was too much for you, here`s John Carver`s summary:

``Tonight's show started on time. This evening I'm listening on 6160 as 7490 had a very poor signal. Moved to 5130 when some hets started on 6160 and eventually moved to 9330. Allan states that they're on all five frequencies this evening including full power on the new transmitter. First phone call at 0007 from Freddie. Next call at 0016 was a prank call. Another phone call at 0022 interrupted a discussion about Woodstock. Phone call was about Trump.

Back to Woodstock talk after the call. Phone call at 0053 with a question about whether or not SW stations had to pay royalties on the music they played. Reading of emails at 0101. Closing prayer at 0107 and program was off the air at 0110. No new information on the superstation this evening. Just a rehash of old information. John Mid-North Indiana`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. At first: UNIDENTIFIED. 1180, Aug 16 at 0602 UT, Spanish looping roughly E/W, i.e. between WHAM baseball talk to the ENE and Rebelde echojammers to the SE. Seems like norteña music at first, but between tunes several times, about 0608, 0611, 0614, super-hype voice-actor intones ``99.9``; sometimes there may have been a slogan just before that, but I just cannot copy it. Only when aimed E/W on the DX-398 do I get a LAH, and with BFO comparing to 1170 and 1190, it`s clear that this station is the one slightly off-frequency plus+. Rearoused at 0637 UT, this time it sounds more like ``99.3``, so can`t rule that out. And zzz.

This angle pretty well rules out Mexico, but trouble is, no likely US stations are SS on 1180 per last year`s NRC AM Log. Maybe this year`s, when it comes, will have the answer. It`s yet another that considers AM only an expendable appendage of FM, tail wagging dog. IRCA Mexican Log does not have any 1180 matches to either FM frequency.

Reverse search, looking up in the WTFDA FM Database all the 99.9s in the USA in Spanish, shows none of them correlated with an ``origin`` on an 1180 station. But along the DF axis, in case there has been a format flip, we do find a station in Arkansas, KTUV 1440 Little Rock with 99.9 translators in both Rogers and Little Rock. Yet shown with non-matching formats and slogans: K260DT Little Rock, regional Mexican; and K260CS Rogers, Spanish hits, Las Americas Radio 1440. But the only AR station on 1180 is unrelated, non-SS and over by Memphis TN, WGUE, CLassic Rock format.

Before checking same for 99.3, I try, on WGUE, and by golly, there it is:

``WGUE-AM 1180 kHz
Turrell, Arkansas
"La Jefa"
Station Format: Regional Mexican


Station Owner:
Butron Media Corporation
3654 Park Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111
Phone: 901-437-5993
Fax: 901-454-1027

WGUE-AM Technical Details:
Station Status    Licensed Class D
Digital Status    Analog only
Area of Coverage View Daytime Coverage Map, View Nighttime Coverage
Map, View Critical Hours Coverage Map
Hours of Operation    Unlimited
Antenna Mode Directional - 3 Patterns
Daytime Power 5000 Watts
Nighttime Power 26 Watts
Critical Hours Power 3500 Watts
Number of Towers 2
Transmitter Location 35° 08' 31" N, 90° 08' 06" W
License Granted October 20 2017
License Expires June 01 2020
Last FCC Update December 01 2017
WGUE-AM also broadcasts its primary channel from these 2 transmitters
W257CY  99.3 FM Memphis, TN (99 watts)
K268DA 101.5 FM Memphis, TN (250 watts)``

The nighttime coverage map for 1180 shows it almost circular, the 26 watts barely reaching adjacent counties from a + site barely on the AR side of the River near West Memphis (despite the W-call): Hey, how does that fare against the 500+kW from Cuba (adding up powers in WRTH, plus more unknown). Well, at least they make it to Enid!

Then to WTFDA search for all the SS on 99.3 --- no, not there nor anything else likely. But since we have the call W257CY, going directly to that, voilà:

``W257CY WGUE-1180 99.3 MEMPHIS TN USA 0.099 0.099 290.0 0.0 35-09-16 89-49-20 REGIONAL MEXICAN LA JEFA 99.3``

It did not show up in the Spanish search since there is no entry in the field for language. I`m sure this must be it; everything fits except hearing it if really on legal night power. Note the FM power is, what else, also ``99` watts. 

So as much as we decry AM stations abandoning their identity to a paltry FM translator, even to the extent of `branding`` only on the FM frequency --- in this case it leads to an ID, while SHVA shouts of ``11-80`` would not have, since we already know it`s obviously on 1180.

If all this sound vaguely familiar, it`s related to WUMY 830 sale etc., as explained in DXLD 18-44 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report despatched at 0434 UT August 17

The K7RA Solar Update

No sunspots were visible over the recent reporting week, Thursday through Wednesday, August 8 through 14.

According to, 67% of the days so far in 2019 have been spotless, and for all of 2018 it was 61%. In the previous solar minimum in 2008 and 2009 the spotless days ran 73% and 71%, respectively.

Solar flux has been minimal and unremarkable, with average daily solar flux changing only to 67.4 from 67.2 last week.

Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days is likewise unremarkable, at 67 from August 15 until September 29.

Predicted planetary A index is 8 on August 16, 5 on August 17, 6 on August 18, 8 on August 19-20, 5 on August 21-25, 8 on August 26-28, 5 on August 29-31, then 38 and 14 on September 1-2, 5 on September 3-5, 8 on September 6-8, 5 on September 9-11, 8 on September 12, 5 on September 13-21, 8 on September 22-24, 5 on September 25-27, and in a recurrence of geomagnetic activity reported in last week’s bulletin and also predicted for September 1, 38 on September 28 and 14 on September 29.

On Tuesday, September 10, 2019 I will be conducting an informal presentation on space weather, propagation and my involvement in Amateur Radio since being licensed at the end of cycle 19 at age 12, at the monthly meeting in Seattle of the Western Washington DX Club. See  for details.

Last weekend was the 65th annual Pacific Northwest DX Convention, and among the presentations was an excellent talk by Space Weather Woman Dr. Tamitha Skov, WX6SWW. If you ever get a chance to see her give a talk, don’t miss it. Her presentation was excellent.

Jim Brown, W5ZIT of Farmersville, Texas (or Tucson, AZ) wrote on August 15: "I had just finished an Olivia contact with Fergus ZL2VF via grey line (7 dB s/n peak) as we usually do around 0300Z when I noticed a very strong PSK31 signal on 20 meters, which I assumed was a nearby local.

“When I checked I found that it was Suke, JM7OLW, at 30 dB plus s/n ratio.  Suke runs 200 W to a 5-element Yagi up about 100 feet. Suke gave me a very good 20 dB plus s/n report.

“This morning I tuned across a dead 20-meter band and again saw a 30 dB plus s/n signal, which I again assumed was a local. Instead it was Fred, W4PKU, Fred in Virginia. With signals barely copyable on 20-meter PSK in the last few days, I was really surprised to see this kind of signal. Fred gave me a 30 dB plus s/n report also, from my 30 W into an 80-meter OCF antenna. Turns out he had also worked Suke in the last few days also.

“The bands can still surprise you even at the low end of the cycle."

Be sure to check out the W5ZIT page on

Ken Brown, N4SO, wrote on August 15: “Using FT8 on 18 MHz, I added Reunion Island and Fiji to the list as new countries for me on this mode. I have also added a note on both Pacific and Europe being decoded at 2210 UTC.

“I monitored 17 meters on for FT8 activity for several more days and made some contacts with just 10 W and a half-square antenna.

“The band stays open until about 0300 to 0400 UTC. The numbers on the left-hand side of the following list (captured from my WSJT-X software) indicate the UTC time. I noted that it is possible to receive weak Pacific Ocean stations or W8 (K8FAM), until the band closes completely.”

033915 -17 -0.5 1083 ~  CQ E51BQ BG08      S. Cook Is.

033830   6  0.1 1198 ~  CQ K9OM EN65       USA (The band opens at approximately 1200 UTC to all of the Northeast USA, Canada, and also to Europe.)

130800 -12  0.5  306 ~  CQ TO5M GN16       Reunion Is.

131130  -9  0.5  305 ~  N4SO TO5M 73      (Reunion Island new country)

120430 -14 -0.0  418 ~  CQ EA6VQ JM19      Balearic Is.

122200 -14  0.1  902 ~  CQ IZ8VYU JN71     Italy

123130 -11  0.1  902 ~  N4SO IZ8VYU 73

124830 -17  0.6 1930 ~  CQ 9K2NO LL39      Kuwait

125215  -3  0.3 1692 ~  CQ HA7TM JN97      Hungary

131415 -10  0.2 1713 ~  CQ OK2WMC JN99     Czech Rep.

120730  -6  0.0 1452 ~  CQ W9XB EN52       USA

134700   4  0.1  883 ~  CQ N4TZ EN70       USA

122215 -17  0.3 1333 ~  CQ HA7TM JN97      Hungary

124745 -19  0.2  831 ~  CQ F8DZU JN15      France

131915 -15  0.4 2214 ~  CQ VE3MGY EN92     Canada

141115 -18  0.1  709 ~  CQ PA9CC JO32      Netherlands

During daylight hours, the 18 MHZ band continues to remain open to North America, Europe and also to the Caribbean and South America and even Africa.

Around 1800 UTC 184700   0  0.4 2513 ~  9G2HO KA1J FN31 Ghana

Propagation to both Cyprus and Fiji is possible, with the signals from Europe and Russia very weak and not workable. Fiji was worked though.

221000 -16 -0.1  949 ~  CQ 5B4AMX KM65     Cyprus

221300 -13  0.2 2098 ~  CQ 3D2AG RH91      Fiji  (new country)

221700 -17  0.4 2095 ~  N4SO 3D2AG -11

“Before sundown (7:36 local time) there is a possibility of Japan and Far East stations, or to New Zealand and also Australia.  Good times are 2200 to 0200 UTC.  Japan is favorable after 2200 UTC.   Most of these were easily worked:”

222300 -14  0.1 1825 ~  N4SO JF8QNF -19

222300 -12 -0.4  654 ~  N4SO JH0INP PM96

222900 -12  0.1 1908 ~  N4SO JH7CVM 73

222930 -13  0.1 2043 ~  N4SO JH2FXK RR73

224230 -13  0.4  474 ~  N4SO JA1XEC RR73

224900  -7  0.1  787 ~  N4SO JA1NCZ RR73

020000 -16 -0.1 2155 ~  N4SO VK7WX R-10

020015  Tx      2375 ~  VK7WX N4SO RR73

020030 -17 -0.1 2156 ~  N4SO VK7WX 73

222415 -17  0.1 1859 ~  CQ DX JA7QVI QM08  Japan

000700 -13 -0.1  485 ~  CQ JA8KSF QN03     Japan

004300 -16  0.1 1650 ~  CQ VK4PY QG62      Australia

004730  -3  0.1 1536 ~  CQ ZL2IFB RF80     New Zealand (This ZL station was worked with 10 W, and the numbers  (-1) show good signals propagated to New Zealand.)

004830  -1  0.2 1536 ~  N4SO ZL2IFB R-02

“During the evening hours the band is open to the West coast and British Columbia, Canada, and the Pacific such as FK8 New Caledonia. The band usually closes with W6, W7, W0 or W9 in the USA, or a Pacific Ocean station (South Cook Island E51BQ)."

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Sunspot numbers for August 8 through 14, 2019 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, and 0, with a mean of 0. 10.7 cm flux was 68.6, 67.2, 67.2, 67.6, 67.2, 66.8, and 67.4, with a mean of 67.4. Estimated planetary A indices were 7, 6, 8, 6, 5, 7, and 5 with a mean of 6.3. Middle latitude A index was 6, 7, 8, 7, 7, 8, and 5, with a mean of 6.9.

Agenda DX 17/08/2019

WEXS, Mexico 610 Khz (1991)
Radio Alajuela, Costarica 1280 Khz (1967)

Festa Nazionale in Gabon

venerdì 16 agosto 2019

SWLDXBulgaria News August 15-16

FRANCE(non)   Manara Radio International via TDF Issoudun, August 15
1600-1700 on 15285 ISS 150 kW / 170 deg to WeAf Hausa, poor signal:

FRANCE(non)   Alameda Bible Fellowship via TDF Issoudun in 22mb, August 16
1700-1730 on 13660 ISS 500 kW / 135 deg to EaAf English Mon/Wed/Fri, good:

GERMANY   Reception of DWD Deutscher Wetterdienst in 49mb, August 16
1600-0630 on  5905*PIN 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu German AM mode, poor
1600-0630 on  6180 PIN 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu German AM mode, good
* co-ch same  5905 KAS 100 kW / non-dir to CeAs Russian CRI and also
till 1615 on  5905 TWR 200 kW / 320 deg to NEAs Korean Tue-Fri Living Water Ministry

GERMANY(non)   Voice of America South Sudan in Focus via Lampertheim, August 16
1630-1700 on 15180 LAM 100 kW / 132 deg to SDN  English Mon-Fri, good signal:

INDIA   Reception of All India Radio in 49mb on August 15:
1430-1930 on  6140 BGL 500 kW / 325 deg to SoAs Urdu, good

SAUDI ARABIA   Reception of BSKSA General Service, August 15
from 0855 on  9650 RIY 100 kW / non-dir to N/ME Arabic, weak

SECRETLAND(non)   Bible Voice Broadcasting via Secretbrod, August 8
1710-1745 on  9490 SCB 050 kW / 126 deg to N/ME Arabic Tue/Thu/Fri
1745-1800 on  9490 SCB 050 kW / 126 deg to N/ME Arabic Dardasha 7

TURKEY   Voice of Turkey in Tatar & Georgian on wrong frequencies, August 15:
1000-1025 on  9655 EMR 500 kW / 072 deg to CeAs Tatar, not Georgian 10-1055UT
1000-1055 on  9855 EMR 500 kW / 032 deg to CeAs Georgian, not Tatar 10-1025UT
Something`s always wrong at TRT Voice of Turkey Emerler transmitting station!

TURKEY   Voice of Turkey in Turkish on odd frequency 11675.7 kHz, August 16:
0600-1157 on 11675.7 EMR 500 kW / 150 deg to WeAs Turkish, nominal August 15
0600-1257 on 13635.0 EMR 500 kW / 310 deg to WeEu Turkish, 13635.7 August 15
Something`s always wrong at TRT Voice of Turkey Emerler transmitting station

U.K.(non)   FEBA Radio IBRA Radio via ENC-DMS Tashkent on August 15:
1500-1530 on  9390 TAC 100 kW / 131 deg to SoAs Bengali, fair signal

U.K.(non)   NHK World Radio Japan via ENC-DMS Al-Dhabayya, August 15
1515-1600 on 11775.2 DHA 250 kW / 060 deg to SoAs Urdu, fair to good

U.K.(non)   FEBA Radio/Radio Sama via ENC-DMS Woofferton, August 15
1700-1800 on 15260 WOF 250 kW / 107 deg to N/ME Arabic, weak/fair:

U.K.(non)   Trans World Radio Africa via ENC-DMS Grigoriopol, August 15
1800-1845 on  9940 KCH 300 kW / 157 deg to EaAf Tigrinya Mon-Thu, fair:

U.K.(non)   Radio Ndrason International via ENC-DMS Woofferton, August 15
1900-2100 on 12050 WOF 250 kW / 152 deg to WeAf Kanuri, very good signal:

U.K.(non)   Voice of America VOA via ENC-DMS Woofferton on August 16:
1530-1600 on 17700 WOF 300 kW / 165 deg to WCAf Hausa Mon-Fri, weak/fair

USA   Reception of World Harvest Radio International Angel 2, August 16
0500-0515 on  9825 HRI 250 kW / 047 deg to WeEu French Fri, fair signal

VATICAN(non)   Voice of America VOA via SM di Galeria, August 16
1500-1530 on 17700 SMG 250 kW / 184 deg to WCAf Hausa, good/fair


73! Ivo Ivanov
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QTH-1: Patreshko, Bulgaria
Receiver: Afedri SDR
Software: SDR-Console v2.3(using remote connection)
Antennas: various Inverted V and beverage antennas.

QTH-2: Sofia OK2, Bulgaria
Receiver: Sony ICF-2001D
Antenna: 30 m. long wire

Propagation News – 18 August 2019

We had more of the same last week with zero sunspots, but no geomagnetic disturbances. The good news is that there appear to be no Earth-facing coronal holes coming around the Sun, although there are significant holes around the solar polar regions.

The tool at has been showing an interesting phenomenon over the past week. It appears that the critical frequency, and therefore maximum useable frequency, have been increasing after sunset. This means that the higher HF bands, such as 20 or even 17m, may be staying open longer. It also means that 80m is often open for UK contacts after dark, at least until nearly midnight. Daytime DX is still a little harder to come by as D-layer absorption still reigns supreme, but it is worth looking for greyline contacts around sunset.

Next week NOAA predicts the solar flux index will be at 67 and the geomagnetic K index will be at two. This means we can expect 20 or perhaps 17m to be the highest bands in use, other than contacts via Sporadic-E, which is now declining as we head towards September.

VHF and up:

The recent run of unsettled weather has produced some heavy thundery downpours in places and some nice rain scatter propagation across the UK on the microwave bands. This weekend is looking like more of the same, but as pressure builds again in the south it’ll change to Tropo as the preferred mode for paths into the continent. Northern Britain will however remain nearer the low pressure and provide a few further options of rain scatter.

Sporadic-E is putting in the odd appearance on 10m, 6m and 4m, but getting very hard to find now. Next week should start with the best chances with a jet stream over the near continent, but this will probably weaken later, so focus on the first half of the week.

As we move away from the peak of the Perseids meteor shower, don’t feel all is over, as it’s a broad peak and always worth exploring meteor scatter propagation if you haven’t tried it yet.

The Moon was at apogee yesterday so EME path losses are at their highest this weekend. They will fall as the week progresses and with declination going positive again late on Monday, Moon windows will lengthen and the Moon’s peak elevation will increase all week.

And that’s all from the propagation team this week.

Media & Tech - 16/08/2019

AAAWWW to be on 5 frequencies tonight

Allan&Angela Worldwide tonight. Live from master control in Monticello Maine. The end of nowhere beaming to somewhere. Listen. Call in. Tune in first on 3265/5130/6160/7490/9330khz. Reports and comments to Call in at 207-538-9180. It’s your free speech. Transceiver

[00-01+ UT Saturday] (via gh, DXLD)

Stations heard in Friol

ANGOLA, 4949.7, Radio Nacional de Angola, Mulenvos, 0450-0510, 14-08, songs, at 0500 id. “Radio Nacional de Angola”, news, Portuguese. 15321.

ANTARCTICA, 15476, LRA 36, Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel, Base Esperanza, 1927-1940 , 13-08, Spanish, comments, female, male, Very weak. 15311. 
Also 1905-1920, 14-08, Spanish, comments. Very weak. 15321. 
Also 1820-1915, 15-08, Spanish with Argentinian accent, comments, songs. Strong fading.. 15311.

4875, Radiodifusora Roraima, Boavista, 0255-0302, 15-08, Brazilian songs. 25322.

15190,1, Radio Inconfidencia, Bello Horizonte, 1420-1510, 14-08, after months out, on air again, heard now, Portuguese, sport news “Primeiras Esportivas”, id. "Radio Inconfidencia,", at 1500 id. “ondas meidas 880 kHz, ondas curtas de 49 metros, 6010, ondas curtas de 15190 kHz, emisoras da Rede Inconfidencia de Radio, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brasil”, news, Brazilian songs . 14321 at first and improving to 24322 later. 
Also 1630-1705, 15-08, Portuguese, comments, Brazilian songs, id. “Inconfidencia”. 15411.

CANADA, 6070, CFRX, Toronto, 0510-0525, 13-08, English, news, comments. 25322.

CONGO, 6115, Radio Congo, Brazaville, 1809-1816, 12-08, French, comments. 15321. 
Also *0535-0547, 13-08, French, comments. 14321. 
Also 1903-1959*, 14-08, French, comments. Extended program today. Strong QRM on 6110. 21321.

CONGO, D. R., 6210.2, Radio Kahuzi, Bukavu, 1750-1804*, 10-08, Vernacular comments. Extremely weak. 15311. 
Also 1748-1801*, 15-08, Vernacular comments, religious songs. 15311.

EQUATORIAL GUINEA, 5005, Radio Nacional, Bata, *0520-0538, 13-08, open with African songs, Spanish, comments, at 0530 program “Panorama Nacional”, national news with correspondents. 15321. 
Also *0520-0533, 14-08, open with African songs. Very weak. 15311.
Also *0513-0530, 15-08, open with African songs. Very weak. 15311.

5950, Voice of Tigray Revolution, Addis Ababa, 1810-1818, 15-08, East African songs. 34433.

6110, Radio Fana, Addis Ababa, 2003-2015, 14-08, East African songs. 44444.

6070, Atlantic 2000 International, Rohrbach, *0759-0835, 10-08, id. "Atlantic 2000 International", French, special program about Radio Andorra, famous identification of the station: "Aqui Radio Andorra, emisora del Principado de Andorra", pop songs and comments about Radio Andorra, French. 25322.

6070, Atlantic 2000 International, Rohrbach, *1900-1907, 11-08, tuning music, id. "Atlantic 2000 International", French, comments, pop songs. 34433.

6085, Radio Mi Amigo International, Kall Krekel, *0658-0710, 13-08, pop songs, at 0700 time signals, id. “Welcome to Radio Mi Amigo International, Radio Mi Amigo International, bringing back the golden era of offshore AM radio, Mi Amigo”, pop songs, English, comments.. 25422.

4810, AIR, Bhopal, 1748-1915, 14-08, Vernacular comments. Extended program due to West Indies cricket. 25322.

4910, AIR, Jaipur, 1750-1918, 14-08, Vernacular comments. Extended program due to West Indies cricket. 15321. 

5040, AIR, Jeypore, 1755-1910, 14-08, Vernacular comments. Extended program due to West Indies cricket. 15321.

KOREA, SOUTH, 4885, Echo of Hope, Seoul, 2010-2024, 13-08, Korena, comments. // 6250. 34433.

MEXICO, 6185, Radio Educación, Ciudad de México, 0456-0507*, 15-08, theatre play “El Hingenioso Idalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha”, songs. 23422. 

7205, Sudan Radio, Al Aitahab, 1602-1625, 12-08, Arabic, comments. 25322.

9505, Voice of Africa, Al Aitahab, 1715-1723, 14-08, English, id. “The Voice of Africa from Radio Sudan, the forum of all Africans”, “This is the ... Service of Voice of Africa”, news. Strong QRM from Romania on 9500. 32432.

TANZANIA, 6015, Zanzibar Broadcasting Corporation, Dole, 0447-0458, 13-08, Swahili, comments. 24322.

ZAMBIA, 5915, Zambia Broadcasting Corporation, Dole, 0456-0510, 13-08, Vernacular, comments, at 0500 English. 14321.

Manuel Méndez 
Lugo, Spain

Logs in Friol and Lugo
Tecsun S-8800, cable antenna, 8 meters

Shortwave Radiogram, 15-18 August 2019

Many thanks to Mike Agner, KA1JJZ, @MakeAgner, who has prepared two very good wikis on how to decode the modes on Shortwave Radiogram.

This one deals with decoding on PCs ...

And this is for users of TIVAR on Android devices ...

As always, wikis are works in progress, so if you have suggestions for additional information, please let us know

The only mishap in last weekend's Shortwave Radiogram was that the transmission scheduled for UTC Saturday 0230-0300 on 9265 kHz from WINB was 15 minutes early, thus 0215-0245. Fortunately, many of you had tuned in early (always a good idea) and were able to decode the entire show. WINB is aware of the problem, so I hope they are back on regular time this weekend.

This weekend, there will be another "hidden message," although this time I will provide the parameters in advance. After the end of the final MFSK32 at 29:03, PSK125R will begin at 29:15. It will be centered on 63 Hz, thus mostly inaudible. And to make it even more interesting, I reduced the level to 12 dB under the closing music. There is an RSID, but it probably won't work, so be ready to change the mode and audio frequency manually. Let's see if it can survive shortwave.

This weekend's show is in the usual MFSK32 and MFSK64, with nine MFSK64 images.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 113, 15-18 August 2019, in MFSK modes as noted:

 1:40  MFSK32: Program preview
 2:51  Decline in freshwater megafauna population
 6:55  MFSK64: Comet 67P/C-G had a tiny, temporary moon*
10:39  Steam-propelled CubeSats control one another in space*
15:12  This week's images*
28:14  MFSK32: Closing announcements

* with image(s)

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Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule
UTC Day UTC Time Frequency Transmitter
Thursday 2330-2400 UTC 9265 kHz WINB Pennsylvania
Friday 1300-1330 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

The Mighty KBC transmits to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT) on 9925 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 great selection of music, but the host transmits some MFSK text and image near the end of the broadcast. It’s transmitted on WRMI, Thursday, 0100-0200 UYTC on 5850 kHz and Thursday, 0130-0230 UTC, on 9395 kHz (Wednesday evening in the Americas) (and, yes, overlapping itself). Also look for a waterfall ID at the beginning of the show. Twitter: @ThisIsAMusicSho

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. USEast NBEMS Net: Please also note the USEast NBEMS Net, Wednesdays at 2300 UTC (7 pm EDT) on 3536 kHz USB. I will try to check in to this net more frequently.jjjj

Thanks for your reception reports!

Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
Shortwave Radiogram
Reporting on international broadcasting at

Glenn Hauser logs August 14-15-16, 2019

** ANGUILLA. 6090, Aug 16 at 0159, CB is on with gospel music break; fits into the PMS schedule ``Friday Midnight to 4 am Nighttime 6.090 MHz`` (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA. 6000, Aug 16 at 0200, RHC English is S9+10/20 but JBM / suptorted; // 6165 is undermod but sufficient if you really want to listen to it. Something`s always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 7254.9, Aug 15 at 0620, no signal from VON in Hausa; it was there 24 hours earlier, routinely non-logged (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Re my previous report about an electronic billboard advertising that Rush and Sean were coming to FM in Enid, i.e. CP for a new KGWA 960 translator on 100.9:

At a stoplight a few days later I watch the billboard longer: loads of local bizzes flashing but not KGWA by the golight; however, the billboard itself is owned by its parent, Williams Broadcasting, following the Clear Channel model! Hmmm, could they add a Part 15 transmitter to the sign? Ooooh (Glenn Hauser, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SPAIN. 12030, Thu Aug 15 at 2155, REE is AWOL from ME frequency before closing time; Spanish still on 11940 for S America and // stronger 9690 for N America (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TURKEY. 9830, Aug 15 at 2200, VOT is on today starting correct language English with timesignal about 3 seconds slow, but VP signal vs RTTY which hasn`t stopped quite yet (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1994 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday August 14 at 2100 on WRMI 9955, S9-S6 after IS & ID loop. By my watch & WWV, started about half a second late, but still upcut picking me up at ``---with World of Radio 19-94---``. Cannot hear simulcast on WBCQ 7490 at first, but soon confirmed L&C on webcast; and finally at 2126, enough signal S3-S5 on 7490+ direct to tell it`s about 1 second behind 9955, or 4-5 words. Of course, no WBCQ sigs to be detected circa 9330, 6160 or 5130; some weeks ago this emission was duplicated on 5130+ but probably anomalous.

Also confirmed UT Thursday August 15 at 0100 on WRMI 7780, poor in storm noise but still no line noise.

WORLD OF RADIO 1995 contents: Albania [non], Antarctica, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brasil, Bulgaria, Cuba, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran non, Kashmir non, Korea South, Kuwait, Niger, Nigeria, Sikkim, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Vatican, Zambia; and the propagation outlook

WOR 1995 audible, downloadable by 2359 UT Thursday August 15, and ready for first SW broadcasts Friday August 16:

Also linx to podcast services.

[Sorry, there is some rumble in the last 10 minutes; having some problems with my recording gear]

The shortwave broadcasts should be:

2200 UT Friday    WRMI 9955 to SSE
0130 UT Saturday  WRMI 7780 to NE
0629vUT Saturday  HLR 6190-CUSB Germany to WSW
1000 UT Saturday  Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [Aug 17? alt.
[has been off for repairs since Aug 4 tfn]
1430 UT Saturday  HLR 9485-CUSB Germany ND
1930vUT Saturday  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
2100 UT Saturday  WRMI 9955 to SSE
0130 UT Sunday    WRMI 5850 to NW
0300vUT Sunday    WA0RCR 1860-AM [nominal 0315] ND
1030 UT Sunday    HLR 7265-CUSB Germany [? missing last week] to WSW
2130 UT Sunday    WRMI 7780 to NE
0130 UT Monday    WRMI 9395 to NNW, 7780 to NE
0230 UT Monday    WRMI 7780 to NE
0300vUT Monday    WBCQ 5130v Area 51 6160v? to WSW
0330 UT Monday    WRMI 9955 to SSE
0930 UT Monday    Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [still hiatus?]
1130 UT Monday    Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [still hiatus?]
1816 UT Monday    IRRS 7290 Romania ND
0100 UT Tuesday   WRMI 7780 to NE
0800 UT Tuesday   Unique Radio 3210-USB NSW [2 editions; hiatus?]
2100 UT Wednesday WRMI 9955 to SSE
2100 UT Wednesday WBCQ 7490v to WSW
0100 UT Thursday  WRMI 7780 to NE

Full schedule including AM, FM, webcasts, satellite, podcasts:

** U S A. 7490.180, Aug 16 at 0154 tune-in to S9+10/20 of dead air, then Brother Scare cuts on WBCQ. Apparently he starts at 0100 on the five nights a week when nothing else is scheduled, still nothing at: (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 15550-USB, Aug 14 at 1425, JBA gospel music, 1427 gospel huxter, piano hymn, alternating talk and hymns past 1435, as WJHR has jumped again from 15555-USB. IIRC 15550 was its original frequency when first on the air; has occasionally resumed it for no discernible reason --- in fact, counterproductive as 15555 has been clear of other broadcasters during WJHR`s 14-22 span, while 15550 is not. Notably Radio Dabanga via Vatican at 1529-1557. At 1808 still a trace of it on 15550-USB. 

As recently as August 9 I had WJHR on 15555-USB when it was on the air early at 1357. Also checked August 15 at 1408, JBA on 15550-USB. At 1529 I do hear Dabanga/Vatican JBA carrier but not WJHR here nor on 15555. Aoki/NDXC already shows WJHR on 15550 only, while EiBi and HFCC show 15555 only (Glenn Hauser, OK, WORLD OF RADIO 1995, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** U S A. 5830, Aug 15 at 0627, WTWW-1 is off, and not heard on 9475 either; lower propagation is OK from neighbor 5935 WWCR. Circa 1630 check, 9475 is off, and not heard on 5830 either (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Area tropo August 14 at 1430-1500+ UT in the 200 km range finds best signal on RF 45 which turns out to be KSNW `3` Wichita, altho Hepburn map implies Tulsa would be more likely, if KOTV still be on 45 (my screen first defaults to remembered 6-1, then corrects to 3-1). Other Bad signals correlate with Wichita market: 31, 26, 10, 8. 

Also an intriguing one on RF 32: in OK and KS a bunch of translators or LDs, including an imaginary in Enid; only one full power 135 kW, KRSU Claremore, ex-35. Meanwhile I snap some photos of KSNW: Now we know why the Today Third Hour is delayed until the fourth hour, i.e. after 1500 UT: they insert syndicated Live with Kelly and Ryan. Is it really, or just has to air everywhere at 9 am local? Also some breakups for pixyllated DTV art: 

You may also see edges of a window and another screen in background; tilt. You should have seen the art that got away! (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VATICAN. 17530, Aug 15 at 1334, JBA carrier and then JBA talk is the OSOB and SSOB, but what? HFCC shows only VOA Somali via SMG; nothing audible at 1407 during the break until Botswana start English at 1500, but during which VOA Grimesland might do a weekday carrier test (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

this report dispatched at 0436 UT August 16