Tuesday, April 03, 2018

HAARP Facility to Resume Ionospheric Research this Week

Heads up, radio nerds!  It's spring, and that's HAARP time.  HAARP's new incarnation is less tinfoil-y than the former military project, and there's often more to hear than just the usual funny noises.


Alaska’s super-power High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) transmitters in Gakona, Alaska, will fire up again for the spring research campaign April 6 – 14. University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Space Physics Group researcher and HAARP Chief Scientist Chris Fallen, KL3WX, told ARRL that more than 40 hours of “externally funded” experiments are in the queue.

“Scientists from US universities and government labs will explore the physics of scintillations, magnetic field-aligned plasma irregularities, artificial and natural atmospheric airglow, stimulated electromagnetic emissions, plasma waves, and radio-enhanced ionization,” Fallen said. “The HAARP transmitter is still at 80% net power, but by summer we expect to have the final ‘column’ of transmitters restored, bringing the array back to 100%.”

For his part, Fallen said he still has some time remaining on his National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study artificial airglow, but added that this is “a tough time of year in a tough year of the solar cycle” for such experiments. “It will not be dark enough in Gakona to observe artificial airglow emissions until 10 PM at the beginning of the campaign and 10:30 PM at the end of the campaign, due to the rapidly lengthening days in the Land of Midnight Sun.”

Fallen said that due to weakening solar activity, the critical frequency of the ionosphere’s F2 layer (foF2) is relatively low during the day, peaking at a little more than 4 MHz above Gakona in the late afternoon, and falling rapidly in the evening. “This limits the time available for experiments, since airglow is usually only created when the HAARP transmission frequency is near or below foF2,” Fallen explained. “The lower limit of the HAARP transmitter is approximately 2.7 MHz, and so we can only expect perhaps 30 minutes or less of usable airglow experiment time each day.”

Fallen said he is considering his options and plans to continue “bundling” amplitude modulations in the airglow experiments of interest to hams. His previous airglow experiments were accompanied by tones and music to illustrate the Luxembourg effect and slow-scan television (SSTV) images in Scottie 1 format.

“In future experiments, I want to try sending text and images using one of the MFSK modes,” Fallen told ARRL. “Several hams have requested I try the smoking hot FT8 mode with HAARP. Since that is a mode primarily designed for two-way contacts and makes use of time synchronization to help achieve amazing efficiency, it is not yet clear to me how to best do this with HAARP which currently has no receive capability.”

Fallen said he has to be at UAF for much of the April campaign but will be at HAARP toward the end. He plans to tweet selected transmitter frequencies and other information throughout the campaign from his personal Twitter page. HAARP’s official Twitter page will share photos and other information of general interest, “such as what the HAARP dog is up to,” Fallen said.

Operation of the HAARP research facility was transferred from the US Air Force to UAF in 2015.

More on SWRadiogram schedule changes

The Friday show didn't air at its new time.  It was also gone from its old air time on Sunday. (All dates U.S..)

Presumably WRMI's automation is slow in making the summer changes. We'll try again this week.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Summer schedule changes for SWRadiogram

From Kim Andrew Elliott:

Hello friends,

A schedule change for Shortwave Radiogram is scheduled to begin today. The Sunday 2030-2100 UTC transmission changes to Friday 2030-2100 UTC on 7780 kHz and 9455 kHz. See the new schedule below. (Sometimes it takes a few days for the automation system to catch up with the advertised schedule, so we will see what actually happens this weekend.)

Last week's MFSK64 performed very well, even in reception conditions where this fast (240 wpm) would be expected to show errors. You can see (and decode from) examples in videos produced by BlackApple 62 in Italy (Saturday 1600 UTC) and by Scott in Ontario (Sunday 2330 UTC).

This weekend, we'll skip the simultaneous text and image transmission, but we will transmit one item (with image) in MFSK64. It is a story about Dyngus Day, an obscure holiday on the Monday after Easter celebrated in my native northern Indiana.

The rest of the program will be in MFSK32, except for a brief surprise mode (with RSID) after the closing announcements. Sorry, I don't think the surprise mode works with TIVAR or AndFlmsg, but it is brief, and another RSID will bring you back to MFSK32.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 41, 30 March to 2 April 2018, in MFSK32 except where noted:

 1:35  Program preview
 2:46  MFSK64: Happy Dyngus Day! What is Dyngus Day?*
 8:24  MFSK32: Australia plans lasers to destroy space junk*
14:52  The great Pacific garbage patch*
19:49  SSTV from the International Space Station*
24:44  Image* and closing announcements
27:37  Surprise mode

* with image

Please send reception reports to radiogram@verizon.net

Twitter: @SWRadiogram

Shortwave Radiogram Program 41
(30 March-2 April 2018)
2030-2100 UTC
7780 kHz
9455 kHz
MFSK64, and
surprise mode
WRMI Florida
1600-1630 UTC
9400 kHz
Space Line, Bulgaria
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 websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/ ).  And to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EST) on 5960 kHz, via Germany. The minute of MFSK is at about 0130 UTC.  Reports to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com . See also http://www.kbcradio.eu/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc/

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

Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC)
Broadcasts in English with MFSK32 during the last five minutes of each
0100-0230 UTC
5950, 7730 kHz
2000-2030 UTC
5845, 6070 kHz
Europe/Middle East/Asia
0100-0130 UTC
9955 kHz
0230-0300 UTC
5985 kHz
0030-0100 UTC
9395 kHz
0130-0200 UTC
5850, 5950, 7780, 9455 kHz
0030-0100 UTC
7730 kHz

Thanks for your reception reports!  

Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
Reporting on international broadcasting at https://twitter.com/kaedotcom

Saturday, January 20, 2018

European NDB Log

Heard late 2017 on various remote SDRs
Identified from REU

khz      ID     Location
277.0    CHT    Chiltern, UK
284.0    GNA    Gorna, Bulgaria
289.0    HR     Hericourt, France
290.0    ONL    Liege, Belgium
293.0    OB     Brussels National Airport, Belgium
307.0    DIK    Diekirch, Luxembourg
309.0    DO     Dole/Tavaux, France
300.0    SC     Linkoping, Sweden
303.0    RTT    Rattenberg, Austria
307.0    DIK    Diekirch, Luxembourg
310.0    KT     possibly Novosibirsk
311.0    LMA    Lima/Bruggen, Germany
314.0    OZ     Brussels National Airport, Belgium
316.0    EPM    Epson (Heathrow), UK
317.0    VS     Valenciennes, France
317.0    OZ     Kardla, Estonia
318.0    HIG    Bremen, Germany
319.0    VAR    Varhaug/Stavanger, Norway
320.0    VE     Valence, France
321.0    ABY    Albert, France, dit in between IDs
322.0    LCY    London City Airport, UK
323.0    ONC    Charleroi, Belgium
324.0    ON     Norrkoping, Sweden
325.0    RCA    Reggio di Calabria, Italy
326.0    LLS    Lelystad, Holland
326.0    POR    Porto, Portugal
327.0    LNZ    Linz, Austria
328.0    BLK    Blackbushe, UK
329.0    JW     Jersey
330.0    LNA    Lena, Sweden
330.0    SO     Groningen, Holland
330.0    SRN    Saronno, Italy
330.0    ZRA    Zadar, Croatia
331.0    TUR    Tours, France, dit between IDs
332.0    LL     Lille, France, dit between IDs
332.0    SHM    Shoreham, UK
332.5    CAM    Cambridge, UK
333.0    LE     Hasslo, Sweden
333.5    VOG    Voghera, Italy
334.0    MR     Maribor, Slovenia
335.0    WCO    Westcott, UK
337.0    EX     Exeter, UK
337.0    MY     Myggenaes, FRO
338.0    OA     Jankoping, Sweden
338.0    FNY    Finningley, UK
338.0    MNW    Munchen, Germany
338.0    NC     Nice, France
340.0    LSH    Lashenden, UK
341.0    IS     Ajaccio, Corsica
343.0    MR     Masirah, Oman
345.0    TZO    Trezzo sull'Adda, Italy
345.5    CF     Centograf, Czech Republic
348.0    CL     Canors/Lalbenque, France
349.5    SZA    Solanzara, Corsica
354.0    NG     Nimes/Garons, France
358.0    RNN    Roanne, France
358.0    TUN    Tulln, Austria
361.0    MAK    Mackel, Belgium
362.0    RU     Sevastopol, Ukraine; 2x ID and gap
363.0    OEM    Everod, Sweden
364.0    MAL    Malpensa, Italy
366.0    ADC    Le Castellet, France
369.0    RT     possibly Ramenskoye
370.0    BSV    Bensacron/La Veze, France
370.0    NK     Unknown, 400 Hz, 2x ID
370.0    GAC    Gacko, Bosnia and Herzegovina
371.0    MYN    Munster, Germany
373.0    LCT    Le Cannet, France
374.5    ANC    Ancona, Italy
375.0    GLA    Gland/Geneva, Switzerland
376.0    HAN    Hahn, Germany
376.0    BS     Bale/Mulhouse, France
378.0    LU     Le Luc, France
381.0    BW     possibly Sheremetevo, Russia
382.0    LAR    Arruda, Portugal
383.0    MAR    Marseille, France
383.0    ALD    Alderney, GSY
383.0    ERK    Erken, Sweden
384.0    AT     Annecy/Meythet, France
384.0    ADX    Andraitx, BAL
385.0    AVN    Vilnius, Lithuania
386.0    LNE    Milano/Linate, Italy
386.0    BZ     Brize Norton, UK
387.0    BGP    Brest Guipavas, France
388.0    COR    Corner for Bromma, Sweden
388.0    KRU    Kruunupyy, Finland
388.5    CDF    Cardiff, Wales
390.0    DR     Dinard, France
390.0    PAJ    Pajela, Sweden
392.0    RAN    Ranta, Finland
392.5    TOP    Torino/Poirino, Italy
393.0    TAT    Tautra, Norway
395.0    FOY    Foynes, Shannon AP, Ireland
396.0    FS     Al Massira, Morocco
397.0    LM     Borlange, Sweden
398.0    ESS    Esse, Finland
398.0    MT     Montoir, France
400.0    AG     Agen, France
401.0    LA     Laval, France
401.0    RBU    Rambu, Norway
404.0    AGO    Angouleme, France
404.0    KG     Kjerringnes, Norway
404.0    Y      Ketolanpera, Finland
406.0    UM     possibly Ivanovskoy, Russia
406.0    BHX    Birmingham, UK
406.5    BOT    Bottrop, Germany (1500 Hz)
409.0    BRK    Bruck, Austria
410.0    C      La Coruna, Spain
414.0    BRI    Bristol, UK
414.0    HD     Hestad, Norway
414.0    SJA    Senja, Norway
415.0    TOE    Toulouse, France
416.0    POZ    Pozarevac, Serbia
417.0    CVT    Madrid/Cuatro Vientos, Spain
417.0    SNO    Santiago, Spain
419.0    RD     Vasteras, Sweden
421.0    BL     Borlange, Sweden
421.0    BUR    Burnham, UK
421.0    GE     Madrid/Grinon, Spain
422.0    PAM    Pamplona, Spain
423.0    FE     Odense, Denmark
424.0    RUS    Reus, Spain
424.0    LOE    Limoges, France
424.0    PIS    Zagreb/Pisarovina, HRV
425.0    PI     Pii, Ukraine, 2x ID
426.0    CB     Coimbra, Portugal
426.0    CTS    Castets, France
426.0    SH     Shobdon, England
427.0    LUE    Lunde, Sweden
427.0    RY     Royan, France
428.0    CTX    Chateauroux, France
428.0    MUS    Nice, France
428.0    TGM    Targu Mures, Romania
429.0    LOS    Losinj, Croatia
430.0    AJ     Staritza, Russia, 2x ID
430.0    LU     Batumi, Georgia
430.0    MB     Chamukha, Russia, 2x ID
430.0    SN     St. Yan, France
432.0    AKU    Akujarvi, Finland
432.0    PK     Prevek, Czech Republic
432.0    PRD    Peyrehorade, France
433.0    VNS    Castor UGS, platform off Spain
433.0    CRE    Cres, Croatia
433.5    HEN    Henton, UK
434.0    KNE    Kunovice, Czech Republic
434.0    MV     Melun/Villaroche, France
436.0    SME    Sarmellek, Hungary
437.0    NP     Porter, Poland
438.0    B      Bratislava, Slovakia
438.0    KO     Kozala, Croatia
438.0    PE     Poprad, Slovakia
438.0    XA     Kirov, Russia
444.0    NRD    Lnowroclaw
445.0    TU     Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina, tone+ID
448.0    HLV    Holesov, Czech Republic
448.0    LQ     Landsberg, Germany, Tone+ID
450.0    PDV    Plovdiv, Bulgaria
452.0    ANS    Ansbach, Germany
460.0    ABD    unknown
463.0    CL     Cerkljje, Slovenia
468.0    FTZ    Myneralnye Vody, Russia, tone+ID
470.0    BK     unknown, possibly Boufarik, Algeria
474.0    BIA    Rzeszow-Jasionka Airport, Poland
484.0    HOF    Hof, Germany
485.0    IA     Indija, Serbia
485.0    CW     Krasnaya Gorbatka, Russia, 2x ID
486.0    KL     Krasniy Sulin, Russia
488.0    ILM    Illesheim, Germany
488.0    NPR    Tomaszow-Mazowiecki, Poland
489.0    NK     Poznan, Poland
489.0    SIL    Siegerland, Germany
490.0    WAK    Vakarel, Bulgaria, long dah after K
492.0    TBV    Trebova, Czech Republic
493.0    AW     possibly Maryino, Russia
508.0    Z      Zilina, Slovakia
509.0    CR     Chernivtsi, Ukraine
510.0    BL     Blida, Algeria
514.0    GO     Amari AB, Estonia
514.5    LA     Namest Nae Oslavou, Czech Rep.
515.0    NV     Rostov Na Donu, Russia
517.0    ARD    Arad, Romania
520.0    NW     Leczyca, Poland
520.0    B      Bacau, Romania
520.0    DF     Mukhrani, Georgia
520.0    NW     Leczyca, Poland
521.0    BSW    Bucuresti, Romania
565.0    KS     possibly Opaliha, Russia, 2x ID
690.0    DM     Dmytrivka, Ukraine
700.0    MR     Moscow, Russia
745.0    BG     Karmanovo, Russia, 2x ID
750.0    NR     possibly Novolokti, Russia, 2x ID
816.0    EB     possibly Matveyevskiy, Russia
960.0    CY     Chervonyi, Ukraine, 2x ID
1005.0   LO     Klimovsk, Russia, 2x ID
1020.0   DK     Glotayevo, Russia, 2x ID
1290.0   TU     Bely, Russia, 3x ID