Saturday, July 15, 2017

Olivia test in SW Radiogram for 7/15-16

Pardon the font weirdness.  I don't know how to fix this.

From Kim Andrew Elliott:

Hello friends,

If you a Facebook user, Al Holt in Florida maintains a Shortwave Radiogram Facebook group here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/567099476753304 . This is in addition to the Shortwave Radiogram Twitter account: @SWRadiogram . You do not need a Twitter account to follow along: just visit https://twitter.com/swradiogram during the weekend to see results posted by listeners.

I was amazed how well the MFSK64 (240 wpm) performed last week, even under some marginal conditions. You can see videos of reception and decoding via this link: https://twitter.com/SWRadiogram/status/885863588677791746 . It would be tempting to use MFSK64 as our “default” mode, except that there would be enough instances of difficult reception that the number of errors would be unacceptable.

Did anyone experience reception bad enough that only the MFSK16 provided a perfect decode?

This weekend, let’s hope for bad reception – well, at least somewhere – because we will include some Olivia 64-2000 in show. This is a slow mode, only about 25 wpm. And it makes use of the entire 2000 Hz available to us, so you probably don’t want to use an extremely narrow filter. Also, for best results with Olivia 64-2000, turn the squelch (SQL at the bottom right of Fldigi) off.    

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 4, 15-16 July 2017, all in MFSK32 except where noted:
 1:35  Program previeww)
 2:45  Russia's Sputnik Radio now in Washington*
11:16  Olivia 64-2000: New FT8 Mode in WSJT-X Beta Release
15:58  MFSK32: WWV 25 MHz circular polarization*
22:38  QSLs from Canada's C3 expedition*
26:39  Closing announcements

* with image
 
Please send reception reports to radiogram@verizon.net
 
 
Twitter: @SWRadiogram
 
 
Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule
 
Saturday
1600-1630 UTC
9400 kHz
Space Line, Bulgaria
Sunday
0600-0630 UTC
7730 kHz
WRMI Florida
Sunday
2030-2100 UTC
11580 kHz
WRMI Florida
Sunday
2330-2400 UTC
11580 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 EDT) on 9925 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:
WEDNESDAY  18.55 UTC  6070 KHZ TO EUROPE
                        19.55 UTC  1584 KHZ TO EUROPE
THURSDAY     02.55 UTC  1584 KHZ TO EUROPE
FRIDAY           01.25 UTC  9955 KHZ TO CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA
SATURDAY     01.55 UTC 11580 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA
                        20.25 UTC  1584 KHZ TO SOUTH EUROPE
SUNDAY          00.55 UTC  7730 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA
                        10.55 UTC  6070 KHZ TO EUROPE
 
Thank you for your reports to last weekend’s broadcast. I am already two weeks behind in responding, but hope to have all the SWRG2 reports answered before the first SWRG4 show goes on the air.    
 
Kim
 
Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Night of Nights begins in 16 minutes

It's that time again.  We raise our barbaric yawp against those who thought Morse code was dead for all time.  This year, we raise it on 18 transmitters.  From MRHS:

Night of Nights XVIII!   

Here's all the time, station and frequency information for Night of Nights XVIII..
Date: Wednesday 12 July 2017 Pacific Daylight Time 

Location: RCA receiving station, 17400 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Point Reyes National Seashore   

Click HERE for a map of the location from Google Maps 

Time: Doors open at 3:00pm pdt, first transmission 5:01pm pdt (0001gmt 13 July)

Light refreshments: Served

Photographs: Encouraged

Tours: Given (Whisper that you're  True Believer for a special tour of the Treasure Room)

None of this would have been possible without the trust and vision of the Point Reyes National Seashore.  The only reason these facilities were spared the bulldozer that visited all the others is that they are on park land.  And the only reason they have been restored to operation is that the PRNS staff understood their importance and trusted the MRHS to restore them to life.  

We will send last minute changes and signal reports by Twitter.  You can join Twitter free at:
https://www.twitter.com

and follow us at @Radiomarine
 

MRHS Stations
Eighteen  transmitters will be on the air from the MRHS transmitter site in Bolinas! That doesn't include transmitters held in ready reserve in case of failure.  Members of the crack MRHS Transmitter Department and the H Set Team will be on hand to assure that all goes well.

> KPH:
Frequency            Transmitter                  Antenna

500/426                Henry MF-5000D        Marconi T
4247.0                  RCA K Set                  Double Extended Zepp
6477.5                  RCA K Set                  Double Extended Zepp
8642.0                  RCA L Set                  Double Extended Zepp
12808.5                RCA L Set                  H over 2
17016.8                RCA L Set                  H over 2
22477.5                RCA H Set                 H over 2

The restoration of the H set has been chronicled in past issues of the Newsletter.  It will return to revenue service for the first time in decades for Night of Nights.  See Newsletter No. 38 for information about and photos of this magnificent transmitter.

NOTE: Broadcasts including commemorative messages, weather, traffic lists, etc., will be sent via KPH only.  KFS will send the station identification "wheel" on all HF channels when not working ships.

> KFS
Frequency            Transmitter                     Antenna
500                      Henry MF5000D             Marconi T
6365.6                 Henry HF5000D              Double extended Zepp
12695.5              
Press Wireless PW15   H over 2
17026.0               Henry HF5000D              H over 2
22581.5               Henry HF5000D              H over 2
> K6KPH

K6KPH ops will monitor the frequencies below as propagation and the number of available operators permit.  K6KPH will be open for signal reports, traffic or general contacts.  Give us a buzz.

Frequency           Transmitter                    Antenna

3550.0                 Henry HF-5000D           Double Extended Zepp
7050.0                 RCA L Set                     Double Extended Zepp
14050.0               Henry HF-5000D           H over 2
18097.5               Henry HF-5000D           H over 2
21050.0               Henry HF-5000D           H over 2


> Reception Reports

Reception reports and verification requests for the MRHS stations listed above may be sent to:

Maritime Radio Historical Society
PO Box 392
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
USA

Note: Self addressed stamped envelopes would be greatly appreciated!  Please, no "green stamps".

> Station Telephone
The receive site may be contacted by phone on 415-669-9646 (answered only when the station is on the air)


USCG Stations
Many USCG personnel at all levels are responsible for bringing these stations back on the air for Night of Nights XVIII.  We want to particularly thank ET1 Mike Leska for taking the lead for this year's project.

> NMC (Transmit Bolinas, Receive Pt. Reyes)

Frequency            Transmitter                         Antenna

448.0                    Nautel ND2500TT/6           173' monopole tower
500.0                    Nautel ND2500TT/6           173' monopole tower
6383.0                  Rockwell-Collins RT-2200  Omni-directional
8574.0                  Rockwell-Collins RT-2200  Omni-directional
17220.5                Rockwell-Collins RT-2200  Omni-directional

>>==> We have just received a flash message stating that NMN will not be on the air for Night of Nights XVIII
> NMN - Chesapeake, VA
8465 
12718.5 
16976

NOTE: The presence of NMN on CW is a very big deal and a technical challenge.  NMN will be remote controlled from NMC.  Big thanks to ET1 Mike Leska without whom the entire USCG Night of Nights operation would not be possible.

NOTE regarding NMC/NMQ/NMW MF transmissions.  Only one MF transmitter will be in service at each station.  Morse transmissions will be made on an as-available basis from each station as USCG operators must also accommodate scheduled NAVTEX transmissions.

> NMQ (Transmit Cambria, CA, Receive and Control Pt. Reyes)

Frequency            Transmitter                  Antenna

448.0                    Nautel ND2500TT/6    Inverted L
500.0                    Nautel ND2500TT/6    Inverted L

 
> NMW (Transmit Astoria, OR, Receive and Control Pt. Reyes)
Frequency            Transmitter                   Antenna

448.0                    Nautel ND2500TT/6    Capacitive top hat
500.0                    Nautel ND2500TT/6    Capacitive top hat


> Reception Reports


Reception reports and verification requests for the USCG stations listed above may be sent to:

ET1 Mike Leska 
ESD Ketchikan - QSL 
1300 Steadman St 
Ketchikan, AK 99901
USA
Note: Self addressed stamped envelopes would be greatly appreciated!  Please, no "green stamps".

> Shipcom Station WLO

We are sorry to report that Shipcom station WLO will be unable to participate in Night of Nights XVIII.

> Calling Channels

All commercial and USCG stations listed above will listen for calls from ships on 500kc and on ITU Channel 3 HF:

4184.0
6276.0
8368.0
12552.0
16736.0
22280.5

Listen on these frequencies if you want to copy both sides of ship to shore contacts.

 

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

More Russian Frequencies

1. Bear Net

Usually TU-95 "Bear" long range bombers, but sometimes TU-160 "Blackjack" bombers heard. Frequencies are seasonal:

Spring        1 Mar - 5 May      5620, 8029 Ground CW   8170  Air CW   8090 USB
Summer     6 May - 31 Aug    8895 Ground CW             9128 Air CW    8909 USB
Autumn      1 Sep - 31 Oct      5312, 5825, 8162 CW      9027 Air CW    8033 USB
Winter        1 Nov - 28/9 Feb  8112 Ground CW             8990 Air CW    8131 USB

Frequencies are often guarded with single-letter CW markers, such as "W."


2. RDARA (Regional/domestic air route control):

2655.0    Night (South): Astrakhan, Rostov-na-Donu, Sochi, Vladikavkaz,     Volgograd, Stavropol, Elista, Krasnodar, Mineralnie Vody

4465.0    RDARA FE: Ekimchan ACC, Vladivostok ACC, Khabarovsk ACC, Chulman ACC, Blagoveschensk (Ignatyevo) ACC

4663.0    Aktyubinsk ACC, Almaty ACC, Kyzylorda ACC, Tashkent ACC, Uralsk ACC, Aralsk ACC, Ashkabad ACC, Atyrau (Guryev) ACC, Aktay ACC, Zhezkazgan ACC

4672.0   RDARA NW: Murmansk ACC, Arkhangelsk ACC, St.Petersburg ACC, Petrozavodsk ACC, Vologda ACC, Velikiye Luki ACC

4686.0   Bishkek ACC, Osh ACC

4696.0   RDARA FE: Kostanay (Narimanovka) ACC, Karaganda ACC, Magadan ACC

5568.0   RDARA Day (South), same as 2655 (night)


3. Some VOLMETs I've logged:

Net 1: 2869 6693 8888 11318   Samara 15/45
Net 2: 2941 6617 8939 11297   Rostov 25/55
Net 3: 3116 5691 8861 13267   Magadan 20/50
Net 4: 3407 6730 8819 11279   Tashkent 20/50


4. Selected frequencies, some may be old:

    11.0    CW    RIW    Penza    Navy
    18.1    FSK    RDL    Smolensk?    High Command HQ    Morse & printer
    25.0    Var    RJH6x    Var    Naval comm system    CW & FSK
  518.0    Sitor-B    UGE    Arkhangelsk    Navtex "F"
2013.5    CW    Var    Var    Naval Air Transport
2620.0    Var    Var    "HF1"    Interservice interoperability guard ch
2638.0    Var    Var    "HF2"    Interservice interoperability guard ch
2721.0    Var    REA4    Moscow    Russian Air Force HQ
2737.0    Var    REA4    Moscow    Russian Air Force HQ
3192.0    CW    RMP    Kaliningrad    Navy    Baltic Fleet
3353.0    CW    RJE65    Novorossijsk    Navy
3378.0    CW    RCV    Sevastopol    Ukraine    Navy    Black Sea Fleet
3531.0    Navy    REA4    Var    Night fq
3630.0    Var    Var    "HF1"    Interservice interoperability guard ch
3826.0    USB    RCV    Sevastopol    Ukraine    Navy    Black Sea Fleet
3826.0    Var    RMP/RIW/etc    Var    Navy
4045.0    USB    RosAeronavigatsia    Var    Russian Air Navigation (civil)
4048.0    CW    RJS    Vladivostok    Navy    Pacific Fleet
4055.0    CW    RCV    Sevastopol    Ukraine    Navy    Black Sea Fleet
4079.0    CW    RMP    Kaliningrad    Navy    Baltic Fleet
4129.0    Var    Var    "HF2"    Interservice interoperability guard ch
4146.0    USB    UDY    Novolazarevskaya    Antarctic Station
4379.0    Var    REA4    Moscow    Russian Air Force HQ
4582.0    CW/FSK    RDL    Smolensk    Navy    maybe also USB voice
4584.0    CW    RMP    Kaliningrad    Navy    Baltic Fleet
4819.0    RTTY    LTJQ / LENJ    Var    MFA
4895.5            Var    Strategic net
4948.0    CW    RMP    Kaliningrad    Navy    Baltic Fleet
4979.0    CW    RAL2 net    Var    Navy
5006.0    CW    RMP    Kaliningrad    Navy    Baltic Fleet
5086.0    CW    RMP    Kaliningrad    Navy    Baltic Fleet
5145.0    USB    Russian aero net       
5158.0        REA4    Moscow    Russian Air Force HQ
5224.0    CW    RCV    Sevastopol    Ukraine    Navy    Black Sea Fleet
5312.0    CW    RCV    Sevastopol    Ukraine    Navy    Black Sea Fleet
5343.0    CW    RIT    Severomorsk    Navy    Northern Fleet
5400.5    CW    RKN    Astrakhan    Navy    Caspian Flotilla
5461.0    RTTY        Var    MFA    also RCV    Navy
5510.0    USB    UDY    Novolazarevskaya    Antarctic Station
5881.0    CW    RMP    Kaliningrad    Navy    Baltic Fleet
6210.0    USB    UDY    Novolazarevskaya    Antarctic Station
6210.0    USB    Var    ALCI (air base)    Antarctic supply flights
6319.0    CW    RIT    Severomorsk    Navy
6343.0    Var    Var    Var    Strategic Command    CW & F1B
6350.0    Var    Var    "HF2"    Interservice interoperability guard ch
6362.0    CW        Alternative 1    Navy    Baltic Fleet
6364.0    CW    RIW    Penza    Navy
6449.0    CW    RIT    Severomorsk    Navy    Northern Fleet
6672.0    USB    Norilsk    Siberia    RDARA Krasnoyarsk Primary
6827.0    CW    RIT    Severomorsk    Navy    Northern Fleet
6873.0    CW    RMP    Kaliningrad    Navy    Baltic Fleet
6885.0    USB    Korsar    Pskov    AF Ground-Air
7054.0        REA4    Moscow    Russian Air Force HQ
7206.0    CW    RIT    Severomorsk    Navy    Northern Fleet
7467.0    CW    RIT    Severomorsk    Navy    Northern Fleet
7566.0    CW    RCV    Sevastopol    Ukraine    Navy    Black Sea Fleet
7632.0    CW    RJS    Vladivostok    Navy    Pacific Fleet
7657.0    FSK    RDL    Var    High Command HQ
7662.6    USB            Air Transport
7665.0    USB    UDY    Novolazarevskaya    Antarctic Station
7816.0    USB    RDL    Smolensk    Navy
8136.0        RMD    RMW    Var    Strategic forces
8265.0    USB    Var    ALCI (air base)    Antarctic supply flights
8294.0    USB    UDY    Novolazarevskaya    Antarctic Station
8416.5    Sitor-B    UAT    Moscow    Moscow Radio
8431.5    Sitor    UAT    Moscow    Civilian river traffic
8684.0    CW    RCV    Sevastopol    Navy
8794.0    USB    RIW    Penza    Navy
8822.0    USB    Norilsk    Siberia    RDARA Krasnoyarsk secondary
8847.0    USB    Davlenie    Taganrog    Air Force 6958th Av
8888.0    USB    Samara    Samara    Russian volmet
8974.0    USB        Ukraine    Ukraine AF net
9044.0    F1A        Var    Strategic Command    FSK Morse
9145.0    CW    F1B    RIW    Penza    Navy HQ
9373.0    CW    RMP    Kaliningrad    Navy
10087.0    PSK    014    Krasnoyarsk    ARINC HFDL
10102.3        RMD    RMW    Var    Strategic forces
10201.0    CW    RCV    Sevastopol    Ukraine    Navy    Black Sea Fleet
10203.0    CW    RJS    Vladivostok    Navy    Pacific Fleet
10244.0            Moscow    Navy HQ    duplex w/ vessels
10318.0    USB    Novosibirsk    Novosibirsk    Novosibirsk Volmet
10672.0    CW        Moscow    Navy HQ    XXX msgs
10933.0    CW        Moscow    Navy HQ    XXX msgs
11000.0    CW    RIW    Moscow    Navy HQ primary sx/dx
11139.0    FSK    RDL    Var    High Command HQ
11155.0    CW    RIT    Severomorsk    Navy    Northern Fleet
11193.0    USB    Moscow Radio    Moscow    Civil aviation wkg "97"
11233.0    USB    Var    Var    AF strategic forces
11254.0    USB    Var    Air Transport Central Sector   
11318.0    USB    Syktykvar    Syktykvar    Russian Volmet
11354.0    USB    Priboj    Moscow    w/52764 (Navy AN-26)
11360.0    USB    Priboj    Moscow    Air Transport Central Sector
11360.0    USB    Korsar    Pskov    Air Force    clg Davlenie
11390.0    USB    "Control"    Murmansk    Flight following
11407.5    CW/F1A    REA4    Moscow    Russian Air Force HQ
11408.0    F1A            Air Force    XXX msgs
11418.0    CW    RMP    Kaliningrad    Navy    Baltic Fleet
11688.0    CW    RCV    Sevastopol    Ukraine    Navy    Black Sea Fleet
12579.0    Sitor-B    UAT    Moscow    Moscow Radio    wx/wngs
12579.0    Sitor-B    UFZ    Vladivostok    Vladivostok Radio wx/wngs
12596.0    Sitor    RLK7    Arkangelsk Radio    Commercial
12599.0    Sitor    UAT    Moscow    Civilian river traffic
12688.0    CW            XXX grade msg //13443 //13561 //20224
12741.0    CW            Strategic msgs often XXX
12794.0    AT3104    RCV    Sevastopol    Ukraine    Navy    Black Sea Fleet
12832.0    FSK    RDL    Var    High Command HQ
12832.0    USB    RDL    Smolensk    Navy
12877.5    F1B    UIW    Kaliningrad Radio    WX in Sitor-B    RTTY mkrs
12904.0    Var    RMP/RIW/etc    Var    Navy
13032.0    FSK    RDL    Var    High Command HQ    Morse & printer //18.1
13086.0    USB    RIW    Penza    Navy HQ
13443.0    CW            XXX msg //12688 //13561 //20224
13561.0    CW            XXX msg //12688 // 13443 //20224
13636.0    CW    RJS    Vladivostok    Navy    Pacific Fleet
13852.0    CW    4-char        XXX msg //12981
14376.0    FSK    RDL    Var    High Command HQ
14411.0    USB    F1B    RDL    Smolensk    Navy
14556.0    CW    RIW    Penza    Navy    clg RGR70
14665.0    CW    RDL    Smolensk    XXX priority tfc
15036.0    USB    UDY    Novolazarevskaya    Antarctic Station
15036.0    USB    Var    ALCI (air base)    Antarctic supply flights
15586.0    CW    RCV    Sevastopol    Navy Black Sea Fleet
16072.0    50/500    Unid    Chayka    Air Force
16176.0    CW    RMP    Kaliningrad    Navy    Baltic Fleet
16207.0    BEE    RCV    Sevastopol    Navy
16234.0    BEE    RDL    Smolensk    Navy
17405.0    Sitor-B    UBL    Khabarovsk Radio    RR Nav wngs at 0050
18030.0    USB    Korsar    Pskov    Air Force
18107.0    FSK    RDL    Smolensk    High Command HQ
18107.0    CW    RDL    Smolensk    Navy    XXX msg
18107.0    F1A + T600    50/200    RDL    Strategic operational command
18245.0    MFSK    Unid    Moscow    MFA 6-tone selcal
19201.0    CW    RCV    Sevastopol    Ukraine    Navy    Black Sea Fleet
20224.0    CW            XXX grade msg //12688 // 13443 // 13561
20268.0    USB    RDL    Smolensk    Navy
20752.0    CW    RDL    Smolensk    Navy
20752.0    BEE    RDL    Smolensk    Navy    strategic bc //18.1
21438.0    CW    RCV    Sevastopol    Ukraine    Navy    Black Sea Fleet
22392.0    CW    RDL    Smolensk    Navy
22393.0    BEE    Unid    Var    Navy 36-80 encr
22413.0    BEE        Severomorsk    Navy
22864.0    BEE    RDL        Strategic operational command

More information on Russian voice transmissions

Here's a list of common Russian expressions used on voice radio, and their translations.

Much of this list comes courtesy of the listener who goes by MDMonitor on the mailing lists. The rest is my own.

Numbers:

 0- Null         nul
 1- Odin        ah-DIN
 2- Dva         d-VA
 3- Tri           teh-RE
 4- Chety're  cheh-TEER-eh
 5- Pyat'       pyAT
 6- Shest'     shest
 7- Sem'       syem
 8- Vosem'    VO-syehm
 9- Devyat'   TYEH-vets

 10- TEE-syets
 11 ah-din-NAD-tsats
 12 d-va-NAD-tsats
 13 teh-re-NAD-tsats
 14 cheh-teereh-NAD-tsats
 15 pyat-NAD-tsats
 16 shest-NAD-tsats
 17 syem-NAD-tsats
 18 va-syem-NAD-tsats
 19 dyeh-vets-NAD-tsats
 20 dvee-NAD-tsats
 30 TRI-tsat
 40 sorok
 50 pyatdesyat
 60 shestdesyat
 70 syemdesyat
 80 vosemnadtsat
 90 devyatnadtsat
 100 sto


The way they  do the numbers is different every time. So 147 for example could be said as: one forty-seven, fourteen seven, one hundred and forty-seven. Either way, when it comes to the Bear net they'll say one of the above and then read them out singularly. Using 147 again:  "fourteen seven, one four seven"

Hugh's additional note: Numbers in Russian get complicated.  By themselves, as quantities, or as figures in code groups, no problem. When followed by nouns, they usually agree in gender and case, though the rules are not simple.  Cases (nominative, genitive, dative, etc) matter in Russian.  Unless you're learning the language, that's all you need to know.


Terms:


 Ballov       literally "balls". Readability figure, Dva Ballov = read you two by, etc.
 Chas or Chasov    hour or time
 Davlenie    Barometric pressure
 Eshelon polyota    altitude, flight level
 Kanal        channel, frequency
 Konets svyazi    "end of communications", over and out
 Konyets    finished, over, end of transmission
 Ostatok     fuel remainder
 Polyot       flight
 Ponyal or Vas Ponyal "I understand you", i.e. QSL
 Posadka    landing
 Prinyal     "understood", i.e. roger, QSL.
 Priyom     over, implies listening
 Radiogramma     message
 Slyshu      hear, listen  i.e. Ya slishu vas = "I hear you"
 Svyaz       communications
 Topliva     literally oil, fuel remainder
 Vremiya   time
 Vzlyot      take-off


My list of air call signs:

Akustik                Joint Strategic forces
Amba                   Samara airport
Assistant              Mozdok airport
Avora                   Volgograd
Balans                  New, unk
Buntar                 AF, Orenburg
Chklakovskiy      AF, Moscow
Davlenie             AF 6958th Aviation Base, Taganrog
Dorozhnij           AF, Rostov-na-Donu
Gazelle                Joint Strategic forces
Kanatnij             AF, Ivanovo-North
Kansek                Joint Strategic forces
Karakul              AF, Engels
Katolik               New, unk
Kedr                   AF, Bryansk
Klarnetist           AF 6955th Aviation Base, Migalovo/Tver
Korsar                AF 6985th Aviation Base, Pskov
Kraket                Air Transport, Western Sector, Kaliningrad
Kvartet               AF, Taganrog
Maska                Joint Strategic forces
Midyalka           Joint Strategic forces
Monolog            Air transport, eastern sector, Vladivostok
Nabor                 Joint Strategic forces
Nezyanka           Joint Strategic forces
Norka                 Naval aviation, southern sector, Sevastopol
Novator              Naval aviation, northern sector, Murmansk
Ochitska             Joint Strategic forces, Moscow?
Paradnij              AF, Milllerovo
Perekop              AF, Olenya
Poletnoj              AF, unknown
Polis                   AF 6956th Aviation Base, Orenberg
Priboj                 Air transport, central sector, Moscow
Procelka             Joint Strategic forces
Proselok             AF 566th Military Transport Aviation Regiment, Bryansk
REA4                 Collective stragegic AF c/s
Rubezhok           AB Severomorsk-3
Saksofon             Joint Strategic forces
Seriozhka            Astrakhan
Shagol                AF, Chelyabinsk
Shlagata              Joint Strategic forces
Shpora                Joint Strategic forces, Rostov
Shtat                   Sochi
Stavok                Vladikavkaz
Sympatia            Joint Strategic forces
Triol                    Elista
Trubach              AF, Omsk
Tyurik                 Krasnodar / Pashkovskiy (URKK)


My list of naval call signs:

Atlant                RJH77    Arkhangelsk    "Atlantic"
Bugel                RMZB    General c/s for initial call to unk warship
Chinara             RJD97    Strelok    Pacific Fleet base
Dekanat             RCC    Kamchatskiy    "Dean's Office"
Flejta                 RJD93    Sowgwanx    "Flute"
Flüger                RJD56    Murmansk    "Weathervane"
Garantiya           RIQ88    Guba Okolnaya    "Guarantee"
Grejder              RJS    Vladivostok    "Grader"
Gwozdika          RCV    Sevastopol    "Cloves"
Iskatelx              RJD69    Baltiysk    "Seeker"
Kaktus               RJH25    Kyrgyzstan    "Cactus"
Öjnara                RJD97    Strelok/Pavlovsk Bay    "Sycamore"
Parus                  RJC66    St. Petersburg    "Sail"
Priroda               RIR2    Polyarny    "Nature"
Progress             RIW, RJE56    Moscow    "Progress"
Sibiräk               RJH25    Bishkek    "Siberian"
Skakun               RJD85    Krondstadt    "Racer"
Svetlana             RJD80    Murmansk -140
Swetok               RJD99    Severodvinsk    "Flower"
Topol                 RJE65    Novorossiysk    "White Poplar"
Ürist                   RJC60    Vladivostok    "Jurist"
Westnik             RMP, RJD71    Kaliningrad    "Messenger"
Wolfram            RIT, RJH57    Severomorsk
Zazor                 RJD52    Astrakhan    "Gap"


Friday, June 23, 2017

New list of Japanese fishery stations

This is my latest list of Japanese fishery shore station call signs and licensees. It's a composite of two lists found online, one from 2014 and in Japanese, and one much older one that's apparently a straight dump of the government list.  Many stations that only use VHF or 27 MHz don't show an international call sign at all, but those aren't relevant for an HF list anyway.

The original structure of Japanese 3-letter calls reserved the entire JF- block for fishery.  The JHx block has some fishery use as well.  Most, but not all, of the stations are licensed to prefectural fisheries.  They work fishing vessels at sea, and some take daily CQs on ITU maritime channels.

Modes used are CW (International Morse and Wabun codes), USB voice, and occasionally fax or digital.  We get frequent rumors that more advanced military modes and frequencies might have occasional fishery use, but there's not enough hard information to say either way.

The list:

JFA    Matsudo Radio
JFB    Tokushima Prefecture Radio Fishery Cooperative Association
JFC    (1-7) Kanagawa Prefecture (Misaki Fishery Radio Station)
JFD    Ishikawa Prefecture Fisheries Cooperative Association
JFE    Okinawa Prefecture Fisheries
JFF    Miyagi Fishery Radio Station
JFG    Shizuoka Prefecture Fisheries
JFH    Mie Prefectural Fishery (Hamashima Fishery Radio Station)
JFI     Kasumi fishery
JFJ     May be unused
JFK    Shimonoseki Fishery
JFK2    Akkeshi Radio Association
JFL    Suzaki Fishery
JFM    Kochi Prefectural Fishery (Muroto Fishing)
JFN    Tobata
JFO    Fukuoka Fishery
JFP    Miyazaki Prefecture Fishery (Aburatsubo Fishery)
JFQ    Makurazaki Fishery
JFR    Nagasaki Prefectural Fishery
JFR2    Nagasaki Prefectural Fishery
JFS    Aomori Prefectural Fishery
JFT    Kamaishi Fishery
JFU    Ishinomaki Fishery
JFV    Kesennuma
JFW    Fukushima Prefectural Fisheries (Iwaki Fishery)
JFX    Kagoshima Prefecture Fisheries (Kagoshima Fishery Radio Station)
JFY    Wakkanai Fishery
JFZ    Kushiro machine fishing fishery cooperative - Shiroko Fishery, Hokkaido
JHA    Ibaraki Fishery
JHC    Chiba Prefectural Fishery
JHE    Ehime Prefecture Wireless Fisheries Cooperative Association
JHU    Nemuro Fishery Cooperative Association
JSB    Hokkaido Board of Education, HS fishing program

4312501    Ofunato Fishing (Only identification given - has HF authorization)

In addition, JFC, JFW, and JFX are known to keep a daily schedule of fax transmissions on the common frequencies of 6414.5, 8658.0, 13074.0, 16907.5, and 22559.6 kHz. There are probably others.  Fax is often tuned 1.9 kHz below the internationally listed frequencies.

Martin Foltz in California has been quite successful in getting E-QSLs from some of these stations.

First Shortwave Radiogram this weekend

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Hello friends,

The first Shortwave Radiogram has been uploaded to WRMI. Instead of the .wav file that I sent to the VOA North Carolina transmitter site, the file for WRMI is .mp3, 128 kbps. This should be more than adequate for good decoding, but if you experience problems that might be related to the audio format, please let me know. 

Another challenge with the first Shortwave Radiogram is sending this email to the approximately one thousand listeners on the VOA Radiogram email list. The VOA Outlook-based email system had a limit of 400 emails, so I sent them in groups of 400, 400, remainder. The radiogram@verizon.net is actually administered by AOL Mail, so we will learn how many recipients they tolerate. If this email comes to you from an address other than radiogram@verizon.net, please continue to use radiogram@verizon.net for emails to Shortwave Radiogram.
To keep things simple, the first VOA Radiogram will all be in MFSK32. It will include six images.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 1, 25 June 2017, all in MFSK32 centered on 1500 Hz:
 
 1:20  Program preview
 2:34  About Shortwave Radiogram*
 7:10  Soviet-US "hotline" created in 1963*
13:45  More Earth-sized planets found*
19:12  Shortwave listening guide* and amateur radio Field Day*
24:54  Closing announcements
 
* With image
 
Please send reception reports  to radiogram@verizon.net
 
And visit swradiogram.net
 
Twitter: @SWRadiogram (especially active just before, during, and after broadcasts)

 
Shortwave Radiogram Transmission Schedule
 
 
Sunday
0600-0630 UTC
7730 kHz
Sunday
2030-2100 UTC
11580 kHz
Sunday
2330-2400 UTC
11580 kHz
  
The Mighty KBC transmits to Europe Saturdays at 1500-1530 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 EDT) on 9925 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:
WEDNESDAY  18.55 UTC  6070 KHZ TO EUROPE
                        19.55 UTC  1584 KHZ TO EUROPE
THURSDAY     02.55 UTC  1584 KHZ TO EUROPE
FRIDAY           01.25 UTC  9955 KHZ TO CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA
SATURDAY     01.55 UTC 11580 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA
                        20.25 UTC  1584 KHZ TO SOUTH EUROPE
SUNDAY          00.55 UTC  7730 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA
                        10.55 UTC  6070 KHZ TO EUROPE
 
Thank you for your reports to the final VOA Radiogram. I hope to start answering those today.
 
I hope you can tune this weekend for the first Shortwave Radiogram.
 
Kim
 
Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter

Saturday, June 17, 2017

VOA Radiogram Is Dead, Long Live Shortwave Radiogram

Kim Andrew Elliott is retiring, and that means no more VOA Radiogram.  The last one airs this weekend. However, Kim will continue this innovative effort on a new transmitter, WRMI in Miami. The new program is called Shortwave Radiogram, and the format is just like the old one.

The time/frequency schedule changes considerably, and next weekend will be something of a new set of variables in this summer's iffy HF propagation.  I assume that Kim will need a lot of reports.  Here are the new addresses:

OLD
NEW
Email address
Website
Twitter
@VOARadiogram
@SWRadiogram

And here is the new schedule:



Sunday
0600-0630
7730*
WRMI Florida
Americas
Asia-Pacific, Europe
Sunday
2030-2100
11580*
WRMI Florida
Europe
Americas, Asia-Pacific
Sunday
2330-2400
11580*
WRMI Florida
Americas
Europe, Asia-Pacific

* WRMI transmissions will continue as Shortwave Radiogram beginning June 25.


Some might wonder why a utility column spends so much time on a broadcast program.  The reason is that we are radio amateurs, and one of our major functions is to innovate communications technology.  VOA Radiogram, at its start 4 years ago, was a major innovation. It has pioneered techniques by which HF broadcasting can begin to adapt itself to a digital age, without having to replace all the equipment on both the transmit and receive sides.

At first, many people thought the whole idea was daft.  How does one send digital modes designed for amateur SSB transceivers over analog HF transmitters in double-sideband AM?  It's somewhat against common sense, but remember that these modes are essentially audio.  They're generated as audio, and the amateur transceiver turns them into SSB.  The receiver then turns them back into audio for decode by external equipment.  The transmitter and receiver in the middle can be AM.  Same flow.

The major technical challenges dealt with the nature of HF broadcast audio, which is heavily processed and compressed.  There were various issues with levels, hum in the old transmitters, audio harmonics, and duty cycles.  MFSK, with its 100% duty cycle, became, somewhat counter-intuitively, the best-received mode.  Olivia works too, but at its slowest speeds and largest bandwidths.

Later on, the receiving software was given a real workout. The show had more or less standardized on fldigi, a ham program, and the partnership led to the technical evolution of both. It became clear that digital modes on analog HF transmitters could increase their coverage. The concept also suggested means of penetrating jamming, and even sending text, however slowly, to countries where the Internet had been blocked by censors.  Many foreign languages with non-Latin alphabets were tried, and they all worked. MFSK images, which work a bit like SSTV, were also given a good test. They're noisy with typically lousy band conditions, but they're good enough .  Now they are a staple.

More recently, we have seen adaptations of fldigi for receiving by the technically untrained. This is obviously important if HF broadcasting is to evolve. First, a version of flmsg for Android phones was issued, and then another adaptation (TIVAR) made copying on smartphones a breeze.  I've done it here.  You set the phone near a speaker, start the program, and away you go.

Let's give Kim a Bravo Zulu on his retirement, and work with him to continue advancing the state of world communication.