Saturday, August 09, 2014

VOA SWBC Committee Reports on HF Audience Research

Copied from VOA Radiogram on 5745 kHz at ~0250 UTC, 10 Aug 14:

To Be Where the Audience Is - Report of the Special Committee on
the Future of Shortwave Broadcasting

WASHINGTON (August 1, 2014) - The Broadcasting Board of Governors
today released "To Be Where the Audience Is," a report that found
shortwave radio to be essential to listeners in target countries,
but of marginal impact in most markets. The report's
recommendations came after a comprehensive review, grounded in
audience-based research, of the efficacy of shortwave as a
distribution platform for U.S. international media.

"Shortwave radio continues to be an important means for large
numbers of peoÆq6e [garble - Hugh] countries to receive news and
information," said Matt Armstrong, who chaired the BBG's Special
Committee on the Future of Shortwave Broadcasting, which issued
the report. "However, many of our networks' target audiences have
moved to newer platforms including TV, FM and digital media. This
report maps a way forward for U.S. international media to remain
accessible for all our audiences."

Research-based evidence of media trends suggests that the
increased availability and affordability of television, mobile
devices and Internet access has led to the declining use of
shortwave around the world. Still, the report finds that
substantial audiences embrace shortwave in Nigeria, Burma, North
Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Cuba and other target
markets for the BBG.

At the same time, the committee's recommendations make clear that
the BBG will need to continue to reduce or eliminate shortwave
broadcasts where there is either minimal audience or that
audience is not a U.S. foreign policy priority. It also ratifies
reductions that were made in redundant signals in 2013 and
further cuts in transmissions that were made in 2014.

Even with these recent reductions, the BBG makes programs in 35
of its 61 broadcast languages available on shortwave where there
is a strategic reason to do so.

The report notes there is no evidence that shortwave usage
increases during crises. At such times, audiences continue to use
their preferred platforms or seek out anti-censorship tools to
help them navigate to the news online, including firewall
circumvention tools or offline media including thumb drives and
DVDs.

The Shortwave Committee report will be discussed at the August 13
public meeting of the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

http://www.bbg.gov/blog/2014/08/01/to-be-where-the-audience-is-re
port-of-the-special-committee-on-the-future-of-shortwave-broadcas
ting/

The full report can be found via this page:

http://www.bbg.gov/about-the-agency/research-reports/board/

Note from Kim: Documentation about VOA Radiogram was provided to
committee, and many VOA Radiogram listeners sent comments. VOA
Radiogram was, however, not mentioned in the report.

[accompanied by an image showing vultures perched on a short wave radio antenna.]


Thursday, August 07, 2014

VOA Radiogram for August 9-10, VOA Mandarin, and Mighty KBC

From Kim Andrew Elliott:

Hello friends,

VOA Radiogram this weekend includes news items about international media, including the much anticipated  report of the Broadcasting Board of Governors shortwave committee.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 71, 9-10 August 2014 (MFSK32)…

1:32  Program preview
2:36  Siberian activism may bring Russian Internet controls
7:24  Chinese TV channel disrupted by "hacktivist," with image
14:29  SW Radio Africa ends broadcasts to Zimbabwe, with image
19:22  BBG shortwave committee issues report, with image
26:23  Closing announcements

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17860 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

VOA Mandarin continues its daily MFSK transmissions, now MFSK16 centered on 2000 Hz. Very precise tuning of the audio frequency is necessary for a successful decode of MFSK16.  

Daily (each transmission is 1 minute, 22 seconds):
2258 UTC        6135  9845 kHz
0058 UTC        9880  15385  15565  17560 kHz
Via Asian relay stations

Please send reception reports for the VOA Mandarin MFSK tests to radiogram@voanews.com.  Audio recordings would be appreciated, but no need to send audio if the MFSK is not heard well enough for at least a 50% decode.

The Mighty KBC will transmit a minute of MFSK64 Saturday at about 1130 UTC on 6095 kHz, and Sunday about 0130 UTC (Saturday 9:30 pm EDT) on 9925 kHz. Both frequencies are via Germany. Reports to themightykbc@gmail.com .

The U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors will meet Wednesday, 13 August, beginning at 1300 UTC. The meeting will include discussion of the BBG shortwave committee report. Live and on-demand video will be available here: http://www.bbg.gov/blog/2013/10/24/board-meeting-august-13-2014/

Thank you for your reception reports from last weekend.  I will respond before this weekend is over.

Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
voaradiogram.net

Hurricane Iselle Advisory Number 30

WTPA33 PHFO 071442
TCPCP3

BULLETIN
HURRICANE ISELLE ADVISORY NUMBER  30
NWS CENTRAL PACIFIC HURRICANE CENTER HONOLULU HI   EP092014
500 AM HST THU AUG 07 2014

...DANGEROUS ISELLE BEARING DOWN ON THE BIG ISLAND...


SUMMARY OF 500 AM HST...1500 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...18.5N 150.6W
ABOUT 305 MI...490 KM ESE OF HILO HAWAII
ABOUT 510 MI...825 KM ESE OF HONOLULU HAWAII
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...80 MPH...130 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 285 DEGREES AT 17 MPH...28 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...986 MB...29.12 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES IN WATCHES AND WARNINGS WITH THIS ADVISORY...

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR KAUAI COUNTY.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...

A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* HAWAII COUNTY

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* MAUI COUNTY...INCLUDING THE ISLANDS OF MAUI...MOLOKAI...LANAI...
  AND KAHOOLAWE.
* OAHU
* KAUAI COUNTY INCLUDING THE ISLANDS OF KAUAI AND NIIHAU.

A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED
SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA. PREPARATIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND
PROPERTY SHOULD BE RUSHED TO COMPLETION.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN 36 HOURS.

INTERESTS IN THE NORTHWEST HAWAIIAN ISLANDS SHOULD MONITOR THE
PROGRESS OF ISELLE.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...PLEASE MONITOR
PRODUCTS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN
HONOLULU HAWAII.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
------------------------------
AT 500 AM HST...1500 UTC...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE ISELLE WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 18.5 NORTH...LONGITUDE 150.6 WEST. ISELLE IS
MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 17 MPH...28 KM/H...AND THIS
MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY...WITH SOME SLOWING
IN FORWARD SPEED ON FRIDAY NIGHT. ON THE FORECAST TRACK...THE
CENTER OF ISELLE IS EXPECTED TO PASS OVER THE BIG ISLAND
TONIGHT...AND PASS JUST SOUTH OF THE SMALLER ISLANDS FRIDAY. 

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 80 MPH...130 KM/H...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS.  SOME WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS...BUT
ISELLE IS EXPECTED TO BE NEAR HURRICANE STRENGTH AS IT MAKES
LANDFALL ON THE BIG ISLAND TONIGHT.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 35 MILES...55 KM...FROM
THE CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140
MILES...220 KM.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 986 MB...29.12 INCHES.


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
WIND...THE ONSET OF TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS IS EXPECTED ON THE
BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII THIS AFTERNOON...WITH HURRICANE CONDITIONS
EXPECTED TONIGHT. TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OVER MAUI
COUNTY TONIGHT...OVER OAHU ON FRIDAY...AND OVER KAUAI COUNTY ON
FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

SURF...VERY LARGE AND DAMAGING SURF IS EXPECTED TO RAPIDLY BUILD
ALONG EAST AND SOUTH FACING SHORES TODAY AND TONIGHT...ESPECIALLY ON
THE BIG ISLAND.

RAINFALL...RAINFALL TOTALS OF 5 TO 8 INCHES...WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM
AMOUNTS TO 12 INCHES...ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE TRACK OF ISELLE.
THESE RAINS COULD CAUSE LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODS AS WELL AS
ROCK AND MUD SLIDES.

STORM SURGE...THE COMBINATION OF A DANGEROUS STORM SURGE AND THE
TIDE WILL CAUSE NORMALLY DRY AREAS NEAR THE COAST TO BE FLOODED BY
RISING WATERS. THE WATER COULD REACH THE FOLLOWING HEIGHTS ABOVE
GROUND IF THE PEAK SURGE OCCURS AT THE TIME OF HIGH TIDE...

BIG ISLAND WINDWARD AND KAU...1 TO 3 FT

THE HIGHEST WATER WILL OCCUR ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST IN AREAS OF
ONSHORE FLOW. THE SURGE WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY LARGE AND DAMAGING
WAVES. SURGE RELATED FLOODING DEPENDS ON THE RELATIVE TIMING OF THE
SURGE AND THE TIDAL CYCLE...AND CAN VARY GREATLY OVER SHORT
DISTANCES.


NEXT ADVISORY
-------------
NEXT INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY...800 AM HST.
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY...1100 AM HST.

$$

FORECASTER BIRCHARD

Pacific Air Recon for Iselle/ Julio

000
NOUS42 KNHC 061230
REPRPD
WEATHER RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHTS
CARCAH, NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER, MIAMI, FL.
0830 AM EDT WED 06 AUGUST 2014
SUBJECT: TROPICAL CYCLONE PLAN OF THE DAY (TCPOD)
         VALID 07/1100Z TO 08/1100Z AUGUST 2014
         TCPOD NUMBER.....14-067

I.  ATLANTIC REQUIREMENTS
   1. NEGATIVE RECONNAISSANCE REQUIREMENTS.
   2. OUTLOOK FOR SUCCEEDING DAY.....NEGATIVE.

II. PACIFIC REQUIREMENTS
   1. HURRICANE ISELLE
      FLIGHT ONE -- TEAL 71      FLIGHT TWO -- TEAL 72
      A. 07/1730, 2330Z          A. 08/0530, 1130Z
      B. AFXXX 0609C ISELLE      B. AFXXX 0709C ISELLE
      C. 07/1545Z                C. 08/0415Z
      D. 18.9N 152.0W            D. 19.4N 154.6W
      E. 07/1715Z TO 07/2330Z    E. 08/0515Z TO 08/1130Z
      F. SFC TO 10,000 FT        F. SFC TO 10,000 FT

   2. HURRICANE JULIO
      FLIGHT ONE -- NOAA 49
      A. 08/0000Z
      B. NOAA9 0110C JULIO
      C. 07/1730Z
      D. NA
      E. NA
      F. 41,000 TO 45,000 FT

   3. SUCCEEDING DAY OUTLOOK:
      A. ANOTHER 6-HRLY FIX MISSION ON ISELLE.
      B. BEGIN 6-HRLY FIXES ON JULIO AT 09/0530Z.
      C. A POSSIBLE G-IV MISSION DEPARTING PHNL AT 08/1730Z
         FOR HURRICANE JULIO.


$$
JWP

Friday, August 01, 2014

Another Night With HM01

5855.0    Unid    AM    HM01    0500    S9+10-20, started early, great signal, 83123 07715 57253 34033 55528 14423

10345.0    Unid    AM    HM01    0600,    S9+10, great signal, 83123 07715 57253 34033 55528 14423

9330.0    Unid    AM    HM01    0700    S9+10-20, great signal, 83123 07715 57253 34033 55528 14423

9065.0    Unid    AM    HM01    0800    S9+10, great signal, 83123 07715 57253 34033 55528 14423

9240.0    Unid    AM    HM01    0900    S9+10-20, good signal, 83123 07715 57253 34033 55528 14423

(1000 5855 n/h)

11435.0    Unid    AM    HM01    1600    S6, very low audio, new callup 83124 07716 57254 34034 55529 14423

---
All intercepts by the editor in Southern California

Thursday, July 31, 2014

VOA Radiogram MFSK32 Reception in Asia

At 2258 on 7/31 (UTC), the daily VOA test of MFSK32 capability gave useful copy on an Asian receiver despite a loud Chinese domestic station (not Firedrake) being on the 6135 kHz AM frequency.

Signal quality is hard to assess using remotes, but a surprising amount of information made it through to this computer, as decoded on Fldigi with UTF-8 characters enabled.

---------------------------

RSID received
Mode: MFSK32

Eoj° |ú
<STX>




这是美国之音以MFSK32模式(å¤e,频ç§Á<SUB>”®控32波特ir¼‰发射的ä¿aOd€‚ 多频移键控32
baud是业余无线电使用的流行模式
。我们现在试验通过短波信劷发射机用该模式发射信号。

请尨的收听情况报告寄至 Chinese@voanews.com,请在您的回复电邮主题栏内写上“VOA Radiogram”作
为您回
复电邮的题目。


<EOT>

------------------

A quickie Google translation gives:


This is the VOA to MFSK32 mode (å ¤ e, frequency ç § Á <SUB> "® control 32 Potter ir ¼ ‰ launch ä ¿aOd €, multi-frequency shift keying 32
baud is a popular mode of amateur radio use
. We now believe via shortwave transmitter test signals are transmitted by the model.

Please listen to the report of the shaggy dog ​​sent Chinese@voanews.com, please e-mail your reply on the subject line write "VOA Radiogram" for
For your back
Complex email problems.

VOA Radiogram Mandarin & Interesting 2-3 August Sked

From Kim Andrew Elliott:

Hello friends, 

Our new experiments with MFSK32 on the VOA Mandarin Service continue. The center audio frequency has been moved up to 2500 Hz, so you will probably need a 6 kHz bandwidth for best results.  

Until the MFSK32 begins, most of the audio you hear will probably be Chinese domestic radio on the same frequency as VOA Mandarin.

Each MFSK32 transmission is 1 minute, 10 seconds. Here is the schedule:

Daily
UTC
2258      6135  9845 kHz
0058      9880  15385  15565  17560 kHz

Please send reception reports for the VOA Mandarin MFSK32 to radiogram@voanews.com.  Audio recordings (mp3 is OK) are especially helpful.

TW in Shimane Prefecture, Japan, prepared these YouTube videos of his decoding:




VOA Radiogram this weekend will include news about legislation that could bring major changes to VOA and to other entities of U.S. international broadcasting.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 70, 2-3 August 2014 (MFSK32):

1:32  Program preview
2:40  International broadcasting bill passes House, with image
8:17  Moose drool detoxifies fungus, with image
11:36  ESA spacecraft will land on comet, with image
18:18  Bahama Islands formed from Sahara dust, with image
22:29  Outernet, via satellite, launches 11 August, with logo
25:25  Closing announcements

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com.

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17860 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

The Mighty KBC will transmit a minute of MFSK64 Saturday at 1130 UTC on 6095 kHz and Sunday at 0130 UTC (Saturday 9:30 pm EDT) on 9925 kHz. Both frequencies are via Germany. Reports for this broadcast to themightykbc@gmail.com .

Thanks to everyone who have sent reception reports for VOA Radiogram and for the VOA Mandarin tests. I will prepare a new eQSL for both of these and start sending them tomorrow.

Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
voaradiogram.net

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Day In the Life of HM01

Following yesterday's blog entry, all but one of HM01's known time slots have been checked live or by timer.  Here is the result.

7/28 2100  n/h any freq
7/28 2200  10715  S5, weak, cut, resumed
7/28 2300  n/h any freq
7/29 0500  14375  S8, readable with deep fading, 28629 07712 57251 34031 55525 14421
7/29 0600  14375  S7 carrier, extremely low audio, uncopyable
7/29 0700  13435  Weak, readable with deep fades, 28629 07712 57251 34031 55525 14421
7/29 0800  11635  Weak, fading, 28629 07712 57251 34031 55525 14421
7/29 0900  12120  n/h
7/29 1000  8642    n/h
7/29 1600  n/h any freq
7/29 1700  n/h any freq
7/29 1800  n/h any freq
7/29 2100  ---missed---
7/29 2200  17480  S8, readable, fading, 83121 07713 57251 34031 55526 14421
7/29 2300  n/h any freq

While HM01 is consistently weaker here in Southern California, all but 10715 at 2200 were only by 1-2 S units.

Notice how some callup 5F groups may increment by one, while others don't. This is typical, and the increment might mean there's a new message. Also, notice the 28629 group, which is also typical. When the last figure gets to nine, it will either stay there or a new group will appear. We saw this on the 29th, in the 2200 slot.

Monday, July 28, 2014

HM01 Data Needed!

Those who follow "numbers" are probably aware that the Cuban DGI/DI intelligence broadcasts called "HM01" (for the "hybrid" mode used) have been in a state of change.  After disappearing altogether, they came back, but now there seem to be changes that are not known yet.

These include new frequencies and schedules. Also, signals seem different. Tony Agnelli (FL) and a listener in NY both report weaker carrier and/or audio levels. I haven't noticed this change here on the other US coast, but I'll be listening today.

Reports either at the Utility Planet e-mail address (mt utility world at Google), or to such online groups as Spooks and UDXF.

Thank you.


VOA Radiogram Takes On Firedrake!

From Kim Andrew Eliott:

Hello friends,

The VOA Radiogram experiment enters an interesting new phase with MFSK32 text included in the shortwave broadcasts of the VOA Mandarin Service.

Beginning UTC Sunday at 2258 UTC (Monday morning in China)...

There will be 1:10 (1 minute, 10 seconds) of MFSK32 in Chinese beginning at..

2258:15 UTC        6135  9845 kHz

and

0058:10 UTC        9880 15385 15565 17560 kHz


These transmissions will continue for two weeks. The transmissions are via VOA relays stations in Asia.

The MFSK32 will be Chinese characters.  You will need the UTF-8 character set.  In Fldigi: Configure > Colors & Fonts.

Usually there will be Chinese domestic radio jamming VOA on the same frequency. It will therefore be MFSK32 versus the Chinese jamming.

I know that most of you are outside of the target area for these VOA Mandarin broadcasts directed to China, but you might be able to hear these transmissions on at least one frequency.

If you can hear these broadcasts, it would be very helpful if you can send me recordings (mp3 is OK), including at least one minute before the MFSK32 begins.

The weekend English broadcasts of VOA Radiogram will continue.

Thanks!


Kim

------

Hello friends,

As a follow-up to my previous email about the MFSK32 on VOA Mandarin, I want to clarify that these transmissions will be daily for the next two weeks, at least.

2258:15 UTC        6135  9845 kHz

0058:10 UTC        9880 15385 15565 17560 kHz

The transmissions are via IBB relay stations in Asia.

The MFSK32 will be Chinese characters. You will need the UTF-8 character set. If using Fldigi: Configure > Colors & Fonts.

If you are unable to hear these frequencies from your location, perhaps you can via the University of Twente SDR receiver: http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901/ -- or a web controlled receiver in Asia, if you have access to one.

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com . Audio recordings, including a minute or two before the MFSK32 starts, would be especially helpful – even if you can’t decode the tones. Mp3 files are OK. 

The English VOA Radiogram broadcasts on weekends will continue.

Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
voaradiogram.net

Friday, July 25, 2014

VOA Radiogram for July 26-27

From Kim Andrew Elliott:

Hello friends,

Sorry for the late notice about this weekend’s program. 

It will include two stories about international broadcasting, and one in Russian. For the Cyrillic text to display correctly, use the UTF-8 character set (Fldigi: Configure > Colors & Fonts).

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 69, 26-27 July 2014 (MFSK32):

1:38  Program preview
2:32  Voice of Russia in Washington, with image
6:14  Iranian satellite jamming, with image
10:47  Battery of the future, with image
18:29  VOA Russian on global Internet policy, with image
25:10  Closing announcements

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com .

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17860 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

Thanks for your reports from last weekend. I’ll begin to answer them later today.

Please tune in and write in this weekend.

Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter

PS: The Mighty KBC will transmit a minute of MFSK64 Saturday at about 1130 UTC on 6095 kHz and Sunday at about 0130 UTC (Saturday 9:30 pm EDT) in 9925 kHz. Both frequencies are via Germany. Reports for KBC should go to themightykbc@gmail.com .

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Massive Cuts at Radio Australia

I don't usually do broadcasting, but the latest round of catastrophic budget cuts threatens to reduce or even eventually eliminate a real fixture on the US West Coast short wave dial. That's Radio Australia. 

The ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) international division is facing a >50% funding cutback. According to one source being quoted around the Internet, that will eliminate the English language section.  While no immediate cuts to short wave hours have been announced, it is most likely only a matter of time.

From an Australian media site:

A Radio Australia staff member told Crikey 25 editorial jobs will go, while seven people in operations will also be sacked. Staff have been told that this will include the entire English-language division of Radio Australia, which the CPSU has confirmed. All casuals and contract staff will be dropped. Asked if this number of redundancies would have a large impact on Radio Australia, a staff member told Crikey they amounted to “gutting” the network. It’s understood just 30 staff will be retained in the division, with cuts in content expected. Flagship program The World will be reduced to a half-hour program.

In ABC International, another 46 jobs are going. Staff have been told the Australia Network may stop broadcasting earlier than September.




Thursday, July 10, 2014

Night of Nights Update

This just in!

Night of Nights Final Update


Dedicated to True Believers Worldwide
10 July 2014


Final details for Night of Nights 2014

Event Date:
Saturday 12 July 2014 Pacific Daylight Time

First Transmission from MRHS Stations:
5:01pm Pacific Daylight Time 12 July, 0001Z 13 July 2014

For full station and frequency information and directions to the site please see our Newsletters No. 45 and No. 46


> KLB will not be on the air

> Amateur station W4WLO on the air

> Hear KWMR program on Night of Nights and Marconi anniversary



> KLB will not be on the air

We've just received word from Rene of Shipcom LLC that station KLB will not be on the air for Night of Nights 2014 due to illness.  We wish CJ, the op at KLB, a fast recovery and hope that KLB will return to the air next year

> Amateur station W4WLO on the air

Rene has also advised that amateur station W4WLO will be on the air for Night of Nights 2014.  Their operating frequencies will be 7055kc and 14055kc, just up the band from K6KPH.  So listen for W4WLO for a chance to work another historic coast station.

> Hear KWMR program on Night of Nights and Marconi anniversary

As mentioned in previous numbers of the Newsletter (see above), 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the commencement of service by the Marconi stations at Bolinas, CA and Marshall, CA.  There are many wonderful events and exhibits available to commemorate this event.

On Wednesday 9 July community radio station KWMR in Point Reyes Station broadcast a special program about these events and exhibits and about Night of Nights with Carola DeRooy, archivist at the Point Reyes National Seashore, Elia Haworth, curator of the Bolinas Museum and Richard Dillman of the MRHS.  Click HERE to listen to that program.

We very much look forward to hearing you on the air or seeing you in person on Night of Nights.  Until then we wish you the best of luck and fair winds & following seas.


73,
MRHS

Maritime Radio Historical Society CW Night of Nights 2014!

From Maritime Radio Historical Society:

Here's all the basic time, station and frequency information.

Click HERE for MRHS Newsletter No. 45 for related stories and event information.

Date: Saturday 12 July 2014 Pacific Daylight Time [13 July UTC -Hugh]
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)
Refreshments: Served
Photographs: Encouraged
Tours: Given

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

Sixteen 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.


> KFS

We want to offer our sincere thanks to Globe Wireless for the help and support they have provided for our project since the very beginning.

Frequency            Transmitter                     Antenna

12695.5                Press Wireless PW15   H over 2
17026.0                Henry HF-5000D            H over 2



> KSM

Frequency           Transmitter                     Antenna

500/426               Henry MF-5000D            Marconi T
8438.3                 Henry HF-5000D            Double Extended Zepp
12993.0               Henry HF-5000D            H over 2
16914.0               Henry HF-5000D            H over 2
22445.8               Henry HF-5000D            H over 2     


> K6KPH

K6KPH ops will monitor the frequencies below as propagation and the number of available operators permit.

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

> Station Telephone

The receive site may be contacted by phone on 415-669-9646

USCG Stations
 NOTICE!

This may very well be the last time ever that USCG stations can be heard on the air using A1A (Morse) emission.  As new equipment is installed the hardware and wiring for Morse has been progressively removed.  And the personnel who knowledgeable in the art retire or are reassigned.  So be sure to listen for these stations.

Many USCG personnel at all levels are responsible for bringing these stations back on the air for Night of Nights 2104.  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
472.0                    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

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
472.0                    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
472.0                    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:

Attn: OSCS Phil Marsh
USCG CAMSPAC Point Reyes
17000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
USA
Self addressed stamped envelope requested!

> Shipcom LLC Stations

All thanks to Rene at WLO and CJ at KLB for the work they do each year to bring these stations back on the air.  They are true radiomen.

> WLO 

2055.5
4343.0
8658.0
12992.0
16968.5

> KLB

488.0
500.0
8582.5

> Reception Reports

Via email (for both stations) to: wloradio@wloradio.com

> 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.

> Commemorative Messages

Was your father, uncle or grand dad a commercial op or amateur operator?  Would you like to send a commemorative message in their honor over KPH, KFS and KSM?  We have sent several of these messages in past events and they were all very moving.  If you would like us to send such a message this year please send it to us no later than Wednesday 9 July pdt so we can be sure to include it.  Sent it to info@radiuomarine.org

We look forward to meeting you in person or on the air for N of N 2014.

Questions?  Need more info?  Just shoot an email to info@radiomarine.org

VOA Radiogram for July 12-13

From Kim Andrew Elliott:

Hello friends,

Thank you for your reception reports from the weekend of 5-6 July 2014.

One of the images sent during that program was a part of a portable shortwave radio, with blue at the bottom of the picture. That was not an error in transmission. The blue was an ocean -- as in shortwave sinking into the ocean. I should have selected a picture of an ocean with more waves and whitecaps, so it would have been more obvious.

[The picture was in regard to VOA's latest round of cutbacks, which will again further reduce short wave. -Hugh]

This weekend, 12-13 July, VOA Radiogram will provide information about “Night of Nights,” an annual commemoration of the commercial maritime radiotelegraphy industry, which ended in 1999. Several coast maritime CW (Morse code) stations will be on the air UTC 13 July at 0000-0700 UTC. If your CW skills are rusty, remember that you can use Fldigi to decode CW.

More information at http://www.radiomarine.org (follow the link to the schedule).

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 67, 12-13 July 2014 (MFSK32):

1:31  Program preview
2:36  Maritime radiotelegraph commemoration, with image
9:35  "Nanojuice" improves intestinal scans, with image
15:16  Titan's subsurface ocean probably is salty, with image
21:27  Training center could lead to South Korean-Russian rail link, with image
26:48  Closing announcements

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17860 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

The Mighty KBC will transmit a minute of MFSK64 Saturday (12 July) at about 1130 UTC on 6095 kHz, and Sunday (13 July) at about 0130 UTC (Saturday 9:30 pm EDT) on 9925 kHz. Both frequencies are via Germany. Reports for these KBC transmissions to themightykbc@gmail.com.

I will start today to answer reports from the weekend on 5-6 July, then, if there is time over the weekend, work back through the reports during May that I have not yet answered because of my travels.

I hope you can tune in and write in this weekend.

Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
radiogram@voanews.com 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer VOA Radiogram for June 21-22

From Kim Andrew Elliott:

Hello friends,

VOA Radiogram this weekend will be different in that I recorded it at a sample rate of 8000 Hz rather than the usual 48000 Hz. This is because I have not yet configured the new installation of Fldigi in my new PC.

Despite the 8000 Hz sample rate, I was able to decode the MFSK32 and surprise modes from the recording with no difficulty.  And it probably should make no difference in your decoding. But, if it does, please let me know. (The audio file I uploaded to North Carolina is only 27 MB, compared to the usual 160+ MB for the shows recorded at the usual 48000 Hz sample rate.)

VOA Radiogram for the weekend of 21-22 June 2014 (program 64) will be in the usual MFSK32 mode, except for two surprise modes at the end of the show...

  1:36  Program preview
 2:41  Subsurface ocean on Pluto's moon, with image
 9:57  Indonesian smartphone use surges, with image
15:54  Designing buildings to withstand disasters, with image
21:22  Al Jazeera reporter released from Egyptian prison, with image
26:32  Closing announcements


Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC)
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17860 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina

The Mighty KBC will transmit a minute of MFSK64 Saturday at about 1130 UTC on 6095 kHz, and Sunday at about 0130 UTC (9:30 pm EDT) on 9925 kHz. Both frequencies via Germany. Reports to themightykbc@gmail.org .

I hope to respond to all your emails from program 63 before the last broadcast of program 64 this weekend. Then, I'll work backwards, responding to your very helpful reports sent during my May travels.    

Please tune in and write in this weekend.


Kim


Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
voaradiogram.net

Friday, June 13, 2014

VOA Radiogram for 14-15 June 2014

From Kim Andrew Elliott:

    Hello friends,

    I apologize for the delay in responding to your emails from the past few weeks. After returning from travels in May, my audience research duties have greatly expanded (in quantity, not in importance). Furthermore, at home, I have installed a new PC running Windows 7, and applications crash nearly every time I open them. (Fldigi is an interesting exception: it's usually stable.) This PC problem and finding a solution are cutting into my productivity.

[This hasn't been an issue on any of several machines I converted to W7. Are your apps in the latest versions that are compatible with the way Windows does security since Vista?  (Fldigi is.) If not, are they running in directories outside Program Files or Program Files (x86)?  A lot of these apps shaped up for me when I created a directory outside this hierarchy under C: called Radio and installed to there instead.]

    I will resume sending emails as soon as I get home this afternoon, probably starting with program 62 and working my way back in time.

    VOA Radiogram for 14-15 June 2014 (program 63) is MFSK32, with a couple of surprises at the end...

    1:35  Program preview
    2:37  Mapping the salmon genome, with image
    8:10  Internet traffic may triple by 2018, with chart
    15:31  Pao-pan.net evades Chinese censorship, with image
    21:49  World Cup Fever at VOA, with image

    26:50  Closing announcements

    Please send your reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com

    VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
    (all days and times UTC):

    Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
    Sat 1600-1630 17860 kHz
    Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
    Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz

    All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

    The Mighty KBC will transmit a minute of MFSK64 Saturday at about 1130 UTC on 6095 kHz, and Sunday at about 0130 UTC (9:30 pm EDT) on 9925 kHz. These frequencies are via Germany. Reports to themightykbc@gmail.com.

    I hope you can tune in and write in this weekend.

    Kim

    Kim Andrew Elliott
    Producer and Presenter
    VOA Radiogram

    voaradiogram.net

Now We Know What HAARP is For

Statements made by people in the know about the purpose of the HAARP project in Alaska became much more candid, and probably much more accurate, as the threatened early June date of closure and dismantling came and went.

No, it's not to cause earthquakes or control the weather.  It's just to help figure out the best way to put the U.S. military in control of our planet's ionosphere.  That's all.  Just a little thing.

And a very scary one.

Alaska Dispatch:


In May, University of Alaska President Pat Gamble wrote that the university could take ownership of the facility directly or through a lease, or it could work with others in the research community to develop options for covering operational costs.

He said that the main purpose of HAARP is to study techniques through which the U.S. could use “high power radio transmissions to manipulate Earth’s ionosphere for its strategic advantage.”

“The ionosphere is an integral part of the modern battlefield -- it affects GPS navigation, satellite communication, missile tracking radars, orbital surveillance and submarine communication, to name just a few applications,” he said.

Solar Activity is Picking Up

From SolarHam:


Region 2087 produced an impulsive X1.0 solar flare Wednesday morning at 09:06 UTC. This is now the 3rd such X-Class event within the past 24 hours. A relatively faint coronal mass ejection (CME) is seen in the latest LASCO C2 coronagraph imagery. The plasma cloud appears to be blended in with an earlier CME following an M3.0 flare around the same region an hour earlier. The active region will continue to be a threat for major solar flares as it continues to rotate into a more geoeffective position.



Updated 06/10/2014 @ 18:40 UTC
Two X-Flares
Solar activity is now at high levels thanks to new sunspot 2087, now rotating into view off the southeast limb. A strong, but impulsive solar flare measuring X2.2 was first detected Tuesday morning 11:42 UTC. Just over an hour later, this was followed up by a longer duration X1.5 event around the same active region. The second event (X1.5) is responsible for a bright coronal mass ejection now visible in the latest STEREO Ahead COR2 imagery. More details regarding a possible glancing blow once additional imagery becomes available. The active region will turn into a more direct Earth facing position as the week progresses. Event logs are listed below.

CME Update: As per the latest CME prediction model, the expansive plasma cloud will likely pass to the east of our planet and have little to no impact on our geomagnetic field. A glancing blow at best will be possible by June 13th.

Friday, April 25, 2014

X1.3 Solar Flare Occurred 0027 UTC on 25 April

A bright X1.3 solar flare occurred yesterday (North American time) at 0027 UTC.  It was accompanied by an 1100 Solar Flux Unit burst at 10 cm, and a large coronal mass ejection (CME).

This magnitude doesn't make the top ten list for Cycle 24 flares, but it's still up there.

Given the flare's position, on active region 2035 just over the west limb, its energetic CME should completely miss the Earth.

VOA Radiogram for April 26-27

From Kim Andrew Elliott:

Hello friends,

For the weekend of 26-27 April, we will transmit only one mode at a time.

One of the VOA News stories, about the Ukraine-Russia cyberwar, is very interesting, but it is also long and would take more than 10 minutes in MFSK32. So it will be in the faster MFSK64L mode.

Everything else will be MFSK32 except for the surprise mode during the closing music.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 56, 26-27 April 2014:

   1:33  MFSK32: Program preview
 2:45  MFSK64L: Ukraine Russia cyberwar
 9:30  MFSK32: Heat into electricity, with image
13:46  MFSK32: Electric cars at the NY auto show, with image
21:33  MFSK32: (Spanish) NASA spacesuits, with image
26:00  MFSK32: Closing announcements

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17860 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

Last weekend, the MFSK8 "bonus" mode centered on 1000 Hz was mostly successful except in the most challenging shortwave reception conditions. See videos from program 55.

I'm now responding to your reports from last weekend. I look forward to hearing from you this weekend.


Kim


Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram


radiogram@voanews.com

voaradiogram.net
@VOARadiogram