Saturday, January 20, 2018

4U0R - Special callsign for 'World Radio Day'



4U0R, Austria

Members of the International Amateur Radio Contest DX Club (ARCDXC) [4U1A] will be active with special callsign 4U0R from the Vienna International Center, Austria, for the 'World Radio Day' (February 13th) between February 13-20th.

Activity will be on various HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via UA3DX, direct, by the Bureau or ClubLog's OQRS.

For more details, see: http://www.cqdx.ru/4u1a/4u0r

This station counts as Austria for DXCC purposes.

Pakistani authorities orders closure of Radio Mashaal

Pakistan's Interior Ministry on January 19 ordered the closure after Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency accused the private, U.S.-government funded broadcaster of airing programs "against the interest of Pakistan" and "in-line with [a] hostile intelligence agency's agenda."

"The order to close Radio Mashaal is a draconian move by Pakistani authorities and a direct threat to press freedom," said Steven Butler, the Committee to Protect Journalism's Asia program coordinator.

Full story at :

Friday, January 19, 2018

RNZI B17 UPDATED SCHEDULE


RNZI B17 UPDATED SCHEDULE

29 Oct 2017 - 24 Mar 2018

UTC KHZ TARGET DAYS
0000 - 0458 15720 Pacific Daily
0459 - 0758 13730 Pacific Daily **from 01 Dec
0759 - 1058 9765  Pacific Daily
1059 - 1258 9890  Solomon Islands and PNG Daily **from 13 Jan
1259 - 1650 7390  Pacific Daily from 18 Dec
1651 - 1750 5975  (DRM)Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga** From 12 Jan Sun - Fri
1651 - 1758 7390  Pacific Sat
1751 - 1850 9780  (DRM)Cook Islands, Tonga Samoa Sun-Fri
1759 - 1958 11725 Pacific Sat
1851 - 1950 11690 (DRM)Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga Sun-Fri
1951 - 2050 13840 (DRM) Pacific Sun - Fri
1959 - 2058 13840 Pacific Sat
2051 - 0000 15720 Pacific Daily

Satellite

RNZI is available on Satellite, courtesy of TVNZ Pacific Service.
The coverage area extends from Singapore, and eastward to the Cook Islands, which includes Fiji, Tonga, Niue and Samoa.

IS19/23 C Slot A
DL 4146.5 V
FEC 3/4
SR 5.6320

Special broadcasts by AIR for Republic Day 2018

India is celebrating its 69th Republic Day on 26 Jan 2018 (Friday). All India Radio will broadcast special programs in connection with the Republic Day celebrations as follows:

25 January 2018 (Thursday) : Eve of Republic Day

1330 UTC (1900 IST) onwards Hon'ble President's address to the nation in Hindi &  English. This will be broadcast by all stations of AIR on MW, SW, FM. Shortly after this broadcast, the local stations will broadcast its translations in local languages.

SW frequencies:

kHz     kW       Station

4760    7          Leh                
4760    4          Port Blair                    
4800    50        Hyderabad                
4810    50        Bhopal          
4835    10        Gangtok                    
4895    50        Kurseong (Off Air)                 
4910    50        Jaipur  
4920    50        Chennai          
4950    50        Srinagar          
4970    50        Shillong          
5010    50        Thiruvananthapuram              
5040    50        Jeypore                      
5050    10        Aizawl (Off Air)
6030    250      Delhi              
9380    250      Aligarh
9865    500      Bengaluru



26 January 2018 (Friday) : Republic Day

Live running commentary of Republic Day parade & cultural pageant from 0350 UTC (0920 IST) onwards :

Hindi : 7520 (Delhi 250 kW)  (Cancelling External Service in Urdu normally broadcast at this time on these frequency). 13695 (Bengaluru 500 kW)

English : 6030 (Delhi 250 kW); 15185 (Bengaluru 500 kW)

Also MW/FM frequencies as per above mentioned links.

The following regional stations will change from their Morning frequencies  on 60 Meters (4 & 5 MHz frequencies) to their day time frequencies between  0335-0350 UTC (ie much earlier than usual) as follows :

 6000 Leh
 6085 Gangtok
 7315 Shillong
 7325 Jaipur

 The following stations are already scheduled to be on air daily at this time and will also relay the running commentary.

 6110 Srinagar
 7270  Chennai
 7290 Thiruvanthapuram
 7380 Chennai
 7390 Port Blair
 7420 Hyderabad
 7430 Bhopal
 9865 Bengaluru

SPT Chinsurah (594 kHz) & HPT Tuticorin (1053 kHz) will carry the running commentary in English from 0350 UTC (0920 IST) onwards.

Please send your reception reports on line at: http://pbinfo.air.org.in/feedback/


Live streaming of the above programs is available in:

Those who would like to watch the programs on Doordarshan TV  can check in:

DD National Channel:



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Version (Version 11) of Popular Logging Program "DXtreme Monitor Log" Released



DXtreme Software™ has released a new version of its popular logging program for radio monitoring enthusiasts: DXtreme Monitor Log 11

Monitor Log 11 lets listeners and DXers log the stations they've heard using advanced features that can enhance their monitoring experience.

Finding Broadcast Stations to Monitor

The Schedule Checker™ lets users import schedules from Aoki, EiBi, and FCC AM web sites and display schedule data according to the filter criteria they specify. A list box lets users switch between schedule types, and depending on the schedule type selected, users can filter schedule information by band, frequency, station, country, city, state, time of day, language, antenna direction, and target area.

When the What's On Now? function is activated, the schedule refreshes automatically at the top of each hour for Aoki and EiBi schedules.

For each schedule item, Schedule Checker queries the Monitor Log 11 database to let users know – through user-defined, foreground and background display colors – whether they need to monitor a station for a brand-new or verified country. Schedule Checker also displays bearing and distance, runs optional Afreet Ham CAP1 propagation predictions, draws optional Afreet DX Atlas2 azimuth plots, tunes supported radios to schedule frequencies when users double-click schedule items3 4 5, and starts log entries for scheduled stations monitored.

Finding Amateur Radio Stations to Monitor

Monitor Log 11 integrates with optional Afreet Band Master6 to let users see, on its graphical interface, where hams are operating. Monitor Log 11 supplies Band Master with an Entity Needed List based on the user's Monitor Log database, making it possible for Band Master to indicate the stations whose entities (countries) users need to monitor. When invoking Band Master, users can select an Entity Needed List for all bands or individually for the 160- through 6-Meter bands.

Finding Utility Stations to Monitor

Links menu provides convenient access to user-specified blogs and web sites that can inform users as to where utility and other stations may be operating.

Logging Stations
Monitor Log 11 lets users log all kinds of stations — radio stations, television stations, broadcast stations, Amateur Radio stations, utility stations, military stations, and more! And it lets them log stations across the radio spectrum — from long wave, to medium wave, to short wave, and beyond.

The Last Log Entries Grid on the Monitor Log window shows up to 5000 of the most recent log entries added. Its records can be sorted, and double-clicking records displays detailed data on the Monitor Log window. Users can resize the grid columns and scroll horizontally to columns that do not appear initially. And because the names of stations and NASWA countries can be quite long, users can also display a larger, resizable Last Log Entries window. A Properties window lets users change the order of columns, the number of log entries to display, and the font and color attributes of grids and other program components, such as the Content Editor for describing the content monitored, the Script Editor for creating and editing scripts, the Direct Tune interface for tuning radios, and the Comments tab for typing ad hoc comments. 2

Reporting Reception

Users can create customized paper and e-mail reception reports for sending to stations plus club report entries for reporting catches to clubs and magazines.

When users add or display a log entry, Monitor Log 11 prepares a post announcing their DX catch and displays it on the Social Media Post tab. From there, users can drag the post to their favorite social media web sites to share their catch with others.

Using the Script Editor window, users can create and edit scripts that format reception reports, eReports, and social media posts to their liking. The software prompts users to select the script they want to use. Dozens of scripts come with Monitor Log 11.

Users can also print SWL and Address labels on industry-standard label stock, and send eQSL requests to hams automatically through the popular www.eQSL.cc site.

Imaging

Improv Imaging™ lets users associate ad hoc images with log entries using Capture, Scan, and Clipboard functions. Captures of stations received on digital applications, waterfall displays, facsimile and Amateur TV pictures are popular. The Improv Imaging tab and Application let users view images anytime, and an Improv Image Explorer lets them peruse their entire collection and display associated log entries.

QSL Imaging™ functions the same as Improv Imaging, but specializes in associating QSL cards and eQSLs with log entries.

Other Features

Rig Control — Retrieves the frequency and mode from supported radios and permits tuning from the Schedule Checker and Direct Tune interface. Rig control is provided through integration with Afreet Omni-Rig and the SDR applications listed on our web site, currently HDSDR4 (High Definition Software Defined Radio) and SDR Console5.

Audio Archiving — An embedded Audio facility lets users maintain an audio archive of stations heard.

Reporting — Produces Performance, Stations, and Log Entry reports that track the performance and progress of the user's monitoring station. The software lets users FTP those reports to user-provided Web space for remote access. Some reports integrate with Afreet DX Atlas to generate pin maps.

Documentation — Context-sensitive Procedural Help, Field Help, and Microhelp are accessible per window to provide instructions quickly. A web-based Information Center is accessible from the Help menu for late-breaking assistance, and Installation Instructions and a Getting Started Guide are delivered in PDF format with the software.

Operating Systems, Pricing, Contact Information

DXtreme Monitor Log 11 runs in 32- and 64-bit versions of Microsoft® Windows® 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista®, and XP. It retails for $89.99 USD worldwide for electronic distribution. Pricing for CD versions and upgrading users is available on our Web site. All prices include product support by Internet e-mail. For more information, visit www.dxtreme.com or contact Bob Raymond at bobraymond@dxtreme.com

1 — Licenses for Afreet Ham CAP and Omni-Rig are required to use Ham CAP.
2 — A license for Afreet DX Atlas is required to perform plots and create pin reports. 
3 — A license for Afreet Omni-Rig is required to use rig control with radios supported by Omni-Rig. 
4 — Can be used for rig control. HDSDR is owned by Mario Taeubel. Refer to http://www.hdsdr.de/index.html for more information. 
5 — Can be used for rig control. SDR Console is owned by Simon Brown, G4ELI. Refer to http://www.sdr-radio.com for more information. 
6 — A license for Afreet Band Master is required to use Band Master.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ampegon to Install first rotatable shortwave high-power array antenna to WBCQ in North America

Ampegon to Install Shortwave Array Antenna

Will deliver its first rotatable shortwave high-power array antenna in North America

Ampegon says it is about to deliver and install its first rotatable shortwave high-power array antenna on the North American continent.

The system, which will be installed WBCQ in the United States, is designed for the transmission of shortwave signals of up to 500 kW, the high-power antenna offers different radiation patterns, an antenna gain of up to 23 dB and uses a technology characterized by a single-shaft structural design.

Read the Radio World story at :

http://www.radioworld.com/news-and-business/0002/ampegon-installs-shortwave-array-antenna/340965


DRM Test by Trans World Radio, 17-19 Jan, 2018

DRM Test by KTWR, Guam

Date :    17-19 January, 2018
Freq :     17530 kHz
Time :     0815 - 0845 UTC
Power :  90 kW
Target :  India
Audio :   Mono
Lang :     English
Data :     None, other than ID and contact info


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Radio Mi Amigo International year end specials !

Radio Mi Amigo International year end specials  !

3 'High-Power-Broadcasts' , each 2 hrs and with 100 KW of music power !

Times and frequencies :

Sunday, December 24, from 1800-2000 UTC on SW 5845 kHz  - 100 KW

Repeat : Monday, December 25 - 1400-1600 UTC on SW 6085 kHz)

Sunday, December 25, from 1100 - 1300 UTC on SW 7310 kHz  - 100 KW

Repeat : Monday, December 25, 1600-1800 UTC on SW 6085 kHz)

Sunday, December 31, from 19-21hr CET [ 18-20hr UTC] on SW 5845 kHz  - 100 KW

Repeat : Thursday, January 04, 1400-1600 UTC on SW 6085 kHz

Listen to all above shows online at : http://radiomiamigointernational.com

In the first hr as usual all News about station and will answer your questions.
The second hr it's Stuart Vincent (ex Caroline, VOP and Laser) telling his radio-story together with the music of that time



(The Radio Mi Amigo International Team)

Thursday, December 14, 2017

NDR Chirstmas special - 24th Dec'17

NDR Christmas Special special transmissions via Media Broadcast on 24th Dec'17

24th December 2017 (Sunday)
1900-2100 UTC


6010 kHz Erevan(ARM) Europe
6080 kHz Nauen(DE) North Atlantic
9740 kHz Nauen(DE) Indian Ocean West
9790 kHz Moosbrunn(AT) Indian Ocean East
9800 kHz Issoudun(FRA) Atlantic(South Africa)
11650 kHz Issoudun(FRA) South Atlantic

24th December 2017 (Sunday)
2100-2300 UTC


5930 kHz Nauen(DE) North Atlantic
6155 kHz Erevan(ARM) Europe
9590 kHz Issoudun(FRA) Atlantic(South Africa)
9650 kHz Moosbrunn(AT) Indian Ocean East
9765 kHz Nauen(DE) Indian Ocean West
9830 kHz Issoudun(FRA) South Atlantic

Please send your answer and reception reports to : michael.puetz@media-broadcast.com

On Christmas Eve, Norddeutsche Rundfunndr broadcasts messages to sailors all over the world in the radio broadcast "Gruss an Bord" or "Greeting aboard" - greetings to the ship's crew in their home country. The greetings to the sailors were recorded at two "greeting on board" events in the Adventszeit: on 4 December in the  Cultural memory in Wilhelmine gear in neutral and on December 11 in the Hamburg Seemannsmission "Duckdalben". Relatives and friends had the opportunity to wish their loved ones at sea a happy holiday and a good new year. The show "Greeting aboard" was heard for Christmas 1953 for the first time on the radio. It is thus one of the oldest existing radio broadcasts in the world.

More about program "Gruss an Bord"
http://www.ndr.de/info/sendungen/Gruss-an-Bord,grussanbord306.html

(Alokesh Gupta)

Radio Taiwan International Frequency Changes

Radio Taiwan International Frequency Changes :

1600-1700 UTC on 6185 kHz (ex 9405) English to South Asia (From December 1st to January 31st)

1200-1258 UTC on 9545 kHz Chinese (ex. 11985)

2230 - 2330 UTC on 9735 kHz Japanese (ex. 2200 - 2300)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Radio Newzealand International - Frequency Change

NEW ZEALAND   Frequency change of Radio New Zealand Pacific from Dec.6:

1059-1258 UTC on 11610 RAN 100 kW / 325 deg to NoWePac/PNG English, very good signal
1259-1650 UTC NF  7430*RAN 050 kW / 035 deg to All Pacific English-fair, ex 7355 Dly
1651-1758 UTC NF  7430*RAN 050 kW / 035 deg to All Pacific English-fair, ex 7355 Sat
*strong QRM on 7425 China National Radio-2 and on 7435 China Radio International

(Via Ivo Ivanov , Bulgaria)


Saturday, November 25, 2017

BCDX Net celebrates 29th anniversary !



The weekly BCDX Net operating on the 40 Meter Amateur Band in South India will  celebrated its 29th anniversary on 26 Nov 2017.

BCDX net is controlled by Mr.Sanil Deep, VU3SIO on 7085 kHz LSB at 0300-0330 UTC (8.30 to 9.00 am IST.) on sundays. 

This Net was started on Sunday November 27, 1988 by a small group of Amateurs viz. Shanmughasundaram VU2FOT, Victor Goonetilleke 4S7VK, Jose Jacob VU2JOS and some SWL's.

The whole concept of this Net started when these Hams used to meet regularly on the band and exchanged DX news at various times. This later transformed into a regular Net which benefited many people. This Net is conducted on Sunday mornings for the advantage of those who are keenly interested in Broadcast Band Dxing.The unique thing about this Net is that is helped Hams to become SWL Dxers and SWL's to become Hams !

On a typical Sunday morning,the Net control starts the Net by calling in for regular check-ins. After about 10 minutes he gives the latest DX tips that he has gathered and later other stations also takes turn in exchanging their DX information. It has all the ingredients of a live two way DX program and continues for about 30 minutes depending on the traffic. For some time it was known as SWL DX Net.

The Net grew up with VU2KAK Anil, VU3SIO Sanil,VU2ISR Harsha, VU3ITI Varadhan, VU3DJQ Raman, VU2NGB Binu,VU2BNP Prahalad, VU3BGK Neel, VU2ICI Mohan, VU2MUD Madhu etc.joining in.

In 1989 a monthly newsletter was published on behalf of the Net by VU2FOT which was unfortunately discontinued after some issues. In May 1991 a BCDX Net Convention was held at Kozhikode which was a big success & attended by over 85 people including Victor Goonetilleke 4S7VK from Sri Lanka. A Ham station with the special call sign VU2F was also operational at the convention venue. A DX contest sponsored by Radio Netherlands was organized on 29 & 30th January 1994 in collaboration with Union of Asian DXERS, Sri Lanka. Special QSL cards were issued by Radio Netherlands for the occasion. In 1995 a special QSL card was also issued to mark the 7th anniversary of the Net by VU2BNP. In 1989 Adventist World Radio Wavescan broadcasted a special program on the occasion of 10th anniversary of the BCDX Net. Articles on BCDX Net has also appeared in "NIAR Ham News" July 1998 issue, "Hamfest India" 1998 souvenir and other DX publications and was also mentioned in various DX programs several times. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of BCDX NET, Mr.Sanil Deep broadcast a special program in Wavescan program of Adventist World Radio on Sunday 23 Nov 2008. Special QSLs were also issued by BCDX Net for the occasion.



The BCDX Net has been very regular all these long 23 years, thanks to the dedicated Net Controllers. Now a days it is conducted on Sunday mornings at 0830 IST (0300 UTC ) on 7085 kHz USB on 40 meter Amateur Band which covers South India & Sri Lanka. Occasionally it was also conducted on the 20 Meter Band 14150 kHz at 2130 IST ( 1600 UTC). Currently the regular net controller is Sanil Deep VU3SIO and assisted from time to time by VU2JOS etc.

The postal address of BCDX Net is : Box 211, Kozhikode 673001, Kerala , India.
Special thanks to Sanil Deep, VU3SIO for regularily controlling the BCDX Net.

Long Live BC DXing - Long Live Amateur Radio!
Congratulations to BCDX Net on its important anniversary !

(Text by Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute of Amateur Radio, edited by Alokesh Gupta)

Friday, November 24, 2017

ILGRadio B17 database now available since October 30th

The new files of ILGRadio for the Winter 2017/18 season are now available as of October 31st and again with a lot of changes. All broadcasting data are effective from October 29th CURRENT:

- all new Winter 2017/18 broadcasting schedules with all details
- latest UTILITY entries as of today
- first monitoring infos after October 29th included in YEAR field

NEXT:
next update available on November 5th when in North-America the Daylight Saving Time is ending on November 4th 

FROM NOVEMBER THE NEW ILGRADIO FILE AVAILABLE
A further version is now in preparation and gives a different layout (e.g. wider data fields) and extended Longitude and Latitude data, frequencies with 2 digits and the power with 3 digits behind comma...
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UNIQUE WORLDWIDE:
Most broadcasting stations will be confirmed to be on air by bandscans as you can follow in the data field YEAR (ilgsdata / ilgbdata / ilgydata). Monitored broadcasts of October are listed with the "1710" bookmark and monitored entries of November 2017 will be listed with "1711".
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Further updates will follow based on much more monitoring/band-scans.
CSV Files:

PERSEUS SDR:
Userfiles for PERSEUS are now with more than 29000 entries but only one file can be used. The used file must be named "userlist1.txt because if you use "userlist2.txt or both userlist files the PERSEUS software cannot be started !

LINK to the web pages:

The is an data extract as an sample on the web page, but this is completely outdated. If I will have time I will upload new samples at the end of November.

These ILGRadio Databases are provided to promote and advance the hobby of Short Wave Radio Listening and Monitoring with accurate details of stations broadcasting between 2 to 30 MHz. ILGRadio is available for a very small amount of money as a recognition for all the work for investigation and trouble. 

That's why there is the wish that your access data were NOT given to other persons, who paid for nothing. Please accept this. If you would use ILGRadio for your professional job, please pay the higher price or more.
Many thanks!

For any questions, suggestions, infos or problems please write.
There is also no problem to add new data file structures to operate further SDR receivers or special software

Bernd Friedewald (DK9FI)

PS: ILGRadio is based on professional ILG Database data (http://www.ilg.de) and daily worldwide bandscans will be made between 4 and 16 hours daily
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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Band 2 Tropo Logs at 0245-0330 UTC, 7th Nov 2017

Band 2 Tropo Logs at 0245-0330 UTC, 7th Nov 2017

89.4 Suno FM, Pakistan
90.2 Radio Surkhet Nepal
90.4 Two stns mixing
90.8 Suno Sharda CRS, Greater Noida
91.2 Radio Lok Manch CRS, Greater Noida
91.9 Radio City, Bareilley
93.7 Fever FM, Agra
94.5 My FM, Karnal
94.6 Bageshwari FM, Nepal
94.9 Fever FM, Aligarh
98.6 Bheri FM,Nepal
99.4 Shuklaphanta FM, Nepal
100.4 AIR Bareilley
100.5 AIR Dehradun 555
100.6 AIR Varanasi Jalandhar
100.7 AIR Lucknow
100.9 AIR Chandigarh 555
101.1 AIR Bathinda 555
101.3 AIR Aligarh
101.4 AIR Kurukshetra
101.6 AIR Lucknow
101.8 Kantipur FM, Nepal
102.1 AIR Mussourie (FM Rainbow)
102.3 AIR Lakhimpur Kheri (Weak)
103.0 Radio Nepal
103.1 AIR Alwar
103.4 Unid from Nepal
103.5 AIR Rohtak VBS
103.7 AIR Kanpur VBS
105.6 Gyanvani Delhi
106.0 Awaz FM, Pakistan

(SONY XDR-S10HDiP + Stacked GP)

Alokesh Gupta