Saturday, June 24, 2017

Shortwave Radiogram premiers June 25 via WRMI


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

Special broadcast-Radio MiAmigo on June 25


Special broadcast of Radio MiAmigo - Sunday June 25, 2017
All time UTC
1700-1900 on 11845 ERV (Armenia) 100 kW / 305 deg WeEu or KLL 001 kW / 120&300 CeEu
Thank you Ron O Quinn. Hello to all Radio Mi Amigo International friends,
After 57 years in radio business Ron is hanging up his "Rock n-Roll-shoes"
Radio Mi Amigo International presents his very last live broadcast on the
airwaves with a special show remembering his career and each jock saying
a special "thank you" and of course you will hear the 'boss-jock' himself

From the Isle of Music & Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules


From the Isle of Music, June 25-July 1
This week, Bobby Carcassés discusses some of his new Cubadisco-winning album Blues con Montuno with us, and we listen to some of the best tracks. Later, we listen to music from the other nominated albums in the Jazz Soloists category of Cubadisco 2017,
Four opportunities to listen on shortwave:
1. For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in all directions with 100Kw, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 KHz, from Kostinbrod, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)
2. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0000-0100 UTC on WBCQ, 7490 KHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EDT in the US)
3 & 4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany.



Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, June 29
Episode 18 of Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, a musical variety program that features everything from everywhere EXCEPT music that you are probably familiar with, will air on WBCQ the Planet, 7490 KHz, Thursday, June 29 from 2300-2330 UTC (7:00pm-7:30pm EDT in the Americas).

William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer
Tilford Productions, LLC

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BBC British Antarctic Midwinter Special Programming TODAY


Wednesday 21 June

All times UTC

Ascension Island
2130-2145   7360 kHz

Al Dhabayya, United Arab Emirates
213000-214500    6035 kHz

Wooferton, United Kingdom
2130-2145    7230 kHz
2130 2145   5985 kHz

Regards
Martin (Goulding-WOF_2E1EKX, der Chef Techniker in Woofferton-UK)
via BrDXC-UK newsgroup June 14.
(WWDXC/Top Nx 1303)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins



Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2017 Jun 19 0025 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact www.swpc.noaa.gov/weekly.html
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#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 12 - 18 June 2017

Solar activity was very low throughout the period. Regions 2661 (N06, L=211, class/area=Dao/200 on 02 Jun) and 2663 (N12, L=095, class/area=Dso/100 on 17 Jun) were the most prominent regions this period, but only produced low and mid-level B-class flare activity. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed during the period. 

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at normal levels on 12-16 Jun with moderate levels observed on 17-18 Jun. 

Geomagnetic field activity reached G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels on 16 Jun and active levels on 17 Jun due to the influence of a recurrent negative polarity CH HSS. Geomagnetic field activity was at quiet or quiet to unsettled levels throughout the remainder of the period. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 19 June - 15 July 2017

Solar activity is expected to be very low throughout the outlook period with a slight chance for C-class flare activity. 

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to reach high levels on 19-22 and 25-27 Jun with normal and moderate flux levels expected throughout the remainder of the period. 

Geomagnetic field activity is likely to reach G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels on 13 Jul with active levels likely on 23-24 Jun, and 14 Jul due to the influence of multiple, recurrent CH HSSs. Generally quiet and quiet to unsettled activity is expected throughout the remainder of the period as a nominal solar regime prevails. 

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2017 Jun 19 0025 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact www.swpc.noaa.gov/wwire.html
#
#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2017-06-19
#
#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2017 Jun 19      75          10          3
2017 Jun 20      75           5          2
2017 Jun 21      74           5          2
2017 Jun 22      72           8          3
2017 Jun 23      70          12          4
2017 Jun 24      70          12          4
2017 Jun 25      70          10          3
2017 Jun 26      70           8          3
2017 Jun 27      74           5          2
2017 Jun 28      74           5          2
2017 Jun 29      74           5          2
2017 Jun 30      74           5          2
2017 Jul 01      74           5          2
2017 Jul 02      74           5          2
2017 Jul 03      74           5          2
2017 Jul 04      74           5          2
2017 Jul 05      75           5          2
2017 Jul 06      75           5          2
2017 Jul 07      75           5          2
2017 Jul 08      77           5          2
2017 Jul 09      77           5          2
2017 Jul 10      74           5          2
2017 Jul 11      74           5          2
2017 Jul 12      74           5          2
2017 Jul 13      74          20          5
2017 Jul 14      74          12          4
2017 Jul 15      75          10          3
(NOAA)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

From the Isle of Music & Uncle Bill's Melting Pot schedules


From the Isle of Music, June 18-24
This week and next, our special guest is Bobby Carcasses, creator of Jazz Plaza, singer, trumpeter, showman, recording artist, whose new recording Blues Con Montuno just won a Cubadisco award in the Jazz Soloists category. Bobby is one of the most important people in Jazz in Cuba in the past 50 years, and you won’t want to miss this. This week we talk about his career, Jazz Plaza, International Jazz Day and other topics and we’ll listen to his earlier music. The following week he will converse with us about Blues Con Montuno, and we’ll listen to some of the tracks.

Four opportunities to listen on shortwave:
1. For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in all directions with 100Kw, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 KHz, from Kostinbrod, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)
2. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0000-0100 UTC on WBCQ, 7490 KHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EDT in the US)
3 & 4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany.


Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, June 22
Episode 17 of Uncle Bill’s Melting Pot, a musical variety program that features everything from everywhere EXCEPT music that you are probably familiar with, will air on WBCQ the Planet, 7490 kHz, Thursday,June 22 from 2300-2330 UTC (7:00pm-7:30pm EDT in the Americas).   This is our Fathers’ Day special, at least by Uncle Bill’s standards (there, you were warned). Brought to you by Tilford Productions, which also brings you From the Isle of Music.

William "Bill" Tilford, Owner/Producer
Tilford Productions, LLC

VOA Radiogram schedules

Hello friends,

The last VOA Radiogram is this weekend. The successor to VOA Radiogram is Shortwave Radiogram, which will be broadcast for the first time on 25 June on the WRMI times and frequencies in the schedule below. 

To help us keep in touch after the migration from the old Radiogram to the new Radiogram, please note the following changes …


OLD
NEW
Email address
Website
Twitter
@VOARadiogram
@SWRadiogram

This weekend’s VOA Radiogram will be all MFSK32 and will include seven images, including one optical illusion.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 222, 17-18 June 2017, all in MFSK32 centered on 1500 Hz …

1:54  Program preview
 2:59  Transition to Shortwave Radiogram*
7:48  Digitizing old reel-to-reel tapes*
10:57  Thanks to W1HKJ and the Murrow station*
20:48  Thanks to listeners*
23:10  Closing announcements*

* with image(s)

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com.

See and submit results on Twitter: @VOARadiogram


VOA Radiogram Transmission Schedule

UTC Day
UTC Time
kHz
Transmitter
Target
Also try in …
c
Sunday
0230-0300
5745
North Carolina
Americas
Europe
Sunday
0600-0630
7730*
WRMI Florida
Americas
Asia-Pacific, Europe
Sunday
1930-2000
15670
North Carolina
Europe
Americas, Asia-Pacific
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.
** Listen for the mystery MFSK32 station just before and after this VOA Radiogram, also on 17580 kHz. It has been reported in recent weeks.

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 support during the four-plus years of VOA Radiogram!  

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

Kim
 Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
voaradiogram.net

Twitter: @VOARadiogram  (especially active just before, during, and after broadcasts)

Monitoring Voice of Indonesia

Voice of Indonesia QSL (Gayle Van Horn Collection)
Voice of Indonesia on new 9525.95v, ex 9524.95v:
Very weak to fair signal of Voice of Indonesia in English on June 15

All times UTC

1000-1100 on  9525.95v JAK 250 kW / 135 deg to AUS  English
1100-1200 on  9525.95v JAK 250 kW / 010 deg to EaAs Chinese
1200-1300 on  9525.95v JAK 250 kW / 010 deg to EaAs Japanese
1300-1400 on  9525.95v JAK 250 kW / 010 deg to EaAs English
1400-1500 on  9525.95v JAK 250 kW / 010 deg to EaAs Indonesian
1500-1600 on  9525.95v JAK 250 kW / 010 deg to EaAs Chinese
1600-1700 on  9525.95v JAK 250 kW / 290 deg to N/ME Arabic
1700-1800 on  9525.95v JAK 250 kW / 290 deg to WeEu Spanish
1800-1900 on  9525.95v JAK 250 kW / 290 deg to WeEu German
1900-2000*on  9525.95v JAK 250 kW / 290 deg to WeEu English
2000-2100*on  9525.95v JAK 250 kW / 290 deg to WeEu French
*1900-2100UT slot is totally blocked by CRI Russian on 9525.0
(SWL DX Bulgaria/15 Jun)

Clandestine station updates broadcast schedule


New schedule of Radio Voice of Adal via MBR Issoudun, France transmitter

All times UTC

1500-1539 on 15205 ISS 100 kW / 125 deg to EaAf Arabic   Wed, x 1500-1530
1539-1558 on 15205 ISS 100 kW / 125 deg to EaAf Tigrinya Wed, x 1530-1558
1500-1530 on 15205 ISS 100 kW / 125 deg to EaAf Arabic   Sat as scheduled
1530-1558 on 15205 ISS 100 kW / 125 deg to EaAf Tigrinya Sat as
(DX Re Mix 1010)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

California QSL Cards in Red White & Blue


As is so well known, the United States of America entered active participation in the events of World War 2 immediately following the dramatic and devastating attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on Sunday morning December 7, 1941.  Thus, the two largely separate conflicts in Europe and mainland Asia were combined and they escalated into what became another World War.
             As part of the American war effort, the American government took over the control of all shortwave broadcasting stations in the continental United States just a year later, in November 1942.
            Back at that time, radio historians tell us that Germany operated a total of 68 shortwave broadcasting transmitters, both within Germany itself, and also in other countries of continental Europe that were under the Third Reich at the time.  At the same time, Japan was operating 42 shortwave broadcasting transmitters both within Japan itself, and also in the countries of Asia that were under the Greater Japanese Empire. 
            Over in England at the onset of the European war in September 1939, the BBC operated just 8 shortwave transmitters, all located at Daventry.  However, the BBC quickly implemented a program of rapid expansion, and by the time the United States entered the war at the end of 1941, the BBC now operated a total of 32 shortwave transmitters at half a dozen widespread locations.
            When the American government took over the control of all of the shortwave broadcasting stations in the continental United States in November 1942, there were just a dozen shortwave broadcast transmitters available.  However in addition, there were four other companies whose several low powered and medium powered communication transmitters throughout the country could be available if needed.  
            Now back at that time (1942), there were just two shortwave broadcast transmitters on the air on the west coast of the United States; KGEI with 50 kW at Belmont, and the new KWID at Islais Creek, both in suburban San Francisco in California.  The United States government quickly implemented a rapid growth two-part program; the construction of new shortwave stations with new transmitters, and  the usage of existing communication transmitters already on the air.          
            The Voice of America made its first radio broadcast on February 1, 1942 with a program in the German language that was on relay from shortwave transmitters operated by the BBC in England.  A controlling organization, OWI the Office of War Information was organized on June 13, 1942, and they established a west coast office at 111 Sutter Street in San Francisco.  This was the fourth tallest building in San Francisco and it had previously housed the West Coast headquarters for the NBC radio company.
            As the broadcasts from the California shortwave stations began to increase, so did the flow of reception reports from distant listeners.  At first, no QSLs were available, but when the influential Arthur Cushen in Invercargill New Zealand wrote a letter of explanation to OWI, they then prepared a generic QSL card design that could be used to verify all of the West Coast VOA shortwave stations.
            The design of the new OWI QSL card was in the patriotic colors, red white and blue.  The card was thin white card with a large block of blue on the left side of the card showing a diagonal portion in white in which the station callsign was printed in large blue letters.  Below the blue callsign panel was a red section that showed the country name, United States of America.  The QSL text was printed in the same blue color in a panel on the right hand side of the card.
            Over the years, OWI must have issued a huge number of these famous red white and blue QSL cards.  Research into an existing quantity of these OWI QSL cards indicates that there were at least four different print runs, in addition to the different callsign identifications. 
            The first print run for the standard card identifies the specific callsign for each station, one station per card.  A second print run shows a blank area for the callsign, thus allowing the callsign to be inserted with a typewriter.  A third print run is very similar, though with the QSL text in a different print font.  Then there were two different QSL cards similar in design but prepared specifically for the two stations KWID and KWIX. 
            Usually there was just one callsign on each card, though initially when two transmitters were tied together electronically, then both callsigns were listed on the one card.  For example, two transmitters at Dixon in California were tied together as KNBA-KNBC and another two as KNBI-KNBX .  Likewise for KCBA-KCBF in Delano, also in California.
            When the shortwave communication stations were carrying a relay of VOA programming OWI issued QSL cards verifying these broadcasts too, such as KWU and KWV, and also KES2 and KES3, all in Bolinas.  Even though the 100 kW KRHO was installed in Hawaii and not in California, yet OWI also issued QSL cards in the same red white and blue pattern for those broadcasts.
            At the time when these OWI shortwave stations were on the air (1942-1945), there was of course a violent war in progress in the Pacific.  Mail delivery by ship between the United States and Australia and New Zealand was slow and irregular. 
            In addition, these QSL cards were subject to censorship.  For example, a May 1943 QSL card verifying station KWV and addressed to Jack Fox in New Zealand shows a rubber stamp impression, stating that it was examined by Censor No 10177.  A June QSL card in the same year (1943) verifying station KWY and addressed to Max Mudie in South Australia shows a rubber stamp impression from the same Censor No 10177.
            Over the years, several million QSL cards have been listed for sale on Ebay, yet as far as is known, not one of these wartime red white and blue OWI QSL cards has ever appeared on the list.  It would be suggested that if one of these famous red white and blue cards is ever listed for sale, it would command a very high price.

            That’s as far as we can go in this story today, and on another occasion, we will tell the  story of some of the shortwave stations whose broadcasts were verified by the now famous red white and blue OWI QSL cards.
(AWR-Wavescan/432)

Monday, June 12, 2017

New Summer 2017 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Now Available




Teak Publishing is pleased to announce the release of the Summer 2017 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (ISWBG) electronic book by Amazon bestselling author Gayle Van Horn, W4GVH. This all important semi-annual information resource is your electronic guide to the world of shortwave radio listening.

The release of this book is very timely for international radio monitors given the recent outbreak of tensions in the world hotspots of Eastern Europe, Middle East, East Asia and the Korean Peninsula.

Shortwave radio listeners are routinely entertained with unique perspectives to events, music, culture, history, and news from other countries that you won’t see or hear on your local or national broadcast channels. Shortwave radio broadcast aren’t restricted by country borders or oceans, and can propagate thousands of miles, reaching millions of listeners worldwide, in over 300 different languages and dialects. These worldwide transmissions are monitored on internationally assigned radio frequencies between 1700 kHz and 30 MHz.

There are even broadcasts from the dark side, transmitted from broadcasters known as clandestine or clanny stations. Clandestine broadcasters are wrapped in mystery and intrigue, and they usually exist to bring about some sort of political change to the country they are targeting. Programming may largely be half-truths or sometimes even outright lies, but it is essentially propaganda for their cause.

Listeners who live in the United States can easily hear shortwave broadcast stations from Canada, China, Cuba, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, North/South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, and many other counties if you have an inexpensive shortwave radio receiver, and you know when and where to listen!

If you want to get in on the action, then this Amazon electronic book is your ticket the travel the world via radio. The ISWBG is our exclusive 24-hour station/frequency guide to “all” of the known longwave, selected mediumwave and shortwave radio stations currently broadcasting at time of publication. This unique radio hobby resource is the “only” radio hobby publication that has by-hour station schedules that include all language services, frequencies and world target areas.

New in this eighth edition of the ISWBG is an Surfing the Shortwave Radio Bands without a Radio by senior radio monitor Larry Van Horn Summertime Listening on Shortwave, by shortwave program specialist Fred Waterer, and a feature very timely feature - When News Breaks: Getting Your News from the Front Lines through streaming media by Loyd Van Horn.

There is also an expanded special feature on Who’s Who in the shortwave radio spectrum by former Monitoring Times editor and feature writer Larry Van Horn N5FPW. This story covers services and frequencies outside the regular broadcast and amateur radio bands, and includes our new, exclusive Hot HF 1000+ non-broadcast frequency list. The final feature article in this edition is Getting Started in Shortwave Radio, a primer, by Spectrum Monitor managing editor Ken Reitz KS4ZR.

Also included in this edition is increased frequency and station coverage of longwave broadcasters, selected medium wave broadcast frequencies used by international broadcasters, all known international standard time and frequency stations transmitting worldwide, and some selected spy numbers broadcasts.

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (Summer 2017 edition) is now available for purchase worldwide from Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071VMYYMH/.

The price for this latest edition is still US$7.99. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order this electronic book (e-Book) from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. All other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website.

This new e-publication edition is a much expanded version of the English shortwave broadcast guide that was formerly published in the pages of the former Monitoring Times magazine for well over 20 years. This one of a kind e-book is published twice a year to correspond with shortwave station’s seasonal time and frequency changes.

Don’t own a Kindle reader from Amazon? Not a problem. You do not need to own a Kindle to read Amazon e-book publications. You can read any Kindle book with Amazon’s free reading apps on literally any electronic media platform.

The Kindle app is available for most major smartphones, tablets and computers. There is a Kindle app available for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch; Android Phone; Android Tablet; PC; Windows 8; Mac Kindle Cloud Reader; Windows Phone; Samsung; BlackBerry 10; BlackBerry; amd WebOS. This means with a free Kindle reading apps, you can buy a Kindle book once, and read it on any device with the Kindle app installed*. You can also read that same Kindle book on a Kindle device if you own one.

You can find additional details on these apps by checking out this link to the Amazon website at www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771.

For additional information on this and other Teak Publishing radio hobby books, monitor the company sponsored Internet blogs – The Military Monitoring Post (http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/), The Btown Monitor Post (http://monitor-post.blogspot.com/) and The Shortwave Central (http://mt-shortwave.blogspot.com/) for availability of additional e-books that are currently in production. You can learn more about the author by going to her author page on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Gayle-Van-Horn/e/B0084MVQCM/.

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide will have wide appeal to shortwave radio hobbyists, amateur radio operators, educators, foreign language students, news agencies, news buffs, or anyone interested in listening to a global view of news and major events as they happen.

Whether you are an amateur radio operator or shortwave radio enthusiasts, and want to get in on the action outside of the ham bands, then this new electronic book from Teak Publishing is a must in your radio reference library.


Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins

Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2017 Jun 05 0605 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact www.swpc.noaa.gov/weekly.html
#
#                Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
#
Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 29 May - 04 June 2017

Solar activity was at very low levels on 29-30 May and again on 04 June. Low levels were reached from 31 May-03 June due to flare activity from Region 2661 (N06, L=211, class/area Dao/200 on 02 June). The largest flare of the period was a C8/Sn at 02/1757 UTC. Other activity included an approximate 28 degree filament eruption centered near S11E19 observed lifting off in H-alpha imagery
beginning at 30/1300 UTC. An associated faint, narrow CME was observed off the southeast limb beginning at 30/2334 UTC.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at normal to moderate levels.

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to active levels. The period began under the continued influence of the 23 May CME. Total field reached a maximum of 17 nT at 29/0900 UTC followed by a decrease to around 8 nT by 29/1600 UTC. The Bz component deflected south to a maximum of -13 nT at 29/1230 UTC. Solar wind increased from approximately 350 km/s at the beginning of the period to a maximum of 561 km/s at 30/0940 UTC and slowly declined thereafter. The geomagnetic field responded with quiet to active conditions on 29-30 May. A return to near nominal solar wind conditions followed on 31 May-02 June. Quiet conditions were observed on 31 May and 02
June with quiet to unsettled levels observed on 01 June. At approximately 03/0615 UTC, total field, solar wind speed, density, and temperature began to increase due to the possible arrival of the 30 May CME combined with a positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS). Total field increased to 14 nT at 03/1125 UTC while the Bz component deflected south to -13 nT. Solar wind speed increased to near 500 km/s at 03/1825 UTC before slowly recovering
by the end of the period. The geomagnetic field responded with quiet to active levels on 03 June followed by quiet conditions on 04 June.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 05 June - 01 July 2017

Solar activity is expected to be at very low to low levels from 05-12 June as Region 2661 transits across the visible disk. Very low levels are expected from 13 June-01 July.

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at normal to moderate levels with high levels likely from 16-26 June due to recurrent CH HSS influence.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be mostly quiet with unsettled to active levels expected on 14-19 June and G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels likely on 16 June due to recurrent CH HSS effects.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2017 Jun 05 0605 UTC
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#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2017-06-05
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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2017 Jun 05      78           5          2
2017 Jun 06      78           5          2
2017 Jun 07      78           5          2
2017 Jun 08      78           5          2
2017 Jun 09      78           5          2
2017 Jun 10      78           5          2
2017 Jun 11      78           5          2
2017 Jun 12      80           5          2
2017 Jun 13      78           5          2
2017 Jun 14      78          10          3
2017 Jun 15      78          12          4
2017 Jun 16      78          25          5
2017 Jun 17      78          10          3
2017 Jun 18      78           8          3
2017 Jun 19      78           8          3
2017 Jun 20      78           5          2
2017 Jun 21      78           5          2
2017 Jun 22      78           5          2
2017 Jun 23      78           5          2
2017 Jun 24      78           5          2
2017 Jun 25      78           5          2
2017 Jun 26      78           5          2
2017 Jun 27      80           5          2
2017 Jun 28      80           5          2
2017 Jun 29      80           5          2
2017 Jun 30      80           5          2
2017 Jul 01      80           5          2
(NOAA)