Thursday, May 10, 2018

Kim and SWRadiogram at NASB 2018!

Received Today from Dr. Kim Andrew Elliott. I will be hanging out with him and the NASB crew this next week. He's got special treats planned - see below!


Hello friends,


This email will provide information on the broadcasts for the next two weekends (47 and 48)

A special broadcast of Program 48 will be a demonstration of Shortwave Radiogram for the meeting of the National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters (NASB), this year hosted by SonSet Solutions in Elkhart, Indiana. Reception of Shortwave Radiogram will be on a SonSet radio, an inexpensive receiver designed for use in developing countries. Using an antenna on the roof of the steel warehouse building, replete with electronic equipment in operation, the signal will somehow be fed to the SonSet radio, and the modes will be decoded from what is received. What could possibly go wrong?

If for some reason an adequate signal does not reach the SonSet radio, Plan B will be to use audio on an mp3 recorded from program 47, using an SDR somewhere. For this reason, programs 47 and 48 have similar formats, but the content is different. Both shows will include slow modes, suitable for poor reception, such as on low-cost radios inside a steel building. And there will be some text in non-Latin alphabets.

For logistics reasons, the first transmission of program 48 will be moved up to 0800 UTC on 14 May.  To compensate for program 47 being bumped from the 0800 slot, program 47 will be broadcast at 0800 on  21 May. See this schedule chart ...



Program
No.
Day
May
date
UTC time
Frequency
kHz
Transmitter
47
Friday
11
2030-2100
7780
9455
WRMI Florida
47
Saturday
12
1600-1630
9400
Space Line Bulgaria
47
Sunday
13
2330-2400
7780
WRMI Florida
48
Monday
14
0800-0830
5850
7730
WRMI Florida
48
Wednesday
16
2100-2130
9395*
WRMI Florida
48
Thursday
17
2030-2100
9395*
WRMI Florida
48
Friday
18
2030-2100
7780
9455
WRMI Florida
48
Saturday
19
1600-1630
9400
Space Line Bulgaria
48
Sunday
20
2330-2400
7780
WRMI Florida
47
Monday
21
0800-0830
5850
7730
WRMI Florida
 
*Special for the National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters meeting in Elkhart, Indiana, 17 May at 2030 UTC. The transmission on 16 May at 2100 UTC is to test the receiving and decoding equipment and software. Listeners everywhere are invited to tune in to one or both of these transmissions.

Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 47, 11-13 and 21 May 2018, in modes as noted:

 1:34  MFSK32: Program preview
 3:09  Olivia 64-2000: Supervolcanoes have advance warnings
 7:10  Olivia 32-2000**: Continued
10:15  MFSK16: Text samples of Russian, Chinese, and Persian***
17:03  MFSK32: Australia invests in space agency*
21:30  MFSK64: President Macron visits New Caledonia*
26:23  Image: Railroad on 10th Street in New York City, 1910*
27:56  MFSK32: Closing announcements



Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 48, 14-20 May 2018, in modes as noted:

 1:33  MFSK32: Program preview
 3:11  Olivia 64-2000: Mercury has thin but dense crust
 6:49  Olivia 32-2000**: Continued
 9:37  MFSK16: Text samples of Russian, Chinese, and Persian***
16:42  MFSK32: New solar still purified water*
20:29  MFSK64: South Georgia declared rodent-free*
25:13  Greetings to the NASB meeting*
27:43  MFSK32: Closing announcements

* with image

** Use Olivia Custom setting: 32 tones, 2000 Hz bandwidth

*** Use UTF-8 character set (default in TIVAR and newer versions
of Fldigi)

Please send reception reports to radiogram@verizon.net

And visit http://swradiogram.net

Twitter: @SWRadiogram or https://twitter.com/swradiogram (check frequently during weekends)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Audio quality does matter. DRM delivers!

Interesting research here from USC.
"Audio quality influences whether you believe what you hear." DRM fans already knew that!


Friday, April 20, 2018

New DRM broadcast schedule

Click here for the new international schedule of DRM broadcasts. The file includes MW and SW. You'll notice a few new (or at least returning) broadcasters. Sadly, nothing to North America...again.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

NASB 2018 in Elkhart Indiana!


Countdown to fun with your favorite shortwave broadcasters! Your admin will be there prepared to present. See below for the details. This is always a fun meeting. If you are near the Chicago area (South Bend, Indiana area really) c'mon and attend!

NASB 2018 Annual Meeting  
Thursday, May 17-Friday, May 18, 2018

Meeting Location: SonSet Solutions, 2830 17th Street, Elkhart, Indiana 46517-4008

Costs for Attendees:  There is no cost to attend the meeting itself, and the meals indicated in the agenda will be provided free of charge.  Attendees must pay their own travel and accommodation expenses.

MEETING AGENDA (updated April 9, 2018 - some items are still tentative):
Thursday, May 17

9:00 am - Meet in front of hotel for transport to Conference

9:30-10:30 am - Presentation about SonSet Solutions by Charles Jacobson and David Russell, Ministry President

10:30-11:00 am - Coffee Break

11:00 am-12:00 pm - Plant Tour of SonSet Solutions

12:00-1:00 pm - Lunch will be catered at SonSet Solutions

1:00-2:00 pm - Information about the new Gospell GR-216 DRM receiver and a 2018 worldwide recap of DRM news, presented by Christopher Rumbaugh of the DRM North America Group.  (my little bit!)

2:00-2:30 pm - Adventist World Radio Update by Dr. Dowell Chow, former AWR President

2:30-3:00 pm - International Broadcasting Bureau Shortwave Projects, by Gerhard Straub, Director, IBB Broadcast Technologies Division (tentative)

3:00-3:30 pm - Coffee Break

3:30-4:00 pm - 360-degree Rotatable Antenna Systems - presentation by Jerome Hirigoyen of Telediffusion de France

4:00-5:00 pm - Digital Broadcasts on Analogue Shortwave Transmitters - presentation by Dr. Kim Andrew Elliott, producer of "Shortwave Radiogram" (recently retired from VOA), including the live decoding of a Radiogram broadcast.

5:00 pm - Return to the hotel

6:00 pm - Leave hotel in carpool for Das Dutchman Essenhaus

6:30 pm - Group dinner at Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury, IN -- a typical Amish restaurant in the middle of Amish country

9:00 pm - Approximate time of return to the hotel

Friday, May 18

9:00 am - Meet in front of hotel for transport to Conference.

9:30 am - George Ross of Trans World Radio with more news about DRM including the Titus II receiver

10:00-10:30 am - The Far East Broadcasting Company - update from Bob Springer, who worked with FEBC on Saipan for many years

10:30-11:00 am - The Potential of Shortwave Radio - presentation by John from VOTW Radio International

11:00 am - Updates from other NASB member stations and associate members:  WWCR, KVOH, WEWN, WRMI, KNLS and more.

12:00 pm - Catered lunch at SonSet Solutions

1:00 pm - NASB Business Meeting -- Finance reports, elections, selection of next annual meeting site, other business

3:00-3:30 pm - Brief meeting of new Board members and officers

Thursday, February 22, 2018

New ebook - Digital Radio Mondiale Drives Forward

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