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211
QSLs Received / Johnny Tobacco 9/17/16
« on: September 22, 2016, 1428 UTC »
Thanks for the eQSL Johnny!

212
QSLs Received / Amphetamine Radio 9/8 and 9/9/2016
« on: September 13, 2016, 2018 UTC »
Thanks AR

213
Equipment / ICOM R75 computer control
« on: September 01, 2016, 1224 UTC »
Does anyone with an ICOM R75 use the computer control option?
The user manual is vague on this and not much specific info on the web.
I was trying to figure out the interface, (CI-V connection) the software
and hardware needed.

I was trying to find some video or pics of the software display to see what it looks like
and what it controlled. Also what advantages does computer control have.
Do you get a waterfall display?

Thanks


214
RNI booming in with news and ID at 0127 "RN Zed international" into music.

215
Software / Sorcerer decoder
« on: August 27, 2016, 1145 UTC »
Anyone using the Sorcerer decoder? What I want to decode with it is
Stanag-4285.

I read a few reviews online that complained about malware and Trojans and a few
other problems like hogging too much of the CPU.

My only worries are the Trojans and viruses and things like that.
Poor performance was another complaint but I'm not worried about that.
I just don't want to screw up my laptop, if the program doesn't work well
I'll get rid of it.

Here is an article on Sorcerer: http://mt-utility.blogspot.com/2011/12/why-sorcerer-wont-be-on-my-next.html

Thanks for any input.

216
Utility / decoding STANAG-4285
« on: August 23, 2016, 1529 UTC »
Can this be decoded with FLdigi? I see on people on you tube using Sorcerer.
I know this is used by NATO and probably a lot of it is encrypted, but I see videos
online of some partial decodes. Thought it might be fun to try.
Thanks

217
Utility / German weather sevice DWD 14467.3 RTTY 1924 UTC 8/21/2016
« on: August 21, 2016, 1931 UTC »
Deutscher Wetterdienst
RTTY 50 baud/ 450 Hz

CQ CQ CQ DE DDH47 DDH9 DDH8
FREQUENCIES   147." KHZ   11039 KHZ   14467.3 KHZ
RYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRY
CQ CQ CQ DE DDH47 DDH9 DDH8
FREQUENCIES   147.3 KHZ   11039 KHZ   14467.3 KHZ
RYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRY
CQ CQ CQ DE DDH47 DDH9 DDH8
FREQUENCIES   147.3 KHZ   11039 KHZ   14467.3 KHZ

DEN HELDZRI  IIWATSUEDWEST  4 XX    QO GRAD   1017 HPA
NORDERNEY      WEST  4888;18&&4-$   1016 HPA
HELGOLAND      WEST  3 REGEN     18 GRAD   1015 HPA
CUXHAVEN       WESTSUEDWEST  3 REGEN    N168&4-$  P1016 HPA
BREMERHAVEN    WESTSUEDWEST  4 REGEN     17 GRAD   1017 HPA

218
S3 peaks with good copy

Kimjae xmitter, 250 kw, Korea  

1336 pop music, YL DJ with song IDs and musicians.
1340 DJ with Korean music scene news.
1350 more music news.

219
10/11 meters / CB band, 10/11 meters very active 8/14/2016
« on: August 14, 2016, 1608 UTC »
Tuning down from 27405 kHz, several CB stations heard loud and clear.

Also a few "free banders" I guess they are called below 26965 kHz.

And WWV at 25 MHz, fair copy.
 
10m Ham band, QSOs on 28420, 28385, 28310.

10m Beacons on 28271.5 usb, V V V DE KG4ERE/B EM65
                        28254.5 usb, VVV  DE K4JEE/B K4J E/B T 4JEE/B LOUISVILLET MKY EM78    

10/11 meters very open, just a few loggins here.

220
MFSK32
FLmsg (in FLdigi) opens image in web browser.


... start
[WRAP:beg][WRAP:lf][WRAP:fn KBC_autoplay_MFSK32.b2s]<flmsg>2.0.12
:hdr_fm:21
KD9XB 20161008114229
:hdr_ed:21
KD9XB 20160308073647
<blankform>
:mg:429 <body>
<table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="border-collapse: collapse" bordercolor="#FFFFFF" width="20%" id="AutoNumber1">
  <tr>
    <td width="100%">
<img border="0" src="http://www.k-po.com/img/kbcradiobanner.png" width="546" height="594"></td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td width="100%">
    <p align="center"><audio controls autoplay src="http://stream02.audisi.nl/kbc-high">
</audio></td></td>
  </tr>
</table>
[WRAP:chksum 0040][WRAP:end]
... end




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Please report decode to themightykbc@gmail.com

221
Utility / EAM 8992 USB 2017 UTC 8/7/2016
« on: August 07, 2016, 2036 UTC »
First time I've caught one of these on this freq.
Good copy, the usual phonetic  characters.
Ends with "...this completes 52 character message, this ROYALIST out"

222
good sig from WRMI

2107 Phil Collins
2114 commentary about Vietnam, average age of a solder was 19.
2118 SSTV

223
7/30/2016
11580 kHz
2330 UTC
From WRMI
mode: MFSK32 with image

"Hello and welcome to DigiDX 23, a weekly review of the latest shortwave
and DX news broadcast mainly in MFSK32 mode. This broadcast includes
shortwave news, part two of a review of a review by Thomas Witherspoon
of the BST-1 car shortwave and the e-QSL card,


DigiDX weekly schedule:
Sunday 2130 - 15770kHz via WRMI (Okeechobee, FL, USA)
Sunday 2330 - 11580kHz via WRMI (Okeechobee, FL, USA)
Monday 2000 - 6070kHz via Channel 292 (Rohrbach Wall, DE)
Daily 0530/1830 -  6070kHz via Channel 292 (Rohrbach Wall, DE)

 Thanks to Channel 292 broadcasting the extra daily repeats of DigiDX,
to buy shortwave time from Channel 292 at very reasonable prices go to
http://www.channel292.de.

Any other extra broadcasts will be listed on http://www.digidx.uk

If you enjoy DigiDX and find the service useful please consider donating
via Paypal to reports@digidx.uk or via our Patreon page. Any money
donated will go towards paying for airtime to keep DigiDX on the air to
Europe and North America.

Every donation will help no matter how little
-https://www.patreon.com/digidx. / reports@digidx.uk

Thanks very much to listeners Oscar Marazzini, Alan Gale, Jordan
Heyburn, Fred Albertson, Mike Stapp, Mark Braunstein and Richard Langley
for contributing via Paypal or to the Patreon campaign.



Latest Shortwave News:

Classics Experience with Paul Walker returns to shortwave
Radio New Zealand International new schedule
New clandestine for Eritrea
Russia to start using two new OTH radar systems

Classics Experience with Paul Walker returns to shortwave

Alaska based DJ Paul Walker is back with another edition of his The Classics Experience broadcast.
 This broadcast will be two hours long and includes rock and roll music
with some country classics scattered in and occasionally a few audio
surprises. For the first time it will also have a broadcast from Armenia
targeted towards Asia and in particular Japan.

The broadcast will take place on the 26th and 27th of August with the
following schedule:



26th August  - WRMI 7570kHz to the West coast of the US and Canada  0400-0600
26th August - WRMI 11580kHz to the east coast of the us and Western Europe 2100-2300
27th August - WINB 9265khz 0330 to 0530
26th August - Channel 292 6070kHz to Europe 2200-2400

Frequency and time for broadcast to Asia / Japan is TBA.

The last broadcast of the Classics Experience included MFSK32 mode text
and images and hopefully the next broadcast also includes some digital
modes.


New clandestine for Eritrea

Last week DigiDX reported on Radio Adel broadcasting to Eritrea every
Wednesday and Saturday on 15205kHz. Another Eritrean clandestine has
started broadcasting on this frequency on Tuesdays called Radio
Al-Mukhtar.

The first half hour at 1500 is in Arabic and the 2nd half is in the
Tigri

nya language.  As with Radio Adel this clandestine is believed to be broadcast from Issoudun, France.

Radio New Zealand International new schedule
 Radio New Zealand has a new shortwave schedule which came into
operation on the 29th of July. The main change being 7245kHz replacing
9700kHz from 0659 to 1258 daily. The full schedule is below:



UTC kHz Target Days
0000-0458 15720 (AM) Pacific Daily
0459-0658 11725 (AM) Pacific Daily
0659-1058 7245 (AM) Pacific Daily
1059-1258 7245 (AM) PNG Daily
1259-1858 6170 (AM) Pacific Sat
1259-1650 6170 (AM) Pacific Sun-Fri
1651-1850 5975 (DRM) Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa Sun-Fri
1850-1950 9760 (DRM) Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa Sun-Fri
1859-1958 9700 (AM) Pacific Sat
1951-2050 11690 (DRM) Pacific Sun-Fri
1959-2058 11725 (AM) Pacific Sat
2051-0000 15720 (AM) Pacific Daily

Russia to start using two new OTH radar systems

Russian Interfax news agency reported that Russia may attempt to
compensate for the increase in NATOs military activity by placing two
new radar stations in the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea, which would be
able to control the 200-mile coastal zone. "It is expected that modified
Podsolnuh (Sunflower) over-the-horizon radar units will start combat
duty in the Baltic Sea in 2017," Interfaxs source said, adding that
similar radar could be deployed in the Crimea in 2017. It can see any
warship that sails through the Bosporus Strait." The Podsolnuh radar
system passed the Russian government tests in 2006. There are three
stations currently on duty: one in the Sea of Okhotsk, another in the
Sea of Japan and the third in the Caspian Sea. Podsolnuh allows its
operators to automatically and simultaneously detect, track and classify
potential threats beyond the radio horizon. It can find up to 300
offshore objects and 100 air objects, determine their coordinates and
transfer them to targeting complexes and systems of armed naval vessels
and air defense systems. In June, Podsolnuhs developer, RTI, told
Interfax that the company plans to supply the Ministry of Defense of the
Russian Federation with several more radars in the future. "In 2017, the
Russian Defense Ministry plans to purchase several stations for the Navy
that will be deployed in the Arctic, as well as at the southern and
western borders of Russia," said the Director General of RTI, Sergey
Boev. In March, Podsolnuh

guided warships of the Caspian fleet equipped with the Caliber-NK missile complex during naval military exercises.

Story from UA wire - http://uawire.org/news/russia-to-deploy-two-powerful-radar-systems-in-the-baltic-and-black-seas


Upcoming relays and special broadcasts:

VOA Radiogram will be on air this weekend on the following frequencies, for more information on the modes to be used visit http://voaradiogram.net/

Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17580 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz

All broadcasts are from Greenville, NC.

IBC - Italian Broadcasting Corporation has added a digital mode broadcast to weekly broadcast via Channel 292 on 6070kHz.

The entire broadcast is Wednesday 2000 to 2200 UTC, with MFSK32 followed by Olivia 16-500 at 2030-2100 UTC.  The text includes DX and amateur radio news.


A digital part to the broadcast has also been added to the transmissions via WRMI

Friday 0125-0200 UTC on 9955 kHz which is part of their 0100-0130 broadcast.
Saturday 0155-0200 UTC on 11580 kHz, part of its 0130-0200 broadcast.

For more information and the complete schedule see http://ibcradio.webs.com/




Now we have part two of a review of the BST-1 car shortwave radio by Thomas
Witherspoon. The following article originally appeared in the June 2016
issue of The Spectrum Monitor Magazine -
http://www.thespectrummonitor.com/

Performance
Studenbergs tuning system is amazingly multifunctional, permitting
the tuner to keep his/her hands on the wheeland car on the
road!while simultaneously pursuing the SWL hobby. My very first
day on the road with the BST-1, I was pretty impressed with its
performance.

Of course, mileage may vary depending on your particular vehicle
and receiver installation, but in my case the BST-1 proved to be a
fairly quiet receiver on the road. I heard no significant RF noise due
to the cars ignition or engine, and the FM transmitter audio link
worked very effectively. I live in a relatively rural area with only a
few broadcasters in the BST-1s 88.3  88.9 MHz transmitter range.
There is, however, a fairly strong broadcaster on 88.9, but surprisingly
the BST-1s FM transmitter is strong enough that my cars FM
receiver blocks it. Not bad!

Additionally, the shortwave audio is unexpectedly good through my
cars audio system. The 5 kHz/3kHz bandwidth selections are
appropriate for decent audio fidelity; indeed, the 5 kHz filter actually
sounds more like a 7 kHz filter to my ears.

In terms of sensitivity, the BST-1 exceeds my expectations. The
sensitivity is ample enough to receive almost every domestic shortwave
broadcaster, strong international broadcasters, and time stations like
WWV and CHU Canada. To be fair, Im sure the sensitivity is being
hampered somewhat by the fact the receiver must operate in a mobile
environment with the accompanying local interference, but its still
quite capable.



In the time Ive been using the BST-1, Ive logged the following stations here in eastern North America while mobile:

WRMI
Radio Australia
Radio Havana Cuba
HM01 (Numbers Station)
WWCR
WTWW
China Radio International
All India Radio
WBCQ

Of course, here in North America (during the daytime especially),
youll hear a lot of the Overcomer Ministries via various
private/religious broadcasters. Most of the time, these broadcasts are
received as clearly as a local AM broadcaster.

In terms of selectivity, the BST-1 is effective. For about ninety
percent of my listening, it rejects adjacent signal interference. In
extreme caseslike that of Radio Australia (9,580 kHz), which
experiences regular interference from China Radio International (9,570
kHz)it struggles. But in truth, only the very best of my
receiverstypically ones with selectable sync detectioncan mitigate
most of CRIs spurious emissions. In other words, Im pleased Im
able to listen to Radio Australia with the BST-1 despite the noise from
CRI.



The BST-1 is unlike any other receiver Ive reviewed here on the SWLing Post. So lets get to the point: is it worth the purchase?

What the BST-1 isnt
 If youre looking for a receiver to snag rare and weak DX while
mobile, you will be disappointed. Expectations should be kept in line on
this point. Especially while your car is running, the BST-1 simply
doesnt have the characteristics of a DX receiver (low noise floor
combined with excellent sensitivity and a super stable AGC, for
example).

And frankly, the process of band-scanning in 5 kHz steps seeking an
elusive weak-signal station would not be fun.



What the BST-1 is
 Simply put: the BST-1 is a lot of fun! Without breaking the bank, the
BST-1 can bring many of your favorite broadcasters, and the SWL
experience, to your vehicle. Once memories are loaded, its a simple
process to scan them manually or automatically. And at night? You may
very well snag serious DX here and thereespecially if parked in an
area far away from urban radio interference.

In short, the BST-1 is simple to use, unobtrusive, and, frankly, does
what its designed to do: permit you to SWL in your car.




Summary

Invariably, all radios have strengths and weaknesses; heres a list of
my notes from the moment I put the BST-1 on the air:


Pros:

Simple installation for a mobile radio
Ample sensitivity & selectivity
Little ignition/alternator noise in tested installation
Surprisingly good audio via FM transmitter link
Remote control/key fob (see cons)
Non-distracting while driving
Easily-to-learn common commands
Responsive beeps and click sounds to aid tuning
Two ways to connect to a DC source: 12V plug or traditional two-wire
Two AM bandwidths
Two sensitivity settings
Appropriate 5 kHz steps for broadcasting tuning
RDS tags work amazingly well (see con)
Cons:

Remote control/key fob (see pros)
Learning curve for infrequently used functions
Audio feedback only (no visual feedback) if your cars radio doesnt have RDS capability
Only two buttons control twelve functions
Limited tuning functionality (5 kHz steps up/down with band scan and memory scan)
No SSB
No sync detection
BST-1-Receiver-Label-Alt

In conclusion, Im so glad I finally installed the BST-1. If your
vehicle has a RDS capabilities, the BST-1 will feel like a
fully-integrated part of your mobile audio system. Even without
RDSlike my situationit still packs a lot of punch and is
impressively engineered for distraction-free operation..

I must admit, its awfully magical to be driving down the highway here
in the States, listening to, for example, Radio Australia, some 15,700
km away So if you travel or commute regularly, and you love SWL, this
little mobile shortwave receiver might be just made-to-order for you,
too.

At $179.50 plus shipping, the BST-1 costs about the same as a decent
portable shortwave receivera good value in my book!



For information on ordering the BST-1 go to http://carshortwaveradio.com/





There now follows an image of the BST-1 reciever, published in the
review with the captain below : The BST-1 has the same form-factor
of most SDRs: a black box. The small size and light weight make it
ideal for stashing under a seat or in your vehicles trunk.





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Before RSID: <<2016-07-31T23:51Z MFSK-32 @ 100000+1504>>
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Before RSID: <<2016-07-31T23:56Z MFSK-64 @ 100000+1499>>
anet

Thank you for all the reception reports sent in for last weeks broadcast
and its good to see many people were able to decode the SVG image file.
Several email reports also recognised the logo as the Radio Free Europe
/ Radio Liberty logo for example Jonathan Coles in Canada wrote to say
"The SVG file is, I believe, the Radio Free Europe logo.".

Richard Langley also in Canada emailed regarding the logo "I am quite
familiar with the RFE/RL logo as I had recently used it for illustrating
my archived recording of the last Radio Liberty evening broadcast in
Russian on shortwave:
http://shortwavearchive.com/archive/radio-svoboda-june-25-2016 I also
came across an interesting news item in the archives of "The Ukrainian
Weekly" on the adoption of the RFE/RL orange flame logo on 30 March
2005, replacing the previously used "Freedom Bell" logo:
http://www.ukrweekly.com/old/archive/2005/150511.shtml"

Thank for that interesting article and link to your recording. Thanks
also to Mark Hirst for converting that logo to SVG.


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Before RSID: <<2016-07-31T23:57Z MFSK-32 @ 100000+1504>>
RiZa:Ra

Also included in the broadacst was information on the special
anniversary broadcasts C.DX.A Internacional Club in Venezuela. Rafael
Rodriguez from Columbia emailed reports@digidx.uk to say "Many thanks to
include the news about special program from C.DX.A Internacional Club, I
am a member and represent in Colombia". Nester Vargas from Venezuela
says "Acceptable signal decoding that allowed 100 % of the text , great
logo "Clubd Diexistas de la Amistad" from Venezuela Friendship which has
unfortunately illegible names listeners . On the other hand the SVG and
HTML format are an alternative for sending texts and images with good
resolution through this medium".

Finally Williams Lopez who sent us the news about this special broadcast
emailed saying "Thank very much for promotion our program club
DX...!!!!".

Thank you for listening, please send reports, comments and shortwave
related news or articles to reports@digidx.uk. This is DigiDX Signing
off.....

224
QSLs Received / Radio Fusion Radio 8/1/2016
« on: August 01, 2016, 1420 UTC »
Thanks for the eQSL for my HFU posting, unexpected for my "bits of audio coming through noise" logging.

Thanks Sweet Pea Jackson.

225
Shortwave Broadcast / Blues Radio Int. 9955 AM 0105 UTC 8/1/2016
« on: August 01, 2016, 0106 UTC »
S9 Nice sig
From WRMI

0105 interview with blues musician, into tune "Your no good for me" -tunes played live
0111 "Too late Honey". Cuban jammer now to.
0123 Jessie Finklestein w/ID, more blues

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