sabato 19 agosto 2017

Agenda DX 19/08/2017

ANNIVERSARIO EMITTENTI
KBS Korean Broadcasting System (servizio spagnolo), Repubblica di Korea (1962)
KBS Korean Broadcasting System, Repubblica di Korea (1953)
CFOK, Alberta, Canada 1370 Khz (1975)
CHQT, Alberta, Canada 880 Khz (1965)
KVAN, Washington 1550 Khz (1963)

FESTE NAZIONALI
Giornata dell'Indipendenza in Afghanistan

venerdì 18 agosto 2017

Glenn Hauser logs August 17-18, 2017


** SPAIN. 17855, August 17 at 1804, no signal again from REE to North America, while 17715 to South America is a JBA carrier, and the other pair, 15390 & 15520 are more audible (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 6604-USB, Aug 18 at 0549, VOLMET for Atlanta, several FL airports, Nassau and Bermuda are all ``missing`` repeated over and over, from New York Radio. Obviously no human is paying attention and as too frequently happens, the automation has failed. Frequency is shared with Gander which should take over at 0550, hopefully more successfully (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1891 monitoring: confirmed Thursday August 17 at 2330 on WBCQ, 9331.6v-CUSB, poor. Next:
Fri 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0630   HLR  6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1431   HLR  7265-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1930v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300   WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0200   WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0315v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1030   HLR  9485-CUSB to WSW
Sun 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11580, August 17 at 1807, WRMI with choral music not // 11825 Brother Scare as it is supposed to be at 15-20 UT. At 1809, 9395 // 9455 correctly with Oldies. Yes, at 1859, 11580 still IDs as Radio Africa Network on 21525 (only).

So at 1930 I finally notify: ``Jeff, Have been hearing Radio Africa ``21525`` programming on 11580 all day, as early as 1300 and still 1900 UT. If this is a mistake, perhaps you can get 11580 programming back on 11580 by 2000? 73, Glenn``

But at 2015 next check, 11580 is music and gospel huxter still not // anything, except presumably inaudible 21525. Reply comes from Jeff at 2050:

``Glenn: It's a bad switch on our automation system. It's now being switched manually until the switch is fixed, so programming should be OK``

9395, Aug 18 at 0146, interview in English with someone in New York, presumably RAE correctly.

11580, Aug 18 at 1322, back to BS instead of RAE in French; next check 1358 separate music from 11825, and 1400 into RAE in Spanish for jueves. I advise Jeff, who is probably in South Africa already for HFCC B-17, that the Okeechobee ops need to be vigilant for other anomalies we have noted (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. Morning of August 18, tropo is up from eastern OK and Arkansas. William Hepburn`s map for 15 UT shows a Level 8 tropo blob in western Arkansas, around a tiny Level 9 spot; progressively less toward us, as usual on the edge of an opening.

Most UHF and hi VHF channels display at least a Bad signal on the Zenith box and/or Sanyo TV. Many otherwise OKC-area good signals are either broken up or bad due to DX interference: RF 7, 13, 15, 17, 27, 29, 33, 46.

OKC low powers are making it: 41 KBZC-LD, 36 KUOK-CD. Also still past 1612 UT, the only NTSC analog, 48 KOCY-LP, with Don Cheto and his prancing girls on Estrella TV.

RF 18, KFSM-DT Fort Smith AR is the only solid DX, as 5-1 with CBS; 5-2 with KXNW-DT, and 5-3 with Antenna TV; weakening during the 15-16 hour (Glenn Hauser, Enid OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 10024-AM, August 18 at 0540, VP carrier and trace? of modulation? Might be a leapfrog from the 31m band, except one or both would have to be off-frequency, unlikely. Pirate? 

EiBi has one entry on 10024, but never specifying mode, AM or SSB:
``10024 0000-2400 HONDURAS COCESNA Cenamer Control E CAm``
So what is COCESNA? 


``Qué es ACNA? COCESNA es el organismo responsable por la prestación de los Servicios de Navegación Aérea en la Region Centroamericana mediante la Agencia Centroamericana de Servicios de Navegación Aérea ACNA, la cual nace con la reforma de los Estatutos el 1 de junio de 2001 y se encuentra ubicada físicamente en Tegucigalpa, Honduras, siendo su actual Director el Licenciado Juan Carlos Trabanino, y donde se agrupan los servicios públicos de:
     Control de Tránsito Aéreo
    Telecomunicaciones Aeronáuticas
     Información Aeronáutica
    Radio-ayudas a la Navegación Aérea.
     Actualmente esta Dirección desarrolla importantes proyectos.``

But that still doesn`t explain explicitly what the letters COCESNA stand for! We have to go to The Free Dixionary:
``Corporación Centroamericana de Servicios de Navegación Aérea 
(Central American Corporation for Air Navigation Services)``
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

UNIDENTIFIED. 11802-USB, August 18 at 1434, 2-way in colloquial Spanish INTRUDERS. Mentions ``madre``, no doubt a shortened expletive, much like in English. Kudos on their frequency management, as there are no AM signals bothered on either side, 11800/11805 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1636 UT August 18

SWLDXBulgaria News, August 17-18

GERMANY   Breaking News of New European Shortwave Radio Service.
First antenna tests have taken place on 6160 kHz and the fitting
of the appliances to the transmitting room is well under way.
Thank you for the all the encouraging reports received for our
tests on this channel. Remember: We are on a test phase at the
moment, 3975 kHz will be switched on soon. Our test schedule is
1000-1200 on  6160 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu English Mon-Sat
1200-1400 on  3975 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu English Mon-Sat
1400-1600 on  6160 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu English Mon-Sat
1600-1800 on  3975 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu English Mon-Sat
1800-2000 on  6160 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu English Mon-Sat
2000-2200 on  3975 WIS 001 kW / non-dir to NWEu English Mon-Sat
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2017/08/breaking-news-of-new-european-shortwave.html

GERMANY   Fair signal of DWD Deutscher Wetterdienst on August 18:
0600-0630 on  6180 PIN 010 kW / non-dir to CeEu German in AM mode
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2017/08/fair-signal-of-dwd-deutscher.html

GREECE   Reception of Voice of Greece on 9420 kHz and 9935 kHz, August 17-18:
1800-0900 on  9420 AVL 170 kW / 323 deg to WeEu Greek*tx#3, & off air at 0930
from 1800 on  9935 AVL 100 kW / 285 deg to WeEu Greek tx#1, no signal Aug.18!
* today relay Proto programa / First program, and no news in other languages.
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2017/08/reception-of-voice-of-greece-on-9420_18.html

SOUTH KOREA   KBS World Radio in English is carrying out test transmissions next weak
0800-1030 on  9770 KIM 250 kW / 225 deg to SEAs English August 21-23, additional prgr
1400-1600 on  9835^KIM 250 kW / 264 deg to SoAs English August 21-22, instead of 9880
1400-1600 on  9785#KIM 250 kW / 264 deg to SoAs English August 23-24, instead of 9880
1500-1600 on  9515*KIM 250 kW / 285 deg to WeEu English August 21-23, additional prgr
^1400-1600 on 9835 KAJ 100 kW / 093 deg to SEAs Malaysian RTM Sarawak FM
#1400-1527 on 9785 KUN 150 kW / 191 deg to SEAs Thai/Lao China Radio Int.
*1500-1600 on 9515 BEI 100 kW / 163 deg to EaAs Chinese China Nat.Radio-2
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2017/08/kbs-world-radio-in-english-is-carrying.html

UNKNOWN   UNIDentified station with African music and talks on August 17:
1830-2020 on  5940 unknown tx / unknown to Af?? unknown lang, weak signal
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2017/08/unidentified-station-with-african-music.html

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73!
Ivo Ivanov

QTH: Sofia, Bulgaria
Equipment: Sony ICF-2001D 30 m. long wire
Web: http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.com

W4HM Daily HF Radio Wave Propagation Forecast #230

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#230 Issued on Friday August 18, 2017 at 1530 UTC

Global Daily HF Radio Wave Propagation Forecast-

HF radio wave propagation conditions are in a deteriorated state.

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE RADIO WAVE PROPAGATION
80-60 (75-60) meters- poor at night and very poor at day,                                               40-30 (41-25) meters- fair at night and poor at day,                                                      20-17 (22-16) meters- fair at night and fair at day,                                                       15 (13) meters- poor at night and fair at day,                                                                  12-10 (11) meters- very poor at night and very poor at day.
Keep in mind that almost daily during the northern hemisphere summer season you will find that the 10 (11) meter bands will open via short north-south and east-west propagation paths via sporadic E (Es). Also when multiple sporadic E (Es) clouds form and line up favorably much longer propagation paths open up on east-west paths. And last but not least north-south propagation paths occur across the equator via trans equatorial propagation (TEP).
                   
SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE RADIO WAVE PROPAGATION-
80-60 (75-60) meters- fair at night and poor at day,
40-30 (41-25) meters- fair at night and fair at day,
20-17 (22-16) meters- very poor at night and fair at day,
15 (13) meters- very poor at night and poor at day,
12-10 (11) meters- very poor at night and very poor at day.

Received RF signal strength scale-
Very Good- +1 over S9 Or Greater
Good- S7-9
Fair- S4-6
Poor- S1-3
Very Poor- S0

Meter Band Equivalents
Ham & SWL
160->   90
80->     75
60->     60
40->     49, 41
30->     31, 25
20->     22, 19
17->    16, 15
15->    13
12,10-> 11

We are now firmly in summer/winter solstice type of HF radio wave propagation conditions.

This means generally poor HF radio wave propagation conditions in the northern hemisphere especially at day and generally good HF radio wave propagation conditions in the southern hemisphere especially at day.

Globally HF radio wave propagation conditions are most evenly balanced
during the fall and spring equinoxes and most diametrically opposed during
the summer and winter solstice.

Conditions change daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and by decade, as the
sun rises and sets at different times and at different angles from the
ecliptic, as well as by radio wave frequency. This is due to changes in the
maximum usable frequency (MUF), lowest usable frequency (LUF) and F layer
critical frequency (FoF2).

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This HF Radio wave propagation forecast is produced based on the SIGINT_CAP HF radio wave propagation prediction software. I wrote it beginning in the late 1980’s but I’m sorry to say that it can’t be distributed to the general public.

And though this HF radio wave propagation forecast is produced based on the SIGINT_CAP, I do check the actual band conditions at my location in the USA and tweak the forecast manually where and when necessary. I also check global HF radio wave propagation conditions via remoted radio receivers around on every continent of the globe and tweak the forecast manually if and when necessary.

The hamateur radio JT65A mode RF signal levels received are based on 5 watts and ½ wave dipole up at 40 feet.

The hamateur radio PSK31 mode RF signal levels received are based on 25 watts and ½ wave dipole up at 40 feet.

The hamateur radio CW mode RF signal levels received are based on 50 watts and ½ wave dipole up at 40 feet.

The hamateur radio SSB RF mode signal levels received are based on 100 watts and ½ wave dipole up at 40 feet.

The HF shortwave broadcast band AM Mode RF signal levels are based on 100,000 watts (100 kw) and a typical VOA type curtain array antenna.


Please keep in mind that this is a relatively simplified HF radio wave
propagation forecast, so as to keep it easily understandable and applicable by the average radio enthusiast.

Globally HF radio wave propagation conditions are most evenly balanced
during the fall and spring equinoxes and most diametrically opposed during
the summer and winter solstices.

Conditions change daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and by decade, as the
sun rises and sets at different times and at different angles from the
ecliptic, as well as by radio wave frequency. This is due to changes in the
maximum usable frequency (MUF), lowest usable frequency (LUF) and F layer
critical frequency (FoF2).

The D and E layers also come into play through RF radio wave signal
absorption and refraction. And then there is sporadic E (Es) radio wave
propagation that can really throw a wrench into the gears so to speak.

Things like sporadic E (Es) radio wave propagation and lightning storm
static can impact HF radio wave propagation in an unpredictable manner and
mostly bad.

Ongoing solar, space and geomagnetic weather goings on also impact HF radio
wave propagation conditions in a negative manner.

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Solar, Space & Geomagnetic Weather Conditions On

Thursday August 17, 2017-

Solar activity was low.

Earth's geomagnetic field was at an active geomagnetic level.

The three daily solar flux index (SFI) numbers were 78.1 76.7 76.1.                    

The official daily sunspot number (SSN) was 30.

In 2017 officially there were 56 days with a daily sunspot number (SSN) of
0.

Considering that solar minimum won't occur for approximately 2 more years,
+/- 1 year, daily SSN's of 0 are occurring now unusually early.

In 2016 officially there were 32 days with a daily sunspot number (SSN) of
0. Considering that solar minimum won't occur for approximately three more
years, seeing daily SSN's of 0 occurring now is unusually early.

As we move forward towards the next solar minimum between solar cycle #24
and #25 the number of days with a 0 daily SSN will steadily increase.
Eventually every day for many, many, many months will see a 0, the big goose
egg.

In 2008 I forecasted solar cycle 24 to be the weakest in the past 100 years
and that forecast verified. I also forecasted that solar cycle 25 would be
virtually nonexistent, similar to the Dalton type solar minimum that
occurred in the early 1800's. Other than sunspot magnetic polarity it will probably be very difficult to determine when solar cycle 24 ended and solar cycle 25 began.

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Officially there was 1 earth facing sun spot group (SSG).

Earth facing sunspot group (SSG) #12671 located near N11E37 with a complex beta-gamma-delta magnetic signature capable of producing a small in size C class solar flare, a moderate in size M class solar flare and a large in size X class solar flare.

However during the past 2 days the SSG has been unusually quiet considering that it has such a complex beta-gamma-delta magnetic signature. So maybe we don’t know as much about sunspot formation, growth, and behavior as we would like to believe we do.

There was 0 unofficial and as of yet unnumbered earth facing sunspot group (SSG).

There was 0 small in size C class or larger solar flare.

No earth facing coronal mass ejection (CME) related high and mid latitude energetic proton storm occurred (polar cap absorption).

No solar flare related x-ray day side solar fade out (SFO) occurred.

There was no earth facing coronal mass ejection (CME).

There was no earth facing collapsing magnetic filament eruption.

The 24 hour period 3 hour interval planetary K index (Kp) was at minor geomagnetic storming conditions to quiet geomagnetic conditions of

3 2 4 5 4 3 3 3.

The Kp geomagnetic indices are-
0-2- quiet
3- unsettled
4- active
5- minor geomagnetic storming
6- moderate
7- strong
8- severe
9- extreme
10- our atmosphere just got cooked off like on Mars and we are all dead.

The 24 hour period maximum and minimum planetary A index (Ap) ranged between

39 and 7,

which was at minor geomagnetic storming conditions to quiet geomagnetic conditions.

The Ap geomagnetic indices are-
0-7- quiet
8-15 unsettled
16-29- active
30-49- minor geomagnetic storm
50-99- major
100-400- severe
>401- our atmosphere just got cooked off like on Mars and we are all dead.
The 24 hour period averaged energetic proton flux was at a background level below 10 MeV.

The 24 hour period averaged background x-ray flux was at B9.55.

The 24 hour period averaged vertical component (Bz) of earth's geomagnetic magnetic field was at

+3.17 nT north.

The 24 hour period maximum and minimum disturbance storm time index (Dst) ranged between

 -38 and -1 nT.

The 24 hour period maximum and minimum solar wind speed ranged between

560 and 379 km/s.

There was a recurrent very large in size earth facing northern hemisphere coronal hole (CH) #820 (#815).


GENERAL GUIDELINES CONCERNING CORRELATION OF PROPAGATION INDICES TO ACTUAL HF PROPAGATION CONDITIONS-

NOTE!!! The propagation indices "interpretations" are my personal
intellectual property. Therefore the radio wave propagation indices
interpretations contained herein is copyrighted © 1988-2017 by Thomas F.
Giella, W4HM, all rights reserved. Reproduction of information herein is
allowed without permission in advance as long as proper credit is given.

All 14 of the following indices have to occur as described below in order to
see the best global high frequency radio wave propagation possible,
something that happens rarely.

1.) Dropping geomagnetic field indices numbers are better, Kp of 0 best.

2.) A daily sunspot number of 150 or higher, 200 or higher best.

3.) A daily sunspot number of greater than 100 for routine stable formation
of the E Valley/F Layer ducting mechanism.

4.) Previous 24 hour Ap index under 10, fewer than 7 for several days
consecutively are best.

5.) Previous 3 hours Kp index fewer than 3 for mid latitude paths, fewer
than 2 for high latitude paths, 0 for several days consecutively is best.

6.) Energetic protons no greater than 10 MeV (10+0).

7.) Background x-ray flux levels greater than B1 for several days
consecutively, greater than C1 best.

8.) No current STRATWARM alert.

9.) Interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) Bz with a (positive number) sign,
indicates a lesser chance of high latitude path aurora
absorption/unpredictable refraction or scattering of medium frequency RF
signals, when the Kp is above 3.

10.) A -10 or better towards a positive number Dst index during the recovery
time after a geomagnetic storm, as related to the equatorial ring current. A
positive number is best.

11.) Rising positive T index number. The T Index tracks with the F2 layer
critical frequency (foF2) and sunspot number (SSN) and indicates the
capability of the F2 layer to refract RF signals.

12.) Galactic cosmic rays decrease to -3 units below zero and trending
towards zero.

13.) Energetic electron flux levels no greater than 2 MeV (2+0).

14. A solar wind speed of less than 300 km/s for several days consecutively.

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Standard Disclaimer-

Note! I use error prone RAW public domain data from the NOAA Space
Environment Center, other U.S. government entities and educational
institutions, to produce my comprehensive HF radio wave propagation
forecast. This data is gathered and made public by the U.S. Government using
taxpayer $$$ (including mine).

However the solar, space and geomagnetic discussions as well as the HF propagation forecast that I produce from the RAW public domain
data is my personal intellectual property. Therefore the solar, space and geomagnetic weather discussions and HF radio wave
propagation forecast contained herein is copyrighted © 1988-2017 by Thomas
F. Giella, W4HM.

Feel free without advanced permission to redistribute this "not for profit"
solar, space and geomagnetic weather discussion and HF radio wave propagation forecast, as long as you redistribute it in its entirety and
give me credit for it.

Also solar, space and geomagnetic weather forecasting is still an inexact
science. The forecasts are not official but for educational and hobby
related purposes only and are subject to human error and acts of God,
therefore no guarantee or warranty implied.

KBS World Radio English Test Transmissions

KBS World Radio's English Department Is Carrying Out Test Transmissions Next Week

Target Area Time (UTC) Frequency (㎑) Date
Europe 1500 - 1600 9,515 August 21 - 23
Southeast Asia 0800 - 1030 9,770 August 21 - 23
India 1400 - 1700 9,835 August 21 - 22
India 1400-1700 9,785 August 23 - 24
If you leave in target areas, please tune in and send us reception reports.
Your reports are crucial in helping them find better frequency options.

Reception reports can be sent to english@world.kbs.co.kr or on the web at https://world.kbs.co.kr/english/about/about_report.htm

Agenda DX 18/08/2017

ANNIVERSARIO EMITTENTI
Radio Casino, Costarica 5955 Khz (1945)
Radio Quito, Ecuador 4920 Khz (1940)

giovedì 17 agosto 2017

SWLDXBulgaria News, August 17

AFGHANISTAN   Weak/fair to good signal of R.Afghanistan External Service, August 17
1534&1631 on  6100 YAK 100 kW / 125 deg to SoAs English/Urdu/Arabic & off at 1640UT
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2017/08/weakfair-to-good-signal-of-rafghanistan.html

BELGIUM(non)   BRB Radio Sagalee Qeerroo Bilisummaa via TDF Issoudun, August 17
1630-1658 on 17840 ISS 250 kW / 130 deg to EaAf Oromo Tue/Thu/Fri via Alyx&Yeyi
Transmission is jammed by Ethiopia with very strong white noise digital jamming
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2017/08/brb-radio-sagalee-qeerroo-bilisummaa.html

FRANCE(non)   Reception of Radio Taiwan International via TDF Issoudun on August 17
1700-1758 on 11955 ISS 500 kW / 055 deg to EaEu Russian, clear signal + tweet of tx
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2017/08/clear-signal-of-radio-taiwan.html

IRAN vs.BELGIUM(non)   VIRI IRIB/PARS TODAY vs.Living Water Ministry on August 17:
1430-1730 on  9650 ZAH 500 kW / 289 deg to NEAf Arabic Daily VIRI IRIB, PARS TODAY
1500-1600 on  9650 PUG 250 kW / 000 deg to NEAs Korean Tu-Th Living Water Ministry
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2017/08/viri-iribpars-today-vsliving-water.html

OMAN   Reception of Radio Sultanate of Oman on August 17
1400-1500 on 15140 THU 100 kW / 315 deg to WeEu Arabic
1500-1600 on 15140 THU 100 kW / 315 deg to WeEu English
1600-2200 on 15140 THU 100 kW / 315 deg to WeEu Arabic
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2017/08/reception-of-radio-sultanate-of-oman-on.html

PHILIPPINES   Reception of Radio Teos via FEBC on August 17:
1500-1600 on 11650 BOC 100 kW / 323 deg to CeAs Russian, fair
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2017/08/reception-of-radio-teos-via-febc-on_17.html

SECRETLAND(non)   Additional transmission of VORW Radio Int via SPL Secretbrod
1600-1700 on  9400 SCB 100 kW / 306 deg to WeEu English Sun eff.from August 13
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2017/08/nw-additional-broadcast-of-vorw-radio.html

SOUTH KOREA   Additional 2 frequencies of KBS World Radio registered on August 16
1400-1600 NF  9785/9835 KIM 250 kW / 264 deg to SoAs English to be replaced 9880*
* 15-16 co-ch 9880 XIA 500 kW / 292 deg to CeAs Russian China Radio International
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2017/08/additional-two-frequencies-of-kbs-world.html

U.K.(non)   Reception of Voice of Martyrs via BaBcoCk Tashkent on August 17:
1530-1700 on  7525 TAC 100 kW / 076 deg to NEAs Korean/English, weak to fair
http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.bg/2017/08/reception-of-voice-of-martyrs-via.html

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73!
Ivo Ivanov

QTH: Sofia, Bulgaria
Equipment: Sony ICF-2001D 30 m. long wire
Web: http://swldxbulgaria.blogspot.com

Media & Tech - 17/08/2017

Glenn Hauser logs August 16-17, 2017

** ARGENTINA [non]. RAE relays missing from WRMI 11580: see U S A

** BRAZIL. 9665.989, Aug 17 at 0554, R. Voz Missionária has almost achieved a full kHz of offness, S7 signal in Brazuguese gospel huxter, much better signal than the others, JBA carriers circa 9674.97, 9725+, 9819 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** BRAZIL. 15190.732, Aug 16 at 2012, JBA carrier, presumed Rádio Inconfidência, which JRX in Brasil reported reactivated as of Aug 13, not heard since June 5, on ``15190``, but it`s always been off-frequency, now more so than before (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** COLOMBIA [non]. 9955, Thu Aug 17 at 1308, WRMI, Spanish news of protest demonstration in Buenaventura, with lots of location crowd noise. Hadn`t heard about it elsewhere; is this news or olds? During `Informativo G24` the Colombian-oriented but produced in Miami weekly news magazine, and thus the closest thing to a Colombian external SW service. 1326 wrapup with program ID as such. 

Searching on Buenaventura manifestaciones, these ranged from May 19 to June 12. People were killed and injured. So what was this about? Here`s an RCN story from May 19:
It seems there had been riots and vandalism, and a `paro cívico`, meaning general strike? A prolonged one by teachers protesting their treatment by the government (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. RF 17, K17JN-D, Enid`s only `local` TV station, really just a satellator, continues with six 3ABN subchannels, except 17-6 remains nothing but silent greenscreen labeled `test`, August 17 at 1620 UT. So what are they testing? This was first noted August 11. I don`t remember what used to be on #6. When I surveyed them in May 2016, it was AFTV == AmFacts, which is now on 17-3; and rabbitears.info now has Amazing Facts on 17-5! All filed under Market 50 OKC, altho no one in OKC is ever going to see this station except possibly as DX. 17-5 is really now Hope201 per the PSIP during a drama, Aug 17 at 1626 UT. The lineup at W9WI.com is not accurate either, but this Adventist offshoot keeps shifting them (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1891 monitoring: confirmed Wednesday August 16 after 2100 on webcast of WBCQ, while 7489.978 is JBA (as measured a semihour earlier). Also confirmed Wed Aug 16 at 2330 on WBCQ, 9331.630v-CUSB, fair; creeping further upward. Next:
Thu 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Fri 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0630   HLR  6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1431   HLR  7265-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1930v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300   WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0200   WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0315v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1030   HLR  9485-CUSB to WSW
Sun 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 7489.978, Aug 16 at 2042 WBCQ is JBA and off-frequency here during `Financial Survival` prior to WOR at 2100 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 11580, Aug 16 at 2017, WRMI with BS here // stronger 11825, instead of an hour of diverse programming. Mistake? Hope so, as anything but BS is to be preferred.

At 2017, I quickly check some other frequencies: 9455 has gospel huxter in Spanish, so what is it // to? I bet it`s `Creciendo en Gracia`, Wednesday, the only SS program scheduled this hour on 11580, flipped. 9455 is S9 and stronger than 11580; 9395 is much weaker but seems still Oldies; 15770 is BS at S4-S6.

11580, Aug 17 at 1306, WRMI with no RAE relay in French, but instead a gospel huxter in accented English; 1314 closing until ``next Sunday right here on this wonderful station`` but no name. No ID at 1315 but right into next show `Hope for Today`; and 1330 to `The Redemption Hour`; 1352 a different g.h. in accented English; 1359 WRMI ID and then ID as Radio Africa Network on ``21525`` (only). 1400 into RAE music beat, but no RAE in Spanish; 1403 switch to other music fill. 

Meanwhile I try to // 21525 which is JBA here, but at 1402 unseems //. At 1415, 11580 with another g.h. in English and now I can barely make it // 21525. 1429 RAN ID with P O box in Zimbabwe. By 1504, 11580 should have rejoined Brother Scare, but it`s not // 11825, instead gospel music, maybe still duplicating 21525, again too weak to be sure. 

So has 11580 been getting a misfeed of the 21525 program line, or put there intentionally to fill absent RAE? Their relay deal was initially said to be ``temporary``. Must check out the other RAE relays whether they still exist, notably English at 01 on 9395! I see that RAE has continued to upload new programs in all languages as of Aug 16-17 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** VIETNAM. 9635.850, Aug 17 at 1258, S4-S6 in Vietnamese, so this VOV remains far off-frequency. David Sharp, NSW had even measured it 40 Hz beyond 9636 on August 5 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1709 UT August 17

Keep Guam in Prayer as Crisis Eases

As North Korean threats of a missile attack appeared to cool this week, people on the Pacific island where TWR maintains a powerful shortwave station breathed a bit easier.
Although North Korea’s leader indicated that he might change his mind and strike Guam anyway, an official of that U.S. territory reportedly described the island’s population as “almost ecstatic” about the decreased belligerence.
TWR’s major transmitting station on Guam broadcasts the gospel daily to North Korea, where listeners face punishment for tuning into programs not approved by the government.

Read more about this geopolitical standoff and about specific ways you can pray for the people of Guam and North Korea and for TWR staff members working on the island to minister to listeners across Asia.

Australia - Senate slams ABC cut to shortwave radio

The ABC has been slammed by all sides of politics over its "foolish" decision to cut the transmission of shortwave radio to remote Australia and the Pacific Islands.

The Senate debated a private bill on Thursday by crossbench senator Nick Xenophon to force the ABC to restore transmission after it was cut earlier this year.

"It seems a terrible decision that's been made by the ABC board," Senator Xenophon told parliament, accusing the public broadcaster of ignoring the bush and Australia's neighbours.

The ABC insists listeners can still tune in via FM and AM frequencies, the viewer access satellite television (VAST) service and online.

But senators say the ABC fails to understand those alternative methods are not available to everyone in the bush and the information people are missing out on can be life threatening, such as weather warnings.
Senator Xenophon said the ABC had miscalculated how many people relied on the service.

"There are some question marks over the methodology used by the ABC in relation to this."

The South Australian senator warned Australia was "foolish" to retreat from the Pacific region by cutting shortwave radio just as other countries like China were expanding shortwave services in the region.
The ABC has been slammed by all sides of politics over its "foolish" decision to cut the transmission of shortwave radio to remote Australia and the Pacific Islands.


The Senate debated a private bill on Thursday by crossbench senator Nick Xenophon to force the ABC to restore transmission after it was cut earlier this year.


"It seems a terrible decision that's been made by the ABC board," Senator Xenophon told parliament, accusing the public broadcaster of ignoring the bush and Australia's neighbours.


The ABC insists listeners can still tune in via FM and AM frequencies, the viewer access satellite television (VAST) service and online.


But senators say the ABC fails to understand those alternative methods are not available to everyone in the bush and the information people are missing out on can be life threatening, such as weather warnings.

Senator Xenophon said the ABC had miscalculated how many people relied on the service.


"There are some question marks over the methodology used by the ABC in relation to this."


The South Australian senator warned Australia was "foolish" to retreat from the Pacific region by cutting shortwave radio just as other countries like China were expanding shortwave services in the region.


"That footprint is a form of soft diplomacy that is very effective, it wins hearts and minds in the region," he said.


Truck drivers in the outback, remote indigenous communities and those in the Pacific no longer had access to Radio Australia.


"But they'll be able to get Radio China - that is wrong," Senator Xenophon said.


Nationals senator Bridget McKenzie lashed out at the ABC's "short-sighted" decision, insisting it had not provided credible evidence as to why the decision was made.


"The ABC has effectively abandoned huge areas of the Northern Territory."


Labor senator for the Northern Territory Malarndirri McCarthy pleaded with the ABC to reverse its "mistake", insisting it had left Australians in remote communities completely isolated and suffering.


"It is absolutely dire."


The Greens said the bill would interfere with the ABC's independence and blamed the decision on government funding cuts.

"That footprint is a form of soft diplomacy that is very effective, it wins hearts and minds in the region," he said.

Truck drivers in the outback, remote indigenous communities and those in the Pacific no longer had access to Radio Australia.

"But they'll be able to get Radio China - that is wrong," Senator Xenophon said.

Nationals senator Bridget McKenzie lashed out at the ABC's "short-sighted" decision, insisting it had not provided credible evidence as to why the decision was made.

"The ABC has effectively abandoned huge areas of the Northern Territory."

Labor senator for the Northern Territory Malarndirri McCarthy pleaded with the ABC to reverse its "mistake", insisting it had left Australians in remote communities completely isolated and suffering.

"It is absolutely dire."

The Greens said the bill would interfere with the ABC's independence and blamed the decision on government funding cuts.

Agenda DX 17/08/2017

ANNIVERSARIO EMITTENTI
WEXS, Mexico 610 Khz (1991)
Radio Alajuela, Costarica 1280 Khz (1967)

FESTE NAZIONALI
Festa Nazionale in Gabon

mercoledì 16 agosto 2017

LRA 36 on air tonight

ANTARCTICA, 15476, LRA 36, Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel, Base Esperanza, 1950-2010, 16-08, songs, female, comments, Very weak, barely audible, best on USB. 15321.
 
 
Manuel Méndez
 
Lugo, Spain
 
Log in Lugo
Grundig Satellit 500, cable antenna, 8 meters

W4HM Daily HF Radio Wave Propagation Forecast #228

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#228 Issued on Wednesday August 16, 2017 at 1600 UTC

Global Daily HF Radio Wave Propagation Forecast-

The HF radio wave propagation conditions are in a steady state, which means that conditions are neither improving nor deteriorating.

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE RADIO WAVE PROPAGATION-

80-60 (75-60) meters- poor to fair at night and very poor at day,
40-30 (41-25) meters- fair to good at night and poor at day,
20-17 (22-15) meters- fair to good at night and poor to fair at day,
15 (13) meters- very poor at night and poor to fair at day,
12(11) meters- very poor at night and poor at day.
10 (11) meters- very poor at night and very poor at day.

Keep in mind that almost daily during the northern hemisphere summer season you will find that the 10 (11) meter bands will open via short north-south and east-west propagation paths via sporadic E (Es). Also when multiple sporadic E (Es) clouds form and line up favorably much longer propagation paths can open up on east-west paths. And last but not least equidistant north-south propagation paths occur across the equator via trans equatorial propagation (TEP).


SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE RADIO WAVE PROPAGATION-

80-60 (75-60) meters- good at night and poor at day,
40-30 (41-25) meters- good at night and fair at day,
20-17 (22-15) meters- very poor at night and good at day,
15 (13) meters- very poor at night and fair to good at day,
12 (11) meters- very poor at night and fair at day.
10 (11) meters- very poor at night and poor at day.


Received RF signal strength scale-
Very Good- +1 over S9 Or Greater
Good- S7-9
Fair- S4-6
Poor- S1-3
Very Poor- S0

Meter Band Equivalents
Ham & SWL
160->   90
80->     75
60->     60
40->     49, 41
30->     31, 25
20->     22, 19
17->    16, 15
15->    13
12,10-> 11

We are now firmly in summer/winter solstice type of HF radio wave propagation conditions.

This means generally poor HF radio wave propagation conditions in the northern hemisphere especially at day and generally good HF radio wave propagation conditions in the southern hemisphere especially at day.

Globally HF radio wave propagation conditions are most evenly balanced
during the fall and spring equinoxes and most diametrically opposed during
the summer and winter solstice.

Conditions change daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and by decade, as the
sun rises and sets at different times and at different angles from the
ecliptic, as well as by radio wave frequency. This is due to changes in the
maximum usable frequency (MUF), lowest usable frequency (LUF) and F layer
critical frequency (FoF2).

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This HF Radio wave propagation forecast is produced based on the SIGINT_CAP HF radio wave propagation prediction software. I wrote it beginning in the late 1980’s but I’m sorry to say that it can’t be distributed to the general public.

And though this HF radio wave propagation forecast is produced based on the SIGINT_CAP, I do check the actual band conditions at my location in the state of Florida USA and tweak the forecast manually where and when necessary. And I also check global HF radio wave propagation conditions via remoted radio receivers around on every continent of the globe and tweak if and when necessary.

The hamateur radio JT65A mode RF signal levels received are based on 5 watts and ½ wave dipole up at 40 feet.

The hamateur radio PSK31 mode RF signal levels received are based on 25 watts and ½ wave dipole up at 40 feet.

The hamateur radio CW mode RF signal levels received are based on 50 watts and ½ wave dipole up at 40 feet.

The hamateur radio SSB RF mode signal levels received are based on 100 watts and ½ wave dipole up at 40 feet.

The HF shortwave broadcast band AM Mode RF signal levels are based on 100,000 watts (100 kw) and a typical VOA type curtain array antenna.


Please keep in mind that this is a relatively simplified HF radio wave
propagation forecast, so as to keep it easily understandable and applicable by the average radio enthusiast.

Globally HF radio wave propagation conditions are most evenly balanced
during the fall and spring equinoxes and most diametrically opposed during
the summer and winter solstices.

Conditions change daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and by decade, as the
sun rises and sets at different times and at different angles from the
ecliptic, as well as by radio wave frequency. This is due to changes in the
maximum usable frequency (MUF), lowest usable frequency (LUF) and F layer
critical frequency (FoF2).

The D and E layers also come into play through RF radio wave signal
absorption and refraction. And then there is sporadic E (Es) radio wave
propagation that can really throw a wrench into the gears so to speak.

Things like sporadic E (Es) radio wave propagation and lightning storm
static can impact HF radio wave propagation in an unpredictable manner and
mostly bad.

Ongoing solar, space and geomagnetic weather goings on also impact HF radio
wave propagation conditions in a negative manner.

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Solar, Space & Geomagnetic Weather Conditions On

Tuesday August 15, 2017-

Solar activity was low.

Earth's geomagnetic field was at a quiet level.

The three daily solar flux index (SFI) numbers were 76.9 74.2 74.6.                    

The official daily sunspot number (SSN) was 20.

In 2017 officially there were 57 days with a daily sunspot number (SSN) of
0.

Considering that solar minimum won't occur for approximately 2 more years,
+/- 1 year, daily SSN's of 0 are occurring now unusually early.

In 2016 officially there were 32 days with a daily sunspot number (SSN) of
0. Considering that solar minimum won't occur for approximately three more
years, seeing daily SSN's of 0 occurring now is unusually early.

As we move forward towards the next solar minimum between solar cycle #24
and #25 the number of days with a 0 daily SSN will steadily increase.
Eventually every day for many, many, many months will see a 0, the big goose
egg.

In 2008 I forecasted solar cycle 24 to be the weakest in the past 100 years
and that forecast verified. I also forecasted that solar cycle 25 would be
virtually nonexistent, similar to the Dalton type solar minimum that
occurred in the early 1800's. Other than sunspot magnetic polarity it will probably be very difficult to determine when solar cycle 24 ended and solar cycle 25 began.

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Officially there was 1 earth facing sun spot group (SSG).

Newly risen earth facing sunspot group (SSG) #12671 located near N10E63 with a complex beta-gamma magnetic signature capable of producing a small C class solar flare and a moderate in size M class solar flare.

There were 2 official small in size C class or larger solar flares,

C1.1,
C1.0,

all released in association with newly risen/emerged sunspot group #12671.

No earth facing coronal mass ejection (CME) related high and mid latitude energetic proton storm occurred (polar cap absorption).

No solar flare related x-ray day side solar fade out (SFO) occurred.

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There was no earth facing coronal mass ejection (CME).

There was no earth facing collapsing magnetic filament eruption.

The 24 hour period 3 hour interval planetary K index (Kp) was at quiet geomagnetic conditions of

1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1.

The Kp geomagnetic indices are-
0-2- quiet
3- unsettled
4- active
5- minor geomagnetic storming
6- moderate
7- strong
8- severe
9- extreme
10- our atmosphere just got cooked off like on Mars and we are all dead.

The 24 hour period maximum and minimum planetary A index (Ap) ranged between

5 and 0,

which was at quiet geomagnetic conditions.

The Ap geomagnetic indices are-
0-7- quiet
8-15 unsettled
16-29- active
30-49- minor geomagnetic storm
50-99- major
100-400- severe
>401- our atmosphere just got cooked off like on Mars and we are all dead.
The 24 hour period averaged energetic proton flux was at a background level below 10 MeV.

The 24 hour period averaged background x-ray flux was at B8.32.

The 24 hour period averaged vertical component (Bz) of earth's geomagnetic magnetic field was at

-1.23 nT south.

The 24 hour period maximum and minimum disturbance storm time index (Dst) ranged between

 -9 and +3 nT.

The 24 hour period maximum and minimum solar wind speed ranged between

450 and 350 km/s.

There was a recurrent and very large and growing (geoeffective) directly earth facing northern hemisphere coronal hole (CH) #820 (#815).


GENERAL GUIDELINES CONCERNING CORRELATION OF PROPAGATION INDICES TO ACTUAL HF PROPAGATION CONDITIONS-

NOTE!!! The propagation indices "interpretations" are my personal
intellectual property. Therefore the radio wave propagation indices
interpretations contained herein is copyrighted © 1988-2017 by Thomas F.
Giella, W4HM, all rights reserved. Reproduction of information herein is
allowed without permission in advance as long as proper credit is given.

All 14 of the following indices have to occur as described below in order to
see the best global high frequency radio wave propagation possible,
something that happens rarely.

1.) Dropping geomagnetic field indices numbers are better, Kp of 0 best.

2.) A daily sunspot number of 150 or higher, 200 or higher best.

3.) A daily sunspot number of greater than 100 for routine stable formation
of the E Valley/F Layer ducting mechanism.

4.) Previous 24 hour Ap index under 10, fewer than 7 for several days
consecutively are best.

5.) Previous 3 hours Kp index fewer than 3 for mid latitude paths, fewer
than 2 for high latitude paths, 0 for several days consecutively is best.

6.) Energetic protons no greater than 10 MeV (10+0).

7.) Background x-ray flux levels greater than B1 for several days
consecutively, greater than C1 best.

8.) No current STRATWARM alert.

9.) Interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) Bz with a (positive number) sign,
indicates a lesser chance of high latitude path aurora
absorption/unpredictable refraction or scattering of medium frequency RF
signals, when the Kp is above 3.

10.) A -10 or better towards a positive number Dst index during the recovery
time after a geomagnetic storm, as related to the equatorial ring current. A
positive number is best.

11.) Rising positive T index number. The T Index tracks with the F2 layer
critical frequency (foF2) and sunspot number (SSN) and indicates the
capability of the F2 layer to refract RF signals.

12.) Galactic cosmic rays decrease to -3 units below zero and trending
towards zero.

13.) Energetic electron flux levels no greater than 2 MeV (2+0).

14. A solar wind speed of less than 300 km/s for several days consecutively.

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Standard Disclaimer-

Note! I use error prone RAW public domain data from the NOAA Space
Environment Center, other U.S. government entities and educational
institutions, to produce my comprehensive HF radio wave propagation
forecast. This data is gathered and made public by the U.S. Government using
taxpayer $$$ (including mine).

However the solar, space and geomagnetic discussions as well as the HF propagation forecast that I produce from the RAW public domain
data is my personal intellectual property. Therefore the solar, space and geomagnetic weather discussions and HF radio wave
propagation forecast contained herein is copyrighted © 1988-2017 by Thomas
F. Giella, W4HM.

Feel free without advanced permission to redistribute this "not for profit"
solar, space and geomagnetic weather discussion and HF radio wave propagation forecast, as long as you redistribute it in its entirety and
give me credit for it.

Also solar, space and geomagnetic weather forecasting is still an inexact
science. The forecasts are not official but for educational and hobby
related purposes only and are subject to human error and acts of God,
therefore no guarantee or warranty implied

Glenn Hauser logs August 15-16, 2017

** CUBA. 6100, Aug 16 at 0613 survey of RHC English frequencies: this one is S9+30 of dead air. 6145 & 6000 are equally undermodulated, at S9+10 and S9+20/10 respectively. 6060 is also S9+20/10 but with good modulation; and 5040 is off after 0600. Somethings are always wrong at RHC (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GUATEMALA. 4055, Aug 16 at 0619, R. Verdad carrier is still on after sign-off, S9 to S9+10 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA. 7255-, Aug 16 at 0611 check, VON is back on in Hausa, after AWOL 24 hours earlier (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SRI LANKA. 15430, Aug 16 at 1342, M&W talk in Farsi? at S8-S4 with flutter as if transpolar: yes, Aoki shows Deutsche Welle, 250 kW, 335 degrees via Trincomalee, 1330-1400 in Dari (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** TIBET [non]. 15523, Aug 16 at 1340, JBA carrier no doubt from Voice of Tibet via TAJIKISTAN, and a weaker fluttery JBAC on 15520 which would be the ChiCom jammer. HFCC rather on 15520 shows Iran in Urdu until 1420 from Kamalabad, but we know that site and its schedule are OFF. Aoki as of Aug 11 agrees there is no Iran on 15520 but unlists 15523 either. At 1357 recheck, now the split frequency is 15557 instead, but no sidejam (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** U S A. 10000, Aug 16 at 0615, WWV is loud and clear while other 31m North American signals, i.e. WRMI are JBA. Must be some midnight Es enhancing. 5000, Aug 16 at 0616, I find WWV is still running an announcement this minute about their 25 MHz antenna in effect thru the eclipse. Aug 16 at 0618, propagation minute says SF 74, Ap 4, K 1 at 06, no storms in past 24 hours, minor G1 coming up (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A [and non]. WORLD OF RADIO 1891 contents: Australia, Bangladesh, Chile, Cuba, Eritrea non?, Faeroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Kashmir, Korea North non, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Mongolia, Oklahoma, Perú, Romania, South Carolina, Spain, Tibet non, UK, USA, Vanuatu, Vatican, unIDentified 1710

WORLD OF RADIO 1891 monitoring: confirmed first SW airing less than an hour after completed, Tuesday August 15 at 2130 on WRMI, very good on 9455, good on 15770. Also confirmed Tue Aug 15 at 2330 on WBCQ 9440.15v-CUSB, good. Also confirmed Wed Aug 16 at 1315 on WRMI 9955, good S9 but some deep fades to S6; no jamming. Next:
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW [lately 9331.5v]
Thu 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Fri 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0630   HLR  6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1431   HLR  7265-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1930v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300   WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0200   WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0315v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1030   HLR  9485-CUSB to WSW
Sun 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1617 UT August 16

Media & Tech - 16/08/2017

Agenda DX 16/08/2017

ANNIVERSARIO EMITTENTI
Radio Mitre, Argentina 790 Khz (1925)
Radio HIN, Repubblica Dominicana 1220 Khz (1935)
Radio Universo, Curitiba, Brasile 9565 Khz (1949)

martedì 15 agosto 2017

Propagation de K7RA

ARRL

SB PROP @ ARL $ARLP032
ARLP032 Propagation de K7RA

ZCZC AP32
QST de W1AW 
Propagation Forecast Bulletin 32  ARLP032
From Tad Cook, K7RA
Seattle, WA  August 15, 2017
To all radio amateurs

SB PROP ARL ARLP032
ARLP032 Propagation de K7RA

Sorry for the long delay in getting this bulletin out, which
normally occurs on Friday, but is now being released on the
following Tuesday. This was the result of an automatic operating
system update gone bad, which has me now actively considering open
source alternatives. It still isn't fixed.

Average daily sunspot numbers for the recent reporting week (August
3-9) rose 7.1 points to 12.1, and average daily solar flux rose from
71 to 73.2.

Average daily planetary A index went from 5 to 11.3, and mid
latitude A index rose from 6 to 10.9.

Predicted solar flux for the near term is 74 on August 15-21, 72 on
August 22, 68 on August 23-28, 70 on August 29, and 72 on August 30
through September 8.

Predicted planetary A index is 5, 16, 26 and 20 on August 15-18,
then 16, 14, 12, 10 and 6 on August 19-23, 5 on August 24-29, then
12, 24, 18 and 14 on August 30 through September 2, and 5 on
September 3-8.

W7WKR sent this:


Max White sent this:


Ward Silver, N0AX and others reminded me that the upcoming HamSCI
experiment this month in conjunction with the solar eclipse is not
actually sponsored by the ARRL, but is a creation of HamSCI, Ham
Radio Science Investigation. Check them out at,

If you would like to make a comment or have a tip for our readers,
email the author at k7ra@arrl.net.

For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL
Technical Information Service web page at,
numbers used in this bulletin, see
http://arrl.org/the-sun-the-earth-the-ionosphere.

An archive of past propagation bulletins is at
information and tutorials on propagation are at http://k9la.us/.

Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
overseas locations are at http://arrl.org/propagation.

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of ARRL
bulletins are at http://arrl.org/bulletins.

Sunspot numbers for August 3 to 9, 2017 were 13, 13, 13, 13, 11, 11,
and 11, with a mean of 5. 10.7 cm flux was 75.1, 74.1, 74.1, 73.5,
72.7, 71.1, and 71.5, with a mean of 71. Estimated planetary A
indices were 12, 23, 16, 13, 5, 5, and 5, with a mean of 5.
Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 11, 19, 17, 13, 6, 5, and 5,
with a mean of 6.
NNNN

/EX

Glenn Hauser logs August 14-15, 2017


** BANGLADESH. 15505, August 15 at 1358:48.5 again like yesterday BB mis-timesignal ends more than a minute early on VP signal (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** CUBA [and non]. 6230, August 15 at 0149, no signal, so I expect on my downward bandscan I will find 6145 and/or 6060 missing from RHC, the co-conspirators producing the leapfrog mixing product on 6230. Yes, 6145 is on in English, but 6060 is off in Spanish at 0150 --- uncovering a JBA carrier on 6059.82, presumably SRDA BRAZIL, which EiBi has on 6059.8 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** GREECE. 9420, August 15 at 0143, ERT is playing song in English, ``Moon River``, not positive if original by Andy Williams, but nice, S9 to S9+20, 0145 Greek announcement and instrumental theme from a Western movie. No // 9935. IIRC, 24 hours earlier, 9420 was off; you never know when or whether it will be operational (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** INDIA [and non]. 11620, August 15 at 0133, S Asian music at S1-S3, as special independence day broadcast from AIR is imminent. Of the frequency info provided by Alokesh Gupta, I expected this one would be best here. 0135 AIR English ID by YL, talk continues but unreadable, and this frequency is supposed to be in Hindi. 15040 & 11740 have JBA carriers, but nothing audible on 7520, 9380, 13695, 15120. 

We should not forget that India`s independence also meant partition into Pakistan, which was a huge upheaval killing lots of people:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** KOREA NORTH. 11735, Aug 15 at 0614, paradisical harmonies from VOK`s music, 0615 Spanish announcement, more song, mixed with self-jamming noise. With no NZ any more on 11725, VOK is the SSOB, S4-S7. The 0530 hour is for Latin America, rather late for them (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST) 

** NIGERIA. 7255-, Aug 15 at 0610, no signal from VON which is usually reliable for Hausa hour (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** NIGERIA [non]. 7415, Aug 15 at 0608, very poor music at S5-S7, repetitive strumming, vs ute bursts. Must be Dandal Kura, this hour via ASCENSION, usually better heard (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** OKLAHOMA. Tropo is up from Tulsa area, morning of August 15: Tulsa DTV RF channels decoding are 20, 22 and 28, with bad signals from most of the others. More interesting are the OKC channels which are *not* decoding due to DX QRM: 33, maybe due to KNWA, 820 kW in Rogers AR; and 29, maybe due to KTZT-CD, 10 kW in Tulsa. More low-powers on both inhabit OK, AR, KS, MO (Glenn Hauser, Enid, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** SOUTH CAROLINA. Fed up with hearing Brother HyStairical trying to draw psychophants into his cult compound for the Eclipse? A much more enlightening convention happens to occur nearby in North Charleston starting August 19:
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. WORLD OF RADIO 1890 monitoring: confirmed Monday August 14 at 2330 on WBCQ 9331.50v-CUSB, good. Remains a sesquikHz high after a week. Also confirmed UT Tuesday August 15 at 0030 on WRMI, 7730, VG S9+30 to 10. 

WORLD OF RADIO 1891 should be ready for first airings August 15:
Tue 2130   WRMI 9455 to WNW, 15770 to NE
Tue 2330   WBCQ 9331v-CUSB to WSW
Wed 1030   WRMI 5850 to NW, 9455 to WNW
Wed 1315   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Wed 2100   WBCQ 7490v to WSW
Wed 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Thu 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Fri 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 0630   HLR  6190-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1431   HLR  7265-CUSB to WSW
Sat 1930v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sat 2230   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Sat 2300   WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0200   WRMI 11580 to NE
Sun 0315v  WA0RCR 1860-AM ND
Sun 1030   HLR  9485-CUSB to WSW
Sun 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Mon 0300v  WBCQ 5130v Area 51 to WSW
Mon 0330   WRMI 9955 to SSE
Mon 2330   WBCQ 9330v-CUSB to WSW
Tue 0030   WRMI 7730 to WNW
(Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

** U S A. 17775.0, Aug 15 at 1359, KVOH guitar IS, English ID and sign-on as ``17775``, 1401 into Spanish. Aug 11 it was on 17777, but did not get around to checking which was in use on next broadcast August 14 (Glenn Hauser, OK, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

This report dispatched at 1721 UT August 15

W4HM Daily HF Radio Wave Propagation Forecast #227

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#227 Issued on Tuesday August 15, 2017 at 1430 UTC

Global Daily HF Radio Wave Propagation Forecast-

The HF radio wave propagation conditions are in a steady state, which means that conditions are neither improving nor deteriorating.

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE RADIO WAVE PROPAGATION-

80-60 (75-60) meters- poor to fair at night and very poor at day,
40-30 (41-25) meters- fair to good at night and poor at day,
20-17 (22-15) meters- fair to good at night and poor to fair at day,
15 (13) meters- very poor at night and poor to fair at day,
12(11) meters- very poor at night and poor at day.
10 (11) meters- very poor at night and very poor at day.

Keep in mind that almost daily during the northern hemisphere summer season you will find that the 10 (11) meter bands will open via short north-south and east-west propagation paths via sporadic E (Es). Also when multiple sporadic E (Es) clouds form and line up favorably much longer propagation paths can open up on east-west paths. And last but not least equidistant north-south propagation paths occur across the equator via trans equatorial propagation (TEP).


SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE RADIO WAVE PROPAGATION-

80-60 (75-60) meters- good at night and poor at day,
40-30 (41-25) meters- good at night and fair at day,
20-17 (22-15) meters- very poor at night and good at day,
15 (13) meters- very poor at night and fair to good at day,
12 (11) meters- very poor at night and fair at day.
10 (11) meters- very poor at night and poor at day.


Received RF signal strength scale-
Very Good- +1 over S9 Or Greater
Good- S7-9
Fair- S4-6
Poor- S1-3
Very Poor- S0

Meter Band Equivalents
Ham & SWL
160->   90
80->     75
60->     60
40->     49, 41
30->     31, 25
20->     22, 19
17->    16, 15
15->    13
12,10-> 11

We are now firmly in summer/winter solstice type of HF radio wave propagation conditions.

This means generally poor HF radio wave propagation conditions in the northern hemisphere especially at day and generally good HF radio wave propagation conditions in the southern hemisphere especially at day.

Globally HF radio wave propagation conditions are most evenly balanced
during the fall and spring equinoxes and most diametrically opposed during
the summer and winter solstice.

Conditions change daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and by decade, as the
sun rises and sets at different times and at different angles from the
ecliptic, as well as by radio wave frequency. This is due to changes in the
maximum usable frequency (MUF), lowest usable frequency (LUF) and F layer
critical frequency (FoF2).

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This HF Radio wave propagation forecast is produced based on the SIGINT_CAP HF radio wave propagation prediction software. I wrote it beginning in the late 1980’s but I’m sorry to say that it can’t be distributed to the general public.

And though this HF radio wave propagation forecast is produced based on the SIGINT_CAP, I do check the actual band conditions at my location in the state of Florida USA and tweak the forecast manually where and when necessary. And I also check global HF radio wave propagation conditions via remoted radio receivers around on every continent of the globe and tweak if and when necessary.

The hamateur radio JT65A mode RF signal levels received are based on 5 watts and ½ wave dipole up at 40 feet.

The hamateur radio PSK31 mode RF signal levels received are based on 25 watts and ½ wave dipole up at 40 feet.

The hamateur radio CW mode RF signal levels received are based on 50 watts and ½ wave dipole up at 40 feet.

The hamateur radio SSB RF mode signal levels received are based on 100 watts and ½ wave dipole up at 40 feet.

The HF shortwave broadcast band AM Mode RF signal levels are based on 100,000 watts (100 kw) and a typical VOA type curtain array antenna.


Please keep in mind that this is a relatively simplified HF radio wave
propagation forecast, so as to keep it easily understandable and applicable by the average radio enthusiast.

Globally HF radio wave propagation conditions are most evenly balanced
during the fall and spring equinoxes and most diametrically opposed during
the summer and winter solstices.

Conditions change daily, weekly, monthly, yearly and by decade, as the
sun rises and sets at different times and at different angles from the
ecliptic, as well as by radio wave frequency. This is due to changes in the
maximum usable frequency (MUF), lowest usable frequency (LUF) and F layer
critical frequency (FoF2).

The D and E layers also come into play through RF radio wave signal
absorption and refraction. And then there is sporadic E (Es) radio wave
propagation that can really throw a wrench into the gears so to speak.

Things like sporadic E (Es) radio wave propagation and lightning storm
static can impact HF radio wave propagation in an unpredictable manner and
mostly bad.

Ongoing solar, space and geomagnetic weather goings on also impact HF radio
wave propagation conditions in a negative manner.

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Solar, Space & Geomagnetic Weather Conditions On

Monday August 14, 2017-

Solar activity was moderate.

Earth's geomagnetic field was at a quiet level.

The three daily solar flux index (SFI) numbers were 72.5 73.0 73.4.                    

The official daily sunspot number (SSN) was 12.

In 2017 officially there were 57 days with a daily sunspot number (SSN) of
0.

Considering that solar minimum won't occur for approximately 2 more years,
+/- 1 year, daily SSN's of 0 are occurring now unusually early.

In 2016 officially there were 32 days with a daily sunspot number (SSN) of
0. Considering that solar minimum won't occur for approximately three more
years, seeing daily SSN's of 0 occurring now is unusually early.

As we move forward towards the next solar minimum between solar cycle #24
and #25 the number of days with a 0 daily SSN will steadily increase.
Eventually every day for many, many, many months will see a 0, the big goose
egg.

In 2008 I forecasted solar cycle 24 to be the weakest in the past 100 years
and that forecast verified. I also forecasted that solar cycle 25 would be
virtually nonexistent, similar to the Dalton type solar minimum that
occurred in the early 1800's. Other than sunspot magnetic polarity it will probably be very difficult to determine when solar cycle 24 ended and solar cycle 25 began.

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Officially there was 1 earth facing sun spot group (SSG).

Newly risen/emerged earth facing sunspot group (SSG) #12671 located near N10E76 with a slightly complex beta magnetic signature capable of producing small C class solar flares.

There were 6 official small in size C class or larger solar flares,

C2.7,
C2.3,
C2.3,
C1.2,
C1.1,
C1.0,

all released in association with newly risen/emerged sunspot group #12671.

No earth facing coronal mass ejection (CME) related high and mid latitude energetic proton storm occurred (polar cap absorption).

No solar flare related x-ray day side solar fade out (SFO) occurred.

But on Tuesday UTC August 15, 2017 a small C1 solar flare related x-ray day side solar fade out (SFO) is underway and impacting the lower HF bands in a negative manner.

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There was no earth facing coronal mass ejection (CME).

There was no earth facing collapsing magnetic filament eruption.

The 24 hour period 3 hour interval planetary K index (Kp) was at quiet geomagnetic conditions of

2 1 0 1 1 1 1 1.

The Kp geomagnetic indices are-
0-2- quiet
3- unsettled
4- active
5- minor geomagnetic storming
6- moderate
7- strong
8- severe
9- extreme
10- our atmosphere just got cooked off like on Mars and we are all dead.

The 24 hour period maximum and minimum planetary A index (Ap) ranged between

7 and 2,

which was at quiet geomagnetic conditions.

The Ap geomagnetic indices are-
0-7- quiet
8-15 unsettled
16-29- active
30-49- minor geomagnetic storm
50-99- major
100-400- severe
>401- our atmosphere just got cooked off like on Mars and we are all dead.
The 24 hour period averaged energetic proton flux was at a background level below 10 MeV.

The 24 hour period averaged background x-ray flux was at C2.35.

The 24 hour period averaged vertical component (Bz) of earth's geomagnetic magnetic field was at

+2.35 nT north.

The 24 hour period maximum and minimum disturbance storm time index (Dst) ranged between

 -18 and +2 nT.

The 24 hour period maximum and minimum solar wind speed ranged between

557 and 381 km/s.

There was a large and growing earth facing northern hemisphere coronal hole (CH) #820.


GENERAL GUIDELINES CONCERNING CORRELATION OF PROPAGATION INDICES TO ACTUAL HF PROPAGATION CONDITIONS-

NOTE!!! The propagation indices "interpretations" are my personal
intellectual property. Therefore the radio wave propagation indices
interpretations contained herein is copyrighted © 1988-2017 by Thomas F.
Giella, W4HM, all rights reserved. Reproduction of information herein is
allowed without permission in advance as long as proper credit is given.

All 14 of the following indices have to occur as described below in order to
see the best global high frequency radio wave propagation possible,
something that happens rarely.

1.) Dropping geomagnetic field indices numbers are better, Kp of 0 best.

2.) A daily sunspot number of 150 or higher, 200 or higher best.

3.) A daily sunspot number of greater than 100 for routine stable formation
of the E Valley/F Layer ducting mechanism.

4.) Previous 24 hour Ap index under 10, fewer than 7 for several days
consecutively are best.

5.) Previous 3 hours Kp index fewer than 3 for mid latitude paths, fewer
than 2 for high latitude paths, 0 for several days consecutively is best.

6.) Energetic protons no greater than 10 MeV (10+0).

7.) Background x-ray flux levels greater than B1 for several days
consecutively, greater than C1 best.

8.) No current STRATWARM alert.

9.) Interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) Bz with a (positive number) sign,
indicates a lesser chance of high latitude path aurora
absorption/unpredictable refraction or scattering of medium frequency RF
signals, when the Kp is above 3.

10.) A -10 or better towards a positive number Dst index during the recovery
time after a geomagnetic storm, as related to the equatorial ring current. A
positive number is best.

11.) Rising positive T index number. The T Index tracks with the F2 layer
critical frequency (foF2) and sunspot number (SSN) and indicates the
capability of the F2 layer to refract RF signals.

12.) Galactic cosmic rays decrease to -3 units below zero and trending
towards zero.

13.) Energetic electron flux levels no greater than 2 MeV (2+0).

14. A solar wind speed of less than 300 km/s for several days consecutively.

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Note! I use error prone RAW public domain data from the NOAA Space
Environment Center, other U.S. government entities and educational
institutions, to produce my comprehensive HF radio wave propagation
forecast. This data is gathered and made public by the U.S. Government using
taxpayer $$$ (including mine).

However the solar, space and geomagnetic discussions as well as the HF propagation forecast that I produce from the RAW public domain
data is my personal intellectual property. Therefore the solar, space and geomagnetic weather discussions and HF radio wave
propagation forecast contained herein is copyrighted © 1988-2017 by Thomas
F. Giella, W4HM.

Feel free without advanced permission to redistribute this "not for profit"
solar, space and geomagnetic weather discussion and HF radio wave propagation forecast, as long as you redistribute it in its entirety and
give me credit for it.

Also solar, space and geomagnetic weather forecasting is still an inexact
science. The forecasts are not official but for educational and hobby
related purposes only and are subject to human error and acts of God,
therefore no guarantee or warranty implied.