Monday, January 23, 2017

Updated winter B-16 clandestine station schedules



original post 30 December 2016

All times UTC

Radio Republica
0100-0300 on  9490 ISS 150 kW / 285 deg to Cuba Spanish

Radio Payem e-Doost
0230-0315 on  7460 KCH 500 kW / 116 deg to WeAs Farsi

Denge Kurdistan
0330-0600 on  7350 KCH 300 kW / 130 deg to WeAs Kurdish

Radio Tamazuj
0330-0400 on  7315 SMG 250 kW / 146 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic
0400-0430 on  7315 SMG 250 kW / 151 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic
0330-0430 on  9600 ISS 250 kW / 138 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic
0330-0430 on 15540 MDC 250 kW / 335 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic

Radio Dabanga
0430-0600 on  7315 SMG 250 kW / 151 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic
0430-0530 on 15540 MDC 250 kW / 335 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic
0530-0600 on 15540 SMG 250 kW / 151 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic

Eye Radio
0400-0500 on  7250 ISS 250 kW / 130 deg to EaAf Arabic/English*
*including other languages Dinka/Nuer/Shilluk/Bari/Zande/Lutoho

Radio Dandal Kura International
0500-0700 on  7415 ASC 250 kW / 055 deg to WeAf Kanuri

Republic of Yemen Radio
0600-0900 on 11860 JED 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Arabic

Radio Dandal Kura International
0700-0800 on 15480 WOF 300 kW / 165 deg to WeAf Kanuri

Denge Kurdistan
0600-1300 on 11600 KCH 300 kW / 130 deg to WeAs Kurdish

Republic of Yemen Radio
0900-1800 on 11860 unknown tx / unknown to N/ME Arabic

Radio Free North Korea
1100-1300 on  9355 TAC 100 kW / 076 deg to NEAs Korean

Suab Xaa Moo Zoo, Voice of Hope
1130-1200 on 11570 TSH 100 kW / 250 deg to SEAs Hmong

Voice of Khmer M'Chas Srok
1130-1200 on 17860 TAC 100 kW / 122 deg to SEAs Khmer Thu/Sun

Voice of Tibet
1200-1230 on 11513 DB  100 kW / 095 deg to EaAs Chinese
1230-1300 on 11507 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan

Que Me
1200-1230 on  9930 HBN 100 kW / 318 deg to EaAs Vietnamese Fri

Radio ERGO
1200-1300 on 17845 DHA 250 kW / 225 deg to EaAf Somali

National Unity Radio
1200-1500 on  7520 DB  100 kW / 071 deg to NEAs Korean

Denge Kurdistan
1300-1600 on 11600 KCH 300 kW / 116 deg to WeAs Kurdish

Shiokaze Sea Breeze
1300-1330 on  6145 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Chinese Mon
1300-1330 on  6145 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Tue
1300-1330 on  6145 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Wed
1300-1330 on  6145 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs English Thu
1300-1330 on  6145 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Fri
1300-1330 on  6145 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Sat
1300-1330 on  6145 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Sun

Nippon no Kaze
1300-1330 on  9465 TSH 300 kW / 002 deg to NEAs Korean
1300-1330 on  9950 TSH 100 kW / 002 deg to NEAs Korean

Voice of Tibet
1300-1330 on 11513 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan
1330-1400 on  9508 DB  100 kW / 131 deg to CeAs Tibetan

Shiokaze Sea Breeze
1330-1400 on  6145 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Mon
1330-1400 on  6145 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Tue
1330-1400 on  6145 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Wed
1330-1400 on  6145 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs English Thu
1330-1400 on  6145 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Fri
1330-1400 on  6145 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Sat
1330-1400 on  6145 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Sun

Furusato no Kaze
1330-1400 on  9705 TSH 300 kW / 002 deg to NEAs Japanese
1330-1400 on  9950 TSH 100 kW / 002 deg to NEAs Japanese

Voice of Wilderness
1330-1530 on  7615 TAC 100 kW / 070 deg to NEAs Korean

Shiokaze Sea Breeze
1405-1435 on  5935 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese

Furusato no Kaze
1430-1500 on  9560 TSH 300 kW / 002 deg to NEAs Japanese
1430-1500 on  9960 HBN 100 kW / 345 deg to NEAs Japanese

Radio Tamazuj
1430-1500 on 13800 NAU 125 kW / 152 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic
1430-1500 on 15540 ISS 250 kW / 138 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic
1500-1530 on 13800 MDC 250 kW / 340 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic
1500-1530 on 15540 SMG 250 kW / 151 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic

North Korea Reform Radio
1430-1530 on  7590 TAC 100 kW / 076 deg to NEAs Korean

Nippon no Kaze
1500-1530 on  9800 TSH 300 kW / 002 deg to NEAs Korean
1500-1530 on  9975 HBN 100 kW / 345 deg to NEAs Korean

Denge Kurdistan
1500-1600 on 11600 ISS 250 kW / 090 deg to WeAs Kurdish

Radio Al-Mukhtar
1500-1530 on 11670 ISS 100 kW / 125 deg to EaAf Arabic Tue
1530-1600 on 11670 ISS 100 kW / 125 deg to EaAf Tigrinya Tue

Radio Voice of Adal
1500-1530 on 11670 ISS 100 kW / 125 deg to EaAf Arabic Wed/Sat
1530-1600 on 11670 ISS 100 kW / 125 deg to EaAf Tigrinya Wed/Sat

Radio Warra Wangeelaa-ti
1500-1530 on 15515 SCB 050 kW / 195 deg to EaAf Afar Oromo Sat

Radio Biafra
1500-1600 on 15325 SCB 100 kW / 195 deg to WeAf English

Nippon no Kaze
1530-1600 on  9465 TSH 300 kW / 002 deg to NEAs Korean
1530-1600 on  9965 HBN 100 kW / 345 deg to NEAs Korean

Living Water Ministry Broadcasting
1530-1630 on  9650 unknown probably PUG to NEAs Korean Wed

Radio Dabanga
1530-1630 on 13800 MDC 250 kW / 340 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic
1530-1630 on 15540 SMG 250 kW / 151 deg to EaAf Juba Arabic

Voice of Martyrs
1530-1700 on  7510 TAC 100 kW / 076 deg to NEAs Korean

Shiokaze Sea Breeze
1600-1630 on  6110 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Chinese Mon
1600-1630 on  6110 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Tue
1600-1630 on  6110 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Wed
1600-1630 on  6110 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs English Thu
1600-1630 on  6110 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Fri
1600-1630 on  6110 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Sat
1600-1630 on  6110 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Sun

Denge Kurdistan
1600-1930 on  7455 ISS 250 kW / 090 deg to WeAs Kurdish

Furusato no Kaze
1600-1630 on  9690 TSH 300 kW / 002 deg to NEAs Japanese
1600-1630 on  9975 HBN 100 kW / 345 deg to NEAs Japanese

Radio Xoriyo Ogaden
1600-1630 on 11970 ISS 500 kW / 130 deg to EaAf Somali Tue/Sat
1600-1630 on 17870 ISS 500 kW / 130 deg to EaAf Somali Mon/Fri

Eye Radio
1600-1700 on 15250 ISS 250 kW / 130 deg to EaAf Arabic/English*
*including other languages Dinka/Nuer/Shilluk/Bari/Zande/Lutoho

Radio Voice of Independent Oromiya
1600-1630 on 17850 ISS 250 kW / 130 deg to EaAf Oromo Sun

Shiokaze Sea Breeze
1630-1700 on  6110 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Mon
1630-1700 on  6110 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Tue
1630-1700 on  6110 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Wed
1630-1700 on  6110 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs English Thu
1630-1700 on  6110 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Fri
1630-1700 on  6110 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Korean Sat
1630-1700 on  6110 YAM 300 kW / 280 deg to NEAs Japanese Sun

Radio Sagalee Qeerroo Bilisummaa
1630-1658 on 17840 ISS 250 kW / 130 deg to EaAf Oromo Tue/Thu/Fri

Radio Ranginkaman/Radio Rainbow
1700-1730 on  7580 KCH 500 kW / 116 deg to WeAs Farsi Mon/Fri

Voice of Oromo Liberation
1700-1730 on 11810 NAU 100 kW / 139 deg to EaAf Afar Oromo Wed/Fri/Sun
1730-1800 on 11810 NAU 100 kW / 139 deg to EaAf Amharic Wed

Dimtse Radio Erena
1700-1730 on 11965 SCB 050 kW / 195 deg to EaAf Tigrinya Mon-Fri
1730-1800 on 11965 SCB 050 kW / 195 deg to EaAf Arabic Mon-Fri
1700-1800 on 11965 SCB 050 kW / 195 deg to EaAf Tigrinya Sat/Sun

Radio Front for Independence of Oromo
1730-1758 on 17765 ISS 150 kW / 125 deg to EaAf Oromo Sun

Radio Payem e-Doost
1800-1845 on  7480 KCH 500 kW / 116 deg to WeAs Farsi

Radio Publique Africaine
1800-1831 on 11550 MDC 250 kW / 295 deg to SoAf Kirundi
1831-1858 on 11550 MDC 250 kW / 295 deg to SoAf French

Radio Itahuka
1800-1900 on 15420 MDC 250 kW / 320 deg to CeAf Kirundi Sat

Radio Biafra
1800-2000 on 15325 SCB 100 kW / 195 deg to WeAf English

Radio Dandal Kura International
1800-2100 on 12050 ASC 250 kW / 065 deg to WeAf Kanuri

Republic of Yemen Radio
1800-2300 on 11860 JED 050 kW / non-dir to N/ME Arabic

Lutheran World Federation/Voice of Gospel/Sawtu Linjilia
1830-1858 on  9800 ISS 500 kW / 180 deg to WCAf Fulfulde

Sedoye Bahar Voice of Spring
1900-1930 on  7510 KCH 500 kW / 116 deg to WeAs Farsi Thu/Fri

Denge Kurdistan
1930-2130 on  7455 KCH 300 kW / 116 deg to WeAs Kurdish

North Korea Reform Radio
2030-2130 on  7500 TAC 100 kW / 076 deg to NEAs Korean

Stream of Praise Music Ministries
2100-2115 on  7530 TAC 100 kW / 090 deg to EaAs Cantonese
2115-2130 on  7530 TAC 100 kW / 090 deg to EaAs Chinese

Suab Xaa Moo Zoo, Voice of Hope
2230-2300 on  7530 TSH 100 kW / 250 deg to SEAs Hmong

Republic of Yemen Radio
2300-0600 on 11860 unknown tx / unknown to N/ME Arabic
(DX Mix Nx/Ivo 30 Dec)


Frequency Updates

All times UTC

Clandestine
Additional broadcasts of Living Water Ministry Broadcasting
1500-1600 on  9650*unknown probably PUG to NEAs Korean Tue/Wed/Thu, ex Wed# * co-ch same  9650 CON 050 kW / non-dir to WeAf French Radio Guinea Conakry # probably from Jan. 3 and from same date at new time 1500-1558, ex 1530-1630.

Ecuador
Updated schedule of HCJB Voice of The Andes on 6050 kHz 
0930-1400 on  6050 QUI 010 kW / 018 deg to CeAm various*, ex 0830-1500
0930-1400 on  6050 QUI 010 kW / 172 deg to SoAm various*, ex 0830-1500
2100-0230 on  6050 QUI 010 kW / 018 deg to CeAm various*, ex 1900-0500
2100-0230 on  6050 QUI 010 kW / 172 deg to SoAm various*, ex 1900-0500
* including Cofan/Chapala/Spanish/Shuar/Quechua/Waodani & other langs.

Vietnam    
Updated schedule of Voice of Vietnam 
Effective from: 15 January 
2000-2028 on  7280 SON 100 kW / 320 deg to WeEu German, not Russian
2000-2028 on  9730 SON 100 kW / 320 deg to WeEu German, not Russian
2030-2058 on  7280 SON 100 kW / 320 deg to WeEu French, not English
2030-2058 on  9730 SON 100 kW / 320 deg to WeEu French, not English
2130-2158 on  7280 SON 100 kW / 320 deg to WeEu English, additional
2130-2158 on  9730 SON 100 kW / 320 deg to WeEu English, additional

Zambia    
Updated schedule of KVOH /Voice of Hope Africa 
Effective from: 23 January 
1700-2200 on  4965 LUS 100 kW / 000 deg to SoAf English Mon-Fri tx#1, new additional
1700-2200 on  6065 LUS 100 kW / 315 deg to WeAf English Mon-Fri tx#2, new additional
1200-1700 on  9680 LUS 100 kW / 000 deg to SoAf English Sat/Sun tx#1, unchanged
1200-1700 on 13680 LUS 100 kW / 315 deg to WeAf English Sat/Sun tx#2, unchanged
0500-0800 on  9680 LUS 100 kW / 000 deg to SoAf English Mon-Fri tx#1, cancelled
0500-0800 on 11680 LUS 100 kW / 315 deg to WeAf English Mon-Fri tx#2, cancelled
(SWL DXing/DX News/Ivo Ivanov)
(graphics: Gayle Van Horn Collection) 

From the Isle of Music programming January 23-28



From the Isle of Music, Week of January 23-28, 2017

SPECIAL EDITION: To honor the first anniversary of the passing of Miguel Angel Rasalps "Lele", who sang with Elio Reve, Los Van Van and the funky, rocking yet very Cuban Los Reyes 73, music from all three groups with special guest Ricardo Delgado, who played saxophone with Los Reyes 73 in the 1970s.

Three options for listening on shortwave:
WBCQ, 7490 KHz, Tuesdays 0100-0200 UTC (8pm-9pm EDT Mondays in the Americas)
Channel 292, 6070 KHz, Fridays 1100-1200 UTC (1200-1300 CET) and Saturdays 1200-1300 UTC (1300-1400 CET)
See the NOTES section of our Facebook page for instructions for listening online if you are out of range or don't have a shortwave radio.

(Tilford Productions)

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins

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:Issued: 2017 Jan 23 0615 UTC
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 16 - 22 January 2017

Solar activity was at low levels due to a C9/1f flare observed at 21/0726 UTC from Region 2628 (N12, L=173, class/area Dao/210 on 22 January). Region 2628 was responsible for additional C-class flaring on 21 January. The rest of the period was at very low levels. No Earth-directed coronal mass ejections were observed. 

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at normal to moderate levels with high levels observed on 16-17, and 20-22 January. The largest flux value of the period was 3,090 pfu observed at 16/1935 UTC. 

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to active levels over the period. Solar wind parameters were indicative of background conditions to start the period. Early on 18 January, wind speed began to increase as a positive polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) became geoeffective. Wind speed reached a maximum value of 651 km/s at 19/0320 UTC and total field peaked at 17 nT at 18/0605 UTC before gradually decreasing throughout the remainder of the period. The geomagnetic field was at quiet levels on 16-17 January, quiet to active levels on 18-19 & 21 January, and quiet to unsettled levels on 20 & 22 January. 

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 23 January - 18 February 2017

Solar activity is likely to be low with a slight chance for M-class flares on 23-31 January and 14-18 February due to the flare potential in Region 2628. Very low levels are expected on 01-13 February. 

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at normal to moderate levels with high levels likely on 23-27 January, 01-13 February, and again on 16-18 February due to CH HSS influence. 

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at unsettled to active levels on 23, 27-31 January, 01-07 February and 14-18 February with G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels likely on 03 February due to recurrent CH HSS effects. 

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2017 Jan 23      85           8          3
2017 Jan 24      83           5          2
2017 Jan 25      82           5          2
2017 Jan 26      80           5          2
2017 Jan 27      80          12          4
2017 Jan 28      80          15          4
2017 Jan 29      78           8          3
2017 Jan 30      77          10          3
2017 Jan 31      77          12          4
2017 Feb 01      76          16          4
2017 Feb 02      76          18          4
2017 Feb 03      75          20          5
2017 Feb 04      75          16          4
2017 Feb 05      75          12          4
2017 Feb 06      75          10          3
2017 Feb 07      75           8          3
2017 Feb 08      76           5          2
2017 Feb 09      77           5          2
2017 Feb 10      77           5          2
2017 Feb 11      77           5          2
2017 Feb 12      77           5          2
2017 Feb 13      78           5          2
2017 Feb 14      79          15          4
2017 Feb 15      81          10          3
2017 Feb 16      83          10          3
2017 Feb 17      83           8          3
2017 Feb 18      83           8          3
(NOAA)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Upcoming test broadcast


Test broadcasts of Shortwaveservice via unknown transmitter location

All times UTC
Jan.21-22
1200-1300 on  9900 unknown transmitter to EaEu music & announcements
1200-1300 on  9900 unknown transmitter to EaEu music & announcements
Jan.28-29
1500-1600 on  6015 unknown transmitter to WeEu music & announcements
1500-1600 on  6015 unknown transmitter to WeEu music & announcements
(SWL DXing)


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review-World Radio TV Handbook 2017


2017 World Radio TV Handbook Review
by Gayle Van Horn W4GVH
CEO Teak Publishing
                A new year brings many things for radio hobbyists, including new goals to enrich their listening opportunities. Ultimately, world listeners welcome the annual edition of World Radio TV Handbook, now in their 71st edition.

                The new edition begins with receiver reviews. The Icom IC-7300 offers an excellent overall rating, as one of high quality, good performer, as well as good value and functionality. As the popularity of software-defined radios continues to expand, the Reuter Elektronik RDR55D is the newest edition to the market. Discerning listeners who prefer a self-contained SDR will discover this new addition significantly advances the state of the art. SDRPlay RSP, a lower cost SDR known as a dongle, is a very good introduction to the capabilities and limitations of the software-defined receiver. A review of the wideband loop antenna Wellbrook ALA1530LNP is complimented for its performance, and an outstanding value. Listener's using more than one radio receiver will welcome the new Bonito AAS300. Called an 'Active RF Splitter,' by the manufacturer, it provides three outputs from a single input. Compared to other multicouplers, it covers a wide frequency range, and works very well.

                A stalwart of each edition is the features section. The Mighty KBC explores the well known radio station, popular to medium wave and shortwave listeners. Who knew KBC had such an interesting and surprising history? KBC, a small private station has big plans for their future. Remote Reception delves into the modern SDRs located half a world away - and available to a world audience via the Internet.

                Freelance writer and active radio enthusiast Hans Johnson, resumes his radio travelogue expertise covering CKZN St John's. Follow Han's travels on the history and current use of the most easterly shortwave transmitter in North America.

                Australian radio hobbyist and DXer Rob Shepherd shares his travels in South America and the Pacific, including a bit of DX, and reminds us, "radio is alive and well in South America and the Pacific."

                Vagn Fentz reminisces about radio times long ago, working with the founder of WRTH, Olaf Johansen, on one of the very first editions.

                Michael Pütz, of Business Radio at Media Broadcast GmbH and Chairman of the IRDR Project Working Group, outlines setting up and the progress so far in organizing an HF disaster relief radio network. The IRDR Project, explains this vital role of radio providing life-saving information at critical times.

                Ulf-Peter Hoppe updates the annual HF Broadcasting Reception Conditions Expected .During 2017 he predicts good year of reception.

                The National Radio section includes domestic radio stations broadcasting to a national listening audience on medium wave, shortwave, and FM. Listings are grouped by country and include frequencies, transmitters, kW, contact and website information. International Radio contains the same information from international broadcasters airing to a world audience.

                Clandestine and Other Target Broadcast list stations broadcasting politically motivated programming, or those targeted at zones of local or regional conflicts. A one-page listing of Religious Broadcasters Cross Reference Table closes this section.

                The Frequency List covers by-frequency medium wave stations by-region, SW Stations of the World and listings of shortwave station broadcasting in English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, plus DRM International Broadcasts schedules.

                The by-country National Television section includes information on national stations, networks and contact information for each country listed.

                Lastly, there contains an extensive Reference section. Informative includes indexes, abbreviations and symbols, target area codes, transmitter sites, Standard Time and Frequency stations, clubs and organizations and selected Internet resources.

                This year's 71st edition, and in past editions, continues their reputation as a comprehensive exemplary reference book for the radio listening audience. It remains the very best, most authoritative reference book for the radio and television hobbyist. Teak Publishing wishes WRTH many years of continued success.

                World Radio TV Handbook 2017, is available from the WRTH website at http://www.wrth.com/info.html. Click on How to Order for information link. It is also available in the United States from Universal Radio Inc. Go to http://www.universal-radio.com/ for the online catalog. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

From the Isle of Music Programming, January 16-22



From the Isle of Music, Week of January 16-22, 2017
Electronic Cuba – Leonardo Pérez shares more of Una Mecanica Diferente, Jazz saxophonist Emir Santa Cruz shares some of his music, and we are going to explore some of what is happening in Cuban electronic music today.

Three options for listening on shortwave:
WBCQ, 7490 KHz, Tuesdays 0100-0200 UTC (8pm-9pm EDT Mondays in the Americas)
Channel 292, 6070 KHz, Fridays 1100-1200 UTC (1200-1300 CET) and Saturdays 1200-1300 UTC (1300-1400 CET)
See the From the Isle of Music Facebook Page for more information.

(Tilford Productions)

DX Stamps & Supplies Update

Bhutan postage stamps
Special thanks to Bill Plum for his DX Stamps & Supplies mid month updates

Dear Customer,

YES!!!  ADDITIONS TO THE DISCOUNT POSTAGE GRID!!!!!!!!!  Running low on 2 stamp units and may need to substitute units in 3 stamps......2 stamp, 3 stamp and 4 stamp units at 500 qty all priced the same...at 60% of face!!

Below are early bird specials for February 2017....same as January.

 If you need a current stamp list or supply list, I can email it to you.

NEWS:  Discount Postage Grid has been updated for the 49c rate for mid-January...BUT there are no changes in my prices. SWEET!!

IDEA:  Slightly damaged Deluxe QSL Album   now $30.00 -or- buy 2 for only $55.00!!!

NEW RATES:
Sweden now massive 19,50 kr!!! YIKES!

If you hear of or notice any new rates, let me know.

NEW PRICES:   Sweden now priced at $3.00 ea

IN STOCK AGAIN:

STAMPS ON BACK ORDER: Algeria, Mexico, Namibia

U.S. DISCOUNT POSTAGE DEALS!!

Save Big on your domestic mailings with colorful vintage stamps!
HAPPY  MAILING!!
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x 100
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 $85.00
 
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 $208.00
 
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FINALLY have some low values!!!!!

Payment by Credit card, check or money order, for forever stamps, 49c units & bulk postage!

Also available:
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(of various denominations  in sheets & singles)

$500 Face Value: NOW $300. ppd

No Charge for shipping Discount Postage Offers

FEBRUARY 2017  DX  STAMP  SPECIALS
2 Germany-$2.60       3 Japan-$3.90  
2 Italy-$7.00    2 UK-$3.00    2 France-$3.60    2 Spain-$4.00
 
FEBRUARY 2017  DX  SUPPLY  SPECIALS
200/200 European Plain Mailers and Plain Returns - $40.00
200/200 European Air Mailers and Plain Returns - $40.00
European AIR Returns are SOLD OUT!!
5 Packs of Extra QSL Album pages - $22.00

FEBRUARY 2017 CLOSE OUT SPECIALS
500 European Air Mailers - $42.00
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200/200 Stateside mailers and Returns - $23.00
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Priority Mail Shipping Rates: Orders up to $40.00 add $9.00, orders from $41.00 to $100.00 add $15.00. orders from $101.00 to $150.00 add $20.00, orders over $150.00 add 15%. When ordering supplies and stamps, the stamps ride free, just use supply total to figure shipping costs. Shipments to Canada and overseas ship at a greater cost. (07/2015 modified)

Stamps Only Orders: Just add $1.00 P&H for posting to USA, add $2.00 for posting to Canada.

73, bill

William Plum
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Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


Product: Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
:Issued: 2017 Jan 16 0341 UTC
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 09 - 15 January 2017

Solar activity was mostly at very low levels with low levels observed on 12 January due to an isolated C3 flare observed at 12/1618 UTC from Region 2625 (N03, L=254, class/area Cso/050 on 14 January). An associated coronal mass ejection (CME) was observed off the east limb in coronagraph imagery beginning at 12/1624 UTC, but was determined not to have a geoeffective component. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit reached
high levels throughout the period. The largest flux of the period was 42,125 pfu observed at 09/1805 UTC.

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to active levels over the period. Solar wind speed began the period near 700 km/s with total field near 5 nT under the influence of a negative polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS). By 10 January, solar wind speed was in decline, reaching nominal levels late on 12 January. Total field was variable between 1-7 nT for the rest of the period.
The geomagnetic field responded with quiet to active levels on 09 January, quiet to unsettled levels on 10-12 January and quiet levels on 13-15 January.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 16 January - 11 February 2017

Solar activity is expected to be very low with a chance for C-class flares on 16-26 January as Regions 2625 and 2626 (N09, L=244, class/area Hax/140 on 15 January) rotate across the visible disk. Very low levels are expected from 27 January through 11 February.

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at normal to moderate levels with high levels likely on 16, 18-27 January and again on 01-11 February due to CH HSS influence.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to be at unsettled to active levels on 17-24 and 27 January-07 February with G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storm levels likely on 18-19 January and 03 February due to recurrent CH HSS effects.

Product: 27-day Space Weather Outlook Table 27DO.txt
:Issued: 2017 Jan 16 0342 UTC
# Prepared by the US Dept. of Commerce, NOAA, Space Weather Prediction Center
# Product description and SWPC web contact www.swpc.noaa.gov/wwire.html
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#      27-day Space Weather Outlook Table
#                Issued 2017-01-16
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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2017 Jan 16      77           5          2
2017 Jan 17      77           8          3
2017 Jan 18      77          25          5
2017 Jan 19      78          20          5
2017 Jan 20      80          18          4
2017 Jan 21      80          18          4
2017 Jan 22      80          18          4
2017 Jan 23      80          12          4
2017 Jan 24      80           8          3
2017 Jan 25      80           5          2
2017 Jan 26      78           5          2
2017 Jan 27      77          12          4
2017 Jan 28      77          15          4
2017 Jan 29      77           7          3
2017 Jan 30      77          10          3
2017 Jan 31      77          12          4
2017 Feb 01      77          16          4
2017 Feb 02      76          18          4
2017 Feb 03      75          20          5
2017 Feb 04      75          16          4
2017 Feb 05      75          12          4
2017 Feb 06      75          10          3
2017 Feb 07      75           8          3
2017 Feb 08      75           5          2
2017 Feb 09      76           5          2
2017 Feb 10      77           5          2
2017 Feb 11      77           5          2
(NOAA)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Winter 2016-2017 Now Available


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For Immediate Release                                                                                                                         8 December 2016

New Winter 2016-2017 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Now Available

Teak Publishing is pleased to announce the release of the Winter 2016-2017 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (ISWBG) electronic book by Amazon bestselling author Gayle Van Horn, W4GVH. This all important semi-annual information resource is your electronic guide to the world of shortwave radio listening.

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

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

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

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

New in this seventh edition of the ISWBG is an Introduction to News and Entertainment Programming on Shortwave Radio by Spectrum Monitor columnist Fred Waterer; a feature on Online Radio: The crossroads of old and new technology by former Monitoring Times columnist Loyd Van Horn W4LVH; and comprehensive radio listeners Crash Course on Shortwave Radio Propagation by Tomas Hood NW7US, contributing editor to CQ magazine and Spectrum Monitor columnist.

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

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

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (Winter 2016-2017 edition) is now available for purchase worldwide from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N2RRXV2. The price for this latest edition is US$7.99. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order this electronic book (e-Book) from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. All other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Here are some of the public comments from radio hobbyists who purchased previous editions of the International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Amazon e-book.
VERY Useful Guide! By Dave in Ohio

Being rather new to the SW DXing, I needed a guide. Most of them were pretty pricey so I decided to give this one a try. When it arrived, I didn't have a lot of time to review it, just glanced at it and was a little upset. I had expected something with page after page of countries with their frequency listings, much like other guides I'd heard about. This one seemed to have a lot of articles about SWL and only in the back did I find frequency listings. But the next day I had about an hour to sit and review the book on my Kindle and I discovered how clever Ms. Van Horn had been in her formatting. I realized that the last thing I needed was just a list of frequencies. The gem of the book is the section that divides the day into UTC hours and what frequency in which country is likely to be on the air at that time. After all, what good does it do me to know that Radio Slobovia broadcasts on 1305 if I have no idea of when to listen for them? (The book also contains a long listing by frequency for identifying those broadcasts that you stumble upon.) I've looked around the articles towards the beginning of the book and the ones I've read are well written and interesting. I strongly recommend that the new readers of Ms. Van Horn's guide use the table of contents to skip around and become familiar with the format. Very useful book at a good price. Ms. Van Horn has herself a new fan ) 

Essential reference for SWLs By Hundedrek

Gayle knows international SW like few others. She used to write a monthly column and directory in the late, lamented Monitoring Times mag. A big reason why I I subbed to it for years. This guide continues the tradition. The Kindle version is more convenient to use. Now that so many international broadcasters are streaming their programming, Gayle's guide is even more valuable.

Gayle does us a great service by publishing this Shortwave Radio Guide By Tampa

A needed re hash of previous books. Gayle does us a great service by publishing this Shortwave Guide. Many on ships have stopped using short wave as they do not have radio distribution systems for the crews as Satellite takes over. Many ships have wired hanging out of portholes as a result and all kinds of antennas stuck around the ships creating hazards so they can listen to their home countries. CBC has shut down Radio Canada to save money OMG #Stupid. Clandestine Radio is on the Rise and this book lists and explains. That in itself is interesting. Should be of interest to any #SWL or #HamRadio people.

Shortwave LIVES!!!!!! By Walter C. Thurman

The Van Horns are shining stars in the Shortwave Radio and MilComms World.... this read is helpful for us DIE HARD shortwave listener's and Ham Radio folks alike. THANK FOR WHAT YOU GUYS DO!!!!! N0RDC

Great Useful (and highly affordable) Data For SWLs By Randy S.
Gayle's monthly Monitoring Times roundup of shortwave broadcast schedules was always tremendously useful. With the demise of the magazine itself it's nice to see that her massive database (and the years of work on it) aren't going to waste. And at the price (less than the cost of a monthly issue of the magazine) it makes for a fine bargain and is well worth it for shortwave-broadcast listeners with e-reader capability. The twice- yearly updates will keep the project relevant and useful.

Solid for HF listening! By Mr geocacher
Very useful for identifying what you hear on HF. Lot's of good tidbits for listening hints too.

Shortwave Broadcast Guide by Kindle Customer
Since Monitoring Times is no longer in publication, this guide is required for the dedicated shortwave listener. There is information provided that I have found no where else. It will be a welcome addition to any listener's equipment. Gayle Van Horn has been publishing this research for many years and the followers are numerous, from beginners to professionals. The author's work is accurate, concise and thorough. If you have a shortwave radio, you need this publication as much as a set of earphones. There is none better.

Very Good Source for Shortwave Stations Broadcast Schedules by Kenneth Windyka
I've got to admit up front that I don't have a strong interest in this part of the hobby. HOWEVER, Gayle Van Horn makes it easy to determine what one can hear on the short wave bands during a particular time period (in GMT time sorted format). I also like the internet reference available, so that one can listen to programs via the internet even if its' not possible via the shortwave radio.

NJ Shortwave listener hears International Frequencies with new guide help by Stanley E Rozewski, Jr.
This e-book is complete and accurate in presenting a low cost SW frequency guide and important must read topics for the new or experienced user. I liked the easy reading format, and understandable frequency guide. I will order the second edition next year.
This is my go-to-first reference by Mary C Larson
When I turn on the shortwave receiver and want to find out what's on and where to look, Van Horn's handy frequency guide is a smart place to begin. The format is not unlike the one Monitoring Times (R.I.P.) used each month. Presumably, updated ISBGs will be published twice per year, but you can check for the updates on her blog, (mt-shortwave.blogspot.com).

Good value by DrP
This is an excellent well-written book that is very affordable when compared to encyclopedic guides, e.g., the WRTH. Much the same information is included. The first part is a nice introduction to SW listening pitched to the beginner. Included is an informative section on purchasing a radio spanning low-end <$100 models up through the most advanced transceivers. The bulk of the book contains a list of world-wide SW broadcasters, organized by frequency band. This makes it ideal for browsing one band at a time, but much less so if you want to search for broadcasts from a particular country.

I like this one by Charles
I have only had a brief chance to scan through this book. From what I have seen of it I will enjoy getting in to it.

Excellent Shortwave Introduction and Program Guide by Don K3PRN
Excellent, very reasonable guide to shortwave radio. As a long time shortwave listener, the listing of all shortwave stations by UTC time is very useful to me. I had previously a shortwave website that listed only English broadcasts rather than an all station listing with the language that will be broadcast. I would highly recommend this e book for all new shortwave listeners and those that interested in a very portable listing of all stations by UTC. I only hope that this will be updated twice a year for many more years.
Good Product by Radio Freq 
Since Monitoring Times stopped publishing shortwave radio schedules, there has been a dearth of resources for radio-heads. This guide nicely fulfills gap. It is very comprehensive.
It is nice someone is dedicated to SWL by Robert K. Mallory 

Very concise and well organized. Not much to choose from these days, it is nice someone is dedicated to Shortwave Radio Listening. 

New International Callsign Handbook 5th Edition Now Available on Amazon


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For Immediate Release`                                                                          16 December 2016
New International Call Sign Handbook 5th Edition Now Available on Amazon

Ask any radio monitor what information they consider important during any monitoring session, and usually two items will top their list: frequencies and call signs. If you can hear activity on a particular frequency, unless you can fully identify the participants transmitting on that frequency, you can’t fully appreciate or document the traffic you are hearing.

With millions of radio stations furnishing a variety of communication services throughout the world, it is necessary that their transmissions carry distinctive call signs or identifiers. Call signs have a four-fold purpose: They may identify the nationality of the station, the agency operating a particular station, the type of station, and the identity of each individual station being heard on the monitored frequency.

The need for station identifications/call signs can easily be illustrated here in the United States, which leads all other countries in the use of the radio spectrum, that now has some 85 different kinds of radio services operated by the government, military and civilians entities, providing air, sea, land and space communication services. There are hundreds of thousands of stations on the air and call signs and other forms of identification help the radio monitor sort through the various stations that are heard.

A call sign is defined as any combination of alphanumeric characters or phonetically pronounceable characters (trigraph), which identifies a communications facility, a command, an authority, an activity or unit. To aid the radio monitor in their listening endeavors, the International Call Sign Handbook series of books/e-books has been published.

Teak Publishing is pleased to announce their latest Kindle e-book -- the fifth edition of International Call Sign Handbook by Amazon Bestselling author Larry Van Horn, N5FPW. This e-book represents the most comprehensive collection of military and government station identifications ever published for the radio listening hobby. It is the result of year’s research, study and monitoring the HF/VHF/UHF radio spectrum, by the author. Many different radio monitoring disciplines have been used to compile the listings in this book. If you monitor the HF, VHF or UHF radio spectrum, there is something in this book for you.

The information presented in this book has also been gathered through personal correspondence, material published in the former Monitoring Times magazine, various radio publications, newsletters, public domain government and private internet web sites, but most have been gathered the old fashioned way via on-the-air monitoring. In addition, we have received generous support and contributions from many individuals in the radio hobby.

In addition to international and military/government tactical call signs, other types of identifiers such as Automatic Link Establishment (ALE) and Mode-S aircraft addresses have been included in this e-book. There is a chapter that had basic introductory material, as well as chapters devoted to call sign / words used by the Department of Defense including the US. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. There are sections that cover the various Military Auxiliary Radio Services and the U.S. Air Force Civil Air Patrol auxiliary service.

There is also a chapter that covers call signs and ALE identifiers for the U.S. Coast Guard service. Sections in that chapter include a Coast Guard aircraft fleet list, miscellaneous U.S. coast guard calls, and also their international call signs.

Another large chapter covers various U.S. Government call signs. Sections in this chapter include the U.S. Custom and Border Patrol COTHEN radio system and ALE address list, plus call signs from the following department and agencies - Department of Commerce (DOC), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of the Interior (DOI) Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of State, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Federal Communications Commission, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), General Services Administration (GSA), Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD), Miscellaneous Listings, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Communications System (NCS), and U.S. Marshal Service (USMS) service.

One of the larger chapters is devoted to an international / worldwide call signs list. We have a sampling of government and military call signs from 75 counties and international agencies.

The latest craze in aircraft military is decoding Mode-S/ICAO24 radio signals and is included in this book. Our list in this edition covers primarily government / military aircraft and introductory material on Mode-S monitoring.

The last chapter of this book contains a large list of resource information, useful in interpreting the individual entries listed in the book. Sections on U.S. Navy ship/squadron classifications; U.S. Coast Guard cutter designators; a massive list of abbreviations and acronyms that appear in the book; a comprehensive country abbreviation list; and the latest Table of Allocations of International Call signs from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) are included in the last chapter on the e-book.

The Teak Publishing 5th International Call Sign Handbook is now available for purchase worldwide from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MQWYDPX. The price for this e-Book edition is US$7.49. This book is being released internationally. Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order the e-Book from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. All other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website.

You do not need to own a Kindle reader to read Amazon e-book publications. You can read any Kindle book with Amazon’s free reading apps. There are free Kindle reading apps for the Kindle Cloud Reader, Smartphones (iPhone, iTouch, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry); computer platforms (Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 and Mac); Tablets (iPad, Android and Windows 8), and, of course, all of the Kindle family of readers including the Kindle Fire series. A Kindle e-book allows you to buy your book once and read it anywhere. You can find additional details on these apps at this link on the Amazon website at www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771.

For additional information on this and other Teak Publishing radio hobby books, monitor the company sponsored Internet blogs – The Military Monitoring Post (http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/), The Btown Monitor Post (http://monitor-post.blogspot.com/) and The Shortwave Central (http://mt-shortwave.blogspot.com/) for availability of additional e-books that are currently in production.

Information on other publications by the author is available on the author’s page at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00G1QMO4C.