Short Waves / Short Poems first episode

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, T. D. Walker, who shares the following announcement:

Short Waves / Short Poems is a 15 minute program that features poets reading their work. Attention to a poem parallels in many ways attention to a shortwave radio broadcast–both require a deliberate searching for and listening to the medium. I also wanted to explore what it means to put an art that is undergoing a resurgence on a medium that seems to be diminishing in its reach. And above all that, I wanted to bring good poetry to shortwave listeners.

Our first episode will air Saturday 14 December at 2am UTC on 5130kHz, and it will feature work by poets Deborah L. Davitt, Amy Lowell, and A.J. Odasso, all of which use storms as a way to examine the workings of love, loss, and contemplation. We’re planning on running weekly for four weeks, with different poets each episode.

More information about the show is at our website: www.shortwavesshortpoems.com. I’ve included an introductory clip on our About page.

We’re happy to receive reception reports, and QSL cards are available. You can reach us via email at qsl@shortwavesshortpoems.com or via postal mail at Short Waves / Short Poems, PO Box 515622, Dallas, TX 75251, USA.

And a bit about me: I’m the author of Small Waiting Objects (CW Books, 2019), and my poems and science fiction stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, The Future Fire, Web Conjunctions, The Cascadia Subduction ZoneAbyss & ApexKaleidotropeand elsewhere. As a longtime radio enthusiast, I’m delighted to be able to combine my aim to bring poetry to a wider audience with my interest in shortwave radio.

Readers, please note that 2:00 AM UTC on Saturday is 9:00 PM EST/ 6:00 PM PST today (Friday).

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Encore – Classical Music – new frequency and time

This coming weekend Encore – Classical Music on Radio Tumbril will be broadcasting on a new and even better frequency and time via WWCR in Tennessee.
Saturday 14th December 21:00 UTC 9350 kHz – this is the afternoon in US and Canada and the signal should carry to western Europe too.
This replaces the 01:00 Broadcast by WWCR on 6115 kHz.
Encore – Classical Music this weekend is – of course – being broadcast as usual by Channel 292 (Europe) on 6070 kHz at 15:00 UTC Sunday 15th December.
And by WBCQ on 7490 kHz at 01:00 UTC Monday 16th December.
There is a repeat on 6070 kHz on Friday 20th December at 19:00 UTC.
Do let us know how well you can pick up Encore at your location by emailing to encoretumbril@gmail.com. We try to reply to all emails and will send eQSL cards for full reports.
This week’s programme starts with a Mozart piano trio, then a couple of absorbing contemporary works, followed by two songs about the cold from Schubert. Vaughan Williams next with The Banks of Green Willow. The second half of the show has some Rossini, Jennifer Higdon, Malcolm Arnold and finishes with O Let me Weep from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen. Tune in if you can.
Both Channel 292 and WBCQ as well as WWCR can be pulled live off the internet if the reception is poor in your location. Easy to find their sites with a google search.
Help needed at Channel 292 in Germany. 292 is struggling financially. They are renting out airtime to the Overcomer Ministry to try and bring in funds. Revenue is dependent on feedback – please help them by sending a simple reception report to:
lasttime@overcomerministry.org
In the meantime – thank you for spreading the word about Encore – Classical Music on Shortwave. And thank you to everyone for letting us know how well the signal is received where you live.
Brice Avery – Encore – Radio Tumbril.
Regular Broadcast times are:
15:00 – 16:00 UTC Sunday, and repeated 19:00 – 20:00 UTC Friday on 6070 kHz Channel 292 (Germany).
21:00 – 22:00 UTC Saturday on 9350 kHz
01:00 – 02:00 UTC Monday on 7490 kHz WBCQ – (Maine).
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Cambridge Consultants design a prototype $10 DRM receiver

DRM broadcast (left) as seen via a KiwiSDR spectrum display.

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Michael Bird, who shares the following news via Cambridge Consultants:

Digital launched, ever so long ago, with TV and radio. So what’s the big story? It’s that the last piece of the digital jigsaw is finally in place: a system called Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM), designed to deliver FM-radio-like quality using the medium wave and short wave bands.

We’re familiar with AM on medium wave and accustomed to the horrible buzz, splat, fade away and back again. But it does have a great advantage in that it will reach for hundreds of miles from a single transmitter. That’s a lot easier than FM or DAB, which both need transmitters every 30 or 40 miles. No fewer than 443 DAB transmitter sites are needed to cover the UK alone.

So take a modern digital scheme, apply some clever (and low cost) computing power, and you can get good sound for hundreds of miles. You get to choose radio stations by name instead of kilohertz, and you can even receive text and pictures. Emergency warning and information features are also built into DRM.

Great technology. But will it fly? Is it available for everyone?

The new news is that India, through its national broadcaster All India Radio, has invested in and rolled out a national DRM service, live today. Just 35 transmitters cover that large country. New cars in India have DRM radios in them now. Other countries like South Africa, Malaysia and Brazil are likely to follow India’s lead.

But something’s missing. The radios that can receive DRM are still prohibitively expensive, especially for those markets that would benefit most. So vast swathes of the world remain unconnected to the services that DRM can provide. Where’s the cheap portable that you can pick up from a supermarket to listen to the news or sport?

Cambridge Consultants has just held its annual Innovation Day, where we throw open our doors to industry leaders and reveal future technology. One of our highlights was the prototype of a DRM design that will cost ten dollars or less to produce, addressing that vital need for information by the 60-ish per cent of our global population that doesn’t have internet or TV. It’s low power, so can run from solar or wind-up.

This design will be ready in 2020, available for any radio manufacturer to licence and incorporate into its own products. We’re doing our bit to make affordable radios for every corner of the globe!

Click here to read this post at the Cambridge Consultants website.

Michael also shares this piece from Radio World regarding this project.

I must admit: there have been so many proposed low-cost DRM receiver designs that never came to fruition, it’s easy to be skeptical. I assume the $10/9 Euro design will be for the receiver chip only–not the full portable radio, of course. They plan to bring this to fruition in 2020, so we’ll soon know if they succeed.

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NASA publishes free eBook: Earth At Night

(Source: Southgate ARC)

Earth has many stories to tell, even in the dark of night. Earth at Night, NASA’s new 200-page ebook, is now available online and includes more than 150 images of our planet in darkness as captured from space by Earth-observing satellites and astronauts on the International Space Station over the past 25 years.

The images reveal how human activity and natural phenomena light up the darkness around the world, depicting the intricate structure of cities, wildfires and volcanoes raging, auroras dancing across the polar skies, moonlight reflecting off snow and deserts, and other dramatic earthly scenes.

“Earth at Night explores the brilliance of our planet when it is in darkness,” wrote Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, in the book’s foreword. “The book is a compilation of stories depicting the interactions between science and wonder. I am pleased to share this visually stunning and captivating exploration of our home planet.”

In addition to the images, the book tells how scientists use these observations to study our changing planet and aid decision makers in such areas as sustainable energy use and disaster response.

NASA brings together technology, science, and unique global Earth observations to provide societal benefits and strengthen our nation. The agency makes its Earth observations freely and openly available to everyone for use in developing solutions to important global issues such as changing freshwater availability, food security and human health.

For more information about NASA’s Earth science programs, visit:
https://www.nasa.gov/earth

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NOAA Space Weather Enthusiasts Dashboard gets an upgrade

Sun NOAA GOES SUVI

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Jake Brodsky (AB3A), who writes:

I am a regular at
https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/communities/space-weather-enthusiasts

I just noticed today that the formerly crunchy low resolution x-ray view of the sun has been replaced by the GOES-16 SUVI images on a three hour loop. This has a 195 Angstrom view of the sun in great detail, so you can immediately see where the holes are forming in the corona.

Solar weather enthusiasts don’t need to go to the solar dynamics observatory page all the time to see what the last three hours looked like.

Thanks for the tip, Jake!

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Cold War Sports: High-Speed Telegraphy

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Paul Evans, who shares the following short radio documentary from the BBC World Service:

The end of the Cold War in 1989 spelt the demise of a little-known, but surprisingly popular sport behind the Iron Curtain – high-speed telegraphy competitions. With the help of two of Czechoslovakia’s best former Morse-coders, we revisit the inaugural World Championship in Moscow in 1983 when the Soviet Union rolled out the red carpet for teams from across the Communist bloc. Ashley Byrne reports. The programme is a Made-In-Manchester Production.

Click here to listen to this program via the BBC.

As Paul points out, “HST is still going strong as a sport!” Indeed it is because CW is simply timeless! Thanks for the tip, Paul!

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Radio Caroline North broadcast December 14th – 15th

(Source: Southgate ARC)

Join us on the River Blackwater for the final Radio Caroline North broadcast of 2019 over the weekend 14th – 15th December

This month’s sponsor is Rush Jets and our on-air competition is sponsored by Rush Jets and sister company Inflight Goods, who are kindly providing three gents Rotary watches as prizes.

We’re LIVE from our historic radio-ship Ross Revenge on the River Blackwater, Essex. Listen in on 648 AM in the South and South-East, on 1368 AM in the North and North-West courtesy of our friends at Manx Radio, around the world online here, on various apps and radio players, and on your smart speakers – “Hey Alexa (or Siri), play Radio Caroline!”

We would love to hear from you – send your emails direct to the  Ross studios at memories@radiocaroline.co.uk during the broadcast.

http://radiocaroline.co.uk/#home.html

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