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Thursday, November 16, 2017

MONITORING ANALYSIS – 6 and 7 MHZ SPECTRUM

MONITORING ANALYSIS – 6 and 7 MHZ SPECTRUM
 
 
The 10.7 cm Solar Radio Flux remains very low at 74, and the SSN is 11.
 
This is a summary of notable frequency occupancies across the time span 1730 to 1800 on November 15, 2017, in Melbourne.
 
5895 TAJIKISTAN BBC-Dushanbe Korean
5920 S.KOREA V. of Freedom, Korean
6040 CHINA CRI-Urumqi Russian
6080 CHINA CRI-Kunming English
6110 ETHIOPIA R. Fana, Oromo
6140 CHINA CRI-Kashi English
6165 CHINA CRI-Beijing English
6185 VATICAN VR-SMG Ukrainian from *1740
6200 CHINA PBS-Tibetan
7300 CHINA CRI-Urumqi Chinese
7360 VATICAN VR-SMG Ukrainian from *1740
7400 CHINA CRI-Xian Swahili
7410 CHINA CRI-Kashi English
7465 SINGAPORE BBC-Kranji Dari
7510 ARMENIA IBRA-Yerevan Silte
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

MONITORING NOTES FROM MELBOURNE

 
 
MONITORING NOTES FROM MELBOURNE
 
Solar activity remains very low – the 10 cm Solar Radio Flux is 69, and the Daily Smoothed Sunspot number is down to a miserable 3.
 
This is a summary of notable frequency usage between 1800 and 1830 on November 13, 2017, in the 6, 7 and 9 MHz spectrum, dominated by short (darkness) path propagation into Melbourne from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
 
5875 TAJIKISTAN BBC-Dushanbe Korean
5885 MARIANAS RFA-Tinian Korean
5910 OMAN BBC Pashto
5955 ROMANIA Serbian
5990 ROMANIA Romanian
6025 IRAN German to 1820*
6130 SWAZILAND TWR-Manzini Lumbundu
7180 SUDAN Arabic (Illegal operation in exclusive amateur radio spectrum)
7205 SUDAN Arabic
7235 ENGLAND KBS-Woofferton Russian
7245 MOLDOVA TWR-Kishinev, Kunama
7285 CHINA CRI-Xian Chaozhou
7305 IRAN Albanian from *1820
7340 CHINA CRI-Kashi Italian
7465 SINGAPORE BBC-Kranji Pashto
7495 GERMANY VOA (Deewa)-Biblis Pashto
7530 UZBEKISTAN BBC-Tashkent Korean
9485 ENGLAND VOA-Woofferton Amharic
9495 TURKEY Spanish to 1825*
9635 ENGLAND IBRA (R. Ibrahim) – Woofferton Arabic
9650 ENGLAND R. Darfur – Woofferton Sudanese
9685 CHINA CRI-Kunming Hausa
9785 FRANCE DW-Issoudun Hausa
9800 FRANCE V. of Gospel, Issoudun Fulfulde
9820 ENGLAND VOA (Deewa) – Woofferton Pashto
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

MONITORING RESEARCH - 1830 to 1930

MONITORING RESEARCH - 1830 to 1930
 
 
This is a summary of notable frequency occupancies in the 5, 7, and 9 MHz spectrum, as noted here in the Melbourne pre-dawn period on November 11, 2017.
 
1830 to 1900
 
5925 IRAN Albanian to 1920*
5945 IRAN Armenian
7305 IRAN Armenian
7365 GERMANY BVB-Nauen Persian
7375 FRANCE RTA-Issoudun Arabic
7495 GERMANY VOA (Deewa Radio) Biblis Pashto
9485 SINGAPORE BBC-Kranji Bengali
9785 ENGLAND VOA-Woofferton Amharic
9800 FRANCE Voice of Gospel, Issoudin, Fulfulde
 
1900 to 1930
 
5905 FRANCE RTA-Issoudin Arabic
5940 ETHIOPIA R. Deegaanka Soomaalida, Jijka, Somali
6000 BULGARIA TOM-Kostinbrod English
7290 BULGARIA IRRS English
7295 CHINA CRI-Kashi English
7305 IRAN Italian
7325 CHINA CRI-Urumqi Serbian
7415 MARIANAS RFA-Tinian Chinese
 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

FREQUENCY USAGE ANALYSIS – 6, 7, 9 MHZ SPECTRUM

 
FREQUENCY USAGE ANALYSIS – 6, 7, 9 MHZ SPECTRUM
 
This is an analysis of significant frequency occupancies noted on November 5, 2017, here in Melbourne, across the time span 1900 to 1930. As this was a Saturday UTC, several entries refer to religious transmissions tagged as #, .which are only carried on weekends UTC days!
 
1900-1930
 
5900 BULGARIA BVB-Kostinbrod Arabic to 1915*
5925 IRAN Turkish to 1920*
5930 GERMANY BVB-Nauen Arabic from *1930
5935 # GERMANY BVB-Nauen English to 1930*
6030 # GERMANY BVB-Nauen English to 1930*
6130 SWAZILAND TWR-Manzini African langs
6180 FRANCE RFI-Issoudun French
7320 ARMENIA R . Denge Kurdistane, Yerevan Kurdish
7475 MARIANAS RFA-Tinian Chinese
9600 MADAGASCAR V. of People of Somalia, Talata Somali *1900-1930*
9635 FRANCE RFI-Issoudun French
9715 # AUSTRIA BVB-Moosbrunn English
9810 MADAGASCAR KNLS/WCR Russian
9840 AUSTRIA AWR-Moosbrunn Hausa to 1930*
9975 THAILAND VOA-Udorn Korean
 
1930-2000
 
5985 CHINA CRI-Portuguese
5990 ROMANIA RRI-Romanian
6040 IRAN English
6180 ROMANIA RRI German
7205 GERMANY AWR-Nauen Tachelhit from *1930
7290 ROMANIA IRRS-Saffica English
7305 IRAN Italian to 1950*
7315 FRANCE RTA-Issoudun Arabic
7360 ALBANIA CRI-Cerrick French
7365 VATICAN VR-SMG Liturgy from *1940
7375 FRANCE RTA-Issoudun Arabic (co-channel Romania)
7375 ROMANIA RRI Romanian (co-channel France)
7425 # GERMANY BVB-Nauen English to 2015*
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

MONITORING RESEARCH – 6, 7 and 9 MHZ SPECTRUM

MONITORING RESEARCH – 6, 7 and 9 MHZ SPECTRUM
The changeover from the A17 to the B17 transmission schedules commenced on October 30, 2017. As expected, there has been an increase in broadcasts in Farsi (Persian), and a continuing reduction in English output. Frequency usage in the 21 MHz spectrum has decreased and only one broadcaster is now using the 17 MHz band (15 metres).
Some broadcasters are persisting with high-powered DRM services, for long-haul, multi-hop HF transmissions, oblivious to the technical limitations of this technology, which according to some engineering sources has now become almost a total failure. HF DRM is now only suitable for short-haul, single hop transmissions for rebroadcasting nationally.
This is a summary of notable frequency occupancies as researched here in Melbourne on November 1, 2017, across the time span 1800 to 1900. Solar Activity was very low: 10.7 cm Radio Flux 78, Daily Equivalent Sunspot Number 13.
1800-1830
7235 ENGLAND KBS-Woofferton Russian
7245 MOLDOVA Kishinev new brokered broadcast various langs
7285 CHINA CRI-Xian Chinese
7415 CHINA CRI-Xian Persian
7465 SINGAPORE BBC-Kajang Persian
7480 MOLDOVA Bahai Radio, Kishinev, Persian
7495 GERMANY VOA (Deewa Radio) Biblis Pashto
9355 KUWAIT IBB Pashto
9370 THAILAND IBB Pashto
9400 BULGARIA TOM-Sofia English
9435 N. KOREA KCBS Korean
9450 CHINA CRI-Kashi Hausa
9455 ENGLAND VOA-Woofferton Amharic
9635 ENGLAND IBB-Woofferton Afar
9650 ENGLAND VOA-Woofferton Arabic
9775 ENGLAND R. Ashar, Woofferton, Arabic
9785 FRANCE DW-Issoudun Hausa
1830-1900
5885 PHILS VOA-Tinang Korean
5900 BULGARIA TOM-Kostinbrod English
5935 ROMANIA RRI English
5955 ROMANIA RRI Italian
5990 ROMANIA RRI Romanian
6070 CHINA CRI-Beijing Russian
6130 SWAZILAND TWR-Manzini African langs
6180 ROMANIA RRI German from *1900
7365 GERMANY Nauen, new brokered broadcast, various langs
9570 MADAGASCAR  WCR Russian

Monday, October 16, 2017

Monitoring Research - 9 MHz band

 
Monitoring Research - 9 MHz band
 
Solar activity is fluctuating wildly – the 10.7 cm solar radio flux is now down to 70, and the equivalent daily sunspot number has dropped to 5
Despite this, 9 MHz spectrum usage, as noted here in Melbourne on October 15, 2017, revealed high occupancy, across the time span 2100 to 2130, dominated by short path (darkness) transmissions from Europe, Africa,  the Middle East, North America and Asia.
 
This summary may be of interest
 
9350 USA WWCR English
9380  INDIA national net
9430 CHINA CRI-Urumqi French
9475 USA WTWW English
9490 KUWAIT VOA French
9500 CHINA CNR1
9515 CHINA CNR2
9555 S. ARABIA Arabic
9640 CHINA CRI-Kashi Spanish
9655 FRANCE RTA-Issoudun Arabic
9665 CHINA CNR5
9685 CHINA CNR5
9790 FRANCE RFI-Issoudin French
9860 CHINA CNR1
9870 S. ARABIA Arabic
9905 INDIA English
9955 USA WRMI English
9980 USA WWCR English