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DigiDX episodio n°19

Emittente: DIGIDX, episodio n°19

Data: 4 luglio 2016, 20:00-20:30 UTC

Frequenza: 6070KHz (AM)

Riporto il testo e le immagini ricevute:

Before RSID: <<2016-07-04T19:59Z MFSK-32 @ 6070000+1506>> 
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Hello and welcome to DigiDX 19 , a weekly review of the latest shortwave 
and DX news broadcast mainly in MFSK32 mode. This broadcast includes 
shortwave news, an article on Nazi Radio Propaganda in Latvia from 
1941-1945 and the over-the-air QSL card. 
After 3 minutes on 2350 Hz we will have a shorter version of this 
episode in Olivia 8-250 mode. Please record the episode or use multiple 
instances of your decoding software to decode this extra stream. 
DigiDX weekly schedule: 
Sunday 2130 - 15770kHz via WRMI (Okeechobee, FL, USA) 
Sunday 2330 - 11580kHz via WRMI (Okeechobee, FL, USA) 
Monday 2000 - 6070kHz via Channel 292 (Rohrbach Wall, DE) 
Daily 0530/1830 - 6070kHz via Channel 292 (Rohrbach Wall, DE) 
Thanks to Channel 292 broadcasting the extra daily repeats of DigiDX, to 
buy shortwave time from Channel 292 at very reasonable prices go to 
Any other extra broadcasts will be listed on http://www.digidx.uk 
If you enjoy DigiDX and find the service useful please consider donating 
via Paypal to reports@digidx.uk or via our Patreon page. Any money 
donated will go towards paying for airtime to keep DigiDX on the air to 
Europe and North America. 
Every donation will help no matter how little 
-https://www.patreon.com/digidx. / reports@digidx.uk 
Thanks very much to listeners Oscar Marazzini, Alan Gale, Jordan 
Heyburn, Fred Albertson, Mike Stapp, Mark Braunstein and Richard Langley 
for contributing via Paypal or to the Patreon campaign. 
Sorry for the lack of a DigiDX episode last weekend, this was due to an 
operation I had and was still in recovery from and therefore unable to 
create a new DigiDX. Thanks to Kim Andrew Elliott for allowing me to 
broadcast VOA Radiogram instead. This operation is also the reason I 
have recently been slow replying to emails and reception reports for 
Latest Shortwave News: 
RNZI to change to one transmitter schedule 
PCJ Radio Special broadcast 
New Managing Director of ABC signals a return to international broadcasting 
Radio Liberty ends Russian shortwave broadcasts 
SDRUno Released for SDRPlay 
WRTH updates A16 schedule 
Radio Niger Delta, Voice Of Peace begins transmission from July 1 
RNZI to change to one transmitter schedule 
Radio New Zealand International have announced that they will stop using 
one of their 2 shortwave transmitters and move to a one transmitter 
The transmitter being retired is a 27 year old analogue only transmitter 
and the current transmitter used for DRM broadcasts will now be used for 
both AM and DRM modes. This means that there will no longer be a 24 hour 
analogue service as AM mode will be off air when the transmitter is 
being used for DRM. 
The DRM service is mainly used for feeding broadcasts of RNZI to FM 
relay stations on isolated Pacific islands, RNZI has said it is looking 
at ways to replace DRM for feeding these relays and in future it may be 
able to put some of this capacity back into analogue shortwave 
The new schedule will be as follows (via Glenn Hauser, DXLD): 
UTC kHz Target Days 
0000-0458 15720 (AM) Pacific Daily 
0459-0658 11725 (AM) Pacific Daily 
0659-1058 9700 (AM) Pacific Daily 
1059-1258 9700 (AM) PNG Daily 
1259-1650 6170 (AM) Pacific Daily 
1651-1858 7330 (AM) Pacific Sat 
1651-1850 5975 (DRM) Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa Sun-Fri 
1850-1950 9760 (DRM) Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa Sun-Fri 
1859-1958 9700 (AM) Pacific Sat 
1951-2050 11690 (DRM) Pacific Sun-Fri 
1959-2058 11725 (AM) Pacific Sat 
2051-0000 15720 (AM) Pacific Daily 
PCJ Radio Special broadcast 
On the 18th of July PCJ Radio International will present a special two 
hour program called From the Radio Netherlands Archives. 
The special program will broadcast material from the Radio Netherlands 
archives that has not been heard since it was originally broadcast. 
Material will be from 1947 to 1995 and will include some rare material. 
Rare material will be from Jerry Cowan, Dody Cowan, Harry van Gelder, 
Eddie Startz, Tom Meijer and many others. Also included will be rare 
performances recorded at the wereldomroep of some internationally known 
The program will be presented by Paulette MacQuarrie; producer, editing 
will be Keith Perron who will also do the prologue. This will be the 
first of a number of specials. PCJ Radio have also promised that 
listeners who write in will also get a special e-QSL. 
North America: 0100 to 0300UTC – Frequency 7570kHz 
Europe: 0600 to 0800UTC – Frequency 7780kHz 
Both transmissions will be via WRMI in Okeechobee, Florida. 
New Managing Director of ABC signals a return to international 
The Australian Saturday Paper has published an interesting snippet of 
information about the new director of the Australian Broadcasting 
Corporation, Michelle Guthrie. 
Article author Hamish McDonald writes: 
We are told she also “forcefully expressed” her interest in the 
corporation returning to full-blooded international broadcasting, and 
raised the fact that Radio Australia no longer broadcasts in Mandarin, 
nor in Tok Pisin, the lingua franca of Papua New Guinea. A return to 
international TV broadcasting two years after the Abbott government 
scrapped funding for the ABC’s Australia Network (to please Rupert 
Murdoch) would not come cheap. Nor would a revival of Radio Australia, 
once the major arm of Australia’s soft power in the region.” 
Radio Liberty ends Russian shortwave broadcasts 
As previously announced Radio Liberty ended it’s broadcasts in Russian 
on the 26th June 2016. The only Radio Liberty / Radio Free Europe 
broadcasts remaining on shortwave are in Dari, Tajik, Uzbek, Avar, 
Turkman and Pasto. 
Broadcasts in Russian continue on medium wave via Lithuania via a 
transmitter broadcasting at 75kW but this will soon be replaced by a new 
200kW solid state MW transmitter. 
SDRUno Released for SDRPlay 
The SDRUno software which is a modified version of the Studio1 software 
has now been released for the popular SDRPlay SDR. In a surprise to most 
people the software has been made available for free and is fully 
featured on the SDRPlay and provides limited functionality (e.g. 
bandwidth limit and no notch filters) on other SDR’s via an ExtIO .dll 
SDRPlay have said that support for other SDR software such as HDSDR, SDR 
Console and Cubic SDR will continue despite the release of SDRUno. 
Webinars will also be run by SDRPlay to provide help and information 
about SDRUno. The first event wasscheduled for Saturday 2nd July and 
gave some background to SDRuno, explained it's core functionality and 
what the future holds for its development. 
The Webinar can be viewed via http://connectcast.tv/SDRplay or to get 
the SDRUno software or buy an SDRPlay go to http://www.sdrplay.com/7 
WRTH updates A16 schedule 
The World Radio TV Handbook have released an updated PDF version of 
their A16 schedule including the changes at RNZI, Radio Liberty and 
other broadcasters. To get this PDF update for free (with a suggested 
donation of £5) go to http://www.wrth.com/_shop/?page_id=444. 
Radio Niger Delta, Voice Of Peace begins transmission from July 1 
A new clandestine station Radio Niger Delta, Voice Of Peace has begun 
twice daily transmissions on shortwave from the 1st of July. The 
broadcast is created in New York by some members of the Nigerian 
Nigerian site IGBereTV has reported that the morning transmission was 
“received with clear signals in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Brass, Warri, 
Yenagoa, Sokoto, Niamey and Abidjan” The transmission is believed to 
be from Issoudun, France and has the following schedule: 
0500-0555 on 9515kHz 
1900-1955 on 11985kHz 
Upcoming relays and special broadcasts: 
VOA Radiogram will be on air this weekend on the following frequencies, 
for more information on the modes to be used visit 
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz 
Sat 1600-1630 17580 kHz 
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz 
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz 
All broadcasts are from Greenville, NC. 
IBC - Italian Broadcasting Corporation has added a digital mode 
broadcast to weekly broadcast via Channel 292 on 6070kHz. 
The entire broadcast is Wednesday 2000 to 2200 UTC, with MFSK32 followed 
by Olivia 16-500 at 2030-2100 UTC. The text includes DX and amateur 
radio news. 
Now follows an article by Māris Goldmanis from latvianhistory.com on 
Nazi Radio Propaganda in Latvia 1941-1945. 
The head of the Nazi propaganda Joseph Goebbels recognized radio as the 
most advanced tool of propaganda. At the age of the printed press, 
posters and leaflets radio was truly the most modern way of political 
communication. During the interwar period the radio broadcasting became 
more advanced and radio stations were established all around Europe. The 
Latvia got its first official radio station in 1924. Radio became fairly 
popular in Latvia before the World War II. In 1939 the Latvian Radio had 
154 400 subscribers. Latvian main industrial company the VEF produced 
modern radio receivers. Also many radios were imported from Germany. 
Before the WWII the main frequency range was the longwave (150-375 kHz) 
and the mediumwave (AM) (535-1600 kHz). However already in the late 
twenties broadcasters started to use shortwave band (1600-2900 kHz) that 
allowed to send signals in more further areas. With usual pre-war 
receiver Latvians could tune to stations from Germany, Great Britain and 
Soviet Union. After the Soviet occupation in 1940, the registration of 
radio receivers begun and many people had their radios confiscated. Not 
only because of the possibility of receiving “rouge” situations, but 
also because the ownership of radio receiver indicated that the owner 
belongs to bourgeois class. 
At the very beginning of the German invasion on June 22 1941, German 
radio station called “Vineta” located in Konigsberg (Kaliningrad) 
started broadcasting in Latvian language. Radio transmitted the German 
declaration of war and Hitler’s address to the German nation. Germans 
understood the importance of broadcasting their propaganda in Latvian 
maiden language. The listener is always more positive to information in 
his own language. Radio issued calls to Latvians not to resist the 
Germans and not to support the Soviets. 
On July 1 as the Red Army was retreating away from Riga, the non-soviet 
Latvian Radio begun its work. An hour before the German soldiers 
appeared the director of company “Latvian Films”, Albets Jekste took 
over the main radio building. He did this with the consent of the German 
colonel Walter Ulersperger also the commandant of Riga. The radio 
broadcast begun at 10:00 with the opening speech by colonel Ulerspeger 
who declared that Riga was liberated and ended his speech in Latvian by 
saying “God Bless Latvia!” After that the Latvian anthem was played 
followed by Jekste announcement. The announcement was “Greet the 
German soldiers with jubilant gratitude and give a helping hand 
everywhere you can! Because once and for all the end has come to 
communism and Jewry in Latvia!” The slogans of the Riga radio 
broadcasts were completely adjusted to the needs of the Nazi propaganda. 
There is a myth that during the first days during the Nazi occupation 
Latvians had time for their self action against the Soviets and Jews. 
However, the transcripts of the Riga radio broadcasts shows that the 
Latvian “free action” did not last for a second. Everything was 
under according to German instructions. Latvian radio just as press 
sparked large anti-Semitic propaganda. 
On October 1941 the Riga Radio was included in the Reich Radio Structure 
RRG (Reichs Rudfunk GmbH”. The Ostland (the official name of German 
occupied Baltic States) radio group was made. The Alberts Jekste was 
replaced with Hans Kreigler who took charge of all transmitters within 
the Baltic states. Latvia had radio transmitters in Riga, Madona, 
Kuldīga and Leipāja. The board of the radio was replaced entirely by 
Germans. Latvians kept their jobs but was under German command. 
The Ostand radio had following orders: fight the British and Bolshevik 
propaganda, show British as traitors and reveal the Bolsheviks as the 
main enemies of the Baltic people. Also show the Jews as the main 
initiators of the war and financiers of the Allies. The Germans were to 
be portrayed as the saviors of the Baltic nations. Radio also issued 
provisions and orders. Positive information about Germany and 
introduction about the Nazi ideas was also included. Commentaries about 
world issues and military events followed. All materials came from the 
main German Bureau of information (DNB). Nothing else could be 
broadcasted. The German sent materials were translated into Latvian. 
Local news was taken from Nazi approved newspapers. There were also 
cultural programs playing music or reading poems. The Latvian radio 
program broadcasted usually for 15-20 hours and was filled with music. 
However, those who owned the receid\k could still tune to the enemy 
broadcasBBC World Service had a transmitter in Sweden and Radio 
Moscow could reach Latvia. German propaganda called Latvians not to 
listen to the Jewish propaganda that only causes chaos and 
misunderstanding. The Radio Ostland was enough and listening to the 
German radio was the sign of loyalty of the Eastern nations. When that 
was not enough a punishment to the “irresponsible” listeners were 
issued. A punishment was arrest and radio confiscation or even death 
si -§m;iRhferman authorities were worried that many Latvians are listening to the 
Radio Moscow. Others tuned to the BBC World Service. There was a case 
when two Latvian workers livh¦mnYtht lisEg£zl8y were list $tÕa?DZload tna alerted the Germans. To uut5e amaetayeCxien tCt their radi hi to 
restricted frequencies. However, the tbno such devices and most 
people was reported by their neighbors and colleagues. Even today the 
radio direction is mCy experimental. 
Germano¿m£ Qionstantly monitored the enemy broadcasts. On 1944 
German authorities were alet6 tnt‹ landestine broadcast 
called “Soltadensecf1U3peÒeneåu*oldiers Station) can be 
eceived in the Baltic area. This station wa ! hLstt soq(eäteyeatÍ German soldiers. As the hopes of German victory became even 
weaker more and more reports were maOZiz tening the allied 
broadcasts. Germans constantly criticized the propagtö n$phYcñÅC 
and Radio Moscow. mA-as {aoKred of German propaganda. Some were 
NfXa e§to t rld Service to hear the news qerÚ lTg landing on the coast of thd I(Joj siroPyi hClÚpajmaDnm) hauoe igmteÜtrnDegya"a ajust curious and wanted _nlÀknow different opinions on what is 
German radio propaganda in the end proved ineffective. Radio receivers 
were trt widespread. Most people relied onue¾¦zdíreior efR_iøxdn radio propaganda wh¢/isoBal]tHtpns rather 
than Latdcs–wnhMwl×xoûn\nPiyfcÅ Beent eooeleeted for soldiers. Latvian listeners recetw‰nooulmat hPl1ðMlocal in"Pn¦eetabout tce uoûl economy and everyday issues. So it 
was nOSnxtirc"òtt to aladi¬ uºeì¥On October 12 1944 Soviet Army approached Riga. The Germau royed 
the radio transmitter tower and evacuated the radio station. The last 
German radio station was located in Liepaja and was called “Hallo 
Liepaja!”. After the radio tower was destroyed in Kuldīga, the German 
radio was receivable at very small distances around Liepāja. The German 
radio ceased its broadcasts on May 7 1945. After this Latvia entered a 
new age of radio broadcasting where Nazi propaganda was changed with the 
Soviet propaganda. And once again occupants had to find ways to silence 
the radio broadcasts from abroad. 
Selected Sources: 
Zellis, Kaspars (2012) “Ilūziju un baiļu mašinērija. Propaganda 
nacistu okupētajā Latvijā: vara, mediji un sabiedrība 
(1941‒1945)” Riga. Mansards. 
Now follows two E-QSL cards. On 1500Hz in MFSK32 we have the QSL card 
for reception reports received for the broadcast on 19th and 20th of 
June and on 2200Hz in MFSK16 mode there is a special e-QSL for people 
who emailed reports@digidx.uk with a report for the re-broadcast of VOA 
Radiogram on the 26th and 27th June. 
Due to a mistake a Channel 292 the re-broadcast of VOA Radiogram last 
week was actually on at 1930 instead of the normally scheduled 2000UTC 
slot, hopefully DigiDX will be back at 2000 this Monday. 
Also please remember the extra broadcasts via Channel 292 at 0530 and 
1830 every day, this has recently been a special different version of 
DigiDX testing various other digital modes put together by listener 
Sending Pic:466x266; 
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Before RSID: <<2016-07-04T20:28Z MFSK-32 @ 6070000+1504>> 
oPiZa:v PR 
Thank you for listening, please send reports, comments and shortwave related 
news or articles to reports@digidx.uk. 
This is DigiDX Signing off..... 
EQSL trasmessa in MFSK32:
EQSL trasmessa in MFSK16:


DigiDx, 2° episodio

Il giorno 28 febbraio 2016, alle 11:00 UTC, è stato trasmesso il secondo episodio del programma DigiDx sulla frequenza 6070kHz.

Anche per questa occasione è stato utilizzato il modo digitale MFSK32 e sono state trasmesse notizie sul mondo del radioascolto.

La stazione ha voluto ringraziare gli ascoltatori del primo episodio con una QSL spedita via etere, contenente i nomi di tutti coloro che hanno inviato un rapporto di ascolto … è presente anche il mio 😉 !!!

Chi si fosse perso il primo episodio può consultare l’articolo: DigiDx, trasmissione in MFSK32 sui 6070kHz, contenente le news e l’immagine trasmessa.

Ed ecco l’immagine trasmessa in questo secondo episodio:

e questo il testo:

Channel 292

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Before RSID: <<2016-02-28T11:00Z MFSK-32 @ 6070000+1503>>
Hello and welcome to the second episode of DigiDX, a review of the latest shortwave and DX new·g=e Channel 2§DZgktttu-Oe. The first broadcast of this episode is Sunday 28th February at 1100, to find
out when we are next on the air visit http://www.digidx.uk. Hopefully after several more test broadcasts we will have a fixed time weekly or every two weeks.
As well as news, this broadcast includes your letters and reception reports and a review of the Kaito KA108 radio courtesy of Thomas Witherspoon of SWling.com.
Please send any reception reports, comments or suggested stories to reports@digidx.uk
News Headlines:
BBC to Launch Korean News Service to N. Korea Q3 2016
Special station for Uganda Elections
China Radio International “financial difficulty”?
Upcoming relays and special broadcasts
BBC to Launch Korean News Service to N. Korea Q3 2016 – Report from KBS World (South Korea)
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) will launch a shortwave radio service to North Korea this fall.

A BBC insider said the British government has given final approval to the public broadcascw plan to broadcast news to North Korea and has even earmarked a budget.

The 30-minute daily broadcast in the Korean language will include news from the two Koreas, China and Japan. BBC will also run a website with a listen again section.

The source said that a team of ten has already begun preparing for the launch of the service and that BBC will hire a radio anchor and reporter proficient in Korean.

The news program will be produced at the BBC headquarters in London and transmitted via shortwave from locations including Singapore. Many North Korean residents are known to own a shortwave receiver.

BBC is also considering broadcasting its Korean news service in South Korea as well.
Report from http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_In_detail.htm?No=116870
Ugandan Diaspora P10 Radio Station continues
As mentioned as o shssibility in the last edition of DigiDX, the Ugandan Election Station run by the P10 groÃnPontinue daily on 15405kHz. This broadcast from 1630 to 1700 is scheduled until the B15 season
finishes on 26th March 2016.
In a message to Glenn Hauser and posted on the DXLD Yahoo Group, Michael Puetz
Sales Consultant in the Business Unit Radio at MEDIA BROADCAST GmbH confirmed that the Ugandan Diaspora P10 Radio Station has used broadcast facilities in Germany and France. The 15405kHz daily
transmission uses the Issoudun, France site.
CRI “financial difficulty”?
Several reports have come in from SWLs over the last few months where having sent a reception report to China Radio International they have been told that no QSL cards can be send out due to “financial
difficulty”. CRI have in the past been very quick at sending QSL cards, magazines and other items to listeners so this is a big ee= Y ure from the station which dominates the shortwave bands. Hopefully this is
not a sign of things to come at CRI with shortwave broadcasts in future also being dropped due to “financial difficulty”. DigiDX will bring any more news on this that comes out of CRI over the next few
Upcoming relays and special broadcasts:
VOA Radiogram will be on air at the following times and frequencies over each weekend, the transmission is normally in MFSK32 but also includes other digital modes.
VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5865 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17580 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.
For full details of the programme to be transmitted and the modes used go to http://voaradiogram.net/
Mighty KBC continue on 6040kHz from Nauan every Sunday from 0000 to 0300 UTC. The station have spoke about their financial problems recently, Eric van Willegen is looking for new sponsors and advertiser
s for the station and can contacted via www.kbcradio.eu and www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc. MightyKBC also include a a minute of MFSK32 Sunday at about 0220 UTC to decode.
Gilles Létourneau who runs the excellent OfficialSWLchannel channel on Youtube has another of his weekly radio related Hangouts this week with his Shortwave Radio Hangout this week. To watch the
hangout at 2100UTC on Saturday 5th March or any of his videos go to https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialSWLchannel
ITALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION – IBC, will broadcast again as follows: – Saturday 27 February 22.00-02.00 UTC on 6970 kHz USB TO THE AMERICAS
Sunday 28 February
08.00-12.00 UTC on 6970 kHz AM TO EUROPE
16.00-21.00 UTC on 6970 kHz USB TO ASIA AND OCEANIA
During the broadcasts they will broadcast some old transmissions in English, Italian and Farsi as well as new transmissions in English and Italian, including a mailbox (La posta degli ascoltatori) and “Italian
Shortwave Panorama” co-produced with Marconi Radio International.
Please spread the news and send your reception reports to ibc@europe.com .
Review of the Kaito KA108 by Thomas Witherspoon:
Recently, I learned about a new portable by Kaito Electronics: the Kaito KA108. While there are a number of compact portables on the market, the KA108 really caught my attention because it features a
built-in digital recorder. Which is to say, you can listen to a station on shortwave, press a button, and the KA108 will record it to a MicroSD card. Pretty cool, right? It’s also the first shortwave portable I’ve
ever known that offers a scheduling feature for recordings.
In the past there have been a few shortwave portables with digital recording capabilities, but most of these have been plagued with poor performance. So this time, I had my fingers crossed that Kaito might
have produced a winner.
Having used the KA108 for several days now, my initial review follows, with a focus on shortwave as well as mediumwave performance.
User’s Manual
The KA108 actually ships with two manuals: a quick start reference guide and a proper highly-detailed user’s manual.
The manual is written in English and is quite descriptive, despite a number of spelling and grammar errors that should have been caught before going to print. It’s obvious that Kaito didn’t hire a native English
speaker/professional editor to check their copy. (I don’t understand why a company would go to the expense to produce a manual without having it professionally edited…Kaito, please take note!) Fortunatel
y, these spelling and grammar errors, while annoying, can be overlooked and/or deciphered by most English-speaking readers.
On the plus side, the KA108 sports a full number keypad for direct frequency entry. This makes tuning to a known frequency a very simple process––with one exception (see below). There’s also a tuning
wheel on the right side of th eradio.
Using the keypad requires some getting used to, however. Most of us––myself included––are familiar with traditional numeric keypads, but the KA108 inexplicably changes the game plan: as you can see
above, the “0” button is located on the lower right side of the main keypad. So it took me a few hours of use before I could reliably key in a frequency without looking at the radio.
In my humble opinion, Kaito should have moved the number pad up one row, positioned the “ATS” button to the lowest row on the left, the “0” button to its immediate right, and completed the bottom
row with the “Rewind/Play/Fast-Forward” buttons.
Another annoyance––and this is a big one for me–-is that the KA108 has extended muting between frequency changes. It makes band-scanning a frustrating experience. I made a short video demonstrating
The KA108 is designed around a very innovative small speaker with an acoustic chamber that significantly boosts bass response. This is the same speaker used in the Melson S8 that I reviewed some time ago.
The audio fidelity is excellent on FM, and when playing back a full-fidelity digital recording. Unfortunately, when tuned to the AM broadcast (mediumwave) band or to the shortwave bands, the KA108 falls
short; the bass response actually becomes an impediment to listening.
In a nutshell: the KA108 audio has issues. A further explanation of the KA108’s audio is described in the performance notes that follow.
Shortwave Performance
I’m quite disappointed with the KA108’s shortwave performance.
Almost immediately after unboxing the KA108, I inserted a battery, walked outdoors, and tuned through the 31 meter band.
Oth Teµ couple of blow-torch North American private broadcasters, I heard…nothing. It was during this fir[@and scan that I realized how annoying the tuning mute could be. And the audio, meanwhile,
sounded muffled and garbled: I assumed that there was some local interference, and simply turned the radio off, hoping the following day would produce a change for the better.
The following day, I spent a great deal of time with the KA108 on the air, and compared it with the Eton Traveller III and the Tecsun PL-310ET––both capable, similarly-priced compact DSP radios.
Sure enough, when compared with other portables, the KA108’s reception is, sadly, rather poor.
At first I thought it might be an issue with receiver sensitivity, but the KA108 could receive almost every station the Traveller III and the PL-310ET could receive. But the audio was so muffled on the KA108,
even with the use of headphones, that spoken word was hard to interpret. Additionally, the over-active AGC (Automatic Gain Control) meant that audio levels were all over the place. That combination makes
for fatiguing listening.
Over the next few days with the KA108 on shortwave, I drew a few conclusions.
After recognizing that the audio fidelity did not improve significantly when using headphones, I realized that at least three factors are having a negative impact on shortwave audio, as follows:
The default AM bandwidth is too narrow for broadcasts, and cannot be adjusted
The AGC setting is over-active and causes audio pumping; it, too, cannot be adjusted
Portions of the shortwave bands are polluted by internally-generated noise/interference
This combination makes for sloppy shortwave performance.
MP3/WAV Playback and recording
There are some redeeming virtues with the KA108, however. Here’s a positive: digital playback with the KA108 is fantastic. I’ve played a wide variety of audio files on the KA108, and am very impressed with
its on-board MP3/WAV player. While audio characteristics unfortunately cannot be adjusted––i., there’s no equalization––I find the default audio settings well-balanced for both music and voice.
Recording directly from shortwave and mediumwave is also quite good. I believe its on-board recorder is perhaps the best I’ve tried in recent portables; it’s a marked improvement over that of the Kaito KA29,
for example. It seems to capture the receiver’s produced audio well, with only a slight, high-pitched “hiss” injected in the audio, though this is not a major distraction.
Sadly the main distraction is that the recorder is recording audio, as I’ve outlined above, from a sub-par receiver.
Still, as an MP3/WAV player, it’s brilliant, and boasts excellent audio.
Invariably, all radios have strengths and weaknesses; here’s a list of my notes from the moment I put the KA108 on the air:
Great portable size
Clear back-lit display
Numerous recording and playback features
Audwe6nalO or headphoncIyg, considering the small speaker with acoustic chamber provides more bass response and volume than comparable portables (see con)
Excellent FM reception
Excellent MP3/WAV playback with well-balanced audio fidelity
Recorder schedule function
Alarms and sleep timers easy to use
Dedicated MicroSD and USB slots on top of chassis
Mediocre sensitivity on SW and MW
Internally-generated noise on MW and SW
Audio (nth»gndti½Ceaker) is:
too bass-heavy, lacks treble on MW/SW
garbled and mushy on MW/SW
“hot” and often splatters/distorts when signals are strong
extended mute between frequency changes
no “scan to next station” function (only ATS)
Any local RFI garbles reception even further on SW/MW
No SSB (in fairness, few radios in this price class have SSB)
Antenna swivel to the front somewhat blocked by the radio’s chassis
I really wanted the Kaito KA108 to be a strong––or even average––performer. Why? Because, like many of you, I would love to have a capable shortwave/mediumwave radio with built-in digital recording and
For the full review including Thomas’s view on the MW and FM performance please go to http://goo.gl/jteIgg
Reception Reports
Thank you for all the reception reports sentttpCor our first episode, in total there were about 50 reports from all over Europe and the US and Canada via remote receivers in Twente, Sweden and Spain.
Andreja Kostic from Kiel in Germany sent a nice detailed report for the 1700UTC broadcast:
I’ve listened to the broadcast from Kiel, in Northern Germany, on the border between CIRAF zones 18 and 28NW. Precise locator is JO54bi.
My receiver is a Sangean ATS 505 radio and ANT-60 7 meter long reel antenna placed indoors. I’m in a ground floor of a concrete building, surrounded on all sides with even more concrete buildings, so it’s a
bad location to listen to radio.
Normally, I cannot receive Channel 292 broadcasts and in rare cases when I do, it’s almost unusable without use of adaptive filtering for noise suppression.
During entirety of this reception, I was receiving interference from China Radio International. I think I’ve had some interference between two carries.
In general, when FL-DIGI reported SNR od around -8 dB, I’ve had usable reception. At around -11, it would turn into gibberish.
Text was mostly readable, but there are sections which were unusable. First few seconds of reception were lost due to mistuning, since for some reason the center of AF was on 1452 Hz instead on expected
1500 Hz. Entire received text is attached.
Reception of image at the end was extremely poor. Only in few places is it possible to see what was transmitted.”
Thanks Andreja, hopefully on this second broadcast we are centered on 1500Hz. The interference from CRI and later from Vatican Radio was a good test of the robustness of the MFSK32 mode.
Don Wycoff from from Connecticut, USA used his Android phone to recieve the broadcast via the University of Twente SDR. Which app did you use Don?
From Florida Al Holt tried to tune in over the air but ended up listening to a remote receiver in Sweden:
“I tuned in for the inaugural broadcast of DigiDx Report on Feb 2, 2016 at my location in northern Florida but was not able to receive the signal over the air, but was able to use a SDR located in Sweden to
receive and decode the broadcast from about 2030 to 2050 UTC.

I’m located in Alachua, Florida which is a rural/suburban area in the north central part of the state. We’re not too far off the I-75 Interstate roadway. My receiving setup consists of a Kenwood R-1000 receiver
and a 44 meter longwire antenna mounted about 7.6 meters above ground level. It’s orientation favors reception to the NE and SW.

As you know, the frequency 6070 kHz is used by CFRX in Canada and when I tried tuning in that frequency on the Kenwood, I was just barely receiving them but there was no sound of your MFSK32

I was able to connect to a KiwiSDR in Fernebo, Sweden ( http://kiwisdr.sk3w.se:8073 ) and listen to the broadcast. Signal strength at location was fair with their S-Meter registering between S5 and S7. I
would say, SINPO of 34343 during the time period”

Al also sent the image received via email and then continued –

“I also tried the WebSDR at Univ. of Twente but it was not receiving a signal.

I’m a regular listener to VOA Radiogram and it’s good to see another European digital mode broadcaster. As far as ideas for program information it might be popular to solicit station photos from users and
retransmit. The text information you provided in this broadcast provided good reading and at the moment, I can’t think of other stories to present.

I hope you are able to continue your project!”

Thanks for that Al, hopefully werûel keep getting such good feedback from listeners and are able to continue. A broadcast to the US on WBCQ is something we are looking at and hopefully will have news of it
the next broadcast or on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/digidx/)
Thanks also to Kim Andrew Elliott who produces the excellent VOA Radiogram for mentioning the broadcast in an email to his mailing list and for sending me lots of tips to improve the MFSK32 broadcast.
Several people also sent images of their radios and listening shacks into us, please keep doing this with your reception reports and we will include one or two of the images in the next broadcast.
A QSL card image nok follows in MFSK32 mode:

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This is DigiDX Signing Off……


DigiDx, trasmissione in MFSK32 sui 6070kHz

Oggi ho decodificato la prima trasmissione della stazione DigiDX, la quale ha trasmesso nel modo digitale MFSK32, sui 6070 kHz, dalle 17:00 alle 17:17 UTC.

La trasmissione è avvenuta grazie a Radio Channel 292 che normalmente trasmette dalla Germania con una potenza di 10W.

La stazione ha così trasmesso notizie dell’ultima settimana riguardanti il mondo del radioascolto.

Nonostante l’interferenza da China Radio International, che stava trasmettendo sulla stessa frequenza in lingua russa, il testo è stato decodificato correttamente, un pò meno invece l’immagine con la programmazione settimanale di Radio Channel 292.

L’email da utilizzare per inviare un rapporto d’ascolto alla stazione è la seguente: reports@digidx.uk.

Di seguito riporto il testo e l’immagine decodificata:

Intro: The following broadcast of DigiDX is in the MFSK32 mode. To decode use FLDigi, MultiPSK or on Android the Tivar app.
Hello and welcome to the first episode of DigiDX, a weekly review of the latest shortwave and DX news broadcast on Channel 292 in the MFSK32 mode. Our broadcast times will be 2100 Tuesday night on
6070Khz. We are broadcast from Germany but the signal should be receivable across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and further afar.
The broadcast will also include your letters and reception reports, reviews of shortwave receivers and apps and more! Please send any reception reports, comments or suggested stories to reports@digidx.uk
News Headlines:
Russian station to begin Shortwave broadcasts
Special station for Uganda Elections
Radio Oeoemrang yearly broadcast,
Channel 292 offering free shortwave broadcast time
New WRMI schedule released
Upcoming relays and special broadcasts
Russian station to begin Shortwave broadcasts
The majority of the former Radio Moscow/Voice of Russia transmitters have been silent since Voice of Russia stopped broadcasting on shortwave in 2014. However the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of
Communications (Roskomnadzor) has given a license for the National Broadcasting Company Sakha station to broadcast using the Yakutsk transmitter in Siberia. Frequencies mentioned in the licence awards are
7295 kHz at 250KW and 7345 kHz at 100KW with daily broadcasts for 8 hours on weekdays and 10 hours at weekends.
Georgi Antonov Sergeev who is head of the online service of NVK Sakha has confirmed to DigiDX that broadcasts will start in either April or May.
Special Station for Uganda Elections
From the 16th until the 20th of February there has been special broadcasts from the Ugandan Diaspora P10 group from 1630-1700UTC on 15405Khz. The programme has been in a mix of English and local
languages and is in support of opposition candidate Kizza Besigye. On the election day itself there was several broadcasts heard on the following frequencies:
0300-0600 9490Khz
0900-1100 17840Khz
1300-1600 17840Khz
1600-1900 15880Khz
The official results of the election declared incumbent president Yoweri Museveni as the winner,however the P10 group are contesting the results and it is possible the broadcasts could continue week
commencing 22nd February 2016.
There has been some debate as to the transmitter used, with Nauan, Madagascar and Meyerton, South Africa possibilities.
Radio Oeoemrang year6 hu\adcast,
Radio Oeoemrang’s yearly broadcast on shortwave was heard on 15215 Khz on 21st February 2016 across Europe and North America. Transmitted from Issoudun, France the yearly broadcast in the Frisian
dialect of German and English celebrates a major Frisian holiday.
The first broadcast on shortwave was in 2006 and the station was founded by the radio amateur Arjan Kölzow on the island of Amrum in North Germany.
If you listened to Radio Oeoemrang you can request a QSL by sending an email to qsl-shortwave@mediabroadcast.com
Channel 292 offering free shortwave broadcast time
Channel 292 are having a special offer during March allowing anyone to have a shortwave radio show broadcast on their 10KW transmitter in Germany. If you would like to get your broadcast on air then please
send an email to info@channel292.de.
New WRMI schedule released
WRMI have released a new shortwave schedule effective 18th February 2016. It includes an interesting new frequency allowed by the FCC – 6915 kHz. 21 frequencies are now used in total, the others being
5015 kHz, 5985 kHz, 7780 kHz 11920 kHz, 9395 kHz, 21675Khz, 5765 kHz,11580 kHz, 9955 kHz, 7570 kHz 5850 kHz,7730 kHz, 5950 kHz, 15770 kHz, 17790 kHz, 11825 kHz, 9455 kHz, 13695 kHz,11565 kHz
and 15440 kHz.
Programming on WRMI includes Radio France International, Radio Prague, Radio Ukraine International, Radio Taiwan International, World of Radio, TruNews and Brother Stair/Overcomer Ministry.
To see the schedule go to https://goo.gl/q79zqE
Upcoming relays and special broadcasts:
Radio Northern Ireland will be on Channel 292 6070Khz at various times week commencing 22nd February 2016. To see the ma1Poezzyhedule in full go to http://goo.gl/jzDHnK
Mighty KBC continue on 6040Khz from Nauan every Sunday from 0000 to 0300 UTC. The station have spoke about their financial problems recently, Eric van Willegen is looking for new sponsors and advertiser
s for the station and can contacted via www.kbcradio.eu and www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc. MightyKBC also include a a minute of MFSK32 Sunday at about 0220 UTC to decode.
Gilles Létourneau who runs the excellent OfficialSWLchannel channel on Youtube has another of his weekly radio related Hangouts this week with his VHF/UHF/scanner radio hangout focusing on Trunking this
week. To watch the hangout at 2100UTC on Friday 26th February or any of his videos go to https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialSWLchannel
BBC World Service will have an extended SportsWorld programme with live commentary of the English League Cup final on Sunday 28th February. Kick off in the match between Liverpool and Manchester City
is at 1630UTC with shortwave frequencies 3255 6195,6190,7465,12095,17640,15420,9505,17830,9410 Khz all carrying coverage of the match in English.
Reception Reports
Please send any reception reports, comments, radio reviews or suggested stories to reports@digidx.uk, starting from next week we will feature some of your letters and reception reports plus a special MFSK
QSL card image within the broadcast.
We hope you have found this broadcast informative and that you will tune in next time. Now follows the latest Channel 292 schedule.