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   *** 4 2 5 D X N E W S ***
   **** DX INFORMATION ****
   Edited by I1JQJ & IK1ADH

Access to the main functions of is provided by the 425DXN App
for Android. It is available on Google Play - free of charge, no ads. Enjoy!

8Q - Christian, OE3DEC will be active as 8Q7EC from the Maldives
   (AS-013) on 14-23 September. QSL via Club Log's OQRS, or via home
   call (direct or bureau).

KH0 - Harry, JG7PSJ will be active as WH0RU from Saipan (OC-086) on 12-18
   September. He will operate CW, SSB and RTTY on 40-10 metres. QSL
   via LoTW, or direct to JG7PSJ.

SP - Special callsigns SN100ID, SN100IP, SN100JH, SN100JP, SN100L,
   SN100PS, SN100PW, SN100RB, SN100RD and SN100S will be active
   between 1 September and 11 November to mark the 100th anniversary
   of the restoration of Poland's sovereignty as the Second Polish
   Republic at the end of World War I. QSL via operator's

IAW 2018 --- > The 5th International Air Ambulance Week will take place on
   8-16 September. The event is primarily intended to help support and
   generate donations for flying medical services around the world. See for complete information.
   August the following announcement was published on the IOTA website
   ( "IOTA Programme Structure A.4.2 in the 2018
   Directory provides for a review of the list of valid island groups to take
   place every five years. The last such occasion took place in June 2014 with
   the announcement made at the 50th anniversary celebration of IOTA's launch
   the following month. It resulted in 11 new groups being added.
   This time IOTA Management has decided to bring forward the review to give a
   chance for any new groups announced to be activated in 2019, the target
   year. The review process is scheduled to start with an announcement of some
   additions at this year's RSGB Convention and may possibly finish with a
   top-up at next year's Friedrichshafen Ham Radio event.
   Any new groups will be very few in number, probably between 5 and 10. It
   should be noted that only proposals that meet the programme criteria at
   Sections B and C of the IOTA Programme Structure chapter (2018 Directory)
   will be considered and, as guidance, it is unlikely that any additions will
   be made to the Europe list because it is already generously covered.
   Proposals for consideration should be sent to G3KMA (g3kma[@]
   by 1 October with a short justification (one paragraph please) in terms of
   the programme criteria".









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By the time you decode this, we will know more about where
Hurricane Florence lands, and with what effect ...

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Welcome to program 65 of Shortwave Radiogram.

I'm Kim Andrew Elliott in Arlington, Virginia USA.

Here is the lineup for today's program, in MFSK modes as noted:

  1:43 MFSK32: Program preview (now)
  2:51 MFSK image slant exercise*
  8:25 MFSK128: NASA foldable heat shield*
12:05 MFSK64: China bars Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People"*
15:26 Images of the week*
27:24 MFSK32: Closing announcements

* with image(s)

Please send reception reports to

And visit

Twitter: @SWRadiogram

MFSK Image Slant Correction

MFSK images on Shortwave Radiogram often exhibit slant when
decoded. This is caused by a (usually) slight difference in the
sampling rate of sound cards at the receiving, production, or
transmitting end of the process.

Last weekend, I noticed "positive slope" in many of the decoded
images from Space Line in Bulgaria. On the other hand, "negative
slope" is often observed with images from WRMI. This may have to
do with the sound cards used to play out the Shortwave Radiogram
mp3 file at each of these broadcast facilities.

During the transmission of the next image, observe the vertical
lines for slant. If there is slant, in Fldigi: Configure > Sound
Card > Setti!t ërections -- adjust the Rx ppm.

If the lines are slanting to the right as they move downward
(negative slope), enter 100 in the space, then make smaller
adjustments until the lines become completely vertical.

If the lines are slanting to the left as they move downward
(positive slope), enter -100 in the space, and adjust from there
to achieve a completely vertical lines.

When you have made your adjustment, click Close but not Save,
because you might need another adjustment for future broadcasts.

The image of the lines will be transmitted twice.

Start now with Configure > Sound Card > Settings > Corrections --
and be ready to adjust the Rx ppm.

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For more about slant in MFSK images, see ...



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From New Atlas:

NASA's "game changing" foldable heat shield makes first flight

David Szondy
12 September 2018

A "game changing" new foldable heat shield got its first flight
test Wednesday, paving the way to larger, lighter deep space
planetary missions. At Spaceport America in New Mexico, a test
version of the umbrella-like shield called Adaptable Deployable
Entry and Placement Technology (ADEPT) was one of NASA three
technology demonstrators sent on a suborbital trajectory by a
sounding rocket as part of UP Aerospace's SpaceLoft 12 mission.

One of the major hurdles faced by any planetary mission upon
entering an atmosphere is that hitting even the thinnest of air
at hypersonic speeds so compresses the molecules in front of the
craft that it generates temperatures in excess of 3,000° C
(5,400° F) – twice that of molten steel. The usual way to handle
this is with a round shield made out of a special phenolic
plastic that ablates like the pages of a book burning away one by
one. As it does so, it carries away the heat before it can reach
the spacecraft.

It's a system that has worked quite well for over 60 years, but
such plastic shields are heavy, rigid, expensive to build, and
much harder to do so as they grow larger. They also generate
massive g forces and require supersonic parachutes to slow the
craft enough to deploy regular chutes for the final phase of

ADEPT gets around this by replacing the rigid plastic shield with
one made of a thick mat of 3D-woven carbon fibers that's held
rigid by a support structure of deployable ribs and struts.
Unlike the ablative plastic shield, the carbon fabric keeps the
payload cool by re-radiating the heat before it can pass through
the insulating textile.

However, the big advantages are that the carbon fiber shield is
much lighter than the plastic ones, and it's foldable. This means
it can be used to build planetary probes that are larger than the
present generation, yet weigh much less. This, in turn, means
that rockets don't need to be much larger to launch them.

The ADEPT demonstrator was launched Wednesday on a 15-minute
suborbital flight that lofted it to an altitude of 60 miles (96
km) before it separated from the sounding rocket and unfolded
while traveling at over Mach 3 (2,300 mph, 3,700 km/h). This
wasn't fast enough to cause much heating, but the purpose of the
test was more to check the engineering and aerodynamics.

"For a deployable like ADEPT, you can do ground-based testing,
but ultimately, a flight test demonstrates end-to-end
functionality – surviving launch environments, deploying in zero
gravity and the vacuum of space, holding that rigid shape and
then entering, in our case, Earth's atmosphere," says Paul
Wercinski, ADEPT project manager at NASA's Ames Research Center.

The space agency says that the next tests will involve subjecting
the ADEPT shield to orbital speeds of over 17,000 mph (27,000

Source: NASA (with video)

Image: A view of the foldable heat shield ...

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From Deutsche Welle:

China: German theater group barred from staging Ibsen play

        The Berlin-based troupe has been stopped from performing a
        Henrik Ibsen play about the manipulation of truth. At
        Beijing performances of An Enemy of the People, audience
        members openly criticized government censorship.

Elizabeth Schumacher
12 September 2018

Berlin's famous Schaubühne theater troupe has been barred from
continuing to perform a play by Norwegian master Henrik Ibsen in
China, German public broadcaster ARD reported on Wednesday.

The Schaubühne team was told that the stages they were meant to
perform on in the city of Nanjing are broken, but the theatre is
suspicious that it has something to do with the content of the

An Enemy of the People, written by Ibsen in 1882, deals with how
truths and ideas of morality are manipulated for public
consumption. The troupe was meant to conduct a discussion about
the play's themes after the performances.

After the Schaubühne's outings in Beijing, members of the
audience openly criticized the Chinese government and reportedly
complained about state censorship. Audience members described
their experience of the play as "emotional," and began to write
about it in social media posts.

Ibsen censored?

The Chinese government is well-known for its censorship of art,
news, and websites that are critical of the ruling Communist

The theater in Nanjing told the Schaubühne troupe that it would
have to cancel its engagements due to "technical problems," but
the German actors have made clear their plans to remain in
Nanjing until they get an official written explanation of why
their performances have been scrapped.

Schaubühne is no stranger to political controversy. In 2017, it
pulled out of an international theater festival in Istanbul due
to "the arrests of many journalists, scientists and human rights
activists" by Turkey.

Image: Henrik Ibsen, who wrote An Enemy of the People ...

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This week's images ...

Test of the parachutes on 12 September for the Orion manned deep
space missions. From ...

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A man playing a saxophone near Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro,
8 September. From ...

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A woman dressed as a tree at the 'Rise For Climate' global action
in San Francisco, 8 September. From ...

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A US Air Force Reserve WC-130J "Hurricane Hunter" aircraft. From ...

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Hurricane Florence as photographed from the International Space
Station. From ...

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Our painting of the week is "Henrik Ibsen at the Grand Cafe" by
Edvard Munch. From ...

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This is Shortwave Radiogram in MFSK32.

Transmission of Shortwave Radiogram is provided by:

WRMI, Radio Miami International,


Space Line, Bulgaria,

Please send reception reports to

And visit

Twitter: @SWRadiogram

I'm Kim Elliott. Please join us for the next Shortwave



   Ending song:

   Berliner Philharmoniker - Peer Gynt, Op. 23: 1. Morning Mood



 D-06193 Petersberg (Germany/Germania)


 Dipol for 40m-Band    &   Boomerang Antenna 11m-Band

 RX   for  RF:

 FRG-100B + IF-mixer  &    ICOM IC-R75 + IF-mixer

 Software IF:

 con STUDIO1  -  Software italiano per SDR     [S-AM-USB/LSB]   +     beta 11  Version 2.80 (August 21, 2018)  - for scheduled IF-recording

 Software AF:

 Fldigi-4.0.18        +   flmsg-4.0.7                            images-fldigifiles on homedrive.lnk


 German XP-SP3 with support for asian languages

 German W7 32bit + 64bit


 MEDION Titanium 8008  (since 2003)   [ P4 - 2,6 GHz]

 MSI-CR70-2MP345W7  (since2014)   [i5 -P3560 ( 2 x 2,6GHz) ]

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We have a show sending some data and mostly SSTV images. The images can be received with your normal radio. The easiest way is to use a smartphone, holding it simply close to the receiver speaker. You need an app like Robot 36 for Android, or CQ SSTV for iOS then.
There are also good programs for PC. More info you can find on our website www. slow scan www.slowscan

For the data preferably use fldigi, although other programs most probably will work as well.

If you want please send us some reports about the differences in signal between our normal time slot and todays slot one hour early at

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Julia Row on Julia Street in the New Orleans Warehouse District.
Copyright status: public domain



European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands looks through the Earth observation window in the Destiny laboratory on the International Space Station soon after arriving in a Soyuz spacecraft for several days' stay onboard the Earth-orbiting
complex. 21 April 2004.
Copyright status: public domain






Hydrogen filled balloon ready for launch. The radiosonde can be seen on the wooden stand. Photo taken at Cambridge Bay Upper Air, Nunavut, Canada on 13th June 1999 at 23:10 UTC
Copyright status: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.




Party balloon with tiny solar powered 434 MHz transmitter –
Image credit Leo Bodnar M0XER/AMSAT-UK




Dutch Gloster Meteor MK.IV jet fighter of the Koninklijke Luchtmacht, crashed near Volendam, 28 September 1949.
Copyright status: Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain
Dedication by Dutch National Archives



A left side view of an Air France Concorde supersonic passenger aircraft parked on the flight line during a stopover at the air station 27 September 1977.
Copyright status: public domain




Kinky girl on Folsom Street Fair 2011 September 25, 2011 San Francisco, CA.
Copyright status: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license
Author: Franco Folini



Borkumer Kleinbahn: The railway on the East Frisian North Sea has a track width of
900 millimeters. With a length of 7.5 kilometers the train connects Borkum-Reede with
Borkum-city. Date 6 September 2008.
Copyright status: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license
Author: W. Bulach



Historic Train at Museo Marítimo de Ushuaia. Date 7 January 2011.
Copyright status: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license
Author: Liam Quinn from Canada



CFR steam engine no. 230039 exhibited in the Sinaia railway station. The 230
series were steam engines used for pulling passenger trains.
Copyright info: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
Author: Andrei Stroe




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Welcome to the BSR Radiogram #18
For broadcasat in September 2018
on International Shortwave Radio Stations

This program is created by James M. Branum, KG5JST
and is a production of Broad

This program is aired entirely in the MFSK32 mode.

In this episode:

1. An explanation/apology for recent production difficulties
2. September Pictures from Martin Nature Park in Oklahoma City
and more...

Just a reminder, QSL reports can be sent to me at
or to our friends at the Shortwave Radiogram facebook group at:





#### Recent Production Difficulties ####

I received a good bit of feedback about my last few episodes of the BSR Radiogram, mostly related to issues with the program being aired in some kind of reverse mode, but also some other challenges
including the TXID's not coming through. After a lot of trial and error, I think I've figured out what the problem is... but it doesn't make much sense.

The problem appears to be the computer I've been using, weirdly enough. I recently switched to a desktop computer for producing the BSR Radiogram and for reasons unknown to me, the FLDGI program
behaves differently on that computer --- for instance the RV (reverse setting) works in reverse of what it should be, but also the frequency lock doesn't stay locked but often jumps around. I'm sure there is
some kind of logical explanation for why FLDGI is behaving differently on this computer but I don't have time to figure it out, so instead I'm taking the easy way out --- using FLDGI on an older laptop that does
seem to work as it should, but also to produce the program with enough extra time to be able to first decode the programs myself before broadcasting.

Beyond that I've learned another trick, this one thanks to Kim Andrew Elliott, creator of the Shortwave Radiogram. He suggested that I type the carrot symbol (^) followed by an r into the text field of the
FLDGI program after a picture starts to be sent, which tells FLDGI to stop the transmission after the picture is sent. I tried it and it works, which I'm hoping will trim a little bit of dead time out of broadcasts
when I was otherwise scrambling to get the next picture qued up and read to broadcast.

So anyway I apologize for these difficulties and I appreciate the input. The main lesson I learned in this is that I need to decode all of my programs prior to transmission, which requires earlier production and
editing --- which means I need to not be so bad about procrastinating!





#### Pictures from Martin Nature Park in Oklahoma City ####

My family and I (wife, 12 year old son and me) love Martin Nature Park, an Oklahoma City park/wildlife preserve in far northern Oklahoma City. The park is very close to big businesses and a freeway but inside of
it, it's like another world. Surpring to me it is only 140 acres, but it feels much bigger, with lots of dense woods, a large creek, and tons of wildlife --- all accessed by way of more than 2 miles of hiking trails.

It's a magical place every time of the year but the fall might be my favorite time to visit, partly due to the more pleasant weather (which means more wildlife are out and about) but also because it is when
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year takes place. My family (which identifies itself as bireligiously Jewish) goes to the park most years to observe Tashlich, a ritual in which Jews throw bread crumbs into a
moving body of water to represent the sins or just the things they want to leave behind, from the previous year. So these pictures are from the day we did our Tashlich but also from another visit.

Some links:
* To learn more about Tashlich:
* To learn more about Martin Nature Park:
* To see a satellite map of Martin Nature Park:

And now for the pictures:


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KG5JST Radiogram #2
A QST Bulletin for Radio Amateurs
From the hamshack of James M. Branum
September 17, 2018

==In this radiogram==
1. This week in Amateur Radio
2. Propogation Report
3. QSL's and comments

# This week in Ham Radio #

        ##. New software released for FT8Call ##

        If you aren't familiar with FT8Call, you should check it out. Similar to the popular FT8 mode but with more ability to rag-chew and even spot your grid on the APRS network.

        The newest version of the software, version 0.6 was released recently and can be downloaded at:

        ## Interesting Contests ##

                1. UK & Ireland DX Contest in Phone Mode. Exchange is SR and serial #. Great chance to get Isle of Man or Jersey Isles logged.

        ## Special Event stations to look for ##
                1. Route 66 Special Event stations ended last night. Thx to the ops who made it possible for so many to get Rt 66 QSO's!
                2. W5P - Plano, TX Balloon Festival - Sept 20-26th -
                3. N9M - Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale from Goshen, Indiana- Sept 21-22 -
                4. W2F - Sheppard AFB POW/MIA Recognition Vigil from Wichita, TX- Sept. 21-22

        ## Propgation Report ##
                1. Solar wind is coming our way. Possible noisy bands but also some aurora action.
                2. Otherwise very quiet conditions predicted for this week.


# QSL's and Personal Comments #

        Please send your QSL reports to me at Also look for me (KG5JST) on FT8, FT8Call and JT9. Would love to make a qso with you!

Until next week, 73!
James, KG5JST


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