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Welcome to program 247 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:

  1:37 MFSK32: Program preview (now)
  2:45 MFSK32: The Buzzer "battleground" on 4625 kHz
  6:25 MFSK64: How Russia's war will hinder space exploration
11:38 MFSK64: This week's images
28:38 MFSK32: Closing announcements

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From Southgate Amateur Radio News:

The battlefield that's 5 khz wide

March 5, 2022

The airwaves are full of news from the battle in Ukraine, with TV
and radio journalists providing coverage at all hours. But for
those with a bit of patience there's something else from the
conflict that can be found with a radio receiver, the battle over
5 kHz of spectrum starting at 4625 kHz.

This has for many years been the location on the dial for "the
Buzzer", a Russian military transmitter whose nickname describes
its monotonous on/off buzzing transmission perfectly. As the
current Ukrainian situation has taken shape it has become a minor
battleground, and the Buzzer now shares its frequency with a
variety of other stations broadcasting music, spectrograms, and
other radio junk intended to disrupt it.

For the curious this can be watched unfolding on a spectrogram or
through headphones by anyone within range who has an HF receiver,
or for everyone else, with a WebSDR. In Western Europe it's best
listened to in hours of darkness, we suggest you consult the list to see which has the best signal. We've heard it
on receivers in Poland, Russia, and the ever-reliable uTwente
WebSDR in the Netherlands. Over the time we've been monitoring it
we've heard overlaying speech, and music varying from the Soviet
and American anthems through dance music and K-pop to 1960s
British rock and of course Boney M's Rasputin, with a few
slightly macabre choices such as Final Countdown and an air raid
siren. We've even heard TV intros from the Benny Hill Show, the
A-Team and Mission Impossible, so whoever is doing this has a
wide taste.

Alongside the music at about 4628kHz meanwhile we've watched a
series of spectrogram messages scroll past in Ukrainian, Russian,
and English, ranging from "Stop war" to lewd suggestions about
the Russian President. It's fair to say that none of these
transmissions have obscured the Buzzer, but they have had the
effect of significantly increasing the noise on the channel.

To have a listen yourself, point a receiver within range at the
appropriate time of day towards 4625 kHz and select USB
demodulation and a 5 kHz bandwidth.

Thanks to Stephen Walters, G7VFY, and Steve, G4HPE

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From Science News:

How Russia’s war in Ukraine hinders space research and exploration

By Liz Kruesi

March 3, 2022

Space exploration may seem like a faraway endeavor from Earth's
surface, but events on the ground ripple into space. The Russian
war on Ukraine is no exception.

From a rocket launch system to a rover set to explore Mars, a
wide range of space missions is facing postponements or
cancelations due to escalating tensions on the ground in the wake
of Russia's full-scale invasion into Ukraine on February 24. The
European Union, United States and others have imposed sanctions
on Russia; Russia, as a result, is continually changing and
canceling its space-related plans. The shifts are having an
impact on everything from international collaborations to
missions that rely on Russian rockets to get to space.

Here's a closer look at some of those projects.

ExoMars rover

The ExoMars mission is a partnership between the European Space
Agency and the Russian space agency Roscosmos. This is a two-part
mission to Mars consisting of an orbiter and a rover. The orbiter
has been at the Red Planet since late 2016, but the Rosalind
Franklin rover was supposed to launch this September.

"The sanctions and the wider context make a launch in 2022 very
unlikely," the European Space Agency, or ESA, said in a February
28 statement in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Due to Earth's and Mars' orbital geometry, the most direct
trajectory for a spacecraft from our planet to Mars repeats every
two years, and that launch window remains open for less than two
weeks. The ExoMars rover, which will look for signs of past life,
was originally to launch in 2020, but due to the pandemic and
technical issues, it slipped to 2022. Now it's at risk of
slipping again to 2024.

The eROSITA telescope

Spectrum-Roentgen-Gamma is a space-based X-ray observatory, run
jointly by Germany and Russia, that has been mapping the
large-scale structure of the universe for the last two and a half
years. The probe's main telescope, eROSITA, has discovered
hundreds of celestial objects, including a bizarre stellar
explosion known as a "cow". On February 26, the Germans placed
eROSITA into safe mode as an action to "freeze co-operation with
Russia," according to a statement from SRG leadership at the Max
Planck Institute in Garching, Germany.

"This is a standard, reversible, operation mode of the telescope,
in which we do not take data, but keep the vital subsystems on,"
says Andrea Merloni, an astronomer at the Max Planck Institute
for Extraterrestrial Physics, also in Garching, and eROSITA's
project scientist. He declined to comment on any other aspect of
the mission or collaboration with Russia.

The Russian News Agency TASS reported March 1 that Roscosmos
intends to estimate the financial loss of that safe-mode action
and other European space-related sanctions, and the Russian space
agency will then bill "the European side" of the projects.

ESA, meanwhile, is "assessing the consequences on each of our
ongoing programmes conducted in cooperation with the Russian
state space agency," the agency said in its February 28

Navigation satellites

In response to international sanctions against Russia, the head
of Roscosmos announced February 26 that the agency was suspending
cooperation with the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana,
and withdrawing its dozens of employees from the site. Several
space missions were set to launch from this location via a
Russian Soyuz rocket in the next year, including a pair of
European navigation satellites in early April.

These satellites would have joined with the already-launched two
dozen that make up the Galileo navigational system, the European
answer to the United States' GPS system. Two additional Galileo
satellites are also in orbit, but they were placed incorrectly
and instead focus on science and search and rescue.

OneWeb internet network

The U.K. company OneWeb, which is building a space-based internet
network with hundreds of low-Earth satellites, is also facing a
launch postponement.

A Soyuz rocket was scheduled to send up a few dozen OneWeb
satellites March 4, one of a series of launches aimed at
completing the network in 2022. But in the early hours of March
2, the head of Roscosmos tweeted the space agency wouldn't launch
the satellites without a guarantee from the company that they
wouldn't be used for military purposes. He also demanded the U.K.
government sell its share of the mission, which it has refused to

Venera-D mission to Venus

The Russian-Ukraine war has also affected U.S. space activities,
but to a lesser extent than its impact on its European
counterparts. NASA has relationships with several commercial
partners, so the agency relies less on Roscosmos. But NASA is
still feeling some effects.

For instance, in retaliation to U.S. sanctions, the head of
Roscosmos tweeted on February 26 that NASA's participation in the
Russian-led Venera-D mission to Venus would be "inappropriate."
This mission will include an orbiter, lander and surface station,
and it will focus on understanding Venus's former and present

However, Venera-D won't launch until late this decade, and NASA
has been involved only in some planning groups. The U.S. space
agency already has two of its own Venus missions in the works.

International Space Station

While many areas of cooperation in space with Russia are fraying,
the International Space Station collaboration so far remains
unchanged. "NASA continues working with all our international
partners, including the State Space Corporation Roscosmos, for
the ongoing safe operations of the International Space Station,"
NASA public affairs officer Joshua Finch, at Kennedy Space Center
in Cape Canaveral, said in an e-mailed statement.

Currently, there are two Russian cosmonauts, four NASA astronauts
and one ESA astronaut aboard the station. Later this month, a
Russian Soyuz capsule is set to return the two cosmonauts and one
of the NASA astronauts to Earth, landing in Kazakhstan as
scheduled, Finch said.

However, during a March 1 NASA Advisory Council meeting, Wayne
Hale, a former NASA associate administrator, recommended the U.S.
space agency consider contingencies in case Russia no longer
collaborates on the space station. At the same meeting the
following day, former U.S. representative Jane Harman recommended
that NASA think about what cooperation with Russia will look like
going forward.



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This week's images ...




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An Arabian red fox in Kuwait City. ...

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The Rose-Veiled Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus finifenmaa) is a newly
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A green frog sits on primroses in Hwaseong, South Korea, March 3. ...

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Daffodils in bloom near the Smithsonian Castle in Washington DC. ...

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A waterfowl in Zealandia, an ecosanctuary in Wellington, New
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Fresh snow on a train trestle at Shikellamy State Park, near
Sunbury, Pennsylvania. ...

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The Wallace Monument in Stirling, Scotland, lit up in the colors
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The Kennedy Center in Washington DC illuminated in the colors of
Ukraine, March 4. ...

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Our painting of the week is Peacocks by Tatiana Pata, an example
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   Closing music SWRG#247:

   Carlos Barbosa-Lima - El Viento Siboney • 2004

   Antonio Carlos Ribeiro Barbosa Lima (17 December 1944 – 23 February 2022) was a Brazilian classical and jazz guitarist.

   He spent most of his professional life as a resident in the United States, devoting much of his time as a recitalist on international concert tours.

   He appeared often as a soloist and with orchestras.




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This Is A Music Show #156
10 March 2022

0200-0300UTC Thursday on 5850 kHz

via WRMI, Okeechobee USA


TIAnExpressMS w/ Radio Northern Europe International
via Channel 292 in Germany, mainly on 6070 kHz.

Broadcast various dates/times/freqs. Check the schedule here:



Unknown - Unknown


The Butterfingers - Baby Ruth
Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders - It's Just A Little Too Late
The Five Americans - Black Is White, Day Is Night


The Dramatics - What You See Is What You Get
James Brown And His Famous Flames - I Got The Feelin'


Ride - OX4
Martha And The Muffins - Three Hundred Years/Chemistry
Jimmy Davis - Astrud


Altmont Reid - Sugar (Part 2)
Leroy Smart - Give Thanks And Praise


Buddy Love - I'm Leaving


THIS DATA w/ Bert Kaempfert - San Antonio Rose

The Larks - Forget Me


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