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Welcome to program 285 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:

  1:34 MFSK32: Program preview (now)
  2:42 MFSK32: NASA's InSight Mars mission comes to an end*
  8:25 MFSK64: Free public phone in Philly resists big tech*
13:40 MFSK64: This week's images*
27:50 MFSK32: Closing announcements

* with image(s)


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From New Atlas:

NASA's InSight Mars mission comes to an end as all contact is

By David Szondy
December 21, 2022

After over four years on Mars, NASA's InSight lander has been
declared dead. Mission Control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
(JPL) in Southern California was unable to reestablish contact
with the robotic spacecraft on two consecutive attempts, leaving
engineers to conclude that the lander's solar-powered batteries
are exhausted.

Launched on May 5, 2018 atop an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg
Space Force Base in California, the InSight lander was tasked
with making the first detailed geological study of the Red
Planet. After touching down on the Elysium Planitia region of
Mars on November 26, 2018, the lander deployed a series of
instruments. Among these was a highly sensitive seismograph,
which was part of the last experiment still functioning as NASA
engineers rationed the lander's power during its final months of

A more spectacular experiment involved a self-hammering spike
called the "mole," that was intended to drive a thermal sensor
deep into the ground to measure the heat in the interior of the
planet. Unfortunately the device was designed to operate in soft,
sandy soil, and was unable to cope with the clumpy soil at the
landing site.

Despite this setback, InSight sent back a wealth of data about
the geology of Mars, including the rate and intensity of
marsquakes but the solar panels used to power InSight proved to
be its undoing. Dust blown by Martian winds accumulated on the
panels until they were functioning at only 27% capacity by
February 2021. The dust soon reached such a thickness that the
batteries were no longer capable of recharging properly.

To extend the mission, NASA rationed power to the systems to keep
the primary experiments working, while reserving enough
electricity to warm the electronics through the freezing Martian
nights. However, on December 15, 2022, InSight made its last
contact. NASA continued monitoring via its Deep Space Network
(DSN) and Mars orbiter spacecraft, but the silence since then
shows that the mission has come to an end.

"I watched the launch and landing of this mission, and while
saying goodbye to a spacecraft is always sad, the fascinating
science InSight conducted is cause for celebration," said Thomas
Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASAs Science Mission
Directorate in Washington. "The seismic data alone from this
Discovery Program mission offers tremendous insights not just
into Mars but other rocky bodies, including Earth."

Source: NASA

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From TechXplore:

Philadelphians welcome first free public phone as a small way to
resist big tech

by Harold Brubaker
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 21, 2022

A group of about 20 tech-savvy engineers and programmers gathered
Saturday afternoon at a Philadelphia bookstore to celebrate the
installation of an old-fashioned public pay phone.

Organizers of the project hope the phone, which is free to use
for calls in North America, is the first of many in the city and
will help spur a restoration of the public communications
infrastructure that has been eroded by cell phones carried by
most Americans.

But there's more to PhilTel, the project launched this year by
Mike Dank, a 31-year-old software engineer who lives in
Springfield, Delaware County, and Naveen Albert, 21, a senior
computer engineering major at the University of Pennsylvania.

To PhilTel supporters interviewed at the installation, the effort
to restore public phones represents resistance to society's
thoughtless adoption of technology they believe could be turned
on a dime into a tool of oppression, economic growth for growth's
sake despite the environmental impact, and the planned
obsolescence that induces many consumers to buy new cell phones
every few years.

"There's a lot of stuff sold to us and pushed to us that we don't
need," said Michael Somkuti, a computer network engineer who
lives in Philadelphia.

Somkuti, 25, is a regular at Iffy Books, which is on the third
floor of a mixed-use building at 319 N. 11th St. and where the
phone was installed in a hallway right outside the store. Iffy
Books opened in July 2021 and specializes in books and events on
hacking, gardening, and generally "empowering people to be less
reliant on big tech companies," its website says.

Steve McLaughlin, the owner of Iffy Books, where he hosts
workshops on things like bleeding control basics, programming,
and circuit-building, described the new phone as "an experiment
with a shared resource."

The inspiration of PhilTel came from a project in Portland, Ore.,
where an engineer named Karl Anderson installed the first Futel
phone in 2014, according to the Oregonian newspaper. Futel now
has eight phones in that city, and one each in four other cities,
including one as far away as Detroit, according to Futel's

Dank said in an interview that the first PhilTel telephone is a
chance to show that PhilTel can successfully install a phone and
keep the hardware that connects the phone to the internet

Media coverage, including a story in The Inquirer on Dec. 3, has
brought some suggestions on where the next phone might go.
Possible sites include a typewriter repair store in South Philly,
a library in Kensington, and a house in West Philly by a bus
stop, Dank said.

PhilTel has also received cash donations of just over $100 and
promises of equipment donations, he said. Assuming a good deal on
an old pay phone, the upfront cost of installing a PhilTel phone
that has been retrofitted to connect to the internet is a minimum
of $300, Dank said.

Dank bought the phone installed at Iffy Books 15 years ago for
$20 at the Leesport Farmers Market, which is north of Reading. It
came from a high school in Mechanicsburg, Pa., he said.

It was not lost on the engineers and programmers at Iffy Books
that the throwback device they were celebrating relies on the
sort of computer networks some of them have grown wary of in
their jobs.

But Mike Cramer said he found PhilTel fascinating because Dank
and Albert are taking existing technological building blocks and
combining them to create something new in a way that reminds him
of internet culture of the 1980s and 1990s, when he was growing
up and the internet had a much stronger countercultural bent.

"It's like Legos, but more complicated," said Cramer, who is 49
and works in internet security.

Albert, Dank's cofounder, said he doesn't have a cell phone and
depends on pay phones when he's not at home with access to his
traditional landline phone, which has better sound quality and
can be used for decades without needing to be replaced, he said.

"Public communications infrastructure use to be readily
available," he said. "We want to make it more available again."

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This week's images ...

Steam rises off of Lake Michigan as temperatures were below zero
(F) in Milwaukee. ...

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A man and a boy walk across the frozen Reflecting Pool towards
the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington DC,
during the recent very cold weather. ...

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A Bohemian Waxwing in Edinburgh, "an unusual and irregular winter
visitor." ...

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Peas left out for the birds in Auchterarder, Scotland. ...

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Frost on the window, with clouds in the background, in Burke,
Virginia. ...

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Altostratus Clouds at sunset from retreating Winter Storm (ahem)
Elliott, Rochester, New York, December 28.

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The skyline of Louisville is obscured by steam rising from the
Ohio River as windchills of -25 (F) hit the area from Winter
Storm (ahem) Elliott, December 23. ...

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And, finally, Happy New Year ...

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   Closing music SWRG#285:

   Angelo Badalamenti  -  Alvin's Theme    The Straight Story 1999




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This Is A Music Show #192
29 December 2022

0200-0300UTC Thursday on 5850 kHz

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

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21. Byron Lee And The Dragonaires - Monkey Man
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17. The Royal Jokers - You Came Along
16. James Brown And His Famous Flames - I Got The Feelin


15. The Book Of Love - I Touch Roses (Full Bloom Mix EDIT)
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THIS DATA w/ Bert Kaempfert - Sweet And Gentle


13. Isaacs And Zaza - Sailing By


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