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Welcome to program 342 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:

  1:46 MFSK32: Program preview (now)
  2:54 MFSK32: NASA mission will explore ultraviolet in space*
  6:44 MFSK64: NASA tests hybrid laser and radio antenna*
11:45 MFSK64: This week's images*
27:42 MFSK32: Closing announcements

* with image(s)


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From New Atlas:

Ultraviolet eyes will explore the universe under new NASA mission

By Michael Irving
February 13, 2024

NASA has officially selected a new mission - the Ultraviolet
Explorer, or UVEX. By scanning the skies in UV light, it will be
able to study the hottest objects and fleeting events like
supernovae, complementing existing and upcoming telescopes
watching in optical and infrared light to create a
multi-wavelength map of the cosmos.

Ultraviolet is kind of an overlooked part of the light spectrum,
when it comes to telescopes – most tend to focus on visible and
infrared wavelengths, which arguably have more to see. After all,
most stars aren't very visible in ultraviolet, but that doesn't
mean there's nothing out there. The hottest objects radiate UV
light, including stars near the beginning and end of their lives,
as well as energetic events like supernovae and collisions
between neutron stars.

As such, UVEX has three major goals: First, it will conduct an
all-sky survey in both near- and far-ultraviolet light, creating
a UV map that's far deeper and more detailed than existing ones,
thanks to its instruments being 50 to 100 times more sensitive
than those on the Galaxy Explorer (GALEX), its predecessor which
operated between 2003 and 2013.

Second, UVEX will excel at picking out stars and galaxies that
are hot, but low in mass and metals, a class that's hard to
detect in other kinds of light. And finally, it will be able to
swivel at short notice to investigate transient events, like
stars collapsing and triggering supernovae, or pointed towards
the sources of gravitational wave signals to see if there are any
UV flashes.

UVEX has been in the works for years, but has now been selected
by NASA for its Explorers Program, beating out other proposals
like the X-ray-focused STAR-X. UVEX is expected to launch in 2030
and run for a two-year mission, with a price tag of about US$300
million plus launch costs.

Once it's up and running, UVEX would provide a unique view of the
universe, working in conjunction with the recently launched
Euclid and James Webb Space Telescope, as well as the upcoming
Vera C. Rubin Observatory and the Nancy Grace Roman Space
Telescope, all of which observe in a mix of visible and infrared

Sources: NASA, UVEX


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From New Atlas:

NASA tests hybrid antenna for laser and radio space

By David Szondy
February 11, 2024

In a move to make high-speed communications with deep space
missions a practical reality, NASA is testing a giant hybrid dish
antenna that is capable of handling both radio and laser signals
across hundreds of millions of miles of space.

One of the highlights of NASA's Psyche mission to the asteroid of
the same name is its Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC)
unit, which is a laser transceiver capable of sending and
receiving laser signals, enabling communications many times
faster than conventional radio systems.

So far, it's had some remarkable successes since the robotic
probe was launched on October 13, 2023. In November, the DSOC
successfully transmitted data from a distance of 10 million miles
(16 million km), or 40 times the distance from the Earth to the

The only problem is that the link between Earth and Psyche was by
way of a jury rigged test setup. The DSOC was aimed at the Hale
Telescope at Caltech's Palomar Observatory in San Diego County,
California with the aid of a laser beacon transmitted from the
Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory at JPL's Table
Mountain Facility near Wrightwood, California.

That's a very simple way of describing a very complex system that
required all sorts of automated aids plus the ability to predict
the position of and lock onto a spacecraft that was so far away
that it takes 20 seconds for a signal to cover the distance. It
also meant tying up two very expensive astronomical observatories
where researchers have to schedule time years in advance.

What NASA would prefer is something a bit more dedicated and
permanent, so in a separate project the space agency is working
on a hybrid antenna that can be incorporated into the three
stations of the Deep Space Network situated at Goldstone,
California; Madrid, Spain; and Canberra, Australia.

The test version is a 34-m (112-ft)
radio-frequency-optical-hybrid antenna called Deep Space Station
13, at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex, near
Barstow, California. For the test, the giant dish has been
modified with seven ultra-precise segmented mirrors equivalent to
a 3.3-ft (1-m) aperture telescope. This catches the laser beam
from space and focuses it on a receiver in the form of a
high-exposure camera attached to the antenna's subreflector
suspended above the center of the dish. The signal is then sent
by optical fiber to a cryogenically-cooled semiconducting
nanowire single photon detector to boost it to readable levels.

According to NASA, the antenna was able to maintain contact with
Psyche and late last year it was able to establish a downlink of
15.63 Mbit/s or about 40 times the rate of radio across a
distance of 20 million miles (32 million km). It was also able to
simultaneously receive the probe's radio signal.

The hope is that the hybrid antenna will be able to maintain
contact with Psyche at a distance equivalent to that of Mars at
its farthest point from Earth, or 232 million miles (374 million
km). The next step will be to scale up the optical mirror array
to the equivalent of a 26-ft (8-m) telescope and to later
retrofit some of the 14 dishes that make up the DSN to collect
both high-speed laser signals and lower speed radio traffic.

"For decades, we have been adding new radio frequencies to the
DSN's giant antennas located around the globe, so the most
feasible next step is to include optical frequencies," said
Barzia Tehrani, communications ground systems deputy manager and
delivery manager for the hybrid antenna at the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory (JPL). "We can have one asset doing two things at the
same time; converting our communication roads into highways and
saving time, money, and resources."

Source: NASA

Image: Artist's concept of a purpose-built radio/laser
antenna ...

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This week's images ...


For World Radio Day 2024 (February 13), Zach in Ontario shared
this photo of the 1942 Crosley AM/SW radio he restored. He
replaced the walnut colour with fire engine red. ...

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 TYPE: Five-tube, two-band, superheterodyne.

     American Broadcast Band: 540 to 1600 kc. (Selector Switch at A.)
     Overseas Shortwave Band: 5.8 to 15 mc.   (Selector Switch at 0.)
 INTERMEDIATE FREQUENCY:           455 kc.
 POWER SUPPLY:                         a.c.—d.c.
 VOLTAGE RATING:                   105-125 volts
 POWER CONSUMPTION:                 35 watts nominal
 POWER OUTPUT:                       1 watt maximum
 SPEAKER FIELD CURRENT:             60 ma




A barn owl lands on a post at sunset. Part of The Atlantic's
Superb Owl Sunday VIII collection.

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A rainbow behind Perch Lighthouse in the Clyde at Port Glasgow,
Scotland. ...

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A pedestrian braves the weather on Aleksandra Čaka Street in
Riga, Latvia, during heavy snowfall.

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Milsey Bay in North Berwick, Scotland, on an early February
morning. ...

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Sunrise in Washington DC, February 8.

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Witchhazel currently in peak bloom at the Morris Arboretum in
Philadelphia. ...

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Early blooms at the University of Oxford's Harcourt Arboretum,
February 12. ...

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Our painting of the week is "New Harmony" by Paul Klee. ...

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     SWRG#342 closing song:

     "Steve Wright In The Afternoon" - Main Theme  - BBC Radio 2


     Some twenty minutes of Steve Wright's BBC World Service Wright Around the World show from some time in May 2000.
     An even bigger show that Steve Wright had for a short time on the BBC World Service.

     Wrighty's Wright Around the World June 2000 - 1

     Wrighty's Wright Around the World June 2000 - 2






 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 on Windows 11      [S-AM-USB/LSB]   +      HDSDR 2.81 beta6   - for scheduled IF-recording

 Software AF:

 Fldigi-4.1.26        +   flmsg-4.0.20                            images-fldigifiles on homedrive.lnk


 Mirosoft Windows 11 Home

 German W7 32bit + 64bit


 ASUS S501MD (since 2023) [i7-12700 12th Gen. 12 x 2100 MHz]

 MSI-CR70-2MP345W7  (since 2014)   [i5 -P3560 ( 2 x 2600 MHz) ]



























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--- RNEIxtra #3/ RNEI #34x ---
1. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Court Begins on a Blue Note Scale | 逆転裁判 ~開廷のブルーノート・スケール
2. Phoenix Wright ~ Objection! | 成歩堂龍一 ~異議あり!
3. The Steel Samurai: Warrior of Neo Olde Tokyo | 大江戸戦士トノサマン
4. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All - Court Begins on a Blue Note Scale | 逆転裁判2 ~開廷のブルーノート・スケール
5. Triumphant Return - Miles Edgeworth | 御剣怜侍 ~大いなる復活
6. Furio Tigre ~ Swingin’ Tiger | 芝九蔵虎ノ助 ~スウィンギン・ゼニトラ
7. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations - Court Begins on a Blue Note Scale | 逆転裁判3 ~開廷のブルーノート・スケール
8. Godot - The Fragrance of Darkness; That is Coffee | ゴドー ~珈琲は闇色の薫り
9. Rise from the Ashes – Epilogue | 蘇る逆転・終幕
10. Trucy’s Theme ~ Child of Magic | みぬきのテーマ ~魔術の子

Til vi møtes igjen,
Ha det!






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Salvatore Bono of Sonny & Cher was born February 16, 1935.

He died in 1998.

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Here is a timeline of "data transmission via BC shortwave":

2013-03-16 - 2017-06-17   VoA Radiogram  000-220  USA (Continuation under private management as SWRG)
2013-08-31 - until now    KBC Radiogram           NL  (without count, earliest note in my chronicle)
2016-03-23 - 2017-01-14   DIGI DX         01- 44  UK  (Among other things also *.mid transferred)
2016-06-17 - 2019-01-01   IBC DIGITAL    001-134  I   (my own count)
2017-06-25 - until now    SWRG           001-3
42  USA (and further ongoing)
2017-11-?? - 2018-12-23   BSR Radiogram   01- 44  USA (Broad Spectrum Radio)
2018-07-25 - 2019-04-06   SSR Radiogram   01- 33  NL  (Slow Scan Radio)
2019-02-21 - 2023-08-03   TIAMS          001-222  CAN (This Is A Music Show)
2020-02-15 - until now    RNEI            01- 48  UK  (and further ongoing)
2020-03-07 - 2023-08-06   TIAEMS 03/2020-07/2023  CAN (This Is An Express Music Show)
2021-11-28 - until now    Pop Shop Radio          CAN (first find of a playlist in a spectrogram scan)
Projects with digital playlists or content:



Active SHOWS:


SWRG - Shortwave Radiogram - Virginia, USA         KD9XB    M.Hirst-SWRG



KBC Radiogram - Virginia ==> Florida, USA          KD9XB ==> WD4AH             KG4LAC-KBC



Radio Northern Europe International - County Hamshire, UK

Radio Carpathia - Transylvania, Romania

Pop Shop Radio - British Columbia, Canada
          Tony Pavick

Radio Catface International -
San Jose, California, USA

CatfaceMcRadio   CatfaceMcVideo



DK Radio - Mr.DoubleK  - Transylvania, Romania [via RNEI]



Data with Jeff - Tennessee, USA  [via Radio Carpathia]  KG4ZIE



Ended SHOWS:


VOA Radiogram - Virginia, USA      ===> SWRG    KD9XB    M.Hirst-VOA



STF Radiogram - Toronto, Canada



BSR Radiogram - Oklahoma, USA                   KG5JST



DIGI DX - Lancashire, UK



SSR Radiogram - Amersfoort, Netherlands         PA0ETE






TIAMS / TIAEMS - Radiogram - Toronto, Canada



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