Monday, January 20, 2020

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 13 - 19 January 2020

Solar activity was very low. The solar disk was spotless. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at moderate levels throughout the reporting period.

Geomagnetic field activity was quiet with an isolated period of unsettled conditions on 16 Jan under a nominal solar wind regime.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 20 January - 15 February 2020

Solar activity is expected to remain at very low levels.

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to reach high levels on 21-22 January, due to recurrent CH HSS influence. Moderate levels are anticipated for the remainder of the outlook period.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to reach active levels on 20-21 Jan with unsettled conditions forecasted on 22 Jan and 01-05 Feb due to recurrent CH HSS activity.

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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2020 Jan 20      72          12          4
2020 Jan 21      72          12          4
2020 Jan 22      72          10          3
2020 Jan 23      72           5          2
2020 Jan 24      72           5          2
2020 Jan 25      72           5          2
2020 Jan 26      72           5          2
2020 Jan 27      72           5          2
2020 Jan 28      72           5          2
2020 Jan 29      72           5          2
2020 Jan 30      72           5          2
2020 Jan 31      72           5          2
2020 Feb 01      72          10          3
2020 Feb 02      72          10          3
2020 Feb 03      72          10          3
2020 Feb 04      72          10          3
2020 Feb 05      72          10          3
2020 Feb 06      71           5          2
2020 Feb 07      71           5          2
2020 Feb 08      71           5          2
2020 Feb 09      71           5          2
2020 Feb 10      71           5          2
2020 Feb 11      71           5          2
2020 Feb 12      71           5          2
2020 Feb 13      71           5          2
2020 Feb 14      71           5          2
2020 Feb 15      71           5          2
(NOAA)

Monday, January 06, 2020

KTWR Testing DRM


Guam  
KTWR Chief Engineer Steve Brunson announced the KTWR DRM test transmission in
B19 Winter period as follows:

UTC
Wednesday 1026-1056 11995 50kW 315deg for China
Thursday 1226-1241 7500 50kW 320deg for Japan
Sunday 1026-1056 13800 90kW 285deg for India
Reports welcome via online report at http://www.twr.as (akahito Akabayashi BCDX)

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins


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:Issued: 2020 Jan 06 0724 UTC
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 30 December - 05 January 2020

Solar activity was very low. New Region 2755 (S34, L=355, class/area Bxo/020 on 03 Jan) developed on the SE limb on 01 Jan but was in decay by 04 Jan. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at normal levels on 30 Dec-04 Jan. Moderate levels were reached on 05 Jan with a maximum flux of 245 pfu observed at 05/1800 UTC.

Geomagnetic field activity was at quiet levels on 30 Dec-02 Jan under nominal solar wind conditions. On 03 Jan, total field increased to 10 nT at 03/0505 UTC with solar wind speed increasing to around 410 km/s. On 04 Jan, a prolonged period of southward Bz was observed reaching a maximum southward deflection of -4 nT. On 05 Jan, total field increased once again to 15 nT at 05/1743 UTC followed by an increase in solar wind speed to near 550 km/s as a negative polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) became geoeffective. The geomagnetic field responded with isolated unsettled periods on 03-04 Jan and quiet to active levels on 05 Jan.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 06 January - 01 February 2020

Solar activity is expected to continue at very low levels.

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at normal levels on 08-14 Jan and 23 Jan-01 Feb. Moderate levels are expected on 06-07 Jan and again on 15-22 Jan.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to reach unsettled levels on 08-10 Jan and 01 Feb. Unsettled to active levels are expected on 06 Jan and14-15 Jan due to recurrent CH HSS effects.

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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2020 Jan 06      72          12          4
2020 Jan 07      72           5          2
2020 Jan 08      72           8          3
2020 Jan 09      72           8          3
2020 Jan 10      72           8          3
2020 Jan 11      72           5          2
2020 Jan 12      71           5          2
2020 Jan 13      70           5          2
2020 Jan 14      70          12          4
2020 Jan 15      70          12          4
2020 Jan 16      70           5          2
2020 Jan 17      70           5          2
2020 Jan 18      70           5          2
2020 Jan 19      70           5          2
2020 Jan 20      70           5          2
2020 Jan 21      70           5          2
2020 Jan 22      70           5          2
2020 Jan 23      70           5          2
2020 Jan 24      70           5          2
2020 Jan 25      71           5          2
2020 Jan 26      72           5          2
2020 Jan 27      72           5          2
2020 Jan 28      72           5          2
2020 Jan 29      72           5          2
2020 Jan 30      72           5          2
2020 Jan 31      72           5          2
2020 Feb 01      72           8          3
(NOAA)

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Frequency updates



All times UTC

New Zealand
Radio New Zealand Pacific Sun-Fri DRM:
1651-1750 on  5975 RAN 035 kW / 035 deg to Tonga/Samoa English unchanged
1751-1850 NF 11690*RAN 035 kW / 035 deg to Tonga/Samoa English, ex  9780
1851-1958 NF 13840*RAN 035 kW / 035 deg to Tonga/Samoa English, ex 11690
* both freqs are unregistered for this time slots


United Kingdom
BBC - cancelled transmissions
Effective: 01 Jan 2020
0100-0130 on  5845 TAC 100 kW / 141 deg to SoAs Hindi
0100-0130 on  5875 WOF 250 kW / 075 deg to SoAs Hindi
0100-0130 on  7430 WOF 300 kW / 082 deg to SoAs Hindi
0100-0130 on 11995 SNG 250 kW / 315 deg to SoAs Hindi
1500-1600 on  7410 DHA 250 kW / 045 deg to SoAs Urdu
1500-1600 on  9410 SNG 250 kW / 315 deg to SoAs Urdu
1500-1600 on 11995 SNG 250 kW / 320 deg to SoAs Urdu

Only one transmission of BBC in Hindi is on the air:
1400-1430 on  5875 TAC 100 kW / 141 deg to SoAs Hindi
1400-1430 on  9510 SNG 250 kW / 320 deg to SoAs Hindi
1400-1430 on  9540 SLA 250 kW / 075 deg to SoAs Hindi
1400-1430 on 11995 SNG 250 kW / 315 deg to SoAs Hindi
(DX Bulgaria 01 Jan 2020)

Weekly Propagation Forecast Bulletins



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:Issued: 2019 Dec 30 0435 UTC
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Highlights of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 23 - 29 December 2019

Solar activity was very low. New Region 2753 (S29, L=122, class/area Bxo/010 on 25 Dec) developed on the visible disk on late on 23 December while Region 2754 (N25, L=191, class/area Axx/010 on 25 Dec) developed on 24 Dec. Both regions were inactive and decayed to plage on 26 Dec. No Earth-directed CMEs were observed during the period.

No proton events were observed at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit was at normal levels on 27-29 Dec and reached moderate levels on 23-26 Dec. The maximum flux of the period was 462 pfu observed at 25/1810 UTC.

Geomagnetic field activity ranged from quiet to unsettled levels. A slight enhancement in solar wind parameters occurred beginning late on 25 Dec as a weak negative polarity coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS) became geoeffective. Total field increased to a maximum of 9 nT at 25/1920 UTC while solar wind speed reached a maximum of 415 km/s at 26/1435 UTC. The geomagnetic field responded with an isolated unsettled period early on 26 Dec.

Forecast of Solar and Geomagnetic Activity 30 December - 25 January 2020

Solar activity is expected to continue at very low levels.

No proton events are expected at geosynchronous orbit.

The greater than 2 MeV electron flux at geosynchronous orbit is expected to be at normal levels on 06-14 and 23-25 Jan while moderate levels are expected on 30 Dec-05 Jan and 15-22 Jan.

Geomagnetic field activity is expected to reach unsettled levels on 30 Dec-01 Jan due to weak CH HSS activity. Unsettled to active levels are expected on 14-15 Jan due to recurrent CH HSS activity.

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#   UTC      Radio Flux   Planetary   Largest
#  Date       10.7 cm      A Index    Kp Index
2019 Dec 30      72           8          3
2019 Dec 31      72           8          3
2020 Jan 01      71           8          3
2020 Jan 02      71           5          2
2020 Jan 03      70           5          2
2020 Jan 04      70           5          2
2020 Jan 05      70           5          2
2020 Jan 06      70           5          2
2020 Jan 07      70           5          2
2020 Jan 08      70           5          2
2020 Jan 09      70           5          2
2020 Jan 10      70           5          2
2020 Jan 11      70           5          2
2020 Jan 12      72           5          2
2020 Jan 13      72           5          2
2020 Jan 14      72          12         4
2020 Jan 15      72          12         4
2020 Jan 16      72           5          2
2020 Jan 17      72           5          2
2020 Jan 18      72           5          2
2020 Jan 19      72           5          2
2020 Jan 20      72           5          2
2020 Jan 21      72           5          2
2020 Jan 22      72           5          2
2020 Jan 23      72           5          2
2020 Jan 24      72           5          2
2020 Jan 25      72           5          2
(NOAA)

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!




HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM TEAK PUBLISHING

Friday, December 06, 2019

Global Radio Guide (Winter 2019-2020) Now Available at Amazon



Once again, Global Radio broadcasters have moved to the information war front lines as the world’s major superpowers have entered a new Cold War. As tensions heat up in the world’s hotspots such as eastern Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia, you can follow international events on the radio, but you need an accurate and a comprehensive radio guide to hear the action.

Teak Publishing is pleased to announce the release that all-important radio guide – the Global Radio Guide (GRG), 13th edition (Winter 2019-2020) e-book, by Amazon bestselling author Gayle Van Horn W4GVH. The book was formerly known as the International Shortwave Broadcast Guide.

This Amazon's' electronic' book is your ticket to travel the Global Radio bands. The heart of this publication is a 24-hour station/frequency guide with all the latest Winter 2019-2020 schedules for selected AM band, longwave, and shortwave radio stations. This unique resource is the only radio publication that lists by-hour schedules that include all language services, frequencies, and world target areas for over 500 stations. There are listings of DX radio programs and Internet websites addresses for many of the stations in the book. There are also entries for time and frequency stations and even a few other intriguing shortwave radio stations.

New in this 13th edition of the GRG is an introductory article: The Software Defined Radio - Bringing the World to Your Doorstep. It includes our first-ever SDR buyers guide. Gayle and Larry Van Horn have also joined forces again penning an in-depth equipment review on the new Airspy HF+Discovery SDR.

Other authors in this edition include Richard Fisher with a feature on WBCQ - The Most Powerful Shortwave Voice in North America, and The Spectrum Monitor’s Fred Waterer, with a feature on winter/holiday radio programming. The 2019-2020 winter propagation forecast is presented by international radio propagation expert, Tomas Hood NW7US. In addition to his propagation forecast, Tomas will also preview his thoughts on the new solar cycle 25.

There are also articles on Traveling the World via Shortwave Radio Broadcasts, Monitoring the Shortwave Action Bands, our exclusive Hot 1000+ shortwave frequency list, and new radio product announcements.

The 133h edition of the Global Radio Guide eBook (electronic book only, no print edition available) is available worldwide from Amazon and their various international websites at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082DNSN4P.

The price of this latest edition is US$8.99. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order this e-Book from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. Customers in all other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website to purchase this e-Book.

You can read any Kindle eBook with Amazon’s ‘free’ reading apps on literally any electronic media platform. You do not have to own a Kindle reader from Amazon to read this e-book. There are Kindle apps available for iOS, Android, Mac, and PC platforms. You can find additional details on these apps by checking out this link to the Amazon website at www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771.

Additional information on this and other Teak Publishing radio hobby books can be found on the company sponsored Internet blogs – The Shortwave Central (http://mtshortwave.blogspot.com/)The Military Monitoring Post (http://mt-milcom.blogspot.com/), and on the Teak Publishing Company blog – The Btown Monitor Post (http://monitor-post.blogspot.com/). You can learn more about the author by going to her author page on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/GayleVan-Horn/e/B0084MVQCM/.

Global Radio listeners are routinely entertained with unique perspectives to events, music, culture, history, and news from other countries that you won’t see or hear on your local or national broadcast channels. Global Radio broadcasts are not restricted by country borders or oceans and can travel thousands of miles, reaching millions of listeners worldwide, now in over 300 different languages and dialects.

Listeners can hear shortwave broadcast stations from China, Cuba, France, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, North/South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, and many other counties. If you have a shortwave radio receiver or Internet connection, and this unique radio resource, you will know when and where to listen to your favorite radio broadcast station.

This publication will have wide appeal to amateur radio operators, shortwave radio hobbyists, news agencies, news buffs, educators, foreign language students, expatriates, or anyone interested in listening to a global view of world news and major events as they happen. Teak Publishing’s Global Radio Guide brings the world to you.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

SDRPlay Announces the RSPdx SDR/ Video Intro

RSPdx

SDRplay announces the RSPdx SDRplay Limited has announced the launch of a new Software Defined Radio product – the RSPdx. 


The RSPdx is a replacement for the highly successful RSP2 and RSP2pro SDR receivers, which have been extensively redesigned to provide enhanced performance with additional and improved pre-selection filters, improved intermodulation performance, the addition of a user selectable DAB notch filter and more software selectable attenuation steps. The RSPdx , when used in conjunction with SDRplay’s own SDRuno software, introduces a special HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode for reception within selected bands below 2MHz. HDR mode delivers improved intermodulation performance and fewer spurious responses for those challenging bands. 
The SDRplay RSPdx is a single-tuner wideband full-featured 14-bit SDR which covers the entire RF spectrum from 1kHz to 2GHz giving up to 10MHz of spectrum visibility. 
It contains three antenna ports, two of which use SMA connectors and operate across the full 1 kHz to 2 GHz range and the third uses a BNC connector which operates up to 200MHz. 
The RSPdx also features a 24 MHz ‘plug and play’ reference clock input which allows the unit to be synchronized to an external reference clock such as a GPS disciplined oscillator (GPSDO). The RSPdx data-sheet can be viewed at https://www.sdrplay.com/resources/RSPdxDatasheet.pdf/
Due to its exceptional combination of performance and price, the RSP family of receivers have become very popular, and the RSPdx builds on the learning and feedback from many thousands of users across the amateur, scientific, educational and industrial SDR community. 
As was the case for the other RSP family members, SDRplay will work with developers of the popular third-party SDR receiver software packages to maximize compatibility. SDRplay will also provide multiplatform driver and API support which includes Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and Raspberry Pi 3 and 4. 
The RSPdx will be available to purchase in the next few weeks and is expected to retail at approximately £159 GBP or $199 USD (excluding taxes). 
For more information visit the SDRplay website on www.sdrplay.com 
About SDRplay: SDRplay limited is a UK company and consists of a small group of engineers with strong connections to the UK Wireless semiconductor industry. SDRplay announced its first product, the RSP1 in August 2014 Email: admin@sdrplay.com 191101


SDRPlay RSPdx SC Field Test

FB post by Paul Jones in the Charleston SC area to the SDRPlay FB group. "Ok as you all know, I started this group SDRPlay as a unofficial group about the RSP's, then I started working for ELAD, but I continued to be a tester for SDRPlay, over the past few years, I've managed to gather a small collection of SDR's , all the SDRPlay Range from the 1 to the latest RSPdx, and obviously all the ELAD Radios, well I do work for them... :) and a few more, including the revered Perseus. Last night the LW signals were amazing here, so I decided to do a comparison test, trying not to be biased towards Elad, but they are in a different price range, the next step up from SDRPlay SDR's My Location is just outside of Charleston, SC in the USA, and the target station was Medi1 out of Morocco on 171kHz All signals just above the noise floor,
Perseus Just about see the signal, audio is just
about readable,
Airspy HF+ barely see the signal, can tell audio is there but can't make it out.
LimeSDR hmmm joke waste of my money
Elad S2 just about hear and see the station, readable
RSP1 Nothing
RSP1a just about hear and see, just about readable almost as good as the Perseus
RSPDuo Similar to RSP1a
RSP2Pro worse than 1a to be expected I guess
RSPdx good signal and almost perfectly readable
Elad S3 just a wee tad better than the RSPdx, clear audio ($800 more)
Elad DuoR using SW2 about on par with RSPdx ($700 more)
Using 120ft longwire via a 9:1 grounded, couldn't compare S3 in Uno as extio's are not available yet (Radio isn't publicly available yet)...all tested at about 500khz Bandwidth or as close to. I do have better antennas but this was the setup at the time
RSPdx was in HDR mode LW button, then improved signal by using LIF 1.536mhz at 16 decimation 200khz and it was that was closest to Elad-S3 and better than the RSPDuo
All with noise floor around s5, signal showing around s6-8
So in order of best to worst
Elad-S3, RSPdx, Elad DuoR, Elad-S2(add-on filters not used), Perseus, (RSP1a, RSPDuo Both about same) Elad-S1, Airspy HF+, RSP1, LImeSDR
This isn't a LAB grade test, it was made using the MK1 Brain, Eyes and Ears, We could go into details, but whats 0.1 of a dB between friends.....and if you can't hear the station, what's the point of all the noise figures...
Paul - NN4F - EladUSA Guru / SDRPlay Mike ladd Wannabe
Pic is the RSPdx using latest 1.33 SDRUno using HDR mode on Antenna C

ARLB022 W1AW 2019/2020 Winter Operating Schedule

SB QST @ ARL $ARLB022
ARLB022 W1AW 2019/2020 Winter Operating Schedule

ZCZC AG22
QST de W1AW 
ARRL Bulletin 22  ARLB022
From ARRL Headquarters 
Newington CT  November 5, 2019
To all radio amateurs

SB QST ARL ARLB022
ARLB022 W1AW 2019/2020 Winter Operating Schedule

Morning Schedule:

Time                  Mode     Days
-------------------   ----     ---------
1400 UTC (9 AM EST)   CWs      Wed, Fri
1400 UTC (9 AM EST)   CWf      Tue, Thu

Daily Visitor Operating Hours:

1500 UTC to 1700 UTC - (10 AM to 12 PM EST)
1800 UTC to 2045 UTC - (1 PM to 3:45 PM EST)

(Station closed 1700 to 1800 UTC (12 PM to 1 PM EST))

Afternoon/Evening Schedule:

2100 UTC (4 PM EST)    CWf      Mon, Wed, Fri
2100  "      "         CWs      Tue, Thu
2200  "  (5 PM EST)    CWb      Daily
2300  "  (6 PM EST)    DIGITAL  Daily
0000  "  (7 PM EST)    CWs      Mon, Wed, Fri
0000  "      "         CWf      Tue, Thu
0100  "  (8 PM EST)    CWb      Daily
0200  "  (9 PM EST)    DIGITAL  Daily
0245  "  (9:45 PM EST) VOICE    Daily
0300  "  (10 PM EST)   CWf      Mon, Wed, Fri
0300  "      "         CWs      Tue, Thu
0400  "  (11 PM EST)   CWb      Daily


                         Frequencies (MHz)
                         -----------------
CW: 1.8025 3.5815 7.0475 14.0475 18.0975 21.0675 28.0675 50.350 147.555
DIGITAL: - 3.5975 7.095 14.095 18.1025 21.095 28.095 50.350 147.555
VOICE: 1.855 3.990 7.290 14.290 18.160 21.390 28.590 50.350 147.555
 
Notes:

CWs = Morse Code practice (slow) = 5, 7.5, 10, 13 and 15 WPM
CWf = Morse Code practice (fast) = 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 WPM 
CWb = Morse Code Bulletins = 18 WPM

CW frequencies include code practices, Qualifying Runs and CW bulletins.

DIGITAL = BAUDOT (45.45 baud), BPSK31 and MFSK16 in a revolving schedule.

Code practice texts are from QST, and the source of each practice is given at the beginning of each practice and at the beginning of alternate speeds.

On Tuesdays and Fridays at 2330 UTC (6:30 PM EST), Keplerian Elements for active amateur satellites are sent on the regular digital frequencies.

A DX bulletin replaces or is added to the regular bulletins between 0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Thursdays and 0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Fridays.

Audio from W1AW's CW code practices, CW/digital bulletins and phone bulletin is available using EchoLink via the W1AW Conference Server named "W1AWBDCT."  The monthly W1AW Qualifying Runs are presented here as well.  The audio is sent in real-time and runs concurrently
with W1AW's regular transmission schedule.

All users who connect to the conference server are muted.  Please note that any questions or comments about this server should not be sent via the "Text" window in EchoLink. Please direct any questions or comments to w1aw@arrl.org .

In a communications emergency, monitor W1AW for special bulletins as follows: Voice on the hour, Digital at 15 minutes past the hour, and CW on the half hour.
 
All licensed amateurs may operate the station from 1500 UTC to 1700 UTC (10 AM to 12 PM EST), and then from 1800 UTC to 2045 UTC (1 PM to 3:45 PM EST) Monday through Friday.  Be sure to bring your current FCC amateur radio license or a photocopy.

The W1AW Operating Schedule may also be found on page 100 in the November 2019 issue of QST or on the web at, http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-operating-schedule .

NNNN
/EX

Hamsat PO-101 Schedule


Weekly Weather Satellite Status Report -- 4 Nov 2019

WEATHER SATELLITES
  ===============
POLAR APT, DIGITAL and GEOSTATIONARY WEEKLY STATUS.
  ==============================================

Please note that due to an earlier numbering error this report is
numbered 2019/45, the same as last week, to catch up.

Author  : Douglas S Deans
E-mail  : dsdeans@btinternet.com
Twitter : Douglas Deans @GM4VZY

There are no updates but please see the general note above.

SECTION 1: POLAR APT/LRPT REPORT – 4th November 2019.
  =================================================
CHANGES SINCE LAST REPORT.
None.

THIS WEEK'S POSSIBLE EVENTS.
None expected.

Satellite    Frequency (MHz)     Status   Image Quality

NOAA 15        137.620  (APT)      on   periods of synch problems
NOAA 18        137.9125 (APT)      on         good
NOAA 19        137.100  (APT)      on         good
Metop-A        137.100  (LRPT)     off      see Note 1
Metop-B                No LRPT service
Metop-C                No LRPT service
Meteor M N2    137.100 (LRPT)      on
                QPSK, 72k
Meteor M N2-2  137.900 (LRPT)      on         good
                OQPSK,  72k

NOTES.
1. Metop-A's A-side LRPT transmitter has failed. Currently the redundant
   B-side transmitter is off until further notice (No further service
   expected due to interference with HIRS instrument).

2. NOAA 14 was decommissioned on 23rd May 2007.

3. NOAA 12 was decommissioned on 10th August 2007.

4. NOAA 17 was decommissioned on 10th April 2013.

5. NOAA 16 was decommissioned on 9th June 2014.

6. Elements are available from :-
   http://www.space-track.org and
   http://celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/

LAUNCHES.
None expected.


SECTION 2: POLAR HRPT/AHRPT REPORT – 4th November 2019.
  ===================================================
CHANGES SINCE LAST REPORT.
None.

THIS WEEK'S POSSIBLE EVENTS.
None expected.

Satellite    Frequency  Antenna    Mode     Image Quality
              (MHz)
NOAA 15       1702.5     Omni      HRPT   Weak(periods of problems)
NOAA 18       1707.0     RHCP      HRPT        Good
NOAA 19       1698.0     RHCP      HRPT        Good
Feng Yun 3A   1704.5     RHCP              see note 6.
Feng Yun 3B   1704.5     RHCP              see note 6.
Feng Yun 3C   1701.4     RHCP              see note 9.
Metop-A       1701.3     RHCP      AHRPT  Good (note 5)
Metop-B       1701.3     RHCP      AHRPT      Good.
Metop-C       1701.3     RHCP      AHRPT
Meteor M N2   1700.0 see Note 7.
Meteor M N2-2 1700.0 see note 7.
NPP       see Note 8.
NOAA 20   see Note 8.

NOTES.

1. NOAA 14 was decommissioned on 23rd June 2007.

2. NOAA 12 was decommissioned on 10th August 2007.

3. NOAA 17 was decommissioned on 10th April 2013.

4. NOAA 16 was decommissioned on 9th June 2014.

5. On 25 May 2009, Eumetsat extended the coverage of the Advanced High
   Resolution Picture Transmission (AHRPT) system on Eumetsat's Metop-A
   polar-orbiting satellite. The improved service provides additional
   coverage over the Gulf of Mexico and Indian Ocean regions.

6. I am also grateful to Dave Wright of Dartcom for confirming that
   unfortunately (as usual) the Chinese have not strictly complied with
   the CGMS AHRPT Global Standard so reception using a standard Metop
   AHRPT receiver is not possible.
   Update: The second in the series, Feng Yun 3B was launched on
   4th November 2010. I expect the information above for 3A will
   equally apply to 3B.
   My thanks to Johnny Lin for drawing this to my attention.

7. It appears that Meteor M N2 and M N2-2 are neither using full HRPT or
   AHRPT and cannot be received using standard receivers. Please see
   other mails for further explanation :-
   http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/weather-satellite-report/message/
   2098.

8. As those weather satellites have no S-band transmitter, they are
    included for information only.

9. I am grateful to David Wright of Dartcom (http://www.dartcom.co.uk)
   for providing up to date information for Feng Yun 3C.
   Now fully operational but the Chinese have changed the data rate
   compared to FY-3A and FY-3C DB downlink data rate is 3.9 Mbps after RS
   Encoding.
   Frequency is also different - it is on 1701.3 MHz same frequency as
   Metop A/B. It still requires a special AHRPT receiver like FY-3A/B.
   They have also changed the polarisation of the X-band downlink to
   LHCP.

LAUNCHES.
None expected.


SECTION 3: GEOSTATIONARY REPORT – 4th November 2019.
  ===============================================
CHANGES SINCE LAST REPORT.
None.

THIS WEEK'S POSSIBLE EVENTS.
None expected.

Europe & Africa
------------------
Satellite : Meteosat 9 (3.5° E).
Data :      HRIT and LRIT(digital).
Operational : Hot FES standby. No LRIT.

Satellite : Meteosat 10 (9.5°E).
Data : HRIT (digital) and LRIT (digital)
Operational : Yes. Prime RSS satellite. No LRIT.

Satellite : Meteosat 11 (0°).
Data :      HRIT and LRIT(digital).
Operational : Yes Prime 0° FES satellite. No LRIT.

North America
----------------
East.
Satellite : GOES 16 (75.2° W).
Data :  GRB  - 1686.6 MHz.
         HRIT - 1694.1 MHz.
Operational: yes.

West.
Satellite : GOES 17 (137.2° W).
Data:  GRB   - 1686.6MHz.
        HRIT: - 1694.1MHz.
Operational: Yes.

Satellite : GOES 15 (128° W).
Data : GVAR (digital) - 1685.7 MHz
LRIT (digital) - 1691 MHz
Operational : Yes.(In parallel with GOES 17).

Satellite : GOES 14 (105°W).
Data : GVAR (digital) - 1685.7 MHz
LRIT (digital) - 1691 MHz
Operational: Standby.

Satellite : GOES 13 (60° W).
Data: GVAR (digital) - 1685.7 MHz
LRIT (digital) - 1691 MHz
Operational: No. In storage.

Asia (Russian Operated Satellite)
--------------------------------------

Satellite : ELECTRO-L (14.5°W)
Data : HRIT/LRIT.
Operational : No

Satellite : ELECTRO-L2 (78° E)
Data : HRIT/LRIT.
Operational : Yes.

Asia (European Operated Satellites)
----------------------------------------
Satellite : Meteosat 8 (41.5°E).
Data : HRIT (digital) and LRIT (digital).
Operational : Yes. Operating IODC.
               There is no direct readout LRIT.

Asia (Indian Operated Satellite)
--------------------------------
Satellite: Insat 3D (82° E).
Data : HRIT/LRIT 4781 MHz
         Sounder 4798 MHz.
Operational : Yes.

Satellite: Insat 3DR (74° E).
Data : HRIT/LRIT 4781 MHz.
        Sounder 4798 MHz.
Operational : Yes.

Asia (Korean Operated Satellite)
-----------------------------------
Satellite : COMS (128.2° E)
Data : HRIT (digital) and LRIT (digital)
Operational : No. Standby

Satellite : GEO-KOMPSAT-2A. (128.2° E)
Data :  HRIT (digital) - 1695.4 MHz.
         LRIT (digital) - 1692.14 MHz
         UHRIT (digital) - 8070 Mhz (DVB-S2)
Operational : Yes.

Asia & Oceania (Japanese Operated Satellites)
------------------------------------------------
Satellite : MTSAT-1R (140° E) (note 4.)
Data : HRIT (digital) - 1687.1 MHz.
        LRIT(digital) - 1691 MHz.(Note 5.)
Operational : No.

Satellite : MTSAT-2 (145° E).
Data : HRIT (digital) - 1687.1 MHz
        LRIT(digital) - 1691 MHz.
Operational : Yes

Satellite : Himawari 8 (140.7° E).
Data : No direct dissemination.
          Satellite downlink only on
          18.1 - 18.4 GHz (raw).
          Data only available via HimawariCast service.
Operational : Yes.

Satellite : Himawari 9 (140.7° E).
Data : No direct dissemination.
          Satellite downlink only on
          18.1 - 18.4 GHz (raw).
          Data only available via HimawariCast service.
Operational : No. Standby (expected operational 2022).

Asia & Oceania (Chinese Operated Satellites)
----------------------------------------------------
Satellite : Feng Yun 2E (86.5°E).
Data : SVISSR (digital) and LRIT (digital)
Operational : No.

Satellite: Feng Yun 2F (112.5° E).
Data: SVISSR (digital) and LRIT (digital).
Operational: Standby but used for regional scanning.

Satellite: Feng Yun 2G (99.5° E).
Data: SVISSR (digital) and LRIT (digital).
Operational:  Yes. (from 16/04/18 09.00 UTC).

Satellite: Feng Yun 2H (79° E)
Data:  SVISSR (digital) and LRIT (digital)
Operational: Yes.

Satellite: Feng Yun 4A (99.5° E).
Data: HRIT (digital) and LRIT (digital).
Operational : Yes.

NOTES.

1. Meteosat 7 stopped its 0° service at 09.00 UTC on 14th June 2006.

2. Insat 3A is a combined data and meteorological satellite.

3. For those interested in EMWIN data, the following sats/frequencies
    apply.

  GOES 15 (128° W)   1692.7 MHz
  GOES 16 (75.2° W)  1694.1 MHz
  GOES 17 (137.2° W) 1694.1 MHz

  For further info. there are many sources but the following is
  informative:-
  http://www.nws.noaa.gov/emwin/winsat.htm

4.This satellite is also known as HIMAWARI 6.

5.HiRID and WEFAX was discontinued on 12th March 2008. It was replaced
   with HRIT/LRIT (after many months of dual dissemination).

6.GOES-12 was decommissioned on 16th August 2013.

LAUNCHES.
None expected.

NOTES.
1. Reports for all sections should be sent to :-
    Douglas Deans. dsdeans@btinternet.com

GENERAL
=======
For further weather satellite related information join GEO, Group for
Earth Observation. See :- http://www.geo-web.org.uk/

To download element sets for all satellites visit the following sites :
http://www.space-track.org and
http://celestrak.com/NORAD/elements/

For further information about Eumetsat's Eumetcast service please see :-
https://www.eumetsat.int/website/home/Data/DataDelivery/EUMETCast/index.html

And service notifications are here :-
https://uns.eumetsat.int/

FAA Releases Privacy Plan for ADS-B

Fron AINonline by Kerry Lynch

The FAA is putting one of the final pieces in place for the transition to the January 1 ADS-B deadline, releasing a plan to protect the privacy of operators from real-time flight-tracking services.
Agency officials announced the flight-tracking opt-out plan at NBAA’s recent Flight Planners Summit held in conjunction with the association’s annual convention in Las Vegas. Additionally, the officials said they would establish new data-sharing limits for air traffic tracking service providers if operators want to opt out of having their flight information broadcast over the internet. Those limits are expected to go in effect by year-end, NBAA said.
The Privacy ICAO Address (PIA) Program will be implemented in phases. Under the first phase, to be in place by January 1, the FAA will set up a portal to accept requests from operators seeking to keep their real-time ADS-B position and identification information private. Those operators will receive an alternative, temporary ICAO aircraft address that is not linked with their FAA registration information. To qualify, the aircraft must be U.S-registered, 1090-MHz ADS-B equipped, and fly in U.S. airspace.
Under Phase 2, the FAA will transition the PIA program to a third-party service provider. That move is anticipated in mid-2020.
NBAA, which has long sought protections for operators from the publicly available information that comes with ADS-B, welcomed the move. “We’re pleased the FAA has responded positively to ADS-B privacy concerns of operators, which NBAA has raised in numerous government/industry forums, including with the NextGen Advisory Committee,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “Until now, the lack of a privacy solution has been a disincentive for some operators to equip with ADS-B. No one should have to surrender their privacy and security just because they board an airplane.”