Friday, December 30, 2022

Happy New Year from Teak Publishing


 Teak Publishing wishes all our followers a Happy New Year...and thanks for being here! 

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Merry Christmas from Teak Publishing, to our global followers


Afrikaans - 'n Geseende Kersfees en 'n voorspoedige Nuwejaar
Afrikaans - Een Plesierige Kerfees
Albanian -- Gezuar Krishtlindje
Arabic - I'd Miilad Said Oua Sana Saida
Armenian - Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
Azeri - Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
Basque - Zorionstsu Eguberri. Zoriontsu Urte Berri On
Bengali - Bodo Din Shubh Lamona
Bohemian - Vesele Vanoce
Breton - Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
Bulgarian - Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
Celtic - Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
Chinese -
     (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
     (Cantonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun
     (Hong Kong) Kung Ho Hsin Hsi. Ching Chi Shen Tan
Cornish - Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
Cree - Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
Croatian - Sretan Bozic
Czech - Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Danish - Gladelig Jul
Dutch - Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar
English - Merry Christmas
Esperanto - Gajan Kristnaskon
Estonian - Roomsaid Joulu Puhi
Farsi - Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
Finnish - Hyvaa joulua
French - Joyeux Noel
Frisian - Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier
German - Froehliche Weihnachten
Greek - Kala Christouyenna
Hawaiian - Mele Kalikimaka
Hebrew - Mo'adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
Hindi - Bada Din Mubarak Ho
Hungarian - Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
Icelandic - Gledileg Jol
Indonesian - Selamat Hari Natal
Iraqi - Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Irish - Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Italian - Buon Natale or Buone Feste Natalizie
Japanese - Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Kala - Khristougena kai Eftikhes to Neon Etos
Korean - Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Latvian - Priecigus Ziemas Svetkus un Laimigu Jauno Gadu
Lettish - Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
Lithuanian - Linksmu Kaledu
Manx - Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
Maori - Meri Kirihimete
Marathi - Shub Naya Varsh
Navajo - Merry Keshmish
Northern Sotho - Matlhatse le matlhogonolo mo ngwageng o moswa.
Norwegian - God Jul Og Godt Nytt Aar
Pennsylvania German - En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei 
Papiamento - Bon Pasku i Felis Anja Nobo
Pig Latin - Errymay ristmaskay
Polish - Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Portuguese - Feliz Natal (Used in Portugal, Brazil and several former Portuguese colonies)
Rapa-Nui - Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
Romanian - Craciun Fericit
Russian - Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom
Samoan - La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Serbian - Hristos se rodi
Scottish - Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ur
Serbian - Hristos se rodi
Singhalese - Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Slavonic - Christos Razdajetsja! Slavite Jeho!
Slovak - Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
Slovene - Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto
Spanish - Feliz Navidad (Used in Spain as well as Mexico and most of Central and South America)
Swahili - Krismasi Njema
Swedish - God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt Ar
Tagalog - Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
Tamil - Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
Thai - Sawat Dee Wan Kritsamas
Turkish - Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Ukrainian - Srozhdestvom Kristovym
Urdu - Bara Din Mubarak Ho
Vietnamese - Chung Mung Giang Sinh
Waray - Maupay nga Pasko ngan Mainuswagon nga Bag-o nga Tu-ig
Welsh - Nadolig Llawen
Zulu - Nginifisela inhlanhla ne mpumelelo e nyakeni

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Introducing the "Scanner/SWL Junkies" Talkgroup on the TGIF DMR network.


Did you know there is a place for Scanner Junkies to discuss radio on DMR?
A DMR talk group designed for all aspects of the Scanner Radio Hobby. Public Safety Scanning, Race Scanning, Railroad Scanning, Airband Scanning, SDR dongle use, and Shortwave Listening.
It doesn't matter if you use the latest IQ software-defined scanners or an old crystal receiver. You have come to the right place. We will focus on the use of scanner radios, fire pagers, Shortwave receivers, air-band radios, wide-band receivers, scanner radio apps, websites, and just about any other technology used today in the hobby.
The talk group number 1033 was chosen as the best representation of the 10 code 10-33 "emergency traffic" that you used to hear used all the time in monitoring public safety radio. Watch this wiki for links to hobby-related clubs, newsletters, email groups, discussion boards, etc.

How do I find talkgroup 1033 on the TGIF Network?
Point your hotspot to the TGIF Network. Then key up and make a QSO and the talkgroup will become dynamic.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

19th Edition of the Global Radio Guide (Winter 2022-23) Now Available


Small moves and gradual escalation.

 Positioning resources so that at the perfect moment, a move can be made to ensure a swift victory.

 This is no game of chess, this is the real-world and real-time tensions playing out in the Taiwan Straits every day.

 With tensions between Taiwan and China on the rise, and with the Russian-Ukrainian war raging on, radio hobbyists are following the latest news from the front lines using shortwave broadcasts and various other radio services. You can hear these international events like the pros do, but you will need an accurate and comprehensive global radio guide to know where and when to tune in to the action. 

 That is where you can count on Gayle Van Horn’s (W4GVH) Amazon bestselling Global Radio Guide (now in its 19th edition for the Winter of 2022-23) as it has all of the details you need to catch up with the latest from these and other hotspots around the world.

 As one of the only remaining publications available with international broadcast frequencies and schedules, the Global Radio Guide (GRG) puts everything a radio enthusiast needs to navigate the action right in their hands.

 In this completely updated edition, regular GRG contributor Fred Waterer (also of The Spectrum Monitor) post features on monitoring the international broadcasters at the very forefront of the events.  Larry Van Horn, N5FPW, adds his detailed information on monitoring of utilities on the shortwave bands, including military communications. 

 With the help of the GRG, you can tune in shortwave broadcast stations from additional hotspots such as  Cuba, India, Iran, North/South Korea, and many other counties. If you have a shortwave radio receiver, SDR or Internet connection, pair it with this unique radio resource to know when and where to listen to the world.

 This newest edition of the GRG carries on the tradition of those before it with an in-depth, 24-hour station/frequency guide with 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 worldwide.

 The GRG includes listings of DX radio programs and Internet website addresses for many of the stations in the book. There are also entries for time and frequency stations as well as some of the more “intriguing” transmissions one can find on the shortwave radio bands.

 In addition to the global hotspots, the GRG brings the world to you from other places on the radio dial.

 It’s not just the shortwave bands heating up, mediumwave DXing has seen a surge in popularity in recent years as well.  For those DXing the lower bands, DX Central’s Loyd Van Horn, W4LVH, breaks down the basics of getting started with mediumwave DX and even gives us a fun summer project does a deep dive into everything you need to know when purchasing a portable radio for AM DX.  While SDRs are taking over, portable radios remain popular and highly successful options for the mediumwave DXer and Loyd can help you sort through the specs and stats to find your next radio!

 Whether you monitor shortwave radio broadcasts, mediumwave, amateur radio operators, or aeronautical, maritime, government, or military communications in the HF radio spectrum, this book has the information you need to help you to hear it all. Teak Publishing’s Global Radio Guide "brings the world to you."

 You can find this edition of the Global Radio Guide, along with all of our titles currently available for purchase, on the Teak Publishing Web site at  Details will be available at

 The 19th edition of the Global Radio Guide e-Book (electronic book only, no print edition available) is available worldwide from Amazon and their various international websites at

 The price for 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 website to purchase this e-Book.


You can read any Kindle e-Book 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


Thursday, October 27, 2022

Polar APT, Digital and Geostationary Weather Satellites Weekly Status Report 24 Oct 2022

Author  : Douglas S Deans E-mail  :
Twitter : Douglas Deans @GM4VZY

Sections 1 and 2 have an update.

SECTION 1: POLAR APT/LRPT REPORT – 24th October 2022.

NOAA 15 has AVHRR scan motor issues. Poor imagery.
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-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)  off     (see Note 7). OQPSK,  72k

1. NOAA 14 was decommissioned on 23rd May 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. Metop-A end-of-life switch off on 15th November 2021.
6. Elements are available from- and
7. Meteor M N2-2 has likely been hit by a micro-meteorite. It has changed orbit and been de-pressurized. Although under control again the thermal balance is an issue and the main problem is overheating of the batteries which keep switching to backup. LRPT transmitter cannot operate under those arrangements and is off permanently.
Meteor M N2-3 launch date is unknown.


NOAA 15 has AVHRR scan motor issues. Poor imagery.

Satellite    Frequency  Antenna    Mode     Image Quality
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. Off
Feng Yun 3C   1701.4     RHCP  see note 9.  Off.
Feng Yun 3D   7820  see note 11.
Feng Yun 3E   7860  commissioning  see note 11.
Metop-B       1701.3     RHCP      AHRPT      Good.
Metop-C       1701.3     RHCP      AHRPT
Meteor M N2   1700.0 see Note 7.  on
Meteor M N2-2 1700.0 see note 7 and 10        on
NPP see Note 8.
NOAA 20  see Note 8.
Arktika-M1 see Note 12

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. Metop-A end-of-life switch off on 15th November 2021.
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 emails for further explanation:-
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 ( 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.
The frequency is also different - it is 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 polarization of the X-band downlink to LHCP.
10. Meteor M N2-2 has likely been hit by a micro-meteorite. It has changed orbit and been de-pressurized. Although under control again the thermal balance is an issue and main problem is overheating of the batteries which keep switching to backup. AHRPT is on when
spacecraft (solar panels) are illuminated.
11. Although AHRPT is not available on FY-3D/3E on the 1700 MHz band as with previous satellites of the series it is available on 7820/60 MHz. There are amateurs with working systems on those frequencies so I have added the satellite for information.
12  Arktika-M1 is in a specialised Molnyia orbit. For more information please see :-
Meteor M N2-3 launch date is unknown.


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

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

Satellite : GOES 17 (137.3° 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 (61.6 E).
Data: GVAR (digital) - 1685.7 MHz
LRIT (digital) - 1691 MHz
Operational: Repurposed by US Space Force. See :-

Satellite: GOES 18 (137.0°W).
Data:  GRB   - 1686.6MHz.
HRIT: - 1694.1MHz.
Operational: No. PLT Phase 2 is underway and data is interleaved with GOES 17.

Asia (Russian Operated Satellite)

Satellite : ELECTRO-L (14.5°W)
Operational : No

Satellite : ELECTRO-L2 (14.5° W)
Operational : No (but transmitting)

Satellite : ELECTRO-L3 (76° E)
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.

Satellite: Feng Yun 4B.
Data:  HRIT (digital) and LRIT (digital).
Operational: No. Just launched.


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:-
4. This satellite is also known as HIMAWARI 6.
5. HiRID and WEFAX were 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.

MTG-I1 launch is expected towards the end of the year but not yet on Ariane manifest.

SECTION 4: Weather Satellites on 7800 MHz(X-band) – 24th October 2022.


Satellite  Frequency  Service  Bandwidth  Polarisation
Metop-A    7800 MHz    GDS    63000 kHz   RHCP
Metop-B    7800 MHz    GDS    63000 kHz   RHCP
Metop-C    7800 MHz    GDS    63000 kHz   RHCP
NOAA 20    7812 MHz    HRD    32000 kHz   RHCP
SNPP       7812 MHz    HRD     30000 kHz   RHCP
FY-3B      7775 MHz    MPT     45000 kHz   RHCP off
FY-3C      7780 MHz    MPT     45000 kHz   LHCP
FY-3D      7820 MHz    FRD    100000 kHz   RHCP

1. Reports for all sections should be sent to:- Douglas Deans.


For further weather satellite-related information join GEO, Group for Earth Observation. See :-

To download element sets for all satellites visit the following sites: and

For further information about Eumetsat's Eumetcast service please see:-
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Thursday, September 22, 2022

DX Central YouTube channel begins Season 3, on September 23


On Friday, September 23, 2022, at 6:45 PM (CDT) (2345 UTC) DX Central begins its third season on the air. The highly popular YouTube channel, hosted by Loyd Van Horn, from North Shore studios in Mandeville, Louisiana, specializes in AM and FM DX, equipment reviews, airchecks, tips, tricks, and how-to videos.  

Loyd is the 2022 International Radio Club of America (IRCA) Ric Heald award winner for his support of the AM radio hobby.

New to the hobby? Learn more about DX with his DX 101 pages at Find out about AM DX Home on the Road videos, AM DX Airchecks-By State, and MUCH MORE!

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DX Central Archive editions: 

DX 101 Spreadsheets and Logbook Analysis for AM

DX 101 Reviewing SDR recordings for AM/FM DX

DX 101 The Top 10 Countries From North/South America You Can Try to Hear TONIGHT

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