Space Weather

AN EARTH-DIRECTED EXPLOSION ON THE SUN: Yesterday (April 21st), a large magnetic filament snaking across the sun’s southern hemisphere exploded, hurling a CME straight toward our planet. Estimated time of arrival: April 24th. Minor to strong geomagnetic storms are possible when the CME strikes.

Ydun Ritz (2023-04-22)

United Kingdom

Radio Caroline: ITV News Anglia is reporting live from Ross Revenge this evening on our charity’s Crowdfunder Appeal to get Ross Revenge into dry dock. Tune in at 6pm. Can you help us save Ross Revenge? Visit if you would like to make a donation and to see rewards.

Radio Caroline 648 MW FB group (2023-04-21)

United States

Pence Lends Voice to “Save AM” Campaign.
The campaign to keep AM radio in electric vehicles and other new cars is getting support from Mike Pence. The former vice president voices part of a PSA airing on WABC Radio in New York City.

John Catsimatidis, owner of Red Apple Media, which owns WABC Radio, is leading the “Save AM Radio” campaign. In reaching out to political contacts who might help support his call to protect AM radio, Catsimatidis asked Pence to voice the spot.

In the one-minute spot, Pence calls AM talk radio “a meeting place for the American people” and says “making sure that these new electric vehicles include FM and AM, as well as all the other new technology, I think is a real priority for the free flow of information in America.”

T. Carter Roos in Radio World (2023-04-19)

Italy / Scotland

Special radio six international SW & MW broadcasts from Scotland June 6th.

On 6th June 1963, four schoolchildren gathered in the attic of a house on the Ardrossan seafront in Ayrshire to launch their very own radio station. Cobbled together with tins, clockwork gramophones, and lots of wire, the opening day’s programmes were line fed to a radio receiver two floors down. But it was a start and, against the odds, the station survived in a variety of forms and today can be heard 24/7 on the internet. With listeners in 208 countries, and both daily direct FM and regular shortwave rebroadcasts as well as a network of 30 affiliate AM, FM and Digital stations around the world, radio six international is a force to be reckoned with.
Programming is largely unsigned and indie performers worldwide, while at weekends a team of some 30 seasoned professionals provide specialist music programming.
The station is now based in a purpose-built headquarters on the Inner Hebridean island of Lismore, a tiny island sandwiched between Oban on the mainland and the much bigger island of Mull to the west.
To celebrate the station’s 60th anniversary on 6th June 2023, a day of original programmes from all the current station presenters will be broadcast, with the entire 24 hours carried on 9,670kHz in the 31 metre band from Röhrbach in Germany, as well as from FM transmitters in New Zealand on 88.2 and 107.6MHz between 00:00 and 23:59 GMT.  And as well as the streaming at (Alexa, “play radio six international”) the two hour live special programme “Sixty Swinging Years” hosted by Tony Currie will air on 1,323kHz from the Nexus-IBA transmitter in Milan, Italy between 19:00 and 21:00 GMT.  A special QSL card will be issued for the occasion and reception reports are encouraged. They can be sent during the broadcast (with probable mentions on air) to:
For further details contact: Tony Currie (Director of Programmes) Tel: +44 1631 760 100
radio six international The Studio, Port Ramsay, Isle of Lismore, Argyll, PA34 5UN, Scotland

TONY CURRIE, Director of Programmes, *radio six international* via WOR iog (2023-04-20)

Space Weather

MINOR GEOMAGNETIC STORM WATCH: NOAA forecasters say that minor G1-class geomagnetic storms are possible on April 20th when a CME is expected to deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field. The CME was hurled in our direction by the eruption of a solar magnetic filament on April 16th.

Ydun Ritz (2023-04-19)

Ireland and more

On the occasion of the closure of RTE on LW there are two IQ-wideband-recordings of the longwave band from April 14th available on the COHIRADIA page at
Recording 1 was made by Walter Barteczek with an RSP1a SDR in Neunkirchen-Seelscheid (Germany) and contains the upper LW band with 3 stations, i.e. BBC (198 kHz), Polskie Radio (225 kHz) and RTE (252 kHz). The file has good quality and only weak interference from Algeria.
Recording 2 was made by Gianni Müller in Luzern (Switzerland) with a PERSEUS SDR and contains also Antena Satelor (153 kHz) and Medi 1 (171 kHz) as well as the last 15min of RTE with some interference from Algeria.

In both cases loop antennas were used and oriented for maximum cancellation of the Algerian transmitter. The files can be downloaded either in standard IQ-wav-format for digital playback with major SDR-software (SDRUno, SDR#, …) or in raw-IQ-format for analogue playback on historical radio receivers when using the equipment described in COHIRADIA.
Interested radio amateurs and collectors are cordially invited to visit the growing archive with records of complete AM-bands. Tuning through some of them allows to witness the last hours of traditional stations like RTL on LW as well as Absolute Radio and RAI Radio1 on MW.

Hermann Scharfetter (2023-04-19)

Western Sahara

As previously reported Western Sahara (Morocco) 711kHz El Aaiún has been inactive.
I noted a strong carrier this morning at 06.30UT. On re checking at 11.00UT now with good modulation, Arabic chanting. Had always been one of the strongest non Canary Islands MW stations received here during daytime since I first started regularly visiting Lanzarote back in 2016. A welcome return to Medium Wave.

73 John Hoad Playa Blanca Lanzarote to mwcircle iog (2023-04-19)