[A-DX] SWRG61: Karl Marx, WWVH und einiges mehr

So Aug 19 17:31:07 CEST 2018


Here is the lineup for today's program, in MFSK modes as noted:

  1:40  Program preview (now)
  3:00  "Zero euro" bills with Karl Marx's image*
  7:38  MFSK128: Parker Solar Probe will travel close to sun*
11:47  MFSK64: Czech politics of invasion 50th anniversary*
16:49  Russian cosmonauts' eight-hour spacewalk from ISS*
21:46  Budget cuts might shut down WWV and WWVH*
25:51  Painting of the week*
28:10  MFSK32: Closing announcements

 From Deutsche Welle:

Tourists snap up 'zero euro' bills with Karl Marx's image

      Karl Marx-themed mugs, stickers, magnets and pens do well at
      the tourism office in the German city of Trier. But a new
      item, released earlier this year to mark the philosopher's
      200th birthday, is the really big hit...................



 From ARRL.org:

NIST FY 2019 Budget Would Eliminate WWV and WWVH

11 August 2018

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) FY 2019
budget request includes shutting down "NIST radio stations in
Colorado and Hawaii" - in other words, WWV and WWVH. Radio
amateurs, HF listeners, and others around the world routinely
make use of the time and frequency standard signals, which also
include propagation information. NIST said eliminating funding
currently "supporting fundamental measurement dissemination"
would include putting WWV and WWVH off the air for a saving of
$6.3 million. The NIST FY 2019 budget request for efforts related
to Fundamental Measurement, Quantum Science and Measurement
Dissemination is $127 million, which, the agency said, is a net
decrease of $49 million from FY 2018 levels. The Administration's
overall NIST budget request is more than $629 million.

"The proposed reductions will allow NIST to consolidate and focus
on narrower core [fundamental] measurement programs while meeting
budget levels," the agency said in its FY 2019 budget summary.
"NIST will focus on basic research while reducing funding for
efforts applying some of its breakthroughs into new measurement

The FY 2019 proposed budget cuts developed earlier this year came
to light via Tom Witherspoon, K4SWL, who maintains The SWLing
Post website, after a number of viewers called it to his
attention. He posted an article on his blog.

"I've always considered WWV and WWVH to be the heartbeat of the
shortwaves here in North America - a constant, timely companion
and brilliant gauge of HF propagation," Witherspoon wrote. I
assumed both stations would be some of the last to go silent on
the shortwaves." ...

"I find this budget request very disappointing," Witherspoon said
with respect to the proposed elimination of WWV and WWVH. "Let's
hope, somehow, this does not come to fruition." He said The
SWLing Post would be tracking and posting any new developments.