Monitoring System (IARUMS)

USKA February Monitoring Report

Peter, HB9CET published his USKA monitoring report for February. Within the USKA News he mentioned the importance of international teamwork and the big success by IARUMS with the "Radio Golos Rossii (=Voice of Russia)" action, showing also the signal and its lower sideband reaching down almost 5 kHz into the 40m ham band. For more information or News visit USKA homage. For full story click here or check the USKA Monthly reports.

Voice of Russia moved from 7200 to 7265 kHz

DJ9KR reports: Radio Golos Rossii (=Voice of Russia) was first heard on 7200 kHz on 1st February 2011 and reported to IARU-Monitoring System by PA0GRU, OM Dick. On 2nd February I heard the station myself and immediately informed the German telecoms. authorities "Federal Network Agency". They took a fix pointing to St. Petersburg, Russia. At the same time Wolf Bueschel DF5SX informed Mikhail Timofeyev at St. Petersburg TX center. Wolf also gave me the email addresses of some officers at "The General Radiofrequency Centre" in Moscow. Wolf wrote to me: "I advised Mikhail at St. Petersburg Russia tx center to use Golos Rossii program on 7460 kHz instead of 7200 kHz." However Mr Timofeyev showed a stubborn attitude: He wrote to me and to Wolf: Amateur Radio Band is 7000 - 7200 kHz, BC-band is 7200 - 7300 kHz, so both Golos Rossii and the radio amateurs are allowed to use the frequency 7200 kHz. If there is an interference to the ham radio service the Radio Amateurs may QSO down to avoid interference. Immediately I also sent a "Letter of Complaint" and asked for a frequency shift off the exclusive amateur radio frequency 7200 kHz. Also I added a screenshot (made by Peter HB9CET, USKA Monitoring System) showing the signal of Golos Rossii and the lower sideband of Golos Rossii reaching down almost 5 kHz into the ham radio band. On 8 Februay I received a short email from Mr. Alexey Vesnin from "The General Radio Frequency Centre" in Moscow informing me: "I moved 7200 to 7265. For me it is easy :-) Are you happy? Best regards, Alexey "

Of course I am happy, and certainly the community of Radio Amateurs, too. This really was a quick solution!

Thank you, dear Alexey Vesnin from The General Radiofrequency Centre in Moscow.
My thanks also go to PA0GRU, Dick; to Wolf Bueschel DF5SX and to the "Federal Network Agency" for their help. 
Ulrich Bihlmayer DJ9KR - IARU MONITORING SYSTEM Region 1

Voice of Russia on 7200 kHz

DJ9KR reports: Since February 1st, 2011 the Russian BC Radio Station "Golos Rossiye" (= Voice of Russia) is transmitting programs in Russian language on the exclusive Amateur Radio frequency 7200 kHz with quite high power. This is causing very harmful interference to the Amateur Radio Service world wide, which has an exclusive allocation for the range 7000 - 7200 kHz. The location of the transmitter is St. Petersburg, RUS.  The transmissions are from 0800 - 1500 UTC with S9+35dB in my shack. My antenna is a dipole.  Please inform your National telecoms. authorities and invite them to write an "International Complaint". I have already sent an email and a fax to the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Berlin. Also I have made a phone call ( 0049 - 30 - 229 - 11 10 " or "0049 - 30 - 229 - 11 29 ". E-mail-address of the Russian Embassy Berlin is: " This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "  The fax-address is: 0049 - 30 - 229 - 93 - 97. DJ9KR´s complaint to "Voice of Russia" - Read more!

Weatherfax on 40 m disabled

PA0GRU and DK2OM observed a strong weatherfax transmission on 7101.9 kHz on Jan. 7th 2011 at 0930 UTC. Parameters: 120 rpm, IOC 576. DK2OM was able  to identify the source of transmission and phoned the German PTT at Konstanz. The location of the transmitter was Northwood, UK. The German PTT took bearings and phoned the British PTT. After 1 hour the fax transmission left our 40 m-band. It must have been a frequency tuning error in Northwood. Anyway: A fast success for IARUMS Region 1! Many thanks to Dick, PA0GRU, Uli, DJ9KR, the German PTT (BNetzA) at Konstanz and Ofcom Baldock, UK. More details ...