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Hello friends,

Happy World Radio Day!  World Radio Day will be Monday, 13 February, and it will be mentioned this weekend on VOA Radiogram.

Also this weekend, we will transmit samples of text in Chinese, Russian, and Persian. For these alphabets to display correctly, Fldigi should be configured to the UTF-8 character set (Configure > Colors & Fonts > adjust Rx/Tx Character set to UTF-8, if it is not there already). Your operating system might also need font support for non-Western languages. If the Chinese, Russian, or Persian text is seen as a series of boxes in the Fldigi receive pane, copy and past those boxes to a word processor, and the text might display correctly. At the bottom of this email is a picture off what the received text in the three languages should look like.

There will be four MFSK32 images this weekend, but they will not be transmitted until the second half of the show.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 202, 11-15 February 2017, all in MFSK32 except where noted:

 1:45  Program preview
3:05  China to vet online content and services
6:11  Experiment with non-Latin alphabets**
10:17  Olivia 64-2000: ESA to help NASA
15:53  MFSK32: SSTV from the International Space Station*
19:58  Video of Radio Australia shortwave shutdown*
22:30  World Radio Day*
26:41  Closing announcements

* with image

** use UTF-8 character set

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com.

 

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule (temporarily expanded):

UTC Day

UTC Time

kHz

Transmitter

Target

Also try in …

Saturday

0930-1000

5865

North Carolina

Americas

Asia-Pacific, Europe

Saturday

1600-1630

17580

North Carolina

Europe

Americas, Asia-Pacific

Sunday

0230-0300

5745

North Carolina

Americas

Europe

Sunday

1930-2000

15670

North Carolina

Europe

Americas, Asia-Pacific

Sunday

2030-2100

11580

WRMI Florida

Europe

Americas

Sunday

2330-2400

11580

WRMI Florida

Americas

Monday

2000-2030

3975

IBC Italy

Europe

Wednesday

2100-2130

3975

IBC Italy

Europe

The Mighty KBC broadcast to North America will be Sunday at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 7-9 pm EST) on 6145 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK32 will be transmitted at about 0130 UTC. Reports to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com . See also http://www.kbcradio.eu/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc/ .

 

DigiDX is taking a few weeks off, hence the VOA Radiogram transmissions via WRMI and IBC.  See http://www.digidx.uk/ and https://www.facebook.com/digidx/

 

Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) has digital modes as follows:

EVERY WEDNESDAY ON 3975 KHZ 20.30-21.00 UTC in MFSK32 and OLIVIA 16-500

EVERY FRIDAY ON 9955 KHZ 02.25-02.30 UTC in MFSK32

EVERY SATURDAY ON 1584 KHZ 21.25-21.30 UTC in MFSK32

EVERY SUNDAY ON 7730 KHZ 00.55-01.00 UTC in MFSK32

EVERY SUNDAY ON 6070 KHZ 11.30-12.00 UTC  in MFSK32 and OLIVIA 16-500 (VIA RADIO BCLNEWS)

For the complete IBC transmission schedule, including voice broadcasts, visit  http://ibcradio.webs.com/

Winter SWL Fest.  I am planning to attend the Winter SWL Fest, March 2-4, 2017, at Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. Hope to see you there. Information at  http://www.swlfest.com .

 

Thanks for your reports from last weekend. (Or, if you are in Europe and tuned in Sunday at 1930 UTC on 15670 kHz,  reports of attempted reception.) Now that I’ve finally responded to the reports from program 198, I’ll start with the program 201 reports and work backwards.

I hope you can tune in and write in this weekend.

Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB

Producer and Presenter

VOA Radiogram

voaradiogram.net

Twitter: @VOARadiogram  (especially active just before, during, and after broadcasts)

PS: A few operating notes:

  • For best Olivia 64-2000 performance, turn Fldigi’s squelch (SQL) off.
  • The RSID at 1500 Hz sometimes mixes with the transmitter hum, most noticeable at 360 Hz, to move your receive audio frequency down to 1140 Hz, resulting in no decode. To prevent this, in Fldigi: Configure > IDs  > RsID > unselect Searches passband.  Your center audio frequency will wander no more than +/- 200 Hz.
  • Fldigi automatically saves your decoded MFSK images as png files in the folder \fldigi.files\images\ (in Windows; folder names might be different with other operating systems). You can attach those png files with your reception report.
  • The VOA Radiogram Twitter account @VOARadiogram is especially active before, during, and after the broadcasts. You don’t need a Twitter account: just go to https://twitter.com/voaradiogram and refresh it occasionally.

3905 1745 Mike Radio – ID and music 26-Nov
6320 0930 Radio Goofy – ID and music 27-Nov
6235 0930 Mike Radio – ID and music 27-Nov
6250 0935 Radio Casanova – Greets in chat and music 27-Nov
6210 0940 King Shortwave – ID and music 27-Nov
6285 1600 Radio Bogusman – Music 27-Nov
6320 1615 Radio Johnny Tobacco – Greets and music, 1636 s/off 27-Nov
6287 1620 Radio BZN, ID in E, music 28-Nov
3985 1650 DBR David Bowie Radio – ID in chat, fulltime D.B. Music 28-Nov
6335 1530 Radio Blacklake – Music non stop, Macarena Lambada 10-Dec
6235 0840 Radio Misty – Low signal with qsb 11-Dec
6386 0850 Radio Orion 2000 – ID, Billy Idol signal over 9 11-Dec
6225 0900 Mike Radio – Id and music, signal 10 over 9 11-Dec
9320 0940 Little feat Radio – Muic with low signal 11-Dec
6803 1900 Pink Panther Radio – ID and Christmas music 11-Dec
6803 1600 Pink Panther Radio – ID and music, ute interference 16-Dec
6845 1600 Radio Pioneer – Good signal with ute interference 17-Dec
6305 1610 Radio Merlin – Signal very low with qsb 17-Dec
3905 1620 Radio U-Boat 66 – ID multilanguage and music 17-Dec
6289 0940 Radio Tower – ID greetings and pop music 18-Dec
6390 0950 Radio Quadzilla – Music with some qrm 18-Dec
6220 1000 Radio Python – ID and greets with good signal 18-Dec
6305 1010 Radio Merlin – Very low with qrm/qsb 18-Dec
6235 1015 Radio Casanova – ID and greets, good signal qsb 18-Dec
6950 1610 Radio Voyager – ID and Christmas music 18-Dec
3915 1640 Mike Radio – Big signal 18-Dec

The Free Radio Service Holland will be broadcasting its traditional Holiday Season broadcast on Boxing Day, Monday December 26th 2016 from 08:30- 14:30 UTC and a full repeat from 16:30- 22:30 UTC. Frequencies are 7700 & 9300 kHz. We welcome your December seasonal greetings. For more info please go to FRS-Holland Seasonal broadcast Invitation. For the full schedule as well as the streaming info, please read the schedules below!

Cari amici, dopo tre lunghi mesi di assenza, questo week end andremo finalmente in onda. Tanti guai ci hanno impedito di diffondere le nostre trasmissioni, ne siamo dispiaciuti.

Abbiamo perso anche un nostro affezionato ascoltatore che ogni mese con la sua antennona, da Limbiate puntualmente ci informava sulle condizioni di ascolto. Le sue Mail mi mancheranno tanto.
Al caro signor Angelo (IK2 MDX) sarà dedicata questa nostra ultima apparizione del 2016.

A causa di una noiosa trasmissione digitale siamo stati costretti a spostarci ancora, questo sabato non saremo sui soliti 6920 ma su Khz 6915, speriamo di non essere disturbati.

Cari ascoltatori, non vedo l’ora di rispondere alle vostre sempre interessanti Mail, vi aspetto numerosi!!


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Dopo poco più di un anno dal rilascio (17/11/2015) ho aggiornato la vecchia versione del software di gestione del ricevitore Perseus alla nuova V5.0
Tra le nuove features di questa versione c’è finalmente la possibilità di modificare le dimensioni della finestra fino a portarla a full screen.
E presente un nuovo motore DSP più veloce con un refresh dello schermo di 120 linee al secondo.
La qualità del waterfall è sensibilmente migliorata e sono disponibili nuove palette.
E’ possibile la sintonia anche trascinando la barra che si trova subito sotto al waterfall.
La nuova versione si può acquistare qui al costo di 59€.

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Capita a volte sopratutto acquistando da privati che malgrado le raccomandazioni gli imballi non vengano realizzati nel modo adeguato ad affrontare un viaggio tramite il corriere.

Un pessimo imballo era quello che conteneva questo Kenwood R5000, ricevitore ancora valido malgrado qualche anno sulle spalle. La caduta per mano del corriere ha causato la rottura di uno spigolo nonché del potenziometro SQL-NOTCH.

Il ricevitore presentava anche qualche problema di cattivo contatto dei tasti la cui pressione o non dava nessun risultato o inviava più volte il comando malgrado la singola pressione.

Dopo qualche mese di vane ricerche dei singoli componenti ecco presentarsi l’occasione di acquistare su eBay un ricevitore guasto da cui poter prelevare i pezzi necessari al trapianto.

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Lo smontaggio risulta facile e abbastanza veloce, approfitto anche per raddrizzare lo chassis che nella botta si è leggermente piegato facendo appoggiare la radio solamente su tre piedini.

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Naturalmente oltre al trapianto eseguo anche una bella pulizia delle parti e un controllo generale di tutto l’apparato compresi connettori, condensatori e saldature.

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Al termine del montaggio ecco finalmente la radio con il frontalino ed il potenziometro integri e funzionanti e con una tastiera priva di difetti.

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Piccolo log post intervento (antenna Ultrabeam UB-50)

1650 13680 Voice of Hope, Lusaka Zambia 45333
1700 6400 PBS, Kanggye North Korea 34232
1710 6650 AIR, Delhi India 34333
1720 11660 TWR Africa, Manzini Swaziland 35443
1730 4765 Tajik Radio 1, Dushanbe Tagikistan 34232
1735 4810 AIR Mumbai, Bhopal India 45343
1740 4835 ABC Northen territory, Alice Springs Australia 35333
1745 3905 Mike Radio, Netherlands 45444
1910 4930 VOA, Moepang Hill Botzwana 44333
1915 5860 R. Farda, Kuwait 45333
1930 5950 Voice Of Tigray Revolution, Addis Ababa Etiopia 54444