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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.