Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Radio Australia gone end of January

Another one bites the dust.

This isn't utility, but if you grew up with RA's slushy music ruling the Pacific, it feels like it ought to be.  You know, like part of the infrastructure.

I'm glad I'm not a broadcast columnist.  We'll be down to Brother Stair soon.

ABC press release (via SWLing Post):


The ABC will end its shortwave transmission service in the Northern Territory and to international audiences from 31 January 2017.

The move is in line with the national broadcaster’s commitment to dispense with outdated technology and to expand its digital content offerings including DAB+ digital radio, online and mobile services, together with FM services for international audiences.

The majority of ABC audiences in the Northern Territory currently access ABC services via AM and FM and all ABC radio and digital radio services are available on the VAST satellite service.

...

“In considering how best to serve our Pacific regional audiences into the future we will move away from the legacy of shortwave radio distribution,” Ms Marshall said. “An ever-growing number of people in the region now have access to mobile phones with FM receivers and the ABC will redirect funds towards an extended content offering and a robust FM distribution network to better serve audiences into the future.”

Yeah, right.  Let's see them hit every cell phone on every isolated island in the Pacific with "a robust FM distribution network" or satellite receivers.  Silly.

Friday, December 02, 2016

VOA Radiogram for December 2-4

From Kim Andrew Elliott:

Christian in France decoded this image at 1939 UTC, 27 November on 15670 kHz. By 1947 UTC, the signal from North Carolina had disappeared completely!

As Christian wrote, « Sans doute la propagation, dommage. »

Sans doute!






Hello friends,

Last week’s transmission Sunday at 1930-2000 UTC on 15670 kHz again did not reach most of Europe -- for at least part of the show.  See the image above.

The Saturday 0930-1000 broadcast on 5865 kHz also did not reach most of Europe. Please try again this weekend, because we never know when gray-line propagation will be favorable. This transmission should be audible throughout the Americas and might also be heard in the Asia-Pacific region.

This weekend’s VOA Radiogram includes one news item in Olivia 64-2000. This mode might provide a good decode even in conditions which result in an unsuccessful decode of our usual MFSK32 mode. Turn off Fldigi’s squelch (SQL) for best results in Olivia 64-2000.

And to keep the transmitter hum from mixing with the RSID, resulting in an incorrect center audio frequency, do this in Fldigi: Configure > IDs > ID > RsID > unselect (turn off) Searches passband.  Set the audio frequency at 1500 Hz. Any self-adjustment of the audio frequency by Fldigi will be no more than 200 Hz.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 192, 3-4 December 2016, all in the MFSK32 except where noted:

 1:48  Program preview
 2:59  U.S. Coast Guard looks to increased Asia-Pacific role*
 8:47  Thomas Edison National Historical Park*
15:55  Olivia 64-2000: UK radio amateur's ISS project
22:16  MFSK32: Club Diexistas de la Amistad 40th anniversary*
27:07  Closing announcements*

* with image

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com.
VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5865 kHz         (To the Americas, try also in Asia-Pacific and Europe)
Sat 1600-1630 17580 kHz       (To Europe, try also in the Americas and Asia-Pacific) 
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz        (To the Americas, try also in Europe)
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz      (To Europe, try also in the Americas and Asia-Pacific)
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

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 has a new transmission schedule, both via WRMI Florida:
Sunday 2030-2100 UTC on  11580Khz (Targeted at Europe)
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC on 11580kHz (For North and South America)

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/

Thank you for your reception reports from last weekend.

I am compiling a gallery of Denali images and hope to start sending it out this weekend.

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

Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
voaradiogram.net
Twitter: @VOARadiogram  (especially active just before, during, and after broadcasts)

PS: For information about the transmitters and antennas used for VOA Radiogram, see …

http://voaradiogram.net/post/47627164533/voa-radiogram-some-details-about-the-transmitters

Friday, November 25, 2016

Stormy VOA Radiogram for 26-27 November

The coronal holes just keep on coming.

Hope all our readers in the USA had a nice Thanksgiving.

---

From Kim Andrew Elliott:

Hello friends,

Apologies to those of you who tried to listen to last weekend's Sunday 0230 UTC transmission on 5745 kHz, only to hear nothing. The transmitter normally used for VOA Radiogram was quickly needed to replace another transmitter. Regularly scheduled broadcasts from the North Carolina station have priority over VOA Radiogram, which is an experimental broadcast. 

If you are in Europe and tried to listen to the Sunday 1930 UTC broadcast on 15670 kHz, you probably also heard nothing. In this case, it was bad propagation, for the third week in a row. On the other hand, this transmission was heard in western North America and even in Australia (see the images and text decoded by Frank in Perth at the bottom of this email).

The Saturday 0930-1000 UTC broadcast on 5865 kHz is starting to be heard in Europe via the gray line. If you are not in Europe but want to see how this works, try the University of Twente receiver in the Netherlands:
http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901. Reception will, of course, vary from week to week.

Because of the challenging propagation that we encounter this time of year, one of the news items in this weekend's broadcast will again be in Olivia 64-2000. This mode may provide a 100% decode even if MFSK32 struggles. For best Olivia 64-2000 performance, turn off the Fldigi squelch (SQL, bottom right). 

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 191, 26-27 November 2016, all in MFSk32 except where noted ...

 1:48  Program preview 
 2:59  GOES-R weather satellite launched*
 9:40  Olivia 64-2000: Chinese lunar-orbiting satellite
17:05  MFSK32: 56-year-old radio amateur joins ISS crew*
21:33  Trump promise to rename Mt. Denali Mt. McKinley*
27:14  Closing announcements

* with image

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com.

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5865 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17580 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

The Mighty KBC has an expanded schedule this weekend.  KBC's 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. KBC will also broadcast to Europe on Sunday at 1200-1300 UTC on 6095 kHz. A minute of MFSK32 will be at about 1230 UTC. This won't be audible in North America, but you can listen via the University of Twente receiver in the Netherlands: http://websdr.ewi.utwente.nl:8901. Reports to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com . See also http://www.kbcradio.eu/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc/ .  
 
DigiDX has a new transmission schedule, both via WRMI Florida:
Sunday 2030-2100 UTC on  11580Khz (Targeted at Europe)
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC on 11580kHz (For North and South America)
 
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/

Thank you for your reception reports from last weekend (or reports of attempted reception).

Galleries from program 187 (29-30 October) have finally been sent out.

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

Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
Twitter: @VOARadiogram

Friday, November 18, 2016

Very experimental VOA Radiogram for 19-20 November

This one ought to be interesting.

From Kim Andrew Elliott:

Happy to report that our listeners Chris and Lorne in New Zealand are OK after Monday's earthquake. Here is Chris's decode of the oil made from sludge, transmitted Saturday, 12 November (before the quake), 0930-1000 UTC, 5865 kHz.

Hello friends,

I forgot to mention last week that for listeners in most of North America, VOA Radiogram is now on one hour earlier by local time, now that Daylight time has reverted to Standard time. The UTC times are the same.

Last week’s broadcast Sunday at 1930-2000 UTC on 15670 kHz was again inaudible in Europe. But, again, it provided good text and images to the western USA.

Possible solutions to the poor 15670 kHz would be a change to a 13 or maybe 11 MHz frequency at the same 1930 UTC time.

Or a change of broadcast time to dawn in Europe, around 0500 or 0600 UTC, probably on a frequency near 6 MHz.

I am also considering a change the Sunday 0230-0300 UTC frequency to dusk in North Carolina, around 2300 UTC, for maximum night-time propagation to the east.

Please let me know if you have any thoughts about changing VOA Radiogram times and frequencies.

This weekend, we will try an experiment suggested by Roger in Germany.

As you know, the transmitter hum, most pronounced at 360 Hz, has mixed with the RSID, resulting in the Fldigi RxID flipping the audio frequency to ~1140 Hz rather than the correct ~1500 Hz.

Roger suggested transmitting “nonsense data” at 360 Hz, in addition to the primary data at 1500 Hz, to see if it prevents the intermodulation that causes the incorrect audio frequency. Or maybe it will make it worse. In any case, this should be fun.

Please follow this procedure for this weekend’s VOA Radiogram:

1.     Configure > IDs > ID > RsID > select Searches passband
2.     At 1:45 into the show, observe if RxID changes center frequency to 1140 Hz rather than the correct 1500 Hz. Change it back to 1500 Hz if necessary
3.     At 2:30, during the program preview, BPSK63F (PSK63F) at 360 Hz, reduced by 15 dB, no RSID, with the VOA Radiogram transmission schedule, will begin.
4.     At 2:56, the mode changes to Olivia 64-2000, with RSID. Observe if the audio frequency stays at the correct 1500 Hz or changes to 1140 Hz.  Change the frequency back to 1500 Hz if necessary.
5.     At 10:03, the mode changes back to MFSK32, with RSID.  Observe if the audio frequency stays at the correct 1500 Hz or changes to 1140 Hz. Change the frequency back to 1500 Hz if necessary.
6.     At 13:02, the BPSK63F at 360 Hz will end.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 190, 19-20 November 2016, all in MFSK32 except where noted:

 1:45  Program preview
 2:56  Olivia 64-2000: FUNcube enters amateur service
10:03  MFSK32: China increases Internet control*
17:29  Freedom House global Internet freedom report*
26:34  Closing announcements*

* With image

Please send reception reports to

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5865 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17580 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

Radio Pushka (Радио Пушка) will broadcast via Channel 292, Germany, 6070 kHz, Sunday, 20 November, at 2000-2100 UTC. MFSK32 will start at 2052 UTC, followed by one experiment with Feld Hell, then SSTV Scottie 1 mode (2 pictures). See http://radiopushka.blogspot.ru/2016/11/the-hell-digi-schedule-20112016.html .

The Mighty KBC will broadcast to North America 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 has a new transmission schedule, both via WRMI Florida:
Sunday 2030-2100 UTC on  11580Khz (Targeted at Europe)
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC on 11580kHz (For North and South America)

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/

Thank you for your reception reports (or reports of attempted reception) from last weekend. 

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

Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
Twitter: @voaradiogram  (especially active before, during, and after broadcasts)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

VOA Radiogram bravely surfs the solar wind, 12-13 November

Hello friends,

The most interesting phenomenon during last weekend was the almost complete failure of the Sunday 1930 UTC broadcast on 15670 kHz to reach listeners in Europe. Propagation was worthless over the north Atlantic. At the same time, that broadcast was received well in western North America. Willy in Denmark was the only European listener to decode an image on 15670 (left). Compare it to the same image, same time, same frequency, decoded by Mike in Washington state … 





During some VOA Radiogram transmissions, the transmitter hum at 360 Hz mixes with the RSID, spoofing Fldigi to set the center audio frequency around 1140 Hz instead of the correct ~1500 Hz. One way to prevent that is: Configure > IDs > ID > RsID > unselect Searches passband.  With this unselected, Fldigi will adjust itself no more than 200 Hz than the audio frequency it is set to (1500 Hz in our case).

If we have bad conditions this weekend, one of the VOA New items will be in Olivia 64-2000.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 189, 12-13 November 2016, all in MFSK32 except where noted:

 1:31  Program preview
 2:44  Turning human waste into oil*
 7:21  Color images from electron microscopes*
12:33  Olivia 64-2000: Worry about good health
20:07  MFSK32: 2011-15 hottest period on record
22:43  "Supermoons" in November and December*
27:18  Closing announcements


* with image

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com

The Mighty KBC will broadcast to North America Sunday, 13 November, 0000-0200 UTC (7-9 pm EST) on 6145 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK32 (repeated from the previous weekend because of the poor propagation) will be at about 0130 UTC. Reception reports to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com .

DigiDX will transmit MFSK32 and probably other modes :

Sunday 0630-0700, 6070 kHz, via Channel 292 Germany
Sunday 2130-2200 UTC, 15770 kHz, via WRMI Florida
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC, 11580 kHz, via WRMI Florida
Schedule subject to changes: visit DigiDX at http://www.digidx.uk/  or https://www.facebook.com/digidx/

IBC (Italian Broadcasting Corporation) has a broadcast to Europe on 6070 kHz and new 3975 kHz, Wednesdays, at the new time of 1800-2100 UTC. 

The MFSK32 and Olivia 16-500 are still at 2030-2100 UTC. IBC has also added a medium wave transmission Saturday 2100-2130 UTC from Radio Studio X, 1584 kHz, in Terni, Italy, with MFSK32 at 2125-2030.

IBC also has MFSK32 transmissions via WRMI in Florida: Friday 0125-0200 UTC on 9955 kHz (Thursday 9:25 pm EDT), part of its 0100-0130 broadcast. And Saturday at 0055-0100 UTC (Friday evening 9:55 pm EDT), on 11580 kHz, part of its 0030-0100 broadcast.

See http://ibcradio.webs.com/ for the complete schedule and contact information.

Also, here is the latest information from Saverio at Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) about their digital mode transmissions …

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

As usual our email is ibc@europe.com and site www.ibcradio.webs.com

* via WRMI, Florida


Friday, November 04, 2016

Note changed frequency for VOA Radiogram 5-6 November

From Kim Andrew Elliott:



Last weekend's photo of Alderney, Channel Islands, by VOA Radiogram listener Neil Howard, received and decoded on Alderney by Neil Howard.




Hello friends,

The B16 HF broadcasting season began on 30 October. Many shortwave broadcast frequencies were changed on that date. The only change for VOA Radiogram is the Saturday 0930-1000 UTC broadcast which will be on new 5865 kHz as of Saturday, 5 November. This transmission is usually heard in Australia and New Zealand and sometimes in parts of Asia. And listeners in Europe should be on the lookout for this 5865 kHz as the hours of darkness increase in the northern hemisphere. All other VOA Radiogram frequencies are the same: see the transmission schedule below.

Reception of VOA Radiogram last weekend was affected by the geomagnetic storm that started 27 October. For the Saturday 1600 UTC broadcast on 17580 kHz, there was a definite line in Europe south of which reception was good, and north of which reception was bad-to-nonexistent. There were even marked differences in reception between the south and north of England.

Shortwave propagation should have recovered by this weekend, but just in case, one VOA News story will be in the Olivia 32-2000 mode. The RSID should automatically change your mode, but if not, Olivia 32-2000 requires a custom setting, i.e.: Op Mode > Olivia > Custom > Bandwidth: 2000, Tones: 32. A quick way to do this is to use one the Fldigi macro buttons below the transmit pane, with this code: <MODEM:OLIVIA:2000:32>.  I will provide 15 seconds after the Olivia 32-2000 RSID in case a manual change is required. Also, for successful decode of the Olivia 32-2000, turn the Fldigi squelch (SQL) off.

No one heard the “mystery transmission” last weekend before and after the 1600-1630 broadcast last weekend. You might try again this weekend, even as early at 1540 UTC, before the North Carolina transmitter turns on its carrier on 17580 kHz.   

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 188, 5-6 November 2016, all in MFSK32 except where noted:

 1:48  Program preview
 2:58  Canary Islands may be site of new telescope*
 9:13  Olivia 32-2000: New instrument for Mars**
16:33  Assortment of media news*
27:21  Closing announcements

* with image

** Op Mode > Olivia > Custom > Bandwidth: 2000, Tones: 32

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com.

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5865 kHz  (new frequency)
Sat 1600-1630 17580 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz (with switch to standard time, one hour earlier by local time in most of North America)
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

The Mighty KBC will broadcast to North America Sunday, 6 November, 0000-0100 UTC only (8-9 pm EDT) on 6145 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK32 (repeated from the previous weekend because of the poor propagation) will be at about 0030 UTC. Reception reports to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com .

DigiDX will transmit MFSK32 and probably other modes:
Saturday 2030-2100, 6070 kHz, via Channel 292 Germany
Sunday 0530-0600, 6070 kHz, via Channel 292 Germany
Sunday 2130-2200 UTC, 15770 kHz, via WRMI Florida
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC, 11580 kHz, via WRMI Florida
For schedule updates, visit DigiDX at http://www.digidx.uk/  or https://www.facebook.com/digidx/

IBC (Italian Broadcasting Corporation) has a broadcast to Europe on 6070 kHz and new 3975 kHz, Wednesdays, at the new time of 1800-2100 UTC.  The MFSK32 and Olivia 16-500 are still at 2030-2100 UTC. IBC has also added a medium wave transmission Saturday 2000-2030 UTC from Radio Studio X, 1584 kHz, in Terni, Italy, with MFSK32 at 2025-2030. IBC also has MFSK32 transmissions via WRMI in Florida: Friday 0125-0200 UTC on 9955 kHz (Thursday 9:25 pm EDT), part of its 0100-0130 broadcast. And Saturday at 0155-0200 UTC (Friday evening 9:55 pm EDT), on 11580 kHz, part of its 0130-0200 broadcast.  See http://ibcradio.webs.com/ for the complete schedule and contact information.

Thanks for your reception reports from last weekend, even if only to let me know that you heard no signal due to the poor propagation. I’m now compiling a gallery of the Alderney images and hope to begin sending them out this weekend.

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

Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
Twitter: @VOARadiogram (especially active during and after broadcasts)

VOA Radiogram logo decoded by Michael in England, last Sunday 1930-2000 UTC, 15670 kHz, showing effects of the difficult propagation:

Friday, October 14, 2016

VOA Radiogram for October 15-16

From Kim Andrew Elliott:




Last weekend's Hawaii lava as received by Anatoly in Russia, Saturday 1600-1630 UTC, 17580 kHz.






Hello friends,


The "unadvertised" MFSK32 signal made another appearance last weekend. Chris in England  heard and decoded MFSK32 from the unknown station at 1555 UTC. Reception was difficult partly because the VOA carrier from North Carolina starts at about 1545 UTC, and it was strong into Europe last weekend. Please listen for, decode, and record if possible any strange MFSK32 signals just before or after the VOA Radiogram broadcast Saturday at 1600-1630 on 17580 kHz.


This weekend's VOA Radiogram will be all MFSK32. An image after the closing announcement shows the effects of flooding in North Carolina, near the transmitter site, following Hurricane Matthew. That will be followed by ASCII art (use monospace font such as Courier or Consolas). A small logo image and the waterfall ID will be seen after the closing music (I had an extra minute to fill). 


Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 185, 15-16 October 2016, all in MFSK32 centered on 1500 Hz:

   1:51  Program preview
 3:02  Will electric cars dominate in wealthy cities by 2030?*
 8:26  Turkey questions historical treaty defining borders*
15:54  ARRL comments on FCC amateur radio digital mode rules*  
23:34  Closing announcements*

* with image

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17580 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

The Mighty KBC
will transmit to North America Sunday 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT) on 6145 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK32 will be at about 0130 UTC. Reports to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com .

DigiDX will transmit MFSK32 and probably other modes:
Sunday 2130-2200 UTC, 15770 kHz, via WRMI Florida
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC, 11580 kHz, via WRMI Florida
Monday 2000-2130 UTC, 6070 kHz, via Channel 292 Germany
For schedule updates, visit DigiDX at http://www.digidx.uk/  or https://www.facebook.com/digidx/

IBC (Italian Broadcasting Corporation) has a broadcast to Europe on 6070 kHz, Wednesdays, at the new time of 1800-2100 UTC.  The MFSK32 and Olivia 16-500 are still at 2030-2100 UTC. IBC has also added a medium wave transmission Saturday 2000-2030 UTC from Radio Studio X, 1584 kHz, in Terni, Italy, with MFSK32 at 2025-2030. IBC also has MFSK32 transmissions via WRMI in Florida: Friday 0125-0200 UTC on 9955 kHz (Thursday 9:25 pm EDT), part of its 0100-0130 broadcast. And Saturday at 0155-0200 UTC (Friday evening 9:55 pm EDT), on 11580 kHz, part of its 0130-0200 broadcast.  See http://ibcradio.webs.com/ for the complete schedule and contact information

VOA shortwave to Haiti. The VOA Creole (Kreyòl) Service for Haiti is (as I write this) transmitting on shortwave in support of Hurricane Matthew relief efforts.  The schedule is daily 2000-2030 UTC on 11720 and 15220 kHz, via the North Carolina transmitting station.


Thanks for your reports from last weekend, during which reception conditions were unusually good.  I'm still responding to program 181 reception reports.


I hope you can tune and write in this weekend.


Kim


Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
Twitter: @VOARadiogram (especially active during and after broadcasts)



Friday, October 07, 2016

VOA Radiogram for 8-9 October

Hello friends,


Hurricane Matthew will probably not affect our North Carolina transmitting site, so VOA Radiogram should be on the air as scheduled.  Most models show the storm turning east into the Atlantic, then maybe south and back west into Florida again. We hope that our listeners in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina stay safe and experience minimal disruptions.


This weekend, VOA Radiogram will include a new story in Olivia 64-2000. Let's hope for poor reception 😊 to provide a good test for this mode. For a correct decode of the Olivia 64-2000, the squelch (SQL) in the bottom right of the Fldigi interface  should be turned off. 



Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 184, 8-9 October 2016, all in MFSK32 except where noted:

 1:51  Program preview
 3:01  Another Saturn moon may have subsurface ocean*
 7:28  Video captures detail of Hawaii volcano lava*
14:34  Olivia 64-2000: Pacific garbage patch
23:25  MFSK32: Hurricane Matthew*
26:04  Closing announcements*

* with image


Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com .


VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17580 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

The Mighty KBC will transmit to North America Sunday 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT) on 6145 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK32 will be at about 0130 UTC. Reports to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com .

DigiDX will transmit MFSK32 and probably other modes:
Sunday 2130-2200 UTC, 15770 kHz, via WRMI Florida
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC, 11580 kHz, via WRMI Florida
Monday 2000-2130 UTC, 6070 kHz, via Channel 292 Germany
For schedule updates, visit DigiDX at http://www.digidx.uk/ 
or https://www.facebook.com/digidx/

IBC (Italian Broadcasting Corporation) has a broadcast to Europe on 6070 kHz, Wednesdays, at the new time of 1800-2100 UTC.  The MFSK32 and Olivia 16-500 are still at 2030-2100 UTC. IBC has also added a medium wave transmission Saturday 2000-2030 UTC from Radio Studio X, 1584 kHz, in Terni, Italy, with MFSK32 at 2025-2030. IBC also has MFSK32 transmissions via WRMI in Florida: Friday 0125-0200 UTC on 9955 kHz (Thursday 9:25 pm EDT), part of its 0100-0130 broadcast. And Saturday at 0155-0200 UTC (Friday evening 9:55 pm EDT), on 11580 kHz, part of its 0130-0200 broadcast.  See http://ibcradio.webs.com/
for the complete schedule and contact information

VOA to Ethiopia. During last week's VOA Radiogram, I included the transmission schedule for VOA broadcasts to Ethiopia, which are now jammed in Ethiopia, at least on some frequencies. Two of the frequencies have been changed: 12040 and 12080 kHz have been replaced by 11720 and 15785 kHz. The new schedule is ...

Afan Oromo              
1730-1800 UTC* 11720 12110 12140 13860 15630 15700 15785

Amharic                 
1600-1630 UTC*  1431
1630-1700 UTC*  6040 15580
1800-1900 UTC  11720 12110 12140 13860 15630 15700 15785

Tigrigna                
1900-1930 UTC* 11720  12110 13860 15630 15700 15785


* Monday through Friday


Thank you for your reports. I'm still sending out galleries from program 181, and hope to respond to more reports for more recent broadcasts during the weekend.


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


Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
 
Twitter: @VOARadiogram

Monday, October 03, 2016

KPH Returns to Bolinas/Pt. Reyes 8 October

That's right! As promised a few weeks back, the historic KPH call sign is coming home.

From MRHS:


> Basic Details:

Date: Saturday 8 October 2016
Time: 1200 Pacific time/1900gmt (doors open at receive site at 1100 Pacific time)
Location: RCA receive site, 17400 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Point Reyes National Seashore

> Preparations:

The crack MRHS Transmitter Department has shifted all the KSM transmitters back to their original KPH frequencies, re-tuned the antennas, tested the keying and advise that all will be in order for the resumption of KPH service on Saturday 8 October

> KPH Operations:

No KPH operations will take place until 1200 Pacific time/1900gmt.  At that time a commemorative message will be sent - we hope by Ray Smith, the operator who signed KPH Bolinas/Point Reyes off the air on 30 June 1997.  KPH will then pick up the thread and resume operations operations just as it did for so many decades.

> KPH CW Frequencies:

426
500
4247.0
6477.5
8642.0
12808.5
17016.8
22477.5

KPH (and K6KPH) will be on the air every Saturday and Sunday so be sure listen for us.

> KPH Hours of Operation:

To give as many listeners as possible a chance to hear KPH we will extend our operating hours for this event to at least 2100 Pacific time/0400gmt 9 October.

> Receive frequencies:

KPH will monitor 500kc and ITU HF channel 3 for calls from ships -

4184.0
6276.0
8368.0
12552.0
16736.0
22280.5

If you want to hear both sides of our contacts with ships, listen on these frequencies for the ship's transmission. 
 
> KPH NBDP (RTTY) Frequencies:

6324.5   
12585.5

NBDP transmissions are available on Saturdays only.

> KSM Operations:

KSM will cease cease normal operation after 8 October 2016.  However on 8 October 2016 several KSM transmitters will remain on the air giving information about the switch over to KPH. 

> KSM CW Frequencies for 8 October 2016 (and possibly some following Saturdays):

6474.0
12993.0
22445.8

Note: The KSM transmitters on these frequencies will all be vintage heavy iron: 1950s vintage RCA K and L sets and the 1942 Press Wireless PW15.

> K6KPH Operations:

Amateur station K6KPH will be in operation as usual, listening for calls on these frequencies:

3550.0
7050.0
14050.0
18097.5
21050.0

> Station Telephone:

The receive site can be contacted directly by telephone on +1 415-669-9646 for general information, or to set up schedules.  But PLEASE NOTE that the phone will be answered only when the receive site is staffed.

> Public Event!:

Join us on the air or in person at the receive site to participate in this historic event - the return of KPH to its ancestral home at Bolinas and Point Reyes.  When we began our project we would never have believed this day would come.  You can be there with us when the famous call KPH is heard once again.

Doors open at the receive site at 1100 Pacific time.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Autumn VOA Radiogram October 1-2

From Kim Andrew Elliott:

Hello friends,

Last week, some listeners heard and decoded MFSK32 transmissions just before and just after VOA Radiogram Saturday at 1600-1630 UTC on 17580 kHz. The source of these transmissions is unknown. This Saturday, please listen (and, if possible, record) on 17580 in the minutes before 1600 UTC and after 1630 UTC to see if the mystery MFSK32 returns.

Last Saturday at 0930 UTC, on 5745 kHz, using the University of Twente receiver in the Netherlands, I saw a faint carrier from the North Carolina transmitter. It’s probably too early in the season to decode from such a signal, but, if you are in Europe (especially northern Europe), check this broadcast as winter approaches. 

This weekend’s broadcast will be all MFSK32 except for one news item in Olivia 16-1000. If your reception condition results in errors with the MFSK32, the Olivia 16-1000 might have fewer errors.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 183, 1-2 October 2016, all in MFSK32 except where noted …

 1:48  Program preview
 3:04  Lyman-alpha blobs in distant space*
 7:05  Email service delivers updates on asteroids*
 9:32  Geysers on Jupiter's moon Europa*
17:27  Olivia 16-1000: US states object to Internet move
23:03  VOA to Ethiopia jammed
24:35  Elliott Electronic Computer*
26:22  Closing announcements*

* with image

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17580 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

The Mighty KBC will transmit to North America Sunday 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT) on 6145 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK32 will be at about 0130 UTC. Reports to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com .

DigiDX will transmit MFSK32 and probably other modes:
Sunday 2130-2200 UTC, 15770 kHz, via WRMI Florida
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC, 11580 kHz, via WRMI Florida
Monday 2000-2130 UTC, 6070 kHz, via Channel 292 Germany
For schedule updates, visit DigiDX at http://www.digidx.uk/  or https://www.facebook.com/digidx/

IBC (Italian Broadcasting Corporation) has a broadcast to Europe on 6070 kHz, Wednesdays, at the new time of 1800-2100 UTC.  The MFSK32 and Olivia 16-500 are still at 2030-2100 UTC. IBC has also added a medium wave transmission Saturday 2000-2030 UTC from Radio Studio X, 1584 kHz, in Terni, Italy, with MFSK32 at 2025-2030. IBC also has MFSK32 transmissions via WRMI in Florida: Friday 0125-0200 UTC on 9955 kHz (Thursday 9:25 pm EDT), part of its 0100-0130 broadcast. And Saturday at 0155-0200 UTC (Friday evening 9:55 pm EDT), on 11580 kHz, part of its 0130-0200 broadcast.  See http://ibcradio.webs.com/ for the complete schedule and contact information

Thank you for your reception reports for last weekend’s broadcast. I am now compiling the MFSK image gallery from program 181, and hope to begin sending it out later today.

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

Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
Twitter: @VOARadiogram

Friday, September 23, 2016

First Autumn 2016 VOA Radiogram 24-25 September

From Kim Andrew Elliott:













Hello friends,

VOA Radiogram will be all MFSK32 again this weekend. We have found that MFSK32 provides a good combination of speed and performance in typical shortwave conditions. And MFSK has the added advantage of being able to transmit images. However, if you would like more variety of modes on VOA Radiogram, even if it means the occasional need for a manual mode change, let me know.

This weekend’s program will include more ASCII art after the closing announcement.  Use a monospace mode such as Courier, and maximize Fldigi, for best results. 

And, at the very end of the show, after the closing music, Flmsg will trigger a video. If you don’t already have Flmsg installed, you can download it here. To make Flmsg work with Fldigi, in Fldigi: Configure > Misc > NBEMS > under Reception of flmsg files, select Open with flmsg and Open in browser, and below that indicate where your Flmsg.exe file is located – probably somewhere in Program Files(x86).

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 182, 24-25 September 2016, all in MFSK32 centered on 1500 Hz:

 1:47  Program preview
 2:56  Extraterrestrial biosignatures are complicated*
10:11  University moon mission would be propelled by water*
18:14  Receiving/decoding Outernet L-band satellite content* 
24:05  Closing announcements, ASCII art
28:33  Flmsg: VOA News video

* with image

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17580 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

The Mighty KBC will transmit to North America Sunday 0000-0100 UTC (Saturday 8-9 pm EDT) only on 6145 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK32 will be at about 0030 UTC. Reports to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com .

DigiDX will transmit MFSK32 and probably other modes:
Sunday 2130-2200 UTC, 15770 kHz, via WRMI Florida
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC, 11580 kHz, via WRMI Florida
Monday 2000-2130 UTC, 6070 kHz, via Channel 292 Germany
For schedule updates, visit DigiDX at http://www.digidx.uk/  or https://www.facebook.com/digidx/

IBC (Italian Broadcasting Corporation) has a broadcast to Europe on 6070 kHz, Wednesdays, at the new time of 1800-2100 UTC.  The MFSK32 and Olivia 16-500 are still at 2030-2100 UTC. IBC has also added a medium wave transmission Saturday 2000-2030 UTC from Radio Studio X, 1584 kHz, in Terni, Italy, with MFSK32 at 2025-2030. IBC also has MFSK32 transmissions via WRMI in Florida: Friday 0125-0200 UTC on 9955 kHz (Thursday 9:25 pm EDT), part of its 0100-0130 broadcast. And Saturday at 0155-0200 UTC (Friday evening 9:55 pm EDT), on 11580 kHz, part of its 0130-0200 broadcast.  See http://ibcradio.webs.com/ for the complete schedule and contact information

Thank you for your reception reports last weekend. I am compiling the gallery of MFSK32 images and hope to send it out soon.

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

Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
Twitter: @VOARadiogram


Friday, September 16, 2016

VOA Radiogram for 17-18 September 2016






Last weekend's ASCII art decoded here.


From Kim Andrew Elliott:

Hello friends,

VOA Radiogram this weekend will be all MFSK32, thus suitable for unattended reception. There will be ASCII art after the closing announcement. Use a monospace font such as Courier for best results.

You can see some results via Twitter even if you don't have a Twitter account. Point your browser to twitter.com/voaradiogram during the weekend.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 181, 17-18 September 2016, all in MFSK32 except where noted ...

 1:39  Program preview
 2:49  Pluto "spray paints" its moon Charon*
 7:07  China launches space lab into orbit*
10:20  NASA mission hopes to collect asteroid samples*
19:05  Peptide polymers fight resistant infections*
23:08  Image and closing announcements*

* with image

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17580 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.


The Mighty KBC now broadcasts to North America Sundays at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8 to 10 pm EDT) on 6145 kHz via Germany. A minute of MFSK32 is about about 0130 UTC. Send reception reports to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com .


DigiDX will transmit MFSK32 and probably other modes:
Sunday 2130-2200 UTC, 15770 kHz, via WRMI Florida
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC, 11580 kHz, via WRMI Florida
Monday 2000-2130 UTC, 6070 kHz, via Channel 292 Germany
For schedule updates, visit DigiDX at http://www.digidx.uk/  or https://www.facebook.com/digidx/
IBC (Italian Broadcasting Corporation) has a broadcast to Europe on 6070 kHz, Wednesdays, at the new time of 1800-2100 UTC.  The MFSK32 and Olivia 16-500 are still at 2030-2100 UTC. IBC also has MFSK32 transmissions via WRMI in Florida: Friday 0125-0200 UTC on 9955 kHz (Thursday 9:25 pm EDT), part of its 0100-0130 broadcast. And Saturday at 0155-0200 UTC (Friday evening 9:55 pm EDT), on 11580 kHz, part of its 0130-0200 broadcast.  See http://ibcradio.webs.com/ for the complete schedule and contact information

Thanks for your reception reports from last weekend. Good to see that the images are again unslanted!  I am now sending the MFSK image gallery for program 179, and hope to have all of them sent before the first show Saturday at 0930 UTC. 


Kim



Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
Twitter: @VOARadiogram (active especially before, during, and after broadcasts)