Thursday, September 05, 2013

VOA Radiogram for 7-8 September 2013

Hello friends,

On last weekend’s VOA Radiogram, the experiments with improvements in the RSID generally went well for those of you who had Fldigi 3.21.74AB or newer installed.

This weekend (program 25), we will test the RSIDs again. I have produced the program using Fldigi 3.21.75, so please use that version (or 3.21.74AE, which is the same) for best results. Download from

When you have 3.21.75 installed, go to Configure > ID > RsID, and adjust Errors to 0 (zero). This will prevent Fldigi from flipping to another mode when it thinks it hears the RSID for that mode amid the MFSK tones. For more information about this, see

[This works here.  In fact the help at the link recommends a value of 0 on HF. -Hugh]

Please also download the latest versions of Flmsg [1.1.32] and Flamp (2.1.00) from

This weekend's VOA Radiogram will include another transmission in MFSK128. This will be done mainly to see if the RSID works. However, to improve the chances for a successful decode of the MFSK128, it will be in Flamp format. A paragraph will be divided into seven blocks of 64 characters each. And it will be transmitted three times, with the second and third passes filling in any blocks with incorrect checksums. Make sure Flamp is running before the MFSK128 transmission begins; it does not turn on automatically like Flmsg.

The foreign language for the weekend will be Spanish, with brief VOA news items in both plain text and Flmsg formatted. Please turn off and restart Fldigi before each of this weekend's VOA Radiogram broadcasts so that the accented Spanish letters display correctly. For the accented Spanish characters to display correctly, use the UTF-8 character set. The adjustment can be found via Configure > Colors & Fonts.

In the Flmsg-formatted Spanish news story, you will see several html codes such as í for the accented characters. They might look like decoding errors, but the story should look OK when the web page renders.

To make Flmsg work with Fldigi, in Fldigi: Configure > Misc > NBEMS -- Under Reception of flmsg files, check both boxes, and under that indicate where your Flmsg.exe file is located.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, 7-8 September 2013:

3:55  MFSK16: Program preview
2:09  MFSK32: VOA Spanish news re old iPhones
3:41  MFSK32/Flmsg: VOA Spanish news re new iPhone model
2:29  MFSK64: VOA News re Al Jazeera in Egypt
2:48  MFSK32: YouTube screen capture of Al Jazeera
 :50  MFSK32: Introduction to MFSK128 item
1:30  MFSK128/Flamp: Brief description of VOA
 :45  MFSK32: Introduction to MFSK64
2:55  MFSK64: VOA News re LADEE moon mission
2:56  MFSK32: Artist's rendition of LADEE spacecraft
1:11  MFSK16: Closing announcements
 :41  MFSK32: VOA Radiogram logo  
  :20  Surprise mode of the week

Please send reception reports to

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC)
Sat 1600-1630 17860 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1300-1330 6095 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

I hope you can tune in this weekend. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.


Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram

PS: There will also be a minute of MFSK32 on The Mighty KBC, via Germany, Saturday at approximately 1130 UTC on 6095 kHz, and Sunday at approximately 0130 UTC on 7375 kHz (Saturday evening 9:30 pm EDT).  Reports to .