Thursday, September 12, 2013

VOA Radiogram Goes "Other Way" September 14-15

This weekend's VOA Radiogram includes text in Persian, which goes from right to left. Yes, fldigi will do this in UTF-8 mode.

From Kim Andrew Elliott:

Hello friends,

Thanks for the reception reports for VOA Radiogram 25, broadcast during the past weekend. For most listeners, the RSIDs successfully changed the modes on Fldigi, and the Spanish accents displayed correctly. MFSK128 was problematic, as expected, but some listeners were able to decode this very fast mode.

VOA Radiogram for the weekend of 14-15 September 2013 has been produced using Fldigi 3.21.75, so use that version, from, for best results. Please also install Flmsg 1.1.32, if you do not already have it. We will not use Flamp this weekend.

The non-Latin alphabet of the week is Persian. Because Persian is read right to left, it will be interesting to watch it print out in the receive pane. Use the UTF-8 character set as noted below.

As for the English content, this weekend it will come from my website, which aggregates news about international broadcasting. The website has been inactive for a few months because of the time required to produce VOA Radiogram. However, because of requests that I resume, I will incorporate news from the website into VOA Radiogram in an attempt to keep both projects going.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, 14-15 September 2013:

2:55  MFSK16: Program preview
1:45  MFSK32: Persian text sample*
4:06  MFSK32: Jamming of Al Jazeera
4:24  MFSK32/Flmsg: New head of France 24**
1:55  MFSK64: BBC in Japan and Daventry sculpture
2:59  MFSK32 image: Rendition of Daventry sculpture
 :42  MFSK128: CNN in former Yugoslavia
 :49  MFSK32: Intro to second MFSK64 transmission
2:25  MFSK64/Flmsg: Psyop in the news**
2:35  MFSK32 image: Gaoxin-7 aircraft
1:15  MFSK16: Closing announcements
 :30  Surprise mode of the week

 * Use UTF-8 character set. In Fldigi, this adjustment is made via Configure > Colors & Fonts.

** Use Flmsg with Fldigi. 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.

As always, please send reception reports to . Screenshots and audio samples are helpful, especially audio of poor reception that nevertheless results in a successful decode of the digital text modes.

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 will soon be responding to your emails.


Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram