From Kim Andrew Elliott:
The new Saturday 0930 UTC transmission on 5745 kHz was mostly off the air on 28 December because an intermittent door interlock in the transmitter caused the carrier to drop. That problem has been resolved. Please try again on 4 January. The part of the 0930 UTC broadcast that was on the air brought good results all the way out to California, and it was decoded in many parts of Europe.
I will be on vacation for several days, so here are the details of the next two programs...
Program 40, 4-5 January 2014:
1:33 MFSK16: Program preview (now) (2:08)
3:41 MFSK16: Greetings to DXers meeting in Venezuela (2:02)
5:59 MFSK32: Same greetings in Flmsg* format (2:08)
8:07 MFSK32: Club Diexistas de la Amistad logo (3:24)
11:30 MFSK32: Undersea cable (in Spanish) (1:49)
13:19 MFSK32: 2014 global economic outlook, with image (6:39)
19:57 MFSK32: Conference of pastoralists, with image (7:13)
Program 40 will include items in Spanish. For the accented letters to display correctly, use the UTF-8 character set. In Fldigi: Configure > Colors & Fonts > Rx/Tx > use the white pull-down menu to select UTF-8.
*To make Flmsg work with Fldigi (both can be downloaded from w1hkj.com), in Fldigi: Configure > Misc > NBEMS -- Under Reception of flmsg files, check both boxes, and under that indicate where your Flmsg.exe file is located.
Program 41, 11-12 January 2014:
This is a "set it and forget it" program. All content, include the program preview, will be in MFSK32, on the usual 1500 Hz center frequency. You won't have to worry about mode changes. And there won't be any Flmsg. You can tune in this program, set your software to MFSK32, make sure the first few line decode correctly, go do something else for a half hour, then look at the results later. The two images will be stored in the folder \fldigi.files\images somewhere on your hard drive.
Program 41 will consist of press releases from the Broadcasting Board of Governors, parent agency of the Voice of America:
2:51 Audience size of US international broadcasting, with image
13:41 BBG media innovation panel
19:34 Media environment of Vietnam, with image
I will probably not be able to answer your reception reports for these two broadcasts until mid-January, but please do send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
I have finally posted YouTube videos of the VOA Radiogram broadcasts of 21-22 December on this page of voaradiogram.net. Thanks to listeners who sent these. If there are any YouTube videos from 28-29 December, I'll post them in the next day or two.
I will also try to answer your emails from the past weekend before I go into vacation mode.
Thanks for all your support in 2013. All the best for 2014.
Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC)
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17860 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina