Utility Planet is the official blog for the column of the same name in The Spectrum Monitor. It replaces Utility World in the discontinued Monitoring Times magazine. Utilities are all VLF/LF/MF/HF (and sometimes low-band VHF) radio communications except broadcasting, CB, and non-emergency amateur. If you understood the last sentence, you know enough to read this blog.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
VOA Radiogram for August 9-10, VOA Mandarin, and Mighty KBC
From Kim Andrew Elliott:
VOA Radiogram this
weekend includes news items about international media, including the
much anticipated report of the Broadcasting Board of Governors
Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 71, 9-10 August 2014 (MFSK32)…
1:32 Program preview
2:36 Siberian activism may bring Russian Internet controls
7:24 Chinese TV channel disrupted by "hacktivist," with image
14:29 SW Radio Africa ends broadcasts to Zimbabwe, with image
19:22 BBG shortwave committee issues report, with image
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.
VOA Mandarin continues its daily MFSK transmissions, now MFSK16 centered on
2000 Hz. Very precise tuning of the audio frequency is necessary for a successful decode of MFSK16.
Daily (each transmission is 1 minute, 22 seconds):
2258 UTC 6135 9845 kHz
0058 UTC 9880 15385 15565 17560 kHz
Via Asian relay stations
Please send reception reports for the VOA Mandarin MFSK tests to
recordings would be appreciated, but no need to send audio if the MFSK
is not heard well enough for at least a 50% decode.
The Mighty KBC
will transmit a minute of MFSK64 Saturday at about 1130 UTC on 6095
kHz, and Sunday about 0130 UTC (Saturday 9:30 pm EDT) on 9925 kHz. Both
are via Germany. Reports to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors
will meet Wednesday, 13 August, beginning at 1300 UTC. The meeting will
include discussion of the BBG shortwave committee report. Live and
on-demand video will
be available here:
Thank you for your reception reports from last weekend. I will respond before this weekend is over.