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.
This new version has support for the UTF-8
character set. To give the AndFlmsg update a workout, this weekend’s
VOA Radiogram will include news items in Russian and Spanish. The
Spanish involves only a few letters with accents. Russian
is more complicated, with its Cyrillic alphabet.
Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 127, 5-6 September 2015, all in MFSK32 except where noted:
VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17870 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 a minute of MFSK64 Sunday at about 0230 UTC (Saturday 10:32 pm EDT) on its
new frequency of 7375 kHz, via Germany. Reports for this KBC reception to Eric:
Thanks for your reports from last weekend. I did
not see much difference between the images at 1500 and 2000 Hz, but I’m
still looking at the sample. I will prepare a gallery comparing all the
1500/2000 Hz images. And I will begin responding
to reports from program 121, starting today.