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.
Friday, January 29, 2016
VOA Radiogram for January 30-31
We will test slow
modes again this weekend, so let’s hope for some bad reception. In
addition to the Olivia 64-2000 that we have tried the past few weeks, we
will transmit the same news item in MFSK8, which
is slightly faster, about 30 words per minute. MFSK8 does require very
precise tuning, so a 15-second tuning signal will be transmitted before
the news content begins. The 15-second signal will also be transmitted
before the Olivia 64-2000.
Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 148, 30-31 January 2016, all in MFSK32 except where noted …
1:35 Program preview (now)
2:56 Very wide solar system found*
7:25 ISIS radio in Afghanistan*
13:56 Olivia 64-2000: New satellite tracks sea level**
VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5865 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17580 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 MFSK32 Sunday at about 0223 UTC (Saturday 9:23 pm
EST) on 6040 kHz, via Germany. Reports for KBC reception to Eric:
Shoveling snow and
other recovery from last weekend’s big snow in the eastern USA has put
me another week behind in answering your emails, but I will work on them
this weekend. Your reception reports are
very much appreciated, even if I’m not able to answer them promptly.