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, May 20, 2016
Next Two VOA Radiogram Shows (May 21-22, 28-29)
From Kim Andrew Elliott:
I have prepared the
next two editions of VOA Radiogram in advance, so they will not include
any up-to-date news items. They will, however, be interesting shows …
Program 164, 21-22 May 2016
will begin with an MFSK32 introduction, then transmit the same VOA
Science World item about boiling water on Mars in Olivia 64-2000,
Olivia 32-1000, and Olivia 16-800. This will be a chance to compare
the performance of these three modes, which all have speeds in the 20-30
wpm range. The program will conclude in MFSK32 with an image and
Program 165, 28-29 May 2016
will consist of six science images from the VOA Science World Blog. All
of these will be in MFSK32, although the sixth, showing a Falcon
9 rocket launch, will be transmitted in both MFSK32 and MFSK64.
Images in MFSK32 and MFSK64 require the same amount of time to transmit;
the MFSK64 image has more resolution but is more susceptible to
interference. After the MFSK64 image, VOA Radiogram
will return to MFSK32 for closing announcements.
VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 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
schedule has been changing in recent weeks. Try Sunday at 0000 UTC
(Saturday 8 pm EDT) on 9925 kHz (via Germany), with the broadcast
0200 or 0300. The minute of MFSK32 may be at about 0130 or 0220 UTC.
http://kbcradio.eu or http://facebook.com/themightykbc for updates on the schedule. Reports for KBC reception and decodes to Eric:
DigiDX will transmit DX news in MFSK32 and perhaps other modes on its usual schedule:
Sunday 2130-2200 UTC - 15770kHz via WRMI Florida
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC - 11580kHz via WRMI Florida
Monday 2000-2030 UTC - 6070kHz via Channel 292 Germany
Thank you for your
reports from the weekend of 14-15 May. Reception conditions were
generally good, and I saw some excellent decoded images. You can see
some examples at
Please tune in and write in during the next two weekends.