VOA Radiogram received some great publicity in the July issue of QST magazine. If you don't receive the magazine, you can see images of the article here. They did change my name to "Kim Andrew Ellis," but that's OK: I don't need the publicity, but the concept of using digital modes on analog shortwave radio to provide information to places where the Internet is restricted or not available does need the publicity. [Hence these weekly postings. -Hugh]
Apologies to those tuned last weekend to the Sunday 1930-2000 transmission on 15670 kHz. It abruptly left the air at about 1949 UTC. There were problems with the transmitters at the North Carolina site, which is to be expected occasionally given that the transmitters are 50 to 60 years old.
Another challenge last weekend was strong interference, perhaps an over-the-horizon (OTH) radar, during the Saturday 0930-1000 UTC transmission on 5745 kHz. It was especially loud in Alaska, per this video made by Paul in Alaska. [Definitely an OTH radar. It obliterated this transmission here in CA a couple of weeks back. Likely candidates are Russian 29B6 and UK Pluto. -Hugh] (I was not able to decode the MFSK32 from the video, but maybe you will have better luck.) The interference was also heard by Mike in Washington state. If the noise returns this weekend, we'll be prepared: the show includes a story in Olivia 64-2000.
Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 168, 18-19 June 2016, all in MFSK32 except where noted:
2:38 Birds' brains more complex than imagined*
8:35 Large planet orbits binary stars*
17:40 Olivia 64-2000: North Dakotans overturn farm law*
24:19 MFSK32: Image and closing announcements*
* with image
Please send reception reports to email@example.com.
(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 will have an extra transmission this weekend. There will be the usual North America transmission Sunday at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT) on 9925 kHz, with a minute of MFSK32 at about 0130 UTC. And there will be a transmission to Europe Sunday at 0800-1000 UTC on 6095 kHz, with a minute of MFSK32 at about 0930 UTC. Both 6095 and 9925 kHz are via Nauen, Germany. Reports for KBC reception and decodes to Eric: firstname.lastname@example.org .
DigiDX will provide DX and media news in MFSK32 and a mixture of other modes:
Sunday 2130-2000 UTC, 15770 kHz, via WRMI Florida
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC, 11580 kHz, via WRMI Florida
Monday 2000-2130 UTC, 6070 kHz, via Channel 292 Germany
Look for any additions or changes to the DigiDX schedule at http://www.digidx.uk/ or https://www.facebook.com/digidx/
IBC (Italian Broadcasting Corporation) has a broadcast to Europe on 6070 kHz, Wednesdays, 2000-2200 UTC, with MFSK32 and Olivia 16-500 at 2030-2100 UTC. See http://ibcradio.webs.com/ for the complete schedule and contact information.
Thank you for your reports from last weekend. I will be responding.
I hope you can tune in and write in this weekend.
Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
Twitter: @VOARadiogram (especially active before, during, and after shows)