Friday, June 03, 2016

VOA Radiogram for June 4-5

From Kim Andrew Elliott:

Hello friends,

I'm back to a (somewhat) normal schedule now after my family's visit to Vancouver and Alaska. I did not have many opportunities to tune in to VOA Radiogram, but I did receive the broadcast May 22 at 0230 UTC on 5745 kHz, in the Pacific off British Columbia. I did not get to the balcony of our stateroom until the Olivia 16-500, which decoded 100% using a Sangean ATS909X acoustically coupled to a tablet running TIVAR.

I have not yet had a chance to analyze all the reports on the Olivia 64-2000, 32-1000, and 16-500 comparison during program 164, but the preliminary verdict is: they're all good.

This weekend, VOA Radiogram will be all MFSK32. It will include an item in Russian. You will need the UTF-8 character set to decode the Cyrillic text. In Fldigi: Configure > Colors & Fonts > set Rx/Tx Character set to UTF-8.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 166, 4-5 June 2016, all in MFSK32:

 1:34  Program preview
 2:55  50 Cent Party supports China on Internet*
 8:26  US Embassy in Beijing takes break from social media*
14:18  RFE/RL will end shortwave transmissions in Russian* **
21:44  Train trip in Alaska*
26:04  Closing announcements*

* with image

** Russian text requires UTF-8 character set. In Fldigi:
Configure > Colors & Fonts > set Rx/Tx Character set to UTF-8.

Please send reception reports to

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 will broadcast to North America for only one hour this weekend: Sunday at 0000-0100 UTC (Saturday 8-9 pm EDT) on 9925 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK32 will be transmitted at about 0030 UTC. Reports for this KBC reception to Eric: .

DigiDX will transmit DX news in MFSK32 and other modes on its usual schedule: Sunday 2130-2200 on 15770 kHz, and 2330-2400 UTC on 11580 kHz, both via WRMI in Florida. And Monday at 2000-2030 UTC on 6070 kHz, via Channel 292 in Germany. Also listen for DigiDX on 6070kHz (Channel 292) every day at 1830-1900 UTC (co-channel with Vatican Radio: a good test of the modes) and 0530-0600 (reception in the Americas might be possible.) Consult and for any schedule changes.  

Thank you for your reception reports. I am still working on the gallery from program 137.  I hope to  send those out this weekend.

I hope you can tune in and write in this weekend.


Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
Twitter: @VOARadiogram (especially active before, during, and after broadcasts)