Friday, June 14, 2013

VOA Noise Tests Continue June 15-16

Thank you for another great response to the VOA Radiogram for the weekend of 8 and 9 June. Your audio samples were especially helpful.

During the past weekend, we experimented with mixing music with MFSK text modes. Reducing the MFSK modes by 9 dB was not a problem if the signal level was good, but the MFSK text did break up for some listeners if reception conditions were marginal.

For many listeners, a new web page popped up after the VOA News story in Flmsg format was transmitted. As for the EasyPal image, there was more success in Europe than in North America.   

This weekend, 15 and 16 June, we will mix some actual noise taken from shortwave with MFSK text. After the noise begins, a VOA News story in MFSK16 will first be transmitted at full level, then reduced to -6 dB, then reduced to -12 dB. I will probably lose many of you when the level is reduced to -12 dB, but please stay tuned: the audio level will soon be restored.   

Please note that noise that is mixed with MFSK text as part of the VOA Radiogram production is not an ideal simulation of co-channel interference. This is because real co-channel interference involves two (or more) transmitters at different locations and with different propagational characteristics.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, 15 and 16 June 2013:

 2:10      MFSK16: Program preview
 1:58      MFSK16: Introduction to noise experiment
10:09     MFSK16: At -0 -6 -12 dB versus noise
    :59      MFSK16: Image of VOA logo
    :47      MFSK16: Introduction to MFSK32
    :51      MFSK32: Image of VOA logo
 3:19      MFSK32: VOA News re Curiosity Rover on Mars                                
               MFSK32: VOA Radiogram logo
  2:40      EasyPal Image of the week         
  1:10      MFSK16: Closing announcements
   :20      Surprise mode of the week

As usual, your audio samples of bad reception that nevertheless results in a successful decode of at least MFSK16 would be appreciated. This email address -- -- seems tolerant of attachments up to 20 MB or so.

Also, if you are able to use portable shortwave radios to receive VOA Radiogram, this would be helpful. This will help us determine if typical listeners will be able to decode the digital text modes.  

Please send reception reports to


Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram

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