Thursday, August 22, 2013

VOARadiogram for August 23-24

From Kim Elliott:

Hello friends,

Many of you successfully decoded the Chinese text on VOA Radiogram last weekend (17-18 August). Some saw blocks instead of Chinese characters, but after copying those blocks to a word processor or other application, the Chinese characters appeared. Others were able to see the Chinese characters after installing the East Asian language support files for the operating system. We will try another sample of Chinese text this weekend.

The large SVG-formatted VOA logo within the Flmsg news story, developed by UK listener Mark Hirst, also worked well. It required only 15 seconds to transmit. If you have Internet Explorer and did not see the logo, try renaming the Flmsg file with an .xhtml suffix.

I am trying another method of recording the RSIDs for this weekend's program. Perhaps it will provide a solution to the problems some of you are having with RSIDs. For many of you, the RSID for last weekend's surprise mode, 4xPSKR63, was not detected.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, 23-24 August 2013:     

2:20  MFSK16: Program preview
1:46  MFSK32: Chinese text sample*
6:33  MFSK32: VOA News re robot, with image
6:39  MFSK32: VOA News re Kepler Telescope, with image
4:32  MFSK64/Flmsg: RFE/RL News re left-handers in former USSR**
1:18  MFSK32: Image accompanying left-hander story
1:11  MFSK16: Closing announcements
1:24  MFSK16: VOA Radiogram logo (500x44)

*Use the UTF-8 character set. In Fldigi: Configure > Colors & Fonts > Select Char Set. Close and restart Fldigi between VOA Radiogram broadcasts.

**To make Flmsg work with Fldigi, in Fldigi: Configure > Misc > NBEMS > Under reception of flmsg files, check both boxes, and under that indicate where your Flmsg.exe file is located.

Please send reception reports to

I am now responding to your emails from last weekend.

I hope you can tune in this weekend.

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC)
Sat 1600-1630 17860 kHz
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz
Sun 1300-1330 6095 kHz
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina. 


Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter

VOA Radiogram
Twitter: @voaradiogram