Thursday, November 13, 2014

VOA Radiogram for November 15-16

From Kim Andrew Elliott:

Hello friends,

Before discussing last weekend’s and next weekend’s program, a reminder that an archive of past VOA Radiogram broadcasts recorded by Mark Hirst in the UK is kindly maintained by Mark at the URL below. You can decode the modes from these recordings …

Last weekend’s 8PSK: As expected, the 640-word-per-minute 8PSK-250 in last weekend’s program usually resulted in more errors than the 320-wpm 8PSK-125. There were a few instances of 95-100% decode of the 8PSK-250, including the 360 km from the North Carolina transmitter to my house in northern Virginia, Saturday 0230 UTC on 5745 kHz. It seems that the 8PSK-250 would be most useful in short-hop shortwave propagation, beyond the range of VHF.

[That's what I had here in California, The Land That Short Wave Forgot. I got a good decode on the 8PSK-125, though it errored out once in a fade.  The 8PSK-250 could not handle the fading conditions at all, producing a few readable lines and a lot of gibberish. -Hugh]

This weekend we return to our workhorse MFSK32 mode for the entire program, except for an MFSK64 image and the surprise mode at the end of the show.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 85, 15-16 November 2014 (all MFSK32 except where indicated):

1:45  Program preview
2:52  Solar eclipse and European power grids*
7:53  Human settlements and animal extinction*
11:45  Interfacing human brains via Internet*
16:05  Sesame Street TV show marks 45 years*
19:45  Russian media news*
26:37  Closing announcements with MFSK64 logo
28:05  Surprise mode of the week

*with image

Please send reception reports to

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5910 kHz (new frequency as of 1 November)
Sat 1600-1630 17860 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 transmit a minute of MFSK64 Saturday at about 1230 UTC on 6095 kHz and Sunday at about 0130 UTC (Saturday 8:30 pm EST) on 7375 kHz. Both frequencies are via Germany. Reports for the KBC transmissions to .

Thanks for your reception reports. I’ll try to respond before the end of the weekend.

Please tune in and write this weekend.


Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram