Friday, January 06, 2017

Snowy VOA Radiogram for 7-8 January

From Kim Andrew Elliott:

Hello friends,

Eastern North Carolina is expecting snow and perhaps other forms winter precipitation on Saturday.  If there is any disruption to VOA Radiogram transmissions this weekend, that might be the cause.  You can follow weather developments in Greenville NC at

For those of you who are new to sending reception reports, Fldigi automatically saves decoded MFSK images as png files in the folder \fldigi.files\images\ . That’s under C:\Users … on my Windows machine.  Folder names might be different with other operating systems.  You can attach those png files with your report.

Last week we experienced the first relatively good gray-line reception in Europe during the Saturday 0930-1000 UTC broadcast on 5865 kHz. If you are in Europe, especially northern Europe, try it soon, while the nights are still long!

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 197, 7-8 January 2017, in MFSK32 except where noted:  

  1:31  Program preview
  2:41  Turkey moves to block Internet access*
10:46  McDonald's opens near Vatican*
14:56  BBC World Service feature re BBC Monitoring* **
19:08  Olivia 64-2000: FEMA interoperability exercise
26:07  MFSK32: Image* and closing announcements

* with image
** includes some audio from the BBCWS radio program

Please send reception reports to

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5865 kHz         (To the Americas, try also in Asia-Pacific and Europe)
Sat 1600-1630 17580 kHz       (To Europe, try also in the Americas and Asia-Pacific) 
Sun 0230-0300 5745 kHz        (To the Americas, try also in Europe)
Sun 1930-2000 15670 kHz      (To Europe, try also in the Americas and Asia-Pacific)
All via the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina.

The Mighty KBC broadcast to North America will be Sunday at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 7-9 pm EST) on 6145 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK32 will be transmitted at about 0130 UTC. Reports to Eric: . See also and .  

DigiDX transmits DX news in MFSK32 and sometimes other modes:
Sunday 2030-2100 UTC on  11580Khz (Via WRMI Florida, to Europe)
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC on 11580kHz (Via WRMI Florida, to North and South America)

Monday 2000-2030 UTC on 3975 kHz (via IBC)
Wednesday 2100-2130 UTC on 3975 kHz (via IBC)

Italian Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) has digital modes as follows:
EVERY WEDNESDAY ON 3975 KHZ 20.30-21.00 UTC in MFSK32 and OLIVIA 16-500
EVERY FRIDAY ON 9955 KHZ 02.25-02.30 UTC in MFSK32
EVERY SATURDAY ON 1584 KHZ 21.25-21.30 UTC in MFSK32
EVERY SUNDAY ON 7730 KHZ 00.55-01.00 UTC in MFSK32
EVERY SUNDAY ON 6070 KHZ 11.30-12.00 UTC  in MFSK32 and OLIVIA 16-500 (VIA RADIO BCLNEWS)
For the complete IBC transmission schedule, including voice broadcasts, visit

Winter SWL Fest.  I am planning to attend the Winter SWL Fest, March 2-4, 2017, at Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. Hope to see you there. Information at .

Thanks for all the excellent reports to VOA Radiogram from New Year’s weekend.  I think I have answered all of them with the gallery of images, which you can see in compressed form here:

I hope you can tune and write in this weekend.


Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
Twitter: @VOARadiogram  (especially active just before, during, and after broadcasts)