Last weekend I attended the annual meeting of the National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters (NASB). Even though NASB is an organization of private U.S. shortwave stations, the meeting was held at the headquarters of Radio Free Asia, a U.S. government funded news outlet under the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM).
The meeting began with speeches by the the president of RFA and by the directors of RFA’s Mandarin and other services. They discussed the importance of shortwave to RFA. I was somewhat surprised to hear this, given USAGM’s general lack of enthusiasm about shortwave dating back to before I retired from VOA in 2017.
Anyway, given that RFA management seems to be interested in shortwave, this would be a good weekend to demonstrate Chinese (Mandarin) text via shortwave. The excerpt we will transmit is from RFA’s Mandarin Service.
A video of last weekend’s Shortwave Radiogram (program 263) is provided by Scott in Ontario (Friday 1300 UTC). The audio archive is maintained by Mark in the UK. Analysis is prepared by Roger in Germany.
Here is the lineup for Shortwave Radiogram, program 264, 21-26 July 2022, in MFSK modes as noted:
Here is the lineup for today’s program, in MFSK modes as noted:
1:33 MFSK32: Program preview
2:41 MFSK32: Excerpt of text in Mandarin Chinese*
5:30 MFSK64: Czech dog breeds: Czechoslovakian wolfdog*
10:44 MFSK64: This week’s images*
27:12 MFSK32: Closing announcements
* with image(s)
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“This is a Music Show” Most of the show is a music show, but the host transmits some MFSK-64 text and image near the end of the broadcast. It’s transmitted on WRMI, Thursdays at 0200-0300 UTC on 5850 kHz (Wednesday evening in the Americas). Also look for a waterfall ID at the beginning of the show. firstname.lastname@example.org www.twitter.com/ThisIsAMusicSho/ @ThisIsAMusicSho https://thisisamusicshow.com
Pop Shop Radio from British Columbia, Canada, includes “a whole variety of pop music, such as records from the 1960s and 1970s that were played on Top-40 radio stations not only in North America but also on offshore radio and stations like Radio Luxembourg.” The programs now include some MFSK32 text and an image. Website: popshopradio.ca. Twitter: @popshopradio1 Email: email@example.com.
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Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB
Producer and Presenter