VOA Radiogram

VOA RADIOGRAM

VOA RADIOGRAM

Hello friends,

I’m sending this note early this week, as I prepare for the Winter SWL Fest Thursday through Saturday at Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. For the same reason, we’ll keep this weekend’s program simple, with MFSK32 as the only mode.

Speaking of the Winter SWL Fest, on its agenda is the Shortwave Shindig, which will be broadcast live on WRMI, 6855 kHz, Saturday 0300-0600 UTC (Friday evening in North America). Host David Goren, of Shortwaveology, plans to include one or two MFSK32 images during the show.

Please also note that The Mighty KBC will transmit on 6040 kHz, in addition to its usual 6145 kHz, Sunday 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 7-9 pm EST). This is because of an interfering signal just above 6145 kHz. A minute of MFSK32 will be at about 0130 UTC.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 205, 4-5 March 2017, all in MFSK32:

1:49 Program preview
2:54 Cambodia threatens media outlets*
12:31 Foreign TV blocked for North Koreans in China*
19:28 Few complain after ABC drops shortwave
23:26 Dubai amateur radio satellite*
27:24 Closing announcements

* with image

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com.

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule (temporarily expanded):

UTC Day UTC Time kHz Transmitter Target Also try in …

Saturday
0930-1000 5865 North Carolina Americas Asia-Pacific, Europe
1600-1630 17580 North Carolina Europe Americas, Asia-Pacific

Sunday
0230-0300 5745 North Carolina Americas Europe
1930-2000 15670 North Carolina Europe Americas, Asia-Pacific
2030-2100 11580 WRMI Florida Europe Americas
2330-2400 11580 WRMI Florida Americas

Monday
2000-2030 3975 IBC Italy Europe

Wednesday
2100-2130 3975 IBC Italy Europe

The Mighty KBC broadcast to North America will be Sunday at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 7-9 pm EST) on 6145 and 6040 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK32 will be transmitted at about 0130 UTC. Reports to Eric: themightykbc@gmail.com . See also http://www.kbcradio.eu/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc/ .

DigiDX is taking a few weeks off, hence the VOA Radiogram transmissions via WRMI and IBC. See http://www.digidx.uk/ and https://www.facebook.com/digidx/

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 http://ibcradio.webs.com/

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 http://www.swlfest.com . (Single-day walk-ins are welcome.)

Thanks for your reports from last weekend. Our experiment with MFSK64, 32, and 16 was very interesting, with MFSK16 performing very well in poor reception conditions.

Because of preparations for the Winter SWL Fest, and attending it, there will be some delay in answering your reports. Apologies for that and thanks for your patience.

I hope you can tune in (especially because I may not be able to) and write in this weekend.

Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB

Producer and Presenter

VOA Radiogram

voaradiogram.net

Twitter: @VOARadiogram (especially active just before, during, and after broadcasts)

VOA celebra sus 75 años en el aire

75 Aniversario VOA

75 Aniversario VOA

Un poco más de siete semanas después de que Estados Unidos entró oficialmente en la Segunda Guerra Mundial, una emisión de radio en directo de 15 minutos en onda corta se transmitió a Alemania desde un pequeño estudio en la ciudad de Nueva York el 1 de febrero, 1942.

Fue introducido por el canto patriótico americano “El Himno de Batalla de la República”. Entonces, la voz del locutor William Harlan Hale se oyó decir: “Le traemos Voces de América. Hoy en día, todos los días y de ahora en adelante, vamos a hablar con usted acerca de Estados Unidos y la guerra.

La prensa puede ser bueno para nosotros. La prensa puede ser malo. Pero les diremos la verdad “. Esa fue la primera emisión de lo que, 75 años después, es ahora la voz con sede en Washington de América. Hacia el final de la guerra, la VOA se emite en 40 idiomas, con la programación que consiste en música, noticias y comentarios.

Fuente del articulo Original: VOA celebra 75 años en el aire

VOA – RADIOGRAM para este Fin de Semana

VOA RADIOGRAM

VOA RADIOGRAM

Hello friends,

I produced this weekend’s VOA Radiogram yesterday (Thursday), during the administration of Barack Obama. It will be broadcast during the administration of Donald Trump.

The show will include one item about past inaugurations, and the final image will show the National Mall, site of the inauguration, with the VOA headquarters also in the picture.

One science news item this weekend will be in Olivia 64-2000, which may be helpful if reception is poor.

Mid-winter propagation continues to provide challenges and opportunities. Some listeners in northern Europe heard and decoded last weekend’s broadcast Saturday 0930-1000 UTC on 5865 kHz. And the Sunday 1930-2000 UTC broadcast on 15670 kHz, lately difficult to hear in Europe (the nominal target), was received last weekend in New Zealand. (See images below.)

A few operating notes:

For best Olivia 64-2000 performance, turn Fldigi’s squelch (SQL) off.
The RSID at 1500 Hz sometimes mixes with the transmitter hum, most noticeable at 360 Hz, to move your receive audio frequency down to 1140 Hz, resulting in no decode.

To prevent this, in Fldigi: Configure > IDs > RsID > unselect Searches passband. Your center audio frequency will wander no more than +/- 200 Hz.
Fldigi automatically saves your decoded MFSK images as png files in the folder \fldigi.files\images\ (in Windows; folder names might be different with other operating systems). You can attach those png files with your reception report.
The VOA Radiogram Twitter account @VOARadiogram is especially active before, during, and after the broadcasts. You don’t need a Twitter account: just go to https://twitter.com/voaradiogram and refresh it occasionally.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 199, 21-22 January 2017, all in MFSK32 except where noted:

1:46 Program preview

2:58 Presidential inaugurations in history*

8:18 Micronesia hopes Trump reconsiders climate change*

13:01 First freight train from China to UK*

18:24 Olivia 64-2000: Milky Way looting stars from near galaxy

24:44 Closing image and announcements*

* with image

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com

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: themightykbc@gmail.com . See also http://www.kbcradio.eu/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc/ .

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)

See http://www.digidx.uk/ and https://www.facebook.com/digidx/

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 http://ibcradio.webs.com/

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 http://www.swlfest.com .

I am compiling the gallery of decoded MFSK images from last weekend and hope to begin sending those to reporters this weekend.

I hope you can tune in and write in this weekend.

Kim

Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB

Producer and Presenter

VOA Radiogram

voaradiogram.net

Twitter: @VOARadiogram (especially active just before, during, and after broadcasts)

VOA Radiogram, 7-8 January 2017

VOA-Radiogram

VOA-Radiogram

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: themightykbc (at) gmail.com . See also http://www.kbcradio.eu/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheMightyKbc/ .

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)

See http://www.digidx.uk/ and https://www.facebook.com/digidx/

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  http://ibcradio.webs.com/

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  http://www.swlfest.com .

Origen: VOA Radiogram — VOA Radiogram, 7-8 January 2017: Depending on the…

VOA destruye las antenas de Greenville

Antenas de VOA - Greenville

Antenas de VOA – Greenville

A series of implosions is all it took to bring down 48 radio towers that have been a part of U.S. history for over 50 years. It happened Monday morning at the old Voice of America Site A in Beaufort County.

Not used since 2006, the VOA site was sold to Beaufort County as surplus U.S. property. Environmental Holdings Group of Morrisville teamed up with Controlled Demolition Incorporated to implode and haul off the 48 towers.

It took less than a minute for it all to come down. Voice of America still broadcasts from Site B to Latin America, Cuba, the Caribbean, and Africa.

Origen: Implosions bring down 48 VOA towers in Beaufort County

VOA Radiogram, 18-19 July 2015

VOA RADIOGRAM

VOA RADIOGRAM

If you enjoy decoding images, this weekend’s VOA Radiogram will include six MFSK32 images, five in color and one gray-scale.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 120, 18-19 July 2015, all in MFSK32 except where noted:

1:28  Program preview

2:38  Solar airplane grounded until 2016*

7:07  Cubans yearn for Internet access*

12:59  The New Horizons Pluto mission*

17:23  NOAA weather photography contest*

24:13  Closing announcements*

26:44  Olivia 64-2000: Bonus mode

*with image(s)

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com  .

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule

(all days and times UTC):

Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz

Sat 1600-1630 17870 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 Sunday at 0230 UTC (Saturday 10:30 pm EDT) on 9925 kHz, via Germany. The picture is sunrise over Harlingen harbor, where the KBC radio ship is docked. Reports for KBC reception to Eric: themightykbc (at) gmail.com .

Fuente de la Noticia: VOA Radiogram — VOA Radiogram, 18-19 July 2015, includes six….

Recomiendan renovar emisoras del gobierno de EE.UU.

Voz de America

El informe concluye que la actual misión de transmisiones del gobierno estadounidense, “no es clara, su apego a las estratégicas de política exterior de la nación es débil cuando más, y su estructura organizacional es inefectiva”.

Un nuevo estudio en EE.UU. recomienda al gobierno renovar sus medios de comunicación para que puedan servir de apoyo a los objetivos de política exterior y a los intereses estratégicos del país.

El informe, dado a conocer el miércoles fue escrito en su mayor parte por exfuncionarios de la Junta de Gobernadores de Radiodifusión, BBG por sus siglas en inglés, y su división de noticias que incluye a Radio Europa Libre y Radio Libertad, cuyas transmisiones estuvieron dirigidas a las personas que vivían en países comunistas durante la Guerra Fría.

La BBG supervisa a la Voz de América, cuyas páginas web, y transmisiones de radio y televisión, así como plataformas móviles, llegan a 164 millones de personas en todo el mundo cada semana, en 45 idiomas.

El informe concluye que la actual misión de transmisiones del gobierno estadounidense, “no es clara, su apego a las estratégicas de política exterior de la nación es débil cuando más, y su estructura organizacional es inefectiva”.

Fuente y resto de la Noticia: Recomiendan renovar emisoras del gobierno de EE.UU..

VOA Radiogram, 13-14 December 2014

VOA RADIOGRAM

Most listeners in Europe were unable to receive VOA Radiogram last weekend Sunday, 7 December, at 1930 UTC, on 15670 kHz. Mid-winter propagation was the cause. The 15670 kHz transmission was received fairly well in North America. And Chris in New Zealand received 15670 well enough for this MFSK32 image decode …

Let’s hope that 15670 is usable in Europe this weekend.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 89, 13-14 December 2014, all in MFSK32 except where noted …

1:34  Program preview

2:43  News about amateur radio and shortwave

5:20  Citizen scientists track coastal ecosystem*

12:45  Controversy about South China Sea boundaries*

20:18  Russian television channel may be shut down*

27:39  Closing announcements

28:32  Bonus mode of the week: Olivia 32-1000

*with image

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com .

VOA Radiogram transmission schedule

(all days and times UTC):

Sat 0930-1000 5910 kHz

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 resumes its minute of MFSK64 Saturday at about 1230 UTC on 6095 kHz, and Sunday at about 0130 UTC (8:30 pm EST) on 7375 kHz. Both frequencies are via Germany. Reports to Eric: themightykbc (at) gmail.com .

The ARRL 10-Meter Contest is this weekend, Saturday 0000 to Sunday 2359 UTC.  Modes are CW and phone (no digital modes). An ARRL 100th anniversary station will operate during the contest from the Voice of America Amateur Radio Club, K3VOA, using the call W1AW/3.

The International Space Station is planning to transmit slow scan television (SSTV) on 18 and 20 December. Details here. The SSTV mode will be PD180, which can be received with MultiPSK.

Source/Fuente:VOA Radiogram — VOA Radiogram, 13-14 December 2014: Citizen….

Decodificando VOA Radiogram usando un receptor militar de la era Sovietica

ARZ (Aleksandrov Radio Zavod) R-326

ARZ (Aleksandrov Radio Zavod) R-326

Oscar in Milano, Italy, tuned in VOA Radiogram, program 83, on 1 November 2014, 1600-1630 UTC, 17860 kHz, using a Soviet-era military receiver.

Oscar writes: “Today I have decoded the program … with my latest purchase: a Soviet receiver build in the 1960s called ARZ Aleksandrov Radio Zavod R-326, using the Wellbrook ALA 1530LF active loop beamed NW-SE. SINPO: 45555

It’s microvalves based, with very stable tuning and precise frequency readout. It has no volume control but an RF control that has the same effect, passband filter can be tuned continuously from wide I believe 5kHz down to narrow 0.6 khz, AM reception and CW reception. A kind of wide BFO give possibility to tune also voice transmissions in LSB and USB but from the CW mode.

Frequency range is between 1 and 20 MHz in 6 bands with a mechanical band switch, a 3-position AGC and an internal oscillator for frequency calibration. The frequency reading built into the tuning capacitors is projected with 2 lamps onto an opaque glass where i can read the fine tuning frequency meter.

Two big knobs allow coarse tuning and fine tuning. According to the serial number this device was probably built in 1965.”The audio output is high impedance 600 ohms so before connecting the audio output to the computer I had to build an impedance adapter using a transformer. The speaker on top is already a high impedance speaker.It can be operated with 2.4 heavy duty batteries stored inside the receiver, or with an external power supply this the way I do it, with its original East German-built DC power supply.

Oscar provides this video of his reception and decoding using the R-326: http://youtu.be/LE256_7-N1c

…as well as these photos:

fuente de la noticia: VOA Radiogram — Decoding VOA Radiogram using a Soviet-era military receiver..

VOA Radiogram — VOA Radiogram, 18-19 Oct 2014

VOA-Radiogram

VOA-Radiogram

VOA Radiogram this weekend includes an interesting mix of VOA news stories – plus an image via RFE/RL.

There is a surprise mode, but it will be on three different audio frequencies.So, in Fldigi: Configure > IDs > RsID – check the “Searches passband” box at least for this weekend.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 81, 18-19 October 2014:

  •  1:37  Program preview 
  • 2:46  WakaWaka solar LED light, with image 
  • 8:41  Controlling invasive species by eating them, with image
  • 16:13  Balloons send leaflets to North Korea, with image
  • 24:00  Image: Drone disrupts Serbia-Albania football match
  • 26:59  Closing announcements
  • 28:05  Surprise mode at three audio frequencies

Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com
VOA Radiogram transmission schedule all days and times UTC:

  • Sat 0930-1000 5745 kHz
  • 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 1130 UTC on 6095 kHz and Sunday at about 0130 UTC Saturday 9:30 pm EDT on 7375 kHz. Both frequencies are via Germany.

vía VOA Radiogram — VOA Radiogram, 18-19 Oct 2014: Balloons and a drone.

VOA Radiograma

Este fin de semana, 29-30 de Marzo 2014, será el programa 52 de VOA Radiograma.

Esto significa que la VOA Radiograma ha sobrevivido a un año de la radiodifusión de onda corta.

VOA Radiograma ha tenido éxito debido a su auditorio: sintonizar, la decodificación, la experimentación y el envío de informes.

Los informes de recepción se deben enviar a radiogram@voanews.com.

Los horarios(UTC) y frecuencias son:

Sábado:09.30-10.00, 5.745 KHz y de 16.00-16.30 17860 KHz.

Domingo: 02.30-03.00, 5.745 KHz y de 19.30-20.00. 15670 KHz.

 

vía VOA Radiograma.