This weekend on VOA Radiogram, we will conduct one more (for now) QR code experiments. The VOA Radiogram URL will be transmitted as 1) plain text, 2) as a QR code via MFSK32 image, 3) as UTF-8 block elements -- those things that look like this: ▙ ▚ ▛ . A QR code transmitted this way will benefit from the error correction inherent in any MFSK text transmission. You will need the UTF-8 character set (Fldigi: Configure > Colors & Fonts > Rx/Tx Character set).
The transmission of the QR code as UTF-8 in MFSK32 is slow, so after the MFSK32, the QR code will be sent in MFSK64 for increased speed.
Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 140, 5-6 December 2015, all in MFSK32 except
1:31 Program preview
2:58 Experiments with QR codes **
7:13 MFSK64: QR code ***
8:31 MFSK32: Court ruling on Turkey's blocking of YouTube *
12:44 Solar-powered plane will resume flight *
18:53 Prehistoric beast looks like Star Wars queen *
24:55 Closing announcements ****
* With image
** The QR codes using block element require the UTF-8 character set. In Fldigi: Configure > Colors & Fonts > Rx/Tx Character set - set to UTF-8.
*** After the MFSK64 RSID, there will be 10 seconds of silence in case the mode must be changed manually.
**** After the closing announcement, a custom QR code made by Robert in Ontario.
Please send reception reports to email@example.com.
VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5865 kHz
Sat 1600-1630 17580 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 MFSK32 Sunday at 0130 UTC (Saturday 8:30 pm EST) on 7395 kHz, via Germany. Reports for this KBC reception to Eric: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thanks for your reception reports last weekend. Propagation was good! I am now working on the MFSK image gallery for program 132 and will be responding to your emails during the weekend.
Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter