Friday, July 08, 2016

VOA Radiogram weekend schedule

Hello friends,
During the past two weekends, many listeners noted that the RSID for the Olivia modes did change the mode. In an attempt to fix that problem, I have amplified the RSID for this weekend’s Olivia 32-1000 by 2.5 dB.

Also, please make sure that Fldigi is configured to search the passband for the RSID. Such a search is necessary given that the MFSK32 is centered on 1500 Hz, but the Olivia is centered on 2000 Hz. In Fldigi: Configure > IDs > RsID: select Searches passband. In newer versions of Fldigi, you can alternatively left-click on the RxID in the upper right of the main screen, then select Passband.

We are experimenting with Olivia at 2000 Hz because text modes at these higher frequencies might be able to escape interference consisting of voice, music, and even some types of noise. Soon we will return to less nerve-wracking shows where all the modes are at the same audio frequency.

Last week, on the show, I erroneously introduced the Olivia 32-1000 and Olivia 32-2000. Apologies for the confusion.

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 171, 9-10 July 2016, all in MFSK32 centered on 1500 Hz except where noted:

1:36  Program preview
2:51  Saturn's moon Titan might support life*
7:47  New Horizons space probe extends its mission*
13:01  Lightning rod may have saved Maryland's State House*
18:42  Olivia 32-1000/2000 Hz: Pasta is good for you
26:29  MFSK32/1500 Hz: Closing announcements*
* with image

Please send reception reports to
VOA Radiogram transmission schedule
(all days and times UTC):
Sat 0930-1000 5745 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 broadcast to North America Sunday at 0000-0200 UTC (Saturday 8-10 pm EDT) on 9925 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK32 will be transmitted at about 0130 UTC. Reports for KBC reception and decode to Eric:

DigiDX will provide DX and media news in MFSK32 and a mixture of other modes:

Sunday 2130-2200 UTC, 15770 kHz, via WRMI Florida
Sunday 2330-2400 UTC, 11580 kHz, via WRMI Florida
Monday 2000-2130 UTC, 6070 kHz, via Channel 292 Germany
Daily 1830-1900 and 0530-0600 UTC, 6070 kHz, via Channel 292 Germany
Look for any additions or changes to the DigiDX schedule at or

IBC (Italian Broadcasting Corporation) has a broadcast to Europe on 6070 kHz, Wednesdays, 2000-2200 UTC, with MFSK32 and Olivia 16-500 at 2030-2100 UTC. See for the complete schedule and contact information.

Thank you for your reports from last weekend. Reception and results were good in most parts of the world. I have sent MFSK galleries from last gallery to everyone who sent reports as of Thursday.

If you want to see images posted by listeners during, or shortly after, the weekend broadcasts, visit . I retweet the images submitted by VOA Radiogram listeners. You do not need to be a Twitter registered user to read the tweets. If you do register, you can send your own MFSK32 images, screen captures of text, etc. Please include @VOARadiogram in your tweet, and follow @VOARadiogram.

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


Kim Andrew Elliott
Producer and Presenter
VOA Radiogram
Twitter: @VOARadiogram