Friday, September 23, 2016

VOA Radiogram weekend programming

VOA Radiogram will be all MFSK32 again this weekend. We have found that MFSK32 provides a good combination of speed and performance in typical shortwave conditions. And MFSK has the added advantage of being able to transmit images. However, if you would like more variety of modes on VOA Radiogram, even if it means the occasional need for a manual mode change, let me know.

This weekend’s program will include more ASCII art after the closing announcement.  Use a monospace mode such as Courier, and maximize Fldigi, for best results. 

And, at the very end of the show, after the closing music, Flmsg will trigger a video. If you don’t already have Flmsg installed, you can download it here. To make Flmsg work with Fldigi, in Fldigi: Configure > Misc > NBEMS > under Reception of flmsg files, select Open with flmsg and Open in browser, and below that indicate where your Flmsg.exe file is located – probably somewhere in Program Files(x86).

Here is the lineup for VOA Radiogram, program 182, 24-25 September 2016, all in MFSK32 centered on 1500 Hz:

1:47  Program preview

2:56  Extraterrestrial biosignatures are complicated*

10:11  University moon mission would be propelled by water*

18:14  Receiving/decoding Outernet L-band satellite content* 

24:05  Closing announcements, ASCII art

28:33  Flmsg: VOA News video
* 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 transmit to North America Sunday 0000-0100 UTC (Saturday 8-9 pm EDT) only on 6145 kHz, via Germany. A minute of MFSK32 will be at about 0030 UTC. Reports to Eric: .

DigiDX will transmit MFSK32 and probably 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

For schedule updates, visit DigiDX at  or

IBC (Italian Broadcasting Corporation) has a broadcast to Europe on 6070 kHz, Wednesdays, at the new time of 1800-2100 UTC.  The MFSK32 and Olivia 16-500 are still at 2030-2100 UTC. IBC has also added a medium wave transmission Saturday 2000-2030 UTC from Radio Studio X, 1584 kHz, in Terni, Italy, with MFSK32 at 2025-2030. IBC also has MFSK32 transmissions via WRMI in Florida: Friday 0125-0200 UTC on 9955 kHz (Thursday 9:25 pm EDT), part of its 0100-0130 broadcast. And Saturday at 0155-0200 UTC (Friday evening 9:55 pm EDT), on 11580 kHz, part of its 0130-0200 broadcast.  See for the complete schedule and contact information

Thank you for your reception reports last weekend. I am compiling the gallery of MFSK32 images and hope to send it out soon.

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


Kim Andrew Elliott

Producer and Presenter

VOA Radiogram

Twitter: @VOARadiogram