VOA Radiogram

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  1. David Kleber - KB3FXI

    David Kleber - KB3FXI Moderator Staff Member

    For those that may not know, Voice of America has a schedule of Shortwave Broadcasts using NBEMS/FLDIGI.

    I rarely get Saturdays off, but I had to burn some unused vacation time and wound up with today (Saturday) off.

    Here's the VOA Radiogram site with schedules and frequencies:

    -Dave, KB3FXI
    paNBEMS Founder and PEMA/ACS Digital Manager

    This was my copy from the show today on 17.860 MHz AM:

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    Welcome to program 95 of VOA Radiogram.
    I'm Kim Andrew Elliott in Washington.
    Here is the lineup for today's program -- all in MFSK32 except
    where noted:
    2:07 Program preview (now)
    3:10 Early release of State of the Union text*
    9:29 Russian reaction to State of the Union comments*
    18:22 Philippine-US alliance in the South China Sea*
    25:38 Closing announcements*
    28:16 MT63-2000L: Bonus mode of the week
    * with image
    Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com.
    And visit voaradiogram.net.
    Twitter: @VOARadiogram
    This is VOA Radiogram from the Voice of America.
    Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com.
    White House Pre-Speech Release Creates Social Media Storm
    Matthew Hilburn
    January 21, 2015
    The Internet-savvy White House went directly to social media
    Tuesday night a deft move analysts say that could change the
    way politicians convey their big news to Americans.
    Breaking with years of tradition, the White House released a copy
    of the entire text of the State of the Union speech to the public
    before the speech actually began.
    The text of the speech was posted on Medium.com, and in a brief
    introduction, the White House wrote that the public usually
    "remains in the dark" until the speech is actually given.
    "For the first time, the White House is making the full text of
    the speech available to citizens around the country online," he
    introduction read. "By making the text available to the public in
    advance, the White House is continuing efforts to reach a wide
    online audience and give people a range of ways to consume the
    The resulting buzz led to some widely shared social media posts.
    Twitter, for example, said there were 2.6 million tweets about
    the speech and the Republican response.
    Facebook told the USA Today newspaper that 5.7 million users
    engaged in 13.8 million interactions about the State of the
    Janet Johnson, a researcher at the University of Texas at Dallas
    who live tweeted the State of the Union last year, said the move
    to publish the speech was very clever.
    "It was a way to magnify messages and create a buzz," she said
    citing that the White House has been trying to get people more
    involved in the State of the Union as television ratings for the
    annual event continue to decline.
    Johnson said social media has made a huge impact on how the
    speech is delivered and consumed.
    "Now we have the president releasing the speech early and not
    just giving this to the press, but to the American people so they
    can discuss it," she said "Instead of being a speech it becomes a
    Johnson said people interested in different topics addressed in
    the speech were able to home in on relevant passages and tweet
    them or post them on Facebook.
    "People were talking about community college before the speech,"
    she said.
    The hashtag #FreeCommunityCollege was trending nationally on
    "The White House is trying to pull us in and say 'you should
    care' no matter which side you're on," Johnson said.
    The move to release the speech to the public proved an effective
    end around congressional Republicans.
    "The White House didn't want to cede the first two weeks of the
    new Congress to Republicans, and so it dispensed with suspense
    and began rolling out policy proposals as if off an assembly
    line," CBS chief White House correspondent Major Garrett, wrote
    on the network's web site. He called the event "the first
    pre-meditated Twitter State of the Union."
    The release of the speech also deprived journalists of their
    usual first peek at the speech.
    Greetings, Kim.

    I got a rare Saturday off and was able to tune in on the VOA Radiogram today at 1600z on 17.860.

    As you know, I'm in Pittsburgh, PA. Antenna used was a 66'' Doublet sloping from up about 40' to about 14' with the feed point up about 20'. The antenna runs from the high side at SSW to the low side at NNE.

    I used some attenuation on the signal with my ICOM IC-7200. The audio seems hot with some strong images. I don't know if this is normal as I have little experience with receiving digital on AM signals.

    The pictures were pretty grainy as I didn't have a very strong signal here into Pittsburgh, but the Text (pasted below) looks to be near 100%

    -Dave, KB3FXI
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    This is VOA Radiogram from the Voice of America.
    Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com.
    Russia Strikes Back at Obama's State of the Union Comments
    Daniel Schearf
    January 21, 2015
    MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has lashed out at
    U.S. President Barack Obama's criticism of the Kremlin's actions
    in Ukraine.
    Lavrov, during his annual press briefing, denied allegations of
    fresh Russian military backing for separatists and accused the
    U.S. of seeking world domination.
    Lavrov spoke Wednesday ahead of a meeting in Berlin to discuss
    Ukraine. He went on to say that the U.S. has set an "aggressive"
    course. But he said Moscow continues to cooperate with the West
    on fighting terrorism, despite the tensions over Ukraine.
    Lavrov lashes out
    Lavrov said Obama's comments showed the U.S. has adopted a policy
    of confrontation and has failed to assess its own actions.
    During his State of the Union address Tuesday, Obama said U.S.
    support for Ukraine was a principled stand against Russia's
    bullying of a smaller state. The U.S. president also noted its
    allies were united against Russia's aggression, while Moscow
    faced diplomatic isolation and a tattered economy.
    President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to
    a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 20,
    2015.President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union
    address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill on
    Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.
    Lavrov said the U.S. had pressured allies such as Europe and
    Japan to gang up on Russia.
    He said Tuesday's speech by the president shows that at the
    center of that philosophy is only one thing: 'We are number one
    and everyone else has to respect that.' Lavrov said this is a
    little outdated and does not reflect today's reality. It
    demonstrates, he said, that the U.S. wants to dominate the world
    and cannot merely be first among equals.
    Russia's foreign minister said Western attempts to isolate it
    would fail.
    Russia's economy
    Western nations hit Russia with economic and diplomatic sanctions
    after the Kremlin annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula last March.
    They widened the sanctions against Moscow after accusing it of
    sending weapons and troops in eastern Ukraine to support
    pro-Russia separatists and thereby maintain leverage over the
    European-leaning government in Kyiv.
    The Russian government continues to deny it is helping the rebels
    The sanctions have helped push Russia's economy into recession as
    the price of oil, its major export, dropped by more than half.
    Lavrov rejected accusations Wednesday by Kyiv that Russia sent
    fresh troops and weapons this week to support the separatists.
    He said Russia has heard the accusations concerning the flow of
    troops and weapons many times, and that if there is such
    certainty, then present the evidence. No one is able to provide
    us with the evidence, he said, or does not want to provide it.
    Russian weapons
    When asked by a Ukrainian journalist about published photos of
    Russian weapons made only for domestic use turning up in eastern
    Ukraine, Lavrov said more proof was needed. He then turned the
    accusation back on the West, claiming European and NATO
    member-supplied weapons were flowing into the conflict zone,
    which he said violates their own codes.
    Russia has resisted efforts by the Organization for Security and
    Cooperation in Europe to increase monitoring of the
    Russia-Ukraine border.
    Nonetheless, the Russian foreign minister said Moscow was willing
    to help facilitate a new cease-fire to stop fighting, which has
    killed nearly 5,000 people.
    Lavrov said they already have received assurances from the
    rebels that they will withdraw heavy weapons not from the actual
    front line, but from the line that Kyiv is insisting on. So now,
    he said, the ball is in the Ukrainian leadership's court.
    Lavrov joins foreign ministers from France, Germany, and Ukraine
    in Berlin later Wednesday to discuss the crisis and a possible
    summit meeting in Kazakhstan at the end of the month.
    A meeting between representatives of the OSCE, Russia, Ukraine,
    and the separatists that was to be held last week fell through as
    fighting over a key airport in east Ukraine intensified.
    Image: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a news
    conference in Moscow, Jan. 21, 2015 ...
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    This is VOA Radiogram from the Voice of America.
    Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com.
    Philippines, US Oppose Beijing's Activities in S. China Sea
    Simone Orendain
    January 21, 2015
    MANILA - The Philippines is looking to its alliance with the
    United States to try to keep up with China's reclamation
    activities in disputed islands in the South China Sea.
    Senior officials from both countries strengthened their strategic
    alliance during two days of bilateral talks on trade and defense
    that ended Wednesday in Manila.
    High on the agenda was maritime security, as well as concerns
    about China's ongoing reclamation work on reefs and shoals in the
    Spratly Islands that the Philippines claims.
    Last month the Philippine military's chief of staff said based on
    intelligence information, facilities at one of the larger
    outcroppings, Fiery Cross Reef, could be completed soon.
    Philippine Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino calls
    development at the reef, which in November appeared to be
    expanding to accommodate an airstrip, "a very serious concern."
    But the Philippines, with one of the smallest military budgets in
    Asia, is powerless to stop any of it.
    "We have to increase our capabilities and that will only come
    through modernization," Batino said. "This is a realization of
    course ... of the needed modernization that we needed to
    implement earlier."
    Military modernization
    U.S. Defense Assistant Secretary David Shear told reporters after
    the meeting his department's 2015 budget includes $40 million in
    military loans for the Philippines.
    The country is in the midst of implementing a five-year $1.8
    billion military modernization program, but the country will
    still have tiny naval and air fleets compared to its neighbors.
    With a lacking military, Manila is taking the diplomatic track.
    An international tribunal is reviewing its arbitration case
    against Beijing that questions what it calls China's "excessive
    claims in the South China Sea." China rejects arbitration and
    did not submit any supporting materials to the Permanent Court of
    Arbitration in the Hague.
    China has repeatedly said it has "indisputable sovereignty" over
    the sea and its hundreds of outcroppings.
    Beijing's claims questioned
    Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Daniel Russel says the United
    States has consistently called on China to adhere to a
    non-binding declaration it signed with the 10-member Association
    of Southeast Asian Nations on keeping the peace amid competing
    claims, and to follow international law as the basis for its
    sovereign claims in the resource-rich sea.
    "Behavior that raises tensions, behavior that raises questions
    about China's intention and behavior that would appear to be
    inconsistent with the principles that I have enumerated, work
    counter to those goals," said Russel.
    Philippine Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Evan Garcia says Manila
    is "after a peaceful resolution," and Chinese reclamation
    activities on the disputed islands "are not a positive
    Image: The Philippine Navy frigate BRP Gregorio del Pilar
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    Please send reception reports to radiogram@voanews.com.
    And visit voaradiogram.net.
    Twitter: @VOARadiogram
    Thanks to colleagues at the Edward R. Murrow shortwave
    transmitting station in North Carolina.
    I'm Kim Elliott. Please join us for the next VOA Radiogram.
    This is VOA, the Voice of America.
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  2. W.T. Jones

    W.T. Jones Moderator Staff Member Silver Member Golden GPS Recipient AtlDiv EPA Leader AtlDiv ARES Member


    I usually have good copy on the 5.745mHz broadcasts but this week it was a bust. I think the storm moving up the coast has something to do with it.

    Copying the VOA digital broadcast is just another fun thing to do with Fldigi!
  3. wedgar

    wedgar Administrator Staff Member Gold Member

    How'd you make out with the storm coming up the coast?

    Heading south later today with the RV. Trying to escape the snow and cold for several months.
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  4. W.T. Jones

    W.T. Jones Moderator Staff Member Silver Member Golden GPS Recipient AtlDiv EPA Leader AtlDiv ARES Member

    The storm was a non-event here in Northeastern PA. Nothing but a dusting. Farther south got more and East got considerably more.

    But here! Nothing. Life went on a usual.
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