Decoding VOA Radiogram Program 109

Program 109 of VOA Radiogram contained four news items this weekend:

It also contained three images:

  • The Freedom House press freedom map
  • A Nerdalize e-Radiator
  • The VOA Radiogram logo

Results for 17870 kHz

VOA Radiogram was broadcast on a new frequency this week: 17870 kHz instead of 17860 kHz. Here are the images I decoded from the 1600 UTC Saturday broadcast (12:00 PM EDT Saturday) on 17870 kHz:

Image 1 from VOA Radiogram on 17870 kHz
Image 2 from VOA Radiogram on 17870 kHz
Image 4 from VOA Radiogram on 17870 kHz

The VOA Radiogram signal was quite weak here and I couldn’t hear Kim Andrew Elliott’s voice introduction. There were many text decode errors, but the images still decoded.

The move to 17870 kHz was made to avoid interference from Radio Exterior de España on 17855 kHz. It appeared to be successful because I didn’t hear any interference on the new frequency. On the other hand, I couldn’t hear Radio Exterior de España on 17855 kHz either!

Results for 5745 kHz

I decoded these images from the 0230 UTC Sunday broadcast (10:30 PM EDT Saturday) on 5745 kHz:

Image 1 from VOA Radiogram on 5745 kHz
Image 2 from VOA Radiogram on 5745 kHz
Image 4 from VOA Radiogram on 5745 kHz

The signal was strong, but there was quite a bit of noise. The text decoded with no errors and the images decoded well despite the noise.

The second image is the e-Radiator, a product from a Dutch company to heat homes using server electricity.

Results for 15760 kHz

I decoded the 1930 UTC Sunday broadcast (3:30 PM EDT Sunday) on 15670 kHz.

Image 1 from VOA Radiogram on 15670 kHz
Image 2 from VOA Radiogram on 15670 kHz
Image 4 from VOA Radiogram on 15670 kHz

The signal was pretty weak, although not as weak as the 17870 kHz broadcast. The text decoded with no errors but the images did decode with quite a bit of noise.

Results for The Mighty KBC on 9925 kHz

This was the first week that The Mighty KBC used their summer 9925 kHz frequency. Their signal was very strong here. I decoded this MFSK64 image broadcast at 0130 UTC Sunday (9:30 EDT Saturday) during “The Giant Jukebox” program:
Image from The Mighty KBC on 9925 kHz

This image, taken from the YouTube video titled Die Kurzwelle lebt! (Shortwave Lives!), was described as “Max Berger walks the streets of Dessau, Germany, listening to The Mighty KBC on 6095 kHz.”

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