Am 23.01.2015 um 05:52 schrieb VOA Radiogram:

Hello friends,

Many of you have had problems with the Fldigi RxID. It correctly identifies the MFSK32 mode, but sets the audio frequency to somewhere between 1100 and 1200 Hz rather than the actual 1500 Hz center frequency.
I've noticed this phenomenon for over a year, but it might be more prevalent in newer versions of Fldigi.
If you are receiving a strong signal from the North Carolina transmitter, there is often a "halo" above and below the 500-Hz-wide trace of the MFSK32 signal. You can see this in a screenshot sent by Jonathan in Ontario ...


I think the Fldigi RxID latches on to the first thing it encounters that looks like an RSID, which would be the halo to the left (lower in frequency) of the actual MFSK32 signal. That halo is enough to activate the RxID, but not enough to receive actual text.
One solution might be to use an attenuator. Another solution is, in Fldigi: Configure > ID > turn off "Searches passband," then manually set the center frequency to 1500 Hz.
On this weekend's VOA Radiogram, after my voice introduction, I will transmit the MFSK32 RSID. That will be followed by a 30-second tuning signal. If the RxID set Fldigi to the wrong audio frequency, this will give you time to retune to the correct frequency.
After the first MFSK32 RSID, I will transmit no further RSID's until the RSID for the bonus mode of the week: MT63-2000L.  

Kim Andrew Elliott

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Roger schreibt:

"..................Configure > ID > turn off "Searches passband",.........."        ???  


I think the problem here is not to prevent the discovery of RSIDs - but to stop a wrong AF-frequency change !       It would be preferable in this case to activate the frequency-changing deactivation.















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NO RSID:  <<2015-01-24T16:01Z MFSK-32 @ 17860000+1500>>

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

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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.


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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
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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


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