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: http://voaradiogram.net/ -Dave, KB3FXI paNBEMS Founder and PEMA/ACS Digital Manager https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/paNBEMS/info This was my copy from the show today on 17.860 MHz AM: Before RSID: <<2015-01-24T16:01Z MFSK-32 @ 7072500+1499>> ip u]D6 Rtie Rpt*h 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 email@example.com. And visit voaradiogram.net. Twitter: @VOARadiogram t This is VOA Radiogram from the Voice of America. Please send reception reports to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 speech." 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 Union. 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 conversation." 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 Twitter. "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. http://www.voanews.com/content/whit...lease-creates-social-media-storm/2607914.html 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 Image: Graphic from Medium.com ... Sending Pic:295x84C;ul h bfeasul This is VOA Radiogram from the Voice of America. Please send reception reports to email@example.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 militarily. 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. http://www.voanews.com/content/russian-reaction-to-state-of-the-union/2607300.html oint Image: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a news conference in Moscow, Jan. 21, 2015 ... t Sending Pic:270x136C; GDin C This is VOA Radiogram from the Voice of America. Please send reception reports to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 development." http://www.voanews.com/content/phil...gainst-china-activities-in-south-china-sea/26 07335.html Image: The Philippine Navy frigate BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15), formerly the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton ... t Sending Pic:280x144C; ee] Please send reception reports to email@example.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. 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