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I was surprised and honored when Kim Andrew Elliot contacted me about mentioning this blog on the weekly Voice of America (VOA) Radiogram with regard to my recent post about Russia’s attempt to shut down the Internet. The VOA Radiogram has been an ongoing experiment in sending digital mode text and images using the Edward R. Murrow transmitting station in North Carolina. The idea behind this is to have a backup means of getting emergency communications out around the world to folks who might not be able to receive voice transmissions during difficult propagation times. The digital modes can be heard from much farther away by using the appropriate software.

After reading several articles concerning Russia’s attempt to block Internet access and to control content, I immediately thought of Mr. Elliott’s excellent work with the VOA Radiograms and their usefulness in combating such efforts by a repressive government. I sent a note along to Mr. Elliott alerting him to the article in the Telegraph and expressing my thanks for his ongoing worthy efforts.

Shortly afterward he wrote back asking if he could make reference to the blog piece in the upcoming Radiogram, and of course I was only too happy to oblige. What follows is a snippet of that Radiogram as received by me over the air (using Multipsk), along with an image sent through the Radiogram showing the blog’s logo.

This is VOA Radiogram from the Voice of America.

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In the past two weeks, news has emerged about Russia conducting “large scale experiments to test the feasibility of cutting the country off the World Wide Web.” The story was reported by Roland Oliphant in The Telegraph on 15 October:

 Among other reports, this from Associated Press:

 Russia has denied that the experiments took place …

 The relevance of the VOA Radiogram experiments to any disruption of the Internet was discussed by Robert Gulley, AK3Q, in his All Things Radio Blog …Ø15/1Ø/russia-tests-internet-shutdown/

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Many thanks to Kim Andrew Elliott and the whole team over at the VOA, not just for including this in the Radiogram, but most of all for the foresight, planning, and execution of this project which is changing the face of shortwave radio for the good. The Russian people might well indeed become their very first real-world application of this technology.

You can find out more about the VOA Radiogram project as well as read past transmissions at:

73, Robert

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