B: Ivan Lebedev of Russia said: "Today is Vietnamese National Day. I hope it's a great day for you and for your families. Since 1945 Vietnam has been developing as a powerful state. Vietnam is an Asian perfume flower, beautiful, and free. I’d like to congratulate you on this noble day."
A: Gerry Neumann of England emailed us to say: "I would like to send my best wishes as Vietnam celebrates its National Day, and also to all the staff of VOV as you celebrate the 74th anniversary of broadcasting on 7th September. Many changes have taken place both in Vietnam and also at VOV, and I have enjoyed my contact with the staff of the English section over many years now, as well as my visits to the studios at 45 Ba Trieu Street.
| Millions of people visit President Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum on Vietnamese National Day, September 2nd, 2019.
B: Amir Jameel of Pakistan said that his club’s members extend their heartiest greetings to Vietnam on this special occasion.
A: Omar Lassas of Algeria told us: "Please accept my heartiest congratulations and best wishes on the occasion of the 74th anniversary of Vietnamese National Day. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and all Vietnamese people more progress, evolution, more success. May your country always live in freedom, peace, and prosperity."
B: Once again, thanks to all our listeners for your congratulations and wishes. We’re very happy to have your past and future support.
|People go to pedestrian streets around Hoan Kiem lake, where many entertainment activities are held to celebrate Vietnamese National Day.
A: This week we received some complaints about transmission quality. Gerry Neumann of England told us: "Unfortunately, it has been impossible to hear VOV’s English broadcasts to Europe on both 7280 KHZ and 9730 KHz for some months now, either because of a weak signal or interference from China Radio. My listening these days has to be via the Intemet.
B: Richard Nowak of the US noted: "I tried tuning in tonight on 7315 kHz first at 0:00. The signal was weaker than usual. This may have been that I temporarily took down the outdoor active loop because Hurricane Dorian is approaching. I listened on an indoor active loop instead. The first half of the show was difficult to copy but the second half improved. I tried to listen again at 1:00 and again at 1:30 UTC but there were no English language broadcasts.
|VOV5's staff perform at VOV's 74th anniversary celebration.
A: Thank you for your observations. We'll forward your comments to our technicians to process. Rimil Paul of India tuned in to our program on 7220 khz on August 20th using a Grundig Digital receiver. He rated SINPO at all 4s. Our staff has sent QSL cards to verify your previous reception reports, Rimil. We hope the QSL cards will reach you soon.
B: Siddhartha Bhattacharjee, President of India's Chaitak ListenersClub, sent us a reception report for September 2nd on 7220khz. He also enjoyed good reception with an overall quality of 4. Thank you for your audio clips, which are useful for our technicians.
A: We’ll now reply to Siddhartha’s question about Vietnam's space research. Vietnam can produce its own satellites for communications and weather observation. Vinasat-1 was the first Vietnamese satellite to be placed in orbit in 2008. Vinasat is Vietnam’s national satellite program to make the country independent in satellite communications, enhance national security, and open new economic opportunities.
|VOV5's leaders and staff take photo at VOV's 74th anniversary celebration.
B: In January, 2019, another satellite made by Vietnamese engineers was successfully launched into orbit. The launch of the Micro Dragon satellite took place at Uchinoura Space Centre in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. The Earth observation satellite was carried by an Epsilon 4 rocket.
A: Micro Dragon was developed by Vietnamese engineers from the National Space Centre with the help of Japanese experts. It is tasked with observing coastal areas to assess water quality, locate fishery resources, and monitor changes in coastal waters to serve Vietnam's aquaculture industry. It is also set to receive signals from the ground and transfer data to distant places on earth, while testing new materials.
|Micro Dragon, a satellite made by Vietnamese engineers
B: Vu Anh Tuan, Deputy Director of the Vietnam National Space Centre under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, said that being able to produce its own satellites will serve different purposes, such as to observe the Earth and to warn of natural disasters and calamities. Vietnam will not depend on a third party for satellite production. It will also boost other sectors like materials, mechanical engineering, and automation.
A: To promote space technology, the Vietnam National Space Center opened the Hoa Lac Observatory for visitors as young as preschool students who are interested in space science and technology.
B: Hoa Lac Observatory presents 3D astronomy videos projected onto a dome by six high-resolution projectors. Visitors learn about satellite technology and explore the cosmos through educational interactions. There are lectures from basic to advanced level on “Planets of the Solar System”, “Lunar Phases”, and “Apparent Motion of Planets” delivered by experts from the Vietnam National Space Center.
A: Now let’s read some emails and letters from other listeners. Deep Paul of India tuned in to our program on August 28th on 7220khz. The transmission was good, with a SINPO rating of all 4s. Deep wanted to know about stadiums in Vietnam.
|My Dinh National Stadium viewed from flycam
B: The My Dinh National Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Hanoi, which can accommodate 40,000 people. It was officially opened in 2003 and was the main venue for the Southeast Asian Games that year.
A: Located 10 km north-west of central Hanoi, the said this already stadium is the most modern in Vietnam. Arched roofs cover the grandstands on the east and west sides of the arena, providing shelter for half of the seats.
|Football fans support Vietnamese male footbal team.
B: My Dinh National Stadium consists of 1 main field and 2 training fields covering an area of 17.5 ha. The main function of the stadium is hosting football and track and field athletics. It has 8 oval tracks of 400m and 10 straight tracks of 110m, sectors for throwing hammers and javelins, and pole vault, high jump, and jump pits.
A: Sultan Mahmud Sarker of Bangladesh emailed us to say that “I saw some rare pictures on the Letter Box feature of August 28th, 2019. Pictures of the English team of Radio Havana celebrates the transmission of the historic news bulletin announcing the signing of the Paris Peace Accords in January, 1973; Trinh Thi Ngo, an American newspaper in 1966, was very nice. I was very happy to see these pictures. Many thanks for publishing such rare pictures.”
B: Thank you all for tuning in to our channel and giving us feedback. We'll send you QSL cards to confirm your reports. We always welcome your feedback at: English Service, VOVworld, the Voice of Vietnam, 45 Ba Trieu street, Hanoi, Vietnam. Or you can email us at: email@example.com.You're invited to visit us online at vovworld.vn, where you can hear both live and recorded programs.
A: Check out our VOV Media App, available on both the IOS and Android platform to hear our live broadcasts. We look forward to your feedback on the mobile version. Once again, thank you all for listening. Goodbye until next time.