Wednesday April 15, 2020

(VOVWORLD) - This week we received several letters from listeners with postmarks that indicated they took more than a month to reach our office in Hanoi. That helps to explain why some listeners have been complaining that they haven’t received a reply from VOV for their reception reports since the beginning of the year.

B: The slow delivery could be due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has much of the world locked down. The pandemic has seriously disrupted transportation worldwide, whether by land, sea, or air.

A: We hope our QSL cards will eventually arrive at your address. In the meantime, thank you for being patient.

Wednesday April 15, 2020 - ảnh 1A sparse street by Hoan Kiem lake in the center of Hanoi during social distancing time to prevent the spread of Covid-19 pandemic. 

 B: I’m reading a letter from Tomas Bielieuskas, a young shortwave listener in Lithuania, who has been engaged in this hobby since late 2017. Tomas says he sent reception reports to VOV twice last year, but hasn’t received any response.

A: We’re sorry to hear that. We’ve checked our archives but found none of them. They may have gone astray somewhere. We invite you to try sending us those reports again.

B: Tomas said: “I really like your programs. They are clear, informative, and not too long. All the most important information about Vietnam is in one short program. That’s great! On March 4 I also enjoyed the song at the end of the program. It was funny and nice. Later I even visited your website to listen to it a second time.”

A: Tomas continued: “I’m interested in the cutlure and history of Vietnam. I’m interested in your revolutionary history and the personality of your leader Ho Chi Minh. I hope to learn more about these subjects.”

B: Thank you, Tomas. We’ll send you a program guide so you can more easily follow our broadcasts. May 19th is the birth anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh. Vietnam will organize many activities to mark this important event, such as exhibitions on his life and career, seminars on hisideology and morality, and art performances. VOV will broadcast pieces about President HCM and his important place in Vietnam’s contemporary life.

Wednesday April 15, 2020 - ảnh 2Poor people queue to get free rice from "Rice ATMs" during Covid-19 crisis. 

A: Here’s a letter from Fumito Hokamura of Japan, a regular listener to VOV’s Japanese and English programs. Hokamura says he just received a QSL card from VOV’s Japanese Section. He also sent a reception report to the English Section, but he says it’s difficult for him to write a report in English.

B: We really appreciate your reception report, Mr. Hokamura. Your report on March 18th was specific and we’ll issue a QSL card to confirm it. Last week we received a number of emails at our new email address:

A: Abu Sayed of Bangladesh told us that he listened to VOV’s broadcast to Dhaka City on the frequency of 7280khz on April 10th. He used a Kchibo KK-9812 receiver and rated SINPO at 44344. He said: “I learned the latest news in Vietnam and around the world through your world news bulletin. Then I learned about the current COVID-19 pandemic situation in different countries and about progress in the search for a vaccine around the world.”

Wednesday April 15, 2020 - ảnh 3The poster at "rice ATMs" says "If you need, take one portion for free. If you are ok,  please let others take."

B: When COVID-19 broke out in Vietnam, research centers and even students started making products to help fight the disease. Lecturers and students at the HCMC University of Technology built a machine that can crank out 90 facemasks a minute. Previous machines could only produce 15 facemasks a minute.

A: Lac Hong University in Dong Nai province created hand sanitizers using silver nano technology. Kien Giang College created an automatic hand sanitizer dispenser, non-contact thermometers, and automatic body sanitizing booths. The dispenser automatically releases hand sanitizing liquid when an infrared sensor detects an obstruction. Other universities and colleges have produced thousands of liters of hand sanitizing liquid.

B: Some listeners in Pakistan and India posted on our website that they are interested in Vietnam’s automatic sanitizing booths.

Wednesday April 15, 2020 - ảnh 4

Poor people bring their bags to get free rice from automatic dispensers.

A: Shivaram of India said they want to buy some for India. Tauseef Khan ofKarachi, Pakistan, said they are trying to make a sanitizing booth, but are stuck in a fog. Could you share the details of the booth?, he asked.

B: Sorry we don’t have details of such research. For more information, you can contact the designers and producers by sending an email to Kien Giang College at:

 A: Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi has piloted a disinfection chamber at its operations center.The disinfection chamber was developed by engineers at the Noi Bai Aviation Technical Service Center. Its main component is a 360-degree mist sprayer that sprays anolyte solution, a powerful disinfectant against bacteria and viruses. The process is automatically triggered when a person steps into the chamber. It takes only 30 seconds to complete the disinfection. 

Wednesday April 15, 2020 - ảnh 5The disinfection booth at Noi Bai International Airport. 

B: The Institute of Occupational Health and Environment under the Ministry of Health collaborated with the Hanoi University of Science and Technology to design and manufacture mobile disinfection chambers.

A: Their system has a dry and a wet room, working on the principle of using an ionized saline solution (anolyte) in the form of a mist that spraysthe whole body to quickly disinfect its surface. All disinfectant solutions are prepared by the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology and are safe for sensitive skin areas.

B: Andy Martynyuk of Russia reported tuning in to our program on March 8th on 7280khz using a Tecsun PL 880 receiver. He rated SINPO at 54554. This week, Andy asked for details of VOV’s writing contest, which is held every five years.

A: The 2020 contest, which coincides with many important events in Vietnam and VOV, is open to foreigners and overseas Vietnamese around the world.

B: We have posted 6 questions and requirements to participate in the contest on our website at  You can find them in our Letter Box segments or in the “About Us” segment on the website.

A: By listening to our programs regularly and reading stories on our website, you can easily find the answers to these questions. In addition, if you share with us your stories about Vietnam and your impression on the Voice of Vietnam, you will receive extra scores for your entries.

B: The contestants who submit the 3 best entries will win a free 5-day trip to Vietnam. Good luck to you all!

A: We hope that listeners of the English program will win the contest and a trip to Vietnam. We hope to meet you in Vietnam when the epidemic is over.

B: Thanks to all our listeners for your reports and feedback. We’ll send you QSL cards to confirm yourreports. We welcome your feedback at: English Service, VOVworld, the Voice of Vietnam, 45 Ba Trieu street, Hanoi, Vietnam.

A: Please send your emails to our new email address: You’re also invited to visit us online at, where you can hear both live and recorded programs.

B: 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 of Once again, thank you all for listening. Keep safe during the COVID-19 epidemic. Goodbye!

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