Thursday, February 11, 2016

New Winter 2015-2016 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide

New Winter 2015-2016 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Now Available

What is shortwave radio and why should you listen to it?

Shortwave listening, or SWLing, is the hobby of listening to shortwave radio broadcasts transmitting on frequencies between 1700 kHz and 30 MHz. These transmissions can propagate thousands of miles and can reach audiences worldwide. For instance, if you live in the United States you can easily hear shortwave broadcast stations from countries like Australia, Canada, China, Cuba, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, North/South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, and many other counties if you have a good shortwave radio receiver, and you know when and where to listen!

Quite simply shortwave radio provides the listener with a window to the world that no other communications medium can provide. The listener will be entertained with unique perspectives to events from around the world that you cannot get from most national media outlets.

Throughout the world, shortwave radio remains the most readily available and affordable means of global communication and information. You'll learn about the lives and concerns of people from all walks of life in over 300 different languages and dialects. Shortwave radio also provides nearly instantaneous coverage of news and events from around the world.

There are even transmissions from the dark side of shortwave radio from broadcasters known as clandestine or clanny stations. Clandestine broadcasters are deceptive and they usually exist to bring about political changes or actions to a particular target country. Programming is essentially propaganda, and may largely be half-truths or sometimes outright lies.

If you want to get into the action then the International Shortwave Broadcast Guide is a must purchase to let you know when and where to listen for broadcast radio stations in the shortwave broadcast spectrum.

The Winter 2015-2016 International Shortwave Broadcast Guide, by Amazon bestselling author Gayle Van Horn, W4GVH, is that all important information resource you need to tap into the worldwide shortwave broadcast radio spectrum.

It is a 24-hour station/frequency guide to "all" the known stations currently broadcasting on shortwave radio at time of publication. This unique shortwave resource is the "only" publication in the world that offers by-hour schedules that includes all language services, frequencies and world target areas for each broadcast station.

New In this edition, there is a feature on listening to Asia's broadcast giant – China, updated information on the state of tropical band broadcasting, and a special feature on Who's Who in the shortwave radio spectrum outside the regular broadcast bands. Frequency and station coverage has also increased in this edition to include Longwave frequency broadcasters, and international standard time and frequency stations worldwide.

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (Winter 2015-2016 edition) is now available for purchase worldwide from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0196UYDTI. The price for this latest edition is US$5.99. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order this electronic book (e-Book) from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. All other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website.

This new e-publication edition is an expanded version of the English shortwave broadcast guide that was formerly printed in the pages of Monitoring Times magazine for over 20 years. This one of a kind electronic e-book is published twice a year to correspond with station seasonal time and frequency changes.

If you enjoy listening or monitoring HF shortwave stations, and you miss the monthly English frequency listings formerly published in the late Monitoring Times magazine, and multilingual station listing in the old MTXpress electronic magazine, this valuable tool will now be your new guide to listening to the world.

You can view the complete Teak Publishing book catalog online at 

Click on the Teak Publishing radio hobby e-book link at the top of the blog page. You can learn more about the author by going to her author page on Amazon at 

The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide will have wide appeal to shortwave radio hobbyists, amateur radio operators, educators, foreign language students, news agencies, news buffs, and many more interested in listening to a global view of news and events as they happen.

If you are an amateur radio operator or shortwave radio enthusiasts, and want to hear what is happening outside the ham bands on that transceiver or portable shortwave radio in your radio shack, then this new e-book from Teak Publishing is a must in your radio reference library.

(Press Release)

AIB celebrates World Radio Day 2016

Radio, the oldest electronic mass medium, is in good health and well positioned for the future. That's the message from the Association for International Broadcasting as World Radio Day 2016 is marked internationally.

"Radio generates revenues of well over US$25m every year," comments Simon Spanswick, chief executive of the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB). "Radio is a major a generator of economic growth and employment – both in front of and behind the microphone. Every day, it touches the lives of billions of people, providing news, information, entertainment and education. At the AIB we're delighted to join with our Members to celebrate the continued relevance and importance of radio on 13 February, the day designated by UNESCO as World Radio Day."

The AIB is publishing a special souvenir book to demonstrate the value of radio internationally. 'The Business of Radio' provides insight into the radio industry and profiles Members of the AIB who operate radio networks and the service providers that keep radio on the air around the world.

'The Business of Radio' is being sent to opinion-leaders including parliamentarians and media regulators around the world to remind them of the key role that radio continues to play, even in the digital age of mobile apps and social media.

"The strength of radio is its ability to connect people in a way that other media cannot," continues Spanswick. "At the AIB, we are delighted to see that our radio Members are reacting positively to the changes in media consumption habits. For example, they make sure that their programmes are available via multiple platforms, increasing their reach as they do. The AIB is pleased to be accompanying them on their journey into radio's bright future." or as a downloadable PDF at

'The Business of Radio' includes articles contributed by a number of the AIB's Members, including the BBC, Broadcasting Board of Governors, RNW Media, Radio Taiwan International and DW. It is available in digital page-turning format at http://goo.gl/MClhld or as a downloadable PDF here :



Simon Spanswick
Chief Executive

Association for International Broadcasting
PO Box 141 | Cranbrook | TN17 9AJ | United Kingdom
T +44 20 7993 2557 | F +44 20 7993 8043 | M +44 7802 936 786

BBC announces next-generation broadcast network for the digital age

The BBC has chosen BT to provide its broadcast network, delivering considerable savings and paving the way for future digital innovation. This enables the BBC to move to a new, state-of-the-art network based on internet technologies from April 2017.

The new network will be more efficient, flexible, and better able to support BBC innovation. For example, extra services and capacity can be added for major events, such as a general election or the Olympics, more easily and at a lower cost than with the current system. It will also make it easier for the BBC to work with and explore emerging, data-hungry formats - like Ultra HD (4K), 360-degree content, and others yet to be invented.

The contract for the new provider is worth over £100m for seven years, with an option for the BBC to extend for a further three. It will save the BBC tens of millions of pounds, making a significant contribution to the BBC's savings targets, as it capitalises on advances in technology and a competitive procurement to reduce the overall cost.

Matthew Postgate, Chief Technology Officer at the BBC, said: "This is an important step towards building an internet-fit BBC and will allow us to provide more interactive and personalised content in the future. At a time when the BBC faces serious financial challenges, it will also save us tens of millions of pounds so we can focus more of our money on the programmes and services for licence fee payers."

The new network will link all BBC UK sites, including 21 broadcasting centres and local radio stations, as well as connecting to the main overseas bureaux and partners for playout of the BBC's TV channels. It will carry all video, audio and data traffic, as well as fixed line telephony, ISDN and broadband services.

It will be operated by BT's global media services operation, BT Media and Broadcast. The selection of BT follows a public procurement under the BBC's Aurora Programme, which is re-sourcing all of the BBC's core technology services as the current contract expires in April 2017.

Mark Wilson-Dunn, Global Vice President of BT Media and Broadcast, said: "We are delighted by the BBC's decision to choose us as their next generation broadcast network partner. Both of our organisations have a vital part to play in making the best use of advanced technology to support and enable the ever-accelerating evolution of broadcast media."

The current broadcast network is provided by Vodafone UK through the BBC's principal technology services provider, Atos. In future, Vodafone will continue to have an important strategic relationship with the BBC, providing a key data centre, telephony services and additional connectivity in London.

Over the coming year, the BBC will be working with both Vodafone and BT to ensure a smooth transition to the new network.

DT

(BBC Press Release)

AIR Kolkata testing new transmitter

All India Radio, Kolkata is testing new 100 kW Nautel NXP-100 transmitter on 1008 kHz AM and 1018 kHz DRM. Transmitter will be commissioned before 31st March, 2016. SBS ( Special Bangla Service) programs expected by end of Feb'16.

8th Feb 2016 - First noticed by C.K.Raman, Delhi at 1545-1600 UTC in DRM mode (only station label, no audio).

10th Feb 2016 -

Dr.Supratik Sanatani from Kolkata briefly heard a very strong pure tone audio on 1008 kHz AM at 0040 - 0050 UTC. 

Test tones again noted by several listeners at 1330 UTC on 1008 kHz AM.

Running commentary of SAF games started at 1504 hrs still continuing beyond 1520 hrs (No news in Hindi at 1515) - Alok Dasgupta, Kolkata

Test tone at 1330 UTC, video by Debanjan Chakraborty, Kolkata


Hockey match commentary, video by Debanjan Chakraborty, Kolkata


Running commentary of India - Srilanka Hockey match continues at 1530 UTC with good signal here at Agartala - Pradip Chandra Kundu, Agartala, Tripura

Test in DRM mode noticed by Debanjan Chakraborty, Kolkata at 1830 UTC, txer went off air at around 1910 UTC.



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BBG 2017 Budget Request Prioritizes Key Audiences and New Technologies

WASHINGTON - The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) today released its Fiscal Year 2017 budget request, seeking $777.8 million to accelerate its market-driven shift to digital media, concentrate broadcasting to foreign policy priority audiences, better measure impact, and expand global distribution capabilities.

"This budget makes clear our priorities for meeting key audiences where they are and increasing our impact in target regions around the world," said BBG CEO John Lansing. "I'm especially proud that this budget reflects an unprecedented collaboration between the five BBG networks to support our unified mission."

The budget request prioritizes expanding digital and video production to engage young audiences who are impacted by Russian aggression and disinformation, or by media campaigns of violent extremist groups such as ISIL. A proposed investment of $15 million will expand video and new media in Russian-language, launch digital teams for Central Asia and other areas where Russia supports frozen conflicts, and increase digital content for regional audiences impacted by ISIL extremism, including Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The budget request also grows BBG's digital engagement efforts that have successfully informed and encouraged dialogue among Iraqi audiences on issues that have allowed ISIL to attract young fighters. The $2.5 million enhancement request will allow the Agency to expand these efforts to Egypt, Central Asia and the Balkans.

In order to optimize BBG's coordinated coverage of global news and information - including emerging international crises - and to maximize the use of shared support services, the FY 2017 Budget Request proposes that the BBG Board may delegate any of its authorities or duties to a Chief Executive Office appointed by the Board.

The Agency will also fund research to measure and increase its impact on the hundreds of millions who consume BBG media each week, as well as create an Internet Freedom Office to oversee the selection and evaluation of Internet Freedom projects.

Proposed budget reductions include trimming administrative and overhead costs and realigning transmitting station sites and transmissions across its global network.

The executive summary and highlights from the FY 2017 Budget Request can be found here :

(BBG)

Outreach organises Radio Fair in Bhubaneshwar on World Radio Day


Outreach International Radio Fair (OIRF) is to be organized by social organization, Outreach on this World Radio Day. Honorable Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Sri Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Honorable Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Sri Dharmendra Pradhan, eminent News reader Sri Upendra Pahadsingh and many dignitaries and radio personalities has given their consent join Radio Fair this year. 

Including overseas broadcasters, and All India Radio, Private FM, Community radio and internet radio stations will participate in the event. 

The objective of the event is sensitizing radio station owners, executives, broadcasters to gender related policies and strategies for Radio. And building radio skills for youth radio production, with focus on girls, as producers. Also encouraging broadcasters to prepare programs for promotion of culture and eradication of social evils. Most important is to make public understand the importance of Radio, by entertaining and educating them. Many Radio stations from all corners of India and some stations from abroad will join the fair to celebrate the occasion and also project/publish themselves. There will be an exhibition of all Radio stations. Separate stalls for old radio sets, radio equipments exhibition, latest innovations and SW listening will also be there. There will be a sand sculpture of Radio and much more attractive creativity to be shown in the exhibition.

Simultaneously, there will be cultural programs on stage. The program will contain popular Radio Contents. Audience can see the visual version of popular radio contents of All India Radio and other channels. Popular radio artists and celebrities will perform on stage. Artists from many other states and countries will make the evening colorful. Bharatnatyam, Kathaka, Odishi, Sambalpuri, Bhangda, Manipuri, Bihu and other classical, folk and modern dance performances will be there. Selected radio star presenters from different radio channels of India will host both the evenings.

Radio Choklate produced drama 'Upahar' and All India Radio Cuttack produced drama 'Amritakhyara' will be staged both the evenings. Radio magazine 'Vetaar Vanee' will be inaugurated on stage. Radio personalities will be felicitated.

Highlights of the event

Event :             Outreach International Radio Fair
Venue :            Bhanja Kala Mandap, Bhubaneswar 
Date :               13th and 14th February 2016 
Attraction :   Cultural Programs by artists from different states and countries, Sand Art, Drama, Hosts from different radio stations of India.

Exhibition (Old and new Radio set, Old Broadcasting Equipments, Ham Radio, Radio Studio, Stalls by radio stations and many more.)

Subrat Kumar Pati
Convener, Outreach International Radio Fair 2016
Mobile - 09861307280

VOA Creole Marks 30 Years On the Air

WASHINGTON D.C., February 9, 2016 -- The Creole Service of the Voice of America is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
 
From its first five-minute news feed with one broadcaster to its current Radio-on-TV programming, VOA Creole has been one of the most reliable and authoritative sources of news in Haiti. More than eighty percent of weekly listeners say they trust the news and information they receive from the service, according to the latest polling research.
 
For three decades, VOA Creole has provided in-depth coverage of stories important to Haiti -- including the rise and fall of the country's first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and the 2010 earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of people in the country and left more than one million others homeless.
 
Today, VOA Creole is on radio and the web 15 hours each week. These programs are placed on affiliate stations throughout the country and cover the latest developments in Haiti, U.S. news and international affairs of interest to Haitian listeners. The service also provides audiences with valuable information on reconstruction, democracy building, health and the environment.
 
The service's call-in shows offer listeners a unique opportunity to voice their opinions and ask questions of experts on key issues. As VOA Creole Service Chief Ronald Cesar noted, "We will continue to accompany the Haitian people as they build democracy."
 
The Creole Service, in collaboration with other U.S. government agencies, also has been instrumental in training more than 100 Haitian journalists since 2008.
 
VOA reaches a global weekly audience of more than 187 million people in over 40 languages. VOA programs are delivered on satellite, cable, shortwave, FM, medium wave, streaming audio and video and more than 2,350 media outlets worldwide. It is funded by the U.S. Congress through the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
 
(VOA Press Release)

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Radio Pakistan, Multan testing on 1035 kHz

PBC, Multan SRM


Radio Pakistan, Multan has started test transmission on 1035 kHz using new Nautel NX-100 transmitter with effect from 4th Feb, 2016. Well known dxer from India, Jose Jacob noted the station first on air 5th Feb, 2016 at 1400 UTC. Test transmission is scheduled 1200-1600 UTC (1700-2100 Local Time). They are announcing phone number to send listening reports, also live tele conversation with listeners about broadcast by new transmitter was noticed.
 
Radio Pakistan Multan Was inaugurated on 21st November 1970. The listening area of Radio Pakistan Multan comprises of District Multan, Vehari, Khanewal, Lodhran, Muzaffar Garh, Lyyea, Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajan Pur.
 
Related :

Nautel NX100 Transmitter

http://www.nautel.com/solutions/high-power-mw-nx-series-100kw-2mw/

(Photo's courtesy PBC,Multan)



EBU takes listeners on a global journey for World Radio Day


To mark World Radio Day (13 February), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is organizing a 'Musical Caravan' from east to west in partnership with other broadcasting unions across the globe.

Listeners will be taken around the world in a little over two hours.

This special compilation submitted by EBU Members, Associates and its sister unions (ABU, ASBU and CBU*) and coordinated by the EBU Music Unit in Geneva consists of songs representing the musical heritage of 34 countries.

The broad list of contributions include a Richard Strauss lied recorded by Bavarian Radio, an Indonesian song for peace and friendship, a folk tune from India and carnival music from the Caribbean.

The EBU will also share key facts about radio listening compiled by the organization's Media Intelligence Unit in the week leading up to World Radio Day 2016 on its Facebook page and Twitter account.

Another highlight of the EBU's contribution to World Radio Day 2016 will be a special performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony by the NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo and the Kunitachi College of Music Chorus. An interview with conductor Paavo Järvi can be found here.

EBU Head of Radio Graham Dixon said: "Radio plays a very significant part in all our lives. On average, we will listen to nine years of radio in a lifetime – more than any activity except breathing and sleeping!  Radio provides a convenient way to encounter new ideas, new music and new ways of thinking, and also provides valuable company to counter isolation and loss.  Nine years of an average lifetime is indeed an impressive figure, but the real personal impact of radio cannot be quantified. World Radio Day provides a great opportunity to reflect on the power of radio."

The 35 WRD 2016 contributing broadcasters from the EBU and other regional broadcasting unions are:

EBU Members

PRA (Armenia)
BTRC (Belarus)
BNR (Bulgaria)
HRT (Croatia)
CYBC (Cyprus)
ERR (Estonia)
ARD/BR (Germany)
ARD/NDR (Germany)
ERT (Greece)
MTVA (Hungary)
RTÉ (Ireland)
ERSL (Luxembourg)
SNRT (Morocco ASBU/EBU)
RTS (Serbia)
RTVS (Slovakia)
RTTT (Tunisia, ASBU/EBU)
NRU (Ukraine)

Other Unions

RTA (Afghanistan, ABU)
ABC (Australia, ABU/EBU Associate)
NCN (Guyana, CBU)
AIR (India, EBU Associate)
RRI (Indonesia, ABU)
IRIB (Iran, ABU/EBU Associate)
RJR (Jamaica, CBU)
KMO (Kazakhstan, ABU)
PBCKR (Kyrgyzstan, ABU)
TDM (Macau, ABU)
PSM (Maldives, ABU)
MRTV (Myanmar, ABU)
VOP (Palestine, ASBU)
SIBC (Solomon Islands, ABU)
MBC (Sri Lanka, ABU)
NBC (St. Vincent and the Grenadines, CBU)
CCL (Trinidad and Tobago, CBU)
VOV (Vietnam, ABU)

*ABU - Asian Broadcasting Union
 ASBU - Arab States Broadcasting Union
 CBU - Caribbean Broadcasting Union

WRD 2016 Track listing



Saturday, February 06, 2016

Overcomer Ministry increases shortwave broadcasts

Excerpt from Overcomer Ministry Newsletter...

This month of January has truly been most encouraging for the prophet. As the new year came we were troubled by the lack of funds to continue on into the year 2016.

First needed $50,000.00 for the 4 Satellites  that carry the broadcast worldwide,   The satellite provider pressed for the payment in advance if we were to get the greatly reduced rate that we had faith to agree to. Did not have the funds as had to make ready to drop that source of broadcast, then God moved on a brother who sent  the amount so we did and could pay for the year.

Then after that direction by God needed to find in what direction should go with the many station in the US and SW around the world.  That cost is more than a million a year if we could get a prepay discount - much more if we has to go month to month. No way could we renew the contact on a monthly basis as the funds we had laid back for that were depleted.  Prayed again and ask the listener to join with us seeking God's will. Without funds I drop broadcast on most of SW and US Stations.

As I waited on the Lord taking with every station as to dropping off the air in 2016 the stations wring with me and then God had a brother send ONE MILLION DOLLARS to move forward for this year.

The results we have secured  the million all spent the over comer for this year except for a few current station that we need to pay each month and to believe God for the funds to increase world wide coverage.

Beginning  this month we shall increase our SW to over 300 that is 300 hours every day. Targeting the whole earth and reaching every nation.  Have received contact from 197 nations as of this day.

Go to www.overcomerministry.org and look at the nation counter and also take a look at the community picture. All right there on the site.

Here is a update on SW WRMI alone.

Here is the complete schedule of the 240 hours per day for The Overcomer on WRMI which will take effect on Sunday night at 0000 UTC.  This has been approved by the FCC representative at the HFCC frequency conference here in Istanbul.

5015 kHz to the Caribbean and South America:  0000-2400 UTC (24 hours)

5850 kHz to North America (Midwest and West Coast) and Northeast Asia:  0100-0700, 0900-1000 0900-1000, 1100-2300 UTC (19 hours)

5950 kHz to Cuba, the Caribbean and Central America:  0100-1100, 1200-2200 UTC (20 hours)

5985 kHz to the Caribbean and Central America:  0100-0300, 0500-0700 0500-0700 FREE, 2100-2300 UTC (6 hours)

7570 kHz to North America and East Asia:  2200-2100 UTC (23 hours)

5850 kHz to Western North America and Mexico:  0100-0700, 0800-0000 0800-0000 FREE UTC (22 hours)

9955 kHz to the Caribbean and South America:  0600-1100, 1500-2200 UTC (12 hours)

11580 kHz to Europe, Middle East and Western Asia:  0300-1300, 1500-2000, 2100-2300 UTC (17 hours)

11825 kHz to Eastern North America:  0000-2400 UTC (24 hours)

11920 kHz to Latin America:  0300-0100 UTC (22 hours)

13695 kHz to Western USA and Mexico:  0000-2400 UTC (24 hours)

15770 kHz to Europe, Middle East, North Africa:  2200-2100 UTC (23 hours)

21675 kHz to Central and Southern Africa:  1000-1400 UTC (4 hours)

Total:  240 hours per day   To God be the glory.  

Do you have a SW radio as we have much coverage in the states as well as the world. A  good radio can be bought off of Amazon. Com. Just search for SW radios, Many there at very good cost.  
Remember you can always hear off of the Overcomer site and off the telephone 24 hours a day.
We shall start to make ready for Passover soon in April and will expect ad goodly number to gather right here at the tabernacle for that season of remembrance.  

You pray and seek the Lord as to his will for you and where you shall gather and keep in touch with me as I shall with you as we prepare for this time. Hope write more often and praying for you always. 

Brother Stair

(The Overcomer Ministry Newsletter)

Current schedule is here :

Friday, February 05, 2016

Nautel and All India Radio partner on High-Power, MW Digital Radio Deployment

Radiomag's Doug Irwin speaks to Stephen Farley, project manager for Nautel's All India Radio project.........

Read the interview here...

http://www.radiomagonline.com/blogentry/1241

BBC announces further programming to mark The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations

The BBC is offering an unrivalled range and breadth of programmes to mark Her Majesty 90th birthday, including landmark documentaries and extensive television coverage with special events marking the occasionCharlotte Moore, Controller, TV Channels and iPlayer

The BBC has announced a wide range of programming to mark Her Majesty The Queen's 90th birthday this year, including extensive coverage of key events, a landmark BBC One documentary and specially made programmes across other outlets, both here and overseas.

Events coverage will include BBC One broadcasting live from the Commonwealth Observance Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 14. The service, attended by members of the Royal Family including The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will also be streamed internationally on bbc.com.

BBC One will then broadcast three days of live events to mark The Queen's official 90th birthday beginning on Friday 10th June with a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral. There will be the traditional display of pageantry of The Queen's Birthday Parade (Trooping The Colour) on Saturday 11 June on Horse Guards Parade, culminating with members of The Royal Family making their annual appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to the delight of thousands of people gathered along the Mall.

On Sunday 12 June, BBC One will broadcast a special celebration taking place on The Mall to close the weekend of birthday celebrations. The iconic stretch will be transformed for The Patron's Lunch with 10,000 people gathered to celebrate The Queen's patronage of over 600 charities and organisations on the occasion of her 90th birthday. The one-off fundraising spectacle will be a classic British 'street party' where guests will enjoy a hamper-style lunch at tables positioned along the full length of The Mall, with carnival-style entertainment and Union flags aplenty. The Queen will be joined by other members of The Royal Family to celebrate the occasion. The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are Joint Presidents of The Patron's Lunch.

Alongside coverage of these events, the BBC will broadcast a range of special programming including a landmark BBC One documentary to mark The Queen's 90th birthday, documentaries on Radio 2 and the World Service, and coverage on BBC News outlets around the country.

Further coverage will be announced in due course.

Charlotte Moore, Controller, TV Channels and iPlayer says: "The BBC is offering an unrivalled range and breadth of programmes to mark Her Majesty 90th birthday, including landmark documentaries and extensive television coverage with special events marking the occasion. This is a significant moment for the nation and the BBC will be right at the heart of the celebrations."

EDA



NXP deploys chips for DRM receivers in Indian cars


Automotive semiconductor supplier NXP Semiconductors announced that it has successfully completed extensive testing and field trials of its newly designed chip and software for Digital Radio Mondiale(DRM) receivers in India.


All India Radio (AIR), a key player in India's nationwide roll-out of DRM, and NXP Semiconductors collaborated for this initiative with the automotive industry and the DRM Consortium.

The announcement was made at the BES Expo 2016 in New Delhi to raise awareness of AIR's Digital Radio plans, emphasize the benefits of the DRM radio standard, promote availability of the world class DRM chips and receivers in India, and spotlight technology development initiatives in India at NXP Semiconductors in line with Digital India and Make in India programs.

Read the full report at :


Related :

NXP successfully deploys chips for DRM receivers in Indian vehicles

http://www.asiaradiotoday.com/news/nxp-successfully-deploys-chips-drm-receivers-indian-vehicles

HAM Operators to Network International Fleet Review

By Express News Service

VIJAYAWADA: As many as 22 Ham Radio operators from two Telugu speaking states - Andhra Pradesh and Telangana - will be connecting all the important key points of International Fleet Review scheduled to be held in Visakhapatnam from February 4 with the Ham radio communication network.

They will deploy their personal modern all mode communication equipment (single unit capable of functioning in multi modes like HF, VHF and UHF) that have ability to transmit in the ranges of both global and local. Further, they will be deploying VHF repeater for linking all the walkie-talkies in the vicinity of Visakha City.

Full story at :


Wednesday, February 03, 2016

DXtreme Reception Log X (Version 10.0) Released

DXtreme Reception Log X (Version 10.0)

DXtreme Software™ has released a new version of its popular logging program for radio monitoring enthusiasts: DXtreme Reception Log X™ (Version 10.0).
Like other logging programs, DXtreme Reception Log X lets listeners and DXers log the stations they've heard. But unlike other logging programs, Reception Log X provides advanced features that can add a new dimension to logging activities.

New Features in Version 10.0

Afreet Ham CAP1 Integration — Lets users run short- and long-path propagation predictions from the Schedule Checker, Reception Log, Countries, and Transmitter Sites windows. Reception Log X sends key data to Ham CAP which, in turn, displays a chart showing the signal-to-noise-ratio prediction by time and frequency and a Mercator projection showing the current propagation prediction for the path between the user and the target station.

Improv Imaging™ — A dedicated tab on the Reception Log window, Improv Imaging lets users associate ad hoc images with log entries. Users can capture from their screen, scan from their image scanner, or paste from the Clipboard any images they want to associate with a displayed log entry, such as screen captures of stations received on digital applications, waterfall displays, Amateur TV pictures, Ham CAP maps showing propagation conditions at the time of reception, etc. An Improv Image Explorer lets uses peruse their collection of Improv images, and call up the log entries with which they are associated.

Preview QSL Image Viewer — Is now larger and expandable on the Verification tab of the Reception Log window, and the new QSL Image Explorer lets uses peruse their collection of QSL images, and call up the log entries with which they are associated.

Colorful User Experience Enhancements — Lets users set the foreground and background colors of heading and data rows on grids throughout the program — one set of foreground and background colors for odd data rows, and another for even data rows — making it easier to view schedules on the Schedule Checker, log entries on the Last Log Entries grid and window, and data in Reports.

Advanced Features

Schedule Checker™ — Lets users import schedules from Aoki, EiBi, and FCC AM web sites and display that schedule data according to the filter criteria they specify. A list box lets users switch between the schedules at will. And, depending on the schedule type, users can filter schedule information by band, frequency, station, country, city, state, time of day, language, antenna direction, and target area. When the What's On Now? function is activated, the schedule refreshes automatically at the top of each hour for Aoki and EiBi schedules.

For each schedule item, Schedule Checker queries the Reception Log X database to let users know – by means of user-defined, foreground and background display colors – whether they need to monitor a station for a brand-new or verified country. Schedule Checker also displays bearing and distance, runs Ham CAP propagation predictions and DX Atlas azimuth plots2, tunes supported radios to schedule frequencies when double-clicking schedule items3, and starts log entries for scheduled stations.

Last Log Entries Grid— Located on the Reception Log window, the grid shows up to 5000 of the most recent log entries added. Its records can be sorted, and double-clicking records displays detailed data on the Reception Log window.

Users can resize the grid columns and scroll horizontally to columns that do not appear initially. But because the names of stations and NASWA countries can be quite long, users can also display a larger, resizable Last Log Entries window. A Properties dialog box lets users change the order of columns, the number of log entries to display, and the foreground and background colors and font attributes of grid headings and data rows system-wide.

Reception Reports — Users can create customized paper and e-mail reception reports plus club report entries for reporting catches to clubs and magazines.

Social Media Posting — When users add or display a log entry, Reception Log X prepares a post announcing their DX catch and displays it on the Social Media Post tab. From there, users can drag the post to their favorite social media web site(s) to share their catch with others4.
Using the Script Editor window, users can create and edit social media scripts that format social media posts to their liking. A browse button lets users select the script they want to use. Three scripts come with Reception Log X.

Direct Print SWL and Address Labels — Users can prepare SWL and Address labels for direct output to their printers, and print labels one-at-a-time or in any number up to the maximum number of labels on each page of label stock.

Rig Control — Retrieves the frequency and mode from supported radios and permits tuning from the Schedule Checker and Reception Log windows.

Multimedia Features — An embedded Audio facility lets users maintain an audio archive of stations heard. An integrated QSL Imaging™ facility lets users scan, display, and explore QSL and e-QSL images.

Performance Reporting — Produces reports that track the performance of the user's monitoring station, and lets users FTP those reports to user-provided Web space for remote access. Reports integrate with DX Atlas to generate pin maps.

Support for Monitoring Amateur Radio Operators — Users can retrieve call sign and address information for monitored hams from optional Web services (HamQTH.com, Buckmaster™ HamCall™, and QRZ XML Logbook Data) and send automatic eQSL requests to monitored hams via www.eQSL.cc.

Documentation — Includes on-line Help and a Getting Started Guide, Operating Systems, Pricing, Contact Information

DXtreme Reception Log X runs in 32- and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows® 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista®, and XP. It retails for $89.95 USD worldwide for electronic distribution. Pricing for CD versions and upgrading users is available on our Web site. All prices include product support by Internet e-mail. For more information, visit www.dxtreme.com or contact Bob Raymond at bobraymond@dxtreme.com.

1 — Licenses for Afreet Ham CAP and Omni-Rig are required to use Ham CAP. 
2 — A license for Afreet DX Atlas is required to perform plots and create pin reports. 
3 — A license for Afreet Omni-Rig is required to use rig control with radios supported by Omni-Rig. 
4 — The social media web site must be capable of accepting drag-and-drop operations; for sites that do not, users can copy and paste from the Clipboard