Thursday, April 17, 2014

Radio Free Asia Releases 3rd in Asian Music QSL Series

Radio Free Asia's 53rd QSL card release is the third design in the series "Celebrating Musical Instruments of Asia". This card shows a dan tranh which is a traditional, Vietnamese stringed instrument. Dan tranhs are long and narrow having a rounded, or convex, surface. Each string is supported by a wooden, or bone, bridge in an inverted "V" position. Dan tranhs are covered with high-gloss lacquer and, in many cases, ornately designed with mother-of-pearl which was used for our dan tranh below. The history of the dan tranh dates back hundreds of years and it is still a popular instrument in Vietnam today. This QSL is used to confirm all valid reception reports from April 1 – June 30, 2014.

RFA is a private, nonprofit corporation that broadcasts news and information to listeners in Asian countries where full, accurate, and timely news reports are unavailable. Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA currently broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin, the Wu dialect, Vietnamese, Tibetan (Uke, Amdo, and Kham), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in its editorial content. As a 'surrogate' broadcaster, RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of its target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of its broadcasts comprise news of specific local interest. More information about Radio Free Asia, including our current broadcast frequency schedule, is available at

RFA encourages listeners to submit reception reports. Reception reports are valuable to RFA as they help us evaluate the signal strength and quality of our transmissions. RFA confirms all accurate reception reports by mailing a QSL card to the listener. RFA welcomes all reception report submissions at (follow the QSL REPORTS link) not only from DX'ers, but also from its general listening audience.

Reception reports are also accepted by email at and by mail to:

Reception Reports
Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20036
United States of America.

(RFA Press Release)

Live Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) broadcast to feature at South African Broadcasting Association (SABA) conference

The DRM Consortium is a Sector Partner at The Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA), Digital Radio Broadcasting Summit in Cape Town from 22nd – 24th April.  The event will include a presentation by the DRM Chair, Ruxandra Obreja, on April 22nd at 11.50am and a dedicated DRM workshop on the 23rd April, from 4.00pm to 5.30pm under the title "The DRM Platform: A detailed and practical look at its superior functionalities and flexibility". 

The workshop will offer a live demonstration of DRM30 with a two-hour BBC broadcast, from Ascension Island – a site managed by DRM member, Babcock - to Southern Africa carrying BBC World Service English from 13:30 to 15:30 GMT/UTC (114 degrees) 21735 kHz. 

During and after the workshop DRM representatives and South African DRM supporters will be available to meet you and explain the features and to answer any questions.

The DRM Consortium has already been present at SABA events in Johannesburg and in Arusha (Tanzania) last year.  The DRM standard is the only global standard which can be used in all radio frequency bands and is ideal for the large countries of Southern Africa.  From national networks and regional stations to smaller commercial and community stations, all are able to broadcast their digital radio programmes with enhanced content and in excellent sound quality to everyone in their respective countries, regardless of whether people live in large cities, in small towns or villages.

DRM Consortium
Postal Box 360
1218 Grand-Saconnex, Geneva
Site for DRM:

(Press Release via DRM Project Office)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Digital Shortwave: a radio revolution

But could shortwave - or a version of it - be about to make a comeback? Here's Mark Whittaker with news of what could be a radio revolution.

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The spooky world of the 'numbers stations'

By Olivia Sorrel-Dejerine
BBC News Magazine

This is the era of hyper-tech espionage, encrypted emails and mindboggling cryptography. But you can hear a very old-fashioned form of espionage on shortwave radio.

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Open Radio for North Korea goes off the air

Open Radio for North Korea, one of the handful of private radio stations that targets North Korea, has reportedly ended broadcasts to the country.

The Seoul-based station is understood to have suspended shortwave broadcasting at the end of March after a grant from the U.S. government used to pay for the transmissions apparently ended.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Russia takes Voice of America radio off air

MOSCOW: Russia has pulled the US-funded Voice of America radio station from the air, a senior state media official said today, calling it "spam on our airwaves."
Dmitry Kiselyov, the head of the Rossiya Segodnya state media conglomerate, said a contract to broadcast Voice of America on AM radio would not be renewed.

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Monday, April 07, 2014

Icom Inc. Celebrates 50 Years of Two-Way Radio and Wireless Communication Solutions

Icom Incorporated, parent company of Icom America Inc., enters its 50th year in the wireless communications industry in April 2014. The company is a respected manufacturer and industry leader of two-way radio. Icom’s current product line serves amateur (ham radio), avionics, marine and land mobile markets. The company spearheads digital technology such as D-STAR and the Icom Advanced Digital System known as IDAS™.

"In Japan, it is often said that the average company life is 30 years. Both Icom and Icom America have exceeded this average," says Icom Founder and Chairman Tokuzo Inoue. Icom maintains its longevity by adapting to changing markets and developing technology that’s embraced by the industries it serves. "We have done this by working together to bring innovation to the market with hard work, cooperation and creativity," adds Inoue.

Icom was founded in 1954 by Tokuzo Inoue and was officially incorporated in 1964. Although the company has an international presence in over 80 countries, the company’s head office and factory facilities are located exclusively in Japan. Icom’s design and manufacturing processes are ISO9001/ISO9002 and ISO14001 certified, and Icom radios meet MIL-STD 810 specifications. Icom is the first Japanese company to supply radios to the United States Department of Defense and the U.S. Marine Corps.

Icom established its U.S. subsidiary, Icom America, in 1979 to serve North American and Latin American markets. Icom America, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, has led the migration of 6.25 kHz digital technology for land mobile radio industry users. The company will help promote Icom Inc.'s newest endeavor, an IP Advanced Radio System. This scalable solution is capable of full duplex communication over a wireless LAN and IP networks. System equipment includes Icom's new IP100H license-free radio, an IP controller and remote communicator. "It will be a new key product category for Icom," says Inoue.

Visit Icom America’s website for a complete product listing –

For information on Icom Inc., visit the company's global site at

(Press Release)

International SW Disaster Test

April 2, 2014 - Members of the shortwave listening community can pencil in their logbooks an extremely exciting upcoming date. On June 4-5, 2014, listeners can attempt to log an international test being organized by the High Frequency Coordination Commission of the International Radio for Disaster Relief project.

During these dates, the IRDR will be tested on the shortwave bands at the Media Summit on Climate Change, Information and Communication Technologies, and Disaster Risk Reduction in Jakarta, Indonesia. The IRDR will simulate a major disaster occurring in Southeast Asia, and multiple international broadcasters will be cooperating to support coordinated humanitarian coverage for the impacted region.

Mr. Oldrich Cip of the HFCC graciously confirmed to that the roster of broadcaster participants is being organized, and there could well be QSL opportunities for this historic occasion via those outlets.

Click here for a new Fact Sheet about the relevancy of shortwave broadcasting and the IRDR from the HFCC.

Click here my thoughts on how shortwave radio can cross the digital divide, literacy divide, and disaster divide. This piece recently ran on the web site of InterAction--a coalition of 300 international NGOs. 

I'm going to be closely following this event as it gets closer. I'm very excited about what this test could mean for the evolution of humanitarian applications in the world of shortwave broadcasting. 

If you'd like to receive additional updates, feel free to sign up for the Relief Analysis Radio newsletter in the box on the right--I'd be delighted to connect with you.

Mehmet Burk

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Sunday, April 06, 2014

New public broadcaster NERIT to officially launch on April 27, says Kapsis

NERIT, the public broadcaster that will replace ERT, will begin broadcasting on April 27, Deputy Culture Minister Pantelis Kapsis said on Tuesday.
Pilot broadcasts will start next month, Kapsis told Vima FM.

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SW Radio Africa reduces shortwave broadcasts

From the SW Radio Africa website...
We have an important announcement for our listeners on shortwave. Starting Tuesday 1st April we will be reducing our shortwave broadcasts to one hour a day. There will also be no shortwave broadcasts at the weekend.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Our full two hours of programming will still be available via our website and also on Channel Zim, available through free to air TV decoders.
Our broadcasts via Channel Zim are 5 – 7am and 7 – 9pm.
Our live 2 hours of programming via our website remains 7 – 9pm and podcasts of all our programs are available 24 hours a day. Our shortwave broadcasts, starting Tuesday 1st April, will be one hour 7 – 8pm, available Monday – Friday. All times quoted are Zim times and…………thanks for listening.

SW Radio Africa A14 schedule 1700-1800 UTC on 4880 kHz (100 kW)

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Sangean Turns 40

Sangean is marking the company's 40th year of operation with a special edition tabletop receiver.

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CRI A14 Shortwave frequencies

By clicking the links, you'll find the relevant frequencies for your listening convenicence in 2014.
Best wishes,
Yours sincerely,
English Service
China Radio International

Why radio is still the best medium

My earliest media memories are of lying in bed in the dark, around age seven, listening to...what else?...the Beatles on my transistor radio. I’m bereft without the radio.

Caitlin Kelly on why Radio is still the best medium ...

Friday, March 28, 2014

Radio Africa Network Update - Frequency Changes A14

The new Radio Africa Network broadcasting from Okeechobee, Florida is proving to be an exceptional Outreach for our ministries, and the broadcasts continue to be a blessing to all people that are listening to the station…Praise God!  
Since the first day we began broadcasting from the Florida site, December 1, 2013, we continue to monitor the effectiveness of the station, as well as fine tune the transmission in order to ensure that we receive optimum coverage and maximize the transmission quality of the signal.  During our three months of broadcasting, we have received numerous reception reports, and we look forward to receiving more reports from listeners around the world!  If you have sent us a reception report in the past couple of months, we thank you!  It is amazing to receive your letters and reports, and they inspire us and the ministries to continue with the broadcast service. 
We are excited to announce that effective March 30th, 2014 The Radio Africa Network is adjusting its frequencies in order to provide optimum coverage to its targeted areas.  The new schedule will be as follows:
17790 kHz = 0800 – 2100 UTC
15190 kHz = 2100 - 0800 UTC
Your reception reports are very important to us, and we look forward to receiving each and every one of them.  We are excited to announce that we have 3 different QSL cards as noted below: 
Additionally, we continue to track where in the world the Radio Africa Network is being heard and you can see the results at

Have a wonderful day!
Jeff Bernald and The Pan American Broadcasting Team


Radio Caroline (1964-2014) 50th anniversary on IRRS-Shortwave

It's with great pleasure that we announce a special program on IRRS-Shortwave and Medium Wave produced by NEXUS International Public Access (IPAR) member "16 Gwendoline Street" on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Radio Caroline.
This is the schedule of 16 Gwendoline Street and its special sixty minute program on Radio Caroline's on the air on March 28-29, 2014 on IRRS-Shortwave and Medium Wave frequencies:

Fri March 28, 2014:
19:00 UTC / 20:00 UTC on 7120 Shortwave & 1368 kHz Medium Wave
22:00 UTC / 23:00 CET on 1368 kHz Medium Wave

Saturday 29 March, 2014:
00:30 CET (23:30 UTC on previous day) on 1368 kHz Medium Wave
06:30 CET / 05:30 UTC on 1368 kHz Medium Wave
10:00 CET / 09:00 UTC on 9510 kHz Shortwave &1368 kHz Medium Wave
22:30 CET / 21:30 UTC on 1368 kHz Medium Wave

Audio will be also available on streaming at:

or at: (IRRS / EGR audio link)
Happy listening, and stay tuned !

Ron Norton
Ron Norton                       NEXUS-Int'l Broadcasting Association