Thursday, January 19, 2017

All India Radio , Tripura to celebrate Golden Jubilee

All India Radio, Tripura will be celebrating its 50th anniversary from 26th Jab till 1st Feb 2017.

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Sri Lanka state broadcaster, military to get some VOA transmitting assets

Jan 19, 2017 09:43 AM 

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's state-run Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), and the military will get some equipment from a closed Voice of America relay station, which is being dismantled.

The Voice of America made its last broadcast from the relay station in Iranawila, Chilaw on June 10, 2016, amid budget cuts and declining viewership for shortwave radio listening.

The VOA station had two 500 kiloWatt Marconi transmitters and six 250 kW transmitters when it began operations over 16 years ago, according to publicly available data.

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US to close Voice of America station in Sri Lanka and hand over land to government

Sri Lanka VOA shortwave station has 4.2MW of thermal power: US embassy

Monday, January 16, 2017

New HF SDR prototype from the makers of #AirSpy

Twitter user @lambdfew who's author of Airspy and SDR# has posted a few screenshots of new HF SDR prototype which has a -107dB noise floor and 18 bits of dynamic range.

Rajeev Singh to take charge as interim CEO of Prasar Bharati

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi January 15, 2017

Rajeev Singh, Member (Finance) in Prasar Bharati Board, will take charge as interim CEO of the public broadcaster after S C Panda retires in February.

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Monday, January 09, 2017

Radio Veritas Asia Frequency change

Effective 8th January 2017 Radio Veritas Asia is changing their frequencies :

Bengali at 1400-1427 UTC on 11840 kHz (replacing 11825 kHz)
Urdu at 1430-1457 UTC on 11840 kHz (replacing 15330 kHz)

(Alok Dasgupta)

Saturday, January 07, 2017

All India Radio to set up new transmitters in Uttarakhand

Many existing transmitters in the state are in for upgradation and many new transmitters are in the pipeline

Public broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) has drawn up a detailed plan to ensure that its signals cover the mountainous terrain of Uttarakhand which include setting up of a 1 Kw FM transmitter at Champavat, a 100 watt FM Relay Centre at Haridwar and a 10 Kw FM transmitter each at Pithoragarh and Haldwani.

Keeping in view the mountainous terrain of Uttarakhand, All India Radio has elaborate plans to ensure its signals reach every nook and corner of the state, a statement released by the broadcaster said.

Norway to switch off FM radio in risky, unpopular shift to digital

Norway is set to become the first nation to start switching off its FM radio network next week, in a risky and unpopular leap to digital technology that will be closely watched by other countries considering whether to follow suit.

Critics say the government is rushing the move and many people may miss warnings on emergencies that have until now been broadcast via the radio. Of particular concern are the 2 million cars on Norway's roads that are not equipped with Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) receivers, they say.

Friday, January 06, 2017

NXP launches globally compatible Digital Radio Chip for automotive

At CES, Globally-Compatible Digital Radio Chip Launched for Automotive

Chip manufacturer NXP have released what they call the world's first one-chip solution for global digital radio reception, designed for automotive.

The fingertip-sized chip, the SAF4000, is capable of reception of all global broadcast standards, including analog FM and AM as well as DAB+, Digital Radio Mondiale, and HD Radio.

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NXP Presents the World's First One-Chip Solution for All Global In-Car Infotainment and Broadcast Standards

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation turns 50 today

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation marks the 50th anniversary today. The corporation has organized a number of programmes to mark this event during the New Year. The inaugural ceremony in this connection will be held today at the Kumarathunga studio under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. The newly constructed administrative building and modified studio complex will be declared open by the president.

A commemorative stamp and a first day cover will be issued to mark the golden jubilee anniversary of the SLBC. An investigative magazine regarding the history of Sri Lanka's broadcasting will also be launched. An awarding ceremony will also be held to felicitate the staff members of SLBC.

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VOA 2017 Calendar

You can find @VOANews' 2017 #calendar here ! The theme - celebrating diaspora communities in the U.S. 


Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Farewell BBG


With the elimination of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the pendulum swings again.

By Kim Andrew Elliott

Iconic shortwave poles to soon disappear from Jersey Shore marsh

The iconic poles emerging from an Ocean County tidal marsh that once sent messages to deep sea ships and broadcast a government radio station will soon disappear.

A plan funded by the federal Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 calls for the removal of 340 wooden poles from Good Luck Point at the foot of the Toms River in the Bayville section of Berkeley Township

The poles are a component of inactive shortwave antenna fields associated with AT&T's ship-to-shore shortwave communications system, which was in operation at the site from the early 1930s until 1999, according to the release.

The area also includes a shortwave transmitter building. Under the call sign "WOO," the station helped broadcast Voice of America around the globe after 1944.

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The elimination of loud radio and the end of broadcasting

M. Balakrishnan Menon of All India Radio FM station at Manjeri in Kerala talks about how radio is evolving....

In social sector communication studies, Radio and Public Service Broadcasting has always been worthy of public auditing and reassessments in terms of relevance and social benefit, considering the huge public funding involved.

Today, radio is at a cross roads as we face a similar challenge about the sustainability of commercial radio with a profusion of filmy talk on the airwaves.

While the less dependable electromagnetic AM/FM transmissions are being turned off in favour of digital solutions, we need to make some fundamental decisions about what radio is and how do we want to continue using it.