Monday, March 02, 2015

NASB ANNUAL MEET 2015

The 2015 Meeting will take place May 21-22, 2015 in Washington, DC.
Meeting Place: Radio Free Asia headquarters, 2025 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Celebrating 70 years of Radio Canada International

The flood of wonderful memories, fueled by the old and not so old photos of Radio Canada International's 70 years, is now, as I write this, suddenly mixed with regret, lost opportunities, and missing colleagues. In a way I dreaded this anniversary, not knowing how to deal with this important milestone.

Read RCI Action Committee's blog entry at :

Spaceshuttle with higher power on 31 mb 9600 kHz!

Dear listeners,
We have plan try to reach more listeners with special quite high powered and directed transmission on 9600 kHz, 31mb next sunday 1st of March 2015 18:00-19:00 UTC. …

Our target is to reach areas of entire Europe, Mediterranean Sea area, Near-East, (Asia) and North-Africa. In any case it will be needed very good receivers and proper antennas for our listeners to get our signal. I wish everyhing will go right with these plans and our strange music will reach bigger areas and much bigger audience?? Let's see what's happens...

Please send ideas of programs and music you like to hear from Spaceshuttle. We would like to fullfill your requests in special musical shows in future. I wish you will have fun with our programes also in future! Please tell you thoughts to us by e-mail: spaceshuttleradio@yhaoo.com

Your letters/reception reports are very welcome to our address in Herten:
Radio Spaceshuttle International
P.O.Box 2702
NL: 6049 ZG Herten
The Netherlands

A little fee (2 euros) for return postage (for full info printed QSLs) is needed !
Quick responce and communication is possible By e-mail: spaceshuttleradio@yahoo.com

Best Regards,
Dick of Radio Spaceshuttle

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Media Broadcast adds radio stations to HbbTV service

German transmitter network operator Media Broadcast has commenced offering radio stations on its HbbTV-based hybrid DTT service multithek.

The current lineup comprises Radio B2, BB Radio, Radio Teddy, 89.0 RTL, Radio Brocken, Deluxe Radio and Deluxe Lounge.

More info at :

Adventist World Radio Offers Special QSL Stamp for Kigali Broadcasts

Adventist World Radio Offers Special QSL Stamp for Kigali Broadcasts
 
At the beginning of this current Transmission Period B14 October 6, 2014, Adventist World Radio began a relay service from the Deutsche Welle shortwave relay station near Kigali in Rwanda Africa.  The AWR relay via DW Kigali is on the air for a total of 2½ transmitter hours daily in three languages, French, Amharic & Fulfulde.  In one particular time block, two transmitters carry the programming in parallel.
 
However, Deutsche Welle has subsequently announced that they plan to close their African relay station at the end of this current Transmission Period B14 March 28, 2015 and then dismantle the station.  The last AWR broadcasts from DW Kigali will therefor also end at the same time.
 
For those who would like to receive a QSL card for these now short term broadcasts, AWR would welcome all reception reports from listeners in any part of the world.  Each reception report will be verified with a QSL card (not an Email QSL), and the envelope will be affixed with genuine postage stamps, not postal labels.  In addition, while supplies last, a special QSL stamp showing Kigali will be attached to the QSL card.
 
It is not necessary to send an off-air recording of your reception.  We just need your honest reception report on paper. Where possible, please enclose return postage in the form of currency notes in any international currency, or mint postage stamps. Please note that IRC coupons are too expensive for you to buy, and they are no longer valid in the United States.
 
Also please enclose your address label.
 
The only address for the special Kigali QSL stamp is the Indianapolis address at :
 
Adventist World Radio, Box 29235, Indianapolis, Indiana 46229, USA.
 
All reception reports, including all that have already been received, will be QSLed in due course.  However, please be patient with us as we already hold uncounted hundreds of reception reports still pending, and it may take us many months to process them all.
 
The current AWR website shows the following scheduling for the daily Kigali transmissions:-
 
0600 - 0630 UTC        15700 kHz      French
0600 - 0630                 17800              French
1700 - 1730                   9490              Amharic
1930 - 2000                 17800              Fulfulde          
2000 - 2030                 17800              French

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Adventist World Radio - Regular QSL Policy 
 
Adventist World Radio welcomes reception reports from listeners in all countries.  Please note the following items of information:-
 
* Each reception report should contain the following items of information
  Date
  Time, preferably expressed in International Radio Time, equivalent to UTC
  Frequency in kHz
  Sufficient program details to verify that you actually heard the AWR programming
  Reports using SINPO Code preferred

* Reception reports by postal mail are preferred, though email is also acceptable.
 
* Where possible, please enclose return postage in the form of currency notes in any international currency, or mint postage stamps.
 
* Please note that IRC coupons are too expensive for you to buy, and they are no longer valid in the United States.
 
* Where possible, please enclose your address label.
 
* You will receive a full data QSL card, including location, through the postal system in response to your reception report.
 
* Several different QSL cards are available.
 
* The envelope will be affixed with regular postage stamps, not a postage label.
 
* AWR does not send out email QSLs.
 
* It is not necessary for you to send and resend the same reception report.  All reception reports that we receive are verified with a regular full data QSL card.
 
* It is not necessary to send an off-air recording of your reception.  We just need your honest reception report on paper.
 
* At times, there may be a delay before you receive your AWR QSL card.  This is due to the large inflow of reception reports we receive from listeners in so many different countries.
 
* The regular postal address for reception reports is:-
 
 Adventist World Radio
 Box 29235
 Indianapolis
 Indiana 46229 USA
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(Dr.Adrian Peterson, AWR)

Digital Radio Mondiale at ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2015

"DRM: Clever Radio for Smart Countries" at ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 
The Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Consortium will have a strong presence once again at the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium (DBS) 2015 in Kuala Lumpur LINK, one of the premier digital events in Asia.  DBS is a key event in the DRM calendar. A general update will be offered on the opening day (Wednesday 4th March) under the title 'Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) - Delivering to all your needs'. 
 
Focusing on the significant cost and spectrum savings delivered by DRM (i.e. using Single Frequency Network deployment) the DRM Workshop "Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) - Clever Radio for Smart Countries" is to be held on Thursday 5th March 1400-1500 in Safir room 2. The event will offer participants an opportunity to learn more about digital radio and to experience the full DRM technology.  Attendees will be invited to ask their own questions about the practical steps needed to create a healthy digital system involving the key stakeholders: listeners, regulator, broadcasters and the receiver manufacturing industry. The new Avion DRM radio has recently been unveiled in India and participants will be able to see and hear for themselves how the listener can experience more choice, enhanced sound quality, text and additional data services. 
 
Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Chairman, is excited about this premier ABU event which has been supported by the Consortium for quite a number of years now because: "We can bring the latest developments to a wide range of specialists while having DRM championed by some of our best DRM experts and practitioners."


(Press Release)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Amateur radio based group rescues released broadcast frequency

When the 'Deutsche Welle' decided to close down one of their 500 kW short wave broadcast transmitters near Munich at the end of 2012, a group containing some German radio amateurs applied for and were allocated the then available short wave frequency of 6070 kHz in 2013.

This group now have an operational 10 kW station on the frequency, using the driver stages from the old Deutsche Welle transmitter. The rest of the transmitter was built by and is run by Rainer DB8QC . The licence allow transmission 24/7 but at present most transmissions are on a weekend during daylight hours.

Full story at :  http://tinyurl.com/qc5rbkh


DRM Test by KTWR GUAM to South Asia

Please check today and tomorrow evening 8.15 - 8.45 pm IST

DRM Test by KTWR GUAM to South Asia

Date : 23 and 24 Feb 2015
Time : 1445 -1515 UTC
Freq  : 15300 kHz
Power : 90 kW
Azi : 285 deg

Reception reports to info@twr.asia or submit online at http://www.twr.asia/online-qsl-form




Friday, February 20, 2015

New SW station Risala International will start broadcasting wef 20th Feb

Starting February 20, 2015, a new radio station will start broadcasting on shortwave, Risala International.
Risala International will broadcast on Fridays from 1830-1900 UTC on 15165 kHz in the 19 meter band.

For more information, visit Risala International website at http://risalainternational.org/

Reception reports to : ludo.maes@broadcast.be

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Vividh Bharati's Chennai station to go on FM mode

NEW DELHI: In its attempt to increase the reach of its channels all over the country, All India Radio (AIR) is placing the Vividh Bharati channel in Chennai on the FM mode from Friday, 20 February onwards.

The channel, which was inaugurated on 3 October 1957, has until now been broadcast on medium wave on a 20 KW transmitter.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Rathore, is expected to inaugurate the new channel on the 100.5 MHz tomorrow.

Full story at ...

BROADCAST AUSTRALIA CHOOSE NAUTEL FOR HIGH POWERED FM TRANSMISSION

Nautel is pleased to announce the first deployment of high powered FM transmitters to Broadcast Australia under a new five year supply agreement.

The award winning NVLT series was chosen following a successful bid by Nautel and their Australian representative, Innes Corporation for Broadcast Australia's high powered FM transmission requirements. Nautel are world leaders in the development of innovative and intelligent broadcast transmitters and the NVLT series is ranked as best in its industry class for overall power efficiency.

Broadcast Australia's General Manager of Engineering, Stephen Farrugia said "We are pleased to formalise our continuing engagement with Nautel and Innes Corporation.  Broadcast Australia has been using Nautel solid state transmitters for over 25 years and look forward to excellent performance from these air cooled FM transmitters."

Innes Corporation's General Manager, Karen Olliver commented "We have a long standing relationship with Broadcast Australia and have worked closely with their RF Engineers and Field Services Technicians on past project and maintenance requirements. I am very pleased this relationship now extends to the supply of Nautel FM transmitters and this initial deployment will see the first 20kW NVLT's in Australia."

Nautel's Asia/Pacific Regional Manager, John Abdnour added "Broadcast Australia and Nautel continue a 2 decade long relationship with this agreement.  We look forward to the future of our relationship with the supply of the Nautel family of transmitters".


Press Release
Source: Innes Corporation

One wave of a time

With the passage of time, radio which once suffered at the hands of television, is witnessing a resurgence.

Radio was always considered as common man's medium. It was the medium which catered to the needs of communication and entertainment for nearly five decades. It was the medium which ruled the media space along with print medium. Utilized, explored, exploited and used by most of the political leaders of post-Independence era, this medium filled the void of communication created due to illiteracy. This medium could reach the farthest and remotest part of the country and even could find space in the life of an illiterate common man.

Read "The Hindu" story at ....



Staying Passionate About Radio

by Rosie Smith
STOCKHOLM — We as an industry all share a passion for radio and its future. However, passion alone cannot sustain any industry. It is important that we work on keeping listeners, attracting younger audiences and ensuring radio is available on all devices and platforms. This is no small task in an increasingly competitive media-filled world.




Nigeria: AM Digital Transmitters for Kaduna State Radio

By Saxone Akhaine

In a bid to ensure quality of information transmission, Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero has commissioned two 50 Kilowatts AM Digital Transmitters for the Kaduna State Media Corporation  (KSMC) to improve the services of the state owned media outfit.

Commissioning the equipment on Wednesday, last week, Yero said the installation of the digital transmitters would ensure that signals from the broadcast station transcend the entire Northern Nigeria. 

He also explained that "in line with our policy to fully ensure that all parts of Kaduna State have access to information through Radio, we have approved the establishments of two additional Sub-stations in Lere and Birnin Gwari Local Government Areas."

Besides, Yero has also directed the Ministry of Works to carry out complete rehabilitation of the Headquarters of the KSMC, the Katabu Transmitting Station as well as the Zaria and Kafanchan Sub-stations.

South Africa: Second DRM Program Now Available

As of Feb. 1, a second South African DRM program has been made available from the Radio Pulpit DRM test facility at Kameeldrift, north of Pretoria in South Africa, according to reports from the DRM Southern Africa Platform. It is transmitting BBC content digitally in the former AM band at 1440 kHz.

Read the full story at :