Tuesday, September 19, 2017

DRM Enterprise Award 2017 (Africa) Winners


South Africa Scores Big Wins as DRM Enterprise Award 2017 (Africa) Winners Announced

The Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium is delighted to announce that the recipients of the 2017 DRM Enterprise Award (Africa), has been jointly awarded to Dr Roelf Petersen on behalf of Radio Pulpit (member of the Pulpit Media Group) and Broadcom International, Thembeka Khaka (Thembeka Khaka and Associates) and Johannes von Weyssenhoff.

The award aims to stimulate interest in the DRM standard in various parts of the world that would benefit from the full introduction of digital radio. Radio Pulpit 657AM (member of the Pulpit Media Group) and Broadcom International, involved in the trial of DRM in mediumwave trial, made history by leading the South African radio broadcasting industry into the digital era with the first LIVE digital medium wave broadcast and, thereafter, the first medium wave broadcast trial in Southern Africa.

The other two winners, Thembeka Khaka and Johannes von Weyssenhoff actively contributed and supported a DRM Trial in the VHF Band II for local coverage (DRM+) currently on air, working with Westbury Community Development Centre (WECODEC) serving the disadvantaged communities around the Westbury, Sophiatown and surrounding areas near Johannesburg.

Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Consortium Chair, congratulated the winners: "This is a well-deserved win and good news for Africa and all those involved; the winners have shown dedication, enthusiasm and great support for DRM in South Africa. Through their great passion and dedication DRM could be heard and enjoyed in Africa where digital radio could contribute to education, information, involvement and bettering of so many lives".

The next DRM Enterprise Award 2018 will be awarded to an individual or team in South East Asia.  To qualify for the award an individual needs to be nominated by two credible endorsers aware and ready to testify about the good work of the nominee.

For more information on the award, to get updates on the next award, please write to:  projectoffice@drm.org

About the Winners

Dr Rudolf Petersen, MBA, Dcom and Dip in Industrial relations – Managing Director, Pulpit Media Group - Dr Petersen has 50 years in management specialising in Strategy Management in Media & Military Industry. He spent 4 years in the Middle East (Israel and Jordan) "My life's purpose and assignment is to take the Gospel to every home in SA and further into Africa through the modern media."

Thembeka Khaka, is a social entrepreneur/ activist who is passionate about bridging the digital divide in marginalized communities.  Her focus is strategy, policy, key stakeholder engagement, advisory, and implementation of projects in the ICT sector, having been an active participant in ICT Sector also. "I would like to thank the DRM Consortium, the community that I serve, my advisors and supporters, my family most dear my children."

Johannes von Weyssenhoff, Johannes is a broadcast technology specialist and engineer with focus on digital transmission and receivers. Coming from an IT background, he became interested in DRM in 2001 and joined the German DRM Platform in 2003 after presenting his first self-developed DRM receiver at IFA in Berlin. In 2006, he launched the STARWAVES Carbox – the world's first DRM capable automotive multistandard receiver – as well as the DRM home receiver W37 before he moved to South Africa as a technology consultant for the state broadcaster SABC. Since 2015 Johannes is working with WECODEC, an NGO based in Johannesburg that also operates a community radio station and has launched Africa's first VHF DRM trial in the congested FM-Band of Johannesburg and also developed a proof-of-concept DRM receiver for South Africa.

About DRM

Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) is the universal, openly standardised digital broadcasting system for all broadcasting frequencies, able to cover fully any country whatever its size at much reduced energy costs.

The DRM standard comprises two major configurations one intended for broadcasts on short, medium and long wave up to 30 MHz providing medium to large coverage areas and low power consumption (called 'DRM30'). The configuration for the VHF bands above 30 MHz is called 'DRM+', tailored for local and regional coverage with broadcaster-controlled transmissions

All DRM configurations share the same audio coding, data and multimedia services, service linking, multiplexing and signalling schemes.  DRM provides high quality sound combined with a wealth of enhanced features: Surround Sound, Journaline text information, Slideshow, EPG, and data services.

The DRM Consortium was awarded by ITU for it outstanding contribution to the Telecommunications over the past years and has signed the EBU Smart Radio Memorandum that promotes access to free to air radio on all devices.

DRM can help deliver the mandate of any government: to reach all its citizens with information, education, emergency warnings and entertainment.

For more information and DRM updates please visit www.drm.org or subscribe to DRM news by writing to pressoffice@drm.org.  Click here for the Newsletter with all the latest DRM news from around the world.

(Press Release)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Titus SDR announces a ready for production Titus II multi standard digital radio receiver


Titus SDR, PantronX, Jasmin-Infotech, TWR, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS have teamed up to make Titus II a complete media solution utilizing worldwide engineering in the USA, Germany, India, and Asia.

Titus II, the world's first consumer Software Defined Radio (SDR) digital receiver, is a highly innovative breakthrough platform supporting for the first time true multi-standard radio reception with DRM (AM & VHF bands), DAB(+) and core data applications.
These features are based on a custom Android tablet platform, which features multi-point touch, WiFi/Bluetooth and stereo sound.

Titus II units will be soon available as a stand-alone product from Titus SDR, Inc., and from selected OEMs. As a module, it serves as the full-featured basis for third-party product development

Titus II unit is the team product of Titus SDR addressing the global market, of PantronX providing the platform and RF expertise, and of Fraunhofer IIS enabling the digital and analog radio features.

Titus II receiver features include:

- DRM in the AM bands (MW, SW, LW) and VHF bands (FM-band, VHF band-I, VHF band-III) with latest xHE-AAC audio codec.
- DAB Classic/DAB+ (VHF band-III).
- FM stereo with RDS (Service Signaling).
- AM with AMSS (AM Signaling Service).
- Integrated service list management and service selection.
- DRM/DAB Data Apps: Text Messages, Dynamic Label/DL+, Journaline, (Categorized) Slideshow, EPG, Transparent File Transmission (e.g., for educational services), etc.

- Remote Radio Hotspot: Built-in WiFi hotspot feature, which allows any mobile device with an HTML5 web browser to connect to the Titus II via Wi-Fi, select radio services, listening to aud (HTML5 audio streaming) and accessing all the DRM/DAB data apps.

- Recording feature and Archiving interface to select existing recordings for playback.

About Titus SDR, Inc:

Titus SDR, Inc., a division of PantronX, Inc., markets globally digital media platforms which maximizes synergy of core engineering performed in the USA with worldwide partners and manufacturing in Asia.

For more information visit the Titus SDR website at www.titusradio.com

About Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS:
To learn more about Fraunhofer IIS, please visit www.iis.fraunhofer.de/broadcast

(Press Release)

Friday, September 08, 2017

Thursday, September 07, 2017

All India Radio's special transmission for "Mahalaya 2017"

All India Radio's special transmission for "Mahalaya"

Date : 19th Sept, 2017 (Tuesday)
Time : 2225 UTC (18th Sept 2017) to 0015 UTC (19th Sept 2017) * some stations have late sign in and may continue past 0100 UTC

0355 - 0545 IST

"Mahalaya" is a special two hour transmission consisting of Sanskrit recitation & music orated by Late Shri.Birendra Krishna Bhadra. All India Radio has been broadcasting this program since early 1930's . Countdown of Indian festival of Durga Puja starts from the day of Mahalaya.

Frequencies observed during past years :

SW

4760 - Port Blair
4810 - Bhopal
4835 - Gangtok (Irregular)
4895 - Kurseong (Off air now)
4910 - Jaipur

MW

531 - Jodhpur
549 - Ranchi
594 - Chinsurah (Kolkata)
603 - Ajmer
621 - Patna A
648 - Indore A
657 - Kolkata A
666 - New Delhi B
675 - Chattarpur
684 - Port Blair
711 - Siliguri
729 - Guwahati A
747 - Lucknow A
756 - Jagdalpur
774 - Shimla
801 - Jabalpur
810 - Rajkot A
819 - New Delhi A
828 - Silchar
846 - Ahmedabad A
891 - Rampur
909 - Gorakhpur
918 - Suratgarh
954 - Nazibabad
981 - Raipur
1008 - Kolkata B
1026 - Allahabad A
1044 - Mumbai A
1125 - Tezpur
1179 - Rewa
1215 - Delhi National Channel
1242 - Varanasi
1260 - Ambikapur
1296 - Darbhanga
1314 - Bhuj
1386 - Gwalior
1395 - Bikaner
1404 - Gangtok
1458 - Bhagalpur
1476 - Jaipur A
1530 - Agra
1566 - Nagpur
1584 - Mathura
1593 - Bhopal A

Sign on observed by Jose Jacob at different times as follows:

2225 UTC (3.55am IST) 4760,4910, 531, 603, 666, 675, 747, 756, 801, 819, 828, 918, 1044, 1386, 1395, 1530.
2230 UTC (4.00 am IST) 4835, 1404.
2245 UTC (4.15 am IST) 4895
2250 UTC (4.20 am IST) 846
2255 UTC (4.25 am IST) 4810, 621, 648, 810, 954, 981, 1026, 1242, 1260, 1296, 1593.

Please email your observations and receptions reports to :  spectrum-manager@air.org.in

Or,

Director (Spectrum Management & Synergy)
All India Radio,
Room No. 204
Akashvani Bhawan,
Parliament Street
New Delhi 110001, India

Or,



KTWR turns 40 !

KTWR, the powerful shortwave station on Guam, celebrated 40 years of broadcasting hope to Asia on September 5,2017. The Guam team will have a celebration on September 26 to mark the occasion.

More at :  http://www.twr.asia/features/ktwr-on-guam-turns-40

Monday, September 04, 2017

Gospell announces the imminent release of GR-227 digital radio adaptor

Chengdu, China, September 04, 2017 - A new adaptor specifically designed for in-car use that simplifies digital radio on the road will be introduced at IBC by Gospell.

GR-227 is a small, low-cost adaptor that acts as an aftermarket add-on to car stereos receiving high-quality digital broadcast programs and data application, and serving it to the car audio system over a USB cable. Based on software defined radio technology, GR-227 is compatible with DAB, DAB+, DRM and is DRM+ ready. It is also powerful enough to support digital audio decoding such as extended HE-AAC (xHE-AAC).

GR-227 literally works with any kind of car stereos with a USB port. Our patent pending technology allows the adaptor to behave like a thumb drive when plug into a USB port and makes it compatible with most of the music players not only in car but also for home use.

To make the most of GR-227, the Gospell Smart Tune App for Android has been included to add more features. When partnered with an Android powered car stereo, the App not only allows for playback of the broadcast audio program but data application which brings much fun to car entertainment.

By connecting the supplied triple band active antenna which can be attached to the windscreen through the SMA antenna connector, the reception in DRM, FM and DAB bands can be significantly improved, offering maximum flexibility between different broadcasting standards.

Installing the plug-and-play GR-227 adaptor to your car is easy and doesn't require changing your car stereo. It is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your car radio to digital without replacing anything.

The Gospell's aftermarket car adaptor range starts with USB model but more will follow to support more car stereo types.

Haochun Liu, DRM director, Gospell, said: "By leveraging SDR, we can now combine multiple broadcasting standards together to offer flexibility and cost advantages, coupled with easy installation without the necessity of buying a new car stereo as in traditional solutions."

For additional information, please visit www.goscas.com or contact Gospell sales at linx@gospell.com

About Gospell
Founded in 1993, Gospell Digital Technology Co Ltd (GOSPELL). is a private hi-tech enterprise with R&D, manufacturing, business consultancy and planning, trade, delivery, project implementation and after sales service, acting as a complete DTV and triple-play solution provider for Digital TV/OTT related projects. Headquartered in GOSPELL INDUSTRIAL PARK at Chenzhou, Hunan Province for CPE related production manufacturing, GOSPELL also has its office in Shenzhen for business/marketing management and administration, in Chengdu for R&D and headend/transmitter system production/debugging and Customer Service Center, and in 12 cities in China as well as international offices in India, Africa and Mexico.

(Press Release)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Solar eclipse on Kolkata HAM operators’ radar

Digital Radio Broadcasting in India - an Article by Meenakshi Singhvi, Director, AIR Vadodara

Digital Radio Broadcasting in India - an Article by Meenakshi Singhvi, Director, AIR Vadodara



Why listening to the radio is special even in the age of TV

There is always the opportunity in India to make excellent radio programmes that are not news or current affairs, but unfortunately the private sector broadcasters have not taken up that opportunity

Mark Tully

Full story at :



Short Term Training on DRM Transmitter at HPT AIR PUNE

Two days training on DRM transmitter started today at 9:00 am at HPT AIR PUNE.This training was well organized by Smt. Sangeeta Upadhye(ADE), Shree H.P. Paradkar(A.E.) and Shree S.M. Chaudhary (A.E.) despite on short notice of a week. Total 20 engineers from west and south zone participating this training programme.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

KBS World Radio English Service test transmissions

KBS World Radio English Service will carry out test transmission from August 21st to 24th, 2017. Please tune into the following frequencies and send your reception reports. Your feedback will help greatly in choosing the best frequency option. Thank you !

Target Area  Time (UTC)              Frequency (㎑)  Date
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Europe              1500 - 1600 UTC   9515 kHz  August 21 - 23
Southeast Asia  0800 - 1030 UTC   9770 kHz  August 21 - 23
India                 1400 - 1700 UTC   9835 kHz  August 21 - 22
India                 1400 - 1700 UTC   9785 kHz  August 23 - 24

Reception reports can be submitted online at :



The Indian Blogger Awards 2017

Comments at alokeshgupta@gmail.com

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hong Kong reduces the BBC radio broadcasting to eight hours

Radio Television Hong Kong announced the decision to shorten the broadcasting time the BBC radio to eight hours a day

More at :


All you need to know about Voice of Freedom - Goa's underground radio station

A NEW FM CHANNEL?

Umm, not really. Rather, it was an underground radio station started by Goan nationalists in the mid-1950s, in the run-up to liberation of the state in 1961.

Full story at :  https://tinyurl.com/ybdlcznd


Bill to restore shortwave rejected by Senate Committee

A Senate Committee inquiring into the possibility of restoring ABC Shortwave services has rejected proposed legislation to restore the international radio service. Several members of the committee presented dissenting reports.

Full story at :





DRM Events at IBC 2017

Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) is ready to deliver more than ever at this year's International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam 15th - 19th September. IBC is the leading global tradeshow for broadcasters and media professionals and attracts over 150,000 visitors every year from over 160 countries worldwide.


A series of events are being planned under the overarching theme of "DRM Delivers" all events aimed at giving a full picture of the DRM global developments. These will be kicked off with an exciting event hosted by a DRM receiver manufacturer ready to present its new commercial receivers. At all DRM events participants will be able to receive the latest updates on market developments in Asia, Africa (with emphasis on Southern Africa), Europe and other parts of the world and attend demonstrations of all the latest DRM broadcast equipment and receivers.

All those interested are invited to meet DRM experts, broadcasters and manufacturers: Gospell on Friday 15th September (Hall 3 C67 from 1500 to 1630), Thomson Broadcast on Saturday 16th September, from 1100 to 1300 (Hall 8 C35), Nautel in the afternoon between 1530 and 1700 (Hall 8 C49). And Sunday 17th September Ampegon is inviting all those interested to a special event from 1100 to 1300 (Hall 8 E62).

Ruxandra Obreja, the Consortium Chairman, says that: "The Consortium members are very excited to host our first IBC 2017 event together with a receiver manufacturer. This will prove and confirm that a total DRM broadcast solution can be confidently used to offer full and comprehensive country coverage and enhanced services to all listeners. DRM delivers a digital future for all broadcasters large or small, offering more programme choice to listeners, extra multimedia services with text and images, increased energy savings and spectrum efficiency."

Other DRM members present at IBC are: Babcock International, Fraunhofer IIS, Panasonic, RIZ Transmitters and RFmondial.

If you want to attend the DRM events please contact: projectoffice@drm.org 


DRM+ TRIAL IN SOUTH AFRICA – INTERIM REPORT

The Westbury Community Development Centre (WECODEC) serving the disadvantaged communities around the Westbury, Sophiatown and surrounding areas near Johannesburg has been conducting a DRM+ trial broadcasting BBC content.

Access the report at drm.org



Friday, August 04, 2017

Largest DRM Deployment in the World Expanded with Six More Nautel Transmitters

All India Radio adds to massive digital radio deployment with four 100 kW and two 200 kW NX transmitters.

Hackett's Cove, Nova Scotia – Nautel Limited has shipped six additional high-power DRM-enabled MW transmitters for deployment at All India Radio, the largest digital broadcasting system in the world. Four 100 kW NX100 and two 200 kW NX200 transmitters were shipped to India in July 2017 for installation in six cities. The transmitters will be commissioned by Nautel's in-country partner Comcon in association with India's Prasar Bharati.

The July, 2017 shipment of 6 NX transmitters complements the 27 NX transmitters which are already on air with DRM transmission throughout India. The massive project has the goal of bringing digital radio to nearly a billion residents of the country. The new transmitters will be installed at All India Radio (AIR) facilities in Hyderabad, Jagdalpur, Vishakhapatnam, Bhawanipatna, Jeypore and Sambalpur. All 33 transmitters in the AIR project are configured for DRM30 operation.

Nautel NX high power transmitters occupy a very small footprint and offer the industry's highest efficiency (90%) along with AM precorrection, unmatched linearity and Nautel's exclusive, award-winning Advanced User Interface which provides commercial grade instrumentation, spectrum analyzer, logging, presets, local and remote transmitter control, email notifications and enhanced support services.

"Nautel is excited to partner with Comcon and Prasar Bharati on this extensive project," said Kevin Rodgers, Nautel President and CEO. "With this system fully deployed in all parts of India, AIR is uniquely positioned to serve the different dialects and regional needs of its billion listeners. It's a shining example of the capabilities digital broadcasting can provide throughout the world."

Nautel MW and FM transmitters will be demonstrated at the upcoming IBC show in Amsterdam on stand 8.C49. For more information on the All India Radio project, visit http://www.nautel.com/AIR.

About Nautel
Nautel has emerged as one of the world's largest manufacturers of AM and FM radio broadcast transmitters. With more than 15,000 transmitters deployed in over 177 countries since 1970 and more than 7,000 deployments of AUI-enabled transmitters, Nautel continues to lead the way in providing valuable new solutions for digital radio broadcasting and other applications.

(Nautel Press Release)

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Trans World Radio Indian language services face budget cut

Subrat Kumar Pati
Bhubaneswar|28th July, 2017

Trans World Radio (TWR) Indian language services including Odia face budget cut. As per the information provided by a Odia language programme producer, production work has gone down & there is a great budget cut from head office.

Read the full story at :


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Radio Kuwait DRM transmissions

Radio Kuwait is currently having transmissions in DRM mode as per below schedule :

KUWAIT   A-17 temporary schedule of Radio Kuwait:

1700-2000 UTC on 13650 kHz via KBD 250 kW / 350 deg to E/N America Arabic General Service

1800-2100 UTC on 15540 kHz via KBD 250 kW / 310 deg to Western Europe  English

All India Radio's Special Haj Service wef 2nd August, 2017

All India Radio will broadcast a Special Haj Service from 2nd August to 30th September, 2017 at :


1100-1130 IST ( 0530- 0600 UTC) on 11670 & 15210 kHz - Targeted towards Saudi Arabia

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Radio Mi Amigo Summer Beach Party - July 2017


Hello to all Radio Mi Amigo International friends,

We celebrate a 'offshore-summer-beach-party' together with our team' and you !

The program will be in English, Dutch and German.

Details:

Sunday, July, 30 from 19:00 - 21:00 CET  (17:00 - 19:00  UTC)

Frequency: 11845 kHz in the 25m SW-band with 100 KW of power across Europe and online (via http://radiomiamigointernational.com )

In these two hours each jock will remember the greatest summerhits from the offshore-days ( 1964 - 1989 )

Tune in and have fun !

Dont forget: Our Summer-Competition is still running ( till September, 30)

All details you will find here:  

Our programm-schedule, frequencys and onlinestreams: http://radiomiamigointernational.com
                                
........coming soon: A brandnew weekend-schedule with 2 more "BIG NAMES" joining our team......More details next week !

Kind regards,
Cpt. Kord and the whole team

Will India embrace digital radio broadcasting?

Radio industry executives and experts are less than enthused about telecom regulator Trai's consultation paper on digital radio broadcasting as they do not see any real benefit in the move

Read the 'Mint' story at :

Monday, July 17, 2017

Radio Reaches Blocked Countries

International radio remains the most reliable, robust source of information for people in some nations

Read this Radioworld story at :





WWV 25 MHz Signal Swapped to Circular Polarization, Reception Reports Invited

The resurrected 25-MHz signal of time and frequency standard station WWV is now emanating from a circularly polarized turnstile antenna. WWV had used a vertically polarized antenna on 25 MHz in the 1970s. Silent since 1977, the 25-MHz signal returned to the air on an "experimental basis" in April 2014, and it's been transmitting ever since — initially on a broadband discone until August 2015, when it switched back to a vertical, which it used until the July 7 switch to circular polarization.

More at :


Current 25 MHz Broadcast Specifications

As of 2042 UTC 7 July 2017 the 25 MHz broadcast is now on a turnstile antenna with circular polarization and will remain in this configuration until after the solar eclipse on 21 Aug 2017.  Signal reports are requested.

Schedule: typically continuous. As an experimental broadcast, the 25 MHz signal may be interrupted or suspended without notice.

Radiated Power: 2.0 kW

Antenna: Experimental Turnstile

Listener comments and reception reports may be emailed to: wwv@nist.gov(link sends e-mail), or sent via postal mail to:

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Radio Station WWV
2000 E. County Rd. 58
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Ibrahim Eren appointed DG of Turkey's public broadcaster

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday approved the appointment of Ibrahim Eren as the 17th director general (DG) of public broadcaster Turkish Radio and Television (TRT).

Turkey's cabinet appointed Eren, who had been serving as deputy DG of TRT for four years and had established the country's first international English-language news channel, TRT World.

More at :




GOSPELL GR-216, A new generation AM - Digital (DRM) - FM receiver

GOSPELL GR-216 MULTI-BAND RADIO

A new generation AM - Digital (DRM) - FM receiver

Review by DRM enthusiast Terje Isberg

http://www.hobbyradio.se/en/drm/gospell_en.html


(Via http://www.drmna.info/, photo courtesy Gospell)

Digital Radio Mondiale July 2017 Newsletter



Digital Radio Mondiale Newsletter - July 2017 issue

https://tinyurl.com/y7vne6nn

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Survey shows Radio as most trusted media in Australia

Radio leads the way as the most trusted media in Australia and is seen as the most credible source of news, according to a new survey by global research firm GfK.

More at :




BBC Bangla TV and radio content reaches 15m people in Bangladesh

BBC Bangla TV and radio content now reaches 15m people in Bangladesh every week, according to the BBC's 2017 Global Audience Measure. This includes 9m people who watch the BBC Bangla weekly television programme, BBC Probaho, and 7m people who tune in to the BBC Bangla radio programmes.

BBC Bangla editor, Sabir Mustafa, comments: "We are thrilled by the progress of BBC Probaho. We will build on its success by expanding the BBC Bangla presence on television - while continuing to deliver a strong and vibrant radio programming and also working to increase our output across digital platforms including social media."

BBC Probaho is broadcast at 9.35pm local time every Thursday by the BBC's rebroadcasting partner, Channel-i. The programme is also available on the BBC Bangla channel on YouTube. Presented by Sharmin Rauma, it delivers 25 minutes of news, interviews and debate on key issues affecting Bangladesh. It reports from across the country, giving people the opportunity to express views and raise concerns on issues that matter to them and demanding answers from key decision-makers. Following the Eid festival break, the programme resumes broadcasts on Thursday 13 July.

BBC Bangla radio programmes, produced in London and Dhaka, air on the state FM network, Bangladesh Betar, as well as on shortwave and via bbcbangla.com.

Over the past year, BBC Bangla has seen a significant increase in web and social-media reach. BBC Bangla engages around 1.4m people around the world every week via its website bbcbangla.com and on social media. The BBC Bangla Facebook page has over 11.3m followers (July 2017), nearly 80% of them in Bangladesh.

BBC Bangla is part of the BBC World Service.

(Press Release)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

China's bid to squeeze Radio Taiwan International out of AIB fails

An attempt by China to squeeze Radio Taiwan International (RTI, 央廣) out of the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) has failed, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday.

Full report at :


RNZI A17 Revised schedule effective 2nd July


RNZ Pacific (RNZI) broadcasts at the following frequencies and times to different parts of the Pacific Region.

26 Mar 2017 - 28 Oct 2017

UTC           KHZ       TARGET      DAYS
02:59 - 04:58 11725 AM  Pacific Daily from 2 July
04:59 - 06:58 9700  AM  Pacific Daily from 2 July
06:59 - 10:58 7425  AM  Pacific Daily
10:59 - 12:58 7425  AM  NW Pacific, PNG Daily
12:59 - 18:58 6170  AM  Pacific Sat
12:59 - 16:50 6170  AM  Pacific Sun - Fri
16:51 - 18:35 6115  DRM Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga Sun - Fri
18:36 - 19:50 9760  DRM Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga Sun - Fri
18:59 - 19:58 9700  AM  Pacific Sat
19:51 - 20:50 11690 DRM Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga Sun - Fri
19:59 - 20:58 11725 AM  Pacific Sat
20:51 - 02:58 13840 AM  Pacific Daily

Bougainville/Papua New Guinea and Timor Transmission 1100 -1300 UTC

From 1100 -1300 UTC our programme is directed to the North Western Pacific and Asia.

Satellite

RNZI is available on Satellite, courtesy of TVNZ Pacific Service.

The coverage area extends from Singapore, and eastward to the Cook Islands, which includes Fiji, Tonga, Niue and Samoa.

IS19/23 C Slot A
DL 4146.5 V
FEC 3/4
SR 5.6320


NB: Every month on the first Wednesday is Maintenance day at our transmitter site from 2230 - 0600 UTC. ( Thursdays 1030 - 1800 NZST) During this period there may be interruptions to our programmes.

Radio Spaceshuttle - 15th years of Action transmission today!

Hi, we are still testing our 15 years celebration-transmitter today Tuesday 11th of July. Our power is very limited 5 watts only on 31 meters Free Broadcast Band on frequencies 9270 and/or 9290 kHz. But so we are even more interested of our propagation and quality. Please drop your notes to our e-mails during transmission, please.

So we have plan to start around 1800 UTC /20 Central European Daylight saving Time and will have few short transmissions until morning  hours of Wednesday.

Our px includes nice Summer selection of mx . If you like us to play music You like please send message to our e-mail spaceshuttleradio@yahoo.com

Stay tuned and enjoy! It's time to relax!
RR always welcome!

Best regards,

Dick
Radio Spaceshuttle

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Ampegon under new leadership

Turgi, Switzerland, June 30, 2017. Ampegon continually strives to meet the requirements of new markets and applications through developments to our innovative technology while also improving the company's competitiveness. Recent market conditions and the intense competition from abroad mean that, once again, Ampegon must change with the times to maintain our market-leading position.

Having identified these new pressures, Ampegon is pro-actively changing its organization for the future as follows:

Joachim Markus is stepping down as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ampegon Group on June 30, 2017. This position will be filled by Josef Troxler, effective July 1, 2017.

Josef Troxler leaves his post as Chief Executive Officer of Ampegon Group, and Managing Director of Ampegon AG, on June 30,2017. Mr. Troxler's commitment and tireless dedication to his function as CEO over the past few years has brought success to Ampegon. In his new function as Chairman of the Board of Directors he will continue to actively support the Ampegon Group and provide greater strategic leadership.

As well as being Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Troxler will continue in his current role as Managing Director of Ampegon Antenna Systems GmbH.

Dieter Schäufler will be appointed as new Chief Executive Officer of the Ampegon Group and Managing Director of Ampegon AG on July 1, 2017. Mr. Schäufler has been with the company for 2 years, successfully managing the day-to-day operation of Ampegon PPT GmbH in Dortmund. In addition to his new function, he will continue to lead the management of Ampegon PPT GmbH.

We wish Mr. Schäufler every success and foresight with a steady hand whilst managing the Ampegon Group.

(Press Release)

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Two new 100KW digital transmitters to broadcast across the border for Afghanistan- Pakistan region


India Blooms News Service

New Delhi, Jul 6 (IBNS): All India Radio expects to commission two new Shortwave Solid State digital transmitters, of 100 kW power each. for dissemination of content across the border for Afghanistan- Pakistan region by the end of August 2017, announced Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Naidu, said that the transmitters will be installed in Delhi.

The I and B minister also said that for the Andaman and Nicobar, a new 100 W FM transmitter would be installed in Car Nicobar by the end of the financial year.

He also mentioned that to enhance the outreach, the 3KW FM transmitter in Daman would be replaced by 6KW transmitter. Similarly, in Karaikal, Puducherry, the present 6 KW FM transmitter would be replaced by 10 KW FM transmitter to enhance the reach.

Source :


Radio Taiwan International Analog & DRM tests on 6th July, 2017

Dear listeners,

Test transmission from Radio Taiwan International on 6th July, 2017 from the Tamsui transmitter:

Analogue :
1730 - 1740 UTC 12030 kHz
1800 - 1810 UTC 9680 kHz

DRM:
1745 - 1755 UTC 12030 kHz
1815 - 1825 UTC 9680 kHz

We would be very pleased to receive your observations on the e-mail address deutsch@rti.org.tw

Radio Taiwan International is also planning this year in August, September and October several direct deliveries of the German-language program of the broadcasting system Tamsui, Taiwan.

As soon as times and frequencies are fixed, RTI will announce this on the homepage http://german.rti.org.tw , by e-mail and in the program "mailbox".




Thursday, June 29, 2017

BBC's Caversham Park put up for sale amid cuts

The BBC is selling the Grade II-listed Caversham Park estate in Berkshire in an effort to save money on property costs. The Victorian stately home is the base for BBC Monitoring, which has lost nearly half of its staff since 2011. BBC Monitoring summarises news from 150 countries in 100 different languages for the BBC.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fraunhofer 'DT230' DRM Test Equipment available for bidding


A Fraunhofer 'DT230' DRM Test Equipment is available for bidding, details can be found here :

http://www.go-dove.com/en/auction/view?id=12235788


Bidding opens on 26th June , 2017.

Radio Taiwan International Survey

In order to improve our program quality and to get a better understanding of our reception conditions, RTI invites listeners to fill out this survey.

Fill out the survey, leave your contact information, and you will have a chance to win a souvenir.


Event schedule: (Taipei Time)
1. Event runs until: 8/21/2017
2. Announcement of winners tentatively scheduled for September 2017.

(Radio Taiwan International)

Armstrong Tower Could Be Test Site for DRM on Shortwave Bands

Armstrong Tower Could Be Test Site for DRM on Shortwave Bands

Turms Tech plans to use yagi-type antennas, generating an ERP of 10 kW on 9.65 and 15.45 MHz, to broadcast DRM to Europe and Middle East





Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BBC World Service Antarctic Midwinter Broadcast 2017, June 21

BBC World Service Midwinter's Day 2017 program on June 21 :

2130-2200 UTC on 5985 kHz Woofferton, 6035 kHz Dhabayya, 7360 kHz Ascension

Thanks to Ivo Ivanov.

Antarctic Midwinter Broadcast

Cerys Matthews presents music requests and special messages to the staff at the British Antarctic Survey. Greetings from David Attenborough, Bill Bailey and Michael Palin can be heard.



Thursday, June 08, 2017

NEWS FROM IBC - ITALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

News from Italian Broadcasting Corporation

- We have activated a PAYPAL account to give everyone the opportunity to help us with donations; they will cover the costs of broadcasting time as well as the shipping cost of QSLs and gadgets. You can make donations through our webpage ibcradio.webs.com or directly using our email ibc@europe.com.

- Our broadcasts, in both Italian and English, are now also available daily on FM in the area of Perth in Australia, from 14 to 16 UTC (22 local Perth time) on the frequency of 77.400 MHz and worldwide online at www.77400.fm. 7400 is a relatively new station transmitting from Greenwood, north of Perth, Western Australia; the first broadcast was made on 20 June 2016. Its schedule includes 80s and 90s disco/dance music and radio amateurs news program. The station has already got a license from Australian authority to operate on shortwave on the frequency of 5045 kHz. If all goes well, shortwave operations will start in the next few months.

ENGLISH SCHEDULE:

"IBC DIGITAL" in MFSK32 will be at the end of each broadcast.

WEDNESDAY
- 18.30-19 UTC 6070 KHZ TO EUROPE
- 19.30-20 UTC 1584 KHZ TO EUROPE

THURSDAY 
- 02.30-03 UTC 1584 KHZ TO EUROPE

FRIDAY
- 01-01.30 UTC 9955 KHZ TO CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA
- 13-13.30 UTC 11580 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA

SATURDAY
- 01.30-02 UTC 11580 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA
- 20-20.30 UTC 1584 KHZ TO SOUTH EUROPE

SUNDAY
- 00.30-01 UTC 7730 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA
- 10.30-11 UTC 6070 KHZ TO EUROPE (VIA RADIO BCL NEWS)


All India Radio turns 81 today

Sir Lionel Fielden coined "All India Radio" on 8th June 1936, thus AIR was born....

ISBS to AIR :80 years on..

"Splendid!" I said, "And what beautiful initials!" The Viceroy concluded that he had invented it. And there was no more trouble. Thus All India Radio was born."*


All India Radio Highlights DRM Capabilities

India has begun phase two of its digital radio introduction

India is getting the whole nine yards on just what DRM digital radio can do, as All India Radio is beginning to demonstrate the full set of services that make up the DRM standard.

As AIR moves into phase two of its DRM introduction to the country, the full features/services of the 37 DRM transmitters that were installed during phase one are being rolled out.

Full report at :





Monday, June 05, 2017

WBCQ testing in DRM mode ?

tpreitzel posted this in drmrx forum....

Well, I definitely saw a 20 kHz, yes dual channel, digital signal which was centered on 15420 kHz today so I'm assuming this test originated from WBCQ. The signal was strongest as I rotated my magnetic loop from a NE to SW direction at my location. I haven't seen a signal this strong in the USA since RNZI reduced their broadcasts to the Pacific. This DRM signal lasted until ~ 1730Z.

Three years have elapsed since WBCQ began musing about the possibility of using DRM, but apparently the time has finally arrived. WBCQ, when you finally use DRM on SW, please, PLEASE use 16 QAM modulation for the Main Service Channel (MSC). Thank you.

Great! Apparently, DRM is nearing sufficient thrust to blast-off.

Related :

WBCQ had filed application for new transmitter and antenna in March'17 :

https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-344120A1.pdf

AIR Imphal launches website, mobile app


Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 02 2017: All India Radio, Imphal has become the first radio station in the country to launch an official website and a mobile application.

The website and mobile app were formally launched by Chief Minister N Biren Singh at AIR, Imphal.

The function was also attended by Dilip Mayengbam, Director in-Charge, AIR, Imphal, RP Joshi, Deputy Director General, AIR, Imphal and Parliamentary Secretary L Sushindro and was conducted by AIR Chief Regional News Unit (Imphal), A Ibomcha Sharma.

Visit www.airimphal.in or download the mobile app AIRNEWSImphal to avail the services.

Source : http://e-pao.net/GP.asp?src=7..030617.jun17


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Schedule Changes of VORW Radio International - Newsletter 4

Dear VORW Radio Listeners,

It has been almost two months since the last newsletter has been sent out, in the time that has elapsed there are several schedule changes to report.

As of Thursday (June 1st) transmissions to East Asia on 9875 kHz and transmissions to Europe on 11580 kHz will be discontinued. The transmission on 9875 kHz has been discontinued due to low modulation of the signal, causing listeners difficulty to hear what is being said during the broadcast. The 11580 kHz transmission is being discontinued due to poor signals in the target area.

Despite the bad news, starting June 1st, a transmission on 7730 kHz at 0000 UTC (8 PM Eastern) will begin, targeting listeners in Western North America. This transmission will be heard every Thursday. There is also a new transmission on 7490 kHz at 2200 UTC (6 PM Eastern) every Sunday to Eastern North America - you could even tune in to that broadcast tomorrow!

Here is the Transmission Schedule:

Thursdays:

6 PM Eastern - 11 PM BST - 9955 kHz to South America
8 PM Eastern - 1 AM BST - 7490 kHz to North America
8 PM Eastern - 1 AM BST - 9395 kHz to North America
8 PM Eastern - 1 AM BST - 7730 kHz to Western North America
8 PM Eastern - 1 AM BST - 9455 kHz to Central America

Sundays:

6 PM Eastern - 11 PM BST - 7490 kHz to Eastern North America

You may also be able to hear VORW Radio International on Tunein Radio at 8 PM every Thursday and 6 PM every Sunday at:


Archived programs can be heard any time on SoundCloud at:


VORW Radio International is a light entertainment program featuring a mixture of commentary and listener-requested music of all genres.

Comments, questions, reception reports and music requests may be sent to vorwinfo@gmail.com E-QSL's are provided for reception reports.

For advice on how to listen if you are impacted by these broadcast discontinuations, please email at vorwinfo@gmail.com

Bangladesh Betar's MW stations on extended schedule for cyclone Mora

Bangladesh Betar's MW stations were on extended schedule last night due to cyclone Mora, carrying non stop devotional program & special weather bulletin every 15 minutes.

Following stations were heard at my QTH 1845 UTC onward, external service on 13580 kHz was carrying regular programs  :

558 - Khulna
630 - Dhaka Kha
693 - Dhaka Ka
819 - Dhaka Gha
873 - Chittagong
963 - Sylhet
1170 - Dhaka Ga




Tuesday, May 23, 2017

AIR likely to launch new Dzongkha service for Bhutan

New Delhi, May 23 (PTI) National broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) is likely to launch a new language service -- Dzongkha -- for Bhutan, a move seen to strengthen ties with the neighbouring country.

Dzongkha will take the total foreign language offering of AIR's External Services Division (ESD) to 16 which includes French, Russian, Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, English, Pashto, Nepali, Tibetan, Urdu and Baluchi.

A one hour daily Dzongkha language service is proposed between 6.00 am and 7.00 am IST.

Either a transmitter in Kurseong, a hill station some 32 kms from Darjeeling in West Bengal, or in Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, will be used to broadcast the new service.

Source/Full story at :

TDF DRM Tests

TdF is to run DRM tests under the so-called SmartCast programme on 6175 kHz from 0900 to 1100 UTC between 29 May and 30 July.

It is unclear yet whether they will be daily or just on weekdays.

( Henri Cravanche  via Continental DX)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Digital Radio Mondiale General Assembly Concluded Successfully in Switzerland

The DRM General Assembly ended by announcing that All India Radio, the Indian public broadcaster, has now joined the Consortium and its leading bodies. 

This year's General Assembly reviewed the many and successful developments of the past year and set the directions for 2017-2018 with emphasis on receivers and key markets in Asia and Africa. Under the banner "Digital Radio Mondiale Delivers", the 2017 General Assembly of the DRM Consortium took place on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th of May in Baden, near Zurich, Switzerland, being hosted by the industrial company and key Consortium member Ampegon. 

The exclusive General Assembly meeting for members only on Wednesday, May 10th in the morning reviewed the major developments in DRM, updates on technical developments, receivers, cooperation with international organisations and specific developments as reported by some of the key members like Fraunhofer IIS, NXP, Radio France International, BBC, Nautel, Ampegon, RFmondial etc.

The open DRM sessions had special addresses from the representatives of Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) and BBC. The open session had two major headings: key DRM countries. This was illustrated with reports from local representatives in India, Pakistan, Germany, Southern Africa and Brazil. The other major topic was the development of several types of DRM receivers. The news on several car models launched this year in India and carrying standard DRM receivers was greeted with interest. 

Equally impressive was the presentation of the software defined multi-standard receiver, Titus II, and the latest developments of receivers like Avion and Gospell, as well as the plans of companies in South Korea and the UK. The available receivers were put to good use on both days when Babcock facilitated a live BBC transmission from the UK. On Thursday participants were linked to the Babcock engineers at the Woofferton transmission site in south-west England while the signals were on air. For the coming year, the DRM Consortium will consolidate its work in markets like India, Indonesia, other Asian countries and Southern Africa. In parallel it will vigorously pursue receiver developments, preferably as multi-standard offers, and will pay particular attention to the automobile segment. 

For Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Chairman, the General Assembly was more than a moment to take stock. "It was a celebration of success in countries like India. It was also a moment to review the excellent DRM progress in other key countries like Pakistan, Indonesia, South Africa, and acknowledge the interest shown for DRM in some African countries, Russia and other Asian countries. The fact that there are already ingenious standalone and car receivers featuring DRM gives confidence in DRM and the ultimate success of digital radio all over the world." After the General Assembly, some of the DRM members and experts made their way to Indonesia where together with RRI they will carry out a DRM for local coverage demo and will present an update on the full benefits of DRM for both wide and local coverage. 

(DRM Consortium Press Release)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium and the Public Indonesian Broadcaster, RRI, to showcase DRM for local coverage

On the first day of the DRM Consortium's annual General Assembly held in Switzerland and hosted by Ampegon, it was announced that the Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium will join the Indonesian public broadcaster RRI in the upcoming demonstration of DRM for local coverage in Batam, Indonesia, May 16th-18th. One of the existing local FM frequencies and transmitters will be upgraded to DRM mode to present some of the clear benefits of digital radio for local coverage: excellent audio, multimedia features including Journaline advanced text and images, good coverage and efficient energy use. In addition to international digital radio experts, participants include RRI experts, broadcast authorities, the industry and commercial broadcasters. They will be able to learn about the effectiveness and many features of DRM for local coverage in the environment of Batam island, situated in the west of Indonesia not far from Singapore.

RRI is following its successful demonstrations of DRM in the AM bands (medium wave) for large-area coverage in Bogor (2015) and in Bali (2016) with this new showcase and evaluation of DRM for local coverage. After a full-day update explaining the technology background and applications, the participants will have the opportunity to see and hear for themselves how DRM performs by boarding a specially equipped vehicle for an excursion around Batam. After that the participants will analyse the results and draw the conclusions for the next steps towards the roll-out of digital radio DRM in Indonesia.

RRI President, Mr M. Rohanudin, says that: "By looking closely at the performance of DRM for local coverage, we will have tested and learnt about DRM both in the AM and VHF frequencies; we will have thoroughly understood the standard which will be useful for the future digitisation of Indonesia."

DRM Chairman Ruxandra Obreja welcomes the great support offered by and thorough effort made by RRI with all its recent DRM trials. "DRM in the VHF bands including the FM band is the newest and most flexible solution for local radio coverage. We are happy to see how it delivers during this short Indonesian demonstration. Having been ITU endorsed not long ago, DRM for local coverage is already being heard in Pakistan and is being demonstrated in South Africa."

RRI specialists will work together with other colleagues from the DRM Consortium representing Fraunhofer IIS, GatesAir and RFmondial. 

To attend the workshop, contact projectoffice@drm.org.

About DRM

Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) is the universal, ITU endorsed and openly published digital broadcasting standard for all broadcasting frequencies, able to cover fully any country whatever its size at much reduced energy costs.

The DRM standard comprises optimized configurations both for large-area and international broadcasts in the AM bands on short, medium and long wave up to 30 MHz, and for the VHF bands including the FM band, tailored for local and regional coverage with broadcaster-controlled individual transmissions.

All DRM configurations share the same listener benefits including audio coding, data and multimedia services, service linking, multiplexing and signalling schemes. DRM provides high quality sound combined with a wealth of enhanced features: Surround Sound, Journaline text information, Slideshow, EPG, traffic information and data services.

The DRM Consortium was recognised by ITU and awarded for its outstanding contribution to the Telecommunications over the past years and has signed the EBU Smart Radio Memorandum that promotes access to free to air radio on all devices.

DRM can help deliver the mandate of any government: To reach all its citizens with information, education, entertainment and emergency warnings.

For more information and regular DRM updates please visit www.drm.org or subscribe to DRM news by writing to pressoffice@drm.org. Click here for the Newsletter with all the latest DRM news from around the world.
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