Thursday, June 24, 2021

Japan’s only shortwave station still in business after 80 years

Japan's only shortwave station still in business after 80 years

KDDI Corp.'s Yamata Transmitting Station is Japan's only facility broadcasting shortwave radio programs to overseas listeners. The station started broadcasts on Jan. 1, 1941. The main building still retains a prewar ambience.

Standing tall and proud over an area of 1 million square meters or so, a forest of steel towers in two-tone red and white is the dominant feature under the blue sky against the backdrop of Mount Tsukubasan.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Japanese commercial MW stations will stop broadcasting by 2028

TBS Radio Inc. Chairman Kiyohiko Irie is seen during a news conference in Tokyo's Minato Ward, on June 15, 2021. 
(Photo courtesy of the Wide FM receiver promotion liaison via mainichi.jp/)

According to "Sports Hochi News" and other media, representatives of 47 Japanese commercial AM radio stations held online meeting on June 15, they announced 44 out of 47 broadcasters have decided to stop AM broadcasting by the year 2028 and change to FM. Only 3 broadcasters in Hokkaido and Akita have not decided yet. 3 AM broadcasters in Tokyo – TBS Radio(954 kHz 100 kW/90.5 MHz 7 kW), Bunka Hoso(1134 kHz 100 kW/91.6 MHz 7 kW), Nippon Hoso(1242 kHz 100 kW/93.0 MHz 7 kW) will take decision in 2025. 28 AM broadcasters will start the demonstration experiment to stop AM in 2023-2028.

The reasons are :

1) it is financially impossible to renew the old AM transmitter equipment
2) the simultaneous AM/FM broadcasting has been the severe burden for finance, they add the number of internet/mobile phone (using "radiko" site or App) listeners have exceeded that of radio listeners,especially in younger generation.

47 commercial AM broadcasters are, 16 MW only and 31 MW +TV broadcasters. Radio NIKKEI (SW only) is not included.

(Takahito Akabayashi, Tokyo, Japan via WOR)

Related :

44 of 47 AM radio stations in Japan to switch to FM by 2028



DRM to Launch New Energy Efficiency Calculator

DRM Releases New Energy Efficiency Calculator

The DRM Consortium has just developed a comprehensive and user-friendly calculator tool to determine how much energy can be saved by switching transmitters from analogue to digital DRM operation.

The DRM Energy Efficiency Calculator (https://energyefficiency.drm.org) has been created using typical performance data from transmitter manufacturers. It then calculates total expected energy usage for up to ten transmitters by considering operational mode, time on-air, and broadcasting technique assessing the energy consumption and electricity costs, based upon local market information. By comparing data sets for both analogue and DRM digital operations, it can estimate the potential (and often huge) savings broadcasters might expect from switching over to DRM.

This not only benefits broadcasters by reducing their electricity bills by double-digit percentages but proves specifically how DRM supports broadcasters' efforts to become more sustainable though green technology significantly reducing requirements for energy produced in large parts of the world from fossil fuels.

According to Simon Keens, Sales and Business Development Manager, Ampegon Power Electronics AG (key member of the DRM Consortium) who has devised the calculator," this new energy efficiency tool can be easily programmed into an Excel spreadsheet for ease of use and universal distribution in pdf reports summarizing the findings in simple text and graphs. This will help the engineers and all those interested to present concretely one of the great advantages of DRM, i.e., delivering substantial and sustained energy savings over many years."

Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Consortium Chairman, invites all those interested to a "zoom launch" of the new energy efficiency tool "Savings at Your Fingertips" on June 30th at 1000 UTC for introducing the simple device that will deliver results in minutes. "Unlike other complex studies on energy saving, this is something concrete that any broadcaster or anyone interested can create and use applying up to the minute data like transmitter power, energy costs etc. So, join us for this short takeaway session which will demonstrate how you can get concrete data and reports on energy consumption and savings through DRM use. Interested parties will be able to use it independently and thus assess and convince themselves and others of the energy saving benefit of DRM."

To register and join this webinar, please click here : https://tinyurl.com/ckdb93p9


Monday, June 21, 2021

DRM Concludes General Assembly with Important Announcements

Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) Consortium Concludes General Assembly with Important Announcements

The DRM Consortium held its second virtual General Assembly on April 15th with the participation of 70 members and guests from all continents (Indonesia, Pakistan, UK, Germany, Denmark, South Africa, Hungary, Australia, India, Canada, Brazil, China and USA).

The first session, open to members and invited guests, reviewed excellent progress made in the past year in countries like India, South Africa, Indonesia, Pakistan and very recently in Brazil, Russia and Hungary.

The much-anticipated session on receivers did not disappoint with new prototypes, updates and developments announced by receivers and chipset manufacturers (Gospell, RF2Digital, Inntot, Cambridge Consultants, NXP, Fraunhofer IIS and Starwaves). They all announced that the new (many low-cost, low energy) receivers and receiver solutions support all the DRM bands, analogue and, the SDR solutions and even other standards. The German-Swiss Starwaves introduced its Android dongle for mobiles just launched: https://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/en/pr/2021/20210318_ame_starwaves_drm.html

Fraunhofer IIS also gave details about the project to test the DRM framework within the ATSC 3.0 TV platform which will give access to multi-featured DRM content on radio, TV and also mobiles and cars: https://www.drm.org/drm-framework-to-be-integrated-into-the-atsc-3-0-digital-tv-platform/

The India presentation focused on the almost 3 million DRM receivers in Indian cars. The recent DRM for FM successful trial in India also featured head unit radios with DRM AM and DRM FM integrated and working perfectly in some of the car models used during the trial. The upgrade of existing digital AM units to FM was possible and easy, without a change of hardware. As explained during the various GA sessions most of the receivers, no matter which platform (car, mobile, standalone) support the full DRM standard (AM and FM) and all the DRM features giving extra benefits like EWF (Emergency Warning Functionality), distance learning, extra content in various languages.

In the busiest activity year of the Consortium so far, participants also learned about full projects rolling out in Indonesia and Pakistan, about the successful DRM (FM) trial in Russia and DRM (SW) DRM trial in Brazil.

The recent DRM for FM trial in India had its own session and the interest was so great that the Consortium has announced a full "DRM for India Trial – Innovation and Success" webinar for May 6th.

Aspects of the current radio market, the energy savings delivered by DRM, the education project, the link with other international organisations and the improved communications gave representatives of Encompass Media Services, BBC, Fraunhofer IIS, RFmondial, Nautel, NXP, Ampegon, Dolby, Silabs, Radio Pulpit, Gospell, Kintronic Labs a chance to update and debate the issues that the Consortium will incorporate into its future strategy.

According to DRM Chairman, Ruxandra Obreja: "The DRM General Assembly was a great occasion to celebrate the great successes of the last year, achieved in conditions of world crisis. The great receiver developments and DRM demos and roll out plans all over the world have set the agenda for the coming year. The commitment, energy and support of the DRM members is our greatest asset and guarantee that DRM will be making it possible for everyone, no matter where they are and, whether they are connected to modern technology or not, to stay safe, informed and educated."

(Press Release)

Voice of the Strait SW broadcast temporarily stopped

Voice of the Strait, Fujian, China announced that they have stopped the shortwave transmission ("News Program" 4940 kHz, "Minnan language Program" 4900 kHz) between May 16 – July 13 for maintenance. Shortwave broadcast will be on air again on July 14. During the period listeners are requested to receive on MW and FM. "News Program" :MW 666 kHz / FM 90.6 MHz(Fujian province),  "Minnan language Program" : MW 738 kHz / FM 97.8 MHz(Amoy province).

Takahito Akabayashi
Tokyo, Japan
(Via WOR List)

Canada Day Special Broadcast

Canada D'eh

Date/Time:  July 1, 10-11 PM EDT (July 2, 0200-0300 UTC)
Frequency:  WBCQ The Planet, 6160 & 7490 kHz

July 1st is Canada Day, and since RCI is no longer blessing shortwave listeners with its presence on the short waves, Fred Waterer, a genuine Canadian, and "Uncle Bill" Tilford, an American who is frequently mistaken for one, will present  Canada D'eh, an affectionate salute to the occasion with music, humor, fun facts and stories on WBCQ The Planet, which is right next door to Canada with time donated by Angela and Allan Weiner.

(Bill Tilford)

Thursday, May 13, 2021

16th Edition of the Global Radio Guide (Summer2021) Now Available

Sometimes in life, what is old becomes new again.  Familiar names and voices we long have placed into the recesses of our minds, suddenly spring back to the forefront.

It can be that way with radio as well.  What we sometimes consider to be antique transmissions of a bygone era can re-emerge in a digital world, as if time had merely paused. They ensnare the attention of both those who were around for the glory days, as well as those hearing these signals for the first time.

Such is the case with the recently resurfaced "Russian Woodpecker."  The Cold War-era stalwart that once placed its distinct signal across large swaths of the HF band, is once again being heard amongst the crackles of static on shortwave radios and SDRs around the world.

For those who want to be part of the action, Gayle Van Horn's 16th Edition of her Amazon bestselling Global Radio Guide (Summer 2021) has all the details you need to catch up with our vintage friend.

"My first thought was, 'I have heard this signal before,'" writes Teak Publishing co-founder and editor of the Global Radio Guide (GRG), Larry Van Horn, in his in-depth look into the return of Russia's famous Over-The-Horizon-Radar (OTHR) transmissions.  "It did not take long for me to connect what I was hearing to the past and realize I was hearing a form of the old Russian Woodpecker again."

Included in Van Horn's article is everything you need to become a grizzled "woodpecker" expert:  a historical review of Russia's OTHR system, information on where in the world – and on the HF band – the newest version of the Woodpecker is being heard, links to audio samples so you know what to listen for, maps of transmitting locations and more.

Russia radars are not the only focus of this completely updated edition of the GRG, though.  Worldwide, tensions are continuing to escalate and – in another case of what is old becoming new – people around the world are once again turning to shortwave radio to place themselves on the front lines.

With the help of the GRG, you can tune in shortwave broadcast stations from hotspots such as China, Cuba, India, Iran, North/South Korea, Taiwan, and many other counties. If you have a shortwave radio receiver, SDR or Internet connection, pair it with this unique radio resource to know when and where to listen to the world.

This newest edition of the GRG carries on the tradition of those before it with an in-depth, 24-hour station/frequency guide with schedules for selected AM band, longwave, and shortwave radio stations. This unique resource is the only radio publication that lists by-hour schedules that include all language services, frequencies, and world target areas for over 500 stations worldwide.

The GRG includes listings of DX radio programs and Internet website addresses for many of the stations in the book. There are also entries for time and frequency stations as well as some of the more "intriguing" transmissions one can find on the shortwave radio bands.

LarryVan Horn has also updated his now famous SDRBuyer's Guide, a must-have compendium that helps you navigate through revolutionary world of software-defined radios (SDRs), the digital frontier of the radio hobby.

Continuing with the theme of this16thedition of the GRG:  Gayle takes a stroll into the seemingly not too distant past, into the role that radio played during the Falkland Island War, even as new government leaders within Argentina jockey for position to reclaim sovereignty over the islands.

Spectrum Monitor magazine editor, Ken Reitz, dives into the rise and fall of Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) on shortwave radio.  Reitz gives the rundown on where you can still find DRM signals on the shortwave bands, even if you do not have a DRM-capable radio in your home.

Fred Waterer, also of Spectrum Monitor, checks in with a feature on one of the great pastimes of shortwave radio – travelling the world without leaving home.  This is an especially poignant topic of discussion given the current travel restrictions found in most of the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Waterer gives us a detailed RF-itinerary for circumnavigating the globe via broadcasters on shortwave radio.  While many of the station names may be different than they once were, Waterer proves that there is still plenty of diversity and culture to be found on the bands.

Whether you monitor shortwave radio broadcasts, amateur radio operators, or aeronautical, maritime, government, or military communications in the HF radio spectrum, this book has the frequencies to help you to hear it all. Teak Publishing's Global Radio Guide "brings the world to you."

You can find this edition of the Global Radio Guide, along with all of our titles currently available for purchase, on the Teak Publishing Web site at www.teakpublishing.com.  For a limited time, all previous editions of the Global Radio Guide will also be available at a reduced price.  Details will be available at www.teakpublishing.com

The 16thedition of the Global Radio Guide-Book (electronic book only, no print edition available) is available worldwide from Amazon and their various international websites at :


The price for this latest edition is US$8.99. 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 e-Book from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. Customers in all other countries can use the regular Amazon.com  website to purchase this e-Book.

You can read any Kindle e-Book with Amazon's 'free' reading apps on literally any electronic media platform. You do not have to own a Kindle reader from Amazon to read this e-book. There are Kindle apps available for iOS, Android,Mac and PC platforms.You can find additional details on these apps by checking out this link to the Amazon website at :


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Special edition of BCDX net on World Amateur Radio Day


To celebrate World Amateur Radio Day next Sunday April 18 2021, a special edition of BCDX NET will be conducted  at 1200 UTC  (5.30 pm IST) on 14160 kHz USB. All are invited to check into it and exchange greetings. Net Controller Sanil VU3SIO, Kozhikode, Kerala  &  Jose Jacob VU2JOS, Hyderabad.

BCDX net is controlled by Mr.Sanil Deep, VU3SIO on 7085 kHz LSB at 0300-0330 UTC (8.30 to 9.00 am IST.) on sundays.

This Net was started on Sunday November 27, 1988 by a small group of Amateurs viz. Shanmughasundaram VU2FOT, Victor Goonetilleke 4S7VK, Jose Jacob VU2JOS and some SWL's.

The whole concept of this Net started when these Hams used to meet regularly on the band and exchanged DX news at various times. This later transformed into a regular Net which benefited many people. This Net is conducted on Sunday mornings for the advantage of those who are keenly interested in Broadcast Band Dxing.The unique thing about this Net is that is helped Hams to become SWL Dxers and SWL's to become Hams !

On a typical Sunday morning,the Net control starts the Net by calling in for regular check-ins. After about 10 minutes he gives the latest DX tips that he has gathered and later other stations also takes turn in exchanging their DX information. It has all the ingredients of a live two way DX program and continues for about 30 minutes depending on the traffic. For some time it was known as SWL DX Net.

The Net grew up with VU2KAK Anil, VU3SIO Sanil,VU2ISR Harsha, VU3ITI Varadhan, VU3DJQ Raman, VU2NGB Binu,VU2BNP Prahalad, VU3BGK Neel, VU2ICI Mohan, VU2MUD Madhu etc.joining in.

RADIO THAILAND A21

RADIO THAILAND A21
Effective 28th March to 30th Oct,2021

TIME (UTC) LANGUAGE FREQUENCY (KHz)
-----------------------------------
0000-0030 ENGLISH    15590
0030-0100 ENGLISH    15590
0100-0200 THAI       15590
0200-0230 ENGLISH    15590
0230-0330 THAI       15590
0530-0600 ENGLISH    17640
1000-1100 THAI       17850
1100-1115 VIETNAMESE 5875
1115-1130 MANDARIN   5875
1130-1145 THAI       5875
1145-1200 ENGLISH    5875
1200-1215 MALAYSIAN  9390
1230-1300 ENGLISH    9390
1300-1315 JAPANESE   9390
1315-1330 MANDARIN   9390
1330-1400 THAI       9390
1400-1430 ENGLISH    9390
1800-1900 THAI       9920
1900-2000 ENGLISH    9920
2000-2015 GERMAN     9920
2030-2045 ENGLISH    9920
2045-2115 THAI       9920

Reception reports to : rthworldservice@gmail.com

---
Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi

FTIOM & UBMP, April 18-24

Recently the broadcasts of FTIOM from Bulgaria have sometimes been reaching as far as Russia's Pacific coast on good evenings, and the Saturday transmissions of UBMP have reached  central Russia.

From the Isle of Music, April 18-24:

This week, in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, we repeat a 2020 episode with special guest Harold López-Nussa.

The broadcasts take place:
1. For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere (including parts of East Asia and Oceania) with 100Kw, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 KHz, from Sofia, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)
2. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0000-0100 UTC on WBCQ, 7490 kHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9 PM EDT in the US).
3 & 4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 (NEW UTC) on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany.
Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic

Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, April 18-24:

In episode 213, thanks to some suggestions about musicians from our listener friend Jaouad Saber in Morocco, we present some excellent music from that country.

The transmissions take place:
1. Sunday 2200-2300 UTC (6:00PM -7:00 PM EDT) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 kHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe
2. Tuesday 2000-2100 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe.
3. Saturday 0800-0900 UTC on Channel 292, 9670 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe with a directional booster aimed eastward,

AND a special broadcast Saturday at 1900-2000 UTC on Channel 292, 3955 kHz.
Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Atlantic 2000 on the air this Saturday, 17th Apr '21

Atlantic 2000 will be on the air this Saturday, 17th of April from 0900 to 1000 UTC (1100 to 1200 CEST) on 6070 and 9670 kHz via Channel 292.

Streams will be available at the same time here: http://radioatlantic2000.free.fr

Reception reports to : atlantic2000international@gmail.com

Good listening!



AIR special broadcasts for Ramadan

Like every year, the special transmissions for Ramadan has started from AIR stations in Jammu & Kashmir as follows:

Timings (variable) : 2205 to 2305 UTC ( 3.35 to 4.35 am IST)

Frequencies

1116 kHz 300 kW  Srinagar
1350 kHz 20 kW Kupwara
4950 kHz 50 kW Srinagar (Announced but not heard at my location, maybe due to skip conditions)
103.5 MHz 10 kW Srinagar

This transmission is for about 1 hour and sign on and sign off timings vary. It will continue for one month - till Ramzan day ie around 14 May 2021.

(Jose Jacob, VU2JOS)


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

DRM Framework to be integrated into the ATSC 3.0 Digital TV Platform

Fraunhofer IIS, primary developer of the xHE-AAC audio codec, the DRM Consortium, and Sinclair Broadcast Group (Nasdaq: SBGI), a leading provider of local sports and news in the U.S., are joining forces to bring the best possible digital radio experience based on DRM to ATSC 3.0 digital TV
platform users on all platforms including mobiles.

This collaboration aims at establishing the seamless transport of DRM based services with all their advanced digital radio features on the ATSC 3.0 TV platform. This allows DRM broadcasters to create the DRM content once and then distribute it simultaneously and terrestrially via dedicated digital AM/FM transmissions and on the digital TV platform. Listeners can enjoy a full-featured digital radio experience across all broadcast platforms using any reception device – from stand-alone radio and TV sets to mobile phones and in-car receivers.

"Both the ATSC 3.0 digital TV and the DRM digital radio standards are really gaining momentum all over the world. With the recently started rollout in the US, the ATSC 3.0 TV standard has proven to be a success. It also receives growing attention in more and more countries worldwide including India. The same holds true for DRM digital radio, which is adopted in a steadily growing number of countries all over the world. Bringing the rich digital radio experience of DRM to the innovative ATSC TV platform is a perfect win-win situation for users and broadcasters alike," says Alexander Zink, Senior Business Development Manager for Broadcast Applications at Fraunhofer IIS.

Sinclair Broadcast Group and Fraunhofer IIS have identified immense potential resulting from this tight technology integration, which deploys DRM as the common digital radio solution across multiple transmission platforms. A demonstration is currently in preparation to prove the easy transmission of existing DRM based digital radio services over ATSC 3.0, and to showcase the easy integration of DRM reception on ATSC 3.0 receivers, including mobile phones.

This joint project is expected to open the door to close collaboration between the respective standard bodies, the ultimate goal being the adoption of both standards worldwide for the benefit of broadcasters and listeners alike.

Press Release :

Fraunhofer and Sinclair to Collaborate Towards Integrating Digital Radio Mondiale Framework into the ATSC 3.0 Digital TV Platform

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Baibu Bay Radio(Voice of Guangxi Baibu Wan)A21

Baibu Bay Radio(Voice of Guangxi Baibu Wan)has announced the A21 program schedule.
 
New Programs:  Chinese program of Radio Thailand "Cooperation between Thai and China" at 1530-1545 every Saturday and Sunday. 2 minutes program "Let's learn Chinese together" in 5 languages at 1200 and 0100 everyday.
 
Shortwave on 5050/9820kHz

Evening Broadcast 1000-1602 UTC
1000-1030  Information on COVID-19 and others
1030-1100  Relay of Guanxi Satellite TV station  "Gianxi News"
1100-1130  Relay of CCTV program 1  "News"
1130-1200  Cantonese program
1200-1202  "Let's learn Chinese together" (Mon/Tue Cambodian Tue Lao Wed Burmese Sun/Thu Thai Fri Vietnamese)
1202-1300  Vietnamese program
1300-1330  Music and others
1330-1335  Foreign language program (Mon Cambodian Tue Lao Wed Burmese Thu/Sat Thai Fri/Sun Vietnamese)
1335-1400  Music and others
1400-1500  CRI Vietnamese program
1500-1515  Information on COVID-19 an others
1515-1520  English program
1520-1530  Cantonese program
1530-1545  Mon-Fri "Attractive China" in Thai, Sat/Sun "Cooperation between  Thai and China" produced by Radio Thailand in Chinese
1545-1600  Music of surrounding countries

Morning Broadcast 2248-0102
2248-2300  Opening Music
2300-0100  CCTV channel 13 "Morning News"
0100-0102   "Let's learn Chinese together" (Mon/Tue Cambodian Tue Lao Wed Burmese Sun/Thu Thai Fri Vietnamese), weather forecast

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Shortwave transmitting site is SARFT #954 located at Hunagwutong, Xixingtang Districe, Nanning. Power 15kW. Also on FM 96.4MHz.
 
Takahito Akabayashi
Tokyo, Japan

(Via WOR List)

New FM station launched in Myanmar - Federal FM Radio, 90.2 MHz

Babul Gupta from Kolkata logged a new FM station  from Myanmar, Federal FM Radio on 90.2 MHz on 31st March'2021.

It seems a new FM station has been launched in Myanmar - Federal FM Radio, 90.2 MHz  on 27th March 2021 at 9:00 AM Yangon time.

Federal FM Radio, an unlicensed radio station went live on 27th March, 2021 at 90.2 MHz. Its targeted broadcasting days are on Thursdays and Sundays. It aims to inform audiences about events throughout the country while educating listeners about federalism – that is, having a national and state government, as opposed to authoritarian, military rule. 

Earlier, Myanmar's Military Council announced revoking licenses of five independent media companies, Myanmar Now, Khit Thit media, Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), Mizzima, and 7 Day.  DVB, Mizzima and 7 Day are VOA affiliates.

Related :

Myanmar Activists Launch Radio Program to Promote Federalism
https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/myanmar-activists-launch-radio-program-promote-federalism