Sunday, March 29, 2020

AOKI A20

AOKI A20

AOKI A20 Frequency schedule is avaialble at :

http://www1.s2.starcat.ne.jp/ndxc/pc/nd/nxa20.zip

(Alokesh Gupta)

CNR A20

CNR A20 SCHEDULE


(Alokesh Gupta)

RNZI A20

RNZI A20

29 Mar 2020 - 25 Oct 2020
UTC       KHZ   TARGET          DAYS

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0000-0458 13840 Pacific         Daily
0459-0658 11725 Pacific         Daily
0659-0958 5945  Pacific         Daily
0959-1258 5945  Solomon Isl/PNG Mon - Fri
1259-1958 6170  Pacific         Sat
1259-1650 6170  Pacific         Sun-Fri
1651-1735 6115  Cook Isl/Samoa/Tonga Sun-Fri DRM
1736-1835 7285  Cook Isl/Samoa/Tonga Sun-Fri DRM
1836-1958 9760  Cook Isl/Samoa/Tonga Sun-Fri DRM
1959-2158 11725 Pacific         Daily
2159-0000 13840 Pacific         Daily

Submit reception reports at :  https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/qsl/new

(Alokesh Gupta)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

What Is Replacing Shortwave?

What Is Replacing Shortwave?

A joint effort is necessary to bring the digitization of radio to a successful end

With the number of shortwave broadcasters dwindling, particularly in the Western world, Ruxandra Obreja, chair of the DRM consortium, looks at how to best fill the lingering gap in wide-range coverage. She believes a global effort is necessary to successfully implement digital radio and ensure it also reaches the desolate, rural areas that need it most. 

All India Radio curtails it's services due to lock down in India

On 22nd March, 2020 Government of India announced complete lockdown in 75 cities all across India upto 31st March, in a bid to contain the further spread of the Covid-19 virus . It's an unprecedented situation wherein except essential services, all shops, offices,factories are closed and prohibitory orders issued for general public.

In view of this following orders have been being issued with immediate effect across all stations of All India Radio :

1. The national spectrum of broadcast will be limited to Vividh Bharati Service originating from VBS Mumbai and News Services originating from AIR Delhi.
2. Regional services can relay content as related to above ( SL number 1) with local news, subject to feasibility.
3. All National Programmes of Spoken Word, Music, Sports & other categories stand cancelled till further orders.
4. All other services of All India Radio stands in abeyance until further orders.
5. All ESD (External Service Division) services and all transmitters dedicated to ESD stands suspended with immediate effect.
6. All Pure DRM mode operations suspended, DRM transmitters may be operated on analogue / simulcast mode to relay the National News Service subject to local circumstances and conditions

(Alokesh Gupta) 

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Airspy YouLoop antenna is on sale

Airspy has finally managed to get a few hundreds YouLoop units built professionally and shipped to their US distributor as well as RTL-SDR Blog's store. Most of them were already reserved, and they are building a few more.


Shop at RTL-SDR Blog : 

- OR -

Build one by yourself: https://airspy.com/youloop

Description

- Electrically balanced passive loop design with low loss RF transformer to cancel the responses to electric fields.
- Ideal for noisy environments where electric-field sensors like the mini-whip antennas are impracticable.
- High Performance DX when used with a low noise preamplifier.
- High quality 2 meters (approx. 6 feet) transmission line included.
- Frequency Range: 10 kHz to 30 MHz
- Usable in FM/VHF as a folded dipole up to 300 MHz.
- Maximum power: 250 mW

Specifications

- HF Response: 10kHz to 30 MHz
- VHF Response: up to 300 MHz
- Maximum Power: 250 mW
- Passive Design
- No Tuning required
- Low Loss BALUN with 0.28 dB loss type

(Via Airspy list)

Thursday, March 05, 2020

IRRS announces special SW broadcasts & QSL for corona virus outbreak

While most of Northern Italy has come (nearly) to a halt due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, NEXUS-IBA, IRRS (The Italian and Irish Radio Relay Service) has just extended  global coverage with daily broadcasts to reach out to Europe, the Middle East, Asia/Pacific and Africa with daily news and commentaries on COVID-19 in English.

A new program aired via IRRS-Shortwave is called "War Room Pandemic" and produced in the USA by Steve Bannon, political advisor, media executive, former investment banker and former White House Chief Strategist.

War Room Pandemic presents the latest news and opinions on the effects of the coronavirus around the world.

New global frequencies on Shortwave

War room pandemic can be heard on new (daily) frequencies as of Feb. 21, 2020 (@ 150 to Europe and Africa and 250 kW to Asia):

9640 kHz (1400-1500 UTC) to Asia and Middle East
7290 kHz (1800-2000 UTC) to Europe
9660 kHz (2000-2100 UTC) to Africa
594  kHz (2100-2200 UTC/2200-2300 CET) AM/Medium Wave to N Italy and Southern/Central Europe

More details at IRRS blog :    https://nexus.org/coronavirus-qsl/
Updated B19 frequency schedule at:    https://nexus.org/schedules

On the occasion IRRS has released a new QSL card which is available electronically for all reception reports.

Additionally, new broadcasts have been started as of today March 4, 2020 in Oromo language to Ethiopia on 11990 from 1500-1600 UTC (@ 250 kW).

You may send your reception report for these broadcasts to reports@nexus.org. IRRS will gladly acknowledge all verified reception reports with new electronic QSL.

When requesting our QSL card, please consult Privacy Policy at https://nexus.org/privacy and learn how IRRS processes your personal data according to the GDPR.


Fraunhofer IIS brings comprehensive MPEG audio codec suite to NXP Semiconductors

Erlangen, Germany: Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, inventor of mp3 and primary developer of the xHE-AAC and MPEG-H Audio standards, announced that NXP® Semiconductors will leverage Fraunhofer's MPEG audio SDK. This software package covers four generations of audio codecs: legacy MPEG Layer-1/2/3 as well as the next-generation MPEG-H 3D Audio standard and the AAC codec family, including xHE-AAC. NXP will incorporate these codecs into its multimedia system solutions, which raise the bar for audio quality in home entertainment products, such as set-top boxes, soundbars or smart speakers.

Fraunhofer IIS has more than 30 years of experience in the development and optimization of audio codecs and has already licensed its software to over 1000 companies. "NXP's SoC products provide a compelling platform for Fraunhofer's MPEG audio decoder SDKs and will drive the rapid market adoption of our audio solutions by the leading consumer electronics manufacturers," said Dr. Nikolaus Färber, Head of Audio for Embedded Systems department of Fraunhofer IIS.

"The MPEG audio codecs from Fraunhofer IIS are an excellent fit for our high-quality multimedia systems solutions," said Rob Oshana, Vice President of Software Engineering R&D from NXP. "We plan to fully integrate MPEG-H 3D Audio, xHE-AAC and the legacy codecs into our Immersiv3D™ audio solution for i.MX 8M SoCs."

NXP also plans to leverage the Fraunhofer MPEG-H Audio System Trademark Program to test its MPEG-H decoder implementation. This will indicate to manufacturers that NXP's decoder implementation fulfills all mandatory requirements of Fraunhofer's MPEG-H Audio System trademark program.

About MPEG-H Audio

MPEG-H Audio, substantially developed by Fraunhofer IIS, is the industry's most advanced audio system for UHD-TV and streaming. It supports both immersive sound and the ability for users to adjust elements in the audio to their preferences. MPEG-H has been on the air since 2017 on all TV networks in South Korea under the new ATSC 3.0 standard. It has also been selected for new broadcast standards to be launched in China and Brazil and is the distribution format of the new immersive music streaming service 360 Reality Audio. Fraunhofer offers MPEG-H software implementations for many popular CPU, SoC and DSP platforms. It is widely deployed today in TV sets, premium soundbars and high-end smart speakers.

About xHE-AAC

xHE-AAC is the ideal solution for digital radio broadcasting and for adaptive audio and video streaming services over the Internet, thanks to its coding efficiency (with a bit rate range from 12 kbit/s to 500 kbit/s and above for stereo services) combined with seamless bit rate switching over DASH and HLS as well as mandatory MPEG-D DRC loudness and dynamic range control. The codec is natively supported by the Android 9 and 10 operating systems, as well as iOS 13 and Amazon Fire OS 7.

(Press Release)

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Radio Oomrang special transmission on 21st & 23rd Feb 2020


Radio Oomrang annual transmission

21st Feb , 2020 (Friday) In Analogue Mode

1600-1659 UTC on 15215 kHz via ISS 500 kW /300 deg to E/NAm Frisian dialect, German and  English.

23rd Feb, 2020 (Sunday) In DRM mode

1600-1659 UTC on 15215 kHz via ISS 150 kW/300 deg to E/NAm Frisian dialect, German and  English on Friday

Radio Oomrang broadcasts once in a year on shortwave in lower German language via facilities of Media Broadcast in Germany. Radio Oomrang announces as "The Free Voice of Frisian People from Amrum island in Germany". Station ID is in english.

About Oomrang :

Radio Free Europe returns to fight fake news

The US-funded news outlet is active in Bulgaria and Romania and is expanding into Hungary.

PRAGUE — Decades after the fall of the Iron Curtain, Radio Free Europe is back — to bring media freedom to the EU.

The U.S. government-funded news outlet will resume its Hungarian-language reporting later this year, after restarting its Romanian and Bulgarian-language operations in 2019.

Full story at :





AIR extended schedule on the ocassion of "Shivaratri" tomorrow

Watch out for extended schedule (past 2310 IST/1740 UTC) by AIR stations from South India carrying live broadcast/devotional programs songs/drama/talk etc in regional languages on the ocassion of religious festival "Shivaratri" on 21 February, 2020 (Friday).

Andhra Pradesh in Telugu:
837 kHz Vijayawada
900 kHz Kadapah
927 kHz Visahakapatnam

Puducherry in Tamil
1215 kHz Puducherry

Karnataka in Kannada:
612 kHz Bengaluru
675 kHz Bhadrawathi
765 kHz Dharwad
1107 kHz Gulbarga
1089 kHz Udipi

Tamil Nadu State in Tamil:
720 kHz Chennai
936 kHz Tiruchirapalli
999 kHz Coimbatore
1197 kHz Tirunelveli
1269 kHz Madurai
4920 kHz Chennai

Telangana State in Telugu:
738 kHz Hyderabad
4800 kHz Hyderabad  

Tamil FM stations from SriLanka also carry live relay of special program for Maha Shivaratri.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

DRM - One of the highlights of the International BES Expo 2020


Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) – One of the Highlights of the International BES Conference and Exhibition in New Delhi

The DRM Consortium highlighted its recent achievements under the overarching theme "DRM for India - Smart Radio for ALL" at the 26th edition of the international BES (Broadcast Engineering Society – www.besindia.co.in) conference and exhibition (BES EXPO 2020) on Broadcast & Media Technology, in Halls 7ABC&E, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India, 13-15 February 2020.  

The not-for-profit DRM Consortium (www.drm.org) and some of its Indian and international members and partners (including Fraunhofer IIS, Gospell Digital Technologies, Inntot Technologies, NXP, RFmondial, Starwaves, Dolby etc.) welcomed all visitors at Hall 7A – Booths 61 and 49, a larger and more visible presence than ever before. Visitors could see and experience live AIR broadcasts in pure DRM on the variety of receivers on display. They ranged from very low-cost "tuk-tuk" type receivers to full-feature DRM sets complemented by automotive solutions able to receive locally generated DRM in the FM band with live emergency warning functionality.

The efficiency of DRM digital FM broadcasts was highlighted through a demo that showcased the combination of up to 6 independent DRM signals onto a single FM transmitter – providing 12 to 18 audio services plus multimedia content with shared infrastructure cost. The DRM Digital FM solution for the Indian FM broadcasters is fully compatible with both the existing analogue FM services as well as with AIR's existing DRM AM-band transmissions in India.

Visitors could also experience a public display signage demonstration that gives information based on a live DRM Journaline advanced text service. During times of emergency, the public screen becomes a public alert station with full volume audio and visual emergency information.

Another innovation was the online monitoring of the live DRM content of selected transmitters from all over India, allowing both technical and editorial staff to monitor DRM in real time.

For the first time at BES, Nautel, one of the key Consortium members, hosted a DRM event giving an update on DRM latest developments and improvements. This was the ideal opportunity to announce the winner of the DRM Enterprise Award 2019, the Southern Indian company Inntot Technologies, developer of Indian solutions for the automotive and standalone receivers.

The BES conference underlined some of the new things shown in the exhibition hall. They focused on the increased opportunities for enhancing the radio business with DRM, as well as very efficient ways of sharing the DRM transmitter infrastructure. On the last day of the conference DRM led a panel discussion where representatives of AIR and the receiver industry debated the key requirements of a successful and complete DRM rollout in India.

According to Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Chairman, "India has made tremendous progress on the road to radio digitisation. A public launch date is now necessary to bring the benefits of DRM in all bands to the whole Indian population on receivers in cars and in standalone receivers at prices that are affordable to increasing numbers of listeners. "

(Press Release)

Atlantic 2000 on the air on February 22

Atlantic 2000 will be on the air on Saturday 22nd of February with 2 hours of programme:

- 09:00 to 10:00 UTC on 6070 and 7440 kHz via Channel 292, and online
- 10:00 to 11:00 UTC online only

Streaming will be available here: http://radioatlantic2000.free.fr

Only detailed reception reports will be confirmed by eQSL.

Good listening!

Listen to Podcasts and follow : https://www.mixcloud.com/atlantic2000

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Special program by SDXF on World Radio Day 2020

Special program by SDXF on World Radio Day on February 13

Swedish DX Federation will celebrate World Radio Day on Thursday, February 13, 2020 with a special broadcast over Channel 292 in Germany on short wave 7440 kHz at 0900 UTC (1000 Swedish time). Program is mainly in Swedish but it also includes a segment in English devoted to Radio Luxembourg.

The program will then re-run on Sunday, February 16 at. 1100 UTC (1200 Swedish time at the same frequency. We hope for good reception. 

Reports and comments on the program can be sent by e-mail to qsl@sdxf.se or by regular mail to Sweden's DX-Förbund, Box 1097, 405 23 Gothenburg, Sweden.

(Via sdxf.se)