Wednesday, August 15, 2018

ABU Technology Webinars

ABU Technology Webinars

DRM Digital Radio 1: Technologies and Implementations

20 Aug 2018 (Monday)

1:30 - 2:30 hrs GMT
Repeat 7:00-8:00 hrs GMT

DRM Digital Radio 2: Technologies and Implementations

21 Aug 2018 (Tuesday)

1:30 - 2:30 hrs GMT
Repeat 7:00-8:00 hrs GMT

Monday, August 13, 2018

Special broadcasts by AIR for Independence Day (15 Aug 2018)

India is celebrating its 72nd Independence Day on 15 August 2018.

Details of special programs by All India Radio for the occasion is as follows:

14th August 2017 (Tuesday)  1330 UTC (7.00 pm IST) onwards "Address to the Nation" on the eve of Independence Day in Hindi and English by  Shri.Ram Nath Kovind, Hon'ble President of India.

All stations of All India Radio will relay this on MW, SW & FM.

Look out on the following Home Service SW frequencies :

4760 Leh
4760 Port Blair
4800 Hyderabad
4810 Bhopal
4835 Gangtok
4910 Jaipur
4920 Chennai  
4950 Srinagar
4970 Shillong
5010 Thiruvananthapuram
5040 Jeypore
9380 Aligarh
9865 Bangalore

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15 August 2018 (Wednesday) 0135-0240 UTC (0705-0810 hrs IST)

All India Radio will broadcast the running commentary in English and Hindi on the Flag Hoisting and Prime Minster's speech to be held at Red Fort, New Delhi between 0135-0240 UTC (0705-0810 hrs IST) on 15th August, 2018 on the following SW frequencies.

English:

11740 Panaji 250 kW
15030 Bengaluru 500 kW

Hindi:

6140 kHz Aligarh 250 kW ?
7340 kHz Mumbai 100 kW ?
7520 kHz New Delhi 250 kW
9380 kHz Aligarh 250 kW
11620 kHz Bengaluru 500 kW

(Note : External Services in Urdu on 6140 7340, 7520 are replaced by running commentary at this time)

The following External Services stands cancelled for that day:

9800 kHz : Nepali 0130-0230  News Hindi / English 0230-0300
11560 kHz : Pushtu 0215-0300, Dari  0300-0345
15030 kHz : Kannada 0215-0300

The Regional SW Stations will start using their day time frequencies about 1 hour or more earlier than usual on 15th August as follows to relay the Commentary. This may provide enhanced reception of stations than on normal days.

The sign on schedule for that day is as follows with normal sign on timings in brackets.

1. Bhopal - 0130 UTC (Ex 0225) 7430 kHz
2. Chennai  - 0130 UTC (Ex 0300) 7380 kHz
3. Hyderabad - 0130 UTC (Ex 0225) 7420 kHz
4. Port Blair - 0130 UTC (Ex 0315) 7390 kHz
5 Srinagar  -0130 UTC (ex 0225) 6110 kHz
6. Thiruvanathapuram - 0130 UTC (Ex 0230) 7290 kHz

Other frequencies operating as usual at that time but carrying the commentary is as follows:

4760 kHz Leh                                        
4835 kHz Gangtok    
4910 kHz Jaipur
4970 kHz Shillong        
5040 kHz Jeypore        
7270 kHz Chennai

Check also 13695 kHz via Bangalore

All stations of AIR will relay the running commentary.


or
Director ( Spectrum Management & Synergy)
All India Radio,
Room No. 204, Akashvani Bhawan,
Parliament Street
New Delhi110001, India

Watch the events live on Doordarshan TV  on all their channels .Try the following links:

                        http://hellotv.in/play/livetv/DD-National_1893

(Via Jose Jacob, National Institute of Amateur Radio )

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

RTI German DRM special transmissions

Radio Taiwan International German-language special txns in #DRM mode from the Tamsui  transmitter in Taiwan:

TEST - 9th of August, 2018 (Thursday)

DRM
Frequency 11990 kHz : 1715-1720 UTC
Frequency 9700 kHz : 1815-1820 UTC

Special Transmissions :

August 26th, 2018  (Sunday) / DRM

Frequency 11990 kHz : 1700-1800 UTC
Frequency   9700 kHz : 1800-1900 UTC

September 9, 2018 (Sunday) / DRM

Frequency 11990 kHz : 1700-1800 UTC
Frequency   9700 kHz : 1800-1900 UTC

Saturday, August 04, 2018

All India Radio, Bangalore back with DRM SW transmissions


All India Radio, Bangalore has re-commissioned its 500 KW DRM SW transmitter with effect from 3rd August, 2018. DRM transmissions were off air since 27th Feb 2017 due the main tube failed.

Tentative schedule in DRM mode :

European Beam at 320 deg
1820-2230 UTC (2350-0400 IST) - 7550 kHz

Japanese beam at 90 deg
2245-0045 UTC (0415-0615 IST) - 7550 kHz

Please monitor and post your reception reports to : rajendiran45@yahoo.com and 

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

HFCC Announces the Passing of its Founder Oldrich Cip

Oldrich Cip, founder and Vice Chairman of the High Frequency Coordination Conference, known as the HFCC, passed away on 27 July following a sudden illness.

Oldrich was involved in radio since he was a child -- first as an amateur radio hobbyist and later as a staff member of Czechoslovak and then Czech Radio in the international broadcasting departments. A college graduate in the field of Humanities, he spent most of his working life as a frequency manager and schedule planner. For a number of years he hosted a DX program on Radio Prague under the pen name Peter Skala.

After the end of the Cold War, he believed that broadcasters from both sides of the conflict should come together and develop a new system of planning and coordination for shortwave broadcasting. This led to the establishment of the HFCC in 1991. Oldrich was Chairman of the HFCC until 2015. Since then, he was a Vice Chairman of the group.

Oldrich lived in Prague, although he frequently spent time in his country house, where he enjoyed woodworking, guitar and country music, vintage graphics, photography and time with his family. His son Vladislav said he spent his last day there: "He enjoyed a quiet evening in the country house, with our families, all four grandchildren around, no symptoms of anything bad coming. All of a sudden, he suffered probably a heart attack or stroke. An ambulance arrived immediately but he died a few hours later."

Oldrich was married with two adult sons, Oldrich Jr. and Vladislav. Vladislav is the HFCC Secretary who manages the day-to-day operations of the organization.

From 1953 until 1997 Oldrich was an employee of Czechoslovak and later Czech Radio in Prague. He worked as a technical consultant for Czech Radio from 1998 to 2010. He specialized in planning schedules and frequencies, international coordination and distribution of shortwave radio programs for foreign countries.

Beginning in 1959 and for more than 25 years, Oldrich produced a weekly English-language program "Radio Prague Calling All Radio Hobbyists," using the nom de plume Peter Skala. In the program, he answered questions from shortwave listeners in many countries and covered a variety of scientific and other topics from the radio industry.

During the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968, Oldrich used his technical expertise to aid the "free Czechoslovak Radio," putting himself in danger in an effort to provide factual news and information about the events taking place. Thanks to the large number of smaller facilities of Czechoslovak Radio scattered all over Prague and complicated infrastructure that connected them, they were able to continue broadcasting for quite some time.

In the period of reforms around the year 1968, he established secret contacts with his colleagues from Western radio stations. He re-established the contacts after the fall of communism and started an initiative to eliminate interference on shortwave. He became the Chairman of the HFCC, which has continued to meet twice each year in different parts of the world for shortwave stations to coordinate their frequency schedules for the coming broadcast season, thus eliminating interference before each season begins. The principles of international coordination were incorporated into the ITU's International Radio Regulations during the 1997 World Radio Conference.

Oldrich was also an adviser to the Government of the Czechoslovak Republic in the preparation of the first Radio and Television Broadcasting Act after 1990, as well as a member of several EBU and ITU radiocommunication working groups. At the HFCC, he spearheaded the International Radio for Disaster Relief project whereby shortwave stations have allocated specific frequencies in each band for the transmission of emergency information in the event of natural disasters around the world.

Jeff White, Oldrich's successor as HFCC Chairman, said: "The shortwave broadcasting and listening communities have lost one of our most important proponents. The contributions of Oldrich over the years are simply unequalled. He was a humble man, but people in this industry realized the importance of his work. And he has left us a lasting legacy -- an organization which has largely eliminated interference on the shortwave bands, and it has enabled stations to use less power to reach their target areas with a good signal. For that, he will always be remembered."

For more information, contact Jeff White, HFCC Chairman, at jeff@wrmi.net

(Press Release)

Broadcast Cancellations - VORW Radio International

Dear VORW Radio Listeners,

Happy August! In today's newsletter I will be addressing a number of schedule changes, unfortunately a good number of broadcasts have been discontinued due to lack of funding. Donations to keep this program on the air are always appreciated via PayPal to vorwinfo@gmail.com

Our main change is that the broadcast via WBCQ on 7490 kHz, previously at 5 PM Eastern (21 UTC) every Thursday is now at 9 PM Eastern every Thursday (01 UTC FRI). All broadcasts to Europe and North America on Saturdays and Sundays are cancelled.

The current broadcast schedule is below! VORW Radio Int. is a weekly light entertainment radio show, featuring miscellaneous talk and listener-requested music. It's a laid back program where you can hear music of all genres and eras and even learn a thing or two about the songs and artists played! You can listen in regularly or infrequently and still be able to perfectly follow the show.

Thursday:

6 AM Eastern - 1000 UTC - 5950 kHz to Western North America
4 PM Eastern - 2000 UTC - 7780 kHz, 5950 kHz to North America
6 PM Eastern - 2200 UTC - 9955 kHz, 5950 kHz to South America
8 PM Eastern - 0000 UTC - 7730 kHz to Western North America
8 PM Eastern - 0000 UTC - 9395 kHz to Eastern North America
9 PM Eastern - 0100 UTC - 5850 kHz, 7780 kHz to North America
9 PM Eastern - 0100 UTC - 7490 kHz to Eastern North America

Friday:

Midnight Eastern - 0400 UTC -  9 PM Pacific Thursday - 7730 kHz to Western North America
5 PM Eastern - 2100 UTC - 9955 kHz to South America

Please send correspondence to - vorwinfo@gmail.com 

You can hear VORW Radio International on Tunein Radio at the following times:

1 PM Eastern every Thursday: https://tunein.com/radio/WRMI-9955-s50329/
6 PM Eastern every Thursday: https://tunein.com/radio/WRMI-9955-s50329/
5 PM Eastern every Friday: https://tunein.com/radio/WRMI-9955-s50329/

Latest programs may be heard on-demand via SoundCloud here:

This show is on the air exclusively via your support, please keep what's left alive via PayPal to: vorwinfo@gmail.com

Respectfully,

John (VORW Radio International)

Bougainville in line for shortwave radio restoration

The Papua New Guinea government is contemplating restoring short wave radio services to Bougainville, after they were shut down during the civil war.

Full story at :




Saturday, July 28, 2018

AWR Wavescan in DRM mode via WINB

AWR's Wavescan testing in DRM starting Aug 3rd, 2018 - Mondays and Fridays 1630-1700 UTC on 15670 kHz. @SWWINB will QSL, especially looking for audio files (you can record with Dream) of reception, reports to winb40th@yahoo.com

(Via WINB @SWWINB on twitter)

FTIOM & UBMP, July 29-August 4

From the Isle of Music, July 29-August 4, 2018:

No interviews this week, just some excellent Cuban music from the 1970s and 1980s for your listening and dancing pleasure.

Four options to listen to the transmission:

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 Kostinbrod, 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 8-9PM EST in the US). This has been audible in parts of NW, Central and Southern Europe with an excellent skip to Italy recently.

3 & 4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany.

Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, Sun, July 29 & Tues, July 31, 2018

Episode 73 is a little different - a new Colombian friend, César Rodríguez, will be our special guest to present some of the new music of Colombia. Part of the episode, a conversation en español, was recorded in our favorite Colombian restaurant in Chicago, Sabor a Cafe.
The broadcasts take place:

1. Sundays 2200-2230 UTC (6:00PM -6:30PM Eastern US) on
WBCQ The Planet 7490 KHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe

2. Tuesdays 2000-2030 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe. If current propagation conditions hold, the broadcast should reach from Iceland to Western Russia, Scandinavia down to North Africa and the Middle East, AND a long bounce to parts of New Zealand.


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

More CNR DRM Test - 24th July onwards



CNR (China National Radio) will be having DRM tests on 6030 kHz, 24th July onwards at 0100-0800 UTC

(Alokesh Gupta)

Thursday, July 12, 2018

FTIOM & UBMP , July 15-21

From the Isle of Music, July 15-21:

This week, our special guest is trovador Pedro Luis Ferrer, who also spent a couple of years in the Rock/Pop group Los Dada. We will listen to some archival music of that group plus selections from Mr. Ferrer's recordings over the years.   Some other surprises as well.
Four options to listen to the transmission:

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 Kostinbrod, 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 8-9PM EST in the US). This has been audible in parts of NW, Central and Southern Europe with an excellent skip to Italy recently.

3 & 4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany.

Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, Sun, July 15 & Tues, July 17, 2018

Episode 71, Play Any Vegetable, is dedicated to vegetables including music played on carrots and other edible instruments.

The broadcasts take place:

1. Sundays 2200-2230 UTC (6:00PM -6:30PM Eastern US) on
WBCQ The Planet 7490 KHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe

2. Tuesdays 2000-2030 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe. If current propagation conditions hold, the broadcast should reach from Iceland to Western Russia, Scandinavia down to North Africa and the Middle East, AND a long bounce to parts of New Zealand.

Wecodec Releases Report on Johannesburg DRM+ Trial

Says the DRM broadcast did not interfere with neighboring analog FM transmissions

Digital Radio Mondiale announced that Westbury Community Development Centre (WECODEC) has presented the results of its DRM+ trial that took place in Johannesburg from March to October 2017 to Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).

Read the RadioWorld article here :


Radio New Zealand DRM transmission back on air

Radio New Zealand International DRM transmissions were suspended due to faulty capacitor in the DRM transmitter. They were transmitting in AM mode using a old standby transmitter.

DRM transmission from Radio New Zealand International are on back on air, here's the complete schedule :







Monday, July 09, 2018

NZ's radio listenership continues to grow exponentially

More and more Kiwis appreciate the company of radio on their daily commutes, a trend which has seen growth across the entire medium.

The second GfK Total New Zealand Commercial Radio survey for 2018 has shown another jump in New Zealand's radio listenership, which has increased by almost 16,000 since May's results.

Full story at :