Sunday, September 15, 2019

RFmondial demonstrates multiplexed DRM at IBC 2019

Hannover, 12.09.2019 – RFmondial demonstrates its advanced multiplexed DRM modulation for the FM band, that allows broadcasters to transmit multiple DRM channels on one physical transmitter.

The newest member of RFmondial's successful LV-series of DRM modulators and exciters allows the parallel generation and transmission of up to six pure digital DRM channels, or in combined analog and digital „Simulcast" mode, one traditional analog FM channel and up to four DRM channels.

"The ability to freely mix and combine analog and multiple digital DRM signals, in adjacent channels, with individually varying power levels, supporting single frequency networks, allows broadcasters, network regulators and frequency planers a new dimension of possibilities for planning and operation of digital radio networks" states Stefan Galler, Managing Director of RFmondial GmbH in Hannover.

RFmondial demonstrates its innovation with its long-time digital radio partner Nautel at IBC 2019 (RAI Congress Center in Amsterdam, September 13-17, 2019) hall8, booth C.49

RFmondial GmbH
Appelstr. 9a
30167 Hannover
Stefan Galler
+49 (511) 330995 61

RFmondial GmbH offers professional products and services for the digital broadcasting industry as well as other industries with the need for innovative hardware and software. Research, development and prototype implementation for transmitter, receiver, and monitoring technology as well as design services for various industries are part of the core business. With broad experience in various technological areas, world-wide markets are served, "Made in Germany".

(Press Release via openPR)


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Gospell announces several new products featuring DRM

Gospell will announce several new products featuring DRM (Digital radio Mondiale) at an event convened by the DRM Consortium is to be held on Friday 13th September (1530) at Hall 3 Stand C67 at IBC 2019

GR-22 – Portable DRM/AM/FM Receiver
GR-227 – DRM Car Adapter
GR-301 – DRM/AM/FM Monitoring Receiver
GR-310 – Audio Broadcast Monitoring Platform
GR-AT3 – High Performance Active HF Antenna

Monday, September 09, 2019

Gospell GR22 , new DRM receiver from Gospell ?

Gospell has unveiled a new DRM receiver on their facebook page, further details awaited. 
Watch this space !

Friday, September 06, 2019

List of All India Radio shortwave transmitters de-commissioned :

List of 'All India Radio' shortwave transmitters de-commissioned :

On 30 July 2019

1. HPT Khampur, Delhi - D-11 (250 kW), D-12(250 kW), D-14 (250 kW), D-15 (250 kW), D-16 (250 kW)
2. Aligarh - A-3 (250 kW), A-4  (250 kW)
3. Gorakhpur  (50 kW)
4. Jammu  (50 kW)
5. Lucknow (50 kW)
6. Shimla (50 kW)
7. Panaji - P-2  (250 kW)
8. Mumbai  (50 kW)
9. Guwahati - G-2  (50 kW), G-3 (50 kW)
10. Imphal (50 kW)
11. Itanagar (50 kW)
12. Kohima (50 kW)
13. Kurseong (50 kW)
14. Kolkata (50 kW)
15. Ranchi (50 kW)

On 23rd Aug, 2019

1. HPT Khampur, Delhi - D-13 (250 kW)
2. SPT Bangalore - BL-4 (500 kW)
3. HPT Malad, Mumbai (100 kW)
4. Port Blair  (10 kW)
5. Shillong (50 kW)

(Alokesh Gupta)

KTWR DRM broadcast schedule changes

Based on comments received from listeners, KTWR has made following changes in its DRM broadcast schedule  :

Effective 12th Sept, 2019 - 

11995 kHz 1026-1056UTC Thursday broadcast to Japan/SK will be changed to 9900 kHz 1215-1245 UTC on Thursday.

Effective 15th Sept, 2019 -

11580 kHz 1215-1245 UTC Monday broadcast to South Asia will be changed to 15200 kHz 1026-1056 UTC on Sunday.

11995kHz 1026-1056UTC Wednesday broadcast to China will be unchanged.

11995kHz 1025-1056UTC Tuesday broadcast to Australia will remain suspended.

 (Via Mika Sabin)

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

All India Radio Kurseong,Port Blair,Mumbai & Shillong shortwave transmitters decommissioned



All India Radio, Kurseong ( West Bengal) 50 kW shortwave transmitter on 4895/7230 KHz has been decommissioned with effect from 7th August , 2019. They are now on FM 103.5 MHz, 10 kW & 102.3 MHz, 5 kW.

Meanwhile the local officials & MP has requested to replace the existing shortwave transmitter with a new 300 kW DRM transmitter .

http://kalimpongonlinenews.blogspot.com/2019/08/plea-on-hill-radio-station.html


All India Radio, Port Blair 10 kW shortwave transmitter on 4760/7390 kHz has also been  decommissioned.

All India Radio, Mumbai 100 kW shortwave transmitter carrying external services on 7340, 11935 kHz has also been closed down .

Asll India Radio, Shillong 50 kW shortwave transmitter of North East Service on 4970/7315 kHz has also been decommissioned.

( Jose Jacob via DX_India List)

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Switzerland Confirms FM Switch off Date

Radio programs will be available via FM until the end of 2024 at the latest

Bernard Maissen, deputy director for the Federal Office of Communications, has announced that Switzerland's radio programs "will only be available on the FM Band until the end of 2024 at the latest."

Read the RadioWorld story here :



Monday, September 02, 2019

Radio Romania International plans to drop shortwave ?

Zach R @SportyPorcupine on twitter mentons that due to a budget shortfall, there's a proposal afoot in Romania to shut down the shortwave radio service.  It currently broadcasts in 13 languages, here's the press release by National Press Agency Agerpres https://t.co/CJ56rxrf0l (in Romanian)

Press Release (English translation)

Do not destroy Radio Romania International!

The Romanian Syndicate of Journalists MediaSind, through the Radio Romania Branch, expresses its concern at the intention of the SRR president-general director, Georgică Severin, to suspend the shortwave broadcast of the Radio Romania International station.

Due to the superficiality with which the responsible factors of the institution treated the problem of the allocated budget, the Romanian Broadcasting Society lost, at the last rectification, 10 million lei, an amount without which the good functioning of the company cannot be ensured.

In order to cover this consistent deficit, according to some public statements of the President - General Manager, the expenses with the shortwave transmitters owned by Radiocom, which broadcasts Radio Romania International (RRI) programs in 13 languages, would be cut. dialects.

The 'solution' to closing the shortwave emission, even if it is the most handy, having immediate effect, is a totally wrong one. Indeed, as hypocritically motivated by the Georgica Severin decision, these transmitters are not useful in the country, with the expansion of the FM network.

The gravity of the decision of the Radio management is, however, a huge one, undermining even the national interest, with which even Georgică Severin has no right to play. Let us not forget that Romania has the second diaspora in the world, as a percentage of the population, after Syria. From the recent estimates of the Ministry for Romanians Everywhere, around the country live about 9.7 million countrymen whom we have to treat as Romanians with full rights, who have the right to information, including by Radio Romania International.

The head of the SRR, Georgică Severin, had to make energetic and repeated requests from the Government in order to obtain sufficient funds for the good functioning of the institution, including for the antennas, taking into account the future presidential elections of 2019 and parliamentary from 2020. Why Is the main means of transmitting messages to Romanians abroad exactly during this pre-election period being abolished? Should we consider this gesture merely as a sign of disrespecting the diaspora?

On the other hand, it should be noted that RRI issues programs for the Aromanian communities in the world, as well as for foreigners, in general, interested in Romania and the geographical area in which we are, RRI being thus an efficient polyglot software soft diplomacy tool. .

Let us not forget then that the shortwave broadcast has a strategic character, because, in case of necessity, of disasters, of calamities, but also of suspension, by hostile decisions of Romania, of the Internet, the Romanian state can communicate with the Romanians from abroad and with the world at large. As it is known, the Internet is extremely vulnerable to political decisions. Also, in the case of catastrophic floods, earthquakes, conflicts, short waves remain the only reliable way to communicate with the world.

Therefore, the idea of stopping the shortwave broadcast, coupled with another simplistic idea that RRI will successfully broadcast on the Internet, can produce serious effects, jeopardizing Romania's national security.

Exiting the Internet only means, in fact, closing the RRI station, which is in contravention of Law 41. According to art. 1 of the law, SRR makes programs for abroad, not online content; broadcast means radio broadcast, not online!

The exit of the RRI from the shortwave frequencies (this is a heritage of about 7,000 frequencies that are traded biannually by international broadcasters) will result in the loss of frequencies in favor of other countries. At the same time, Radiocom stations in Ţigăneşti, Săftica and Galbeni, where the 5 stations used for RRI are located, will be closed and Radiocom employees will be relocated or even fired. And as according to a harmful Romanian tradition, any provisional decision becomes final, it is hard to believe that it will return to the previous situation, to the issuance on short waves, even if the Government would allocate the necessary funds.

Closing the shortwave transmitters, without offering other means of transmission in exchange, would practically equate to the disappearance of the station; radio means broadcast on radio waves, analog or digital; a station on the Internet is no longer radio, it's just a multimedia product.

The next logical step, after a possible shutdown of the shortwave emission at RRI, will be the personnel restructuring. See the unhappy experience with Radio3Net station, which is only online and experimentally on DAB, in Bucharest, which has under-sized staff, even under the conditions of online production.

We consider that giving up the short wave, in whole or in part, is not a decision that falls within the competence of a president-general director because it concerns Romania's strategic interests. In this situation, the CSAT opinion should be requested and, in the Parliament, the Law on the organization and functioning of the SRR should be changed. Or, Georgică Severin is far from having the agreement of these institutions.

The role of RRI has been and is very important: promoting the country abroad and spreading Romania's opinions worldwide. By giving up any transmitter, whether from long, short or medium waves, the main object of activity of the SRR is affected, which is the realization and dissemination of programs (according to art. 15 of law 41).

Taking into account the serious situation that could arise as a result of the decision of the head of SRR, MediaSind Radio Romania requests the Parliament of Romania to intervene in an emergency regime to stop the destruction of the Radio Romania International station.

MediaSind Communication Department
Bucharest, August 26, 2019

Source :  https://www.agerpres.ro/stiri/2019/08/26/comunicat-de-presa-mediasind--360115


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Radio Taiwan International DRM/Analog special broadcasts in German language

                                               Special QSL card for 2019 Tamshui direct brodcasts

Direct broadcasts of the German-language program in August and September 2019 from the Tamsui transmitter in Taiwan:

Again this year, Radio Taiwan International is broadcasting its German-language program directly from the Tamsui transmission system to Europe on several days:

Broadcast dates and frequencies:

Frequency 11990 kHz: 17: 00-18: 00 UTC
Frequency 9540 kHz: 18: 00-19: 00 UTC

August 30 (Friday) / analog
August 31 (Saturday) / analog
September 1 (Sunday) / DRM
September 6 (Friday) / analog
September 7 (Saturday) / analog
September 08 (Sunday) / analog
September 13 (Friday) / analog (Moon Festival)
September 14 (Saturday) / analog
September 15 (Sunday) / DRM
September 20 (Friday) / analog
September 21 (Saturday) / analog
September 22 (Sunday) / analog



Thursday, August 15, 2019

BBC World Service extends shortwave broadcasts in Hindi, English & Urdu

The Director of the BBC World Service, Jamie Angus, says: "The provision of independent and trusted news in places of conflict and tension is one of the core purposes of the World Service.

"Given the shutdown of digital services and phone lines in the Kashmir region, it's right for us to try and increase the provision of news on our short wave radio services. Audiences in both India and Pakistan trust the BBC to speak with an independent voice, and we know that our reporting through several moments of crisis this year has been popular and valued by audiences who turn to us when tensions are highest."

BBC News Hindi radio output (9515 and 11995 kHz) will be extended by 30 minutes from Friday 16 August. The full one-hour news programme will be on air from 7.30pm to 8.30pm local time.

On Monday 19 August, BBC News Urdu will launch a 15-minute daily programme, Neemroz. Broadcast at 12.30pm local time on 15310kHz and 13650kHz, the programme will focus on news coming from Kashmir and the developments around the issue, and include global news roundup tailored for audiences in Kashmir.

BBC World Service English broadcasts (11795kHz, 9670kHz, 9580kHz, 7345kHz, 6040kHz) will be expanded, with the morning programming extended by an hour, ending at 8.30am local time; and the afternoon and evening programming starting an hour earlier, at 4.30pm local time.

The shutdown has left people with very few options for accessing news at this time. However, news services from the BBC continue to be available in the region - through shortwave radio transmissions in English, Urdu, Hindi, Dari and Pashto. As well as providing an important source of news to the region, the South Asian language services have brought added depth to the BBC's coverage of the Kashmir story.

The recent introduction of four new languages services for India - Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi and Telugu, following additional investment from the UK Government - has enabled the BBC to offer a wider portfolio of languages and distribution methods to a region that is geographically diverse as well as politically tense. This year's Global Audience Measure for the BBC showed that India is now the World Service's largest market, with a weekly audience of 50m.

(BBC Press Release)

Friday, August 09, 2019

Special broadcasts by AIR for Independence Day (15 Aug 2019)

India is celebrating its 73rd Independence Day on 15 August 2019.

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

14th August 2019 (Wednesday)  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, Honble 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
4895 Kurseong
4910 Jaipur
4920 Chennai  
4950 Srinagar
4970 Shillong (Off air)
5010 Thiruvananthapuram
5040 Jeypore
9380 Aligarh
9865 Bangalore
 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

15 August 2018 (Thursday) 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, 2019 on the following SW frequencies.

English:

11740 Panaji 250 kW
15030 Bengaluru 500 kW

Hindi:

9380 Aligarh 250 kW
9950 New Delhi 250 kW
11620 Bengaluru 500 kW

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

The following External Services stands cancelled for that day:
9950: Nepali 0130-0230  News Hindi / English 0230-0300
11560, 11740 : Pushtu 0215-0300, Dari  0300-0345
13695, 15030: 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
2. Chennai  - 0130 UTC (Ex 0300) 7380
3. Hyderabad - 0130 UTC (Ex 0225) 7420
4. Port Blair - 0130 UTC (Ex 0315) 7390
5 Srinagar  -0130 UTC (ex 0225) 6110
6. Thiruvanathapuram - 0130 UTC (Ex 0230) 7290

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

4760   Leh                                        
4835   Gangtok
4895   Kurseong     
4910   Jaipur
4970   Shillong (Off air)       
5040   Jeypore        
7270  Chennai

Check also 13695 via Bangalore

All stations of AIR will relay the running commentary.

LIVE STREAMING ON AIR:  https://tinyurl.com/yxcvfgsj


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:


Happy Independence Day to all DX_India members!

73,

Alokesh Gupta & Jose Jacob

Join dx_india facebook group at : http://www.facebook.com/groups/dxindia/

Friday, August 02, 2019

FTIOM & UBMP, August 4-10

From the Isle of Music, August 4-10:

This week, we look at the career of the late Mongo Santamaria, who left us a vast and diverse body of work recorded in Cuba and the United States. 

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)
If you don't have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to an uplink from a listening radio in the Netherlands during the broadcast at 

2. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0000-0100 UTC (New UTC) on WBCQ, 7490 KHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EST in the US).
If you don't have a shortwave or are out of range, you can listen to a live stream from the WBCQ website here (choose 7490)

3 & 4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany.
If you don't have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to an uplink from a listening radio in the Netherlands during the broadcast at 

Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, August 4 and 6, 2019:

Episode 124 brings you music from Japan that spans over 80 years. 

The transmissions 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
If you don't have a shortwave or are out of range, you can listen to a live stream from the WBCQ website here (choose 7490)

2. Tuesdays 2000-2030 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe.
If you don't have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to an uplink from a listening radio in the Netherlands during the broadcast at


Special programming in Wavescan honoring Radio Andorra

Dear Wavescan Listener,

Please note that we are interrupting the regular flow of topics in Wavescan to present a special program honoring the fascinating historic story of the exotic Radio Andorra high in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain.  On August 7, Radio Andorra would have celebrated its 80th anniversary, if it were still on the air.  

This special edition of Wavescan was professionally produced by Christian Milling in Germany, it was edited for broadcast in Wavescan by Dr. Adrian Peterson in Indianapolis, and it was prepared for broadcast by Jeff White at Radio Miami International WRMI in Miami Florida.  Edition NWS 545 contains the Radio Andorra story, and it is scheduled for broadcast in the normal scheduling of Wavescan, beginning over this coming weekend.  You may check the availability of this special program in your part of the world by accessing the websites of the following international shortwave stations:- 
Adventist World Radio KSDA Guam
Adventist World Radio shortwave relay stations in Europe, Africa and Asia that carry Wavescan
Radio Miami International WRMI in Miami, Florida
Voice of Hope KVOH in Simi Valley, California
Voice of Hope relay station in Zambia, Africa
World Wide Christian Radio WWCR in Nashville, Tennessee

Also available on line from several sources, and as a podcast download, and via special telephone numbers

Thank you
Dr. Adrian M. Peterson
International Relations, Adventist World Radio
Producer Wavescan, International DX program from Adventist World Radio

New Android based DRM (Digital Radio Modiale) decoding app

On KTWR blog there's info about new Android based DRM decoding app which decodes DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale) signals coming in through the external microphone input.    
App for DRM30 (Free)



App for DRM+ ( Paid, Rs.170 for Indian users)
However note that there are no on air DRM+ transmissions in India