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 :

RADIO DARC special coverage of WRTC 2018

RADIO DARC special coverage of WRTC 2018

On the occasion of WRTC 2018 RADIO DARC will broadcast two special programs:

Saturday, July 14th 2018 from 11:00 to 12:00 a.m. UTC in English on 
6070 kHz for Europe and Western Asia with 300 kW output power
13860 kHz for North America with 300 kW output power

Sunday, July 15th 2018 from 09:00 to 10:00 a.m. UTC in German on
6070 kHz for Europe with 100 kW output power

With 300kW from Wittenberg via Vienna to North America 
Broadcasts are in AM on frequencies in the 49 and 22 Meter shortwave broadcast bands

The broadcast on 13860 kHz/300 kW is especially directed to the many people interested in WRTC who are located in North America. This frequency has been chosen because it is just 140 kHz below the 20 meter amateur band. The 6-hour time difference makes it possible for the show to serve as a "breakfast radio" with WRTC News on the East Coast of North America.

A high level of interest is expected from there as not only a total of 14 teams from North America did qualify but also the defending champions Daniel Craig (N6MJ) and Chris Hurlbut (KL9A) are coming from the

A day later, on Sunday the 15th, the second broadcast will start at 09:00 a.m. UTC. Both magazines, which can be received all over Europe including the Witenberg and Jessen area where WRTC 2018 takes place, will include reports from HAM journalists being on site at the WRTC 2018 venue area.

• We will present what the World Radio Team Championship is all about and how it works.
• Behind the scenes reports will cover the qualifying process, the competitors and their fouryear
preparation as well as the efforts of all the volunteers in this mammoth project.
• The contest rules and award programs will be explained.
• Some tips will be given on technology used to make those DX contacts and how to best
support WRTC participants in their quest to become WRTC champion.
• Last but not least The all important radio propagation report will complete the program.

The rented transmitters with an output of 300 kW are able to reach listeners in many parts of the world. They are located near Vienna, Austria.

The RADIO DARC program regularly airs on Sundays at 09:00 a.m. UTC on 6070 kHz and covers current news in amateur radio and short wave, equipment reports, technology tips and interviews along with a bit of varied music.

After the discontinuation of Deutsche Welle, VOA and other former SW stations, the weekly broadcast of RADIO DARC is unique in its magazine format worldwide.

Feel free to forwarding this message your home countries´ society and radio amateurs worldwide. Publishing on websites or email distribution lists is very much appreciated.
Contact for enquiries and reception reports:

Russia might have digital radio in a couple of years

Digital radio broadcasting in Russia may begin in the next two to four years, according to a Radio 1 correspondent who spoke to the vice-president of the Russian Academy of Radio, Yuri Kostin.

Alexander Zharov, the head of Roskomnadzor confirmed on the sidelines of the conference "The Future of Regional Radio" in Sochi that the technical possibility of switching to digital broadcasting standards in Russia exists.

Opening the conference, the president of the Russian Academy of Radio, Andrei Romanchenko also called DRM + the most promising standard for the use in Russia.

The BBC is reaching a record weekly audience of 376m people, new figures published today reveal.

The BBC World Service, which has just undertaken its biggest expansion since the 1940s, has seen its audience increase by 10m, to 279m. The total global news audience has risen by a million, to 347m.

The GAM shows the way people access their news is continuing to change around the world. With the increased availability of cheap smartphones around the world, audiences are continuing to switch to digital platforms for news. Overall, online news website audiences have grown by four million, with social media audiences up by nine million.

The English language international website,, continues to perform well even in competitive markets like the USA, adding two million weekly users this year.

More people listen directly to World Service English via the internet than by any other method - a total of 27m. And World Service English podcasts now reach one million people every week.

However, shortwave radio listening continues its steep decline, with shortwave audiences virtually disappearing in Pakistan, and down substantially in Nigeria.

Jamie Angus, Director of the BBC World Service Group, says: "This has been an exciting year for the BBC World Service, with the launch of 12 new services, new programming, and the opening of new and expanded bureaux across the world, so it is great to see international audiences continuing to turn to the BBC for independent and impartial news.

The figures highlight not only the successes of our global news operation, but the challenges that lie ahead for us. We still need to grow the share of women engaging with our news services globally, and we need to ensure we have the right services to continue to attract young audiences.

At a time when Britain is forging a new relationship with nations around the world, the BBC's global news services are more important than ever."

The figures also show:

More than a quarter of the BBC World Service's audience is aged between 15-24 years old.

In Afghanistan, more than 60% of the adult population consumes BBC News; in Nigeria the figure is just under 40%

The top ten markets for the BBC's international news services are Nigeria (41m), USA (33m), India (30m), Bangladesh (16m), Egypt (16m), Iran (13m),
Afghanistan (12m), Tanzania (10m), Pakistan (9m) and Indonesia (8m).

More people are consuming more than one BBC service, or using more than one platform to access BBC News; 24m people consume the World Service in English as well as other languages.

The Global Audience Measure is an annual update of how many people are consuming the BBC weekly for all services in all countries across all platforms (television, radio, website and social media). Key to this is de-duplication i.e. ensuring that a person who consumes multiple BBC services or platforms or on multiple devices is not counted many times in the top level totals.

The total figure includes audiences for all BBC News services outside the UK and branded entertainment content on TV, BBC websites and social media pages for BBC Studios.

(Press Release)

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

AIR DRM TEST on 11620kHz - Extended for 5th July

All India Radio, Kingsway, Delhi #DRM test extended for a day, on 5th July at 0400-0600 UTC (0930-1130 IST) 11620 kHz to eastern India. 

Reception reports to :

(Via Alok Dasgupta)

Sunday, July 01, 2018

All India Radio, Delhi DRM test using the 2nd new 100 kW transmitter

All India Radio is going to test DRM broadcast with FM Gold program from their 2nd new 100 kW transmitter at Kingsway, New Delhi at 0400-0600 UTC (0930-1130 IST) on 7505 kHz towards eastern India between 2nd July and 4th July (3 days).

(Alok Dasgupta,Kolkata)

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Radio Veritas Asia - Last day on shortwave

Today is the last day of Radio Veritas Asia on shortwave transmitting from Philipinnes, here's the schedule, times in UTC and frequency in kHz.

6115 2100-2228 1234567 Chinese
9645 0000-0027 1234567 Kachin
15280 0100-0127 1234567 Urdu
15255 0130-0157 1...567 Zomichin
15255 0130-0157 .234... Teddmichin
15530 0130-0227 1234567 Vietnamese
11850 1000-1030 1234567 Khmer
11945 1000-1130 1234567 Chinese
15450 1130-1157 1234567 Burmese
11935 1200-1227 1234567 Hmong
11760 1200-1230 1234567 Karen
15225 1230-1257 1234567 Kachin
11850 1300-1357 1234567 Vietnamese
11870 1330-1357 1234567 Chin
11870 1400-1427 1234567 Hindi
11880 1400-1427 1234567 Bengali
9610 1430-1457 1234567 Urdu
11870 1430-1500 1234567 Telugu
11675 1500-1553 1234567 Filipino
15355 2300-2327 1234567 Filipino
9670 2330-2357 1234567 Vietnamese

Denmark Postpones FM Sunsetting

The government has backpedaled on the original 2021 goal

A political majority previously agreed that the FM signal can be turned off within a period of two years  but in April of this year, the Government of Denmark suggested that the FM signals there should be turned off by 2021.

Australia’s Short-Sighted Abandonment of Pacific Shortwave

Beijing swiftly moves into any of the spaces Australia abandons, and Canberra lacks the capability to reclaim them.

By Grant Wyeth

t was noted last week that some of the shortwave radio frequencies that Radio Australia ceased broadcasting on early last year had been taken over by China Radio International, the Chinese state broadcaster, allowing Beijing to move into broadcasting space that had been a trusted component of quality information and projection of Australian values for almost 80 years. As many as 10 ­frequencies that Radio Australia had previous used now broadcast China Radio International programs.

Read the full article here :

Friday, June 15, 2018

AIR Chennai to mark 80 years of service with special programmes

All-India Radio, Chennai, will celebrate completion of 80 years of service as a public broadcaster on Saturday, June 16. Established in 1938, it has the distinction of being one of the six AIR stations operational at the time of Independence.

AIR started with two channels and now has six terrestrial and 3 DTH and Digital Radio Mondiale channels

Full story at :

Radio Free Asia Ends TV Broadcasts in Myanmar

Radio Free Asia Ends TV Broadcasts on DVB: RFA President

WASHINGTON – Radio Free Asia (RFA) aired its last original TV broadcast on the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) network on Myanmar's MRTV channel this evening. The Myanmar government told DVB that it could not carry RFA's programming if the word "Rohingya" continued to be used. As a policy, RFA does not accept interference by outside groups or governments in making its editorial decisions. RFA's Burmese Service's TV programming was available on the network since October 2017. RFA content and programming will continue to be available for its audience in Myanmar on shortwave radio, social media (YouTube/ Facebook) and RFA Burmese's website. RFA's President Libby Liu said:

"Radio Free Asia will not compromise its code of journalistic ethics, which prohibits the use of slurs against ethnic minority groups. RFA will continue to refer to the Rohingya as the 'Rohingya' in our reports. Use of other terms, even those that fall short of being derogatory, would be inaccurate and disingenuous to both our product and our audience.

"By forbidding the use of the word 'Rohingya,' Myanmar's government is taking an Orwellian step in seeking to erase the identity of a people whose existence it would like to deny. RFA will continue to provide audiences in Myanmar with access to trustworthy, reliable journalism, particularly when reporting on issues that local and state-controlled media ignores and suppresses."

(Radio Free Asia Press Release)