Thursday, February 20, 2020

Radio Oomrang special transmission on 21st Feb 2020


Radio Oomrang annual transmission

1600-1659 UTC on 15215 kHz via ISS 500 kW / 300 deg to E/NAm Frisian dialect, German and  English on Friday, February 21, 2020

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)

Special DRM transmissions on World Radio Day by Encompass

Special DRM transmissions on World Radio Day by Encompass

Encompass Digital Media will be broadcasting the following special DRM
transmissions on Thursday 13th February: (all times UTC)

11:00 – 12:00 UTC Ascension to South America – 15580 kHz
12:00 – 13:00 UTC Ascension to West Africa – 15400 kHz
14:00 – 15:00 UTC Singapore to South Asia – 11895 kHz
15:30 – 16:30 UTC Woofferton to Europe – 5790 kHz

Programming will be BBC World Service English.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Radio Marti on DRM !

On the 4th of February, USAGM Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) began testing Radio Marti in DRM from Greenville.

Further details at DRMNA Blog :

http://drmnainfo.blogspot.com/2020/02/drmna-exclusive-radio-marti-on-drm.html
 

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

DRM at Broadcast Engineering Society of India Conference 2020

Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) Endorses the International Broadcast Engineering Society of India (BES) Conference and Exhibition in New Delhi where it exhibits and updates

The DRM Consortium will highlight 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 and Media Technology in Halls 7ABC and E, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi 110002, India, 13-15 February 2020.  With more than 1,000 delegates, speakers and panellists from India and abroad BES Conference is rated the biggest in Asia. Nearly 300 exhibitors from 25 countries and an estimated 4,000 professionals and decision-makers are expected at BES 2020 "Disruptive Technologies: Shaping Future Broadcasting".

The 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, Dolby etc.) will welcome all visitors at Hall 7A – Booths 61 and 49, ready to let visitors experience live DRM digital broadcasting. Major innovations in providing superefficient DRM for FM broadcasts as well as some receiver solution
s will be also introduced. 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. For the first time at BES, Nautel, one of the key Consortium members, will host a DRM event followed by refreshments at booth 50 on February 13th at 1600. This will also be the ideal opportunity to announce the winner of the DRM Enterprise Award 2019.

The BES conference held in parallel with the exhibition will include four DRM contributions. They will focus onthe increased opportunities for enhancing the radio business with DRM, as well as very efficient ways of sharing the DRM transmitter infrastructure. Following the success of last year's panel discussion, in 2020 Indian and foreign speakers will debate the key requirements of a successful and complete DRM rollout.

According to Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Consortium Chairman: "A year is a long time with plenty of innovations and progress for DRM in India. BES is the ideal place to showcase the receiver development, the technical solutions, especially those underlining the local coverage capability of DRM. Taking stock of progress in the Indian DRM rollout and debating the way forward, DRM will demonstrate its superiority and extra performance in all bands. Using the full DRM standard in both AM and FM is the only way to energise the receiver industry and make it attractive to the Indian listeners."


Monday, February 03, 2020

Old clock in Pondy to provide AIR news bulletins

This old clock in Pondy recites Thirukkural, will provide news bulletins

PUDUCHERRY: Have you heard of a clock tower reciting couplets from Thirukkural? Here is one such vintage tower, which has got the attention of Puducherry residents after its recent restoration. Arrangements are also being made for a news broadcast from the tower with the help of All India Radio.

Full story at :




New SW Radiogram schedule is up

A new schedule for the Shortwave Radiogram broadcasts has now been posted on the SW Radiogram website.

If you're new to decoding digital, this is a pretty nice way to get your feet wet. You can use your desktop or laptop, or you can use an Android device such as a smartphone or tablet. You can find links to the SW Radiogram website, software for decoding, and wiki articles with extensive details and help at: http://www.udxf.nl/events.html

If you'd like to see a list of web receivers (which are often reported as being used), receiver, transceiver and SDR applications and more, take a look at the SW Radiogram gateway at https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Shortwave_Radiogram_Gateway

Help is also available on Facebook and Twitter. The SW Radiogram website has the links.

Here's hoping for good propagation

(Mike Agner via UDXF)

Tune in to the past with retro radio Collector

Uday Kalburgi restores old sets too; he has over 80 vintage radios in his workshop in Bengaluru

Full story at :

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/2020/feb/02/tune-into-the-past-with-retro-radio-collector-2097883.html

 



All India Radio extends transmission hours in Pure DRM mode

With effect from 27th Jan, 2020, All India Radio has increased its transmission hours for MW DRM ( Digital Radio Mondiale) transmitters and will transmit in pure DRM mode as per below timings :

0900-1100 IST ( 0330-0530 UTC)
1500-1800 IST (0930-1230 UTC)

Places where there are two DRM transmitters, one DRM transmitter will operate in pure DRM mode.

Please submit your reception reports to : spectrum-manager@air.org.in

All India Radio (AIR), the public service broadcaster in India, has adopted the international DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale) standard for the digital terrestrial radio transmissions in the MW and SW bands. DRM allows for multiple FM-like radio services plus associated data such as multi-lingual news articles to be carried in place of or as an extension to the former analogue radio services, while maintaining the large-area service coverage of the AM bands.

35 MW transmitters of AIR, of power ranging from 20 kW to 1000 kW, continue to operate in DRM – 2 of these in pure DRM and 33 in simulcast. 25 of these are working in pure DRM daily for one hour. 2 SW transmitters are also carrying services on DRM.Two more transmitters, 100 kW each, are under trial in Delhi and these are expected to be operational soon. 


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

FTIOM & Extended UBMP, February 2 - 8

From the Isle of Music, February 2-8:

This week our guest is Dayramir González, who led the opening Gala concert at Jazz Plaza in Havana this year. We talk to him before the rehearsal for that concert, and we will listen to some of his wonderful recordings.

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 0100-0200 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):  http://www.wbcq.com/?page_id=7

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 Europe.

Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, February 2 and 4:

Episode 150 features Greek Jazz-Rock and Folk Fusion inspired by a tip from our friend in Greece Kostas Polyzonis.
On WBCQ only, there is a second half-hour featuring the very first episode of our show in 2017.

The transmissions take place:

1.Sundays 2300-0000 UTC (6:00PM -7:00PM 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)L  http://www.wbcq.com/?page_id=7

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 different web SDRs in Europe.

HAM Radio license exam in Assam

Good News for anyone interested in becoming a Amateur Radio Operator (HAM) in Assam. The NIAR Club Station, Guwahati and Guwahati University Amateur Radio Activity Centre are jointly going to arrange ASOC Examination in Assam, tentatively in the month of May/June 2020. The exam will be conducted in Guwahati by WPC wing of Ministry of Communications, Govt. of India. If sufficient candidate apply for the exam from Upper Assam, the organisers may arrange an examination centre in Jorhat also. Interested radio enthusiasts may contact the following persons for  application form and other details. All assistance regarding study materials, mock test will be provided to enrolled candidates and a pre-exam ham radio workshop will also be arranged in Jorhat very shortly. 

Candidates in Jorhat and Upper Assam may contact:-

Prithwiraj Purkayastha (VU3TQD)
Radio & Hobby Foundation, Jorhat. 
Pub Bongalpukhuri, 
By Lane-4, Jorhat-785001
Cell Phone- 9435350875 

Interested Candidates in Guwahati may Contact:-

Mr. Tahiruddin Ahmed (VU2TUO), 
NIAR Club Station (VU2VKP), IETE Guwahati Centre.c/o APRO Trg School, Jalukbari, Guwahati-13.
Mobile:- 9101446988