Friday, September 30, 2011

Remarks by Charles Caudill at HFCC/ASBU B11

Remarks by Charles Caudill, President of World Christian Broadcasting, at HFCC/ASBU B11 in Dallas

Comments by Lauren Libby, President of TWR, at the HFCC/ASBU B11 Conference

Lauren Libby, President of Trans World Radio, at the HFCC/ASBU B11 Conference

by National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters on Sunday, September 25, 2011

Opening Remarks at HFCC/ASBU B11 Conference by Oldrich Cip, Chairman

HFCC B11 Opening remarks by Oldrich Cip ...

NASB and Continental Electronics Host First HFCC Conference in USA

Dallas, Texas, USA - Continental Electronics Corporation (CEC) and the National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters (NASB) hosted the first-ever High Frequency Coordination Conference (HFCC) in the United States. The meeting, which was a joint HFCC and ASBU (Arab States Broadcasting Union) Conference, took place at the Sheraton Dallas North Hotel September 12-16, 2011.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Special Service in Urdu for Haj Pilgrims by All India Radio

The special broadcasts by AIR beamed to Indian Haj Pilgrims in Saudi Arabia in Urdu for 2011 is scheduled from 9 Nov 2011 to 7 Dec 2011 at 0530-0600 UTC on 15210 15770 & 17845 kHz


(Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute of Amateur Radio, Hyderabad )

VOA Chinese cuts deferred

From: Raymond K.Y. Yam
To: Save Voice of America Radio to China
Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2011 8:32 PM
Subject: [Save Voice of America Radio to China] This just in. Email from David Ensor, Director...
This just in. Email from David Ensor, Director of VOA

Colleagues in the China Branch,

I want to take this opportunity to share information with you about the FY 2012 budget and its possible impact on the Mandarin and Cantonese Services. I have been working closely with other senior agency managers on developments relating to VOA China programs and can confirm for you today that the proposed reductions to the VOA Mandarin and Cantonese Services will not take place on October 1.
These reductions were not included in either the Senate Full Committee or House Subcommittee Draft Funding Bills and no FY 2012 funding bill has been acted on by Congress.
I can assure you that I will continue to be actively engaged in this process and will keep you apprised.

David Ensor

(Via Facebook )

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Inside The Russian Short Wave Radio Enigma

From a lonely rusted tower in a forest north of Moscow, a mysterious shortwave radio station transmitted day and night. For at least the decade leading up to 1992, it broadcast almost nothing but beeps; after that, it switched to buzzes, generally between 21 and 34 per minute, each lasting roughly a second—a nasally foghorn blaring through a crackly ether.....

Full story at :

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Observations for AIR Special txn "Mahalaya" on 27th Sept

All India Radio special transmission for "Mahalaya" was observed on foll frequencies :

Date : 27th Sept, 2011 (Tuesday)
Time : 2300 UTC 26th Sept (0430 IST, 27th Sept) to 0035 UTC 27th Sept (0605 IST, 27th Sept)


4760 - Port Blair
4820 - Kolkata - till 0035 UTC, slight co-ch qrm from PBS Xizang
4835 - Gangtok
4880 - Lucknow
4895 - Kurseong
4940 - Guwahati
4965 - Shimla - severe co-ch qrm by CVC, Lusaka, Zambia


531 - Jodhpur
549 - Ranchi
603 - Ajmer
621 - Patna A
648 - Indore A
657 - Kolkata A
666 - New Delhi B
675 - Chattarpur
711 - Siliguri
729 - Guwahati A
747 - Lucknow A
756 - Jagdalpur - Not heard
774 - Shimla
801 - Jabalpur
810 - Rajkot A
819 - New Delhi A
846 - Ahmedabad A
891 - Rampur
909 - Gorakhpur
918 - Suratgarh
954 - Nazibabad
981 - Raipur
1008 - Kolkata B
1026 - Allahabad A
1044 - Mumbai A - Not heard
1125 - Tezpur - Not heard
1179 - Rewa
1215 - New Delhi
1242 - Varanasi
1260 - Ambikapur
1296 - Dharbhanga
1314 - Bhuj
1350 - Kupwara
1386 - Gwalior
1395 - Bikaner
1404 - Gangtok
1476 - Jaipur A
1566 - Nagpur
1584 - Mathura
1593 - Bhopal A

None of the FM channels in Delhi was carrying this special txn.
At 0000 UTC most of the MW stn's were back with their regular programming.
Indore, Jabalpur, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Naziababad, Raipur, Allahabad, Rewa,
Varanasi, Bhuj, Bhopal switched to regular programming at 0030 UTC.

(Alokesh Gupta, VU3BSE)

Monday, September 26, 2011

L.Mandloi is new Director General of All India Radio

NEW DELHI: Leeladhar Mandloi, a senior officer of the Indian Broadcasting (Programme) Service, has been made the Director General of All India Radio. Mandloi had been asked earlier this year to hold additional charge of both All India Radio and Doordarshan after then. DD DG Aruna Sharma was transferred to her home state cadre in Madhya Pradesh and Noreen Naqvi had retired from AIR.

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Iraq’s Freedom Radio goes quiet

It’s 100 days before the deadline for US troop withdrawal, and Baghdad-based Freedom Radio — after nearly eight years of broadcasting talk and music to service members and Iraqis — terminates its live transmission at midnight and cedes the airwaves to military satellite signals from Europe and Afghanistan.

Disaster-hit planners revisit forgotten HAM radios

Shillong, Sep 26 (IANS) The 6.8-magnitude earthquake that shattered the hill state of Sikkim has woken up planners in Meghalaya to the urgent need to reintroduce HAM or amateur radios for uninterrupted communication in the aftermath of a disaster.

Most of the planners felt that communication was vital in a post-disaster situation to speed up rescue and relief operations.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

AFN Diego Garcia back on air

On 21st Sept, 2011 ( Wed) AFN Diego Garcia was noted back on air after being off air for more than a month, 1640 UTC on 4319 kHz USB with heavily distorted audio .
Also back on 12759 kHz USB during check at 0110 UTC on 22nd Sept 2011 (Thurs), still with distorted audio.

(Alokesh Gupta, VU3BSE)

Ex-VOA station at Kavala Greece to become DRM powerhouse?

Read the interesting post on here ......

DRM test from KTWR

KTWR Guam DRM Test

23rd Sept 2011 (Friday)
0000-0030 UTC
15260 kHz
32 kW DRM
320 degrees


BBC is testing in DRM mode on 9800 kHz at 1330-1345 UTC

Further details at : (Translated via google)

(Alokesh Gupta, VU3BSE )

Malaysia's first community radio station to broadcast from Kelabit Highlands

MIRI: Bario Radio, the first community radio to be established in Malaysia, will broadcast in the Kelabit language by the end of next month.

BBC revamps homepage as cost cuts loom

The BBC has launched a beta version of its redesigned homepage as part of an effort to drive more web traffic to BBC content and outside organisations, and to reduce costs in accordance with government cuts to BBC funding.

Guest presenters line up for BBC World Service's Newshour

BBC World Service's award-winning news and current affairs programme Newshour will be hosted by five guest presenters, from Monday 26 September to Friday 30 September.
The presenters – drawn from the world of international broadcasting and media – will each present the programme for one edition at 13:00 GMT, which will air to a global audience. The line-up includes:

Renowned broadcaster, journalist and author Jeremy Paxman, who anchors the BBC's flagship television news and current-affairs programme Newsnight and who has hosted the BBC's University Challenge programme since 1994. He launches the week as Newshour's first guest presenter on Monday 26 September.

Christine Ockrent, one of France's most respected journalists, the first woman to anchor the evening news on French TV, former editor of the weekly news magazine l'Express and of the flagship TV political programme France-Europe Express, will be in the presenter seat on Tuesday 27 September.

Broadcaster and journalist Redi Tlhabi who has hosted a variety of news programmes on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and presents primetime shows for Talk Radio 702 in Johannesburg and 567 Cape Talk in Capetown, South Africa, will present Newshour on Wednesday 28 September from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Award-winning journalist, broadcaster and one of the most experienced foreign correspondents, Christiane Amanpour, who has over two decades of experience reporting from some of the world's major conflicts and now hosts This Week with Christiane Amanpour on ABC News in the USA, will anchor Newshour from New York, USA, on Thursday 29 September.
Journalist Evan Davis, who presents BBC Radio 4's leading news and current-affairs programme Today in the UK and was previously the BBC's economics editor, will be the final guest presenter on Friday 30 September.

Andrew Whitehead, editor BBC World Service News, says: "I'm delighted to have such a renowned line-up of international journalists and broadcasters in the presenting seat for Newshour – all bringing their own expertise and flair to one of the most challenging roles in news broadcasting, tackling a global agenda and serving a global audience."

Newshour is BBC World Service's leading international news and current-affairs programme, which broadcasts two editions a day every day of the year, to audiences around the world.
Broadcasting live from Bush House in London and on location, Newshour covers the big breaking news stories, as well as wider analysis and interviews. Covering stories from a global context, as well as featuring interviews with leading figures, debate and discussion, the programme also draws on the expertise of BBC correspondents around the world, including BBC World Service's multi-lingual journalists, who provide unique insight and expertise on local and regional issues.
In May 2010, for the second time in three years, Newshour won Best News & Current Affairs Programme at the UK's Sony Awards. Two of Newshour's regular presenters, Owen Bennett Jones and Lyse Doucet, have both been Sony News Journalists of the Year.
Newshour is broadcast globally on BBC World Service's English network, which has a total weekly reach of 43 million (*2011 World Service annual review).
In the UK, BBC World Service posted a weekly UK reach of 1.72 million in August 2011 – up from 1.29m last year and close to last quarter's record of 1.79m (source: RAJAR 2011 Quarter 2) BBC World Service has a total weekly reach of 9.9 million in the US (source: Arbitron Fall 2010 radio ratings)

(BBC World Service Press Office)

10 radio stations in Batam banned for jeopardizing flight safety

The Communications and Information Ministry, through the Batam office of the Satellite Orbit and Radio Frequency Monitoring Agency (Balmon), has banned 10 licensed private radio stations in Batam, Riau Islands, for impacting on flight safety at Changi Airport in Singapore and Hang Nadim Airport in Batam.

Read 'The Jakarta Post' story here ...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Voice of America Museum receives ‘a great turnout’

“It was a great turnout,” said Ken Rieser, National VOA Museum of Broadcasting board chairman. “We weren’t sure what to expect, but we were really happy with how things turned out.”
Due to the positive feedback, the VOA Museum of Broadcasting will be open for tours at least once a month for the next several months. The board could decide at its next meeting Oct. 5 to have tours at the museum every other Saturday.

Full story at :

Telecom Ministry gives nod to draft NFAP-2011

Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has given his approval to draft National Frequency Allocation Plan-2011, which would help in efficient spectrum management and higher mobile penetration in rural areas.
The draft plan now will be scanned by the Group of Ministers within a month and then to the Cabinet for the final approval. The Plan (NFAP 2011) also encourages domestic manufacturing of telecom equipment besides efficient utilization of scared radio waves.

Full story at :

Broadcast India 2011

Saicom Trade Fairs & Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd. will be holding the 21st BROADCAST INDIA 2011 EXHIBITION from 20-22 October, 2011 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon (E), Mumbai, India.
A two day Conference will be held in conjunction with the Exhibition on 20-21 October, 2011 at the same venue. Broadcast India show is India’s most prestigious and expansive global mart for the rapidly evolving broadcast and entertainment industry. Broadcast India 2011 will not only showcase the latest and best techno-innovations in the industry but will also host a platform for all there is to do with broadcast, film, audio, radio, IPTV, Mobile TV and their related fields.

In the past, the show has welcomed 26,000 visitors from India and its neighbouring countries as well as from across the subcontinent and from the Middle East, South Africa and South Asia.
Over 550 companies from all over the world are expected to exhibit at this year’s Broadcast India show.

For further queries or information kindly contact:

Tel: 91 22 2215 1396/ 2215 2721

Saicom Trade Fairs & Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd.
148, Admiralty House,
Near Colaba Bus Station,
Mumbai - 400 005.
Tel :91 - 22 - 22151396
91 - 22 - 22152721
Fax :91 - 22 - 22151269

About Saicom Trade Fairs & Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd.- Being part of the film and television industry the two main Directors, Kavita Meer and Ramesh Meer created a company “Saicom Trade Fairs & Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd” to organize exhibitions and conferences exclusively catering to the needs of the entertainment industry. Its first show titled “Broadcast India Exhibition & Symposium” was organized in 1991 and since then the company has been holding these shows every year in the month of October/November in Mumbai.

More info at :

Stay tuned in

Radio is one of the most powerful mediums today and has revolutionised mass communication in many ways. Apart from serving undiluted entertainment, it brings forth many job opportunities too. SANGEETA YADAV tells you more

More at :

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

10th Anniversary of DX India - Contest

DX India is a email based group of radio hobbyists specializing on broadcasting in India. It was founded on October 1, 2001. Several activities are scheduled to celebrate the 10th anniversary of DX India.

DX India Contest

The details of the contest are as follows:

Contest Period: From 0000 UTC 1 October 2011 to 2359 UTC 10 October 2011.

Monitor as many SW stations of All India Radio (AIR) as possible.
Prepare Reception Reports for each AIR station on separate sheets.
Download the reception report format here :

Points are calculated depending upon the location of the Dxer as follows:

Asia/Oceania : 1 point per AIR station
Europe & Africa : 2 Points per AIR station
North & South America : 3 points per AIR station

Prizes: Awards for Top scoring Three Entries

- World Radio TV Handbook 2012 for top scoring entry from South Asia
- Danish SW Club Intl's Domestic Broadcasting Survey-13
- One year subscription of "DXers Guide", published by ARDXC
- Book "This is All India Radio" by U.L.Baruah
- Joe Carr's Antenna Handbook
- DX India 10th Anniversary T-Shirts
- Special Postal covers from India on Communication
- Rare special cover on platinum jubilee of All India Radio
- Other prizes to be announced soon

In addition a Participation Certificate will be issued to all those who send entries. The Reception reports received will be forwarded to All India Radio for possible QSL'ing.

Send the entries by post/email postmarked before 31st October 2011


Address: DX India 10th Anni. Contest, PO Box 4914, New Delhi 110029, India.

Results will be declared in December 2011.

Note: Out of 29 AIR SW stations, 25 are currently active. The detailed schedules are available at:

Sponsors :

- World Radio TV Handbook
- The Danish Shortwave Club International
- DX India
- Radioactivity
- Ardic Radio DX Club

DX India special broadcast via AWR Wavescan

In the AWR Wavescan program to be broadcast on 2nd October 2011, there will be a special segment about 10th Anniversary of DX India.

The schedule of AWR Wavescan is:

1200-1230 UTC 17535 Wertachtal
1330-1400 UTC 11880 Guam
1430-1500 UTC 11720 Guam
1500-1530 UTC 11720 Guam
1530-1600 UTC 15255 Wertachtal
1600-1630 UTC 11805 Guam, 12035 Guam
1630-1700 UTC 11740 Guam

Also via WRMI.

Special QSL Cards will be issued for the same. Send your reception report at :

Address: DX India 10th Anni. QSL, PO Box 4914, New Delhi 110029, India.


DX India special via Amateur Radio

BCDXers who are hams are requested to be on band for a friendly meeting on air on 1st October 2011, Saturday(10th anniversary of Dx India) and contact / monitor VU2JOS as follows.

0130-0200 UTC (7.00 am to 7.30 am IST) : 7073 kHz, LSB
1230-1300 UTC (6.00 pm to 6.30 pm IST) : 14160 kHz USB

Special QSL Cards will be issued for the same. Send your reception report at :

Address: DX India 10th Anni. QSL, PO Box 4914, New Delhi 110029, India.


Looking forward to your participation !

Jose Jacob & Alokesh Gupta
DX India YG

(Updated 20th Sept 2011)

Ruling the airwaves, for 75 years

The Mysore All India Radio station, which was started in 1935, turned 75 in 2010, but the radio station celebrated the completion of 75 years by way of a year-long celebration.

October 2011 edition of WorldRadio Online

The October 2011 edition of WorldRadio Online is now available for download at :

Direct Link :

WRO 2011 Back Issues :

This edition is full of great features and columns including :

* Tips for the DXer on Mastering the Art of Direct QSLing

* Buying Ham Gear in this Tough Economy

* Understanding Refraction, Absorption and Polarization

* Untangling the Mysteries of the "Twisted Pair," compliments of the Krusty

In addition, you'll find regular columns including: Rules and Regulations, Trail-Friendly Radio, With the Handihams, Amateur Satellites, Station Appearance, Morse Code, Promotion and Recruitment, MARS, Hamfests and Special Events, Contest Calendar, DX Predictions and more.

New website of AIR Shimla

New website of All India Radio, Shimla is live now, here's the URL :

AIR Shimla is sending confirmations, please send your reception reports to :

email : shimla at

Director (Engg.),
All India Radio,
Chaura Maidan,
Himachal Pradesh 171004

SW schedule :

4965 kHz (50 kW) at 0025-0200 UTC, 1235v-1730 UTC (Sat, Sun upto1741 UTC)
6020 kHz (50 kW) at 0215-0410 UTC, 0700 UTC (Sun 0415-1000 UTC)-0930 UTC, 1130-1230 UTC

"Back to Bible" programming on AIR FM Network

The Good News Broadcasting Society, Secunderabad (Back to the Bible International's national partner in India) has a first-time offer by government-owned FM Radio Station to air gospel programming from Hyderabad, the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, India.
A new broadcast in English has been aired through FM Channel 101.9 MHz (A popular government-owned FM station in a city of nearly 7 million people). In the past, only special, stand alone programs had been allowed on local radio (e.g. on Christmas and Easter days). A 30-minutes Scripture-based program is now broadcasting once a week from Secunderabad on every Sunday at 5.30 P.M to 6.00 P.M.
For more than 35 years, BTTB broadcasts have been beamed into India from Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC). Now, for the very first time, BTTB can reach millions of people with the Gospel from within India on local FM radio outlet.
BTTB program will feature the reading of passages from the Bible interspersed with Christian music. God's Word will now have extraordinary visibility to millions who have little or no alternative contact with the Bible.
According to GNBS/BTTB similar programming model will be used with good success in other major Indian cities-including the national capital Delhi. Presently Scripture passages (and ultimately the Gospel) via radio is broadcasted in three major cities of Andhra Pradesh viz, Hyderabad, Vishakhapatnam and Vijayawada, and BTTB is hopeful that it will open up local radio markets in other cities as well.

Tune into All India Radio's Rainbow Channel 101.9 MHz , Good News through All India Radio (F M Radio) every Sunday at 5.30 P.M to 6.00 P.M.

Source: &

Orissa-based community radio station "Radio Namaskar" made it to the voice of the flood hit population

Night of 10th Sept was a black night for people of Gop Block in Puri district as the breach in the embankment of Kusabhadra river at Kusupur made flood water gush into the villages and even the Gop market that never saw a flood like this.
Experiencing the gravity of the situation, Radio Namaskar - the community radio of the locality soon started broadcasting information about the flood and about people in the affected areas. It was of immense help to people as, even, persons missing or stuck off in places could get information on the radio about their families and villages.

Full stroy at :

Saturday, September 17, 2011

DRM Receiver report at HFCC B11 - By Ludo Maes

DRM Receiver report by Ludo Maes, chairman of the DRM Receivers Task force is now available at the HFCC website, here's the link to download :

Related stories :

Strong DRM presence at the HFCC meeting in Dallas

National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting open for tours

The National Voice of American Museum of Broadcasting will open for monthly public tours beginning Saturday, Sept. 17 from noon to 3 p.m. at 8070 Tylersville Road in West Chester.The Sept. 17 tour will be the first of several tours planned before the museum closes again for a few months....

More at :

Friday, September 16, 2011

Wave of the Future

Interesting report on KTWR Guam DRM test ...

Myanmar authorities unblock VOA & BBC websites

Myanmar's repressive government allowed access to banned news websites Friday for the first time in years, including websites of international media outlets, the Voice of America and the British Broadcasting Corp., as well the Democratic Voice of Burma, Radio Free Asia and the video file sharing site YouTube.

Read the AP story here :

Nautel Announces DRM InsideTM for NX Series MW and LW Transmitters

Underlining Nautel’s commitment to digital radio, DRM Inside, the industry’s most integrated DRM Modulator/content server, will provide an easy to manage and integrated approach for Digital Radio Mondiale transmission

IBC, Amsterdam, Stand 8.C61 -- Nautel Limited has announced “DRM Inside”, a simplified approach to DRM broadcasting using an integrated DRM Modulator and content server for its NX Series. Integration results in a cost effective and simplified DRM deployment. Users can achieve local or remote configuration, operation and monitoring using just one user interface, Nautel’s award winning Advanced User Interface (AUI). The full function DRM solution will be supported in all NX Series MW and LW transmitters with available outputs of 25 kW to 2000 kW. Existing NX Series customers will have an option to upgrade to DRM Inside by way of an internal PCB card and an easy AUI software update.
“DRM Inside is one more demonstration of Nautel’s focus on ‘Making Digital Radio Work,’” said Peter Conlon, Nautel President and CEO. “Customers have been excited as our engineers place more intelligence and capability inside our transmitters such as Orban Inside for audio processing, IP Audio I/O, automation features or in this case DRM.”
Developed in conjunction with RFmondial and Fraunhofer IIS of Germany, Nautel’s DRM Inside consists of software enhancements to the Nautel AUI, a compact embedded modulator with integrated Fraunhofer DRM ContentServer™, as well as redundant MDI inputs from external DRM ContentServers. The Nautel Advanced User Interface provides presets, logging, diagnostics, and local/remote control of all transmitter functions. The AUI also incorporates an instrument-grade audio analyzer and modulation monitor with display screens that are easy to set up and read. “It is the integration with Nautel’s AUI that unleashes the full power of DRM Inside,” commented Hal Kneller, Nautel Sales Manager Europe. “DRM modes and settings will be controlled within the AUI and can take advantage of presets and the ability to monitor the DRM spectrum remotely.”
DRM Inside has projected availability of Q2 2012. Nautel will be hosting live demonstrations of a DRM Inside prototype and its NX Series transmitters at IBC stand 8.C61. DRM+ is also being demonstrated on Nautel’s award winning NV and VS Series FM transmitters with outputs of 300 W to 88 kW.

About Nautel
Nautel has emerged as one of the world’s largest manufacturers of AM and FM radio broadcast transmitters. With more than 10,000 transmitters deployed in over 177 countries since 1970, Nautel continues to lead the way in providing valuable new solutions for digital radio broadcasting and other applications.

(Press Release)

Strong DRM presence at the HFCC meeting in Dallas

DRM was very well represented at this important semi annual world meeting, and a very informative DRM Presentation was held Tuesday afternoon. Representing DRM during the presentation were Jeff White, Adil Mina, Horst Shultz, and Ludo Maes. Mr. Mina gave a general view about the present Status of HF world wide. He talked about the many countries who are purchasing new DRM Ready transmitters, as well as the many others who are upgrading and retrofitting their old transmitters and making them ready for DRM.

Full story at :

DRM Newsletter 9/2011

DRM Newsletter 9/2011 is now available at :

Main stories :

- DRM receivers a huge draw at IBC 2011
- IBC New things
- Nautel's integrated DRM solution
- Thomson's FM solution using DRM
- DRM Steering Board Meeting
- Strong DRM presence at the HFCC meeting in Dallas
- DRM in Brazil
- Next DRM General Assembly

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Radio killed the television star

The entry of superstars like Kapil and Gavaskar was supposed to spark new life into Indian radio. But their debut has been marred by a lack of understanding of the medium, or its consumers.

DRM receivers a huge draw at at IBC 2011

At DRM’s strongest ever presence at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, participants were given a unique opportunity to take part in a digital journey with DRM including practical demonstrations highlighting its benefits and features. Three events were held on the 10th, 11th and 12th of September at the booths of Transradio, Nautel and Fraunhofer IIS (all DRM members) respectively which were well attended and well-received. The new receiver solutions presented at these events were a huge attraction that made these events a success.

Full story at :

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Algeria to open up television and radio to private sector in latest reforms

ALGIERS, Algeria — Algeria has passed sweeping media reforms, ending a state monopoly on the broadcast sector and the imprisonment of journalists for libel.The move is part of the president’s political reforms announced on April 15, the Cabinet said in a statement issued late Monday at the end of a marathon session.

More at :

Monday, September 12, 2011

Thomson Broadcast Puts Shortwave on FM

Shortwave is an efficient technology for delivering programming to a wide area from a single transmission site, but FM provides higher quality audio and a ready supply of inexpensive receivers. At IBC2011, Thomson Broadcast is demonstrating a solution that bridges the two technologies, using the DRM30 digital radio standard to distribute programming for retransmission on FM.

Full story at :

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Radio Nepal invites tender for 1 kW FM transmitter

Radio Nepal has invited bids for supply & installation of 1 kW FM Transmission system.

Bid document available at :

TWR Malawi celebrating silver jubilee

Trans World Radio (TWR) Malawi – a leading non-denominational broadcaster – is celebrating silver jubilee of work in the country.
TWR national director Victor Kaonga said apart from the silver jubilee celebrations, the radio station will also commemorate 10 years of broadcasting on national FM network.
As part of the celebrations, TWR will on Sunday September 25, hold listener celebrations in Mzuzu at Katoto Freedom Park.

More at :

New DRM receivers on display at IBC 2011

(Andrea Lawendel's blog in Italian via DXLD list , translated vis google)

EMR is on 6140 & 9480 khz Next Sunday

*EMR is on 6140 & 9480 khz Next Sunday*

Date 18th of September 2011
Time 0900 to 1000 utc
Channels 6140 & 9480 khz

09.00 Tom Taylor programme
09.25 Mike Taylor (Mail Box programme)

EMR Internet radio service on Sunday and Monday
Programme repeats are at the following times:
09.00, 12:00, 15:00, 18:00, 21:00 utc

Please visit and click on the "EMR internet radio" button which you will find throughout the website (see the menu on the left).

Please send all reception reports to:

Good Listening

Tom Taylor

PS: This is the Schedule for 6140 & 9480 Khz:
1st Sunday M V B 0900 -1000 UTC
3rd Sunday E M R 0900 -1000 UTC
4th Sunday R Gloria 1300 -1400 UTC

NEW EMR Postal Address:
European Music Radio,
c/o M.V. Baltic Radio,
Seestraße 17,
D-19089 Göhren,

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Latest issue of Bangladesh Betar newsletter now available

Latest issue (Bhadra-Ashwin 1418) of "Betar Bangla", bi-monthly magazine of Bangladesh Betar (Radio Bangladesh) in bengali is now available for free download from Bangladesh Betar website using this link :

Contains interesting articles on various topics, latest news about Bangladesh Betar, programme & frequency schedules of external as well as domestic services.

Bangladesh Betar External Services schedule (in bengali)

Bangladesh Betar FM Schedule (in bengali, includes details about BBC, DW, CRI & Radio Japan txns)

All India Radio Allahabad to launch website on Sept 12

ALLAHABAD: If you are a music aficionado who loves to listen to old melodies on your radio, be prepared to be entertained online too. The Allahabad wing of All India Radio is launching its website on September 12. This would enable users to scan the website to obtain downloads of programmes which until now were only available in the archives section of AIR, Allahabad.

The AIR website -- -- has been designed in collaboration with experts at the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad (IIIT-A)

Read the full story here :

Alokesh Gupta comments - Anothere website of AIR Allahabad under url has been noted online for quite some time now.

Jammu University to get community radio

The government on Friday approved the proposal for setting up of a Community Radio Station in the Jammu University. This Community Radio Station is aimed to bring out talents of the students and encouraging them to participate in the development process by spreading awareness about issues relating to health, environment, education, and other matters which relate to the welfare of the public at large, a government spokesman said here. The proposed Community Radio Station is expected to provide coverage from Bari Brahmana to Bantalab and Chatha to Nagrota.

More at :

Friday, September 09, 2011

DXCALL.COM - New on-line Callbook

Hello Folks,

There is a new world callbook being established, called " DXCALL.COM ".
Please visit and consider registering your callsign(s). Registration is straight forward and easy to follow. Existing and old callsign details can be registered. Plus Registered SWL's can also log in and add their SWL details. It is in it's early stages at the moment, but may well be the hassle free way forward.

Vy 73 to all

de Pete
at the DX Newsdesk

Tanzania: Vodacom, Deustche Welle Sign Broadcasting Pact

VODACOM and German Broadcaster, Deutsche Welle (DW), have signed an agreement for provision of entertainment and social education programmes on various topics including democracy, human rights, HIV/AIDS and environment. The DW programme known as radionovela 'Learning by Ear' will be available on-demand for all mobile service subscribers.

Full story at :

BBG 9/11 Programming Reaches Millions Worldwide

On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, U.S. international broadcasting offers compelling coverage of the impact of these events around the globe. Through on-the-scene reporting, local investigative journalism, social media and in-depth interviews with opinion makers and world leaders, BBG brings top quality programming to its worldwide audience of 165 million listeners, viewers and fans.

"The BBG is engaging audiences around the globe in a conversation about 9/11," said Walter Isaacson, Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors that oversees all U.S. international broadcasting. "From Kabul to Cairo to Beijing, our coverage presents a sweeping picture of how the world was transformed by the 9/11 attacks—and where it is a decade later." Starting in late August and culminating in live coverage on September 11, BBG programming includes the following:

Alhurra TV airs 50 hours of programs focused on religious tolerance and interfaith dialogue: "The Road" documents the journey of six young men from extremism to tolerance; the "9/11 Generation" series features young Arab adults whose lives have been shaped by9/11; and "Hope Town", a VOA-Alhurra co-produced documentary, tells the story of the peaceful coexistence of Muslims, Jews and Christians in Teaneck, New Jersey;

VOA broadcasts in-depth reports from Kabul, Baghdad, Islamabad, Jakarta and Nairobi that explore the progress made and challenges remaining in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, the complicated alliance between Pakistan and the U.S., the trends of terrorism in Asia and Africa, and the U.S. continuing battle against terrorism globally;

On social media, from Facebook, Twitter to YouTube, BBG conducts an interactive conversation on "My 9/11", "What's Your 9/11?" and "What Does Religious Tolerance Mean to Me?";
All networks conduct extensive interviews with those touched personally by 9/11: survivors, witnesses and families of victims, Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans, American community and religious leaders, residents in Afghan villages and ethnic Muslim Uyghurs in China; Alhurra TV and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty score high profile interviews with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett , former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, former First Lady Laura Bush, Senator Ben Cardin, and global terrorism expert Charles Kurzman;

and Serving their audience of 165 million and in 59 languages, all networks will provide live coverage on September 11 from New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. including locations at the State Department, Capitol Hill, and California.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors is an independent federal agency, supervising all U.S. government-supported, civilian international broadcasting, whose mission is to promote freedom and democracy and to enhance understanding through multimedia communication of accurate, objective, and balanced news, information, and other programming about America and the world to audiences overseas. BBG broadcasts reach an audience of 165 million in 100 countries. BBG broadcasting organizations include the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Martí).

(Press Release)

e-qsl from Argentina

Recvd this e-qsl in one day for an old reception report re-sent on 6th Sept,2011 to argentinainternationalradio at gmail dot com

Radio Nacional in Spanish logged on 19th Feb 2011 , v/s Fermando Farias from English language team.

Soundwaves - Newsletter of RNZI

Read the Sept 9, 2011 issue of Radio Newzeland International's newsletter here :

Radio Silence in China: VOA Abandons the Airwaves

On October 1, 2011, Voice of America’s (VOA) Chinese radio service will go silent, as U.S. international broadcasting abandons the airwaves and moves to the Internet. In the burgeoning age of new media, many, including the management at Voice of America, seem to be questioning the continued relevance of shortwave radio.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

European Broadcasters committed to digital radio

Calls for a single European market for digital radio

London, September 8th, 2011 Europe?s biggest consumer electronics trade fair, IFA, was all about digital radio this year. Held in Berlin, September 2 - 7, the show came just one month after Germany, Europe?s biggest radio market, launched its first national digital radio services. So, its no surprise that Europe?s broadcasters were out in force to support the growing move to digital radio that?s sweeping across the continent.
The main event was a "Digital Radio Day" on Monday 5th September hosted by WorldDMB and the German Digital Radio Project Office, the ARD and DRD. Broadcasters from the UK, France, Italy, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and, of course, Germany, called for a single, European market for digital radio and listened to speaker after speaker voice their country's commitment to rolling out the digital radio standard of choice.
The affirmative pan-European pro-digital radio message was clearly emphasised by Helmut Bauer of Digital Radio Deutschland who opened the event saying: "We did it ! Digital radio been on-air in Germany since August 1, 2011. It?s good to be part of the worldwide digital radio family!"
Thomas Saner of Switzerland?s SSR SRG told the conference "DAB+ in Switzerland is no longer the radio of the future but the radio of today," adding, "The launch of DAB+ in Germany is the trigger for a pan-European solution for digital radio. Let's support Germany !"
For the UK's BBC, Lindsey Mack highlighted the Corporation?s commitment to DAB as a broadcast platform and underlined the importance of collaboration with manufacturers and retailers across digital radio planning. This was followed by an update by Antoine Baudel of Radio FG on the positive developments in France where a demonstration in Lyon continues to impress broadcasters. He said: "Digital radio is for those broadcasters who are visionaries." And in Italy, where 65% of listening is in-car, the digital radio industry has prioritised working closely with the auto industry, said Rai Way's Giuseppe Braccini.
The final part of the session saw the Director Gerneral of RTBF Radio, Francis Goffin state that "Radio over IP is not a complete solution.switching to digital radio has many benefits for radio and society in general including reduced power consumption". He added that DAB+ roll out in French speaking Belgium will be based on close cooperation between public and private broadcasters, with the public authorities and the industry. This was followed by the Norwegian representative Ole Jørgen Torvmark of Digitalradio NORGE who highlighted news relating to the work being carried out in preparation for the FM switch off, with the keys to success so far having been "co-operation, long-term perspective and clarity". Meanwhile its neighbour Sweden is optimistic about its own digital radio future, confirmed by Swedish Radio's Mats Akerlund.
The digital radio theme continued elsewhere at IFA with press events, on-stand consumer promotions, retailer focused training, the latest digital devices from major manufacturers and examples of radio content currently broadcasting on Germany?s national multiplex.
The event showed that there is renewed confidence and optimism amongst Europe?s broadcasters that radio?s future is, and can only be digital. With so many voices present at the "Digital Radio Day? from the European market calling for unity, the WorldDMB President Jørn Jensen took the opportunity to urge broadcasters to unite to strongly recommend that their own national administrations draw up a digital radio roadmap which will enable Europe to bring radio into the digital age.

About WorldDMB
WorldDMB is an international, non-governmental organisation with a mandate to promote the awareness, adoption and implementation of Eureka 147 based technologies worldwide. Its members include public and commercial broadcasters, receiver manufacturers and other companies and bodies committed to the promotion of services and equipment based on the Eureka 147 family of standards.

The DAB family is the most successful set of digital radio standards in the world. Created for mobile and portable reception of audio. multimedia and video services. the family includes the compatible standards DAB, DAB+ and DMB digital radio and DMB mobile TV. Collectively these are the Eureka 147 Family of Standards, having originated as an EU funded Eureka project. The system is on-air in nearly 40 countries across Europe, Australia and the Far East. More than 500 million people are within range of DAB, DAB+ or DMB services, with over 1,000 services on-air. The world's first DMB mobile TV services launched in South Korea in 2005 and is now one of the most successful markets in the world. In 2008 the industry body responsible for the Eureka 147 family of standards, the WorldDMB Forum, created the 'Digital Radio Receiver Profiles' which specify a set of minimum requirements and features for different types of consumer digital radio receivers. The Receiver Profiles ensure interoperability of new receivers
and services between countries whose broadcasters may be using different combinations of DAB, DAB+ or DMB and creates a harmonised digital radio and multimedia market across the world.

BBC Persian TV now jammed on two satellites

The deliberate jamming of BBC Persian TV from within Iran has now moved to two different satellites for the first time. The Hotbird satellite has been targeted since July and now the Eutelsat W3A satellite is subject to interference.

Eutelsat, the satellite owner, has validated the geolocalisation of the source of the interference as being in Iran.

Both BBC and Eutelsat condemn this extensive and deliberate act that is contrary to international conventions for the use of satellites.

Peter Horrocks, Director BBC Global News, said: "We continue to work closely with Eutelsat and the international regulatory community to find means of countering this interference. It is well known that Iran are actively engaged in the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)'s Radio Regulations Board yet their fellow countrymen continue to flout the very conventions by which the industry operates.

"We call on those of influence to do all they can to impress upon Iran the illegal nature of the jamming and the need to cease this activity immediately."

Last year, the ITU Radio Regulations Board urged Iran to end interference hampering Eutelsat satellite operations.

BBC Persian TV continues to stream live online and on satellites T12 (15 degrees West) and EB2 (25.5 degrees East).

BBC Persian television launched in 2009 and has suffered similar deliberate attempts to interfere with its signal intermittently ever since.

Notes to Editors
BBC Persian is the BBC's integrated news and information service for Persian-speakers. It is available on air and on demand 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is designed to reach audiences on radio, television, the internet – on – mobile phones and handheld computers in whatever way best suits the audience. BBC Persian is one of the oldest of the BBC's non-English language services. Launched on 28 December 1940, it has evolved into the Persian-speaking world's leading international broadcaster, covering the political, social and cultural issues that matter to its diverse audiences in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and across the world. With its TV presence, BBC Persian is bringing the world to Persian-speaking audiences – reporting the news wherever it leads.

(BBC World Service Press Office)

More community radio stations in Bangladesh

By October 2011, there will be 14 Community Radio stations in Bangladesh. At present there of them have started test transmission and 11 will be on air by September 2011. News said that all the stations have installed their studios and waiting for Government's green signal to go on air.

Here is the Station list :

District / Station Name / MHz
Kurigram Radio Chilmary 99.02
Naogaon Barind Radio 99.02
Chapai Nawabgonj Radio Mahananda 98.80
Bogura Radio Mukti 99.02
Moulavi Bazar Radio Pollikantha 99.02
Munshigonj Radio Bikrampur 99.02
Chittagong Radio Sagargiri 99.02
Cox Bazar Radio Naf 98.80
Barguna Amtolir Lokobetar 98.80
Bargun Krishi Radio 98.80
Khulna Radio Sundarbon 98.80
Satkhira Radio NAlta 99.02
Jhianidah Radio Jhinuk 99.02
Rajshahi Radio Padma 99.02

Sourec : aily Amader Samoy/04.09.11>

(Ashik Eqbal Tokon, Rajshahi , Bangladesh)

NEW Mega 'Pacific Story' Competition

WIN *The Pacific Story* 170 old time radio serials

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Send your two answers with your name and address to with the header: 'OTRCAT The Pacific Story Competition' to reach us by midnight your local time and date on September 15 2011.

Only one entry per person. Judges decision is final. There are three separate prizes each of a complete collection of 170 episodes of this fabulous old time radio series.

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September 7 2011

DRM Presents in Brazil

The Brazilian Ministry of Communication (Minicom) organised a high-level one-day seminar on Digital Radio on 1st September 2011 in the capital Brasilia. The full day event allowed for an extensive discussion with various segments of society about the introduction of digital radio and the adoption of a digital standard that suits the Brazilian needs best. (Brazil has only in the FM band over 9,000 FM stations).

Read the full report here :

Monday, September 05, 2011

I&B asks 19 states to allot free land for AIR FM Stations Team
(05 September 2011 9:35 pm)
NEW DELHI: Denying it was attempting to augment its All India Radio’s FM channels before the auction of the Phase III for private FM Radio, the Government today said an amount of Rs 1.42 billion had been sanctioned for AIR FM expansion under the Eleventh Plan. New transmitters of various capacities were being installed in 130 places throughout the country, including 100 relay transmitters of 100 Watt. In addition, the old transmitters at 34 places were being replaced by new FM transmitters.

All India Radio special transmission for "Mahalaya"

Date : 27th Sept, 2011 (Tuesday)
Time : 2230 UTC 26th Sept (0400 IST, 27th Sept) to 0015 UTC 27th Sept (0545 IST, 27th Sept)

"Mahalaya" is a special two hour tranmission consisting of Sanskrit recitation & music orated by Late Shri.Birendra Krishna Bhadra. All India Radio has been broadcasting this program since early 1930s . Count down of Indian festival of Durga Puja starts from the day of Mahalaya.

During last couple of years following AIR channels were noted carrying special Mahalaya transmission :


4760 - Port Blair
4820 - Kolkata
4835 - Gangtok
4880 - Lucknow
4895 - Kurseong
4940 - Guwahati
4965 - Shimla


603 - Ajmer
621 - Patna A
648 - Indore A
657 - Kolkata A
666 - New Delhi B
675 - Chattarpur
711 - Siliguri
729 - Guwahati A
747 - Lucknow A
756 - Jagdalpur
774 - Shimla
801 - Jabalpur
810 - Rajkot A
819 - New Delhi A
846 - Ahmedabad A
909 - Gorakhpur
918 - Suratgarh
954 - Nazibabad
981 - Raipur
1008 - Kolkata B
1026 - Allahabad A
1044 - Mumbai A
1125 - Tezpur
1179 - Rewa
1242 - Varanasi
1260 - Ambikapur
1314 - Bhuj
1386 - Gwalior
1395 - Bikaner
1404 - Gangtok
1476 - Jaipur A
1584 - Mathura
1593 - Bhopal A

Private FM channel Big FM also carried this special txn on 92.7 MHz during 2009.

Related links :

Mahalaya: Invoking the Mother Goddess
A Once-a-Year Popular Radio Program

Mahalaya - Birendrakrishna Bhadra

Mahalaya - Audio & Video

D Layer and Summer Solstice

By Rich Holoch, KY6R

Read the article here :

AWR Wavescan 2011 Contest Winners

Contest Results: Our Big 2011 "Choose a Channel" DX Contest

And now, here is the information you have been waiting to hear. In our program today, we present the results of the recent 2011 Wavescan DX contest that was conducted back during the month of June. The DX contest this year was organized to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Adventist World Radio, and it featured the listening and reporting of all of the stations that can be heard on one particular shortwave frequency, under the title "Choose a Channel" DX Contest. The history of Adventist World Radio goes way back to October 1, 1971, when AWR made its first broadcast on shortwave in a service originating out of Portugal and beamed towards various countries in Europe.
The awards for this year's contest are similar to all previous contests. There will be a special award for the world winner, one of the Jerry Berg radio history books; and World Radio TV Handbook 2012 for each continental winner. In addition, there will be other special awards as well as AWR souvenirs and radio curios for many participants.
You can remember that all AWR reception reports will be verified with a specially endorsed AWR QSL card. Please remember that it will take a period of many months, well into the new year 2012, to process all of the contest entries and reception reports, but each will in due course be processed.
There were two surprising facts exhibited in the contest entries this year. One was the magnificent quality of many of the top entries; and the huge number of reception reports included in this year's entries. One entrant submitted 63 reception reports, and two entrants both submitted 45 reception reports each.
And here now is the list of winners for our big 2011 "Choose a Channel" DX Contest:-

Awards of Merit
Gunter Jacob Passau, Germany - Top quality book production
Nobuya Kato, Fujisawa Japan
Sebastian Arndt, Remstadt Germany
Sziklai Jozsef, Baja Hungary
Claes Englund, Danderyd Sweden
Jose Jacob, Hyderabad India - Has entered every contest since 1977

Continental Winners
Southern Asia P. Girish Chadaga Bangalore India
East Asia Hideo Suzuki Kiyosu Japan
Asia - Other Areas Tony Ashar Depok Indonesia
Europe Hans V. Lollike Hedehusene Denmark
South America Jorge Luis Medina Punto Fijo Venezuela
South Pacific Bruce White Karoonda SA Australia
North America Edward Insinger Summit NJ USA

World Winner
William Patalon Fallston MD USA

(Dr.Adrian Peterson)

Sunday, September 04, 2011

DXers meet at Kolkata

(Photo by : Babul Gupta)

Oh ! What a DX meet ! It was Babul Gupta's idea, triggered by Jyoti P Chakravarty's suggestion. It brought together 14 Kolkata DXers whose DX seniority ranged from first QSL received in 1967 (Babul Gupta) to first QSL received in 2006 (Soumya). We were meeting on a Sunday afternoon (4th September 2011) at our Jodhpur Park residence where my wife Paromita served us plenty of tea and snacks.

In this meet there were some former DX buddies who were meeting after thirty odd years! While looking at the digital DX gears of today one senior DXer ,who is now dormant, wondered aloud how different and difficult it was in the yesterdays. TRB brought along the wedding day photo of Dipankar Dutta which showed many a IDXCI member in 1979 when they were much younger. Surajit Kumar Dey who was the technical section editor of our former IDXCI and is a present ham, interfaced with the younger DXers on some of the technical issues.

As Babul Gupta was showing off his e QSLS ranging from TWR Benin on mw to Cross Radio in the tropical band, Pratap Shankar Mazumdar regretted that he had misplaced his Iceland qsl. It would have been such an interesting viewing today. For me it was a surprise to be reminded that I was in touch with Jyoti P Chakravarty way back in 1985. I had simply forgotten that he had picked up an old WRTH from my Medical College Hostel for Rs 125. But we had never met earlier and this afternoon we were meeting for the first time.

Those of us who had participated in the Chandipore DX peditions of 1984-85 had reasons to feel proud. In the meet were at least four young DXers who were introduced and motivated into DXing by the article on DXing published in the Bengali periodical " Anandamela". This article which was published later in a book form around 1995 had dramatically portrayed the Chandipore DXpeditions and captured the imagination of the youngsters.

As for the afternoon listening session, the attempt at DRM reception of AIR Vibidh Bharati 6100 kHz was a failure and so was New Zealand on 9655 kHz. However, Mongolia on 12085 at 1040 UTC with SIO 232 was the saving grace. Toying with various possible DX locations for the forthcoming DXpeditions also elicited excited response.

Sanjay Sutradhar narrated his visit to Radio Nepal .I repeated the story of my visit to Voice of Tamil Elam recording studio and Offices in Chennai in 1985. Swopan Chakrabarty was candid about his initial difficulty in getting into Radio Bangladesh Dhaka and how he finally managed it. However, Jyoti Charavarty's vivid description of his visit to Bhutan Broadcasting Service studio was the best. He found his way into the BBS studio and transmitter site during his honymoon trip to Thimpu in 1995 where he not only got a QSL card impromptu, but had an overwhelming reception by the engineering staff. Sudipto Ghose was mild about his visit to the erstwhile Radio NYAB in Thimpu in 1984.
With so many former IDXCI members around there was a clamor for a rerun of the bulletin. However, in view of the digital age which we are in, it was decided to plan for a different type of bulletin which will cover different issues. Debanjan who had been to the Talsari DXped was eager to join the next but was wary of the January timing because of his work schedule. Rajdeep who still has not put up an external antenna was strongly advised about a long wire with matching transformers home brewed. Babul Gupta praised the hombrew 9:1 transformers done by Partha Sarathi Goswami for him which has dramtically cut down the noise.
Babul Gupta deserves special thanks for reving up the old Kolkata DX group!

Supratik Sanatani
4th September 2011

Saturday, September 03, 2011

RTE All Ireland Finals 2011 Coverage

RTÉ Radio will broadcast the GAA All Ireland Hurling Final on Sunday, 4 September and the All Ireland Football Final on Sunday, 18 September on all wavelengths and via the internet to Irish people and communities around the world.
RTÉ is asking on those with relatives or friends abroad to let them know that this coverage is available and to invite them to the biggest party in Ireland's sporting calendar.

. Ireland: At home, audiences can listen as usual to the GAA finals on RTÉ Radio 1 FM and on Longwave 252.
. Britain: Across most of Britain, listeners can receive our coverage on Long Wave 252. In addition RTÉ Radio 1 is available on the UK free to air satellite platform Freesat on channel 750.
. Worldwide: Across the world, the match commentaries will be available online at
. Shortwave to Africa: In Africa, where many Irish people live and work, often in relative isolation with poor communications, RTÉ is providing special transmissions on shortwave radio. See details below.
. Satellite Radio: Across the world, the match commentaries will be available on satellite radios on WRN2, channel 328
. Note: For those living in Ireland, who wish to get details of the shortwave frequencies to friends or family living abroad, RTÉ is providing a special phone text service. Listeners text the word "shortwave" to 51101 and they will receive a short text message with the shortwave frequencies. These texts are charged at standard rates.

Both Finals throw in at 3.30pm Irish Time

Coverage area Frequencies Irish Time (UTC Time )

Southern Africa 7480 kHz - 2pm to 6pm (1300-1700 UTC)
East Africa 17880 kHz - 2pm to 6pm (1300-1700 UTC)
West Africa 17500 kHz - 2pm to 6pm (1300-1700 UTC)

These services are part of RTÉ's continued commitment to Irish people overseas and, over the years, has proven especially popular with those in geographically or technically isolated areas. In addition to RTÉ Radio broadcasts, RTÉ will also broadcast the All Ireland Finals on RTÉ One Television. Don't forget also the extensive and dynamic online offering from

Special broadcast from DX Program "ANTENA DX" through shortwave & FM

During the month of August I was presenting the dx program called "Antena DX", which is originally produced by my collegue Víctor Gutierrez from studios of the Panamenian FM radio station "La Chispa Estereo 87.9 FM", in Tortí, and which is rebroadcast through Radio Thruth in Guatemala, as well as available on the web page "Programas DX" on Víctor asked me to produce it during the month of August and I wanted to do it. It has been a pleasure to me to produce a radio program for the first time. I have been shortwave listener since many years and I have contributed as DX correspondent for HCJB Equador and currently I produce a short-five-minutes radio program together with the International Dxers Friendship Club, CDXA Internacional. This short program is about history of radio.
I think everytime I listen radio or I produce something for radio I learn new things. Producing "Antena DX" has been a beautiful experience as well. And of course, it was a good desition I make to acept the invitation from Víctor to produce his radio program for this time. Thank you as well for the contributors of the program around the world and I also thank to the listeners.
Next Sunday the 04th will be my last appearence as presenter of the program. So, for this reason I want to send you a special QSL card as a souvenir because of the time I have been in front of the mic recording this.To receive this QSL card the rules are very simple: what you just have to do is tuning the program on La Chista Estereo 87.9 FM, if you live in Panama or through Radio Thruth on 4055 Khz. As you know or maybe you may not know, Radio Thruth broadcasts from the Central American Republic of Guatemala.
There will be two broadcasts from WRMI Radio Miami International on 9955 Khz. As you can see, there are many chances to tune the program and to receive this special QSL card as a souvenir to conmemorate the last Antena DX edtion from Venezuela.
It's very important you to know that there will be not e-QSL cards. Reports might correspond for shortwave or FM broadcasts only. Please don't send us reception reports through Internet. To send your reports, please endorse your envelopes by writing the postal address indicated below. If you want to send us International Repply Cupons, IRC, or any contribution into American dollars it will be very appreciate in the way to cover shipping costs. If you also want to send us cassette recordings or MP3 CD recordings about the reception of our broadcast in your local area we will be very happy to receive those.
To send your letters and reception reports you can write to the following postal address:
Antena DX
c/o Leonardo Santiago
Las Agujas, Pueblo Llano
Estado Mérida
C.P. 5124
The QSL cards will be sending from the month of October when I return from my vacation to keep my classes in the University of The Andes.
Thanks for your atention and best 73s!!
Leonardo Santiago

. On La Chispa Estereo 87.9 FM, next Sunday the 11th at 08.15am and 07.25pm local time.
. Via Radio Thruth the program will be broadcast next Saturday the 10th at 02.00 UTC on 4055 Khz. This station broadcast from Guatemala and it is very well reported from Europe as well as from both Japan and Indonesia.
. Via WRMI Radio Miami International the program will be broadcast on 9955 Khz. On Monday the 06th at 11.30 UTC and on Friday the 08th at 03.00 UTC.
We wish you good reception and we hope to receive reception reports from many countries!!

(Via playdx2003 list)

Friday, September 02, 2011

Special DRM transmissions from Montsinery to Brazil

From Thursday 01 September to Thursday 15 September 2011 included, new transmissions from Montsinery (French Guiana) to Brazil:
13.00 to 16.00 UTC
P = 150 kW DRM
Freq = 17880 kHz
Az : 165°
DRM Parameters:
B mode
Bandwidth = 10 kHz
CR = CR0.6
Audio encoding = AAC + SBR
Program = RFI _L2 (only music).
RFI and TDF logos will be transmitted as data content.
Wishing you good reception.
Sorry for late notice.

(Jacques GRUSON F6AJW via drmna list)

MV Baltic Radio is on this Weekend

Dear Listeners,
MV Baltic Radio is on the air this Sunday the 4th of September 2011

MVBR Schedule:
0900 to 1000 UTC on 6140 KHz, 100 KW
0900 to 1000 UTC on 9480 KHz, 1 KW
1200 to 1300 UTC on 9585 KHz, 100 KW with a Test Transmission

Good listening and good reception!

Tom Taylor

PS. MV Baltic Radio relay service Schedule for 2011/12
1st Sunday – MV Baltic Radio 0900 utc
3rd Sunday – European Music Radio 0900 utc (18th
4th Sunday – Radio Gloria International 1300 utc

NEW EMR Postal Address:
European Music Radio,
c/o M.V. Baltic Radio,
Seestraße 17,
D-19089 Göhren,

KTWR Guam testing in DRM mode

More tests from KTWR Guam

BBC World Service launches lifeline broadcasts for drought-affected in Horn of Africa

BBC World Service has launched special radio broadcasts to serve the Somali-speaking population affected by famine and drought in the Horn of Africa. The purpose of the daily 15-minute radio programmes by BBC Somali is to help people to make informed decisions that may help them survive the famine.
At 14.15 local time (11.15 GMT) every day, Gurmad (Rescue) on BBC Somali delivers special news bulletins, practical information and expert advice for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). It will also reach those who have stayed in their home towns and villages.
Editor of BBC Somali, Yusuf Garaad Omar, comments: "We have been covering the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa since it started to unfold, and our reporters were overwhelmed with questions and suggestions on relief aid – or lack of it. So we decided to devote a special programme to address these issues, and as a majority of those affected are Somali-speakers, it was also obvious that BBC Somali is the right channel to reach these people. We hope that timely, up-to-date information, provided by experts, about issues these people are facing every day, will help them survive this crisis. We will do our best to maintain the supply of such knowledge to all those who are in need of it."
Particularly aimed at the refugees in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Yemen, as well as IDPs in Mogadishu and other locations in Somalia, the lifeline broadcasts bring a wealth of information on how to get access to food aid and health services, on safety on the roads, advice on legal matters, nutrition, water and sanitation.
News bulletins with the latest on the relief efforts and humanitarian situation are followed by interviews and reports by the BBC's correspondents across the region. Along with giving listeners a platform to share their experiences, a special slot in the programme channels their questions to aid workers, doctors and authorities.
Gurmad also informs the Somali diaspora, who are willing to contribute to the international relief effort, about the type of need required as well as on where and how the assistance is distributed.
Available on shortwave and BBC FM relays across the Horn of Africa, Gurmad is also rebroadcast by the BBC's partner radio stations: Kenya's Star FM, whose network covers Dadaab refugee camp and Mogadishu; Shabelle FM in Mogadishu, Somalia; and the private Somali network, SBC. Gurmad also features on a special index on, in text and audio.
(BBC World Service Publicity)

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Digital Radio Seminar in Brazil

The Brazilian Ministry of Communication has organised a high-level one-day seminar on Digital Radio on 1st September 2011 in the capital Brasilia. The main objective of this event is to have an extensive discussion with various segments of society about digital radio, which includes what criteria should be used for the adoption of a digital standard with emphasis on the practical implications for broadcasters and the industry.

More at :

Exciting news from Kununurra, Western Australia !

Technical project leader, HCJB Australia, Steve Sutherland, is confident that broadcasting from Kununurra site will start by November 2011. Three towers were erected this year; the long-awaited high tension power line was installed and connected in July. Next project? Antenna Curtain screens, assembled on the ground with the aid of work-gloves and lashings of sunscreen. By November, four of the planned seven antennas will be completed and at least one transmitter will shift to its new operational home. This means that hopefully all the completed antennas and transmitters can be connected and working this year!
Kununurra staff and volunteers pushed to get as much outdoor work as possible finished during the cool, dry winter months. Volunteers visiting at this time of year are invaluable, not only in the work they accomplish, but as surrogate grandparents for children on site. A third 100 KW transmitter undergoing refurbishment at the HCJB Technology Centre in Elkhart, Indiana, USA, is expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2012 and will be capable of both analogue and digital shortwave broadcasting.

(Source : Voice & Hands, HCJB Australia Newsletter Sept 2011)

Fraunhofer launches multimedia player to deliver unprecedented digital radio offerings

Enabling more than just music, Fraunhofer Multimedia Player software uniquely delivers MPEG Surround and enhanced data services for digital radio. Fraunhofer IIS, the world's renowned source for audio and multimedia technologies, today announced the availability of the Fraunhofer MultimediaPlayer for digital radio standards Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM30/DRM+) and DAB (DAB Classic/DAB+). The software enables device manufacturers of PC-based receiver solutions and smartphones to seamlessly integrate playback of digital radio programs, as well as the variety of data services offered by digital radio.
The Fraunhofer MultimediaPlayer software is the first in the industry to include MPEG Surround, which enables an immersive, high-quality surround audio experience to consumers at stereo bit-rates. The software also incorporates data services such as the advanced text service for news, sports results, local weather forecasts, or background information on the current show. Program accompanying information adds song titles, station information and graphics, for example weather maps or cover art. In addition, radio stations can offer a simple multimedia download service. The software also makes Hybrid services a reality by linking the added-value offerings of the Digital Radio broadcast platform with individual communication media such as the Internet, telephony, or navigation, available at the listener's fingertips. All of these services are displayed in a clearly arranged user interface.
The NOXON DAB Stick by Terratec, released in August 2011, is one of the first commercially available receivers with MultimediaPlayer software to play back digital radio in 5.1 surround sound based on MPEG Surround. It is also the first DAB receiver solution worldwide that displays Journaline, the international advanced text information standard for highquality, up-to-date news over digital broadcast systems.
"With all of the entertainment options available in the industry, high-quality solutions that add true value to the listener experience are key to staying competitive," said Alexander Zink, digital radio expert and project manager at Fraunhofer IIS. "Fraunhofer's MultimediaPlayer software is a flexible and easy-to-integrate solution that provides manufacturers with the technology needed to enable the best possible audio experiences along with all of the features digital radio has to offer."
The Fraunhofer MultimediaPlayer software is currently available for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, and Linux. There are also plans to support mobile platforms in the future. The user interface is based on HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and can therefore easily be adapted to the customer's platforms and existing product designs. The software is available as a desktop and a server version. While the desktop version is suitable for integration into devices, the server version supports remote access through a regular web browser to the full user interface including audio playback. Thus, it is ideally suited for professional monitoring and archival solutions, for example.
Fraunhofer will showcase the MultimediaPlayer at IFA Berlin Sept. 2–7 at the Fraunhofer booth in hall 11.1 and at IBC in Amsterdam Sept. 9 – 13, at the Fraunhofer booth in hall 8, B80.
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Radio Prague to suffer no budget cuts in 2012

Seventy five years ago today, at 10 AM on August 31, 1936, the foreign service of Czechoslovak Radio went on air for the first time ever. Today, Radio Prague is an independent broadcaster although it is still funded entirely by the Czech Foreign Ministry. Following severe budget cuts in recent years, some good news came on Wednesday from the Foreign Ministry which promises no further cuts for 2012. Radio Prague spoke to the head of the ministry’s public diplomacy department, Jan Bondy.

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WRN Broadcast launches VoA in Southern Africa

WRN Broadcast, the international broadcast managed services company, has announced the launch of their transmission of a new satellite radio service for Voice of America - VoA Southern Africa. This direct-to-home (DTH) service will cover all of sub-Saharan Africa on a popular satellite but the programming will largely be tailored to audiences in Zimbabwe. The new radio channel will air 24 hours a day and will be free to listeners. Initially, prominent programming includes the news show 'Studio 7', call-in programme 'Live Talk', as well as other content in English, Portuguese, Shona and Ndebele. VOA Africa Division Director, Gwen Dillard, says home satellite use is growing around the world and this new service "demonstrates Voice of America's commitment to bringing objective and reliable news programs to our audiences on platforms they are comfortable using." Meanwhile WRN Broadcast added, "we are pleased to provide another DTH satellite service for United States international broadcaster, VoA. Not only does DTH to small dishes have good audience penetration in countries such as Zimbabwe, it is also cost-effective compared with terrestrial alternatives". The service is broadcast on the Intelsat 10 satellite at 68 degrees east on the Ku frequency band.

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International broadcast services company WRN Broadcast enables broadcasters, media owners and brands to deliver content to audiences worldwide. Founded in 1992, WRN Broadcast is a leading broadcast technical services company working across digital content platforms to provide broadcast clients with worldwide coverage. The company specialises in end-to-end solutions for ingest, content management, playout, encoding, multiplexing and worldwide fibre and satellite distribution. WRN Broadcast has a state-of-the-art Media Centre offering clients the latest in broadcast technologies. WRN Broadcast manages playout and distribution services for over 250 clients worldwide including some of the most recognized broadcast brands.

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