Monday, June 30, 2014

Radio Pulpit Begins DRM Trial

The first DRM transmission (MW) from South Africa begins July 1, says the DRM Consortium.

Radio Pulpit will broadcast on 1440 kHz using a 25 kW transmitter covering greater Pretoria and parts of Johannesburg.

More at .....

And here's the launch video...

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Galcom Celebrates Assembly of One Million 'Go-Ye' Radios

Last week, Galcom International celebrated the assembly of its one millionth solar fix-tuned "Go-Ye" radio, which was part of an order destined for Greenland and tuned to a network of Christian radio stations covering 90% of the population.
For nearly 25 years, Galcom has produced "Go-Ye" solar radios, fix-tuned to Christian radio stations worldwide for exclusive listening to the Gospel. The first 40,000 radios were fix-tuned to an AM station broadcasting from Lebanon, and were sent into Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan.

More at :

New Homepage of now has a new look. Just log at to have a glimpse of the website.
As ever, any of your suggestions or comments are most welcome.
(YingLian, English Service, China Radio International)

BBC Urdu radio now available on mobile phones via AudioBoo app

BBC Urdu has further strengthened its mobile offer by making its flagship radio programme, Sairbeen, available as a free app via the audio-sharing channel, AudioBoo on
BBC Urdu and BBC World Service West and Central Asia Hub Editor, Aamer Ahmed Khan, says: "We have been listening to our audiences – especially those connecting with us via social media – who said they wanted access to our radio programmes via mobile-phone apps. Now, thanks to our presence on AudioBoo, anyone with a smartphone can tune into Sairbeen every day, using this simple app. They can also use the app to connect with BBC Urdu, sharing their thoughts and experiences. It's an excellent development which will certainly boost our radio audience."
AudioBoo Content Editor, Susie Warhurst, says: "We are absolutely delighted that BBC Urdu is joining AudioBoo to share their world-class journalism with an even wider audience. News and Current Affairs audio from around the globe is at the heart of AudioBoo's heritage and its future growth. We're very proud this new partnership brings even more breaking news and in-depth analysis to our users."
The move is part of BBC Urdu's commitment to serve audiences on platforms of their choice and is in response to the ever-increasing popularity of news consumption via mobile phones. The launch of Sairbeen on AudioBoo - which has special apps for a range of smartphones and allows users to access it with average speed on mobile internet - has a strong potential to considerably expand the listenership base of the BBC Urdu radio programme which has long been a household name in Pakistan.
According to the BBC's newly released Global Audience Estimate, audiences of BBC World Service – of which BBC Urdu is part - are young and mobile. Mobile audiences deliver around a third of the traffic* to the BBC Urdu website which also has over 1.8 million fans on Facebook.
Audiences can go to the Audioboo website to download an app suitable for to their phone-operating system, and then search for the BBC Urdu channel. BBC Urdu plans to add more audio news content to its AudioBoo channel.
*Source: Omniture May 2014, BBC Urdu's monthly mobile unique views (UVs) = 697,000 and total traffic to BBC Urdu = 2.3m UVs.
(BBC Press Release)

Radio Free Asia releases 3rd QSL in IBB transmitter series

                                RFA's 3rd IBB transmitter site QSL – IBB Iranawila, Sri Lanka 

Radio Free Asia (RFA) announces the release of the third QSL card in the series highlighting the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) transmitter sites used for RFA programming. RFA programs broadcast from the following IBB sites: Biblis, Iranawila, Kuwait, Lampertheim, Saipan and Tinian. IBB's Iranawila transmitter site in Sri Lanka is equipped with four 500 kW and three 250 kW transmitters. All seven of these transmitters broadcast at a power level of 250 kW in carrying out the station's mission, which includes broadcasting RFA's Burmese programming on shortwave. This is RFA's 54th QSL overall and will be used to confirm all valid RFA reception reports from July 1-August 31, 2014.
RFA is a private, nonprofit corporation that broadcasts news and information to listeners in Asian countries where full, accurate, and timely news reports are unavailable. Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin (including the Wu dialect), Vietnamese, Tibetan (Uke, Amdo, and Kham), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in its editorial content. As a 'surrogate' broadcaster, RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of its target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of its broadcasts comprise news of specific local interest. More information about Radio Free Asia, including our current broadcast frequency schedule, is available at
RFA encourages listeners to submit reception reports. Reception reports are valuable to RFA as they help us evaluate the signal strength and quality of our transmissions. RFA confirms all accurate reception reports by mailing a QSL card to the listener. RFA welcomes all reception report submissions at (follow the QSL REPORTS link) not only from DX'ers, but also from its general listening audience. 
Reception reports are also accepted by email at and by mail to:
Reception Reports
Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20036
United States of America.
(Via Andrew "A.J." Janitschek, Radio Free Asia)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

VOA drops shortwave to Asian sub continent

Farewell VOA shortwave from June 30. Just announced cuts remove english language programs for Asia, many foreign language programs, and also affect Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty shortwave services. Services continue to Africa in English.

(Radio Heritage Foundation on facebook)

According to reports  :

- All shortwave frequencies will be eliminated for Voice of America English radio broadcasts to Asia, VOA English teaching programs, and VOA programs to Bangladesh by 30th June (Monday)

- All shortwave frequencies for the following services will also be eliminated: Azerbaijani, Bangla, English (Learning), Khmer, Kurdish, Lao and Uzbek. 

- Shortwave being used by services at RFE/RL and RFA are also being cut.

- BBG's proposed shortwave cuts for FY2014 have been approved by Congress.

Related :

Bureaucrats gave listeners little time to learn about shortwave cuts by VOA, RFA, and RFE/RL

USA   Voice of America to end shortwave broadcasts in English and several language services. From Mon June 30 all shortwave frequencies for English News programs to Asia will be eliminated. We will no longer be heard via shortwave in the morning 2200-0200 UTC and in the evening 1200-1600 UTC.

Shortwave frequencies for the following services will also be eliminated:
1730-1800 on  7435 KWT 250 kW / 058 deg to CeAs
1730-1800 on  9490 BIB 100 kW / 080 deg to CeAs
1730-1800 on 11985 SMG 250 kW / 073 deg to CeAs
1600-1700 on  7475 UDO 250 kW / 300 deg to SoAs
1600-1700 on 11850 UDO 250 kW / 300 deg to SoAs
2200-2300 on  5895 IRA 250 kW / 065 deg to SEAs Sun-Thu
2200-2300 on  5915 UDO 250 kW / 018 deg to EaAs Sun-Thu
2200-2300 on  7480 KWT 250 kW / 058 deg to SoAs Sun-Thu
2200-2300 on  7575 PHT 250 kW / 270 deg to SEAs Sun-Thu
2200-2300 on 12150 TIN 250 kW / 313 deg to EaAs Sun-Thu
2300-2400 on  5895 PHT 250 kW / 275 deg to SEAs
2300-2400 on  7480 UDO 250 kW / 018 deg to EaAs
2300-2400 on  7575 PHT 250 kW / 270 deg to SEAs
2300-2400 on 12150 TIN 250 kW / 313 deg to EaAs
0100-0200 on  7425 KWT 250 kW / 082 deg to SoAs
0100-0200 on  9780 IRA 250 kW / 356 deg to SoAs
0100-0200 on 15205 UDO 250 kW / 292 deg to SoAs
1200-1300 on  7575 UDO 250 kW / 018 deg to EaAs
1200-1300 on  9510 PHT 250 kW / 283 deg to SEAs
1200-1300 on 12075 PHT 250 kW / 349 deg to SEAs
1200-1300 on 12150 PHT 250 kW / 270 deg to EaAs
1300-1400 on  7575 UDO 250 kW / 018 deg to EaAs Sat/Sun
1300-1400 on  9510 PHT 250 kW / 283 deg to SEAs Sat/Sun
1300-1400 on 12075 TIN 250 kW / 305 deg to EaAs Sat/Sun
1300-1400 on 12150 PHT 250 kW / 349 deg to SEAs Sat/Sun
1400-1500 on  7575 UDO 250 kW / 268 deg to SoAs Mon-Fri
1400-1500 on 12110 PHT 250 kW / 270 deg to SoAs Mon-Fri
1400-1500 on 15490 PHT 250 kW / 270 deg to SEAs Mon-Fri
1500-1600 on  7575 UDO 250 kW / 268 deg to SoAs
1500-1600 on 12110 PHT 250 kW / 270 deg to SoAs
1500-1600 on 15490 UDO 250 kW / 280 deg to SoAs 
English Learning
2230-2300 on  7460 PHT 250 kW / 270 deg to SEAs
2230-2300 on  9570 UDO 250 kW / 018 deg to EaAs
2230-2300 on 11840 PHT 250 kW / 349 deg to EaAs
2300-2400 on  7460 PHT 250 kW / 270 deg to SEAs
2300-2400 on  9570 UDO 250 kW / 018 deg to EaAs
2300-2400 on 11840 PHT 250 kW / 349 deg to EaAs
0030-0100 on  7425 KWT 250 kW / 082 deg to SoAs
0030-0100 on  9790 KWT 250 kW / 078 deg to SEAs
0030-0100 on 12015 UDO 250 kW / 030 deg to EaAs
0030-0100 on 12150 UDO 250 kW / 280 deg to SEAs
0030-0100 on 15290 PHT 250 kW / 349 deg to EaAs
0030-0100 on 17820 PHT 250 kW / 021 deg to EaAs
1500-1600 on  6140 UDO 250 kW / 284 deg to SoAs
1500-1600 on  7540 PHT 250 kW / 270 deg to SoAs
1500-1600 on  9400 PHT 250 kW / 349 deg to EaAs
2200-2230 on  5905 PHT 250 kW / 270 deg to SEAs
2200-2230 on  9320 PHT 250 kW / 270 deg to SEAs
1330-1430 on 11695 IRA 250 kW / 073 deg to SEAs 

0500-0600 on 11995 SMG 250 kW / 114 deg to WeAs
0500-0600 on 15560 IRA 250 kW / 310 deg to WeAs
0500-0600 on 17870 BIB 100 kW / 085 deg to WeAs
1400-1500 on 15470 BOT 100 kW / 010 deg to WeAs
1400-1500 on 17870 IRA 250 kW / 299 deg to WeAs
1700-1800 on  7365 BIB 100 kW / 105 deg to WeAs
1700-1800 on  9850 BIB 100 kW / 105 deg to WeAs
1700-1800 on 11995 IRA 250 kW / 315 deg to WeAs
1230-1300 on 11965 PHT 250 kW / 270 deg to SEAs
1500-1530 on 11810 KWT 250 kW / 046 deg to CeAs
1500-1530 on 11920 SMG 250 kW / 073 deg to CeAs
1500-1530 on 13650 UDO 250 kW / 316 deg to CeAs
1500-1530 on 17600 KWT 250 kW / 046 deg to CeAs
USA(non)   More and more cancelled broadcasts of IBB from July 1:
Radio Free Asia Lao, eliminated completely
0000-0100 on 15690 TIN 250 kW / 289 deg to SEAs
1100-1200 on  9325 SAI 100 kW / 285 deg to SEAs
1100-1200 on 15120 TIN 250 kW / 279 deg to SEAs
Radio Free Asia Vietnamese, eliminated completely
1400-1500 on  9760 TIN 250 kW / 270 deg to SEAs
1400-1500 on 12130 TIN 250 kW / 280 deg to SEAs
1400-1500 on 13825 SAI 100 kW / 285 deg to SEAs
2330-0030 on  9585 KWT 250 kW / 078 deg to SEAs
2330-0030 on 13835 SAI 100 kW / 285 deg to SEAs
2330-0030 on 15675 TIN 250 kW / 279 deg to SEAs
Radio Farda Persian
0030-0400 on  7280 NAU 250 kW / 105 deg to WeAs
0930-1100 on 13860 LAM 100 kW / 108 deg to WeAs
1600-1700 on 15690 NAU 250 kW / 105 deg to WeAs
Voice of America Learning English, eliminated completely
0130-0200 on  9825 GB  250 kW / 172 deg to SoAm
1600-1700 on 11915 SAO 100 kW / 114 deg to CeAf
1600-1700 on 13570 BOT 100 kW / 350 deg to CeAf
1600-1700 on 17895 IRA 250 kW / 275 deg to CSAf
And some transmitter changes:
Radio Liberty Russian
1300-1400 on 13745 LAM 100 kW / 055 deg to EaEu, ex WOF
Radio Liberty Belorussian
1600-1800 on  6105 LAM 100 kW / 055 deg to EaEu, ex NAU
Voice of America Portuguese
1630-1700 on 15720 BOT 100 kW / 350 deg to CSAf Fri, ex ISS
1800-1830 on 15720 IRA 250 kW / 255 deg to CSAf Mon-Fri, ex ISS
(Ivo Ivanov,Bulgaria)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The magic of radio

More than six and a half decades ago, two pieces of what looked like decorative furniture graced our home in Lahore. These items were beautifully made wooden cabinets, each with a round dial, some knobs and a rectangular piece of silk upholstery that covered a loud speaker. They were the pride and joy of our family – our radio receivers manufactured by the world famous company called Marconi.

This was a time when television had not yet arrived in the sub-continent and AM Radio ruled the air waves.

Read the full story at :

Saturday, June 21, 2014

BBC WS annual mid-winter broadcast scheduled today

Annual mid-winter broadcast to British Antarctic Survey staff in Antarctica by BBC World Service is scheduled today, 21st June 2014. (Sat)
Schedule : 2130-2200 UTC on 5875-Woofferton UK, 5985-Dhabbaya(UAE), 7350-Ascension

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Audio file for 2014 broadcast :

All India Radio takes a digital leap with SoundCloud

RnM Team 

MUMBAI: The national broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) is catching up with time and technology. The broadcaster is making this happen by taking introducing their SoundCloud account. This will allow listeners to download and listen to the latest AIR news and news based programmes. The audio distribution platform will also have archival speeches of Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi.

Read the complete RnM story at :

Friday, June 20, 2014

German Report Considers Digital Standards Dilemma

The German Digital Radio Mondiale Forum, an affiliate organization of the Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium, has published an overview on the digital terrestrial technologies available in Europe and the suitability of each technology for the German market.

Radio World story at :

BBC’s global news audiences increase to record 265m

New figures released show the BBC's global audience has increased to a record-breaking 265m people a week. The figures, for 2013/14, represent an increase of 9 million people on the previous year.
The Global Audience Estimate (GAE) measures the combined reach of the BBC's international services - BBC World Service, BBC World News, and BBC Media Action - across the world.
Russia has shown the biggest growth for a single market, with the audience more than doubling to 6.9m weekly as people turn to the BBC for trustworthy and impartial news. The BBC's Ukrainian Service also reflects this trend with its audience more than trebling to more than 600,000 over the last year.
BBC World News TV shows an increase of 5m viewers, taking its weekly audience to 76m.
The Indian audience has grown, and shows signs of recovering from the last few years of decline. This comes thanks to investments in digital and TV for the Hindi Service, including the launch of the Global India programme on TV - which pulls in 6m weekly viewers - and an increase in World News viewers. These increases more than offset the loss of shortwave listeners to the Hindi Service.
BBC digital news services have continued to grow, with an 8m, or 21 per cent, year-on-year increase, bringing the digital audience to 46m.
Peter Horrocks, Director of the BBC World Service Group, says: "Today's figures show the most successful year ever for the BBC's global news services.
"The BBC plays a vital role in troubled times. We know that people around the world turn to the BBC when other impartial information is in short supply, and this is borne out by the sharp increase in audiences in Russia and Ukraine.
"Investment in TV bulletins and responsive mobile services for the World Service is bearing fruit. Radio will be a World Service mainstay for years to come, but as these figures testify, the way people access news is changing and we must continue to innovate if we are to flourish in the years ahead."
Other findings of the Global Audience Estimate include:
The weekly audience for GN Ltd – which comprises BBC World News and - has increased to 95.5m from 88m last year: a rise of 8 per cent
The audience for the BBC World Service has remained broadly stable at 191.4 million (slightly down from 192.2m last year), with the introduction of new TV language bulletins boosting the World Service's television audience
Increases in television and digital audiences are offsetting the decline (mainly on shortwave and medium wave) in radio listening. Radio audiences have dropped by 17m since last year, although radio still remains the biggest platform overall at 128m listeners, with TV viewers at 126m
The launch of responsive design (now available for all World Service languages) and the move to 'mobile-first' has contributed to mobile growth. A third of all weekly visitors to World Service websites come via mobile
For the first time, a nationally representative media survey was conducted in Yemen, showing an audience of 3.8m weekly viewers for BBC Arabic TV in that country
The average age of the audience for the BBC's global news services is 32
Independent research from Newswhip has shown that the BBC is by far the world's most retweeted news brand.
The BBC is currently exploring innovative new ways of measuring its audience impact around the world to reflect changing audience behaviours around the world.
Notes to Editors
An infographic of the BBC Global Audience Estimate 2014 findings is available to download as a PDF here :
An animated guide to the Estimate's key findings is available to watch on YouTube

(BBC Press Release) 

AWR “Focus on Asia” Annual DX Contest - Rare, Unusual, Unique QSLs

Adventist World Radio  - - - -  Annual DX Contest 2014
As Adventist World Radio enters into its 43rd year of international radio broadcasting, we take pleasure in announcing our annual "Wavescan" DX contest, which comes to you under the title, "Rare, Unusual, Unique QSLs".  In short, you are invited to check your collection of QSL cards and letters for rare, unusual and unique QSLs from shortwave, mediumwave and communication stations throughout the world.  You are also invited to log AWR programming to Asia on shortwave, mediumwave or FM during the month of September 2014.

Here are the details of our 2014 "Rare, Unusual, Unique QSLs"  -  AWR "Focus on Asia" Annual DX Contest:-
A. Rare, Unique and Unusual QSL Cards and Letters
* You are invited to make a list of what you consider to be your rare, unique or unusual QSL cards or letters in your QSL collection.  Perhaps no one else in the world has a QSL verifying some transmissions that you have verified.
* Your list of QSLs can show any number of different rare, unique or unusual QSLs up to a total of 5 QSLs.
* Your QSLs may verify a wrong transmission channel or an emergency broadcast due to flood, fire, earthquake, turmoil etc, or a transmission from an emergency transmitter, or test broadcasts or first broadcast or last broadcast, unusual propagation, etc.
 * These QSLs can be from any shortwave broadcasting station or shortwave communication station or mediumwave station located in any country anywhere in the world.  Amateur QSLs nor CB QSLs are not valid for this contest.
B. Details of Rare, Unique and Unusual QSL Cards and Letters
* Please state very briefly, no more than one paragraph for each, why you consider each item in your list of QSLs is rare, unique or unusual.
* You are invited to provide a photocopy of each of the QSLs that are on your list in Part A. Preferably, these photocopies should be in color, though black & white copies may be acceptable.
C. AWR Reception Reports
* You are invited to prepare three reception reports for the broadcast on shortwave mediumwave or FM of any AWR Asian programming.  These broadcasts from Adventist  World Radio may be from shortwave, mediumwave or FM stations located anywhere in Asia or on nearby Asian islands; or AWR programming beamed into Asia on shortwave from other countries.
D. Adventist Photograph
* You are invited to visit a unit of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination in your country and take a photograph of it, preferably in color, though B&W can be acceptable, and submit one picture with your contest entry.
* The Adventist unit may be, for example a:-
- SW MW FM communication or amateur radio station, radio studio, TV station, TV studio
- Church building, church congregation, public meeting, or church event
- Administrative office or building
- University, high school, academy, elementary school, language school, kindergarten or day care
- Hospital, medical clinic, dental clinic, orphanage, nursing home, retirement center, etc
- Food factory, printing company, publishing house, etc
- Book shop, health food shop, restaurant, etc
- ADRA mobile emergency relief van, boat, airplane, office or project  
E. Three Radio Cards
* Where possible, you are invited to include three radio cards for the Indianapolis Heritage Collection with your contest entry.  These cards may be old or new, and they may be QSL cards, reception report cards, or picture cards of radio stations, etc.  Not valid for this contest are amateur cards nor CB cards.
Other Contest Details
* Well, there you have it, the details for our Wavescan 2014 "Rare, Unusual, Unique QSLs"  - AWR "Focus on Asia" Annual DX Contest.
* This contest will run through the month of September 2014, and all contest entries should be postmarked at your local post office anywhere in the world on any date up to the end of the month of September and they should be received at the AWR post office address in Indianapolis no later than the end of the month of October 2014.
* Partial and incomplete entries are considered valid.
* Post your entry with all items to Adventist World Radio in Indianapolis, remembering that neatness and preparation, will all feature in the judging procedure.  Due consideration will also be given to the area of the world in which the contestant lives.
* Where possible, please enclose return postage in the form of currency notes in any international currency, or mint postage stamps.  Please note that IRC coupons are too expensive for you to buy, and they are no longer valid in the United States.
* Please enclose your postal address label also.
* The awards for the 2014 AWR "Rare, Unusual, Unique QSLs"  -  AWR "Focus on Asia" Annual DX Contest will be similar to all previous contests.  There will be a special award for the world winner, one of the Jerome Berg radio history books; and World Radio TV Handbook 2015 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 2015, to process all of the contest entries and reception reports, but each will in due course be processed.
* The only address for the "Rare, Unusual, Unique QSLs"  -  AWR "Focus on Asia" Annual DX Contest is:-
                         QSL DX Contest
                         Adventist World Radio
                         Box 29235
                         Indiana 46229 USA
Adventist World Radio - Regular QSL Policy

Adventist World Radio welcomes reception reports from listeners in all countries.  Please note the following items of information:-
* Each reception report should contain the following items of information
   - Date
   - Time, preferably expressed in International Radio Time, equivalent to UTC
   - Frequency in kHz
   - Sufficient program details to verify that you actually heard the AWR programming

 * Reception reports by postal mail are preferred, though email is also acceptable.

 * Where possible, please enclose return postage in the form of currency notes in any international currency, or mint postage stamps.  Please note that IRC coupons are too expensive for you to buy, and they are no longer valid in the United States.
* Where possible, please enclose your address label.
* You will receive a full data QSL card, including location, through the postal system in response to your reception report.
* Several different QSL cards are available.
* The envelope will be affixed with regular postage stamps, not a postage label.
* AWR does not send out email QSLs.
* It is not necessary for you to send and resend the same reception report.  All reception reports that we receive are verified with a regular full data QSL card.
* At times, there may be a delay before you receive your AWR QSL card.  This is due to the large inflow of reception reports we receive from listeners in so many different countries.
* The postal address for reception reports is:-
                         Adventist World Radio
                         Box 29235
                         Indiana 46229 USA

Dr. Adrian M. Peterson
Co-ordinator - International Relations & DX Editor
Adventist World Radio

Board of Directors
Radio Heritage New Zealand
Adventist Radio Stations in Indiana
Board of Directors Emeritus
Adventist World Radio 
NASB National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters USA

Thursday, June 19, 2014

SAQ transmission on 29 June 2014

Upcoming SAQ transmission on 17.2 kHz :

Transmissions on Alexanderson Day Sunday 29 June 2014

SAQ will be on air on Sunday 29 June. We try to start the transmitter soon after 08.30 UTC so there will be a test signal from about 08.40 UTC and a message will be sent at 09.00 UTC. A similar procedure will start at 11.30 UTC and the message will be repeated at 12.00 UTC. The frequency is 17.2 kHz CW.

(Harald Kuhl via mwcircle list)

Outage of BBC SW services to West and Central Africa.

On 13th June,2014 BBC issued the following statement regarding disruption to BBC SW services to West and Central Africa.
During the morning of Wednesday 11 June, the BBC shortwave broadcasts in English, French and Hausa to West and Central Africa were affected by problems with the electrical power supply at the transmitter station on Ascension Island.
The power was lost at 00:40, and some services were moved to other transmitter sites that regrettably cannot offer the same quality of service. Broadcasts on a few frequencies could not be transmitted at all between 05:30 and 06:30. Since then, the BBC has been able to restore some services so that they are again being broadcast from Ascension. These will continue to be broadcast through the weekend, and the BBC plans to re-instate the full service on the afternoon of Monday 16 June. We very much regret the loss of service to the audience caused by this major fault.
(BBC Press Release)

CRI Jinhua site off air

Japanese DXer Hiroshi's blog reports that CRI Jinhua site is off air.....
More info at :

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

BroadcastAsia opens with new commitment to radio

Nine sessions dedicated to discussing the future radio are promised at the 19th edition of BroadcastAsia, which got underway in Singapore on Tuesday.
Read the Asia Radio Today report at :

Monday, June 16, 2014

Radio Pakistan Chooses GatesAir AM Transmitters

Radio Pakistan, also known as the Pakistan Broadcasting Corp., has chosen GatesAir's high-power Flexiva DX and 3DX series of AM transmitters to deliver news, information and entertainment over the air and across the country.

Read the 'Radio World' artcle here :

Sixty-five jobs to go in BBC Radio

The BBC is to cut 65 jobs in its radio division, the director of BBC Radio has announced.
BBC Radio needs to save £38m by 2016/17 and compulsory redundancies are likely, Helen Boaden told staff meeting at a briefing on Tuesday morning.
The move is part of the £800m cost-cutting measures required by the BBC savings programme Delivering Quality First (DQF).
About 200 jobs, or 15% of all radio employees, will be lost from 2012-2017

More at :

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

RTI testing in DRM mode

RTI (Radio Taiwan International) was noted by a Japanese DXer testing in DRM mode. Ampegon had received contract last year by Radio Taiwan International to upgrade two radio transmission sites in Taiwan in cooperation with the local partner Techway Engineering Ltd, to manufacture, install and commission ten 300 kW DRM shortwave transmitters and twelve rigid dipole broadcast antennas.

As per Japanese SWL T.W (DFS) 5 minute tests observed at 0330 UTC & around 0800 UTC on 11860 kHz.

Here are the video's :

RTI DRM Test, 10th June 2014

RTI DRM Test, 11th June 2014

Related :

World’s biggest shortwave modernization project under execution in Taiwan

More DRM tests :
16th June 2014, 0900-0930 UTC
16th June 2014, 1542-1544 UTC, 9950 kHz

RTI German website lists the test frequencies :

Update 5th July, 2014

RTI (Radio Taiwan International) is conducting a DRM test towards India from 20th July to 31st July on 6180 kHz from 1500 to 1530 UTC.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

New Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) Platform for Southern Africa Launched

The DRM Consortium is expanding its activities with the launch of a new DRM Platform in Southern Africa. The objectives of the DRM Consortium's Southern Africa DRM Platform, a voluntary group without financial aims, are to coordinate the various industry stakeholders in the countries of Southern Africa interested in DRM, to stimulate the introduction and roll-out of DRM broadcasts and to demonstrate a business case for producing and selling DRM radio sets or auxiliary devices.
The DRM Platform in Southern Africa joins thus the Indian, Brazilian, German and other DRM national platforms working together with the DRM Consortium but using national knowledge and expertise.
The launch of the Southern Africa DRM Platform is scheduled on June 25th June and will be followed a week later by the beginning of the first DRM medium wave trial (by Radio Pulpit) in South Africa.
Dr Roelf Petersen of Radio Pulpit, the Chairman of the new Platform says: "My role will be to coordinate the strength of all the African parties involved, in order to ensure that the great potential of the DRM technology becomes a practical reality for serving the peoples of Southern Africa."
The DRM Consortium has already been present in Southern Africa, recently attending a well-attended SABA Digital Radio Broadcasting Summit in Cape Town, and being part of other SABA events in Johannesburg and in Arusha (Tanzania) last year.
"The DRM global standard can be used in all radio frequency bands and is ideal for the large countries of Southern Africa", stresses Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Chairman. "From national networks and regional stations to smaller commercial and community stations, all would be able to broadcast their digital radio programmes with enhanced content and in excellent sound quality to everyone in their respective countries. DRM is an ideal African digital solution and we have high hopes of the activity of the newly created DRM Southern Africa Platform, now open to all those interested."
The DRM Consortium's Southern Africa DRM Platform will be a facilitator and an intermediary and to be part of it please write initially to

(DRM Consortium Press Release)

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Massive storm takes Delhi FM stations off air

Asia Radio Today reports that five FM stations Radio One 94.3 FM, Big 92.7 FM, Fever 104 FM, Oye 104.8 FM and Hit 95 FM here in New Delhi  went off air after a massive storm damaged one of the city's main transmitting towers last Friday.

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Meanwhile Radio One, Hit FM & Big FM were still struggling to come on air, meanwhile Big FM & Radio One was back on air with full power however Hit FM was noted with weak signal, probably using a low power stand by txer.

Interestingly All India Radio's FM Gold Channel on 106.4 MHz was noted with RDS.None of the AIR station's uses RDS.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Israel Radio goes on strike following IBA workers’ protest demonstration

Strike called in the aftermath of protests in retaliation to government decision to dismantle the IBA.
At the directive of the Engineers Union at the Israel Broadcasting Authority, all radio stations that are part of the Israel Radio network went on strike Monday indefinitely.
The strike was called in the aftermath of a protest demonstration, where hundreds of IBA employees blocked access to the Knesset and the Finance Ministry in retaliation to a decision taken by the government and the Knesset to dismantle the IBA, fire close to 2,000 employees and open a pared down new public broadcasting entity in its stead.
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Monday, June 02, 2014

VOA Programming is Now Available in U.S. by Mobile Phone

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Voice of America has signed a new agreement with the leading digital call-to-listen platform, AudioNow, to provide VOA programming inside the United States. The new agreement expands an on-going relationship between VOA and AudioNow, which already distributes programming from VOA in 34 languages by phone.

"We are delighted that for the first time in its 72 year history VOA broadcasts will now be available inside the United States," said VOA Director David Ensor. "There are so many people in diaspora communities in this country who want to hear news in their own language, and we can provide it."

People in the United States can dial a U.S. area code and a seven-digit phone number and hear the same audio from VOA radio or television programming that they once received in their home country.

Sample access numbers for VOA programming on AudioNow are as follows:

Amharic      213.493.0122
Creole        213.493.0190
Somali        231.460.1083
Vietnamese 213.493.0225

The Somali diaspora in Canada, Norway, and Sweden have received VOA programs through AudioNow for several years. In April, AudioNow tracked over 500,000 calls to its two phone numbers for VOA Somali in Canada. Calls averaged about twenty minutes.

"We have had a huge success reaching a Somali-speaking audience outside the United States via AudioNow," said Abdirahman Yabarow, Chief of VOA's Somali Service. "Our Somali audience in Canada and other countries listens to our programs by phone because they know that they can trust VOA broadcasts."

The Voice of America's agreement with AudioNow sets a new course for VOA, following the U.S. Congress' amendment of legislation in January 2013 that had prohibited VOA from providing programs in the United States for most of the 72 years it has been on the air. The agreement also gives AudioNow the potential to offer a U.S. audience all 46 of the languages broadcast by VOA.

"Our mission is to connect anyone, anywhere to the news that matters with just a simple telephone call," said Elan Blutinger, CEO of AudioNow. "We're very proud of our long partnership with VOA, whose programs play a tremendous role in informing and engaging audiences around the world."

The Voice of America is a multimedia international broadcast service providing programming in 46 languages on radio, television, the Internet, live streamed audio and video, over social media platforms, and through more than 2,300 media outlets worldwide. It broadcasts approximately 1,800 hours of programming to an estimated audience of 164 million people each week. VOA is funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

AudioNow, based in Washington, DC, is the leading call-to-listen platform in the world. With broadcast partners on every continent, AudioNow extends the reach of radio by connecting mobile listeners to their favorite radio stations through a simple telephone call. The AudioNow platform uses proprietary "HD" voice design and patent-pending technology that serves all mobile platforms. AudioNow has more than 1,800 broadcast partners, including global leaders such as the United Nations, BBC, RFI, Voice of America, Entravision, C-SPAN and IMG College. In 2013, AudioNow delivered 2 billion listening minutes to its broadcast partners and connected users 84 million times to its platform. For more information, please contact Rebecca Walker at
For more information about this release, contact the VOA Public Relations office in Washington at (202) 203-4959, or write to For more information about VOA, visit the Public Relations website at, or the main news site at

(Press Release)

AIR likely to close more channels, transmissions, commercials

'No new recruitment of program officers, transmission for  30 years'
Sumaiya Yousuf
Srinagar, May 31:
After wrapping up the oldest Yuv-Vani Service (Voice of Youth) of All India Radio across India (AIR), AIR is likely to wind up more channels, commercials and transmissions in coming days as it is facing acute shortage of man power not only in Kashmir but throughout India.

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The Future Of Radio

Newspapers are dying. Across the United States, scores of newspapers, especially local papers, are being forced to shut down due to declining circulation and loss of ad revenue. People are moving away from the more traditional method of news consumption towards new technologies, like cable news and the Internet.

In some ways, it is easy to see the radio going in the same direction. Long gone are the days where everyone had a handheld radio sitting on their desk, playing their favorite tunes as they did their work. Nowadays, people are much more particular about their music, listening to their own playlists that they have created on Internet streaming services like Spotify and Pandora. Regular radio has been mostly relegated to the car, and even then, it is often forgotten in favor of a CD or an iPod.

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