Friday, August 31, 2018

Korean Postage Stamp Recognizes Amateur Radio Direction Finding Championships

Korea Post has issued a postage stamp in recognition of the 19th Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) World Championships, being held September 2 – 8 in Sokcho City, Gangwon Province, Korea. 

The Korean Amateur Radio League (KARL) will host the event. Representatives of at least 30 countries, including the US, are expected to participate. Events will include formal ARDF competitions on 2 meters and 80 meters, plus sprints and foxoring. 

Each country may have up to three persons per age/gender category on its team, in accordance with International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) ARDF rules. Nine men and three women have been preparing to represent the US in Korea.

More at :

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Saudi Broadcasting Corporation changes name to Saudi Broadcasting Authority

The Saudi Broadcasting Corporation has changed its English name to Saudi Broadcasting Authority

More at :

DRM India Timeline

DRM India Timeline

How long does it take to introduce a new technology? Years and years is the answer. With the success of DRM in India we have often been asked how it all began, who drove the implementation and where we are. This is how the idea of a DRM Indian Timeline was born and you can have a first glance of it here.

(Source : DRM India Chapter Noticeboard, August 2018)

IBC DRM txn via WINB - 29th August


Today Wednesday 29 August we are again in ***DRM*** on 15670 kHz via WINB at 15-15.30 UTC to North America and Europe (or you can also try to listen via remote receivers).

Of course this evening we will be on air also on 6070 kHz to Europe at 19 UTC in Italian and 20 UTC in English.

This week "Italian Shortwave Panorama" and "425 DX News"; "IBC DIGITAL" in MFSK32 (1500 Hz) will be always the last 5 minutes with two pictures.

Please send your reception reports or post your comments on FB or TW!

Good listening!


WEDNESDAY..20-20.30 UTC 6070 KHZ
SUNDAY..........10.30-11 UTC 6005 KHZ

WEDNESDAY....15.00-15.30 UTC 15670 KHZ ***DRM***

TUESDAY....01-01.30 UTC 5850 + 7780 KHZ
FRIDAY........01-01.30 UTC 9955 KHZ
FRIDAY........03.30-04 UTC 5985 KHZ
SATURDAY..20.30-21 UTC 5950 + 9395 KHZ
SATURDAY..01.30-02 UTC 5850 + 7780 KHZ
SUNDAY......00.30-01 UTC 5950 + 7730 + 9395 KHZ

EVERY DAY ENGLISH streaming on
(user: IBC password: 123456) at 14-14.30 UTC

Monday, August 27, 2018

XHE-AAC and MPEG-D DRC mandatory for Android Pie devices

Google announced the general availability of Android 9 "Pie", along with the first devices incorporating the latest release of Google's mobile operating system. Android Pie comes with a string of major upgrades in terms of audio playback, since the Extended High-Efficiency AAC (xHE-AAC) audio codec and MPEG-D DRC Loudness and Dynamic Range metadata, both substantially developed by Fraunhofer IIS, are mandatory components of the operating system. 

This opens up a world of possibilities, possibly to use Anroid tablets and mobiles to receive DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale) txns using an OTG powered SDR or the onboard digital FM radio chip.

Read the Fraunhofer IIS press relase here :

Here's an earlier press release by Fraunhofer IIC


Saturday, August 25, 2018

How 300 Radio Operators Are Helping Rescue People In Flood-Hit Kerala

The HAM or amateur radio operators are licenced to conduct such communications under specific radio frequencies by the Union Ministry of Communications.

HAM radio operators are helping in rescue operations in flood-devastated Kerala by tracing stranded people through their last mobile phone location and sharing information with officials as most communication services remain hit in the state.

Full story at  :

Digital Radio: What’s Your Strategy?

Asking the right questions will help ensure a successful digital plan of action

Read the latest blog post by Ruxandra Obreja in RadioWorld :

Friday, August 24, 2018

HDSDR Version 2.80 Beta released

HDSDR is a freeware Software Defined Radio (SDR) program for Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10, its a popular general purpose multimode program for Windows that supports various SDRs including the RTL-SDR. Version 2.80 (beta) of HDSDR was released a few days ago and brings with it a few GUI and feature updates. 

Here are the changes :

Version 2.80 Beta11 (August 21, 2018)

- fully integrated band management (ITU 1+2+3)
- FreqMgr: HFCC frequency list (import)
- FreqMgr: Perseus frequency list (import)
- FreqMgr: FindMatch consider Time, AutoFindMatch
- band selection / frequency step on main window
- Misc option: Auto-LO
- Misc option: keep Tune when LO is changed
- Auto Band Zoom (Options -> Visualization -> RF)
- Mouse Wheel option "Zoom RF"
- Forwards button for WAV files
- WAV buttons << and >> operate without WAV file
  { left click: Band +/- } { right click: Tune +/- step }
- auto subdirectories for recording
- more options for digital mode application (Options -> DigiMode Settings)
- more command line options (-lo, -tune, -mode, -rec with recording time)
- drag and drop for wav files
- split for TX (SDR-TX only!)
- slow speed for AF display
- Autosave AF waterfall {CTRL+Shift+X}

Also as per :

- GUI buttons updated to a more modern and cleaner look
- Improved friendliness to blind users during IQ recording playback
- A better IQ file player with the ability to loop over a certain time frame
- Improved snap to frequency option
- Improved LO tuning with an "autochange LO if necessary" option
- The ability to sort IQ recordings by date
- Ham/broadcast band spectrum identifiers added
- Ability to import the HFCC frequency list into the frequency manager

HDSDR Version 2.80 (beta) can be downloaded from :

Updated AIR Bangalore SW DRM schedule

All India Radio, Bangalore which has re-commissioned its 500 KW DRM SW transmitter with effect from 3rd August, 2018 started limited DRM transmissions has now expanded its SW DRM schedule with effect from 28th Aug, 2018.

Download the AIR Bengaluru DRM A18 schedule effective from 28th August, 2018 using this link :

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Shortwave test today for Africa

Test transmission on Shortwave for listeners - primarily in Africa - today Thursday August 23rd 2018:

East African Time (Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia etc) 
19.00-19.15 EAT: 11550 kHz  (1600-1615 UTC)
19.30-20.00 EAT: 9320 kHz   (1630-1700 UTC)
22.00-22.15 EAT: 9320 kHz      (1900-1915 UTC)
22.30-22.45 EAT: UTC: 11550 kHz     (1930-1945 UTC)

Central African Time (Egypt, Sudan, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa etc) 
18.00-18.15 CAT: 11550 kHz  (1600-1615 UTC)
18.30-19.00 CAT: 9320 kHz   (1630-1700 UTC)
21.00-21.15 CAT: 9320 kHz      (1900-1915 UTC)
21.30-21.45 CAT: 11550 kHz     (1930-1945 UTC)

The purpose of the test transmissions is to find out if signal strength is good enough for coverage in East Africa and possibly other parts of Africa and the Middle East. And if so - what frequency (9320 or 11550 kHz) - is the better.

The transmissions will consist of non-stop reggae music. Please write and tell about the quality of reception for all four transmissions. Write to: (No QSLs)

(Via Hard-Core-DX mailing list)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Gospell GR-216 DRM receiver - New firmware released (1.4 build 608)

Gospell has announced the release of the version 1.4 (build 608) of GR-216 digital receiver firmware.

Improvements in this new release includes:

* improved EWF (Emergency Warning Functionality)
* improved Journaline decoder
* faster DRM acquisition
* bug fixes

Please find below the download link and follow the instructions to install the firmware.

(Source : Gospell Digital Radio FB page )

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

ABU Technology Webinars

ABU Technology Webinars

DRM Digital Radio 1: Technologies and Implementations

20 Aug 2018 (Monday)

1:30 - 2:30 hrs GMT
Repeat 7:00-8:00 hrs GMT

DRM Digital Radio 2: Technologies and Implementations

21 Aug 2018 (Tuesday)

1:30 - 2:30 hrs GMT
Repeat 7:00-8:00 hrs GMT

Monday, August 13, 2018

Special broadcasts by AIR for Independence Day (15 Aug 2018)

India is celebrating its 72nd Independence Day on 15 August 2018.

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

14th August 2017 (Tuesday)  1330 UTC (7.00 pm IST) onwards "Address to the Nation" on the eve of Independence Day in Hindi and English by  Shri.Ram Nath Kovind, Hon'ble President of India.

All stations of All India Radio will relay this on MW, SW & FM.

Look out on the following Home Service SW frequencies :

4760 Leh
4760 Port Blair
4800 Hyderabad
4810 Bhopal
4835 Gangtok
4910 Jaipur
4920 Chennai  
4950 Srinagar
4970 Shillong
5010 Thiruvananthapuram
5040 Jeypore
9380 Aligarh
9865 Bangalore


15 August 2018 (Wednesday) 0135-0240 UTC (0705-0810 hrs IST)

All India Radio will broadcast the running commentary in English and Hindi on the Flag Hoisting and Prime Minster's speech to be held at Red Fort, New Delhi between 0135-0240 UTC (0705-0810 hrs IST) on 15th August, 2018 on the following SW frequencies.


11740 Panaji 250 kW
15030 Bengaluru 500 kW


6140 kHz Aligarh 250 kW ?
7340 kHz Mumbai 100 kW ?
7520 kHz New Delhi 250 kW
9380 kHz Aligarh 250 kW
11620 kHz Bengaluru 500 kW

(Note : External Services in Urdu on 6140 7340, 7520 are replaced by running commentary at this time)

The following External Services stands cancelled for that day:

9800 kHz : Nepali 0130-0230  News Hindi / English 0230-0300
11560 kHz : Pushtu 0215-0300, Dari  0300-0345
15030 kHz : Kannada 0215-0300

The Regional SW Stations will start using their day time frequencies about 1 hour or more earlier than usual on 15th August as follows to relay the Commentary. This may provide enhanced reception of stations than on normal days.

The sign on schedule for that day is as follows with normal sign on timings in brackets.

1. Bhopal - 0130 UTC (Ex 0225) 7430 kHz
2. Chennai  - 0130 UTC (Ex 0300) 7380 kHz
3. Hyderabad - 0130 UTC (Ex 0225) 7420 kHz
4. Port Blair - 0130 UTC (Ex 0315) 7390 kHz
5 Srinagar  -0130 UTC (ex 0225) 6110 kHz
6. Thiruvanathapuram - 0130 UTC (Ex 0230) 7290 kHz

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

4760 kHz Leh                                        
4835 kHz Gangtok    
4910 kHz Jaipur
4970 kHz Shillong        
5040 kHz Jeypore        
7270 kHz Chennai

Check also 13695 kHz via Bangalore

All stations of AIR will relay the running commentary.

Director ( Spectrum Management & Synergy)
All India Radio,
Room No. 204, Akashvani Bhawan,
Parliament Street
New Delhi110001, India

Watch the events live on Doordarshan TV  on all their channels .Try the following links:


(Via Jose Jacob, National Institute of Amateur Radio )

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

RTI German DRM special transmissions

Radio Taiwan International German-language special txns in #DRM mode from the Tamsui  transmitter in Taiwan:

TEST - 9th of August, 2018 (Thursday)

Frequency 11990 kHz : 1715-1720 UTC
Frequency 9700 kHz : 1815-1820 UTC

Special Transmissions :

August 26th, 2018  (Sunday) / DRM

Frequency 11990 kHz : 1700-1800 UTC
Frequency   9700 kHz : 1800-1900 UTC

September 9, 2018 (Sunday) / DRM

Frequency 11990 kHz : 1700-1800 UTC
Frequency   9700 kHz : 1800-1900 UTC

Saturday, August 04, 2018

All India Radio, Bangalore back with DRM SW transmissions

All India Radio, Bangalore has re-commissioned its 500 KW DRM SW transmitter with effect from 3rd August, 2018. DRM transmissions were off air since 27th Feb 2017 due the main tube failed.

Tentative schedule in DRM mode :

European Beam at 320 deg
1820-2230 UTC (2350-0400 IST) - 7550 kHz

Japanese beam at 90 deg
2245-0045 UTC (0415-0615 IST) - 7550 kHz

Please monitor and post your reception reports to : and 

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

HFCC Announces the Passing of its Founder Oldrich Cip

Oldrich Cip, founder and Vice Chairman of the High Frequency Coordination Conference, known as the HFCC, passed away on 27 July following a sudden illness.

Oldrich was involved in radio since he was a child -- first as an amateur radio hobbyist and later as a staff member of Czechoslovak and then Czech Radio in the international broadcasting departments. A college graduate in the field of Humanities, he spent most of his working life as a frequency manager and schedule planner. For a number of years he hosted a DX program on Radio Prague under the pen name Peter Skala.

After the end of the Cold War, he believed that broadcasters from both sides of the conflict should come together and develop a new system of planning and coordination for shortwave broadcasting. This led to the establishment of the HFCC in 1991. Oldrich was Chairman of the HFCC until 2015. Since then, he was a Vice Chairman of the group.

Oldrich lived in Prague, although he frequently spent time in his country house, where he enjoyed woodworking, guitar and country music, vintage graphics, photography and time with his family. His son Vladislav said he spent his last day there: "He enjoyed a quiet evening in the country house, with our families, all four grandchildren around, no symptoms of anything bad coming. All of a sudden, he suffered probably a heart attack or stroke. An ambulance arrived immediately but he died a few hours later."

Oldrich was married with two adult sons, Oldrich Jr. and Vladislav. Vladislav is the HFCC Secretary who manages the day-to-day operations of the organization.

From 1953 until 1997 Oldrich was an employee of Czechoslovak and later Czech Radio in Prague. He worked as a technical consultant for Czech Radio from 1998 to 2010. He specialized in planning schedules and frequencies, international coordination and distribution of shortwave radio programs for foreign countries.

Beginning in 1959 and for more than 25 years, Oldrich produced a weekly English-language program "Radio Prague Calling All Radio Hobbyists," using the nom de plume Peter Skala. In the program, he answered questions from shortwave listeners in many countries and covered a variety of scientific and other topics from the radio industry.

During the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968, Oldrich used his technical expertise to aid the "free Czechoslovak Radio," putting himself in danger in an effort to provide factual news and information about the events taking place. Thanks to the large number of smaller facilities of Czechoslovak Radio scattered all over Prague and complicated infrastructure that connected them, they were able to continue broadcasting for quite some time.

In the period of reforms around the year 1968, he established secret contacts with his colleagues from Western radio stations. He re-established the contacts after the fall of communism and started an initiative to eliminate interference on shortwave. He became the Chairman of the HFCC, which has continued to meet twice each year in different parts of the world for shortwave stations to coordinate their frequency schedules for the coming broadcast season, thus eliminating interference before each season begins. The principles of international coordination were incorporated into the ITU's International Radio Regulations during the 1997 World Radio Conference.

Oldrich was also an adviser to the Government of the Czechoslovak Republic in the preparation of the first Radio and Television Broadcasting Act after 1990, as well as a member of several EBU and ITU radiocommunication working groups. At the HFCC, he spearheaded the International Radio for Disaster Relief project whereby shortwave stations have allocated specific frequencies in each band for the transmission of emergency information in the event of natural disasters around the world.

Jeff White, Oldrich's successor as HFCC Chairman, said: "The shortwave broadcasting and listening communities have lost one of our most important proponents. The contributions of Oldrich over the years are simply unequalled. He was a humble man, but people in this industry realized the importance of his work. And he has left us a lasting legacy -- an organization which has largely eliminated interference on the shortwave bands, and it has enabled stations to use less power to reach their target areas with a good signal. For that, he will always be remembered."

For more information, contact Jeff White, HFCC Chairman, at

(Press Release)

Broadcast Cancellations - VORW Radio International

Dear VORW Radio Listeners,

Happy August! In today's newsletter I will be addressing a number of schedule changes, unfortunately a good number of broadcasts have been discontinued due to lack of funding. Donations to keep this program on the air are always appreciated via PayPal to

Our main change is that the broadcast via WBCQ on 7490 kHz, previously at 5 PM Eastern (21 UTC) every Thursday is now at 9 PM Eastern every Thursday (01 UTC FRI). All broadcasts to Europe and North America on Saturdays and Sundays are cancelled.

The current broadcast schedule is below! VORW Radio Int. is a weekly light entertainment radio show, featuring miscellaneous talk and listener-requested music. It's a laid back program where you can hear music of all genres and eras and even learn a thing or two about the songs and artists played! You can listen in regularly or infrequently and still be able to perfectly follow the show.


6 AM Eastern - 1000 UTC - 5950 kHz to Western North America
4 PM Eastern - 2000 UTC - 7780 kHz, 5950 kHz to North America
6 PM Eastern - 2200 UTC - 9955 kHz, 5950 kHz to South America
8 PM Eastern - 0000 UTC - 7730 kHz to Western North America
8 PM Eastern - 0000 UTC - 9395 kHz to Eastern North America
9 PM Eastern - 0100 UTC - 5850 kHz, 7780 kHz to North America
9 PM Eastern - 0100 UTC - 7490 kHz to Eastern North America


Midnight Eastern - 0400 UTC -  9 PM Pacific Thursday - 7730 kHz to Western North America
5 PM Eastern - 2100 UTC - 9955 kHz to South America

Please send correspondence to - 

You can hear VORW Radio International on Tunein Radio at the following times:

1 PM Eastern every Thursday:
6 PM Eastern every Thursday:
5 PM Eastern every Friday:

Latest programs may be heard on-demand via SoundCloud here:

This show is on the air exclusively via your support, please keep what's left alive via PayPal to:


John (VORW Radio International)

Bougainville in line for shortwave radio restoration

The Papua New Guinea government is contemplating restoring short wave radio services to Bougainville, after they were shut down during the civil war.

Full story at :