Wednesday, December 25, 2019

PBC adopts Digital Radio Mondiale, unveils digital migration policy

According to a news report published in Dawn, Islamabad on 24th Dec, 2019 Digital migration policy for PBC (Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation) will be presented to Prime Minister next week. Information Secretary Zahida Parveen told a subcommittee of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting.

The secretary said the digital migration policy would be implemented in PBC in three phases at the cost of Rs3.995 billion in six years. 

1st Phase - Estimated cost of Rs42 million, digital broadcast pilot project will be completed in one year
1 kW DRM/FM station - Islamabad
400 kW DRM/AM station - Peshawar
100 KW DRM/AM station - Dera Ismail Khan.

2nd Phase - To be completed in three years at the cost of Rs 3,153 million.
1000 KW DRM/AM station - Fort Monroe, Dera Ghazi Khan
5-10 kW DRM/FM stations - At 13 cities

3rd Phase - Estimated cost of Rs800 million.
100 KW DRM/AM stations - Lahore, Skardu, Quetta and Peshawar

The committee was informed that the technology migration of Radio Pakistan from analogue to digital, would allow transmission of four channels on a single transmitter and crystal clear sound quality.

The transformation to digital will cut the operational costs of Radio Pakistan. The new technology was a necessity as the obsolete AM/FM held receivers were no more available in the market.

With the new digital technology, all locally assembled cars will be equipped with DRM receivers and the local assemblers and manufacturers will incorporate DRM capability in mobile phones.

(Source : Dawn/APP, 25 Dec 2019)

DRM = Digital Radio Mondiale

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

NDR Christmas Special - 24th Dec 2019

NDR Christmas Special special transmissions via Media Broadcast on 24th Dec'19

24th December 2019 (Tuesday)

1900-2100 UTC

6030 kHz ERV Europe
6080 kHz NAU Atlantic - North
9570 kHz MOS Indian Ocean Eest
9740 kHz NAU Indian Ocean West
9800 kHz ISS Atlantic/Indian Ocean(South Africa)
11650 kHz ISS  Atlantic - South

2100-2300 UTC

6145 kHz NAU Atlantic - North
6155 kHz ERV Atlantic - South
9590 kHz ISS Atlantic/Indian Ocean(South Africa) 
9675 kHz MOS Indian Ocean West
9740 kHz NAU Indian Ocean East
9830 kHz ISS Europe

Please send your answer and reception reports to :

On Christmas Eve, Norddeutsche Rundfunndr broadcasts messages to sailors all over the world in the radio broadcast "Gruss an Bord" or "Greeting aboard" - greetings to the ship's crew in their home country. The greetings to the sailors were recorded at two "greeting on board" events in the Adventszeit: on 4 December in the  Cultural memory in Wilhelmine gear in neutral and on December 11 in the Hamburg Seemannsmission "Duckdalben". Relatives and friends had the opportunity to wish their loved ones at sea a happy holiday and a good new year. The show "Greeting aboard" was heard for Christmas 1953 for the first time on the radio. It is thus one of the oldest existing radio broadcasts in the world.

More about program "Gruss an Bord"

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Radio Poland expands coverage

Starting in the new year, listeners will be able to tune in to Radio Poland's English Service through a new rebroadcasting arrangement on 1386 kHz medium wave.

NASB 2020 Annual Meeting at Alabama

Meeting Dates:   Thursday, May 14-Friday, May 15, 2020

Location: EWTN, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Meeting Location:   WEWN Shortwave transmitter site near Leeds, Alabama (suburbs of Birmingham)

Conference Host:  EWTN/WEWN

Costs for Attendees:  There is no cost to attend the meeting itself, and the meals indicated in the agenda will be provided free of charge.  Attendees must pay their own travel and accommodation expenses.  

Hotel info, registration & agenda details can be found here :

Monday, December 16, 2019

KTWR Special Christmas Broadcasts in DRM mode

KTWR will broadcast special Christmas broadcasts in DRM mode starting 14th Dec, 2019 :

day        date time (UTC) freq  beam language program
Saturday  14 Dec 1100–1200 9910  305 Mandarin Jesus Film
Sunday    15 Dec 1030–1100 13800 285 English  2018 Christmas Special **
Monday    23 Dec 1024-1055 13800 285 English  2019 Christmas Special
Monday    23 Dec 1228-1243 7500  320 English  2019 Christmas Special
Tuesday   24 Dec 1024-1055 13800 285 English  2019 Christmas Special
Tuesday   24 Dec 1228-1243 7500  320 English  2019 Christmas Special
Wednesday 25 Dec 1024-1055 13800 285 English  2019 Christmas Special
Wednesday 25 Dec 1228-1243 7500  320 English  2019 Christmas Special

** your feedback on this one needed!  Since it has significant music we're using SBR.  
To get the data rate for SBR we're reducing FEC to PL=1. Too many dropouts???) 

(Steve Brunson,KTWR Chief Engineer,Agana,Guam)

Saturday, December 14, 2019

BBC Hindi shortwave broadcasts to go off air on 31st Jan

BBC Hindi announced on 13th Dec, 2019 that all shortwave broadcasts will be off air by 31st Jan, 2020 and going forward focus will be on digital.

Last broadcast of BBC Hindi morning program 'Namaskar Bharat' at 0100 UTC (0630 IST) will be on 27th December, 2019.

Similarly last evening transmission of BBC Hindi at 1400 UTC (1930 IST) will be on 31st January, 2020.

BBC Hindi will continue investing in newer digital platforms.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Radio Free Asia releases Year of the Rat QSL

Radio Free Asia (RFA)announces its Chinese Lunar Year QSL

The Year of the Rat begins January 25, 2020 and ends February 11, 2021. The rat is one of twelve animals used in the Chinese zodiac. Those born in a rat year are considered ambitious, meticulous, industrious and sociable. They are also are very focused, naturals at following their instincts, and they are highly attentive which supposedly makes them excellent in business. This is RFA's 72ndQSL and is used to confirm all valid RFA reception reports January – April 2020.

Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, Tibetan (including Uke, Amdo, and Kham dialects), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in our editorial content. As a 'surrogate' broadcaster, RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of our target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of our broadcasts comprise news of specific local interest.  More information about RFA, including our current broadcast frequency schedule, is always 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 DXers, but also from our 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

Monday, December 09, 2019

AT1RS - HAMS celebrating 250th Session of Rajya Sabha & 70th anniversary of the Indian Constitution


Dates and time 08.12.2019 to 22.02.2020 qrv on all saturdays, sundays and other holidays

250th Session of Rajya Sabha The Parliament of India is a magnificent manifestation of the democratic ethos of our country. The Parliament of India has three constituents, namely, the President of India, the Rajya Sabha (Council of States) and the Lok Sabha (House of the People). The Council of States (Rajya Sabha) consists of not more than two hundred fifty members, out of which two hundred and thirty-eight members represent the States and Union territories and twelve members are nominated by the President. The Rajya Sabha is a permanent body and is not subject to dissolution. However, one-third of its members retire biennially. A member who is elected for a full term retains his membership for six years.

Rajya Sabha being a federal chamber enjoys certain special powers under the Constitution. All the subjects/areas regarding legislation have been divided into three Lists - Union List, State List and concurrent List. Union and State Lists are mutually exclusive - one cannot legislate on a matter placed in the sphere of the other. However, if Rajya Sabha passes a resolution by a majority of not less than two-thirds of members present and voting saying that it is "necessary or expedient in the national interest" that Parliament should make a law on a matter enumerated in the State List, Parliament becomes empowered to make a law on the subject specified in the resolution, for the whole or any part of the territory of India. 

70th anniversary of the Indian Constitution 

The Constitution of India was framed by a Constituent Assembly set up under the Cabinet Mission Plan of 1946. The Constituent Assembly set up 13 committees for framing the constitution including a Drafting Committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. On the basis of the reports of these committees, a draft of the Constitution was prepared by a seven-member Drafting Committee. It is the longest written Constitution in the world containing 395 Articles, 22 Parts and 12 Schedules. If one looks at the formation, adoption and passing of the Constitution of India, it took a total of 2 years, 11 months, and 18 days to complete it. 

People of India are the ultimate custodians of the Constitution. It is in them that sovereignty vests and it is in their name that the Constitution was adopted. The Constitution empowers the citizen, but the citizen too empowers the Constitution – by following it, by adhering to it, by protecting it, and by persevering to make it more meaningful with words and deeds. The Constitution is nobody's preserve – and it is everybody's preserve. The Fundamental Duties of citizens were added to the Constitution by the 42nd Amendment in 1976, upon the recommendations of the Swaran Singh Committee that was constituted by the Government. The Committee suggested that steps needed to be taken to ensure that the individual did not overlook his duties while in exercise of his Fundamental Rights.

AMATEUR RADIO FIELD DAY 2020 AT1RS Dedicated to Bharat Ratna Dr.B.R.Ambedkar
Dates and time 25.01.2020 to 26.01.2020
Organised by: Repeater society of Calicut and MARS Ham Radio or Amateur Radio

Often called "ham radio," the Amateur Radio Service has been around for a century. In that time, it's grown into a worldwide community of licensed operators using the airwaves with every conceivable means of communications technology. Amateur Radio is a fascinating hobby for people or all ages of all walks of life irrespective of age, educational qualifications and status. Its people range in age from youngsters to grandparents. Even rocket scientists and a rock star or two are in the ham ranks. Most, however, are just normal folks who enjoy learning and being able to transmit voice, data and pictures through the air to unusual places, both near and far, without depending on commercial systems. It is well suited to the persons with disabilities and elder citizens who are looking for new friends in their life. 

Ham radio has always been in the forefront whenever a disaster strikes, be it a flood, a cyclone, an earthquake or whatever kind of natural or man made situation.. The Amateur Radio frequencies are the last remaining place in the usable radio spectrum where one as an individual can develop and experiment with wireless communications. Hams not only can make and modify their equipment, but can create w hole new ways to do things  

Sunday, December 08, 2019

World Radio TV Handbook 2020

World Radio TV Handbook 2020, the 74th edition of the bestselling directory of global broadcasting on LW, MW, SW and FM, is now available and can be ordered here :

The Features section for this 74th edition includes articles on the development of HF Transmitting Antennas, Sea Breeze, Wind from Japan, Radio on New Caledonia, Sidi Mansour Transmitter Site, and MW Propagation as well as our regular Digital Update. 

There are equipment reviews of the Elad FDM Duo R, Airspy HF+ Discovery, Tecsun 310ET, Tecsun AN-200 antenna, and the SDRPlay RSPDuo's Diversity upgrade, along with other information and maps.

The remaining pages are, as usual, full of information on:

- National and International broadcasts and broadcasters
- Clandestine and other target broadcasters
- MW and SW frequency listings
- National TV by country
- Extensive Reference section

Book ISBN: 978-1-9998300-2-1

 Get you copy now !

Saturday, November 16, 2019

All India Radio’s new state-of-the-art Broadcast Auditorium inaugurated

The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Shri Prakash Javadekar inaugurated All India Radio's new Broadcast Auditorium and launched a digital version of 'Gurbani' of archival value as preserved in PrasarBharati Archives at New Delhi today.  To mark the 550th Prakash Parv of Guru Nanak DevJi, 'BaniUtsav' – a Shabad-Kirtan Concert by eminent Raagis was also organized by the External Services Division of All India Radio.

Expressing his contentment over the successfully completed new Auditorium, the Minister for Information and Broadcasting stated that this multi-purpose auditorium will now act as a one stop-destination for artists which will help in promoting their creativity and talent while also catering to honing one's own skills and thus simultaneously representing India in the global front, "An auditorium of its own would not only help in organizing the existing regular events but also organise more events to popularise various genres of music, dance, theatre etc. and have the potential of turning the place into a new cultural hub and destination in the capital", said Shri Javadekar.

Lauding the joined efforts of both PrasarBharati and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in completing the state-of-the-art modernAuditorium, Shri Javadekar stressed to make the adequate utilization of such a facility and promote work of art.

Accompanied by Union Minister of Food Processing Industries, Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Babul Supriyo, a Plaque of the New Auditorium was also unveiled by Shri Javadekar.

Recalling upon the teachings of Guru Nanak DevJi Maharaj, Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badalspoke of the noble saint's Prakash having spread far and wide not only today in the times of technology, but over 500 years ago when he walked on the surface of the earth and travelled from Asia to Middle-East, Caribbean shores to Central Asian meadows and was received as a prophet of succour and solaceneeded by humanity for worldly and eternal peace, with a message of universal brotherhood.

The need for a modern auditorium of its own was felt for long by the constituents of PrasarBharati – All India Radio and Doordarshan for organizing cultural events like music and dance concerts, talent hunt shows, memorial lectures etc.

The 465-seat Auditorium encompasses Broadcast Museum, SanskarGeet Corner, Rehearsal Hall, Library, Conference facility and Cafeteria under one roof with a gallery overlooking the floor and inbuilt devices for recording, online editing, uplinking and live streaming of audio and visual content. This facility will cater to the requirements of PrasarBharati's aural and visual wings, i.e. All India Radio and Doordarshan.

The auditorium complex which is situated inside the AIR premises in the Parliament Street overlooks a newly created sprawling Rock Garden as part of its front façade and a huge green lawn at the posterior. Facade of the auditorium complex has been planned in conformity with Broadcasting house which is a heritage building Grade-II as per the NDMC list of heritage building.

It is worth mentioning that the entire space where this modern auditorium has come up was in a dilapidated condition. Massive renovation and retrofitting was required to be done to suit as per the requirement of the auditorium complex. The project was completed within a record time of 15 months which included 6 months time for renovation and retrofitting.

Amongst those present at the event were Dr. A. Surya Prakash, Chairman, PrasarBharati; Shri ShashiShekharVempati, CEO, PrasarBharati; Shri Amit Khare, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Shri FayyazSheheryar, Director General, All India Radio.

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

Friday, November 15, 2019

BBC changes due to maintaniance of 250 kW txer at BBC Kranji site

Due to tecnical modification of 250 kW txer at BBC Kranji site, following changes will take effect with effect from 18th November, 2019 :

100 kW backup transmitter will be used for below mentioned transmissions  :

1100-1200 UTC 11945 kHz smtwtfs 330 deg English 49W
1330-1400 UTC 11995 kHz smtwtfs 340 deg Burmese 49NW 
1500-1700 UTC 7485  kHz smtwtfs  315 deg English 30S,39NE,40 

BBC DRM english transmission will be from Trincomalee, Sri Lanka wef 18th Nov 2019, Monday, time and frequency remains same.

0800-0900 UTC on 15620 kHz (Via Trincomalee, ex via Kranji)    

BBC Analogue tests via Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

BBC Analogue test transmission via Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, today and tomorrow, 15th and 16th Nov 0800-0900 on 15730 kHz please check.

TWR South Asia - Changes in broadcast from Grigoriopol

Due to interference experienced form IRIB broadcast on 7530 kHz, TWR has moved from 7535 kHz to 7590 kHz as of 14th November 2019.

1600-1630 UTC on 7590 kHz 300 kW 98 Deg  Ant 2/4/0.5   Sun - Sat  URDU

BBC English DRM txn via Trincomalee instead of Kranji

Due to tecnical modification of 250 kW txer at BBC Kranji site, BBC DRM english transmission will be transmitted from Trincomalee, Sri Lanka wef 18th Nov 2019, Monday, time and frequency remains same. 

0800-0900 UTC on 15620 kHz (Via Trincomalee, ex via Kranji)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

FTIOM & UBMP, November 10-16

From the Isle of Music, November 10-16:

This week, our special guest is Kiki Valera, whose new album Vivencias en clave cubana is already becoming a critical and popular

The broadcasts take place:

1. For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere (including parts of East Asia and Oceania) with 100Kw, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 KHz, from Sofia, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)
If you don't have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to an uplink from a listening radio in the Netherlands during the broadcast at

2. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0100-0200 UTC (New UTC) on WBCQ, 7490 KHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EST in the US).
If you don't have a shortwave or are out of range, you can listen to a live stream from the WBCQ website here (choose 7490)

3 & 4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany.
If you don't have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to an uplink from a listening radio  in Europe. 

Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, November 10 and 12:

The theme of Episode 138 is time. 
The transmissions take place:

1.Sundays 2300-2330 UTC (6:00PM -6:30PM Eastern US) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 KHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe
If you don't have a shortwave or are out of range, you can listen to a live stream from the WBCQ website here (choose 7490)

2. Tuesdays 2000-2030 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe.
If you don't have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to an uplink from different web SDRs in Europe. 

Wednesday, November 06, 2019



Effective Oct 27,2019 to Mar 29 ,2020  

UTC Freq Azm Lang Target

0800 6075  270 ENG Pac.Rim
0900 6120  300 RUS E.Rus
1000 6115  270 ENG Pac.Rim
1100 6045  300 RUS E.Rus
1200 11760 270 ENG Pac.Rim
1300 11760 300 CHN N.China
1400 11760 270 ENG Pac. Rim
1500 11755 300 RUS E.Central Rus

UTC Freq Azm Lang Target
0800 7370 285 CHN E.China
0900 7370 285 CHN E.China
1000 9665 285 CHN E.China
1100 9665 285 CHN E.China
1200 9665 270 ENG Pac.Rim
1300 11785 300 CHN N.China
1400 11830 300 CHN N.China
1500 11830 300 CHN N.China  

(Alokesh Gupta)

AIR-Adilabad celebrates 33rd anniversary

Pioneer in using Telangana slang, AIR Adilabad turns 33

The station has established an image as the only radio station airing all its programmes in chaste Telangana Telugu dialect, says S Sumanaspati Reddy, programme head

"The station became operational on October 12, 1986. It started FM broadcasting on August 15, 1986. Since then, it has established an image as the only radio station and television airing all its programmes in chaste Telangana Telugu dialect, thus enticing itself to the audiences.

Full report at : 

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Radio Stations in Jammu, Srinagar and Leh renamed

Radio stations in Jammu, Srinagar and Leh have been renamed as All India Radio, Jammu; All India Radio, Srinagar; and All India Radio Leh, respectively.

With the approval of Prasar Bharati Board, the nomenclature has been changed from 'Radio Kashmir' to 'All India Radio' in the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. This change comes into effect from 31st October, 2019.

The identity announcements from these stations have been changed to "All India Radio"/"Akashvani" from "Radio Kashmir" with effect from today, i.e. 31 October, 2019, alongside the appointed day of Jammu & Kashmir Re-organisation Act, 2019.


NHK Radio Japan B19 schedule is now available, download using this link  :

KTWR Transmitter Outage

KTWR DRM Listeners,

One of KTWR's three transmitters is down.  We will be unable to continue our DRM testing on Wednesday 11995 to China, Thursday 7500 to Japan, and Sunday 13800 to India until we receive parts.  We are hoping to have all three transmitters up and continue our normal B19 DRM schedule by Wednesday, 6 November.

We appreciate your interest and the information you are providing to us.

Thank you,

Steve Brunson
KTWR Chief Engineer
Agana, Guam

Saturday, October 26, 2019


with effect from Oct 27th, 2019 to March 28th, 2020


B19 Changes to All India Radio External Services: (Timings UTC, Frequencies in kHz)

0000-0045 Tamil Delete 13695(B)
0215-0300 Kannada Delete 13695(B)
0315-0415 Hindi 13695(B)
0845-0945 Indonesian Add 17870(B)
1000-1100 English 13645(B) (ex 13605), 17510(B) (ex 17895)
1115-1200 Thai 15770(P) (ex 15410)
1145-1315 Chinese 17510(B) (ex 17705)
1215-1330 Tibetan 9575(B) (ex 9425)
1330-1500 English 9690(B) (ex 13695)
1615-1730 Hindi 11590(P) ex 12025
1615-1730 Persian Delete 13640(B)
1730-1830 Malayalam 11590(P) ex 12025
1730-1945 Arabic Delete 13640(B)
1745-1945 English 9950(B) ex 9910
1745-1945 English 9950(B) ex 9910
1945-2045 French Delete 13640(B)
2045-2230 English 9950(B) ex 9910
2245-0045 English Delete 6045(Kh)
2300-0000 Hindi 9950(B), ex 9910, Delete 13695(B)

For latest updated B19 schedules please check in the links given below:

1) External Service Time Wise: http:/
2) External Service Language Wise:
3) Complete SW service in Frequency order :

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



27 Oct 2019 - 28 Mar 2020

UTC         KHZ   TARGET          DAYS

0000 - 0558 15720 Pacific         Daily
0559 - 0758 11725 Pacific         Daily
0759 - 1058 9765  Pacific         Daily
1059 - 1258 9700  Solomon Isl,PNG Daily
1259 - 1958 6115  Pacific         Sat
1259 - 1650 6115  Pacific         Sun-Fri
1651 - 1750 5975  Tonga Niue Samoa Cook Is Sun-Fri DRM
1751 - 1850 7330  Tonga Niue Samoa Cook Is Sun-Fri DRM
1851 - 1958 9780  Tonga Niue Samoa Cook Is Sun-Fri DRM
1959 - 2058 11725 Pacific         Daily
2059 - 2258 13840 Pacific         Daily
2259 - 2358 15720 Pacific         Daily

RNZI is available on Satellite, courtesy of TVNZ Pacific Service.
The coverage area extends from Singapore, and eastward to the Cook Islands, which includes Fiji, Tonga, Niue and Samoa.
IS19/23 C Slot A
DL 4146.5 V
FEC 3/4
SR 5.6320

Submit reception reports at : 

(Alokesh Gupta) 

NXP – in Cooperation with DRM Consortium on DRM Implementation and Rollout First India infotainment forum

First India infotainment forum by NXP – in Cooperation with DRM Consortium on DRM Implementation and Rollout

NXP Semiconductors, the world's largest provider of automotive semiconductors 1, in collaboration with the DRM Digital Radio Consortium hosted the first annual NXP Cockpit and Infotainment Forum in New Delhi on October 22, 2019.

The event showcased the latest trends and solutions in infotainment systems that advance the in-vehicle experience. It also shared a full view into the development of DRM and the inclusion of DRM receivers in many of the new models on the roads in India. Participants received updates on the All India Radio rollout as well as presentations on how NXP's latest generation of software defined radio facilitates DRM digital radio for  Infotainment system architectures. The discussions of aspects of infotainment from radio and audio, processing as well as connectivity gave a unique feel to this newly initiated car top event. A full day of presentations, discussions and demos highlighted the great appetite consumers have for cars that are equipped with the latest technologies to keep them safe, informed and entertained.

The broadcasting and manufacturing industry as well as representatives from key government bodies like TRAI, the Indian regulator embraced the opportunity to share their information and experience. They, in turn, received up-to-date information on the latest developments in the infotainment sector.

"India infotainment and cockpit consumer preferences are changing rapidly. NXP innovations are at the forefront of this technology and aim to deliver best in class in-cabin experience, connectivity and safety. The first annual NXP Cockpit & Infotainment Forum brought key stakeholders of the industry and government together to help drive the adoption of digital radio and world class infotainment in India, said Ashok Chandak," senior director global sales and marketing, NXP Semiconductors.

"NXP has been driving Digital Radio adoption in India and worldwide together with the DRM Consortium. It was a pleasure to see the great progress of DRM receiver deployments in India, along with All India Radio's 39 DRM transmitters operational. This one-of-a-kind event created a new forum for major car OEMs, AIR, TRAI, Tier 1's, and ecosystem partners to join together and address Infotainment solutions that will meet consumer aspirations," commented, Ron Schiffelers, Senior Director - Program management at NXP Semiconductors.

Ruxandra Obreja, the DRM Chairman, said "The NXP-DRM car event in New Delhi was a great moment where our message was that DRM, whether in AM or FM, is just one standard with the same features and benefits. The demos of DRM for FM showed how DRM can also enhance the performance of the many cars that an increasing number of Indians desire and will own. The collaboration of the different industries and organisations represented at this unique event is a sure way to help them achieve their own goals, maintain and grow the number of car owners, listeners to DRM digital radio."

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Radio Asia 2019: Workshop on DRM Implementation and Rollout

Workshop on DRM Implementation and Rollout

The DRM Digital Radio Consortium will take part in the ABU RadioAsia 2019 events hosted by Bangladesh Betar in the capital, Dhaka, October 29-31. Top experts of the Consortium will give their view explaining why DRM is more than just a platform, a true enabler of new and digital content for the benefit of listeners. The workshop "DRM - Smart radio for All", scheduled for October 30th in the afternoon, will address directly the multiple uses that can be derived from DRM for ensuring quality information, entertainment, education to poor and rural populations and for communicating in times of looming environmental disasters and crises.

The workshop aims to provide broadcasters, policy makers and other stakeholders with a clear understanding of the DRM digital radio broadcasting technology, its features and benefits and how DRM, used in all bands for local, regional, national and full-country coverage can enhance and future proof radio and its popularity among listeners.

Olya Booyar, Head of Radio, ABU, is looking forward eagerly to the workshop. "RadioAsia this year is themed 'Radio All Around Us: More than just a medium' and the special DRM workshop will show how digital radio is a new language that practitioners and listeners have to learn so that the many benefits of radio develop in the future," she says. "More than anything, we think the DRM workshop will be a practical way to learn and share valuable information on implementation and results from real case studies."

For Ruxandra Obreja, the DRM Chairman, "RadioAsia in 2019 sounds intriguing, challenging and raising the right questions for 2020 and beyond. Therefore, we are looking forward to being part of the debate. We are ready to link with all those interested in learning about and rolling out DRM, like Bangladesh Betar, and others in the Asia pacific region."

(Press Release)

KBS World B19 Frequency change to India

With the beginning of B19 season at 0100 UTC, October 27, 2019, KBS World Radio English Service to India will broadcast at 1400-1700 UTC on 9630 kHz instead of 9785kHz. 

(Source : KBS World Radio)

DW B19

DW B19
wef 27 Oct 2019 to 28 March 2020 

Language Time/UTC Frequency Transmitter Site Target Area Weekday
AMHARIC 1600 - 1700 11995 kHz ISSOUDUN   Ethiopia      daily
AMHARIC 1600 - 1700 13775 kHz ISSOUDUN   Ethiopia      daily 
HAUSA   0630 - 0700 07220 kHz SAO TOME   Africa (west) daily
HAUSA   0630 - 0700 09570 kHz ISSOUDUN   Africa (west) daily
HAUSA   0630 - 0700 09830 kHz ISSOUDUN   Africa (west) daily
HAUSA   1300 - 1400 09830 kHz SAO TOME   Africa (west) daily
HAUSA   1300 - 1400 11980 kHz SAO TOME   Africa (west) daily
HAUSA   1300 - 1400 17800 kHz ISSOUDUN   Africa (west) daily
HAUSA   1800 - 1900 09570 kHz ISSOUDUN   Africa (west) daily
HAUSA   1800 - 1900 09785 kHz ISSOUDUN   Africa (west) daily
HAUSA   1800 - 1900 09830 kHz SAO TOME   Africa (west) daily
SWAHILI 1000 - 1100 15275 kHz MADAGASCAR Africa (east) daily
SWAHILI 1000 - 1100 17710 kHz MADAGASCAR Africa (east) daily

Football specials :
HAUSA   1425 - 1630 15195 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa (west) Saturday 02.11.19 - 09.11.19
HAUSA   1425 - 1630 15320 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa (west) Saturday 02.11.19 - 09.11.19
HAUSA   1425 - 1630 15195 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa (west) Saturday 23.11.19 - 21.12.19
HAUSA   1425 - 1630 15320 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa (west) Saturday 23.11.19 - 21.12.19
HAUSA   1425 - 1630 15195 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa (west) Saturday 18.01.20 - 21.03.20
HAUSA   1425 - 1630 15320 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa (west) Saturday 18.01.20 - 21.03.20

(Alokesh Gupta)

Tuesday, October 22, 2019


On August 5th, 2019 KTWR began transmitting high-powered DRM broadcast to India, China and Japan / Korea, each country on a different day of the week:  

Wednesday 11995 kHz 1026-1056 UTC ANT2A-315 50kW English  (China)   unchanged

Thursday 7500 kHz 1230-1245 UTC ANT2A-345 50kW English (Japan/Korea) 31-Oct-19

Sunday 13800 kHz 1026-1056 UTC ANT3-285 90kW English (South Asia) November

This is a test broadcast and we are asking listeners to send back SNR and other data to us so we can learn how each mode behaves to real targets.

For the latest updates to the KTWR DRM broadcast go to

For more information about DRM go to

(Updated on 22-Oct-19)


Tuesday, October 01, 2019

DRM - ABU Workshop on DRM Implementation and Rollout

The DRM Digital Radio Implementation and Rollout Workshop is jointly organised by the Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Consortium and the Asia-pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU). The workshop will take place from 9-10 October 2019 in the Malaysian capital at the Holiday Inn Express Kuala Lumpur Hotel.

The workshop aims to provide broadcasters, regulators, policy makers, governments and other stakeholders with a clear understanding of the DRM digital radio broadcasting technology, features and benefits. The event will cover some planning methods, step-by-step implementation examples and the various solutions and strategies available for anyone planning to move from analogue to a digital radio system. They will go from planning for local coverage to full-scale countrywide rollout on all broadcasting bands. This two-day workshop will share expert knowledge and share some of the case studies and experiences in transition from analogue to digital radio from the region and beyond.

Ahmed Nadeem, Director, ABU Technology & Innovation, is keen for the workshop "to continue the good experience of the first workshop in 2018 and the development of DRM in the region moving forward. We are offering a unique chance to colleagues to learn and share valuable implementation information and results from real case studies."

For Ruxandra Obreja, the DRM Chairman "this event has become one of the most interactive workshops we are organising, a chance for broadcast Technicians and engineers, policy makers, regulators, corporate executives and managers, government officials dealing with strategic planning and other interested colleagues and representatives to join in a unique DRM sharing experience."

Please register online at

(Press Release)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

USAGM Board of Governors announces CEO for interim period

WASHINGTON--The U.S. Agency for Global Media's (USAGM) Board of Governors is pleased to announce that effective October 1, 2019, Grant Turner, currently USAGM's Chief Financial Officer (CFO), will serve as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director of USAGM on an interim basis until the President appoints a Senate-confirmed CEO.

"We are confident he will provide strong leadership during this time of transition," said Board Chairman Kenneth Weinstein. "Grant's strong management and process-driven background is exactly what we need to continue building on our achievements, increasing our impact and advancing our strategic plan."

"Grant has earned the respect of our Board, senior management team and employees since joining the agency and has the Board's full confidence as he takes on the role of CEO," said current CEO John F. Lansing.

Prior to joining USAGM as CFO in February 2016, Turner served as the Budget Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, and as the Budget Director for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in Washington, D.C. Turner also worked for six years at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) where he was assigned to the National Security Division and the Office of the Deputy Director for Management. He is a 1989 graduate of Brigham Young University-Hawaii, and holds a Master's in Business Administration from Chaminade University of Honolulu and a Master's in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Turner succeeds outgoing CEO and Director John F. Lansing, who previously announced his departure from the agency at the end of September to become CEO of National Public Radio (NPR). John Barkhamer, currently USAGM's Deputy CFO, will serve as Acting CFO.

While serving as CEO during this interim period, Turner will work closely with Steve Capus, Senior Advisor to the CEO with extensive knowledge and proficiency in journalism and production, and Matt Walsh, Deputy Director for Operations, as well as USAGM's network leadership and senior management.

(Press Release)

Saturday, September 21, 2019

All India Radio's special transmission for "Mahalaya 2019"

All India Radio's special transmission for "Mahalaya 2019"

Date : 28th September, 2019 (Saturday)
Time : 0355 - 0545 IST, 2225 UTC (27th Sept 2019) to 0015 UTC (28th Sept, 2019)
* some stations have late sign in & may continue past 0100 UTC

"Mahishasuramardini" is a special two hour transmission consisting of Sanskrit & Bengali recitation & music orated by Late Shri.Birendra Krishna Bhadra. All India Radio has been broadcasting this program since early 1930's. The sheer nostalgia is what makes the dawn of Mahalaya special as one of the most looked forward to Radio broadcasts. Countdown of Indian festival of Durga Puja starts from the day of Mahalaya. 

Frequencies observed during past years :


4810 - Bhopal
4835 - Gangtok (Irregular)
4910 - Jaipur


531 - Jodhpur
549 - Ranchi
603 - Ajmer
621 - Patna A
648 - Indore A
657 - Kolkata A
666 - New Delhi B
675 - Chattarpur
684 - Port Blair
711 - Siliguri
729 - Guwahati A
747 - Lucknow A
756 - Jagdalpur
774 - Shimla
801 - Jabalpur
810 - Rajkot A
819 - New Delhi A
828 - Silchar
846 - Ahmedabad A
891 - Rampur
909 - Gorakhpur
918 - Suratgarh
954 - Nazibabad
981 - Raipur
990 - Jammu
1008 - Kolkata B
1026 - Allahabad A
1044 - Mumbai A
1125 - Tezpur
1179 - Rewa
1242 - Varanasi
1260 - Ambikapur
1296 - Darbhanga
1314 - Bhuj
1386 - Gwalior
1395 - Bikaner
1404 - Gangtok
1458 - Bhagalpur
1530 - Agra
1593 - Bhopal A

Sign on observed by Jose Jacob at different times as follows:

2225 UTC (3.55am IST) 4910, 531, 603, 666, 675, 711, 747, 756, 774, 801, 819, 828, 891, 918, 956, 990, 1008, 1044, 1386, 1395, 1530.
2230 UTC (4.00 am IST) 4835, 1404.
2250 UTC (4.20 am IST) 846, 1179
2255 UTC (4.25 am IST) 4810, 621, 648, 810, 909, 954, 981, 1026, 1242, 1260, 1296, 1593.

Please email your observations & receptions reports to :


Director (Spectrum Management & Synergy)
All India Radio,
Room No. 204
Akashvani Bhawan,
Parliament Street
New Delhi 110001, India

Related :

What is Mahalaya ?

Come Mahalaya, Birendra Krishna Bhadra's recitation still default choice for All India Radio

(Alokesh Gupta)

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Special transmisson by LRA 36 National Radio Arcangel San Gabriel


Saturday, September 21, 2019 LRA 36 will hold a special transmission from the Base Esperanza, Antarctica Argentina.

1300-1415 UTC (1000 -1115 hours Local Time) on 15476 kHz

Reception reports should be sent to and, if correct, will be verified with a special electronic QSL.

The arrival of spring is a very good reason, as well as the proximity of the 40th anniversary of the station you are met on 20 October.

The special broadcast will be in charge of the announcers LRA36 for this season: Sabrina Alanis, Costilla and Karina Beatriz Muñoz while the technical operation is José Calpanchay. They can also send their greetings to email comments and suggestions to be read during the program.

(Adrian Korol, RAE, September 17, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Specially designed customised postage stamp released on the ocassion of 60th anniversary of Doordarshan

Doordarshan completed sixty years of service to the nation on 15th September 2019. Starting from an experimental service on 15 September 1959, Doordarshan has become one of the largest broadcasting organizations in the world and has played a pivotal role in the nation building. Generations of Indians have grown watching Doordarshan.

On the occasion, Shri Prakash Javadekar released specially designed postage stamp to mark Doordarshan's 60th Foundation Day.  

Monday, September 16, 2019

DRM at IBC 2019 - Going from Strength to Strength

DRM Highlights 'Smart Radio for All' at IBC 2019

Under the overarching theme "DRM – Smart Radio for All" the DRM Consortium had two interactive sessions looking at the practical implementation of DRM in various parts of the world. The sessions also focused on new receivers and enhancements to DRM equipment.

The first event on Friday 13th September hosted by Gospell under the title "The Gospell Receiver – End to End Solution for Your Needs", highlighted great developments in digital DRM roll-out in China and new upgrades, multi-feature and multi-standard receivers (such as the GR22) and receiver solutions from the company.   Gospell announced three DRM products; an affordable DRM receiver, car adapter and a professional measurement receiver.

On Saturday the 14th,  during an interactive sess
ion, held at the Nautel booth a panel of digital radio experts from the Consortium, answered questions on the latest implementation of DRM across the world (India, China, South Africa, Russia).

Fraunhofer IIS provided more details on the latest major release of the new DRM ContentServer R7 head-end technology for Digital Radio DRM (and DAB+). The DRM ContentServer R7 enables broadcasters to ensure consistent loudness within one programme and between programmes and builds resilience with backup audio coding to get over any interruption.

During the Nautel event RFmondial also demonstrated its advanced multiplexed DRM modulation for the FM band, that allows broadcasters to transmit multiple DRM channels on one physical transmitter.

Participants were also able to see and ask questions about the new all-band receiver, the result of the cooperation between Nedis, the Dutch consumer goods company and STARWAVES (an innovative technology radio solution company).  

On the panel were: Ruxandra Obreja (Chair, DRM Consortium), Wendell Lonergan (Nautel), Alexander Zink(Fraunhofer IIS), Haochun Liu (Gospell), Thembeka Khaka (Thembeka Khaka & Associates) and Jan Hein Knip (Nedis).

Ruxandra Obreja, the Consortium Chairman, says that: "IBC 2019 was great for DRM.  New roll out programmes and demos in India, China, several other Asian countries, Russia, Africa and Europe.  New receiver solutions, a new car adapter and improved transmitters and content servers.  DRM is going from strength to strength."

Consortium members at the IBC exhibition included: BBC, Encompass Digital, JVCKenwood, NXP, RFmondial and Sony.

From R to L - Haochun Liu (Gospell), Ruxandra Obreja (DRM, Chair,) Wendell Lonergan (Nautel), Alexander Zink (Fraunhofer IIS), Thembeka Khaka (Thembeka Khaka & Associates), Jan Hein Knip (Nedis)

(Press Release)

Gospell to announce the DRM monitoring system and imminent release of portable DRM receiver

Chengdu, China - Gospell, a leading supplier of pay TV system and equipment, satellite TV receiving products and microwave products, announces its product lineup for IBC 2019. The company will debut several new products featuring DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale) for both consumer and industry market, including: 

•GR-22 - Portable DRM/AM/FM Receiver 
•GR-227 - DRM Car Adapter 
•GR-301 - DRM/AM/FM Monitoring Receiver 
•GR-310 - Audio Broadcast Monitoring Platform 
•GR-AT3 - High Performance Active HF Antenna 

GR-22 is a sleek and classy portable radio from Gospell, the contemporary stylistics of exterior design fits in your personal style, crystal clear DRM digital radio and AM/FM brings practicality and comfort to your daily enjoyment. Despite its pocket-size, it's a nifty full wave band receiver packed up in a tiny body that enables you to explore a wide variety of radio stations. It is also future-proofed for the next generation DRM-E technology. You have access to all the presets, station names, program details and even Journaline news on the easy to ready large LCD in a simple and intuitive way. Sleep timer set your radio to automatically switch off or wake up at your convenience. Listen to your favorite radio programs anywhere you like with 4 x AA batteries or connect it to mains. GR-22 is a multi-functional radio that is flexible to your listen habits. GR-22 will be available for purchase on Q2 2020. 

GR-227 is a car digital radio adapter that utilizes most advanced interference and noise cancellation technology to receive digital radio in car while achieving the best audio quality and serve it to the car audio system over aux cable or by transmitting over an unused FM frequency. The receiver is fully compatible with DRM standard that is being deployed over the world, with its latest audio codec xHE-AAC. Based on software defined radio technology, GR-227 is ready for the emerging DRM-E standard that extends the DRM broadcast to FM band. 

GR-301 is a high performance monitoring receiver that supports DRM, AM and FM. GR-301 supports the collection of key parameters of audio broadcasting, including SNR, MER, CRC, PSD, RF level, audio availability and service information. The collection and uploading of parameters meets DRM RSCI standards. The GR-301 can work independently or be deployed with other receivers to become a node in the service evaluation network. The GR-301 supports the xHE-AAC audio codec and is capable of handling the latest DRM-E standard through software upgrades. 

GR-310 is a management platform designed for audio broadcast monitoring and receiver control purposes, it manages the geographically distributed GR-301 receivers. The platform can formulate receiving schedules, configure the receivers to perform receiving tasks, perform real-time Gospell Digital Technology Co.,LTD. browsing of the reception status, store historical data, and visualize the statistic data in a intuitive way. In addition to monitoring and analyzing data, the GR-310 platform also supports real-time audio monitoring and configuration of alarm conditions, alarms will be triggered when rules are met. 

GR-AT3 is a high-performance active monopole antenna with reception frequency ranges from 0.3 to 50MHz. It is designed to work in harsh environments with respect to strong man-made noise and stern natural conditions. It is compact and easy to install, supplied accessories enable rapid installation. The antenna is comprised of a wide band amplifier in an IP67 waterproof aluminum body together with an active element made of a stainless-steel. The solid construction ensures durability and maintenance-free operation. 

"We're constantly working to ensure we're bring the latest technology in our product", says Haochun Liu, assistant to general manager, "These products underscore the Gospell's commitment to providing easy access to high quality information at affordable prices. Both consumer and industry can benefit from it." 

Gospell will be exhibiting at IBC 2019 in the Amsterdam International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) Hall 3 C67, September 13-17. To schedule a meeting at IBC 2019 or access a sample of the featured IBC showcase, email 

About Gospell 

Established in 2001, Gospell Digital Technology Co Ltd (GOSPELL). is a hi-tech enterprise with R&D, manufacturing, business consultancy and planning, trade, delivery, project implementation and after sales service, acting as a complete DTV and triple-play solution provider for Digital TV/OTT related projects. Headquartered in GOSPELL INDUSTRIAL PARK at Chenzhou, Hunan Province for CPE related production manufacturing, GOSPELL also has its office in Shenzhen for business/marketing management and administration, in Chengdu for R&D and headend/transmitter system production/debugging and Customer Service Center, and in 12 cities in China as well as international offices in India, Africa and Mexico.

(Press Release) 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

RFmondial demonstrates multiplexed DRM at IBC 2019

Hannover, 12.09.2019 – RFmondial demonstrates its advanced multiplexed DRM modulation for the FM band, that allows broadcasters to transmit multiple DRM channels on one physical transmitter.

The newest member of RFmondial's successful LV-series of DRM modulators and exciters allows the parallel generation and transmission of up to six pure digital DRM channels, or in combined analog and digital „Simulcast" mode, one traditional analog FM channel and up to four DRM channels.

"The ability to freely mix and combine analog and multiple digital DRM signals, in adjacent channels, with individually varying power levels, supporting single frequency networks, allows broadcasters, network regulators and frequency planers a new dimension of possibilities for planning and operation of digital radio networks" states Stefan Galler, Managing Director of RFmondial GmbH in Hannover.

RFmondial demonstrates its innovation with its long-time digital radio partner Nautel at IBC 2019 (RAI Congress Center in Amsterdam, September 13-17, 2019) hall8, booth C.49

RFmondial GmbH
Appelstr. 9a
30167 Hannover
Stefan Galler
+49 (511) 330995 61

RFmondial GmbH offers professional products and services for the digital broadcasting industry as well as other industries with the need for innovative hardware and software. Research, development and prototype implementation for transmitter, receiver, and monitoring technology as well as design services for various industries are part of the core business. With broad experience in various technological areas, world-wide markets are served, "Made in Germany".

(Press Release via openPR)

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Gospell announces several new products featuring DRM

Gospell will announce several new products featuring DRM (Digital radio Mondiale) at an event convened by the DRM Consortium is to be held on Friday 13th September (1530) at Hall 3 Stand C67 at IBC 2019

GR-22 – Portable DRM/AM/FM Receiver
GR-227 – DRM Car Adapter
GR-301 – DRM/AM/FM Monitoring Receiver
GR-310 – Audio Broadcast Monitoring Platform
GR-AT3 – High Performance Active HF Antenna

Monday, September 09, 2019

Gospell GR22 , new DRM receiver from Gospell ?

Gospell has unveiled a new DRM receiver on their facebook page, further details awaited. 
Watch this space !

Friday, September 06, 2019

List of All India Radio shortwave transmitters de-commissioned :

List of 'All India Radio' shortwave transmitters de-commissioned :

On 30 July 2019

1. HPT Khampur, Delhi - D-11 (250 kW), D-12(250 kW), D-14 (250 kW), D-15 (250 kW), D-16 (250 kW)
2. Aligarh - A-3 (250 kW), A-4  (250 kW)
3. Gorakhpur  (50 kW)
4. Jammu  (50 kW)
5. Lucknow (50 kW)
6. Shimla (50 kW)
7. Panaji - P-2  (250 kW)
8. Mumbai  (50 kW)
9. Guwahati - G-2  (50 kW), G-3 (50 kW)
10. Imphal (50 kW)
11. Itanagar (50 kW)
12. Kohima (50 kW)
13. Kurseong (50 kW)
14. Kolkata (50 kW)
15. Ranchi (50 kW)

On 23rd Aug, 2019

1. HPT Khampur, Delhi - D-13 (250 kW)
2. SPT Bangalore - BL-4 (500 kW)
3. HPT Malad, Mumbai (100 kW)
4. Port Blair  (10 kW)
5. Shillong (50 kW)

(Alokesh Gupta)

KTWR DRM broadcast schedule changes

Based on comments received from listeners, KTWR has made following changes in its DRM broadcast schedule  :

Effective 12th Sept, 2019 - 

11995 kHz 1026-1056UTC Thursday broadcast to Japan/SK will be changed to 9900 kHz 1215-1245 UTC on Thursday.

Effective 15th Sept, 2019 -

11580 kHz 1215-1245 UTC Monday broadcast to South Asia will be changed to 15200 kHz 1026-1056 UTC on Sunday.

11995kHz 1026-1056UTC Wednesday broadcast to China will be unchanged.

11995kHz 1025-1056UTC Tuesday broadcast to Australia will remain suspended.

 (Via Mika Sabin)

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

All India Radio Kurseong,Port Blair,Mumbai & Shillong shortwave transmitters decommissioned

All India Radio, Kurseong ( West Bengal) 50 kW shortwave transmitter on 4895/7230 KHz has been decommissioned with effect from 7th August , 2019. They are now on FM 103.5 MHz, 10 kW & 102.3 MHz, 5 kW.

Meanwhile the local officials & MP has requested to replace the existing shortwave transmitter with a new 300 kW DRM transmitter .

All India Radio, Port Blair 10 kW shortwave transmitter on 4760/7390 kHz has also been  decommissioned.

All India Radio, Mumbai 100 kW shortwave transmitter carrying external services on 7340, 11935 kHz has also been closed down .

Asll India Radio, Shillong 50 kW shortwave transmitter of North East Service on 4970/7315 kHz has also been decommissioned.

( Jose Jacob via DX_India List)

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Switzerland Confirms FM Switch off Date

Radio programs will be available via FM until the end of 2024 at the latest

Bernard Maissen, deputy director for the Federal Office of Communications, has announced that Switzerland's radio programs "will only be available on the FM Band until the end of 2024 at the latest."

Read the RadioWorld story here :

Monday, September 02, 2019

Radio Romania International plans to drop shortwave ?

Zach R @SportyPorcupine on twitter mentons that due to a budget shortfall, there's a proposal afoot in Romania to shut down the shortwave radio service.  It currently broadcasts in 13 languages, here's the press release by National Press Agency Agerpres (in Romanian)

Press Release (English translation)

Do not destroy Radio Romania International!

The Romanian Syndicate of Journalists MediaSind, through the Radio Romania Branch, expresses its concern at the intention of the SRR president-general director, Georgică Severin, to suspend the shortwave broadcast of the Radio Romania International station.

Due to the superficiality with which the responsible factors of the institution treated the problem of the allocated budget, the Romanian Broadcasting Society lost, at the last rectification, 10 million lei, an amount without which the good functioning of the company cannot be ensured.

In order to cover this consistent deficit, according to some public statements of the President - General Manager, the expenses with the shortwave transmitters owned by Radiocom, which broadcasts Radio Romania International (RRI) programs in 13 languages, would be cut. dialects.

The 'solution' to closing the shortwave emission, even if it is the most handy, having immediate effect, is a totally wrong one. Indeed, as hypocritically motivated by the Georgica Severin decision, these transmitters are not useful in the country, with the expansion of the FM network.

The gravity of the decision of the Radio management is, however, a huge one, undermining even the national interest, with which even Georgică Severin has no right to play. Let us not forget that Romania has the second diaspora in the world, as a percentage of the population, after Syria. From the recent estimates of the Ministry for Romanians Everywhere, around the country live about 9.7 million countrymen whom we have to treat as Romanians with full rights, who have the right to information, including by Radio Romania International.

The head of the SRR, Georgică Severin, had to make energetic and repeated requests from the Government in order to obtain sufficient funds for the good functioning of the institution, including for the antennas, taking into account the future presidential elections of 2019 and parliamentary from 2020. Why Is the main means of transmitting messages to Romanians abroad exactly during this pre-election period being abolished? Should we consider this gesture merely as a sign of disrespecting the diaspora?

On the other hand, it should be noted that RRI issues programs for the Aromanian communities in the world, as well as for foreigners, in general, interested in Romania and the geographical area in which we are, RRI being thus an efficient polyglot software soft diplomacy tool. .

Let us not forget then that the shortwave broadcast has a strategic character, because, in case of necessity, of disasters, of calamities, but also of suspension, by hostile decisions of Romania, of the Internet, the Romanian state can communicate with the Romanians from abroad and with the world at large. As it is known, the Internet is extremely vulnerable to political decisions. Also, in the case of catastrophic floods, earthquakes, conflicts, short waves remain the only reliable way to communicate with the world.

Therefore, the idea of stopping the shortwave broadcast, coupled with another simplistic idea that RRI will successfully broadcast on the Internet, can produce serious effects, jeopardizing Romania's national security.

Exiting the Internet only means, in fact, closing the RRI station, which is in contravention of Law 41. According to art. 1 of the law, SRR makes programs for abroad, not online content; broadcast means radio broadcast, not online!

The exit of the RRI from the shortwave frequencies (this is a heritage of about 7,000 frequencies that are traded biannually by international broadcasters) will result in the loss of frequencies in favor of other countries. At the same time, Radiocom stations in Ţigăneşti, Săftica and Galbeni, where the 5 stations used for RRI are located, will be closed and Radiocom employees will be relocated or even fired. And as according to a harmful Romanian tradition, any provisional decision becomes final, it is hard to believe that it will return to the previous situation, to the issuance on short waves, even if the Government would allocate the necessary funds.

Closing the shortwave transmitters, without offering other means of transmission in exchange, would practically equate to the disappearance of the station; radio means broadcast on radio waves, analog or digital; a station on the Internet is no longer radio, it's just a multimedia product.

The next logical step, after a possible shutdown of the shortwave emission at RRI, will be the personnel restructuring. See the unhappy experience with Radio3Net station, which is only online and experimentally on DAB, in Bucharest, which has under-sized staff, even under the conditions of online production.

We consider that giving up the short wave, in whole or in part, is not a decision that falls within the competence of a president-general director because it concerns Romania's strategic interests. In this situation, the CSAT opinion should be requested and, in the Parliament, the Law on the organization and functioning of the SRR should be changed. Or, Georgică Severin is far from having the agreement of these institutions.

The role of RRI has been and is very important: promoting the country abroad and spreading Romania's opinions worldwide. By giving up any transmitter, whether from long, short or medium waves, the main object of activity of the SRR is affected, which is the realization and dissemination of programs (according to art. 15 of law 41).

Taking into account the serious situation that could arise as a result of the decision of the head of SRR, MediaSind Radio Romania requests the Parliament of Romania to intervene in an emergency regime to stop the destruction of the Radio Romania International station.

MediaSind Communication Department
Bucharest, August 26, 2019

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