Thursday, February 21, 2019

Digital Radio Mondiale Annual General Assembly – Successes and New Opportunities Examined

Under the banner "Digital Radio Mondiale Drives Forward", the 2019 General Assembly of the DRM Consortium is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th of March, at the Palma Bellver Bay Meliá Hotel on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

The DRM General Assembly is where the past year is being reviewed in detail and the strategy and working plan for the next year is set. After a short review session, the DRM members and invited guests will have a chance to receive updates from country representatives and specialists from all the corners of the globe about the various activities in key DRM countries like India, China, Indonesia, South Africa, Russia and many more. A full session on the March 27th will be devoted to receivers, as 2018 marked a step change in the development of DRM receiver and receiver solutions.

For Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Chairman, the General Assembly is a moment to take stock "and review the excellent progress made by DRM in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as South Africa, other countries in Africa, Middle East and Europe. DRM drives forward with big successes in the automotive industry. The General Assembly will be a moment to celebrate but also to refine the strategy in making the full DRM standard (whether in the AM or FM bands) recognised and accepted for its great benefits and extra services it can provide for all the needs of a country. We are looking forward to the presentations and debates which should inform our annual plan and ultimate goal of what a powerful, all-band solution DRM is."

(Press Release)

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Shortwave Radio Meetings – 2019

Here's a list of major radio related meetings of 2019, amendments and corrections are welcome.

Date: February 13
Description: UNESCO World Radio Day

Dates: February 28-March 2
Location: Plymouth Meeting (near Philadelphia), PA, USA
Description: Winter SWL Fest
Expected attendance: 150
NASWA Winter SWL Fest
February 28 – March 2, 2019, Doubletree Suites Philadelphia West, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. The Winter SWL Fest is a conference of radio hobbyists of all stripes, from DC to daylight.

Date: March 2 (1430-1700 BST)
Location: Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS, England
Organization: Reading International Radio Group
Expected attendance: 20
More info:; , Barraclough.mike at
Note: Reading DX meetings are held with about 2 months interval (next one on May 25th)
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The British DX Club is the premier club for all interested in radio listening. Covers dxing, schedules, programming, shortwave, MW, LW and FM radio for members in UK and overseas

Dates: March 31-April 2
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Description: Radiodays Europe 2019 -conference

Dates: May 3-5
Location: Jönköping, Sweden
Description: DX-Parlamentet 2019, the annual meeting of the SDXF together with the meeting of Arctic Radio Club (a club specialized in MW DXing)
Organization: The Swedish DX-Federation (SDXF)

Dates: May 9-10
Location: Cary, North Carolina, USA
Description: Annual NASB Conference, hosted by TWR International
Organization: National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters

Dates: May 17-19
Location: Dayton, Ohio, USA
Organization: Dayton Hamvention
Expected attendance: 20000

Dates: June 21-23
Location: Friedrichshafen, Germany
Description: Ham Radio, biggest annual hamfest in Europe
Expected attendance: 20000

Dates: July
Location: Döbriach, Austria
Description: DX-Camp of ADXB-OE

Dates: August 2-4
Location: Southern Finland
Description: The annual summer meeting of the Finnish DX Association
Expected attendance: 100
More info:, rv at

Dates: August 31-September 1
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Description: Big ham fair with a SW sector (Japan SW Club stand and lectures)
Organization: Tokyo HAM Fair sponsored by JARL
Expected attendance: 30000
More info: ohtaket at

Dates: September 5-7
Location: Tukwila, Washington, USA (near Seattle)
Description: IRCA Convention

Dates: September 6-8
Location: Andorra
Description: European DX Conference
Organization: European DX Council
Expected attendance: 50
More info:

Dates: September 6-11
Location: Berlin, Germany
Name: IFA Internationale Funkausstellung
Description: Consumer Electronics Fair - Including Radios

Dates: September 12-17
Location: Amsterdam, Holland
Decsription: IBC 2019, conference and exhibition

Dates: October 8-10
Location: Kanyakumari, India
Description: Ham Fest India 2019

Risto Vahakainu, FDXA

(Via HCDX List)

The future of Shortwave

In our view, there can be no direct replacement of Shortwave as the first line of international broadcasting, especially for most of Africa, some regions in Asia, Pacific and South America and worldwide in case of political or religious instability, regional or widespread conflict and calamities. Even in the most developed countries in North America and Europe shortwave still reaches a niche group of information savvy, culture and news addict people in search of first-hand news and information not available elsewhere. At the same time, we acknowledge that satellites and the Internet do have their place and have become increasingly important somewhere down the road.

Read the full blog post by Ron at :