Wednesday, May 20, 2020

New Webpage of Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM)

In order to address the many other questions asked on Digital Radio Mondiale ( DRM) , DRM Consortium has announced a "live" page "No Question Too Simple, No Answer too Hard" on the DRM website.

The webgae can be accessed here :

Updated Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Handbook

"DRM Handbook – An Introduction and Implementation Guide", is freely available on DRM consortium has announced the launch of a new Version 5 of the DRM Handbook.

In the updated Handbook Version 5 the terms "DRM30"/"DRM+" have been officially deprecated as there is only one DRM standard for all frequency bands above and below 30MHz. Together with the addition of the latest DRM features and Consortium benefits, with brief clauses on DRM logos and DRM Live Monitoring Service, the new Handbook is a clearer text benefitting from new and improved graphics, too.

DRM beginners and anyone interested in DRM have now a complete and clear document easily accessible from:

Digital Radio MondialeTM (DRM) – Announces New Webinar

Following from the two successful webinars "DRM Benefits in Times of Crisis," the DRM Consortium in collaboration with Asia-Pacific Broadcast Union (ABU) is announcing a follow-up interactive webinar session, focused on "DRM for Education" on June 18th, details for registration will follow shortly.

The webinar will try to demonstrate how digital radio DRM can be as effective in delivering rich and tailored teaching material to millions of students who have no access to IP connections and devices. The webinar will be mainly practical and interactive and will highlight the great advantage of digital over analogue in delivering education and information in a new way.

Bangladesh Betar's MW stations on extended schedule for cyclone Amphan

On 18th May, 2020 night, at around 2030 UTC Bangladesh Betar's MW stations were noted on extended schedule due to cyclone Amphan, carrying non stop devotional program and special weather bulletins. Heard 558, 693 and 873 at New Delhi.

Today also expected to be on extended schedule, try :

558 - Khulna
630 - Dhaka Kha
693 - Dhaka Ka
819 - Dhaka Gha
846 - Rahshahi
873 - Chittagong
963 - Sylhet
999 - Thakurgaon
1053 - Rangpur
1080 - Rajshahi
1161 - Rangamati
1170 - Dhaka Ga
1287 - Barisal
1314 - Cox's Bazaar
1413 - Comilla
1431 - Bandarban

Friday, May 15, 2020

Canada Post issues 'History of Radio in Canada' stamps to mark 100th anniversary of Canada's first radio broadcast

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On May 20, Canada Post is issuing a se-tenant (side-by-side) pair of nondenominated permanent-rate (currently 92¢) History of Radio in Canada stamps. The new issue comes in a self-adhesive booklet of 10.

The stamps commemorate Canada's inaugural radio broadcast, which hit the airwaves a century ago on the evening of May 20, 1920. According to Canada Post's Details magazine for collectors, the radio program came from Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company's studios in Montreal, Quebec, and was a closed broadcast for a Royal Society of Canada gathering at the Chateau Laurier hotel in Ottawa, Ontario.

Further details at :

Here's the link to order online :

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

New Web site devoted to AM/FM DX launched

Longtime DXer and Monitoring Times writer, Loyd Van Horn, launches DX Central

With FM DX season now upon us, longtime DXer and Monitoring Times writer, Loyd Van Horn (W4LVH), announces the launch of his new Web site, DX Central( The site, which specializes in AM and FM DX,launched  Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 0000 UTC (8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time)

"DX Central is the culmination of both what I have learned as a DXer through the past 30 years, as well as helping me to flush out all of the things I still want to learn," says Van Horn. "There are many sites out there for AM and FM DXers, but I have always wished there was a site that taught the art of DX and helped cultivate that skill, as well as provided information on equipment from the perspective of the DXer, airchecks of station IDs and other things that would help flatten the learning curve a bit."

One of the main components of DX Central is the DX 101 section which provides a primer for getting started in DXing, a glossary of DX-related terms, an FAQ and commonly used abbreviations.  It also includes breakout sections specific to AM and FM DXing.

"I wanted this to be a site where someone that didn't even know what DX meant could be provided enough information to get them started.  At the same time, I wanted to make sure there was enough information there for experienced DXers to still find the site useful."

There is also a blog with DX tips and tricks, up-to-date news and information and logs from Van Horn's own DX pursuits from his home in Charleston, South Carolina as well as his travels.

"I try to bring an SDR with a small loop antenna with me when I travel.  My goal is to get as many pristine airchecks as I can from various cities so that other DXers can use that to compare with what they are hearing through their own radios."

There are plans to expand the site with what Van Horn calls "phase II" in the coming months.

"There are some additional sections I am working through that just will not be ready in time for our launch date and the heart of FM DX season.  Those are all being worked up for phase II."

Van Horn began as a DXer at an early age after growing up in a radio family. His father, Larry Van Horn (N5FPW) and mother, Gayle Van Horn (W4GVH) are both widely known in the DX community for their work with Monitoring Times and later, their self-published Kindle books under the banner of their publishing company, Teak Publishing.

After graduating from college, Van Horn spent nearly a decade in the media industry as an on-air personality, news director, assistant program director, public service coordinator, talk show host, sportscaster and advertising executive.

Van Horn later wrote for Monitoring Times as well, penning the monthly GlobalNet column devoted to online streaming of radio and television.  Van Horn used his broadcast experience to bring an insiders' look into the trends and strategies of station's online presence.

After Monitoring Times ceased production, Van Horn took some time out of the spotlight to get back to spending time in front of a radio, catching up on recent advancements in AM and FM DX technology and techniques.

He resides in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife, Megan and their dog, Ace.  He is an extra class amateur radio operator, trained Skywarnstorm spotter, ARRL VEC examiner, and member of the National Radio Club, International Radio Club of America and Worldwide TV-FM DX Association. When not DXing, he is also a musician with three albums released to-date and performs a solo acoustic show around the Charleston area (additional information is available on his music site:

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Texas Radio Shortwave to test new shortwave frequency on May 16, 2020

GULF OF MEXICO, May 9, 2020 — Texas Radio Shortwave, an American free radio station, today announced three test broadcasts on May 16, 2020. The broadcasts will determine listenership and propagation feasibility on a newly activated frequency in the 75-meter shortwave broadcast band.
Channel 292 in Germany will transmit the hour-long broadcasts — at 0300 UTC, 1800 UTC, and 2100 UTC — on 3955 kHz with a transmitter power of 4 kW.

Texas Radio Shortwave will send a limited-edition commemorative electronic verification for correct, detailed reception reports. Reports should be sent to

Reception reports must contain times, song titles, the text of announcements, a SINPO/SIO signal rating, information on receiver and antenna, and comments on the program content. Listeners using remote software-defined receivers (SDRs) should mention that. Texas Radio Shortwave would like to receive audio clips of the broadcast along with detailed reports.

3955 kHz is part of the 75-meter amateur band in IARU Region 2 (consisting mostly of North and South America).
During May, propagation predictions for 0300 UTC show the strongest signal into the Eastern US and Canada, the Northern half of Africa, all of Europe, and portions of Eastern Asia. At 1800 UTC, the prediction is for the strongest signal in Europe and the Northern third of Africa. Strongest signal coverage for the 2100 UTC broadcast is predicted to be like 0300 UTC excluding North America. Listenable signals may be possible in other areas of the world.

Texas Radio Shortwave is located on a ship anchored in the Gulf of Mexico off the South Texas coast. Its programs are broadcast in North America and Europe.

(Press Release)

Saturday, May 09, 2020

AIR resumes External Services broadcasts

All India Radio resumed its external services broadcasts to neighboring countries on 8th May;2020, few more will resume today as per below :

0100-0200 UTC Sindhi 7380 kHz (B)
0700-0800 UTC Nepali 9950 kHz (Ki) 11620 kHz (Ki)
0830-1130 UTC Urdu 9950 kHz (Ki)
1145-1315 UTC Chinese 17510 kHz (B)
1215-1330 UTC Tibetan 9575 kHz (B)
1315-1415 UTC Dari 11560 KHz (B)
1415-1530 UTC Pushtu 11560 kHz (B)
1500-1600 UTC Baluchi 9620 kHz (D)

Tamil & Bangla Services had resumed a few days back.

Reception Reports appreciated to    

Please see the current full schedule in

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

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Radio Pilipinas shortwave transmissions back on air

Radio Pilipinas shortwave transmissions were noted back on the air with effect from 1st May, 2020
Due to implementation of enhanced community quarantine in Philippines, shortwave broadcasts of Radyo Pilipinas were temporarily off air.

A20 Schedule :

0200-0300 UTC - 12020, 15640, 17820 kHz English
1730-1930 UTC - 9960, 12120, 15190 kHz Filipino  

(250 kW from Tinang)

(With additional inputs from Jose Jacob)

ABS-CBN: Philippines' biggest broadcaster forced off air

The Philippines' top broadcaster has gone off air after it was ordered by the media regulator to stop operations.  

Read the full story here :

NTC has ordered ABS-CBN to stop broadcasting - Listed on the halt order are 42 TV stations across the country, including Ch2, 10 digital broadcast channels, 18 FM and 5 AM radio stations, including #DZMM Radio

The following 5 medium-wave radio stations are affected by suspension of license extension (broadcast stop order) for ABS-CBN. (Source : @radio_no_koe on twitter)

DZMM 630 50k Obando, Bulacan
DYAP  765 10k Puerto Princesa, Palawan
DYAB 1512 10k Cebu City
DXAB 1296 10k Davao City  
DYRV 1188 1k Catbalogan, Western Samar

Meanwhile ABS-CBN Sports turns to digital amid broadcast shutdown

As ABS-CBN goes off-air, S+A shifts its efforts to other platforms to continue showing fans their favorite game replays and highlights

Saturday, May 02, 2020

Radio208 now on 5805 kHz

After four unsuccessful attempts over the last couple of months today Radio208 finally began broadcasting on shortwave on 5805 kHz. The American built 250 Watts transmitter for 5805 kHz blew up three times in the process. Then a new British built 250 Watt transmitter was purchased, but it turned out that the maximum power it could radiate was 164 Watt.  However it's a fine transmitter, so this transmitter has now successfully been put into operation – running about 75 Watts at present;  will be increased to 150 Watts later.

The transmitter site is Hvidovre, a suburb of Copenhagen and the aerial is a dipole.

This is the first time for more than 30 years that shortwave broadcasting is being carried out from Copenhagen. Radio Denmark ceased broadcasting from its Herstedvester site on in February 1990.

Radio208 still continuous broadcasting on 1440 kHz (500 W) from Ishøj, also a suburb of Copenhagen.

Both transmitters (1440 and 5805 kHz) are running 24/7.

Stig Hartvig Nielsen

(Via HCDX list)