Sunday, July 25, 2021

ABC Radio National DRM tests on MW

Great news coming from Australia, ABC National Radio is testing in DRM mode on 756 kHz, from the Broadcast Australia Site at Dockers Plains, Victoria. It was heard by a listener at Melbourne at around 1300 UTC, will share full schedule once available.

Technical Details :

ABC Radio National DRM Test
Logged : 21 July 21
Frequency : 756 kHz AM/747 kHz DRM
Time : 1300 UTC
Txer Site : Dockers Plains, Victoria
DRM mode A
9 kHz Channel
SDC 4 QAM
MSC 16 QAM
Services: 1. xHE_AAC (F03201) Radio National EEP Audio 16.40 kbps

Licence Details :

Frequency : 756 kHz
Emission Designator : 18K0A3E
Site/Area : Broadcast Australia Site 167 Richardson Rd, DOCKERS PLAINS VIC 3678 (40538)
Licence Number : 1150243/2
Client :  Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Status : Granted
Category : Apparatus Licence
Service : Broadcasting
Sub Service : National Broadcasting
Callsign(s) :  3RN
Date of Effect : 22/Oct/2020
Date of Expiry : 30/Nov/2021

Copy of license is available here :

(Alokesh Gupta)

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Kochi's First Community Radio Station, Radio Kochi to be inaugurated on 16th July'21

Kochi's First Community Radio Station, Radio Kochi operating on 90.0 MHz (50 Watts) will be inaugurated on Fri 16 July 2021 at 4.30 pm. It is operated by St. Teresa's College, Ernakulam, Kerala.

Radio Kochi 90 FM will be broadcasting a wide range of programmes for people of all ages focussed on following topics :

- Climate change and food security
- Environment and sustainability
- Disaster Management
- Coastal area management and significance
- Education
- Empowerment of women and children
- Health and nutrition/hygiene
- Energy management and sustainable energy
- Promotion of science and technology
- Promotion of arts and culture
- Skill development and livelihood
- Agriculture and farming etc

Their website is http://radiokochi.com
Listeners around Kochi may look out for test broadcasts till the inauguration.
As per sources test transmission is going on for last 2 months.

(Jose Jacob)

Ex All India Radio engineer is minister in new cabinet

Ex All India Radio engineer is minister in new cabinet

Devusingh Chauhan is the new Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications, Govt. of India.

Before taking the plunge into politics, 57-year-old Devusinh Chauhan served as a broadcast engineer with the All India Radio for over 12 years.

Chauhan is two-term Lok Sabha member from Gujarat. A diploma holder, he worked with the All India Radio from 1989 to 2002 before resigning and joining politics.

After 63 years, VOA Bangla service to end radio broadcasts

Voice of America Bangla language service FM, MW and shortwave radio transmissions officially end on July 17, 2021, after 63 years of serving Bangladesh and the Bangla-speaking Indian states of West Bengal, Tripure and Assam. Simultaneously, the service's television and social media content will expand considerably, as these are platforms more heavily used by VOA Bangla's 16 million weekly audience members.

"When VOA Bangla launched in January 1958, Bangladesh was known as 'East Pakistan' and it was a territory under martial law with no television or private radio," said John Lippman, Acting VOA Programming Director. "VOA's shortwave radio transmissions from outside the borders were a lifeline to the Bangla-speaking population for independent news and information."

While the service's shortwave radio audience is now less than one percent, VOA Bangla social media audiences have grown significantly in recent years. Engagement actions on the Twitter account have risen 54% over the previous year, while video views on Instagram are up 274% in the same period.

"Dozens of domestic television and radio stations compete for Bangla-speaking audiences, as well as an increasing number of digital sources," Lippman noted. "As the demand for TV and online access to news in Bangladesh expands, VOA's Bangla service program offerings need to be on the platforms its audience already is most active."

"VOA Bangla radio broadcasts brought world events to its audiences since the days when radio was the primary news medium," Acting VOA Bangla Service Chief Satarupa Barua told staff this month. "It was a staple in our upbringing, a household name. We will build on that reputation, increasing our presence on media that is now far more heavily used than short wave and medium wave radio."

During the final days of its radio broadcasts, the service will broadcast retrospective programming, looking back at the changes in the country since 1958. "Because of our service's history in Bangladesh, working at VOA has been the 'dream job' for many of us. With the coming changes, it will continue to be," Barua added.

This change in radio programming will not affect broadcasts of "Lifeline", a 30-minute daily radio program in the Rohingya language, spoken by Muslim refugees in Bangladesh who fled ethnic violence in Myanmar. Produced by the Bangla service, the program launched in July 2019.

(Press Release)

Thursday, July 08, 2021

NewsOnAir Radio Live-stream Global Rankings








NewsOnAir Radio Live-stream Global Rankings

In the latest Rankings of top countries in the world (excluding India) where All India Radio Live-streams on NewsOnAir App are most popular,Fiji has jumped from 5th position to 2nd, while Saudi Arabia has made a comeback in top 10. Kuwait and Germany are new entrants, while France and New Zealand are no more in top 10. United States continues to be number 1.

In what is an important feat, All India Radio's Telugu and Tamil live-stream services are popular in United States, while AIR Punjabi service is popular in United Kingdom.

In major changes in rankings of top AIR streams globally (excluding India), AIR News 24*7has moved oneposition up from Rank 7 to 6, while AIR Tamil has slipped from spot 6 to 10.

More than 240 Radio Services of All India Radio are live-streamed on NewsOnAir App, PrasarBharati's official App. These All India Radio Streams on NewsOnAir App have a large number of listeners not just in India, but globally, in more than 85 countries and 8000 cities across the globe.

Here's a glimpse at the top countries, apart from India, where AIR live-streams on NewsOnAirApp are most popular; top All India Radio streams on NewsOnAir App in rest of the world. You can also find the country-wise breakup of the same. These rankings are based on fortnightly data, from June 16 to June 30, 2021. This data doesn't include India.

NewsOnAirGlobal Top 10 streams

Rank

Top Streams

1

VividhBharati National

2

FM Gold Delhi

3

FM Rainbow Delhi

4

AIR Malayalam

5

AIR Chennai Rainbow

6

News 24x7

7

AIR Punjabi

8

AIR Kodaikanal

9

Asmita Mumbai

10

AIR Tamil

NewsOnAir Top Countries (Rest of world)

Rank

Country

1

United States

2

Fiji

3

Australia

4

United Kingdom

5

Canada

6

United Arab Emirates

7

Singapore

8

Kuwait

9

Saudi Arabia

10

Germany

NewsOnAir Top 10 AIR streams – Country-wise (Rest of World)

#

USA

Fiji

Australia

UK

Canada

1

VividhBharati National

VividhBharati National

VividhBharati National

VividhBharati National

VividhBharati National

2

FM Gold Delhi

FM Gold Delhi

FM Gold Delhi

AIR Punjabi

FM Gold Delhi

3

FM Rainbow Delhi

FM Rainbow Delhi

FM Rainbow Delhi

FM Rainbow Delhi

FM Rainbow Delhi

4

AIR Telugu

 

AIR Malayalam

FM Gold Delhi

AIR Chennai Rainbow

5

AIR Tamil

 

AIR Chennai Rainbow

AIR Chennai Rainbow

AIR Raagam

6

AIR Raagam

 

News 24x7

AIR Tamil

News 24x7

7

FM Rainbow Mumbai

 

AIR Punjabi

Asmita Mumbai

AIR Malayalam

8

News 24x7

 

Rainbow Kannada Kaamanbilu

Rainbow Kannada Kaamanbilu

AIR Punjabi

9

Asmita Mumbai

 

AIR Hyderabad VBS

AIR Gujarati

AIR Tamil

10

Rainbow Kannada Kaamanbilu

 

AIR Raagam

AIR Malayalam

AIR Coimbatore FM Rainbow

NewsOnAir Top 10 AIR streams – Country-wise (Rest of World)

#

UAE

Singapore

Kuwait

Saudi Arabia

Germany

1

VividhBharati National

VividhBharati National

VividhBharati National

VividhBharati National

VividhBharati National

2

AIR Malayalam

AIR Kodaikanal

AIR Malayalam

AIR Manjeri

FM Gold Delhi

3

AIR Chennai Rainbow

AIR Karaikal

AIR Kodaikanal

AIR Malayalam

FM Rainbow Delhi

4

AIR Ananthapuri

AIR Chennai Rainbow

AIR Kochi FM Rainbow

AIR Kozhikode FM

AIR Mysuru

5

AIR Chennai VBS

AIR Tiruchirappalli FM

AIR Ananthapuri

News 24x7

FM Rainbow Lucknow

6

AIR Kochi FM Rainbow

AIR Puducherry Rainbow

AIR Karaikal

AIR Ananthapuri

Rainbow Kannada Kaamanbilu

7

AIR Kodaikanal

AIR Coimbatore FM Rainbow

AIR Chennai Rainbow

FM Gold Delhi

News 24x7

8

AIR Manjeri

Rainbow Kannada Kaamanbilu

AIR Cuddapah

FM Rainbow Delhi

FM Rainbow Mumbai

9

AIR Kozhikode FM

AIR Madurai

AIRTiruchirappalli FM

AIR Chennai Rainbow

AIR Kodaikanal

10

News 24x7

AIR Malayalam

FM Rainbow Vijayawada

AIR Kodaikanal

AIR Manjeri


Saurabh Singh
Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
(7 July 2021, PIB Delhi)












Monday, July 05, 2021

Test broadcasts from RTI Tamsui transmitter site on July 17, 2021


RTI (Radio Taiwan International) is planning to broadcast the German-language program again this year from the transmitter in Tamsui in northern Taiwan. RTI will broadcast 10-minute test programs on four different frequencies on Saturday, July 17th. Please inform RTI of your reception observations in order to be able to select the most suitable frequencies.

Test broadcasts on July 17th (Saturday)

1700-1710 UTC on 11995 kHz
1715-1725 UTC on 11705 kHz
1800-1810 UTC on 9545 kHz
1815-1825 UTC on 7250 kHz
 
Reception reports by email to :  deutsch@rti.org.tw
Or, by post to : Radio Taiwan International, German Service, PO Box 123-199, Taipei 11199, Taiwan.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

TWR ASIA A21 Changes

With effect from 12th July 2021 TWR Asia will discontinue morning broadcasts from Grigoriopol (KCH).  

LOC FREQ START STOP PWR AZI DAYS LANGUAGE
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  
KCH 7465 0045 0100 300 98 Su                   HINDI
KCH 7465 0045 0115 300 98 M Tu W Th F HINDI
KCH 7465 0045 0100 300 98 Sa                   DZONKHA

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Japan’s only shortwave station still in business after 80 years

Japan's only shortwave station still in business after 80 years

KDDI Corp.'s Yamata Transmitting Station is Japan's only facility broadcasting shortwave radio programs to overseas listeners. The station started broadcasts on Jan. 1, 1941. The main building still retains a prewar ambience.

Standing tall and proud over an area of 1 million square meters or so, a forest of steel towers in two-tone red and white is the dominant feature under the blue sky against the backdrop of Mount Tsukubasan.

Full story at :




Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Japanese commercial MW stations will stop broadcasting by 2028

TBS Radio Inc. Chairman Kiyohiko Irie is seen during a news conference in Tokyo's Minato Ward, on June 15, 2021. 
(Photo courtesy of the Wide FM receiver promotion liaison via mainichi.jp/)

According to "Sports Hochi News" and other media, representatives of 47 Japanese commercial AM radio stations held online meeting on June 15, they announced 44 out of 47 broadcasters have decided to stop AM broadcasting by the year 2028 and change to FM. Only 3 broadcasters in Hokkaido and Akita have not decided yet. 3 AM broadcasters in Tokyo – TBS Radio(954 kHz 100 kW/90.5 MHz 7 kW), Bunka Hoso(1134 kHz 100 kW/91.6 MHz 7 kW), Nippon Hoso(1242 kHz 100 kW/93.0 MHz 7 kW) will take decision in 2025. 28 AM broadcasters will start the demonstration experiment to stop AM in 2023-2028.

The reasons are :

1) it is financially impossible to renew the old AM transmitter equipment
2) the simultaneous AM/FM broadcasting has been the severe burden for finance, they add the number of internet/mobile phone (using "radiko" site or App) listeners have exceeded that of radio listeners,especially in younger generation.

47 commercial AM broadcasters are, 16 MW only and 31 MW +TV broadcasters. Radio NIKKEI (SW only) is not included.

(Takahito Akabayashi, Tokyo, Japan via WOR)

Related :

44 of 47 AM radio stations in Japan to switch to FM by 2028



DRM to Launch New Energy Efficiency Calculator

DRM Releases New Energy Efficiency Calculator

The DRM Consortium has just developed a comprehensive and user-friendly calculator tool to determine how much energy can be saved by switching transmitters from analogue to digital DRM operation.

The DRM Energy Efficiency Calculator (https://energyefficiency.drm.org) has been created using typical performance data from transmitter manufacturers. It then calculates total expected energy usage for up to ten transmitters by considering operational mode, time on-air, and broadcasting technique assessing the energy consumption and electricity costs, based upon local market information. By comparing data sets for both analogue and DRM digital operations, it can estimate the potential (and often huge) savings broadcasters might expect from switching over to DRM.

This not only benefits broadcasters by reducing their electricity bills by double-digit percentages but proves specifically how DRM supports broadcasters' efforts to become more sustainable though green technology significantly reducing requirements for energy produced in large parts of the world from fossil fuels.

According to Simon Keens, Sales and Business Development Manager, Ampegon Power Electronics AG (key member of the DRM Consortium) who has devised the calculator," this new energy efficiency tool can be easily programmed into an Excel spreadsheet for ease of use and universal distribution in pdf reports summarizing the findings in simple text and graphs. This will help the engineers and all those interested to present concretely one of the great advantages of DRM, i.e., delivering substantial and sustained energy savings over many years."

Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Consortium Chairman, invites all those interested to a "zoom launch" of the new energy efficiency tool "Savings at Your Fingertips" on June 30th at 1000 UTC for introducing the simple device that will deliver results in minutes. "Unlike other complex studies on energy saving, this is something concrete that any broadcaster or anyone interested can create and use applying up to the minute data like transmitter power, energy costs etc. So, join us for this short takeaway session which will demonstrate how you can get concrete data and reports on energy consumption and savings through DRM use. Interested parties will be able to use it independently and thus assess and convince themselves and others of the energy saving benefit of DRM."

To register and join this webinar, please click here : https://tinyurl.com/ckdb93p9


Monday, June 21, 2021

DRM Concludes General Assembly with Important Announcements

Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) Consortium Concludes General Assembly with Important Announcements

The DRM Consortium held its second virtual General Assembly on April 15th with the participation of 70 members and guests from all continents (Indonesia, Pakistan, UK, Germany, Denmark, South Africa, Hungary, Australia, India, Canada, Brazil, China and USA).

The first session, open to members and invited guests, reviewed excellent progress made in the past year in countries like India, South Africa, Indonesia, Pakistan and very recently in Brazil, Russia and Hungary.

The much-anticipated session on receivers did not disappoint with new prototypes, updates and developments announced by receivers and chipset manufacturers (Gospell, RF2Digital, Inntot, Cambridge Consultants, NXP, Fraunhofer IIS and Starwaves). They all announced that the new (many low-cost, low energy) receivers and receiver solutions support all the DRM bands, analogue and, the SDR solutions and even other standards. The German-Swiss Starwaves introduced its Android dongle for mobiles just launched: https://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/en/pr/2021/20210318_ame_starwaves_drm.html

Fraunhofer IIS also gave details about the project to test the DRM framework within the ATSC 3.0 TV platform which will give access to multi-featured DRM content on radio, TV and also mobiles and cars: https://www.drm.org/drm-framework-to-be-integrated-into-the-atsc-3-0-digital-tv-platform/

The India presentation focused on the almost 3 million DRM receivers in Indian cars. The recent DRM for FM successful trial in India also featured head unit radios with DRM AM and DRM FM integrated and working perfectly in some of the car models used during the trial. The upgrade of existing digital AM units to FM was possible and easy, without a change of hardware. As explained during the various GA sessions most of the receivers, no matter which platform (car, mobile, standalone) support the full DRM standard (AM and FM) and all the DRM features giving extra benefits like EWF (Emergency Warning Functionality), distance learning, extra content in various languages.

In the busiest activity year of the Consortium so far, participants also learned about full projects rolling out in Indonesia and Pakistan, about the successful DRM (FM) trial in Russia and DRM (SW) DRM trial in Brazil.

The recent DRM for FM trial in India had its own session and the interest was so great that the Consortium has announced a full "DRM for India Trial – Innovation and Success" webinar for May 6th.

Aspects of the current radio market, the energy savings delivered by DRM, the education project, the link with other international organisations and the improved communications gave representatives of Encompass Media Services, BBC, Fraunhofer IIS, RFmondial, Nautel, NXP, Ampegon, Dolby, Silabs, Radio Pulpit, Gospell, Kintronic Labs a chance to update and debate the issues that the Consortium will incorporate into its future strategy.

According to DRM Chairman, Ruxandra Obreja: "The DRM General Assembly was a great occasion to celebrate the great successes of the last year, achieved in conditions of world crisis. The great receiver developments and DRM demos and roll out plans all over the world have set the agenda for the coming year. The commitment, energy and support of the DRM members is our greatest asset and guarantee that DRM will be making it possible for everyone, no matter where they are and, whether they are connected to modern technology or not, to stay safe, informed and educated."

(Press Release)

Voice of the Strait SW broadcast temporarily stopped

Voice of the Strait, Fujian, China announced that they have stopped the shortwave transmission ("News Program" 4940 kHz, "Minnan language Program" 4900 kHz) between May 16 – July 13 for maintenance. Shortwave broadcast will be on air again on July 14. During the period listeners are requested to receive on MW and FM. "News Program" :MW 666 kHz / FM 90.6 MHz(Fujian province),  "Minnan language Program" : MW 738 kHz / FM 97.8 MHz(Amoy province).

Takahito Akabayashi
Tokyo, Japan
(Via WOR List)

Canada Day Special Broadcast

Canada D'eh

Date/Time:  July 1, 10-11 PM EDT (July 2, 0200-0300 UTC)
Frequency:  WBCQ The Planet, 6160 & 7490 kHz

July 1st is Canada Day, and since RCI is no longer blessing shortwave listeners with its presence on the short waves, Fred Waterer, a genuine Canadian, and "Uncle Bill" Tilford, an American who is frequently mistaken for one, will present  Canada D'eh, an affectionate salute to the occasion with music, humor, fun facts and stories on WBCQ The Planet, which is right next door to Canada with time donated by Angela and Allan Weiner.

(Bill Tilford)

Thursday, May 13, 2021

16th Edition of the Global Radio Guide (Summer2021) Now Available

Sometimes in life, what is old becomes new again.  Familiar names and voices we long have placed into the recesses of our minds, suddenly spring back to the forefront.

It can be that way with radio as well.  What we sometimes consider to be antique transmissions of a bygone era can re-emerge in a digital world, as if time had merely paused. They ensnare the attention of both those who were around for the glory days, as well as those hearing these signals for the first time.

Such is the case with the recently resurfaced "Russian Woodpecker."  The Cold War-era stalwart that once placed its distinct signal across large swaths of the HF band, is once again being heard amongst the crackles of static on shortwave radios and SDRs around the world.

For those who want to be part of the action, Gayle Van Horn's 16th Edition of her Amazon bestselling Global Radio Guide (Summer 2021) has all the details you need to catch up with our vintage friend.

"My first thought was, 'I have heard this signal before,'" writes Teak Publishing co-founder and editor of the Global Radio Guide (GRG), Larry Van Horn, in his in-depth look into the return of Russia's famous Over-The-Horizon-Radar (OTHR) transmissions.  "It did not take long for me to connect what I was hearing to the past and realize I was hearing a form of the old Russian Woodpecker again."

Included in Van Horn's article is everything you need to become a grizzled "woodpecker" expert:  a historical review of Russia's OTHR system, information on where in the world – and on the HF band – the newest version of the Woodpecker is being heard, links to audio samples so you know what to listen for, maps of transmitting locations and more.

Russia radars are not the only focus of this completely updated edition of the GRG, though.  Worldwide, tensions are continuing to escalate and – in another case of what is old becoming new – people around the world are once again turning to shortwave radio to place themselves on the front lines.

With the help of the GRG, you can tune in shortwave broadcast stations from hotspots such as China, Cuba, India, Iran, North/South Korea, Taiwan, and many other counties. If you have a shortwave radio receiver, SDR or Internet connection, pair it with this unique radio resource to know when and where to listen to the world.

This newest edition of the GRG carries on the tradition of those before it with an in-depth, 24-hour station/frequency guide with schedules for selected AM band, longwave, and shortwave radio stations. This unique resource is the only radio publication that lists by-hour schedules that include all language services, frequencies, and world target areas for over 500 stations worldwide.

The GRG includes listings of DX radio programs and Internet website addresses for many of the stations in the book. There are also entries for time and frequency stations as well as some of the more "intriguing" transmissions one can find on the shortwave radio bands.

LarryVan Horn has also updated his now famous SDRBuyer's Guide, a must-have compendium that helps you navigate through revolutionary world of software-defined radios (SDRs), the digital frontier of the radio hobby.

Continuing with the theme of this16thedition of the GRG:  Gayle takes a stroll into the seemingly not too distant past, into the role that radio played during the Falkland Island War, even as new government leaders within Argentina jockey for position to reclaim sovereignty over the islands.

Spectrum Monitor magazine editor, Ken Reitz, dives into the rise and fall of Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) on shortwave radio.  Reitz gives the rundown on where you can still find DRM signals on the shortwave bands, even if you do not have a DRM-capable radio in your home.

Fred Waterer, also of Spectrum Monitor, checks in with a feature on one of the great pastimes of shortwave radio – travelling the world without leaving home.  This is an especially poignant topic of discussion given the current travel restrictions found in most of the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Waterer gives us a detailed RF-itinerary for circumnavigating the globe via broadcasters on shortwave radio.  While many of the station names may be different than they once were, Waterer proves that there is still plenty of diversity and culture to be found on the bands.

Whether you monitor shortwave radio broadcasts, amateur radio operators, or aeronautical, maritime, government, or military communications in the HF radio spectrum, this book has the frequencies to help you to hear it all. Teak Publishing's Global Radio Guide "brings the world to you."

You can find this edition of the Global Radio Guide, along with all of our titles currently available for purchase, on the Teak Publishing Web site at www.teakpublishing.com.  For a limited time, all previous editions of the Global Radio Guide will also be available at a reduced price.  Details will be available at www.teakpublishing.com

The 16thedition of the Global Radio Guide-Book (electronic book only, no print edition available) is available worldwide from Amazon and their various international websites at :


The price for this latest edition is US$8.99. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Australia can order this e-Book from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. Customers in all other countries can use the regular Amazon.com  website to purchase this e-Book.

You can read any Kindle e-Book with Amazon's 'free' reading apps on literally any electronic media platform. You do not have to own a Kindle reader from Amazon to read this e-book. There are Kindle apps available for iOS, Android,Mac and PC platforms.You can find additional details on these apps by checking out this link to the Amazon website at :


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Special edition of BCDX net on World Amateur Radio Day


To celebrate World Amateur Radio Day next Sunday April 18 2021, a special edition of BCDX NET will be conducted  at 1200 UTC  (5.30 pm IST) on 14160 kHz USB. All are invited to check into it and exchange greetings. Net Controller Sanil VU3SIO, Kozhikode, Kerala  &  Jose Jacob VU2JOS, Hyderabad.

BCDX net is controlled by Mr.Sanil Deep, VU3SIO on 7085 kHz LSB at 0300-0330 UTC (8.30 to 9.00 am IST.) on sundays.

This Net was started on Sunday November 27, 1988 by a small group of Amateurs viz. Shanmughasundaram VU2FOT, Victor Goonetilleke 4S7VK, Jose Jacob VU2JOS and some SWL's.

The whole concept of this Net started when these Hams used to meet regularly on the band and exchanged DX news at various times. This later transformed into a regular Net which benefited many people. This Net is conducted on Sunday mornings for the advantage of those who are keenly interested in Broadcast Band Dxing.The unique thing about this Net is that is helped Hams to become SWL Dxers and SWL's to become Hams !

On a typical Sunday morning,the Net control starts the Net by calling in for regular check-ins. After about 10 minutes he gives the latest DX tips that he has gathered and later other stations also takes turn in exchanging their DX information. It has all the ingredients of a live two way DX program and continues for about 30 minutes depending on the traffic. For some time it was known as SWL DX Net.

The Net grew up with VU2KAK Anil, VU3SIO Sanil,VU2ISR Harsha, VU3ITI Varadhan, VU3DJQ Raman, VU2NGB Binu,VU2BNP Prahalad, VU3BGK Neel, VU2ICI Mohan, VU2MUD Madhu etc.joining in.

RADIO THAILAND A21

RADIO THAILAND A21
Effective 28th March to 30th Oct,2021

TIME (UTC) LANGUAGE FREQUENCY (KHz)
-----------------------------------
0000-0030 ENGLISH    15590
0030-0100 ENGLISH    15590
0100-0200 THAI       15590
0200-0230 ENGLISH    15590
0230-0330 THAI       15590
0530-0600 ENGLISH    17640
1000-1100 THAI       17850
1100-1115 VIETNAMESE 5875
1115-1130 MANDARIN   5875
1130-1145 THAI       5875
1145-1200 ENGLISH    5875
1200-1215 MALAYSIAN  9390
1230-1300 ENGLISH    9390
1300-1315 JAPANESE   9390
1315-1330 MANDARIN   9390
1330-1400 THAI       9390
1400-1430 ENGLISH    9390
1800-1900 THAI       9920
1900-2000 ENGLISH    9920
2000-2015 GERMAN     9920
2030-2045 ENGLISH    9920
2045-2115 THAI       9920

Reception reports to : rthworldservice@gmail.com

---
Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi

FTIOM & UBMP, April 18-24

Recently the broadcasts of FTIOM from Bulgaria have sometimes been reaching as far as Russia's Pacific coast on good evenings, and the Saturday transmissions of UBMP have reached  central Russia.

From the Isle of Music, April 18-24:

This week, in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, we repeat a 2020 episode with special guest Harold López-Nussa.

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)
2. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0000-0100 UTC on WBCQ, 7490 kHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9 PM EDT in the US).
3 & 4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 (NEW UTC) on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany.
Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic

Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, April 18-24:

In episode 213, thanks to some suggestions about musicians from our listener friend Jaouad Saber in Morocco, we present some excellent music from that country.

The transmissions take place:
1. Sunday 2200-2300 UTC (6:00PM -7:00 PM EDT) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 kHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe
2. Tuesday 2000-2100 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe.
3. Saturday 0800-0900 UTC on Channel 292, 9670 kHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe with a directional booster aimed eastward,

AND a special broadcast Saturday at 1900-2000 UTC on Channel 292, 3955 kHz.
Our V-Kontakte page is https://vk.com/fromtheisleofmusic

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Atlantic 2000 on the air this Saturday, 17th Apr '21

Atlantic 2000 will be on the air this Saturday, 17th of April from 0900 to 1000 UTC (1100 to 1200 CEST) on 6070 and 9670 kHz via Channel 292.

Streams will be available at the same time here: http://radioatlantic2000.free.fr

Reception reports to : atlantic2000international@gmail.com

Good listening!



AIR special broadcasts for Ramadan

Like every year, the special transmissions for Ramadan has started from AIR stations in Jammu & Kashmir as follows:

Timings (variable) : 2205 to 2305 UTC ( 3.35 to 4.35 am IST)

Frequencies

1116 kHz 300 kW  Srinagar
1350 kHz 20 kW Kupwara
4950 kHz 50 kW Srinagar (Announced but not heard at my location, maybe due to skip conditions)
103.5 MHz 10 kW Srinagar

This transmission is for about 1 hour and sign on and sign off timings vary. It will continue for one month - till Ramzan day ie around 14 May 2021.

(Jose Jacob, VU2JOS)


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

DRM Framework to be integrated into the ATSC 3.0 Digital TV Platform

Fraunhofer IIS, primary developer of the xHE-AAC audio codec, the DRM Consortium, and Sinclair Broadcast Group (Nasdaq: SBGI), a leading provider of local sports and news in the U.S., are joining forces to bring the best possible digital radio experience based on DRM to ATSC 3.0 digital TV
platform users on all platforms including mobiles.

This collaboration aims at establishing the seamless transport of DRM based services with all their advanced digital radio features on the ATSC 3.0 TV platform. This allows DRM broadcasters to create the DRM content once and then distribute it simultaneously and terrestrially via dedicated digital AM/FM transmissions and on the digital TV platform. Listeners can enjoy a full-featured digital radio experience across all broadcast platforms using any reception device – from stand-alone radio and TV sets to mobile phones and in-car receivers.

"Both the ATSC 3.0 digital TV and the DRM digital radio standards are really gaining momentum all over the world. With the recently started rollout in the US, the ATSC 3.0 TV standard has proven to be a success. It also receives growing attention in more and more countries worldwide including India. The same holds true for DRM digital radio, which is adopted in a steadily growing number of countries all over the world. Bringing the rich digital radio experience of DRM to the innovative ATSC TV platform is a perfect win-win situation for users and broadcasters alike," says Alexander Zink, Senior Business Development Manager for Broadcast Applications at Fraunhofer IIS.

Sinclair Broadcast Group and Fraunhofer IIS have identified immense potential resulting from this tight technology integration, which deploys DRM as the common digital radio solution across multiple transmission platforms. A demonstration is currently in preparation to prove the easy transmission of existing DRM based digital radio services over ATSC 3.0, and to showcase the easy integration of DRM reception on ATSC 3.0 receivers, including mobile phones.

This joint project is expected to open the door to close collaboration between the respective standard bodies, the ultimate goal being the adoption of both standards worldwide for the benefit of broadcasters and listeners alike.

Press Release :

Fraunhofer and Sinclair to Collaborate Towards Integrating Digital Radio Mondiale Framework into the ATSC 3.0 Digital TV Platform

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Baibu Bay Radio(Voice of Guangxi Baibu Wan)A21

Baibu Bay Radio(Voice of Guangxi Baibu Wan)has announced the A21 program schedule.
 
New Programs:  Chinese program of Radio Thailand "Cooperation between Thai and China" at 1530-1545 every Saturday and Sunday. 2 minutes program "Let's learn Chinese together" in 5 languages at 1200 and 0100 everyday.
 
Shortwave on 5050/9820kHz

Evening Broadcast 1000-1602 UTC
1000-1030  Information on COVID-19 and others
1030-1100  Relay of Guanxi Satellite TV station  "Gianxi News"
1100-1130  Relay of CCTV program 1  "News"
1130-1200  Cantonese program
1200-1202  "Let's learn Chinese together" (Mon/Tue Cambodian Tue Lao Wed Burmese Sun/Thu Thai Fri Vietnamese)
1202-1300  Vietnamese program
1300-1330  Music and others
1330-1335  Foreign language program (Mon Cambodian Tue Lao Wed Burmese Thu/Sat Thai Fri/Sun Vietnamese)
1335-1400  Music and others
1400-1500  CRI Vietnamese program
1500-1515  Information on COVID-19 an others
1515-1520  English program
1520-1530  Cantonese program
1530-1545  Mon-Fri "Attractive China" in Thai, Sat/Sun "Cooperation between  Thai and China" produced by Radio Thailand in Chinese
1545-1600  Music of surrounding countries

Morning Broadcast 2248-0102
2248-2300  Opening Music
2300-0100  CCTV channel 13 "Morning News"
0100-0102   "Let's learn Chinese together" (Mon/Tue Cambodian Tue Lao Wed Burmese Sun/Thu Thai Fri Vietnamese), weather forecast

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Shortwave transmitting site is SARFT #954 located at Hunagwutong, Xixingtang Districe, Nanning. Power 15kW. Also on FM 96.4MHz.
 
Takahito Akabayashi
Tokyo, Japan

(Via WOR List)

New FM station launched in Myanmar - Federal FM Radio, 90.2 MHz

Babul Gupta from Kolkata logged a new FM station  from Myanmar, Federal FM Radio on 90.2 MHz on 31st March'2021.

It seems a new FM station has been launched in Myanmar - Federal FM Radio, 90.2 MHz  on 27th March 2021 at 9:00 AM Yangon time.

Federal FM Radio, an unlicensed radio station went live on 27th March, 2021 at 90.2 MHz. Its targeted broadcasting days are on Thursdays and Sundays. It aims to inform audiences about events throughout the country while educating listeners about federalism – that is, having a national and state government, as opposed to authoritarian, military rule. 

Earlier, Myanmar's Military Council announced revoking licenses of five independent media companies, Myanmar Now, Khit Thit media, Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), Mizzima, and 7 Day.  DVB, Mizzima and 7 Day are VOA affiliates.

Related :

Myanmar Activists Launch Radio Program to Promote Federalism
https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/myanmar-activists-launch-radio-program-promote-federalism

Radio Andorra tribute broadcast on 12th April '21

Special program announcement:

As some of you know, the legendary Radio Andorra was taken off the air these days 40 years ago in 1981 by the government. Some programs that were prepared couldn't be aired, most of the material is lost. Luckily, the playlist of the last planned hit-parade from April, 12th 1981 survived, thus it was never broadcasted. 40 years later this will finally be done.

Next Monday, April, 12th 2021 at 17 UTC, exact 40 years later we will complete history. The show will be hosted by a DJ that started his career in Radio Andorra end of the 1970s. The program will be in French and broadcasted via Moosbrunn on a steerable LogPer Antenna directed at 270° towards the centre of France. All French-speaking countries in Europe should be covered in good quality.

Date: 12.04.2021
Time: 1700 UTC until 20 or 21 UTC (depending on some extra features we try to prepare next days)
Frequency: 6180 kHz
Power: 100kW

(Christian Milling via WOR List)

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Next edition of the Domestic Broadcasting Survey - DBS 23

New edition of the Domestic Broadcasting Survey - DBS 23 can now be downloaded FREE OF CHARGE from www.dswci.org
Click Domestic Broadcasting Survey, Latest issue.

Here's the direct link to download :   http://www.dswci.org/dbs/dbs/dbs23.pdf

If clicking Tropical Bands Monitor, Latest issue, You can also find the monitoring done by DX-ers in January-March 2021.

(‎Anker‎ Petersen)



Asian DX Review Newsletter - April 2021 edition now available for download


Asian DX Review - April 2021 edition now available for download from Indian DX Club International's Website

Asian DX Review [ADXR] monthly newsletter from Indian DX Club International is published monthly in digital format and distributed free.

Radio enthusiasts can send in their write up, feedback, reviews and anything related to radio to idxc.international@gmail.com

Marconi Radio International txn on 5th April

Marconi Radio International, which broadcasts from Italy, will be on air on with a new power amplifier (around 250 watts) as follows:

5th April 2021 from 0900 to 1030 UTC and from 1600 to 1730 UTC on 11390 kHz.

Reception reports to : marconiradiointernational@gmail.com

(Via Glenn Hauser, WOR List)

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

AUSTRIA special callsign OE21M - Special Amateur Radio Call - Marconi Day

AUSTRIA special callsign OE21M. Special Amateur Radio Call - Marconi Day

The documentation archive Funk / QSL Collection and CARO (Club amateur radio ORF) in Austrian broadcasting will operate an amateur radio station with the special call sign OE21M from Friday, 23rd to Sunday, 25th April 2021 (00:00-24:00 UTC).

OE21M is an official station for ′′ International Marconi Day ′′ - contacts on Saturday, April 24., 2021, counting for the IMD diploma.

OE office via OE1WHC - Direct: DokuFunk, An der Steinfelder 4 A, A-1230 Vienna, Austria.

(QSL card picture via A-DX FB group)

(Christoph Ratzer-AUT OE2CRM)

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

KTWR GUAM A21

KTWR GUAM A21
Effective 28th March to 30th October 2021



Start Stop Freq Lang      CIRAF        Power Azi Slew Ant     Days
---------------------------------------------------------------------
1000 1030 11965 MADURESE   54          100 278 -30 4/4/1       M Tu W Th F  
1030 1100 11965 SUNDANESE  54          100 278 -30 4/4/1       M Tu W Th F  
1030 1100 11965 INDONESIAN 54          100 278 -30 4/4/1    Su             Sa
1100 1130 11965 ENGLISH    49,50,54    100 278 -15 4/4/1    Su            
1100 1140 11965 ENGLISH    49,50,54    100 278 -15 4/4/1       M Tu W Th F  
1145 1215 12040 BURMESE    49          100 278 +15 4/4/1       M Tu W Th F Sa
1215 1230 12040 KWA SAGEN  49          100 278 +15 4/4/1    Su            
1215 1245 12040 KWA SAGEN  49          100 278 +15 4/4/1       M Tu W Th F  
1245 1300 9975  VIETNAMESE 49          100 278  0  4/4/1    Su            
1230 1315 9975  VIETNAMESE 49          100 278  0  4/4/1                   Sa
1100 1130 9910  ENGLISH    42-44       200 320 -15 4/4/1    Su            
1130 1215 9910  MANDARIN   42-44       200 320 -15 4/4/1    Su            
1200 1215 9910  MANDARIN   42-44       200 320 -30 4/4/1       M Tu W Th F  
1245 1255 12040 ENGLISH/HINDI 41       250 320 -30 4/4/1       M Tu W Th F  
1245 1300 12040 MANIPURI   41          250 320 -30 4/4/1    Su            
1300 1330 9975  MANDARIN   42-44       200 320 -15 4/4/1    Su M Tu W Th F  
1315 1345 9975  MANDARIN   42-44       200 320 -15 4/4/1                   Sa
1330 1345 9975  CANTONESE  42-44       200 320 -30 4/4/1       M Tu W Th F  
1100 1130 9910  MANDARIN   42-44        90 320 -15 4/4/1                   Sa DRM
1130 1230 9910  JAPANESE   45           50 320 +30 4/4/1                   Sa DRM
1000 1015 11995 ENGLISH 51,55,56,58-60 100 165  0  2/2/1.5     M Tu W Th F  
1000 1045 11995 ENGLISH 51,55,56,58-60 100 165  0  2/2/1.5                 Sa
1030 1100 15200 ENGLISH    41           90 285  0  4/4/1    Su                DRM  
1045 1100 9975  MONGOLIAN  32-33       200 315  0  4/4/1       M Tu W Th F Sa
1100 1115 9975  MONGOLIAN  32-33       200 315  0  4/4/1    Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1115 1130 9975  HUI        42-44       200 315  0  4/4/1    Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1115 1200 9975  HAK        42-44       200 315  0  4/4/1    Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1200 1215 9975  MANDARIN   43-44       200 315  0  4/4/1    Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1215 1230 9975  NOSU Yi    43-44       200 315  0  4/4/1       M Tu W Th F Sa
1215 1245 7500  JAPANESE   45          200 320  0  2/3/0.5  Su            
1245 1300 11590 MALAYALAM  41          250 285  0  4/4/1              Th F Sa
1245 1300 11590 ENGLISH    41          250 285  0  4/4/1    Su M Tu W      
1315 1330 11590 BHATRI     41          250 285  0  4/4/1    Su            
1315 1345 7510  KOREAN     44-45       200 320  0  2/3/0.5     M Tu W Th F  
1315 1345 7510  ENGLISH    44-45       100 320  0  2/3/0.5                 Sa
1345 1515 7510  KOREAN     44-45       200 320  0  2/3/0.5  Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1515 1545 7510  KOREAN     44-45       200 320  0  2/3/0.5  Su M           Sa
1515 1615 7515  KOREAN     44-45       250 320  0  2/3/0.5       Tu W Th F  
1545 1615 7515  KOREAN     44-45       250 320  0  2/3/0.5                 Sa

Reception reports to : asiafeedback@twr.org

(Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi)