Tuesday, February 28, 2023

LRA 36 National Radio Arcangel San Gabriel upcoming broadcasts from Antarctica on shortwaves

LRA 36 National Radio Arcangel San Gabriel
Upcoming broadcasts from Antarctica on shortwaves:

Wednesday, March 1st, 2023 - 2100 to 2300 UTC on 15476 khz USB

Saturday March 4th, 2023 -  2100 - 0300 UTC on 15476 khz USB

Correct Reports to be confirmed with eQSL:  lra36nacional@gmail.com

(Adrián Korol, RAE, Argentina, via Horacio A. Nigro, CX3BZ , WOR iog)

Monday, February 27, 2023

New community radio station inaugurated in New Delhi

A new community radio station in Delhi 'Radio Tarang 90.0 FM' at Ram Lal Anand College (University of Delhi) was inaugurated on World Radio Day, 13th Feb 2023.

The community radio is run by students & faculty members of  Ram Lal Anand College and broadcasts on the frequency 90.0 MHz. It is also available on playstore and Apple app store.
Video about RLA community radio -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTaXYOnXkGo

About Ram Lal Anand College (University of Delhi) -     https://rlacollege.edu.in/

(Photo courtesy Ram Lal Anand College FB page)

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Special broadcasts of SM Radio Dessau via Woofferton announced

SM Radio Dessau (https://www.smradio-dessau.de) is planning its first broadcast via Woofferton.

Broadcast schedule in March 2023 looks like this:

Sunday, 12 March 2023, 1200 - 1300 UTC : 6070 kHz (Moosbrunn 100 kW) in German about Hans Albers (1891-1960, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Albers)

Friday, 17 March 2023, 2200 - 2300 UTC : 3955 kHz (Woofferton 125 kW) in English about the Bauhaus (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bauhaus)

The e-QSL for the first English-language broadcast via Woofferton can already be seen at https://www.smradio-dessau.de

Reception reports to :   maxberger@smradio-dessau.de

(Dr. Hansjörg Biener via WOR iog)

Next LRA 36 broadcast

Next LRA36 Radio Nacional Arcangel San Gabriel broadcast  from Base Antartica Esperanza announced to take place on :

Saturday, February 25th
from 20:00 to 24:00 UTC
15476 KHZ (USB)

(Adrián Korol, RAE, Argentina)

Horacio A. Nigro, CX3BZ via WOR iog

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Special DRM broadcast by Pop Shop Radio

Pop Shop Radio will air a special DRM broadcast for Europe on March 5th at 2000 UTC/ 2100 CET on 5875 kHz (85 kW)  from Wooferton. 

Reception reports welcome from anywhere at : radiopopshop@gmail.com

More about Pop Shop Radio :  http://www.popshopradio.ca/

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

RFPI broadcasts to Afghanistan - Schedule

RFPI schedule in Persian

0700 - 0715 UTC on 15700 kHz (Tuesday & Thursday)
Prog : Tales of Afghan women

1145 - 1200 UTC on 15770 kHz (Monday & Saturday)
Prog : Tales of Afghan women

1300 -1315 UTC on 15770 kHz (Sunday)

Also check (not confirmed) :

0700-0730 UTC on 15700 Wed Education by broadcasting

0700-0730 UTC on 15700 Fri Mental health by broadcasting

Reception reports to : rfpi@qsl.eu

Radio Öömrang annual broadcast on 21st Feb 2023

Radio Öömrang annual transmission on 21st Feb, 2023

The annual broadcast of Radio Öömrang is scheduled on  21st Feb, 2023 (Tuesday).
Radio Oomrang broadcasts once in a year on shortwave in lower German language via facilities of Media Broadcast in Germany.

Radio Oomrang announces as "The Free Voice of Frisian People from Amrum island in Germany". Station ID is in english.

Radio Öömrang was broadcasted for the first time in 2006, most of the progarmming is in North Frisian language as well as lower German and english. The Broadcast is directed towards the descendents of North Frisian immigrants in North America.

English station identification is noted as..."this is Radio Öömrang, the freedom voice of Öömrang"

This year's broadcats is scheduled as :

1600-1700 UTC on 15215 kHz via Issoudun 500 kW /300 deg to USA East Coast in Frisian dialect, German and  English.

About Oomrang :

Reception reports to : QSL-Shortwave@media-broadcast.com

Monday, February 20, 2023

Afghanistan: Radio For Peace International launches new programs against restrictions on women in the country

Afghanistan: Radio For Peace International launches new programs against restrictions on women in the country

Bordeaux, February 20, 2023
Radio For Peace International, an NGO and studio based in Gironde, reaffirms its support for women in Afghanistan by producing and broadcasting new programs in Farsi in collaboration with Afghan journalists who have remained in the country.

RFPI, which had already offered a series of programs in December 2022 centered on psychological assistance to Afghan women and the education of young girls in collaboration with Afghan journalists in exile, is partnering this time with Afghan journalists who have remained in the country.

Programs designed with Afghan journalists in Afghanistan itself

Produced by Afghan women journalists present in five different provinces of Afghanistan, the program "Tales of Afghan women", reflecting their condition in the country, is designed in Afghanistan itself by professionals, will then be exfiltrated to France via encryption tools and pseudonyms.

The programs will be available on the Internet and on shortwave 4 times a week. Once again, it is a question of combating the many restrictions imposed on the dignity and rights of Afghan women and girls. "Afghanistan needs information more than ever, the Taliban leaders have closed down all organizations that defend human rights, the media and intimidate journalists," underlines Jamila Karimi, Afghanistan broadcast project coordinator for RFPI.

For Sylvain Clament, president of RFPI. "The situation of freedom of information is catastrophic in Afghanistan, RFPI ensures a free and feminine voice in a country where obscurantism reigns". According to statistics from the Afghan Journalists Association, more than 170 radio stations are active in the country. Out of 1075 female journalists, only 163 have a job and only in Kabul the others are unemployed.

Two major media present in the country, the Voice of America and Radio Azadi, recently had their websites suspended, forcing these two media to broadcast 24 hours a day on short and medium waves. In addition, on February 12, the only women's radio station in Herat, Radio Sahar, was banned from broadcasting.

An essential project to offer a free voice to Afghanistan

If RFPI has decided to go further in its support for Afghan women, it is in particular because of the ban on women working as journalists in Afghanistan. The press is subjected to unprecedented violence by the Taliban regime, while freedom of information is a fundamental element for the persistence of democratic spaces. As Sylvain Clament, President of RFPI points out, "One of the fundamental points of our action is to offer a salary and a job to women journalists to ensure their autonomy and dignity".

The first broadcast will be broadcast on Tuesday, February 21, 2023. The broadcasts will initially be broadcast for a period of three months, 4 times a week on short wave and internet, Tuesdays and Thursdays on 15700 khz at 7 a.m. UT, Mondays and Saturdays at 11:45 a.m. UT on 15770 kHz and Sundays at 1 p.m. UT on 15770 Khz in the Farsi language throughout Afghanistan. These programs will also be available for streaming on the website www.rfpi.eu.

Field coordination is carried out in France by Afghan journalists. Sylvain Clament ensures the overall coordination of the project, and the broadcasting of the programs. The latter will be provided by the RFPI broadcaster in Bulgaria.

About RFPI
Since 2019, Radio For Peace International (RFPI https://www.rfpi.eu/) has been broadcasting on short waves a set of programs focused on human rights issues, particularly intended for crisis and conflict areas all over the world: Russia, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iran, China…

Indeed, short waves are the only ones able to cover countries with very particular topography such as Afghanistan or to allow communication in war zones such as Ukraine currently.

Based in Gironde, the RFPI studio relies on a small and experienced team, which ensures the coordination of projects as well as the editing of programs in France. Finally, the programs are broadcast by WRMI (Radio Miami International) located in Florida and historical broadcaster of the radio since its beginnings and of several major international media such as Voice Of America, Radio Liberty. The second broadcaster is located in Bulgaria and allows us to cover all of Asia.

(Press Release)

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

DRM Digital Radio, as a complete Digital Platform offers Its congratulations to UNESCO on World Radio Day

On World Radio Day, the Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Consortium wishes UNESCO, the founder of the United Nations Radio in 1946, many decades of successes in  promoting the free-to-air radio as a universal way of informing and promoting peace to all citizens of the world with enhanced and relevant content enabled by state-of-the art digital broadcast technologies.

The DRM Consortium (www.drm.org) works closely with global radio associations and broadcasters, founders of this prestigious annual event, towards the progress of digital  radio, specifically DRM, a medium that can reach all citizens of a country, even of an entire continent, regardless of where they live. When information is needed in the furthest corners of the world, DRM is there with news, information and, if needed, disaster warnings (ewf.drm.org).
DRM is also engaged in proving that digital radio can deliver distance schooling and information, being the premises of education and peace all over the world. The DRM is an open, accessible, and flexible standard that has been widely demonstrated globally in all frequency bands. It is a digital platform that saves energy (between 50-90% depending on the bands used) and as such it is increasingly attractive to many broadcasters around the globe (energyeffciency.drm.org).

Large countries, like India, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa, Brazil, China, etc. either started rolling out the standard both in the AM and FM bands or are working on their plans to implement it, while cheaper and more affordable receiver solutions are being devised continuously.
All chip manufacturers have included DRM in their products, therefore many more receiver manufacturers, OEMs for cars, are preparing to produce DRM radios. Some of the DRM successes will be showcased in India this week.

Saturday, February 11, 2023

New program to Asia on IRRS / EGR

As of Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023, Nexus will start a new 30-minute broadcast to Asia and the Pacific at high power (300 kW) on behalf of a missionary organisation based in New Zealand.

Gospel Miracle Time for Asia will be aired each Sunday from 1600-1630 UTC on 15375 kHz during the B22 season. Times and frequency for the A23 season will be announced shortly on our website.

The program will likely be received also in Europe and the Americas.

Gospel Miracle time can also be heard in Europe each Saturday at 18:30 UTC on 1323 kHz MW and 7295 kHz SW, on Saturday at 19:30 UTC on 1323 kHz, with a repeat on Tuesday at 20:30 UTC on 1323 kHz Medium Wave.

Please send your comments and reception reports at:

(Ron Norton, NEXUS-Int'l Broadcasting Association)

*Frequency changed from 15385 to 15375 wef 19th Feb'23

Friday, February 10, 2023

TRAI Consultation Paper on Issues related to FM Radio Broadcasting

TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) has issued a Consultation Paper on Issues related to FM Radio Broadcasting on 9th Feb'23.

Consultation paper can be downloaded at :

Summary of issues for Consultation :

Q1. Are provisions related to Annual License Fee prescribed in the extant Policy guidelines for FM Radio broadcasting reasonable? If not, please provide methodology and criteria for arriving at Annual License Fee for private FM Radio channels with detailed justification.

Q2. Is there a need to extend the permission period for existing FM Radio licensees?
a. If yes, what should be the revised permission period? Please prescribe the period with detailed reasoning/ justification. 
b. If not, is there a need to extend any other assistance to private FM Radio broadcasters to overcome the impact of the pandemic? If so, please suggest suitable measures with quantified parameters and justification.

Q3. Is there a need to review the present Policy guidelines as regards the News and current affairs on private FM radio stations? If so, please provide detailed justification, including the additional compliance/ reporting (if any), duration of news and current affair programmes and method of effective monitoring may be suggested.

Q4. Is there a need to mandate that all the Mobile Handset manufactured/sold in India will require to have an in-built FM Radio receiver? Please provide detailed justification for your comments.

Q5. Stakeholders may also provide their comments/ suggestions on any other issue that may be relevant to the present consultation.

Stakeholders must submit their comments by 23rd March 2023.

Thursday, February 09, 2023

Radio Northern Europe International's next special transmission to Japan

Radio Northen Europe International announced on February 8 in their HP in Japanese  https://rnei.org/jp that they will send next transmission to Japan on February 26, 2023 at 0920-0950 UTC on 9900 kHz (Paochung 100kW 45deg). The transmission will include MSFK data using "Tivar" and  "Easy DRF".

(Takahito Akabayashi, Tokyo, Japan via DXLD iog)

Atlantic 2000 on the air - Saturday, February 11

Atlantic 2000 will be on the air on Saturday, 11th of February from 0900 to 1000 UTC (1000 to 1100 CET) on 6070 and 9670 kHz via Channel 292.

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

Good listening!


DRM Digital Radio “Saves Lives and Keeps Radio in Business” – the Complete DRM Offer at the BES Expo, India

DRM Digital Radio "Saves Lives and Keeps Radio in Business" – the Complete DRM Offer at the BES Event in India, 16-18 February

The Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) Consortium and a number of its members will take part with better and more attractive exhibits, demonstrations and presentations than ever – in the International show of the Broadcast Engineering Society (BES – www.besindia.co.in) Exhibition and Conference on 'Broadcast & Media Technology' being held at Pragati
Maidan, New Delhi 110002, India on 16-18 February 2023.

At the BES Conference and Exhibition, the DRM Consortium (www.drm.org) will highlight its recent achievements under the overarching theme "DRM Saves Lives and Keeps Radio in Business". 

The DRM Consortium and some of its key members and partners, including Indian companies like Inntot Technologies, Mobis-Hyundai and OptM, and international ones like Ampegon, CML Microcircuits/Cambridge Consultants, Fraunhofer IIS, Gospell Digital Technologies, RFmondial and Starwaves, will welcome all visitors at Hall 7 – Booths 26 and 28 and in the conference hall.

The DRM Consortium will demonstrate the great audio and data transmission qualities of the DRM standard in both AM and FM bands. The exceptional energy and spectrum savings obtained by using one transmitter and one antenna to deliver up to 18 audio programmes plus up to 6 dedicated Journaline text services on DRM in FM band will be
demonstrated with the help of RFmondial and Fraunhofer IIS on mobile devices, standalone and car receivers. Thus, visitors will be able to directly experience the multi-channel capability of DRM in FM band without it affecting existing analogue FM signals. And some of its key benefits such as the delivery of emergency warnings (DRM EWF – Emergency Warning Functionality, an integral part of the DRM standard) with audio and Journaline text in the desired languages and also available to the visually or hearing impaired. This functionality can be also used to deliver via DRM distance education without any Internet connection.

The DRM Public Signage feature, so useful in day-to-day activities and emergency situations, will also be presented at the DRM booths.

Naturally, receivers will take a prime position at BES. CML Microcircuits will introduce their new energy-efficient and very affordable DRM receiver module that would give a new impetus to the digital DRM receiver industry in India and elsewhere. More details on this will be provided during the first day of the conference and will also feature in the first
"DRM Hotspot 1" session scheduled for Friday 17th at 1100.

The second "DRM Hotspot 2" session will be on the same day at 1500. It will honour the great efforts of one of the Indian experts leading a DRM publicity campaign aimed at the thriving Indian automotive industry; exemplified at the DRM booth will be Mobis-Hyundai and its car receiver solution.

Inntot Technologies, an award-winning Indian receiver manufacturer, invites you to Booth 28 to see its high performing and less CPU consuming standalone DRM receiver solution in FM band, as well as its DRM in FM band solution in mobile phones. Inntot's DRM receiver solution in AM band, already deployed in India, is easily upgradable for DRM reception in the FM band. 

The Starwaves receiver manufacturer is going to launch its brand-new digital tuner module Warp-3 which can be supplied with or without Wifi/Bluetooth chipset and can make the received DRM content available through its built-in Wifi hotspot. Starwaves will also show its new desktop receiver W2401.

Another receiver manufacturer, Gospell Technologies, will display its pocket size receivers, alongside other existing desktop and car aftermarket models, which have already been favourably reviewed by users worldwide. 

For the DRM Consortium Chairman, Ruxandra Obreja, BES is the first opportunity to return, after three years, to India "with new receiver solutions, answers for the energy and spectrum savings required today, and with a clear vision for the future of DRM in India, where this standard is already rolled out. Logically, the DRM standard should be expanded immediately to include the FM band in India. The focus at BES on DRM receivers in all bands will be evident. It will be also underlined by the cooperation between some of our members, like CML Microcircuits and Fraunhofer IIS, to deliver very soon digital radio enjoyment through mobiles. We hope the visitors will appreciate the great progress made by the DRM Consortium members in the last three years and will want to join it in its effort to help create a digital India for all."

About DRM
Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) is the universal, openly standardised digital radio system for all broadcasting frequencies and coverage needs.
DRM on short, medium and long wave up to 30 MHz provides for the efficient coverage in large areas with at least FM quality, while significantly reducing power consumption. DRM in the FM & VHF bands above 30 MHz enables flexible local and regional broadcaster-controlled services, with up to 3 stereo audio programmes plus multimedia components in half the bandwidth of a single analogue FM signal.
Advanced radio functionality thanks to DRM comprises: More services based on the highly efficient audio codec MPEG xHE-AAC and free-to-air Journaline multi-lingual text information, detailed service signalling, service linking (including to analogue AM/FM services) and DRM EWF – Emergency Warning Functionality. Enhanced DRM features include native Unicode support, station logos via SPI, Slideshow images and traffic and travel information.
The DRM Consortium was awarded by ITU for its outstanding contribution to the Telecommunications sector over the past years and has signed the EBU Smart Radio Memorandum that promotes access to free to air radio on all devices. 

For more information and DRM updates please visit www.drm.org or subscribe to DRM news by writing to pressoffice@drm.org

Go to newsletter.drm.org to subscribe to the general DRM newsletter or the special India Noticeboard with all the latest DRM news.

Watch the latest DRM video: videos.drm.org

Radio New Zealand Intl's additional SW frequencies

Radio New Zealand Intl's additional SW frequencies from 8th Feb' 23 :

0559 - 1258 UTC on 13755 + 11725 (from 8 Feb) kHz to Pacific (Mon - Sun)
0859 - 1258 UTC on 13755 + 11725 (from 8 Feb) kHz to NW Pacific Vanuatu Solomon Isl PNG (Mon - Fri)

RFE/RL Expands Broadcasts to Afghanistan Despite Taliban Ban

RFE/RL Expands Broadcasts to Afghanistan Despite Taliban Ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's (RFE/RL) award-winning programming is now available 24 hours a day for millions of Afghan listeners who have come to rely on the broadcaster in the last two decades. Two months after the Taliban removed RFE/RL from AM and FM radio transmitters in Afghanistan, Azadi, as RFE/RL is known locally, is doubling its time on air providing Afghans with independent news in the Dari and Pashto languages. From 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time Azadi is broadcasting on mediumwave on 1296 kHz, while during the second half of the day programming is available on shortwave.

This broadcasting milestone comes on Azadi's 21st anniversary, and further solidifies RFE/RL's role as a true public broadcaster – the only non-governmental radio broadcaster available 24/7 in Afghanistan. In the last two decades Azadi has become a staple of everyday life. Afghans frequently referred to Azadi as their "national broadcaster," and its mix of news and information is commonly heard in public settings in the country, from marketplaces to taxis.

"Our expanded programming for Afghan audiences is indicative of the resilience and creativity of our team and their dedication to continue to reach our audiences in Afghanistan in the face of extreme Taliban pressure," said RFE/RL President and CEO Jamie Fly. "Azadi will now be available for Afghans day and night to give them hope for a better future."

Despite significant pressure from the Taliban, RFE/RL continues to provide bold coverage of stories suppressed by state media. Azadi has given a platform for the most vulnerable -- women and girls, victims of violent extremism, the LGBTQI+ community, and youth -- to share their experiences. At every step, Azadi has responded to the Taliban's restrictive governance: when the Taliban forbade music, Azadi continued to play music on air; when the Taliban banned women from public life, Azadi gave women space to tell their stories; when the Taliban barred girls from attending school, Azadi and Learn Afghanistan provided a rigorous curriculum over the radio. For 21 years, Azadi has helped the powerless find community and hope.

In contrast to official Taliban claims, Afghans have again and again expressed their appreciation and gratitude to RFE/RL for providing a vital public service. RFE/RL will continue to find new and innovative ways to reach audiences.

Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, and RFE/RL journalists have paid the ultimate price for their commitment to a free press. In 2018, three Radio Azadi journalists -- Maharram Durrani, Abadullah Hananzai, and Sabawoon Kakar -- were killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul. In 2020, Mohammad Ilyas Dayee was killed in a targeted bomb attack.

About RFE/RL
RFE/RL relies on its networks of local reporters to provide accurate news and information to more than 40 million people every week in 27 languages and 23 countries where media freedom is restricted, or where a professional press has not fully developed. Its videos were viewed 15 billion times on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram in 2022. RFE/RL is an editorially independent media company funded by a grant from the U.S. Congress through the U.S. Agency for Global Media.

(Press Release)

Prasar Bharati and National Media Authority (NMA), Egypt, to exchange programmes for TV and Radio

Prasar Bharati and National Media Authority (NMA), Egypt, to exchange programmes for TV and Radio

India and Egypt today signed an MOU to facilitate content exchange, capacity building, and Co-Productions between Prasar Bharati and National Media Authority of Egypt. The MoU was signed by Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Hon'ble Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Youth affairs and Sports and Mr. Sameh Hassan Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Egypt. The MoUs were exchanged between the two countries in the presence of Hon'ble Prime Minister of India and the Hon'ble President of Egypt following the delegation level talks between the two sides at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

The MOU is part of the efforts by Prasar Bharati to expand the reach of DD India Channel to show-case the country's progress through programs focussed on economy, technology, social development and also the rich cultural heritage.  Under the ambit of this MoU, both the broadcasters will exchange their programs of different genres like Sports, News, Culture, Entertainment and many more areas on bilateral basis and these programs will be telecast on their Radio and Television platforms. The MOU which will be valid for three years will also facilitate co-productions and training of the officials of both the broadcasters in latest technologies.  

Prasar Bharati, Public Service Broadcaster of India currently has 39 Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with foreign broadcasters for co-operation and collaboration in the field of broadcasting.These MoUs provide for exchange of programmes with foreign broadcasters in the field of culture, education, science, entertainment, sports, news etc. The MoUs also provide for co-production opportunities related to themes of mutual interest and knowledge sharing through trainings.
Saurabh Singh
Press Information Bureau
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
Government of India

ARSI Regional Amateur Radio Meet at Chennai

ARSI (Amateur Radio Society of India) is holding a Regional Amateur Radio Meet in Chennai. This is in line with suggestions during the AGM to hold regional meets in different parts of the country to reach out to all Radio Amateurs in different regions. All Amateur Radio Operators are invited to this meet.

Date: Sunday 12, February 2023
9 - 10 am Breakfast;
10 am - 12 Noon Meet & Greet
Venue: Madras Boat Club, #2, 3rd Avenue, Boat Club Road, Raja Annamalai Puram, Chennai - 600 028
RSVP: VU2LU-9845057731 (Whatsapp Message confirming your participation)
Club Dress Code: Formal dress - Shirt/T-shirt with collar and formal footwear.

Hoping to meet you all during this get-together.

(Ramesh Kumar VU2LU, President, ARSI)