Friday, October 30, 2015

DRM Consortium welcomes Radio Republik Indonesia and signs co-operation agreement to Introduce DRM Digital Radio technology in Indonesia

The Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Consortium is delighted to welcome the Indonesian public broadcaster, Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) as a member of the Consortium. DRM and RRI have also signed a cooperation agreement to introduce the DRM technology in Indonesia starting in 2016.
The cooperation agreement was signed on behalf of RRI by Mrs R. Niken Widiastuti (President) and Mr M. Rohanudin (Technology and New Media Director), during the Asia Broadcasting Union's General Assembly meeting in Istanbul, Turkey.  The DRM Consortium was represented by the DRM Chairman, Mrs Ruxandra Obreja and Vice Chair, Mr Alexander Zink.
Mr Sunarya Ruslan, Head of Supervisory Board of Radio Republik Indonesia, said: "This is the first step for RRI to implement digital radio to serve the people of Indonesia."
Mr Rohanudin, added: "Digitisation of broadcasting is the first point of entry of new technologies into a country that consists of islands like Indonesia. Its presence must have the support of all parties to convince the Indonesian society of using this technology."
Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Consortium Chairman, is delighted to have the Consortium working so closely with RRI: " The DRM trial and workshop earlier in the year opened up possibilities and interest in a key Asian market like Indonesia, whose needs can be excellently met by DRM". 
(DRM Consortium Press Release)

Test Transmissions from FEBA on Saturday 31 Oct'15 from Sri Lanka

Time : 1330 to 1400 UTC (7.00 -7.30 PM India time)
Frequency : 9775 kHz  (31 Meter Band)
Power: 125 kW
Transmitting Site : Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Reception reports are appreciated from all listeners especially  in India and particular within South India-North East India. Reception Reports may please be sent by email to preferably by Sunday morning ie 1 Nov 2015. Special e-qsls will be issued.

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

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Report on EDXC conference, St.Petersburg

Report on European DX Council conference at Saint Petersburg
By Alan Pennington, BDXC

Report on BDXC - Sheigra DXpedition

Report on British DX Club - Sheigra DXpedition, 7th to 20th March 2015
By Dave Kenny and Alan Pennington


Effective 25th October 2015

Lang   Time (UTC) Freq(kHz)

Korean 1   1600 1800 7275
Korean 1   1700 1900 9515
Korean 2   0700 0800 6045
Russian    1300 1400 9645
Russian    1800 1900 7235
English 1  1600 1700 9515
English 1  
1800 1900 7275
English 1  2200 2300 11810
English 2  1100 1130 9760 (DRM) Sat
English 2  2300 2330 WRN
English 2  0930 1000 WRN
French2    0100 2200 3955
German2    0000 2100 3955
German2    1900 2000 5885 (DRM)
German2    1900 2000 5900
Spanish    1800 1900 9740

North America
Korean 2   1400 1500 15575
English 1  1300 1400 15575
Spanish    0200 0300 15575

South America
Korean 2   0300 0400 11810
English 1  0200 0300 9580
Spanish    0100 0200 11810
Spanish    0100 0200 9605
Spanish    1100 1200 11795

Southeast Asia
Korean 1   0900 1100 9570
Chinese    1130 1230 9770
Chinese    2300 2400 9805
English 1  0800 0900 9570
English 1  1300 1400 9570
English 1  1600 1700 9640
English 3  0200 0300 9690
English 1  0400 1500 9640
Indonesian 1200 1300 9570
Indonesian 1400 1500 9570
Indonesian 1600 1700 9805
Indonesian 2200 2300 9805
Vietnamese 0100 0200 9690
Vietnamese 1030 1130 9770
Vietnamese 1500 1600 9640

Middle East/Africa
Korean 1   1600 1800 9740
Korean 2   0900 1000 15160
Arabic     2000 2100 9840
Arabic     1800 1900 WRN
French     2000 2100 5950(Issoudun)
Chinese    1130 1230 6095
Chinese    2300 2400 7215
English 3  1230 1330 6095
Japanese   0100 0200 9580
Japanese   0200 0300 11810

Russian    1730 1800 738 (AM)

Indonesian 1200 1300 102.6 (FM)

Buenos Aires
Spanish    1800 1855(FM)(Mon-Fri)

Non Direction
Korean 1   0900 1100 7275
Korean 2   1000 1100 1170 (AM)
Korean 2   1200 1300 7275
Japanese   0800 0900 7275
Japanese   0800 0900 6155
Japanese   0900 1000 6155
Japanese   1000 1100 6095
Japanese   1100 1300 1170 (AM)
Chinese    1300 1400 1170 (AM)
Chinese    1300 1400 7275

KBS World Radio airs 63 hours and 13 minutes of programming a day on shortwave, mediumwave, and FM. In addition, English, Arabic and Russian programs reach listeners via satellites, with Russian, Indonesian and Spanish programming available on local FM and AM.

Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi

DRM newsletters for October '2015

Digital Radio Mondiale Newsletter - October 2015 issue

DRM India chapter newsletter - October 2015 issue

World Christian Broadcasting Update

Our team in Madagascar is on schedule in connecting everything to be able to reach the other half of the world. Connecting the transmitters with the three antennas and with all the equipment on the campus is a huge undertaking, as this photo shows. Continue in prayer for "all green buttons" which would mean everything is connected correctly. Once connected and checked by the company that built the transmitters, testing will begin and then early in 2016 eleven new hours of programming will begin. Be prayerful about the new programs in Arabic, English for Africa along with broadcasts in Russian, Chinese, Spanish and International English to new areas of the world.

(World Christian Broadcasting on FB)

Radio Republik Indonesia signs cooperation agreement with DRM

RRI and the DRM Consortium signed a co-operation agreement that will see Indonesia test DRM transmissions across its vast archipeligo. Radio Republik Indonesia has been considering digital radio options for some time, and this latest announcement indicates that the country may add Digital Radio Mondiale transmission systems onto one or more of the national broadcaster's existing transmission installations.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Babcock Shortwave and DRM Roadshow

Babcock showcased DRM at a joint BBC/Babcock event being held at the BBC's Broadcasting House headquarters. Babcock organises a bi-annual internal 'Roadshow' at the BBC to highlight the seasonal changes to broadcast schedules and SW frequencies every March and October, and is using this autumn's event to demonstrate DRM technology to BBC World Service managers, production and editorial staff.

Monday, October 26, 2015


EFFECTIVE FROM 25.10.15 TO 26.03.16

GRI 7280  0030 0045 41 300 98  0 2/4/0.5  23456  BENGALI
GRI 7280  0045 0115 41 300 98  0 2/4/0.5  23456  BHOJPURI
GRI 7280  0100 0115 41 300 98  0 2/4/0.5 1       HINDI
GRI 7280  0115 0130 41 300 98  0 2/4/0.5 1234    DZONKHA
GRI 7280  0115 0130 41 300 98  0 2/4/0.5     5   NEPALI
GRI 15755 1315 1330 41 300 98  0 4/8/0.8  23456  DOGRI
GRI 15755 1315 1430 41 300 98  0 4/8/0.8 1     7 HINDI
GRI 15755 1330 1400 41 300 98  0 4/8/0.8  23456  HINDI
GRI 15755 1400 1415 41 300 98  0 4/8/0.8  23 56  HINDI
GRI 15755 1400 1415 41 300 98  0 4/8/0.8    4    AWADHI
GRI 15755 1415 1430 41 300 98  0 4/8/0.8  23456  GARHWALI
GRI 7505  1515 1545 41 300 98  0 2/4/0.5 1234567 PUNJABI
GRI 7505  1545 1615 41 300 98  0 2/4/0.5  23456  PUNJABI
ERV 11625 1245 1300 41 300 100 0 8/8/1   1       SANTHALI
ERV 11625 1245 1300 41 300 100 0 8/8/1         7 KUI INDIA
ERV 11625 1300 1315 41 300 100 0 8/8/1   1       KUMAONI
ERV 11625 1300 1315 41 300 100 0 8/8/1         7 HO INDIA
ERV 11625 1315 1330 41 300 100 0 8/8/1   123     MARWARI
ERV 11625 1315 1330 41 300 100 0 8/8/1      45   MEWADI
ERV 11625 1315 1330 41 300 100 0 8/8/1        6  BRAJ BHASHA
ERV 11625 1315 1330 41 300 100 0 8/8/1         7 BENGALI
ERV 11625 1330 1345 41 300 100 0 8/8/1   1       BONDO
ERV 11625 1330 1345 41 300 100 0 8/8/1    23     MAITHILI
ERV 11625 1330 1345 41 300 100 0 8/8/1      4    KASHMIRI
ERV 11625 1330 1345 41 300 100 0 8/8/1       5   TIBETAN
ERV 11625 1330 1345 41 300 100 0 8/8/1        6  HARYANVI
ERV 11625 1330 1345 41 300 100 0 8/8/1         7 GARHWALI
ERV 11625 1345 1400 41 300 100 0 8/8/1   1       KURUKH
ERV 11625 1345 1415 41 300 100 0 8/8/1    23456  MAITHILI
ERV 11625 1345 1415 41 300 100 0 8/8/1         7 BUNDELI
ERV 11625 1400 1415 41 300 100 0 8/8/1   1       KHARIA
ERV 11625 1415 1430 41 300 100 0 8/8/1   12      MAGHAI
ERV 11625 1415 1430 41 300 100 0 8/8/1     34    MUNDARI
ERV 11625 1415 1430 41 300 100 0 8/8/1       567 KURUKH
ERV 11625 1430 1445 41 300 100 0 8/8/1   1       SADARI
ERV 11625 1430 1445 41 300 100 0 8/8/1         7 DAHAYIA
ERV 11625 1430 1500 41 300 100 0 8/8/1    23456  SINDHI
ERV 11625 1445 1500 41 300 100 0 8/8/1   1     7 CHODRI
ERV 11625 1500 1530 41 300 100 0 8/8/1   1     7 GAMIT
ERV 11625 1500 1515 41 300 100 0 8/8/1    2      GAMIT
ERV 11625 1500 1515 41 300 100 0 8/8/1     34    BHILI
ERV 11625 1500 1515 41 300 100 0 8/8/1       56  VASAVI
ERV 11625 1515 1530 41 300 100 0 8/8/1    23     MOUCHI
ERV 11625 1515 1530 41 300 100 0 8/8/1      45   DHODIA
ERV 11625 1515 1530 41 300 100 0 8/8/1        6  GAMIT
ERV 11625 1530 1600 41 300 100 0 8/8/1    1    7 URDU PAK
TAC 7505 1430 1445 41 100 131 10 2/4/0.5  1       HINDI
TAC 7505 1430 1515 41 100 131 10 2/4/0.5   234567 HINDI
TAC 7505 1445 1515 41 100 131 10 2/4/0.5  1       PUNJABI
Submit reports at :

Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi, India

Sunday, October 25, 2015


Effective: 25 October 2015 - 26 March 2016
All times in UTC, frequencies in kHz
Language    UTC      Days  Frequency/mb
To China 
Cantonese  1400-1430  Mon-Fri  9975  /31
Mandarin   1000-1015  Sun      15235 /19
Mandarin   1000-1100  Mon-Sat  15235 /19
Various    1100-1200  Mon-Fri  12120 /25
Mandarin   1100-1230  Sun-Fri  9910  /31
Mandarin   1115-1230  Sat      9910  /31  
Various    1230-1300  Mon-Fri  9910  /31
Mandarin   1215-1245  Mon-Fri  9975  /31
Mandarin   1330-1400  Sun-Fri  9975  /31
Mandarin   1400-1430  Sat-Sun  9975  /31
Mandarin   1430-1445  Daily    9975  /31
Nosu Yi    1200-1215  Daily    11580 /25
Korean     1345-1500  Daily    9910 /31
Korean     1500-1510  Fri-Sun  9910 /31

Japanese   1215-1245  Sun      9975 /31

South Asia
English    1230-1300  Sat      15240 /19
English    1530-1545  Mon-Sat  12120 /25

South Pacific
English    1000-1025  Mon-Fri  11840 /25
English    1000-1015  Sat      11840 /25

SE Asia
English    1030-1100  Sun-Mon  11965/25
English    1030-1110  Tue-Fri  11965/25

Madurese   0930-1000  Mon-Fri  11965/25
Sundanese  1000-1030  Mon-Fri  11965/25  
Indonesian 0930-1000  Sun      11965/25

Burmese    1200-1230  Mon-Fri  15390 /19
Burmese    1200-1245  Sat      15390 /19
Burmese    1200-1245  Sun      15390 /19
Sgaw Karen 1300-1330  Sun-Fri  15390 /19
Sgaw Karen 1300-1315  Sat      15390 /19

Vietnamese 1245-1330  Sun-Fri  11580 /25
Vietnamese 1245-1345  Sat      11580 /25

South Asia
Kokborok   1230-1300  Mon-Fri  15240 /19
Kokborok   1245-1300  Sun      15240 /19
Santhali   1300-1315  Daily    15240 /19
Santhali   1315-1330  Sun      15225 /19
Assamese   1315-1345  Sun-Fri  15225 /19
Manipuri   1330-1345  Sun      15225 /19

Trans World Radio - Guam
P.O. Box 6095, Merizo, Guam 96916 USA
Updated: October 12, 2015

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Radio Miraya     0300-0600 11560 mtwtfss Arabic/Engl Africa
Denge Kurdistan  0400-2200 9400  mtwtfss Kurdish     Middle East
Suab Xaa Moo Zoo 1130-1200 11570 mtwtfss Hmong       Asia
Que Me           1200-1230 9930 ----f--  Vietnamese  Asia
Radio Xoriyo     1600-1630 17870 m---f-- Somali      Africa
Oromo Voice      1600-1630 17850 m-w--s- Oromo       Africa
Radio Assenna    1700-1800 11720 m--t-s- Tigrinya    Africa
Eritrean Forum   1700-1800 11720 -t--f-s Tigrinya    Africa
Eritrean Forum   1700-1800 11720 --w---- Arabic      Africa
Eritrean Forum   1800-1900 11720 -----s- Arabic      Africa
Suab Xaa Moo Zoo 2230-2300 7530  mtwtfss Hmong       Asia

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New Delhi

Friday, October 16, 2015

World Service announces boost to music, arts and factual programmes

BBC World Service has announced a raft of new programming which will boost music, arts and factual programmes on the network.

Launching this autumn, the new schedule includes a brand new arts strand highlighting cultural happenings around the world, three new music programmes bringing the scope and expertise of BBC Music to global audiences, and a new weekly strand for landmark factual series exploring contemporary issues and stories.

Mary Hockaday, Controller of BBC World Service English, says: "News and current affairs remains the heart of the World Service, but there's room for more breadth and depth – guiding listeners through a complex world and offering more culture and music - and our new schedule will deliver a richer mix of bold programmes and great talent to reflect the breadth of our listeners' interests. An innovative new arts strand will sit where arts and news collide, new music programmes will showcase the BBC's outstanding musical expertise for our global audience, and I'm also introducing a new home for distinctive factual series where we'll take a deeper look over several episodes at the big questions of our time."

The new factual strand, The Compass, will provide a home for longer factual series to explore topics in greater depth. Each series or sequence of programmes will help explain the world with a narrative arc across the weeks. Every series will reflect something new and essential about the 21st century with the very best presenters. The approach will be authoritative and revelatory but contemporary in sound and feel.

The strand will launch with Waithood, an examination of the changing timetable of adulthood. Across the world, the gap between childhood and adulthood is getting longer for many young people who struggle to find jobs and settle down to start a family. Over three programmes, Jake Wallis Simons examines the challenges and new identities of Waithood in communities in Africa, Europe and America. Waithood is followed by Local Warming – three programmes in the run-up to the Paris Climate conference examining how people regard climate change where they live as their environment changes. Other commissions include America In Black And White, a four-part series examining the future of race relations in the United States, and My Perfect Country – a new series and digital proposition with Fi Glover and Martha Lane Fox, who share successful examples of technological and social change across the globe.

New arts strand The Cultural Frontline will see leading writers, reporters, thinkers and artists send in dispatches from their part of the world, investigating the ways that culture – from art and design to architecture, literature and performance - is responding to and changing the world they live in. Sitting where the arts and the news collide, the weekly programme will provide a platform for reactions and observations from the frontline of the arts and social change. It will be exuberant, thoughtful, global, innovative.

Also announced is a major collaboration between BBC World Service and BBC Music, which produces the BBC's outstanding range of musical content. They will join forces to launch three new monthly programmes. BBC Radio 6 Music presenter, singer and reporter Cerys Matthews will have her own show, BBC Music On The World Service With Cerys Matthews, celebrating all genres and eras of music on a musical journey joining the dots between early pioneers and contemporary performers; Music Extra will present a diverse selection of music documentaries and special programmes from all of the BBC radio networks; and BBC Introducing will see Radio 1's Huw Stephens showcase the best of new British music for a worldwide audience. The new programmes, plus the World Service's existing monthly music programme Global Beats, will air in rotation across the month, giving global audiences an hour-long weekly instalment of the best new music from around the world and within the UK, and explore the musical connections that stretch across countries.

Steve Titherington, Senior Commissioning Editor for BBC World Service, says: "Music is a vital part of people's lives globally. We want to celebrate the best music being created in the UK and around the world and explore how music is connected across countries and languages. By teaming up with BBC Music, we can capitalise on the BBC's extensive archive, iconic DJs and authoritative presenters with interviews, documentaries and special features on a range of musical trends, themes and history."

Further Programme Information

The Compass

Jake Wallis Simons examines the changing timetable of adulthood in Africa and Europe and asks what it means to be a grown-up in the 21st century. If the path to maturity is about stable work, marriage and a home for your family where does that leave those who haven't pursued these goals? Across three programmes, Jake talks to those who have followed and those who have diverted from the 'expected' path. The reasons are rich and varied with the economy often playing a role, but are they experiencing 'waithood,' a period of suspension between childhood and adulthood? It seems that the entrance to adulthood is happening later and later. A new generation is getting married later, having babies later and buying homes later. This new economic reality is changing the way we think about adulthood. With a shortage of jobs, many are finding their futures restricted and some feel they are failing to live up traditional ideals.

The Cultural Frontline

The Cultural Frontline is a new programme for the World Service which invites leading writers, thinkers and artists to send in dispatches from their part of world, investigating the ways that culture is responding to - and changing - their world. Every week, the programme will carve out a space where journalists respond to the culture around them and artists and cultural figures reflect on current affairs. As the first Palestinian National Museum opens in Ramallah, we'll hear how museums can help to shape and inform a nation's identity, and one year on from the Hong Kong democracy protests, one artist who took part will explain how he's trying to preserve the work that was made. As ancient artefacts continue to be destroyed in Palmyra, our correspondent explains why she's reconsidering her stance on restitution of historical objects. From South Africa we hear how student protests about a statue of Cecil Rhodes have spilled into a debate about representation in literature. In Argentina, a high-profile new cultural centre is giving free tickets for everything. So when a government gives culture to the people, what do they give and what does it tell us about their agenda? Our correspondent reports.

BBC Music on the BBC World Service

BBC Music on the World Service with Cerys Matthews – a new music programme celebrating all genres and all eras of music. Cerys takes the listener on a musical journey joining the dots between early pioneers and contemporary performers, and follows the music across borders in a show that promises to inform, entertain and amaze. Every month, Cerys will be joined by an esteemed guest: a singer, player, producer or songwriter to explore pivotal moments in music history, and  together they will revel in little-known gems from the world's rich musical heritage, side by side with well-loved classics in all languages. The programme will draw upon the BBC's extensive archive, including from iconic DJs John Peel and Charlie Gillett, and the music will be expertly programmed with the discussion to provide an authoritative, insightful and accessible musical journey for a global audience.

Music Extra – Aimed at younger listeners in particular, BBC World Service will air a selection of music documentaries and special programmes drawn from across the BBC's other networks, giving World Service audiences a taste of the musical expertise that can be found on Radio 6 Music, Radio 2, Radio 1 and 1Xtra. An hour long, the programmes will be a rich mixture of speech and music exploring major musical legacies or issues which have a direct interest to our younger audiences.

BBC Introducing – Huw Stephens from Radio 1 showcases the best of new British music for a worldwide audience. This monthly compilation will include interviews and clips with emerging artists, and explore different genres and themes. There's a fascination around the world for the musical trends and talent emerging from the UK during the last half a century. This is the chance to learn what the next big thing might be, and about the lives of young people throughout Britain. The music is accompanied by interviews with new artists producing new songs from across all parts of the UK. The show will draw on the live performances during the year at UK festivals including Glastonbury, Reading, T in the Park, Radio 1 Big Weekend and 6 Music Festival, as well as international festivals including SXSW. The show will also draw on the BBC Introducing Maida Vale performances, and reflect the journeys made from BBC Introducing to global recognition by many artists.

(Press Release)

IARU Monitoring System newsletter now available

In September the Russian Over The Horizon (OTH) radar in Gorodezh (near Nizhny Novgorod) was reported often causing strong interference on 7 and 14 MHz

The OTH radar from Cyprus was active on 10 and 21 MHz and Chinese OTH radars were reported causing interference to 3.5, 7 and 14 MHz.

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1 September 2015 newsletter can be read at

Reports of Amateur Band intruders can be logged on the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System Logger at

Monitor the short wave bands on-line with a web based SDR receiver at

IARU Monitoring System (IARUMS)

IARU report from Bali

The IARU Administrative Council meeting in Bali, Indonesia stressed the importance of antenna systems for Amateur Radio

The Administrative Council (AC) of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) held its annual meeting on 9 & 10 October 2015 in Bali, Indonesia in association with the IARU Region 3 Conference. The AC is responsible for the policy and management of the IARU and consists of the three IARU international officers and two representatives from each of the three IARU regional organizations.

Here's the summary of the discussions and actions :

Three Ways to Ensure Digital Receiver Viability

Brilliant piece by  Digital Radio Mondiale Chair and head of Digital Radio Development in the BBC World Service Group on what do we need to do to ensure the success of digital receivers....
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BBC Dunia launches on ETV and

A new BBC Hindi TV news programme is launching on ETV network in India and on the BBC Hindi website The Monday-to-Friday global news programme BBC Dunia brings original BBC stories in Hindi, with a focus on international content that resonates with the Indian audience.

BBC Dunia is part of ETV's 21.00 news slot, ETV News with BBC. It goes on air at 21.20 across the ETV network - ETV Rajasthan, ETV Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand, ETV Bihar and Jharkhand, ETV Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, ETV Haryana and Himachal and ETV Urdu. The programme is also available on demand on and the BBC Hindi channel on YouTube

Produced and presented from London, BBC Dunia is a fast-paced, dynamic 10-minute news programme with a special appeal to young viewers, delivering the BBC's take on global events of the day - be it politics, science and technology or culture and entertainment - and looking at how global events impact India and the wider region. Delivering world-class news coverage from the BBC, with exclusive BBC news features and original BBC pictures, the programme draws on the BBC's newsgathering presence across the world, bringing the viewers the BBC's insights and expertise.

BBC World Service Asia Editor, Juliana Iootty, says: "The launch of BBC Dunia is a major development for BBC World Service in the region and an excellent example of our commitment to Hindi-speaking audiences. Now with BBC Dunia, available from Monday to Friday, BBC Hindi will serve its TV audiences even better, hopefully becoming essential viewing for anyone who wants to keep abreast of the world developments with the BBC, in Hindi."

BBC Hindi Editor, Nidheesh Tyagi, adds: "The BBC teams in London and Delhi have worked hard to deliver BBC Dunia to our audiences in India - via ETV - and anywhere else in the world, via and our YouTube channel. Based on our understanding of our audiences - especially younger ones - we have created a format with pace that will help us give them everything they need to know about the world around them. We all hope they will join us for this dynamic and comprehensive roundup of key news stories of the day on ETV and other platforms of their choice."

Head of Business Development, Asia & the Pacific Region, BBC World Service, Indu Shekhar Sinha, says: "The launch of BBC Dunia means major expansion of the BBC Hindi TV offer in India. It builds on our partnership with ETV, which for almost three years brought our weekly TV news programme to millions of viewers, further expanding its audience base in India."

Jagdish Chandra, Head ETV News Network, comments: "ETV is a leader in regional news space in the country, and this tie-up with BBC has added one more feather in its cap. Now ETV viewers across the country will get an international window in the form of BBC Dunia. This ETV BBC fusion will prove a boon for the viewers who like to watch news which really matters to them."

Rajesh Raina, Group Editor, ETV News, adds: "We are proud to have this association with BBC which has no parallel as a credible international media organization. BBC Dunia, a ten-minute news capsule direct from BBC London studios on ETV channels, will add more fragrance and colour to our bouquet of news programmes. This will also give platform to BBC to reach the grassroots level in India through ETV which is having the largest news network in the country."

BBC Hindi is available online, on mobiles, TV and radio. BBC Hindi is part of BBC World Service.

BBC Hindi delivers content for online, mobile, TV and radio platforms. The mobile-first site offers Indian, regional and international news. BBC Hindi also connects with its audiences via social-networking channels such as Facebook where it has over 3.6 million followers (September 2015) and Twitter. BBC Hindi radio is available on shortwave, medium wave, FM and via mobiles. The mobile site can be accessed across all mobile operators and via the BBC Hindi apps developed for Android smartphones and Nokia's Series 40 devices. BBC Hindi content is also available on mobile news aggregator Dailyhunt and chat apps LINE and WeChat.

BBC World Service delivers news content around the world in English and 28 other language services, on radio, TV and digital, reaching a weekly audience of 210 million. As part of BBC World Service, BBC Learning English teaches English to global audiences. The BBC attracts a weekly global news audience of 283 million people to its international news services including BBC World Service, BBC World News television channel and

(Press Release) 

Workshop held in Hungary by Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) and the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH)

Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) and the National Media- and Infocommunications Authority in Hungary (NMHH) have held a comprehensive workshop in Budapest on the 30th September 2015.

The event was very well organised by NMHH and attended by representatives of the key stakeholders in the Hungarian radio industry. They appreciated that the DRM standard, covering all frequency bands, could ensure the complete digitisation of their country, reaching all its citizens, wherever they live.

The event was opened by Mrs. Janka Aranyos Börcs, Director General of the National Media- and Infocommunications Authority.  The presentations given by key representatives of the Hungarian Regulator and the major network operator (Antenna Hungaria), as well as by the DRM Consortium member (the Budapest University of Technology) painted the current picture of the Hungarian radio landscape, where the national public broadcaster is very important but shares a crowded space with a growing number of commercial and community stations.

After the DRM presentations led by the Consortium Chair and by representatives of key Consortium members, such as Fraunhofer IIS, GatesAir and RFmondial, it was agreed that the complete radio digitisation is necessary for Hungary. This process has to be planned well by all the stakeholders in the conditions of 2015, avoiding challenges faced by other countries so that radio digitisation can progress positively and more quickly.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Longwave Broadcasting Retains Listeners

When Irish state broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann announced the closure of its longwave Radio 1 service to Britain — longwave being an analog, interference-plagued broadcast band in the 148.5–253 kHz range, below AM/medium wave — the last thing RTÉ expected was a firestorm of protest. After all, Radio 1 would still be available to British listeners on the Web and via the Freesat satellite TV service; even after RTÉ turned off its longwave transmitter on Jan. 1.

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VOA Delano Transmitter Readied for Public Display

by James O'Neal
If you've been following the saga of the Voice of America's Delano, Calif., transmitter plant since its closure in the fall of 2007, you know that one of the big Collins Radio machines there — a 1960s-vintage 821A-1 250,000-watt shortwave transmitter — was rescued through the combined efforts of the Antique Wireless Association and the Collins Collectors Association.
The Collins 821A-1 250,000-watt transmitter is shown after its reassembly at the AWA Museum in Bloomfield.

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Digital Radio Mondiale in co-operation with Radio Romania, held a comprehensive workshop in Bucharest

Digital Radio Mondiale in co-operation with Radio Romania, held a comprehensive workshop in Bucharest on the 22nd September.

The Romanian Regulator (Ancom), the Network Operator (Radiocom) and other stakeholders were present at the event and found the information provided very useful for the discussions and the radio digitisation plans in the country. As Romania is geographically and ethnically very diverse, it has been recognised that DRM could, through its specific technical setup, cover the entire territory, without any gaps, thus reaching all its citizens in cities as well as in the large and rural areas with more and exciting programmes, with best sound quality.

The seminar was well attended and the presentations were punctuated by interesting discussions. Radio Romania also presented their wide activities. Radio Romania International is broadcasting in DRM in several languages (English, French, Russian , Chinese and Italian).

RNZI to demolish radio towers

Radio New Zealand is to remove two of its Porirua-based transmission masts after an engineer's report recommended their urgent decommissioning to protect the public.

RNZI has three masts - used for AM transmission - on land within the Whitireia Regional Park at Titahi Bay, north of Porirua. The engineer's report, received this week, found corrosion issues with each of the masts, though two were of particular concern - one 53-metres tall and the other 220m.

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Broadcast India Show 2015

Broadcast India Show 2015, celebrating 25 glorious years will be held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon (E) in Mumbai, India from 15 - 17 October 2015.

As usual, a 2-day Conference will be part of the main exhibition and will facilitate participation from CEOs, Directors, engineers and technologists to bring you an incredible collection of technical presentations and discussions.

In its 25th and most defining year yet, you can once again expect to be blown away by the tools and possibilities that await us in broadcast and entertainment. When the lights come on and the gods of broadcast, film, audio, radio gather, you will be treated to a whole new paradigm of technological incredibility that forms the very core of the new-age infotainment industry, from its content creation to its management and delivery.

The show will host over 550 companies from 35 countries over three days, many of them exhibiting first time at the show.

Please visit Broadcast India Show website at for the conference schedule and the list of exhibitors and companies represented at the show.

Contact : Kavita Meera, Director, Saicom Trade Fairs & Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd.,

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


HFCC B-15 schedules are now available at :

Schedule of this week's test broadcasts of Marconi Radio International

Dear friends of Short wave community,

Greetings from Italy !
Here is the schedule for this week's test broadcasts of Marconi Radio International:

14th October 2015, from approximately   1730 to 1900 UTC
16th October  2015, from approximately 1745 to 1945 UTC
18th October  2015, from approximately  0830 to 1230 UTC

Our frequency is 11390 kHz and power in the region of 30 watts. Test broadcasts consist of non stop music and  station identification announcements in Italian, English, Spanish and Catalan.

MRI encourages reception reports from listeners. Audio clips (mp3-file) of our broadcasts  are welcome!
Until now correct reception reports have been received from Italy, Spain, Germany, Ukraine, Belgium, Finland, Netherlands, and Switzerland. We are anxious to receive feedbacks from more countries!

We QSL 100%. Our E-mail address is:
We hope that you will share this information with your members.

Thank you very much for your cooperation
Marconi Radio International (MRI)
Short wave test broadcasts from Italy
on 11390 kHz

Radio Free Asia Announces New Managing Director, Northeast Asia

WASHINGTON – Radio Free Asia (RFA) has announced that distinguished journalist and former diplomat Bay Fang will serve as RFA's new Managing Director, with responsibility for Northeast Asia. 
"Bay's experience as a Beijing-based correspondent who also reported from the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan, in addition to her diplomatic career, make her an asset to RFA in advancing our mission of gathering news in some of the world's toughest media environments," said Libby Liu, President of RFA. "Her knowledge, expertise, and leadership will help to expand RFA's capacity for covering critical developments in China and North Korea, as well as enhancing audience engagement. We are delighted to have Bay on our team."   
"I have long admired the work of Radio Free Asia journalists, and am thrilled to be joining an organization with such an important mandate," Fang said. "Bringing objective, accurate, and timely news to people in countries that restrict free press is a cause that is more critical than ever. I hope to help RFA continue to break stories and deliver impactful journalism in some of the most challenging regions of the world."
As Managing Director, Northeast Asia, Fang will work closely with the directors of five language services to manage the daily and long-term operations of RFA Mandarin, Tibetan, Cantonese, Uyghur, and Korean. She will oversee a year-long investigative series across all the language services, and help to increase the impact of RFA's programming.
Prior to joining RFA, Fang was a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, where she worked on China issues, focused on the new generation and technological change. Before that, Fang served at the U.S. Department of State as a Deputy Assistant Secretary overseeing public affairs and public diplomacy for Europe and Eurasia. With more than a decade of journalism experience, Fang was most recently the Chicago Tribune's Washington-based diplomatic correspondent after an eight-year stint with U.S. News and World Report that began in Beijing as the Asia bureau chief before taking her to Afghanistan and Iraq as a war correspondent. She won a Robert F. Kennedy journalism award for her article "China's Stolen Wives," about kidnapped women in China. Also during her tenure in Beijing, Fang wrote about Chinese underground house churches and the spread of HIV/AIDS in China and traveled widely in the region, including twice to North Korea.
Fang obtained a bachelor's degree with honors in Social Studies and East Asian Studies at Harvard University. She received a Fulbright Scholarship and was based at the Chinese University in Hong Kong, where she published a project on the democratization of Hong Kong and its handover from British rule. 
(Press Release) 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Monitoring of AIR Mahalaya Txns

Date : 12th Oct, 2015 (Monday)
Monitoring Period : 0410 - 0540 IST (2240 - 0010 UTC)
Admist noisy band condition heard All India Radio's special Mahalaya transmission on following frequencies :
Heard only 4835 - Gangtok
None of the other SW frequencies were heard.
594 - Chinsurah (Kolkata)
621 - Patna A - signed on at 2254 UTC, Mahalaya tx past 0010 UTC
648 - Indore A
657 - Kolkata A
666 - New Delhi B
747 - Lucknow A
756 - Jagdalpur
774 - Shimla
801 - Jabalpur
810 - Rajkot A
819 - New Delhi A
846 - Ahmedabad A
891 - Rampur
909 - Gorakhpur
918 - Suratgarh
954 - Nazibabad
981 - Raipur
1026 - Allahabad A
1125 - Tezpur
1179 - Rewa
1215 - Delhi
1242 - Varanasi
1260 - Ambikapur
1296 - Darbhanga
1314 - Bhuj
1386 - Gwalior
1404 - Gangtok
1566 - Nagpur
1593 - Bhopal A

Tuesday, October 06, 2015


HAMFEST INDIA 2015 will be held on 28th & 29th November 2015 at Atmiya College, Kalawad road, Rajkot-360005, Gujrat.

This year event will be organized by GIAR (Gujarat Institute of Amateur Radio).

Further details and
registration form available at :

Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Brazil - Migration from AM to FM, who cares?

On November 7, 2013, it was signed by President Dilma Decree 8139, which deals with the termination of the broadcast service in MW of local character. This decree allows broadcasters AM (medium wave) can migrate to the FM (VHF) against payment of a grant adaptation value, seen as exorbitant specifically for local AM stations. If the same, they choose not to migrate to FM shall order the reinstatement of grants for regional character, with higher power, otherwise the grant will not be renewed. Stations of higher power (regional or national) can also apply for migration to FM.

The AM band is from 540 kHz to 1610 kHz, the range of medium waves, and has very interesting propagation characteristics, allowing a broadcaster can broadcast its signal through areas with topography because the emission tends to follow the profile the land. At night a mark on OM is reflected by the ionosphere, allowing a station can have a range of hundreds of kilometers radius.

The FM band is between 88 MHz and 108 MHz, in VHF bands. Its main feature is the directionality, which can be good or it may even harm, for this frequency range is spread in a similar way to light, always straight, being blocked or reflected by natural and artificial obstacles such as hills, buildings, large buildings, etc. Their behavior does not vary significantly by day or night.

With the use of digital radio standard, Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) it is possible to scan all radio bands, making this migration completely unnecessary.

In the context of Decree 8139, one OM station you choose not to migrate to the FM, could pass to broadcast in digital using the DRM standard, broadcasting simulcast (simultaneous) mode AM / DRM, which maintains the unchanged analog AM, preserving the park antennas and most equipment. The DRM signal in simulcast mode is positioned on a single channel adjacent to the AM signal.

Many broadcasters using AM transmitters Nautel or BT as, for example, are ready for DRM. India broadcasters in Medium Waves are already broadcasting in simulcast AM / DRM and compatible with DRM receivers are already being made nationally. Currently there are more than eight hundred million people in India covered with signal stations broadcasting on the AM band (medium waves) in DRM.

A radio station in Medium Wave (AM) broadcasting in DRM has its audio with higher quality than an analog FM station. In addition, digital radio allows multiprogramming, 5.1 audio, features such as sending text and images, multimedia content, Emergency Alert (EWF) and other services such as interactive applications for the Ginga, which is this interactive platform on TV Digital, and has also defined to be used with DRM.

While some countries are already turning off the analog FM, Brazil is going in the opposite direction of technological change, proposing the migration from an analog system in Medium Wave (AM), for an equally analog VHF (FM) and another aggravating factor: the FM spectrum in VHF in large cities are crowded. Why not develop the AM system from analog to digital, at a much lower cost while preserving a large part of today's existing equipment and transmitting an audio of excellent quality, and with a much lower power consumption?

Why not repeat the success of the Brazilian Digital TV System, which is already being adopted by many countries?

Another very important point that we can not omit is that many stations on Medium Wave (AM), have a local character, serving many communities composed of minority groups. Their migration to VHF (FM) or a possible increase in power, to become regional, it will be economically and technically unfeasible for complex topography sites. Therefore, applied the current decree in its current form, many communities will be "in the dark". It is therefore proposed that the local radio stations in Waves Average wishing to maintain their coverage, they should do so in simulcast model AM / DRM.

However, it would have been much more interesting from a technological point of view, to the broadcasters who really wish to migrate to the FM band (VHF), which migrate already in DRM. Then yes we would have a technological evolution in the Brazilian radio system.

There is an urgent decision which will be the Digital Radio Brazilian System reference model for the dying transmitters and receivers national industry can put digital equipment on the market and re-sell.

The best option for the Brazilian system of digital radio is the DRM, it technically is the only system that meets all frequency bands, (OM, OT, OC, and VHF) and in terms of business model, is the one with open source without license needs to develop transmitters and receivers for the domestic industry. It can also its implementation by community radio stations, for the DRM works on low, medium and high power. The energy saving is important, and you can cover the same area with less than half of energy consumption.

The DRM was developed by a consortium of public broadcasting organizations, private companies related to the transmission and reception sector, universities, research centers, among other agencies and institutions. The DRM is a completely open standard, and all standards are available online, as well as the ISDB-Tb (used in Brazilian Digital TV).

In addition, the DRM audio encoder is the same as Digital TV, MPEG4 AAC. The Ginga middleware platform for interactivity that was the Brazilian contribution to the Brazilian Digital TV System, already has support made by PUC-Rio to be used in DRM. The other system being considered for adoption by the country's HD Radio (HD stands for Digital Hybrid), developed and owned by US company Ibiquity. Because it is a proprietary, closed system, all of its operating codes are trade secrets known only by their owners. Among its well-known features are the following:

* It occupies twice the DRM bandwidth, without providing a higher transmission rate. The HD Radio, and a hybrid pattern designed to remain with the analog signal does not allow a future blackout analog to enable the optimization of the spectrum.

* While working in OM and VHF stations to use HD Radio in OM in the United States are turning off the digital signal, having a very bad performance. Currently, there are more stations abandoning HD Radio than those who are adopting the default.

* Much of the HD Radio is industrial secrets, including audio encoder, known as HDC as well as the protocols for transmission of multimedia content and other digital services.

* The HD Radio, unlike any other standard ITU (International Telecommunication Union), for broadcasting, collects system usage license. By the time the network goes live a rate of thousands of dollars is paid annually and broadcasters should pay for Ibiquity use rate.

* The HD Radio configuration has few modes, being a plaster system in which only one company controls their development. This company is the North American Ibiquity Digital. The digital radio guidelines in Brazil are given by Ordinance No. 290/2010 of the Ministry of Communications, which clearly indicates that the only standard capable of adoption in Brazil is the Digital Radio Mondiale, HD Radio as the counter to several paragraphs of the ordinance.

The Article 3 of Decree 290/2010 of March 30, 2010, which guides the radio scan in Brazil, says :
I- promote social inclusion, cultural diversity of the country and the native language through access to digital technology, aimed at the democratization of information;

* DRM: Works on shortwave, essential for regions far from major centers as a means of national integration. Easy installation and without the need for complex infrastructure. Just a piece of wire and it is possible to listen to a radio station. Also the community radio would benefit from the adoption of DRM, because this system has a great performance at low power, which does not occur with HD radio. It can transmit up to four programs muna same frequency, very interesting option for radio frequency spectrum optimization. MEETS.

* HD Radio: It promotes national integration because it does not work on shortwave, being restricted to large centers. Does not work with low power. DOES NOT ATTEND. IV foster technology transfer for the Brazilian industry of transmitters and receivers, guaranteed, where applicable, the royalty exemption;

* DRM: Being an open system with all standards and publicly available standards (Internet) can be used by anyone, without the need to pay license fees. MEETS.

* HD Radio: system owner with closed technology. There will be no access to technology and if any, will be restricted and limited. It is a "Black Box". No need to pay licenses for transmitters and receivers, burdening the manufacture thereof to the station that adopt it, there is a need to pay fees for their use, these rates that increase with the resources deployed. DOES NOT ATTEND. V- enable the participation of Brazilian teaching and research institutions in the adjustment and improvement of the system according to the needs of the country;

* DRM: Open system, standardized by international standards, enables its improvement by researchers and developers. One example is the Brazilian contribution, with the inclusion of interactivity through GINGA. MEETS. * HD Radio: There are no opening its technology and therefore not accessible to researchers. Nothing can be added to the system. DOES NOT ATTEND. VI encourage regional and local industry in producing instruments and digital services;

* DRM: user fees exemption. Lower cost for the entire chain, from transmitters to receivers and transmitters, cheapening the entire production chain. MEETS. * HD Radio: Higher cost for payment of the use of licenses and maintenance of the stations. The more features implemented plus taxes must be paid. DOES NOT ATTEND. VIII provide efficient use of radio frequency spectrum;

* DRM: Digital Single Channel, occupying the same space an analog signal and can transmit up to four different programs. MEETS.

* HD Radio: Uses two digital side carriers, as well as central analog, thus occupying the space of 3 channels. Difficulty balancing interference between digital and analog signals. Does not work without the analog signal, that is, can never be Full Digital. Always depend on the analog carrier. The "delay" between analogue and digital is great, bothering the listener. DOES NOT ATTEND. XI provide several configuration modes considering the signal propagation characteristics in each region; * DRM: By allowing several modes of transmission, can run on Medium Wave, Tropical waves, shortwave and VHF and can be configured so as to adjust the transmission according to the needs of the area to be served. MEETS.

* HD Radio: It is a "cast" system not allowing changes in its modes of transmission. Insufficient performance in Medium Wave and non-existent in OT, and OC. DOES NOT ATTEND.

The Radio in Brazil suffers from the continued decline of investments, audience, industrial production and consistent public policies. The Decree 8139, which deals with migration AM to FM directs the sector for the past and for bankruptcy.

The entire broadcasting industry urgently needs the Digital Radio of the Brazilian System Reference Model (SBRD) is defined as soon as possible by the government, mainly in order to give solid options and technically viable for broadcasters in Medium Wave, Tropical Waves, Shortwave and VHF (FM), in this difficult time of economy. These actions will enable the Brazilian industry to develop and bring to market 100% domestic products and for society to enjoy greater comfort and convenience of this important means of communication is the radio, keeping in tune with the digital convergence of means, without abandoning the autonomy that provides broadcasting through the air, as it does not use internet or wired means to spread. It is therefore a means of low-cost, direct contact between the content generator and the listener, without intermediaries and without complex infrastructure. Here's the radio, be it powered by batteries, automotive, or table.

Faced with the immense potential that the radio scanning offers to broadcasters, society and governments to implement a new generation of content and services, we expect the Brazilian government, as well as Digital TV, invest in research and policies leading Brazilian radio for future and not the past and stagnation.

Sign this text:
Ariovaldo Jose Dias Lobrito (Technician broadcasting)
Ataliba Zandomenego Son (Amateur Radio and Graduating Eng. Electric-Telematics)
Claudio del Bianco (Amateur, Technologist and Systems Analyst)
Daniel de Andrade Antoniazzi (Electrical Engineer, Valeo Automotive Systems)
Doriedson Alves de Almeida (Prof. Dr, CFI - UFOPA)
Fabianne Baptist Balvedi (Prof. Msc., Architect and Audiovisual Scientist, PUCPR / UDESC)
Francisco Antunes Caminati (Prof. Dr., Sociologist, UNESP)
Hudson Flavio Menezes Lacerda (Dr., School of Music at the University of Minas Gerais - ESMU / UEMG)
Julibio David Ardigo (Prof. Dr., Eng. Electrician, State University of Santa Catarina)
João Eduardo Ferreira da Silva Filho (Economist, Director MTA / Digicast Electronics)
Lucio Haeser (Journalist)
Marcelo Akira Inuzuka (Prof. Msc., The UFG Institute of Informatics Assistant)
Marcelo Goedert (MSc., Journalist, Director Audio Fidelity Productions)
Marcelo Parada (Prof. Msc., Eng. Electrician, FEI)
Marcelo Saldanha - Institute wellness Brazil
Nils Brock (Dr. Professor, Journalist and political scientist, Freie Universität Berlin)
Paulo Henrique Lima (Prof. Journalism Course IESPES / Health & Joy Project)
Paulo José OM Lara (MSc, Sociologist and political scientist, Unicamp / Goldsmiths College -. London)
DRM-Brazil Platform Rafael Diniz (MSc., Lab. Telemedia / PUC-Rio)
Thiago Novaes (MSc., Political Scientist, Unicamp)

To sign the text, put the data on:

Digital Radio Mondiale Brazilian Platform
Audio samples of some DRM radio :
Youtube channel :
PP5AZF-Ataliba on drmrx forum
(Google translated from Portugese Text)

Marconi Radio international: Frequency and schedule change

Be advised that the next  test broadcast of Marconi Radio International  scheduled on 3rd October  2015, from approximately 1230 to 1530 UTC  has been cancelled and replaced with  an unplanned transmission on Sunday 4th October 2015, from 0830 to 1200 UTC

There will be a change on the frequency, too: from 11390 to 11530 kHz (variable to 11535) kHz. The  power  remain the same in the region of 30 watts.

Test broadcasts consist of non stop music and station identification announcements in Italian, English, Spanish and Catalan. We are sorry for any inconvenient caused.

MRI encourages reception reports from listeners. Audio clips (mp3-file) of our broadcasts  are welcome!
We QSL 100%. Our E-mail address is: []
We hope that you will share this information with your members.
Thank you very much for your cooperation
Marconi Radio International (MRI)


Marconi Radio International (MRI)
Short wave test broadcasts from Italy

Airspy R2 is out! – Oct. 1 2015

Airspy R2 is out! – Oct. 1 2015

We have sensitive ears! The demand for ever cheaper, higher performance and ruggedized SDR receivers is driving the professional market. Due to the large demand from our professional customers, we upgraded recently our original Airspy One design to Revision 2. This new revision improves the following points:

Better USB noise immunity
Better ESD protection on the RF input
Added ESD protection on the dual High Speed ADC inputs
Better RF Shielding
Better RF Filtering
Replaced the USB connector with a custom designed, more robust, 4 through hole points model
Better thermal stability
Better compatibility with the SpyVerter

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