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Tensilica,® Inc. announced the immediate availability of the Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) decoder on its popular HiFi 2 Audio DSP, which can be easily integrated into system-on-chip (SOC) designs. The implementation is based on software developed by Dolby and has passed Dolby's certification procedure. Now designers of digital radio systems can use one processor core - Tensilica's HiFi 2 Audio DSP - to run all decoders required throughout the world for digital radio, enabling a universal worldwide digital radio receiver. Tensilica's HiFi 2 Audio DSP already has support for four other terrestrial and satellite standards: DAB, DAB+, HD Radio, and XM Radio. DRM can deliver FM-comparable sound quality on frequencies below 30 MHz (the bands currently reserved for AM broadcasting) for very long-distance signal propagation. It has the advantage of being able to fit more channels into a given amount of spectrum with higher quality because it employs digital audio compression rather than amplitude modulation techniques. DRM has been approved by the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), and the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) has approved its use throughout most of the world. Approval for ITU region 2 (North and South America and the Pacific) is pending. More detail on DRM is available at www.drm.org.
"In today's economy, manufacturers don't have the luxury of developing different radios for different geographic markets," stated Larry Przywara, Tensilica's director of mobile multimedia. "Now single SOCs, including the HiFi 2 Audio DSP, can be compatible with all global digital radio standards. We chose Dolby's implementation of DRM because of our previous close collaboration with them on HE AAC and derivative standards including DAB+ and T-DMB. Two Tensilica customers have already licensed the HiFi 2 DRM decoder."
"Both India's and Russia's regulators just recently have taken serious steps towards digital radio and mandated DRM due to its advantages of wider geographic coverage in the sub 30 MHz spectrum. With these countries gaining momentum, the arrival of Tensilica's solution appears to be just in time for the marketplace," stated Toni Fiedler, senior manager, business development, Dolby Laboratories. "Tensilica's HiFi 2 Audio DSP will enable development of low cost DRM receivers by leveraging the aggregate investment in all the digital radio standards for highly integrated multi-standard SOCs. HiFi 2 provides a proven, approved, drop-in audio solution."
Because the HiFi 2 Audio DSP is based on Tensilica's programmable Xtensa® processor, it provides chip designers with one hardware platform that can be used for multiple audio standards. Tensilica, its customers, and its partners have ported over 50 software packages to the HiFi 2 Audio DSP, so designers can pick the software they need for the application. As the market evolves and new standards are defined, they can be easily and quickly ported to the HiFi 2 Audio DSP, thereby "future proofing" the chip design. The HiFi 2 Audio DSP has been designed into chips for portable devices by five of the top 10 semiconductor companies.
The DRM decoder is available now from Tensilica.
Tensilica, Inc. is the recognized leader in customizable dataplane processors. Dataplane Processor Units (DPUs) consist of performance intensive DSP (audio, video, imaging, and baseband signal processing) and embedded RISC processing functions (security, networking, and deeply embedded control). The automated design tools behind all of Tensilica's application specific processor cores enable rapid customization to meet specific dataplane performance targets. Tensilica's DSPs and processors power top tier semiconductor companies, innovative start-ups, and system OEMs for high-volume products including mobile phones, consumer electronics devices (including portable media players, digital TV, and broadband set top boxes), computers, and storage, networking and communications equipment. Tensilica and Xtensa are registered trademarks belonging to Tensilica Inc.
Voice of America has boosted its radio broadcasts into North Korea this year by transmitting from Seoul with support from a South Korean president who has taken a hard-line stance against the reclusive communist regime. President Lee Myung-bak's administration is allowing the U.S. government-funded broadcaster to use transmission equipment in South Korea to send its dispatches into the North for the first time since the 1970s. That makes the signal much clearer than VOA's long-running shortwave broadcasts from far-flung stations in the Philippines, Thailand and the South Pacific island of Saipan. Moreover, it's an AM signal, so listening in doesn't require a shortwave radio. "Radio can play a big role in changing people," said Kim Dae-sung, who fled the North in 2000 and is now a reporter at Free North Korea Radio, a shortwave radio broadcaster in Seoul. "Even if it's simply news, it's something that North Koreans have never heard of." Still, the move could be seen as yet more provocative policymaking by a government already at loggerheads with the North over Lee's tough policy on Pyongyang, and comes at a time of heightened regional tensions over North Korea's plans to launch a rocket early next month. Nuclear envoys from South Korea and Japan flew to Washington for talks Friday with top U.S. diplomats about North Korea. "North Korea will see this as meaning that the South's government is trying to overthrow the regime by uniting strength with U.S. hard-liners," said Paik Hak-soon, an analyst at the private Sejong Institute think tank outside Seoul. Information control buttresses North Korea's autocratic rule. Radios in the country come with prefixed channels that receive only government signals brimming with propaganda and praise for leader Kim Jong Il. But some listen to outside broadcasts using radios smuggled in from China or by removing the frequency jammers on their state-issued radios, despite the risk of harsh punishment, including incarceration in North Korea's notoriously grim political prison camps. VOA, founded in 1942 with a broadcast in German, now has programs in 45 languages. During the Cold War, it targeted listeners in totalitarian states. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, it has focused on countries where radio and TV news is government-controlled and outside news sources are banned. Since Jan. 1, VOA has been using the antenna facilities of the Far East Broadcasting Company-Korea, a Christian evangelical radio station, for half of its three-hour nighttime broadcast into the North. The antenna is only 40 miles (65 kilometers) from the border. "I think it's getting deeper into the North in better quality," said Park Se-kyung, head of the Northeast Asian Broadcasting Institute, an association of radio experts monitoring broadcasts in the region. The broadcast is mainly news, with a focus on North Korea, such as its
ongoing nuclear standoff with the United States and other nations. South Korea prohibited VOA from broadcasting from its soil for carrying a 1973 report on the kidnapping of Kim Dae-jung, then a leading South Korean dissident. The authoritarian Seoul government at the time is widely believed to have been behind the abduction. Upon becoming president of democratic South Korea in 1998, Kim ushered in a "sunshine policy" toward the North that called for cooperation and engagement. The warming of relations won him the Nobel Peace Prize. But President Lee has taken a far tougher line on North Korea since taking office in February 2008, a stance that has opened the way for VOA to resume transmissions from the South. Some radio experts say VOA's arrangement with the Christian station violates a South Korean ban on broadcasters relaying foreign signals. But Kim Jung-tae, an official with the Korea Communications Commission, justifies his agency's decision to allow the VOA broadcast on the grounds that local networks are allowed to fill up to 20 percent of their airtime with foreign programming. Joan Mower, VOA's public relations director in Washington, D.C., described the project as "a routine arrangement, similar to thousands of other arrangements VOA has worldwide." Broadcasting via South Korea helps VOA "expand its reach to audiences inside North Korea," she said by e-mail. Reporters Without Borders announced this week that the France-based media watchdog group and the European Union will support three Seoul-based radio stations targeting North Korea, including Free North Korea Radio, with about 400 million won ($290,000). "These radios are one of the few hopes to create a real evolution in the country. Without that, the North Koreans don't know what is going on in the world and they don't know even what is going on in their own country," said Vincent Brossel of Reporters Without Borders. North Korea condemns such broadcasts as "U.S. psychological warfare" and often jams the signals. So far, it has not interfered with VOA's new AM broadcast, said radio expert Park. Doing so requires more equipment than blocking shortwave signals, and the fact that North Korea isn't doing so may indicate the North is struggling economically, he said. Park said he supports the broadcasts. "North Korean people have the right to information," he said. "Providing correct information to people in a closed nation is what democratic nations should do."
Associated Press writer Kwang-tae Kim contributed to this report.
(Source : Voice of America: http://www.voanews.com)
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Saturday, 4th April 2009 at 3PM
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Lucknow: 32 years old Kanshiram undergoes a complete transformation as he goes behind the microphone talking to his listeners on the Community Radio (CR). Formerly a bus conductor who used to ferry passengers to and fro from the remote village of Lalitpur, today he works as a radio jockey (RJ) at the newly set up community radio station here. "I can't believe I am now a RJ broadcasting and anchoring radio programmes. It gives me an immense sense of satisfaction that I am doing something for the society. What makes it even more meaningful is the fact that I get to see the real issues through my work and and also provide solutions for it."
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Grandi Island, Goa, India (AS-177) is the new IOTA (Islands on the Air) to be activated from 5th April 2009 to 8th April 2009. The team consists with OM Sara, VU3RSB, OM Frank, DL4KQ/VU3FRK, OM Jose, VU2JOS, YL Yamini, VU2YAM & OM Manju, VU2SMS. The callsign will be AT9RS. Grandi Island is an uninhabited Island and Location is: 14.92N - 15.77N / 73.67E - 74.07E . The setup would be one CW & one SSB Station with Vertical and Dipoles.
IOTA frequencies - CW 28040 24920 21040 18098 14040 10114 7030 3530
SSB 28560 28460 24950 21260 18128 14260 7055 3765
QSL Via W3HNK for South & North America & DL4KQ for Rest of the world.
The official website can be found soon at http://www.vu3rsb.org/ but
http://www.mdxc.org/ holds information too.
(Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute of Amateur Radio )
The new time slot for the MV Baltic Radio relay service will be 9 - 10 UTC (11-12 CEST) on 6140 KHz. This will be active from the 5th of April until the last Sunday of October 2009.
MV Baltic Radio relay service Schedule for summer 2009
1st Sunday – MV Baltic Radio
2nd Sunday – Bluestar Radio
3rd Sunday – European Music Radio
4th Sunday – Radio Gloria International
(http://www.drm.org/ Press Release)
Today, BBC Brasil has formally launched its redesigned website, bbcbrasil.com, alongside a major editorial initiative exploring the place of Brazil, Russia, India and China in the changing global political and economic order. The BRICs 2020 – The Future Of Brazil, Russia, India And China report will go live on the new bbcbrasil.com from Monday 30 March 2009. In addition, bbcbrasil.com will offer a whole range of improved functions and features. With its clean design, enhanced interactivity and easily accessible videos, the website will provide online audiences with an improved user experience as they navigate the BBC's latest news and analysis. The BBC Brasil team has applied all the new website features – text, audio and video – to present the BRICs 2020 – The Future Of Brazil, Russia, India And China report. The report will take a comprehensive look at the economic, political and social future of Brazil, Russia, India and China – the countries grouped together and abbreviated into the term "BRICs" due to their prominent role in the emerging world order. The bbcbrasil.com journalists have travelled to each country, exploring issues such as agriculture, environment, energy, education and political leadership, talking to experts and using latest evidence, research and analysis. The resulting rich content is aimed at engaging the online audiences in a high-quality debate. The revamped bbcbrasil.com website has the capacity to embed flash video clips in stories and headlines, and is generally more flexible for content placement and positioning. The website features a range of image formats and interactive modules such as forums, debates and blogs – including the recently-launched BBC Tendências and Planeta & Clima. A special forum about the new site welcomes readers' opinions and suggestions. Head of BBC Brasil, Rogerio Simoes, says: "bbcbrasil.com has an ever-increasing audience of internationally-minded Brazilians, seeking a global view of events,
whether they take place in Brazil, the rest of the Americas or elsewhere in the world. "Every week, around 1.6 million unique users access BBC Brasil stories, via our bbcbrasil.com and on our partner websites, and we receive more than 400,000 requests a month for our video material. The new additions to bbcbrasil.com open up a range of exciting opportunities to make our content even more engaging for our users. "A project such as BRICs 2020 showcases what we at the BBC do best – objective, independent reporting and in-depth analysis, engaging audiences, wherever they are, in a global conversation."
BBC Brasil is a multimedia operation, with the internet as its main platform through bbcbrasil.com and its partners such as UOL, MSN Brasil, IG, Terra, G1, Folha Online and Estadão which syndicate the bbcbrasil.com content on their news sites. According to an audience
appreciation survey, Pulse, bbcbrasil.com was rated as "exceptionally good" by its visitors, receiving a Net Promoter score of 73 (Net Promoter scores are the industry standard for measuring user loyalty to websites. The Net Promoter scale runs from -100 to 100, with scores
over 60 recognised as "exceptionally good"). BBC Brasil radio is currently available on shortwave and via partner networks CBN and Globo which rebroadcast the BBC news bulletins. BBC Brasil also has a partnership with Bandeirantes Network which rebroadcasts international news video clips available on the bbcbrasil.com website on its prime-time news programmes.
(BBC World Service Publicity)
The March 26th editions of Happy Station are just 3 days away from transmission. Both broadcasts at 0100 to 0155 UTC and 1500 and 1555 UTC will be different. So you will have a chance to hear 2 different shows.
ALL TIMES IN UTC:
Date: March 26th, 2009
Times: 0100 and 1500UTC
Transmitter location: Miami, Florida, USA
(Via Keith Perron)
A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV –C12) of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is getting ready to put in orbit Israeli satellite RISAT in the first week of April along with a mini-
satellite called Anusat built by Anna University, Chennai. Anusat, an amateur communication satellite weighing 38 kg was integrated at the Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai of Anna University. It is undergoing tests at the ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore. It will reach Sriharikota soon. Its integration helped the students to get hands on experience in understanding the complexities in building a satellite The PSLV that will put RISAT and Anusat in orbit in April from Sriharikota's second launch pad is a core-alone version without the six strap-on booster motors that form part of the standard PSLV .The core-alone vehicle weighs 230 tonnes while a normal PSLV weighs 295 tonnes. The PSLV is 44 metres tall.
(The Hindu 19 March 2009)
(National Institute of Amateur Radio, Hyderabad 500082, INDIA )
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Vatican official guest speaker of Veritas Asia's 40th anniversary celebration
• AMARC Asia Pacific Regional Office, Kathmandu, Nepal, firstname.lastname@example.org
• AMARC International secretariat, Montreal, Canada, email@example.com,
The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) is a global non-governmental organization serving the community radio movement worldwide. Its goal is to support and advocate for the development of community and participatory radio on the principles of solidarity and international cooperation. Created in 1983, AMARC now has nearly 3000 members in 106 countries. Its international office is located in Montreal, Canada, and has regional offices in Africa, Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
AMARC Asia Pacific
Phone: +977 1 5554811 ,Fax: +977 1 5521714 , http://www.asiapacific.amarc.org/
(Suman Basnet via cr-india ml)
(Press Information Bureau, Govt of India)
Running commentary of cricket test matches of India-New Zealand Cricket Series-2009 in New Zealand
All India Radio will broadcast ball by ball commentary of three test matches of India-New Zealand Cricket Series-2009 in New Zealand on some of the SW, MW & FM-Gold Channels as per following schedule. There will be hourly updates on FM-Rainbow Channels:
DATE TIME (UTC) EVENT VENUE
18-22 Mar, 2009 2150-0510* 1st Cricket Test Match Seddon Park,Hamilton
26-30 Mar, 2009 2120-0440* 2nd Cricket Test Match Mc Lean Park,Napier
3-7 April, 2009 2120-0440* 3rd Cricket Test Match Basin Reserve,Wellington
*or till the end of the match
(Robert [Bob] Zanotti via Tibor Szilagyi )
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(BBC World Service Publicity)
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As Nepal continues in its transition of defining its political destiny as a new born republic, what remains certain is the fact that the Radio assumes an indispensable role in shaping the opinion of the people; and hence the fate of its future. A distinctive and central feature of Nepal's sovereign dispensation has been its willingness to facilitate the development of the Radio as a means to encourage the making of an informed society. Indeed, the Radio has been a central pathway of connecting and empowering the diverse people of Nepal as a dynamic political entity.
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On March 21st, together with the radio-art group of Deutschlandradio, I will organize a big STILLE POST ("telephone", telefono senza fili etc...) game. We will be using the middle/long waves and internet streams of the radio station. For four hours, between 8 pm and midnight, european time (2pm and 6pm USA east coast time ), a speaker will broadcast several transcriptions from my personal collection of "incomprehensible radio broadcastings". These are recordings of broadcasted speech where neither the language spoken nor the meaning are decipherable. The only certain thing is that they will contain HUMAN SPEECH. The listeners ( that's YOU !!) will be asked to transcribe what they hear and ( believe to ) understand. Then send it back to us, via email or telephone. In the best case scenario, this will happen in real time. We will be including all the new transcriptions we receive from you into the broadcasting. We will give them to the speaker right away and then feed the "arcoparlante" circle one more time. You are also welcome to send us your transcriptions LATER, by post, passenger pigeon, by hand, etc.... We encourage all listeners (yes, YOU, again !) to record the moments while you listen and try to figure out what the texts are. Feel free to use any recording device (from very good to very bad quality). We'll take anything from cassettes, mini cassettes, cd's, minidisks, audiofiles etc.... So, invite some friends for dinner (if you are in Europe or Africa), for a late lunch or coffee ( if in the Americas) or for breakfast (if you are in Asia ), turn on your radio and play with us !! Eventually, I will re-compose all the scattered recorded bits and pieces. All these materials will become the building blocks of a final composition. This is how you can tune in and receive the "arcoparlante" broadcasting on your radio or computer :
Medium Wave : 855 and 990 KHz
Long Wave : 153 and 177 KHz
Satellite : ASTRA 1, Transponder 77, ZDF.vision
Internet stream : http://www.dradio.de/streaming/dplus.m3u
This is how you can reach us :
Snail mail :
Hörspiel / Klangkunst
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone : 00 800 800 22 11 (only during the broadcast )
Fax : +49 (0)30 8503 940 5585
We hope to hear from you and to play with you !! And don't forget to spread the word about ARCOPARLANTE !
Cheers from Berlin,
(Via Herman Boel, www.emwg.info EMWG Mailing List)
Febaonline is streaming audio 24/7 via the internet in a number of languages for India to reach the cyber audiences of different faiths with the Gospel and strengthen the faith of Christians.Computer users can hear Feba India's radio programmes in their language of choice at any time by logging on to http://www.febaonline.org/ Febaonline was launched on Saturday 10 January. The home page features a radio dial that listeners can use to tune in to a programme by language, with a wide genre of programmes catering to audiences between 7 to 70 and beyond. The web site also includes a station listing, programme schedule and a live chat group. Kenneth Edward, Programme Coordinator says: "Though the project is still in the teething stage, we already have partners joining us with paid airtime." In addition to people leaving online messages, Kenneth says: "We also have many people coming online to chat with us through the site."
(Source : Feba Radio)
(Source : Radio Taiwan Intl.)
(VOA Press Release)
(de Arasu VU2UR)
Aloha and thanks so much for entering the recent Art of Radio Hawaii Competition here at the Radio Heritage Foundation [www.radioheritage.net]......we were very happy to hear from you. Entries came from all over the globe: USA, India, Bangladesh, China, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, Ukraine, Spain, Venezuela, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Italy, Argentina, Russia, Denmark, Finland, Mexico, Hong Kong and France. The question was: what is the callsign of the Hawaiian AM radio station that began broadcasting in 1957 from the Kaiser Hawaiian Village Hotel in Waikiki. The answer we wanted was: KHVH and 69% of your entries were correct! Well done everyone who took the time to visit the on-line exhibition and send in an entry! Thanks for your many kind comments about the exhibition too....
Congratulations to Avinash Premraj of Bangalore, India whose name was drawn as the winner of a copy of the 2009 World Radio TV Handbook!
Avinash enjoys listening to radio from around the world amongst other interests, and we're sure you'll find plenty of information in the book to help you discover more of the world of radio Avinash. Again, congratulations! This has been one of our most popular competitions. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspaper in Hawaii ran an article about it in Erika Engle's The Buzz radio column and a number of people who used to work at Hawaiian radio stations also took the time to write.... We're celebrating 50 years of Hawaiian statehood right through 2009, and our next competition features a great prize thanks to our good friends at RadioLogoLand [www.radiologoland.com]...a vintage KPOI logo t-shirt! They've got a great new website too.... Look out for this new Art of Radio Hawaii Competition coming soon, and make sure you get your entry in to win this special KPOI t-shirt prize courtesy of RadioLogoLand! Of course, we've got other competitions through 2009 as well....so keep watching your inbox for our mails.... In the meantime, enjoy all our content at www.radioheritage.net, and also watch out for some great book bargains coming your way during March as we clear our stock of great radio books and CDs and give you big savings!
Radio Heritage Foundation