Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The annual magazine for serious DXers "BCL Life 2010" (all in Japanese) was published on March 29 by Sansai Books Co. Ltd. They published "Restarting BCL 2008" and "Restarting BCL 2009" respectively in 2008 and 2009, and succeeded in making many middle-ages (40-60 years old), who were once the "radio boys" in 1970's, to resume their DX listening hobby with more sophisticated sense. This is the first Japanese annual magazine for serious DX listeners. "BCL Life 2010" consists of, "Practical Use of PERSEUS receiver", "DX life in the apartment houses", "Making Small Loop Antenna", "Know more about NHK-World Radio Japan", "Little DXpediton with Antenna", "Practical Study of Accessory Equipments for DXing", "DXing in Overseas", "DXing with old Panasonic COUGAR2200 receiver", "Chinese Radio Catalogue", "QSLs & Screenshots of Overseas TV/FM DXing", "Document on St.Helena Day 2009", "DRM reception on shortwave", "DXing with military receivers", "DXing North American MW stations", "Challenging to Overseas TV/FM DXing", "Improving the power of external antenna", In-depth introduction of 13 shortwave stations with Japanese language programs, 8 stations with foreign language programs. A5 160 pages, with a supplement B6 64 pages "BCL Radio Frequency Data Book"(listing 3300 waves on shortwave). All the articles are written by active DX specialists in Japan.
Takahito Akabayashi, Tokyo, Japan
(Via DXLD yg)
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
By Andrew Orlowski
29th March 2010 11:48 GMT
Maybe the Great Digital Switchover won't be so difficult, after all. The UK's digital radio lobby group has redefined what an analogue radio is, giving DAB a stunning boost in market share.
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Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Celebrating its golden jubilee year, Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K) became the first IIT of the country to have its own campus community radio station. Director of IIT-K, Sanjay Govind Dhande, inaugurated the campus community radio station on Friday.
The IIT-K community radio channel at 90.4 MHZ has been given a two-hour broadcast time in the morning and two hours in the evening.
Full story at :
Friday, March 26, 2010
Mumbai, March 25, 2010
First Published: 14:22 IST(25/3/2010)
As BBC plans to axe its Asian Network radio station, Mark Tully, former correspondent with the channel talks about this ‘threat’ and the reasons for his premature exit.
Read the full interview here : http://tinyurl.com/ybq4bw6
March 26, 2010
DIGITAL radio will become a more compelling choice for listeners in Melbourne by the middle of the year when there will be 49 radio stations broadcasting in the DAB+ digital format.
Source: The Age
Jan 8th 2008
EVERY evening in 1960s Britain millions of young people-many hiding under their bedsheets-would twiddle the dials on their transistor radios. They were tuning in on the medium wave to Radio Luxembourg's nocturnal English transmissions.
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The Steering Board, which runs the DRM Consortium and sets its strategy and implementation, now includes five new companies: Digidia, Rfmondial, Nautel, Christian Vision and Voice of Russia. They join fifteen other companies that have existing representatives on the Steering Board and together strengthen the Consortium.
Ruxandra Obreja, Head of Digital Radio Development, BBC World Service was re-elected as the Chairperson of the DRM Consortium for the next two years. The Steering Board also elected two vice Chairs - Jochen Huber, Transradio and Ludo Maes, TDP. Lindsay Cornell, BBC and Michel Penneroux, TDF were re-elected Technical and Committee chairpersons respectively. Alexander Zink, Fraunhofer Institute, was confirmed as Treasurer of the Consortium for the next two years.
The two day conference (24th-25th March 2010) was attended by many DRM members and supporters from around the world who not only took part in the elections but discussed the progress of DRM technology and the challenges faced by the introduction of digital radio in general and DRM in particular.
All members unanimously agreed that DRM has made great progress in the recent years including minimum receiver requirements, the extension of the DRM standard to include DRM+ and official adoption of the standard in Russia and India. The assembly urged receiver manufacturers not to overlook the growing demand for digital receivers and to bring appropriate products to the market.
The General Assembly is the largest decision-making body of the DRM Consortium which meets every two years for an extraordinary meeting to elect the governing bodies and representatives to oversee Consortium's activities in spreading the use and take-up of DRM digital radio technology.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
"With Russia's quickly evolving new media landscape, we are constantly adapting to new realities," said Elez Biberaj, VOA Eurasia Division Director. "With our new mobile website, we are uniquely positioned to attract Russian users who desire quick and easy access to news and information on the go."
All of VOA Russian's rich text, audio, and video content is available through the new mobile site. The service's LiveJournal.blog (http://community.livejournal.com/golos_ameriki/), which is updated several times daily with commentary and analysis by leading Russian and American experts, is also available. The site compresses media files for a quick download of video and audio. Articles are easy to share on Facebook or with followers on Twitter.
Russia's mobile web market has expanded rapidly. According to Opera's "State of the Mobile Web" report, unique users, individuals who have accessed content on a mobile phone, grew 57% from August 2008 to August 2009. The Moscow metropolitan area now has 3G service, allowing more convenient and quicker access for urban residents.
VOA Russian reaches its audience in the Russian Federation and former Soviet republics exclusively through the Internet. Its site offers the latest news as well as insights into U.S. policy and American life and American reactions to events in Russia and the former Soviet Union. The service is also active on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. Government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,500 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 125 million people. Programs are produced in 45 languages and are intended exclusively for audiences outside of the United States.
(VOA Press Release)
The days of families gathering around the radio to hear the evening's news and entertainment are long gone. While some 236 million Americans still listen to the radio weekly, more than four out of 10 people say they listen to less traditional radio because of increased use of MP3 players. And nearly one in three Americans now listens to online radio, according to a recent survey by the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism.
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - US funded broadcaster Voice of America is broadcasting its local Amharic language service to Ethiopia via satellite after the country's Prime Minister ordered it jammed and sparked a diplomatic row.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Bangladesh Betar has rescheduled its summer programme as schedule mentioned below:
- The morning programme will start from 06-30 am and will continue up to 10-30 am instead of closing down at 10-00 am from the regional stations Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet, Rangpur. Both AM and FM transmission will follow the new schedule.
- For Dhaka station afternoon transmission will start from 02-00 pm instead of 02-30 pm.
- Midnight transmission of Dhaka Kha will be broadcast from 630 KHz AM Band and 100 MHz FM Band from 12-00 midnight to 03-00am. Besides this, world music programme transmitting from 100 MHz FM Band at 03-05 pm daily, will be re-broadcast from the same band from 11-05 pm to 12-00 pm .
(All above times are Bangladesh local time)
Source : Bangladesh Betar
Bangladesh Betar will broadcast DW Bengali programmes in half hour slots twice a day at 8 to 8.30 am and 8 to 8.30 pm on following FM frequencies :
Dhaka - FM 97.6
Chittagong - FM 105.4
Sylhet - FM 105.0
Khulna - FM 102.0
Rajshahi - FM 105.0
Rangpur - FM 105.4
(Anu Haridas via Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute of Amateur Radio, dx_india yg)
March 23 UTC day ( Tuesday UTC day ) the 5040 kHz frequency will continue to be on the air until 1100 UTC, with programming in Spanish too. The new national service is designed to provide coverage of the most famous Cuban tourist resorts , like Varadero Beach, Cayo Largo , Jardines del Rey, Guardalavaca, and others where last year some two million three hundred thousand foreign tourists visited to enjoy their holidays. Reports of the new transmissions began to come in immediately from the Jardines del Rey tourist resort located in the keys north of Ciego de Avila province, where signals of S9 +40 dB were picked up.
The antenna used on 5040 kiloHertz is an NVIS system... Near Vertical Incidence Skywave radiating system , also known as a "Cloud Warmer "because it sends the signals at very high angles above the horizon, so I am not expecting many reports outside the primary target area of the broadcast. Anyway, reports will be , as always most appreciated , from anywhere the 5040 kiloHertz transmission is picked up . Send mail to : inforhc at enet dot cu
Arnie Coro, Host of Dxers Unlimited radio hobby program
Colombo - A stone-throwing mob on Monday attacked the head office of the largest private television and radio station network Maharaja Media Group in Sri Lanka, police said.
From: The Australian
THE first major research study into digital radio in Australia shows nearly half a million Australians listen to radio on the new format each week.
Monday, March 22, 2010
The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, taking place from June 21-23, will welcome 1,300 participants from around the world.
Hermann Scheer, winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize, President of Eurosolar and Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy and Bertran Picard, researcher, adventurer and special ambassador for the UN are just two of the renowned experts taking part in the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum from June 21-23, 2010. This year, the international conference will operate under the title: "The Heat is On - Climate Change and the Media". Deutsche Welle is expecting around 1,300 participants from around the world to attend the conference's third edition. With more than 50 individual events and panels, representatives from science, politics, business and the media will have the chance to discuss how the media can create awareness for one of the most important topics for the future. The conference will pay special attention to how journalists can work as intermediaries for complex issues.
"In this case, intensive research, meticulous weighting of sources and precise analysis are more important than headlines and emotion," says Erik Bettermann, Deutsche Welle Director General. "We need to go beyond fear-mongering and belittlement and take on the challenges of quality journalism. The media should not automatically buy in to those who offer sensational reports from questionable disasters or those who prematurely state that all is clear."
Organizers of the three-day conference are expecting a range of renowned participants, including Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Post, Fatih Birol, Chief Economic Advisor of the International Energy Agency and Marco Arana, presidential candidate in Peru and environmental activist, who was selected as "Environmental Hero 2009" by Time Magazine.
Topics like reducing CO² emissions (mitigation), minimizing the effects of climate change (adaptation) and transforming into a post-fossil fuel, sustainable, low-carbon society (vision) are all on the agenda. Each of the individual podium discussions and workshops will also look at the media's role in communicating these issues. For example, participants will have the chance to discuss topics like climate change and desertification, consumption and climate change, perspectives in a post-carbon society, journalism and global crises as well as risks associated with environmental reporting.
Within the framework of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, DW will be awarding prizes to the winners of its international weblog awards, "The BOBs". The sixth edition of these awards also features a special prize for weblogs and podcasts dealing with climate change. Deutsche Welle is cooperating with many different organizations for this interdisciplinary conference, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the International Human Dimensions Program on Global Environmental Change (UN IHDP/ESSP), EU Commission and the World Bank, the Wuppertal Institute, World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), NABU and the Climate Alliance, the Institute for World Business Kiel, German Development Institute (DIE), the Center for Development Research (ZEF), the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU).
The yearly Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum offers podium discussions and workshops, interactive presentations and exhibitions, networking and interesting side events. It takes place at the World Conference Center Bonn, close to Deutsche Welle's headquarters. Co-host of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum is the Foundation for International Dialogue of the Sparkasse in Bonn. The convention is also supported by Germany's Federal Foreign Office, the Family, Women and Integration Ministry of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, European Funds for Regional Development, the city of Bonn, DHL and Faber-Castell.
Taiwan's Cabinet yesterday approved a proposed amendment to the country's Radio and Television Act that would allow for TV and broadcasting licences to be issued through public auctions, in addition to the current panel review process, Taiwan Today reports.
More at : http://tinyurl.com/yjressm
Saturday, March 20, 2010
European Union nations are calling for Iran to stop jamming international satellite broadcasts and censoring the Internet. A preliminary version of a statement that will go before EU foreign ministers next week demands that Iran cease its electronic interference immediately. If not, the European allies say they they are prepared to take action against Iran's jamming.
Read the full story here :
Friday, March 19, 2010
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 18, 2010; 10:25 PM
WorldSpace, a bankrupt satellite radio company, is running so low on funds that it is preparing to send its satellites to a premature death.
Read the full story here : http://tinyurl.com/y92dtg5
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Radio Free Asia announces the release of the fourth QSL card in its Radio Pioneer series. The card honors Russian physicist, Alexander S. Popov. Popov demonstrated that a receiver could detect the electromagnetic waves produced by lightning discharges in the atmosphere many miles away. In 1895, Popov was able to receive and detect the radio waves produced by an oscillator circuit. In 1897 he successfully sent a ship-to- shore transmission over a distance of 3 miles and then persuaded Russian naval authorities to begin installing radio equipment in its vessels; just two years later he had increased the distance of ship-to-shore transmissions to 30 miles. Popov is credited with being the first to use an antenna in the transmission and reception of radio waves. The QSL card below will be issued for all valid RFA reception reports from April 1 - June 30, 2010.
Radio Free Asia (RFA) is a private, nonprofit corporation that broadcasts news and information to listeners in Asian countries where full, accurate, and timely news reports are unavailable. Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA currently broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin, the Wu dialect, Vietnamese, Tibetan
(Uke, Amdo, and Kham), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in its editorial content. As a 'surrogate' broadcaster, RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of its target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of its broadcasts comprise news of specific local interest. More information about Radio Free Asia, including our current broadcast frequency schedule, is available at http://www.rfa.org/.
RFA encourages listeners to submit reception reports. Reception reports are valuable to RFA as they help us evaluate the signal strength and quality of our transmissions. RFA confirms all accurate reception reports by mailing a QSL card to the listener. RFA welcomes all reception report submissions at http://www.techweb.rfa.org/ (follow the QSL REPORTS link) not only from DX'ers, but also from its general listening audience. Reception reports are also accepted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and for anyone without Internet access, reception reports can be mailed to:
Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20036
United States of America.
According to a report in Solomon Times The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC) is back on-air after the Solomon Islands Energy Authority restored power supply following a long
power blackout at the SIBC's Henderson transmitter.
Read the full report here :
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The English-language service is to continue on the web and on national broadcasts.
The Russian output will be available on the web as is the German now. Among the immigrant languages, Albanian, Assyrian-Syriac and Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian are to be terminated on the same date. Meanwhile, Arabic and Somali - the largest immigrant language groups here at present - are to be boosted. The same applies to Romani - one of Sweden's five official minority languages.
The Persian service is to include even Dari spoken by the rapidly increasing number of Afghan refugees coming to Sweden. Kurdish broadcasts remain unchanged.
Swedish Radio's output in immigrant languages will be available on the web and broadcast nationally.
On coming Saturday there will be a new programme relayed from R Rasant. It will be the first transmission this year. This programme will be relayed on Mar 21 at 0900-0930 on 9510 via IRRS. Students from different continents have explored about the protection of drinking water and why it is important to protect water. They will point out the importance of the industrial countries in this discussion. The whole programme will be in German. All non- German reports will be synchronized simultaneously. All participating students these are more than 100 would be happy about your comments and reports. Please send your mails to email@example.com
We appreciate snail mail. Greetings from Sundern Reinhard Marx; Tamara Tuchel, Jennifer Merschmeier, Kira Gonzales, Jana Friedetzky, Carmen Wittiber (on behalf of the students from Burkina Faso, Germany, Egypt, Japan, Iran and from the Färoer- Islands). Web: http://www.radiorasant.org .
(via Aerenlund Pedersen). Via Rimavská Sobota, Slovakia ? (Ed)
(Via DX-Window No. 398, Danish Shortwave Club International, www.dswci.org)
By Arnie Coro
radio amateur CO2KK
1000-1400 UTC on Wed Mar 17
0700-1100 UTC on Fri Mar 19
Site: Wavre (Belgium)
DRM power : 40 kW
Rhombic antenna 167 degrees
If you can receive these transmissions in Europe or anywhere else please post results and comments here :
(Via drmrx forum)
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The focus of the Community Radio Station would be to encourage the community members to speak out their needs and ideas, to create knowledge content for students and to act as a medium for teachers to develop knowledge content relevant to their subjects. It will also ensure that the community is literate and enabled to absorb information through media including radio. Regular information on child health, pregnancy, local health issues and seasonal precautions for women's related programmes will benefit the community.
The Ministry encourages setting up of community radio stations as it promises to provide an opportunity to the local communities to express themselves, share their views and particularly empower the women, youth and the marginalized group to take part in local self governance and overall socio economic and cultural development of the area. Community Radio Station also better informs the society about the developmental initiatives of government and promote transparency in the implementation of the schemes.
(Press Information Bureau, Govt. Of India)
Radio Free Europe's popular Kyrgyz television and radio programs have been off the air in the capital city of Bishkek since Wednesday, shortly after affiliate managers reported that they had been pressured by Kyrgyz officials.
(Prague, Czech Republic) Radio Free Europe's popular Kyrgyz television and radio programs have been off the air in the capital city of Bishkek since Wednesday, shortly after affiliate managers reported that they had been pressured by Kyrgyz officials.
RFE/RL's Bishkek television affiliate station "Echo of Manas" was warned by Kyrgyz authorities that they would face difficulties in renewing their broadcast license if they continued to air the Kyrgyz Service's widely viewed "Inconvenient Questions" and "Azattyk Plus" programs. Radio affiliates in Bishkek and the northern city of Naryn have also stopped carrying Kyrgyz Service programming.
"The Kyrgyz government has been hostile to freedom of the press for some time," said Jeffrey Gedmin, president of RFE/RL. "This incident is the latest effort by the government to restrict access to free, unbiased and independent news. Unfortunately, as Freedom House noted in its most recent 'Freedom in the World' report, the situation is only getting worse."
"This incident is the latest effort by the [Kyrgyz] government to restrict access to free, unbiased and independent news." The broadcasting of RFE/RL programs was halted just days before expected rallies and protests marking the fifth anniversary of the country's so-called Tulip Revolution.
The U.S. State Department's just released annual report on human rights in Kyrgyzstan noted that, while "the law provides for freedom of speech and of the press... the government at times restricted these rights in practice, especially through withdrawal of broadcasting rights and reportedly through intimidation of journalists." [read the Kyrgyzstan country report].
RFE/RL's difficulties in Kyrgyzstan are not new. In late 2008, UTRK, Kyrgyzstan's state broadcaster, suspended Radio Azattyk programming, calling its political content "too negative and too critical." The company later offered to resume broadcasts on condition that all programming be submitted to state authorities for prior approval. RFE/RL rejected the proposal.
About RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service
Online and on the air, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service, known locally as Radio Azattyk, has been a consistent and dependable provider of independent information in Kyrgyzstan for more than 50 years. Today, Radio Azattyk is a trusted source within Kyrgyzstan, with its stories - both broadcast and online - regularly cited and reprinted by local and regional media.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Voice of Russian held an interactive session with Indian FM listeners at Delhi on 6th March 2010 in which Irina Maksimenko, head of South Asian Dept, Voice of Russia & Sumit Sengupta from Voice of Russia Bengali Section who's also co-ordinating FM partnerships in India briefed listeners about Voice of Russia's plans in India & sought listeners views on the programming.
Regarding shortwave, some of the shortwave listeners did submit a petiton to re-instate Bengali service on shortwave (which is on internet only) to Irina Maksimenko, Head of South Asian Dept, Voice of Russia during Voice of Russia listeners confernce at New Delhi during Dec 2009 & did get a positive response from her.
During the recent visit of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in response to a Voice of Russia listener from Kolkata during his internet conference promised to expand the radio broadcasts.
Here's an audio clip from the VOR program on Fever FM 104 MHz :
Related news :
Russia to expand radio broadcasting to India - Putin
DW Hindi transmission hours has been cut by half, presently it has two 30 minutes slots at 0130 & 1500 UTC (0700 & 2030 hours IST), the 0130 UTC (0700-0730 IST) transmission will be dropped from next season.
Similarly DW Urdu had three half hour tranmission slots at 0200,1430 & 1700 UTC (0730, 2000 & 2230 IST), out of which transmissions at 0200 & 1700 UTC (0730 & 2230 IST) will be dropped for next season.
There has been cutbacks in transmission hours for Chinese & Russian languages as well & Kisuaheli broadcasts to Africa has been dropped.
According to sources DW plans to reduce/drop most of the shortwave during next one year. After clinching the FM distribution partnership at Bangladesh, DW is working on FM partnership in India.
DW Hindi/Urdu Schedule summer season (wef 28 Mar - 30 Oct 2010)
1500-1530 UTC(2030-2100 IST) on 1548,6180,9540,9655 kHz (All via Trincomale)
1430-1500 UTC(2000-2030 IST) on 1548,9655,13840 kHz (All via Trincomale), 15595 kHz(Krasnodar)
The complete shortwave summer schedule for DW is available at :
Read the full story here :
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Dxers Unlimited's weekend edition for 13-14 March 2010
By Arnie Coro - radio amateur CO2KK
"Learning by Ear can be instrumental to the development process in Afghanistan," said Bettermann in Bonn. "We also want to contribute to the acceptance of a modern, democratic business model."
The project, supported financially by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, sheds light on topics like political education, health, the advancement of women and girls, drugs and their consequences and tolerance and understanding. "We are building on the overall positive experience we had with the implementation of this innovative project in Africa, which has been running since 2008," said Bettermann. "It's an entertaining and informative way to communicate important educational content."
Radio is still the primary media in Afghanistan, but there will be additional "Learning by Ear" material available online. Young people between 12 and 20 years of age make up the majority of the population in Afghanistan. Bettermann said that's why programming focuses on a younger target audience.
Deutsche Welle is working with Afghan authors to produce "Learning by Ear for Afghanistan". As part of the project, they received training from Deutsche Welle's academy. The individual modules were produced with ARIANA FM in Afghanistan. Listener comments will be used in the
future to tailor the design of the series.
"Learning by Ear for Afghanistan" is broadcast nationwide on ARIANA FM, as well as over shortwave, satellite and Deutsche Welle frequencies in Kabul. Schools can access the series, scripts and accompanying material on the Internet. "Learning by Ear for Afghanistan" will also be made available on CD.
The remarks came at an industry debate on how broadcasters should approach the digital migration, on the final day of the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium.
In 2009 a large number of stations cut part of their shortwave programming, and other transmitters went off the air. New stations came on the air and other old stations resumed their transmissions after a long interruption. On January 1st, 2010 a new public radio station, Radio Vidin, began operating in northeastern Bulgaria.
On shortwave, Irish radio began to broadcast again for an hour each day, and on Vanuatu in the Pacific, a shortwave transmitter came back on the air. A station called Super Radio Dios del Amor began to be heard. This station was the successor to Radio Tupi in Curitiba. Despite comments by the management of the Voice of America and the BBC that broadcasts on shortwave were not necessary, the two stations created new programs for the Caucusus, and Radio Liberty began a special program called "The Eco of the Caucuses."
Almost all international stations abandoned the new spectrum assigned to radio amateurs from 7100 to 7200 kHz, in which two exotic transmitters from Guinea and Somalia began to operate on 7125 and 7145 kHz, respectively. In July of 2009 the BBC carried out experimental transmissions to Antarctica. On Nov. 14 the traditional annual broadcast of Radio Saint Helena took place in the Atlantic. The program was heard by few listeners due to low solar activity.
A new Christian station from the United States, WJHR, began experimental transmissions on shortwave. In April 2009 to mark the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the KBC broadcast from the Netherlands a special series of musical programs. The 25th of April was officially proclaimed for U.S. stations Willis Conover Day, the presenter and host of a program dedicated to world jazz in the 20th Century [on the VOA]. Another legendary radio program, "Happy Station," broadcast from 1925 to 1995, interrupted during the Second World War years, via Radio Netherlands, was re-established and began to broadcast on shortwave from Radio Miami in the U.S.
In 2009 a large number of political programs came on the air destined for countries like Zimbabwe, North Korea, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Madagascar, and broadcast by transmitters located in Germany, Japan and the United Arab Emirates, among other countries. The year 2009 will be remembered also for the strikes at two important radio organizations, one in France and other in India. The events at Radio France International began at the start of 2009 after it was learned that authorities planned to shut down some of the overseas broadcasts.
During the solar eclipse of April 26th, anomalies in shortwave broadcasting were noted, typical for that phenomenon. The year 2009 will also be remembered for the closure of Radio Vilnius and Radio Ratia in Lithuania, Radio Center in Latvia, Radio Peace for Afghanistan, Radio Star from Liberia, the Radio Reading Service of New Zealand and Radio Vlaanderen in Belgium. Dec. 31, 2009 was the last day of transmission on shortwave for Radio Austria and the Radio of the French-speaking Community of Belgium.
(NASB Newsletter, March 2010)
Full report at :
The A10 HFCC Coordination Conference was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 1-5, 2010. The theme, or key, of the conference was "Developing Friendship." Domestic U.S. shortwave broadcasters were represented by Tom Lucey of the FCC, George Ross and Mike Sabin of Trans World Radio ( Guam ) and Dr. Jerry Plummer, representing the NASB and WWCR. A total of 118 attendees were present for the Conference.
Regarding climactic conditions in Kuala Lumpur, temperatures in the Fahrenheit scale typically were 92-94 daily and 73-76 in the evenings. To me, it felt like Punta Cana, but no pool or ocean nearby. However, it was generally tolerable, and being located directly in the "Golden Triangle" of KL offered much dining and shopping activities, with a myriad of varied type restaurants, offering all imaginable types of fare-as well as a milieu of merchants, offering everything from knockoff Rolex watches to "reflexology" sessions (i.e. massages).
The meeting opened promptly at 9:30 Monday morning, and the opening included welcoming remarks by several members of the Board, including Horst Scholz of Deutsche Welle; Oldrich Cip, Chairman of HFCC and representative of Czech Radio; Geoff Spells of VT Communications; and Bassil Zoubi of Arab States Broadcasting Union. Upon completion of the opening remarks, the coordination activities began, and ran through Friday morning.
The conference room was a spacious, well-equipped area with plenty of room for all members, including room to suitably place extra chairs across each table for visiting representatives to sit and discuss collision correction. The wireless network worked well, including external Internet access; although (as expected) peak times of activity slowed down overall speed. However, the system was usable the entire time. The print server never was operable to several representatives, but anything needing to be printed could be at the four workstations located at the back of the conference room.
A meeting was held Tuesday afternoon for the G8 representatives and Steering Board regarding the Russian contingent(s) and its requirements entries. GFC, as one group, and TRW and RAM as another group, previously separately entered requirements. If I understand correctly, one group was VOR and the other two combined for all "retail" sales to out of country leased transmitter time. GFC told the G8/HFCC group that they were now responsible for all Russian shortwave coordination activities, and requested the HFCC to announce as such, and to remove all entries not posted by GFC. The HFCC, preferring to not become politically involved, declined to do so at the current time. Thus, there are 173 duplicate entries in the database.
To quote the HFCC:
Wording of the Russian Delegation for the HFCC Conference Minutes:
"The delegation of the Russian Federation gave explanations regarding 173 radio broadcasting requirements which were submitted on 01.02.2010 on behalf of the General Radio Frequency Centre (GFC) of Russia within the process of the HFCC Conference.
"The above mentioned radio broadcasting requirements fully duplicate the requirements submitted by the Radio-Agency-M Ltd. (RAM) and TV Radio Wave (TRW) organizations with the used technical facilities to broadcast radio programs from the territory of the Russian Federation . Only the name of the Frequency Management Organization (FMO) was changed in the above requirements.
"Coordination of new 173 radio broadcasting requirements was carried out by the GFC organization at the HFCC Conference. In doing so the former requirements of the TRW and RAM organizations which were duplicated should have been ignored within the process of the HFCC Conference.
"To avoid confusion and misunderstanding in the work of the HFCC conference the delegation of Russia requested the HFCC Steering Board to delete the RAM and TRW requirements with the use of technical facilities to broadcast radio programs from the territory of the Russian Federation from the list of the requirements to be coordinated.
Answer of the SB for the HFCC Conference Minutes:
"The HFCC Steering Board thanked Alexander Stadinchuk for the detailed explanation for the duplication of requirements of RAM and TRW via facilities in Russia by GFC. However, the SB stated that it cannot accept the request to delete the corresponding RAM and TRW requirements for those transmissions from the territory of the Russian Federation . The reason for this is that both RAM and TRW are members of HFCC and the SB does not have the authority to delete requirements of any member. The SB states that the duplication of requirements significantly hampers the informal co-ordination process. On this occasion the Steering Board of the HFCC suggests to the Administration of the Russian Federation to work with the three FMOs on the territory of the Russian Federation with the aim of eliminating the duplicated requirements and to resolve this difficult problem. As RAM and TRW are not present at the joint HFCC/ASBU/ABU-HFC meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, the SB will inform them of this matter."
Coordination flowed smoothly all during the week, with no computer or network anomalies. Much interaction was noted among all members during the coordination times.
For the first time that I remember, no group dinner was held at the Conference, although a Friday afternoon tour was arranged, which included trips to the 500 metre Communications Tower, as well as KL's skyline Twin Towers. The tour also included a visit to Malaysian radio studios and a trip to a local group of craft shops.
During the conference, the Group of Experts met (Wednesday) and offered the following information on the Friday Plenary (closing) statements:
G. of E. documents will soon be placed on the website for everyone to review.
Regarding the new software showing target ID by polygon, the testing is going well. It will offer clearer and better collision calculation.
Antenna design frequency, used in the requirements file, must be filled in. It is used for calculation of collisions. A warning message will be displayed whenever a requirements file missing this information is entered.
More information regarding a new antenna program will be coming in future.
Older DOS versions of the plotting software should not be used; consider using newer software.
A list of minutes from Punta Cana of requests and their updates will be issued shortly.
Geoff of VTC says that ITU is considering adding DRM to its system, which includes HD Radio, etc. This will be reviewed in April, 2010 for acceptance.
The following items came from Geoff, also:
26 MHz DRM for local broadcasts services proposal is in the ITU pipeline.
A proposal for DSP for new receivers was not approved, but will be reviewed again in April, 2010.
G9960 includes a proposal regarding powerline devices to extend range to 200 MHz. The intention is greater bandwidth for data services, but also offers tremendous interference for many bands, outside of shortwave, too. Much discussion has occurred over this proposal.
Oldrich addressed the need to increase access to shortwave listeners, particularly via the HFCC website. Currently, the public access database is updated twice per year, and there was a vote to update the public record more regularly. The delegates approved this measure.
Regarding finances, Geoff reported that 2008 was a lean year for the HFCC, but 2009 year-end numbers indicated that things were back financially where the HFCC should be. Geoff says that this is partially because member arrearage has been paid. He noted that Czech law has changed, and there is a chance that the HFCC will be exposed to a value added tax. This must be investigated more to determine if the HFCC is applicable to this taxation law change. Results will be forthcoming.
Horst chaired the election activities, where two posts were to be voted on:
Chairman and System Coordinator. Oldrich Cip was the only candidate for the former, and was unanimously elected. Gerald Theoret of Radio Canada International and Sergio Salvatori of Vatican Radio were co-elected to the System Coordinator position. Upon election Oldrich called for an increase in public awareness of the HFCC and its functions.
Oldrich noted that REE Spain, who had been absent for two years, will be back next time; and that an FMO name change was awarded for DTK changing to MDK.
It was noted again about the duplication of requirements due to the Russian situation noted above.
In closing the Plenary meeting, Oldrich thanked the ABU for hosting and orchestrating the Conference.
(NASB Newsletter, March 2010)
Friday, March 12, 2010
The EDXC ( European DX Council, the Umbrella Oragnisation of shortwave clubs, DX -- Clubs in Europe ) cordially invites you all to the next EDXC Conference, September 30 -- October 3, 2010, in Ankara, Turkey. We kindly ask you to make your hotel reservation already NOW !
Venue of the Conference : HOTEL DEDEMAN, ANKARA. Address : Akay Cad. Buklum Sok No. 1. ANKARA 06660, TURKEY. Phone : + 90 312 416 88 00.
Fax : + 90 312 418 13 86.
Homepage : www.dedeman.com
Room reservation you send to : Mrs. Ozlem Gollu, E - Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Single Room : EUR 91,80 / night, including VAT and Full Breakfast.
Double room : EUR 113,40 / night, including VAT and Full Breakfast.
If sharing the Double room you only pay : EUR 56,70 including VAT and Full Breakfast. The hotel accepts the following Credit Cards : Visa, MasterCard, Eurocard, American Express and Diners Card. PLEASE MAKE YOUR ROOM RESERVATION ALREADY NOW ! First you write : The special Password for this Conference Reservation : EDXC Conference in Ankara. Then you write your family name, your christian name, your arrival date at the hotel, your departure date from the hotel. The hotel needs your credit card number at the time of reservation to be able to
confirm your room.
PLEASE OBSERVE : When you reserve your room, please inform me about your name (s), because I am producing the Name--Tags, and I have to know, that you are coming.
The preliminary programme of the Conference looks like this :
Thursday, September 30 :
Arrival at the hotel, Registration from 12.00 Hours Ankara Time. Informal gathering in the bar / restaurant of the hotel from 19.00 Hours Ankara Time.
Friday, October 1 :
After breakfast at our hotel Visit at the Voice of Turkey, External Service in Ankara. Visit at the different studios, different languages. Lunch in the canteen of the Radio. Possible visit at the Shortwave Transmitter Antenna either in Cakirlar or in Emirler. This Antenna visit is subject to the permission from the Radio Management. Back to the hotel, late afternoon or evening free.
Saturday, October 2 :
After breakfast at the hotel : EDXC Conference in the Conference Room of the hotel. Internal EDXC matters and interesting lectures. If you would like to give some interesting lecture, please let me know -- as soon as possible. Lunch at our hotel. After the lunch : Sightseeing in Ankara with English speaking guide. Back to the hotel and in the evening the traditional Banquet Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Sunday, October 3 :
Departure home or Tourism in Turkey. Please do not forget : This year Istanbul is one of the European Cultural Capitals.
The Conference Fee is : EUR 96,-- per person, you pay to me at the Registration Table in the Hotel when you arrive on Thursday, September 30.
This fee includes : Use of Conference Room at the hotel, relevant papers like Conference Covers, Name--Tags, Lunch on Saturday, Sightseeing Tour in Ankara and also includes the Banquet Dinner.
For further information please do contact :
Tibor Szilagyi, EDXC Secretary General, E -- Mail : email@example.com
Thursday, March 11, 2010
It's that time of the year again! Yes, we're talking about our big annual DX contest here in "Wavescan". The title for our big 2010 DX contest is "Station Profiles", and here are the details for all five parts in this year's contest:-
A. Five Station Profiles:
Make a list of five different radio stations for which you would like to have a "Station Profile" presented on air in a coming edition of "Wavescan". You may suggest five different radio stations, or the radio stations in five different cities, or in five different countries, or any combinations of these designations. These radio stations may still be on the air, or they may now be silent. You may choose only shortwave broadcasting stations, or shortwave communication stations that have been used also for broadcasting.
B. Five Paragraphs:
You are invited to write just one short paragraph about each of the five stations you have chosen in the above list, and state why you have chosen that particular station.
C. Five Photocopies:
You are invited to search your QSL collection, and where possible, provide a photocopy of a QSL from each of the five radio stations in your above list. These photocopies should be in color if possible, but black & white is also acceptable. If you do not have a QSL from any of the stations you select, then you should indicate the reason why you do not have a QSL; such as for example, the station is now silent, or you are unable to hear the station in your part of the world, or they do not verify reception reports, etc.
D. Three Reception Reports:
You are invited to send in at least three reception reports on any transmission from Adventist World Radio on any station, shortwave, mediumwave and FM.
E. Three Radio Cards:
Where possible, you are invited to include three radio cards for the Indianapolis Heritage Collection with your contest entry. These cards may be old or new, and they may be QSL cards, reception report cards, or picture cards of radio stations, etc. (Not valid for this contest are amateur cards nor CB cards.)
Other Contest Details:
Well, there you have it, the details for our "Wavescan 2010 Station Profiles DX Contest". This contest will run through the month of July 2010, and all contest entries should be postmarked at your local post office anywhere in the world on any date up to the end of the month of July, and they should be received at the AWR post office address in Indianapolis no later than the end of the month of August 2010. Return postage in the form of currency notes in an international currency, or mint postage stamps, or IRC coupons would be welcome. Where possible, a self addressed return envelope, business size or half quarto size, would also be welcome. The awards for this year's contest will be similar to all previous contests. There will be a special award for the world winner, one of the Jerry Berg radio history books; and World Radio TV Handbook 2011 for each continental winner. In addition, there will be other special awards as well as AWR souvenirs and radio curios for many participants. There will be special awards for listeners in Africa responding to this year's contest. You can remember that all reception reports will be verified with a specially endorsed AWR QSL card. Please remember that it will take a period of many months to process all of the reception reports, but each will in due course be verified. In addition, and over a period of time, it is our intent to present in our Wavescan DX program, many, and perhaps all, of the "Station Profiles" as submitted in this year's DX contest. When we present each of these specific "Station Profiles" in our "Wavescan" program, we will also call on-air the listener who made the suggestion. When the listener hears his name in the program, he can send in a reception report and receive a specially endorsed QSL card.
The only address for the AWR Station Profile DX Contest is:-
Station Profile DX Contest
Indiana 46229 USA
(Dr.Adrian Peterson, Adventist World Radio)
VOA's "Sudan Elections in Focus" website http://www.voanews.com/sudan contains stories about the candidates, analysis and commentary by bloggers, details about election preparedness and logistics.Every Friday in March, VOA will air a 10-minute special report on the English-to-Africa stream. Programs examine the candidates, their platforms, electoral preparedness, and the ongoing conflicts over land and resources in Africa's largest country. It can be heard at 1645 UTC and 1845 UTC on VOA shortwave frequencies 6080 and 15580. Starting in April, the Sudan special report will air every day.
The presidential elections pit Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir against South Sudan's President Salva Kir. The elections are proscribed under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which ended 20 years of civil war between the North and the South when it was signed in 2005. Also at stake in the election are seats in Parliament. In 2011, Sudanese are scheduled to conduct a referendum that would allow South Sudan to secede from the North. The referendum, also part of the 2005 peace deal, is a source of tension between the North and the South.
(VOA Press Release)
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
JASON WALSH attempts to separate the news from the propaganda on the international airwaves - and finds it impossible
IMAGINE THERE was a communications medium that spanned virtually the entire globe and was virtually impossible to censor. Now imagine that, unlike the internet, it couldn't be switched-off by the powers that be and didn't require expensive equipment or monthly subscription fees to access. That would be a powerful voice for democracy, wouldn't it?
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
5 March 2010
The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) is poised to shift to a higher pedestal, by offering quality and improved services, by way of quality programming and advanced technology.The acting Brong-Ahafo Regional Director of GBC, George Adu Boampong, gave the assurance after a regional float through the principal streets of Sunyani, as part of activities marking the 75th Anniversary of GBC.
Read the full story here :
As recently as 25 years ago, shortwave radio was a preferred source of breaking international news in North America. Most hours of the day, the BBC World Service boomed in, especially at night on 6175 kHz. There was also Radio Moscow - once the mouthpiece of old-style Soviet propaganda - the Voice of America, Radio Netherlands, Deutsche Welle from West Germany and Radio Berlin International from East Germany.
Read the full article here :
Saturday, March 06, 2010
The International Radio Serbia has marked its 74th anniversary this year. This unique and only short-wave station in Serbia was founded six years before the Voice of America, on March 8, when the international program was broadcasted for the first time in then Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Today, our radio broadcasts program in 12 languages - Serbian, English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Albanian, Greek, Italian, Hungarian and Chinese. The program of the International Radio Serbia can also be heard on the Internet site www.glassrbije.org which has been in existence, as well as via satellite. On the occasion of our anniversary, the celebration was organized, attended by many people from the Serbian political and cultural life, and also representatives of the diplomatic offices in Belgrade. The broadcasts of the program to abroad started on March 8, 1936 in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, and the direct reason for the establishing of the short-wave radio station was the need to oppose the fascist propaganda. Over the past 74 years, our house had a turbulent history, and it included several name changes - from Free Yugoslavia, through Radio Yugoslavia, Radio Serbia and Montenegro, to current International Radio Serbia.
- time : 1300-1825 UTC
- frequency : 15745 kHz
- power : 100 kW DRM
- antenna azimuth : 80 degrees
- target area : Europe
(Via drmrx forum)
Friday, March 05, 2010
QARL is conducting the Hamfair on 18th April 2010.
Venue is Jaladharshini at KOLLAM.
Foxhunt on 17th April 2010
HF contest on 13/03/2010 from 5pm.
All are requested to make it.
Further Details please contact VU2SYT on 09446854749
Kohima, March 4 (MExN): The All India Radio (AIR), Kohima will be covering the NE Spring Festival organised by NEXCC Dimapur from March 5 to 9. The station director, AIR in a press note stated that the daily highlight of the festival will be broadcast at 9:30 pm everyday, which will be simultaneously relayed by all North East AIR. Moreover, a special programme on the entire event of the festival will be put out in the national "hook-up" at 10:00 pm on March 11 and experts will be included in the national Hindi Cultural Magazine programme "Sankirt Bharti" on the same day and same time, the note added.
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Representatives from Bangladesh Betar (BB) and Deutsche Welle (DW) will sign a new partnership agreement on March 9, 2010 in Dhaka. According to this agreement, Bangladesh Betar will air Deutsche Welle Bengali radio service between 8:00 am and 8:30 am as well as 8:00 pm and 8:30 pm (local time) using six transmitters in Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Khulna, Rajshahi and Rangpur on FM band. This agreement marks just another milestone in the excellent German Bangladesh bilateral relations and will help Germany's international broadcaster to expand its Bengali radio services in Bangladesh via FM. The agreement will be signed in the presence of the Minister of Information and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany by the Director General of Bangladesh Betar and the Managing Director of DW-AKADEMIE.
Date : 17th March 2010 (Wed)
Venue : USIS, Kolkata
Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury will be present at the meet.
1st March 2010
"Extraordinary" I who am saying, but according to information obtained by telephone Flávio Ferreira Lima from the Ministry of Communications and coordinator of the engineering team to manage the tests with both DRM systems in Brazil, both the DRM in the range OM as DRM + the FM band are showing amazing results, above our expectations.
The fact is that the situation of digital radio trials in Brazil has a 180 degrees this year. Since the beginning of 2010 the DRM is doing tests on Short Wave, Medium Wave and also on VHF (FM) and never had in our country. The tests will continue throughout the month of March. I think these tests in Brazil are currently the most complete tests with existing DRM system in the world.
OM in the range have been tested, and OM IBOC Simulcast with Radio Cultura AM 1200 kHz and 1210 kHz in DRM in Sao Paulo - Fundação Padre Anchieta. NOTE: In the same radio as there were tests HDRadio. On January 14, 2010 I was personally in Sao Paulo and I had the honor of being together and with the team of engineers in the acceptance tests in the Greater Sao Paulo. I live over 800 km from Sao Paulo but I have had the opportunity to decode the audio signal of Culture in both DRM 1210 kHz in Simulcast but also in 1200 kHz digital only.
In the VHF range, tests are being made in the region of Belo Horizonte on 104.5 MHz FM with 1500 watts and 104.4 MHz with DRM + 70Watts. Flávio said that even with this low power level digital signal, the signal is excellent within a radius of 40 km which is much higher than was estimated a radius of only 16 Km I found this amazing result, fantastic.
By testing the DRM is doing away with some myths that exist here and proved that:
1) works in Simulcast and IBOC;
2) that has full system for Medium Wave, Short Wave and also for VHF (FM);
3) they are doing tests for at least 2 months in Brazil;
4) that the DRM and DRM + is an excellent strength and that meet the needs of coverage of television partners;
5) that has a group of experts able to develop specific solutions for Brazil;
The tests will continue in March with DRM and IBOC Simulcast on the Medium Wave Radio CBN 780 kHz and DRM + on Radio Cultura FM 103.3 Mhz both in Sao Paulo.
Congratulations to all the people who are involved in the tests with the DRM and to choose the best standard for digital radio in Brazil.
São José-SC, 01 March 2010.
Ataliba Zandomênego Filho
Graduating in Electrical Engineering Telematics
Amateur: PP5AZF Range and the Citizen: PX5B8091
(Via drmrx forum)
For a complete list of AIR websites visit : http://www.qsl.net/vu2jos/links.htm
The M. Kumarsamy College of Engineering was established in the year 2000. The aim of setting up of Community Radio Station is to promote and provide education to the economically backward people and create awareness among the local community on child and human rights, culture and tradition, health hazards etc.
The Ministry encourages setting up of Community Radio Station, as it promises to provide an opportunity to the local communities to express themselves, share their views and particularly empower the youth and women.
(Press Information Bureau, Govt of India)
In Jogajog Bangladesh (Connectivity Bangladesh), from Wednesday 10 to Friday 19 March, BBC Bangla provides audiences with an insight in all things digital in Bangladesh - and the country's digital future. The multimedia content will be broadcast on radio, online on bbcbangla.com - in text, audio and video - as well as by Bangladesh's Channel i television.
Head of BBC Bangla, Sabir Mustafa, says: "Arguably, full digitalisation of Bangladesh, where less than one per cent of the population is currently connected, is a tall order. "On the other hand, mobile phone use has expanded phenomenally in the past 15 years, and development organisations and private companies have stepped in to connect the rural population to the internet through a network of centres and direct-to-home services. "The BBC Bangla team is exploring the subject from a range of angles, to offer audiences an in-depth and comprehensive look at the extraordinary task."
Presented by Akbar Hossain and produced by Pulak Gupta, the eight BBC Bangla video news stories about digital connectivity in Bangladesh will be broadcast by Channel i in its prime-time news bulletin from Wednesday 10 to Wednesday 17 March, thanks to a special agreement with Channel i. In addition to television, the BBC Bangla series will also be available on shortwave and FM radio and online.
What does e-governance mean for Bangladesh's bureaucracy and public sector services? BBC Bangla follows an upazila (sub-district council) official and two members of the public who are seeking the council's assistance to establish whether digitalisation is changing the way bureaucracy works.
BBC Bangla also assesses whether the government's ambition to link hospitals across the country through internet video, thus giving patients in remote areas the opportunity to be consulted by top doctors in the capital, is realistic.
Bangladesh is mainly an agricultural country - how is digital connectivity being used to improve the lives of farmers? BBC Bangla follows a farmer to a rural 'tele-centre' where he requests information on fertilisers and pesticides, and asks him what difference the use of the internet has made to his work.
BBC Bangla also documents how information delivered via SMS is helping farmers get better prices and deliver their produce to the markets at the best possible time. Another highlight of Jogajog Bangladesh is InfoLadies - the 'digital foot-doctors of Bangladesh' - who ride the length and breadth of the country on their bicycles. With netbooks connected via mobile internet cards, hey visit rural households to bring the internet to their doorsteps. The BBC Bangla crew follows one such InfoLady, documenting her day, and also talks to the scheme's benefactors to find out if it is bringing any change to their lives. BBC Bangla also looks at how the internet has affected Ghataks, the traditional Bengali matchmakers. The BBC reports from a Ghatak's office, following the matchmaker's interaction with clients over the internet. BBC Bangla is also following another Ghatak who comes to a tele-centre, seeking information about a potential groom's employment situation... Jogajog Bangladesh culminates on Friday 19 March on all platforms with a live Have Your Say debate.
Produced and presented from the Channel i studios, the programme will hear multimedia audiences' views on whether Bangladesh can leapfrog into the digital age by 2021.
BBC Bangla is a multimedia service, offering news and current affairs, sports, science, and cultural features to the Bengali-speaking community worldwide and is regarded as a reference point for accuracy and impartiality.
BBC Bangla radio is available in Bangladesh on BBC 100 FM in Dhaka, 101.2 FM in Comilla, 102 FM in Khulna, 105.4 FM in Chittagong, 105 FM in Rajashahi, 105.4 FM in Rangpur and 105 FM in Sylhet.
Bangla speakers across the world can also access BBC Bangla programmes in audio at bbcbangla.com.
Radio programmes include the daily morning news and current affairs programmes Provati at 6.30am and Prattyusha at 7.30am (Bangladesh Time), the daily evening programme Probaho at 7.30pm and late-night programme Parikrama at 10.30pm.
Audiences can also take part in phone-in programmes each Monday and Saturday evening. The in-depth current-affairs programme This World is broadcast on Tuesdays, Interview Of The Week on Wednesdays, and the science programme Bigyaner Ashor on Thursdays. On Fridays, there is a documentary series Dharabahik, and at the weekends there is the sports magazine programme Mathe Maidaney (Saturdays) and the listeners' letters programme Pritibhajoneshu (Sundays).
(BBC World Service International Publicity)