Tuesday, July 30, 2013

German armed forces station Radio Andernach starts two hours of DRM txn

German armed forces station Radio Andernach has started two hours of DRM transmission via Nauen for the German troops in Somalian coast. Testing since 2011, this transmission can be heard on 5995 kHz at around 1400 hours German local time, alongwith free to air news service via journaline. By the end of 2014 all units of German Navy will be supported by at least on hour of radio program.

More info at Radio Andernach website : http://tinyurl.com/k9qpgrl

And this report by DXactuell.de : http://www.dxaktuell.de/?p=3468

BBC extends its radio presence in Nepal with launch of daily morning news program

The BBC is extending its radio presence in Nepal with the launch of the daily morning news programme. From Thursday 1 August, the BBC Nepali new 15-minute radio show at 7.15am local time will set the day's regional and international news agenda for audiences across the country.

Audiences in Nepal tune in to BBC Nepali on BBC 103 FM in Kathmandu and via the country-wide network of over 260 FM stations which re-broadcast the BBC Nepali radio programming. The dynamic new morning programme offers a comprehensive coverage of domestic and international news, providing listeners with accurate, objective and balanced content through short news, features, analysis and interviews.

BBC Nepali Editor, Rabindra Mishra, says: "The BBC has a strong audience base in Nepal, and this expansion of radio programming shows our commitment to providing these audiences with highest-quality news and information. Our new morning programme will help set the day's news agenda in a vibrant, energetic and engaging style."

The new morning programme adds to the current BBC Nepali radio schedule which also includes a 30-minute evening news programme Monday to Saturday, a 15-minute Sunday news programme, as well as a 45-minute Sunday programme, Sajha Sawal (Common Questions), produced with BBC Media Action.

BBC Nepali offers news, information and analysis on radio and online via bbcnepali.com. The BBC Nepali radio programming is available on BBC 103FM in Kathmandu and via rebroadcasting stations across the country. BBC 103FM also broadcasts the BBC World Service programming in English.

(BBC Press Release)

Monday, July 29, 2013

Radio Veritas Asia launches new website for its Hindi service

Philippines based shortwave radio broadcaster Radio Veritas Asia has launched new website for its hindi service. The new website encompasses everything that RVA has to offer – articles, audio, video, schedule and interactive content and can be accessed at :


World Broadcasting Union backs Carrier ID to reduce jamming

The World Broadcasting Unions International Satellite Operations Group (WBU-ISOG) has adopted a resolution in favour of requiring all satellite uplinks be clearly identifiable via a newly agreed Carrier ID specification, something that would help to mitigate harmful satellite interference.

More at :  http://tinyurl.com/kuddznj

World’s biggest SW modernization project under execution in Taiwan

Ampegon has received the third part of an ongoing contract by RTI Radio Taiwan International to upgrade two radio transmission sites in Taiwan. In cooperation with the local partner Techway Engineering Ltd, Ampegon will manufacture, install and commission a total of ten 300 kW DRM shortwave transmitters and twelve rigid dipole broadcast antennas HR2/2/0.3 securing low and efficient maintenance works.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Live DRM SW transmission aimed at Southern Africa on July 19th on the occasion of the SABA workshop

The Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Consortium will use its strong presence at this year’s Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) Digital Broadcasting Infrastructure and Platforms Event, during Mediatech (Africa’s biggest technology and trade show exhibition for the media and entertainment industry) to demonstrate the possibilities of the DRM standard. During its morning workshop on Friday 19th July DRM experts, representing well-known Consortium members companies and organizations such as Ampegon, Fraunhofer IIS, and Nautel, will make presentations and be available to answer any questions.

To complement the workshop DRM is pleased to announce that it is planning a live broadcast to South Africa which will be transmitted on 21,460 kHz during the Workshop. The two hour transmission will feature BBC programmes in English and will be on air from 1000-1200 GMT, 1200-1400 local time.

Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Chairperson, says: “This is an exciting opportunity for delegates to not just hear about the technology but to listen to the excellent audio quality that DRM can bring to radio lovers in Africa. DRM is the only standard for all bands below and above 30 MHz that could offer so much to listeners across the continent.”

For more information please write to: projectoffice@drm.org.

(DRM Consortium Press Release)

Monday, July 15, 2013

ABC may pull plug on China broadcast

The ABC could soon abandon international shortwave radio broadcasts to China and Indonesia, ending more than 70 years of beaming news and current affairs on high frequency into Asia.

But the public broadcaster's management insist it will not flick the switch on shortwave services of Radio Australia to Papua New Guinea and tiny Pacific nations for now.

More at :

Thursday, July 11, 2013

DRM India Chapter Noticeboard July 2013

DRM India Chapter Noticeboard July 2013 edition is available at :


Main stories :

- All India Radio (AIR) launches digitisation website
- India receiver manufacturers urged to grasp new opportunities
- DRM testing is underway at the All India Radio, Chinsurah transmitter site
- DRM Events in India
- Great interest in the recent DRM Webinar - The flexible way from FM to digital
- Turkey ITVF Fair
- International Broadcasting Consortium, Amsterdam – 12-17 September
- The Prize winner!
- News from around the Web

Back issues of newsletters are available at :


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

DRM Tested with Renewed Interest in Europe

The increasing interest in DRM+ is leading to new trials on different frequency bands and involving more and more commercial broadcasters. One scientific trial was conducted in Brest, France, in Band II (using a 300W Harris transmitter) in a project run in partnership with Telecom Bretagne University and supported by the Region of Brittany. Digidia's Soprano+ DRM+ Modulator and Alto+ DRM+ Content Server were used in Brest and are currently being used in southern France, where a test is being conducted close to Nice, together with AGORA FM, in Band I at 60 MHz.

The third and biggest trial which began in May is with a commercial radio network in Trondheim (Norway) where a Nautel 300W transmitter and a Digidia content server is supporting the trial in Band II. The trial was held in conjunction with other key DRM Consortium members like Fraunhofer IIS, RFmondial and with the full support of the Norwegian commercial broadcaster, Venture 21.

DRM Consortium Chair, Ruxandra Obreja, says: "We are proud of the support and technical expertise we are getting from our key members supplying transmitters, content servers, modulators and full DRM USB receiver solutions. In Europe we are demonstrating that there is a cheap and effective solution for also digitising small radio stations (commercial and community) which can run on their own or compliment other multiplex solutions."

(DRM Consortium Press Release)
Related :
Increased Testing for DRM

Monday, July 08, 2013

Radio to the rescue

It was after listening to a news broadcast over All India Radio that the local people of Gaurigaon came to the rescue of a large number of pilgrims headed for Kedarnath who were trapped midway due to the flash floods on June 16 and June 17. 

Read the Hindu story at :

Thursday, July 04, 2013

AIR Chinsurah tests noted on 594 kHz

All India Radio Chinsurah was heard today testing the new 1000 kW transmitter at around 1300 UTC on 594 kHz.

Here's a video ....


DRM: “Your ‘Smart’ Radio solution” at IBC 2013

The DRM Consortium will have a stronger presence than ever at this year's International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam 12th -17th September. IBC is considered to be the leading global tradeshow for broadcasters and media professionals and attracts over 150,000 visitors
every year from over 160 countries worldwide.

At this year's event, in conjunction and with the support of the European Broadcasting Union, DRM Consortium representatives will offer visitors to the EBU stand (Hall 10.F20) an update on the latest DRM developments. These presentations are scheduled for Friday 13th September 4 p.m. and Saturday 14th September 11 a.m. in the EBU presentation theatre.

DRM Consortium members, Harris Broadcast and Nautel Ltd, will also be hosting DRM events during the show. Harris Broadcast are holding a 'Meet and Greet' event at The Beach on Friday afternoon (13th) and Nautel Ltd (Hall 8C.61) are holding the already DRM traditional event on Saturday afternoon (14th). Participants will be able to see and hear then all the latest DRM and DRM+ technology in action and receive the most up-to-date information on the latest market developments.

Ruxandra Obreja, the Consortium Chairman, is delighted that: "DRM will have more events than ever at IBC. They will showcase the technical and finer details of the DRM benefits with their practical application and reception. Digital radio is here and we want to get the key players and the public convinced that DRM is indeed a very smart radio solution for them."

For more information please write to: projectoffice@drm.org.

About DRM

Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) is the universal, openly standardised digital broadcasting system for all broadcasting frequencies.

The DRM standard comprises of two major configurations: 'DRM30' intended for broadcasts on short, medium and long wave up to 30 MHz and providing large coverage areas and low power consumption. The configuration for the VHF bands above 30 MHz is called 'DRM+', tailored for local and regional coverage with broadcaster-controlled transmissions.

All DRM configurations share the same audio coding, data and multimedia services, service linking, multiplexing and signalling schemes. DRM provides high quality sound combined with a wealth of enhanced features: Surround Sound, Journaline text information, Slideshow, EPG, and data services.

For more information and DRM updates please visit www.drm.org or subscribe to DRM news by writing to pressoffice@drm.org. Click here for the Newsletter with all the latest DRM news from around the world.
DRM Consortium
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(DRM Consortium Press Release)

Taiwan brings down RTI antenna's & SOH response

Taiwan Tears Down Antennae Carrying Uncensored News to China
By Matthew Robertson, Epoch Times | July 2, 2013
Taiwan Responds on Shortwave Tower Takedown
By Matthew Robertson, Epoch Times | July 2, 2013
ROC office rebuts Sound of Hope charges on broadcasting issue

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

BBC Radio 4: The Invention of Radio

BBC Radio 4's In Our Time, 9am Thursday, deals with the Invention of Radio.

Following the broadcast the episode will be archived and available for download. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0368knw

Khmer Post Radio adds one hour of SW to its schedule

Special Announcement
Starting from July 2nd, 2013, Khmer Post Radio added 1 more hour of  broadcasting (Special election's edition For the whole month of July) from 5 - 6 pm (Cambodia time) in the same SW Station 9960kHz.

Khmer Post Radio
1000-1100 9960 July 2~
1200-1300 9960

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Taiwan urged to keep radio broadcasts into China

Several US legislators have urged Taiwan to stop tearing down shortwave radio transmission towers which have broadcast uncensored news to China since the 1960s.

The legislators have raised fears the move could reduce the range of the broadcasts by the state-funded Radio Taiwan International(RTI).

Read the AFP story at : http://tinyurl.com/q4uc4lf