Thursday, June 29, 2017

BBC's Caversham Park put up for sale amid cuts

The BBC is selling the Grade II-listed Caversham Park estate in Berkshire in an effort to save money on property costs. The Victorian stately home is the base for BBC Monitoring, which has lost nearly half of its staff since 2011. BBC Monitoring summarises news from 150 countries in 100 different languages for the BBC.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fraunhofer 'DT230' DRM Test Equipment available for bidding


A Fraunhofer 'DT230' DRM Test Equipment is available for bidding, details can be found here :

http://www.go-dove.com/en/auction/view?id=12235788


Bidding opens on 26th June , 2017.

Radio Taiwan International Survey

In order to improve our program quality and to get a better understanding of our reception conditions, RTI invites listeners to fill out this survey.

Fill out the survey, leave your contact information, and you will have a chance to win a souvenir.


Event schedule: (Taipei Time)
1. Event runs until: 8/21/2017
2. Announcement of winners tentatively scheduled for September 2017.

(Radio Taiwan International)

Armstrong Tower Could Be Test Site for DRM on Shortwave Bands

Armstrong Tower Could Be Test Site for DRM on Shortwave Bands

Turms Tech plans to use yagi-type antennas, generating an ERP of 10 kW on 9.65 and 15.45 MHz, to broadcast DRM to Europe and Middle East





Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BBC World Service Antarctic Midwinter Broadcast 2017, June 21

BBC World Service Midwinter's Day 2017 program on June 21 :

2130-2200 UTC on 5985 kHz Woofferton, 6035 kHz Dhabayya, 7360 kHz Ascension

Thanks to Ivo Ivanov.

Antarctic Midwinter Broadcast

Cerys Matthews presents music requests and special messages to the staff at the British Antarctic Survey. Greetings from David Attenborough, Bill Bailey and Michael Palin can be heard.



Thursday, June 08, 2017

NEWS FROM IBC - ITALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

News from Italian Broadcasting Corporation

- We have activated a PAYPAL account to give everyone the opportunity to help us with donations; they will cover the costs of broadcasting time as well as the shipping cost of QSLs and gadgets. You can make donations through our webpage ibcradio.webs.com or directly using our email ibc@europe.com.

- Our broadcasts, in both Italian and English, are now also available daily on FM in the area of Perth in Australia, from 14 to 16 UTC (22 local Perth time) on the frequency of 77.400 MHz and worldwide online at www.77400.fm. 7400 is a relatively new station transmitting from Greenwood, north of Perth, Western Australia; the first broadcast was made on 20 June 2016. Its schedule includes 80s and 90s disco/dance music and radio amateurs news program. The station has already got a license from Australian authority to operate on shortwave on the frequency of 5045 kHz. If all goes well, shortwave operations will start in the next few months.

ENGLISH SCHEDULE:

"IBC DIGITAL" in MFSK32 will be at the end of each broadcast.

WEDNESDAY
- 18.30-19 UTC 6070 KHZ TO EUROPE
- 19.30-20 UTC 1584 KHZ TO EUROPE

THURSDAY 
- 02.30-03 UTC 1584 KHZ TO EUROPE

FRIDAY
- 01-01.30 UTC 9955 KHZ TO CENTRAL/SOUTH AMERICA
- 13-13.30 UTC 11580 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA

SATURDAY
- 01.30-02 UTC 11580 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA
- 20-20.30 UTC 1584 KHZ TO SOUTH EUROPE

SUNDAY
- 00.30-01 UTC 7730 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA
- 10.30-11 UTC 6070 KHZ TO EUROPE (VIA RADIO BCL NEWS)


All India Radio turns 81 today

Sir Lionel Fielden coined "All India Radio" on 8th June 1936, thus AIR was born....

ISBS to AIR :80 years on..

"Splendid!" I said, "And what beautiful initials!" The Viceroy concluded that he had invented it. And there was no more trouble. Thus All India Radio was born."*


All India Radio Highlights DRM Capabilities

India has begun phase two of its digital radio introduction

India is getting the whole nine yards on just what DRM digital radio can do, as All India Radio is beginning to demonstrate the full set of services that make up the DRM standard.

As AIR moves into phase two of its DRM introduction to the country, the full features/services of the 37 DRM transmitters that were installed during phase one are being rolled out.

Full report at :





Monday, June 05, 2017

WBCQ testing in DRM mode ?

tpreitzel posted this in drmrx forum....

Well, I definitely saw a 20 kHz, yes dual channel, digital signal which was centered on 15420 kHz today so I'm assuming this test originated from WBCQ. The signal was strongest as I rotated my magnetic loop from a NE to SW direction at my location. I haven't seen a signal this strong in the USA since RNZI reduced their broadcasts to the Pacific. This DRM signal lasted until ~ 1730Z.

Three years have elapsed since WBCQ began musing about the possibility of using DRM, but apparently the time has finally arrived. WBCQ, when you finally use DRM on SW, please, PLEASE use 16 QAM modulation for the Main Service Channel (MSC). Thank you.

Great! Apparently, DRM is nearing sufficient thrust to blast-off.

Related :

WBCQ had filed application for new transmitter and antenna in March'17 :

https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-344120A1.pdf

AIR Imphal launches website, mobile app


Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 02 2017: All India Radio, Imphal has become the first radio station in the country to launch an official website and a mobile application.

The website and mobile app were formally launched by Chief Minister N Biren Singh at AIR, Imphal.

The function was also attended by Dilip Mayengbam, Director in-Charge, AIR, Imphal, RP Joshi, Deputy Director General, AIR, Imphal and Parliamentary Secretary L Sushindro and was conducted by AIR Chief Regional News Unit (Imphal), A Ibomcha Sharma.

Visit www.airimphal.in or download the mobile app AIRNEWSImphal to avail the services.

Source : http://e-pao.net/GP.asp?src=7..030617.jun17


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Schedule Changes of VORW Radio International - Newsletter 4

Dear VORW Radio Listeners,

It has been almost two months since the last newsletter has been sent out, in the time that has elapsed there are several schedule changes to report.

As of Thursday (June 1st) transmissions to East Asia on 9875 kHz and transmissions to Europe on 11580 kHz will be discontinued. The transmission on 9875 kHz has been discontinued due to low modulation of the signal, causing listeners difficulty to hear what is being said during the broadcast. The 11580 kHz transmission is being discontinued due to poor signals in the target area.

Despite the bad news, starting June 1st, a transmission on 7730 kHz at 0000 UTC (8 PM Eastern) will begin, targeting listeners in Western North America. This transmission will be heard every Thursday. There is also a new transmission on 7490 kHz at 2200 UTC (6 PM Eastern) every Sunday to Eastern North America - you could even tune in to that broadcast tomorrow!

Here is the Transmission Schedule:

Thursdays:

6 PM Eastern - 11 PM BST - 9955 kHz to South America
8 PM Eastern - 1 AM BST - 7490 kHz to North America
8 PM Eastern - 1 AM BST - 9395 kHz to North America
8 PM Eastern - 1 AM BST - 7730 kHz to Western North America
8 PM Eastern - 1 AM BST - 9455 kHz to Central America

Sundays:

6 PM Eastern - 11 PM BST - 7490 kHz to Eastern North America

You may also be able to hear VORW Radio International on Tunein Radio at 8 PM every Thursday and 6 PM every Sunday at:


Archived programs can be heard any time on SoundCloud at:


VORW Radio International is a light entertainment program featuring a mixture of commentary and listener-requested music of all genres.

Comments, questions, reception reports and music requests may be sent to vorwinfo@gmail.com E-QSL's are provided for reception reports.

For advice on how to listen if you are impacted by these broadcast discontinuations, please email at vorwinfo@gmail.com

Bangladesh Betar's MW stations on extended schedule for cyclone Mora

Bangladesh Betar's MW stations were on extended schedule last night due to cyclone Mora, carrying non stop devotional program & special weather bulletin every 15 minutes.

Following stations were heard at my QTH 1845 UTC onward, external service on 13580 kHz was carrying regular programs  :

558 - Khulna
630 - Dhaka Kha
693 - Dhaka Ka
819 - Dhaka Gha
873 - Chittagong
963 - Sylhet
1170 - Dhaka Ga




Tuesday, May 23, 2017

AIR likely to launch new Dzongkha service for Bhutan

New Delhi, May 23 (PTI) National broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) is likely to launch a new language service -- Dzongkha -- for Bhutan, a move seen to strengthen ties with the neighbouring country.

Dzongkha will take the total foreign language offering of AIR's External Services Division (ESD) to 16 which includes French, Russian, Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, English, Pashto, Nepali, Tibetan, Urdu and Baluchi.

A one hour daily Dzongkha language service is proposed between 6.00 am and 7.00 am IST.

Either a transmitter in Kurseong, a hill station some 32 kms from Darjeeling in West Bengal, or in Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, will be used to broadcast the new service.

Source/Full story at :

TDF DRM Tests

TdF is to run DRM tests under the so-called SmartCast programme on 6175 kHz from 0900 to 1100 UTC between 29 May and 30 July.

It is unclear yet whether they will be daily or just on weekdays.

( Henri Cravanche  via Continental DX)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Digital Radio Mondiale General Assembly Concluded Successfully in Switzerland

The DRM General Assembly ended by announcing that All India Radio, the Indian public broadcaster, has now joined the Consortium and its leading bodies. 

This year's General Assembly reviewed the many and successful developments of the past year and set the directions for 2017-2018 with emphasis on receivers and key markets in Asia and Africa. Under the banner "Digital Radio Mondiale Delivers", the 2017 General Assembly of the DRM Consortium took place on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th of May in Baden, near Zurich, Switzerland, being hosted by the industrial company and key Consortium member Ampegon. 

The exclusive General Assembly meeting for members only on Wednesday, May 10th in the morning reviewed the major developments in DRM, updates on technical developments, receivers, cooperation with international organisations and specific developments as reported by some of the key members like Fraunhofer IIS, NXP, Radio France International, BBC, Nautel, Ampegon, RFmondial etc.

The open DRM sessions had special addresses from the representatives of Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) and BBC. The open session had two major headings: key DRM countries. This was illustrated with reports from local representatives in India, Pakistan, Germany, Southern Africa and Brazil. The other major topic was the development of several types of DRM receivers. The news on several car models launched this year in India and carrying standard DRM receivers was greeted with interest. 

Equally impressive was the presentation of the software defined multi-standard receiver, Titus II, and the latest developments of receivers like Avion and Gospell, as well as the plans of companies in South Korea and the UK. The available receivers were put to good use on both days when Babcock facilitated a live BBC transmission from the UK. On Thursday participants were linked to the Babcock engineers at the Woofferton transmission site in south-west England while the signals were on air. For the coming year, the DRM Consortium will consolidate its work in markets like India, Indonesia, other Asian countries and Southern Africa. In parallel it will vigorously pursue receiver developments, preferably as multi-standard offers, and will pay particular attention to the automobile segment. 

For Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Chairman, the General Assembly was more than a moment to take stock. "It was a celebration of success in countries like India. It was also a moment to review the excellent DRM progress in other key countries like Pakistan, Indonesia, South Africa, and acknowledge the interest shown for DRM in some African countries, Russia and other Asian countries. The fact that there are already ingenious standalone and car receivers featuring DRM gives confidence in DRM and the ultimate success of digital radio all over the world." After the General Assembly, some of the DRM members and experts made their way to Indonesia where together with RRI they will carry out a DRM for local coverage demo and will present an update on the full benefits of DRM for both wide and local coverage. 

(DRM Consortium Press Release)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium and the Public Indonesian Broadcaster, RRI, to showcase DRM for local coverage

On the first day of the DRM Consortium's annual General Assembly held in Switzerland and hosted by Ampegon, it was announced that the Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium will join the Indonesian public broadcaster RRI in the upcoming demonstration of DRM for local coverage in Batam, Indonesia, May 16th-18th. One of the existing local FM frequencies and transmitters will be upgraded to DRM mode to present some of the clear benefits of digital radio for local coverage: excellent audio, multimedia features including Journaline advanced text and images, good coverage and efficient energy use. In addition to international digital radio experts, participants include RRI experts, broadcast authorities, the industry and commercial broadcasters. They will be able to learn about the effectiveness and many features of DRM for local coverage in the environment of Batam island, situated in the west of Indonesia not far from Singapore.

RRI is following its successful demonstrations of DRM in the AM bands (medium wave) for large-area coverage in Bogor (2015) and in Bali (2016) with this new showcase and evaluation of DRM for local coverage. After a full-day update explaining the technology background and applications, the participants will have the opportunity to see and hear for themselves how DRM performs by boarding a specially equipped vehicle for an excursion around Batam. After that the participants will analyse the results and draw the conclusions for the next steps towards the roll-out of digital radio DRM in Indonesia.

RRI President, Mr M. Rohanudin, says that: "By looking closely at the performance of DRM for local coverage, we will have tested and learnt about DRM both in the AM and VHF frequencies; we will have thoroughly understood the standard which will be useful for the future digitisation of Indonesia."

DRM Chairman Ruxandra Obreja welcomes the great support offered by and thorough effort made by RRI with all its recent DRM trials. "DRM in the VHF bands including the FM band is the newest and most flexible solution for local radio coverage. We are happy to see how it delivers during this short Indonesian demonstration. Having been ITU endorsed not long ago, DRM for local coverage is already being heard in Pakistan and is being demonstrated in South Africa."

RRI specialists will work together with other colleagues from the DRM Consortium representing Fraunhofer IIS, GatesAir and RFmondial. 

To attend the workshop, contact projectoffice@drm.org.

About DRM

Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) is the universal, ITU endorsed and openly published digital broadcasting standard for all broadcasting frequencies, able to cover fully any country whatever its size at much reduced energy costs.

The DRM standard comprises optimized configurations both for large-area and international broadcasts in the AM bands on short, medium and long wave up to 30 MHz, and for the VHF bands including the FM band, tailored for local and regional coverage with broadcaster-controlled individual transmissions.

All DRM configurations share the same listener benefits including 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, traffic information and data services.

The DRM Consortium was recognised by ITU and awarded for its outstanding contribution to the Telecommunications over the past years and has signed the EBU Smart Radio Memorandum that promotes access to free to air radio on all devices.

DRM can help deliver the mandate of any government: To reach all its citizens with information, education, entertainment and emergency warnings.

For more information and regular 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
Site for DRM: www.drm.org

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

AIR Demonstrates Full Capabilities of Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM)

New Delhi, India April 25, 2017

As part of Phase II of the DRM introduction in the country, AIR is demonstrating the full complement of services which are part of the DRM standard. Recently AIR was congratulated by Hon'ble Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shri Venkaiah Naidu for having successfully completed phase-I of the national DRM digital radio roll-out – the installation of 37 DRM transmitters, now operational, throughout the country.

AIR is in the process of launching phase-II of the DRM project by offering full features/services from these DRM transmitters and further improving service quality. With the finalization of phase-II, the full featured DRM services will finally be available to the audience and a public information campaign will be initiated to inform the Indian citizens of the completely new and future oriented DRM radio platform and its many benefits.

The first steps of phase-II of the digital radio roll-out project are already visible and audible to the audience in Delhi. The DRM transmissions from Delhi/Nangli now provide excellent audio quality based on DRM's xHE-AAC audio codec. It also includes DRM text messages and Journaline. The advanced text service Journaline provides detailed news of various topics to listeners – accessible on their radio set screen – free of charge, without requiring Internet access. All this is available in the simulcast configuration and with the most robust DRM transmission configuration, enabling increased in-door coverage.

21 DRM transmitters are now operating in pure DRM for one hour everyday, in addition to simulcast operation. Excellent feedback is being received by AIR about of the reception quality of DRM signals. AIR is planning to enhance the DRM service from Chennai, Pune and Bangalore very shortly.

(All India Radio Press Release)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Russian Buzzer disappears

The IARU-R1 Monitoring System newsletter reports the Russian buzzer on 6998.0 kHz has disappeared. For a long time the system has interfered with the lower edge of the amateur radio 7 MHz band

The Russian F1B transmission on 7193 kHz believed to be from Kaliningrad (formerly Königsberg) has ended its transmissions.

The IARUMS thanks the German BNetzA Konstanz for submitting the complaints and also thanks the Russian Military.




Digital Radio Mondiale to hold this year’s General Assembly in Switzerland

Under the banner "Digital Radio Mondiale Delivers", the 2017 General Assembly of the DRM Consortium is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th of May in Baden near Zurich, Switzerland being hosted by Ampegon.

The two-day event will start with the exclusive General Assembly meeting for members only on Wednesday, May 10th in the morning. At lunchtime the Consortium will open its doors widely to all those interested in DRM and digital radio. The Open DRM event will include updates from all the key DRM countries and will run through until lunchtime on Thursday 11th. Special VIP guests have been invited to attend the Open sessions of the GA where they will have an opportunity to review and receive updates from country representatives and specialists on an outstanding year of progress for DRM.

"As a founding member of DRM, Ampegon is delighted to once again host this event. We support and enhance the DRM standard which is fully integrated in our broadcast transmitters.", says CEO Josef Troxler.

For Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Chairman, this is a moment to take stock "and review the excellent progress made by DRM in India and other key countries like Pakistan, South Africa, Indonesia and many more, as well as the interest shown in some African countries, Brazil, Russia and other countries in Asia-Pacific. The fact that there are already ingenious standalone and car receivers featuring DRM gives confidence in DRM and the ultimate success of digital radio all over the world."

(Press Release)

Friday, April 14, 2017

Radio DARC to Cover IARU Region 1 General Conference on Shortwave this Fall

Radio DARC — the shortwave broadcast program of the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club in Germany (DARC) — has announced plans to broadcast six programs during the 24th International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 (IARU-R1) Conference, September 16-22 in Landshut, Germany. IARU Region 1 includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia. Rainer Englert, DF2NU, of Radio DARC said the broadcasts from the conference, in English, will keep the IARU Region 1 ham radio audience up to date with news and background reports.

"Although targeted to IARU Region 1, the transmissions are likely to be heard in North America, too, as 2,000 kW EIRP from a log periodic antenna will be used for the Western European beam in the 31-meter broadcast band," Englert said.

Radio DARC is the weekly magazine of the German Amateur Radio Club for radio amateurs and shortwave listeners, with three broadcasts on 6,070 kHz for Europe. Typical programs contain DX news, technical features, and reports from the DARC, as well as commentary, propagation forecasts and music from the 1970s and 1980s. After the discontinuation of Deutsche Welle and other shortwave broadcasters, the weekly DARC program is one of the few remaining from Germany.

"Several transmitters of up to 300 kW and three shortwave bands will be used to allow reception in different target regions of the world," Englert said.

In 2015, a group of radio amateurs in Germany obtained a license to broadcast on the 49-meter band after German national broadcaster Deutsche Welle closed down a 500 kW shortwave broadcast transmitter near Munich. Using parts scavenged from the Deutsche Welle site, the ham group built up its own 10 kW transmitter and launched Channel 292. The Austrian Broadcasting Transmitters Corporation (ORS) near Vienna is a broadcast partner for the IARU R1 General Conference, and broadcasts covering that event will air via ORS and Channel 292 transmitters.

Preliminary Schedule: Sunday, September 17 through Friday, September 22, 2017

1730-1800 UTC: 13,775 kHz @ 300 kW for Africa
1730-1800 UTC: 9,790 kHz @ 100 kW for eastern Europe/Russia/ Middle East
1800-1830 UTC: 6,070 kHz @ 100 kW for central, northern, and southern Europe
1800-1830 UTC: 9,540 kHz @ 100 kW for western Europe

The venue for the 2017 IARU Region 1 General Conference is the Sparkassenakademie Bayern in Landshut. On the last day of the event, delegates will visit BMW Welt and Museum and then attend Oktoberfest.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Special AIR programmes on 70th Indo-Russia ties anniversary


New Delhi, Apr 12 (PTI) The All India Radio (AIR) will broadcast special programmes on its domestic and external network to mark the 70th anniversary of Indo-Russia diplomatic relationship.

Details at :
http://www.india.com/news/agencies/special-air-programmes-on-70th-indo-russia-ties-anniversary-2022689/


Friday, April 07, 2017

OE17M - International Marconi Day Special Event Station


The Amateur Radio Section of ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) and the Documentary Archive Radio Communications/QSL Collection will operate for 72 hours only, a special event station with the callsign OE17M on Friday, April 21st­Sunday, April 23rd (00:00-24:00 UTC).

OE17M is an official "International Marconi Day" station.

Contacts made on Saturday, April 22nd, are valid for the IMD Award.

QSL info available at: http://www.qrz.com/db/oe17m


Mighty KBC frequency change

With effect from 7th May, 2017 Mighty KBC will change its frequency from 6145 kHz to 9925 kHz at 0000-0200 UTC, Sunday 9925 kHz.


Thursday, April 06, 2017

Government announces discontinuation of digital audio broadcasting services in Hong Kong

The Chief Executive in Council, after considering the report of the Review of the Development of Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) in Hong Kong (the Review), decided on March 28, 2017 that DAB services should be discontinued in Hong Kong, and DAB services provided by Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) be terminated within six months, or as soon as practicable thereafter.

A spokesman for the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau said, "In accordance with the market-led approach, DAB services were introduced in Hong Kong in 2010 to address the then local market interest in the development of the services and to cope with the trend of broadcasting technology development in the world.

"We have all along been maintaining this approach. The same approach is used in reaching the decision for discontinuance of the DAB services in Hong Kong."

The spokesman said that in response to local market interest and taking into account the development of DAB services overseas at the time, the Government granted licences in 2011 to three commercial operators. However, the retreat of the three commercial DAB operators in a short period of time due to difficulties in their operation and the lack of a critical mass of audience demonstrated the exhaustion of interest in the services. Currently, RTHK is the only operator providing DAB services as the public service broadcaster in Hong Kong, running a total of five DAB channels.

On the future of the DAB services provided by RTHK, the Review pointed out that in the absence of participation of commercial operators, it would not be realistic from a policy perspective to rely solely on RTHK to operate alone on the DAB platform, or to task RTHK to develop a critical mass of audience on its own.

The Review also mentioned that the fast development of the Internet and mobile applications have replaced traditional sound broadcasting services to a certain extent. The wider environment is not conducive to a revival of the DAB market. In fact, since the 1990s, there have been mixed results in the development of DAB services overseas. There has been stable development in some overseas countries, but there are also examples of termination of DAB services after launch.
     
The spokesman noted that upon the decision of the termination of DAB services provided by RTHK, the Director of Broadcasting will consult the relevant stakeholders to formulate detailed plans for programming changes so as to accommodate programmes currently broadcast on RTHK's DAB channels on its AM/FM analogue platform, and to ensure that RTHK continues to adhere to the programming objectives as stipulated in the Charter of RTHK, and that RTHK's public purposes and mission as a public service broadcaster are properly fulfilled.

The spokesman said it is estimated that RTHK will be able to complete its programming change and terminate its DAB services in about six months' time.

(Press Release)

International Marconi Day event set for April 22

Dozens of official 'award stations' have registered to take part in the 2017 International Marconi Day (IMD) event, this year being held on April 22, 0000-2359 UTC (starting on April 21 in US time zones).

Full story at :


Unexplained radio signals are coming from space, not Earth, scientists confirm

Scientists have confirmed that the most mysterious signal in the universe is coming from space. Fast Radio Bursts - the strange signals that are occasionally sent down to Earth - have been pinned down to everything from aliens to a measuring mistake. But researchers have now ruled out the most down-to-Earth explanation, that the signals aren't actually coming from space but from interference on Earth.

Read the TOI story at :


MEDIA BROADCAST A17

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Additional Broadcasts of VORW Radio International

Dear VORW Radio Listeners, 

This is the third edition of the VORW Radio International Newsletter, it will be sent out when there is a significant change to the broadcast schedule or if there is a significant update regarding programming or other matters. 

I am pleased to announce that there will be a new transmission of VORW to Japan and East Asia via the Tashkent, Uzbekistan transmitting station. The transmission will be heard on a weekly basis each Thursday at 1200 UTC on 9875 kHz. 

I am also adding additional frequencies to North America, 9395 and 6855 kHz, these frequencies will help maximize signal coverage in the North American Continent so all listeners may be served. 

VORW Radio International is a light entertainment program, serving listeners in Europe, North America, Asia and the World. Programs consist of a mixture of commentary and listener-requested music of all genres. 

Comments, questions, reception reports and music requests may be sent to vorwinfo@gmail.com E-QSL's are provided for reception reports. 

Here is the Transmission Schedule:

Thursdays:

1200 UTC - 1 PM BST - 8 AM Eastern - 9875 kHz to Japan / East Asia
2000 UTC - 9 PM BST - 4 PM Eastern - 11580 kHz to Europe / Eastern North America
0000 UTC - 1 AM BST - 8 PM Eastern - 7490 kHz to North America
0000 UTC - 1 AM BST - 8 PM Eastern - 6855 kHz to Southwestern North America 
0000 UTC - 1 AM BST - 8 PM Eastern - 9395 kHz to North America

If you are not in the target area of these transmissions or if you do not own a shortwave receiver, please view this document which includes links to online shortwave receivers, which you can listen on. 


If you are unable to hear the broadcasts, archived programs are available on Soundcloud at:




Tuesday, April 04, 2017

BBC makes 1920s Radio Times magazines available

The BBC has made the earliest issues of the complete Radio Times magazines 1923-1929 publicly available online for the first time

This release is part of the BBC Genome Project - a digitised searchable database of programme listings - from 1923 to the end of 2009.





Airspy unveils Airspy HF+ specs

Airspy has unveiled details of upcoming Airspy HF+ at : http://airspy.com/airspy-hf-plus/

Technical specifications

HF coverage between DC .. 31 MHz
VHF coverage between 60 .. 260 MHz
-138 dBm MDS at 500Hz bandwidth in HF
-142 dBm MDS at 500Hz bandwidth in VHF
+26 dBm IIP3 on HF at maximum gain
+13 dBm IIP3 on VHF at maximum gain
110 dB dynamic range in HF
95 dB dynamic range in VHF
120 dB Image Rejection
Very low phase noise PLL (-110 dBc/Hz @ 1kHz separation @ 100 MHz)
+10 dBm Maximum RF input
No Silicon RF switch to introduce IMD in the HF path
Routable RF inputs
Wide Band RF filter bank
Tracking RF filters
Sharp IF filters
Smart AGC with real time optimization of the gain distribution
All RF inputs are matched to 50 ohms
2 x High Dynamic Range Sigma Delta ADCs @ up to 36 MSPS
600 kHz alias and image free output
18 bit Digital Down Converter (DDC)
0.5 ppm high precision, low phase noise clock
4 x Programmable GPIO's
No drivers required! 100% Plug-and-play on Windows Vista, Seven, 8, 8.1 and 10
Industrial Operating Temperature: -45°C to 85°C

TWR India upgrades its website

Trans World Radio, India has redesigned its website at www.twr.in , the new website gives a refreshing look , contains new articles, background information, features, audio  and interactive content .

The updated broadcasting schedule for MW and SW for the new season starting 26th March'2017 is available at :





Monday, April 03, 2017

Radio Nepal gears up for provincial broadcast

In a press conference organised by the RN here today on the eve of its 67th anniversary, RN Executive Director Suresh Kumar Karki shared that well-equipped broadcasting centres would be established in all seven provinces and the provincial broadcast would be launched from the next fiscal year.

New transmitters are being procured for technical upgrading for widening listenership of the RN that currently spans across 83 per cent of the total population.

Read the full report at :
https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/radio-nepal-gears-provincial-broadcast/



I &B Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu lays foundation stone for a 10kw AIR, FM Station at Nellore


Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today laid the foundation stone of a 10kw FM Station of All India Radio in Nellore in Andhra Pradesh.

More at :
http://news.webindia123.com/news/Articles/India/20170401/3084115.html

(Photo courtesy All India Radio)

AOKI A17

AOKI A17 schedules are available for download at :







Friday, March 31, 2017

Riyadh Radio testing in DRM mode


BSKSA Riyadh Radio was noted transmitting in DRM mode by Hiroshi Inoue from Japan who has posted two video's of DRM transmission.

Logged on March 30, 2017, 0850 UTC
15435 kHz DRM Arabic

ch1 Somali
ch2 Quran

Links to youtube videos :

https://youtu.be/fH-Ze8R5Pqo

Related :

Saudi Arabia to acquire DRM-Ready High Power 250 kW HF Transmitters

http://alokeshgupta.blogspot.in/2010/06/saudi-arabia-to-acquire-drm-ready-high.html?m=0


Algeria going for DRM


During a seminar on digital TV and radio on 26th March'17, a DRM trial also took place in order to promote the standard. The Minister of Communication and the Minister of Industry attended this event together with all local manufacturers. As explained by Dr Sahnine Chawki, General Director of TDA, the Algerian public broadcaster, the aim was to promote local manufacturing in order to switch to DRM. The trial was on 891 kHz

Algerian National Radio's DRM tests on 891 kHz was observed by several listeners, two stereo channels plus journaline.



Here are few video's :

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu Chairs Consultative Committee Meeting of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Information & Broadcasting, today chaired the meeting of Consultative Committee of I&B Ministry to discuss the roadmap for developing Community Radio in the country. Minister of State for I&B Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore was also present in the meeting.

In his opening remarks, Shri Naidu apprised the Members of the Committee about the various steps and initiatives being taken by the Ministry to promote community radio movement in the country. He mentioned that Ministry has recently enhanced the subsidy amount for setting up of Community Radio Stations from 50 % to 90% in the North Eastern States & 75% in other States, subject to a maximum limit of Rs. 7.5 lakhs with a view to promote community radio tool as an effective medium of communication.

Explaining the significance of Community Radio as a communication medium, Shri Naidu said that it was a useful tool to cater to the information needs of the people in local language/dialect. CR Stations broadcast programmes on various issues which were of immediate relevance to the community and facilitate development by disseminating information regarding education, rural development, agriculture, health, nutrition environmental, social welfare, Panchayati Raj issues and cultural needs. Community Radios (CR) have potential to bring a very significant positive social change at the community level. It also works as a powerful means for rural empowerment, upliftment of dalits and women.

Members of the Committee while appreciating the efforts of the Ministry in developing community radio provided valuable suggestions in enhancing the reach and generating awareness about this medium of communication. They also mentioned the need to fast track and streamline the the clearances process for setting up of CRS in the country.

A presentation was made by Additional Secretary on behalf of the Ministry giving an overview of the Community Radio sector in the country. Members of the committee were apprised about the achievements and initiatives of Ministry in facilitating the growth of Community Radio in the country.

Parliamentarians Shri Manoj Kumar Tiwari, Shri Vivek Gupta, Smt. Dev (Moon Moon Sen) Varma, Shri Harivansh, Shri Madhusudan Mistry, Shri Prabhat Jha and Shri Neeraj Shekhar attended the meeting. Secretary I&B, Shri Ajay Mittal and senior officers of the Ministry were also present on the occasion.

CP/GV

Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
29-March-2017 13:29 IST

AIR Launching DRM Conversion, Phase II

AIR completed phase I of the national DRM digital radio roll-out in India

AIR is now in the process of launching phase-II of the DRM project by offering full features and services from these DRM transmitters and further improving service quality.

Full story at :

http://www.radiomagonline.com/around-the-world/0020/air-launching-drm-conversion-phase-ii/38740

Digital: Buzz Word or Empty Slogan?

By Ruxandra Obreja

Nowadays though, we are told that "digital" is not just technology, or even a medium or platform but the very marketplace dominating our lives. If you happen to still be in analog or traditional media and not in the digital bazaar, you are doomed and you must abandon "the increasingly compromised," tried and tested FM or AM —just take a look at the shortwave switch off announced by ABC in Australia, which may raise at least some eyebrows.



AIR A17

All India Radio A17

A17 Changes to All India Radio External Services

5990(A) 0100-0200 Sindhi (Add)

6145(Kh) 0015-0430 Urdu (Add)

9810(A) 1215-1245 Telugu (ex B)

9950(Kh) 1215-1315 Burmese (ex B)

11620(B) 1515-1600 Gujarati (Delete)

11620(Kh) 1615-1715 Russian ( ex 9595 B)

11670(A) 1115-1200 Thai (Delete)

13720(B) 1330-1500 English (ex 13710)

15770(P) 1000-1100 English (Add)

17715(B) 0315-0415 Hindi, 0415-0430 Gujarati, 0430-0530 Hindi (Delete)

There are no DRM transmissions temporarily on SW.

For latest updated schedules please check in the links given below:

External Service Time Wise: http://qsl.net/vu2jos/es/time.htm

External Service Language Wise: http://qsl.net/vu2jos/es/Language.htm

Complete A-17 SW service in Frequency order : http://qsl.net/vu2jos/sw/freq.htm

(Jose Jacob, NIAR, Hyderabad, India)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

REACH BEYOND AUSTRALIA A17

REACH BEYOND AUSTRALIA A17

Time UTC Language       Days   Freq(kHz)
----------------------------------------            
1115-1145 Bahasa        123456  11905
1145-1200 Bahasa        12 4 67 11905
1315-1330 Bangla              7 15340
1345–1400 Bangla           45   15320
1400-1415 Bangla         2      15340
1415-1445 Bangla         2      15340
1415-1430 Bangla         2      15320
1315-1330 Bhojpuri        3     15340
1415-1430 Bhojpuri        3     15340
1115-1145 Burmese        2      9685
1130-1145 Burmese         3 5   9685
1215-1245 Burmese            6  9685
1115-1145 Chin Falam       4  7 9685
1215-1245 Chin Falam      3     9685
1130-1145 Chin Hakha         6  9685
1230-1245 Chin Hakha     2      9685
1400-1415 Chhattisgarhi 1     7 15320
1300-1315 Dzongkha        6     15340
1115-1130 English       1 3 56  9685
1130-1145 English       1       9685
1145-1200 English         3 5   11905
1200-1215 English        2      9685
1300-1430 English       1234567 9720
1430-1445 English       1 3 5   15340
1445-1500 English        23456  15320
1400-1415 Gujarati           6  15340
1415-1430 Gujarati           6  15320
1415-1445 Gujarati           6  15340
1415  1445 Gujarati     1       15320
1300-1330 Hindi         1234567 15320
1330-1400 Hindi         1       15320
1330-1400 Hindi         1234567 15340
1400-1415 Hindi         1  45   15340
1415-1430 Hindi            4  7 15320
1415-1445 Hindi             4 7 15340
2230-2300 Japanese      1     7 17760
1100-1130 Japanese      1     7 15400
1115-1145 Javanese            7 11905
1430-1445 Kannada        23456  15320
1315-1330 Kurux            4    15340
1400-1415 Kurux            4    15320
1400-1415 Malayalam      2      15320
1315-1330 Marathi            6  15340
1400–1415 Marathi            6  15320
1415-1430 Marathi           5   15340
1400-1415 Marwari         3     15340
1415-1430 Marwari         3     15320
1145-1215 Matu             4    9685
1215-1245 Matu              5   9685
1400-1415 Meitei            5   15320
1215-1245 Nagamese      1  4  7 9685
1300-1315 Nepali        1 3 5   15340
1300–1330 Nepali         2      15340
1230-1300 Oriya               7 15340
1300-1315 Oriya               7 15340
1300-1315 Punjabi          4    15340
1315-1330 Punjabi       1   5   15340
1415-1430 Punjabi       1       15340
1145–1215 Rawang        123 56  9685
1330-1345 Tamil          23456  15320
1330-1400 Tamil               7 15320
1345-1400 Tamil          23  6  15320
1445-1500 Tamil         1       15320
1400-1415 Telegu          3     15320
1415-1430 Telegu            5   15320
1445-1500 Telegu              7 15320
1100-1115 Tibetan        2      15575
1230-1300 Urdu          123456  15340
1400-1415 Urdu                7 15340
1430-1445 Urdu                7 15320
1100-1115 Vietnamese      3  6  15575
1100-1130 Vietnamese        5   15575

Reception reports to a17@reachbeyond.org.au

KTWR A17

KTWR Spring/Summer Schedule Effective March 26 2017 

Language    UTC       Days     Freq/MB  Program
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China

Cantonese   1400-1430 Mon-Fri  9975/31  Thru the Bible 
Mandarin    1015-1100 Mon-Fri  13710/22 Popcorn, Thru the Bible
Mandarin    1015-1100 Saturday 13710/22 Popcorn, Hope for Today,Macedonian Call
Mandarin    1030-1100 Mon-Fri  12120/25 Thru the Bible
Mandarin    1145-1200 Saturday 11695/25 The Word Today
Mandarin    1130-1200 Sunday   9910/31  The Lord's Challenge,Macedonian Call
Mandarin    1100-1230 Mon-Fri  9910/31  Self Confrontation, DTA
Mongolian   1100-1115 Mon-Sun  12120/25 Son-Lift
Cantonese   1115-1130 Mon-Sun  12120/25 Son-Lift
Hakka       1130-1145 Mon-Sun  12120/25 Son-Lift
Mandarin    1145-1200 Mon-Fri  12120/25 Son-Lift
Mandarin    1145-1200 Mon-Fri  11695/25 Son-Lift
Mandarin    1130-1145 Mon-Fri  11695/25 God Remembers Them
Mandarin    1315-1430 Sunday   9975/31  Women of Hope, A Walk with Angels
Mandarin    1330-1430 Saturday 9975/31  Shepard the Lamb, A Walk with Angels
Mandarin    1345-1430 Mon-Fri  9975/31  Our Time
Cantonese   1315-1345 Mon-Fri  9975/31  Thru the Bible
Mandarin    1415-1430 Mon-Fri  9975/31  A Walk with Angels, A Word with You
Nosu Yi     1200-1215 Mon-Sun  11580/25 Good News for the Yi
English     1345-1415 Sunday   9975/31  Unlimited Grace 

Korea 
Korean      1345-1500 Mon-Fri  7510/41  Your Quest for God,Bible reading,TWR Seminary(LTS-Thu,WOH-Friday)
Korean      1345-1515 Saturday 7510/41  Teachers Institute, Bible School Basics,Truth in a Test Tube & Pray school
Korean      1345-1515 Sunday   7510/41  Sunday Service, The Gospel Train, Bible School Basics
English     1315-1345 Saturday 7510/41  Unlimited Grace 

Japan
Japanese    1215-1245 Sunday   9900/41B Japan - Friendship Radio

South East Asia 
English     1100-1105 Monday   11965/25 Reachng Your World
English     1115-1125 Tues-Fri 11965/25 Reachng Your World
English     1215-1240 Mon-Fri  9900/31 Running to Win
English     1100-1115 Tues-Fri 11965/25 Grace Notes-Tue,SFT-Wed,BFL-Thur,HFT-Fri, RYW,Running to Win
English     1030-1100 Sunday   11965/25 Heart of Harvest
English     1100-1130 Sunday   11965/25 Unlimited Grace

South Pacific 
English     1000-1015 Saturday 11995/25 Bread of Life
English     1000-1025 Mon-Fri  11995/25 Running to Win, Reaching Your World
English     1015-1045 Saturday 11995/25 Unlimited Grace

Indonesia 
Madurese    1000-1030 Mon-Fri  11965/25 Thru the Bible
Sundanese   1030-1100 Mon-Fri  11965/25 Thru the Bible 
English     1000-1030 Sunday   11965/25 Unlimited Grace
Indonesian  1030-1100 Sunday   11965/25 Women of Hope

Myanmar 
Burmese     1200-1230 Mon-Fri  12040/25 Thru the Bible 
Burmese     1200-1230 Saturday 12040/25 Macedonian Call, The Word Today
Burmese     1200-1245 Sunday   12040/25 Woman of Hope, Lifeword 
S'gaw Karen 1230-1300 Mon-Fri  12040/25 Thru the Bible
S'gaw Karen 1245-1300 Sunday   12040/25 The Word Today
S'gaw Karen 1230-1300 Saturday 12040/25 Women of Hope

Vietnam 
Vietnamese  1245-1315 Mon-Fri  11580/25 Thru the Bible
Vietnamese  1245-1315 Saturday 11580/25 Women of Hope
Vietnamese  1245-1315 Sunday   11580/25 The Word Today, Truth in a Test Tube

South Asia
Kok Borok   1230-1300 Mon-Fri  11695/25 Thru the Bible
Kok Borok   1245-1300 Sunday   11695/25 Discipleship Hour
Dzongkha    1230-1245 Sat-Sun  11580/25 Words of Hope
Santhali    1215-1230 Sat-Sun  11580/25 Voice of Salvation, SED
Hindi       1400-1415 Saturday 11695/25 Women of Hope
Hindi       1315-1330 Sunday   11585/25 Hindi Worship Music
Hindi       1315-1345 Mon-Fri  11585/25 Turning Point
Assamese    1200-1230 Mon-Fri  11695/25 Thru the Bible
Manapuri    1315-1330 Saturday 11585/25 The Word Today
Telugu      1315-1330 Sunday   11695/25 Gospel Tide
Hindi       1330-1345 Sunday   11585/25 SGM
Nepali      1330-1345 Saturday 11585/25 Jiwan Ko Roti
Kashmiri    1345-1400 Sat-Sun  11585/25 Words of Hope
Dogri       1345-1400 Mon-Fri  11585/25 Words of Hope
Garhwali    1400-1415 Mon-Fri  11585/25 Words of Hope
Hindi       1400-1430 Sat-Sun  11585/25 Words of Hope
Hindi       1414-1435 Mon-Fri  11585/25 Words of Hope, A Walk With You
English     1430-1500 Mon-Sat  9975/31  Your Story,RYW- Mon-Fri,TLC-Mon,SFT-Tue,BFL-Wed,Grace Notes-Thur,SFT-Fri,WWL,Inside Out-Sat
English     1230-1300 Saturday 11695/25 Heart of Harvest

DTA = Discipleship Training on the Air
TLC = The Lords Challenge
RYW = Reaching Your World
SFT = Search for Truth
BFL = Bread of Life
HFT = Hope for Tomorrow
WWL = Wonderful Words of Life
LTS = Lets talk about something
WOH = Women of Hope


Reception reports to :rphilyaw@twr.org

CRI A17

China Radio International A17 schedule effective 26th March,2017

http://www1.s2.starcat.ne.jp/ndxc/cn/cria17.htm


ALYX & YEYI A17

Alyx & Yeyi A17 (Summer 2017)

PROGRAM                      TIME (UTC)FREQ(kHz)DAYS (mtwtfss)LANG TARGET AREA

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Denge Kurdistan              0230-2030 11600 mtwtfss Kurdish Middle East
Eye Radio                    0400-0500 11730 mtwtfss Arabic     Africa
Suab Xaa Moo Zoo             1130-1200 11570 mtwtfss Hmong      Asia
Que Me                       1200-1230 9930  ----f-- Vietnamese Asia
Living Water Ministry Broad. 1500-1600 9650  -twt--- Korean     Asia
Eye Radio                    1600-1900 17730 mtwtfss Arabic     Africa
Radio Xoriyo                 1600-1630 17870 m---f-- Somali     Africa
Radio Voice of Ind Oromia    1600-1630 17850 ------s Oromo      Africa
Sagalee Qeerroo Bilisummaa   1630-1700 17840 -t-tf-- Oromo      Africa
Suab Xaa Moo Zoo             2230-2300 7530  mtwtfss Hmong      Asia

Reception reports to :

info@alyx-yeyi.com

Alyx & Yeyi,
LLC - 5201 Blue Lagoon Drive, 8th Floor
Miami, FL 33126 - U.S.A.

Friday, March 24, 2017

RFA A17

Radio Free Asia A17
Broadcast Frequency Schedule
26 March through 28 October 2017

Burmese
0030-0130 UTC 12115 15700 17785
1230-1330 UTC 7530 11805 13820
1330-1400 UTC 7530 11805 12140
1400-1430 UTC 7530 11805

Cantonese
1400-1500 FNP

Khmer
1230-1330 UTC 12140
2230-2330 UTC 13740

Korean
1500-1700 UTC 1188 5830 7455 11850
1700-1800 UTC 1188 9975 11985
1800-1900 UTC 1188 9975 11830
2100-2200 UTC 7460 9700 11945

Lao
0000-0100 UTC 15690
1100-1200 UTC 15195

Mandarin
0300-0400 UTC 13790 15665 17520 17665
0400-0500 UTC 13790 15615 17520 21505
0500-0600 UTC 13790 15615 17520 21690
0600-0700 UTC 13790 15615 17520 17810
1500-1600 UTC 9455 13675 15430
1600-1700 UTC 9910 11610 13570 13675
1700-1800 UTC 9355 9965
1800-1900 UTC 9355 9965 11560
1900-2000 UTC 1098 9355 9745
2000-2100 UTC 1098 6080 9355 9745
2100-2200 UTC 1098 7435 9685
2300-2400 UTC 9535 11785 15570

Tibetan
0100-0200 UTC 9370 9680 11705 17730 + 1 FNP
0200-0300 UTC 9370 11705 11745 17730 + 1 FNP
0600-0700 UTC 15720 21540 21690 + 1 FNP
1000-1100 UTC 13800 15330 + 1 FNP
1100-1200 UTC 7470 13830 15265 + 1 FNP
1200-1300 UTC 7470 11540 13830 15265 + 1 FNP
1300-1400 UTC 7470 11540 13830 15275 + 1 FNP
1500-1600 UTC 9355 11870 + 1 FNP
2200-2300 UTC 7505 9370 + 1 FNP
2300-2400 UTC 6075 9555 9875

Uyghur
0100-0200 UTC 9350 9780 11640 11945 15580
1600-1700 UTC 9355 9555 15720 17890

Vietnamese
1400-1430 UTC 1503 9950 11850
1430-1500 UTC 9950 11850

Notes:
All times and dates are Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), same as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Frequencies are in kiloHertz (kHz). 1 MegaHertz (MHz) is equal to 1000 kHz. Conversion to meter bands: Meters=300000/frequency in kHz. e.g.: 17705 kHz --> 16.9 meters

FNP = Frequency Not Promoted

Reception reports accepted by email at qsl@rfa.org and by mail to:

Reception Reports
Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW,
Suite 300
Washington DC 20036
United States of America

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Serive Hindi transmission back on air

Sri Lanka broadcastng service's hindi transmission was noted back on air wef 21st March' 2017.

Tentative schedule due to maintainance :

21st March to 25th March 2017 - 0645 - 0800 IST (0115 - 0230 UTC) on 11905 kHz
26th March to 15th April 2017 - 0730 - 0800 IST (0200 - 0230 UTC) on 11905 kHz
After 15th April 2017 back at 0645 - 0800 IST (0115 - 0230 UTC) on 11905 kHz

There's no change in internet broadcast.

Impact is at the core of Voice of America's past, present and future

by Jeff Trimble, IBB Deputy Director

Voice of America Director Amanda Bennett stole the show mid-way through the March 16 meeting of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy (ACPD) on Capitol Hill. Bennett, who was on a panel to discuss "The Past, Present, and Future of Voice of America" .

More at :



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Speaking of Radio…

By Paul Thurst, on March 14th, 2017

I was talking to a friend from Russia about history, my job and various other things that are going on in my life. I received this reply, which I thought was interesting on a number of levels:

I find that perspective interesting.  We take for granted our ability to listen to information and listen to different points of view, even those we don't agree with.  There are still trouble spots in the world and some people are not as fortunate.  It is very easy to block internet traffic and there are several countries that currently block access to some or all of the internet, for the safety of their citizens, no doubt.  Ideas are dangerous.

Read more at :