Thursday, September 29, 2016

AIR Puducherry steps into golden jubilee year of broadcast

Puducherry station of All India Radio(AIR) which boasts of having a listenership of around 76 lakhs, even from the neighbouring Tamil Nadu, today stepped into its golden jubilee year of broadcast.

First Live DRM Transmissions for Caribbean, Central America Planned

This year, the General Assembly of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union will mark a significant event, as the Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium has announced it will be bringing the first live digital radio signal transmission to Cuba, the Caribbean region and parts of northern Latin America, and even as far north as Florida.

The broadcast will come from the BBC via its Atlantic Relay station through the services of Babcock International. DRM says the transmission will be in the 13 meter-band on 21720 kHz and will carry BBC World Service programs in English. Additional multimedia features of DRM will also be demonstrated on radio receiver screens.

DRM broadcast schedule :

Oct 24 and 25, 2016 - 1600-1800 UTC on 21720 kHz

More info on Caribbean Broadcasting Union Annual General Assembly 2016

KBS World Radio Test Transmission to India & Africa

'KBS World Radio' test transmission to India and Africa - October 2016 

KBS World Radio English Service will carry out test transmission from October 3 to 8 ahead of the B16 shortwave frequency adjustment. Please tune into the following frequencies and send us your reception reports. Your feedback will help KBS greatly in choosing the best frequency option for the new season.

October 3, 4 and 5 , 2016 - 1400 to 1500 UTC on 9595, 9665 and 7215 kHz towards India 

October 6,7 &and 8, 2016 - 2300 to 2400 UTC on 9570, 9710 and 11615 kHz to Africa

Please send your reception reports to :

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New Pacific Asian Log Guide available online

Bruce Portzer has recently completed a major update to the Pacific Asian Log and had it posted on the Radio Heritage website.

The new version features major listing overhauls for China and South Korea, as well as many changes for Australia, Bangladesh, India, New Zealand, and other countries.

Just in time for the Northern Hemisphere DX season, the PAL lists over 5000 medium and domestic shortwave stations as far south as New Zealand, as far north as Alaska, as far east as Tahiti, and as far west as Afghanistan. It includes frequency, network/slogan, location, power, schedule, and other information, arranged by country and by frequency. 

You can download a PDF of the PAL at :

Pre-order Titus-II wideband SDR DRM receiver

The Titus II - an Android tablet computer with wideband SDR receiver - was unveiled for the first time at the B16 HFCC/ASBU conference in Miami, Florida, 22-26 August 2016.

The receiver has been the result of cooperation between Trans World Radio (TWR) and PantronX.

The HFCC is assisting in collecting the demand/pre-orders.

Availability: Pre-production batch - 4Q/2016, regular production - 1Q/2017

Price: Under 100 USD plus shipping and local duty/taxes not included

Payment methods: Wire transfer for larger quantities, PayPal works too, but the buyers would need to add PayPal bank fees

AIR Director General reiterates shortwave will stay interviewed Fayyaz Sheheryar, youngest ever Director General of All India Radio 


But there had been some talk in the government at one time to disband short wave broadcasts?

Yes, but we had opposed this and it is agreed by all that short wave will stay.

Read the full interview here :

All India Radio believes in altruism unlike the private channels who espouse hedonism: Sheheryar

Friday, September 16, 2016

Digital Radio Mondiale: First DRM+, multi-standard receiver and new lower cost, durable DRM Receiver unveiled at IBC

Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) has got off to a flying start at this year's IBC event in Amsterdam. IBC is the leading global tradeshow for broadcasters and media professionals and attracts over 150,000 visitors every year from over 160 countries worldwide.

DRM's first event was hosted by key Consortium member, GatesAir. They unveiled their DRM+ G4 Exgine card offering a quick DRM digital upgrade solution for their range of Flexiva FM transmitters, developed in association with another leading DRM Consortium member, RFmondial.  During this event, two new DRM receivers, including the first DRM+ receiver were displayed to the public.

New Consortium member, Gospell Digital Technology presented the GR-216 which works in DRM30, AM and FM stereo. The other receiver unveiled today, PatronX Titus II offers an SDR android tablet solution for DRM and analogue, being in effect both a DRM+ and a multi-standard receiver. These new radios demonstrate the growing interest from receiver manufacturers in producing DRM capable solutions.  As part of the event an Avion DRM digital radio was offered as a prize.

(Press Release)

IIT-Kanpur alumnus does with radio what Marconi couldn't

CHENNAI/KANPUR: For his PhD at Stanford, 28-year-old electrical engineer Dinesh Bharadia decided he was not going to choose a problem that was "trivial". So he settled in on something that had stumped scientists for 150 years - how to turn radio communication two-way.

Read the TOI story at :

Women hams ride the radio wave in India

They are doing it all, from opening communication lines in tsunami-hit Andamans to encouraging more 'young ladies' to take to amateur radio.

Amateur radio operators, known colloquially as hams, are hobbyists who use radio waves to communicate wirelessly through Morse code, voice or even images with people around the world. Even as modern forms of communication such as mobile phones and the internet have edged out the radio, the tightly-knit global community of ham operators continues to thrive.

Read the full story at :

All India Radio's special transmission for "Mahalaya 2016"

All India Radio's special transmission for "Mahalaya"

Date : 30th Sept, 2016 (Friday)
Time : 2225 UTC (29th Sept 2016) to 0015 UTC (30th Sept 2016) * some stations have late sign in and may continue past 0100 UTC
0355 - 0545 IST

"Mahalaya" is a special two hour transmission consisting of Sanskrit recitation and music orated by Late Shri.Birendra Krishna Bhadra. All India Radio has been broadcasting this program since early 1930's . Countdown of Indian festival of Durga Puja starts from the day of Mahalaya.

Frequencies observed during past years :


4760 - Port Blair
4810 - Bhopal
4835 - Gangtok
4895 - Kurseong
4910 - Jaipur


531 - Jodhpur
549 - Ranchi
594 - Chinsurah (Kolkata)
603 - Ajmer
621 - Patna A
648 - Indore A
657 - Kolkata A
666 - New Delhi B
675 - Chattarpur
684 - Port Blair
711 - Siliguri
729 - Guwahati A
747 - Lucknow A
756 - Jagdalpur
774 - Shimla
801 - Jabalpur
810 - Rajkot A
819 - New Delhi A
828 - Silchar
846 - Ahmedabad A
891 - Rampur
909 - Gorakhpur
918 - Suratgarh
954 - Nazibabad
981 - Raipur
1008 - Kolkata B
1026 - Allahabad A
1044 - Mumbai A
1125 - Tezpur
1179 - Rewa
1215 - Delhi National Channel
1242 - Varanasi
1260 - Ambikapur
1296 - Darbhanga
1314 - Bhuj
1386 - Gwalior
1395 - Bikaner
1404 - Gangtok
1458 - Bhagalpur
1476 - Jaipur A
1530 - Agra
1566 - Nagpur
1584 - Mathura
1593 - Bhopal A

Sign on observed by Jose Jacob at different times as follows:

2225 UTC (3.55am IST) 4760,4910, 531, 603, 666, 675, 747, 756, 801, 819, 828, 918, 1044, 1386, 1395, 1530.
2230 UTC (4.00 am IST) 4835, 1404.
2245 UTC (4.15 am IST) 4895
2250 UTC (4.20 am IST) 846
2255 UTC (4.25 am IST) 4810, 621, 648, 810, 954, 981, 1026, 1242, 1260, 1296, 1593.

Please email your observations and receptions reports to :

Related :

Come Mahalaya, Birendra Krishna Bhadra's recitation still default choice for All India Radio

(Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Key Stakeholders Make More Exciting Announcements at IBC 2016

On day two of IBC, the leading global trade show for broadcasters and media professionals from over 160 countries worldwide, Digital Radio Mondiale members introduced new transmitter deployments and receiver developments.

The first DRM event on Saturday (10th September) was hosted by Thomson Broadcast who emphasised the return on investment and cost-effective nature of investing in DRM transmitters.  Key representatives of RRI, the public broadcaster in Indonesia, and WECODEC, a non-profit organisation serving disadvantaged communities in South Africa, enriched the event with their understanding of DRM benefits for their own countries.

In the afternoon, Nautel hosted their now traditional Saturday afternoon DRM event.  Among the highlights this year was the announcement that in Europe, Antenna Hungaria (the national network operator in Hungary), have recently placed an order for a 2 megawatt DRM MW transmitter.  The Nautel representative in India also announced that All India Radio had demonstrated further confidence in the company and ordered another six DRM capable transmitters to supplement the existing thirty-five DRM transmitters currently delivering the largest digital radio project in the world.

The participants at both events had the opportunity to see and listen to receivers and software solutions demonstrated at IBC by Gospell, PantronX (Titus II), Avion, Radio Haugaland and Fraunhofer IIS.

There will be one more opportunity for delegates to win an Avion DRM digital radio at DRM's final event hosted by Ampegon and Transradio, (Hall 8 D35) on "Digital Shortwave Transmission" on Sunday 11th September 1400 to 1500.  It will be supported by Babcock International's live BBC DRM transmission on 7240 kHz, 15.30-1630 (CET) 13.30 – 14.30 (GMT).

Friday, September 09, 2016

Secure High Speed Digital Communication: The Future of Shortwave Broadcasting?

Since shortwave frequency transmissions interact with the ionosphere, broadcasts propagate many thousands of kilometres over the horizon without any intermediate delay. Using new digital technology and 64-QAM transmission, rapid digital encoding allows significantly greater data rates than possible with lower frequency transmissions.

Read about this interesting development at :

Babcock - DRM specials for IBC 2016

Babcock International - DRM Broadcast During IBC 2016 as follows:

Friday 9th September , 2016
1330-1430 UTC (15.30-1630 CET) - 7240 kHz

Saturday 10th September, 2016

1130 – 1330 UTC  (13.30-15.30 CET) - 7240 kHz

Sunday 11th September, 2016

1330-1430 UTC (15.30-1630 CET) - 7240 kHz

(Source : DRM Consortium)

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Gospell announces the imminent release of GR-216 DRM/AM/FM digital radio

Chengdu, China, September 05, 2016 - Gospell, a leading supplier of pay TV system and equipment, satellite TV receiving products and microwave products, is delighted to announce the imminent release of GR-216 DRM/AM/FM digital radio, the first model in its Global Radio series range of tabletop radio. The product is designed to meet the demands of easy access to high quality information for cost-sensitive market at an affordable price.

GR-216 is equipped to receive DRM broadcast, as well as traditional FM with RDS and AM in medium wave band and shortwave band. Featuring a high performance DRM/AM/FM tuner, GR-216 provides noise-free reception of even the weakest stations. It supports the latest audio compression standard xHE-AAC and traditional HE-AAC as well as SBR and parametric stereo.

Besides the built-in whip antenna and ferrite bar antenna, dedicated AM/FM external antenna terminals with switch are located on the rear side of the radio, this will help those who live or work in a metal or concrete building and enjoy listening to a radio.

This unique radio will automatically turn itself on and initiate its emergency-tuning process when the Emergency Warning Broadcasting is engaged. The radio will enlarge its volume, flash the backlight, play siren sound and tune itself to the emergency program.

In addition to DRM program recording, AM/FM are also supported. Recorded program will be stored on the attached USB pen drive and can be played back on other devices such as a phone or a tablet. The GR216 also includes a scheduler which allows the user to schedule regular and unattended recordings for their favorite radio program.

The built-in high-quality 3 inch full-range speaker with enlarged magnet provides outstanding audio performance and room filling sound. With the help of state-of-the-art audio processing technology, GR-216 includes separate bass, mid and treble tone controls and a graphics equalizer, users can tailor the sound to their taste. We've provided an output for headphones along with an audio output on the rear side of the radio for line recording or to connect GR-216 as a radio tuner to a home audio system.

As a tabletop radio, GR-216 features dual independent alarm clocks with sleep timer. The alarm clock allows for once, daily, weekday and weekend settings. The alarm can be adjusted to the volume you prefer with buzzer or radio stations.

All aspects of set-up, time and program information are clearly shown through an easy to read large LCD display with white backlight, which is paired with an intuitive rotary control, enabling quick and easy navigation. The display brightness and contrast can be adjusted for a comfortable night's sleep.

"GR-216 is designed with the purpose and vision of providing easy access to high quality information, while utilizing a simple and intuitive user interface". Said Haochun Liu, director of DRM development department, Gospell. "With the help of a carefully design and concrete quality, GR-216 will be a durable device that supports long-term use."

For additional information, please visit or contact Gospell sales at

About Gospell

Founded in 1993, Gospell Digital Technology Co Ltd (GOSPELL). is a private hi-tech enterprise with R&D, manufacturing, business consultancy and planning, trade, delivery, project implementation and after sales service, acting as a complete DTV and triple-play solution provider for Digital TV/OTT related projects. Headquartered in GOSPELL INDUSTRIAL PARK at Chenzhou, Hunan Province for CPE related production manufacturing, GOSPELL also has its office in Shenzhen for business/marketing management and administration, in Chengdu for R&D and headend/transmitter system production/debugging and Customer Service Center, and in 12 cities in China as well as international offices in India, Africa and Mexico.

(DRM Consortium Press Release)

ABC axes Northern Territory HF Service

ABC axes Northern Territory HF Service - Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, and Katherine 

Australian Broadcasting Corporation has axed Northern Territory HF Service - Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, and Katherine. Due to budget cuts, the transmission provider, Broadcast Australia, has closed down all of these services.

(Bob Padula, Melbourne, Australia, via wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Sept 5) via DXLD List