Monday, August 14, 2017

Hong Kong reduces the BBC radio broadcasting to eight hours

Radio Television Hong Kong announced the decision to shorten the broadcasting time the BBC radio to eight hours a day

More at :

All you need to know about Voice of Freedom - Goa's underground radio station


Umm, not really. Rather, it was an underground radio station started by Goan nationalists in the mid-1950s, in the run-up to liberation of the state in 1961.

Full story at :

Bill to restore shortwave rejected by Senate Committee

A Senate Committee inquiring into the possibility of restoring ABC Shortwave services has rejected proposed legislation to restore the international radio service. Several members of the committee presented dissenting reports.

Full story at :

DRM Events at IBC 2017

Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) is ready to deliver more than ever at this year's International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam 15th - 19th September. IBC is the leading global tradeshow for broadcasters and media professionals and attracts over 150,000 visitors every year from over 160 countries worldwide.

A series of events are being planned under the overarching theme of "DRM Delivers" all events aimed at giving a full picture of the DRM global developments. These will be kicked off with an exciting event hosted by a DRM receiver manufacturer ready to present its new commercial receivers. At all DRM events participants will be able to receive the latest updates on market developments in Asia, Africa (with emphasis on Southern Africa), Europe and other parts of the world and attend demonstrations of all the latest DRM broadcast equipment and receivers.

All those interested are invited to meet DRM experts, broadcasters and manufacturers: Gospell on Friday 15th September (Hall 3 C67 from 1500 to 1630), Thomson Broadcast on Saturday 16th September, from 1100 to 1300 (Hall 8 C35), Nautel in the afternoon between 1530 and 1700 (Hall 8 C49). And Sunday 17th September Ampegon is inviting all those interested to a special event from 1100 to 1300 (Hall 8 E62).

Ruxandra Obreja, the Consortium Chairman, says that: "The Consortium members are very excited to host our first IBC 2017 event together with a receiver manufacturer. This will prove and confirm that a total DRM broadcast solution can be confidently used to offer full and comprehensive country coverage and enhanced services to all listeners. DRM delivers a digital future for all broadcasters large or small, offering more programme choice to listeners, extra multimedia services with text and images, increased energy savings and spectrum efficiency."

Other DRM members present at IBC are: Babcock International, Fraunhofer IIS, Panasonic, RIZ Transmitters and RFmondial.

If you want to attend the DRM events please contact: 


The Westbury Community Development Centre (WECODEC) serving the disadvantaged communities around the Westbury, Sophiatown and surrounding areas near Johannesburg has been conducting a DRM+ trial broadcasting BBC content.

Access the report at

Friday, August 04, 2017

Largest DRM Deployment in the World Expanded with Six More Nautel Transmitters

All India Radio adds to massive digital radio deployment with four 100 kW and two 200 kW NX transmitters.

Hackett's Cove, Nova Scotia – Nautel Limited has shipped six additional high-power DRM-enabled MW transmitters for deployment at All India Radio, the largest digital broadcasting system in the world. Four 100 kW NX100 and two 200 kW NX200 transmitters were shipped to India in July 2017 for installation in six cities. The transmitters will be commissioned by Nautel's in-country partner Comcon in association with India's Prasar Bharati.

The July, 2017 shipment of 6 NX transmitters complements the 27 NX transmitters which are already on air with DRM transmission throughout India. The massive project has the goal of bringing digital radio to nearly a billion residents of the country. The new transmitters will be installed at All India Radio (AIR) facilities in Hyderabad, Jagdalpur, Vishakhapatnam, Bhawanipatna, Jeypore and Sambalpur. All 33 transmitters in the AIR project are configured for DRM30 operation.

Nautel NX high power transmitters occupy a very small footprint and offer the industry's highest efficiency (90%) along with AM precorrection, unmatched linearity and Nautel's exclusive, award-winning Advanced User Interface which provides commercial grade instrumentation, spectrum analyzer, logging, presets, local and remote transmitter control, email notifications and enhanced support services.

"Nautel is excited to partner with Comcon and Prasar Bharati on this extensive project," said Kevin Rodgers, Nautel President and CEO. "With this system fully deployed in all parts of India, AIR is uniquely positioned to serve the different dialects and regional needs of its billion listeners. It's a shining example of the capabilities digital broadcasting can provide throughout the world."

Nautel MW and FM transmitters will be demonstrated at the upcoming IBC show in Amsterdam on stand 8.C49. For more information on the All India Radio project, visit

About Nautel
Nautel has emerged as one of the world's largest manufacturers of AM and FM radio broadcast transmitters. With more than 15,000 transmitters deployed in over 177 countries since 1970 and more than 7,000 deployments of AUI-enabled transmitters, Nautel continues to lead the way in providing valuable new solutions for digital radio broadcasting and other applications.

(Nautel Press Release)

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Trans World Radio Indian language services face budget cut

Subrat Kumar Pati
Bhubaneswar|28th July, 2017

Trans World Radio (TWR) Indian language services including Odia face budget cut. As per the information provided by a Odia language programme producer, production work has gone down & there is a great budget cut from head office.

Read the full story at :

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Radio Kuwait DRM transmissions

Radio Kuwait is currently having transmissions in DRM mode as per below schedule :

KUWAIT   A-17 temporary schedule of Radio Kuwait:

1700-2000 UTC on 13650 kHz via KBD 250 kW / 350 deg to E/N America Arabic General Service

1800-2100 UTC on 15540 kHz via KBD 250 kW / 310 deg to Western Europe  English

All India Radio's Special Haj Service wef 2nd August, 2017

All India Radio will broadcast a Special Haj Service from 2nd August to 30th September, 2017 at :

1100-1130 IST ( 0530- 0600 UTC) on 11670 & 15210 kHz - Targeted towards Saudi Arabia


Radio Mi Amigo Summer Beach Party - July 2017

Hello to all Radio Mi Amigo International friends,

We celebrate a 'offshore-summer-beach-party' together with our team' and you !

The program will be in English, Dutch and German.


Sunday, July, 30 from 19:00 - 21:00 CET  (17:00 - 19:00  UTC)

Frequency: 11845 kHz in the 25m SW-band with 100 KW of power across Europe and online (via )

In these two hours each jock will remember the greatest summerhits from the offshore-days ( 1964 - 1989 )

Tune in and have fun !

Dont forget: Our Summer-Competition is still running ( till September, 30)

All details you will find here:  

Our programm-schedule, frequencys and onlinestreams:
........coming soon: A brandnew weekend-schedule with 2 more "BIG NAMES" joining our team......More details next week !

Kind regards,
Cpt. Kord and the whole team

Will India embrace digital radio broadcasting?

Radio industry executives and experts are less than enthused about telecom regulator Trai's consultation paper on digital radio broadcasting as they do not see any real benefit in the move

Read the 'Mint' story at :

Monday, July 17, 2017

Radio Reaches Blocked Countries

International radio remains the most reliable, robust source of information for people in some nations

Read this Radioworld story at :

WWV 25 MHz Signal Swapped to Circular Polarization, Reception Reports Invited

The resurrected 25-MHz signal of time and frequency standard station WWV is now emanating from a circularly polarized turnstile antenna. WWV had used a vertically polarized antenna on 25 MHz in the 1970s. Silent since 1977, the 25-MHz signal returned to the air on an "experimental basis" in April 2014, and it's been transmitting ever since — initially on a broadband discone until August 2015, when it switched back to a vertical, which it used until the July 7 switch to circular polarization.

More at :

Current 25 MHz Broadcast Specifications

As of 2042 UTC 7 July 2017 the 25 MHz broadcast is now on a turnstile antenna with circular polarization and will remain in this configuration until after the solar eclipse on 21 Aug 2017.  Signal reports are requested.

Schedule: typically continuous. As an experimental broadcast, the 25 MHz signal may be interrupted or suspended without notice.

Radiated Power: 2.0 kW

Antenna: Experimental Turnstile

Listener comments and reception reports may be emailed to: sends e-mail), or sent via postal mail to:

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Radio Station WWV
2000 E. County Rd. 58
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Ibrahim Eren appointed DG of Turkey's public broadcaster

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday approved the appointment of Ibrahim Eren as the 17th director general (DG) of public broadcaster Turkish Radio and Television (TRT).

Turkey's cabinet appointed Eren, who had been serving as deputy DG of TRT for four years and had established the country's first international English-language news channel, TRT World.

More at :

GOSPELL GR-216, A new generation AM - Digital (DRM) - FM receiver


A new generation AM - Digital (DRM) - FM receiver

Review by DRM enthusiast Terje Isberg

(Via, photo courtesy Gospell)

Digital Radio Mondiale July 2017 Newsletter

Digital Radio Mondiale Newsletter - July 2017 issue

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Survey shows Radio as most trusted media in Australia

Radio leads the way as the most trusted media in Australia and is seen as the most credible source of news, according to a new survey by global research firm GfK.

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BBC Bangla TV and radio content reaches 15m people in Bangladesh

BBC Bangla TV and radio content now reaches 15m people in Bangladesh every week, according to the BBC's 2017 Global Audience Measure. This includes 9m people who watch the BBC Bangla weekly television programme, BBC Probaho, and 7m people who tune in to the BBC Bangla radio programmes.

BBC Bangla editor, Sabir Mustafa, comments: "We are thrilled by the progress of BBC Probaho. We will build on its success by expanding the BBC Bangla presence on television - while continuing to deliver a strong and vibrant radio programming and also working to increase our output across digital platforms including social media."

BBC Probaho is broadcast at 9.35pm local time every Thursday by the BBC's rebroadcasting partner, Channel-i. The programme is also available on the BBC Bangla channel on YouTube. Presented by Sharmin Rauma, it delivers 25 minutes of news, interviews and debate on key issues affecting Bangladesh. It reports from across the country, giving people the opportunity to express views and raise concerns on issues that matter to them and demanding answers from key decision-makers. Following the Eid festival break, the programme resumes broadcasts on Thursday 13 July.

BBC Bangla radio programmes, produced in London and Dhaka, air on the state FM network, Bangladesh Betar, as well as on shortwave and via

Over the past year, BBC Bangla has seen a significant increase in web and social-media reach. BBC Bangla engages around 1.4m people around the world every week via its website and on social media. The BBC Bangla Facebook page has over 11.3m followers (July 2017), nearly 80% of them in Bangladesh.

BBC Bangla is part of the BBC World Service.

(Press Release)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

China's bid to squeeze Radio Taiwan International out of AIB fails

An attempt by China to squeeze Radio Taiwan International (RTI, 央廣) out of the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) has failed, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday.

Full report at :

RNZI A17 Revised schedule effective 2nd July

RNZ Pacific (RNZI) broadcasts at the following frequencies and times to different parts of the Pacific Region.

26 Mar 2017 - 28 Oct 2017

UTC           KHZ       TARGET      DAYS
02:59 - 04:58 11725 AM  Pacific Daily from 2 July
04:59 - 06:58 9700  AM  Pacific Daily from 2 July
06:59 - 10:58 7425  AM  Pacific Daily
10:59 - 12:58 7425  AM  NW Pacific, PNG Daily
12:59 - 18:58 6170  AM  Pacific Sat
12:59 - 16:50 6170  AM  Pacific Sun - Fri
16:51 - 18:35 6115  DRM Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga Sun - Fri
18:36 - 19:50 9760  DRM Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga Sun - Fri
18:59 - 19:58 9700  AM  Pacific Sat
19:51 - 20:50 11690 DRM Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga Sun - Fri
19:59 - 20:58 11725 AM  Pacific Sat
20:51 - 02:58 13840 AM  Pacific Daily

Bougainville/Papua New Guinea and Timor Transmission 1100 -1300 UTC

From 1100 -1300 UTC our programme is directed to the North Western Pacific and Asia.


RNZI is available on Satellite, courtesy of TVNZ Pacific Service.

The coverage area extends from Singapore, and eastward to the Cook Islands, which includes Fiji, Tonga, Niue and Samoa.

IS19/23 C Slot A
DL 4146.5 V
FEC 3/4
SR 5.6320

NB: Every month on the first Wednesday is Maintenance day at our transmitter site from 2230 - 0600 UTC. ( Thursdays 1030 - 1800 NZST) During this period there may be interruptions to our programmes.

Radio Spaceshuttle - 15th years of Action transmission today!

Hi, we are still testing our 15 years celebration-transmitter today Tuesday 11th of July. Our power is very limited 5 watts only on 31 meters Free Broadcast Band on frequencies 9270 and/or 9290 kHz. But so we are even more interested of our propagation and quality. Please drop your notes to our e-mails during transmission, please.

So we have plan to start around 1800 UTC /20 Central European Daylight saving Time and will have few short transmissions until morning  hours of Wednesday.

Our px includes nice Summer selection of mx . If you like us to play music You like please send message to our e-mail

Stay tuned and enjoy! It's time to relax!
RR always welcome!

Best regards,

Radio Spaceshuttle

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Ampegon under new leadership

Turgi, Switzerland, June 30, 2017. Ampegon continually strives to meet the requirements of new markets and applications through developments to our innovative technology while also improving the company's competitiveness. Recent market conditions and the intense competition from abroad mean that, once again, Ampegon must change with the times to maintain our market-leading position.

Having identified these new pressures, Ampegon is pro-actively changing its organization for the future as follows:

Joachim Markus is stepping down as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ampegon Group on June 30, 2017. This position will be filled by Josef Troxler, effective July 1, 2017.

Josef Troxler leaves his post as Chief Executive Officer of Ampegon Group, and Managing Director of Ampegon AG, on June 30,2017. Mr. Troxler's commitment and tireless dedication to his function as CEO over the past few years has brought success to Ampegon. In his new function as Chairman of the Board of Directors he will continue to actively support the Ampegon Group and provide greater strategic leadership.

As well as being Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Troxler will continue in his current role as Managing Director of Ampegon Antenna Systems GmbH.

Dieter Schäufler will be appointed as new Chief Executive Officer of the Ampegon Group and Managing Director of Ampegon AG on July 1, 2017. Mr. Schäufler has been with the company for 2 years, successfully managing the day-to-day operation of Ampegon PPT GmbH in Dortmund. In addition to his new function, he will continue to lead the management of Ampegon PPT GmbH.

We wish Mr. Schäufler every success and foresight with a steady hand whilst managing the Ampegon Group.

(Press Release)

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Two new 100KW digital transmitters to broadcast across the border for Afghanistan- Pakistan region

India Blooms News Service

New Delhi, Jul 6 (IBNS): All India Radio expects to commission two new Shortwave Solid State digital transmitters, of 100 kW power each. for dissemination of content across the border for Afghanistan- Pakistan region by the end of August 2017, announced Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Naidu, said that the transmitters will be installed in Delhi.

The I and B minister also said that for the Andaman and Nicobar, a new 100 W FM transmitter would be installed in Car Nicobar by the end of the financial year.

He also mentioned that to enhance the outreach, the 3KW FM transmitter in Daman would be replaced by 6KW transmitter. Similarly, in Karaikal, Puducherry, the present 6 KW FM transmitter would be replaced by 10 KW FM transmitter to enhance the reach.

Source :

Radio Taiwan International Analog & DRM tests on 6th July, 2017

Dear listeners,

Test transmission from Radio Taiwan International on 6th July, 2017 from the Tamsui transmitter:

Analogue :
1730 - 1740 UTC 12030 kHz
1800 - 1810 UTC 9680 kHz

1745 - 1755 UTC 12030 kHz
1815 - 1825 UTC 9680 kHz

We would be very pleased to receive your observations on the e-mail address

Radio Taiwan International is also planning this year in August, September and October several direct deliveries of the German-language program of the broadcasting system Tamsui, Taiwan.

As soon as times and frequencies are fixed, RTI will announce this on the homepage , by e-mail and in the program "mailbox".

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 :

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 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 or directly using our email

- 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 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.


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

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

- 02.30-03 UTC 1584 KHZ TO EUROPE

- 13-13.30 UTC 11580 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA

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

- 00.30-01 UTC 7730 KHZ TO NORTH AMERICA

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 :

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 or download the mobile app AIRNEWSImphal to avail the services.

Source :

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:


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


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 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

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 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

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 or subscribe to DRM news by writing to Click here for the Newsletter with all the latest DRM news from around the world.
DRM Consortium
Site for DRM:

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 :

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:

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 :


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 E-QSL's are provided for reception reports. 

Here is the Transmission Schedule:


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 :

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 , 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 :

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 :

(Photo courtesy All India Radio)


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 :

Related :

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

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 :