Tuesday, December 06, 2016

No shortage of radio sets in market, says Prasar Bharati

NEW DELHI: The Government has been told by Prasar Bharati that there have been no reports of shortage of radio sets in the market.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore told Parliament that emphasis was being laid on 'FM-ization' - expansion of FM Transmission - to ensure superior stereophonic sound having, to ensure that old Medium Wave programmes are also available on FM mode to become available for wider reception even over hand held mobile sets for public convenience.

He said All India Radio had 419 Radio Stations and 608 Transmitters across the country. AIR does not have the data of number of users. AIR covers 92% of the area and 99.2% of the population of the country.

Full story at :

ABC Exits Shortwave Radio Transmission

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 — The ABC will end its shortwave transmission service in the Northern Territory and to international audiences from 31 January 2017.

The move is in line with the national broadcaster's commitment to dispense with outdated technology and to expand its digital content offerings including DAB+ digital radio, online and mobile services, together with FM services for international audiences.

The majority of ABC audiences in the Northern Territory currently access ABC services via AM and FM and all ABC radio and digital radio services are available on the VAST satellite service.

ABC International's shortwave services currently broadcast to PNG and the Pacific. Savings realised through decommissioning this service will be reinvested in a more robust FM transmitter network and an expanded content offering for the region that will include English and in-language audio content.

Michael Mason, ABC's Director of Radio said, "While shortwave technology has served audiences well for many decades, it is now nearly a century old and serves a very limited audience. The ABC is seeking efficiencies and will instead service this audience through modern technology".

The ABC, working alongside SBS, is planning to extend its digital radio services in Darwin and Hobart, and to make permanent its current digital radio trial in Canberra. Extending DAB+ into the nation's eight capital cities will ensure ABC digital radio services can reach an additional 700,000 people, increasing the overall reach of ABC digital radio to 60% of the Australian population.

ABC Radio is also investigating transmission improvements to address reception gaps in the existing five DAB+ markets. It aims to ensure a resilient DAB+ service in every capital city, with enhanced bitrates and infill where necessary.

"Extending our DAB+ offer will allow audiences in every capital city in Australia equal access to our digital radio offering, as well as representing an ongoing broadcast cost saving owing to lower transmission costs," added Michael Mason.

ABC International's Chief Executive Officer Lynley Marshall said the reinvestment from closing international shortwave services would maximise the ABC's broadcast capabilities in the region.

"In considering how best to serve our Pacific regional audiences into the future we will move away from the legacy of shortwave radio distribution," Ms Marshall said. "An ever-growing number of people in the region now have access to mobile phones with FM receivers and the ABC will redirect funds towards an extended content offering and a robust FM distribution network to better serve audiences into the future."

Once international shortwave ceases transmission, international listeners can continue to access ABC International services via:

in-country FM transmitters: see Radio Australia's 'Ways to Listen' at: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/waystolisten/fiji

the Australia Plus expats app (available in both iOS and Android)

partner websites and apps such as www.tunein.com  and www.vtuner.com.

Audiences can access further information via the reception advice line 1300 139 994, online at abc.net.au/shortwave, or via ABC Local Radio (Darwin and Alice Springs).

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Radio Taiwan International changes frequency for South Asia wef 1st Dec

With effect from 1st Dec'2016 Radio Taiwan International is using 6185 kHz ( ex 9405) for it's english transmisson to South Asia at 1600-1700 UTC

Friday, December 02, 2016

Radio Free Asia commemorates 'Year of the Rooster' with a new QSL card

Radio Free Asia commemorates 2017 as the Year of the Rooster with a QSL card highlighting the work called "Rooster" by Korean painter Jang Seung-eop, better known as Owan. People born in Rooster year are said to be deep thinkers, capable, and talented. According to tradition, they like to be busy, devoted beyond their capabilities and are deeply disappointed if they fail. They are also considered a bit eccentric and having difficult relationships with others. Roosters are considered to be loners and, though they give the outward impression of being adventurous, they are timid. This is RFA's 63rd QSL and is used to confirm all valid reception reports January – April 2016.

RFA's 2017 Year of the Rooster QSL

Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin (including the Wu dialect), Vietnamese, Tibetan (Uke, Amdo, and Kham), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in its editorial content. As a 'surrogate' broadcaster, RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of its target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of its broadcasts comprise news of specific local interest. More information about Radio Free Asia, including our current broadcast frequency schedule, is available at www.rfa.org.

RFA encourages listeners to submit reception reports. Reception reports are valuable to RFA as they help us evaluate the signal strength and quality of our transmissions. RFA confirms all accurate reception reports by mailing a QSL card to the listener. RFA welcomes all reception report submissions at http://techweb.rfa.org (follow the QSL REPORTS link) not only from DXers, but also from its general listening audience Reception reports are also 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.


Thursday, December 01, 2016

Sporadic E causing strange phenomena for radio stations

At this time of year, atmospheric effects can give stations interference problems by reflecting radio signals well beyond thier official coverage areas.
In Australia this week, stations have reported interference from signals thousands of kilometres away.

The cause is known as Sporadic E, an atmospheric effect that causes signals in the 30-300MHz range to reflect off the E layer of the Earth's atmosphere, around a hundred kilometers above Earth's surface, instead of flying through into space.

More at :

China revises rules for radio operations

China has released revised regulations covering the management of radio frequencies, stations, transmission equipment and radio operations related to foreign affairs.

The initial rules came into force in September 1993 to ensure proper development and use of radio frequencies.

Read the full story at :

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Radio Taiwan's DRM test txn to India

Radio Taiwan International will be testing in DRM mode towards India (Azi=285 Deg) in english language for 4 days as per following schedule :

Dec 3, 2016 (Saturday) - 1700-1715 UTC on 6185 kHz

Dec 4, 2016 (Sunday)  -  1700-1715 UTC on 6185 kHz

Dec 5, 2016 (Monday) -  1700-1715 UTC on 6185 kHz

Dec 6, 2016 (Tuesday) - 1700-1715 UTC on 6185 kHz

Reception reports appreciated at : paula@rti.org.tw

Austria Will Test DRM+

Local University of Applied Sciences in St. Poelten is planning a DRM+ field trial in VHF band II. The German DRM Platform will support this trial, as well as the activities of the non-commercial broadcasters in Austria.

Full story at :

Monday, November 28, 2016

RTI Listener Club meet in Delhi and Chennai

Radio Taiwan International will attend luncheons organized by RTI Listeners' Club in Delhi and Chennai.

If you are interested in attending, please register with RTI first. Only those with valid RTI passes will be admitted.

The application process for an RTI pass is as such:

1. The registration deadline is November 26, 2016.
2. Please state your name, address, cellphone #, and RTI ID in your email.
3. We will send you an email confirmation after November 28, 2016 .
4. Scheduled lunch dates are as follows:
    December 3 (Saturday), 2016 at 11:00 AM in Chennai, India
    December 4 (Sunday), 2016 at 11 AM in Delhi, India

5. For each email, please state in the SUBJECT line (ONE of the following):

CHENNAI LUNCHEON (if you wish to attend the lunch in Chennai, India)
DELHI LUNCHEON (if you wish to attend the lunch in Delhi, India)

6. Venues will be given in the email confirmation which you will receive after Nov. 28.

7. RTI will accept applications by email only. Our email address is: paula@rti.org.tw

8. Since there is limited space for each luncheon, we can only allow those with email confirmation to enter. Please print out and bring the confirmation along with you on the day of the luncheon. Once the number of participants has reached capacity, registration will be closed without further notice.

More info at :

28th anniversary of BCDX Net, India

The weekly BCDX Net operating on the 40 Meter Amateur Radio Band in South India is celebrating its 28th anniversary on November  27, 2016.

This Net was started on Sunday, November 27, 1988 by a small group of Amateurs viz.Shanmughasundaram VU 2FOT, Victor Goonetilleke 4S7VK, Jose Jacob VU2JOS and some SWLs.

The whole concept of this Net started when these Hams used to meet regularly on the band and exchanged DX news at various times. This later transformed into a regular Net which benefited many people. This Net is conducted on Sunday mornings for the advantage of those who are keenly interested in Broadcast Band Dxing.The unique thing about this Net is that is helped Hams to become SWL Dxers and SWLs to become Hams!

The BCDX Net has been very regular all these long 28 years, thanks to the dedicated Net Controllers. It is conducted on Sunday mornings at 0830 IST (0300 UTC ) on 7085 kHz LSB on the 40 meter Amateur Band which covers South India & Sri Lanka etc.

The 28th anniversary of BCDX Net will be celebrated on air on Sunday Nov 27, 2016 at 8.30 am IST on 7085 kHz LSB.

Special thanks to the regular net controller Sanil Deep VU3SIO who is assisted d from time to time by Neel, VU3BGK etc.

The postal address of BCDX Net is : Box 211, Kozhikode 673001, Kerala, India.

Congratulations to BCDX Net on its 28th anniversary!

Jose Jacob, VU2JOS


National Institute of Amateur Radio
Raj Bhavan Road
Hyderabad 500082, India

Tel:+91 40 2331 0287, +91 40 6516 7388
Fax: +91 40 2331 0287

Club Station : VU2NRO 14160 kHz  145.500 MHz

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Radio Mi Amigo International's special txn on 27th Nov on 6145 lHz (100 kW)

Special Broadcast Sunday, November 27th, 2016 :  6145 kHz - 1900-2100 UTC (2000 - 2200 CET)

Sunday evening November 27th from 20:00 - 22:00 hrs CET Radio Mi Amigo will do another special event show, this time to promote new daily transmissions on 6085 kHz.The show will air on 6145 kHz with 100 Kilowatts from the Armeria transmitter, just like in October.

The 2 hour show will be hosted by Cpt. Kord from Alicante and will have have 4 segments presented live by 4 of our DJ's: Johnny Lewis, Peter van Dam, Ron O'Quin and Keith Lewis from the studio's in The UK, Holland and Equador.

Radio Mi Amigo expects this broadcast to be received not only in Europe but also in other parts of the world and again looks forward to your reception reports. As always, Radio Mi Amigo will reward you with new printed QSL card and Mi Amigo car stickers.

All info's, online stream at : http://radiomiamigointernational.com

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Team RRI is the DRM Enterprise Award 2016 Winner

The Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium is delighted to announce that the recipients of the 2016 DRM Enterprise Award Asia Pacific Region 2016, jointly sponsored with SAS, the leader in analytics, is awarded to the team of Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) engineers at Denpasar, Indonesia for their support and hard work in running a DRM AM trial in 2016. The winners are:  Mr Salwan, Manager of Technology and New Media Director; Mr Ketut Suandi, Assistant Manager Transmitter, and Mr Cok Dalem Javadi, Staff of Technology and New Media unit.

The award aims to stimulate interest in the DRM standard in various parts of the world that would benefit from the full introduction of digital radio. The RRI engineers on the beautiful island of Bali were selected to receive the award in recognition of their work in preparing a medium wave transmitter to broadcast in DRM during the Asia Broadcasting Union's General Assembly in October.

On behalf of RRI Mr R.Ginging, CTO, also proudly congratulated his staff for having engaged and worked so well together with Consortium representatives thus quickly learning about new digital opportunities for radio broadcasting.

Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Consortium Chair, congratulated the local RRI engineers as "their work shows how quickly DRM can become part of day-to-day activity. This proved that the Indonesian public broadcaster has the talent and capacity to test the latest digital technologies in their effort to future proof public broadcasting."

Details of the 2017 DRM Enterprise Award - Africa will be announced at the beginning of 2017.

For more information on the award, to get updates on the next award, please write to:  projectoffice@drm.org.

(Press Release)

Friday, November 18, 2016

A Record for Voice of America's Global Audience Growth

WASHINGTON D.C., November 16, 2016 -- Voice of America's global weekly audience hit a record in 2016, surpassing every projection and growing by nearly 50 million - the largest jump ever in a single year. Now 236.6 million people around the world consume VOA's programs, compared to 187.7 million in 2015, according to new figures released November 15 by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the federal entity that oversees all U.S. civilian international media, including the Voice of America.

The audience increase was recorded across all VOA platforms - TV, radio and mobile. Latest research collected by Gallup and other research firms shows that every week 154 million people are watching VOA television programs, 108 million people are listening to VOA on the radio and 34.5 million are reached through digital platforms. A quarter of this audience consumes VOA programs on all three platforms.

"I am really proud of the exponential audience growth since last year. This is a clear indication of VOA's impact around the world every single day," said Voice of America Director, Amanda Bennett. "Providing objective, insightful news and information is invaluable to our audiences worldwide and we are here doing just that."

The largest audience increases were recorded in Indonesia (16.4 million), Mexico (6.2 million), Argentina (4.3 million), Colombia (4.2 million) and Peru (4.2 million). Major audience gains were also recorded in Tanzania (3.8 million), Burundi (2.9 million), South Africa (2.6 million) and Nigeria (2.6 million). In most cases, these increases were the result of VOA's successful partnerships with important local broadcast outlets, which are some of the largest and most respected stations in many markets that carry Voice of America's programs.

Thanks to the large increase in audiences throughout Latin America, VOA now reaches more people in Spanish than in any other language - 59.4 million. Indonesian comes second with 47.5 million and English third with 39.2 million.

VOA also increased its social media outreach around the world, especially in Southeast Asia with huge gains in video viewing and engagement on Facebook and YouTube. For example, VOA Khmer's Facebook page is the second most popular in Cambodia, with 4.6 million fans, second only to the page of the Cambodian Prime Minister.

In addition to weekly audience size, VOA measures its impact using quantitative and qualitative data on a wide range of factors including program quality and credibility. Overall 86% of the weekly audience finds VOA's programming "trustworthy". The same percentage also reports that VOA's broadcasts have increased their understanding of current events.

BBG's performance measures, the 2016 Performance and Accountability Report, along with the BBG's 2016 audience overview and explanation of research methodology are available here :

VOA reaches a global weekly audience of more than 236 million people in over 45 languages. VOA programs are delivered on satellite, cable, shortwave, FM, medium wave, streaming audio and video and more than 2,350 media outlets worldwide. It is funded by the U.S. Congress through the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

(Press Release)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

BBC World Service announces biggest expansion 'since the 1940s'

The BBC World Service will launch 11 new language services as part of its biggest expansion "since the 1940s", the corporation has announced.

The expansion is a result of the funding boost announced by the UK government last year.

The new languages will be Afaan Oromo, Amharic, Gujarati, Igbo, Korean, Marathi, Pidgin, Punjabi, Telugu, Tigrinya, and Yoruba.

The first new services are expected to launch in 2017.

Full story at :

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

GatesAir Awarded Second Phase of Bangladesh HD Radio Rollout

Cincinnati, OH, November 14, 2016

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, has won phase two of Bangladesh's national HD Radio rollout. The turnkey system comprises two self-contained FM radio stations with high-efficiency GatesAir Flexiva FAX air-cooled 10kW FM transmitters, antenna systems and all auxiliary and support equipment.

Bangladesh Betar, the only national government broadcaster serving Bangladesh, awarded the contract as the first phase of the GatesAir-supported rollout moves forward. The initial phase, which covers the capital city of Dhaka, also includes two GatesAir Flexiva FAX 10kW transmitters and is targeted for completion by the end of 2016. The second phase will cover the heavily populated cities of Mymensingh and Gopalganj, with an expected on-air date of June 2017. Both projects are especially notable as the first HD Radio deployments in South Asia.

The GatesAir Exgine4 HD Radio platform, which simplifies signal flow and connectivity across the architecture, will play a central role in each system. The complete system includes GatesAir's FlexStar HDI-200 Importer and HDE-200 Exporter at the studio; and the FlexStar HDx exciter at the RF plant. The complete system supports all HD Radio program audio and program-associated data (logos, station ID information, artist/song data) over a single, bandwidth-efficient stream, with plenty of headroom to incorporate additional services in the future.

GatesAir's ability to also provide turnkey services helped to cement the phase-two contract win, according to Mr. A.K.A.M. Fazlul Hoque, Project Director at Bangladesh Betar Engineering. Along with site planning, design, integration and commissioning services, GatesAir has and will continue to provide extensive training services around system operation and transmitter maintenance both in Bangladesh and at its Quincy, Illinois manufacturing center. GatesAir recently welcomed both the Secretary, Ministry of Information Mr. Martuza Ahmed; and Mr. A.K.M. Nesar Uddin Bhuiyan, Director General, Bangladesh Betar, Dhaka, to Quincy as part of the most recent visit from the Bangladesh Betar Engineering team.

"GatesAir's professional services, reliable systems architecture and high-efficiency transmitters provide value across the project duration, and will enable us to operate a cost-efficient, low-maintenance hybrid FM and HD Radio service for a large portion of our population for many years," said Mr. Hoque. "GatesAir's bandwidth-rich HD Radio platform will also allow us to add more audio channels and data services in the future without requiring any significant additional investment in resources. Above all, their detailed planning and quick turnaround are consistent with our scheduled rollout plan. We also appreciated them welcoming Mr. Ahmed and Mr. Bhuiyan to tour the GatesAir manufacturing center to confirm product quality assurance and further strengthen the relationship between GatesAir, Bangladesh Betar and the Bangladesh Government as well."

The "low-maintenance" benefit will pay dividends for both Betar and the Bangladesh Government moving forward. In addition to the Flexiva FAX transmitter's compact footprint—a valuable asset given the limited real estate available in each RF plant—the latest-generation GatesAir Flexiva design minimizes internal parts, with common power amplifier modules and power supplies. This streamlining of parts and size also reduce weight, making single-engineer maintenance a reality for the Betar team—preserving valuable engineering resources for other needs.

(Press Release)