Wednesday, February 29, 2012

BBC World Service at 80: A lifetime of shortwave

The BBC World Service - which marks its 80th birthday today on Wednesday -was broadcast only on shortwave back in 1932. Today, audiences on FM, digital radio and the internet are growing fast while shortwave is in decline, but for millions it remains a lifeline.

More at : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17155441

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Samsung launches Android based media player with Digital Radio

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digitalmedia and digital convergence technologies, and International DMB Advancement Group(IDAG) has announced the launch of digital radio, mobile TV and internet services with
theSamsung GALAXY S WiFi 5.0.
The device will be available from April, 2012 in Germany, theNetherlands, UK, Switzerland, Norway and South Africa.Samsung and IDAG see big opportunities in an environment where consumers are spendingmore time on mobile entertainment and news. - "Samsung believes that such functionalities will take GALAXY S WiFi 5.0 to a newlevel. Built-in DMB/DAB+ provides excellent radio and TV experiences on the go,"said Byung Joon Jang, Director of MID Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics.
Combining broadcasting and the internet in the same product introduces a range of newpossibilities that can strengthen radio and TV programs and widen their appeal amongaudiences. Digital radio via DAB/DAB+ or Mobile TV via DMB is currently available in morethan 40 countries globally, and expects to extend to other countries.- "The functionalities of the Samsung GALAXY S WiFi 5.0 stand out. We expect thatSamsung's entry into this area will inspire new fans of digital radio and mobile TV,"said Gunnar Garfors, president of IDAG.European governments are responding positively to the replacement of FM with DMB/DAB+,the de facto standard for digital radio.
This creates a huge demand as hundreds of millions oftraditional FM radios will be replaced or upgraded to DMB/DAB+ which is a flexibletechnology, allowing for mobile TV services together with radio.The GALAXY S WiFi 5.0 will be exhibited with the demonstration of mobile TV and digitalradio services at Hall 8, Mobile World Congress 2012.


Samsung Galaxy S WiFi Photo's


http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13970_7-20032221-78.html

Monday, February 27, 2012

KBC Radio going daily !

KBC Radio on 6095 kHz is planning to broadcast daily for a couple of hours with effect from April 2012. More details will be posted soon on KBC website.

(Source : KBC Radio)

WRMI to Debut Irish Soccer Reports

MIAMI, USA - The U.S. shortwave radio station WRMI will carry weekly updates of Irish pro soccer football beginning St. Patrick's Day Week. Radio Miami International - WRMI - will debut "Football Made in Ireland" on Monday, March 12 at 2 PM Eastern Time (1800 GMT/UTC). The two-minute feature is slated to be carried Mondays through Fridays at the end of RTE Ireland's
"Drivetime" program at 2 PM, 5 PM and 9 PM ET (or 1800, 2100 and 0100 GMT). This will not be the first foray into sports programming for WRMI, which has also carried such weekly sports-related features as "World Cricket Today," "World Baseball Today" and "Baseball Mexico" in recent years.

More at :
http://www.facebook.com/notes/national-association-of-shortwave-broadcasters/wrmi-to-debut-irish-soccer-reports/383883891641396


(Source : NASB Facebook Page)


RIP Stanley Leinwoll

Dan Elyea of WYFR informs us that renowned shortwave engineer and frequency planner Stanley Leinwoll passed away on February 21, 2012. During his long career in international broadcasting, Stanley worked as frequency manager for the Voice of America, director of engineering for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and as an independent shortwave frequency consultant based in New York. He did frequency planning for at least two members of the NASB - WEWN and WYFR. He wrote a well-known book titled "From Spark to Satellite: A History of Radio Communication." Stanley was a strong supporter of the idea of holding an HFCC (High Frequency Coordination Conference) in the United States -- a goal that was finally realized by the NASB in 2011.

(Source : National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters Facebook Page)

PRIMER ON UTILITY DXING

UTILITY DXING : A PRIMER BY DK8OK

http://www.globaltuners.com/forum/thread.php?tid=1154

Friday, February 24, 2012

e-qsl for Radio Oomrang

Received this e-qsl for an e-mailed RR in 2 days for annual "Radio Oomrang" broadcast via MB.....time on the qsl is misleading as it was heard only after AWR Guam went off air at 1629 UTC.
Radio Oomrang broadcasts once in a year on shortwave in lower German language via facilities of Media Broadcast in Germany. Radio Oomrang announces as "The Free Voice of Frisian People from Amrum island in Germany". Station ID is in english.




Window to the world wasn't always wide open

I went through a phase where the world band was one of my fondest possessions. But I haven't used it for its intended purpose in several years; most recently, it was sitting on my desk here at work, serving as an AM radio. (We don't get FM signals very well inside the building.)


More at : http://www.t-g.com/story/1818330.html

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New Station from Myanmar "Thazin Broadcasting Station"

Yesterday 21st Feb 2012, I was listening to new Myanmar station on 7110 kHz
and heard the sign off announcement in Burmese given as " We like to wish our listeners of Thazin Broadcasting Station a happy and peaceful life. Dear listeners you have just heard our Thazin Broadcasting Station evening transmission from 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm on MW 639 kHz and 7.11 MHz. Our Thazin Broadcasting Station broadcast in the morning from 6.00 am to 8.00 am, in the afternoon 11.00 am to 1.00 pm and in the evening 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm on MW 639 kHz, beside this we are also broadcasting once at 11.00 am to 1.00 pm and at 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm on MW 639 kHz. Also we are broadcasting three times daily in the morning at 6.00 am to 8.00 am on SW 6.03 MHz, in the afternoon at 11.00 am to 1.00 pm on SW 9.4 MHz and in the evening 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm on SW 7.11 MHz. We are thankful to all listeners for listening to this broadcast and wish them a happy and peaceful life "

According to above announcement the schedule will be as follows:

Morning transmission :
2330 to 0130 hrs UTC on 639 kHz
2330 to 0130 hrs UTC on 6030 kHz

Afternoon transmission :
O430 to 0630 hrs UTC on 639 kHz
O430 to 0630 hrs UTC on 9400 kHz

Evening transmission :
1030 to 1430 hrs UTC on 639 kHz
1030 to 1430 hrs UTC on 7110 kHz

Here's the audio file of announcement ...
http://www.box.com/files#/files/0/f/0/1/f_1623080622/0/comment

This recording was done this morning between two frequency first was 7110 kHz and the second was 639 kHz :
http://www.box.com/files#/files/0/f/0/1/f_1623084440/0/comment


Babul Gupta
babulgupta@gmail.com
www.babulgupta.com


Via Indian DX Club International FB group
http://www.facebook.com/groups/idxci/

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Google Doodle pays tribute to Heinrich Rudolf Hertz

Wondering what is that electromagnetic wave that greets you on opening the Google home page? It is Google's Doodle marking 155th birth anniversary of German physicist Heinrich Rudolf Hertz.
Read the TOI Newsreport here

Monday, February 20, 2012

New Pressure On Jammers Of International Broadcasts

Monday, February 20, 2012

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has called upon the world's nations to take "necessary actions" to stop intentional interference with satellite transmissions.
The change in ITU regulations, which was approved at the just-concluded World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) in Geneva, Switzerland, came after numerous complaints that international satellite TV programs in Persian and Arabic were suffering from deliberate interference, known as "jamming".
Two satellite operators that have been targeted, Eutelsat and Arabsat, said the interfering signals originated from Iran and Syria.
"We are gratified to see the World Radiocommunication Conference take a position on this vital issue," said Richard M. Lobo, Director of the United States International Broadcasting Bureau.
"Of course, it remains to be seen whether Iran, Syria and other countries which interfere with international satellite communications will change their practices. Jamming is a fundamental violation, not only of international regulations and norms, but of the right of people everywhere to receive and impart information," Lobo said.
The interference, which has increased since September, 2011, affected broadcasts of the British Broadcasting Corporation, Broadcasting Board of Governors , Audiovisuel extérieur de la France RFI and France 24 TV, Deutsche Welle, and RFE/RL, Inc.'s Radio Farda. Joining in backing the ITW rule change were Radio Netherlands Worldwide and the European Broadcasting Union.
The change in the regulation came after hours of discussion and debate, both in small groups and on the floor of the WRC. A report by the ITU's Radio Regulations Board noted "the persistent character of the harmful interference" and the fact that "in some cases, the administrations involved have not responded … and appear to take no action to resolve the interference."
The revised language says administrations "shall ascertain the facts and take the necessary actions" when they encounter jamming.
Prior to the WRC action, the Directors-General of five major international broadcasters charged that jamming is a violation of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Reporters Without Borders called for nations to "firmly condemn countries that do not respect the fundamental principles of the free flow of information," adding, "the ITU must not be the accomplice of regimes that obstruct the flow of news and information on their telecommunications networks."
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran termed satellite jamming part of a broader effort. "The Iranian government is also engaged in comprehensive attempts to take complete control of online access to the internet as well as restricting mobile voice and data communications," the group said in a statement urging the WRC to address the jamming issue.
(BBG Press Release)

Friday, February 17, 2012

BES Expo 2012 : Report

The BES Expo 2012 - 18th International Conference & Exhibition on Terrestrial & Satellite Broadcasting was organized at New Delhi from 11th to 13th Feb 2012 at hall 12 & 12A of Pragati Maidan expo centre.---------------------------------------- View of Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

Broadcast Engineering Society (India), the society of broadcast professionals organises this International Conference and Exhibition on Terrestrial & Satellite broadcasting every year. All the previous expo's had a large participation of major broadcast equipment manufacturers and service providers.


Over 100 highly reputed organizations, service providers and major broadcast equipment manufacturers from all over the world displayed their latest state-of-art technologies and services. The event is approved by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India & India Trade Promotion Organisation and supported by Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India), Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Govt of India, Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union & The Society of Broadcast Engineers, USA and endorsed by International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers. This year's theme was "Broadcasting through multiple platforms". The event was inaugrated by Dr. S.Jagathrakshakan, Hon'ble Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Govt of India on 11th Feb, 2012. Guest of honour & keynote speaker was Mr.Uday Kumar Varma, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India.

Inaugurating the event Dr. S.Jagathrakshakan, Hon'ble Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Govt of India said "Broadcasting is one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy over the last few decades. Forecasts point out that with a huge potential this sector will continue to grow further. This growth has been possible thanks to the liberal & progressive policies of the Govt.of India, which has encouraged investments, promoted entrepreneurship & attracted innovation. Today, India's broadcasting industry is one of the largest in the world".
He also emphasised that "Digitalization promises to ensure attainment of the full potential of the broadcast sector and is expected to bring in major gains to all stake-holders".

A workshop on "Connecting in Crisis - Role of Radio in Natural Disasters & Emergency warning and alert using DRM system " was organized on day one in which presentations were made by Mr. Anthony Frangi, University of Queensland, Australia & Mr. Alexander Zink, Fraunhofer IIS, Germany.
International players showcased their products, facilities and services. On display were whole range of products like Amplifiers, Antenna Systems(Broadcast, FM & TV), Attenuators, conductors, Antenna testers, Audio measuring & test equipments, Audio mixers, Audio processors, Automation systems & softwares, Broadcast equipments & softwares, Broadband access products, Cables & accessories, Channel automation systems, Compact & digital disc production systems, DTH Systems, DAB Systems, Digital Audio & Video recording systems, Digital storage,archival & retrieval systems, DVB-T Transmitters, Earth stations/systems, Fibre optic solutions/services, Filters & splitters, Frequency monitoring systems, FM Exciters, HD Radio, HDTV, Headphones, Microphones, Mixers, Network management systems, Radio data systems, Radio automation softwares, Scheduling softwares, Satellite receivers, Switchers, Transmitters (AM,FM,TV), Test & Measuring equipments, Virtual Studio, VSAT systems, Wireless systems. Prasar Bharati ( Broadcasting Corp. of India ) put up a huge stall (1-4) in which latest technical innovations from All India radio & Doordarshan were exhibited.
Among the systems displayed by AIR & DD were :

a) Multichannel MW DRM Broadcast
b) SMS based status monitoring of 100 watts FM tranmitters
c) Glimpse of forthcoming AIR Webcasting & Podcasting services
d) Remote monitoring & control system for FM transmitters
e) Doordarshan's HDTV Plans
-------------------Screen shots of AIR Multichannel DRM txn on MW 1017 kHz
During the BES Expo 2012, All India Radio had test transmissions at 0330-1200 UTC with multichannel DRM broadcast on MW, 1st channel carrying music & 2nd channel talk program on a single freq 1017 kHz from a new Riz mobile transmitter with power output of 3 kW in DRM mode.

DRM Future Plans :

1) Replacement of two 1000 kW MW transmitters by new DRM compatible transmitters ( expected by 31st March 2012)
2) Replacement of 34 old MW transmitters by new DRM transmitters.
3) Replacement of 6, 10 kW mobile transmitters by mobile DRM transmitters.
4) Conversion of 36 compatible MW transmitters into DRM transmitters.
5) Replacement of five SW transmitters by DRM transmitters.
6) Implementation of pilot project of DRM+ txers at major cities.
7) New DRM+ transmittesr at 24 places ( DRM compatible FM txers)
8) Setting up 100 watt FM DRM+ compatible transmitters at 100 locations.
9) Replacement of existing MW/FM transmitters by high power DRM+ FM transmitters.


DRM Consortium was part of a large booth of Nautel/Comcon this year, a DRM+ surround sound demo was available at booth. Many DRM receivers were displayed at the booth. The newer version of DRM receiver DR111 from Chengdu Newstar Electronics Co.Ltd was on display at Digidia booth which was part of French Pavillion. Many officials from DRM Consortium attended the expo including DRM Project Director, Vineeta Dwivedi, Alexander Zink & Ludo Maes both Vice Chairman of DRM Consortium.

Transmitter manufacturer & provider of technology, services & systems, Thomson also participated in this years expo like last year, they displayed their latest DRM solution equipments. Among some of the prominent exhibitors were AGIV, Adobe, Autodesk, BECIL(Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Ltd.), Broadcast Electronics USA, Broadcast & Cablesat, CAT-5 Broadcast, CDG Broadcast, Dalet, Digidia, Dolby, Electro Dynamics, Falcon Technologies, Grass Valley, Harr-Ban, Harris, Hitachi, Ideal Broadcasting, Mediaguru, Orban, R & S, Radio Frequency System, Radio Systems Inc., Sennheiser India, Sony, Rohde & Schwarz, Shaf Broadcast, Technomedia, Tektronix & Winmedia, Singapore.

A two day conference was also scheduled to be held at Pragati Maidan,New Delhi in which some of the prominent speakers are, Makoto Taguchi, NHK, Japan, Gerard Faria, Teamcast, France, Peter Busch, R&S, Germany, Brad Redwood, Masstech Group, Australia, Fabio Gattari, Etere, Italy, Mustapha Rezzoug, Netia, France, Ian Trow, Harmonic Inc, USA, Muzaffar Fakhruddin,
Sony, Malaysia, Danny Wilson, Pixelmetrix, Singapore, Gunnar Garfos, MMTV, Norway, Trevor Francis, Broadcast, Quantel Ltd, UK, Dr.P.K.Jain, ISRO, Pradeep Asthana, Newtec,UAE, Hermann Zensen,Digidia, France, Chirag Dadia,ATDI,India, Chris Grey,Sony,Hongkong, Jason Power,Dolby,UK, Ludo Maes, TDP, Belgium, Yogendra Pal, AIR, India, R.Sreedhar, CEMCA, India, Dr.H.O.Srivastava,WDF,India & Barsha Chabaria, Salaam Namaste CRS,India.



Ludo Maes, Vice Chairman, DRM Consortium during a presentation on DRM receivers





R.K.Jain, Engineer-in-chief, All India Radio presented momento to speakers



Shri.C.M.Jatua,Hon'ble Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Govt of India was the chief guest at the valedictory & awards function.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sustainability of terrestrial broadcasting in India

As far as terretrial radio broadcasting is concerned, it is gong to be mainstay. Certainly, it would be supplemented by satellite broadcasting, internet, telephone etc so that listeners have wide choice. For atleast next ten to fifteen years AIR intends to extend its reach through digital AM, AM and on alternate emerging platforms. Reception through satellite channels provides access in remote, hilly & inaccessible area's. In the field of ever changing technologies, it is better to review the stratergy periodically to fulfill the needs of people as public broadcaster.

(Shri.R.K.Jain, Engineer-in-chief, All India Radio in an interview to Devesh Kumar of BES, published in BES Expo 2012 Day 1 Bulletin)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

UN invites countries to tune in for first World Radio Day

The role of radio as a facilitator of education, freedom of expression and public debate will be celebrated as World Radio Day is observed for the first time on Monday by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
“In a world changing quickly, we must make the most of radio’s ability to connect people and societies, to share knowledge and information and to strengthen understanding,” said UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova in her message marking the Day.
With the ability to reach up to 95 per cent of the world’s population, radio is the most prevalent mass medium which has the ability to reach remote communities and marginalized groups at a low cost. It has also proven to be highly resilient as its scope and distribution platforms have grown with the development of new technologies.
“Radio is the mass medium that reaches the widest audience, especially the most marginalized parts of our societies,” said Ms. Bokova. “Free, independent and pluralistic radio is essential for healthy societies, it is vital for advancing human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
The observance of they day on 13 February also marks the anniversary of UN Radio, which was launched in 1946. UNESCO stressed the importance of radio as a vital source of information during natural disasters, and as a central instrument in community life with the potential of mobilizing social change.
However, UNESCO noted that worldwide, up to one billion people still do not have access to radio. In Nepal, for example, almost one fifth of the people live in areas without radio coverage.
“There are hundreds of radio stations in Nepal and we hope that they will use 13 February to celebrate their power,” said Axel Plathe, head of the UNESCO office in Kathmandu, the capital. “Radios have a crucial role in creating access to information in remote areas, especially in the mountainous regions where they are often the only media available.”
To encourage public broadcasters and the public to celebrate the Day, UNESCO has created a website with audio messages in several languages and handbooks for community radio stations. The site also provides free access to UNESCO’s audio archives showcasing interviews with renowned figures such as Nelson Mandela, Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Picasso and Jean-Paul Sartre.


RFE/RL's Radio Azadi marks 10 years of broadcasting in Afghanistan.

Radio Azadi: Ten Years Of Impact In Afghanistan
This week, RFE/RL's Radio Azadi marks 10 years of bringing news and information to the people of Afghanistan. During a special day of programming, the station which reaches over 60% of Afghans weekly asked listeners to call or write to share what Radio Azadi programming means to them.
The reaction was overwhelming as Radio Azadi received thousands of SMS and telephone messages, including from listeners in the country's most remote villages and from all walks of life.
"We tried to play as many of the messages as we could," says Radio Azadi Director Hashem Mohmand. "Listeners who didn't have their tributes aired should know that we still heard their voices."
"It was humbling to see such an outpouring of affection both for the radio as a whole and for individual presenters," Mohmand adds. "It was very emotional day for many of us. We are truly honored to do what we do." Praise for Radio Azadi was not limited to Afghans. House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), and Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) each penned letters of congratulations to Radio Azadi, which were also shared with listeners.
Radio Azadi is the second incarnation of RFE/RL broadcasting to Afghanistan in the Dari and Pashto languages. "Radio Free Afghanistan" served audiences throughout the country from 1985 to 1993, during the Soviet war in Afghanistan.
For more on Radio Azadi, and to listen in Dari or Pashto, check this link :
http://bit.ly/aAdO4s

(Press Release)

Friday, February 10, 2012

All India Radio, Mangalore goes digital

Akashavani Mangalore is gearing up for a qualitative change in the manner in which it broadcasts its programmes by going digital in the near future. What it means for listeners is crystal clear transmission quality for programmes. The engineering staff of Akashavani is making an all-out effort to complete installation of equipment so that broadcast can go digital latest by April, Ramesh said. Akashavani, Mangalore, which also broadcasts its programmes with the help of a 20-kW AM transmitter in Brahmawar in Udupi is planning to replace it with digital radio mondiale.

Full story at :
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-02-09/mangalore/31041650_1_programmes-studio-digital-units

EU acknowledges DAB and DRM but remains neutral

In response to the letter addressed on 19 December by AMARC Europe - World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters - on the impact on local and community radio of the adoption of a single standard for digital radio, the European Union stresses that currently there is no common policy policy on radio broadcasting.

More at :
http://www.drm.org/news_item/EU_acknowledges_DAB_and_DRM_but_remains_neutral__

RF-SE to be shown at BES Expo New Delhi

The new DRM Monitoring Receiver RF-SE by RFMondiale will be showcased at BES Expo New Delhi from 11-13th February 2012.

Why Israeli radio transmits in Farsi for listeners in Iran

Iranians in Israel run Radio Radisin, a private, Farsi-language station based in Tel Aviv that tries to build a bridge between Israel and Iran By Aron Heller, Associated Press / February 7, 2012

Full story at :http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Latest-News-Wires/2012/0207/Why-Israeli-radio-transmits-in-Farsi-for-listeners-in-Iran

French Technology highlights at BES EXPO 2012

BES EXPO 2012 will host a French Pavilion, organized by UBIFRANCE, French agency for international development, bringing together leading companies from the French broadcast industry. The participating French companies are looking forward to showcase their high-tech broadcast solutions and evaluate business opportunities in the Indian market.


DX and Shortwave meetings of 2012

Here is a list of some radio (especially shortwave and DX) related meetings of this year :

Shortwave Radio Meetings - 2012

Date: February 11 (1430-1700 BST)
Location: Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), 35-39 London
Street, Reading RG1 4PS, England
Organization: Reading International Radio Group
Expected attendance: 20
More info: www.bdxc.org.uk
Note: Reading DX meetings are held with about 2 months interval (next 14 April)


Date: February 25 (1300- CET)
Location: Gaggenau-Ottenau, Germany
Organization: Ottenauer Kurzwellenhörerklubb Murgtal
More info: bernhard.seiser@daimler.com
Note: Including a meeting of Radio Taiwan International's Hörerklubb


Dates: March 1-3
Location: Plymouth Meeting (near Philadelphia), PA, USA
Description: Winter SWL Fest (jubileum meeting, 25th Fest)
More info: www.swlfest.com
Expected attendance: 150


Dates: March 16-20
Location : Holzerbachtal in Solingen-Wald, Germany
Description: DX-Camp
Organization: Kurzwellenfreunde Rhein/Ruhr
More info: dx-camp@kwfr.de


Dates: May 10-12
Location: Washington DC, USA (at the headquarters of Radio Free Asia)
Description: Annual NASB Conference
Oganisation: National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters+DRM
Consortium, USA
More info: www.shortwave.org
Expected attendance: 30-50


Dates: May 18-20
Location: Dayton, Ohio, USA
Organization: Dayton Hamvention
Expected attendance: 20000
More info: www.hamvention.org


Dates: May 30-Jun 4
Location: Hotel Langdut Ochsenkopf, Rotta (near Wittemberg), Germany
Description: European DX Conference, the annual meeting of EDXC
Organization: European DX Council
Expected attendance: 50
More info: www.edxc.org,tiszi2035@yahoo.com
Note: Including Annual General Meeting of the Danish Short Wave International


Dates: June 1-3
Location: Delsbo, Sweden
Description: DX-Parlamentet 2012, the annual meeting of the SDXF
Organization: The Swedish DX-Federation (SDXF)
More info: www.sdxf.se


Dates: June 22-24
Location: Friedrichshafen, Germany
Description: Ham Radio, biggest annual hamfest in Europe
Expected attendance: 20000


Dates: June 23 (1500- BST)
Location: Twickenham, England
Description: British DX Club's Summer meeting
More info: www.bdxc.org.uk


Dates: July 28-August 12
Location: Döbriach, Austria
Description: DX-Camp
More info: www.dxcamp.org


Dates: August 3-5
Location: Vuosaari, Helsinki
Description: The Annual Summer Meeting
Organization: The Finnish DX Association
Expected attendance: 100
More info: www.sdxl.org


Dates: August 25-26
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Description: Big ham fair with a SW sector (Japan SW Club stand & lectures)
Organization: Tokyo Ham Fair
Expected attendance: 30000
More info: ohtaket@live.jp


Dates: August 31-September 5
Location: Berlin, Germany
Name: IFA Internationale Funkausstellung
Description: Consumer Electronics Fair - Including Radios


Dates: September 14-18
Location: Germany
Description: DX-Camp of the Oldenburger Kurzwellenfreunde
More info: Karl-J.Conrads@t-online.de


Dates: September 21-25
Location: Holzerbachtal in Solingen-Wald, Germany
Description: DX-Camp
Organzation: Kurzwellenfreunde Rhein/Ruhr
More info: dx-camp@kwfr.de


November 5
Location: Hannover, Germany
Description: Interradio in the hall 20 of the Hannover Messe (with ADDX stand)


Date: November 17
Location: Hotel Casa400, Amsterdam
Description: RadioDay, event for offshore radio experts and enthusiasts Expected attendance: 400
More info: www.radioday.nl


--
Risto Vähäkainu
Helsinki, Finland
Updates and corrections are very welcome to risto.vahakainu@helsinki.fi.


(Via Hard-Core-DX mailing list)

Monday, February 06, 2012

Moscow's first ever DRM txn on MW

Moscow's first ever DRM 30 transmission on air at 3 PM local time on 549 kHz on a 100 kW transmitter - around 60 kW DRM.

@drmdigitalradio via Twitter

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Friday, February 03, 2012

In Haiti, 'video has not killed the radio star'

Paolo Woods recently photographed radio stations and their listeners around his home in Les Cayes, Haiti. Here he explains why so many Haitians use radio as their main source of news and entertainment: More than 50 percent of Haitians are illiterate, and only 25 percent have regular access to electricity. That means most Haitians do not read the country's only daily newspaper, regularly watch television, or while away the hours surfing the Internet. But they can listen to the radio. And Haitians do listen, all the time.

Have a look at the photo's at :
http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/01/10254366-in-haiti-video-has-not-killed-the-radio-star

SWR - Next txn on 3-4 Feb 2012

Next transmission of Scandanavian Weekend Radio on 3rd & 4th Feb 2012.

Schedule at : http://www.swradio.net/schedule.htm

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Sirius XM to Celebrate 10 Years of Satellite Radio with Special Bruce Springsteen Concert Event

Sirius XM celebrates 10 years of satellite radio, read more at this link

WRTH 2012 B11 update now available

The World Radio TV Handbook 2012 B11 schedules update file has now been posted to the WRTH website, download the update using this link



World Radio TV Handbook 2012 can be ordered online at :

New TV program, new website, new corporate design

Deutsche Welle (DW) is reinforcing its position in the international media landscape with a comprehensively revised television program, a new online presence - at the new address www.dw.de - and a new corporate design. At a press conference in Berlin on January 31, Deutsche Welle Director General Erik Bettermann referred to the set of changes as "a milestone for representing Germany better around the world."
On February 6, 2012, DW will expand its Spanish television program for Latin America from two to 20 hours daily. The 24-hour schedule is completed with fours of German programming. According to Bettermann, this is all part of the reform process for Germany's international broadcaster. The core of this process is being able to better communicate with the target audience through new, focused, language-based channels, regionalized programming and a variety of multimedia content that can be used online.
After receiving an introduction to the expanded Spanish-language program at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 26, Mexican President Felipe Calderón said: "It is great to have a partner like Deutsche Welle broadcasting for 20 hours in Spanish. It opens up new opportunities in Latin America. The program will be a bridge to Europe, and Germany in particular."
DW has tailored its TV lineups for other regions as well. The basis will be a new channel with 24 hours of English programming and will broadcast in North America, Africa, Asia and Australia. That will be expanded worldwide with regional channels focusing on other languages: In North and Latin America and Asia, the second channel will be made up of 20 hours of programming in German and four hours in English. In the Arab world, there will be a channel featuring 10 hours of Arabic programming and 14 hours of English; and in Europe, DW will broadcast 18 hours of English and six hours of German during primetime.
DW will also make use of more programming from the German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF for its new television lineups.
www.dw.de - the new address for DW online DW will also be launching its completely redesigned website on February 6. The multilingual, multimedia online portal will be available at www.dw.de. "The new website encompasses everything that DW has to offer - articles, audio, video and interactive content," said Bettermann. "dw.de is a source of reliable information from Germany and high-quality journalistic content in 30 languages. A refreshing color concept and modern design give the site a friendly face."
Comprehensive corporate identity A new corporate identity has been developed to unite the organization - including the new television and online services. Bettermann said that more and more countries are looking for attention in the battle for opinions around the globe. "With this in mind, the new corporate design is an essential investment for a successful presence in the international media industry." He went on to say that the numerous new platforms and distribution channels that are available require an overarching concept to ensure that an organization is quickly recognized and hard to forget.
Deutsche Welle has adapted to these conditions. In the future, the organization will be represented by a single logo that reflects all of its services - around the world and in every language.
(Press Release, January 31, 2012)

Innovations define DW's online presence

A groundbreaker in the German online news landscape, DW looks back on an Internet success story that began 18 years ago. Germany's international broadcaster became a trendsetter in online communication in 1994. Deutsche Welle was the first of Germany's public broadcasters to start a website - and it has been continuously expanded ever since. Today, DW is a master of online, multimedia content with the latest news and information as well as in-depth features in 30 languages. Some of the most popular online services on dw.de include the Media Center and the interactive language courses. A range of connected sites highlights the diversity of projects DW has developed.
The DW success story:
* In 2004, Deutsche Welle became the first public broadcaster in Germany to offer podcasts. Users can access this content in all 30 DW languages.
* In 2005, DW was the first broadcaster in Germany to offer video podcasts.
* DW launches its YouTube channel in 2007 and started distributing news via Twitter feeds.
* As part of progressive media convergence initiative, DW creates a New Media department and takes steps to combine radio and online teams to create multimedia editorial departments.
* DW sees a boom in Facebook users. Especially young users discover the benefits of DW's social media services - available since 2008.
* In 2009, DW is the first German public broadcaster to offer an iPhone app with articles, images and audio content.
* In 2010, DW launches its Media Center - an online archive for multimedia content in German and English. An Arabic version follows one year later.
* Half a million users subscribe to one of DW's many newsletters in 2011. Their opinions are vital for intercultural dialogue - and feedback is provided via e-mail, forums, surveys and on social media networks.
* DW focuses on innovative formats to help transmit the German language to users around the world. German students go to http://www.dw.de/ for a wide range of interactive courses, a web-based soap, an iPhone app and slowly spoken news.
Other popular formats include videos with didactic features and current headlines with vocabulary. A virtual classroom with a connection to journalistic content makes DW's language courses unique.
* DW awarded the BOBs - the international blog awards - for the first time in 2004. The competition provides a comprehensive overview of the blogosphere in 11 languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, German, Indonesian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. An international jury and users choose the best blogs each year. This year's winners will be announced at the beginning of May 2012 and will receive their awards at a ceremony held during the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum at the end of June in Bonn (http://www.dw-gmf.de/).

(Press Release, January 31, 2012)

American Red Cross Helps Bangladesh Coastal Communities Prepare for Future Cyclones

One element of the Bangladesh Red Crescent’s Cyclone Preparedness Programme—the first step in a long process of helping build the country’s early warning system capacity—is a system of radio communications that relay cyclone warnings from the national to the community level.

Full story at this link

AIR Tirunelveli tests on 102.6 MHz

AIR Tirunelveli of Tamilnadu noted with tests on 102.6 MHz for the last few days. They were playing Tamil songs and was frequently announcing the station name, frequency, email , and their postal address and was inquiring about the stations stereo reception.Today also they were continuing.

Anoop, Ettumanoor, Central Kerala

(Jose Jacob via dx_india list)

Deutsche Welle sets itself apart from the competition with new corporate design

Along with the new television program and the completely redesigned website, DW will be creating a unified brand identity with a new corporate design starting February 6, 2012. "The new corporate design gives DW a distinctive presence among the competition," said Director General Erik Bettermann at a press conference in Berlin on January 31. "Germany needs a strong voice in the world," said Bettermann. "To be recognized among the choir of international broadcasters, this voice needs to have a unique tone."
Bettermann said more and more countries are looking for attention in the battle for opinions around the globe. "With this in mind, the new corporate design is an essential investment for a successful presence in the international media industry."
The number of national and international news providers is increasing, as is the number of available platforms and distribution channels. This increased competition requires an all-encompassing concept to ensure that an organization is quickly recognized and hard to forget - and that applies to television and websites, as well as for social media platforms and mobile devices.
Deutsche Welle's new corporate identity makes this possible. In the future, the organization will be represented by a logo that reflects all of its services - around the world and in every language. "DW" will simultaneously represent television, radio and online services and replace the trio of subsidiary brands previously in use: DW-TV, DW-RADIO and DW-WORLD.DE.
Bildunterschrift: Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: "This will unite DW's multimedia presence and make it easier for consumers and partners to recognize Germany's international broadcaster," said Bettermann.
"The visual simplification and improved visibility will also help in the evaluation process that is required of our journalistic services."
The quality of the journalistic content is what DW is known for - and Bettermann believes that is what the "information seekers" that DW appeals to are counting on around the world. "It's about getting their attention," he said. "But we don't need to just fulfill their content requirements. The image - the packaging - has to be unique in the industry."
Just like the new Internet address - www.dw.de - the new corporate design is the logical extension of a simplified market strategy. It's an important step into the future - with refreshing colors, distinguished typography, a uniform audio layout and a new design concept. "After more than 10 years with the previous design, the new corporate design offers the required latitude for presenting Deutsche Welle - on all platforms and on all continents around the world," said Bettermann.
The Director General pointed out that the entire branding process, including the new logo as the most recognizable element, was developed by an internal project team. The implementation of the new corporate design will occur over time as new materials need to be replaced. Bettermann noted that many materials and images needed to be redesigned with the introduction of the new television program, which has kept down additional spending.

(Press Release, January 31, 2012)

Reaching out to Bihar's poorest, via radio

PATNA: Come July, special radio programmes will be aired in Bihar for Mahadalits, the poorest of the poor in the state, to educate them about the importance of literacy, sanitation and kicking bad habits like consuming alcohol and tobacco.

Read the full story at :
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com//articleshow/11709910.cms


The art of ham-mering out a 'hello'

Renuka Phadnis
They are amateur radio operators who use radio frequency to connect with people. They do this to make friends, conduct experiments as well as to establish communication during a calamity. These hobbyists call themselves Hams and are a significant line of communication, especially when other lines go down.

Radio Mirchi: India's No.1 Station Now in UAE

India's number one FM station 'Radio Mirchi' was launched in Dubai on 1st Feb, 2012 by bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee....read the story here :

http://www.dubaichronicle.com/2012/02/01/radio-mirchi-india-uae/

Deutsche Welle launches dw.de website

Deutsche Welle’s completely redesigned website will go online on February 6, 2012. Deutsche Welle Director General Erik Bettermann announced the new online services at a press conference held in Berlin on January 31, 2012. The new website will retain the multilingual, multimedia content that DW has been known for, but will have a look and feel based on Germany’s international broadcaster’s new corporate identity. The website also has a new Internet address: www.dw.de
“The new website encompasses everything that DW has to offer – articles, audio, video and interactive content,” said Bettermann. “dw.de is a source of reliable information from Germany and high-quality journalistic content in 30 languages. A refreshing color concept and modern design give the site a friendly face.”


Quality journalism with a straight-forward design
Users will be able to get their bearings quickly at dw.de due to its intuitive navigation and design. Content is developed and organized exactly to the users’ expectations – from the homepage to the last article. The modern layout makes it possible to put focus on key issues and topics. It also creates more room for background information and features. Visually, dw.de resembles a high-quality magazine with clearly defined structure and topical focus. “As the reliable expert from Germany, it is DW’s task to organize and breakdown important events and developments from Germany and our target regions, while explaining the outcomes and providing in-depth analysis,” explained Bettermann. “Multilingual, multimedia, in-depth reporting – the new DW website underscores our focus on high-quality journalism,” said the Director General.
Links will always lead the user to corresponding content, special topics and DW multimedia projects. Bettermann said the large-scale layout provides more room for images and videos and makes it easier for the user to sift through the day’s news.


Ready for the next Internet revolution
The website also offers improved integration of social media – making it easier for the user to enter into dialogue with DW. The layout was based on usage models from several target regions. From a technical point of view, dw.de will give DW the flexibility it needs in the future. The modular concept and transparent interface will ensure that the website is ready for the next Internet revolution.
The new design is also based on a new technical infrastructure. The website will automatically readjust to match the device that is being used – regardless of it is a desktop computer, a tablet or a smart phone. Access for all of these devices is available today: The media player has been converted to HTML5 – a real bonus for people watching videos on mobile devices.

(Press Release)

VOA Looks to Future on 70th Anniversary

Washington, D.C. — February 1, 2012 —
Voice of America turned 70 on Wednesday, and VOA Director David Ensor says
the international broadcast agency is aggressively moving forward with new programs that ensure it remains an "information lifeline to people in closed societies like Iran."
Addressing VOA journalists at the agency's Washington headquarters, Ensor pointed to a television news show for Burma that began airing in January, a popular video blog that has been viewed more than 7 million times in China, expanded TV broadcasts to Iran, and new health programs on radio in Africa. He also described plans for a Russian language TV program that will harness popular social media programs to make citizen journalists and the audience a key part of the show.
Ensor said the one-time cold war broadcaster is "as relevant today as it was February 1st, 1942," the date of the first shortwave radio broadcast to Germany."
Created by the U.S. government in the opening days of World War Two, the Voice of America has evolved into a global multi-media organization, broadcasting balanced and comprehensive news in 43 languages to an estimated weekly audience of 141 million.
The first shortwave radio transmission, spoken in German just weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, began with the words "Here speaks a voice from America." The broadcast went on to promise, "The news may be good. The news may be bad. We shall tell you the truth." Ensor, the 28th Voice of America director, says the agency continues to be guided by those words.
VOA radio remains highly popular in many markets, including Somalia, parts of Pakistan and Haiti. Ensor says the agency is moving forward with new television and Internet programs that target countries like Iran, where the government restricts the free flow of information.
VOA programs are delivered on satellite, cable TV, mobile, shortwave, FM, medium wave, the Internet, and on a network of about 1,200 affiliate stations around the world. In addition to more than 1,100 employees in Washington, VOA works with contract journalists in trouble spots around the world. Last month the Taliban claimed responsibility for the murder of a reporter working for VOA in Pakistan.
For more information about this release please contact Kyle King at the VOA Public Relations office in Washington at kking@voanews.com. Visit our main website at www.voanews.com for information about all of our programs.


(Press Release)