Thursday, June 29, 2017

BBC's Caversham Park put up for sale amid cuts

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


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fraunhofer 'DT230' DRM Test Equipment available for bidding


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

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


Bidding opens on 26th June , 2017.

Radio Taiwan International Survey

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

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


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

(Radio Taiwan International)

Armstrong Tower Could Be Test Site for DRM on Shortwave Bands

Armstrong Tower Could Be Test Site for DRM on Shortwave Bands

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





Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BBC World Service Antarctic Midwinter Broadcast 2017, June 21

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

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

Thanks to Ivo Ivanov.

Antarctic Midwinter Broadcast

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



Thursday, June 08, 2017

NEWS FROM IBC - ITALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

News from Italian Broadcasting Corporation

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

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

ENGLISH SCHEDULE:

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

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

THURSDAY 
- 02.30-03 UTC 1584 KHZ TO EUROPE

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

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

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


All India Radio turns 81 today

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

ISBS to AIR :80 years on..

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


All India Radio Highlights DRM Capabilities

India has begun phase two of its digital radio introduction

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

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

Full report at :





Monday, June 05, 2017

WBCQ testing in DRM mode ?

tpreitzel posted this in drmrx forum....

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

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

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

Related :

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

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

AIR Imphal launches website, mobile app


Source: The Sangai Express

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

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

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

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

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


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Schedule Changes of VORW Radio International - Newsletter 4

Dear VORW Radio Listeners,

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

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

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

Here is the Transmission Schedule:

Thursdays:

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

Sundays:

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

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


Archived programs can be heard any time on SoundCloud at:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Tuesday, May 23, 2017

AIR likely to launch new Dzongkha service for Bhutan

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

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

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

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

Source/Full story at :

TDF DRM Tests

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

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

( Henri Cravanche  via Continental DX)