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Newsletter

August 2015

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Dear Friends, Colleagues and Partners,

Finally we are having nice August weather in London but our thoughts are focussed on September and IBC. Five companies, four events and lots of news for DRM at IBC! Please put the IBC invitation in your diaries and check the special IBC Newsletter out very soon.

Good news is coming also from Asia, where we are welcoming a new member, the respected Pakistani Broadcasting Corporation.  As usual you will find in this edition news and updates from India, too.

You can also check out DRM in action with at least two channels broadcasting in Delhi and South Africa by simply scrolling down.

As interest in digital radio remains high in Turkey you will also find an interview with some challenging questions in this edition as well.  And also some thoughts on digital radio and its prime in my blog in Radio World. 

If you want your company to feature in the next Newsletter! projectoffice@drm.org can tell you how!

Finally, please do not forget to join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

And if you want to join the Consortium please contact projectoffice@drm.org.

Ruxandra Obreja
Chair, DRM Consortium

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Latest News

Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Welcomes Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) to DRM Consortium

Digital Radio Mondiale is delighted to announce the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation as a new member of the Consortium.  Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, also known as Radio Pakistan, is a public radio broadcasting network, as well as a mass-media state-owned mega- corporation in Pakistan and provides a wide range of radio and news services broadcast on TV, internet and radio and in almost two dozen languages used in Pakistan. Outside Pakistan PBC broadcasts in more than half a dozen languages.  Read more

DRM Dual Channel Transmission in Action in India and South Africa

Earlier this year South Africa announced that Radio Pulpit and the BBC would broadcast dual transmission on one frequency from the Radio Pulpit DRM test facility at Kameeldrift, north of Pretoria, digitally broadcasting BBC content on the former AM band at 1440 kHz. The dual-programme DRM transmission is enhanced with DRM text messages ('scrolling text' from BBC and Pretoria News), which provides useful on-screen programme information. In addition, DRM's advanced text service Journaline is displayed.  We can now share with you some recordings of the transmission from South Africa.

All India Radio (AIR) has also been transmitting pure DRM on 1368 kHz multi-channel for some time.  The transmission consists of two programmes from Vividh Bharati on 100.1 MHz and FM Rainbow on 102.6 MHz.  View here

AIR is also broadcasting its external services from Bengaluru on DRM dual channel.  This service started on 16th August.  Click here for the latest schedule.

DRM+ Currently Tested in St Petersburg, Russia

After having officially adopted DRM30 mode in Russia, RTRS the network operator and associated companies, is testing DRM+ (for FM) on 67.46 MHz (Radio Mayak) in St Petersburg.  Text in Russian (English translation by DRM Consortium).

GUAM news on Transmission to North India

Recently KTWR, Guam, carried out tests towards Northern India in English on 12120 kHz.  If you were able to receive the broadcast, reception reports should be sent to info@twr.asia .

Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) at High Frequency Coordination Conference (HFCC) - 24-28 August

Australia will welcome delegates to the latest HFCC conference on 24-28 August in Brisbane where representatives from the world’s leading international broadcasters will meet to facilitate the scheduling of analogue and digital (DRM) transmissions in the shortwave frequency bands.  Representatives from Ampegon AG, Continental Electronics and Babcock International, key members of the DRM Consortium, will be attending this conference and will give an update on DRM developments and the new India made DRM receiver. At the conference the delegates will have the opportunity to sample the excellent quality of digital radio in AM during the live DRM transmissions from Radio New Zealand and KTWR, Guam. KTWR plans to transmit dual DRM stereo programmes (using xHE-AAC) over SW with live demos to at least two xHE- AAC capable receivers.   

During the conference, RNZ and KTWR Guam broadcast extra DRM transmissions on August 24th -28th:

RNZI will broadcast from midday to 12:55, nearly continuous from 14:00 – 16:40, 17:00 – 21:00 as well as 07:51 – 09:55 

RNZI 17675 kHz 2151-2355 UTC,

KTWR Guam: 0630 -0730 UTC (1630-1730 Local Time) on 15450 kHz, power: 90 kW.

All India Radio also has regular transmissions to Australia 20:00 – 21:00

Digital Radio in Turkey

Ruxandra Obreja, the Chairman of the DRM Consortium, was interviewed as part of a series of articles by e-publication, TV Tech TR on the deployment of digital radio technology in Turkey. Read more  

IBC will host “DRM-Clear and Flexible Digital Radio” Event

Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) will welcome delegates to four events at this year’s International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam 10th - 15th September. The events will be hosted by key DRM companies like Thomson Broadcast, Nautel, Ampegon AG, Transradio and Fraunhofer  IIS.  Visitors to IBC will join in celebrating the first India made DRM receiver. Read more.

To attend these events, please contact the projectoffice@drm.org .   Also look out for our special IBC Newsletter.

Has Digital Radio Missed its Prime?

Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Consortium Chairman, in her blog in Radio World explores how the delays in digital radio implementation need not overshadow the benefits of radio digitisation.

Long Live Radio!

In an article published in Broadcast Engineering Society ‘s (BES India) quarterly publication, DRM Consortium Chairman, Ruxandra Obreja, examines how with the right investment, countries can capitalise on radio’s resilient popularity.  Read more

RFmondial DRM Transmission in Germany

RFmondial a key DRM member, is currently broadcasting on DRM, as RFmondial Radio in Germany.  The transmission schedule is as follows:

DRM+ (for FM)

Frequency: 95.2MHz
Power ERP: 30W
Location: Hannover, Germany
Antenna pattern: Directional, covering Hannover City and surroundings
Schedule: 24/7

DRM30

Frequency: 26045 kHz
Power ERP: 100W
Location: Hannover, Germany
Antenna pattern: Omnidirectional
Schedule: 24/7

Ampegon AG Wins another Contract in Algeria

DRM member Ampegon AG announced another major contract in Algeria to renew shortwave transmission systems.  Read more


Around the Web

Radio Plays Vital Role in Quake-Ridden Nepal

Radio vs. Streaming? Leaders Push Against Client Perceptions

T-Mobile throws support behind FM radio chipsets, following Sprint and AT&T


Did you know?

  • Following requests from our readers, we have updated the DRM schedules on our website. So please check for yourself!  List of DRM transmissions  Interactive map
  • Over 30 broadcasters carry regular DRM transmissions, covering almost half the world’s population.
  • TheDRM standard is now fully endorsed by the ITU (International Telecommmnications Union) and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute).
  • The DRM Introduction and Implementation Guide have been updated to include the ETSI revised standard and are available online, in English and Russian
  • The DRM standard as recommended by ITU and ETSI includes built-in Emergency Warning tools for swift and effective mass-notification in crises.   Listen here.
  • DRM publishes a special monthly Noticeboard for India, and a new India page pulls together key DRM information on India.  

Nautel
Ampegon
RFMondiale

Upcoming events:

24-28 August, HFCC Conference in Brisbane, Australia

27-28 August 2nd Annual Middle East & North Africa Spectrum Management Conference - ASBU, Rabat, Morocco

4-9 Sept IFA Berlin

11-15 Sept IBC 2015 - Amsterdam, Netherlands

DRM Events at IBC:

  • 11 Sept-1400-1500 - Fraunhofer IIS
  • 12 Sept - 1100-1230 - Thomson Broadcast
  • 12 Sept - 1530-1700 - Nautel
  • 13 Sept   1100-1230 - Ampegon AG & Transradio

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