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September 2015

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Dear Friends, Colleagues and Partners,

DRM at IBC was better, bigger and more exciting than ever before! Just returned from Amsterdam I can confirm that there is a real buzz about DRM and the effort a lot of our members have put into the technology. Five companies, 4 events and lots of new developments. There are new and better transmitters, more efficient, with better coverage than analogue, at comparable prices and on better antennas. During IBC we also had daily live DRM transmissions from the UK to Europe featuring BBC, NHK and Radio Vaticana, all made possible by Babcock. There are DRM trials going on in Russia and ready to start in South Africa. But above everything there is a commercially available receiver with all features including emergency warning. And when it took a ride along the Amsterdam canals it did not disappoint as the sound was perfect! Join our “Ava” (AV- 1401 for the technically minded) on our ride through Amsterdam.

For IBC and news from other parts of the world please scroll below. Check our new DRM video too!

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

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

Ruxandra Obreja
Chair, DRM Consortium

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Latest News

Radio and Music.com Reports Successful Transmission by India-made Receiver at IBC 2015

The successful introduction of the Indian-made DRM receiver at the IBC Conference in Amsterdam last week was reported by Online publication Radioandmusic.com.  Communication Systems INC (Avion Electronics) manufacturers of the receiver and a new member of the Consortium were represented by Ankit Agrawal at the Conference. Read more

DRM Transmission Sails into Amsterdam @ IBC 2015

 

During the IBC conference, the new DRM receiver  (available on www.amazon.in), was used to capture a daily SW DRM live broadcast (10-13th September) transmitted by Babcock international on 6040kHz, 100kW from Woofferton, UK, on 114 degrees to Europe. Featuring BBC, NHK and Radio Vaticana content, the transmission had a crystal clear sound even on a boat under the many bridges of Amsterdam.  The DRM Project Office and Babcock International received many transmission reports including from Piotr Siedlarz, in Poland who provided this video.

DRM Updates @ IBC 2015 Events

Recent and exciting market developments in Asia, Africa (where the DRM30 trial might be soon joined by a DRM+ trial in the Johannesburg area), Europe and Latin America featured large at the four DRM events and key members also announced major contracts and developments.

The first event hosted by Fraunhofer IIS where the Indian-made receiver was introduced set a positive tone for the Consortium’s appearance at IBC this year. The rich features of the receiver were in evidence after the DRM Consortium Chairman, Ruxandra Obreja, pressed the emergency button.  Fraunhofer also announced a major upgrade for DRM digital radio ContentServer.  The Thomson Broadcast event on the 12th focused on transmitters for alert systems and gave details of a “hot off the press” announcement about a new transmitter (DRM ready) contract for Morocco.   The Nautel event, held the same day and extremely well attended, featured new developments in DRM transmitter technology, more about the continued roll-out of DRM in India, news about the DRM+ trial in St. Petersburg and new innovative multi-band receiver in development. At the final event on Sunday 13th September, Ampegon and Transradio featured integrated transmission systems, demonstrated the energy efficiency of new antennas and transmitters.  Earlier in the week, Ampegon had also announced the introduction of a DRM ready solid-state Shortwave transmitter at low power.

Other DRM members present at IBC were: Babcock International, GatesAir, RIZ Transmitters and RFmondial.

DRM at HFCC-ASBU B15 in Brisbane, Australia

More than 80 delegates attended the B15 meeting of the HF Coordination Conference (HFCC) from 24-28 August in Brisbane, Australia. Delegates came from more than 40 broadcasters, government agencies and industry members. Members of the DRM Consortium were well represented by Calvin Carter of CEC,  Alan Hutchinson of Babcock International, DRM Steering Board Members, Peter Streader of Ampegon, Chuck Kelly of Nautel,  Sentech who were joined by George Ross of Trans World Radio (KTWR in Guam). George gave a great update of the current status of DRM around the world and also provided live demonstration of DRM reception from several shortwave broadcasters during the conference.

DRM transmissions came in "loud and clear" from George's own station, KTWR in Guam, from Radio New Zealand, Broadcast Australia, Vatican Radio, All India Radio and Radio Romania. The delegates were VERY excited to see and experience the LIVE DRM broadcasts. We gathered around three different DRM receivers during the demonstrations. The new Avion AV DR-1401, the Newstar DR111 and the UniWave Di-Wave 100.

With India poised to deploy thousands of receivers within the next year, the future looks good for DRM.

Calvin Carter of Continental Electronics and DRM Steering Board Member

All India Radio (AIR) Kolkata is now Digitally Ready

On September the 8th the CEO of Prasar Bharati (the Indian public radio and television organisation) Mr Jawhar Sircar inaugurated the new 200kW medium wave transmitter at All India Radio, Kolkata ( ‘A’, 657 kHz) at Chandi making AIR Kolkata digital ready.  Read more                    

DRM - Clear and Flexible Digital Radio

A new film demonstrates DRM technology as the most modern and flexible global digital broadcasting standard.  Click here to view.

New Members 

Communication Systems INC (Avion Electronics) - manufacturers of the first ever Indian made DRM receiver recently joined the Consortium.  As you would have read earlier in the Newsletter, the company had a very successful IBC show with other DRM members.

With successful tests going on in South Africa and the possibility of DRM+ trial to start soon in the Johannesburg area, we are delighted to welcome 2 new members from South Africa, Kofifi FM 97.2 and Kofifi Broadcast (Pty) Ltd.

Meanwhile at the DRM Steering Board meeting held during IBC, members said a fond farewell to Jochen Huber, who formerly represented Transradio on the Board.  DRM Chairman, Ruxandra Obreja on behalf of the Consortium, thanked Jochen for his passion and stalwart support during this time and had the pleasure of welcoming him as an Honourary Member.  


Around the Web

DRM @ IBC 2015 Media coverage:

Asia Radio Today

Radio Magazine

Radio Mag Online

Dr Katrin Kobe, Transradio

Ampegon Shows Folded Monopole MW Antenna


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:

October:
6-7  ABERT conference, Brazil

19-20  CII Big Picture Summit 2015, New Delhi India

25-31  ABU General Assembly and Associated Meetings - Istanbul, Turkey

November:
3-4 DRM German Platform meeting, Cologne, Germany 


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