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June 2015

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Dear Friends, Colleagues and Partners,

DRM has featured these last few weeks in important events held in Turkey, US and Myanmar and it has created its own buzz with transmissions in Brazil. Do not miss the reports on all this below.

Good news from India is continuing to reach us. DRM, as a complete digital radio solution on its own or in combination with other standards, is also a theme continuing to emerge in both Asia and Europe.

And do not miss one of a series of my blogs for Radio World on DRM.

While work continues on receivers, we are also starting to prepare for future events in Namibia, Romania and IBC in Amsterdam.

If you have looked at the new DRM schedules up on the drm.org site we would appreciate if you helped us add or correct the information we have by using a new information box added to the newsletter (on the right).

We are also pleased to introduce you to one of our key members: RFmondial, a company whose profile you will find below. 

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

For regular news about DRM visit:
www.drm.org

Latest News

DRM at ITVF Turkey – benefits of DRM presented to Turkish stakeholders

The annual ITVF (Istanbul TV Forum & Fair) recently held in Istanbul, Turkey, May 27th-29th  included a full-day session on digital radio, Friday 29th. An overview of DRM covering the key features of the DRM standard from a listener’s, regulator’s and broadcaster’s perspective was presented.  The Consortium was represented by the DRM Chairman, Ruxandra Obreja, Jens Stockmann (GatesAir) and DRM Vice Chairman, Alexander Zink (Fraunhofer IIs) who provides this report.  Read more

Radio Asia 2015 – DRM in a strong position as “no shoe fits all” principle generally acknowledged

Delegates attending Radio Asia 2015 recognised that, in many cases, it will not be a case of choosing only one standard to digitise radio broadcasting in their country. They might have to use more than one system complementing each other in order to deliver country-wide radio digitisation.  The availability of multi-standard chipsets puts DRM in a good position. Recently returned from ABU’s Radio Asia held in Myanmar, Peter Streader from Ampegon AG reports. Read more

FM Is So Successful — Why Bother With Digital?

blog written by DRM Consortium Chairman, Ruxandra Obreja for Radio World on DRM and digitising radio.

Belgium Radio Federations Suggest DAB+, DRM+ Coexistence

Belgium’s radio federations advocate the coexistence of DAB+ with DRM+ as the best alternative for a smooth and successful digital radio transition in the Federation of Wallonia Brussels (Belgium).   Click on the links below for more media coverage

Belgium Radio Federations Suggest DAB+, DRM+ Coexistence

Belgiens freie Radios wünschen sich DRM+

les radios locales Wallonnes pour le DAB+ et le DRM+

Community Media Forum Europe 

Half of the independent radio stations could disappear in 2017 (in Belgium)

While the Radio Television Belge Francophone (RTBF, the public service) wishes to abandon the FM band and adopt the digital radio standard DAB+, the Coordination of Expression and Associative Radios (Craxx) pleads for DRM+, a more recent and more cost effective solution. 

Original article in French

First DRM broadcast from Brazil

The Public broadcaster EBC put Amazon National Radio on the air from the capital Brasilia in DRM30 (for AM) mode for the first time. The signal could be heard by Sao Paolo inhabitants - nearly 800 km away!  Read More  

DRM developments Discussed at the 25th Anniversary meeting of the NASB 2015 in Washington DC

Calvin Carter, Continental Electronics

The 25th annual meeting of the NASB (North American Shortwave Broadcasters) conference took place in Washington DC, USA on 21-22 May and DRM was featured prominently at the conference. Read more

Please meet one of the Consortium Members: RFmondial



High Technology – High Accuracy: RFmondial presents its RF-SE19

DRM member RFmondial from Hanover (Germany) recently announced a new DRM monitoring receiver model within its RF-SE series.

The RF-SE series is known for its high performance frontend with preselector filter banks and a digital direct-down conversion system approach. To suit the specific needs of the desired application, the well-proven digital base-band decoder and various modular blocks are available: for example, RSCI capability, audio and multimedia decoder, alarm feature, web-interface as well as RFmonitor connector.

RFmondial is pleased to announce a new innovative model, based on the highly successful RF-SE12. The new RF-SE19 has a smaller form factor, using proven high-quality receiver technology.  The compact form factor of only 1 RU makes it ideal for mobile field trials and saving rack space.

“Even though the RF-SE19 is much smaller, it still has the same comprehensive user interface as the RF-SE12 model”, - Jens Schroeder, Managing Director.

Albert Waal, Head of Hardware Development, introduced the new model at Broadcast Asia 2015, where many of the broadcast professionals were very excited about the new compact design. The next opportunity to view it is at IBC in September: “See for yourself and get to know the RF-SE19!” The RFmondial team will be pleased to show it you. 

Contact schroeder@rfmondial.com for purchasing information.  Read more

Special DRM Transmission for International Indian Cargo Crews 

International cargo ships will begin receiving special test DRM transmissions on SW, with content mainly from All India Radio aimed at seafarers where the whole crew or a majority of the crew is from India.  The special DRM transmissions have been arranged by the Seamen’s Mission in Kalundborg, Denmark, chaired by Jens C. Seeberg.  Currently two cargo ships are taking part in the test transmissions.

More simulcast testing in India

AIR Bengaluru is testing in simulcast mode, 612 kHz analogue + 621 kHz DRM.

The current schedule is:

5.55 am - 3.00 pm IST (Indian Standard Time)

5.30 pm - 11.10 pm IST

If you wish to send your reports please address them to: spectrum-manager@air.org.in.


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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
  • The DRM India page also lists the latest All India Radio DRM transmissions. Click here
  • The latest information on DRM transmissions and schedules is available here. Please let us know if you hear DRM anywhere else!  UPDATED
  • Over 30 broadcasters carry regular DRM transmissions, covering almost half the world’s population.
  • The DRM standard is now fully endorsed by the ITU (International Telecommmnications Union) and ETSI (European Telecomunications 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:

  • 22-23 June - Southern African Development Community (SADC) Digital Migration (DTT) Forum, Swakopmund, Namibia
  • 24-26 June - 10th FITERT Congress - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 30 June - 1 July - MEDIA 2020 - Bringing Media to the Future, Bucharest, Romania
  • 28-29 July - 2nd International Radio Broadcasting Summit - Africa - Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 24-28 August, HFCC Conference in Brisbane, Australia
  • 11-15 Sept IBC 2015 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • DRM Events at IBC:

    12 Sept - 1100-1230 - Thomson Broadcast 

    12 Sept - 1530-1700 - Nautel 

    13 Sept   1100-1230 - Ampegon AG

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