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Newsletter

July 2015

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Dear Friends, Colleagues and Partners,

If you are thinking of summer we are already planning autumn, or rather the DRM presence at IBC in September. We hope to welcome you at the big media exhibition in Amsterdam where we will also host a series of exciting DRM events and announcements.

The South African Minister of Communications also had a taste of DRM and you can hear what she declared to our partner in the country.

A bit more on this as well as on developments and real DRM transmissions in Brazil below.

As usual you will find in this edition news and updates from India.

DRM as a complete and efficient digital radio solution is also featuring in an important meeting held in Geneva in July and more generally in the international press.

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

For regular news about DRM visit:
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Latest News

South African Communications Minister Faith Muthambi gives her vision on digital radio and receivers

During a visit to the DRM30 Pretoria test site, Communications Minister, Faith Muthambi, commended Radio Pulpit 675 AM in leading the way in digitising radio in South Africa.  She stressed the commitment of the South African Government in pushing forward the migration to digital radio and called on manufacturers to produce DRM receivers – “Manufacturers must also design and build DRM receivers for the South African SADC region. I will not support the importation of these receivers from any other country outside of our SADC region.”  Read more

Digital radio on the agenda of the SADC Conference in Namibia

DRM was on the Southern Africa agenda in Namibia too. On June 22-23 June the Southern African Development Community (SADC) organised a digital media international conference in Walvis Bay on the Atlantic coast of Namibia where for the first digital radio was on the agenda. Gerhard Filip of Ampegon AG - who reports from the conference - and Johannes von Weyssenhoff represented DRM.  Read more

DRM updates published by ETSI 

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has published V4.1.1 of the Receiver Status and Control Interface (RSCI) specification for DRM.  This means that all the DRM specifications at ETSI are now up to date with DRM+ and xHE-AAC.  Click here to download.

AM Broadcasting Reassessed

In her latest Radio World blog DRM Chair, Ruxandra Obreja examines how the benefits and unique qualities of AM analogue services can be enhanced using a digital sound broadcasting system like Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM).  DRM offers the only global digital solution with excellent sound for all the AM bands and in India, one of the world’s largest digital radio deployments, it is already underway.  Read more

All India Radio (AIR) transmits Vividh Bharati and FM Rainbow in DRM digital mode from New Delhi

All India Radio has started transmission of Vividh Bharati and FM Rainbow in DRM digital mode and the broadcast was recently on show during the Digital India Week Program, which ran from 1st - 7th July.  Read more

DRM on Site Training at HPT AIR Vijayawada 

On Site Training of 300 KW Nautel Transmitter at HPT AIR Rajkot took place 6th-10th July for 15 Trainees from AIR.  Read more  Staff also celebrated the newly commissioned DRM Transmitter.

Director General of All India Radio, Shri Faiyyaz Sheheryar Visits Hadapsar DRM Transmitter Site

The Director General (DG) of All India Radio, Shri Faiyyaz Sheheryar visited Hadapsar, 13 kms away from Pune city, site of a 100kw high power DRM transmitter. Shri Ashish Bhatnagar, DDG of AIR Pune, briefed him about the operation of the DRM transmitter. The DG met with the staff at the site and planted a tree on the premises to mark the visit.

In the Gulf (UAE) Pravasi Bharathi Broadcasting Corporation to launch world’s first Malayalam Digital Radio by November 2015

Pravasi Bharathi Broadcasting Corporation operating from its headquarter in UAE is entering into an important phase of its journey.

According to Chandrasenan.K, Managing Director & General Manager of Pravasi Bharathi Broadcasting Corporation, "Pravasi Bharathi 810 AM", world’s first Malayalam digital radio and the first digital radio in the Middle East will be on air by November 2015 using the Digital Radio Mondiale standard.

They are planning to use a 200 kW AM/DRM simulcast transmitter from DRM member Nautel.  

Brazil tests in DRM shortwave continue

Last month we reported on the first ever domestic DRM broadcasts in Brazil.  The public broadcaster EBC transmitted Amazon National Radio from the capital Brasilia in DRM30 (for AM) mode. The signal could be heard by Sao Paolo inhabitants - nearly 800 km away and even further away! For more results, follow the links below:

Received approximately 1200 Km away

Received approximately 300 Km away

Received approximately 800 Km away

Video 7.170 kHz

Video 9.755 kHz

Brazil FITERT Union Meets in Rio to Discuss Digital Radio and Television

Brazil’s ‘Interstate Federation of Radio and Television Workers’ Union (FITERT) held its 10th congress meeting in Rio de Janeiro last month.  DRM Brazil Representative, Marcelo Goedert, represented the Consortium and participated in a panel discussion.  Read more

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

Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) is already preparing for this year’s International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam 10th - 15th September. We are planning four events at IBC this year, more than ever. 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


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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
  • DRM publishes a special monthly Noticeboard for India.
  • 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.

Nautel
Ampegon
RFMondiale

Upcoming events:

11 Sept - 1400-1500 - Fraunhofer IIS (Hall 8 B80)

12 Sept - 1100-1230 - Thomson Broadcast (Hall 8 C35)

12 Sept - 1530-1700 - Nautel (Hall 8 C49)

13 Sept   1100-1230 - Ampegon AG (Hall 8 D35)


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