August 2016

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Dear Friends, Colleagues and Partners,

August has started quietly so now is the time to prepare our effort for the IBC in Amsterdam. Should you be there in the first week of September, please do not miss the DRM events or the prizes (Avion receivers) to be won there. The ABU webinar giving more information on DRM and the new appointment in the Indonesian public broadcaster, RRI kept our focus on Asia.

Now is also the time to look closer at our Asia-Pacific Enterprise Award. So start nominating the best entrepreneurs willing to promote the standard and create receiver solutions.

There will be also two special DRM transmissions from Europe and the Atlantic Ocean to mark important events and anniversaries. Please check the details below.

Please scroll down to find more about all this. If you have exciting news about you and you want your company to feature in the next Newsletter can tell you how!

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Ruxandra Obreja 
Chair, DRM Consortium

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Latest News

Digital Radio Mondiale at IBC 2016: ‘DRM: Smart Radio for All’

Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) has an exciting line-up of events at this year’s International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam 9th - 13th September. IBC is the leading global tradeshow for broadcasters and media professionals and attracts over 150,000 visitors every year from over 160 countries worldwide. DRM will have more events than ever, more to share and show than in the previous years at “pop-up events” hosted by key members of the Consortium.

  • GatesAir: Friday 9th September, (Hall 8 B80 1400 to 1500)
  • Thomson Broadcast: Saturday 10th September, 1230 to 1330 (Hall 8 C35)
  • Nautel : Saturday 10th September, 1530 and 1700 (Hall 8 C49)
  • Ampegon and Transradio, Sunday 11th September 1400 to 1500 (Hall 8 D35)

With four key events planned throughout the five-day exhibition participants will have an opportunity to enter the DRM Prize draw and win an Avion DRM digital radio!

Other DRM members present at IBC are: Babcock International, Fraunhofer IIS, Panasonic, RIZ Transmitters and RFmondial.

If you want to attend the DRM events please contact:

DRM Helps Boost AM Quality in Cars – The View from NXP India

In an interview with, Sanjay Gupta, Director, Automotive BU, NXP Semiconductors discusses the growing automotive market in India and the importance of the multi-standard chip which incorporates DRM that will bring extra benefits to users.  Read more

DRM Included in the ABU Technology Webinar Festival

DRM will participate in this year’s ABU Technology Webinar Festival 2016. DRM Webinar: “DRM - For Full and Efficient Country Coverage”, Wednesday 17 August 2016 from 1:30 AM to 3:00 AM (GMT). The webinar will be repeated from 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM (GMT same day).

Click here to register to take part in the webinar. 

Digital Radio can Offer Listeners’ Choice 

In her latest blog published in Radio World, Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Chairman, argues that the many benefits of digital radio would be welcomed by listeners, if they were aware of what is available.  Read more

Radio Still Strong in the USA

The “one for all” unbeatable feature of audio broadcasting keeps radio popularity high. In the United States there is even a National Radio Day(August 26th), a good occasion to celebrate everything that audiences love about radio.  The day was set up to acknowledge the importance of radio in the United States.  Read more

A recent report by BIA/Kelsey also examined radio trends and concluded that radio should not be underestimated.  Read more

Special DRM Broadcast from Radio Vaticana for the HFCC Conference in Miami

Radio Vatican’s special broadcast has been planned to run before and  during the next HFCC International Broadcasting Delivery coordination conference scheduled to take place in Miami, USA, 22-26 August 2016. Read more

The broadcast is from Santa Maria di Galeria, Vatican Radio transmitting site, at 19:30 – 20:00 UTC on 17510 kHz, 250 kW digital, AHR 4/4/.5 at 292°, 16QAM-ModeB-Protection level 0.62 – Bit rate 14560 – SDR On.

If you are able to receive the broadcast, please send any comments to

Also visit the Facebook page of WRMI for more details.

Special DRM Transmission from Ascension Island – Sunday 28 August 2016

A special DRM digital transmission from the BBC Atlantic Relay station will be aired on 21715 kHz, marking the fiftieth anniversary of the BBC’s first short-wave radio broadcast from Ascension Island.  The BBC has been broadcasting BBC World Service programmes to Africa and South America from the Atlantic Relay station in the Ascension Island since 1966. Fifty years later the BBC continues to broadcast over 250 programme hours every week to East and West Africa in English, French, Hausa and Somali.  This special transmission will be sent with greetings from Ascension Island’s BBC and Babcock International staff and visitors celebrating this special occasion.   Read more

Key DRM Company Profile

Ampegon is a new brand established in autumn 2012 to merge the former Thomson Broadcast radio activities and newly acquired companies in one powerful and market leading group. The group consists of Ampegon AG, Turgi (Switzerland), Ampegon Antenna Systems GmbH, Ludwigshafen (Germany) and Ampegon PPT GmbH, Dortmund (Germany) with a sales and service office in Beijing, China. Ampegon serves the global Science, MedTech, Industry and Broadcast markets with an extensive product range tailored to customer needs in these strategic fields. As the leading designer, manufacturer and system integrator of AM/DRM radio broadcast systems Ampegon offers the complete system including transmitters, antennas and a wide range of auxiliary equipment. In addition, the group is developing world-class technology and fully integrated solutions to serve scientific, medical and industrial markets: RF amplifier systems, high voltage and high current power supplies as well as short and long pulse modulators. The products and services stand for innovation, advanced technology and premium quality systems.

You can also meet Ampegon at the DRM event at IBC, Amsterdam, as follows:

  • Ampegon and TransradioSunday 11th September 1400 to 1500 (Hall 8 D35)

DRM Enterprise Award – Asia Pacific Region 2016

Nominations are now welcomed for the second DRM Enterprise Award for the Asia Pacific region. The Award is jointly sponsored by the DRM Consortium and SAS, the leader in analytics, aims to stimulate interest in the DRM standard in various parts of the world that can benefit from the full introduction of digital radio, like the various countries of the Asia Pacific region. The first DRM annual prize was aimed at the Pacific Islands and was awarded in 2014 to SIBC, the public broadcaster in the Solomon Pacific Islands.  Nominations should be sent to: by September 30th.  

Around the Web

Indian digital launch near border with Bangladesh

EBU Will Administer “.Radio” Domain Name

BBC iPlayer Radio app now available in the U.S.

The Evolution of Shortwave Radio

Did you know?

  • 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 Telecommunications Union) and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute).
  • 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.  


Upcoming events:

22-26 August      HFCC Meeting, Miami, USA

24-27 August      ABU, Pacific Media Partnership Conference, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

29 Aug - 1st Sept   SET Congress – Brazilian Broadcast Society - Congress and Expo – São Paulo, Brazil

DRM at IBC 2016:

GatesAir: Friday 9th September, (Hall 8 B80 1400 to 1500)

Thomson Broadcast: Saturday 10th September, 1230 to 1330 (Hall 8 C35)

Nautel : Saturday 10th September, 1530 and 1700 (Hall 8 C49)

Ampegon and Transradio, Sunday 11th September 1400 to 1500 (Hall 8 D35)

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