Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Great News: India's first DRM receiver!

Indian manufacturer Avion Electronics debuted their first DRM receiver at this week's IBC in Amsterdam. See more photos from the Consortium here.

Communications System Incorporated director Ankit Agrawal was quoted as saying:

"Our receiver performed very well and its audio quality, extra features and ease of use received a lot of positive feedback.  IBC participants particularly liked the extended battery life of the receiver and its emergency warning capability.  With small adjustments we plan to make the receiver available for order in the next few months...

(The new AV-DR -1401 is a ) stereo model (that) can receive digital DRM SW and MW, as well as analogue AM and FM, and offers some of the extra features that make digital superior to analogue, including more choice in perfect sound (MPEG audio), multimedia applications and local interactive text and media (Journaline), automatic tuning by station rather than frequency, and emergency alert capability."

Price and availability details will be forthcoming. See the DRM Consortium September newsletter for further details. DRMNA will work for an interview with Mr. Agarwal and hopefully a review model in the near future.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NRSC - take a look at DRM for MW!

This Radio World article talks about the NRSC and their "impact". How about they check-out the impact of allowing DRM on MW in the USA?

In fact, this BBC study on Project Mayflower might just tell them what they need to know. Even at modest power levels, DRM works well and sounds better than AM!

This is one of many documents that plead our case - that DRM is the digital solution for the mediumwave and shortwave bands.

Let Radio World know what you think about DRM! Perhaps the FCC and NRSC will get the picture and allow DRM to be tested head-to-head with IBOC on the AM/MW broadcast band.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

Bad news from BBG

It looks like the worst for VOA and affiliated US government shortwave broadcasting. Per their recent report, the listening situation is dire - further causing reductions to most of these services. In addition, the axe falls for BBG using DRM:

"Digital shortwave, or Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM), is unlikely to become an established mass media distribution methodology in enough of the BBG’s current or future markets to justify the costs."

I suggest you  save yourself time, by reading this brief synopsis, but if you are into self-harm here is the full report. I'm beginning to think that shortwave in general and DRM in particular need some strong medicine to be successful, and FAST!

As a side note, the report indicates that India is backing away from it "wholesale" conversion to DRM. India has been touted as the one case where DRM could really make a difference. Let's hope that the writers of this report are just plain wrong on that score, but I have no reason to question their understanding of the situation.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

More shortwave casualties in the Pacific (and around the world)

Bad news comes in threes. Radio Australia is about to be impacted by huge reductions which will leave Pacific islands without regional content. Here is an interesting article which lays out the cuts.

A week or so ago, I noted that Radio New Zealand schedule shows that they are reducing their DRM broadcasts that serve as feeders for local FMs on these same islands.

Why is it that none of the "smartest people" in the developed world are able to understand that they remain the privileged around the globe? Just over one-third of the population of our "big blue marble" has Internet connectivity. The US government just made this same mistake with HR 4490 whereby IBB/BBG will be reducing shortwave.

I'm too small and too close to shortwave (a hobbyist) to be of any use to these wonks. Why isn't there outrage from on high? You'd think the old-time hawks in the US government would recognize these cuts for what they are - weakening our ability to spread the "gospel" of democracy and freedom. In addition, the cuts to services by our English speaking friends "down under" weaken their impact to Pacific island neighbors.