Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Taiwan lights-up their DRM transmitters toward Germany

We brought you the news about Taiwan  in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Now we see there is some more action! 

(Klick hier für Deutsch)...

"German Service of Radio Taiwan International to Broadcast in AM & DRM

The German service of Radio Taiwan International will have special broadcasts in AM & DRM during August, September and October 2016 directly from Tamshui transmitter site in Taiwan.

Reception reports will be verified with a special QSL-card.

Schedule as follows:  Frequency: 11665 kHz

July 22, 2016 at 1600-1610 UTC in AM and at 1620-1630 UTC in DRM (Test)

August 26, 27, 28, 2016 and September 02, 03 and 04, 2016 all at 1600-1700 UTC AM

October 01, 02, 03, 08 and 09, 2016 all at 1000-1100 UTC in AM

October 10, 2016 at 1000-1100 UTC in DRM"

Sunday, June 26, 2016

TDF to use DRM30 for SmartCAST data delivery

DRM has been in the spotlight lately for data delivery. French broadcaster TDF announced it will use DRM for a global SmartCAST service.

Checkout SmartCAST details on their Innovation page. You might read this Google translation of their info PDF on the subject too.

What I find intriguing is that many of us have touted the virtues of DRM for data broadcasting as long as DRM has been around. Only in the waning days of shortwave broadcasting does it seem that groups are beginning to catch on.

RNZI moves to a one-transmitter operation

Sad news, but we may notice little change to their DRM service. RNZI has been a DRM mainstay for the Pacific and much of CONUS via their "feeder" system for the Pacific Islands.

"The move to a one-transmitter operation will result in a reduced service to current individual short-wave listeners in the region. RNZI will still broadcast in analogue short-wave for extensive periods of each day, but there won't be a 24 hour service as there has been. This is likely to be most felt during breakfast hours when we will need to broadcast a digital signal for relaying stations, rather than an analogue one."

More info RNZI's use of DRM may be found in an interview we did with Adrian Sainsbury in 2012.

Monday, June 13, 2016

KTWR uses DRM for "filecasting" from Guam to Thailand

UPDATE 20160620 - Additional details here.

Big news from George Ross and KTWR, Trans World Radio's flagship shortwave station on Guam.

Here is their post about a revolutionary Guam to Thailand transmission of data using DRM. "In partnership with Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH), which provided its media-rich Bible.is mobile app for the filecast."

I believe that this transmission was seen June 8th by Japanese DRM DXer Hiroyuki Okamura, as reported in the June 2016 DRM Newsletter.

What we have here is more DRM innovation! Shortwave is not dead and we are just now reaching the tip of the iceberg as to what DRM can do with it.

I will be sure to bother our friend George Ross (seen above in the checkered shirt) for more details on his latest DRM adventure!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

HOWDEE! Big fun at NASB 2016 in Nashville

Way back as a kid, I learned from Minnie Pearl on Hee Haw that there is nothing quite like Southern Hospitality. My Nashville experience was wonderful. The NASB folks (with local hosts World Christian Broadcasting and WWCR) really put on a nice conference.

Sessions were interesting and varied. DRM was well represented and the subject of much between-session conversation.

Below is my brief recap of sessions during the 2 day, shortwave industry broadcaster's conference held at the Hampton Inn Vanderbilt Westend in Nashville, Tennessee...

Day 1 - June 2nd, 2016:

Opening remarks from Charles Caudill, NASB president.

Kevin Chambers on Madagascar World Voice.

Panel discussion of HFCC with experiences from Brisbane, Australia.

Tribute to the late Mother Angelica by Glen Tapley of WEWN.

Dr. Dowell Chow on additional languages from AWR.

George Ross from TWR Guam with some exciting DRM updates and info on HFCC DRM tests. It seems the Newstar DR-111 recieved the best test broadcast decodes of the receivers in use (Newstar, Avion, Uniwave).

Yours truly presented a DRM update on India and a demo of the BST-1 car shortwave adapter.

Day 2 - June 3rd, 2016:

Ray Robinson and Rev. John Tayloe on KVOH and the new broadcasts from Lusaka and future work on MW from Israel.

Charles Jacobson gave the history of HCJB and a beautiful tribute to his father, the shortwave legend Herb Jacobson. HCJB is now SonSet Solutions and Reach Beyond Australia.

Ludo Maes of Broadcast Belgium gave us a preview of HFCC Miami this August.

There was an announcement that NASB 2017 will be sponsored by KVOH and held in Simi Valley, California.

As normal, the NASB members made me (and the other enthusiasts) feel welcome and part of the group. The famous DRM aficionado Zyg and I were treated to a private tour of WWCR by Brady Murray. Thanks Brady!

I even won a ticket to the Grand Ole Opry! Martina McBride and others serenaded a packed house.

Thanks to all of the participants and members that made this conference possible.