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 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.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The United States Coast Guard to the (DRM) Rescue!

From the DRM May monthly newsletter comes this bombshell... U.S. Coast Guard has a tender for a DRM solution for Arctic Sea operations!

This is HUGE people! A U.S. Government entity wanting to solve a problem with DRM? I love it! This must follow (to a certain degree) the operation and findings of the German Navy with their DRM broadcasting.

My read is that the Coast Guard has determined that (what my brilliant readers determined 10 years ago) DRM WORKS! DRM to be deployed to ships at sea for weather maps and reports as part of Next Generation Arctic Navigational Safety Information System (ANSIS).

What this tender does not say is that calling for HF DRM capable equipment for North American service, opens the way for other U.S. broadcasters to begin DRM broadcasting. It could mean U.S. produced (or at least designed) receivers and the viability of using DRM as an HF broadcasting solution. The tender even uses words like "Low Cost User Monitor " meaning an affordable receiver. BRILLIANT!
I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry! This is what we have been saying all along! The Coasties breaking loose DRM for North America could be the dream come true for DRMNA "true believers".

Thursday, May 5, 2016

DRM Recommends DRM30 for FCC’s AM Revitalization

The title has it! Read the Radio World story here.

Frequent readers of DRMNA will accuse me of being a broken record on this topic, but AM HD Radio is effectively dead. DRM30 is THE alternative that can survive skywave and revive the heyday of AM-blowtorch radio. Imagine stereo signals covering a third or more of CONUS! DRM30 can do it!

With huge night skywave distances covered and good fidelity stereo, AM could be fun again (like these "radiophone dancers" in Atlanta were enjoying in May 1920). Can you imagine what Wolfman Jack would think of digital stereo coverage via DRM30?

Music on AM via DRM30 could be a revolution.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Panasonic & Zambia

The DRM Consortium is pleased to welcome Panasonic as its newest member.  Panasonic joined other DRM members at the recent DRM General Assembly held in Germany.

DRM is the choice for Zambia, according to Mr Eustace Nkandu, Director
at the Independent Broadcasting Authority of this country who stressed
that: “Zambia wants to commence the process of digital migration for
radio and the position is that DRM is the most favoured digital sound

The regulatory body in Zambia has been asked to spearhead the country’s digital migration for radio. As a result, the regulator has sent out
letters to all radio stations licensed in Zambia to send their submissions on digital migration. This will be followed by a meeting of the key stakeholders for further discussions.

(Both stories from the DRM April Newsletter)