Monday, March 20, 2017

Engineering Radio Blog advocates for DRM30

Paul Thurst and a few others (in comments) make nice comments about the new era of broadcasting including DRM30. Of course, we at DRMNA agree! Check out Engineering Radio and leave a comment. Grassroots DRM30 advocacy!

With the PantronX Titus2 and the Gospell GR-216 on their way, we should have some affordable receivers soon. Will there be any broadcasts left to to listen to?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Gospell GR-216 update

Here is an update per a 23 January 2017 email from Haochun Liu of Gospell:

"The GR-216 development is in progress, the hardware part is almost finished and now we are focusing on software. We are expecting a small quantity trail production by March..."

Sunday, January 22, 2017

PantronX Titus II update

Here is an update per a 21 January 2017 email from Mike of PantronX:

"Thanks for keeping in touch and inquiring.  We are pulling a lot together.

As posted on

http://hfcc.org/delivery/receivers.phtml


'Update on availability received from PantronX: "We have been overwhelmed with the response to Titus with orders and request - coupled with an early Chinese New Year that the pre-production date has slipped a bit. Please be patient as we work with our suppliers and add more functions.'

Can't say what that is yet, and hope we can in a few weeks and website update.
All the best,

~ Mike"

Sunday, December 18, 2016

NASB 2017 details announced. KVOH in Los Angeles area to host

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DRM and SWL enthusiasts alike will find something entertaining at the upcoming NASB Annual Meeting hosted by KVOH in Rancho Simi, California.

KVOH is California's only remaining shortwave transmitter site. The location provides for enjoyment of California's great weather and access to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
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Meeting Location:   KVOH/KWSV studios at Simi Valley Town Center in Simi Valley, California

Meeting Hotel:  The Grand Vista Hotel in Simi Valley, California.  The hotel is just under one mile from Simi Valley Town Center (1 five-minute drive or 15-minute walk).  Transportation will be provided between the hotel and Simi Valley Town Center.

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Conference Host:  KVOH, Voice of Hope, Strategic Communication Ministries

Meeting Dates:  Wednesday, May 16-Saturday, May 20, 2017

Costs for Attendees:  There is no cost to attend the meeting itself, and the meals indicated in the agenda will be provided free of charge.  Attendees must pay their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Hotel Room Rate:  $89.00 per night, including breakfast, a nightly complimentary cocktail, and complimentary wi-fi.  Local room tax is 12% extra.

Hotel Reservation Deadline Date:  April 26, 2017.  Reservations made after this date are subject to availability of rooms and at the current room rate.

Hotel Cancellation Policy:  Rooms may be cancelled without penalty up until 6pm on the day of arrival.

Hotel Check-in Time:  3:00 pm.  Early check-in on Wednesday may be possible (before 3:00 pm), but it is not guaranteed.

Hotel Check-out Time:  12:00 pm

Hotel Reservation Procedure:  Attendees should make their hotel reservations directly with the Grand Vista Hotel.  Reservations may be made either online through the hotel website www.grandvistasimi.com, or by phone.  By phone, just asking for the NASB rate should be sufficient, but online, you will have to enter our "Group Code," which is 2075.  The hotel reservation phone number: (800) 455-7464 / (805) 583-2000.

Meeting Registration Form:  At the time you make your hotel reservation, please also fill out the following Meeting Registration Form:

http://apps.wrmi.net/webform/?event=form.show&formId=10009&key=F0BC4DC203

Transportation from/to the airport:  If you do not have a rental car, please provide your flight arrival/departure information on the meeting registration form, and the organizers will arrange for shuttle drivers to be there to pick you up.

Hotel Address:  Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way, Simi Valley, California 93065

Hotel Website:  www.grandvistasimi.com

Library & Museum

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Website:  https://www.reaganfoundation.org/library-museum/

TENTATIVE MEETING AGENDA:  

Wednesday, May 17

Morning - Most flights to the West Coast arrive in the morning.  Shuttle transportation to the Grand Vista Hotel will be provided from Burbank Airport (35 miles) and from Los Angeles International Airport/LAX (45 miles). 

1:00-2:00 pm - Lunch and tour of KVOH/KWSV studios
2:00-5:00 pm - Conference Sessions (including an afternoon break)
Evening - Dinner in a local restaurant

Thursday, May 18

8:00-9:00 am - NASB Business and Board Meetings
9:00-10:45 am - Conference Sessions
10:45-11:00 am - Coffee Break
11:00 am-2:00 pm - Tour to KVOH transmitter site (morning broadcast to Latin America ends at 12:00 noon).  
Lunch will be at a local restaurant.
2:00-3:30 pm - Conference Sessions3:30-3:45 pm - Afternoon Coffee Break
3:45-5:00 pm - Conference Sessions and Closing
Evening - Possible local event

Friday, May 19

9:00 am-4:00 pm - Visit to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, including lunch.  The library is 5 miles/15 minutes by car from the hotel.  Transportation will be provided, but attendees must pay the entrance fee ($16.00) and for their lunch.
Evening - Dinner at a local restaurant

Saturday, May 20

Early Morning - Transfers to airports for flights home

Saturday, October 29, 2016

VOACAP for Brasilia test


Hello Cuba and the Caribbean! Looks like even some of CONUS gets this one. Brother Rafael sends details:

"We assembled the pre-amplifier and the final amp is a ham-amplifier
RM-Italy HLA 305. The modulator is USRP/Spark.
Here in Brazil people could hear small audio hiccups in Rio de Janeiro
(about 1000km away) with the antenna beamed to south.
HR 4/4/0.5, 7db of gain, 312 degrees, 150W "

So, none other than Brother Zyg to the rescue with a VOACAP.

I must say, time and time again I am impressed by the International nature of our hobby. In a time of civil wars, refugees and "building walls", I am humbled by the DRM and Shortwave communities. There is HOPE, my friends. I'm tempted to sing Kumbaya, but I will resist.