Thursday, October 23, 2014

Global24Radio on WRMI

Certainly an interesting development! No word about DRM but I think at least for now, it is unlikely...
 
(Hollywood, FL) Oct. 21, 2014 – Global 24 Radio LLC announced today that its inaugural broadcast will go live at 7:00 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31, with a line-up of new and well-known programs and around-the-clock English language programming.  The broadcast can be heard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 9395 kHz on WRMI broadcasting from Okeechobee, Florida.

“We’re very excited about launching Global 24 and the important contributions it will make to shortwave radio listening – as both a medium worth preserving and a vital part of the modern media mix for so many listeners around the world,” said Phil Workman, general manager of Global 24.   “Our broadcast will appeal to dedicated shortwave listeners (SWL) all over the world looking for breaking news, opinion and music.”

Global 24 aims to revitalize the shortwave medium by bringing general interest news and entertainment into sharper focus for listeners looking for high quality programming on a daily basis.  Regular listeners will be informed, entertained and engaged in an ever more complex world. 

According to Jeff White, general manager of WRMI,  “Global 24 represents another step in the long overdue commercialization of shortwave radio.  We are excited to be working with them on their ambitious program to engage and entertain a global audience.”

Additional press releases in coming days will announce our broadcast schedule, our Listeners’ Club, contests, sponsors, our web store, staff and much more.  Follow us on Twitter at @Global24Radio or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/global24radio.  Visit our website:  http://www.global24radio.com  to join our email newsletter for the most current updates.
- See more at: http://about.global24radio.com/for-immediate-release-shortwaves-newest-broadcaster-global-24-takes-to-the-air-at-700-pm-eastern-on-october-31-on-9395-khz/#comments

Saturday, October 18, 2014

RTI test ID seen on West Coast

I had reception of this ID from today's DRM test by Radio Taiwan International on 11665 kHz.

Our friend Terje in Sweden reported regarding yesterday's broadcast:  

"Radio Taiwan International... at 1600 UTC in German! Yesterday I got about 98% CDA here on 11665 kHz." 

This is a great sign from our Taiwanese friends! Those Ampegon transmitters are being put to good use. Let's hope this means DRM from Taiwan to North America!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Exclusive interview with Indian DRM manufacturer Ankit Agrawal

Ankit, How long has Avion been working on DRM receivers? What other products do you manufacture?

It's been more than 16 months that we have been  working on this DRM radio and very soon you will see it in the market as well. We are doing Analog radios (3 band) for the past 20 years for the African market under the "Makula" name. We have about 8 models for this particular segment.
 

We also manufacture Color TVs of 14" & 21". Still the market in India is big for this product. With CTV we are also doing LED TVs of various sizes such as 16", 20", 24",29",32", all made in the factory under Communication Systems Inc.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

REE leaves shortwave (and DRM)


Well, another one bites the dust! They think everyone that cares already has satellite equipment.

"Radio Exterior de Spain suppress shortwave broadcasting in the next 15 October." 

"Therefore Exterior modernizes its radio emissions with better sound quality from zero hours, peninsular Spanish time, from the next day 15, offering its programming via satellite, Internet and DTT."  

So apparently one "modernizes radio emissions" by leaving radio?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Radio Nacional da Amazonia works toward DRM

Our man on the scene, Rafael Diniz reports about work ongoing at Radio Nacional da Amazonia.

"Hi there people,

Past week I visited the Rodeador transmitter site of RNdA. 

I'm helping EBC engineers to put a DRM signal on ar. 

We are trying to connect the USRP / Spark to excite the the Continental Lensa tx, but it's giving us too much headache, I think the better will be to use the 250kW BBC tube tx instead at 6180kHz (currently off-air).

There are some pictures of the txs and antennas (and me!) here:
http://www.telemidia.puc-rio.br/~rafaeldiniz/public_files/ebc_drm_trial/

Best regards,
Rafael Diniz" 
Here is the satellite view of the antenna field. Thanks Rafael for the update. Be sure to tell us more as soon as you have the details! (via DRMNA Yahoo Group)