Wednesday, January 16, 2019

New DRM standalone receiver at BES?

I have been given an anonymous tip that there will be a new receiver unveiled at BES 2019 in India. Inntot Technologies is an Indian company. This appears to be another SDR with DRM decoding capability. I am hopeful we will get some details from attendees.

It would be cool if this one pushes the price-point down. India and China are the markets to watch! I'll be hunting around for an interview opportunity with these guys.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

KTWR Special DRM broadcasts for Japan!

KTWR Guam will be broadcasting special DRM Christmas programs in Japanese and English.  Here is the schedule:

Freq     Time-UTC    Zone   PWR   AZI         Dates            Lang
7500    1245-1315     45     50   320       Dec 16-23   DRM     Jap
9380    1245-1315     41     75   285       Dec 24-25   DRM     Eng
9910    1100-1130     45     50   350       Dec 15-22   DRM     Jap
11995   1030 1100     51     50   165       Dec 24-25   DRM     Eng 

This came via George Ross of TWR. Such great news! Japanese radio enthusiasts love DRM and KTWR. This is a real Christmas gift!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Shortwave cut reversal in Australia?

Per this article, it looks like Australia may get some "Northern Territory" shortwave services back. Not sure if this will light-up the Shepparton site or not (which had DRM capability). Installation of DRM-ready txers happened in 2010.

Abrupt closure of all ABC Shortwave occurred in 2017 as witnessed in this YouTube video. Awaiting updates on this news. We can be hopeful that a move like this begins an international trend - but I'm doubtful.

Friday, October 19, 2018

USCG - Always Ready and DRM might be the path forward!

You might recall our excitement when the United States Coast Guard announced testing of DRM for Alaska shipping and weather product delivery.

Well, the verdict is in and it is a strong GO!

Brother Brendan served as our representative on this one (former U.S. Coast Guard radioman, I might add - Semper Paratus!) by presenting them with reception reports and data analysis. So without further adieu, here is the final report: Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM)Broadcast Summary Report For Long Range Dissemination of Maritime Information. Thanks to Benn for the tip from DXLD. Please note that they discuss sending News and Sports info via DRM too. COOL!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

The "High-Frequency Parties" submit an FCC filing

I have ranted ad nauseum on this blog about needed changes to federal regulations about shortwave broadcasting. So with compatriots Benn Kobb and Dr. Kim Andrew Elliott, I have put my money where my mouth is - by co-submitting a filing to the FCC about updating said regulations for shortwave broadcasting!

Please enjoy it here. In addition, Benn has posted a FAQ to clarify the finer points of our treatise.

This is not a proposal, merely a response to FCC Docket 18-227 "Media Bureau Seeks Comment on the Status of Competition in the Marketplace for Delivery of Audio Programming".