Thursday, December 30, 2021

As the World ‘Turms’ by Benn Kobb


Reprinted here by permission of the author. Thanks Benn!

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Subject: As the World ‘Turms’

It would seem like 2021 would end with no FCC action on the three mysterious entities requesting licenses under the umbrella of International Broadcasting, but likely involved in sending private messages to trading clients in Europe and Asia.

In fact there has been action, of a sort.

Two of those applicants are still waiting to receive construction permits. The third — Turms Tech, part of Turms Holdings, a subsidiary of Emcor Securities of New York — already has a construction permit and says it has built a 10 kW DRM station in New Jersey.

Turms requested callsign WIPE. It is so listed with the FCC. Turms has no license to operate this station. Yet.

The FCC is apparently not clear about whether Turms intends to use WIPE for conventional broadcasting — you know, the only type of transmission permitted under the FCC rules for such HF stations.

Turms originally told the FCC that it will engage in “broadcast and data services” and “broadcast of financial, economic news and data through distribution of programs generally prepared on the basis of requests by clients.”

Clear as mud. If broadcasting business news on shortwave to DRM receivers is profitable, you’d think that WTWW, WRMI, WBCQ, WWRB etc. would have discovered that years ago.

And what’s that about “data”? The FCC rules are plain that HFBC stations are for broadcasting to the public. There is no exemption to that requirement whether the broadcast is audio for listening or data for decoding.

So to clarify the issues, on Dec. 3, 2021 five FCC staff members asked WIPE’s consulting engineer if he could answer a few questions.

He couldn’t, at the time. Quoting from a record of that online meeting: “The information being sought was clarification of certain general non-technical items that will be possibly proposed by the pending shortwave operation. These type of items or clarifications are not normally items that this [engineering] firm would be knowledgeable.”

Presumably after consulting with his client Turms, he later provided FCC with these answers:

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Q: Clarification is requested regarding the audio and data content of the general service to be provided, if known?

A: Airtime will be sold to anyone interested in broadcasting his contents. Editorial line will focus on contemporary topics, no religious or political contents. More specifically the target we’re looking for is global news and financial information, CNBC style programs.

Q: Will encryption be used in the transmitted signal?

A: No encryption will be used, this is a general broadcast.

Q. Will there be a contract for reception of the signal required?

A. No contract will be required for the reception.

Q. Will a DRM receiver be required for either or both the audio or the data?

A. A DRM receiver will be required for both audio and data.

Q. Will the proposed transmitter site receive other international HF signals to be rebroadcast on the intended operation?

A. No.

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The FCC’s question about contract is especially pertinent, as the FCC considers broadcasting to require no contract between transmitting and receiving parties. A private data operation would involve such a contract, usually for some kind of subscription or other fee for service.

So what should we believe? WIPE will not engage in private data communications, but will instead pursue a sketchy business plan?

On December 23, 2021, RF engineer Alex Pilosov submitted a detailed objection — his second — to the TURMS application. According to Pilosov, “the directors and officers of TURMS do not claim any broadcasting experience, but certainly have substantial business experience, and are aware of the business of trading and data transmission.

“What TURMS claims,” he told the FCC, “is that a company without any experience in broadcasting decides to construct the first International Broadcast station in 20 years dedicated to ‘financial news’ programming, and ‘data broadcast to the general public,’ foregoing any subscription revenues, but somehow able to recoup the setup costs by broadcast operations alone.

“The second possibility, apparent from digging into the facts and associated entities, is that TURMS instead lacked candor in its filings, and that its application for ‘International Broadcast’ is merely a pretext for private data transmission business.”

If and when WIPE goes on the air — on 9.65, 11.850, 13.720 and 15.450 MHz — DRM monitoring by the SWL community should help establish the facts about any possible encrypted or otherwise non-public, non-broadcast emissions from this station.

Benn Kobb

Friday, September 24, 2021

Report from Brazil DRM test

 


It is in Portuguese, but has some great images and a post from Brother Zyg included! Check out the PDF here.

Monday, August 9, 2021

NASB 2021 Postponed due to Covid

 

NASB 2021
Annual Meeting

URGENT! (updated August 6, 2021)
Meeting Dates:
The 2021 NASB Annual Meeting which was scheduled for September 9 and 10 has been postponed (again) due to the Covid-19 situation in Alabama. 

EWTN/WEWN has put all meetings on hold until further notice due to serious infections of the Covid Delta variant in the area.  We sincerely apologize to everyone for this inconvenience, and we hope that those who have airline reservations can change them to the new dates when we know what they are.   

If you have reserved a room at the Best Western hotel, please cancel your reservation.  There will be no penalty; no charges have been made to your cards.  Please check this website regularly for the latest updates. 

We hope to reschedule our annual meeting as soon as possible, and it will be in the same location at WEWN.  Please be safe, and again we apologize for this situation which is unfortunately beyond our control.  Thank you.


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

NASB 2021 Scheduled for September at WEWN



The NASB 2021 Annual Meeting will be Thursday and Friday, September 9 & 10, in Birmingham, Alabama. The meeting will be held at the WEWN transmitter site. Suggested arrival on Wednesday as the meetings will start early Thursday morning. 

WEWN will provide transportation between the hotel and the transmitter site, and also for the optional excursion to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville on Friday afternoon.  

Here is the updated info. I'm already booked so see you there!  





Thursday, April 1, 2021

CNR DRM test schedule posted


While not particularly new information, we have confirmation of times and frequencies as well as a few things to be watching for. Undoubtedly this is why it has been reported that Gospell is in full production mode for their new receivers.

Via World of Radio, Takahito Akabayashi posted his findings from the following 

Original source: https://cahcn.github.io/drm/

Beijing
 2055-1805 6030 0 degrees 3FF (except Tue 0600-0900)
 0100-0900 13825 175 degrees 3EA

Donfang
 0100-0900 11695 41 degrees 3E8
 0100-0900 17700 16 degrees 3ED

Kunming
 0100-0400 15180 32 degrees 2
 0400-1100 13810 32 degrees 2

Qiqihar
 0000-0400 9420 203 degrees 1
 0400-1000 7360 203 degrees 1
 1000-1200 9870 203 degrees 1

Urumqi
 2200-0100 9655 98 degrees 3EC
 0100-0800 17830 98 degrees 3EC
 0800-1200 9655 98 degrees 3EC

Power listed as 30kW 

Additional test transmission using the HFCC registered CRI frequencies of Kunming transmitter site. Power 30kW, 135 degrees, transmission identification code 3F9.

 0100-0300 9730
 0700-0900 12030
 0100-0500 12090
 0300-0500 13655
 0500-0700 13715
 0700-0900 13775
 0500-0700 15615