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Here is the latest tentative agenda for the meetings:
Thursday, May 7, 2009 – DRM
9:00 am – Opening of DRM
9:05 am - The Latest Developments in Digital Radio Mondiale – Adil Mina of Continental Electronics and the DRM Consortium will report on what is happening with DRM around the globe.
9:30 am – WinDRM: Amateur Radio's DRM Evolution - One of amateur radio's digital voice and image transfer modes was derived from DRM's Dream receiver/transmitter software. Mel Whitten, who holds amateur radio callsign K0PFX, will talk about how these amateur modes were developed, how they are used and the transmitting and receiving equipment used.
10:00 am – A
Profile of Ten-Tec - the
10:30 am - Coffee Break, sponsored by Media Broadcast
11:00 am – Question and Answer Session with NASB Attorney Edward Bailey
11:30 pm - Lunch,
sponsored by World Christian
Broadcasting and WWCR, in The
Nashville Room at Jack's Bar-B-Que, 416 Broadway, next to the Ryman
Auditorium. The buffet-style menu will
include Tennessee pork shoulder, smoked turkey, barbecue sauce, barbecue baked
beans, cole slaw, potato salad, cornbread and buns, chocolate fudge pie and
beverage (tea or fountain drinks).
1:30 pm - Bus leaves hotel for Sightseeing Tour, sponsored by TCI International, visiting WWCR studio/transmitter site and World Christian Broadcasting headquarters in Franklin.
6:00 pm - Dinner at Stoveworks restaurant, sponsored by VT Communications. Stoveworks offers authentic Southern cooking served with down home style in a historic setting at The Factory in
9:00 pm - Bus returns to the Holiday Inn Express. The rest of the evening is free to explore The District.
Friday, May 8, 2009 – NASB Annual Meeting
9:00 am – Opening of NASB Annual Meeting in the Holiday Inn Express Amphitheater. Welcome remarks from NASB officers. The Amphitheater meeting room is sponsored by TCI International.
9:15 am - Panel Discussion: The State of Shortwave Listening and Broadcasting in
9:45 am – Sports Programming on Shortwave – Independent producer Bruce Baskin will tell about his experiences with World Cricket Today and World Baseball Today on shortwave.
9:55 am – Update
on Digital Aurora Radio Technologies DRM project in
10:15 am – New
Technologies from Galcom International – an update on Galcom's new
suitcase-sized transmitter and the possibility of a low-cost DRM receiver.
10:30 am - Coffee Break, sponsored by Continental Electronics
11:00 am – Madagascar World Voice, African shortwave project of World Christian Broadcasting
11:30 am – Kintronics and its involvement in HF
broadcasting, by Tom King, President, Kintronics Labs of Bristol, Tennessee
12:00 pm – Lunch, sponsored by Thomson Broadcast & Multimedia, at Big River Grille, 111 Broadway. The menu will be a Southern Buffet including greenhouse salad with dressing, assorted breads, chicken fried chicken with country gravy, white cheddar mashed potatoes, creamy coleslaw, assorted bite-size desserts, and unlimited coffee, tea and fountain sodas.
2:00 pm - NASB Business Meeting, including plans for next year's annual meeting in
4:00 pm - NASB Business Meeting ends, conference ends. Brief closed meeting of the NASB Board.
Hotel Reservation Details
The Holiday Inn Express at 920
Broadway in downtown
Report from NASB delegate Jeff White
spotlight was on Arab shortwave broadcasters at the A09 HFCC/ASBU frequency
coordination conference in
For the rest of the week-long conference, delegates met at a large hotel called the
A record attendance of approximately 130 delegates came from around 55 Frequency Management Organizations from 40-some countries around the world. Fittingly for the host and location, there were a large number of delegates from the Middle East and
As usual, the main job of the HFCC/ASBU Conference was to input frequency selections for the coming broadcast season -- the A09 season, which begins March 29 and ends October 25, 2009. A new more sophisticated collision identification program was used to determine potential frequency collisions, and the delegates spent the week working out these interference problems with each other, constantly updating schedules through a complex Internet and Intranet system. The vast majority of the world's shortwave schedules are coordinated at the HFCC/ASBU meetings, avoiding problems for stations and listeners alike during the upcoming frequency season.
usual, there was a lot of cultural entertainment and sightseeing during the
week. On Wednesday night, the ASBU invited all delegates and their
spouses to a six-course Tunisian dinner which took place underneath a large
Moroccan-style tent, complete with live performances of Arabic music and
dancing. It was quite an experience. And on Friday afternoon, when
the conference officially ended, the ASBU provided a bus tour of
After passing through miles and miles of olive farms and vineyards en route to
stop on the tour was the Roman ruins of
At the final plenary session on Thursday afternoon, special thanks were given to Abdelrahim Suleiman and Bassil Zoubi of the ASBU for all of their hard work preparing the conference in
Opening Remarks of HFCC Chairman Oldrich Cip at the HFCC/ASBU A09 Conference
ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues, distinguished guests! First - on behalf of all of us here - I would like to thank the high-level guests for coming over to our Opening
Ceremony, namely His Excellency Mr.
Rafaa Dkhil, Minister of Information and
Communication Technologies of Tunisia; and Mr. Salah Eddine Maaoui, Director
General of the Arab States Broadcasting Union, for his opening words. There would be no conference in
We are here in the newly constructed headquarters of the Arab States Broadcasting Union and I would like to devote at least a part of the opening remarks to the history of ties between the two so-called regional co-ordination groups, HFCC and ASBU. As it has already been said, the date of the present conference is also important since the association between the ASBU and the HFCC started almost exactly ten years ago. In fact the decision on the part of the ASBU in 1998 to join the HFCC provided a basis for a global system that has been developed during the past decade.
In the early 1990s a special task group of the International Telecommunication Union studied the methods and procedures of an informal co-ordination group active outside the ITU that later became known as the HFCC. The task group came to a conclusion that informal co-ordination was the magic formula for the successful frequency planning of shortwave broadcasting. The World Radio Conference in 1997 created a new Article of International Radio Regulations. An extensive and complex co-ordination among the so-called regional groups was expected originally since Article 12 of the Regulations foresaw the creation of a number of groups around the world. Luckily enough the need for coordination among those separate groups just did not emerge. The HFCC and ASBU have worked together from the start. Methods improved in the meantime, and another smaller group in the Asia-Pacific area that we helped establish agreed to use the common database as well. It is now completely clear that the frequencies of some, mainly smaller stations in Africa or South America that are still outside the co-ordination process could be incorporated easily into one, single database. There is also no great need for the creation of more groups.
A global database is now in place on the HFCC website for every season
and we all keep updating it even between the seasonal conferences. A newly
improved method of detection of frequency incompatibilities has just been
developed. Yet there is not enough space in the spectrum especially below 10
MHz, and sometimes it is extremely difficult to find a suitable frequency. That
is why I would like to recall in this context that the history of more than 60
years of failed attempts at frequency planning - before the introduction of our
co-ordination - is still a warning memento to us. The spectrum has always been
limited, but all big ITU shortwave broadcasting conferences before our time
failed due to inflated frequency requirements. We have come a long way from the
confusion of huge and disproportionate frequency submissions of those
unsuccessful conferences. Most of the requirements in our databases are real
and genuine, and "wooden" or "paper" frequencies can be
detected more easily than in the past. We took up this problem with only
relatively few frequency managers who still keep making such submissions,
during the last Moscow B08 Conference and we are going to carry on with those
But there is also a positive item about the HF
spectrum usage on the agenda. Literally for decades there was a problem with
the 7 MHz band allocation to broadcasting since we were not permitted to use it
for transmissions from, within, or to, the World Region 2 - i.e. North and
A small improvement came about as a result of an ITU
world conference in1992 but the new 50 kHz segment for this region was
officially endorsed for use in 2007 only. A more important change comes into
force with the start-date of the A09 schedule we are going to co-ordinate here
The upcoming changes after March 29th 2009 are quite complex and Geoff Spells and other Steering Board members have tried hard to make them more transparent in a document which is on the HFCC website. We believe that it is worthwhile to make good use of the new spectrum changes.
Coming back to the conference preparation, the big
attendance we have here in
We have been working with Vladislav [Cip] for a couple of days together with the ASBU team at the Alhambra Thalasspa hotel in Hammamet. Let me thank all of them for their work on the Conference preparation. I wish us all a good and successful Conference.
Message to HFCC/ASBU Members
from Oldrich Cip, Chairman
Dear Colleagues: The HFCC/ASBU Steering Board have agreed to remind you again about important changes in the 7 MHz spectrum from March 29th 2009, the start of the A09 season. We would like to point out in particular that there are still some requirements left in the range 7100-7200 kHz which became an amateur band after that date. It is quite essential to continue to work on moving these requirements to the new 7 MHz broadcasting band. Any frequency management organizations with operational requirements in this band at the start of the A09 season are likely to get complaints from the Amateur service. As we informed you already prior and during the A09 Tunis Conference, there is a detailed explanation of the 7 MHz spectrum changes on the HFCC website:
The Frequency Range Reference Table (rngfreq) in the package of reference tables on the HFCC website has been also amended.
Message from the
International Amateur Radio
from David Sumner, Secretary, International Amateur Radio
On behalf of the worldwide amateur radio community I want to thank HFCC for achieving such a high degree of compliance with the change in the 7 MHz allocation last Sunday [March 29]. All of the comments I have received from amateurs reflect gratitude for the dramatic improvement in the usefulness of the band for amateur communication. I am certain that the few remaining BC transmitters operating on 7200 kHz and below will be addressed in the coming weeks. Thank you again for your exceptional cooperation.
Miscellaneous Shortwave-Related News and Views
New HCJB Global President Emphasizes Reaching the Unreached for Christ
News release from HCJB
New HCJB Global President Wayne Pederson reaffirmed the mission’s priority of bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ via media and healthcare ministries to those who have never heard during his inauguration ceremony the evening of Thursday, Jan. 29. “My life was changed at 16 when God called me to serve Him,” he told the crowd of nearly 200 HCJB Global staff, nonprofit leaders, partners and friends at Pulpit Rock Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. “My life mission for years was to use Christian media to bring people to Christ. Now it’s using media and healthcare to introduce people worldwide to Christ.”
Despite the world’s economic and political challenges, he encouraged attendees not to despair. “This is a time for hope and opportunity,” said Pederson, who became the organization’s seventh president on Nov. 1, 2008. “We’re moving ahead. Global missions has changed from a North American-European model to moving alongside indigenous partners. We are striving to be the Voice and Hands of Jesus—the proclamation and demonstration of the love of Christ. The task is not finished. There are still 6,700 people groups—a quarter of the world’s population—that haven’t heard the gospel message.”
HCJB Global is best known for its “giant shortwave station” in
also introduced a new initiative focused on reaching households to be launched
at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) convention in
Global Board Chairman John Baugus added that Pederson’s vision for HCJB Global
will be guided by his years of broadcasting and leadership experience at KTIS
Since 1931, HCJB Global’s passion has been to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Using mass media, healthcare and education, and working with partners around the world, HCJB Global has ministries in more than 100 countries. Together with local partners, the gospel is aired in more than 120 languages and dialects. Thousands of listeners and healthcare patients are meeting Jesus. Local believers are being trained as missionaries, pastors, broadcasters and healthcare providers.
Radio Equipment Needed for new Shortwave Station in
Ako of Jewels of God International recently sent the following appeal to the
NASB: “We recently received a license to
operate a not for profit private SW radio station in West Africa and would
appreciate assistance by way of donations of new/used equipment or contacts to
purchase used but servicable equipment.
All relevant broadcast equipment are needed and
their donations would be much appreciated. We are looking at a 10kW SW
transmitter to transmit in the 10kHz bandwidth. Our e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in anticipation of required
VTC Offers ad hoc shortwave broadcast
time to Sudan,
News release from Tim Ayris of VT Communications
(VTC) is providing ad hoc, quick turnaround capacity on its global shortwave
network for broadcasters requiring extra transmissions into
Ad hoc, extra short wave broadcasts into Sudan - We have available slots that would suit daily 30 minute and 60 minute programmes targeting Sudan including: 0200 - 1200 UTC (5am – 3pm local time), 250/500 kW options from a VTC transmitter located in Dhabayya, UAE; 1900 UTC onwards (10pm onwards local time), 250/300/500 kW options, VTC UK transmitter site.
Ad hoc, extra short wave broadcasts into Bangladesh - We have available slots that would suit daily 30 minute and 60 minute programmes targeting Bangladesh including: 0200 - 1200 UTC (8am – 6pm local time), 250/500 kW options from a VTC transmitter located in Dhabayya, UAE; Various time slots available, 100/200 kW options, Central Asian transmitter site.
Ad hoc, extra short wave broadcasts into Pakistan - We have available slots that would suit daily 30 minute and 60 minute programmes targeting Pakistan including: Various time slots, 250/300/500 kW options, VTC UK transmitter site.
All slots are offered on a "first come, first served" basis. This is part of VTC’s service which provides broadcasters with extra cost-effective capacity to rapidly increase their transmission capability to cover major regional and world news stories and events. If you require extra capacity into these countries during this time, please contact your designated VT Communications’ Account Manager or Tim Ayris, VT Communications' Business Development Manager for Broadcast: email@example.com or telephone: +44 (0)7515 333 142.
Will Oceanographic Radar System Threaten HF Broadcast Spectrum?
On February 18, Tom Lucey of the FCC's International Bureau advised the NASB of the following:
“The FCC's WRC-11 Advisory Committee, see http://www.fcc.gov/ib/wrc-11, in Informal Working Group 1, has under its consideration WRC-11 Agenda Item 1.15 'to consider possible allocations in the range 3-50 MHz to the radiolocation service for oceanographic radar applications, taking into account the results of ITU-R studies, in accordance with Resolution 612 (WRC-07).' These allocations will be used for the operation of oceanographic radars that monitor the sea surface for wave heights, currents and tracking of large objects. Marcus Wolf, one of the FCC representatives on this issue, has expressed to me the need for the presence of the HF Broadcasting community in IWG-1 on this issue.”
The NASB immediately got to work researching this issue. Glen Tapley of WEWN sent the following initial report:
“Global oceanographic stations, including those along the U.S. east and west coasts as well as the Florida coast, will be using 50 watts to radiate frequencies in order to monitor the ocean surface and then measure the scattered waves which come back (Bragg’s Scattering). Apparently, this will assist in wave heights, currents, and the tracking of large objects. Climate change, pollution, and ship safety are the goals of the studies. These radars have been in use for the past 30 years on a non-interference experimental basis. Now they want to study the permanence of spectrum allocation. Under study are the types of antenna, the possibility of utilizing directional antennae, limiting spurious and out-of-band emission, and to limit the emission bandwidth to the necessary bandwidth. Also being studied is the possible re-use of sharing common spectrum by multiple oceanographic radar stations. The thought is that if the sweeps to the ocean surface is time staggered, a single frequency could be used by multiple radar stations. While a typical operation of the HF bandwidth is 5 kHz, the oceanographic stations will require signal bandwidth of 150 kHz to sweep.
“How exactly this will effect us is still a question to be answered. At this point, there are still too many TBDs without conclusions and this study is to determine just what effect it will have on HF broadcasters and other HF users. We should keep pulse with what’s going on and try to get immediate information as it becomes available.”
On March 3, Glen Tapley provided the following update, based on his discussions with Marcus Wolfe of the FCC and David Franc of NOAA, who is co-heading the WRC 11 study:
study group has divided the HF frequency bands into three distinct
categories: Category A includes fixed,
mobile, and radio astronomy. This is their preferred bands to study for
usable radar frequencies. Category B includes amateur and broadcasting.
David said they would prefer not to use these frequencies due to broadcasting,
but all frequencies within, while not totally ruled out are problematic due to
sharing with amateur and HF broadcasters.
Category C, maritime and aeronautical, will not be studied. “The frequencies
within the fixed service frequencies of 5.060-5.450 are primarily the
frequencies we will have some concern about. The other is fixed service
frequencies to be looked at by the study, including 12.100-12.230. David
pointed out that there will be an initial 100 radar stations along the
Glen suggests reviewing the following web page for a general explanation of HF radar stations:
engineer of NASB member station KTWR on Guam indicated that the radar system
could affect two frequencies that the station uses to reach
Two meetings were scheduled in Washington for March 17 and 19 to deal with the oceanographic radar system's desires for spectrum space. The NASB contracted with well-known technical expert Dr. Don Messer (formerly of the IBB and the DRM Consortium), who also represented us in hearings regarding the official U.S. position on proposed changes to the HF broadcast spectrum at the most recent World Radiocommunication Conference. Dr. Messer attended both meetings on behalf of the NASB, and he sent the following report: “Both the IWG-1 and USWP5B meetings were calm; that is, no controversies concerning Agenda Item 1.15 on ocean characteristics radars trying to muscle in somewhere in various segments of the 3 - 50 MHz spectral region (Agenda Item 1.15).
IWG-1 -- the official industry advisory unit to the FCC on WRC-11 matters
dealing with maritime, aeronautical and radar services: The short document has been approved. It will
be a part of the "approved documents" package that will be presented
at the parent organization (WAC) soon by the IWG-1 chair. The document notes
that it will be best to stay away from the Broadcasting and Amateur bands below
30 MHz as a part of a "US Preliminary View". That's clearly OK for
us. Nevertheless, when the sharing studies
get earnestly underway, here and in
USWP5B - the
is the latest on the oceanographic radar situation as far as potential effects
Noted Shortwave Broadcaster Passes On
Bob Zanotti of
“It is my sad duty to inform you that Dick Speekman, host of Radio Netherlands' DX Juke Box in the 1970's and 80's, died on March 11 in the hospital at Hawker, Australia. He had been ill with cancer for some time and underwent a series of treatments in the last couple of years. We were in regular contact, and he sensed that the end was near. With Dick, we lose one of the great names in SW radio, and I have lost a good friend.”
Bob also notes that the only known surviving recordings of the old Swiss Shortwave Merry-Go-Round program of the 1960's and Two Bobs shows of the 80's and 90's are now available as MP3 files under The Two Bobs section of www.switzerlandinsound.com.
After extensive trials in 2007, the Indian state
broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) has decided that DRM is the best technology
for converting its vast public service broadcasting network to digital. After
conducting trials over a one and a half year period, AIR has started regular
DRM transmissions from a 250 KW SW transmitter installed near the capital city
The Consortium has received some very encouraging news from
The Russian General Radio Frequency Centre, the organization that coordinates national spectrum management issues, took the decision on 20 January 2009 following a series of tests on the future use of transmission networks with digital technology.
provider and DRM Associate Member Media Broadcast has
begun transmitting digital shortwave broadcasts for Polskie Radio, the external
service of Polish public broadcaster using the Digital Radio Mondiale standard.
"The introduction of DRM is considered a renaissance for shortwave radio," Media Broadcast said in the announcement. "The Polskie Radio broadcasts can be heard with DRM throughout
Media Broadcast is part of the
TDF Group, which operates transmission facilities and networks across
Media Broadcast has shortwave
transmission facilities in Nauen and
to DRM Event at the NAB Convention in
Electronics and DRM Digital Radio Mondiale have the great pleasure of inviting
you to a DRM panel discussion and networking event, “DRM is here - wide
coverage, low costs, digital quality.” The presentations,
question and answer session and networking event will take place on Tuesday,
April 21, 2009 from 15:00 – 18:00 hours at the Continental Booth, N 7007, at
the National Association of Broadcasters Show in
The panel discussion on DRM digital radio at 3 pm will be followed by a social event where you can meet the DRM Consortium's top experts and other leading players in the international radio market. Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance. If you cannot make this date or time, you can still meet DRM officials and get more information, see new receivers and get DRM roll-out news from around the world at the Continental booth every day at 3.30 pm from April 20th-23rd 2009 in Las Vegas.
Kintronic Labs at the NAB
associate member Kintronic Labs invites you to its booth at the NAB Convention
Press release from Keith
almost 15 year absence on the shortwave dial The Happy Station
Show returned this March. The Happy
Station is one the longest running shows ever on shortwave, having begun in
March of 1927 when Philips Radio started broadcasts over station PCJJ as a way
to reach the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia).
Sometime in 1928 a very young Edward Startz created the Happy
Station. He changed PCJJ to PCJ, which
he said stood for Peace, Cheer and Joy. The show continued until the start of
the war. During WW2 the only shortwave done by the Dutch was via the BBC in
In January 1970 Tom Meijer, who was working for the Dutch section of Radio Nederland, took over as host. This was a major transition. With Tom, the show took on a new life and energy. The Tom Meijer era was one of fun, with Tom making you feel that the Sunday broadcasts were bringing all the listeners together for a family gathering. It truly was your Sunday family show of smiles across the miles. Tom Meijer stayed with Happy Station for 21 years until he retired. After he left the show it was first taken over by long time Radio
Why return Happy Station? The Happy Station had and still has a very loyal audience, and now the time is right to return with the same message of Peace, Cheer and Joy and Smiles Across The Miles that Edward and Tom brought listeners every week.
What is different? One of the major changes with the Happy Station today is it won't be a Radio Netherlands production. Instead it will be independently produced and distributed. Radio
The new Happy Station host will be Keith Perron, a Canadian broadcaster who has been based in
The new Happy Station Show won't be produced in
With the revival of The Happy Station Show there will also be a Happy Station youtube channel, where listeners will be able to upload videos from whereever they are in the world. The new host of the show will also present videos and a behind the scenes look at the new show and its new surrounding.
For listeners who remember the Spanish version of the show, La Estación de la Alegría, Keith will at a later date present both editions. At the beginning the show will be bi-weekly. When the Spanish edition comes at a later date, it will alternate with the English Happy Station.
For those who fondly remember Tom Meijer, you will also have a chance to hear him again in guest spots as well as some of the songs he recorded at Radio
For more information, audio samples and pictures contact:
Telephone: +886 938408592
Facebook: The New Happy Station
Post: Happy Station Show Attn: Keith Perron, 8th Floor, No47, Lane 31, Section 1, Sanmin Road, Banciao, Taipei, Taiwan (ROC), 22070
The current shortwave schedule for The Happy Station is
0100-0200 UTC Thursday to Latin America and 1500-1600 UTC Thursday to
Shortwave – My View
by Keith Perron
Guest commentary for the NASB Newsletter (your responses are welcome)
My very first job
on shortwave radio was around 19 years ago when I did some replacement work for
Radio Canada International’s English language service to
I think we need
to examine when all this started happening.
In the early 90s just after the collapse of Communism in
Many of the new
generation of station managers think that switching off shortwave and relaying
on internet and satellite is the way to go.
A few years ago I was at a radio conference in
Another point is
content. In the last 15 years or so it seems that all shortwave stations do is
news and more news, all trying -- I say TRYING -- to be like a mini BBC or VOA.
After a while if you tune in you will find that the majority
of the news put out by the small to medium international broadcasters is all
the same. If I want to find out
what’s going on in my corner of the world I tune to the BBC. Why would I listen to Radio Bla bla bla for
an hour to hear the same thing that’s being broadcast by the BBC? If I tune to stations like Radio
My next point is
budget. Yes we have seen budgets at
stations cut, but maybe it’s time to not cut back on programming, but rather to
look at the way you do programs. Radio
Canada International, which has had severe cut backs since the early 90s, could
be a case in point. RCI, like some other international broadcasters, have so
much overhead it’s not funny. At RCI you have in-studio technicians. What
luxury. In almost every station I’ve
worked at as an announcer/producer you did your own technical work. And now
with the new studio technology it’s even easier than it was 10 years ago when
tape and LP's were still widely used.
When I was at China Radio International, I used to produce and present a
daily 30-minute current affairs program called Real-Time China. How many people helped me? Zero!
I would set up interviews, research, write, edit and transmit the program
to master control for broadcast to North America and
many programmers and managers don’t think of is how important SW is even to a
Let’s move to
So finally. Is shortwave dead? No! Stations, managers and programmers just need to stop thinking of the internet and domestic relays as new toys. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it, improve it. My feeling is that over the next 10 years or hopefully less, the stations, people and governments that have cut shortwave will wake up and say “What have we done?” Yes it’s true that nowadays there is much more competition with the 300 TV channels that are delivered to our homes, or we can just click and listen to our favorite program. But radio and shortwave is still the most economical medium.
To end, I would like to say to every international broadcaster: Produce interesting programs that will make people want to listen on shortwave. Yes, music does not sound that great on SW, but if you have good radio personalities and interesting programs people will listen. Promote shortwave as a very economical means to reach millions of people. Look into how to improve your shortwave signal instead of just cutting it. And do something for all the loyal shortwave listeners that are now cut off and have no other way to tune in anymore. Bring back the respect we all once had.
Editor's Note: An audio version of this commentary running about 11 minutes is available as an mp3 file upon request from email@example.com.
Name Change for WEWN
Glen Tapley reports that the official name of EWTN's shortwave station is now EWTN Shortwave Radio (WEWN).
Adventist World Radio Announces 2009 AWR DX Contest
by Dr. Adrian Peterson, AWR DX Editor
Adventist World Radio takes pleasure in conducting an annual listener contest,
and for this year the title is: “Silent Shortwave Station Contest.” You are invited to search through your own
QSL collection and assemble together all of your QSLs that verify the reception
of shortwave stations and/or shortwave transmitters that are no longer on the
air. In addition to the regular awards
worldwide, there will be special awards for those who include a reception
report of our DX program, “Wavescan,” via Radio Miami International WRMI, in
1. List what you consider to be the five best QSLs from shortwave stations or transmitters that are no longer on the air. The “best” may be described as the station or the transmitter itself, or the distance, or the power, or the age, or the circumstances under which you heard the station; or the QSL card itself, etc. (Do not send the original cards.)
2. In one paragraph each, describe the reason why you consider each card to be one of the best in your collection.
3. Enclose a photocopy or each of these five cards, preferably in color, though black and white may be acceptable. Remember, do not send the originals.
4. Send at least three reception reports on any AWR broadcast from KSDA Guam, or any AWR relay broadcast via any relay station anywhere in the world. The AWR broadcasts may be on shortwave, mediumwave or FM. All reception reports will be verified with a contest endorsement on the QSL card.
5. Where possible, please enclose three radio cards for inclusion in the Indianapolis QSL collection. These cards may be old or new, and they may be QSL cards, reception report cards, picture cards, etc. Not valid for this contest are amateur nor CB QSL cards.
The 2009 AWR DX
Contest, “Silent Shortwave Station Contest,” will run through the month of
June. All contest entries must be
postmarked at the listener’s location in any country of the world on any date
during the month of June, and they must be delivered to the AWR postal address
The only address for the 2009 “Silent Shortwave Station Contest” is:
Silent Shortwave Station Contest
The awards for
this year’s contest will be similar to all previous contests. There will be a special award for the world
winner, one of the Jerry Berg radio history books; and “World Radio TV
Handbook” or “Passport to World Band Radio” for continental winners. In addition, there will be special awards for
those who send in a reception report on the broadcast of “Wavescan” over the
shortwave station in
Adrian Peterson's American DX Report
Your News is Welcome
We invite all NASB members and associate members to send us news about their organizations for publication here in the NASB Newsletter. Send your news items to Jeff White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adventist World Radio
Assemblies of Yahweh
EWTN Shortwave Radio (WEWN)
Family Stations Inc.
Far East Broadcasting Co.
Fundamental Broadcasting Network
La Voz de Restauracion Broadcasting, Inc.
Le Sea Broadcasting Corp.
Trans World Radio
World Christian Broadcasting
World Wide Christian Radio
NASB Associate Members:
Continental Electronics Corporation
George Jacobs & Associates
Hatfield and Dawson Consulting Engineers
HCJB World Radio
Kintronic Labs, Inc.
TCI International, Inc.
National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters
Ph: (863) 763-0281 Fax: (863) 763-8867 E-mail: email@example.com