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IN THIS ISSUE:
Shortwave Radios for Haiti
Thomas Witherspoon, Executive Director of the organization Ears to Our World, sends the
following link to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal about his group's efforts to distribute
shortwave radios in Haiti and many other countries around the world:
Madagascar World Voice Update
by Dick Brackett
reprinted from World Christian Broadcasting Newsletter
I guess you could say that progress can be a matter of perspective and viewpoint. To a
rabbit, a 100-yard dash takes just a few seconds, whereas to a turtle it may be a day's
journey. That's how we view our progress in Madagascar. We have made huge strides and
accomplished much. But there is still much to do.
Several unexpected setbacks have not deterred our progress in Madagascar, just caused us
to miss a few deadlines. In spite of adverse weather, governmental upheaval and slow
shipping, engineer Kevin Chambers and his crew of eager Malagasy workmen have managed
to complete a monumental amount of work.
Buildings have been constructed, all four towers are firmly in place, diesel-powered
generators are fully functional and three array antennas have been installed. The three
transmitters have been built, tested and crated and are awaiting the final shipment to
Madagascar from the port in Houston, Texas.
Our engineer, Kevin Chambers, has shown great ingenuity. A complicated, yet amazing
simple system of counter-weights has been installed that will help to keep the array antennas
balanced as they are installed. Using a network of pulleys, wires and sandbags, the system
allows the antennas to give with the winds, then return to their original position.
Upon completion of the station, several new language services will be added to the daily
broadcast schedule. Many hours of new programming have already been recorded in Arabic,
English for African cultures, Spanish and Portuguese. These languages will join the English,
Mandarin Chinese and Russian programs already being broadcast from [NASB member
station KNLS in] Anchor Point, Alaska, giving us effective coverage of the world's population.
News from Galcom International
Recently, Californian Pastor Fritz Galiothe made a trip to Haiti to help with relief efforts and to minister. He took a box of Galcom fix-tuned [to WRMI, 9955 kHz) radios with him, which he distributed to earthquake victims.
Pastor Galiothe wrote:
“I am back in the US and I thank God for a good trip. It was hard to see all the devastation and the hardship that the people have to go through; but it was good to see everyone, and they were happy to see me. I took my little tent with me and I was right there with everybody. I ministered to them and had a good time in the Lord sharing God’s blessings with them. They were very happy and thankful for those radios that were donated to them. As you know, people lost everything. Not many of them have a radio but for the people that received those fixed-tuned radios they were happy because the reception was excellent, loud and clear morning and evening. I hope you and your team are doing fine. God bless you.” Pastor Fritz
Also from Haiti...
“I am writing today to thank you for your involvement in the Lord’s work in Haiti. About 3 years ago and with your help we were able to launch a radio station in the hills of southeastern Haiti. Your ministry assisted us in donating 1000 solar radios. The radios have proven to be a great blessing to 40,000 people who listen. Right now, we are establishing a more permanent source of energy (solar panels) to continue the work. I do not know how we would have survived if those radios were not available to the villagers. Once again thank you.” Louis Adam - Hope For Haiti Foundation
“Tensions continue to rise in Colombia but in the midst of turmoil opportunities for the Gospel abound. We are working day and night to keep all our radio stations on the air. We have installed better antennas on our 5910 shortwave system greatly increasing our signal strength into places like Ecuador and Venezuela where we hope to begin deploying Bibles and Galcom radios. The new antennas we put in last year for our 6010 shortwave signal have been a smashing success. This frequency is dedicated to ‘post-evangelism’ which consists mainly of preaching and teaching designed to help the people grow in the Lord. We have been able to aim 6010 into the areas where no churches, meetings or normal missionary activity is allowed. Our 5910 frequency is for ‘pre-evangelism’ and evangelism. Programs are designed to hold the attention of even the most hardened and violent people and lead them to
the Lord. The 100,000 Galcom radios we have deployed can pick up either station. We estimate that hundreds of thousands of people hear at least one of our messages each week and we know that thousands listen to the messages almost non-stop. Thank you so much for your prayers and support.” Russell Stendal - Colombia Para Cristo
Parachutes and Pouches
For several years, we have been sending small parachutes along with each shipment of
Galcom radios to Russell Stendal in Colombia. Russell is a licensed pilot and he frequently drops Galcom radios, Bibles and other Christian literature into remote areas of Colombia. The parachutes we send to Russell are sent to us by scores of our faithful ministry supporters (ladies and men) who serve the Lord by sewing them in their spare time. Many parachutes have also been sent to Mexico where missionary/pilot Jerry Wiley has also dropped radios into remote places.
Recently, ministry partner Alex Muir of Pioneers Canada expressed a similar need for help from people who can sew. Alex has distributed more than 30,000 Galcom radios among the Quechua people of Bolivia. He noticed that the Quechua carry small pouches which hang from a strap around their necks. The pouches hold a supply of coca leaves which are a hallucinogenic drug. The Quechua have historically chewed on these leaves to ward off effects of cold and hunger and to seek protection from demons. Alex instructs the Quechua they have to throw away their old pouches and their coca leaves which will not help them. He then gives them a new pouch that holds a Galcom radio through which they can hear the message of Jesus, the only one who can really help them. The Quechua have embraced this concept of replacing the old with the new and thousands of them have willingly given up their dependence on these coca leaf drugs and turned instead to Jesus. This is where Alex Muir’s latest request comes in. To help the Quechua, many more pouches are needed. Therefore, we are putting out a call to all sewers. Please help reach the Quechua people with the Gospel by sewing small pouches. Send them to Galcom and we will send them along to Alex Muir with each radio order we ship to him. Contact the Galcom office and we will gladly send simple instructions for sewing either pouches or parachutes (or both if you wish). email@example.com
Shortwave 'will continue to play major role' in Pacific
from Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union website via Yimber Gaviria, Colombia
Shortwave radio is likely to continue to play a major role in the Pacific for many years, the
Chief Executive of Radio New Zealand, Peter Cavanagh, has said.
In an interview with ABU News, he said advances in technology were helping Radio New
Zealand International reach more people and provide a more technically robust signal. But
many people still depended on shortwave.
“We currently broadcast to the Pacific using both analogue and digital (DRM) shortwave
transmitters. Most of our local partner stations are now using our digital transmission to provide a higher quality and more reliable signal for re-broadcast to their own audiences.
But many individuals and those living on the more remote islands are still very much
dependent on analogue receivers – particularly in times of crisis such as the cyclone season
– and it’s likely that analogue shortwave will continue to play a major role in the region for
many more years to come.”
Around 20 Pacific radio stations relay RNZI material daily, and individual shortwave listeners
and Internet users across the world tune in directly to RNZI content. Mr Cavanagh said RNZI had been one of the first broadcasters in the region to adopt online broadcasting and provided a comprehensive archive of Pacific news and information.
“While reliable Internet connections in the Pacific are still not widely available, we’re aware
that there’s a significant and growing online audience for RNZI’s programmes and services,”
Visit RNZI at www.rnzi.com
DRM Asia subgroup launched
On June 7th the DRM Consortium launched a DRM Asia Sub-Group which is a forum for
exchange of information and dedicated activity in light of increased Digital Radio activity in the
region. The group’s aim is to work with broadcasters and transmitter/radio manufacturers
towards the successful adoption and implementation of DRM in key regional markets. This
group will also be open to non-DRM members who are interested in the promotion and
adoption of DRM in Asia or have interest in Digital Radio. If you are interested to join this
working group, please contact the DRM Project Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
DRM Presentation at DX-Antwerp
DX-Antwerp, the Belgian organization of radio enthusiasts, hosted a DRM presentation on
June 3, 2010. There was also a round-table discussion with questions and answers regarding
DRM. The presentation and discussion conducted by Ludo Maes of TDP was very well
received. A reaction from John Bernaerts, chairman of DX-Antwerp (www.dx-antwerp.com):
“The presentation was very enlightening. Now we have, as radio enthusiasts and DXers, a
different view of the whole DRM issue. There is certainly a future for applications in the
shortwave and VHF bands, for example on feeding programs in DRM+ to transmitter
locations instead of via satellite. If, as was said, India is doing the necessary investments in
transmitters and available receivers, then this might mean a breakthrough for DRM in other
parts of the world.”
DRM Receiver group
At the most recent DRM Steering Board meeting, it was decided to set up a Receiver Task
Group in order to speed up the process of having more DRM-capable receivers in the market.
Volunteers came up immediately to work in the group, headed by Ludo Maes of DRM [and
NASB] member TDP and recently elected vice-chairman of the DRM Consortium. The group
is currently preparing a framework and action plan. Some brainstorming is being done in the
group to identify the reasons why we are still waiting for more receivers to come onto the
market and what we could do to speed up the process. Several workgroups will be set up
soon to tackle the various issues.
Going from High in the Andes to Down Under
Source: HCJB Global (written by Ralph Kurtenbach)
Work begins with handshakes all around for the volunteer crew at HCJB Global-Australia’s
international broadcast facility in Kununurra. It was not always so, according to engineer
Steve Sutherland who will move to the remote town in Western Australia after recently
wrapping up nearly two decades as an engineer and manager at Radio Station HCJB’s former shortwave site at Pifo, Ecuador.
Except for his university years and career start in the U.S., Sutherland’s home since childhood has always been South America. While greetings there vary, most often they involve a personal touch—a kiss on the cheek, an embrace perhaps, and at minimum a handshake. So it was that Sutherland’s six months of tower work at Kununurra in 2008 carried with it a social ritual many Westerners may consider genteel, effusive or even time-wasting. The blond, blue-eyed engineer’s spoken English reveals just a hint of a Southern lilt, but he brings to Australia as well a bit of Latin America in the form of a handshake.
“I told the guys, ‘I’m sorry [but] this is my culture. I have to shake your hands,’” Sutherland recounted with a smile. “Within a couple of months, they were shaking each others’ hands without me instigating it. And we just had a real good time getting the work done.”
Broadcasting from Australia began on a 200-acre farm in 2003. Now on adjacent property, the
Kununurra crew has begun developing a full-time transmission site, allowing for high-gain
antennas. “We were able to raise six towers (in 2008), and this year we’re hoping to put up
another four and the antennas strung up between them,” Sutherland continued. “We are
hoping—if God allows—to be on the air [from the new site] in Kununurra.” Sutherland’s wife,
Kathy, and children, Jonathan, 9, and Carolyn, 7, will accompany him to Australia while their
daughter Elizabeth will stay in Ecuador to study at HCJB Global’s Christian Center of
Communications in Quito. Their oldest daughter, Christina, is a recent graduate of Asbury
University in Kentucky and will be teaching.
Programs go out in 21 languages, airing a total of 105 hours per week. Languages include
English, Mandarin, Japanese, Hindi, Urdu, Nepali, Chhattisgarhi, Indonesian (Bahasa), Kuruk,
Bhojpuri, Tamil, Marathi, Marwari, Telegu, Gujarati, Malayalam, Malay (Bahasa), Rawang, Min
Nan Chinese (Fujian), Eastern Panjabi and Hmar. The antenna arrays on the new site will
increase the reach of these broadcasts. While Ecuador’s high-altitude transmitter site carried
its own unique challenges (electrical arcing on antennas, for example), the steppe climate in
Kununurra presents different ones. The rains come each December and January, softening
the ground of the antenna fields. “Actually, during a real wet year, you cannot get to the
transmitter site itself,” he said. “We’re going to have to find a way to get out there to keep the
equipment running.” Winds come with the dry season in the Andes, but not like Sutherland will
see at Kununurra. He said when designing equipment, engineers must “think about 200 km/h
(120 mph) winds.”
Sutherland hosted a steady stream of working volunteers at Pifo, with Ecuadorian staff as his
stable work force. The Australia project will differ in that “we have (volunteers helping) for
anything from a couple of days to three months,” he related. “Most of the people who are
volunteers are either retired or approaching retirement age,” Sutherland explained. “They
bring a lot of good experience … different experiences.” He said of the ad hoc tower crew that
“they have a heart to do all they can to get God’s Word out.”
Don't Silence Voice of America
Commentary Published on May 26, 2010 by Helle Dale via Yimber Gaviria
With the proliferation and fragmentation of traditional news sources, what do most people
identify as the medium they trust most for information? According to a new poll by Ofcom, the
independent regulating authority of the British communications industries, the answer is radio.
Of the poll’s 1,824 respondents, 66 percent said they found radio the most reliable medium.
Second was online news Web sites with 58 percent, which for the first time inched out
television with 54 percent. Only 34 percent trusted newspapers the most, confirming their
status as a dying breed.
These findings are of particular relevance for U.S. lawmakers, who need to take a hard look
at the way U.S. international broadcasting is structured. While the budgets for this important
component of U.S. public diplomacy have steadily increased in recent years, radio is being
deemphasized—despite being the most effective and the most economical method of mass
communication in many parts of the world. Particularly where television is concerned, global
competition is so fierce that a massive investment would be needed to have a real impact in
many markets around the world, especially in the media-saturated market of the Middle East.
Trusted and Versatile
Not only does radio remain the medium most people trust, but in some parts of the world, it is
the only medium that can evade the control of the state. Both television stations and the
Internet are far more vulnerable to censorship and government interference in a way that
shortwave radio—due to the laws of physics, which allow transmitters to be stationed as far
away as the other side of the earth—is not. Medium-wave radio can be effective if transmitted
from across borders, as in the case of the array of U.S. transmitters located in Kuwait but
directed at Iran.
Furthermore, other countries are seeing the value of shortwave radio. For example, in China’s
new media and public diplomacy strategy, shortwave radio is prominently featured. Thus,
according to the World Radio and Television Handbook (2000 and 2009 editions), while in
2000 the United States had some 260 shortwave frequencies and China 150, today that
relationship is reversed, with China having some 280 and the U.S. just over 200.
Over the past decade, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), whose nine members are
appointed by the President and which oversees U.S. international broadcasting, has made
the decision to close down nine transmitter sites around the world, leaving just 13 active. In
previous decades another 14 sites were closed down, including in 1997 the Radio Free
Europe/Radio Liberty site in Gloria, Portugal, the largest shortwave transmitting facility in the
Oversight of critically important broadcasting assets is wanting, possibly because of the
institutional leadership vacuum at the BBG. According to a report by the State Department’s
inspector general, a powerful radio transmitter aimed at the Iranian audience was scheduled
to go on the air in May 2008, yet it remains unfinished. Construction of the $5.2 million,
600,000-watt, medium-wave transmitter intended to reach a high-priority audience in Iran is
far behind schedule.
As a result of this delay, the powerful transmitter was not available in the chaos that followed
the June 2009 disputed Iranian elections, which were precisely the type of event for which this
transmitter was designed. Consequently, America’s ability to broadcast into Iran was severely
curtailed; existing medium-wave assets at the Kuwait transmitting station can reach only a
narrow band of the western portion of Iran. According to the BBG, the transmitter is now
scheduled to go on the air this fall. In order to make full and appropriate use of the considerable investment made by the U.S. over the years to build up its international broadcasting capability, Congress should:
* Move with deliberate speed to seat the new BBG if and when Members of the Senate have
satisfied themselves of the nominees’ qualifications and dedication to democracy, freedom
of expression, and the free flow of information; and
* Hold hearings on the appropriate role of radio in U.S. international broadcasting strategy,
considering the possibility of recalibrating the relative weight given to television and radio.
The Obama Administration should:
* Revisit its major public diplomacy strategy documents, promulgated this spring by the
National Security Council and the State Department, neither of which has assigned a major
role to U.S. international broadcasting. America has important, but not unlimited, assets
whose potential should be maximized.
Although diplomats and pundits have crowned Web 2.0 as the new communications king,
radio remains the globe’s most trusted source for information. Consequently, America should
ensure its public diplomacy strategy continues to commit resources, as well as congressional
oversight, to developing its radio capabilities.
Helle C. Dale is Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy in the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, a division of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, at The Heritage Foundation.
Engineers Install Additional Shortwave Stations in Central African Republic
Source: HCJB Global (written by Jean Muehlfelt)
Imagine living in a country where you can’t access the Internet, watch television, read
newspapers or even receive mail. Except in Bangui, the capital city of the Central African
Republic (C.A.R.), that’s what life is like for most of the country’s 4.5 million residents. Their
lifeline to the rest of the world? Radio.
People in C.A.R., a country about the size of Texas, depend on radio broadcasts to keep
informed. Almost every village has a radio, and some have more than one. The sets are
affordable, costing as little as US$6, usually coming from countries such as Nigeria and Niger.
The radios typically have FM, shortwave and medium-wave bands. Until 2005 there were only six private FM stations and one governmental shortwave station in this country where villagers have a life expectancy of just 44 years. It was then that Integrated Community Development International (ICDI), a partner of HCJB Global, was granted permission to open the country’s first privately owned shortwave radio station, Radio ICDI.
In early 2006 the ministry acquired an eight-acre tract of land on the plateau above the town
of Boali. A road to the transmitter site was built, and electricity was installed. Equipment was
transported in large shipping containers, and eventually one of the 20-foot-long metal
containers was converted into a studio and transmitter building.
A year later a team from HCJB Global Technology Center in Elkhart, Ind., spent three weeks
at the broadcast site, installed the first shortwave radio station. They also put in two satellite
downlinks that provided access to the Internet and made it possible to receive French language Christian programming from Trans World Radio, another HCJB Global partner. Recently HCJB Global engineers returned to C.A.R. to put in two additional regional shortwave radio stations in Boali, similar to the station installed in 2007. One of the new stations will help extend the broadcast hours of the existing ICDI station into the nighttime. Each station only works well during a portion of each day because of how shortwave signals travel through the atmosphere.
The new ICDI radio stations will provide more programming opportunities for broadcasting the
gospel across C.A.R. in Sango (the country’s trade language), French and various tribal
dialects. Additional hours will also increase the opportunity to air more community development programs on AIDS prevention, orphan care, well-water repair programs and many other relevant humanitarian topics.
Curt Bender, manager of broadcast services at HCJB Global in Elkhart, said, “I want to give
the Lord recognition for sustaining our team through two difficult installations in the past three
years and to praise Him for the success.” For more information visit: http://www.icdinternational.org. The website indicates that at least one of the stations is operating on 6.030 MHz.
“Musical” QSL from RFA
Radio Free Asia (RFA) release of the second card in the QSL series celebrating musical
instruments of Asia. This card shows a traditional Burmese harp, also known as the saung or
the saung gauk. It is an arched harp that usually has 13 to 16 strings that are traditionally
made from silk though nylon strings are now more prevalent. The harp is played while sitting
on the floor and holding it in one’s lap; the strings are plucked with the right hand while the
musician uses their left hand to dampen the strings which improve note clarity and help
produce staccato notes. This card was used to confirm all valid reception reports from July 1-August 31, 2010. (Al Janitschek, Radio Free Asia, Washington)
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We are in the process of updating much of the information on the NASB website,
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Saudi Arabia to acquire DRM-ready 250 kW HF transmitters
by Andy Sennitt, Radio Netherlands Media Network
[NASB associate member] Continental Electronics will supply four 250 kW HF DRM-ready
transmitters and associated equipment to the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Information (MOI)
through First Gulf Company of Riyadh. First Gulf will construct an entirely new HF station
where the transmitters, antennas, and other equipment will be installed at the existing Al
Khumra site outside Jeddah. The Al Khumra station was constructed by Continental
Electronics and its civil contractor between 1978 and 1980, and the site presently
accommodates multiple 2-megawatt and 1-megawatt mediumwave transmitters. The new
high-power HF DRM-ready transmitters will enhance the Saudi MOI’s digital broadcast
capabilities and can reach targeted audiences at long distance ranges with a clear, high
quality signal. The DRM-ready transmitters are similar to those recently supplied to Broadcast
Australia and to Radio-TV Malaysia, employing Transradio’s latest DRM exciters with its
unique pre-correction features. The transmitters will be delivered in the latter part of 2010
and the station is planned to be fully operational by mid-2011.
(Source: DRM Consortium)
All India Radio tender notice for DRM transmitters
by Andy Sennitt, Radio Netherlands Media Network
India’s public service broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) is putting into practice its plans for
digitalisation of radio and has placed a global tender notice for the procurement of several
DRM digital transmitters. AIR has invited bids for the supply of 34 new mediumwave
transmitters, for the upgrade of 36 mediumwave transmitters and purchase of 5 shortwave
transmitters and other associated equipment. The Research Department of AIR is also going
ahead with the purchase of a 500 watt DRM shortwave transmitter for conducting trials on 26
MHz DRM transmissions for local coverage. The details of the tender advertisement can be
found on the official AIR website. This procurement process is the start of the AIR’s
digitalisation plan of ensuring DRM Digital radio coverage for the entire country, thereby
providing better and more robust radio services to listeners.
Earlier this year, AIR had placed orders for the purchase of two 1000 kW DRM-capable
transmitters which are now being made ready for inspection and delivery. These mediumwave
transmitters can be operated in DRM mode, in analogue or in simulcast mode and provide
coverage to very large areas in the Indian subcontinent. The transmitters have been
manufactured by [NASB associate member] Thomson Broadcast & Multimedia, A.G. And
recently All India Radio has also confirmed the purchase of 6 mobile DRM transmitters of 10
KW each which are AM/DRM ready. These containerized transmitters are meant to be used in
disaster management cases as they can be easily transported to the affected areas by air/rail/
road. A 60 metre mediumwave mobile mast goes in another container which can be easily
erected together with the transmitter to start broadcasting as and when required. These
transmitters are being supplied by M/S Riz, Croatia.
(Source: DRM Consortium)
New DRM Broadcast Users Guide
Charlie Jacobson of NASB associate member HCJB advises: “In case you haven’t seen it,
the new DRM Broadcaster’s User Guide is now available as a PDF download on the DRM
website (www.drm.org ). It is significantly revised from the original Broadcast’s User Manual.
It is a good overview of the system and its application.”
Sea Water Antenna
Ulis Fleming of Baltimore sends the following interesting item: Click on the link below and
watch the YouTube video. Ulis says: “This antenna looks to have some real potential for the
future. Very interesting idea.”
Free Subscription to Monitoring Times
We want to encourage all shortwave broadcasters to submit their new B10 schedules to the
frequency manager of Monitoring Times, a popular magazine in the U.S. which deals with
radio listening, including shortwave. In addition to providing free publicity for your station's
schedule which many potential listeners will read, Monitoring Times is offering a free
subscription to its electronic version for station personnel who submit their broadcasting
schedules each frequency season. Just send your schedules to Gayle Van Horn, Monitoring
Times Frequency Manager. Her e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org . Mention that
you would like to be put on the mailing list for the electronic version of Monitoring Times.
Interest in Digital Radio continues to grow in Russia
from DRM Consortium
DRM has been under the spotlight again in Russia. The International Symposium on Digital
Radio that took place recently in Sochi, on the Black Sea (October 6th-8th), attracted an
international audience of over 70 participants. The event proved to be a good opportunity to
demonstrate the benefits of DRM and digital radio in general.
The symposium began with the Ministry of Communications representative, Alexander
Gorodnikov giving a presentation on the legal issues of DRM in Russia. This was followed by
a view of the commercial perspectives of DRM from RTRN Deputy Director, Victor Goregliad.
DRM Steering Board Member, Rashel Staviskaia (Voice of Russia) then updated the
audience with all the latest DRM developments and news. She explained about the DRM
initiatives in Russia and also highlighted some of the other major DRM projects going on
around the world. She also showed the DRM video in Russian:
DRM members RFmondial (Yuri Vatis) and Harris Corporation (Maxim
Sverdlov), also attended and gave technical presentations on DRM30 and DRM+.
Rashel Staviskaia said "This symposium proved that there is growing interest in DRM in
Russia. Participants from all over Russia positively welcomed the latest developments of
DRM and the audience was particularly excited to be able to listen to the three day long live
DRM transmission from Krasnodar (over 200 km away) on a Himalaya radio."
New DRM application launched at IBC Exhibition
from DRM Consortium
The three DRM events featured at this year’s IBC attracted over 200 participants and
generated unprecedented interest. Diveemo, the new small scale video service for DRM, was
undoubtedly the star of the DRM show, with the Thomson team able to demonstrate BBC
content broadcast live to a Uniwave receiver. The DRM events at the Transradio and Nautel
stands also drew in large numbers of interested people, where they could also watch the new
Shortwave Airtime for Northern Europe
Roy Sandgren of Broadcast Invest Ltd. writes: “We have 2 x 350 kW SW transmitters
available and one 600 kW AM (can go down to 300 kW) available for broadcasting all over
Scandinavia, the Baltic, Russia, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Benelux and England. They are
available evenings on AM, but SW 00.00-2400. The site is Hörby and Sölvesborg, Sweden.
Probably we going to run these stations as community radio organisations, but it is unknown
which system of ownership will be the best.” (Roy Sandgren, Malmo, Sweden,
FAQ's about the NASB 2011 Annual Meeting
What is the itinerary for the cruise? - The Majesty of the Seas leaves the Port of Miami at 4:30 pm on Friday, May 13. (You can board the ship as early as 12:00 noon and enjoy lunch onboard.) For security reasons, everyone must be onboard by 3:00 pm at the very latest. The ship arrives in CocoCay, Bahamas Saturday at 8:00 am and leaves at 5:00 pm. It arrives in Nassau on Sunday at 8:00 am and leaves at 5:00 pm. The Majesty returns to the Port of Miami on Monday, May 16 at 7:00 am. (You can have breakfast onboard on Monday
morning.) Allow at least a few hours to disembark and for customs and immigration. If you
book an outgoing flight from Miami International Airport on Monday, make sure it is in the
What is the location of the Port of Miami? - The port is located in downtown Miami. The
exact address is 1015 North American Way, Miami, FL 33132. There is a parking lot at the
port; the price is $20 per day.
Is it possible to share a cabin with someone else if I am travelling alone, in order to reduce the cruise price? - We will attempt to match you up with someone else who wants to share a cabin if you want. Just send us an e-mail at email@example.com to let us know you are interested.
Regarding the ship, I could not tell from the brochure about double beds on the cabins available. And what about those triples or quad cabins? - Each cabin has two separate beds which can be combined to make a queen-size bed if desired. Cabins can accommodate a third or fourth person in fold-down beds in bunk-bed style.
What's the deadline for deposits to be made for the cruise meeting? - Our initial block of cabins required a deposit to be made by October 27, and many people have already
reserved. However, you can still reserve as long as cabins are available. There's a
reservation form on the NASB website, www.shortwave.org. Click on “Annual Meeting.”
What if I am concerned about putting my credit card information on the reservation webform for security reasons? - If you prefer, you are welcome to send us this information by fax (+1-305-559-8186), by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or by telephone (+1-305-559-9764).
NASB Shortwave Listener Survey
Jerry Plummer of WWCR reports that over 700 shortwave listeners from various countries
have taken the NASB Shortwave Listener Survey. The survey will remain open until May of
2011, when results will be announced at the NASB annual meeting. Those who have not
taken the survey yet can find it on the NASB”s website, www.shortwave.org .
Pat Hemingway, who took the survey, wrote us: “Just took your survey...disappointed that you
made no allotment for comment. Most of my shortwave listening was during and shortly after
the cold war. The biggest let down was all the stations that quit broadcasting on shortwave
due to budget cuts and of course the Internet. Nothing is sweeter than hearing Big Ben chime
at the top of the hour amongst the static and crackle.”
The survey itself does not have a section for comments, since the results are being compiled
electronically and must have a fixed set of answers. However, we definitely welcome your
comments, which can be sent to email@example.com .
Shortwave Transmitter for Sale
NASB member KVOH, La Voz de Restauración, in California is selling a 50-kilowatt
shortwave transmitter. It is an RCA BHF-100B which is around 40 years old. It was originally
used by HCJB and went to KVOH about 15 years ago. It is currently configured to operate on
two frequencies: 9975 and 17775 kHz. The location is Simi Valley, California – about an hour
north of Los Angeles. The transmitter weighs 24,000 pounds. Those who would like more
technical details may contact the station's engineer, Jim Shossner, at +1-805-581-5398 or
Pastor Rene Molina at +1-323-445-5428. (Veraliz Cuellar, KVOH,
New Digital Radio Mondiale Channel for South Asia
DRM News Release
BBC World Service and Deutsche Welle (DW) are launching a new Digital Radio Mondiale
(DRM) digital radio channel for South Asia. The channel will carry a four hour daily broadcast
that includes the best international programmes in English and Hindi from BBC World Service
and Deutsche Welle. It will also bring to the audience all the advantages of DRM digital radio
including near-FM quality audio, text messages, Journaline and an Electronic Programme
This joint initiative between BBC World Service and Deutsche Welle has been launched using two transmitters in the region and will cover much of South Asia. The signal covers the
majority of the Indian sub-continent and may reach as far as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal
and other neighbouring countries.
The new transmission started on 31 October 2010 and is broadcast from 1400 – 1800 UTC
each day. Listeners will find the new programme stream on 13590 and 5845 kHz (SW), and
additionally on 1548 kHz (MW) between 1700 – 1800 GMT.
Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Chairman, says: "Digital radio is as much about technology as it is
about content. Through DRM we hope to increase the digital radio offer to South Asia giving
people access to audio and multimedia content, which should in turn convince manufacturers
that digital radio brings something new worth investing in."
Radio Sweden closing down SW services and immigrant transmissions in
Drita Cico of Radio Tirana in Albania forwards the following comments from a Swedish shortwave listener sent to World of Radio producer Glenn Hauser about the discontinuation of Radio Sweden's shortwave service on October 31:
The closure of a number of services now offered by the Swedish Radio has been strongly
criticized, both by representatives for immigrant groups, Swedish citizens abroad and sailors,
who rely on radio broadcasts when far away from the mainland.
I find it deplorable that the Albanian as well as the Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian service will close down. Among our immigrants many elderly people will become more isolated from Swedish society, since they do not understand Swedish well enough. Younger people are not affected; they rely on the internet and get all possible information about events in Sweden also through TV and newspapers. When going abroad I personally will miss the daily news bulletins from Sweden, which I could listen to at the seaside resorts in Italy, Croatia and Albania... To use computers when staying abroad is not always easy. Radio here stands for constant access and flexibility! English speaking listeners will no longer be informed via shortwave about Swedish news and views via radio.
Generally speaking, the present trend with regard to international broadcasting gives an
impression re the situation in the international economic and political fields. We have to ask,
after checking the situation on the shortwave bands: Is China the world power number one?
Are USA, Russia and Western Europe second class powers? The Chinese domination on
shortwaves today is overwhelming. Is this known in Washington, London and Moscow? Could
we as DXers deviate a bit from our normal course and inform the leading circles, the
governments of USA, United Kingdom and Russia, the Senate and the House of
Representatives, the British Parliament and the Russian Duma about this state of affairs, to
create a debate on this matter? Just an idea of mine! Kind regards. (Ullmar Qvick,
Norrköping, Sweden, firstname.lastname@example.org )
EDXC Conference in Ankara October 2010
by Kaj Bredahl Jørgensen, Danish Shortwave Club International
The annual EDXC meeting and conference was held on September 30th to October 2nd 2010 in Ankara and sponsored by TRT, the Voice of Turkey. Together with my wife I had the great pleasure to participate this annual event also this year. Unfortunately our Chairman, Anker Petersen could not attend this year due to an eye operation, so I was the only Danish delegate this year.
We left Copenhagen airport in the middle of night, by an airplane directly to Ankara, where we
arrived early Thursday morning. We took a shuttle bus from the airport in Ankara to the center
of the city, and then a taxi to Hotel Dedeman, which was the headquarters for the conference.
This hotel is a five star international hotel with many facilities. In the lobby, EDXC Secretary
Tibor Szilagyi greeted us, and after having our room, we had a nice breakfast together with
him at the hotel’s restaurant.
At 1200, the registration in the hotel was opened, where Tibor and I sat in the lobby and
registered participants. A few of those had already arrived on Wednesday. During the
afternoon most of the participants arrived.
In all 19 people from 9 countries participated. As usual the biggest delegation came from
Finland with 7 participants, 2 from Japan, and then just one from Sweden, France, Italy,
Russia, Germany, Denmark and the United Kingdom. By the way, most of those were DSWCI
In the evening we had the usual informal get-to-gather in the hotel, where many issues were
discussed together with a beer or two.
Friday, October 1st:
At 0900 we left our hotel to drive to TRT, The Voice of Turkey’s headquarters, situated about
45 minutes drive from our hotel, all depending on how heavy the traffic is, and it is heavy in
Ankara, so we were a little delayed. When we came to the big headquarters, we saw a big
poster in the lobby made especially for the EDXC conference by TRT.
There we were welcomed by, Mr. Mahmut Filiz, deputy director and Mrs. Ufuk Gecim, head of
the German section as well as several other persons employed by the radio station. First we
went through the domestic department, where we saw a little exhibition of old radio and TV
equipment which has been used by TRT during the years.
Afterwards we went to the office of Mr. Süleyman Köksoy, General Director of External
Service, Voice of Turkey, who by an interpreter welcomed us and he then told us briefly about
the organization and the radio. There are 4.000 employees in the headquarters, and 3.000
employees in the different regions throughout the country, so quite a big organization. We
were also told that two new languages will be added in the near future for their foreign
services, being Japanese and Mongolian. Then we presented ourselves to each other, and we were handled a package with many different items from the radio.
Afterwards we walked through many long corridors to the international department, where we
first saw some of the many different language offices. The Voice of Turkey is currently
broadcasting in 32 different languages.
After the meeting we went to the big IT section, where we saw the production of the various
language sections made for the internet. In this department no more than 140 men and
woman were employed to make and up-date news every day for the home page of each
After the visit to the IT department, some of the EDXC participants were interviewed by the
radio in different studios, to be broadcast later on in English, German, Italian, Russian and
Then we had a splendid typical Turkish lunch at the radio station together with the leading
personnel, in the canteen of the radio, before we went to the Emirlir transmission site situated
about 50 km. outside Ankara. There we were greeted by the frequency manager, who was a
very nice lady, Mrs.Serife Telliel, and we had a thorough insight of this rather old, but still well
working, transmitter as well as all the antennas. There was one big rotable antenna, 28 (as far
as remember) different curtain antennas and some other different antennas. The reason why
we didn’t visit the Cakirlar transmitter was that this site was under re-construction.
During our whole stay at the radio station and at the transmitter site we were photographed
nearly all the time by a photographer from the radio. I think that we can see some of the
pictures later on their web sites – have a try.
Late in the afternoon we went back to Ankara, where the traffic again was very heavy, due to
the rush hour, which seems to be the case all day long!
Saturday October 2nd
The conference itself began Saturday morning at 0930 in a big conference room at the hotel,
where also some representatives from TRT were present. The secretary General, Tibor
Szilagyi opening the conference with this speech:
“Dear DX--Friends and Conference Participants!
Twelve months have gone since the closure of the EDXC Conference in Dublin, Ireland. Let me inform you what happened in the last 12 months, from the EDXC point of view. As you probably know, the EDXC has today 12 members, 4 observer members and 4 individual members. Two individual members are from Sweden: the well--known Swedish DXers Claes W. Englund and Bengt Dalhammar, furthermore Torre Ekblom from Finland and Luca Tius from Italy. During the last 12 months the number of members was very stable. Also the membership fees were paid rather fast at the beginning of the year 2010. We are very grateful for that, being a small and very poor organization, operating with penny-like financial means.
During the preparation work for this Conference I had the pleasure to enjoy the help of the following organizations and DX Clubs:
First of all I had a lot of correspondence with Dr. Ufuk Gecim --- Head of the German section of the Voice of Turkey, die Stimme der Tuerkei. At this point I wish to express my gratitude for her kind help. As you could experience yesterday, our visit at the Radio was organized very smoothly and we had an extra-ordinary warm, hearty reception at the Radio. Thank You Dr. Ufuk Gecim for all the good work you have done for us!
Secondly I would like to mention the great help I got from Anker Petersen, Chairman of the Danish Shortwave Club International. He was extremely helpful at finalizing our programme for this Conference Day today. As you probably know, Anker Petersen had an eye operation on the 22nd of September, and because of that, he cannot attend at this conference. He was scheduled to give us a lecture here on the subject: "Anker's Radio Trip to Northern Part of India and Bhutan".
Last but not least I wish to express my gratitude to Risto Vähäkainu, who was always ready to give good advices and useful recommendations for this conference. We can see it again - as many, many times before - that the Finnish delegation is the biggest one at this conference. You - Finns - you can be proud of yourselves. Thank you Risto for your kind support.
I also wish to mention that Dario Monferini also showed a very positive attitude for our conference and he was ready to contribute to our conference today with his own story: "2009 Radio Travelling in Russia and other Eastern European Countries". Thank you Dario very much for that.
Risto Vähäkainu from Finland, Anker Petersen and Kaj Bredahl Joergensen from Denmark, Dario Monferini from Italy, those are the people who are always writing to me. All other DXClubs show a significant silence. Why is that ? We have to discuss this during our session today: ”The future of the EDXC." I still remember the words of Torre Ekblom: ”No organization is better than its members.”
After having said this, I wish to mention a few members who cannot attend at this conference, but sending their greetings:
AA. Dr. Anton Kuchelmeister from AGDX in Germany is greeting you all.
BB. I talked to Anker Petersen on Sunday over the phone: He is greeting you too, wishing us great success at this conference in Ankara.
On behalf of the EDXC I wish to express my big Thank You to you all, participating at this conference. And with these words I would like to declare this EDXC Conference 2010 in Ankara as open!!!”
In the connection with the greetings, Alexander Beryozkin, Russia, had a greeting from
(DSWCI Editor) Dmitry Mezin.
After the welcome, he gave the word to Mr.Turan Nurettin from TRT External Services, who
among other things told us, that TRT started in 1936 and was re-established in 1943. Nowadays they are broadcasting in 32 different languages with a total of 168 hours in the foreign languages each day, and 43 hours in Turkish each day. In March 2008 they added Dari, Pashto, Uzbek, Uyghur and Armenian to their service. They have 30 languages on Internet for the time being. In the near future they will also use DRM broadcast to their service. At the moment they got about 2.500 reception reports a month and 300.000-400.000 entries each week on their WEB pages.
Then Risto Vähäkainu, Finland told about “EDXC conferences – past, present and future”
giving a very good picture of the EDXC history and the background for founding the EDXC,
which took place at Ankers home. He also briefly mentioned the next conference in 2010,
where four possibilities came up: Bulgaria, Lithuania, Sweden and Washington DC, USA.
More about this later in my article.
The next speaker was Toshimichi Ohtake, Japan who had a lecture about “Japanese Radio
World” seen from the Japanese point of view. Toshi also showed two slides, the first about
“Good Happenings” in the world of shortwave radio, and the second about “Bad Happenings”.
It was quite interesting and suggestive.
The third and last speaker was Dario Monferini, Italy who told about “2009 Radio Travelling in
Russia and other Eastern European countries”, with visits in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan,
Samara, Yalta and Kiev, to mentioning a few destinations, and where he also visited some
Russian DX-ers, and was DX-ing in various places on his trip.
In the afternoon we all went on a guided sightseeing tour with an English speaking guide to the Kemal Atatürk museum and mausoleum in the center of Ankara. Atatürk is the founder of the modern Turkey, and is still honored with great respect all over Turkey. The museum and
mausoleum is situated in a huge park on about 700.000 square meters, and is a part of the
Turkish armed forces belongings, thus we saw soldiers many places in the park as well guards at the mausoleum. Before we enter the area we all had to be security checked – just as in the airport - and so did all the vehicles, where soldiers with mirrors on sticks inspected the cars underneath.
After the visit to the Kemal Atatürks museum, we went to the old part of Ankara situated in the
very center of Ankara, on a high hill, inside an ancient castle area surrounded by a tall wall.
Here the life was completely different, than in the rest of AnDSWCI Short Wave News –
October 2010 kara, with very old houses and narrow streets. It was a big contract to the rest of the city, but quite interesting to have a look of this part of Ankara.
Then we drove back to hotel to continue the conference, with the subject “The future of
EDXC”. Tibor started to say that he went to the Swedish DX Federation Annual General
meeting earlier this year to make some PR for the EDXC, and to ask if there was a Swedish
club that could organize an EDXC conference, but no club was interested. Tibor would then
contact World Wide DX Club in Bad Homburg if they could arrange a EDXC meeting in the
future. It was agreed by Tibor and Risto, that if the meeting should be held in Germany, it
should not be such technical as it was in 2003 in Königstein. The future meetings should be
mixtures of lectures, debates and cultural sightseeing’s, as it has been the case for the last
many years now.
Then Risto again raised the four possibilities for the meeting next year, being, Bulgaria,
Lithuania, Sweden and Washington DC and told. He then raised the advantages and
disadvantages for each country. Vilnius in Lithuania was the preferred place, because Risto had some good contacts over there, and this was may be the last chance we had to see the Sitkunai transmitter site before it eventually will be closed down later in 2011. Bulgaria had also its advantages; our club has some good contacts with our two Bulgarian members employed at radio Bulgaria. Pertti Hyvönen, Finland has a summer cottage in Bulgaria, so the meeting could be close to his home there. However there were also some disadvantages, such as the distance to Sofia, and the accommodation there. Sweden was out of the picture as written above, and Washington D.C. was no good either because of the long distance to the EDXC, despite that we are all very sure that Radio Free Asia and A.J. will make a very pleasant stay for us over there.
A working group by Tibor, Risto and Arto was then arranged, in order to work for the
possibilities as Vilnius for the meeting next year. There were some discussions of the date for
the next meeting, but the solution was June 11-13 which is during the Whitsun.
Tibor then told about the lack of attendance in this year’s conference compared with last year
in Dublin, where there were 48 participants. He was afraid that the distance to Ankara was too
long for many interested, so he would try to have the meetings one year in the East and one
year in the West of Europe.
Tibor was also sorry for the lack of response from the member clubs. It was decided that we
should have more activity on our WEB page with the latest news, which should be really news, and not just “old stories” that already was published within the DX Community. So member clubs should be forced to come with their input to the web page.
After a fruitful meeting, we had about an hour before all participants and two representatives
from TRT went to the traditional but very tasteful Banquet Dinner at the hotel. At the end of the banquet Tibor officially shortly closed this year’s conference and gave the word further to Risto, who was telling some funny stories mainly about his travelling around the world, and said that what he has seen those four days in Turkey, he fully would agree that Turkey should join the European Union. George Brown thanked TRT for their hospitality and so did I, saying that if TRT would continue with that speed of increasing languages in their foreign services, in a few years time they will be bigger and having more languages than Radio Japan and BBC!
Thank you very much to the Voice of Turkey’s great hospitality during our stay in Ankara. I will
surely remember those days in Ankara with great joy.
Celebrate Radio’s ‘Reaching Up’ joins WRN Europe
by Andy Sennitt, Radio Netherlands Media Network
Celebrate Radio’s anchor programme, the half hour weekly Reaching Up Radio with Don
Fass, adds a second satellite and broadcast to the UK, Europe, Russia and Middle East
starting the first week of December.
Reaching Up features a unique blend of secular and spiritual pop music and an eclectic array
of interview guests. It is already broadcast coast-to-coast in the US, Canada, in the Caribbean
and Australia on two channels of the Galaxy 19 satellite and 4 networks on it, on AM stations
in several US markets from Pittsburgh to Albuquerque-Santa Fe, on WRMI Radio Miami
shortwave to Central and South America and on Radio Eden on the Intelsat 10 satellite to all
of Asia and Africa. New FM broadcasts will soon start across Israel, the West Bank and
Jordan in addition to Eurobird 9 and Hotbird 6.
(Source: Celebrate Radio press release – www.celebrateradio.com)
It's Not Exactly Shortwave, But I Like It
Internet radio review by Jeff White
As you know, most shortwave stations nowadays have some sort of Internet presence, and many of them stream their programming on the Internet, often simultaneously along with their shortwave service. I must admit that I occasionally listen to a shortwave station on the Internet myself, using my laptop.
But nowadays, there are “Internet radios” which are self-contained receivers that can be connected to an Ethernet cable or simply a WiFi signal, with no need for a computer. And the prices for these radios are becoming more reasonable these days. The least expensive one I have seen is available for $89.00 plus $15.00 shipping from PCJ Media in Taiwan.
PCJ Media is run by Keith Perron, a Canadian freelance radio and TV producer in Taiwan who has been involved with a lot of shortwave stations over the years in one way or another. Perron is now working with a Taiwanese radio manufacturer to sell the Joybien WR101 World Radio worldwide. I ordered one, and was glad I did.
The radio arrived in only a few days – about a week maybe – and it only took me a few minutes to set it up and connect it to the wireless signal in my office. It found all of the nearby wireless signals in our office building with no problem. The radio is pre-programmed with about 16,000 radio stations around the world, and you can easily add any others that you might want. Tuning is done with a round dial knob on the front, or it can be done more easily with an included remote control unit. There are four buttons on the front to store your favorite stations, and an unlimited number can be stored using the remote control unit. The two small built-in speakers provide quite nice sound. There is also a jack for headphones if you prefer.
The Joybien operates on both 110 and 220 volts AC. Mine came with an AC adapter with the standard two-prong North American AC plug. I assume those sold to other parts of the world come with other types of adapters and plugs.
The first time you turn it on, the radio will prompt you to select the language you want to use for the menu. This can be selected by the knob on the front of the unit, or via the remote control. You then follow the menu prompts to do the initial configuration, which is a rather simple process. Within a couple of minutes you're ready to start listening.
At the outset, let me explain that the pre-programmed group of radio stations available on the receiver comes from a service called vTuner, about which we'll talk more in a moment. Your first menu choice will be whether you want to see the list of your favorite stations (which you have previously programmed into the receiver) or go to the general Internet Radio menu. If you select Favorites, you then see your list of favorites and can select a station. If you choose Internet Radio, you can then choose from a different list of favorite stations, a list of stations you have added to the list yourself (My Added Stations), or to see stations arranged by Genres, Countries, New Stations that have been recently added to the vTuner list, and “Most Popular Stations” (I guess among the users of vTuner).
Under Genre, you have the following category options: Alternative, Ambient, Big Band, Bluegrass, Blues, Business News, Celtic, Christian Contemporary, Christian Rock, Classic Rock, Classical, College, Comedy, Country, Dance, Electronica, Folk, Gospel, Government, Hard Rock, Hip Hop, Holiday, Jazz, Latin Hits, New Age, News, News Talk, News Updates, Oldies, Pop, Public, Radio Drama, Reggae, Religious, RnB, Rock, Scanner, Show Tunes, Smooth Jazz, Soft Rock, Soundtracks, Sports, Talk, Top 40, TV Audio, Variety, Weather, Web Audio, World, World Asia, World Europe, World Hawaiian, World India, World Middle East, World Native American and World Tropical,
Under the Countries option, you select the region first (Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Internet Only, Middle East, North America, Oceania or South America) and then the specific country. Not every country in the world is included, but the vast majority are represented. Some have one or two stations; others have hundreds of stations. Most of them are local AM or FM radio stations, but there is a fair selection of international services as well (i.e. what most of us would consider traditional shortwave services – stations that have programming specifically intended for an international audience). Some external services have two or more different streams, with different languages on each stream (in some cases, multiple languages on each stream). Most streams are “live” programming, but some are sort of “on demand” in the sense that if you select that stream, you may hear a newscast or program start playing from the beginning of the show, no matter what time you tune it in. Not just AM, FM and shortwave stations are available. The Joybien also includes hundreds of Internet-only radio stations from around the world. In addition to radio stations, there are also audio channels of some television services such as CNN.
Shortwave stations and external services that are on the Joybien's pre-programmed selection include: Deutsche Welle, Radio Netherlands, VOA, Radio Havana Cuba, Radio Canada International, BBC World Service, Radio Australia, Radio New Zealand International, Radio Taiwan International, China Radio International, Radio Japan, KBS World (Korea), Radio France International, the Voice of Russia, Radio Prague, Radio Belarus, Radio Slovakia International, Radio Romania International, the Voice of Greece, RDP Portugal, Radio Exterior de Espana, Radio Ukraine International, Vatican Radio, Africa No. 1, CVC La Voz, HCJB from Ecuador, TGN from Guatemala, ORF Austria, Radio Free Asia, Radio Marti and Radio Sawa. Many of these have multiple streams.
Shortwave stations from the U.S. that can be found on the Joybien include EWTN Radio, the Fundamental Broadcasting Network, Trans World Radio, WBCQ, WRMI, WWCR and WYFR.
It's also interesting to be able to listen to stations that used to be on shortwave but haven't been for many years – stations like Radio Tahiti (RFO French Polynesia) and 4VEH from Haiti. You can also hear the news network of Radio Nacional de Venezuela, which airs the RNV international service for an hour around 3:00 am local time each day.
And who can deny it? It's also sometimes interesting to listen to local radio stations in far-off countries to hear what's going on in those places. That can sometimes require a bit of foreign language knowledge, but of course anyone can enjoy exotic music from these locales. I enjoy tuning in some of the stations in Hawaii just to listen to the traditional island music.
When you select a station to listen to, it will usually take a few seconds to make the connection before it starts playing. Some streams will start very fast; others will take several seconds or even longer to connect. This of course is to be expected when connecting to an Internet stream – the same as if you connect from a computer. In some cases it will not connect and you'll see an error message after a certain period of time. This could mean that the stream is temporarily down, or in some cases it may no longer be active. And of course, some stations do not broadcast 24 hours a day.
The radio's screen displays the name of the station, sometimes the name of the specific program or song being played, and it shows the bandwidth of the stream (generally from around 12 to 128 kbps). The quality of each stream varies, but some of them are incredibly high-fidelity, and most of them sound better than the typical shortwave signal of course. It's generally FM-quality sound.
The “brain” behind the streams that are included on the Joybien is a program called vTuner. Each radio comes with a license for the premium version of vTuner, which can be accessed directly on a computer by going to www.vtuner.com. Here you will find the same list of stations, with their respective divisions, that you will find on the Joybien radio directly. While you will probably want to actually listen to the stations on the radio, you will want to visit the webpage for at least a couple of reasons. First, you can more easily scroll through and select your Favorite stations to add to the list which is accessible on the radio directly. And second, you can add your own stations to vTuner's list. For example, I found a stream of the Voice of Russia which was not on the list, and I added it myself. It then appeared on the My Added Stations option. Since your radio is connected to the Internet, vTuner will constantly update the list of stations on the radio and any favorites you have added through vTuner's website. This is particularly handy, because as you can imagine, new stations are constantly being added, and some of the old ones go away. The list is dynamic and will never be 100% accurate, but at least it's being constantly updated.
The Joybien is convenient for locations where shortwave reception is problematic, like steel-and-concrete buildings where putting up an external outdoor antenna is not possible or practical. And it's helpful, or perhaps essential, for listening to signals from shortwave stations that are not beamed to your area.
But I don't mean to imply in any way that Internet streams are a viable total replacement for shortwave broadcasts. After all, even in developed countries broadband Internet signals are not available everywhere and can be expensive. And of course in much of the world broadband Internet is still only a dream; it's either not available or beyond the financial reach of most people. In many rural areas, especially, shortwave is the only means to hear long-distance radio stations.
There is no reason why shortwave and the Internet cannot co-exist. Each one complements the other. So I consider the Joybien Internet World Radio to be a valuable addition to my rather sizable collection of shortwave receivers.
The PCJ Joybien WR101 Internet Radio comes in four colors. It's available from PCJ Media for USD 89.00 plus USD 15.00 shipping to any part of the world. To order, go to www.pcjmedia.com and click on PCJ Shop. Or send an e-mail to email@example.com to find out which color(s) are currently available.
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.
Radio Miami International
Trans World Radio
World Christian Broadcasting
World Wide Christian Radio
NASB Associate Members
Babcock (formerly VT Communications)
Comet North America
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
10400 NW 240th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972
Ph: (863) 763-0281 Fax: (863) 763-8867 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org