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March  2011

 

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Reports from February 2011  HFCC  Meetings

 

NASB-DRM  USA  2011  Annual Meeting Tentative Agenda

 

 

 

Strange Turn of Events

HFCC A11 moved at last minute from Tunis to Prague, less than two weeks after Radio Prague ends shortwave transmissions

by Jeff White

 

The situation could not have been more ironic.  The February global shortwave frequency planning conference, for the summer broadcast period, was scheduled for Tunis, where the headquarters of the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) is located.  But a popular revolution led to Tunisia's president resigning exactly one month before the HFCC/ASBU conference was to begin.  After most people had registered to attend the meeting in Tunis and many had already purchased their airline flights, both HFCC and ASBU officials agreed that due to the unrest, they had no choice but to move the event.  And the only place where it could be arranged on such short notice was in Prague, headquarters of the HFCC.  Oldrich Cip, HFCC Chairman, and his son Vladislav, the organization's secretary and only full-time employee, quickly got bids from Prague hotels, chose the InterContinental, hired some local staff to help with the meeting, and made all of the logistical arrangements while at the same time helping conference delegates get Czech visas at a lightning speed.

 

Bassil Zoubi of the ASBU came to the conference in Prague.  He said that he totally concurred with the decision to move the meeting, as it was the only sensible thing to do at the time the decision had to be made.  But now, he said, the situation in Tunisia is completely calm, and he invited delegates to meet in Tunis in February of next year.  Delegates from many Arab nations attended the conference in Prague, with the notable absence of Egypt. 

 

No one could have predicted that the Egyptian revolution would have taken place so soon after the events in Tunisia, or that Hosni Mubarak would resign the Friday before the HFCC conference began.  Bassil said that in both of these revolutions shortwave radio had played a key role in informing the population, and it showed that the ill-timed decisions of some large international broadcasters to discontinue their shortwave transmissions to the Arab world were a big mistake.  He said the same type of unrest could occur in other Arab countries in the coming weeks and months, and that shortwave broadcasts would be an important information source when mobile phones, Internet and satellite signals get cut off or severely restricted.

 

Mohammed Al Kowmi of Radio Jordan told me that a few years ago he had 68 hours per day of shortwave programming on the air from three 500-kilowatt transmitters.  Then it was cut down to 25 hours per day.  Recently, officials in his country wanted to shut down the shortwave broadcasts altogether.  But Mohammed refused.  He said he would reduce the broadcasts, but not stop them completely.  He knew that if they were discontinued, it would be difficult or impossible to resume them again in the future, for technical and other reasons.  So Radio Jordan's shortwave service was reduced to about seven hours per day.

 

Bad Timing

 

But the situation with shortwave was not any better -- in fact it was worse -- in the new conference venue.  Radio Prague, facing major budget cuts from the Czech foreign ministry, took the drastic decision to discontinue all shortwave transmissions after January 31, 2011 – almost 75 years after they had begun.  This decision was strongly opposed by HFCC Chairman Oldrich Cip, who had worked for decades as Radio Prague's frequency manager.  He expressed his concerns to the Czech foreign minister, but has not received any reply.  Radio Prague was reduced to Internet distribution only, along with limited satellite coverage, until Radio Miami International offered at the last moment to keep Radio Prague's English and Spanish programs on shortwave from Miami to the Caribbean and Latin America.  But other parts of the world were without shortwave transmissions from Radio Prague.  Dr. Miroslav Krupicka, the director of Radio Prague, said that he was faced with a financial choice of either discontinuing the shortwave broadcasts or laying off the station's personnel.  He chose the former. 

 

Nearby Slovakia, the other half of the former Czechoslovakia, experienced a similar situation just a month earlier.  Radio Slovakia International faced a similar set of budget cuts and was forced to end its shortwave transmissions on December 31, 2010.  Their Spanish service contacted Radio Miami with a desperate call for help, and WRMI began airing Radio Slovakia's English and Spanish programs to Latin America on January 1st.  But apart from these broadcasts, there is no more shortwave for Slovakia either.  Edita Chocolata, the representative of the Slovak shortwave transmitter site who normally attends HFCC conferences, came for only one day to say hello to her former colleagues.  And Ladislava Hudzovicova of Radio Slovakia International's Spanish service, came all the way from Bratislava to Prague for one day of the conference to do interviews about the state of shortwave.  A reporter from the Czech News Agency attended the conference's opening plenary session and wrote a news bulletin which was carried in many Czech media the following day.  (See a translation of the text of the CTK bulletin below.)

 

 

Press coverage of the HFCC/ASBU conference was extensive.  Besides the CTK bulletin and the reports on Radio Slovakia International, there were other reports in English on HCJB's DX Party Line, Adventist World Radio's program Wavescan, various programs on WRMI, and Spanish-language reports on the syndicated program Frecuencia al Dia, as well as numerous print stories.  A selection of photos from the conference appears on WRMI's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wrmiradio.  World Christian Broadcasting's www.worldchristian.org website also featured a front-page item about the HFCC Conference.

 

The Location

 

Despite the shortwave cutbacks, visa complications and non-refundable airfares to Tunis in many cases, over 100 delegates from 51 different stations and radio administrations and a number of family members turned up at the HFCC/ASBU conference in Prague.  The InterContinental Praha was a perfect location in the Jewish quarter of Prague's Old Town, just a short walk from many of the city's tourist attractions, restaurants and stores.  The panoramic view out of our hotel room window revealed the Vltava River which divides the city in two (just meters from the hotel), a bridge that crosses the river, and the Prague castle in the distance on the other side of the river.  The InterContinental was built in the 1970's in classic communist style, but has all the modern conveniences including what have to be the world's fastest hotel elevators -- four floors in about eight seconds; there was never a wait.  The breakfast and lunch buffets which were included in the conference package were quite extensive and good with both Czech and international cuisine. 

 

I had been to Prague on two previous occasions over the years, but I had never learned more than a few words of Czech.  To most Western ears, it's a mostly indecipherable language, with lots of unusual sounds and combinations of consonants put together.  It's a good thing that many folks in Prague speak English.  I did, however, need to learn the first day how to recognize the different kinds of bottled water:  prirodni (still or natural), perliva (sparkling, with gas), jemne perliva (slightly sparkling) and neperliva (no gas).  Thanks to Vladislav Cip and his IT assistant Pepa for that vital language lesson. 

 

Prague's Old Town has a few fast-food restaurants, such as the ones in the food court at the new Palladium Mall, about a 15- or 20-minute walk from the InterContinental.  But the area has a variety of delightful non-chain restaurants that include kosher, Mexican, Italian and of course Czech cuisine.  Some of the most ubiquitous Czech specialties seem to be roasted beef with cream sauce and dumplings, and Prague-style goulash with dumplings, as well as a number of pork dishes.  Prices for main courses at most places were around 180-360 Czech crowns (about USD 10.50 to 21.00). 

 

Opening Plenary Session

 

At the opening plenary session on February 14, HFCC Chairman Oldrich Cip acknowledged that new media forms are impacting the traditional delivery methods of radio and television, both for domestic and international broadcasting.  He conceded that shortwave listening is declining, but pointed out that this is due to both changes in technology and stations cutting back their shortwave transmissions.  (Interestingly, though, HFCC Rapporteur Geoff Spells of Babcock told the Steering Board that he had analyzed the shortwave frequencies in use since the A00 season, and “there has not been a dramatic dropoff” in frequency registrations.) 

 

Oldrich pointed out that the HFCC has “a unique source” of global frequency information that can be helpful to shortwave listeners and can be updated continuously.  He said that in addition to the frequency registrations, the HFCC website will soon offer stations an opportunity to upload their entire broadcast schedules in a user-friendly format for shortwave listeners. 

 

“Fighting the Internet is not on the agenda,” said Oldrich.  He said the HFCC should “help create a balanced and stable system of programme delivery where the distribution platforms do not compete but complement each other.” (See full text of opening remarks below.)  He mentioned the idea of new radio receivers which can pick up both shortwave signals and Internet streams.  He said that new content on the HFCC website in the near future will help international broadcast station management understand the continued importance of shortwave in an overall media mix.

 

Media Choices at the InterContinental

 

In our hotel room in Prague, we had an extensive satellite or cable TV service; I'm not sure which.  With the fast-paced developments in the Middle East, it was good to have CNN International, a couple of BBC channels and Sky.  Other English-language channels included Comedy Central, the National Geographic Channel, Turner Classic Movies, ESPN America and a travel channel which had an interesting program selling cruises from the U.K. called  cruise1st.tv.   There was Al Jazeera and a channel from Dubai in Arabic.  In Spanish, we had Hugo Chavez' Telesur news channel, TV Española and 24 Horas from Spain.  There were a number of channels in German, including many tele-shopping channels and RTL from Luxembourg.  French-language channels in the InterContinental included Euronews, TV5 Monde Europe and France 24.  There were several local Czech channels.  Other offerings were Planeta RTR in Russian, ERT in Greek, RAI in Italian, NHK from Japan, two channels in Korean, plus a number of radio channels on the TV with everything from classical to pop music and SWR from Germany.

 

On the nightstand beside the bed was a good FM radio with an antenna connection and capability to connect an iPod or auxiliary unit.  A label on the radio directed users to the following frequencies:  88.2 MHz – Evropa 2 (90's pop); 93.7 MHz – City (80's pop); 95.3 MHz – Beat (rock); 96.2 MHz – Spin (R&B); 98.7 MHz – Classic (classical music); 99.3 MHz – Radio France International in French; 101.1 MHz – BBC in English; and 103.7 MHz – Olympic (oldies).  I didn't have time to verify most of these, except the classical channel, RFI and the BBC, which was broadcasting interesting interviews with a human rights activist in Bahrain describing the atrocities that were occurring there, and a government spokesman who denied that anything unusual was going on.

 

I enjoyed watching a few editions of CNN International's “Back Story,” which had a report from Nic Robertson about trying to get through security barriers to Mubarak's hideout in Sharm El Sheikh, and another one from reporter Stan Grant and his team being shoved and stoned by thugs when they tried to get to the home of a Chinese human rights activist to do an interview.  I asked myself why this show isn't aired on CNN's domestic service in the U.S. 

 

The business at an HFCC/ASBU conference is frequency coordination.  Delegates, who are mostly engineers, enter frequency schedules into a master database, and “collision lists” are prepared.  They spend five days negotiating solutions to each collision, and by the end of the week theoretically most of the potential collisions for the following frequency season have been resolved. 

 

There were no major talks or presentations, except for one by Jeff Cohen of World Radio Network about a new service WRN is offering called RadioVision.  This is a service for radio broadcasters who air their channels on satellite or cable.  Instead of the audience watching a blank screen while they listen to the radio station, RadioVision enables them to see a variety of graphics and text related to the audio content.  This can include video, web pages, pictures, music artwork, scrolling text, news tickers and crawlers and advertising messages.  So far, RadioVision is available on the Hot Bird, Astra at 19E, Atlantic Bird 4 (Nilesat) and Arabsat satellites across Europe and the Middle East.  They expect to add new satellite platforms in the near future.

 

Closing Plenary Session

 

At the closing plenary session on February 17, it was confirmed that the HFCC/ASBU B11 Conference will take place September 12-16, 2011 in Dallas, Texas, USA, sponsored by Continental Electronics and the National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters (NASB).  This will be the first-ever HFCC/ASBU conference to take place in the United States, and delegates were urged to begin the visa application process as soon as possible.  It was mentioned that Continental Electronics will offer participants a tour of its transmitter factory and dinner at a typical Texas restaurant on one day of the conference.  The A12 conference will take place in February 2012 in either Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia or Tunis, Tunisia.

 

Geoff Spells reported on the ITU Working Groups.  Specifically, he mentioned the PLT (Power Line Telecommunication) situation, which is explained further in a letter on the HFCC website.  It appears that the control of power line systems by “smartgrids” may use PLT, which could have a serious impact on potential PLT interference to radio communications below 30 MHz.

 

During the closing plenary, Ludo Maes of the DRM Consortium and TDP gave an update on DRM receivers.  He mentioned the receivers that are currently available, including the Himilaya DRM 2009 for 199 euros, the Morphy Richards DRM 27024 which has been discontinued but is still available online for 99 euros, the Technisat MultyRadio which is also discontinued but available for 149 euros, and the Uniwave Di-Wave 100 which has had production delayed several times but which may be available by May 2011 for 249 euros.  A Starwaves car radio add-on is available for 249 euros, and the professional use Fraunhaufer DRM 30 receivers are readily available.  Ludo said at least 10 companies sell DRM receivers – most of them in Germany, but also a few in Australia, the U.K., the Netherlands and the United States.

 

“The tendency,” said Ludo, “is to develop more software-defined radios.”  These include the HCJB Pappradio, which connects to a computer and costs about 60 to 65 euros; and Ten-Tec, Winradio and other SDR's. 

 

The DRM Consortium set up a receiver task force, which in October of 2010 visited chipset manufacturers in China and Hong Kong.  Ludo said they showed a big interest in DRM, and some have committed to developing DRM receivers.  The task force made similar visits to India, where All India Radio plans to broadcast in DRM. 

 

The receivers will be built in India and China.  Ludo explained that new receivers will be on the market soon, including the Himilaya 2008 and the Sarapulsky car radio, both of which will use a chipset from Analog Devices. 

 

Ludo Maes showed a slide of a prototype DRM receiver for use in India which was to be presented the following week at the Radio Asia Conference.  A new Chinese radio called the DR111 was also to be introduced at this conference, and live DRM transmission demonstrations were to be conducted.  All India Radio was scheduled to be present, as well as manufacturers of cars and car radios in India. 

 

In Korea, new DRM 30 and DRM Plus USB receivers are being developed.  “Chipset developments will mean a big reduction in receiver prices,” according to Ludo.  He said chipsets will eventually cost less than one U.S. dollar.  By September to November of 2011, when AIR launches its DRM services, Ludo said that two-chipset DRM receivers should be available for around 50 to 60 dollars.  And by 2012, he said single-chipset receivers should cost around 15 dollars. 

 

PowerPoints of Ludo's talk and of another presentation about the status of DRM in Asia are available on the HFCC website, www.hfcc.org. 

 

Continuing the closing plenary, Sergio Salvatori of Vatican Radio gave a report on the Group of Experts meeting which took place during the week.  He stressed that the antenna design frequency and language fields need to be filled in on station requirement submissions, and he repeated that members will soon have the opportunity to upload complete global schedules on the HFCC website.  Sergio gave the results of a user survey conducted during the conference which showed that 75% of respondents use the free WPLOT HF broadcast planning software regularly.  Norbert Schall of Deutsche Welle, the software's developer, gave a number of workshops during the week explaining how to use it. 

 

Gary Stanley, representing the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU-HFC), talked about the importance of eliminating wooden frequencies in station requirements, and the future of joint coordination conferences such as this one.  He said the ABU would like to have a joint meeting for both broadcast seasons each year – not just the A season conference as it is now. 

 

Chairman Oldrich Cip talked about “the readjustment of the HFCC's mission,” including the continuously-updated global frequency database and complete station schedules, which will be very useful for shortwave listeners as long as they are accurate.  Comparing frequency requirements and actual program schedules will make it easy to identify wooden transmissions, said Oldrich, and they will be accessible by the public.  He urged HFCC/ASBU members to offer suggestions as to other program distribution platforms (besides shortwave) that the conferences and the HFCC website should embrace.

 

In financial matters, Geofff Spells reported that the HFCC has returned to a situation where it is well in the black, as it was a few years ago. 

 

There were two new applicants for HFCC membership. Radio CJSC from Armenia had two representatives present.  Various organizations use the shortwave (including DRM) and mediumwave relay facilities in Yerevan, Armenia, which  are now privatized and owned by a company in Switzerland.  The main client is the Voice of Russia.  CJSC was applying for associate membership in the HFCC.

 

Nashville, Tennessee-based World Christian Broadcasting – an NASB member – operates FCC-licensed shortwave station KNLS in Alaska.  It is currently constructing a new shortwave station off the southeast coast of Africa called Madagascar World Voice, and it asked for a separate FMO (“WCB” for World Christian Broadcasting) so it can begin registering frequencies for the B11 season.  Engineer Kevin Chambers came to the meeting from Madagascar, and he requested full membership for WCB in the HFCC.  Both requests for CJSC and WCB were unanimously approved by HFCC members. 

 

The final order of business at the closing plenary was the presentation by the NASB of a Black Forest birthday cake to Tom Lucey of the FCC, who happened to be celebrating his birthday that day. 

 

Time to See a Fascinating City

 

The A11 HFCC/ASBU Conference came to an end after lunch on Friday, February 18.  But over half of the participants stayed around on Friday afternoon for a Prague city tour.  The Conference rented three vintage tram cars and accompanying guides to take delegates on a 45-minute tour around the central parts of town, ending at the impressive Prague Castle overlooking the city.  The group walked around the castle grounds on a rather cold day (around 0 degrees Celsius), entering the dazzling St. Vitus Cathedral and then stopping off at a cafeteria for a bit of tea or coffee to warm themselves up before a long walk down to the Vltava River, crossing the famous Charles Bridge – lined with statues and street performers – to the Old Town Square, where the Twelve Apostles march around the well-known medieval  Astronomical Clock each hour.  From there, it was a short walk back to the InterContinental.

 

If any lasting message can be drawn from the HFCC/ASBU A11 Conference, it is that international broadcasters may be well on the path to expanding to new delivery platforms besides shortwave, but without a doubt shortwave radio still plays a vital role in international broadcasting in general, and it must remain an important part of the multimedia mix for  international broadcasters who want to reach a global audience.

 

 

HFCC A11 Opening Remarks by Chairman Oldrich Cip

 

At this point in time I usually express our thanks to the conference hosts and organisers. Today I should rather apologise on behalf of the Steering Board for the change of the conference venue on such a short notice. Some of us even lost money due to the cancellation of flights or on visa fees. This was an emergency and we decided to move the conference in close touch with the ASBU colleagues since the situation in Tunis was uncertain.

 

As you all know Prague is the seat of the HFCC, and there were already two co-ordination conferences here, but this is the first time ever that a global conference is hosted by the HFCC alone. We have explained on the website how we went about looking for the conference hotel and it is now up to you to judge if this has been the right choice.

 

But back to our business:  Audiovisual media are the most rapidly changing segment of industry in general, and we are trying to keep pace with the current development. This development is impacting on the traditional programme delivery methods of radio and television, both domestic and international. During the last meeting of the Steering Board we have suggested several measures we should take in international broadcasting.

 

We have to face the fact that listening to shortwaves keeps decreasing, partly due to the technology changes and partly to the cuts of air-time. Our more than twenty year long activity has been useful for broadcasters, service providers and frequency managers. We have somewhat failed to realise that we are in a position to provide exceptionally accurate information to the shortwave audience - from the global frequency schedules that we manage and that are being constantly updated.  This might become a unique source of data for those who carry on using or even prefer the ubiquitous, free-to-air, and direct, shortwave service .

 

Our members will now be offered space on the HFCC website for uploading their programme and frequency schedules. A simple comparison with frequency requirements is bound to reveal and eliminate inaccuracies and over-submissions. We will save a fair amount of time as a result of this - the time that is now spent in discussing and solving non-existing collisions. This will provide us space that we need for broadening the scope of present activities.

 

Fighting the Internet is not on the agenda. On the contrary we would like to help create a balanced and stable system of programme delivery where the distribution platforms do not compete but complement each other. Some forms of synergy already exist in many media organisations and we would like to explore further aspects that would be near our field of interest. Net receivers for example, especially those projects that would be capable of making use of both radio and Internet. Interactive and engagement applications including mobile services and their co-operation with radio are other possible candidates.

 

There is also a plan to launch a news and information service with the aim of improving contacts and co-operation with listeners. This new web content should be useful for broadcasters and decision-makers who are sometimes moving funding from shortwave broadcasting since they are unaware of the specific properties of technologies, and how they can work together, and of the needs of different segments of their audience.

 

Unfortunately we have not succeeded in finishing the changes on the HFCC website, the schedule upload for example, and other steps defined in the last Board Meeting, due to the time pressure associated with the conference preparations.

 

I am confident that the exchange of ideas and views on the readjustment of our mission will continue during informal conference debates or in the Plenary Meeting. It is also my sincere hope that the present  A11 Global Conference in Prague that has been conceived in an emergency will in the long run meet your expectations.

 

 

Text of News Bulletin from Czech News Agency CTK

 

Prague (Feb. 15, 2011) - The closure of the external service of Czech Radio on shortwave was a mistake.  The broadcasts will not reach a large part of the listeners, said the chairman of the HFCC (High Frequency Coordination Conference) Oldrich Cip to the Czech News Agency CTK, on occasion of the coordination conference for international shortwave transmissions which is taking place in Prague.  So far Czech Radio has not responded to Cip's statement.

 

The broadcasts of Czech Radio 7 -- Radio Prague -- on shortwave were terminated at the end of January.  The reason was the reduction in the budget for external transmissions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  So the Internet is now the primary platform to transmit these programs.  Besides the Internet, they can still be heard via the Astra 3A satellite in the CS Link package and via the broadcasts of some foreign stations that rebroadcast the programs of Radio Prague.

 

"Listener reactions from well-known stations like the BBC show that in some areas half of the listeners continue to use shortwave," said Cip.  And in the case of the Czech transmissions the situation is no different.  Reducing the broadcasts to the Internet and limited satellite distribution, which in comparison with shortwave only cover a small part of Central Europe, is a mistake.  In this sense the HFCC has also contacted the head of Czech diplomacy Karel Schwarzenberg [Minister of Foreign Affairs].  Up to now, there has been no response. 

 

The CTK news agency has for the moment received no official reaction from Czech Radio as to whether listener response has increased or decreased since the closing of Radio Prague's shortwave broadcasts.  "The majority of listeners follow the newscasts of Radio Prague on the Internet.  On the webpage radio.cz we get around a million visits per month.  While we may lose some [shortwave] listeners, the situation will not be so dramatic," said Radio Prague's director Miroslav Krupicka at the end of January.

 

The HFCC is a member of the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva.  It coordinates the frequencies used for shortwave radio transmissions.  The conference in Prague is dealing with primarily technical matters regarding shortwave station operations.

 

The Tower of Dalibor at Prague Castle

 

The room attendants at the InterContinental Praha left small cards on the beds each evening with a “bed time story” dealing with the Czech Republic.  Here's one of them we received:

 

The Tower of Dalibor (Daliborka) at the Prague Castle is connected to one of Prague's best-known legends, which was also made into an opera by Bedrich Smetana in 1868.  According to legend, the tower got its name after its first prisoner – Dalibor from Kozojed.  It was during the reign of King Vladislav II that Knight Ploskovsky behaved toward his people in serfdom in such a cruel way that they decided to revolt.  They stormed the fortress of Knight Ploskovsky, captured him and forced him to free them from serfdom.

 

Once freed, the peasants voluntarily approached and accepted serfdom from Dalibor from Kozojed, who treated them in a more human manner.  But this action was not appreciated by authorities who feared that the event would create a precedent and lead to other rebellions.  They sentenced Dalibor from Kozojed to death.  Dalibor was imprisoned in the tower and while waiting for the final day, he would play his violin. 

 

His music was so beautiful that all the people of Prague were touched and enchanted by it.  The authorities did not dare to announce a date of the execution and let Dalibor live.  People knew that the generous Dalibor was dead when his violin fell forever silent.

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2011 NASB – DRM USA Annual Meeting

Miami-Bahamas onboard Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas

May 13-16, 2011

 

Cabins are still available for US$299.00 per person, double occupancy.  For additional details, go to www.shortwave.org and click on “Annual Meeting.”

Tentative Agenda

Note:  This is in addition to the extensive Royal Caribbean agenda of shipboard activities.

 

Friday, May 13

 

After you board the ship (beginning at 12:00 noon Eastern Time), please visit the NASB registration desk in the Conference Center on Deck 7 to receive your final agenda and other meeting materials.

 

6:00-8:00 pm – Informal meeting.  Meet your fellow NASB-DRM USA meeting colleagues.

 

8:30 pm – Group Dinner in main dining room

 

Saturday, May 14

 

9:00-9:15 am – Official opening of meeting

 

9:15-10:15 am – Extreme Radio Listening, by Risto Vahakainu, Finnish DX Association.  This presentation takes you to northern Europe -- Finland, where there is a long tradition of listening to radio during the long winter nights and the Finnish DX Association still keeps the hobby going strong. You will hear a bit about shortwave and mediumwave listening and the club activities, and then the full story of the extreme MW DXing in Lappland will be shown.  Risto Vahakainu started DXing in 1968 and has since then been an active member of the Finnish DX Association. In 1996-2000, he was the Secretary General of the European DX Council (EDXC).

 

10:15-10:45 am – Coffee Break

 

10:45-11:15 am – NASB Shortwave Listener Survey Results – For the past year, Dr. Jerry Plummer of NASB member station WWCR has been conducting an online survey of shortwave listeners around the world.  Today, Doc will announce the results of the survey.  We will find out more about who listens to shortwave radio, their listening habits, equipment they use, program preferences and much more.  We'll also find out if they listen to programs via Internet and other means, and what they think about DRM.

 

11:15-11:45 am – MontsinneryJérome Hirigoyen of Telediffusion de France (TDF) will talk about his organization which provides shortwave transmission facilities to many broadcasters around the world, and he will introduce us to TDF's large relay station in the exotic South American location of Montsinery, French Guiana, where DRM transmissions also take place.  Jerome is Head of Business Development and International Broadcasting at the Radio Business Unit of TDF.

 

11:45 am – Take a small tender boat to CocoCay for a barbecue on the beach, and spend the afternoon on this pristine Bahamian island.

 

8:30 pm – Group Dinner in main dining room

 

 

Sunday, May 15

 

9:00 am – Florida's NASB Member Stations – Jeff White will have a brief explanation and slide show about the legendary WYFR in Okeechobee and the more recent (but still 17 years old) WRMI in Miami.

 

9:30 am – DRM Update from John Wineman of the HCJB Global Technology Center in Elkhart, Indiana.

 

10:15-10:45 am – Coffee Break

 

10:45 am – Broadcasting to Latin America – Rex Morgan, Senior Producer-Latin America for NASB member World Christian Broadcasting will talk about what he has done from South Florida through media.  Rex has a unique perspective of having grown up in Miami, seeing the changes, and then dedicating his life to reaching Latinos both here and in Latin America through TV and radio.  Rex will share what he is doing now, involving local talent, and plans for the future through World Christian Broadcasting.  He'll have an update on WCB's new shortwave station, Madagascar World Voice.

 

11:15 am – NASB Business Meeting – Everyone is welcome and encouraged to take part in this brief meeting when we will take care of annual business, vote on new NASB Board positions and we'll have a preview of next year's annual meeting in Washington.

 

11:45 am – Break.  (Brief Board Meeting for the newly-elected NASB Board of Directors)

 

12:00 noon – Lunch break (on your own) in Windjammer Cafe buffet or main dining room, followed by a free afternoon to explore Nassau, capital of the Bahamas.

 

8:30 pm – Group Dinner in main dining room

 

 

 

 

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NASB Members

 

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

Galcom International

George Jacobs & Associates

Hatfield and Dawson Consulting Engineers

IBB

Kintronic Labs, Inc.

Richardson Electronics

TCI International, Inc.

TDF

TDP

Thomson Inc.

 

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