Thursday, January 15, 2009

All India Radio begins its first digital 'short wave transmission

All India Radio begins DRM transmission

India starts tests on Digital Radio Mondiale transmissionSatyen MohapatraNew Delhi, January 31, 2007Since Jan 26, 2007, India has started tests on Digital Radio Mondialetransmission which is qualitatively much superior to the existing analogtransmission and also supports text-data transmission.In an exclusive interview with Hindustan Times Director (Engg)

All India Radio Yogendra Pal said, "DRM will be available only on special DRM receiverwhich will allow us to provide the listener number of Programme AssociatedData. So while a listener is listening to a song we can let the listener seethe name of the movie, the name of the singer, composer, on the LCD screenon the Radio."

He said that the government would liaison with Railway, Civil Aviation andother Ministries whose messages could be flashed on the radio 'screens'whether it is on train and airlines arrival, departures or other generalmessages. News headlines and stock exchange rates could also be regularlytransmitted, he added."

This can also give us additional revenues and we can also generate more revenue by transmitting advertisements," he added.In the Eleventh Plan the government has proposed to go in for digital radio, he added."We have given the government the proposal to first start digital broadcastservices for External Services and in our Regional Services," he said.Digital Radio Mondiale technology is supposed to be the latest technology which does not require additional spectrum allocation and is felt to be more suitable for Indian conditions. Experiments on digital transmission have been going on for the past some years on eureka technology which requiresadditional spectrum.

A decoder has been installed at the AIR transmitter at Khampur, Delhi forthe broadcast of digital transmission.The government is importing a number of DRM receivers for testing theirquality under Indian conditions.One such receiver which can take upto 128 text characters at a time in asingle frame will be displayed at the Broadcast Expo at Pragati Maidanbeginning on Thursday, he added.,0008.htm
(Source: Alokesh Gupta, India)

All India Radio starts regular DRM tests to Europe

Long time DRM Member All India Radio started regular DRM tests on 2nd of October from Khampur, Delhi (India) into Europe. The broadcast is at 1745-2230 UTC on 9950 kHz. More information in the DRM Live Broadcast Schedule.

(Source: DRM Consortium by Andy Sennitt, )

All India Radio begins its first digital 'short wave transmission'

Jan 16The first digital shortwave transmitter of All India Radio will start functioning from Friday. The Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharati, Mr. B. S. Lalli will inaugurate this transmitter to mark the Golden Jubilee of High Power Transmitter Centre of AIR at Khampur in New Delhi. It will provide quality output to the listeners on the shortwave. The External Services programmes of AIR and Vividh Bharati services will be available with a boosted backup
http://www.newsonai asp?cat=national &id=NN4888 (Jose Jacob, VU2JOS)