Tuesday, April 10, 2018

NASB 2018 in Elkhart Indiana!

Countdown to fun with your favorite shortwave broadcasters! Your admin will be there prepared to present. See below for the details. This is always a fun meeting. If you are near the Chicago area (South Bend, Indiana area really) c'mon and attend!

NASB 2018 Annual Meeting  
Thursday, May 17-Friday, May 18, 2018

Meeting Location: SonSet Solutions, 2830 17th Street, Elkhart, Indiana 46517-4008

Costs for Attendees:  There is no cost to attend the meeting itself, and the meals indicated in the agenda will be provided free of charge.  Attendees must pay their own travel and accommodation expenses.

MEETING AGENDA (updated April 9, 2018 - some items are still tentative):
Thursday, May 17

9:00 am - Meet in front of hotel for transport to Conference

9:30-10:30 am - Presentation about SonSet Solutions by Charles Jacobson and David Russell, Ministry President

10:30-11:00 am - Coffee Break

11:00 am-12:00 pm - Plant Tour of SonSet Solutions

12:00-1:00 pm - Lunch will be catered at SonSet Solutions

1:00-2:00 pm - Information about the new Gospell GR-216 DRM receiver and a 2018 worldwide recap of DRM news, presented by Christopher Rumbaugh of the DRM North America Group.  (my little bit!)

2:00-2:30 pm - Adventist World Radio Update by Dr. Dowell Chow, former AWR President

2:30-3:00 pm - International Broadcasting Bureau Shortwave Projects, by Gerhard Straub, Director, IBB Broadcast Technologies Division (tentative)

3:00-3:30 pm - Coffee Break

3:30-4:00 pm - 360-degree Rotatable Antenna Systems - presentation by Jerome Hirigoyen of Telediffusion de France

4:00-5:00 pm - Digital Broadcasts on Analogue Shortwave Transmitters - presentation by Dr. Kim Andrew Elliott, producer of "Shortwave Radiogram" (recently retired from VOA), including the live decoding of a Radiogram broadcast.

5:00 pm - Return to the hotel

6:00 pm - Leave hotel in carpool for Das Dutchman Essenhaus

6:30 pm - Group dinner at Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury, IN -- a typical Amish restaurant in the middle of Amish country

9:00 pm - Approximate time of return to the hotel

Friday, May 18

9:00 am - Meet in front of hotel for transport to Conference.

9:30 am - George Ross of Trans World Radio with more news about DRM including the Titus II receiver

10:00-10:30 am - The Far East Broadcasting Company - update from Bob Springer, who worked with FEBC on Saipan for many years

10:30-11:00 am - The Potential of Shortwave Radio - presentation by John from VOTW Radio International

11:00 am - Updates from other NASB member stations and associate members:  WWCR, KVOH, WEWN, WRMI, KNLS and more.

12:00 pm - Catered lunch at SonSet Solutions

1:00 pm - NASB Business Meeting -- Finance reports, elections, selection of next annual meeting site, other business

3:00-3:30 pm - Brief meeting of new Board members and officers

Thursday, February 22, 2018

New ebook - Digital Radio Mondiale Drives Forward

Digital Radio Mondiale Drives Forward: A New eBook from Radio World International is now available.

How has the Digital Radio Mondiale digital radio standard progressed over the years, and what are its prospects? With recent major installations taking place in India and Hungary and a number of trials going on worldwide, broadcasters are increasingly learning how to best implement this digital radio technology. The latest Radio World International eBook, “Digital Radio Mondiale Drives Forward,” sponsored by the Digital Radio Mondiale consortium, explores DRM’s various applications, worldwide developments, technical challenges, receiver status, and more.

Learn more in the latest Radio World International eBook. Read it free
now — click here!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Inside view of DRM @ IBC

DRM is well represented at IBC at the Gospell, Thompson and Nautel booth!
Below you will see the new GR-227 (displayed on car entertainment system) GR-216 (which I am currently testing) and other photos of DRM activities. And of course, there is our Ruxandra! Thanks to Haochun for the photos.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Titus SDR announces a ready for production Titus II multi standard digital radio receiver

Press release :

Titus SDR, PantronX, Jasmin-Infotech, TWR, and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS have teamed up to make Titus II a complete media solution utilizing worldwide engineering in the USA, Germany, India, and Asia.

Titus II, the world's first consumer Software Defined Radio (SDR) digital receiver, is a highly innovative breakthrough platform supporting for the first time true multi-standard radio reception with DRM (AM & VHF bands), DAB(+) and core data applications.

These features are based on a custom Android tablet platform, which features multi-point touch, WiFi/Bluetooth and stereo sound. Titus II units will be soon available as a stand-alone product from Titus SDR, Inc., and from selected OEMs.
As a module, it serves as the full-featured basis for third-party product development Titus II unit is the team product of Titus SDR addressing the global market, of PantronX providing the platform and RF expertise, and of Fraunhofer IIS enabling the digital and analog radio features.

Titus II receiver features include:

  • DRM in the AM bands (MW, SW, LW) and VHF bands (FM-band, VHF band-I, VHF band-III) with latest xHE-AAC audio codec.
  • DAB Classic/DAB+ (VHF band-III).
  • FM stereo with RDS (Service Signaling).
  • AM with AMSS (AM Signaling Service).
  • Integrated service list management and service selection.
  • DRM/DAB Data Apps: Text Messages, Dynamic Label/DL+, Journaline, (Categorized) Slideshow,  EPG, Transparent File Transmission (e.g., for educational services), etc.
  • Remote Radio Hotspot: Built-in WiFi hotspot feature, which allows any mobile device with an HTML5 web browser to connect to the Titus II via Wi-Fi, select radio services, listening to aud (HTML5 audio streaming) and accessing all the DRM/DAB data apps.
  • Recording feature and Archiving interface to select existing recordings for playback.

About Titus SDR, Inc:

Titus SDR, Inc., a division of PantronX, Inc., markets globally digital media platforms which maximizes synergy of core engineering
performed in the USA with worldwide partners and manufacturing in Asia.
For more information visit the Titus SDR website at www.titusradio.com

About  Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS:
To learn more about Fraunhofer IIS, please visit www.iis.fraunhofer.de/broadcast

Monday, September 4, 2017

Gospell in-car SDR DRM adaptor - GR-227

Here is a press release supporting the new product to be unveiled at IBC. Looks like another game-changer from Gospell. SDR for the car!

"Gospell announces the imminent release of GR-227 digital radio adaptor 
Chengdu, China, September 04, 2017  - A new adaptor  specifically designed for  in-car use  that simplifies digital radio on the road will be introduced at IBC by Gospell. 

GR-227 is a small, low-cost adaptor  that acts as an aftermarket add-on to car stereos receiving high-quality digital broadcast programs and data application, and serving it to the car audio system over a USB cable. Based on software defined radio technology, GR-227 is compatible with DAB, DAB+, DRM and is DRM+ ready. It is also powerful enough to support digital audio decoding such 
as extended HE-AAC (xHE-AAC).   

GR-227 literally works with any kind of car stereos with a USB port. Our patent pending technology allows the adaptor to behave like a thumb drive when plug into a USB port and makes it compatible with most of the music players not only in car but also for home use. 

To make the most of GR-227, the Gospell Smart Tune App for Android has been included to add more features. When partnered with an Android powered car stereo, the App not only allows for playback of the broadcast audio program but data application which brings much fun to car entertainment.   

By connecting the supplied triple band active antenna which can be attached to the windscreen through the SMA antenna connector, the reception in DRM, FM and DAB bands can be significantly improved, offering maximum flexibility between different broadcasting standards. 

Installing the plug-and-play GR-227 adaptor to your car is easy and doesn’t require changing your car  stereo. It  is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your car  radio  to digital without replacing anything. 

The Gospell’s aftermarket car adaptor range starts with USB model but more will follow to support more car stereo types. 

Haochun Liu,  DRM director, Gospell, said: “By leveraging SDR, we can now combine multiple broadcasting standards together to offer flexibility and cost advantages, coupled with easy installation without the necessity of buying a new car stereo as in traditional solutions.”   

For additional information, please visit  www.goscas.com  or contact Gospell sales at linx@gospell.com

About Gospell 
Founded in 1993, Gospell Digital Technology Co Ltd (GOSPELL). is a private hi-tech enterprise with R&D, manufacturing, business consultancy and planning, trade, delivery, project implementation and after sales service, acting as a complete DTV and triple-play solution provider for Digital TV/OTT 
related projects. Headquartered in GOSPELL INDUSTRIAL PARK at Chenzhou, Hunan Province for CPE related production manufacturing, GOSPELL also has its office in Shenzhen for business/marketing management and administration, in Chengdu for R&D and headend/transmitter system production/debugging and Customer Service Center, and in 12 cities in China as well as international offices in India, Africa and Mexico."