April 14, 2018

Danish government proposes to sundown FM radio broadcasts by 2021【Viva Digital Radio】

I really appreciate digital radios, especially DAB+.

In my opinion, it`s way better than traditional types.

 

According to the ‘Radionytt.se’, the Danish government recently announced new media policies, and among them is a proposal that the FM band be shut down by 2021.

The demise of the FM band will take place two years after 50% of radio listening takes place via digital platforms, or by 2021 at the latest.

Use of digital radio sources is at 38% now.

 

In Switzerland, nearly 600,000 DAB-capable radios were sold in 2017.

The country plans to start phasing out FM broadcasts from 2020 onwards.

Earlier this year it was shown that more than 60% of the radio listening is done via digital sources—via streaming or over-the-air radio.

According to the ‘Media Magazine’, the use of DAB+ showed an increase of 11 percent and now has a share of 34%; the use of the (analog) FM radio has decreased from 51% at the end of 2015 to 41% in early 2017.

 

As for Germany, the number of cars sold in Germany with digital radios installed has almost doubled since 2016, with The German Automobile Trust (DAT) announcing in its 2018 annual report that the take rate of new cars sold in Germany with DAB+ radio in 2017 was 39.1%. In 2015 only 13% of new cars were sold with DAB+ radio and by 2016 it was 21%.

The data is based on surveys of new car buyers by the Society for Consumer research (GFK, commissioned by DAT), reported by WorldDAB.org.

 

Viva Digital Radio! related posts on this blog

 

(DAB+ in a Multiplatform World)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2018/03/dab-in-a-multip.html

(TDA (Algeria) launched a DAB+ trial)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2018/03/tda-algeria-lau.html

(Radio listening drops by 18% following FM switch-off, but…)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2018/02/radio-listening.html

(Over 50 million DAB receivers, now sold Worldwide!)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/12/over-50-million.html

(ordered a XDR-P1DBP! viva Digital Radio!)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/01/ordered-a-xdr-p.html

(The XDR-P1DBP (Sony-EU) joins!)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/01/the-xdr-p1dbp-s.html

(DAB+ services are now expanding in Australia!)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/02/viva-digital-ra.html

 

My DAB/DAB+ receiver (a XDR-P1DBP)

Xdrp1dbp2

 

April 01, 2018

FY2018 starts in Japan

April 1 is the special-occasion of Japanese culture.

 

In Japan, the government's financial year runs from April 1 to March 31.

The fiscal year is represented by the calendar year in which the period begins followed by the word 'nen-do' ,for example the fiscal year from April 1, 2018 to March 31,2019 is called '2018 nendo'.

It is also the time when companies face a new fiscal year and new employees commence their work.

Right now, with regard to my business, not so busy by reason of the gap between previous project and next one.

March 31, 2018

World Radio Map dot com

My reception locations are worldwide, so need to keep up with latest information of respective local radio services, accordingly have been a member of BDXC and ARDXC.

 

In many cases, maps and atlases are key tools to facilitate intellectual curiosity, I think.

The 'World Radio Map.com' is a website that lists MW/FM/DAB/DAB+ radio stations by their real broadcasting frequencies and enables you to tune in directly from your browser, with no download required.

It's also a place to find information about main transmitters and towers' technical data and many radio-related links.

 

It covers all the major cities of the world, from Chicago to Acapulco, from Frankfurt to Johannesburg, from Moscow to Tel Aviv, from Shanghai to Melbourne ... can listen online all radio stations from these cities and thousands more from all over the World for free!

 

Now everyone can listen online all radio stations from these cities and thousands more from all over the World for free!

It’s owned and operated by Mikhail Shcherbak (a.k.a. Predavatel) with help of many his friends, including me, around the world.

It's really great job!

 

Unfortunately, no information of international SW services are available.

We're not interested in SW broadcasts (I think it might be obsolete!) and I don't own any SDR (Software Defined Receiver) nor communication receiver nor heavy external antenna.

In my opinion, they rapidly become rarities!

Why don't we savor 'simple listening' on the sidelines of travel?

 

(The World Radio Map)

http://worldradiomap.com 

 

we've exchanged our links

Wrm_link_2

March 25, 2018

cherry blossoms viewing period in Tokyo area

Tokyo's cherry blossom season has been an interesting one so far, having officially started one week ago (March 17) ahead of the rest of the country's cities, but then, stalling slightly due to a period of cooler temperatures.

 

The most important factor in determining the blooming time of them is the geographical location.

On Japan's southern, subtropical islands of Okinawa, cherry blossoms open as early as January, while on the northern island of Hokkaido, they bloom as late as May.

In most major cities in between, including Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the cherry blossom season typically takes place in early April.

Furthermore, the blooming time of cherry trees differs from year to year depending on the weather.

If the weather during the months and weeks preceding the cherry blossom season is mild, blossoms will open early.

If it is warm like this year, blossoms open earlier.

 From year to year, the start of the blooming season can vary by as much as two weeks.

 

cherry blossoms near my home

Cherry_normal

March 18, 2018

DAB+ in a Multiplatform World【Viva Digital Radio!】

I really appreciate digital radios, especially DAB+.

It`s way better than traditional types.

 

According to Asia Radio Today, broadcasters from around the world gathered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 5 to up-skill on digital radio best practice at a World DAB-sponsored workshop titled DAB+ in a Multiplatform World.

The workshop was held in conjunction with the Asia Broadcasting Union Digital Broadcasting Symposium, running until March 8. 

The session brought together experts in the field to outline the progress in international rollout of digital radio, recent technical developments and featured case studies that highlighted best practice.

All speakers made the case for transition from analogue to digital, including how hybrid radio can provide the kind of user experience that audiences have come to expect.

 

World DAB’s Project Director Bernie O’Neill said that the earlier barriers to digital radio transition had been largely overcome!!!

“Receivers are no longer an issue,” she said, adding that 60 million have been sold world-wide at a starting price of about US$20. 2,252 DAB services are now on air around the world in 41 countries.

“Pretty much all car manufacturers are fitting DAB+,” she said, with 17 million automotive DAB receivers sold to date.

 

Viva Digital Radio! related posts on this blog

(TDA (Algeria) launched a DAB+ trial)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2018/03/tda-algeria-lau.html

(Radio listening drops by 18% following FM switch-off, but…)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2018/02/radio-listening.html

(Over 50 million DAB receivers, now sold Worldwide!)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/12/over-50-million.html

(ordered a XDR-P1DBP! viva Digital Radio!)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/01/ordered-a-xdr-p.html

(The XDR-P1DBP (Sony-EU) joins!)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/01/the-xdr-p1dbp-s.html

(DAB+ services are now expanding in Australia!)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/02/viva-digital-ra.html

 

My DAB/DAB+ receiver (a XDR-P1DBP)

Xdrp1dbp2

March 14, 2018

English domestic radio broadcasts in Taiwan

I've been to Taipei four times. (two trips were only transfer...)

As for Taiwan, I guess two English broadcasters are still available.

 

Radio Taiwan International (RTI)

They're one of the world's oldest radio stations that is still in operation today, broadcasting news and programs in 13 languages to the rest of the world.

Offering a wide variety of programs spanning from Chinese-Mandarin lessons to Taiwanese history.

RTI provides listeners a chance to become acquainted with the unique experience of Taiwan.

They mainly broadcast by the internet and short wave, however the MW service in English, targeted for Philippines, is still available on 1359kHz. (600kW / daily 11pm -12pm UTC)

(RTI English HP)

http://english.rti.org.tw/

 

International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT)

On 100.7MHz (Taipei), 100.1MHz (central), 100.8MHz (Chiayi area)

They state that the only private English language domestic broadcaster in Taiwan, with the mission of bridging cultural gaps, integrating the resources of Taiwan’s local, international communities for the ROC’s continued growth, and prosperity.

ICRT FM100 is an essential part of many people’s lives for news and entertainment. 

Its wide variety of programs are designed to meet the diverse and ever-growing needs of Taiwan. 

Also a valuable tool for Taiwan residents to better understanding English and join the global community.

(ICRT’s main HP)

http://www.icrt.com.tw/

 

【Other stations】 

(KBS - Kaohsiung Broadcasting Station)

On MW 1089kHz and FM 94.3MHz, owned by local government.

(Shih Hsin Radio Station)

On MW 729kHz and FM 88.1MHz in Taipei.

(Taipei Broadcasting Station)

On MW 1134kHz and FM 93.1MHz in Taipei.

- The program of BBC world service is available for two hours on weekdays.

 

【The Taiwan related posts on this blog】 

 

(World Radio Map - Taipei)

http://worldradiomap.com/tw/taipei

 

(the verification card from NHK World Radio Japan, heard in Taiwan)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2015/01/the-verificatio.html

 

(Now in Taipei)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2015/01/now-in-taipei-i.html

 

(Now stay in Kaohsiung, Taiwan)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2014/12/now-stay-in-kao.html

 

My DE1128 in Taipei

De118_taipei

March 13, 2018

English domestic radio broadcasts in Hong Kong

I’ve been to HK four times, the last sojourn was in January 2016.

In this travel, went to HK and neighboring areas with my wife and son for one week, with my Eton Satellit and ER-C57WR (ex C Crane CC Skywave).

We'd stayed at a hotel near HK central named Kowloon (in the Tsim Sha Tsui area) and went on two day trips to Shenzhen (Canton province, mainland China) and Macau.

 

As you may know, HK and Macau have been returned to China (PRC), but you still need to pass through immigration from mainland China.

We travelled to Shenzhen to meet my wife's relatives who live in the part of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen built-up area.

 

My wife was born in Malaysia and studied in Australia, but her both grand-parents came from Canton province, so she has a lot of relatives in this region.

The language widely spoken in this area is Cantonese.

It’s completely different from Mandarin, so I can’t understand it at all.

My wife’s native language is 'Hakka', one of the major Chinese dialects, and luckily for us, she also can speak Cantonese to a certain extent, so we didn't mind local travel.

In Canton province, Cantonese, Hakka and other minor local dialects are spoken.

I really agree that the southern part of China is a really multilingual area, it might be similar to how Belgium is in Europe.

 

I’m sure that several English radio broadcasters are available in HK.

 

RTHK

Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) is the public broadcasting service of HK.

It currently operates seven radio channels and three television channels, and produces educational, entertainment, and public affairs programs that are also broadcast on commercial television channels.

Their Radio 3 and 6 (BBC World Service Relay) are only in English.

And Radio 4 is Classical music and fine arts by English and Cantonese

The features of Radio 3 are News, popular music, information, romance, comedy, reality, sports and education programs, which similar in genre to BBC Radio 4.

The MW frequencies are on 567kHz and 1584kHz.

As for FM, they’re on 97.9MHz, 106.8MHz, and 107.8MHz.

Radio 4’s are on 97.6MHz, 97.8MHz, 98.2MHz, 98.4MHz, 98.7MHz and 98.9MHz. (FM only)

Radio 6’s is 675kHz (MW only)

 

【Metro Broadcast Corporation】

Metro Broadcast Corporation Limited currently operates 3 channels namely Metro Finance, Metro Info and Metro Plus, simultaneousy providing MW and FM services.

These channels offer listeners updated on global finance, music, entertainment, lifestyle, multi-cultural exchange, etc.

They broadcast not only by MW and FM but also DAB+

 

(Metro Plus AM 1044)

On 1044kHz (5kW). As HK is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the World, Metro Plus serves its listeners with the same concept.

(the Metro Broadcast)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metro_Broadcast_Corporation

 

AM864

On 864 kHz, a commercial and 24-hour music station playing biggest hits from the 60’s to 2000's.

They also provide hourly international and local news and weather reports from 7am to 11pm.

The program named ‘Good Evening Kabayan’ is tailor-made for the Filipino community in HK, airs on Friday and Saturday 9-11pm.

 

The past posts related to HK on this blog

(FM on Jan 5, 2016, In HK)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/01/fm-on-jan-5-201.html

(Available TV programs in HK)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/01/available-tv-pr.html

(The one day travel to Shenzhen, China)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2016/01/one-day-travel.html

(My Eton Sattelit in HK)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/photos/reception_locations/hk_sattelit.html

 

Related links

(World Radio Map – HK)

http://worldradiomap.com/hk/hong-kong

(RTHK on Wiki)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RTHK

(RTHK Radio 3 service HP)

http://programme.rthk.hk/channel/radio/index.php?c=radio3

 

near the terminal of ‘Star ferry’ in HK

Star_ferry

March 02, 2018

TDA (Algeria) launched a DAB+ trial 【Viva Digital Radio!】

According to the Algerian broadcaster ‘TDA’ (Telediffusion d’ Alegerie), the official launch of this 600W pilot station will coincide with World Radio Day and will contribute to TDA's mastery of this latest generation technology.

The object is to ensure the migration of broadcasting from FM analogue radio to terrestrial digital radio (RNT).

This station will use the T-DAB + (Terrestrial Digital Audio Broadcasting) standard, which is the latest digital version of FM.

TDA will broadcast, on a trial basis, a bouquet of four EPRS radio channels:

Channels I, II, III and Jil FM youth radio in the Center and east of the capital, ie 68% of the population of the wilaya of Alger.

 

Mainly in the following municipalities: Bordj El Bahri, Dar El Beida, El Mohammedia, Hussein Dey, Sidi M'Hamed, Algiers Center, Bab El Oued, Rouiba and Reghaia. In addition, this transmitter will also partly cover the city of Boumerdes.

This digitization process is part of the TDA strategy of migration to all-digital broadcasting in Algeria.

As a reminder, a first demonstration broadcast took place during the Study Day on the digitization of broadcasting on March 26, 2017, in DRM mode from the Ouled Fayet medium wave broadcast center, Algiers.

The Digital Radio World (DRM) standard is the digital version of the AM radio.

Thus, these two standards, T-DAB + and DRM, will eventually replace the FM and AM broadcast modes respectively.

The T-DAB + standard is now operating on several continents, covering 500 million listeners in 38 countries. Last year, 60 million digital receivers were sold worldwide. An adapted radio must be used.

Thus, Algeria joins two other countries on the African continent: South Africa and Tunisia to test digital terrestrial broadcasting.

 

The benefits of RNT are as follows;

1. Better reception and listening quality, without background noise (breath) and signal interruptions.

2. Classification of channels in alphabetical order to facilitate their search.

3. Broadcasting a bouquet of nine radio channels in stereophonic quality instead of a single channel per frequency as is currently the case with FM radio.

4. Reduced energy consumption and broadcast costs by about 60%.

5. With this broadcast mode, all transmitters in the same region can operate on the same frequency. What facilitate the planning of the frequencies.

6. Any additional services: display of the tracked title, program guide, information on the current program and road information on the on-board radios. Pause his program and resume it later.

 

Viva Digital Radio! related posts on this blog

 

(Radio listening drops by 18% following FM switch-off, but…)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2018/02/radio-listening.html

(Over 50 million DAB receivers, now sold Worldwide!)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/12/over-50-million.html

(ordered a XDR-P1DBP! viva Digital Radio!)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/01/ordered-a-xdr-p.html

(The XDR-P1DBP (Sony-EU) joins!)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/01/the-xdr-p1dbp-s.html

(DAB+ services are now expanding in Australia!)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/02/viva-digital-ra.html

 

February 09, 2018

the WRTH2018 joins!

I received the 'WRTH2018' last week, known as the only almanac directory of global broadcasting.

 

It's one of essential matters for listening local stations during my travels worldwide, accordingly the part titled 'National Radio' makes myself useful.

From it, state broadcasters are listed first followed by major networks and then other stations.

Why don't you savor 'simple listening' on the sidelines of travel?

Local broadcastings gain a glimpse of better understanding trends in local culture.

 

I'm not interested in SW broadcasts (I think it might be obsolete!) and don't own any SDR (Software Defined Receiver) nor communication receiver nor heavy external antenna.

Actually, the part titled ‘International radio’ dramatically decreases than that of last year’s edition!

It’s really trend of the times.

Inevitably, there has been a further reduction in SW broadcasting over the past year.

Instead, local FM and digital broadcastings (like DAB, HD Radio...) have even more wanted!

February 04, 2018

Radio listening drops by 18% following FM switch-off, but…【Viva Digital Radio!】

Official statistics show a drop of 18% in radio listening during 2017.

Total radio listening in week 1, 2018 was only 55.1% compared to 67.4% in week 1, 2017. NRK, the public broadcaster, has lost the biggest share of listeners.

A year ago 49% of Norwegian 1, 2018 that number has dropped to 37.3% an astonishing 56% in a year, and is now a small radio channel of just 4.6%.

However Bauer Medias Radio Norge has lost even more listeners, 6 out of 10 listeners a year ago have gone somewhere else, and Radio Norge is exactly as small as NRK P3.

 

During 2017 the national channels switched of all of their FM frequencies, they are now available on DAB or DAB+, digital TV or via the internet.

Local radio in Norway remains on FM, at least until 2022, and many local stations reports double or triple listening figures.

The national networks NRK, P4 and Radio Norge now offers 30 channels on DAB+ compared to 5 on FM and some of the smaller channels have seen a steady rise in listeners.

Most importantly the station for seniors (55+) NRK P1+.

According to the heads of the national networks they expected a fall in listening numbers and are confident that they will recover this year when more people buy digital radios.

 

Viva Digital Radio! related posts on this blog

(Over 50 million DAB receivers, now sold Worldwide!)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/12/over-50-million.html

(ordered a XDR-P1DBP! viva Digital Radio!)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/01/ordered-a-xdr-p.html

(The XDR-P1DBP (Sony-EU) joins. viva Digital Radio!)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/01/the-xdr-p1dbp-s.html

(DAB+ services are now expanding in Australia!)

http://listening-overseas.air-nifty.com/radio/2017/02/viva-digital-ra.html

 

  from`Radio.No` site

Norwayradio

 

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