April 2015

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Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) at SADIBA Conference

As South Africa considers digitising radio, the Southern Africa Broadcasting  Association (SADIBA), held a digital TV and radio conference (13th - 17th April) where DRM was present with demonstrations and presentations. The South African Minister of Communication, Ms Faith Muthambi, MP, attended the full DRM programme on the last day of the conference. There was also good news for DRM Consortium member, Radio Pulpit, which won 6 Awards including “Community Station of the Year” at the 2015 MTN Media Awards.  The Awards are sponsored by the MTN Group, a South Africa-based multinational mobile telecommunications company, operating in many African, European and Middle Eastern countries.  Congratulations to Dr Roelf Petersen, the Chair of the DRM Southern Africa Platform, and all at Radio Pulpit!  It’s proving to be a good year so far for them as they have also been granted a six-month extension to the trial licence to continue their successful DRM trial broadcast until October 2015. Read more

DRM trial in Jakarta using MW transmitters for large area coverage
in Indonesia

The Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Consortium and the Indonesian public broadcaster, Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI), held a full DRM30 digital radio trial and workshop in Jakarta, between 24th and 27th of March. This was one of the most comprehensive such events ever organised by the Consortium. The technical presentations on the first day were perfectly illustrated by the medium wave trial organised the next day at the Bogor station, about 60 kilometers south of Jakarta. The practical discussion of the excellent trial results on the 26th and the exploration of all DRM options and benefits (including in VHF) completed the picture. On the last day of the workshop a discussion on the best way to introduce DRM countrywide and the possibilities of producing single or multi-standard receivers in the country completed a very successful event. Here are the impressions of Sharad Sadhu, independent media consultant who took part in the Indonesian DRM week.

DRM+ Transmission in Bratislava, Slovakia

Slovakia has been running DRM+ transmissions since October 2011.  These broadcasts, initially set up as a trial, are now regular broadcasts, as explained by Mr. Juraj Oravec, Deputy Director General for Radiocommunications in the Research Institute of Posts and Telecommunications, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia.  Please check the Broadcast Schedules on the DRM website for these and more updated schedules and please let us know wherever you hear DRM and help us to keep the schedules up-to-date. Read more

Avion Electronics tests DRM Receivers in India

With exceptionally good results and fantastic audio quality, Avion Electronics tested recently the AV DR 1401 DRM receiver in Delhi.  You can see this below link for the field test that we did with Delhi Nangli transmitter in Simulcast mode.

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All India Radio Trial in Bangalore

All India Radio will be conducting trial transmission in DRM mode with multiple programmes from SPT Bangalore as per below:

Date : 20th April to 30th April, 2015

1745 - 2230 UTC (2315-0400 IST) - 7550 kHz to UK & West Europe

Programme 1 = GOSIV/HINDI/GOS-V
Programme 2 = Vividh Bharati

Consequently GOS V Service from 2045-2230 UTC (0215 -0400 IST) on 11620 kHz to Aus/NZ will be shifted from DRM mode to analogue mode.

Please send your reception reports to  A special QSL card is available for this DRM test transmission.

Successful DRM General Assembly Concludes in France

Under the theme “Clever Radio for Smart Countries” the 2015 General Assembly (GA) of the DRM Consortium ended on a high note with a positive commitment to new DRM developments, receivers and markets. The event took place on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th of March at the headquarters of Thomson Broadcast, in Conflans Sainte Honorine, near Paris.  Attending the GA for the first time representing new DRM Member, Budapest University of Technology & Economics, was Csaba Szombathy who shares his impressions of the event.  Read more

Digital Radio Mondiale test by RFmondial & Leibniz University using Ampegon transmitter

Ampegon (key company in the DRM Consortium) supports one of the worldwide leading DRM test locations with a solid state low power transmission system to enable verified measurements, tests. Read more

DRM Minimum Receiver Requirements (MRR)

The updated guide to DRM Minimum Receiver Requirements is now available for download - click here for the latest document.

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Did you know?

  • Following requests from our readers, we have updated the DRM schedules on our website. So please check for yourself!  List of DRM transmissions  Interactive map
  • The DRM India page also lists the latest All India Radio DRM transmissions. Click here
  • The latest information on DRM transmissions and schedules is available here. Please let us know if you hear DRM anywhere else!  UPDATED
  • Over 30 broadcasters carry regular DRM transmissions, covering almost half the world’s population.
  • The DRM standard is now fully endorsed by the ITU (International Telecommmnications Union) and ETSI (European Telecomunications Standards Institute).
  • The DRM Introduction and Implementation Guide have been updated to include the ETSI revised standard and are available online, in English and Russian
  • The DRM standard as recommended by ITU and ETSI includes built-in Emergency Warning tools for swift and effective mass-notification in crises.   Listen here.
  • DRM publishes a special monthly Noticeboard for India, and a new India page pulls together key DRM information on India.  


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