Sunday, May 21, 2017

DRM dominates conversation at NASB 2017

I just returned from another fun and interesting National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters conference, this year hosted by KVOH at Rancho Simi, California. Yet again, the enthusiasm for DRM was apparent with both the presentations being made as well as the conversations between sessions.

Full disclosure - I presented one of the DRM sessions. I covered the current status of DRM worldwide, the new DRM application Turms Tech LLC from New Jersey, the latest updates from Gospell on the GR-216 and a bit on the non-DRM topic of the VOARadiogram







George Ross followed-up with much anticipated details about the imminent release of the Titus II by PantronX. George is confident that we are about a month away from seeing production models become available. This receiver appears to be the game-changer we all have been waiting for.

We were also fortunate to have Jerome Hirigoyen of TDF in attendance. He offered us some details and insight about the SmartCast / NavCast development. He brought along a sample of one of the series of receivers under current development. Their ambitious project includes maritime weather and safety information as well as audio news and entertainment broadcasts via a system of MW and SW transmitters deploying DRM.

No NASB meeting is complete without a trip to a studio or antenna field, and attendees were not disappointed this year! Not only were the sessions held at the KVOH and 99.1 The Ranch studios (BTW original KHJ console seen in this photo!), but we all braved a death-defying van ride to the top of Chatsworth Peak, the home of the KVOH Transmitter! 





I rode in the van driven by KVOH's Ray Robinson. Mr. Robinson deftly maneuvered the curves, boulders and pot-holes to get us safely to the top and back again. 
JD Tayloe served as our MC for the conference and for our tour of the transmitter facility. He and his crew really took amazing care of us. A special shout-out to Bari and Ray for their fine organizational and driving skills!

As much as the technical topics and presentations are an attraction to attend NASB, I once again recognized that the friendships and camaraderie of this group are why I return. NASB members and enthusiasts alike come to share a bond and support one another in the thing they all love... Shortwave Radio! Of course we all love food too and the pair makes this small group inseparable.





We ended our adventure with a tour of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. It really is a grand place. The Air Force One exhibit was truly the highlight for me. This Boeing 707 flew seven presidents, from Nixon through George W. Bush.




Wednesday, May 3, 2017

FCC construction application for DRM transmitter in New Jersey

Turms Tech LLC has applied for a license for a 10 kW DRM transmitter to be located in Alpine, New Jersey with the antenna on an existing radar tower. We will report further on this as information is available, but at this point it looks like their target is Europe and the Middle East with "broadcast and data".

This tower is adjacent to the famous "Armstrong Tower" used by Edwin Armstrong during the early days of modern FM radio. Thanks to our astute DRM Brother Benn for this historic tidbit!

The complete application can be found here.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Further updates on the Gospell GR-216



I've had further correspondence with Haochun of Gospell about the arrival of the GR-216. It is currently being shown at the Gospell booth at NAB in Las Vegas, April 22-27 2017 [Visit them! Gospell Digital Technology Co., Ltd. Booth: N6824]

Additional details (from questions I posed):

 "The internal antennas (whip and ferrite bar) are active antenna design. The market position of GR-216 is a consumer radio so SSB is not in the scope and not on our road map."

"...we are working on a "pro" version of GR-216 which is capable of doing... multimedia content as well as Journaline. By the way, the development Journaline for GR-216 is on the way and will be available in a future firmware update."
Here is the current promotional PDF flyer. Haochun indicates they are part-sourcing now, preparing for production. This looks like a really solid desktop radio. Perfect for the enthusiast, yet designed with simple operation for the typical user.



Monday, March 20, 2017

Engineering Radio Blog advocates for DRM30

Paul Thurst and a few others (in comments) make nice comments about the new era of broadcasting including DRM30. Of course, we at DRMNA agree! Check out Engineering Radio and leave a comment. Grassroots DRM30 advocacy!

With the PantronX Titus2 and the Gospell GR-216 on their way, we should have some affordable receivers soon. Will there be any broadcasts left to to listen to?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Gospell GR-216 update

Here is an update per a 23 January 2017 email from Haochun Liu of Gospell:

"The GR-216 development is in progress, the hardware part is almost finished and now we are focusing on software. We are expecting a small quantity trail production by March..."