This is the official page of International Radio Listeners' Friendship & Fraternity Club (IRLFFC) written and maintained by MITUL KANSAL.
The club will give the chance to become friends with listeners and Dxers in other countries. The club will serve as a platform to take part in discussions, dialogue, and exchange opinions with people in various parts of the world. For a while it was like a dream but now it is a reality. By joining together we can do a lot for our planet. For example, help to ensure peace on Earth and save the environment. The main task of our club is to get acquainted with listeners in other countries. I think in a country where you have friends there is no room for enemy. And lastly very important, the members will established and promote friendship, fraternity and mutual understanding among them and it will be a first step to maintain peace on our Earth i.e. our common home.
Monday, April 14, 2014
If you grew up in the United States during the Cold War era, you are probably old enough to remember the US Civil Defense (CD) frequencies marked on AM (medium wave) radios. A "CD symbol" with simple white or red triangle highlighted the frequencies 640 kHz and 1240 kHz. These designated frequencies aided listeners in tuning to CONELRAD stations.
I recall from the 1950s and 1960s -- especially the early 1960s -- radio stations (TV stations too) would occasionally interrupt regular programming and test the Emergency Broadcasting System (EBS). It would begin with the message, "This is a test. For the next sixty seconds, this station will conduct a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test." It was followed by a shrill sound that combined sine waves of 853 and 960 Hz, an interval signal so unpleasant it attracted the collective attention of the public. Decoders at relay stations would sound an alarm, alerting the station operator to the incoming message. After the test an announcer would state, "If this had been an actual emergency, you would have been instructed to tune to one of the broadcast stations in your area."
The purpose of the test was to allow the US Federal Communications Commission and broadcasters to verify that EBS tone transmitters and decoders were functioning properly. In addition to the weekly test, test activations of the entire system were conducted periodically for many years. These tests showed that about 80% of broadcast outlets nationwide would carry emergency programming within a period of five minutes when the system was activated. Over the years the message and procedure changed, but essentially the content remained.
Today, you will find no radios with this symbol. It is the relic to a dreadful past, hopefully gone forever.
Source: South East Asia DXing
Sunday, April 13, 2014
The Mighty KBC is not moving to 9925 kHz, but staying on 7375 Khz till May. This is only for our broadcasts to the USA, Canada and South America. Please spread the word.
(This show is recorded, so we are mentioning the wrong frequency).
Eric van Willegen
Friday, April 11, 2014
Dear friends, Dear friends, Radio Romania International invited you to participate, until March 15, 2014, in a prize-wining contest called “From the ‘Wine Route’ to the ‘Princes’ Route”. The contest was devoted to the Prahova Valley, in southern Romania. We were happy to see that so many of you took part in the contest and that 606 RRI listeners sent in correct answers to our questions! Thank you for participating in RRI’s contest devoted to the Prahova Valley and we kindly invite you to participate in other contests RRI will organize in the future.
The Grand Prize is a 9-day (8-night) trip for two, with full board between September 1st and 9th, 2014 in Prahova County. The winners will have the chance to cover the tourist routes that inspired this contest and to visit the cultural, tourist and historical attractions of the area. The contest was sponsored by Hotel Cautis, from Azuga, and by SC Elena Cabana Varful Ciucas SRL. The contest partners were the Prahova County Council and the Prahova Country Center for the Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture.
By tuning in to RRI and by visiting our website www.rri.ro and RRI’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Flickr profiles, you found the answers to our new contest. The contest came to an end on March 15th 2014, mailing date. Before announcing the winners, we remind you the questions:
· What tourist promotion programs are being run in Prahova County?
· What is the seat of Prahova County?
· Which famous winegrowing area in Europe is likened to the Dealu Mare Vineyard?
· What are the main natural resources of Prahova County?
Now time to announce the winners.
We have 25 honorable mentions for the listeners of RRI’s programs and Internet users, some of which will go to the following listeners: Grant Skinner, from the UK, Henk Poortvliet of the Netherlands, Sunil Dhungana of Nepal, Nasir Aziz from Pakistan, Mogire Machuki from Kenya, Amela Omerspahic from Bosnia and Hertzegovina, Syed Mohib Ali Shah and Syeda Mahnoor Khizar from Pakistan, Yuri Savrilov of Tajikistan, Alexei Gatzura of Belarus, Abdel Karim Ahmad Ali Al-Mabrouk of Libya, Abdelilah Boubchir of Algeria, Mohamad Taher Amri of Tunisia, Adrian Micallef, Luigi Arianiello, Silvia Spacciante, Alessandra Bedendo and Antonella Zappalà of Italy, Shan Jinhai, He Xige, Li Xue and Wu Xuan of China, Alexis Rocas Ramírez, Venezuela, José Luis Corcuera of Spain, Iván Alain Quispe Vargas of Bolivia.
There are 20 3rd prizes, which will go to the following listeners: Keith A. Simmonds, from the UK, Mustapha Oluwatoyin Hassan from Nigeria, Mike Caden and John Rutledge, both from the United States, Rana Dewan Rafiqul Islam of Bangladesh and also Rajendra Kumar and Mitul Kansal, both from India. Naghmouchi Nouari, and Boumechaal Farid of Algeria, Kharifi Abdelhamid of Morocco, Hubert Smykalla, of Germany, Svetlana Shpakovskaya of Belarus, Ben Amer Laid of Algeria, Mohamed Sayyed Abderahim of Egypt, Daniela Verdelli and Mario Chiesa of Italy, Fred Lu and Kang Wenxuan of China, Vicent Marí Mauricio of Spain, Roberto Carlos Álvarez Galloso of the US.
We also have 20 2nd prizes. The lucky winners of them are: Mick Edwards and Roger Tidy, both from the UK, Andrew Naylor and Harold Woering, both from the US, Thein Soe of Malaysia and Hamad Kiani of Pakistan, Ivana Mihailovic of Serbia, Rodica Iancu of Bucharest-Romania, Volodimir Gudzenko of Russia, Bekkai Jamila of Morocco, Bezazel Ferhat of Algeria, Nicolai Prigodici of Belarus, Tarek Laidi of Algeria, Abdel Kader Hasan Abdel Kader of Egypt, Fabio Mazzucchelli and Raffaele Ponticelli of Italy, Liu Xiaofeng and Cui Shaozheng of China, Miguel Ramón Bauset of Spain, Adervall Lima Gómez of Brasil.
Here is what Mick Edwards wrote: “My family and I visited Romania 4 years ago. On the first part of our holiday, we travelled from Bucharest to Brasov, via Ploiesti, Câmpina and Sinaia, and the memories still resonate. Your country captivated and enthralled me. The scenery and small villages excited me, and the people and welcome we received was second to none. We want to come back to explore more of your customs and culture. I have listened to RRI for many years, and now that I have retired, I can listen to your broadcasts nearly every day, sometimes, more than once a day. Not only are your programmes informative and interesting, they also entertain, and an excellent way to promote tourism.”
Mr Hamad Kiani, from Pakistan, wrote the following: “I have always had a fascination for Eastern European countries and especially Romania. Romania reminds me of rich cultural and social history since I was a child collecting stamps of various countries. I have those stamps still with me with the Romanian Post inscribed on it. I really want to visit this amazing and beautiful country.”
We have 8 1st Prizes for the RRI listeners: Muralidhar M. of India, a faithful listener to the English Section’s programmes, Zoran Vrucinic of Bosnia and Hertzegovina, Romanian Marin Gherman of Cernauti/Chernivtsi, Ukraine, Christian Canoen of France, Klaus Karusseit of Sweden, Anna Mahjar–Barducci of Italy, Zhou Fei of China, David Iurescia of Argentina.
Mr Muralidhar M. wrote: “In Azuga I would like to get ski lessons from some of the best ski instructors. I would also like to visit the Rhein wine cellar, see the entire process of making sparkling wine, stage by stage, and have the possibility to take part in wine tasting sessions! Another thing I would like to do is go skiing in the best-known ski resorts on the Prahova Valley namely Sinaia, Busteni, Azuga and Predeal. Rejuvenating the body, mind and soul at the spa resort in Breaza and get the benefit of psychotherapy, acupuncture, electrotherapy, treatments with medicinal herbs and plant-based supplements is something I would enjoy very much. On the 'The Fruit Route' I would learn about the tradition of fruit growing in Prahova while in Valenii de Munte I would savour homemade fruit brandy and preserves made from fresh and tasty plums and apples. Taking 'The Princes Route' would help me learn more about the rulers Vlad the Impaler, Michael the Bra ve and Matthew Basarab. “
There are 10 Special Prizes for the following RRI listeners and Internet users: Ivana Janjic and Volodimir Koval from Ukraine, Jean-Michel Lacroix of France, Philippe Sonnet from Belgium, Marcel Goerke from Germany, Aleksandr Abramov of Russia, Idriss Bououdina of Marocco, Li Ming of China, Aylton Jose Cordeiro Gama of Brazil, and Tim Watson from the United Sates.
We thank all those who answered the questions and who took the time to motivate their decision to participate in our contest.
Now it’s time to announce the winner of the Grand Prize. He took part in the contest, gave the correct answers and won a 9-day trip for 2 with full board between September 1st and 9th, 2014 in Prahova County: Juan Antonio Casillas Ascencio from Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. He will come to Romania accompanied by his sister, Alejandra del Carmen Casillas Ascencio. Congratulations Juan! See you in September!
Here is how Juan Antonio Casillas Ascencio motivated his participation in the contest, we quote: “I love listening to the radio on the SW, it’s something I’ve been doing ever since I was a child. I took this wonderful hobby from my father, as a great way of getting to learn new things. I’m 24 now and I’ve noticed, with a lot of regret, that many radio stations suspended their broadcast on short-wave. This is the reason why I’m such a faithful listener to Radio Romania International. Signal is very strong and your programmes in Spanish are fabulous. Although I could listen to the radio online, I continue to use my short-wave radio. I enjoy listening to the programmes of interesting countries, such as Romania, that address Latin American countries and want to diffuse their culture through the means of the Spanish language. I wanted to participate in this contest in order to fulfil my dream of visiting the country where my favourite radio s tation is located, getting to know it better and express my gratitude for the programmes that RRI broadcasts for us, Mexicans, and which help us learn so much about Romania.”
The prizes will be sent by post in the next few weeks. Please confirm reception of the prize and its content by mail, fax or e-mail. Thank you once again for participating in RRI’s contest devoted to the Prahova County and we kindly invite you to participate in other contests run by RRI in the future.
Monday, April 7, 2014
"In Japan, it is often said that the average company life is 30 years. Both Icom and Icom America have exceeded this average," says Icom Founder and Chairman Tokuzo Inoue. Icom maintains its longevity by adapting to changing markets and developing technology that’s embraced by the industries it serves. "We have done this by working together to bring innovation to the market with hard work, cooperation and creativity," adds Inoue.
Icom was founded in 1954 by Tokuzo Inoue and was officially incorporated in 1964. Although the company has an international presence in over 80 countries, the company’s head office and factory facilities are located exclusively in Japan. Icom’s design and manufacturing processes are ISO9001/ISO9002 and ISO14001 certified, and Icom radios meet MIL-STD 810 specifications. Icom is the first Japanese company to supply radios to the United States Department of Defense and the U.S. Marine Corps.
Icom established its U.S. subsidiary, Icom America, in 1979 to serve North American and Latin American markets. Icom America, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, has led the migration of 6.25 kHz digital technology for land mobile radio industry users. The company will help promote Icom Inc.'s newest endeavor, an IP Advanced Radio System. This scalable solution is capable of full duplex communication over a wireless LAN and IP networks. System equipment includes Icom's new IP100H license-free radio, an IP controller and remote communicator. "It will be a new key product category for Icom," says Inoue.
Visit Icom America’s website for a complete product listing – www.icomamerica.com
For information on Icom Inc., visit the company's global site at www.icom.co.jp/world/
During these dates, the IRDR will be tested on the shortwave bands at the Media Summit on Climate Change, Information and Communication Technologies, and Disaster Risk Reduction in Jakarta, Indonesia. The IRDR will simulate a major disaster occurring in Southeast Asia, and multiple international broadcasters will be cooperating to support coordinated humanitarian coverage for the impacted region.
Mr. Oldrich Cip of the HFCC graciously confirmed to ReliefAnalysis.com that the roster of broadcaster participants is being organized, and there could well be QSL opportunities for this historic occasion via those outlets.
Click here for a new Fact Sheet about the relevancy of shortwave broadcasting and the IRDR from the HFCC.
Click here my thoughts on how shortwave radio can cross the digital divide, literacy divide, and disaster divide. This piece recently ran on the web site of InterAction--a coalition of 300 international NGOs.
I'm going to be closely following this event as it gets closer. I'm very excited about what this test could mean for the evolution of humanitarian applications in the world of shortwave broadcasting.
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Sunday, April 6, 2014
We have an important announcement for our listeners on shortwave. Starting Tuesday 1st April we will be reducing our shortwave broadcasts to one hour a day. There will also be no shortwave broadcasts at the weekend.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Our full two hours of programming will still be available via our website www.swradioafrica.com and also on Channel Zim, available through free to air TV decoders.
Our broadcasts via Channel Zim are 5 – 7am and 7 – 9pm.
Our live 2 hours of programming via our website remains 7 – 9pm and podcasts of all our programs are available 24 hours a day. Our shortwave broadcasts, starting Tuesday 1st April, will be one hour 7 – 8pm, available Monday – Friday. All times quoted are Zim times and…………thanks for listening.
Source : http://www.swradioafrica.com/swra-reducing-shortwave-broadcasts/
SW Radio Africa A14 schedule 1700-1800 UTC on 4880 kHz (100 kW)
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Africa : http://english.cri.cn/7146/2010/03/30/2141s560021.htm
The South Pacific : http://english.cri.cn/7146/2010/03/30/2141s560019.htm
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