launching new software-defined receiver
officially introduces its latest software-defined
receiver on October 29. Winradio WR-G313e is an
HF receiver (9 kHz to 30 MHz, optionally extendable
to 180 MHz) with a USB interface. G313e is an external
version of an existing model (G313i), which was
built on a PCI card. "It is the first professional
USB-based software-defined receiver which is available
to general public at a truly affordable price,"
says Milan Hudecek, general manager of Winradio
(WiNRADiO) Communications, an Australian company.
"The software is identical to the one used
with G313i and is being continuously improved. Currently
we are concentrating
on developing various additional digital processing
applications," Hudecek says to DXing.info.
Over 100 receivers have already been shipped to
people "who simply could not wait" for
the official launch. DXing.info will publish a review
of the receiver in November.
October 27, 2005)
BBC to close
radio services in 10 languages to fund Arabic TV
BBC World Service is closing down broadcasts in Bulgarian,
Croatian, Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Kazakh, Polish,
Slovak, Slovene and Thai by 2006. After the cuts the
World Service will continue to broadcast in 33 languages.
Closing down ten services will result in a loss of
218 jobs. Restructuring became necessary as the BBC
has decided to spend 28 million euros a year to fund
a new Arabic-language television channel. BBC World
Service Director Nigel Chapman has described the changes
as the "biggest transformation" ever undertaken
since the BBC began broadcasting around the world
almost 70 years ago. Chapman says that many of the
European services being closed down had their roots
in the Second World War, and served their audiences
well during the Cold War, but he pointed out that
Europe has changed. BBC Arabic Television will be
launched in 2007, initially broadcasting 12 hours
a day. The new channel was formed at the request of
the British Foreign Office, which funds the World
October 25, 2005)
Santa Ana broadcasting from Peru on 4965 kHz
Radio Santa Ana is a new
Peruvian station on 4965.8 kHz shortwave from Departamento
de Cusco. Previously the same frequency was occupied
by Radio Santa Mónica, which has recently
been off the air. Radio Santa Ana was first reported
heard on September 26 by Björn Malm in Ecuador
with a relay of Radio Nacional del Perú.
According to Henrik Klemetz, the station announces
its FM frequency as 93.3 MHz. Via the phone he learned
that their address is Avenida San Martín
636, Santa Ana, Provincia La Convención,
Departamente de Cusco, Peru, and that they do not
have any email address for the time being.
October 23, 2005, edited on October 25)
lockout ends as employees accept deal
of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) have
voted to accept their tentative deal with management,
officially ending a long labour dispute. Over 88 per
cent of the members of the Canadian Media Guild voted
in favour of ratification. Most of the CBC's 5,500
unionized workers are expected to return to work on
Tuesday, October 11. The CBC management locked out
members of the union on August 15 after the two sides
could not agree over the issue of temporary employees.
The deal caps the number of contract workers at 9.5
per cent of the full-time work force. Under the agreement,
wages will increase by 12.6 per cent over the life
of the contract, which will remain in effect until
March 31, 2009. A deal was reached after growing political
and commercial pressure, just in time for the start
of the new National Hockey League season.
October 10, 2005)
Peruvian shortwave station heard on 4300 kHz
A new Peruvian shortwave station
has begun broadcasting on 4300 kHz. The station was
first reported heard by Alfredo Cañote in Chaclacayo,
Peru, and Björn Malm in Quito, Ecuador, on October
5. Cañote identified the station as Radio Bella,
located in Tingo Maria (in Departamento Huánuco).
Cañote heard the station with a program of
folk music. Malm has measured its exact frequency
as 4299.7 kHz.
October 8, 2005)
Newsradio on 900 kHz AM
Radio International (CRI) has launched CRI Newsradio
in the capital Beijing on 900 kHz AM and 90.5 MHz
FM. According to Xinhua news agency, the new channel
began broadcasting on September 28. CRI Newsradio
provides a 24-hour service of news, current affairs,
finance, sports and entertainment programs in Chinese
and in foreign languages. Established in 1941, CRI
is China's international radio broadcaster transmitting
radio programs in 43 languages.
October 2, 2005)
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