Wednesday, August 24, 2016

PantronX Titus2 pricing

George Ross just emailed the following:

"I noticed some questions for pricing. Talking with Mike today he said the price is well below $100 USD."

Mike is the manufacturer / developer for PantronX. Be watching for an interview with him, right here on DRMNA!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Titus2 "Digital Playout Solution" in its natural habitat

Thanks to George Ross of Trans World Radio / KTWR Guam for a few photos of the Titus2, caught in the wild at HFCC 2016 Miami! George is on the right in the second photo.

TWR presents the Titus II DRM radio at HFCC!

The PantronX Titus II is actually a full SDR solution in a boombox case. Few details yet, but it is running Android, has a 100 kHz to 2 GHz receiver on-board and decodes AM, FM, SSB and DRM natively.

It uses a Quad-Core ARM A53 @ 1.2 GHz, 1 Gig of RAM and 8 Gig of on-board Flash. 7" TFT display and supports Android 5, 6 or custom remixes. See the promotional PDF here.

It sports some hardware buttons and the back-stand folds under to cover the TFT for safety and storage. This unit also facilitates the Filecasting concept we have reported about before. It can even be used as a WiFi hotspot, to rebroadcast data it has received to other local mobile devices.

This looks like a real winner and I am anxious to see a demo unit! Thanks to George at TWR for the heads-up. More details to follow.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

HFCC 2016 DRM Special from Vatican Radio

Vatican Radio is doing a special DRM test broadcast for the HFCC Conference in Miami 22-26 August. They have already started testing toward Miami as of Monday 15 August. The broadcast is at 19:30-20:00 UTC on 17510 kHz, antenna AHR 4/4/0.5 beaming to 292°, 250 kW. Please post any reception to the DRMNA Yahoo Group and the usual places.

Update 20160819:
Brother Zyg sent along this VOACAP of what you might expect using a 6 foot vertical.

Update 20160817:
I just received this email:

Subject: Vatican Radio special DRM broadcast.

Dear Madame/Sir,
I would like to inform you about a special broadcast on occasion of the next HFCC International Broadcasting Delivery coordination conference in Miami, 22-26 August 2016.
The broadcast is from Santa Maria di Galeria, Vatican Radio transmitting site, at 19:30 – 20:00 UTC on 17510 kHz, 250 kW digital, AHR 4/4/.5 at 292°, 16QAM-ModeB-Protection level 0.62 – Bit rate 14560 – SDR On.
The broadcast is already on air even if officially it would start on 22 August till 25 August 2016; the content currently broadcast is in French and English but during the “official” period it would be an ad-hoc program with announcement and music.
I kindly ask you to inform listeners at or to inform me on the procedure to be followed to do it.
Best regards.
Sergio Salvatori
Vatican Radio

Thanks to numerous sources for this "heads-up"!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Taiwan lights-up their DRM transmitters toward Germany

We brought you the news about Taiwan  in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Now we see there is some more action! 

(Klick hier für Deutsch)...

"German Service of Radio Taiwan International to Broadcast in AM & DRM

The German service of Radio Taiwan International will have special broadcasts in AM & DRM during August, September and October 2016 directly from Tamshui transmitter site in Taiwan.

Reception reports will be verified with a special QSL-card.

Schedule as follows:  Frequency: 11665 kHz

July 22, 2016 at 1600-1610 UTC in AM and at 1620-1630 UTC in DRM (Test)

August 26, 27, 28, 2016 and September 02, 03 and 04, 2016 all at 1600-1700 UTC AM

October 01, 02, 03, 08 and 09, 2016 all at 1000-1100 UTC in AM

October 10, 2016 at 1000-1100 UTC in DRM"