Posted: 18 Sep 2013 Print Send a link
Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, 19 Aug 2013, Clare Hill: "India’s national radio broadcaster has ordered two 100 kW shortwave transmitters from the Swiss-German-Chinese group Ampegon. The new systems will replace existing analogue transmitters with simpler and more efficient analogue-digital ones. They will be used for both DRM digital and analogue transmission. All India Radio (AIR) is said to have plans to upgrade 36 of its AM medium wave and four its AM shortwave transmitters to DRM. ... AIR will install the transmitters near New Delhi, with plans for them to be operational by October. The acquisition contrasts with the long-term decline and switchoff of SW in Europe and North America, as well as broadcasters such as the BBC and Deutsche Welle switching off their foreign SW services in India to reduce costs. However shortwave is still considered to be the superior medium in reaching remote areas and poor people. Shortwave’s very long distance reach (international and even intercontinental) [and when] natural disasters bring local transmitters down, it is a key communication tool." Via @aborgnino.