BBC's Last Night of the Proms will be transmitted via DRM digital shortwave.

Posted: 21 Jul 2009   Print   Send a link
"BBC World Service brings you nine weekends of high quality performances from the UK's greatest classical music festival. The First Night of the Proms: 18 - 19 July ... Last Night of the Proms: 12-13 September. 12 September: live on digital shortwave (DRM)." BBCWS website, 18 July 2009.
     "The DRM Consortium Steering Board, which represents almost 100 members, affiliates and supporters, has welcomed the publication of the British Government’s strategic vision encompassed in the Digital Britain Report but has asked DRM to be made part of the digital radio framework for the UK." Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Consortium, 6 July 2009. The radio chapter of Digital Britain: The Final Report mentions DRM only three times, two of those in footnotes.
     "Belgium-based TDPradio has expanded the reach of its dance music programming across Asia. The station, which aims to be a global broadcaster, has been broadcasting across Europe and the northeastern United States on shortwave since 2003. In July, TDPradio added transmissions to Asia from the CVC Network Ltd. shortwave site on the Cox Peninsula in Australia's Northern Territory. To help ensure high-quality audio via shortwave, TDPradio is using Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) technology for its broadcasts. 'This station has something for all dance music lovers and it showcases how great music sounds when broadcasting using DRM,' stated TDPradio Program Manager Daniël Versmissen. The Asia broadcasts air 07:00–08:00 UTC on 17755 kHz across Asia." Radio World, 6 July 2009. TDPradio has no DJs or announcements. Just dance music, all at the same determined tempo, with rare lyrics. In stereo, it does give DRM shortwave a workout. I listen occasionally at 2300-2400 UTC via the Radio Canada International transmitter in Sackville, New Brunswick. Most evenings, the audio pops in and (to the dismay of all the dancers) out.
     I recently tried out the Uniwave Di-Wave DRM receiver for two evenings. Each evening it used up a set of four C-cell batteries, but it did receive DRM as well as my RFSpace SDR-IQ software defined receiver, which must be used with a PC and, for DRM reception, a second sound card. On the third evening, with its third set of batteries, the Uniwave refused to turn on. And so ended my trial of the Uniwave Di-Wave DRM receiver. It was a prototype, and sometimes the bugs are not yet worked out.