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DRM Goes Live in the U.S. Next Week

DRM Goes Live in the U.S. Next Week

If you want to hear a live Digital Radio Mondiale broadcast, head to Dallas next week.
The Digital Radio Mondiale consortium plans to hold its first international symposium for North and South America on Friday Nov. 12.
DRM has developed a digital radio system for shortwave, AM/medium-wave and long-wave.
Several companies that make IBOC equipment are also developing equipment for DRM. Early DRM-capable consumer receivers are on the market, with a variety of products slated to launch in 2005.
The symposium caps a week of DRM events in Dallas to be hosted by founding DRM member DRS Broadcast Technology (formerly IDT Continental Electronics). DRM’s board meetings are followed by a meeting of the new DRM U.S.A. Group – for American broadcasters and others interested in DRM – on Nov. 11.
The symposium will feature live, DRM shortwave broadcasts on a variety of receivers. Live DRM broadcasts will originate overseas to demonstrate digital sky-wave reception; others will be local broadcasts from within Dallas to demonstrate ground-wave reception.
For the first time, according to the consortium, DRM test transmissions from Chile and Ecuador will be transmitted across Latin America and into the U.S.
DRM member Christian Vision will relay test broadcasts from Santiago, Chile, and DRM member HCJB World Radio will send test broadcasts from Quito, Ecuador. At the symposium, digital radio speakers from eight countries, including the U.S., Canada, Ecuador and Peru, will outline technical, regulatory and marketing aspects of its implementation.
Symposium speakers include DRM Chairman Peter Senger of Deutsche Welle; Vice Chairman Jan Hoek of Radio Netherlands; Technical Committee Chairman Donald Messer of IBB/VOA; and Commercial Committee Chairman Michel Penneroux of TDF.
Also: Adil Mina and Daniel Dickey of DRS-BT; Jeff White of DRM U.S.A. Group; Mike Adams of NASB; Charles Jacobson of HCJB World Radio, Ecuador; Paul Linnarz of KAS Peru; Stefan Meltzer of Coding Technologies; Michael Schlicht of Fraunhofer IIS; and John Sykes of BBC.
To register for the symposium or the DRM U.S.A. Group meeting, e-mail [email protected].