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Polskie Radio Uses DRM for Shortwave

Transmission-services provider Media Broadcast turned on new signals in December for the Polish external service

German transmission-services provider Media Broadcast has begun transmitting digital shortwave broadcasts for the external service of Polish public broadcaster Polskie Radio using the Digital Radio Mondiale standard.

“The introduction of DRM is considered a renaissance for shortwave radio,” Media Broadcast said in the announcement. “The Polskie Radio broadcasts can be heard with DRM throughout Europe in considerably better sound quality.”

A member of the TDF Group, which operates transmission facilities and networks across Europe, Media Broadcast launched the service in December. An English-language program is broadcast on 6015 kHz from 6 p.m. to 6:59 p.m. UTC; a German program is broadcast on 3975 kHz from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. UTC.

Media Broadcast has shortwave transmission facilities in Nauen and Wertachtal, Germany, operating at up to 500 kW.

Here’s how it promotes DRM on its Web site: “Thanks to the introduction of the Digital Radio Mondiale technical standard, the shortwave market is undergoing a structural change. Digital shortwave opens up new possibilities for data transmission. Users can supply their listeners with information that both accompanies and is independent of program content as well as data services and multimedia applications. This gives rise to new formats and additional marketing possibilities.”

The TDF Group is part of the Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium.