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DRM radio (digital am/shortwave)

Postby stratocaster » 04 May 2017, 07:57

Hope I have posted this topic in the correct place!

I've been following the exploits of DRM radio (Digital Radio Mondiale) and although it seems Asia may well adopt this format of broadcasting, it seems to have been snuffed out in Europe due to DAB. I was wondering what everyones thoughts are on this. I was looking at acquiring a DRM receiver, however the availability and reception details are to say the least,a bit sketchy.
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Re: DRM radio (digital am/shortwave)

Postby Admiral » 04 May 2017, 09:01

Rather than splashing out a wedge I played safe and use an SDR dongle and software for the (very) few DRM stations on HF.
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Re: DRM radio (digital am/shortwave)

Postby stratocaster » 04 May 2017, 09:53

I will hold off until I see what happens regarding this format. You probably have the right idea in using an sdr facet and the software for computer. Keeping a check on the DRM website(s) to see what if any progress is being made and as to what countries are or may adopt this format. I didn't realise that where I am here in Edinburgh there was a DRM trial back in 2011! I read that most if not all of the receivers that were in production have now been discontinued! maybe that is a sign of things to come for DRM?
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Re: DRM radio (digital am/shortwave)

Postby MrWeetabix » 04 May 2017, 11:34

DAB (or a derivative) will probably win in asia, as the factories are already churning them out for us here in Europe, so those with an interest in flogging them will be lobbying hard for DRM to be kicked aside I would imagine.
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Re: DRM radio (digital am/shortwave)

Postby Tigersaw » 04 May 2017, 11:53

It was supposed to be the answer to enable quality broadcasts on SW beyond the continental boundaries.
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Re: DRM radio (digital am/shortwave)

Postby stratocaster » 04 May 2017, 12:28

I was thinking along the lines that Mr Weetabix and Tigersaw has posted up. The discontinuation of some receivers should act as an indicator, although the DRM bods did have an exhibition and push for standardisation of what DRM format to use last year. This year they meet up in Baden, Switzerland to discuss progression of DRM! It's this month on the 10th and 11th. So is it flogging a dead horse or is the will strong enough to have another format of broadcasting means? Have read this source on the Radioworld website.
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Re: DRM radio (digital am/shortwave)

Postby Admiral » 04 May 2017, 13:06

I think that they are watering a dead flower, SW was, and may still be the band of choice for remote places in Africa and Australasia and they (the broadcasters) possibly thought they could bring digital radio to billions of people, then they realised that they were as poor as a churchmouse and wouldn't buy anything from their commercials, DRM seems to have died the same death as satellite radio did in the 90's.
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