In a world where internet connectivity and social media reign supreme it is interesting to reflect on the power radio still has in developing countries.
A great example of this is the country of Mali in West Africa that often experiences political unrest and unreliable power sources, the need for information is critical.
In Mali, internet coverage is scarce providing only 30% coverage to the region. In rural areas, where even less people have internet access, and the power supply can be unreliable, most people rely on battery-operated radio sets for information.
Furthermore, for those with internet coverage, mobile data is quite expensive meaning streaming digital radio or listening through a social platform or app can be very costly.
Shortwave radio can be accessed by workers in the fields in isolated areas, even whilst driving which has made radio a critical source of information and dialogue.
Mali’s largest private radio station, Radio Kledu, not only provides regular news and informative programming, they have also included an editorial policy to give everyone a platform to express their opinion. In Africa this is not always an easy task, where terrorist groups often target journalists.
A recent broadcast featured a special program about teachers’ long-running strike for higher pay.
The lunchtime show presenter Oumou Dembele encouraged debate by first interviewing the teacher union representatives to hear their side of things. Later in the show the government were invited to present their version on air.
For many in Mali, the work of radio journalists like Dembele is vital to keeping them informed.
“Radio reaches far more people than any other media on the continent,” says Franz Krüger, Director of the Wits Radio Academy in South Africa.
Even in developed and media-savvy countries like South Africa, more than 90 percent of people listen to the radio.
Franz Krüger mentioned “Radio can be produced cheaply and reaches the disadvantaged faster,”.
The same can be seen across the islands of the south pacific reporting similar figures with only a small amount of the population having access to Tv signals and internet.
Many of the rural and disadvantaged villagers rely solely on radio to stay up to date on current political movement, news and regular weather warnings.
Broadcasters like Radio Vanuatu and RNZ Pacific keep an otherwise isolated region connected.
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In the modern age where internet technology, social media and informational apps reign supreme the Vanuatu Broadcasting Television Corporation (VBTC) is investing AUD$12 million in upgrading its national radio service through its shortwave and medium wave (AM) service.
VBTC chief executive officer, Francis Herman says In Vanuatu many of the villagers do not receive television transmissions and currently only 30% receive radio transmissions.
Radio Vanuatu is the only viable means of reaching Vanuatu’s rural population.
With the new upgrade that coverage will increase to 100% right across the 80-plus Islands of Vanuatu, connecting the country.
As listed by the United Nations, Vanuatu is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world and regularly experiences earthquakes, cyclones and floods.
Information is crucial during these events.
Shortwave radio is an essential complement to Vanuatu’s national radio service due to its far reaching capabilities even when the power, internet or local networks are down.
Technology commentator Peter Marks said “Shortwave comes from over the horizon it will continue to work even when local conditions are difficult like extreme weather that might knock out local FM and AM stations and internet,”
A cost effective way to reach the population of Vanuatu to deliver important messages.
VBTC chief executive officer, Francis Herman says “Radio as you know is cost effective, people can pick it up on their phone, in the villages where television can not reach, radio is the companion for people,” .
“We have general elections in March next year, we are about to head into the cyclone season beginning in November and so its important, it’s crucial that the people of Vanuatu can get access to a reliable and credible broadcaster,” Mr Herman said.
This is why investing in a national shortwave service is even more important than ever even in the modern age.
Radio Vanuatu can be found at.
|SHORTWAVE||3945KHZ (NIGHT TIME)|
|7260 KHZ (DAY TIME)|
|FM||100 MHZ (VILA & SANTO)|
|98 MHZ (TANNA & SANTO)|
Radio Vanuatu features a morning show with Dorinda Mabon from 5:30am till 9am
Marie-Noelle Kaltak hosts the mid morning show and evenings are hosted by Florence Vanua.
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Radio New Zealand have a new shortwave frequency for the Region.
RNZ Pacific (RNZI) provides comprehensive Pacific news coverage with the very latest Pacific stories as well as a live audio feed, podcasts, and on-demand programmes.
RNZI broadcasts in digital and analogue short wave to radio stations and individual listeners across the Pacific region. The RNZ Pacific signal can sometimes be heard as far away as Japan, North America, the Middle East and Europe.
RNZI was named the International Radio Station of the Year 2007 by the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB). RNZ Pacific also won the Most Innovative Partnership category recognising the way it works with local Pacific media.
RNZ Pacific (RNZI) broadcasts at the following frequencies and times to different parts of the Pacific Region.
|00:00 - 05:58||15720||Pacific||Daily|
|05:59 - 07:58||11725||Pacific||Daily|
|07:59 - 09:58||9765||Pacific||Daily|
|09:59 - 12:58||6115 from 15 Jan||Solomon Isl , PNG||Daily|
|12:59 - 19:58||6115||Pacific||Sat|
|12:59 - 16:50||6115||Pacific||Sun - Fri|
|16:51 - 17:50||5975 DRM||Tonga Niue Samoa Cook Islands||Sun - Fri|
|17:51 - 18:50||11690 DRM||Tonga Niue Samoa Cook Islands||Sun - Fri|
|18:51 - 19:58||13840 DRM||Pacific||Daily|
|19:59 - 20:58||11725||Pacific||Sun-Fri|
|20:59 - 22:58||13840||Pacific||Daily|
|22:59 - 23:58||15720||Pacific||Daily|
MAINTENANCE DAY: Every month on the first Wednesday RNZ conducts Maintenance at their transmitter site from 2230 – 0600 UTC. ( Thursdays 1030 – 1800 NZST) During this period there may be interruptions to programming.
Over the past eight weeks we have been running a competition to win a Tecsun PL880 radio. The purpose of the competition was to generate excitement around the capabilities of shortwave and promote Radiogram to budding amateur radio enthusiasts.Read more
The ocean racing yachts that will set off on Wednesday’s Sydney Hobart Yacht Race are required to carry radio equipment that includes both VHF and HF radios.Read more
This week Federal Labor has announced that if elected to Government next year it will provide $2 million in funding for the ABC, specifically to bring back shortwave radio services across some of Australia’s most remote areas.
The Tecsun S-8800 has been a long time coming to the Australian market so we’re very excited that Silicon Chip Magazine has featured this great new addition to our range of radios in their most recent July 2017 magazine!
Here are some of the great things they had to say about the P-8800.
“If you live in, or go “bush” and want a radio that will let you keep listening where other radios have given up, or if you’re a city resident who wants to give DX listening a go, try the Tecsun S-8800.”
– Silicon Chip Magazine
“The S-8800 is right up there, even exceeding many higher-priced sets in its ability to not only resolve distant stations but to maintain them at an enjoyable level.”
– Silicon Chip Magazine
“The shortwave section covers just above the broadcast band (1.711MHz) through to almost 30MHz (actually 29.999MHz and with its single sideband plus AM reception, along with fine tuning, you’ll be pulling in stations that you didn’t know existed!”
– Silicon Chip Magazine
And the Silicon Chip team aren’t the only ones excited about this great new addition to the Tecsun family of radios. Here you can read Garry Cratt’s full review here, and watch the video demonstration!
“Although the frequency range is stated as 520-1620kHz (when the receiver is set to 9kHz spacing), it can be extended by setting the receiver to 10kHz spacing and then it will be possible to tune 520-1710kHz. By using slow tuning steps (1kHz), and station can be tuned.”
The S-8800 was featured and reviewed in Silicon Chip Magazine alongside the new Tecsun D-008 DAB+ Digital Radio!
The Tecsun S-8800 High Performance AM/FM Radio has been designed to provide maximum performance on the AM (MW) bands, allowing listeners to receive fringe AM radio stations with unmatched audio clarity.
The Tecsun S-8800 is the only radio in the Tecsun range to provide an infrared remote control in the kit. An absolute luxury for the user as all functions are able to be controlled by the remote. The remote uses standard AAA batteries to make using the remote hassle-free and cheap when it needs recharging.
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Here’s what’s new from Tecsun Radios … just in time for Father’s day 2017!
The new Tecsun D-008 DAB+ Digital Radio offers Dad excellent reception of the DAB+ radio services available in most cities in Australia. With a large colour display that shows the selected radio station, current programming, news and weather information when enabled by the broadcaster, the D-008 DAB+ offers Dad superior audio quality with all the bells and whistles he could ask for in a desktop radio!
Designed with the radio-lover in mind, the Tecsun D-008 DAB+ Digital Radio can accept an external antenna input for the reception of DAB+ digital radio stations, this mean listeners in areas of fringe reception can utilise a Band III VHF TV antenna to greatly extend the reception range of the receiver.
The Tecsun D-008 DAB+ Digital Radio also offers Bluetooth connectivity allowing the connection of smartphones and other audio devices to stream the audio through its large speaker. Connection of audio devices without Bluetooth is also possible via the AUX (Auxiliary) input (3.5mm socket).
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