Friday, February 25, 2011
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February 21, 2011
PCJ Media announces the creation of a new international shortwave radio service with targeted programming to Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific.
PCJ sees an opportunity to fill a void being left by large publicly funded broadcasters. In the last few months a number of well-respected international broadcasters have dropped their shortwave transmissions to these regions in favor of internet and podcasts. Most notably are the significant cuts to the BBC World Service and the Voice Of America transmissions.
To fill this void, PCJ’s new service would broadcast in five languages, with programming targeted to the audiences of those specific languages. New distribution platforms such as the internet will also be used.
The five language groups which PCJ Radio would target are:
Farsi – Middle East
Mandarin – China
Spanish – Latin America
Ukrainian/Russian – Eastern Europe
English - to regions mentioned above
Launch date TBA.
For more information please contact Keith Perron of PCJ Media.
Tel: +886 938 408 592
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
The best option will be to post it here as a word document or a PDF.
Thanks for your patience everyone.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
One request for the store was to have electronic / radio kits. That is an item still being researched at this time, and will happen once everything can be organized so as to make sure there is enough stock available to prevent back-orders and prevent customer service issues.
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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
If anyone can access this blog and are in an area where jamming is focused against broadcasters like the Voice Of America, BBC World Service and others there is a quick and easy way to get around this and improve your reception. These plans come from the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees the Voice Of America.
Last summer I built it myself to see the results and I was amazed. It really works and does improve stations being jammed by the Chinese. Of course it does depend on propagation, but it does work. It took me less than an hour to build and I used stuff that I had around the house. Above you will find a diagram and picture how it should look. I came across these plans on the BBG website.
A compact portable receiver radio with its telescoping whip antenna
An additional telescoping whip antenna similar to the one used with the receiver radio or a stiff wire
Two pieces of aluminum foil having same width and length as those of the portable radio receiver
A clean piece of plywood or equivalent, non conducting of electricity, big enough for overall support
Two short pieces of connecting wire with screws for connection as required
A block of wood or equivalent to support the additional antenna
On the piece of plywood used as overall support, lay the radio receiver on the first aluminum foil pad. Use a rubber band or string to secure the receiver if desired.
Fix second antenna into wood block so it stays vertical.
Connect the additional telescoping whip or stiff wire to the foil pad on which the radio lays. A small screw can be used to attach the first connecting wire to the aluminum foil.
Wrap the other bare end of the wire around the whip and twist the wire to assure that a good electrical contact with the whip is established.
Use the second wire to connect the remaining aluminum foil to the telescopic whip of the receiver as described above.
The interference reducing antenna should be operated in a relatively clear area. It works best when people are not near the antenna.
The interference reducing antenna is operated by rotating the whole system, receiver and the two whip antennas together with the plywood support, until the interfering signal is minimized and the desired program is as clear as possible.
If the desired program cannot be received clearly by rotating the plywood support when the interference reducing antenna is level, then try slanting each of the antenna whips or both, and then rotating the system again. Keep experimenting with different slants and rotations combinations until the desired program clears.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
The whole time I kept thinking I've heard it before, but was unable to place it. Until! Then I remembered where I heard it before. It was the music used by the Chinese on a number of frequencies to jam foreign broadcasters. Yes! The infamous FIREDRAKE being played in a restaurant in Taipei. The following day I contacted a friend who teaches in the traditional music department of Taiwan National University and played for him a recording of FIREDRAKE. And well he had heard the piece. What he told me was the following. The piece we know as Firedrake goes back to the time of Kong Qiu (孔丘) or as you might know him Confusius (551BC to 479BC) and the Zhou Dynasty (周朝) (1046BC to 256BC). The piece was traditionally played during the Chinese New Year, but through the years has changed. Beginning around the time of the Qin Dynasty (221BC to 206BC) to the Qing Dynasty (1644 to 1911) each of the Emperors influenced the piece as we know it today. As for a name? This has also changed multiply times.
I should mention this is only a short history. But I'm in the middle of working on a piece which will be used on Media Network Plus to look at it's history.
If you have never heard the full FIREDRAKE before click here for the full unedited version.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Everyone, please give a warm welcome to WRN!
This is the second major partnership for Shortwave America in 2011.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
The Foreign Office said that around half a million people from a survey conducted in China listen to shortwave. I wonder how they got this figure, because if you go to areas like Tibet or Xinjang and other areas of China where protests have taken place people will not admit listening. In Tibet just after the protests took place against the Han Chinese the local office of the Public Security Bureau was checking homes for shortwave radios and confiscating them.
Officials with the Chinese Ministry Of Informational Technology ( January 28, 2011) told me off the record on the condition I don't publish there names, they estimate the audience of the BBC in China to be around 3 to 4 million a week. But added that most people in rural areas would not admit to listening. He said if the BBC only had half a million listeners they government would not even bother to jam them.