As one of the founding supporters and full members of the DRM consortium, Ampegon is delighted to promote a newly released video created by the consortium.

Originally conceived and storyboarded from discussions between Ampegon and the DRM consortium, the video hopes to capture the imagination of members of the public and high-level government decision-makers: The video highlights both the quality benefits of digital DRM broadcasting, as well as the useful Journaline and data transmission functions which offer possibilities far beyond the capabilities of analogue broadcasts. It goes on to propose how individual nations – especially those in the developing world – might launch digital radio in their country, roll out new services, and promote new development of home-grown business and industry to support it.

Ruxandra Obreja, Chair of the DRM consortium, launched the video during an online webinar held in lieu of the annual DRM presence at the IBC Broadcasting Conference and Exhibition. Reacting to the positive reception from the webinar’s participants, she said: “This video has been the product of months of work, with the participation of the DRM Consortium, Ampegon and the talented David James, who led the production. We are delighted with the professional result. We hope that it will highlight the significant advantages of DRM, especially to shortwave broadcasters, including energy efficiency, broadcast quality, and data services.”

Simon Keens, Sales and Business Development Manager at Ampegon and webinar participant, added: “The Covid-19 pandemic has left billions of people around the world isolated in their homes, millions of which do not have a mobile phone or internet access. Digital radio not only offers a high-quality means to receive news and entertainment in areas with little or no infrastructure, but DRM can also provide internet-like services and even remote schooling – sending images and textbooks to students via radio. This is specifically able to support to the poorest and most vulnerable in society in times of crisis. Using Ampegon’s shortwave transmitters with the power of DRM, such services can be provided to millions of people from a single transmitter located thousands of kilometers away.”

All Ampegon’s high-power shortwave transmitters are built DRM-ready, and simply need the DRM modulator and content-server hardware necessary to allow DRM broadcasting. Meanwhile, lower power solid-state transmitters have been designed to operate primarily in digital DRM mode. Shortwave transmitters previously supplied to customers can also be updated to permit the DRM function. Please contact Ampegon directly or through your local representative if you would like further information about DRM shortwave broadcasting.