RNZI to run single shortwave transmitter for analog and DRM

New-ZealandMany thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Rafman, who writes:

Heard sad news this morning while listening to [RNZI’s] 9700 broadcast. It makes their future dimmer [IMHO].

RNZI will be running on a single transmitter for both analog & DRM. So now you won’t be able to try DRM on 9890 while 9700 is on air.

Thanks for sharing the news, Rafman. Here’s the accompanying RNZ press release with details from Radio New Zealand:

Information for individual analogue short-wave listeners in the Pacific region.

RNZ International (RNZI) is retiring its 27-year-old analogue-only short-wave transmitter and moving to a one-transmitter operation.

From 1 July 2016 we will be using our newer digital/analogue transmitter and swapping between its digital short-wave and analogue short-wave modes throughout each day.

The digital short-wave mode delivers a signal to relaying Pacific stations, and the analogue short-wave mode reaches individual short-wave listeners.

RNZI has made the decision not to replace the old short-wave transmitter, but to instead maximize the flexibility of our newer short-wave transmitter by using either its analogue or digital mode to deliver to different audiences at different times of the day.

We are also focusing on broadening the options for delivering our signal to relaying radio stations. These stations broadcast our daily news and current affairs content over their own local stations – and allow us to reach a large local Pacific audience.

By working with partners like the BBC World Service (Pacific stream) and Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Limited (PCBL) (which includes the former TVNZ satellite service) we’ve been extending our content delivery via satellite. We’ll be continuing to focus on this as a complimentary delivery to the DRM digital short-wave service.

RNZI’s online content and delivery, partnerships and use of our specialist content by individuals, media and organisations in the Pacific and worldwide, is also growing.

The move to a one-transmitter operation will result in a reduced service to current individual short-wave listeners in the region. RNZI will still broadcast in analogue short-wave for extensive periods of each day, but there won’t be a 24 hour service as there has been. This is likely to be most felt during breakfast hours when we will need to broadcast a digital signal for relaying stations, rather than an analogue one.

However, RNZI remains committed towards providing an analogue short-wave service for individual listeners across the Pacific. Our role in warning about, and covering, cyclones remains especially important. During cyclone season, RNZI has the flexibility to choose to broadcast entirely in analogue if we need to temporarily provide a fulltime service to individual listeners.

Over time we hope more individuals will be able to access our content online access the region. Online use of RNZI is growing quickly with Pacific visitors and others now increasingly accessing content on the RNZI site.

And in future years, as stations adopt other ways of receiving our signal, we may be able to devote more of our short-wave transmission capacity back into broadcasting in analogue.

With a mix of analogue short-wave, digital DRM short-wave, satellite, partnerships and online content delivery, we remain in a solid position to deliver our unique Pacific content to audiences in the region and beyond.

Our analogue and digital frequency schedule is available at www.rnzi.com along with with updated broadcast times.

Linden Clark
RNZI Manager
Radio New Zealand
[email protected]
[email protected]

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7 thoughts on “RNZI to run single shortwave transmitter for analog and DRM

  1. Tom Servo

    I don’t know if it’s the change in dropping the old transmitter or just bad conditions, but I don’t think I’ve heard RNZI in over a week here in Alabama.

    1. DanH

      Propagation conditions and receiver location rule. During the 1500 UTC hour (8:00 a.m. PDT) this morning I had strong signals from the BBC Singapore relay at 11890 kHz and Radio Australia at 9580 kHz. RNZI was strong yesterday on 15720, 11725 and 9700. I won’t expect to hear RNZI well today until after 2200 UTC.

      1. Tom Servo

        That’s what I would think, but I’ve been hearing Australia and some of the Philippine relays that VOA runs quite well in the early morning hours. But RNZI is so deep in the mud it’s almost imperceptible. Just a month or two ago it was so clear I listened off and on in the wee hours and even got some partial DRM out of them during the afternoons (?)

  2. DanH

    The RNZI SW schedule: http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/listen) with UTC times, modes and frequencies.

    Here in summertime northern California RNZI is heard on analogue SW for much of the day. 6170 kHz can be a bit noisy after west coast dawn. RNZI is usually not heard at my location from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. Reception is usually strong on 15720 kHz from the middle of the afternoon to the 04:58 UTC (9:58 p.m. PDT) hand-off to 11725 kHz. 11725 is usually good until 9700 kHz comes on the air at 06:59 UTC (11:59 p.m. PDT). 9700 is strong until 6170 returns at 12:59 UTC (5:59 a.m. PDT).

    1. DanH

      RNZI provides a 30-minute weekday relay of BBC World Service news at 0200 UTC (7:00 p.m. PDT) on 15720 kHz.

  3. Kire

    Well, I listen to rnzi in california. Great music, some indiginous issues. And when the orlando shooting just happenned, a more concise and accurate report interviewing a local orlando officer, than any of the hyper ping pong US media gave us. I wont listen to them on the internet.


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