HFCC - International Broadcasting Delivery

Members of HFCC/ASBU Steering Board

Jeff White is General Manager of Radio Miami International (WRMI), a commercial shortwave station in the United States that has been on the air since 1994 (under the FCC FMO).

He is a Journalism graduate from Northern Illinois University near Chicago, where he served as news manager for several years.

Jeff worked for several more years as a freelance journalist for a number of radio networks, including Christian Science Monitor Radio, National Public Radio, NBC, Radio Netherlands and others.

He carried out many audience research studies for international broadcasters such as the BBC, VOA, Radio Canada International, Deutsche Welle, etc.

Jeff has served as Vice President and President of the National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters (NASB), which represents the privately-owned shortwave broadcasters in the United States.

Jeff has been Chairman of the HFCC since February 2015. Jeff is also the NASB representative in the HFCC Steering Board. On behalf of the NASB, Jeff has chaired the organising committees for the HFCC/ASBU conferences in Mexico City (A05), Dominican Republic (B09), Zurich (B10) and Dallas (B11).

In their free time, Jeff and his wife Thais like to travel, especially by cruise ship. He always takes a shortwave receiver with him.

Sergio Salvatori joined Vatican Radio at the Santa Maria di Galeria transmitting station in 1986 and has been working there since then.

He moved to the Frequency Management Department in 1993, mostly dealing with HF matters, and started to attend the HFCC Conferences in the same year.

Sergio was elected to the post of Systems Development Co-ordinator (jointly with Gerald Theoret) in February 2010.

Sergio enjoys jogging and travelling.

Horst Scholz

1974 academical graduation from the Technical University Aachen as Diplom Ingenieur in Telecommunication Engineering.

From 1975 to 1985 in charge of planning transmission facilities for Deutsche Welle and developing countries.

Since 1985 in charge of frequency management and international co-operation with ITU, EBU, ASBU, ABU and DRM.

Since 1990 Vice Chairman of the High Frequency Coordination Committee.

From 2006 until his retirement in February 2011 Chief Engineer of Deutsche Welle.

He is married and has one adult son.

Hobbies: Cooking, mountaineering, meeting friends

Claire Shaw joined VT Merlin Communications in 2002, initially in an administration role in the Scheduling & Frequency Management team (SFM).

Claire went on to work in various roles within the SFM team as Schedule Administrator & Regional Resource Manager. In 2005 she moved to the position of Assistant Frequency Manager. Then progressing to Frequency Manager in 2010 for Babcock International Group and now Encompass Digital Media Ltd.

Claire was elected to the position of Rapporteur in August 2022.

She is married with two children. In her spare time Claire enjoys walking her dog in the countryside, running, reading & spending time with her family.


Former HFCC/ASBU Steering Board Members

Oldrich Cip (†2018) was associated with radio since childhood - first as an amateur radio hobbyist and later as a staff member of Czechoslovak and Czech Radio in the departments of International Broadcasting.

A college graduate in the field of Humanities, he spent most of his working life as a frequency manager and schedule planner.

For quite a number of years he conducted a radio column for hobbyists under the pen-name Peter Skala.

After the end of the Cold War he came up with the idea that broadcasters from both sides of the conflict should come together and develop a new system of planning and co-ordination for shortwave broadcasting.

A group started this activity back in 1991 and later was established as the HFCC.

Oldrich was Chairman of the HFCC from 1998 until 2015 and a Vice-Chairman from 2015 to 2018.

He lived in Prague and was married with two adult sons.

His hobbies included woodworking, restoration, guitar and country music, vintage graphics and photography.

Geoff Spells joined the BBC at the technical Receiving Station in 1972. After moving to World Service in Bush House in 1977, Geoff became one of the two Frequency Managers keeping this role on privatisation in 1997 first in Merlin Communications and then VT Communications. As part of his duties, Geoff contributed to the work on HF Broadcasting in the EBU and ITU. He attended all World Radio Conferences from 1984 to 2007 dealing with HF broadcasting issues. Geoff has continued working in this field as a Consultant to VT Communications and Babcock Communications since his retirement in 2005. Geoff held the post of rappoteur on the HFCC Steering Board until January 2012

Geoff enjoys travelling, walking and reading and is currently learning ballroom and latin american dancing.

Gary Stanley joined the BBC World Service in 1986, initially as Transmitter Engineer at the Cyprus relay station, and then Senior Transmitter Engineer at the UK MW site at Orfordness.

In 1997 he moved to the Scheduling and Frequency Management department, becoming Frequency Manager for Merlin Communications then VT Communications. He became Senior Frequency Manager in 2010 for Babcock International Group now Encompass Digital Media Services Ltd.

Between 2003 and 2012 he was the ABU-HFC representative on the HFCC Steering Board.

Gary was elected Rapporteur in January 2012 until August 2022.

He is married with one adult son and enjoys photography, bird watching and ballroom dancing.

Gerald Theoret held the post of Systems Development Co-ordinator (jointly with Sergio Salvatori) from February 2010 until his early retirement from RCI in 2012.

1982 Bachelor Degree in Urban Studies from the "Université du Québec" (Montréal, Québec, Canada)

1986 Environmental Science Certificate from the "Université du Québec" (Montréal, Québec, Canada)

Since 1986 University courses at the "Université du Québec" and the McGill University in Computer Sciences and Project Management.

From 1987 to 1993 Program Schedule Planner at Radio Canada International.

Since 1993 Shortwave Frequency Manager at Radio Canada International and at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

He is married and has two adult children.

Gerald enjoys fishing trips, reading (particular interest in Politics, Economy, Science and History) and biking.

Dr. Jerry Plummer (†2022) held the post of Systems Development Co-ordinator (jointly with Sergio Salvatori) from August 2018 to 2022.

1973-1977 Manager for small loan companies.

1977-1989 Wilson Sporting Goods Company. Corporate Manager in Various Departments.

1986 Bachelor Degree in Business (BBA) from "Tennessee State University" (Nashville, TN, USA)

1988 Master of Business Administration (MBA) "Tennessee State University" (Nashville, TN, USA)

1992 Doctor of Arts (Ph.D) "Middle Tennessee State University" (Murfreesboro, TN, USA)

2000 Post-Doctoral work (Management Information Systems/Database) "University of Illinois" (Springfield, IL, USA)

Since 1999 University courses at "Austin Peay State University" (Clarksville, TN USA) in Economics and Management Information Systems. Tenured Full Professor.

From 2008 forward member National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters (NASB). 2016 forward member of NASB Board.

From 2007 to 2022 Frequency Manager at WWCR (Nashville, TN USA).

From 2011 to 2022 Frequency Manager at Caribbean Beacon (CBB) Anguilla, Caribbean.

He was unmarried with Significant Other, Lynn, a dog and cat (Zillah and Annah).

Dr. Plummer enjoyed professional and collegiate domestic sports (MLB, NFL, College Football and Basketball), Management Consulting, traveling, statistics, public speaking and radio announcing.

photo not available Dennis Thompson - former Rapporteur

photo not available Jan Willem Drexhage - former Systems development Co-ordinator

What's New

[26-Feb-2024] - A24 plenary minutes

[5-Feb-2024] - ITU-BR Circular Letter CR/501 containing closing dates for receipt of ITU HFBC A24 and B24 schedules, info on coordination meetings in 2024/2025, IRDR and the new eHFBC platform

[28-Dec-2023] - IMPORTANT: New requirement for foreign citizens entering Malaysia effective January 1, 2024

[11-Dec-2023] - A24 upload opened. Please review and confirm your contact details prior to uploading the initial version of your A24 data.

[13-Nov-2023] - A24 registration and hotel booking opened on the A24 Conference Webpage in the Member's Area

[13-Nov-2023] - eHFBC - new ITU online platform for HF broadcasting

[30-Oct-2023] - B23 GOE report

[20-Oct-2023] - B23 plenary minutes

[9-Oct-2023] - B23 operational data snapshot

[10-Aug-2023] - Follow up on the questionnaire on transmitter tubes and table by CPI

[8-Aug-2023] - B23 initial tentative data snapshot

[26-May-2023] - Encompass Digital Media Ltd are broadcasting Democratic Voice of Burma (DVOB) 1230-1300 UTC (daily) from Dhabayya utilising IRDR frequency 21840kHz transmitting from 29th May for approximately 1 month, providing special programming to Myanmar in response to the recent cyclone

[20-May-2023] - Sad news about Tom Lucey

[5-May-2023] - Summary of the questionnaire on transmitter tubes. The Questionnaire remains open for further responses

[5-May-2023] - Steps to apply for standard (non-ETA) visa added to the B23 webpage

[1-May-2023] - Encompass Digital Media Ltd are broadcasting Agricultural Voices Syria 0300-0330 UTC (weekdays) from Dhabayya utilising IRDR frequency 11840kHz transmitting from 24th April for 2 weeks of special programming educating farmers on how to grow and manage crops within the disaster zone

[9-Mar-2023] - Deadline for answering the Questionnaire on Transmitter Tubes has been extended

[1-Mar-2023] - A23 GOE report

[28-Feb-2023] - A23 plenary minutes

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