Unlimited Availability of Global Frequency Databases

Unlimited Availability of Global Frequency Databases

Shortwave usage is decreasing. However, it is believed that many listeners will continue to use shortwave - either AM or DRM - as their preferred method of receiving international broadcasting, either exclusively or in conjunction with IP based technologies. It is therefore quite important that this group of media consumers should be provided with access to accurate programme and frequency schedules.

The HFCC global public database is now kept constantly updated, showing immediately all schedule changes that members of global co-ordination upload to the server. In addition, there is a system already in place on the website for the upload of programme, time and frequency schedules. This project has also been launched with the aim of completely eliminating inaccuracies and "reserve" frequency requirements from the global schedule database.

The arrangement will allow cross-checking between the frequency requirements in the HFCC database and the frequency information in the programme schedules. Listeners will also be able to discover errors that occur surprisingly often in the programme schedules published by broadcasters.

The schedules are presented in two tables because some frequency management organisations (FMOs) provide co-ordination services to more than one broadcaster, and some broadcasters use services of more than one FMO. After a programme and frequency schedule file is uploaded, it is automatically listed in the table of broadcasters' schedules and it will appear in one or more lines of the FMO schedules - depending on how many FMOs submit requirements for that broadcaster.

It is expected that the elimination of inaccuracies from the co-ordination schedules and the present reductions of shortwave usage will also reduce the time needed for co-ordination during conferences. This will provide space needed for taking up other agenda associated with the content delivery of international broadcasting.

What's New

[7-Jun-2024] - B24 upload opened. Please review and confirm your contact details prior to uploading the initial version of your B24 data.

[29-May-2024] - Questionnaire on Capacitors - please respond by 15 July 2024. Please, kindly submit the simple form repeatedly for every capacitor type you use.

[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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