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Introduction

 

The Plenary Meeting of the B07 HFCC/ASBU Conference in Birmingham concluded that the next shortwave co-ordination conference for the A08 season will be global and that it will be joint with the ABU-HFC group in the Asia-Pacific region. Agreement has now been reached that it will be held in Kuala Lumpur between 4th and 8th February 2008. VT Communications has kindly accepted the hosting of this event with the help of the management of the Technical Department of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.

 

Invitation and Registration

 

Notes:

  • Individual confirmations of the hotel booking can now be requested from Rabinur.Mokhtar-at-hilton.com. Receipt confirmations of the form at the address registration-at-hfcc.org will NOT be individually sent. A list of confirmed registrations is being periodically updated and published here.
  • Delegate registration fee should be paid in Malaysia Ringgit only.

 

Press Release

 

5th Global Shortwave Coordination Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The High Frequency Coordination Conference (HFCC), the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU-HFC) will hold a global shortwave co-ordination conference at the Hilton Petaling Jaya Hotel, Kuala Lumpur from 4th to 8th February 2008. The conference is hosted by VT Communications from the United Kingdom, on behalf of the HFCC, with assistance from the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.

Shortwave broadcasting has a unique position in that the radio channels used by international stations are not assigned, but regularly co-ordinated for two seasons each year. All attempts to plan frequencies for broadcasting since the discovery of the shortwave spectrum in the 1920s failed and conditions for reception were near chaotic almost throughout the entire twentieth century. This has changed in the last decade and a system is now in place designed for an efficient and economical use of the spectrum and the improvement of reception of shortwave broadcasting world-wide.

Co-ordination methods were started by broadcasters with support from the broadcasting unions. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU). set up a special task group that studied the emerging co-ordination procedures in the 1990s and concluded that the system should become an integral part of shortwave spectrum management. The principles were incorporated in Article 12 of the International Radio Regulations in 1997.

At present a single global seasonal database of frequency requirements is kept by the secretariat of the High Frequency Co-ordination Conference for each of the two seasons of the year. There is an on-line upload application available and all participants are requested to update any frequency changes between seasonal conferences. The application and automatic processing software notifies all participants, not only on the entered changes, but also on the possible collisions or incompatibilities that may have resulted from the submissions.

A completely new database of frequency requirements for the broadcasting season from March 30th to October 26th 2008 will be on the agenda of the Kuala Lumpur Conference. During that week, the delegates will try to resolve many of the potential interference problems likely to affect shortwave transmissions in the "A08" joint global broadcasting schedule. This means that listeners will be able to tune into their favourite shortwave radio station with a substantially reduced number of cases of mutual interference.

 

Conference Venue

 

The Hilton Petaling Jaya is located in Petaling Jaya, a satellite city adjacent to Kuala Lumpur. The hotel has the following amenities:

  • Swimming pool
  • Wireless internet
  • Fitness centre
  • Business centre
  • Four restaurants
  • Spa
  • Shopping arcade

Hilton Petaling Jaya contact details

Address: No.2 Jalan Barat, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia 46200
Tel.: +60 3 79559122
Fax: +60 3 79553909

Travel from the Airport to the Hilton Petaling Jaya

The hotel is about 48 km from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). When you arrive at KLIA it is recommended that you get a taxi to the Hotel. The taxi counter is located in the arrival hall of the KLIA. Our ABU colleagues suggest that you buy a return-fare ticket to the Hilton Petaling Jaya Hotel (about RM 88) and proceed directly to the hotel.

Dietary requirements

Please email catherine.omara-at-vtplc.com in case of any dietary requirements.

 

Local Information

 

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and largest city of Malaysia, on the southwest Malay Peninsula northwest of Singapore.

  • Population: 1.58 million
  • National language: Bahasa Malaysia. English is widely spoken
  • Official religion: Islam
  • Climate: tropical (humid, typically 70 to 90oF (22 to 33oC)
  • Currency: Malaysia Ringgit (RM)
  • Time: 8 hours ahead of UTC

Electricity

The voltage is 220-240V at 50 Hz. Three-point square plugs (Commonwealth) are used. Please bring an adaptor if required.

Visa

A passport valid for at least 6 months beyond your date of departure is required. If you require a visa please contact Katie O'Mara at VT Communications:-

Email: Catherine.OMara -at- vtplc.com
Telephone Number: +44 (0)20 7344 5896
Fax: +44 (0)20 7396 6224

Dialling code

The country code is: 60
The city code is: 3

Useful websites

Kuala Lumpur Airport

Kuala Lumpur official tourism website

 

Draft Schedule - UPDATED 24 January

 

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Conference Team

 

VTC Scheduling and Frequency Management team

Gary Stanley

Frequency Manager



Mark Perry

Operations Manager (SFM)



Claire Bircham

Assistant Frequency Manager



Alan Hutchinson

Capacity Planning



Geoff Spells

Frequency Management Consultant


VTC Administration

Katie O’Mara

Marketing Co-ordinator



                Laura Luckett

                Marketing Manager


Cindy Yeo Moi Choo

Administration Officer


 

ABU Technical Department

Sharad Sadhu

Director, Technical Department


Ramlah Ariffin

Clerical Assistant


Rukmin Wijemanne

Head of Studio Technology & Training (HST).


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