HFCC - International Broadcasting Delivery

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Shortwave radio was by far the most widely used means of distribution of international broadcasting only a couple of decades ago. In contrast with the rest of the radio spectrum, no acceptable method of assigning frequencies has ever been developed since the discovery of shortwave propagation in the 1920s. The unacceptable level of mutual interference among stations, and an improved climate after the end of the Cold War led to the development of global co-ordination HFCC.

Traditional delivery of international broadcasting has been changing rapidly, with the advent of digital technologies and the Internet - this is widely considered to be the future of media content distribution. At the same time there are compelling reasons to believe that broadcasting from terrestrial transmitters will remain an important guarantor of free and universal access to radio and TV programmes, especially during specific context situations of listeners and consumers. Unfortunately, there has never been an in-depth debate on this subject among the providers of international broadcasting.

The HFCC is fully committed to the development of a multi-platform system of distribution in international broadcasting, where the individual platforms do not exclude, but complement each other. It is evident that consumers should be offered the full range of all existing technologies and they should be free to select the best one depending on their individual circumstances. Read more.

Usually there is no problem in obtaining technical and programme information about local broadcasting, but it is more difficult to get complete and accurate schedule data of world-wide shortwave transmissions. The HFCC global database is exceptional in that it is updated on-line. Individual schedules are sorted either by Broadcaster or by Frequency Management Organisation. These schedules are now freely available on this website.

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[29-Sep-2015] - B15 GoE Report on the Technical Reference page

[22-Sep-2015] - B15 and A15 snapshots

[15-Sep-2015] - B15 Plenary Minutes

[11-Sep-2015] - List of IRDR frequencies added to the Members Home page

[4-Sep-2015] - Presentations and other documents added to the top of the B15 conference page

[3-Sep-2015] - B15 coordinated data snapshot. Upcoming deadlines: 22 September, 1200 UTC (update of coordinated data), 12 October (operational data)

[31-Jul-2015] - B15 tentative data snapshot. Old data uploaded for some FMOs. Read more in the restricted area

[26-Jun-2015] - B15 upload opened

[17-Mar-2015] - A15 Public Data

[17-Mar-2015] - A15 Operational Data

[24-Feb-2015] - A15 Muscat Minutes; A15 snapshot; deadline for A15 Operational Data: 16 March

[12-Feb-2015] - A15 snapshot

[20-Jan-2015] - Updated List of participants, schedule of WPLOT seminars on A15 webpage

[5-Jan-2015] - List of A15 participants; Tomorrow, 6 January: A15 tentative data deadline

[4-Dec-2014] - Users of WPLOT2000ex: please update WPLOTLINKS.TXT in the program directory

[1-Dec-2014] - A15 upload opened

[20-Nov-2014] - A15 Muscat - important information on visa

[7-Nov-2014] - B14 data snapshot

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