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.

HFCC contribution to World Radio Day 2016 and 2013

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[19-Sep-2016] - B16 plenary, SB-ITU & GoE minutes

[13-Sep-2016] - Titus II pre-orders open

[13-Sep-2016] - B16 snapshot, Next deadline: 26 September, Operational: 13 October

[7-Sep-2016] - Reference Tables updated: Broadcas, Fmorg, Site

[6-Sep-2016] - Contact List update

[2-Sep-2016] - Presentations and other documents added to the top of the B16 conference page

[1-Sep-2016] - B16 snapshot, Next deadline: 12 September, Operational: 13 October

[17-Aug-2016] - Two new codes in Broadcas.txt reference table (ITU expected to register the update soon)

[3-Aug-2016] - B16 tentative data snapshot. Old data uploaded for some FMOs. Read more in the restricted area

[8-Jul-2016] - B16 upload opened. Deadline for B16 initial tentative data: 2 August

[24-Jun-2016] - Global Digital Radio Developments - new e-book from Radio World International magazine editors - contains interesting chapters on DRM. Free, registration required.

[7-Jun-2016] - Most of frequently visited pages on this HFCC website have been modified to meet the Responsive Web Design requirements. Please report pages that still cause troubles on mobile devices.

[15-Apr-2016] - A16 snapshot

[27-Mar-2016] - Public interactive schedule: switching from B15 to A16 season, improved rendering on mobile devices

[15-Mar-2016] - A16 Operational Data

[7-Mar-2016] - Update of reference table Broadcas

[22-Feb-2016] - A16 snapshot

[16-Feb-2016] - HFCC contribution to World Radio Day 2016

[15-Feb-2016] - Update of reference table Site

[13-Feb-2016] - Minutes of the A16 plenary, GoE report

[4-Feb-2016] - A16 and B15 data snapshots. Deadline for A16 operational data: 15 March, 1200 UTC

[2-Feb-2016] - 4 February, 1200 UTC - deadline for data of A16 conference

[22-Jan-2016] - A16 bus schedule on the A16 webpage in the restricted area

[15-Jan-2016] - A16 webpage update in the restricted area

[1-Jan-2016] - A16 tentative data snapshot. Old data uploaded for some FMOs. Read more in the restricted area

[15-Dec-2015] - A16 upload opened

[3-Nov-2015] - Minutes of the October 2015 SB meeting

[24-Oct-2015] - Public interactive schedule: switching from A15 to B15 season

[17-Oct-2015] - A16 and B16 conference webpages

[13-Oct-2015] - B15 Operational Data, B15 Public Data

[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)

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