Welcome to the HFCC Homepage
The HFCC is a non-governmental, non-profit association, and a sector member of the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva in the category of international and regional organisations. It manages, and co-ordinates global databases of international shortwave broadcasting in keeping with International Radio Regulations of the ITU.
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.
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.
News for the Public
News for Members
[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
[20-Feb-2023] - Reference tables updated (new station RAC)
[10-Jan-2023] - A23 initial tentative data snapshot
[15-Dec-2022] - A23 upload opened. Please review and confirm your contact details prior to uploading the initial version of your A23 data.
[17-Oct-2022] - FMO code FPU changing to JRC
[12-Oct-2022] - A23 Tunis and B23 Australia registration opened
[11-Oct-2022] - B22 operational data snapshot
[31-Jul-2022] - HFCC Announces the Passing of Dr. Jerry Plummer
[27-Jun-2022] - B22 upload opened. Please register for B22 coordination prior to uploading the initial version of your B22 data. This applies to all FMOs, including those already registered for B22 conference.
[18-May-2022] - B22 registration and hotel booking opened
[8-Mar-2022] - MBR will act as FMO for DWL from April 1st onwards. Migration of A22 schedule will proceed on March 9th
[24-Jan-2022] - RFP - Radio For Peace International have applied for membership. ITU Reference Tables updated
[17-Jan-2022] - A22 Coordination starts today with the Opening Plenary Meeting. An invitation link has been sent to participants registered.
[13-Dec-2021] - A22 Upload opened
[13-Dec-2021] - Please register for A22 coordination here
[8-Dec-2021] - You will be asked to register for A22 coordination prior to uploading the initial version of your A22 data. This will apply both to those coming to A22 conference and to those coordinating on-line. A simple registration form as well as the A22 upload itself will be opened on 13 December.
[15-Nov-2021] - A22 registration and hotel booking opened
[9-Sep-2021] - B21 data snapshot
[6-Sep-2021] - GoE Report B21
[29-Aug-2021] - B21 data snapshot
[16-Aug-2021] - Basic practical information to manage data for the HFCC Conference document available on the Basic Technical Reference webpage
[27-Jul-2021] - B21 and A21 data snapshots
[24-Jun-2021] - EUR Radio Europe Netherlands, Offshore Music Radio and ICON BV have applied for membership. ITU Reference Tables updated
[21-Jun-2021] - HFCC Report on Shortwave International Broadcasting 2020
[10-Jun-2021] - B21 upload opened
[8-Jun-2021] - B21 upload will be opened on Thursday, 10 June
[26-Apr-2021] - Please register for B21 coordination on the B21 webpage in the Members' area
[8-Mar-2021] - A21 operational data snapshot
[24-Feb-2021] - A21 plenary minutes and A21 GoE report
[18-Feb-2021] - A21 coordinated data snapshot. Deadline for A21 Operational Data: 8 March
[25-Jan-2021] - A21 tentative data snapshot. Old converted A20/B20 data removed from main combined schedule
[21-Jan-2021] - A21 webpage in the Members' area has been updated
[8-Jan-2021] - A21 tentative data snapshot. A20/B20 data uploaded for some FMOs.