A11 Joint HFCC/ASBU+ABU-HFC Conference

Page created: 2-Nov-2010, updated 22-Nov-2010, 23-Dec-2010, 2-Jan-2011, 3-Jan-2011, 5-Jan-2011, 13-Jan-2011, 18-Jan-2011, 26-Jan-2011, 27-Jan-2011, 31-Jan-2011, 1-Feb-2011, 2-Feb-2011, 4-Feb-2011, 5-Feb-2011, 8-Feb-2011, 9-Feb-2011, 16-Feb-2011, 18-Feb-2011, 20-Feb-2011.




The A11 Conference was held in Hotel Intercontinental, Praha (Prague), Czech Republic from February 14th to 19th 2011.

(Due to the situation in Tunisia it was decided to move the conference venue from Tunis to Prague.)




The Intercontinental Prague belongs to the more expensive five star hotels in the city. It is located directly in the Old Town of Prague. It was built in the early 1970s and benefits mainly from its prestigious location. A number of notable personalities from the world of politics and entertainment are among the prominent past guests of the Intercontinental Prague.

More than ten hotels were addressed with the A11 Conference requirements. February is in an off-season but conference services are still expensive in Prague and only some of the hotels have a meeting room large enough for our conference. Originally hotels outside the city center only seemed to be able to offer affordable rates that would include the package of conference services. But a couple of downtown hotels in the center accepted the challenge to compete. Hotel Intercontinental finally came up with the best offer. Its main advantage is the location in the city center in walking distance to all major points of interest in Prague.

View Larger Map

Prague has been covered by Google Street View as the first city in the region. So you can explore Prague streets already in advance before the meeting. (Learn how to use Street View).

You can also see the hotel and its surroundings in this panoramic video here. You can view panoramas on this Prague site not only of smaller Old Town squares in the vicinity but also from many other vantage points in Prague. You can also zoom in and out and change the angle of the camera in the vertical plane.


Invitation and registration


If you arrive on Sunday afternoon or earlier, please come to register on Sunday between 1700 and 2000 local time. The conference fee may be paid in EUR or CZK cash. Your laptop can be also connected to the wireless lan at this opportunity.

Note: The ASBU will arrange cancellation of the bookings in the hotel in Tunisia





Programme of the Meeting



Conference team

Ludmila Kordíková
Petra Bezděková
Barbora Hanžlová
Josef Havlín
Tadeáš Hollan
Jeff White
Thais White
Oldrich Cip
Vladislav Cip

Transportation from/to the Airport


Public transportation
40 minutes, cheap and reliable, but naturally you have to handle the luggage in changing bus/Metro/tram. Buy a ticket for CZK 26 in advance in the arrivals hall (in the information centers of the Prague Public Transportation - open daily 7-21, or in coin machines, CZK cash needed). Take bus no. 119 to Dejvicka (final stop), take Metro to Staromestska, change to tram no. 17 to Pravnicka fakulta. You can also use a special public Airport Express bus that goes faster and stops at Dejvicka but you need to buy an additional ticket from its driver. More info on the website of the Prague Public Transportation

Shared shuttles by Prague Airport Transfers
290CZK (12 EUR) for one person (discounts for groups), 25-60 minutes. Need to be ordered in advance - there is an on-line form on their website. The driver holding a card bearing your name and their company logo will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall. This company does not have a counter at the airport but provide a help line for assistance in case something goes wrong.

about 550CZK (23 EUR), up to 8 persons, 25-35 minutes (up to 60 in a traffic jam) There are two taxi companies present at the airport: AAA Radiotaxi and 111 Radiocab. Both are metered taxis, they do not offer a fixed price option but we have not heard any complaints on overcharging. The journey to Hotel Intercontinental should cost about 500-550 CZK (possibly more in case of a traffic jam, not likely on Sat-Sun). Both companies offer minivans (microbuses) for the same price as passenger cars so they can be very cost-effective especially for groups of more participants. Both companies provide discount on the return trip - check with their counters at the airport.

Hotel Shuttle
900 CZK (approx. 36 EUR) from the airport, 750 CZK back. Price will be charged to your hotel bill. Please contact the hotel if you wish to use this option.

Note: we have given up organizing special airport-to-hotel transfers since this would not be substantially more cost-effective than the existing services.


Other Travel Information


February weather in the Czech republic is quite variable. Daytime average for February is just above the freezing point but there can easily be variations of +- 10degrees Celsius. There is a good side to this in that there are not so many tourists in the city. (Note - 1-Feb: the current long-term weather forecast predicts daytime temperatures as high as +8 degrees Celsius but the reliability of such a forecast is very low.)

Although a member of the EU, Czech Republic is NOT the part of the Euro zone. The local currency is the Czech crown (ceska koruna), the current rate is about 1 EUR = 24 CZK and 1 USD = 17.50 CZK.
Euros are accepted by the Hotel, in some of the bigger shopping centers, etc. but generally you need Czech crowns to pay for services, goods, public transportation, etc. We have checked the rates of the money exchange offices at the airport and unfortunately, they are very bad, some 10% away from the mid-point exchange rate and with 5% commision on top of it. There are also two banks at the airport: Komercni Banka inside of Hotel Courtyard/Marriott and CSOB in the administrative building near the arrivals area of Terminals 1 and 2. The Banks offer better rates about 2% away of the mid-point rate and charge a commission of 2-3%. Unfortunately they have limited opening hours: CSOB is closed on Sat/Sun and KB (Komercni banka) in Marriott is open on Saturday 9:00 - 12:30 and 13:00 - 15:00, closed on Sunday. (Check the above links to those Bank branches for details.) We have found warnings that some exchange offices even in the city center offer bad exchange rates, or display the exchange rate information in a misleading way. So check the information on exchange rate carefully or change the money in a bank. If you need to change 100 EUR/ 100 USD or higher amount, we can recommend the exchange bureau called "Exchange" on Franz Kafka square (corner of Kaprova and Maiselova streets, 500 meters from the Hotel). This bureau offers very good rates about 1% from the mid-point rate with no commision. This Bureau is open daily (including Sat and Sun) from 9 to 20 hrs.
The ATMs are available at many places in the city and credit/debit cards are accepted in hotels and in bigger or tourist-oriented shops and restaurants.

Personal safety:
Prague is a safe city, probably safer than some other cities in Europe and elsewhere. The most frequent problems you may experience are:
- Pickpockets
- Overcharged taxi fares - even for short drives
Fortunately, both these problems do not involve violence and can be prevented:
- Be careful about your valuables in crowded places like trams and metro
- If possible order a taxi on the phone and not on the street

Phone numbers to organisers (may be also useful in emergency cases):
Click here - NEW

GSM networks and mobile internet connection:
There are three GSM operators in the Czech Republic: Vodafone, O2 and T-Mobile. All three operate on the 900 and 1800 MHz bands as in most EU countries. All three offer pre-paid SIM cards both for calls (about 5 CZK/minute for domestic calls) and also for mobile internet connection. They offer various mobile data packages that differ mainly in the FUP (fair use policy) limit for the overall amount of transferred data.

  • Vodafone: 177 CZK - FUP 150MB/month, 315 CZK - FUP 600MB/month, 525 CZK - FUP 3GB/month. Cards with 200 CZK credit available for 200 CZK, more credit can be bought but not in an amount smaller than about 200CZK.
  • O2 (Telefonica): 200 CZK - 5x24hours - FUP 500MB/24h, 350CZK - 10x24hours - FUP 500MB/24h, 300 CZK - FUP 500MB/month, 500 CZK - FUP 2GB/month. Cards with 300 CZK credit available for 300 CZK, more credit can be bought but not in an amount smaller than about 200CZK.
  • T-Mobile: 299 CZK - FUP 500MB, 850 CZK - FUP 5GB.
The card and the selected rate needs to be activated, so the easiest solution is to buy the card in a specialised shop of the operator. O2 and Vodafone both have a shop in the shopping center "Palladium" that is about 1km from the hotel, accesible via bus no.133. The operators may also have their shop at the airport. We checked on Vodafone only - they do have one there.

Voltage is 230V. Electrical sockets are "French" type with two circular holes and a ground pin. They are compatible with the newer German "schuko" plug that now has got a hole to accommodate the ground pin.

Tour in the afternoon on Friday, 18 February:
A sightseeing tour within Prague is planned. Click for more information. Participation in the trip is naturally not mandatory.


What's New

[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.

[15-Dec-2020] - Please register for A21 coordination on the A21 webpage in the Members' area

[14-Dec-2020] - A21 upload opened

[10-Sep-2020] - Report on the B20 Coordination

[4-Sep-2020] - B20 GoE report

[9-Aug-2020] - New version of WPLOT is available for download. It allows the update of RDR-data from the loaded data

[21-Jul-2020] - Mike Radio applying for membership - update of Reference Tables

[10-Jul-2020] - Please register for B20 coordination on the B20 webpage in the Members' area

[30-Jun-2020] - June 2020 SB Meeting Minutes

[11-Jun-2020] - B20 upload opened

[11-Jun-2020] - B20 Meeting cancelled

[11-Jun-2020] - ITU Reference Tables updated

[20-May-2020] - DRM Benefits in Times of Crisis - Slides from a DRM webinar organized for ABU and ASBU on 30 April 2020

[30-Apr-2020] - Radio Piepzender applying for membership - update of Reference Tables

[6-Mar-2020] - A20 plenary minutes and A20 GoE report

[4-Feb-2020] - A20 hotel booking form available now

[3-Feb-2020] - A20 KL registration opened

[3-Feb-2020] - Conference Guidelines (reference document for hosts)

[17-Jan-2020] - A20 tentative data snapshot. A19/B19 data uploaded for some FMOs.

[17-Dec-2019] - A20 upload opened

[15-Nov-2019] - A20 Conference registration opened

[9-Oct-2019] - B19 GoE report

[30-Sep-2019] - B19 plenary minutes

[26-Sep-2019] - Deadlines for data upload: B19 Operational: Monday, 14th October 2019, A20 Tentative: Thursday, 16th January, 2020

[7-Aug-2019] - ITU workshop is planned during the Buenos Aires meeting. Please see the agenda of the B19 conference and indicate your participation via the updated registration form.

[9-Jul-2019] - Link to the ITU HFBC Schedule added to Public Data

[5-Jul-2019] - FMO and Broadcaster codes IBB change to AGM (US Agency for Global Media)

[26-Jun-2019] - B19 upload opened

[17-May-2019] - The ITU-R Circular Letter relevant to the application of Article 12 of the Radio Regulations for B19 season was published on the ITU website

[26-Feb-2019] - B19 registration opened

[18-Feb-2019] - A19 plenary minutes

[1-Feb-2019] - A19 GoE minutes added to the Technical Reference page

[31-Jan-2019] - A19 coordinated data snapshot. Next snapshot: 19/20 February. A19 Operational: 11 March

[9-Jan-2019] - A19 tentative data snapshot. A18 data uploaded for some FMOs.

[30-Dec-2018] - Frequency requirement of Radio Onda ASBL has been entered under the FMO code "NEW". A new FMO and Broadcaster code "RON" will be added to reference tables soon

[10-Dec-2018] - A19 upload opened

[17-Oct-2018] - A19 Conference registration opened

[1-Oct-2018] - Babcock Communications Ltd (BAB) have changed their company name to Encompass Digital Media Services Ltd (ENC). Please see the Contact List for further details

[3-Aug-2018] - HFCC Announces the Passing of its Founder Oldrich Cip

[5-Jul-2018] - B18 upload opened

[14-Jun-2018] - Invitation to Shortwave Radio Co-ordination Traning Course organized by ASBU in Tunis and Programme of the course

[22-May-2018] - Passwords to Members' Area will be changed tomorrow, 23 May 2018. FMOs not attending A18 KL receive new password by e-mail

[6-Mar-2018] - A18 operational data snapshot

[24-Jan-2018] - Please fill out the ITU questionnaire on HFBC by 28 February

[27-Oct-2017] - A18 Conference registration opened

[10-Oct-2017] - B17 operational data snapshot

[24-Sep-2017] - SITE.TXT reference table updated

[18-Sep-2017] - B17 plenary minutes, B17 GoE report

[31-Aug-2017] - B17 coordinated data snapshot; Deadline for B17 operational data: 9 October

[1-Aug-2017] - B17 tentative data snapshot. Old data uploaded for some FMOs. More info in the restricted area

[1-Aug-2017] - SITE.TXT reference table updated

[29-Jun-2017] - B17 upload opened

[10-Apr-2017] - A17 snapshot

[16-Mar-2017] - A17 operational data snapshot; A17 public data

[13-Mar-2017] - B17 conference webpage in the restricted area

[2-Mar-2017] - A17 Plenary Minutes; A17 coordinated data snapshot; Deadline for A17 operational data: 15 March

[12-Feb-2017] - 16 February, 12:00 UTC - deadline for "co-ordinated data" (results of the A17 conference)

[13-Jan-2017] - A17 tentative data snapshot. Old data uploaded for some FMOs. More info in the restricted area

[9-Dec-2016] - A17 upload opened

[22-Nov-2016] - Wednesday, 23 November, 11:55-13:00 UTC - planned outage of this website

[16-Nov-2016] - Radio World article on Titus II receiver

[2-Nov-2016] - A17 conference webpage including registration and hotel booking forms

[31-Oct-2016] - B16 snapshot

[14-Oct-2016] - B16 operational data snapshot

[4-Oct-2016] - Results and summary of DRM questionnaire on the DRM page

[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)

Archive of Earlier News Items

© HFCC 1999-2022 All Rights Reserved