HFCC - International Broadcasting Delivery

About HFCC

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. The HFCC provides representation, tools and services to its members for the resolution or minimisation of instances of mutual interference among shortwave transmissions. Organises regular conferences prior to the start-dates of seasonal broadcasting schedules that coincide with the dates of clock-time changes for the summer and winter periods. There are two seasonal schedules and their validity is global. The schedule designated "A" corresponds to the summer, and "B" to the winter period on the Northern hemisphere.

The Extension of HFCC activities – the background

Why is the HFCC extending its activities?

The current adjustments to the HFCC’s activities are associated with the reduction of shortwave transmissions in many countries. The HFCC has decided to promote a balanced system of content delivery that would prevent a hasty and possibly irreversible demise of traditional sound radio broadcasting from terrestrial shortwave transmitters.

The HFCC believes in the synergy of delivery platforms and not competition between them. Each platform has specific properties and was indispensable in specific context situations. It was wrong to exclude one technology, for example, shortwave radio, because there was not enough money.

Opposing new and emerging delivery platforms of international broadcasting is not on our agenda. On the contrary, our principle aim is the creation of a balanced system of content delivery, where the respective technologies do not compete, but complement each other.

The emergence of a new media technology has never replaced an old one, and all technologies are capable of existing side by side. The prediction that the internet would replace television, for example, is not happening. Audience research indicates that TV use is actually growing - partly because of additional and background information that is being spread on the internet - including social media. Similarly, the detailed information we are capable of providing on the internet about shortwave schedules and listening should strengthen public awareness of shortwave radio and its specific properties.

Will SW coordination continue?

Shortwave frequency management and co-ordination is the HFCC’s core activity and this will continue. The HFCC will also provide listeners with free access to accurate frequency and schedule information. This is an important part of the promotion of shortwave listening among the public. Other possibilities - including the offer of HFCC membership to equipment manufacturers and other entities - would be examined in order to promote the idea of effective multi-platform content delivery.

How will the HFCC’s activities be extended?

The HFCC would like to become a forum for a debate on the future of international broadcasting delivery. TV and Radio organizations were busy discussing the future distribution of media content and the use of new – mainly digital – technologies. The HFCC will become a forum for such a debate in international broadcasting. A debate on delivery of international broadcasting has been almost missing from the discussions about changes in audio-visual media.

Potential synergies between wireless and other delivery platforms would be on the agenda of future conferences. The HFCC Steering Board would try to create a special program for up to one day in the conference week, on hybrid solutions, consisting of broadcast technologies complemented by internet based distribution, internet receivers and similar subjects. What is even more important – and the HFCC will rely on its members in this respect – is that frequency planners and coordinators will themselves take part in this process by taking up interest in the current rapid changes of content distribution, and that they will co-operate and invite distribution planners and strategists to future conferences.

The content of the HFCC website had already been expanded and more information on distribution platforms was planned, as well as more content for shortwave listeners and for those interested in the expansion of the HFCC's activities.

The HFCC has decided not to change its name, even though its activities are expanding beyond shortwave. However, “International Broadcasting Delivery” would appear prominently on the home page of the HFCC website, to show that the HFCC has extended its activities into other delivery platforms.

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What's New

[6-Sep-2023] - eHFBC - new ITU online platform for HF broadcasting (under development)

[10-Aug-2023] - Follow up on the questionnaire on transmitter tubes and table by CPI

[8-Aug-2023] - B23 initial tentative data snapshot

[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.

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