United States

WMGG Has Turned on All-Digital AM.
Tampa-area station is the first since the FCC changed its rules.
A Florida AM radio station is now on the air full-time with all-digital transmission, committing its 1470 signal strictly to listeners who have digital receivers.
Neal Ardman told Radio World that WMGG switched on its new Nautel transmitter, purchased for this purpose, on Tuesday morning. The station has an FM translator that continues to serve analog listeners at 96.1. The station airs Spanish-language programming.
If all-digital HD Radio technology for AM takes off in the United States, WMGG’s move would be seen as an important milestone.
Full article here.
Paul McLane, Radio World (2021-01-12)

France

The highpower transmitter of Roumoules used until a few months ago by Radio Monte-Carlo on 216 KHz could have a future with the DRM transmission system. This, briefly, is what emerged after an exchange of emails between the French DXer Christian Ghibaudo and Mr. Pennella, one of the technical managers of the Monegasque broadcaster’s website.

Original text from Radioascolto:
“Il trasmettitore superpower di Roumoules utilizzato fino ad alcuni mesi fa da Radio Monte Carlo sull’onda lunga dei 216 KHz potrebbe avere un futuro con il sistema di trasmissione DRM. Questo, sinteticamente, è ciò che è emerso dopo un scambio di emails tra il dx francese Christian Ghibaudo e il signor Pennella, uno dei responsabili tecnici del sito dell’emittente monegasca. Come i nostri lettori ricorderanno, un paio di giorni fa abbiamo parlato della strana ricomparsa delle trasmissioni di RMC-Info Talk sport sulle onde lunghe rilevate dal milanese Giroletti e dal sottoscritto lo scorso 24 novembre. L’amico Christian, profondo conoscitore della realtà monegasca si è immediatamente attivato presso i responsabili dell’emittente per scoprire l’origine di queste trasmissioni. Dal signor Pennella ha appreso che si trattava di test di trasmissione in simulcast della durata di 10 minuti con una potenza di “soli” 400 KW in vista di un utilizzo del sito col sistema DRM. Per questo motivo i responsabili tecnici dell’emittente sembrano intenzonati a coinvolgere gli appassionati di radioascolto in grado di ascoltare la radio con questo sistema. 
Radioascolto blogpost via Ydun Ritz (2020-1215)

Pakistan

Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) has requested that the Government includes the Policy for equipping all cars in Pakistan with DRM receivers in its automotive policy.
This will be discussed for inclusion in the Automotive Industry Development and Export Plan for 2021-2026 of the Ministry of Industries and Production. PBC representatives will be part of the consultative body that will issue the new automotive policy.
This represents yet another major step in the already significant progress made by PBC towards the roll-out of the DRM digital radio standard in both the AM as well as VHF bands in their country.
This policy will be a key driver for all major automobile brands and OEMs to prepare and produce line-fit DRM radios in their new cars and also to provide solutions for the after-market vehicles in Pakistan.
http://www.asiaradiotoday.com/news/pakistan-policy-mandate-drm-all-new-cars (November 27th 2020)
Mike Terry to WOR groups.io (2020-12-07)

India

Today may be the last day we hear  AIR Mumbai 1044 kHz (100 kW)  and AIR Kolkata on 1008 kHz  (100 kW) in AM Mode.  From tomorrow 14 Nov 2020 these channels will change over to PURE DRM.
These channels along with AIR Chennai 783 kHz (20kW)  &  AIR New Delhi 1368 kHz (20 kW)  both of which that had already changed over from AM to Pure DRM mode some time back will operate continuously for 22 hrs. per day  in Pure DRM  at  5.00 pm to 3.00 pm IST (ie 1130 to 0930 UTC) with 3 program channels from tomorrow.
Note: The following channels of AIR  from these cities will however still  be available, on AM Mode on MW:
Chennai:  720
Kolkata: 657 & 1323
Mumbai : 558
New Delhi : 666 & 819
The above channels (except 1323 kHz) are in operating in Simulcast Mode ie both in  AM & DRM modes.
Yours sincerely, Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute of Amateur Radio 
Hyderabad, India.
Zacharias Liangas via WOR groups.io (2020-11-13)

Czech Republic

DAB in Europe:
In the Czech Republic, coverage now reaches 95% of the population, and public broadcaster Czech Radio has announced the phasing out of long and medium-wave transmissions starting from 2021.
(As reported to The WorldDAB General Assembly 2020)
Mike Terry to WOR groups.io (2020-11-05)

United States

A Florida AM radio station plans to go all-digital soon, now that the Federal Communications Commission has allowed such transitions.
WMGG is owned by NIA Broadcasting; it’s a Class B station in Egypt Lake, Fla., near Tampa, airing a directional signal via a diplexed array. It has 2.8 kW power by day and 800 watts at night, and airs on 1470 kHz.
The company also owns several other AM, FM and TV properties.
President Neal Ardman told Radio World he is in the process of ordering a Nautel HD Radio transmitter to make the change.
“It is time,” he wrote in an email, adding that he is “not worried” about losing analog listening.
WMGG has an FM translator on 101.9 MHz. Both signals are part of “96.1 FM Caliente,” the radio home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Spanish-language network.
Radio World
Svenn Martinsen in DX-LISTENERS’ CLUB fb group (2020-10-30)

India

After the disruption caused by the pandemic, All India Radio (AIR) decided not only to restart transmissions in pure digital mode but also to expand DRM MW digital Radio services.
According to a recent decision of AIR, the stations with single DRM MW transmitters are to carry two digital audio channels in simulcast mode and three audio channels in pure digital mode with Journaline.
Timings of the pure digital mode are likely to be announced shortly. In the meantime all the DRM MW stations have been asked to carry out test transmission immediately, to ensure readiness and sustainability of the transmitters for regular transmission of DRM in pure and simulcast modes.
This will be an opportunity to carry out field survey . In simulcast mode two digital audio channels and one Journaline (if feasible) is to be tested. In pure digital mode, three audio channels will be available with one Journaline (if feasible).
Whether in simulcast or pure DRM the first channel will be News 24×7. In pure DRM the third channel will be the popular Vividh Bharati music programme.
It has further been decided that five major stations (Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Rajkot), which have 2 MW DRM transmitters each, will operate one of these transmitters in pure Digital mode throughout the day.
Six more stations (Hyderabad, Vishakhapatnam, Jagdalpur, Bhawanipatna, Sambalpur and Jeypore), which have digital ready MW transmitters, have also been asked to test these transmitters for DRM digital transmissions. Infact test transmission in DRM has already started from Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam is almost ready.
Read more at: http://www.asiaradiotoday.com/news/air-expand-pure-drm-radio-services
Mike Terry to WOR groups.io (2020-10-30)

United States

Ft. Wayne owner pulls plug on Digital-Only AM test after listeners complain.
As the Federal Communications Commission weighs whether to allow AM stations to voluntarily switch to all-digital broadcasting, a test run in Fort Wayne, IN offers a cautionary tale that the move from analog isn’t right for all operators. Owner Brian Walsh switched oldies WIOE (1450) to a digital-only signal in late May but he quickly moved back to an analog broadcast. Walsh reinstated the analog AM stereo broadcast in early-June from 6am to 6pm after he heard complaints from listeners who were no longer able to receive the station and believed WIOE was experiencing technical problems rather than taking a step into a digital future. That is despite the fact that WIOE has an FM sister – WIOE-FM (101.1). While AM digital remained in overnights, Walsh threw in the towel last month when he returned to analog 24-hours a day.
“I underestimated how many listeners were on that AM radio station,” said Walsh. “We couldn’t quite make that bridge with all the emails and phone calls that were received from listeners and I felt it was hurting the overall product of the station.” He told the Radio Show on Tuesday that WIOE’s format has been on the air for 18 years and its ratings have been solid, two factors that seemed to have worked against the move.
Despite his experience, Walsh said the digital AM signal worked as advertised with improved coverage and building penetration and less interference. “It just works perfectly all the way around,” he said. Listeners simply didn’t have the digital receivers to hear it today. Walsh hopes to one day resume WIOE’s digital broadcasts, and in the meantime it continues broadcasting in analog AM stereo.
Full article here:
http://www.insideradio.com/free/ft-wayne-owner-pulls-plug-on-digital-only-am-test-after-listeners-complain/article_415f616a-0862-11eb-b49e-df48d9611313.html
Mike Terry in WOR groups.io (2020-10-11)

India

711KHZ, All India Radio Chennai, Pure DRM reception received with good signal strength today on October 05, 2020, at 1026 UTC in my location at Arani, Tamil Nadu, India.
Receiver- RTL SDR V3 DONGLE
Antenna – 60cm dia Passive loop antenna
Nirmal Kumar to DRM – Digital Radio Mondiale fb group (2020-10-05)

United States

Indiana AM Station Suspends All-Digital Transmission.
After about four months in all-digital mode, an AM radio station in northeast Indiana has turned off MA3 digital operations for now and returned to analog transmission.
WIOE(AM) in Warsaw, Ind., was the second station in the United States to conduct such an experiment on the AM band. The station serves the Fort Wayne market.
Owner Brian Walsh was enthused about the quality and coverage of the signal. But he told Radio World he ended the experiment on Sept. 11 because of a lack of interest from listeners.
Radio World article.
Svenn Martinsen to DX-LISTENERS’ CLUB fb group (2020-09-20)