Radio Evangelism: Bring Christ to the world

Radio Evangelism: Bring Christ to the world

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Radio Evangelism: How To Reach Millions With Your Christian Ministry

We strongly believe that International and Christian broadcasting should not be a money-making opportunity but rather an exciting missionary challenge to spread the Gospel to the poorest and most unreachable corners of the World.

We are broadcasting from Europe to the World! We operate streaming radio and powerful AM (Medium Wave) & Shortwave transmitters for several Christian organizations.

Sharing Jesus through radio

Preaching the Bible to Europe, Asia and Africa on Shortwave radio​No matter where in the World you want to reach or how soon you need your message to go out, International Radio can help. It’s a powerful evangelizing tool, especially when you can’t send missionaries to remote, dangerous, or war-torn areas.

There are many countries where Christianity is illegal, Christians are persecuted, or it is dangerous for Christians to live. These include communist China, North Korea, Somalia, Lybia, Yemen, Eritrea, Nigeria, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Nepal, India, Kashmir, Bhutan, Laos, Burma, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and most Muslim countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. We often reach countries at war, like Ukraine and Russia and troubled regions in Asia, East and Central Africa.

Our 150 and 300-kW radio transmitters offer the best coverage for the Middle East, Europe and Africa at a cost-effective price. 300 kW Shortwave provides almost worldwide coverage with just one broadcast. We can extend our European range to countries like India, China, the Americas and the Pacific by using highly directional antennas and high-power modern digital transmitters.

What can European Gospel Radio do for your mission?

European Gospel Radio (EGR) is an international public service promoted by NEXUS-International Broadcasting Association, a non-denominational, strictly non-profit and mostly volunteer organization that has operated since 1979 from Milan, Italy.

Our mission is to help you teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the World on Shortwave, AM (Medium Wave) radio, satellite and Internet streaming.

Access to EGR is open to all with a Christian message to broadcast to the World, regardless of denomination or Church affiliation. We are a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help any organization spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We do this by providing an international broadcasting platform for people to share their faith through world radio or streaming live.

If you have a Christian message that you would like to share with the World, we would love to help you.

Teaching God’s Word & Worship around the World on Christian Radio

We assist Christian preachers, Pastors, Churches, radio stations, podcasters and individual program producers globally in airing their programs on Shortwave, AM, and Medium Wave radio and stream them all over the World.

Christian Radio WorldWide: Are you ready?

If you need help evaluating your international broadcasting options, you can schedule a 15 min FREE consultation with a NEXUS-IBA or EGR specialist.

We would be happy to call you back at a convenient time and answer any questions you have about broadcasting your Christian message worldwide.

Ask us how to Bring the Gospel to Every Nation Through Radio

We are based in Europe, so if you are in a different time zone, don’t hesitate to contact us by email or through our contact us form, and we can arrange a time to speak with you by phone or email is convenient for you.

We are available to answer any specific or additional questions you may have. If you produce or broadcast religious programs and are looking for Internet, Shortwave or International AM/Medium Wave radio coverage or satellite TV in Europe and the USA, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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We would be happy to answer any questions you may have, specific or otherwise. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you create or air religious programs and require Internet, Shortwave, or International AM/Medium Wave radio coverage or satellite TV in Europe, Asia or Africa.

A WorldWide Christian Broadcasting Network: Tap into a large, International Christian Radio audience

As the Internet and media continue to fragment, traditional ways of broadcasting your message on local FM or AM radio are becoming increasingly ineffective.

However, many areas are still not covered by the Internet, local FM or AM radio and TV. This is especially true in the less developed regions of Africa, Asia/Pacific and Europe.

World Radio station airtime: Want your own Christian radio station?

European Gospel Radio (EGR) is a premier Christian station and Christian Broadcasting Network, reaching millions of people in Europe and worldwide. EGR offers Christian broadcasters, particularly independent Christian radio producers, Pastors, Preachers, and Churches from around the World, a more effective way of communicating with new, existing, and additional listeners worldwide.

EGR offers Christian Radio Airtime combining several different media outlets with one package, including Free Streaming on the Internet for every program aired on our International (Shortwave) broadcasting service. This enables any Christian radio producer to reach also a faithful audience at home (via Internet streaming) in Europe, Africa, Asia/Pacific or any specific target around the World.

A World Radio network for your Christian radio programs

We operate highly directive antennas and high-power, modern transmitters up to 300,000 Watts, beaming several millions of Watts in Effective Radiated Power (ERP) into any desired target, reaching cost-effectively any continent or any specific country or region in the World.

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EGR can and will help you deliver your Christian message via its Christian broadcasting network to millions of listeners in poor and underdeveloped areas around the World.

Shortwave and AM/Medium Wave Radio airtime is available now on EGR

By only using local media to preach the Gospel and airing your sermon on a local FM, AM or TV channel, you are missing out on millions of listeners worldwide and a faithful audience abroad that you can evangelize outside the coverage of your local station.

Whether you wish to reach Asia, Africa or Europe, or outreach in times of war and conflicts, or broadcast to Islamic or dangerous countries where you can’t send missionaries, we can offer a broadcast package to reach all nations worldwide.

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NEXUS-International Broadcasting Association operates European Gospel Radio from Milan, Italy and Dublin, Ireland. EGR has a truly non-profit and missionary spirit to help you evangelize any corner of the World.

Want your own radio station?

Contact us today if you wish to learn more and join us, as all Christian broadcasters who trust us and have used our media daily since 1979.

This is an invitation for indeed missionary organizations, not in search of financial rewards from their US audiences.

If you want to share your Christian message of Salvation with others, consider joining European Gospel Radio today. This is a great way to reach out to people all over the World and let them know about your faith.

Do you love God or money?

We believe that becoming wealthy should not be a priority for Preachers and Pastors. We would like Churches, Pastors and Radio Ministries that have a missionary focus on joining our Christian network, as we feel they will have the most positive influence on our worldwide audience.

If you want to raise funds primarily through a radio broadcast to Europe, Africa, or Asia, we strongly discourage bringing your program to European Gospel Radio. The results will be disappointing as our target is not the United States of America (USA).

Most of our listeners in Asia and Africa do not have a bank account or credit card and cannot send you any checks in the mail. They live in remote areas without electricity, cell phones, and email or web access. Europeans are tight with their money and sceptical of appeals for donations. This is simply the way society is.

We would greatly appreciate it if you would refrain from contacting us if you intend to do Christian fundraising or make a profit.

Donate to support Cristian Media WorldWide!

If you’re not a broadcaster or program producer but would still like to support us, you can donate to European Gospel Radio. This will help us continue expanding our outreach to even more African, Asia/Pacific countries and Europe.

NEXUS-International Broadcasting Association is a non-profit association of international broadcasters and media producers that owns and operates European Gospel Radio. If you would like to donate, you can do so via PayPal by following the link below. You can donate in US Dollars or Euros using your credit or debit card or your PayPal account (registration for PayPal is NOT required).

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Our Campaign to Support Broadcasting to Ukraine and the Conflict zones

Our Campaign to Support Broadcasting to Ukraine and the Conflict zones

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Support NEXUS-IBA in broadcasting accurate, balanced and truthful news and information in Ukraine

Amidst the turmoil of war and occupation, there is a profound need to bring balanced news and information, as well as empathy and hope to Ukraine and all conflict zones worldwide. This is part of our mission to be a “nexus” (a link) to help anyone deliver content to any troubled country worldwide.

Empower Lives in Ukraine with Unbiased News!

Join us in a transformative project that harnesses the power of international radio broadcasting to ignite change and uplift communities in need.

Led by NEXUS-IBA, this initiative aims to expand our coverage using AM (Medium Wave) and Shortwave radio frequencies. By extending our reach and overcoming disruptions in local AM and FM radio caused by the conflict, we can deliver vital information in Ukraine to those affected.

Support our mission for fair and balanced news. Donate today

Your support will help inform, educate, and inspire listeners in Ukraine and in the war zones, providing a lifeline of compassion, unbiased reporting, and independent news coverage.

Help us spread unbiased journalism. Donate now!

Stand with us to make a lasting impact on displaced Ukrainian people, empowering the voiceless and shaping a future where understanding and solidarity thrive. Together, let’s broadcast empathy and hope, paving the way for a brighter tomorrow!

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Deciphering ‘Fake News’ through Free Speech Radio: The Importance of Human Rights and Freedom of Expression in Defining True Media Freedom

Deciphering ‘Fake News’ through Free Speech Radio: The Importance of Human Rights and Freedom of Expression in Defining True Media Freedom

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Harnessing the Power of Radio to Advocate for Human Rights: A Global Perspective

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This article delves into the pivotal role of free speech radio in challenging and debunking ‘fake news‘. Radio platforms stand as beacons of authentic media freedom in an age of misinformation by championing human rights and advocating for genuine freedom of expression. Dive in to understand the importance of upholding these values in today’s global media landscape.

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Harnessing the Power of Radio to Advocate for Human Rights: A Global Perspective

In the era of information overload, where fake news and misleading websites cloud the minds of many, the importance of a reliable, authentic source of information cannot be overstated. The rise of community radio, especially one that aims to broadcast the untainted truth to continents like Europe, Asia, and Africa, is both a beacon of hope and a testament to the power of free speech.

The Role of Shortwave and Community Radio in Promoting Free Speech

Community radio stands as a bulwark against the suppression of freedom of speech. In many countries, especially with strict media censorship, the government often controls the narrative, leading to a misinformed or under-informed public. This is evident in places like Ethiopia, where censorship has often been criticized, Iran, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, China, Vietnam, Belarus, Equatorial Guinea, Cuba or in Russia, where media freedom is contentious. But with IPAR and Shortwave international radio, and to some extent community radio, voices that were once silenced can now resonate.

IPAR broadacasts to Palestine and Israel during the conflict

International Human Rights Law and Radio Broadcasting

Freedom of speech is a fundamental human right under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948. It is the bedrock upon which many other rights are built. Any infringement on this right, be it through censorship in journalism, government censorship of media, or even the infamous firewalls in China, Turkey, Egypt, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Ethiopia, are a direct violation of international human rights law.

By promoting free speech through international radio broadcasting to countries in the Middle East and Africa, where human rights violations persist, or Asia, where freedom varies from country to country, we are championing the cause of human rights and educating and enlightening the masses.

Radio: An Instrument against Fake Stories and Misinformation

The threat of fake news broadcasts and misleading newspaper stories is real. In an age where information is just a click away, the authenticity and credibility of that information become paramount.

International Broadcasting on Shortwave, Medium Waves (AM radio) and Satellite and local Community radio, especially those platforms that prioritize and uphold the sanctity of the truth, is essential in the fight against misinformation. By dispelling myths, debunking fake stories, and providing firsthand information, radio becomes an antidote to the poison of falsehood.

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Empowering the Marginalized with Community Radio

In many regions, from the Oromo rebellion in Ethiopia to the southern Cameroon conflict, the voices of the marginalized are often drowned out by dominant narratives. Community radio can amplify these voices, illuminate human rights abuses, and advocate for change.

The IPAR (International Public Radio) perspective

The world needs more champions of free speech. Whether standing against censorship in society, advocating for freedom of press amendments, or supporting organizations like NEXUS-Internaitnal Broadcasting Association, every action counts. Radio is not just a medium; it’s a movement. And in this movement, every voice matters.

International Public Access Radio especially when broadcasting to continents as diverse as Europe, Asia, and Africa, is pivotal in upholding and promoting human rights.

Amid challenges such as media censorship and the surge of misleading news stories, the steadfast voice of internatinal radio outreaches the digital divide and government firewalls, championing truth, justice, and the undying essence of free speech.

The Significance of International Broadcasting in the Israel-Palestine Conflict

International broadcasting is critical in shedding light on the ongoing conflict between Hamas in Palestine and Israel. As tensions escalate in this volatile region, global media outlets serve as a vital conduit for unbiased, on-the-ground reporting.

IPAR role in the Palestine conflict

These broadcasters ensure that the international community remains informed about the realities civilians face, the diplomatic efforts underway, and the broader implications of the conflict.

In an age where misinformation can exacerbate tensions, the objective lens of international broadcasting provides a balanced perspective, fostering understanding and potentially aiding in conflict resolution efforts. It’s essential to recognize the weight and responsibility these international platforms carry in bridging the information gap, ensuring that the voices of the affected are heard, and keeping the global community informed and engaged.

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What is IPAR?

Read more about International Public Radio: How to start your own Internet and Shortwave radio station or how to air your podcast, station or radio program to an International, Worldwide audience.

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Bridging the Israel-Palestine Divide: Shortwave Broadcasting’s Potential in the Israel-Palestine Narrative

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Bridging the Israel-Palestine Conflict

The Israel-Palestine conflict necessitates innovative communication solutions that transcend political and geographical barriers. With its robust shortwave capabilities and commitment to neutral broadcasting, NEXUS-IBA stands poised to be a significant player in promoting peace, understanding, and hope in this tumultuous region.

NEXUS-IBA broadcasts can be heard daily all over Europe, North Africa and the Middle East (including Israel and Palestine). See our broadcast schedules for details.

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NEXUS-IBA’s Role in Bridging the Israel-Palestine Divide on Shortwave

As the Israel-Palestine conflict escalates, the need for impartial, far-reaching communication channels is more critical than ever. With its unique capabilities, shortwave broadcasting stands at the forefront of potential solutions. NEXUS-IBA, a beacon in international broadcasting, draws inspiration from past endeavours like the “Voice of Peace” by Abie Nathan. How can NEXUS-IBA harness shortwave as a force of reconciliation in this volatile region?

Shortwave at the time of war: Wide-Reaching Transmissions

With its extensive shortwave infrastructure, NEXUS-IBA can reach the farthest corners of Israel and Palestine. NEXUS-IBA’s shortwave can be the unfaltering voice of clarity in areas where digital communication might falter due to conflict-induced disruptions.

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NEXUS-IBA Impartiality Amidst conflicts

In a landscape rife with charged narratives, NEXUS-IBA’s commitment to neutral broadcasting mirrors the ethos of legendary initiatives like the “Voice of Peace”. This neutrality can help reduce tensions and mistrust amongst conflicting parties.

Opportunities for Reconciliation through International Broadcasting

International broadcasting offers a unique platform to foster reconciliation in conflict-ridden regions. As a medium that transcends borders, it can provide an unbiased, balanced perspective on contentious issues, helping to dispel myths and misinformation that often exacerbate tensions. Additionally, by showcasing shared cultural, historical, and human narratives, international broadcasting can promote mutual understanding and empathy among conflicting parties.

Shortwave and International broadcasting, in general, also allows for dialogues and peace-focused programs featuring voices from different sides of a divide, which can act as catalysts for grassroots reconciliation. Through its far-reaching and inclusive nature, international broadcasting can significantly bridge divides, humanise narratives, and foster peace.

News Beyond Borders

NEXUS-IBA can offer an unbiased news platform, providing a balanced perspective on the conflict. Such neutral reporting can be instrumental in dispelling myths and promoting understanding.

Israeli separation wall divides Shuafat Refugee Camp, Pisgat Zeev Israeli Settlement in West Bank

International Broadcasting as a Platform for Dialogue, crossing Bridges

By broadcasting shared historical narratives, music, and stories, NEXUS-IBA can emphasize the intertwined destinies of Israelis and Palestinians, fostering mutual respect and empathy.

Under NEXUS-IBA’s global network umbrella, shortwave radio hosts conversations between influential voices from both sides. These dialogues centred on peace and coexistence, can act as catalysts for grassroots reconciliation.

Crisis Communication

In moments of intense conflict, timely and accurate information can save lives. NEXUS-IBA’s shortwave broadcasts can be a reliable source of safety advisories, medical guidelines, and other essential updates.

Voices from the Ground

By amplifying the stories of ordinary Israelis and Palestinians their challenges, hopes, and aspirations, NEXUS-IBA can humanize the conflict, fostering connections at a grassroots level.

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The Voice of Peace and Abie Nathan: A Legacy of Hope

Established in 1973, the “Voice of Peace” was not just a radio station but a daring and innovative endeavour symbolizing a deep-seated hope for peace in the Middle East. Founded by Abie Nathan (April 29, 1927- August 27, 2008), an Israeli peace activist and former combat pilot, this offshore radio station was moored on a ship off the Tel Aviv coast to circumvent local broadcasting restrictions. For two decades, amidst the turbulence of conflict, “Voice of Peace” consistently broadcasted messages of reconciliation, unity, and mutual respect in various languages, reaching listeners across the political and geographical spectrum.

A Mission Beyond Music

While the “Voice of Peace” was renowned for its diverse international music playlist, its core aim was loftier. Nathan’s vision was to bridge the divisive gap between Israelis and Palestinians and promote dialogue over discord. The station became a haven for those tired of the relentless cycle of violence, providing an alternative narrative that challenged the status quo. Nathan ensured that voices seeking conciliation had a platform by featuring interviews, discussions, and even call-ins. Even though the station ceased its broadcast in 1993, its legacy remains a testament to the transformative power of radio broadcasting in conflict resolution and peace-building.

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Effective Bible Preaching on Radio: Reaching Hearts Across Continents

Effective Bible Preaching on Radio: Reaching Hearts Across Continents

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10 Essential Tips for Preaching on the Radio

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Preaching the Bible on the radio to English-speaking audiences in Europe, Africa, and Asia presents a unique opportunity to reach hearts and minds with the message of God’s love. By adopting a culturally sensitive approach, simplifying language, and embracing engagement, Preachers on European Gospel Radio can effectively connect with listeners worldwide and positively impact their spiritual journeys.
Remember that while financial support may be limited, your mission to spread the Word of God remains invaluable and deeply significant in these diverse and culturally rich regions.

In today’s globalized world, radio remains a powerful medium for sharing the message of the Bible. Broadcasting on Streaming, AM radio (Medium Wave) and Shortwave to Europe, Africa, and Asia, where English is spoken as a second language, provides a unique opportunity to reach diverse audiences. However, preaching on the radio in these regions requires a distinct approach.

In this article, we’ll explore some essential tips for effectively spreading the Word of God to listeners in these parts of the world.

1. Simplify Language and Concepts

When broadcasting to areas where English is not the primary language, it’s crucial to use simple language and avoid complex theological jargon. Break down biblical concepts into easily understandable terms, and explain cultural references or idioms that may be unfamiliar to the audience.

2. Embrace Cultural Sensitivity

Recognize and respect the diverse cultural backgrounds of your listeners. Tailor your messages to resonate with their values and beliefs. Understanding local customs and traditions can help you connect more effectively.

3. Interactive Engagement

Radio is a one-way communication medium, but you can encourage engagement through interactive segments. Encourage listeners to send questions, prayer requests, or feedback via email or social media. Address these on air to create a sense of community.

4. Consistency in Schedule

Stick to a consistent broadcasting schedule so listeners can rely on your program as a regular source of spiritual nourishment. Air at least 15 minutes weekly or daily if your budget allows. Be punctual and reliable and present new content weekly to build trust with your audience.

5. Use Real-Life Stories

Share relatable stories and testimonies that illustrate biblical principles and teachings. Personal anecdotes can make the message more relatable and impactful.

6. Incorporate Local Content

Whenever possible, include local news, events, or issues that affect your target regions. This shows you are connected to the community and care about listeners’ concerns.

7. Provide Practical Guidance

Offer practical advice and guidance based on the Bible. Topics like family, relationships, and personal development resonate with a broad audience. They can help listeners apply biblical teachings in their daily lives.

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8. Promote Interfaith Understanding

Encourage dialogue and understanding between different faiths. Remember that you may be broadcasting worldwide on our stations or, if locally, to different ethnic cultures. Promote a messages of tolerance and respect for other religions, fostering a sense of unity and harmony.

9. Recognize Financial Realities

While preaching the Bible on radio is a noble mission, it’s essential to acknowledge that the financial support you might receive will likely differ from what preachers in the USA receive. In Europe, the mentality regarding donations to religious organizations may not be as prevalent as in the US. In Africa and Asia, where many listeners may be economically disadvantaged, sending contributions to the USA may not be feasible. Therefore, it’s essential to view your preaching as a 100% missionary activity and not rely heavily on financial contributions from your audience.

10. What level of feedback should I expect?

Do not expect the same level of feedback that you may receive from stations in the USA. For example, most listeners in Africa and Asia cannot call or email you simply because a phone call to the USA may cost a week’s salary, and often they will not have access to email. 

When preaching worldwide on the radio, it’s essential to recognize that international listeners often display a different enthusiasm and engagement than their American counterparts. In the United States, it’s not uncommon to hear excited declarations of faith and salvation, the kind of “I’ve Seen the Light” moments that can be pretty dramatic. However, this fervour is far less frequent outside the USA, and broadcasters should be prepared for a more reserved response. While this might initially come as a disappointment, it’s crucial to understand the cultural and linguistic factors at play.

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How to broadcast to conflict zones and in case of emergency: The war in Ukraine

Broadcasting on shortwave radio offers several advantages over other forms of communication, particularly in times of war or other disruptions. In Ukraine, where the war is has disrupted local AM and FM radio, Shortwave radio can provide an essential source of information and connection for people in the affected areas.

Media and local AM & FM radio disruption in Ukraine

 

One of the critical advantages of Shortwave radio is its ability to reach a wide area. Unlike local local or national use of AM and FM radio transmitters, which are limited in range, can be easily put out of service or disrupted by interference from the war, listeners can listen to International AM/Medium Waves and Shortwave radio broadcasts in several languages across vast distances. This means that people in remote or isolated areas can access important information and news, even when other forms of communication are unavailable.

Advantages of broadcasting on Shortwave to conflict zones

Another advantage of Shortwave radio broadcasting is its resilience to interference. Unlike other forms of radio, shortwave signals can travel long distances through the atmosphere, making them less susceptible to interference from physical obstacles or other sources. This makes shortwave radio an ideal choice for providing reliable communication in times of crisis or emergency.

Advantages of broadcasting on Shortwave In case of emergency

listening to radio at war in UkraineNEXUS-IBA’s International Broadcasting services can be activated even on short notice to broadcast in case of international emergencies using frequencies allocated for International Radio for Disaster Relief (IRDR). This is an initiative supported by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the HFCC, the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) intended to broadcast special radio programs in any language and to any world target affected by an international emergency on particular shortwave frequencies that have been kept available internationally for such use.

Professional radio stations, amateur radio enthusiasts and the military have used Shortwave radio to communicate in emergencies such as natural disasters, war, epidemics or other events that disrupt normal communication channels. Since shortwave radio signals can travel thousands of miles beyond national borders, they are a valuable asset during international emergencies.

In addition to its broad reach and interference resilience, shortwave radio offers the advantage of being relatively easy and inexpensive to receive. Unlike local AM and FM radio, which require specialized equipment and infrastructure on the target, shortwave radio can be broadcast from abroad and usually very far away using powerful transmitters and directional antennas. This allows individuals and organizations to outsource broadcasting on Shortwave, escape strict media control or censorship from local authorities,  and provide valuable information and connections for people in the target areas.

Shortwave and Medium Wave (AM) Advantages for International Broadcasting

Broadcasting on Shortwave radio offers several advantages over other forms of communication. NEXUS-IBA also issues AM radio (Medium Waves) to cover large areas spanning the European continent during the evening and night.

International broadcasting on Shortwave and on International AM/Medium Waves has been particularly effective in recent conflicts in Iran, Iraq, the ex-republic of Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Israel and Palestine, particularly during war or other disruptions. With its broad reach, resilience to interference, and ease of setup, Shortwave radio can provide an essential source of information and connection for people in the affected areas.

The Role of International Broadcasting

The Role of International Broadcasting

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The Digital Divide, Media Censorship, and the Role of International Broadcasting

In the rapidly evolving landscape of global communication, the democratizing promise of technology stands juxtaposed against the challenges of the digital divide and media censorship. Regions impacted by war, such as Ukraine, experience severe disruptions in telecommunication mediums.

At the same time, many countries in Africa and Asia grapple with self-imposed information blackouts due to government censorship. Despite these challenges, international broadcasting, incredibly resilient mediums like shortwave radio, emerges as a beacon of hope, piercing through these barriers and ensuring the flow of unbiased information.

Disruptions Caused by War: The Case of Ukraine

Amidst the turmoil of conflict, maintaining a steady communication infrastructure can be arduous. During Ukraine’s conflict with Russia, telecommunication towers were targeted, disrupting mobile phone services and the Internet.

Broadcasting stations became battlegrounds, with both sides aiming to control the narrative. Television and radio stations were bombed, making reliable information scarce. Yet, in these situations, international broadcasts, whether through shortwave radio or satellite feeds, provide an alternative news source, bringing in external and often more neutral viewpoints.

Digital Divide in Africa and Asia

The disparities in access to digital technology are starkly visible in many parts of Africa and Asia. Countries like Chad in Africa and Afghanistan in Asia exemplify the digital divide, where internet penetration remains staggeringly low.

Factors such as underdeveloped infrastructure, high costs, and limited digital literacy compound the issue. Traditional mediums like radio still hold significant sway in these regions, making them prime channels for international broadcasters to reach local populations.

Government Censorship and the Iron Curtains of Information

Certain nations in Africa and Asia have erected formidable ‘information iron curtains’.

For instance, North Korea maintains an almost complete blackout on foreign news, with stringent penalties for those caught accessing external sources.

Similarly, Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, often dubbed ‘Africa’s North Korea’, impose heavy censorship on media and Internet use. In these scenarios, the role of international broadcasting becomes even more crucial.

Due to its unique ability to cross borders without local intermediaries or infrastructure, shortwave radio has become a potent tool.

NEXUS-IBA, the BBC World Service, Voice of America, Deutsche Welle, Radio France International and Radio Free Asia have historically utilized shortwave broadcasts to reach audiences in such restricted regions, ensuring that the flame of free information continues to burn.

There are many challenges to free information flow, from war-torn landscapes to government-imposed blackouts. Yet, the resilience of international broadcasting, especially mediums like shortwave radio, proves that the quest for unbiased information and connection remains unyielding, irrespective of the barriers in place.

Geocaching Meets DXing: The Modern-Day Digital Treasure Hunts Engaging the Youth at the EDXC in Metz

Geocaching Meets DXing: The Modern-Day Digital Treasure Hunts Engaging the Youth at the EDXC in Metz

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The European DX Council, DXing and geocaching

Hello, DXers and radio listeners across the spectrum!

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Between September 8-10, 2023, Metz, France, became the hub for shortwave listening enthusiasts and radio amateurs at the 2023 European DX Council (EDXC) conference. That unforgettable rendezvous was more than just an event. It was a congregation celebrating the joys of Medium Wave, Long Wave (LW), Shortwave, and the broader world of international broadcasting.

Europe 1 plaque at transmitter site

Our journey took us to the renowned Europe 1 Sender (transmitter) in Uberherrn (Felsberg), followed by engaging conversations among fellow DXers at a local cafè right on the border between France and Germany. The culmination involved a festive evening banquet at a typical Brasserie in Metz, celebrating the spirit of DXing and radio listening.

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An interesting correlation between DXing and Geocaching emerged during a lively conversation at the tail end of the EDXC conference in Metz, also concerning an open debate on how to get more young people interested in the hobby of DXing, and, in general, Medium Wave (MW), Long Wave (LW) and Shortwave radio listening. Would this be a way to promote DXing to a larger public and introduce our hobby to a younger audience?

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What is DXing?

DXing is a hobby centred on receiving, identifying, and collecting distant radio or television signals. The term “DX” is derived from the telegraphic shorthand for “distance” or “distant.” DXers, the enthusiasts who engage in this hobby, use various equipment and techniques to catch transmissions from faraway places.

Key points about DXing

  1. Modes of Transmission: DXing can involve several modes of transmission, including AM radio, shortwave (SW) radio, FM radio, television, and even satellite signals.
  2. Challenges: A significant aspect of the fun and challenge of DXing is tuning into distant stations that are weak or are subject to interference, often requiring keen ears and specialised equipment.
  3. Equipment: While many DXers use regular commercial radio sets, others might employ more specialised equipment like single sideband receivers, external antennas, preselectors, and Software Defined Radios (SDRs) to maximise their reception capabilities.
  4. Awards and Recognition: Various clubs and organisations dedicated to DXing often issue awards and certificates for notable reception accomplishments, such as logging a certain number of countries or specific distant stations.
  5. Types: While the most common form is shortwave DXing, other forms include FM DXing, where enthusiasts try to receive distant FM radio stations, and TV DXing, centred on receiving distant television signals.
  6. Applications: Beyond being a hobby, DXing skills have been valuable in intelligence and during wars, where operatives would tune into foreign broadcasts to gather information.

DXing is a blend of art, science, and patience. It serves both as an enjoyable pastime for many and a testament to the marvel of radio waves and their ability to connect people across vast distances.

QSL Cards

A QSL card is a written confirmation of two-way radio communication between two amateur radio stations or a one-way reception of a signal from an AM radio, FM radio, television, or shortwave broadcasting station. The term “QSL” comes from the Q code, a set of standardized radio shorthand codes that originated with Morse code operators. “QSL?” asks “Did you receive my transmission?” while “QSL” alone means “I confirm receipt of your transmission.”

IRRS 2020 coronavirus QSL card

The Importance of Collecting QSL Cards for DXers

  1. Proof of Reception: For DXers, particularly those who engage in long-distance radio listening, a QSL card is a tangible confirmation that they successfully received a signal from a distant station. It’s akin to a trophy or badge of achievement in the DXing world.
  2. Historical Record: QSL cards often provide details of a particular broadcast or contact’s date, time, frequency, and signal strength. Over time, these cards become a historical record of one’s listening or contacting achievements.
  3. Cultural Exchange: Many QSL cards are beautifully designed, featuring images or artwork that provide insights into the culture, geography, or history of the broadcasting nation or the individual radio operator. Thus, collecting these cards can offer a rich cultural and visual journey worldwide.
  4. Competition & Awards: Within the DXing community, there are often competitions and awards based on who can confirm reception from most countries, regions, or specific challenging stations. QSL cards serve as the evidence required to claim such achievements.
  5. Personal Connection: For amateur radio operators, exchanging QSL cards is not just about confirming a radio contact. It’s also a personal touch, connecting two individuals who might be thousands of miles apart. The card is a remembrance of that connection.
  6. Encouragement for Stations: When broadcasting stations, significantly smaller or lesser-known, receive QSL card requests, it serves as positive feedback. It lets them know that their signals are reaching distant places and that there are listeners who appreciate their content.

While the digital age might offer various online tools and software for logging and confirming radio contacts, QSL cards retain a charm and personal touch that makes them a cherished tradition in DXing.

DXing Meets Geocaching: The Digital Era of Discovery

At first glance, DXing and geocaching are distinct realms. Still, a closer look reveals a shared spirit: the exhilaration of exploration and the reward of discovery. Just as geocaching enthusiasts use GPS to hunt for hidden treasures worldwide, DXers scan the airwaves in search of elusive radio signals from remote corners of the globe. The thrill here isn’t just in the hunt but also the tools of the trade. To dive into DXing, all you traditionally needed was a radio receiver. However, today’s digital age has revolutionised the hobby. Now, enthusiasts can connect online to hundreds of remote (online) SDR (Software Defined Radios) receivers that grant free access to the vast spectrum of Medium, Long, and Shortwave frequencies worldwide. 

This melding of technology and adventure mirrors geocaching’s appeal, making DXing even more accessible and engaging for young people. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, these hobbies offer them an opportunity to explore global communities, appreciate the wonders of radio technology, and embrace the joy of unearthing hidden wonders, whether physical caches or ethereal radio waves.

What is the European DX Council (EDXC)?

For newcomers to the EDXC, this nonprofit organisation is not just a Council; it’s a global nexus for those passionate about DXing.

The EDXC’s fundamental aspirations are:

  1. Upholding the DXers’ Spirit: Advocating for DX listeners and allied radio clubs in the expansive international broadcasting and telecommunications universe.
  2. Global Collaboration in Radio: Enlarging our footprint beyond Europe, weaving together a network of DX enthusiasts and radio organisations worldwide.
  3. Educational Symposia: EDXC annual conferences illuminate the ever-evolving facets of radio and shortwave listening.
  4. Networking Bridge: Facilitating dialogue between DX listeners, radio clubs, radio stations, and critical stakeholders in radio and telecommunications.
  5. Elevating the DX Passion: Keeping the enchantment of DXing alive and thriving for future generations of radio listeners.

Membership to the EDXC

Membership to the EDXC is entirely free. Whether you’re a Shortwave listener from Tokyo’s bustling streets, a radio amateur soaking up the sun on Brazil’s tranquil shores, or an avid listener from anywhere else, or are puzzled about understanding how to catch distant stations, we strongly invite you to join the EDXC council or a local or national member organisation as a personal member or join as a local club of DXers.

Becoming part of the EDXC immerses you in a community of passionate radio listeners and DXers. If the melodies and mysteries of radio frequencies captivate your evenings, consider this your exclusive invite to connect with peers who resonate with your passion.

EDXC’s Annual Conferences

Each year, the European DX Council (EDXC) holds a riveting conference that serves as a melting pot of ideas, discussions, and camaraderie for radio enthusiasts from around the globe. These gatherings are not just about radio; they celebrate a shared passion, an opportunity to connect with like-minded souls, and a deep dive into the ever-evolving world of radio listening and DXing. 

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The next EDXC conference is set to grace the picturesque city of Tartu, Estonia, in the late summer of 2024. Nestled along the Emajõgi River, Tartu is Estonia’s intellectual heartland, renowned for its venerable university and vibrant cultural scene. Its historic charm and modern vibrancy provide the perfect backdrop for engaging sessions and delightful explorations.

Whether you’re a seasoned DXer or a curious novice, Tartu’s inviting ambience and EDXC’s enriching agenda promise an event you won’t miss. Join the European DX Council as we tune into the future of radio amidst the enchanting lanes of Tartu.

For additional details, insights, and updates, visit the official European DX Council (EDXC) website.
To apply for membership to the EDXC, please contact the EDXC Secretary General or apply for membership at one of the many diferent DX clubs & organisations.

Special thanks to Christian Ghibaudo, Assistant Secretary General at the EDXC, for making this year’s conference in Metz such a memorable experience for all of us!

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