Conferences and On-line Co-ordination
The close co-operation of all participants from the very beginning and further improvements of working methods had shown that the management of all frequency requirements in one single, global database was realistic. At present about 85 percent of the overall amount of global shortwave frequency requirements used for broadcasting is kept in this database. The missing 15 percent comprises some smaller stations in Africa and Latin America, as well as stations in the so called tropical broadcasting zone that employ shortwave transmissions for local listeners and are not interested in international co-ordination.
Face-to-face conferences facilitate the resolution of thousands of frequency collisions that are detected in the schedules at the start of every season. Informal personal contacts are established and they are extremely useful for effective and amicable agreements on the resolution of incompatibilities. Unfortunately some parts of the shortwave spectrum are so overloaded that a complete solution of all problems during a conference is only rarely reached. This is one of the reasons why co-ordination has to be ongoing.
Tools for ongoing co-ordination after - and during - the periods between conferences have been developed over the years. An automatic web-based system of processing and identification of collisions in seasonal databases is in place. It is located on the HFCC server and available to all co-ordinators. The results of the schedule updates and of new frequency submissions can be viewed by all, as soon as each of a number of processing cycles is finished. An automated system checks for any changes or additions every ten minutes. If any changes or additions are detected, the processing then starts automatically, and amends the database as well as the lists of frequency incompatibilities or "collisions".
The ongoing, web-based processing is especially useful for the members in the Asia-Pacific region for example. They organise e-mail co-ordination meetings for the "B" seasons of the year and they can use the on-line system for the solution of frequency incompatibilities. The flexibility of this system is beneficial for yet another reason: the possibility of updating frequency schedules at any time during a given season makes the existence of so-called "wooden", or reserve, frequencies that complicate co-ordination, completely unnecessary.
Another co-ordination feature that improved the accuracy of the frequency collision calculations was introduced in 2008. Software has been developed that is based on a direct comparison of signal-to-interference values calculated for every test point in each Ciraf zone of world broadcasting and for every hour of the transmission that is involved in a given frequency collision.
The severity of the collision is graded as a result of this. This can be useful during the the conferences for example, and co-ordinators are able to address the most important collisions first. The feedback has already indicated that the new method is capable of discovering hidden collisions undetected by the old system while some of the less severe collisions were left out.
[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.
[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
[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
[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
[13-Oct-2015] - B15 Operational Data, B15 Public Data
[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)