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EGR European Gospel Radio

Worldwide on Shortwave radio, streaming and satellite

Member Area

Welcome to the European Gospel Radio!

Our mission is to spread the Gospel to the World on Shortwave, AM/Medium Wave, Satellite radio, TV and the Internet

Christian radio worldwide

Regular broadcasts to West Africa started on April 2, 2004

Radio for PeaceAs recently announced, effective Friday April 2, 2004, IRRS-Shortwave is starting weekly broadcasts using 100 kW beamed to Africa o­n 15,665 kHz Shortwave from 1100-1200 UTC. Programs will be in Arabic and Spanish. Please tune in every Friday according to the following schedule:

Fri: 15,665 kHz from 1300-1400 CET (1100-1200 UTC) [100 kW] to Africa

Even if we use directional antennas to West Africa, reception may also be possible in other areas, including Europe and South America. All other broadcasts to Europe, Middle East and Africa effective March 28, 2004, are according to our summer schedule o­n our mainstream frequencies of 5,775 and 13,840 kHz.
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New A04 summer schedule as of March 28, 2004

With the change to summer or daylight saving time, all Shortwave stations around the world adjust their schedules by changing frequencies and times of operation. IRRS Shortwave and European Gospel Radio have a policy to try keeping both times and frequency consistent with local time in Central Europe. In this way, listeners are less confused as they are not required to re-tune their receivers, and they may find our station easier on their dial.
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New broadcasts to West Africa

West AfricaOn Sunday Feb. 8, 2004, IRRS starts new test broadcasts to North (Mediterranean) and West Africa using a powerful 100 kW beam. These broadcasts are intended to cover a large segment of listeners who live in the large populated areas of North Africa over the Mediterreanean sea, and especially those living in tents and refugee camps in the desert.

Among them over 170,000 people are living in four refugee camps in the harsh southern Algerian desert in West Africa. For the last twenty years these refugees have been forced to live in tents, and Shortwave radio is just about the o­nly communication media able to reach them.

Broadcasts to this area are part of a co-operation project involving several Italian organizations and Regione Emilia Romagna. The goal of the project is to re-enforce communication with the Sarahawi people that to this day use Shortwave radio as o­ne of the most valuable communication media to the outside world.
 

New high power (250 kW) tests

Radio for PeaceOn Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2003, we run a four hour special broadcast using 250 kW of power, featuring programs in English, German and Italian. This was a o­ne time, occasional broadcasts with a special Christmas program produced by o­ne of NEXUS-IBA's members in Europe.

The latest portion of the 250 kW night-time broadcast was heard with excellent conditions by listeners overseas in the USA and Canada. Here are some excerpts from emails received in real-time during the broadcast:
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EGR heard loud and clear in Australia

We are receiving reports from the Pacific that our Friday evening broadcasts using 100 kW are reaching Australia and New Zealand with a "loud and clear" signal.

A listeners in Australia tells us: "Ive just tuned in on 5.775KHz, just on sunrise here in SE Australia, at 19.25 hrs, with a Panasonic DR48. Sounds like a religious man speaking about Gods Grace (Reading from Epistle to the Romans at 1932 hrs), with a 60 metre longwire, pushing about an S7 to 9 with 100% readability. Signal prior to sunrise is excellant 9+30, first time Ive listened to IRRS. Also listening with the 16kbps stream, which is nice."

Another listener writes us : "I just thought I would inform you now of how well your signal was received here in Eastern Australia in Port Macquarie, N.S.W."

These are just some of the messages that we receive, and tells us how European Gospel Radio broadcasts on Shortwave and over the Internet can reach far away countries, and indeed are going far beyond our intended target areas.
 

EGR starts 100 kW broadcasts to Europe, N Africa and Middle East

As of Friday Oct. 10, 2003 IRRS-Shortwave and European Gospel Radio started regular transmissions o­n an additional slot each Friday night from 2100-2230 CET using 100 kW to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The schedule according to local time in Central Europe CET) will remain the same also for the approaching winter season, and will be as follows:

IRRS & European Gospel Radio from Milan, Italy, o­n Shortwave:

13,840 kHz 0800-1200 UTC 1000-1400 CET SAT & SUN 20 kW to Europe, N Africa, Middle East
5,775 kHz 1900-2030 UTC 2100-2230 CET DAILY (*) 20 kW to Europe, N Africa, Middle East
5,775 kHz 1900-2030 UTC 2100-2230 CET FRI 100 kW to Europe, N Africa, Middle East

(*) o­n Friday o­n 5775 kHz: 100 kW instead of 20 kW


Check here for detailed coverge map
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Our audience on Shortwave

Even the largest broadcasters on Shortwave cannot accurately estimate the size of their audience to any program they air on Shortwave, to the same or even a comparable level of accuracy that any FM or TV station can do for any particular market. Since 1979, we have been working with several Radio Ministries, the BBC, the United Nations, UNESCO and other major International broadcasters and media, and with those involved in audience and International media research. Only the largest organizations like the BBC or Voice of America can afford the cost of conducting some sort of audience research on Shortwave. Some empirical data exists on the number of Shortwave receivers in each country, that lead to a potential audience of more than 10 millions in Europe and about the same in in N Africa and the Middle East, i.e. regions that we are able to cover with a Grade-A signal using our newly started 100 kW service. Most of the time we know that people are listening, because we monitor continuously our signal quality in several countries, and because listeners write us and/or to our members or program producers.
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European Gospel Radio: Our target areas

Reception reports and our monitors indicates that IRRS-Shortwave signal with our 20 kW stream may be received with a clear signal all over Europe. Fringe reception depending on propagation conditions at the time of broadcasts allow reception outside our primary target area, i.e. in N America, Africa, and the Pacific.

Higher power broadcasts starting at 25, 50, 100, 250, 500 and 1,000 kW will reach areas well outside our primary target (Europe). If you are interested in other areas than Europe, please contact us for other options and rates, specifying your preferred target area. In most cases we may custom plan a broadcast to any region of the world and present you with a proposal in just a few hours.
 

How do I qualify to air on European Gospel Radio?

Any religious program producer or organization qualifies to air via European Gospel Radio. All of our media services operate on a strictly non denominational, non discriminatory basis. Our charter and mission says: "Pluralism of information is to be assured, with particular attention paid to minorities; above all ethnic, cultural, political, and religious minorities, without regard to race, sex, language, or political or religious beliefs, and in full accordance with the Human Rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the Republic of Italy and by International Law"

As a non profit, broadcaster-supported organization, all of our costs are supported by members contributions and grants. We require that each members bears the cost of the use of any NEXUS-IBAs broadcasting facility, according to the time and transmitter powers required. The non-profit NEXUS-IBA system has cut overhead to the bone, but not at the cost of quality service! The small, dedicated NEXUS-IBA staff is for the most part volunteer. This fact, along with computerization coupled with state-of-the-art transmission equipment ensure NEXUS-IBA members reliable, top quality coverage at cost.
 

How does shortwave work?

Standard AM and FM stations lose their power as their signals dissipate along the ground over long distances. In Shortwave, the opposite is true. The Earth is encased in an invisible covering of gases called the Ionosphere. This acts like a mirror, reflecting shortwave signals back to Earth, thus making it possible to cover vast distances with a single transmitter. This is why shortwave is so efficient and cost-effective. In the case of European Gospel Radio, this means you can cover any target in Europe or beyond for the same or less money than it would cost to reach just one local market at home.
 

The value of Shortwave

Shortwave radio remains one of the key electronic media for reaching the maximum number of potential listeners in Europe. Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific, and certain regions in the Americas. This is proved by the fact that the world’s biggest international broadcast organizations continue their activities via Shortwave, and are investing heavily in new studio and transmission facilities. In recent history, The Gulf and the most recent Iraq War demonstrated once again and most impressively how important a telecommunications tool shortwave is in reaching a vast audience using inexpensive but highly powerful modern receivers that can be put in a suitcase or pocket. Shortwave is everywhere. It is the world’s most mobile medium. Ironically, it was the propaganda machine of Nazi Germany that recognized the power of Shortwave and perfected its use in the Second World War. Today, Shortwave is one of the greatest weapons in the fight for morality.
 


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