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HFCC Conference in KL

8th Global Shortwave Coordination Conference 2012

The 8th Global Shortwave Coordination Conference will be held from the 9-13 January 2012 in Kuala Lumpur. The Global Coordination meeting is the joint meeting of the three coordination groups, HFCC from Europe, ASBU from the Arab States and ABU-HFC from the Asia-Pacific region. Together these groups comprise around 90% of the world’s shortwave radio broadcasters. The joint meetings are held once every year and are hosted in the Asia-Pacific region every other year. The three Groups, as a whole, deal with reduction of interference on frequency channels used for around 7000 shortwave radio transmissions that are put out by the broadcasters’ every day.

This is the fourth time the Global Conference is being held in Kuala Lumpur and the third time it will be hosted by the ABU. With over 50 broadcasters represented by over 100 frequency managers participating, the 5-day coordination conference will attempt to reduce interference and improve shortwave broadcasting around the world. Coordination is a bilateral process in which the frequency managers adjust their frequencies to accommodate each other’s transmissions. This process is supported by a complex technical evaluation and validation process, the latter requiring very advanced software tools and fast computing facilities.

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