World Radio TV Handbook 2014: The Directory of Global Broadcasting (英語) ペーパーバック – 2013/12/30
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World Radio TV Handbook is now in its 68th year. It is the most accurate and complete guide to the world of radio on LW, MW, SW and FM, available in any form. The full-color Features section contains reviews of receivers and ancillary equipment, articles on topical issues such as digital radio, interviews with broadcasters, reception conditions, color maps showing the location of SW transmitters, and other topics of interest to Listeners and DXers. [PARA] The National and International Radio sections provide listings by country of all stations broadcasting on LW, MW and SW, and most stations broadcasting on FM, together with contact details. The International section contains full schedules as supplied by the broadcasters and confirmed by monitoring, together with any LW or MW frequencies used. It also contains a sub-section showing Clandestine and Other Target Broadcasters arranged by target country. [PARA] In addition the book contain Frequency Lists, Terrestrial Television stations and a full Reference section with tables and listings of: International and Domestic Transmitter sites, Standard Time and Frequency Transmissions, DX Club information, International Organisations, and other essential information.
"WRT Handbook consistently sets the radio hobby standards. It remains the best, most authoritative and comprehensive radio reference book in the world" (Gayle Van Horn, Monitoring Times)"
いずれにせよ、Passport To World Band Radioが廃刊になって以来、本書が唯一の放送界のバイブルとなっている。
I cross reference mine using a highliter and page markers to show both countries broadcasting in my region in English, and the overall English language broadcasts for each hour through the day.
This is the first time I've purchased this book and am extremely pleased with it. I fully understand why other folks have recommended it so highly.
A complementary publication, Passport to Word Band Radio, ceased shortly after I moved to Japan. Now, my companion to WRTH is a book called 周波数帳 that is published periodically, but not as often as WRTH. It has a more comprehensive listing of Japanese stations, as one might expect.
Here's hoping Mr. Hardyman and colleagues hold CPI William Clowes' feet to the fire so they can do a better job of printing and binding next year. I'll be as eager as ever to get WRTH 2015.
1) A good book to have if you travel, and frequently visit larger metropolis style cities or areas. (ie. Truck driver, Press, News, ...)
2) The section most users will want, is the smaller section far near to the rear of this book, listing stations and broadcasts by hour. In other words, unless you're extremely rural and have no other means of hearing news broadcasts (ie. FM, TV, Internet, ...) and are not going to be sitting down for regular specific routine 30 or 60 minute periods of time (ie. You're daily/nightly news hour), then you'll be listening to shortwave broadcasts at random times. The other exception, are those foreigners wanting to listen to routine news of their home Country.
3) Contains addresses and contact information of almost all major stations and broadcasters, world wide. (ie. Good for when you're wanting to blackmail the wife or kids?)
4) There are a few minimal pages of advertisements, but I found they were all in pretty much good taste, and more informative for readers wanting to learn what popular listening devices are commonly utilized nowadays.
5) Mentions each stations sign-on and sign-off signal or statement. (ie. Japan's NHK famous tone, or the other stating "This is the Voice of ...", ...) Very useful and essential to confirm, or cross reference; and verify the station being listened too.
1) Some columns contain only two or three letter abbreviations, for which are difficult to comprehend. Even though the columns within the book has seemingly more than adequate space for greater than five to ten characters!
2) Abbreviation index(es) is/are difficult to find, but usually is found within the forward or rear of the smaller smaller listings.
3) Completely omits almost all Alaska public FM/AM broadcasts or stations. (But from the example published, does make mention of Alaska's shortwave transmitters around Anchorage.) One would also think Canada would still have quite a few shortwave stations due to the large rural areas, but there are only a few listed. And the more remote (ie. Yukon territory), the fewer and the far less broadcasting power used!
4) As of yet, no digital versions of this hefty book. (ie. PDF or Postscript.) Travellers will not enjoy carrying such larger items! Nevertheless, I'll pack it for my road trips. There is a bar graph CD/DVD, but I'm not privy of it's informative value as of yet.