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Saturday, November 17, 2012

FRS Holland Next Sunday

Dear FRS Friends,

I N V I T A T I O N

Following our October 28th broadcast three weeks ago, FRS-Holland will again take to the air next Sunday November 18th. Between 09:00- 10:30 UTC / 10:00- 11:30 CET both 30 min. editions of FRS goes DX will be repeated as well as the FRS Golden Show. The latter suffered from heavy interference from a legal station on 7600 kHz during the October broadcast.

Our next full broadcast will be over the Holiday Season. Either on Sunday December 23rd or on Sunday December 30th FRS-Holland will continue a long time tradition. And that means we invite you- the listener– to participate. Forward your very own personal Season's Greetings to the  Free Radio Service Holland and we will make sure it’ll be read out during our broadcast.  You can dedicate your greetings to friends etc. but you can also make a 'general' NY Greeting. It can be written or (preferably!) taped  (cassette, CD, MD or MP3 file) and send to P.O.Box 2702, 6049 ZG Herten in the Netherlands.  Of course the easy & quick way is by sending an e-mail to <frs@frsholland.nl >. You can add something special to our December
broadcast by participating. So….don't hesitate and take part in the FRS Seasonal Party that day. It'll be great fun. Make sure your contribution  reaches us in time....before December 9th. We are looking forward hearing from you !!! Tune in December...it’ll be worth while!!! Go and tell your friends...

In December FRSH will be on 7600//5800 kHz for at least 5 hours. Pxs will be presented by Jan van Dijk doing the German show. Dave Scott  will be playing classic rock and has a few interesting radio related items. we are very happy that Roger Davis (Britain Radio Int.) has joined the FRS ranks. He will be hosting his debut show....it'll be another classic FRS Golden Show with great (and rare!) 60s/ 70s stuff as well as a feature on a landbased  pirate radio station from years gone by. Peter Verbruggen will look back to what happened in the past (Day Calendar) en plays a mix of 80s/90s/00s records in FRS Magazine. He will also host FRS Goes DX with the latest news from the wonderful world of wireless .  During the programmes we will read out October mail and Season's Greetings. There also is the Phrase that Pays’. FRS will most likely commence at  07.52 UTC/ 08.52 CET . Most likely that day FRS will likely also be heard via the Internet.
Very soon we will inform you about the definitive date: December 23rd or December 30th....

Good listening next Sunday!


73s, Peter V. (on behalf of the FRS staff)


a Balance between Music & Information joined to one Format....

FRS-Holland
POBox 2702
6049 ZG Herten
The Netherlands

e-mail: < frs@frsholland.nl>

KBS World Radio Year-end Special program “Adieu 2012”

KBS World Radio English Service will hold its year-end special program “Adieu 2012” on December 31st.

As part of the program, we are running a survey among our listeners to find out:


1) Who is your favourite host of KBS World Radio English Service?
2) What is your favourite program?
3) What program would you launch if you became a producer for KBS World Radio?

Please send your answers to english@kbs.co.kr by the first week of December. We will collect your answers and announce them on “Adieu 2012”! Ten randomly-selected participants will receive KBS World Radio souvenirs.
All through the week

News Anchors – Bruce Harrison, Sydney Langford
& June Chang


K POP Connection with DJ Young & Angie Park

Monday
Seoul Calling with Mark Broome & Karen Choi
Business Watch with Yooree Kim

Tuesday
Seoul Calling with Mark Broome & Sydney Langford
Trend Korea with Karen Choi

Wednesday
Seoul Calling with Daniel Choi & Karen Choi
Sounds of Korea with Chieun Kim

Thursday
Seoul Calling with Mark Broome & Sydney
Korea, Today and Tomorrow with Yoon-jung Kim

Friday
Seoul Calling with Daniel Choi & Yooree Kim
Current Affairs in Focus with Dr. Kim Byung-joo

Saturday
Seoul Report with Mark Broome, or with Yooree Kim
Worldwide Friendship with Sophia Hong and Sydney Langford

Sunday
Korean POP Interactive with Karen Choi



Best Regards,

KBS World Radio English Service

Friday, October 12, 2012

FRS Test on 7600 kHz on 14th October 2012 Sunday

FRS test on 7600 kHz next Sunday:

Summer has gone and autumn is ruling. Propagation conditions have reached to a satisfactory level.Time to expand some activity. In preparation to full programming, we have planned a test on 7600 kHz/ 39 metres next Sunday October 14th 07:52- 10:00 UTC/ 09:52- 12:00 CEST.

We are understandably curious about reception on 7600 kHz. 


We'd love to hear from you, either by mail [
frs@frsholland.nl] or via POBox 2702, 6049 ZG Herten, the Netherlands. FRS-Holland will take to the air with full programming on Sun October 28th 08:52- 14:30 UTC/ 09:52- 15:30 CET. That day winter time will come into force. In the afternoon there will be an audio stream via Internet starting at 15:52 CET. More news in the upcoming weeks.


73s, Peter Verbruggen on behalf of the FRS Team

DSWCI 3rd International DX Contest "The Grand Tour Across the Continents 2012"

This completely new contest is held from Friday 23rd November 2012, 0000 UTC, to Sunday 2nd December 2012, 2400 UTC. It is open to all shortwave listeners regardless to their membership in any DX club.

Primary contest frequencies are from 2300 to 26100 kHz. Logs outside this range will be valued by half points.The contest fee EUR 3.00 / IRC 4 / USD 5.00 shall be sent together with the contest form to:



Jaroslav Bohac, Svestkova 2828/7, 400 11 Usti n.L., CZECH REPUBLIC

Email: trams@volny.cz

Deadline: 14th December 2011 (date of post stamp)

Each participant will receive a contest diploma with his/her classification and a list of participants with their results. The first three participants will be awarded non-cash prizes.

In Part 1 listen please to any BC station of the contest country, for 15 minutes at least. For one country one log only. Unofficial, pirate and clandestine stations are not allowed.

Scoring: 1000 points of each logged country will be divided by a number of logs and rounded to two decimal places.

In Part 2 you can raise your score by listening to any DX programme. The number of DX programmes is limited to 4! No particular country limit. Scoring in the same way as in Part 1, maximum point value 100 points for one DX programme.

We wish you good listening!

Download the contest form @ https://www.box.com/s/r2oi059l7k2mixvemj8v

Monday, September 17, 2012

RESULTS: “Listen to AWR”- AWR 41st Year Annual DX Contest

This is what you have been waiting for, the results of our big AWR 2012 “Listen to AWR” DX Contest. Here are the details. You will remember that you were invited to participate in 5 different areas:-


*Part A. Listen to as many shortwave locations in use by Adventist World Radio as possible during the month of July 2012.

*Part B. Prepare just one reception report for any AWR transmission from each AWR transmitter site in any country that you were able to log during the month of July 2012.
*Part C. Provide a photocopy of a QSL that you already hold in your collection from any of the AWR shortwave stations that you have heard, during the past five years only.
*Part D. Submit three radio cards for the Indianapolis Heritage Collection.

*Part E. Post your entry with all items to Adventist World Radio in Indianapolis.


We are very grateful for the large number of entries that were submitted for this year’s 2012 contest, and the awards for this year are similar as in all previous contests. All entries from all countries were sorted into continental areas, and from each continental area, the top list of entries were chosen. Here is the list of Continental Winners:-


South America= Pedro Salamanca, 
Zipaquira, Colombia
Europe= E. J. Zylstra, Welsum, Holland
North America= Ken Godfrey, Beaumont CA, USA
Asia= Tony Ashar, Depok, Indonesia
South Pacific= Bruce White, Karoonda SA, Australia


As is usual each year, there were many outstanding entries for the contest this year, and from these we have chosen the following for the Award of Merit:-


1. Jonathan Short, Changshu, 
China
2. William Patalon, Fallston MD, 
USA
3. Prithwiraj Purkayastha, Jorhat, 
India
4. Gunter Jacob, Passau, 
Germany
5. Jai Sakthivel, Tirunelveli, 
India
6. Motokazu Katoh, Niihama, 
Japan
7. Joaquin Ruiz, Badia, 
Spain

And now, the name of the World Winner in the AWR 2012 “Listen to AWR” DX Contest! Such a delightful entry, with all of the various aspects of the contest assembled and presented in compendium style with a pretty folkloric cover. The International Radio Monitor whose entry is awarded top honors in this year’s contest is:-
Julio Rolando Pineda Cordon, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Central America

In due course, Julio will receive a copy of one of the Jerry Berg radio history books. TheContinental Winners will receive a copy of the World Radio TV Handbook for 2013 early in the New Year. Those participants who have earned the Award of Merit will also receive their award in due course.

All AWR reception reports will be verified with specially endorsed AWR QSL cards. Please remember that it will take a period of many months, well into the new year 2013, to process all of the contest entries and the multi-hundreds of reception reports currently on hand in Indianapolis.

Once again, we would like to thank all of those International Radio Monitors who submitted entries for the 2012 AWR annual DX contest. Our contest for next year will be presented under the title, “Focus on Africa”.

Via:
Dr. Adrian M. Peterson
Co-ordinator - International Relations & DX Editor
Adventist World Radio



Saturday, September 8, 2012

RADIO FREE ASIA ANNOUNCES 16TH ANNIVERSARY QSL CARD


Radio Free Asia (RFA) announces the release of our 16th anniversary QSL card.
RFA’s first broadcast was in Mandarin on September 29, 1996 at 2100 UTC.
Acting as a substitute for indigenous free media, RFA concentrates its coverage on events occurring in and/or affecting the countries to which it broadcasts. Those countries are: Burma, Cambodia, Laos, North Korea, Peoples Republic of China, and Vietnam. The design was chosen the favorite over four others posted on our Facebook page, RFA QSL. The microphone and flag is typical of what our broadcasters use in our Washington DC studios. This card will be used to confirm all valid reception reports from September 1 – December 31, 2012.





                               RFA’s 16th Anniversary QSL card.

RFA is a private, nonprofit corporation that broadcasts news and information to listeners in Asian countries where full, accurate, and timely news reports are unavailable. Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA currently broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin, the Wu dialect, Vietnamese, Tibetan (Uke, Amdo, and Kham), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in its editorial content. As a ‘surrogate’ broadcaster, RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of its target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of its broadcasts comprise news of specific local interest. More information about Radio Free Asia, including our current broadcast frequency schedule, is available at www.rfa.org.

RFA encourages listeners to submit reception reports. Reception reports are valuable to RFA as they help us evaluate the signal strength and quality of our transmissions. RFA confirms all accurate reception reports by mailing a QSL card to the listener. RFA welcomes all reception report submissions at www.techweb.rfa.org (follow the QSL REPORTS link) not only from DX’ers, but also from its general listening audience. If you have a smart phone, feel free to use the QR code below to access the automated reception report system and submit your reception reports to the web site.

You also have the option of using the following Microsoft Tag from your smartphone. The free mobile app for your smartphone is available at http://gettag.mobi.

Reception reports are also accepted by email at qsl@rfa.org, and for anyone without Internet access, reception reports can be mailed to:

Reception Reports
Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20036
United States of America.

Upon request, RFA will also send a copy of the current broadcast schedule and a station sticker.

[Via- AJ Janitschek, RFA] 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Akashvani Dibrugarh- 43 Glorious Years On the Air Waves

Commissioned on February 15, 1969 by the then Union Information & Broadcasting (I&B) minister Nandini Satpathi, the station began working individually in a temporary studio at Lepetkota, near Dibrugarh. The station finally started full-fledged programme production from its present campus at Moloshubacha in 1974 and now playing a role of mirror to the people and culture of Upper Assam. This station is also associated with the lifeline of a major part of Arunachal Pradesh as before the establishment of the AIR station here, people in Arunachal Pradesh used to hear transmissions by Chinese radio which they could receive easily. However, after the establishment of AIR, Dibrugarh, people got to hear something Indian on their radio sets.

All India Radio Dibrugarh has now become like backbone for the cultural and educational practices in Upper Assam. With its variant entertaining and informative programs this station is providing excellent radio taste to the people of Assam. Many of the emerging musicians, play artist and journalists in Assam have began their professional journey from this station and many of the emerging artists are now associated with AIR Dibrugarh. Eminent personalities like like Lutfur Rehman, Syed Sadullah, Munin Bhuyan and Shyamananda Baishya once dedicated their entire for this station. The radio station here has earlier won national awards for legendary radio plays like Hati Aru Phandi by Munin Bhuyan, Rajani Bidur by Lutfur Rahman, Setu by Tarun Chandra Pamegam and Urukha by Syed Saadullah. During these 43 years, the radio station here has also aired several much-listened interviews with leading personalities like Khushwant Singh, BBC editor Rita Payne and drama personality Habib Tanvir, among others. In order to conserve the cultural ethnicity of the region, AIR Dibrugarh has collected samples of folk and tribal music of this region to preserve
them at National AIR Archive, New Delhi. 

Amidst the gradually growing threat of 'spicy' matters romping the airwaves, the Dibrugarh AIR station still maintains its public broadcasting identity by dwelling on need-based and people-oriented programmes. Of late, the station is embarking on revenue generation through public broadcasting. There is also a farmers' phone-in programme which is gaining popularity as it offers expert solution on various agricultural problems faced by farmers. Among the missionary programmes, "Aajir Dintoo" broadcasted every morning at 7:30 A.M. has established good rapport with listeners by targeting youth restlessness. This programme has a sub-component called Projujokor Chinta attempting employment generation among the rural youths by implementation of strategic and timely farming methods. Among other popular programs of Akashvani Dibrugarh some are Swastha Charcha (health related discussions), Hindi Sikkhar Pathdan (Hindi Learning class), Bidyarthir Onusthan (Educational program for students relayed from AIR Guwahati), Karpungpuli (Program for Missing listeners) and other ethnic language programs in, Kromsoh (series of Novel reading) and some of its entertaining musical programs like Gitanjali (program of Sugam Sangeet), Antara (program of Hindi film songs), Suror Satsori (program of popular Assamese songs), Hindi film song program for Defence persons and Indian Army, Western Music program at the afternoon are are very popular among listeners.

AIR Dibrugarh can be heard on 567 kHz mediumwave with three transmissions daily. The morning transmission of this station begins at 5:30 AM IST and run till 9:35 AM IST (Sundays 10:20 AM IST); Afternoon transmission begin at 12:00 PM IST and lasts till 15:00 PM IST and the evening transmission begins at 15:30 PM IST and ends at 22:30 PM IST. All India Radio Dibrugarh or Akashvani Dibrugarh with its 300 KW medium wave transmitter is one of the most powerful MW station in north east India and they frequently receives letters of appreciation from HAM radio operators as far as Netherlands and Finland. We hope in the coming years AIR Dibrugarh can be able to reach more milestones in the history of broadcast in India.....


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

AIR Independence Day Transmission Observation 2012


Dear Friends,

Wishing You all a Happy Independence Day. 



Here is my observation on All India Radio's special transmission of live commentary of Independence Day celebration and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's speech at Red Fort, New Delhi. 

Receiver Used: Sangean ATS-909
Antenna: Kestral W31MS Actice Loop
Monitoring Time: 0135 to 0240 UTC. 

On Shortwave: 

4775 Imphal: Heard with SINPO 35443; Here is a video:






4800 Hydrabad: Heard but very weak
4810 Bhopal: Not heard.
4820 & 7210 Kolkata: Not heard, China very strong. 
4830 Jammu: Not heard.
4835 Gangtok: Not heard
4850 Kohima: Heard with SINPO 55444; Here is a video:


4870 Delhi: Not heard.
4880 Lucknow: Not Heard.
4895 Kurseong: Heard with SINPO 24222
4910 Jaipur: Not heard. 
4920 Chennai: Not heard, China very strong. 
4940 Guwahati: Not heard. 
4950 Srinagar: not heard.
4960 Ranchi: not heard.
4965 & 6020 Shimla: not heard.
4970 Shillong: not heard.
4990 Itanagar: not heard.
5010 & 7290 Trivandrum: not heard
5040 Jaypore: not heard.
5050 Aizawl: Not heard. 
7430 Bhopal: Heard with SINPO 33333
7390 Port Blair: Not heard. 
7335 Imphal: not heard. 
7420 Hydrabad: Not heard. 
7380 Chennai: Not heard. 
9870 B'lore: Heard with SINPO 55444
11620 B'lore: Heard with SINPO 35333
9595 Delhi: Heard with SINPO 54444
6155 Aligarh: Heard but very weak.
6030 Delhi: Not heard.
13620 B'lore: Heard with SINPO 55555
15050 Delhi: Heard with SINPO 55555
17510 Delhi: Heard with SINPO 42232 

On Medium Wave:

567 Dibrugarh: Heard with SINPO 55555
639 Kohima: Heard with SINPO 55444

73,

Prithwiraj Purkayastha


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

AIR Special Transmission of President's Address to the Nation



Warm 65th Independence Day greetings from Assam to all. 

Here is my monitoring observation for AIR special transmission of eve of Independence Day address to the nation by the Honourable President of India His Excellency Pranab Mukherjee for the first time after he is being elected as President last month. My QTH location is JORHAT, ASSAM (Latitude: 26° 45' 0 N, Longitude: 94° 13' 0 E.) and for this observation I have used Sangean ATS 909 and Kestral W31MS active loop antenna.


On Shortwave: Between 1330-1345 UTC

4760 Leh - Not Heard
4760 Port Blair- Heard with SINPO- 22222
4775 Imphal- Heard with SINPO- 55444
4800 Hyderabad : Strong Chinese signal, station was almost inaudible.
4810 Bhopal: Heard with SINPO- 33333
4820 Kolkata: Not heard. Strong Chinese signal.
4835 Gangtok: Heard with SINPO- 34333
4840 Mumbai: Heard with SINPO- 35333
4850 Kohima : Heard with SINPO- 55455 (Very strong and clear reception)
4880 Lucknow: Heard with SINPO- 45444
4895 Kurseong : Heard with SINPO- 44334
4910 Jaipur: Heard with SINPO- 32233
4920 Chennai : Not Heard, Strong Chinese signal.
4940 Guwahati : Heard with SINPO- 44444
4950 Srinagar: Heard with SINPO- 24222
4965 Shimla: Heard with SINPO- 45343
4970 Shillong: Heard with SINPO- 55444 (Here is a voice file recorded:https://www.box.com/s/5eac4df9115c09fd0546)
4990 Itanagar : Heard with SINPO- 45434
5010 Thiruvananthapuram: Heard but with strong noise and almost unreadable.
5015 Delhi : Not Heard.
5040 Jeypore: Heard with SINPO- 35333
5050 Aizawl : Not Heard. Strong Chinese station instead of AIR Aizawl.
6030 Delhi : Heard with SINPO- 22222

9425 Delhi: Heard with SINPO- 54444 (Here is a recording of the first few minutes of President's speech recorded on this frequency- https://www.box.com/s/8be21a26898739da6815
9470 Aligarh : Not Heard.
9870 Bangalore: Heard with SINPO- 22222 (CRI English was strong)

On Mediumwave: Between 1345-1410 UTC


567 Dibrugarh: Heard with SINPO 54555. Interestingly while checking this station at 1400 UTC I heard Lao National Radio with its English language transmission interfering with AIR Dibrugarh. Here is a recording of this interesting log: https://www.box.com/s/d3ecb73c6633caed218b.
639 Kohima: Heard with SINPO- 33333
657 Kolkata A: Heard with SINPO- 45444
675 Itanagar: Heard with SINPO- 44444
828 Silchar: Heard Hindi translation of President's Speech with SINPO 43444
864 Shillong: Heard Hindi translation of President's Speech with SINPO 54555
882 Imphal: : Heard Hindi translation of President's Speech with SINPO 54444
954 Najibabad: Heard Hindi translation of President's Speech with SINPO 34333
972 Cuttack A: Heard Hindi translation of President's Speech with SINPO 35333
1062 Pasighat: Heard Hindi translation of President's Speech with SINPO 24222
1125 Tezpur: Heard Hindi translation of President's Speech with SINPO 44344
1179 Rewa: Heard Hindi translation of President's Speech with SINPO 23232
1233 Tura: Heard Hindi translation of President's Speech with SINPO 33333
1512 Kokrajhar: Heard Hindi translation of President's Speech with SINPO 24222
1584 Diphu: Heard Hindi translation of President's Speech with SINPO 25333


By clicking the below link you can listen to that eve of Independence Day address to the nation by Honourable President of India His Excellency Pranab Mukherjee transmitted via most of the national and regional channels of All India Radio today between 7:00 - 7:30 PM (IST) on 14th August 2012.  


73,

Prithwiraj 


Bangladesh DX Report on AWR Wavescan Next Sunday


Listen Bangladesh DX Report on Wavescan of AWR next Sunday, 19th August 2012, written and presented by our good friend Salahuddin Dolar of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. A special qsl will be issued for correct reception report.

                                                        
  Schedule for AWR Wavescan:

1200 1230 English NE-India,  Bangladesh 17535
1530 1600 English Nepal, Tibet 15255
1600 1630 English C-India 15360
1600 1630 English S-India 11825
1630 1700 English N-India 11740

For e-QSL please send report to dxbangla@gmail.com



For Printed QSL please send report with 1 IRC or 1 US dollar as return postage to: 

Bangladesh DX Report, C/O Salahuddin Dolar Vill+P.O. Chaumahani,  P.S. Motihar, Rajshahi-6000,  Bangladesh

Saturday, August 4, 2012

INDIAN DX REPORT: Part-4

INDIAN DX REPORT: Part-4 (Date of Broadcast: 29th July 2012)

Written and Edited by: Prithwiraj Purkayastha
Presented by: Jeff White
Program: Wavescan 
Station: Adventist World Radio & WRMI


The first broadcast in India had started through the Radio Club of Bombay in 1923 and it was only on July 23, 1927 that the Indian Broadcasting Company Ltd was set up as a collaborative venture by the Government of India, which later evolved as All India Radio. On 23rd July this premier radio broadcast organization of Asia has celebrated its 85 th anniversary and so we would like
to dedicate this edition of Indian DX Report to All India Radio. Here are some updates from stations of AIR.


1. The north eastern states in India got some very nice Shortwave stations and AIR KOHIMA is one among them. Situated in the state capital of Nagaland, this 50 kilowatt station was inactive during last couple of months, but in recent days AIR Kohima being heard regularly on 4580 kHz, which may definitely a subject of interest for you. The present schedule of AIR Kohima is on 4850 kHz between 0000 to 0415 UTC and 1000 to 1700 UTC // and on 6065 kHz between 0430 to 0510 UTC and 0700 to 0900 UTC. Here is a recent recording of that station......<Voice File>

Meanwhile a sad news from this same station is that the station director Mrs Neizokhonuo Nakhro passed away on June 20th after a prolonged illness. She was 59. Born on December 1, 1953, she joined AIR, Kohima as assistant script editor in 1977. On behalf of all listeners of AWR and Indian DX Report I pray for the peace of diseased soul and convey our condolence to her family.

2. Recently a team of Indian DX Club International has visited the AIR Kolkata transmitter site located at Amtala near Kolkata. One 50 kilowatt SW transmitter, one 200 kilowatt, one 100 kilowatt and one 20 kilowatt Medium Wave transmitters enriched this AIR station. Few days back the 100 kilowatt medium wave transmitter mast was badly damaged due a severe storm leaving Kolkata B MW transmissions effected. Now this Kolkata B medium wave transmission is broadcast through its SW frequency 4820 kHz which can be heard till 1840 UTC as an extended schedule. So you have every possibility to catch AIR Kolkata on 4820 kHz during this extended schedule for next few weeks until that transmitter mast problem is resolved. And a good news from AIR Kolkata is that a new high power DRM transmitter reached the site and
will be fully functional as soon as it commissioned.

3. AIR Rajkot is testing and will be on air at the end of July. A Super Power Transmitter is testing during day times on 1071 & 1080 kHz in AM & DRM modes.Once test are over the total hours of broadcast will be 14 hrs 15 minutes per day. The transmission timings will be from 0015 UTC to 0430 UTC, 0830 UTC 1130 UTC and from 1230 UTC to 1930 UTC beamed to Pakistan in Urdu, Sindhi & Baluchi. The DRM will be 1080 kHz with Vividh Bharathi Service.

4. And here is some good news from AIR. All India Radio has opened its doors to foreign broadcasters recently after a long wait. Reports are coming that NHK World Radio Japan Hindi Service is already on the AIR FM Network. FM Rainbow Hyderabad is running TEST transmissions of Radio Japan Hindi programs on daily basis from Sunday, July 1. The schedule is from 1600 to 1630 UTC on 101.9 MHz. Hyderabad will be followed by Jaipur, Mumbai, and some other major cities across India. NHK is planning to increase the number of the stations by Oct. 28th.

5. Monitoring Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation's transmissions for last few days and found that the Hindi service of SLBC which is scheduled to begin at 0020 UTC on 11905 kHz was not heard until 0200 UTC. From 0200 UTC onwards this transmission heard with very weak signal and severe interference. And on 7190 kHz nothing was heard during that scheduled
transmission time. Again the All Asia English language transmission of SLBC has been heard from 0200 UTC with disturbed reception condition on 15745 kHz. This transmission suppose to begin at 0030 UTC. Meanwhile broadcasts in Hindi from SLBC at 1330-1530 UTC on 6005, 7190 & 11905 kHz has been discontinued.

And with this we came to the end of this edition of Indian DX Report. For this edition I would like thank our friend Victor Goonetilleke of Sri Lanka and all members of Indian DX Club International and news sources of DX-India.

Two beautifully designed QSLs are ready to be distributed among our listeners who send us a correct reception report for this edition of IDXR. For sending a printed paper QSL by post we request our listeners in India to send 1 IRC or Mint Indian stamps worth Rs. 25/- (for each QSL) as return postage and all listeners in abroad are requested to send 2 IRCs or mint Indian Stamps of same value as return postage with the reception report for a paper QSL by post. Reception reports without return postage will be awarded eQSLs. Please send your comments and reception reports to:


THE "INDIAN DX REPORT"
C/o. Prithwiraj Purkayastha
PUB BONGALPUKHURI
JORHAT 785001
ASSAM, INDIA.

Or email your reports to <indiandxreport@gmail.com>

Thank you all for listening.

Please listen the recorded file of Indian DX Report here: 


73s.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Indian DX Report Issuing QSLs

Don't forget to listen to the 4th edition of Indian DX Report on AWR Wavescan on SUNDAY, 29th July.
We'll be issuing QSLs for correct reception report sent for this edition of IDXR. We have three designs of QSLs designed by our good friend Partha Sarathi Goswami of Siliguri India based on the photographs of Assam state of India captured by Prithwiraj Purkayastha.
And here is our QSL policy for your kind information:
For sending a printed paper QSL by post we request our listeners in India to send 1 IRC or Mint Indian stamps worth Rs. 25/- (for each QSL) as return postage and all listeners in abroad are requested to send return postage in any form like 2 IRCs or Mint Indian Stamps of the same value along with the reception report for a paper QSL by post. Reception reports without IRCs or Mint Stamps sent via postal mail or email will be awarded eQSLs. 

Send your comments, suggestions & reception reports to: 

THE "INDIAN DX REPORT"
C/o. Prithwiraj Purkayastha
PUB BONGALPUKHURI
JORHAT 785001
ASSAM, INDIA.

Or email your reports to <indiandxreport@gmail.com>

With love from Assam....

Today I have posted nine letters containing reception reports and pasted with beautiful Indian stamps to Radio Rwanda, Radio Kuwait, Holy Tibet, Radyo Philippines, Voice of Korea, IBB Philippines, Radio Africa Network (Eq. Guinea), NHK Radio Japan and AWR Listen to AWR DX Contest.

I did have some old IRCs which are, as per recent updates, invalid. So trying my luck with them as I sent few with some reports as return postage. This is the biggest lot I have ever dispatched in a single go. Now fingers are crossed to hear some good news from the other sides...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Voice of Malaysia Inviting Listeners to Participate in New Contest

Be the proud owner of some spanking new souvenirs from VOM for free! How, you ask? Well, here is how. Read on, my friends.
Whatever it is about Malaysia that you find most unique - be it the people, food or places - write your thoughts down in a 100 word composition titled "THE ESSENCE OF MALAYSIA". E-mail it to us at vom.rtm@gmail.com. Exclusive Voice of Malaysia souvenir collections await lucky participants!

State your full name, address and contact number so we can quickly send out the souvenirs to you should your entry nail it. :D

We will read out the winning entries live on The Voice of Malaysia from 1st August to 30th August 2012. So come on, my friends, get to work now! Once you are done, send it away to us. Good luck!
To listen to VOM, go here:

http://www.rtm.gov.my/filtering/vom.php

VOM is online 24 hours non stop. Although it is a repeat of the four hours which is in Malay language from 12.00 pm to 2.00 pm (0400 to 0600 UTC) and 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm (0600-0800 UTC) in English.

(via Albert Ng & Norlida Mohd Noor in Facebook)

Monday, July 2, 2012

RADIO FREE ASIA ANNOUNCED NEW QSL ON LONDON OLYMPICS

RADIO FREE ASIA COMMEMORATES THE 2012 LONDON OLYMPICS JULY 2012

Radio Free Asia announces its 46th QSL card scheduled for distribution for all confirmed reception reports dated July-August 2012. This QSL card commemorates the 2012 Summer Olympiad in London, England which will be held July 27 through August 12, 2012. The Games have always brought people from around the world together in peace to respect universal moral principles. The card shows an adaptation of the graphic of Radio Free Asia’s Olympic pin, as created by RFA’s Brian Powell, which was originally used for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This latest version adds a bearskin which is traditionally worn by the British Foot Guards.



RFA is a private, nonprofit corporation that broadcasts news and information to listeners in Asian countries where full, accurate, and timely news reports are unavailable. Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA currently broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin, the Wu dialect, Vietnamese, Tibetan (Uke, Amdo, and Kham), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in its editorial content. As a ‘surrogate’ broadcaster, RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of its target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of its broadcasts comprise news of specific local interest. More information about Radio Free Asia, including our current broadcast frequency schedule, is available at www.rfa.org.

RFA encourages listeners to submit reception reports. Reception reports are valuable to RFA as they help us evaluate the signal strength and quality of our transmissions. RFA confirms all accurate reception reports by mailing a QSL card to the listener. RFA welcomes all reception report submissions at www.techweb.rfa.org (follow the QSL REPORTS link) not only from DX’ers, but also from its general listening audience. If you have a smart phone, feel free to use the QR code below to access the automated reception report system and submit your reception reports to the web site.

You also have the option of using the following Microsoft Tag from your smartphone. The free mobile app for your smartphone is available at http://gettag.mobi.

Reception reports are also accepted by email at qsl@rfa.org, and for anyone without Internet access, reception reports can be mailed to:

Reception Reports
Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20036
United States of America.

Upon request, RFA will also send a copy of the current broadcast schedule and a station sticker.


The A12 Frequency schedule of RFA is available here: http://www.rfa.org/english/about/frequencies.html

(Via AJ Janitschek)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

QSL from Argentina

 
After several try, on 23rd November 2011 I got success to hear Argentina National Radio or Radiodifusión Argentina al Exterior (RAE) on 15345 kHz in German Language and soon after sent an email reception report which was verified by an eQSL on 17th December 2011 by Rayen Braun, the German Editor. This is what Rayen wrote:

Dear Mr. Purkayastha!

Enclosed I send you our e-QSL and hope you enjoy it!

Best regards from Argentina

Rayen Braun

German Editor
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And Here is the recording of that German transmission I heard: https://www.box.com/s/deca4a48b0ee03389540
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Monday, June 25, 2012

eQSL from South Asia Radio- New Internet Radio Station of India


Received this eQSL from South Asia Radio, a new internet based radio station from India for their test transmission via internet stream on 24th June 2012. This is what the owner of this station Mr. E.P. Brijesh wrote in his email in reply to my reception report: 

Dear Mr. Prithwiraj Purkayastha,

Greetings from South Asia Radio!

Thanks a lot for tuning in to our station and sending us your valuable feedbacks. Also Kindly note that there will be a Sunday DX Program called "DX Waves"

Kindly find the attached e-QSL.

Thanks and Regards,
Your Friend,

E.P Brijesh
South Asia Radio
25.06.2012

Special eQSL from Radio Atlantic 2000 International


Special eQSL from Atlantic 2000 International for their 30th Anniversary transmission on 10th June 2012. This station heard via internet stream.


ABOUT THE STATION:

Atlantic 2000 International was broadcasting for the first time on shortwave on June 6, 1982 on 7325 kHz. We were on the air usually every month until July 1988.

Our first transmission equipment was a home-made 25 W transmitter, using valves.

In 1984, we built a 30 W transmitter. With our 2 equipments, we regularly broadcasted simultaneously on 2 frequencies.

Some frequencies were tested, on the 48, 41, 38 and 26 meter bands. The best results were obtained on the 41 meter band.

We received many reception reports from France, United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Norway.

After more 19 years of silence, Atlantic 2000 was back on the air on October 28, 2007 with a test transmission on 6280 kHz in the morning, and on 6210 kHz in the evening.

From 2008 to 2010, we broadcasted from Italy, by using the transmitters of Mystery Radio, and then, Radio Amica. From December 2010, we broadcast on 6005 kHz, from Kall-Krekel in Germany, who is the transmitting site of Radio 700.

Since October 2011, Atlantic 2000 is transmitting on 9480 kHz, using the relay service of MV Baltic Radio, from Göhren in Germany. The 31 meter band increased our coverage area.

Since 2007, we received a lot of reception reports from Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Spain, Serbia, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Greece, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Latvia, Luxembourg, India, Japan and New Zealand.

Atlantic 2000 was also received in the USA via some shortwave web receivers situated in Europe.
Atlantic 2000 regularly broadcasts on the Internet, by using the Shoutcast and Podcast modes. We have a lot of connections. Many listeners are now interested by this new transmission mode.

Keep in touch with Atlantic 2000. http://radioatlantic2000.free.fr


Special eQSL from Rhein Main Radio Club



Special eQSL from Rhein Main Radio Club (RMRC), Germany for their 10th June special one hour transmission on European DX Conference (EDXC). Here is what RMRC Treasurer Mr. Michael Haun wrote in his email accompanying this QSL:

Dear friend,
sorry for the trouble you got with the first card. Attached please find a new QSL card, which should satisfy your wishes.
Kind regards from Germany

Michael Haun
RMRC Treasurer



Read More about RMRC: http://www.rmrc.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=41&Itemid=65&lang=en

Revealing Beauty of Life through Air Waves

[This article was based on my experiences during the Mandarmani DXpedition organised by Indian DX Club International at Mandarmani during the mid part of January 2012. It was first published on club's website (http://www.idxci.in/revealing-beauty-of-life-through-air-waves/) and I am just reposting it here with few photographic inputs.] 





Gooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllll !!!  Gooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllll !!!! At 4:00 AM on a chilly morning at a hotel room in Samudra Bilas in Mandarmani, Dr.Supratik Sanatani, the famous ophthalmologist from Kolkata, shouted in cheer and immense joy ! Hearing his cheerful voice we all other team members in the same hotel, who went to bed just few minutes before, after sleepless search for distance and exotic radio stations, woke up and rushed to doctor’s shack to found the reason of his excitement. In a few minutes we also started celebrating as we also found the same as that doctor did ! That was a great moment for all of us at hotel Samudra Bilas where we were staying in search of the world through the waves, the Radio Waves!! 

Dr. Sanatani


Yes, ten person from different professions and different locations of India gathered in the that resort at Mandarmoni, at the southern tip of West Bengal coastline in India, with a similar vision and our aim was to hear the far far distance radio stations of the world via radio waves. The reason behind Dr. Supratik Sanatani’s joy was that at that time when the entire country might be sleeping, at that same time he was busy with his radio equipments and ultimately got success in listening a radio station from Amazonian nation Brazil and it was Radio Cultura on the shortwave coming out with live commentary of a football match between two local teams. Just imagine how wonderful was that moment was, when sitting in a small coastal place in India he was able to hear a local event’s live description which was happening in Brazil !!! Absolutely amazing ! On that special mission we not only heard stations from Brazil but heard signals from international radio stations from Laos, Indonesia, UAE, USA, Peru, Madagascar, Oman, Bahrain, Botswana, Armenia, Mali, Israel, Sudan, Zambia, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Rawanda, Germany, Romania and many more countries and no doubt news and event updates from many of such nations are not easily available in television or internet. And this is where the magic of this secret mission that we all DXers were on from 20th to 22nd January 2012. 




I began this journey to that abode of DXing at Samudra Bilas in Mandarmani on 18th of January from my home town Jorhat. On that evening after a hard working day at office I cached the bus to Guwahati where I was supposed to take the Saraighat Express for reaching Kolkata. Mandarmani is about 180 kms way by road from Kolkata and from my home town I travelled by Bus, train and then car and crossed around 1600 kms to reach the DXped camp on 20th late evening.





Hotel Samudra Bilas



The most erratic moment of my journey was that when I heard in the mid way after reaching a small rail station called Pancharatna that our train is delayed by around 7 hours as a goods train derailed on the way. I reached Howrah station 6 hour late and just after reaching there I was directed to catch a local train to reach Alampur via Mourigram rail station. It was quite difficult for me to understand the train routs in West Bengal as every time I visited Kolkata on official purpose I travel by car arranged by our company to move from one place to another. So I took the help of local passengers and boarded the local Howrah-Kharagpur local train and one old gentleman was kind enough to guide me when to get down from train at Mourigram station. From Mourogram I hired one auto rickshow to reach “Alampur Mor” (Highway corner) and here I could not stop myself to taste the famous Kachuri and Rosogulla of West Bengal in a roadside dhaba ! As I was very much hungry I could not say how much I consumed, but only can say it was so tasty. I was in constant touch with Swopan Chakraborty who, by that time, already reached at Mandarmani along with Partha Sarathi Goswami and Dr. Supratik Sanatani and he informed me that they are working on some ground and antenna system and by evening the stage for great radio extravaganza will be ready. This increased my excitement to reach the camp more but I was directed to wait for another few minutes at Alampur as the other DXpeditioners would come by another SUV to pick me up from there for Mandarmani. After waiting for around one hour, I saw a Tavera SUV coming from Kolkata side of the highway with few PVC pipes tied on the top (for beverage) ! I simply guessed that it must be Babul Gupta and his team (Pradip Chandra Kundu, Sudipta Ghose and new entrant to DXped team Rev. Jyoti P. Chakravorty ! Without waiting I rushed towards the car and saw that veteran DXer and a person about whom I was hearing for many years, Mr. Babul Gupta, was running towards me ! I always imagined this person a very kind hearted and loving and my guess was proved during our first meeting. From there we reached Mandarmani beach side by 6:30 PM but as the water level was increased due to high tide we were forced to wait another two hours, at a beach side tea stall, to reach the camp. But that wait was very much productive for me as those veteran DXers were discussing about old but golden days of DXing and how interesting to know about those wonderful days of Indian DX Club International, the host of DXpedition at Mandarmani. We reached the Samudra Bilas hotel at 8:30 PM and it was really tiring journey full of new experiences but in next few days what I gained in that DXped camp, they were just amazing and most remarkable, a lifetime experience.

Friends in Action



Indian Dx Club International was formed sometime in the seventies in Kolkata with members from all over India. Those days this famous club use to publish news letters on regular basis, organised DX meets, issues QSLs and many more. But due to several reasons, the club activities were discontinued until the club was revived with veterans and some energetic young Dxers in 2007. Since year 2009 this club is organising annual DXpeditions with its members participating with lots of enthuasim. The IDXC Mandarmani DXpeditions are being organised annually since 2009 and it was the third edition of MM DXped this year. Few DX enthusiasts of this club also did assembled in Talsari in 2009 for another DXpedition.





I was introduced to hobby of radio listening by one article published in the Assamese magazine “Jilingoni” written by Ashim Jyoti Ghosh. Since then I was listening to radio and revealing its wide spread reach through out the globe. Since then I came in touch with ace Dxers like Dr. Supratik Sanatani, Babul Gupta, Sudipta Ghose, Alokesh Gupta, Swopan Chakraborty, Partha Sarathi Goswami who are from east India. I visited Swopan Chakraborty’s house in 2010 and met PSG last year. And it was a dream of mine to some day attend a DXpedition of IDXC with fellow club members whom I know via correspondence but not physically and simply experts in this field. But I was really amazed that this time I not only met them but also shared views as well as hotel same rooms and radio shacks with these ace DXers!




The best thing about Mandarmani is that there is no any electricity in this village and so radio listening is a pleasure here. Only DG sets run between evening and midnight. Our DXpeditioners ran their equipments using battery power. Total 10 members of Indian DX Club International from West Bengal, Assam, Tripura and New Delhi participated in this year’s DXpedition. Swopan Chakraborty was always advising me that I must attend DXpedition at least to see the amazing DX tools. And the equipments used in MM3 like ICOM R75, R71, IC718, NRD 61 A, Perseus, Drake R8B, Sangean ATS-909, ANJAN DST-10 and many more receivers, antennas such as that wonderful 236 mtr long beverage, few different directional long wires, a dipole antenna brought by Babul Gupta, and few other equipments like MFJ antenna tuner and noise cancellers, etc. But the biggest surprise in Mandarmani was given by Sudipta Ghose, who brought a Perseus very much secretly and it was really ultimate for me……WOW !!, what an interesting assembly of DXing that was !! I was also attracted by the art of Babul Gupta who home brewed his own dipole antenna, baluns, splitters and other antenna equipments.




I just thought that if I might be living in Kolkata and could visit Babul Gupta & Dr.Supratik Sanatani’s QTH off and on, then I might have learn more and many of my problem regarding antenna brewing would have been solved, for which I often irritate Swopan Chakraborty and PSG over phone !! So, using these DX gears and after three sleepless nights we found many success tracing the rare signals in the waves. Particularly those days the tropical bands were performing good and stations like Radio Cultura and few other Brazilian stations, Radio Tarma from Peru, CVC Zambia, RRI Palankaraya, Lao National Radio, Tajik Radio, Radio Djibouti, Radio Khartoum from Sudan, Radio Ethiopia, KOL Isreal, Cross Radio, stations from Chile, Radio Nikkei from Japan, tropical band stations from Australia, Indonesia and most interestingly few central Asian and European stations on Long Wave too were successfully logged during this DXpedition.



My personal country logged in MM3 is 48, only via shortwave, which simply proves that shortwave is still alive and hope it’ll be there forever too. My surprise was those pirate medium wave stations operated by local broadcasters (locations of them we could not trace) which we logged here. They played mostly Bengali songs, radio drama and local advertisements and announcements, but they were coming as if they were operating just from the next door of our hotel room !!! I brought my newly purchased FujiFilm long zooming camera for photo shoot and my personal photography. And the beautiful landscape of Mandarmani has every ingredients for excellent photography too. I clicked few wonderful shots of my life time there including that MM3 members photos reflecting in Jyoti P Chakravorty’s Sun Glass !!!! And I met another great photographer in form of Dr. Supratik Sanatani, who does everything from his heart, be it listening to radio or catching subjects through his camera lens.



The main aim of this DXped was to bring more thrill to the life of each participating DXers and began a bond of friendship among the radio hobbyist and let the new DXers learn those golden days of DXing and learn about the technical aspects of radio listening with some practical hand and all these aims were very nicely achieved by Mandarmoni DXpedition Part three. I hope that the reviving Indian DX Club International will live long and beckon people of India to experience the beauty of life through the air waves !






MY LOGS DURING MANDARMANI DXPEDITION-3

My logs during MM3 can be read and downloaded here:


And the compiled log sheet of all participants can be found here: http://www.idxci.in/mandarmani-dxped-3-logs/
Read about previous DXpeditions of Indian DX Club International here: 

Talsari DXpedition 2009:: http://talsaridxped.blogspot.in/

Mandarmani DXpedition 2009:: http://mandarmanidxped.blogspot.in/

Mandarmani DXpedition 2010:: http://mmdxped2.blogspot.in/

Mandarmani DXpedition 2012:: http://www.idxci.in/mandarmani-dxpedition-3/