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Thursday, August 15, 2013

INDEPENDENCE DAY DXING (15th August 2013)

As India today celebrated 67th Independence day and its a national holiday today, so I got the opportunity to spend some time with my radios and log these stations today at my QTH located in Jorhat in the Assam state of India. Geographical location Latitude: 26° 45' 0 N, Longitude: 94° 13' 0 E, receivers used JRC NRD-91 and Sangean ATS-909 and antenna used 20 mt. long multidirectional antenna and Kestral W31MS active loop antenna.  

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation transmitting from Trincomalee in Hindi received on 11905 kHz around 0205 UTC with great signal today. Here is a video:- 



Bangladesh Betar Home Service transmitting from Shavar in Bengali received on 4750 kHz around 0145 UTC with clear reception. Watch the video:


Vatican Radio in Indian languages was also coming with nice signal on 15460 kHz around 0220 UTC. Here is a video:-



KTWR from Guam in English also received with fair signal on 15200 kHz around 0920 UTC. Here is a video:-


Radio Mashal from Kuwait in Poshto received on 15740 kHz around 0926 UTC with fine reception. Here is a video:-


Radio Pakistan from Islamabad in Urdu received on 15725 kHz with not much satisfactory reception though around 0925 UTC. 



Voice of Russia in English was booming on 21820 kHz around 0930 UTC. VOR was also coming great on 21800 kHz at this same time. Watch the video:- 



T8WH- World Harvest Radio from Palau in English was monitored with good reception on 9930 kHz around 0932 UTC. 



But Voice of Mongolia English transmission was not heard today at 0900 UTC on 12085 kHz. Please see the video. 


Hope these logging details will be of some use to my fellow DXers around the world. 

73's,

Prithwiraj 

India's 67th I-Day Celebration- Some AIR Monitoring Observation


Today India is celebrating 67th Independence Day and on this auspicious occasion All India Radio and all its regional stations on shortwave, medium wave and FM has broadcast live coverage of Flag Hosting and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's address to the nation from Red Fort, New Delhi. Here are some monitoring observation of AIR stations on SW and MW from my QTH at Jorhat in the North Eastern state of Assam. 

AIR Kohima, which was off air for past several weeks, monitored active during I-Day celebration. After yesterday's coverage of President's message to the nation between 1330-1400 UTC, today AIR Kohima was received with strong signal and clear audio on 4850 kHz from my monitoring time 0130 UTC. AIR Kohima also heard on MW 639 kHz, with not so strong reception though.  Here are two videos. 




AIR Aizawl, again a North East Indian station, was also active with live I-Day coverage on 5050 kHz at 0145 UTC. 



AIR Shillong, on 4971 kHz (instead on actual 4970 kHz) was inactive yesterday during President's message coverage. But today this station was also heard with good signal at 0140 UTC on 4971 kHz with running commentary from Red Fort. 



AIR Itanagar, though off air on SW 4990 kHz, but today heard them on MW 675 kHz with I-Day coverage. Here is a video. 


Another AIR regional station from NE India, like AIR Guwahati was heard on 7420 kHz but nothing was on 4940 kHz which has been reported off air for some time now. AIR Imphal (on 7335 kHz and 4775 kHz) is still off air and nothing heard on occasion of Independence day. AIR Gangtok from Sikkim was heard on 4835 kHz but the reception was not that satisfactory here in my QTH. Here is a quick reception summary of other AIR stations I have monitored this morning during I-Day celebration coverage from Red Fort.

7225 kHz- ?- SINPO- 33333
11985 kHz- Delhi- SINPO 45444 
15050 kHz- Delhi- SINPO 55555
6030 kHz- Delhi- Not heard
6155 kHz- Aligarh- Not Heard
9595 kHz- Delhi- SINPO 55444
11620 kHz- B'luru- SINPO 35333
7430 kHz- Bhopal- Not Heard
7380 kHz- Chennai- SINPO 35333
7420 kHz- Hyderabad- Not Heard
7210 kHz- Kolkata- SINPO 35222
7390 kHz- Port Blair- Not Heard
6020 kHz- Shimla- Fainted 
4880 kHz- Lucknow- SINPO 25222
4895 kHz- Kurseong- SINPO 35333 
4950 kHz- Srinagar- Not Heard 



And last but not the least AIR Dibrugarh from Assam was also heard on MW 567 kHz with clear reception relaying I-Day coverage from Delhi station. 



For all these above monitoring I have used my JRC NRD-91 receiver and a 20 mt. long multi directional long wire antenna and these observations were made between 0130 to 0225 UTC. 

With my hearty Independence Day wishes to all my fellow Indians. 

73's.   

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

AIR Monitoring Observation:- President's Message to the Nation

Here are some important monitoring observation of AIR stations on SW relaying President's message on 14th August 2013, the eve of 67th Independence day of India between 1330-1400 UTC here in my QTH at Jorhat, Assam. 

4660 Leh:- Fainted reception. 
4775 Imphal:- Off the air.
4810 Hyderabad: SINPO 35323
4830 Jammu:- off the air.
4835 Gangtok:- SINPO 25222
4840 Mumbai:- SINPO 25222
4850 Kohima:- SINPO 45333
4880 Lucknow:- SINPO 35333
4895 Kurseong:- SINPO 45444
4910 Jaipur:- SINPO 35333
4920 Chennai:- SINPO 35433
4940 Guwahati: off the air. 
4960 Ranchi:- off the air. 
4970 Shillong:- Only hum noise heard.
4990 Itanagar:- off the air. 
5010 Trivandram:- Fainted
5040 Jeypore:- SINPO 25222
5050 Aizawl:- SINPO 34333
6030 Delhi:- SINPO 32322
9425 Delhi:- SINPO 55444
9870 B'lore:- SINPO 54544

Also on mediumwave heard President's message on 567 kHz (Dibrugarh), 621 kHz (Patna), 675 kHz (Itanagar), 711 kHz (Siliguri) and 828 kHz (Silchar). 

Here is a recording of first 10 mins of President's message to the nation. 

https://app.box.com/s/gun2ebeigl4lfb87texx

ALL INDIA RADIO KOHIMA IS BACK ON 4850 kHz!!

All India Radio Kohima from Nagaland state in the North Eastern region of India, which was off the air for past few weeks, as monitored by DXers around the world, is back today on 4850 kHz as I monitored this station between 1330-1400 UTC relaying President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee's address to the nation on the eve of India's 67th Independence day. The reception condition was also satisfactory. 

Here is a video of AIR Kohima with President's message translated in Hindi. 


Sunday, August 11, 2013

My Recent Monitoring of AIR Stations from NE India

In past few days I have read many monitoring observation posts from Ron Howard from California, USA and Gautam Kumar Sharma of Abhayapuri, Assam regarding AIR Shillong, AIR Aizawl and other AIR regional stations who are currently broadcasting on shortwave. These postings in yahoo DX lists increased my curiosity for these station's recent status and during past few days I have been regularly monitoring these stations. As far as  AIR Shillong and AIR Aizawl is concerned, I have monitored these two station in past few days and yes, found that AIR Shillong is now can be better heard on 4971 kHz rather than 4970 kHz. Please find below two links for AIR Shillong video as received here in my QTH at Jorhat in Assam, in the morning hours. 



And AIR Aizawl, although not very strong, but can be heard now in morning as well as evening hours on 5050 kHz. During evening hours though I observed some interference from CNR. Here are two videos. 





I have also tried other AIR stations in NE, viz AIR Imphal on 4775 kHz, AIR Gangtok on 4835 kHz, AIR Kohima on 4850 kHz, AIR Kurseong on 4895 kHz, AIR Guwahati on 4940 kHz and AIR Itanagar on 4990 kHz on 9th August morning between 0300-0400 UTC, but could not heard any of them except AIR Kurseong on 4895 kHz. This prove that other AIR stations are off the air these days as already informed by Ron Howard and Gautam Sharma. Here is a video of this AIR station search. 


For all these observations I have used JRC NRD-91 receiver and a 20 mt. long dipole antenna. Hope these will be useful information for all of you as AIR will be broadcasting LIVE commentary of  India's 67th Independence Day celebration from Red Fort, New Delhi on 15th August and these AIR stations are suppose to relay this program on their respective frequencies between 0135-0240 UTC. Please monitor and if received any you can send your Reception Reports to : spectrum-manager@air.org.in

or

Director ( Spectrum Management & Synergy)
All India Radio,
Room No. 204
Akashvani Bhawan,
Parliament Street
New Delhi110001, India

So, until next time good bye and 73's.