Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Swans, pigs and the CIA : An unlikely radio story

Shortwave radio is boring, right? Maybe not. You never know what intrigue and excitement you might intercept. We recently covered secret number stations, and while no one knows for sure exactly what their purpose is, it is almost surely involving cloaks and daggers. However, there's been some more obvious espionage radio, like Radio Swan.

Read the full story here...

Statement on newly announced Government funding of the World Service

Tony Hall, the Director-General of the BBC, said:

"I warmly welcome today's announcement. It's fantastic news.

"This new funding is the single biggest increase in the World Service budget ever committed by any government.

"The millions announced today will help the BBC deliver on our commitment to uphold global democracy through accurate, impartial and independent news reporting.

"The World Service is one of the UK's most important cultural exports and one of our best sources of global influence. We can now further build on that. The funding will also help speed us on to our target of reaching half a billion people globally."

- Enhanced TV services for Africa
- New radio services for audiences in North Korea; radio and digital services for Ethiopia and Eritrea
- Additional language offers via digital and TV in India and Nigeria
- More regionalised content to better serve audiences to the BBC Arabic Service
- Dedicated TV output for Somalia and a fully digital service for Thailand
- Enhanced digital and TV services for Russian speakers, both in Russia and surrounding communities
- A video-led digital transformation of Languages services
- To expand the impact and future-proof World Service English

(BBC Press Office)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

U.S. International Media Attracts Record Audience of 226 Million

NOVEMBER 16, 2015                                                                                                    
WASHINGTON - The Broadcasting Board of Governors today released its annual impact numbers, including an unprecedented weekly measured audience of 226 million. The increase includes substantial gains in digital and television audiences in highly competitive media markets that are of strategic importance to the United States.

Digital audiences increased from 25 million to 32 million, driven in part by social media and circumvention tools used by Radio Free Asia and Voice of America to evade the Chinese firewall and engage audiences in China, as well as a new multi-platform campaign launched by the Middle East Broadcasting Networks aimed at engaging Iraqi audiences and providing them an opportunity to voice their opinions.

Thanks in part to a successful customized affiliate strategy, especially in Latin America, Africa and the Russian periphery, television audiences saw a substantial increase, growing 18 million in the last year.

"This audience increase - while it is just one of many impact measurements -- shows the hunger for accurate and reliable information around the world," said BBG CEO and Director John Lansing. "As propaganda and misinformation continue to saturate media markets globally, more and more people are turning to the networks of the BBG for trusted, fact-based reporting.  But even as we reach more people, we will hold ourselves accountable to ensuring that our content has measurable impact in the parts of the world where free speech and expression are inhibited or denied altogether."

In addition to weekly audience size, the BBG measures its impact using quantitative, qualitative, digital and anecdotal data on a wide range of factors including program quality and credibility, engagement with the news process, and audience understanding of current events. Examples of impact include:

Ramped up coverage of Russia and the periphery by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America with a daily co-produced television program carried by 25 affiliates throughout the region that is watched by nearly two million people weekly online in Russia.
Continued and expanded reporting by Voice of America during the upheaval in Burundi - the only international source of news and information in Kirundi after the government shutdown private radio and social media
The successful launch of a news program by the Office of Cuba Broadcasting dedicated to informing the people of Cuba on the process of normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

To learn more about the BBG's performance measures, the 2015 Performance and Accountability Report, along with the BBG's 2015 audience overview and explanation of research methodology are available on the BBG website.
The Broadcasting Board of Governors is an independent federal agency, supervising all U.S. government-supported, civilian international media, whose mission is to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. BBG networks include the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti). BBG programming has a measured audience of 226 million in more than 100 countries and in 61 languages.
(BBG Press Release)

Schedule of next test broadcasts of Marconi Radio International

Greetings from Italy !

Here is the schedule for the next test broadcasts of Marconi Radio International:

21st November 2015, from 1300 to 1430 UTC
22nd November 2015, from 0900 to 1300 UTC
25th November 2015, from 1800 to 1930 UTC

Our frequency is 11390 kHz and power in the region of 30 watts. Test broadcasts consist of non stop music, station identification announcements in Italian, English, Spanish as well as DX shows in English and Italian.

MRI encourages reception reports from listeners. Audio clips (mp3-file) of our broadcasts  are welcome !
until now reception reports, found to be correct, have been received from 13 countries:  Austria,  Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine. We are anxious to receive feedbacks from more countries!

We QSL 100%. Our E-mail address is: marconiradiointernational@gmail.com
We hope that you will share this information with your members.
Thank you very much for your cooperation

Marconi Radio International (MRI)
Short wave test broadcasts from Italy
on 11390 kHz

Friday, November 13, 2015

TWR Russian Frequency Change

Starting Nov 11, 2015 "Trans World Radio" for their broadcasts in Belarusian and Russian languages are broadcast from 15.00 to 15.29 UTC, began to use the new frequency 7375 kHz instead of the declared schedule 7300 kHz.

Replacement made due to strong interference from on 7300 kHz RTI in Chinese and "jammers" as a program CNR1 in Chinese. Unfortunately, the selection of frequencies in this band is limited in several aspects.

(Vasily Walk,Trans World Radio)

Via open_dx list

BBC Burmese Radio extended by 90 minutes

Burmese broadcast of the BBC which was scheduled at 1430-1515 UTC on weekdays, has been extended to daily transmissions from November 7, 2015

It is an extension of the broadcasting time aimed at the general election in Myanmar.

BBC Burmese, Nivember 7

0000-0030 UTC 5875, 9510, 12025 kHz
0200-0230 UTC 9510, 11995, 12070 kHz
1345-1430 UTC 7485, 9900, 11945 kHz
1430-1515 UTC 7485, 11945 kHz (ex. M.-F.)


Manara Radio on 15440 kHz

Manara Radio in Hausa noted at 0730-0830 UTC on 15440kHz, 1600 UTC broadcast not heard. Manara Radio website under construction. The Manara in Hausa, it will be the same meaning as the Russian Mayak. 

RTI Frequency change

Radio Taiwan International frequency change, November 9  : 

1200-1230 UTC Cantonese 9735 kHz (ex.11915)
1230-1300 UTC Hakka 9735 kHz (ex.11915)
1200-1300 UTC Indonesian 11915 kHz (ex.9735)
2200-2300 UTC Japanese 9735 kHz (ex.11605)
2300-2400 UTC Thai 7445 kHz (ex. 9625)

Special EDXC Broadcast 5-7 December

Rhein-Main-Radio-Club will be broadcasting on shortwave about EDXC - Conference at St.Petersburg. Special QSL-Card for reception reports to RMRC mail@rmrc.de or by post Rhein-Main-Radio-Club e.V. , Postfach 700849, 60558 Frankfurt, Germany.
Via Lithuania:
5 December 0800-0900 on 11690 to Asia (Japan) in English
5 December 0900-1000 on 11690 to Russia in Russian.

5 December at 2200-2300 on 11580 may be audible in Europe
6 December at 0100-0200 on 11580 may be audible in Europe
6 December at 2300-0000 on 5850 to North America
6 December at 0500-0600 on 9955 to Caribbean and Latin America
7 December at 2100-2200 on 7570 to North America. This may also be audible in Europe.
7 December at 2100-2200 on 15770 to Europe and North America. 
(DX-clusive via Lehtinen)
(DX-Window No. 542, Danish  Shortwave  Club  International)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

All India radio, Jammu starts DRM transmission on 1000 kHz

With effect from 5th Nov'15 Radio Kashmir, Jammu has started simulcast transmission of it's primary service programmes with AM on 990 kHz and DRM on 1000 kHz

Radio Kashmir, Jammu also broadcasted a discussion programme "Radio Kashmir, Jammu broadcasts on DRM, what does this means to a Radio Listener? " on Thursday, the 12th of Nov at 7:25 A.M in which DDG(E) Radio Kashmir, Jammu K.K.Singh alongwith Shailesh Raina explained it bit by bit to the listeners in conversation with Nitish Arora.
(Photos courtesy Radio Kashmir, Jammu FB page) 

AIR Mumbai DRM tests in simulcast mode

AIR Mumbai 'A' - 100 kW
- Name of Channel - SAMVADITA
- Analogue Frequency -  1044 kHz
- DRM Frequency  -        1054 kHz
- Transmission Timings :
Morning -  0555 - 1010 IST
General -  1200 - 1430 IST
Evening - 1700 - 2310 IST
AIR Mumbai 'B' - 100 kW
- Name of Channel - ASMITA
- Analogue Frequency - 558 kHz
- DRM Frequency       -  568 kHz
- Transmission Timings :
Morning -  0525 - 1500 IST
General  -  1700 - 2330 IST
Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


KTWR DRM Test on 9975 kHz till end of Nov'15
1215-1245 UTC
SUN - Japanese (Analog)
TUES, WED, THURS - Chinese (Analog)
Reception reports to : ktwrfreq@guam.twr.org
OR, submit online at : http://www.twr.asia/online-qsl-form


Monday, November 02, 2015

All India Radio Jabalpur (M.P) all set for digital Radio transmission

Newsreport published in local newspaper courtesy Ajaya Gupta, ADGE (WZ Project) on twitter.


TURKEY    Winter B-15 schedule for Voice of Turkey
Shortwave Broadcasting Schedule of VOT, language sorted, between 25 October 2015 - 27 March 2016 dates

11955 1000-1100 37N,38N,39,40  500 210 216 Ara       TUR TRT
 9665 1500-1600 38E,39,40W      250 150 205 Ara      TUR TRT
15200 1500-1600 37,38W,46       500 252 211 Ara      TUR TRT
11835 0800-0900 29SE,40NW      250  72 211 Aze       TUR TRT
 5965 1630-1730 29,39,40,41    500  90 205 Aze       TUR TRT
 7245 1200-1230 28S            250 290 210 Bul       TUR TRT
17755 1230-1330 28             500 310 215 Deu       TUR TRT
 7205 1830-1930 28             250 310 205 Deu       TUR TRT
 7240 0400-0500 38E,39,40W     500 138 215 Eng       TUR TRT
 9655 0400-0500 3-9,17 18 2728 500 335 215 Eng       TUR TRT
12035 1330-1430 18S,27,28W     500 310 205 Eng       TUR TRT
11730 1730-1830 30S,40E,41,49  500 105 215 Eng       TUR TRT
 6050 1930-2030 27,28W         250 290 210 Eng       TUR TRT
 9610 2130-2230 39-41,49545558 500 105 219 Eng       TUR TRT
 5960 2300-2400 5,8,9,11,17,18 500 310 215 Eng       TUR TRT
11795 0930-1100 39N,40NW       500 105 205 Persian   TUR TRT
 9530 1600-1700 30S,40         500 105 205 Persian   TUR TRT
 9620 1830-1930 38,47,48       500 180 216 French    TUR TRT
 5970 2030-2130 27,28W         500 290 210 French    TUR TRT
 6050 2030-2130 37,38,46       500 247 205 French    TUR TRT
 6185 1500-1530 28S            500 290 210 Ita       TUR TRT
 9840 1100-1200 29S            250  72 211 Georgian  TUR TRT
 9785 1430-1500 29E,30,31,42NW 500  62 211 Kaz       TUR TRT
11680 1600-1730 30S,40N        250  92 211 DariPashtoTUR TRT
 9410 1400-1500 19-22,29,30N   250  20 205 Rus       TUR TRT
 9410 0200-0300 12,13-15,16,37 500 252 219 Spa       TUR TRT
 9650 0200-0300 8,10-12,27,37  500 290 219 Spa       TUR TRT
 9495 1730-1830 27S,28,37      250 270 210 Spa       TUR TRT
15360 1100-1130 19,20,29,30    500  32 215 Tatar     TUR TRT
11965 1300-1330 30S,40N        250  72 211 Turkmen   TUR TRT
 6000 0100-0300 30,40,42       500  72 205 Tur       TUR TRT
 9700 0500-0700 18S,27,28      500 310 215 Tur       TUR TRT
 9820 0500-0700 39             250 138 215 Tur       TUR TRT
11925 0700-1000 29SE,39NE,40NW 500  97 205 Tur       TUR TRT
15480 0700-1300 38E,39,40W     500 120 205 Tur       TUR TRT
15350 0700-1400 27,28          500 310 205 Tur       TUR TRT
11815 1400-1700 27,28          250 300 205 Tur       TUR TRT
 5980 1700-2200 27,28          250 310 215 Tur       TUR TRT
 6120 1700-2200 38E,39,40W     500 150 205 Tur       TUR TRT
 9460 0300-0400 42             500  72 211 Uig       TUR TRT
13685 1330-1430 42,43          500  72 205 Uig       TUR TRT
11985 1300-1400 40,41N         500  92 211 Urd       TUR TRT
13655 1130-1200 30             500  72 211 Uzb       TUR TRT
12045 1200-1300 42-44          500  72 217 Chn       TUR TRT

(HFCC database, language short calls updated by wwdxc BC-DX TopNews Oct 28)

India's first Digital Radio DRM receiver AV-DR-1401 is now available on amazon.in

India's first Digital Radio DRM receiver AV-DR-1401 is now available on amazon.in
Supprts xHE-AAC code, DRM text messages, Scrolling messages, Service mode , AFS (Alternate Frequency Switching), 10 hour power back on single charge, 3.7V @6000mAh Li-Pol battery (Lead Free), 3.5" TFT LCD capable of rendering more than 1,000,000 colors, DRM Emergency Warning alerts ( even if the radio is OFF) ,Digital Audio output, Journaline data, Program recording , EPG (Electronic Program Guide),MOT Slide show.

Amazon.in links :

Granite Color : http://tinyurl.com/qj4zgqs

If you are ordering our of India please contact : ankit@avionelectronics.in

Official website of Avion Electronics : http://www.avionelectronics.in/


3.5" TFT LCD
320 x 480 Resolution
Stereo Speakers and Headphones
FM : 87.5-108 MHz
DRM/AM : SW 2.3-27 MHz
DRM/AM : MW 522-1720 MHz
Adjustable Tuning Speed
Adjustable MW Step 9/10 kHz
MPEG Audio Signal
Digital Audio Output
10 Hours Battery Backup
DC in 5V 1000mA
Built in Li-Pol Rechargable Battery
3.7 @ 6000 Mah Battery
3.5 mm Stereo Headphone Jack
Micro SD Card Slot
DRM Audio Input AAC+
External Antenna Jack 3.5 mm
Speaker 3.5" 4 Ohms 3W
Detachable Remote Control

Key Features

DRM/AM/FM Stereo Reception
MW/SW/FM Bands
DRM Journaline Data
DRM Scrolling Text
DRM Program Recording
Auto Scan and Manual Tuning
DRM Emergency Warning
Unicode Character Support
100 Station Memory
Music/Photos playback from Micro SD Card
Multiple Language Support
Realtime Clock
MOT Slideshow
Service Mode
Battery Indicator

(Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi, 9818449395)