Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Special broadcasts by All India Radio for Republic Day 2023

Special broadcasts by All India Radio for Republic Day 2023

India is celebrating its 74th Republic Day on 26 Jan 2023 (Thursday). All India Radio will broadcast special programs in connection with the Republic Day celebrations as follows:

25th January 2023 (Wednesday) : Eve of Republic Day

1330 UTC (1900 IST) onwards Hon'ble President's address to the nation in Hindi and English. This will be broadcast by all stations of AIR on MW, SW, FM. Shortly after this broadcast, the local stations will broadcast its translations in local languages.


Also on DTH Channels/ airlivenews 24x7

26 January 2023 (Thursday) : Republic Day

All India Radio will broadcast the ive running commentary in english & hindi of Republic Day parade and cultural pageant to be held at India Gate, New Delhi from 0410 UTC (0940 IST) on the following SW frequencies :

Hindi : 9950 kHz (Delhi 100 kW), 11560 (Delhi 100 kW)

English : 15030 (Bengaluru 500 kW)

External Service in Persian, Arabic, Baluchi, Pashto & Dari languages would stand cancelled.
News bulletins scheduled during the running commentary will stand cancelled.
AIR leh on 4760 kHz will change to its day time frequency 6000 kHz between 0345-0400 UTC (ie much earlier than usual) .

All stations of AIR on MW, FM & 'Akashvani AIR' YouTube Channel will relay the running commentary.

On MW/FM frequencies as per below mentioned links.

MW Frequencies : http://www.qsl.net/vu2jos/mw/freq.htm
FM Frequencies : http://www.qsl.net/vu2jos/fm/airfreq.htm

Also on DTH Channels/ airlivenews 24x7

Please send your reception reports on line at: https://feedback.prasarbharati.org/
or by email to: spectrum-manager@prasarbharati.org.in

Live streaming of the above programs is available at :  http://allindiaradio.gov.in/

Live streaming of the above programs is available in:


Reception Reports to :
Please send your reception reports on line at: http://pbinfo.air.org.in/feedback/
or by email to: spectrum-manager@air.org.in or spectrum-manager@prasarbharati.gov.in

or

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

This will be available on Doordarshan TV as follows:

(Alokesh Gupta & Jose Jacob)

Thursday, January 12, 2023

XHDATA radios now available on Amazon India

XHDATA has launched its products on amazon.in, XHDATA D-808 Portable Radio which is popular with listeners is now available on amazon.in for Rs 8989 plus 10% discount coupon is available. Many other XHDATA, Sihuadon & Tecsun receivers are available at discounted price in the store. Until now these receivers were imported from China/Hongkong or Indian importers used to import & sell them at exorbitant prices.

SIHUADON Store on amazon.in

https://www.amazon.in/stores/XHDATARadio/page/29CB1A1C-D094-4A01-BDBE-437DB51F657C?ref_=ast_bln

Photo courtesy : radiowow.com

(Alokesh Gupta)

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

BIS publishes standards for digital television receivers with built in satellite tuners

The Bureau of Indian Standards has published three significant Indian Standards in the area of Electronics.  The first standard is Indian Standard for digital television receivers with built in satellite tuners.  Bureau of Indian standards, through its technical Committee has published an Indian Standard IS 18112:2022 Specification for television with built in satellite tuners. TVs manufactured as per this Indian standard would enable reception of Free-To-Air TV and Radio channels just by connecting a dish antenna with LNB mounted on a suitable place, at roof top/side wall of the building.

This would facilitate transmission of knowledge about government initiatives, schemes, educational content of Doordarshan and repository of Indian culture programs to reach and benefit wide segment of population in the country at large.

At present, Television (TV) viewers in the country need to purchase set-top box for viewing various paid and free channels. The viewer is required to use set top box even for the reception of free to air channels (non-encrypted) transmitted by Doordarshan. Now Doordarshan is in the process of phasing out Analog transmission. Free to air channels will continue to be broadcast using digital satellite transmission by Doordarshan.

To enable the reception of these free to air channels without use of set top box, there is a need for television receivers with inbuilt suitable satellite tuner.

The second standard is Indian Standard for USB Type C receptacles, plug and cables. Bureau of Indian standards has published Indian standard IS/IEC 62680-1-3:2022 USB Type-C® Cable and Connector Specification. This Indian standard is adoption of existing International standard IEC 62680-1- 3:2022.

This standard provides requirements for USB Type-C port, plug and cables for use in various electronic devices like mobile phone, laptop, notebook etc. This standard would provide common charging solutions for the smartphones and other electronic devices sold in the country. This would facilitate in reduction in number of charger per consumer as consumers will no longer need to buy different chargers every time they buy a new device. This would help in achieving Government of India's mission to reduce e-waste and move towards sustainable development.

Earlier consumers have to keep different chargers for various electronic devices they possess which leads to extra expenditure, increase in e-waste and a lot of inconvenience. Countries worldwide are working to address these issues.

The third Standard is Indian Standards for Video Surveillance Systems. Bureau of Indian Standards, through its technical committee on Alarms and Electronic Security Systems has developed a series of Indian Standard (IS 16910) on Video Surveillance Systems for use in Security Applications. IS 16910 series of Standards is an adoption of the International Standard IEC 62676 series. The standard provides a detailed outline of all the aspects of a Video Surveillance System such as requirements for its components like camera devices, interfaces, system requirements and tests to ascertain the image quality of the camera devices and also specifies guidelines on efficient installation of the system.

Considering the constantly evolving technology in the security industry and the abundant options of VSS to choose from it has become cumbersome for the common person, be it the installers/ specifiers/ users, to pick the right set of VSS that exactly fits his intended use. This series of Standards would assist customers, installers and users in establishing their requirements, determining the appropriate equipment required for their intended application, and also provide means of evaluating objectively the performance of the VSS. This will also help in making the surveillance system more secure, robust and cost effective.

Video Surveillance System (VSS) is an essential security component that is used almost everywhere to capture any unwanted activity. Due to the multitude of video cameras offered for sale in the marketplace, and the seemingly infinite variety of camera features and options available, efforts to procure the right video surveillance system that produce images of suitable quality for the intended use have become confusing and technically challenging. Also, the owners and or installers do not have a clear idea of the purpose of each video surveillance system and the level of detail needed to achieve that purpose.

(PIB Press Release)

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Radio Free Asia announces QSL Card #81

To welcome the Year of the Rabbit, Radio Free Asia (RFA) announces its latest QSL card. RFA is closing out an historic year of impactful reporting and exciting growth, during which we have begun broadening our programming and storytelling capacity, as well as updating our technological infrastructure. As we continue our expansion, we look forward to serving our audiences in 2023! This is RFA's 81st. QSL design and will be used to confirm all valid RFA reception reports from January – April 2023.

                                                              RFA's QSL CARD #81

Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, Tibetan (including Uke, Amdo, and Kham dialects), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in our editorial content. As a 'surrogate' broadcaster, RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of our target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of our broadcasts comprise news of specific local interest.  More information about RFA, including our current broadcast frequency schedule, is always 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 not only from DX'ers, but also from our general listening audience.

Reception reports are accepted by email at qsl@rfa.org and by mail to:
Reception Reports
Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20036
United States of America

Thursday, December 22, 2022

New community radio stations coming up in Kerala

New Community Radio Station from Kerala is Sargakshetra 89.6 FM from Kottayam Dist. The Studio is installed at Mannanam, a small village in Ettumanoor Taluk in Kottayam District and it comes under Athirampuzha Panchayath and shares Alappuzha border with Kuttanad. It is located 8 KM away from the north from the district headquarters Kottayam, 4 KM from Ettumanoor, 161 KM from the State capital Thiruvananthapuram, and the nearest airport is Kochi – it is 75 KM.

Salil Sivadas Foundation , Mattannur, Kannur Dist, Kerala is now testing on 89.6 MHz (50 Watts). It is proposed to be inaugurated on 7 Jan 2023

The following new FM Relay Stations of All India Radio in Kerala State will be inaugurated by Shri. Narendra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India on 31 Dec 2022
Kayamkulam, Alappuzha Dist 100.1 MHz (100 Watts)
Pathamamthitta 101.0 MHz ( 100 Watts)
These stations will relay AIR Thiruvanthapuram from 5.50 am to 11.10 pm

(Info from Jose Jacob, Hyderabad & Ouseph Varghese, VU2KOV in Kollam)

WMLK testing in DRM mode on 9275 kHz

WMLK Radio based in Pennsylvania, United States was noted testing in DRM mode today on 9275 kHz, first noted by Glenn Hauser at around 1554 UTC.

WMLK uses 300 kW Ampegon TSW 2300D transmitter which was upgraded for digital broadcast last week.

In spring 2017, WMLK Radio's transmitter building caught fire and the previous Ampegon transmitter (originally built in 1975 under heritage BBC brand, and working reliably until the fire) was completely destroyed. 


Monday, December 19, 2022

Happy 90th anniversary to BBC World Service

This is London calling"
Happy 90th anniversary to BBC World Service, calling the world since 1932.

Learn more about rich history of BBC World Service here: https://bit.ly/3hz0Vcw

In a special 90th anniversary programme, Nick Rankin digs into a treasure trove of sound archive and talks to journalists who made and still make the BBC World Service such a remarkable network.


(Via BBC News Press Team on Twitter)


Monday, December 12, 2022

Japan Shortwave Club(JSWC) 70th anniversary special program via HCJB Australia

Japan Shortwave Club(JSWC) celebrated 70th anniversary this year 2022. In July 1952, just after Japan gained independence again by San Francisco Peace Conference, students Tohoku University in Sendai founded the club, and published the first edition of "SW DX Guide" (8 pages, all in English) by mimeograph printing. 

The first forward was given by Mr.O.Lund Johansen, the publisher and the editor of World Radio Handbook of the days, as "My heartiest congratulation to Japan Shortwave Club. I hope the World Radio Handbook will be of value to each of the members in their world listening, and in this way contribute to best possible understanding between the Japanese people and the pop peoples of other countries". Also "Asora DX Club" in Germany sent the celebrating message. Annual membership fee was only 300 yen for domestic and 80 cents for foreign members!

To celebrate 70th anniversary special talk about the history of JSWC between Toshimichi Ohtake, club member since 1953 and Takahito Akabayashi, since 1966, in Japanese will be on air on December 17 ("BCL Day" in Japan, celebrating the birthday of legendary BCL late Koji Yamada 1940-2008 who was also a member of JSWC) and 18 by Reach Beyond Australia "HCJB Japanese" (Kununura 75kW 5deg).

Part 1 December 16 2230-2300 15420 repeated December 17 1100-1130 11905
Part 2 December 17 2230-2300 15420 repeated December 18 1100-1130 11905

Special eQSL, woodprint by member artist Hiroyoki Ogawasara, will be issued by JSWC for the reception reports, address <jswc70qsl @ gmail.com>.

(Takahito Akabayashi, Tokyo, Japan via WOR)
 

RFA Names Ginny Stein as Southeast Asia Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – Radio Free Asia (RFA), a nonprofit news corporation that brings answers, accountability, and empowerment to populations in Asian countries under authoritarian rule, today named Ginny Stein as its new Southeast Asia Managing Editor. Stein brings more than two decades of experience in journalism, working as a foreign correspondent and broadcaster across radio, TV and digital platforms, as well as managing overseas media operations. She replaces Mat Pennington, who is now serving as RFA's Senior Managing Editor.

"Ginny is a superb newsroom leader, whose extensive experience both as a journalist and strategic planner will be invaluable to RFA," RFA President Bay Fang said. "As we work to meet the immense challenges facing audiences in authoritarian areas in Southeast Asia, Ginny is the perfect fit to help drive our coverage in the region forward."  

"I'm excited to be joining RFA during this historic period of growth for the organization," Stein said. "I have tremendous respect for RFA's mission of bringing timely news to audiences who would otherwise be left in the dark. That mission is as crucial as ever in Southeast Asia and I am honored to have this opportunity to boost RFA's impact in the region."  

Stein will oversee RFA's coverage of its Southeast Asia programming. She will manage the daily operations and long-term plans for RFA's Burmese, Khmer, Lao and Vietnamese services. Prior to joining RFA, Stein worked for two decades as a multimedia journalist, filling a number of roles including foreign correspondent and camerawoman for Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), where she was appointed the public broadcaster's first female Southeast Asia correspondent to Bangkok.

During her tenure as a journalist, Stein produced stories in Asia, Africa, the Americas, the Middle East and the Pacific. She is a three-time winner of Australia's highest journalist award for stories she filmed in Myanmar, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. In addition, Stein previously served as Director at Blue Sky Vision Vanuatu, where she developed strategic communications plans and international reporting and content production for a wide range of news organizations including the Guardian, ITV UK, Al Jazeera, SBS Australia TV and RFA sister network Voice of America. Stein earned her Master's Degree in Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development from the University of Newcastle in Australia and her Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.  

(Press Release)

Monday, December 05, 2022

Community Radio Station 90.0 'Bhavyavani' inaugurated

Community Radio Station 90.0 'Bhavyavani' inaugurated in Hisar by the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur


Shri Anurag Singh Thakur inaugurated a Community Radio Station 90.0 'Bhavyavani', established at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Om Sterling Global University, Hisar. The station also broadcast the Hon'ble Union Minister's address at the function. Lok Sabha MP from Hisar, Shri Brijendra Singh and Urban Local Bodies Minister of Haryana Dr. Kamal Gupta and other dignitaries also attended the convocation ceremony.

Union Minister also visited Doordarshan Kendra and All India Radio Stations at Hisar and reviewed their functioning.

Posted On: 04 DEC 2022 4:41PM by PIB Delhi
https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetailm.aspx?PRID=1880809

Saturday, December 03, 2022

19th Edition of the Global Radio Guide (Winter2022-23) Now Available

Small moves and gradual escalation.

Positioning resources so that at the perfect moment, a move can be made to ensure a swift victory.

This is no game of chess, this is the real-world and real-time tensions playing out in the Taiwan Straits every day.

With tensions between Taiwan and China on the rise, and with the Russian-Ukrainian war raging on, radio hobbyists are following the latest news from the front lines using shortwave broadcasts and various other radio services. You can hear these international events like the pros do, but you will need an accurate and comprehensive global radio guide to know where and when to tune in to the action.

That is where you can count on Gayle Van Horn's (W4GVH) Amazon bestselling Global Radio Guide (now in its 19th edition for the Winter of 2022-23)as it has all of the details you need to catch up with the latest from these and other hotspots around the world.

As one of the only remaining publications available with international broadcast frequencies and schedules, the Global Radio Guide (GRG) puts everything a radio enthusiast needs to navigate the action right in their hands.

In this completely updated edition, regular GRG contributor Fred Waterer (also of TheSpectrum Monitor) post features on monitoring the international broadcasters at the very forefront of the events.  Larry Van Horn, N5FPW, adds his detailed information on monitoring of utilities on the shortwave bands, including military communications.

With the help of the GRG, you can tune in shortwave broadcast stations from additional hotspots such as  Cuba, India, Iran, North/South Korea, and many other counties. If you have a shortwave radio receiver, SDR or Internet connection, pair it with this unique radio resource to know when and where to listen to the world.

This newest edition of the GRG carries on the tradition of those before it with an in-depth, 24-hour station/frequency guide with schedules for selected AM band, longwave, and shortwave radio stations. This unique resource is the only radio publication that lists by-hour schedules that include all language services, frequencies, and world target areas for over 500 stations worldwide.

The GRG includes listings of DX radio programs and Internet website addresses for many of the stations in the book. There are also entries for time and frequency stations as well as some of the more "intriguing" transmissions one can find on the shortwave radio bands.

In addition to the global hotspots, the GRG brings the world to you from other places on the radio dial.

It's not just the shortwave bands heating up, mediumwave DXing has seen a surge in popularity in recent years as well.  For those DXing the lower bands,DX Central's Loyd Van Horn, W4LVH, breaks down the basics of getting started with mediumwave DX and even gives us a fun summer project does a deep dive into everything you need to know when purchasing a portable radio for AM DX.  While SDRs are taking over, portable radios remain popular and highly successful options for the mediumwave DXer and Loyd can help you sort through the specs and stats to find your next radio!

Whether you monitor shortwave radio broadcasts, mediumwave, amateur radio operators, or aeronautical, maritime, government, or military communications in the HF radio spectrum, this book has the information you need to help you to hear it all. Teak Publishing's Global Radio Guide "brings the world to you."

You can find this edition of the Global Radio Guide, along with all of our titles currently available for purchase, on the Teak Publishing Web site at www.teakpublishing.com. Details will be available at www.teakpublishing.com.

The 19thedition of the Global Radio Guidee-Book (electronic book only, no print edition available) is available worldwide from Amazon and their various international websites at


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You can read any Kindle e-Book with Amazon's 'free' reading apps on literally any electronic media platform. You do not have to own a Kindle reader from Amazon to read this e-book. There are Kindle apps available for iOS, Android,Mac and PC platforms.You can find additional details on these apps by checking out this link to the Amazon website at 


All India Radio to broadcast its Annual Dr. Rajendra Prasad Memorial Lecture on December 3, 2022

All India Radio will broadcast the annual Edition of Dr. Rajendra Prasad Memorial Lecture on Saturday, December 3, 2022. Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla will deliver the address. It will be on air from 9.30pm onwards on Saturday, December 3, 2022 across the entire network of All India Radio. Listeners can tune into 100.1FM GOLD, 102.6 FM Rainbow, primary Channels of All India Radio, @airnewsalerts on Twitter, NewsOnAirOfficial YouTube Channel and NewsOnAir App to access the broadcast.

Doordarshan News will telecast Dr. Rajendra Prasad Memorial Lecture from 10.30pm onwards the same day.

The theme this year is "Amrit Kaal Mein Bhartiyata" to coincide with the 75 years of India's independence.

About Dr. Rajendra Prasad Memorial Lecture:

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Memorial Le ture is organized by All lndia Radio in the memory of the first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad who was an epitome of simplicity, a renowned scholar, President of the Constituent Assembly and a great visionary who had India and Indianness uppermost in his mind.

The lecture series by AIR in his memory has been an honoured tradition since 1969. Eminent personalities like the former President Dr. Shankardayal Sharma, former P
rime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, firmer Vice President M.Venkaiah Naidu, doyens of Indian literature like Hazari Prasad Dwivedi, Mahadevi Verma, Harivansh Rai Bachchan are among those who have delivered this prestigious memorial lecture in the past on wide ranging subjects on India's cultural ethos and its strides.

The recording of the lecture, is broadcast across the entire network of All lndia Radio on 3rd December every year to mark the birth anniversary of Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India. The lecture series seeks to evaluate the nation's political, cultural and social environment. The achievements and the future prospects of the country are also critically analysed through these lectures.

(Saurabh Singh, Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting)

Friday, December 02, 2022

World Music Radio on 25800 kHz

Good conditions are forecast for propagation on the 11 meter band in December. Currently there is only one radio station using the 11 meter band, World Music Radio (WMR). Best chances for receiving WMR on 25800 kHz (60 Watts only) in different parts of the world - acc. to the monthly 'Funkprognose' in Radio-Kurier Weltweit Hören (thanks to Hans Zekl):

West Africa: 08-16 UTC
Central Africa: 07-16 UTC
South Africa: 06-16 UTC
East Africa: 06-15 UTC
Middle East: 07-14 UTC
South Asia: 07-12 UTC
Indonesia: 06-10 & 13-14 UTC
East Asia: around 08 UTC
South East Asia & Philippines: 07-13 UTC
Southern North America: 14-16 UTC
Eastern North America, The Caribbean & Central America: 13-16 UTC
Northern South America: 12-17 UTC
South East South America: 09-17 UTC

You might like to enjoy this video clip, showing how World Music Radio can be received on 25800 kHz some 400 km East of Moscow: 


(Stig Hartvig Nielsen)

WRMI Begins Relays of the Voice of Indonesia

WRMI has begun testing relays of the daily English-language program of the Voice of Indonesia.  The one-hour program can currently be heard at 0800-0900 UTC on 7780 kHz.  

While beamed to Central America, this frequency can often be heard well in North America, Hawaii and Oceania at that hour.  

Reception reports from listeners would be most welcome.  It is possible that these relays could be expanded in the future to additional times and frequencies, as well as additional languages including Spanish.

Reception reports to :    wrmiqsl@gmail.com

Or, submit online at : https://www.wrmi.net/index.php/reception-report-qsl/

Tropical Bands Monitor Dec'22 version released

Updated version of 'Tropical Bands Monitor 2022', compiled by Anker Petersen has been issued on 1st Dec'22.