Thursday, January 06, 2022

Local Programming on All India Radio FM services

To ensure due space to local/regional programming on AIR stations of Prayagraj, Varanasi, Rohtak, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur, All India Radio has instructed the stations to carry the primary channel originating from the station, to ensure that local content relevant to the particular city/town/region is also available on FM.
In the light of few recent media reports which are falsely suggesting that Prasar Bharati is going to replace the broadcast of local content in local languages/dialects with Vividh Bharati National service at All India Radio stations in North zone, Prasar Bharati has clarified that local programming on FM will be ensured in all such stations.

These All India Radio stations have also been asked to limit their relay of Vividh Bharati National Service to only 4 hours a day, from 9 AM to 10 AM in the morning, 3 PM to 5 PM in the afternoon and 9 PM to 10 PM in the evening.

The morning announcement on the primary channels at above mentioned stations will also include the frequency details of the FM transmitter at that particular place.

These decisions were taken as part of streamlining of broadcasting operations of All India Radio in North Zone, which further strengthens/encourages local programming, by ensuring FM support to primary channels for availability of local content on FM.

(PIB Press Release)

Monday, January 03, 2022

Three more All India Radio stations on shortwave go off air

The latest monitoring observations show that the following  SW stations of All India Radio that were heard very well till yesterday are absent today, 1st January 2022. This tallies with the various media reports that  some old transmitters of  AIR  stations  were being shut down from yesterday.

1. Jeypore (50 kW) 5040  kHz
2. New Delhi (250 kW) 6030, 6100 kHz
3. Srinagar  (50 kW) 4950, 6110 kHz  

Also the Mumbai (50 kW)  Vividh Bharti transmitter on 1188 kHz  is  noted off air recently

(Jose Jacob, VU2JOS via DX_India)

All India Radio to double broadcast duration in 6 neighbourhood languages from Jan 3

All India Radio to double broadcast duration in 6 neighbourhood languages from Jan 3

New Delhi [India], January 2 (ANI): The External Services Division of All India Radio (AIR) will expand its transmission in six neighbourhood languages including Dari, Pashto, Baluchi, Mandarin Chinese, Nepali, and Tibetan from Monday.

According to a statement issued by the AIR, the broadcast duration in each of these six languages has been doubled from the existing 1 to 1.5 hours per day to 3 hours per day.

"The External Services Division of All India Radio is expanding its transmission in six neighbourhood languages from 3rd January, 2022. These languages are Dari, Pashto, Baluchi, Mandarin Chinese, Nepali and Tibetan. The broadcast timings in each of these six languages has been doubled from the existing 1 to 1.5 hours to 3 hours. The broadcast services in these six languages henceforth will be available every day for one and a half hours each in the morning and evening," read an official AIR statement.

"The broadcast services in these six languages would henceforth be available every day for one and a half hours each in the morning and in the evening," the statement read.

The AIR has also informed that the timings of Burmese Service would change from 8:15 am – 9:15 am to 8:45 am – 9:45 am.

In keeping with its mandate of reaching out to the regions across the globe, the External Services Division of AIR currently broadcasts in 17 languages every day. The languages include French, Mandarin Chinese, Tibetan, Sindhi, Indonesian, Nepali, Urdu, Baluchi, Dari, Pashto, Arabic, Persian, Tibetan, Swahili, Punjabi, Saraiki, and Bengali. (ANI)

Here's the revised schedule :

Baluchi (Towards Pakistan) :
0300-0430 UTC (0830-1000 IST) - 9950 khz (D)
1230-1330 UTC (1800-1900 IST) - 9950 khz (D)

Burmese ( Towards Myanmar) :
0315-0415 UTC (0845-0945 IST) - 11560 kHz (D)

Chinese ( Towards China) :
2345-0115 UTC (0515-0645 IST) - 13795 kHz (B)
1030-1200 UTC (1600-1730 UTC) - 13795 kHz (B)

Dari ( Towards Afghanistan) :
0430-0600 UTC (1000-1130 IST) - 9950 kHz (D) 
1330-1500 UTC (1900-2030 IST) - 9950 kHz (D), 15030 kHz (B)

Nepali ( Towards Nepal) :
0145-0330 UTC (0715-0845 IST) - 11560 kHz (D)
0900-1030 UTC ( 1430-1600 IST) - 9950 kHz (D)

Pashto ( Towards Afghanistan) :
0430-0600 UTC (1000-1130 IST) - 11560 kHz (D)
1230-1400 UTC (1800-1930 IST) - 11560 kHz (D)

Tibetan (Towards 
0100-0230 UTC (0630-0800 IST) - 9875 kHz (B)
1045-1215 UTC (1615-1745 IST) - 11590 kHz (D)

B=Bengaluru ( 500 kW)
D= New Delhi (2 x 100 kW)

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Radio Begum - the voice of Afghanistan's women

Radio Begum, founded on March 8, 2021 marking the International Women's Day is being run by women with programmes covering educational shows, books readings, and call-in counselling.

Radio Begum is currently the only women's voice broadcasting in Afghanistan on FM frequency. Launched on March, 8th, 2021, Radio Begum is made for women by women, which aims at sharing Afghan women's struggle and stories and defending their rights. The station now covers seven provinces of Afghanistan, including Kabul, Parwan, Bamyan, Baghlan, Logar, Wardak and Ghazni.

Full story at :

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Radio Begum facebook page :

'We're not giving up': A radio station for Afghanistan's women

Voice of America Names First Eastern Europe Chief

Voice of America Names First Eastern Europe Chief

The Voice of America has named Myroslava Gongadze as the network's first ever Eastern Europe Chief. Gongadze moves into the new position after serving as the Chief of the VOA Ukrainian language service in Washington, D.C. She will move to Kyiv, Ukraine, in 2022. In this new role, she will lead expanded coverage of a region threatened by hybrid war and disinformation. As a Russian troop buildup intensifies along the Ukrainian border and in Russian-occupied Crimea, Gongadze will be covering for a global audience the Kremlin's aggressive posture in Eastern Europe as well as the impact of Russia's and China's influence throughout the region.

A veteran award-winning journalist and broadcaster, Gongadze joined VOA in 2004. Recognized for her reporting on the eve of Ukraine's Orange Revolution, she also covered developments during the Euromaidan revolution and ensuing crisis period. She moderated Ukraine's first nationally televised post-Maidan general election debates in 2014. Acknowledged by numerous media outlets for her expertise on U.S.-Ukraine relations, Gongadze appeared multiple times in Focus Magazine's list of the 100 most influential women in Ukraine. She recently completed a yearlong Nieman Foundation for Journalism Fellowship at Harvard University where she focused on strategies for covering Russia's information warfare.  
"I am thrilled that Myroslava will be taking on this pivotal role at such a crucial time in the country and in the region she knows – and has covered - so well for so many years," said Acting VOA Director, Yolanda Lόpez. "This appointment of such a seasoned reporter into Ukraine's capital city directly aligns with VOA's audience-first approach, as we continue to move our journalists swiftly into places where they can provide firsthand coverage of critical regions and produce stories that our audience needs most," López added.

"I am honored to build on my seventeen-year career at Voice of America in my new role as Eastern Europe Chief," said Gongadze. "VOA already plays a crucial role in Ukraine as a trusted news source and example of impartial fact-based journalism. I am looking forward to bringing coverage of Ukraine, a key battlefield in the global fight for democracy, and the wider region to global audiences," Gongadze remarked.

(Press Release)

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

17th Edition of the Global Radio Guide (Winter2021-22) Now Available

17th Edition of the Global Radio Guide (Winter2021-22) Now Available

On any given day, the People's Republic of China (PRC) fueled by a meteoric rise in the country's economics, politics, the covid pandemic, cyber security and human rights issues, Beijing Winter 2022 Olympics, and a strident expansion of the country's military forces dominates global news headlines and news cycles. These headlines include China's recent tensions with Taiwan,whichare said to be the worst in forty years, and its other neighbors in the South China Sea region.

As China's influence continues to expandworldwide,so have the country's huge radio broadcast services. Local, regional, and international mediumwave and shortwave networks carry news and programming toaudiences around the world.Since these services are government-sponsored you arehearing China's CommunistParty's (CCP) perspective of worldwide events as they unfold. Topping the list of the country's media outlets is China Radio International (CRI) the largest and most widely heard station in China.

For those who want to follow all the ongoing storylines originating from the PRC, Gayle Van Horn's 17th Edition of her Amazon bestselling Global Radio Guide (Winter 2021-22) has all the details you need to monitor all the radio services from the Land of the Red Dragon.

Her feature is one of the most comprehensive articles ever written on the Chinese radio broadcast system. Complete schedules for all China radio services, a section of how to ID national stations broadcasting in Chinese, and links to videos with CRI IDs in 45 languages on the author's YouTube channel that are just some of the materials you will find in this all-important cover story in the GRG. This is an indispensable guide to for the radio listener to hear China as tensions in the region continue to heat up.
China's broadcastersare not the only focus of this completely updated edition of the GRG, though. Worldwide, tensions are continuing to escalate, and – in another case of what is old becoming new – people around the world are once again turning to shortwave radio to place themselves on the front lines.

With the help of the GRG, you can tune in to shortwave broadcast stations from other hotspots such as Cuba, India, Iran, North/South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, 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 schedules included in this edition of the GRG are valid from 31 October 2021 until 26 March 2022, the B21 broadcast schedule period.

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.

Gayle has also updated her now-famous SDRBuyer's Guide, a must-have compendium that helps you navigate through the revolutionary world of software-defined radios (SDRs), the new digital frontier of the radio hobby.

Also new in this 17th edition, James Careless, in an article that originally appeared in Radio World, looks at the current stateofshortwave receiver technology. Dr. Adrian Peterson of AWR looks back at the early days of Philippine broadcasting. David Harris has written a review of the bhi NES10-2MK4 Noise Cancelling Speaker. Spectrum Monitor columnist Fred Waterer will take you on a guided tour of shortwave music programs from around the world.

There are updated columns including the latest radio news in Bits & Bytes, current radio QSL information and addresses, the Best of the Best DX shortwave program listings, and a listing of radio station Internet websites.

This edition also has introductory articles for beginners on Traveling the World via Shortwave Radio Broadcasts, Monitoring the Shortwave Action Bands, and Teak's latest greatly expanded frequency list of HF non-broadcast radio stations worldwide.

Global Radio listeners are routinely entertained with unique perspectives to events, music, culture, history, and news from other countries that you will not see or hear on your local or national broadcast channels. Global Radio broadcasts are not restricted by country borders or oceans and can travel thousands of miles, reaching millions of listeners worldwide, now in over 300 different languages and dialects.

Whether you monitor shortwave radio broadcasts, amateur radio operators, or aeronautical, maritime, government, or military communications in the HF radio spectrum, this book has the frequencies 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 allof Teak Publishinge-book titles currently available for purchase, on the Teak Publishing Web site at 
This includes all previous editions of the Global Radio Guide available at reduced sale prices.

The 17thedition of the Global Radio Guidee-Book (electronic book only, "no print edition available") is available worldwide from Amazon and their various international websites at

The price for this latest edition is US$8.99 for over 1000 pages of radio hobby content and frequencies. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Australia can order this e-Book from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. Customers in all other countries can use the regular website to purchase this e-Book.

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

Thursday, November 25, 2021

KTWR Christmas DRM broadcasts

KTWR Christmas special DRM transmissions

24th December 2021 (Friday)

1057-1127 UTC on 9910 kHz (Special simultaneous Mandarin/Cantonese DRM program )
1200-1230 UTC on 9910 kHz (Special simultaneous Japanese/Korean DRM program)

1st to 26th December 2021

1358-1428 UTC on 11860 kHz (To South Asia)
Additional DRM broadcast God-Centered Life (GCL), these programs are from different series that GCL has produced.

(Via Mike Sabin, KTWR)

Monday, November 22, 2021

New DRM on shortwave transmissions from Germany

New DRM on shortwave transmissions from Germany

"funklust", campus broadcaster at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, stands out as one of the radio stations with the most diverse transmission paths in the world. Recently, the station has revamped one of its digital broadcast paths: funklust in Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) on shortwave is now broadcast using a new, modern transmitter.

In the summer of 2003, funklust (known as "bit eXpress" back then) was broadcast digitally for the first time on shortwave (SW) using a Telefunken transmitter. Transmission via DRM on FM radio later followed in 2013, with funklust becoming one of the first DRM radio programs in the world to be broadcast on FM. The entire broadcasting apparatus for DRM on shortwave has now been modernized and funklust has been broadcasting with brand new equipment since October 2021. A Fraunhofer ContentServer R7 is used to broadcast the program, allowing audio content and attractive data services, such as Journaline, TextMessage+ (TM+), and even Emergency Warning Functionality (EWF), to be put on air with ease. The funklust transmitter requires an average transmission power of 250 W and operates at the transmission frequency 15.785 MHz. Reception reports received so far confirm that the program can be received not only in Germany but also in Russia, the US, Norway, Finland and New Zealand.

Until recently, a dedicated radio device was required to receive DRM transmissions. Starwaves, a developer of DRM receiver solutions, worked closely with Fraunhofer IIS to develop an Android app, which can be used for DRM reception on mobile devices. The Starwaves radio app is available in the Amazon App store and the Google Play Store and provides Android cellphones and tablets with entertainment, text information and emergency warnings via DRM digital radio — without the need to enter into a contract, independent of the user's mobile network and based on innovative Fraunhofer technology.

Via Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM)

Digital Radio Mondiale — DRM for short — is the digital successor of traditional AM and FM radio. The DRM standard comprises two major configurations: One is for broadcasts on short, medium, and long wave up to 30 MHz and provides large coverage areas and low power consumption with improved quality services compared to FM. The configuration for VHF bands above 30 MHz, including FM, is tailored for local and regional coverage with broadcaster-controlled transmissions and provides stereo services, including surround sound. All DRM configurations use the xHE-AAC audio codec that was largely developed by Fraunhofer IIS. DRM offers high audio quality combined with a wealth of expanded functions and data services, one of which is Journaline, a teletext service for radio via which listeners can access news, the latest sports results, weather forecasts, travel tips, and even educational offers — without an internet connection.

Campus broadcaster "funklust"

Originally a small experimental station with a few workers and occasional broadcasts, the project has since developed into a 24/7 complete radio program. During normal radio broadcasting, over 30 students and alumni of funklust e.V. volunteer at the station, working throughout the academic year to produce a diverse program. Quite a few students have already received training through a comprehensive training program comprising workshops and advanced training weekends. Several former members now work for large German broadcasters such as BR or SWR. From a technical point of view, the station began broadcasting as DRM shortwave radio, originally at the frequency 15.896 MHz. Over the years, the transmission paths have developed extensively. Today, funklust can be received via an online stream or DAB+ (181.936 MHz, Band 6A) in and around Erlangen, Germany. In addition, it continues to be broadcast digitally via DRM (DRM-AM 15.785 MHz and DRM-FM 87.9 MHz) and in analog via "Little Joe" on medium wave (1485 kHz). The shows "funklust auftakt" and "funklust mischpult" can also be received via the Nuremberg FM frequency of max neo (106.5 MHz).

More about  "funklust", campus broadcaster at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg 

DRM Hybrid Event ‘Smart Radio Accessible to All’ – at IBC 2021

DRM Event 'Smart Radio Accessible to All' – before IBC 2021

Virtual and free, the DRM Consortium IBC 2021 event is scheduled for December 1st 1200-1500 UTC (1300-1600 CET) and promises to be an exciting showcase of the practical advances of DRM in various parts of the world. 

The focus will be on the recent VHF band II test in India and improvements to the DRM performance, equipment, and receivers featuring some of the attractive extra DRM features and benefits. Members of the Consortium will give a well-illustrated, quick, and global view of DRM, so that participants can get the best and most reliable information on DRM developments directly from the specialists. Companies like: Ampegon, BBC, Cambridge Consultants, CML Microcircuits, Encompass, Fraunhofer IIS, Gospell, Inntot, Nautel, RFmondial and others are ready to give short and attractive updates already. There will be also surprise announcements, so register in good time for your front seat.

We are expanding and giving even more weight to the IBC DRM event on December 1st to compensate for the cancellation of the live streamed Nautel hosted DRM event initially scheduled for Saturday 4th of December at RAI, Amsterdam, which will now have to be scheduled at a future date due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Ruxandra Obreja, the Consortium Chairman, says that: "We are trying to make our DRM IBC event bigger and more attractive than ever. By doing this we hope to impress on all those interested how much progress DRM has made in both takeup and receiver solutions over these last trying months. It will be a recap of the great activities of 2020-2021 and a good starting point for next year's decisions and steps. DRM is more attractive and in tune with the needs of the world than ever, with its energy and spectrum cost savings and its extra features and possibilities like delivering education and emergency warning."

Saturday, November 06, 2021

'Dhamal 24' FM stations sold, now operating as 'Radio Orange'

'BAG Network' which operated 'Dhamal 24' FM stations under the company name 'Skyline Radio Network Ltd' has sold its FM stations at 10 locations to 'Abhijit Realtors & Infraventures Pvt Ltd' owner of the FM stations under the brand name 'Radio Orange'. 

Radio Orange used to have it's FM stations at 3 locations :

Akola, Maharashtra - 91.9 MHz
Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh - 91.9 MHz
Sangli, Maharashtra - 93.5 MHz

Now after buying 'Radio Dhaamal' stations, Radio Orange is operating from 10 additional locations :

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh -106.4 MHz
Karnal, Haryana - 106.4 MHz
Hissar, Haryana - 106.4 MHz
Patiala, Punjab - 106.4 MHz
Ahmednagar, Maharashtra - 106.4 MHz
Jalgaon, Maharashtra - 106.4 MHz
Dhule, Maharashtra - 106.4 MHz
Ranchi, Jharkhand - 106.4 MHz
Muzaffarpur, Bihar - 106.4 MHz
Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh - 106.4 MHz

(Alokesh Gupta)

Pic courtesy

Saturday, October 30, 2021

KBS WORLD Radio B21 SW to India - Frequency Change

KBS WORLD Radio B21 SW Frequency Change

With the beginning of B21 season at  0100 UTC (1000 KST), October 31, 2021, KBS WORLD Radio English Service to India will broadcast at 1400-1600 UTC (2300-0100 KST) on 9630 kHz instead of 9785 kHz.

(Source : KBS World Radio)

DW B21

Deutsche Welle B21

Valid from 31.10.21 - 26.03.22

Language Time/UTC Frequency Txer Site Target Area Weekday Valid from - to
AMHARIC 1600-1700 11830 kHz ISSOUDUN Ethiopia     Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
AMHARIC 1600-1700 15275 kHz ISSOUDUN Ethiopia     Daily 31.10.21-09.12.21
AMHARIC 1600-1700  9555 kHz ISSOUDUN Ethiopia     Daily 10.12.21-28.02.22
AMHARIC 1600-1700 15275 kHz ISSOUDUN Ethiopia     Daily 01.03.22-26.03.22
DARI    1400-1430 11990 kHz DHABAYYA Afghanistan  Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
DARI    1400-1430 15230 kHz NAUEN    Afghanistan  Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
PASHTO  1430-1500 11990 kHz DHABAYYA Afghanistan  Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
PASHTO  1430-1500 15230 kHz NAUEN    Afghanistan  Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
HAUSA   0630-0700  7235 kHz SAO TOME Africa(West) Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
HAUSA   0630-0700  9570 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
HAUSA   0630-0700  9830 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
HAUSA   1300-1400  9830 kHz SAO TOME Africa(West) Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
HAUSA   1300-1400 11980 kHz SAO TOME Africa(West) Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
HAUSA   1300-1400 17800 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
HAUSA   1800-1900  9830 kHz SAO TOME Africa(West) Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
HAUSA   1800-1900  9570 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
HAUSA   1800-1900 11980 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
HAUSA   1325-1530 15195 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Sat   06.11.21-06.11.21 
HAUSA   1325-1530 15350 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Sat   06.11.21-06.11.21 (Football)
HAUSA   1325-1530 15195 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Sat   20.11.21-18.12.21 (Football)
HAUSA   1325-1530 15350 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Sat   20.11.21-18.12.21 (Football)
HAUSA   1325-1530 15195 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Sat   08.01.22-22.01.22 (Football)
HAUSA   1325-1530 15350 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Sat   08.01.22-22.01.22 (Football)
HAUSA   1325-1530 15195 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Sat   05.02.22-19.03.22 (Football)
HAUSA   1325-1530 15350 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Sat   05.02.22-19.03.22 (Football)

Reception reports to :

(Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi)


Valid from 31 Oct 2021 - 26 Mar 2022

TIME(UTC) FREQ(KHZ) TARGET                   DAYS
0000-0658 15720 Pacific                       Daily
0659-0858 11725 Pacific                       Daily
0859-1258 11725 NW Pacific Solomon Isl PNG    Mon-Fri
1259-1650  7390 Pacific                       Sun-Fri
1259-1758  7390 Pacific                       Sat
1651-1735  7330 Tonga Niue Samoa Cook Islands Sun-Fri DRM
1736-1958 11690 Tonga Niue Samoa Cook Islands Sun-Fri DRM
1759-2058 11725 Pacific                       Sat
1959-2058 15720 Tonga Niue Samoa Cook Islands Sun-Fri DRM
2059-0000 15720 Pacific                       Daily

Submit reception reports at :

(Alokesh Gupta)