Saturday, December 29, 2007

Gulbarga to get 10-kW FM station

The long-felt need of the region for the expansion of
the existing FM station of All India Radio (AIR) to
bring more areas under its coverage will soon be a
reality with the setting up of a 10-kW station in
Chief Engineer of Akashvani Directorate R.K. Singh,
who was here on a regular inspection tour, said that
the existing 1-kW FM station covered only a 15- to
20-km radius around Gulbarga, and that the
10-kWstation would increase the coverage to around 80
Mr. Singh said that purchase of the equipment required
for the setting up of the FM station was in the final
stage and soon the dream of the people of the Gulbarga
district for an FM station with a wider range would
become a reality.
Deputy Commissioner Pankajkumar Pandey pointed out
that Gulbarga district was poised for major growth in
important sectors of development with the setting up
of more number of cement and sugar factories and
construction of an airport on 700 acres of land on the
Gulbaga-Sedam inter-State highway.
Other languages
Apart from Kannada programmes, other language
programmes such as Urdu, Marathi and Telugu should
also be broadcast, Mr Pandey said and added that if
the FM station had facilities to produce its own
programmes, the district administration would be in a
position to give necessary publicity to government
Later, Mr. Singh visited the Doordarshan Kendra office
in the outskirts.


Thursday, December 27, 2007

All India Radio covers India - Australia Cricket Test Series 2007-08

All India Radio will broadcast live commentary off-tube from
the studios of AIR Delhi alternately in Hindi & English of
the forthcoming India-Australia Cricket Test Series 2007-08
as per following schedule :

Live Commentary on Medium Wave, FM-Gold & Shortwave Channels:
26th - 30th Dec, 2007 2315-0630 UTC - 1st Cricket Test at Melbourne
2nd - 6th Jan, 2008 2315-0630 UTC - 2nd Cricket Test at Sydney
16th - 20th Jan, 2008 0215-0930 UTC - 3rd Cricket Test at Perth
24th - 28th Jan, 2008 2345-0700 UTC - 4th Cricket Test at Adelaide, Oval

There will be hourly updates on FM-Rainbow Channels.
At 0300 UTC foll SW channels were noted carrying running commentary :
4860 - Delhi
4880 - Lucknow
4910 - Jaipur
5040 - Jeypore
7290 - Thiru'puram
7360 - Chennai

Bangladesh Betaar - on going projects

Establishment 1000 KW MW Equal Power Transmitter as an alternative
of old 1000KW MW Transmitter at Dhamrai, Dhaka.
- To strengthen the MW radio broadcasting of Bangladesh Betar,
Dhaka by replacing the 36 year-worn out valve type 1000 KW
Medium Wave(MW)transmitter by a new solid-state 1000 KW MW
- Efficiency of the new transmitter will be much better than
the existing one. 95% area of the country will be covered
by this high quality transmitter.
- The new transmitter has the energy saving provisions which
will be helpful to avoid huge electricity consumption.
- The new modern solid -state transmitter is compatible for
future DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale) broadcast
- A generator of 1500KVA is included to meet power failures.
- Project Cost: Tk. 620 million
- Expected date of complettion : June,2008.

BMRE Project of Different Stations of Bangladesh Betar
- Under this project different station's (Broadcasting house
and transmitter) audio equipments and existing Radio link
will be replaced by modern digital system.
- Replacement of 2(two) 100KW MW transmitters located in
Nowapara, Jessore and Kahalu, Bogra.
- Setup of 1(one) 10KW FM transmitter in Dhaka.
- Set up of 6(six) FM transmitters of power 5KW each for
different regional stations.
- Set up of 6 (six) digital STL for the purpose of linking
studio to transmitter for different regional stations.
- Provide portable, profession CD recorders for different
broadcasting houses.
- Set-up server with LAN accessories and radio automation
- Set up professional audio work stations with digital mixer.
- Integration of digital audio console, computerized audio
editing, storing and processing software.
- Project Cost: Tk. 240 million
- Expected date of complettion: June, 2008.

Future Development Plan of the B'desh Betaar Engineering Department:
i) Establishment of a Country-wide FM Network
ii) Replacement of 1 (one) 250KW Short wave (SW) transmitter located
in Kabirpur, Dhaka.

Source : B'desh Betaar

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

FM Radio to be on air in Rajahmundry

Rajahmundry, December 26: `Vinandi.Vinandi.Ullasamga.Utsahamga'-
these words you might have heard in Visakha FM and also in
Now it is the turn of Rajahmundry. Sun Network is going to
launch its FM Radio programmes as New Year gift to people
of Rajahmundry. On Tuesday, the network started trial run.
According to Sun Network sources, they have taken a well-
furnished office on Tilak Road with sophisticated technology,
high frequency towers and other installations. "We have
completed all arrangements. We started trail run today.
We are chalking out programmes based on local customs,
culture and tradition to air programmes round the clock,"
said a senior executive of the Network. Trained jockeys
are ready to exhibit their talent to attract local
audience. On Tuesday, a large number of youths started
switching on their mobile sets and tuning FM Radio in
their sets with the help of cordless equipment. "One
of my friends said that FM is coming in our area. I was
thrilled. It is a new experience. We are listening songs
uninterruptedly from last night," said Vineet, an
undergraduate studying in VT College.
"When I heard only words-Vinandi.Vinandi.Ullasamga and
Utsahamga.I thought it is Visakha FM. Then some one told
me that is Rajahmundry FM. I was so thrilled. From now
my mobile will be dedicated to FM station," said
Madhulatha, studying in GIET College.
Two big companies -- Reliance and Sun Network -- have
announced that they will keep Rajahmundry people
enjoying with FM Radio. Sun Network is all set to air
its programmes officially from January 1. From now,
every auto rickshaw will be buzzing with FM tunes
and we have to wait, what would be the response of
RTC and hotels, restaurants and other establishments.

Future Media geared up to extend to Future Radio

Noor Fathima Warsia
December 26 2007
Future Media has decided to have a more direct
presence in the radio medium.Even as no official
comments were available at the time of filing the
report, it is understood that Future Media is in
the process of identifying a model, which would
form the premise of Future Radio.
Future Media has floated different models and has
invited entities in the radio space like stations,
content providers and so on, to bid for the model.
The bidding process ends in the first week of
January 2008. The outcome might see Future Media
getting into a joint content deal or joint selling
deal, based on the results of the bidding process.
Sources familiar with the situation even informed
that post the bidding a decision would be taken
on whether Future Radio would be a co-branded
initiative or a completely Future branded deal.
In the present state, Future Media has a few
tie-ups in the radio space. For instance, Big FM
is its partner in Big Bazaar, while Red FM is its
partner in Pantaloons. These are advertising tie-ups.
The objective for having a radio channel in malls
like Future Group properties like Big Bazaar and
Pantaloons or its acquired media spaces, is largely
due to the fact that the stations played are
exclusive and hence, can claim captive audience in
these malls.
Future Media already has a presence of this kind
in the television space with Future TV. The company
has the option to change the content that is
played in its various platforms, depending on the
ambience and other similar factors. Sources informed
that even in the case of radio, a change in content
could be expected depending on the outlet.

Sun TV launches radio station in Vijayawada

Wednesday - Dec 26, 2007 Correspondent | Vijayawada
Sun TV Network has announced that its FM radio station at
Vijayawada was launched on December 25 through its subsidiary,
Kal Radio Ltd. This station, under the brand S FM can be heard
on 93.5 MHz frequency.
Vijayawada already has on air two FM channels, Radio Mirchi
on 98.3 MHz and All India Radio's Rainbow Krishnaveni on
102.2 MHz.
Sun FM already operates in Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and
Tirupati, and would soon be going on air in Rajahmundry
and Warangal. With a total of six stations in Andhra
Pradesh, 93.5 SFM would be able to boast of having the
largest FM Radio network in the State.
With the launch of this station, the total number of
FM stations of the company goes up to 17 as it already
operates FM stations at Chennai, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli,
Visakhapatnam, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Bhubaneshwar,
Tirupati, Madurai, Tuticorin, Lucknow, Bhopal, Pondicherry,
Kozhikode and Indore.
Sun TV hold licences for 45 FM Radio Stations across
India, and will be one of the largest radio broadcasters
in India, when all the remaining 28 stations becomes

Monday, December 24, 2007

BEST FM 95 launched in Thrissur

Thrissur: The Thrissur station of BEST FM 95,
a radio service launched by Asianet, was
inaugurated on Sunday. Staging of programmes
by participants of Idea Star Singer contest,
comedy skits and dance shows marked the
inauguration. — Staff Reporter

New FM Stations in Thrissur,Kerala

New FM Stations in my Town

My town Thrissur is the Cultural capital of Southernmost
Indian state Kerala. We had only one AIR medium wave
station in the district "AIR Thrissur" broadcasting
on 630 kHz medium wave. Due to the Government's new
policy of allowing private broadcasting on FM bands
several media groups got licenses for operating on
the FM band. Reception on FM band used to be poor
and rarely we used to hear more than a couple of
stations. The AIR owned commercial FM stations FM
Rainbow (formerly Vivid Bharati) in neighbouring
district Kochi 107.5, Kozhikode 103.6 and Coiambatore
103 used to provide occasional enjoyment. Further
few other AIR FM stations used to broadcast their
usual broadcasts.
On Dec 14 two new private stations inaugurated their
broadcasts in Thrissur. Radio Mango 91.9 with RDS
stereo and Club FM 94.3 Stereo owned by two leading
newspaper group(Manorama and Mathrubhoomi group Inc.)
in Kerala.Their news papers covered daily colourful
articles on activates and trends of FM broadcasting.
Five vehicles of each group started circling through
various parts of district offering prizes and interviews.
All these were the part of their advertisements and
popularity and it clicked. A new FM station "Best FM"
owned by Asianet India group a leading Malayalam channel
and having private MW and FM stations in Middle East
also started test broadcasts.
The FM broadcasts created enthusiasm among youth and
the old.The selling of FM radios reached its peak.
Radio repairing shops became active after many years.
Mobile phones with FM radio became a new trend and a
purchaser of mobile now search for such sets! Talent
hunts are conducted in College campus for Radio
Jockeys and offer better remuneration. Now music can
be heard from visiting rooms and Kitchens in Thrissur!
The new FM stations offer music programmes and rarely
have discussion or knowledge shows which can be heard
on AIR stations. But the youth look for music which is
offered by the FM in best sound quality.The arrival of
private FM is the rebirth of radio on whatever the band
may be. At least radio lovers can relax, the medium is
active now again. On Scanning the FM bans I caught more
than 15 stations yesterday an increase of many fold
compared with the past and I believe it is not so far
that the FM band crowded with plenty of programmes
and channels.

Kerala, India

Sunday, December 23, 2007

All India Radio Kolkata

During my recent visit to Kolkata had a chance to visit All
India Radio station,met some the station engineers at 4th Floor.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Sun TV launches FM station at Indore

Posted online: Monday , December 10, 2007 at 1417 hrs IST
Mumbai, December 10: Kalanidhi Maran-promoted media group
Sun TV Network said it has launched its FM radio station at
Indore.The radio station commenced operations under the brand
'S' FM through South Asia FM Ltd -- a subsidiary of Sun TV,
the company informed the Bombay Stock Exchange.
The station would cater to the audience of all age groups and
can be heard at 93.5 MHz frequency at Indore, it added.
With this, the company operates a total of 16 FM stations,
including those in Chennai, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli,
Visakhapatnam, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar,
Tirupati, Madurai, Tuticorin, Lucknow, Bhopal, Puducherry
and Kozhikode.
Sun TV Network holds license for 45 FM radio stations across
India and when all the remaining 29 stations become operational
the company would become one of the largest radio broadcasters
in the country, it said.
On December 7 the company launched its radio station in
Kozhikode being operated under the brand 'S' FM through Kal
Radio Ltd -- a subsidiary of Sun TV, the company added.
Shares of Sun TV were trading at Rs 386, up 3.29 per cent
in the afternoon trade on BSE.

NMC's health prog on FM soon

15 Dec 2007, 0248 hrs IST,TNN
NAGPUR: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is reportedly
in talks with one of the three FM radio channels in the city
to air a daily one-hour programme in which people will call
in with their health related queries.
"The project will be implemented within one month," said Atul
Patne, NMC additional commissioner. However, he did not
divulge the name of the radio station because talks were
still in progress.Speaking to TOI Patne said, "The programme
will be in a phone-in format, and everyday we will discuss
on various issues. The radio announcement for one-hour daily
counselling on the health line is already in place, but the
counselling session is not aired on radio."
Once the project is implemented, the counselling on Mondays
will be dedicated to health disorders in women, Tuesdays to
ENT and environmental illnesses and ailments, Wednesday to
long term diseases, Thursday to children's ailments, Friday
to geriatric problems and disorders, Saturday to marriage
counselling and mental illnesses, and Sunday to epidemics.
Meanwhile, Patne said that the citizen's healthline was
receiving a good response from the citizens.
"The most popular service is the one where people are able
to obtain the names of specialist doctors in their area.
The ambulance service and the mobile hospital service are
also receiving a good response," he said.

France's RFI radio launches Hausa service in Nigeria

Dec 9, 2007
LAGOS (AFP) — The public Radio France Internationale has
launched in Nigeria this weekend a news service in Hausa,
the official language of northern Nigeria that is widely
spoken in other parts of West Africa.
Financed by RFI and with collaboration from the
international Voice of Nigeria, the Hausa programs will
be broadcast two hours daily -- the same amount of time
as British rival, BBC, broadcasts in the same language.
"It's the first time in the history of the international
French radio that the editorial staff is completely
relocated overseas," said Jean Claude Kuentz, RFI's
deputy general development director, speaking of the
launch which took place Saturday.
Five journalists and three technicians will make up
the radio's Hausa team, which Kuentz said has triggered
interest by Tanzania's radio and television broadcasting
service for a similar collaboration in Swahili.
The Hausa service will allow the station to offer "the
diversity of French opinions and not just the official
position of France" worldwide, France's ambassador to
Nigeria Yves Gaudeul said.
English is Nigeria's official language.

BBC unveils new-look home page

Leigh Holmwood
Guardian Unlimited,
Friday December 14 2007
BBC home page: features an analogue clock as an 'homage
to the golden days'The BBC has unveiled its new-look website home page, promising users a greater
level of customisation and other new features.
Launched in a beta format today to coincide with the
10th anniversary of the website, the new-look front
can be accessed via a link on the current homepage.
The redesign marks the first stage of the rollout of
new features aimed at what the BBC said was its plan
to deliver a "reinvented" providing a
"world-class on-demand user experience".It will allow
users to customise the range and detail of content,
and is made up of moveable widgets to determine the
layout of the page.Each widget is also customisable
so with the entertainment widget, users will be able
to chose from the latest news from programmes including
EastEnders and Doctor Who.
Users can also receive feeds from blogs produced across
the BBC, ranging from Newsnight to BBC Radio 1's Chris
Moyles, as well as localising news and weather feeds
and dictating the number of headlines that appear.
For the first time, users will also be able to listen
to BBC Radio live directly from the homepage and browse
BBC TV schedules.
The BBC said the beta page marked the beginning of work
that would culminate with all its online content being
accessible from the homepage.
The BBC internet controller, Tony Ageh, said: "These
exciting developments mark an important stage in the
work the BBC is doing to aggregate content more
effectively and give users more control over how
they experience
"Enabling users to organise components of the homepage
around the subjects that are most important to them
increases its value and relevance, while still
remaining a powerful expression of the BBC on the
internet."In a blog on the new homepage, BBC acting
head of user experience and design, Richard Titus,
described the new look as a "lick of paint" which he
said was "simple, clean and beautiful".
The new home page also features a "BBC1 analogue
clock" in the top right-hand corner.
Titus added that this was originally punted as a
"bit of fun", but which feedback found was seen
as an "homage to the 'golden days' of analogue
programming" and "bizarrely reassuring".He said
that by taking a "collaborative and flexible approach",
it had taken just three months for the new home
page to come to fruition.
Most comments on the blog were positive, although
criticisms included the widget headings being "too

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

TG39 Wooden Indoor MW Loop Antenna from ebay seller Tao Qu

Great news! We have the new item - TG39 wooden indoor MW loop antenna available in our eBay Store (the eBay item number are 370000079325 and 370000079240)!
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This TG39 antenna is designed and manufactured by a Chinese radio manufacturer located in Shenzhen, Southern China.
Item Description
Working frequency coverage on mediumwave broadcasting band: 530KHz to 1710KHz.
No battery or the external power supply required, green design.
Dedicated tuning knob for the frequency tuning.
No connection cable required to work with the radio which has the inside ferrite mediumwave antenna.
Built-in output socket to output the signal directly for using with the radio which has the external mediumwave antenna input socket (we don't provide the connection cable for this application).
The dimension of the loop (side length) is 280 x 280 mm / 11 x 11 inch.
Easy to setup and use with the radios which has the inside ferrite mediumwave antenna or has the external mediumwave antenna input socket (we don't provide the connection cable for this application).

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Sunday, December 02, 2007

3rd Wellenforum Christmas Contest

Hi friends,
Here are the rules about the 3rd wellenforum Christmas Contest:
1. Contest Period:
The contest runs from Saturday, 22.12.2007 (00.00 UTC) to Sunday,
06.01.2008 (23.59 UTC).
2. BC Stations
During the contest period participants can score by listening to
LW - and MW - BC-stations from the regions listed below. Valid
contest frequencies are between 150 kHz and 1700 kHz.
Europe (18):
Azores, Baleares, Faroe Is., Guernsey, Jersey, Ireland, Iceland,
Isle of Man, Crete, Corse, Rhodos, Sardegna, Sicilia, UK & Northern
Ireland (Specialty: one BC-station from England, Wales, Scotland
and Northern Ireland each)
Africa (4):
Ascension, Madeira, Canary Islands, Sao Tome & Principe
Asia (4):
Japan, Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan
America (12):
Antigua, Bahamas, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada,
Greenland, Isle of Newfoundland, Cuba, Netherlands Antilles,
St. Kitts-Nevis, Turks & Caicos Islands, Virgin Island
3. Conditions of Participation
The contest is free of charge and open to all DXers regardless
of their membership in any DX club and their knowledge.
Logs have to be made through the wellenforum-Online-Log facility
which will be available at in due course.
Please note, that a registration is necessary to be granted access
to the Log-facility.
Every station has to be heard at least for 10 minutes. Notes on the
programme heard have to be logged as detailed as possible to really
identify the station (no empty phrases like “music”, “news” etc.).
4. Scoring
Each broadcast region (please note the specialty for UK) will score
only once.
Each broadcast region receives a basic score of 500 points divided
by the number of logs for this region.
This individual score will be round up to the nearest full number.
There will be a maximum score of 50 points per log.
Ambiguous logs without a definite identification will receive only
1/3 of the full score.
Example: Faroe Is. was logged 20 times = 500 / 20 = 25 points per
participant Madeira was logged 2 times = 500 / 2 = 250 points = 50
points per participant

5. Awards
Every participant will receive a participation certificate prompt
after the contest has finished showing individual score and ranking.
In addition every participant will receive a special diploma listing
those individually logged broadcast regions that have been confirmed
by the contest management.

We wish you good listening!
73, Friedhelm Wittlieb
QTH: L√ľnen / NRW (near Dortmund)
Grundig Satellit 700 with regenerative loop antenna
member of the addx and medium wave circle uk