Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New FM channel in Delhi for Commonwealth Games

All India Radio will start a new FM channel from September 1, 2010 on 100.1 MHz to provide Delhiites with latest Commonwealth Games related information.

Prasar Bharati CEO B.S.Lali announced this in a press conference & said that the purpose of this new channel is to bring out the excitement of Commonwealth Games, create awareness among ordinary people & to create sportsmanship among the youth. He said that All India Radio will broadcast special programmes during October 3 to 14 games for the Commonwealth Games.

This new channel will be broadcast programs in both Hindi and English languages during 0700-2300 hours IST . Programmimg will consist of activities related to Commonwealth Games, info on tourist destinations in & around Delhi and Indian art & culture. It will also brodcast scores & results of different sports once the Commonwealth Games starts.

Txer is located on top of AIR headquarters at Parliament Street with a 5 kW power output. Test txn noted this morning, ID'ing as : You are listening to AIR FM Delhi, test transmission on 100.1 MHz
Here's an audio file : http://tinyurl.com/24p4xwj

Saturday, August 28, 2010

VOA Greenville – Fifty Years of Shortwave to the World

Posted by Chris Horne CTO W4CKH


Hamfest India 2010 HF Contest

The 19th Hamfest of India is to be held at Pollachi in Tamilnadu during November 13-14, 2010. On this occasion, the Organizing Committee of Hamfest India 2010 has the pleasure in inviting all VU Hams to participate in the HF Contest whose details are as follows:

Phone Contest:

Start Date & Time: Saturday October 2, 2010, 0600 Hrs IST
End Date & Time: Sunday October 3, 2010, 1800 Hrs IST

CW Contest:

Start Date & Time: Saturday October 9, 2010, 0600 Hrs IST
End Date & Time: Sunday October 10, 2010, 1800 Hrs IST

Bands: 7 & 14 MHz.

Category: Single Operator

Exchange: RST plus Serial numbers.

The contest is open to and among VU Hams only. Contacts with Dx hams by VU hams are invalid.

The same station can be contacted once per band.

Points: Each QSO carries one point.

Multiplier: 10 Point for each station contacted from Pollachi, irrespective of bands.

Total Score: No.of QSO points x No. of Multipliers

Log: Entries to reach on or before Wednesday, 25 October 2010 by post / courier to:

Hamfest India 2010 HF Contest

c/o Mr.S.Vijayan, VU2WDP
2 / 140 Raju Nagar,
Chinnampalayam, Pollachi - 642 001

Or by email to

hamfestindia2010@gmail.com with the subject line "HFI 2010 Phone Contest" or HFI 2010 CW Contest"

A Committee shall evaluate the entries received. The decision of the Judges will be final and
binding in declaring the results & contest winners.

All those who send their logs will be given "Participation Certificate".

The Contest Winners will be awarded Mementos & Certificates during the HFI-2010 function.


S.Vijayan, VU2WDP
General Convener

Hamfest India 2010

(Via vuhams yg)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Happy 50th Birthday Ross Revenge

Radio Caroline Society

Dear Caroline Supporter,

Free Gifts

Our radio ship Ross Revenge is 50! To celebrate our web shop has a special free gift offer.

Born as Freyr, launched on August 20th 1960, through days as record breaking 'cod wars' fishing trawler Ross Revenge and finally as the broadcast home of Radio Caroline from August 19th 1983.

Visit our web shop, place an order worth £60 or more (excluding postage and packing) and we will give you a Ross 'berthday' present! You can choose from a Status Quo double CD XS All Areas - Greatest Hits, a signed copy of Steve Conway's book Shiprocked or a Radio Caroline 0199 T-shirt (L, XL XXL). The Status Quo CD features a good selection of 40 tracks including Rock N Roll and Caroline. The 0199 T-shirt has very limited stock so this will probably be your last chance to get one of these. Steve Conway's book provides a fascinating insight into his time on the Ross Revenge from 1987 through to the dramatic grounding on the Goodwin Sands in November 1991.

To help you make up your order we have added several new products. There is a DVD From Shipwreck to Salvation, a 7 CD set A Tribute to the Pirate Stations, Graham Gill's book Way Back Home, a new coaster and a new bookmark.

The offer ends at the close of the August Bank Holiday broadcast from the Ross Revenge. The offer will be substituted with a similar value gift if stocks run out.

The broadcast starts on Friday and we are pleased to welcome back Steve Silby and Nick Jackson for this broadcast. Once again we'll be offering you the chance to own a piece of Caroline history. We have a number of unique souvenirs that will be up for auction across the weekend. The special auction page will go live at 6pm on Friday, August 27th. Don't forget that if you live in the south Essex or North Kent area you'll be able to listen to the weekend broadcast on your radio. Just tune to 531kHz AM and that'll be us!

The Radio Caroline Society Team

Special Coverage arrangements for All Ireland Finals 2010 by RTÉ

Special Coverage arrangements for All Ireland Finals 2010 by RTÉ , Ireland's national Public Service Broadcaster

Britain: Across most of Britain, listeners can receive our coverage on Long Wave 252 kHz. In addition RTÉ Radio 1 is available on the UK free to air satellite platform Freesat on channel 750

Worldwide: Across the world, the match commentaries will be available online at www.rte.ie/radio1

Shortwave to Africa: In Africa, where many Irish people live and work, often in relative isolation with poor communications, RTÉ is providing special transmissions on shortwave radio. Please note the frequency and time changes during the broadcasts

Coverage Area Frequencies Time (Irish) (Time UTC)

South Africa 7265 kHz - 2 pm to 6 pm (1300-1700 UTC)
East Africa 15400 kHz - 2 pm to 4 pm (1300-1500 UTC)
East Africa 11695 kHz - 4 pm to 6 pm (1500-1700 UTC)
West Africa 15445 kHz - 3.30 pm to 4 pm (1430-1500 UTC)
West Africa 11805 kHz - 4 pm to 5:30 pm (1500-1630 UTC)

Please note that from past experience this coverage is available outside published coverage area

Satellite Radio: Across the world, the match commentaries will be available on satellite radios on WRN2, channel 328

Intelsat Service: For the first time, RTÉ Radio is providing a dedicated satellite radio feed of the finals. Full coverage from 2pm to 6pm Irish time will be available on Intelsat (C Band) Channel 10: GAA Special. The coverage of the service is extensive - from western Africa over to Australia, as well as throughout most of Europe and Asia.

(Source : RTE)

Mystery Russian shortwave signal comes to life


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Western broadcasts should be expanded

Unheard in Balochistan

Ironically, many in Balochistan are more familiar with the reporters and anchors of BBC Urdu radio and All India Radio than Pakistan Radio. They know their names and when to tune in for which programme. Even those who don't understand Urdu or Hindi listen to these two stations, relying on people in their family or villages to translate.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Radio gaga

If they get the takers they seek, three techies could reshape the world of community radio programming and grass-roots info-sharing

Shri C.M.Jatua Launches Newly Designed Website of PIB and the"Online Application System"for Community Radio Stations

Shri C.M.Jatua, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, launched the Newly Designed website of Press Information Bureau at a function held here today. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said, the newly designed website would enable media persons to access information promptly. This would facilitate timely flow of information for important events taking place within the Government. The Minister also launched the "Online Application System" for Community Radio Stations, developed by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in association with Commonwealth Educational Centre for Asia (CEMCA).

Speaking on the occasion, Principal Director General (M&C), Smt. Neelam Kapur, mentioned though the website remained the most widely surfed information website, it had become necessary to introduce tools for providing quick, accessible quality information to the user, especially those belonging to the media. Some of the key features that had been introduced in the new website included the new colour scheme for the web-site, faster user friendly search system, placement of Urdu releases on the Home Page and the introduction of the SMS Alert System which had been introduced to alert beat correspondents regarding posting of handouts. For availing this service, it was mandatory to register with the SMS service. Principal D.G. further stated that a number of media persons were accessing high resolution print quality photographs and the rich archival material available on the site for their professional duties.

Secretary(I&B), Shri Raghu Menon, Special Secretary (I&B), Shri Uday Kumar Varma and Senior Officials of the Press Information Bureau & the Ministry were present during the function.

The web-site of PIB, pib.nic.in, was first launched in 1998. The new website launched today has the following main features:
· The new website is designed on a soothing three-colour pattern corresponding to the colours of the national flag.
· Arrangement of elements has been standardized across pages. Different elements (such as facilitations of journalists) have been grouped together.
· Urdu releases are also displayed on the Home Page in addition to English and Hindi releases/features.
· Hindi content is now available in UNICODE. This font system will, in future, obviate the need for font conversion and will be editable/viewable across platform and browsers.
· A segment has been added for video content. Presently video content is being generated through Live Web-cast of cabinet briefings and President's /PM's speeches at national events.
· Search has been made faster and more user friendly.
· Facility to mail particular text/graphic content to different email ID's has been provided.
· Users can now subscribe to PIB content through RSS feeds which can be filtered on different Ministries or type of content.
· An SMS alert system has been introduced so that when a handout is posted on the site, an alert goes to the beat correspondents and others journalists who subscribe to SMS service.

Regarding the "Online Application System" for Community Radio Stations, the applicants have been encouraged to apply online by clicking the hyperlink on the Ministry's home page www.mib.nic.in.

This is a simple software which can be accessed easily from anywhere in the country by a person who is interested to apply on line. For the benefit of the applicants a filled in model application is also available on line.
Various guidelines issued on Community Radio by the Government on Community Radio were also available on the home page of the site. All the attachments could be sent along with the application form by using open source software for which the reference link is available at the site, which compresses, optimizes and converts them into easily up-loadable PDF files. The software being used had several other advantages such as:

· The application can be simultaneously sent to Ministries concerned for quicker clearance.
· It will facilitate quicker and easier communication with the applicant organizations through their email IDs provided with the Online System.
· Ministry will get a day-to-day update on the total number of applications filed category-wise and State-wise.
· In order to bring further transparency in the system, it is also proposed to develop an on-line tracking system through which applicants can trace the status of their applications through a Pass Word and ID.

Till date, 233 LOIs have been issued by the Ministry of I & B to operate Community Radio Stations in the country. 110 organizations have been signed Grant of Permission Agreement (GOPA) with the Ministry. 82 Radio Stations have become operational. There has been a steady increase in the number of operational Community Radio Stations in the country, which has increased from 57 stations in the month of May 2010 to 82 Radio Stations in July 2010.

(Press Information Bureau, Govt. of India)
20th Aug 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Can Public Service Broadcasting work in Africa?

August 19th, 2010 · by Basiru Adam, Ghana


Radio Free Asia issues 14th Anniversary QSL Card

Radio Free Asia (RFA) announces the release of 14th anniversary QSL card. RFA's first broadcast was in Mandarin on September 29, 1996 at 2100 UTC. This card will be used to confirm all valid reception reports from September 1 -December 31, 2010. The design is a simple photo collage made from a small sample of the many stories RFA has covered in the past 14 years. Acting as a substitute for indigenous free media, RFA concentrates its coverage on events occurring in and/or affecting the countries to which it broadcasts. Those countries are: Burma, Cambodia, Laos, North Korea, Peoples Republic of China, and Vietnam.

RFA is a private, nonprofit corporation that broadcasts news and information to listeners in Asian countries where full, accurate, and timely news reports are unavailable. Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA currently broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin, the Wu dialect, Vietnamese, Tibetan (Uke, Amdo, and Kham), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in its editorial content. As a 'surrogate' broadcaster, RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of its target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of its broadcasts comprise news of specific local interest.

More information about Radio Free Asia, including our current broadcast frequency schedule, is available at http://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 at http://www.techweb.rfa.org/ (follow the QSL REPORTS link) not only from DX'ers, but also from its general listening audience. Reception reports are also accepted by email at qsl@rfa.org, and for anyone without Internet access, reception reports can be mailed to:
Reception Reports
Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20036
United States of America.

(Radio Free Asia)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

AIR Leh 1053 MW noted back on air

18 Aug 2010 - AIR Leh was noted back on MW freq 1053 kHz during check at 1404 UTC. 1404 UTC long message by Amir Khan to come forward in re-construction of Leh & contribute to Prime Minsiters Relief Fund. 1409 commercials, 1410 News in Udru by OM ......

Three days back when I checked, Bangladesh Betar,Rangpur was heard on this frequency.

Here's an audio file at 1410 UTC (ID foll by news in Urdu, static crashes due to bad weather)

Butterfield visits VOA, speaks at luncheon

By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector
Tuesday, August 17, 2010


ABI Sees Digital Radio Prospects Improving Overall

Technology research group ABI has released a study that suggests global radio prospects look strong going into 2015 -- but those looking for a dominant platform to emerge will remain frustrated, as digital audio content continues to span a variety of delivery systems.

Full story at :

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Long and Interesting Road of All India Radio Hyderbad

First part of interesting write up on All India Radio Hyderabad by Jose Jacob,VU2JOS


VOA Khmer service celebrates 55th anniversary of first broadcast

Washington, D.C., August 16, 2010 - VOA's Khmer Service is marking its 55th anniversary, with veteran broadcasters recalling the monumental events that shaped the news in those years, from the Vietnam War, to the genocide of the Khmer Rouge regime and the birth of a constitutional monarchy.

Khen Chen, who retired in 2007, says of her 45-year career, "I'm very proud of working for VOA Khmer, there was something new every day, it was a blessing."
In her first years, Chen says, nearly every newscast by the Khmer Service was dominated by U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. In 1975 the Khmer Rouge seized power and VOA reported on the darkest days of Cambodian history, the genocide and starvation that left from one to three-million people dead, a period that saw the birth of the term, "killing fields."
Chen was a student at an all-girls high school in Phnom Penh, Cambodia when she spotted a job advertisement for Voice of America in 1962 and began a life-long career broadcasting to her homeland.
During a guest appearance by Chen on Monday's Khmer radio show, listeners called in thrilled to hear her voice back on the air. "Ang Khen (Chen's on-air name) is such a well-known personality," said show host Sothearith Im, "it is wonderful that she is able to celebrate with us."

Although the service first went on the air in August of 1955, it was dropped after several months and reintroduced again in 1962. Since then, VOA Director Danforth W. Austin says, "the Khmer Service has continuously served as a source of trustworthy information on the region and the world to Cambodians." Today the staff reaches millions of people through radio, television and the internet.
Visit the Khmer English-language website at http://www1.voanews.com/khmer-english/news/. For Khmer, go to http://www1.voanews.com/khmer/news/.

(VOA Press Release)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Millions tune in to Pakistan lifeline through BBC Urdu service

Millions in Pakistan began tuning in to emergency lifeline radio programming, as BBC Urdu launched a new service to people in the most severely flooded areas of the country.

Special programmes will be broadcast each day in Urdu at 12.30, 15.30 and 18.30 and in Pashto at 12.45, 15.45 and 18.45 (local times).
Each transmits crucial up-to-date information to the hundreds of thousands of people currently cut off from humanitarian aid.
Highlights from Monday's – 9 August – first day of programmes included:
Updates on affected flood areas – from food distributions to weather forecasts Testimonies from displaced people A spotlight on relief efforts Hero of the day An interview with Pakistan 's President Zardari
Speaking from Pakistan, the BBC Urdu service's Shafi Naqi Jamie says:
"We provide the millions whose lives and homes have been destroyed with a radio lifeline. Listeners hear about where to get food and shelter and how best to survive. But as important, by establishing a platform for people's voices and stories, we aim to rebuild a sense of community and morale as well."
With the crisis increasingly affecting the south of the country, the BBC Urdu's programme will be broadcast on up to 34 partner stations, reaching over 60 million people.
The infoasaid lifeline service has been developed by BBC World Service Trust and Internews, with funding from the UK's Department for International Development.
infoasaid aims to improve how humanitarian agencies communicate with disaster affected communities. The emphasis is on the need to deliver information, as aid itself, through the most appropriate channels.
(BBC Press Release)

Radio St.Helena Day 2010

Radio St. Helena Day 2010 : Date,Times and Targets
RSD 2010 will be on 11092.5 kHz USB, Saturday, 9th October 2010
Target Region Times (UTC ) Beam Heading
=========== ============== ==========
EUROPE 1900 - 2030 UTC 10 degrees
INDIA 2030 - 2130 UTC 70 degrees
JAPAN 2130 - 2300 UTC 50 degrees
North America 2300 - 0030 UTC 310 degrees
Gary Walters, Station Manager of Radio St. Helena, has just confirmed the above information,and, as usual, Derek Richards will operate the RSD shortwave transmitting facility. There will be a special email-address exclusively for the evening of RSD 2010. As soon as Gary sets up this special email account, will be published.
The RSD 2010 QSL cards are being sponsored by the Danish ShortWave Club International. Reception reports for RSD 2010 should be sent with sufficient return postage to RSH using thespecial Airmail address via Ascension and the United Kingdom -- exactly the same procedureas for the RSD 2009 reception reports. ALL mail to RSH should use this procedure. ALL 266 QSLs for RSD 2009 have been mailed and should now be arriving around the world.
The sunspot minimum between sunspot cycles 23 and 24 is the longest in history -- much to the dismay of shortwave listeners everywhere. This minimum has lasted since 2007 and is still ongoing. There are not very many sunspots to "help" propagation, and there is no real sign of significant change. The UTC-times for broadcasting to the various target area have been very carefully selected to to have the very best chance of good reception in each area. Also, we need to have the RSD broadcasts one after the other.After RSD 2009, it was decided to change the times somewhat and to move RSD from November to October (as was the case back in the late 1990's -- Thanks, John). RSH hopes that everyone around the world has excellent reception conditions during RSD 2010 and is looking forward to your emails and also, if possible, to your telephone calls.
Gary Walters , Station Manager of Radio St. Helena via Robert Kipp
(Jaisakthivel, Ardic DX Club, India via dx_india yg http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dx_india/)
To get a QSL from Radio St. Helena, you must send a written and verifiable reception report by AIRMAIL and include sufficient return postage (3 IRC's). Email-reports will be not be verified. Recordings will not be returned. In EURO-countries, please send a 5-Euro banknote. Otherwise, please send 3 or more US dollar banknotes to cover the required return postage.
Radio St. Helena
P.O. Box 93
Jamestown, St. Helena
South Atlantic Ocean
via United Kingdom & Ascension

Sunday, August 15, 2010

AIR Monitoring observations of Aug 14, 2010

Hon'ble President of India's address the nation on the eve of Independence Day was noted on foll freq's on 14th Aug 1330-1414 UTC

Freq Pwr Location
3945 50 Gorakhpur
4760 10 Leh - Weak
4775 50 Imphal
4800 50 Hyderabad - co-ch qrm CNR1
4810 50 Bhopal - missing at 1341, back during re-check at 1406
4820 50 Kolkata - co-ch qrm PBS Xizang
4830 50 Jammu - OFF AIR
4837.5 10 Gangtok
4840 50 Mumbai
4850 50 Kohima - NOT HEARD
4860 50 Kingsway - Carrier, no audio
4880 50 Lucknow
4895 50 Kurseong - missing at 1345, back during re-check at 1403
4910 50 Jaipur
4920 50 Chennai
4940 50 Guwahati - Weak
4950 50 Srinagar
4960 50 Ranchi - OFF AIR
4965 50 Shimla -
4970 50 Shillong
4990 50 Itanagar -NOT HEARD
5010 50 Thiruvananthapuram
5015 50 Delhi - NOT HEARD
5040 50 Jeypore - Distorded Audio
5050 10 Aizawl
6030 50 Delhi - co-ch qrm CNR1
6085 50 Delhi - QRM ?
9425 500 Bengaluru
9470 250 Aligarh -NOT CHECKED
9575 50 Delhi
9835 50 Delhi - co-ch qrm ?
9870 500 Bengaluru


101.3 - AIR Aligarh
102.1 - AIR Mussourie
102.6 - AIR Delhi FM Rainbow
103.1 - AIR Chandigarh
105.6 - Gyan Vani, New Delhi
106.4 - AIR Delhi FM Gold
107.1 - AIR Kasauli


531 AIR Jodhpur
540 AIR Aizwal co-ch qrm PBC
567 AIR Dibrugarh
585 AIR Nagpur
603 AIR Ajmer
621 AIR Patna co-ch qrm VOA Pashto
648 AIR Indore
657 AIR Kolkata
666 AIR Delhi
675 AIR Chhattarpur
684 AIR Kargil
(was able to check only above MW freq's before the special txn was over)

All times in UTC

(Alokesh Gupta)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Independence Day Greetings !

It's been 63 years since India got freedom, Let's Celebrate Our Independence, Happy Independence Day !!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

SLBC to Recruit Disabled Security Personnel as announcers & technical staff

The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation has launched a programme to recruit soldiers with disabilities as announcers and technical staff.

More at :


FRSH's 30th anniversary

Hello FRS-Holland Friends,

Already some time ago we informed you about the upcoming FRS 30 Years celebrations. In the mean time we have received a number of contributions, we feel the on air celebration would be incomplete without our listeners' input! Of course contributions from colleague SW stations are also very much appreciated.

Still we haven't heard from many listeners whose contribution would be much appreciated. We are talking about many faithful listeners who already tuned long time ago. For us at FRSH your contribution is 'invaluable' !!

So we once again appeal on you....
Preparations are in an advanced stage and we once again invite you as FRSH listener to participate. Instead of writing a letter following a broadcast, we kindly ask for your personal FRS memories. Either you put them 1) on a sheet of paper or send them by mail and 2) most wanted: record your personal message and send an mp3 audio file. All listener's contributions will be collected and together it will be our anthology of 30 years of SW broadcasts. When did you hear us for the first time, what was your favorite show, when did you get your first QSL, how much did you listen to FRS, any special on air moments you remember? All this info could be part of your personal FRS contribution.

Send your contribution to <frs@frsholland.nl> or POBox 2702, 6049 ZG Herten, the Netherlands.

All the best from all of us at FRSH.

On behalf of the FRS Staff,

Peter Verbruggen

AIR special broadcasts on eve of Independence Day

The 64th Independence Day celebrations will shortly be taking place in India on August 15. It is one of the major holidays of the year and affords us the great opportunity to hear some special programming via SW.

Of particular interest to listeners in North America is the President's annual address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day (August 14). President Shrimati Pratibha Devishingh Patil's speech will be delivered via SW radio at 1330 UT (7:00 PM IST). This gives us a good opportunity to attempt to hear the rarely used AIR Kohima SW transmitter on 4850, which is only used for special event. Also the other regional AIR stations will all be broadcasting her speech to the nation, which will be delivered first in Hindi and then repeated again in English.

As a guide to what can be heard, here is the log of my 2009 reception:

4850, AIR Kohima, 1301, August 14, 2009 with today's program schedule; talk show about rugby in English; 1315 health program in Hindi; 1327 marching music/anthem; President's address to the nation on the eve of Independence Day in Hindi, repeated in English till 1402; pop music program till tune out at 1410. Nice local IDs; slightly better than 2008 reception here. Started fading about 1350.

Last year the speech was heard in parallel: 4760 (AIR Port Blair); 4775 (AIR Imphal); 4835 (AIR Gangtok); 4880 (AIR Lucknow); 4895 (AIR Kurseong); 4920 (AIR Chennai); 4940 (AIR Guwahati); 4970 (AIR Shillong); 4990 (AIR Itanagar); 5010 (AIR Thiruvan.) and 5050 (AIR Aizawl). Noticeably off the air last year was 5040 (AIR Jeypore).

An audio file (MP3) of a portion of last year's reception is posted at :
http://www.mediafire.com/?7r8e117ju2mum3h >.

It should be noted that AIR Gangtok is currently off frequency. Mauno Ritola (Finland) measured them on 4837.215 kHz. with sign off at 1600:30, on August 11. Thanks to Mauno for the update.

Special thanks to Jose Jacob of Hyderabad, India for confirmation that this year's speech will indeed be broadcast at 1330 UT, August 14, 2010 and he sends along this additional information:

4760 (leh), 4800, 4810, 4820, 4910, 5015, etc. are additional frequencies to check, as well as 9470, 9425, 9835, 9575 and 6030. Shortly after the broadcast in Hindi and English local station broadcast its translation in local languages.

Reception reports may be sent to : spectrum-manager@air.org.in

Doordarshan TV channels also carry the President's address to the nation.

Ron Howard
Asilomar State Beach, CA, USA

Via Cumbredx mailing list

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Northern Ireland Hosts Major DAB Conferences

Belfast in Northern Ireland will host three major events on the international future of digital radio this October.

The WorldDMB General Assembly on October 27 at the Europa Hotel in Belfast brings together WorldDMB members from Europe and around the world. On the agenda is the development of the DAB family of standards, including DAB, DAB+ and DMB, and the future of digital radio broadcasting on an international scale.

The same week sees the EBU Digital Radio Conference, also held at the Europa Hotel. On October 28/29, European Broadcasting Union delegates will meet to discuss how best to chart a digital future for radio on multi-platforms. The conference will consider a practical assessment of the conditions for the successful and profitable future of radio in all its digital formats.

To accompany the EBU Digital Radio Conference, BBC Northern Ireland and RTE will present 'Making Connections – a Festival of Radio'. The large-scale public event will celebrate radio and its connection with people and cultures at a local, national and international level. The free event will showcase new technologies and exhibits from the BBC's local and network radio services. Visitors can also watch live radio programmes and get involved with interactive experiences. The Festival of Radio takes place in BBC Blackstaff House in Belfast between 28 and 30 October.

Digital radio in Northern Ireland is quite widespread with much of the Province within range of a regional multiplex and the BBC's national mux. In the ROI, RTE broadcasts to 36% of the population, rising to 52% by the end of 2010. The "noise" created by these three almost simultaneous events in Belfast will raise the public profile and awareness of digital radio broadcasting across Ireland.

Letty Zambrano, WorldDMB Project Director says: "Each event's agenda is complementary to the other two, and many of the same people will no doubt attend both the WorldDMB and EBU conferences. The BBC/RTE event is more consumer focused and will balance the two conferences by talking directly to listeners through free public events, demonstrations of how digital radio works etc."


For more information contact Rosemary Smith, WorldDMB on +44 20 3206 7847 or email Rosemary.Smith@worlddab.org


Notes to Editors: The DAB family is the most successful set of digital radio standards in the world today. Created from the outset for mobile and portable reception of audio services, the standard has been developed to offer multimedia and video with DAB+ and DMB digital radio and DMB mobile TV. Collectively these are often referred to as the Eureka 147 Family of Standards, having originated as an EU funded Eureka project. The system is on-air in nearly 40 countries across Europe, Australia and the Far East. More than 500 million people are within range of DAB, DAB+ or DMB services, with over 1,000 services on-air. In Europe, digital radio is available in the UK, Denmark, Malta, Norway, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Spain with digital radio launches planned for France, Ireland, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands and Czech Republic. The world's first DMB mobile TV services launched in South Korea in 2005 and is now one of the most successful markets in the world. DAB is also on-air in China as the only industrial standard for digital radio with DMB successfully used for mobile TV during the 2008 Olympics. Other DMB mobile TV services and trials are planned for Norway, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Indonesia. In 2008 the industry body responsible for the Eureka 147 family of standards, the WorldDMB Forum, created the 'Digital Radio Receiver Profiles' which specify a set of minimum requirements and features for different types of consumer digital radio receivers. The
Receiver Profiles ensure interoperability of new receivers and services between countries whose broadcasters may be using different combinations of DAB, DAB+ or DMB and creates a harmonised digital radio and multimedia market across the world.

About WorldDMB
WorldDMB is an international, non-governmental organisation with a mandate to promote the awareness, adoption and implementation of Eureka 147 based technologies worldwide. The organisation's name refers to 'digital multimedia broadcasting' including radio, mobile TV and broadcast new media services. Its members include public and commercial broadcasters, receiver manufacturers and other companies and bodies committed to the promotion of services and equipment based on the Eureka 147 family of standards.

AIR Leh 4760 back on air ?

AIR Leh 4760 kHz noted on air during check at 0230 UTC on 10th Aug, Hindi news at 0230 followed by eng news relayed from Delhi. At 0310 UTC "Radio Kashmir" id followed by Ladakhi song. 0319 commentary in Urdu, 0350 Hindi movie songs, 0359 off air. Weaker than before, at
times barely audible.

AIR Leh 4760 kHz 10th Aug 1630 UTC Panel discussion upto 1628 UTC, followed by instrumental music, at 1635 report on CWG, interview with PT Usha, signed off at 1700.

AIR Leh 4760 kHz 11th Aug 0224 UTC Signed on with Vande Mataram foll by instrumental music, 0230 Samachar Prabhat with Vimlendu Pandey, 0244 Eng News Gaura Lal, 0300 Ladakhi songs, 0319 Discussion followed by local news, 0335 ID Radio Kashmir by YL , anncts in local dialect, 0340 Hindi movie songs.....first one was from movie Aandhi, 0359 off air.

(All times in UTC)

Alokesh Gupta

VOA Hausa service planning special Ramadan programs

Washington, D.C., August 10, 2010 - As millions of Muslims await the start of the holy month of Ramadan, VOA's Hausa Service will be among the first in Nigeria to broadcast the official announcement of the start of the annual fasting and prayer season.
The holy month of Ramadan begins in Nigeria when the Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammad Sa'ad Abubakar III, who leads the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, confirms reports that the new crescent moon has been sighted, an event expected Wednesday but perhaps as late as Thursday. Muslims from around the country have been urged to call the palace when they see the new moon. A committee of experts will evaluate the reports. A Hausa Service reporter will be in the Sultan's palace for the announcement, and is expected to speak with a member of the Moon Sighting Committee, as well as get reaction from people gathered at the palace for the event.
VOA's Hausa Service has four daily broadcasts and a weekly audience estimated at approximately 21 million listeners in the region on shortwave and AM with a website that features live and on-demand audio broadcasts.
The Hausa program line-up includes integrated newscasts, discussion shows, diverse stringer reports, interviews, feature programs, and special reports covering a wide variety of issues.
Visit the Hausa Service website, http://www1.voanews.com/hausa/news/, for a Ramadan timetable that will include the timing of breakfast and when Muslims are expected to cease eating, drinking and sex.
In addition, the Service will be running a series of special programs all month, including a call-in show that will allow listeners share their Ramadan preparations.

(VOA Press Release)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Radio offers lifeline to Pakistan as crisis worsens

In response to the devastating floods in northern Pakistan, lifeline radio programmes are to start in the most severely affected areas through the BBC Urdu service.
Developed by BBC World Service Trust and Internews, the new infoasaid service will transmit life-saving information to the hundreds of thousands of people currently cut off from emergency aid efforts and most at risk.
BBC Urdu will transmit six daily bulletins in Urdu and Pashto, providing vital information including how to stay safe, avoid disease and access aid.* With much of the region's transport and communication links destroyed, the service will plug a critical gap in delivering information in the immediate aftermath of the disaster using one of the only media channels still available - radio.
As part of an increasingly nationwide response, the programmes will be broadcast on up to 34 BBC partner stations, reaching over 60 million people. Director of the BBC World Service Trust, Caroline Nursey, says: "This humanitarian crisis is growing every day and is now on a huge scale. Very often it is the simplest information, such as where to get food or how to avoid diseases, that can save thousands of lives. This is what lifeline programming will deliver."
infoasaid is funded by UKaid from the Department for International Development. Minister of State for International Development, Alan Duncan, says: "As flooding continues to cause destruction and suffering in Pakistan, many will find themselves cut off from family, friends and home. While of course not everyone will be able to access a radio, this is a proven way of reaching as many people as possible when no other means of communication are available.
"The lifeline radio programme is another great example of potentially lifesaving innovation from the BBC World Service Trust, providing essential emergency advice and information on staying healthy and accessing food and shelter, to help those affected cope with the immediate effects of this disaster."
infoasaid is coordinating its response through UNOCHA and humanitarian agencies in the region. The project's goal is to improve how aid agencies communicate with disaster-affected communities. The emphasis is on the need to deliver information, as aid itself, through the most appropriate channels.

* infoasaid will be broadcast at local times in Urdu at 12.30, 15.30 and 18.30 and in Pashto at 12.45, 15.45 and 18.45. infoasaid is a collaborative project between the BBC World Service Trust and Internews.

(BBC World Service Publicity)

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Special broadcasts by AIR on Aug 15 for Independence Day 1

India became an independent nation on 15 August 1947.
August 15 is a National holiday and on that day Flag Hoisting, Parades and other functions are held all over India. The main event takes place in New Delhi where the Prime Minster hoists the
National Flag at the Red Fort and delivers a nationally televised speech from its ramparts.
All India Radio will broadcast the running commentary in English and Hindi about the Flag Hoisting, Parade and Prime Minsters speech to be held at Red Fort, New Delhi between 0135-0240 UTC (0705-0810 hrs IST) on 15th August, 2010 on the following frequencies.


4860 Delhi 50 kW
11830 Delhi 50 kW
13620 Bengaluru 500 kW
15050 Delhi 250 kW
17510 Delhi 250 kW

4860 Delhi 50 KW
6030 Delhi 100 KW
6155 Bengaluru 500 kW
7340 Mumbai 100 kW
9595 Delhi 250 KW
11620 Aligarh 250 KW
15135 Delhi 50 KW

(Note : External Services in Urdu on 6155, 7340,9595, 11620 are replaced by Commentary at this time)

The SW Regional Stations will start using their day time frequencies about 1 hour or more earlier than usual on 15th August as follows to relay the Commentary. This may provide enhanced reception of stations than on normal days.

The sign on schedule for that day is as follows with normal sign on timings in brackets.

1. BHOPAL 0130 UTC (Ex 0225) 7430
2. CHENNAI 0130 UTC (Ex 0300) 7380
3. HYDERABAD 0130 UTC (Ex 0225) 7420
4. IMPHAL 0130 UTC (Ex 0225) 7335
5. KOHIMA 0000 UTC 4850
6. KOLKATA 0130 UTC (Ex 0230) 7210
7. PORT BLAIR 0130 UTC (Ex 0315) 7390
8. SHIMLA 0025 UTC (Ex 0215) 6020
9. SRINAGAR 0025 UTC (Ex 0225) 6110
10. THIRUVANTHAPURAM 0020 UTC (Ex 0230) 7290

Look out for the rare AIR station in Kohima on 4850 on 14 & 15 August, 2010 as follows:
14 Aug 2009 1000-1600 UTC approx
15 Aug 2009 0000-0415 UTC approx

AIR Kohima is broadcasting on SW only for such special occasions like Independence Day (August 15) & Republic Day (January 26) and has been heard even by listeners in USA. Being a very important broadcast all AIR stations will try to be at their best to broadcast the commentry without any interruptions.

Reception Reports to : spectrum-manager@air.org.in

(Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute of Amateur Radio, Hyderabad)

Fraunhofer announces low bitrate DRM video

German research institute Fraunhofer has developed technology that allows small-scale, low bitrate video services to be carried in Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) signals. Diveemo is a joint venture between Fraunhofer, Thomson Broadcast & Multimedia and NewStar Electronics and will be launched at IBC 2010 in September, writes Kevin Hilton.

Full story at :

Saturday, August 07, 2010

AIR Leh off air due to flash floods

Press reports indicate that All India Radio transmitter at Leh was damagaed due to cloud burst & flash floods on 6th August,2010. Over 114 persons were killed & more than 200 were reportedly injured. According to sources water & mud slush entered into the transmitter room. There's no power supply in that area.
Meanwhile AIR Leh shortwave frequency 4760 kHz wa noted off air this morning (7th Aug).
Excerpt from HT report titled "Leh turns ghost town" :

Just few meters ahead of the bus stand is the All India Radio building. Water has gushed through, sweeping furniture and equipment helter skelter, and a dish on top the building is contorted beyond recognition - from the impact of a truck that was swept against it.

Full report at :

Jose Jacob informs Radio Kashmir, Srinagar has decided to broadcast two news bulletins daily in the morning and evening for people of Ladakh region as transmissions of Radio Kashmir, Leh, has been disrupted due to cloud burst.

More details at : www.newkerala.com/news2/fullnews-16177.html
LEH Helpline Numbers
The LEH administration has set up a 24 hrs control room for information for missing person, telephone numbers are :

Here are some press reports :

Cloudbursts ravage Leh

Leh Floods: 115 dead, 25 Army Jawans missing

AP Video

Friday, August 06, 2010

CBA Board appoints New Secretary-General

Sally-Ann Wilson, Deputy Secretary- General of the CBA, has been appointed, after a competitive process, to succeed Elizabeth Smith as Secretary-General. She will take up the role when Elizabeth leaves on 18 October. Sally-Ann is currently Director of the WorldView project for CBA. Prior to joining the CBA, Sally-Ann's media career was in production, both radio and TV. She has also had numerous roles as a Broadcast Executive for the BBC and in the commercial broadcasting sector.

QARL Field Day

The Quilon Amateur Radio League, Kerala, India is conducting a Field Day in connection with the Onam celebrations at Achankovil on 11th and 12th September, 2010. For more details contact VU2SYT - Mob # 9446854749

(P.Surendran via cq_vu)

Recently launched state radio signals reluctance to open up airwaves

By Lance Guma
05 August 2010

Voice of Zimbabwe, a state controlled shortwave radio service, was launched last week Friday in Gweru and has signaled ZANU PF’s reluctance to open up the airwaves. The station is reported to have been set up in 2007 with its general manager Happison Muchechetere saying they would carry out test runs before the actual programming started. Four years later it would seem they have finally managed to produce some programming.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

BBC Hindi news updates now on mobile


BBC World Service's South Asian feed (Hindi, Urdu, English etc)

Enjoy BBC World Service's South Asian feed which includes Hindi and Urdu too on your mobile and on your computer (without visiting BBCHindi website.)

1. On your mobile phone
(First check if you are on some kind of unlimited internet access tariff. It can work on other mobiles too if they got Internet Radio application.)-

- Download Nokia application for Internet Radio.(Go to Nokia's Ovi store to download this application.)

- Open the application on your phone and manually feed this URL thorugh Options tab- http://mp35.bbc.streamuk.com

- It would be saved in your Favourite Stations list. Click and listen.

2. On your computer
(Works with RealPlayer, VLC Player and iTunes. Not supported by Windows Media Player.)

- Open Real Player (I have checked it on VLC and iTunes too.)

- Go to File and then Open Location

- Place this link in the box ther- http://mp35.bbc.streamuk.com

- Click Open and Enjoy.

- Make it a desktop Shortcut so that you can listen the feed (most of the times in English) at anytime without going to the website.

3. Since it's live feed, you need to know Hindi timings.

BBC Hindi Broadcast in India- 6.30am, 8.00am, 7.30pm and 10.30pm

ZBH entrenches monopoly of airwaves

Read the story here :

How Voice of America gets around the Great Firewall of China


Monday, August 02, 2010

New AIR Centres approved under 10th Plan and continued in 11th Plan


RTI celebrates 82nd anniversary

Radio Taiwan International (RTI) celebrated its 82nd birthday on Monday. Premier Wu Den-yih spoke at a celebration to mark the anniversary. "RTI is already 82 years old," said Wu. "[The station] is not showing its age, but rather brimming with vitality. The major reason is that it has kept with the times, in the process becoming timeless."
Wu also said that RTI serves as an important pathway to expose Chinese listeners to Taiwan's democracy.
A letter from President Ma Ying-jeou was also read during the ceremony. Ma praised the station for the service it performs by broadcasting Taiwan's vibrant democracy for the world to hear. He also said he hopes [the station] can go on increasing Taiwan's global visibility.
On Monday, RTI also launched a multimedia platform. The platform includes three parts: Media Asset Management (MAM), an audiovisual network and a broadcast scheduling system.

IARUMS to concentrate on cleaning-up 40 metres

The South African Radio League's councillor for the IARU Monitoring System (IARUMS), Fred Scheepers, ZS1FCS, invites radio amateurs and shortwave listeners to join a campaign to remove non-amateur stations from the 40 metre amateur band.
It requires many persons to monitor the band from 7 000 - 7 200 kHz for intruders and record their details such as the station ID, the frequency and time. Many intruder broadcast stations will broadcast their ID on the hour and half hour.
If you cannot understand the language make an mp3 recording or a wave file and add it to your report. Fred has set a special email address that is easy to remember. It is ntruder@sarl.org.za

(The South African Radio League)


List of illegal BC txn's on 7100-7200 kHz

DW DRM 12095 @ 0855 UTC

90 kW via Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
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