Saturday, October 30, 2010


Winter frequency schedule effective 31st Oct 2010 to 27th March 2011

Radio Prague B10

Winter Frequency Schedule effective 31st Oct 2010 to 27th March 2010

AIR Hyderabad seeks material for website archive

Special Correspondent
HYDERABAD: All India Radio, Hyderabad, in connection with its diamond jubilee celebrations, is collecting archival material of various kinds related to its history -- since inception as Deccan Radio in 1939 and later following merger with AIR in 1950 --for creating a website.
The site will feature the landmark contributions made by AIR to the cultural and social life of the region, K.P. Srinivasan, Station Director, said in a release on Wednesday.
AIR is also inviting persons who have been associated with the organisation in any manner and their descendents, public and other institutions to share any material---textual, photographic, audio or even memories and anecdotes—available with them.
The material will be acknowledged/returned with thanks after suitably digitising them. Interested may contact (23232074, ext. 320) or e-mail at
They can also write to Station History Project, c/o The Station Director, AIR, Saifabad, Hyderabad 500 004.
(Source : The Hindu)

AIR Mysore calling

The Platinum Jubilee celebrations of All India Radio, Mysore, was held in the city in September and was an occasion to cherish. For, it was in Mysore that broadcasting history was made in the country ....

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Friday, October 29, 2010


All India Radio B10

Winter frequency schedule effective from 31st October, 2010 to 27th March, 2011 is now available at :

Thursday, October 28, 2010

SWL Fest 2011

Richard Cuff and John Figliozzi, co-chairs of the Winter SWL Festival, are pleased to announce the dates and venue for the 24th (!) Annual Fest.

The Fest will be held March 4-5, 2011 at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Plymouth Meeting is a Philadelphia suburb convenient to key regional highways, such as the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276/I-476/I-76), I-476, and the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76), as well as the Philadelphia region's public transportation network.

The change in venue will enable the Fest to continue many of the traditions that have contributed to its long-standing popularity, including a full complement of forum sessions, the Hospitality Room, the Silent Auction, and the Saturday Night Banquet and Raffle. For those who choose to stay at the Doubletree, your room rate now includes a full breakfast for each day's stay.

The registration form for the Fest itself will be available in the NASWA Journal beginning with the November edition. A printable copy of the Fest reservation form will also be posted at the SWL Fest website, , by early November.

Hotel reservations should be made directly with the Doubletree at 610-834-8300; a special $89 room rate is available but you must mention the "Winter SWL Fest" rate to get this special price. The Doubletree Guest Suites also has a special website set up for online hotel reservations at the special SWL Fest hotel rate; a link to this website will be posted by early November at the Fest website.

Updates and additional information will be posted at the Fest website, and will also be available in the NASWA Journal and the Fest e-mail reflector as the Fest approaches.

Please check the SWL Fest website for updates and additional information.

Richard Cuff / Allentown, PA USA

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(Via ODXA List)

Radio Rossii on 171 LW

Surprise catch last evening was R.Rossii on 171 at around 1630 UTC, nice copy....listened for almost couple of hours, playing some nice Russian songs, several id's. Also a weak stn on 198, last year Algeria was regular on this channel.

China Radio Int'l to reach out to Nepali listeners through FMs

KATHMANDU, Oct 28: As a part of its growing engagements in Nepal lately, China is preparing to take programs of China Radio International (CRI) among Nepali listeners across the country through local FM radios.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

KBS to Host the General Assembly of ABU in 2012

The 47th General Assembly of ABU (Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union) held in Tokyo 19th and 20th of October approved that KBS will be the host of the General Assembly of ABU in 2012. It will be fifteen years after KBS hosted the same event in Seoul in 1997 that KBS plays such a significant role of providing a forum of discussing issues close to Asian broadcasters and of celebrating diversities of the region.

Head of KBS delegation to the 47th General Assembly, Mr. Cho Dae-hyun, Executive Vice President of KBS, said that the 49th Assembly would be an opportunity for member broadcasters to experience and discuss effects of the rapidly changing broadcasting environment.

The 47th ABU General Assembly also re-elected KBS as a member of the Administrative Council for fourth consecutive term. The Administrative Council is a decision making body of ABU, which has more than 200 member broadcasters in about 60 countries. The Tokyo Assembly was hosted by NHK.
(Source : KBS)

Deutsche Welle expands cooperation with Cairo University

Deutsche Welle is expanding its cooperation with Cairo University, enabling all students to take part in joint events with DW for the first time. On September 19, 2010, the Director General of Germany’s international broadcaster, Erik Bettermann, signed an agreement to this effect in the Egyptian capital. At the end of 2007, DW and the faculty of “Mass and Media Communication” agreed on a memorandum of understanding. On this basis, DW has since carried out numerous academy seminars and discussion sessions with renowned media partners from the region. Due to the high demand, the programs are now open to students of all faculties.

With 155,000 students, Cairo University is the largest university on the African continent and the “Mass and Media Communication” faculty is the largest and most important of its kind in the Arab-speaking world. Eighty-five percent of students enrolled in the faculty are female. DW hopes to contribute to the training of qualified media specialists by means of this expanded cooperation.

Within the scope of the cooperation with Cairo University, Deutsche Welle has already been able to acquire key local partners. The partnership with the private cultural institution Sawy, for example, enables DW to host intercultural events at Cairo’s most famous cultural center every six to eight weeks. These events are held in collaboration with German institutions such as the Goethe Institute, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
Meetings with regional media partners
Alongside Cairo University, the private German University in Cairo (GUC) has also been one of Deutsche Welle’s most important partners in Egypt for several years now.
During his stay in Cairo, DW Director General Bettermann will continue the theme of cooperation in discussions with the head of the university, Professor Ashraf Mansour. Bettmann will discuss the “role of social media on development” with GUC students.
In 2007, Bettermann inaugurated the joint project “Campus Radio” at the GUC. The trendsetting digital Campus Radio and TV relies on the cooperation between GUC, Fraunhofer IIS Erlangen and DW. It enables students to transmit and receive broadcasts via Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM), Digital Video Broadcast-H as well as the Internet.
Together with other high-ranking media representatives, Bettermann is also taking part in a media policy discussion hosted by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. The discussion “Rebel rousers or mediator? The role of the media in inter-cultural dialogue” follows on from past discussion sessions with German political foundations in Egypt, which have addressed the impact of the media on the inter-cultural exchange of information and thus initiated long-standing debates directly on location.
In addition, Bettermann will meet with Anas El Fiki, Minister of Information, Hani Helal, Minister of Higher Education and Research and Osama al Sheikh, Director of the Egyptian Radio and TV Union (ERTU). Deutsche Welle and ERTU have enjoyed a close partnership for many years now. In June 2008, they launched a jointly produced show entitled “Youth Across Borders”. The monthly talk show, which is produced alternately in Berlin and Cairo, grapples with subjects affecting young people across cultural borders. Both institutions also collaborate in radio broadcasts and further education.
(Press Release)

Japan on track for full digital broadcasting

Japan will be the 15th country in the world – and the first in Asia – to switch to fully digital broadcasting when it completes the transition in July 2011.

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DW B10

Deutsche Welle B10 Winter Frequency Schedule
(Effective 31 Oct 2010 to 27 March 2010)

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Radio Exterior de España B10 Winter Frequency Schedule
(Effective 30 Oct 2010 to 27 March 2011)

(José Bueno, Córdoba, España via DX Listening Digest List)

Dxers Unlimited's mid week edition for 26-27 October 2010

Radio Havana Cuba
Dxers Unlimited
Dxers Unlimited's mid week edition for 26-27 October 2010
By Arnie Coro
radio amateur CO2KK

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New Digital Radio Mondiale Channel for South Asia

BBC World Service and Deutsche Welle (DW) are launching a new Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) digital radio channel for South Asia. The channel will carry a four hour daily broadcast that includes the best international programmes in English and Hindi from BBC World Service and Deutsche Welle. It will also bring to the audience all the advantages of DRM digital radio including near-FM quality audio, text messages, Journaline and an Electronic Programme Guide (EPG).
This joint initiative between BBC World Service and Deutsche Welle has been launched using two transmitters in the region and will cover much of South Asia. The signal covers the majority of the Indian sub-continent and may reach as far as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and other neighbouring countries. The new transmission starts on 31 October 2010 and will be broadcast from 1400 – 1800 GMT each day. Listeners will find the new programme stream on 13590 and 5845 kHz (SW) and additionally on 1548 kHz (MW) between 1700 – 1800 GMT. Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Chairman, says: "Digital radio is as much about technology as it is about content. Through DRM we hope to increase the digital radio offer to South Asia giving people access to audio and multimedia content, which should in turn convince manufacturers that digital radio brings something new worth investing in."
(Source : DRM Consortium)

RN New radio season: focusing on features

Radio Netherlands Worldwide is focusing on feature programmes in its satellite, webstream and shortwave broadcasts. In the new 2010-11 season, which starts 31 October 2010, they are streamlining their programming, giving more opportunities to hear extended versions of their top notch programmes such as The State We're In and Earth Beat.
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Radio Veritas Asia B10 Winter Frequency Schedule
(Effective 31st Oct 2010 to 27th March 2011)


HCJB AUSTRALIA B10 Winter Frequency Schedule
(Effective from 31st oct 2010 to 27th March 2011)

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Radio Australia - Interruption to service

On Wednesday 27 October from 0800 AEST our Shepparton transmitter will be shut down for maintenance, affecting the following services:

This service will not be available on 15415 kHz. You may still receive us on 5935, 11550, 15225 and 15335 kHz during this period.

English to the Pacific
This service will not be available on 13690, 15230, 15240, 17750, 17795 or 21725 kHz but you may be able to receive English in PNG on 9660 kHz and in the south-west Pacific on 12080 kHz.

Please note that you local FM stations, web streams and satellite services will be available as usual during this period.


FEBA B10 Winter Frequency Schedule
(Effective 31st Oct 2010 to 27th March 2011)

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RNZI Transmitter Shut-Down

On Tuesday 26 October due to antenna maintenance, Radio Newzealand short-wave services will be off-air from 1145-1800 approx NZT. (2230-0500 Mon UTC)

FRS-Holland celebrates 30th Anniversary

Dear FRS Friend,

Following lengthy preparations the time has come to celebrate 30 years of FRS-Holland on SW. Next Sunday October 31st we kick off with the first out of a total of 3 different broadcasts. The FRS Anthology !
Factual, accurate, ups and downs....countless extracts, former presenters, listeners' contributions, a competition, fact files, the FRS Story ánd great 80s music. Next Sunday in part 1
we will feature 1980- 1987. The first eventful 7 years.
Here's the schedule:
08.52- 15.00 UTC 7600//5800 kHz
09.00-11.00 UTC and 12.00- 16.00 UTC 6005 kHz

That means that between 11.00-12.00 UTC there won't be any signal on 6005 kHz. As from 12.00 UTC onwards 6005 is back and will be one hour behind of 7600//5800 kHz.
The October 31st broadcast will be streamed between 14:52- 21:00 UTC/ 15:52- 22:00 CET via <

The period 1988- 2010 will be featured in part 2 (late November) and part 3 (December).

We have received quite a number of contributions. If you feel you want to be part of the celebrations with your personal FRS memories: you can still do so as we can include that in one of the two broadcasts which follow after the October 31st one.
Of course we have special QSLs for the three based on the 80s, one on the 90s and one on the 00s.
Hope to have your company next will be an unforgettable Sunday. October 31st 2010: 30 Years of FRS-Holland on SW!


on behalf of the FRS staff (Peter V., Jan van Dijk, Paul Graham, Dave Scott, Brian & Bobby Speed)

a Balance between Music & Information joint to one Format....

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

DSWCI 1st International DX Contest "The Grand Tour Across All Continents"

The Danish Shortwave Club International
1st International DX Contest "The Grand Tour Across All Continents"

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BBC World Service - requiem or renaissance?

By Paul Reynolds World affairs correspondent, BBC News website

The transfer of funding for the BBC World Service from the British government to the BBC itself is a surprising move at a time when many other governments are trying to increase their broadcasting and online influence.

BBC Bangla still announces the wrong GMT !

Almost a month after Swopan Chakraborty alerted the BBC authorities about wrong time announcement BBC Bangla continues to announce the wrong GMT. At 0030 UTC on 20/10/2010 this faulty announcement gave out the the time as "6.30 am in Bangladesh, 5 am in India and 11.30 pm GMT". In an attempt to cover up, the live broadcast which followed gave out the correct Indian local time as " 6.30 am in Bangladesh and 6 am in India". GMT was not corrected. So here was a funny situation where BBC Bangla gave out two different Indian local time announcement within a gap of few seconds and each differeing by 1 hour !

This mix up happened because Bangladesh Government scrapped the Daylight Savings time in March this year. The faulty BBC Bangla time announcement is based on the the earstwhile Banglaesh daylight savings time and lingering in a relay transmitter recording.Earlier BBC Bangla website is on record to have carried backdated and incorrect frequency information for well over 18 months inspite of reminders.

So much for information mess in the digital world of podcasting, mobile feed and DTH where the BBC continues to announce the wrong GMT days after days.

(Dr.Supratik Sanatani, Kolkata via Bangladx list)

VOA makes english learning easier for Chinese & Farsi speakers

Washington, D.C., October 20, 2010 –Voice of America's dynamic and cost-free English language teaching program for Chinese and Farsi speakers,, is now even easier to use with the introduction of new mobile phone apps.

The apps provide on-the-go access to VOA's interactive, online learning program, a fun and effective way to learn contemporary English.

VOA Director Danforth W. Austin says, "For years people around the world have been improving their English by listening to the Special English programs of the Voice of America. These new mobile phone apps expand on that, teaching English in a convenient, user-friendly way for anyone with a mobile phone."

The goEnglish apps are available for both iPhone and Droid devices.

By accessing the self-study program, a user can learn how Americans talk about everyday aspects of their lives, ranging from relationships to shopping to filling out a job application.

The interactive Chinese and Farsi language editions, which are also available online at, cater to English learners of all abilities. The beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons offer access to the latest learning techniques, including voice recognition software, virtual characters and video clips. There are also games and dialogues that guide users through day-to-day situations, and help them practice newly-learned skills.

To find out about other English learning programs at Voice of America, visit our Learning English website at:

(VOA Press Release)

SLBC frequency used by rogue station: TRC

A special investigation was launched following information that the transmitter found at a rogue radio station in Kalpitiya belonged to the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC).
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Planned DRM+ trial in Sri Lanka

The DRM Consortium is very pleased to have joined forces with the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRC), the Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), Germany's international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle and the Asian-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) to run a trial of DRM+ and showcase its benefits. This event will be the first DRM+ trial in the Asia-Pacific region. SLBC has offered the DRM Consortium its full support and the use of one of its low power stations in Colombo.
The two day DRM+ technical trial planned for Nov 29th and 30th will be followed by a workshop organised with ABU, where the attendees will be invited to observe the results of the trial and be able to learn more about the DRM standard.

(DRM Consortium)

P K Garg to represent Asia on ITU Radio board

By: RnM Team 18 Oct 10 11:33 IST
NEW DELHI: The former Wireless Adviser to the Government, P K Garg, has been elected to represent Asia on the Radio Regulations Board of the International Telecommunication Union.

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Radio Maria testing DRM+ on 55.8 MHz

Good Morning Shivpuri: This is Radio Dharkan 107.8FM

By Anil Gulati

These are words of Champa Bai Adivasi, a Sahariya tribal woman who was speaking at the broadcast launch of Radio Dharkhan, community radio station. This is the first in Shivpuri district, of Madhya Pradesh in the central region of India. 50 villages of Shivpuri, many of which are Sahariya dominated (primitive tribal group), spread around a radius of 15 km from the district headquarters were connected with a community radio station on Friday afternoon, the 8th of October, 2010.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Popular VOA Radio program to Afghanistan gets new sound

Washington, D.C., October 15, 2010 – Voice of America's popular Ashna Radio hits the airwaves in Afghanistan Monday with a refreshing new sound that will include more news, sports, music, call-in shows and features. VOA Executive Editor Steve Redisch says, "After years of coverage focused mainly on the day-to-day progress of the Afghan war, our listeners want to hear more about life for ordinary people, and to hear what they are saying about issues like health care, education, sports, the economy and entertainment."
Exciting new stories in production look at the shortage of playgrounds for children, a new ski resort in Bamiyan and life in a drug clinic, stories that describe Afghanistan's struggles and the way people are coping after decades of war and strife. An in-depth education series is planned that will look at the challenges and success stories that often go untold. Monday's program will feature an interview with former First Lady Laura Bush.
The new format for Ashna Radio, which is on the air two hours each morning and six hours each night, will also have more live coverage of breaking news and call-in programs. On Friday, satire will be introduced with a segment that will feature a well-known Afghan comedian.
VOA Afghanistan Service Chief Beth Mendelson says, "This is a new chapter for Ashna Radio, which plays an important role in Afghanistan because listeners and viewers place high trust in our broadcasts. Radio is an important vehicle to strengthen the relationship and understanding between the United States and the Afghan people."
Voice of America has a three-decade history in Afghanistan, and Ashna Radio, which broadcasts in both Dari and Pashto, reaches more than 50% of the country's people. Ashna is heard on 100.5 FM in Kabul, Herat, Kandahar, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad, Khost, Gardez and Kunar. They are also broadcast on 1 mediumwave and 3 shortwave. In addition to Afghanistan, Radio Ashna can be heard in Pakistan, Iran, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Visit VOA online at:

(VOA Press Release)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Resurgence Of Radio

Radio has touched sentiments of vast section of Indian society. Many who are in their middle age can remember the days in the early 80’s when in many homes the day started with familiar voice of Ameen Sayani in his program Binaka Geetmala on Radio Ceylon. It was much before the advent of television, that the Radio had become an integral part of an average Indian Middle Class family. The dependence on radio had gone to such an extent that families used to rely on timings of radio programs to do their activities.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Bulgarian National Radio with growing number of listeners

BNR Director General Valeri Todorov (center) released a publication dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the isntitution.. read the full story here :

Deutsche Welle continues to make history in Bangladesh

The international broadcaster’s Bengali Service just celebrated its 35th anniversary and has no plans of slowing down in the near future. A partnership with Bangladesh Betar has created new opportunities in the region and a chance to win over new fans. On April 15, 1975 Deutsche Welle started broadcasting its Bengali service. Almost 35 years later to the day, Germany’s international broadcaster started a new partnership that will take it into the future in Bangladesh – working with Bangladesh Betar on FM frequencies.
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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Special RMRC Txn Via Lithuania

Saint Helena Day Txn on 9th Oct asn announced earlier has been cxld & replaced by RMRC programs via Lithuania

SAINT HELENA [non]. The Rhein-Main Radio Club (RMRC) of Frankfurt, Germany, will broadcast two programs concerning Radio St. Helena Day 2009 on Saturday, 09. October, 2010, using the 100 kW transmitting facilities at Sitkunai in Lithuania.

Target Area Time (UT) Frequency Language
Europe 1530-1630 UTC 9770 German
North America 2230-2330 UTC 6130 English

Each program will be hosted by the RMRC. There will be several audio clips taken from a studio recording of RSD 2009. Robert Kipp will comment on these audio clips and present other information about RSH and RSD.

QSL-Cards for these programs will be issued ONLY by the RMRC. Do NOT send any email or other reports directly to RSH.

Reception Reports :
QSL via Regular Mail ("Snail Mail") :
Postfach 700849
60558 Frankfurt am Main
E-QSL via e-mail : mail(at)RMRC.DE
Good listening and best 73 de

(Robert Kipp, Rhein-Main Radio Club www(dot)RMRC(dot)DE, Oct 1, via Glen Hauser DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Tune in to the ‘All India Radio’, advises Leo Burnett’s Pops

Guest Article by K.V.Sridhar, National Creative Director, Leo Burnett India

Qatar Media Corporation Chooses Thomson Broadcast Anti-Fading Antenna

The state broadcaster of Qatar, Qatar Media Corporation, has gone live with a Thomson Broadcast (formerly the transmission division of Grass Valley) customised and anti-fading antenna for its national AM radio service.
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Deutshe Welle launches FM service in Bangladesh

Deutshe Welle launches FM service in Bangladesh

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DW-Radio Launches FM Slots In Bangladesh

To promote DW-Radio/Bengali on its new FM frequencies in Bangladesh, Deutsche Welle will also be running a contest for its users and listeners. The grand prize will be a motorized scooter. Runners-up will receive an iPod Nano. Participants can respond via text message (SMS) to shortcode 2777, e-mail or online at The contest begins on Monday, October 11 and will end on Friday, December 10, 2010. For more information go to

Monday, October 04, 2010

BBC and unions reach agreement

Airwaves come to the aid of students

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (Ignou) regional centre in Bhubaneswar will soon launch a Gyan Vani FM radio station to enhance the learning process of the students enrolled under the various programmes of the university.

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Friday, October 01, 2010

Anis Ahmed of VOA Bengali gets VOA gold medal

Anis Ahmed of Voice of America Bengali Service has been awarded gold medal in recognition of his outstanding service to the promotion of Bengali language and culture.