Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Radio Taiwan International DRM/Analog special broadcasts in German language

                                               Special QSL card for 2019 Tamshui direct brodcasts

Direct broadcasts of the German-language program in August and September 2019 from the Tamsui transmitter in Taiwan:

Again this year, Radio Taiwan International is broadcasting its German-language program directly from the Tamsui transmission system to Europe on several days:

Broadcast dates and frequencies:

Frequency 11990 kHz: 17: 00-18: 00 UTC
Frequency 9540 kHz: 18: 00-19: 00 UTC

August 30 (Friday) / analog
August 31 (Saturday) / analog
September 1 (Sunday) / DRM
September 6 (Friday) / analog
September 7 (Saturday) / analog
September 08 (Sunday) / analog
September 13 (Friday) / analog (Moon Festival)
September 14 (Saturday) / analog
September 15 (Sunday) / DRM
September 20 (Friday) / analog
September 21 (Saturday) / analog
September 22 (Sunday) / analog

Thursday, August 15, 2019

BBC World Service extends shortwave broadcasts in Hindi, English & Urdu

The Director of the BBC World Service, Jamie Angus, says: "The provision of independent and trusted news in places of conflict and tension is one of the core purposes of the World Service.

"Given the shutdown of digital services and phone lines in the Kashmir region, it's right for us to try and increase the provision of news on our short wave radio services. Audiences in both India and Pakistan trust the BBC to speak with an independent voice, and we know that our reporting through several moments of crisis this year has been popular and valued by audiences who turn to us when tensions are highest."

BBC News Hindi radio output (9515 and 11995 kHz) will be extended by 30 minutes from Friday 16 August. The full one-hour news programme will be on air from 7.30pm to 8.30pm local time.

On Monday 19 August, BBC News Urdu will launch a 15-minute daily programme, Neemroz. Broadcast at 12.30pm local time on 15310kHz and 13650kHz, the programme will focus on news coming from Kashmir and the developments around the issue, and include global news roundup tailored for audiences in Kashmir.

BBC World Service English broadcasts (11795kHz, 9670kHz, 9580kHz, 7345kHz, 6040kHz) will be expanded, with the morning programming extended by an hour, ending at 8.30am local time; and the afternoon and evening programming starting an hour earlier, at 4.30pm local time.

The shutdown has left people with very few options for accessing news at this time. However, news services from the BBC continue to be available in the region - through shortwave radio transmissions in English, Urdu, Hindi, Dari and Pashto. As well as providing an important source of news to the region, the South Asian language services have brought added depth to the BBC's coverage of the Kashmir story.

The recent introduction of four new languages services for India - Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi and Telugu, following additional investment from the UK Government - has enabled the BBC to offer a wider portfolio of languages and distribution methods to a region that is geographically diverse as well as politically tense. This year's Global Audience Measure for the BBC showed that India is now the World Service's largest market, with a weekly audience of 50m.

(BBC Press Release)

Friday, August 09, 2019

Special broadcasts by AIR for Independence Day (15 Aug 2019)

India is celebrating its 73rd Independence Day on 15 August 2019.

Details of special programs by All India Radio for the occasion is as follows:

14th August 2019 (Wednesday)  1330 UTC (7.00 pm IST) onwards "Address to the Nation" on the eve of Independence Day in Hindi and English by  Shri.Ram Nath Kovind, Honble President of India.

All stations of All India Radio will relay this on MW, SW & FM.

Look out on the following Home Service SW frequencies :

4760 Leh
4760 Port Blair
4800 Hyderabad
4810 Bhopal
4835 Gangtok
4895 Kurseong
4910 Jaipur
4920 Chennai  
4950 Srinagar
4970 Shillong (Off air)
5010 Thiruvananthapuram
5040 Jeypore
9380 Aligarh
9865 Bangalore

15 August 2018 (Thursday) 0135-0240 UTC (0705-0810 hrs IST)

All India Radio will broadcast the running commentary in English and Hindi on the Flag Hoisting and Prime Minster's speech to be held at Red Fort, New Delhi between 0135-0240 UTC (0705-0810 hrs IST) on 15th August, 2019 on the following SW frequencies.


11740 Panaji 250 kW
15030 Bengaluru 500 kW


9380 Aligarh 250 kW
9950 New Delhi 250 kW
11620 Bengaluru 500 kW

(Note : External Services in Urdu on 6140 7340 are replaced by running commentary at this time)

The following External Services stands cancelled for that day:
9950: Nepali 0130-0230  News Hindi / English 0230-0300
11560, 11740 : Pushtu 0215-0300, Dari  0300-0345
13695, 15030: Kannada 0215-0300

The Regional SW 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. Port Blair - 0130 UTC (Ex 0315) 7390
5 Srinagar  -0130 UTC (ex 0225) 6110
6. Thiruvanathapuram - 0130 UTC (Ex 0230) 7290

Other frequencies operating as usual at that time but carrying the commentary is as follows:

4760   Leh                                        
4835   Gangtok
4895   Kurseong     
4910   Jaipur
4970   Shillong (Off air)       
5040   Jeypore        
7270  Chennai

Check also 13695 via Bangalore

All stations of AIR will relay the running commentary.



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

Watch the events live on Doordarshan TV  on all their channels .Try the following links:

Happy Independence Day to all DX_India members!


Alokesh Gupta & Jose Jacob

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Friday, August 02, 2019

FTIOM & UBMP, August 4-10

From the Isle of Music, August 4-10:

This week, we look at the career of the late Mongo Santamaria, who left us a vast and diverse body of work recorded in Cuba and the United States. 

The broadcasts take place:

1. For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere (including parts of East Asia and Oceania) with 100Kw, Sunday 1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 KHz, from Sofia, Bulgaria (1800-1900 MSK)
If you don't have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to an uplink from a listening radio in the Netherlands during the broadcast at 

2. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday 0000-0100 UTC (New UTC) on WBCQ, 7490 KHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday 8-9PM EST in the US).
If you don't have a shortwave or are out of range, you can listen to a live stream from the WBCQ website here (choose 7490)

3 & 4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday 1900-2000 UTC and Saturday 1200-1300 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany.
If you don't have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to an uplink from a listening radio in the Netherlands during the broadcast at 

Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, August 4 and 6, 2019:

Episode 124 brings you music from Japan that spans over 80 years. 

The transmissions take place: 

1.Sundays 2200-2230 UTC (6:00PM -6:30PM Eastern US) on WBCQ The Planet 7490 KHz from the US to the Americas and parts of Europe
If you don't have a shortwave or are out of range, you can listen to a live stream from the WBCQ website here (choose 7490)

2. Tuesdays 2000-2030 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany for Europe.
If you don't have a shortwave radio or are out of range, you can listen live to an uplink from a listening radio in the Netherlands during the broadcast at

Special programming in Wavescan honoring Radio Andorra

Dear Wavescan Listener,

Please note that we are interrupting the regular flow of topics in Wavescan to present a special program honoring the fascinating historic story of the exotic Radio Andorra high in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain.  On August 7, Radio Andorra would have celebrated its 80th anniversary, if it were still on the air.  

This special edition of Wavescan was professionally produced by Christian Milling in Germany, it was edited for broadcast in Wavescan by Dr. Adrian Peterson in Indianapolis, and it was prepared for broadcast by Jeff White at Radio Miami International WRMI in Miami Florida.  Edition NWS 545 contains the Radio Andorra story, and it is scheduled for broadcast in the normal scheduling of Wavescan, beginning over this coming weekend.  You may check the availability of this special program in your part of the world by accessing the websites of the following international shortwave stations:- 
Adventist World Radio KSDA Guam
Adventist World Radio shortwave relay stations in Europe, Africa and Asia that carry Wavescan
Radio Miami International WRMI in Miami, Florida
Voice of Hope KVOH in Simi Valley, California
Voice of Hope relay station in Zambia, Africa
World Wide Christian Radio WWCR in Nashville, Tennessee

Also available on line from several sources, and as a podcast download, and via special telephone numbers

Thank you
Dr. Adrian M. Peterson
International Relations, Adventist World Radio
Producer Wavescan, International DX program from Adventist World Radio

New Android based DRM (Digital Radio Modiale) decoding app

On KTWR blog there's info about new Android based DRM decoding app which decodes DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale) signals coming in through the external microphone input.    
App for DRM30 (Free)

App for DRM+ ( Paid, Rs.170 for Indian users)
However note that there are no on air DRM+ transmissions in India