Tuesday, April 07, 2020

LRA36 Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel special broadcast

LRA36 Radio Nacional Arcángel San Gabriel special broadcast

On Tuesday, April 7, at 11:00 Argentina time (14:00 UTC), the LRA 36 Radio Nacional "Arcángel San Gabriel" station of the Esperanza Base, Antarctica, will air a new special program, the central theme of which will be reminder of World Health Day.
The program belongs to the annual "Antarctic Heart" cycle and will have the Esperanza Base medical personnel as special guests.

Radio Nacional Arcangel San Gabriel celebrates a new anniversary ...
Also, the new anniversaries of the foundations of the Argentine Antarctic bases Cámara and Brown will be remembered.
The "Antarctic Heart" cycle is produced and performed by Yanina Galeano, Julia Morena, Tamara Milan and Eliana Baraldo, together with the SI Damián Tranamil technical operation.

LRA 36 can be heard on the short-wave frequency of 15476 kHz in AM, and on the Internet from the site http://www.radionacional.com.ar - Emisoras - Antártida.
Program produced and carried out entirely at the Esperanza Base.

Reception reports to : tranalra36@radionacional.gov.ar

(Glenn Hauser via WOR list)

DW A20

DW A20
wef 29 March TO 24 Oct 2020

Language Time/UTC  Freq   Transmitter  Site  Target Weekday
AMHARIC 1600-1700 13775 kHz ISSOUDUN   Ethiopia      daily
AMHARIC 1600-1700 15275 kHz ISSOUDUN   Ethiopia      daily
HAUSA   0630-0700 9830  kHz SAO TOME   Africa (west) daily
HAUSA   0630-0700 11850 kHz ISSOUDUN   Africa (west) daily
HAUSA   0630-0700 15215 kHz ISSOUDUN   Africa (west) daily
HAUSA   1300-1400 9830  kHz SAO TOME   Africa (west) daily
HAUSA   1300-1400 11850 kHz SAO TOME   Africa (west) daily
HAUSA   1300-1400 15215 kHz ISSOUDUN   Africa (west) daily
HAUSA   1800-1900 9830  kHz SAO TOME   Africa (west) daily
HAUSA   1800-1900 11850 kHz ISSOUDUN   Africa (west) daily
HAUSA   1800-1900 15215 kHz ISSOUDUN   Africa (west) daily

Football specials :
HAUSA   1325-1530 15195 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa (west) Saturday 04.04.20 to 16.05.20
HAUSA   1325-1530 15350 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa (west) Saturday 04.04.20 to 16.05.20 

(Alokesh Gupta)

Sunday, March 29, 2020



AOKI A20 Frequency schedule is avaialble at :


(Alokesh Gupta)



(Alokesh Gupta)



29 Mar 2020 - 25 Oct 2020
UTC       KHZ   TARGET          DAYS

0000-0458 13840 Pacific         Daily
0459-0658 11725 Pacific         Daily
0659-0958 5945  Pacific         Daily
0959-1258 5945  Solomon Isl/PNG Mon - Fri
1259-1958 6170  Pacific         Sat
1259-1650 6170  Pacific         Sun-Fri
1651-1735 6115  Cook Isl/Samoa/Tonga Sun-Fri DRM
1736-1835 7285  Cook Isl/Samoa/Tonga Sun-Fri DRM
1836-1958 9760  Cook Isl/Samoa/Tonga Sun-Fri DRM
1959-2158 11725 Pacific         Daily
2159-0000 13840 Pacific         Daily

Submit reception reports at :  https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/qsl/new

(Alokesh Gupta)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

What Is Replacing Shortwave?

What Is Replacing Shortwave?

A joint effort is necessary to bring the digitization of radio to a successful end

With the number of shortwave broadcasters dwindling, particularly in the Western world, Ruxandra Obreja, chair of the DRM consortium, looks at how to best fill the lingering gap in wide-range coverage. She believes a global effort is necessary to successfully implement digital radio and ensure it also reaches the desolate, rural areas that need it most. 

All India Radio curtails it's services due to lock down in India

On 22nd March, 2020 Government of India announced complete lockdown in 75 cities all across India upto 31st March, in a bid to contain the further spread of the Covid-19 virus . It's an unprecedented situation wherein except essential services, all shops, offices,factories are closed and prohibitory orders issued for general public.

In view of this following orders have been being issued with immediate effect across all stations of All India Radio :

1. The national spectrum of broadcast will be limited to Vividh Bharati Service originating from VBS Mumbai and News Services originating from AIR Delhi.
2. Regional services can relay content as related to above ( SL number 1) with local news, subject to feasibility.
3. All National Programmes of Spoken Word, Music, Sports & other categories stand cancelled till further orders.
4. All other services of All India Radio stands in abeyance until further orders.
5. All ESD (External Service Division) services and all transmitters dedicated to ESD stands suspended with immediate effect.
6. All Pure DRM mode operations suspended, DRM transmitters may be operated on analogue / simulcast mode to relay the National News Service subject to local circumstances and conditions

(Alokesh Gupta) 

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Airspy YouLoop antenna is on sale

Airspy has finally managed to get a few hundreds YouLoop units built professionally and shipped to their US distributor as well as RTL-SDR Blog's store. Most of them were already reserved, and they are building a few more.

Shop at RTL-SDR Blog : 

- OR -

Build one by yourself: https://airspy.com/youloop


- Electrically balanced passive loop design with low loss RF transformer to cancel the responses to electric fields.
- Ideal for noisy environments where electric-field sensors like the mini-whip antennas are impracticable.
- High Performance DX when used with a low noise preamplifier.
- High quality 2 meters (approx. 6 feet) transmission line included.
- Frequency Range: 10 kHz to 30 MHz
- Usable in FM/VHF as a folded dipole up to 300 MHz.
- Maximum power: 250 mW


- HF Response: 10kHz to 30 MHz
- VHF Response: up to 300 MHz
- Maximum Power: 250 mW
- Passive Design
- No Tuning required
- Low Loss BALUN with 0.28 dB loss type

(Via Airspy list)

Thursday, March 05, 2020

IRRS announces special SW broadcasts & QSL for corona virus outbreak

While most of Northern Italy has come (nearly) to a halt due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, NEXUS-IBA, IRRS (The Italian and Irish Radio Relay Service) has just extended  global coverage with daily broadcasts to reach out to Europe, the Middle East, Asia/Pacific and Africa with daily news and commentaries on COVID-19 in English.

A new program aired via IRRS-Shortwave is called "War Room Pandemic" and produced in the USA by Steve Bannon, political advisor, media executive, former investment banker and former White House Chief Strategist.

War Room Pandemic presents the latest news and opinions on the effects of the coronavirus around the world.

New global frequencies on Shortwave

War room pandemic can be heard on new (daily) frequencies as of Feb. 21, 2020 (@ 150 to Europe and Africa and 250 kW to Asia):

9640 kHz (1400-1500 UTC) to Asia and Middle East
7290 kHz (1800-2000 UTC) to Europe
9660 kHz (2000-2100 UTC) to Africa
594  kHz (2100-2200 UTC/2200-2300 CET) AM/Medium Wave to N Italy and Southern/Central Europe

More details at IRRS blog :    https://nexus.org/coronavirus-qsl/
Updated B19 frequency schedule at:    https://nexus.org/schedules

On the occasion IRRS has released a new QSL card which is available electronically for all reception reports.

Additionally, new broadcasts have been started as of today March 4, 2020 in Oromo language to Ethiopia on 11990 from 1500-1600 UTC (@ 250 kW).

You may send your reception report for these broadcasts to reports@nexus.org. IRRS will gladly acknowledge all verified reception reports with new electronic QSL.

When requesting our QSL card, please consult Privacy Policy at https://nexus.org/privacy and learn how IRRS processes your personal data according to the GDPR.

Fraunhofer IIS brings comprehensive MPEG audio codec suite to NXP Semiconductors

Erlangen, Germany: Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, inventor of mp3 and primary developer of the xHE-AAC and MPEG-H Audio standards, announced that NXP® Semiconductors will leverage Fraunhofer's MPEG audio SDK. This software package covers four generations of audio codecs: legacy MPEG Layer-1/2/3 as well as the next-generation MPEG-H 3D Audio standard and the AAC codec family, including xHE-AAC. NXP will incorporate these codecs into its multimedia system solutions, which raise the bar for audio quality in home entertainment products, such as set-top boxes, soundbars or smart speakers.

Fraunhofer IIS has more than 30 years of experience in the development and optimization of audio codecs and has already licensed its software to over 1000 companies. "NXP's SoC products provide a compelling platform for Fraunhofer's MPEG audio decoder SDKs and will drive the rapid market adoption of our audio solutions by the leading consumer electronics manufacturers," said Dr. Nikolaus Färber, Head of Audio for Embedded Systems department of Fraunhofer IIS.

"The MPEG audio codecs from Fraunhofer IIS are an excellent fit for our high-quality multimedia systems solutions," said Rob Oshana, Vice President of Software Engineering R&D from NXP. "We plan to fully integrate MPEG-H 3D Audio, xHE-AAC and the legacy codecs into our Immersiv3D™ audio solution for i.MX 8M SoCs."

NXP also plans to leverage the Fraunhofer MPEG-H Audio System Trademark Program to test its MPEG-H decoder implementation. This will indicate to manufacturers that NXP's decoder implementation fulfills all mandatory requirements of Fraunhofer's MPEG-H Audio System trademark program.

About MPEG-H Audio

MPEG-H Audio, substantially developed by Fraunhofer IIS, is the industry's most advanced audio system for UHD-TV and streaming. It supports both immersive sound and the ability for users to adjust elements in the audio to their preferences. MPEG-H has been on the air since 2017 on all TV networks in South Korea under the new ATSC 3.0 standard. It has also been selected for new broadcast standards to be launched in China and Brazil and is the distribution format of the new immersive music streaming service 360 Reality Audio. Fraunhofer offers MPEG-H software implementations for many popular CPU, SoC and DSP platforms. It is widely deployed today in TV sets, premium soundbars and high-end smart speakers.

About xHE-AAC

xHE-AAC is the ideal solution for digital radio broadcasting and for adaptive audio and video streaming services over the Internet, thanks to its coding efficiency (with a bit rate range from 12 kbit/s to 500 kbit/s and above for stereo services) combined with seamless bit rate switching over DASH and HLS as well as mandatory MPEG-D DRC loudness and dynamic range control. The codec is natively supported by the Android 9 and 10 operating systems, as well as iOS 13 and Amazon Fire OS 7.

(Press Release)

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Radio Oomrang special transmission on 21st & 23rd Feb 2020

Radio Oomrang annual transmission

21st Feb , 2020 (Friday) In Analogue Mode

1600-1659 UTC on 15215 kHz via ISS 500 kW /300 deg to E/NAm Frisian dialect, German and  English.

23rd Feb, 2020 (Sunday) In DRM mode

1600-1659 UTC on 15215 kHz via ISS 150 kW/300 deg to E/NAm Frisian dialect, German and  English on Friday

Radio Oomrang broadcasts once in a year on shortwave in lower German language via facilities of Media Broadcast in Germany. Radio Oomrang announces as "The Free Voice of Frisian People from Amrum island in Germany". Station ID is in english.

About Oomrang :

Radio Free Europe returns to fight fake news

The US-funded news outlet is active in Bulgaria and Romania and is expanding into Hungary.

PRAGUE — Decades after the fall of the Iron Curtain, Radio Free Europe is back — to bring media freedom to the EU.

The U.S. government-funded news outlet will resume its Hungarian-language reporting later this year, after restarting its Romanian and Bulgarian-language operations in 2019.

Full story at :

AIR extended schedule on the ocassion of "Shivaratri" tomorrow

Watch out for extended schedule (past 2310 IST/1740 UTC) by AIR stations from South India carrying live broadcast/devotional programs songs/drama/talk etc in regional languages on the ocassion of religious festival "Shivaratri" on 21 February, 2020 (Friday).

Andhra Pradesh in Telugu:
837 kHz Vijayawada
900 kHz Kadapah
927 kHz Visahakapatnam

Puducherry in Tamil
1215 kHz Puducherry

Karnataka in Kannada:
612 kHz Bengaluru
675 kHz Bhadrawathi
765 kHz Dharwad
1107 kHz Gulbarga
1089 kHz Udipi

Tamil Nadu State in Tamil:
720 kHz Chennai
936 kHz Tiruchirapalli
999 kHz Coimbatore
1197 kHz Tirunelveli
1269 kHz Madurai
4920 kHz Chennai

Telangana State in Telugu:
738 kHz Hyderabad
4800 kHz Hyderabad  

Tamil FM stations from SriLanka also carry live relay of special program for Maha Shivaratri.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

DRM - One of the highlights of the International BES Expo 2020

Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) – One of the Highlights of the International BES Conference and Exhibition in New Delhi

The DRM Consortium highlighted its recent achievements under the overarching theme "DRM for India - Smart Radio for ALL" at the 26th edition of the international BES (Broadcast Engineering Society – www.besindia.co.in) conference and exhibition (BES EXPO 2020) on Broadcast & Media Technology, in Halls 7ABC&E, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India, 13-15 February 2020.  

The not-for-profit DRM Consortium (www.drm.org) and some of its Indian and international members and partners (including Fraunhofer IIS, Gospell Digital Technologies, Inntot Technologies, NXP, RFmondial, Starwaves, Dolby etc.) welcomed all visitors at Hall 7A – Booths 61 and 49, a larger and more visible presence than ever before. Visitors could see and experience live AIR broadcasts in pure DRM on the variety of receivers on display. They ranged from very low-cost "tuk-tuk" type receivers to full-feature DRM sets complemented by automotive solutions able to receive locally generated DRM in the FM band with live emergency warning functionality.

The efficiency of DRM digital FM broadcasts was highlighted through a demo that showcased the combination of up to 6 independent DRM signals onto a single FM transmitter – providing 12 to 18 audio services plus multimedia content with shared infrastructure cost. The DRM Digital FM solution for the Indian FM broadcasters is fully compatible with both the existing analogue FM services as well as with AIR's existing DRM AM-band transmissions in India.

Visitors could also experience a public display signage demonstration that gives information based on a live DRM Journaline advanced text service. During times of emergency, the public screen becomes a public alert station with full volume audio and visual emergency information.

Another innovation was the online monitoring of the live DRM content of selected transmitters from all over India, allowing both technical and editorial staff to monitor DRM in real time.

For the first time at BES, Nautel, one of the key Consortium members, hosted a DRM event giving an update on DRM latest developments and improvements. This was the ideal opportunity to announce the winner of the DRM Enterprise Award 2019, the Southern Indian company Inntot Technologies, developer of Indian solutions for the automotive and standalone receivers.

The BES conference underlined some of the new things shown in the exhibition hall. They focused on the increased opportunities for enhancing the radio business with DRM, as well as very efficient ways of sharing the DRM transmitter infrastructure. On the last day of the conference DRM led a panel discussion where representatives of AIR and the receiver industry debated the key requirements of a successful and complete DRM rollout in India.

According to Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Chairman, "India has made tremendous progress on the road to radio digitisation. A public launch date is now necessary to bring the benefits of DRM in all bands to the whole Indian population on receivers in cars and in standalone receivers at prices that are affordable to increasing numbers of listeners. "

(Press Release)

Atlantic 2000 on the air on February 22

Atlantic 2000 will be on the air on Saturday 22nd of February with 2 hours of programme:

- 09:00 to 10:00 UTC on 6070 and 7440 kHz via Channel 292, and online
- 10:00 to 11:00 UTC online only

Streaming will be available here: http://radioatlantic2000.free.fr

Only detailed reception reports will be confirmed by eQSL.

Good listening!

Listen to Podcasts and follow : https://www.mixcloud.com/atlantic2000

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Special program by SDXF on World Radio Day 2020

Special program by SDXF on World Radio Day on February 13

Swedish DX Federation will celebrate World Radio Day on Thursday, February 13, 2020 with a special broadcast over Channel 292 in Germany on short wave 7440 kHz at 0900 UTC (1000 Swedish time). Program is mainly in Swedish but it also includes a segment in English devoted to Radio Luxembourg.

The program will then re-run on Sunday, February 16 at. 1100 UTC (1200 Swedish time at the same frequency. We hope for good reception. 

Reports and comments on the program can be sent by e-mail to qsl@sdxf.se or by regular mail to Sweden's DX-Förbund, Box 1097, 405 23 Gothenburg, Sweden.

(Via sdxf.se)

Special DRM transmissions on World Radio Day by Encompass

Special DRM transmissions on World Radio Day by Encompass

Encompass Digital Media will be broadcasting the following special DRM
transmissions on Thursday 13th February: (all times UTC)

11:00 – 12:00 UTC Ascension to South America – 15580 kHz
12:00 – 13:00 UTC Ascension to West Africa – 15400 kHz
14:00 – 15:00 UTC Singapore to South Asia – 11895 kHz
15:30 – 16:30 UTC Woofferton to Europe – 5790 kHz

Programming will be BBC World Service English.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Radio Marti on DRM !

On the 4th of February, USAGM Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) began testing Radio Marti in DRM from Greenville.

Further details at DRMNA Blog :


Tuesday, February 04, 2020

DRM at Broadcast Engineering Society of India Conference 2020

Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) Endorses the International Broadcast Engineering Society of India (BES) Conference and Exhibition in New Delhi where it exhibits and updates

The DRM Consortium will highlight its recent achievements under the overarching theme "DRM for India - Smart Radio for ALL" at the 26th edition of the international BES (Broadcast Engineering Society –  www.besindia.co.in) conference and exhibition BES EXPO 2020 on Broadcast and Media Technology in Halls 7ABC and E, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi 110002, India, 13-15 February 2020.  With more than 1,000 delegates, speakers and panellists from India and abroad BES Conference is rated the biggest in Asia. Nearly 300 exhibitors from 25 countries and an estimated 4,000 professionals and decision-makers are expected at BES 2020 "Disruptive Technologies: Shaping Future Broadcasting".

The DRM Consortium (www.drm.org) and some of its Indian and international members and partners (including Fraunhofer IIS, Gospell Digital Technologies, Inntot Technologies, NXP, RFmondial, Dolby etc.) will welcome all visitors at Hall 7A – Booths 61 and 49, ready to let visitors experience live DRM digital broadcasting. Major innovations in providing superefficient DRM for FM broadcasts as well as some receiver solution
s will be also introduced. The DRM Digital FM solution for the Indian FM broadcasters is fully compatible with both the existing analogue FM services as well as with AIR's existing DRM AM-band transmissions in India. For the first time at BES, Nautel, one of the key Consortium members, will host a DRM event followed by refreshments at booth 50 on February 13th at 1600. This will also be the ideal opportunity to announce the winner of the DRM Enterprise Award 2019.

The BES conference held in parallel with the exhibition will include four DRM contributions. They will focus onthe increased opportunities for enhancing the radio business with DRM, as well as very efficient ways of sharing the DRM transmitter infrastructure. Following the success of last year's panel discussion, in 2020 Indian and foreign speakers will debate the key requirements of a successful and complete DRM rollout.

According to Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Consortium Chairman: "A year is a long time with plenty of innovations and progress for DRM in India. BES is the ideal place to showcase the receiver development, the technical solutions, especially those underlining the local coverage capability of DRM. Taking stock of progress in the Indian DRM rollout and debating the way forward, DRM will demonstrate its superiority and extra performance in all bands. Using the full DRM standard in both AM and FM is the only way to energise the receiver industry and make it attractive to the Indian listeners."

Monday, February 03, 2020

Old clock in Pondy to provide AIR news bulletins

This old clock in Pondy recites Thirukkural, will provide news bulletins

PUDUCHERRY: Have you heard of a clock tower reciting couplets from Thirukkural? Here is one such vintage tower, which has got the attention of Puducherry residents after its recent restoration. Arrangements are also being made for a news broadcast from the tower with the help of All India Radio.

Full story at :

New SW Radiogram schedule is up

A new schedule for the Shortwave Radiogram broadcasts has now been posted on the SW Radiogram website.

If you're new to decoding digital, this is a pretty nice way to get your feet wet. You can use your desktop or laptop, or you can use an Android device such as a smartphone or tablet. You can find links to the SW Radiogram website, software for decoding, and wiki articles with extensive details and help at: http://www.udxf.nl/events.html

If you'd like to see a list of web receivers (which are often reported as being used), receiver, transceiver and SDR applications and more, take a look at the SW Radiogram gateway at https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/Shortwave_Radiogram_Gateway

Help is also available on Facebook and Twitter. The SW Radiogram website has the links.

Here's hoping for good propagation

(Mike Agner via UDXF)

Tune in to the past with retro radio Collector

Uday Kalburgi restores old sets too; he has over 80 vintage radios in his workshop in Bengaluru

Full story at :



All India Radio extends transmission hours in Pure DRM mode

With effect from 27th Jan, 2020, All India Radio has increased its transmission hours for MW DRM ( Digital Radio Mondiale) transmitters and will transmit in pure DRM mode as per below timings :

0900-1100 IST ( 0330-0530 UTC)
1500-1800 IST (0930-1230 UTC)

Places where there are two DRM transmitters, one DRM transmitter will operate in pure DRM mode.

Please submit your reception reports to : spectrum-manager@air.org.in

All India Radio (AIR), the public service broadcaster in India, has adopted the international DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale) standard for the digital terrestrial radio transmissions in the MW and SW bands. DRM allows for multiple FM-like radio services plus associated data such as multi-lingual news articles to be carried in place of or as an extension to the former analogue radio services, while maintaining the large-area service coverage of the AM bands.

35 MW transmitters of AIR, of power ranging from 20 kW to 1000 kW, continue to operate in DRM – 2 of these in pure DRM and 33 in simulcast. 25 of these are working in pure DRM daily for one hour. 2 SW transmitters are also carrying services on DRM.Two more transmitters, 100 kW each, are under trial in Delhi and these are expected to be operational soon. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

FTIOM & Extended UBMP, February 2 - 8

From the Isle of Music, February 2-8:

This week our guest is Dayramir González, who led the opening Gala concert at Jazz Plaza in Havana this year. We talk to him before the rehearsal for that concert, and we will listen to some of his wonderful recordings.

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 0100-0200 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):  http://www.wbcq.com/?page_id=7

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 Europe.

Uncle Bill's Melting Pot, February 2 and 4:

Episode 150 features Greek Jazz-Rock and Folk Fusion inspired by a tip from our friend in Greece Kostas Polyzonis.
On WBCQ only, there is a second half-hour featuring the very first episode of our show in 2017.

The transmissions take place:

1.Sundays 2300-0000 UTC (6:00PM -7:00PM 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)L  http://www.wbcq.com/?page_id=7

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 different web SDRs in Europe.

HAM Radio license exam in Assam

Good News for anyone interested in becoming a Amateur Radio Operator (HAM) in Assam. The NIAR Club Station, Guwahati and Guwahati University Amateur Radio Activity Centre are jointly going to arrange ASOC Examination in Assam, tentatively in the month of May/June 2020. The exam will be conducted in Guwahati by WPC wing of Ministry of Communications, Govt. of India. If sufficient candidate apply for the exam from Upper Assam, the organisers may arrange an examination centre in Jorhat also. Interested radio enthusiasts may contact the following persons for  application form and other details. All assistance regarding study materials, mock test will be provided to enrolled candidates and a pre-exam ham radio workshop will also be arranged in Jorhat very shortly. 

Candidates in Jorhat and Upper Assam may contact:-

Prithwiraj Purkayastha (VU3TQD)
Radio & Hobby Foundation, Jorhat. 
Pub Bongalpukhuri, 
By Lane-4, Jorhat-785001
Cell Phone- 9435350875 

Interested Candidates in Guwahati may Contact:-

Mr. Tahiruddin Ahmed (VU2TUO), 
NIAR Club Station (VU2VKP), IETE Guwahati Centre.c/o APRO Trg School, Jalukbari, Guwahati-13.
Mobile:- 9101446988

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Special broadcasts by AIR for Republic Day 2020

Special broadcasts by All India Radio for Republic Day 2020

India is celebrating its 71st Republic Day on 26 Jan 2020 (Sunday). All India Radio will broadcast special programs in connection with the Republic Day celebrations as follows:

25th January 2020 (Saturday) : Eve of Republic Day

1330 UTC (1900 IST) onwards Hon'ble President's address to the nation in Hindi and English. This will be broadcast by all stations of AIR on MW, SW, FM. Shortly after this broadcast, the local stations will broadcast its translations in local languages.

SW frequencies:

kHz     kW       Station

4760    7          Leh                
4800    50        Hyderabad                
4810    50        Bhopal          
4835    10        Gangtok                    
4910    50        Jaipur  
4920    50        Chennai          
4950    30        Srinagar          
5010    50        Thiruvananthapuram              
5040    50        Jeypore                      
5050    10        Aizawl
6030    250      Delhi              
9380    250      Aligarh
9865    500      Bengaluru

Also on DTH Channels/ airlivenews 24x7

26 January 2019 (Sunday) : Republic Day

Live running commentary of Republic Day parade & cultural pageant from 0345 UTC (0915 IST) onwards :

Hindi : 6140 (Aligarh 250 kW)  (Cancelling External Service in Urdu normally broadcast at this time on this frequency), 9950 (Delhi 100 kW), 15030 (Bengaluru 500 kW)

English : 6030 (Delhi 250 kW); 15185 (Bengaluru 500 kW)

Also on MW/FM frequencies as per below mentioned links.

FM Frequencies : http://www.qsl.net/vu2jos/fm/airfreq.htm

Also on DTH Channels/ airlivenews 24x7

The following regional stations will change from their Morning frequencies  on 60 Meters (4 and 5 MHz frequencies) to their day time frequencies between  0335-0350 UTC (ie much earlier than usual) as follows :

6000 Leh
6085 Gangtok
7325 Jaipur

The following stations are already scheduled to be on air daily at this time and will also relay the running commentary.

5040 Jeypore
6110 Srinagar
7270  Chennai
7290 Thiruvanthapuram
7295 Aizwal
7380 Chennai
7420 Hyderabad
7430 Bhopal
9865 Bengaluru

Please send your reception reports on line at: http://pbinfo.air.org.in/feedback/

Live streaming of the above programs is available in:

Those who would like to watch the programs on Doordarshan TV  can check in:

DD National Channel:

Happy Republic Day to all DX_India members!


Jose Jacob and Alokesh Gupta
Join dx_india facebook group at : http://www.facebook.com/groups/dxindia/

Monday, January 20, 2020

The Power of Digital Radio in Emergencies

"Don't underestimate the potential of digital radio in times of crisis" - writes DRM Chair, Ruxandra Obreja in her latest blog in #RadioWorld

More at :

Special Membership Drive for Amateur Radio Society of India

Amateur Radio Society of India has announced a special membership drive for VU Hams, here are the details :

Dear Hams,

Seasons Greetings from ARSI.

We are happy to announce Special Membership Drive for VU Hams to be part of National body "Amateur Radio Society Of India" , representing VU Hams nationally as well Internationaly on occasion of New Year 2020.

Offer Period : 26th January ,2020 to 30th January, 2020 ( Both days Inclusive)

Offer On : Life Membership @ Rs.4000/-

Offer : T-Shirt & Cap  of ARSI  will be provided  to the hams becoming life member during offer period.

Please visit ARSI website https://arsi.info for more details on membership and to make online payment.

Hope to see you all on board and make our national body more stronger.

ARSI is committed to work for the betterment of Hams in India .

Looking forward to welcoming you.

Govind Girimaji VU2GGM

Amateur Radio Society of India
C/o Linux Learning Centre Private Limited
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

India and Bangladesh signs MoU for airtime exchange programme between All India Radio and Bangladesh Betar

India and Bangladesh signed MoU for content/airtime exchange programme between All India Radio and Bangladesh Betar. The MoU was signed in Delhi during the visit of Bangladesh Information Minister Hasan Mahmud to India.The MoU will allow the programmes of Akashwani and Bangladesh Betar to be heard across both the countries.

With today's launch content from AIR Maitree service has started airing in Dhaka and reciprocally content from Bangladesh Betar has started airing on All India Radio in Kolkata and Tripura.   

Bangladesh Betar programmes would be available for listeners in India as per below :

Time : 0730-0930 IST, 1730-1930 IST

Via All India Radio, Kolkata FM Gold Channel on FM 100.1 MHz (20 kW)
Via All India Radio, Agartala FM Ujjwayantha on FM 101.6 MHz (10 kW)
Also through Akashvani app's and DTH.

Simultaneously, All India Radio programmes will be available for listeners in Dhaka, Bangladesh as per below :

Time : 0800-1000 BST, 1800-2000 BST

Via Bangladesh Betar, Dhaka on FM 104.0 MHz (10 kW)

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

North Eastern Service of All India Radio celebrates 30th anniversary

The North Eastern Service of All India Radio, Shillong completes 30 years of its existence on the 3rd January 2020. Salute to our friends, who were in NES, esteemed listeners, talkers, artistes for being with us all these years through every thick and thin.

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