Wednesday, January 29, 2020

FTIOM & Extended UBMP, February 2 - 8

From the Isle of Music, February 2-8:

This week our guest is Dayramir Gonz├ílez, 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):

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

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 :

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:

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
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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 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
635, 6th Main Road, Next to Bank of India,
Hanumanthnagar, Bangalore-560019
Tel: 9448490465

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.

(@AIRNES_Shillong on twitter)