Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Radio Begum - the voice of Afghanistan's women

Radio Begum, founded on March 8, 2021 marking the International Women's Day is being run by women with programmes covering educational shows, books readings, and call-in counselling.

Radio Begum is currently the only women's voice broadcasting in Afghanistan on FM frequency. Launched on March, 8th, 2021, Radio Begum is made for women by women, which aims at sharing Afghan women's struggle and stories and defending their rights. The station now covers seven provinces of Afghanistan, including Kabul, Parwan, Bamyan, Baghlan, Logar, Wardak and Ghazni.

Full story at :

Links :

website :  http://begum.fm/

Radio Begum facebook page :  https://www.facebook.com/Begumfm/

'We're not giving up': A radio station for Afghanistan's women

Voice of America Names First Eastern Europe Chief

Voice of America Names First Eastern Europe Chief

The Voice of America has named Myroslava Gongadze as the network's first ever Eastern Europe Chief. Gongadze moves into the new position after serving as the Chief of the VOA Ukrainian language service in Washington, D.C. She will move to Kyiv, Ukraine, in 2022. In this new role, she will lead expanded coverage of a region threatened by hybrid war and disinformation. As a Russian troop buildup intensifies along the Ukrainian border and in Russian-occupied Crimea, Gongadze will be covering for a global audience the Kremlin's aggressive posture in Eastern Europe as well as the impact of Russia's and China's influence throughout the region.

A veteran award-winning journalist and broadcaster, Gongadze joined VOA in 2004. Recognized for her reporting on the eve of Ukraine's Orange Revolution, she also covered developments during the Euromaidan revolution and ensuing crisis period. She moderated Ukraine's first nationally televised post-Maidan general election debates in 2014. Acknowledged by numerous media outlets for her expertise on U.S.-Ukraine relations, Gongadze appeared multiple times in Focus Magazine's list of the 100 most influential women in Ukraine. She recently completed a yearlong Nieman Foundation for Journalism Fellowship at Harvard University where she focused on strategies for covering Russia's information warfare.  
"I am thrilled that Myroslava will be taking on this pivotal role at such a crucial time in the country and in the region she knows – and has covered - so well for so many years," said Acting VOA Director, Yolanda Lόpez. "This appointment of such a seasoned reporter into Ukraine's capital city directly aligns with VOA's audience-first approach, as we continue to move our journalists swiftly into places where they can provide firsthand coverage of critical regions and produce stories that our audience needs most," López added.

"I am honored to build on my seventeen-year career at Voice of America in my new role as Eastern Europe Chief," said Gongadze. "VOA already plays a crucial role in Ukraine as a trusted news source and example of impartial fact-based journalism. I am looking forward to bringing coverage of Ukraine, a key battlefield in the global fight for democracy, and the wider region to global audiences," Gongadze remarked.

(Press Release)

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

17th Edition of the Global Radio Guide (Winter2021-22) Now Available

17th Edition of the Global Radio Guide (Winter2021-22) Now Available

On any given day, the People's Republic of China (PRC) fueled by a meteoric rise in the country's economics, politics, the covid pandemic, cyber security and human rights issues, Beijing Winter 2022 Olympics, and a strident expansion of the country's military forces dominates global news headlines and news cycles. These headlines include China's recent tensions with Taiwan,whichare said to be the worst in forty years, and its other neighbors in the South China Sea region.

As China's influence continues to expandworldwide,so have the country's huge radio broadcast services. Local, regional, and international mediumwave and shortwave networks carry news and programming toaudiences around the world.Since these services are government-sponsored you arehearing China's CommunistParty's (CCP) perspective of worldwide events as they unfold. Topping the list of the country's media outlets is China Radio International (CRI) the largest and most widely heard station in China.

For those who want to follow all the ongoing storylines originating from the PRC, Gayle Van Horn's 17th Edition of her Amazon bestselling Global Radio Guide (Winter 2021-22) has all the details you need to monitor all the radio services from the Land of the Red Dragon.

Her feature is one of the most comprehensive articles ever written on the Chinese radio broadcast system. Complete schedules for all China radio services, a section of how to ID national stations broadcasting in Chinese, and links to videos with CRI IDs in 45 languages on the author's YouTube channel that are just some of the materials you will find in this all-important cover story in the GRG. This is an indispensable guide to for the radio listener to hear China as tensions in the region continue to heat up.
China's broadcastersare not the only focus of this completely updated edition of the GRG, though. Worldwide, tensions are continuing to escalate, and – in another case of what is old becoming new – people around the world are once again turning to shortwave radio to place themselves on the front lines.

With the help of the GRG, you can tune in to shortwave broadcast stations from other hotspots such as Cuba, India, Iran, North/South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and many other counties. If you have a shortwave radio receiver, SDR or Internet connection, pair it with this unique radio resource to know when and where to listen to the world.

This newest edition of the GRG carries on the tradition of those before it with an in-depth, 24-hour station/frequency guide with schedules for selected AM band, longwave, and shortwave radio stations. This unique resource is the only radio publication that lists by-hour schedules that include all language services, frequencies, and world target areas for over 500 stations worldwide. The schedules included in this edition of the GRG are valid from 31 October 2021 until 26 March 2022, the B21 broadcast schedule period.

The GRG includes listings of DX radio programs and Internet website addresses for many of the stations in the book. There are also entries for time and frequency stations as well as some of the more "intriguing" transmissions one can find on the shortwave radio bands.

Gayle has also updated her now-famous SDRBuyer's Guide, a must-have compendium that helps you navigate through the revolutionary world of software-defined radios (SDRs), the new digital frontier of the radio hobby.

Also new in this 17th edition, James Careless, in an article that originally appeared in Radio World, looks at the current stateofshortwave receiver technology. Dr. Adrian Peterson of AWR looks back at the early days of Philippine broadcasting. David Harris has written a review of the bhi NES10-2MK4 Noise Cancelling Speaker. Spectrum Monitor columnist Fred Waterer will take you on a guided tour of shortwave music programs from around the world.

There are updated columns including the latest radio news in Bits & Bytes, current radio QSL information and addresses, the Best of the Best DX shortwave program listings, and a listing of radio station Internet websites.

This edition also has introductory articles for beginners on Traveling the World via Shortwave Radio Broadcasts, Monitoring the Shortwave Action Bands, and Teak's latest greatly expanded frequency list of HF non-broadcast radio stations worldwide.

Global Radio listeners are routinely entertained with unique perspectives to events, music, culture, history, and news from other countries that you will not see or hear on your local or national broadcast channels. Global Radio broadcasts are not restricted by country borders or oceans and can travel thousands of miles, reaching millions of listeners worldwide, now in over 300 different languages and dialects.

Whether you monitor shortwave radio broadcasts, amateur radio operators, or aeronautical, maritime, government, or military communications in the HF radio spectrum, this book has the frequencies to help you to hear it all. Teak Publishing's Global Radio Guide "brings the world to you."

You can find this edition of the Global Radio Guide, along with allof Teak Publishinge-book titles currently available for purchase, on the Teak Publishing Web site at  www.teakpublishing.com 
This includes all previous editions of the Global Radio Guide available at reduced sale prices.

The 17thedition of the Global Radio Guidee-Book (electronic book only, "no print edition available") is available worldwide from Amazon and their various international websites at

The price for this latest edition is US$8.99 for over 1000 pages of radio hobby content and frequencies. Since this book is being released internationally, Amazon customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Australia can order this e-Book from Amazon websites directly servicing these countries. Customers in all other countries can use the regular Amazon.com website to purchase this e-Book.

You can read any Kindle e-Book with Amazon's 'free' reading apps on literally any electronic media platform. You do not have to own a Kindle reader from Amazon to read this e-book. There are Kindle apps available for iOS, Android,Mac, and PC platforms.You can find additional details on these apps by checking out this link to the Amazon website at www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771

Thursday, November 25, 2021

KTWR Christmas DRM broadcasts

KTWR Christmas special DRM transmissions

24th December 2021 (Friday)

1057-1127 UTC on 9910 kHz (Special simultaneous Mandarin/Cantonese DRM program )
1200-1230 UTC on 9910 kHz (Special simultaneous Japanese/Korean DRM program)

1st to 26th December 2021

1358-1428 UTC on 11860 kHz (To South Asia)
Additional DRM broadcast God-Centered Life (GCL), these programs are from different series that GCL has produced.

(Via Mike Sabin, KTWR)

Monday, November 22, 2021

New DRM on shortwave transmissions from Germany

New DRM on shortwave transmissions from Germany

"funklust", campus broadcaster at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, stands out as one of the radio stations with the most diverse transmission paths in the world. Recently, the station has revamped one of its digital broadcast paths: funklust in Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) on shortwave is now broadcast using a new, modern transmitter.

In the summer of 2003, funklust (known as "bit eXpress" back then) was broadcast digitally for the first time on shortwave (SW) using a Telefunken transmitter. Transmission via DRM on FM radio later followed in 2013, with funklust becoming one of the first DRM radio programs in the world to be broadcast on FM. The entire broadcasting apparatus for DRM on shortwave has now been modernized and funklust has been broadcasting with brand new equipment since October 2021. A Fraunhofer ContentServer R7 is used to broadcast the program, allowing audio content and attractive data services, such as Journaline, TextMessage+ (TM+), and even Emergency Warning Functionality (EWF), to be put on air with ease. The funklust transmitter requires an average transmission power of 250 W and operates at the transmission frequency 15.785 MHz. Reception reports received so far confirm that the program can be received not only in Germany but also in Russia, the US, Norway, Finland and New Zealand.

Until recently, a dedicated radio device was required to receive DRM transmissions. Starwaves, a developer of DRM receiver solutions, worked closely with Fraunhofer IIS to develop an Android app, which can be used for DRM reception on mobile devices. The Starwaves radio app is available in the Amazon App store and the Google Play Store and provides Android cellphones and tablets with entertainment, text information and emergency warnings via DRM digital radio — without the need to enter into a contract, independent of the user's mobile network and based on innovative Fraunhofer technology.

Via Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM)

Digital Radio Mondiale — DRM for short — is the digital successor of traditional AM and FM radio. The DRM standard comprises two major configurations: One is for broadcasts on short, medium, and long wave up to 30 MHz and provides large coverage areas and low power consumption with improved quality services compared to FM. The configuration for VHF bands above 30 MHz, including FM, is tailored for local and regional coverage with broadcaster-controlled transmissions and provides stereo services, including surround sound. All DRM configurations use the xHE-AAC audio codec that was largely developed by Fraunhofer IIS. DRM offers high audio quality combined with a wealth of expanded functions and data services, one of which is Journaline, a teletext service for radio via which listeners can access news, the latest sports results, weather forecasts, travel tips, and even educational offers — without an internet connection.

Campus broadcaster "funklust"

Originally a small experimental station with a few workers and occasional broadcasts, the project has since developed into a 24/7 complete radio program. During normal radio broadcasting, over 30 students and alumni of funklust e.V. volunteer at the station, working throughout the academic year to produce a diverse program. Quite a few students have already received training through a comprehensive training program comprising workshops and advanced training weekends. Several former members now work for large German broadcasters such as BR or SWR. From a technical point of view, the station began broadcasting as DRM shortwave radio, originally at the frequency 15.896 MHz. Over the years, the transmission paths have developed extensively. Today, funklust can be received via an online stream or DAB+ (181.936 MHz, Band 6A) in and around Erlangen, Germany. In addition, it continues to be broadcast digitally via DRM (DRM-AM 15.785 MHz and DRM-FM 87.9 MHz) and in analog via "Little Joe" on medium wave (1485 kHz). The shows "funklust auftakt" and "funklust mischpult" can also be received via the Nuremberg FM frequency of max neo (106.5 MHz).

More about  "funklust", campus broadcaster at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg 

DRM Hybrid Event ‘Smart Radio Accessible to All’ – at IBC 2021

DRM Event 'Smart Radio Accessible to All' – before IBC 2021

Virtual and free, the DRM Consortium IBC 2021 event is scheduled for December 1st 1200-1500 UTC (1300-1600 CET) and promises to be an exciting showcase of the practical advances of DRM in various parts of the world. 

The focus will be on the recent VHF band II test in India and improvements to the DRM performance, equipment, and receivers featuring some of the attractive extra DRM features and benefits. Members of the Consortium will give a well-illustrated, quick, and global view of DRM, so that participants can get the best and most reliable information on DRM developments directly from the specialists. Companies like: Ampegon, BBC, Cambridge Consultants, CML Microcircuits, Encompass, Fraunhofer IIS, Gospell, Inntot, Nautel, RFmondial and others are ready to give short and attractive updates already. There will be also surprise announcements, so register in good time for your front seat.

We are expanding and giving even more weight to the IBC DRM event on December 1st to compensate for the cancellation of the live streamed Nautel hosted DRM event initially scheduled for Saturday 4th of December at RAI, Amsterdam, which will now have to be scheduled at a future date due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Ruxandra Obreja, the Consortium Chairman, says that: "We are trying to make our DRM IBC event bigger and more attractive than ever. By doing this we hope to impress on all those interested how much progress DRM has made in both takeup and receiver solutions over these last trying months. It will be a recap of the great activities of 2020-2021 and a good starting point for next year's decisions and steps. DRM is more attractive and in tune with the needs of the world than ever, with its energy and spectrum cost savings and its extra features and possibilities like delivering education and emergency warning."

Saturday, November 06, 2021

'Dhamal 24' FM stations sold, now operating as 'Radio Orange'

'BAG Network' which operated 'Dhamal 24' FM stations under the company name 'Skyline Radio Network Ltd' has sold its FM stations at 10 locations to 'Abhijit Realtors & Infraventures Pvt Ltd' owner of the FM stations under the brand name 'Radio Orange'. 

Radio Orange used to have it's FM stations at 3 locations :

Akola, Maharashtra - 91.9 MHz
Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh - 91.9 MHz
Sangli, Maharashtra - 93.5 MHz

Now after buying 'Radio Dhaamal' stations, Radio Orange is operating from 10 additional locations :

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh -106.4 MHz
Karnal, Haryana - 106.4 MHz
Hissar, Haryana - 106.4 MHz
Patiala, Punjab - 106.4 MHz
Ahmednagar, Maharashtra - 106.4 MHz
Jalgaon, Maharashtra - 106.4 MHz
Dhule, Maharashtra - 106.4 MHz
Ranchi, Jharkhand - 106.4 MHz
Muzaffarpur, Bihar - 106.4 MHz
Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh - 106.4 MHz

(Alokesh Gupta)

Pic courtesy radioorange.in

Saturday, October 30, 2021

KBS WORLD Radio B21 SW to India - Frequency Change

KBS WORLD Radio B21 SW Frequency Change

With the beginning of B21 season at  0100 UTC (1000 KST), October 31, 2021, KBS WORLD Radio English Service to India will broadcast at 1400-1600 UTC (2300-0100 KST) on 9630 kHz instead of 9785 kHz.

(Source : KBS World Radio)

DW B21

Deutsche Welle B21

Valid from 31.10.21 - 26.03.22

Language Time/UTC Frequency Txer Site Target Area Weekday Valid from - to
AMHARIC 1600-1700 11830 kHz ISSOUDUN Ethiopia     Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
AMHARIC 1600-1700 15275 kHz ISSOUDUN Ethiopia     Daily 31.10.21-09.12.21
AMHARIC 1600-1700  9555 kHz ISSOUDUN Ethiopia     Daily 10.12.21-28.02.22
AMHARIC 1600-1700 15275 kHz ISSOUDUN Ethiopia     Daily 01.03.22-26.03.22
DARI    1400-1430 11990 kHz DHABAYYA Afghanistan  Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
DARI    1400-1430 15230 kHz NAUEN    Afghanistan  Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
PASHTO  1430-1500 11990 kHz DHABAYYA Afghanistan  Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
PASHTO  1430-1500 15230 kHz NAUEN    Afghanistan  Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
HAUSA   0630-0700  7235 kHz SAO TOME Africa(West) Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
HAUSA   0630-0700  9570 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
HAUSA   0630-0700  9830 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
HAUSA   1300-1400  9830 kHz SAO TOME Africa(West) Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
HAUSA   1300-1400 11980 kHz SAO TOME Africa(West) Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
HAUSA   1300-1400 17800 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
HAUSA   1800-1900  9830 kHz SAO TOME Africa(West) Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
HAUSA   1800-1900  9570 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
HAUSA   1800-1900 11980 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Daily 31.10.21-26.03.22
HAUSA   1325-1530 15195 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Sat   06.11.21-06.11.21 
HAUSA   1325-1530 15350 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Sat   06.11.21-06.11.21 (Football)
HAUSA   1325-1530 15195 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Sat   20.11.21-18.12.21 (Football)
HAUSA   1325-1530 15350 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Sat   20.11.21-18.12.21 (Football)
HAUSA   1325-1530 15195 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Sat   08.01.22-22.01.22 (Football)
HAUSA   1325-1530 15350 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Sat   08.01.22-22.01.22 (Football)
HAUSA   1325-1530 15195 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Sat   05.02.22-19.03.22 (Football)
HAUSA   1325-1530 15350 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa(West) Sat   05.02.22-19.03.22 (Football)

Reception reports to : info@dw.com

(Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi)


Valid from 31 Oct 2021 - 26 Mar 2022

TIME(UTC) FREQ(KHZ) TARGET                   DAYS
0000-0658 15720 Pacific                       Daily
0659-0858 11725 Pacific                       Daily
0859-1258 11725 NW Pacific Solomon Isl PNG    Mon-Fri
1259-1650  7390 Pacific                       Sun-Fri
1259-1758  7390 Pacific                       Sat
1651-1735  7330 Tonga Niue Samoa Cook Islands Sun-Fri DRM
1736-1958 11690 Tonga Niue Samoa Cook Islands Sun-Fri DRM
1759-2058 11725 Pacific                       Sat
1959-2058 15720 Tonga Niue Samoa Cook Islands Sun-Fri DRM
2059-0000 15720 Pacific                       Daily

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

(Alokesh Gupta)


(Effective 31st Oct'21 to 26 Mar'22)

0930 1050 GE'EZ LITURGY         15595  17790  SUN/HOLIDAYS
1530 1600 AMHARIC               11935  13830  DAILY
1600 1630 KISWAHILI             11935T 13830  SUN/MON
1600 1615 KISWAHILI             
11935T 13830  SAT
1615 1630 SOMALI                11935T 13830  SAT
1630 1700 ENGLISH               11935T 13830  DAILY
1700 1730 FRENCH                 9705  11935  DAILY
1730 1800 TIGRIGNA               
9705  11935  DAILY
1800 1830 PORTUGUESE             9705         DAILY
1940 2000 ROSARY                 6010  7365   SUN/HOLIDAYS  
2000 2030 ENGLISH                
6010  7365   DAILY
2010 2040 ENGLISH                6010  7365   S1
2030 2100 FRENCH                 6010  7365   DAILY
2040 2110 FRENCH                 6010  7365   S1
2100 2130 PORTUGUESE             7365         DAILY
2110 2140 PORTUGUESE             7365         S1


0100 0130 PORTUGUESE             7305G        DAILY 
0130 0145 SPANISH                7305G        DAILY    
0145 0200 SPANISH                7305G        DAILY  
1230 1245 SPANISH                7305G        DAILY  


1130 1200 MASS IN ENGLISH        15595  17790          FRI
1230 1315 MASS IN CHINESE        6140TI 7485TI 9720TI  SAT
1230 1250 RUSSIAN                7420S  9810TI         DAILY  
1430 1530 HINDI/TAMIL/MALAYALAM  7320TI 9595TI         DAILY  
2200 2230 CHINESE                6185TI 7410   9580S   DAILY  
2315 2350 VIETNAMESE             7420TI 9580TM         DAILY  


0620 0700 MASS IN LATIN         11620         SUN/HOLIDAYS  
0700 0709 ITALIAN               11620         NEWS WEEKDAYS
0709 0730 ARABIC                11620         WEEKDAYS
0730 0745 FRENCH                11620         NEWS WEEKDAYS
0705 0800 UKRAINIAN LITURGY     9645  11815   SUN/HOLIDAYS   
0810 0920 RUMANIAN LITURGY      7250  9645    SUN/HOLIDAYS  
0930 1050 ORIENTAL LITURGY      15595 17790   SUN/HOLIDAYS  
1630 1700 ARABIC                7230  9705    DAILY  
1600 1620 ARMENIAN              6185  7360    DAILY  
1700 1715 FRENCH                7230          NEWS DAILY  
1715 1730 ENGLISH               7230          NEWS DAILY  
1620 1640 RUSSIAN               6185  7360    DAILY  
1740 1800 UKRAINIAN             6185  7360    DAILY  
1700 1720 BYELORUSSIAN          6185          DAILY  
1940 2000 ROSARY                7235          SUN/HOLIDAYS  


Days of operation:
W = Weekdays; H = Holydays
1 = Mon.; 2 = Tue.; 3 = Wed.; 4 = Thu.; 5 = Fri.; 6 = Sat.; 7  = Sun
S1= First Saturday of the month

Recption reports to :  qsl.request@spc.va
(Alokesh Gupta)


(Oct 31, 2021 to Mar 26, 2022)

All times and dates are Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

0030-0130 UTC 7340 7510 15110 15250
0200-0300 UTC 15250
0700-0800 UTC 15320 17815
1230-1330 UTC 11795 15120 15135
1330-1400 UTC 11795 12055 13750
1400-1430 UTC 11795 12055

1400-1500 UTC FNP*

1230-1330 UTC 9390 15155
1430-1500 UTC 9720 11750
2230-2330 UTC 9390 11850

1000-1100 UTC 1566
1200-1300 UTC 9580
1300-1400 UTC 9560
1500-1700 UTC 1188 9985 11510 11550
1700-1900 UTC 1188 9985 11550
2100-2200 UTC 9940 9985 11945

0000-0100 UTC 9910
1100-1200 UTC 13685

0300-0500 UTC 11980 15455 17660
0500-0600 UTC 11980 15455 17660 21700
0600-0700 UTC 11980 15455 17660 17840
1500-1600 UTC 7540 7665 9790
1600-1700 UTC 7665 9315 11590
1700-1900 UTC 9950 11590
1900-2000 UTC 1557 5890 7520 9455 9860
2000-2100 UTC 1557 5890 7520 9410 9455 11525
2100-2200 UTC 1557 7520 9410 9455
2300-2400 UTC 9860 11525 11775

0100-0200 UTC 9665 11895 11950 13765
0200-0300 UTC 9450 11540 11895 11950 12010
0600-0700 UTC 15255 15665 17675 21480
1000-1100 UTC 9690 15665
1100-1200 UTC 9315 12050 15745
1200-1300 UTC 9315 11935 12050 13830 15745
1300-1400 UTC 9315 11855 13650 13830 15745
1500-1600 UTC 9315 11805 12125
2200-2300 UTC 7480 9790 12050
2300-2400 UTC 5875 7470 7540 9910

0100-0200 UTC 7580 9450 9700 11530 12065
1600-1700 UTC 7545 7560

Notes: FNP* = frequency not promoted
All frequencies are in kiloHertz (kHz).

Reception reports by email at : qsl@rfa.org 

And by mail to:

Reception Reports
Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20036
United States of America

(Alokesh Gupta)

Monday, October 04, 2021

AD-828P Portable DRM/AM/FM receiver available to order form Antriksh Digital Solution, Mumbai

Good news for DRM enthusiasts, AD-828P Portable DRM/AM/FM receiver will be available with Antriksh Digital Solution, Mumbai with effect from 6th Oct' 21.

Suggested price is : INR 10,500 + 18% GST

One can send their orders/enquiries to : santoshk@antrikshdigital.com or on 9676015678

All India Radio's special transmission for "Mahalaya 2021"

All India Radio's special transmission for "Mahalaya 2021"
Date : 6th October, 2021 (Wednesday)
Time : 0350 - 0545 IST, 2220 UTC (5th Oct 2021) to 0015 UTC* (6th Oct, 2021)
* some stations have late sign in & may continue past 0100 UTC

All India Radio, Delhi will broadcast the special dawn programme "Mahishasur Mardini" on the ocassion of Mahalaya in following languages  :

- Hindi/Sanskrit - on its Indraprastha & FM Gold channels. This will be relayed by all FM Gold channels and selected SW & MW stations.

- Bengali/Sanskrit - at same time on AIR Delhi Rajdhani & FM Rainbow channels and selected SW & MW stations.

All India Radio, Kolkata will also originate the special Mahalaya programme in Bengali/Sanskrit at same time which will be relayed by selected SW & MW stations .
This programme may also be relayed over concerned DRM channels,YouTube channel AIR Live News 24X7 & DTH.

"Mahishasuramardini" is a special two hour transmission consisting of Sanskrit & Bengali recitation & music orated by Late Shri.Birendra Krishna Bhadra. All India Radio has been broadcasting this program since early 1930's. The sheer nostalgia is what makes the dawn of Mahalaya special as one of the most looked forward to Radio broadcasts. Countdown of Indian festival of Durga Puja starts from the day of Mahalaya.

Frequencies observed during past years :

4835 - Gangtok - Off air ?


531 - Jodhpur
549 - Ranchi
603 - Ajmer
621 - Patna A
648 - Indore A
657 - Kolkata A
666 - New Delhi B
675 - Chattarpur
684 - Port Blair
711 - Siliguri
729 - Guwahati A
747 - Lucknow A
756 - Jagdalpur
774 - Shimla
792 - Pune (Also try 783 DRM)
801 - Jabalpur
810 - Rajkot A
819 - New Delhi A
828 - Silchar
846 - Ahmedabad A
891 - Rampur
909 - Gorakhpur
918 - Suratgarh
954 - Nazibabad
981 - Raipur
990 - Jammu
1008 - Kolkata B (Pure DRM)
1026 - Allahabad A
1044 - Mumbai A (Pure DRM)
1125 - Tezpur
1179 - Rewa
1242 - Varanasi
1260 - Ambikapur
1296 - Darbhanga
1314 - Bhuj
1386 - Gwalior
1395 - Bikaner
1404 - Gangtok
1458 - Bhagalpur
1530 - Agra
1593 - Bhopal A

Please email your observations & receptions reports to :  spectrum-manager@prasarbharati.gov.in


Director (Spectrum Management & Synergy)
All India Radio,
Room No. 204
Akashvani Bhawan,
Parliament Street
New Delhi 110001, India

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(Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi)

Friday, September 24, 2021

Encore - Classical Music on Shortwave - Times, Frequencies, Information

Regular Broadcast times of Encore are:
10:00 - 11:00 UTC Saturday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe - Simulcast on 9670 kHz

22:00 - 23:00 UTC Saturday 5950 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada
01:00 - 02:00 UTC Sunday 7780 & 5850 kHz WRMI to Europe US and Canada
16:00 – 17:00 UTC Sunday 9670 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
21:00 - 22:00 UTC Sunday 3955 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
02:00 - 03:00 UTC Monday 5950 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada
13:00 - 14:00 UTC Tuesday 15770 kHz WRMI to Europe, east coast of US and Iceland.
22:00 – 23:00 UTC Thursday 5950 kHz WRMI to the US and Canada
19:00 – 20:00 UTC Friday 6070 kHz Channel 292 to Europe
Our email is encoretumbril@gmail.com. Informal reception reports as well as those requesting eQSL welcome.

The website is www.tumbril.co.uk where we show transmission times and frequencies, the playlist for the most recent programmes, more information about Radio Tumbril, and the email link.
This week's Programme - First broadcast this coming Saturday by Channel 292 - begins with some of the suite for the ballet Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, part of one of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, and then two interpretations of other people's work by contemporary US composer Caroline Shaw. After that we'll listen to a cello sonata from Claude Debussy and the Octet in E Flat Major by Beethoven.
Channel 292 can be pulled live off the internet if the reception is poor in your location. Easy to find their site with a google search.
A very good site for online SDR receivers all over the world is: http://kiwisdr.com/public/  Click the 'Map' button in the top left of the screen.
Brice Avery - Encore - Radio Tumbril - Scotland

WHRI for sale

Family Broadcasting Corporation, owner of WHRI shortwave in Cypress Creek, South Carolina, has informed us that WHRI is for sale. The station has two ABB 500-kilowatt transmitters and one Harris SW-100B 100-kilowatt transmitter, as well as six curtain array antennas.

Here are the technical details:

(2) ABB SK-55 500 kW
(1) Harris SW-100B 100 kW

TCI 4/4/1 High/Low Band Curtains 152 degrees, slews -30/-15/0/+15/+30
TCI 2/2/.5 High/Low Band Curtains 188 degrees, slews -15/0/+15
TCI 2/2/.5 High/Low Band Curtains 245 degrees, slews -15/0/+15
TCI 2/2/.5 High/Low Band Curtains 315 degrees
TCI 2/2/.5 High/Low Band Curtains 25 degrees
Thomcast 4/4/1 High/Low Band Curtains 72 degrees, slews -25/-13/0/+13/+25
Split Feeds (One transmitter feeding two antennas):
Split 1: 25 degree and 188 antenna
Split 2: 315 degree and 245 antenna

The asking price is $1.5 million, which includes the 380 acres of land at the site. For more information, contact:

Tony Agostino
Family Broadcasting Corporation (FBC)
Fax: (574) 299-4050
Office: (574) 291-8200

(National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters on Facebook)

Friday, September 17, 2021

KTWR announces expansion of India DRM block

KTWR will stop its computer-generated Tamil experimental broadcasts on 15200kHz on 26th Sept'21 (last Sunday of September). 

Starting in October '21, the 15200kHz Sunday broadcasts will start at 0957 UTC. KTWR will air programs in Tamil and other Indian languages, they have not nailed down exactly how the other languages will be scheduled, but it is likely that Tamil will start each week. Likely other languages include Malayalam, Kannada, and maybe Hindi. All programs will be human-generated instead of the current AI-generated audio.

The existing English block on 15200kHz will continue as before. Both blocks will be on 13800 kHz in B21.

(Via Mike Sabin)



Friday, September 10, 2021


Deutsche Welle A21
Valid from 13th Sept to 30th Oct'21 
Language Time/UTC Frequency Txer Site Target Area Weekday 
AMHARIC 1600-1700 15275 kHz ISSOUDUN Ethiopia      daily
AMHARIC 1600-1700 17800 kHz ISSOUDUN Ethiopia      daily (Valid upto 24 Oct 21)
DARI    1400-1430 15320 kHz NAUEN    Afghanistan   daily 
DARI    1400-1430 15390 kHz DHABAYYA Afghanistan   daily 
PASHTO  1430-1500 15230 kHz NAUEN    Afghanistan   daily 
PASHTO  1430-1500 15390 kHz DHABAYYA Afghanistan   daily 
HAUSA   0630-0700 09830 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 09830 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 09830 kHz SAO TOME Africa (west) daily 
HAUSA   1800-1900 11850 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa (west) daily 
HAUSA   1800-1900 15215 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa (west) daily 
HAUSA   1325-1530 15195 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa (west) Saturday 14.08.21-28.08.21 
HAUSA   1325-1530 15350 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa (west) Saturday 14.08.21-28.08.21 
HAUSA   1325-1530 15195 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa (west) Saturday 11.09.21-02.10.21 
HAUSA   1325-1530 15350 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa (west) Saturday 11.09.21-02.10.21 
HAUSA   1325-1530 15195 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa (west) Saturday 16.10.21-30.10.21 (
HAUSA   1325-1530 15350 kHz ISSOUDUN Africa (west) Saturday 16.10.21-30.10.21 (Football)

Reception reports to : info@dw.com

(Alokesh Gupta)

NBC-PNG installs new AM transmitter

Papua New Guinea's national broadcaster, NBC-PNG, has installed an AM transmitter to improve radio services in the country's highlands provinces.

The transmitter, built by Nautel, a Canadian-based company, was installed in Goroka, capital of the Eastern Highlands Province. It was inaugurated on 15 July.

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Amritsar AIR station in the works for 15 years; tower issue grounds progress

The stand-out feature of the facility is a 300-meter (nearly 1,000 feet) high broadcasting tower with a range of 100km. This was completed in 2013, but Prasar Bharati authorities inspected it and found that it was bent in its upper portion, effectively putting a full-stop on the project.

Full report at : 

AIR FM radio station launched in Narkatiaganj, West Champaran Dist., Bihar (102.9 MHz 10 kW)

The people of Bihar settled on the Indo-Nepal border area will now be able to listen to FM radio and through this they will also be acquainted about the country and the world. The people of Nepal including Narkatiaganj located on the Indo-Nepal border will be able to enjoy their FM. 

The FM channel was inaugurated at the headquarters of Narkatiaganj SSB 44th Battalion on 31st August '21. 

People can also enjoy Vividh Bharati & they will be able to listen to news and entertainment programs through this FM station. This FM channel will be available on 102.9 megahertz.

It was inaugurated by Sunil Kumar Dhyani, Deputy Inspector General, Regional Headquarters Sashastra Seema Bal Bettiah and Anil Kumar Singh II Commanding Officer, Acting Commandant 44 Vahini Sashastra Seema Bal. Keshav Mukherjee, Assistant Director, All India Radio Patna said that now people will be able to enjoy FM channel in 25 km radius. After a few days people will enjoy it even in 70 km radius. The main purpose of opening FM channel in Narkatiaganj is to entertain the people of India-Nepal border.

On this occasion, officers and jawans of SSB 44th Battalion including Assistant Director RK Mishra, Keshav Mukherjee, Istiaq Ahmed, Shambhu Rai, Inderjit Bhattacharya were present. The people of both Bihar and Nepal are very excited with the opening of FM radio channel.

(© News 18 Hindi, 01 September 2021 via Jhavendra Kumar Dhruv)

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Exile Govt in Myanmar launches 'Radio NUG'

The  National League for Democracy in Myanmar,  ousted by the military junta earlier this year,  launched 'Radio NUG' to stay connected with the people. 

Test transmission began on Friday, 20 Aug 2021  on 17710 kHz and  initially  will air twice daily for 30 minutes at 8 am (0130 UTC) and 8 pm (1330 UTC), Myanmar local time in Burmese. Radio NUG  provides updates on junta abuses, Covid -19 news and self-defense updates.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the civilian administration of Aung San Suu Kyi was deposed in a February coup, sparking huge pro-democracy protests and a bloody military crackdown.  Dissident lawmakers from her party, the National Unity Government (NUG), in hiding or in exile, are behind this radio broadcast.

(Sarath Weerakoon)

World Music Radio 15790 back on the air

As of 21st August'21 World Music Radio (WMR) is back on 15790 kHz (Saturday-Sunday 07-20 UTC) but with 10 Watts only.

The 927 outlet in Hvidovre, Copenhagen, went off the air on August 16th and is expected back on the air on September 2nd.

The two other frequencies of WMR - 5930 kHz (200W) and 25800 kHz (100W) continuous transmitting round the clock. Also Radio208 is on the air continuously on 1440 kHz (currently half power: 250W) and 5970 kHz (100W)

Something`s always wrong at WMR/Radio208 - but still keeping SW and MW alive.

Reception reports to : wmr@wmr.dk

WMR - PO Box 112 - DK-8960 Randers SØ - Denmark
Web : ww.wmr.radio

(Stig Hartvig Nielsen)

* WMR logo courtesy wmr.dk

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Pacific Asian Log (PAL) MW Guide updated

The August 2021 edition of  the Pacific Asian Log (PAL) is now available.  It can be downloaded from the Radioheritage websites:

https://www.radioheritage.com/  (Go to the "Radio Guides" drop down menu)

http://www.radioheritage.net/  (The link for the PDF version is at the top center of the site's main page.)

As usual, many changes and updates have been incorporated into this latest edition.The biggest change was the addition of the SENZ network in New Zealand.
Comments and updates from users are welcome and encouraged.  They can be sent to portzerbt@gmail.com

First issued in 2001, The PAL lists medium wave and domestic shortwave broadcasting stations in southern and eastern Asia and the Pacific.   It lists nearly 5000 stations in over 50 countries, with frequencies, call signs, locations, power, networks, schedules, languages, formats, networks and other information.

(Bruce Portzer)

KTWR DRM test broadcasts in Tamil language

KTWR (Trans World Radio) from Guam is going to air some short test DRM broadcasts in the Tamil language each Sunday for the next six weeks. This will be just before KTWR's regular DRM block for India. It will be on 15200 kHz at 1014-1026 UTC at 90 kW. The beam heading will be at 285 degrees from Guam, so Sri Lanka and the southern half of India will get the strongest signals in South Asia.

1014-1026 UTC on 15200 kHz DRM 90 kW to South India (Sundays only for next 6 weeks)

Dates of transmission :
22 Aug '21
29 Aug '21
5 Sept '21
12 Sept '21
19 Sept '21
26 Sept '21

(Via Mike Sabin, NH2MS, KTWR) 

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Special broadcasts by AIR for Independence Day (15 Aug 2021)

India is celebrating its 75th Independence Day on 15 August 2021.

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

14th August 2021 (Saturday)  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, Hon'ble 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 :

kHz     kW       Station

4760    2.5     Leh          
4835    10      Gangtok?            
4950    30      Srinagar    
5040    30      Jeypore                
5050    4.5     Aizawl ?
6030    250    Delhi        

Also on DTH Channels/ airlivenews 24x7

15th August 2021 (Sunday) 0135-0240 UTC (0705-0810 hrs IST)

All India Radio will live broadcast the running commentary in English and Hindi on the Flag Hoisting and Prime Minister's address to the nation to be held at Red Fort, New Delhi between 0135-0240 UTC (0705-0810 hrs IST) on 15th August, 2021 on the following SW frequencies.

13710 Bengaluru 500 kW

9950   New Delhi 100 kW
11560 New Delhi 100 kW

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.

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

kHz     kW       Station
4760    2.5      Leh          
4835    10       Gangtok ?          
4950    30       Srinagar    
5040    30       Jeypore                
5050    4.5      Aizawl ?

All stations of AIR on MW, FM & 'Akashvani AIR' YouTube Channel will relay the running commentary.

Live streaming of the above programs is available in:

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


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:

Thanks to Nirmal Kumar.

(Alokesh Gupta & Jose Jacob)

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Digital Radio awareness initiative launched by Indian DRM enthusiast

Dr Thaminana KR, an Indian enthusiast and pioneer in promoting DRM in his city Vizag (Andhra Pradesh state), has launched a DRM nationwide initiative of popularising the audio and advanced services available from the 35 MW DRM transmitters broadcasting all over India in pure DRM (some) and simulcast (all).

The aim of the video conferences and practical services in the car is to create awareness and demonstrate the advantages of DRM car radios to car showroom executives, sales managers, and their customers. According to estimations, there are about 3 million new Indian cars with incorporated DRM radio receivers on the roads. The sessions are also intended to gather feedback from car showroom sales managers and DRM car radio owners.

Dr Thaminana visited several car showrooms in in his native Vizag and gave live DRM car radio demonstrations to sales managers and customers. This was followed from June 22nd by virtual conferences and presentations and actual demos in Ranchi, Hyderabad, and Chennai. His plan includes over 30 more DRM car radio demos video conferences and practical car demos to be conducted in 34 more DRM transmission coverage areas by the beginning of December.

Convinced by the power of DRM, Dr Thaminana proves what an individual initiative can achieve even in a country the size of India.

"We salute this initiative", said Ruxandra Obreja, DRM chairman, "thought out and executed by one individual who is convinced of the superiority of the standard in all environments and for a large number of Indians, whether at home but mainly in cars. He is addressing the showroom staff and directly the car owners. Unlike other expensive marketing campaign this is a down up initiative, authentic and impactful."

Please check the dedicated India page on the DRM website: https://india.drm.org

To subscribe to the special India Noticeboard with all the latest DRM news go to:  www.drm.org/newsletters.

Picture Credit: Dr T K Rao


Sunday, July 25, 2021

ABC Radio National DRM tests on MW

Great news coming from Australia, ABC National Radio is testing in DRM mode on 747 kHz, from the Broadcast Australia Site at Dockers Plains, Victoria. It was heard by a listener at Melbourne at around 1300 UTC, will share full schedule once available.

Technical Details :

ABC Radio National DRM Test
Logged : 21 July 21
Frequency : 756 kHz AM/747 kHz DRM
Time : 1300 UTC
Txer Site : Dockers Plains, Victoria
DRM mode A
9 kHz Channel
Services: 1. xHE_AAC (F03201) Radio National EEP Audio 16.40 kbps

Licence Details :

Frequency : 756 kHz (AM)
Emission Designator : 18K0A3E
Site/Area : Broadcast Australia Site 167 Richardson Rd, DOCKERS PLAINS VIC 3678 (40538)
Licence Number : 1150243/2
Client :  Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Status : Granted
Category : Apparatus Licence
Service : Broadcasting
Sub Service : National Broadcasting
Callsign(s) :  3RN
Date of Effect : 22/Oct/2020
Date of Expiry : 30/Nov/2021

Copy of license is available here :

(Alokesh Gupta)

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Kochi's First Community Radio Station, Radio Kochi to be inaugurated on 16th July'21

Kochi's First Community Radio Station, Radio Kochi operating on 90.0 MHz (50 Watts) will be inaugurated on Fri 16 July 2021 at 4.30 pm. It is operated by St. Teresa's College, Ernakulam, Kerala.

Radio Kochi 90 FM will be broadcasting a wide range of programmes for people of all ages focussed on following topics :

- Climate change and food security
- Environment and sustainability
- Disaster Management
- Coastal area management and significance
- Education
- Empowerment of women and children
- Health and nutrition/hygiene
- Energy management and sustainable energy
- Promotion of science and technology
- Promotion of arts and culture
- Skill development and livelihood
- Agriculture and farming etc

Their website is http://radiokochi.com
Listeners around Kochi may look out for test broadcasts till the inauguration.
As per sources test transmission is going on for last 2 months.

(Jose Jacob)

Ex All India Radio engineer is minister in new cabinet

Ex All India Radio engineer is minister in new cabinet

Devusingh Chauhan is the new Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications, Govt. of India.

Before taking the plunge into politics, 57-year-old Devusinh Chauhan served as a broadcast engineer with the All India Radio for over 12 years.

Chauhan is two-term Lok Sabha member from Gujarat. A diploma holder, he worked with the All India Radio from 1989 to 2002 before resigning and joining politics.

After 63 years, VOA Bangla service to end radio broadcasts

Voice of America Bangla language service FM, MW and shortwave radio transmissions officially end on July 17, 2021, after 63 years of serving Bangladesh and the Bangla-speaking Indian states of West Bengal, Tripure and Assam. Simultaneously, the service's television and social media content will expand considerably, as these are platforms more heavily used by VOA Bangla's 16 million weekly audience members.

"When VOA Bangla launched in January 1958, Bangladesh was known as 'East Pakistan' and it was a territory under martial law with no television or private radio," said John Lippman, Acting VOA Programming Director. "VOA's shortwave radio transmissions from outside the borders were a lifeline to the Bangla-speaking population for independent news and information."

While the service's shortwave radio audience is now less than one percent, VOA Bangla social media audiences have grown significantly in recent years. Engagement actions on the Twitter account have risen 54% over the previous year, while video views on Instagram are up 274% in the same period.

"Dozens of domestic television and radio stations compete for Bangla-speaking audiences, as well as an increasing number of digital sources," Lippman noted. "As the demand for TV and online access to news in Bangladesh expands, VOA's Bangla service program offerings need to be on the platforms its audience already is most active."

"VOA Bangla radio broadcasts brought world events to its audiences since the days when radio was the primary news medium," Acting VOA Bangla Service Chief Satarupa Barua told staff this month. "It was a staple in our upbringing, a household name. We will build on that reputation, increasing our presence on media that is now far more heavily used than short wave and medium wave radio."

During the final days of its radio broadcasts, the service will broadcast retrospective programming, looking back at the changes in the country since 1958. "Because of our service's history in Bangladesh, working at VOA has been the 'dream job' for many of us. With the coming changes, it will continue to be," Barua added.

This change in radio programming will not affect broadcasts of "Lifeline", a 30-minute daily radio program in the Rohingya language, spoken by Muslim refugees in Bangladesh who fled ethnic violence in Myanmar. Produced by the Bangla service, the program launched in July 2019.

(Press Release)