Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Radio Free Asia announces QSL Card #81

To welcome the Year of the Rabbit, Radio Free Asia (RFA) announces its latest QSL card. RFA is closing out an historic year of impactful reporting and exciting growth, during which we have begun broadening our programming and storytelling capacity, as well as updating our technological infrastructure. As we continue our expansion, we look forward to serving our audiences in 2023! This is RFA's 81st. QSL design and will be used to confirm all valid RFA reception reports from January – April 2023.

                                                              RFA's QSL CARD #81

Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, Tibetan (including Uke, Amdo, and Kham dialects), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in our editorial content. As a 'surrogate' broadcaster, RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of our target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of our broadcasts comprise news of specific local interest.  More information about RFA, including our current broadcast frequency schedule, is always available at

RFA encourages listeners to submit reception reports.  Reception reports are valuable to RFA as they help us evaluate the signal strength and quality of our transmissions.  RFA confirms all accurate reception reports by mailing a QSL card to the listener.  RFA welcomes all reception report submissions not only from DX'ers, but also from our general listening audience.

Reception reports are accepted by email at and by mail to:
Reception Reports
Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20036
United States of America

Thursday, December 22, 2022

New community radio stations coming up in Kerala

New Community Radio Station from Kerala is Sargakshetra 89.6 FM from Kottayam Dist. The Studio is installed at Mannanam, a small village in Ettumanoor Taluk in Kottayam District and it comes under Athirampuzha Panchayath and shares Alappuzha border with Kuttanad. It is located 8 KM away from the north from the district headquarters Kottayam, 4 KM from Ettumanoor, 161 KM from the State capital Thiruvananthapuram, and the nearest airport is Kochi – it is 75 KM.

Salil Sivadas Foundation , Mattannur, Kannur Dist, Kerala is now testing on 89.6 MHz (50 Watts). It is proposed to be inaugurated on 7 Jan 2023

The following new FM Relay Stations of All India Radio in Kerala State will be inaugurated by Shri. Narendra Modi, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India on 31 Dec 2022
Kayamkulam, Alappuzha Dist 100.1 MHz (100 Watts)
Pathamamthitta 101.0 MHz ( 100 Watts)
These stations will relay AIR Thiruvanthapuram from 5.50 am to 11.10 pm

(Info from Jose Jacob, Hyderabad & Ouseph Varghese, VU2KOV in Kollam)

WMLK testing in DRM mode on 9275 kHz

WMLK Radio based in Pennsylvania, United States was noted testing in DRM mode today on 9275 kHz, first noted by Glenn Hauser at around 1554 UTC.

WMLK uses 300 kW Ampegon TSW 2300D transmitter which was upgraded for digital broadcast last week.

In spring 2017, WMLK Radio's transmitter building caught fire and the previous Ampegon transmitter (originally built in 1975 under heritage BBC brand, and working reliably until the fire) was completely destroyed. 

Monday, December 19, 2022

Happy 90th anniversary to BBC World Service

This is London calling"
Happy 90th anniversary to BBC World Service, calling the world since 1932.

Learn more about rich history of BBC World Service here:

In a special 90th anniversary programme, Nick Rankin digs into a treasure trove of sound archive and talks to journalists who made and still make the BBC World Service such a remarkable network.

(Via BBC News Press Team on Twitter)

Monday, December 12, 2022

Japan Shortwave Club(JSWC) 70th anniversary special program via HCJB Australia

Japan Shortwave Club(JSWC) celebrated 70th anniversary this year 2022. In July 1952, just after Japan gained independence again by San Francisco Peace Conference, students Tohoku University in Sendai founded the club, and published the first edition of "SW DX Guide" (8 pages, all in English) by mimeograph printing. 

The first forward was given by Mr.O.Lund Johansen, the publisher and the editor of World Radio Handbook of the days, as "My heartiest congratulation to Japan Shortwave Club. I hope the World Radio Handbook will be of value to each of the members in their world listening, and in this way contribute to best possible understanding between the Japanese people and the pop peoples of other countries". Also "Asora DX Club" in Germany sent the celebrating message. Annual membership fee was only 300 yen for domestic and 80 cents for foreign members!

To celebrate 70th anniversary special talk about the history of JSWC between Toshimichi Ohtake, club member since 1953 and Takahito Akabayashi, since 1966, in Japanese will be on air on December 17 ("BCL Day" in Japan, celebrating the birthday of legendary BCL late Koji Yamada 1940-2008 who was also a member of JSWC) and 18 by Reach Beyond Australia "HCJB Japanese" (Kununura 75kW 5deg).

Part 1 December 16 2230-2300 15420 repeated December 17 1100-1130 11905
Part 2 December 17 2230-2300 15420 repeated December 18 1100-1130 11905

Special eQSL, woodprint by member artist Hiroyoki Ogawasara, will be issued by JSWC for the reception reports, address <jswc70qsl @>.

(Takahito Akabayashi, Tokyo, Japan via WOR)

RFA Names Ginny Stein as Southeast Asia Managing Editor

WASHINGTON – Radio Free Asia (RFA), a nonprofit news corporation that brings answers, accountability, and empowerment to populations in Asian countries under authoritarian rule, today named Ginny Stein as its new Southeast Asia Managing Editor. Stein brings more than two decades of experience in journalism, working as a foreign correspondent and broadcaster across radio, TV and digital platforms, as well as managing overseas media operations. She replaces Mat Pennington, who is now serving as RFA's Senior Managing Editor.

"Ginny is a superb newsroom leader, whose extensive experience both as a journalist and strategic planner will be invaluable to RFA," RFA President Bay Fang said. "As we work to meet the immense challenges facing audiences in authoritarian areas in Southeast Asia, Ginny is the perfect fit to help drive our coverage in the region forward."  

"I'm excited to be joining RFA during this historic period of growth for the organization," Stein said. "I have tremendous respect for RFA's mission of bringing timely news to audiences who would otherwise be left in the dark. That mission is as crucial as ever in Southeast Asia and I am honored to have this opportunity to boost RFA's impact in the region."  

Stein will oversee RFA's coverage of its Southeast Asia programming. She will manage the daily operations and long-term plans for RFA's Burmese, Khmer, Lao and Vietnamese services. Prior to joining RFA, Stein worked for two decades as a multimedia journalist, filling a number of roles including foreign correspondent and camerawoman for Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), where she was appointed the public broadcaster's first female Southeast Asia correspondent to Bangkok.

During her tenure as a journalist, Stein produced stories in Asia, Africa, the Americas, the Middle East and the Pacific. She is a three-time winner of Australia's highest journalist award for stories she filmed in Myanmar, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. In addition, Stein previously served as Director at Blue Sky Vision Vanuatu, where she developed strategic communications plans and international reporting and content production for a wide range of news organizations including the Guardian, ITV UK, Al Jazeera, SBS Australia TV and RFA sister network Voice of America. Stein earned her Master's Degree in Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development from the University of Newcastle in Australia and her Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.  

(Press Release)

Monday, December 05, 2022

Community Radio Station 90.0 'Bhavyavani' inaugurated

Community Radio Station 90.0 'Bhavyavani' inaugurated in Hisar by the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur

Shri Anurag Singh Thakur inaugurated a Community Radio Station 90.0 'Bhavyavani', established at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Om Sterling Global University, Hisar. The station also broadcast the Hon'ble Union Minister's address at the function. Lok Sabha MP from Hisar, Shri Brijendra Singh and Urban Local Bodies Minister of Haryana Dr. Kamal Gupta and other dignitaries also attended the convocation ceremony.

Union Minister also visited Doordarshan Kendra and All India Radio Stations at Hisar and reviewed their functioning.

Posted On: 04 DEC 2022 4:41PM by PIB Delhi

Saturday, December 03, 2022

19th Edition of the Global Radio Guide (Winter2022-23) Now Available

Small moves and gradual escalation.

Positioning resources so that at the perfect moment, a move can be made to ensure a swift victory.

This is no game of chess, this is the real-world and real-time tensions playing out in the Taiwan Straits every day.

With tensions between Taiwan and China on the rise, and with the Russian-Ukrainian war raging on, radio hobbyists are following the latest news from the front lines using shortwave broadcasts and various other radio services. You can hear these international events like the pros do, but you will need an accurate and comprehensive global radio guide to know where and when to tune in to the action.

That is where you can count on Gayle Van Horn's (W4GVH) Amazon bestselling Global Radio Guide (now in its 19th edition for the Winter of 2022-23)as it has all of the details you need to catch up with the latest from these and other hotspots around the world.

As one of the only remaining publications available with international broadcast frequencies and schedules, the Global Radio Guide (GRG) puts everything a radio enthusiast needs to navigate the action right in their hands.

In this completely updated edition, regular GRG contributor Fred Waterer (also of TheSpectrum Monitor) post features on monitoring the international broadcasters at the very forefront of the events.  Larry Van Horn, N5FPW, adds his detailed information on monitoring of utilities on the shortwave bands, including military communications.

With the help of the GRG, you can tune in shortwave broadcast stations from additional hotspots such as  Cuba, India, Iran, North/South Korea, 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 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.

In addition to the global hotspots, the GRG brings the world to you from other places on the radio dial.

It's not just the shortwave bands heating up, mediumwave DXing has seen a surge in popularity in recent years as well.  For those DXing the lower bands,DX Central's Loyd Van Horn, W4LVH, breaks down the basics of getting started with mediumwave DX and even gives us a fun summer project does a deep dive into everything you need to know when purchasing a portable radio for AM DX.  While SDRs are taking over, portable radios remain popular and highly successful options for the mediumwave DXer and Loyd can help you sort through the specs and stats to find your next radio!

Whether you monitor shortwave radio broadcasts, mediumwave, amateur radio operators, or aeronautical, maritime, government, or military communications in the HF radio spectrum, this book has the information you need 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 all of our titles currently available for purchase, on the Teak Publishing Web site at Details will be available at

The 19thedition 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. 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 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 

All India Radio to broadcast its Annual Dr. Rajendra Prasad Memorial Lecture on December 3, 2022

All India Radio will broadcast the annual Edition of Dr. Rajendra Prasad Memorial Lecture on Saturday, December 3, 2022. Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla will deliver the address. It will be on air from 9.30pm onwards on Saturday, December 3, 2022 across the entire network of All India Radio. Listeners can tune into 100.1FM GOLD, 102.6 FM Rainbow, primary Channels of All India Radio, @airnewsalerts on Twitter, NewsOnAirOfficial YouTube Channel and NewsOnAir App to access the broadcast.

Doordarshan News will telecast Dr. Rajendra Prasad Memorial Lecture from 10.30pm onwards the same day.

The theme this year is "Amrit Kaal Mein Bhartiyata" to coincide with the 75 years of India's independence.

About Dr. Rajendra Prasad Memorial Lecture:

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Memorial Le ture is organized by All lndia Radio in the memory of the first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad who was an epitome of simplicity, a renowned scholar, President of the Constituent Assembly and a great visionary who had India and Indianness uppermost in his mind.

The lecture series by AIR in his memory has been an honoured tradition since 1969. Eminent personalities like the former President Dr. Shankardayal Sharma, former P
rime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, firmer Vice President M.Venkaiah Naidu, doyens of Indian literature like Hazari Prasad Dwivedi, Mahadevi Verma, Harivansh Rai Bachchan are among those who have delivered this prestigious memorial lecture in the past on wide ranging subjects on India's cultural ethos and its strides.

The recording of the lecture, is broadcast across the entire network of All lndia Radio on 3rd December every year to mark the birth anniversary of Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India. The lecture series seeks to evaluate the nation's political, cultural and social environment. The achievements and the future prospects of the country are also critically analysed through these lectures.

(Saurabh Singh, Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting)

Friday, December 02, 2022

World Music Radio on 25800 kHz

Good conditions are forecast for propagation on the 11 meter band in December. Currently there is only one radio station using the 11 meter band, World Music Radio (WMR). Best chances for receiving WMR on 25800 kHz (60 Watts only) in different parts of the world - acc. to the monthly 'Funkprognose' in Radio-Kurier Weltweit Hören (thanks to Hans Zekl):

West Africa: 08-16 UTC
Central Africa: 07-16 UTC
South Africa: 06-16 UTC
East Africa: 06-15 UTC
Middle East: 07-14 UTC
South Asia: 07-12 UTC
Indonesia: 06-10 & 13-14 UTC
East Asia: around 08 UTC
South East Asia & Philippines: 07-13 UTC
Southern North America: 14-16 UTC
Eastern North America, The Caribbean & Central America: 13-16 UTC
Northern South America: 12-17 UTC
South East South America: 09-17 UTC

You might like to enjoy this video clip, showing how World Music Radio can be received on 25800 kHz some 400 km East of Moscow: 

(Stig Hartvig Nielsen)

WRMI Begins Relays of the Voice of Indonesia

WRMI has begun testing relays of the daily English-language program of the Voice of Indonesia.  The one-hour program can currently be heard at 0800-0900 UTC on 7780 kHz.  

While beamed to Central America, this frequency can often be heard well in North America, Hawaii and Oceania at that hour.  

Reception reports from listeners would be most welcome.  It is possible that these relays could be expanded in the future to additional times and frequencies, as well as additional languages including Spanish.

Reception reports to :

Or, submit online at :

Tropical Bands Monitor Dec'22 version released

Updated version of 'Tropical Bands Monitor 2022', compiled by Anker Petersen has been issued on 1st Dec'22.

USAGM CEO Bennett condemns media restrictions in Afghanistan

December 1, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In response to orders from Taliban officials to stop broadcasting all USAGM-funded programming on FM and AM transmitters operated by Radio Television Afghanistan, CEO Amanda Bennett issued the following statement:

"This action by the Taliban will be seen for what it truly is — an effort to restrict Afghan citizens' access to uncensored information," said Bennett. "The people of Afghanistan have the right to know all of the facts, including the information the Taliban is hoping to censor in this flagrant attack on press freedom."

USAGM research in 2022 indicates that Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty content is reaching 66% of Afghan adults with access to a mobile phone on a weekly basis.  

"Afghan citizens are seeking out independent, fact-based journalism from Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and this action by the Taliban is a reminder of the importance of press freedom," Bennett added. "Repressive governments around the world like this one clearly understand the power of independent media — that is why they spend so much time and effort fighting it. We are already exploring alternate transmissions, and we will not let this action deter us."
For more information, contact USAGM Office of Public Affairs at (202) 920-2000.

The United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) is an independent federal agency, overseeing public service media networks that provide unbiased news and information in countries where the press is restricted. USAGM entities include the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti), Radio Free Asia, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa) and Open Technology Fund. USAGM programming has a measured audience of 410 million in more than 100 countries and in 63 languages.

(‌Press Release)

RFE/RL Condemns Cutoff Of Its Broadcasts In 13 Afghan Cities

RFE/RL Condemns Cutoff Of Its Broadcasts In 13 Afghan Cities

RFE/RL has condemned a decision by the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan to cut off its broadcasts in 13 Afghan cities and said it will continue to broadcast from outside the country despite the move.

More at :

VOA Statement on Taliban Halting All VOA Radio Broadcasts in Afghanistan

VOA Statement on Taliban Halting All VOA Radio Broadcasts in Afghanistan

The takeover of VOA's FM and medium wave (AM) transmitters by the Taliban, breaking a multiyear contract, is a blow to the large audience that turns to Radio Ashna for uncensored news and information. VOA broadcasts provided the people of Afghanistan uncensored perspectives and hope. They gave ordinary Afghans a voice through call-in programs and discussion shows about subjects censored by domestic media. On VOA programs, topics ranged from the increasing isolation of Afghanistan's current government and the second-class status of women and girls as a result of the Taliban's policies to the persistent economic failures that have diminished the quality of life in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover. "Many programs were anchored by women," said Acting VOA Director Yolanda López. "Removing VOA from the domestic airwaves will not silence us. It will only increase the importance of serving the captive audience inside Afghanistan."

VOA broadcasts currently reach 7.3 million adults per week in Afghanistan, about one-third of all Afghan adults. Nearly half of that audience is through radio, so these recent actions by the Taliban make our job more difficult. Fortunately, VOA has other means of serving its large audience in Afghanistan, including a 24/7 TV satellite channel (Yahsat channel 469), short wave radio, a medium wave radio station in Tajikistan at 972 khz, and our websites ( and and social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. We are actively exploring additional ways to provide our content and fulfill our mission of serving our audience in Afghanistan.

(Press Release)

Radio Azadi FM Broadcasts Banned in 13 cities of Afghanistan

KABUL (BNA) The Ministry of Information and Culture has banned the broadcasting of Radio Azadi FM in 13 major cities of the country with effect from 1st Dec '22.

More at :

Last transmission of "Aqui Radio Andorra" on shortwave

Last transmission of "Aqui Radio Andorra" on shortwave will be coming up on Saturday, 3rd December from 1600-1830 UTC on 6180 kHz. Originally hosted in 1979 by the famous french singer Hervé Vilard and being accompanied by the author Guy des Cars. Broadcasted as usually via Moosbrunn with a power of 100kW on a directional LogPer Antenna towards 270°.

(Christian Milling)

WMR new broadcasting hours

As of 29th Nov'22 , World Music Radio (WMR) is now on the air as follows:

927 kHz (300W) from Hvidovre, Copenhagen        Daily 0000-2400 UTC
5930 kHz (100W) from Bramming           Saturday & Sundays 0900-1600 UTC (times are approx)
15700 kHz (10W*) from Randers           Saturday & Sundays 0900-1600 UTC (irregular at other times)
25800 kHz (60W) from Mårslet, Aarhus    Daily 0000-2400 UTC

As well as via online streaming from

*) A new 300W transmitter is due to be installed for 15700 kHz soon.

(Stig Hartvig Nielsen)

Sunday, November 27, 2022

EDXC Conference 2023

EDXC 2023 Conference will be held at Metz in Lorraine, France from 7 to 10 September, 2002.

The dates chosen are from September 7 to 10, 2023. The venue will be the Hotel Campanile near the train station in Metz in Lorraine, France. I suggest you arrive on Thursday September 7, on Friday we could visit Europa Sender in Felsberg in Saarland. Saturday and Sunday morning, the actual conference.

The traditional Banquet will be on Saturday evening, and of course a sightseeing tour of the city of Metz will be included during the stay.

Currently no reservations are made at the moment, I would just like to know how many people are interested. In these difficult times in Europe (Covid, Ukraine and recessions...) it is important to prepare your travel budget. So I present to you the proposed prices.

Accommodation: with breakfast included. Single room: 90 €uro. Double/Twin room: 99 €uro. Triple room: 129 €uro, per night. Banquet: 30 €uro. Conference fees & visit will depend on the number of participants: but we can think of around 50 €uro.

So before making reservations, I would like to know your opinions and your intentions. Of course nothing commits you, you can change your mind.
The goal is to know if there will be a sufficient number of participants. I therefore await your feedback.

(Christian Ghibaudo, Assistant Secretary-General, EDXC)

Saturday, November 26, 2022

59th ABU General Assembly 2022 being held from 25th to 30th November’ 2022 in New Delhi

Prasar Bharati, India's Public Service Broadcaster, which controls the premier electronic media organizations   All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan (DD) is hosting the 59th ABU General Assembly 2022. The theme of this year's assembly is "Serving the People: Media's Role in Times of Crisis". The Conference is being held from 25th to 30th November 2022 at the Hotel Pullman. The event also includes the TV Song festival being held on 27th November' 2002 in Siri Fort Auditorium.

The ABU (Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union) is a nonprofit, professional association of the broadcasting organizations of Asia and pacific region.
Around 300 international delegates from 40 countries representing 50 organizations are participating in the event.
The event coincides with the celebration of the 75th year of the India's independence "Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav".

Series of the international conferences are planned on the topics ranging from the Programming, Sports, Technical, Women's Contribution and Participation, Planning and Strategy.

CEO, Prasar Bharati, in his address to the press on 26-11-2022 during the conference at hotel Pullman highlighted the important role the electronic media played during the Covid crisis and the necessity of the Electronic media to keep themselves ready, updated and relevant for the future.  Prasar Bharati   is set to play a leading   role in shaping the policies for taking further the objectives of the ABU.

The Conference is first of its kind in the Broadcasting sector after Covid pandemic and is being held in the physical form. The participants are very excited and are enthusiastically participating in the event. Leading Broadcasting Equipment companies are also showcasing their latest products and services in the conference.

The Conference is expected to strengthen relations with Foreign Broadcasters, particularly from ASEAN countries, thus favoring the Act East Policy of the Government of India.

The Conference will provide opportunities for Broadcasters to interact with each other, discuss the challenges faced by Media industry in general and Public Service Broadcasters in particular.

The Conference will also provide opportunity to India to showcase its rich culture to visiting foreign dignitaries, thus promoting tourism and "Atma Nirbhar Bharat"on the International stage.

(Saurabh Singh, PIB,  Ministry of Information & Broadcasting)


Effective from 30th Oct to 26th March,2023

Lang     Time (UTC) Freq(kHz)
Korean 1   1600 1700 7275
Korean 1   1700 1800 9515
Korean 1   0700 0800 9870
Russian    1300 1400 9645
Russian    1800 1900 6040
English 2  1500 1700 9515
English 3  2200 2300 11810
English 4  2200 2230 WRN
English 4  1330 1400 WRN
French     2100 2200 3955
German     2000 2100 3955
Spanish    1700 1800 9740

North America
Korean 1   1400 1500 15575
English 3  1300 1400 15575
Spanish    0200 0300 15575

South America
Korean 2   0300 0400 11810
English 3  0200 0300 9580
Spanish    0100 0200 9870
Spanish    1100 1200 11795

Southeast Asia
Korean 1   0800 0900 9570

Korean 1   0900 1000 9570

Chinese    1130 1230 9770
English 1  0800 1030 9770
English 3  1300 1400 9570
English 3  1600 1700 9640
Indonesian 1200 1300 9570
Indonesian 1400 1500 9570
Vietnamese 1030 1100 9770
Vietnamese 1530 1600 9640

Middle East/Africa
Korean 1   1600 1700 9740
Korean 1   0900 1000 15160
Arabic     2000 2100 6090
Arabic     1700 1800 WRN
French     2000 2100 5950(Issoudun)

Chinese    1130 1230 6095
Chinese    2300 2400 7215
Chinese    1100 1200 1557 (AM)

English 2  1400 1600 9630

Japanese   0100 0200 9580
Japanese   0200 0300 11810

Indonesian 1200 1300 102.6 (FM)

Non Direction
Korean 1   0900 1000 7275
Korean 1   1000 1100 1170 (AM)
Korean 1   1100 1200 7275
Japanese   0800 0900 7275
Japanese   0800 0900 6155
Japanese   1100 1200 1170 (AM)
Russian    1200 1300 1170 (AM)
Chinese    1300 1400 1170 (AM)

Submit reception reports at :

(Alokesh Gupta)


(Wef 30.10.2022 - 26.03.2023)

Language         Freq  Start Stop(UTC)  Broadcast Regions
ARABIC           5985  1500 1600 Iraq,Syria,Iran,Arab peninsula 38E,39,40W
ARABIC           11955 1000 1100 Iraq,Syria,Jordan,Arab peninsula,North Africa 38,39N, 40W
ARABIC           17720 1500 1600 Morocco,Algeria,Tunusia,Libya,Mauritania,W.Egypt 37,38W,46
AZERBAIJANI      11710 0800 0900 Azerbaijan,Iran,Iraq,Turkmenistan 29SE,40NW
BULGARIAN        7245  1200 1230 Bulgaria 28S
CHINESE          13590 1200 1300 China 4,244
DARI/PASHT/UZBEK 9595  1600 1730 Afg,Pakistan,Tajikistan,Uzbekistan,Turkmenistan 30S, 40N
ENGLISH          6125  0400 0500 Europe,US,E.Canada,Cuba 3-5,7N,9N,17,18,27,28,8,11
ENGLISH          7285  0400 0500 Iraq, Syria, Jordan,Arab peninsula 38E,39,40W
ENGLISH          7285  2130 2230 South Asia, Australia 39-41, 49, 54, 55,58
ENGLISH          5960  2300 2400 Europe, Eastern US,Canada 5,8,9,11N,17,18,27,2 8W
ENGLISH          6050  1930 2030 Europe 27,28W
ENGLISH          9660  1730 1830 Afg,Pakistan,India,Uzbekistan,Turkmenistan 30S,40E,41N,49
ENGLISH          12035 1330 1430 Europe 18S,27,28W
FRENCH           9625  2030 2130 Northwest Africa 37, 38, 46
FRENCH           17715 1100 1200 France,Western Europe 27,28W
FRENCH           9620  1830 1930 Southeast Africa 3,84,748
GEORGIAN         9840  0900 0930 Georgia 29S
GERMAN           5945  1830 1930 Germany,Europe 27E,28W
GERMAN           15270 1230 1330 Germany,Europe 2,728
HAUSSA/SWAHİLİ   15235 0600 0800 Chad,Benin,Ghana,Niger,Nigeria,Sudan,Togo 38,46E,47
ITALIAN          11970 0930 1000 Italy 28S
KAZAKH           9505  1430 1500 Kazakhstan 29E,30,31, 42NW
MALAIAN          17530 0500 0600 Malaysia, Singapore 54
PERSIAN          6070  1600 1700 Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, 30S, 40
PERSIAN          11795 0930 1100 Iran 40
RUSSIAN          9410  1400 1500 Russia 19-22,29,30N
SPANISH          7265  0200 0300 Spain, France, Central America 8S, 10SE,11,12,27S,37N
SPANISH          7280  0200 0300 Spain, Portugal, S. America, 12S,13-15,16N, 37
SPANISH          9495  1730 1830 Spain, Europe 27S,28,37N
TATAR            15360 1100 1130 Tatarstan,Western Russia 1,92,02,930
TURKISH          6120  1930 2200 Iraq, Syria,Iran,Arab peninsula 38E,39,40W
TURKISH          11660 0500 0700 Iraq, Syria,Jordan,Arab peninsula 39
TURKISH          6000  0100 0300 Xinjiang-Uygur region, China 3,04,042
TURKISH          9700  0400 0700 Europe 18S,27,28
TURKISH          5980  1700 2200 Europe 2,728
TURKISH          11815 1400 1700 Europe 2,728
TURKISH          15350 0700 1400 Europe 2,728
TURKMEN          17770 0900 0930 Tkm,Uzbekistan, Afghanistan,Azerbaijan,Iran 30S,40N
URDU             15390 1300 1400 Pakistan 40,41N
UYGHUR           7240  0300 0400 Xinjiang-Uygur region, China 42.43
UZBEK            13655 1130 1200 Uzb,Tkm, W.Afghanistan, W.Tajikistan 30

Source : VOT
(Alokesh Gupta)

Two Amateur satellites launched by India today

Two Amateur satellites launched by India today!  

Please see details here :

The below TLEs use dummy/ placeholder NORAD IDs and International Designators. These can be added to predict to determine passes at other ground stations wherever required

1 54464U 22088C   22330.34726505 -.00000000  00000-0 -00000-0 0 01113
2 54464  97.5631  65.2609 0010969 257.1226 307.6549 15.18801812111118
1 54465U 22089C   22330.34726505 -.00000000  00000-0 -00000-0 0 01115
2 54465  97.5631  65.2609 0010919 257.3986 307.3787 15.18818263111118

Thybolt -1  &  Thybolt-2
Beacon                                        :  435.360 MHz
Telemetry & Downlink                 :  436.175 MHz
Telecommand & Payload Uplink :  435.400 MHz
(Jose Jacob, VU2JOS)

Thursday, November 24, 2022

NDR Christmas Special special transmissions via Media Broadcast on 24th Dec'22

NDR Christmas Special special transmissions via Media Broadcast on 24th Dec'21

NDR Christmas Gruss an Bord -  "Greetings on board" via shortwave

Transmission Date : 24th December 2022 (Saturday)
Language : German

1800-2100 UTC on  6030 kHz ISS 250 kW / 251 deg to North East Atlantic
1800-2100 UTC on  6080 kHz TAC 100 kW / 301 deg to Europe
1800-2100 UTC on  9740 kHz NAU 250 kW / 130 deg to Indian Ocean
1800-2100 UTC on 11650 kHz ISS 250 kW / 148 deg to Atlantic/Indian Ocean( S.Af )
1800-2100 UTC on 13725 kHz NAU 250 kW / 205 deg to Southern  Atlantic
1800-2100 UTC on 15770 kHz RMI 100 kW / 044 deg to North West Atlantic

Please send your reception reports to : ,

On Christmas Eve, Norddeutsche Rundfunndr broadcasts messages to sailors all over the world in the radio broadcast "Gruss an Bord" or "Greeting aboard" - greetings to the ship's crew in their home country. The greetings to the sailors were recorded at two "greeting on board" events in the Adventszeit: on 4 December in the  Cultural memory in Wilhelmine gear in neutral and on December 11 in the Hamburg Seemannsmission "Duckdalben". Relatives and friends had the opportunity to wish their loved ones at sea a happy holiday and a good new year. The show "Greeting aboard" was heard for Christmas 1953 for the first time on the radio. It is thus one of the oldest existing radio broadcasts in the world.

More about program "Gruss an Bord" :,grussanbord306.html

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Prasar Bharati celebrates its Silver Jubilee of Foundation Day today !

Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) is celebrating its Silver Jubilee of Foundation Day today.

Prasar Bharati, India's Public Service Broadcaster, was established under the Prasar Bharati Act, 1990, and came into existence on 23rd November 1997. Its mandate is
to organize and conduct public broadcasting services in the country -- to inform, educate and entertain, and to ensure balanced development of broadcasting on radio and television.

Akashvani (All India Radio – the radio network) and Doordarshan (the Television network) are its constituents. Prasar Bharati also operates DD Freedish, the only free Direct to Home service which is the largest distributed DTH platform in India. Prasar Bharati also reaches out to its audiences through digital platforms and operates the NewsOnAir App as well as Prasar Bharati News Service which are its digital services in tandem with its nationwide and multilingual Broadcast Services.

Prasar Bharati is governed by the Prasar Bharati Board. The Board is headed by a Chairperson, and has three Whole-time Members -- the Executive Member (Chief Executive Officer), Member (Finance) and Member (Personnel). The Board has six part-time Members, a representative of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and the Directors General of All India Radio and Doordarshan as ex-officio Members.

CEO, Prasar Bharati Mr. Gaurav Dwivedi's message on the occasion of 25th Prasar Bharati Foundation Day -

Special QSL for JSWC 70th Anniversary special program via AWR

Japan Shortwave Club will issue a special QSL card for the JSWC segment broadcasted in AWR Wavescan program aired on 11th Dec'22 (Date may vary, please check)). JSWC will have a special program commemorating the 70th anniversary in addition to the regular Japan DX report.

Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Implementation of Broadcast Air-Time Scheduler (BATS) for all Commercial Operations of All India Radio

Implementation of Broadcast Air-Time Scheduler (BATS) for all Commercial Operations of All India Radio

In view to streamline and automate the commercial operations of Prasar Bharati, Shri Mayank Agarwal, CEO, PB and Shri D.P.S. Negi, Member (Finance), PB inaugurated a fully integrated Traffic & Billing application software "Broadcast Air-Time Scheduler (BATS)" for all Commercial Operations of All India Radio" on 7th November, 2022 at Prasar Bharati Secretariat.

Speaking on the occasion Shri Mayank Agarwal, CEO, Prasar Bharati said that "AIR adopts integrated system for better services. BATS can bring about transparency into the entire operations and make the entire commercial operations very efficient. It allows monitoring of booking, billing and payment receipts etc. at various stages and system can provide various reports which are very essential in taking many management decisions. App is also available on mobile. Software is menu driven enterprise which has been customized to the need of All India Radio making it more handy and useful."

Member Finance Shri D.P.S. Negi also said that "the most important advantage of full implementation of BATS will be to make the Receivable Management more effective and transparent. This will ensure that revenue leakages are avoided and will ensure 100% revenue assurance for the services rendered. It can be said that it's a great milestone in the history of All India Radio to roll out BATS."

BATS has been provided by M/s. Media Nucleus and has the following important features:

- To manage the scheduling and billing of advertising orders across multiple stations via one central
- Contracts are handled seamlessly from Release Order entry to single or multi-invoice billing.
- Increases operational efficiency and reduces cost.
- Media Sales Traffic increases the efficiency of the organization by providing traffic team a flexible
   solution for planning, scheduling and billing of spots.
- Ensures accurate billing by effectively managing account hierarchy, different Package and Products,
  Pricing plans, Content Rights Management, Automated Ad Booking along with Discounts offered on 
  bulk deals, Charges, and Billing cycle Invoicing.
- Payment processing and collections through integrated Payment Gateway of SBI.

(Saurabh Singh, Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting)

Saturday, November 05, 2022

Claudius Obrecht DRM transmission to Asia - 4th Nov (Fri)

Claudius Obrecht DRM transmission towards Asia: 

Date : 4th Nov 2022 (Fri) 
Time : 1900 to 2000 UTC 
Frequency : 11710 kHz 

Reception reports to : c.obrecht at swissonline dot ch

Tuesday, November 01, 2022

Claudius Obrecht DRM test to Asia today (1st Nov)

Claudius Obrecht new shortwave DRM test towards Asia today (1st Nov, 2022) :

1900 to 1930 UTC on 11710 kHz

Reception reports to : c.obrecht at swissonline dot ch



TIME (UTC)          LANGUAGE          FREQUENCY (KHz)
0000‑0030           ENGLISH           13750
0030‑0100           THAI              13750
0200-0230           ENGLISH           13750
0500‑0530           ENGLISH           17640
1000-1030           THAI              17630
1200‑1230           ENGLISH           9940
1230‑1245           VIETNAMESE        9940
1245‑1300           MANDARIN          9940
1300‑1315           JAPANESE          9940
1315‑1330           MALAYSIAN         9940
1330‑1415           THAI              9940
1800‑1830           THAI              7475
1830‑1930           ENGLISH           7475
1930-1945           THAI              7475

Reception reports to :

(Alokesh Gupta)



Effective 30 October 2022 until 25 March 2023.

kHz   UTC        ITU Zones        Power    Target Area            Language  Days
7290  1800-1900 18-20,27-30,37-39 150 kW Europe, MidEast,N Africa English (1)(2) Daily
9510  0900-1000 18-20,27-30,37-40 150 kW Europe, MidEast,N Africa English (1)(2) Sat
9510  1030-1300 18-20,27-30,37-40 150 kW Europe, MidEast,N Africa English (1)(2) Sun
15400 1600-1630 38-41,47,48       300 kW East Africa               Oromo  (1) Mon-Wed,Fri,Sat

(1) Includes programs from European Gospel Radio
(2) Includes program from IPAR

Reception reports to:

(Alokesh Gupta)


AOKI B22 Frequency schedule is available at :

Thursday, September 29, 2022

SLBC slams BBC Tamil Osai programme

SLBC slams BBC Tamil Osai programme 

posted by Editor at 4:57 AM 

Chairman of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Hudson Samarasinghe says the BBC Tamil Osai radio programme made two biased stories during their past programmes. He said these programmes were aired on end of last month and these stories reported in a not so beneficial manner in the Tamil Osai programme. Sending a letter to the Head of the BBC Mr.Neil Curry in London , Mr.Samarasinghe quoted following two incidents which were aired by the Tamil Osai programme in separate programmes.

Read the full story here :

Thursday, September 22, 2022

All India Radio's special transmission for "Mahalaya 2022"

All India Radio's special transmission for "Mahalaya 2022"
Date : 25th September, 2022 (Sunday)

Time : 0350 - 0545 IST, 2220 UTC (24th Sept 2022) to 0015 UTC* (25th Sept, 2022)

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

- Bengali/Sanskrit version - at same time on AIR Delhi FM Rainbow network 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 :


531 - Jodhpur
549 - Ranchi
603 - Ajmer
621 - Patna A
648 - Indore A
657 - Kolkata A
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 :


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

Related :

Eight Decades Later, the Original Mahalaya Still Unites  

Come Mahalaya, Birendra Krishna Bhadra's recitation still default choice for All India Radio

(Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi)

Wednesday, September 07, 2022

New DRM receiver by Starwaves

At the DRM pre IBC event on 6th Sept'22, Starwaves unveiled a new retro looking DRM receiver 'DRM W2401', which will be available for pre-order on vaious platforms by Oct'22, delivery starts from Feb'23 onwards.

It will be available in two versions, school edition with multimedia server and wifi will cost 99 euros.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Radio Free Asia announces 26th Anniversary QSL

Radio Free Asia (RFA) announces its latest QSL card commemorating 26 years of impactful work in some of the world's most restricted media environments, such as China, North Korea, Vietnam, and Burma. Since its founding, RFA has filled a crucial gap for the tens of millions of people living in these and other places in Asia and the world, who would otherwise have little or no access to accurate, timely domestic news and information in their languages. This is RFA's 80th QSL design and will be used to confirm all valid RFA reception reports from September – December 2022.

                                                           RFA's 26th ANNIVERSARY QSL

Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, Tibetan (including Uke, Amdo, and Kham dialects), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in our editorial content. As a 'surrogate' broadcaster, RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of our target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of our broadcasts comprise news of specific local interest.  More information about RFA, including our current broadcast frequency schedule, is always available at

RFA encourages listeners to submit reception reports.  Reception reports are valuable to RFA as they help us evaluate the signal strength and quality of our transmissions.  RFA confirms all accurate reception reports by mailing a QSL card to the listener.  RFA welcomes all reception report submissions not only from DX'ers, but also from our general listening audience.

Reception reports are accepted by email at and by mail to:

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

Pacific-Asian Log (PAL Guide) August 2022 Update

Bruce Portzer's Pacific-Asian Log (PAL) Guide has been updated to the August 2022 edition and is available for download from Radio Heritage Foundation website, here's the download link :

Next Radio Andorra Broadcast September 3rd

The next program from the Archives of Radio Andorra will be on this saturday, september 3rd. It's a 2-hour nostalgia program from summer 1979 which was hosted by the french singer and actress Mirelle Hartuch :

The music selection is very eclectic and won't be found on any radio station nowadays.

The show will be aired as usual via Moosbrunn :

Towards Europe : 17-19 UTC on 6180 kHz with a LogPer Antenna on 270°
Towards NAm : 22-24 UTC on 13730 kHz via a HRS4/4/1

There are also programs in preparation for October to December, first saturday per month each, hosted by Sheila (who had a big hit with "Spacer" together with B. Devotion), Serge Gainsbourg and Hervé Vilard.

(Christian Milling via WOR)

Sunday, August 28, 2022

New MW station from UAE

A new MW station 'Radio Keralam' from Ras Al Khaimah, UAE in Malayalam language is testing on 1476 kHz since 17th August 2022. They are using former Radio Asia 200 kW MW transmitter. Regular transmission expected to be start by 8th Sept, 2022, Onam day.

Friday, August 05, 2022

Radio Andorra in August and September 2022

The next 2 programs "from the archives of Radio Andorra" are ready to be broadcasted. In August und September on the first saturday per month it's time to roll again some 43 year old cassettes.

The program on August, 6th the French chansonnier Ricet Barrier will do the programming for one hour. It is a program from the "Carte Blanche"-series which was recorded in summer 1979, where stars at that time were invited to select their music on a sunday afternoon program. Barrier was born in August 1932, died in 2011, so it would be his 90th birthday this year. Unfortunately the second hour of his program got lost, only the first cassette survived. Times and frequencies:

August, 6th 2022
1700-1800 UTC 6180 kHz LPH 270° towards Europe
2200-2300 UTC 13730 kHz HRS 295° towards North America

On September, 3rd the French singer and actor Mirelle Hartuch is in charge. She was born in September 1906 and was at the time the program was recorded already 73 years old. So we will hear music from the 1930s and 1940s as well as contemporary songs from the 70s. This program survived completly and will be broadcasted:

September, 3rd 2022
1700-1900 UTC 6180 kHz LPH 270° towards Europe
2200-2400 UTC 13730 kHz HRS 295° towards Northamerica

All transmission, as usual are broadcasted via Moosbrunn, Austria rated at 100kW carrier power.

As you can see on the attached photo from 2008, the storage condition of the tapes was not ideal. The transmitter building of Radio Andorra in Encamp was left empty after 1981, the roof got leaky, water went into the building. In 2009 the inheritance disputes between Spain and Andorra could be settled and the remaining apparatus and some tapes could be safed.

Since last year I'm trying to restore some of the old cassettes and bring them back to HiFi quality for the enjoyment of radiofans. The whole thing is a matter of the heart, no commercial activity. The national archive suppots this ideally, but the whole financial part is done privately by myself. If anyone likes to contribute, here is my GoFundMe-campaign:

All raised funds go straight to the reconstruction of the programs (buying neccessary records, softwarelicenses for the DSP Tools, maintenence of the cassette players) as well as the transmission feed on shortwave.

All transmission being already broadcasted are also avaiable online:

(Christian Milling via WOR List)

DRM Digital Radio – at the Forefront of FM Broadcasting

A live event was organised by Indian and international hosts in New Delhi on 21st July 2022. Among the participants were the Association of Radio Operators for India (AROI), five leading private broadcasters in India, representatives of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Indian Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA), Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA), Micromax – the Cellphone manufacturer, NXP,  Technomedia Solutions Private Ltd and Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Ltd (BECIL) – the broadcast system integrators, Inntot Technologies Pvt Ltd – the Indian DRM receiver manufacturer, OptM Media Solutions Pvt Ltd – the broadcast solution provider, and the DRM Consortium.

The participants were reminded that the global, open, and all-band DRM standard, offers full broadcaster independence allowing broadcasters the freedom to broadcast any content without any fees.There is also no revenue cut, as all technical details are openly standardised. And no technology license is needed to implement products and solutions of DRM.

DRM is most efficient in terms of spectrum usage as one DRM block requires about 100 kHz (half the bandwidth of analogue FM) for 4 services (up to 3 audio and 1 multimedia). DRM FM allows for simulcasting DRM FM and FM analogue from the same transmitter without the need of replacing an existing FM transmitter. Each block can represent one single broadcaster who has full control of the spectrum and content. The participants explored together the three ways of possible DRM FM introduction in India: broadcast of up to 18 audio services in DRM digital from a single FM transmitter, broadcast up to 12 audio services in DRM digital along with a service in analogue and broadcast of up to 15 audio services in DRM digital in the white space between the two analogue FM transmitters.

Broadcast of multimedia content along with the digital audio services was demonstrated, including DRM's Journaline advanced text application with support for all Indian scripts through Unicode. DRM standalone receivers as well as car radios already available in the Indian market for the reception in the DRM in the MW band, have been proven to be software-upgradable (without any hardware changes) to receive DRM in FM band, too. DRM's efficient digital transmission results in huge savings in transmission power and thus distribution costs. Only about one-tenth power of DRM transmitter is sufficient in digital to deliver same coverage as existing analogue transmissions.

India is the world's largest digital radio deployment by All India Radio (AIR) with 39 transmitters (35 MW and 4 SW). AIR is also providing some exclusive radio broadcast content (24-hour News), multilingual Journaline information and has tested DRM for Emergency Warning Functionality (EWF) signals. DRM digital signals in India today can reach over 900 million people when all the installed transmitters work in full digital operation. Over 5 million cars on the Indian roads or 30% of new cars (from Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Mahindra, Toyota, MG Hector and Mercedes Benz) have already DRM radio reception facility – at no extra cost to buyers. The Starwaves DRM SoftRadio app is now available in various Android app stores to upgrade existing phones for DRM reception, and that Gospell, Starwaves, Inntot and many other DRM desktop receiver manufacturers are coming up with various standalone DRM receivers.
During the New Delhi event participants enjoyed a live transmission on many standalone receivers, a car radio, Android mobile phones and tablets.

Reception of DRM FM in a car parked outside the venue was also demonstrated. The participants took a keen interest in the presentations,  demonstrations, and the discussions. They got a very good opportunity to debate not only how the DRM system can maintain the established
FM environment but also how it defines and advances the future of FM broadcasting by creating whole new revenue sources besides audio-ads while enabling targeted broadcasting with an overall audience increase, as well as cutting distribution costs significantly.

Involving commercial broadcasters in practical demonstrations of sharing same infrastructure and introducing DRM at reduced spectrum and energy use, while giving receiver manufacturers a chance to develop new solutions, will be the next step in digitising the FM broadcast and firmly establishing it as a core medium of India in the 21st century. 

About DRM

Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) is the universal, openly standardised digital radio system for all broadcasting frequencies and coverage needs.

DRM on short, medium and long wave up to 30 MHz provides for the efficient coverage in large areas with at least FM quality, while significantly reducing power consumption. DRM in the FM & VHF bands above 30 MHz enables flexible local and regional broadcaster-controlled services, with up to 3 stereo audio programmes plus multimedia compon

ents in half the bandwidth of a single analogue FM signal. 

Advanced radio functionality thanks to DRM comprises: More services based on the highly efficient audio codec MPEG xHE-AAC and free-to-air Journaline multi-lingual text information, detailed  service signalling, service linking (including to analogue AM/FM services) and DRM EWF – Emergency Warning Functionality. Enhanced DRM features include native Unicode support, station logos via SPI, Slideshow images and traffic and travel information. 

(Press Release)

Thursday, July 14, 2022

AWR A22 Frequency Changes

AWR A22 Frequency Changes

NAU 1330 1400 UTC Assamese NE-India 17810 kHz 250 kW Sun, Wed  (Ex 15550 TAC)
NAU 1330 1400 UTC Hmong to  Thailand 17810 kHz 250 kW Thurs, Fri (Ex 15550 TAC)
NAU 1330 1400 UTC Indonesian Malaysia 17810 kHz 250 kW  Mon, Tues & Sat (Ex 15550 TAC)

RED FM launched in the Mighty Himalayas of Leh Ladakh today

Red FM launched in Leh, Ladakh from 14th July, 2022. Send in your song requests on our exclusive whatsapp number: 8527200935.

Full story at :

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

BBC releases annual report for the year 2021-22

BBC Group Annual Report and Accounts 2021/22 is now available at :

Year of exceptional delivery as BBC marks centenary

Delivery for audiences has been our biggest achievement. In a world of rapidly increasing choice the BBC continues to reach 90% of UK adults on average each week, rising to 97% over a month.

This annual report highlights a year of delivery. The BBC is the nation's number one media brand. We have increased value for money and become leaner, while at the same time BBC Studios has smashed all previous commercial records.

Delivery for audiences has been our biggest achievement. In a world of rapidly increasing choice the BBC continues to reach 90% of UK adults on average each week, rising to 97% over a month.

Highlights include:

High impact video content including The Tourist, The Green Planet and The Euros has drawn millions of viewers. In audio, millions are coming to our services, with 62% of adults listening to BBC Radio on average per week, ahead of any other audio provider.

BBC iPlayer attracted record audiences with 6.6 billion streams, up 8%, and BBC Sounds saw 1.54 billion UK plays of radio, music and podcasts, up 23%.

BBC News is the most trusted news source and is the first place the UK public turns to for impartial news coverage of major events. This year saw record numbers globally tune into BBC coverage of the war in Ukraine.

The BBC continues to drive change and improvements in this area, including the publication of our 10-point plan on impartiality and editorial standards.

The publication of this year's Annual Report and Accounts comes against a backdrop that includes the most challenging media market in the BBC's 100-year history; super-inflation in TV production; and tough choices brought about by the Licence Fee settlement for the remainder of the Charter.

The BBC's Across the UK plans are being realised. We are now making 54% of our content outside London and reflecting more of the nation back to itself. Some of our biggest programmes were made in the nations, from Vigil in Scotland, Hidden in Wales and Conversations with Friends in Northern Ireland. MasterChef will soon be moving to Birmingham.

Our investment in the creative sector is supporting economic growth and 53,000 jobs across the UK. Every £1 of the BBC's economic activity now generates a total of £2.63 for the wider economy.

BBC Studios had a record performance in 21/22, with sales up 30% year-on-year, at £1.6 billion, and a 50% increase in profit (EBITDA) at £226 million, the first time it has recorded profit above £200 million.

We continue to work towards our 50:20:12 staffing targets. Our staff make-up is now 49.5% women, 16.4% black and minority ethnic and 9.3% disabled - all up on last year.  We also introduced a new socio-economic diversity target of 25% this year. We will now redouble our efforts to reach all our workforce diversity targets including at leadership level, which we know we need to go further and faster on.

In this record-breaking year we also continued our journey to be a simpler and leaner BBC, reducing the public service headcount further by 409 to 17,781 and reducing Senior Manager numbers by 3%. We delivered £274 million of annual savings, bringing total savings delivered since 2016/17 to over £1 billion.

We also set out our path to reach Net Zero by 2030.

Richard Sharp, BBC Chairman says: "In our centenary year, the BBC is reaching almost half a billion people around the world, it is the UK's best-known cultural export and the world's most trusted news organisation.

"I'm proud of what we have achieved, grateful for the hard work that has delivered it and confident in the BBC's future.

"We must now accelerate the ongoing transformation of the BBC, into a modern, audience-focused, digital-first organisation."

Tim Davie, BBC Director-General says: "This annual report highlights a year of delivery for audiences - both in content and in creating a better, more agile and leaner BBC. There is no room for complacency. We have much work to do to ensure the BBC is fit for a bright future.

"We must continue to deliver world class UK content in an increasingly competitive media market, support our vibrant creative economy and reflect the modern, diverse United Kingdom, in everything we do.

"The future is not without challenges, but we have exciting plans in place and much to look forward to as we build a successful BBC for the years ahead."

Content highlights this year have included:

TV and iPlayer: Time, Bloodlands, Shetland, Guilt, The Pact, The Responder, Sherwood, Gentleman Jack, House of Maxwell.

BBC Three: returned as a broadcast channel backing ideas and new talent, like Kayleigh Llewellyn's BAFTA winning In My Skin.

Radio and Sounds: Forgotten Composers on Radio 3 and Things Fell Apart on Radio 4, podcasts including Ukrainecast and The Coming Storm.

Music: The BBC Proms celebrated the return of live music on a scale not seen since before the pandemic with 61 concerts over 44 days, featuring more than 2,000 musicians.

Sport: 25 million watched Euro 2020 as Gareth Southgate's Three Lions were beaten on penalties.
News: England news bulletins at 6:30pm on BBC One continue to be collectively the most watched news programme on TV and the BBC's Ukrainian language digital platforms have reached a record 6 million people.

Nations: We put BBC Scotland at the heart of our COP26 coverage, launched an official partnership between the BBC and Creative Wales, and reflected the centenary of Partition with a mix of landmark programmes from Northern Ireland.

Further achievements in the report include:

Weekly signed in iPlayer accounts for under 35s have increased to 3.8m from 3.2m.

The BBC is the only UK provider used by the majority of under-16s per week, ahead of both Netflix and Disney.

BBC Bitesize was used by 75% of secondary school pupils in the past year.

BBC income increased to £3.8bn and £3bn of this was spent on content and the expansion of our digital services – up 17% on last year.

BBC Studios has made record sales and profits of £200 million for the first time – an increase of 50% year-on-year, recorded income of £1,630 million - an increase of 30% year-on-year; and topped £400 million in content sales for the third consecutive year.
The BBC is the UK's best-known cultural export, with 60% awareness across the world – higher than other UK cultural exports such as British sports, universities and technology.

Last month we set out plans to become a digital first organisation. The first phase represents £500m of efficiencies, cuts and reinvestment to drive changes to content and output.

We've also published our latest update on our ongoing work on impartiality.

We continue to deliver for audiences through brilliant content and events that bring the nation together like the Queen's Jubilee and sporting events including Wimbledon, the Commonwealth Games, the Women's Euros and the World Cup.

(BBC Press Office)