Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Special broadcasts by All India Radio for Republic Day 2023

Special broadcasts by All India Radio for Republic Day 2023

India is celebrating its 74th Republic Day on 26 Jan 2023 (Thursday). All India Radio will broadcast special programs in connection with the Republic Day celebrations as follows:

25th January 2023 (Wednesday) : Eve of Republic Day

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

Also on DTH Channels/ airlivenews 24x7

26 January 2023 (Thursday) : Republic Day

All India Radio will broadcast the ive running commentary in english & hindi of Republic Day parade and cultural pageant to be held at India Gate, New Delhi from 0410 UTC (0940 IST) on the following SW frequencies :

Hindi : 9950 kHz (Delhi 100 kW), 11560 (Delhi 100 kW)

English : 15030 (Bengaluru 500 kW)

External Service in Persian, Arabic, Baluchi, Pashto & Dari languages would stand cancelled.
News bulletins scheduled during the running commentary will stand cancelled.
AIR leh on 4760 kHz will change to its day time frequency 6000 kHz between 0345-0400 UTC (ie much earlier than usual) .

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

On MW/FM frequencies as per below mentioned links.

MW Frequencies :
FM Frequencies :

Also on DTH Channels/ airlivenews 24x7

Please send your reception reports on line at:
or by email to:

Live streaming of the above programs is available at :

Live streaming of the above programs is available in:

Reception Reports to :
Please send your reception reports on line at:
or by email to: or


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

This will be available on Doordarshan TV as follows:

(Alokesh Gupta & Jose Jacob)

Thursday, January 12, 2023

XHDATA radios now available on Amazon India

XHDATA has launched its products on, XHDATA D-808 Portable Radio which is popular with listeners is now available on for Rs 8989 plus 10% discount coupon is available. Many other XHDATA, Sihuadon & Tecsun receivers are available at discounted price in the store. Until now these receivers were imported from China/Hongkong or Indian importers used to import & sell them at exorbitant prices.


Photo courtesy :

(Alokesh Gupta)

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

BIS publishes standards for digital television receivers with built in satellite tuners

The Bureau of Indian Standards has published three significant Indian Standards in the area of Electronics.  The first standard is Indian Standard for digital television receivers with built in satellite tuners.  Bureau of Indian standards, through its technical Committee has published an Indian Standard IS 18112:2022 Specification for television with built in satellite tuners. TVs manufactured as per this Indian standard would enable reception of Free-To-Air TV and Radio channels just by connecting a dish antenna with LNB mounted on a suitable place, at roof top/side wall of the building.

This would facilitate transmission of knowledge about government initiatives, schemes, educational content of Doordarshan and repository of Indian culture programs to reach and benefit wide segment of population in the country at large.

At present, Television (TV) viewers in the country need to purchase set-top box for viewing various paid and free channels. The viewer is required to use set top box even for the reception of free to air channels (non-encrypted) transmitted by Doordarshan. Now Doordarshan is in the process of phasing out Analog transmission. Free to air channels will continue to be broadcast using digital satellite transmission by Doordarshan.

To enable the reception of these free to air channels without use of set top box, there is a need for television receivers with inbuilt suitable satellite tuner.

The second standard is Indian Standard for USB Type C receptacles, plug and cables. Bureau of Indian standards has published Indian standard IS/IEC 62680-1-3:2022 USB Type-C® Cable and Connector Specification. This Indian standard is adoption of existing International standard IEC 62680-1- 3:2022.

This standard provides requirements for USB Type-C port, plug and cables for use in various electronic devices like mobile phone, laptop, notebook etc. This standard would provide common charging solutions for the smartphones and other electronic devices sold in the country. This would facilitate in reduction in number of charger per consumer as consumers will no longer need to buy different chargers every time they buy a new device. This would help in achieving Government of India's mission to reduce e-waste and move towards sustainable development.

Earlier consumers have to keep different chargers for various electronic devices they possess which leads to extra expenditure, increase in e-waste and a lot of inconvenience. Countries worldwide are working to address these issues.

The third Standard is Indian Standards for Video Surveillance Systems. Bureau of Indian Standards, through its technical committee on Alarms and Electronic Security Systems has developed a series of Indian Standard (IS 16910) on Video Surveillance Systems for use in Security Applications. IS 16910 series of Standards is an adoption of the International Standard IEC 62676 series. The standard provides a detailed outline of all the aspects of a Video Surveillance System such as requirements for its components like camera devices, interfaces, system requirements and tests to ascertain the image quality of the camera devices and also specifies guidelines on efficient installation of the system.

Considering the constantly evolving technology in the security industry and the abundant options of VSS to choose from it has become cumbersome for the common person, be it the installers/ specifiers/ users, to pick the right set of VSS that exactly fits his intended use. This series of Standards would assist customers, installers and users in establishing their requirements, determining the appropriate equipment required for their intended application, and also provide means of evaluating objectively the performance of the VSS. This will also help in making the surveillance system more secure, robust and cost effective.

Video Surveillance System (VSS) is an essential security component that is used almost everywhere to capture any unwanted activity. Due to the multitude of video cameras offered for sale in the marketplace, and the seemingly infinite variety of camera features and options available, efforts to procure the right video surveillance system that produce images of suitable quality for the intended use have become confusing and technically challenging. Also, the owners and or installers do not have a clear idea of the purpose of each video surveillance system and the level of detail needed to achieve that purpose.

(PIB Press Release)