Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Due to co-channel interference BBC Hindi Service is now using 9535 kHz via Thailand (ex-9800) at 1400-1500 hrs UTC in parallel to 7205 7430 9505 12065 kHz.
(Alok Dasgupta via http://dxasia.info/news/)
BBC Hindi's series, Lets Go To School, has won the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union's (ABU) 2008 award in the External Broadcasts (Radio) category. This is the third consecutive year that BBC Hindi has won this international accolade. The BBC's Rupa Jha, who conceived and produced the six-part series, says: "We always strive to give the 'voice to the voiceless' in our output, and Let's Go To School is one such programme. "Free education for all has been the political slogan in India for a long time, and so we asked our listeners from the region to be our reporters on the state of government primary schools in the most backward states of India. That's what made the series special." Six selected listeners in the most remote parts of the country were asked to visit government primary schools in their neighbourhoods and assess those schools in their reports for BBC Hindi. The ABU award-winning episode from the state of Uttar Pradesh was based on the report by the local student, Diwaker. The BBC reporter for this episode was Ram Dutt Tripathi.
BBC Hindi programmes are produced from London and Delhi, set in a rolling format, with news, current affairs and features. The interactive morning and evening programmes, Aaj Ke Din and Aaj Kal, bring news, analysis and interviews on a range of issues, from current affairs and careers to showbiz and sports. BBC Hindi is available on shortwave, medium wave, FM and via cable television. Hindi-speakers across the world can access BBC Hindi programmes in text and in audio at the 24/7 news site bbchindi.com.
The BBC's special output for India's FM market includes infotainment updates BBC Ek Minute, weekly features BBC Take One, BBC Fun & Games, and the Sunday chat show, BBC Ek Mulaqat.
This programming is available via partner stations: Radio One in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Pune, Radio Choklate in Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack and Rourkela, Radio Tadka in Jaipur and Udaipur, Radio Tomato in Kolhapur, Radio Misty in Siliguri, Radio Chaska in Gwalior, Radio Rangila in Raipur, and Radio Spice in Dubai. The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) is a non-profit, non-government, professional association of broadcasting organisations, formed in 1964 to facilitate the development of broadcasting in the Asia-Pacific region and to organise co-operative activities amongst its members. It currently has over 194 members in 57 countries, reaching a potential audience of about 3 billion people.
The ABU Prizes, established in 1964 by the first ABU General Assembly, is an international contest for radio and television programmes. The purpose of the contest is to promote the production of radio and television programmes of a high standard, to raise educational and cultural levels, and to strengthen international understanding among ABU members.
(BBC World Service Publicity)
1630-1830 UTC (extended transmission) on 7205 kHz
2130-2230 UTC (special transmission) on 7150 and 5955 kHz
No special transmission between 0830-0900 UTC could be heard. BBC Bangla website did not reply to a email request for information on these transmissions.The website does not show the B08 frequencies but continues to display the old A08 ones.
(Supratik Sanatani via Bangladx YG)
UTC sign off.
558 - Khulna
693 - Dhaka A
846 - Rajshahi (Bogra)
999 - Thakurgaon
1170 - Dhaka C
Monday, December 29, 2008
RNZI's cyclone watch service will be maintained throughout the period and special weather bulletins regarding tropical cyclones will be broadcast if required.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
* Tell us (in 50 words or less) what you would eat, where you would eat this meal, and with whom you would eat it!
* Entries must be received by January 12th. Winners will be announced on January 17th.
* Send entries to: PO BOX 123-199 / Taipei Taiwan, ROC
* Or email your entry to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for listening to Groove Zone!
(Source :Dhivehi Observer)
Thursday, December 25, 2008
(Press Information Bureau, Govt of India)
Monday, December 22, 2008
(Thanks to Gautam Kumar Sharma, Abhayapuri, Assam, India)
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
19 December 2008
Britain could be ready to migrate from analogue to digital radio as early as 2017 according to the Digital Radio Working Group (DRWG), which published its final report today. The group has renewed its commitment to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) and set out a clear path for migration to digital, identifying the criteria that would need to be met for it to happen and when it might occur.
Read the full story here :
DRWG's final report can be accessed at :
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Thank you for your patience and understanding. Best wishes to one and all for the holidays.
Radio Free Asia
(Ratan Kumar Paul via bangladx yg)
6140 khz - 1300 to 1330 utc Paul Graham (Christmas oldie programme)
1330 to 1355 utc Colin King with the Jackie History (part 4)
1355 to 1400 utc Tom Taylor - EMR up date
9290 khz - 1400 to 1500 utc Mike Taylor with the Christmas Mail Box
EMR schedule for January - February and March 2009 is:
January - 13.00 to 13.30 utc Tom Taylor + Jackie History (part 5)
February - 13.00 to 13.30 utc Tom Taylor + Jackie History (part 6)
March - 13.00 to 14.00 utc Tom Taylor + Jackie History (part 7)
Happy Christmas to all our Listeners from European Music Radio !
(Mike and Tom Taylor - Paul Graham - Colin King and all the staff of EMR)
Good Listening and all the best for 2009
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Read the AP report here :
"But they are back again
Like a long lost friend
All the songs that I loved so well……
…Its yesterday once more,
Do we remember"
These nostalgic lines from a famous Carpenters' song reflect the way FM has revived radio in India. After television had entrenched itself firmly in almost every nook and corner of the country, transistor sets disappeared from the shelves in Indian living rooms, reducing radio to nothing more than a mere symbol of nostalgia. The radio was no longer turned on in the house and the All India radio (AIR) bulletins and popular Vividh Bharati programmes became a thing of the past, only to be replaced by round the clock TV news and music entertainment shows on satellite television.
Read the full story here :
Read the full report here :
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
SAQ is planned to be on air on Wednesday 24th December 2008 at 08.00 UTC and 08.30 UTC. The frequency is 17.2 kHz CW ( 200 kW). Running up an tuning of the transmitter begins about 07.30 UTC. The Alexanderson Day 2009 with transmission is planned to Sunday 28th June.
QSL reports can be given via:
- E-mail to: email@example.com
- or fax to: +46-340-674195
- or via SM bureau
- or direct by mail to: Alexander - Grimeton Veteranradios Vaenner,
Radiostationen, Grimeton 72, S-430 16 ROLFSTORP, SWEDEN
Note: SAQ is now a member of the Swedish Amateur Association (SSA) and "QSL
via bureau" is OK.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Anker Petersen informs that Danish Shortwave Club International has announced " DSWCI Grand Christmas Tour with Cancer and Capricorn Contest".
Details & contest form can be downloaded from :
Further details from :
Danish Shortwave Club International
Tavleager 31, DK-2670 Greve, Denmark
53 BULL TEMPLE ROAD,
(opposite to the famous BULL TEMPLE).
Dates : 7th & 8th Nov 2009 ( Sat & Sunday)
DELEGATE FEES: Rs 450 /- per head ( Ham or SWL)
Spouse & children above 10 years age accompanying Rs 350 /-per head
( no delegate kit will be provided)
The delegate fee includes B/F & Lunch on both the days,
GALA DINNER on the 7th,
Tea & snacks on 7th & 8th.
The event conclude on the 8th afternoon after lunch.
Further details will be announced later.
Delegate fee is payable by cash,cheque, Demand Draft pyable in bangalore.
Address for communication:
Hamfest India 2009
C/o Linux Learning Centre
No. 635, 6th Main Road.
(Adjacent to Bank of India)
Hanumanthnagar, Bangalore - 560 019
Phone : 98450 57731
The 38th Annual Hunting Lions in the Air contest will take place on the weekend of January 10 and 11th, 2009.
"To create and foster a spirit of International understanding and cooperation" among Radio amateurs (Hams) and Lions through worldwide radio communication and internet.. The contest is to commemorate the birthday of the founder of Lionism, Melvin Jones, born at Ft. Thomas, Arizona USA on January 13, 1879.
3. CONTEST PERIOD
The contest period will be 48 hours and will run from midnight UTC Friday/Saturday to midnight UTC Sunday/Monday. UTC = Universal Time Co-Ordinate (Zulu Time)
4. CLASSES AND CATEGORIES
The contest is open to all appropriately licensed Amateur (Ham) Radio Licencees, Short Wave Listeners (SWLs) and Internet Users as follows:
Class 1 Contestants are Amateur (Ham) Radio Licencees who are also current members of Lions Club (Leo and Lioness Club included) -
Class 2 contestants are (Ham) radio amateurs operating on behalf of a Lions, Lioness or Leo Club and who are not members of Lions, Leo or Lioness Clubs
Class 3 contestants are not Amateur (Ham) Radio or SWL Licencees but are current members of Lions / Leo / Lioness Club who are taking part on internet using different chat utilities as described separately
The following categories will be permitted in each class:
A Single Operator, All Bands, Single Transmitter,
B Multi Operator, All Bands, Single Transmitter,
C Licenced Short Wave Listener (SWL)
D Internet user
5. BANDS, MODES AND CONTACTS
BANDS: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters as permitted by respective country of the contestant.
MODE: SSB, CW, ECHOLINK AND OTHER DIGITAL MODES
Please note that this is a single competition and that there will not be separate places for the other modes.
CONTACTS: No duplicate contacts with same station and Lions Club is allowed, irrespective of bands, modes, class or category of station.
The SSB call should be "CQ Hunting Lions on the Air" or "CQ Hunting Lions" and the CW/Digital/Internet call be "CQ LIONS".
Transmit RS(T) plus a serial number. Amateur (Ham) Radio licencees operating on behalf of a Lions, Leo or Lioness Club must transmit the operator's name, Lions Club Name, Number and Lions District Number and Web/Email Address if any, Where as the Internet user except for
RST all other details as above should be logged
8. QSO POINTS
One (1) point - each QSO with Lions Club Member or Lions Club in
Five (5) extra points - each new country where contact is made (excluding the country of the contestant)
Twenty-five (25) extra points - for contacts made with VU2LCI (Not for Indian Stations to remove the ease of QSO Points)
SWL's will score one point for each Lions Club Station heard exchanging reports and additional 5 points for an exchange between two stations of different unique countries. (Example If SWL is from India and he logs South Africa and India, South Africa and Sri Lanka, South Africa with New Zealand Additional 5 points is for only 3 countries and not 4)
9. Additional Bonus Points for Many Lion Hams of same club If Amateur (Ham) Radio Club Station owned by Lions Club with its own callsign additional 10 points for every Lion Ham valid member of the same Lions Club.
10. FINAL SCORE
To obtain the final score, multiply the "QSO points" by "the number of different Clubs worked".
The following details are to be logged:
Date, Time (UTC), RST Sent and Received, the Amateur Station worked and Band. Additionally, if contact is made with a Lion, Leo or Lioness Club (Class 1) , the Operator's name, Club name, Number, and Lions District number, Email/Web address (if any) of the station contacted must be included on the station log sheet. SWL logs should, in addition to the above, include the call signs of both stations heard and the sent and received exchanges of each station. This information should be recorded once only for each QSO heard Including the Lions Club details as above Date, Time (UTC), RST Sent and Received, the Amateur Station worked and Band. Additionally, if contact is made with a Lion, Leo or Lioness Club (Class ), the Operator's name, Club name, Number, and Lions District number, Email/Web address (if any) of the Lions Club on the other side of the contact.
Contest Logs can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by Floppy 3.5, Compact Disk to the Contest Manager. Files may be in Excel, or in ASCII format with one QSO on every new line. Fields separated by commas or delimiters, The information shall be set out and tabulated in the same format as the official Log (see appendices). Each QSO must be terminated by a carriage return. Only MS-DOS compatible disks will be accepted. However Three (3) International Reply Coupon IRCs have to be sent for the logs to be compiled before results are announced and for receiving participation certificates NB! A written summary sheet must accompany the disk showing all required scoring information as well as your name, postal address, FAX number and/or email where you can be reached. As email is rapidly becoming the most convenient mode of communication, this mode is preferred, however do not forget to send 3 IRCs before last date.
Logs that do not comply with the foregoing requirements will not be considered and will be rejected. Radio amateurs are expected to operate within the rules of their respective licenses and unsportsmanlike activity is to be discouraged. Actions and decisions of the Contest Committee are official and final.
All logs must be mailed to reach the co-coordinator and envelopes must be date stamped no later than 28 February along with 3 New Format International Reply Coupon (IRC)
The HLITA Contest Committee
Lions Club of Bangalore North (Dist 324-D6 Club # 026596)
C/O Lion Ajoy - VU2JHM,
# 9/1, Kshitija, Opp Geetanjali, 5-Cross,
INDIA. Telephone +91-80-23442600
email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Contest Committee will communicate the results to the co-coordinating Lions club and a final report will be submitted to the District Governor 324D6 and 324D1 offices before June 30 same year. Winners will be advised by mail and a listing will be posted on the Internet with copies to various contest managers/sites
The first Ten places in category A, B, C and D will receive Award Certificates and mementos for first Three (depending on sponsorer). Participation Certificate to all participants who have submitted contest log with minimum 20 QSO and who have sent 3 New format International Reply Coupons IRCs with the contest log sheet.
The Lions International Amateur (Ham) Radio Club - VU2LCI which is permanent project of Lions Club of Bangalore North will make best effort to promote and publicize the contest internationally via the Lion Net, the web pages, through amateur radio Club Station, magazines and amateur radio nets. Request for volunteer assistance in publisizing this event amongst Hams and Lions is solicitated. Questions regarding the interpretation of these rules will be judged and resolved by the Contest Committee.
Operators interested in additional information regarding this contest should write to the Contest Committee at the above address giving their full postal address with One IRC for airmail reply or no IRC required for reply via email to: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
17. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIONS USING INTERNET CHAT
Lions all over the world meet at LOL - Lions on Line Chat which is on every Sundays between 13:30 to 14:30 hrs UTC. The same channel can be used for exchange of reports on Weekend of January 12th and 13th plus there are open channels on IRC, Yahoo, Orkut, Skype, MSN messenger which can be used. The Location of the Chat Room can be accessed using XiRCON connect to: ielf.fr.librenet.net:6667 Channel: #lionsonline. The Amateur (Ham) Radio operators can use the Echolink both voice and text for qso. Version Dec 2008
Important message to Lion Clubs - DGs, DC, ZC, RC & PSTs
Amateur (Ham) Radio operators all over the world have communication, electronics, propagation as their personal hobby and the have been serving people especially during the Disasters by providing Emergency Communication linking the much needed communication when normal telecommunication fails. Just imagine what will you do when the fixed landline, mobile (cell) phones fail - these Hams would be able to communicate from such locations to any part of the world - FREE OF COST !!! so now think of making them your friends, if not your members so that making mutual friends with your local Amateur (Ham) Radio licensees and build/utilize their resources - a modest example is very unique project - Lions Amateur Radio Club Station done by Lions Club of Bangalore North (Club # 026596 District 324-D6) which has not only procured equipment but have few Hams as Lions Club members, where the HF sets are sent with First Responders to Disaster Site and the same equipment is retrieved back after the calamity otherwise the sets are used in Special Event Stations operating much more unique events such as Operating from Lighthouse, Conference, Wildlife Park, Historical/Religious place etc making our own callsign VU2LCI denoting Lions Clubs International Amateur Radio Club Station internationally active do check http://www.qrz.com/AT6MM (instead of AT6MM add AT8LH, AT8ESP, AT7CD, AT7LEO). The following information of Hunting Lions in the Air Contest - HLITA which is a yearly event and a reason for you to contact local individual or club station who are licenced in Amateur (Ham) Radio. Do visit http://www.arrl.org and/or search for Ham Radio operators (individuals) or their club stations monthly meeting and request them to represent your local Lions Club.
Let us join and make Melvin Jones Birthday celebrations this unique way.
This Ham Radio subject/activity comes under International Understanding & Co-operation, Disaster Management, Youth as well as Lions ALERT Program and it can be included under Leo's and Lioness Programs.
(Via Ajoy, VU2JHM)
Here are the rules :
1. Contest period:
From 21. Dec 2008 to 4. Jan 2009.
During the contest you have to receive BC stations on long- and medium wave.
3. Participation Conditions
Participation is free and independent from a listener club membership. Newcomers can also participate as well as medium wave specialists. Like the last wellenforum contest, participation is via an online form. You can find the form on http://www.contest.wavetalk.org/ . Please follow the registration hints. Every station has to be heard at least for 10 minutes.. Notes on the programme heard have to be logged as detailed as possible to really identify the station (no empty phrases like "music", "news" etc.).
Every bc station log on long wave and medium wave is counting. Logs without a clear identification will count one third of the points that you can get for this station. Points for a log are depending on the CIRAF zone of the station. This is based on the publication "EDXC RADIO Countries" that we will provide.
Station logged from the CIRAF zone of the place of reception 10 points
Station logged from a CIRAF zone bordering the zone were your place is 20 points
Station from the rest 30 points
Your place is in Germany. Your CIRAF zone is 28. All stations from this zone are 10 points worth. Stations from CIRAF zones bordering zone 28 are 20 points worth (bordering zones are 18, 27, 29, 37, 38 and 39). The rest is 30 points worth.
Every participant will receive a participation certificate showing individual score and ranking prompt after the contest has finished.
73, Friedhelm Wittlieb
QTH: Lünen / NRW (near Dortmund)
Grundig Satellit 700 with regenerative loop antenna
member of the addx and medium wave circle uk
"For anyone who wants to know what's going in Cuba today, this is the place to come," said Pedro Roig, director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, which oversees Radio and TV Martí. "We want to enhance our Internet and digital media capacity and make it a priority. Our goal is to reach as many as possible, which is very difficult in Cuba." Other features of the site include a 24-hour news ticker, offering the latest headlines, as well as special feature news stories. According to Roig, Radio and TV Martí hope to further augment its Internet presence, possibly with a presence on social media sites YouTube and Facebook.
The Broadcasting Board of Governors is an independent federal agency, supervising all U.S. government-supported, non-military international broadcasting, whose mission is to promote freedom and democracy and to enhance understanding through multi-media communication of accurate, objective, and balanced news, information, and other programming about America and the world to audiences overseas.
The EDXC ( European DX Council, the umbrella organisation of shortwave clubs, DX-clubs in Europe ) cordially invites you all to the next EDXC Conference, August 28--30, 2009, in Dublin / Ireland. We kindly ask you to make your hotel reservations already NOW !
Please observe: This is a 3 / three / star hotel.
Then you write your family name, your christian name, your arrival date at the hotel, your departure date from the hotel. The hotel needs your credit card number at the time of reservation to be able to confirm your room.
The Irish DX Club, Edward Dunne and the EDXC, Tibor Szilagyi are working on the programme of the Conference. What we know now : There will be interesting lectures about our hobby, sightseeing tour in Dublin by bus with English speaking guide and a visit at the Ye Olde Hurdy--Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio in Howth, Dublin North. The traditional Banquet Dinner will take place at our Conference Hotel on Saturday evening, August 29. Please do allow me to come back to you with more detailed information about the programme, as soon as we know more about it.
THE CONFERENCE FEE YOU WILL PAY DIRECTLY TO ME UPON ARRIVAL.
The Conference Fee: EUR 115,-- per person includes: Use of the Conference Room, relevant papers like Conference Covers, Name-Tags, Lunch on Saturday, Sightseeing Tour in Dublin, visit at the Museum of Vintage Radio. Furthermore the Conference Fee includes the Banquet Dinner. What you consume as drinks during the Banquet Dinner, you will pay extra to the hotel staff. For further information you may contact: Tibor Szilagyi, Sweden. Phone: +46 8 500 264 83.
E -- Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and Edward Dunne, Ireland: E--Mail : email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org
(Tibor Szilagyi, EDXC)
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Dec 12 - The News Services Division of AIR has introduced a daily Chhattisgarhi bulletin from AIR Raipur since Thursday, Dec11. The 5 minutes bulletin is broadcast at 1800 hrs IST (1230 UTC) and is relayed by all the All India Radio stations in Chhattisgarh. There was a long standing demand of the people for a news bulletin in Chhattisgarhi, which incidentally was accorded the status of an official language by the government of the state early this year.
Friday, December 12, 2008
July 31 - 2 Aug, 2009
This is the annual get-together for all radio enthusiasts: DXers, radio experimenters, shortwave listeners, associations, groups, clubs and radio listeners in general; from Mexico and any part of the world, as well as representatives of international and local radio stations.
Details at :
7.270 & 14.270 SSB and 29.600 & 52.525 FM.
SASE for QSL to Major EH Armstrong FM Association, PO Box 1584, Loxahatchee, FL 33470.
More from the website:
Radio's premier inventor, Edwin H. Armstrong (1890 - 1954) was responsible for the Regenerative Circuit (1912), the Superheterodyne Circuit (1918), the Superregenerative Circuit (1922) and the complete FM System (1933). His inventions and developments form the backbone of Radio Communications as we know it. (View a biography of Edwin H. Armstrong) . The purpose of this site is basic and straightforward - to present, for anyone's enjoyment and study, a collection of interesting Armstrong documents and artifacts. Items that, for the most part, have not seen the light of day in decades.This site does not intend to retell the story of Armstrong's life, that has been done by his contemporaries, such as Lawrence Lessing in his 1956 book "Man of High Fidelity: Edwin H. Armstrong", and more recently, Tom Lewis in his 1991 book "Empire of the Air". Rather, this site is like a visit to a museum's back room, where you might browse through a rarely opened filing cabinet, or spot an interesting artifact. Were it not for the efforts of Harry W. Houck, Armstrong's one time assistant, friend and associate to the end, most of the material displayed here would have been lost. (View a biography of Harry W. Houck) It was Harry's intent to establish a museum dedicated to Armstrong, but this was not to be. (View the story of the "Houck Collection", where it originated, where it's been, and how it came to be preserved)
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Erik Bettermann, Director General at Deutsche Welle, said: "This project creates a great opportunity for two of the world's most-established broadcasters to work together. Along with the BBC, Deutsche Welle will be able to offer first-class content on an innovative platform and reintroduce listeners to DRM technology. This new channel will show European audiences the benefits of good cooperation."
Nigel Chapman, Director BBC World Service, said: "I welcome the opportunity to reach the new audiences that the coverage from this new DRM service will bring, free of the interference and in an audio quality only available on FM and other digital services. It is also an opportunity for other broadcasters to embrace the benefits that this new technology can bring."
Ruxandra Obreja, Chair of the DRM Consortium and Controller Business Development, BBC World Service, added: "This exciting new DRM digital radio channel for Europe will give audiences a chance to listen to the best of BBC and DW in clear digital quality. We are looking forward to the response in the region, crucial for this economical and versatile system's future. We hope that the channel content will stimulate the production and marketing of commercial DRM receivers leading to the graduation of long-distance radio broadcasting into the new digital era."
World Service's 24-hour rolling news in English, and BBC Arabic – will be available on the latest Nokia mobile phone models as part of their preloaded Internet Radio application. All three channels will be available for live streaming 24 hours a day, offering high-quality, impartial and editorially independent news and information. Ruxandra Obreja, Controller, BBC World Service Business Development, said: "I believe this is an innovative agreement, getting BBC exposure on one of the latest digital platforms, giving listeners from across the globe access to our distinctive and compelling content in English and Arabic." Karl Kathuria, Head of Digital Delivery, BBC World Service, added: "For delivery over the Internet Radio platform, we are providing an MP3-format stream that can be picked up via Wi-Fi or through a mobile data connection, mirroring our online offer in these languages. "This is the first time we've made our live 24-hour audio streams available specifically for a mobile platform, as part of our commitment to a multi-format strategy." Nokia's Head of Radio Business, Teemu Tarnanen, added: "We are excited to have BBC World Service included in the Nokia Internet Radio service. Now millions of people on the move can stay up-to-date with their favourite BBC World Service channels through their Nokia device." The Nokia Internet Radio application can be downloaded to various Nokia device models for free from nokia.com/internetradio and is also preloaded in selected Nokia S60 3rd edition devices.
Monday, December 08, 2008
KBC is on the air between 10.00 and 15.30 UTC on Christmas Day and on Boxing Day.
The frequency is 9770 kHz shortwave.
KBC Christmas Day Schedule:
10.00 - 12.00 The Mighty KBC Christmas Day with Santa
12.00 - 13.00 KBC & Britain Radio 48 - Roger Davis
13.00 - 14.00 KBC & Free Radio Service Holland - Peter Verbruggen
14.00 - 15.00 The Mighty KBC - Herbie the Fish!
15.00 - 15.30 The Mighty KBC - Eric van Willegen
21.30 - 22.30 Wolfman Jack Show (6055 kHz)
KBC Boxing Day Schedule:
10.00 - 12.00 The Mighty KBC - Gary King celebrating the best of the 80's
12.00 - 13.00 KBC & Britain Radio 48 - Roger Davis
13.00 - 14.00 KBC & Free Radio Service Holland - Peter Verbruggen
14.00 - 15.00 The Mighty KBC - Herbie the Fish!
15.00 - 15.30 The Mighty KBC - Eric van Willegen
21.30 - 22.30 Wolfman Jack Show (6055 kHz)
Sunday, December 07, 2008
These lists will be posted on the the ministry's website shortly:
LIST OF OPERATIONAL CR STATIONS (30 NOV 2008)
Sri Venketswara Oriental College, Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh
Sri Vishnu Engineering College for Women,Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh
Deccan Development Society, Hydrabad, Andhra Pradesh
Indian Institute of Business Management, Patna, Bihar
Vivek High School, Chandigarh
AJK Mass Communication Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi
Jagan Institute of Management Studies, Rohini, New Delhi
Jagannath International Management School, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
University of Delhi, Delhi
Sardar Patel University,Vallab Vidyanagar, Gujarat
Mudra Instt. of Communication, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka
Sri Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain College, Bangalore, Karnataka
DC School of Management & Technology, Kottayam, Kerala
The Society for Development Alternatives, New Delhi at Orchha, Madhya
Vidya Pratisthan's Institute of Information Technology, Baramati, Pune,
Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra
Film & TV Institute of India, Pune, Maharashtra
Sri Manakula Vinayagar Engineering College, Pondicherry
Guru Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana, Punjab
Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Banasthali.Rajasthan
India International Institute of Management, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Eminent T.T. Girls College, Diggi, Malpura, Distt.- Tonk, Rajasthan
Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Kongu Engineering College, Erode , Tamil Nadu
MOP Vaishnav College for Women, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Erode Sengunthar Engg. College, Erode, Tamil Nadu
Holy Cross College, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu
Loyola College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Peace Industrial School, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu
PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Aditanar College of Arts & Science, Virapandianpatnam, Tiruchendur,
Sunbeam English School, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
City Montessori School, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
CMS Degree College, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
P.G.College, Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh
Jadavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal
Radio Free Asia (RFA) announces its new QSL card which promotes world peace. The design is from one of the many holiday cards RFA has used in the past. Besides the dove as the card's center piece, there are eight different renditions of the word 'peace' on the right margin. The eight versions represent each of our broadcast languages: Burmese, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Khmer, Korean, Lao, Tibetan, Uyghur and Vietnamese. The card will be used to confirm all valid reception reports for December 1, 2008 - January 31, 2009. RFA's holiday QSL card promoting world peace. Radio Free Asia is a private, nonprofit corporation that broadcasts news and information to listeners in Asian countries where full, accurate, and timely news reports are unavailable. Created by Congress in 1994 and incorporated in 1996, RFA currently broadcasts in Burmese, Cantonese, Khmer, Korean to North Korea, Lao, Mandarin, the Wu dialect, Vietnamese, Tibetan (Uke, Amdo, and Kham), and Uyghur. RFA strives for accuracy, balance, and fairness in its editorial content. As a 'surrogate' broadcaster, RFA provides news and commentary specific to each of its target countries, acting as the free press these countries lack. RFA broadcasts only in local languages and dialects, and most of its broadcasts comprise news of specific local interest. More information about Radio Free Asia, including current broadcast frequency schedule, is available at www.rfa.org
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 at www.techweb.rfa.org (follow the QSL REPORTS link) not only from DX'ers, but also from its general listening audience. Reception reports are also accepted by emails to email@example.com, and for anyone without Internet access, reception reports can be mailed to:
Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20036
United States of America
Upon request, RFA will also send a copy of the current broadcast schedule and a station sticker.
Friday, December 05, 2008
Here's the link for the interview & photo's of President's visit to RTI :
Thursday, December 04, 2008
members and participants.
1. The Fox Hole will be located anywhere within a radius of 30 km from the starting point.
2. The Fox howl will be a tone on 144.100 Mhz from an omni directional antenna.The duration of the howl will be for 30 seconds on 5 watts followed by 30 seconds on 1 watt.
3. The first Howl will be will be heard at 9.30am and every five minutes thereafter. NO. QSO's on Fox frequency.
4. At 11.00am the Fox will give first clue on 145.500 Mhz.The second clue will be at 11.30a.m.
5. The Fox will declare its location and the venue for the lunch at 12 noon on 144.100 Mhz & 145.500Mhz.
6. The winner should hand over the ID Slip personally to the FOX immedaitely on reaching the Foxhole.
7. Briefing about the event will be on 20th Saturday December 2008 at 5Pm at VU2DX QTH and Registration can be done and kits can be collected.(119,subbayan Nagar,Behind LNS School,Palladam Road) 9842285939
8.Registration Fee will be Rs 150/-per team of three members and Rs 100/-each additional members,
10. Any clarifications: Contact on HF: VU2DX,VU3ITI,VU2PAL
on VU2TCD Reapeater;- VU2PCP,VU2ZUB,VU3PCP.
On VU2CBE Repeater VU2GVG,VU3KEN,VU2AAX,VU3GTP.
On VU2IU Repeater in Bangalore :-VU3ITI
For Information Please Call
K.IBRAHIM VU3IRH ( 98420 63686)
NOTE:- Payment by cash/Cheque/Demand Draft to
K.SYED MOHAMRD IBRAHIM,
130,The Nest Apartments,
Subbayan Nagar,Nalani Seakar Street
(Behind LMS School).
Name of additional members
Payment Details Rs 150/- per team of three members and Rs 100/- each for
Payment to K.Syed Mohamed Ibrahim, VU3IRH before 9a.m. on 21st December 2008
REGISTER early to avoid delay in Flag off the Hunters.
For office use only
Group; FL/FR/YL/IND.......... SERIAL
Date: 14 December 2008
Venue: The Bharat Scouts & Guides Headquarters Hall
Opposite to KIMS Hospital, Adj to Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore.
Time : 1715 Hrs IST
A century-long debate over who invented the radio may have come to an end. Marconi has given Jagadish Chandra Bose due credit for his pioneering contribution in the field of wireless communication. However, this Marconi is not Guglielmo Marconi - the man credited with the invention of the radio - but his grandson Francesco Paresce Marconi, a well-known astrophysicist who has been closely associated with NASA. On a five-day visit to Kolkata, Francesco Marconi kicked off year-long celebrations to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of the eminent Bengali scientist. Indian scientists are of the view that it was actually Bose who invented the radio, while Marconi lifted Bose's concept and was awarded the Nobel Prize. Bose missed out because he never patented his work. Francesco said, "There's no conflict about the fact that Bose made some remarkable discoveries and without his work, Marconi would not have been able to work. We must keep in mind that Bose was a scientist while Marconi
was a technocrat who worked on scientific research to develop a technology."
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Read the full story at :
Monday, December 01, 2008
For more information, call VOA Public Relations at (202) 203-4959, or e-mail
(VOA Press Release)
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Operating stations :
AU0JCB - VU3DJQ (firstname.lastname@example.org)
AU2JCB - VU2DSI (email@example.com)
AU5JCB - MULTI OPERATOR MULTI MODE (VU2SMN on phone, VU2ROE on PSK31)
AU6JCB - VU2LR
AU8JCB - VU2ACK (firstname.lastname@example.org)
AU9JCB - VU2SMS (email@example.com)
(Source : http://au9jcb.angelfire.com with additional inputs from VU3DJQ)
Voice of America, U.S. taxpayer-funded international broadcaster, was off the air with shortwave Hindi radio broadcasts to India during the terrorist attacks in Mumbai. The decision to silence these radio broadcasts was made earlier this year by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, a U.S. Government agency.
Nov. 27: In an effort to reach out to masses through the massive medium of radio, the Central government has granted permission to 107 more community radio stations to begin operations across the country soon. Official sources stated that the expansion of community radio network was in keeping with the government's policy to make communities more aware through such social networks.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Diphu 1584 ( ex 1485)
Srinagar C 1224 (ex 684)
Leh : 102.9
Rajkot : 102.4 (ex 95.8)
Yercaud 103.7 (ex 100.9)
Revised schedule of External Services:
Aligarh: (Some transmitters which were off air at Aligarh is now back on air)
7255: 1315-1415 Dari, 1415-1530 Pushtu, (Afghanistan, Pakistan),
9620: 1230-1500 Sindhi, 1500-1600 Baluchi (Pakistan)
11620: 0100-0430 Urdu
15770: 0400-0430 Persian, 0430-0530 Arabic (W.Asia), 0845-0945
Indonesian, 1115-1215 Tamil, 1215-1245 Telugu (SE Asia)
5990 : 0100-0200 Sindhi
17875 : 0845-0945 Indonesian (ex 15770)
17895 : 1000-1100 English
The updated SW sked is available in frequency order at:
Jose Jacob, VU2JOS
National Institute of Amateur Radio
Raj Bhavan Road, Hyderabad 500082, India
Tel: 91-40-6516 7388 Telefax: 91-40-2331 0287
Cell: 94416 96043
I N V I T A T I O N
Following our November 2nd broadcast a few weeks ago, FRS-Holland will again take to the airwaves over the X-Mas Holiday Season. December 28th FRS-Holland will continue a long time tradition. And that means we invite you- the listener– to participate. Forward your very own personal New Year Greetings to the Free Radio Service Holland and we will make sure it'll be read out during our broadcast. You can dedicate your greetings to friends etc. but you can also make a 'general NY Greeting. It can be written or (preferably!) taped (cassette, CD, MD or MP3 file) and send to our P.O.Box 2702, 6049 ZG Herten in the Netherlands. Of course the easy & quick way is by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. You can add something special to our December 28th broadcast by participating. So….don't hesoitate and take part in the FRS Party that day. It'll be great fun. Make sure your contribution reaches us before December 5th. We are looking forward hearing from you !!! Tune on the 28th...it'll be great fun !!!
December 28th FRSH will be on 6220 for at least 4 hours. In addition we hope to be on a different frequency as well, perhaps not our full programming. Pxs will be presented by Jan van Dijk doing a 2008 Free Radio Review in his German Show. Paul Graham will be doing another classic FRS Golden Show playing great 60s/ 70s stuff as well as a feature on a landbased pirate radio station from years gone by. Peter Verbruggen will look back to what happened in the past on December 28th (Day Calendar) en plays a mix of 80s/90s/00s records in FRS Magazine. He will also host a 45 min. FRS Goes DX edition with the latest news from the wonderful world of wireless . Mike Anderson's DX Welle will feature a mix of DX News and music. During the pxs we will read out November mail and New Year's Greetings. There's a listener's competition and 'the Phrase that Pays'. In addition a 15 minute Joop ter Zee tribute will be aired. Pxs will most likely
commence at 08.00 UTC/ 09.00 CET and last till 12.00 UTC/ 13.00 CET. Frequency is 6220 kHz. As said, part of the shows will be repeated on a different frequency, most likely in the afternoon. That day FRS will also be heard via the Internet, perhaps pxs will be repeated a number of times. We will send more mails December and a few days before the broadcast we hope to reveal the afternoon frequency and time-slot. By now all back mail plus all letters/mail from the November 2008 broadcast (!!) have been handled. That implies the all new QSLs from our TX Series have been forwarded to the FRS listeners who responded. Christmas Day Dec. 25th there might be another surprise when FRS-Holland will be co-operating with two other well-known (and long-serving) short wave stations. Details about programming and frequency will be announced as soon as possible.
73s, Peter V. (on behalf of the FRS staff)
a Balance between Music & Information joint to one Format....
6049 ZG Herten
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Thank You so much indeed, and all the best from lovely wet November in Tirana,
Drita Cico, Mrs.
ARTV- ALBANIAN RADIOTELEVISION
Head of Monitoring Center of Radio Tirana since 21 September 1981
& also HF Manager since 2005
(Via dx_india yg)
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
November 26 2008
Power FM has undergone a revamp and has been relaunched in Kolkata with a new look, a new logo and a new slogan – All Hits, No Bakwaas – keeping in mind today's youth. Power FM, which till now was a functional radio station, now possesses the new gung ho attitude that the young at heart, trendy, opinionated yet sophisticated youth of today associate themselves with.
Read the full story here :
Radio Damascus English program is now also on the internet. After a few weeks of having the daily German language program online it is great to know that from this week on you can also download the daily recording of the English program.
The direct link to the daily recordings is :
Soon there will also be a link on the homepage of Syrian Radio & Television, http://www.rtv.gov.sy , to the international foreign language services of Radio Damascus.
A nice tip : although the recording is in the Windows Media format, you can convert it with a simple converter program to a MP3 file and put it on your Ipod or other MP3 player to take Radio Damascus on the road.
I am using "Switch" for this purpose on a Mac OSX system.
( http://www.nch.com.au/switch/plus.html )
They have a free version and a paid version with some extra's. It is very nice to listen to Radio Damacus, when driving to work, in digital audio quality on my car radio through my connected Iphone (or Ipod).
( Kris Janssen, Belgium)
For Immediate Release
A new 100,000-watt shortwave transmitter built at the HCJB Global Technology Center in Elkhart, Ind., is on the air at the Trans World Radio (TWR) site in Swaziland, broadcasting a message of hope across Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. Through a cooperative effort between the two organizations, the HC100 transmitter began broadcasting about 12 hours a day on Oct. 23, replacing an outdated Continental unit and joining two other HC100s, also from Elkhart. "The results of the broadcasts from this transmitter are that people come to Christ and they are encouraged in their faith," said Ray Alary, TWR's director of operations in Africa. "For those with HIV/AIDS, we can encourage them in what seems a hopeless situation. Through Jesus we all have hope. The primary target areas are eastern and southern Africa, but our transmitters in Swaziland reach locations as far away as Pakistan. We broadcast in approximately 30 languages with our three HC100 transmitters." Alary added that TWR's partnership with HCJB Global "goes back a long way and has taken many different forms over the years . . . it is a model of a well-functioning partnership where each party gains from our ability to work together." The partnership includes having a number of TWR missionaries serving at the Technology Center in Elkhart. Among those is veteran engineer Larry McGuire who lived in Swaziland for 16 years before moving to Elkhart in 1990. He helped build and install all three HC100s at the Swaziland site, spending 2½ weeks in Swaziland in October to put the new transmitter on the air. "The new transmitter is much more efficient and has a clearer, more understandable signal than the one it replaced," McGuire said. "The HC100 is also easier to maintain because it was designed by missionary engineers for that purpose." Alary said that having "three identical transmitters at the same site makes our operation in Swaziland very efficient. In addition, we have purchased more than 20 suitcase transmitters through HCJB." Tom Lowell, chairman of TWR's board of directors, said the new transmitter has many economic advantages. "For example, parts needed to keep the old equipment on the air were expensive. The Continental transmitter uses three large tubes, at $13,000 each, compared to the HC100's single tube. That's an immediate savings of $26,000 on parts alone! The HC100 also operates much more efficiently, saving us $12,000 per year on our electric bill in Swaziland." McGuire added that the installation of the HC100 in Swaziland culminates years of work and planning dating back to about 2000. Construction of this transmitter, the ninth of its type, was completed in 2005. After TWR agreed to purchase the unit, it was modified to, and tested for, Swaziland requirements, then packed and loaded onto a truck in Elkhart on July 31. It then traveled across the Atlantic Ocean by ship, arriving in Durban, South Africa, on Sept. 9. From there it went by train to Matsapha, Swaziland, where it cleared customs "almost immediately," he said. Finally it went by truck to TWR's transmitter site on a ranch 20 miles from Manzini along the White Mbuluzi River, arriving on Sept. 18. "The day it arrived, there 'happened' to be a work crew from a church in Elkhart that had been renovating the building," McGuire continued. "They were way ahead of schedule, so they helped unload the transmitter from the container, got it in position and started putting up the heavy parts and then built the fascia-all before I started working on the installation on Oct. 6. I was very amazed. That's never happened before!" When McGuire said the entire installation process went smoothly. "The cooperation was great-very beneficial for both." David Russell, director of the HCJB Global Technology Center, calls it a "privilege to work closely with engineers of TWR Africa. During just the past year we have cooperated with TWR on projects in Benin, Kenya and Swaziland. We are presently refurbishing a used 50,000-watt AM transmitter that will be used at TWR's Swaziland broadcast facilities. It gives us a great sense of fulfillment to be able to support our fellow kingdom workers at TWR through the provision of technical consulting, equipment, installations and maintenance," Russell added. "By pooling our strengths we are able to be more effective in the Lord's harvest fields."
HEAD OF PROJECT
Based in Khartoum, Sudan
Responsibilities will include:
- In the field, the implementation and coordination of Miraya FM for Fondation Hirondelle.
- Ensuring compliance with the rules of ethics and professionalism that make the reputation of Miraya FM and Fondation Hirondelle.
- Working in coordination with the main leaders of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) who are responsible for Miraya FM.
- Designing and implementing guidelines for the management of human resources, financial and technical resources of the radio.
- Representing Fondation Hirondelle in all settings related to Miraya FM, and participating in meetings and discussions with local authorities, professional associations and donors of the project.
- Many years successful experience as a successful media professional
- Experience as a Project manager and / or manager of development activities in Africa a plus, - Strong interpersonal and communication skills, a certain sense of diplomacy and negotiation
- Experience in organisation and supervision of personnel
- English fluency, Arabic and other Sudanese languages a plus.
Salary range: 9,000 to 10,000 USD a month
Competitive benefits and social package
Starting date in Khartoum: January 2009
Send your application (cover letter, resume/CV, references) by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by mail: Fondation Hirondelle, Avenue du Temple 19C, 1012 Lausanne, Switzerland, before November 31 2008.
Fondation Hirondelle is an organisation of journalists creating independent media in zones of conflict or crisis. http/ / www.hirondelle.org
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Annual Report for Prasar Bharati for the year 2007 can be downloaded using this link :
Indian listeners can write in to :
Radio Taiwan Intl.,
PO Box 4914
New Delhi 110029
Monday, November 24, 2008
(DW Press Release 21.11.2008)
GUWAHATI, Nov 23
At least 100 new FM transmitters with 100-watt capacity are coming up to cover by All India Radio network in various remote localities of the North East, including Sikkim, during the 11th Plan period. In addition to it, 19 more FM transmitters with one-kilowatt capacity are also in the pipeline in the region during the period. The engineer-in-chief of All India Radio, New Delhi, HR Singh stated this, while inaugurating the Fourth Zonal Conference of the engineering heads of AIR stations of the NE region at Guwahati on Saturday. Singh said that a series of recruitment drives and promotional activities would be completed in the current financial year to improve on its existing coverage. He also urged the engineers working in various stations to act in a co-ordinated manner to make the public broadcasting service more meaningful. He also insisted on developing a work culture keeping pace with the changing broadcasting technology. Singh further assured to initiate moves to develop the infrastructure and civil works in the AIR stations of the region at par with the stations of the country. Engineering heads of nearly 40 AIR stations of the region, including Sikkim, participated in the two-day conference. Addressing the conference, the Deputy Director General (NE) Doordarshan, Guwahati, ST Sailo stressed on developing the infrastructure to face the challenges from the mushrooming private electronic media in the region. Sailo also suggested replacement of some old transmitters for quality broadcasting of the radio programme. The function was also addressed by Chief Engineer (Maintenance), PS Bajpai. Bajpai said that there is a proposal to set up a 20-kilowatt digital transmitter for youth programme during the 11th Plan period in Guwahati AIR Station.
(The Assam Tribune,23.11.2008)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
More details here :
(Jose Jacob, National Institute of Amateur Radio, Hyderabad )
CRI kicked off the Travel Quiz "Amazing Southeast Guizhou" at the beginning of September, 2008. And between September 1st and October 31st CRI English Service received more than 10,000 entries. The top prize winners (5 top prize winners in all, and 1 from the CRI English Service portion of the contest) have enjoyed a 5-day free tour in Guizhou. Below, we list the winners for the CRI English Service portion of the contest. Congratulations to all the lucky winners!
Top prize (5-day free tour in Guizhou) 1
Colin Friedman, China
First Prize (Silk scarf) 10
Stephen Hrebenach, USA
A. K. M. Nuruzzaman, Bangladesh
Asghar Shah, Pakistan
Muhammad Yasir Ishfaq Qurashi Hashmi, Pakistan
Miss. Hanan Osman Abdelkader, Egypt
Mustapha O. Hassan, Nigeria
S. Sreejith, India
Mani Sankar Chhatri, INDIA
Greti Yaneva Terzieva, Bulgaria
Shane Lawson, Australian
Second Prize (Decoration Cloth) 20
Mike Peraaho, USA
Andrew Lisowski, USA
Marc Soens, Belgium
Kailas Theodore, Greece
Ralph Jones, United Kingdom
Shamsul Huda, Bangladesh
Tazrian Huda, Bangladesh
Nisar Ahmad Nasir, Pakistan
Khatri Shakeel Ahmed Taj, Pakistan
Miss Tayyaba Noor, Pakistan
Chinenye Scholastica Ozoemena, Nigeria
Syed Khizar Hayat Shah, Pakistan
Muhammad Shahid, Pakistan
Miss. P. Venkataramanamma, India
Subhas Chakraborty, India
Rahmouni Abdellah, Algeria
Mogire Machuk, Kenya
Salisu M.Dawanau, Nigeria
Don Dyson, Australia
Chin Fok Min, Malaysia
Third Prize (Short-sleeved T-shirt) 30
Razia Hosen Iti, Bangladesh
Saira Hosen Mo, Bangladesh
S Abbas Taqi Mehd, Pakistan
Musarat Shaeen, Pakistan
Shakir Raza Bhatti, Pakistan
Abdul Salam Khuhro, Pakistan
Muhammad Shariq, Pakistan
Riaz Ahmad Khan, Pakistan
Shahzaib Habibani, Pakistan
Priyanka Maheshwari, India
Vishnu Indan, India
Ranjeet Singh, India.
.B. Nishanthy, Sri Lanka
Isuru Hapuarachchi, Sri Lanka
Bawa Abdul-Rahman, Ghana.
Amin Najmi, Morocco
Akor Uj, Nigeria.
Shuaib A. Usman, Nigeria
Musa Tijjani, Nigeria
Foo Sin Yee, Malaysia
Mg Thein Soe, Malaysia.
Tim Watson, USA
Peter Mattice, USA
Zenka Dyulgjarova, Bulgaria
Fares Alnsair, Jordan
Fru Glory Zii, Cameroon
Zeki Belkebir, Algeria
Angu S. Wara, France
Mr. Sujan Parajuli, Nepal
The weekly BCDX Net operating on the 40 Meter Amateur Band in South India is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. This Net was started on Sunday November 27, 1988 by a small group of Amateurs viz. ShanmughasundaramVU2FOT, Victor Goonetilleke 4S7VK, Jose Jacob VU2JOS and some SWL's. The whole concept of this Net started when these Hams used to meet regularly on the band and exchanged DX news at various times. This later transformed into a regular Net which benefited many people. This Net is conducted on Sunday mornings for the advantage of those who are keenly interested in Broadcast Band Dxing.The unique thing about this Net is that is helped Hams to become SWL Dxers and SWL's to become Hams! On a typical Sunday morning,the Net control starts the Net by calling in for regular check-ins. After about 10 minutes he gives the latest DX tips that he has gathered and later other stations also takes turn in exchanging their DX information. It has all the ingredients of a live two way DX program and continues for about 30 minutes depending on the traffic. For some time it was known as SWL DX Net. The Net grew up with VU2KAK Anil, VU3SIO Sanil,VU2ISR Harsha, VU3ITI Varadhan, VU3DJQ Raman, VU2NGB Binu,VU2BNP Prahalad, VU3BGK Neel, VU2ICI Mohan etc.joining in. In 1989 a monthly newsletter was published on behalf of the Net by VU2FOT which was unfortunately discontinued after some issues. In May 1991 a BCDX Net Convention was held at Kozhikode which was a big success & attended by over 85 people including Victor Goonetilleke 4S7VK from Sri Lanka. A Ham station with the special call sign VU2F was also operational at the convention venue. A DX contest sponsored by Radio Netherlands was organized on 29 & 30th January 1994 in collaboration with Union of Asian DXERS, Sri Lanka . Special QSL cards were issued by Radio Netherlands for the occasion. In 1995 a special QSL card was also issued to mark the 7th anniversary of the Net by VU2BNP. In 19989 Adventist World Radio Wavescan broadcasted a special program on the occasion of 10th anniversary of the BCDX Net. Articles on BCDX Net has also appeared in "NAIR Ham News" July 1998 issue, "Hamfest India" 1998 souvenir and other DX publications and was also mentioned in various DX programs several times. The BCDX Net has been very regular all these long 20 years, thanks to the dedicated Net Controllers. Now a days it is conducted on sunday mornings at 0830 IST (0300 UTC ) on 7085 kHz USB on 40 meter Amateur Band which covers South India & Sri Lanka. Occasionally it was also conducted on the 20 Meter Band 14150 kHz at 2130 IST ( 1600 UTC). Currently the regular net controller is Sanil Deep VU3SIO and assisted from time to time by VU3BGK & VU2JOS etc. The postal address of BCDX Net is : Box 211, Kozhikode 673001, Kerala , India.
Congratulations to BCDX Net on its important anniversary !
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of BCDX NET, India a special broadcst by Mr.Sanil Deep, VU3SIO was broadcast by Wavescan Program of Adventist World Radio on Sunday 23 Nov 2008 as foll :
1150 UTC (5.20 pm IST) 15260 kHz via KSDA, Guam
1220 UTC (5.50 pm IST) 15495 kHz via Wertachtal, Germany
1520 UTC (8.50 pm IST) 12105 kHz via KSDA, Guam
1550 UTC (9.20 pm IST) 11675 kHz via KSDA, Guam
1620 UTC (9.50 pm IST) 9585 & 11690 kHz via KSDA GUam
1650 UTC (10.20 pm IST) 11980 kHz via KSDA Guam
Plus some more broadcasts. Special QSL cards are available from:
Kozhikode 673003. Kerala
(Please include return postage)
(Thanks to Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute of Amateur Radio, Hyderabad)
Saturday, November 22, 2008
KATHMANDU, Nov 21 - Honouring and awarding artistes, the Radio Kantipur celebrated its 10th anniversary amid a special function in the capital on Friday.
Read the full story here :
Read the full story here :
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
A.I.R. Contest 2009 "Attilio Leoni"
The A.I.R. Contest 2009 "Attilio Leoni", will start at 0000UTC on January 2nd, 2009, and will end at midnight UTC on January 11th, 2009. Participation is open for all radiolisteners, A.I.R. members and non members alike. The Contest is divided into the following parts:
First part: listening to any station broadcasting from Europe-Africa (with its own transmitter or via relay) from 0000 UTC of January 2nd to 2400 UTC of January 5th, 2009 in any language (frequencies between 150 and 26100 kHz - broadcasting bands).
Second part: listening to programmes in any language of the following stations, at any time from January 6h at 0000UTC to January 11th, 2009, at midnight UTC(frequencies between 150 and 26100kHz - broadcasting bands) :
- AUSTRALIA, Radio Australia
- CINA REP.POP., Radio China Int.
- CUBA, Radio Habana
- GIAPPONE, NHK
- GIORDANIA, Radio Jordan
- INDIA, All India Radio
- ISRAELE, Kol Israel
- KUWAIT, Radio Kuwait
- NUOVA ZELANDA, Radio New Zealand
- ARABIA SAUDITA, BSKSA
- TAIWAN, Radio Taiwan Int.
- USA, Voice of America
Each station can be logged only once.The listening report will have a minimum time of 15 minutes.The reports must contain all usefull references (frequency, UTC time, station name, language, the most important details for a good valuation, SINPO code), technical data (receiver, antenna and optionals). The listening list, with your participation fee, must be sent to this address:
AIR Contest Manager
I-10080 INGRIA (TO)
a) Not later than February 21th, 2009 (date of postmark).
b) On the same report the participant must indicate his name and surname, complete address and a short declaration as follow: "I take the responsibility on myself that I have listened to all the stations reported during the time of validity of contest".
c) All details will be very important for a correct estimate of the contest results and for additional controls the Contest Manager could ask your audio-tape. A bonus of 200 points will be awarded to all those who will report the highest number of programme details for each station and not only generic terms such as news, music, comments, etc.
d) The scores will be computed on a base of 101 = points for each station deducting the participants percentage that listened to the same station. Decimal will not be considered. During the contest some monitor stations will listen off.
e) The participation fee are 5 (five) IRC's or 5 ?uro to be sent with your listening list to Contest Manager.
f) Each participant will receive a certificate of participation. Prizes list for the three first participants is the following:
1st prize: a copy of WRTH 2009 offered by AIR
2nd prize: a copy of the book "Guida all'ascolto delle utilità" di
Petrantoni e Vinassa offered by Edzioni C&C
3rd prize: a t-shirt
offerti dalla ditta Edizioni C&C srl (www.edizionicec.it) :
- a copy of the book "RKE Compendium 1"
- annual free subscription to RadioKitElettronica
offered by Associazione Italiana Radioascolto (www.air-radio.it)
- two books for radiolisteners, a clock and three philatelic sheets
For any other information, please write to Contest Manager (see the address)
and enclose one IRC.
A.I.R. CONTEST 2009
100 extra points !
As a participant in the AIR Contest you will be awarded 100 extra points if you listen two DX radio programmes of any broadcasting station. The listening report will have a minimum time of 15 minutes.The reports must contain all usefull references (frequency, UTC time, station name, language, the most important details for a good valuation, SINPO code).