Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Shortwave Report 02/13/09 Listen Globally, Radio Heritage Interview HCJB Quito, Ecuador, Kiwi Radio Books ON SALE hard to find books, signed copies!

This week's show features stories from China Radio International, Radio
Netherlands, Radio Havana Cuba, and the Voice of Russia.

From CHINA- Chinese President Hu Jintao is on a "Journey of Friendship
and Cooperation" to Saudi Arabia and four African nations. The Chinese
Vice-President is touring Mexico, Jamaica, Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil.
China is working to combat their worst drought in half a century. Terrible
bush fires have raged through southern Australia while the north is
flooding. UN Secretary-General Ban ki Moon spoke out against protectionism
as a response to the global financial crisis. The US and Iran have expressed
a willingness to improve bilateral relations. The top UN official in
Afghanistan says that the answers to Afghanistan's problems are political
not military.

From NETHERLANDS- Radio Netherlands has eliminated shortwave broadcasts
to North America. The decision is based on their surveys that find very few
listeners in N America. If you ever listen to RN on shortwave, please let
them know- by email to letters@rnw.nl or send them a letter to Radio
Netherlands Worldwide, PO Box 222, 1200JG, Hilversum, The Netherlands.

President Obama has sent an envoy, Richard Holbrooke, to Pakistan and
Afghanistan to develop strategies for decreasing terrorism in the region.
The protection of whales by groups like the Sea Shepherd have resulted in
dangerous confrontations this year- many think that a global approach to
species preservation is becoming more critical in light of climate change.

From CUBA- At the annual World Social Justice Day, the President of the
UN general Assembly praised Fidel Castro and Bolivian President Evo Morales.
Ecuador expelled a US diplomat for interference in internal affairs
including seizing government computers and vehicles.

From RUSSIA- A commentary on protectionism and nationalism in light of
the global financial crisis, a topic covered extensively on international
news this week. Russia is happy that the White House is open to restoring
good relations with the Kremlin.
There is an article about the Shortwave Report by Cassandra Roos on line

I was interviewed for an informative weekly radio show Mediageek, available
at http://radio.mediageek.net
All that plus times and frequencies for listening at home. It's free to
rebroadcast, please notify me if you're airing it and haven't notified me in
the last month, please mention the website if you only air a portion. If you
just want to listen and have a slow connection, try the streaming version-
lower sound quality but good enough and way easier if you don't have a
high-speed internet connection. If streaming is a problem because of your
slow connection, download the smaller file- it takes 20 minutes or less, and
will play swell in any mp3 player application (RealPlayer, Winamp,
Quicktime, iTunes, etc) you have on your computer.
This program will be aired on Friday afternoon at 4:30pm (PDST) on KZYX/Z
Philo CA, you might be able to stream via < http://www.kzyx.org >
There are several other streams that work better- <
http://www.freakradio.org >Freak Radio Santa Cruz now streams this program
on Friday at 9:00am.(PDST)
The Shortwave Report may be downloaded as a podcast from <
> or iTunes (search for "shortwave" in podcasts)
Check out the amazing streams at < http://www.radicalradio.org >
And Radio For Peace International at < http://www.rfpi.org >
I hope you'll listen and air this if you're connected with a radio station.
I am still wondering how to get financially compensated for the 25 hours I
put into this program weekly- any ideas are appreciated. Any stations
rebroadcasting this (or listeners) are welcome to donate for production
costs. You can do so through the website. Many thanks to those that have
donated! No Guilt! (maybe a little)
link for broadcast edition-
< http://www.outfarpress.com/outfarpress/swr_02_13_09.mp3
link for smaller file and streaming-

Radio Heritage Interview HCJB Quito, Ecuador

A major new interview about the work of the Radio Heritage Foundation can be
heard as audio on demand from HCJB for the DX Partyline program of January
30 2009 at www.hcjb.org.

Host Allen Graham in the Quito studios talks with Radio Heritage Foundation
chairman David Ricquish about how the Pacific wide radio heritage
preservation project got started, its progress, and the importance of making
such an effort to protect and preserve the stories of radio.

Since going live on line some 5 years ago, the website www.radioheritage.net
has received millions of visitors, page views and hits from some 125+
countries, and has become a popular free resource for researchers, students,
people in the broadcasting industry, radio listeners and enthusiasts and
increasingly, genealogists.

In the same period, thousands of original items of radio memorabilia have
been saved from damage or loss, hundreds of original articles and photos
placed on line, some 30 major radio heritage documentaries researched and
broadcast over RNZI, and much more.

Amongst the international board members that help give the Radio Heritage
Foundation its unique global perspective on radio heritage issues are well
known broadcasters Dr Adrian Peterson [Adventist World Radio], Jonathan
Marks [previously with Radio Netherlands] and Martin Hadlow [until recently
with UNESCO].

The Radio Heritage Foundation is a registered non-profit organization
connecting radio heritage and popular culture across the Pacific. Visit
www.radioheritage.net to learn more about its current activities and
programs, and to find out how you can get involved.

You can also support the radio heritage programs by donations, materials,
radio memorabilia and ephemera, and your time and goodwill. These are
challenging times financially for all heritage preservation projects, and
your donation will help save our Pacific radio heritage for future

Radio Heritage Foundation, PO Box 14339, Wellington 6241, New Zealand. Visit
us today at www.radioheritage.net, listen to this latest interview on HCJB
www.hcjb.org/media/dx_partyline/dxpl_audio_files.html [January 30 2009], and
listen to our latest documentaries on RNZI at www.rnzi.com audio on demand
Mailbox programs of January 25 and February 8 2009.
Kiwi Radio Books ON SALE Save $$ today, hard to find books, signed copies!

Support our non-profit radio heritage projects today.......... whether you
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Classic story of Kiwi Radio with VOICES IN THE AIR, hot off the press
NEVER A DULL MOMENT with DJ Keith Richardson, SHOESTRING PIRATES the inside
classic history of pirate Radio Hauraki, and AUNT GWEN OF 2YA by Margaret
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This is a fantastic package for the 1st order, as VOICES IN THE AIR comes
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By Keith Richardson, hot off the press, and autographed by this iconic Kiwi
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Now retired, Keith tells the inside story of his life on Kiwi radio in
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We have just 5 autographed copies available today of the famous Radio
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Margaret Willis is the grand-daughter of Aunt Gwen of 2YA, the most famous
radio aunt on Kiwi radio in the 1920's and 30's. Thousands of Kiwis turned
out for her wedding day, which was broadcast live by 2YA with personalities
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growing number of articles about Kiwi radio and its personalities. Main
sponsor: Apex Car Rentals [www.apexrentals.co.nz], New Zealand's largest
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Remember, the first paid order of US$50 gets you two books, a 45rpm
recording and a CD, and we have just 5 copies of the Radio Hauraki book
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The Radio Heritage Foundation is a registered non-profit organization
connecting radio heritage and popular culture across the Pacific. In New
Zealand, we are registered with the Charities Commission [CC25951]. Website:
www.radioheritage.net. However, we welcome your goodwill and support for our
projects preserving radio heritage. Thank you.

Cook Islands Radio and New On the Air

A new Radio Heritage Foundation documentary exploring the history of radio in the Cook Islands can be heard as audio on demand from RNZI for the Mailbox program of February 8 2009 at www.rnzi.com.

This special documentary covers early broadcasting in the 1940's and 50's right through until today, looks at the difficulties involved with providing radio service to 2.2 million square kilometers of the South Pacific from a population base of less than 20,000, and is accompanied by traditional Cook Islands music.

You'll learn about the new outer island radio network, hear a rare station ID from TK3ANA, excerpts from Radio Cook Islands, Matariki FM and Radio Ikurangi KCFM including station IDs, jingles, local adverts and music, and other program highlights.

This is a rare glimpse into what radio on Rarotonga really sounds like, and you'll also enjoy visiting
www.radioheritage.net to read the article 'ZK1ZA Cook Islands' which tells the story of early radio from these islands in the South Pacific.

'Cook Islands Radio' is part of an ongoing series of radio heritage documentaries covering the islands of the Pacific, often featuring exclusive audio recorded locally and drawing heavily on private radio archives to which the Radio Heritage Foundation now increasingly has access.

The Radio Heritage Foundation is a registered non-profit organization connecting radio heritage and popular culture across the Pacific.
www.radioheritage.net to see hundreds of articles, photos and much more, including the popular Pacific Asian Log Radio Guides.

You can support the radio heritage programs of the Radio Heritage Foundation by donations, materials, radio memorabilia and ephemera, and your time and goodwill. These are challenging times financially for all heritage preservation projects, and your donation will help save our Pacific radio heritage for future generations.

Radio Heritage Foundation, PO Box 14339, Wellington 6241, New Zealand. Visit us at
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New On the Air

A new Radio Heritage Foundation documentary looking back at how new radio stations signed on the air in New Zealand since the 1970's can be heard as audio on demand from RNZI for the Mailbox program of January 25 2009 at www.rnzi.com.

Featuring many recordings of announcements and jingles, the program includes Radio Hauraki starting its first legal broadcast on 1480, a promotional program with rare jingles from 1XI Radio i 1590, jingles from Radio Avon 1290, Radio Otago 1210, Radio 1XX 1240, and jingles and announcements from several new FM stations in Hamilton and Whangarei as well as a zany wake up special from long time DJ Muzza Inglis on a long gone Auckland FM station.

The program explores how early private radio in New Zealand promised to serve local communities, and connects these lofty ideals with the new BIG 106.2 FM local FM station that recently began serving Auckland City. It also draws heavily on private radio archives to which the Radio Heritage Foundation now increasingly has access.

Listeners will also enjoy visiting www.radioheritage.net to see the very popular article 'NZ Radio Dial 1978' that features many of the stations in the documentary, with logos, station lists and expert commentary on the Kiwi radio scene that year.

'New On the Air' is part of the ongoing Kiwi Radio Campaign undertaken by the Radio Heritage Foundation that has now rescued thousands of items of radio ephemera from around the country.

The Radio Heritage Foundation is a registered non-profit organization connecting radio heritage and popular culture across the Pacific. Visit  www.radioheritage.net to see hundreds of articles, photos and much more, including the popular Pacific Asian Log Radio Guides and the NZ Low Power FM Radio Guide.

You can support the radio heritage programs of the Radio Heritage Foundation by donations, materials, radio memorabilia and ephemera, and your time and goodwill. These are challenging times financially for all heritage preservation projects, and your donation will help save our radio heritage.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

special broadcast is scheduled by AIR to cover the presenation of the Budget in the Indian Parliament

The following special broadcast is scheduled by AIR to cover the presenation of the Budget in the Indian Parliament.

Feb 16, 2009 0500-0730 approx. on

7410, 11620, 15205, 15040 (All Via Delhi Khampur 250 kW)

The same will be relayed by all stations of AIR.


Jose Jacob, VU2JOS
National Institute of Amateur Radio
Raj Bhavan Road, Hyderabad 500082, India

Thursday, February 12, 2009





      Honouring Ernesto Che Guevara on the 40th anniversary of  this death in Bolivia and his 80th birthday.




What's your opinion about the first stamp dedicated to the heroic guerrilla Commander?


What's the importance of the Cuban postal issues about Ernesto Guevara?


The best 40 answers will be awarded Cuban postal issues on various topics. Besides, all participants will receive Cuban stamps dedicated to Che.


Contest deadline is December 31st, 2009
R Havana website www.radiohc.cu
Swopan Chakroborty
Kolkata, India

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


To: Sarvashri Sharmaji, Vijayji, Uli ji, Wolf ji and Gopalanji;

In these days of unfavourable propagation on most of the RF bands, and fair to good propagation on 3.5 and 7 MHz bands, the amateurs around
the whole world look to work Asian Stations with better signals.
Hence, all spurious emissions from other services, appearing in the amateur band segment 7000-7100 in Region 3 and much broader segment of 7000-7200 in some areas, and 7000-7300 kHz in the North American Area, are CAREFULLY WATCHED and logged. Hence, the reports from Germany.

We, the amateurs, do log many interesting transmissions, spurious emissions like harmonics and inter-modulation products. When the signal persists for a long time, on the amateur segment, then reporting the fact to the concerned authorities etc., starts. Many International Broadcasters like Voice of America, BBC, etc., also have such problems. They are FAST in reading our reports and taking immediate remedial measures, of course, thanking us, for our cooperation.

But, there are other stations, who trash these reports, ignoring the facts, and become noted Duds among the amateurs and short wave Listeners.

Many regional stations of All India Radio, which have simultaneous broadcastings on more than one SW frequency, ARE showing inter-modulation products, causing severe interference to amateur radio operators in the 40 metre band (7000 to 7100 kHz, soon to expand to 7200 kHz). This information has been notified to the concerned All India Radio, but, they still continue to create the inter-modulation products.

First case is from Chennai station of All India Radio. Here, the simulcast on 7160 and 7270 kHz, around 1030 UT, creating an inter-modulation spurious emission on 7050 kHz, with both the audios coming through. (2 x 7160 - 7270 = 7050 kHz)

Second case is from Mumbai station of All India Radio. Here, the simulcast on 4840 and 7195 kHz around 0230 UT creates an inter-modulation spurious emission on 7065 kHz, with both the audios coming through. (3 x 7195 - 3 x 4840 = 7065 kHz)

In another interesting case of my monitoring work at Lucknow, the AIR Domestic service transmission from Tiruchchirapalli on 936 kHz, was producing its 15th harmonic on 14040 kHz, which was the fixed frequency for all "Islands on the Air- IOTA" expeditions. I did suffer this interference, for a long time, under good propagation conditions.

There was a serious case of AIR Thiruvananthapuram, emitting many (almost five frequencies in the 40m amateur band) whenever they started their morning domestic service on 7290 kHz, from 0230 UT. The worst of the spurious emissions was on 7050 kHz where emergency communications for Tsunami etc., were carried out by amateur radio operators from India and Sri Lanka.

After continuous exchanges through telephonic conversations, E-mails, and letters, they have done something (which they are too shy to tell us), and the problem has since subsided and we are not hearing these spurious emissions in 2008 and till now in 2009.

Just out of interest, another case of harmonic emission logged at Lucknow, was from the AIR Najibabad Domestic service on 954 kHz and its 10th harmonic on 9540 kHz inside the 31 metre band, was regularly heard, with heterodyne. As this case was not inside amateur bands, this was not reported to the station, but, many SWLs enjoyed listening to the spurious transmission. [WHY NOT REPORT IT? gh]

From the capital of the country and the HQ, you are in a better position to advise your regional engineering staff, to look into these HARD CORE reports from various corners, about the spurious emissions, and take suitable action in cable layout, etc., at their transmitter sites, to stop such spurious emissions.

Good luck and all the best wishes to you all at A I R., DARC, and ARSI

Yours sincerely, from: B. L. Manohar "Arasu" VU2UR, SWL VU-0016,
VU2PE1D. Monitoring Systems Coordinator for The Amateur Radio Society
of India. MIG-6, 80 Feet Road, Kengeri Upanagara, Bangalore 560060;
Tel 080 2848 2680, Mob 09342667388

DARC MONITORING SYSTEM            Intruder Watch & Spectrum Control
National Coordinator: Ulrich Bihlmayer, DJ9KR, Eichhaldenstrasse 35,
72074 Tübingen, Germany Phone: .+49- 7071 - 81847 Fax: +49-7071- 82419
bandwacht@darc.de [sic]

All India Radio               copy to:-    The Coordinator of IARU-
The Spectrum Manager Mr. Y.K. Sharma       Monitoring System Region 3
Akashvani Bhawan, Sansad Marg              Manohar Arasu VU2UR
Delhi 110001, Republic of India            Bangalore 560060, India

8 February 2009 --- Harmful Interference on Amateur Radio Frequencies
in the 40-m-Amateur Band by All-India-Radio Spurious from 7410 kHz

Dear Sir, The intermodulation product which I had reported 2 November
2007 in Band 7 is again here:

Since the beginning of November 2008 many licensed Amateur Radio operators have been reporting a strong and wideband intermodulation product of All India Radio on the exclusive Amateur Radio frequency drifting between around 7060 and 7070 kHz. The signal strength is up to S 9 + 20 dB, and the signal is about 10 kHz wide. The program is very much distorted with a rocking carrier and difficult to read. It is carrying Hindi (1945-2045 UT) and the General Overseas Service (1745-1945, 2045-2230 UT s/off). I have found the fundamental on 7410 kHz with S 9 + 45 dB and a second spurious signal ("mirror") around 7751 kHz. Also on 7090 kHz there is the same program with S 9 and with clear modulation.

Frequency (kHz)     7060,0 - 7070,0
Mode:               A3E
Date:               November & December 2008, January & February 2009
Zeit (UTC):         1745-2230 sign off
Call Sign of Station announcement: This is the General Overseas
                    Service of All India Radio
QSA:                QSA5 (S9+ 20 dB) with a dipole antenna
Country:            India
More info:          fundamental found on 7410 kHz, another spurious
transmission on 7751 kHz. (7410 kHz + / - 341 kHz)

Will you please contact the engineers of the transmitter site to fix the problem. The licensed Radio Amateurs of the world have the right to use their exclusive frequencies without the harmful interference of All India Radio.

Thank you very much. I should like to read your answer soon on my screen. Regards, (Ulrich Bihlmayer, DJ9KR, Coordinator of DARC-MS Intruder Watch and Spectrum Control, cc to DX LISTENING DIGEST)

(Via DX LISTENING DIGEST 9-013, February 9, 2009)

Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi, India
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

BBC suspends FM broadcasts via Sri Lankan national broadcaster SLBC following "interference"

BBC World Service is suspending its FM programming to the Sri Lankan national broadcaster SLBC from Tuesday 10 February due to deliberate interference of its broadcasts by the Sri Lankan network.
BBC programmes and individual news reports in the English, Sinhala and Tamil languages have been blocked by SLBC and have not been broadcast to listeners in Sri Lanka.
The BBC noted 17 instances of interference to BBC Tamil and eight similar instances to BBC Sinhala broadcasts between 27 November 2008 and early January 2009. Sometimes whole current affairs segments of BBC programming were not broadcast on SLBC. The BBC expressed its concern directly to SLBC Chairman Hudson Samarasinghe in a series of letters and meetings throughout December and early January. The BBC made it clear to SLBC that such interference and blocking meant that BBC programming was being editorially compromised by SLBC's actions and this was contrary to the BBC's contractual agreement with SLBC. Despite the warnings, last week there were several further instances of interference to BBC programming in all three languages being broadcast on SLBC. There have been three instances of interference on BBC Tamil output, one on BBC Sinhala and two instances on the English language programming in the past 10 days. BBC World Service Director Nigel Chapman says: "We are dismayed that the BBC's programmes in the English, Sinhala and Tamil languages have been interrupted on the SLBC network. We are equally disappointed to see that our programmes continue to be interfered with even after our representations. "We have no choice but to suspend broadcasts until such time as SLBC can guarantee our programming is transmitted without interference," he says.
"In order to cover news events in the most comprehensive and balanced way for our audiences, the BBC adheres to specific editorial values that include impartiality, editorial independence and seeking a relevant range of views on any topic. In this way we can meet our audiences' high expectations and maintain our reputation as the world's most trusted international broadcaster."
He said: "The BBC has had a very cordial and effective partnership with the SLBC since 1998 – part of a strong relationship with listeners in that country that goes back to the 1940s. We are keen to keep this relationship going provided that SLBC adheres to the agreements we have with it. But at the heart of these agreements is the guarantee that our programmes in English, Sinhala, and Tamil are broadcast uninterrupted. If this can not be guaranteed we can not continue our relationship.
"We are prepared to have further discussions to resolve this issue and will investigate any specific detailed complaint SLBC may have about BBC output. So far, no specific complaint has been raised."
The BBC's services in all three languages remain in Sri Lanka via short wave; on bbc.com/news, bbcsinhala.com and bbctamil.com via the internet; and news bulletins in English are available via the Sri Lankan commercial broadcaster MBC.

These are the short wave frequencies and timings to hear BBC services in Sri Lanka –
BBC Tamil: 1545-1615 GMT (2115-2145 Local Time); 6135 kHz (49 mb), 7205 kHz (41 mb), 9540 kHz (31 mb)
BBC Sinhala: 1630-1700 GMT (2200-2230 Local Time); 7345 kHz (41 mb), 9615 kHz (31 mb)
BBC World Service in English: Radio frequencies for South Asia. Mainstays of the 24-hour a day coverage (but mainly daytime) are 17790 kHz (16 mb) and 15310 kHz 19 (mb). Evenings: 11915 kHz (25 mb), 9740 kHz (31 mb), 7355 kHz (41 mb), 5975 kHz (49 mb).

(BBC World Service Press Office)

On 7th Feb SLBC inaugurated a new FM channel
Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi


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Bangladesh Betar website has been re-designed

Bangladesh Betar website has been re-designed.
The new look Bangladesh Betar website is available at : www.betar.org.bd
Some new features have been added to website which includes a feedback form & new photo gallery section.
Alokesh Gupta via bangladx
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Community Radio Station at Mangalore College

13:44 IST
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India has signed a Grant of Permission Agreement for establishing, maintaining and operating
a Community Radio Station at St. Aloysius College, Mangalore. The Community Radio Station (CRS) is expected to be operational within three months as per
the agreement. St. Aloysius College's CRS will be the 42nd Station in the country.

St. Aloysius College, Mangalore is a 129-year old Educational Institution.
The College has now taken the initiative to set up the Community Radio Station with the intention of reaching out to its adjoining population to
make development a participatory process. The population residing around the college includes approximately 34.1 per cent rural listeners. More than 54
per cent women will get a chance to listen to the station.

(PIB, Govt of India)

Related link :
St Aloysius college to launch CR in Mangalore

Alokesh Gupta via  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dx_india/
New Delhi, India

Sunday, February 08, 2009

BBC Bangla wrong frequency announcement appears to be incorrigible

BBC Bangla wrong frequency announcement appears to be incorrigible. Today Sunday 8th February 2008 the frequency announcement for the extended Sunday Broadcast 1330 - 1500 was wrong for both the channels. It announced 9435 and 7580 kHz while the program was  being aired on 7550 kHz and 9355 kHz. The latter frequency is  being wrongly announced for the past three months. 7550 kHz which recently replaced 7580 kHz joins the list of incorrect announcements.

I have preserved the audio clip which I shall be putting up shortly.

Supratik Sanatani


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Scandinevian Weekend Radio

I tentatively logged it here in Kolkata on 7th Feb 2008 at 1810-1845
UTC on 5980 kHz. Feeble audio with fast male talk .Some music spots.

Supratik Sanatani
--- In bangladx@yahoo groups "Dr Supratik Sanatani"
<@> wrote:
> Scandinevian Weekend Radio
> I converted the SWR shortwave timings for our monitoring convinience .
> 11720kHz 0800-1400, 1700-1800 2200-2300 UTC
> 11690kHz 2300-0800 , 1400 - 1700 ,1900-2200 UTC
> 6170kHz 2200 - 0600, 1500 -1700 1900-2200 UTC
> 5980kHz 0600- 1500 1700-1900 UTC
> Transmission on First Saturday of every month ,24 hrs from mid night
> UTC local time i.e. 2200 UTC
> On 7th Feb 2008 Indian listeners should try the 25 mb from 0800 UTC
> onwards on till 1900 UTC.
> The 49 mb freq should work late night i.e 1900-2400
> Supratik Sanatani

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Radio Free Asia (RFA) announces its latest QSL card which is the third its
Chinese Lunar New Year series. According to the Chinese astrology calendar,
2009 is the Year of the Ox. People born in ox years are considered kind and
caring, logical, positive, to have a great deal of common sense and with
their feet firmly planted on the ground. They are also considered to be hard
workers in order to provide comfort and security for their families while
also highly intelligent and strong minded. While this year's design is based
on the one using in our 2007 Lunar New Year card, this marks the first
design by RFA's Valerie Johnson who handles the majority of RFA's reception
reports and the sending of RFA's QSL cards. The card will be used to confirm
all valid reception reports from February 1 - April 30, 2009.

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 mentioned on the front of the QSL card, 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 our 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 qsl@rfa.org , and for
anyone without Internet access, reception reports can be mailed to:
Reception Reports
Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW,
Suite 300 Washington DC 20036
United States of America

(AJ Janitschek, Radio Free Asia)
Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi, India

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Saturday, February 07, 2009

BBC changes frequency for evening Bengali & English service

Wed, 28 Jan 2009
In order to avoid interferece the following changes made by the BBC recently

1330-1500 hrs Bengali on 7550(now replaces 7580) - SUN only
1600-1800 hrs WS in Engl on 7355 (now replaces 7270) - daily

(AlokDasgupta via http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bangladx/message/1537 )

Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi, India

Shortwave radio still packs an audible thrill

Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:29pm EST
By Robert MacMillan
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Somewhere on a lonely mountaintop on a starry night, or maybe in an apartment on a bustling city block, someone is channeling the whole world onto a mobile device. It's not a phone; it's a shortwave radio.
A staple form of broadcasting in many parts of the world since the 1920s and 1930s -- shortwave in North America has been mostly a hobby for decades.
Now that the Internet is a fixture in many homes in the United States and Canada, there are few practical reasons to buy a shortwave radio. Thousands of stations that once were available only on the shortwave band are online.
Shortwave also is distinctly old fashioned, cast against the shadow of the annual Consumer Electronics Show, which was held in Las Vegas earlier this month. The mother of gargantuan gadget fests featured shortwave radio makers, but the action these days revolves around digital audio devices.
The contrast is stark: iPods and satellite radios are slim and pocket-sized, while shortwaves are throwbacks, typically as square as a textbook and just as serious looking.
So why bother with shortwave?
It's easy and cheap -- and fun. You can hear and learn things that you would never find even if you work your search engine like a mule. From Swaziland to Paris to Havana, shortwave broadcasters can surprise an adventurous listener more than any MP3 playlist.
"You tune carefully, twist the radio from side to side, and there's still a bit of a 'Hey, I made this happen!' sort of thing," said Harold Cones, retired chairman of the biology and chemistry department at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.
It's also magic. Shortwave radio enthusiasts acknowledge the thrill -- the romance, in a way -- of going out at night and snaring news, music, odd bleeps, religious zealots and other broadcasts from the wild sea of frequencies in the sky.
In aural terms, the Internet wins. Shortwave by nature sounds dirty: Its signals whoosh from clouds of static and are subject to the whims of sunspots and atmospheric disturbances.
But when you hear voices over the noise and squeal, and realize you are hearing Mongolia, live, there is a warmth and a human connection that are hard to find on the Web.
Shortwave also can deliver news faster than you might find it online, and in places where your other devices don't work, said Ian McFarland, a former host and writer at Radio Canada International.
"It's more portable than a computer, especially if you ... don't have a laptop and you don't happen to have a hot spot on your favorite beach," he said. Batteries also keep them going a long time when the power goes out.
On a serious note, shortwave stations often resist many government attempts to jam them.
"Shortwave is unfettered by intermediaries so it's pretty much always there," said Lawrence Magne, publisher of the Passport to World Band Radio (

You can find shortwave radios at a variety of Web retail and auction shops like Amazon, Universal Radio, The Shortwave Store, Grove Enterprises or even National Public Radio.
Bob Grove, at Grove Enterprises in Brasstown, North Carolina, also offers a handy beginner's guide (
You could drop thousands of dollars on a radio, but units such as the Eton E100 (http://tinyurl.com/8x5q9o) generally range from $50 to $250. A perfectly serviceable radio sells for as little as $30, but more expensive models are better at pulling in fainter signals.
Listening is best an hour before and after sunrise and sunset -- and away from urban areas -- because of atmospheric conditions and because many broadcasters in distant lands are gearing up their broadcasts.
Try searching for distant shortwave signals, identify the station, write to them and get a "QSL Card," the broadcaster's acknowledgment that you made contact.
For die hards, listening to shortwave can make hours go by in a dream. For others, its an acquired taste -- Bob Grove said his wife is "partially tolerant."
"I've had radio equipment in my car in the past, and I have learned not to turn it all on when we were going on a date somewhere."
(To find a partial English-language list of what's on shortwave, try RadioShack (
http://tinyurl.com/6texnw) or C.Crane (http://tinyurl.com/yjfcrq)).

(Reporting by Robert MacMillan; editing by Richard Chang)


Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi, India via http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bangladx/message/1528

Radio still rules :: Bhutan & Media

14 January, 2009 - What was used five years ago for information is in use today for entertainment. This was one of the most significant changes in media trends, according to the draft media impact study (MIS) 2008, conducted by the centre for media and democracy.

The most visible influences of media are in the language, dress, behaviour, thinking and culture. The study found that Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS) radio had the widest influence (33.8 percent), followed by BBS TV (29.5 percent) and Indian TV (22.3 percent). The study had 1191 respondents.
Though most felt that media promoted Dzongkha after the election debates, the study also states that, "a significant development is the emergence of Dzonglish (a mixture of English and Dzongkha), particularly among the youth."
The visual media's influence on dress, appearance, concept of beauty and behaviour (imitation of TV actors) are other impacts of the media. "The concept of beauty, with traditional notion of beauty being related to health and strength, is being replaced by the hour glass figure," says the study.
Newspapers influenced decision makers, while Bhutanese broadcast media had the greatest influence on mass thinking. In terms of culture, Hindi music was replaced by rigsar and youth are taken in by the fast talking radio jockeys.
One significant social change was that, today, Bhutanese have adjusted their lives around TV viewing for, in 2003, 64.5 percent said that TV viewing affected the time they have for work, while today it's only 16.3 percent.
While media now are critical players in the political process of an emerging democracy, overall, it found that there is a lack of content for children.
In terms of news preference, BBS radio tops as the main source for news. 49.4 percent respondents choose BBS radio, followed by BBS TV (37.6 percent) and Kuensel with 27.5 percent.
Kuzoo FM is the main source of entertainment for 35.8 percent, followed by international TV, 21.7 percent and BBS TV 7.7 percent.
Among other findings, the study states that, with foreign radio jockey (RJ) culture, the private radio's popularity has grown among youth and the rate of international radio listeners has dropped from 33.7 percent in 2003 to nine percent in 2008.
After the launch of satellite TV in 2006, BBS overtook international channels, with its viewership increasing from 30 percent to 54 percent. The past five years also saw a drastic increase in the use of mobile phones, with more than 250,000 users, compared to 28,000 fixed line users.
Yet, while the digital media became more popular, with eight percent of the respondents having access to Internet, 41.2 percent going to cinema, 44.8 percent watching TV for entertainment and 45.8 percent for news, the study found that newspapers were the least popular.
Among the respondents, 34.6 percent read Kuensel, 21.7 percent Bhutan Times and 20.9 percent Bhutan Observer. Though Dzongkha was the most popular language for TV and radio, for newspapers, it was English.
In terms of news coverage on developmental topics, good governance and culture were seen to be better covered than socio-economic and environmental issues. On content, however, people generally thought that youth were portrayed negatively, along with gender stereotypes, and the media was becoming more tabloidish, political and the nation's critic. They also saw a need to balance rural-urban stories and wanted more coverage on laws (marriage, citizenship, policies, NOC).
BBS TV and radio enjoy more credibility than private radios and international TV. 29.5 percent believed in BBS TV as compared to 7.5 percent in international TV. In case of press, Bhutanese newspapers were more believable than the international papers.
14.1 percent said Kuensel was a more credible source of news, while 6.5 percent said Bhutan Observer and 6.2 percent said Bhutan Times.
But the competition in the media has made people question accuracy, thus affecting the media's credibility, says the study. "Many note new sensationalism and degradation in content."
Five districts representing the east (Trashigang), west (Thimphu), south (Sarpang, Chukha) and central (Bumthang) regions were covered during the survey. The survey sample includes 600 rural and 600 urban households.

Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi via http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bangladx/message/1527 

February 6 - Catch a wave ~ Shortwave Radio Logs from WDX6AA

>> CHILE CVC La Voz 11970 0103 Spanish 433 Feb 1 OM
>> with comments about Pres Obama. MacKenzie-CA.
>> CHINA CPBS 11960 0110 Chinese 333 Feb 1 YL with
>> cpmments. MacKenzie-CA.
>> CHINA China Radio Intl-CRI 11650 0120 English 333
>> Feb 1 OM with ongoing comments. MacKenzie-CA.
>> CHINA China Radio Ontl-CRI Chinese 433 Feb 1 YL with
>> comments. An Echo on this frequency. MacKenzie-CA.
>> COSTA RICA Radio Exterior Espana Relay-REE 9630 0137
>> Spanish 333 Feb 1 YL and OM with comments.
>> MacKenzie-CA.
>> ECUADOR HCJB Global 11625 0123 Spanish 433 Feb 1
>> OM with comments.
>> MacKenzie-CA.
>> NORTH, Korea Voice of Korea 11735 0116 English 433
>> Feb 1 OM with
>> VOK ID 0116. Then a YL with comments. //13760[333] and
>> 15180[232]. Mackenzie-CA.
>> RWANDA Voice of Germany Relay-DW 9775 0135 German
>> 444 Feb 1 OM with comments. MacKenzie-CA.
>> Another two days with a heavy rainfalls all day long and into the evening
>> hours.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

DW Bengali Listeners meet in Kolkata

Deutsche Welle Bengali service listeners meet is scheduled on 17.02.2009 (TENTATIVELY) at Maxmuller Bhavan, Kolkata. Mr. Graham Lucas, head of Deutsche Welle South Asia section & Ms. Debarati Guha will represent DW.

Interested listeners may contact Deutsche Welle or Ms. Debarati Guha who is now in Kolkata.

Swopan Chakroborty
Kolkata, India

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

[shortwaves] Catch a wave ~ Shortwave Radio Logs from WDX6AA

>> AUSTRIA Radio Austria Intl 6155 0616 German 333 Jan
26 Two OMs with comments. MacKenzie-CA.
>> CANADA China Radio Intl-CRI 6115 0618 English 444
>> Jan 26 World's largest cheese made in China for Year of
>> the OX!! CRI Weather Report 0620.
>> MacKenzie-CA.
>> CANADA North Korea KBS Relay-VOK 6045 0625 Spanish
>> 444 Jan 26 Two YLs with comments and some vocal myusic by
>> an OM using a guitar. YL vocal music 0628. ID by a YL as
>> Radio Canada and off the air 0629. MacKenzie-CA.
>> CHINA Xizang PBS 7385 1938 Chinese 444 Jan 26 OM
>> with comments.
>> MacKenzie-CA.
>> INDIA All India Radio-AIR 9425 1952 Hindi 333 Jan
>> 26 YL wsith music vocals. MacKenzie-CA.
>> MARIANAS, North Radio Free Asia-RFA 9355 1948 Chinese
>> 433 Jan 26 OM with comments. No music jammer heard.
>> //9455[433]Saipan. MacKenzie-CA.
>> SAO TOMA VOA Relay 6080 0622 English 333 Jan 26
>> Day Break Africa program. ID by an OM. MacKenzie-CA.
>> UNKNOWN Country Unknown Station 7135 1920 Japanese
>> 444 Jan 26 YL and OM with comments. MacKenzie-CA.
>> Stewart MacKenzie, WDX6AA
>> Huntington Beach, California, USA
>> "World Friendship Through Shortwave Radio Where
>> Culture and Language Come Alive"

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Calling all Medium Wave listeners, DXers & enthusiasts

For 55 years the Medium Wave Circle has served Medium Wave listeners, DXers & enthusiasts and now we want to make you the best ever membership offer.
Right now is the season for receiving long distance Medium Wave broadcast and utility signals. And we are in the sunspot minimum which is making long distance MW reception better than it has been for many, many years.

So there is no better time than now to put on your listening ears and turn the dials. And of course join the premier club for radio enthusiasts interested in the medium waves, the Medium Wave Circle.

As a member, you will receive Medium Wave News regularly and you will have use of the MWC e-news service. You will also be entitled to discounts each year on the World Radio TV Handbook and Passport to Worldband Radio and you can be among the first to receive these prestigious books.

In fact things are even better since right now the Circle has a special membership offer that will save you money . Save up to 33%!

UK membership rates have been FROZEN for the 16th year in a row! European membership rates have been REDUCED by around 20%!
To find out more about the Medium Wave Circle please visit http://www.mwcircle.org where you can find out more about the club and the
benefits of membership.

To see a recent copy of Medium Wave News just click here:

Come join the Circle and make the most of your hobby

Steve Whitt
Editor Medium Wave News

P.S. If you are already a member you can extend your membership at the
special new rates saving money

P.P.S. Europe includes the EU, Scandinavia, all of Eastern Europe, Russia,
Ukraine, Baltic countries, and Turkey.

(Steve Whitt via mwdx list)

Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi, India .

BDXC Guides have been updated, download using the links

BDXC Guides have been updated, download using the links below :

Africa on Shortwave, by Country - Updated January 2009.

Indian Sub-Continent on the Tropical Bands, by Frequency - Updated January

Middle & Near East on Shortwave, by Country - Updated January 2009.

New Delhi

RTI Minhsiung Streaming Video

Ian Baxter via shortwavesites.....


Hi folks,

For a brief look at the historical, but current RTI Minhsiung TXer
site & more about Radio Taiwan International please go to the
following webpage:

Unfortunately the entire video is in Mandarin (and my limited Mandarin
isn't enough for translation), but it should be of interest to our
group members. Perhaps some of our Mandarin speaking members can
translate some of the some interesting & relevant parts of the video.




EDXC Conference 2009 in Ireland

Dear DX-Friends,
Shortwave Listeners all over the World !
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 !

Venue of the Conference : Grand Canal Hotel, Grand Canal Street,
Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland.

Phone : + 353 1 646 1000 .
Fax: + 353 1 646 1001.

E-Mail: reservations@....

Home-page: www.grandcanalhotel.com

Please observe: This is a 3 / three / star hotel. Prices: Single-room EUR
115,- / room and night, Double-room EUR 115,-/room and night.
If sharing the Double-room you only pay EUR 57,50 per person.
This hotel accepts the following credit cards: VISA, MASTER CARD,


First you write: The special password for this reservation:

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.
(Tibor Szilagyi) 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: tiszi2035@...
and Edward Dunne, Ireland: E-Mail : edunne@...


Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi, India

BANGLADESH: ABC radio formally goes on air tomorrow

New radio station expands coverage to entire country
The Daily Star
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
ABC Radio, a private commercial radio, is set to start its journey formally
tomorrow on FM (Frequency Module) 89.2, says a press release.
Apart from programmes, ABC Radio has been broadcasting latest news in every
hour through test transmission from August last year.
Over four crore listeners are now under ABC radio coverage. Though the
coverage is now limited in Dhaka and its adjacent districts, it will soon
extend its coverage to entire country.
Around 250 newsmen are working for the radio across the country. Besides, it
has representatives in important places including India, Pakistan, US, UK
and Japan.
Date Posted: 1/6/2009


Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi, India

Vatican Radio changes morning frequency

Tue, 06 Jan 2009

Due to unavoidable circumstances Vatican Radio ceases its broadcast from
Russia at 0200-0320 hrs on 12070 kHz to South Asia in Hindi,Tamil,
Malayalam, English and moved on to 9545 kHz from Santa Maria station at the
same time.

Source: Alokesh Gupta

Veteran broadcaster Ameen Sayani gets Padma Shri

January 26th, 2009 - 1:55 am ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Jan 26 (IANS) Veteran broadcaster Ameen Sayani, who has
mesmerised old and young alike for decades with his golden voice, has been
conferred with the Padma Shri in recognition of his contribution in the
field of broadcasting.One of the most popular announcers of All India Radio
(AIR), Sayani, 77, became a household name with his signature "behno aur
bhaiyo" catchphrase in musical programmes like "Geetmala".
Sayani has immensely contributed in the development of commercial
broadcasting in India.
According to the Limca Book Of Records 2005, he has presented over 54,000
radio programmes and around 19,000 commercial spots and jingles, making
waves in the radio world of India, Sri Lanka, the US, Canada, Britain, UAE
and New Zealand.
His legendary countdown began on Radio Ceylon and continued over AIR's
Vividh Bharati for almost 46 years.
He has also produced and presented film personality interviews, plays and
skits, musical features, quiz shows, career guidance and AIDS awareness
programmes, feature film promotional trailers, etc.
Sayani was also a part of various movies like "Bhoot Bangla", "Teen Devian",
"Boxer", "Qatl". He appeared in these movies in the role of an announcer.