Monday, May 11, 2009

[bangladx] Radio Free Asia begins new QSL card series via Alokesh Gupta

Radio Free Asia (RFA) announces a new QSL series celebrating musical
instruments of Asia. The first card in the series shows a two stringed
The dutar is a traditional musical instrument which is plucked by Uyghurs
and either strummed or plucked by peoples of other nations. The dutar is
considered one of the most common and popular instruments of the
Turkmen people. The dutar pictured on this QSL belongs to one of RFA's
Uyghur broadcasters and continually provides much joy and entertainment.
The dutar is a pear-shaped lute characterized by its long neck and two
strings; some versions have 4-strings. The dutar is primarily found in
Central and South Asia. The dutar's name comes from the Persian word
for "two strings." At the hands of 15th century shepherds, the strings were
made from gut but with the coming of the Silk Road, the strings were then
made from twisted silk. Today, dutars use silk or nylon strings. This card
will be used  to confirm all valid reception reports from May 1 - June 30,

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 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 (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, 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 Upon request, RFA will also send a copy of the current broadcast
schedule and a station sticker.

(Via AJ Janitschek, RFA)

Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi, India

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