Thursday, April 30, 2009

New Domestic Broadcasting Survey

edited by DSWCI Chairman, Anker Petersen.
ISSN 1399-8218

The 52 years old DSWCI which counts experienced DX-ers in 33 countries all over the world as members, has just issued the 11th Edition of its annual Domestic Broadcasting Survey. This survey is divided into four parts:

Part 1: The 36th edition of the Tropical Bands Survey covering all ACTIVE broadcasting stations on 2300 - 5700 kHz.
Part 2: Domestic stations on international shortwave bands above 5700 kHz broadcasting to a domestic audience.
Part 3: All ACTIVE Clandestine shortwave stations are now listed in one frequency order with schedules and identifications.
Part 4: Deleted frequencies between 2 and 30 MHz which have not been reported heard during the past five years, but may reappear.

This new Survey is based upon many official sources and DX-bulletins. A09 schedules are included when available. In order to make the DBS reliable, our own monitors around the world have checked throughout the period May 2008 - April 2009, if each of the 1000 station frequencies is on the air. ACTIVE stations are marked with an A ("Regular"), B ("Irregular") or C ("Sporadic") in the list. D means "Likely inactive". A unique feature is the right column called "Last log". It shows the last month and year before DBS deadline on April 27, 2008 when the particular station was reported logged by a DX-er somewhere in the world. This is another way of indicating the current audibility of the station. To avoid inactive stations in this DBS, most frequencies which have not been heard during the past year, have been deleted and are moved to Part 4. Other useful features for easy identification (ID) are the parallel frequencies and reference to Station ID slogans. Reviews can be found on All buyers of DBS-11 will get a username and password to the monthly updates on the tropical bands published as "Tropical Bands Monitor" on our website. The similar data from 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 are available at to anybody. The 35 pages A-4 size DBS-11 is available by e-mail as pdf-format (about 452 KB). A limited number is also available printed on paper. It is sold by the DSWCI treasurer:

c/o Bent Nielsen, Egekrogen 14, DK 3500 Vaerloese, DENMARK

E-Mail edition: DKK 40,00 or USD 8.00 or EUR 5,00 or GBP 5,00 or SEK 60,00 or IRC 5.
Printed edition: DKK 80,00 or USD 16.00 or EUR 10,00 or GBP 10,00 or SEK 120,00 or IRC 9.
Payment by cash notes are accepted whereas checks and postal money orders are not accepted.
DSWCI Bank is Danske Bank, 2-12 Holmens Kanal, DK-1092 Copenhagen K.
BIC/SWIFT : DABADKKK. IBAN: DK 44 3000 4001 528459.
Danish buyers please use: Reg. 3001- konto 4001528459.
If you have EURO as national currency, you are advised to pay to our representative in Germany, Andreas Schmid. If you want to pay via PAYPAL, please unconditionally contact Andreas Schmid for information.
Andreas Schmid, Lerchenweg 4, D-97717 Euerdorf, Germany.
Account 2912472076 at Citibank BLZ: 30020900. BIC: CIPRDEDD. IBAN: DE24300209002912472076 .

Best 73's,
Anker Petersen and Bent Nielsen

Buy WRTH 2009 online (for Indian listeners & radio enthusiasts)

While searching for WRTH came across this online bookstore based in Bangalore selling WRTH 2009 at an attractive price with free shipping all over India !

Here's the link :

AIR Kolkata again on wrong frequency 7200 kHz

AIR Kolkata noted today 30 Apr 09 from 0230 UTC on 7200 kHZ instead of 7210 kHz . On 17th Apr 09 also they were noted on 7200. The sked on this frequency is 0230-0401v UTC (Sat,Sun 0501 UTC ), 0700-1000 UTC (Sun 1030 UTC)

Jose Jacob, VU2JOS
Camp: Cuttack, Orissa

(Via dx_india Yg)

IRIN radio freelancers in Somalia win UN prizes

NAIROBI, 29 April 2009 (IRIN) - Four out of five UN prizes for humanitarian reporting in Somalia have gone to IRIN's radio correspondents based in Mogadishu and three other cities.

Read the full story here :

WorldSpace Eyes Web Based Services In India

By Preethi J , April 29, 2009
It appears that struggling satellite radio firm Worldspace Inc is eying the web based music streaming in India: the companys application to launch its online radio services in India has been deferred by the India's Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). Worldspace has an On Demand radio portal, and perhaps plans to launch something similar to this widget.
Read the full story here :

VOA Kurdish Service 17th Anniversary

This month marks the 17th anniversary of the founding of the Kurdish Service of the Voice of America. Each day, VOA broadcasts to Kurdish-speakers in Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria, and other parts of the Middle East and the Caucasus. The service broadcasts in 2 major Kurdish dialects – Kurmanji and Sorani.

Read the editorial here :

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

AIR Alappuzha to have FM, DRM stations

Sajimon P S
First Published : 28 Apr 2009 01:02:00 AM IST
ALAPPUZHA: The Union Government is planning to set up the first Digital Radio Broadcasting Station, Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM), in the state and an FM radio station at Pathirapally near here. Both these stations here are expected to start soon. If they materialise, it will be the second Digital Radio Broadcasting Station in India and the first FM station here respectively. The project has already been included in the XI Five-Year Plan. At present, the All India Radio here is the highest power transmitting station in the state with a capacity of 200 kw. However, now the station relays the programmes from Thiruvananthapuram and New Delhi stations only.
P R Shaji Assistant Station Engineer, AIR, Alappuzha told Express that it was three years ago that they had submitted a proposal for setting up an FM station here. "After submitting the proposal, we have approached all the top officials of the AIR many a time and they have given us a positive reply,'' he said. "A Detailed Project Report(DPR) will be prepared soon by AIR's Planning and Development Cell, New Delhi, for setting up the stations here. The DRM system has near FM sound quality plus ease-of-use that comes from digital transmissions. The listeners, who have a digital receiver can enjoy the service," said the officials concerned. "At present, Alappuzha has no FM stations as its own either in private sector or in government sector. So an FM station especially in government sector will have a good scope here and it will also increase the income of the AIR. The people can also listen to the programmes of the FM station through their mobile phones. However, at present the people are unable to enjoy the programmes of Alappuzha station through their cellphones as it broadcasts the programmes in MW," Shaji said.
Both the new stations will be set up in the land of the present Transmitting Radio Station, which has around 33 acres of land of its own. The FM station will have 10 kw power and a coverage of 50 km at the primary level. At present the Alappuzha station does not possess either a studio or a production wing. The AIR has started its first digital broadcasting station in New Delhi in 2008 as a pilot project and it is a very successful one. It was in 1971 that the AIR Transmitting station was commissioned in Alappuzha with a capacity of 100 kw power. In 1999, the capacity was increased to 200 kw.

Radio Netherlands ties up with Incablenet to expand reach in India Team
(27 April 2009 11:20 pm)
MUMBAI: Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW) has joined hands with the Hinduja Group's cable network Incablenet to expand its reach in India. The deal will allow around two million Indian listeners, as claimed by Incablenet, to listen to the English programmes of RNW.

Read the full story here :

Monday, April 27, 2009

Communists in Tibet Replace Satellite Receivers

Read the complete story here :

Community Radio Station in Nepal halts service

Kantipur Report
PARBAT, April 25 - Community Radio Parbat, the only radio station in Prabat district, has halted its service after a group of people identifying themselves as Maoist cadres vandalised the station on Thursday. Following the incident, a man identifying himself as a Maoist leader had threatened to bomb the station over telephone. Meanwhile, the Maoist party in Parbat said that those involved in the incident were not their cadres.

40 BBC journalists to explore India in 18 days

New Delhi (PTI) Coalition politics, the rural-urban divide and 'vibrant' economy are some of the "fascinating" issues that a team of BBC journalists from across the world will explore in India during an 18-day long tour. A team of 40 journalists will visit Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Patna, Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Allahabad and Hyderabad and "investigate the stories and interview personalities" during the period and report to the world in 12 languages across 14 BBC services.

Read the full story here :

Google goes morse !

Was surprised to see Google homepage in morse code, however came to know that Google is honouring Samuel Morse who invented the Morse key and today is his birthday. Samuel Finley Breese Morse (April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872) was an American painter of portraits and historic scenes, and the creator of a single wire telegraph system.

More details about Samuel Morse at :

Rwanda Suspends BBC Radio Service

Published: April 25, 2009
KIGALI, Rwanda - The Rwandan government on Saturday suspended the British Broadcasting Corporation's local-language radio service in the country saying it threatened the country's national reconciliation.

Read the NYT story here :

Radio on Upswing

Though the FM Radio content is thoroughly controlled by the government its popularity is increasing by the day, today in India FM radio stations are only allowed to play music and other entertainment programs, no news and general reporting items are allowed. But all this is likely to change; the government is contemplating to bring about a change in the law to allow news reporting also through FM channels. Media analysts insist that it is a matter of time before this becomes a law and then radio will have a further appeal to a vast majority of India, its popularity is likely to go further up. The Lok Satta party had used radio extensively for its election campaigning. Even IPL is being heavily promoted through radio.

New UKQRM e-petition

Dear radio users

I am pleased to report that the new UKQRM e-petition is now ready to sign!

This one builds on the last one that, as you all know, we actually had a very encouraging response to! The UK Government has told us that PLT must comply with the EMC regulations 2006. If it does not then it should not be in use. As most of us now accept the current blight of PLT devices such as the Comtrend power line adaptor, do not and could never comply. So much so that the pro PLT lobby wants special treatment and relaxation of the laws and regulations. Imagine what other manufactures would say if the PLT businesses were granted this? It would be open season right across the spectrum. If you enjoy listening to shortwave radio, if you are a amateur or professional user of that spectrum then we/it need your support! Please sign this petition as soon as you can and make sure to tell others about it. This one runs for just six months. We need at least the number of signatures we had last time, that's over 3500!! This issues effects everyone who uses HF. To our knowledge PLT uses 2-34Mhz all the time. If you are a amateur operator then don't think that the so called notches will protect you! There is clear evidence of a much raised noise floor in proximity to a power line adaptors. Not only this, but its easy to see that if PLT with its poor and limited notching is allowed its head then others will soon start using the notched bands for their broadcasts. All amateurs check shortwave broadcasts from time to time. Sign the petition and if you have a case of PLT interference that is preventing your radio from working as intended then you should report the mater to Ofcom and please pass the resulting case number to UKQRM.

PLT (power line transmission)
PLA (power line adaptor)

Your hobby needs you, please don't let it down.

Regards to all
UKQRM founder member.

Friday, April 24, 2009

DRM made its presence felt at NAB Las Vegas

Have a look at the pictures here :

NAB presentation

FEBA Bengali changes evening frequency

Due to strong chinese co-channel interference FEBA Radio via Tashkent is now using 7395 kHz replacing 7370 kHz at 1500-1530 hrs UTC in Bengali.

Alok Dasgupta
Kolkata, India


The jazz program host introduced America's musicians to listeners behind the Iron Curtain and around the world Washington, D.C., April 23, 2009 - "Willis Conover Day" is April 25 under a congressional proclamation that honors the legendary Voice of America (VOA) jazz program host who introduced America's musicians to listeners behind the Iron Curtain and around the world. Conover will be honored during the "Big Band Jam" on the National Mall. The congressional resolution, sponsored by Rep. John B. Larson, D-Conn., recognizes VOA and Conover for their "joint contribution toward spreading the language of jazz and American cultural diplomacy around the world over a span of more than 35 years." Born in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1920, Conover joined the VOA in 1955, hosting the first in a series of jazz programs that ultimately claimed millions of listeners round the world."At the height of his career, [Conover] was producing 17 shows per week, including Music USA, Jazz; Music USA, Standards; Music with Friends, and Willis Conover's House of Sounds. These programs included interviews with popular artists including Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and many, many more," said John Stevenson, chief of VOA English. "Every emotion - love, anger, joy, sadness - can be communicated with the vitality and spirit that characterize jazz," Conover once said. He died in 1996. "People used to say that Willis Conover single-handedly felled the Iron Curtain," said Harry Schnipper, major organizer of the "Big Band Jam." The jam helps educate students about America's jazz heritage and brings jazz bands to Washington, D.C.
(VOA Press Release)

BBC Afrique celebrates official launch of new FM relay in Bangui

BBC Afrique is celebrating the launch of BBC 90.2 FM in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, with special programming, events and training courses for local broadcasters. On Friday 24 April 2009, a special day of programmes and features, dedicated to the Central African Republic, will be broadcast from Bangui. The morning and evening flagship news and current affairs programmes, BBC Matin (06.00 GMT) and BBC Soir (18.00 GMT), will be broadcast live from Bangui as will a special edition of the debate programme, L'Afrique En Direct. Plus, Le Star Club, a youth-oriented music programme, will be presented from Bangui, with audiences invited to a live performance with local musicians. The BBC is also running a five-day training course for radio journalists in the Central African Republic. Trainees will join the BBC production team working on the Central African Republic Day on BBC Afrique on 24 April. Simon Kendall, BBC World Service Head Of Business Development, Africa and Middle East, says: "The new BBC FM service in Bangui is an exciting and important development for BBC Afrique and improves our service to audiences who will now be able to listen in crystal clear FM quality." The Head of BBC Afrique, Razvan Scortea, adds: "The new FM in Bangui helps us get closer to audiences in the region, and we are looking forward to producing special BBC output dedicated to the Central African Republic. Our mission is to go beyond headlines and present a rounded picture of what life is actually like in this vibrant but little known country." Cyriaque Gonda, the Central African Republic Minister of State in charge of Communication, says: "A country can only open up truly to the world - for the sake of peace, stability and sustainable development for its people - through a news organisation with an undisputed reputation. The BBC is one such organisation which gives the Central African Republic access to a global multi-lingual platform with an extensive network." BBC Afrique broadcasts about eight hours a day. Its three main news and current affairs programmes, BBC Matin (06.00-07.30 GMT), BBC Midi (12.00-12.30 GMT) and BBC Soir (18.00-18.30 GMT), focus on news in French-speaking Africa and across the continent and the world. Millions across Francophone Africa tune in to its programmes on FM, shortwave and online, via the website, The programmes are produced in the BBC's studios in London and in the bureaux in Abidjan, Bujumbura, Kigali and Kinshasa. In addition to its daily programmes, BBC Afrique takes a look at news and current affairs in its weekly feature programmes: L'Interview, Africana, Britannia, L'Autre Actualite, Sport Weekend and Afrique Hebdo. Interactivity makes up a big part of the BBC Afrique output as audiences are
invited to share their views by SMS messages sent to programmes and via the Forum pages on On the weekly programmes, Le Club BBC and Star Club, listeners can exchange
views, find friends or dedicate songs to friends and family. The monthly programme, L'Afrique En Direct, encourages listeners to take part in debates with specially-invited guests.

(BBC World Service Publicity)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

BBC Russian site relaunched

HD Radio on a Shoestring

One in a series of stories about how the successes and challenges experienced by HD Radio stations.
by James Careless, 04.15.2009

Read the article here :

BBC must lead DAB network expansion, says John Myers

by Emma Barnett, 16-Apr-09, 16:00
LONDON - The BBC must take a lead role in extending the reach of digital radio around the UK, a key report feeding into Lord Carter's Digital Britain work by former GMG Radio chief executive John Myers has concluded. As revealed by Media Week this week, Myers' report concludes that "the BBC must take a lead role in underwriting that investment required to build out the DAB networks".

Easter Radio Competition Winner

Many thanks to all those who entered our recent Easter 2009 radio competition 'Fresh Pacific Wind'.

The question was:

What is the callsign of the radio station operated by the Fiji Broadcasting Company in 1935.

The answer: ZJV

The winner of the Fresh Pacific Wind [Radio Hauraki] CD was Dene Lynneberg of Wellington, New Zealand. Congratulations!

Entries came from Argentina, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Netherlands, China, Sweden, USA, Italy, Russia, Spain, Denmark, Australia, Canada, South Africa, India, France, Venezuela, Nauru, UK, Pakistan, Jordan, and Germany.......and 100% of the entries were correct!

Well done everyone, and thanks for taking the time to enter. Our new competition will be announced very soon...and is the second in our series this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of statehood for Hawaii, USA. The prize will be a collectable retro 1970's style KPOI-AM T-shirt.
This Honolulu radio station was #1 for a long time, and was even heard as far away as Europe. So, be watching for the new competition announcement. Again, it will be open worldwide. In the meantime, enjoy the entertaining and informative content at, where we connect popular culture and radio heritage across the Pacific. The Radio Heritage Foundation is a
registered non-profit organization and virtual volunteers are always welcome.

DRM transmission to Mexico City from TDF Montsinery on 23 and 24 April 2009.

Please be informed that, after NAB LV, TDF will perform DRM transmission to Mexico City from Montsinery on 23 and 24 April 2009 using the following parameters:

Transmitter = 150 kW RMS
Antenna = AHR 4/4
Azimuth = 292°

a- Freq = *17545 kHz * 13.59-15.58 TU
b- Freq = *21620 kHz * 15.59-20.58 TU
c- Freq = *17545 kHz * 20.59-22.58 TU
d- Freq = *15525 kHz * 22.59-00.50 TU

DRM parameters:
mode B
*MSC=64 QAM*
B=10 kHz
débit # 17,4 kbits/s
codage audio = AAC+SBR
Modulation = RFI
Label = < TDF Montsinery >
text = "DRM transmission by TDF, French Guiana, to Mexico City;
F=17545 kHz in 1400-1600 ; F=21620 kHz in 1600-2100 ; F=17545 kHz in
2100-2300 ; F=15525 kHz in 2300-0050 UTC"

A slide show will be added.

*Days **= Thu. 23-04-09 + Fri. 24-04-09*

Wishing you good listening,


FEBC Saipan also on 11580 0800-0900UT

Beginning tonight 4/21/09, FEBC Saipan will add a DRM test transmission at 0800-0900UT on 11580 with a beam heading of 294 degrees towards China. There is a minor lobe towards Japan from the antenna, and much of East Asia may have a signal. This is expected to continue through the end of April. Reports from anyplace would be welcome.

John Stanley, visiting engineer, FEBC, Siapan.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

CVC DRM broadcast to NAB, Las Vegas

CVC La Voz will be broadcasting to Las Vegas from Santiago, Chile for the NAB event.
20th - 23rd April 2009
15:00 - 18:00 Local Time
(22:00 - 01:00 UTC)
Frequency: 17640 kHz
Language: Spanish

We would of course appreciate any reception reports.


Happy Station April 23, 1500UTC

Hi Everyone,

Just to let you know the HS for April 23, 2009 at 0100UTC will not be broadcast because of a special Earth Day program from 2300 to 0200UTC. Happy Station this week will only have one edition at 1500UTC. On May 6th the 0100UTC transmission will be back.

Coming up on this weeks show:
Listeners Corner with messages from the Egypt, US and UK.
An album signed and given to a listener in the early 60s by Eddie Startz.
Thomas Witherspoon a Happy Station listener since the late 80s and early 90s who will talk about an organization he is director of call Ears To Our World which provides SW radios to teachers and schools in Africa. And music from...... Well tune in to find out.

Air date: April 23, 2009
Time: 1500UTC
Frequency: 9955 khz, 31 meters

And remember I'm giving away 2 shortwave radios from Sangean the ATS909 and ATS606a, but to enter the lucky draw you must send in your reception report.

Keith Perron

DRM makes its presence felt at NAB, 2009

Las Vegas, April 21st 2009: The DRM Consortium and its members have organised several activities to display the best of DRM technology and equipment at National Association of Broadcasting Exhibition in Las Vegas this year. From new DRM radios to first commercial equipment for DRM+, the visitors will find an exciting and entertaining DRM offer at NAB.

DRM panel discussion on 21st April 2009 at 3 pm

The DRM Consortium will hold an exclusive, high-level panel discussion at NAB on the subject "DRM is here - wide coverage, low costs, digital quality". The discussion will include presentations about DRM benefits, features, receivers, transmitters and systems specifications and will be followed by a Q&A session. The panellists are Ruxandra Obreja (DRM Chair and Controller Business Development, BBC World Service) Michel Penneroux (Head of AM Broadcasting, TDF, France), Dan Dickey (President, Continental Electronics Corp.), Alexander Zink (Broadcast Applications, Fraunhofer IIS), Lindsay Cornell (Principal Systems Architect, BBC), Darko Cvjetko (General Manager, RIZ Transmitters Co), Christian Hörlle, (Project Manager Digital Radio, Transradio SenderSysteme Berlin AG). After the discussion, a drinks reception has been organised for the participants, DRM Consortium's top experts and other leading players in the international radio market. The discussion and drinks will take place at the Continental Electronics booth N7007 (located at the main entrance to North Hall 3) from 3 pm to 6pm on Tuesday, 21st April.

DRM hour every day at NAB

DRM officials will be present at the Continental booth N7007 EVERYDAY at 3.30 pm from Monday to Thursday (April 20th-23rd 2009) to share information and discuss DRM roll-out plans. DRM receivers will also be on display including the latest DRM receiver called 'Di- Wave 100', developed by Uniwave Development SAS. This is the first DRM receiver with colour screen that will be in mass production by summer 2009. The receiver has all the multimedia features offered by DRM technology including identification by station name, programme information, Journaline, MOT Slideshow and listening time shift. The radio can receive DRM broadcasts in SW, MW and LW as well as analogue FM and can store 768 stations in its memory. The receiver also has a USB/SD card-reader and mp3/mp4 play-back.

First commercial grade DRM+ transmission system demonstrated at NAB

Three prominent manufacturers will present the world's first commercial grade DRM+ live transmission system at NAB. Fraunhofer's DRM+ ContentServerT, RFmondial's DRM+ Modulator and Nautel's DRM+ Exciter are combined to produce a live signal at Nautel's booth N7016. The demonstration includes a real-time encoded audio program with surround option, DRM text messages, textual information service Journaline®, and full DRM+ signaling.

Other DRM exhibitors at NAB include:

DIGIDIA will showcase its DRM/DRM+ Chorus family with its Alto DRM/DRM+ Content Server, its Soprano DRM/DRM+ Exciter with its DRMCore OEM version and its Opus 26MHz 250W Transmitter on the French Pavilion in North hall booth N1737.

TRANSRADIO Sender Systeme Berlin AG will bring the new DRM DMOD3 complete system with all necessary features for DRM broadcasting in the AM bands. The DRM DMOD3 offers highly automated configuration procedures, maximum reliability, low power consumption, low operating temperature and a compact and ergonomic design. The system will be on display on booth N9112.

About DRM and DRM+
Digital Radio MondialeTM (DRM) is the digital broadcasting system for the broadcasting bands below 30MHz (long, medium and short wave). DRM has near-FM sound quality plus the ease-of-use that comes from digital transmissions, combined with long range and low power consumption. DRM+ uses the same audio coding, data services, multiplexing and signaling schemes as the established part of the DRM standard for short, medium and long wave up to 30 MHz, but operates in higher frequencies between 30 and 174 MHz (including the broadcasting bands Band I and Band II). The DRM Consortium has completed the technical development of DRM+. The technology enhancement to the DRM system specification is currently in the ETSI standardization process.
For more information and DRM updates please visit

(DRM Consortium Press Release)

RTI speech contest

"Having Fun in Taipei"
2009 Mandarin and Taiwanese Speech Contest for Non-native Speakers Sign up before April 30th!

Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is the most familiar Taiwanese city for people living in other countries. In order to encourage foreigners to learn Taiwanese and Mandarin Chinese, Radio Taiwan International (RTI) and the Taipei City Department of Information and Tourism are hosting a speech contest for foreigners. As long as you have lived in Taiwan for less than six years, you are eligible to enter. The contest offers an opportunity to not only learn more about Taiwan, but also to speak about how you have fun in Taipei and demonstrate your language skills. All contestants will be treated to afternoon tea at the Grand Hotel, and we will be present the first-place winner with a prize of NT$30,000 and a free night's stay at the Grand Hotel.

RTI Chairwoman Alice Kao has a hint for contestants: In order to encourage participants to learn as much as possible, those using both Taiwanese and Mandarin in their speeches will get bonus points! In addition to the top three contestants who will receive cash prizes from $10,000 to $30,000NT, there will also be one $6,000 prize awarded for each of the following: the most amusing, the most confident, and the most stylish contestants! You must sign up for this contest before April 30th. Our goal is to provide speaking opportunities for 50 contestants, so apply soon if you would like to participate. The competition rules and an application form can be found at

For more information, call 02-2885-6168 extension 722 or 723.

Contest Dates and Times
Preliminary Round: May 17th, 2009 (SUN) 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Venue: Evergreen Room, the Grand Hotel (No. 1, Chung Shan North Rd., Sec 4, Taipei)
Final Round: May. 24th, 2009 (SUN) 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Venue: Warner Village Plaza

(Source : Radio Taiwan International)

The EMR Internet Service

Due to the financial crisis in the UK the EMR Internet Service will only be online every :

3rd Saturday - Sunday and Monday of the month as from tonight the 21st of
April 2009.

European Music Radio is very sorry to lose our 24 hour service, but
hopefully this service

will return very soon!
73s Tom

Monday, April 20, 2009

Nepali FMs blare Indian polls

JANAKPUR, April 19 - One can be completely bewildered listening to local FM stations' advertisements lately in which the radios have been belting out election slogans in Maithili dialect urging locals to wisely exercise the franchise.

Read the full story here :

Underground radion station busted in Taiwan

Interesting photo of illegal radio station recently shut down in Taiwan

Pentagon Jams Web, Radio Links of Taliban

Read the WSJ story here :

Gyan Vani changes

During my recent visit to Panaji I observed that the local Gyan Vani station was operating on 107.8 MHz and not on 105.6 MHz. Other Gyan Vani changes as per their web site is:
Kanpur 105.6 (ex 104.0)
Shillong 103.6 (ex 105.4)
AIR Vividh Bharati Panaji on 1539 Khz is to change to 828 kHz in about 4 months according to informaion recieved from the officials there. his is due to co channel interference from VOA in Urdu etc.

(Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute of Amateur Radio, Hyderabad, India)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Bangladesh Betar MW outlets noted with extended broadcast

Last (17th April) night Bangladesh Betar MW stations were noted with extended broadcasts due to cyclone "Bijli" that hit coasts of Bangladesh. Following MW outlets were noted all night with bengali songs & special weather bulletin every half an hour.
558 kHz - Khulna
630 kHz - Dhaka A
693 kHz - Dhaka B
873 kHz - Chittagong

As per on air announcements MW outlets at Barisal (1287 kHz) & Cox's Bazar (1314 kHz) were also on air with extended broadcasts but not heard at my location.

Special DRM transmissions from TDF Montsinery to NAB Las Vegas.

TDF Montsinery will transmit a special DRM programme to NAB Las Vegas using the following parameters:

*Montsinery (French Guiana) G3 **Transmitter
*P = 150 kW
Freq = *17545 kHz*
antenna = Toucan 1
azimuth = 308°
config = 4/4
Programme = RFI
DRM mode B
B=10 kHz
bit rate # 14,5 kbits/s
audio encoding = AAC

*Time schedule = *20.59-00.50 UTC (13h59-17h50 Las Vegas local time)

*Associated datas = *
label = < TDF Montsinery >
Text Message =
"DRM transmission by TDF, French Guiana, to NAB - Las Vegas - USA;
F=17545 kHz"

*Days of transmissions* =
Saturday 18-04-09 + Sunday 19-04 + Monday 20-04 + Tuesday 21-04 + Wednesday 22-04-09

DRM transmissions have no priority in case of breakdown of an other transmitter which could be backuped by G3 transmitter.

*Remark:* On 23 and 24 April, DRM transmissions to Mexico will be performed using different parameters to be specified.

Wishing you happy listening in Las Vegas and other parts of the United States!

Jacques Gruson F6AJW

(Via drmna yg)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Radio: Is there a future?

Written by John Miller
April 17, 2009
It was a frigid night in January 1903 when a faint signal skipped across the ionosphere from Wellfleet, Massachusetts to the shores of England. Marconi’s “spark-gap” transmitter sent a message. On the other side of the Atlantic, England’s King Edward VII received that 54-word message from President Theodore Roosevelt, and history was made. A couple weeks ago, President Barack Obama presented the Queen of England with…an iPod. An absurd comparison of two unrelated events? ........
Read the full story here :

EMR 33rd Birthday programme

Time 0900 to 1000 UTC
Date 19th of April 2009
Channel 6140 khz

0900 to 0920 Tom Taylor
0920 to 1000 Mike Taylor (mail box programme)

Good listening
73s Tom

Thursday, April 16, 2009

AT9RS Grandi Island, Goa Dxpedition photo's

The uninhabited Grandi Island, Goa, India (AS-177) was activated for the very first time for IOTA (Islands on the Air) in CW & SSB on 5th to 8th April 2009 by German DX Foundation (GDXF), National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR). The World Light House on the Air (WLOTA) number for Grandi Island is : WLOTA 1641
The following operators partcipated :
Frank, DL4KQ (VU3FRK)
Sara, VU3RSB
Yamini, VU2YAM
Jose, VU2JOS
Roni, VU2ROE
Here's the link for the pictures of AT9RS Grandi Island, Goa dxpedition :

(Via Ronald via Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, NIAR, Hyderabad)

Voice of Russia 80th Anniversary Listener's Poll

October 29, 2009, will mark 80 years since the first regular broadcast from Moscow directed to audiences abroad went on the air. To mark the anniversary we are conducting a listeners' poll and invite you to answer the following questions:

1. Please tell us of your first experience of listening to Radio Moscow (Voice of Russia)? Were you just browsing the airwaves or did you tune in to our station deliberately?

2. Have the Voice of Russia (formerly Radio Moscow) broadcasts changed over the years and, if so, how?

3. Why did you first write to Radio Moscow (Voice of Russia)?

4. What Voice of Russia features do you like most and why?

5. What do you think we should do to improve the quality of our programming?

Name___________________________ Age: ___ Occupation ____________

E-mail_____________________ Phone_____________________

Please send your answers to:
Voice of Russia, 25, Pyatnitskaya St., 115326, Moscow, Russia
or e-mail us at world @
Voice e-mail messages will be much appreciated

Thank you for cooperation

India Plans New DAB, Sat Radio Services

Recent moves by India's government to provision spectrum for both terrestrial DAB and satellite radio services suggest a strong commitment toward diversification and expansion of digital media there.

Read the full story here :

Continental Hosts DRM Panel at NAB

Las Vegas - On April 21 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Continental Electronics booth (N7007) at the NAB Show, executives from several companies will discuss the benefits, features, receivers and transmitters of the Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) system. The panelists include Ruxandra Obreja (BBC and DRM chair), Michel Penneroux (TDF), Jochen Huber(Transradio), Alexander Zink (Fraunhofer), Lindsay Cornell (BBC), Darko Cvjetko (Riz) and Dan Dickey (Continental Electronics). A Q&A session will be held after the presentations. Continental will also hold in-booth DRM briefings daily at 3:30 p.m.
(Source : Radio Magazine)

Link to the article :

'Commercial-Grade' DRM+ System Will Be Demonstrated

Read the story here :

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I&B Ministry grants 3 years to World Space for new licensing

Wednesday - Apr 15, 2009 Correspondent Mumbai
Popular satellite radio service provider World Space India has sought five-year time to migrate into the new licensing regime once it is finalised. World Space, in a official communiqué to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, said that the company would divest 26 per cent equity in favour of Indian equity investors, within a five-year time frame.

Fiji Military Shuts Down Foreign FM Relays

The current media crisis in Fiji deepened earlier today [April 15] when Radio Fiji technicians accompanied by armed soldiers shut down the two local FM relay transmitters of Radio Australia. The local relays [Nadi on the western side of Viti Levu island and Suva on the eastern side] both broadcast on 92.6 FM and carried 24/7 broadcasts from Radio Australia in Melbourne. The main international airport is located at Nadi, and the relay also served tourists in the popular resort areas nearby. Suva is the capital. The closure of the Radio Australia FM relays currently leaves just the BBC and Radio France International FM relays as independent news sources for residents and visitors alike apart from shortwave broadcasts. Military personnel are stationed in newsrooms of local radio stations, many of which are operated by the state broadcaster Radio Fiji. News bulletins are censored under an emergency decree issued over Easter weekend, and no negative items about the new interim government or its activities are permitted. Radio Australia and Radio New Zealand International continue to serve Fiji with shortwave broadcasts. It's not yet clear if popular RNZI news programs such as 'Dateline Pacific' will still be carried on local AM and FM stations without local censorship in Fiji. According to the Radio Heritage Foundation, Radio Fiji operates six separate radio channels, the main private competitor another five channels, and a variety of other local FM stations operate mainly from studios in Suva. The closure of the Radio Australia local FM relays in Fiji is a set back for the broadcaster, which has been expanding its Asian and Pacific FM network. It recently claimed high levels of local listenership to these relays. According to RNZI, internet cafe owners in Fiji are also reported to be closed down as their operations are investigated by government officials. A number of blog sites carrying negative comments about the interim government have received widespread publicity in recent days. Currently, people in Fiji can still listen to foreign news broadcasts via shortwave or from some of the more powerful local AM stations in Australia and New Zealand that can be heard at night. Relays of Radio Australia and RNZI news from Radio Tonga [1017 AM] and 2AP Samoa [540 AM] may also be heard at night in some parts of Fiji. The Indian language Radio Tarana station in Auckland [NZ] broadcasting in Hindi at 1386 AM is often well received at night throughout Fiji. Internet streaming of Radio Australia broadcasts can be received in Fiji as well, so long as the local ISP operations remain open. The Fiji military is reported to be considering shutting down non-government internet access. Fiji TV has already had to curtail news bulletins after initially defying the military, and the situation regarding relays of satellite delivered TV news channels channels via local rebroadcasters remains unclear. Individuals with satellite dishes are probably still able to use them, at least for now. The situation regarding amateur radio operations is also unclear. There are no reports of clandestine radio broadcasts attempting to circumvent the military crackdown on media news coverage. This report draws on coverage from Radio Australia, RNZI and independent sources.

Source : The Radio Heritage Foundation

World Amateur Radio Day- IIH Activities



1. Wednesday - 15th April 2009 : Talk on "Role of Hams during Disasters" - by SATHYAPAL, VU2FI for Rotary Club - West Venue: Vijayanagar Club at 1900 Hrs.

2. Saturday - 18th April 2009 : ASOC Exam - 28 SWL'S will be appearing..

IIH, Ham Radio Station, Sree Kanteerava Outdoor Stadium, Bangalore.
Time: 1000 Hrs. Mr Saravanan, OIC, Monitoring Station, Bangalore will conduct the exam.

3. Saturday - 18th April 2009: Lecture and Demonstration on Ham Radio, IIH - Ham Radio Station for General Public Time: 1800 Hrs.

4. Sunday - 19th April 2009: Get together Eyeball QSO of Hams and SWLs at IIH, Ham Radio Station, Sree Kanteerava Outdoor Stadium, Bangalore. Time : 1000 Hrs

Sathyapal, VU2FI

DRM tests from FEBC Saipan

Starting on 4/15/09 FEBC, Saipan hopes to be testing DRM on 11650 KHz at 0900 to 1000 UT. Beaming 341 degrees, (Japan, Korea, Russia, and Northern Europe) Daylight absorption will limit signals west of middle Russia, but any reports from anywhere are welcome. This is early evening Japan time. Thanks for any and all reports, via this forum and to kfbseng @ febc. org. We have permission to test for three weeks. Signals may not be on every night, but we hope to be on at least 10 or more nights. Later tests to be announced towards China.

John Stanley, Visiting Engineer, FEBC, Saipan

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Voice of Russia DRM Transmission to India

V.O.Russia has started foll DRM transmissions to India :
UTC Days Freq Beam Target Power Lang Site
1200-1300 Daily 9445 234 India 15 Russian Irkutsk-Odinsk
1300-1400 Daily 9445 234 India 15 Hindi Irkutsk-Odinsk
1400-1500 Daily 9445 234 India 15 English Irkutsk-Odinsk
1500-1600 Daily 9445 234 India 15 Hindi Irkutsk-Odinsk
45 mins of log for VOR Eng at 1410-1455 UTC

Screenshot of VOR, English at 1452 UTC

AWR drops Wavescan, Asia/Pacific office will be relocated to Indonesia

Salauddin Dolar from Rajshahi, Bangladesh quotes a message from Rhoen Catolico, Editor of Wavescan, DX Progam of Adventist World Radio according to which AWR Asia/Pacific office will be relocated to Batam, Indonesia coming June 2009. From then on, the DX Program & listeners
relations department will be discontinued.

Salauddin requests all SWL's to request AWR authority not to discontinue Wavescan. Pls send your e-mail to

IWAR celebrates World Amateur Radio Day

"Indian Wave of Amateur Radio" club at Kolkata will celebrate World Amateur Radio Day which falls on 18th April on 19th April (Sunday) as following :

Date : 19th April, 2009 (Sunday)
Time : 1330-1600 hours IST
Venue : Bally Girls High School,Bally, Howrah, Kolkata

For further details please contact :

Indian Wave of Amateur Radio
Flat 501, 60, New G.T.Road,
Uttarpara, Hooghly,
Kolkata 712258
VU2TKC : + 91 98311 93390

Happy Station Show - April 16th

Just to remind you that April 16th at 0100UTC and 1500UTC my guest on Happy Station will be Frank Ifield.

Frequency: 9955 khz, 31 Meters
Date: April 16th, 2009

Keith Perron

Seoul radio stations broadcast news to North Korea

By John M. Glionna
April 12, 2009
Reporting from Seoul -- They were just a jumble of conversations overhead on a train. But for South Korean radio station founder Young Howard, they represented breaking news from a hostile, inaccessible land. When North Korea recently defied international calls for restraint and launched a rocket, purportedly to put a satellite in orbit, it wasn't long before a covert correspondent there was on her cellphone to editors in Seoul.

Full report & pics at :,0,7879443.story

Summer A-09 schedule of TDP stations

BELGIUM(non) Summer A-09 of TDP stations:

Moj Them Radio in Hmong:
0100-0130 on 15260 TAI 100 kW / 250 deg to SEAs Mon/Wed/Fri

Haiv Hmoob Radio in Hmong:
0100-0130 on 15260 TAI 100 kW / 250 deg to SEAs Tue

Hmong World Christian Radio in Hmong:
0100-0130 on 15260 TAI 100 kW / 250 deg to SEAs Sat

Hmong Lao Radio in Hmong:
0100-0200 on 15260 TAI 100 kW / 250 deg to SEAs Thu/Sun

Denge Mezopotamya in Kurdish:
0400-1400 on 11530 SMF 300 kW / 129 deg to WeAs
1400-1800 on 11530 SMF 500 kW / 129 deg to WeAs
1800-2000 on 7540 SMF 300 kW / 129 deg to WeAs

Aso Radio in Hausa:
0530-0600 on 9680 ARM 250 kW / 188 deg to WCAf Mon-Fri
1600-1630 on 15215 ARM 250 kW / 188 deg to WCAf Mon-Fri

TDP Radio in DRM:
0800-0900 on 6015 ISS 035 kW / 060 deg to WeEu Mon
0900-1000 on 6015 ISS 035 kW / 060 deg to WeEu Tue
1000-1100 on 6015 ISS 035 kW / 060 deg to WeEu Wed
1100-1200 on 6015 ISS 035 kW / 060 deg to WeEu Thu
1200-1300 on 6015 ISS 035 kW / 060 deg to WeEu Fri
1300-1400 on 6015 ISS 035 kW / 060 deg to WeEu Sat
1400-1500 on 6015 ISS 035 kW / 060 deg to WeEu Sun
1500-1600 on 6015 ISS 035 kW / 060 deg to WeEu Daily
0000-0100 on 9790 SAC 070 kW / 227 deg to NoAm Daily

Que Huong Radio in Vietnamese:
1200-1300 on 15680 DB 100 kW / 117 deg to SEAs Wed-Fri

Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church/Holy Synod Radio in Amharic:
1600-1700 on 15340 SAM 250 kW / 188 deg to EaAf Mon

Addis Dimts Radio in Amharic:
1600-1700 on 15195 SAM 250 kW / 188 deg to EaAf Sun

Radio Xoriyo Ogadenia in Somali:
1700-1730 on 15350 SAM 250 kW / 188 deg to EaAf Mon/Fri
1700-1730 on 17870 SAM 250 kW / 188 deg to EaAf Mon/Fri

Ginbot 7 Radio in Amharic
1700-1730 on 15350 SAM 250 kW / 188 deg to EaAf Tue/Thu/Sat
1700-1730 on 17870 SAM 250 kW / 188 deg to EaAf Tue/Thu/Sat

Radio Bilal in Amharic
1700-1800 on 15350 SAM 250 kW / 188 deg to EaAf Sun

Radio Asena in Tigrinya
1730-1800 on 15350 SAM 250 kW / 188 deg to EaAf Mon/Wed/Fri

Voice of Meselna-Delina in Tigrinya:
1730-1800 on 15350 SAM 250 kW / 188 deg to EaAf Tue/Thu/Sat

(DX Mix News # 568 Via Iva Ivanov)

TRT Radio Engineers Visit Nautel

Nautel recently won a multimillion dollar contract for 133 FM transmitters that will be deployed by Turkish Radio-Television Corp.

Full report & picture at :

Radio Veritas - windows to the world

April 13, 2009, 6:32pm
After 40 years of having been in the service of the country, mention of Radio Veritas today still conjures of a restrictive communication facility through which official statements of the Catholic church are issued. That may be true but Radio Veritas is not just a communication outlet of the country's Catholic church: It is the only continental short wave radio station of the Catholic church that opens its windows to the world. To be sure, Radio Veritas has a long history that started in 1969 when its first regular overseas broadcast began.

Read the full story here :

Monday, April 13, 2009

Chennai Ham Meet

Chennai Ham Meet on 12th April 2009

Brief report by Jaishaktivel :

Photo's by Jaishaktivel :

Satellite radio policy opens playing field

Gaurav Choudhury and Anupama Airy, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, April 12, 2009
The floodgates are set to open for satellite radio services in the country with the government finalising a fresh set of policy guidelines. With satellite services, you can catch subscription-based broadcasts on everything from sports and weather to niche music channels, even on a cross-country drive, aided by compatible receiver sets.Ten-year licences will be offered through a bidding process on a revenue-share basis, with commercial advertisements banned to protect local FM broadcasters.Religious organizations and political parties will be barred from setting up the channels. Private news channels are not allowed, but talk and current affairs are. News broadcasts or audio feeds of state-run All India Radio and Doordarshan will be allowed.

Read the full story here :

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter 2009: Fresh Pacific Wind Competition

Easter 2009: Fresh Pacific Wind Competition
Win a CD from the Radio Heritage Foundation

Just released in the UK, Australia and New Zealand is the new pirate radio movie 'The Boat That Rocked', a comedy about the British pirate radio scene in the early 1960's. It's coming your way soon too. It's produced by New Zealander Tim Bevan, who was just 8 years old when Radio Hauraki burst onto the Kiwi airwaves in 1966....and to celebrate the movie and it's Kiwi connection, we've got a copy of the original CD 'A Fresh Pacific Wind - Radio Hauraki 1966-1970' as the prize in our Easter 2009 competition!

To enter this new competition simply answer this question:

What was the callsign of the Fiji Broadcasting Company station that began broadcasting in 1935?

You'll find the answer at on the global website of the Radio Heritage Foundation:

Email your answer to with "Fresh Pacific Wind" in the subject line and to reach us no later than midnight Sunday, April 19 2009. The competition is open worldwide, the judges decision is final, no correspondence will be entered into and by entering the competition
you agree to us entering your email address onto our mailing list.

Special CD Offer

As a special offer to thank you for your ongoing support, and to make sure you get your own copy of this fantastic CD, during the competition period only, you can make a donation of NZ$40 [in NZ] or US$35 [worldwide] using your creditcard at the Paypal donation button at and we'll airmail your CD as a thank you!

Usually, the CD costs NZ$49.95 or US$39.95 but we'd like to make our own Easter gift to you with this special offer. Your donation must be received by midnight, Sunday April 19 2009 to be eligible. We'll also send you 5 free Art of Radio Japan postcards! Donations in NZ are also tax deductible. For more information about the CD see and don't forget to enter the 'Fresh Pacific Wind Competition' as well. Our thanks to supporter David Miller for donating a copy of his CD as our competition prize.

Big L Shortwave 9770 kHz Easter 2009

All times in UTC
Broadcasting from Lithuania with 100 KW on 9770 kHz.
Beamed 259 degrees

Saturday 11 th of April
9770 kHz

07.30 - 08.30 Big L Goes Dutch - Eric van Willegen
08.30 - 09.30 Adrian John
09.30 - 10.30 Wolfman Jack
10.30 - 11.30 Roger Davis
11.30 - 12.30 Wolfman Jack
12.30 - 13.30 Emperor Rosko
13.30 - 14.30 Chirpy

Sunday 12th of April
9770 kHz

07.30 - 08.30 Big L Goes Dutch
08.30 - 09.30 Adrian John
09.30 - 10.30 Big L Non-Stop
10.30 - 11.30 Roger Davis
11.30 - 12.30 Emperor Rosko Coast To Coast Country
12.30 - 13.30 Emperor Rosko Coast To Coast Country
13.30 - 14.30 Chirpy

Monday 13th of April
9770 kHz

07.30 - 08.30 Big L Goes Dutch
08.30 - 09.30 Adrian John
09.30 - 10.30 Chirpy
10.30 - 11.30 Roger Davis
11.30 - 12.30 Herbie The Fish!
12.30 - 13.30 Herbie The Fish!
13.30 - 14.30 Chirpy

The Mighty KBC Shortwave:
Weekdays: The Wolfman Jack Radio Show
6055 kHz 100 kW 259 deg. 21.30 till 22.29 UTC

Saturday: Chirpy
6055 kHz 100 kW 259 deg. 21.30 till 22.29 UTC

Sunday: Big L 1395 & The Mighty KBC - Roger Davis
6055 kHz 100 kW, 259 deg. 21.30-22.29 UTC

Sunday: Chirpy
6110 kHz 100 kW 310 deg. 02.00 till 02.59 AM UTC (beamed to the USA)

Argonstraat 6
6718 WT Ede
Tel ++31 318 552491
Fax ++31 318 437801

(Via Ullmar Qvick via Claes Olsson via Cumbre DX mailing list)

Here's the link to join cumbredx ml :

New frequency for Vatican Radio

Due to strong cochannel interference Vatican Radio is moving on to 9310 khz at 0200-0320 hrs replacing 9545 khz effective 13th April 2009

Alok Dasgupta
Kolkata, India.

A09 changes for VOA

The following changes made by VOA in their A09 schedules : -

Urdu 1400-1500 7480 kHz from Kuwait (ex-7440).
Further changes may be made soon due to DST in Pakistan.

News Now in English at 1400-1600 hrs on 7545 kHz from Philippines (ex-7430) w.e.f 14-APR-09

Special English 1500-1600 hrs on 9485 kHz from the Philippines(ex-9590) w.e.f 14-APR-09.

Alok Dasgupta
Kolkata, India.

Friday, April 10, 2009

HCJB Global Takes to Mainstream Airwaves for Easter

Many of HCJB Global Voice's 350 media partners will carry special programming this Easter. But in the U.K. and India, HCJB Global's efforts go beyond Christian radio to provide compelling programming for secular stations.In India, HCJB Global Voice will air two 30-minute dramatized
gospel programs on two major government FM channels, potentially reaching up to 50 million people. The programs tell the story of the life of Jesus, ending with His crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. The first half of the story will air on Good Friday, and the second half will air on Easter Sunday.The programs end with a question that listeners can answer via text message or mail for the chance to receive a surprise gift. Listeners who supply an address will also receive a pre-evangelistic, comic-style book in Hindi along with a program guide for programs aired from HCJB Global-Australia's shortwave radio facility in Kununurra.According to a study conducted by the National Readership Studies Council (NRSC) between 2005 and 2006, the reach of radio broadcasts has increased by 27 percent in India to 119 million people listening in an average week. Much of this growth is in the area of FM radio listenership.HCJB Global-UK will air two short programs on major stations in the Yorkshire area. Combined, these stations can be heard by almost 180,000 people. One program called "Final Answer" is a spoof of a game show. The contestant has four possible answers to the question, "What's going to be the number one goal in your life?" The last of the four options is "Friendship with God." The second program is called "Pearly Gates Duty." This program features the thief who died on the cross next to Jesus talking about the latest new arrivals in heaven.The opportunity to build relationships with mainstream stations and provide thought-provoking programming for secular radio is a key part of HCJB Global Voice's ministry in the U.K. "This is the sort of impact we've always wanted to achieve-not just isolated programs here and there, but a lasting relationship that changes the whole output of a radio station," said HCJB Global-UK Director Colin Lowther.Evangelistic outreaches such as these are as critical as ever to the media ministries of HCJB Global. "The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is one of the most creative acts of God in all human history," said HCJB Global President Wayne Pederson. "We are committed to using the most creative radio programming to communicate this message. Our teams in India and the U.K. are great examples of this effort to connect the resurrection message with a new generation."

(Press Release)

Thursday, April 09, 2009

QSL for DW DRM Txn

Received this qsl for DW DRM Txn on 12095 kHz in 6 days for an emailed report .....

Here's the plot for 29 minutes of DW log on 12095 kHz on 29th Mar, 2009 .....

Digital radio gets some bandwidth

DNivedita Mookerji
Thursday, April 9, 2009 3:52 IST
Mumbai: Digital audio broadcasting (DAB) in the country appears set to move beyond satellite radio WorldSpace, the only platform it is currently available on.The new national frequency allocation plan, which has just been chalked out by the government, has a provision for DAB. According to the plan, which is effective from this month, introduction of DAB may be considered in the 174-230 MHz frequency band in the four metros to start with and on a case-by-case basis in other parts of the country subsequently.

Read the full story here :

The path to digital radio

Interview with CEO of Commercial Radio Australia, Joan Warner on digital radio developments

Read the full story here :

Brave new era in radio

When it comes to digital radio there are two types of people; those who are excited about it and those who wouldn't know a digital radio if it cuddled up and called them sweetheart. Whichever group you may be in, the fact is that digital radio cranks up in May and if you don't know what it is, it's worth learning. Read on - you'll find some things you like. Unlike digital television, digital radio promises some immediate worthwhile benefits: we're talking more than just better sound quality and reception.

Read the full story here :

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

BBC's new initiative to cover Lok Sabha elections

In the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, the BBC on Monday announced commissioning of a unique multi-platform, multi-lingual initiative to deliver international audiences a diverse range of news from across India. Reporters from BBC's Global News division will travel between April 25 to May 13 through the country by train, investigating what Indians want from their general election and the key themes surrounding it for the 'India Election Train' programme, the BBC said in a statement. The BBC's approach to covering the Indian election is unique and representative of the breadth and depth of its news gathering facility.
Read the full story here :

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

New PO Box for DW in Bangladesh

Deutsche Welle has a new P.O.Box in Bangladesh :

Gulshan Post Office
POB 6130
Gulshan I
Dhaka, 1212

The old P.O.Box address is valid until end of June 2009.

(Ashik Eqbal Tokon, Rajshahi, Bangladesh)

BBC Persian Channel launches on YouTube

BBC World Service announces the launch of new BBC Persian Channel on YouTube, the world's leading online video community. The new channel's launch further expands the BBC's outreach to Persian-speaking audiences on a range of platforms, adding to the BBC's current radio, television and online offerings to Persian-speakers.The BBC Persian Channel on YouTube – – offers video material covering political, social, economic, scientific and cultural issues, with reports from the BBC's unparalleled global network of correspondents, including reporters covering events and issues of special interest to the Persian-speaking audience. Video clips illustrating major world events will also be available. The BBC Persian Channel on YouTube will carry clips and excerpts from BBC Persian TV's wide range of original programmes including the popular weekly politics, youth and interactive programmes, as well as music, arts and culture, science and technology and sports. Head of BBC Persian, Andres Ilves, says: "This is an exciting addition to our Persian language services, and will enable even more Persian-speaking news seekers to access the BBC's online output in their own language." Editor of, Jamshid Barzegar, adds: "The online environment is particularly important to Persian speakers, who represent one of the most active communities on the web. With this in mind, any addition to our services online is very valuable. The BBC is one of very few Persian-language broadcasters producing high-quality video content specifically for the web, and our channel on YouTube is a logical and important extra strand to our offering." The BBC Persian Channel is part of a portfolio of video news channels being developed by BBC World Service as it extends its relationship with YouTube, in what is the first multi-language partnership with a major international news broadcaster. A BBC Russian Channel launched in December 2008, followed by BBC Mundo (Spanish) in February 2009. Users will soon have access to high-quality, independent and impartial news clips produced by the BBC Arabic, BBC Brasil and BBC Urdu teams. Patrick Walker, YouTube's Director of Video Partnerships for Europe, Middle East and Africa, comments: "YouTube is a truly global platform that connects millions of people from all over the world, many of whom have a strong interest in international news. "By bringing top quality news content to the YouTube community in many languages, the BBC is taking an innovative step to engage with this large and diverse audience."
(BBC World Service Press Office )

BBC proposes joint radio trade body with commercial sector

John Plunkett, Thursday 26 March 2009 06.52 GMT The BBC wants to establish a UK Radio Council bringing together the corporation and the troubled commercial radio sector. As well as setting up the UK Radio Council to promote the interests of the BBC and rival media companies, the corporation wants to play an "important leadership role" promoting the takeup of digital radio and pursue "more extensive partnership" with the commercial sector, according to its submission to communications minister Lord Carter's Digital Britain review.

Read the full story here :

Happy Station Show for April 9th UTC (April 8th EDT)

0100 to 0155UTC/GMT: This program will feature our listeners corner as well as many letters from around the world. Plus alot more music. :):)

1500 to 1555UTC/GMT: This program is very special as my special guest will be Frank Ifield. Many of you will know this name as he had a number of hits in the 60s and 70s.

Also for special Happy Station shows the opening of the show will be something many of you may remember from the open house shows from the 70s also may of you may also have a copy of this song that was sent out to listeners as a 7" record. Can you guess?

All times are in UTC/GMT:
Times 0100 to 0155 UTC South and North America with Happy Station 2 from 1500 to 1555 UTC North America and in some parts of Western Europe.
Frequency: 9955KHZ, 31 METERS

Also keep your recorded messages coming!
MP3 (best)
WAV (best, but to large)
Quicktime (best)

Other formats can be sent by snail mail. They are:
Mini Disk
Standard Cassette
Reel to Reel (record at 7 1/2)

The two shortwave radios I'm giving away at the month of June are:
Sangean ATS-909 (first prize)
Sangean ATS-606a (second prize)
But to enter you must send in you reception reports by mail in return you will receive the Happy Station QSL Card.

Keith Perron
Happy Station Show

Digital radio given green light in Germany

At a meeting on 25th March, the German Commission of broadcasting policies (Rundfunkkommission), headed by Mr. Stadlmeier announced its decision by all 16 Lander to approve a nationwide multiplex able to transmit between 10 and 15 radio stations. Deutschland Radio, the national public radio broadcaster of Germany, will have access to one third of the national digital network capacity, and two thirds will be made available to private radio operators, which allows them to broadcast national radio services for the first time. The BNetzA, the frequency authority of Germany, now has the task of assigning frequencies and choosing the network operator for the planned large single frequency network. The national digital channels will be supplemented by two or three multiplexes in each of the 16 regions to provide regional and local radio from public service ARD stations and private broadcasters. ARD stations in each region will also be allowed to broadcast an additional digital only service to add to their five existing programmes in each area. Between 30 and 40 digital radio stations will become available in every region of Germany, offering a mix of local and nationwide, private and public radio stations. Quentin Howard, President of WorldDMB, said, "This decision is great news for digital radio in Germany and for the whole of Europe. The largest countries in Europe - Germany, France and the UK - have all committed to the same family of digital radio standards, making it easier for other countries to follow suit. Digital radios will become even cheaper and more readily available, and with new models able to work in any country the barriers to a universal digital radio system for the whole of Europe have been removed."DAB+ is an updated version of DAB, used in Switzerland today and by Australia for their digital radio services which launch later this summer. In addition to DAB+, German broadcasters may continue with existing DAB services and could introduce DMB at some future stage. New digital radios able to receive DAB, DAB+ and DMB are in production now and will become available during 2009, in time for the launch of Germany's new services.

(Source : EBU)

Special VOA Programs will showcase Obama town hall in Turkey

Today Voice of America will carry special programs on its worldwide network featuring President Barack Obama's student town hall meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. During the town hall meeting, "Listening: Global Issues of Concern to Students, and How the United States Can Participate for a Better World," President Obama will engage in a discussion with an expected 100 Turkish and international exchange students. "This is a great opportunity to share with our audience an event that exemplifies President Obama's outreach efforts to the international community," said VOA Director Danforth Austin. VOA's English Service will broadcast the entire event live - scheduled for tomorrow at 0920 UTC (5:20 a.m. EDT) - on radio, television and the Internet. In addition, VOA Turkish will offer an extended television special with town hall highlights, and many of VOA's 43 other language services will carry it live, or feature portions of the event and reaction. VOA's Baris Ornarli from the Turkish Service, who is on assignment in Istanbul, will co-host an extended evening program on Tuesday with affiliate program TGRT Live, featuring interviews and interactive segments with VOA studios in Washington, D.C. TGRT Live is carried by TGRT Haber TV, the fourth leading national TV news network in Turkey. VOA Turkish will also feature a number of special programs on its affiliate radio stations in Turkey, Cyprus and Kosovo, and on the Internet at VOA's English language programs are available on an extensive worldwide media network, reaching an audience of over 134 million. The town hall will also be available live and on demand on its website, President Obama is visiting Turkey April 6-7 after accepting an invitation from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to attend a meeting of the Alliance of Civilizations, a United Nations initiative aimed at fostering dialogue and increasing understanding between cultures and religions.
(VOA Press Release)

CBC to cut staff

Canada’s public broadcaster plans to cut 800 jobs in its English and French language television, radio and Internet operations.CBC is facing a $171 million (US$139 million) shortfall in 2009-2010 due to declining advertising revenues, increasing programming costs and aging infrastructure, it said.

Read the full story here :

Monday, April 06, 2009


Washington, D.C., April 6, 2009 - has revamped its home page to give news a more central role on the page. "One-third of the people who visit the site said they wanted more news on the landing page," said Michael Messinger, VOA Internet director. "The idea is to provide people with the news they want - which is the reason they come to - and to offer the best user experience possible." While the home page retains many of its current special features, including links to all of VOA's 45 language services, it improves navigation to the
various features that allow people to access VOA on different platforms. It also prominently displays links to interactive features, including podcasts, RSS feeds, mobile services, and links to the T2A web chat and unique video footage. In addition, the new page makes it easier to visit VOA's pages on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, where 25 VOA language services have individual channels in addition to the main VOA Video channel, had 117 million visits in 2008, with many of the visitors accessing the site at least once a day.

(VOA Press Release)

Radio Caroline Easter 2009 - 45th Anniversary

Radio Caroline Easter 2009 - 45th Anniversary of the boat that really rocked & still does !

Help celebrate Radio Caroline's 45th birthday this Easter by joining us for four days of great celebratory programmes.


Caroline's original radio-ship Caroline aka Fredericia

There'll be some great prizes to give away during our latest Support Group membership drive (see below), some special programmes and guests too. This will be a chance for you to hear Radio Caroline in all her glory and soak up the special atmosphere of our birthday. We may be 45 years old, but we're certainly not too old to Rock N Roll ! The broadcast starts at 7 a.m. on Friday 10th April and ends at midnight on Easter Monday - so join us for some of it or all of it!

Easter Programme Schedule will be published later this week

Join the Radio Caroline Support Group this Easter

This Easter those listeners joining the RCSG or making one-off donations of £30 or more between Monday April 6th and Monday April 13th will receive two free gifts :

  • 1. A DVD containing a fascinating hour long video interview with Bob Lawrence about his adventures on board our radio ship in the seventies , with a bonus feature of all the Horizon Magazine back issues from 2007-2008.
  • 2. Your choice of a Five Ships or an 0199 teeshirt

You'll also be entered in our fabulous draw taking place over the four day Easter Holiday with over 40 prizes including:

  • 12 copies of Bob Dylan's new album Together Through Life
  • 10 copies of the soundtrack of The Boat That Rocked
  • 6 copies of the Who Sell Out Deluxe Edition
  • Plus Sudoku handheld electronic games, an iPod shuffle and great gifts from our own Web Shop!
  • Grand prize is a deluxe Bob Dylan box set Tell Tale Signs, which retails for over £80!

To join or donate, click on the 'Directly Help' button at the top of the Home Page or click here to go to our Support Group page

Radio Caroline

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Indian mission in Dubai to launch radio programme

Dubai: Fresh after launching a monthly magazine to project India and the Indian diaspora in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Indian consulate here will launch a weekly radio programme Saturday to complement the publication. Named India Matters, the same as the magazine that was launched March 29 by former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the new radio programme will be aired on FM 105.4 Radio Spice every Saturday between 6 and 7 p.m. The one-hour show will be packed with news, views and interviews regarding consulate services, India-UAE relations and trade and tourism in India, according to a statement issued by the Indian mission here. It will aim to provide information on the latest developments in India, as well as events and happenings relating to India and the Indian community in the UAE. "Radio is a very powerful medium and we want to take full advantage of it," India's Consul General in Dubai Venu Rajamony said in a statement. "This is an effort to reach out to a wider audience. The idea is to complement the magazine, which will come out every month, with a broadcast every week. This will help us to get the information out to our audience and bring us feedback much quicker," he said. Radio Spice caters to the varying musical tastes of the South Asian community in the UAE broadcasting mainly in Hindi and English. It offers popular music, news, including business and sports, contests and utilities. There are around 1.5 million expatriate Indians in the UAE.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Short wave radio - vital ministry goes on

Friday 27th March, 2009
As the new short wave summer schedule begins over the weekend, Feba short wave programming is still going strong. This includes a new language service, a programme series called Light for Life, airing 30-minutes daily for a specific people group in north east Africa. Even with increasing use of FM radio and internet in urban areas, surveys show that short wave is still one of the most important means of broadcasting into remote areas of the Feba listeners' world. Low-cost (under £5) short wave radios are widely available worldwide, inportable sizes, powered by battery or hand-crank, making this a very cost-effective means of reaching people with the Gospel. Short wave does have some advantages over newer technologies. Short wave radio travels much farther than FM. Short wave can be broadcast from a very distant transmitter, many times not in the same country as the radios receiving the programmes. That means our programmes can be heard by short wave listeners in places where Christian programmes are not allowed on local FM radio or access to Christian audio on the internet is blocked. We broadcast in many tribal languages, not just the national languages in the area, reaching across country boundaries to speak to the people in their heart languages. Although short wave reception is affected by changes in the seasons, our short wave listeners are very accustomed to the routine of changing their radio dial for the new season: one setting on the dial for the summer period (starting on time change Sunday at the end of March) and another setting for the winter period (starting on time change Sunday at the end of October). As with most things these days, the cost of short wave programming is climbing, with the recession and rising fuel costs, impacting our transmitting costs. Val Rollins, Feba's Broadcast Manager, works diligently with different broadcasters to buy transmitter time that is both well-placed to air our programmes to the designated countries but also at the most economical rate. Find out more about the costs of short wave on the Short Wave Airtime project web page.

(FEBA Radio)

BBC strike called off

Tomorrow's 24-hour walkout by NUJ members over compulsory redundancies averted after progress in talks.

Leigh Holmwood, Thursday 2 April 2009 14.43 BST

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

AIR Stations logged


I'm NRI from Singapore. I'd like to add some of my log here.
I'm not sure i can do it here !

AIR Chennai on 4920 KHz 1730 to 1930 IST normally clear reception
AIR Port Blair on 4760 KHz 1730 to 1930 IST normally clear reception
AIR TVM 5010 KHz 1730 to 1930 IST normally clear reception
Radio Veritas 9520 KHz 1930 to 2000 IST very good reception
AIR GOS Tamil 13710 KHz 1645 to 1745 IST Very good reception even with 2ft whip antenna
AIR GOS English 13710, 9690 KHz 1900 to 2030 ISTVery good reception even with 2ft whip antenna

One fine day i tuned to AIR Kolkata on MW around 1330 Sing time. And i can listen to Urudu station on my MW. I used Hitachi KH-D800 Digital radio made in Japan (bought from local market for S$20 !!!) Using Active antenna amplifier with 2 feet long wire. The beauty is i can listen all the station with the same performance in my Philips DL 334 radio made in India. I prefer Philips.

Ram Sankar.V

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German Embassy, Ministry discuss digital broadcasting

Accra, Mar. 31, GNA - Mrs Sabah Zita Okaikoi, Minister of Information on Tuesday held discussion with the Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy on the digital migration of broadcasting equipment in Ghana from analogue to digital. The digital migration programme is a global call for all countries to transfer existing television and radio transmission device from analogue to digital device by 2015 since digital broadcasting is a more efficient way of transmitting sound and data by turning them into computerized data. Ghana is one of the first countries that has accepted the challenge to migrate all existing analogue broadcasting equipment, the project has started with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation. Mrs Okaikoi said the first phase of the digital migration programme is expected to be completed in June in Accra and Kumasi.
Read the full story here :

Voice of Russia Hindi A09

wef 29/10/2009 to 24/10/2009

1300-1400 UTC on 1269,9445,11500,11755,15605 kHz
1500-1600 UTC on 972,6070,9745,11755 kHz

Successful DRM General Assembly meetings in Erlangen

The General Assembly of the DRM Consortium held last week in Erlangen,Germany was attended by a record number of members and guests from all over the world including the technical directors of the ABU and EBU who expressed their support for the work of the consortium. The highlights of the meeting include discussions and decisions on the proposed roll out of DRM in countries like India, Russia, China and Brazil, the launch of a new 'colour-screen' DRM receiver and the unveiling of a brand- new DRM+ market study.

Group photo & pdf's of presentation posted at :

(Sourec :

Myanma Radio moves to 7200

After watching 3 days (29-31March) Myanma Radio moved to 7200 khz 0030-0230 UTC this morning replacing 7185 kHz under the new 7 MHz channel area. They were in 7185 kHz during the past 3 days and only this morning (1st April) they started using 7200 kHz.

SLBC Colombo is still using 7190 kHz and yet to move on to the new area.

(Alok Dasgupta,Kolkata)


Once again, Adventist World Radio takes pleasure in conducting an annual listener contest, and for this year the title is: "Silent Shortwave Station Contest". You are invited to search through your own QSL collection and assemble together all of your QSLs that verify the reception of shortwave stations and/or shortwave transmitters that are no longer on the air. In addition to the regular awards worldwide, there will be special awards for those who include a reception report of our DX program, "Wavescan", viaradio Miami International WRMI, in Miami Florida. Here are all of the details:-

1. List what you consider to be the five best QSLs from shortwave stations or transmitters that are no longer on the air. The "best" may be described as the station or the transmitter itself, or the distance, or the power, or the age, or the circumstances under which you heard the station; or the QSL card itself, etc. (Do not send the original cards.)

2. In one paragraph each, describe the reason why you consider each card to be one of the best in your collection.

3. Enclose a photocopy or each of these five cards, preferably in color, though black and white may be acceptable. Remember, do not send the originals.

4. Send at least three reception reports on any AWR broadcast from KSDA Guam, or any AWR relay broadcast via any relay station anywhere in the world. The AWR broadcasts may be on shortwave, mediumwave, or FM. All reception reports will be verified with a contest endorsement on the QSL card.

5. Where possible, please enclose three radio cards for inclusion in the Indianapolis QSL collection. These cards may be old or new, and they may be QSL cards, reception report cards, picture cards, etc. Not valid for this contest are amateur nor CB QSL cards.

The 2009 AWR DX Contest, "Silent Shortwave Station Contest", will run through the month of June. All contest entries must be postmarked at the listener's location in any country of the world on any date during the month of June, and they must be delivered to the AWR postal address in Indianapolis no later than the end of July 2009. Return postage in the form of currency notes in an international currency, mint postage stamps, or IRC coupons would be appreciated. Also, where possible, provide a self addressed envelope, business size or half quarto size.

The only address for the 2009 "Silent Shortwave Station Contest" is:-

Silent Shortwave Station Contest
Box 29235
IN 46229 USA

The awards for this year's contest will be similar to all previous contests. There will be a special award for the world winner, one of the Jerry Berg radio history books; and "World Radio TV Handbook" or "Passport to World Band Radio" for continental winners. In addition, there will be special awards for those who send in a reception report on the broadcast of "Wavescan" over the shortwave station in Miami, WRMI.

(Dr.Adrian Peterson)