Thursday, September 30, 2010

Live coverage of Taiwan national day celebrations on October 10th on RTI

The Republic of China (ROC) will be celebrating its national day on October 10th. Listeners in Southeast Asia are welcome to tune in to our live coverage of the national day celebrations from 0200 to 0300 UTC on 15320 KHz. Our regular broadcast to the East Coast and Mid-West of the United States will be cancelled from 0200 to 0300 on 9680 and 5950 KHz to make way for the live coverage in Chinese. We apologize for the inconvenience.
(Radio Taiwan International website)

African Safari 21/9

21 Sept 2010 1810 UTC

Djibouti blasting on 4780
Rwanda on 6055, fair alongwith spaltter from 6050
Africa no.1, Gabon weak on 9580
Libya on 11995 & 15215 both 45444
Morocco on 15345 34433 (splatter from 15350)
Nigeria 15120 45444
TWR Swaziland 45444 Dev Talk by OM in eng
Chad on 6165
CVC Zambia 4965 45444

Special Event Station VU0WFF - Daroji Bear Sanctuary Oct 1-10, 2010

A small group of Amateur Radio volunteers led by VU2UR and VU2LX have started from Bangalore Amateur Radio Club VU2ARC with equipment from Lions Club International ARC VU2ARC - a unique activity of Lions Club of Bangalore North (Club # 026596 District 324-D6) and hope to make many QSOs on SSB and CW.

Those who are making QSO are eligible for Special QSL Card provided you send your QSL card, Address Label (no SASE), sufficient postage stamp (Rs. 5/- if you are from India else 2 IRCs).

Our previous operation was AT8WFF done for First Time in our country at Bannerghatta National Park in 2008 where we could get the Permanent Pictorial Postal Cancellation of Butterfly Park with logo of WFF details and picture are on

More details of World Flora Fauna is on

Very soon the India Post would be releasing the Permenant Pictorial Postal Cancellation at Kannada University Campus - Kamalapura 583276 for which our LISC India Chapter is following up.

Government of India, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Department of Telecommunications, WPC Wing, Amaeur Cell, New Delhi vide Special Permission L-14011/639/2010-Amt Dated 29th Sep 2010 with Special callsign VU0WFF from 1st to 10th Oct 2010 to operate from Daroji Bear Sanctuary, Kamalapura, Bellary District of Karnataka State.

The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden vide Letter No.D/WL/CR-70/2008-9 dated 13th Sep 2010 has permitted Amateur (Ham) Radio Special Event Station at Daroji Bear Sanctuary on occasion of "Wildlife Week" - October 4th, 2010 happens to be "Global Day for Protection of Animals" where as 10-10-10 10:10:10 that is Oct 10th, 2010 happens to be Palindromic Date and Time.

The Jungle Lodges and Resorts Limited has recently opened a 20 Twin bedded cottages naming after as Sloth Bear Resort -Kamalapur - Hampi which is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Karnataka State with packages and discounted tariff to Amateur (Ham) Radio Volunteers and their family. We are expecting colourful picture QSL card from them soon. Their website is

National Institute of Amateur Radio
Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda
Hyderabad 500082, INDIA

Telefax: 91-40-2331 0287 Tel: 91-40-6516 7388
E mail:,
Web site:
Club station: VU2NRO 14160 kHz

(Via niarindia list)

DW drops Bengali & Hindi shortwave txns for winter transmssion schedule

As expected Deutsche Welle has dropped all Bengali & Hindi shortwave transmissions for South Asia for the B10 season effective 31st Oct 2010.
Half an hour Bengali txn can be heard on MW 1548 kHz at 1530-1600 UTC (2100-2130 IST).
Urdu still continues on shortwave at 1430-1500 UTC on 1548, 12065, 15620,17860 kHz for B10 season.
Related story :

DW cuts Transmission hours for HIndi & Urdu languages, drops morning broadcasts

KTWR DRM Project

Pics of KTWR DRM Project ....

BBG Chairman Isaacson Outlines Vision for International Broadcasting

Washington, DC, 09/29/2010
Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Chairman Walter Isaacson laid out his vision for the future of U.S. international broadcasting in a keynote address as part of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty?s 60th Anniversary event on Sept. 28.
"Our traditional role of delivering the news top down needs to be complemented by a new approach that catalyzes social networks," said Isaacson. "By creating peer-to-peer global communities, we help guarantee the universal human right of access to the free flow of information."
Acknowledging the newly-appointed Board's launch of a year-long comprehensive review, Isaacson described the creation of "a great virtual global news service" that would provide reliable reporting for every medium, including social media created by members of BBG broadcasters' global audience.
As he outlined his imperatives for engaging citizens with limited access to news and information, Isaacson repeatedly stressed the importance of credibility in news broadcasting, noting that "trustworthy journalism" would pay dividends for U.S. foreign policy objectives.

(BBG Press Release)

New broadcasting development authority in Sri Lanka

A new Sri Lanka Broadcasting Development Authority will be introduced soon to streamline telecasting and broadcasting activities...

More at :

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

QSL's Received

RTE via Meyerton,South Africa for All Ireland Final special txn..

RN via Madagascar for world cup football commentary in Dutch

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

RSI Revised A10 Frequency Schedule

Raio Slovakia Intl - Revised A10 Frequency Schedule effective 1st October - 31st October 2010 :


27th Sept 2010

0230 onwards - Nice conditions, Nepal stn's quite strong yday

91.9 - Radio Mantra Bareilley + Agra
98.6 - Rado Bheri, Surkhet, Nepal
99.4 - Shuklaphanta FM, Mahendranagar, Nepal
101.3 - AIR Aligarh
101.5 - AIR Sawai Madhopur
102.1 - AIR Mussourie
103.0 - Radio Nepal, Buditola
103.1 - AIR Chandigarh
107.2 - AIR Kasauli

28th Sept

91.9 - Radio Mantra Karnal
99.4 - Shuklaphanta FM,Mahendranagar, Nepal
101.3 - AIR Aligarh
101.5 - AIR Sawai Madhopur
102.1 - AIR Mussourie
103.0 - Radio Nepal, Buditola
103.1 - AIR Chandigarh
103.7 - AIR Kanpur
107.2 - AIR Kasauli

28 Sept 10

Tropo - Radio Bheri 98.6, Surkhet,Nepal steady from 1500 UTC check in, carried BBC Nepali between 1500-1530 UTC, gone at 1715 UTC.

Good tropo conditions expected today also around north India -

RP2100 + QUAD

Upcoming broadcast expo's/conferences in India

Broadcast India Show 2010
21 - 23 Oct 2010
Venue : Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon (E), Mumbai, India

RadioAsia 2011
21-23 Feb 2011
Venue : New Delhi, India

BES Expo 2011
24-26 Feb 2011
Venue : Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India

New news programme launched by TWR-UK

TWR-UK is launching a new look TWR Today programme, broadcasting news and views live from its Manchester studios.

Listeners can tune into the new look current affairs programme to hear a clear Christian voice speaking into an increasingly secularised world. TWR Today broadcasts live at noon on weekdays with all the latest regional, national and international events. Cutting-edge news is presented with comment from Christian leaders, giving a Christian viewpoint on the issues which are shaping the world in which we live.

Russell Farnworth, CEO of Trans World Radio says: "TWR continues to explore every possible way of communicating the Christian message and TWR Today will bring a distinctly Christian approach to the news and events going on around us.

"There's a very telling verse in 1 Chronicles 12:32 where the 'men of Issachar' are singled out as those who understood the times they lived in and knew what the people of God needed to do. As our society moves more and more towards secularism, the need for the Church to understand what's going on and to do something about it will get more and more urgent. I'm excited about what TWR Today can do to help raise up 'men of Issachar' today!"

TWR Today broadcasts live at noon on weekdays on satellite channel 0138, Freesat 790, online at and on DAB digital radio throughout the North West of England.

World Service boss announces cuts

World Service controller Craig Oliver announced the cuts in an email to staff

The World Service will no longer broadcast plays, the Proms or Wimbledon, as part of a cost-cutting exercise, the BBC has announced. Craig Oliver, controller of the English speaking section, said the "difficult decisions" he had been forced to make would come into force from April.

Read the full story here :

BBC World Service and British Council face anxious wait

Ninety-four quangos and other public bodies face an anxious three-week wait to see whether they escape abolition or face severe cuts to their budgets.

More at :

Radio Free Asia Wins at 2010 New York Festivals

WASHINGTON, DC - Reporters from Radio Free Asia's Vietnamese Service and Burmese Service won gold and bronze medals respectively at this year's New York Festivals. Both winning entries produced pieces exploring the issue of human trafficking in Asia. Additionally, broadcasters from RFA's Mandarin and Korean services were named as finalists by the competition's judges. "The honors bestowed on Radio Free Asia at New York Festivals showcase the journalistic excellence for which our news services consistently strive to achieve in some of the world's toughest media environments," said Libby Liu, President of RFA. "Two of our winners reported on the trafficking of women and migrants in Asia, and we hope this recognition underscores the need to continue informing our audience and the world about this prevalent and
nefarious issue."

"We at RFA pledge to continue bringing accurate, objective news to people living in Asian countries that restrict and censor the press." Information about RFA's winners and finalists, and their entries follows. · Broadcaster Khanh An of RFA's Vietnamese service earned the top award in the category of Best Ongoing News Story for her three-part series "A New Form of Women Trafficking." The series, which aired in March 2010, documented an incident of a Vietnamese woman being trafficked to Europe. The series examined some of the local factors and people and their roles in facilitating the woman's victimization.

· RFA Burmese reporter Kyaw Min Htun won a bronze award in the category of Best Coverage of Ongoing News Story for his stories on the human trafficking of Burmese refugees and migrants in Malaysia, which aired from January to May of this year. For his stories, the reporter interviewed ethnic Rohingya migrants, seeking asylum in Malaysia after being subjected to persecution in Burma. Many, however, once in Malaysia, faced exploitation by human-traffickers, abusive employers, and corrupt officials.

· Park Songwu of RFA's Korean language service, was a finalist in the NYF category of Best Human Interest Story for his four-part series on North Korea's youngest defectors. The series focused on the difficulties and challenges these individuals face once living in South Korea.

· RFA Mandarin's Tang Qiwei was also a finalist in the NYF History category for her piece on the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests, which aired on June 4, 2009. The short audio documentary, which was edited by Feng Xiaoming, used interviews with many leaders, activists, and officials involved with or connected to the Beijing student-led demonstrations.

(Press Release)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Bangladesh Betar signs agreement with NHK

Dhaka, Sept 27 (UNB) - Bangladesh Betar entered into a broadcasting agreement with NHK (the Japan Broadcasting Corporation) at Bangladesh Betar headquarters in the city recently.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Zimbabwean radio broadcasts from Johannesburg

Zimbabweans living in South Africa have launched a radio station which they named Radio Mthwakazi FM, The Zim Diaspora can reveal. In a statement, the station's co-founding member Mr Gerald Ngulube kaNcube, said Radio Mthwakazi FM aims at creating community cohesion and address the negative impact of cultural decay that is affecting most Zimbabweans in the Diaspora.

More at :

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Marking 75 years of the AIR wave

Akashvani marks platinum jubilee of broadcast

Radio, the 'Always With You' Medium

By John Merli, 09.22.2010

Read the RadioWorld article here :

AIR & TV Bareilly off air due to floods

As flood waters have entered AIR & Doordarshan TV stations, they have suspended transmissions. AIR Bareilly operates on 100.4 MHz with 2x3 kW power.

More details at :

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

Related story :

Floods In UP: Devastating flood batters normal life in north India

Excerpt :
"The flood water entered All India Radio and Doordarshan complex in Bareilly. AIR correspondent reports that the broadcasting of programmes have been affected badly."

YouTude Video showing water inside AIR/DD Bareilly premises ...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Afghanistan SW Broadcast Guide

A comprehensive guide to shortwave broadcasts to Afghanistan and the Afganistan-Pakistan border updated September 2010 by British DX Club :

More guides can be downloaded here :

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

BBC Hindi’s booming mobile audience

India has 700 million mobile phone subscribers, which is why BBC Hindi is now catering for this emerging audience demand, report Multimedia Editor Santosh Sinha and India Business Development Manager Indu Shekhar Sinha.
Read the full story here :


KNLS B10 Frequency Schedule

Schedule Starting October 31st, 2010

Time Freq(khz)Language
0800-0900 7355 English
0800-0900 9655 Mandarin
0900-1000 6150 Russian
0900-1000 9655 Mandarin
1000-1100 7355 English
1000-1100 9655 Mandarin
1100-1200 6150 Russian
1100-1200 9655 Mandarin
1200-1300 9655 English
1200-1300 7355 English
1300-1400 7300 Mandarin
1300-1400 6150 Mandarin
1400-1500 7355 English
1400-1500 7300 Mandarin
1500-1600 6150 Russian
1500-1600 7300 Mandarin
1600-1700 6150 Russian
1600-1700 7300 Mandarin
1700-1800 6150 Russian
1700-1800 7300 Mandarin

Newly designed website at :

(Alokesh Gupta )

RTI Technical problem due to Typhoon Fanapi

From radio Taiwan International website ....
On September 19, our regular broadcast to Southeast Asia on 15320 KHz was briefly suspended from 0306 to 0309 UTC due to the technical problem caused by Typhoon Fanapi. We apologize for the inconvenience.

IRRS-Shortwave update for Saturday Sept. 25, 2010

Last Saturday we had a glitch on the audio link, and we missed one broadcast in the usual Saturday IPAR slot (International Public Access Radio, Radio City (the radio of the cars) will then reschedule on Sept. 25, 2010, at the same time, i.e. 10-11 CET (08-09 UTC) on 9515 kHz for the entire one hour broadcast. World of Radio with Glenn Hauser will be aired only at 20:00 CET, followed at 20:30 CET by 39 Dover Street (poetry and music from the UK with Stephen John Jones), and DX Party Line at 20:45 CET on 7290 kHz.

As usual, we welcome your email and letters by email to: reports (at) nexus (dot) org - Even if we do not have the financial and human resources to answer to all letters, we do reply to all emails sent to this email address. Your letters and support really can keep our station alive in times when most other stations decide to shut down. Your letters and comments are of the greatest help to those who are able to finance our broadcasts, and keep us on the air.

Please get in touch with us or directly with those who hear on the air, and not only with reception reports (please!), but especially with comments and suggestions that are extremely useful to our program producers. Thank you!


Ron Norton
NEXUS-Int'l Broadcasting Association

Monday, September 20, 2010

U.S. radio takes on Taliban in Afghan propaganda war

KABUL, Afghanistan — A U.S.-funded radio station is hoping a small hand-cranked radio can help turn the tide in a propaganda war against the Taliban, handing out thousands of the devices in the hopes of winning over ordinary Afghans.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Voice of America Expands its Sudan Programming

30-minute English program airs Monday-Friday
Washington, D.C., September 20, 2010 - A new Voice of America program called Sudan in Focus goes on the air today with an exciting line-up of news, interviews and music.

VOA Director Danforth W. Austin says, "This program is going on the air at a critical time, as the people of southern Sudan prepare for the January 2011 referendum on whether to remain a part of Sudan, or become an independent nation." Austin says, "In order to make such a monumental decision, people need to hear from all sides. VOA will continue its tradition of providing balanced, comprehensive and independent reporting on this and other issues that are important to Sudanese, at home and in the diaspora."
The 30-minute English language program airs Monday thru Friday and will be available on shortwave, FM affiliates, and the Internet. It will offer the targeted audience in southern Sudan news of the country, region, and the continent.

Program manager John Ogulnik says Monday's premier show will feature complete coverage of the visit to the United States by Salva Kiir Mayardit, the First Vice President of Sudan and President of the semi-autonomous Government of Southern Sudan.
In addition, VOA has an interview with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on his foundation's efforts in Sudan to eradicate Guinea Worm disease, and the significant progress made so far.
The program is funded by the U.S. State Department's Office of the Special Envoy to Sudan.
Visit the Sudan in Focus website at:
The program, which airs from 1630 to 1700 UTC, can be heard on three Shortwave frequencies: 12015 KHZ (25 meter band), 9675 KHZ (31 meter band), and 13825 KHZ (22 meter band).

(VOA Press Release)

Related news :
The Voice of America is set to expand its radio broadcasts to Sudan. Starting September 20, Sudan in Focus airs Monday through Friday 1630-1700 UTC on the following frequencies: 9675, 12015 and 13825 kiloherz.

Friday, September 17, 2010

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RFE's Pakistan Broadcasts Boosted To Nine Hours A Day

September 15, 2010
(PRAGUE/ISLAMABAD) RFE's programs in the Pashtun regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan are expanding from six to nine hours a day, starting today. Amid the growing number of extremist-controlled radio stations in the region, Radio Mashaal ("Torch" in Pashto) covers local and international news with independent reports on terrorism, politics, women's issues, and health care.

Recently, a mother who was the sole survivor of a 2008 Taliban attack on a prominent anti-Taliban family in the Swat Valley told her story on the air. Radio Mashaal also interviewed the only survivor of a Taliban attack on a local jirga earlier this year that killed 30 people.

"People don't know these stories," says Acting Radio Mashaal Director Amanullah Ghilzai. "The more we broadcast Taliban atrocities, the more people come forward to share their experiences."

In May, Radio Mashaal's Daud Khattak interviewed a 26 year-old Pakistani father of two whose hands were chopped off by the Taliban after being accused of theft. Two others also had their hands cut off, but local residents - including the men's families - never reported the incident to authorities for fear of Taliban retribution.

Radio Mashaal's extensive coverage of the devastating floods in Pakistan last month included live reports from affected areas, interviews with government officials, and reaction from the international community. One Radio Mashaal correspondent, Shah Nawaz Khan, reported on the devastation from Pakistan's remote northwest, venturing further into isolated areas than any other journalist in the region.

One of Radio Mashaal's most popular programs, My Home, My Village,takes an in-depth look at the people, history, and culture of villages across the region. Because of limited means, difficult terrain, and a dangerous security environment, listeners often know little about other people and places in the tribal areas.

RFE President Jeffrey Gedmin calls Radio Mashaal's increasing popularity "proof that people will never fail to choose truth over falsehood when given a fair chance to decide."

About Radio Mashaal
Radio Mashaal was established in January 2010 to broadcast independent news and information in the local Pashto dialect of the tribal areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. It operates out of a new bureau in Pakistan and broadcasts from RFE's Prague headquarters. Radio Mashaal shares a frequency with VOA's Radio Deewa and transmits via FM and shortwave. Online, Radio Mashaal's website provides a live stream of its broadcasts.

(RFE/RL Press Release)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Election Night on Radio Sweden

Don't forget to follow the results of the Swedish elections on Radio Sweden Sunday September 19th. Our regularly scheduled programs in English at 18:30 and 19:00 hrs UTC will carry our running election night coverage, and we'll be broadcasting live online between 18:30 and 19:30 hrs UTC.
We'll also have special online half hour broadcasts of our election night coverage in Kurdish and Russian at 18:30 hrs UTC, Romani at 19:00 hrs UTC, Arabic at 20:00 hrs UTC, and Somali at 21:00 hrs UTC.
(Radio Sweden Website)

Frequencies :

1700-1730 on 13870 HBY 500 kW / 125 deg
2030-2100 on 9495 MDC 250 kW / 320 deg
2130-2200 on 7460 MDC 250 kW / 280 deg

1900-1930 on 6130 HBY 350 kW / 125 deg Mon-Fri

1830-1900 on 6065 HBY 500 kW / 070 deg
1930-2000 on 6065 HBY 500 kW / 085 deg

1800-1830 on 6065 HBY 500 kW / 190 deg
1800-1830 on 13710 HBY 500 kW / 235 deg
1900-1930 on 6065 HBY 500 kW / 190 deg
2000-2030 on 9495 MDC 250 kW / 320 deg
2100-2130 on 6065 HBY 500 kW / 190 deg
2100-2130 on 7460 MDC 250 kW / 280 deg

All India Radio special transmission for "Mahalaya"

Date : 7th October, 2010 (Thursday)
Time : 2230 UTC 6th Oct (0400 IST, 7th Oct) to 0015 UTC 7th Oct (0545 IST,7th Oct)

"Mahalaya" is a special two hour tranmission consisting of Sanskrit recitation & music orated by Late Shri.Birendra Krishna Bhadra. All India Radio has been broadcasting this since early 1930s . Count down of Indian festival of Durga Puja starts from the day of Mahalaya.

Last year following AIR channels were noted carrying special Mahalaya transmission :


4760 - Port Blair
4820 - Kolkata
4835 - Gangtok
4880 - Lucknow
4895 - Kurseong
4940 - Guwahati
4965 - Shimla


603 - Ajmer
621 - Patna A
648 - Indore A
657 - Kolkata A
666 - New Delhi B
675 - Chattarpur
711 - Siliguri
729 - Guwahati A
747 - Lucknow A
756 - Jagdalpur
774 - Shimla
801 - Jabalpur
810 - Rajkot A
819 - New Delhi A
846 - Ahmedabad A
909 - Gorakhpur
918 - Suratgarh
954 - Nazibabad
981 - Raipur
1008 - Kolkata B
1026 - Allahabad A
1044 - Mumbai A
1125 - Tezpur
1242 - Varanasi
1260 - Ambikapur
1314 - Bhuj
1386 - Gwalior
1395 - Bikaner
1404 - Gangtok
1476 - Jaipur A
1584 - Mathura
1593 - Bhopal A

Private FM channel Big FM also carried this special txn on 92.7 MHz.

Related links :

Mahalaya: Invoking the Mother Goddess
A Once-a-Year Popular Radio Program

Mahalaya - Birendrakrishna Bhadra

Mahalaya - Audio & Video

Harris Poll: Consumers Want Radio-capable Cell Phones

DRM to Brazil

On the following link the log with images, videos, audio recordings and comments about the reception of the recent DRM emissions to Brazil

(Flávio Archangelo via drmna )

DRM Pics from IFA 2010

(guacorecipe via drmna yg)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

AIR Gangtok back on 4835

All India Radio Gangtok noted back on its actual frequency 4835 kHz today 5th Sept after staying off-frequency for almost 2 months on 4837.2 kHz.

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

Platinum Jubilee of AIR Mysore

Mysore, Sept. 15 (BRS)- The function to celebrate the 75th year (platinum jubilee) of broadcasting from Akashvani here will be held at 5.30 pm on September 19 in Jaganmohan Palace auditorium, according to a press release from Dr. M.S. Vijaya, Station Director of Akashvani.

Full story at :

Related stories :

Mysore Akashavani is now 75 years old

‘Akashvani' turns 75 on September 19

Sentech takes 40 radio, TV stations off air

Sep 15, 2010 4:29 PM By Sapa
State-owned Sentech has cut off around 40 non-paying clients who owed more than R27 million, including government departments, community radio and television stations.

Read the full story here :

Related story :
Sentech threatens switch-off

Alokesh Gupta adds :

Quick check on 15th Sept at 1700 UTC indicated no disruption in SW servics........ AWR 9600, Channel Africa 9675, DW 9735, WYFR 6225, TWR 7265 were all noted on air.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

BBC Bangla time mix up continues

BBC Bangla continues to mix up the time announcemnt at the start of their 0030-0100 UTC transmission. Only on the Eid day ( Saturday 11th September 2010) did it announce correctly along with Eid greetings. Otherwise a mixed up recorded message continues. At 0030 UTC it gives the GMT wrong as " 11.30 GMT " whereas it should be 12.30 GMT. Indian time is mentioned as 5.00 am. Even this morning 14th September they were continuing with this bungle. Knowing the ways of BBC Bangla, this faux pas will probably continue till December 2010.The website announcement only gives the Bangladesh local time and mentions 6.30 am.

(Dr.Supratik Sanatani via bangladx yg)

Launch of Radio Mewat

We are happy to announce the launch of Radio Mewat by SMART NGO. Though still at its testing stage we have started broadcasting a two hour program twice a day. It will be inaugurated and launched formally later this month. The frequency allotted to us is 90.4 FM. Our broadcast timing is 8am-10 am and 3pm to 5pm. The transmitter and Antennae was provided to us by UNESCO and was procured and installed by NOMAD India. The radio is headquartered in Nuh, the administrative block of district Mewat, a recently carved out district of Haryana.

About Mewat:
Mewat is an extremely backward area and marginalized district in the state of Haryana. Just 75 km away from the national capital it is seeped in poverty and illiteracy. Lack of potable water, health facilities, sanitation and hygiene are some of the concerns of this area. The radio could be an important tool for inclusive development and could assist in increasing the participation of the community in the process of development through information dissemination.

With its headquarters in the administrative town of Nuh, Radio Mewat will reach out to a niche target of roughly 4 to 5 lakh people. The Radio will have a reach of 15km (radius).

For a district like Mewat the community radio could play an important role- first in informing and then in helping access the information for self development. Acquiring knowledge is the first step toward change, whether this change is social, economic, cultural, legal, or political. Information is the catalyst, fuel, and product of this process of transformation that can stimulate change and a desire to change. With an agenda to include the excluded population the Community radio can be a unique and innovative tool for development.

The radio will help in disseminating information and will meet the objective of supporting "developmental and promotional activities" with a view to securing greater inclusion, particularly among weaker sections, low income groups and in backward regions. Radio Mewat is broadcasting programs on the local issue, the recently held Panchayat Elections, locally popular songs sung by the Mirasis, commmunicable diseases like swine flu, dengue etc.The District Collector, Mr CR Rana, has been very supportive and has always encouraged creative mediums for informing and educating the masses.

Archana Kapoor

Founder, SMART NGO
145, Gautam Nagar
New Delhi- 110049
Ph: 011 26517545, 41642241
Telefax: 011 26528263

(Via cr-india list)
Join the Community Radio Forum. For membership details, please go to

Video Over Shortwave Demonstrated at IBC

Transmission of video over the shortwave radio topology is being demonstrated at IBC by Fraunhofer.Read the story here :

Radio buffs rediscover pastime on internet

B Pradeep Nair
They may not be forever emailing, facebooking or tweeting; but they are grateful to the internet. A whole generation that grew up on radio is rediscovering their lost pastime, of listening to faraway radio stations. Thanks to live online streaming, shortwave radio freaks are smiling again. They are bookmarking stations on web browsers and listening in while working on their laptops.

Read the TOI story here :

Monday, September 13, 2010

Sentech threatens switch-off

Sep 13, 2010 Getrude Makhafola

CASH-STRAPPED signal distributor Sentech threatens to switch off signals of community television and radio stations that owe it money if they don't pay by tomorrow.

Read the full story here :

Radio Republik Indonesia to expand its overseas broadcasts

To mark its 6th anniversary, state radio RRI plans to expand its overseas broadcast programs to serve 2.68 million Indonesian migrant workers across Asia and Middle East.

Read the full report here :

BBC Hindi now on mobile in India

BBC Hindi audio is now available on mobile in India, read the deatils here (in Hindi)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

BBC Students' Club goes live on LiveJournal

BBC Students' Club - bbcstudentsclub - is now live on the largest Russian-language blogging platform, The new online community is aimed at both students of journalism and students of English.

The creation of the BBC Students' Club online community came as a result of the BBC Russian "University Tour" in the spring of 2010 when the broadcaster held a series of events at universities and major libraries in St Petersburg, Moscow, Voronezh and Yekaterinburg. BBC Russian showcased the best of its journalism, including new ways of reaching audiences by using the latest technologies, and engaged young audiences in live radio debates broadcast on the interactive programme, Vam slovo (Have Your Say). The BBC team also demonstrated BBC Russian's multimedia Learning English content at the universities and major libraries at each location.

As part of the new joint project between BBC Russian and LiveJournal, the BBC Students' Club will feature the content of the BBC College of Journalism as well as the website's multimedia Learning English lessons, in text, audio and video.
The bbcstudentsclub community on LiveJournal also will serve as a platform for young journalists to pitch their story ideas to the BBC. It also will feature the best of the Editors' Blog.
Head of LiveJournal Russia, Svetlana Ivannikova, says: "LiveJournal has become an integral part of the lives of millions of people, it helps us to better ourselves and the world around us. LiveJournal removes borders, and the BBC Students' Club project confirms this once again. Being part of the bbcstudentsclub community is both fun and educational, and no matter where people live, they can share their experiences and skills and also improve their English by communicating with speakers of English. We are confident that the project will have a lot of fans."

BBC Russian Managing Editor, Dmitry Shishkin, comments: "We are delighted with the launch of the bbcstudentsclub community on LiveJournal. We've had a very successful experience partnering LiveJournal through our joint citizen-journalism project, Live_Report. I am confident that the BBC Students' Club will attract talented young journalists. It will give them the opportunity to hone their writing skills - and help the BBC to further extend its stringer network across Russia.

"During our 'University Tour' earlier this year we could see that young Russian journalists were really interested in the editorial guidelines and practical experience of the BBC, as well as in how the world of journalism is changing. We hope that by bringing the unique experience and perspective of the BBC we will be giving Russian journalists a valuable resource."
BBC Russian's next "University Tour" takes place between Monday 13 and Friday 17 September 2010 when the BBC team will visit Tomsk and Novosibirsk.

(BBC World Service Publicity)

Radio Broadcast Launch of Community Radio in Lalitpur

Alapur, Birdha Block, Lalitpur: Community Radio (CR) achieved another milestone on 3rd eptember 2010. Its first Community Radio (CR) station 'Lalit Lokwani' went on air in Uttar Pradesh (UP) state, India, and officially began its broadcast to over 80 villages in Lalitpur district of Budelkhand region. A combined effort of UNICEF, Ideosync Media Combine and Sai Jyoti, a Laitpur based NGO, the region's first radio station was jointly put on air by Ranvir Yadav, District Magistrate (DM Lalitpur, Jugal Kishore, Joint Director Bharatendu Natak Academi UP and well known theatre personality who also recently made an appearance in Amir Khan's Peepli Live and Rajeshwari Chandrashekar, Programme Manager, UNICEF Lucknow at a gala function organized at the Lalit Lokwani station in Alapur.

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FRS Holland 30 Years

Hello FRS-Holland Friends,

FRS-Holland has officially become 30 Years old, that was on Tuesday August 31st.
Following our previous mail from a few weeks ago, we have received a number of contributions.
We would like to inform you we still hope to receive some more.....if you are/ were an enthusiast FRS listener, then take your chance to produce a little personal contribution, your personal FRS memories.

Either you put them 1) on a sheet of paper or 2) send them by mail and 3) most wanted: record your personal message and send an mp3 audio file. We realize most listeners are no deejays and do not have no recording facilities. Of course any written contribution is as much appreciated as a recorded one!!
All listener's contributions will be collected and together it will be our anthology of 30 years of SW broadcasts. When did you hear us for the first time, what was your favorite show, when did you get your first QSL, how much did you listen to FRS, any special on air moments you remember? All this info could be part of your personal FRS contribution.
Send your contribution to : or PO Box 2702, 6049 ZG Herten, The Netherlands.

Preparations continue day by day... Many tape recordings have been digitalized and endless audio extracts have been produced. The broadcast will contain many ingredients...special jingles, a listener's competition, interesting contributions, fantastic music and some nice surprises... And
not to forget a unique FRS 30 years QSL. Be part of the festivities...we are eagerly awaiting more contributions !!
Very soon we will announce dates as the on air celebrations will be more than one broadcast! The first one in October.

All the best from all of us at FRSH.
On behalf of the FRS Staff,

Peter Verbruggen

BBG Meeting to be webcasted live

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) will meet on Friday, September 17, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The BBG will be considering BBG Governance Committee recommendations, the BBG's research program and other business. The meeting is open via webcast to the public. The public may observe the open meeting via live and on demand streaming at

The Broadcasting Board of Governors is an independent federal agency, supervising all U.S. government-supported, civilian international broadcasting, whose mission is to promote freedom and democracy and to enhance understanding through multimedia communication of accurate, objective, and balanced news, information, and other programming about America and the world to audiences overseas. BBG broadcasts reach an audience of 171 million in 100 countries. BBG broadcasting organizations include the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti).

(BBG Press Release)

R.Hage Somaliya test on 6915 kHz

"R. Hage Somaliya" plans to run a test on 6915 kHz on Sunday 12th September between 1600-1605. 73 and good listening!

(WRTH Info via Twitter)

History of AIR Kolkata

Interesting blog entry on anniversary & history of AIR Kolkata (in Hindi)

CQ 2011-2012 Calendar Announcement


CQ Amateur Radio Operators Calendar
15 month calendar - January 2011 through March 2012

Hicksville, NY - CQ Communications, Inc. is now accepting orders for an annual favorite - the CQ Amateur Radio Operators Calendar. The 2011 - 2012 calendar orders are scheduled to ship no later than September 30th. Orders placed by September 27th will also receive a $5.00 OFF coupon with their calendar.

Photographer Larry Mulvehill, WB2ZPI has done it again! Larry zig-zagged across the nation and captured 15 spectacular images of some of the biggest, most photogenic shacks, antennas, scenics and personalities in the nation!

This fifteen month calendar (January 2011 through March 20112) includes dates of important Ham Radio events such as major contests and other operating events, meteor showers, phases of the moon and other astronomical information, along with important and popular holidays.

We've held the price to $10.95 again this year and kept the "lower than usual" shipping and handling costs for this product. Shipping and handling to a domestic address is $2, to Canada/Mexico - $4, to all other countries - $9.

Order by Monday, September 27th and you'll receive a $5.00 OFF coupon with your calendar (one coupon for each calendar ordered) to use towards your next purchase of $25 or more at the CQ On-Line Store! Please note, the coupon does not have an expiration date and can be used towards the regular price of any book, magazine subscription (new or renewal), cd, dvd - whatever you'd like, whenever you'd like! Pre-orders will be shipped as soon as the calendars arrive from the printer (no later than September 30th). Be among the first to receive your calendar (and coupon) order today!

Here's a link for quick and easy ordering: 2011-2012 CQ Amateur Radio Operators Calendar

Order by September 27th to receive a $5.00 coupon with your calendar!
Please note: This coupon can not be combined with any other offer or used towards the purchase of sale or special offer items.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

BBC Bangla mix up with ghost of Bangladesh Daylight Savings time

BBC Bangla noted on 8th and 9th June 2010 with announcement in Bengali at the start of the 0030-0100 UTC transmission mentioning the local times as "6.30 am in Bangladesh and 5.00 am in India". It should should have actually read "6.30 am in Bangladesh and 6.00 am in India". This is a ghost of the Bangladesh Daylight savings time when Bangladesh local time advanced by one hour between 19th June and 31st December 2009.During this period BBC Bangla had advanced its transmission by one hour to keep up with this change. The Bangladesh Daylight savings time was scrapped before the next daylight savings time session which was supposed to have started on 31st March 2010.

It is not clear since when this mix up has been continuing. BBC Bangla frequency information in Bengali script in their website had remained backdated for well over one and a half years. Only recently has it been corrected.

(Supratik Sanatani,Kolkata via bangladx yg)

BBC Proms 320 kbps AAC experiment

The BBC has launched an "experimental" 320 kbps AAC Internet stream carrying the Proms. The stream will be available until the Last Night of the Proms on Saturday 11th September, and the BBC would like people to listen to the stream while the Proms are on, then to provide feedback by filling in a short online questionnaire.

As it is an extreme rarity for the BBC to care about the audio quality it delivers on digital radio, let alone experiment with a bit rate as high as 320 kbps, would urge as many of you as possible to have a listen to this stream and to fill in the online questionnaire afterwards.

The 320 kbps AAC stream can be found here:

The online questionnaire is here:

And a BBC Internet blog about the "extra high quality audio experiment" can be found here:

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Fraunhofer IIS announces the worldwide launch of Diveemo the new small-scale video service for Digital Radio Mondiale

Fraunhofer IIS Announces the Worldwide Launch of Diveemo the New Small-Scale Video Service for Digital Radio Mondiale, World's first Diveemo live broadcast showcased at IBC 2010,
demonstrating unprecedented DRM services

Fraunhofer IIS, the leading innovator of technologies for cutting-edge audio and multimedia systems, today announced the worldwide launch of Diveemo new small-scale video service for Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) at IBC 2010. Initiated as a joint effort between Fraunhofer IIS, Thomson Broadcast & Multimedia and Chengdu NewStar Electronics, Diveemo delivers cost efficient large-area distribution of education and information video programs via DRM.

Developed by Fraunhofer IIS, Diveemo will be showcased Monday, 13 Sept. at the launch event hosted by the DRM Consortium at the Thomson booth, 1.D11. The launch will feature the world's first Diveemo transmission of a live video broadcast with BBC content displayed on a NewStar DRM receiver. The service will also be showcased at the Fraunhofer IIS booth 8.C81 for the duration of the IBC 2010 exhibition. DRM transmissions over shortwave have virtually unlimited coverage possibilities ranging from 100 to well over 5,000,000 square kilometres depending on the transmission conditions and broadcast parameters. The service opens the door to a large range of unprecedented information and education services and is an ideal platform to reach audiences worldwide with a single DRM transmitter or an even more cost-efficient DRM single frequency network. Diveemo offers free-of-charge reception and is independent of gatekeeper and third party providers like satellite and cable networks.

"Fraunhofer IIS developed Diveemo together with its partners Thomson and NewStar as the unique and cost-effective way to reach millions of people anytime, anywhere with a single terrestrial DRM transmitter," said Alexander Zink, project manager of Diveemo at Fraunhofer IIS. "With the low-cost implementation on the transmitter and receiver side, Diveemo allows broadcasters to reach audiences that otherwise could not participate easily in up-to-date sharing
of latest information and education programs and that so far were dependent on audio-only radio services."
Diveemo is designed to offer a convenient mobile small-scale video service experience, allowing users to quickly switch between channels and enjoy consistent audio and video even under bad reception conditions. A video stream can be accompanied by one or more audio streams, allowing for synchronous, multi-language support. Diveemo enabled receivers also feature all the benefits of the DRM Digital Radio standard, such as service selection by Unicode compatible station labels, alternative frequency signalling and switching, announcement and warning/alert features. Diveemo is on track to be standardized by ETSI in the near future.

(Press Release)

Promoting truth with Commando Radio

KABUL, Afghanistan -- If information is power then the commandos just became more powerful as their radio station here at Camp Morehead celebrated the opening of their new facility and increased coverage area with a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept 1.
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BBC World Service broadcasts in Burma face axe

BBC has been warned by Foreign Office that cuts could force pullout from several countries

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Stop jamming SW Radio Africa

For those who do not know, SW Radio Africa is a wonderful radio station that broadcasts from London in the United Kingdom. The station is operated by exiled Zimbabwean journalists who – after successfully challenging Mugabe’s broadcasting monopoly in Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court in 2000 ......

Thursday, September 02, 2010

BBC Burmese At 70 – roadshow in Thailand launches newsletter for Burmese migrants

BBC Burmese marks 70 years on air with a roadshow in Mae Sot, Thailand – home to tens of thousands of Burmese economic and political migrants.

As part of special events and programming today, on the eve of the anniversary, in the border town between Burma and Thailand, BBC Burmese has launched its new monthly newsletter tailored for Mae Sot-based Burmese expats.

The first newsletter opens up with a message from BBC Global News Director, Peter Horrocks, who praises the role of BBC Burmese broadcasts in keeping Burmese people informed.

BBC Burmese launched on 2 September 1940 and has since reported all key events in Burma. According to surveys, the service has a weekly audience of 8.4 million listeners in Burma, reaching 22.9 per cent of the country's population.

Independent surveys also show that BBC Burmese has established itself as the most trusted international broadcaster in Burma.

In his message opening up the first issue of the BBC Burmese Newsletter, Peter Horrocks highlights the fact that BBC Burmese broadcasts have helped to keep the Burmese people informed – and empowered.

He says: "Long before the advent of the internet, the service has been a connecting and coordinating link between Burmese people and the rest of the region and the world.

"I hope very much that this newsletter will serve as an excellent medium to further reinforce those links, extending the outreach of BBC Burmese among its audiences and helping to create even closer ties with them."

The BBC Burmese special from Mae Sot includes a live interactive programme with Burmese schoolchildren there and other audience participation events.

Head of BBC Burmese, Tin Htar Swe, comments: "This is our first ever roadshow in Thailand, and it's going to be an exciting opportunity for us to engage with our audiences directly, listen to them and report their issues and their lives to the Burmese-speakers, wherever they are.

"We are also thrilled to be launching our brand-new newsletter during this roadshow – it's another way for us to connect with our audiences in this region."

BBC Burmese broadcasts for half an hour in the morning and 45 minutes in the evening. The programmes are presented from the London and Bangkok studios of the BBC.

The radio programming is broadcast on shortwave and on PAS10 and Palapa satellite television channels and streamed online via the website

(BBC World Service International Publicity )

"Lifeline service": BBC Burmese marks 70th anniversary

By Bethan Jinkinson
BBC News
As the BBC Burmese service broadcast a programme marking its 70th anniversary, Sandhobasa, a monk, called in to say that he had been listening for more than two decades.

DRM+ Demos at IFA

Digital for AM Band ? Maybe....

All India Radio tested the AM single channel Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) simulcast system on a 100 kW transmitter last year. Unlike the DRM simulcast system that was tested around 2002 which used two adjacent channels, which clearly would not work in the USA, this system used operates on a single channel using an ingenious method of squeezing the digital carriers completely within a +/- 5 kHz channel!

Read the rest of the blog entry here :