Friday, February 27, 2009
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, has signed a Grant of Permission Agreement on 25th February 2009 for establishing, maintaining and operating a Community Radio Station at Sironj Tehsil, Vidisha District, Madhya Pradesh with Indian Society for Agribusiness Professionals (ISAP), a Delhi based NGO. Letter of Intent had been issued to the Organisation after screening by a Screening Committee and seeking requisite clearances from various Ministries. The Community radio station is expected to be operational within three months as per the agreement. This brings the count of total Community Radio Stations sanctioned by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to 107 which include 34 NGOs, 45 Educational Institutions, 9 State Agricultural Institutions and 19 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs). Sironj Tehsil is a part of Malwa region having black cotton soil plains. It is famous for its Calicos and Muslin. As per 2001 census, Sironj has a population of 42,100 with 53% males & 47% females. Sironj has a literacy rate of 55%, lower than the national average of 59.5% with male literacy 62% and female literacy 47%. Indian Society for Agribusiness Professionals (ISAP), New Delhi is a professional, "not for profit" organisation with a wide network of agriculture & allied sector professionals in India and the SAARC countries. It has 15,000 members, including 1500 Agri-Experts, about 1700 Disseminators, 900 Partner NGOs, more than 1000 Researchers, and a large number of Agriculture Journalists amongst others. The Ministry encourages setting up the Community radio Station as it promises to provide an opportunity to the local communities to express themselves, share their views and particularly empower the women, youth and the marginalized groups to take part in local self governance and overall socio-economic and cultural development of the area. It will also better inform the society about the developmental initiatives of Government and promote transparency in the implementation of the schemes.
(Press Information Bureau, Govt of India)
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Standing up for journalism from Keighley to Kathmandu
Motion in British Parliament
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Read the full story here :
Due to propagation conditions more difficult than expected on F=21620 kHz, the DRM transmission from Issoudun - France to BES_New Delhi - India will use the following frequencies on Wednesday 25 February 09 :
F = 17570 kHz from 0830 to 1159 UTC
F = 15530 kHz from 1200 to 1300 UTC
AIR Rewa on 1179 kHz
AIR Raipur on 981 kHz
AIR Jabalpur on 801 kHz
AIR Darbhanga on 1296 kHz
AIR Najiababad 954 kHz
AIR Bhabanipatna on 1206 kHz
AIR Bhagalpur on 1458 kHz
AIR Sambalpur on 945 kHz
AIR Cuttak A on 972 kHz
AIR Jeypore on 1467kHz
AIR Allahabad on 1026 kHz
AIR Varanashi A on 1242 kHz
AIR Uttarkashi on 1602 kHz
AIR Lucknow A on 747 kHz
AIR Vijaywada A on 837 kHz
AIR Kolkata A on 657 kHz
AIR Kolkata B on 1008 kHz
AIR Siliguri on 711 kHz
And a few AIR radio stations of my region that can be heard here on medium
AIR Dibrugarh on 567 kHz
AIR Guwahat B on 1035 kHz
AIR Guwahat A on 729 kHz
AIR Tezpur on 1125 kHz
AIR Kokrajhar on 1512 kHz (its the nearest AIR Radio Station from my place)
AIR Itanagar on 675 kHz
AIR Tawang on 1521 kHz (Best received station in the night mostly)
AIR Shillong on 864 kHz
AIR Silchar on 828 kHz
AIR Aizawl on 540 kHz
AIR Imphal on 882 kHz
AIR Kohima on 639 kHz
AIR Gangtok on 1404 kHz
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri, Assam, India
Geographical Location of Reception Place(Abhayapuri):
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
International players showcased their products, facilities and services. On display were whole range of products like Amplifiers, Antenna Systems(Broadcast, FM & TV), Attenuators, conductors, Antenna testers, Audio measuring & test equipments, Audio mixers, Audio processors, Automation systems & softwares, Broadcast equipments & softwares, Broadband access products, Cables & accessories, Channel automation systems, Compact & digital disc production systems, DTH Systems, DAB Systems, Digital Audio & Video recording systems, Digital storage,archival & retrieval systems, DVB-T Transmitters, Earth stations/systems, Fibre optic solutions/services, Filters & splitters, Frequency monitoring systems, FM Exciters, HD Radio, HDTV, Headphones, Microphones, Mixers, Network management systems, Radio data systems, Radio automation softwares, Scheduling softwares, Satellite receivers, Switchers, Transmitters (AM,FM,TV), Test & Measuring equipments, Virtual Studio, VSAT systems, Wireless systems.
The event was inaugrated by Sri.Anand Sharma, Hon'ble Minister of State, External Affairs & Information & Broadcasting, Govt of India on 23rd Feb'09. Guest of honour were Sushma Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Mr.B.S.Lalli, CEO,Prasar Bharati & Philip Laven,Chairman DVB. The key note address was delivered by Ruxandra Obreja, Controller, Business Development, BBC & Chairperson, DRM.
In her keynote address Ruxandra Obreja said " I suggest that digitisation is vital for the 21st century interdependent world. Against all this I propose a vision that I could sum up as "globalization with local relevance". "FM is replacing AM, mobile phones are replacing fixed line phones, digital technologies are replacing analog ones, and what would have warmed my DRM chairperson's heart more than your is the DRM transmissions to Europe & the UK on your 250 kW SW transmitter at Khampur " Obreja said. Ruxandra Obreja summed up with " Digital technologies are here to stay. Digital Radio, DRM specifically, has an opportunity to play a part in the future to help build our relationship with audiences".
A workshop on DRM was organized by DRM consortium,UK in which presentations were made by Julian Cable, SeniorProject Manager, BBC, Lindsay Cornell, Principal Systems Architect, Future Media & Technology Division, BBC & Chairman World DMB & DRM Technical Committee, Thomas Feustel, Head of Terrestrial Transmission, DW, Joseph Troxler, Managing Director, Thomson Broadcast & Multimedia AG, T.V.B.Subramanyam, Senior Programme Manager, Analog Devices. Most of the All India Radio officials & engineers were present at the workshop. Julian Cable spoke about Content & Planning, Coding & Multiplexing, Distribution , DRM modes, coding rates & MW experiences. Joseph Troxler emphasized on DRM transmitter conversions, DRM features, Advance possibilities & Multi Program structure. T.V.B.Subramanyam spoke about DRM receivers using programmable DSP chips.
Prasar Bharati ( Broadcasting Corp. of India ) put up a huge stall (A 1-6) in which latest technical innovations from All India radio & Doordarshan were exhibited.
Among the systems displayed by AIR were :
b) SMS Based Remote Monitoring System for Unmanned VLPTs.
c) EWBS - Emergency Warning Broadcast System.
d) Telemetry System for MW Transmitters.
e) Remote Monitoring and Control System for FM Transmitters.
All India Radio Research Department carried out extensive propagation measurements at Delhi, Moradabad, Mathura,Gwalior, Agra, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Aligarh, Lucknow, Bangalore, Patna, Kolkata for the following investigations
· Near Vertical Incidence Skywave(NVIS) propagation for planning of DRM Regional SW transmitters of AIR.
· Long distance reception of DRM SW signals for external services.
· Simulcasting of analogue & DRM signals in SW band.
· Simulcasting of analogue & DRM signals in MW band.
The R&D propagation studies will help in choosing the optimum DRM parameters for example: Robustness mode, Modulation, Code Rate, Interlever, Bit rate, Power of transmitter, required difference between analogue & DRM powers during simulcast operation etc.
DRM Future Plans :
· Existing 25 MW transmitters will be replaced by DRM transmitters.
· Existing 10 MW transmitters will be modified to DRM transmitters.
· 40 New DRM + FM transmitters will be installed.
· Existing 43 FM/MW transmitters will be replaced by DRM+ FM transmitters.
Transmitter manufacturer & provider of technology,services & systems, Thomson also participated in this years expo, they displayed their latest DRM solution equipments & also some DRM receivers. Among some of the prominent exhibitors were Autodesk India, Autoscript Broadcast BECIL(Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Ltd.), Broadcast & Cablesat, Broadcast Tecnologies, Falcon Technologies, Harris Broadcast Comm., HCL, NDTV Labs, Qualcomm India Pvt. Ltd., Radio Frequency System, Radio Systems Inc., Royal Broadcasting, Samsung, Sony, Rohde & Schwarz, Sun Broadcast & Wide Orbit,USA.
A conference was also held for which theme was "Broadcasting Technologies : Integrating the World" at Pragati Maidan,New Delhi. Some of the prominent speakers were - Philip Laven,Chairman, DVB, A.K.Bhatnagar, Chief Engineer, Doordarshan, Vineeta Dwivedi,Project Director, DRM, Lindsay Cornell, Principal System Architect,BBC,Joseph Troxler, MD, Thomson,T.V.B.Subramanyam, Sr.Programme Manager, Analog Devices, S.R.Aggarwal, Chief Engineer AIR & DD, Thomas Feustel,DW, Mr.R.N.Choubey,TRAI,New Delhi, Sharad Sadhu,Technical Director, ABU,Malaysia, Hal Kneller, Broadcast Business development, Ibiquity Digital Corp., USA, Tim Bealor, Broadcast Electronics, Bharat Bhatia, Regional Director, Motorola, ManavSinghal, Sr. Project Manager, Infosys, Arnaud Elnecave, Dalet, Charles W.Kelly, Director of sales, Nautel etc........
All India Radio will also have special transmission for BES Expo.
DRM transmissions will start at 0430 UTC instead of 0900 UTC
Special Txn : 0430-0900 UTC
Regular Txn at 0900-1200 UTC
Service : VIVIDH BHARATI SERVICE
Frequency : 6100 kHz (H 2/1/0.2) (via Khampur)
Power : 50 kW (7dB below the original analog power)
MODE: B (NVIS)
Mon, 23 Feb 2009
VOA will b'cast additional English on the morning of 25th February 2009 only on President's address as per the following schedule :
0100 till the end of the b'cast/0400 UTC on 9885 11705 11565 13855 15230 17685
(Alok Dasgupta via http://dxasia.info/news)
Monday, February 23, 2009
DRM transmissions will start at 0430 UTC instead of 0900 UTC
Special Txn : 0430-0900 UTC
Regular Txn at 0900-1200 UTC
Service : VIVIDH BHARATI SERVICE
Frequency : 6100 kHz (H 2/1/0.2) (via Khampur)
Power : 50 kW (7dB below the original analog power)
MODE: B (NVIS)
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Additional DRM transmissions to BES/ India carrying the recently launched DW / BBC service for Europe, from Trincomalee (Sri Lanka) to India (New Delhi)
Date : 22nd to 26th Feb, 2009
Time : 0500-0759 UTC
Freq: 12055 kHz.
There will be special DRM transmissions from TDF / Issoudun to India
Date : 23rd to 25 Feb 2009
DRM Power = 150 kW,
Frequency = 21620 kHz,
Azimuth = 80°,
Antenna = Alliss 4/4
Time = 0830-1300 UTC
BW = 10 kHz
MSC : 16 QAM
CR = 0.62
Audio bit-rate ~ 14 kbits/sec,
Audio Encoding = AAC, no SBR,
Depending on reception results, these parameters could be adjusted.
TDF would be pleased to receive DRM reports from India and other parts
of the world.
CVC will be broadcasting in Hindi towards India for the duration of the BES Expo 2009 in Delhi.
Dates: 23 - 25 Feb 2009
Time: 08:30 - 12:00 UTC (14:00 - 17:30 local time, India)
Frequency: 17590 kHz
Any reception reports and comments would be welcome.
(DRM Software Radio Forum)
Dhaka, Feb 20 (bdnews24.com)-Germany's Deutsche Welle will soon switch to FM in its pursuit of a bigger Bangladesh market share as short wave broadcast increasingly becomes a thing of the past. "The number of short wave listener is falling," Grahame Lucas, who leads the South Asia team at Deutsche Welle Radio, told bdnews24.com Friday. bdnews24.com and DW Radio last year joined forces to deliver real-time news to a wider segment of readers both at home and abroad.
Read the full story here :
Time 1300 to 1400 UTC
Channel 6140 KHz
The transmissions of Radio Gloria will be broadcast over the transmitting station Wertachtal in Germany. The transmitter power will be 100 000 Watts, and we will be using a non-directional antenna system (Quadrant antenna).
20 February 2009
By Tom Gillespie
National Union of Journalists members at the BBC World Service's South Asia division are planning to hold a 24-hour strike next Thursday in protest against "offshoring" plans. The BBC plans to move some World Service programme-making from London to Islamabad, Delhi and Kathmandu. The decision means that, according to the BBC, 10 London-based staff now face redeployment or redundancy.
Read the full story here :
Friday, February 20, 2009
Report on third annual meet of the Community Radio Forum
Ruxandra Obreja, Chair of the DRM Consortium and Controller Business Development, BBC World Service, said: "Our presence at BES will give the All India Radio engineers the chance to explore the benefits and challenges of a DRM roll-out in India. As India is one of the most populated countries in the world with a dynamic media landscape, the DRM Consortium is very happy that a well-known broadcaster like All India Radio has decided to expand their DRM transmissions and take an interest in this most suitable digital option for India."
H.R.Singh, Engineer-in-Chief, All India Radio, the overall engineering head of the All India network said, "Our regular DRM transmission from a 250 kilowatt shortwave is the first step of our digital radio switchover strategy. The DRM transmission is being beamed towards Europe from 1745 to 2230 UTC on 9950 KHz and a NVIS service in DRM mode is also under operation from 1430 to 1730 IST on 6100 KHz, to cover an area of approximately 800 kilometre radius around Delhi. We are also in the process of converting four 250 kW shortwave transmitters to DRM mode by March 2009. There are plans to introduce DRM transmissions in high power medium wave and short wave transmitters on a large scale in the near future."
AIR is the national public service broadcaster of India. AIR today has a network of 232 broadcasting centers with 149 medium frequency (MW), 54 high frequency (SW) and 171 FM transmitters. The coverage is 91.79% of the area, serving 99.14% of the people in the largest democracy of the world. AIR covers 24 Languages and 146 dialects in home services.
In External services, it covers 27 languages; 17 national and 10 foreign languages.
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 . Further information on DRMTM is available from www.drm.org .
BES EXPO 2009: Conference & Exhibition on Terrestrial & Satellite Broadcasting is the fifteenth in the series of events to be organised by Broadcast Engineering Society. Nearly 300 companies from 25 countries displayed their products in BES EXPO 2008 directly or through their dealers in India. Exhibiting companies included those from Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, U.K. and U.S.A. BES EXPO 2009 is scheduled to be held from 23rd February 2009 to 25th February 2009 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India. The theme of the Conference is "Broadcast Technology: Integrating the World".
(DRM Press release)
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Please visit the Deutsche Welle Bengali website for more information:
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Here are the photo's :
(Jaisakthivel , Chennai)
* The number and dimension of natural as well as man-made disasters is unfortunately on the increase, and
* The modern communication technologies are increasingly complex, infrastructure-dependent and therefore also increasingly vulnerable.
* A large number of very flexible and mostly infrastructure-independent, local, national, regional and global networks, and
* A large number of skilled operators, who know how to communicate with often very limited means and to establish communications even under the most difficult circumstances.
The tools at their disposal range from the most robust means such as battery-operated stations operating in Morse code to links through amateur radio satellites and interconnectivity with the Internet, in voice, text, image and data modes. They range from local VHF networks of fixed, mobile and portable stations to shortwave networks that span the globe. All these networks are operated on a daily basis by men and women who are thoroughly familiar with their technology and their intricacies. Telecommunications have become a commodity that society takes for granted, and the sudden loss of that service is often felt in a similar way to the loss of shelter, food and medical support. When disasters occur in regions that do not have good coverage by public networks, or when existing communications infrastructures have just been disrupted or destroyed by such events, the Amateur Radio Service comes to the rescue. Amateur Radio operators provide communications for the rescuers and relief workers and their organizations and they help to provide communications for those affected by a disaster. In fact, contributions to emergency and disaster relief are a major argument for the preservation and the extension of the privileges the Amateur Radio Service enjoys in international and national regulations. This is one of the reasons why more and more Amateur Radio operators, through their clubs and their national societies, prepare very seriously for their role in emergencies. However, their skills can be put to use only if they are known by other first responders. Effective response to emergencies can only occur with the work of volunteers in all the various fields; from search and rescue to medical assistance and those who can provide food and shelter. Communication skills are a new, but equally vital commodity. Activities on the occasion of World Amateur Radio Day 2009 can be a great opportunity to spread the word about what the "hams" are doing.
28 January 2009
Hans Zimmermann, F5VKP / HB9AQS
IARU International Coordinator
for Emergency Communications
(Via Gopal Madhavan, President, ARSI)
Date and Time : The Contest takes place between 0530 Hrs IST of 28th February 2009 and 1730 Hrs IST of 01st March 2009
Modes: CW or Phone or Mixed
Categories: Single Operators take part in the following categories:
Single Band: CW or Phone or Mixed
Multi bands: CW or Phone or Mixed
Bands: All bands from 160 to 10 metres No WARC bands.
Exchange: No RS/RST is required. The year (in four figures) in which you got your first licence and continuing without a break. is the important exchange.
QSO points: The difference between 2008 and the four figure year you get in your contest QSO.
Example: If operator "A" gives you 1985 in Phone mode, then the QSO points are (2008-1985)=23. If operator "B" gives you 1995 in Phone mode, the points are 2008-1995= 13. If operator "C" gives you 1967 in Phone mode, then the points are (2008-1967)= 41.
Bonus: If a station is worked in CW, you get an incentive 5 points as bonus, in addition to the points you get, as shown in examples earlier. This is to encourage CW. Example: If operator "A" gave you 1985 in CW mode, the QSO points are (2008-1985)=23+ bonus 5=28. If operator "B" gave you 1995 in CW, then the points are (2008-1995)=13 + bonus 5=17. If operator "C" gave you 1967 in CW, then the points are (2008-1967)=41 + bonus 5=46.
Duplication:The same station cannot be worked again in any band or mode
Compulsory: All participants must SEND logs, else their QSOs will not be accounted for. This is very much needed for cross-checking logs received.
SWLs: You can log a station only once in any mode or band and claim points, but , logging the same station again has NO QSO pointvalue. A complete QSO only, is to be reported.
Total Score: QSO points from a band or all bands, totalled together, is the Final Score
Awards: Special awards for the oldest licence holder (his amateur age) and the youngest licence holder (amateur age) would be issued. All categories carry first three place awards.
Dead Line: All contest logs are to be sent by mail, to reach VU2UR-Arasu, Contest Manager, MIG-6, 80 Feet Road, Kengeri Upanagara, Bangalore 560060 before expiry of 30 days from the last date of the contest.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
information and news," said Bettermann. Special programming projects with partners have also been successful: "Youth Across Borders", a co-production from Deutsche Welle and the Egyptian television station ERTU has 1.1 million viewers weekly and a market share of 12.5 percent. This talk show is an example of how successful these co-productions can be. With 6.5 million users around the world weekly, DW-WORLD.DE is continuing its positive development. "That just shows that the multiplatform strategy is working," said Bettermann. "Our target audience has different interests in every region and we can serve each of these based on the technological framework of their media market."
With regards to the future, Deutsche Welle is focusing on the already-running regionalization of programming. "Competition for international broadcasters has become much more difficult," said
Bettermann. "However, with its range of multimedia services, Deutsche Welle doesn't need to shy away from the growing competition." He stated further that if Deutsche Welle wants to continue to play a determining role in the global media market, its services and distribution channels must be updated constantly to meet the changing conditions.
February 13, 2009
(DW Press Release)
Monday, February 16, 2009
All India Radio Dibrugarh celebrated its 40th anniversary on February 15, 2009. This Medium Wave Station had gone on air on February 15,1967. At that time it was in Lepetkota, which is 15 kms away in western side of Dibrugarh town. In 1975, its studio was shifted to its present location at Molokhubosa in Dibrugarh. AIR Dibrugarh broadcasts on 567 kHz. A special documentary "MOI AKHASBANI" i.e. "I'm ALL INDIA RADIO" was aired by AIR- Dibrugarh to mark this occasion from 1400UTC i.e. 7.30PM IST on February 15,2009.
(Gautam Kumar Sharma, Abhayapuri, Assam, India)
(Gautam Kumar Sharma, Abhayapuri,Assam)
Sunday, February 15, 2009
To support the upgrading of its network, the Saudi MOCI chose a wide range of Harris transmitters: 21 AM radio transmitters, including 3DX(R) digital solid-state transmitters; 40 FM radio transmitters, including the ZX(R) range of low-power transmitters; and 36 TV transmitters, including Atlas(TM) digital solid-state air-cooled transmitters. These transmitters have been deployed across multiple Saudi TV and Radio facilities to allow for the broadcast of audio and TV programs terrestrially throughout the kingdom. The new TV transmitters are an especially critical element of Saudi TV and Radio's program to upgrade its television infrastructure to digital. Four DVB-T transmission sites have already gone live this year with Harris transmitters. "We selected Harris transmitters because they provided the highest quality in terms of technology and reliability, as well as reduced operating costs," said Dr. Riyadh Najm, deputy minister of engineering affairs, MOCI. "Harris is an established leader in the transmitter business, with a long track record of success worldwide. The company's experience, along with the efficiency of the Harris systems integrator, was the major factor in our decision to allow Harris to play a central role in the major modernization project of the terrestrial network infrastructure for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia." Harris systems integrator First Gulf Company
(FGC) is the contractor for these projects. About Saudi TV and Radio The Ministry of Culture and Information is the owner of the official Saudi TV and Radio Network. Currently, it has four TV channels (operating in both terrestrial and via satellite) and four radio channels (operating in FM and AM frequency bands). In order to cover the whole country terrestrially, the ministry has about 20 medium-wave transmission stations, as well as about 130 TV and FM transmission stations of different power levels.
First Gulf Company is one of the leading contractors in Saudi Arabia in the broadcast field. Its activity covers all of the broadcast spectrum, from TV and radio studios, to TV and radio transmission, satellite uplink, TVRO, SNG, OB vans, etc. FGC enjoys the full in-house capabilities of design, integration, installation and commissioning of systems. FGC is extending its activities into the MEA region.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology ompany serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of $5.4 billion and 16,000 employees -- including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications(R) products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com .
(Harris Corporation Press Release)
Saturday, February 14, 2009
DRM consortium is holding a workshop for All India Radio engineers at the annual BES Expo international conference and exhibition on 23rd February 2009 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India. Engineers from 35-40 AIR stations (which plan to convert to DRM) as well as other delegates will take part in the workshop. There will also be a full DRM session on 24th Feb. Ruxandra Obreja, Chairperson DRM, will deliver the keynote speech on the first day of the conference that will be attended by other DRM members such as Lindsay Cornell and Julian Cable (BBC), Joseph Troxler (Thomson), Thomas Feustel (DW), TVB Subramanyam (Analogue Devices), Vineeta Dwivedi (DRM). Sharad Sadhu, Technical Director ABU will chair the DRM session. There will be a chance to listen to the recently launched DW / BBC channel for Europe, that will be transmitted to India. Deutsche Welle will offer this additional DRM transmission from Trincomale (Sri Lanka) to India (New Delhi) from 22nd to 26th of Feb, 0500-0759 UTC on 12055 KHz.
guardian.co.uk, Friday 13 February 2009 18.03 GMT
Staff on the south Asian section of the BBC World Service have today voted overwhelmingly for strike action over plans for redundancies and relocating jobs and programme-making overseas.
read the full story here :
Friday, February 13, 2009
Channel 6140 kHz
Date : 15 Feb 2009
Tom Taylor + The Radio Jackie History Part 5 with Colin King
EMR/ Internet repeat times - All programmes are also repeated via the EMR internet stream at: http://www.emr.org.uk/ and click on the "EMR internet radio" button which you will find throughout the website (see the menu on left). Today's programmes will be repeated at the following time: 1700 - 2000 utc. The Radio Jackie book can be bought from http://www.jackiebooks.com/ The price in the UK is £10 + postage & packing.
A Happy New Year and Good Listening
Thursday, February 12, 2009
1) What's your opinion about the first stamp dedicated to the heroic guerrilla Commander?
The best 40 answers will be awarded Cuban postal issues on various topics. Besides, all participants will receive Cuban stamps dedicated to Che. Contest deadline is December 31st, 2009
Source : www.radiohc.cu
(Swopan Chakroborty, Kolkata)
We are happy to inform you that the Delegate Registration for Hamfest India 2009 to be held in Bangalore on 7 & 8 November 2009 will be accepted at the Mahabalipuram Ham Meet on 14 Feb 2009. We already have 50 plus registrations in the First month of 2009 itself. We have numerous Dx Hams who have confirmed participation. Our target is to make 1000+ hams & SWLs get together during the Hamfest India 2009 in Bangalore and make it the greatest and the largest Ham gathering in India. Please contact OM Ajoy-VU2JHM or OM Varadan-VU3ITI who will be coordinating for the Delegate Registration during the Mahabalipuram Meet. All payments will be acknowledged with a receipt on the spot.
Member, Organising Committee
Hamfest India 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 09, 2009
The latest radio channel of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation , "The Wayamba Handa" , will commence transmissions from today. The channel is being transmitted through FM 99.6 frequency. The "Wayamba Handa" is concept of Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and has become a reality due to the initiatives of the SLBC chairman Mr.Hudson Samarasinghe. Director General of the Corporation Mr.Samantha Weliweriya says the aim of the new radio broadcast is to further strengthen the concept of the Mahinda Chinthanaya to carry forward media communications to the village.
(Source : SLBC)
Some new features have been added to website which includes a feedback form & new photo gallery section.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
PATNA: Farmers in Bihar would soon have their first brush with community radio. To be set up under the Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Project of Union ministry of agriculture, the community radio would air programmes catering to the needs of the farming community. Apart from airing informative programmes about the latest farming practices and the precaution the farmers should take to safeguard their standing crops, programmes based on lives of successful farmers of a given area would also be aired. Then, the community radio would provide localised weather reports. In the first phase, three such community radio stations would come up at Krishi Vikas Kendra (KVK) Birauli in Samastipur, KVK Barh in Patna and KVK Jamui.
quality of our transmissions. RFA confirms all accurate reception reports by mailing a QSL card to the listener. RFA welcomes all reception report submissions at www.techweb.rfa.org (follow the QSL REPORTS link) not only from DX'ers, but also from its general listening audience. Reception reports are also accepted by emails to firstname.lastname@example.org , and for anyone without Internet access, reception reports can be mailed to:
Radio Free Asia
2025 M. Street NW,
Suite 300 Washington DC 20036
United States of America
(AJ Janitschek, Radio Free Asia)
Danish Shortwave Club International
----- Original Message -----
From: Kelvin Brayshaw
Sent: Sunday, February 08, 2009 12:31 AM
Subject: Decision on ZLXA 3935 kHz
Following a meeting of the Board of N.Z. Radio for the Print Disabled Inc. on 2 Feb 2009, below is an extract from the Secretary's reply to my letter of 26 January in which I discuss the possible closure of our shortwave service.
The Board of the NZ Radio for the Print Disabled considered all the facts presented but came to the decision to cease broadcasting as ZLXA on 3935 kHz forthwith. The main reason for this decision is the state of the valves on the transmitter. We would need to renew the four valves (4/400c) at a cost of approximately $3000 also the cost of power at $400 per month and an annual licence of $700 combined makes this broadcasting service completely unfeasible. We are at this point in time trying to raise finance to replace the MW transmitter which suffered damage during last year's storm. The Board, though, has agreed to broadcast on 3935 kHz over a weekend from 5.00pm Friday 20th March through to Monday morning 23rd March 2009, (0400 20/3 - 1900 22/3 UTC), depending on the transmitter functioning for that period. This is the best that we can do to enable the many international DXers to receive our transmission for one last time.
As you will appreciate, for an organisation reliant on grants and donations to continue serving our listening community, the shortwave component is no longer viable. Therefore, RRS will maintain local broadcasts on 1602 kHz (2XA) and 107.3 MHz FM only.
Kindest regards & Best DX
NZ Radio Reading Service
Friday, February 06, 2009
I am going to operate with my friends VU2SMN, VU2SMS & VU2ROE with call sign AU30SHI around the birth date Of the great emperor Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
DATE : 21st Feb (1830 UTC) to 22nd Feb (1829UTC) 2009
Frequencies : 7070, 14250, 14215, 21280, 28290 kHz.
QSL's to :
After 1993 Deutsche Welle has decided to arrange a listeners' meet at Max Muller Bhavan, Kolkata (8 Ballygunge Circular Road (Pramathesh Barua Sarani) Kolakata 700019.) on 17/2/2009 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mr Graham Lucas, head of Deutsche Welle South Asia section & Ms. Debarati Guha will represent DW. The program will include powerpoint presentation on DW Radio and Website, Question-Answer session, Quiz etc. Interested listeners may send me a line expressing their willingness to come to the program. As Ms Debarati Guha is now on a trip to Australia and Thailand, I may collect your names to send it to Ms Guha. I want participation of all the interested listeners. Please mail me at email@example.com
(Rajib Bandyopadhyay, Kolkata)
Main page: http://www.swradio.net/index2.htm
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Thursday, February 05, 2009
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India has permitted the DHAN Foundation Madurai to establish, maintain and operate a Community Radio Station at Nagapattinam, Tamilnadu. The Community Radio Station is expected to be operational within three months as per the agreement. DHAN Foundation, Madurai is a Non Governmental Organization. The Kalanjiam Community Radio Station will be established at Village-Vizhunthamavadi, Block-Keelaiyur, Distt-Nagapattinam, Tamilnadu. It may be recalled that Nagapattinam is a tsunami affected area. The Community Radio Station is expected to serve particularly, the women, farmers, fishermen and empower them with information and communication critical for disaster preparedness and management. The community management committee has made linkages with the local government institutions like panchayats, health centers, schools and disaster management related Government institutions to establish a disaster management mechanism to face natural calamities. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting expects that the Community Radio initiative of the Ministry will provide an opportunity to the local communities to be better informed about the developmental initiatives of the Government and promote transparency in the implementation of the schemes.
(PIB, Govt of India)
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Tsunami-affected TN village to get community radio station
from 09:30 UTC to 11:00 UTC on the frequency 9815 kHz. The broadcasting of RDP International is a tool to promote, divulge and circulate the values of the Portuguese culture and of the reinforcement of the national identity. You can find the official RTP press release in Portuguese by clicking here .
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
(Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, National Institute of Amateur Radio )
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
(Swopan Chakroborty,Kolkata, India )
All India Radio has launched first Digital Radio Transmission from Delhi in Short-Wave band by using DRM Technology on 16th January, 2009 for the following services:
Service Time (IST) Time (UTC) Frequency (kHz) Target / Coverage Area
GOS-IV 2315-0115 1745-1945 9950 UK & WEST EUROPE
HINDI 0115-0215 1945-2045 9950 UK & WEST EUROPE
GOS-V 0215-0400 2045-2230 9950 UK & WEST EUROPE
VIVIDH BHARATI SERVICE 1430-1730 1430-1730 6100 800 Km (Approx.)
With the advent of Digital Transmission in Short-Wave band significant improvement in the reception and coverage of AIR programmes is expected. People can listen to near FM quality programmes of above services by tuning the respective frequencies on DRM Radio receivers only. The reception reports on technical quality of DRM Transmission on the above Short-wave frequencies are welcome and may be sent to Director (Spectrum Management & Synergy) through email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BES EXPO 2009
DATES & VENUE
For Conference:The Chairman Conference CommitteeBES EXPO 2009912 Surya Kiran19 Kasturba Gandhi MargNew Delhi-110 001Tel: 91-11-4352 0895,6Fax:91-11-4352 0897E-mail: email@example.com
For Exhibition:The CoordinatorBES EXPO 2009F-6 Shopping Complex, Madan Lal BlockAsian Games VillageNew Delhi - 110 049Tel: 91-11-2649 2444Fax: 91-11-2649 2888E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Indian Institute of Hams (I.I.H.) is conducting classes for Amateur Radio Examination.The classes will commence on 15 th of Feb 2009 for a duration of 6 days (3sat & 3Sun).The examinations will be in the month of April 2009.Those who are interested may please pass on this info to SWLs to join the classes .Location :-Sree Kanteerava outdoor stadium second floor. Contact vu2fi on email : email@example.com.
There are many reasons for this dismal numbers. We intend to discuss some of these key reasons so that we could foster a true CR movement in this country. Agenda: Visit to Radio Bundelkhand; CRS experiences of Sangham Radio and Radio Bundelkhand; Programming for CRS; Copyrights and royalties; Ads, revenues and funding of CRS; Application procedures – screening committees, survey forms, expensive follow ups; CR in urban India – potential and disappointments; Nurturing and protecting true CR in India;
Confirmation: Please send in your confirmations to Priya Panicker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Kindly let her know how many people from your organization would be attending and your travel schedules.
Contribution: All participants are requested to contribute Rs.200 (per participant) at the venue. This is to cover the cost of lunch and teas during the meet. Development Alternatives, our host, has kindly agreed to take care of the cost of venue and will also host the dinner on 14th.
Travel: Participants will need to take care of their own travel cost and arrangements. Orchha is a 20-minutes drive from Jhansi railway station. Please book in advance to get reservations.
Stay: At TARAgram, Orchha DA has a dormitory with 28 beds. Please contact Wg. Cdr. Pramod Sahney of Development Alternatives at 09415031058.
You can also stay in hotels in the city of Jhansi. DA recommends Sita (0510 2444690) and Srinath (0510 2445555)
CRF sincerely appreciates all at Radio Bundelkhand and Development Alternative for hosting us. We hope that you would all take this opportunity to stay on for a day or two to learn more about Radio Bundelkhand (Please see note below).
Looking forward to meeting you all.
CRF-India is a registered society committed to fostering true community radio in India through trainings, advocacy, research and lobbying. CRF India represents the civil society organizations and individuals committed to the ethos of a community owned and managed media.
Radio Bundelkhand at TARAgram, Orchha
Radio Bundelkhand 90.4 is an initiative of Development Alternatives in partnership with the communities of Bundelkhand, to give voices to the deprived and marginalised communities of Bundelkhand region of Central India. The project was initiated by DA in early 2007 with a mission of disseminating relevant information to the rural audience. It covers a radius of 600 acres. 90.4 FM seeks to promote development interactive communication. It aims at broadcasting The target community of the project are women, youth and men from marginalised caste and class of Bundelkhand, the central Indian Belt of Bundelkhandi (local dialect) speaking communities. The goal is to bring a progressive social change in the area of Bundelkhand. The objective is to provide a platform to the people of the region to gain wider access to information, understand their own needs, express their concerns, be heard and exchange ideas amongst themselves - all in their own language. The activities involve in the project are community mobilization, training of community reporters, construction of the station and installation of the equipments, formation of governing and management bodies, managing the
operations of the station and making it sustainable. The major output of these activities is establishment of Radio Bundelkhand as ICT tool of villagers for voicing their own stories and concerns. The idea is to make it "for the people, of the people and by the people" of Bundelkhand.
How does the Radio Bundelkhand station work?
The purpose of this radio is to work along with our communities in the radius of the proposed radio station the communities and use this communication medium - to create awareness, give information, participate in local self governance and provide entertainment - all based on requests and feedback from the community. It was agreed upon that they would like information related to employment and livelihood opportunities, development of women, women education, legal rights, farmers' issues, training, their culture and history, how to ensure the availability of basic infrastructure such as water, energy and roads, development issues, and any other information sought by the communities. The programs of the station are based on the issues and content identified by the communities and broadcasting in the formats which they prefer that includes the use of traditional Bundelkhandi songs, folk music and nataks, discussions, reports, commodity prices, phone ins, experts speak, coverage of events in villages, jokes and satire, listeners' letters and feedback. A participatory activity is contacted time to time in villages to find out the need of the listeners/villagers, their likings, etc. The communities with DA representatives decided what they would like to listen through Radio Bundelkhand. Radio Bundelkhand has a core team includes the station manager, producer of the programs and most importantly 5 community reporters. These reporters are members of the communities, living the villages where the radio has its reach. These 5 reporters collect information from ground, get feedback from the villages and make programes that the community wants to listen.
Management of the Radio Bundelkhand Station
The management of the station is handled by the management committee members including village representatives (Sarpanch, representatives from women SHG group), representative of Development Alternatives, Radio Bundelkhand All India Radio; Medical Officer Public Health Center and school teacher. The daily operation is managed by the Radio Bundelkhand team. In addition, a Public Advisory Council (PAC) which comprises member representatives from the villages covered and local policy makers from the region functions in an advisory capacity to ensure buy-in from district authorities in an advisory capacity to ensure buy-in from district
My friends at Radio Damascus are asking to monitor both frequencies which are registered at Radio Damascus : 9330 kHz and 12085 kHz . Although I haven't personally monitored 12085 Khz for a very long time, some listeners did think to have heard the Spanish program of Radio Damascus recently again on this frequency (see Glenn Hauser's DX LISTENING DIGEST 9-010, February 1, 2009).
Maybe Radio Damascus re-activated 12.085 Khz again. My own monitoring of Radio Damascus on 9330 Khz in Belgium gives the following results :
1800 UTC : German : if on the air, fair to strong signal (1)
1900 UTC : French : idem but heavy interference from Radio Farda (?), using a transmitter in Kuwait (1)
2000 UTC : English : only on satellite - no shortwave
2100 UTC : English, second hour : no reception on shortwave -signal too weak
2200 UTC : Spanish : idem as English at 2100 UTC
(1) Very weak modulation. Even when 9330 kHz is on the air with a strong signal, it is very difficult listening because the extremely low audio signal.
May I ask all listeners of Radio Damascus, wherever they are, to monitor both frequencies 9330 kHz and 12085 kHz) in the coming days and to send their comments and reports to this email address :
Please also report on the modulation. I will forward every report immediately to the head of the English section at Radio Damascus.
unofficial website of Radio Damascus : http://www.radio-damascus.net
Kind greetings from Belgium!