Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Finally Heard Radio Nepal On 5005kHz On September 25

Its my pleasure to inform you all that after random monitoring of  Radio Nepal on 5005kHz for several days during  0830-1115utc, finally I heard the signal on the afternoon of September 25th(2018) from 1037utc to 1111utc.The Signal faded away & also noise level increased after 111utc approx..& nothing audible as such.I used both my Grundig YB 400  with AC Adaptar.9V & GRUNDIG YB 80 Rx on battery with my EXT ANT:Cu WIRE 78' Length 30' Height With COAX LEADIN .The signal strength though was fair to weak and also with low audio intensity (low modulation) but whenever music was played its audio intensity became higher..There was moderate fading sometimes.There was live call-in show with listeners plus music was played as I undestood listening to it.Also hum was also observed. And I like to mention further the language of the broadcast was in Nepali Language.

Here are the link to the audio files recorded:
At 1051utc via GRUNDIG YB 400 Rx:
https://app.box.com/s/uubgz8nqvaei5yzqixn283w5ezhiyp54

At 1102utc via GRUNDIG YB 80 Rx:
https://app.box.com/s/w08z8spd3ajcttwwtoemlis9sknkzqmu

At 1109utc via  GRUNDIG YB 400 Rx:
https://app.box.com/s/kw395w0ckbnelwahh7c9iyy05q9lje35

Thanks for Victor Goonetilleke for sharing the breaking news of Radio Nepal comming back on 5005kHz after a long gap of several years in UNION OF ASIAN DXERS Facebook Group.
73s
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)
Geographical Location of Reception Place(Abhayapuri):
Longitude:26º18´20´´North
Latitude:90º37´50´´East

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Only BBCWS English Frequency Audible.. The Once All Season Reliable & Consistent 15310kHz

For several weeks here in my QTH Abhayapuri BBCWS is audible with good signal only on 15310kHz during 1200-1300utc and nothing audible due to poor signal and noise ,intereference  on any other frequencies as per my random checking on other frequencies during several time slots.Its just to remind you that  15310kHz  ome of the  long standing all season ,most reliable & consistent   frequency of BBCWS English Programs relayed from different transmitter sites located in Asia.Now only one hour transmission  from Al Seela Oman with 250kW of English Program aired from BBC.
Here is the audio recorded of BBCWS English at 1159utc on 5310kHz on September 10th:
https://app.box.com/s/r46yi80nl7hyrm1tl3zfbge5psg5fp9h

More radio monitoring inputs etc soon.
73s
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

SARL's Amateur Radio Today On Shortwave Heard At Abhayapuri

Date:September 9,2018
RX:Grundig Yacht Boy 400 ANT:Cu WIRE 78' Length 30' Height With COAX LEADIN  
Geographical Location of Reception Place(Abhayapuri):
Longitude:26º18´20´´North
Latitude:90º37´50´´East

South Afrcian Radio Leauge (SARL) 's Program on Amateur Radio  "Amateur Radio Today" in  English 0811-858utc onwards on 17760kHz(250kW) via Meyerton(Sentech) South Africa was audible with overall fair to poor reception with signal strength fair but noisy with fading and its difficult to copy the audio contents due to noise etc.
Here is the audio link recorded around 0816utc.
https://app.box.com/s/0mydanp6d963ram718qyg0odezkn4fp9

And just for your reminder Amateur Radio Today is the weekly radio programme of SARL for "radio amateurs, shortwave listeners and electronic hobbyists" and its skd on shortwave is as follows
Sundays: 08:00-0900utc  all transmissions via  via Meyerton,South Africa in A3E
17760kHz (250kW) &  7205 kHz (100kW)
And you can also listen to the the program in J3E mode on 7082kHz lsb
A Repeat broadcast on Mondays
16:30-1730utc   on 3230kHz (100kW)

The e-mail idd of correspondence 
artoday@sarl.org.za 

Postal Address : 
Amateur Radio Today
P.O. Box 90438, Garsfontein. 
Republic of South Africa.
0042.

I think on sundays from 0800utc on 17760kHz (A3E Mode) is the best option for shortwave listeners/HAMs of my region to listen to the program.

Please try to listen to the program on A3E & J3E Mode.

More loggings etc soon.
73s
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

Radio Monitoring Observations From Abhayapuri

Here is a few general radio monitoring observations made be me in my QTH at Abhayapuri at present over several days.

RX:Grundig Yacht Boy 400 ANT:Cu WIRE 78' Length 30' Height With COAX LEADIN  
Geographical Location of Reception Place(Abhayapuri):
Longitude:26º18´20´´North
Latitude:90º37´50´´East

Voice Of Mongolia English 0900-0930utc transmission on 12085kHz as usual is not audible at all due to severe side band splatter from a Chinese radio station broadcasting on 12080kHz.It is happening as far as I can recall right from the beginning of A18 season of broadcast.

Radio New Zealand Pacific English  1100-1300utc on 7425kHz reception has been improving day by day as approaching for B18 season of broadcasting.
Here is the link to the audio recorded around 1139utc on September 10th of RNZI Pacific English on 7425kHz:
https://app.box.com/s/rt1mdc5jjr6pf6z13bqn1qzrp8onhw7u

 Intereference & Distorted Audio(?):
Station KNLS English via Madagascar World Voice(MWV) on 9600kHz during 0200-0256utc is now facing co-channel interference from a Chinese Radio Station.And for first 20 miniutes or so nothing audible as such of KNLS English signal & after that signal is audible with slighly distorted audio & mixing with Chinese station's audio.And the reception condition of KNLS English improves after 0230utc for even better. 
As mentioned earlier in one of my post ine the blog  that Voice of Turkey English  signal on 15520kHz during 1630-1720utc transmission  is also facing same problem.Its audio becomes slightly distorted when its signal mixes with possible co-channel radio station's signal or adjacent frequency sideband splatter.
But now-a-days the signal of Voice of Turkey English is very weak on 15520kHz as per my monitoring also nothing audible of the co-channel station/adjacent channel.I'll monitor again for better assessment of the reception of Voice of Turkey English.

More radio monitoring observations etc soon.
73s
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

Thursday, September 6, 2018

All India Radio Transmissions On My Monitoring Radar

Here is a few of my recent monitoring observations of All India Radio(AIR) Stations  at the  morning at my QTH (Abhayapuri) .
The working conditions are...

RX:Grundig Yacht Boy 400 ANT:Cu WIRE 78' Length 30' Height With COAX LEADIN  
Geographical Location of Reception Place(Abhayapuri):
Longitude:26º18´20´´North
Latitude:90º37´50´´East

On the morning September 4th of 2018:
AIR Gangtok was not heard during my several aircheck during 0240-0330utc on its frequency on 4835kHz.
AIR Shillong was noted with good to fair signal on its regular morning frequency of 4970kHz during my monitoring period of 0241 to 0307utc.There was Morning News in Hindi & followed by from  0245utc Morning News in English relayed from AIR-Delhi was aired and again from 0300utc North East News Bulletin in English was aired from Shillong itself.And after station Idd announcements etc...Western Music Program was aired from 0305utc.Today the intensity of audio was improved i.e. modulation of the signal of AIR Shillong.
Here is the link to the audio recorded at 0304utc:
https://app.box.com/s/wclap5inugvp85ckbwg5vv252bg3p30v

AIR Hindi External Service Programs was heard by me on 15185kHz from 0314utc onwards  upto 0333utc.The reception quality was initially was good but later weakening of signal to slight extent with fading was observed sometimes but still signal could be comfortably copied.Signature Tune of AIR followed by station Id & frequnecy etc plus Programs announcements etc aired followed by devotional songs,news in Hindi, 0330utc onwards Ram Charit Manas recital etc aired.
Here is the link to the audio recorded at 0315utc:
https://app.box.com/s/tixtv9ug7qrtr0uf2eye5hc3y5tyuxmt

On the morning September 5th of 2018:
AIR Gangtok was heard on 4835kHz with good signal  during my monitoring period of 0230 to 0306utc. 
AIR Shillong was heard good to  fair signal strength  with low intensity audio level (i.e.low modulation) once again on 4970kHz as observed by during same monitoring period..
Here is the audio recorded at around 0301utc:
https://app.box.com/s/icb5qgm872f06k606wmy9ekw7aywlv53

AIR-Hyderabad on 7420kHz was heard with fair signal with slight QRM Side band splatter,fading etc  from 0257utc onwards relaying Morning News from AIR-Delhi followed by News type feature in Telegu etc & station Id announcement in Telegu by male presenter at 0306utc or so .
Here is the link to the audio recorded around 0259utc:
 https://app.box.com/s/j4a8tgvwnhrgh7a8i75iyy79rjdp9yhl

A Few General Observations On AIR Regional Stations On Shortwave:
AIR Thiruvananthapuram on 5010kHz , AIR Portblair on 4760kHz  are not audible/ audible with very poor reception now-a-days.And AIR-Chennai on 4920kHz sometimes audible with weak signal specially in the evening  mix with strong signal of co-channel Chinese regional station.The signal this  summer  of AIR Chennai's another morning frequency on 7380kHz is not very good here often noisy.
And as reported earlier AIR Kurseong on 4895kHz & 7230kHz AIR Aizawl on 5050kHz & 7295kHz   are still not on air as per my monitoring observation. AIR Bhopal is facing severe to moderate  inteference on 4810kHz but on 7430kHz it is audible with good signal with no intereference. AIR Jeypore is audible on 5040kHz more or less satifactory signal specially in the morning.AIR Jaipur is sometimes audible on 4910kHz however not monitored regularly.AIR-Hyderabad is sometimes audible with fair signal on its another morning frequency of 7420kHz with sideband splatter & noise etc.But nothing audible on AIR Hyderabad on 4800kHz due to severe intereference from Chinese Regional Stations.

More Monitoring Updates etc soon.
73s
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

A Sunday Evening With Radio

Hi!! Its after a break of of a several weeks that I'm going to post radio related observations.It has been very hot and humid condition here in my place ,Abhayapuri in Western Assam and rainfall is below per normal level this season.Hope weather will improve as the month of September progresses. 
Now back to the radio monitoring..I heard  several radio stations from the evening of September 2nd ...on sunday.Here is a brief summary my loggings.

Here is my working conditions...
RX:Grundig Yacht Boy 400 ANT:Cu WIRE 78' Length 30' Height With COAX LEADIN  
Geographical Location of Reception Place(Abhayapuri):
Longitude:26º18´20´´North
Latitude:90º37´50´´East

Radio Japan NHK Wold Bengali 1305utc 11685kHz News about a typhoon approaching parts of Japan by a male voice
The reception was good initially though slight QRM plus noise & fading  but became very noisy plus the signal strength also became weak around 1313utc onwards & I discontinued listening to it at 1316utc.
Here is the audio recorded at around 1309utc:
https://app.box.com/s/xxb5dtafqssmmby2o5mr6lkq03ziv1oi

Voice Of Vietnam English 1559utc 7220kHz Good Signal
usual signature tune & station Idd announcements etc,Program Highlights,News
It is after a long break that I'm now listening to Voice Of Vietnam English on its long standing time slot of 1600utc on 7220kHz.
Here is the link to the audio recorded:
https://app.box.com/s/x3evwzinpw6z1j1q6gk3de94auab7s4x

Adventist World Radio(AWR) Wavescan Reception:
AWR Wavescan 1530-1559utc 15670kHz..via Nauen Germany(MBR) good signal but signal strength reduced gradually towards the end of transmission but could be copied.
The link to the audio recorded at 1530utc:
https://app.box.com/s/aerpv88pdvnihyvvrf60my7trppo6c06

AWR Wavescan 1601utc  11950kHz via SPC-NURTS Sofia Kostinbrod, Bulgaria Signal Strength fair,noisy ,slight fading,slight QRM sideband splatter
The link to the audio recorded at 1602utc:
https://app.box.com/s/385djgxqelubg388gpkurqg4pb5cw568

AWR Wavescan 1603-1659utc 9580kHz via Trincomalee Sri Lanka( SLBC)
Good Signal,slight fading,slight QRM as side band splatter from a radio station broadcasting from 9570kHz
The link to audio recorded at 1622utc:
https://app.box.com/s/v53hux6up7dco3c9jhjef6ad2tvyvbo9

Voice Of Turkey(VOT) English 1629utc 15520kHz Usual Signature Tune Music with Station Ids announcements Time Signal , opening announcements etc etc ,signal strength was fair,noisy with slightly distorted audio & perhaps signal mixed with co-channel station.I observed there might be another station on the frequency...due to which VOT-English audio got distorted slightly sometimes.The same happens with the audio of KNLS English via MWV on 9600kHz during 0200-0256utc facing strong co-channel QRM from Chinese Radio Station.

More Monitoring Updates etc soon.
73s
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

From Radio Log Book Of GK A Few Latest Entries

Here is a few latest radio monitorings infos cum loggings plus observations which I like to share with you.

RX:Grundig Yacht Boy 400 ANT:Cu WIRE 78' Length 30' Height With COAX LEADIN  
Geographical Location of Reception Place(Abhayapuri):
Longitude:26º18´20´´North
Latitude:90º37´50´´East

Date:July 31,2018
SLBC(Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation) Hindi 0050utc 11905kHz Good Signal Music,Announcement of station Identity etc by a lady plus Reigious Music Program with tribute to Md Rafi, the great singer of India on the occasion of his death anniversary & Bhajan by Md.Rafi & co-artist was aired.
The link to the audio recorded at 0051utc:
https://app.box.com/s/dvdoc20th92epp4lai47pqcym6d9vvsv

Radio Japan NHK World Hindi was noted with good signal on 9820kHz via Tashkent from 0058utc starting with interval signal of NHK plus music station Idd announcements & Japanese Learning Program from 0100utc approx.
Here is the link to the audio recorded from around 0058utc:
https://app.box.com/s/ui2ekwou5endzs2e10doac1k0362z837

Radio Myanmar on 9730kHz 0229utc onwards with good signal.Burmese Langauage Programs-announcements from 0230utc English Program beginning with signature tune, station Idd & frequency of radiation announcements,news headlines..news in detail by lady
Here is the link to the audio recorded around 0230utc of Myanmar Radio English signing on..9730kHz:
https://app.box.com/s/7f6psss68sjchiav48djipkr2ssw0rxq

General Observation:
All India Radio(AIR) Gangtok On 4835kHz was noted with good signal in the morning during my several airchecks from 0101 to 0305utc.And AIR-Shillong was noted on 4970kHz as usual with low intensity audio(low modulation).

Bhutan Broadcasting Service(BBS) English 1149utc onwards  6035kHz noted with good signal no interference etc
The quiz program was on air but the transmission ended a few seconds into 1150utc abruptly as the case happens normally with BBS English in the afternoon.
Here is the link to the audio recorded around 1150utc:
https://app.box.com/s/543xsam8chhzu13i541cwswwgxvwmbqt


SPECIAL OBSERVATION:
AIR Gangtok on 4835kHz was again noted with severve hum during my aircheck on 1151utc & also during my several airchecks later in the evening.
Here is the audio recorded with severe hum type noise of AIR Gangtok on 4835kHz around 1151utc:
https://app.box.com/s/khdtunvijttpotwve3u1ftwdihgy4mlu
However during my another aircheck around 1447utc AIR Gangtok was received with normal audio no hum.
Here is the very short audio clip recorded around  1447utc (Nepali song was on air):
https://app.box.com/s/0698ui6uovq2fjx2v1ibjjyd04m7w7ud

Radio Japan Bengali 1326utc  13685kHz received with good readable signal.
The link to the audio recorded:
https://app.box.com/s/1zewswn13uccvzk9qhof2jf53q7qsskd

Radio Japan Hindi 1445utc  15745kHz was noted with good signal but certain noise was heard .
The link to the audio recorded:
https://app.box.com/s/f8m4gcu8ckt6pp1k88sohzvi9i8rda90

Date:July 29,2018
AWR Wavescan on 15670kHz via MBR Nauen,Germany during 1530-1559utc was received with not very good signal & also noisy with moderate to slight fading.The overall reception could be termed as fair to poor.And the reception of the signal from 1600utc onwards on 11950kHz via SPC-NURTS Sofia Kostinbrod  Bulgaria, of Wavescan was very weak here.However the reception was good on the other parallel frequency from 1600utc on 9580kHz via  SLBC Trincomalee, Sri Lanka with slight interference as a form of sideband splatter from a radio station broadcasting on 9570kHz.
Here is the link to the audio recorded around 1609utc on 9580kHz of AWR Wavescan:
https://app.box.com/s/4lsymvvwra5xrp4gg8308v2ds92h27pm

Voice Of Turkey(VOT) English was heard on 15520kHz with good signal from 1627utc onwards with interval signal & station Idd announcements plus time signal at 1630utc, opening usual announcements of frequency skds etc plus program highlights & then news-headlines & followed by news in detail.
Here is the link to the audio recorded of VOT English around 1629utc onwards:
https://app.box.com/s/oztp4ybyvfmpuzh9qbqfrh6lewyse13t

More Monitoring Updates etc soon.

73s
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)