Monday, August 14, 2017

All India Radio(AIR)'s Shortwave Coverage Live From Red Fort On Independence Day

Here is my monitoring observations of All India Radio(AIR)'s Live coverage on shortwave of Independence Day of India on August 15th(of 2017) & address to the Nation by Prime Minister of India from Red Fort , Delhi.

Receiver:Grundig YB 400 
Antenna:Long Copper  Wire(30 ft plus length)..height 20ft Plus  as External  Antenna With Co-axial Lead In
Geographical Location of Reception Place(Abhayapuri):
(for all cases)

AIR-Bhopal 7430kHz 0135utc Opening announcement etc..Live Comentry in Hindi from Red Fort,Good Reception Overall
Usually AIR-Bhupal is on air on 4810kHz during hour.only changes to 7430kHz around 0215-0225utc perhaps...but to give break free coverage of the PM's speech ,perhaps it AIR-Bhupal  was on 7430kHz from the start of the transmission.After getting nothing at 4810kHz around 0115utc aprrox., I retuned my Rx to 7430kHz..& heard regional news in Hindi on air.

AIR-Bengaluru (?)...... 15040kHz 0137utc Commentary in English Fair To Good Signal
AIR-Mumbai(?) 7340kHz 0138utc Commentary in Hindi,Fair Overall reception

AIR-Shillong 4970kHz 0140utc Commentary in English ,fair signal

AIR-Bengaluru 9865kHz 0141utc Commentary in Hindi,Good Signal

AIR--Aligarh(?) 9380kHz 0142utc Commentary in Hindi,Poor Signal,QRM Side Band Splatter
AIR-Chennai 7380kHz 0143utc Commentary in English,Fair signal,slightly slighlty distorted perhaps due to co-channel interference 

AIR-Gangtok 4835kHz 0145utc Commentary in Hindi,fair signal with slight fading,slightly noisy

AIR-Jeypore 5040kHz 0150utc Poor Noisy

AIR-Bengaluru (?)...... 15040kHz 0150-0209utc Commetary in English,National Anthem..Speech of  Prime Minister of India From Red Fort in Hindi ,Good
AIR-Bengaluru (?)...... 15040kHz 0211 to02 0220utc  ,Speech of  Prime Minister of India From Red Fort in Hindi  , Good Reception

Nothing of AIR-Kurseong  on 4895kHz & AIR-Aizawl on 5050kHz,along with AIR-Hyderabad on 7420kHz (like AIR-Bhopal on 7430kHz) was heard. 

There has been no radio audio recorded this time..more precisely for past several   days I my recording device went out of order & will have to purchase another one...via online shopping. until then no radio recordings from me...

More monitoring updates etc soon.
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

With Regards To My DXING Mentor ...Part II

From Philipines With QSL..
Good Morning To All ..
From very wet Abhayapuri..monsoon has been very active for several days..
My DX Mentor Tapan Kumar Pathak received another QSL Card from Philippines ...apart from the ones I posted in Part of the series.This one...was from Radyo Philipinas English Service way back in 1998.As I understand no return postage in the form of IRCs was given.
This QSL Card depicts Philippines's Historical Cross.
Here is the scanned version of the both front & back sides of the QSL Card ...

More such posts soon.

73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)

With Regards To My DXING Mentor ...Part I

Tapan Kumar Pathak,a class-mate of mine.. the person who brought me to active radio listening habit ..i.e. to correspond with radio stations about their program contents plus sending reception reports etc...for their QSL response after a long period of passive radio listening of me perhaps to March 1997..He used to inform me from time to time whenever we met about DXING..his latest QSL Cards etc...also about frequencies of broadcasts of Radio Australia's cricket commentary....etc...I always regard him a DXER in the true sense of the term...with a old Philips Receiver of his father with a long copper wire as external antenna he logged many exotic & rare radio stations...despite many personal problems..he managed to carry on his DXING ...but after getting his job & resultant workload with it   & family burden prevented him to carry on DXING....I requested him several times to be come active in DXING & Radio Listening...but I couldn't bring back him to DXING...And he never cared for any prizes and publicity as such and rarely participated in various quiz contests...
All he wanted to log new radio stations from overseas...and many sad story...many of his QSL Cards packets went missing in the post..that's another chapter....many DXERs/radio listeners in India including me had many such experiences....very very sad ...disappointing ..depressing.....
Now whenever you meet ..DXING is a topic of discussion ...what happening in the world of international broadcasting....latest developments...and its very sad to report him about closing down of radio stations on shortwave ........but surely this is happening..for whatever the season.....
A few years back, I scanned all his QSL Cards & his radio cards plus blank QSLs received by him.And a few of his QSL Cards were rare and exotic to me...I will share pixs of his QSL Cards in my page from time to time.....Here is the one he received from then Radio Veritas Asia..for their Urdu & Bengali Transmissions ...(both front side & back side)


More such posts soon.

73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Story Of The Child Of A Flying Duck(Sarali হাঁহ)...& A Railway Gateman

It was separated from mother while crossing  railway line ...while a goods train was passing...& it was rescused by  the Gateman posted near the Level Crossing...on that day it was raining & he was very busy ..he couldn't find his mother & others ..he took it to his home..& he & his family took care of it. .& next morning he found its mother & others moving near the same spot where they crossed the railway line looking for the missing..and he released it there...& finally it united with his mother....& family...
I gave him a BIG  THUMBS UP for that.  ....He believes in working silently  & ..doesn't  want publicity so I'll not name him...

73 & 55
Gautam Kr. Sharma(GK)

AIR Dibrugrah & AIR Guwahati On Medium Wave Again

Here is few loggings of All India Radio Dibrugrah & Guwahati A on 567kHz & 729kHz respectively as heard on my location.
Rx:Phlilips DL334 Analog (On Battery)

On The Evening Of July 7th of 2017 ,I found good signal of All India Radio(AIR)-Dibrugarh on 567kHz around 1435utc onwards...the was slight co-channel QRM Is  it NHK..or Radio Myanmar or Laos National Radio rebroadcasting of NHK...or other station???
Here is the audio recorded at around 1438utc of AIR-Dibrugarh

An interview of DXER from Jorhat, Prithwiraj purkayastha aired on All India Radio Guwahati A on 729kHz On July 7th from 1530utc.Here is the link to the 
last moment of The Interview Around 1526utc

All India Radio(AIR)-Guwahati On 729kHz medium wave was noted with good & slightly noisy signal on July 4th from 0315utc onwards.There was Geeti Malika.. the Assamese Modern   music  program composed by AIR-Guwahati's own staff & recognised artists on air...,the end of the program announcements etc,promos,regional news (all in Assamese)
Here is the link to the audio recorded at 0320utc:

73 & 55
Gautam Kr. Sharma(GK)

Radio Station Nearest To Me..All India Radio-Kokrajhar

Around 60 km By Road ..Not Far Yet ...Remains To Far For Me

Yes,wayback in 2010 after several attempts I heard relatively readable signal of All India Radio-Kokrajhar on 1512kHz via my Philips DL334 Analog Rx & my Grundig YB 400 Rx signing on with usual AIR Station signature tune plus station identification announcement in Bodo Language.I still remember , my Senior DX Friend Alokesh Gupta of New Delhi called the station official at the landline telephone number  and enquried  about its going off the air for sometime during that time.He informed me about it.And I was very amazed  by his interest and commitment to DXING hobby.And after a few weeks, I heard AIR-Kokrajhar back on air on 1512kHz around 1030utc..the regular signing on time.It mainly broadcasts in Bodo Language,the language of Bodo Community Of Assam. .But I still regret that I failed to send reception report on their transmission both to their Kokrajhar address & also via e-mail to Spectrum Manager,AIR New Delhi..Recently, I tried to listen it several times but couldn't  get its signal.My another DX Friend,Swopan Chakrovorty of Kolkata who was a frequent visitor to the area because of  his job ,asked me to visit AIR-Kokrajhar Station and also expressed his desire to visit AIR-Kokrajhar with me but due to his hectic tour program, the visit couldn't take place.My friend, Sanjeev Sakar,who now stays in Kokrajhar informed me about the location of the AIR-Kokrajhar and he also promised me to accompany me .But still......
I'm not sure now the present skd of AIR-Kokrajhar and whether it is now on air on regular basis on medium wave on 1512kHz.I'll try to monitor it on 1512kHz around 1030utc utc and let me see what I find.
Wayback in 2010,I recorded a few moments of audio of AIR-Kokrajhar on 1512kHz around 1032utc ...On October 
Program Contents In The Audio File:
Bande Matharom Song,Station Idd Annc etc by a lady in Bodo
Here is the link to the audio file:

More such such reports plus monitoring observations etc soon.
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)

Listening Report Of AIl India Radio-Dibrugarh From A Long Time Silent Listener Of Western Front Of Assam

While tuning the Medium Wave Band via my Philips DL334 Rx on battery without any external antenna, I heard on July 3rd (2017).. evening in my QTH Abhayapuri rare songs of Assamese Music Legend late Jayanta Hazarika around 1423utc aprrox. onwards  on All India Radio(AIR)-Dibrugarh on 567kHz.The signal strength was good though slightly noisy with slight to moderate fading sometimes as usually the case of medium wave signal.There was very weak co-channel interference was heard sometime.In this recording attached here...this song of Late Jayanta Hazarika was never heard by me before perhaps one of the rare song....perhaps recorded in AIR-Dibrugarh studio.
Here is the link:

Here is another recording of All India Radio(AIR)-Dibrugarh on 567kHz  on same July 3rd of 2017  ..lilttle bit later at 1426utc...
The AIR-Studio version of Nibir Bane Je Matile...the evergreen Assamese Modern Song Number of Assamese Music Legend late Jayanta Hazarika & announcements in Assamese by a lady presenter..frequency & meter band etc of station & time
Here is the link to the audio:

More updates etc soon.
73 & 55
Gautam Kr. Sharma(GK)