Thursday, March 31, 2011

From My Radio Material Collection

Here is the scan copy of both front & back side of my first ever BBC World Service Programme/Frequency Guide folder which received at my Abhayapuri residence wayback in summer of 1997.And this is also my first ever printed Radio Material received.

73 & 55

Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Another Radio Japan Bengali Service Update

Radio Japan Bengali Service announced on their transmission on March 15th that due to present unprecedented situation in Japan after the recent earthquake & Tsunami, they will not be able to hold the Listeners Meet in Dhaka,Bangladesh next month. Radio Japan Bengali Service had decided to hold the listeners meet in Dhaka to mark 50th anniversary of its broadcasting and starting of FM transmission in Bangladesh via Bangladesh Betar transmitters.They have noted down the details of listeners who have already registered with them in order to attend the listeners meet.And when the situation improves , they may discuss the possibilty of holding the listeners meet there in future.

73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Radio Japan NHK World Update

Due to the extra-ordinary situation after Earthquake & Tsunami in Japan, Radio Japan NHK World English has extended its News Segement of their usual 30 minutes transmission to present 10 or 15 minutes to 29 minutes. They will cover & update listeners with news plus interviews about latest developments etc from Earthquake & Tsunami hit region in Japan for a while.
As heard on March14th transmission of Radio Japan NHK World-Bengali & Hindi transmission on shortwave, they have cancelled all scheduled announced summer special programmes for a while & will air for a while will cover & update listeners with news plus interviews about latest developments etc from Earthquake & Tsunami hit region in Japan.
I believe all Radio Japan Services will follow this for a while.
And Radio Japan-Bengali Service also announced in their transmission on March 14th, due to disruption of postal service plus transport services due to the Earthquake & Tsunami in Japan, there will be delay in receiving postal correspondence from Radio Japan.
And heard on both transmissions of Radio Japan-Bengali & Hindi Service that listeners are requested to send their feedbacks via feedback form on their
respective websites.They didn't mention about the usual e-mail idd of sending feedbacks etc i.e.

New Frequency of Radio Japan-Bengali effective March 27th:
In Katha O Sur, the sunday Mailbag Programme on March 13th,Radio Japan-Bengali Service announced about its new frequency i.e. 11685kHz for its 1300-1345UTC transmission effective March 27th.However, the transmission will be relayed via Singapore in place of Uzbekistan for better reception quality in target areas.

New Frequencies of Radio Japan-Hindi effective March 27th:
On Radio Japan-Hindi Service's sunday mailbag programme on March 13th, new frequencies of their new morning transmission & night transmission with change of transmission time were announced.
0130-0200UTC on 11740kHz (hope I noted it correctly)
and for their night transmission
1430-1515UTC on 15745kHz
I'm not sure about the transmitter site of these transmissions.

73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Japan EQ & Radio Monitoring etc

After getting the news from Guwahati via phone from a source about the Earthquake in Japan plus Tsunami around 0810utc on 03/11, I checked at first Zee News (via our Cable TV Network) Connection), who was airing pictures of EQ & Tsunami received via NHK TV. And heard & saw NHK TV telecasts & NHK Studios shaking during the EQ & hosts were mentioning feeling many aftershocks while reporting etc etc & saw some horrible pictures ....
Later I began listening to radio...starting with BBCWS on 15310kHz from 0840utc ...and they were reporting about the EQ & Tsunami in Japan..and they didn't air the regular sports news bulletin of 10 minutes duration from 0850utc & covering the the EQ & Tsunami in Japan in a special extended edition of their current affairs segement.And they were live reporting from BBC Correspondent in Tokyo & e-mails etc received & reactions from Japanese persons after the earthquake etc & also about Tsunami alerts elsewhere ,reactions of world leaders etc etc, airing of NHK TV audios,Japanese PM address to press plus to the nation with English translations were aired ..and BBCWS continued covering the story for many hours. They also didn't air the Sports News to Middle East on 15575kHz from 1140utc etc etc plus other features on different transmissions to different target areas & covered this Earthquake in Japan plus Tsunami.
Perhaps better sense will prevail on everyone who wants to cut shortwave rather in broadsense radio broadcasting in analog mode.
I did check the bands for SSB transmissions due to noisy band condition couldn't find any such transmissions as such.
Forgot to check later in the night.

Radio Japan via Yamata & other relay transmitter sites as monitored on March 11,2011:
I began checking Radio Japan transmission from 0905utc onwards.And I found their transmission in Japanese on 11740kHz via Singapore relay & later on 0907utc I found also another parallel frequency right from Yamata on 9750kHz.Then I became sure that Yamata site & their transmission & broadcasting facilities is working normally not effected as such due to power supply failure & disreuptions due to the earthquake.Perhaps via emergency power supply systems.
Later in the evening I heard Radio Japan Bengali via Uzbekistan Relay on 9720kHz on air as per their normal skds.As expected their news bulletin dominated the major story-the EQ & Tsunami in Japan.And they aired the regular pre-recorded feature programmes as per their normal skds.
I also heard a few moments of Radio Japan-English transmission via Yamata on 9875kHz during 1300-1330utc around 1316utc.The signal was good but faced moderate QRM (as a form of side band splatter) from 9870kHz. And also I heard Radio Japan in Japanese via Yamata on 11815kHz with fair signal many times during 1246-1400utc.
Additional Special Note:
BBC Hindi also gave extensive coverages to the EQ & Tsunami in Japan. Later at the last transmission of the day of BBC Hindi, Radio Japan's Hindi presenter Ms Lochini Asthana's reaction during the earthquake was aired along with another Indian person in Japan.Ms Asthna was in office that time.I recorded her experience.
And you know very well Ms Lochini Asthana is now on deputation from All India Radio to Radio Japan Hindi Service.

BBC Urdu also covered extensively the Earthquake & Tsunami in Japan during its night transmission which I heard on 9505kHz during 1500-1600UTC.


And also found fair signal of Radio Japan-English around 1407utc via Yamata on 5955kHz. And Radio Japan via Singapore Relay was heard with fair to good signal from 12045kHz during 1500-1700UTC and I checked it around 1647UTC as latest.

On March 12,2011:
I found strong signal of Radio Japan in Japanese on 15325kHz during 0200UTC onwards via Yamata.
And observed poor signal in the parallel 17810kHz via Yamata during the same time.

That's all I could share with you & others at this moment.

73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)

For all monitorings
Receiver:Grundig YB400 (Digital)
Antenna:Long Copper Wire as external antenna

Geographical Location of Reception Place(Abhayapuri):