Monday, September 26, 2011

A Few Monitoring Updates

Here is a few monitoring inputs which I like to share with you.
For all monitorings...
Geographical Location of Reception Place(Abhayapuri):

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

They Are Back:
On September 25th, around 0126UTC onwards while checking All India Radio(AIR)-Kolkata on 4820kHz & AIR-Chennai on 4920kHz I found the signal of regional Chinese Radio Stations occupying both frequencies.The signal of mentioned AIR Stations could not be heard.There was Chinese Language transmission on 4920kHz & on 4820kHz there was transmission in perhaps Tibetan Language during that time.
I also heard Bangladesh Betar on 4750kHz around 0127UTC with good signal.There was a male voice in Bengali talking about eye lences.

ON 11710kHz on 09/24:
On 11710kHz Radio Veritas Asia(RVA) Bengali was facing strong co-channel interference from All India Radio(AIR) General Overseas Service-English transmission as I monitored around 0033UTC onwards.There was news in English read by OM followed by announcement by YL perhaps about News Commentary as far as I recall.But later monitoring around 0054UTC, I heard signal of RVA-Bengali was free from co-channel interference of AIR.Perhaps it was on different frequency ( technical problem)during 2245-0045 UTC AIR-GOS English transmission to NE Asia as per Jose Jacob's information sheet of AIR Skds the 25mb frequency should be 11645kHs ( 250kW) via Delhi (Khampur).
Again On 11710kHz around 0058UTC on 09/24:
I heard poor signal of Radio Argentina Exterior(RAE) with Interval Signal followed by station ID announcements as the case with RAE signing on with its station ID announcements in atleast by a male & female voice alternatively.But around 0100UTC Voice of America(VOA) English from 11705kHz via Thailand with strong signal caused severe interference as a form of side band splatter nothing audible as such.But monitoring for a while, I guess its their Japanese Language transmission.....!!!Recorded a few moments of audio file of RAE signing on ...with Interval Signal followed by station ID announcements

Radio Monitoring After the 9/18 Earthquake:
After the earthquake on September 18th(09/18) evening & life returning to normal mode here,electric power supply was restored , and checking Cable News Channels's Latest updates about the earthquake..I came to know about its strength & its epicentre etc, and around 1407UTC, I found AIR-Gangtok was off the air on 4835kHz & later during my several checking upto 1432UTC or so, I found All India Radio(AIR)-Gangtok still off the air on 4835kHz along with AIR-Kurseong was also off the air.But later around 1525UTC when I checked again, I found AIR-Gangtok on 4835kHz airing National News relay from AIR-Delhi with good signal & after that as far as I recall I heard News in English.But again further checking around 1600UTC,I didn't find any signal.I couldn't check AIR-Gangtok on 4835kHz on 09/19 morning as I overslept due to heavy rains plus no eletric power supply till noon as around 0200AM IST a tree fall in the eletric power supply cable & resulted a fault.Later in the night,I found AIR-Gangtok on 4835kHz as usual.And also on 09/20 morning I heard AIR-Gangtok on 4835kHz usually signing on around 0100UTC.
More Monitoring Updates soon.

73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)

Shaken Not Stirred

Let me inform you that an earthquake was felt in my home town ,Abhayapuri (in Bongaigaon District of Western Assam,Geographical Location of Abhayapuri:Longitude:26º18´20´´North,Latitude:90º37´50´´East) around 6.11PM IST i.e. 1241UTC or so on September 18th.I was just preparing with papers & pencil plus my tape recorder to monitor ALL Ireland Football Final broadcast of RTE Ireland via Sentech Relay perhaps on three frequencies i.e.17880,17500 & 7480kHz..from 1300UTC sitting on a mora (tool) just near my bed ..then suddenly I felt some mild shaking from bottom & then ignored it & then I felt again the same thing..then glanced at a plastic bottle with some water ..water movement..was like shaking by someone..I saw at the ceiling fan which was also running at the speed of 3 of 5 ..but suddenly came to my mind.. my friend's Alokesh's observation on a glass of water on his desk during an mild earthquake in his residence in Faridabad a few months back ..I realised ..that water movement couldn't be so due to the ceiling fan at such a ..EQ...and then came shaking in larger the time was ticking..I opened the door & went in the berandha...I heard hue & cry everywhere..outside & too much movement of cable & electrical wires outside...also the sound...I thought my parents went outside via backdoor..instead ..I heard my mother I opened the grill door berandha ..then electrical power supply went out perhaps as a precautionary measure..but I took my torchlight with me..I again moved into my room quickly...& took them via my room to front berandha..but after a while...the EQ was gone gradually...but the shaking was of large intensity..came from bottom part...not like rattling of doors happened earlier occasions. Thank God!!! .no damage our campus. & others But I was sure somewhere it would surely cause heavy I felt during that time...Yes,I felt that something was preventing slightly to keep my balance....In our town ..several persons was shocked at this earthquake & nearly lost their consciousness as informed by others in the morning of 09/19.My mother called at once my brother in his mobile in Guwahati..& he informed that he & others was safely out of their QTH..after that BSNL Network was disrupted for a 20 minutes or so..Later came back to normal..I called my friends & relatives later & they also all felt the quake in a big way...The electrical power supply was restored within a half hour or so..then I saw the details of the EQ & its intensity 6.8 in richter scale & its epicentre in Sikkim-Nepal Border.....& it was felt all over Eastern Region & Assam etc...also in Bangladesh,Nepal...... in various cable TV News Channel via our local cable network...
Till late in the night,I saw Cable TV News Channels Coverages of the situtations after EQ with more & more updates...etc etc....

This is the second biggest earthquake felt by me.The first one was in August 6th of 1988.I was in Rangjuli in Goalpara District ,99km away from Guwahati.It was in the morning around lasted for several minutes..No damage as such in the area..But there was two shaking was of high intensity midway.For a several minutes, doors etc etc were found to be shaking.
Stay Safe & Take Care...

73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)