Friday, November 22, 2013

Latest On Bhutan Broadcastiong Service on 6035kHz

On the morning of November 22nd,Bhutan Broadcasting Service(BBS) in local language of Bhutan was noted on 6035kHz as per my aircheck on 0203UTC.There was talk by a male presenter perhaps news and later during my  latest aircheck on 0215utc approx.song in local lanugage was aired.
I recorded a few audio files on 6035kHz of BBS during my morning monitoring period.
Here is an audio link recorded around 0207UTC
https://app.box.com/s/guy1lzdfnfo9xyf2olot

And here is another audio link recorded around 0215UTC
https://app.box.com/s/v0mt629hpt2x3aeyokls

But I didn't find signal of BBS on 6035kHz from 0600UTC onwards upto 1026UTC    on November 22nd during my several airchecks.
However  November 21st around 0603UTC I heard BBS-Nepali Service with songs in Nepali at 0603UTC.And on same afternoon (i.e.November 21st) I heard BBS-English Programs with Listeners calling show..music requests etc during afternoon during 0830utc upto 0950utc(my last airchecked moment).
But I didn't find BBS's signal on 6035kHz on the evening and night on both November 20st & 21st also.

More monitoring updates soon.
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Bhutan Broadcasting Service(BBS) is back on shortwave again:

On November 20th, I heard Bhutan Broadcasting Service in English on 6035kHz from 0847UTC onwards with good reception with slight noise  & hum .Actually,I was checking the frequencies on air on 49mb with my Grundig Yatch Boy 400(Digital) Rx in the afternoon ,and I was surprised when I heard BBS in English  on 6035kHz after a long break.There was a discussion about "Salt" business etc plus music was played & then Listeners Phone Call In Show with music requests & dedications etc.The transmission was continuing beyond 1000UTC (1028UTC was last moment that I checked) as per my latest monitoring.I also checked the reception quality on my ordinary analog Philips Rx.The reception quality  was satisfactory with slight hum noise.
I thought that BBS might have  discontinued shortwave transmission and there is no possiblity of resumption of its shortwave analog transmission.Anyway, let me monitor in coming days whether it is a regular comeback or something else.

I recorded a few audios ...
1.BBS English on  6035kHz at 0847utc heard on  my Grundig YB 400 Rx with long copper wire as external antenna
Brief Program Details Heard:
Discussion about latest situation on "Salt" business
Here is the link to the audio:
https://app.box.com/s/ekd8gijtgia6daxsg86j

2.BBS English on 6035kHz at 0850utc on  my Philips DL334 Analog Rx without any type of external antenna.
Brief Program Details Heard:
Discussion about latest situation on "Salt" business
Here is the link to the audio:
https://app.box.com/s/385ceij6mz04fzznn234

3.BBS English on 6035kHz at 0930utc heard on my Grundig YB 400 Rx with long copper wire as external antenna.
Brief Program Details Heard:
Music,Reminder of music aired station Idd announcements by a lady & program reminder etc,call to a listener
Here is the link to the audio:
https://app.box.com/s/hscfcdx1kkthidlv6ry8

More updates soon.
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

Friday, October 4, 2013

QSL From Voice of Turkey And Their Latest Interval Signal


On October 3rd,2013, I received another QSL Card from Voice of Turkey English Service for a reception report on August 31st.
Here is the scanned version of the both sides of the QSL Card.
Recently, along with other Radio Monitors,I also observed new interval signal of Voice of Turkey.It is a continous music for a while not like the interval signal on air from Voice of Turkey preveiously..a music tune then station identification announcement and then again the tune followed..repeated in same pattern for a while.
Here is a few moments of the previous Voice of Turkey Interval Signal which I used to hear for many years.
The audio link:
https://app.box.com/s/opz02snlqxc9y3b61aqg
This was recorded wayback on  February 21,2010 from 1329utc on 15300kHz.
And here is the link to the latest Voice of Turkey Interval Signal...which I recorded on 2nd October(2013) on 15520kHz from 1628utc.
The audio link:
https://app.box.com/s/baw2im7d1afwahdjlczw
More QSL updates plus reception logs etc soon.
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

A Old & Out of Order Receiver





The above photographs are of a Old also now going out of order, Philips Receiver of one of my uncle who bought it perhaps in late 1970s a few months after he joined  a state government job in Assam.He used to listen mainly news regulary at the top volume so that others also could listen it.And I also listened numerous  hours of radio programing  via it  wayback in late 1980s & 1990-1991 period specially at night & early morning hours when he was out of station.I still remember listening to Voice of America Programing specially News & News related programs, BBC World Service & above all numerous hours of BBC Cricket Test Match Special besides our All India Radio-Guwahati programs on medium wave.It was working more or less satisfactory until one and half year back.Though he visited local electronic shop for repair but they replied parts were not available .He was sad as if he lost a closed  friend..... he lost his long time talking ,news giving companion.....And he is still keeping this receiver at his home as a personal memory.

Thanking You
 73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

QSL From Radio Taiwan International(RTI) English


Here is the scanned version of the both sides of the  latest QSL Card received from Radio Taiwan International-English Service by me.
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)




Saturday, September 28, 2013

A Few Latest Entries from My Radio Diary

Here is a few latest  monitoring observations of me.

For all monitoring observations...

Geographical Location of Reception Place(Abhayapuri):
Longitude:26º18´20´´North
Latitude:90º37´50´´East

Receiver used for monitoring unless mentioned otherwise...
Receiver:Grundig Yatch Boy 400
Antenna:Long Copper Wire

All India Radio(AIR)-Imphal is back on  shortwave:
AIR-Imphal is back on shortwave both on its frequencies..4775kHz during morning-evening and on 7335kHz during moring & the day after a long spell of going off the air on shortwave.I did aircheck the frequencies from time to time and after a long spell of absence, I thougth there was no chance of AIR-Imphal returning to shortwave in near future.I was wrong..Very recently, the news of AIR-Imphal returning to shortwave was posted  & I immediately checked it & found AIR-Imphal back on air on shortwave on 4775kHz.
More specifically, on September 26th, 0058UTC onwards, I heard a  Manipuri Song & then some announcements & then another song was aired.The signal was fair with slight noise & hum noise was there.On September 28th, I heard sports feature in Manipuri on 4775kHz from 0140UTC onwards.
Here is a recording link of AIR-Imphal on 4775kHz recorded at 0141utc 
https://app.box.com/s/4j0j9slk15lj7op1pyop
Later I also heard AIR-Imphal on 7335kHz also around 0733UTC with almost same reception quality mentioned.

All India Radio(AIR)-Shillong is back on 4970kHz:
After several weeks on 4971kHz,AIR-Shillong is back on its normal frequency of 4970kHz.
Here is an audio file recorded on September 28th,around 0125UTC onwards ..western music was on air
https://app.box.com/s/vly1f4k1osehrvrov0m9
All India Radio(AIR) Guwahati A is off the air on Shortwave Plus Other observations:
For several weeks AIR-Guwahati A on 4940kHz is off the air.But an interesting thing is that during AIR-Guwahati A transmission on medium wave on 729kHz during station ID & frequency & metre band reminder announcement in Assamese they keep on mentioning on air shortwave frequency (4940kHz..)...& corresponding metre band...but actually as per my monitoring I've not hear anything on both 4940kHz(Morning &evening-night) & 7280kHz (afternoon).AIR-Guwahati-A uses two frequencies on shortwave side by side its medium wave frequency of 729kHz.
Here is recording of one such announcement in Assamese which I recorded during AIR-Guwahati A on 729kHz around 0319utc on September 25th, from my Philips DL334 Portable Receiver operated on battery.
https://app.box.com/s/drwe4hyo7skbbe7i2co6
And another medium wave frequency which airs AIR-Guwahati B programs is 1035kHz which reception is not so good here.For a long period ,I've not monitored it and that's why  not sure about what kind programs on air  & exact time schedule .As far as my memories goes, AIR-Guwahati B used to air Youth Program..Yugbani in the evening besides News Relays from AIR-Delhi & during the day programs in Hindi for Armed Forces mostly music request shows etc  was on air & also used to carry sports commentaries.During my school days,I used to listen to programs on medium wave i.e.on 1035kHz from AIR-Guwahati B almost regularly specially the music & sports commentaries.

Radio Exterior de Espania(REE) English on Weekend:
 I couldn't listen to the weekend transmission of REE-English for just over a decade of my DXING  due to several reasons .The main reason ... was interference both co-channel & sideband .But   on September 14th (saturday),I heard its transmission from 2150utc on 9660kHz for the first time in my DXING.And thanks to the  recent change in frequency of  REE-English to Europe on weekend to 9660kHz(2100-2200UTC).I'll certainly tune into weekend transmission right from start of the transmission in the remaining weekends of this summer season of broadcast.I recorded a few moments of audio of signing off announcements at 2156UTC.
Here is the link to the audio:
https://app.box.com/s/3zd63ez8n8ryeihhv9g2
As observed by me , REE English changes its time of its one hour broadcast and the frequencies on the  weekend to Europe & Africa for many years from the weekdays.

More monitoring observations etc soon.

73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

At Last ...

Yes, after receiving several old QSL Cards from Deutsche Welle Radio , finally a few weeks back,I received the latest QSL Card released by Deutsche Welle on its 60th anniversary showing its present Head Quarter Buildings in Bonn.
Here is the scanned version of both sides of the QSL Card.


Thanking You
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
(Abhayapuri)(Assam)(India)

QSL Cards Radio Romania International

Recently I received two QSL Cards from  Radio Romania International(RRI)-English Service.
Here is the scanned version of both sides of the QSL Card for the month of June.


 














And here is the scanned version of both sides of the QSL Card for the month of July.














Just to remind you all this year i.e.2013 the theme of Radio Romania International QSL Cards is "Radio Romania 85".

73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
(Abhayapuri)(Assam)(India)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

AIR Kohima was back On Shortwave but for a few hours!!

All India Radio(AIR)-Kohima was noted by me after a long break on August 14th  on its evening frequency on 4850kHz on 1410UTC.And there was news in Nagamese read by a lady that time.The overall reception was satisfactory.
Here is the link to the audio recorded that time....
https://app.box.com/s/urrj48u5txugt719rv8j

And again on August 15th, I found its signal on its regular morning frequency on 4850kHz from 0117UTC onwards.From 0129UTC onwards it relayed  the live broadcast of Independence Day Flag Hoisting Ceremony & the address to the Nation by Prime Minister of India from Red Fort,New Delhi.
Here is the link to the audio recorded...............
https://app.box.com/s/yccsx4by9kj5vlo3prig

As observed by many radio monitors, AIR-Kohima often remains off the air on shortwave but goes on the air atleast for a few days during the nation's two important events Independence Day & Republic Day.

And confirming the fact,I didn't hear its signal on the evening of August 15th and on the August 16th morning on 4850kHz.

As  per my latest monitoring ,AIR-Itanagar on 4990kHz,AIR-Imphal on 4775 & 7335kHz and AIR-Guwahati on 4940 & 7280kHz are off the air.

More updates soon.
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Just Arrived

I received today i.e.August 14th three QSL Cards from Radio Free Asia(RFA) featuring IBB Saipan Relay Station.
Here is scanned copies..One front side...three backsides......


















73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)


From GK's Radio Vintage Volt


Here is a few snaps of many newsletters which I received from different radio stations from  April,1997 when I began to correspondence with different radio stations.

From Deutsche Welle , The Tune In....

Then DW Plus....
 

 From Voice of America,VOA Guide....




















Then from BBCWorld Service ,BBC On Air



From Radio Netherlands WorldWide(RNW), On Target....



More such posts soon.
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)



AIR On Shortwave 75th Anniversary Feature


On Wavescan , the DX Program from Adventist World Radio(AWR) on Sunday, August 18th , a special feature , 75th Anniversary-All India Radio(AIR) on Shortwave will be aired as per Program Highlights announcement for the next week edition made by host Jeff White towards the end of the program last sunday i.e.August 11th edition. Wavescan can be heard on every sundays as per the following skd.
1530UTC on 15335kHz (250kW) via Nauen, Germany
1600UTC on 15360 & 15670kHz
2230UTC on 15320kHz
2330UTC on 17650kHz
all (100kW) Via Agat(KSDA), Guam

73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

Monday, August 12, 2013

From IBB Sri Lanka

Here is an  International Broadcasting Bureau ,Sri Lanka QSL Card received a few days back.
More QSL updates etc soon.

73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

On August 7th.......


Here is a few monitoring observations with links to audio recorded  on August 7th of 2013.

For all monitoring observations...
Geographical Location of Reception Place(Abhayapuri):
Longitude:26º18´20´´North
Latitude:90º37´50´´East

Receiver:Grundig YB 400 (Digital)
Antenna:Long Copper  Wire as external antenna

1.Radio Romania Int(RRI)-English On ...at 0259utc on 17830kHz:
Recorded audio link:
https://app.box.com/s/tmr687hx0bcyrwddhyxi

GK's Note:
The announced frequency was 17800kHz but it was on air actually on 17830kHz...though earlier it was noted on 17800kHz but perhaps due to co-channel QRM from Gospel broadcasters from Palau Transmitter Site..RRI-English's frequency was changed to 17830kHz.

2.Voice of Mongolia(VOM)-English at 0915utc on 12085kHz:
Recorded audio link:
https://app.box.com/s/gmicyc36k32pebbq6um5

GK's Special Monitoring Note:
And VOM English is facing fair to severe interference as a form of  sideband splatter from China National Radio Station broadcasting on 12080kHz since VOM changed its English transmission time in March from 1000-1030UTC to present 0900 to 0930UTC.

3.All India Radio(AIR) Kolkata at 0917utc on 7210kHz:
Recorded audio link:
https://app.box.com/s/ixbwcym88u6lsjpi3v0b

4.All India Radio(AIR) Kurseong at 0918utc on 7230kHz:
Brief Program Desciption:
Science Program teacher explained about magentic lines plus magentic poles   & replying to students questions.The program was in Nepali language.
Recorded audio link:
https://app.box.com/s/tbiwx4viy0ih9qjln0f1

5.Station KNLS Alaska in Russian signing on at 1600utc on 9655kHz:
Recorded Audio Link:
https://app.box.com/s/3jnb9b3t6llyucqp2aki

GK's Special Monitoring Note:
And sometimes its signal is blocked by a strong signal  and from around 1628utc I observed co-channel QRM of Radio Tehran & also silght sideband splatter can be observed.

6.Radio Taiwan International(RTI)- English on 6180 & 15485kHz:
RTI English at 1603utc on its new frequency of 6180kHz...via Taiwan
Recorded Audio Link:
https://app.box.com/s/a36my418ai4taojjwb2k
And again RTI English at 1607utc on 15485kHz via TDF France
https://app.box.com/s/xdmfyue79zn67yjxwm1x


More monitoring updates etc soon.

73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

GK's Monitoring Log Book A Few Special Entries



Here is a few radio monitoring observations by me.

For all monitoring observations...
Geographical Location of Reception Place(Abhayapuri):
Longitude:26º18´20´´North
Latitude:90º37´50´´East

Receiver:Grundig YB 400 (Digital)
Antenna:Long Copper  Wire as external antenna


All India Radio(AIR)-Shillong via Shortwave with slight deviation:
AIR-Shillong has been noted with slight deviation from its original frequencies on shortwave(4970 & 7315kHz).I made aircheck on the morning of August 2nd & 3rd, I observed slight deviation from its morning frequency of 4970kHz.That time perhaps AIR-Shillong was relaying news from AIR-Delhi. As I was monitoring with my Grundig YB 400 Rx ,which don't have the faciliy to tune into frequency in decimal point,the signal was best heard at 4971kHz.Again later during afternoon  of August 3rd,when AIR-Shillong was relaying News etc from AIR-Delhi around 0851UTC or so, I observed slight deviation from its normal frequency  i.e.7315kHz .As per my monitoring via my Grundig YB 400 Rx , it was best heard at 7316kHz.
But on the morning of August 4th, till upto 0303UTC (my latest aircheck),only stong carrier as mentioned by you and no audio at all could be heard. However, on the morning of August 6th, I found fair signal wth English News relay from Delhi with slight noise but slight deviation in frequency was there around 0234UTC.The audio was best heard on once again on 4971kHz.
In recent weeks, AIR-Gangtok also observed on several times with slight deviation from its normal shortwave frequency of 4835kHz(morning & evening-night).
As per my monitoring, another international radio station,Voice of Indonesia has been noted with slight deviation from its normal frequency of 9525kHz for a long time.As per my monitoring with my Grundig YB 400 Rx , the transmission is best heard on 9526kHz.

Latest On PCJ Radio Inlt,Taiwan Via Trincomalee:
PCJ Radio Intl. Taiwan will stop its sundays only one hour broadcast on shortwave via Trincomalee,Sri Lanka with two programs i.e.Focus On Asia Pacific & The Happy Station Show from coming sundays in August starting from August 11th.And next sundays only program on shortwave via Trincomalee will be aired from September Ist on same skds..i.e. from 11835kHz from 1330 to 1430UTC.Last sunday i.e.August 4th a special Show ..Happy Station Show meets Border Crossings was aired and there was on broadcast of Focus On Asia Pacific  .And it was recorded in the same  Voice of Amercia(VOA) Studio where Larry London presents his weekdays Music Request  program "Border Crossings".Keith Parron of PCJ Radio Inlt talked with Larry London.Keith Parron also repeated the announcements of shortwave transmission stopping for coming sundays in August. I heard some portions of the show on shortwave via Trincomalee.The signal was good with slight hum & other noise from time to time.However, The Happy Station Show via its partner stations around the world & on its website (www.pcjmedia.com) will be available as before during that time period.

AIR-Aizawl Via Shortwave Recent Observations:
Alll India Radio(AIR)-Aizawl  ( Aizawl is the capital city of North-eastern State of Mizoram) usually broadcasts on shortwave on two frequencies 5050kHz during morning & evening-night and on 7295kHz during day time.
As per latest printed skd of All India Radio ,AIR-Aizawl goes on air daily on
0028 to 0400UTC on 5050kHz
0700 to 1000UTC on 7295kHz
1130 to 1630UTC on 5050kHz
And as per information posted by noted Radio Monitor Jose Jacob(VU2JOS)of Hyderabad, the power of AIR-Aizawl  transmitter on shortwave is listed as 10kW.
And during my latest observation ,I've found improvement of  reception quality of AIR-Aizawl specially at early morning & day time.
On July 26th & July 27th, I observed fair to good signal with slight noise of AIR-Aizawl on 7295kHz.
On July 26th, I checked from 0545UTC onwards from time to time upto 0735UTC ,AIR-Aizawl on 7295kHz.There was mostly Mizo music on air & announcements etc.National English News Relay was on 0730UTC from AIR-Delhi.
Let listen to some recordings of AIR-Aizawal
Here is the link to recordings on  July 26th around 0648UTC..
https://app.box.com/s/xokiov24e76o79kufc22

Here is the link to recordings on July 26th around 0700UTC ..
https://app.box.com/s/e25sqm625gtkn9xqbvi6

And here is the link to recordings on  July 27th around 0602UTC...
https://app.box.com/s/4pkwztijv642mfa46le5

Though the skd listed its 2nd transmission from 0700UTC on 7295kHz , but as per my monitoring there might be advance of  beginning time of its second  transmission now-a-days.

And during AIR-Aizawl evening-night transmission on 5050kHz, the reception quality is not all satisfactory as there is co-channel interference from a Chinese Radio Station.On July 27th, around 1421UTC , I heard Hindi flim song on air ... a duet by Kishore Kumar & co-artist..and there was co-channel interference.
Here is the link to the audio recorded...
https://app.box.com/s/fcd3z61jik4mzwpe1tl4

Again,on the morning of July 28th sunday I heard AIR-Aizawl transmission on 5050kHz from 0045UTC onwards.And recorded a minutes of audio  from around 0058UTC.
Here is the link to the audio...
https://app.box.com/s/nyyfpi2nqa4e75p2kjga

There is mostly Mizo Music & talks,again regional news..relays news from Delhi & then North East News in English etc etc in the morning.
The reception here in morning can be termed as good,though slighty noisy.But as the time progresses signal strength reduces..and also becomes more noisy.

Currently Off The Air:
Now-a-days,AIR-Kohima on 4850kHz,AIR-Imphal on 4775 & 7335kHz and AIR-Guwahati on 4940 & 7280kHz are off the air. And in recent days,during my several air check,I didn't find any signal of AIR-Itanagar on 4990kHz.
Let me check again.

Another Obseravation:
And also I observed in case of several AIR regional shortwave radio stations the signal(modulation) is better while there is music on air & taking relays from AIR-Delhi....as also observed by noted  radio monitorings in their  DX Posts.In case of another international radio station, Radio Cairo in English 1215UTC onwards on 17870kHz, we can find the signal(modulation) is better when music is on air.

More monitoring observations etc soon.
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

Monday, July 15, 2013

KBS World Radio At 60!!


Here is the the scanned version of bothsides  of second quarter QSL Card of 2013 of KBS World Radio  depicting official mascot of KBS World Radio's 60th anniversary this year.

           
 More updates soon.
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)