Friday, October 16, 2015

DX News From Assam

You may not listen All India Radio-Itanagar on shortwave  for a long time.
Fire destoryed a major portion of All India Radio-Itanagar Transmitter site on early hours of September 25th(friday).
On sunday September 27th 0f 2015,I bought a copy of The Sentinel, a leading English Daily published from Guwahati,capital city of Assam State(India).And found the news item in page 9 under northeast section.....
Here is the text of the news item. typed from the newspaper .....For your info..
Inferno damages AIR Transmitter
ITANAGAR,Sept 26:The transmitter of All India Radio (AIR) located at Khating Hills has been totally damaged in a devastating fire that broke out due to short circuit Friday morning.The staffs and officials,who left the transmitter after completion of work at around 11pm the previous night saw black smoke coming out of the office premises at 5.30AM.Two fire tenders were called on the spot to douse the flames,sources informed.It was reported that the fire has completely burnt down all the installations of short wave room, medium wave room,emergency studio and the AC plan room including the office furniture,equipments and files.It is estimated that property worth over four crores have been damaged in the inferno while, a total of seven rooms in the building were badly damaged. The transmission of the radio would be adversely affected, though the relay was made through 50kW MW but from friday the relay was being transmitted through FM Radio at Ch-103.1.It is pertinent to mentioned here that the AIR Itanagar 100kW MW which was inaugurated on February 5,1996 by Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting PA Sangma is under upgradation to 200kW MW since August 20 this year and the installation to the affect was under progress the sources added.
As per my air check ,AIR-Itanagar is off the air on shorwave on 4990kHz.I also haven't found any trace of AIR-Itanagar on 675kHz here.

As per All India Radio's Printed skd for this summer season of broadcast,the skd of
AIR-Itanagar on shortwave...
0025 to 0400UTC on 4990kHz
0700 to 0900UTC on 6150kHz
1000 to 1630UTC on 4990kHz
And I think on the same skd AIR-Itanagar on 675kHz on Medium Wave(MW) is used to operate.
Besides AIR-Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh has other ALL India Radio Stations on medium wave.
AIR-Ziro is on 1602kHz(1kW),AIR-Tawang is on 1521kHz (10kW),AIR-Tezu is on 1332kHz (10kW) and AIR-Pasighat is on 1062kHz(10kW).
Besides these , several FM Radio Stations of All India Radio are there in several towns of Arunachal Pradesh.
And another report, relating to fire damage at AIR-Itanagar Transmitter site I found while searching the net was at....

And another news ...
A tiger was spotted at the campus of All India Radio-Tezpur facility in Tezpur in Assam & created terror for a few days.
Here is a link where you can read the detail of the story..

More monitoring reports plus radio updates etc soon.

73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)

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