Tuesday, October 17, 2017

AIR GOALPARA ON 102.6MHz LOUD & CLEAR IN ABHAYAPURI LOGGED THIS EVENING


Its my pleasure & honour to inform you all  that I logged All India Radio Goalpara on 102.6MHz this evening(10/17/17) from 1312utc (approx.)  with loud & clear signal on my Grundig Yatch Boy 80 Receiver operated on battery with just telescopic antenna fully extended.And Its AIR FM Rainbow programmes on air.There Was .Heard many English songs...Baltimora's Tarjon Boy...& MJ's Black Or White..Bitney Spears..
And later from 1505utc onwards on my Grundig YB 400 Receiver with my usual external antenna set up with loud & clear signal  upto approx.1512utc(not sure) or so when signal gone..nothing audible..from then.There was music request programmes on air.
My voice recorder went out of order.So I recorded a few videos of my monitorings of AIR Goalpara on 102,6MHz with my camera..
I like to thank OM Jose Jacob(VU2JOS) of DX India for posting the information related to this.
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)
Date:10/17/17

Reflection

A Rare Catch

This Morning In Our Backward...

WDG4 12180 Leading A Food Grains Train

 This Morning Spotted At NN164 AYU

Goods Train With WDG4 12162 SILIGURI As Loco

On A Bright Sunny Day Last Week
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(india)

AIR Goalpara On 102.6 MHz

As per information posted by Jose Jacob, DX India Facebook Group ,From October 2nd , an FM Station of All India Radio(AIR) at Goalpara inaugurated and the frequency is on 102.6 MHz (1kW) along with a few other FM Stations in North East Region .I'll have to aircheck on that frequency to know whether it is audible here at my place,Abhayapuri..Goalpara is .just 50 plus km away on the southern bank of The Brahmaputra..and also to check what kind programmes on air.. relay from AIR Guwahati & AIR-Vividh Bharati or FM Rainbow Programmes..or locally produced programmes..
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(india)

Friday, October 6, 2017

Radio Station Nearest To Me..All India Radio-Kokrajhar... Around 60 km By Road ..Not Far Yet ...Still Remains To Far

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 to me 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,on I recorded a few moments of audio of AIR-Kokrajhar on 1512kHz around 1032utc ...On October 11th 
Program Contents In The Audi File:
Bande Matharom Song,Station Idd Annc etc by a lady in Bodo
For The Link To The Audio...
https://app.box.com/s/iey5uoqfb72uud6uuybhjtcukcksx43w

More such reports etc soon.
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(india)

Thursday, October 5, 2017

View Of AYU..& Its Green Surrounding After A Heady Downpour On 09/30/17...














 In A Few Months..Some Will Be Gone..As Development & Expansion Costs Somethings...
Steps May Be Taken To Make It As Green As possible...Why Not Make Abhayapuri(AYU) a Green Railway Station??
A Stitch In Time Saves Nine!!!
Isn't it???
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(india)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Old Friend Is Like Old Wine


"Old friends are like old wine...
they don't lose their flavor"
My Old Friend Philips DL334 Commander Still Going Strong..Listening To Radio Japan NHK World Bengali's Sunday Mailbag Program "Katha O Sur" on July 30th (of 2017)..Photo clicked at 13.40UTC...
Surely ...
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
(Abhayapuri)(Assam)(India)

More Copies of South Asia Radio Guide.....With Coverpage Intact...

From My Radio Archieve ..SARG..


My First Copy Of South Asia Radio Guide (SARG) By Alok Dasgupta & Remembering Alok Dasgupta & His Team Of Contributors ...Alokesh Gupta,Swopan Chakroborty,Jose Jacob..& many others...around India..
My DX Mentor Tapan Kr.Pathak informed me about this Guide and after reading a copy of the Guide from him I also subscribed for a while ..It was in mid 1997...perhaps..But the cover page went missing ....I couldn't find it out...Sorry For The Lapse..
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
(Abhayapuri)(Assam)(India)

Spider Trap???


Remembering The Poem "The Spider And The Fly" by Mary Howitt in my School Days..
Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly
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73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
(Abhayapuri)(Assam)(India)

Bholu The Guard Elephant In Coin

From A RailMan..Dhiraj Roy of NN164 of AYU's Collection
FROM YOURS EYES ONLY.....

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

Far From Giving & Taking Numbers ...GP In GK's Shack..

A Senior Friend of Mine Mr.Gautam Panery (GP as I like to call him),who works in Indian Railways visited my residence after a long break of several months on the late afternoon of June 5th.It was a fantastic meeting wih lots of discussions about Railways In India & my railfaning hobby & viewings of latest Train Videos of India from my collections-Teja Express Shatabdi Trains in Assam..Telgo Trains ....etc etc, viewings of Hindi Movies-classical comedy scenes ....my another R..interest..Radio...Radio Listening.. & Amateur Radio.were also part of our discussion...And we had also enjoyed drinks..hold your breath...cold home brewed ..salted only citirous drinks(Lemon Juice-Lebu Pani) plus cold drinks...Fanta..with bhujia..It was a mind refreshing session for my Railway friend from Abhayapuri Station...a break from very busy,tense,monotonous routine of giving & taking numbers ...operating & supervising train movements,managing the station's other activities & staff managements...tackling problems.of various sorts.....public relations...etc etc.. even if it is just for a two & half hours...
And I also enjoyed the meeting...as from several years.1990-00s....I found almost all my contacts/relatives keeps avioding me..and become suddenly unknown to me & has lost interest in me & .. ..and it coincides with my droping out of normal education.........& going out of so called social parameters of status & identity......
.But since from our first introduction with GP wayback in 2013-14 at Level Crossings NN160 of Deohati.,Abhayapuri..accidentally ... .Our friendship has grown gradually & reasonably ...And for me he is one of the most unforgettable person ever I have come into contact in my life so far...His contribution to my knowledge of Railways..System is immense..besides other branch of konwledges...On Nostalgic Front...Meeting With Him & his staffs brings back memories of my Golden Days...I I spent...in Rangjuli (1980-90) ...That's another story...Will Share...in future...
 GK In Welcome Mode
 GP
 GK & GP
 GK & GP
GP
Someone has rightly pointed out wayback in 2013....Interact with GP otherwise he will lose something....
IS DOSTI KO KISSIA KA NAJAR LAG NA JAYE...
And I'm waiting for his next visit somewhere in future...
73 & 55
Gautam Kr.Sharma(GK)
(Abhayapuri)(Assam)(India)

Me & My Cousin,Nirban In Eyeball QSO After A Long Break

Nirban, a cousin of mine,visited our residence at Abhayapuri,after a gap of two years with his family on the way to Gauripur from Guwahati On August 11th.It was great pleasure to have eyeball QSO with him after a long gap.We discussed many topics.
He is always on the move due to his job with a top retailer marketing chain.This has prevented him for visiting his relatives now-a-days.
The Wx condition was very poor with heavy monsoon rains for past 24 hours here.And we did an amazing thing ..an favourite past time of me ...in the monsoon rain..floating paper boat..on water.. ..Nirban made a paper boat....& I floated it on water gathered on our garden due to rain...But heavy rain destoryed it at once...after lunch we enjoyed listening to English songs on air on Radio.. 6035kHz ..Bhutan Broadcasting Service(BBS)..we discussed also about radio listening..specially FM Radio listening in North Eastern capital cities...like Guwahati..
Such a visit always refreshes me.....

 Nirban
 GK

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

Art In Insect

Insect....Have A Close Look At It...Its Body Looks Like Art Work..

Radio Ad From Many Years Back

From The Pages Of A Popular Bangla Magazine

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




All Alone If Need Be...

Tak Tak..Tak Tak..Bird..The Woodpecker..




VIJOY With A Goods Train


WDG4D 12681 VIJOY SABARMATI  with A Goods Train Spotted For The First Time By Me On 9/17/17....AT AYU ..Around 10.36AM.
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

A Railfan's Best Of Luck To A Rail Guard


Its my honour & pleasure to capture my friend ,Mr.M Mishra ,now a Guard In the Indian Railways guiding a Train Passing through AYU..his former MQTH....on 09/21/17..around..noon..(Spotted at Level Crossings Exchanging Signal Flags With Gateman At NN162,AYU).
I wish him GOOD LUCK at his latest post...!!!
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

Making Boat Of Mind's Paper Floating In The Current Of River Of Life..

Mon Kagazor Nao Sazi Sazi Moi Utauwao... Jeeban Nadir Soute Soute .....
The Evergreen Assamese  Hit sung by Dipen Barua..came to my mind ..when on 09/30 morning when I floated ...a small paper boat made by my brother..in the water..in front of our campus..in the midst of heavy rainfall..


I recorded this song from Radio a few years back...as I have a great passion for Assamese songs from yesteryears...besides music from past western..Hindi..Bengali....etc etc...
And recently found a link to the song in youtube..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO2ltl6dUWc
Thanks to Mr.Santanu Duara for uploading the song in Youtube in his channel.
Get the  Nostagic feeling...by listening..to it....once again..
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(india)

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):
Longitude:26º18´20´´North
Latitude:90º37´50´´East
(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 noisy..audio 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 now.....as 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)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

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)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)