Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Few Latest Entries From My Radio Log Cum Note Book

Here is a few recent  monitoring observations for B17 seasons..
Geographical Location of Reception Place(Abhayapuri):
Longitude:26º18´20´´North
Latitude:90º37´50´´East
Rx:Grundig YB 400  ANT:40ft lengt. & 30ft ht copper wire with co-axial cable leadin..

Let me first share a few monitoring observations.

Poor Reception Of AWR Wavescan On Sundays:
AWR Wavescan(the DX Program of AWR..on air on sundays for India etc ) was not audible on 15715kHz(via KSDA) & 17730kHz(Via MDC?) during 1600-1630utc on December 10th.And the 1530utc transmission on 11985kHz via SLBC at present off the air.
There has been poor reception of AWR Wavescan on 17730kHz as observed by me on several sundays here in my QTH.And on 15715kHz is not audible.

Voice Of Indonesia. Frequency Shift From 9525kHz:
After several days of satisfactory reception on Voice Of Indonesia between 1000utc onwards on 9525kHz in several langauges including English, the reception quality again de.....and also the same old problem of frequency shifting of VOI on the range >9525-9526kHz has again taken place.Listening to the audio its clear to me that it is not on 9525kHz.

KLNS English Via Madagascar World Voice(MWV):
There has been good reception of KNLS English on 9600kHz during 0200-0256utc now-a-days.And also it has been observed that KNLS English 2nd transmission on 15560kHz during 0300-0356utc is also received here with good signal.But it is facing sideband splatter from a radio station(Chinese?) broadcasting on 15570kHz.

Radio Taiwan International-English on 6185kHz:
There has been good reception of RTI-English on 6185kHz from 1600utc now-a-days as per my monitoring observations on the weekend upto 1622utc or so.There has been weak QRM (sideband splatter) from a radio station broadcasting on 6190kHz.

AIR Regional Shortwave Station Reception Update:
Still on traces of AIR Aizawl on 5050kHz,AIR Kurseong on 4895kHz....As reported in Indian DX Groups..AIR Portblair on 4760kHz is back on air...is also audible here in listening post with fair signal sometime on the evening & night. AIR-Chennai on 4920kHz now can be audible in the evening/night when co-channel Chinese Regional Station becomes weak.

A few recent loggings:
Date:December 12,2017

6035kHz  1033-1049utc  BBS English Strong & clear SIGS OM talk about Buddist Religion announcements,music-English Songs..and SIGS went off in midst of English Song at 1049utc

11610kHz  1059utc-1103utc  RNZI EnglishFair Noisy SIGS Interval SIGS bird calling.male voice with news.etc                                                                                                  
11880kHz 1405utcRVA Bengali  Facing strong co-channel QRM from CRI-English
11920kHz  1445utc  Radio Japan English fair SIGS slightly noisy

9510kHz 1403-1428utc BBC Hindi Loud & Clear

9865kHz 1428-1445utc AIR Vivid Bharati announcements etc..Hawa Mahal-light comedy drama..Good SIGS 

15720kHz 1445-1500utc Radio Japan Hindi News Headlines-feature program Good SIGS brief spell of no SIGS around 1449 approx.but the SIGS came back after a short while

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

A Band Scan On Sunday afternnoon..December 3rd..2017

Rx:Grundig YB 400 & ANT:40ft long ..plus 30ft ht. Copper wire
9525kHz 1053utc Voice Of Indonesia English Announcement about its website..e-mail idds..various social media platforms..etc by YL..Music..good SIGS
11610kHz..1103utc Radio New Zeland Inlt.English News..report by YL..Fair SIGS Noisy
6035kHz BBS English was on air with back to back English Hits later around 1050utc perhaps but while checking on 1100utc no BBS..but Chinese Station signing on..& also along with English Idd announcement..Yuan Broadcasting..type Idd..not very strong SIGS
 9740kHz 1055utc (to 1106utc several airchecks) BBCWS Good SIGS..strong QRN..as usually the case for a long time on some BBCWS frequencies.
4750kHz Bangladesh Betar 1103utc(?) English News perhaps..(forgot) GOOD Strong SIGS..
4760kHz.AIR Portblair..After 1100utc Fair SIGS..noisy reception
4970kHz AIR Shillong Good SIGS around same time..
An Interesting Observation*..
 102.6MHz AIR Goalpara AIR FM Rainbow Relay ..around 1046utc..aprrox. closing announcement of program of Adventist Media Centre* by YL..other announcement followed after that..Good SIGS..55555 

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

RRI English to North America (East Coast) in India

Sometimes transmission directed to other target area is well heard in non-target areas.Take this case......Radio Romania International's English transmission to North America (East Coast) during 0100-0156utc on 41mb is well heard here in my location during winter season.And this season the frequency is 7325kHz. Even the reception of one hour transmission directed to India of RRI-English is very poor to not audible as per my monitoring for many seasons..but another half hour transmission later is audible here in QTH in Abhayapuri..
Here is a vedio of of the reception of RRI-English on the  morning of December 12th on 7325kHz...



Working condition..Rx:Grundig YB 400  ANT:40ft lengt. & 30ft ht copper wire with co-axial cable leadin..

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

Radio Japan NHK World Bengali

Heard in a recent edition of Radio Japan Bengali's Mailbag Program "Katha O Sur" that for the time being Radio Japan will not change the frequency of 11685kHz during 1300-1345utc.There has been complains from listeners about poor receptions of this frequency..Here is a vedio recorded ...about reception of Radio Japan Bengali December 11th evening in my QTH Abhayapuri..at 1337utc.



Working condition..Rx:Grundig YB 400  ANT:40ft lengt. & 30ft ht copper wire with co-axial cable leadin..
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
(Abhayapuri((Assam)(India)

Friday, December 8, 2017

My External Antenna's One End

On the background of Western Sky  Just Around Dusk Today.....



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

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Another SSB Log..

On 12/07/17...
Rx:GDYB 400 ..ANT:Copper wire 40ft long 30ft ht(Approx.)..Coaxial lead In..
QTH:Abhayapuri(Assam)
QTR:0749 IST QRG: 7145kHz...VU2OWB AR (QSP VU2LNA) VU3XBP 
VU2OWB VU3XBP 7145kHz LSB 0749hr IST Dec 7 2017


 73s
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

Shot Of The Morning

Today  Around 9.00AM IN Our Campus



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

An Interesting Log ..On SSB Band.

On 12/07/17..
QTH:Abhayapuri
Geographical Location of Reception Place(Abhayapuri):
Longitude:26º18´20´´North
Latitude:90º37´50´´East

Rx:GDYB 400 ..ANT:Copper wire 40ft long 30ft ht(Approx.)..Coaxial lead In..

QTR:0127utc QRG:7145kHz LSB  VU2RAK AR VU3XFC...Amateur Station from Goa .(Handle..ARUN).First Time Station from Goa..Logged  here in my QTH At Abhayapuri (Assam)..Goa's Dempu Sports Club used to participate in way back in 1980s in Assam's Bordoli Trophy Soccer Tournament...many players names still im mind..Camilo Gangalvez..Mahesh Latlikar..Caetano..perhaps the Goalkeeper..that's an another chapter...

Hangover from BCDX..I should write the time as IST..i.e.0657IST...




73s
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

AIR Srinagar 4950kHz Plus A Few Observations

AIR(All India Radio) Srinagar 4950kHz On November 8,2017:
Rx:GDYB 400 ANT:30ft plus long & 20 plus height of copper wire with co-axial lead in
Place Of Monitoring:Abhayapuri

Program Details Heard:0058utc:Signature Tune Of AIR,0100utc: Bande Matorom,announcement of Station Idd..date,freq..etc..by Male Announcer..(Sabbir perhaps)..0101utc flute tune..Sehnai recital.
SINPO:34(?)433 
Technical comment:QSA was fair,slight distorted audio of a station could be heard ..not sure whether it was another station..slight noise..QSB was there..overall fair.. during voice transmission audio quality was slight rough .slightly difficult to copy

Special Note:
I heard this station on the previous morning also but was not sure it was AIR Srinagar..or different radio station.Also as per info in the AIR Printing skd of summer..AIR Srinagar goes on air from 0025utc on 4950 kHz..perhaps its late signing on due to winter season of broadcast skd change.

A Few Others Observations:
As happening for past several months..AIR-Aizawl is still off the air on 5050kHz..along with AIR-Kurseong on 4895kHz...& for past several days I'm also unable to listen to AIR-Portblair on 4760kHz.

More updates etc soon.
73s
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Assamese in B17

Here is the schedule of of three international radio stations(All Gospel Stations) broadcasting  in Assamese Language
for this summer season of broadcast i.e.B17 effective   October 29th of 2017 To March 24th of 2018
(The skd is posted as..station name 
transmitter site power 
time frequency days of broadcast format)

Trans World Radio(TWR) 
KTWR Agana,Guam (100kW) 
1215-1245UTC on 11695kHz (Monday To Friday)
 
Adventist World Radio(AWR)
KSDA Agat,Guam(100kW)
1330-1400UTC on 11900kHz (Sunday & Wednessday )

Gospel For Asia(Athmeeya Yatra Radio ) 
Nauen(MBR),Germany (250kW)
0015 to 0030UTC on 7380kHz  (Saturday & Sunday)

Besides this from a few months into the last season of broadcast another Gospel Station Reach Beyond Australia (HCJB)began broadcasting in Nagamese.The skd for this season..
Reach Beyond Australia (HCJB In Nagamese)
Kununurra,Australia(100kW)
1215-1245UTC on 11825kHz (Sunday,Wednessday & Saturday)
More information about Nagamese..
Please visit..
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagamese_Creole

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

An Evening From Moscow via Voice Of Russia With Sudhakantha Bhupen Hazarkia

Today on this evening way back in 2011,The Living Legend  Bhupen Hazarika passed away ..With his death an era has come to an end ..His songs were requested & played in Bengali Services of Deutsche Welle Radio..Voice of Russia..Voice Of America, Radio Japan NHK World....They aired Bengali Versions of Bhupen Hazarika's songs..I can remember till now...once in April way back in early 2000s in  Deutsche Welle Radio-Bengali's then Club Corner Program...the host Abdus Sattar played an Assamese Song..."Mitha Mitha Bohagor..Geet Eti Ke Roso.Buli Bhabilo......a song on sweet sweet Bohag..I'm Thinking of  writing..."(poor translation sorry for that)
Its a rare occasion..I recorded the moment online but could trace it now..what a lost for me....
Even wayback in early 1990s when late Nasiur Rehman, noted Radio Personality from Assam.. former News Reader of AIR Delhi Assamese News after retiring from AIR ..went to Moscow to revive the then Assamese Serivce of Radio Moscow (Voice of Russia) ..& I heard ..Songs of Bhupen Hazarika was the regular in the 15 minutes of the transmission in the evening loud & clear.
Several years gone by..........
And then on March 28th of 2009 in the last broadcast via shortwave  of Voice of Russia's Bengali Service at the request of a listener A Bengali song of Dr.Bhupen Hazarika was played..The frequency was on 7305kHz & the audio recorded from 1549utc..
Here is the link to the audio..
https://app.box.com/s/docsuoc20b2626g807re6jy95hs29alt

MY SHRADHANJALI TO SUDHAKANTHA ON HIS DEATH ANNIVERSARY..
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Tribute To The CID Inspector Of "Morichika"


Good Evening!!!

And Remembering My Uncle(Moha..Dr.Bhupesh Chakraborty) With  Whom I Spend Many Hours Discussing About many things specially on cultural topics. dramas.music ..films..and sometimes on sports....During My Nearly Seven Years In Goalpara Town...He was my most favourite person with whom like to talk & share..Though Senior To Me by at least 4 decades....I never felt any difficultly sharing my thoughts with him..such was his personality ..adjustments. He was also an actor and a singer.And acted in many dramas.Once he informed me that he acted as a lady in a drama.And shared with me a very funny story about it...He appeared in a role of CID Inspector in  "Morichika"(the Assamese film released in 1972..directed by Amulyo Manna..Music by Jitu-Tapan).

He likes to talk. & share his thoughts ..& could talk non-stopping. with his unique style , charming expressions ..And that's why  I mentioned HIM sometimes jokingly to Pomda (his elder son.)..as The Talking Engine....He was very popular personality in Goalpara Town......And both his sons..Pom Da & John Da when I visited  their Goalpara residence on last sunday evening ...They Mentioned that Your "Talking Engine" ..shut down for good..........IN Amateur Radio.. Has Become A Silent Key......

Rest In Peace....
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

Greg Scott & KSDA Signing Off Announcement

I read a post from Adventist World Radio in the Facebook ...Greg Scott,Senior Vice President of AWR is leaving  after 30 years of service in various positions with beginning in 1987 as Program Director at AWR's Guam Shortwave Station(KSDA,Agat,Guam)...

And He is the same Greg Scott whose signing off announcement I heard  on numerous occasions  after every Wavescan on sundays at the end of transmission of KSDA Agat Guam of AWR.You can hear the recording of that announcement from my Radio Audio Collection wayback from December 5th of 2010 around 1658utc on 9790kHz.

Here is the link to the audio recorded
https://app.box.com/s/spalz9l2u61moqeqqb11kax5qk9ttopc

I wish Him My Heartiest Well Wishes...
God Bless Him!!!!
73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)
Abhayapuri(Assam)(India)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

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


A Rare Catch...While Wondering With My Camera Around A Grass Field Near Abhayapuri Railway Station On A Sunday Around Noon..

A Butterfly Seen First Time


This was spotted by me on the morning of October 26th of 2017 in our garden.

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)