Tuesday, August 15, 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):
(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)

Sunday, August 13, 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)

With Regards To My DXING Mentor ...Part I

Tapan Kumar Pathak,a class-mate of mine.. the person who brought me to active radio listening habit ..i.e. to correspond with radio stations about their program contents plus sending reception reports etc...for their QSL response after a long period of passive radio listening of me perhaps to March 1997..He used to inform me from time to time whenever we met about DXING..his latest QSL Cards etc...also about frequencies of broadcasts of Radio Australia's cricket commentary....etc...I always regard him a DXER in the true sense of the term...with a old Philips Receiver of his father with a long copper wire as external antenna he logged many exotic & rare radio stations...despite many personal problems..he managed to carry on his DXING ...but after getting his job & resultant workload with it   & family burden prevented him to carry on DXING....I requested him several times to be come active in DXING & Radio Listening...but I couldn't bring back him to DXING...And he never cared for any prizes and publicity as such and rarely participated in various quiz contests...
All he wanted to log new radio stations from overseas...and many sad story...many of his QSL Cards packets went missing in the post..that's another chapter....many DXERs/radio listeners in India including me had many such experiences....very very sad ...disappointing ..depressing.....
Now whenever you meet ..DXING is a topic of discussion ...what happening in the world of international broadcasting....latest developments...and its very sad to report him about closing down of radio stations on shortwave ........but surely this is happening..for whatever the season.....
A few years back, I scanned all his QSL Cards & his radio cards plus blank QSLs received by him.And a few of his QSL Cards were rare and exotic to me...I will share pixs of his QSL Cards in my page from time to time.....Here is the one he received from then Radio Veritas Asia..for their Urdu & Bengali Transmissions ...(both front side & back side)


More such posts soon.

73 & 55
Gautam Kumar Sharma(GK)