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Sunday, March 27, 2011

B10 Last Day Observations & Thoughts

Dear Friends,

As a SWL I am always interested to observe and monitor the reception condition of international radio stations on Shortwave bands. Yesterday was the last day of B10 transmission schedule, as from 27th (today) many international broadcaster will shift to new A11 frequencies. So, I tried to tune into some stations following the B10 schedule for the last time and found the following reception condition of them in my place. For all loggings I have use my beloved Degen 1103 digital receiver with a loop antenna. 

UTC Time      Frequency              Station                Language             SIO
0230               9510kHz        IRIB- Radio Tehran      Hindi                 232 (Weak Signal with lots of propagation disturbance and noise)
0240               17760kHz       BBC                                 Hindi                 444
0245               17825kHz       BBC                                 Hindi                 545
0325               11695 kHz      Deutsche Welle             English               433 (Propagation disturbance and some inrf.)
0340               15320kHz       RTI                                 English               423 (severe noise and interference)
0400               11895 kHz      R. Romania Int.             English               433 (Propagation disturbance and little noise)
1300               9720 kHz         NHK- R. Japan              Bengali              433 (Propagation disturbance and little noise)
1615                5965 kHz      Deutsche Welle                  English               333 (Average Signal, lots of fading and unclear voice quality.)
1630                9515 kHz       KBS World Radio              English               544
1700                11740 kHz      BBC                                    Hindi                  555

This B10 season of international broadcasting was one of the most happening as well as tough  period in shortwave broadcasting as many international broadcasters decided many cuts and closures in their transmission. Starting with Radio Prague which has ended their broadcasting via SW completely from 1st January 2011 ending an era of glorious broadcasting. After that VOA and BBC World service also announces major cuts in their language service worldwide. Among these VOA's decision of ending its Mandarin language service to China creates as major reaction among the listeners and media persons in China. VOA has been broadcasting since early 1940s in Mandarin and this program is very much popular among people of China. If this decision of BBG prevails, then VOA’s China service will go off the air on 1st October 2011. While there is a complete cut decision on VOA's Cantonese service. The BBC World service has also decided to implement some major cuts in their language service to save money and match the British Government's budget cuts on World Service. The Albanian, Macedonian, Portuguese for Africa and Serbian languages, and  English for the Caribbean regional service of BBC will be completely closed. While radio programming in Azeri, Mandarin Chinese (Cantonese radio programming continues), Russian (save for some programmes which will be distributed online only), Spanish for Cuba, Turkish, Vietnamese, and Ukrainian will be ended. There is also a decision to cease all shortwave transmission in Hindi, Indonesian, Kyrgyz, Nepali, Swahili and the Great Lakes service (for Rwanda and Burundi). Although after strong protest from listeners in India as well as from many British parliamentarians and opposition leaders and also because of coming up of many corporate houses for financial support  to save BBC Hindi service, the BBC has decided to continue this service with some cuts in broadcasting hours. Now BBC Hindi can be heard only in the evening for one hour and its all other morning and night programming will be stopped. The DW Bengali service which ended its Bengali and Hindi services via Shortwave last season, has decided to end its Bengali service on Medium wave also. Now this Bengali service will be available only via internet and podcast as in the case of Hindi already. Radio France International has also decided to go with the changing waves and now want to stick with hard news and stories only. They have announced to close their all cultural programs including my and many radio listener's favourite mailbag show "The Sound Kitchen" which was previously known as "The Club 9516". I feel so lucky to be a part of this great show for two times and contributing to them my thoughts and feelings. You can listen these programs featuring my self using the below links.

Among all bad news, there is a ray of hope from NHK Radio Japan, who has decided to start a half hour extra broadcast in Hindi in the morning. This decision really SWLs like me to continue tuning into radio in with the hope to listening stations around the world. So, now once again I can say,



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