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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Some DX & Mailbag Programs I am Following

Station Name Language Day(s) Program Name
All India Radio (General Overseas Service) English Monday Faithfully Yours
Voice of Mongolia English Monday Mailbox
Radio Taiwan International English Monday We've Got Mail
Radio Veritas Asia Bengali Monday Ajker Gono Madhyom
BBC Bengali Monday Preetibhajoneshu
Radio Romania International English Monday Listener's Letter Box
Radio Veritas Asia Bengali Tuesday Alapon
IRIB, Iran Bengali Tuesday Chithi Potrer Asor
Radio Bulgaria (Internet) English Tuesday Answering Your Letters
Voice of Russia Hindi Tuesday Mitron Ka Club
BBC Hindi Wednesday Ap Ki Bari
Voice of Vietnam English Wednesday Letter Box
Voice of Turkey English Wednesday Letter Box
China Radio International Hindi Wednesday Shrota Manch
Polish Radio English Wednesday Multi Touch                         

Radio Veritas Asia Bengali Thursday Preetibhajoneshu
Radio Romania International English Friday Listener's Letter Box
Voice of Russia Hindi Friday Apke Patron Ke Samiksha
Radio Bulgaria (Internet) English Friday DX Mix
Voice of Turkey English Saturday DX Corner
KBS World Radio English Saturday Worldwide Friendship
China Radio International English Saturday Listener's Garden
Radio Prague (Internet) English Saturday Mailbox
Radio France International (Internet) English Saturday/Sunday The Sound Kitchen
Adventist World Radio English Sunday Wavescan
China Radio International Bengali Sunday Inbox
Deutsche Welle (Internet) Bengali Sunday Inbox
Radio Canada International English Sunday Maple Leaf Mailbag
NHK World Radio Japan English Sunday Friends Around the World
NHK World Radio Japan Bengali Sunday Kotha O Sur
NHK World Radio Japan Hindi Sunday Cheri Ke Desh Se
Radio Veritas Asia Hindi Sunday Apka Patra Mila
Radio Romania International English Sunday DX Mailbag

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Wavescan-Indian DX Report: 2nd Edition

Indian DX Report- Part-2 (Date of Broadcast: 29/01/2012)

This was the General Overseas service of All India Radio, paying their homage to Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, the world famous poet, singer, composer and film maker from the soil of Indian state of Assam, who passed away on 5th of November 2011 due to long illness. Bhupen Hazarika who is very close to millions of Indian hearts through his creation will always remain immortal and today I would like to dedicate this edition of Indian DX Report to the legend, the Bard of Brahmaputra.

Namaskar friends! As usually I would like to start this second edition of India DX Report with some updates from All India Radio:

From the North eastern states of India there are several regional stations of All India Radio is transmitting on the shortwaves. Here is an updates on some of such stations:

All India Guwahati is found to be on at 4940 at 0330 UTC and on 7280 kHz at 0845UTC. AIR Shillong is heard on 7315 kHz at 0835 UTC, AIR Imphal is active on 7335 kHz around 0830 UTC.

AIR Kohima and AIR Itanagar is found to be off the air for last few weeks. But both the stations are found active on Medium Waves. The Medium Wave frequencies used by AIR Kohima are 639 kHz and 1341 kHz; and AIR Itanagar can be heard on Medium Wave on the frequency of 675 kHz.

AIR Gangtok was found performing good on 4835 kHz between 0100-0401 UTC and AIR Kurseong was heard at 0815 UTC on 7230 kHz.

AIR Aizwal broadcasting with a 10 kilowatt transmitter from the beautiful Indian state of Mizoram was recently reported to be heard at Sri Lanka by ace DXer Victor Goonetilleke. AIR Aizawl is on the air on 5050 kHz between 0025 to 0400 and 1130-1630 UTC and on 7295 kHz from 0700 to 1000 hour UTC.

The General Overseas Service, the external service section of All India Radio has come up with a new website recently. Their new website is GOS is now also available on Facebook.

MYANMAR: Myanmar Radio is noted using some new frequencies. 2230 to 0130 UTC on 6030 kHz and from 0600 to 0830 on 9590 which carried mostly Burmese music. The frequency 9590 is stronger than 9730.85 which carries the regular 0230-1000 UTC transmissions. Their transmission in English can be heard on 9730.85 from 0230 to 0330 and 0700 to 0730 UTC. Here is a small recording of Myanmar Radio in English at 0700 UTC.

BHUTAN: The Bhutan Broadcasting Corporation, in short BBS, is reported to be considering changing the 49 m.b. frequency of 6035 due to heavy interference from China and Japan. The 5030 kHz is also out of band and they are also looking to locate another frequency.

INDONESIA: Voice of Indonesia (VOI) external service is off the air last few days. This is because of technical fault in the transmitter. VOI is in search of correct spares from the original equipment manufacturer. But it is not so easy for such old transmitter and expensive too. We hope VOI will be back on the air very shortly. Usually Voice of Indonesia English transmissions can be heard on 9525 kHz between 1300-1400 UTC and 1000-1100 UTC and from 2000 to 2100 UTC.

SRI LANKA: The Deutsche Welle relay station in Trincomalee which is now a property of SLBC has done a initial test on 1548. DW will not return to Trincomalee but the DW engineers are helping them in the transfer. The station will soon be available for any international broadcaster to hire air time.

AFGHANISTAN: The Radio Afghanistan is recently noted to be shifted from old frequency 6102 to 7200 kHz with much clear reception between 1530 to 1630 UTC carrying transmissions in English followed by Urdu. It is noted that in English transmission the old frequency is still being announced but in Urdu Transmission they announce the correct frequency.

CUBA: Radio Havana Cuba was noted on 6060 kHz in Spanish around 0125 UTC here in Indian Subcontinent.

RWANDA: The Domestic broadcaster of Rwanda, Radio Rwanda can be heard on 6055 kHz with fair reception. There is an English News broadcast starting between 1830 and 1835 lasting about 8 minutes.

SOUTH AFRICA: The African Nation Congress is celebrating 100 years of its formation in the year 2012. To catch up with the situation in South Africa via South African radio Channel Africa recently I tried the station on 15235 kHz between 1700 to 1800 hour UTC and successfully heard the station. Here is a short voice file of Channel Africa on 15235 kHz.

Due of tremendous propagation condition during the present months many DXers from Indian Subcontinent reportedly heard some exotic African stations with much clarity. Here is a quick summery of stations heard by my fellow DXers:

Radio National Malagasy of Madagasikara was heard 2041 UTC on 5010 KHz.

Voice of Zimbabwe was heard on 4828 kHz around 2030 UTC
It is found that CHAD & Zambia sharing same frequency of 6165 kHz, both of them comes with almost same signal strength around and after 1830 UTC, nut on 8th Jan 2012 at 2108 UTC it is found that for some unknown reason Chad was off and Zambia Radio 2 was very clear.

Radio DJIBOUTI noted on 4780 kHz at 1855 UTC.

Radio Zambia was also heard on 5915 kHz at 1910 UTC

TWR Africa from Swaziland was heard around 1800 UTC on 9500 kHz with much clarity.

Radio Damascus from tensed Syria also heard on 9330 kHz at 2100 UTC.

Dunamis Shoprtwave is a small missionary radio station on the shores of lake Victoria in Uganda running just 1 kW transmitter and it has been putting a nice dx signal into the Indian Subcontinent. It can be best heard around 1600 till 1900 hour UTC on 4750 kHZ.

Also heard VOA transmissions from IBB's African transmitters located in Botsowana at 1540 UTC on 17715 kHz and from Sao Tome site at 1530 UTC on 17895 kHz. VOA Botswana is also heard on 15580 kHz between 1730 to 1930 and on 4930 kHz between 1800 to 2100 UTC in English. While VOA Sao Tome in English is coming with much clarity on 4940 kHz between 1900 to 2030 hour UTC.

And lastly here is a good News for Indian DXers and SWLs who are willing to buy the World Radio TV Handbook 2012. This can be purchased online from and it will cost around rupees 1600/- only.

So friends with this note I would like conclude this second edition of Indian DX Report from the banks of Brahmaputra in Assam. Hope you liked this.

For this edition of my report I would like to thank heartily thanks Victor Goonetelleke of Sri Lanka, Ron Howard of California USA, Partha Sarathi Goswami, Swopan Chakraborty, Alokesh Gupta and Gautam Kumar Sharma of India for extending their full support and suggestions.

If you want to know more about this beautiful land of Rhinos and Tea Gardens OR wish to send any comments and suggestions on this DX report, then please do write to

C/o. Prithwiraj Purkayastha
JORHAT 785001

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“Listen to AWR”: AWR 41st Year Annual DX Contest

As Adventist World Radio enters into its 41st year of international radio broadcasting, we take pleasure in announcing our annual “Wavescan” DX contest, which comes to you under the title, “Listen to AWR”. In short, you are invited to listen to as many different AWR shortwave locations as possible during the month of July 2012.

Here are the details of our 2012 “Listen to AWR” DX Contest:-

A. AWR Shortwave Locations

You are invited to listen to as many shortwave locations in use by Adventist World Radio as possible during the month of July 2012. You may listen to the broadcasts from the AWR station KSDA on the island of Guam, and to any and all of the shortwave relay stations that carry programming from Adventist World Radio. Remember also that the AWR DX program, “Wavescan” is on the air shortwave over several of the stations in the regular AWR network, and also from shortwave stations WRMI & WWCR in the United States.

In due course, you will be able to obtain the July scheduling of Adventist World Radio, and the relay stations in use at the time, from the AWR website on the internet, from contemporary radio bulletins, from the World Radio TV Handbook, and from other reliable information sources.

B. Prepare Reception Reports

You are invited to prepare just one reception report for any AWR transmission from each AWR transmitter site in any country that you are able to log during the month of July 2012. You may report any AWR broadcast on any shortwave frequency, at any time of the day or night, and in any language; just one reception report for each AWR shortwave location.

C. Photocopies

You are invited to search your QSL collection, and where possible, provide a photocopy of a QSL that you already hold in your collection from any of the AWR shortwave stations that you have heard, during the past five years only. These photocopies should be in color if possible, but black & white is also acceptable. If you do not already have a QSL from any of the AWR stations you select, then you should state so in your contest entry.

D. Three Radio Cards

Where possible, you are invited to include three radio cards for the Indianapolis Heritage Collection with your contest entry. These cards may be old or new, and they may be QSL cards, reception report cards, or picture cards of radio stations, etc. (Not valid for this contest are amateur cards nor CB cards.)

E. Assemble Your Contest Entry

Post your entry with all items to Adventist World Radio in Indianapolis, remembering that the total number of AWR transmitter locations you hear, and neatness and preparation, will all feature in the judging procedure. Due consideration will also be given to the area of the world in which the contestant lives.

Other Contest Details

Well, there you have it, the details for our Wavescan 2012 “Listen to AWR” DX Contest. This contest will run through the month of July 2012, and all contest entries should be postmarked at your local post office anywhere in the world on any date up to the end of the month of July, and they should be received at the AWR post office address in Indianapolis no later than the end of the month of August 2012.

Return postage in the form of currency notes in any international currency, or mint postage stamps, or IRC coupons would be welcome. Where possible, a self addressed return envelope, business size or half quarto size, would also be welcome.

The awards for this year’s 2012 contest will be similar to all previous contests. There will be a special award for the world winner, one of the Jerry Berg radio history books; and World Radio TV Handbook 2013 for each continental winner. In addition, there will be other special awards as well as AWR souvenirs and radio curios for many participants.

You can remember that all AWR reception reports will be verified with a specially endorsed AWR QSL card. Please remember that it will take a period of many months, well into the new year 2013, to process all of the contest entries and reception reports, but each will in due course be processed.

The only address for the “Listen to AWR” 2012 DX Contest is:-

Listen to AWR DX Contest
Box 29235 
Indiana 46229 USA

(via. Dr. Adrian M. Peterson, Co-ordinator - International Relations & DX Editor
Adventist World Radio)