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Monday, April 30, 2012

RFI The Sound Kitchen Once Again

Radio France International mailbox program "The Sound Kitchen" host and my French sister Susan Owensby still keeping good touch with me. Recently she asked me to help her to choose a Hindi song which she'de like to dedicate to Rahul Dravid and play in her show. I did responded and here is that special program for you:

Interview with NHK World Radio Japan

NHK World Radio Japan recently interviewed me and we talked a lot about similarity between Bihu, the state festival of Assam and Sal Poila, the Bengali new year. Fortunately I sung one line from a popular Bihu song...Please listen by clicking the following link and if you like it then put your comments here.

Indian DX Report- Part 3

Indian DX Report- Part 3 (Date of Broadcast: 29th April 2012)

Namaskar World!! Welcome to the Third edition of Indian DX Report here at Wavescan. I would like to convey my greetings to all South-East Asian friends who have recently celebrated their respective regional new years. In East India we have celebrated Bihu and Bengali New Year "Sal Polia", greetings on this festive occasions too.

I would like to start this edition of my report with some updates from All India Radio.

The All India Radio has announced some major changes in its broadcasting system from this summer. AIR has shut down 6 numbers of 50 kW transmitters operating from Kingsway, New Delhi from the A-2012 period. Due to this the Home Service news services on Shortwave carried from these transmitters has been ended. AIR's External services broadcast by these transmitters are transferred to other stations. Now two new 100 kW DRM compatible SW transmitters will be installed at Kingsway by this year, Two new 250 kW DRM compatible SW transmitters for Aligarh, One new 500 kW DRM compatible SW transmitter at Bangalore, Two 250 kW Thomson transmitters at Khampur will be upgraded for txn in DRM mode, Two 250 kW Thomson transmitter at Aligarh will be upgraded for transmission in DRM mode. And above all most of the AIR's external services will be in DRM mode by this year end or 1st qtr of 2013 except three languages and they are planning to upgrade their MW services to DRM mood too by year 2013.


Senior DXer from Kolkata Mr. Babul Gupta has recently reported that two new radio stations from Myanmar are operating on SW, Rakhin Broadcasting Station and Kachin Radio. While as Rekhin Broadcasting Station is broadcasting programs mainly in minority languages, Kachin Radio is broadcasting in Burmese and English.

The transmission schedule of Rakhin Broadcasting Station in different regional languages are : the Morning transmission can be heard from 2330 until 0130 UTC on 7110 kHz AND 0130-0330 UTC on 9590 kHz. During Afternoon the station they can be found between 0430 and 0830 hour UTC on 9590 kHz and in the Evening between 1030 and 1330 UTC on 7345 kHz.

The transmission schedule of Kachin Radio is:

Morning : 2330 to 0130 hrs UTC in Burmese on 639 kHz, 6030 kHz and 0130 to 0200 hrs UTC in English on 639 kHz, 6030 kHz
Afternoon : 0430 to 0630 hrs UTC in English on 639 kHz, 9460 kHz
Evening : 1030 to 1430 hrs UTC in Burmese on 639 kHz, 7110 kHz and 1430 to 1500 hrs UTC in English on 639 kHz, 7110 kHz


After a long absence on the air waves the Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS) is back again on their usual shortwave frequency 6035 kHz. The Thimpu based 100 KW shortwave transmitter faced a major technical problem and because of this the BBS transmission were not available on shortwave for past several weeks.

The current transmission schedule of BBS in English is as follows:
0500-0600 hrs UTC on 6035 kHz and 5030 kHz
0800-0900 hrs UTC on 6035 kHz and 5030 kHz
1500-1600 hrs UTC on 6035 kHz and 5030 kHz.


Taiwan based PCJ Radio officially announced that they will start test transmissions from their own shortwave relay between August 20th and 25th 2012. Frequency and times will be made available closer to the date. The main targets for the test are East Asia and the Pacific and South East Asia.


Radio Canada International has ultimately decided to follow the foot steps of many other international broadcaster by announcing to cease its shortwave services. RCI will undergo a transformation that will see the service move away from shortwave and satellite transmission in order to focus its efforts on the web. The service will also end the production of news bulletins and close its Russian and Brazilian departments in order to concentrate on the five languages most spoken by its audiences: French, English, Spanish, Arabic, and Mandarin. So hurry dxers in South Asia, you might try the station before it finally closes at the end of June. People in South-East Asia can tune into RCI in English from 0000-0057 UTC on 11700 kHz, listener in South Asia can hear RCI from 1500 to 1557 UTC on11675 kHz and 15125 kHz. Middle East & East Africa 1800-1859 UTC on 9530 kHz and 11765 kHz, North & West Africa 1800-1859 on 17810 kHz and listener in North & West Africa can tune RCI in English between 2000-2100 UTC on 15330 kHz, 15235 kHz and 17735 kHz.

Sri Lanka:

Finally here are some updates from the Sri Lanka Broadcasting corporation. The SLBC is expanding its Hindi broadcasts to India adding two hours in the evening. The new scedule is 0025-0330 and 1330-1530 UTC on 7190 and 11905 kHz. The afternoon transmission in Indian languages is from 0830-1215 on 6005, 7190 and 11905 kHz. The Middle East Service via former DW Trincomalee transmitters has been reduced by one hour. New times are from 1630-1830 UTC on 11750 kHz. The transmission is mainly in Sinhala with a fw advertisements in English and Tamil.

And as you all know that AWR is recently using the former DW Transmitter in Trincomali for some of its program transmission and you may be interested to know how it is heard in India. So here is a recorded file I have recorded recently on 9440 kHz between 1630 UTC..<Voice File_AWR_Trinco>

So friends with this note I would like conclude this edition of Indian DX Report. Hope you liked this. For this edition of my report I would like to heartily thanks Victor Goonetelleke of Sri Lanka, Partha Sarathi Goswami, Swopan Chakraborty, Alokesh Gupta, Babul Gupta and Gautam Kumar Sharma of India for extending their full support with suggestions. From this edition we have in offer a beautiful QSL verification card for the correct reception report sent with two IRCs. Reception reports and any comments and suggestions can be sent to:

C/o. Prithwiraj Purkayastha
JORHAT 785001

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