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VOA is dropping Morning Bengali b'cast

Wed, 23 Dec 2009

With effect from 1st January 2010 VOA is dropping morning Bengali b'cast at 0130-0200 hrs on 11500 and 15205 kHz. Also plan to change the evening b'cast timings in line with the Day Light Saving Time in Bangladesh. Details are awaiting.

Recent Frequency changes from VOA

Sun, 20 Dec 2009

Effective 12th December 2009 VOA in English :

Effective 12th December 2009 VOA in Bangla:

Victor's DX Log

Sat, 21 Nov 2009

Victor Goonetilleke's DX LOG Receiver used: Icom IC R71A Antenna : 80 metre dipole at 45 feet off the ground.

47501200BGDBangladesh Betar s.on 1159 it appeared to 1400 s.off.Bangla 444
47501200CHNNanning Hailar under BGD is clear when BGD off.
47601200INDAIR Port Blair Andamans strong Indian vernacs, also at 0100
47751240INDAIR Impal fair signals vernaculars.
48001230INDAIR Hyderabad fighting with CHN CNR1 both 433
48101230INDAIR Bhopal usual AIR format of local language 333fading.
48201230INDAIR Kolkata mixing with Lhasha Tibet. 433
48201230CHNTibet Lhasa Chinese language service. 433
48351245INDAIR Gangtok fair/weak signals 333/232
48401245INDAIR Mumbai strong a bit scratchy modulation. 433
48501240INDAIR Kohima devotional type Eastern Indian singing 19/11
48601245INDAIR Delhi distorted carrier, no modedulation. This TX having probs.
48801240INDAIR Lucknow audio breaks though carrier stable. 333 19/11
48951247INDAIR Kolkata liusted(AIR format) 333
49051249CHNTibet // 4920
49201249CHNTibetan //4905
49201230INDAIR Chennai strong China underneath giving a good fight. 19/11
49401250INDAIR Guwahati 333 usual Indian vernacs.
49501252INDR. Kashmir Srinagar fair level with CNR underneath weak.
49501252CHNVO Jujian Shanghai listed.
49701245INDAIR Shilling English songs and service 433, hum from txer 19/11
49801246CHNXinjiang Urumqui inner mongolia Uighr 444
49901250INDAIR Itanagar usual Indian language format 444 19/11
50001258HWAWWHI Time Signal fading in 232 can read time announcements.
50001259CHNBPM China 333
50101248INDAIR Thriwananthapuram 555+ One station I wish would go off the air, messes the
whole band throwing hash and mod all over. 19/11
50301245MLARTM Sarawak Kuching slow Malay songs. ID 1300 333 232..
50401235AIRJaypore strong 444
50501248AIRAizawl eastern Indian ballads under Gwanxi China. 1630 s.off.
50501248CHNGwanxi China mixing with Aizawl
50601250CHNChinese Service. Xhinjiang.
50751255CHNPujian Shanghai listed

BBC morning on 12070

Thu, 19 Nov 2009

Due to interference BBC World Service in English is now using 12070 kHz (via Thailand relay) at 0100-0200 hrs replacing 11955 kHz.

New freq 7395 for BBC Hindi

Tue, 17 Nov 2009

Effective 17th November 2009 BBC has swapped 7205 kHz with 7395 kHz ie. BBC Hindi is now on 7395(ex-7205) kHz 1400-1500 hrs while 7205 kHz(ex-7395) is taking over BBC Burmese at 1345-1430 hrs. Parallel channels in Hindi are 5845, 5960, 9505 and 12065 kHz.

Frequency changes from VOA

Wed, 11 Nov 2009

Effective 10th November 2009 VOA in English :

Effective 16 November 2009 VOA in Urdu:

New Frequency 9540 for RVA Urdu

Fri, 06 Nov 2009

In order to avoid cochannel interference Radio Veritas Asia is moving on to 9540 khz (ex-9585) via Vatican Radio at 1430-1457 hrs effective 8th November 2009.

New timings for VOA Urdu Service

Thu, 29 Oct 2009

Effective 1st November Pakistan will go back to normal time ie. UTC+5.00 hrs and VOA URDU SERVICE will use the following schedule:

RVA via CVA in B09

Mon, 12 Oct 2009

In Exchange [please see the last report] Radio Veritas Asia will use Santa Maria transmitter of Vatican Radio in B09 in Urdu at 1430-1457 hrs on 9585 kHz and Filipino to the ME at 1500-1553 hrs on 11715 kHz w.e.f 25th October 2009.

CVA via RVA in B09

Sun, 11 Oct 2009

For the first time Vatican Radio (CVA) is going to use regularly - Radio Veritas Asia (RVA) transmitter in the Philippines to India in B09 schedule period for their second morning transmission at 0200-0320 hrs. Earlier this service was relayed via Russian transmitter and at present it is coming from Santa Maria. This should improve reception in South Asia. This service comprising Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam and in English(repeat of 0040-0200 hrs transmissions)at 0200-0320 hrs can be heard on 15460 kHz in B09 ie. effective 25th October 2009.

New Frequency for VOA Urdu

Sun, 27 Sep 2009

Effective 28th September VOA Urdu service is moving on to 6100 kHz at 0000-0100 hrs replacing 9515 kHz due to propagation from Sri Lanka relay station.

New Frequency 5895 kHz for Vatican Radio

Fri, 04 Sep 2009

Effective 6th September Vatican Radio is to use 5895 kHz(avoiding Burma on 5915 khz) replacing 9650 kHz from Santa Maria at 0040-0200 hrs (Mon,Thu from 0025) in parallel to 7335 kHz also from Santa Maria. Also 0200-0320 hrs 9615 kHz replacing 12070 kHz.


Sun, 09 Aug 2009

From Jose Jacob, Hyderabad [DX-INDIA Group]

All India Radio will broadcast running commentary of Flag Hoisting Ceremony to be held at Red Fort, New Delhi between 0135-0240 UTC on 15th August 2008 as per the details given below:

The regional shortwave transmitters will start earlier than usual on the 7 / 6 MHz frequencies providing unusual reception.: The schedule is as follows:

Reception reports on the above broadcast should be sent to : Spectrum Management & Synergy Division, All India Radio,New Delhi by email at: spectrum-manager@air.org.in

Script Error in DXAsia website

Sun, 26 Jul 2009

During the upgradation of the website server somehow the PERL script was not working. Now this has been rectified and updated. Due to this problem we could not update the site during the past couple of weeks. The inconvenience is sincerely regretted. Now the site will be updated regularly.

New timings for BBC Bengali & Urdu Service

Wed, 01 Jul 2009

Due to the introduction of DST in Bangladesh on 20th June BBC Bengali service has retimed its Bengali service and is now aired one hour earlier. Consequently Urdu service has also retimed as the per following schedule :

More changes from Vatican Radio

Mon, 04 May 2009

Effective 3rd May Vatican Radio uses 7335 kHz and 9650 kHz (ex-5915) at 0040-0200 hrs. Also 12070 kHz (ex-9310) is used at 0200-0320 hrs.

VOA special b'cast on 100 days News coverage

Sun, 03 May 2009

VOA will extend its evening b'cast at 1600-1700 hrs ion English on 5th May (Tuesday) on the 100 days of President Obama in office and can be heard on 6160 7575 9495 12150 kHz.

FEBA Bengali changes evening frequency

Wed, 22 Apr 2009

Due to strong chinese cochannel interference FEBA Radio via Tashkent is now using 7395 kHz replacing 7370 kHz at 1500-1530 hrs in Bengali.

New timings for VOA Urdu Service

Fri, 17 Apr 2009

Due to the introduction of DST in Pakistan the following changes are effective 19th April for VOA URDU SERVICE :

A09 changes for VOA

Sun, 12 Apr 2009

The following changes made by VOA in their A09 schedules : - Urdu 1400-1500 7480 kHz from Kuwait (ex-7440). Further changes may be made soon due to DST in Pakistan.

New frequency for Vatican Radio

Sat, 11 Apr 2009

Due to strong cochannel interference Vatican Radio is moving on to 9310 khz at 0200-0320 hrs replacing 9545 khz effective 13th April 2009


Wed, 25 Mar 2009

Alokesh Gupta,New Delhi reports:

New 7 MHz changes from All India Radio Home and External services :

Chennai0200-04307360>7270FM Gold HS
Mumbai1130-11407195>7340HS (Hindi/Eng)
Delhi0030-00407150>7370HS (Hindi/Eng)
Port Blair0315-10457115>7390HS

Additional English b'cast from VOA on President's News Conference on 25-MAR-09

Tue, 24 Mar 2009

VOA will b'cast additional English on the morning of 25th March 2009 only on President's News Conference as per the following schedule :

Additional English b'cast from VOA on President's address 25-FEB-09

Mon, 23 Feb 2009

VOA will b'cast additional English on the morning of 25th February 2009 only on President's address as per the following schedule :

0100 till the end of the b'cast/0400 UTC on 9885 11705 11565 13855 15230 17685

BBC changes frequency for evening Bengali & English service

Wed, 28 Jan 2009

In order to avoid interferece the following changes made by the BBC recently :

VOA : Special extended b'cast on Presidential Inauguration

Wed, 14 Jan 2009

VOA will b'cast special live coverage of US Presidential Inauguration program on 20th January 2009. VOA is adding extra transmissions in addition to the regular b'cast on SW on 20th January (UTC) time as per the following schedule :

VOA Urdu service restores all SW frequencies

Fri, 09 Jan 2009

VOA Urdu Service has restored all SW frequencies effective 9th January after a gap of 9 days in parallel to 972 and 1539 kHz MW :

-0100-0200 9520 9820

-1400-1500 7440 9390

Vatican Radio changes morning frequency

Tue, 06 Jan 2009

Due to unavoidable circumstances Vatican Radio ceases its broadcast from Russia at 0200-0320 hrs on 12070 kHz to South Asia in Hindi,Tamil,Malayalam, English and moved on to 9545 kHz from Santa Maria station at the same time.

VOA Urdu service dropped SW frequencies

Wed, 31 Dec 2008

Effective 31st December 2008 VOA Urdu service has dropped all SW services to South Asia at 0100-0200 (9520 9820 kHz) and 1400-1500 (7440 9390 kHz) hrs. Only MW 972 and 1539 kHz are available at 1400-0200 hrs. There are many listeners in India and Bangladesh who are listening to this Urdu service on SW and many more especially after the closure of VOA Hindi service.

Frequency Change for BBC Hindi service

Tue, 23 Dec 2008

Due to cochannel interference BBC Hindi Service is now using 9535 kHz via Thailand (ex-9800) at 1400-1500 hrs in parallel to 7205 7430 9505 12065 kHz.

Extended BBC Bengali Service at 1630-1730

Mon, 22 Dec 2008

BBC Bengali Service has extended its 4th transmission at 1630-1730 hrs between 22nd and 28th December for the Bangladesh General Election :

VOA introduces a new frequency 7575kHz

Sun, 21 Dec 2008

Effective 21 December 2008 VOA has introduced a new frequency 7575 kHz in English at 1200-1600 hrs(entire evening bloc) in order to improve reception in South Asia :

BBC Nakhon Sawan relay back on the air

Wed, 26 Nov 2008

Received information from VT Communications that the BBC’s relay station in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, covering India and neighbouring areas have moved back to Nakhon. The broadcasts for China is expected in a day or so.

BBC WS via RNW Madagascar[updated 10-NOV-08]

Mon, 10 Nov 2008

From Andy Sennitt:

We have been informed by VT Communications that the BBC’s relay station in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand, is likely to be out of action until next week following severe flooding. The substitute broadcasts via other sites will therefore continue until further notice, including those via the RNW Madagascar relay station.

BBC WS via RNW Madagascar

Sat, 08 Nov 2008

Via Andy Sennitt: Serious flooding in Thailand has forced the BBC's relay station at Nakhon Sawan off the air(noted from 6th afternoon). It's expected that the station will be silent until next Tuesday(11th Nov) at the earliest. VT Communications has arranged temporary broadcasts from other sites. Until Nakhon Sawan is back in normal operation, the RNW Madagascar relay station is broadcasting BBC World Service programming towards India as follows:

Special US Election Coverage in Bengali English Urdu on 5th Nov.

Fri, 31 Oct 2008

VOA will b'cast special live coverage of US Presidential Election on 4th November. VOA is adding extra transmissions in addition to the regular b'cast on SW on 5th November (UTC) time as the per following schedule :

New Frequency 7435kHz for evening VOA Bengali at 1600 hrs

Thu, 30 Oct 2008

Due to cochannel interference VOA is changing it's Bengali evening frequency from 7180 kHz to the new 7435 kHz at 1600-1700 hrs effective 1st November 2008 in parallel to 11500 kHz.

Pakistan is changing back to normal time effective 2nd Nov 2008

Tue, 28 Oct 2008

Due to the local time (UTC + 5.00 hrs) change in Pakistan the following changes are effective 2nd November 2008 for VOA URDU SERVICE :

Evening Report from BBC WS for South Asia(updated: 27-10-2008)

Fri, 17 Oct 2008

BBC Press Release via Andy Sennitt[edited] : BBC World Service is reaching out to audiences across South Asia with the launch of a special English-language news and current affairs programme - broadcast from the region and tailored for the region.

From Monday 20 October, Evening Report will bring audiences in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - as well as South Asian diaspora audiences, wherever they are - half an hour of daily news and information, covering key regional developments and the most relevant global stories.

Broadcast live every weekday evening from the BBC Delhi bureau, Evening Report's regular presenter will be Tinku Ray, a highly experienced and accomplished broadcaster and reporter.

From Monday to Friday, Evening Report is essential listening for anyone across South Asia who seeks a global perspective of the events in the region and wants to keep abreast of key world news.

Evening Report brings its South Asian audiences news and analysis of the day's political, business and sports developments as well as human interest stories reflecting the diversity and vibrancy of the region.

There are plans for Evening Report to be anchored from capital cities across the region.

Evening Report will be broadcast at 1400-1430 UTC on shortwave across the region, on Worldspace satellite, via BBC Global News channel covering South and East Asia, and on FM in following locations:

Effective 27th October the following SW frequencies are available : - On shortwave : 5960 9410 11915 kHz 1400-1430 UTC

The programme is also available in audio online, via bbcworldservice.com/evening report and at bbc.com/news.

Taiwan's National Day on 10th October

Wed, 08 Oct 2008

RTI Website via Andy Sennitt : On 10 October, Radio Taiwan International will broadcast live coverage of the 97th national day celebrations at 0200-0300 UTC on 15320 kHz to Southeast Asia. Listeners in other parts of the world can hear a webcast of the live coverage.This special coverage means that RTI's English broadcast to North Americafrom 0200-0300 UTC on 5950 kHz will be cancelled on 10 October.

New Frequency for VOA Bangla

Sat, 27 Sep 2008

As from 1st October VOA Bangla service is moving on to 9320 kHz (to get good propagation)replacing 11835 kHz from Philippine relay at 1600-1700 hrs to South Asia and parallel 7260 kHz from Thailand relay continues.

Currently this 9320 kHz is used by VOA Hindi which is due to close on 30th September 2008 -so the last chance of hearing VOA Hindi is on Tuesday 30th September at 1600-1700 hrs on 9320 and 7430 kHz.

Special Hindi b'cast for the Bihar flood victims at 1530 on 9855(updated)

Fri, 26 Sep 2008

Noted one Hindi Service (name of the station not announced) on 9855 kHz at 1530-1630 hrs daily with Health hints, news and phone in from the Bihar region affected by recent floods and lots of popular Hindi film songs. According to WWDXC it is from Tashkent and is used by VT Merlin FEBA Radio - link informed by Alokesh Gupta,New Delhi

Frequency change for VOA Urdu Service

Wed, 17 Sep 2008

Starting 19th September VOA Urdu is moving on to9515 kHz replacing 11755 kHz from Sri Lanka relay at 0000-0100 hrs to South Asia and parallel 7135 kHz from Kuwait relay continues.

Frequency change for Vatican Radio

Sun, 07 Sep 2008

Starting 7th September Vatican Radio is moving on to 5915 kHz replacing 9650 kHz at 0050-0200 hrs to South Asia....in parallel to 7335 kHz.

SLBC SW All Asia Service resurgence has began

Wed, 03 Sep 2008

FROM Roshan Abayasekara of SLBC The press report appeared this week is for the local home service which would now only have 3.5hrs of BBC World Service Relay effective 01-09-08 as against 9hrs earlier!

For All Asia Service (AAS) on SW - thanks to the 31m band [9770 kHz] power boost on 200kwts now consistently from late January '08, new sponsors have come on-board.Also, thanks to the untiring efforts of senior presenter Harold Fernando, the AAS studio is now reachable directly for both SMS & voice calls, effective 1st Sept'08.

The line has been provided by MTN Dialog and the number is +94117956956

The next step's to increase the current transmission period, if possible, daily from 6am to 11am [0030-0530 UTC] initially with a backup webcast solution on the internet to canvas potential big-spending sponsors.To coincide with this, the current website - www.slbc.lk would also be upgraded within the next couple of months to reflect the daily program schedule for the week.

VOA Net P & C changes for Asia effective 04th Sept.

Mon, 01 Sep 2008

Effective 4th September 2008 VOA is making some adjustments on their evening frequencies to South Asia :

With Net P Programs :

With Net C programs

Pakistan will change their local time in November 2008

Fri, 29 Aug 2008

The government of Pakistan has decided to postpone the change of local timings untill the first week of November - so VOA Urdu service will continue to use the present timings and frequencies till the end of A08 schedule period.

The current schedule is :


Mon, 11 Aug 2008

Due to the local time change in Pakistan the following changes are effective from 1st September for VOA URDU SERVICE :

New BBC Hindi transmission at 1630 hrs via R.Nepal on 576 kHz

Mon, 23 Jun 2008

Effective 23rd June 2008 BBC Hindi Service has added another Hindi transmission at 1630-1700 hrs on 576 kHz (via R.Nepal) replacing BBC WS program in English. The programs mostly consists of a repeat of 1430-1500 hrs transmission b'cast earlier on the same day.

R.SINGAPORE INT'L English service last transmission on 31st July, 2008

Fri, 20 Jun 2008

Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi reports: Karamjit Kaur, Sr Station Administrative Executive at RSI English Service informed that Radio Singapore International will cease transmission from end July 2008, they are in the midst of winding down with last broadcast on 31st July 2008.


Sat, 07 Jun 2008

Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi reports: NHK Radio Japan frequency changes wef 8th June, 2008


Thu, 29 May 2008

Due to the local time change in Pakistan the following changes are effective from 1st June for VOA URDU SERVICE :

VOA drops additional transmission to Asia in English

Wed, 28 May 2008

The additional English transmission to Asia at 0200-0300 is to discontinue from 31st May 2008

VOA Changes frequency for Asia in English

Sat, 17 May 2008

Effective 19th May VOA changes frequency for Asia in English:

This replaces 15185 kHz at 1400-1500 hrs and 13735 kHz at 1500-1600 hrs.

Myanmar Radio is back on the air

Fri, 09 May 2008

Victor Goonetilleke reports from Colombo: "I heard last afternoon(8th May) first broadcast at 0730 on 9730 and nothing after that till this morning 0030 s.on on 7185".

On the evening of 9th May noted 5985 kHz is also back on the air but s/off at 1430 hrs earlier than regular s/off time 1600 hrs.

News on Myanmar

Wed, 07 May 2008

Victor Goonetilleke reporting: MYANMAR Cyclone hit Yangon and power is down and vast destruction reported. Death toll over 22000. So obviously Myanmar is running on emergency power, so SW txers are off the air. I can't hear any MW stations here. All three Yangon based TXers are off the air at 1245, viz 5040, 5915, 5985. No SW frequency active. However Defense Forces Station on 5770 is going on as usual.

Morning 5915 5985 and 7185 are also off the air. Surely the midday 9730 khz is also off the air. Watching 594 and 576 MW channels for any programs.

New Frequency for Radio Taiwan International

Mon, 05 May 2008

Andy Sennitt advises that from May 4th till September 6th, RTI's English broadcast to South Asia will be changed from 11600 KHz to 15515 KHz

New Frequency for Vatican Radio for Asia

Sat, 03 May 2008

Effective 04 May 2008 Vatican Radio changes frequencies in the morning from 5915 to 9650 kHz for their b'cast to South Asia at 0040(Mo,Th from 0025)-0200 hrs.

Radio Netherlands new frequencies for Asia

Fri, 18 Apr 2008

Effective 19 April 2008 Radio Netherlands changes frequencies due to interference and propagation for the following:

VOA changes frequency for evening English & Urdu to Asia

Thu, 10 Apr 2008

Effective 14 April 2008 VOA changes frequencies for the following:

VOA changes frequency for evening Bengali & Hindi service

Tue, 01 Apr 2008

In order to preserve continuity between winter and summer schedule VOA changes frequency for their evening Bengali and Hindi service effective 04 April 2008

VOA reintroduces SW service for Urdu Service in A08

Sat, 22 Mar 2008

Starting 30th March VOA reintroduces 2 hrs of b'casting on SW for Urdu Service after it was discontinued from 28th January:

This will definitely improve reception in Northern and Eastern parts of India. The MW channels 972 and 1539 kHz will continue to b'cast at 1400-0200 hrs for 12 hrs.

VOA increases Tibetan b'cast timings

Tue, 18 Mar 2008

VOA increases 2 hrs of b'casting as per the following schedule :

Detailed b'cast list of Tibetan language.

DW to increase Evening channels for South Asia in A08

Sun, 16 Mar 2008

In order to reach effectively in the target area DW is increasing its frequencies in the evening to South Asia.

RVA Frequency changes for A08 effective 30-MAR-08

Sat, 15 Mar 2008

Radio Veritas Asia new frequencies for South Asia in A08 period.

Radio Japan will introduce a reduced service for South Asian language in A08

Mon, 10 Mar 2008

Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi [06-08-2008] :Radio Japan plans to drop its Bengali, Hindi & Urdu afternoon transmissions to South Asia for A08 Cuts back 15 minutes of transmission time for all the three languages.

Alok Dasgupta,Calcutta Actually all transmissions will use a single channel 17595 kHz with Bengali 1300-1345, Hindi 1345-1430 and Urdu 1430-1515 UTC. The confusion on Urdu timings is actually due to the wrong announcement over Radio Japan's Urdu Service as 7-00 to 7-45 PM Indian Time - whereas it should be 8-00 PM to 8-45 PM.

New Frequency for Radio Taiwan Intl

Wed, 05 Mar 2008

Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi Radio Taiwan Intl B07 Frequency Change wef 3rd March English to South Asia 1600 -1700 UTC on 11995 kHz ( ex 9785) // 11550

DW introducing a new freq for South Asia

Tue, 04 Mar 2008

Due to interference DW is moving its 9585 kHz freq from Trincomalee relay station to 9650 kHz at 1500-1530 Hindi and 1530-1600 hrs in Bengali effective 07 March 2008. 1548 kHz (MW) and 7225 kHz are also available at these period.

New Frequency for VOA English

Mon, 03 Mar 2008

VOA in English is changing one frequency at 0100-0200 hrs from 9865 to 9740 kHz effective 05 March 2008 from their Thailand relay station. Parallel channels at this times are 7205 and 11705 kHz.

Additional BBC Hindi Frequency

Mon, 25 Feb 2008

BBC Hindi service added one more frequency at 1400-1500 hrs on 9615 kHz - parallel SW channels are 6140 7205 7430 11955 15245 kHz.

BBC Urdu Special Election News

Mon, 18 Feb 2008

BBC Urdu service noted on 18-FEB-2008 with a special election news b'cast at 1600-1700 hrs on 9500 and 7475 kHz - this is in addition to their regular b'cast at 1500-1600 and 1730-1800 hrs.

Anniversary of the world-famous BBC six-pip Greenwich Time Signal

Wed, 06 Feb 2008

Posted by David Rooney (Curator of Timekeeping) in Royal Observatory Greenwich Blog on February 5, 2008 : For 84 years the major global news headlines of the day have been preceded by the six Greenwich Time 'pips'. When the news of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon, President John F Kennedy’s assassination, and the destruction of the Berlin Wall were broadcast across the world on the BBC, they followed the familiar sound of the Greenwich pips.

The six-pip Time Signal was introduced on 5 February following the successful broadcast of the chimes of Big Ben to usher in the new year of 1924. Late in 1923, Frank Dyson, ninth Astronomer Royal, visited John Reith, Director General of the BBC, to discuss the idea of public time signals being broadcast. The six-pip Time Signal (pips for seconds 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60) was Dyson’s brain-child, devised in discussion with Frank Hope-Jones, inventor of the free pendulum clock, who had originally advocated a five-pip signal.

In 1939, the six-pip signal and the Time Service moved from Greenwich to the magnetic observatory at Abinger in Surrey. They then moved to Herstmonceux, Sussex in 1957. In 1990, the Greenwich Time Signal transmitted its last pips. Since then the BBC has originated its own pips based on signals from the GPS satellite network and from the 60kHz radio transmitter at Anthorn, Cumbria, operated by VT Communications under contract to the National Physical Laboratory.

The original clock used for the six-pips signal is in the Time and Greenwich gallery at the Royal Observatory. This is currently closed for redecoration, but will reopen on 1 March 2008.

The clock is regulator number 2016 by Dent of London. It was made in 1874 for use across the globe when observing the Transit of Venus astronomical phenomenon that year, before moving to Greenwich. It was the very first to provide the six-pip signals in 1924 with pendulum roller contacts, which are still in the Observatory collection.

New frequency for Family Radio

Mon, 04 Feb 2008

Family Radio noted on a new frequency in Punjabi at 1400-1600 hrs on 6090 kHz(with cochannel interference) replacing 5900 kHz.

Trans World Radio changes frequency 7350 to 9445 w.e.f. 03 Feb 2008

Sat, 02 Feb 2008

Trans World Radio changes frequency in the morning from 7350 to 9445 kHz w.e.f. 03 February 2008 for their transmission to India between 0015 and 0200 UTC.

BBC radio available on Bangladesh's leading news website

Wed, 30 Jan 2008

BBC Press release & Mukesh Kumar, Bihar,India :The BBC has teamed up with Bangladesh's leading news website bdnews24.com so its users can listen to BBC World Service radio.

Thanks to the new partnership, visitors to the 24/7 site across the world can now access BBC radio programmes in English and Bangla. bdnews24.com is the first news site in Bangladesh to carry BBC radio content. Toufique I Khalidi, Chief Editor, bdnews24.com, said: "We're absolutely delighted to be associated with BBC World Service. I'm certain that this partnership will not only be of great convenience to many who'd gotten out of the habit of listening to the radio but also will prove beneficial to BBC and bdnews24.com." Neil Curry, BBC World Service Regional Business Development Manager for Asia, added: "We are committed to working with like-minded organisations across the widest possible range of platforms.

"Bangladesh is a very important country for the BBC, and this tie-up with bdnews24.com reflects our commitment. Availability of our radio content on this news website means further growth of the BBC's outreach around the world. It's an exciting development for us."

BBC Bangla has around 17 million weekly listeners in Bangladesh and over 2.4 million weekly listeners in India. It has bureaux in Dhaka, Delhi and Kolkata, and broadcasts news, current affairs, sports, science and cultural features to the Bangla community worldwide. BBC Bangla broadcasts daily at 06.30-07.00, 07.30-08.00, 19.30-20.00 and 22.30-23.00 (Dhaka Time : UTC+6.00hrs) via 100 FM in Dhaka, and on shortwave across South Asia. BBC Bangla programmes in audio can also be accessed at bbcbengali.com.

bdnews24.com is the first web-based news site and news service, providing news content to newspapers, TV and radio stations, in Bangladesh. A 24/7 operation, it is accessed daily by over 100,000 unique users. It has related sites for children (Kidz), techies (Tech), writers and poets (Arts) and cricket, with the business site (Biz) ready for launch in early February.

VOA Urdu (Aap Ki Duniya) Service drops all SW channels

Sat, 26 Jan 2008

With effect from 28 January 2008 VOA Urdu Service (Aap Ki Duniya) is to discontinue all shortwave channels. The SW schedule was 0100-0200 7145 9740 kHz and in the evening 1400-1800 7495 9370 kHz 1800-1900 7425 7495 kHz. Most of the channels carrying Urdu service is moving to VOA DEEWA service specially the evening 7495 and 9370 kHz. From 28 January VOA Urdu service is available only on 972 and 1539 kHz MW. If you've any comments on this please write to urdu@voanews.com

Additional BBC Bengali coverage

Fri, 25 Jan 2008

Additional transmission with a change noted from BBC Bengali Service :

All India Radio Special Broadcast 25-29 January 2008

Sat, 19 Jan 2008

Alokesh Gupta,New Delhi All India Radio will broadcast following special programmes in connection with the Republic Day Celebrations.

25 Jan 2008 (Fri) - 1330 UTC onwards : President's Address to the Nation. 9835, 9575, 5015, 6030, 6085

26 Jan 2008 (Sat) - 0350 UTC onwards : Running commentary on the Republic Day Parade and Cultural Pageant from Rajpath Hindi Commentary : 9595, 11620, 15020 English Commentary :6085, 9950, 11585,15050

29 Jan 2008 (Tues) - 1630-1700 UTC Radio Report on 'Beating Retreat' ceremony. 7140, 9835, 9575, 6085

Note : 9950 via Aligarh, 15050 via B'lore, all other freq's via Delhi.

Consequent to the above special broadcasts there will be changes/cancellation in the schedule of National bulletins in Regional languages, Hindi/English News & Current Affairas programmes.

All stations of AIR will relay at least one of these programs.

Reception reports to: spectrum-manager@air.org.in

Or can be submitted online at : http://www.allindiaradio.gov.in/recepfdk.html

Radio Pakistan Changes from January 5th

Tue, 15 Jan 2008

Noel R. Green-UK via WWDXC BC-DX Jan 12 Radio Pakistan has introduced a new schedule for external service effective January 5th. The following External Service will be discontinued w.e.f. 5th Jan, 2008.

Assami0045-0115 7445
Arabic1815-1900 6280
Tamil I &II0315-0345 & 0945-1015 both 15620
Turki1330-1400 5050
English0730-0830 15100 & 17835
Nepali1245-1315 7445
Sinhali1015-1045 15620
Turkish1630-1700 6240
Russian1415-1445 9395

The following services will continue with some changes in the Timings & Duration. The detail is as under:

ServiceDetails Time UTC
Hindi-I0215-0300 no change 7445
Hindi-II1030-1130 (x1100-1145) 7445
Bangla-I0115-0200 no change 7445
Bangla-II1200-1245 no change 7445
Pushto1300-1400 (x0500-0545) 5050 (x6235)
Dari1430-1530 (x1515-1545) 5050
Irani1700-1800 (x1715-1800) 5050
Gujrati0400-0430 no change 9350
Chinese1200-1300 (x1200-1230) 9380 & 11570

Trans World Radio Changes effective January 2008

Mon, 14 Jan 2008

Trans World Radio has introduced a new schedule effective January 1st and 6th. Details can be found on Trans World Radio page under STATION head.

Additional BBC Bengali coverage

Sat, 12 Jan 2008

Additional transmission with a change noted from BBC Bengali Service :

BBC WS via Radio Nepal FM

Fri, 11 Jan 2008

BBC Press Release 08-01-2008 :BBC programming in English can now be heard on the BBC 24-hour 103 FM relay in Kathmandu and on the following partner FM stations throughout Nepal in these regions:

Further changes to VOA Urdu Service

Thu, 10 Jan 2008

Starting 14th January VOA Urdu service moved its 11705 kHz frequency to 7495 kHz at 1400-1500 hrs. The revised schedule is as follows :

AIR b'cast schedule of India - Australia Cricket Test Series 2007-08 in Australia

Thu, 27 Dec 2007

Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi: All India Radio will broadcast live commentary off-tube from the studios of AIR Delhi alternately in Hindi & English of the forthcoming India - Australia Cricket Test Series 2007-08 as per following schedule :

Live Commentary on Medium Wave, FM-Gold & Shortwave Channels:

Several MW channels will be operative during this period as early as 2315UTC.

There will be hourly updates on FM-Rainbow Channels.

Radio Veritas Asia changes frequency from 01-01-2008

Thu, 20 Dec 2007

Effective 1st January 2008 Radio Veritas is to use the following changes :

VOA HINDI changes frequency effective 07 December 2007

Fri, 07 Dec 2007

Gospel for Asia new frequency

Tue, 04 Dec 2007

A new freq introduced by Gospel for Asia for various South Asian language effective 04 December 2007

VOA Urdu changes on SW

Tue, 20 Nov 2007

The extended VOA Urdu coverage on SW has rationalised the frequencies and the full schedule is as follows effective 20 November: