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NEWS FROM H.Q
with Jaisakthivel Dear friends, members and readers all over the World, Welcome to the first issue of this year. Lot of changes happened in this quarter. BNR were stopped their SW broadcast to the DX community. Really it’s sad news to all the active dxers. Ivo Ivanov’s DX MIX NEWS column always gave update information to world dxers. Most of the DX magazines carried his news items in their columns. Unfortunate that was also stopped. DX QUIZ 2012 starts in this issue. From all around the world, most of the dxers like to participate in this quiz every year. As usual this year also there is lot of sponsors gives their supports to our yearly quiz. We request our subscribers to ask your dx friends to participate in this quiz. This issue published the veteran dxer OM. Victor Goonetilleke’s interview. We thank him for the informative interview to Prithwiraj Purkayastha. We think it will gives lot of interesting things to the short wave radio listeners. In the mean time we congrats OM. Jose Jacob for his achievement in Diamond DXCC Award issued by American Radio Relay League (ARRL). Please note that all the postal contributions for the next issue (MAR - MAY 2012) should be sent to th our regular postal address Jaisakthivel at #B90/G2, Mahalakshmi Apartments, 7 Cross Street, th Maharaja Nagar, Tirunelveli – 627 011, India by 20 March. Until then happy dxing. 73’s Good Listening – Jaisakthivel

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NEWS FROM HQ DX DIARY INDIAN NEWS REVIEW OF WRTH CONFIRM QSL RADIO & INTERNET HF LOGS HISTORY OF BNR DX 2 3 5 7 14 18 21 23 MEMBERS NEWS HAM NEWS WORLD NEWS VICTOR INTERVIEW DX QUIZ 2012 QSL CORNER COMMUNITY RADIO WAVESCAN CONTEST 3 5 6 13 16 19 22 23

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MEMBER’S NEWS
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25 February 2012, Radio Taiwan International's meet, Gaggenau-Ottenau, Germany Organized by: Ottenauer Kurzwellenh rerklubb Murgtal, Info: bernhard.seiser@daimler.com 1-3, March 2012, The 25th Annual Winter SWL Festival sponsored by NASWA will be held in Omaha, Nebraska. Further information www.swlfest.com, 16-17, March 2012, National seminar on “Community Radio in Tamil Nadu: Challenges and prospect”, Dept. of Communication, MS University, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu 16-20 March 2012, DX-Camp, Location : Holzerbachtal in Solingen-Wald, Germany Organized by: Kurzwellenfreunde Rhein/Ruhr, More info: dx-camp@kwfr.de 14 April 2012, Reading DX meeting (Reading International Radio Group) 1430-1700 BST in room 3 at Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS, UK. Further details: Mike Barraclough 01462 643899, Email: barraclough.mike [at] googlemail.com 13-16 May 2012, Annual NASB Conference, Location: Miami, FL, USA (cruise to Bahamas and back), Organized by: National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters+DRM Consortium, USA, More info: www.shortwave.org, Expected attendance: 30-50. 18-20 May 2012, Dayton Hamvention, Location: Dayton, Ohio, USA, Expected attendance: 20000, More info: www.hamvention.org. 20 May 2012, BDXC DX gathering at Creech Hill, near Steeple, Purbeck Hills, Dorset. Grid ref SY905817. Nearest postcode BH20 5DF (Creech Grange), UK. Meet in the car park and viewpoint on Grange Hill, approx 1 km southwest of Creech Grange. Please bring your receivers, this is a very good FM DX site. Further details: David Morris, Email: davidlytch [at] aol.com. 30 May to 4 June 2012, European DX Council Conference at Hotel Landgut Ochsenkopf, 06773 Rotta (23 km from Wittenberg) in Germany. Bookings: anker.petersen [at] mail.dk EDXC web site. 1-3, June 2012, DSWCI Annual General Meeting at Friedrichsse, Germany. Further information:www.dswci.org/agm-2012. 1-3 June 2012, DX-Parlamentet 2012, the annual meeting of the SDXF, Location: Delsbo, Sweden, Organized by: The Swedish DX-Federation (SDXF), More info: www.sdxf.se. 21 June 2012, [to be confirmed]: BBC - British Antarctic Survey annual mid-winter broadcast to BAS staff in Antarctica on midwinter's day in Antarctica. Schedule in 2011 was: 2130-2200 UTC on 5950Skelton 7295-Rampisham 7360-Ascension and 9850-Skelton. 22-24 June 2012, Ham Radio, biggest annual Hamfest in Europe, Location: Friedrichshafen, Germany, Expected attendance: 20000.

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DX DIARY & EVENTS - 2012
9 February 2012, Special lecture on “Challenges in External service of AIR Tamil” talk will be given by former External service (Tamil) PEX N.C.Gyanaprakasam, AIR Chennai. 10 February 2012, RVA Listeners Conference 2012 in Notre Dame College, Motijheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh (Didarul Iqbal). 11 February 2012 MAHA Eyeball meet, An annual SW & HAM people meet, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu India 17 February 2012, Special lecture on “Voice for Voiceless” will be given by Dr. Cheyon, Asst. Director, AIR Chennai. 21 February 2012, Annual SW broadcast of Radio Öömrang from Amrun, German North Frisian Islands schedule TBC.

23 June 2012, British DX Club's Summer meeting, Location: Twickenham, England, More info: www.bdxc.org.uk 28 July 2012, DX-camp in Döbriach Millstättersee, Austria, until 08.12.2012; Info: Francis Ladner, Email: Franz.Ladner (at) gmx.net, website: http://www.dxcamp.org 3-5 August 2012, The Annual Summer Meeting, Location: Vuosaari, Helsinki, Organized by: The Finnish DX Association, Expected attendance: 100, More info: www.sdxl.org 25-26 August 2012, Tokyo Ham Fair, Location: Tokyo, Japan, Description: Big ham fair with a SW sector (Japan SW Club stand & lectures), Expected attendance: 30000 More info: ohtaket@live.jp 31 August - 5 September, Consumer Electronics Fair - Including Radios, Location: Berlin, Germany, Organized by: IFA Internationale Funkausstellung. 14-18 September 2012, DX-Camp of the Oldenburger Kurzwellenfreunde, Location: Germany, More info: Karl-J.Conrads@t-online.de.

21-25 September 2012, DX-Camp, Location: Holzerbachtal in Solingen-Wald, Germany Organized by: Kurzwellenfreunde Rhein/Ruhr, More info: dx-camp@kwfr.de. 5 November 2012, Interradio in the hall 20 of the Hannover Messe (with ADDX stand), Location: Hannover, Germany. 17 November 2012, Radio Day, event for offshore radio experts and enthusiasts, Location: Hotel Casa400, Amsterdam, Expected attendance: 400, More info: www.radioday.nl.

WORLD NEWS
Shortwave Newsline has been updated: http://www.angelfire.com/trek/amsguy/TheNews SW.html. Also, the redesigned version of Dave's Shortwave Radio Frequency List is now available for viewing at: http://www.angelfire.com/trek/amsguy/SWFreqList.html (Dave Jeffery) Updates are provided in PDF format and can be downloaded by right-clicking on the link and selecting 'Save target as...'. In order to view PDF files you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. http://www.wrth.com/files/WRTH2012IntRadioSuppl1_B11SchedulesUpdate.pdf (Yimber Gaviria via Mike Terry, 1652 UT Feb 1, dxldyg via DXLD) RADIO MYANMAR - station ID was in Burmese given as " Rakhine Athan Lwin Thana ma athan lwin ne baday, yakhu achien ga sa bi thayinda asisingo set la athan klwin ba may shin ". They are broadcasting from Rakhine Broadcasting Station. According to station announcement in Burmese, they started broadcasting minority language program three times daily. Time (UTC) Lang. Freq. 2330 to 0030 Chin 7110 kHz 0030 to 0130 Kachin 7110 kHz 0130 to 0230 La 9590 kHz 0230 to 0330 Po 9590 kHz 0530 to 0630 Geba 9590 kHz 0630 to 0730 Kokang 9590 kHz 0730 to 0830 Karen 9590 kHz 0830 to 0930 Shan 9590 kHz 1030 to 1130 Kayah 7345 kHz 1130 to 1230 Gekho 7345 kHz 1230 to 1330 Mon 7345 kHz (Babul Gupta, Kolkata, India). Deutsche Welle packs the reliable information it's known for into a freshly designed website and revamped television program. DW is giving its online presence a redesign and a new address (www.dw.de), its television programming is receiving a set of new shows, while the whole organization will be branded under a new corporate identity from February 6. Share your views with DW and win: Please get in touch with your questions and comments. You can email them at service@dw.de. You can send pictures of you with the new DW logo - whether it's printed, drawn, or chiseled, and be automatically registered to win one of three iPad 2s or one of 20 Nokia Limia 710 smart phones. Find out more at www.dw.de/mydw. On 3 November, 2011, the 36th General Conference of UNESCO approved the creation of an annual World Radio Day. The initial idea came from the Spanish Academy of Radio four years ago. The date chosen was 13 February, which corresponds to the birth of United Nations radio in 1946. World Radio Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of radio, facilitate access to information through radio, and enhance networking among broadcasters. The official World Radio Day website at http://www.worldradioday.org/ (Andy Sennitt) BULGARIA. Ivo Ivanov added that the SW transmitters at Kostinbrod & Padarsko will be dismantled in the next few months [this was subsequently denied] (Dave Kenny, ed., DX News, Feb BDXC-UK Communication via DXLD). Radio Bulgaria changed its name from Radio Sofia post-1989, yet still had plenty of Radio Sofia QSL cards to use up, hence them being issued throughout the 1990s. This card depicting 1979`s ``Banner of Peace`` monument is from Tim McClellan`s collexion and verifies 9700 on 13 April 1997 at 2100 (Feb 2012 BDXC-UK Communication via DXLD)

HAM NEWS
Ham exam results received on 31st Jan 2012 from WPC. Ham radio examination held on 5-112011 at Indian Institute of Hams, Bangalore, INDIA. Applied: 17. Appeared: 13 Graduated : 11, Detail list is follows: Mr Sreekanth S.Nair, Mr Mahesh. R, Mr Vikas K.M, Mr Karthik.R, Mr Sriram.R, Mr Syed Mustaf Salahuddin, Mr Vivek G.V.,Mr M.B.Mohammed Irfan, Mr Sujith.T, Mr Nagesh R.Nayak, Mr Sachin.R.H. (Sathyapal, VU2FI). Coimbatore Hams had conducted a Historic (after about 20 years), ASOC Exam Coaching class on 5 FEB, 2012. First day of the coaching class photos on the following link. https://picasaweb.google.com/116031327768066348011/February52012?authuser=0 &feat=directlink. Some of the senior Hams motivated the class and shared their experience. Ms. Leela Chowdappan, VU2CP and K. Santhanam, VU2YFS, M.K.ANANTHAKUMAR , VU2APE were there on behalf of Coimbatore Hams. (N.Ganesan – 09363105352) Special Training Programme on HamRadio(Amateur radio) at Mangalore, Location: S.M.kUSHE EDUCATION INSTITUTION PRAGATHI, Conducted By : Indian Institute of hams- bangalorefrom 25/2/2012sat and sunday,26/2/2012/3/3/2012.4/3/2012 and 10/3/2012, For details call: 94483 02677, email: Ham7388@gmail.com, This information to Mangalore area and near by places. IIH will be conducting practical workshop on SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIO (SDR). for 7 Mhz receiver (Amateur Radio Band). Any member interested to assemble can enroll for this unique workshop. Workshop will be conducted by Mr. Ramprabhu , VU2DEV Trustee & Technical Adviser-IIH. Date and Timings: SATURDAY, 18th February 2012 between 1500 hrs – 1900 hrs, SUNDAY, th 19 November 2012 between 1000 hrs – 1730 hrs. Venue: Ham Radio Station, 2nd Floor, Sree Kanteerava Outdoor Stadium, Kasturba road, Bangalore-1, For Details: www.indianhams.com or email: ham7388@gmail.com. (Sathyapal, VU2FI) Our sincere congratulations to Jose Jacob with the Diamond DXCC Award issued by American Radio Relay League (ARRL) by contacting 100 countries / entities during the calendar year 2012. That requires many hours at the DX-Shack at the right times!

INDIAN NEWS
All India Radio, Mangalore goes digital: Akashavani Mangalore is gearing up for a qualitative change in the manner in which it broadcasts its programmes by going digital in the near future. Akashavani, Mangalore, which also broadcasts its programmes with the help of a 20-kW AM transmitter in Brahmawar in Udupi is planning to replace it with digital radio mondiale - DRM. (Alokesh Gupta). RBNL first to broadcast show simultaneously on radio and TV: Reliance Broadcast Network Limited (RBNL) has announced a comedy show simultaneously on its FM radio and television channel, the first time that this has happened in India. Titled 'Hasya Panchayat', the special show with Hindi poet and humourist Surender Sharma will be broadcast on Big FM and Big Magic simultaneously. (Radioandmusic.com 10/02)

WRTH 2012
The 2012 edition of the World Radio TV Handbook (WRTH) was published in early December 2011. The appearance and format have not changed much over recent years, but the content certainly has. Although the WRTH has been known for decades as the “DXers' Bible”, there are several signs in this edition that the publisher will not make the mistake some other publishers made of pretending that shortwave is still the only platform for international broadcasting. In particular, the venerable George Jacobs, who has reached his 50th year writing the annual high frequency (HF) propagation predictions, says “With my experience gained during 50 years of reporting, I do not question, and I strongly agree, that the future for international broadcasting is the continued dramatic rise of the satellite and internet platforms. I believe, however, that HF broadcasting will continue to have an important role to play far into the future, albeit as a complement to these newer platforms.” Mr Jacobs knows what he is talking about, as he has been in the international broadcasting business for 65 years, including a period as Chief Engineer at the Voice of America. So perhaps we at RNW are not as stupid as some non-experts have claimed we are in recent years! Internet The WRTH editorial includes the following: “In view of the rise of the internet as an outlet for international broadcasters, we have decided to include details of languages available on the Internet in the international section.” This a welcome change, as it ensures that stations such as Radio Sweden can still be included, rather than ignored as if it doesn’t exist. Having said that, I was surprised that Swissinfo, formerly Swiss Radio International and one of the first international broadcasters to switch off shortwave – also a key partner of RNW - has not been included, even though it is part of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. The WRTH still devotes most of its 672 pages to traditional over-the-air broadcasting, and there is still a shortwave receiver review section. Of course, the bulk of the book is devoted to listing thousands of radio and TV stations worldwide. TV section I note that the amount of space devoted to TV has stayed at around 40 pages for many years, and this distorts the relative importance of different stations and networks. China, for example, is compressed into just over a third of a page, about the same as Denmark. But of more concern, I could not find any reference to some of the big international satellite TV networks such as China’s CCTV News and Iran’s Press TV. These networks are international broadcasters, but seem to have fallen into a hole between international radio and domestic TV. Anyone buying the WRTH who doesn’t know they exist will be none the wiser. I would suggest that, for international broadcasting, the editors give serious thought to including these international TV networks in the same section as radio and internet. This would give a better idea of the relative importance of the different platforms. I would argue that, in many cases, the satellite TV services that are not listed reach many more people than some of the radio services from the same country. They certainly cost a bigger proportion of the budget!

A must-have publication Small quibbles aside, the WRTH is a must-have publication for all who work in international broadcasting, and those who like to hear or see broadcasts from outside their own country. Some may wonder if a printed book is still needed in an age when so much information can be found on the internet. But anyone who has tried listening to a weak radio signal with the computer switched on close to the receiver will know how much noise a computer can produce. So having access to printed information is still very useful. The WRTH does have computerised information too – I reviewed the WRTH Bargraph Frequency Guide earlier in 2011, and new editions will be produced in January 2012 and later in the year for the summer schedules. There are also regular updates drawing attention to significant changes to the listings. More information on the WRTH website. Publisher: Nicholas Hardyman, No. of pages: 672, Publisher's address: WRTH Publications Limited, PO Box 290, Oxford, OX2 7FT, United Kingdom. Order Fax: +44 (0)1865 514405, Web (secure online ordering): www.wrth.com, E-mail: sales@wrth.com, Cover price: £24.95 including airmail postage worldwide. ISBN: 978-0-9555481-4-7. Distributed in the USA by Innovative Logistics, 575 Prospect St, Lakewood, NJ 08701. Web: www.innlog.net. Source: http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/world-radio-tv-handbook-2012

VICTOR GOONETILLEKE: A LIFE OF KNOWLEDGE
The 29 December 2011, our beloved DXer and friend Victor Goonetilleke from Sri Lanka celebrated his birthday. Victor is a Technical Monitor at Frequency Management (IBB) at Voice of America and a veteran Dxer from South Asia who started playing with radio sets at the age of 13 and till today he is serving the international radio community from his heart in many ways. He is a keen BC-DXer and Amateur Radio operator and operates under call sign 4S7VK. Radio is like another religion for this man and today he is inspiring many young DXers and Shortwave listeners around the world. This great teacher and friend of many new generation DXers is a precious resource for DXing as well as he is a very kind hearted, humble and culturally very sound person, which is really rare in today's world. Victor Goonetilleke gave an online interview to Prithwiraj and it was published on his birthday, he surprised me by spending hours in answering my questions in this interview. As a DX student of Victor sir, this gives me immense pleasure in publishing this interview on that special day in his life and this is my birthday gift to our beloved Victor Sir. Hope you all will enjoy this and also eagerly looking forward to your comments on this.

Tell us how you have been attracted towards radio hobby of SWLing and DXing? I think dxers are born and not made. That love for radio, the romance and excitement of contacting or hearing distant signals is in our blood. It has to take something to make it come into the open. My

father was an avid listener to foreign stations, and foreign lands always fascinated me and before getting into listening to foreign broadcasts I used to correspond with pen pals because we did not have a radio at that stage. The US Presidential election of 1960 and John F. Kennedy made me listen on my own. I was 13 years old then. In those days the Digital receivers and modern means of communication like Internet and email were not available and people did everything by those analogue equipments and by post, but still they were more successful as DXers. Can you please share with us your experiences as a DXer in those days? Our first radio was a 3 band domestic, valve radio with 2 SW bands and a magic eye for tuning. You could be as much as 200 kHz off the real frequency. But as you get along you improvise. A strip of graph paper even subdivided would be pasted over the front panel and marking known station and their frequency enabled me to be about 20kHz closer to the real frequency, but it was impossible to calculate frequencies. You had to first hear the station, unlike with today's digital portables even where you tune to the frequency and wait for the station! I wouldn't say we were more successful those days. Definitely not, but there were many more stations, especially domestic SW broadcasters on the tropical bands. Therefore picking up new countries was easier than today. However, we had to work very hard. We learnt the art of propagation, thus we knew as experience gathered when a station could be heard. So after the easy stations had been picked up we had to plan our dx catches on the drawing broads as it were, and wait for them to propagate because we had exhausted our radios capabilities more or less. Before I got my first communications receiver in 1970 August 18th I had heard 117 countries and QSLd most of them. Of course stations would readily QSL those days compared to today.

DXers reporting catches from my neighbourhood and mentioning frequencies when I could hardly hear them leave alone measure a frequency close to +-5 kHz. But the thrill for a teenager to hear a new country and to get a new QSL lasted many weeks and was some compensation for the lack of a good receiver. The domestic sets could not handle big antennas as they would produce images and cross modulation and you wondered whether you heard some image or mixing product and not a new station. UADX was formed after the Ceylonese SWL Club. As the name suggests the SWL club was just a listeners club did not last long as there was little participation from members. They expected us to provide schedules and information and even help to rig antennas. After 3 years of the SWL club we closed it down and gathered the few dedicated DXers and formed a specialised DX club, called the Union of Asian DXers. We concentrated on the harder to hear stations, reporting new stations, frequencies and other developments. We were no more a club listening to what other people reported, but setting the pace for others. We felt that there was a need to provide dxers worldwide with good and fast information. By then my mentor Sarath Amukotuwa and I had graduated to communications receivers, had ample experience about the International dx-scene and I would say even sought after by the freign dx community as reliable experienced dxers. We were also invited to take part in foreign dx magazines and club ads guest members. That gave us a launching pad and friends all over the DXing world. So UADX was the source of Asian information. You are one of the most experienced broadcasters and DXers from South-east Asia and you must have seen many ups and downs in this field till date. can you please tell us the difference between the radio scenes of yesteryears and today? Which period of time would you consider the Golden era of Shortwave broadcasting and why? Well before the Internet and Satellite TV radio was the only means of information other than the print media. So, naturally radio was the king of the media. Radio was not only a source of information and education, but a powerful weapon in the cold war era. There was a lot of jamming and even crude propaganda on the airwaves. Millions were spent and invested in short wave broadcasting as opposed to the cut backs we see today. Clandestine broadcasting was also at its peak and I would say the crumbling of the Berlin wall was a watershed in international broadcasting. From then onwards it has been a bit down hill. However, broadcasting has become more sophisticated now than 35 years ago while losing its unchallenged position. Sir, you were associated with RNW and its great DX program Media Network for a very long time. Would you like to share the story of your association with RNW and those lovely days when you were a regular contributor to Media Network? Short wave listening had a boom in South & South East Asia with the introduction of the transistor radio and the dx programme of Radio Nederland started to receive a huge response from Asia. Before an Asian DX Report was introduced there were only Pacific DX reports by Arthur Cushen, North American DX Report by Glenn Hauser, African dx report by Richard Ginby and a Belalux dx report by Marten Van delft as far as I can remember. They invited Greg Calkin who was the first secretary of the Canadian H.C. in Karachi to produce a dx report for Asia in 1973 or so as a stop gap until they could find a regular reporter from the region. When Greg was leaving for home he asked me to take over. After a voice test I was selected and my first DX report for DX-Juke Box was in December 1974.

Victor receiving Award from Dr. Adrian M Peterson for AWR First DX Contest 1980s. Would you like to share with us your memories as a SWL and DXer? Also tell us something about UADX and other associations which you formed in the past to promote DXing. The years were thrilling as well as very frustrating. I would dream of getting a better radio but I just couldn't ask my father to buy me a radio. That was unheard of, almost like today asking a parent for a computer, and definitely not a second computer!! It was also very despairing when I saw foreign

A couple of years later Jonathan Marks was commissioned to change it to a media programme and we all know how he revolutionized the programme as Media Network. I think that is a story in itself. . Are Media Network past programs still available in the archival form on the web? If yes, please guide how one can listen to them. Yes many of the programmes are archived by Jonathan Marks in http://www.jonathanmarks.libsyn.com/. I am sure anyone will enjoy the programmes as they were just not dx tips but real media stories which are still so current and exciting.

You are still associated with IBB monitoring team. Would you like to share your experiences monitoring IBB and other radio stations? Please tell us how IBB system works. Serious Monitorinmg is quite different to DXing, though being an experienc ed dxer is a tremendous advantage. Here we are not talking about catching rare dx, but working with the major broadcasters like IBB(VOA/RFE/RL/RFA/Radio Marti) to guarantee a good listenable signal to the average listener. I think a detailed account can be accessed at http://monitor.ibb.gov/IBB.pdf

Professional monitoring is a totally different thing undertaken with a firm commitment and when you have the skills to really help the broadcaster. The IBB article will enlighten people about this aspect of monitoring. In the Subcontinent the SLBC was the pioneer in radio broadcasting. Would you like to tell us about the Golden days of SLBC and its contribution to radio broadcasting in the Subcontinent? How is SLBC doing at present? Radio Ceylon was a pioneer in external commercial broadcasting. In a way it happened accidentally one could say. When SEAC Radio was closing down after the war years from the Ekala transmitting site the transmitters were gifted to the Ceylon government. Ceylon had an excellent English commercial service on the "local beam" as they called it then, which was listened to by many in South India and as far up as Goa and Bombay. Therefore it came naturally to go in for commercial external broadcadsting and it was an instant success. Listener's letters and postcards for musical requests came in bags of several hundred a day from India. Reception was excellent and broadcasting standards were set, I might say for the whole of South Asia. Radio Ceylon was a household word. Well SLBC is a ghost of what it was then. Mainly because of changing media delivery and India picking up with commercial broadcasting with the Vividh Bharthi programme and vast improvements in the domestic broadcasting scene in India. This resulted in a steep drop in revenue and along with poor management I might add that the SLBC's All Asia Service in both English and Indian languages is on the verge of total collapse. The emergence of commercial private broadcasting hasn't helped the situation either.

Presenting Media Network DX Report at RNW Studios August 1989 Sir, I have heard that you are a HAM as well and you are also the owner of only Persuas receiver available online from the Subcontinent. Tell us about these. Why did you decide to become a HAM after pursuing DXing for so long? Also would like to know about that HAM society of yours in Sri Lanka and its contribution towards society. I think it is natural for any serious dxer after picking up signals from stations to also want to transmit and experiment with radio signals. I always think that first you have to be a listener before going into transmitting. Today with the abolition of the Morse Code as a requirement for a Ham(Amateur License) any body with a smattering of electronics can pass the examination in a matter of weeks. It not only degraded the Amateur Service, but also saw people becoming radio amateurs who soon lost the interest as they were not dedicated people who wanted to get into communications through sheer love for it. Easy come easy go as we say. Amateur Radio is not just a hobby but a service and it can play a vital roll in disasters like the Radio Society of Sri Lanka(RSSL) showed in the Tsunami on December 2004 that when all other modern communications fail, simple HF radio can play a life saving part. The RSSL was awarded the coveted "Golden Antenna Award" for disaster communication for 2004. Receiving the "Golden Antenna Award 2004" for Tsunami Disaster Communications on behalf of the RSSL as President of the Radio Society of Sri Lanka, from the Mayor of Badbethiem DNAT (Association of German & Netherlands Amateur Radio Clubs. Germany June 2005 These days many people officially or individually monitor frequencies of different radio stations, but so many end up only filling up the reception report forms as prescribed by a particular station. Can you please give some tips to our new generation of DXers on how to proceed to monitoring any station frequencies and how to write an useful reception report. Well there are two types of Monitors. One who undertakes to voluntarily and regularly watch the station's frequencies on a normal radio set and inform the station on a regular basis, as stipulated by the station for which the station will reward by sending gifts and souvenirs. You do not need vast experience and sophisticated equipment to do so and you can report when ever you have the time.

Sir your wife has always been a great source of inspiration for your work and heard that she helps you a lot in every aspects of life. Tell us about her and how she has been your inspiration in the way of your life. If you don't mind tell us something about your family and your loved ones. Yes my wife and meeting her I would say was also a turning point in my life. She is a very educated English teacher, a terrific personality, not only as a house wife but a professional in many fields. She has been very supportive and also a great hostess when I have my radio visitors in our homeShangri-la. I have three children, the eldest who is a qualified architect and a novice class radio amateur as well, is married to an IT specialist who is a full class radio amateur and live in Australia with their 4 year old son. My daughter though is more into professional photography. The elder of the two son's is a crazy motor racing enthusiast and also works in that field working as the General Manager in a motor firm and my youngest son is close to finishing his masters in Counseling and university administration in the USA. You are a very active member and mentor of Indian DXing Corporation Forum in the Facebook and always encouraging many young SWLs to become quality DXers. In your opinion how these present day DXers should nourish their art of DXing and what they should not do? Shall be happy to get your valuable advise. Do you have any future plan for these young DXers or for the DX forum in Facebook? To be a good dxer one has to be dedicated like in any field. You must read a lot and learn from the experiences of your predecessors and also contemporaries. You must grow with your hobby and not be static. Don't let your equipment limit you. As you gain experience you must get better equipment and also your knowledge must advance. Learn the technical side of the hobby, at least to use a soldering iron and learn antenna theory and above all radio propagation. Face Book is a tremendous interactive forum. Some older people frown at Face Book and similar social media., but when used well with proper privacy setting is a wonderful way of exchanging information and being in touch with people. To be very honest my interest in serious dxing has been somewhat rekindled thanks to Face Book radio related groups. I am sad many of my long time DX associates are missing the fun of the hobby due to not being on Face Book. To an extend the Yahoo

Groups replaces the printed bulletins and Face Book related groups have even replaced Yahoo Group type reflectors due to the ease with which information, pictures , video and sounds can be uploaded. I hope people will look at these groups in a renewed perspective. Last but not the least, in your opinion what is the future of radio broadcasting, specially shortwave broadcasts, in the world? It is hard to answer this question in a phrase or two. It is a case of money as many traditional broadcasters struggle with their economies and resultant budgets. There will always be a good market for excellent programmes with a good signal be it via analog or digital DRM. Whether the broadcasters have the will to do it is another matter. Management like to believe that going on the Internet is cost effective and also transferring a part of the of the cost to the listener is the answer. However I think otherwise. As I have always said when a major broadcaster goes off the airwaves they go from being one of the 5 or 6 strongest signals on the air to being lost among the millions of websites or voices on the Internet. The day they go off the airwaves they cease to exist like many European broadcasters.

CURRENT LIST OF SHORT-WAVE CONFIRMATIONS
The following QSL cards, eQSLs, QSL letters and prepared QSLs details are from 2007 to present. These are the stations still send the QSL cards to their listeners. So the active dxers will send the reports and get a QSL from these countries.

1. Afghanistan - Radio Afghanistan 2. Alaska (USA) - KNLS 3. Albania - Radio Tirana 4. Argentina - Radiodifusion Argentina al Exterior (RAE) 5. Armenia - The Democratic Voice of Burma, Voice of Russia (Yerevan) 6. Ascension Island – WYFR 7. Australia - VMW - Bureau of Meteorology (Wiluna, Western Australia), Radio Australia (Shepparton), HCJB Australia (Kununurra), Australia VOLMET (Sydney) 8. Austria - Oesterreich Rundfunk 1 (ORF1), Trans World Radio Europe (Moosbrunn) The Rapid-fire Round 9. Bangladesh - Bangladesh Betar Your Favoutite radio station: Voice of America 10. Bhutan - Bhutan Broadcasting Service Your favourite radio program: All VOA Special English programmes. 11. Bonaire - Deutsche Welle Your Favourite DX program: AWR Wavescan amongst the very few left. 12. Botswana - Voice of America-IBB Your best earned QSL: A few very hard ones. Falkland IBS. 4VEH Haiti on SW 13. Brazil - Radio Nacional da Amazonia Your favourite station signature tune: Hard to say. 14. British Territory Indian Ocean (Diego Garcia) - American Forces Network AFN/AFRTS Your favourite Interval signal: Vatican Radio. 15.Bulgaria - Radio Bulgaria International Your idol DXer: Its not fair as many helped me along the way and I admire many from whom I have 16. Canada - CBC Radio Nord-Quebec (Sackville, New Brunswick), Radio Canada International learnt much and still do. (Sackville, New Brunswick) Your favourite broadcaster: Jonathan Marks 17. Chile - HCJB-Quito (Santiago) Your favourite receiver and antenna system: Perseus SDR and LF Loop designed by 4S7RO my 18. China - China Radio International (Kashgar, Xinjiang), China Radio International (Beijing), Radio brother. Canada International (Urumqi and Xian) Your best moment in DXing: My first visit to EDXC Stockholm as guest of honour of Radio Sweden. 19. Cuba - Radio Habana Cuba Your worst moment in DXing (if any): DXing has brought me endless joy. 20. Croatia - Voice of Croatia Your most cherished award: International DXer of the year 1993 by the ANARC Association of 21. Cyprus - Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation North American Radio Clubs. 22. Czech Republic - Radio Prague International Your DX philosophy: In my hobby pursuits "Be honest to thyself that thou be not false to others" 23. Egypt - Radio Cairo 24. Equatorial Guinea - Radio Africa Sir thank you so much for spending your valuable time for me and this interview and also thank you 25. Ethiopia - Radio Ethiopia so much for being with us as a friend and mentor always. 26. France - Radio Taiwan International (Issoudun), Bible Voice Broadcasting (Issoudun), Radio France International (Issoudun) (This interview was taken by Prithwiraj Purkayastha, Jorhat, Assam on the occasion of Mr. 27. Germany - Bible Voice Broadcasting (Nauen), Gospel for Asia (Wertachtal), Trans World Radio Victor Birthday. Few more interesting things about this interview is on his blog. Click: Europe (Wertachtal) http://www.prithwisworld.blogspot.in) 28. Greece - Voice of Greece, 29. Guam - American Forces Network - AFN/AFRTS (Barrigada), Adventist World Radio - KSDA (Agat), Trans World Radio Asia - KTWR (Agat) ARDIC DX CLUB PUBLICATIONS & GOODIES FOR SALE 30. Hawaii (USA) – WWVH, Honolulu Volmet - KVM70 31. India - All India Radio (Bangalore) Stickers for T-Shirt (Just to Iron) 32. Indonesia - Voice of Indonesia (Jakarata), Radio Republik Indonesia (Palangkaraya, Kalimantan) • Gyanvani round model T-shirt sticker in three different colors with English and Tamil (10cm radius). – 33. Iran - Voice of Islamic Republic of Iran Per piece Rs.30/34. Ireland - Shannon VOLMET • Gyanvani T-shirt and cap sticker in English and Tamil (2cm x 7cm). – Per piece Rs.10/35. Israel - Galei Zahal, Kol Israel • Dxers Guide T-Shirt and cap sticker in English and Tamil (2cm x 7cm). – Per piece Rs.10/36. Japan - Radio Japan, Radio Nikkei 1 • Ardic DX Club T-Shirt and cap sticker in English and Tamil (2cm x 7cm). – Per piece Rs.10/37. Korea (North) - Voice of Korea • Ardic DX Club round model T-Shirt sticker in English (7cm radius). – Per piece Rs.20/38. Korea (South) - Korean Broadcasting Service (KBS) • Ardic DX Club rectangle model T-Shirt sticker in English (6.5 x 9cm). – Per piece Rs.25/39. Kuwait - Radio Kuwait • Sarvadesa Vaanooli T-Shirt and cap sticker in Tamil (2cm x 7cm). – Per piece Rs.10/40. Madagascar - Radio Japan, Voice of Tibet, Radio Nederland Worldwide, Deutsche Welle, Sudan For orders contact ardicdxclub@yahoo.co.in Radio Service (SRS) 41. Moldova - Radio DMR Pridnestrovie

42. Mongolia - Mongolian National Public Radio Station, Radio Free Asia (Ulaanbaator), Voice of Mongolia 43. Myanmar - Radio Myanmar 44. The Netherlands - Radio Dabanga (studio in Hilversum) 45. New Zealand - Radio New Zealand International 2012, Radio New Zealand International 46. Nigeria - Voice of Nigeria 47. North Mariana Islands - Radio Free Asia (Tinian) 48. Oman - Radio Sultanate of Oman 49. Pakistan - Radio Pakistan 50. Palau - Radio Free Sarawak, World Harvest Radio (T8WH) 51. Philippines - Radio Pilipinas (Manila/Quezon City), Radio Veritas (Quezon City), Voice of America (Tinang) 52. Poland - Polskie Radio 53. Portugal - Radio Portugal International, Deutsche Welle (Sines) 54. Romania - IRRS Milano/The Overcomer Ministry (Tiganesti), Radio Romania International 55. Russia - Voice of Russia (Novosibirsk-Oyash), Deutsche Welle (Krasnodar), Voice of Russia (Samara), Voice of Russia (Serpukhov), Voice of Russia (Petropavlovsky-Kamchatsky), Voice of Russia (Vladisvostak), Voice of Russia (Moscow) 56. Rwanda - Deutsche Welle (Kigali) 57. Sao Tome Principe - Voice of America - BBG/IBB 58. Serbia - International Radio Serbia 59. Seychelles - BBC Indian Ocean Relay Station 60. Singapore - Singapore VOLMET Radio, Deutsche Welle (Kranji) 61. Slovakia - Radio Slovakia International, Radio Miraya - South Sudan 62. Spain - Radio Exterior de Espana 63. South Africa - Deutsche Welle (Meyerton), Bar-Kulan - Somalia (Meyerton), Radio Telefis Eireann - Ireland (Meyerton) 64. Sri Lanka - Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Free Asia (Trincomalee) 65. Swaziland - Trans World Radio Africa 66. Sweden - Radio Sweden International 67. Syria - Damascus Radio 68. Taiwan - Fu Hsing Broadcasting Station, Radio Taiwan International, Furusato No Kaze - Japan Voice of Guang-hua (Taipei), Sound of Hope (Taichung) 69. Tajikistan - Radio Free Asia (Dushanbe-Yangiyul), Voice of Russia (Dushanbe-Yangiyul) 70. Thailand - Bangkok Meteorological Radio (Bangkok), Radio Thailand (Bangkok), IBB/Radio Mashaal (Udon Thani) 70. Turkey - Voice of Turkey 71. United Arab Emirate - Deutsche Welle (Dhabbaya) 72. United Kingdom - Deutsche Welle (Woofferton), Deutsche Welle (Rampisham), IBRA Radio Radio Ibrahim (Woofferton), Polskie Radio (Skelton), Radio Canada International (Woofferton) 73. United States of America - WYFR (Okeechobee, Florida), Radio Marti (North Carolina/Florida), KTJC (North Carolina), WWCR (Tennessee), WEWN (Alabama) 74. Uzbekistan - The Voice Asia/CVC International (Tashkent) 75. Vatican - Vatican Radio 76. Vietnam - Voice of Vietnam 77. Zambia - CVC - 1 Africa Radio (Lusaka) 78. Zimbawbe - SW Radio Africa

DX QUIZ 2012
In 2012 the Ardic DX Club celebrates its 14th anniversary. For 14 years it has been the primary source of information for dxing enthusiasts all over the Tamil Nadu, India. In order to celebrate this event, a quiz is being organised. The quiz is open to anyone, regardless of location or club membership. The quiz does not solely deal with Tamil Dxing, but covers very different radio aspects. Answering following 25 questions you can show your radio knowledge. No quiz without prizes of course. You wish to contribute a prize? Please contact us! And to make the contest interesting to everybody, a few prizes will be given anomaly to entrants. So if the questions look hard, participate anyway. Schedule Quiz starts from 6 February 2012, Last date for the entry 31 March 2012. Quiz Questions 1. Which station stopped their SW service on 31 January 2012? a) Radio Afghanistan, b) Radio Bulgaria, c) DW d) RNZI. 2. Asian station who celebrate their 70 anniversary on 2011? a) AIR, b) NHK, c) CRI, d) BBS. 3. Which Somalian station announces to leave shortwave on 2012? a) Radio Mogadishu, b) Radio Al-Furqaan, c) Radio Horn Afrik, d) Radio Bar Kulan. 4. From which country WRMI conducted the DX test on 7 Jan 2012? a) USA, b) Madagascar, c) Costa Rica, d)Guam. 5. From which transmitter site SARL broadcast on 4895 kHz at 1730 UT? a) Meyerton, b)Sitkunai, c) Shepparton, d) Tinian. 6. Which two countries in South Pacific were changed their time zone recently? a) Samoa and Tokelau, b) Tokelau and Vanuatu, c) Samoa and Nauru, d) Norfolk and Samoa. 7. Name the recent reactivated Ugandan station after three years of their SW? a) Radio podillia Tsentr, b) Radio Skifia Tsentr, c) Radio Tavira, d) Radio Dunamis. 8. In which Indian city the Hamfest 2011 were held? a) Bangalore, b) Kochi, c) Pollachi, d) Chennai 9. Electronic DX press celebrate it’s _____ birthday. a). 15, b) 14, c) 16, d) 17. 10. The 8th Global Shortwave Coordination Conference began in which city? a) India, b) Johannesburg, c) Kuala Lumpur, d) Tokyo.
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For more update details on the following blog: 11. Recently one of the International radio send 3D QSL for their test transmission. Which station it http://shortwavedxer.blogspot.com/p/current-qsl-cards-2007-present.html was? a) BBC, b) VOA, c) RNW, d) NHK 12. Akashvani Shumang Leela Festival held in which place? a) Imphal, b) Leah, c) Imphala, d) Mumbai.

13. Who developed the DRM car radio recently? a) Philips, b) Delphi, c) Sony, d) Himalaya. 14. Babcock International Group is related to a) BBC, b) IBB, c) RNZI, d) BBG. 15. In which year Radio Romania International start their broadcast. a) 1 Dec 1930, b) 1 Nov 1928, c) 1 Oct 1928, d0 1 Dec 1930. 16. The most powerful transmitter on short waves began broadcasting on which year in which frequency? a) 1950-7160, b) 1951-7200, c) 1951-7670, d) 1950-7670. 17. Radio Sinhua is related to which country? a)Taiwan, b)Japan, c) China, d) Mangolia. 18. “O, Holy Night“is related to a) BVB, b) Marconi, c) WYFR, d) Reginald Fessenden. 19. In which state the IDXCI conducted the 2012 Annual DX Pedition? a) Orissa, b) West Bengal, c) Tamil Nadu, d) Assam. 20. Gary Breed is well known for what? a) K9AY, b) DX program, c) Broadcaster, d) QSL Collector. 21. ‘Radio 6’ related to which Tamil broadcaster? a) RTVM, b) SLBC, c) BBC, d) CRI. 22. Which date was proclaimed by UNESCO to celebrate as Radio broadcasting day? a) 13 March, b) 13 January, c) 13 February, d) 13 December. 23. This logo is belongs to which international radio?

25. Who is controlled the BC DX NET recent days? a) VU2FOT, b) VU3SIO, c) VU3BGK, d) 4S7VK. Please note the following things when you send the entry. 1. Every entry will get the special pennant in the memory of the third anniversary of Gyanvani FM 105.6 – Tiruneveli. 2. Every entry must send one reception report of any frequency of All India Radio for the 72nd anniversary special QSL. 3. Every entry should send any one radio sticker. Local radio sticker is appreciated. 4. Every entry should send one any radio QSL card / view card from broadcasting station. 5. Indian listeners must send Rs.25/- mint stamp for postage and International listeners must send 2 IRC or 2 US $. Those who are send US dollars; kindly send it only by register post. Otherwise it will be theft and the ADXC were not take the responsibility of your US $. Send your answers to T.Jaisakthivel, Radio World, Gyanvani FM, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, MS University, Abishekapatti, Tirunelveli – 627 012, Tamil Nadu, India. Our Main sponsors:

RADIO & INTERNET
CHINA RADIO INTERNATIONAL: "70 years of China's overseas broadcasting undertakings from radio to multimedia and beyond". While SRI, DW, RNW including worldwide media are in decline, the Chinese come in every gap on the radio dial. A look behind the scenes of the Chinese media makers now allows a 45-minute English-language video of CCTV9 that since yesterday http://english.cntv.cn/program/documentary/20111228/124963.shtml . (Tom df5jl via A-DX). CZECH REPUBLIC: Radio Prague, The new radio QSL cards for 2012 can be seen at: http://www.radio.cz/de/static/qsl/qsl-2012 . Are about 2012 Czech painter. Incidentally, Radio Prague QSLs also awards for the reception via Internet. ALBANIA: The RTHK members appeared Newsletter No. 46 (December 2011) and a new leaflet are: The radio club Tirana listeners with news. Both are available on the Web site of Radio Tirana listeners clubs for download: http://www.agdx.de/rthk/ (Anton Kuchelmeister via A-DX).

a) VOA, b) RCI, c) ABC, d) BBC. 24. The following QSL is from which station? DENMARK: TROPICAL BANDS MONITOR - DSWCI Tropical Bands Monitor 2011 is now available free to all DXers, along with the TBM editions of earlier years http://www.dswci.org/tbm (Rolf Wernli, Feb 5, DSWCI, DX LISTENING DIGEST). Whilst 2012 editions are for members/subscribers only (gh, DXLD). General Hobby sites: Some interesting hobby blog pages:

http://piratememories.blogspot.com http://maresmedx.blogspot.com/ http://www.shortwavedx.blogspot.com/ http://www.achimbrueckner.de/freeradio/php/wordpress/ (Rudolf Sunday).
a) SLBC, b) AIR, c) Radio Botswana, d) Bangladesh Betar. GERMANY: DX-CALENDAR 2012: As is well known, are out of Rhein-Main Radio Club in conjunction with the ADDX archive for the past seven years the QSL-Calendar, a glossy A4 wall

calendar with rare and decorative QSL cards from around the world. The new QSL-Calendar 2012, They printed including a sweetheart, a QSL card from 1935! So if you want to have a calendar, can it with them on the homepage of the RMRC http://www.rmrc.de or order from the ADDX. So much joy. (Harald Gabler, RMRC - Board, Rhein-Main-Radio-Club, Frankfurt). FREQUENCY LIST: Günter Lorenz based on the fed EiBi, AOKI, TCL and other sources MW LIST built a small website that displays the input frequency to the current station. The site is deliberately kept small in order to also support Smart phones. It updates itself every minute, allowing leaves in 5 kHz steps, and a click on the station name shows the same frequencies in the same language program: http://www.mwlist.org/now.php (Günter Lorenz, A-DX). TAIWAN: Taiwan also has the radio QSL-2012 series already on the homepage: http://german.rti.org.tw/German/RTI-German-Banner/RTI-German-QSL2012.htm

QSL CORNER
Freq, Country, Station, UT Time, Remarks, OM* 16820, USA, WYFR, Kannada, 1300, 50 years anniversary card, MI. 15745, Madagaska, NHK, Hindi, 1430, Autumn sunset, (Okinawa prefecture), MI. 15520, Turkey, TRT, Emirler, 1630, Adiyaman region folk dance, GC. 15720, Madagascar, NHK, 1430, Drying persimmons, GC. 15720, Madagascar, NHK, Hindi, 1430, Autumn sunset, GC. 15520, Turkey, TRT, English, 1630, Ataturk University Bindalli folk dance group, MI. 15720, China, NHK, Hindi, Urumqi relay, 1430, Drying persimmons, MI. 15520, Turkey, TRT, English, 1630, Turkish military folk dance group academy, MI. 15735, Japan, NHK, English, 1400, Drying persimmons (Yamanashi prefectures), MI. 15725, Pakistan, Radio Pakistan, English, 0900, Spring promise Islamabad, GC. 15125, China, Urumqi relay, RCI, English, 1500, Maple leaf mailbag, MI. 15170, Russia, VOR, 1000, First manned flight into space, GC. 15170, Guam, KTWR, 0830, Antenna picture, GC. 15460, Philippines, Radio Vatican, 0300, View of part of museum, GC. 15400, Australia, HCJB, Kunnunura, 0245, Melbourne railway station, GC. 15570, UAE, WYFR, Dhabbaya, 1400-1430, 50yrs of WYFR, GC. 15520, UAE, WYFR, Hindi, 1530-1600, 50 years card with Digital radio, MI. 15485, France, ISS, RTI, 1600-1630, Transmitter at French station in Tainan, GC. 15520, Turkey, TRT, Emirler, 1630-1715, Bride kina dance photo, GC. 15485, France, RTI, Issoudun, 1600-1700, RTI English service staff photo, GC. 15160, Northern Mariana Island, RFA, Khmer, IBB Tinian relay, 1230, Auns san suu kyi card, MI. 15275, Thailand, Radio Thailand, Udonthani, 0200-0230, A river flowing between mountains, GC. 15205, France, ISS, Media broadcast, 1400-1430, E-qsl photo of a SW antenna, GC. 15160, Korea, KBS world radio, Korean, 0900-0930, Card No: 4, GC. 15495, Netherlands, RNW, 1900-1930, English, Photograph of Hard Rock Café, Terras, MK. 15145, Sri Lanks, RFA, Khmer, 1300, RFA 15th anniversary, GC. 15125, China, RCI, Kunming relay, 1500-1600, Maple leaf mailbag QSL, GC. 15725, USA, VOA, 1400-1500, Urdu, Assignments editors discuss the latest story developments in the VOA newsroom, MK. 13590, Zambia, CVC, 1630-1730, QSL letter, GC. 15485, France relay, RTI, 1600-1700, English, Taichng Park, MK. 15745, NHK World Radio Japan, 1430-1515, Hindi, “Children performing Kabki”, MK. 13770, India, All India Radio (Bangalore), 1615-1645, Buland Darwaza, Fatehpur Sikri, MK. 12085, Mongolia, VOM, 1030, Sheeps herd photograph, GC. 12150, USA, VOA, 1500-1600, English, Powerful transmitters and curtain antennas, MK. 12005, Sri Lanka, Triconamalee, DW, 0315-0355, 20 yrs of German unity, GC. 11985, Russia, VOR, 1600, First manned flight into space, GC.

11975, China, RCI, Urumqi relay, 1500, Maple leaf mailbag, MI. 11735, Turkey, TRT, Emirler, 1730, Ataturk University Bindalli folk dance group, GC. 11500, Russia, VOR, English, 1200, To the first manned flight into space, MI. 11895, Romania, RRI, 0300-0400, English, The (Old) Saint Elefterie Church, MK. 11895, Romania, RRI, 0400, The Cermca monastery, GC. 11895, Romania, RRI, English, 0300, The Minovici villa (dr nicolae minovici folk art museum), MI. 11645, Greece, Voice of Greece, English, 0500, Traditional skyrian jewelry, MI. (ML) 11675, China, Kunming relay, RCI, 1500-1557, English, Maple Leaf Mailbag Special QSL, MK. 11835, Madagascar relay, RNW, 1430-1500, English, Photograph of Flower Field, MK. 11870, Thailand, Radio Thailand, Malay language, Udonthoni, Waterfalls photo, GC. 11795, Northern Mariana Island, RFA, Burmese, Tinian, 1230, Message by Aung saan sui kyi, MI. 11895, Romania, RRI, English, 0400-0500, The Bucharest city hall, printed by Vitalie Butescu, MI. 11795, Srilanka, RFA, IBB relay, Burmese, Ang sun sui ki card, MI. 9780, USA, VOA, 0100-0200, English, Powerful transmitters and curtain antennas, MK. 9670, Russia, VOR, 1500-1600, Hindi, The Voice of Russia 80, All the roads lead to VOR, MK. 9640, Korea, KBS, English, 1600-1700, Bossam Kimchi, MI. 9420, Greech, Voice of Greece, 2230-2300, The prince of lilies, GC. 9325, Sri Lanka, RFA, IBB, Laotian, Ang sun sui ki card, GC. 9660, Russia, VOR, 1500, First manned flight into space, GC. 9800, Sri Lanka, RNW, 1400-1430, English, Twister Collection, MK. 9570, Korea, KBS, English, 1300, Samgyetang (chicken ginseng soup), MI. 9945, Sri Lanka, RFA, IBB, 1630-1730, Rebiya Kadeer QSL, GC. 9600, China, CRI, 1830-1855, English, Daur ethnic minority group, MK. 7405, USA, VOA, 1600-1700, Bengali, Powerful transmitters and curtain antennas, MK. 7280, Vietnam, VOV, 1900-1927, English, TNVN Verification Card, MK. 7350, Russia, VOR, 1100, First manned flight into space, MI. 6185, Free Radio Service Holland, 1300-1330, 1980 – 30th Anniversary, QSL # 3 The 2000s, MK. 5900, Bulgaria, Radio Bulgaria, 0000-0100, English, Old Nessebar, MK. 4810, India, All India Radio (Bhopal), 1515-1530, Frieze of dancers, bhoga-mandapa, Konarak, MK. 4965, All India Radio (Shimla), 0040-0100, QSL Letter. Verifies by Sunil Bhatia, Director (Engineering), Prasar Bharati, Broadcasting Corporation of India, All India Radio Shimla - 171004 1548, Sri Lanka, Trincomalee relay, DW, 1530-1600, Bengali, Stuttgart, MK. E-QSL 15340, Australia, Kunnunra relay, HCJB, Urdu, 1430, Melbourne railway station, MI. 15340, Australia Kununurra relay, HCJB Global, 1515-1530, English, Promenade Melbourn, MK. View cards Czech Republic, Radio Prague internet service, Humrect north eastern bohemia castle, GC. China, CRI, English, Tatar ethnic group, GC. Japan, Radio Japan, Spring tea ceremony, Kumamoto prefecture, GC.

Japan, Radio Japan, Drying persimmons, Yamanashi prefecture, GC. Japan, Radio Japan, Lights of a dream, Yamanashi prefecture, GC. Taiwan, RTI, Rape seed flower in Guanshan Taitung County, GC. China, CRI, Hindi, Ggelao ethnic minority group, MI. Japan, Radio Japan, Spring tea ceremony, Kumamoto prefecture, Autumn sunset, MI. Japan, Radio Japan, Drying persimmons, Yamanashi prefecture, MI. Turkey, TRT, English, The Galat tower on a backdrop of the seagulls, MI. Iran, IRIB, Hindi, Photo of water falls with beautiful plants, MI.

COMMUNITY RADIO
EMPOWERMENT RADIO: Voices building a community’ sets out to demonstrate why community radio during the past decade has repeatedly been recommended as a powerful catalyst for development – ‘the missing link’ between development support being provided and change actually taking place. This book has been written with a desire to share powerful insights and experiences that can help get a genuine community radio off the ground – and keep it on air. It offers a step-by-step presentation of the central conceptual and practical aspects that are essential for creating EMPOWERMENT RADIO: A sustainable, community-run, well managed, simple and effective platform for the community’s voices, with space for debate on issues of importance that range from urgent ad hoc problems, over continued debate on community development, and onward toward a celebration of the local culture. Price: $26.77, For order; http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/empowerment-radio/18849422 Community Radio Handbook : To start a small radio station is not as complicated and expensive as many people think. This Handbook aims to show that ordinary people, even non-technical rural populations, can plan, set-up, manage and produce radio programmes by themselves with a minimum of dependence on outside help. "Community Radio Handbook" provides the readers with information on legal aspects of community radio as well as more practical tips on technical aspects. The Handbook also explains to communities how to start their own community radio station. The last chapter of the Handbook presents a series of case studies of community radio stations, two of them located in Africa. To download the Handbook, visit http://developingradio.org/files/UNESCO%20CR%20Handbook.pdf (Radio for Peacebuilding Africa) Govt. announces First National Community Radio Awards: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India, invites nominations for the first National Community Radio Awards from outstanding Community Radio Stations in India. The awards would be given in the following categories: Thematic Award, Community Engagement Award, Award for Promoting Local Culture, Award for Most Creative / Innovative Programme Content, Sustainable Model Award, For each category, there will be a First Prize of Rs.50,000, Second Prize of Rs.30,000 and Third Prize of Rs.20,000. Nominations along with a CD of the programme in MP3 format may be sent to: Under Secretary (CRS), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Room No.116, 'A' Wing, Shastri Bhawan New Delhi – 110001. For more details, visit http://mib.nic.in/ShowPDFContent.aspx or contact Mr. Inderjeet Grewal, Asst. Director on +91-11-23385021. (CR Forum) UNESCO Chair on Community Media set up at UoH: Prof. Vinod Pavarala, Dean, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication, University of Hyderabad has been chosen to be the first ever UNESCO Chair on Community Media. An agreement to this effect has been signed by the Director-General, UNESCO and the Vice-Chancellor, University of Hyderabad.The Chair being set up at the University for an initial period of four years will serve as a knowledge and resource centre for the study and promotion of community media, including such things as community radio, participatory video, and other citizen-driven initiatives with media and communication technologies. UNESCO now has the Chair information at this link: http://www.unesco.org/en/university-twinningand-networking/access-by-region/asia-and-the-pacific/india/unesco-chair-on-community-media-955/ (Dr. Kanchan K. Malik)

MK - Mukesh Kumar, Bihar, MI - Mohammed Ilyas, Karnataka GC- Girish Chadaga, Bangalore

HF LOGS
CONGO. 6115, 1755 17 Jan, R. Congo, Brazzaville, presumed, OM, news reports, mentions Congo, slightly distorted audio, transmitter off abruptly at 1824, French, splatter QRM, SIO 222 (Dave Kenny, Caversham, Feb BDXC-UK Communication via DXLD) EGYPT. 6270, 1806 7 Jan, R. Cairo, dire modulation, hum on signal, presumed Urdu, SIO 555 (David Morris, Dorset, Feb BDXC-UK Communication via DXLD) ETHIOPIA. R Ethiopia external service, English heard 23 Jan 1600-1633 on 9560, 7235. At 1634 news in English on 7195, 7235, 9560; only Omdurman could be heard on 7200 (Rumen Pankov, Bulgaria, Feb BDXC-UK Communication via DXLD) FINLAND. 11720, 1209 14 Jan, SWR, Virrat, ``Born in the USA``, studio chat in English – Tricky Trev and Lotta still audible 1245, weak, noisy but clear, SIO 252 (Alan Pennington, Caversham, Berks. , Feb BDXC-UK Communication via DXLD) GERMANY. 5980, 1036 UT 5 Jan, Hamburger Lokal R, blues music program, announcements and off, German, SIO 333 (David Gascoyne, Kent, Feb BDXC-UK Communication via DXLD) ITALY. 26000, 2342 23 Jan, R. Maria, Italian talk, weak bursts of signal, SIO 242 (Simon Hockenhull, Bristol, England, Feb BDXC-UK Communication via DXLD) MYANMAR. Latest monitored SW schedule for R. Myanmar: 2330-0130 5915 5985 6030 7110 (all on-channel so presume new Chinese) 0130-0330, 0600-0830 on 9590 (new transmitter) 0230-0958 9730.84 (including English 0230-0330, 0700-0730) 0930-1600 5985.86 [Ron Howard hears this alternate with 5985.0 – gh] 1100-1430 7110 xxxx-1500 5915 (Victor Goonetilleke, Sri Lanka, 26 Jan, DXplorer via Feb BDXC-UK Communication via DXLD) SWAZILAND. 9499.80, 1840 20 Jan, TWR Africa, Kenya farming, Nairobi address, English, SIO 344 (Dave Kenny, Caversham, Berkshire, Feb BDXC-UK Communication via DXLD) VATICAN. 21680, 1128 2 Jan, VR, dead air to 1130, ID and sign-on in Spanish, SIO 344 (David Morris, Dorset, Feb BDXC-UK Communication via DXLD) UNIDENTIFIED. 5076, 1710 UT 8 Jan, GTS (3 seconds late) at 1800, mix of unID language plus music, very steady signal, SIO 232 (David Morris, Dorset, Feb BDXC-UK Communication via DXLD). 7335-USB, 0834 18 Jan, Russian number station, YL plus audio hum, off 0835, SIO 354 (Alan Pennington, Caversham, Berkshire, Feb BDXC-UK Communication via DXLD)

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BULGARIA: THE DX PROGRAM – A HISTORY
On 17 November 1957 was aired the 1st edition of the weekly program called “Calling DXers and radio Amateurs“ in English on Radio Sofia Foreign Service on short waves. The author was Mr. Dimiter Petrov LZ1AF. Until May 1972 the program has been consisted from amateur(ham) news. Then after a letter to the English Redaction of R. Sofia, Rumen Pankov visited the Radio and broadcast tips were added on weekly bases from him. It was till 27 November 1974 when Pankov was arrested after a visit in USSR (and his meetings with Soviet DXers in Kiev and Moscow) from Bulgarian communist secret services and was a political prisoner till May 1979. In this period and later till 1999 the DX program in English was presented by Petrov and Pavel Iordanov and there were also similar DX programs aired in German and French. In June after the death of Iordanov, Pankov was again invited to take part in the DX program. Earlier Ivo Ivanov began to present a DX program in Russian. At the end of 1999 the DX programs were : In English with ham news from D. Petrov and BC tips from Pankov; In French, German and Spanish with BC items and tips by Pankov; In Russian and in Bulgarian by Ivo Ivanov (First named “Observer” and later renamed on DX Mix – a name already used by ERF in German broadcasts). Starting 2011 Petrov was retired and the programmes in English, French, German and Spanish consisted already from 2 parts: DX Themes and Tips from Pankov and DX Mix by Ivanov. Since February 1st, 2012 all DX programs were stopped. By the way the DX Mix items are from the correspondence between technical services of the BC stations taking part in the HFCC. (Rumen Pankov, Sofia, Feb 06, DSWCI DX Window Feb 8 via DXLD)

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 Indianapolis Indiana 46229 USA (Prithwiraj Purkayastha via. Dr. Adrian M. Peterson, Co-ordinator - International Relations & DX Editor Adventist World Radio)

WAVESCAN – CONTEST 2012
“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,

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