Tuesday, October 02, 2018

AAIR observes the External Broadcast Day

AIR observes the External Broadcast Day on 1st October 2018

Another momentous occasion for us in the External Services of All India Radio. For the first time in its history we are observing the External Broadcast Day on 1st October 2018. This also marks the beginning of a yearlong celebration of the 80th anniversary of External broadcast in India.

Eight decades is a long time in the life of an individual. Like in case of a human being as during this period , an institution traverses through many challenges, trials and tribulations. External Services of All India Radio is also no exception to this. Since its inception in 1939 it has passed through its hours of glory and relative sunset moments. From a buoyant high of 37 language broadcast at the height of the World War II in 1945 it plummeted to only 16 just before the dawn of Independence, when it was relegated to insignificance. Independence infused new life into it when it emerged as the voice of a newborn nation trying to announce herself to the world. Notwithstanding the initial bonhomie, external broadcast again fell into disuse as never ever its full potential as a significant tool for public diplomacy and instrument of foreign policy and international relations was fully comprehended, explored and hence not exploited by those in the business of diplomacy. Unlike elsewhere in the world; diplomacy, foreign policy and external broadcast continued to be conducted in silos. Over the years, this disconnect got ossified. World around was however changing in the meanwhile and was changing fast. Countries with whom we unfortunately have a zero sum relations were making strides in the domain of public diplomacy through the medium of radio adding language after language to their bouquet and were adopting modern technology to reach out to the world. In contrast, external broadcast here was gasping and battling out the institutional apathy. Four years ago when after an eventful tenure in the Ministry of Rural Development involving nationwide implementation of development communication strategies, I joined External Services Division for my second stint, the place appeared frozen in time and like a living fossil as I and my wife who accompanied me walked into the place. An all pervading gloom was writ large on every face as the diiktat for it's imminent closure had been received and everyone was waiting for the inevitable final pull of the hangman's lever. It was at this crucial cross roads of ESD's history , I was called upon by the Director General and given the mantle of External broadcast and reposed his trust . I felt humbled as giants and stalwarts of Indian and World broadcasting like Ms. Mehra Masani, P.C. Chatterjee, K.P. Shunghloo, U.L. Baruah , N.L Chawla among others had adorned this position. But the pygmy in me refused to be the daunted and become the " First minister in King's government to preside over its liquidation." Instead, I took the bull by horns. I gave myself 6 months to script the turn around story of External Broadcast or quit. It indeed was a tall order. Enthusing the colleagues who had their spirits at bootlace level and gaining their confidence to partner in this uphill ride and bringing the external stakeholders on board had to be done quickly. A technological leapfrogging was also crucial. I must confess, once convinced all my colleagues and my seniors particularly Mr. Fayyaz Sheheryar, the DG stood by me. The culmination of all that is, today no longer anyone talks about closing down ESD or it being " a colossal national wastage and Rs. 100 crore going down the drain." Now the talk is about strengthening the ESD. We have added new services. Gone digital. Have 28 multimedia Websites and Apps of international standard for our language services. We are now present on alternate platforms like Radio Garden, Tune in, Alexa voice command system. Our relationship with MEA is no longer episodic. We are reconnecting to our listeners and patrons every passing day on every platform in which we have made our presence.

It is in this backdrop, the celebration of the first External Broadcast Day and the beginning of the observence of the 80th anniversary is personally significant and gratifying for me.

Source : Amlanjyoti Majumdar

Friday, August 10, 2018

வெளிநாட்டு சேவைக்கு ஆபத்து

அகில இந்திய வானொலியின் வெளிநாட்டு சேவை நிறுத்த வேண்டிய அபாய கட்டத்தை எட்டியுள்ளது. தமிழ் உட்பட 27 மொழிகளில் 108 நாடுகளுக்கு ஒலிபரப்பாகிவரும் இந்த சேவைக்கு ஆண்டு ஒன்றுக்கு ரூ.97 கோடிகள் செலவாகிறது. இந்த பணத்தினை இது வரை தகவல் மற்றும் ஒலிபரப்பு அமைச்சகம் செலவு செய்து வந்தது. இனி இதனை வெளியுறவு அமைச்சகம் கொடுத்தால் மட்டுமே ஒலிபரப்ப முடியும் என பிரசார் பாரதி அறிவித்துள்ளது.

The external services division of All India Radio (AIR) is caught in a turf war between the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB), which runs it and the ministry of external affairs (MEA), which is expected to fund it.

While the MIB wants the service to continue and even expand; MEA has been suggesting shutting down the programmes, pointing out that the service offered through short wave transmission has outlived its utility and does not attract listeners abroad, said an MIB official aware of the developments.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Elective paper on Ham Radio

University of Madras, introduced a new elective paper on Ham Radio. This is the first of kind in India, a government State run University start the ham radio paper. Five unit Syllabus were approved by the Board of Sudies. Detail syllabus will released soon. Meanwhile In Tamil, three different titles on ham radio were released.

Those books are, 1. The Ham Radio: An Introduction, 2. The Ham Radio for Youth and 3. The Ham Radio during Disaster. (Wrapper attached). All the three books authored by Dr Jaisakthivel. The fourth book "Unknown Ham Radio" will published soon.


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Friday, July 27, 2018

347 operational Private FM Channels in India / இந்தியாவில் 347 தனியார் பண்பலை வானொலிகள்

இந்தியாவில் 23 ஜூலை 2018 கணக்கின் படி 347 தனியார் பண்பலை வானொலிகள் செயல்பட்டு வருகிறது. இதில் சேலம், வேலூர் மற்றும் ஈரோடு ஆகிய ஊர்களில் ரெட் எப்.எம் என்ற பெயரில் உரிமம் பெற்றுவிட்டு, சூரியன் எப்.எம் என்ற பெயரில் ஒலிபரப்பி வருவது குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது.

List of 347 operational Private FM Channels in India as on 23 July 2018 issued by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India is given in the following link:


Via Jose Jacob, VU2JOS

Monday, July 23, 2018

Ham Radio for Youth / இளைஞர்களுக்கான ஹாம் வானொலி -65

At last we reached 65th week. This week (23-7-2018) "Ham Radio for Youth" article dedicated to Guglielmo Marconi. He died on 20 July 1937. It is a 81st death anniversary. 

தின இதழில் திங்கள் தோறும் தொடராக வெளியாகி வரும் "இளைஞர்களுக்கான ஹாம் வானொலி" 65-வது வாரத்தினை எட்டியுள்ளது. மார்க்கோனியின் 81-வது நினைவு நாளில் இது வெளியாகிறது. 20 ஜூலை 1937-ல் மறைந்த அவருக்கு இந்த வார கட்டுரை சமர்ப்பனம்.

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DD Podhigai broadcast Zhakaram

DD Podhigai broadcast Zhakaram (23-7-2018) at 8.30-10.00 pm. I was a chief guest of that 'Zhagaram' program. We discussed about future of broadcasting, dxing, DRM, Ham radio, foreign languages, St.Helena and books on medi

23-7-2018 திங்கள் இரவு 8.30-10.00 வரை டிடி பொதிகை தொலைக்காட்சியில் "ழகரம்" நிகழ்ச்சி ஒளிபரப்பாகியது. வாய்ப்பு இருப்பின் பாருங்கள்! பார்த்தவர்கள் கருத்தினை பகிருங்கள்.

#ழகரம் #zhakaram #podhigai #dd

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Friday, July 06, 2018

XHDATA D-808 / அருமையான டிஜிட்டல் வானொலி பெட்டி

ரூ.5063-க்கு மற்றும் ஒரு அருமையான டிஜிட்டல் வானொலி பெட்டி விற்பனைக்கு வந்துள்ளது. XHDATA D-808 என்ற இந்த Portable Digital Radio-வில் FM stereo/ SW / MW / LW SSB AIR RDS ஆகியவற்றைக் கேட்கலாம். Multi Band Radio Speaker இதில் உள்ளதால் ஒலி துள்ளியமாக இருக்கிறதாம். LCD Display அளவும் பெரிது. Alarm Clock-க்கும் இதில் உண்டு. கீழ்கண்ட அலி எக்ஸ்ப்ரஸ் இணைய தளத்தில் ஆர்டர் செய்தால், 15 நாட்களுக்குள் பதிவுத் தபாலில் உங்களுக்கு வந்து சேர்கிறது.

Item Description
Power Supply Rechargeable Battery Pack
Style Portable
Brand Name XHDATA
Function Built-In Speaker,Clock
Model Number D-808
Bluetooth No
Dimensions (WxHxD) 157*32*92mm
Package Yes
Body Material Plastic
Screen Yes
Launch Date 2017
Function AM / FM / SW / AIR BAND
Weight 265g (battery not included)
Earphone Jack 3.5mm
AM Selectivity >80dB


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Station Breaks World Record / உலக சாதனை நிகழ்த்தியுள்ளது கே.ஓ.பி.என்

24 மணி நேரத்தில் 400-க்கும் அதிகமான பேட்டிகள் எடுத்து உலக சாதனை நிகழ்த்தியுள்ளது கே.ஓ.பி.என் எனும் வானொலி.

Congratulations for member station KOPN, which broke the world record for most interviews in 24 hours. When KOPN came to the end of its June pledge drive, General Manager Sean Spence had a wild idea: to see if the station could break the world record for the number of on-air interviews it could conduct in

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