Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Special Announcement for India Subscribers to WorldSpace Satellite Radio

Dear customer,

On December 31, 2009, the WorldSpace satellite radio broadcast service will
be terminated for all customers serviced from India.

This action is an outgrowth of the financial difficulties facing WorldSpace
India's parent company, WorldSpace, Inc., which has been under bankruptcy
protection since October 2008. The potential buyer of much of WorldSpace's
global assets has decided not to buy the WorldSpace assets relating to and
supporting WorldSpace's subscription business in India. As a consequence,
WorldSpace, Inc. must discontinue its subscriber business in India. Your
subscription contract is with WorldSpace, Inc., a US company that is in a
bankruptcy proceeding in the United States. The company recognizes that you
may have paid for services to be rendered beyond the termination date, but
is not in a position to offer a refund for any unused portion of your

You may have a potential remedy under the U.S. bankruptcy law. You may file
a claim under the claims procedure that is intended to protect creditors of
the bankrupt company. Sometime early next year, a claim servicing company
will send notice to all creditors listed by the company. In order to ensure
that you receive timely notice, we would request that you send the following
information by mail or email to Rakesh Raghavan at WorldSpace, Inc.
headquarters in the United States.

1. Name
2. Address
3. Email
4. Subscription Account Number
5. Date of Subscription
6. Length of Subscription
7. Amount paid for your current subscription

Send this information to: By email -- CustomerServiceUS @ or
by regular mail – Rakesh Raghavan, WorldSpace, Inc. 8515 Georgia AV, Silver
Spring, MD 20910 USA.

Our sincere apologies for this circumstance.
s/ Robert Schmitz
Chief Restructuring Officer
WorldSpace, Inc.
Alokesh Gupta, New Delhi

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Airtel DTH to replace WorldSpace with AIR channels

Airtel DTH is all set to replace WorldSpace services from its platform with
10 radio channels of All India Radio

Indian subscribers to WorldSpace radio services are praying for a miracle so

that it can continue to broadcast signals beyond 31st December. However,
there is a thin line of hope for the continuation of WorldSpace operations
in India.
Airtel direct to home (DTH) that offers WorldSpace radio services to
subscribers in India said that from 1st January, it will replace WorldSpace
with 10 radio channels of All India Radio (AIR).
According to sources, Airtel DTH will start sending messages to subscribers
from Thursday. Interestingly, just last month, Airtel DTH's chief marketing
officer, Sugato Banerji, had said that when other DTH service providers
selected AIR FM channels, Airtel went for WorldSpace and this was a key
India accounts for over 95% of WorldSpace's worldwide subscriber base with
over 450,000 subscribers, more than 50% through the Airtel DTH pay-TV
package. However, WorldSpace India was not earning enough cash from its deal

with Airtel DTH. The DTH services provider offered 10 channels of WorldSpace

for Rs10 per month or Rs120 a year, with subscribers to its Rs200 package
and above getting the radio channels absolutely free of cost.
At the same time, WorldSpace charged Rs2,000 per annum for its 40 channels.
So in a way, the deal was not profitable for WorldSpace but helped it to
increase subscriber base in the country.

Secondly, the emergence of FM channels throughout the country, especially in

the metros, proved to be a major hindrance to WorldSpace's growth. There
were a few factors that worked in favour of FM channels. The major factor
was the ease of listening to FM channels while travelling across the city.
Due to licensing limits, WorldSpace was not able to offer the same.
According to analysts, the radio services business in the country is worth
Rs830 crore and it will grow by a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of
14% to Rs1,600 crore over the next four years. The Indian government had
announced the bids for phase III licenses across 700 frequencies in about
200 cities. This will further boost growth of FM channels in India.
Recently, US-based Liberty Media Corp bought all debt of WorldSpace through
its unit Liberty Satellite Radio LLC. Earlier this year, Liberty Media
rescued another satellite radio service provider Sirius XM from bankruptcy
by providing a timely loan of $520 million. In return, Liberty Media secured

40% stake in Sirius XM.
According to media reports, Mel Karmazin, chief executive of Sirius XM, had
said that the company may partner with fellow satellite radio services
provider WorldSpace, which is also partially controlled by Liberty. He said
that the deal most likely would involve using its relationships to help the
struggling company build satellite radio equipment and connect with
automakers, with Liberty adding financial support.
WorldSpace has revenues of $4.70 million as of 30th November; however,
during the same period, its operating expenses and reorganisation costs
stood at $52 million. WorldSpace had $1.10 million unpaid post-petition
debts outstanding for end-November that were supposed to be paid in
According to media reports, Liberty Media, which has bought the assets of
WorldSpace, is most likely to redirect it towards Western Europe, which
boasts of 300 million vehicles on the road. The other possibility is that
Liberty Media may use these WorldSpace assets to target South America,
especially Brazil, which has hardly any players in the satellite radio
space. This could mean robust growth for the company.
The question whether Liberty Media would continue WorldSpace's India
operations or use the assets for other lucrative regions, remains
unanswered. The only thing we can say at this moment is that WorldSpace
radio services will be no longer present in India from 1st January, unless
of course, there is a miracle!

http://moneylife. in/article/ 8/3012.html

Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

ADXB-OE QSL-Action in cooperation with Radio Slovakia International

Dear Listeners,

Together with Radio Slovakia International, the Austrian DX Board (ADXB) is sponsoring an initiative for a special QSL card for correct reception reports between 1 November-2009 and 31 January 2010.

This is part of the celebrations on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of ADXB, the only Austrian DX club.

The special QSL card may be earned under the following conditions:

• Irrespective of club affiliation, any correct reception report about a transmission of Radio Slovakia International between 1 November-2009 and 31 January 2010 will be honoured with a special QSL card.

• Only ONE special QSL card will be issued per operating frequency.

• Any reports that do not compy with these conditions shall be verified with a standard card from Radio Slovakia International (RSI), and shall not count towards the statistics of the ADXB sponsored initiative.

• The reception report must be submitted via the following address: ADXB, P.O.B. 1000, A-1081 VIENNA, Austria.

• All six language services of Radio Slovakia International shall take part in the initiative. These are: Slovak, German, Russian, Englich, French, and Spanish.

• The handling fee is 1 IRC, 1 USD or 1 EUR. The fee is determined for the cost recovery of ADXB-club, whereas RSI isn´t eligible to receive handling fees.

The QSL cards will be sent directly from Bratislava. Please check the websites of ADXB-OE ( and Radio Slovakia International ( www. ) for the current transmission schedule. Information is also available by snail mail.

All transmissions originate from the Slovak short wave centre at Rimavska Sobota.

If you have any further questions, please contact ADXB, P.O.B. 1000, A-1081 VIENNA, Austria, or use the following e-mail address in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish.

Have fun and lots of success!

Harald Süss

Meow FM enters Himachal

Meow FM channel, a 24-hour station of the India Today group, has launched its services in Shimla on 104.8 frequency. "The Meow experience is full of good music, sensible talk, humour and live interaction," said head of programming, Shimla station, Shraddha Mishra. The Shimla FM channel was launched by Chief Minister P K Dhumal.
"The Shimla station will cover nearby areas including the towns of Bilaspur, Solan, Sarahan, Kasauli, Mandi, Kufri, Rohru and Narkanda," he said.
- 14/12

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

DDH47 147.3 khz in QRSS 3

DDH47 147.3 khz in QRSS 3

In Honor of Nobelprize Winner Marconi and Prof. Ferdinand Braun a special transmission will be Date:

10. Dec 2009 Time: Start 2300 UTC

Frequ. 147,3 kc

Mode: QRSS 3

PWR: 20 kW

The weather forcast transmitter Pinneberg DDH47 will stop RTTY ( 50 Bd) transmission in between 10. Dec 2300h UTC and 11. Dec 001 UTC In this timegap, the TX will be used for a special event transmission. Short words in QRRS 3 will be transmitted. After the transmission You may confirm the receiving at a shortwave frequency or via Internet ( QRG and adress will be given later) You may check propagation every day / night at 147,3 Kc DDH47, because the TX is working 24 Hours.
More details on (Jaisakthivel, Chennai, India Via IWØHK)

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Saturday, December 05, 2009

All India Radio's DRM Expansion Plans

Geneva, 26th Nov 2009

Vineeta Dwivedi
Project Director, DRM Consortium
Information based on a presentation given earlier this year by M.C. AGGARWAL Chief Engineer (Projects) provided by AIR

About AIR

- AIR is a national service planned, developed and operated by the Prasar Bharati Broadcasting Corporation of India
- AIR has a network of 232 broadcasting centres with 149 MW, 54 SW and 171 FM transmitters.
- The coverage is 91.79% of the area , serving 99.14% of the people in the largest democracy of the world.
- AIR covers 24 Languages and 146 dialects in home services.
- In External services, it covers 27 languages; 17 national and 10 foreign languages.

Plan for 'Going Digital'

A sub-group of the Planning Commission of the Government of India on 'Going Digital' was formed headed by the Member Secretary, Planning Commission
and has laid down the migration path from analogue transmission to digital:
Step I- Delhi -2010
Step II - All mega cities -2011
Step III - All Tier II & Tier III cities -2012
Step IV - All other areas -2013
Nationwide Switch off of analogue broadcast by 2015

According to All India Radio, they adopted DRM due to the following reasons:

- DRM is the universal, openly standardized, digital radio system, endorsed by the ITU, and standardized by ETSI offering near-FM sound quality, ease-of-use and can be used for a range of audio content, text and data.
- DRM is compatible with existing AM bands (spectrum usage) and services and with other radio services . DRM operates within existing
spectrum allocations
- DRM provides an easy path of migration from analogue to digital broadcasting for a significantly large number of DRM compatible medium
and shortwave transmitters in the AIR network.
- DRM thus maximizes re-use of existing transmitters and transmission facilities

DRM Trials in India

- DRM Trials in India were carried out in Delhi in May, 2007. The trials were part of the DRM-AIR-ABU showcase project on DRM simulcast
- The principle objective of the project was to demonstrate and evaluate single channel simulcast which enables simultaneous transmission of
analogue and DRM digital medium wave signals using only one transmitter.
- The DRM-AIR-ABU Showcase Project also assessed local digital transmissions in the 26 MHz band
- Two transmitters sites in north Delhi were used for all tests.


- The AM and DRM coverage using the simulcast mode was confirmed to be equivalent following a radial route from the transmitter. In some environments within this radial, DRM outperformed the AM reception
- A 100 Km coverage radius was achieved using a transmitted AM power of 96.17 KW and 3.82 KW of DRM signal.
- In the urban area, they properly covered by simulcast signal up to 15 KM more than 98% of correctly received locations
- Simulcast does not interfere significantly the transmitted AM signal using a set of representative receivers of the Indian market.

DRM Transmissions in India

- Encouraged by the trial results, AIR decided to implement DRM in Shortwave.
- 250 KW SW transmitter at Khampur (near Delhi) was modified to make it DRM compatible.
- The transmitter was adopted for analog, digital and simulcast operation.
- AIR started regular DRM service from this transmitter with a formal launch on 16th January, 2009.
- Approx 5 hours of transmission are beamed towards listeners in the UK and Europe between 2315 to 0400 IST on 9950 KHz, with an additional 3 hours of local transmission within India from 1430 to 1730 IST on 6100 kHz.

Plan For Digitalization Of All India Radio

- There are plans to introduce DRM transmissions in 34 new medium wave DRM transmitters in replacement scheme
- 36 existing medium wave transmitters shall be converted for DRM operation
- 5 new shortwave transmitters shall be installed in replacement scheme
- Installation of 2 one megawatt MW transmitters


- Ensuring good reception in urban area full of concrete structures & man-made noise
- Cost of conversion of Transmitters
- Availability of receivers
- Cost of receivers
- Low-power consumer receivers

Message from AIR "The most important issues shall be to make available DRM receivers at affordable cost to the vast masses of India. It is expected that receiver manufacturers in India and abroad shall address this issue as DRM is progressively implemented in the next five years".

(Excerpts from the EBU-DRM presentation by Vineeta Dwivedi,Project Director, DRM Consortium --- Alokesh Gupta, VU3BSE New Delhi, India)

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

World Radio TV Handbook 2010

WRTH were proud to present the 64th edition of the best selling directory of global broadcasting on LW, MW, SW and FM.

The Features section this year includes a look at some of the classic receivers of the Cold War period, a visit to the World Service of the BBC, a Samoan Radio Journey and our regular Digital Update.

The remaining pages are, as usual, full of information on:

• National and International broadcasts and broadcasters
• Clandestine and other target broadcasters
• MW and SW frequency listings
• Equipment reviews and articles
• Terrestrial TV by country
• Extensive Reference section

Price: 23.00 GBP each

Order to:
WRTH Publications Limited,
PO Box 290,
Oxford, OX2 7FT,
United Kingdom

You may contact them by telephone or fax on +44 (0)1865 514405 or by email: Their phone lines are very busy and so they recommend using email. More details on

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

DX QUIZ 2009

DX QUIZ 2009

In 2009 the Ardic DX Club celebrates its 11th anniversary. For 11 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 me! 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.

Quiz starts from 1 November 2009, Last date for the entry 30 January 2009

See the Quiz Questions on the special website

Send your answers to
59, Annai Sathya Nagar,
Chennai – 600 106,

Mint Stamp / IRC
Every entry will get the special pennant in the memory of The External Services of All India Radio's 70th anniversary. Every entry must send one reception report of any frequency of All India Radio for the 70th anniversary special QSL. Indian listeners must send Rs.10/- mint stamp for postage and International listeners must send 2 IRC or 2 US $.

For more details
ardicdxclub (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) in
For Contact: Jaisakthivel,59,Annai Sathya Nagar,
Mobile: +91 98413 66086

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Voice of Russia Listeners Conference in New Delhi

On the ocassion of "Year of Russia" in India during 2008 & "Year of India"
in Russia during 2009, Voice of Russia Hindi service is organising a
listeners conference in New Delhi for radio listeners at Russian Science &
Cultural Centre, New Delhi.

The 4th Voice of Russia listeners conference will be held for two days as
foll :
Dec 15, 2009 (Tues) - 11am to 1 pm IST
Dec 16, 2009 (Wed) - 11am to 1 pm IST

Venue :
Russian Science & Cultural Centre
Embassy of Russia Cultural Department
# 24 , Feroz Shah Road
New Delhi 110001.
E - mail: delhi@russiancentre

Alokesh Gupta,VU3BSE
New Delhi

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Community radio to roll out in Haryana

Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agriculture University will set up its community radio station in Hissar within an estimated three months time.

With this the number of CRS will increase to 60 in the country.

A Letter of Intent had been issued to the Institute after recommendations of Inter Ministerial Committee and seeking requisite clearances from various Ministries. The Community Radio Station is expected to be operational within three months as per the agreement.

The objective of the CRS is to reach out to the communites, particularly those who are poor, literally challenged farmers and socially culturally underprivileged people. The CRS aims to address issues that concern the community through participatory programmes, and improve the quality of life in general and agricultural activities of the farmers in particular. It will be beneficial to communities surrounding suburban areas of Hissar.

The CRS programs will be based on developmental, agricultural, health, educational, environmental, social welfare, community development and cultural programs.


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Monday, November 30, 2009

Sustainability haunts Community radio

Community radio is a radio station for, by and of the community. This adage was cemented at the community radio workshop in Mumbai last week.

Held at Juhu in suburban Mumbai, the two day workshop- 'Community Radio: tuning into diversity' offered guidelines on setting up, managing and sustaining a community radio station.

Operational community run stations in India like DDS Sangham, Mangalore based Radio Sarang, MVSS from Satara, Radio Bundelkhand, Radio Ujjas of Kutch Mahila Vikas Sanghatan, related their success stories which emphasized on community involvement.

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Mahila Sewa Trust's CRS starts operations at Sanand

Ahemdabad-based Sewa Trust's community radio station (CRS) has started operations at Sanand. The station is christened as 'Rudi No Radio' (Rudi's radio).

Mahila Sewa Trust was the 49th licensee in the country to get a CRS licence.
The programmes highlight community participation. They cover different subjects including health, water, agriculture, animal husbandry, national and international events. Source:

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cricket Australia and ABC Radio continue 76-year relationship

Cricket Australia and ABC Radio have renewed their 76-year relationship until the end of the 2013-14 season, substantially expanding their commitment to cricket broadcasting for both international and domestic cricket.

The new agreement will see exclusive ball-by-ball coverage of international Test and one-day cricket, interstate one-day and Twenty20 games on either ABC Local Radio, ABC Grandstand Digital Radio or online, at either or

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Thursday, November 26, 2009


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The Voice of Tigers - Pulikalin Kural – IBC Tamil

IBC Tamil just now become on air on 17560 KHz at 1200 UT. But the Station identification said "Pulikalin Kural – The Voice of Tigers", So it is not IBC Tamil!

In 1990, the Pulikalin Kural started in Jaffna, whereas it withstand from various attacks over it. 23 times it get attacted but still to service again. When the people lost their lives on May 16 the voice of tigers had also stopped its service.

Voice of Tiger also live stream on

They also broadcast in satellite. The details follow.

Name: NTR- Tamil
Satellite: Eurobird 9
Frequency: 11919
Polarization: Vertical
Symbol Rate: 27500
Fec : ¾

Shortwave frequency

IBC Tamil at 0000-0100 UTC on 6045 (via Nauen, Germany)

November 25, 26, 27, 2009
1000-1300 UT on 17560 KHz,
1300-1400 UT on 11510 kHz.

November 27, 2009
1400-1500 UT on 11510 kHz
1500-1800 UT on 6225 kHz

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

IBC Tamil resumed shortwave today

** SRI LANKA [non]. IBC Tamil resumed shortwave today. 0000-0100 from Germany as before [so on 6045 via Nauen].

Another Glenn Hauser exclusive: There will be some IBC Specials to Sri Lanka (live coverage of a conference)

November 25, 26, 27, 1000-1300 UT 17560, 1300-1400 11510 kHz.
November 27, 1400-1500 UT 11510 kHz; 1500-1800 6225 kHz
(it`s been rather hastily arranged) (WRN UT Nov 25, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

DX QUIZ 2009

In 2009 the Ardic DX Club celebrates its 11th anniversary. For 11 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 me! 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.

Quiz starts from 1 November 2009, Last date for the entry 30 January 2009

See the Quiz Questions on the special website http://dxquiz. wordpress. com/

Send your answers to
59, Annai Sathya Nagar,
Chennai – 600 106,

Mint Stamp / IRC
Every entry will get the special pennant in the memory of The External Services of All India Radio's 70th anniversary. Every entry must send one reception report of any frequency of All India Radio for the 70th anniversary special QSL. Indian listeners must send Rs.10/- mint stamp for postage and International listeners must send 2 IRC or 2 US $.

For more details
ardicdxclub (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) in

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Monday, November 16, 2009

ஐ.பி.சி. தமிழ் ஒலிபரப்பு நிறுத்தம்

ஐ.பி.சி. தமிழ் தனது காலை ஒலிபரப்பினை கடந்த நவம்பர் 4, 2009 முதல் 6045 கி.ஹெட்சில் ஒலிபரப்புவதை நிறுத்திக்கொண்டது என வருத்தத்துடன் தெரிவித்துக் கொள்கிறோம். மாலையில் ஒலிபரப்பு தொடரும் என்று கூரியும், அது இடம்பெறவில்லை. இணையதளமும் செயல்படவில்லை. மேலதிக விபரங்கள் எதிர்பார்கப்படுகிறது

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Community radio stations welcome MIB's DAVP plans

The constant lobbying by community radio stations in India for government advertising has finally been heard.

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, on 4 November 2009, passed a government resolution finalizing the DAVP advertising rates for community radio stations to Re. 1/- per second for a period of one year initially.

The circular from the Information and Broadcast Ministry on Re. 1/sec advertising rates for DAVP ads has received mixed reactions from the community radio operators in India.

The Empanelment Advisory committee has recommended guidelines for operating community radio stations to seek advertisements/ sponsored programmes from the central and state governments and other organizations. These guidelines include that the CRS should have completed three months of continuous operation for a minimum of two hours of broadcasting every day. The empanelment will be considered by DG, DAVP on a case to case basis as and when a request is required.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Radio St. Helena in Chennai

The following link will gives the reception quality of Radio St. Helena in Chennai, India.
Listen RSH in Chennai

Friday, November 13, 2009

Radio Vatican listeners meet

A metting of Radio Vatican listeners is scheduled at 3.00 pm on 16th Nov 2009 at

Pastoral Oriention Centre
Kochi 682025, Kerala

The head of Asia Section of Vatican Radio Rev.Fr.Alphie Ben will be attending it.

More details from

Fr. Joseph Nicholas
Telephone 0484-2806227
(Jose Jacob, VU2JOS)

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Stickers from International Radios

Some of the old booklets from International radios.

Thanks to Girish Chadaga, Bangalore

SWL Girish Chadaga with VU3SIO

FM cos may get to operate multiple frequencies

The Information & Broadcasting (I&B) ministry has proposed that FM radio players be allowed to operate multiple frequencies in
the same city, I & B secretary Raghu Menon said on Thursday while addressing a roundtable meet organised by the Association of Radio Operators for India (AROI) in Delhi.

Outlining the various proposals recommended in the draft note on FM radio expansion, Mr Menon said his ministry had proposed that multi-city networking be allowed for FM radio operators provided a certain percentage of the content remains local. At present, this facility is not permitted. The ministry has also recommended that the lock-in period for FM players be reduced from the current period of 5 years.

According to Mr Menon, the ministry may also allow FM radio players to carry limited news and non-news items like traffic and local events. But the news would be allowed to be sourced only from All India Radio relays. On foreign direct investment limit in FM radio, he said that I &B ministry favoured increasing the cap to 26%.

FM radio players have been demanding that the present 10 years license period be extended to 15 years as the radio industry is in a bad financial state. But Mr Menon said that the ministry will take a decision on license extension after some time.

He added that the 15% cap on ownership of frequencies across the country will continue (no company can own more than 15% of all stations in India) but added that this did not include border areas.

A final decision on all these proposals will be taken by the Union Cabinet and an announcement is expected to be made in January next year, said Mr Menon.

The third phase of the FM Radio expansion proposes adding 790 new channels in 290 towns which have a population of over 1 lakh.

But FM players don't want auctions to begin before the music royalty row is sorted out. In the last phase, at least 90 stations were not picked up. Analysts also say for the Phase-III bids to be successful, it is imperative that the music royalty issue is sorted out first.


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Radio station begins operations from Tirupati

TTD's Sri Venkateswara F.M. Community Radio Station, operating all along from atop the Tirumala Hills, has on Thursday started functioning from its new premises down the hill.

The 50 watt radio station which became operational in February 2007, under licence from the Ministry of I & PR with a transmission area of 5 km. radius, had to be shifted down to Tirupati as the hills surrounding the station and the thick vegetation around was seriously impeding its transmissions.


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Hamfest 2009 some goodies

Hamfest India 2009 - Souvenir

First day cover

Hamfest Badge

Token for the breakfast

Some of the goodies which I bought there.
Empty QSL

Morse Code Learning & practice CD by VU3SQY

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

UK based United Radio launches India operations

London headquartered United Radio today became the first international radio consultancy company to set up an office in India. Indian radio stations can now look to the international experience to improve their ratings and increase their revenues.

The company aims to provide its services to the existing operators, investors, government and the regulatory bodies. United Radio has been the consultant to Malayalam Manorma's Radio Mango and Radio City for their programming and music strategies in the past.

Details story on http://www.radioand

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I&B proposes 26% FDI, sourced news for Phase 3 of FM radio

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Monday said a note was being finalised for the Cabinet to recommend an increase in foreign direct investment (FDI) limit from the current 20 per cent to 26 per cent for FM radio. She also proposed allowing Akashvani-sourced news on private FM radio.

Addressing the World Economic Forum's India Economic Summit, Soni said the Ministry was in an advanced stage of considering a hike in the FDI cap to 26 per cent from the current 20 per cent, as recommended by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

The Ministry's draft note has been sent to other Ministries including Law and Finance, and will be presented to the cabinet after due consultation. She indicated that the third phase of FM Radio licensing will commence early next year.

Addressing a session 'The Future of Indian Media and Entertainment', Soni again stressed the need for greater self-regulation by the media to uphold journalistic ethics since the Government had no intention of state-imposed regulation.

Private FM channels, supported by TRAI and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), have for long been demanding that they should be allowed to broadcast news on their channels. At present, this is permitted only on the channels run by All India Radio.


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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Dxers Guide and B09 Booklet for sale

Dear Dxers,

Now you will get the wonderful issues of Dxers Guide and B09 Booklet available for sale. Which contain the new B09 schedules and lot of Dx related information in a pack of Two books. Annual subscription is Rs. 80/- only. For more details contact ardicdxclub (at)

RMRC RSD 2009 Party live in Internet

PLEASE try to join us at the Rhein-Main Radio Club Radio St. Helena Day 2009 Party.

The RMRC plans to have a live CHAT, a webcam with audio so that
DXers can tell us about their reception conditions and about themselves
during the RSD 2009 broadcasts.

The RMRC plans to start the CHAT at about 19:00 UTC on 14. November 2009.

To find the RMRC in the Internet, go to our homepage www(.)rmrc(.)de
On the homepage, on the left side, select "RMRC WebCam".
The webcam picure will be updated about every minute.
You can CHAT with us using the chat-box just below the photo.

You can hear the streaming audio by starting SKYPE.
Start SKYPE on your computer.
SEARCH for :
"RMRC" AND ("Germany" or "Deutschland") AND "All Languages"
and then hit "Find"
NOTE: be SURE to use "Germany" or "Deutschland", otherwise you get
an address in Brazil or somewhere.
The result should be: RMRC rmrcev Germany, Frankfurt
ADD this NEW Contact to your Skype list of contacts.

For other information from the RMRC, see:
www(.)rmrc(.)de/StHelena.html for Radio St. Helena information
www(.)rmrc(.)de/QSLCalendar.html for the RMRC 2010 QSL Calendar
www(.)rmrc(.)de/Webcam.html for direct access to the webcam page
These addresses must be exactly as shown (upper and lower case letters).

For RSD 2009, RSH has set up a special email address :
--- to contact the RSH studio to take part in the program and
--- to take part in the drawing for RMRC 2010 QSL Calendars.
This special email address is: radio.announcements4669(at)
It is vital to use only lower case letters in this address.

Many thanks for your help and interest and with very best greetings,
Gary Walters , Station Manager of Radio St. Helena
Harald Gabler, Lutz Winkler, and Robert Kipp
Rhein-Main Radio Club , Frankfurt, Germany

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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

FM industry struggles to stay afloat as Phase III looms

MUMBAI: Phase III of FM radio expansion in the country is around the corner, with 700 additional frequencies to be rolled out in 92 cities by the I&B ministry. Concentrated mainly in the districts and very small towns, the radio industry is however skeptical about the commercial viability of these new stations.

Fresh huge investments by broadcasters in Phase III seem doubtful, since the current players haven't succeeded to make monetary gains from Phase II. Apart from a few broadcasters, not many who spent exorbitant amounts for acquiring licenses have been able to milk their businesses. Players have to plan their investments as they are liable to renew their licenses acquired in phase I and phase II which would lapse on completion of ten years and would be open for rebidding.

Players in the first phase - Radio Mirchi with seven frequencies, Radio City with four, Red FM with three frequencies, Radio One, Vishaka FM, Power FM, Aamar FM would have to renew their licenses. Radio broadcasters had invested exorbitant amounts towards setting up of infrastructure and haven't yet recovered costs and only a few have managed to break even. In the current scenario where only the metros seem to be contributing towards profitability of the network, it is a question if broadcasters would like to sail in murky waters by investing in the smaller towns.

Walk into earlier phases

Going back, phase I saw city-based licenses being granted for 108 stations in 48 cities. Phase I auction was done in an 'open bid' process allowing eligible bidders to raise bids in a common forum. This was changed into 'closed bidding' in Phase II licensing where bidders submitted sealed bids for each station and the top bidders were granted licenses.

101 bids were received, aggregating to a license fee of approximately Rs.4.25 billion. [Source: FICCI Ernst & Young Report, 2004]. However, 64 of the bidders defaulted, as a result of which only 37 frequencies were allotted, corresponding to a total license fee of Rs. 1.59 billion. The unusually high license fee structure and year-on-year annual escalations of 15 per cent hampered FM radio growth in the country.

For reducing the burden on the radio broadcasters in Phase I, the fixed license fee structure was changed into an annual revenue sharing arrangement along with a one-time entry fee.

With a shift from fixed license fee to revenue share model and addressable of other issues of Phase I, the radio industry looked at next phase of bidding positively. In Phase II, cities were classified into 5 categories (A+, A, B, C and D) and around 250 private FM radio stations were initiated. For increasing the economic viability of stations, TRAI recommended that the restrictions on networking of programmes within the same operator across cities be removed. This would decrease the operating costs and help FM radio attain economies.

According to the Ernst & Young report, amongst the major players only one, Entertainment Network India Ltd. (ENIL) has shown some profitability, with most of the others unlikely to do so in the near future.


Although it is touted as the cheapest medium, radio advertising hasn't gained impetus in India. Of the total advertising spend in India, the radio industry's share is around three to four per cent. This share is expected to rise substantially over the next few years, mainly due to the wide reach in the phase III and the interior markets offered by the medium.

PricewaterhouseCoopers in its report "Indian entertainment and media outlook 2009" projected the radio advertising industry to grow at a CAGR of 18 per cent over 2009-13, reaching Rs 19 billion in 2013 from the present Rs 8.3 billion in 2008; more than double its present size. In terms of share of ad pie, it is projected that the radio advertising industry will be able to increase its share from 3.8 per cent to 5.2 per cent in the next five years.

Industry observers point out that radio broadcasters are not concentrating on growing the medium and in a competitive scenario are merely eating each others' revenue. Radio broadcasters discount their inventories and offer lower competitive prices to get advertising shares from competing players, they aver.

The bottom-line of radio industry hasn't increased and the sector needs to create value proposition for the medium, is the consensus.

The burning issues

The biggest concern for operators is that of music royalties and the third phase has been delayed mainly because the issue stands unresolved. Both the radio and the music industry are eyeing the next copyright hearing scheduled for 14 December for a solution to the music royalty issue. Absence of a nationwide radio measurement metric is restricting the potential of the medium. Radio Audience Measurement (RAM) is currently available only in four metros and the non availability of the measurement in other cities and small towns poses a hindrance for media planners to include radio in their campaigns. Also, the current allegations of the radio broadcasters about the inconsistent data from RAM has stirred the air in the advertising sector regarding the reliability of the weekly data.

As Phase II regulations do not allow radio broadcasters to own more than one frequency in a city, the industry has been pushing the issue with the ministry, as well as lobbying for multiple licenses citing differentiation issues, and increasing the current FDI limit of 20 per cent to 26 per cent.

As broadcasters press for allowing news on private FM, the Information and Broadcasting minister Ambika Soni last month suggested that a via media should be found where the channels can be permitted to broadcast some programmes other than just playing music.

If the ministry does indeed succeed in addressing the issues recommended by the radio industry, the radio players just might hit the jackpot with Phase III.

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DX MIX NEWS # 597 03 November 2009
AUSTRALIA B-09 for CVC International via DRW=Darwin:
Chinese to China
2200-2300 on 9585 DRW 250 kW / 340 deg
2300-0200 on 15170 DRW 250 kW / 340 deg
0400-0600 on 15250 DRW 250 kW / 340 deg
0600-1200 on 17635 DRW 250 kW / 340 deg
1200-1800 on 13685 DRW 250 kW / 340 deg
English to India
0930-1230 on 15535 DRW 250 kW / 303 deg
1230-1830 on 13635 DRW 250 kW / 303 deg
Indonesian to Indonesia
2300-0200 on 15250 DRW 250 kW / 290 deg
0400-1000 on 17820 DRW 250 kW / 290 deg
1000-1300 on 9890 DRW 250 kW / 290 deg
1300-1700 on 11925 DRW 250 kW / 290 deg

BURMA(non) Freq. change for Democratic Voice of Burma in Burmese via TRW:
1430-1530 NF 9430*ERV 300 kW / 100 deg to SEAs, ex 9415 in B-08
*strong co-ch China Radio International in Chinese till 1500
CHILE B-09 for Voz Crista / La Voz via SGO=Santiago:
Portuguese to Brasil
1800-2000 on 17860 SGO 015 kW / 045 deg DRM Sun-Thu
Spanish to Northern South America
1100-1200 on 9780 SGO 100 kW / non-dir till March 13
1200-0100 on 17680 SGO 100 kW / non-dir till March 13
1200-0200 on 17680 SGO 100 kW / non-dir from March 14
Spanish to Southern South America
1100-2200 on 9635 SGO 100 kW / 030 deg till March 13
1200-2200 on 9635 SGO 100 kW / 030 deg from March 14
2200-0100 on 9745 SGO 100 kW / 030 deg till March 13
2200-0200 on 9745 SGO 100 kW / 030 deg from March 14

GERMANY(non) Some Media Broadcast changes effective Nov.2:
WYFR Family Radio in English
1600-1700 on 9870 NAU 500 kW / 150 deg to EaAf, additional txion
HCJB Global in German
1700-1800 NF 3975 WER 100 kW / non-dir to WeEu, ex 1800-1900 on 6140 ISS
Gospel For Asia in various South East Asian langs
2330-0030 NF 7240 WER 250 kW / 075 deg to SEAs, ex 7200 ISS

INDIA Some B-09 frequency changes of All India Radio, effective Oct.28:
to WeAs
1615-1730 NF 6130+DEL 250 kW / 282 deg in Persian, ex 11585
1730-1945 NF 6280@BGL 500 kW / 300 deg in Arabic, ex 7550(13620 B-08)
1730-1945 NF 7305^ALG 250 kW / 282 deg in Arabic, ex 11585
+co-ch 1615-1730 Voice of Russia in English/French
@co-ch 1700-1800 Radio Pakistan in Persian
^co-ch 1745-1945 Voice of Russia in Arabic/English/Russian
1800-1900 VOIRI in Russian
from 1900 China Radio International in Romanian/Czech
to EaAf
1745-1945 NF 7400%DEL 250 kW / 245 deg in English, ex 15075
1745-1945 NF 9415 DEL 250 kW / 245 deg in English, ex 17670
%co-ch 1745-1945 Radio Bulgaria in German/French/English/Russian
1745-1800 China Radio International in Swahili
to No/WeAf
1745-1945 NF 6120&BGL 500 kW / 280 deg in English, ex 13605
1745-1945 NF 7410$ALG 250 kW / 282 deg in English, ex 15155
1945-2030 NF 6280 BGL 500 kW / 300 deg in French, ex 7550(13620 B-08)
1945-2030 NF 7410 BGL 500 kW / 280 deg in French, ex 13605
&co-ch 1745-1800 Radio Taiwan International in Russian
1745-1945 TRT/VOT in Turkish
1800-1900 WYFR Family Radio in Spanish
1900-1945 Voice of Russia in French
$co-ch 1745-1800 China Radio International in Russian+English!!!
to WeEu
1745-1945 NF 6180*BGL 500 kW / 320 deg in English, ex 7410
1745-1945 NF 7550#BGL 500 kW / 310 deg in English, ex 11620
1945-2045 NF 6180*BGL 500 kW / 320 deg in Hindi, ex 7410
1945-2045 NF 7550#BGL 500 kW / 310 deg in Hindi, ex 11620
2045-2230 NF 6180*BGL 500 kW / 320 deg in English, ex 7410
2045-2230 NF 7550#BGL 500 kW / 310 deg in English, ex 11620
*co-ch 1830-1930 VOIRI in French
1930-2000 PRW in Ukrainain
2000-2100 DWL in Russian
2215-2230 Cyprus BC in Greek Fri-Sun
#co-ch Sat & Sun Radio Amica in Italian
1745-1800 VOA in Kurdish
1800-1900 BBC in Dari
to EaAs/SoEaAs
2245-0045 NF 6055$BGL 500 kW / 060 deg in English, ex 11620
2245-0045 NF 7305!BGL 500 kW / 090 deg in English, ex 13605
$co-ch 2300-0045 REE in French/English
!co-ch 2245-2300 WYFR Family Radio in English
0030-0045 Vatican Radio in Portuguese

MOLDOVA(non) New time & frequency for Radio Mada International in French
1530-1600 on 15640*KCH 300 kW / 160 deg to MDC Sat/Sun till Oct.18
1530-1600 on 15670 KCH 300 kW / 160 deg to MDC Sat/Sun from Oct.24
*strong co-ch BBC/DW English in DRM mode
RUSSIA(non) Winter B-09 schedule of Tatarstan Wave in Tatar/Russian:
0510-0600 on 15105 SAM 160 kW / 065 deg to FE
0710-0800 on 9860 SAM 250 kW / 058 deg to RUS
0910-1000 on 11915 SAM 250 kW / 305 deg to WeEu

RUSSIA Winter B-09 of Radio Rossii in Russian:
0500-0800 on 9840 MSK 250 kW / 260 deg to WeEu
0825-1300 on 12075 MSK 250 kW / 260 deg to WeEu
1325-1600 on 7310 MSK 250 kW / 260 deg to WeEu
1625-2200 on 5905*MSK 250 kW / 260 deg to WeEu
*strong co-ch 1900-2000 RFI in Russian

RUSSIA Winter B-09 for Voice of Russia in DRM mode:
0200-0600 on 15735 K/A 090 kW / 213 deg to SoAs Ru/Ru/En/En
0700-0900 on 11635 MSK 035 kW / 260 deg to WeEu En/Ru
0900-1400 on 7325 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu Ru/Ru/Ge/Ge/Ru
1400-1600 on 5905 MSK 035 kW / 260 deg to WeEu Ru/En
1400-1800 on 9675 MSK 035 kW / 260 deg to WeEu Ru/En/Ge/Fr
1600-1900 on 6145 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu Ru/Fr/It
2000-2300 on 6105 KLG 015 kW / 220 deg to WeEu Fr/Fr/Ru

UZBEKISTAN B-09 for CVC International via TAC=Tashkent:
English to India
0030-0230 on 7395 TAC 100 kW / 153 deg
0230-0630 on 11970 TAC 100 kW / 153 deg
0630-0930 on 15700 TAC 100 kW / 153 deg
Hindi to India
0100-0400 on 9425 TAC 100 kW / 131 deg
0000-0400 on 6260 TAC 100 kW / 153 deg
0400-1100 on 13630 TAC 100 kW / 153 deg
1100-1400 on 9500 TAC 100 kW / 153 deg
1400-2000 on 6260 TAC 100 kW / 153 deg

ZAMBIA B-09 of CVC International via LUS=Lusaka:
English to West Africa and Nigeria
0400-0700 on 9430 LUS 100 kW / 315 deg
0700-1400 on 13590 LUS 100 kW / 315 deg
1400-1700 on 13650 LUS 100 kW / 315 deg
1700-2000 on 13590 LUS 100 kW / 315 deg
2000-2200 on 9505 LUS 100 kW / 315 deg

ZAMBIA B-09 for Christian Voice via LUS=Lusaka:
English to South and Central Africa
0600-1700 on 6065 LUS 100 kW / non-dir
1700-0600 on 4965 LUS 100 kW / non-dir
Ivo Ivanov

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Sunday, November 01, 2009

BBC iD is the new sign in system for BBC Online.

Welcome to BBC iD from Over To You by Dave Lee

BBC iD is the new sign in system for BBC Online. It's currently being rolled out across all services that require a user to register or sign in.

On Monday November 2nd we'll be switching all of the BBC's blogs to BBC iD from the previous BBC membership system. And in the New Year our message boards and other communities will be heading down the same route.

Read more about BBC iD on the BBC Internet Blog.

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Making it easier to access BBC World Service on your internet radio

Lately we've been getting lots of emails enquiring about how to listen to BBC World Service on internet radios. Karl Kathuria, Head of Digital Delivery, introduces a new page on our website with all the information you need to listen:

From the number of emails we've received we know that internet radios are getting more and more popular.

During the first half of October, many internet radio owners wrote in to tell us that they could no longer hear BBC World Service, and were asking why we'd stopped making our internet audio available.

Internet radios are devices that connect to your home broadband connection, usually via Wi-fi, and play radio stations over the internet. Rather than being limited by stations based near to where you are, they can play any of thousands of stations from all over the world.

To get to our audio, internet radios have to read from a list of stations provided by the company that makes the device. Although we have no direct control over the links that are provided, we do work with manufacturers and database providers to provide up-to-date links.

What we found last month was that one particular database provider had an old link to BBC World Service that we hadn't kept up to date. It took us a while to find this out because of the range of different devices that we were told had problems, but they were all getting an audio loop from the BBC saying that there were no programmes. I got in touch directly with some of you and together we managed to figure out what was going wrong.

What can you do if your radio is still wrong?

In most cases, there will be a menu on your radio to help you refresh the station list. Some radios may need their firmware - the software that runs the radio - to be updated. To do this, you should be able to find instructions online or in the box your radio came in.

It is also usually possible to manually enter a link to the radio station you're trying to listen to. One of the things that we've learned from last month's problems is that it's not easy finding this information for BBC World Service. To make this easier for everyone from now on, we've created a page that contains all of the direct links to our audio.

We will keep these links up to date, and if we need to make any changes to the way we stream, we will make sure these continue to work.

As well as playing live radio stations, many internet radios can access our on-demand streams, so you can listen to the latest edition of our programmes at any time. Finding direct links to these has also been tricky for some of our listeners, so we're including them on our new 'how to' page as well.

Hopefully this new page will be useful to everyone with an internet radio, and will help you to find the programmes you're trying to hear.

Karl Kathuria is Head of Digital Delivery, BBC World Service Future Media.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Naveen launches HAM Radio

The chief minister Naveen Patnaik today launched HAM Radio Communication network in the state. This is expected to improve the preparedness to face the natural disasters. Speaking on the disaster mitigation day here, the chief minister said, the Orissa State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) will set up 220 Automated Weather Stations (AWS) in different parts of the state.

Similarly, the state government has provided land and building to IMD for setting up of Doppler radars at Paradeep, Gopalpur, Balasore and Sambalpur. This will further strengthen the capability in accurate weather prediction within a radius of 400 kilometers.

Source: Business Standard 30/10

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sri Lanka will end Analog TV and Radio transmissions, plans to go Digital

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo
Colombo, 28 October, (
Sri Lanka will end analog radio and television broadcasting system but plans to introduce digital radio and television transmission system to provide a better reception for the local listeners and Television viewers.

"These projects are initiated under the instructions of President Mahindha Rajapaksha and the Mahindha Chinthana , said Managing Director of the On Air World Ceylon Pvt Ltd and a veteran broadcaster and Content provider for local telecommunication sector Nimal Laksshapathiarachchi.

He said the President declared year 2009 as the Year of English and IT .

Mr.Laksshapathiarhchi who held a number of key positions in state and private sector has introduced Digital system to Sri Lanka's television, radio and the cinema industries and said this system will minimize cost of telecasting and broadcasting even production of cinemas in Sri Lanka.

He followed a number of global digital systems and obtained a vast experience of the industry.

Speaking to media Mr.Lakssapathiarachchi said a number of companies have shown their interest to obtain Digital Television telecasting Licenses to start their digital television transmissions .

"Sri Lanka Broadcasting Co-Operation completed its task to introduce digital radio broadcast and it has planned to install a seven channel single transmitter in Colombo to reduce transmission costs and provide a better reception for the listeners , said Mr.Lakssapathiarachchi .

Under the SLBC's digital system it will transmit daily broadcasts to its regional repeater stations through the digital satellite system. Very soon Global viewers could listen these digital broadcasts using their satellite sets.

"If the SLBC starts its digital transmission the listeners need technically developed digital radio sets, he explained .

These digital radio sets could be used with computers, motor cars or even with other technically developed equipment.

According to the entertainment industry sources , a number of local companies obtained Digital Radio and Television broadcast /Telecast Licenses from the government regulator to start this new system.

Commenting local situation here , he said after the thirty year long war a number of companies who highly involved with the entertainment business have planned to start their business activities in Sri Lanka.

"I have personal overseas contacts who wish to invest millions of dollars in this industry. One of leading local investor who planned to produce a film in Sri Lanka has turn down his proposal but agreed to invest in local cinema industry. The company is now working with the State Films Co-Operation, On Air World Company Ltd and the local Film hall owners to digitalized fifty film halls in Sri Lanka .We decided to distribute digitally made films to these film halls and the cost of cinema hall's owners and the producers will come into zero due to the digital film projection, he said.

"The company is helping local film hall owners to obtain technical know how and the needy equipment to accept digital film projection system, he said.

"We planned to start digital projection system with next month and the company plans to expand the system for other film hall owners who wish to provide higher quality film projection system to their film viewers, he explained.

"A number of shortcomings of the present film projection sector will be eased due to the newly introduced digital projection system .This will make easiest for the National Film Co-Operation and the film producers to check the sizes of their viewer ship from their respective offices , he said.

The investor plans to introduce network system through the internet to distribute films among film halls .This is the second step, he said.

Speaking on future investment for Sri Lanka he said a number of Sri Lankans in overseas need to invest their funds in Sri Lanka. Most Tamil investors have shown their willingness to invest here , said Mr.Laksshapathiarachchi.

"We have some bottlenecks to obtain these investments , he said. Due to the lack of proper data base on various industrial sectors , most of overseas investors dislike to invest in these fields, he said. He said the government must provide proper guidance to introduce various new investment avenues and amend unacceptable rules and the regulations.

"If the government loses these legal barriers the investors could enter the industry , he said.

- Asian Tribune - Via Alokesh Gupta

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Community radio, agritech portal launched at TNAU

It was a day of opening buildings and launching of new crop varieties, farm implements, an agritech portal and a community e-radio station.  The community e-radio station of the university had been sanctioned by the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and World Media Foundation. The objective was to share the local agricultural information among the people in the local language.



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Monday, October 26, 2009

RRI Contest results


The Enescu contest was held with the support of several sponsors and
partners whom we thank once again. The contest was sponsored by S. C.
ELECTRECORD S.A. and the Public Corporation "Monitorul Oficial", being
also supported by the "Radio House" Publishing-House.

By tuning into our broadcasts, you could get an image about this
year's Festival, which concluded in late September, about the
remarkable value of the participating orchestras, soloists and
concerts. You could get the answers to our questions from our
broadcasts and on RRI's site. Thank you for having entered this
contest run by RRI.

We have received your answers, the contest is over and we have
designated the winners. But before letting you know their names, may
we remind you the questions:

Where and when was George Enescu born?
The correct answer is: he was born in Liveni, Botosani County,
Northern Romania on August 19th 1881.

Name at least three works by Enescu.
Your answers could have been the following: "The Romanian Poem"
symphonic Suite Opus 1, the two Romanian Rhapsodies (1901-1902), the
"Vox Maris" symphonic Poem for soprano, tenor, choir and orchestra,
the Seven Songs on lyrics by Clement Marot, Suite Nr. 1 for orchestra,
Suite for orchestra Nr. 2, the opera "Oedipus"( actually his only
opera), String Quartet Nr. 2, Chamber Symphony for 12 solo
instruments, the "Village Suite" Nr. 3, Sonata Nr. 3 in Romanian folk
style for violin and piano.

What myth is the only opera of the Romanian composer based on?
The correct answer is : the myth of Oedipus.

What edition of the "George Enescu" International Festival takes place
this year?
The correct answer is: the 19th edition.

Here now are the winners.

There are 24 runners-up, among whom let us mention our listeners or
Internet users:
Ian Morrison of China
Deepa Kumari of India
Alan Holder of Great Britain
Kurt Svensson of Sweden
Agide Melloni, Giorgio Borsier, Fiorenzo Repetto of Italy
Tatjana Rubin and Ivica Smolcic of Serbia
Gaik Octembrian of Rusia
Alibek Ahmadiev of Kazahstan
Lai Xing, Fan Yurong, Wang Yang and Wang Chuntian of China
Emile Christian Duchimé of Camerun
Gloria Suciu of Romania
Olena Makovii of the Ukraine
Klaus Weinhart of Germany
Francisco Solorzano, El Salvador, Alfonso Flores Oliveira of Peru
Jorge Garcia Rangel of Venezuela
Khalid Said Dayan of Yemen
Jaroslaw Jedrzejczakof Poland

50 third prizes went to our listeners or Internet users:

Martin Galas of the USA
Shunicki Sekiya of Japan
Shankar N. and Prasenjit Bhakat of India
Mogire O. Machuki of Kenya
Safira Akter Panna of Bangladesh
Christer Brunstrom of Sweden
Brian Kendall of Great Britain
Aaron Tiu of the Philippines
Cao Fujie of Malaysia
Milentije Miljkovic of the US
Dmitri Balikin, Vladimir Yaroshik and Viaceslav Izrianov of Russia
Alina Ledroumaguet, Philippe Marsan and Jean–Pierre Bailly of France
Alessia Porreca of Italy
Olexandr Kozlenko of the Ukraine
Hans-Martin Friedrich of Switzerland
Daniel Bustos Aravena of Chile
Eduardo Ladislao Trejo Recinos, El Salvador, Gerardo Andres Groh of Argentina
Berny Solano of Costa Rica
Glauber Gleidson Peres, Brazilia, Jorge Alberto Jimenez Suarez of Columbia
Hamrani Mousa, Abdel-Hamid Djabbari of Algeria
Mohamad Ben el Bashir of Tunisia
Idriss Fitouri of Libia
Abdel-Naser Mohm Rashad Kamel of Egypt
Abdel-Karim Nadjim of Morocco
Batoul El Atas of Saudi Arabia
Rossella Buccilli and Alessandro Errichetti of Italy
Alfred Arinze of Libia
Mogire O. Machuki of Kenya
Safira Akter Panna of Bangladesh
Norbert Bonnet of France
Patrick Vong of France
Tang Jingbo, Han Shenglin, Zhou Lüjun, Li Meng, Xue Bing, Li Ming,
Yang Tietong, Luo Yinghu, Wang Jian, Zhang Shifeng, Zhang Lili şi Zhou
Fei of China.

The 5 winners of the second prize are:

Efim Arteev of Russia
Silveri Gomez of Spain
Abdel-Hamid Kharifi of Morocco
Hans Verner Lollike of Denmark
Xue Sanyang of China.

The 13 winners of the first prize are:

Valeria Matskevici of Russia
Jacques Augustin of France
Romanian-born Alina Seman of Italy
Roman Bondarevski of Ukraine
Christoph Preutenborbeck of Germany
Javier Gonzalez Balon of Ecuador
Hugo Calderon Carbajal of Mexico
Mohamad Suleiman Shokr of Egypt
Stefano Citterio of Italy
Thein Soe of Malayesia
Bezazel Ferhat Ben Rabah of Algeria
Cui Wenbai of China
He Guoliang of China.

First prize winner,
Christoph Preutenborbeck of Germany wrote:
"I'm very fond of music and I take particular interest in classical
music. Participating in the contest run by RRI, I had the opportunity
of knowing the life and work of George Enescu. RRI brought closer this
son of the Romanian people to us, foreign listeners and I'd like thank
the RRI staff for that. It was interesting to find out about the
measures taken by the communists against him and about the debates on
the date of his death. I'm also glad that I had the opportunity of
finding out that Enescu was not only a composer, but also an
exceptional violinist who took part in the training of the famous
violinist Yehudi Menuhin."

We conclude quoting the entry of first prize winner, Cui Wenbai of
China: "Every man has got his hobbies; one of my hobbies is classical
music and George Enescu's music holds pride of place in my
preferences. I've got many of his works and tired after a day's work,
I'm often delighted to listen to his music. Listening to his music, I
feel as if I were immersed in an ocean of sounds. Time seems to go
back and the energy which notes give to me provides me with a
matchless experience. You can see the influences of Enescu's music
everywhere, whether you are in Europe or in America. Enescu had his
unique perspective both in his creation and his interpretation. His
work has become a national wealth, but at the same time, it has
entered the world artistic heritage. His artistic achievements are now
a landmark in musical education and science. That is why, I have
entered this contest."

We will mail our prizes to the winners, whom we ask to confirm their
reception by mail, fax or e-mail. Thank you once again for having
participated in the "2009 George Enescu Festival" and we invite as
many of you as possible to enter our next contests.

(Source : RRI)

Alokesh Gupta
New Delhi

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China dominates Asia-Pacific AM radio dial in latest PAL Radio Guide

China has almost a third of all AM radio stations currently
broadcasting in the entire Asia-Pacific region today says the Radio
Heritage Foundation.

In the latest PAL AM Radio Log at, there are
almost 1,400 AM stations listed as on the air in China, out of some
4,800 stations across the entire region.

In fact, just five countries account for 70% of all AM broadcasters
in the region, with China follwed by Japan, Indonesia, Australia and
the Philippines.

These are in addition to the many thousands of FM radio stations that
are generally more popular with younger listeners today.

Despite contemporary digital radio and decades of FM, the fact that
so many
AM stations remain on the air is clear evidence that life remains in
the almost century old AM technology, even in modern technology mad

However, the outlook is bleak for 13 of the 55 countries in the
latest PAL Radio Guide, where only one AM radio station now remains
on the air.

In the Pacific there is just one AM radio station left in the Cook
Islands, French Polynesia, Kiribati, the Marianas, Marshall Islands,
Norfolk Island, Palau and Tonga, whilst American Samoa's only AM
station has
been 'temporarily' off the air for some time.

In addition, Micronesia, New Caledonia, Samoa and Vanuatu each have
only two AM stations left so it's become a very fragile world of AM
radio across most of the Pacific where strong AM signals are needed
in emergencies such as recent earthquakes, tsunamis and cyclones.

Unfortunately, many of the Pacific island stations also operate on
reduced power because of high imported oil costs, have rusting towers
and old
equipment and in the outer Solomon Islands, it's a choice between
homes having power or the local radio station going on the air.

The PAL Radio Guides are available for free at
and the new PAL AM Radio Guide contains some 50,000 individual data
entries for the 4,800 listed stations. This resource is supported by
volunteer monitors across the region and updates and new monitors are
always welcome.

Radio Heritage Foundation is a registered non-profit organization
connecting popular culture, nostalgia and radio heritage across the
Pacific. For fresh features, images, audio, PAL Radio Guides and much
more, visit our global website Donations to
support our activities are gratefully welcomed.

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