Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Veteran Indian DXer from Hyderabad enters into Limca Book of Records

Jose Jacob from Hyderabad, India has collected QSL from 132 different stations of All India Radio over a period of 42 years. Radio stations ranging from Shot wave, Medium wave, FM to the latest DRM mode. In the process he has achieved the feat of creating an Indian Record of collecting maximum number of QSL of different stations of a radio broadcaster in India.

Jose Jacob (VU2JOS) with Certificate from Limca Book of Records

As a teenager Jose started listening to radio and started to write to stations way back in 1973, when in his school days. Few years later in 1976 he first wrote to All India Radio, when his reception report was first verified with a QSL.  Over next 42 years, he has used various mediums, ranging from inland letters, post cards to emails, for sending reception reporting.

Over the years, with his special interest in All India Radio, he is one of key country contributors, from India, of World Radio TV Handbook updating about All India Radio to the director of global broadcasting.

Jose Jacob, is also a licensed amateur radio operator with call sign VU2JOS currently serving as Asst. Director at the National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR) www.niar.org
Limca Book of Records is an annual reference book published in India documenting human and natural world records. The world records achieved by humans are further categorised in education, literature, agriculture, medical science, business, sports, nature, adventure, radio, and cinema with Limca book of Records rules. (https://www.coca-colaindia.com/limca-book-of-records)



Limca Book of Records has recognized the feat as one of the Indian records in the radio category and awarded the certificate acknowledging the achievement.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

My Henry's Island Dxpedition Logging videos published

Some of my radio station logging videos made in Henry's Island between 10th February to 13 th February 2019 were published  on SWLING.com

All loggings were made with Perseus SDR receiver, 250 meter beverage and PAR0DT miniwhip antennas.

Many thanks to OM  VU3JXD (Sandipan Basu Mallick) for helping me publish those videos.





Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Henry's Island DXpeidtion covered by local news paper

Henry's Island DXpeidtion was covered by 'Ei Samay', a local daily in Bengal from Times of India Group. Below is the English translated version of the publication. Translation was done by veteran member/Dxer of IDXCI Mr. Sudipta Ghose.

http://idxcidxpedition.blogspot.com/

It has a striking similarity with an angler waiting for his prize catch of that elusive fish. However, the water body before him is neither a pond nor a stream or sea. It is the vast ocean of ether. A bunch of radio-nuts have congregated in Henry's Island with fond hope of listening to shortwave or mediumwave radio stations that travels great distances in the sea of ether! Internationally, these people are known as DXers. They have long planned to celebrate the 13th February, the UNESCO sponsored World Radio Day, by trying to receive the signals of a radio station from the Philippines or from a radio station in the remote Indonesian archipelago. This ten member team consists of enthusiasts from Delhi and Tripura apart from those from Kolkata. Though there is wide difference of age between members of this team but their mind is tuned to the same wavelength - heady addiction to pick-up the signals from the unknown radio station in the shortwave radios.  




On Sunday, after reaching Henry's Island the team of radio aficionados have completed the arrangements. Sandipan Basu Mallick of Kolkata is organiser in case of this DXPedition. Apart from him other people from Kolkata are Supratik Sanatani, Babul Gupta and Sudipta Ghose. From Delhi, C. K. Raman and Alokesh Gupta flew in. There is Pradip Kundu from Tripura, a freshly retired school Headmaster as well as Shuvendu Das. These guys are all members of Indian DX Club International. Reaching their destination in early morning, they promptly deployed laptops, DX Radios, books and publications with transmission schedules of radio stations around the world and antennae. Now the wait for signals!

When the medium of radio has almost been pushed into oblivion due to proliferation of Internet and TV, how come these people are having such strong interest in radio? A visibly annoyed Sandipan says - firstly the medium of radio not a rejected one. Even today in villages after villages people tunes their radios. Secondly, we, the DXers are hooked up to signals from distant unknown lands. The DXers pickup radio signals that travel from far far away and then after such reception they identify that signal and determine where it is emanating from. If identification is correct then as a prize a QSL (verification) card is received.

According to the members of this DXPedition team there are several reasons behind their choosing the Henrys Island this time. Due to geographical reasons this area is suitable for receiving signals from the Indonesian Archiapelago, New Zealand and Australia during the night.During the early morning, 0230 to 0300 am, Tagalog language broadcasts from  Philippines can be picked up from here. Some of the team members strongly claimed that transmissions from Solomon Island could be heard from here. A prominent member of the gang Supratik Sanatani is an eye surgeon by profession. His mind is also strongly attracted to distant radio signals. He opines that the bird watchers will understand this hobby. They listen to bird calls, we listen to signals.

Delhiihte  C. K. Raman, Tripura resident Pradip Kundu vouched that they were hooked to radio listening from the very childhood. Later it was discovered that apart from  programme listening radio is more intriguing. Slowly they came to know about the mystic world of the DXers. Afterwards, they became friends quickly with the like minded people of same interest. Today all came here in a group due to the strong pull of radio.
Within few hours of arrival at the Henrys Island these DXers could pickup signals from Solomon Islands and Brazilian Radio stations. At the dead of night faint signals were received in Medium Wave from Kampuchea (Cambodia). All of them eagerly looking forward for the next two nights. 

                                  Below is the original publication in Bengali




Thursday, 31 January 2019

All India Radio Special DRM (Digital transmission) QSL received

All India Radio via Kingsway transmitter in New Delhi was received on 11620 Khz at around 1023 IST on 27th July 2018 .

A DRM test transmission (carrying
New Delhi FM Gold program) was going on from 0930 IST to 1130 IST towards Eastern India.

Very good reception excepts a few audio dropouts was noted.
Reception report was sent on the following day. After a few followup email AIR verified my report with the following full data QSL verification which came into my mailbox on 27th January 2019.




Home Service program schedule also came on the same day



The test transmission videos can be checked HERE

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Radio DARC Special High Power broadcast Full data QSL received

Radio DARC: Special high power Broadcast of WRTC (World Radiosport Team Championship)  carried by Radio DARC (Deutscher Amateur Radio Club)  transmitted from Moosbrunn, Austria was received on 6070 Khz on 14th July 2018.

The station was heard with severe noise from 1110 to 1130 Hrs UTC . SINPO was 24232. Very weak signal noted in Kolkata, India

A reception report was sent on the following day with audio clips.

A full data QSL card and QSL letter came to my mailbox on 15th January 2019.
Thanks a lot to DARC for the following beautiful full data QSLcard and letters.








Sunday, 6 January 2019

Bible Voice Broadcasting via Nauen, Germany QSL received

Bible Voice Broadcasting via Nauen, Germany was received on 21st July 2018 on 15265 Khz. Religious program 'Victory Outreach' was heard on 1430 UTC.

Fair signal strength, moderate noise but clear audio was noted. A reception report was sent on the following day. After a follow up email a full data QSL was received in 24th December  2018.







KTWR Guam Special Christmas DRM broadcast eQSL received in 3 days

KTWR (Trance World Radio) Guam verified my email reception report on 9380 kHz carrying their special Christmas DRM broadcast with an electronic attachment reply in three days.