Listening neighbouring countries from North/East India: Quick review of the
India is a vast country, spanning thousands of kilometres in all
directions. Radio-wave propagation, and therefore reception, naturally
varies widely in different regions. Radio broadcasts from other stations
often cause frequency overlap and severe interference, resulting
frustration for the listeners. Radio stations, even from the neighbouring
countries, may at times be difficult to hear. More difficult, often
impossible, is to get a sort of verification (QSL) from many of these
This era witnesses decaying number of radio stations; many of the existing
broadcasters are increasingly reluctant to use traditional shortwave (SW)
and mediumwave (MW)(AM) frequencies; and trying other modes to reach their
audience. Stations of our nearby countries are no exception. The golden
days of radiolistening/dxing will never return.
Here I share some information of a few radio stations (from our
neighbouring countries) worth trying for the serious listeners. Discussion
is limited to SW and MW (AM) only; other modes are beyond scope of this
article. Stations from China (PRC), one of the two big broadcasting nations
in this region, are also not discussed for obvious reasons.
SW (irregular) on 6100 kHz, possibly now off-air. State run MW facilities
are at Kabul (1107 kHz), Kandahar (1305 kHz) and (possibly) Khost (621
kHz). No qsl activity in recent years. Email: email@example.com
VOA (Radio Ashna/Azadi/Deewa/Mashaal) operates in MW from Kabul (1296 kHz)
& Khost (621 kHz). Reception is fairly good and they occasionally issue
e-qsl. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A few low-power regional stations are also operating as reported in the
Domestic service SW frequency 4750 kHz is well audible beyond target area;
also uses 7250, 9455, 13580, 15105 & 15505 kHz frequencies for external
service of "Bangladesh Betar"; occasionally issues qsl-card & letter.
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Powerful MW stations are at Chattagram (873 kHz), Dhaka (630, 693 & 819
kHz), Khulna (558 kHz) & Rajshahi (846 kHz). Few less powerful MW stations
(963, 999, 1053, 1170, 1287, 1314, 1413 & 1431 kHz) are also audible,
particularly in e- & ne-India. Two more low-power MW frequencies (1080 &
1161 kHz) are now temporarily suspended.
There is no MW broadcast from this country. SW transmission of state owned
"Bhutan Broadcasting Service" is regularly heard on 6035 kHz in local
morning and afternoon hours. Reception is good in e-, n-, & ne-India; also
audible in other areas. Verifies with qsl-letter. Email: email@example.com
"Dhivehi Radio" introduced MW service (on 1449 kHz) from Thilafushi near
capital Male in recent years after a long gap. Almost regularly audible in
s-India and nearby countries; reception is also sporadically reported from
e- & ne-India. No qsl activity reported in recent time. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
● Myanmar (Burma):
"Myanma Radio" is well audible in both SW (5985 & 9730 kHz) and MW (576 &
594 kHz); issues e-qsl regularly. Email (for english programme):
NHK(Japan) & VOA broadcast through 5985 & 9730 kHz SW outlets of
Myanma-Radio, mainly for local audience.
"Thazin Radio" run by Myanmar defence ministry uses MW (639 kHz) and SW
(6030, 6165, 7345, 9460 & 9590 kHz) facilities but does not respond to
"Radio Nepal" transmits in MW from multiple locations on 576 kHz (Surkhet),
648 kHz (Dhankuta), 684 kHz (Pokhara), 792 kHz (Bagmati), 810 kHz (Dipayal)
& 1143 kHz (Bardibas). All are powerful and easily audible in n-, e- &
ne-India, may be in other areas too. Unconfirmed SW activity on 5005 kHz
was reported by a few listeners. No qsl activity in recent years. Email:
"Radio Pakistan" uses multiple MW frequencies, targeted mainly for its
domestic service. Most are easily audible at late evening when powerful AIR
stations sign-off. Notable MW frequencies are 540 (reportedly 300 kW but
doubtful), 585 (500 kW), 630, 711, 1008, 1035, 1053, 1134, 1152, 1170, 1260
(400 kW) & 1332 kHz. No qsl activity reported in recent years.
"FEBA Radio Pakistan" uses 6070 kHz in local morning hours only.
Interestingly, they broadcast from transmitter located in Al-Dhabbiya (UAE)
and not from Pakistan. Email: email@example.com
A few small/pirate stations are reportedly in operation in MW (and possibly
in SW also).
"SLBC", state run radio of Sri-Lanka, uses SW frequencies 9695, 11750 &
11905 kHz; some are regular and audible fairly well. Difficult to get qsl.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
TWR-Asia uses 882 kHz MW frequency, with regular and powerful reception in
s-India. Issues qsl regularly. Email: email@example.com
BBC and FEBA use 9580 kHz SW and 1125 kHz MW respectively.
AWR uses 1548 kHz MW and several SW frequencies (9470, 9740, 9810, 11755,
11790, 11805, 11870, 11925, 15150, 15305, 15410, 15430, 15530, 15550,
15610, 15630, 15705, 15715 & 17790 kHz). Issues e-qsl quickly and
regularly. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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