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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Visit to All India Radio Dibrugarh- A Great Experience - A Blog ..



On 17th of August 2017 I planned to visit Dibrugarh the next day, not for visiting All India Radio though, but to meet a famous cardiologist of that medical hub of Upper Assam. We (me and my cousin brother) started early in the morning for Dibrugarh and on the way I got the telephonic appointment from the doctor. Interestingly the appointment was fixed for 5 pm in the evening and by that time (9 am) we were almost reached Dibrugarh! So 9 am to 5 pm, almost 8 hours without any work at hand!! OMG, I can not seat idle!! So instantly rang the cell phone of my Facebook friend and a very dedicated employee at the All India Radio Dibrugarh, Mr. Raja Chattopadhyaya Da and asked him whether I can visit and spend some good time at the radio station. His response with the words like "why not", of course" were enough for me to start expecting a nice radio day at AIR Dibrugarh station. But due to some confusion we got off from bus at AIR Dibrugarh transmitter site at Lepetkota, around 10 kms ahead of Dibrugarh city. From my childhood I have assumed this transmitter site as the main station but only after entering the station building I got to understand that this is the transmitter site only and the main program production station is situated at Malakhubasa (Convoy Road) near Dibrugarh-Tinsukia Road (NH-37)!!! But God do everything for our betterment!! Though as a student of Journalism I have keen interest to learn about radio program production and presentation, but as a DXer I have deep interest in transmission facility that stations use for airing their programs to the target audience. So I utilized this mistaken visit to transmitter site and met Mr. Atul Dutta who is the Engineering Assistant of the transmitter site and very dedicated worker, as I assumed from my one hour stay at the site. After giving my introduction he happily and willingly took me to the newly installed 300 kW DRM transmitter room and explained us the transmission techniques. This Nautel DRM MW transmitter is installed in Dibrugarh under AIR's massive plan to convert it's transmission network from old age traditional system to new digital technology, known as DRM. The Engineer also informed me that the MW transmission of this station is not fully powered and when they will switch this DRM transmitter with full capacity listeners will get FM like reception of this MW transmission of Akashvani Dibrugarh. After that we also saw the dismantled old BBC 300 kW MW transmitter used for years. .....................
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Source Credit and Full story at : http://indiandxreport.blogspot.in/2017/08/normal-0-false-false-false-en-in-x-none.html?m=1

Forwarded by : Basudha Banerji, basudha.banerji@gmail.com

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