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Thursday, March 10, 2011

How to listen the interview with me on Vatican Radio?

The interview will be transmitted on Vatican Radio on Friday, 11th March 2011 and re-transmitted on Saturday 12th March 2011. Thanks a lot to Fr William at Vatican Radio who interviewed me and to Fr Isaac Arickapillil CMI (Director, CIIS, Rome) who took initiative to put in on Vatican Radio.

The easiest way is to access it through Internet.

Access the interview on the following link (Broadcast on Demand) and select "Malayalam".The audio is available in mp3 and real audio format.

The interview will stay one whole day in the Vatican Radio site. So you can access it from 5.00 pm (Indian Standard Time) on Friday 11th 2011 to around 5.00 pm (Indian Standard Time) on Saturday 12th 2011.

The next way is to listen it in a "Radio".

As for my interview, it will be transmitted on 11th Friday 2011 evening 8.40 pm(Indian Standard Time) and there will be two re-transmissions on the following day (Saturday) at 6.30 am (Indian Standard Time) and 8.10 am (Indian Standard Time) on the following frequencies. You need to have a radio with shortwave frequency reception capabilities to listen to it.

Why shortwave radio? I had to research a bit to find that out. However, the research outcomes were quite interesting.

To begin with there are two types of transmissions in general.

  1. FM (Frequency Modulation)
  2. AM (Amplitude Modulation)

AM is further divided in to two:

  • Medium Frequency (MF), which broadcasts on frequencies between 531kHz and 1602 kHz.
  • High Frequency (HF), usually known as "short wave" radio, broadcasts on frequencies between approximately 2 MHz and 26 MHz.

Vatican Radio Malayalam is a short wave (HF) transmission. Short wave transmission is used for long distance transmissions (usually to receive broadcasts from another continents), because shortwave frequencies bounce off of the ionosphere of earth and return to earth halfway around the world.

Shortwave Radio (HF) is divided into the following bands:

3900-4000 kHz (75 meter band) 13600-13800 kHz (22 meter band)

5950-6200 kHz (49 meter band) 15100-15600 kHz (19 meter band)

7100-7300 kHz (41 meter band) 17550-17900 kHz (16 meter band)

9500-9900 kHz (31 meter band) 21450-21850 kHz (13 meter band)

11650-12050 kHz (25 meter band) 25600-26100 kHz (11 meter band)

And how to tune to it in India or elsewhere

രാത്രി 8.40-ന് തുടങ്ങുന്ന പ്രക്ഷേപണം ( 11th Friday, Indian Standard Time: 20.40)

41 മീറ്റര്‍ ബാന്‍ഡ് 7585 കിലോ ഹേര്‍ട്സ് (41 meter band, 7585 KHz)

25 മീറ്റര്‍ ബാന്‍ഡ് 11850 കിലോ ഹേര്‍ട്സ് (25 meter band, 11850 KHz)

22 മീറ്റര്‍ ബാന്‍ഡ് 13765 കിലോ ഹേര്‍ട്സ് (22 meter band, 13765 KHz)

രാവിലെ 6.30-ന് തുടങ്ങുന്ന മലയാള പ്രക്ഷേപണം (12th Saturday, Indian Standard Time: 6.30)

49 മീറ്റര്‍ ബാന്‍ഡില്‍ 5895 കിലോ ഹേര്‍ട്സ് (49 meter band, 5895 KHz)

41 മീറ്റര്‍ ബാന്‍ഡില്‍ 7335 കിലോ ഹേര്‍ട്സ് (41 meter band, 7335 KHz)

രാവിലെ 8.10-നു തുടങ്ങുന്ന പ്രക്ഷേപണം (12th Saturday, Indian Standard Time: 8.10)

19 മീറ്റര്‍ ബാന്‍ഡില്‍ 15460 കിലോ ഹേര്‍ട്സ് (19 meter band, 15460 KHz)

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