News from the Far East made from a journey by Maarten van Delft

Read the full story in SWN November/December 2003 (members only)

Bhutan 1
The old 400 Watt Edystone transmitter is still on display in the BBS entrance hall.
NYAB (National Youth Association of Bhutan) began operating it 30 years ago. The present engineer still remembers how hard it was to tune and maintain it; he would get frequent electrical shocks! Before being used by NYAB, it was used by the Government Civil Wireless Dept. for radiotelephone contacts between Thimphu and remote areas of the country.

Bhutan 2
In the studios of BBS, Bhutan

Bhutan 3
Part of BBS transmitter hall on Sangay Hill, overlooking Thimpu. Visible is one of the two masts supporting the folded dipole antenna for 6035 and 5030 kHz.

Bhutan 4
BBS Headquarters. The building was constructed in traditional style - as there are all buildings and houses throughout the country - following government regulations: White wall and dark brown wooden elements and linings.

India 1
A telecommunications tower stands guard over Gangtok, Sikkim in India. This is an important chain in the link carrying the signals from the nearby AIR studios to the SW and MW transmitters elsewhere.

India 2
The two masts supporting the dipole array of the AIR transmitting station at Brookshabad, India, 8 km (as the crow flies) South of Port Blair.