Updates on BSNL

Updates on BSNL

The guys from BSNL seem to be reading this blog after I posted my letter here.  I examined my traffic logs today and found two  referrals  from  kttp://kerala.bsnl.co.in .  Anyway,  several  officials are visiting  our street regularly after my blog post. Yesterday, they replaced the junction box. See the pictures  below.


It seems they had  an under ground cable pair running. They dug up the road and connected the three lines that come out of the junction box to the  under ground cable. See the following pictures of the professional job they have done. 😀 . Also look at the box closely. They have   put the key on the box itself.   Probably it is the safest place to keep it.  😀

UG cable to DP
UG cable to DP
New connections to the line
New connections to the line
The connection to my neighbour
The connection to my neighbour

I am planning to stop complaining about  the joints. Other wise , BSNL may allocate (in the next budget)  several crores of public money to teach their line staff about how to crimp a cable pair to a junction box.   Now ,  the section from the junction box to the phone remains to be fixed.  I am firing off a letter thanking the CMD for  changing the junction box.

BSNL seems to  be trying to close the case . See the status update on their site.


Meanwhile , I  have brought the issue to the notice of our residents association.  The residents association  president told me that several  residents are facing similar problems.  He showed me several other open junction boxes and over hanging wires in our street .  He has also  promised   me to write a formal letter to the chairman and managing director about the problem.( I am sure no other official will respond ).   Let me see if I can get some more pictures  from the street .

Blogging can work wonders   in India too . 😀  Please stay tuned for more update.

I have just sent this Email to all the concerned officers.

This has reference to my complaint  in Kerala Circle Circle PG cell vide KRL/CO/2009/14224  and my blog post. Thank you very much for taking the initiative to change the DP.
I have posted  my additional comments on the problem  here.
The case is being closed with out  replacing the faulty cable joints. My dial up internet is getting disconnected every time  some electrical disturbance occurs.   .  Please refer to this picture of the connection inside the house.
This is remaining the same.
I am too fed up with dealing with your engineers and field staff who have no clue to what a customer needs.  I  am actively  considering the  idea of shifting over to some other player.
Thanking you for all the help.


Update   :25th September Friday 2009

I  received this reply from BSNL today.

–Sir,Even though the service is restored ,the docket is kept still pending at our end and we are waiting for a detailed report after redressal of the grievance .As per the field report a new DP is erected  and the action is being taken for   proper fixing of the rosette and the  wiring at suboffice .Thank u for your feed back .AGM(PG)

Update 5th October 2009 8.30PM

I am back home after a long journey.  Someone from BSNL claiming to be Sub divisonal engineer called me up just now.  She asked me what time I am available at home. I told her  “8pm to 8 am ” .  She  told me that BSNL is not working at such odd times and advised me to  be available at home  during their working time  so that they can fix the joints.

How ridiculous the BSNL employees are ?  They are still in 20th century and they expect a customer to wait for them.   I can get a  new phone from reliance or TATA round the clock and they will attend you at your convenience.  I am sure Goverment of Inda will disinvest this monster  shortly.

My complaint is pending with them  for  the past 25 days and they are still looking for excuses.

My letter to BSNL

I have a land line connection at home.  It is from  BSNL, the state owned Telecom giant in India.  I am too disgusted with their service and shot of the following email today to all publicly visible BSNL officers.   Let us see whether email work in India.

The exact nature of the problem cannot be described in words , so calling customer care is useless.  See the pictures below to have a general idea of problems with my  BSNL land line. I live in a urban area. If the connection is like this in a city,  the situation  in villages will be much more pathetic.

BSNL phone line  -Open junction  box on the pole
BSNL phone line -Open junction box on the pole
Hanging wires coming to my home
Hanging wires coming to my home
BSNL style copper pair joints
BSNL style copper pair joints
How to join two cable  - BSNL style
How to join two cable - BSNL style

Nodal Officer
Public Grievances
Kerala Circle BSNL

I am an unfortunate customer of BSNL having the land line no. 0471-xxxxxx . This phone has never worked for 3 days at a stretch. The connection coming to my home is hanging on the poles and is within the reach of even small children. Every time a vehicle passes the cable breaks. There is no RJ 11 outlet inside the house. The connection to the instrument is given is the most unprofessional manner.
I have booked umpteen number of complaints . Each time they come and cut the overhanging cable and fixes it . In effect , if I want to make a call I have to go to the neighbour and file a complaint first.
Dejected and disgusted with the kind of service and the personnel dishing out the service, I am surrendering the phone. I know emails wont work in a government company like BSNL, so I am CCying the mail to all addresses that I can find right from your minister to the local exchange. So please excuse me if you have received this mail in mistake.

Also, I am writing an entry in my blog on the status of Consumer Satisfaction in BSNL. Please read it here.   I have some interesting pictures too.

My letter to BSNL

Thanking you for the services rendered so far.

Yours faithfully

Sunil T T

CC to gm_o_kerala@bsnl.co.in, MOCIT@nic.in, dgmpgkrl@bsnl.co.in, agmpgkrl@bsnl.co.in, cmdbsnl@bsnl.co.in

Update :  4pm September 10 2009

There seem to be some  one who is reading email in BSNL.  I got the following e mail  one hour back ( I am removing the persons name and phone no.)


to me

show details 1:56 PM (1 hour ago)

Sir This is in acknowledgement to ur detailed mail and blog.Ur grievance has been registered in Circle PG cell vide KRL/CO/2009/14224 and a detailed report is avwaited after redressal.If you dont mistake kindly wait for surrendering ur telephone connection as your grievance has been borught to the notice of all concerned .The inconvenience caused is regretted. and  we assure our best services always at our level.Tou can track  the status of your grievance on line on website
http://bsnl.in/pgstatus.htm or www.keralatelecom.co/grievances by feeding the above docket Number and first two letters of your name ie “su” .

Assistant General Manager (PG)
O/o CGMT, BSNL Kerala Circle, Thiruvananthapuram-33
Tel.: 0471-xxxxxxxxx,   , [12727 (Toll free)]
Fax : 0471-xxxxxxx, Mobile: xxxxxxxxxx
email : agmpgkrl@bsnl.co.in

But wait,  look at the web links they have forwarded.


This gave me an address not found error.  May be our assistant  general manager has mistyped it. I also make mistakes. It seems they have know idea about the  .in domain

I looked at the other  URL  and got the following screen.

BSNL Grievence online
BSNL Grievence online

Let us see how it turns out.

Update : 11 am 11 Sept. 2009

A line man from BSNL appeared today. He was looking violent.  I had warned my wife and children about a possible attack from BSNL personnel.

He pulled down two leaves from my coconut tree . See the picture  below. Tried to fix some joints.

Cocunut leaves Pulled down by BSNL
Coconut leaves Pulled down by BSNL

Finally , he located the fault to one of the joints that I posted yesterday. The original  joint was replaced with the joint give below. This is inside the house.  I think , I have to take fire insurance for  the house thanks to BSNL.

Oh!  I forgot to mention , BSNL  it self is providing insurance . See this .   How   thoughtful  they are, expecting  this kinds of hazards for the customers.

New generation BSNL wire Joints
New generation BSNL wire Joints

He then replaced the original phone with another. Now , the phone is working.  But the overhanging wire and the open junction box remains the same.    My phone works for  now and possibly it will work  till this evening .

I used to use dial up internet some time back. I plugged in my lap to the line and tried to access internet .  As expected the data rate is  some thing like 1bit/sec.   The idiots manning the lines have no idea how I use the  phone. For them , phone is just for making local calls. No wonder people are massively surrendering  land lines.  Hail reliance and Tata, at lease their personnel are user friendly.

I am sending the following email to BSNL so that my complaint is not closed prematurely.

To agmpgkrl@bsnl.co.in

Dear Madam,
They fixed the phone . I have posted some more pictures for your kind reference on my blog. Also, posting them to my twitter account and other activist group  emails. I know your men will close the complaint immediately .   I have got this kind of fix several times already .  I want a permanent solution to the open DP and  the wire joints.

Thanking you for the services rendered so far.

Yours faithfully

Sunil T T

Update: 14th  September 2009

I got another email from CMD bsnl as below.  This seems to be a routine reply.

Dear Sir,

We acknowledge receipt of your mail. The same has been forwarded to KERALA

Telecom circle / Telephones for necessary action with intimation to you.

With Kind  Regards.

AGM (Cordn. – I)


Update :19 September 2009

Great going with BSNL.  A lady claiming to be Sub Divisional engineer visited my home just now. She was accompanied by a few other staff looking sullen. I showed her the entire problem and told her that the cable is patched at several places and that I am unable to access dial up.   She advised me to take BSNL broadband . I thanked her and told that enough is enough  with BSNL.  She was on the verge of  argueing with me .   I showed her the open junction box (DP) and told her that any kid can pull it out.   She said that is none of my b

Adding CW to bitx

Bitx Cw module
Bitx Cw module

I was playing with  my bitx build yesterday. Specifically, I tried to add CW  to the rig.   Original bitx20 is a SSB rig.  I my mod was inspired from PY2OHH bitx40.  I  wired  up a 10mhz crystal oscillator as shown below.

bitx20 CW module

The idea is to inject 10mhz ( approximately) at the  beginning of transmitter IF amplifier. This will in turn produce 14 mhz sine wave at the output.  The receiver part is unmodified.  See the diagram below.  Connect  the point marked X to the point x .

Bitx 20 modified for cw
Bitx 20 modified for cw

Adjust the  10Mhz oscillator to  around 700khz above the  BFO frequency. I added a small inductor (10 micro henry) in series with the crystal to adjust the frequency near BFO,.It is not shown on the figure above.

Pidgin unable to connect to yahoo

I am using pidgin as  chat client for both yahoo and gtalk. Recently, yahoo has stopped support for older versions of their own yahoo messenger clients. ( anything less than version 7.5  fails ) . It also means that most of the third party clients such as pidgin has  problems  in login.

On my ubuntu 9.04, the default  pidgin version is  2.5.5.   You can work around the yahoo login problem  as shown below.

Open Accounts-> Manage accounts.

Click on the account you want to  fix

Click on modify.

Click on advanced tab.

The pager server is set to  scs.msg.yahoo.com

Change it to    cs101.msg.mud.yahoo.com

Click on Save

Restart  pidgin

It seems yahoo is  rolling out a new authentication protocol. Let us wait for  a new pidgin  update


Pidgin 2.5.7 which fixes the yahoo login problem is out. You can install it as given below.

Import the  public key  for Launchpad PPA for Pidgin Developers

$ sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com \     67265eb522bdd6b1c69e66ed7fb8bee0a1f196a8

Add the following lines to /etc/apt/sources.list

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/pidgin-developers/ppa/ubuntu   jaunty main

Run apt-get update and apt-get install pidgin.

The PPA contains new pidgin releases for other versions of ubuntu (  dapper gutsy, hardy ,intrepid and karmic) You can just replace jaunty in sources.list line indicating this ppa with you distro and enjoy yahoo messenger on pidgin.

Blogging with scribefire

Scribefire  is a cool firefox add on which a  blogger cannot miss   Using this  firefox add-on, you can blog with out leaving your browser.   Installation is simple. Browse to this page Just click on the addto firefox button and restart firefox.

firefox with scribefire

You can start scribefire  by clicking on the scribefire icon. It will open up scribefire as shown below.

Now, you can set up a blog account from the blogs menu and start enjoying scribefire. It supports several features such as notifying various blog aggregations services , ftp uploads etc. Have a look at the features.

Scribefire startup screen
Scribefire startup screen