Early History of 2YA

Many thanks to Paul Rawdon who passed on this link to the Porirua City Council’s history of 2YA.

German Domestic SW Graces Our Dials

ch292rWhen the ‘Deutsche Welle’ decided to close down one of their 500 KW shortwave broadcast transmitters near Munich at the end of 2012, a group of German radio amateurs applied for and were allocated the then available short wave frequency of 6070 KHz in 2013.

This group now have an operational 10KW station on the frequency, using the
driver stages from the old Deutsche Welle transmitter. The rest of the
transmitter was built by and is run by Rainer DB8QC .

The licence allow transmission 24/7, but currently mainly weekends.

Community Radio Hits New Heights

Listenership of community radio may not have the reach of the ABC or Commercial Radio but Canberra community radio listeners are getting better reception now that the switch on of a new and higher community radio transmission site at Poppet Hill in Canberra has taken place.

A consortium of not-for-profit broadcasters, ArtSoundFM, 1CMS FM, and 1WAY FM, will manage the new facility, the culmination of eight years of planning.

The Poppet Hill transmitter site replaces older facilities at Black Mountain Tower. Because it is at a slightly higher elevation and is using new equipment the new site will deliver a stronger and higher quality signal to many of the 63,000 people who, according to the 2014 McNair Ingenuity Survey, listen to community radio in Canberra.

Did Anyone Notice???

3senWith the struggle for AM radio audiences, what happens when a station suddenly goes dark? Like 3SEN Melbourne 1116kHz:

A brazen bald burglar has stolen about $10,000 worth of gear from Melbourne (VK3) radio station SEN 1116 and wheeled it away in a rubbish skip — all while presenters were on air in their Richmond Studios.

The sports radio station lost much studio equipment including microphones!

Detective Senior Constable Drew Laughlin said the crime appeared to be opportunistic, as the man was able to break into the building through an unlocked door from the carpark about 11.40pm.

Tribute To Frank Glen

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Frank at Tiwai, his “magic place”

 

Titahi Bay’s Radio History

rnz1For nearly 80 years, Titahi Bay has played a significant role in NZ’s radio history. This flash back from the Dominion Post tells of the early days.

Radio Sweden’s Horby Transmitter Site

sweden_scdxers_40thAustralian DXer Rob Wagner found this interesting story of Radio Sweden’s transmitter site and contributed it on his blog.

Radio Australia Asian Services End This Weekend

raRadio Australia’s services will amount to a token South Pacific offering as services to Asia terminate.

 

SW Still Has The Magic

The tuning dial on a 1940s radio, showing long...

The tuning dial on a 1940s radio, showing longwave frequencies from 150 to 375 kHz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This interesting story from the Palm Beach Post may remind you of a similar occasion in your radio life, an occasion that made you think “it isn’t all about hearing distant radio stations”. The thrill from making your own aerials, upgrading your receiver, improving your language skills, integrating a computer into your listening etc etc all all enjoyable elements of the radio hobby. All help to make you the compleat listener and to truly have the world at your fingertips!

Latest International SW Broadcast Guide Available

isbgGayle Van Horn’s winter 2014-15 edition of the guide is now available as an e-book on Amazon.

Shortwave Rekindled

one_transWhilst the stations may be going, the magic of bringing distant radio stations into your home still remains. This article by Anthony M Castelletti in The Buffalo News shows that our hobby simply needs resuscitated to once again inspire, amaze and thrill.

Voice Of Hope Africa To Air

kvohCalifornia religious broadcaster the Voice of Hope has acquired transmitter facilities in Lusaka, Zambia, purchasing the “Christian Voice” facilities from Christian Vision. More on this from the Sys-Con website.

Chelmsford Calling Via Finland On SW

Tccwshe CCWS (Chelmsford Calling World Service), a programme produced by Jim Salmon (amateur radio call-sign 2E0RMI), has added a relay via Scandanavian Weekend Radio (SWR) to it’s existing sked via WRMI .

The programme can now be heard on the 2nd Friday of each month via WRMI at 2300z (midday NZDST) on 9955kHz and on the first Saturday of the month via SWR on one or more of the following: 1602, 5980, 6170, 11690, 11720 and  94.9 FM. Jim also broadcasts via NZRDXL member Chris Mackerell’s “World FM” in Tawa, New Zealand.

More info on the links below.

Radio Free Sarawak Signs Off

free_sarawakJust like the Democratic Voice of Burma, another clandestine broadcaster has chosen to promote its ideals via methods other than SW. More on this from the Asia RadioToday website.

A Vital SW Metric

bbgIn these days of shrinking SW audiences, the actual rate of shrinkage and geographic dispersal of the audience are important factors when governments and organizations consider funding allocations.  This interesting story from the Radio World website.

BBC Seychelles Signs Off

bbcqslThe BBC relay station located at Grand Anse on the Seychelle Islands was handed back to the Seychelles government on Tuesday 18th of November. Transmissions commenced in 1988 and in November 2013, they were slated to end, with the last Watt squeezed out on March the 29th. More on this from the Seychelles News Agency web site.

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randomnumbersEven though the Cold War is long over, remnants remain, amongst them those intriguing coded broadcasts. Here is an article from Gizmodo that assesses current broadcasts and how you can listen to them right now on the Lifehacker website.

New SW Broadcaster Global 24 Radio On Air

global24New, all-news broadcaster is due to ht the air today, Friday 31st October, broadcasting via RMI on 9395kHz.  More on this story from their website.

Democratic Voice of Burma Leaving SW

dvb-logoThe DVB announced on 23rd October that they would be moving their broadcasts to the internet. The anti-Burma/Myanmar regime station has been on air since 1992. More details on their website.

The BBG Must Be Where the Audience Is Listening

bbgThe Radio World is carrying this interesting comment piece from the chair of the Broadcasting Bureau of Governors, Matthew Armstrong. He explains how they have surmised the needs of shortwave in target markets and hints at further reductions or transitions to other media.