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Announcing The: Moeraki 2016 Convention
Pencil in the 18th, 19th and 20th of March 2016 for a convention at the picturesque sea-side village of Moeraki, North Otago. Moeraki is 25 minutes South of Oamaru, 45 minutes North of Dunedin and boasts a tavern and the world renowned restaurant, “Fleur’s Place” right on the harbour. There is a service station, cafe, motel, motor camp, tavern and supermarket at nearby Hampden (5 minutes North).
Sutton Burtenshaw has kindly contributed the profile of his lifetime’s DXing.
- What Is This Thing Called DX?on 21st June’15
Bill Marsh has written an article on the famous Patterson PR-16 receiver as used by DXers in the golden era of broadcasting and DX
- The Patterson PR-16 Receiveron 21st June’15
Extract from Southland DX Digest August 1956
RECIPE FOR DX SLICE or Good slice of DX
INGREDIENTS: 6 or 7 valves, 1 9” speaker, 1 well Calibrated dial, 1 log book and pencil and 1 pinch of slight Static (to suit your taste!)
METHOD OF MIXING: Stir the whole lot together making sure that the static is well at the bottom, & shake vigorously. (This will ensure that everything is working properly.)
COOKING: Place the mixture in a hot place around 1400 and allow it to simmer slowly. During this part of the procedure it would be as well to listen intently in case some of the small U.S. raisins come to the top!
The BBC has released archive footage from World War II featuring the infamous Lord Haw-Haw (William Joyce) and more. Check the links on the right hand side of this page. Thanks to Paul Rawdon via DX Dialog for finding this gem!
Thanks to Radiomagonline for advising the National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters have celebrated 25 years. The AGM was held in Radio Free Asia’s Washington premises, more here.
BBC WS uses Shortwave for Nepal broadcasts
The BBC World Service has announced an expansion of its shortwave radio transmissions to earthquake hit Nepal
In response to the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal, the BBC World Service is now broadcasting additional programming on shortwave in both Nepalese and in English.
BBC Media Action – the BBC’s international development charity – is working with the Nepali Service on BBC World Service (radio and online) and local partner radio stations to broadcast ‘Lifeline’ programming.
The White House has proposed turning Radio Marti, the U.S. government-controlled broadcaster created in part to undermine communist rule in Cuba, into a separate entity. This, as Washington seeks as new direction in its dealings with Havana.
Under the plan, the Miami based broadcaster, which is part of the Broadcasting
Board of Governors would become a separate entity along with unspecified parts
of Voice of America’s Spanish-language service. In essence, Radio Marti would
cease to be part of the U.S. government and would turn into a “grantee”
receiving federal funding. The proposal does not specify how it would be
structured beyond that it would a private, nonprofit organization.
On Air celebrates a lifetime of achievement in the world of broadcast
transmission engineering and includes many anecdotes from the lives of people
involved. The idea for On Air came about back in 1997 when BBC Transmission
was privatized. Prior to that happening BBC Transmission delivered programs
to listeners and viewers for 75 years using a vast network of engineering
Many thanks to Paul Rawdon who passed on this link to the Porirua City Council’s history of 2YA.
When 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.
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.
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.
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.
For 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.
Australian DXer Rob Wagner found this interesting story of Radio Sweden’s transmitter site and contributed it on his blog.
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!
Gayle Van Horn’s winter 2014-15 edition of the guide is now available as an e-book on Amazon.
Whilst 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.