X-Band Coax Loop

xloop1Bill Marsh Jnr. has recently completed his X-band coaxial loop antenna (tunes 550-1700kHz). The full article appears here.

Moeraki 2016 Convention

The settlement of Moeraki, New Zealand

The settlement of Moeraki, New Zealand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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).

A clump of highly spherical boulders

Moeraki Boulders (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New Articles Added

Sutton Burtenshaw has kindly contributed the profile of his lifetime’s DXing.

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

DX Slice Recipe

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!

Lord Haw-Haw and More

William Joyce lies in an ambulance under armed...

William Joyce lies in an ambulance under armed guard before being taken from British 2nd Army Headquarters to hospital. He had been shot in the thigh at the time of his arrest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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!

NASB Celebrates 25 Years

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 On Shortwave To Nepal

bbcqslThanks to the Soughtgate Amateur Radio News for posting this item spotted by BDXC’s Mike Barraclough:

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.

Radio Marti To Become Independent

martiThe 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 – A History of BBC Transmission

bbcqslA book titled On Air – A History of BBC Transmission is now available for
free download from the BBC Engineering website.

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
systems.

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.

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.