Monthly Archives: September 2013

Video of WLW’s 500,000 Watt AM Transmitter

Cincinnati's 700 WLW

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Following on from an earlier post, Bill Smith in Iowa forwarded this link to a video of WLW’s very powerful transmitter.

WLW radio tower

WLW radio tower (Photo credit: Pez King)

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History of VOA Delano


Thanks to Mark Nicholls for posting this link to Radioworld’s 2008 article on the demise of the last of VOA’s wartime transmitting stations.

VOA Delano, California on the West Coast of the USA provided a formidable signal into the Pacific.



Treasure-trove of DX Magazines and Books


Thanks to Mark Nicholls posting on the following on the DX Dialog reflector:

This link was published in the December 2008 DX Times and it is still a great website of American Broadcasting History with heaps of downloadable stuff.

 Old American radio books and magazines can be accessed on the Internet in full PDF form at There are about 100 Whites and Stevensons’ Logs, Radex issues from 1926 onwards, and Broadcasting Yearbooks from the 1940s and 1950’s.
Originally received via James Niven USA via Ray Crawford and reprinted in Dec DXT 2008


“Yia Sou” Voice of Greece


Yet another international broadcaster joins the pantheon of former shortwave broadcasters.

Thanks to Zaharias Liangas for reporting on the Hard-Core-DX reflector:

Greek shortwave to be dismantled after order by Ministry of Finance. Submitted by on Tue, 17/09/2013 – 16:09

The degradation of Greek Radio is going on, having shortwave radio “Voice of Greece” as a victim. This includes 39 shortwave antenna masts hosted in Avlis, which the government plans to sell as scrap metal. The shortwave service started 75 years ago and it is still transmitting in 5 frequencies that cover the globe with shows in Greek for expatriates and foreign language news. The facilities are currently controlled by redundant ERT employes and broadcast the guerilla service of the Greek National Radio ERA. Eighteen months ago, shortwave facilities in Thessaloniki were dismantled.

Ever Wondered What Radio Kiribati Sounds Like?


Radio Kiribati QSL card

Then click on this link on Paul Walker’s On Air DJ website.

In a posting to the MW DX user-group, Paul comments:

‘For your listening pleasure, another aircheck/recording of Radio Kiribati AM 1440. Operating with 10,000 Watts from about 1000 miles south of Hawaii.

I got another aircheck on CD via regular mail today and thought I’d share it with others.
Here’s the link to the 50 minute recording: Kiribati only does one hour of english programming each night at 6pm.

A few notes of interest from my point of view…..To a person like me who isn’t up on languages, it sounds as if the Kiribati language has some hints of some Asian language like Japanese/Chinese almost.

A Quest to Save AM Before It’s Lost in the Static

Hallicrafters SX-28 tuning dial, circa 1945

Hallicrafters SX-28 tuning dial, circa 1945 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Could it be that the AM band survives FM, Pandora, DAB, satellite and the internet threat, only to fall victim to interference from smart phones and  digital devices?

In addition to the tablets, smart phones etc, more and more household appliances are utilising inverters for voltage regulation and speed control in an effort to improve efficiency and earn more energy stars.

In commerce and industry, inverters and variable speed drives are widely used for motor control, to reduce starting currents and offer other control benefits.

AWR Guam to get Upgrade

AWR’s Agat, Guam is getting an upgrade. Right now, construction of a 229-foot, 5th antenna tower is underway with work scheduled for completion in June 2014.

More on this story at AWR’s website.