radio history

For those who enjoy studying history, especially early radio history, here’s a real treat.

‘The History of the development of radio from 600BC to the early broadcast days’ is the title of a wonderful, illustrated website put together by Greg Whiter, VK3CA.

In six parts, it chronicles the many discoveries and inventions that have led to the development of radio as we know it today.

All the ususal suspects are here – Samuel Morse, Michael Faraday, Heinrich Hertz, Nikola Tesla, Reginald Fessenden and of course Guglielmo Marconi – plus many other not so well-known names.

So, begin your history lesson by clicking here:
http://www.clarkmasts.net.au/developement%20of%20radio/history%20of%20radio%20-%20page%201.htm

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Trial Issues of DSWCI Publications

This message especially to our not-yet-members:

We have uploaded new trial issues of DSWCI publications. Amongst them are the latest DX Window (No. 387 of 14th October 2009) and the September/October issue of Shortwave News.

You can download them at
www.dswci.org/try

This page also gives an overview of the free material the DSWCI offers
on the Internet. Most material is for members only though, as members
fees are essential for the existence of a DX club.

Best 73
Rolf Wernli
webmaster at dswci.org
Danish SW Clubs International

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Radio Prague close down on shortwave ?

There was a posting on DXLD that Radio Prague might leave shortwave end of 2009.
It has just been announced that the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs is looking for Radio Prague to end all shortwave transmissions from the Czech Republic at the end of 2009. This would be an irreversible step. Radio Prague is the only customer at Litomysl and this would result in the closing and dismantling of that transmitter site.

Radio Prague needs to get listeners support at this time. Their address is:

Radio Prague
Vinohradská 12
120 99 Prague 2
Czech Republic

Tel: (+420) 221 552 933
Fax: (+420) 221 552 903
E-mail: cr(at)radio.cz

Listeners should also contact The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
Ministerstvo zahraničních věcí
Loretánské náměstí 5
118 00 Praha 1, the Czech Republic
tel: +420 224 181 111
e-mail: podatelna(at)mzv.cz

Listeners should contact the Czech Embassies and representatives in their own country.
A List of Czech Embassies can be found at http://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/diplomatic_missions/czech_missions_abroad/index.html

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Radio St Helena Day 2009

Radio St. Helena Day 2009 will be on Saturday 14th of November 2009.

The ‘Party On-The-Air’ will have the following schedule:
Time in UTC Target Area(s)
20:00 – 21:00 India / Southeast Asia
21:00 – 22:00 Japan / Asia
22:00 – 23:30 Europe
23:30 – 01:00 North America/Central America/Caribbean

The transmission will be on 11092.5 KHz in Upper Side Band, as usual.

Radio St. Helena is very pleased to announce that the newly designed RSD 2009 QSL cards will be sponsored by the highly respected Japan Short Wave Club. This good news has been reported by Mr. T. Ohtake of the JSWC. It can truly be said, that without the very generous help of the JSWC, there would not have been a Radio St. Helena Day Revival in 2006.

To get a QSL from Radio St. Helena, you must send a written and verifiable reception report by AIRMAIL and include sufficient return postage. Email-reports will be not be verified. Recordings will not be returned.

In EURO-countries, please send a 5-Euro banknote. Otherwise, please send 3 or more US dollar banknotes to cover the required return postage.

Radio St. Helena
P.O. Box 93
Jamestown, St. Helena
STHL 1ZZ
South Atlantic Ocean
via AIRMAIL
via United Kingdom & Ascension

The last two lines of the above address are very important and should be written as shown. Be sure to use sufficient postage on your letter to RSH.
Ask at your local post office for the correct AIRMAIL postage for your
letter to go all the way to St. Helena.

Emails and telephone calls from DXers everywhere are very welcome during the broadcasts. A special email address for RSD 2009 will, probably, be announced in October.
Gary Walters and his Team at RSH wish everyone excellent listening
conditions, hope that you enjoy the programming, and hope that the sunspots will be kinder to us this year.

Source: Media Network, Robert Kipp/Radio St. Helena via Southgate
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/october2009/radio_st_helena_day.htm# via DXLD

Museum of Radio and Technology

This museum in Huntington, West Virginia has an impressive collection of radio equipment, pictures of which are available on the web.

Video of Rotary Spark Gap transmitter demonstration
http://picasaweb.google.com/WVRadioMuseum/MuseumOfRadioAndTechnology#slideshow/5360804172369787346

Slide show of the Museum
http://picasaweb.google.com/WVRadioMuseum/MuseumOfRadioAndTechnology#slideshow/

Museum of Radio and Technology
http://oak.cats.ohiou.edu/~postr/MRT/

(Southgate
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/september2009/museum_of_radio_and_technology.htm )

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RMRC DX-Camp

Hello friends,

From September 28. until October 4. there will be the 44. DX-Camp
of the Rhein-Main-Radio-Club in Langenselbold near Frankfurt.
As usual during the first days we’ll stick our ears and antennas out to the airwaves for real hardcore DXing, supported by lots of coffie or not so much of red vine or free beer. On friday we offer a warm or cold buffet and on saturday a warm snack.

Fr. and Sat. evening will be some lessons from Manfred Rippich about visiting broadcasting station all over the world Robert Kipp about Radio St. Helena and the St. Helena-Day Nov.09 Harald Gabler shows pictures of the new QSL-Calendar 2010

And the next sensation: The brain new DSP-High-End Receiver RDR54C1 we have got from Fa. Reuter Elekronik for some tests.

All that is the normal procedure every year, one might say, but this year is special. For the first time everyone may watch everthing happening via the magic internet!

Tuesday – Saturday 18.00- 24.00 UTC
on www.rmrc.de
got to: RMRC Webcam
if you will be asked for password: rmrc

Livestream is without audio at webpage

Livestream with audio go for: Link
(only, if there is no test-picture)

Some of our members or other enthusiastic DXers would like to
take part, but can’t, because of various reasons like work, time,
illness or simply ’cause of a to far distance.

For the first time you and any DXer can click in to the DX-Camp and watch, what’s going on. There will be a chat, to talk to DXers present on the event. You may ask them all sorts of questions, like what the hear and where it’s coming from. You may even follow some lectures with your own eyes and ears, even if you’re hundreds of miles away from the meeting. Chats are held in german and englisch and perhaps a mixture of everything european including hands and feet, due to the use of video. And you will get a QSL-Card from this event.

This is following the ideas of Thomas Moeller and Harald Gabler and
realisation Lutz Winkler and they hope to find lots of interested DXers to either come to the meeting, or watch it via the internet.

klick www.rmrc.de to find more about us and our club RMRC.

best 73

Harald Gabler
RMRC CEO

Rhein-Main-Radio-Club, Germany

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Radio St Helena Day 2009

Radio St. Helena Day 2009 will be on Saturday, 14. November 2009.
The “Party On-The-Air” will have the following schedule.
Time in UT Target Area(s)
2000–2100 India / Southeast Asia
2100–2200 Japan / Asia
2200–2330 Europe
2330–0100 North America / Central America / Caribbean
The transmission will be on 11092.5 kHz in Upper Side Band, as usual.

Radio St. Helena is very pleased to announce that the newly designed RSD 2009 QSL cards will be sponsored by the highly respected Japan Short Wave Club. This good news has been reported by Mr. T. Ohtake of the JSWC. It can truly be said, that without the very generous help of the JSWC, there would not have been a RSD Revival in 2006.

To get a QSL from Radio St. Helena, you must send a written and
verifiable reception report by AIRMAIL and include sufficient return
postage. Email-reports will be not be verified. Recordings will not be
returned. In EURO-countries, please send a 5-Euro banknote. Otherwise, please send 3 or more US dollar banknotes to cover the required return postage.

Radio St. Helena
P. O. Box 93
Jamestown, St. Helena
STHL 1ZZ
South Atlantic Ocean
———— ——— ——–
via AIRMAIL
via United Kingdom & Ascension
———— ——— ——— ——— ———

The last two lines of the above address are very important and should be written as shown. Be sure to use sufficient postage on your letter to RSH. Ask at your local post office for the correct AIRMAIL postage for your letter to go all the way to St. Helena.

Emails and telephone calls from DXers everywhere are very welcome during the broadcasts. A special email address for RSD 2009 will, probably, be announced in October.

Gary Walters and his Team at RSH wish everyone excellent listening
conditions, hope that you enjoy the programming, and hope that the
sunspots will be kinder to us this year.

With best 73’s, (Robert Kipp, Aug 14, DX LISTENING DIGEST)

Source: HCDX Mailingliste

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Ramadan

RAMADAN is almost upon us as it precesses earlier and earlier by the Western calendar: approximately Aug 22 to Sept 20, and you know what that means for SW broadcasts from Islam-dominated countries.
(Glenn Hauser-OK-USA, dxld Aug 13)

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Special All India Radio 15-08-2009

All India Radio will broadcast running commentary of Flag Hoisting Ceremony to be held at Red Fort, New Delhi between 0135-0240 UTC on 15th August 2009 as per the details given below:

0135-0240 UTC Hindi
6030 (Kingsway), 6155 (Khampur), 9595 (Khampur), 11620 (Aligarh), 15135 (Kingsway)

0135-0240 UTC English
4860 (Kingsway), 11830 (Kingsway), 13620(Bangalore), 15050(Khampur)

The regional shortwave transmitters will start earlier than usual on the 7 / 6 MHz frequencies providing unusual reception.: The schedule is as follows:

BHOPAL
0025-0115 UTC 4810
0130-0448 UTC 7430

CHENNAI
0015-0115 UTC 4920
0130-0415 UTC 7380

HYDERABAD
0020-0115 UTC 4800
0130-0430 UTC 7420

IMPHAL
0030-0115 UTC 4775
0130-0400 UTC 7335

KOLKATA
0025-0115 UTC 4820
0130-0400 UTC 7210

PORT BLAIR
0000-0115 UTC 4760
0130-0400 UTC 7390

SHIMLA
0025-0400 UTC 6020

SRINAGAR
0025-0500 UTC 6110

THIRUVANTHAPURAM
0020-0115 UTC 5010
0130-0400 UTC 7290

Reception reports on the above broadcast should be sent to :
Spectrum Management & Synergy Division, All India Radio,New Delhi by email at: spectrum-manager8at)air.org.in

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