WLW AM Transmitter Tour 1997

WLW, Cincinnati, Ohio, was the first United States commercial 50 KW station and the only standard broadcast station to ever broadcast at a power of 500KW from 1934 to 1939! It was also the first to make use of a directional antenna system for skywave radiation control. (WSUN and WFLA, St. Petersburg, FL. shared the first directional antenna system.)


WLW was one of the classic ‘clear channel’ AM Giants of the 20th Century, with 500kW of power through its famous mast. Paul Jellison managed to get a tour of the facility in 1997 and he shares it with us here in this nice quality video production. (via Don Stevens on Facebook)


“Video and narration by Jim Hawkins – WA2WHV
Chief Engineer: Paul Jellison
There were four operational 50 KW transmitters at this site at the time.
The remains of the 500KW transmitter are shown.
The site has been cleaned up and updated since 1997.

More detailed information can be seen on my radio website at:
www.j-hawkins.com/radio click on WLW.
Other sites are also featured.

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SHR International

This Sunday 28th March

08.00 – 20.00 UK Time or 07.00 – 19.00 UTC. I hope we got the clock right this time 🙂

Note: A double bill of Brendan & Tim this week.

08.00 – 12.00 Vintage SHR – Rebroadcasts from offshore and inland pirate radio plus various documentaries about all forms of radio from yesterday and today.
12.00 – 12.30 DX’ing with Cumbre – Marie Lamb brings DX News.
12.30 – 13.00 Glenn Hauser’s world of radio – DX radio news for enthusiasts.
13.00 – 14.00 The Happy Station Show with Keith Perron.
14.00 – 14.15 DX Partyline – DX information with Allen Graham.
14.15 – 14.30 Australian DX Report (ADXR) with Bob Padula.
14.30 – 15.00 Frequency Cast – UK TV & Tech from Carl & Pete.
15.00 – 20.00 Our Music with Brendan & Tim – Join Brendan Bradley and Timmy Wing for their own selection of music and fun.

Join us on-line at www.southhertsradio.com or live at

Major changes to the website this week and ongoing, we are having a bit of a spring clean.

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Video: largest collection of radio documents, amateur & broadcast

Jonathan Marks has uploaded a twenty minute video to Vimeo:

“I wanted to share part one of a short documentary I am making about the radio documentation centre in Vienna. When I was there in September last year, my colleague broadcaster and friend Wolf Harranth OE1WHC showed me around the world’s largest collection of radio related documents, both from the broadcast and amateur radio world. In fact the millions of QSL cards, magazines, books and unique government records tell the story of communication across international borders. They survive on help from volunteers and I hope that this video will help to explain why they are so passionate about preserving the golden age of international radio.”


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RHC Habana 5040 Khz

Just found the following announcement on the Radio Havana website at http://www.radiohc.cu/ingles/a_noticiasdecuba/10/marzo/19/cuba6.htm

“Radio Havana Cuba to Broadcast on Tropical Band

Havana, March 19 (RHC)– Beginning Monday, March 22nd, Radio Havana Cuba will broadcast on the Tropical Band of shortwave frequencies. The international radio station’s programming in Spanish, English, French, Creole and Esperanto will be heard throughout Cuba, as well as in the southern part of the United States, Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and the northern part of South America.

Listeners will be able to tune in to Radio Havana Cuba between the hours of 23:00 UTC and 11:00 UTC the following day on 5040 Khz. ”

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World DX Club E-membership

The World DX Club is pleased to announce that we can now offer E-Membership of the World DX Club at a considerably reduced rate compared to standard postal rates.

E-Membership will entitle you to receive Contact Magazine by a downloadable pdf file. Each month you will be sent a password to enable you to downloadthat month’s issue from the World DX Club webpages. Note that E- Members will not receive postal copies of the magazine.

For details of E-Membership rates, and on how you can join the World DX Club, just go to http://www.worlddxclub.org.uk.

You can also download a free sample copy of a recent issue of Contactmagazine on that page.

The World DX Club was founded in 1968, and the first edition of Contactpublished by the club was mailed soon afterwards. Today, the club continues to publish Contact Magazine every month, consisting of up to 56 pages containing station logs, news, information and comment about radio and radio broadcasts – primarily, but not exclusively, international shortwave radio.

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