Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Old Shortwave Broadcasters
Reading one of my favorite blogs in The Netherlands (PE4BAS) , brought back fond memories of the days when big International Short-Wave Stations were the delight of my generation. I liked his link (originally by PH5C) so well that I thought I would also share it with my readers.
This video is a long one, but is guaranteed to bring back a sense of nostalgia. It also makes me think about those old receivers with "great audio". Many times, I wish those days were still here, and I can say with quite a bit of certainty, the programming was much better then, than anything you will hear on the local radio and television shows of today.
I've fed the audio on this clip into a FM transmitter and re-broadcasted it throughout the house several times today. I can remember well my old Allied SWL Receiver as well as an older Knight Kit regenerative receiver I listened to as a kid. Those were good days for radio...very good days.
Quite honestly, living in the city now, I can't hear many the current stations due to electrical noise and I use an internet connected wi-fi radio when listening to world wide SWL stations. Many of the stations on this video are "off the air" now due to high operating costs and maintenance issues.
But there was something special about hearing a long distance station "over the air". It's just not the same. It's difficult to put into words, but there was a magic associated with broadcasting in those days.
That is now gone in the modern world. There are times when I wish the old days were back.
Congratulations again to PE4BAS for the post on his blog. I would not be surprised to see this video floating around the web for several more weeks. It's sure to be a hit with the "baby boomers".
Posted by Jspiker at 6:51 PM