Low-powered shortwave broadcasts from Germany, and other shortwave stories.

Posted: 03 Feb 2010   Print   Send a link
"In Germany ... Hamburger Lokalradio (HLR) is one of currently two stations using a small-scale, low-power shortwave service. ... But why using shortwave, especially at a time when Germany’s own international radio, Deutsche Welle, is reducing its output on the analog HF bands? 'Well, for me, listening to programs on shortwave is like traveling without a visa,' said [HLR Editor-in-Chief Michael] Kittner. ... Avid amateur radio operator and HF engineer Burkhard Baumgartner ... entered a new stage as a non-commercial service provider for Radio 700, a broadcaster from the ... city of Euskirchen — a station that was fully licensed but lacking a proper FM frequency. The station applied for permission to use 6005 kHz in the 49-meter band, the frequency used until 2007 by RIAS Berlin and its successor Deutschlandradio." Thomas Völkner, Radio World, 29 January 2010.
     "A shortwave radio might appear to be old fashioned to some, but its use is still very important at critical times. The Inland Empire's Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) is a group of 90-100 amateur/shortwave radio operators that have grouped together to help provide assistance in cases of disasters such as forest fires or terrorist attacks like 9/11." Thomas Guy, Riverside (CA) Press-Enterprise, 28 January 2010.
     "When I was a teenager, I used to listen to all sorts of news broadcasts on Shortwave radio. I used to listen to the same news story told by five or six different propaganda outlets. From that experience I developed a very finely tuned ear to bias in news reporting. I find it the height of arrogance that any group would claim to be unbiased." Jake Brodsky, via True/Slant, 27 January 2010.
     "Artifacts from Army Col. John H. Rodman's service during World War II, which included time as a prisoner of war of the Japanese, are part of 'Kentucky Military Treasures: Selections from the Kentucky Historical Society Collections.' ... He was captured in 1942 during the fall of the Philippines, and he remained a prisoner of the Japanese until September 1945, [a Society] press release states. He was able to let his family know he was alive through letters and radio broadcasts. ... His Japanese captors also broadcast personal messages he wrote, the press release states. R.P. Reed, a short-wave radio operator, received the messages in Hopkins, Minn., in 1943. He produced vinyl albums of the broadcasts and mailed them to Rodman's family, the press release states. The recording can be heard in the gallery exhibition and online." Beth Wilberding, Owensboro (KY) Messenger-Inquirer, via Interconnection World, 31 January 2010. Look for the John H. Rodman exhibit at www.history.ky.gov/military, where the remarkable audio is available.