1960s radio design "gave a sense of the big, wide world of shortwave." And more shortwave in the news.

Posted: 09 Aug 2010   Print   Send a link
Gizmodo, 4 August 2010, Joel Johnson: In early-1960s West Germany, "[t]he time was ripe for an innovative radio, which simultaneously morphed into a paradigmatic work by the designer Dieter Rams. ... You already gain a sense of the big, wide world of shortwave opening up through eight shortwave radio bands in addition to long wave and medium wave. Drawing on considerable technical advancements, the device represents a climax of German engineering achievement, providing excellent reception of even the most remote station." The model is the T-1000 and, unmentioned in the article, it was manufactured by Telefunken. For some old radio dials that include shortwave, see www.indianaradio.com (spotted by Benn Kobb).

CNN, 4 August 2010, Arwa Damon: Nashat Majeed, a guitar instructor in Baghdad: 'I used to have a small radio and I would listen to Voice of America,' he said. 'There was a daily music show called "Top Ten Songs." I used to listen to guitar music and I loved it.'"

Mediaite, 4 August 2010, Jocelyn Rousey: Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" "was released in 1979, the same year as the Islamic Revolution, and it really spoke to people who realized all the things the ayatollahs had promised them were lies. After the Islamic Republic banned rock ‘n’ roll, Iranian kids used shortwave radios to transmit ‘Another Brick’ to one another. It just exploded, and became their anthem." -- Perhaps referring here to citizen's band radio transceivers, which became popular in some places outisde the United States.

Southgate Amateur Radio Club, 2 August 2010: "The South African Radio League's councillor for the IARU Monitoring System (IARUMS), Fred Scheepers, ZS1FCS, invites radio amateurs and shortwave listeners to join a campaign to remove non-amateur stations from the 40 metre amateur band. It requires many persons to monitor the band from 7000-7200 kHz for intruders and record their details such as the station ID, the frequency and time. Many intruder broadcast stations will broadcast their ID on the hour and half hour." -- The range 7000 to 7200 kHz is for the exclusive use of radio amateurs. Until March 2009, 7100-7200 was used by international broadcasters in the eastern hemisphere, and a few broadcasters remain in that segment.

Southgate Amateur Radio Club, 5 August 2010: UK regulator "Ofcom has said radio listeners can report interference caused by Power Line Adaptors (PLA/PLC) via the Ofcom website. ... It seems strange that Ofcom should make radio listeners fill in an inappropriate "Abuse on an Amateur Radio System" form when it's interference to their favourite radio station they are complaining about, not interference to Amateur Radio. Perhaps Ofcom will consider amending the heading on the form to make it clear that it covers radio listeners as well."

Telegraph-Journal (Saint John, NB), 31 July 2010, Jennifer Pritchett: Memories of shortwave expert Dave Clark. "At NATO's radio branch, Clark was a key contributor in developing a high-frequency [shortwave] radio standard called STANAG 5066, which allowed 26 NATO countries to communicate better with one another on the battlefield through the use of compatible radios. ... Davras Yavuz, Clark's supervisor at NATO, says Clark was an expert in high-frequency radio, a cheap form of communication that doesn't require the use of satellites. It allows people to exchange information via skywave communications through the ionosphere, a part of the earth's atmosphere from an altitude of about 50 to 400 kilometres."