Monthly Archives: December 2011

Is the Tecsun R-2010 being re-designed?

Will the analog face be replaced with a digital display on the Tecsun R-2010?

Reliable sources have told us that Tecsun may be re-designing the R-2010 with a digital display. 

This is yet unconfirmed as there are no prototypes or designs available, however, this is very plausible. Not only could be a positive response to feedback from other DSP analog radios like the Degen DE321 (namely, that digital tuning is precise, but the analog display is vague–a quirky combo), but this may also explain why the R-2010 has not been released even though Tecsun has had it in the works for nearly a year.

We will post updates here as they become available.

 

A nostalgic Cold War shortwave audio montage

Kudos to Mike Barraclough for bringing this video/audio to my attention. According to Mike, this audio montage was featured in an edition of Communications World in October 2000. It’s an amazing mixture of Cold War era audio recorded entirely on the shortwave spectrum. Enjoy via embedded video below, or click here to view directly on YouTube.

(Source: Paul Dougherty)

Cold War Shortwave was created in 1989 using off-air recordings made while I was traveling in Europe circa 1985. This was a time when propaganda was harsh, before the Gorbachev inspired thaw. The collage was done with Soundwave from Impulse, my first experience with non-linear, random access editing.

Modify a Realistic DX-394 for DRM

Do you have a Realistic DX-394? If so, you can modify it to become a DRM (Digital Radio Mondial) receiver. Simply follow these very well documented instructions.

Thanks to Mike on the DRMNA email list for bringing this cool mod to my attention.

Christmas tunes via pirate radio

Last night–Christmas Eve–I recorded a few minutes of pirate radio station, Wolverine Radio on 6,925 kHz USB. Their signal was very strong here into the shack. Wolverine played a selection of several rockin’ Christmas songs.

Merry Christmas and enjoy!

If media player does not appear above, please click here to listen via Archive.org.

FYI: Receiver – Alinco DX-R8T, Recorder – Zoom H1 recorded in-line, Antenna  – 40 meter vertical delta loop.

 

Sherlock Holmes: The Night Before Christmas

Basil Rathbone (Sherlock Holmes) and Nigel Bruce (Dr. Watson)

Like many shortwave radio listeners, I’m all about nostalgia–perhaps that’s why I enjoy the holiday season so much.

This year, I would like to share with you a radio play featuring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce in The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Night Before Christmas.  If this doesn’t make you feel nostalgic, nothing will.

This radio play was originally aired in 1945–this particular copy was downloaded courtesy of OTR (Old Time Radio).

Click here to download and play your copy, courtesy of OTR.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!