Every year, the BBC broadcasts a special program to the scientists and support staff in the British Antarctic Survey Team. The BBC plays music requests and sends special messages to the small team of 40+ located at various Antarctic research stations. Each year, the thirty minute show is guaranteed to be quirky, nostalgic, and certainly a DX-worthy catch!
After successful listener events from years past, I’m once again calling on all SWLing Post readers and shortwave radio listeners to make a short recording (say, 30-60 seconds) of the BBC Antarctic Midwinter Broadcast today and share it here at the Post.
Important: Time and frequencies
There has been some confusion about the broadcast time.
Trusted DXers have reported the time as 21:30 UTC–this is the time when the broadcast has taken place in years past, no doubt coinciding with events at the BAS bases in Antarctica.
The BBC website has reported the broadcast time as 21:30 BST which would equate to 20:30 UTC.
I will listen at both times, but perhaps this is when the BBC are to broadcast the stream online? Likely a mistake on their part.
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Richard Langley, who confirms the three frequencies the BBC plan to use this year:
- 5790 kHz from Woofferton UK
- 7360 kHz from Woofferton UK
- 9580 kHz from Ascension Island
Recording the Midwinter Broadcast has become an SWLing Post community tradition! Read our previous post for more details. We will also publish a reminder on June 21, prior to the broadcast.
I’m especially fond of this broadcast as it always falls on my birthday and–this year–Father’s day as well!
If you would like to participate in our BBC Antarctic Midwinter Broadcast recording event, please read our original post which includes all relevant details.