Recordings of WTAB

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Fastradioburst23, who shares the following recording:

This is the studio version of the WTAB transmission that went out on 9395 kHz at 00:00 UTC Monday 15th February 2021 (repeated on the same frequency and time on Monday 22nd February).

Below is a great clip of the transmission caught on a Yaesu FTdx3000 with a 80 meter horizontal loop at 60 feet at Parksville, Vancouver Island, BC

Many thanks for sharing these recordings!

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7 thoughts on “Recordings of WTAB

  1. Mike in Knoxville

    I was going to try to catch them next week, but it seems we might be a century too late (per their flyer, above).

  2. Frederick Moe

    Listening to WTAB was like stepping into a Radio Time Machine. Best experienced via shortwave, but the studio audio is great to hear.

  3. Larry Thompson

    This was a fascinating broadcast. Where was itbeing transmitted from? I want to try to hear the Feb.22 transmission!

  4. Larry Thompson

    I love the Carillon! It reminds me of Radio Nederland, my favorite station on shortwave and all the carillons in Amsterdam!

    1. Brian W9IND

      I loved Radio Nederland! It was the station that first got me interested in shortwave listening — when I was about 14, my dad brought home a 4-band radio that he’d borrowed from a co-worker, and when I tuned around on the SW band, I heard the Radio Nederland signoff.

      I was fascinated by the announced location of the relay station — “the flamingo island Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles” — and I immediately ran to our set of encyclopedias to find out where exactly Bonaire was.

      I wound up listening to that station and many others over the next several years, eventually getting into amateur radio, which I continue to enjoy today.

      I was quite depressed to hear that not only had Radio Nederland stopped broadcasting, but its Bonaire relay station had been torn down in 2012. It was like losing a friend.

      1. Richard Langley

        While the Radio Nederland facility at the north end of the island is long gone as well as the TWR shortwave facility at the south end of the island, the powerful TWR AM transmitter on 800 kHz can be easily heard in the southern U.S. and further north at times.


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