Radio Waves: Stories Making Waves in the World of Radio
Because I keep my ear to the waves, as well as receive many tips from others who do the same, I find myself privy to radio-related stories that might interest SWLing Post readers. To that end: Welcome to the SWLing Post’s Radio Waves, a collection of links to interesting stories making waves in the world of radio. Enjoy!
There was a global eruption on the sun today. It started with a powerful X1-class solar flare from sunspot AR2887.
The blast created a massive tsunami of plasma in the sun’s atmosphere, which rippled across the entire solar disk. A CME is probably heading for Earth, raising the possibility of a geomagnetic storm on Halloween. More information and updates @ Spaceweather.com.
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In this video Mike Ritz W7VO looks at the history of amateur radio call signs in the United States
Every legal amateur radio operator in the world has a unique callsign assigned to them by their government, and many of us are better known by our callsign than our given name. But what world event was it that caused these monikers to be? Why are they constructed the way they are?
Watch this video I put together as presented at the QSO Today Expo in March 2021, and discover for yourself the storied history of the ham radio callsign!
Watch The Storied History of the Ham Radio Callsign:
The RAJARs, the auditor of radio audiences in the UK, has announced the ups and downs of the industries for the first time since 2020 revealing how habits have changed greatly since.
British radio broadcasters reach broad audiences although younger people are less likely to regularly engage with radio in any form. That is despite DAB and other digital formats now accounting for well over 60% of total listenership.
Radio, in general, reaches 89% of the British population aged 15 and over, per the latest RAJAR figures. 62% of the population is exposed to BBC radio per week, listening to around nine hours of its stations over the course of a week. Crucially that breaks down to 72% of over 45s, while only 50% of under-55s listened to BBC radio.
BBC Radio 2 accounts for 26% of all listening per week, with BBC Radio 1 following at 15%.
Meanwhile, commercial radio reaches 66% of the population per week, for an average of 8.6 hours a week. By contrast, younger audiences typically listen to more commercial radio than audiences over 45 – 69% vs 64%.
Global accounts for the highest amount of listening across its various stations, with 23.5% market share. Listening hours across its radio network grew 5% year on year versus Q1 2020, and now stands at 236 million hours.
In terms of format, 34% of radio listenership takes place across AM and FM stations, versus 66% in digital. Of the digital total DAB accounts for 43%, with online and in-app making up 18% and DTV listenership accounting for 5%. Even in environments like in-car listening, digital audio is at the fore, with 53% of in-car listening happening via digital channels. [Continue reading…]
Officials are seeking to prevent radio broadcasting from going extinct, as listeners switch to digital streaming services and smart speakers
The future of FM radio is to be secured for the rest of the decade after a government review recommended that analogue services are protected until at least 2030.
Broadcasters will be required to keep AM and FM services on the airwaves under the proposals, which are aimed at ensuring elderly radio listeners and those in remote areas are not forced to switch to digital-only radios.
The UK had been due to begin winding down analogue radio licences from 2022, but last year Ofcom gave permission for broadcasters to continue operating for up to ten years. The Government is now expected to officially push back the digital switchover following the study by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Officals are seeking to prevent radio broadcasting from going extinct in Britain as listeners switch to digital streaming services and smart speakers.
Julia Lopez, the media minister, said: “We will not have a digital switchover until at least 2030 and will consider new rules to keep our thriving radio sector at the heart of the UK’s media landscape.”
While modern radios have increasingly switched to digital audio services, the report said FM radio should be protected until at least 2030. It added that just 3pc of listening is now done over AM radio, making a future switch-off increasingly likely.
The report added the new radios will be required to include digital settings by 2023. [Continue reading noting possible paywall…]
A RURAL business centre could be developed at the former BBC transmitter site at Rampisham – with a range of companies said to be interested.
Among those listed are a firm producing music for films, a vets’, stone sculpture, a joinery business, charcutier, steel fabricator and a ceramic producer.
Few changes are thought likely to be needed to the external appearance of the site although internal changes would be needed to create suitable spaces for small to medium-sized businesses interested in re-locating there. Historic features, including the carved BBC crest, would be retained.
A planning application to Dorset Council seeks approval for changes to a range of buildings on the site, some of them retrospective.
The site, in open countryside, four miles from Maiden Newton and eight from Dorchester, was last used for BBC transmissions in October 2011 by which time it was operated by Babcock International. [Continue reading…]
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