Radio Waves: Stories Making Waves in the World of Radio
Welcome to the SWLing Post’s Radio Waves, a collection of links to interesting stories making waves in the world of radio. Enjoy!
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor Dennis Dura for the following tips:
The potential sale of one of the country’s only major manufacturers of high-power FM broadcast antennas is causing concern among public radio engineers who have long depended on the company for challenging projects such as directional antennas and multistation combiner systems.
Antennas and combiners made by Shively Labs carry the signals of many major stations, from Boston’s WBUR to Dallas’ KERA/KXT to Seattle’s KUOW. Shively’s headquarters in Maine boasts one of the few test ranges needed to fully prepare complex directional antenna systems for real-world performance.
Founded in 1963 by former RCA engineer Ed Shively, the company has been owned since 1980 by Howell Laboratories, an engineering firm that now has a wide range of product lines. Those include water purification systems, dehydrators and an increasing amount of contract work for the U.S. Navy.
While its military and commercial marine business has grown, broadcast antennas have become a smaller piece of the company’s portfolio, said Shively VP Angela Gillespie. [Continue reading…]
How to become a Shortwave listener (SWL) with Fedora Linux and Software Defined Radio (Fedora Magazine)
Catching signals from others is how we have started communicating as human beings. It all started, of course, with our vocal cords. Then we moved to smoke signals for long-distance communication. At some point, we discovered radio waves and are still using them for contact. This article will describe how you can tune in using Fedora Linux and an SDR dongle.
I got interested in radio communication as a hobby when I was a kid, while my local club, LZ2KRS, was still a thing. I was so excited to be able to listen and communicate with people worldwide. It opened a whole new world for me. I was living in a communist country back then and this was a way to escape just for a bit. It also taught me about ethics and technology.
Year after year my hobby grew and now, in the Internet era with all the cool devices you can use, it’s getting even more exciting. So I want to show you how to do it with Fedora Linux and a hardware dongle. [Continue reading…]
There’s something missing from the newest F-150 Lightning truck
These days, the auto industry is as disrupted as broadcast radio. Like the radio companies – a group of independent operators, each moving down a different pathway – automakers are highly individual companies.
And in much the same way radio broadcasters have been rocked by digital players – streamers, podcasters, satellite radio – the auto companies have watched an outsider by the name of Elon Musk transform the way cars (and soon trucks) are designed, built, and sold.
[…]Ford CEO Jim Farley got the memo. And his company has jumped on the EV bandwagon in a big way.
[…]The company has led the way in trucks for decades with the F-150, the most successful in its class. But manufacturing the electric version of this truck represents a major risk for the company – and perhaps a turning point of the internal combustion engine. The new 2023 model of the F-150 is slick, with some hot new features – including a new backup camera when the tailgate is down, software updates, and other tech innovations.
But there’s something missing from the newest F-150 Lightning truck: AM radio. [Continue reading…]
Radio has reinvented itself before to “go where the listeners are.” It could do so again
Broadcast radio is facing some significant challenges — and one of them involves young people.
That’s according to a recent report to the government of the United Kingdom. Though specific to the U.K. marketplace, the “Digital Radio and Audio Review” explores issues that are relevant to broadcasters everywhere.
The report was a joint government/industry project commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, prompted by the question of whether analog radio services should be sunset.
The report has many positive things to say overall. It describes radio as “a great British success story” and said the medium has evolved to embrace digital opportunities to maintain universal appeal. It describes a “thriving” radio market and said new online formats from broadcasters and new entrants have grown rapidly, bringing “increased choice and new habits to the U.K.’s audio sector.”
[…]But the report’s discussion about trends among young listeners is eye-catching.
[…]The report notes an ongoing decline in young listeners as online music options proliferate.
“In the 10 years from 2010 to 2020, the weekly reach of live radio among 15–24s declined by 8% (or 7.1 percentage points) from 88.7% to 81.6%,” the review stated. [Continue reading the full story…]
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