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Radio Emma Toc World Service: March 2021 Schedule Summary

RADIO EMMA TOC WORLD SERVICE – SCHEDULE SUMMARY – MARCH. 2021  www.emmatoc.com

Programme Contents –  A look at the value of radio, Scandinavian Weekend Radio, Radio Sweden’s ‘The Saturday Show’, & lots of hellos to listeners, – followed by a 30 minute trial vintage music programme ‘The Wireless Years’.

Ways to listen…   Radio Emma Toc World Service – programme no. 11 – March 2021

You can listen online – www.emmatoc.com  – visit the ‘World Service’ page.

You can listen to our shortwave or MW or FM broadcasts via our relay partners as follows:

Happy listening! If you are outside the transmitter coverage areas, why not listen via the broadcasters’ online services. Website details for the above stations are listed on our own website www.emmatoc.org/worldserviceindex

If you don’t have access to receivers & aerials you can try using an online SDR receiver – ve3sun.com/KiwiSDR – experience the enjoyment of tuning around shortwave from worldwide locations online.

We are happy to issue eQSLs for reception reports sent to – emmatoc1922@gmail.com – & will gladly include for online reports. If using an online SDR, please give us the SDR location.

If any stations wish to relay our programme a download link is available on our website. Please advise us of times & dates so we can publicise in our schedule.

Thank you!

Jim Salmon  –  Radio Emma Toc

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WRTH 2021: A look inside the 75th Anniversary Edition!

Last week, I received a long-awaited Christmas gift: the 2021 World Radio TV Handbook. Normally, I’d receive this annual guide in the December time frame, but because of delays in international postal services due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I took delivery a few weeks late.  

I always look forward to receiving this excellent staple radio reference guide–and this is their 75th edition! As I say each year, the WRTH has never disappointed, so my expectations are always quite high.

Once again, the WRTH lived up to my expectations.

WRTH’s team of noted DXers from around the world curate frequencies and broadcaster information by region; while I’m not sure how they orchestrate all of this, the end result is truly a symphony of radio information. In addition to broadcaster listings, WRTH’s radio reviews, feature articles, and annual HF report make for excellent reading.

But the WRTH isn’t just a frequency guide: the publication always devotes the first sixty or so pages to articles relating to various aspects of the radio hobby. Following, I offer a quick overview of these.

The first article always features a WRTH contributor:  this year, they feature Stig Hartvig Nielson. His path to becoming a WRTH contributor began in his childhood when he said he was “tall enough to reach the radio tuning knob and tune away from dull Radio Denmark.”  His love of radio lead him down the path of becoming a broadcaster. Many of us know him via his station, Radio208.

WRTH Reviews

The second set of articles is always my favorite: WRTH receiver reviews.

This year, WRTH begins with an in-depth review of the AOR AR5700D wideband communications receiver–a radio I’d likely never touch in real-life, so it’s wonderful to take such a deep dive.  Next up is a review of the Bonito NTi MegaDipol MD300DX antenna which gets high marks for high gain, low noise, and good dynamic range. The following in-depth review is of the benchmark Icom IC-7610 general coverage transceiver. This was the first time I’ve read a review of this SDR transceiver with radio listeners in mind. WRTH then review the Bonito NTi CCMC30 common mode noise filter–a tool that can help radio enthusiasts mitigate RFI.

A review of the SDRplay RSPdx follows and the review speaks to the performance improvements included with the new HDR mode. The next review is actually one I authored of the Tecsun PL-990 portable radio–it’s always an honor to be in the pages of the WRTH!

The final review is of the Valent F(x) KiwiSDR; a little web-connected SDR receiver that has certainly transformed the nature and accessibility of remote listening.

WRTH Features

The first feature article, written by none other than Dave Porter, focuses on the development of HF broadcast transmitters. This article adds to the one he authored last year which focused on broadcast antennas. Dave is amazing because he has such an extensive history in the world of HF broadcasting and his experience and expertise are obvious in all of his writing. This is a must-read for those who want to know more about the “business side” of an international broadcast signal!

Manfred Rippich’s feature, Radio in Bhutan, explores the story of broadcasting in one of the most mountainous countries in the world where communities–including the capitol–are not easily accessible. Radio broadcasting plays an important role in this amazing country.

The following feature, Coastwatchers & the AWA Teleradio 3BZ written by Dr Martin Hadlow, takes a look at the importance of portable radios in the Pacific War. An absolutely fascinating piece for those of us who love radio history.

The final feature was written by Alan Pennington and explores the dynamic Scandinavian Weekend Radio.  It’s hard to believe SWR has celebrated 20 years on the air as of 2020. Pennington’s article explores the grassroots energy of this unique broadcaster!

The final article–a tradition–is the WRTH  HF propagation report/forecast by Ulf-Peter Hoppe. Always an informative read especially as we continue to work our way out of a long-term solar slump.

The 75th is another fantastic edition of the World Radio TV Handbook. As I say every year, I’ve never been disappointed with WRTH. Their publishing standards are such that the quality of their reviews, their writing, and (most importantly) their broadcast listings are simply unparalleled.

For DXers who collect QSL cards, you’ll find that broadcaster contact information in WRTH is often more up-to-date than a broadcaster’s own website. When readers contact me asking for QSL information from an obscure broadcaster, the first place I search is the current WRTH. Remember: their information is based on volunteer contributors who specialize in specific regions of the world–the most knowledgeable regional DXers keep this publication accurate.

Purchase your copy of WRTH 2020 directly from WRTH’s publishers, or from a distributor like Universal Radio (US) , Amazon.com (US),  or the Book Depository (international).

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KMRT: “Your one stop shortwave shopping experience”

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Fastradioburst23, who shares the following announcement (originally posted on Reddit):

Please join us for the grand opening of KMRT, your one stop shortwave shopping experience! If frequency hopping has got you down, then park your dial in the aisles of 9395 kHz at 00:00 UTC Monday 1st February 2021. On KMRT we dare to sell you the muzak you’re already listening to, but just don’t know it yet, because these subliminal tunes have been beaming to you from our corporate headquarters for years! We also have the specially priced radio culture you’ll need to survive in the years to come.

A cavalcade of special guest hosts, including the Store Manager, alongside KMRT regulars breathlessly parade the goods you need and instant-compose new modern music classics as the show progresses from the meat market to the candy aisle, on down to the home goods section. And if you bring your kiddies along, we have a FREE toy they can download over the airwaves, if you get our special proprietary KMRT radio.

As the folks who installed our audio system told us, “Something as simple as a mallsofted music selection, and a bit of retro in-style vaporwave, along with choice library cuts, muzak and ‘happy buyer’ spatial oddities within a store can completely change a listeners radio shopping experience.”

We have ensured your that the sound levels will all be uniform and consistent, because a soundtrack not only creates a mood and experience within a store, but also creates a culture around the KMRT sound.

Love it! Thanks for sharing and we look forward to tuning in!

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Radio Northern Europe International’s Christmas Special Schedule

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Roseanna, with Radio Northern Europe International who shares the following announcement:


Hei all,

After lots of work and careful song selection we have completed our Christmas special show for 2020 and we hope you get to hear it and love it!

Musical Features:

  • Some Norwegian cheese to open the show
  • Some really nice Christmas songs from artists like Eivør, Zophia, Saara Aalto
  • A wonderful song by My & Mats featuring loads of lovely stereo seperation (in Comb Stereo on Shortwave – Give yourself a bigger treat and set up shortwave stereo!)

Data Features:

  • PSK500R playlist with shortened comments in the final song of the show
  • HamDRM (Easypal or WinDRM decoder) 7Zip file with a HTML animation along with the full playlist tirelessly coded by Daz!
  • Comb Stereo – This is something you’ll really want to be using on this show for sure!!

Being a special the broadcast times are abnormal so here is a table to know when to hear it!

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Norddeutscher Rundfunk Christmas Eve Broadcast 2020

Photo by Jens Rademacher on Unsplash

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Harald Kuhl (DL1AX), who shares the following announcement from the NDR regarding the annual Gruss an Bord Christmas Eve broadcast. Harald notes:

Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) published frequencies for this year’s shortwave transmission on 24 December:

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1900 UTC till 2100 UTC:

Frequency target area

6080 kHz Atlantic – North

11650 kHz Atlantic – South

9800 kHz Atlantic / Indian Ocean (South Africa)

9740 kHz Indian Ocean – West

9570 kHz Indian Ocean – East

6030 kHz Europe

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2100 UTC till 23 UTC:

Frequency target area

6145 kHz Atlantic – North

9830 kHz Atlantic – South

9590 kHz Atlantic / Indian Ocean (South Africa)

9740 kHz Indian Ocean – West

9675 kHz Indian Ocean – East

6155 kHz Europe

Regards

Harald DL1AX

More broadcast details can be found here.

Thank you so much for the tip, Harald!

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Alan Roe’s Guide to 2020 Holiday Broadcasts on Shortwave

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Alan Roe, who writes:

I have been collating a list of programming on shortwave over the forthcoming holiday period. The programmes listed are predominantly, but not necessarily, seasonal. Here is the first edition of this compilation, which will be updated and redistributed if and when more information becomes available.

Regular weekly music programming, where no special advance programme information has been provided, are not included in this list, but please refer to my Music on Shortwave list also uploaded to the files section.

I hope that you find it useful.

Additions and corrections are most welcome to alan-roe-swl@randa33.co.uk

Best wishes for Christmas and a Happy New Year
Alan Roe, Teddington, UK

Click here to download (PDF). [V4 Update]

This is brilliant, Alan! Thank you so much for curating this guide and sharing it!

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