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“The Forgotten Firsts–Remembering Radio Netherlands”

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Richard Langley, who shares this excellent article by our friend Jonathan Marks in Medium:

Jonathan Marks, Director of Programmes, Radio Netherlands, Hilversum, June 1995 (Source: Medium.com)

Every country claims to have invented radio. In the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum they have so far focused on the radio pioneer Hanso Idzerda. He set up a business to make and sell his radios. And he realised that no-one would buy his radios if there was nothing to listen to. I think the evidence shows that he was one of the first, if not the first person to make regular broadcasts following a pre-announced schedule. But I would like to suggest he started off a chain of Dutch “firsts”, many of which are now in danger of being forgotten.

First, Idzerda started international broadcasting. From a rooftop antenna in the Hague, his low power mediumwave signal could be heard in the Southern part of the UK. And he capitalised on that by broadcasting an hour of concert music between 4 and 5 on a Sunday afternoon, responding to listeners correspondence. And he managed to get the programme paid for by the Daily Mail newspaper in London. So, the first international broadcasts were commercial. They were also the world’s first broadcasts using what today we would call narrow band frequency modulation. It wasn’t until 1933 that American engineer Edwin Armstrong, discovered this technique was capable of transmitting much better audio fidelity if you used much higher frequencies and more sensitive receivers.

In 1920’s, no-one understood radio propagation

But in 1919 no-one really understood how radio waves worked and the influence the sun has on the way they propagate. I’m guessing that Idzerda would have had most of his UK listeners in mid-winter when it was starting to get dark.

By 1925, various things were happening in parallel. Physicists like Edward Appelton were showing that there was a layer in the earth’s atmosphere which they later called the ionosphere. It acted like a mirror to radio waves. And the path of the signal followed was dependent on frequency.

So while Radio Kootwijk was using a high-power long-wave transmitter to try and send Morse code messages to the Dutch colony of the East Indies, now Indonesia, engineers at Philips in Eindhoven realised that shorter wavelengths were best suited to long distance communication using much less power than the 400kW being used in Kootwijk. They ran experiments in 1925 which were received in Malabar Indonesia. A certain Dr de Groot is listed is some accounts as a radio enthusiast. It’s just that he happened to be the head of the Dutch telegraph station in Sitoebondo, East Java and had been busy since 1916 trying to establish a reliable, direct connection between The Netherlands and its colonies. The Dutch were making use of long-distance phone cables owned by the British who were listening in to all the communications.[…]

Click here to continue reading the full article in Medium.

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SRAA Recording: The Happy Station Show circa 1979

Crosley-Dial-BlackAndWhiteMany thanks to Shortwave Radio Audio Archive contributor, Richard Collings, who recently submitted this amazing off-air recording of the Happy Station Show. Richard notes:

The Happy Station Show of Sunday 23rd December 1979. A pre-recorded special Christmas show with Tom Meijer. Broadcast from 0930 to 1020GMT [on 9895 kHz and received in Plymouth, Devon, UK].

Click here to download the recording as an MP3, or simply listen via the embedded player below:

Note that this is one of many archived off-air recordings found on the Shortwave Radio Audio Archive.

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PCJ’s North American schedule posted

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Many thanks to Keith Perron who shares PCJ’s new North American broadcast schedule via Global 24 on 9,395 kHz:

Program Schedule – North America

Saturday
0000UTC – Media Network Plus
0700UTC – Switzerland In Sound
0730UTC – Focus Asia Pacific
1030UTC – Switzerland In Sound
1300UTC – The Happy Station Show
1730UTC – Focus Asia Pacific
2200UTC – The Stuph File Program
2300UTC – Song of India

Sunday
1000UTC – Media Network Plus
1430UTC – Switzerland In Sound
2200UTC – The Kelly Alexander Show
2300UTC – The Happy Station Show

Monday
0400UTC – The Stuph File Program
0700UTC – Focus Asia Pacific
2100UTC – Focus Asia Pacific
2230UTC – Switzerland In Sound

Tuesday
0500UTC – Jazz For The Asking
0700UTC – Focus Asia Pacific

Wednesday
0030UTC – Switzerland In Sound
0700UTC – Focus Asia Pacific
1300UTC – Jazz For The Asking
2100UTC – The Stuph File Program

Thursday
0400UTC – The Kelly Alexander Show
1100UTC – The Happy Station Show

Friday
1100UTC – The Kelly Alexander Show
2100UTC – Jazz For The Asking
2200UTC – The Happy Station Show

(All times UTC)
Frequency: 9395khz
Reception reports and letters: pcjqsl@pcjmedia.com

Below is when 9395khz propagates best to each of the areas.

North America – 24 Hours a Day Europe
Europe – 1900UTC to 0800UTC
Middle East – 1800UTC to 0500UTC
South America – 2100UTC to 1000UTC
Africa – 2100UTC to 0500UTC
Pacific – 0700UTC to 1100UTC
East Asia – 2100UTC to 0200UTC
Southeast Asia – 1200UTC to 1600UTC

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1976 recording of RNW added to the Shotwave Radio Audio Archive

IMG_0135Greg Shoom, a new contributor to the Shortwave Radio Audio Archive, has just submitted a 1976-1977 off air recording which includes:

  • The Happy Station Show hosted by Tom Meijer (Christmas 1976 edition),
  • an unidentified program called “Why Join a DX Club
  • and several longwave radio beacons.

Click here to listen to this recording on the Shortwave Radio Audio Archive.

Remember, you can subscribe and download the Shortwave Radio Audio Archive collection (free!) as a podcast via iTunes or the SWAA RSS feed.

Many thanks to Greg Shoom for sharing this excellent recording!

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Win a shortwave portable via The Happy Station Show

ccradio-swpSWLing Post reader, Tom, writes:

The Happy Station Show from Tawain just started testing its show on 11880 for a time via WRMI facilities in Okeechobee FL, ex-WYFR

Broadcast schedule can be found here:  http://www.pcjmedia.com/

Also looks like they plan on giving away a shortwave radio [CCRadio SW Pocket] this week from their twitter account post at https://twitter.com/PCJMedia/status/418955953807962113/photo/1

Many thanks, Tom!

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