Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Lennart Weirell, who shares the following
I read the posting about Radio FAX, and I heard the station 1988-10-23, but on MW 1611 kHz a frequency they also used.
[Please see above and below] a copy of the QSL-card and stencil from Radio FAX.
Back of QSL Card
Thanks so much for sharing your report with us, Lennart!
Click here to read our previous post about Radio FAX.
Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Christopher Brennen, who writes:
I hope you’re keeping well. I stumbled across this site and thought you might be interested:
I am a little too young to know anything about this; not only was I five / six when they first started but I also had no idea about shortwave radio at the time! 🙂
Do any of your readers know anything more about it (it is fairly detailed on this site, but perhaps someone reading was involved in some way?)
It seems to be a shortwave combination of the IBA Engineering Broadcasts for the trade that were shown on TV and something akin to the current InRadio (inrad.io).
Click here to view on YouTube.
Incidentally, the little IBA jingle at the start of that clip was also used – in a higher key – by Granada Television in the North West of England for some of their idents:
Click here to view on YouTube.
Granada was my ‘home’ ITV region so I’m very familiar with that jingle.
Thanks again for the SWLing Post!
Many thanks, Christopher!
I’m willing to bet SWLing Post readers can comment with more details about the Radio Fax service.
1938: The Gernsback Radio Newspaper (Photo: Smithsonian Magazine)
(Source: Smithsonian Magazine)
The introduction of broadcast radio caused some in the newspaper industry to fear that newspapers would soon become a thing of the past. After all, who would read the news when you could just turn on the radio for real-time updates?
Newspapers had even more to fear in 1938 when radio thought it might compete with them in the deadtree business as well.
The May, 1938 issue of Hugo Gernsback‘s Short Wave and Television magazine included an article titled “Radio to Print News Right In Your Home.” The article described a method of delivering newspapers that was being tested and (provided it didn’t interfere with regular radio broadcasts) would soon be used as a futuristic news-delivery method.
[…]This invention of a wireless fax, as it were, was credited to W.G. H. Finch and used radio spectrum that was otherwise unused during the late-night hours when most Americans were sleeping. The FCC granted a special license for these transmissions to occur between midnight and 6am, though it would seem that a noisy printing device in your house cranking away in the middle of the night might have been the fatal flaw in their system. It wasn’t exactly a fast delivery either, as the article notes that it takes “a few hours” for the machine to produce your wireless fax newspaper.
The full article, is a must-read.
Fascinating to realize that even in the infancy of wireless, newspapers already felt threatened by new technology. Goes to show that the more things change, the more they stay the same.