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 Post subject: Re: what happened to the Shortwave Band (5.0mc - 18.0mc)?
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 Post subject: Re: what happened to the Shortwave Band (5.0mc - 18.0mc)?
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LOL! Yes, thats very true! Good ole I-70 :D

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it was nice meeting you that day. i dig the panel truck !

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 Post subject: Re: what happened to the Shortwave Band (5.0mc - 18.0mc)?
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Oh, don't forget those interval signals such as the piano jingles from Radio Canada and Deutsche Welle. :D

It puzzled me why they would play those things over and over... Now I know it was so you could locate them on an inaccurate analog tuned radio.

Ahh, the memories.

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I think those tones were called "step tones". They were broadcast by USSR on the same freq as Voice Of America as well as Radio Free Europe etc. Their primary purpose was to drown out and interfere I believe.


Heres a handy site if you want to relive those interval signals that hypnotized you years ago: http://www.intervalsignals.net/index.htm

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 Post subject: Re: what happened to the Shortwave Band (5.0mc - 18.0mc)?
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Lol wlis was a pirate station on sw years ago that played interval signals from various and sundry hfbc stas. Ian McFarland was their mascot or something. If you were into sw back then you'd get it but my choice for mascot would have been Larry Magne. Or Arnie Corro.

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 Post subject: Re: what happened to the Shortwave Band (5.0mc - 18.0mc)?
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my faves were Radio Prague, Radio Sofia, Radio Moscow, and Radio Peking. i also liked the BBC's relay stations' B-B-C chimes before switching on the main feed from London.

the real gems were the regional stations from Africa when they signed on anywhere between 0200 and 0500 gmt. i think Radio Botswana had chickens crowing, MBC Malawi was drums, and Radio Masagascar had something that sounded like a xylophone and a harp.

Deutche Welle's and Radio Nederland's interval signals were just too loud and irritating. i never like hearing them.

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 Post subject: Re: what happened to the Shortwave Band (5.0mc - 18.0mc)?
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it was nice meeting you that day. i dig the panel truck !

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Yes, we need to meet up again! :D

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 Post subject: Re: what happened to the Shortwave Band (5.0mc - 18.0mc)?
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 Post subject: Re: what happened to the Shortwave Band (5.0mc - 18.0mc)?
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Dr. Gene Scott (RIP) owned the air waves through out the last 10 years & now with every other church seemingly on the air, it's a big deal & becoming more popular in the religious community & those that don't want to leave any trace of their "far right" propaganda consumption.

Ah yes I remember Radio Moscow on 12.050 Mhz. Also.... (not me) but somebody I know transmitted the Tienanmen Square ABC Nightline coverage into China in the same band live.

Pirate radio transmissions are always fun to find, however if a country needs to propagate some sort of propaganda, shortwave radio is still the best way I feel. The curtain may fall in some sorts in Europe or the middle east & currently especially with the media being so filled with propaganda. I would enjoy hearing all available sides of of any story and would celebrate any rouge transmissions from those who need to "get the word out".

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 Post subject: Re: what happened to the Shortwave Band (5.0mc - 18.0mc)?
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Doug,Plenty of rogue transmissions to be had. I only hear about 1/10 .
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 Post subject: Re: what happened to the Shortwave Band (5.0mc - 18.0mc)?
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Don't get any of those pirates here thank goodness. I can listen to cr@p music on the broadcast band.

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Doug,Plenty of rogue transmissions to be had. I only hear about 1/10 .
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=207609&start=1120



No, he specifically wanted rouge transmissions.


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 Post subject: Re: what happened to the Shortwave Band (5.0mc - 18.0mc)?
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Don't get any of those pirates here thank goodness. I can listen to cr@p music on the broadcast band.


Not familiar with that genre , could you explain?


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 Post subject: Re: what happened to the Shortwave Band (5.0mc - 18.0mc)?
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Yes, I'm wanting to have something to listen to, as the OP claims, there not much worth tuning into. Doesn't have to be "rouge/pirate" stuff. There are for instance some factions that I would gladly support who the "bad guys" are currently destroying overseas. Their voices are not being heard, shortwave broadcasting seems so "last resort". Remember who operates our own Voice of America? I wonder if they are still on the air. Around these parts, that is east Texas (and many other parts of the US), folks have somewhat of a survivalist mentality thinking with the reliability of a emergency communication network, they can stay informed if & when they need to. So in reality, shortwave radio can & is still a viable alternative. These are ones that are currently hoarding equipment.
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 Post subject: Re: what happened to the Shortwave Band (5.0mc - 18.0mc)?
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Another factor (not yet cited on this thread) contributing toward the demise of shortwave in recent years is the growing penetration of direct broadcast satellite TV. Note, for instance, the rapid audience growth that Al Jazeera has experienced since the early 2000s. (According to Wikipedia, Qatar and other Middle Eastern countries lifted restrictions on private ownership of satellite TV reception equipment in 2001.)

When I was in high school, and the Cold War was rapidly coming to an end, the shortwave bands were very active. I recall that some stations, such as WWCR, were even assigned frequencies slightly outside of the official broadcast bands, due to crowding! Tuning through the bands, one could count on hearing English, Spanish, French, and German. I recall being in awe on how much it must have cost the major state-owned shortwave broadcasters to produce duplicate versions of its newscasts and other programs in a plethora of different languages.


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