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Return to Guadeloupe

We return to the French island of Guadeloupe which is shaped like the wings of a butterfly that is flying towards the northwest.  That island is located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, and we examine the early communication radio scene and their almost three quarter century of mediumwave radio history.

Tasmanian Whales Stranded Again, and Four Mediumwave Stations

We present another story of two more mediumwave stations on the island of Tasmania; two double commercial stations (7UV & 7AD and 7DY & 7SD) in country areas to the north of the island.

Hurricane Fiona and the Early Shortwave Scene on Guadeloupe

Adrian Peterson takes a look at Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean, and its early radio history.

The Saga of Radio Antwerpen

During the 1920s and 1930s, a multitude of small radio broadcasting stations (some formal though most were informal), took to the air throughout Belgium, rather like what was happening in many other countries throughout the world.  The stations in Belgium were installed in private homes, business locations, church buildings, and even out in the fields; wherever was convenient. 

The Radio Scene at the End of the Highway: Cooktown Part 2

This is our second topic on the radio scene at Cooktown at the end of the highway in Cape York Peninsula, at the far north of coastal Queensland in Australia. Unexpectedly, Cooktown was the second largest town in Queensland at the height of the nearby gold rush in the 1880s. Back then, the state capital Brisbane had a population of 50,000 and Cooktown had a population of 30,000.

Coffee and Radio – with Ivan Dias

Today Coffee and Radio brings you an interview with DXer Ivan Dias

3XY and the Falling Door

Back on April 19, 1944, there was a military parade through the downtown streets of Melbourne city with soldiers marching, a musical band from the Royal Air Force playing, and aircraft flying in formation overhead.  A prominent announcer from radio station 3XY, Alwyn Kurts, was in one of the accompanying aircraft and he was describing for listeners what he was observing in the parade on the city streets below.

Coffee and Radio – with Denis Zoqbi

Denis Zoqbi, born in the capital of Sao Paulo, is one of the most influential Dxers in Brazil, he became known in Brazilian and Latin American Dxsism for developing a very economical loop antenna with very good reception performance, thanks to that he founded the company called Stars Telecom, a company that has been in Brazil for more than 20 years and has already sold thousands of antennas inside and outside of Brazil.

The Radio Scene at the End of the Highway

The July (2022) issue of the Australian DX News presents an interesting story about plans for an amateur DXpediton to the Grassy Hill Lighthouse overlooking the small northern town of Cooktown, at the end of the highway in far northern Queensland.  This readable feature article reminds us that there have been three different eras associated with the radio scene in Cooktown.

American Radio Stations in New Zealand

Additional interesting information about American radio stations in New Zealand, back during the World War 2 era, and also subsequently.

American Radio Stations in New Zealand: The 1ZM Story

During the Pacific War in the middle of last century, American forces poured into the South Pacific by the million, with multitudes coming into Auckland also, for Rest & Refreshment and also as a staging area before transferring into the islands to the north. In prewar days, the American army officer Major Purnell H. Gould had been employed at radio station WFBR in Baltimore MD, and he was subsequently appointed as the regional commander for American forces entertainment radio stations in the Pacific.

Return to the Radio Scene in Bulgaria

We present the story about the huge radio broadcasting station that was erected at Vakarel back in the era before the beginning of World War 2.  Vakarel is a small town some 25 miles south east of the national capital Sophia with a population of less than two thousand.

AIR Kurseong Celebrates 60 Years

The Kurseong station of All India Radio Radio is located at an altitude of 4800 feet and it was inaugurated by the then Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Dr. B. Gopala Reddy in June 1962.  Since then AIR Kurseong has taken a programming relay from other AIR radio broadcasting stations, and it also fosters the development of local talent in order to preserve the rich cultural values and traditions of the region.

Radio Station 2CM: The Very First Radio Broadcasting Station in Australia

According to radio historians, the very first radio broadcasting license in Australia was awarded to Charles Maclurcan due to his regular Sunday evening broadcasts over experimental amateur station 2CM.  The program content for each weekly broadcast was published in a radio magazine in advance, and each program was avidly followed by anywhere up to 5,000 listeners each week.

PBS in the Philippines on Shortwave

During its more than three quarters of a century of on air shortwave service, PBS, the Philippine Broadcasting Service has always been quite tenuous, even at its very best. Radio Philippinas, the shortwave service of the Voice of the Philippines, has at times been dependent upon borrowed facilities and donated equipment, sometimes quite old, and sometimes no longer reliable.

Lighthouse Radio in Australia

The second lighthouse in the waters of South Australia was constructed on Althorpe Island in 1879, and in 1925, the appointed lighthouse manger took his own informal amateur radio equipment ashore with him.  He communicated with mediumwave broadcasting station 5CL in Adelaide, and conveyed his appreciation for the broadcast of their radio programming…

The Radio Scene During the 1937 Ohio River Flood

The 1937 water flooding in the city of Cincinnati Ohio is described as the worst natural disaster ever in the lengthy 175 year history of the city.  On January 5, 1937 water levels along the Ohio River began to rise, and local populations were becoming alarmed.

Coffee and Radio – with Thiago Pereira Machado

Martin Butera chats with Brazilian DXer and plane spotter Thiago Pereira Machado.

One Hundred Years of Radio in Manitoba, Canada: Early Mediumwave Radio

During the month of April (2022), the Canadian province of Manitoba is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the introduction of official radio broadcasting in their territory.

Coffee and Radio – with Carlos Latuff

Brazil is the leading coffee export country thanks to the more than 2000 municipalities distributed in 16 regions throughout the national territory where the blessed…