Geographic Collection – South East Asia
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.
Radio broadcasting still crucial in Sarawak
According to Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) Sarawak Radio Section principal assistant director Marrill Chunggat, radio services in Sarawak continue to play an important role in reaching out to the masses. “This is especially in the rural areas that have yet to have digital accessibility, but can be reached through receptions of bands, waves or radio frequency transmissions either via shortwave (SW) or frequency modulation (FM),” he told The Borneo Post.
The Powerful United States Naval Radio Station at Tarlac in the Philippines
The Tarlac Radio Transmitter station on Camp O’Donnell contained three separate transmitter facilities, each with its own separate antenna systems. A total of nearly one hundred American personnel operated the station and its equipment, together with more than two hundred local Filipino personnel as well.
Voice of America Relay Station at Tinang in the Philippines
The fourth VOA relay station in the Philippines is the large and powerful station that is located at Tinang, some 50 miles north of the national capital, Manila, on the main island of Luzon.
VOA Shortwave Relay Station at Poro in the Philippines
The Poro radio stations were constructed on 200 acres at the Wallace Air Force Base, at Poro Point on Poro Island. The original complement of shortwave transmitters was made up of six transmitters…
The Voice of America on Mediumwave at Poro in the Philippines
The third relay station for VOA, the Voice of America in the Philippines, was located at Poro Point, 150 miles north of the national capital, Manila. Interestingly though, that one VOA relay station at Poro was in reality four different radio broadcasting stations all clustered together.
The Second VOA Relay Station in the Philippines
In our brief mini-series of topics here in Wavescan about the VOA Voice of America radio stations in the Philippines, we have presented the story about their first relay station, which began as a submarine operation under the callsign KZSO which subsequently morphed into a landbased station as KZFM in Manila city. We move on now to the story of their second relay station in the Philippines which was located in the regional city of Malolos on Luzon Island. Let’s go back to the beginning.
The First VOA Relay Station in the Philippines
According to the official history of PBS, the Philippine Broadcasting System in the Philippine Islands, the first programming from OWI the Office of War Information in Los Angeles California, and VOA the Voice of America in New York City, was on the air from a low powered mediumwave transmitter aboard an American submarine in the Lingayen Gulf, off the west coast of Luzon Island. This unique radio broadcasting station operated with just 50 watts under the callsign KZSO, and it took to the air in its Philippine service in December 1944.
Voice of America Relay Station in a Submarine
The Voice of America radio stations in the Philippine Islands, that subsequently became so well known throughout the international radio world, underwent a very small though very interesting beginning towards the end of the Pacific War in the middle of last century. In order to understand those early origins way back then, let’s go back to the year 1942. This is what happened.
Radio Malaya Singapore in Two Different Countries
By the end of January 1942, Japanese armed forces had scrambled down through the thick jungles and the multitude of rubber plantations on the Malay Peninsula until they finally reached Johore Bahru, facing Singapore Island. They then began sporadic attempts at bombarding the island and at crossing the waterway that separated the Malay mainland from Singapore Island itself.
The Original Radio Saigon
In the Summer of the year 1928, Mr. Joseph de la Pommeraya, representing the newly organized Franco-Indochinese Radio Company in Saigon, approached the Director of the French Radio-Electric Society in Haussman Boulevard in Paris with a request to buy a 12 kW shortwave transmitter for installation in Saigon…
RAAF Radio Butterworth 1960-1987
This small book was published in 1987 to mark the closure of RRB, RAAF Radio Butterworth, which had served the RAAF base, located in Butterworth, Malaysia, on 1445 kHz since 1960.
Radio Malaysia Celebrates 75 Years
A recent email message from Jose Jacob VU2JOS in India alerts us to the fact that Radio Malaysia celebrated its 75th anniversary on April 1…
Myanma Radio in Burma (Myanmar) Celebrates 75 Years
Radio Myanmar in Burma, or Myanmar as the country is known these days, celebrates its 75th Anniversary tomorrow, Monday February 15 (2021). It was back…
On the Radio: Bacolod City, Philippines, 2004
Enjoy a selection of FM radio stations in Bacolod City, Philippines, recorded by David Miller during April 2004. © Radio Heritage Foundation, David Miller Collection
Remembering Rediffusion: Singapore
Rediffusion (Singapore) LimitedRediffusion House182 Clemenceau AvenueSINGAPORE Tel. 362211 Rediffusion Singapore was established in the late 1940’s bringing a Cable Radio Service thousands of subscribers in…
Remembering Rediffusion: Malaya
Rediffusion (Malaya) Sdn Bhd17, Jalan Pahang53000 Kula LumpurMalaya Tel : 603-4424544 On the 4th of August 1949, Rediffusion services started in Kuala Lumpur and by…
NTC orders ABS-CBN to stop broadcasting
ABS-CBN News Posted at May 05 2020 04:47 PM | Updated as of May 05 2020 07:08 PM MANILA – The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC)…
Tuning in Radio Sarawak – Historic Film from 1961
The website of the Imperial War Museums contains this rare 1961 film about Radio Sarawak in Malaya. The film description reads: Information film about the…
DZLG Bombo Radyo
Nautel XR12 Transmitter Amazes with Quick, Four-Step Installation Our Network, Bombo Radyo Philippines has acquired 11 Nautel units which includes XRs, NVs and NXs Series….