RADIO - STATIONS & MEMORABILIA
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We're sure that this page can direct you to lots of radio related information:
A short history of radio; radio construction projects; photographs of transmitter masts and towers; amateur radio; crystal sets; personality features; radio station features; discussion points; technical information; transmitter sites, stations and frequencies.
It's all here. We hope that you find what you're looking for and we're sure that you'll find lots of things of interest.
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THE AIRWAVES SECTION
Don't forget to visit our AIRWAVES section! Airwaves contains a selection of fascinating articles, small features, news clippings and general memorabilia about various radio stations and the development of local stations in particular. We have quite a lot of material, not all of which is worthy of inclusion, and it will be a large task to edit, however we will add to this new section as time allows.
THE MEN BEHIND THE MASTS
Pat Hawker (1923 - 21/02/2013) pays tribute to the key personalities who masterminded the creation and development of the transmission system for the Independent Broadcasting Authority (I.B.A.) that would carry Britain's Independent Television service. The Men Behind The Masts
CANADIAN RADIO AND THE CN TOWER:
We had a superb holiday in Toronto, Canada in 2006. On these pages you can see some photographs of the CBC Broadcast Centre and the CN TOWER
We spent a holiday in Malta in April 2004 and although I had not intended to photograph any masts on the island, inevitably we saw a number of masts and the camera just had to be produced to record these views. You can see the Malta's Masts feature HERE!
MDS975 contributor Martin Wakins, Wendy, Julie and I made an enjoyable visit to the WASHFORD transmitting site and Tropiquaria in North Somerset. You can see the details & photographs HERE!
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UK Radio - A Brief History Parts 1, 2 & 3
A whistle-stop tour through the history of British radio. I include this feature here as a "bringing-together" information from many other sources. I had felt rather unsatisfied that a brief story covering the first days of wireless up to today's radio could not easily be found as one brief summary of all the major developments. Certainly there are extremely detailed accounts of certain eras or specific events and personalities in radio history to be found, but not a simple short article that sums up the total radio history in the UK from 2MT to DAB. I hope you will have a look and find it useful and interesting.
My account an overview but I hope it covers the important events and milestones in the development of radio broadcasting around Britain, by its nature cannot go into all the minute details but I hope it provides a worthwhile and enjoyable insight. I must thank Martin Watkins, Andrew Rogers for help offered with compiling this account. For more click HERE
The Technical Corner: Technical Musings by Captain Radio
While Martin Watkins has covered wavelengths of yesterday and today, Captain Radio has submitted some comprehensive theoretical work on frequencies that could have been, or should have been. This is the result of his many studies improving broadcast reception. Navigate to the Theoretical Musings from the buttons to the right, or click HERE
Pirates to the East!
Additionally have a look at the Pirate Radio feature - a short summary of offshore and pirate broadcasting in the UK in the sixties and beyond. Once again, please navigate to this feature from the buttons to the right.
It was great to hear the BBC celebrate the 40th anniversary of pirate radio in the UK during Easter 2004 with the transmitters of local station BBC Essex being handed over to Pirate BBC Essex for a whole week when listeners were treated to such delights as appearances from 60's pirate radio veterans Keith Skues, Roger (Twiggy) Day, Pete Brady, Paul Burnett, Mike Ahern and Dave Cash.
AMATEUR RADIO - What is Amateur Radio?
In 1910 the HM Postmaster General licensed “experimental wireless”, which still uniquely gives radio amateurs the ability to innovate without commercial or statutory controls even in the closely regulated environment of the 21st century. Today, Amateur Radio continues to be a hobby for anyone who has an interest in the amazing technical discoveries of the early scientists and radio pioneers; Heinrich Hertz, Augusto Righi, Michael Faraday, James Clerk Maxwell, Nikola Tesla, David Hughes, Sir Oliver Lodge, Alexanda Popov and, of course, Guglielmo Marconi [more].
The individual interests may range from radio wave propagation - how far will my signal travel and how did it get there -, to experiments with electronic circuit design and construction - e.g. building radio receivers, station accessories, transmitters & amplifiers -, to antenna design, antenna building and experimentation, to satellite communication, digital modes, Morse Code and much, much more.
The radio spectrum is scarce and very precious, so to attain the great privilege of being able to transmit, a Radio Amateur must first obtain an Amateur Radio Transmitting Licence which is issued by Ofcom, the UK's radio spectrum regulator: The necessary learning and examinations are overseen by the Radio Society Of Great Britain - RSGB.
RADIO is quite different to communicating through cabled public telephone systems and although the Internet has many parts to play in Amateur Radio (websites offering useful information, electronic QSL's, QRZ database and DX Cluster to name a few), there is no skill or expertise required, no challenge and certainly no 'magic' in communication through internet chat rooms. There certainly is a magical wonder of being able to talk wirelessly, radio to radio, aerial to aerial, radio enthusiast to radio enthusiast - especially when it is via the earth's rather amazing ionosphere - and particularly if you have made your own antenna! - Find out more about Amateur Radio here.
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