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Messages - Swede P

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I remember listening to Ali beat Foreman in the "Rumble in The Jungle" via AFRTS. It was the only way to get live coverage of the fight unless you were willing to shell out 25 bucks to watch it via closed circuit TV in an auditorium or arena.

If you like baseball and have a working knowledge of Spanish,Radio Rebelde on 5025,regularly carries Cuban games,and replays them at night.

Many of the members of the British Commonwealth carry soccer,rugby,and cricket via their shortwave services in various languages.

My memory is going,but didn't WRNO carry Saints football games in the 60's and 70's on their shortwave service?

Thanks for the correction. I should offer a small caveat: As I said, I have heard sports on the big international broadcasters (BBC), and secondly the radio experience in my part of the world was arguably different than others.

Still, thanks for the info.

General Radio Discussion / Re: What does [non] mean?
« on: October 19, 2011, 2352 UTC »
Decrypting Hauspeak is best done with a carradio.

A car radio? You will have to explain that to me some time. I am sure there is a great story behind this.

Perhaps some of you know whether there has ever been a statistical survey of the kind of people that listen to shortwave radio in general and to pirates in particular. As an avid listener since my teens, I am painfully aware of how unaware the major part of the population (at least in any country I have lived in) is about shortwave radio altogether. Americans seem to be more savvy than most in this regard, while, at the opposite end of the scale, in some countries, such as my own, the radio culture is generally very poor and people are in the dark.

What I have noticed, however, is that among those who are into shortwave, they tend to be more individualistic and freedom-oriented types as compared to the rest of the population. Since I also count myself among that group, it would be easy for me to romanticise that we shortwave types are generally to my own way of thinking. Perhaps, I am only flattering myself...or maybe not.

Listening to WBCQ and other US shortwave stations, much of the content is either religious or else it is of a rather patriotic and/or libertarian slant and I am wondering if that is indicative of the SW listening public generally.

It would also be interesting to see if the personal interests, habits, hobbies etc of shortwave listeners differ from those of the public at large. On SW there are some programmes dealing with science, music history and sometimes some rather arcane topics which I do not hear often on mainstream media. Conversely, except for on the major international broadcasters, it is rare for me to hear programmes dealing with professional spectator sports, for instance.

Already, I can sense subjective a divide between myself and non-SW listeners. There are few places where I could make an allusion to Brother Stair or Harald Camping, or for that matter Timtron, and be understood. I am the only one I know who is a regular listener to Marion's Attic, and even in normal conversation, my base of life experience makes for completely different set of metaphors. For instance, I was speaking with a friend last week about how China is developing economically and I said "It is easy to listen to China Drive and be enamoured with that country, but in reality they still have a long way to go." He had no idea what I meant by "China Drive".

I guess there is something romantic in the idea of the SW radio culture being somewhat separate from the mainstream. I wonder if this phenomenon has been studied to any great extent. Furthermore, if the sort of moral, philosophical and political messages heard on SW are a case of breaking the mold or preaching to the choir.

Shortwave Broadcast / Hilltop and a telescoping antenna
« on: October 18, 2011, 1014 UTC »
Last night at local 1 am (2300UTC) on top of a hill in Central Sweden with a simple Realistic DX-380 and nothing more than the telescoping antenna.

Usually, down in the valley reception of stations from North America is iffy at best using nothing more than the attached antenna. It was amazing what a difference climbing the hill made. I received WBCQ and heard Ramsey's Roadhouse on 7415. There was some interference from an adjacent channel but physically rotating the receiver allowed me to zero in on the intended channel.

A few minutes later on 9480 I could hear WTWW and Scriptures for America (no comment on the content of that programme).

I know this is not in the form of a proper reception report, but I was pretty excited and I will see if I could put up a long-wire antenna in the trees up there and set up a reliable connection with North America.

DXing in itself is fascinating, but when listening for content, European radio and other state-run broadcasters heard in Sweden leave a lot to be desired. I love WBCQ and get a kick out of the other US broadcasters. They are the whole reason to have shortwave in my opinion.

General Radio Discussion / Re: What does [non] mean?
« on: October 18, 2011, 1002 UTC »
Thanks a lot! Makes sense.

General Radio Discussion / What does [non] mean?
« on: October 17, 2011, 1918 UTC »
I have been listening to Glenn Hauser for some time on WBCQ. At the beginning of the programme, he lists the countries whose broadcasts are to be discussed. Often he will say "non" right after the name of a particular country.

It seems like a small little detail, but it has been bothering me that I cannot make any sense of it. I am certain one of you out there knows.

Shortwave Broadcast / Re: firedrake wiki page
« on: October 17, 2011, 1825 UTC »
It took me a while to realise what Firedrake really was (i.e., a jammer). I quite enjoyed the traditional Chinese music and listened to it for its own sake. I began to find it odd that there was no moderation whatsoever nor any station identification. I was an avid listener for several weeks before I realised what it was.

Still, from time to time I do come across Firedrake and listen for the sake of the music. As far as jamming goes, this is by far the most pleasant kind.

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