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Author Topic: Nostalgia - Remembering the great Shortwave station Signet tunes!  (Read 1429 times)
VK2NZA
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« on: August 20, 2018, 02:21:59 AM »

I rediscovered the U Tube clip  "The Glory Days of Short Wave" recently.
I still get a shiver when hearing these old SW signet tunes, many have gone now,

 The BBC's instantly recognisable orchestral piece Liliburlero is no longer heard in its original form heralding what was considered the most accurate news broadcasts devoid of propaganda listened to by much of the world over the decades.

Sadly Radio Australia's sign on with the raucous native Kookaburra call and "Waltzing Matilda" based on a poem by Australian poet Banjo Patterson about a bush ranger is gone, the curent govt closing down the mighty Shepparton transmission site in 2017 and leaving a huge gap in news and information to the Outback of Australia and Pacific Island nations.

Thankfully Radio New Zealand's native Bell bird is still heard, the lone voice specifically targeting the pacific and Oceanaa.

The Radio Moscow , "from Russia with love " played on a Balalaika finishing with upbeat brass section was always a winning sound.

Radio Nederlands Wereldomroep from Hilversum via Nederlands Antilles is no longer heard, interestingly Radio Netherlands had the most powerful transmitters (Philips) in Europe in 1936 broadcasting across the world to its colonies in the East and West Indies, (now Indonesia) with 60 KW.

Deutsche Welle's haunting chimes always impressed.

I feel sad to see how many have gone, like old friends they provided me with hours of entertainment and more importantly learning and understanding about people and their cultures from afar in my younger days.

Maybe I'm just growing old and nostalgic.
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PU2OZT
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2018, 05:30:02 AM »

In contrast to idiotic RFI, France's babbling that nobody can miss

Oliver
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KT4HX
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2018, 03:49:05 PM »

Yeah, I miss the familiar interval signals from Europe, Asia and particularly Africa.
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K4JPN
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2018, 01:08:45 PM »

Remember BBC playing the bells of Big Ben, several years later I was in London and heard them for real.  It was a thrill.  I agree I miss Radio Australia and the Kookaburra.  Then there was Radio Moscow coming on 40M right in the middle of the Novice Band and wiping out whoever you were in QSO with.   Heard all of these with a Knight Kit Spanmaster way back in 1960-1961.  Before that heard Radio Moscow on a one tube regen, (built for Boy Scout Merit Badge) announce the shooting down of Gary Powers and the U2 in 1960.  Told my Dad about it and he couldn't believe it till the next morning when it was on the news.  In 1962 became KN1VKW and later that year K1VKW and that ended my SWL, ham radio was so much more fun.
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KC4ZGP
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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2018, 05:12:48 AM »


Yup. Those were the days when countries were different from each other...and were darned proud to be different.

It's the destructive liberal, socialist, communist, leftist, maoist, Stalinist, Marxist, Leninist desire everyone to look,

speak, and act the same. No thinking for yourself.
 
And remember you're horrible if you think your stack of money can be taller than mine.

Kraus


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VK2NZA
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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2018, 03:52:51 AM »

K4GPN - Similar story only a little later with a Hallicrafters SX-130.
Moscow did put out a big signal!
I still hear the Kookaburra's every morning in the gum trees around the farmhouse here in Eastern Australia.

Kraus - yup, there is a distinct deficit in "critical thinking" by populations in this becoming crazier by the day world we live in.
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