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Author Topic: Your Most Exciting SWL Event  (Read 29098 times)

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« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2011, 07:16:19 AM »

Also, monitoring Radio Belgrade at the time of the NATO bombings back in 1999....Both of these events sent chills up and down my spine.....


I can second that. I was in London at school and listening to long wave (Europe has a band below our AM broadcast band that has the same type of programing as AM and SW.) We were listening to Radio Belgrade until it went off the air and then I think  either Deutche Welle or A station from Austria with news. That was an amazing moment. We had 6 people in the dorm room I lived in. There were 3 from NATO Countries (US, Italy, UK), 1 from China, 1 Russian from Latvia and 1 Singaporean. The Chinese and Russian stopped talking to the rest of us for a long time after that night.

There are other stories of that night I will not forget but will save for another forum.


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« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2011, 01:44:48 PM »

Not quite SWL, but I was listening to my scanner one night when I lived in So. Calif., & there was a bad Santa Ana windstorm. There was a dispatch of a fire engine to a brush fire by Los Angeles County Fire Dept.'s Valley Division:

Fire Engine 101:"101 at scene, 50 acres of brush, houses threatened. OK Valley, send us everything you've got!"

LACoFD:"Valley is stripped of all units."

My reaction: Shocked

The was another major fire burning at the time in another part of LA County, so no other units nearby to respond. Whereupon, the LACoFD had to ask other Fire agencies for help. 6 homes were destroyed, and 6 other homes were damaged.

On Chernobyl: Yes, I heard about that one radio report of hundreds of deaths. I know the reactor exploded early Saturday their time, but it was not announced to the world until Sweden had to use Diplomatic channels, after they found elevated radiation at one of their reactors. Sweden said they knew it was not their reactor, so what happened? When the Soviets got back to the Swedes after a number of hours, they said, yes, there's been an accident, then they also asked (in plain English) "Have any ideas how to fight a graphite fire?"

This last part was picked up in international news. Now, I'm not a reactor expert, but I knew enough about them that if the graphite in a reactor was burning, then they were in deep manure at that point. The first official Soviet announcements had very little detail.
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