Nice to see you on my website. I am the custodian of this little museum, and I am glad that you would like to know something about me and my museum. My interest in radio started early, the sounds coming from the wooden box in our living room was fascinating. When I was 13, I had my first own radio, a transistor with long- and mediumwave only. Thus I was not 'poisened' with the clear sounds of FM radio, rather the poison of exotic sound and strange languages started to work. Soon I bought a big radio, with all waves, and despite regular FM, the shortwave range was my favorite. In 1969 i got my next radio: Trio 9R59DE, a real communications receiver, with SSB for all that utility signals. You will hear it on the older clips: frequency stability was not too good, you always had to keep your finger on the fine tuning knob. It was a radio with tubes, and it took them quite some time to warm up...
In 1972, i replaced the Trio with the famous 'Barlow Wadley XCR30', a portable radio with astonishing possibilities. Frequency readout with an error less than 10 kHz - that was amazing in these days! In 1982, the next receiver arrived: Yaesu FRG-7700, 1 kHz readout, 12 memories... whow!
this wasn't enough, only 3 years later, I changed to ICOM IC-R71,
and this receiver worked here until summer 2008. Additionally,
the NRD 535 DG from the JRC company arrived in 1992, and in the
beginning of 2008 the Perseus, fully digital software defined
radio of Italian pioneering company 'Microtelecom' started working
in my shack.
Having a radio at hand does not necessarily mean that you have time to listen. Periods of radio activity were always followed by periods of other activities: school, study, learning, working on the job; family and the fascination of growing up a child, and more.
In 1972, I became an exchange student in northeastern USA, in New Hampshire. In that time I tried something different with my radio enthusiasm: a career as producer, announcer, and disc-jockey at WNHS Radio - 640 AM. Unfortunately, this was only a campus licence with some milliwatts, so the audience was really limited. But I hope, some of them will still remember the 'German Nonsense Show'.
|From 1986 on, I became one of the editors of the famous 'Radio Communications DX Club' (RCDXC), which had a quite exclusive approach to the point-to-point radio communications these days. This 'job' brought lots of work, but on the other hand this was a great experience. This also was the starting point of my collection of all the frequency data from all the stations worldwide.|
In 1989, Wolf Siebel from the german "Siebel Publishers" asked me to join his team of wellknown and experienced radio enthusiasts, and in the following years I worked on several projects. Greatest project of that kind was the publishing of 'Spezial Frequenzliste', where I compiled 3 editions completely. Other greater projects were books on maritime radio communications ('Seefunk auf allen Meeren') and a collection of radioteletype audio clips, distributed as compact cassette ('Test- und Demonstrationscassette 'Funkdienstsendungen').
Today I am just a private radio enthusiast, trying to keep some nostalgia about the 'good old times' alive...
|The idea for this museum is relatively old. Many many years ago, there was a column in a shortwave magazine, called 'Geo-Index'. This column showed for one country the active stations, their assigned call-signs and frequencies. This column appeared only a few times, but the idea was fascinating. A few years ago, I found that column again, and then I started the preparation works, as I knew that I wanted to combine the pure information of frequency and callsign with a soundclip, a QSL picture or whatever of interest would be at hand. Working on all the soundclips was very time-consuming, but in summer 2008 I felt, that there would be enough for a start. When Thomas Ingenpass was for a visit in Mainz, we discussed the issue, and he assured me of his help. I have never done any internet pages before, so his help was most welcome. One week later, I captured the internet addres 'Utilityradio dot com', and then all the technical approaches started... almost 3 months later, on september 26, 2008, the site was openend !|