every museum, you will find here a collection of old things from
ancient times. This little private museum is about Utility
Radio, that is about everything on the airwaves, which is
not broadcasting for the public or experimental radio from licensed
radio amateurs, so-called HAMs. Utility Radio is still alive
yet, even your mobile phone is part of the whole thing. But this
little museum will deal with radiocommunications in the frequency
range from 0 to 30 MHz only, the classical long-, medium-, and
short-wave range. Also you will not find very much information
on what is going on in the Utility Radio spectrum nowadays, even
though some of the stations presented here may still be 'on air'.
will you find here? Since more than 40 years I am into the world
of utility radio, the one way or the other. Being a 'collector'
and 'hunter', I have collected 'QSL' reception verifications
from all parts of the world, and I have hunted for many signals
of hard-to-hear utility stations. One day I found, that my private
collection might be the starting point for a website, giving
a short description of a utility station, it's callsign, the
used frequencies, and so on, and illustrating this with pictures
of 'QSL' verifications, with photos from the antenna farm, with
a link to an actual website, or with one or more soundclips,
where you can hear that station again - most of the stations
described here are 'off the air' now. With the time, many utility
radio experts have joined in, and the collection of pictures
and soundclips is expanding. I am sure, it is a real unique collection
of utility-radio related stuff. Still, many gaps are to be filled,
so open your eyes and ears while walking through this museum,
and share your collection with those who are interested.
How to navigate here?
Imagine, the above clip
from C&W Port Stanley made you to want more... There are
3 different audio clips from that station presented here - how
to find them? On the left side there is a navigation bar, and
there you will find a simple entry 'Station Data. Here
you have the choice of opening either a geographically oriented
list by continents, or you may use the alphabetical listing.
Use the list of the geographical areas of the world - for the
Falkland Islands chose 'South America'. Now, the list
of all south american areas opens, and your next mouse move should
point to 'FLK - Falkland islands'. You then have the list
of all the stations from there - clicking on 'C&W Port
Stanley' gives you the page with the data sheet of the known
callsigns, working frequencies, and modulations used, and links
to all multimedia items related to that station. Now you can
easily chose to listen to the other audio clips, or to look at
the QSL reproduction. Of course, searching for other stations
is the same way: select the continent, select the country, select
the station. There is even a search function, offering you to
search for a callsign, name, frequency, or whatsoever. If you
use the entry 'Station Data - alphabetical list of Countries',
you will find the countries by their names - even the old names
of countries will work. That list, however, will not show you
what multimedia items will await you.
A different approach is made on the point 'Station Data -
Specials'. Here you have listings with stations of a similar
nature, such as Time Signal & Standard Frequency stations,
or point-to-point radiotelephone services. There you will find
Port Stanley again...
In all listings (countries within
a continent, stations within a country) these little symbols
tell you what to expect:
ear advises you, that a sound clip is on board.
this eye tells you, that there
is something to see, maybe a QSL oder other visuals.
Additionally, on the individual station data sheets those visuals
indicate even more items:
indicates a look on a Utility Site via Google Maps
this symbol indicates a link
to an external website.
this little camera indicates
that there are motion pictures ahead.
When you are on the data page
of a utility radio station, a double-click on the above mentioned
will bring the item to your ears or eyes.
Naturally, such a museum will never
have a 'complete' collection of something, and there will be
mistakes and errors in the data presented. So you are invited
to help erasing errors, and to fill gaps. If you have recordings
of good quality, QSLs, or other information not yet contained
herein, please do not hesitate to share it with others via this
site. Contact me at: rainer (at) utilityradio.com, and
look here for some more
details on contributing.