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 50 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 callsigns, 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 ever 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 here with those who are
do not expect reference material for actual shortwave listening.
Even though you will find tenthousands of frequency information
on this site, it will not help you to see the actual status of
a frequency. For the first start in 2008, I selected about 2.700
Stations for this museum, but the number of stations increases
with every contribution, now there are more than 4.500 utility
stations featured here, country by country, and more to come...
How to navigate here?
Imagine, the above clip
from C&W Port Stanley made you to want more... There are
4 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'. Click on it!! 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.