In 1944, this short film was produced by the Jam Handy Organization and sponsored by the Hallicrafters. It shows the construction of the SCR-299 and dramatizes its use during World War II.
Some shortwave radio stations receivable in Australia in the late 1970's.
A great look at how Mullard Thermionic Valves are made. Produced in the 1950's showing some great footage of valves being made.
See inside a Gates BC-250-GY broadcast transmitter from the 40's era. Lots of big Tubes, Transformers and Capacitors!
The KWM 380 was the last ham radio that Collins ever sold, because it was simply too expensive for the average radio ham.
Everything you need to know about the Hammarlund HQ-140-X Receiver and more in one video.
Codar CR45 regenerative valve receiver on the 7Mhz Amateur Band and adjacent Broadcast Band around 1900 UTC.
The full designation for this Army Signal Corp receiver with one of the highest specifications of the valve era.
Not the best radio ever made but a great introduction to shortwave listening.
The iconic DJ howls his way through his show on the American Forces Network.
From the AT and T Archives, an introduction to radio valves from about 1940.
Made between the 1947 invention of the transistor at Bell Labs and the 1956 awarding of the Nobel Prize for Physics to its creators, this documentary is less about the discovery itself than its anticipated impact on technology and society.
This film gives an overview of RFL's news-gathering, audience research and transmission operations in Germany and Portugal.
QNH readings around UK bases reported as part of an airfield status update. Perfect for setting your barometer.
Willis Conover was the jazz presenter on the Voice Of America. In this clip, news of an archive of his work.
Local news item from the mid 1980s, showing the work of Portishead Radio and an interview with station manager Ernie Croskell.
As early as 1998, dealers were uncertain about the future of shortwave radio.
This film shows the start-up of the transmitter and the transmission of a message, filmed on Alexanderson Day 2015.
The preparation and manufacture of quartz crystals for radio communications during World War II.
Long wave radio is an expensive luxury as listeners move to new technology.
Video about the Strategic Service Transmitter-Receiver Number 1 from around 1943.
We look back on some of the great army surplus sets that made the amateur radio hobby.
We look back on some of the great sets from a great company.
John Tusa presents memories and archive about the BBC World Service in Bush House, from 1941 to leaving Bush House in 2012.
John Tusa presents more memories and archive about the BBC World Service in Bush House.
Guru, boffin, eccentric and genius, Gerry Wells is obsessed with radio. It is a fixation that has got him into trouble with the law, but ultimately radio has been his saviour.
Reading the news at 3AW Australia is stressful enough without getting hiccups.
Still heard across the shortwave bands, a look at the history of number stations from National Public Radio.
British Forces Broadcasting Service reviewed at a time when it still had a voice on shortwave.
The change of callsign from UVB-76 to MDZhB will have done nothing for the conspiracy theorists who wrongly believe that if this signal leaves the air, war begins.
The history is available online but the joy of coming across an interesting programme while listening around is lost to us.
Radio Northsea International sounded fantastic on 49 metres back then, perhaps a little too close to international distress frequencies.
In a special programme, The Two Bobs look back over two lifetimes on-air in both broadcasting and amateur radio.
Burst Of The Worst. When things go wrong at Radio Netherlands, they make us smile by broadcasting their falls from grace.
Receiver Review and DAB. Lowe Electronics would have come up with something new and Media Network would report on it with honesty and integrity.
All those years we enjoyed solid reception on 5955kHz late in the afternoon, it took time to get used to the silence.
So much history, so long the silence. Sadly, the online version simply does not compete with the variety available elsewhere.
We are getting used to shortwave stations leaving the air but it was Switzerland who lead the current rush to close down AM Radio across Europe.
Bob Thomann and Bob Zanotti, better known as The Two Bobs of Swiss Radio International, were the cornerstone of Saturday morning shortwave listening.
Switzerland In Sound is the archive site for The Two Bobs on Swiss Radio International.
Swiss Shortwave Merry-Go-Round taught us all we needed to know, presented with quiet authority. It was what international broadcasting was all about.
Honest and frank as ever, Bob Thomann and Bob Zanotti look at the reality of running a transmitter site.
The centenary of the outbreak of World War One at the Marconi Centre Poldhu as reported by BBC News.
The Technique of Hand Sending is explained in this 1944 US Navy information film.
Recorded at a Military Radio Collectors Association mini-meet at former Signal Corps Fort Monmouth E Evans Signal Lab in Belmar NJ, now the InfoAge Science And History Museum.
Using a small AM transmitter to get an idea what it was like listening in back then.
Still regarded as the best and most usable from the Racal stable.
Tells the story of how Hallicrafters developed the WWII SCR299 military shortwave radio from the pre-war HT-4 amateur ham radio transmitter.
Tuning around the shortwave broadcast and ham bands using a Wellbrook loop aerial.
Classic jingles and radio commercials from the golden age of Capital Radio plus clips of Kenny Everett, Michael Aspel, Dave Cash and Duncan Johnson.
In its four year life, the Mebo II survived hijack attempts, jamming signals, allegations of espionage, a fire bomb attack and several broken anchor chains.
A selection of RNI jingles and the station theme Man of Action.
Recorded with Philip Birch in 1980 at Piccadilly Radio in Manchester, this is the story of Big L, Wonderful Radio London.
BBC World Service programme heard on 28 November 2010 about Radio Caroline.
Wonderful film about communications in New Zealand on shortwave using Morse Code.
Demo of a Hammarlund HQ150 Receiver. Great for Shortwave listening or Ham use.
The earliest known version of The Listener's Guide from the book of the same name.
Late-night listening to AFN on 873kHz was our musical education.
We still miss our AR88, seen by many as something above a mere classic receiver.
Mechanical transmitter down on 17.2 kHz in Sweden.
Top choice for listening in a Lancaster bomber.
A military-specification domestic radio for entertaining the troops.
As good as it got for Eddystone in the analogue era.
A group of pioneers explain the technology that changed the war.
Solid kit, but can it really work as a ham station?
The simple pleasure of listening to a classic communications receiver.
A simple pleasure, shortwave on a classic receiver.
Owners of JRC products swear by them but it is a while ago now.
A great receiver getting harder to maintain these days.
The owner seems shocked that it still works. We are glad it did.
Long before the internet, we would experiment with getting the best out of a costly valve.
The standard AR7030 receiver has been awarded a five star rating.