World Radio Day - 2018

This was my first year knowing about, and therefore celebrating "World Radio Day".  It came across my Facebook feed from one of the many radio groups I belong to... (Shortwave, Antennas, Antique Radios, Old Time Radio Programs).  What is "World Radio Day" you ask??

According to Wikipedia...
"World Radio Day is an observance day held annually on February 13th. World Radio Day is about celebrating radio, why we love it and why we need it today more than ever. A day to remember the unique power of radio to touch lives and bring people together across every corner of the globe."
So, I devised a plan to send out a few "World Radio Day" posts throughout the day.  I started off with making a "cover photo" (the wider photo across the top of your Facebook feed...  I scoured the web and found this photo.  It fit the space nicely,  and highlighted a couple of my favorite things about radios.. An antique (pre-television) radio, and it's usage for family entertainment during the "Golden Age of Radio".   I added a little "watermark" text over the photo to highlight what it was all about, then posted it with a description / explanation...

Next, I set up my shortwave radios on the table, and started scanning the bands for transmissions.   Daytime is typically not very friendly to the shortwave bands - as reception is at it's worst.  I was able to find several - but not from very far away.  Most of them were along the eastern seaboard of the United Sates.

I also posted a "radio themed" update about my work, since after all, a big chunk of my job is as a "broadcaster" on the Public Safety Radio band!

And finally, I posted an update with some photos and descriptions of the antique radios in my collection.    Afterwards, while scrolling my Facebook feed - I thought it would be a fun update here on FOF too.

So, without further adieu, I present to you, the four Facebook status updates strung together. 

Enjoy (or for my Amateur Radio friends... 73's)

First update: 12:57am

Happy "World Radio Day".

I am convinced, now more than ever, that I was born in the wrong generation. I'd give up all things digital and video, to go back and enjoy the GOLDEN AGE OF RADIO. #WorldRadioDay

Find out more...

2nd update: 5:00pm

A quick hour of doing some informal SWL DX'ing with the full collection for #WorldRadioDay... Operating 2130-2230 UTC.

Left to right...
Eton Mini
Eton 550 BT Field Radio
Radio Shack DX-375
Degen DE1103
Degen DE31 - indoor active loop antenna
I had the WRTH handbook out for reference.
In the one hour of operation I found the following stations.
9265 kHz - WINB (World International Broadcasters Station) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania
9565 kHz - International Broadcasting Bureau - Greenville, NC
9690 kHz - Radio Exterior de Espana - Noblejas, Spain (at least as best as I could tell)
9980 kHz - WWCR (World Wide Christian Radio) - Nashville, TN
11930 kHz - Radio Martí - Greenville, NC
12050 kHz - WEWN - Birmingham, Alabama, USA

3rd update: 8:00pm

Who knew??

So much of my "leisure" is spent on the radio - that in one way or another, I should have expected that I would end up working in "radio" (Public Safety Radio) in my professional life as well.  #WorldRadioDay

4th and final update: 10:00pm

It's drawing to an end, but World Radio Day would not be complete if I did not also include one of my biggest radio passions - some of the Antique (vacuum tube) radios I have collected.

All of these radios are "project radios" of one sort or another at this point.  They are just waiting for me to have some free time (ha!) to be able to commit to "re-capping" them. Recapping a radio means Restoration of the electronic components inside the radio which degrade over time.  Typically, the capacitors, resistors, and much of the wiring.  But, as you can see in the photos - it also means refinishing some cabinet woodworking - and the "grill cloth".

Left to right Top row, then bottom row...
Silvertone Floor - Unknown model / year (Possibly a Model 1729 from 1934)
Delco R-1243 (1947)
E.H. Scott Allwave 23 (1937)
Philco 37-84 (1937)
Coronado Floor - Unknown model / year
Zenith 5R-312 (1939)

FOF Observation #32

The "FOF Observations" are a series of "Perpetual Posts" where I will share with you, my readers, short little "one line" observations that I have made (or will be making) on being the father of a large family. You will be able to access each of the posts in a cohesive list by clicking on the "FOF Observations" link in the "Perpetual Posts" group on the sidebar.

A 13-year-old-girl slumber party at our house means that dad has to construct a “pyramid of breakfast sausages”
while mom does a “massive mound of pancakes”!

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Once its all on the table, ill be seeking concealment and cover!

Alert the seismologists - the "thundering heard of girls will be racing up the steps shortly!

P.S.  Yes, THESE SHOES belong to the same group of “über cool” girls!

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