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As of this week, the BBC has officially stopped all transmissions on shortwave to North and South America.  They actually stopped broadcasting to North and South America a couple of years ago, but kept the Caribbean service going.  But on the 23rd of March, they pulled the plug on the Antigua transmitter.  So there are no more official broadcasts, unless you count Sirius, XM and the signal subcarrier on the C-SPAN signal.

They also killed service to Western Europe, and have cut back almost everywhere else.  Soon, the only way you'll be able to hear the BBC is either satellite or cable service.  Or the Internet.


There goes the fun of shortwave... listening to other countries, picking them up through the static, trying to hear that identification signal.  Now, it's locate the webpage and click on the link for streaming audio.


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Mar. 30th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
Awww, poor greywolf. You're not satisfied with just the click of a mouse?
Mar. 31st, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
I'm long out of the habit of listening to short wave, but liked the thought it was there.

Short wave was the main way I kept in touch with the world for a lot of the '70s and '80s.
Mar. 31st, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
There's always medium wave DX. You can pick up Europe with some of the megawatt transmitters they use there.
Mar. 31st, 2008 11:53 am (UTC)
Where I am, most of what I'll get on the medium wave dial is going to be Cuban or Mexican stations. Not to mention that many of the former clear-channel stations have little 500watt broadcasters everywhere now. *sigh* The days when you could turn on the radio at 2am in the morning, and actually have silence on many frequencies is long gone...

When I lived on the West Coast for a short while, I did get some trans-Pacific dx'ing done... interesting to tune into the Japanese powerhouses at 6am in the morning.
Mar. 31st, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
You have to remember that Europe uses a 9 MHz channel plan. Frequencies like 567, 855, 1053, etc are all where they live and there's still some big CC powerhouses. The Class A's are still protected in the US.
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