This was one of the first shows to also be broadcast on
mediumwave via the 1440 kHz Radio Luxembourg transmitter. These are
some of the items mentioned in the programme.
- Sony Corporation is celebrating its 50th anniversary at the
moment. This is reflected in major efforts to get MiniDisc going,
major campaigns to boost the switch to 16 by 9 format televisions,
plus home entertainment enhancements such as Prologic. As far as
shortwave receivers is concerned Sony continues to invest in the
travel market. The latest offering is a portable receiver called
the ICF-SW-40 which combines digital tuning with the feel of an
analogue tuning knob.
- We looked at the growth of Sky Radio, and Dutch consumer
electronics companies are reporting a growth in the sales of the 16
by 9 letterbox format television sets. Most of it is in the top end
of the market amongst the larger screen TV. The Dutch Facilities
company NOB, which follows the market reports that about 100,000
wide-screen TVs will be sold in the course of 1996.
- The Dutch pubcaster VPRO wants to set up an archive of
endangered sounds. Kees Slager says it started when they looked
into the archives at broadcasting house looking for sound effects
and discovered many distinctive sounds had been wiped. They
couldn't find any sounds of Dutch soldiers on parade, a mechanical
hand-driven sewing machine or the sound of metal dustbins being
collected early in the morning by the refuse collector. The VPRO
programme OVT which specialises in historical subjects has now
called on listeners to collect endangered sounds and send them in.
I recall the BBC World Service doing a similar thing in 2009.
- The British DX Club has just published the fourteenth edition
of its publication Radio Stations in the United Kingdom.The Dutch
consumer association, the consumentenbond has just published the
results of an extensive survey into rechargeable batteries.
- A fire at a receiver manufacturing plant in South Africa has
delayed the European launch for Nethold slightly, but the marketing
plans continue. Mark Cutten is director of Demand Video at Nethold.
We asked him to explain why there's such a push to satellite
- Radio and TV Hong Kong will again appear on shortwave briefly
to cover the China Sea Race. We got in touch with the Royal Hong
Kong Yacht Club for the details.