During a 10-country/17-day tour (Cosmos Tours), I got to DX LW, MW in St. Petersburg, Russia 15-17 Sept 2009, a dream fulfilled (MP3 file is 1215 kHz Absolute Radio - 14 transmitters (synchronized) in the UK recorded in St. Petersburg, Russia - 4.8 MB) Note that at least one or more transmitters are not exactly in-synch with the others, so there is that warble/flutter notable in this recording. I noted this all across Eastern Europe too. (MW Reception, and the FM airchecks, were recorded from a Sony ICF-SW7600GR with only loopstick antenna for MW and whip antenna for FM receptions).
Absolute Radio, formerly Virgin Radio, is one of my favourite UK radio stations - audible from Canada to Russia at night when MW-skip conditions allow. Below the Saint Petersburg photography, there is a link to an audio file of Virgin Radio recorded in Manitoba, Canada. (The great tune Absolute Radio was playing in the above audio file was "Walking on a Dream" by Empire of the Sun. Thanks to this station, I bought the wonderful CD they put out in 2009 - a hit abroad and in Japan, but never made airplay in North America!)
Russia is Amazingly Vast!
2) FM radio airchecks in St. Petersburg, Russia, 15 September 2009 (7 MB / 7:37)
3) FM / MW dial scans in St. Petersburg, Russia, 15 September 2009 (8795 KB / (9:21) Using a 1982-era. Realistic 'Portavision' analogue radio.
4) FM / MW dial scans in St. Petersburg, Russia, 16 September 2009 - at 2130 local time. (5394 KB / (5:44) Using a 1982-era. Realistic 'Portavision' analogue radio.
5) Local LW and MW bandscans via my Sony ICF-SW7600GR receiver in St. Petersburg, Russia at about 0700 local time, including local NDB "PU." 7940 kb / over 7 minutes.
http://www.archive.org/details/AmAndFmRadioReceptionInSt.PetersburgRussia. Also available (and also DX/local radio reception from Helsinki, Stockholm, and in the midst of the Baltic Sea, at www.archive.org).
St. Petersburg, Russia, 15 Sept. 2009 - S.P. McGreevy, N6NKS.
Dedicated to Dr. Richard E. Wood, a good friend I met in person August 1986. This is a photo of Richard and his fruit stand in Keaau, Hawaii, Sept. 1986.
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BY Stephen P. McGreevy, N6NKS
A fascinating country to visit and DX the radio-dials. You can hear Saudi Arabia with just a loopstick antenna (like I did - in my hotel room) facing south in St. Petersburg, Russia - on 1512 and 1521 kHz, albeit weak!)