Radio Canada International: May 15 & July 17, 1982

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Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Tom Laskowski, who shares the following recording and notes:

Here are two more back to back episodes from my collection of recordings of Shortwave Listener's Digest from Radio Canada International, this time from May 15 and July 17, 1982.

This program's highlights are: A note on the upcoming ANARC convention in Montreal (which I attended), Adrian Peterson's report on mediumwave stations heard from Southern Asia, a follow-up question regarding Larry Magne's report on antennae for apartment dwellers, Glenn Hauser's DX news. The second program's highlights are: Harold Sellers with a report on clocks used for DXing, a final note on the ANARC convention with a rundown of the planned convention schedule, part one of discussion of undersea cables and Glenn Huaser's DX news.

Starting time: 2100

Frequency: 15.325 MHz

Location: South Bend, IN

Receiver used: Sony ICF-2001

Radio Canada International (Bonsoir Africa): January 4, 1982

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Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Tom Laskowski, who shares the following recording and notes:

This program from January 24, 1982 from my archives is from Radio Canada International which was called Bonsoir Africa. This was somewhat of a mailbag program which read listeners letters. I was fortunate to have a tape recorder running since this was a program about astronomy that was requested by me. This may be the first time I ever heard my name read on shortwave. What a thrill. Enjoy.

Starting time: approximately 1800 UTC

Frequency: 15.325 MHz

Receiver and location: Realistic DX-302, South Bend, Indiana

Radio Canada international (SWL Digest): January 4, 1982

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Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Tom Laskowski, who shares the following recording and notes:

Here is another one of my many recordings of Shortwave Listener's Digest from Radio Canada International, this time from January 4, 1982. This program highlights are: Glenn Hauser with his Year in Review for the previous year of 1981; part 1. Larry Magne with a test report for the Panasonic RF-9000 which listed at $US 3800!!!. The program ends with Glenn Hauser's second part of his review of the previous year's highlights. Unfortunately the broadcast suffers from some adjacent-channel interference.

Starting time: 2130 UTC January 4, 1982

Frequency: 15.325

Receiver location: South Bend, Indiana

Receiver: Realistic DX-302

Radio Canada International (9/11 Coverage): September 11, 2001 - Part 2

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Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Bill Hemphill, who shares the following recording from Radio Canada International made on September 11, 2001. Bill notes that he originally made these recordings on MiniDisc and believes he started the recording around 5:00-6:00 pm EST, tuned to 5.960 MHz. Bill also adds:

I recorded this after I got home from work. Having worked in Tower 2 on the 92nd floor in 1979 & 1980, this was a very emotional day for me. I flipped the radio onto RCI to hear a different view from the US stations. I recorded two hours onto a MiniDisc. There is a break at where I switched discs at about the one hour mark. I'm not sure of the exact time, but it would be around 2200 UTC.

Radio Canada International (9/11 Coverage): September 11, 2001 - Part 1

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Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Bill Hemphill, who shares the following recording from Radio Canada International made on September 11, 2001. Bill notes that he originally made these recordings on MiniDisc and believes he started the recording around 5:00-6:00 pm EST, tuned to 5.960 MHz. Bill also adds:

I recorded this after I got home from work. Having worked in Tower 2 on the 92nd floor in 1979 & 1980, this was a very emotional day for me. I flipped the radio onto RCI to hear a different view from the US stations. I recorded two hours onto a MiniDisc. There is a break at where I switched discs at about the one hour mark. I'm not sure of the exact time, but it would be around 2200 UTC.

Radio Canada International: December 28, 1981

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Tom Laskowski, for the following recording and notes:

Another one of my many recordings of Shortwave Listener's Digest from Radio Canada International. This program highlights are: Gerard Raskin and Ian McFarland with a program about the first radio broadcast on Christmas Eve 1906; Glenn Hauser's DX news; Item from Radio Netherlands on New Year's Nonsense from the Netherlands.

Starting time: 2107 UTC

Frequency: 15.325 MHz

Receiver location: South Bend, IN

Receiver and antenna: GE portable and longwire

Spectres of Shortwave soundtrack via WRMI: November 13, 2016

The following recording of the Spectres of Shortwave soundtrack was recorded on November 13, 2016 on 7.57 MHz starting around 23:00 UTC. Note that the audio ends abruptly--likely a technical error at WRMI. I kept recording one minute after the audio stopped (but the AM carrier was still present).  

Radio Canada International: December 7, 1981

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Tom Laskowski, who notes:

Radio Canada International recorded on December 7, 1981. This is another from my archive of old recordings of Radio Canada International's Shortwave Listeners Digest. This episode contains discussion of a new mediumwave and longwave broadcasting plan; Who's on the Air featuring Azad Kashmir Radio presented by Adrian Peterson; DX News with Glenn Hauser. An item in the DX news mentions the return of Radio Uganda's North American Service. I logged this a few days later and am also including a recording.

Radio Canada International's "The Link" via Shortwave Service: May 1, 2016

Live, off-air recording of the weekly Radio Canada International (RCI) program "The Link" transmitted by Shortwave Service (shortwaveservice.com) in Euskirchen, near Bonn, Germany, using a transmitter at Kall-Krekel, Germany, on 1 May 2016 from 14:00 to about 14:30 UTC on a shortwave frequency of 6005 kHz. The transmitter power is 1 kW with an essentially non-directional antenna. The recording begins with the interval signal of Shortwave Service. The edition of "The Link" that was broadcast was the one posted on line on 16 April 2016.

The RCI broadcasts over Shortwave Service began on Saturday, 2 April 2016, with "The Link" being transmitted at 14:00 UTC on 7310 kHz, while the equivalent French-language program "Tam-Tam Canada" is transmitted at the same time on 6005 kHz. Beginning 1 May 2016, a second airing of "The Link" occurs on Sundays at 14:00 UTC on 6005 kHz. The program has also been known as "The Link: Online" since the demise of RCI's own shortwave broadcast facility.

The broadcast was received by the Web-interface wideband software-defined radio at the University of Twente in Enschede, The Netherlands, with a "Mini-Whip" antenna in AM mode with 5.09 kHz total bandwidth RF filtering. Reception was fair with some noise and fading.

Radio Canada International (SWL Digest): November 22, 1981

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Tom Laskowski, who notes:

Radio Canada International recorded on November 22, 1981. This is another from my archive of old recordings of Radio Canada International's Shortwave Listeners Digest. This episode contains Larry Magne's first installment of shortwave equipment reviews this time looking at variables used in evaluating equipment; Harold Sellers with a report from the ANARC DX Equipment Information Committee; Glenn Hauser's DX news.
Date of recording: 11/22/1981
Starting time: 2100
Frequency: 15.325
Location: South Bend, IN
Receiver used: Sony ICF-2001

Radio Canada International, Shortwave Listener's Digest: November 9, 1981

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Tom Laskowski, who shares this 1981 recording of Radio Canada International's Shortwave Listeners Digest from November 9, 1981. Tom notes:

This is another from my archive of old recordings of Radio Canada International's Shortwave Listener's Digest. This episode contains Ian McFarland's editorial comment on the ANARC Convention of 1981; Steve Webster's Who's On The Air - Radio Kuwait; Larry Magne's final part of his interview with Perry Ferrell of Gilfer Shortwave; Glenn Hauser's DX news.

This recording starts at 2100 UTC on 15,325 kHz on November 9, 1981. The receiver was a Sony ICF-2001 and the location was South Bend, Indiana:

Radio Canada International, Shortwave Listener's Digest: October 26, 1981

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Tom Laskowski, who notes:

Radio Canada International recorded on October 26, 1981. This is another from my archive of old recordings of Radio Canada International's Shortwave Listeners Digest. This contains part two of Larry Magne's interview with Perry Ferrel from Gilfer Shortwave (part one aired on October 19, 1981, see previous program) and Glenn Hauser's DX tips. Recorded using my Sony ICF-2001 likely on 15.325 MHz around 2100 UTC. The audio quality isn't the greatest. Enjoy!

Radio Canada International: September 13, 1979

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Tom Laskowski, who notes:

Radio Canada International recorded on September 13, 1979.
This 26 minute program starts with a ten minute-long news broadcast followed by a program highlighting Canada's rising bank rate, and a story about anorexia nervosa. The recording was made using a cheap GE portable with indoor antenna.
This was probably recorded around 0100 UT likely on the 49 meter band. (5960 kHz?)

Radio Canada International, SWL Digest: October 19, 1981

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Tom Laskowski, who notes: 

Another episode of RCI's SWL Digest, this one from October 19, 1981.

This broadcast was recorded in South Bend, IN, USA, on October 19, 1981 starting at 2100 UTC on 15,325 kHz. The receiver used was a Radio Shack DX-302

Radio Canada International: October 11, 1981

A poster of RCI's propagation map which was found hanging in the foyer of the RCI Sackville transmitting site. This photo was taken by Thomas Witherspoon in June, 2012; only months before the site was shut down.

A poster of RCI's propagation map which was found hanging in the foyer of the RCI Sackville transmitting site. This photo was taken by Thomas Witherspoon in June, 2012; only months before the site was shut down.

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Tom Laskowski, who notes: 

My first contribution of many recordings I have of Radio Canada International's Shortwave Listener's Digest hosted by Ian McFarland.
The first 12 1/2 minutes is Bonsoir Africa. The recording was made using a cheap GE portable. The audio quality isn't great but it's still very nostalgic listening to a program I recorded 34 years ago.

Radio Cook Islands (Recording #2 Mediumwave): circa 1993

Two engineers from Radio Cook Islands, photographed during my visit in April, 1993. (Photo: Guy Atkins)

Two engineers from Radio Cook Islands, photographed during my visit in April, 1993. (Photo: Guy Atkins)

The following is the second recording of Radio Cook Islands by SRAA contributor, Guy Atkins. Click here to read the recording description and original post.

Recording 2: Radio Cook Islands

Notes: “Party Time” music request show; weather; local ads; more music.

Radio Canada International anniversary special: March 16, 2015

SRAA contributor, Richard Langley, writes:

Live one-hour recording of the PCJ Radio International special broadcast celebrating the 70th anniversary of Radio Canada International in English via WRMI on 16 March 2015 beginning at 01:00 UTC on a frequency of 7570 kHz. 

The broadcast was received on a Tecsun PL-880 receiver with its built-in telescopic whip antenna in Hanwell (just outside Fredericton), New Brunswick, Canada. Signal quality was generally good.

Radio Canada International: Final broadcast, June 24, 2012

QSL courtesy of @UKDXer

QSL courtesy of @UKDXer

Many thanks to SRAA contributor, Rajdeep Das for this recording of Radio Canada International's final shortwave radio broadcast. This recording was made on June 24, 2012 beginning at 1550 UTC on 11,675 kHz. 

Listeners will note that the broadcast ends abruptly during the mailbag program--obviously the transmitters were turned off prematurely.

CBC North Quebec Service (RCI Sackville): October 6, 2012

I snapped this photo of the RCI Sackville transmitter site in June 2012--several months prior to the site's closure. All of the towers seen in the background have since been demolished. 

I snapped this photo of the RCI Sackville transmitter site in June 2012--several months prior to the site's closure. All of the towers seen in the background have since been demolished. 

I recently discovered this off air recording of the CBC North Quebec service. This recording was made in North Carolina on October 6, 2012 on 9,625 kHz, starting around 1059 UTC. 

This recording includes the North Quebec Service sign on, the TOTH CBC News and about 20 minutes of CBC Montreal's "All In A Weekend."

Sadly, the RCI Sackvillle site has now been completely closed down and all of her towers have been demolished. 

Final episode of the final Maple Leaf Mailbag now online

On Facebook, Wojtek Gwiazda kindly shared the following message from Terry Haig (who has been subbing for Ian Jones on the MLMB):

Dear Friends, I am distraught that the final edition of the MLMB did not go out properly this past weekend because of technical glitches. The show can be heard on line by clicking on the search button on the RCI website and writing in "Maple Leaf Mailbag." Then hit "programs" and click "listen."

My apologies that we could not spend our final hour together as planned. Once again, I thank you all for your undying love, support, insight, graciousness and generosity. You are wonderful and magical.

I shall never forget you. Be well, everyone. Au Revoir and peace! Terry H.

--------------------------------------------------------- To hear the programme just click here: http://www.rcinet.ca/english/archives/program/the-maple-leaf-mailbag/home/

I should note that, the Maple Leaf Mailbag was one of my favorite RCI shows to catch on shortwave. It was informal, quirky, interactive and always fun. It also had a very strong international listenership. Terry has been an excellent sub, but admittedly, I've really missed hearing my good friend Ian Jones on the show.