Sunday, June 13, 2010

TRINIDAD NBS Port of Spain 610 kHz QSL and Audio

Mayaro Beach coconut palms on the east coast of Trinidad (Photograph Wikimedia Commons).

It was a pleasant surprise to hear NBS Radio 610 from Trinidad for the first time (A South African First) on the 29th September 1985.

I was fortunate to receive the NBS for about 45 minutes, until increasing co-channel QRM occurred from the usually dominant Brazilian station, Radio Itatiaia, while dxing with the FRG7 and 30 metre longwire antenna at Sandbaai.

General Manager Frank Thompson kindly verified my reception report with a QSL letter.

The QSL letter from NBS General Manger Frank Thompson (click onto the image for a higher resolution).

AUDIO CLIP

The historical recording of the first time I heard the NBS on 610 kHz from across the Atlantic Ocean has been preserved and is available here.

The recording was made at 2215 UTC on the 29th September 1985 via the FRG7 and 30 metre longwire antenna at Sandbaai and includes the beginning of the news programme , "The Caribbean Today".

THE END OF A CARIBBEAN AM RADIO STATION

During the 1990's, Radio 610 progressively lost its traditional listening audience due to a weakening of the quality of its broadcast signal and a diminishing of allocated financial resources to upgrade equipment and programming.

Both radio and TV broadcast entities of the National Broadcasting Network / NBN (a name change in 2001) ceased operations at midnight on January 15, 2005.

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