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Shannon Radio

Post by Michael Watterson » Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:43 am

Down the road from the airport, Ballygirreen houses the North Atlantic Communications Centre, where those voices speak out into the dark, and listen in. It's a terrifically busy place and yet one of calm efficiency, handling 400,000 flights in the Shannon and Prestwick airspace - or Shanwick - which reaches into the mid-Atlantic, covering three million square kilometres. There are many stories, from the dramatic events on 9/11, unruly passengers requiring a flight diversion, to romances between local women and the men who came to build Ireland's aviation history and stayed.


http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27040076

Also on R4, including LW
You can listen to the full report on Radio 4's Archive on 4 on Saturday 19 April at 20:00 BST

 
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Re: Shannon Radio

Post by turretslug » Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:43 pm

Fascinating and very evocative, I listened to the R4 prog on a looong dull drive going east back down the M4 to London from Swansea- not as long or as isolated as flying east across the Atlantic! but it somehow set the scene. I can well imagine the pleasant relief of "now halfway" as Shannon came through the ether. Another long-standing bit of traditional technology and human contact superceded by impersonality. Loved the story about choosing the voice for the Volmet samples. In his airline flying days, my dad used to like to check Shannon met before setting out to work, using my AR88- he said he wished the aircraft HF radio was as clear!

 
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Re: Shannon Radio

Post by Michael Watterson » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:04 pm

Afterwards I listened to my Cheap "Murphy Multiband" on AirBand VHF AM, very busy and they gave out the lower and higher HF frequencies (I could have typed them in on the Sony ICF2001D or Yaesu VR500 or FT817ND in USB SSB mode) and did selcall test.

I'm so close to Ballygireen / Shannon, that the Volmet/Shannon Aer Radio works on AM on any of my sets (5504 the Sony ICF2001D says, my big Pye valve portable "about 54m"!, actually 5505).
handy table http://www.dxinfocentre.com/volmet.htm

I've occasionally heard Gander and Ballygireen chat (using 20m long end fed wire with an ATU on HF).

Interesting that Analogue will be kept as a backup even when all planes have Satellite. Satellite is vulnerable and fragile. Comreg and Ofcom are fools to think Terrestrial TV can be abolished and entire UHF spectrum sold off.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VOLMET
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanwick_Oceanic_Control


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