Radio in Ireland and the UK.

Dave Doherty
Sun Nov 9 22:29:58 EST 2008

In the late 1960s, I worked at 5KW WOKO 1460 in Albany and 50KW WGY 810 in 
Schenectady. I also applied at one point to work at 50KW WPTR 1540.

WOKO got QSL cards from Scandanavia on a regular basis. Its night pattern 
put most of the energy to the NNE, and the great circle path put the signal 
right in the path of Northern Europe.

I never saw a single QSL card from Europe for WGY. There was a strong signal 
on the frequency in the UK, as I recall.

I lived about six or seven miles from WPTR. I could not hear the station at 
all at night, because I was in one of its deep nulls. Nearly all of that 
station's pattern was oriented roughly to the northeast. I heard that WPTR 
had a pretty massive QSL card collection in those days.

Now that medium wave has become passe in much of Europe and Canada, it might 
be surprising to hear some of our stations coming in clearly "over the 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scott Fybush" <>
To: "Kevin Vahey" <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Sunday, November 09, 2008 11:09 AM
Subject: Re: Radio in Ireland and the UK.

> Kevin Vahey wrote:
>> Scott pretty much summed it up. In Galway you will be surprised to
>> hear WWZN booming in at 1510 like a local once sunset hits Waltham.
>> It was by far the strongest US signal and I also heard WFAN faintly
>> and the late CBA.
>> Enjoy the motherland.
> Ah yes - forgot about the trans-Atlantic reception! I'm given to 
> understand that 1540 from Albany is also a fairly regular catch over 
> there.
> s

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