NRK, Radio Norway

I have very fond memories of NRK and Radio Norway. They had very nice shows on shortwave with music requests and greetings to the Norwegian seamen far away from home. On mediumwave they had a very very powerful transmitter on 1314 kHz. When I was on duty at Lycksele lasarett, the little hospital in Lycksele and had one of the pretty rare opportunities to go downstairs to get some rest, NRK on 1314 kHz was the only station I could receive on my tiny little receiver.

I remember in the 80s when I lived in Flemingsberg I heard when the hosts of a nighttime show called the Soviet Embassy in Oslo and asked them how they would celebrate the CIA ,which had some kind of anniversary that day!

NRK Radio Norway


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Radio Mediterranean, 1557 kHz

When I, in January 1987, moved to Lycksele in Northern Sweden my first priority was to hang up a decent long-wire antenna. I remember climbing on the chimney of a nearby house in  -32 C. It was then nice to warm up with some music from the Mediterranean island of Malta. I could not imagine that I 18 years, and five children later, would visit this wonderful little country!

Radio Mediterranean

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RTL Radio Luxembourg, 1440 kHz

If Radio Nederland was an institution on the shortwave bands, what was Radio Luxembourg on mediumwave then?? Ask anyone 60+ about their memories, impressions and opinions about Radio Luxembourg. It was THE radiostation. Everything that was new was played on Radio Luxembourg. I remember when Lynn Anderson’s “Rose Garden” was played several times, every hour.(!) I first heard about Elvis Presley’s untimely death on Radio Luxembourg. It didn’t take long before the first “I remember Elvis Presley” songs were played. Now the transmitter is still to be heard, but now they are relaying China Radio International. It’s a pity. A discjockey and a computer is all that is needed to once again have the real Radio Luxembourg on air…

RTL Radio Luxembourg a

RTL Radio Luxembourg b

Radio Nederland, 9895 kHz

Radio Nederland, was not just another international shortwave broadcaster, it was an Institution, a Benchmark. Now the shortwave bands are empty without Radio Nederland. The programs were outstanding, the Happy Station Show, and the DX-program were unsurpassed in my opinion. Radio Nederland had a lot of publications in the field of shortwave listening, free on request! Radio Nederland, you have a special place in my heart…

Radio Nederland a

Radio Nederland b


YLE Radio Finland, 1241 & 1242 kHz

Once upon a time virtually every nation, even the smaller ones, had a pride in being well represented on the Mediumwave and Shortwave bands. YLE, the Finnish state broadcasting company, even had transmissions in Latin(!). These two QSL cards are from the Swedish network in Finland, as Swedish is a pretty prominent minority language in Finland. If you look carefully you will note that these cards are from before and after the frequency reform on Mediumwave.

YLE Radio Finland a

YLE Radio Finland b

YLE Radio Finland c

YLE Radio Finland d

YLE Radio Finland e

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