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Help Needed BFN, BFBS and Station / Unit Radio
 


The SSVC/BFBS/BFN Archivist Alan Grace is looking for photos, articles, clippings or memories of anyone who worked on Forces Radio at home or overseas, including stations such as Radio Gan, T.E.A.R.S. etc. He has already written two books which make very interesting reading on the history of Forces Radio.

If you have please contact me in the first instance at raf.research@ntlworld.com

Thanks

-- Edited by Richard at 16:22, 2008-03-01

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Anyone into HM Forces broadcasting? 



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I arrived at Tengah in January 1967, & before too many months had passed, I was Senior Announcer, as we rather quaintly said at that time, at the Tengah Broadcasting Service. I remained so for the next two years. TBS was a small cable rediffusion station, with very limited reach - only to some speakers sited around the main camp & to on-camp MQs - if they opted for it. The studio was beneath one end of Cheshire block. We tried to be as professional as its possible for part-time amateurs to be. Some of the wives also used to come down & present a programme - I recall Jay Doggett & Gwen Fitzpatrick doing so, & their husbands were OC 20 & OC 45 sqns, respectively. Otherwise it was airmen, one or two officers & some scalie brats. During my time there we rebuilt & redecorated the studio/library/control rm & rest area. TBS had an air-con unit, so we stayed relatively cool!
We had a commercial 'manager', too, & some income was generated from small scale advertising, although our not being on AM or FM meant that locals weren't keen to part with their dollars. We were always told that the Singaporean authorities (fairly new then) wouldn't give us permission to broadcast properly. We had a couple of deals with EMI & Cathay Cinemas that gave us some records & occasional preview tickets to the pictures.

We always took part in BFBS' annual "Wireless For The Blind" charity fundraiser, Vying with Changi as to who could get the biggest donation. On one WFTB visit to the BFBS Studio in Tanglin, I was in a live studio, being ignored by their Pooh-bah - James Nation. A disc was being broadcast, & Nation lowered his large rump onto the corner of the desk, causing the player-arm to lift off the deck, thus broadcasting nothing on air. I tried to alert him, but he didn't want to know, so I thought "S*d the ignorant ratbag", & left. I don't know how long they broadcast dead air for.....


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The first broadcast in UHF FM by BFN in Germany was in 1956. Until then BFN was on the medium wave with the usual background hiss. I was at RAF Wunstorf when I heard UHF for the first time. I switched on my wireless waiting for the program in UHF to start and the silence was amazing; then the voice came through so crystal clear it made me jump. We take it all for granted nowadays. BFN, later BFBS was our main contact with the way things were in Blighty.

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bill wrote:

The first broadcast in UHF FM by BFN in Germany was in 1956. 


 What frequency was that Bill?

I would have expected to have read "VHF", but UHF?   confused.gif



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I may be wrong, Malcolm but I've always thought of BFN and other German stations being on UHF; German UKW (Ultra Kurz Welle: Ultra Short Wave)

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BFBS in Cologne had a studio between Volkspark and the Rheine. Can't remember the name of the suburb. They used to have a weekly competition and a Ch/Tech Engineer and myself (Ch/Tech Ground comms) had an unofficial competition to see who could get most of our replies broadcast. Unfortunately my memory has failed me on most of the facts but on one of these, I took a recording of a well known song sung by a famous radio person and copied it on to my tape recorder (this was in 1965). I then wiped much of his voice and inserted my own, changing the words to my answer to the quiz. BFBS contacted me and said that they loved it but the recording standard wasn't up to their levels. They invited me to the studio to re-record it using their technicians and equipment. My wife and myself went to the studio. They put me into the soundproof room and started the recording. After the first line I could see the Technician and my wife laughing, so I started laughing. Whoops! Start again. Anyway we completed it and it was broadcast on the following program. We used to get a trade copy of a 45 rpm EP disk (marked as A and B sides) as a prize. I've always regretted not asking for a tape copy of the finished product.

I'm still racking my brain to remember the song that I sung.

As well I did an 8 week program of music from the opera and ballet on Radio Gan.

Alf

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I remember there being some sort of 'radio' station in Changi 1968. I went to the studio to find the walls and ceiling were covered with glued-on egg boxes! Very efficient so I am told. (And cheap).

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