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  • BBC World Service Schedule and Frequencies until next March

    Hi guys,

    For many of you heading off to sea for the first time you may find that radio is the only way you can keep up with the news from home. Up steps the BBC world Service to the plate and their Short Wave service. The only problem is that they transmit on different frequencies at different times of the day and the worst problem I had was keeping tabs on the frequencies.

    So here you go - a list of all the frequencies around the world for the BBC World Service until the end of March 2013. There is much more information on the BBC website about where each transmitter is but to be honest, just to have a single sheet to print out and stick it in with your radio may well be enough to help you.

    As to Radio's to use, in my day the Sony offering of the day was the only way to go. However there are radios that are cheap and cheerful that use the same processing chip so it is your call.

    For about ?100 you can get the Sony ICF-SW7600GR. This seems to be a top end radio.

    For about ?35 off ebay you can get the Tecsun PL-380. Good reviews and very small and portable.

    If anyone has one of these it might be a good idea to post your thoughts about them because the Sony radio I owned was 30 years ago so does not compare to these modern ones.

    Also if anyone can find an exceptional price for either radio please post it here so others can get the best price.

    I am not endorsing either of these radios and of course all the credit for the frequency list is with the BBC, all I have done is clean it up and compress it to a single sheet.

    I hope this helps someone.

    Good luck.

    Ian
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  • #2
    Found a good review of Shortwave radios here:

    http://swling.com/Radios.htm

    It's American so not all the radios may be available but it is up to date apart from the fact it reviews an older version of the Tecsun radio.
    "Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk." - Sir Francis Chichester.
    "Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear." - Buzzy Trent

    "Careers at Sea" Ambassador - Experience of General Cargo, Combo ships, Tanker, Product Carrier, Gas Carrier, Ro-Ro, Reefer Container, Anchor Handlers.

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    • #3
      Cheers Ian, I'd not thought of the World Service, but it's certainly worth a look at, especially as my ships only have email.
      "Crazy like wild wolves threatened by fire, send them all to the bottom of the sea."

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ducki52 View Post
        Cheers Ian, I'd not thought of the World Service, but it's certainly worth a look at, especially as my ships only have email.
        The quality of the programming on the World Service used to be outstanding, probably still is. For some time after I left the sea I still tuned into their service because there were a lot of documentaries that were produced within the countries they were about and they were much better because they were local viewpoints.

        It was different in the North Sea on the Anchor Handlers because you had the ordinary UK radio and you got used to listening to the end of The Archers because it was always on just before the Shipping Forecast! Never did get to like it!

        Funnily enough I have just found out that after all the years that the World Service has been funded by the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) it is going to be funded by the license fee for the first time starting next year. There was always the accusation that it was the voice of UK propaganda because of this, but I never felt that.

        News every hour, sports, drama, book readings, plays, it had the lot. More of a global Radio 4 but sometimes the only link to all the news from home and around the world.

        Ian
        "Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk." - Sir Francis Chichester.
        "Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear." - Buzzy Trent

        "Careers at Sea" Ambassador - Experience of General Cargo, Combo ships, Tanker, Product Carrier, Gas Carrier, Ro-Ro, Reefer Container, Anchor Handlers.

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        • #5
          Big fan of the world service. Often when I got to bed it's a case of listening to the shipping forecast, turning off for the national anthem and then listening to the world service for an hour or so. Even more so when I'm away from home, jet-lagged out of my nut. Took my father's old world band radio away on first couple of ships over the summer, was great to crack it on now and again even though we had (intermittent) internet.

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          • #6
            Why would you switch off for the national anthem?
            "Crazy like wild wolves threatened by fire, send them all to the bottom of the sea."

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            • #7
              little time for gods or queens, i'm afraid.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by mak View Post
                little time for gods or queens, i'm afraid.
                It's the national anthem, you know, the one thats supposed to give you some national pride?
                I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

                All posts here represent my own opinion and not that of my employer.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by GuinnessMan View Post
                  It's the national anthem, you know, the one thats supposed to give you some national pride?
                  In fairness the British anthem is a funeral dirge. I think Bill Bailey summed it up! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfjUburwcnU

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                  • #10
                    Tuning into the World Service on the MF/HF Transceiver in the bridge during long ocean passages has helped keep me sane, although we're often treated to someone's terrible DJ skills on channel 16 and the random monkey noises and abuse, I never have discovered who Mario is....

                    Good post Hatchorder.

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                    • #11
                      The timings and frequencies are also in the ALRS..... Somewhere....

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by AncientMariner View Post
                        The timings and frequencies are also in the ALRS..... Somewhere....
                        Didn't know that. Thanks. Think I will still update it as a single sheet though. Especially as you do not want engineers walking on the bridge just to find out which frequency they need to listen to "Andy Pandy" - horrible smelly things! .

                        Ian
                        "Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk." - Sir Francis Chichester.
                        "Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear." - Buzzy Trent

                        "Careers at Sea" Ambassador - Experience of General Cargo, Combo ships, Tanker, Product Carrier, Gas Carrier, Ro-Ro, Reefer Container, Anchor Handlers.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Hatchorder View Post
                          Didn't know that. Thanks. Think I will still update it as a single sheet though. Especially as you do not want engineers walking on the bridge just to find out which frequency they need to listen to "Andy Pandy" - horrible smelly things! .

                          Ian
                          We may smell and leave oily handprints about, but at least we're not glorified bus drivers...
                          I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

                          All posts here represent my own opinion and not that of my employer.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by GuinnessMan View Post
                            We may smell and leave oily handprints about, but at least we're not glorified bus drivers...
                            WHO LET THAT DIRTY SMELLY ENGINEER ON MY NICE CLEAN BRIDGE? I have spent hours licking the windows and making sure all my Lights list and pilot books are all in the right order and on the edge of the shelf and at least 10 minutes polishing my glasses and picking my nose. Now I have a horrible oily smell up my nose.

                            AND WHY IS THERE AN OILY HAND PRINT ON THE TELEGRAPH? Do you not know how much of my watchkeeping is spent polishing all this nice shiny equipment?

                            *tuts* and walks off to wash hands - again!
                            "Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk." - Sir Francis Chichester.
                            "Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear." - Buzzy Trent

                            "Careers at Sea" Ambassador - Experience of General Cargo, Combo ships, Tanker, Product Carrier, Gas Carrier, Ro-Ro, Reefer Container, Anchor Handlers.

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