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There is one "very special" radio station. The name of this station is RADIO SAINT HELENA.
Saint Helena is an island (of volcanic origin) a British overseas territory in the South Atlantic Ocean. For most people in the world it is very exotic, remote place. No wonder that Napoleon Bonaparte and other people was sent here as prisoners...
But nowadays there is another reason that this island is wide know for many people, people that love HF (others say old-fashioned) radiocommunication. It is due mentioned above Radio Saint Helena.
Radio St Helena Day is a very unique project.
This radio station transmits his
programme only once a year! They use 1000W of transmitter with
directional antenna and it is enough
to reach all parts of the world. During these few hours of transmission this beautiful
tropical island in the
Usually transmissions occurs at the end of the year (eg. December, November) on frequency of 11092,5 kHz in USB mode. Date, time and details are published earlier on RSH web page as well on various DX Internet sites. It is also possible to hear short test transmission that is also earlier announced.
2) St Helena officilal webpage
about Island of
St Helena (Wikipedia)
14 November was the day of annual transmission. Because conditions in 2008 was not the best I've expected better signal this year. Unfortunately signal was not strong. Not strong but OK.
During first hour of transmission (Asia direction) signal was fair. This was encouraging, so I expected strong signal after 22 when antenna should be moved toward Europe. At 2109 signal strength dropped to O=1-2. Such weak signal (often comparable with noises) lasted to 2218. At this time signal greatly improved to O=3 (sometimes even stronger). After 0010 signal very slowly decreased. I finished listening at 0020, when O=2.
Annual transmission in 2008 occured on Saturday, 15 November. Signal was not so strong like in 2007 (here in Poland) even during transmissiong for Europe. Fortunately after 2110 signal strenght rised and listening was possible in fair-good quality. During transmission to Japan and N. America signal was very low and only in peaks transmission was audible.
Below there are some recordings:
03 October 2008 - Test:
Important informations about sending of reception report
New Postal Route for Letters to Radio St. Helena (as of 11.Nov. 2008)
ALL LETTERS to Radio St. Helena should be sent to the following address :
Radio St. Helena
St. Helena Island
--- Via AIRMAIL ----
Via United Kingdom and Ascension
You do not need to write "South Atlantic Ocean" in this new address.
RETURN POSTAGE to be included in your letter to Radio St. Helena:
The RETURN POSTAGE is the same as last year :
at least 3 IRCs or 5 Euros or 5 GBPounds or 3 USDollars
The 5 GBP banknote is the smallest banknote in the UK.
Sorry about the monetary conversion rates.
The AIRMAIL-POSTAGE required on your letter will be ( Nov. 2008 ):
from the USA is USDollars 0.94 , from Germany Euro 1.70 ,
from England GBP 0.81 , from Switzerland SFR 1.80 ,
and for other countries, please ask at your local post office.
Be SURE to use enough postage on your letter, as if you were sending
your letter to the other end of the world (this is also true for SWL's in England !! ).
DONATIONS to the Radio St. Helena Revival Project are MOST welcome.
In the USA, please contact Mr. Rich D'Angelo in Pennsylvania.
Otherwise, please contact Mr. Robert Kipp by email about using PayPal.
Some recordings of this