good topic that might deserve its
page, however after creating a topic specific web page it does tend to
follow that the page should then be updated on a fairly regular basis,
which is somewhat time consuming - so then I shelve the idea. Other
are just little thoughts that I'd like to jot down, but don't deserve a
full blown page of their own, so setting up a 'blog' page seemed like a
good answer to both problems.
Each entry will be dated and relate to the time it was
written but will not need to be updated.
So here we are, a page that might range from mere ramblings, or
or irritations and mutterings, to blow-off-steam rants or perhaps just
comment, maybe some website news or an update or a
simple 'diary entry'! Maybe nobody will read it, but it will make me
AN APPEAL -
For Vintage Audio Recordings & Information from BRMB Radio and
Can You Help Us? We
are looking for vintage audio recordings and any other interesting
material and articles from BRMB Radio from the 1970's
and 1980's and Mercia Sound from the 1980's. These may be in the form
of audio compact cassettes or digital files such as mp3, wave or wma
files, photographs, news cuttings, pdf files and word documents etc.
EXTREMELY grateful if you could send them to us here at MDS975. Please
get in touch via our contact page >
We are also seeking any programmes by Erskine T, who broadcast on
Saturdays on BRMB and recordings of the Jasper Carrott parody "Radio
Acocks Green" from the 1970's on BRMB - if YOU have any recordings please do contact
us THANK YOU!
THANK YOU FOR ANY
AUDIO & OTHER MATERIAL THAT YOU CAN OFFER
FROM MERCIA SOUND and BRMB in the 1970's and 1980's
The BRMB recording starts with the station's usual news bulletin which
includes reports of the war in the Middle East, bankers under fire and
Britain in recession. It all sounds very familiar as we sit here in
Radio Interference caused by "PLT" - Powerline Ethernet Adapters
A 'new technology' that is proven to be very harmful to the radio
spectrum by causing very severe radio interference is being widely
promoted - despite NOT complying with accepted technical standards
known as Electromagnetic Compatibility. So called PLT HomePlug adapters
provided by British Telecom (Comtrend) and also pushed by computer
suppliers (such as PC World, Maplin and other electrical and computer
retailers) not only cause terrible
radio interference but are also quite unnecessary: a better and more
PLEASE Help save world
band radio from "PLT" - If you are thinking of buying Powerline
Ethernet Devices then please reconsider.
energy and adding to the carbon footprint.
Known as "Home Plug" these
devices emit Harmful radio Interference. Do you really want to live in
an Electromagnetic Field for 24 hrs a day ?
The truth is our government,
law makers, nor Ofcom as the regulator can take the necessary steps to
protect against this harmful electromagnetic pollution due to such
power being handed to Brussels and the E.U. Commission.
Find out more the meddling E.U. bureaucrats and this terrible state of
This matter is considered so serious that the Radio Socitey of Britain
is finding it necessary to take the matter to law. More
Switch Off - Radio fans
are up in arms about government proposals to switch off FM radio
nationally across Britain by 2015. This will mean that favourite
programmes such as Radio Two, Radio Four, Classic FM and The Archers
will no longer be receivable on familiar analogue radios found in all
cars, clock radios, portable radios, hi-fi systems and the radio on the
kitchen window shelf.
Instead the government want to force listeners to change to digital
radio - even though we know that DAB offers very poor sound quality
compared to FM (due to DAB's low 'bit rates') - so we'll be forced to
listen to favourite national stations at lower sound quality and with
the drop-outs, burbling and the sounds of 'boiling mud' so frustrating
on DAB radio.
Justin Smith, a radio and television expert of ATV, thinks the plan to shut
down all national FM radio stations and replace the services with a
vastly inferior service in the form of DAB radio is very ill advised
and has highlighted some campaigns against the plan:
- Don't harm spiders. Spiders are our friends. Spiders catch many flies
and other flying bugs that tend to irritate us!
Some of us may be inflicted with entirely irrational fears about common
spiders - in the UK they are not going to harm us - so don't harm them.
Simply use a piece of card or stiff paper and a small beaker or tumbler
to catch them safely and put them back outside into the garden.
Why are humans so arrogant that they find nothing wrong in killing
other livings being just because they don't like it or other petty whim?
Maybe one day something larger than us will come along, decide that it
doesn't like humans for whatever reason, and stamp us out! (Maybe
that's the best thing that could happen to the planet?) You would not
- (Teepees) An article on BBC Midlands Today (local television news
programme) showed an unusual holiday where the vacationers canoed along
a river valley in Herefordshire to a hidden destination in a
picturesque meadow where they would spend their break in a tipi. No
modern conveniences and all quite basic; washing was accomplished in
the river and cooking done on a camp fire. All natural, ethical and
If we don't fancy such a life just yet, then maybe it's just around the
corner. In a few years time, with economic slump, Gordon Brown's
excruciating financial debt, impossible taxes, the exhaustion of the
planet's natural resources, minerals, metals, coal and oil, global
warming and climate change perhaps the remaining survivors will, once
again, be living off the land in tipis!
- The representative from Motley Fool, joining lovely Aasmah Mir and
the magnificent Peter Allen on the BBC's Five Live Drive, brought the
radio audience the news that, on average, British citizens were
£12 per week better off due to lower interest rates and the
consequential lower mortgage repayments, somewhat lower food and fuel
prices. He also conceded that some people found averages a difficult
concept to appreciate.
He continued with an amusing explanation: "If you put your head in the
fridge and your feet in the oven, on average you will be at the correct
If only explanations on averages, and other mathematical subjects, had
been expressed in similar terms at school.
- On the subject of excellent service, Mike Brown of Astro Hosts (and
MB21) has done me proud yet again. Mike sorted out the hosting for this
website along with plenty of sound advice along the way.
Just recently I needed to sort out the management of another domain and
was not sure what to do, so once again I turned to Mike at Astro Hosts.
He knew exactly the right course of action and immediately came to my
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Thank you.
Service - Isn't it wonderful when one receives truly excellent.
On such an occasion it really is worth writing home about. So I
As a licensed radio amateur I use a piece of equipment called an
antenna tuning unit, commonly referred to as an ATU. One of the ATU's
that I use is an MFJ-989C. It has a mechanical revolutions counter that
measures the number of turns that the inductor control knob rotates.
This counter is needed so that adjustments can be noted down and
repeated. The counter is very much like the counter that you'd have
found on a hi-fi cassette deck many yeas ago in the 1980's.
The counter is coupled to the control shaft by a rubber drive belt
which had stretched and was therefore slipping so that the number of
turns being recorded was inaccurate and not repeatable. It needed to
be replaced. I could not find a replacement locally or on the MFJ
website, so I contacted the MFJ Enterprises spares department in the
USA. Richard Stubbs replied and after confirming that the spare
was not available on the website he offered to send me one in the post
- free of charge!
I considered this to be excellent service since MFJ were under no
obligation whatsoever to do this since the 989C was way out of warranty.
Isle Of Man - In June we went to the Isle of
Man, just for three days, but we had a wonderful time and enjoyed some
nice weather. We flew with FlyBe who were excellent, on a Bombardier
(DeHaviland) Q400 dash 8 aeroplane, landing at Ronaldsway airport on
Positive Note -
January 2009. Since
this new page is more likely to contain various complaints and grumbles
I should kick off the very first entry on a positive note! So I'll
start with a retrospective to the start of 2009: Jules and I entered
2009 as relative newly weds with lots to look forward to. We had just
had a lovely Christmas break preceded by our wonderful honeymoon in
Vancouver and western Canada.
You can see some of our wedding photographs and honeymoon photographs
in our photo Gallery.