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Cyber Bob
15th Nov 2014, 14:43
Can anyone recommend a radio channel now that you can access pretty much any radio channel through tinternet. Like listening to radio rather than watching dross on TV in the hours before the wake up call (not that I'm ever asleep!)

I've tried sifting through channels and genre's but it ain't happening and frankly I've lost the will to live

Any recommendations welcome

Thanks folks:ok:


15th Nov 2014, 15:12
I have a lot of 'easy listening' channels selected on my wifi radio. Mostly classic rock, Celtic, and classics.
The best are from Poland and the Netherlands. There's very little talking so whether or not you understand is irrelevant.

15th Nov 2014, 15:25
Forget internet radio, get these:

"It's a Sony" ICF-2001 - one of the best portable radios ever made (1980s), don't make 'em anymore.

WRTH handbook - still being published.

Ahhh, this brings back memories:
Radio Moscow mid 70' - YouTube

Though I mostly listened to the BBC World Service... :E

15th Nov 2014, 15:28
That brings back memories, but I thought SW was almost defunct now. I used to be a SW fanatic and eagerly awaited the publication of each year's WRTH. I think the last one I turfed out a couple of years ago was about 2005. Still have a few SW radios including a Barlow Wadley and a Yaesu but hardly ever use them, internet is so much easier and better quality, but less fun!

15th Nov 2014, 15:49
Yes half the fun about listening to the radio back then was fiddling about with antennas etc. And staying up late well beyond one's bedtime when the SW signals were clearer. It's probably worth keeping hold of your Barlow, older radios appear to be gaining collector status. They're not making them anymore, let alone "made in South Africa"...

Low Flier
15th Nov 2014, 15:50
Sounds like you're looking for TuneIn.com (http://tunein.com/browse/browse_stations.html). Over a hundred thousand live radio streaming stations plus a few million podcasts.

15th Nov 2014, 15:56
I use this one, which is linked to my Roberts radio.

You can select stations by :

Browse Stations
By location (http://www.wifiradio-frontier.com/setupapp/fs/asp/BrowseStations/StartPage.asp?sBrowseType=Location&sNiceLOFO=By%20location)
By genre (http://www.wifiradio-frontier.com/setupapp/fs/asp/BrowseStations/StartPage.asp?sBrowseType=format&sNiceLOFO=By%20genre)
By language (http://www.wifiradio-frontier.com/setupapp/fs/asp/BrowseStations/StartPage.asp?sBrowseType=Language&sNiceLOFO=By%20language)
New stations (http://www.wifiradio-frontier.com/setupapp/fs/asp/BrowseStations/BrowsePremiumStations.asp?sCategory=New%20Stations&sBrowseType=Format&sNiceLOFO=New%20stations)
Most popular (http://www.wifiradio-frontier.com/setupapp/fs/asp/BrowseStations/BrowsePremiumStations.asp?sCategory=Most%20Popular&sBrowseType=Format&sNiceLOFO=Most%20popular)

wings folded
15th Nov 2014, 16:21
"It's a Sony" ICF-2001 - one of the best portable radios ever made (1980s), don't make 'em anymore.Is an ICF 2003 any good? I think so, 'cos I've got one.

Super VC-10
15th Nov 2014, 16:47
If you like classic rock, Arrow is recommended. 98% of music in English; news, travel, weather and adverts in Dutch.

Arrow Classic Rock - Home (http://www.arrow.nl/)

Cyber Bob
15th Nov 2014, 17:44
Thanks Super VC - that's what I'm looking for. Any other fave stations Guys and Gals?

Yes I have the ' Tune In' app btw

Thanks folks

15th Nov 2014, 17:50
I subscribe to Live 365; you pay about $10 - $15 a year to get unlimited ad-free listening to thousands of local radio stations around the globe, it's just wonderful.

Cheapskates can get it free, but they get the ads, and (I believe) have to log back in every hour. But that's how to try it out.

I would guess that the number of genres listed is 100 or more; choose a genre and you're offered all the stations that follow it. Or you can select by place.

As I write, there's slack key guitar, from Hawaii, softly in the background. Before that it was an Israeli station, and before that Fairuz and Umm Kalthoum from a Cairo station.

west lakes
15th Nov 2014, 17:57
For anyone in from the UK of a certain age

Radio Caroline (http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk/#home.html)

15th Nov 2014, 18:22
Is an ICF 2003 any good? I think so, 'cos I've got one.

Not as good as my ICF-2010:E:E

The Flying Pram
15th Nov 2014, 20:54
The ICF2001 was probably the first portable shortwave radio with PLL tuning, but suffered from poor battery life, synthesiser noise affecting certain bands, and the keypad button contacts didn't last well. The replacement ICF2001D was a much better machine (I have both). However, I can't remember the last time either of them got any use - none of my favourite stations are still broadcasting, so I'm surprised that the WRTH is still going!

Back in the 80's Radio Australia was one of the first international broadcasters I discovered, and soon became an essential part of my listening. I was always exchanging letters and phone calls with the presenters, and paid them a visit in person in '84 and again in '88. I also became a regular contributor to the "Media Network" programme on Radio Netherlands, run by Jonathan Marks. In those days a radio "Scoop" had to be recorded on a cassette tape, and posted in a Jiffy bag - no mp3 attachments by email like now...

Shortwave could be both incredibly exciting, and frustrating - you never knew what might appear on the bands, and just as quickly fade out again. It's a funny coincidence, but I was explaining radio station "Interval Signals" to my mother earlier this evening, and stumbled across a website with hundreds of them, all saved for posterity as streaming audio files. I was soon transported back 30 odd years on hearing the old favourites once more.

Although the internet has taken over, I'm not throwing my equipment out just yet. Things have a habit of turning full circle - back then it was a cat & mouse game between the "West" and former Eastern Bloc broadcasters, with the infamous "Woodpecker" jamming signals a constant problem. Now we have governments doing their best to censor and control the internet, and I wonder how long before the old ways get dusted off once more? A basic transmitter is easily made, and doesn't leave a trail of IP addresses behind it...

15th Nov 2014, 21:05
I did used to enjoy Radio Tirana on short wave back in the 1980s. If ever there was an alternative take on the worlds events, that was it. Enver Hoxha and friends, 10/10 for entertainment!:ok:

Do any of these sound familiar?:


The one at 5:26 (Radio Sweden,Stockholm) is etched in my brain for some reason too.

15th Nov 2014, 21:05
....... radio station "Interval Signals" ......... a website with hundreds of them, all saved for posterity as streaming audio files. I was soon transported back 30 odd years on hearing the old favourites once more. Exactly what I found earlier when looking for the same :

Interval Signals Online (http://www.intervalsignals.net/)
Remembering Radio Interval Signals (http://radiosoundsfamiliar.com/interval-signals.php)
Shortwave Radio Interval Signals 1976-77 ? The Shortwave Radio Audio Archive (http://shortwavearchive.com/archive/fkfqcz9gamn3z3bc81fyibnyvj5uk3)

I did used to enjoy Radio Tirana on short wave back in the 1980s. If ever there was an alternative take on the worlds events, that was it. Enver Hoxha and friends, 10/10 for entertainmentAhhh ...... the woman with the Scottish accented monotone, droning on and on and on about the evil capitalist revisionist revanchists of the western world.

During my extensive travels in Eastern Europe, I visited many of those radio stations and remember being made particularly welcome by the people from the English service of Radio Prague, Warsaw, Bucharest, Belgrade, Moscow, Sofia, GDR, Budapest and a few others (I even went to Radio Kabul and Radio Tehran.)

They may well have thought they had a budding convert to communism. Ironically it was my time in those countries under communism that made me so vehemently anti-communist. I did however learn enough Russian and Polish to be able to communicate on a basic level in most countries using Slavonic languages, as well as some Romanian.

14th Dec 2014, 10:31
My Christmas present to me is the latest Roberts internet radio, the Stream 93i.


It's a brilliant piece of kit with excellent sound quality and a better user interface than previous models. It's had outstanding reviews and I'm delighted with mine. The only minor drawback is no battery option, so it's not quite as versatile as the older models, but it's benefits and features far outweigh the minor disadvantages.

14th Dec 2014, 12:17
Try the Tunein radio app.

Out Of Trim
14th Dec 2014, 16:54
For Talk Radio - Try LBC available on Tune-In App. Lots of current affairs, News discussions, phone ins etc. :ok:

14th Dec 2014, 19:19
The legendary floating radio station, The Voice of Peace has a great music mix. On tune in radio app/Internet radio or website:
The Voice of Peace
The Voice of Peace - Home/??? ???? ?? ???? ????? ??? ????? (http://www.thevoiceofpeace.co.il)

14th Dec 2014, 19:25
The Sony ICF-2001 is a brilliant radio with two problems: the memory battery will break contact for a split second if the radio is knocked, and that clears the memory settings. I soldered in a memory battery. It eats "main" batteries.

DAB radio is 'orrible - I don't know how they have the nerve to keep advertising it, because anyone who likes decent music in the UK will find it unpleasant: they've tried to squeeze too many stations into each multiplex so the frequency response is rubbish. It's being pushed because OfCom wants to sell off the VHF FM spectrum: rumour is that they plan to do that as soon as one in two houses in the UK has one DAB radio. The fact that most of us have several FM radios dotted about the house (bedside, kitchen, etc) is irrelevant.

I used TuneIn on the iPad until they released a version that was so buggy it was unuseable. I bought iTuner Pro instead. They just updated that and killed it.

Can't get the staff these days!

14th Dec 2014, 19:44
........If ever there was an alternative take on the worlds events,.........I used to carry the Sony ICF thinggy in my crew briefcase (can't remember the model no. now, but the picture looks familiar ) and was 'resting' in Delhi when the USSR marched into Afghanistan and was listening to Radio Moscow ( in English!) Voice of America and the BBC World Service during that day.

3 different descriptions of events.

Radio Moscow - gone in to help our "friends"
VoA - naked aggression
BBC - USSR invades Afghanistan.

Take you pick.

Sadly, having retired and strung the external aerial wire around the room to get the maximum signal, Mrs. ExS tripped over it and the radio smashed on the floor. Never did replace it and regret it now.

Was looking for an accurate time signal the other day, all our local radio, electronic computer, TV SatNav, GPS things giving a slightly different time, admittedly within a 1 minute spread, but hey ! I like my watch to tell the correct time (perfectionist? Moi ? ) and would have liked to check with WWV Fort Collins Colorado (even WWVH - which is currently closer to me ) - is that still transmitting ?

14th Dec 2014, 20:14
I must agree with Keef - DAB radio is a complete con, a couple of my radios (including the new Roberts and for that matter the old one) have it and it's fiddly, inconsistent, and of poor quality. Also the coverage is patchier even than FM.

As for international time signals, there used to be a lot, at one time I had collected a number of QSL cards from them (nerd!) and I remember WWVH from Fort Collins was the 'gold standard'. There was also a German one (Mainflingen?) which broadcast at the far end of the LW spectrum.

Time signals over internet radio are not reliable as there can be a lag. I can, for example, listen to a local station on MW or FM and only hear it a few seconds later on internet.

14th Dec 2014, 21:19
Is an ICF 2003 any good? I think so, 'cos I've got one.

I hadn't heard of the ICF 2003, but it looks like it is the same radio as the Sony
ICF-7600D that was sold in other countries. It is a more portable alternative to the ICF-2001D.
A very good radio and hard to find now, as is the bigger ICF-2001D.

14th Dec 2014, 22:18
If you want accurate (well, consistent) time, use the time display on a GPS. It won't match the BBC pips exactly, but you'll do well to hear the difference.

Digital radio does random things to timing, so that's not much use. I use Radio 4 FM and the BBC pips to check my watch.

14th Dec 2014, 22:30
Mrs. ExS tripped over it and the radio smashed on the floor.Gosh, that's really sad. I'm sorry to hear the news.

Just for interest, and if you have been too devastated by the loss of the radio to check please don't bother on my account, it really isn't important, is Mrs ExS OK now?

15th Dec 2014, 00:32
Capot :p Thanks for the concern, and yes, she wasn't hurt, many years ago now and of course it was all my fault !

15th Dec 2014, 00:56
I've owned a SANYO WebRadio R227 for over four years: (price for a refurbished unit is approx. $99 CAN, or 55 British Pounds)

15th Dec 2014, 02:15
I use streaming internet radio.

Lots of choice here:
Windows Media Guide | Internet Radio (http://www.windowsmedia.com/radioui/home.aspx)

15th Dec 2014, 04:22
We listen to Talksport on 1089 khz, but the interference is getting worse nowadays; what is happening to MW?

15th Dec 2014, 09:11
The older I get the more I'm tuned in to Radio Gaga:E