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Another Shortwave Station Shuts Down

Shortwave Station Shuts Down (WYFR) - RF CafeBroadcasts from shortwave (SW) station WYFR, based in Okeechobee, Florida, ended today, June 30, 2013, after nearly 35 years of continuous operation. Prior to the advent of the Internet, cellphone, and WiFi services, SW radios were the only means of receiving information in the nether regions of the earth where war and Communism denied people access to information that might contradict the strict dictates of iron-fisted regimes. As with so many other groundbreaking technologies of yesteryear, shortwave broadcast stations are rapidly disappearing because costs are prohibitive. If you click on the thumbnail above, you will see many cool photos of the WYFR station equipment room and antenna field that included 14 transmitters and 23 antennas directed toward various parts of the world. It's kind of sad, but I had to laugh at this line from one article on the sign-off, "Family Radio has been struggling ever since the world did not end as predicted in 2011."

Another Shortwave Station Shuts Down - RF Cafe






Posted  7/1/2013
 

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