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WBCQ 9330 AM - World's Last Chance Radio - Technical Notes with Allan and Angela Weiner

500,000 watt super shortwave station

Ham Radio History 0 Comments 04/01/2023 

Posted By: Robert Nickels (W9RAN)
Posted on 04/01/2023

An interview with Allan and Angela Weiner, owners of WBCQ radio - focusing on their massive expansion in conjunction with Worlds Last Chance to build a state-of-the-art shortwave superstation broadcasting with 500,000 watts on 9330 kHz.   Includes video and discussion about the station construction, the electronics that controls the 264 ft. tall rotatable curtain array made by Ampegon in Switzerland,  and the importance and relevance of short-wave radio in the modern world from the shortwave purveyor of "free speech radio".


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