Mid Downs Radio receives email from Swedish listener – 995 miles away
Åh herre gud! Vad är det här? (Oh my God, what is this?)
Det verkar vara in radio station i Haywards Heath… vart det än är….? (It appears to be a radio station in Haywards Heath … anywhere?)
Yes, Mid Downs Radio, the Princess Royal’s own radio station, at 1:50 p.m. received an email from a Swedish listener 995 miles away.
The station receives occasional contact from foreign listeners, but it’s always exciting when it does.
As Paul Barnett, the station chairman, says: “It has a powerful receiver – it must be because our transmitter is only one watt of power!”
We get these messages from amateurs all over Europe from time to time.
But it’s good to know that in these days of internet streaming, they’re still around.
The email was sent to one of the station’s seasoned presenters, Kevin Payne, whose weekly Motown Magic show airs Monday nights.
Kevin told him: “Greetings from the sunny but windy Mid Sussex in the heart of South East England.
“I was delighted to receive your lovely e-mail with an excerpt from a radio show, which I present regularly on a Monday evening.
“Mid Downs Radio has been broadcasting programming to patients and staff of the Princess Royal Hospital and the wider community since 1976.
“I have been involved with MDR since 1984.”
Swedish listener Göte Lindström, 67, from Tenhult, near Jönköping, southern Sweden – radio enthusiast since 1969, call sign SM7XUF – said: “It’s raining and cold here, only five degrees.
“Maybe tomorrow morning snow.”
He said he had managed to pick up a signal from 1,700 stations in 158 countries, using “ directional antennas radiated to different parts of the world. ”
He added: “I also use a Kiwi-SDR remote control receiver in the Nordic countries.”
Göte, a media teacher with his wife Karin, also runs a sheep farm.