Radio Dellen from Delsbo is on the air on MW 1602 kHz 24 hours a day with
relay of Radio Ljusdal live programmes 06-15 UTC (08-17 SST) daily. Power
is estimated at 100 W ERP and we will be un the air until 22.00 UTC (00.00
SST) on Monday, July 14.
Reception report can be sent to this address:
Light Valley Media
You can also mail us at
firstname.lastname@example.org but if you would like a QSL card, please
send sufficient return postage (Swedish stamps, IRC or a $ bill).
E-mail reports will be verified by e-mail if we don't receive any return
73 & GOOD DX
Radio Dellen / Ronny Forslund
What happened the first week? Read our diary.
JULY 7, 2003
Tonight we made our first DX-test live from the studio, starting at 00.00
UTC. We were on the air for until 02.30 UTC and good reception was
reported by POS in Jakobstad, Finland. We also got an e-mail from Johan
Letterstål in Stockholm where we could be heard loud and clear. However,
we were a bit surprised that nobody except POS phoned in. Hopefully, some
of you reported the programme. We will make another attempt tomorrow
Tuesday July 8th and we will then start at 18.00 UTC (20.00 UTC). From
16-18 UTC (18-20 SST) there will be the Lions Hour on behalf of the Lions
Club, Färila and "From Ed to Memphis" - a programme with a wide variety of
music you don't hear every day. The absolute contrast to Rix and NRJ, you
could say... Both shows are presented by yours truly.
Just a reminder about our musical contest, which is presented in
cooperation with the Swedish Nostalgia magazine. During the programme our
"MagicalMysteryMedley" will be played now and then. The medley consists of
intros of five different songs (all classic hits) and we would like to
know the name of the songs and the artists. You can phone us directly
during the show at +46 651 15519 (0651 15519 within Sweden) or mail your
email@example.com . Five winners will be drawn among the
correct entries and you can win a one year subscription to Nostalgia
magazine, baseball caps or a wristwatch - all sponsored by Nostalgia
That's it for now - keep on listening and have a real nice summer out
JULY 8, 15.00 UTC
Now we have actually been heard in Germany! Hartmut Wolff of Dortmund
reports hearing us around midnight 6-7 July and according to the
soundclips he sent in, the reception was fair. Also, a new report from
Finland sent in by Jussi Soukas in Joensuu, North Carelia. He also mailed
us a soundclip showing quite a good signal until it was drowned by other
In a few hours, our second DX-test will go on the air. As usual, we have
guests in the studio and we will also talk to a very famous artist who
also has an interesting background in radio. For several decades he has
been known as one of the foremost musicians in his particular field. Who
he is? Tune in and you'll see... He even backed Edith Piaf in Paris once
and has also worked together with one of the Marx Brothers.
And don't forget our musical quiz: we will play our MagicalMysteryMedley
some times during the show and you can win various prizes by identifying
the artists and the songtitles (five different song intros will be played
in the medley).
All in all, I think that this will be an interesting evening. Do tune in!
On Tuesday, July 8, we were on the air with a DX-test from 18 to 20 UTC.
At the end of the test, Peter Stillberg of Delsbo Radioclub presented a
programme of contemporary Christian music. We also talked to Magnus Wiberg
at Teracom - the company responsible for the transmitters used by the
Swedish Broadcasting Corporation and Radio Sweden - and he had a lot to
tell about the DRM technique and the future of SW broadcasting in general.
We also had a living musical legend on the show: piano boogie man Charlie
Norman, who's been rollin' the boogie since 1937! It's interesting to note
that just two years before he started, another famous piano man was born
in Ferriday, Louisiana. This man was forever going to change the history
of rock music together with his colleagues at Sun Studios in Memphis,
Tennessee. Yes, that's the Killer himself... Jerry Lee Lewis!
Charlie Norman has been constantly touring and recording ever since 1937.
This gentleman will be 83 in October this year, but he is still very
active. He participated in one of the first television broadcasts from
Paris, appearing with Edith Piaf, and he also worked with Chico Marx - the
piano man of the Marx Brothers. At one time, Charlie asked Chico if his
brother Harpo really was unable to talk. "No, at least not when he's
missed a putt at the golf course" Chico answered.
Charlie Norman also has had an interesting career in radio. During most of
the 50s he had his own radio shows on Sweden's state radio Radiotjänst,
which only had one channel at the time. He was on the air both in the
mornings as "Early Bird" and in the evenings as "Night Owl". In 1952,
Charlie became involved in the first experiment with commercial radio
beamed at Sweden which was made by the Swedish radio factory Dux Radio,
who bought air time on Radio Africa in Tangier, North Africa. Programmes
in Swedish were broadcasted over a 10 kW SW transmitter in the 41 mb
(7.126 kHz) and on the first day on the air, Dux Radio was jammed by
furious hams who saw the new station as an intruder of the amateur bands.
However, during the late 50s Charlie's programmes on Dux Radio became very
popular with the Swedish audience and continued until the international
territory of Tangier was taken over by Morocco and all private stations
had to close.
Charlie Norman is still very active today and in the programme he told
about his recent appearance at a Finnish music festival. He is also
working on a new CD and has just bought a Pontiac Trans AM.
"Nice to hear that V8 sound again" he commented.
This was a very inspiring interview, where we got many interesting stories
from a living music legend - just 82 years young. There's still hope,
This evening we will be running our last DX-test, starting at 18.00 UTC
(20.00 SST) and it will be four hours long, lasting until 22.00 UTC
(midnight SST). Then Radio Dellen will switch off the transmitter for this
You are all invited to phone us in the studio (+46 651 15519, within
Sweden 0651 15519) and we would be glad to receive your reception reports.
If you want to talk with us on the air, you are msot welcome to do so.
As usual, we will have guests in the studio. Many members of Delsbo
Radioklubb (DRAK) will be attending and Ulf Olsson will present a
selection of many obscure songs from his collection. Also, there will be
some prominent guests on the show via telephone.
During the show you can mail us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or fax us
at +46 651 16946 (within Sweden 0651 16946).
Be sure to tune in for our final four hours on the air this summer.
JULY 15, 2003
So that's it for this time. Our last transmission for this summer went on
the air last night at 18-22 UTC and in the studio were Ronny Forslund, Ulf
Olsson, Erik Olsson, Dan Andersson, Rolf Larsson, Jan Edh and Lars Molin.
During the first half of the show, Ulf Olsson (who is the vicar of Delsbo)
presented a very personal programme with reflections on many aspects of
life and shared some personal memories with us. He also presented a lot of
obscure music, ranging from Spike Jones to Bill Haley & Comets, from
military marches to folk songs from the Swedish speaking parts of Finland.
One of the guests on the show was Bengt Feldreich - famous Swedish radio
and TV personality and also a radio hobbyist since the 1930s. He started
as a DX-er and during the interview he told us a lot of his career in
broadcasting, starting as an announcer with the Radio Sweden external
service in 1950. Perhaps most Swedes remember him as the Swedish voice of
Jiminy Cricket, where he also sang a part of 'When you wish upon a star'
in a key that wasn't exactly suited to his voice... For several years, most
of Sweden were sitting in front of their TV sets waiting to hear 'Jiminy'
interpreted by Bengt Feldreich. Today, Bengt is retired and an active
We also had a real radio pioneer on the show: entrepreneur Nils-Eric
Svensson of Landskrona, who launched Skånes Radio Mercur in 1958 by buying
airtime over Radio Mercur - Europe's first commercial offshore station,
which began broadcasting from the small m/v Cheeta in the Sound between
Denmark and Sweden in July that year. NES (as he is generally known) had a
lot of interesting memories to tell about setting up the first Swedish
offshore station. This he did after returning back from the USA where he
had been studying TV production at the UCLA and Pasadena Playhouse for two
years. A short spell at the Swedish Television in Stockholm did not prove
to be what he had expected and so he left to start his own radio station.
He left Radio Mercur (and Sweden) in 1961, as the government was preparing
an anti-pirate bill which they hoped would put an end to this form of
radio. Incidentally, Radio Mercur was to survive and prosper for another
four years, under the name of Radio Syd and run by Britt Wadner - known in
Sweden as 'The Pirate Queen'. NES returned to the USA where he was active
in the entertainment industry for several years and later he has been
involved in marketing Swedish products. He still visits his native Sweden
each summer and this year, one of his early projects, the One O'Clock Jump
event celebrated its 50th anniversary (more details on
NES also told us about his plans to broadcast TV from the high seas and
from a couple of Super Constellation aircrafts - a project which never
materialized (or, at least, hasn't done so yet). He is still very active
and looking forward to new projects and one of his visions is creating a
pure jazz channel. Who knows - maybe we will soon see a pirate ship in the
Sound, broadcasting jazz music 24 hours a day. More about Radio Mercur can
be found at Göran Carlsson's excellent radio page at
http://home4.swipnet.se/~w-41748/ Here you can also listen to a
lot of soundclips from Radio Mercur and other Scandinavian offshore
From Landskrona comes also one of Sweden's top female performers who has
been singing, touring and recording since the mid-1950s. Siw Malmkvist,
who also has made a big career on the European continent, especially in
Germany, was also to be on the show. An interview was recorded, but due to
some imperfection in one of the soundfiles, we decided not to broadcast
it. Hopefully, we will be able to broadcast it next time.
A couple of well-known Swedish DX-ers also appeared on the show: Bengt
Ericsson, Växjö, who founded the Arctic Radio Club in the early 60s and
Bosse Olofsson, well-known MW-DX-er for decades. Bengt told us about his
work for the World Radio TV Handbook: members of the Arctic radio Club are
doing a great job of compiling frequency lists and correcting information.
During the 1960s the club also produced several radio programmes which
were broadcasted over foreign radio stations, mainly Spanish mediumwawe
stations, but also other stations, such as offshore station Radio
Caroline. Arctic Radio Club is specialized in mediumwave-DX-ing and the
members today are few but very active. The club is even planning their own
event mediumwave station - just like Radio Dellen. We're definitely
looking forward to see that happen.
Bosse Olofsson told us about his experiences in DX-ing and mainly
listening to North American AM-stations. Today, he has heard well over
1.500 North American stations on MW and is still very active in the dark
time of the year. He also has an excellent website with tons of info for
MW-enthusiasts: go to
That's it for now. We at Radio Dellen wish to thank you all for your
response and we can assure you that it has been great fun broadcasting
these two weeks. Next time, we will be on the air at the end of September
2003, as Delsbo Radioklubb celebrates its 30th anniversary. For further
info about this and about the club: check our our clubs website at
(sorry about the silly pop-ups - this is the disadvantage of using 'free'
web hosting services... If you have some comments, suggestions or whatever
for coming broadcasts of Radio Dellen, please mail me at
email@example.com The temporary
Radio Dellen account will be closed down soon (I have no intention of
upgrading the account: Bill Gates is already rich enough as it is... :-) )
73 from the Radio Dellen team / Ronny Forslund
Below is our great spiritual leader, Chairman Dan - ready to lead his DRAK
troops on the road to new victories on the airwaves...
P.S. As music and DX-ing often goes hand in hand, why not check out my
vinyl pages? Here you find thousands of vinyl records for sale. Prices are
in Swedish Crowns (SEK). Just click on the links below and mark the titles
you want, copy them and paste them into a separate document or a mail which you then mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org You can also download the complete list as an rtf file
(works with both PC and Mac) from
You will be able to hear a lot of music from these pages on Radio Dellen.
The following categories are available:
50's/60's singles, Instrumental singles,
Scandinavian singles, Swedish
singles, 70's-90's singles, heavy
singles, EP:s, unplayed EP:s,
12" maxi singles, ABBA &
related, Beach Boys, Beatles
& related, David Bowie, Cliff & Shadows,
Elvis, Eurovision Song Contest,
Rolling Stones & related, Roxette
& Related, 50's-60's
albums, 70's-90's albums, heavy albums,
country albums, soul & blues
albums, instrumental albums, Swedish
albums, jazz albums, soundtracks
& compilation albums, Frank Zappa, bargain
section (cheapies) Magazines
Payment: The best method is actually sending cash in reg.
letter. Bank drafts or any cheques are too expensive to cash here for
amounts under SEK 1000 (US$150).Another possibility is sending the money
to my postal giro account no. 475 78 84 - 4 (Ronny Forslund). In this
case, please add SEK40/$6 to cover the giro charges. You can also send an
International Money Order which you buy at your local post office, but
please avoid bank drafts and cheques for amounts under SEK1000/$150 (or,
better still, order together with some friends to get a larger order). You can also pay by
credit card through PayPal - just
state my mail email@example.com when
submitting your details.
Foreign customers please send a mail and I will tell you what's still
available. Don't send any money in advance. Svenska kunder kan som vanligt
beställa per telefon 0176/93259 eller mobil 070/558 0661. Skivorna sänds
mot postförskott om inget annat överenskommes.