The ALPB on WBCQ, international shortwave hangout!

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The ALPB on WBCQ, international shortwave hangout!

We've had this idea floating around for a while to have a sort of "hangout" with conversation about radio and some music on WBCQ 3250kHz. 

Basically, it would be a two hour show done LIVE on WBCQ through team speak and I can relay live the teamspeak audio (and some music I would provide) to WBCQ since I have done live shows on BCQ before. We would host a quasi-regular meeting and discuss some of the general things the ALPB is concerened with and take some listener questions and play some music. We can do a rag chew and talk about general radio stuff and just get our name out there and have fun on shortwave! 


MRAM asked me to get a price for the airtime and it is 100 buck for the two hours. Here's where we hit the wall; we need to get 100 bucks to do the show, and so anyone who wants to donate is more than welcomed to. It'll be graciously accepted. 


Ovbiously that is jumping the gun. Firstly, do we all want to do this live show? Secondly, when do we want to, and thirdly, who will accept the donations (via paypal?) 


I think this is, overall, a great opportunity for the ALPB to get our name out there to the very dedicated radio community who listens to WBCQ. We can get more people interested in our brand of hobby radio (Which many of the BCQ listeners are more than educated in the specifics of radio) and just have fun. 

another outlet for the ALPB

another outlet for the ALPB and part 15 to get recognition amongst radio hobbyists,,,

Part 97 Bulletins type broadcast?

Part 15 Engineer

Hindsight is 2020

I'm not a democrat or a republican, i'm a common sense moderate progressive


please don't forget to register and vote

Going Bigger Time

Did not know about the HAM radio bulletin announcement provision. Maybe we need a HAM license just for that advantage.

And WBCQ The Planet with 4x 50 kW shortwave transmitters from Monticello Maine is a surprisingly underutilized broadcast resource.

Atrain Radio has already done hours of music shows on WBCQ and I carry Allan Weiner Worldwide, the owner's weekly show, on KDX, where he always pitches the inexpensive availability of air time.

Maybe there haven't been any takers so far, Atrain, because most of our hobby stations are run by operators who feature music and do not especially fancy themselves as radio personalities.

Maybe some of the readers would sign in here to describe why you are not jumping at the chance to be heard on worldiwide shortwave ??

Carl Blare

Yes, the radio time is

Yes, the radio time is relatively inexpensive, but that's 'relatively'.  In absolute terms, if you were to do this every week, that would be over $5000 (U.S.).

It's a big expense when you're not bringing in any revenue on your own.

I have no personality, so being a 'radio personality' is out as well.

Well, After all...

As a shared expense, if we had as few as 10 people that's only $10 each to be part of the program.

What a novelty!  To be heard on a shortwave station.

And as Atrain said it could be great publicity for The ALPB.  After all these will most likely be "radio" types listening, wishing they had their own radio stations.  We could be bringing license free, low power broadcasting to lots of people.

Sounds like new business for the next meeting of The ALPB.


Charter Member - Association of Low Power Broadcasters

Member Station - ALPB

3250 KHZ doesn't make it well

3250 KHZ doesn't make it well to Florida.

Druid Hills Radio AM-1710- Dade City, FL. Unlicensed operation authorized by the Part 15 Department of the FCC and our Resident Hobby Agent.  

Next ALPB Meeting Saturday

May I Have Your Attention Please

The ALPB Meeting will be held Saturday October 21, 2017, 7 PM EDT at the TeamSpeak Mansion.

Radio, internet and internal organization will be discussed into the night.

A more detailed program agenda will be posted at the ALPB Forums.

Your membership is very welcome and we invite you to attend.

We return you now to regular life.

Carl Blare

A propagation of our ideals

Don't forget, we do not have to be like wolfman jack on air, we can jut be ourselfes, and curse too! No censorship laws apply to SW. It's such a good idea folks.

Host on 89.7 WGLS-FM Rowan University Radio

ALPB Member


I'll try not to curse too

I'll try not to curse too much anyway cuz its not good Radio.  I may say the F word a little when it comes to trying to get more Power Legally.


I know if these guys don't want to do it you and I really should discuss this to try and promote the NRR.  I'd just LOVE to do an Album Rock show Legally and promote our idea for more power on FM and 87.7 Mhz.  Alan Weiner is the man to talk to and be friends with.  We want to be as professional as possible and yet have fun so we show him that we can all work towards his goal as well.


I'd Donate if others want to as well.  Lets try and get people to join us for the fight for FREE RAdio.  SW is the place.  Alan talked about allowing 6.9-7Mhz Legally I want to ask questions and talk about this too.  Lets do this guys Atrain knows his stuff and already has a good relationship with Alan Weiner.  Something others DON'T!!

Progressive Rock (Album Rock, Deep Tracks), Classic Rock

More Power for Hobby Broadcasters

I will be at this meeting

I will be at this meeting tonight. Might be late since I am filling in on my university's station tonight. 

Host on 89.7 WGLS-FM Rowan University Radio

ALPB Member



Now that's an inducement. However The Atrain is correct. Here is a reply from the FCC's Broadcast Media Boss:

"Thanks for contacting the FCC. I appreciate the opportunity to respond.

The rules governing shortwave radio service are in Title 47, Part 97 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Part 97 does not specifically prohibit this type of content on short wave radios. In addition, I did not find a record of the FCC enforcing this rule against users of the short wave radio service.

I hope that this information is helpful."

Druid Hills Radio AM-1710- Dade City, FL. Unlicensed operation authorized by the Part 15 Department of the FCC and our Resident Hobby Agent.  


Do we know what WBCQ's audience stats are? At the 10/21 meeting I stated that I had no problem with a $10 committment, but I thought it was a one time thing. I enjoy poking around the SW bands myself occasionally but it's been my impresssion that the audience has greatly declined over the last decade or so. I'd like to learn more before I agree to a greater committment. If we are just talking to ourselves I don't know how much we will be promoting Part 15 broadcasting to new people. Also, will this be a call in show? Thanks!


Jim Henry HBR Radio 1610, serving Honey Brook, PA. and NW Chester County.

It would be more than just

It would be more than just promoting part 15. Maybe promoting hobby broadcasting in general and perhaps getting more power.


The way I understand it if we wanted to do it every few weeks you would have to donate so that you had an equivalent of $100 to do it each time.


Remember that real hobbyist do listen to shortwave. Some of them actually are interested in broadcasting. A train has attended many of the shortwave events in which people were also interested in Hobby Broadcasting. One gentleman was talking about a hobby station in his area that was playing old-time radio shows.


What I propose is that we break it up a little bit and each one of us have a chance to broadcast our programming. I would like to promote of course the new radio Revolution and what we're all about as far as getting more power. This is something that I've talked to a train about in private messages on Facebook.


The members of The Association of low-power broadcasters we do know that they don't really call themselves a activist group. So they would just promote the group as it is a group that talks about programming in general and doesn't really push for any changes in the laws.


By promoting the new radio Revolution as a separate entity and the ALPB as a separate entity I'm sure we would get a lot done. Of course the NRR making those actual Do or Die type members because remember Alan weiner has a lot of the ideal ways that the new radio Revolution is all about.


This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to really get ourselves known in radio. Maybe just maybe something good could come from all of this.

Progressive Rock (Album Rock, Deep Tracks), Classic Rock

More Power for Hobby Broadcasters

Hey all, just wanted to throw

Hey all, just wanted to throw my two cents in here.  

I think this is a kick-butt idea.  Personally, I would love to be able to get my voice on the airwaves (as most of you know, radio gigs in CT are few and far between).  Spinning 80s hits and stuff on shortwave? Sign me up!

The only issue I would have with this is, of course, the money.  I suppose I could chip in five or ten bucks a month to help defray expenses, but I can't do much more than that (I'm on a quite limited budget).  As I once heard in a country song, "the cost of living's high....and going up", LOL.  Nevertheless, I have to say that I'm gung-ho for this idea....let's do it! :)

Matt Boland

1650 AM, "Radio Free Connecticut"

Any consensus on this yet?

Any consensus on this yet?

Matt Boland

1650 AM, "Radio Free Connecticut"

Matt Asks About the WBCQ

Matt Asks About the WBCQ Thing

We all wonder, Matt.

When this was first proposed we were standing by to coordinate with Atrain, the originator of the idea, at a meeting of the ALPB, but he was a no show.

Since then a few more people have expressed interest in the idea, but so far as I know there is no one keeping a count of the voting, so there is nothing new to report.

May God have mercy on their souls.

Carl Blare

I'd still be down.  :)

I'd still be down.  :)

Matt Boland

1650 AM, "Radio Free Connecticut"

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