Sender Freies Berlin (SFB)

SFB HQSender Freies Berlin (SFB) was a public broadcaster for West Berlin from 1954 to 1990 when East and West Germany united, and for all of Berlin until 2003 when it merged with Ostdeutscher Rundfunk Brandenburg (ORB) to form Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB). Their medium wave outlets were all heard fairly easily at our home in southern Germany. I heard their shortwave outlet in 1986 when we lived in Maryland. Below, you can see the QSL cards they sent in response to my reception reports. I heard their FM outlets on my trip to Berlin.

RIAS – Rundfunk im amerikanischen Sektor

RIAS logoThe US occupation authorities established the broadcaster Rundfunk im amerikanischen Sektor (Broadcast in the American Sector or RIAS) just after World War II to provide the German population in and around Berlin with news and political information. By the end of the Cold War, the broadcaster’s importance faded away and by the early 1990’s other German broadcasters absorbed its broadcasting facilities.

I heard them on FM during a trip to Berlin in 1987.  Their medium wave (AM) outlets were all easily audible at our home in southern Germany.  I also heard them on shortwave in the USA on 6005 kHz. They responded with QSL cards, which can be seen below, for my reception reports.

British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS)

BFBS LogoThe British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) provides radio and television programmes for Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, and their dependents worldwide. During our travels in Germany and the Netherlands, we listened to the BFBS when we were in range of their transmitters. Also, during Desert Storm, I happened to catch their shortwave transmission from Cyprus in 1991. They are an excellent QSL verifier. Their office in Köln, Germany verified my FM reception reports, and their office at Bridge House in London verified my shortwave reception.

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Südwestrundfunk (SWR) 7265 kHz

Südwestrundfunk was not on the air when we lived in Germany and Korea, so I had to wait until 2000 after we moved back to the states to try for their shortwave outlet on 7265 kHz in Rohrdorf. I logged and QSLed the SW outlet before as Südwestfunk (SWF) before SDR and SWF merged to become SWR in 1998.

Südwestfunk (SWF)

Südwestfunk_studioThe Südwestfunk (SWF) was a public service broadcaster which served parts of the German states of Baden-Württemberg and Rheinland-Pfalz, with headquarters in Baden-Baden. In 1998, SWF and Süddeutscher Rundfunk  (SDR) merged to form the new Südwestrundfunk (SWR).

Below you can see the QSLs the station sent for my receptions reports. They also sent a bunch of stickers also which are seen below as well. We heard the FM outlets during our trips to the area and the AM (Medium wave) outlets from our home. Their shortwave outlet on 7265 was a fairly easy catch throughout the world. I logged them numerous times in the USA and in Korea.

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Norddeutscher Rundfunk

Norddeutscher Rundfunk HQ Rothenbaumchaussee in Hamburg

Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) is a public broadcaster based in Hamburg. It currently serves the German states of Niedersachen, Schleswig-Holstein, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as well as the city of Hamburg. The network produces several programming streams which are transmitted on an FM network throughout its broadcast area. When we lived in Germany, NDR also broadcast on five medium wave (MW) frequencies, all of which from what I understand are off the air. They responded with QSL cards, which are seen below, for the reception reports sent to them. All of their MW outlets could be heard with little or no difficulty in southern Germany.


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