Welcome to The Radio Garden

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W7UUU, Feb 10, 2021.

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  1. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    While not specifically amateur radio, this is one of the coolest "radio related" web sites I've ever stumbled upon.

    The Radio Garden project was developed beginning 2013 by the Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision, with a primary goal to "narrow boundaries for radio". You can read the Wiki article on the project here AT THIS LINK or click the Earth image below.

    Think of a "Google Earth" sort of graphical interface, where you can circle the planet and select and listen to radio stations, large and small in market scope (based on the size of the dot you click), anywhere on earth where radio stations can be found. Or the station down the road in your own town. Over 8000 stations currently participate in the project.

    It's easy to disappear into the "virtualized airwaves" of local AM and FM radio from truly exotic and remote areas of the earth.

    The link to "The Radio Garden" is www.radio.garden or just click the screen capture image below. The site passes all my filters for any "bad stuff" and is a non-profit organization. Just zoom out and "spin the globe" to visit anywhere that interests you - then click on the green dots to hear that station in real time.

    Note that it's a graphically-intensive website that may not view correctly or at all on some older or lower horsepower computers and browsers. But I've tried it on every device I own, from phones to powerful desktops, and it works great on everything I've tried. If your browser has trouble with the link, try a different browser.

    Have fun - in many ways, it's like the SWL days of old - just virtualized using digital audio feeds from afar.


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  2. KA4DPO

    KA4DPO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    That is too cool Dave. I just listened to a radio station in Kaduna Nigeria, haven't done that in 42 years.:)
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  3. WB2LBV

    WB2LBV Ham Member QRZ Page

  4. K4BAD

    K4BAD Ham Member QRZ Page

    This is indeed a great site.Unfortunately haven’t had enough spare time to thoroughly explore the site.
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  5. WB9VPG

    WB9VPG XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    This has been a hit at the VOA museum for a while now. Cool stuff!
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  6. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Definitely cool.

    Just for clarification: some of these stations aren't actually radio (at origin), but streams. Is that correct?
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  7. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    As far as I understand, MOST are "actual radio" that the station then provides via streaming (for the most part - a handful are "streaming only")

    The vast majority of what you hear are what is actually going out over the air in that market, except the few that are only streamed. I'm not sure how you tell one from the other however.

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  8. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Some of the folks in my wife's church are doing the Radio Uganda in Waltham MA:)

    Don't think that starts as broadcast....but could be wrong:)

    Just goes to show--whatever works!
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  9. AB6RF

    AB6RF Ham Member QRZ Page

    One of most exciting resources the Internet has to offer!

    But sometimes I run into strange “glitches”, not sure if they are bugs, or designed-in features.
    For example, last night I switched over to listen to a station in Morocco, but at first what I got was a familiar State Farm insurance radio add.
    Pretty sure it wasn’t being played to the audience in Morocco :)
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  10. W4IOA

    W4IOA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I haven't thought of radio garden since I moved 4 years ago, thanks for the reminder. It's a pretty cool site.
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