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The old Polish FM Band (66-73 Mhz) R.I.P


Tim Bucknall 7 | 98
4 Feb 2013 #1
did it provide better coverage outside cities than the new 88-108mhz fm band?
do any of your elderly relatives near the borders still use their old radios to listen to Belarus, Kaliningrad, Ukraine or Lithuania?
did any pirate stations appear on the old band when the official stations left?
do you think many Polish households still have radios that cover the old FM band?

how common were car radios that covered the old fm band?

FWIW: the last Polish station i ever heard on the old fm band was Koszalin on a freq somewhere around 72.9-ish, that was ages after everywhere else had closed

while i'm asking about radio, do Unitra still make radios?
jon357 74 | 22,042
4 Feb 2013 #2
do you think many Polish households still have radios that cover the old FM band?

Loads I should think. there's a shop on ul.Pulawska that sells really old ones - not as retro decor, but because old folks like them.

while i'm asking about radio, do Unitra still make radios?

I don't think so, but you still see them

Kasprzak TVs as well.
OP Tim Bucknall 7 | 98
4 Feb 2013 #3
Thanks, i always regretted that we were too late to buy one when we went to the Czech rep in '93. they rushed through the switchover ridiculously fast.

theres a bit of a revival in Ukraine because Chinese manufactuers like Tecsun have started making cheap high quality portables that tune down to 64mhz

Pukas in Kaunus on 70.22 must have hardly any listeners because they had a fault last year and radiated dead air for months, apparently nobody even noticed!

looks like Russia will run both systems for many years to come, i hope 66-73 lasts for decades. i don't want every country to be identical!

we used to have big old Unitra valve radio with Lvov marked on the dial, it left me with a deep fascination with Lvov.
it made a loud bang when turned on that used to terrify me when i was a little kid, but the reception quality was amazing


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