|No one who served at RAF Salalah could have
been unaware of Radio 219. I am grateful to Geoffrey Sharwood-Smith
has made available excerpts from some tapes that he made at the
time including a request for "Bondu" the FST dog.
are some sound files made from recordings of Radio 219 (medium
wave) in 1975. I have recoded the end of a track, disc jockey
commentary, the beginning of a track in each case. There is
plenty on the tracks to confirm authenticity and in particular,
in the last track, there is a request for Bondu the dog who is
featured on your site already (I wonder if he was listening?)
|Radio 219 recording 2
|Radio 219 recording 3
|Radio 219 recording 4
|Radio 219 recording 5
|Radio 219 recording 6
|One clip indicates
that "Radio 219 broadcast on 212metres or 1434 KHz in the
So why was it called "Radio 219"? Did other remote RAF airfields
have local broadcast stations and were they all called Radio 219
and powered by some standard bit of kit ? If any one can help
please contact the
"The reason the station was called Radio 219
was; that was the telephone extension. (EXTENSION 219)
I was stationed at salalah 1970-1971 and was
a DJ on 219. My boss was F/O Nick Brewer SATCO. He was also a
part of 219.
Yes it was
Wakey Wakey rise and shine!
It`s Breakfast Special with 219!!!!
Thanks for the memory,
John Somerville ATC"
e-mail 20th May 2011
I was a 'DJ' at RAF
Stanbridge in the 1960's but that was a 'tannoy' based system,
I spent many a happy hour dragging cables around in
the piping conduits to equip the outlying blocks.
We had one small room in one of the blocks with a
19" rack based system of professional amps and turntables, and
quite an extensive library of the latest pop records. It was
probably funded by SIF, but I am not sure about that. when we
were not 'on air' we had the facility to relay four separate BBC
I suspect that a lot of the stations had similar
equipment, but I never came across a live on air system until I
auditioned for BFBS in Aden. Now that is another story.
Was the same at
RAF Compton Bassett in early 60's, wire broadcast.
Salalah now, if
I recall correctly (I was in Bahrein in 70's) was a BFPS
station. You could confirm that I guess with them, if
their records (no pun intended!) go that far back...
(RAF Amateur Radio Society)
Ah those idyllic brown
knees days - not a care in the world except where is the next
beer coming from and will there be a pile up on 20m today!
I did the penal colony on
Masirah in 65/66 (VS9OC) there was a medium wave broadcast
station there It was totally operated by the RAF boys at Masirah
(In those days only 97 white/red (sunburn) men on the Island) I
cannot recall the station name but its kit was all
Trust supplied (for the entertainment and edification of the
troops). Likewise Gan in 71 had a similar set up, I did
not get involved with that one as VS9MF was busy but I recall it
was Radio 180 which was also the BFPO number (180). So
between the 2. If Salalah was BFPO 219 (QED) and I strongly
suspect the kit was the result of Nuffield trust Grants.
(Got some fotos of the Masirah set up somewhere!!!)
(Mike G3VAO Member RAFARS)
Hi All. I was a DJ at Aden
Forces Broadcasting Station was not aware of Salalah Radio
and when I was at Masirah
in 1959 again I was not aware of Radio Salalah so it must have
1960 when Persian Gulf
stations became Forces Broadcasting stations.
sorry cannot help you on
In the 70s I used to be a disc jockey once a week on the RAF
Cosford 'tannoy' type broadcasting system with a programme
entitled 'Classics for classic haters'.
I could play whatever classical music I liked. The intro music
got quite popular...J S Bach's Brandenberg Concerto No 3,1st
I believe a low power medium wave radio system replaced the
tannoy one but when I don't know when.
|The BBC of course also broadcast from
Masirah Island and were very anxious to retain that capability.
So anxious in fact that the British Government were "on the
hook" to service the airfield at RAF Salalah lest they lose that
facility at Masirah.
Radio Aden from the PDYR also broadcast in Arabic to Dhofar
The USSR had a listening post in Socotra to the south but in
addition Radio Moscow had an Arabic Service. A transcript from
1973 is included below in which they suggest that things were
going rally rather badly for the Sultanate and that the rebels
were gaining the upper hand.