4 comments for “De Afsluitdijk

  1. microdave
    October 10, 2019 at 18:59

    I’ve ridden on that! – On my old BMW 650. Must have been some time in the 1980’s, as I went to Leeuwarden (mentioned in the video) to visit Radio Fryslan, the local radio station. I had picked up their VHF signal during a period of high pressure, and sent them a reception report. A QSL card dated 26-5-86 duly came in the post confirming this, signed by the chief engineer – a card which is still on my wall cabinet as I type this comment. During my trip I also visited the (then almost brand new) shortwave transmitter site in the Flevo polder, which helped to send Radio Nederland’s signal around the world. Sadly this has now been closed and broken up, like so many similar facilities – a victim of the internet.

    Yes, I can now access a huge range of “radio” stations via the ‘net, but it’s not the same as hearing an elusive station, for the first time, the old fashioned way. Shortwave also cannot be controlled in the same way as the web -yes it can be jammed, but that only affects a limited area, and by using multiple frequencies, and transmitting sites the signal always wins eventually. I was an avid listener back then, and the “Cat & Mouse” games played between the West and the (mainly) Soviet bloc countries was something we were all familiar with. The US backed Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty also broadcast a damn good rock music show every Sunday – the source of another QSL card…

  2. James Strong
    October 11, 2019 at 10:24

    ‘All you need to know about slutty dykes’ is a great clickbait phrase.

    • October 11, 2019 at 11:06

      Quite tickled the fancy as, strangely, it did for my Dutch friend who pointed out that they’re incapable of things like that now over there. They’re in a Rutte.

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