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FTIOM & UBMP, November 18-24

From the Isle of Music, November 18-24: This week, we listen to music from the winners of the Academic Music (concert music) categories of Cubadisco 2018 and some related Special Prize winners. The transmissions take place: 1. For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere (including parts […]

Celebrating ten years of the SWLing Post––and a chance to win a piece of broadcasting history!

Ten years ago, I created a blog. I designed the SWLing Post as a simple site where I could share a few links and articles about my favorite topic: radio.  And maybe educate a few new listeners about the hobby. Never would I have imagined that within a few years, the site would grow to […]

Marcus’ countryside mobile listening post

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Marcus Keulertz, from Düsseldorf, Germany, who writes:. Here are some nice pics about my own special way practicing our beloved radio hobby. I was quite satisfied with my logs. I heard Radio Taiwan’s Mandarin broadcast and All India Radio National Service in vernacular languages. I did [all  of this listening  from] […]

Radio Survivor podcast highlights “The FCC’s Effort To Decimate Community Media”

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, William Lee, who shares the Radio Survivor’s Podcast #166: The FCC’s Effort To Decimate Community Media: The FCC has proposed to de-fund community media through an arcane rule that determines how contributions from cable companies to public-access, educational and government (PEG) stations are counted. Because it’s arcane, the effort […]

DXtreme Station Log 14

Many thanks to SWLing Post sponsor, Bob Raymond with DXtreme Software, for sharing the following press release: Product Announcement DXtreme Station Log 14 DXtreme SoftwareTM has released a new version of its popular logging program for Amateur Radio operators: DXtreme Station Log 14TM. New Features in DXtreme Station Log 14  DX Spot Checker Now Has Two […]

Wellington Brewery’s UVB-76 Imperial Stout Series

(Source: Canadian Beer News via Richard Cuff) GUELPH, ON – Wellington Brewery has announced details of a second annual set of bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts that are due for release later this month. UVB-76 (11.9% abv) takes its name from a mysterious shortwave radio station that broadcasts a repeating buzz tone that is occasionally interrupted […]

On Remembrance Day…

Today, November 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the end of The First World War. The First World War–also known as World War I and the Great War–was a global war that originated in Europe and lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. It’s estimated that nine million combatants and seven million […]

Radio Deal: Midland WR120 weather radios on clearance at Walgreens

Last week, we posted an article about weather radios and Aaron’s assessment of the Midland WR120. Shortly after publishing Aaron’s post, Nicholas Pospishil commented (on Facebook) that the US pharmacy chain Walgreens has the Midland WR120 on clearance. In fact, his local Walgreens priced the WR120 at $3.50–a phenomenally low price! I had to investigate […]

Dan spots a JRC NRD-301A on eBay

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Dan Robinson, who notes: This is the first NRD-301A seen on the used market in many years: Click here to view on eBay. Thanks, Dan! I would love to add an NRD-301A to my radio shack, but those commercial-grade receivers are simply outside my comfort zone in terms of […]

WSJ: AM radio and electric cars don’t mix

(Source: Wall Street Journal via Bob LaRose W6ACU Cars and AM radio go back a long way, but there’s a rough road ahead for the old travel buddies. The same types of electric-powered motors that propel Teslas past 150 mph and the Chevy Bolt as far as 238 miles on a charge, are a total […]

Radio Deal: Eton Mini Compact AM/FM/Shortwave Radio

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Christian, who notes: The price of the Eton Mini has dropped again to a historic low of $24.15. I’ve been watching Grundig prices on Amazon and they’ve been moving around a lot. The lowest prices only seem to last a day or two. As we all know Amazon can change them […]

Top DX Radio Club’s SWDX December contest

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, John C, who writes: I wanted to inform your readers and you of a really cool SWDX contest that’s free of charge and lasts throughout the month of December. The attached website has all the contest rules. I participated last year and enjoyed it very much. They sent a […]

Switzerland: Museum Tinguely to host a sonic journey

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Justin Moore, who writes: This may be of interest to your readers in Switzerland (and nearby!). From Bruce Sterlin’s Beyond the Beyond blog at Wired: “From October 24, 2018 to January 27, 2019, Museum Tinguely will host a sonic journey giving access to works of radio art from the last […]

All India Radio: Teaching students English via radio

(Southgate ARC via Eric McFadden) The Hindu reports the news broadcasts from All India Radio are being used to teach students English To make learning English interesting and interactive for high school students, the district administration has undertaken a novel initiative. All 149 high schools, 11 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas and 11 model schools in […]

Can you identify this receiver in the Netflix series “Dark”–?

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Ed, who writes: Hi Thomas, I recently watched the Netflix “Original Series” called “Dark” and a 9:54 into the first episode a 1970’s vintage shortwave receiver is shown being operated. I couldn’t figure out the make and model, but it may be a German radio as the sci-fi series […]

FTIOM & UBMP, November 11-17, 2018

From the Isle of Music, November 11-17, 2018: This week, our special guest is Angel Yos, leader of La Mecánica Loca, whose album Vamo’ Hacerlo won the Popular Dance Music – Young Talents category in Cubadisco 2018. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy! The transmissions take place: 1. For Eastern Europe but audible well […]

Midland WR120 Review: Aaron says weather radios, like smoke detectors, are something we all need

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Aaron Kuhn, who writes: “Weather radio? I’ll just use my cellphone for alerts.” If you’ve ever uttered or thought the above words – take heed. Late last week I awoke at around 12:30 AM to the sound of some incredibly strong winds outdoors. Glancing down at my completely muted […]

Review Update: CCRadio-EP Pro’s major improvements!

In April, I posted a review of C. Crane’s latest iteration of the much-loved EP series: the C. Crane CCRadio-EP Pro. Although the new Pro model had the makings of a great, simple DXer-grade receiver, the first production run was plagued with issues that, in the end, prevented me from recommending it to radio enthusiasts […]

Registration open for 32nd Annual Winter SWL Fest!

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor (and SWL Festmeister–!) Richard Cuff, who writes: Announcing a radio-related event that might interest folks here: Registration now available for 32nd Annual Winter SWL Fest, to be held February 28th – March 2nd, 2019 at the Doubletree Suites Philadelphia West hotel in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. Even though the Fest […]

SDR Primer Part 3: From High-End SDR Receivers to SDR Transceivers

The following article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of The Spectrum Monitor magazine: Welcome back to the world of SDRs once again In September we began of our three-part Primer on Software-Defined Radios (SDRs). Part One (September) focused on the nomenclature and components of a functioning SDR system; Part Two (October) took a look at some affordable […]