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Chairman of DRM Consortium looks at the current state of shortwave

(Source: Radio World via Maichael Black) Note that the excerpt below is only a portion of the full article. Read the full piece at Radio World. Does Shortwave Have a Future? by RUXANDRA OBREJA When is the last time you heard a shortwave radio transmission? And why should you put up with possible crackly audio and some […]

Guest Post: Report from the 2019 Henry’s Island DXpediton

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Sandipan Basu Mallick (VU3JXD), for sharing the following guest post: Henry’s Island DXpediton 2019 World Radio day is observed by the UNESCO on 13th February every year. This year is the 8th year world day being celebrated with theme “celebrate radio and how it shapes our lives”.  In recent […]

WRTH 2019 B18 Updates & Questionnaire

(Source: WRTH) Dear WRTH reader, We have uploaded a pdf of updates to the B18 schedules in the International section of WRTH 2019. Visit Updates and click the “International Updates” link to download the file from the WRTH store. If you haven’t yet got your copy of WRTH 2019 you can buy one NOW using […]

eBay find: New In Box Sony ICF-2010, AN-1, AN-3 and AN-LP1

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Troy Riedel, who shares a link to this amazing eBay find: A Sony ICF-2010, AN-1, AN-3 and AN-LP1 all new in box. Here’s the description: SONY ICF-2010, AN-1, AN-3, AN-LP1 Short Wave Radio Monitoring Package Complete package of SONY Short Wave Radio Items. Originally purchased by me and in […]

Guest Post: Rawad shares his radio story

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Rawad Hamwi, who shares the following guest post: My Story With Radios by Rawad Hamwi My passion for the world of radios started 15 years ago when I “accidentally” got my hand on a vintage Sanyo U4SS radio/cassette player. At that time, FM didn’t mean that much to me, and […]

Bonito tests the SDRplay RSPduo paired with two high-performance antennas

Many thanks to Dennis at Bonito, who notes that he has just tested the SDRplay RSPduo on two of Bonito’s high-performance antennas: the MegaLoop FX and the new MegaDipol MD300DX. Bonito posted a detailed article about this on their website. Click here to check it out! SDRPlay RSPduo – Lasst die Spiele beginnen!

This NYC vintage vault is a source of electronics for movies and TV shows

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributors Kevin and Stan who share the following article from Gizmodo. Stan notes: You (and your readers) often comment on radios in movies and tv shows, so I thought ya’ll might be interested in the following article: “Where Movies Get Their Vintage Electronics” https://gizmodo.com/where-movies-get-their-vintage-electronics-1832218560 Turns out, some come from an […]

FTIOM & UBMP, February 24-March 16, 2019

From the Isle of Music, February 24-March 16, 2019: Our next three weeks: A. February 24-March 2: Our special guest is Yadiel Bolaño, the leader of La Tabla, whose album Tablero was nominated in the Música Bailable – Nuevos Talentos category of Cubadisco 2018. B. March 3-9: Our special guests are members of Conjunto Roberto […]

VKS-737 Australian HF Communications services for travellers

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Jerome van der Linden, who writes: At the Adelaide Caravan & Camping Show this last weekend, I picked up a brochure outlining the services of the VKS-737 HF Radio Network operated by a Public Benevolent Institution Established in 1993. Its mission statement is to provide emergency and general radio communications […]

United Nations: Radio still a powerful worldwide tool for ‘dialogue, tolerance and peace’

(Source: United Nations News via Mike Hansgen) “Even in today’s world of digital communications, radio reaches more people than any other media platform” explained the UN chief, adding that it “conveys vital information and raises awareness on important issues”. “And it is a personal, interactive platform where people can air their views, concerns, and grievances” he added, noting […]

“How one tiny Ontario station keeps listeners tuning in”

(Source: TVO.org) At Amherst Island’s CJAI 92.1 FM, volunteers host shows, work the mixing board, and woo advertisers — it’s just one of many small local radio stations across the province trying to do more with less AMHERST ISLAND — Radio host Brian Little takes a quick break from playing hit songs from 1975 on […]

Remembering “The Professor:” Micheal Pool, radio zealot and host of WFMU’s Audio Kitchen

Regretfully, I’ve had to bid farewell to few radio friends in the past few months.  But until very recently I never dreamed I’d be saying goodbye to my great friend and radio arts mentor Michael Pool, known to the radio world as “The Professor.” Michael was an interesting individual, to say the least.  His curiosity […]

Guest Post: Bolivian Miners’ Radio Station Documentaries

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Tracy Wood (K7UO), who shares the following guest post: Bolivian Miners’ Radio Station Documentaries Bolivian mine workers’ radio stations have long held an affinity among these Altiplano communities. Many were stations were targeted for shootings, bombings, etc. by forces loyal to earlier dictatorships. Today, few stations remain as the […]

Weekend Broadcasts of VORW Radio International

Hello readers! I just wanted to provide an updated schedule for this weekend’s broadcasts of VORW Radio International. For any new listeners – VORW Radio International is an hour long music based program, featuring listener requested music. It’s a very diverse show where you are guaranteed to hear music of many genres and eras! Here’s […]

FY 2019 NIST budget looks good for time stations

Many thanks to the number of SWLing Post readers who have forwarded this article from the ARRL News that notes the WWV Special Event Station, planned for later this year, is a go. This is great news indeed. With regards to the FY2019 budget uncertainty surrounding NIST radio stations WWV, WWVH and WWVB, the ARRL notes: […]

International Space Station SSTV Event Feb 15-17

(Source: Southgate ARC) Space Station Slow Scan TV Event Feb 15-17 ARISS is planning another of their popular Slow Scan Television (SSTV) experiment events from the International Space Station on February 15-17 Transmissions on 145.800 MHz FM are scheduled to begin Friday, Feb. 15 at 08:45 UT and run through Sunday, Feb. 17 at 17:25 […]

Radio Deal: ELAD USA’s February sale

ELAD has just announced new sale prices on their radios and accessories through their US store. These prices will be valid throughout the month of February. If I had the spare change, I’d buy the red DUO! Click here to check out these products online.

Eton/Grundig Satellit: Michael seeks advice on enabling DAB reception

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Michael Meyer, who writes: Hi Thomas. I have a question regarding the Eton Grundig Satellit’s DAB function – or rather: It’s missing DAB function. The Eton Grundig Satellit was reviewed in WRTH 2016 by John Nelson, demonstrating its capability of receiving DAB (Digital Audio Broadcast in Europe – some […]

Adam spots a Racal RA17 in Johnny Mnemonic

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Adam Sampson, who writes: One for your “radios in movies” collection: in “Johnny Mnemonic” (1995), there’s a Racal RA17 in one of the racks in the Lo-Teks’ headquarters. There’s also a Rohde and Schwarz SMDF/SMDA RF signal generator in the next rack which plays a pivotal role in the […]

Bitcoin sent over national borders via shortwave radio

(Source: cryptovibes.com via Jesse C.) Bitcoin Sent Offline from Toronto to Michigan Through Shortwave Radio The protocol used is identified as JS8Call which enables users to connect a shortwave radio to a computer. Although the crypto winter seems to have prolonged into 2019, it has not stopped various inventions and developments to take place. In […]