Author Archives: Thomas

“This is the BBC” in 1960

Many thanks to Jonathan Marks who apprised me of this excellent 1960 film from the BBC. As Jonathan notes, it’s heavily scripted, but fascinating nonetheless. Click here to view the full video on YouTube or watch via the embedded player below:

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Snow on the Dial – The Voice of Denendeh Falls Silent

If you enjoyed Garth Mullins’ radio documentary “End of the Dial” you might also enjoy his  follow up, “Snow on the Dial-The Voice of Denendeh Falls Silent.”  Mullins also produces the podcast, East Van Calling, which focuses on radio and various social justice … Continue reading

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Cold War Echo: RT investigates UVB-76

(Source: Russia Today via YouTube) “From a lonely rusted tower in a forest north of Moscow, a mysterious shortwave radio station transmitted day and night. For at least the decade leading up to 1992, it broadcast almost nothing but beeps; … Continue reading

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Radio: “a rare dimension to our human experience”

Regarding Garth Mullins’ radio documentary, SWLing Post reader, David Korchin, comments: “I got my start in a small FM station in Saskatoon—CFMC, doing overnights, then drive, then mornings. Kind of a loose format, and with such a small staff that … Continue reading

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Radio is dead? Not according to Mullins

Garth Mullins is an SWL and a radio geek:  yes, he’s one of us. What’s more, Mullins believes that radio is now experiencing a renaissance.  Listen to his brilliant documentary, End of the Dial, which was recently re-broadcast on the CBC … Continue reading

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Grundig G5 via Blinq: Might want to pass…

While many SWLing Post readers have reported positively about their experience with the online discount retailer Blinq.com, several buyers have not been happy with the used/open box Grundig G5 units Blinq is selling for $45 US each. Mike (K8RAT) noted that his G5′s … Continue reading

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Best application for the SDR-IQ on a MacBook Air?

I’m plotting travels soon and plan to take my RF Space SDR-IQ along for the ride. I’ve noted a number of excellent open source applications that work with the SDR-IQ, but many of them don’t work on the Mac OS … Continue reading

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