Category Archives: Art

Mark spots a National NCX-3 in Fargo season 2

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Mark Hist, who writes:

I’m currently enjoying season 2 of Fargo on Netflix. This radio popped up in episode 9, in use by the South Dakota police.

Sharp eyes, Mark! I’m impressed with the number of radio sightings you find in present-day TV and film.

“A DXer’s Christmas”

My buddy, Skip Arey (N2EI), shared the following poem on his Facebook page and has kindly allowed me to post it here!

Skip writes:

“I originally published this in the NASWA “FRENDX” club journal in 1987 and later in the December 1992 issue of Monitoring Times magazine. Many thanks to Steven K. Roberts for recovering the text for me as it never stuck to my hard drive. Enjoy.”

A DXer’s Christmas

(With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore)

‘Twas the night before Christmas,
and all through the house
The “Harmonics” were sleeping,
and so was the spouse;
The antennas were hung
from the chimney with care
in hopes that some signals
would come through the air;
The receivers were nestled
all neat in a row, With filters and tuners
all ready to go;
With a strong cup of coffee,
sitting at my right hand,
I had just settled in to some radio band,
When out of my headphones
there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my desk
to see what was the matter.
Away to the window
I flew like a flash,
To determine the cause of this odd static crash.
The Moon on the breast
of the new -fallen snow,
Gave my antenna wires an unusual glow;
When what to my wondering
eyes should appear,
But a weird little sleigh
and eight tiny reindeer.
With a strange little driver,
who looked like a “Hippie,”
I though for a moment
my brain had gone dippy.
More rapid than eagles
his coursers they came,
And he wheezed, and he cursed, as he called them by name: “Now Ten-Tec! Now Icom!
Now Yaesu and Philips!
On Grundig! On Sony!
On Kenwood and Collins!
Watch out for the porch!
Watch out for the wall!
Stay out of the way,
and don’t let me fall!”
As dry leaves that before
the wild hurricane ride,
When they met with an obstacle,
they kicked it aside.
So up to the house -top
the coursers they flew,
And got tangled in wire;
the old Hippie did too.
And then, in a twinkling
I heard through the ceiling, a great deal of cursing,
and swearing, and squealing.
As I shook my head,
and hollered out “Stop!”
Down the chimney the bearded one
fell with a plop.
He was dressed all in denim,
from his headphones to tail,
His clothes smelled like sweatsocks,
and his breath like cheap ale;
The stump of a stogie
he held tight in his teeth.
And the rancid smoke circled
his head like a wreath;
He had a fat face
and a great big beer -belly,
That shook when he burped,
like a bowlful of jelly.
He spoke not a word
but went straight to his work,
Opened up my receiver,
and tuned with a jerk.
Then sticking a finger
inside of his nose,
And giving a burp,
up the chimney he rose. The receiver it squealed,
and gave out a whistle,
And the stations I heard that night,
would fill an epistle.
And I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy DX, Old Man,
next time, leave on a light!”

Open Call for Sound Works: Short Waves / Long Distance

(Source: Wave Farm via David Goren)shortwave-long-distance

Open Call for Sound Works:

SHORT WAVES / LONG DISTANCE

Wave Farm and The North American Shortwave Association are pleased to announce “Short Waves / Long Distance,” an open call for works exploring the sonics of the shortwave radio spectrum (2-30 mHz), and the experience of long-distance listening. The call is in conjunction with the 30th Anniversary of the Winter Shortwave Listener’s Fest and Wave Farm’s 20th Anniversary, both of which will be celebrated in 2017.

Selected works will be:

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2017

Submission Guidelines and Instructions:
• Submissions are welcomed from all genres.
• Both pre-existing and newly created works are eligible.
• Works should not exceed ten minutes in duration.
• Shortwave Listening Resources:
Shortwave Receivers Online: KiwiSDR, Global Tuners, WebSDR
Frequency Guides and Schedules: Short-Wave.info, ShortwaveSchedule.com
Receiver Reviews and Listening Tips: SWLing.com, DXing.com
Shortwave History: On the Short Waves, The Shortwave Radio Audio Archive
• Artists seeking additional ways to record shortwave sounds are encouraged to contact David Goren for guidance at shortwaveology@mac.com.

Click Here to Access the Online Submission Form

Jury and Notification Schedule:
• A jury comprised of The Shortwave Shindig’s David Goren, and Wave Farm’s Galen Joseph-Hunter and Jess Puglisi will review submissions.
• Selections will be announced in February 2017.

About Ràdio WEB MACBA
Ràdio Web MACBA is a radiophonic project from the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona that explores the possibilities of the internet and radio as spaces of research, creation, synthesis and exhibition. Their shows are available on demand, and as a podcast subscription, and depart from contemporary thinking, philosophy, contemporary art, sound art and everything in between. The INTERRUPTIONS series features a theme-based musical selection and a related essay, which aims to explore the potentiality of two very different modes of engagement, text and sound, and the relationship and bridges that can be built between them. http://rwm.macba.cat/

About The Shortwave Shindig
The Shortwave Shindig is a live immersion into the wavering, noisy sounds of the shortwave radio spectrum. Live performances, presentations and extended, multi-layered audio mixes combine real time and archival shortwave sounds, taking the listener on a guided tour through the atmospheric neighborhoods where shortwave stations cluster. Reels of archival audio and a bank of receivers and are on hand for tuning-in to the distant, elusive sounds of the shortwave bands. http://www.shortwaveology.net/shortwave-shindig/

About the Winter SWL Fest
The Winter Shortwave Listener’s Fest (March 2nd-4th 2017) is a conference of radio hobbyists of all stripes who listen to frequencies from “DC to daylight.” Every year scores of hobbyists descend on the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania suburbs for a weekend of camaraderie and talking radio. The Fest is sponsored by NASWA, the North American Shortwave Association, but it covers much more than just shortwave. Additional topics include Medium wave (AM), VHF scanning, satellite TV, and pirate broadcasting. http://www.swlfest.com/

About Wave Farm
Wave Farm is a non-profit arts organization driven by experimentation with broadcast media and the airwaves. Wave Farm programs—Transmission Arts, WGXC-FM, and Media Arts Grants—provide access to transmission technologies and support artists and organizations that engage with media as an art form. Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM is a creative community radio station. Hands-on access and participation activate WGXC as a public platform for information, experimentation, and engagement. Over 100 volunteer programmers produce shows, and WGXC commits over 60 hours a week to transmission art and experimental sound. https://wavefarm.org/

DX-Philately: Stamps of Radio Stations by Continents and Countries

1979_stamp_Radio_MoscowMany thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Lennart Weirell, who writes:

I have not made a scientific research but I dare to say that there are more DX-ers who collect stamps than stamp collectors who are DX-ers. Out of these DX-ers who collect stamps there are several who collect stamps related to DX-ing or radio.

The editor of DX-Filateli in DX-Aktuellt, the Swedish magazine of the Swedish DX Federation, Christer Brunström, made a small catalogue of stamps with radio motive in the beginning of the 80-ies. This catalogue was followed by two supplements a few years later, but after that no update. But he has during the following years presented new radio stamps, first in Eter-Aktuellt and later DX-Aktuellt. You can find various web pages on internet with this subject, but I have not found a complete listing of stamps with DX and radio related motives.

In 2011 I made, based on Christer’s catalogue, articles and with his approval and with the help of various web pages, a list in Word (.doc) named ”DX-Philately – Stamps of Radio Stations by Continents and Countries”. It is one of the most complete listing of radio and DX related stamps available. The size of the file is about 1.1 MB and it lists about 400 radio stamps from 122 countries, and list the stamps per continent and country with date and Michel No. and motive. You can also mark which stamp you have in your collection, unused or used and it is easy to modify with new editions.

Now is the 3rd edition available for those who are interested. Please contact me via e-mail at

lennart@weirell.se.

Lennart Weirell

Many thanks, Lennart, for sharing your list with our readers!

Interview with Amanda Dawn Christie via Shortwave Service

RCI-SpectresOfShortwave

I just received this message from Filmmaker, Amanda Dawn Christie:

Just finished an interview with Christian Milling from Germany Shortwave Service about Spectres of Shortwave. The interview will be translated into German and is planned to be broadcast for Sunday, 27th November from 0900-1000 UTC on 6045 kHz in Europe and a Repetition the week after, 04th December from 1900-2000 UTC on 6145 kHz also to Europe. Eventually the English version will be transmitted to the UK and North America.

Thank you, Amanda! We’ll be listening!