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2017 Winter SWL Fest: Selected forum recordings

The DoubleTree hotel where the Winter SWL Fest is held. (Note the mag loop antenna on the top floor!)

This year, at the Winter SWL Fest, representatives from the Wave Farm recorded a number of Fest forums and events. Many thanks to David Goren who recently shared a link to these recordings on the Wave Farm’s website. For convenience, I’ve pasted a list of the recordings below which link directly to the Wavefarm archive:

“Turn Your Radio On” performed live at the 2017 Shortwave Shindig: Mar 4, 2017
Performed by Saul Brody

Pirate Radio in Continental Europe – A Personal View: Mar 4, 2017
Presented by Andy Walker ?+ Chris Ise

Shortwave Shindig Part I: Mar 4, 2017
Hosted by David Goren

Pirate Radio Year in Review?: Mar 3, 2017
Presented by ?George Zeller

Farewell to the BBG: What’s Ahead for U.S. International Media and the VOA?? : Mar 3, 2017
Presented by Dan Robinson?

Radio 101 Part II: Mar 2, 2017
Presented by Charles Hargove.

Radio 101 — The Past, Present and Future of Radio for Newbies and Significant Others of Radio Geeks: Mar 2, 2017
Presented by Charles Hargrove

Radio on the Road: Mar 2, 2017
Presented by Janice Laws + Steve Karlock

SDR on the Cheap: Mar 2, 2017
Presented by Dan Srebnick

SWL Winter Fest memories: Mar 2, 2017

Pristine Condition Braun T-1000 Receiver Appears on Ebay

The German industrial designer Dieter Rams is world renowned for his beautiful and functional product designs, including the Braun T-1000 portable receiver.

These fine, collectable receivers appear on Ebay regularly, but this one is in pristine shape:

The asking price is a cool $1,800 USD, but for the near mint condition of this T-1000 it is likely appropriate; perhaps the new owner will acquire it for a “Best Offer” price. Other T-1000s on Ebay currently are priced from $370 to $1,299.

Of course, the cost is in-line with a collectable value; functionally, it’s reception abilities are almost certainly surpassed by a modestly priced SDRPlay RSP1 or a vintage Sony ICF-2010 for instance. The radio aficionado interested in the 55 year old T-1000 is not expecting best-in-class reception, but the chance to own a recognized icon of industrial design (the T-1000 is in NYC’s Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection).

Click here for the Ebay auction of the Braun T-1000: http://www.ebay.com/itm/BRAUN-T1000-GERMAN-GRUNDIG-SATELLIT-LIKE-SW-TRANSISTOR-RADIO-NEAR-MINT-/201891688853

Guy Atkins is a Sr. Graphic Designer for T-Mobile and lives near Seattle, Washington.  He’s a regular contributor to the SWLing Post.

One vintage radio in two classic films

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Dan Hawkins, who writes:

This evening I watched the excellent Undercover: How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines on Netflix streaming. This is a 1943 training film for Office of Strategic Services personnel learning how be secret agents. The film was directed by the legendary John Ford who also took an acting role in the film. In this scene, Al is receiving his forged papers from an OSS agent before leaving for Germany. A radio may seen on a shelf in the background.

Undercover: How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines is also available on YouTube:

Click here to view on YouTube.

The next film is much better known. The same model radio makes a foreground appearance in Some Like it Hot. Osgood Fielding III has one of these on his yacht.

Maybe Osgood is laughing because the film takes place in 1929 and the company that made the radio was founded several years later.

I won’t spoil the secret of this radio’s maker and model. It will probably not take long for SWLing Post readers to come up with an answer.

Post readers: are you up for the challenge? 🙂 What model of radio do we see here? I’ll keep quiet, because it’s one of my favorite manufacturers.

And, Dan, many thanks. I really do owe you one because I was not familiar with Undercover: How to Operate Behind Enemy Lines. I can’t believe there was a WWII era Ford film I had missed. I, too, have Netflix but the YouTube copy you suggested is actually a better restored version in terms of audio.  Thanks again!

Short Waves / Long Distance Repository

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, David Goren, who shares the following (via Facebook):

Short Waves / Long Distance Repository

The Short Waves / Long Distance Repository is now online. Comprised of selected works from submissions to the highly competitive open call Short Waves / Long Distance, these 38 works exploring the sonics of the shortwave radio spectrum (2-30 mHz), and the experience of long distance listening. The Repository features the following works:

a lagoon, considered against its archival image, Sally Ann McIntyre (Radio Cegeste)
All the News All the Time, Dafna Naphtali
an electrical discharge, a sea of burning oil slicks, Sally Ann McIntyre (Radio Cegeste)
Argent Discovery, Jed Miner
CODEX: Post-Human Speech Sounds, Tom Miller (a.k.a. Comrade Squelch)
Caller, Ed Osborn
Chasing Waterfalls, Sam Rowell
Crimean Snow, John Roach
Elegy for RCI, Lee Rosevere
Fringe Area, William Basinski
Fuzz, Ricardo Paraíso Silvestre
Ghostwave, Jacques Foschia
Hellschreiber, Acoustic Mirror
I listened to the buzzer for hours and nothing happened (edit), D.N.P vs Mutate
Körper, Antonio D’Amato
L’abolition de la Croix, Meira Asher
Let’s Absorb The Waves As We Hold On For Dear Life, Nicholas Knouf
Michael Sedore, ND2Q, Dominique Ferraton
Modulation I, Javier Suarez Quiros
Ondes Simultanee et Perturber, Patrick Harrop
Oracle, Edward Ruchalski
Orbital Lullaby, Craig Dongoski
Over the Horizon, Pietro Bonanno
öö and ää, Evangelos Makropoulos, Gosha Hniu, Victor Math, and Horace Prawn
Short Waves, So Beast
Shortwave Radio, South Africa, IV, Gregory Kramer
Shortwaves trip, Paolo Pastorino
Spectres of Shortwave: Falling Towers (excerpt), Amanda Dawn Christie
St Columb Major – transmission received, Mark Vernon
Staubrauschen (Dusty Noise / Media Dirt), Timo Kahlen
Strange Sonars, Linda Dusman & Alan Wonneberger
Stratocode from nowhere, Flaub
The Perfect Storm, Stephen Bradley
Three Steppes Forward Two Steppes Back, Jeff Gburek
through the shortwave, part one, Spasmodular sounds from Steve’s shortwave
TransSonic Awakenings in D, Douglas Hedwig

Click here to view the Short Waves / Long Distance Repository.

Mark spots a Transoceanic in “Kiss Me Deadly”

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

Following your recent post about Hemingway, I spotted what looks like a Zenith Transoceanic in the the classic film noir, “Kiss Me Deadly” – a favourite of mine with such memorable moments such as the “What’s in the box” scene.

That does, indeed, look like a Transoceanic–possibly the Model T600? Great catch.  Thanks, Mark, for sharing your film and TV radio sightings!

Click here to see Mark’s previous contributions.