Category Archives: Articles

PL-880 Hidden Feature: Adjusting FM muting threshold

Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Hector (AD4C) for discovering and sharing this hidden feature of the Tecsun PL-880. Hector writes: “I have been using the Tecsun PL-600 for some time but never was satisfied with its performance in SSB, … Continue reading

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Mega Review: the Tecsun PL-880, PL-660, Sangean ATS-909X, and Sony ICF-SW7600GR go head-to-head

This article, which extensively reviews–and compares–the Tecsun PL-880, PL-660, the Sangean ATS-909X, and the Sony ICF-SW7600GR, originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of The Spectrum Monitor Magazine. Without a doubt, it’s my longest and most comprehensive review to date. Summer:  time … Continue reading

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Radio World: Dr. Benway’s Good Deed

Many thanks to Ulis for sharing this article from Radio World about pirate radio broadcaster, Dr. Benway (of Undercover Radio), and his quest to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project Inc. Here is an excerpt from the interview: “Recently Dr. … Continue reading

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James Cridland: “Radio’s Brave New World”

Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Jonathan Marks, who shares this post, “Radio’s Brave New World,” a speech written by James Cridland. Cridland gave this speech at the opening of the Radiodays Johannesburg conference. Here is an excerpt: “There’s a theme that runs … Continue reading

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The state of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG)

  Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Lyle, for sharing this article from Radio World which takes an in-depth look at the state of US International Broadcasting and poses the question, “How effective is the BBG in 2014?”

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Frugal SWLing: Investing little, but getting a lot out of your radio

This article originally appeared in the April 2014 issue of The Spectrum Monitor Magazine. Let’s face it: SWLers and amateur radio operators are some of the most frugal hobbyists out there.  But the good news is that radio is a hobby … Continue reading

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Where to buy shortwave radios in New Zealand?

I received a message this morning from a Norwegian couple, Per and Elisabeth, who are circumnavigating the globe in a sailboat. They’re currently in Opua, New Zealand, and are looking for a shortwave receiver with SSB mode. They depart New … Continue reading

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