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A review of the Tecsun PL-680 with reader survey results

When I heard early reports about the new Tecsun PL-680, I was already wondering how it would stack up alongside other Tecsun portables. An early photo of the Tecsun PL-680 revealed how very similar it is, indeed, to the Tecsun PL-600, which has been … Continue reading

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Kyodo News Agency Fax and the Sony CRF-V21

My friend, @K7al_L3afta, posted to Twitter, the following fax he decoded from the Kyodo News Agency on 12,745 kHz today: The Kyodo News Agency is possibly the last marine weather fax station which faxes daily news (full newspapers) and navigational warnings to ships … Continue reading

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SSB for the non-technical

SWLing Post reader, Eleanor White, writes: [I] have a short article I put together for those interested in disaster preparedness, to give non-techies the basics of tuning an SSB signal.s Here’s the link: http://www.randomcollection.info/ssb-tuning.pdf Many thanks for sharing your article, Eleanor!

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Slate: Don’t Count AM/FM Radio Out Just Yet

Jeff, over at the excellent Herculodge blog, shares this link to an interesting article in Slate about the future of AM/FM radio in the age of podcasts. Click here to view the full article and check out Jeff’s excerpts on the Herculodge. … Continue reading

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Global 24’s take on the future of the shortwave radio

Many thanks to the staff of Global 24 for the following response to my post, Does Shortwave Radio Have a Future?: To Shortwave Listeners of the World: Shortwave radio is not dying. In fact, we think the whole story line should … Continue reading

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Joe Strummer: influenced by world travel–and shortwave radio

SWLing Post reader, Chris, writes: “After reading your piece on Peter Gabriel it reminded me of Joe Strummer and the Clash and the Mescaleros… The album and song London Calling was written from a huge influence from the BBC World … Continue reading

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Include in the CIA’s Survival Kit: the Sony ICF-SW100

I recently discovered an article on the excellent blog, LifeHacker, which describes the contents of the CIA’s Escape and Evasion Survival Kit. The kit’s contents currently include: Leatherman Squirt PS4 Slim Line Lock Pick 13 Tension Wrench Short Twist Flex Omni-Glow … Continue reading

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