Category Archives: Emergency Preparedness

What to broadcast after a nuclear attack? The BBC had a plan.

If you live in the UK and listen to the radio, you’ve probably heard that long-time announcer/broadcaster Peter Donaldson died earlier this week. For years–decades actually–Donaldson was a prominent voice on Radio 4. Donaldson was also well-loved by his listeners, and his colleagues … Continue reading

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Disaster DX audio podcast

Many thanks to Mehmet Burk of for sharing the following about his new podcast: Disaster DX is a new audio series from that looks at emerging disasters through the lens of humanitarian broadcasting. Episode 1 focuses on the impacts … Continue reading

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The best general coverage transceivers for shortwave listening

This article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of The Spectrum Monitor Magazine. Like many amateur radio operators, I became interested in HF radio because of my real passion for shortwave radio listening. During my first fifteen years as an … Continue reading

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AirChat: Long-distance digital communications via radio

Last month, I was interviewed by NK News regarding the possibility of using inexpensive SDR dongles as a means for citizen journalists to receive and potentially send information across the North Korean border. Of course this is possible: digital communications over radio is becoming easier and … Continue reading

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International SW Disaster Test: June 4-5, 2014

SWLing Post reader, Mehmet Burk, has just published information about the upcoming international disaster test on shortwave radio, coordinated by the High Frequency Coordination Commission (HFCC) for the International Radio for Disaster Relief project. Mehmet has details of this June 4 – 5 … Continue reading

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“Why The Humanitarian Community Should Shape The Future Of Shortwave”

As World Radio Day approaches, writer Mehmet Burk (founder of considers the importance of shortwave radio, especially in terms of disaster relief. Burke posted the article, Why The Humanitarian Community Should Shape The Future Of Shortwave on Here’s a quote: “In the … Continue reading

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One of the most popular posts on the SWLing Post each year is the annual Holiday Radio Gift Guide. I started this annual post in 2010 when I realized that it would be easier than answering an in-box full of … Continue reading

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