Category Archives: Nostalgia

Playa de Pals transmitter site history and documentary

In response to Listening to WWV at the source, SWLing Post reader, David (EA4998URE SWL) comments: What a “coincidence”. Hopefully, before the summer holidays officially end, I will be off to another shortwave transmitter site. Well, to the remains of … Continue reading

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Coldwar Radio: When the VOA was an offshore broadcaster

(Source: VOA News) In 1952, amidst the Cold War, a 338-foot Coast Guard Cutter was transformed into the mobile broadcasting base of the Voice of America. Its mission for more than a decade: send information beyond the Iron Curtain to … Continue reading

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BBC Radio 4 Extra: The First Pirate

The First Pirate is the title of a Radio 4 Extra–an interview with Les Woodland who tells the story of Captain Plugge, founder of Radio Normandy, the first station to take on the BBC. (Source: Southgate ARC) Capt Leonard Plugge was … Continue reading

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“This is the BBC” in 1960

Many thanks to Jonathan Marks who apprised me of this excellent 1960 film from the BBC. As Jonathan notes, it’s heavily scripted, but fascinating nonetheless. Click here to view the full video on YouTube or watch via the embedded player below:

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Dave’s late night listening session

My good buddy, Dave Richards (AA7EE), recently shared this message with his friends, many of whom do not know a lot about shortwave radio (yet): “I’m waking up very slowly this morning – was up until 4:30am listening to the … Continue reading

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Ken’s favorite QSL card

Regarding memorable QSL cards, SWLing Post reader, Ken Carr comments: “I received my favorite QSL card many years ago as a result of a random contact. I was just starting out in ham radio when I logged a QSO [contact] … Continue reading

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Victor Goonetilleke: The joy of DXing

Victor Goonetilleke has kindly shared a passage he recently posted to Facebook. Victor pretty much sums up why I still listen to the shortwaves: “For almost four score and 5 I enjoyed shortwave radio. Yes I was a DXer, and … Continue reading

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