Category Archives: Nostalgia

Paul Litwinovich’s Vintage Radio series

Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Richard Cuff, for pointing out a brilliant series of articles called Vintage Radio by WSHU Chief Engineer, Paul Litwinovich. Here are links to each article written thus far in the Vintage Radio series. If you would like … Continue reading

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Nothing on the bands? Check out the Shortwave Radio Audio Archive!

Alas! Lately, the sun has been playing tricks on those of us who enjoy the magic of radio wave propagation. Due to solar disruptions in the ionosphere, propagation has been fickle, albeit with a few good openings. And it’s not likely to get … Continue reading

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How to listen: A 1930 BBC radio manual

Many thanks to David Goren for sharing this article from Open Culture: A comparison between the invention of radio and that of the Internet need not be a strained or superfical exercise. Parallels abound. The communication tool that first drew … Continue reading

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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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