Category Archives: Preparedness

It’s Field Day weekend: find a local event, have fun

If you live in North America and have an interest in becoming a ham radio operator, this is The Weekend to check out what amateur radio is all about, and meet local radio enthusiasts.  It’s Field Day. What is Field Day? … Continue reading

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International Radio for Disaster Relief includes special QSL: June 5 – 6, 2014

The High Frequency Co-ordination Conference’s (HFCC) test of the International Radio for Disaster Reduction (IRDR) broadcasts are on track for June 5-6, 2014. Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Mehmet Burk, who has posted the updated schedule on his website, Relief Analysis. Mehmet … Continue reading

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Portables, SDRs, dongles, kits, and a spy radio: our virtual radio challenge responses

Two weeks ago, I posted a virtual challenge for SWLing Post readers:  I asked you to imagine you were placed on a one-year research assignment on one of the world’s most remote inhabited islands, namely, Tristan Da Cunha, in the South Atlantic. Your goal … 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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CommRadio CR-1 and WRTH: Power outage essentials

Like much of North America, we’re currently experiencing record low temperatures and strong winds here at our mountain home. This morning, I woke to no power and no Internet. My iPhone still works though, hence the ability to publish this … Continue reading

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