Category Archives: Radio History

San Diego Elephant Cage scheduled for demolition

On the topic of Wullenweber antennas, SWLing Post reader, Mike, points to this article on U-T San Diego’s website: Navy’s mysterious ‘elephant cage’ retired: Cold War-era structure a visual landmark on Silver Strand Beachgoers will say goodbye this month to the … Continue reading

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John Lennon and the Sony ICF-2001

Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Robert Yowell, who writes: “I happen to be a huge Beatles fan, and especially a fan of John Lennon’s solo music as well. The last album he recorded was “Double Fantasy” which was made in … Continue reading

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Tearing down an Elephant Cage

This past week, I posted a couple of articles about Wullenweber antennas (a.k.a. “Elephant Cages”). Many thanks to Andrea Borgnino who shares this article by Joseph Trevithick via Medium.com: The U.S. Air Force Is Tearing Down a Giant Spy Antenna: ’Elephant cages’ … Continue reading

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Mike recalls visiting the original Wullenweber test site

In response to our post Uncovering Wullenweber’s “Elephant Cages,” Mike comments: Sometime back around 2005-2009, I was doing maintenance on a NOAA climate station near Bondville, IL, and noticed several tall utility poles in the distance. As I figured they … Continue reading

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Uncovering Wullenweber’s “Elephant Cages”

Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Bill Patalon, for sharing this article via Gizmodo: In the early days of electronic espionage, the US intelligence community didn’t have the benefit of all-seeing spy satellites—it had to intercept and interpret high-frequency radio … Continue reading

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RNZ Sounds Historical: 90 years since first NZ/UK radio contact

Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Frank Holden, for sharing this episode of Sounds Historical via Radio New Zealand. In commemoration of the first radio link between New Zealand and the UK, host Jim Sullivan features a 1964 recording of New Zealand radio … Continue reading

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The BBC Genome Project

Many thanks to Mike Barraclough who shares this news: “BBC has today launched a website publishing every BBC programme ever broadcast by the Corporation from digitised editions of the Radio Times 1923-2009. Getting occasional internal errors at the moment presumably due … Continue reading

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