Category Archives: Radio Modifications

My Raspberry Pirate is now radio-active

Two weeks ago, Make Magazine published a simple hack that turns your Raspberry Pi into a low-powered and portable FM transmitter/radio station. For those of you not familiar, the Raspberry Pi is a single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. … Continue reading

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Repairing the Tecsun PL-600 after electrostatic discharge (ESD)

SWLing Post reader, Michael Taniwha (NZ1MT), has kindly documented how he repaired his Tecsun PL-600 after it went silent on the shortwave bands. If this has happens to you, don’t toss your PL-600, use Mike’s excellent guide below for an … Continue reading

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Tecsun PL-880: How to fix the audio level problem

As more and more people are beginning to receive their Tecsun PL-880s, I’m receiving emails and noticing comments regarding an “audio level problem.” Here’s the symptom: when you tune your brand new PL-880 to a relatively weak station on AM … Continue reading

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Jeff designs an SDR “Go Kit” around the Softrock Ensemble

Jeffrey Fritz (WB1AAL) contacted me with details about his SDR (Software Defined Radio) “Go Kit” and has kindly allowed me to post it. Jeff writes: As a reader of the SWLing blog, I know that you are very interested in … Continue reading

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Using the RTL2832U $20 SDR for HF & trunk-tracker scanning?

In response to our post on inexpensive SDRs based on the RTL2832U, Jeff Benedict writes: Here’s a website that has a lot of info on cheap SDR gear.  They have a write-up on an external board which adds HF capabilities.  I … Continue reading

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Bill helps with low-power, license-free broadcasting

In reference to our post, Dave’s FM Station Empire, SWLing Post reader Bill writes: Nice article on the use of low power broadcasting. For the last 5 years my site,, has been helping radio enthusiasts along with schools and … Continue reading

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A simple upgrade for your Ten-Tec Model 1254 shortwave receiver

In the video below, Alan (W2AEW), shows us the installation and basic operation of an upgraded micro-controller for the Ten Tec Model 1254 Superhet Receiver Kit. As Alan points out in the video, this is one of two upgrades offered … Continue reading

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