Category Archives: Slightly Off Topic

The Radio New Zealand coastal forecast

In response to my post on the BBC Shipping Forecast, SWLing Post reader Mark writes: I just read your latest blog about the BBC marine forecast. It sounds very similar to the RNZ coastal forecast…..but they also have a mountain … Continue reading

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And now, the Shipping Forecast…

When I lived in the UK, I would often fall asleep and/or wake up to the Shipping Forecast: a BBC Radio broadcast of weather reports and forecasts for the seas around the coasts of the British Isles. Though I had, of … Continue reading

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Drew’s CB Tapes

SWLing Post reader, Chris, writes: “I found this web page  that my be of interest to your blog readers. A guy named Drew Durigan has saved CB radio audio of himself talking to his friends when he was a teenager … Continue reading

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BBC Countdown via the Infinite Jukebox

Referring to my obsession with the BBC Countdown, Jonathan writes: “You may like to play with the Infinite Juke box at the bottom of this post. You can make the countdown theme go on for hours!” What an amazing web application! Here’s … Continue reading

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Confession time: I love the BBC countdown

Most shortwave radio listeners are familiar with interval signals–those ditties that precede a shortwave radio broadcast–indicating a specific broadcast frequency and that a broadcast is about to begin. On television, there’s really no need for an interval signal: channel selection … Continue reading

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Buy a hi-tech sailboat, complete with shortwave radio

With all of the recent posts on maritime radio, I can’t help but jump slightly off-topic for a moment… I just learned that SWLing Post reader, Steven Roberts, is selling his completely geeked-out sailboat: a 1987 Amazon 44 called the … Continue reading

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The BBC crosses an ethical line in North Korea

If you’ve been a reader of the SWLing Post for long, you may know I am an avid supporter of free speech via radio and other media; I am also a strong advocate of journalistic ethics.  Following, I share choice words about a … Continue reading

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