Category Archives: Slightly Off Topic

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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Dave’s FM station empire

Dave Schmarder (N2DS) enjoys making radios and featuring them on his website, What you may not know is that he also runs his own FM stations empire…and you can too: I thought your visitors might be interested in my FM … Continue reading

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BBC: Curators discover first recordings of Christmas Day

An amazing piece of recorded history: (Source: BBC News) Curators at the Museum of London have discovered what they believe to be the first ever recordings of a family Christmas. They were made 110 years ago by the Wall family … Continue reading

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One bag + radio = the way to go

Having just returned from nearly three full weeks of traveling, I’m more convinced than ever that my just-one carry-on bag approach makes absolute sense. In one bag, I’m able to take everything I need, including casual and business attire, toiletries, first … Continue reading

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Get your radio nostalgia fix from The UK 1940s Radio Station

Several months ago, I wrote a post confessing that I recently embraced internet radio, and since then have been using a very affordable Cricket Android Phone as an inexpensive, portable wi-fi radio. You see, though I prefer listening to shortwave … Continue reading

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