Category Archives: Travel

SWLing on a mountain with the Tecsun R1212A

Last week we visited Mount Mitchell, the highest elevation in North America east of the Mississippi River. We enjoyed a leisurely picnic at the mountain’s state park, and since I had a little extra time, I pulled out the Tecsun R1212A … Continue reading

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Shortwave Radio Recordings: BBC to the 2014 British Antarctic Survey

As promised, here are the recordings of the BBC World Service’s thirty minute broadcast to the British Antarctic Survey. The broadcast started at 21:30 UTC on June 21, 2014 and was broadcast on 5,875, 5,985, 7,350 and 9,890 kHz. As in previous years, … Continue reading

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Eric remembers SWLing while deployed in Abu Dhabi

In an email last week, my good friend Eric McFadden (WD8RIF), mentioned the shortwave radio set-up he used while deployed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates back in the early 1990′s. I asked Eric for permission to post his email notes–not only … 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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Reminder: Radio challenge ends Thursday

We’ve received some brilliant, creative entries in the Virtual radio challenge: your opportunity to piece together the best $200 (US) radio kit you might pack for one year on the remote island of Tristan Da Cunha. To participate in this challenge, simply comment on … Continue reading

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Yaesu FT-817 as a travel receiver

SWLing Post reader, Anil, comments on Traveling light, SWLing right: “I would like to suggest another candidate that is really hard to beat and is fantastic value when you buy a used one – The Yaesu FT-817 Low Power Transceiver. … Continue reading

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Virtual radio challenge: one year, one radio, one (very) remote island

Shortwave listeners are interesting, creative people who do interesting, creative work: they’re scientists, veterans, corporate employees, students, retirees, volunteers, politicians, musicians, inventors, entrepreneurs, engineers, humanitarians, reporters, artists, researchers, sailors, pilots, pirates…and most seem to be travelers. But to say the least, they’re very diverse. The joy of the SWLing Post, for me, … Continue reading

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