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Save the Dates: 2016 Winter SWL Fest

Mark Fahey hosts his forum, "Monitoring Dusty War Zones and Tropical Paradises: On Being a Broadcast Anthropologist"

Mark Fahey hosts his forum, “Monitoring Dusty War Zones and Tropical Paradises: On Being a Broadcast Anthropologist” at the 2015 Winter SWL Fest.

Richard Cuff and John Figliozzi have just announced the dates for the 2016 Winter SWL Fest–it will be held on February 19th and 20th, 2016. I encourage you to save these dates and plan to attend!

What’s the SWL Fest about? Check out my summary of the 2015 Winter SWL Fest.

(Source: SWLFest email discussion group)

Dates: Friday & Saturday February 19th & 20th, 2016

Location: Doubletree Guest Suites Philadelphia West, Plymouth Meeting, PA

[…]We expect to hold registration fees as they were in 2015.

Will get website & forms updated over the next couple of weeks…

-Richard & John, co-Festmeisters

Shortwave Radio Recordings: The Shortwave Shindig

Many thanks to SWLing Post reader, Matthew Williams, who recorded The Shortwave Shindig on 7,570 kHz at 2:00 UTC on March 15, 2014. Matthew was using his Kenwood TS-590S and an 80 meter doublet antenna at his home in New York state.

Here’s his recording, hot off the press:

If others were able to record The Shortwave Shindig, please comment with a link to your recording, your location and your receiver. I will post them on them on Shortwave Radio Audio Archive.

Many thanks for making this recording, Matthew!

Check out David Goren’s website Shortwaveology.net and his Facebook page for more shortwave radio productions.

The 2013 SWL Fest: another good one!

The SWL Fest Saturday dinner banquet and raffle draws a large crowd. This year, yours truly even had a bit of luck in the raffle!

The SWL Fest Saturday dinner banquet and raffle draws a large crowd. This year, yours truly (not pictured) even had a bit of luck in the raffle! (Click to enlarge)

I’m back from a week of travelling which happily included three nights in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, at the NASWA Winter SWL Fest.

As I’ve mentioned before, I look forward to the SWL Fest every year. Not only am I able to spend time with friends and radio “family,” but I have the opportunity to attend fascinating presentations and demonstrations that both explore and expand the very meaning of radio.

Next year, the Winter SWL Fest will be held between February 28-March 1, 2014; location to be determined. Do yourself a favor, and earmark those dates in your calendar. If you enjoy reading the topics here on the SWLing Post, I assure you, you’ll enjoy the content–and the company–offered by the SWL Fest.

Attend the 26th Annual Winter SWL Fest

For those of you readers who often feel you’re alone in your enthusiasm for radio, I highly encourage you to attend the NASWA-sponsored SWL Fest in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania this year. The ‘Fest is jam-packed with radio-related information and attended by many radio kindred spirits.  Forum topics this year will include the following :

  • From the WBCQ Archives – Larry Will

  • The Annual Pirate Forum – George Zeller
  • QRP: Operating and Listening at Low Power – Skip Arey
  • Economically Enhancing Your Collection thru Auctions and Flea Markets – Ed Mauger
  • Defeating Jammers with Text By Shortwave – Kim Andrew Elliott/Thomas Witherspoon
  • The Shortwave Shindig – David Goren (Friday night confirmed)
  • The Other Side of Satellite Monitoring – Dave Marthouse
  • More! All About Loop Antennae – Jef Eichner

If you’re interested in attending the SWL Fest, too, go to the official website and register!

The Winter SWL Fest 25th Anniversary

For those of you readers who often feel you’re alone in your enthusiasm for radio, I highly encourage you to attend the NASWA-sponsored SWL Fest in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania this year. The ‘Fest is jam-packed with radio-related information and attended by many radio kindred spirits.  From their website :

The Winter SWL Fest is a conference of radio hobbyists of all stripes, from DC to daylight. Every year scores of hobbyists descend on the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania suburbs for a weekend of camaraderie. The Fest is sponsored by NASWA, the North American Shortwave Association, but it covers much more than just shortwave; mediumwave (AM), scanning, satellite TV, and pirate broadcasting are among the other topics that the Fest covers. Whether you’ve been to every Fest (all 25, starting with the first year at the fabled Pink & Purple Room of the Fiesta Motor Inn) or this year’s will be your first, you’re sure to find a welcome from your fellow hobbyists.

For 2012, its 25th Anniversary, the Winter SWL Fest will have three days of sessions where you can learn about the latest developments in the radio listening hobbies, but there’s so much more going on. There’s a silent auction that takes place, where you’re bound to find something of interest. There’s the Hospitality Suite, where attendees partake of tuning oil and other treats and engage in spirited conversations. There is the closing Banquet, with after-dinner remarks by a luminary from the field, often one of the many broadcasters who attend the Fest, followed by the raffle, where you could win one or more of the dozens of prizes, ranging from pens from stations up to top-notch communications receivers. And of course, the infamous midnight ride of Pancho Villa that closes things out every year.

Your hosts, Richard Cuff and John Figliozzi, work throughout the year to ensure that attendees have a great time over the weekend, and by all accounts, they succeed stunningly. How else could this event have lasted for 25 years (!) and draw people from around the world to southeastern Pennsylvania? Won’t you join us?

Sure, I will!

If you’re interested in attending the SWL Fest, too, go to the official website and register!