Tag Archives: Thomas Witherspoon

“Less plug” and much “more play”–!

Aw, gee–you know you’ve made it the in the world when the talented and inimitable Jeff Murray (K1NSS) takes the Mickey out of you with his quirky vintage-style imagery.  This time, it was yours truly that got a dose of the Murray treatment… … Continue reading

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October 10: Let’s talk shortwave…and astronomy

I’ve been invited to speak at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), a non-profit educational radio astronomy observatory (and former NASA tracking station as well as one-time NSA installation), in the mountains of western North Carolina. I’ll be speaking about shortwave radio, … Continue reading

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Could software-defined radios empower citizen journalists in North Korea?

I was recently interviewed and quoted in an article by Ole Jakob Skåtun at NK News. Skåtun is exploring the possibility of using inexpensive SDR dongles as a means for citizen journalists to receive and potentially send information across the North Korean border: … Continue reading

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The Spectrum Monitor: a new radio magazine finds a home in the digital world

I’m happy to announce that there is a new radio magazine on the horizon: The Spectrum Monitor (TSM). The Spectrum Monitor, an e-magazine, will cover  amateur radio, longwave and shortwave listening, public service scanning, AM/FM/TV broadcasting, satellites, WiFi radio, vintage radio … Continue reading

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Shortwave Listening (SWLing): How did you get your start?

I love hearing stories about how shortwave radio listeners and ham radio operators got interested in the hobby. I’ll tell you about my experience, but I would enjoy hearing yours either in the comments section or by sending me an … Continue reading

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The relevance of shortwave radio for UNESCO’s World Radio Day 2013

Wednesday, February 13th 2013 is World Radio Day.  UNESCO describes World Radio Day as “a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access … Continue reading

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Radio France International features Ears To Our World

Many of you know how important I consider shortwave radio to be in the third world and for those living under repressive regimes. Radio France International recently interviewed me regarding these views and my position as the founder and director … Continue reading

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