Monthly Archives: February 2010

SWL Fest 2010 – March 5–6, 2010

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 Kulpsville, Pennsylvania this year. This will be my second year attending, and I have eagerly awaited the arrival of the ‘Fest.  It 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 Kulpsville, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia, 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 23, 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.

The Winter SWL Fest has two 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 over the two days of the Fest, 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 23 years and draw people from around the world to this small town in 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!

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Disco Music Via Shortwave and in DRM

The Disco Palace a radio station dedicated to disco music, has announced that they are now broadcasting disco music in stereo via shortwave radio and using DRM (Digital Radio Mondial) technologies. They are targeting North America and Europe with the following broadcasts:

Broadcast Frequencies
Europe from 1400-1500 UTC 6015 kHz
North America from 2000-2100 UTC 17755 kHz

The Disco Palace is based in Miami, Florida and owned by Alyx & Yeyi, LLC, is the first and only disco music radio station broadcasting in DRM on shortwave. Belgium-based TDP is the shortwave and DRM broadcast technical service provider of The Disco Palace.

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PCJ Media Brings Nash Holos to Shortwave

PCJ Media has announced the addition of Nash Holos (Ukrainian: “Our Voice”) to its program roster.

Nash Holos is a bilingual Ukrainian-themed radio program which focuses on Ukrainian culture with an international perspective. The program is produced and hosted by Paulette (“Pawlina”) Demchuk MacQuarrie.

Pawlina made her radio debut in 1990, when Nash Holos first went on the air in British Columbia, Canada. In 1996 she and her team disbanded but returned to the airwaves in 2000 and continues to broadcast on AM1320 CHMB Radio in Vancouver.

PCJ Media, producer of the New Happy Station Show, is bringing Nash Holos to the shortwaves. The first international edition of Nash Holos will air February 12th, 2009 at 0200UTC on 9955khz (via WRMI) and will be made available for download online at with weekly edition to be produced for PCJ Radio.

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