Treetop Antennas: Featured with my friend Wlodek (US7IGN) on BBC Radio 4 Short Cuts

I’m very honored to be featured with my good friend Wlodek (US7IGN) in a short radio documentary on BBC Radio 4 today.

Wlodek is long-time reader and subscriber here on the SWLing Post and Wlodek lives in Kiev, Ukraine and we keep in touch these days over email. Like me, he is passionate about field radio work and before the Russian invasion, you’d often find him in nearby forests experimenting with some pretty impressive field antennas.

Sadly, when Russia invaded Ukraine earlier this year, it very quickly brought an end to all of that for Wlod. Not only were amateur radio operators not allowed to transmit under the state of emergency, but it’s no longer safe to venture into nearby forests.

Radio producer, Cicely Fell, learned about our love of all things field radio and put together an audio piece that airs today on BBC Radio 4:

BBC Radio 4 Short Cuts

From the forests of North Carolina, USA to the city of Kyiv, Ukraine – two ham radio enthusiasts seek each other out and a voice from the past prompts a dialogue on listening between a rabbi and a radio producer.

Click here to listen via the BBC Radio 4 website (note that the audio can be streamed shortly after the program airs today).

Many thanks to Cicely and her talented team at Falling Tree Productions for spending a little time with us in the forest and on the air! Truly an honor.

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3 thoughts on “Treetop Antennas: Featured with my friend Wlodek (US7IGN) on BBC Radio 4 Short Cuts

  1. Rob W4ZNG

    Yes indeed, 13dka, the show picked the right people to represent amateur radio. The show certainly portrayed the deep mystery of radio, reaching across an ocean.

    OK though, the second segment on the podcast mp3 was just really flippin’ weird. And the third… somber and sobering.

    Just a couple more weeks and the weather will be cooling (a little) here in N FL. Then I can go spin some wire cobwebs of my own in the trees and talk with people far away.

  2. Mike C. N0TLD

    Seconding 13dka’s comments. A really nice program feature well worth the listen. Congratulations to all involved, just wonderful. Praying for you and your country, Wlodek.

  3. 13dka

    What a nice, calm and thought-provoking feature the BBC is broadcasting there on a Tuesday afternoon! It wrapped up so many things about radio and it was done really great! Also, they picked just the right protagonists for that. 🙂


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