Monthly Archives: March 2024

London Calling: Joe Strummer’s Shortwave Influence

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Bob Butterfield, who writes:

London Calling by The Clash

Readers may be interested in the shortwave influence and story behind the creation of the song “London Calling” written by Joe Strummer of the band The Clash from the 1979 double album of the same name. It is produced and narrated by the excellent YouTube creator The Professor of Rock..

Here’s the video on YouTube:

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Hausa missing in the Summer 2024 DW broadcast schedule

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Paul Walker, who notes, “Hausa appears to be missing in the Summer 2024 DW broadcast schedule.” 

Click here to download the PDF.

Thanks for the tip, Paul. It does appear they’re no longer offering this language service. Perhaps someone can confirm?

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International sounds for the umbraphiles

Hi I’m FastRadioBurst 23 from the Imaginary Stations crew letting you know about this week’s shows. The first  broadcast is to Europe via Shortwave Gold on Sunday 31st March 2024 at 0900/1300 hrs UTC on 6160 kHz and then at 2000 UTC on 6160 kHz and 3975 kHz. This week we will bring you the worldwide sounds of Skybird Radio International. Tune in, chill out and listen to sounds from all around this planet of ours.

On Thursday 4th April via WRMI we bring you another episode of KSOL – The Eclipse Edition at 0200 UTC on 9395 kHz. You could use this show as a rehearsal for the big event on the folowing Monday. You’ll need your solar glasses, telescopes, binoculars and solar filters at the ready and listen in while we bring you some path of totality musical classics. It may go dark for a few minutes but don’t worry, normal service will be resumed!

For more information on the shows please email [email protected] and check out our old shows here.

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Pacific Odyssey: Latest Novel by DXer Ralph Perry

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Ralph Perry, who shares the following announcement:

Big news here is that after five years of hard work, yesterday was publication day for DXer Ralph Perry’s second novel, written under the pen name of Chet Nairene:

PACIFIC ODYSSEY – The Curious Journey of Lew 2.0” follows Ralph’s successful predecessor novel in 2021, PACIFIC DASH – From Asia Vagabond to Casino King.

This new story is a quirky mashup, something like Poltergeist meets Wall Street in rural Asia, with mood and themes similar to PACIFIC DASH . . . exotic and funny, about Westerners muddling about and being lost in Asia, experiencing amusing culture clashes, etc.

Lew Clarke is a thirty-something New York tech business wiz who hooks up a supply line with an odd, tiny company hidden away in a quirky little SE Asian country. After a number of Lew’s customers in America start experiencing horrible accidents, which internet rumors link to his imported products, he is forced to travel to the mini hermit Kingdom of Amazia to unwind the mess. But once there in the tropics, he finds his modern Western knowledge all but useless . . . and things generally further unravel from there. He makes great friends, falls in love, and once he learns the dark secret haunting the Kingdom, his mission becomes more than just saving himself and his company.

Both are available as eBook or paperback.

Ralph sends his thanks in advance and gratitude for early Amazon reviews, which are ever so important to get the novel well launched before the public.

Click here to check it out on (note that this is an affiliate link that supports the SWLing Post at no cost to you.)

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DICA 2: “The Revenge” – Giuseppe tests his updated homebrew antenna!

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Giuseppe Morlè, who shares the following antenna project:

Dear Thomas and Friends of the SWLing Post,

I’m Giuseppe Morlè from Formia, central Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea.

After the DICA prototype I created another one called DICA 2 The Revenge!

This other minimal antenna works differently from the prototype. It is shorter, has 3, 12 cm ferrites inside and has the sensors soldered inside in reverse on the telephone cable strap. It works coupled to a metal surface because it uses magnetic induction unlike the prototype.

In the videos you can see the differences between the prototype and the DICA 2…
and the yield on the highest ranges.

This small minimal antenna can tune listening from 3.5 to 30 MHz.

Thanks to you and greetings to all the Friends of SWLing Post.



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Radio Sighting in “Let’s Get Harry”

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Perry Lusk, who writes:

Guess what kids? Another radio sighting from the 1986 film Let’s Get
Harry! Lots of big names in this one including Mark Harmon, Robert
Duvall, Gary Busey, and former founding member of the Eagles Glenn Frey.

While on a covert rescue mission in Columbia, they found the bad guy’s
hideout with some old Yaesu equipment among other radios.

Hmmm… I wonder how far they could get out with that mag-mount
antenna? And what band is it tuned for?

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