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2021 Winter SWL Fest Program

Preliminary edition, January 15, 2021

All Day and Times UTC and all sessions nominally one-hour except where noted, but may run longer or shorter.

This schedule, accurate as of January 15th, is tentative and subject to change.

Friday February 26, 2021

1800 UTC

The Well-Equipped Scannist – A Scanner For Every Purpose – Tom Swisher

…and the gadgets, doohickeys and trinkets to enhance your scanning pleasure.

2000 UTC

Easy Antennas for SWLs Who Want to Become HF Hams – Skip Arey

Communicating is just as much fun as listening. Can your shortwave receiving wires do the job or should you be rethinking your station’s antennas? Uncle Skip will show you how to get on the air without mortgaging your house to do it.

2300 UTC

The Annual Free Radio Forum – Larry Will

Including: News, FCC actions or lack thereof; Shortwave free radio year in review; Everyone’s still doing the 6850-6980 area; But! There’s been a noticeable diversity in frequency use because of lousy DX; Noticeably in the 4000-4100 KHz and 5100-5200 KHz areas; Most active stations; Gallery of interesting QSLs and SSTVs from the past year; Medium wave free radio, the world above 1700; North American Pirate Radio Hall of Fame inductees for 2021; Resources for the free radio listener

Preparations are underway to simulcast this forum on WBCQ 6160 kHz. Watch this space!

Saturday, February 27, 2021

0100 UTC

The Shortwave Shindig in Exile – David Goren

From a secret location, David’s annual celebration of the medium. This time it shapes up like this: 0100 – Shortwave-related music videos, a look at the Brooklyn Pirate Radio Sound Map update, and more.

0200 – Live on WRMI! (frequencies TBA) – with music, interviews and special features.

0300 – A Replay of “Shortwaves/Long Distance” – the 2017 two-hour broadcast featuring the top submissions to NASWA’s and Wave Farm’s call for shortwave-related music and sound works.

1800 UTC

QRP General Coverage Transceivers: Bridge Between Transmitting and Listening – Thomas Witherspoon

We’ve seen an amazing array of full-featured general-coverage QRP transceivers hit the market in the past few years–during the doldrums of the solar cycle, no less. These rigs provide SWLs and even DXers a means to easily escape RFI and to experiment with portable listening posts. We’ll take a look at a number of QRP general-coverage transceivers I consider to be truly worthy, with a particular focus on the innovative Icom IC-705.

2000 UTC

Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood…er, Basement – Dan Robinson

Premium Receivers In A Time of Plummeting Shortwave

With All India Radio GOS in English all but gone from shortwave and Brazil shifting to DRM, among other depressing developments, Dan takes a look at the used receiver market in 2021, including premium receivers, and discusses the Japanese Buyee site.

2300 UTC

The Addictive Quality of Curiosity – Mark Fahey, Live from Freemans Reach, Australia

This building in the sleepy rural village of Freemans Reach in southeast Australia rarely needs heating. 18 receivers running 24x7x365 provide continuous coverage from 1kHz to 12.8GHz. Can the quest for knowledge ever be satisfied? This presentation is a live dive into the presenter’s Sisyphean obsession to monitor the world’s culture.

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