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Register now for Radio Hobbyists' conference; relive history with Radio Prague's final shortwave broadcast

From time to time, I hear from people who've pulled an old shortwave receiver from the attic - or who'd like to purchase a new receiver.

To be sure, many international broadcasters are now available on the internet, via satellite radio, or via public radio.

But still... nothing replicates sitting in a warm radio "shack" - particularly during the winter - and twirling the dials in search of distant signals.

Truly long distance reception occurs most routinely on shortwave. But many of us can recall getting rather distant A.M. signals at night, and even long-distance F.M. "skip" occurs from time to time.

If you'd like to revive your old radio DX passions - whether shortwave, A.M. medium-wave, F.M., scanner, even "pirate" radio! - the biggest radio hobbyist event in North America takes place under an hour from Wilmington in early March.

In fact, the NASWA Winter SWL Fest will take place this year in Plymouth Meeting rather than Kulpsville, PA the first weekend of March... an easy drive from here.

Why not give it a try? Pre-register... for a lower price.

Here's the link to the Winter SWL Fest site...


Our Winter SWL Fest comes at a sad time, though, for many traditional shortwave listeners.

Budget-cutting has forced a few of our favorite broadcasters off the air: Radio Sweden, Radio Slovakia International, and now Radio Prague.

Radio Prague, in particular, has seen (and broadcast) a lot of history: The dark days before the Nazis absorbed Sudetenland, and then invaded the rest of Czechoslovakia; the 1968 "Prague Spring" followed by the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, and clandestine broadcasts.

If you want to relive some of this history, check out this final shortwave broadcast from Radio Prague Monday, January 31st, 2011...


Posted at 6:58am on January 7, 2011 by Allan Loudell

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