Welcome to the DXer.CA website. The DXer.ca site has been on the air for over 20 years now!
Contact - Need some info on this hobby or wish to introduce yourself? You can send me an e-mail and I will reply within 24 hours - guaranteed!
Photo above - We are playing with antennas like the Flag, KAZ and the Pennant. And one of the things that makes these units tick is the variable remote termination which turns a fairly small backyard antenna into a highly directional beast with upwards of 30db or more of front to back - eliminating noise sources and domestic pests on the AM radio dial! - and I am hand making these amazing boxes over here...
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Photo lower right - (Left to Right) DXer Dr. Walter Salmaniw, CBC-RCI-NHK Legend Ian McFarland and yours truly, Colin Newell.
What's New: We are populating a schematic diagram download for some common and popular receivers. Don't see what you are looking for over here? Send us a note and we might have it. You need to register here to see this file area.
Last Call: Our MP3 files featuring Ian McFarland will be retired in September 2016 - we feel that the CD sales and MP3 downloads have run their course and it is time for retiring them off of the site. If you are interested in these audio files, grab them while you can. It has been fun making these recordings with Ian McFarland - and we have generated many, many dollars for his charity. For those that have bought his CD sets and downloaded the MP3 files - Thanks to all!
Best e-mail ever! Making it all worthwhile.
This e-mail was received last night from SWL and HAM, Paul Gough. With his permission it is printed here and now. It is a gem! Thanks Paul!
I was going through website search looking for information about the Tecsun PL-660, which I just ordered, and I found the SWL website, which eventually led me to your site.
I spent a very enjoyable hour or so looking up all the names and radio stations that I remember when I was a shortwave listener in the '70s, '80s and '90s, and eventually searching for Ian McFarland led me to your site. I'm so glad that I got to the RCI stuff you have on your website before you retired it next month; I just found out about it but I ordered each one of the MP3 sets. Those are my orders from about 9:30 pm ET tonight(Tuesday), and I can't wait to listen to RCI again, the way it was when I was growing up.
I'm the son and grandson of shortwave listeners and amateur radio operators, and I literally grew up around shortwave radio and by the time I was 10 or 11, I became a shortwave listener myself. It was a wonderful hobby, and one whose memories I still treasure. I fell in love with world affairs and radio and with the news and journalism, and I have followed that as a career ever since. I stopped listening to shortwave radio in the mid-90s after my ICF-2010 died and I sold off my Realistic DX-150B and my Yaesu FRG-7, to my everlasting regret. But for years I listened to Radio Canada International and CBC Northern Service, with "The World at Six" and "As It Happens" every night on 5960 khz and then RCI. Loved closing out Sundaynight with RCI before I went to bed. I loved all the shortwave stations, BBC World Service and Radio Nederland/Radio Netherland, Radio Sweden and Deutsche Welle and learning French with RFI and so many other stations. I still remember fondly all that time, which I know is history now thanks to many shortwave stations being shut down in the interim.
Thanks to my father, I spent a fair amount of time at ANARC conventions -- '78 and '82 in Montreal, '79 in Minneapolis -- where I was the youngest attendee (or pretty darn close) but also how much of a thrill it was to meet all the people I heard on the stations. I remember meeting Jonathan Marks from RN, people from all over the world's shortwave stations, but especially Ian McFarland and Gordon Redding on RCI. They were all so nice, and they took me on a tour of the studios and the newsroom at the RCI/CBC building on Dorchester Boulevard, I think it was, in Montreal along the river. One of the biggest thrills I ever had was Mr. Redding talking about ANARC and meeting my father and I there, in '82, and remembering that I had asked why the RCI theme, "Clap for the Wolfman," wasn't ever played in full. That night, 34 years ago this month, they played it in full for me. I still have the tape that Mr. Redding made for me of that, right from the studio. Mr. McFarland was so nice and so welcoming as well, and I was a big listener of his programming, too.
Anyway, that's a long way of saying how much it meant to me that you have those recordings, and I can't wait to listen to them.
Paul J. Gough, KC3HNU