July 21 2017 - Ian McFarland says Thank you!

DX News! August 21st 2017 DXer/SWL/Ham Alert! There is a solar eclipse coming. Please consider participating in one of several ionospheric research projects - details over here on this website. The last significant solar eclipse in the Northwest (my neck of the woods) was 1979 - and the radio listening was very interesting! Be a part of history and get those radio dials polished up for some activity!
DX News! July 18 - 29th 2017 DXer/SWL/Ham Alert!  - We will be activating Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM beginning July 18th running thru July 29th. The special event call will be K5K, it will be a part of National Scout Jamboree. We will be working all open bands and digital as well. Plan to have quite a few Scout on the air working on their radio and communications merit badges. National Scout Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) will is a big deal and should have a number of special event stations active during the National Jamboree. Please pass the info along and also check K5K and/or K2BSA on QRZ.com for updated and new info. -- John wb5q


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Photo at Right - Ian McFarland (formerly of RCI, CBC and NHK Japan) celebrates his 80th with family and friends - and a card from 50+ well-wishers from around the World! Thank you everyone!

Former CBC and RCI producer, anchor and on-air personality, Ian McFarland is celebrating a very important birthday in July! He loved the card and all the good wishes - here is his response.

"To all my SWL friends & colleagues,  I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading all your birthday wishes & comments that Colin so kindly collected & transcribed from all your e-mails.  For this old man it was 

a most enjoyable exercise in pure nostalgia.

 Thank you all so very much!   There were lots of familiar names on those messages, and of course, to be truthful, lots of names that weren't familiar after so many years.  Memory loss is, after all, one of the unfortunate drawbacks of getting to the age that people refer to as "elderly"!  

I find it hard 
to believe that I retired from RCI over a quarter century ago now, mercifully, some years before its impending virtual destruction over the next few years.   I'm just grateful that I was at RCI during almost 25 years of RCI's heyday.   I'm also grateful for all the opportunities I had to travel to Europe, the U.S. and other parts of Canada to attend a variety of SWL gatherings and have the opportunity to talk with so many of my listeners.  I'm sure that over my years at RCI I met many times more listeners than the rest of RCI staff and management combined.  

Attending all those events, including the three ANARC conventions that were hosted by RCI, gave me many useful insights into what our listeners liked to hear about, and the determined efforts they made, especially in 

the noisy interference ridden listening environment in Europe, to tune in to my SWL Digest program.  I can't tell you how much that meant to me.  Many thanks again for all your wonderful birthday wishes & comments.  

Cheers for now & Good Listening everyone!  Kind regards. Ian."


Talking Ham Radio with Nora Young on CBC Radio Spark

CBC Spark - Feature audio stream - We had an interview on CBC Radio "Spark" a couple of years back on the subject of Amateur Radio as the Planet Earth's 1st form of social media - which I still believe it is.

This is one of my favourite interviews ever and I present it to you here in edited form via the HTML5 player below.

SWL Digest Final Episode - Feature Audio Stream - From the radio history archives - Ian McFarland of Radio Canada International - this is the final show of the DX Digest from March 24, 1991 - in its entirety! 


This was recorded in Manitoba by legendary DXer and SWL Shawn Axelrod (who may soon be joining us on the DXer.ca team!)

This is a one of a kind recording - and we release it the very day Shawn, Ian McFarland and I got together for lunch in Duncan, British Columbia! Happy listening!

Ian McFarland's Final Show on Radio Canada International - March 24, 1991

I am back on the air as VA7WWV and special event station CF7WWV - if anyone wants a SKED (any band). Send me a note

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My station includes the Kenwood TS-480SAT, ICOM 703+, receivers by Drake, NRD, Eton and Tecsun - and (currently) a MyAntennas.Com 80-10M End fed that tunes up on all the bands from 80 through 10 meters including the WARC bands. I do all modes from CW, FM-AM, PSK, SSB and JT65.

Photos Below - Ian McFarland just had his 80th birthday - and trust me folks, Ian does not look a day over 65! Years of hosting SWL Digest on Radio Canada International kept this man young! Thank you for all your wishes which were included on a 10 page insert on his birthday card! Ian is still very active with his primary charity - the Cowichan Valley Basket Society Food bank for those in need.

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.

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Currently forum spam is the only thing showing up on the forum so we will archive and shut down the forum in mid March 2017.

If I get a few unique requests to keep it alive, I will.

We mentor aspriing ham radio operators locally and can advise any Canadian thinking about becoming a ham radio operator - it is not rocket science and it's fun! Drop us a line if you have any questions about ham radio in Canada.

Photo left - An 80 years young Ian McFarland (CBC RCI and NHK) celebrates a milestone - I hope I am half as good looking and spry when I am 80!


MP3 no more - After years of putting out CD's and MP3 files to raise funds, we are done.

Thank you for your support over the years.

Ian thanks you! 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! 

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Your DXer.ca editor, Colin Newell, has been an SWL/DXer since 1971, an electronics technician since 1979 (Red Seal certified since 1985) and a licensed Canadian radio ham since 2008 or so. You can always e-mail him on the subject of radio, media, electronics and your broken radios!