The DXer.ca website site has been on the air for over 20 years and is listed as a resource in the 2018 edition of the World Radio TV Handbook! 

Letters for Ian McFarland

Welcome to the DXer.ca website - hosted in Victoria B.C. Canada the DXer.ca website has promoted the radio listening

(SWL/DXing) hobby since the mid-1990's -- as well as promoting Amateur radio and electronics experimentation and development.

Your host, Colin Newell, has been a radio listener and enthusiast since 1971.

His collection of radios include his original Radio Shack DX150B which he acquired on November the 3rd, 1973 (A Saturday!) as well as classics like the Drake R8.

REVIEW! We have a sample CCRANE Skywave SSB portable radio to review! Part one now!

Newsflash - Yours truly is developing a dual antenna phaser for the medium wave band that will allow listeners to null out local pests or regional powerhouses to hear what is underneath from an entirely different direction as well as reduce or eliminate sources of noise.

Photo above right - Letters for Ian McFarlands swift recovery!

Send me an e-mail for more details. 


I am always trying different antennas for the best possible reception and I build VACTROL - remote antenna termination controllers for FLAGS/Pennant/KAZ and longwire antennas.


As someone who is as enthusiastic about the process of assembling a station as he is the actual activity, Colin enjoys building better antennas to cope with an increasingly noisy radio environment.

One of his favourites is the FLAG-Pennant antenna that he has given a lot of attention to - an antenna that has an amazing amount of directional signal rejection thanks to the use of a variable remote termination.

Not only that, but the FLAG/PENNANT antenna is useful for SW listening as well as medium-wave station hunting.

You can check out some of his work with the FLAG antenna and VACTROL system over here.


Photo lower-lower Right - The Eton "Grundig Edition" Satellite.

2018 Eton Satelite DXer.ca REVIEWAudio Feature #1 - 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.

PHOTO RIGHT - One more review in the queue! The eton Satellite! Going to borrow one - and then review it! Hopefully by the end of March!

Audio Feature #2 - 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!


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

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 or you are a media outlet that wants to talk to a Canadian expert on the subject of emergency planning and communications - and how ham radio plays a significant role in emergency preparedness and response.