December 2017 - Ian McFarland MP3 library mark-downs.

Yikes! This website site has been on the air for over 20 years! MP3 downloads on sale now until Christmas - Here...

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.

As a licensed Amateur radio operator in Canada (VA7WWV) his gear includes Kenwood and ICOM transceivers.


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 - July 2007 - A rare visit from the late DX legend John Bryant (on the right) with DX legend Dr. Walter Salmaniw (middle) and DX Legend Nick Hall Patch on the right - at Discovery Coffee in Victoria B.C. Canada

Photo Lower Right - 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.

Talking Ham Radio with Nora Young on CBC Radio Spark

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

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. Judging by some activity lately, there is still some life in actual conversations!

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.


In Memory of John BryantMP3 Sale - 2018 no more -

After years of putting out CD's and MP3 files to raise funds, we are done.

Everything is marked down in the MP3 aisle! If you haven't grabbed some of our audio podcast downloads - check them out while you can - bargain basement prices!

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. 


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!