There is an SWL Contest in November and December!

The website site has been on the air for 28 years and is listed as a resource in the 2018 edition of the World Radio TV Handbook!

November SWL contest - There is a listeners contest in November - go check out the rules and conditions over here.  The contest actually runs from November the 1st to New years eve. There are lots of sponsors (I am one...) and lots of great prizes. Go check out the link - looks like fun. 

Wellbrook Communications - End of an era!

We have heard that Andy at the venerable Wellbrook Communications is closing up shop - it is a shock but these things are to be expected - everything passes over time.

Our hats come off to Andy at Wellbrook Communications -- we wish him the very, very best of retirement!
I know of few products that have had such a lasting impact on a radio hobby - Andy's projects were the Medcedes-Benz of Active antennas -- gracing many a DXpediton or backyard - personally, I have 6 of his antennas and cherish them all. Andy: Thank you for everything and all that you have done!

Speaking of retirement - the very same thing is on my mind -- so for all the gidgets and gadgets that I make; VACTROLS and PHASERS -- that may too be coming to an end -- I shall play it by ear! Enjoy the site while you can.

Reprints, reprints, we've got technical reprints!
I have been a member of the International Radio Club of America on and off since late 1975 -- that is a long, long, long time in any calendar system. One of the more active writers over the years is the venerable Nick Hall-Patch (who has been my neighbour and buddy since 1975!)

He has written a lot of technical articles and there are 100's of them over here on the IRCA website -- go have a look see.

We will be focusing more on the technical side of things -- and yes, the website has been stagnating a long, long time now.

Here is the entire flipping list!

Wanna talk radio - or ham stuff? Have a question about a broken radio. Want me to build or fix something?

Send an e-mail. Hey, you never know -- replies are almost instantaneous!

If you have been a regular visitor to, I would love to hear from you. Websites tend to be one way mirrors at times - and it can get very lonely in here. We have a forum but nobody does forums anymore so that will likely be deleted in time for the coming updates! If you have an argument in favor of keeping some kind of forum alive, please speak up now! Send an e-mail - if only to say, "Hey! I am alive too!"

My call sign is VA7WWV - I am very active with FT8, WSPR, CW, SSB on 80 through 10 meters AND 6 meters!
...but we don't spend too much time talking about Ham radio here as there are plenty of other websites and YouTube channels devoted to that...


Ian McFarland's final show on RCI - March 1991

Colin Newell on CBC Spark with Nora Young