NASWA Journal Columns

Easy Listening, December 2006

RCI’s The Link — Intro to Canada

The lead item last month was the launch of new programming from Radio Canada International—primarily, a new program called The Link, designed as a program serving two purposes: Providing information about Canada to prospective or new immigrants, and providing information about Canada to listeners abroad. I had the opportunity to listen to The Link over the past month. The program seems to serve its intended audience well, but those who are well acquainted with Canadian issues will find the content to be pretty basic, assuming the listener doesn’t know all that much about Canada.

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Adrian Peterson’s Diary, December 2006

Wonderful Isle of Dreams

Florida! Vacation state for admiring tourists, winter haven for shivering northerners, holiday playground for traveling families, and jumping off destination for tour boat devotees. However, in addition to these idyllic descriptions that lure the wandering visitors and invite them to flow into Florida, we can also remember that the state of Florida has featured prominently in the international scene of shortwave radio broadcasting. Currently on the air today is the large facility of Family Radio with its fourteen shortwave transmitters located a little north of Lake Okeechobee, and the commercial station WRMI with its two shortwave transmitters located a little north of Miami itself. In earlier years, there was station W4XB-WDJM, the shortwave counterpart of the AM station, WIOD. It all began this way.

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Flashsheet #251, November 19, 2006

Next Deadline: Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006 at 1700 UTC (1300 EST/1200 CST/1100 MST/1000 PST).

All loggings to be sent to Mark Taylor at: and Rich D’Angelo at .

There is a DXpedition section added to this edition. Look for it after the UnIds.

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Kim’s Column, September 2006

Editor’s note: This column arrived too late for our print issue. We present it here on the site for the benefit of our members and others.

Internet radios in our future?

The FCC has pretty much signed on to Broadband Over Power Line (BPL). And there are all sorts of noises from new devices creeping into the shortwave frequencies. My Verizon FIOS fiber optic broadband access seems to be one of the culprits. It’s not the fiber lines, but the Cat-5 cables between the Verizon box outside my house and the various RJ-45 jacks in rooms throughout my house.

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Shortwave Center, September 2006

Howdy. Recently there was an interesting dialogue on the ODXA (that other prominent North American radio club) chat board concerning the decline of radio clubs and lack of member participation in pursuits—well, like this one! One result, though was an offer from an ODXA member to offer something he had written for publication here. Knowing a good offer when I see one, I immediately accepted. Our first article this month is the first fruit of that dialogue.

We follow that up this month with some pertinent items likely to be of interest to Journal readers from the Association for International Broadcasting’s various summer industry briefings that are sent periodically by e-mail to members. The AIB is the industry association for international, cross-border television and radio broadcasting.

But first, there’s an interesting piece about NASWA history from the archives of none other than Mr. Jerry Berg, who among other very worthy pursuits heads up the Committee for the Preservation of Radio Verifications (CPRV).

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Flashsheet 239, August 27, 2006

Editor: Ray Bauernhuber

Substitute Editor: Mark Taylor (

Next Deadline: Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006 at 1700 UTC (1300 EST/1200 CST/1100 MST/1000 PST).

All loggings to be sent to Mark Taylor at: and Rich D’Angelo at .

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Listeners Notebook, July 2006

Algeria [non]

Some changes of VT Communications Relays from June 12/19–RTA Radio Algeria again on short waves, all in Arabic:

0400-0600 7260-RMP 9540-WOF
1900-2000 9765-RMP 11810-WOF
2000-2100 9765-RMP 12025-WOF
2100-2300 7150-RMP 9710-WOF

(DX Mix News, Bulgaria, June 21/DX Listening Digest/Hauser-OK)

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Pirate Radio Report, May 2006

Hello and welcome to the May 2006 edition of the Pirate Radio Report.

Conditions on the pirate bands continue to remain viable, even though static levels are increasing. Enjoy it while it lasts! We also have several first time reporters. Keep those logs a coming. Because of the later sunsets, pirates should propagate later into the evening during the summer. On to the logs.

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Country List Committee Report, May 2006

Country List Clarification

NASWA’s Country List Committee is aware of some concerns regarding the use of the club’s standard Country List for purposes of the Scoreboard column and the Awards program. Hopefully, this will clarify the situation.

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Equipment Reviews, April 2006

Sherwood Engineering SE-3 MK III Synchronous Detector

Have you ever noticed in the receiver reviews in Passport To Worldband Radio that the reviewer may think that a particular radio is very good, but that the addition of the Sherwood SE-3 synchronous detector makes it great? What does the SE-3 do that makes it such a useful addition to an already good receiver? I had used an earlier version of the SE-3 with a JRC NRD-515 many years ago, but I decided to see what was different with the new model and see how it worked with more modern receivers.

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