[CQ-Contest] SWL QSL cards

Zack Widup w9sz.zack at gmail.com
Sun Mar 14 15:50:31 PDT 2010

I still do quite a bit of SWL'ing. I also like to listen for UTE and
spy numbers stations. I have also noticed the absence of some stations
that I heard all over the band in the late 60's.

I can understand Radio Moscow's lack of presence now. But whatever
happened to Radio RSA, South Africa, that dominated the shortwaves in
the 60's? Radio Portugal? Etc?

The lack of sunspots may have some effect on my inability to hear some
of these stations, but I wonder if they have decreased their number of
English-language broadcasts to North America?

Radio Beijing is difficult to hear on their transmissions from China,
but they now have closer relay stations which are easier to hear.

Also, I have never done this but I have thought of sending a SWL card
to big DXpeditions I didn't get to work. Even if I didn't have a QSO,
I could still have a card.

73, Zack W9SZ

On Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 4:53 PM, Edward Swynar <gswynar at durham.net> wrote:
> Ryan wrote:
> "...But I've been an SWL for over 20 years myself and the SWL hobby is
> definitely on the decline..."
> **************************************
> It's no wonder the hobby is on the decline...
> I was shocked upon my return to casual SWL'ing last year, with the
> conspicuous absence on the airwaves of the once-stalwart VOA, BBC, and
> others.
> One can only take-in so many religious surmons, and left-wing / right-wing
> political rants. What complete & utter garbage! If the airwaves were like
> they are now, only some 31 years ago, I seriously doubt that I would have
> bothered to tune the bands myself back then.
> ~73!~ de Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ
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