When I was a kid I collected QSL cards from mediumwave and shortwave broadcast stations. I remember how much I looked forward to coming home from school because of the chances that there'd be mail for me from some radio station. Now that I'm a ham, it's amateur QSLs I get. Anyway, last week I got my first reception report from an SWL who heard me in the Pennsylvania QSO Party. It was really nice being on the other end of the SWL QSL business. The report was actually on eQSL but I was happy enough with the report that I mailed the guy a paper card too.
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I started my radio career as a Teen-aged SWL/BCL. When I started listening to hams I decided to start studying for a license. 46 years later I still do a little SWLing ...Too bad the marine signals are all digi now, I liked listening to the cw and findiing out where the old ones were located...now I have a much better reciever in my TS440s and even can listen to the beacons below 500 kHz !
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Thanks, everyone. Keep all your best stories coming in...I'm going to include them in the Opus chapter, "From DC to Daylight."
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I get cards from SWL's once in a while. I even got a letter with a marriage proposal from a girl in Poland in the early 80's. I think I have it in a shoebox someplace. Short Wave was more interesting during the cold war. Many exciting exchanges of propaganda and saber rattling. Now it's mostly colloidal silver, bowel health, and Jesus loves you so send me $10.
§ 97.101(b)Each station licensee and each control operator must cooperate in selecting transmitting channels and in making the most effective use of the amateur service frequencies. No frequency will be assigned for the exclusive use of any station.
My first electronics kit was the rocket ship crystal radio sold by Lafayette. Used to lay in bed, ground to the radiator, and alligator clipped to the storm window. Listened to Gene Sheppard on the old WOR 710 in NYC. Accidently discovered winter evening medium band DX and I was hooked at the age of 14. A used Hallicrafters S38B followed shortly thereafter.
Heres a video of MY HB Iambic key, ran via software keyer. I wanted to get on CW with an Iambic key really really bad and had no money for it at the time, so I built one, like you guys... had fun and learned a lot too...
I do some swling still nowadays doing air band on 5MHz alot and some 90, 49 and 31m listening (I like Radio Netherlands) Also maritime and commercial on 4 and 5 MHz is cool. As you can see I mostly listen at night.
Since I have a high noise level I am limited. but have been proudly given the call (unofficially) of VE7009 for and SWL callsign from Steve (he gives out canadian and US (i think) swl callsigns since they are not offical here)
What amazes me is, as hams, we have the good beams, wires, verticals for swl or scanner listening and alot just don't care what happens outside the ham bands....
We often have the best antennas yet are not SWLing (or scanning)
I think every ham should shut off the TX from their rig and vow a month of non TX.. After that they will see that swling and scanning as almost as challenging as hamming.
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