NASWA Winter SWL Fest

About the Fest

February 27-29, 2020, Location TBA, Greater Philadelphia Pennsylvania

The Winter SWL Fest is a conference of radio hobbyists of all stripes, from DC to daylight. Every year scores of hobbyists descend on the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania suburbs for a weekend of camaraderie. The Fest is sponsored by NASWA, the North American Shortwave Association, but it covers much more than just shortwave; mediumwave (AM), scanning, satellite TV, and pirate broadcasting are among the other topics that the Fest covers. Whether you’ve been to every Fest (all 31, starting with the first year at the fabled Pink & Purple Room of the Fiesta Motor Inn) or this year’s will be your first, you’re sure to find a welcome from your fellow hobbyists.

We just completed our 32nd Annual Winter SWL Fest, so we’ll be in “hibernation” for a few months here in the off-season.

A typical Fest has two or three days of sessions where you can learn about the latest developments in the radio listening hobbies, but there’s so much more going on. There’s a silent auction that takes place, where you’re bound to find something of interest. There’s the combination Hospitality Suite and Listening Lounge; there, attendees partake of tuning oil and other treats and engage in spirited conversations. In this room is an assortment of old and new shortwave radios, where you can tune radios that you might have only dreamed of ever getting to use, and see how they perform.  There is the closing Banquet, with after-dinner remarks by a luminary from the field, often one of the many broadcasters who attend the Fest, followed by the raffle, where you could win one or more of the dozens of prizes, ranging from pens from stations up to top-notch communications receivers. And of course, the infamous midnight ride of Pancho Villa that closes things out every year.

Registration information for the 33rd (!) Annual Winter SWL Fest will be available later in 2019.

Your hosts, Richard Cuff and John Figliozzi, work throughout the year to ensure that attendees have a great time over the weekend, and by all accounts, they succeed stunningly. How else could this event have lasted for 32 years (egad) and draw people from around the world to southeastern Pennsylvania? Won’t you join us?