About the Fest
February 19-20, 2016, Doubletree Guest Suites, Plymouth Meeting, 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 28, 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.
For 2016, the Winter SWL Fest will have two 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 Hospitality Suite, where attendees partake of tuning oil and other treats and engage in spirited conversations. 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.
Early registration fees are available through the month of January, as an incentive to register early. We strongly urge you to do so as fees will increase for those registering after January 19th.
Hotel Registration: The Doubletree Guest Suites will offer a special $107 rate (single or double) that includes a full breakfast buffet. Phone the hotel at +1 610 834 8300 for reservations, using the group code SWL. You can reserve a room online here; you can visit the hotel’s general website here.
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 29 years (egad) and draw people from around the world to southeastern Pennsylvania? Won’t you join us?