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2019 Winter SWL Fest Program and Forums Schedule

2019 WINTER SWL FEST PROGRAM AND FORUMS SCHEDULE

All times Eastern Standard.

Final as of  14 February 2019.

A print-ready version of the schedule is available here ; to save paper we won’t be automatically including them in registration packets.

Thursday, 28 February 2019

1200     Registration Table and Exhibit Room Open (until 1730)

              Hospitality Room/Receiver Demonstrations Open (until 2400)

 

1300 – MONITORING FEDERAL TWO WAY COMMUNICATIONS – Matt Blaze

In this year’s kickoff session, Matt explains how to build a VHF/UHF network of monitoring stations to record every federal two way transmission in various cities, deal with encryption, what you can learn from metadata—and do it all on a (relatively) small budget without getting arrested!

1430 — BROADCASTING & LANGUAGE: A SWL’s NEW PERSPECTIVETracy Wood

Shortwave radio has long brought us an enticing cornucopia of regional language broadcasts.  We’ll examine how broadcasting services help to revive and advance “minority” languages often threatened by the larger global languages (e.g. English, French) to ultimately promote national and regional identities.  Prime examples include Suomi (Norway), Quechua/Aymara (Bolivia), Frisian (Netherlands), Welsh (Wales) and Basque (Spain).  Bring your own unique language examples to this discussion.

1600 — DIGGING THROUGH THE PAGES OF POP COMMDan Robinson

Many of us subscribed to Popular Communications during the years the publication existed.  Issues are preserved online — but only a deep dive through thousands of pages reveals some fascinating historical gems and oddities that are worth remembering.

 

1700    Dinner on Your Own

1900    Exhibit Room Re-Opens (until 2000)

             Registration Table Re-Opens (until 2000)

 

2000 – THE 2nd ANNUAL FEST TRIVIA QUIZ Sheldon Harvey and Mickey Delmage

How well do you know radio? AM, shortwave, utilities, transmitter sites, station names, call letters, frequencies, interval signals, radio personalities, program names, and more, we’ll have questions from all categories.  This fun new session was very popular in its first iteration last year and so it returns to crown its second Winterfest Trivia Champ. The quiz is open to anyone with the courage to participate.

 

Friday, 1 March 2019

0800    Registration Table Opens (until 1130)

              Exhibit Room Opens (all day)

 

0900 – WHAT ELSE CAN YOU LISTEN TO WITH A SCANNER?Tom Swisher

“Oh no, the local police started using encryption, my life is over, whatever shall I do?”  Fret not. There’s plenty to listen to out there. You might need a bit of patience, though. . .  (This is our annual “Scanner Scum” session.  Ask Tom how you can become Scum, too.)

1030 – RADIO ON THE ROAD REDUX – Janice Laws

Our own global trekker is up to 91 countries visited with participation in 3 global UN missions.  She will play some samples of stations heard and show pictures from her travels, talking about her years in the hobby from a unique perspective–that of a “YL”.  This has become a very popular session — find your seats early!

 

1130    Lunch on Your Own

             Hospitality Room and Receiver Demonstrations Open (until 1330)

1315     Registration Table Re-Opens (until 1500)

 

1330 – PORTABLE PASSIONS – T.J. “Skip” Arey

Skip delves into the practice of playing radio from the field–park, camping, even ‘Pedestrian Mobile’.  Rigs, antennas, accessories, power sources and other relevant ideas will be discussed.

1500 – RFA TODAY – Harry Scott

The loss of the Tinian and Saipan transmitters to typhoons has presented Radio Free Asia with a considerable challenge in reaching its listeners.  Harry will discuss.

1630 – FROM U.S. HIGH SCHOOL RADIO TO COMMERCIAL RADIO:  THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY OVER HALF A CENTURY!” – Allan Loudell
Allan Loudell has been a DXer and avid QSL collector since 1966, and on-the-air virtually every week of his life since 1969. He first honed his on-air skills at his high school radio station and reviews why some high school stations have thrived, while others have left the airwaves. And what it’s like to run a commercial news/talk station in a medium market (such as his, WDEL AM & FM, Wilmington, DE) today?  He’ll give a whirlwind tour from then to now, with a few humorous stories along the way.

 

1730     Dinner on Your Own

              Hospitality Room and Receiver Demonstrations Open (until 2400)

1900     Informal Radio Swap Meet Starts (in the Exhibit Room)

 

1945 — COMMUNITY RADIO IN THE AMERICAS AND BEYOND – Pete Tridish

FM Community Radio stations keep popping up around the world, even as other listening technologies mature. Community stations are experimenting with new audiences, formats, and cheaper tech options in order to  extend the reach of their programming.

2115 – THE ANNUAL SHORTWAVE SHINDIG – David Goren

Come join our informal late night hang as David Goren and friends celebrate the short wavelengths with stories, songs, and vintage sounds  There will also be a sneak preview of David’s new BBC World Service documentary on New York City’s FM pirate scene.

 

Saturday, 2 March 2019

0800    Registration Table Opens (until 0900)

              Exhibit Room Opens (all day)

 

0900 – STATE OF THE HOBBY: THE VIEW FROM EUROPERisto Vähäkainu

An accomplished DXer who has held prominent positions in major Finnish and European shortwave organizations and has been a frequent and welcome attendee at the Fest, Risto will discuss where our hobby sits today from a European perspective.

 

1000    Silent Auction Opens (location TBA)

 

1030 – THE ANNUAL PIRATE RADIO SESSION – George Zeller

A review of Pirate Radio news during the past year and the announcement of the new class of inductees to the North American Pirate Radio Hall of Fame.  Who knows?  Maybe there’ll be mutiny too.

 

1200    Lunch on Your Own

             Hospitality Room and Receiver Demonstrations Open (until 2400 or later)

 

1330 – THE URBAN DXER – Mike Nikolich

After moving into a condo on the 24th floor of a building in Chicago, long-time DXer Mike Nikolich, N9OVQ, was determined to keep his hobby alive. His presentation will focus on how Mike built a Go Box for all of his gear, including a custom rechargeable battery pack and various mobile antenna solutions for ham and SW DXing “off the grid,” including from the roof of his building.

1500 – SHORTWAVE MEMORIES  Dan Robinson/Skip Arey/David Goren

By popular demand, Dan, Skip and David once again chronicle the personal memories of Fest attendees about what shortwave has meant to them throughout their lives, putting some needed focus on the human side, rather than the more commonly heard mechanical or technical aspects, of the hobby.  Reminiscers include Saul  Broudy, Ed Cummings, John Figliozzi, and Rob deSantos.

 

1630    Silent Auction Ends

             Exhibit Room Closes

 

1800    Cocktail Party

 

1830    Annual Banquet

                        Keynote Speaker:  Paul Ladd, Senior Correspondent, World Christian Broadcasting (KNLS / MWV Madagascar)  

Topic:  Why Shortwave Still Matters

 

2100    The Raffle – You know how this works…

 

2400    The Midnight Ride of Pancho Villa (?) – If one were to know…