Monday, January 29, 2007

Tentative forum schedule - 20th (!) Winter SWL Fest

Just to whet your appetites a bit more, here's the tentative schedule, topics and presenters for this year's 20th anniversary SWL Winterfest Forums program. Remember, we have a whole (well, almost whole) added day of presentations. Be there!

2007 Fest Forum Schedule (tentative):
(All forums 60 min. unless otherwise indicated)


10:30 am - Satellite Broadcast DXing (incl. antenna issues)/ Tracy Wood

1:30 p.m. – GPS—A New Radio Hobby? / Skip Arey

3 p.m. - The Year in Pirate Radio / George Zeller

4 p.m. - A Survey of Radio Control Software / Tim Lemmon


9 a.m. - Radio on the Road / Janice Laws & Steve Karlock

10:30 a.m. - Digital Radio Forum/Rob de Santos & Daniel Srebnick (tentative)

1:30 p.m. - DXing Worldwide / Dan Henderson

3 p.m. - Zenith’s Mexican Connection--Cespedes Marin / Harold Cones

4:30 p.m. - The Listening Lounge Daytime Edition / David Goren

9 p.m. - The Listening Lounge Evening Edition / David Goren (500 min.???)


9 a.m. - Faith and Shortwave / Allen Graham

10:30 a.m. - Scanning with The Scum / Tom Swisher & Skip Arey

1:15 p.m. – 1988-2007 Receiver Market Review / Alan Johnson

2:30 p.m. - Broadcasters’ Forum / Ian McFarland (90 min.)

Friday, January 26, 2007

Note these upcoming Fest deadlines...

February 7th: Finalize hotel reservations (if you can) -- the Best Western allocates a block of rooms for the exclusive use of Festers, but as of February 7th, the hotel no longer will keep these rooms set aside specifically for us. This means the hotel could fill up between February 7th and the Fest, which could inconvenience out-of-towners trying to make last-minute reservations. You must reserve your room directly with the hotel; the toll-free and web reservation systems do not have the special Fest room rate available. The Best Western's hotel phone number is +1 215 368 3800; ask for the special "SWL Fest" rate.

February 16th: Early-bird reservations, eligible for a separate portable SW receiver drawing, must be received by this date.

February 28th: Last date for discounted registration fees; registrations received after this date or on-site are priced higher.

Thanks -


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Please don't e-mail registrations

In case you were wondering, we really aren't set up to handle reservations via e-mail. It's tough to stuff that check as an attachment, and we haven't yet made ourselves Paypal-friendly yet.

So, at least for 2007, please continue to use good ol' Snail Mail.


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Poll clarification

Since I didn't offer "Thursday Afternoon" as a choice, if you plan on arriving past, say, 1 PM on Thursday, please select "Thursday Evening".

Thanks -


Tentative Forum Scheule - Winter SWL Fest

Our current thinking is the following:

Thursday -- either 10:30 AM or 1 PM (depending on final list of sessions) to late afternoon

Friday - 9 AM to 5:30 PM, "Listening Lounge" opens 8:30 - 9:00 or thereabouts

Saturday - 9 AM to 4 PM

To help our planning, when do you plan to arrive in Kulpsville? Please respond via the poll at this web link:


Why a Fest blog?

Hello, and welcome to the blog for the Winter SWL Fest! We decided that this approach would be a quick way to post updated, free-form information about the Winter SWL Fest for those who don't participate in the Fest e-mail list on a regular basis.

Posts here will be kept short & to the point...use the Fest E-mail list for general discussion & chitchat.

73's, Richard Cuff / Co-Festmeister