Despite what many people say, SWL (Short Wave Listening) is as popular as ever.
Many people think that there aren’t that many SWL’s active in hobby nowadays and that it is a dying pastime but they couldn’t be further from the truth. I receive several requests every week for confirmations of contacts from Short Wave listeners and it is a pleasure to confirm their reception reports.
One thing I would ask though is that SWL’s please add their contact details to the Callsign Databases such as QRZCQ.com. Quite often I have the need to contact them for a query with the card they request or the Qso they have heard and it is very frustrating not to have an email address, Skype or other way of contacting them other than the traditional Post Mail.
My plea is that SWL’s add their details to our databases to make this easier. It is possible to add your SWL Call just as easy as any Ham Call. Take a look at the example set by Patrick F59706 and add your SWL Call today!
I was born in the 1960’s and have lived all my life in the Coal Mining Town of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, Northern England. My parents were all from this area of Yorkshire and my father worked in the main Industry of the local Collieries as a face worker. I have been married to my wife Debbie for 35+ years and we have two children and two grandchildren.
I have been licensed for around 20 years after my interest was re-kindled when I retired from my role as a Police Officer within South Yorkshire Police Force. The latter few years were spent as Radio Operator in the Force Operations Control Room at Sheffield, before my career ended.
IOTA chasing is (and always has been) my real passion, as climbing the ladder to reach Honour Roll status was always my main aim. The 1000 Islands Trophy is still out of reach but I am heading in the right direction. I am currently a Board Member of IOTA Ltd and IREF.
In my free time I am a keen Photographer of Wildlife, Aviation, (anything really) but the QSL Manager role is my main passion within Ham Radio.