Welcome to the DXer.CA website. The DXer.ca site has been on the air for over 20 years now!
Contact - Need some info on this hobby or wish to introduce yourself? You can send me an e-mail and I will reply within 24 hours - guaranteed!
Photo above - We are playing with antennas like the Flag, KAZ and the Pennant. And one of the things that makes these units tick is the variable remote termination which turns a fairly small backyard antenna into a highly directional beast with upwards of 30db or more of front to back - eliminating noise sources and domestic pests on the AM radio dial! - and I am hand making these amazing boxes over here...
We run a forum on DXer.ca - it is for radio enthusiasts - to participate you need an account on DXer.ca - FORUM SPAM will not be tolerated on the website - the website and forum is for radio enthusiasts only - no exceptions. Spammers will be punished with bad Karma! We still have registration on the DXer.ca for now - to facilitate discussion - but PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, do not register on this site and then post rubbish to the forum - all POSTS are moderated so save YOUR time and MY time by not posting NON-RADIO-RELATED stuff to our venerable forum!
Last Call: Our MP3 files featuring Ian McFarland will be retired in September 2016 - we feel that the CD sales and MP3 downloads have run their course and it is time for retiring them off of the site. If you are interested in these audio files, grab them while you can. It has been fun making these recordings with Ian McFarland - and we have generated many, many dollars for his charity. For those that have bought his CD sets and downloaded the MP3 files - Thanks to all!
DXer.ca - What is this place?
Radio listening and the sharing of information on the subject or radio (like Ham radio) is amongst the World's first social medias.
Long before there was Facebook and Twitter, radio hobbyists the World over have been in touch. Ham radio, the Earths first modern social media continues to this day as a reliable, inexpensive and internet independent medium for global communications.
Photo at right - 2 out of 3 DX Legends: DXer Dr. Walter Salmaniw at the left, CBC RCI and NHK Broadcaster Ian McFarland in the middle and Colin Newell in the right hand lane! We all had lunch this weekend with our lovely wives in Duncan, British Columbia.
Who are we? We are based in Victoria B.C. Canada but we have listeners and hobbyists stationed all over the globe!
Who am I? Your DXer.ca editor, Colin Newell, has been an SWL and DXer since 1971! I started serious radio listening with a Radio Shack DX150B that I bought on November 3rd 1973!
My current radio rack includes the Drake R8, the AOR 7030+, a Kenwood R2000 and a book shelf filled with incredible portables - like the Eton E1, the Sony 7600G and the Grundig Yacht-Boy 400PE.
DXer.ca is a resource for radio hobbyists, DXers, SWL's, radio restoration enthusiasts and day to day radio media junkies. Your host and web-guy, Colin Newell is a Red Seal certified Journeyman Electronics Technician with over 30 years experience and one very extensive service facility at his fingertips! What I do and what the website does:
- Support the radio hobby and its community
- Educate and inform the general public about the advantages of free and accessible International World band radio
- We also make stuff. Curious, just ask.
- Supply radio manuals and technical support
- Within North America we repair most of the common portable shortwave receivers for the cost of shipping! We do not advertise this detail too widely!
- Maintains an extensive library supporting the Ultra-light (small radio) hobby
- Support the hobby overall, encourage hobbyists to improve the visibility of the SWLing and DXing hobby - Recruit and retain!