June 2017 - Summertime and the living is easy!

Welcome to the DXer.CA website. The DXer.ca site has been on the air for over 20 years! In 20 years the SWL/DXing hobby has been in steady decline. There comes a time when one needs to think about doing something different with our time. Our forum has virtually no activity on it anymore and will be retired in the New Year unless there is any activity.

Photo Lower Right - Shawn Axelrod [l], Radio Canada's own Ian McFarland[center], and I [right] met up on the weekend (April 29th 2017) in Duncan, British Columbia for lunch at the Craig Street Brew Pub.  

Feature stream - from the radio history archives - Ian McFarland of Radio Canada International - this is the final show of the DX Digest from March 24, 1991 - in its entirety! This was recorded in Manitoba by legendary DXer and SWL Shawn Axelrod (who may soon be joining us on the DXer.ca team!) This is a one of a kind recording - and we release it the very day Shawn, Ian McFarland and I got together for lunch in Duncan, British Columbia! Happy listening!

Ian McFarland's Final Show on Radio Canada International - March 24, 1991

Three DXersI am back on the air as VA7WWV and special event station CF7WWV - if anyone wants a SKED (any band). Send me a note

My station includes the Kenwood TS-480SAT, ICOM 703+, receivers by Drake, NRD, Eton and Tecsun - and (currently) a MyAntennas.Com 80-10M End fed that tunes up on all the bands from 80 through 10 meters including the WARC bands. I do all modes from CW, FM-AM, PSK, SSB and JT65.

Photo Below - Depending on the time of the year I use FLAGS with Wellbrook FLG100's or ALA100's and VACTROL termination controllers that I designed and built myself. You can buy one from me too!

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.

We had an interview on CBC Radio "Spark" a couple of years back on the subject of Amateur Radio as the Planet Earth's 1st form of social media - which I still believe it is. This is one of my favourite interviews ever and I present it to you here in edited form via the HTML5 player below.

Feature Audio Stream - We did an interview with Nora Young of CBC Radio Spark on the subject of Amateur Radio as the Planet's first form of social media!


VACTROL for FLAZ, KAZ, Pennant AntennasCurrently forum spam is the only thing showing up on the forum so we will archive and shut down the forum in mid March 2017.

If I get a few unique requests to keep it alive, I will.

We mentor aspriing ham radio operators locally and can advise any Canadian thinking about becoming a ham radio operator - it is not rocket science and it's fun! Drop us a line if you have any questions about ham radio in Canada.

MP3 no more - After years of putting out CD's and MP3 files to raise funds, we are done. Thank you for your support over the years. Ian thanks you! 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! 

Want to visit the best website on the subject of SWLing that still has a lot of energy left?
Head over to the blog on swling.com

Your DXer.ca editor, Colin Newell, has been an SWL/DXer since 1971, an electronics technician since 1979 (Red Seal certified since 1985) and a licensed Canadian radio ham since 2008 or so. You can always e-mail him on the subject of radio, media, electronics and your broken radios!