received a lot of questions and here are the most
common questions answered. If your question is
not answered here, feel free to ask! SWR will
answer here as soon as possible.
Q: I would like to hear also
Swedish, Russian, etc. language programmes.
In SWR crew there is no one who could speak
swedish fluently, so that's why we don't do
swedish shows by ourselves. We do have some
contributors, who does use some Swedish in their
shows. If you would like to take a part of our
action, send e-mail request for our
Q: Can You tell some about
SWR's history ?
Long story... idea of own independent sw-station
comes far away, 10 years ago we didn't even know
about each others ! Still some of us tried to run
their own projects, some legal some not... Times
has chanced since those days, so few years ago we
had again one of those get-together radio-related
weekenders and somebody just let the idea out of
his mouth...! Off course that was just a start,
many problems had to be solved and sw-station to
build. While we have some extra time, we will
release "how to start your own
SW-station" / SWR-history. Dj RJ One of
right answers is following
because I really
love to build transmitters and broadcasting
related equipments and its illegal without
licenses etc. Few years ago I ask what is opinion
of authorities if we collect team and build up
independent shortwave radio station to Finland.
When authorities shows green light, I start to
ask my radio friends, who want to participate.
And here we are... Esa
Q: Technical info ?
See our technical info page.
Q: Have you really been on
Not anymore, we have now 100 watts all three
transmitters.... Our license already allows even
higher transmitting power.
Q: How much would such a
transmitter of around 30 to 50 watts cost?
A depends, if you make all by yourself and with
high quality and new components, costs are around
500 $ - 1000$. New transmitter from big companies
costs 1000$ - 5000$. Remember that testing and
approving before using cost also something, this
depends what is practice in your country. Esa
Q: What future plans do you
Lots of them.. New transmitters, bigger power,
antennas, co-operation with radio-relative
students and schools, summer-happenings, new
crazy project-ideas are welcome also we need
crazy peoples to do them! We all have daily job
to do... Dj RJ
Q: Could you send me
information about your station and future
programs on SW
You can find our program schedules only from SWR
website. Sometimes schedule is empty even is
broadcasting weekend, but usually this means that
we are too busy to update schedules. Station
info/news sheet is available and usually we post
it with our QSL -card. Esa
Q: It would be nice if we
worked together considering I could buy a
shortwave transmitter from you and would have it
running in Finland. Can you run two transmitters?
Or is it possible to obtain a license for a
German citizen in Finland? Or if this is all not
possible can you run another transmitter or relay
XXXX? Please, let me know very soon whether this
is possible. Shortwave activity is a very nice
idea for XXXX as well but you know in Germany it
is not easy. Can you help? Maybe XXXX could be
relayed, maybe you could run another transmitter,
this transmitter only on a Saturday morning from
lets say 0800 to 1000 UTC, What you think?
Well, so far we have been relaying German
alternative station Radio Marabu 1-2 hours per
transmission. If you're interested for
relay-service, please contact us by e-mail or
call +358 400 995 559 during
transmission-weekend. Starting transmissions in a
new frequency with new transmitter takes lots of
paperwork and time with radio-authorities. Also
transmitters had to be tested and approved by
THK. Station licenses had to ask from ministry of
traffic. I think they cannot give them to foreign
citizens... In your case, the relay-service would
be easy and cheap way to reach listeners in
Germany and rest Europe. Dj RJ
Q: I write a monthly column
on international radio for the XXXXXXXXXXXX
newspaper. I would like to do a story about your
station but i need more information + a color
photo (antenna?). These are some of the questions
i need an answer to. Who are people behind the
station? What is exact purpose of SWR? Exactly
what does your broadcasting permit cover? What
sort of programmes will you offer your listeners?
Will there be programmes in Swedish? How is SWR
financed? Will you answer mail from listeners?
There are lots of pictures you can use in our web
pages, but you are welcome to visit SWR's studios
for interviews and photos. Many answers you find
at www.swradio.net or by calling to us during
transmission: +358400995559. Next summer there
will be "Open doors" weekend, so
everyone can come and see what is what or who is
who.. We try to arrange it same weekend as
Finnish DX-summit. You're welcome ! Dj RJ
Q: Do you really have only
No, we have 100 watts.
Q: Could you broadcast more
often in future?
No, this is our hobby and this already takes
enough time. So, we will broadcast every month
first Saturday also in the future. (+Some special
Q: Which status has your
station? Private, commercial, hobby or any other?
Ooo.. Independent Private Hobby-station, But also
some commercials have been sold ! Dj RJ
Q: Why haven't you answered
any of your emails over the months?
This is our hobby and sometimes daily work takes
all free time. For this reason usually takes long
time before we find time to answer e-mails. Esa
Q: Will you transmit via
Right away when we build up our own shortwave
satellite.... Maybe our AREA25 team can arrange
transportation for our satellite with UFO.
Q: Is reception of SWR
possible in the USA?
Yes, we are already received some reception
reports from USA (New York and Chicago).
Q: Are Your programmes for
the whole Europe?
Yes, we try to serve listeners in so many
language as we can, but mostly in English and
Finnish. Some of our programmes are
radio-orientated with music and humor.
Q: For which people you
Who ever is listening... :-) DX'ers mostly.
Q: I have heard an
announcement in Russian language. Do you
transmitting special for Russia?
Not especially for, but there's also big number
of shortwave-listeners. So we're looking for
someone able to do programs is Russian language,
if you're interested please contact. DjRj
Q: I like to ask you if you
can verify my report by the QSL-card of SWR,
QSL is yours when you send report with correct
details +2 stamped IRC-coupons or 2 USD or 2 EUR.
Q: Do you have phone in
studio use during your transmissions?
Yes, sometimes. Usually phone is in the pocket of
our technician, but however listeners can call to
us during the transmission. Phone number is +358
400 995 559
Q: If possible send a photo
of your studio and/of antenna?
We're working for color info-poster to send for
those who are not able to visit our web pages.
Q: Where I can buy your
stickers and T-shirts? price ?
Yes, we give stickers with QSL's. But You can
visit our SWR-Shop pages here>>>
Q: From where countries you
are received reception reports?
USA, Italy, Slovakia, Lithuania, Austria,
Belgium, Spain, France, Germany, Holland, UK,
Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland
Q: Has a reception report
ever been confirmed from the USA?
Yes, few from our NA-test transmissions. From
Chicago and New York.
Q: Will reception in the USA
be possible in the future?
Reception will be better ! I'm working on new
beam for 25mb, Also technician told that the new
TX for 25 is soon ready. Dj RJ
Q: Can you test different
kind antennas, if then reception would be better
also in Finland ?
Yes, of course we can and we will test different
kind antennas. Only limitation is to find free
time to do antennas. The main problem is that
25mb is not the best band to cover 500km
neighborhood...Technical crew is working on to
cover that area...
Q: What kind of aerial do
Normal half wave dipole at the height of 20
Q: What kind transmitter do
Our 25 mb transmitter is the model
"Homemade", type number is ESA TX25MB
and serial number is 0001. More information you
can find from our wonderful technical info pages.