Devoted to Short Wave Listeners primarily interested in monitoring the Ham Bands and participating as SWL's in the various Han Radio Contests This group is open to all SWL's and Hams alike.
SWARL runs a group at Yahoogroups for the exchange and communication of information regarding our hobby. This is our forum for exchange of ideas, notifications of exotic stations, QSL information, contests and special operating achievement awards. We welcome you to join our group by clicking on the link below.
Here is your invtation to a friendly high-tech hobby that's got something for everyone. You can become a SWL (Short Wave Listener) no matter what age, gender, physical ability. People from all walks of life become SWL's.
The area of SWL'ing, this group is primarily interested in, is Amateur Radio Monitoring, Thus the abbreviation SWARL. You never know who you are going to run into listening to Ham Radio.
The first years
SWARL was started on the internet by Tim Kyle on Listbot (http://web.archive.org/web/19991011221521/http://swarl.listbot.com/) but after awhile Listbot was taken over.
SWARL, like we know at the moment, was started on the internet as a Yahoo group by the Canadian SWL of fame Steve Carter on August 30, 2001. The need to start such a group was probably seen in the light of the situation of SWLs interested in Ham listening and the new internet opportunities. National Amateur Radio Societies either exclude listeners from their activities or – in most cases – accept them mainly to offer them a good chance to become transmitting amateurs, more seldom to give them a genuine place of their own in the society.
Radio wasn’t made first as an advanced broadcasting station but it was made like a little amateur station. There were people who were operating transmitters and sending signals "on air" but those operators wouldn’t have any meaning if there wouldn’t be a wide audience of listeners.