DLARC Radio Library Surpasses 75,000 Items of Ham Radio, Shortwave History

DLARC Radio Library Surpasses

The Internet Archive’s Digital Library of Amateur Radio & Communications (DLARC) continues to expand its collection of online resources related to ham radio, shortwave, amateur television, and other communication topics. With over 75,000 items, the library now offers an even broader range of materials, including newsletters, podcasts, and conference presentations.

DLARC has recently incorporated hundreds of recorded presentations from RATPAC (Radio Amateur Training Planning and Activities Committee) and numerous talks from the MicroHams Digital Conference.

The library has also added newsletters from amateur radio groups worldwide. Among the latest additions are 1,400 news bulletins from the Irish Radio Transmitters Society dating back to 1998, as well as over 600 newsletters from the Worldwide TV-FM DX Association, which focuses on long-distance television and FM communications. DLARC has also included newsletters from various regional groups across the United States, such as the Anchorage Amateur Radio Club, Indianapolis Radio Club, Pikes Peak Radio Amateur Association, and several others. Many of these newsletters were not previously available on the internet and can now be accessed online or downloaded. They are also fully searchable.

Renowned radio host Glenn Hauser has contributed a substantial amount of content to the DLARC library. This includes 1,200 episodes of World of Radio, a program that explores global communications, particularly in the realm of shortwave radio. Informe DX and Mundo Radial, Spanish language translations of World of Radio, Continent of Media, a program focusing on media across the American continent, and Hauserlogs, shortwave listening diaries, are also part of the collection. Additionally, International Radio Report, a program centered around radio in Montreal, Canada, and worldwide, has been archived with episodes spanning from May 2000 to March 2005, restoring access to valuable contemporary reporting.

DLARC’s collection of ham radio e-mail and Usenet conversations from the early days of the internet continues to grow. Recently, nearly 3,500 QRP-L Digest mailings from 1993 to 2004, discussing the design, construction, and use of low-power radio equipment, were added to the archive.

The library’s compilation of ham radio-related podcasts now includes 5,500 episodes, with new additions like 100 Watts and a Wire, The World According to Elmer, and the recovery of 30 episodes of The Rain Report that were previously thought to be lost.

Funding for the Digital Library of Amateur Radio & Communications comes from a grant by Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), enabling the creation of this free digital library for the radio community, researchers, educators, and students. DLARC welcomes contributions in any format from radio clubs and individuals interested in preserving and sharing their materials. To contribute or inquire about the project, please contact the provided contact information.

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