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What is Shortwave Radio ?
We've all heard AM and FM radio stations on our car radio.
But what about shortwave?
A shortwave radio is specially designed receiver that receives stations from places far away from where you live and are "hidden" in between the standard AM and FM band on frequencies from about 3 Mhz to 30 Mhz.
This article will introduce you to some good basic information about shortwave radio listening and will recommend some excellent shortwave radio receivers to get you started in the exciting world of shortwave listening! Read on......
If you live in the U.S., you can easily listen to stations broadcasting from foreign countries like the BBC from London, Radio Australia, Radio Cuba, Swiss Radio International, Deutsche Welle (Germany), Radio Netherlands, Voice of Free China, Radio China International, Radio Japan and many other countries if you have a good shortwave receiver!
These stations and many others broadcast in English at certain times, usually in the evenings. These stations broadcast to foreign countries, in the language of the people in the foreign countries. Yes, that's right, you don't need to know Japanese to listen to Radio Japan. Most people who have not actually listened to shortwave signals don't know this.
Shortwave broadcasts are in real time! You hear them instantly! They are not delayed like they would be on the internet!
These international stations transmit on bands called World Band Radio or "shortwave".
Shortwave radios can pick up other signals that are not considered World Band Radio, like Amateur (Ham radio) operators, maritime signals from ships, aircraft, coastal weather stations, news broadcasts and much, much more. There are different radio frequency ranges reserved for each type of use.
Shortwave radio signals are capable of traveling long distances, unlike AM and FM stations which usually can only be heard for about 50 - 75 miles from the broadcasting station, depending on your antenna. Some powerful AM broadcast stations can be heard across the U.S. at night.
Shortwave radio signals are designed to skip around the world and bounce from the ionosphere, meaning they can be heard far away. However, this has always meant that the quality of signals reaching the listener has always been variable, depending how strong the signal is at your location, your receiver and your antenna. The sound might also be as good as an FM radio for a while and then be barely heard moments later caused by fading. International broadcast stations usually direct or "beam" their signals to the designated listening areas during the evening hours when most listeners are at home. So, if you live in New York for example, your best shortwave listening times are usually between 8:00 p.m. and midnight. The broadcast is designed to be best heard at the designated audience location. For example, a broadcast clearly heard in New York State probably can not be heard in Seattle. Most Shortwave broadcasters are on the air 24 hours a day and broadcast on various frequencies depending on the time of day so their signals can usually be heard round the clock in most locations simply by changing the dial settings on your shortwave receiver. Much like changing radio stations on your regular radios.
Major shortwave broadcasters, like the BBC and the Voice of America, broadcast on many different frequencies every day to just about everywhere, in many languages. The BBC is listened to by millions of people every day. There is a sound sample below recorded directly from a shortwave radio in my ham radio station along with other samples. These major stations also have relay stations all over the world, helping to provide a strong signal. The BBC broadcast from London you are listening to may actually be re-transmitted from Canada, which pickup the broadcast from a satellite. As a result, the big stations are very easy to hear. The BBC has even arranged for its shortwave radio broadcasts to be re-transmitted by National Public Radio stations in the U.S. These stations are usually on the low end of the standard FM broadcast band.
Many large stations use extreme high power for shortwave broadcasting. Your local AM station usually uses up to 50,000 watts of broadcasting power. A shortwave broadcasting station may use 1,000,000 watts for each of their stations! You hear it all in real time!
What can you hear? You can listen to news from around the world, propaganda, music, religious broadcasts, sporting events, etc. In short just about anything. Radio Cuba, for example, has probably the best jazz program on anywhere, on any type of broadcast medium, including television. Shortwave radio broadcasts have always been a big part in bringing the truth to oppressed people everywhere........and the not so truthful...... propaganda.
There's so much more on shortwave, including Transatlantic commercial and military aircraft, ships at sea, news wire services, coastal and marine weather broadcasts, research vessels and "pirate stations", (stations transmitting illegally), along with Amateur Radio stations from around the world plus lots more! You may even hear transmissions from the South Pole research stations!
All in real time as it happens!
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