Shortwave radio broadcasts between 3 and 30 MHz (3,000 kHz to 30,000 kHz), and signals can be heard across long distances. They were frequently used during World War II, usually transmitting coded messages.

First introduced in the 1920s, shortwave broadcasts revolutionized the world of radio, making international broadcasting and international communication possible. Shortwave broadcasts work in conjuncture with the ionosphere... the frequencies fall into the ionosphere and bounce back, broadcasting across the globe.

Although radios that pick up shortwave broadcasts can still be bought today, vintage shortwave radios are a fun (and useful!) collectible.

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Money Morning, November 25th

As someone who's interested in shortwave radio, model airplanes and drones, computer games and other gadget-related hobbies, I love dabbling with new devices as much as anybody. So when I got up and checked my email the other day – and the first ...Read more

Emerging from Babel
Royal Society of Chemistry, November 25th

I'm nostalgic for them, in much the same way that I am for the shortwave radio stations (also multilingual) that I used to listen to while growing up, now mostly vanished as well. I picked up enough chemical German to be the guy that other people came...Read more

Ruminations of a Retiree
Splice Today, November 25th

That's radio. Radio and electronic theory. Radio and TV broadcasting. Ham radio, CB, and short wave listening. Radio construction and repair. And to my astonishment, I found no more than three or four books, max. Huh? This is not Dogpatch Public Library...Read more

On reflection: the art and neuroscience of mirrors (blog), November 24th

The brain-wave frequencies recorded during different states of consciousness (awake, sleeping, dreaming); frequencies of resonances in the Earth's atmosphere; spoken sequences of numbers recorded from the mysterious shortwave numbers radio stations ...Read more

BBC says shortwave radio to North Korea will commence
NK News, November 24th

The BBC will commence a shortwave (SW) radio service to North Korea, sometime in either 2016 or in 2017, a spokesperson from the corporation told NK News on Tuesday. The development comes following an announcement that the UK government will ...Read more

No, Governor Kasich, Voice of America's Not About 'Judeo-Christian' Values
POLITICO Magazine, November 23rd

VOA's new “Dandalin” Facebook application in Nigeria is pulling millions of new young fans to VOA news, sports and information about America, even as its shortwave radio audiences decline. While VOA should not proselytize for Christian or Jewish values...Read more

Swans, Pigs, and the CIA: An Unlikely Radio Story
Hackaday, November 23rd

Shortwave radio is boring, right? Maybe not. You never know what intrigue and excitement you might intercept. We recently covered secret number stations, and while no one knows for sure exactly what their purpose is, it is almost surely involving...Read more

BreakingNews 3/11/15 - Nigeria Takes Over Radio Biafra Shortwave Broadcast
Nigeria Master Web, November 3rd

[ Masterweb Reports ] - Nigeria National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) last Saturday took over Radio Biafra shortwave frequency and was running counter programme with announcements that the station was closing down forever. Radio Biafra which ...Read more