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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Boy Scouts have weekend submarine adventure
Muskogee Daily Phoenix, October 18th

Using a 10-watt, shortwave ham radio, the scouts reached a WWII submarine veteran in New Jersey who went by the name “Doc.” The 90-year-old veterinarian spent three years in the Navy and went on five patrols aboard the USS Razorback submarine ...Read more

A Fiction Excerpt: 'Traveling From Brooklyn'
New York Times, October 17th

The conductor and the motorman took turns speaking into a shortwave radio, saying over and over again, “Command center come in,” but no sound came back from the apparatus. At last the motorman stopped the train at the approach of another train coming ...Read more

Museum of Radio and Technology channels memories of a bygone era
Charleston Daily Mail, October 16th

Also, visitors will be able to see the museum's exhibits, including more than 400 antique radios, a wide variety of television sets, a radio broadcasting station, short wave radio receivers and transmitters, military communications displays, a room...Read more

Obscure "Numbers Stations" Relay Cryptic Messages
San Angelo LIVE!, October 13th

It was just after Christmas, 1990 as I tuned around the shortwave dial of my new radio; I heard a few interesting things...a Chinese-to-English language course, a British newscast, The National Institute of Standards and Technology's "tick-tock" of the...Read more

HAM radio operators gather in Wildcat Park for annual picnic
Bradford Era, October 12th

Wolfe, who is at the call sign KA3EAU, said his father would bring home cameras, compact discs, and eventually even a shortwave radio which he would tinker with. Russ Bush of Spartansburg said that like Wolfe, he enjoys the technical aspect of amateur ...Read more

Coral survival, bite marks tell of ancient reptile fight, shortwave radio ...
Charlotte Observer, October 4th

A shortwave radio presentation Friday, at Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute will feature author Thomas Witherspoon, a graduate of Western Carolina University and publisher of SWLing (Shortwave Listening) Post, a radio communications blog...Read more

Vatican Radio in Crosshairs of Media Consolidation Project
Breitbart News, September 29th

Speaking with an operation that is under investigation, Patten hastened to assure his interviewer of his appreciation for the work of the radio. “We all know how important shortwave radio still is,” Patten said, “in communication with some of the...Read more

Shortwave Radio Presentation Scheduled At PARI Oct. 10
The Transylvania Times, September 22nd

The public is invited to hear Thomas Witherspoon discuss shortwave radio at PARI Friday, Oct. 10. The evening will include a tour of the PARI campus and, weather permitting, celestial observations with PARI telescopes. Reservations are required and...Read more