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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Clyde Beal: Huntington's Museum of Radio and Technology has a lot to offer
Huntington Herald Dispatch, March 28th

Next on the tour is Ham Radio gear, short wave receivers and transmitters, the reason for the two high radio towers outside the building. Monthly meetings are held in this room for the Tri-State Amateur Radio Association. Aside from being able to...Read more

Zenith Trans-Oceanic, The "Royalty of Radios"
WSHU, March 27th

With the development of tubes in the late 1930s to support portability, McDonald came up with the concept of a portable shortwave radio that he could use while at sea on his yacht. Although the series of radios was inspired by his yachting experience, Mr...Read more

Brother Donard (Louis) Steffes, CSC
Monroe Evening News, March 27th

Brother Donard (Louis) Steffes, C.S.C., age 100, died March 12, 2015 at Dujarie House, in Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame, IN. Born December 10, 1914, in Carleton, MI, he was the son of Daniel and Clara (Eby) Steffes. He attended St. Joseph's School...Read more

'Radio DARC' debuts on ham-operated shortwave outlet
Southgate Amateur Radio Club, March 27th

The German-language program was produced in cooperation with Germany's national Amateur Radio society — the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC). A group of amateurs in Germany obtained a license to broadcast on the 49 meter shortwave ...Read more

Waco churches to come together for gathering in McLane
The Baylor Lariat, March 26th

Additionally, the Gathering will be broadcast live on the radio by KBBW on 1010 AM and 105.7 FM, and by shortwave radio around the world. “This is going to be broadcast literally across the world, via streaming and via this broadcast,” Harrison said...Read more

Radio wars: information battle heats up as Russia and China muscle in
The National, March 26th

For about 70 years it was the base of the BBC World Service. Bush House, with its grand marble entrance in central London, stood as a powerful symbol of the BBC, home to the short-wave radio services that delivered news to dozens of countries in more...Read more

Vanuatu's radio station signals, including shortwave, restored
Radio Australia, March 24th

Francis Herman, the ABC's program manager for the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme, says transmission engineer Steve White and local technicians have fixed Radio Vanuatu's short and medium wave service to a level better than before the cyclone...Read more

Larimer County station helps set clocks
The Coloradoan, March 6th

If you have a shortwave radio, you can tune to the signal and hear the time announcement every minute. You can also call in to the NIST and hear the time at 303-499-7111. The time you'll hear is in Coordinated Universal Time, which is seven hours ahead...Read more