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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BBC begins nightly Ebola service in west Africa
Yahoo News, September 22nd

London (AFP) - BBC World Service radio on Monday began nightly Ebola broadcasts for west Africa, concentrating on efforts to combat the virus across the region. The nine-minute programme will be broadcast at 1950 GMT on the shortwave frequencies ...Read more

A visit to ARRL headquarters
EDN.com (blog), September 22nd

I had a chance to visit the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) headquarters in Newington, CT. The ARRL is the national organization of radio amateurs in the U.S., and provides training, resources and representation of radio amateurs in Washington, D.C. ...Read more

The Trouble With Klinghoffer Isn't Quite What You Think
Vulture, September 21st

Molqi is obsessed with getting a reaction—from America, Syria, or the PLO—and the hectic jumbles of dissonances and agitated percussion express his frustration with the silence on the other end of the radio. It is he who shoots Klinghoffer in the...Read more

Mexican Independence Day celebration was huge success
Arizona Daily Sun, September 20th

Damage was limited to the front and cab of the truck. Carl Osborne passed the FCC exam and has received his permit to operate his own amateur shortwave radio station radio for sending and receiving. He went on the air Sunday with the call letters W6RXP...Read more

The BBG Must Be Where the Audience Is Listening
Radio World, September 9th

In October 2013, the Broadcasting Board of Governors began a comprehensive review of the efficacy of shortwave radio as a means of reaching and empowering our audiences. Historically, shortwave has been a valuable tool to deliver unbiased news and ...Read more

Radio Prepares for War, Part 1
WSHU, September 8th

As the roaring twenties came to a close, radio technology would continue to evolve with significant improvements to consumer sets, particularly in the area of shortwave reception. Read my past articles for more details as to how this transpired. The...Read more

Numbers Stations, Shortwave Radio, and Their Role in the Intelligence Community
Highbrow Magazine, September 5th

Many nights, Spooks turn on their shortwave radios and drift through the frequencies. On any given night, one can hear amateur radio stations broadcasting church sermons, utility traffic for aircrafts – with the right equipment, you can hear/contact...Read more

Watch the BBG Shortwave Committee Report
Radio World, August 20th

We told you recently about the report by a BBG committee on the future of shortwave. It urged the board to take an aggressive approach to reduce or eliminate shortwave broadcasts where it finds minimal audience reach or an audience not targeted by U.S. ...Read more