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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Communications is amateur radio group's specialty
The Kingston Whig-Standard, May 25th

With about 22 members, the Frontenac Amateur Radio Group uses some high-tech gear to transmit with an almost century-old short wave radio method. And, in the event of a disaster, the group would be called upon to help co-ordinate relief efforts...Read more

Extra extra! Salinas paper reports Pearl Harbor attack
The Salinas Californian, May 24th

J.R. Clark was a telegrapher for the United Press news service and amateur radio hobbyist. It was a Sunday afternoon and Clark was tuning in to hear the chatter of his fellow "hams" around the world. He made contact with a short-wave station out of...Read more

Social media sharing of police scanner information has local cops on edge
Chicago Tribune, May 24th

"The digital radio system we use is encrypted, meaning you can't access the transmissions from a typical scanner," said Deputy Chief Brian Cunningham of the Naperville Police Department. "We haven't run into any serious situations with bystanders at...Read more

Clovis man still has questions about his father's service
Fresno Bee, May 24th

Short-wave radio listeners from Massachusetts, New York and Canada sent postcards to the family in New Jersey in March 1945 saying they heard Frank Bessinger's name mentioned on a Radio Berlin broadcast. The official word that he was “allegedly still ...Read more

First Person: The long reach of short waves
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 22nd

I sold my short-wave radio today. I hadn't used it much in the last 10 years, and not at all in the last two, but I had owned it since high school, so there was an emotional attachment. I bought it in 1962 after reading the book “Alas, Babylon.” The...Read more

North Korea Has Hundreds Of Spies In US: Defector
ValueWalk, May 22nd

Methods of communication were fairly basic back then, involving short-wave radio. A radio program broadcast from Pyongyang featured an anchor reading a series of numbers, which Kim claims was a code that would tell him what his next mission would be...Read more

Lidl sells DSP short wave radio for £6.99
Southgate Amateur Radio Club, May 22nd

As supplied, it tunes in 5khz steps from 4.75 to 21.85Mhz, in continuous bands, as well as MW and VHF FM. In the garden I couldn't detect a local oscilaltor frequency so opened up the case (thus invalidating any guarantee!) and found inside a AKC 6955 ...Read more

Radio Amateurs Assist Nepal Earthquake Relief
Radio Survivor, May 4th

The BBC World Service has expanded English and Nepalese broadcasts to Nepal and Northern India. Guam-based Christian shortwave station KTWR announced a daily 1-hour block of programming for Nepal containing, “disaster relief counseling, teaching, ...Read more