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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I never leave home without . . .
Financial Times, September 4th

In the fourth instalment of our series, the author Paul Theroux explains why he never flies without his shortwave radio. It's not a little teddy bear; it's not a rabbit's foot; it's not an American flag or an Elvis Presley tape: the thing I never leave...Read more

The radio system bringing connectivity to the toughest environments in the world
ZDNet, September 4th

Although it's called a radio system, CNHF is far from your in-car entertainment: it uses shortwave radio transmissions to send and receive any form of digital data, including files and real-time location data, over thousands of kilometres. The...Read more

'Narcos' Episode 2 Shows the Machiavellian Talents of Pablo Escobar
Inverse, September 3rd

As Wired reports, the cartels aren't doing this with the intention of ransoming the victims, but because they have the highly valuable skill set necessary to maintain the Zetas' extensive radio network. The network allows “Hawks” to inform on the...Read more

Joplin Amateur Radio Club hosts Kansas QSO Party at Schermerhorn
Sek Voice.com, September 3rd

Understanding the effects of varying conditions on radio propagation has many practical applications, from choosing frequencies for international shortwave broadcasters, to designing reliable mobile telephone systems, to radio navigation, to operation...Read more

John Hiatt with Taj Mahal Trio returns to Chico with original African blues
Chico Enterprise-Record, September 2nd

The family's shortwave radio picked up broadcasts from around the world, further broadening his musical exposure. In such an environment, it might have seemed preordained that the youngster become a musician. “Not at all! My parents would have had me ...Read more

Annie Gosfield, Scoring the Music of Machines
New York Times, September 2nd

The small living room in the East Village apartment where she has lived since arriving in New York in 1992 is crammed with other souvenirs of her eclectic life: a shelf with hat blocks next to shelves of records, a shortwave radio, a guitar, an old...Read more

Amid Cuba's Diplomatic Thaw With US, Cuban Dissidents Push For Human Rights ...
International Business Times, September 1st

Other exiles made use of shortwave radio broadcasts to air programs in Cuba criticizing the Castro administration, only to have authorities routinely jam their signals. Varela Cuban's dissidents Hector Palacios, left, and Oswaldo Paya are shown holding...Read more

DRM on Shortwave To Be Demonstrated During HFCC Conference in Brisbane
Radio magazine (press release), August 27th

Delegates will have the opportunity to sample the quality of digital radio during the live DRM transmissions on short-wave from Radio New Zealand and KTWR, Guam. KTWR plans to transmit dual DRM stereo programs (using xHE-AAC) over SW with live ...Read more