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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Clovis News Journal, July 30th

1964: Howard Ong of the China Inn Cafe, located at First and Prince streets, reported someone broke into the building through a restroom window and stole several cans of soup. Witnesses reported seeing a man in the area coming from the railroad yards...Read more

Ced Kurtz's Techman Texts: A sense of loss prevails with easy web streaming
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 28th

Later I bought a half-decent shortwave radio and even strung up an antenna between my house and a tree in the back yard. I listened to Vatican Radio on Christmas Eve and heard the breakup of the Soviet Union on Radio Moscow. Today you can listen to ...Read more

ZBC Directors Question VOZ Mess
Radio World, July 28th

During a tour of the country's broadcasting facilities, the ZBC directors said they were “shocked to note dilapidation and neglect of VOZ,” which was established to counteract alternative shortwave radio stations such as Radio Voice of the People, VOA...Read more

CUSIB Slams BBG Shortwave Chair
Radio World, July 23rd

It says Armstrong has “proven to be inexperienced and dangerously reckless” in matters dealing with changes to broadcasts by VOA, Radio Free Asia and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. It also criticized him after he was quoted saying “you can't censor...Read more

SW Radio Africa shortwave broadcasts to end
Nehanda Radio, July 18th

We can only hope that one day, sooner rather than later, there is real media freedom that allows Zimbabweans, wherever they are in the country, easy access to what is a basic human right – freedom of information and expression. SW Radio Africa ...Read more

SW Radio Africa has been our nightly companion
Nehanda Radio, July 18th

For the last thirteen years, since the 19th December 2001, SW Radio Africa has been our nightly companion. Through bouts of deliberate jamming and interference; often by candle, torch or firelight and with solar powered, battery or wind up radios, we...Read more

Now You Can Spy on the Spies Using Free Web-based Shortwave Radio
International Business Times UK, July 14th

Well, you could turn the tables and attempt to spy on the spies instead, using shortwave radio, a hobby popular amongst radio geeks around the world, who realised after World War II that shortwave numbers stations had started popping up. Unlike regular ...Read more

Dr. Benway's Good Deed
Radio World, July 3rd

If propagation conditions are good, listeners in North America can use an off-the-shelf shortwave radio to receive his, and many other, buccaneer broadcasters who weigh anchor and set sail on oceans of ionosphere noise from their secret locations ...Read more