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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Recent News: Shortwave Radios

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April 15-16: Nostalgia for old-time radio, role of IMF in Ukraine crisis, and more
The Voice of Russia, April 18th

Being an old man, who has been a radio amateur his whole life, I regret discontinuing you broadcasts on shortwave. But my receiving conditions are at the moment very poor, living in an apartment in the center of the city. I know, short wave...Read more

ARNewsline Report 1914 -- April 18 2014:
eHam.net, April 18th

Members of the amateur radio and shortwave listening communities are invited to take part as monitoring stations in the upcoming High Frequency Coordination Commission of the International Radio for Disaster Relief or IDAR project. This event will take ...Read more

Columbia's newest coffeehouse signals coffee connoisseurs
The Maneater, April 16th

Shortwave's name comes from owner and operator Dale Bassham's father and grandfather's days in radio. Shortwave radio, he explains, allows for the transmission of messages over long distances via radio signal. Bassham sees “coffee as a signal.”...Read more

The spooky world of the 'numbers stations'
Southgate Amateur Radio Club, April 15th

This is the era of hyper-tech espionage, encrypted emails and mindboggling cryptography. But you can hear a very old-fashioned form of espionage on shortwave radio. It is 13:03 on a Tuesday in a little crammed room of the BBC Monitoring building in ...Read more

Big hats, tractors and football players by Cathy Buckle
SW Radio Africa, April 4th

After a crazy week came the other news we hoped was an April Fools joke but wasn't and it came from SW Radio Africa. They've been forced to reduce the length of their nightly short wave radio broadcasts to Zimbabwe by half and cut all their weekend...Read more

Written by Jack Dominic
The Harrison Press (subscription), April 1st

The very beginnings of the organization, which provides unbiased radio programming from the United States to listeners in countries around the world, are rooted in shortwave radio. Mainstay of radio. Shortwave radio is a technology that never really...Read more

Solar flare above sunspot AR2017 hammers shortwave radio receivers
Northern Voices Online, April 1st

Solar flare above sunspot AR2017 hammered shortwave radio receivers two days ago, though for a very short time. solar flare1. Radio blackouts have been reported by US space agency NASA due to solar flare. The development has been confirmed by the ...Read more

Second act nears for historic Delano radio site
Bakersfield Californian, March 29th

More than six years after its historic shortwave radio broadcasts went off the air, the obscure yet visible buildings, antennas, and satellite dishes that comprise the Delano Transmitting Station still aren't booked for a second act. For nearly 63...Read more