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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Excerpt and appearance: July 5
Houston Chronicle (subscription), July 3rd

He had no possessions other than a canvas duffel bag, a stack of well-read books, a shortwave radio, and a rattletrap motor scooter that he'd acquired in Gustavia for a few grimy banknotes and a smile. The books were thick, weighty and learned; the...Read more

Hamming It Up With Ham Radio
Webster Kirkwood Times, July 2nd

technician class amateur radio license, applicants must pass an exam of 35 questions on radio theory, regulations and operating practice. The license gives access to most amateur radio frequencies and some shortwave for international communication...Read more

True Masters of the Ocean Stress Safety
The Vineyard Gazette - Martha's Vineyard News, July 2nd

And a shortwave radio to get accurate time signals from Fort Collins. And pencils and paper to fix our position while the boat bounced around in the ocean. Now that satellites are available for position fixing, navigation is easy. Chart plotters have...Read more

Researchers demonstrate measurement system able to resolve quantum ...
Phys.Org, July 2nd

Now Ray Simmonds and colleagues in NIST's Quantum Devices Group have devised and demonstrated a unique measurement system that is able to resolve quantum fluctuations of a tiny aluminum drum that vibrates at shortwave radio frequencies...Read more

At 103, GV man is still on-the-go
The Union of Grass Valley, July 1st

Back in college, he had a friend who owned a shortwave radio set; Drury became interested in the technology. He took the exam to obtain his amateur radio license, which included learning Morse Code, and set up his own ham radio station. He would stay...Read more

Amateur radio field day gets a rainy start practicing emergency communication
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration), June 27th

CLARKSBURG — Eleven amateur radio operators from Harrison County practiced emergency communications Saturday during the Amateur Radio Relay League's Field Day. The group set up shortwave radio equipment, tents and a generator behind the ...Read more

Adventist World Radio
Adventist Review, June 24th

n 1971 Adventist World Radio (AWR) began airing programs for the first time from a rented shortwave station in Portugal. The main focus was to carry the gospel into Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Shortwave signals travel thousands...Read more

Call in for Field Day LIVE on Shortwave:
eHam.net, June 22nd

Promote The Ham Radio Hobby To The Entire World On A Powerful International Shortwave Radio Station - WTWW BY Calling In From Your Field Location and Tell The World about it. Put the members of your Field Day group on the air by passing the phone ...Read more