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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These Secret Cold War Radio Stations Are Still Broadcasting
Gizmodo Australia, October 31st

But that's where number stations, and their uncrackable radio codes, come in. A number station is one of many short-wave radio stations broadcasting a seemingly endless series of encoded messages throughout the world. To the untrained observer, these ...Read more

DVB to switch from shortwave radio to online broadcast
Democratic Voice of Burma, October 23rd

Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), the country's longest running exile broadcaster, which first aired in 1992, will enter a new phase on 26 October, switching from shortwave to online radio. “Surveys show fewer people listen to shortwave nowadays...Read more

Coral survival, bite marks tell of ancient reptile fight, shortwave radio ...
Charlotte Observer, October 4th

A shortwave radio presentation Friday, at Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute will feature author Thomas Witherspoon, a graduate of Western Carolina University and publisher of SWLing (Shortwave Listening) Post, a radio communications blog...Read more

Shortwave Radio Presentation Scheduled At PARI Oct. 10
The Transylvania Times, September 22nd

The public is invited to hear Thomas Witherspoon discuss shortwave radio at PARI Friday, Oct. 10. The evening will include a tour of the PARI campus and, weather permitting, celestial observations with PARI telescopes. Reservations are required and...Read more

Numbers Stations, Shortwave Radio, and Their Role in the Intelligence Community
Highbrow Magazine, September 5th

Many nights, Spooks turn on their shortwave radios and drift through the frequencies. On any given night, one can hear amateur radio stations broadcasting church sermons, utility traffic for aircrafts – with the right equipment, you can hear/contact...Read more

International Broadcasters Reconsider Shortwave
Radio World, August 15th

OTTAWA, Ontario — At the height of the Cold War, the BBC World Service, Radio Canada International and the Voice of America used high-power, multilingual broadcasts on the shortwave radio bands (1710 kHz–30 MHz) to blast news and information ...Read more

Shortwave Audience Still Dropping in Most Markets
Radio World, August 4th

Like other forms of radio, U.S. overseas broadcasters must reach their audience on multiple platforms; increasingly, that means using delivery mechanisms other than shortwave. The findings of a BBG report on the future of shortwave broadcasting for U.S...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