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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Forbes, February 8th

An old radiio microphone placed in front of Calvin Coolidge cutout of him speaking is part of an exhibit entitled 1924 – The Radio Election – presidential Campaigning in the Coolidge Era at Historic Northampton Museum and Education Center in...Read more

Radios help communication continue at Harrison County 911 Center during disasters
The Exponent Telegram (press release) (registration), February 7th

Paul Bump, director of the Harrison County Bureau of Emergency Services, uses one of three radios at the county's 911 Center. The radios allow law enforcement to stay in touch with Charleston, Wheeling and even Washington, D.C., during emergency ...Read more

You're Not Alone: Sports I learned from my father
Augusta Free Press, February 7th

I remember listening to certain fights on shortwave radio with my father. The “Thrilla in Manila” between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier is still vivid for me. I had to visualize what was going on because we were listening to the fight on the radio...Read more

In 'My Sister' at the Odyssey, identical twins with one dangerous difference
Los Angeles Times, February 5th

Matilde, who listens to a contraband shortwave radio, is leerier of the Nazis. Rebellious, brainy and prone to astringent jokes (“It's incurable," she says when Magda chastises her), she is aware that she is vulnerable. Although neither twin has any...Read more

DOUGLAS MURRAY: Facebook's War on Freedom of Speech
Breitbart News, February 5th

It was only a few weeks ago that Facebook was forced to back down when caught permitting anti-Israel postings, but censoring equivalent anti-Palestinian postings. Now one of the most sinister stories of the past year was hardly even reported. In...Read more

Kenya: Courts Should Not Snatch Milk From Officers' Mouths
AllAfrica.com, February 5th

Hunger will be the death of the Kenya police. You see a gloved hand outstretched towards the sky -- and it is not a supplication to the heavens to give us this day our daily bread. Police vetting has revealed that officers' lives are so lean, so mean...Read more

Mischief and melody collide in Dr. Dog's Psychedelic Swamp
A.V. Club, February 4th

records / No matter what they are / They sound real good but real weird.” The outro tacks on a bit of spoken word that sounds like a stray shortwave radio transmission: “The music is killing me. The high and low fidelities are attacking my brain...Read more

American Legion Birthday to be Celebrated March 12, on Shortwave Radio:
eHam.net, February 3rd

INDIANAPOLIS – March 15 is the designated birthday of The American Legion. It is the day in 1919 when the first American Legion caucus, held by members of the American Expeditionary Force, convened in Paris. Much as the birthday of the United States is ...Read more