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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Radio Caroline Returns, Radio Veronica, Northsea Special Event Set:
eHam.net, August 21st

"Every day, good programs, fantastic DJs, nice jingles and radio tunes! The DJs became sort of family -- a part of your life!" Rietveld said Radio Veronica transmitted on medium wave, while Radio Northsea International transmitted on medium wave...Read more

Shortwave broadcasting 'of marginal and continuously declining impact'
Southgate Amateur Radio Club, August 21st

The Committee this month released its assessment http://www.bbg.gov/wp-content/media/ of the current and projected use of shortwave radio as a platform for programming by US international media. "United States international media must optimize delivery ...Read more

VOA Ends Shortwave English Broadcasts Into China
The Epoch Times, August 17th

Voice of America is ending its shortwave radio broadcasts into China. The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which oversees both news agencies, determined that only a handful of countries still have large enough audiences for shortwave broadcasts...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

Collapsed SW Radio Africa blames MDC-T
New Zimbabwe.com, August 11th

MANAGEMENT at the UK-based SW Radio Africa has blamed disarray in the opposition MDC-T party for the closure of the London-based broadcaster which has been forced to shut down due to lack of funding. In a statement, founder and manager, Gerry ...Read more

Zimbabweans React to the Closure of SW Radio Africa
AllAfrica.com, August 6th

The Ministry of Information has shortlisted applicants for radio licenses but there are concerns that only those with links to the ruling party will get them. ZANU PF Deputy Information Minister Supa Mandiwanzira and Transport Minister Obert Mpofu are...Read more

CUSIB Pans Shortwave Report
Radio World, August 4th

CUSIB founder and Executive Director Ann Noonan and CUSIB co-founder Ted Lipien stated that they're not questioning the need to adjust shortwave radio transmissions to changing audience preferences and they “support digital media expansion as part of ...Read more

SW Radio Africa to close down
Nehanda Radio, August 4th

STATEMENT – It is with regret that SW Radio announces that it is closing down. We recently stopped our shortwave transmissions but have continued to provide broadcasts via our website and other formats, but these too will cease. SW Radio Africa to...Read more