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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DRM Makes Great Strides in India
Radio magazine (press release), February 27th

The first ever made-in-India portable DRM receiver, and a multisystem digital car radio also featuring an emergency warning feature, were demonstrated for three days at the BES EXPO. • As of last year, two 1000 kW and six 20 kW MW and two SW DRM ...Read more

THIS OLD TOWN: Radio was our home entertainment
Wicked Local Easton, February 27th

As the 1930s passed, radios became larger, more elaborate pieces of furniture with increasingly sophisticated innards. In 1937, we got a floor model RCA Victor “Magic Brain.” It enabled me to listen to foreign shortwave stations: Leopoldville, Belgian...Read more

German Radio Amateurs Breathe New Life Into 'Orphaned' Shortwave Channel:
eHam.net, February 26th

A few radio amateurs are frustrated broadcasters, and when German national broadcaster the Deutsche Welle closed down a 500 kW shortwave broadcast transmitter near Munich, an entity headed and operated by hams applied for and was granted the ...Read more

'Shock jock' Hal Turner says government will hear his 'wrath' in new radio show
NJ.com, February 26th

Turner plans to launch the "Hal Turner Show" on Oct. 7 on WBCQ, an international shortwave radio station based out of Monticello, Maine. The station carried Turner's show prior to his arrest in 2009, and Turner promises to tear into the U.S. government...Read more

Shirtpocket Shortwave is ideal for traveling
Coolest Gadgets, February 7th

For starters, the Shirtpocket Shortwave happens to be tiny enough to fit in the palm of your hand, and it tips the scales at a mere 7.5 ounces, making this the shortwave radio that is easily packed for travel. It will operate at 5.9 – 18 MHz, where it...Read more

Radio Australia to cease Asia shortwave service this weekend
Radio Australia, January 29th

On Sunday, Radio Australia's shortwave signal to Asia will be turned off, another result the ABC says of recent government funding cuts. Radio Australia to cease Asia shortwave service this weekend (Credit: ABC). Shortwave broadcasting into the Pacific...Read more

Shortwave radio another way to have the world at your fingertips
Palm Beach Post, January 4th

My hobby of shortwave listening and ham radio talking doesn't attract a bunch of attention for itself but my efforts to string up more wire antennas never fails to make me the subject of whispering speculation from neighbors — much of it hostile, much...Read more

Twin Cities developer creates 'shortwave radio' app for world news
TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press, December 12th

Smartphone users have no shortage of radio-style apps that will stream news-and-information programming to them over the Internet. But app developers are always in search of niches within well-populated app categories, and Twin Cities resident Steven ...Read more