Shortwave Radio

Internet and the World Wide Web now make it easier than ever to communicate anywhere almost instantly, at least for those with the resources to participate. However, radio remains a widely-used medium for people in many parts of the world. By bouncing or "skipping" back and forth between ionized layers in the atmosphere and the earth's surface, radio signals with frequencies in the shortwave bands (2 - 30 megahertz) can propagate around the globe.

Local stations from Peru to Papua New Guinea often have shortwave as well as medium-wave transmitters, and provide a great way for us in North America to enjoy their local music and culture. These stations often broadcast with a power not much above that of an ordinary light bulb, so picking them up can be a challenge. Much easier to hear are powerhouses such as the BBC, which has real, in-depth world news and high quality features.

Some shortwave listening (SWL)-related sites on the web:

Sample verification ("QSL") cards, received from Mongolia, Cook Islands, and Surinam:

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