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Shortwave radio FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about international shortwave broadcasting and necessary equipment for listeners.

This FAQ about international shortwave broadcasting and necessary equipment for listeners was compiled and written by Ralph Brandi rbrandi@lucent.com with numerous contributions by others.

THANKS TO...

Bob Foxworth, Garret W. Gengler (antenna ideas), Bob Parnass, Paul

Schleck (Superadio information), and Bruce Werner, along with anyone else I may have forgotten.

Scott Fybush -- fybush@world.std.com
Earl Higgins -- higgins%tiss.decnet@mdcgwy.mdc.com

-01 What is shortwave radio?
From a purely technical point of view, shortwave radio refers to ...
-02 Where can I find broadcasts by Radio Foobar? (Shortwave radio)
The World Radio TV Handbook is the standard reference for this sort ...
-03 Where can I find a list of broadcasts in the English language? (Shortwave radio)
The World Radio TV Handbook has a list of English Language Broadcasts,...
-04 Where can I find an e-mail address/web site for Radio Foobar? (Shortwave radio)
The most up-to-date source of known e-mail addresses for radio ...
-05 What kind of receiver should I get? (Shortwave radio)
That depends largely on what kind of listening you expect to do. There ...
-06 Where can I get a shortwave radio?
Many stereo stores and discount chains carry the Sony and Panasonic lines ...
-07 Could you explain the frequencies used? What's the 49 meter band? etc. (Shortwave radio)
As you tune around, you'll notice certain kinds of signals tend to ...
-08 What is SINPO/SIO? (Shortwave radio)
The SINPO code is a way of quantifying reception conditions in a five-...
-09 Why can't I receive all of the broadcasts listed in Monitoring Times/WRTH/Passport/etc.? (Shortwave radio)
This is a fact of life on shortwave. Because of propagation, ...
-10 What are some books or other resources that can help me get started? (Shortwave radio)
*The Shortwave Listening Guidebook* by Harry Helms is a book that covers ...
-11 Where can I find further information? (Shortwave radio)
There are a number of hobby publications available. Two glossy ...
-12 Addresses (Shortwave radio)
-13 What is rec.radio.shortwave for?
Welcome to the rec.radio.shortwave newsgroup. This group was created late ...
-14 What are the am/fm broadcast bands?
The mediumwave (commonly referred to as AM) broadcast band ...
-15 Signal propagation (AM/FM DXing)
The distant stations you are able to receive will depend largely ...
-16 Receivers (AM/FM DXing)
Almost any radio is capable of some broadcast-band DXing, ...
-17 Antennas (AM/FM DXing)
For mediumwave reception, most receivers have a short internal ...
-18 What's out there to listen to? (AM/FM DXing)
There are over 10,000 radio stations in the United States alone. It'...
-19 Tips for beginning (AM/FM DXing)
The most important element for beginning DXers is to get to know ...
-20 Some advanced ideas (AM/FM DXing)
Once you've mastered the basics, here are some suggestions for areas ...
-21 Identifying your catch (AM/FM DXing)
Radio stations in the United States are required to identify with ...
-22 Station listings (AM/FM DXing)
An essential tool for any DXer is a good station listing. This ...
-23 Conclusion (AM/FM DXing)
Broadcast band DXing is an exciting way to hear the sounds of cities ...









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