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Short Wave Radio

Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:46 pm

I don't know if it has a different name in other countries, but in the States it is called Short Wave and (on my radio) runs between 6MHz and 22MHz. Does anyone still listen to Short Wave? My radio is a cheap one, so I don't hear much, but when I was younger, I had a very good radio and listened to broadcasts from Europe, Australia and Japan all the time.
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RE: Short Wave Radio

Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:13 am

I used to listen to WRNO from New Orleans and Radio Australia all of the time back in the 80's when they played music. I am a licensed amateur radio operator (Extra class) but I haven't been very active lately.
 
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RE: Short Wave Radio

Thu Mar 13, 2008 12:43 am

I'm a bit of a "Number Station" enthusiast and I've been listening to them on and off for about 5 years. They're pretty interesting.
 
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RE: Short Wave Radio

Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:01 am

I do occasionally, but many stations do not broadcast on a 24 hr basis anymore, and I don't am often busy around the house when many programs are receivable here. A high quality receiver with a good antenna can make a huge difference.
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RE: Short Wave Radio

Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:30 am

The romantic days of shortwave listening are long gone. I'll bust out my old ham transceiver sometimes and scan through the bands every now and then, but its not like when I was a kid listening to my dad's old console with glowing vacuum tubes and hardwire circuitry. I used to love to stay up late at night and listen to all the broadcasts from Europe.

Now the PC age has the world so connected that there's no need to broadcast over these unique portions of the radio spectrum. Come to think of it, even the word "broadcast" will probably begin to get phased out of people's lives completely over the next generation.

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RE: Short Wave Radio

Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:46 am

My father got me a short wave radio in the 80's It was a GRUNDIG the size of a small suitcase. I used to stay up late on clear nights and listened to British stations. I remember I found the accent particularly strange, since I was used at the time to the American accent.
 
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RE: Short Wave Radio

Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:23 pm

I still have my Dad's Zenith shortwave radio. Heavier than hell (it takes at least 8 D cells) but it still works fine. I haven't had it out in awhile but last time I did, it was difficult to find the stations. The book that came with it was from the late 50's, so most of those stations are long gone.
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RE: Short Wave Radio

Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:06 pm

When I was learning Spanish in junior high school and high school back in the 1970s and early 1980s I liked to listen to La Voz de Ecuador on short wave to help me with my comprehension skills. But as others have noted, with the advent of Internet broadcasts the main reason one would need an actual short wave radio would be when they don't have access to the Internet or to listen to stations that don't broadcast over the Internet. But as each day goes by the need for short wave will diminish that much more.
 
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RE: Short Wave Radio

Sat Mar 15, 2008 2:04 am

I was a huge DXer back in the 70s until the late 90s, when I went 'online' for the first time. I was a member of NASWA (North American Shortwave Listener's Association, Speedx, ODXA (Ontario DX Association, non-Canadians could be associate members only). I have QSLed some 200 'radio' countries and DXed some 225, per NASWA rules. Like I said my career, women and the internet pretty much did in my DX hobby, as a matter of fact I sold my Kenwood R-5000, some 4 years ago and my old 40s era Collins 'boat anchor' is in my mother's basement back in Minnesota. Though I still have my old Sony ICF 2010 portable buried in my closet someplace, along with my copies of the WRTH handbooks.

It's a great hobby, if you have the time, love trying to discern Urdu in heavy static and fading in and out in order to score QSL a Pakistani outlet in Lahore at 3 AM (local US time) and want to give up dating and any sort of a social life, because the hobby has sucked you in, especially if you were like me, a hardcore DXer, chasing those 1-5 kilowatters from Indonesia, Papua New Guinea or India. As I have been out of the DX/SWL loop for almost 12 years now I have not kept up with what is happening in this area, but with the proliferation of the 'net' in that time, I suspect that many of the big int'l broadcasters have either cut back on their services or shut down their SWL transmitters altogether and the smaller local SWL outlets which was my area of interest, the same has probably happened here as well.

I think I'll see if I can dig out the old Sony and see if she'll fire up, as well as thumb through my QSL card collection....

Thomas

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RE: Short Wave Radio

Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:21 am



Quoting Thomasphoto60 (Reply 8):
my old 40s era Collins 'boat anchor' is in my mother's basement back in Minnesota.

Nice.

It's too bad Heathkit isn't still around.
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RE: Short Wave Radio

Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:12 am



Quoting Thomasphoto60 (Reply 8):
my old 40s era Collins 'boat anchor' is in my mother's basement back in Minnesota.

If you ever want to sell it, let me know.

I was a shortwave geek in junior high school (built a Knight kit Star roamer) and licensed amateur radio operator when I was in high school, but drifted away after that.

I've started acquiring gear again. Once I figure out how to put up a decent antenna and not get the homeowners association panties in a wad, I'll be DXing again.
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RE: Short Wave Radio

Sun Mar 16, 2008 12:46 pm

If you're into aviation it can be quite interesting to listen to HF ATC transmissions from thousands of miles away, e.g. North Atlantic traffic near the other side of the ocean. I've also heard traffic from the Caribbean and India.

Radio Moscow could be quite entertaining before Glasnost. For example, it was interesting to know there was no drug problem in the Soviet Union "because it has been scientifically proven that they are bad for your health".  wideeyed 

Quoting Thomasphoto60 (Reply 8):
I still have my old Sony ICF 2010

That was a seriously nice bit of gear. Maybe not as a specialised SW receiver but as a portable, general purpose radio it was gadgetry personified. I used to sell it and it was quite depressing not being able to justify buying one myself.  Smile
 
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RE: Short Wave Radio

Mon Mar 17, 2008 12:02 am



Quoting Halls120 (Reply 10):
If you ever want to sell it, let me know.

I am heading back to MSP at the end of the month, if my mother has not sold it for scrap and it is still in working condition (last fired up in 1979), I drop you a line. Now shipping that 100lb monster will be the real be the biggest hurdle and will cost a pretty penny.

Quoting Halls120 (Reply 10):
Once I figure out how to put up a decent antenna and not get the homeowners association panties in a wad, I'll be DXing again.

A random longwire (if you have the space) is a low profile antenna, hung in your backyard between 2 trees probably would not attract any attention. I have done some great DXing with a longwire, even pulling the AIR (All India Radio) outlet in Port Blair in the Andaman Islands.

Quoting David L (Reply 11):
That was a seriously nice bit of gear. Maybe not as a specialised SW receiver but as a portable, general purpose radio it was gadgetry personified. I used to sell it and it was quite depressing not being able to justify buying one myself.

A great radio but big for a 'portable, I later replaced it with a Grundig Yacht Boy for my travels. While I did not use this fro DX purposes (I was a wire service photog back in the 80s and 90s, and portable SW radio was essential when traveling to areas of he world where getting the latest news could be spotty at best), it could pull in some weak signals with a proper antenna attached.

Quoting L-188 (Reply 9):
Nice.

Yep it was my first SW rig, when my Grandfather, a Ham gave me this behemoth in the mid 70s. He had hopes that I would take up the amateur aspect of the hobby, get my ticket, join ARRL and so forth, while I did get my novice license, I was more interested in listening in far off broadcasters, than communicating to other Hams. Later I moved into the rigs that had digital frequency readouts and bought what would later become know as the "dog of desktop receivers", the Radio Shack (Tandy) DX -300. Later A Yeasu FRG-7000 replace dthe '300' and even later a JRC NRD 515, was sitting next to my "Frog 7000" which was sold a few months later to help cover the costs of the $1500 '515' .I am shocked to see that the 515 still commands a hefty price on the 2nd hand market, with prices ranging from $700.00 on up to 2k. Considering that it has been on the market for over 25 years, thats not a bad return on one's investment. Sadly my 515 was damaged beyond repairs after moving from MSP to NY. I replaced it with a Kenwoood R-5000, my last desktop. While I got some good DX out of it, my career and life as a whole put the hobby on the back burner and then, as I mentioned earlier I ceased DXing altogether once I went online in the late 90s. I sold my R-5000 via Ebay a few years back and fetched $400.00. Considering that I paid $1,000 for it in 1990, I was not that unhappy as it had a few technical issues that crept in over the years.

Some SWL links if you are interested...

http://www.angelfire.com/ok/worldofradio/

http://www.naswa.net/

http://www.passband.com/ (These clowns have been tying to remove the words "Short Wave Radio" from the hobby's lexicon and replace it with "Worldband Radio" for years now, fortunately with little success. That said, this is a great resource tool for any DXer.

http://www.wrth.com/ A must have, simply put, the DXers bible.

http://www.antique-corner.com/SWLQSL/ I was a QSL hound back in the day!

http://www.intervalsignals.net/

73s,

Thomas
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RE: Short Wave Radio

Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:56 am



Quoting Thomasphoto60 (Reply 12):
Some SWL links if you are interested...

http://www.angelfire.com/ok/worldofradio/

http://www.naswa.net/

http://www.passband.com/ (These clowns have been tying to remove the words "Short Wave Radio" from the hobby's lexicon and replace it with "Worldband Radio" for years now, fortunately with little success. That said, this is a great resource tool for any DXer.

http://www.wrth.com/ A must have, simply put, the DXers bible.

http://www.antique-corner.com/SWLQSL/ I was a QSL hound back in the day!

http://www.intervalsignals.net/

73s,

Thomas

thanks for the links!
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RE: Short Wave Radio

Mon Mar 17, 2008 3:31 am



Quoting Halls120 (Reply 10):
I've started acquiring gear again. Once I figure out how to put up a decent antenna and not get the homeowners association panties in a wad, I'll be DXing again.

Interesting stuff Halls. I've got a 1946 Farnsworth table radio with a 31 to 20 meter band along with the broadcast band. It's made out of some of the best components I ever saw in a consumer grade set (all military surplus) and it gets good reception on long winter nights. For an antenna I took a roll of brass safety wire out of my toolbox and ran it across the ceiling of my laboratory in a grid-about fifty feet-and the reception's rather good.

I've also got a nice tube VHF receiver with a picture of a DC4 on it that I can listen to aviation frequencies with.

One of these days we should have a nice talk about obsolete technology. I've acquired quite a pile of it over the past 20 years.
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RE: Short Wave Radio

Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:53 am

If you guys can get your hands on an Atlantic or Pacific orientation chart, it will have the frequencies for the various controlling agenices, and the Volmet frequencies for the weather broadcasts. If not, let me know and I will try to grab an expired one at work.
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RE: Short Wave Radio

Mon Mar 17, 2008 12:42 pm



Quoting Thomasphoto60 (Reply 12):
A great radio but big for a 'portable,

Agreed. I was just differentiating from those vast desktop deals, which are even more seriously gadgety but too big to slip into your suitcase.  Smile
 
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RE: Short Wave Radio

Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:10 pm



Quoting Dougloid (Reply 14):
Quoting Halls120 (Reply 10):
I've started acquiring gear again. Once I figure out how to put up a decent antenna and not get the homeowners association panties in a wad, I'll be DXing again.

Interesting stuff Halls. I've got a 1946 Farnsworth table radio with a 31 to 20 meter band along with the broadcast band. It's made out of some of the best components I ever saw in a consumer grade set (all military surplus) and it gets good reception on long winter nights. For an antenna I took a roll of brass safety wire out of my toolbox and ran it across the ceiling of my laboratory in a grid-about fifty feet-and the reception's rather good.

I've also got a nice tube VHF receiver with a picture of a DC4 on it that I can listen to aviation frequencies with.

One of these days we should have a nice talk about obsolete technology. I've acquired quite a pile of it over the past 20 years.

I've recently acquired a Panasonic RF-4900. Nice piece of gear, but I'm in the market for a decent boat anchor.

What kills me is that when I was on a Coast Guard cutter back in the late 1970's, I could have scored a Collins R-390 for nothing. We were replacing them with R-1051's, and the 390's
were being scrapped. What an idiot I was.
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RE: Short Wave Radio

Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:36 pm



Quoting L-188 (Reply 9):
Nice.

It's too bad Heathkit isn't still around.



Quoting Halls120 (Reply 17):
I've recently acquired a Panasonic RF-4900. Nice piece of gear, but I'm in the market for a decent boat anchor.

There's nothing like the old stuff for build quality and component quality. I've never found a dead Hallicrafters or National receiver yet. Sitting at your desk at some ungodly hour with the smell of hot glassware in your nostrils, following a faint drifting signal with a finger on the band spread knob...of course Collins is superb. Very hard to find, because it was so blamed expensive then and now. Art Collins is well remembered up Cedar Rapids way, lived all his life in the same house he grew up in.
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