|WORLD BAND (SHORT WAVE) RADIO
How-to's and goodies to help the
"average Joe" get into and find enjoyment in listening to the short wave radio
More will be added here in good time...
The definitive source for world band listening "Passport to World Band Radio"
has been discontinued.
You may still find 2008 copies that are still pretty current.
With the advent of the internet and satellite audio. The need in more modernized for
shortwave service has diminished.
This is not true for "third-world" contries such as northern Africa, Southern
Asia, Indonesia and India. Where the commodities and government mechanisms we enjoy are
not in place. Shortwave there is invaluable!
There is still much to catch on the air-waves for the SWL (Short Wave Listener).
Magazine periodicals such as Popular Communications and Monitoring Times are great up to
date sources for info on broadcast stations, frequencies and times.
It is NOT illegal in the US to listen to pirate radio
Infact, the FCC protects your rights to listen to whatever you want on your shortwave
within part 15 rules, and as long as it's not cell-phone traffic or decryption of secure
There's some pretty interesting stuff below the 40m band especially the pirate
Pirates broadcast in defiance of federal and local laws. They take pride in their
abilities and knowlege as a ham would, except without recognizing the authority of the
FCC. However - they do so at their own risk.
Occasionally, a pirate operator will often be found by the FCC and given steep fines and
even imprisionment, adding an element of excitement and risk to thier activities.
But the enforement mostly center's around the FM band pirates that are mostly into the
practice for local activism and mischief.
The pirates on shortwave are generally more seasoned, have peak technical expertise and
truly enjoy their craft for the sake of the craft itself.
Their programming mostly focuses on entertainment with witty commentary.
Just tune the shortwave receiver to (around) 6925 khz in USB or
AM any given evening and take a listen!
FRN(Free Radio Network)
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