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At the tone, the time will be Coordinated Universal Time
Welcome to my shortwave radio page! I
started listening to shortwave radio in the fall of 1994, with
a Radio Shack DX-375. I have since upgraded to a Grundig
YachtBoy 400 (pictured on the left,) and have 15 meters of wire
strung up around the room as an antenna. Reception isn't
as good in California as it is in Iowa, mainly due to interference
from local AM stations. Maybe those mountains behind the house
cause some problems, too.... Being on the coast, though,
may help with receiving Asian/Pacific stations.
On this page you will find links to other interesting shortwave
radio pages (including several for schedules, propagation tables,
and station information) and my collection
of QSL cards.
With more news/information being "broadcast" by
Internet everyday, shortwave radio may seem less and less like
a viable idea. However, there are a number of countries,
organizations, and people who wish their voices to be heard,
and are unable (or unwilling) to use the Internet. For these
people, radio is the way to go. Not to mention, my radio
runs on a few AA batteries, which is more then I can say for
That said, there are quite a few stations who also broadcast
via RealAudio. I have created a list
of these stations, and have been adding direct links to the
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USNO Time "Live"
This feature requires RealAudio.
(Because of the RA buffering, there will be a
several second delay from when the signal left the USNO Master
Because broadcasters and listeners live in different parts
of the world, potentially in different time zones, they refer
to "Coordinated Universal Time," or UTC, when talking
about the time. This is an international convention that
replaced Greenwich Mean Time, although for part of the year they
are the same. The National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST) broadcasts time signals on 2.5, 5, 10, and 15 MHz from
the stations WWV
(Ft. Collins, CO--also at 20MHz) and WWVH (Hawaii.) You should
be able to pick up one, if not more, of these broadcasts at any
time. It is a good idea to have the clock in your radio set
to UTC; it makes it easier to follow schedules, and helps when
writing reception reports. Here's another
explanation of determining world time.
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- NASWA (The North
American Shortwave Association) is a club devoted solely to shortwave
radio, and is part of ANARC
(The Association of N.American Radio Clubs.) They publish
a monthly Journal, which is filled with radio schedules, QSL
card reports, receiver and book reviews, and general commentary
about the shortwave radio world.
Times is a monthly magazine published by Grove Enterprises,
Inc.. It has more general information about radios, and
includes a number of columns for scanners, utilities, FM, medium
and longwave, as well as shortwave. The bonus is a "TV-Guide"
like schedule every month of English programs.
to World Band Radio is an annual book published in October-December
for the next year. The first two-thirds has reviews of all
current radios on the market, a quick guide to listening for
newbies, an hour-by-hour guide of top programs in English, and
a list of radio station addresses (and verification signers.) This
last section is invaluable if you plan to write for QSL cards
or station schedules. The last third of the book, the Blue
Pages, is a frequency guide to what's on when. Basically,
if you are listening to a program on 6000 kHz, but can't ID it
easily, this guide can help you narrow down the station. Unfortunately,
as it is compiled many months before stations actually decide
what frequency they will be broadcasting on, it can be inaccurate.
useful book is the World Radio and Television Handbook (WRTH)
which is also published annually. I have never used it,
but many DXers swear by it. I believe it is divided by country,
so is less useful in IDing a station, but more useful if you
know what it is you want to listen to. It is published a
bit later in the year, so it somewhat more up-to-date then Passport.
- The usenet group rec.radio.shortwave
is a decent source of up-to-the-minute information, and a good
place to ask questions should you fail to find the info anywhere
else. There is often a lot of flaming, so I don't keep up
with it on a regular basis. Read the FAQ before you post--your
question might have already been answered.
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What is a QSL card? The listener sends
a reception report, which includes information like time and date
heard, frequency, signal quality, and program details, to the
station. In return, the station often sends back a QSL card,
confirming that the listener had heard that particular station. Sometimes
the card has time, frequency, and transmitter information on it,
sometimes it is just a blank postcard sent in acknowledgement. I
always write what radio and antenna I used, my listening location,
and a little bit of personal information. I have scanned
a number of my QSL cards.)
NASWA (the North American SW Association) gives out awards
to anyone (members and non-members) who meet certain listening
criteria, usually listening to a certain number of stations from
a given geographical region. Here is the NASWA
Country list, in Acrobat Reader (pdf) format.
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Shortwave via RealAudio
I have put this section on a new page,
since it was getting too unwieldy here. Go here
for RealAudio links.
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