I’ve posted several times about how I used to listen to shortwave radio quite a bit when I was younger. It was a fun, enjoyable hobby and I learned a lot about geography and other countries/cultures. I haven’t listened in several years after getting busy with other things in life. I don’t know about you, but it seems there are cycles in my life where things change naturally depending on what is going on and how my interests change. I saw a nice shortwave radio at a local electronics store for what I think is a good price and picked one up. It’s a Grundig Satellit 750 radio that picks up AM/FM, Shortwave and the Airwave bands.
I got it home and couldn’t hear many stations until I hooked up an outside antenna. It was like night and day in being able to tune in stations. I think it may be due to the radiant barrier in the attic blocking the signals. There are not as many stations broadcasting from what I remember in the “good old days” of the late 70s and 80s, but it was like riding a bike. It felt like I never stopped! As usual, the religious broadcasters are well represented on the shortwave bands, as well as some of the stations I used to listen to. Some of the stations I managed to hear:
- Adventist World Radio – Had an interesting shortwave type program called “Wavescan”
- Voice of Turkey – Playing music
- Radio Romania Int – Broadcasting in French. Back in the 80s they used to be called “Radio Bucharest”
- China Radio International – Coming in with a strong signal on their English & Chinese language broadcast
- Radio Exterior de Espana – Broadcasting in Spanish
- World Harvest Radio – Christian broadcaster from the US
- Radio Habana Cuba – You can hear them on a number of frequencies broadcasting in English and Spanish
- EWTN – Catholic radio broadcaster
There was a book that I used to use which was invaluable for looking up station broadcast times and frequencies called “Passport to Worldband Radio“.
Since I don’t have a recent edition, I was able to find an online shortwave website where you can look up this information. Gotta love the internet! Sadly, I found out later today that the book is no longer being published.
Will see how things progress in the coming months.