Shortwave Broadcasting

International Shortwave Broadcasting:

Nearly every country broadcasts on shortwave ( 2.3 - 26.1 MHz ). Many of these countries transmit powerful signals that are some times beamed toward North America. These broadcasts can often be heard on portable shortwave radios. International broadcasters often cover stories not reported in the American media. If you use or are learning another language there are many non-english broadcasts. These signals travel thousands of miles via the upper atmosphere and they may have static, fading or interference. These signals are also affected by the seasons, time of day and solar activity (sunspots etc). Broadcasters often change frequencies, languages and times. Any schedule would soon become out of date. I have never used a "schedule. In stead, I just tune around the dial and listen to any interesting stations.

The "Radio Regulations" of the International Telecommunications Union define the shortwave broadcast bands. At the 1992 World Administrative Radio Conference, new bands were created and existing bands were expanded. The band limits in the following table reflect the WARC-92 agreements and broadcast band expansions used on a non-interfering basis (e.g., the 41 m band starting at 6890 kHz on a non-interference basis): Although the allocations do not become official until 2007, in practice many stations have already started using the expanded portions under the motto "use it or lose it." Additionally, there are a few stations that broadcast outside the band edges above, e.g., Iran on 9022 and a number of African stations around 9200 kHz. Clearly, receivers with continuous coverage between 1.6 and 30 MHz are preferred.

Usually good only at night:

2.300 - 2.495, 3.200 - 3.400, 3.900 - 4.000, 4.750 - 5.060, 5.900 - 6.200, 7.100 - 7.450

Usually good day or night:

9.400 - 9.900, 11.600 - 12.100, 13.570 - 13.870, 15.100 - 15.800

Usually good when sun is active:

17.480 - 17.900, 18.900 - 19.020, 21.450 - 21.850, 25.670 - 26.100

From Hawaii

Almost all signals on shortwave are upper sideband ( USB ). So try USB for better signal.

Time Channel: 5.000.00 AM (beeps and then at top of every minute announces time in UTC) This is not too loud for me in Hawaii.

Time and Weather: 10.000.00 USB (beeps and then at top of every minute announces time in UTC) This is loud for me in Hawaii.

Shortwave

2100 to TBD Local Hawaii Time, 0700 - UTC 5.025.00 USB English Language

2100 to TBD Local Hawaii Time, 0700 - UTC 5.890.00 USB English Language

2100 to TBD Local Hawaii Time, 0700 - UTC 5.935.00 USB English Language Religion

2100 to TBD Local Hawaii Time, 0700 - UTC 6.090.00 USB English Language Caribbean Beacon (Univ. Network)

1600-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0200-0900 UTC 15.240.00 USB Radio Australian (ABC News) {LOUD}

1700-1900 Local Hawaii Time, 0300-0500 UTC 7.230.00 USB News

1700-1900 Local Hawaii Time, 0300-0500 UTC 7.255.00 USB News

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 7.325.00 AM Religion

1700-1900 Local Hawaii Time, 0300-0500 UTC 7.395.00 USB

1700-1900 Local Hawaii Time, 0300-0500 UTC 7.445.00 USB South Africa BBC News

1700-1900 Local Hawaii Time, 0300-0500 UTC 9.460.00 USB South Africa BBC News

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 6.875.00 USB Religion

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 7.220.00 USB Foreign Language

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 7.275.00 USB Foreign Language

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 7.455.00 USB Religion (Also on 7.570 AM)

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 7.555.00 USB Foreign Language

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 7.580.00 USB Foreign Language

2030 Local Hawaii Time, 0630 UTC 9.395 AM (AM Seems Louder) Out of Florida. Global24radio.com

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 9.415.00 USB News

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 9.445.00 USB Music (Loud)

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 9.475.00 USB News

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 9.495.00 USB Religion

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 9.580.00 USB Radio Australian (ABC News)

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 9.590.00 USB Radio Australian (ABC News)

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 9.595.00 USB Foreign Language

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 9.650.00 USB Foreign Language

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 9.675.00 USB Foreign Language

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 9.710.00 USB Radio Australian (ABC News)

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 9.730.00 USB Music

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 9.760.00 USB Music / Science and Tech (Japan)

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 9.825.00 USB Foreign Language

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 10.000.00 USB Weather

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 11.640.00 USB Foreign Language (Japan)

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 11.665.00 USB Foreign Language

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 11.710.00 USB Foreign Language

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 11.725.00 USB Music New Zealand

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 12.080.00 USB Sports

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 12.365.00 USB Weather

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 13.630.00 USB Sports

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 13.850.00 USB Music

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 0700-0900 UTC 15.400.00 USB BBC

1200-1300 Local Hawaii Time, 0200-0300 UTC 21.740.00 USB Radio Australian

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 5.085.00 AM WTWW The Overcomer Ministry Lebanon TN

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 5.830.00 AM WTWW The Overcomer Ministry Lebanon TN\

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 6.060.00 AM

2100-2300 Local Hawaii Time, 6.100.00 AM Habana Cuba (Loud)

LINKS

Listing of English shortwave broadcasts sorted by time.

Shortwave Radio Station List

Prime Time Shortwave (Listen to Shortwave on your Computer or your SmartPhone)

Shortwave Information and Review of Radios

BBC Radio Frequencies

SHORTWAVE EMERGENCY FREQUENCIES

There are many shortwave frequencies used for long distance emergency communications. AM and International broadcaster's transmit a carrier with two sidebands [ lower / carrier / upper ]. Both sidebands have the same information therefore redundant. Shortwave frequencies use single sideband modulation ( SSB ). SSB removes the carrier and one sideband, only one sideband is transmitted. The advantage of SSB is a narrower more powerful signal. Disadvantages: SSB signals are harder to tune, when mistuned they sound "quacky" and when the talking stops the entire signal disappears. Almost all signals on shortwave are upper sideband ( USB ).

It takes a better and more costly receiver to correctly copy SSB signals. If you purchase a shortwave radio I recommend it be capable of receiving SSB signals. Practice listening to USB signals by tuning to amateur radio operators ( Hams ) between 14.150 - 14.350 MHz. When you hear a signal slowly tune back and forth until the voice sounds normal. ( Read the radio owner's manual ).

The frequencies listed are the suppressed carrier, which is not transmitted. The actual USB signal will be centered about 1.4 KHz higher or lower sideband ( LSB ) signals will be centered about 1.4KHz lower.

SECURE ( State Emergency Communications Using Radio Effectively ) is a secondary emergency back-up communications network. Each state in the network may operate base and mobile stations, transmitting in USB voice, data and maybe morse code. I do not know of any scheduled drills or net operations. Suggest monitoring the interstate coordination frequency 2.326 MHz.

SECURE; Listed by states ( 33 states in network )

AL 2.326 2.487 5.135 5.192 7.805 7.935

CA 2.326 2.419 2.422 2.804 2.812 5.140 5.195 7.480 7.802 7.805

CO 2.326 2.466 2.471 2.274 5.135 7.802 7.805

CT 2.326 2.419 5.135 5.192 7.477 7.805

FL 2.326 2.439 2.463 5.140 7.805 7.932

ID 2.326 2.414 2.471 2.535 2.804 5.135 5.140 5.195 7.477 7.805 7.932

IL 2.326 2.414 2.569 2.804 5.135 5.140 5.192 7.480 7.802 7.932 7.935

IN 2.326 2.487 2.511 5.135 5.140 7.802 7.805 7.935

LO 2.326 2.812 5.192 7.477 7.480 7.805

ME 2.326 2.414 5.135 5.192 7.805

MA 2.326 2.411 2.414 2.419 5.135 5.192 7.447 7.805

MI 2.326 2.414 2.804 5.140 7.477 7.805

MS 2.326 2.535 2.569 5.195 7.477 7.805

MO 2.326 2.411 2.414 2.419 2.439 2.463 5.140 5.192 7.477 7.802 7.805 7.935

MT 2.326 2.804 2.812 7.477 7.480 7.805

NE 2.326 2.804 2.812 5.192 7.805 7.935

NV 2.326 2.487 2.511 5.195 7.480 7.805 7.932

NH 2.326 2.414 5.135 5.192 7.805

NJ 2.326 2.411 2.587 5.195 7.805

NM 2.801 2.804 5.135 5.140 7.477 7.480 7.805

NY 2.326 2.812 5.135 7.477

NC 2.326 2.411 5.135 7.477 7.935

OH 2.326 2.419 2.422

OK 2.801 2.804 5.135 5.140 7.477 7.480 7.805

OR 2.326 2.414 2.801 5.135 5.195 7.480 7.802 7.805 7.935

RI 2.326 2.411 2.419 5.135 5.192 7.477 7.805

SC 2.326 2.422 2.511 5.135 7.480 7.932

TN 2.326 2.419 2.474 5.135 5.140 5.195 7.480 7.805 7.932

TX 2.326 2.419 2.422 2.587 2.801 2.804 2.812 5.140 5.192 5.195 7.802 7.805 7.932 7.935

VT 2.326 2.411 2.419 5.135 5.192 7.477 7.805

VA 2.326 2.411 2.463 2.511 2.587 2.801 2.812 5.140 5.192 5.195 7.805

WA 2.326 2.411 2.414 2.587 2.801 5.192 7.805 7.935

WY 2.326 2.414 2.419 5.195 7.805 7.932

SECURE: Listed by frequency

2.326 INTERSTATE COORDINATION FREQUENCY ONLY

2.411 MA MO NJ NC RI VT VA WA

2.414 ID IL ME MA MI MO NH OR WA WY

2.419 CA CT MA MO OH RI TN TX VT WY

2.422 CA OH SC TX

2.439 FL MO

2.463 FL MO VA

2.466 CO

2.471 CO ID

2.474 AL CO TN

2.487 AL IN NV

2.511 IN NV SC VA

2.535 ID MS

2.569 IL MS

2.587 NJ TX VA WA

2.801 NM OK OR TX VA WA

2.804 CA ID IL MI MT NE NM OK TX

2.812 CA LA MT NE NY TX VA

5.135 INTERSTATE COORDINATION FREQUENCY ONLY (ALTERNATE)

5.140 CA FL ID IL IN MI MO NM OK TN TX VA

5.192 INTERSTATE COORDINATION FREQUENCY ONLY

5.195 CA ID MA MS NV NJ OR TN TX VA WY

7.477 CT ID LA MA MI MS MO MT NM NY NC OK RI VT

7.480 CA IL LA MT NV NM OK OR SC TN

7.802 CA CO IL IN MO OR TX (DAY ONLY)

7.805 INTERSTATE COORDINATION FREQUENCY ONLY

7.932 FL ID IL NV SC TN TX WY

7.935 AL IL IN MO NE NC OR TX WA (DAY ONLY)

SECURE locations and frequencies obtained from the Federal Communications Commission ( FCC ) database.

Web Shortware Receivers

N2JEU | DX Zone List of Receivers | Global Tuners | Virginia Turner

Listeners on three continents lament BBC World Service cutbacks

End of five foreign language services and shortwave will cut off more than 30 million listeners, a sixth of its global audience

http://forums2.qrz.com/showthread.php?282712-The-End-of-the-BBC-World-Service

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jan/28/bbc-world-service-cuts-response

The axing of five foreign language services and wholesale retreat from shortwave radio – including the end of broadcasts to India, Russia and China – will lead to the loss of more than 30 million listeners, a sixth of the World Service's global audience of 180 million, the BBC estimates. The five language services being shut down – Portuguese for Africa, Caribbean English, Macedonian, Serbian and Albanian – have a combined audience of 3.4 million.

The changes mean the World Service is likely to be overtaken by the Voice of America, established in 1942 and funded by the US government, as the world's leading global news broadcaster. The World Service's former managing director, Sir John Tusa, said its rival had "always been regarded as a vastly inferior international broadcaster".

Some Basic Rules of Thumb

  • Night shortwave reception is usually better than daytime shortwave. This can change from time-to-time, so it's worth checking the bands during the day as well.

  • Shortwave is usually better in the winter than other times of year.

  • Typically, the best daytime shortwave bands are 13, 15, 16, 19, and 22 meters, 16 and 19 usually the best. At night, the best bands are 25, 31, 41 and 49 meters, with 31 and 49 usually best.

  • Around sunset and sunrise, both the day and night bands may often be exceptionally good,often making listening at these times quite rewarding.

  • Because the construction materials of some buildings severely block shortwave signals, it may be best to hold the radio in your hands and get very close to a window or use an external antenna mounted next to the window or outside.

A shortwave band is like a street with many addresses on it. In this case, the individual addresses are called frequencies, each one a potential home of a broadcaster. For example, in the 19 meter band (it could be called 19 Meter Street), 15110 kilohertz is the home of Radio Spain International, 15190 is the home of BBC World Service and 15275 is the home of Deutsche Welle (Germany). As on any street, the occupants at a specific address are not always at home.

Evening/Night Listening

This is the best time to listen, because the broadcasters are deliberately transmitting to you, wherever you are, at least up to about 11 pm. These bands may be extremely good around sunset and sunrise too.

The night bands are 25, 31, 41, 49 and 60 meters. In the winter, these bands produce results earlier than in the summer months, often starting around 3 pm on 25 and 31 meters and 5 pm on 41, 49 and 60 meters. In the summer these bands start later, around 5 pm for 25 and 31 meters and around 7 pm for 41, 49 and 60.