The shortwave frequency band is between 3 - 30mhz. Being low in frequency means long distance.
As explained in a web page from radio shack =
- Shortwave frequencies tend to follow the curvature of the earth, which allows them to bend around the horizon rather than going off into space.
- Shortwave frequencies can be bounced off of the ionosphere, which also allows the signal to be sent past the horizon.
To recive Shortwave Radio you will need a decent antenna, the best one to use is a "Longwire" antenna which as it sounds, is a length of wire with insulators and a single lead to the radio (see below)... one word of warning, Disconnect from the radio in a thunder storm other wise you way end up with a new perm or worse.
You can also use a telescopic antenna which will give you O.K results. Youtube has some great homemade ideas as well.
Jaycar electronics sell several Shortwave Radios (Digitech) but my faviourite brands would be Sangean and Sony, Also Dick Smith sell just one radio being a Sangean ATS-505 ($149).
Andrews Communications ( see Links) sometimes sell used shortwave radios that can save a good deal of money, these radios have been checked to make sure that they work. : )
Alot of high end scanners will do Shortwave as well and E-Bay is always an option.
If anyone knows anywhere else you can buy shortwave rigs let me know and I will add them to the post
There are several websites that have hundreds of frequency's available and I will put the links below, rather than copy and paste, which would not be fair for enthusiasts who spend hundreds of hours putting these pages together.
|120 m||2300 - 2495 kHz||Tropical (regional) band|
|90 m||3200–3400 kHz||Tropical band|
|75 m||3900–4000 kHz||Shared with the North American amateur radio 80 m band|
|60 m||4750–5060 kHz||Tropical band|
|49 m||5900–6200 kHz|
|41 m||7200–7450 kHz||Shared with the amateur radio 40 m band|
|31 m||9400–9900 kHz||Most heavily used band|
|25 m||11,600–12,100 kHz|
|22 m||13,570–13,870 kHz||Substantially used in Eurasia|
|19 m||15,100–15,800 kHz|
|16 m||17,480–17,900 kHz|
|15 m||18,900–19,020 kHz||Lightly utilized; may become DRM band in future|
|13 m||21,450–21,850 kHz|
|11 m||25,600–26,100 kHz||May be used for local DRM broadcasting|
Tahiti = 15170khz
New Caledonia = 7170khz
Kiribati = 9825khz
Rangoon (Burma) = 5985.85khz
Ulaan Baator (Mongolia) = 12085khz
South Korea (KBS World) = 9515khz, 7275khz, 3955khz
Quebec (CBC North) = 9625khz
Brazil (Radio Nacional da Amaznia) = 11780khz
Nigeria (Voice of Nigeria) = 15120khz, 9690khz, 7255khz
OR you can listen online = http://www.wrn.org/listeners/#home-listeners
MY SHORTWAVE RIG (An oldie but it still works)