Short Wave radio has been around for a long time. It is a wonderfully reassuring feeling when far from home to listen to a familiar voice on a Short Wave radio.
Sadly, Short Wave reception is increasingly difficult for people touring France, Germany and the rest of Europe. BBC World Service signals are now aimed only at Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
But - if the skies are merciful - you can still hear the BBC bouncing off the ionosphere from somewhere distant. And China Radio International gives you a powerful signal, proudly telling listeners "we will never give up on Short Wave."
The Indians, Romanians and the Vatican are the next most enthusiastic on international radio broadcasting. So don't ditch the Short Wave radio, polish it up and get tuning! Radio Spain ended weekday analogue broadcasts to Europe in November 2012, but continues every day in digital short wave (DRM)and carries sport on analogue at weekends. Meanwhile, these FM quality digital shortwave broadcasts will soon arrive in India, with All India Radio transmitting on DRM from later this year. Cheap DRM radio sets are already arriving in the shops. Voice of Russia stopped explaining its country's actions to the world on Short Wave radio in April, timed perfectly for its takeover of Crimea.
On analogue, it can be difficult to know what to look for. But these charts make listening quick and easy.
February 2015 update: Radio Spain (REE) briefly left Short Wave, but then returned in 2015, responding to protests mainly from those at sea who remain dependent on such transmissions. Even better news was that a brand new Short Wave station Global 24 Radio started from Florida to North America on 9.395 MHz. In the mornings it can usually be heard in Europe - and a dedicated frequency from Europe has been promised in the furture. It carries a mix of international stations - many of which used to be on Short Wave - like Radio Slovakia.
The BBC World Service cut its English Short Wave service by 60 per cent on 31st March 2013. The Cyprus Short Wave relay station, which had been in use for 50 years, has now been closed. But the remaining frequencies would appear to be safe for another decade, as that is the length of the BBC contract with the firm, Babcock, which distributes its programmes. BBC Arabic is no longer available on Short Wave, except in Sudan. BBC Arabic radio is generally now only available if Arab governments choose to let their people hear the BBC on FM or online.
These charts are not exhaustive, so go to these sites for more detail:-
listening news, interviews, reviews and more:
Glenn Hauser's World of Radio: http://www.worldofradio.com/
Here's a brand new site with some great maps indicatinng where signals are targetted: http://shortwave.am/
The official broadcasters' site, but some countries don't take part: http://www.hfcc.org/data/
This one has some nice maps: http://short-wave.info/index.php
The best guide to public radio stations available online is:
The blog of Chrissy Brand, the general editor of the BDXC British DX Club, for up to date opinion on what's worth listening to:
And for up to date gossip and news, check out:
This tells you everything heard in North West Europe in English in January 2013:
Summer 2012 saw the disappearance of Radio Netherlands in Europe, while Vatican Radio ended its information programmes to western Europe. But there are still many stations on the air and these 4 charts take you on a tour of what you can hear as you wander up and down the short wave bands in the winter 2012-13 schedule:
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