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. 


NEW - BBC Global Short Wave Frequencies - summer 2014


Here's what you can hear in English in North West Europe in Summer 2014 - on one A4 sheet.


In all languages, listening in NW Europe from 0400-1400 GMT in May 2014.


In all languages, listening in NW Europe from 1400-2300 GMT in May 2014.


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:-


Shortwave listening news, interviews, reviews and more:

Glenn Hauser's World of Radio:


Here's a brand new site with some great maps indicatinng where signals are targetted:


The official broadcasters' site, but some countries don't take part:  


This one has some nice maps:


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:





Listening in English on Short Wave in North West Europe - Summer 2013


This tells you everything heard in North West Europe in English in January 2013:


Here are details of the BBC World Service broadcasts for winter 2013/14.


Listening in English on Short Wave in North West Europe - Winter 2012/13


BBC Frequencies by area Summer 2013


BBC Global Frequencies Summer 2013


Summer 2013 UK listening in all languages - Early


Summer 2013 UK listening in all languages - Late


BBC World Service English schedule Winter 2012-13


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:


Daytime listening in NW Europe on Short Wave 13-6MHz

Daytime listening in NW Europe on Short Wave 21-15MHz

After dark listening in NW Europe on Short Wave 21-7MHz

After dark listening in NW Europe on Short Wave 9-3MHz


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