Shortwave and DX Listening


Address directorium Recreation Radio

The Shortwave spectrum is regarded as the radio frequencies in the range from 1.8 to 30 mHz. International, or Regional Broadcasters sometimes use this range of frequencies to reach target audiences, but are correctly listed in Arts/International Broadcasters because broadcasting is a performing art, for the consumption of many. Listening to or monitoring such broadcasts and others such as utility, aircraft, marine, and military radio broadcasts by individuals is a radio-related, recreational hobby much like CB and Scanner listening. Monitoring activity, which is not restricted only to ShortWave frequencies, is often categorized in two ways, namely Short Wave Listening and DXing, or DX Listening. Short Wave Listening (SWL) is the casual and regular reception of International Broadcasters such as the BBC, Deutsche Welle, and Radio Canada International, among many others. They are easily heard by intended or target audience, through powerful shortwave transmitters, satellite broadcasts. DXing is the attempt to hear weak signals, signals that are for local audiences, but which may often be heard at further distances by listeners who use special equipment and antennas. Such listeners are often referred to as DXers who often also listen for weak signals outside the shortwave frequencies on the longwave and the mediumwave bands. Those extend from just over 0 kHz to 1.8 mHz. Information about longwave and mediumwave DXing is also found in the Shortwave category. Ham radio and CB, although within the Shortwave frequency spectrum, are considered separate activities, and in ODP, have their own categories. This is also true for scanning of radio services like police, fire and ambulance. by editor funk updated 2001.10.08
  • Adelaide CBD Radio stations that can be heard from the Adelaide CBD during daylight hours on the MF, HF and VHF broadcast radio bands. Includes a channel and call sign reference for national and international DXers.
  • Amateur Radio World-Wide - NW7US HF radio propagation, operation, equipment, as well as amateur (HAM) radio in general, and also a large collection of SWL, Shortwave and DXing resources.
  • AsiaWaves Directory and frequency listings of radio and television stations in South and Southeast Asia.
  • Bluegrass DaVinci Fellowship Details the activities of a group of enthusiasts who meet regularly to pursue interests in shortwave radio. Includes member photograph albums, activity dates, current propagation conditions and related links.
  • Coastal Radio Worldwide marine and coastal radio information, including frequency lists, logs, and links to live audio.
  • Cobalt Pet Shortwave Web-Log Shortwave reception reports, listening tips, product reviews, photos, and links
  • DX Antwerp A Flemish association Of SWL enthusiasts. Features club information, photos, logs, and DX bulletins. [English]
  • Compendium of radio monitoring information, including general beginner's information, international broadcasting news, and resources to monitoring hobbyists of all stripes, including ham radio.
  • European Gospel Shortwave Radio Shortwave Gospel radio resource with schedules, frequencies and links.
  • HFCC - High Frequency Co-ordination Committee Co-ordinates transmission schedules of about 60 organizations from more than 30 countries.
  • Intereval Signals Archive Interval signals, signature tunes, and identification announcements from international, domestic, and clandestine radio stations around the world. Requires Realplayer G2.
  • International short wave contesting information A database with rules and results of all international short wave contests.
  • IntervalSignal Database Interval signals, jingles, and station announcements of national and international shortwave radio stations.
  • JB's DX Info A resource page for Television, Longwave and Mediumwave DXers. Includes screen shots, DX audio clips, modifications, interference suppression techniques and related links.
  • KA3NRX Shortwave Radio Links Links to shortwave radio stations around the world.
  • On The Shortwaves Devoted to the history of shortwave radio. Features early radio articles, book reviews, and other references for DXers and collectors.
  • Radio Portal Interactive search engine for HAM radio operators and shortwave listeners. Offers information on all frequency ranges from VLF to UHF.
  • Save the BBC World Service Website of listeners who are opposed by the decision by the BBC World Service to end shortwave broadcasting to North America, Australia and New Zealand in July 2001.
  • Shortwave Monitoring Station Resource for SWL enthusiasts features information, reception tips, international broadcasting schedules, plus a QSL gallery, audio recordings, photos and links. [English, German and French]
  • Shortwave World Band Listening A guide for shortwave world band radio enthusiasts.
  • Spy Centre A resource for information about Shortwave Spy Number Stations.
  • The DX Home Page From Klaus-Dieter Scholz, includes DSWCI news, shortwave schedules, station news, radio station addresses, ITU abbreviations list and tips for shortwave newcomers.
  • The Listening Post - Shortwave Interactive web-controlled Drake R-8 allows 5 and 30 second live sound bites, details of last 25 frequencies selected by listeners, and information about tuning controls.
  • The Overcomer International broadcast of prophecy. Includes shortwave, satellite and live internet broadcasting.
  • Web -controlled Shortwave Receivers A network of web-controlled SW receivers around the world. Tune the receivers with your browser for live audio.


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