I bought a shortwave radio, the Realistic DX-440, during my teenage years. I remember spending hours in front of the console, spinning the finger dial and tuning through the long wave, medium wave, and mostly shortwave bands. I don’t recall individual broadcasts, but I remember listening to the BBC, Radio Havana, Radio Paris, even the Voice of America. I remember having a fun time traveling the world, listening to global opinions on American issues.
In the days before XM and Sirius satellite radio, there were a plethora of shortwave radio broadcasters. Times have changed…
I never sold or tossed the shortwave receiver (see reviews at Radio Intel and The Gadgets List), and for the first time in over a decade, I dusted it off, inserted new D batteries, and powered it on tonight.
Right now, I’m listening to EWTN Global Catholic Radio, broadcasting out of Birmingham, Alabama. Granted, I’m not Catholic but it’s the clearest broadcast I can hear at this hour.
Technorati implies Cobalt Pet is the best blog on shortwave and medium wave broadcasts. Recent posts indicate shortwave broadcasts by Radio Netherlands, Radio Australia, etc. I’ll be keeping an eye on that site!