Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Foreign Relations Boil Down to Two Things: Talking With People or Killing Them." -- Unknown

"Mobs Do Not Rush Across Town to Do Good Deeds." -- James Lee Burke

"Colt .45s; putting bad guys underground since 1873." -- Unknown

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Let’s eat all of these people!” — Venom

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Shortwave Radio

If you live in places where the government might shut off the Internet, or if you want to be able to listen to foreign stuff in case a cyber attack disables shit, well, you may want to think about getting familiar with shortwave radio.

First off, if you have a lot of smart-shit running in your home, turn that crap off. It generates interference.

You can learn the basics and more at SWLing.com and at Radio Fidelity. Also, DXing.com

Finding stations to listen to can be, um, a bit of a pain. Try Shortwave Central or C.Crane's station index.

If you get into it, you're going to want to have a better antenna than the telescoping one on a portable radio. You can make your own out of a length of wire and string it around your room, like spies or Soviet citizens used to do. If you go to running a wire outside, beware of power lines. Far more people than you might believe have fried themselves that way.

2 comments:

Sport Pilot said...

Good advice, I already had an SW receiver, have purchased a handheld, and am studying for my Technicians license. I'll be adding to it but the portable can also be set for marine bands which will be useful.

BTW, thanks for the links.

Glypto Dropem said...

In my house, the recessed LED lights on a dimmer in my kitchen cause the most interference.

Your results may vary.