Shortwave Listener's Resources

While listening to far away shortwave stations is interesting, informative, and just plain fun, you will get a lot more out of it with a few supportive resources. Some of the medium wave resources also provide shortwave listeners with information needed so some of them are listed here as well.

Books and Publications

Passport to World Band Radio
Available from major bookstores, amateur radio stores, and radio clubs. Passport is the first choice for shortwave listeners, beginners or experienced SWLs alike. It lists widely heard programs by time and also provides a detailed frequency listing of virtually all shortwave stations. A must have.

World Radio and TV Handbook(WRTH)
Available from major bookstores or amateur radio stores. This book would be a good choice if you wanted one source for both medium and shortwave listening. Not as readable as Passport but contains lots of detailed information.

DX Ontario
A monthly publication of the Ontario DX Association (ODXA) with a specific slant for Ontario listeners. It covers SWL DXing as well as a variety of other topics such as medium wave, scanning, pirate radio, FM/TX DXing, and a variety of other columns and articles. ODXA, Box 161, Station A, Willowdale, Ontario M2N 5S8. For more information.

Monitoring Times
A monthly magazine that you can pick up at some newstands or radio stores or get by subscription. Contains a detailed monthly section on what can be heard on shortwave. Also has articles of interest to SWLs and other listeners including scanning, medium wave, long wave, pirate radio, and ham radio. Grove Enterprises, Inc. P.O. Box 98, 7540 Highway 64 West, Brasstown, North Carolina 28902-0098, U.S.A.

Popular Communications
Widely available at bookstores everywhere. Contains a pull-out section on shortwave frequencies and broadcasts. Also of interest to medium wave, CB, Ham, and Pirate radio listeners. CQ Communications, Inc. 76 North Broadway, Hicksville, NY 11801-2953, U.S.A.

Links to Related Web Sites On the ODXA web site

This is the end of the Beginner's Guide to
Shortwave and Mediumwave Listening

Text 1999 Don Cassel VE3BUC
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