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SWL on those Hot Summer Nights

Short wave radio listening is like opening a window to the world from your own shack. Unlike local AM/FM stations, short wave lets you tune into broadcasts from across the globe, from the BBC in London to Radio Australia in Sydney. The allure lies in its unpredictability—conditions like weather, solar activity, and time of day affect signal reception, making each listening session unique. Enthusiasts use specialized radios and antennas to capture these far-off signals, often logging their finds and exchanging QSL cards (confirmation of reception) with other listeners. The hobby bridges the gap between past and present, as short wave has been a source of news, culture, and connection since the early 20th century. Whether you're a seasoned listener or a curious newbie, diving into short wave radio is a captivating journey into the world's airwaves.



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