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Shortwave Radio Bands

This page contains information about shortwave radio listening, best time to listen to shortwave,
what you can hear on the short wave bands, a list of U.S. shortwave broadcasters and more!

When is The Best Time To Listen To Worldband Shortwave Radio?

What can you hear on the shortwave bands?

Contrary to popular belief......You can "DX" (listen to Distant Shortwave Transmissions) 24 hours a day!

The hours of darkness still offer the best time for shortwave DXing. This is because of improved propagation conditions on the lower frequencies or bands, reduced static noise created by storms, and because shortwave broadcasters like to aim for the local evening hours for their primary audience since most of them will now be at home listening to their World Band (Shortwave) radio receivers. In short, when you're at home, they are at work.

In general, the bands with frequencies below 13000 KHz (13mhz) are better at night and the bands with frequencies above 13000 KHz (13mhz) are best during the day.

Around sunrise and sunset, both the daytime and nighttime band reception can be good, sometimes so remarkably good you'll think their coming from the next town but they are coming from around the world!

In the summer time, the day bands often are good into the early evening but sometimes are hampered by summer static as are the nighttime bands.

In general, the lower frequency bands, 120 meters thru 40 meters are very prone to thunderstorm static, especially durning the summer months. Thunderstorm static can be heard from hundreds of miles away on a good receiver. If the thunderstorm static gets so loud that reception is impossible, then there's most likely a severe storm close to you and it's advisable to check the local weather.

TABLE OF SHORTWAVE BANDS

Meter Band

Frequency (kHz)

Reception Times

120

2300-2500

Infrequent reception

90

3200-3400

Winter nights

75

3900-4000

Winter nights (Also Amateur Radio)

60

4750-5060

Tropical stations, winter nights

49

5900-6200

Best at night

41

7100-7350

Best at night (Also Amateur Radio)

31

9400-10000

Best at night, some day

25

11600-12160

Best at night, some day

22

13570-13870

Best day, some night

19

15100-15800

Best day, some night

16

17500-17900

Best day, some night

15

18900-19020

Best day

13

21450-21750

Best day

11

25600-26100

Best day

DAYTIME RECEPTION

Shortwave listening is generally at the worst during the daylight hours of about two hours after sunrise until about two hours before sunset. The major reason for this is that the broadcasters are not transmitting to North America at this time, assuming that we are all either away from home and are not listening during the day.

Typically, daytime shortwave bands "receive" better in Eastern North America than in Western North America. So if you live from about the middle of the U.S eastward to the Atlantic Ocean, then your reception will be better than if you live out west.

DAYTIME BANDS

CHARACTERISTICS

13 meters - Results vary. You can have extremely good reception around sunrise and sunset!

16 meters - Similar to 19meters below.

19 meters - 19 meters is considered the best overall daytime band. May also be good at night in the summer months although expect summerstatic from time to time. Sometimes extremely good around sunrise and sunset. Sometimes good at night in the summer.

22 meters - Similar to 19m.

EVENING/NIGHT RECEPTION

This is the best time to listen, because the broadcasters are deliberately beaming to North America. These bands may be extremely good around sunset and sunrise too.

NIGHTTIME BANDS

CHARACTERISTICS

25 meters  - Similar to 31m.

31 meters -  Good all night, everywhere. Often extremely good at sunrise and sunset. Good results often start about an hour before sunset.

41 meters -  Similar to 49m. Good all night in Eastern North America; varies in Western North America.

49 meters - The best overall nighttime band. (This band is near the 40 meter Ham radio band. Hams experience lots of interference from shortwave broadcasters during the early and nighttime hours.)

Shortwave signals vary greatly in strength depending upon the time of day, the sun, the ionosphere and interaction with the earth itself. Some bands are best listened to during the day, while others come in best at night. In general, the best time to use your shortwave radio is around sunrise and sunset. Experiment to find what works best for your location and your radio and remember that:

49 meters - The best overall nighttime band.

19 meters - 19 meters is considered the best overall daytime band.

U.S. shortwave broadcasters list from the FCC!

FCC Authorized Stations on the HF Shortwave bands in the U.S. and territories

  • KAIJ Dallas, TX - No Longer in Operation

  • KFBS Northern Mariana Islands, SA No longer on the air?

  • KHBN Medorn, Aimeliik, Palau - Since gaining independence, licensed locally as T8BZ, and, by treaty, frequency coordination by FCC

  • KJES Vado, NM

  • KNLS Anchor Point, AK

  • KSDA Agat, GU

  • KTBN Salt Lake City, UT - No Longer In Operation

  • KTMI Lebanon, OR - New Station Construction Permit

  • KTWR Agana, GU

  • KVOH Rancho Simi, CA

  • KWHR Naalehu, HI - No Longer In Operation

  • WBCQ Monticello, ME

  • WBOH Newport, NC - No Longer In Operation

  • WEWN Vandiver, AL

  • WHRA Greenbush, ME - No Longer in Operation

  • WHRI Furman, SC

  • WINB Red Lion, PA

  • WJHR Milton, FL - New Station Construction Permit

  • WJIE Millerstown, KY - No Longer in Operation

  • WMLK Bethel, PA

  • WRMI Miami, FL

  • WRNO New Orleans, LA

  • WTJC Newport, NC

  • WTWW Lebanon, TN - New Station Construction Permit

  • WWBS Macon, GA - No Longer in Operation

  • WWCR Nashville, TN

  • WWRB Morrison, TN

  • WYFR Okeechobee, FL

These guidelines can be used worldwide and are not dependent on location. These guidelines are subject to change by Mother Nature!

A Partial List of Shortwave Stations: 

Many of these stations can be heard around the world depending on your location.

Tune your receiver carefully on or around the designated frequencies.

You can usually hear these stations throughout North America. Reception varies based on the season, time of day, and a number of other conditions. Fading, static, and other interference is expected at times.This information is subject to change without notice.

To convert kHz to mHz, count 3 digits right to left and add a decimal point.

Example: kHz 3223 =  mHz 3.223 (notice the decimal point just to the left of the 2.

Frequency

kHz

Station

Location

Program Type

  3223

Radio SR

Swaziland

 

  3265

Radio Mozambique

Maputo, Mozambique

 

  3300

Radio Cultural

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Religious

  3380

Radio Iris

Esmeraldas, Ecuador

Spanish

  3285

FR3

Cayenne, French Guiana

French

  3396

Radio Kaduna

Kaduna, Nigeria

 

  4750

Radio Bertoua

Bertoua, Cameroon

 

  4755

Imo Regional Radio

Imo, Nigeria

 

  4777

Radio/TV Gabon

Libreville, Gabon

French

  4795

Radio Nueva America

La Paz, Bolivia

Spanish

  4820

Radio Paz y Bien

Ambala, Ecuador

Spanish

  4832

Radio Reloj

San Jose, Costa Rica

Spanish

  4855

Radio Clube do Para

Belem, Brazil

Portugese

  4890

National Broadcasting Commission

Papua, New Guinea

 

  4915

Voice Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya

 

  4920

Australian Broadcasting Commission

Brisbane, Australia

 

  4945

Radio Colosal

Neiva, Colombia

Spanish

  4965

Radio Santa Fe

Bogota, Colombia

Spanish

  4980

Ecos del Torbes

San Cristobal, Venezuela

Spanish

  5020

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Service

Honiara, Solomon Islands

 

  5057

Radio Gjirokaster

Gjirokaster, Albania

Albanian

  5950

Guyana Broadcasting Service

Georgetown, Guyana

 

  5954

Radio Casino

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

 

  5960

Radio Canada International

Montreal, Canada

 

  5980

Radio RSA

Johannesburg, South Africa

 

  6005

CFCX

Montreal, Canada

 

  6025

Radio Malaysia Kuala

Lumpur, Malaysia

Chinese

  6045

Radio Australia

Lyndhurst, Australia

 

  6055

Nihon Shortwave Broadcasting Company

Tokyo, Japan

Japanese

  6060

Radio Nacional

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Spanish

  6075

Radio Sutatenza

Bogota, Colombia

Spanish

  6090

Radio Luxembourg

Ville Louvigny,Luxembourg

 

  6095

Polskie Radio

Warsaw, Poland

 

  6105

Radio New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand

 

  7140

Trans World Radio

Monte Carlo, Monaco

 

  7170

Radio Noumea

Noumea, New Caledonia

French

  7300

Radio Noumea

Tirana, Albania

 

  9475

Radio Cairo

Cairo, Egypt

 

  9515

Voice of Greece

Athens, Greece

 

  9525

Radio Korea

Seoul, South Korea

 

  9530

Spanish Foreign Radio

Madrid, Spain

 

  9535

Swiss Radio International

Berne, Switzerland

 

  9540

Radio Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

 

  9570

Radio Bucharest

Bucharest, Romania

 

  9575

Italian Radio and Television Service

Rome, Italy

 

  9610

Radio-TV Algeria

Algiers, Algeria

Arabic

  9620

Radio Berlin International

Berlin, Germany

 

  9645

Radio Norway

Oslo, Norway

 

  9720

Radio Iran

Tehran, Iran

Farsi

  9745

HCJB

Quita, Ecuador

 

  9770

Austrian Radio

Vienna, Austria

 

  9800

Radio Kiev

Kiev, Ukraine

 

  9835

Radio Budapest

Budapest, Hungary

 

10,040

Voice of Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

 

11,655

Israel Radio

Jerusalem, Israel

 

11,690

Radio Kuwait

Kuwait City, Kuwait

 

11,705

Radio Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

 

11,720

Radio Moscow

Moscow, Russia

 

11,725

Radio Sofia

Sofia, Bulgaria

 

11,745

Voice of Free China

Taipei, Taiwan

 

11,815

Radio Japan

Tokyo, Japan

 

11,825

Radio Tahiti

Papeete, Tahiti

Tahitian

11,835

4VEH

Cap Haitien, Haiti

 

11,845

Radio Canada

Montreal, Canada

 

11,850

Deutsche Welle

Cologne, Germany

 

11,890

Voice of Chile

Santiago, Chile

 

11,900

Radio RSA

Johannesburg, South Africa

 

11,910

BBC

London, England

 

11,930

Radio Havana Cuba

Havana, Cuba

 

11,935

Radio Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

 

11,945

Radio Beijing

Beijing, China

 

11,955

Voice of Turkey

Ankara, Turkey

 

11,980

Radio Moscow

Moscow, Russia

 

15,038

Saudi Arabian Broadcasting Service

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Arabic

15,084

Voice of Iran

Tehran, Iran

Farsi

15,135

Radio Moscow

Moscow, Russia

 

15,165

HCJB

Quito, Ecuador

 

15,190

ORU

Brussels, Belgium

 

15,205

All India Radio

New Delhi, India

 

15,260

BBC

London, England

 

15,265

Finnish Radio

Helsinki, Finland

 

15,275

Radio Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

 

15,305

Swiss Radio International

Berne, Switzerland

 

15,310

Radio Japan

Tokyo, Japan

 

15,320

Radio Australia

Melbourne, Australia

 

14,400

BBC

London, England

 

15,430

Radio Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico

Spanish

15,465

Radio Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan

Urdu

17,720

Radio France International

Paris, France

 

17,825

Vatican Radio

Vatican City

 

17,860

Austrian Radio

Vienna, Austria

 

21,495

Israel Radio

Jerusalem, Israel

 

21,525

Radio Australia

Melbourne, Australia

 

21,625

Israel Radio

Jerusalem, Israel

 

21,645

Radio France International

Paris, France

 

21,735

Radio-TV Morocco

Rabat, Morocco

Arabic

25,790

Radio RSA

Johannesburg, South Africa

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