Given the decline of shortwave broadcasting since the collapse of
the Soviet Union and the internet pretty much being "the" means of
getting most news now; I wonder how effective the shortwave
broadcast are and or if anyone in the Ukraine or the Soviet Union
still listen to shortwave. Yeah, I still call it the Soviet Union. I
grew up during the cold war. I can't stop calling it the Soviet
(Story & link courtesy of Simplexton Tony KF4KFQ)
Shortwave Radio Resurrected
Canada's CTV News reports shortwave radio used by spies for
decades to send encrypted messages is being resurrected for
the war in Ukraine
According to Dr. Andrew Hammond, curator and historian at
Washington, D.C.’s International Spy Museum, the shortwave
radio “is a classic tool that was used for espionage.
shortwave radio like this, you can transmit information over
huge distances,” he told CTV National News.
But now, decades later, shortwave is coming back into use.
After Russia attacked communication towers in Ukraine, the
BBC went old school, broadcasting their news service on the
shortwave frequency to counter Russian propaganda about the
"The BBC is using it to transmit it because it's a lot
harder to block those transmissions,” John Figliozzi, a
shortwave radio expert and author of the book ‘The Worldwide
Listening Guide,’ told CTV National News. “It's an old
technology, but it works.”
Used in conflict
zones, shortwave is less complicated than other communication
avenues, and travels further than TV or cell phones.
Radio waves are electromagnetic signals that can be
broadcast and for others to tune into by tuning a radio to the
correct frequency, such as tuning your car radio into AM or FM
Shortwave radios tune into a range of frequencies that
includes all of the high frequency bands, among others. When
shortwave transmissions are directed at an angle into the sky,
they bounce off of a layer of atoms in the atmosphere called
the ionosphere, allowing them to travel beyond the horizon,
much farther than other radio waves that are limited by having
to transmit in a straight line.
Over the past few months, amateur radio hobbyists have used
shortwave to pick up Russian soldiers openly discussing battle
plans. Anti war protestors have also used it to ‘troll’ the
Russian military, by blasting the Ukrainian national anthem or
jamming their channels with annoying ear worms.
Hope to hear you on the air!!