One of the Perks to Shortwave Radio

If you are on-the-fence about shortwave radio listening, then hopefully this will convince you to tune in. Earlier today, I got a parcel from Radio Taiwan International. The envelope contained a 2012 desk calendar, an updated program schedule, and a card. Inside the card, there were signatures from every single on-air personality from the station.

For that, I am truly thankful and even wrote an e-mail expressing my thanks! This was a great way for a radio station to reach out to its audience, especially on a medium that’s losing its audience to newer technologies. Hopefully, RTI’s listeners will thank them for this kind act and show their gratitude. Because of this, I am glad to be a shortwave radio listener and it has reminded me how this hobby is awesome. It also made me want to turn on my Tecsun PL-660 radio to catch some other international broadcasters while waiting for RTI to be on-the-air.

6 thoughts on “One of the Perks to Shortwave Radio

  1. Listening to shortwave is still great. I has a kind of magic you won’t experience when listening to Internet radio or satellite. These Tecsun’s are great, aren’t they?

    P.S. The link to RTI doesn’t work. Their server still needs the ‘www’ part in the URL.


    • Thanks for checking out the blog, Hans! The hyperlinks have been fixed. I could have sworn they have worked before but now they should bring you to the right website.

      And yes, the Tecsun radios are awesome by design and performance. I wouldn’t have any other brand.

  2. Yesterday I got a Sony ICF-7600GR radio which i ordered two weeks ago. I just begin to jump into shortwave radio listening. Actually I have no idea how to receive the signal from abroad. So now I try to gather the information through web surfing.
    I also want to be gave a card from a shortwave station someday.

    • There is a website called Prime Time Shortwave ( that has an updated listing of various shortwave broadcasters. You can a list by going to several categories such as country, time, region, etc.

      As for QSL cards, you will need to write to the station. Before requesting for one, you’ll need to write a reception report which details your listening experience. You will need to have the following details: time, frequency, name of programs and some short descriptions (to prove you actually tuned in), comments/feedback, and a SIO or SINPO rating.

      The SINPO rating is a system that measures Signal strength, Interference, Noise, Propagation (another name for measuring fading or steady), and Overall Quality. Ranking is on a scale from 1-5 with 5 being the best. For example, I tuned to RTI on 9680 kHz. It was a great signal without any fading, noise, and no interference from adjacent stations. I would then give it a SINPO of 55555.

      Once you have all this information, you can then request a QSL from the station. Of course you will need a mailing address or e-mail address. During a broadcast, the station will oftentimes repeat its contact information so be sure to write it down. If that doesn’t work, you can always Google search the name of the station and go to their website to find the contact info. You may be able to submit a reception report even on their website.

      Good luck and hope you’ll enjoy this great hobby. 73!…which means best regards in ham talk.

  3. Thanks a lot Chris

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