An Introduction to Mobile Shortwave
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A G O P H E R B U R R O W
An Introduction to Mobile Shortwave Radios
 What is a shortwave radio?
 Why would anybody want or need one?
 What do I need to know to start using one?
 What differences are there between digital & analog?
 What radio accessories are especially useful for shortwave?
 How do bands, wavelengths & frequencies, kHz & MHz, differ?
 But what if I don't want to hunt on-the-go for stations?
 Where online can I get more information on mobile SW radios?
 An intro to the Intro
The Intro is intended for those who are fairly mobile, seeking a
subscription-free alternative to radio via satellite or mobile
phone, unaware of shortwave radio, not averse to roughing it with
AM-sound, nor technically inclined nor hobby-oriented (modifying,
monitoring etc.). It assumes that transmissions from America and
Oceania are of primary interest to those seeking a retro mobile
radio for such an alternative. It is also a guide to help decide
among available options, particularly in the mid-price range
($50-$250 CAD) for radios to be used while traveling by surface
means: bike, car, RV, boat, etc. It is modeled on Radio Shack's
"Shortwave Radio - Learning the Basics" and borrows some of its
material from there, as did also the original rec.radio.shortwave
FAQ, under 'Fair Use' provisions. However, unlike said FAQ, the
Intro rectifies errors & omissions found in the model.
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