Saturday, March 08, 2008

Is shortwave a short-timer?

Bill Schweber

EE Times (03/07/2008 3:39 AM EST)
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) recently announced that it would discontinue its shortwave radio broadcasts to Europe, following the lead of other major shortwave services. The very mention of the phrase "shortwave" (the spectrum from about 3 to 20 MHz) brought a nostalgic image to my mind. Who hasn't seen those old movies
in which listeners are hunched by the radio, straining to hear news from abroad or perhaps a coded message ("elephants dance under the moon") while the signal fades, static and interference play havoc, deliberate jamming intrudes, and the radio drifts and needs retuning?

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