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Shortwave Radio – The Joys

Drake SPR-4 shortwave radio
My first really good receiver

Shortwave radio listening (SWL) was my first serious hobby. Actually, I tell a lie. It was Medium Wave listening on the frequencies just below shortwave radio, also known as the AM Broadcast Band. During junior high school, a few of us joined the Canadian International DX Club, which at that time was based in Winnipeg. DX means “distant transmission” and that’s what we did: listen to shortwave radio and AM broadcast band transmission from distant stations.

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