The joys of Shortwave Radio (AKA Yep, I’m definitely a "Techno-Geek")


Hi everyone,

As the title says, I’m definitely a techno-geek. While everyone else that I know around here is concentrating on “The Cardinals” or “The Cubs” (or worse yet, the Hawkeyes), I’m busy messing with an old Philco Radio. If I’m not on the computer, I’m tuning in stations from places like Taiwan, Cuba, China, the Netherlands, or Germany (just to name a few).

The radio is a Philco Model 42-322. As the model number implies, the radio was manufactured in 1942 (and I think it has the original tubes in it). Half of the tubes are burned out (or are in the process of it), so the radio doesn’t work as well as it should. But, it works. Cosmetically, the only problems are the dial glass is broken and the label that shows the frequencies (and the World Cities that it’s supposed to pick up) is tearing up and falling off of the glass.

I’ve looked into buying a newer ‘shortwave’ radio. But, the cheapest one that I can afford (that is any good at least) is $99.00. So, I’ll just wait and play with this one for a while. For those who don’t know what “Shortwave” is, it’s the radio frequencies that lie between the AM radio stations on your radio, and the CB radio Frequencies (in the US at least). Mainly from about 3Mhz to 30Mhz (which includes the 26.965 to 27.405 Mhz range of the US CB Radio spectrum).

As I’m able to scan in QSL cards from the various locations that I hear, I’ll post them in my photos section. (“QSL” is an amateur radio term for Confirmation of a Reception Report). I’ll have a couple up already tonight. One from Ecquador, and one from Croatian Radio.

Have a great weekend everyone,

Patrick.

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