Unfortunately, Shortwave broadcast is not as reliable a source as it once was since budget cuts have meant many 'old faithful' stations are no longer around. Indeed, old stand-by stations like the BBC World Service and Radio Netherlands, Radio Canada International, Deutsche Welle, and it seem "you name it" station have either completely abandoned SW or have cut back their transmissions so drastically that it is now rather hard to find objective news on the dial now.
Despite this, SW remains an interesting supplementary news source, allowing those interested to hear what is going on a VERY different perspective than they would find on domestic media. If you ever feel frustrated that the only time you ever hear about a country is after a problem has erupted, it behooves you to try listening to SW from the region you are interested in and see what else is available! We regularly listen to Radio Australia and Radio New Zealand to get a feel for events in Asia and the Pacific that just never make it to the US media. If you own a SW radio, and are interested in international affairs, you owe it to yourself to give a listen to what is out there!
Air Mobile Command (Air Force) frequencies: Freq (kHz) Freq (kHz) Freq (kHz) Freq (kHz) 4724 8968 10780 13200 8992 11176* 6712 9016 11244 15016 6739 9023 11271 9037 17976 Navy High Command voice frequencies: Freq (kHz) Freq (kHz) 6697 11267 Also, during the Gulf War, the Military airlift command frequency of 14.606 saw a bit of use. According to Chuck Ripple on the east coast "8.992 and 9.016 was pretty busy last night when I checked (12/November/1998)" so it appears that despite claims that the HF comms would be less this time around are not coming to fruition....While a lot of military traffic has gone 'on the birds' since 1991, when satellites fail or when redundancy is desired, they fall back to the 'tried and true' HF channels listed above. The 11176 kHz channel has seemed the most active, and frequently has activity 'in the clear' (unencrypted) during the East Coast daytime.
Another possibility is that the military wants to keep some of this traffic on HF and in the clear just to let the other side know that it isn't sitting doing nothing. Intimidation effects you know.
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Here are some links to the schedules of SW Broadcasters from the Mid East who broadcast in English, in order of how easily they are heard in Michigan. (There are some that only use Arabic....): (Use your browser's "back" button (the left arrow in LYNX) to return here)
Here are some links to the schedules of SW Broadcasters from elsewhere but who usually have lots of coverage of events in the Mid East, Africa and Asia. These too are English language broadcasts. (again, use your browser's "back" button (the left arrow in LYNX) to return here:
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