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If you are interested in listening, you can get a nice used shortwave analog radio from the 70s and 80s in a flea market or on eBay for like $20. Also you can buy a modern/compact digital one, with more functions like memories, for like $50. There are a bunch of new radios that are very good in performance and sensitivity and do not cost much.

@santiago The Kchibo in the lower left corner was my first Shortwave radio, bought for a fiver on eBay in 2008. I've since upgraded, but still drag it out from time to time.

@sparcipx Oh great! I now have a Tecsun PL-880 and it is very nice. I wish it was more portable. I may buy in the future, the Eton Mini to be able to listen to MW band in a daily basis, the tecsun is a little too bulky for that use. The Eton alno has some SW bands. adorama.com/etnwmini.html

@santiago Nice! I use a Degen DE-1103 most days since my beloved Redsun RP2100 died. I have a Grundig Mini-400 that serves as my pocket radio, but it's awful (won't stay on frequency, lots of echos).

@santiago too bad that the selection of stations is poor. Not even possible to compare with full dial like 15-20 years ago.

@pkotrcka yeah, the same with the old LW (long wave) band. Very interesting given the fact that radio in that frequency uses ground wave propagation, which can travel through mountains or even several tenths of meters under the sea. It appears to be a burst of new people intedested in shortwave listening. Prices of old vintage shortwave radios are on the rise now that more and more people are getting ham licences in part, due to low prices of radio amateur gear in general.

@santiago long and medium very band was my favorite for DX-ing. Back then I was living in suburbs in Slovakia, no wifi interference, less computers and other electronics. So during the night, even low power station were audible. And sometimes even Icelandic one on long waves.

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