Pubilcation Review: International Shortwave Broadcast Guide
Thank you to Adrian Peterson and Jeff White of AWR's Wavescan program, for this review.
Gayle Van Horn
Review: International Shortwave Broadcast Guide - 09:43
A most remarkable shortwave book at
a most remarkable price is the Winter 2014 - 2015 edition of the comprehensive
volume, International Shortwave Broadcast Guide by Gayle van Horn at Teak
Publishing in Brasstown, North Carolina.
This twice-annual volume, now the third in this series, contains almost
500 pages of valuable and interesting information about shortwave broadcasting.
Gayle van Horn asks the question: So
why should you listen to shortwave radio?
Quite simply, she answers, because shortwave radio is your window to the
world. Throughout the world, shortwave
remains the most readily available and affordable means of mass communication
and information. It lets you listen to
voices from around the world. Shortwave
radio provides nearly instantaneous coverage of news and events from around the
You can easily listen to shortwave
broadcast stations located in countries all around our globe, specially if you
know when to listen! That’s
where this new edition of the International Shortwave Broadcast Guide is
The International Shortwave Broadcast
Guide (Winter 2014-2015 edition) is a unique information resource that provides
a 24-hour station/frequency guide to all of the known stations currently
broadcasting on shortwave radio at the time of publication. This tabulated information offers an
hour-by-hour schedule that includes all language services, frequencies and
world target areas for each broadcast station.
This new e-publication edition is an
expanded version of the English shortwave broadcast guide formerly printed in
the pages of Monitoring Times magazine for over 20 years. This one of a kind e-book is now published
twice a year to correspond with station seasonal time and frequency changes.
It is a splendid radio adventure to
peruse each page in the current edition of the International Shortwave
Broadcast Guide. For example, the first
chapter provides us with interesting information, all about shortwave radio. These entries are followed by hints on
accessing the international and tropical shortwave bands, together with
suggestions regarding the usage and availability of suitable shortwave radio
The comprehensive and uniquely
complete listening guide is set out hour by hour in UTC (international radio)
timings, with the shortwave stations listed in alphabetic order of
country. If you want to listen to the
world, here is your opportunity; all of the nearly 400 pages of tabulated
listings are sprinkled here and there with a reproduction in color of an exotic
QSL card from a shortwave station somewhere on planet Earth.
Towards the end of the current
edition of the International Shortwave Broadcast
Guide you will find a listing of all current DX programs on the air shortwave,
including Wavescan with all of its many timings. The final section of this fascinating eBook
tells us about the author Gayle van Horn and her
illustrious radio backgrounds,
together with the availability of her many other radio books, each in
The International Shortwave Broadcast
Guide (Winter 2014-2015 edition) is now available for purchase worldwide from
Amazon.com at www. amazon. com. The price for this latest edition is just a
little under US$5. Remarkable! And remember too, that frequency updates
between editions are posted on her Shortwave Central blog at:
Now, if any of you, our listeners,
do not have access to the internet, we would suggest that you contact a friend
who is internet savvy, and ask him to download this volume, at such a low
price, on your behalf.
We can confidently recommend to you
new and current International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (Winter 2014-2015
edition). It will be of real value to
you in your listening to the international and tropical shortwave broadcasting
We might also add, that this
valuable compendium stands just as high in the international radio world as the
annual publication, World Radio TV Handbook, and as the four volume set on
shortwave broadcasting and listening by Jerome Berg.
Is short-wave broadcasting
dead? No, not so, and far from it. Just ask those who attend the twice yearly
HFCC Planning meetings. And those who
endeavor to locate an empty spot on the shortwave dial to insert a desired
broadcast program. And those who plan
and produce DX programs. And those who
respond to listener reception reports and issue QSL cards.
Thank you Gayle van Horn, for your
splendid service to the international shortwave world!