Monday, February 16, 2015

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
Teak Publishing

Publication 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 Earth.
            You can easily listen to shortwave broadcast stations located in countries all around our globe, specially if you know when to listen!   Thats where this new edition of the International Shortwave Broadcast Guide is particularly useful.
            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 receivers.
            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 electronic form.
            The International Shortwave Broadcast Guide (Winter 2014-2015 edition) is now available for purchase worldwide from 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 the 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 bands.
            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!
(AWR-Wavescan/NWS 312)