International Frequency Allocation Chart
February 21, 2013, Submitted by: Ken
You can download a higher resolution chart here, and maybe print it to be nearby your shortwave receiver.
I was reading through a new book that I received today, the 2013 WRTH Directory of Global Broadcasting… and one of the many things that I found helpful is this simple and easy quick reference visual chart of International Frequency Allocation. For broadcast shortwave and Ham radio listeners, it is a quick way to correlate frequency versus broadcast bands or Ham radio bands.
So if you’re tuning around the bands on your receiver – turning your shortwave dial (or digital up/down arrows), and you’re interested to listen in on commercial broadcasts that may be transmitting, these are represented by the green section bands on the chart. The Ham radio (personal) communications are occurring within the blue bands on the chart. If you don’t have all of the frequency ranges memorized, this handy chart will help you quickly find those bands.
The chart is from the WRTH (World Radio TV Handbook) Directory of Global Broadcasting, which I recommend that you get a copy if you are at all interested to know who is broadcasting, on what frequencies, where they are, as well as lots of other useful information.
From a preparedness standpoint, becoming involved in shortwave radio listening and Ham radio communications (or listening) will provide a valuable backup (or supplemental primary) method of gathering information from around the country and the world, from private individuals or from commercial radio stations of many different affiliations. It can become an enjoyable hobby, a means of diversifying the information that you collect, and a method of transmitting and communicating with others over the airways – an often used method during emergencies since these radios will typically power on 12 volts DC (batteries or power supply).
adventures in shortwave listening #???
Yes, okay, I bought myself a little portable shortwave radio at a department store in Shanghai this morning. It’s about a fifth of the size of my grundig and doesn’t have a digital display, but it’s pretty cute. It cost me 78 Yuan, which is like twelve/thirteen bucks? I don’t know if it’ll work that well back in Australia but w/e
It’s a bit hard to get decent reception here ‘cause I’m on the tenth floor of a hotel, surrounded by buildings and people and satellite dishes and mobile phones, and it’s really not the right time of the day to be listening anyway, but I’ve caught a snatch of VoK, the Indonesian/Malaysian traditional music station I listen to at home sometimes, mostly Chinese channels and one broadcast in a language I didn’t understand (it might have been a Chinese dialect). Good times
Last night we went out for dinner and on the way home I was walking ahead of mum & dad and dad ran up to me and was like “HAY HANNAH GUESS WHAT BUILIDING WE JUST WALKED PAST”
and I said “WHAT”
and he said “THE SHANGHAI AMATEUR SHORTWAVE RADIO ASSOCIATION BUILDING”
and I was like “NO WAY”
and he was like “OH WAY, YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN ALL THE FUCKING WEIRDOS THAT WERE STANDING OUTSIDE, DON’T YOU THINK THE HOBBY ATTRACTS WEIRDOS?”
adventures in shortwave listening #3
While most 20-somethings are spending their Friday nights out partying, I am spending it scanning the airwaves for something exciting to listen to LOL LIKE THAT’S GONNA HAPPEN, FUCK YOU SOLAR FLARES.
The highlight of my night so far: catching a very, very, VERY poor quality transmission of a Cyclone Lua warning. Well, that’s what I think it is. I really can’t hear much except for ‘cyclone’ ‘wind speed’ ‘knots’ and a WHOLE BUNCH OF NUMBERS. At first I was like cray fucking excited because I thought I was getting a numbers station (telltale sounds: lots of numbers obvs, classic irdial notes playing before and after the transmission- holy shit i love that sound) but alas, that wasn’t the case at all. I really ought to have been born during the Cold War.
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