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Honestly they simply aren't worth the money... Pay less than about £30 and you're asking for trouble.
Stick with a well made reliable make like ROBERTS who market good quality SW radios. They sell a small radio which in the UK is sold at £29 and is available from most High Street Electrical retailers.
Remember that the antenna is almost as important as the radio itself. The best bet for RTW bikers is of course the venerable long wire, a simple length of wire which is simply stretched between two posts. The longer the better although to get the best reception on a particular frequency, you need to work out the exact length using an established half wave formular.
I'm thinking of taking a radio with me to Scandinavia this summer. But with the march to digitalise everything, the BBC have switched off SW transmissions for Europe.
The best information I can gather from their website is that I can only pick it up if they have a local partner broadcasting on FM or digital (unlikely in remote areas) or cable (equally unlikely in a tent!)
Seems the days of packing a lightweight SW portable for the cricket scores are a thing of the past. Digital's fine, when it works, but in this case, it ain't necessarily progress. Plus as someone on the other thread pointed out, they use a lot more juice.
I did email Auntie for advice but maybe Matt can suggest something?
I notice they're still broadcasting to Western Russia, given the relative closeness you might get it in Scandinavia too? And I would have thought in Western Scandinavia you'll also probably get BBC Radio 4 on 198 LW. I'm in Central Brittany and it's coming through loud and strong.
Fair points, Alex, radio signals aren't respecters of national boundaries. In fact, back in the bad old days, Radio Moscow used to broadcast on the same frequencies as the World Service just to drown it out.
Whatever happens, I'll probably still take a radio with me if only for a little background noise in the evenings.
Hey guys - sorry been away and not been looking at HUBB - naughty me!
Alex has pointed you in the right direction.
The Beeb has stopped broadcasting to Europe pretty much for financial reasons rather than digital reasons.
The World Service is funded by the Government directly and has to show that it is providing value for money / broader public serivce - as less and less people listened to the World Service using shortwave that became more and more difficult to prove.
And so the decision was made to cease broadcasting to Europe using Shortwave, but instead to start transmissions using DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale). As DRM becomes more widespread across Europe more and more people are discovering the BBC WS - and the reception is better!
as kentfallen said, the antenna is a big issue. Just carry 30ft of thin gauge insulated copper wire with stripped ends, it's a very small bundle. Attach one end to your radio antenna and the other end to a tree or even hang it out of a hotel window. You'll be fine with that. If it's "overloading" your radio (signals too strong and on top of each other) just shorten the wire.
The world of shortwave is amazing, with or without the BBC (which I personally avoid ). If you want english, most countries have very good quality English service - there's Deutsche Welle, Radio China International, Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, VOA, etc etc
Recently in South Africa I was listening to good quality news broadcasts in english from Radio China, which was very strong on shortwave.
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