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  1. #1 SW vs LW Radio 
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    Im planning to buy a radio and i got option of either a FM/MW/SW or FM/MW/LW. Could anyone please clarify me which one would be better to get more channels worldwide, a Shortwave or a Longwave? Thanks!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Headrush View Post
    Im planning to buy a radio and i got option of either a FM/MW/SW or FM/MW/LW. Could anyone please clarify me which one would be better to get more channels worldwide, a Shortwave or a Longwave? Thanks!
    In the absence of any indication of what you would like to listen to, SW would be my choice, for the simple reason that there's much more spectrum there. Plus, LW listening requires rather large antennas for decent sensitivity. Finally, there's tremendous amounts of atmospheric and power-line noise (power-line frequencies and their harmonics) in the LW band. I haven't tried DX'ing in the LW bands since I was a teenager, but I still recall the raucous noise that afflicted the LW bands.


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    LW range is generally limited to a few hundred of kilometers. IMO, LW are more or less abandonned these days.

    SW can reflect on the ionosphere and can be received on the other side of the planet, but this reflection is affected by many parameters such as the hour, weather, sun activity and you are never sure of what you will be able to receive right now. But this surprise is a part of the pleasure of listening SW. With an external antenna, you will be able to catch radio am.
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