Once again shortwave radio has moved to the forefront of a new Cold War, as tensions heat up around the various world hotspots. To follow the action on shortwave radio, you need an accurate and comprehensive broadcast guide.
The release of this book is very timely for international radio monitors given the recent outbreak of tensions in the world hotspots of Eastern Europe, Middle East, East Asia and specifically, the Korean Peninsula.
Here are some of the public comments from radio hobbyists who purchased previous editions of the International Shortwave Broadcast Guide Amazon e-book.
An excellent guide for shortwave listeners of all levels everywhere by Bill Tilford
This is the best $7.99 you will ever spend on shortwave. This is excellently done and has some of everything - an excellent hour by hour "who is on", discussions of radios, propagation, antennas and some newsworthy items related to the B16 season. The author, Gayle Van Horn, also does the excellent Shortwave Central blog, and the book also has contributions from Fred Waterer, who writers about shortwave for The Spectrum Monitor. I am not a regular Kindle user and was originally concerned about the e-book format, but the Kindle app turned out to be easy to download and use (and the app, unlike the book, is free).
VERY Useful Guide! By Dave in Ohio
Being rather new to the SW DXing, I needed a guide. Most of them were pretty pricey so I decided to give this one a try. When it arrived, I didn't have a lot of time to review it, just glanced at it and was a little upset. I had expected something with page after page of countries with their frequency listings, much like other guides I'd heard about. This one seemed to have a lot of articles about SWL and only in the back did I find frequency listings. But the next day I had about an hour to sit and review the book on my Kindle and I discovered how clever Ms. Van Horn had been in her formatting. I realized that the last thing I needed was just a list of frequencies. The gem of the book is the section that divides the day into UTC hours and what frequency in which country is likely to be on the air at that time. After all, what good does it do me to know that Radio Slobovia broadcasts on 1305 if I have no idea of when to listen for them? (The book also contains a long listing by frequency for identifying those broadcasts that you stumble upon.) I've looked around the articles towards the beginning of the book and the ones I've read are well written and interesting. I strongly recommend that the new readers of Ms. Van Horn's guide use the table of contents to skip around and become familiar with the format. Very useful book at a good price. Ms. Van Horn has herself a new fan )
Essential reference for SWLs By Hundedrek
Gayle knows international SW like few others. She used to write a monthly column and directory in the late, lamented Monitoring Times mag. A big reason why I I subbed to it for years. This guide continues the tradition. The Kindle version is more convenient to use. Now that so many international broadcasters are streaming their programming, Gayle's guide is even more valuable.
This is my go-to-first reference by Mary C Larson
When I turn on the shortwave receiver and want to find out what's on and where to look, Van Horn's handy frequency guide is a smart place to begin. The format is not unlike the one Monitoring Times (R.I.P.) used each month. Presumably, updated ISBGs will be published twice per year, but you can check for the updates on her blog, (mt-shortwave.blogspot.com).
It is nice someone is dedicated to SWL by Robert K. Mallory
Very concise and well organized. Not much to choose from these days, it is nice someone is dedicated to Shortwave Radio Listening.