Why shortwave? Russia blocks web pages linked to Ukraine protests

(Photo: VOA News)

(Photo: VOA News)

In response to the BBG’s request for comments on the relevancy of shortwave radio, SWLing Post reader, Rick, writes:

Here is the reason why VOA needs to keep broadcasting on shortwave.

Russia (or China or Angola or Zimbabwe or Iraq or Afghanistan or Syria) can easily block Internet access — to include, and particularly from, VOA. While shortwave can be┬ájammed it takes a little more effort (and a considerable amount of budget to pay the electric bill for the high-powered jamming signals).

Unlike AM and FM radio transmission, shortwave transmitters can be located continents away from the strife for protection of the transmission infrastructure.

Shortwave transmission — coupled with the surreptitious distribution and proliferation of cheap shortwave radio receivers for target audiences — can help insure that the voice of freedom and democracy can continue to be heard in geopolitical hotspots throughout the world.”

Read the story Rick refers to here: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/russia-ukraine-protests-websites-internet-104171.html

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16 Responses to Why shortwave? Russia blocks web pages linked to Ukraine protests

  1. LYNN KELLY says:

    WHILE ALL OF THIS IS TRUE BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INTEREST HAVE LARGELY MADE THE TRADEOFF AND USE THE INTERNET ANYWAY BECAUSE ITS VASTLY CHEAPER AND BETTER IN NORMAL SITUATIONS. I QUESTION THE VALUE OF ANYTHING A UNITED STATES LED BY THE LIBERALS UNDER OBAMA HAS TO SAY ANYWAY. THE OBAMA REGEME HAS ONLY STAYED ITS PLAN TO PUT GOVERMENT CENSORS IN EVERY RADIO AND TV STATION IN THE COUNTRY AND BRING BACK THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE BOTH ACTIONS INTENDED TO END BOTH AM TALK RADIO AND DOMESTIC SW IN THE UNITED STATES. LIKE PUTIN OBAMA TOO SEES FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND INFORMATION AS THE ENEMY. THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL BLOG EXCEPT WHERE POLITICAL POLICY HAS A DIRECT IMPACT ON OUR HOBBY AS IT CLEARLY DOES IN THIS CASE.

  2. LYNN KELLY says:

    JERRY THANK YOU FOR THE LINK. WHAT THEY PRO RUSSIANS DID IN THE CRIMEA IS EXACTLY WHAT OBAMA AND THE LIBERALS HAVE IN MIND HERE. PUT GOVERMENT CENSORS IN EVERY RADIO AND TV OUTLET IN THE COUNTRY AND SILENCE STATIONS WHICH REFUSE TO REPORT THE WAY THE CENSORS TELL THEM TO. THAT PLAN HAS NOT BEEN SHELVED BUT SIMPLY STAYED. LIBERALS AND THE OBAMA REGEME SEE FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND INFORMATION AS THE ENEMY OF THEIR AGENDA, NOTHING MORE SO THAN AM TALK RADIO AND DOMESTIC SW AND THEY ARE RIGHT. NO ONE IN ANY COUNTRY SHOULD TRUST ANTHING THE UNITED STATES HAS TO SAY WITH OBAMA AND THE LIBERALS IN CHARGE. I WOULD BELIEVE PUTIN OVER OBAMA ANYDAY OF THE WEEK, HE MORALLY IS THE BETTER MAN AND MUCH MORE CREDIBLE. THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL BLOG EXCEPT WHEN POLITICAL POLICY DIRECTLY IMPACTS OUR HOBBY AS IN THIS CASE.

    • Chris says:

      Obama isn’t a liberal, he’s a neoliberal. You know, “lasseiz-faire” capitalism.

      • LYNN KELLY says:

        I DO know for a FACT that there are some liberals who post on this site that DO want both AM radio and by extension domestic SW radio SHUT DOWN and I have read those comments here so I KNOW such people DO read this blog. Thats a FACT . Tey simply do not agree with the content and thus want those voices silenced in true totaliarian fasion typ[ical of the political left, JUST FACTS and such people DO post on this blog

  3. jerry says:

    Lynn,

    Your diatribe linking Obama and the Liberals to this situation is ridiculous and baseless !! Please leave your political comments out of this forum, we don’t need any more incendiary and divisive dialogue that already exists on AM radio !

    • LYNN KELLY says:

      No no no when its the goal of the state to put censors into every tv and radio outlet in the country and bring back the fairness doctrine the goal is to shut down am talk radio and domestic sw its fair game because of the truly drastic impact on our hobby. Otherwise i agree with you. No politics except when its a dire and direct threat to our hobby as the obama censor plan and return of the fairness doctrine is. The liberals absolutely did not cancel the censor aka goverment monitors in newsrooms plan they just delayed it due to massive public push back and its all online if you care to goggle it. Its the typical liberal argument when faced with the facts ie dont say it even though its true. Well i am not politically correct nor will i ever be intimidated into silence of the truth by those who are, not now not ever. Yes i would trust the veracity of putin over obama anyday. If you like your healthcare you can keep it” obama told us that lie and so many other lies not putin. Politics matters when our hobby is on the line and is fair game then

  4. LYNN KELLY says:

    Jerry. Divisive and incendary is anything and everything with which the left does not agree. I refuse to concede the authority to anyone to define those terms. Your comment that am radio is full of divisive and incendentary material simply means you dont agree with it and want it gone. Thats exactly my point. Its the reason a long held goal of liberals has been to close down both am radio and domestic sw. Because its divisive and incendary which is simply that the left does not agree with it and will stop at nopthing to silence it. You just made my point better than i did sir

  5. LYNN KELLY says:

    It has long been a goal of the left to shut down am radio and domestic shortwave because both are “divisive” and “incendary”, standard liberal labels for all with which they do not agree. The ploy by obama to put gomerment monitors in every tv and radio station in the country is just the latest ploy to meet that long held goal. The return of the fairness doctrine is another such ploy. When the political right wants goverment monitors in radio and tv stations and wants to shut down am radio and domestic sw count me as among the first to oppose them, but for now at least the threat to our hobby is from the left. Goverment monitors in am radio stations and domestic sw stations would have a dire and instant adverse impact, sane thinking people well know that but liberals dont think, liberals feel so logic , reason and the truth do not exist for liberals. And anything they dont agree with especially if true is “divisive” and they want it silenced rather than put up any counter argument as a functional democracy requires them to do.

  6. LYNN KELLY says:

    This is not a political site. I accept that. Nor do i want it to be a political site but it is foolish to ignore very strong political forces that bode ill for our hobby. Right on this blog someone a day ago refered to am radio and by extension domestic sw as “divisive and incendary” which is the tactic liberals use whenever they disagree with anything it becomes “divisive” so there are actulally people who post on this blog who want am radio and by extension domestic sw shut down because they do not agree with the content. The liberal agenda is to silence all they do not agree with without any attempt to make a counter argument. There is nothing the liberals now in power would like to do more than be rid of am radio and domestic sw by extension since domestic sw carries the same “divisive” content as am. No talk radio is no am radio because talk pays the bills for both am and domestic sw. If obama can ever put in place his plan to have a goverment monitor aka censor in every radio and tv outlet in the country the demise of am radio and domestic sw would happen overnight. This is a reality and when political policy has such a direct and drastic adverse impact on our hobby its fair game. I strongly suspect that outcome would be fine with most of those who
    take exception to my observations and wish them silenced. For liberals truth is irrelvant and many liberals have openly said so when caught in lies. That is no secret. I object to liberals trying to shut down am and domestic sw as they have long wanted to do. I do not anmd will not make personal attacks here nor respond to them but all i say is true. Can be proven true by goggle. So lay off the personal attacks and its liberals who need anger management and that type of personal invective does not belong here for any reason and is never justified

  7. LYNN KELLY says:

    Everyone be warned if you goggle it online you will see that the obama plan to put a goverment ” monitor” in every radio and tv outlet in the country has only been stayed not canceled. I have seen no other post that object to that plan and wish i did because if ever put in place that would accomplish overnight the long held agenda of the democrat party to shut down “divisive and incendary” am radio and domestic sw radio. It is disheartning to see post on this blog in open support of that agenda.

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