There are a number of online shortwave frequency databases out there, but until recently, I was never satisfied with any one single site. Some of the more user-friendly sites are horribly out-of-date and many of the up-to-date sites are difficult to navigate when you’re in a hurry. After all, it’s one thing to view schedules in a book like WRTH or the Worldwide Listening Guide, where you can touch the page and make notes; it’s a much different experience to scroll down frequency listings on your computer monitor.
I’ve been using a new shortwave schedule database recently called ShortwaveSchedule.com, and I must say, I’m very pleased with it. This site combines several useful features into one shortwave schedule database that have previously not belonged to any one site.
This site’s database allows you to search:
- By broadcaster
- By frequency
- By what’s on the air “now”
These are the most common searches I use when I need a quick identification. The site is basically an online version of Aoki’s Bi Newsletter shortwave transmission database.
Best yet, the site’s owner, VAXXi, tries to continuously improve the site and is even open to suggestions from users. I made a suggestion recently and received a quick response. The site author also created a very helpful online user guide and updates the homepage with version notes.
Anyway, check out the site and feel free to comment, to note your favorite online schedule site, or make suggestions.
Just searched this site. Easy to use, yes, but it is out of date. Just searched for 13650 AM @ 4:07 UTC and it gave me Voice of Korea. The newest Aoki scheds list it as Voice of Iran =(
You might also like the ‘short-wave.info’ web-site which has the same functionality but also shows estimated signal strength and plots a day/night map of the transmitter site locations.
Thank you Richard. Yes, I have used this site in the past as well–very useful! I wish one of the online schedule sites would allow you to search stations that will be on the air in the next 30-60 minutes. Would make it easier to plot out where to tune in advance. Curious if you know of one that does this. Many thanks!
Hi, same goes for me. However, my favourite broadcast database has been for at least two years radioexplorer.com.ru run by a Russian fellow. His main contributer is a German fellow named Eike Bierwirth. That guy is well known in the DX community, I suppose.
Best wishes from Germany.
I did not know about this website – many thanks!
Love your blog as well 🙂