Jonathan Marks on what went wrong with shortwave

radio_vaticanaCheck out Jonathan Mark’s blog Critical Distance for his take on why many shortwave broadcasters have failed over the years.

Hint: the same is true for any broadcaster regardless of delivery medium–content is king.

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5 thoughts on “Jonathan Marks on what went wrong with shortwave


    a futher sign of the horrific decline of shortwave both utility and broadcasting is the nearly total lack of response in the comments section to post in swl blogs. that should bother anyone into swl and ham radios are no replacement for a good sw receiver now nearly defunct and ham magazines are a total waste of time and money for the swl too

  2. Al Quaglieri

    I tried to leave a comment on your blog but google insists i create an identity, and my google is already confusing enough. May I recommend disqus as a reasonable and less invasive alternative?

    1. Thomas Post author

      Hi, Al, I assume you’re talking about Critical Distance? The SWLing Post requires no Google account, only to correctly enter a Captcha code (which, admittedly, can be annoying at times!). Trying to find an alternative to Captcha.


  3. lynn kelly

    countless kilometers of very reliable and cheap to use once laid fiber optic cable under both land and sea is what happened to shortwave both broadcasting and utility. fiber even put satcom out of the point to point business and has limited it to mobile applications where fiber cannot be used, fiber caused all the old copper cables to be pulled out of the sea and out of conduit on land to be sold as scrap metal. that plus the end of the cold war where the broad masses no longer matter that killed shortwave the world simply moved past it and even past printed magazines like monitoring times and popular communications. harsh reality


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