Amendment to H.R. 4490 protects “critical” shortwave services

View of the Capitol Building from the roof of the Voice of America on 330 Independence Ave., S.W.

View of the Capitol Building from the roof of the Voice of America on 330 Independence Ave., S.W.

In response to yesterday’s post regarding sweeping cuts to VOA’s shortwave service, an SWLing Post reader (who wishes to remain anonymous) writes:

“HR4490 contains the following amendment attached to the bill by Cong Lowenthal of CA. Cong Lowenthal has the largest Cambodian community in the US in his constituency as well as Vietnamese.

This is the amendmentto HR4490 which was approved unanimously by the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

The Amendment to HR 4490 reads:

“Shortwave broadcasting has been an important method of communication that should be utilized in regions as a component of United States international broadcasting where a critical need for the platform exists.”



Click here to read the full text of H.R. 4490.

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5 thoughts on “Amendment to H.R. 4490 protects “critical” shortwave services

  1. TP Reitzel

    And the VOA’s loyally INDOCTRINATED listeners cry in unison, “I want my VOA!”. Indeed, they want their daily fix of VOA! Personally and objectively, I think the sarcasm is warranted, but I may be wrong … maybe, but not likely. 😉

  2. Paul

    I purchased a Tecsun PL-880 from anon-co on eBay a few months ago; unfortunately the battery in the radio has recently and suddenly died. If I plug in the radio to the charger, battery shows charging, and I can operate the radio just fine. However if I remove the charger, battery says low, even after many hours of charging, and I cannot use the radio.

    Any suggestions besides getting a new battery? Can something be reset in the radio to fix this?

    Thanks very much

    1. Thomas Post author

      Paul, you should contact Anna at Anon. Let her know what happened. Mine is still humming along and has impressive capacity. Perhaps you got a dud of some sort.

  3. kvzichi

    That really doesn’t help much as the powers that be can simply “define” the need for SW ‘not critical’ and move on with their plans to shut things down. … Bureaucrats don’t get it, and hey, nobody listens to SW any more anyway. Just ask the ‘experts’ — they say there are studies, but when you ask to see them they claim the studies are ‘proprietary’ (secret). TRUST US, we’re from the government and we’re here to help. And the cheque is in the mail. … Yeah, right.

    I do hope this helps but I’m not holding my breath.


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