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i recently purchased a used Sony icf-sw7600GR on ebay.
i can receive FM , but just static for shortwave.
with the fm/am set to am, I do these steps :
direct
typed in a number like 9925
hit exe
 

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Unlike FM or AM you need to know what freq you can pick up based on the time of day, the ionosphere, and your location on the globe.
Google for this info and guides but here's a first hit I just found to get you started:
http://www.primetimeshortwave.com/
 

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hi M,
I have some beginner questions .
so I live in Seattle , which is -8 UTC (Pacific) right ?.
Let's say it is Sunday at 8am
looking at the America schedule (http://www.primetimeshortwave.com/america.txt) , I see this line :
1600-1800 NA U. S. A. Overcomer Ministry9840wh
So 16-8 =8am pacific , right ?

I tried 9840 but got static ... What does wh mean - my radio says kHz ?
Do I need to play with ATT (On/Off and min /max) ?or AM mode - choices for normal,ssb, lsb ,usb ?or is my house is in a bad location ? I bought a Kaito T-1 Radio antenna , which extends 23 feet. Should I get a vertical span, by looping off a tree branch. or does it matter?
Or is this radio not working?
one last question - I was hoping to listen to a bbc channel. does bbc broadcast 24 hours a day ?
Thanks,Peter
 

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Or is this radio not working?
If it picks up AM and FM stations then you can safely assume it is working. The concept of "My radio works fine except the shortwave part is broken" is very unlikely, although I suppose technically possible. Your problem is reception.


Reception is dictated by:
-where you are
-what country you want to receive
-your antenna size
-your antenna orientation
-interference
-the ionosphere at that time of day/night
-solar activity
-the quality of your radio [I would assume less expensive, battery operated ones are overall the worst but under the right conditions, with a strong enough signal, based on the stuff I listed above, they will work.]


The reason there are only limited time windows of when you can receive shortwave isn't because they turn off their transmission but because of the earth's variable ionosphere which the transmission waves need to successfully bounce off of to reach your part of the globe. It's not a 24hr thing. That's why you need to research what time is right for where you live for that frequency and for that country.

I was hoping to listen to a bbc channel. does bbc broadcast 24 hours a day ?
Stream it on the web with much better sound quality here: http://bbcworldservice.radio.net/


This forum isn't really about shortwave but there must be ones that are. It is not a topic I follow. Your questions would be better placed there.
 
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