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I've always wanted to get into HAM radio, radio propagation stuff fascinates me.

The problem: I could only use it to talk to the kind of people who use HAM radio.

Illuminati Information Systems @calvin

@Elizafox disclaimer: never done radio stuff but receive over shortwave (RIP local shortwave station)

but: I hear SDR is a good way to get into it. Bonus: find all the TEMPEST violations locally!

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@calvin @Elizafox although domestic HF broadcasting is now stopped in most of Europe (QRM is too much of a problem) Romania was still on air recently (in EN/RO/FR and DE), and China Radio International turns up in multiple bands (I am sure they are quietly using HF masts rented from European companies as there is no way signals from Albania or wherever they claim their TX masts actually are are going to be this strong in the UK especially by night).

@Elizafox @calvin I suspect its the former RNI (Radio Netherlands International TX) as RNI stopped HF on 6020 and literally days later China turned up on there with *same* signal strength.

CRI is actually quite an interesting station and not as heavy on the propaganda as you might imagine., not like 1980s Soviet radio...

Content is very similar to BBC World Service in 1980s or RNI, DW, CBC etc.. (I also think they bought a lot of their studio equipment when Bush House closed in 2012!).