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Passport to World Band Radio Paperback – December 1, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
Each year there are reviews of radios, antennas and other listening equipment. Believe me they are not afraid to say what they think and why in their thoughtful and clear reviews. You will know why they liked or didn't like something after reading them. One reason I like to keep my older issues, is so that I can check out the reviews of equipment that I run across on eBay, hamfests, etc. If you are shopping for a world band radio you can save the price of this book on your next radio purchase (new or old).
There are insightful articles about countries around the globe and things you can learn by listening to their local radio stations. The 2009 edition has an approximately 15 page article titled "Columbia: Bandits, Ballads, and Broadcasts". Very interesting!
Then there are the "Getting Started" articles that educate and make a beginner comfortable. Those articles, plus the product reviews, take up almost 200 pages this year.
After that there is a section titled "What's On Tonight". This gives some recommendations about stations and programs to listen to each hour of the day. Detailed enough to take up about 50 pages in the book.
Then there are 60 pages of addresses and contact information of broadcast stations around the world.Read more ›
It not only reviews the latest consumer radios and gadgets, but gives you comprehensive listings of times, stations, and showings. Trying to surf the waves without it would put you at a disadvantage.
One of my favorite features is a listing that - given a frequency and time of day - will tell you what you're probably listening too. In other words, if you're surfing the waves - this book is indispensable to have at your side. Not to mention all of the other listings it has.
The 2008 edition provides updated versions of "Passport's" various resources. The propagation condition forecasts have been updated, as has the ever-popular hourly listing of the major international English broadcasts around the world and around the clock. There's also helpful information in the section for new listeners entitled "Quick Start", and the "Worldly Words" glossary provides useful definitions of many of the terms that tend to enter the vocabularies of shortwave listeners (for instance, it settled for me whether the plural is antennas or antennae, and helped me understand why dual conversion is a good thing).
"Passport" also offers plenty of other helpful information, such as the addresses of the major international broadcasting stations and the famous frequency-by-frequency list of broadcasts known as the "blue pages. The fact that they managed to cram all this into 592 legible pages is, in my opinion, quite a feat. I can see now why "Passport" is considered one of the top listening guides for world radio.
Enter Passport to World Band Radio. If you listen to shortwave, this is a must-have. For less than [$$], you get excellent radio reviews, antenna reviews and recommendations, opinion on shows, TV-Guide style program listings by the hour of the day, and schedules by broadcaster. You also have addresses of most major broadcasters if you wish to follow up with them.
Simply put, "Passport" takes the guesswork out of the hobby. So you spend less time tinkering with your radio and more time listening to the programs that it puts out.
Armed with the latest "Passport", I have listened in the past week to radio broadcasts from India, Canada, Taiwan, Germany, the UK and the good old USA. Sounds interesting? Buy the book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good condition has valuable information for this who still SWL. Too bad this book is not published anymore.Published 7 days ago by G. Baron
I always like these, they were simple to read and understand typically, they had some good articles and reference material. Read morePublished 2 months ago by PJC
With the right radio and antenna, it's fun to listen to English speaking stations from around the world. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bahama Dude
It has been really helpful with our satellite radio. I would recommend to a friend.Published 12 months ago by Ann W. Pimental
Handy little reference to find some channels. (Been a while since I used my shortwave radio though - may be dated now)
Inexpensive, sure why not... Read more