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Have a desire to be apprised of political developments in Swaziland or the Philippines? Wish to stay current on sports scores in Sweden or Uruguay? Then perhaps it's time to tune in to world-band radio, already heard by 600 million people around the world. Passport to World Band Radio 2002 can show you how. The New York Times has dubbed the Passport series the "TV Guide for world-band radios," and that's a fairly accurate assessment. Passport is dense--it's much heavier than its compact size suggests--with articles, program lists, equipment descriptions, and the Blue Pages, a comprehensive channel-by-channel guide to world-band schedules. Whether you're new to short-wave radio or a long-time listener, Passport is your ticket to adventure on the world's airwaves. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Passport to World Band Radio
  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: International Broadcasting Service (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914941631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914941637
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,742,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Nom de Plume on January 6, 2009
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I can't believe that this is the 25th edition of this wonderful reference book. I've been buying them ever since the first issue. And each one was worth the upgrade. After all, would you want to search for a TV program with last years TV Guide? Shortwave broadcast stations change their programming, their hours, the language used and even the area of the globe they broadcast to. Without this guide you are just shooting in the dark if you are trying to listen to a particular type of programming.

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.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By sgeise VINE VOICE on December 29, 2002
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I got my Shortwave radio 2 days before I got this book. By the time the book came, I was ready to throw the radio out the window. This book REALLY saved the day. It gives you everything you need to start listening to Shortwave broadcasts. Shortwave was frustrating for me to tune around "hit and miss." This book tells you what bands work at different times of day. It gives you a "TV Guide" type listing (time,freq,and content) of broadcasters, and a chart to look up that station you just picked up, but have no idea of who/where it is. I think every listener needs one. With it's guide to getting up and listening for rookies, a novice will find it invaluable. It also has well written reviews of radios, so you might want to buy it before you buy a radio. Remember though, Shortwave covers countless types of radio transmissons, including military, goverment, and various other "utility" type stations. This book covers only the broadcasters, like Voice of America, the BBC, and countless others. You won't find listings here for the utility stations.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Brian M. Napoletano on November 1, 2007
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Once again, the folks at International Broadcasting Services, Ltd. have delivered a high-quality, usable shortwave listening guide. The 2008 edition of "Passport" contains a fresh round of candid reviews of portable, recordable, emergency, laptop, table-top, professional and PC receivers, wire and compact antennas and 2008's "Top Ten" radio programmes. The feature articles this year discuss Casbah and Trans World Radio.

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.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Joe Pillera on January 18, 2007
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The other reviewer who focused on the English language issue is way off the mark. I've been reading this book faithfully for over 10 years now - and it's the most useful SWL (short wave listener) guide available.

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.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 2002
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Shortwave is an excellent hobby, but a difficult one. Equipment cost ranges between [$$] to somewhere around [$$$$]. Schedules are easy to find for an individual radio station (on the web), but what about some opinion on the programs?
Enter Passport to World Band Radio. If you listen to shortwave, this is a must-have. For less than [$$], 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!
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