LOTS of good advice.
One comment: while the official bands are set, any one of the frequencies in
it might be in use by a station at any time, and stations change their
frequency often to avoid intereference or to take advantage of propogation.
You will also find a lot of stations outside the official bands. The
frequencies posted in manufacturers' manuals are just a guide to help you
identify stations you hear. There are many lists on the internet that are
more current, and of course people here are always ready to help identify
something you can't identify.
You will also find that listening conditions (propogation) changes from
minute to minute and that there are differences between times of day and
various seasons. You may also find that conditions are dismal. You just have
to wait it out. I hope you enjoy your listening and make many exciting
Strength and Honor
> Hi Linda:
> I agree with everyone, but ..
> IF you really love to camp, you have unlimited space for lonnnng beverage
> - Just take a spool of Radio Shack insulated, stranded wire & unreel 100
> in a convenient direction..
> Hook one end ou to your SWR,
> Turn it on & Voila !!
> MANY MANY stations...
> You might also get " Passport To Worldband Radio"
> That has frequencies galore listed in it.
> & You'll be surprised at what you can pick up off the whip once you're
> from Civilization..
> But Wait!! Theres More ! !
> If you get up with the dawn, whilst firing up your small camping stove to
> you can pick up all sorts of AM Stations wavering off in the distance..
> neat stuff you can do whilst camping / Out in the RF Free country
> - So enjoy !
> >You might consider getting a portable "reel" antenna.
> >23 ft, plugs into the radio or attaches to the whip.
> >A clip at the far end can be used to attach it to a window
> >frame, etc.
> >Sangean ANT-60
> >$12.95 plus shipping at
> >(possibly slow to ship, people have different experiences buying from
> >Universal. I've had good service from them)
> >$14.99 plus shipping at http://www.amazon.com
> >(ships fast, but last year it was about $13.50 there)
> >This type antenna improves weaker stations to some
> >degree, and it's tremedously handy for travelling.
> >There are tons of antenna ideas you can make for yourself.
> >And I have a feeling you're about to see quite a few posted
> >here : )
> >> Please forgive me if these questions seem way too easy...but I'm a
> >> SWLing...
> >> I noticed in the owner's book for my Grundig YB400PE there is a list of
> >> and the frequencies contained in those bands.
> >> In the manual for the Sangean 818, there is a different listing of
> >> some varying frequencies.
> >> Is there some "standard, official" listing of the various SW bands and
> >> frequencies, or is this something left up to each manufacturer???
> >> Secondly, I read somewhere on how to make a very basic wire antenna
> >> for the whip antenna on the radio, using alligator clips. Could
> >> tell me what type of wire to use, where/whether it should be stripped,
> >> Thanks for your patience.
> >> Linda
> >> Pennsylvania