For over 20 years, I have listened to Shortwave Radio. I currently use a Sangean ATS-818 receiver to listen to international broadcasts. My first shortwave radio is a Voxson VP-2 that I purchased during the 1980s from a retail store at Southland shopping centre.
Electromagnetic Spectrum Reception
I have a number of tools that I use to listen to the EM spectrum.
During the 1980s it was exciting to listen to the BBC and VOA broadcasts with overseas news and experience non Australian culture. I was fascinated to listen to international christian news from HCJB in Ecuador South America. This was before HCJB ran its Australasian service from offices here in Melbourne. Well before Rhema FM and Light FM were here in southern Victoria I could listen to christian radio on shortwave. I listened to both HCJB and WHR in the evenings.
This is a historic list of English shortwave stations
received in Australia:
Other stations received include WWV on 10.000 MHz.
The discovery of secret numbers stations broadcasting on HF.
The local HF CB call channel on 27.085 MHz.
During 2016 I built a homemade ADS-B Receiver to detect local flying aircraft.
This is using a collinear antenna, RTLSDR dongle and a Raspberry Pi running dump1090 software.
During 2018 I installed an AIS Receiver to detect ships in Port Phillip Bay.
This is using a magnetic base antenna, RTLSDR dongle with AISRec and OpenCPN software.
Trunk Radio Receiver
During 2018 I installed a Trunk Radio Receiver to listen to Regional Ambulance Services.
This is using a VHF/UHF indoor antenna, RTLSDR dongle and SDRTrunk software.
During 2015 I installed an SDR# Receiver.
This is using an RTLSDR dongle and SDR# software.
During 2017 I built a QFH antenna for NOAA reception.
I have been unsuccessful in getting my QFH antenna working.