Shortwave Freeks A good link to get started.. Lots of links here for when you really get into it! A rundown on various features try to get a radio with SSB capability! SSB stands for “Single Side Band”. This particular band is not a carrier of frequencies but rather a derivative of them, hence it’s name “side”. If we took one AM frequency and dissected it, we’d find that it consists of even more bands, in fact two: USB (Upper Side Band) and LSB (Lower Side Band). Not all shortwave radios can receive SSB signals. If your shortwave radio doesn’t read SSB, then when you tune to a channel that’s transmitting on this band, what you hear will not be understandable. This channel usually permits reception of amateur radio and military/commercial/maritime communication. High-end shortwave radios have the ability to receive SSB signals.

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