Sites covering multiple aspects of hobbyist and recreational radio use of amateur, shortwave, CB, and family two-way radios and scanners.
Very few sites will meet the criteria for listing in this category. Please submit sites to the most appropriate category. Failure to do so will unnecessarily delay the site being reviewed and added to the directory.
Where to submit:
- Sites with no English content should be submitted to World.
- Online stores should be submitted to the appropriate category of Shopping.
- Sites about aspects of the entertainment radio industry, including Internet broadcasts, talk radio, and radio personalities, should be submitted to the appropriate category of Arts: Radio.
- Sites of retailers and manufacturers should be submitted to a subcategory in Business.
- Sites of businesses, including public broadcast radio stations, may also submit to their locality in Regional.
- Informational sites about amateur, shortwave, CB, family two-way radios, and scanners should be submitted to a subcategory of Recreation: Radio.
General information about the hobby of amateur radio.
Amateur Radio requires a specific license, no matter which country you''re in. Make sure this is really what you''re looking for before suggesting here. (CB, FRS and GMRS are different categories.)
Online stores should be suggested to Amateur Radios in Shopping.
Sites of manufacturers and dealers that do not offer online shopping should be suggested to Amateur Radio in Business.
Sites about internet radio, and commercial radio stations should be suggested somewhere in Arts in Arts/Radio.
Sites that could be suggested to proper categories, but are suggested here instead, may experience significant delays before their suggestion is processed. Please take the time to browse the directory to find the correct category to suggest your site.
This category is for personal home pages of CB operators, and information about Citizens Band (CB) radio.
Submit your home page URL if your site is directly related to CB radio in the United States. Out-of-Band, non-USA, or HF operators on 11-meters should direct their submission to Recreation:Radio:Citizen_Band:11_Meter
DO NOT SUBMIT SITES STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Such sites will not be reviewed or included in the directory. (See Category Guidelines below)
DO NOT SUBMIT SALES sites. Such sites will be deleted and will not be considered.
Submit updates ONLY if the URL has changed.
GMRS: The General Mobile Radio Service. A short to medium range two-way radio service for family communications in the UHF 462 MHz band. Both direct and repeater operation is available for family and personal communications on any of the 8 regular or 7 shared (with FRS) radio channels. An FCC license is required, and one license covers the entire family.
FRS: Family Radio Service. A short range two-way radio service intended for family communication using the new 14 channel, low power FRS radios available nationwide. No FCC license is required, and anyone may use FRS within the United States.
This category is only for informational sites about FRS and GMRS radio.
Manufacturers and dealers should submit to the appropriate category in Business.
Online stores should submit to the appropriate category in Shopping.
Sales and repair shops that do not offer online shopping or informational content should submit to the appropriate locality in Regional.
From the rec.radio.scanner FAQ, written by Bob Parnass, AJ9S:
Every day and night, scanner hobbyists are entertained by what they overhear on their radios. Police cars, fire engines, ambulances, airplanes, armored cars, trains, taxis, and buses are all equipped with radios and you can listen to them. You can monitor the local sheriff and fire departments to hear about events "as they happen," before the news reporters hear about them. Hostage dramas, bank robberies, car crashes, chemical spills, neighbor and domestic disputes, tornado sightings are all fair game. In a single afternoon, you can hear a high speed police chase, Drug Enforcement agents on a sting operation, and undercover FBI agents as they stakeout a suspect.
All sites submitted to the Recreation: Amateur Radio: Scanners category will be reviewed for content. Only sites with content of interest to entire scanning community will be placed in the main category.
Frequency guides for regions will be placed (and should be submitted to) the Regional category.
Businesses specializing in scanners should be submitted to the Vendors category.
It would be appreciated if the site submission is accompanied by clear, grammatically correct, and hype free descriptions. Editors must conform to the ODP Guidelines, so submissions that already conform to those Guidelines will make editing easier.
The Shortwave spectrum is regarded as the radio frequencies in the range from 1.8 to 30 mHz.
International, or Regional Broadcasters sometimes use this range of frequencies to reach target audiences, but are correctly listed in Arts/International Broadcasters because broadcasting is a performing art, for the consumption of many.
Listening to or monitoring such broadcasts and others such as utility, aircraft, marine, and military radio broadcasts by individuals is a radio-related, recreational hobby much like CB and Scanner listening.
Monitoring activity, which is not restricted only to ShortWave frequencies, is often categorized in two ways, namely Short Wave Listening and DXing, or DX Listening.
Short Wave Listening (SWL) is the casual and regular reception of International Broadcasters such as the BBC, Deutsche Welle, and Radio Canada International, among many others. They are easily heard by intended or target audience, through powerful shortwave transmitters, satellite broadcasts.
DXing is the attempt to hear weak signals, signals that are for local audiences, but which may often be heard at further distances by listeners who use special equipment and antennas. Such listeners are often referred to as DXers who often also listen for weak signals outside the shortwave frequencies on the longwave and the mediumwave bands. Those extend from just over 0 kHz to 1.8 mHz. Information about longwave and mediumwave DXing is also found in the Shortwave category.
Ham radio and CB, although within the Shortwave frequency spectrum, are considered separate activities, and in ODP, have their own categories. This is also true for scanning of radio services like police, fire and ambulance.
by editor funk
Please submit amateur-related sites to Recreation/Amateur_Radio/Sales_and_Service/. Professional-use two way radio sites should go to the appropriate subcat of Business/Business_Services/Two_Way_Radio/.
Online sales outlets selling shortwave receivers, transmitters or transceivers and related merchandise will be listed in Shopping''s Radios category or a subcategory of it.