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Shortwavers Hit the Waves

Annual gathering sails to the Bahamas

Whoever said shortwave listeners were a bunch of pasty-skinned nerds who didn’t know how to have fun?

These boys (a recent survey of theirs revealed they are indeed mostly male) know how to have fun. Who else has an annual convention on a cruise ship sailing around the Bahamas?

Held May 13–16 aboard the Majesty of the Seas, the National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters and DRM USA conventions gave attendees sessions with speakers from as far away as Finland and China. They also heard technical talks on topics such as DRM and the Telediffusion de France site in French Guiana along with member news and adventures.

New board members George Ross of KTWR, based in Guam, and Charles Caudill, president of World Christian Broadcasting, were elected.

They were also treated to the results from a year-long survey of shortwave listeners. The 1,300-respondent survey revealed that news, commentary and culture programming were most popular. The BBC was the most popular service.

The full survey will be released soon at the NASB website.

— Brett Moss